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Monday, March 19, 2018


Don't Work Too Hard
Is France unfairly punishing hardworking business owners - or is it just protecting the people from overwork? Opinions are split in the case of Cedric Vaivre, the baker who wouldn't take a break. Vaivre, who runs the only bakery in small town it the north of France (population 2,000), has been fined $3,700 for violating a law that says bakeries have to close once a week. The law allows exemptions, which Vaivre's bakery has received in previous years, but authorities failed to grant one in 2017 and he was fined for opening seven days a week at the height of the summer tourist season. The town's mayor - and thousands of supporters who've signed a petition - say Vaivre shouldn't be fined for working too hard. "In a tourist area, it seems essential that a business can open every day during the summer," said Mayor Christian Branle. But others - including fellow bakery owners - support the law, saying it's in place to protect workers in a profession where people are known for working extremely long hours. A retail union spokesman said, "We can't just allow them to work nonstop. It's absolutely necessary that both bosses and employees have a day of rest." (Vice)

Did You Get Ripped Off by Snuggies?
Allstar Marketing Group - the people who make Snuggies, the Magic Mesh Door, and more - will have to pay back its customers $7.2 million after the FTC accused it of tricking them with its advertised buy-one-get-one-free deal. Apparently that deal, which Allstar used for multiple products, made no mention of processing and handling fees customers would also be responsible for. The FTC said the ordering process was confusing and customers ended up paying more than they expected. Refunds will be sent to over 218,000 Allstar customers and the average refund amount is $33.14. Allstar actually agreed to the settlement in 2015, but for some reason, checks are only being mailed this week. (ABC News)

My Worst Car Carrier Nightmare
Ever get behind one of those car transportation trailers and wonder what would happen if one fell off? Wonder no more. It happened in New Zealand thought the exact reason for what caused a car to fall remains unknown. The incident happened just before 10am on Friday and caused some delays and blockages to commuters. There were also several wrecked cars including one upside down in the middle of the intersection. Amazingly there were no serious injuries. Local police are investigating. (Sun Live)

Cynthia Nixon... for Governor?
Actress Cynthia Nixon appears to be getting serious about challenging Andrew Cuomo for New York governor. The Sex and the City star has been rumored to be interested in the job, but new developments suggest there might be some merit to the rumors. She's reportedly met with two former top advisers to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who specialize in engaging the Democratic left. She's also been seen out with a camera crew. But the "best evidence yet" of a possible run is that Nixon's wife, Christine Marinoni, just left her job as a special adviser for community partnerships at NYC's Department of Education, a move that would allow her to campaign for Nixon. She had held the $131,000-a-year job for nearly four years. If elected, the longtime education activist would be the first female and first openly gay governor of New York. It won't be an easy task but some argue Cuomo's airing of recent endorsements and a $100,000 TV ad show that he's already preparing for an intense Democratic primary in September. (New York Post)

The Greatest Ironic Justice You'll Hear About Today
A man who raped two women at knifepoint in Britain avoided capture for over 30 years. Then he peed on his neighbor's potted plant after an argument. The neighbor called police and 60-year-old Eric McKenna was arrested. He was only given a warning but also had to give a DNA sample. Turns out it was an exact match for samples recovered when a 21-year-old woman was raped by a man while walking alone in 1983 and an 18-year-old woman was raped in a similar situation five years later. The cases remained unsolved and unconnected until now. McKenna was arrested and charged with the rapes last year and sentenced to 23 years in prison on Friday. Detective Constable Mick Wilson said McKenna has "failed to show a glimmer of remorse" for his crimes. As for the neighbor whose plant got peed on, she said, "I felt physically sick when I found out what he'd done. I'm so glad I reported him and these women have got justice." (BBC)

That's a Very Expensive Hoax
A California woman whose kidnapping and rape were dismissed by police as a hoax akin to Gone Girl has settled with the City of Vallejo and its police department for $2.5 million. In 2015, Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn were drugged inside their home by a masked intruder, who kidnapped the then-30-year-old woman. Huskins was released outside her family's home two days later after being sexually assaulted. At the time, their claims were dismissed by police, who accused Huskins of making up the kidnapping. They only came around after the kidnapper, Matthew Muller, a Harvard-trained attorney and former Marine, was implicated in a different crime. He claimed to be part of a gang of "gentlemen criminals." While police eventually apologized to Huskins and Quinn, a federal judge rejected the city's effort to toss the couple's lawsuit. An attorney for Huskins and Quinn says the couple is "grateful." "One can only hope that the message of this settlement will be that victims are to be believed and that the police will accept a woman's highly credible report that she was kidnapped and raped." (Newser)

What the What?
In Oregon, Judge Susie Norby used a bench as a battering ram to break free from a locked courtroom, causing about $3,000 in damage! Norby offered to pay for the damage out of her own pocket, but a Clackamas County spokesman said the funds will come from the county's general fund, meaning taxpayers will foot the bill. Norby said, "I feel deeply sad to have caused harm to our beautiful and historic building. It is a building I cherish, respect and am proud and grateful to work in." Repair work in the Oregon City courtroom will include reinstalling marble on the framing above the courtroom doors, the report said. Norby said she locked herself in the courtroom on a Sunday and tried to ram her way out because her keys and phone were elsewhere, and no one was expected at the building until the following day. She was stuck in the courtroom for more than an hour before a sheriff's deputy came by and sprung her. (FOX News)


Moms are more likely than dads to admit they have a favorite child.
Your fingernails will grow a total of nine-and-a-half feet during your lifetime, and you'll grow six-and-a-half feet of nose hair.
Phone calls are 50% shorter than they were ten years ago.
About 40% of office workers need help at work to change their password.
32% of people have lied to get out of a wedding.
The number of American adults who have been married more than once has doubled since 1980.


  • The Queen has given her official consent for Harry and Meghan's upcoming wedding. 
  • The Stormy Daniels interview on "60 Minutes" is scheduled for this Sunday, unless legal action blocks it. 
  • A five-story penthouse across the street from Trump Tower is in contract for $180 million -- and if it sells, it will be New York City's most expensive condo sale ever. 
  • With all the accusations about Russian activities, there's talk of boycotting the upcoming World Cup there. 
  • Conductor James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera after they fired him for sexual misconduct allegations. 
  • Cheese consumption in the U.S. hit an all-time high last year is expected to rise even higher this year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. 
  • Pickle juice slushies are coming to Sonic. You have been warned. 
  • Bill Cosby got a retrial, but it's going to come with the testimony of five additional accusers testifying. 
  • In Germany, one of their food banks banned migrants from getting anything so that they'd be taking care of Germans first. 
  • There's a documentary coming out about the final days of Aaron Hernandez. 
  • James Adomian, a 38-year-old comedian, is claiming that "Saturday Night Live" has never hired any gay comedians... and that's why they've never had him on. 
  • Psychology Today reports 35 percent of couples in a U.S. sample had a commitment mismatch. Paris, France, is where people were most likely to split up if the less invested partner was female. 
  • The mayor of Honolulu has approved a temporary ban on "monster" houses of 3,500 square feet or larger. 
  • A couple in Afghanistan have named their son Donald Trump. 
  • Quarterback Josh McCown signed his contract with the New York Jets while he was at a Chick-fil-A. 
  • Don't say the word 'winter' in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year, they could hit 200-inches of snow for the season.


Sports Trivia Week -- the third full week in March. We offer this incredibly tough female sports quiz:
  • What do you call that game where you use a stick to hit the ball? (baseball) 
  • What game that utilizes an orange ball and a basket, features rather tall players? (basketball) 
  • Which sport requires players to have ice skates and a good dentist? (hockey) 
  • Which sports gives women the opportunity to see the most mens hineys in tight uniforms? (football)


On this date in 1571, Spanish troops invaded Manila. Suddenly, they had all the envelopes they could ever want.

In 1831, bank employee Ed Smith grabbed $245,000 in the first ever bank robbery in America at the New York City Bank.
  • He wanted to rob some place and he really hated traveling. 
  • The great thing about robbing a bank when you have the name Ed Smith -- you don't have to come up with an alias. 
  • A bank employee described the robber to police and he was later arrested. That's how bank employees got the name, "tellers." 
In 1865, a plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln fell apart because of last minute schedule changes. Would-be kidnapper John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln about one month later. You kids listening at home, let that be a lesson to you about persistence. Probably not the best lesson, but a lesson none the less.

On this date in 1883, Jan Matzeliger invented the very first automatic shoe-making machine was unveiled.
  • This despite the protests of magic elves. 
  • The machine was big enough to hold 6 elves. 
  • There were bugs to work out. For example, at first, it only made three at a time. 
  • While the machine made shoes, it gave a lot of workers the boot. 

In 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 8-hour work day. Blame them.

On this date in 1918, congress approved the idea of Daylight Saving Time. And of course, things haven't changed since 1918.

In 1931, the state of Nevada legalized gambling, in spite of the odds. And the rest is history. Now it's such a part of their culture, people tell time by looking at slot machines.


Spring arrives tomorrow. At exactly 12:15 EDT.

Today is St. Joseph's Day, the patron saint of children's aspirin. It's the day that the swallows return to the California Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to try and keep your windshield clean.

Bruce Willis is 63 today, 59 years older than his hair.
  • Yes, he'll be turning 63... with a vengeance. 
  • We'll know when he gets to the final "Die Hard" movie when it's called, "Die Hardest." Can't go higher than that. 
  • Happy birthday, yippie-yo ky-ay, mother... Teresa! 

Harvey Weinstein turns 66 today. I'm pretty sure he's not going to get what he wants for his birthday, no matter what it is.

Glenn Close celebrates birthday number 71 today. I know she was acting in "Fatal Attraction," but I still wouldn't let her near my pet bunny. Or, I'd make fun of her, but I'm afraid she'd boil my rabbit.

Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, turns 74 today. All of the women in their family had the middle name, bird. Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, Big Bird Johnson...

Music Calendar...

In 1859 The opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris.

In 1941 Jimmy Dorsey & Orchestra record "Green Eyes" and "Maria Elena."

In 1955 "Ballad Of Davy Crockett" by Tennessee Ernie Ford enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1957 Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 1958 Simon & Garfunkel's first single "Hey Schoolgirl" is released under the name Tom & Jerry.

In 1962 Elvis Presley records "She's Not You" in Nashville.

In 1966 Nancy Sinatra sings "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" on TV's "Hollywood Place."

In 1966 "Gloria" by Shadows of Knight enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1966 "19th Nervous Breakdown" by the Rolling Stones peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

In 1968 Dean Martin's album "Houston" and Jimi Hendrix's album "Are You Experienced?" are both certified gold.

In 1970 "Here come the flat top, he come groovin' up slowly." Rolling Stone among others report the opening lyrics to the Beatles' "Come Together" are identical to Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me."

In 1970 David Bowie marries Mary Angela Barnett.

In 1970 Sly & the Family Stone appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.

In 1974 Jefferson Airplane becomes Jefferson Starship.

In 1976 Former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff dies on a London-to-New York plane flight of unknown causes.

In 1976 Helen Reddy hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Melissa Manchester, Chaka Kahn (Rufus) and Peter Frampton.

In 1979 Billy Joel appears on the cover of People magazine.

In 1980 Elvis Presley's autopsy is subpoenaed. Presley's doctor, George Nichopoulos, is later found guilty of overprescribing drugs.

In 1981 tyx's album "Paradise Theatre" is certified gold.

In 1982 Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, is killed in a freak airplane accident. Rhoads and two others were in a light plane which buzzed Osbourne's tour bus, clipped a wing and crashed into a house.

In 1984 Duran Duran plays to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden. 

In 1985 Spin magazine publishes its first issue.

In 1985 Twisted Sister's album "Stay Hungry" goes double platinum.

In 1988 Michael Jackson buys a $28 million ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, where he builds a small zoo and amusement park.

In 1990 Roxette's single "It Must Have Been Love" is released.

In 1991 Eric Claptin's album "Journeyman" is certified double platinum.

In 1993 Duran Duran's single "Ordinary World" goes gold.

In 1994 Irlene Mandrell and Rob Pincus get married.

In 1994 Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo become parents to daughter Anna Juliana.

In 1995 35,000 fans show up for a Pearl Jam concert in Melbourne, Australia, in a venue designed to hold only 13,000.

In 1996 The Beatles' CD "The Beatles Anthology II" goes on sale.

In 1996 Monica's "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" is certified platinum.

In 1999 Country singer George Jones, 67, leaves the hospital 13 days after a near fatal traffic accident.

In 2007 Luther Ingram (If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right) dies of heart failure. He was 69.

Today In History...

In 1687 French explorer Robert Cavelier, the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River, is murdered in Texas.

In 1831 Bank employee Ed Smith grabs $245,000 in America's first bank robbery at the New York City Bank.

In 1865 A plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln falls apart because of last minute schedule changes. Would-be kidnapper John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln about one month later.

In 1883 Jan Matzeliger invents the first machine to manufacture entire shoes.

In 1917 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the eight-hour work day for railroads.

In 1918 The U.S. Congress approves Daylight-Saving Time to save fuel in a country at war.

In 1920 The U.S. Senate, for the second time, rejects the Treaty of Versailles, 49-35.

In 1928 The radio program "Amos and Andy" debuts.

In 1931 The state of Nevada legalizes gambling.

In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders men between 45 and 64 register for non-military duty.

In 1945 800 people are killed as Japanese Kamikaze planes attack the U.S.S. Franklin off Japan during World War II.

In 1945 Adolf Hitler issues his so-called Nero Decree, ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.

In 1949 The first museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy opens in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

In 1951 Herman Wouk's war novel "The Caine Mutiny" is published.

In 1953 The Academy Awards ceremony is telecast for the first time. "The Greatest Show On Earth" is named Best Picture of 1952.

In 1958 The film "South Pacific" opens in theatres.

In 1975 Pennsylvania becomes the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in high school sports.

In 1976 Buckingham Palace announces the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.

In 1977 The final episode of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" airs on CBS-TV.

In 1979 The House of Representatives begins television broadcasts of its day-to-day business.

In 1981 Two workers are killed testing the space shuttle Columbia.

In 1984 The sitcom "Kate and Allie" premieres on CBS-TV.

In 1984 Cuba and Angola set conditions for withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola.

In 1984 John J. O'Connor is installed as the eighth Roman Catholic archbishop of New York.

In 1985 The U.S. Senate votes, 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile.

In 1987 Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary.

In 1987 In a news conference, President Reagan repudiated his policy of selling arms to Iran, saying, "I would not go down that road again."

In 1988 Two British soldiers are shot to death after they were dragged from a car and beaten by mourners attending an Irish Republican Army funeral in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1990 Latvia holds its first free elections in 50 years.

In 1992 Democrat Paul Tsongas pulls out of the presidential race, leaving Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton the clear favorite to capture the party's nomination.

In 1992 British Prince Andrew and Princess Sarah Ferguson announce their separation.

In 1993 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announces plans to retire. His departure paved the way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second female justice.

In 1994 The record for the largest omelet is set at 1,383 square feet made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan.

In 1994 Talks between North Korea and South Korea collapse, imperiling a U.S.-brokered deal to resolve the North Korean nuclear dispute.

In 1995 After a 21-month hiatus, Michael Jordan returns to professional basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls.

In 1995 Palestinian gunmen open fire on a bus carrying Jewish settlers, killing two people.

In 1996 Kansas Senator Bob Dole clinches Republican presidential nomination with a Midwest primary sweep.

In 1997 President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin open talks in Helsinki, struggling to calm tensions over Eastern NATO expansion.

In 1997 The maker of Chesterfield cigarettes settles 22 state lawsuits, admitting that teenagers are marketing targets and agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive.

In 1997 President Clinton nominates acting CIA Director George Tenet to head the agency.

In 1997 Artist Willem de Kooning, considered one of the 20th century's greatest painters, dies in East Hampton, NY, at age 92.

In 1998 The World Health Organization warns of a tuberculosis epidemic that could kill 70 million people in next two decades.

In 1999 A powerful bomb shatters an outdoor food market in Vladikavkaz, Russia, killing at least 53 people.

In 2000 President Clinton arrives near New Delhi on the first presidential visit to India in 22 years and opened a 6-day trip through troubled South Asia.

In 2001 California officials declare a power alert, ordering the first of two days of rolling blackouts.

In 2002 Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's appeal for parole is turned down. Noriega is serving a 30-year sentence.

In 2018 The day the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano.

Born On This Day...

In 1589 Pilgrim father, William Bradford (governor of Plymouth County)

In 1734 Attorney, Thomas McKean (signed the Declaration of Independence)

In 1813 Scottish physician/explorer, David Livingstone

In 1821 Explorer/actor, Sir Richard Burton (The Arabian Nights)

In 1848 Law officer, Wyatt Earp (gunfight at OK Corral)

In 1860 American political leader, William Jennings Bryan

In 1871 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, "Iron" Joe McGinnity (New York Giants)

In 1871 Golf Hall-of-Famer, John H. Taylor

In 1891 Businessman, Frederick Coolidge Crawford (co-founded TRW)

In 1891 Earl Warren, 14th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1953-69)

In 1894 Comedian/novelty singer, "Moms" Mabley

In 1897 Actress, Betty Compson (Millionaire Kid, Mad Youth, Street Girl)

In 1900 French physicist, Frederic Joliot-Curie (Nobel, 1935) [d: 8-14-58]

In 1900 Actor, Roy Roberts (Bewitched, Petticoat Junction) [d: 5-28-75]

In 1904 Watergate judge, John J. Sirica [d: 8-14-92]

In 1907 Actor, Kent Smith (Peyton Place, The Invaders) [d: 4-23-85]

In 1914 J. Jay Berwanger (won the first Heisman Trophy in 1935) [d: 6-26-02]

In 1914 Actress, Patricia Morison (Queen of the Amazons, Peyton Place)

In 1916 Author, Irving Wallace (People's Almanac) [d: 6-29-90]

In 1923 Actor, Tige Andrews (Captain Adam Greer-The Mod Squad) [d: 1-27-07]

In 1923 Actress, Pamela Britton (Blondie, My Favorite Martian) [d: 6-17-74]

In 1925 Business executive, Brent Scowcroft (93)

In 1927 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Richie Ashburn (Phillies) [d: 9-9-97]

In 1928 Actor, Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner, Silver Streak) [d: 1-13-09]

In 1930 Composer/saxophonist, Ornette Coleman [d: 6-11-15]

In 1933 Novelist, Philip Roth (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint) (85)

In 1933 Actress, Renee Taylor (Jack Paar Show, Annabelle-Mary Hartman) (85)

In 1935 Actor/director, Burt Metcalfe (Father of the Bride) (83)

In 1935 Actress, Nancy Malone (Liberty-Naked City, The Long Hot Summer) (83)

In 1935 Actress, Phyllis Newman (Renee-One Life To Live) (83)

In 1936 Actress, Ursula Andress (She, Sensuous Nurse) (82)

In 1937 Singer/pianist, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry (Ain't Got No Home) (81)

In 1938 Football player, Joe Kapp (Vikings, Oilers) (80)

In 1942 Singer/songwriter, Robin Luke (Susie Darlin') (76)

In 1944 Judge, Lynda Bird Johnson-Robb (daughter of President Johnson) (74)

In 1946 Guitarist, Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) [d: 4-1-04]

In 1946 Singer, Ruth Pointer (Pointer Sisters) (72)

In 1947 Actress, Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Paper, 101 Dalmations) (71)

In 1949 Actor, Denny Albee (Dr. Janssen-One Life To Live) (69)

In 1951 Drummer, Derek Longmuir (Bay City Rollers) (67)

In 1952 Disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein (66)

In 1953 Bassist, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) (65)

In 1953 Guitarist, Ricky Wilson (founding member of B-52's) [d: 10-12-85]

In 1955 Actor, Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element) (63)

In 1959 Singer/songwriter, Terry Hall (The Special) (59)

In 1960 Actress, Shelly Burch (Delilah-One Life to Live) (58)

In 1965 Actor/singer, Billy Attmore (Mickey Mouse Club-1970s) (53)

In 1969 Actor/model, Michael Bergin (Baywatch, Passions) (49)

In 1969 Actor, Connor Trinneer (Trip-Enterprise) (49)

In 1970 Singer/guitarist, Gert Betens (K's Choice) (48)

In 1971 Actor, Dalton James (Mark Reese-Beverly Hills 90210) (47)

In 1976 Actress, Rachel Blanchard (Cher-TV's Clueless) (42)

In 1977 Baseball player, David Ross (Red Sox, Cubs) (41)

In 1976 Drummer, Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) (42)

In 1987 Wrestler, AJ Mendez Brooks (WWE) (31)

In 1977 Actress, Josie Loren (Make It or Break It) (41)

In 1988 Baseball player, Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) (30)

In 1989 Actor, Craig Lamar Traylor (Malcolm in the Middle) (29)

In 1991 Actor, Garrett Clayton (The Fosters) (27)

In 1992 Actor/singer, Gregory Gorenc (Pitch Perfect) (26)

In 1994 Singer, Cari Fletcher ("War Paint," "Live Young, Die Free") (24)

In 1994 Actor, Hudson Thames (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) (24)


Eddie Redmayne and Wife Hannah Welcome Baby No.2. Eddie Redmayne is officially a father of two! The 36-year-old Oscar winner and Fantastic Beasts actor's wife Hannah Bagshawe, 34, has given birth to their second child and first son, Luke Richard Bagshawe. The happy parents announced the baby's arrival in an official notice in The London Times newspaper, saying their boy was born on March 10. Hannah's pregnancy was confirmed in November after the PR executive was spotted showing a small baby bump while attending Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Jewellery Series Preview with Eddie in London. In an appearance on LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan in February, Eddie said he and Hannah did not know the sex of their second child but did have a name picked out for a boy. "It's interesting, because last time we didn't know, either, and we sort of did that thing where there was basically only one name for each sex that we agreed on," he said. Eddie and Hannah are also parents to daughter Iris Mary Redmayne, who is 1 and 1/2. The actor and his wife have been married since December 2014. (Eonline)

Younger's Nico Tortorella and Partner Marry in "Genderbending" Outfits. Younger's Nico Tortorella is married! The 29-year-old star, who describes himself as pansexual, and partner Bethany Meyers, a fitness and lifestyle entrepreneur who identifies as gay, announced on Saturday that they had tied the knot on March 9 at a New York City courthouse. They shared photos of themselves in their draped, white wedding outfits, taken by photographer Victoria Matthews. "The looks are everything we've ever dreamed of," Tortorella wrote in the LGBTQ publication them. "Genderbending ensembles designed by our dear friend Andrew Morrison. Timeless androgynous paraphernalia mimicking Romanesque sculpture that fluidly blends masculine and feminine." "In this relationship, we both wear the pants and the dress," he added. "We put on our faces and machinery, finally topping each other off in crowns. Duh, we wore crowns. Not for the gag of it all, but because it feels like something we've done in the past, so we had to keep the tradition alive. In this life's iteration, this is, in fact, our royal wedding." "My 'dress,' consisting of trousers," Meyers wrote. "His 'tux,' gown inclusive. I suppose you would dub our wedding color white. It was certainly the most traditional thing we did." Tortorella, who plays Josh alongside Hilary Duff on TV Land's Younger, said his and Meyers' wedding ceremony lasted less than two minutes and was performed by a man named Angel. "And from the mouth of an angel it was official, you may now kiss the bride," he wrote. "In hindsight I wish we would have asked Angel to use nonspecific gender titles, but so be it. This husband now had a wife, and this wife now had a husband. A bride becomes a wife and a groom becomes a husband, but what does a partner become? I choose to believe [this day] produced two husbands and two wives from just Bethany and I." "Honestly, it's shocking that it happened this way," wrote Meyers, a native of Missouri. "My religious upbringing had told me it would be different. Young ladies like myself went from their parents' home to their husband's home, no pit stops. They certainly didn't have 'write about it for a queer publication!' pasted in their childhood wedding scrapbook. They probably also didn't marry bisexual men while simultaneously dating women." Tortorella said he and Meyers are "two kids from the Midwest who fell in love almost 12 years ago on the South Side of Chicago." "If you had to label it, Nico and I are in a queer polyamorous relationship," Meyers wrote. "Labels that help people understand, but not labels that define us. Most think we planned this and one day decided we would be multiple-love kind of people. We didn't. It's just the way our relationship developed over 12 years." The two did not have a traditional engagement. She said they "tossed around the idea" of marriage for a while before solidifying their plans during a trip to the Amazon in December. "On our first day back in society, Nico looked at me over dinner and asked if we should marry on March 9," she wrote. "I said, 'Finally.' And just like that, we were "'engaged.'" (Eonline)

Ray J and Princess Love are having a baby, and they've kept the sex of the kid under wraps -- but if you peep the registry they got for their shower ... it's pretty clear they're having a girl. Ray and Princess' baby registry is littered with pink -- from onesies to cribs and literally everything in between -- so you can kinda only come to one logical conclusion. The gifts ain't cheap either. A baby basket made of cashmere runs about $2,800, while a travel crib costs about $300. A lot of outfits range between $25 and $200 ... and a damn rocking sheep (horses are out apparently) will set their guests back nearly $1,000! Speaking of the actual baby shower ... sources tell us Ray J and Princess Love are hosting it this weekend in L.A. at a top-of-the-line hotel, and they're not skimping on expenses. We're told the whole thing ended up costing more than $250,000. As we reported ... Ray J announced Princess was pregnant this past fall. The kid's due sometime this summer. Anything for baby ... girl. (TMZ)

Chelsea Houska and Cole DeBoer are adding a little one to their growing clan! The Teen Mom 2 stars announced on both of their Instagram accounts on Thursday that they were expecting their second child together. The couple welcomed their son, Watson Cole, in January 2017. Chelsea also has 8-year-old daughter Aubree Lind from a previous relationship with ex-boyfriend Adam Lind. Chelsea, 26, shared a sweet photo of her ultrasound framed with a black and white checkered bow with the words, "It's a Girl." "... GUESS WHAT! A sweet baby girl will be joining the DeBoer clan in a few short months! We could not be more excited! ??," she wrote in the caption. Her husband also shared the photo, writing, "This proud dad is getting a new Bow ?? and it's nailed my heart ??@chelseahouska." Fellow MTV costar Kailyn Lowry, who has three sons, congratulated the Chelsea on Twitter, writing, "Welcome to the moms of 3 club @ChelseaHouska @TM2LeahDawn ??????," while adding Leah Messer, who also appears on the show and has three daughters of her own. After the two welcomed Watson, Chelsea opened up about having "baby fever" during an episode of Teen Mom 2 in August. "Doesn't this give you baby fever? Doesn't it?" she asked her husband as she watched their son wiggling on a blanket. "Yeah! By next year I was thinking we could probably have three," Cole said. "I'm serious," she said. "Do you think by next year we'll have another one?" "We're going to have more when mom's ready to have more," he replied. When she asked him if he'd want another boy or a girl, Cole was quick to say, "I definitely want another boy, but if it was two boys it'd be trouble!" While spending time with a friend, Houska admitted she was ready for more children. "We have baby fever already," she said. "I just want so many baby Coles. I think it'd just be fun to have so many babies closer together." "Aubree ... it was seven years before we had another kid," she continued, speaking about the age gap between her daughter and her son. "We need to just be patient, but I can't help it." (People)

Tamar Braxton Shaves Her Head: "I'm Over Feeling Captive to a Wig." Tamar Braxton is feeling a little freer these days. That's because the Grammy nominee recently shed her locks in the name of liberty. On Wednesday, she tuned fans and followers into her new cut by sharing a video of herself in the chair while someone took a buzzer to her head. "Finally free," she wrote. The songstress issued a declaration reclaiming her identity after the big buzz cut. "Im over feeling captive to a wig, weave, people, people's comments & opinions hell...even my OWN feelings!" she penned on Instagram. "WE can choose to stop these things from having the power and victory over us!! And for me, that starts TODAY." While it's unclear if anything in particular triggered the change, the star has undergone a series of personal and professional changes in recent years. The former Real co-host filed for divorce from her husband of nearly a decade, Vincent Herbert, back in October 2017. Some public drama between the two ensued around the holidays and, by the new year, Braxton sat down with the co-hosts of The View to clear up any speculation about her domestic life. "I have a regular marriage and regular marriages like everybody else, things happen and in my marriage you know it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. Although we're in extensive counseling and that is much needed and it still will always be, but I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son and just to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can. That's why we don't live together." Now, with the help of her new look, she's taking back her power. As she wrote on social media, "I see me." (Eonline)

Brad Pitt vs. the Rumor Mill: Why He's the Target of Even More Wild Stories Than Usual. No news is probably good news if you are Brad Pitt. But apparently it's not the greatest if you're just really invested in what's going on with Brad Pitt. No longer newly single, nor is he even divorced yet, and with no films coming out in 2018, the actor has retreated into enigma mode in recent months, choosing to operate almost entirely under the radar while he has the opportunity to do so. He went to Sean Penn's annual Haiti benefit in January, where he was outbid to watch Game of Thrones with Emilia Clarke, and then he went to two parties earlier this month -- the Gersh Agency's pre-Oscars shindig at Chateau Marmont and a dinner for Penn's new book at Giorgio Baldi -- and that's about it as far as high-profile socializing has gone. Which isn't to say he isn't socializing at all. He's just doing so in places where the cameras can't follow. However, not being a visible participant in the Hollywood game hasn't made him any less irresistible of a target when it comes to speculation as to what he's up to behind closed doors. What we do know in the meantime is that Pitt had a rough and at times frankly awful 2016, followed by a course-correcting 2017, during the first half of which he and Angelina Jolie traded how-we-got-here stories and tried to mend fences as much as possible to help their six kids better adjust to the family's new normal. Jolie bought a house barely two miles away from the former Jolie-Pitt abode, where Pitt still lives, to make the co-parenting easier. That being said, a source told E! News earlier this month that Pitt would prefer to see his children more. As of February he'd been seeing them a few times a week at his home, their nannies bringing them over and then taking them back to their mom's house after a few hours. Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19, 2016, and at first requested sole custody, so building up to the current custody arrangement itself has been a jam-packed journey for him -- a journey that involved quitting drinking, therapy, crisscrossing the globe so that he could keep visiting with the kids while Jolie was traveling for work, and getting to a point where he and the woman he had torched his previous life for a decade ago could communicate directly with each other and not just through lawyers. So it has certainly been a purposeful, productive year and a half. "He made some important changes and is much better off now," the source said. "He's happier and healthier," and he's rekindled old friendships that had fallen by the wayside. Though the paparazzi keep missing him, Pitt goes out to dinner a lot (apparently no one was the chef in the family -- Jolie said last year that she was taking cooking classes at the kids' request) and has an increasingly active social life again after spending a lot of time alone in self-reflection after the split. After the Gersh party a source told us, "Everyone was excited he came, even if it was brief. Just seeing him out and happy was great." But overall, in lieu of Pitt making any news-news himself, the narrative has shifted into throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks mode. Last month he unwittingly co-starred in this year's biggest breakup story (so far), the demise of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's two-year marriage and almost seven-year relationship. Absurdities aside, the realization that both Aniston and Pitt were theoretically free to reunite made the Internet happier than it had sounded in months. As 1999-tastic as that idea is, while the exes have sporadically been in touch (not including the Aniston memes that circulated when Jolie and Pitt broke up) since their painful divorce in 2005, no one who knows them predicts anything coming of the Internet's grand plan. "They do text from time to time and have exchanged a few words over the years, but there's nothing beyond that at this point," a source told E! News. Aniston "wishes Brad well, but that was a lifetime ago and they were both very different people back then." A year ago there were rumors that Pitt was dating again, and in print he went on to romance everyone from Kate Hudson to Sienna Miller to Elle Macpherson, all untrue. But that was then. This year, "he's looking after No. 1," a source told The Sun, which recently reported that Pitt had vowed to abstain from sex for a year, the British tabloid apparently having added wellness, sculpture and mediation together and come up with celibacy. Well, we've heard that that's not true. (Though it could be why he and Tiffany Haddish can't hook up until 2019...) Our favorite story -- they're all our favorites, but our biggest favorite -- could be that Pitt has started studying Kabbalah with the help of friend Demi Moore and has taken to, per Radar Online, "carrying around a backpack full of sacred texts like it's his school homework." Or, Brad isn't friends with Demi and they don't speak. "He is not trying Kabbalah and the story is made up," a source assured E! News. (Coincidentally, almost the exact same thing was reported about Jennifer Aniston in 2009, also supposedly thanks to a new friendship with Moore.) But the stories are fun while they last, right? Meanwhile, Pitt's Plan B Entertainment -- which produced Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight -- has a packed slate, including Barry Jenkins' next film and The Big Short director Adam McKay's as-yet untitled upcoming movie about Dick Cheney. Pitt, whose most recent starring role was in Netflix's War Machine, got back to work last fall shooting the sci-fi film Ad Astra (another Plan B production) with Ruth Negga and Tommy Lee Jones. And now he's attached to star with Leonardo DiCaprio In Quentin Tarantino's already gritty-sounding next movie, about an actor and his stunt double who happen to live next door to Sharon Tate in 1969. "I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old," Tarantino said in announcing the project. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff." That part is real. And we'll know more soon enough. (Eonline)

Camila Cabello Feels Like She's on "Cloud 9" Since Dating Matthew Hussey. Camila Cabello is "really, really happy" -- partially thanks to her new relationship with Matthew Hussey. About a month after the 21-year-old singer was spotted kissing the 30-year-old dating coach, the "Havana" star appeared on The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, where she was asked if she was happy and if she was in love. "I am really, really happy... I feel like I've never been happier in my life," she said. However, she kept a tighter lip when addressing whether she was in love. "As far as that, I have always been such a private person and the one thing that has been, I think, the hardest thing about this industry has been letting go of that privacy," she said. "'Cause I feel like, for my sanity and for the sanity of the people I care about, you gotta keep some things sacred. I need to keep some things mine for them to be special -- and just to protect that. But yeah, to answer your question, I'm really happy." In fact, earlier on in the interview, the former Fifth Harmony member said she felt like she was on "cloud nine." Cabello and Hussey were spotted sharing a smooch and cuddling on a beach in Mexico back in February. "Camila recently started dating Matthew," an insider told E! News at the time. "It wasn't something she expected, but she knew of him and really enjoys his work." Actually, Cabello had showed interest in Hussey before they were even together. In January, the singer chatted with Z100's Elvis Duran and asked about the dating expert. "Hey wait, by the way, is Matthew Hussey still [here]?" she asked. "I love him. He's great. He gives good advice." In addition to dishing on her love life, Cabello talked about her time on X Factor and leaving Fifth Harmony. She also shot down rumors that Taylor Swift convinced her to leave the group. "It annoyed me that people said that she was encouraging me [to leave] because I know she probably got a lot of flak for that or a lot of negative criticism for that," she said, "and that annoys me because I'm really protective over my friends Nobody could ever persuade me to do anything. If I don't want to do something, the whole world could be telling me [to do it], and I won't do it." In fact, Cabello said she and Swift like to talk about "love and boys" when they hang out and that they have an "innocent" and "pure" friendship. (Eonline)

Anna Faris Can't Stop Blushing Over ''Date Nights'' With Boyfriend Michael Barrett. We see those rosy cheeks, Anna Faris! While promoting her upcoming flick Overboard with co-star Eugenio Derbez, E!'s Zuri Hall had to get the low-down on her relationship with cinematographer Michael Barrett. (The two were first linked last October following her summertime split from Chris Pratt.) When asked if Anna could see herself making a date night out of watching Overboard with Michael, the actress says "Hey! hey! hey!" and covers her cheeks with her hands. "I'm totally blushing!" she squeals before Derbez swoops into save the day. "I don't know," he teased, "for some reason she looks better than me in the movie. I don't know why! She looks beautiful." Anna also shared an adorable update on her 5-year-old son Jack Pratt, and why she thinks he's getting to the age where he's too cool for mom! "I think I always embarrass my son... Six months ago we would do this little game where I would say, 'I love you to the moon and back' and he would say 'I love you to Jupiter and back' and I would say 'I love you to Uranus and back!'" Faris explained. She continued, "Recently he's stopped doing that. I found myself doing that in public to him and I could tell that he was getting embarrassed. He's like, 'Mom, chill!'" Aww! Catch Overboard when it hits theaters May 4. (Eonline)

Why Meghan Trainor stopped drinking. Meghan Trainor has made some major lifestyle changes following her second vocal cord surgery. "It really shocks you and puts you in place," Trainor, 24, told People. "I stopped drinking -- I know it hurts your cords. I don't ever smoke anything, I drink a lot of water and I started eating healthier and working out more." "Now mentally and physically, it's proven to work, so I'm gonna keep doing that," the Grammy winner continued. Trainor is no stranger to surgery. Her first operation for a severely hemorrhaged vocal cord came in 2015 and caused the cancellation of the rest of her "M Train" tour. In April 2017, the "All About That Bass" singer revealed on "Ellen" she'd had another surgery, after which she'd been on complete vocal rest for three months. "It was scary. It's another time of like, 'I'm going to take away all your hopes and dreams for a second, put it on pause and see if they come back,'" Trainor said. "My first thought was: I hope this works. We just kept saying 'We're never doing this again, we're never doing this again.' So we're very careful." A year post-op, Trainor said she's "better than ever." "My voice sounds better than ever," the recently engaged Trainor said. "And you can hear that on the album. You can even hear it in the first single. It's just clean and crisp but still sounds like me." (TMZ)

Logic and his wife, social media star and singer Jessica Andrea, have split after two years of marriage ... TMZ has learned. The couple married in October of 2015 when the rapper was just 25 years old. It's unclear exactly when the two called it quits, but they hit the red carpet together in January at the Grammys. Logic was nominated for two awards -- including Song of the Year for "1-800-273-8255." Hints of trouble between the couple first surfaced on Instagram when fans noticed Jessica unfollowed Logic ... he still follows her. We're told neither has officially filed divorce docs, but reconciliation doesn't seem likely. Our sources say the home they purchased together last year is about to hit the market. They don't have any children. (TMZ)

How Fergie and Josh Duhamel and More Stars Are Proving You Can Stay Friends With Your Ex. Maybe you can be friends with your ex... Fergie and Josh Duhamel announced their split at the end of last year, but the two have been adamant about staying friends. Especially when it comes to raising their son. The couple has been nothing but supportive and uplifting of one another since their announcement, and have proved that maybe exes can be friends. Another couple making it work post-divorce? Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman! The two have remained close since their divorce was finalized. Even going on cozy family vacations together! Drew opened up in a recent Instagram post and thanked him for being a great father to their children. Aww! What celebrity couples are still going strong? (Eonline)

The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall Steps Out With Katelyn Byrd 2 Months After Cheating Scandal. Alex Pall appears to be moving on after facing cheating allegations. Close to two months after grainy video footage surfaced of what appeared to be The Chainsmokers member kissing a woman other than his girlfriend, the Grammy winner decided to step out with a new lady. Earlier this week, Alex was photographed arm-in-arm with a mystery woman during a rainy dinner date in West Hollywood. It appears the lady in question is 23-year-old model Katelyn Byrd who is also believed to be featured in the controversial tape that ignited cheating rumors. E! News has reached out to Katelyn and Alex's rep for any comment. For those unaware of Alex's past relationship, his ex-girlfriend Tori Woodward went on Instagram Stories claiming the performer had cheated on her. "After hours of begging him for scraps of honesty I chipped away just enough to confirm that this is not the first time he's remorsely cheated on me," Tori wrote. "Consistent outright denial faded to him explaining that because all men do it it's not that bad and, in different words, that because he's famous now he has a different rulebook for decency." TMZ cameras would later catch Alex at LAX Airport where he expressed regret for his actions. "She deserves the best. I wish nothing but the best for her," he shared with the outlet. "She deserves a better guy than me." While it's too soon to tell how serious Alex's relationship with Katelyn is, The Chainsmokers member is trying to keep things private. He's also focused on music including the group's new single released called "Everybody Hates Me." "We have a new song out called 'Everybody Hates Me.' I'm tired of feeling defeated by my insecurities, writing songs like these has helped me own them," Drew Taggart shared on Instagram. "Thank you to our ride or die fans. This song is for us." (Eonline)

Brendan Fraser Says He's Ready to "Go Forward" After Sharing Sexual Assault Allegations. Brendan Fraser is returning to the Hollywood spotlight optimistic and hopeful. It's been less than a month since the actor claimed in an interview with GQ that he was groped by the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. According to Brendan, Philip Berk grabbed his butt after a ceremony where he announced the group's annual charitable donation. The actor says he demanded and received a written apology from Philip following the incident but struggled to move on. Philip says in his memoir that he just pinched the actor as a joke. But at Thursday night's FX Annual All-Star Party, Brendan reflected on the candid interview where he expressed hope that things will change. "It just spoke my truth. A lot can happen and it's important to unburden yourself with the things you just don't need anymore. I can go forward now and I feel good that I was inspired by others with courage and I was able to speak what I needed to say and it's a new time," he shared with E! News. "It's a new era and I think some change that's good is going to come about. I'm optimistic. I'm hopeful." The HFPA previously released a statement announcing that they are investigating Brendan's claims against Philip. "The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article," the group told E! News. "Over the years we've continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident." For the time being, Brendan is excited about his new crime drama titled Trust. The FX series tells the story of John Paul Getty III who is kidnapped by the Italian mafia in order to get a ransom. For some undisclosed reason, his family appeared not interested in helping him back. "The grandson has been kidnapped," Brendan explained to us from the SVA Theater in New York City. "My character's job is to try and broker the piece and get him back but that's when the trouble just starts." Trust premieres March 25 at 10 p.m. only on FX. (Eonline)

Barbra Streisand Says She's ''Never'' Had a #MeToo Moment in Her Career. Barbra Streisand is getting candid... Kicking off the 35th annual PaleyFest L.A. Television Festival at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Friday, producer Ryan Murphy sat down with the legend, who was just honored with the 2018 PaleyFest Icon award, and talked about the current climate in Hollywood. "We're in a strange time now, in terms of men and women, and the pendulum swinging this way and that way, and it's going to have to come to the center," Streisand also said of the #MeToo movement and post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood, reports Variety. When the American Horror Story creator had asked if she'd been sexually mistreated at any point in her career, the Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning said, "No. I mean, never." The 75-year-old icon then added, "I wasn't like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that's why. I have no idea, I don't know." According to Variety, in addition to talking about her lengthy career in Hollywood, the notoriously private star did give audience members one of the reasons why she's avoided the press for years. Streisand said that years ago she did an interview with Mike Wallace (prior to his being on 60 Minutes) and afterward she felt that he had been "mean" to her. Soon after, she called to complain to him and then she claims that after facing backlash over the interview, Wallace went on the air the next week to say that Streisand had told him how much she "loved" the sit down. Variety reports that she told the PaleyFest audience, "I thought, I don't know what date rape is, it's terrible, but it was such a violation...Why lie?" When they weren't talking about serious matters, some lighter notes were hit... An audience member asked her about the upcoming Lady Gaga remake of her 1976 hit film, A Star Is Born, Babs said, "I can't say too much." But she did reveal a little: "I haven't seen it totally finished, but it's very good. It's very, very good." (Eonline)

Kyle Schmid -- the actor who stars as a Navy SEAL team leader on the show, "SIX" -- got totally JACKED ... not in the way SEALs do, though he's feeling the pain. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kyle's apartment in the L.A. area was burglarized. We're told Kyle came home and noticed the sliding door to his balcony was open ... leading cops to believe that was the point of entry. Problem was ... the sliding door didn't trigger an alarm ... which allowed the perp to search the home and get away with around $30k worth of jewelry. We're told several other units in the same complex were hit that night. LAPD's now investigating. As we've reported -- again and again and again -- the L.A. area has seen a rash of burglaries involving tons of celebs. So far, no one's been nabbed in Kyle's burglary. (TMZ)

The Guess investigation into Kate Upton's sexual harassment allegations against co-founder Paul Marciano has hit another roadblock -- Kate's witness is refusing to cooperate. As we reported ... Kate has already said she won't talk to the lawyers investigating for Guess. She's pissed Guess initially hired Marciano's personal law firm for the probe, and even though Guess has now brought in a new independent firm, Glaser Weil, Kate's still pissed about what she calls "smoke and mirrors" tactics. Our sources say photographer Yu Tsai -- the man Kate claims witnessed Marciano groping her -- has also gone radio silent. We're told Yu hasn't returned multiple phone calls and emails asking him to talk to investigators for Guess. One possible reason for Yu going AWOL could be the dozens of emails he's sent Marciano over the years -- including one in July 2010, immediately after Kate alleges Marciano groped her. In that email, which we've seen, Yu says Kate asked him for Marciano's phone number so she could thank him for some Guess clothing she received. In other emails, he consults with Marciano about future shoots with Kate and gushes about getting to work for Guess. It certainly appears he admires the Guess co-founder. You'll recall, Kate said Yu was there when Marciano allegedly groped her thighs and breasts, and he's backed up her version of events. She said Yu was her buffer, present when she had a meeting or photo shoot Marciano attended. For now, though ... he's not talking. (TMZ)

Tommy Lee's reached the point of no return -- even if he changes his mind about wanting his son, Brandon Lee, prosecuted for battery ... the case is headed to the D.A.'s office. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is on the verge of wrapping up its investigation into the incident where Brandon punched his dad during an argument. Tommy claims he got sucker-punched, but Brandon says it was self-defense. We're told Brandon's been cooperating throughout the investigation. Once the Sheriff kicks the case to the D.A.'s office, Brandon will find out what, if any, charges he's facing. TMZ broke the story ... Tommy wants to go forward with a criminal complaint, and even got a restraining order against his son. Tommy's fiancee, Brittany Furlan, called 911 after the punch and said Brandon knocked Tommy unconscious. Pamela Anderson claims Tommy's heavy boozing is to blame for the altercation ... but he says Brandon's just ungrateful. (TMZ)

Russell Simmons says the rape and sexual assault allegations against him are bogus, because he has never ever rolled that way. We got Simmons Saturday night leaving Craig's in WeHo and he was quick to tell our photog, "I don't have a stitch of violence in me. I would never hurt anybody." Simmons, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by 12 women, added, "I have never had any violence in me, but this is a difficult time for everyone." Check out the end of the vid, as his date plants a kiss on Simmons for all the paps to see. (TMZ)

Former "American Idol" contestant Chikezie Eze has a history of beating his estranged wife, Linda Iruke ... at least according to her, and now a judge is ordering him to stay away from Linda and their kids. Linda filed docs, obtained by TMZ, saying she was forced to move to a domestic violence safe house in August "because of all the abuse." She says they've been separated since May 2017. In the docs, Linda says Chikezie -- who finished 10th in season 7 -- once threatened, "Don't make me turn this car around and beat your ass." She says he also threatened to post nude photos of her on the Internet. She claims the last straw came in January when Chikezie allegedly made a verbal threat. She's not specific about what was said, but says based on prior unreported domestic violence, she believes he's capable of carrying out the threat. Linda requested, and was granted, a restraining order which requires Chikezie to stay at least 100 yards away from Linda, their kids, and her home and work location. We've reached out to Chikezie ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Kodak Black is in solitary confinement ... TMZ has learned. It appears from legal docs he was taken out of general population after he used the prison phone to have someone patch him through to another person to whom he was not supposed to speak. He was given 30 days in the hole for that violation. The rapper -- who is currently behind bars in Florida -- filed legal docs asking the judge to allow him to have his tutor visit while he's in solitary because he wants to get his GED. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Kodak also asks for access to a laptop and adds prior to getting jailed, he was studying for his GED. The judge has yet to rule. (TMZ)

Academy president under investigation for alleged sexual harassment. John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment. The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately opened a probe, according to sources familiar with the situation. Bailey was elected president of the institution in August. If he were forced to step down, he would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy's vice president, until the next election in July. Bailey's tenure has been marked by a historic shift in the Academy's approach to misconduct by its members. In October, the Academy voted to expel Harvey Weinstein less than 10 days after the New York Times first reported on his history of sexual harassment. The Academy also replaced Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010, as the presenter of the Best Actress award at this year's Oscars. In December, the Academy established a code of conduct which provides that members may be disciplined or expelled for abuse, harassment or discrimination. The Academy also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated. Under the policy, the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee reviews allegations. If deemed credible, they can be forwarded to the full Board of Governors for consideration of discipline. Bailey is a veteran cinematographer who shot such films as "The Big Chill" and "Groundhog Day." He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s. He is also known as a scholar of film history and had a keen interest in how the crafts would be represented in the Academy's museum, which is now under construction. Upon his election to a four-year term, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs, there were concerns about whether a 75-year-old white man was best suited to lead the Academy at a time when it is making a push to diversify its membership. When asked about that by Variety last year, Bailey said, "What you just said is bulls -- t. I was born a white man, and I can't help it that I'm 75 years old. Is this some sort of limiting factor?" (PageSix)


How the Archbishop Is Prepping for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding just two months away, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby sat down with ITV News to reveal how he's getting ready for the big day. "One has marriage preparation with the couple," he explained in the Mar. 16 interview. "You talk about what they want in the wedding, discuss it with the Dean of Windsor -- just what you do for [other] weddings. It's just on an infinitely larger scale." He also shared past mistakes he's made at other weddings that he hopes to not repeat this time around. "I try and remember, unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring, as I did for one of my staff when I took their wedding," he said. "I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children's weddings -- fortunately not for the real thing." When the journalist pointed out that people across the world would be watching, the Archbishop replied, "I know. I'm just really trying not to think about that too much." Still, he didn't seem too worried. "You focus on the couple. It's their day," he said. "At the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts. You do it in the presence of God through Jesus Christ. You pray for them to have the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and honors their commitment." In addition to talking about Harry and Meghan's wedding, Welby discussed Meghan's recent baptism. Sources told E! News the former Suits star received the sacrament during a 45-minute private ceremony Tuesday evening. Welby presided over the ceremony, which reportedly took place on the Kensington Palace grounds. While Welby said he could reveal "almost nothing at all" about the baptism, he did say "it was very special." "It was beautiful, sincere -- deeply sincere -- and very moving" he continued at about the 17:28 mark. "It was a great privilege." Welby will help Harry and Meghan tie the knot May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Eonline)

Versace Bids Farewell to Fur: "I Don't Want to Kill Animals to Make Fashion." At Versace, fur has reached its finale. The 40-year-old Italian luxury brand revealed it is ditching fur designs -- a longtime element of the brand's aesthetic -- for good in the name of people and the planet. "Fur? I am out of that," Artistic Director Donatella Versace told The Economist. "I don't want to kill animals to make fashion." According to the company's announcement, this decision was spurred by a broader plan for Versace to take a more sustainable, conscious and environment-savvy approach moving forward. As an example, this plan is reflected in a new London boutique that is LEED certified; upcoming stores in Miami and Munich will be the same. "Sustainability is a core part of the brand's journey into the future and Versace is constantly looking at all aspects of its business model to serve customers in an innovative, disruptive and responsible way," a statement read. "This includes paying close attention to the provenance and conditions under which all its products are produced and sourced to ensure adherence to the highest standards." The change will be reflected in the 2019 collections and onward. Versace follows fellow Italian brands like Giorgio Armani and Gucci who have also made the decision as of late to ban fur in the future. "Fur products already represent a minor part of the Versace's product line," CEO Jonathan Akeroyd said in a statement. "This commitment is part of a broader, sustainable innovation program the Company is pursuing, that includes not only a strong commitment to work across our entire supply chain, but also a strong and deep cultural shift that will benefit all employees." (Eonline)

Matt Damon not moving to Australia to escape Trump, says rep. Reps for Matt Damon insist he is not moving to Australia permanently because of Donald Trump. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney had reported that Damon, 47, was buying a home in Byron Bay near actor Chris Hemsworth. The two recently appeared in "Thor: Ragnarok" together. Damon spokeswoman Jennifer Allen told the Associated Press that Damon had visited Australia a lot recently. But she insisted Damon has not bought a home there nor is he relocating there. Page Six had reported that the "Bourne" star had told friends he was leaving the country because he disagrees with Trump, according to a top Hollywood insider. Another source close to Damon told Page Six his plan was to go Down Under for around three months with his family, depending on his filming schedule, but the move would not be permanent. Allen, who repeatedly ignored requests for comment from Page Six prior to publication, told the Associated Press, "He's not moving out of the U.S." Damon has been outspoken against Trump in the past. He told The Hollywood Reporter last September that the president's response to the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, was "absolutely abhorrent." Damon also supported Trump's rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. (PageSix)

Jessa Duggar Is Not Pregnant With Baby No. 3 Despite Reports. It's time to set the record straight on one Duggar-Seewald family rumor. Earlier in the week, a report surfaced claiming Jessa Duggar is pregnant with her and husband Ben Seewald's third child. But as it turns out, it's just not the case. A Duggar Family spokesperson tells E! News exclusively that Jessa is not pregnant. The couple, who married in 2014 during a large ceremony in Arkansas, share two sons together -- Henry, 13 months, and Spurgeon, 2. In fact, the 25-year-old reality star has often spoken out about her style of parenting on her blog and on social media accounts. "That's the beauty of the individual family. No one is identical," she revealed to Us Weekly when asked if she parents similarly to her mom. "Every time I come to my mom for advice, she always reminds me that I've got this. There's no pressure to do things just exactly how she did them, but I'm so grateful for all her advice and help. Even when I feel overwhelmed, she's always there to encourage me and tell me, 'You're doing a great job!' That gives me the courage to trust my instincts and do what I feel is best for my baby." Back in November, Jessa posted a heartfelt message to her husband while celebrating the couple's third wedding anniversary. "I thought we'd reached the pinnacle of our love on this day, three years ago... but since then, you've taken me from the mountain top up into the clouds!" she wrote. "Darling, I love you more today than ever before." Counting On airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on TLC. (Eonline)

Stan Lee needed a real-life superhero to find and return his lost dog. Enter the immortal football legend, Jim Brown, who proved not all heroes wear capes. Sources close to Stan tell TMZ ... the comic book legend's Mini Pomeranian, Charlotte, went missing last week, though it's unclear how she got loose. In any case, Stan's peeps canvassed the Hollywood Hills neighborhood where he lives and posted "Lost Dog" flyers everywhere. A few days passed, but the posters garnered zero leads ... leaving Stan resigned to the idea Charlotte was gone for good. But, not so fast. We're told the NFL Hall of Famer and his wife, Monique -- who live about a mile away from Stan -- found Charlotte in their yard ... scared with no collar. The couple sprung into action ... first firing off an email to a bunch of their neighbors, but that fetched no clues. The Browns were undeterred, and brought Charlotte to a vet, who found a microchip planted near her neck, but, again, no luck there either because the chip wasn't registered. The Browns then went old school and canvassed several neighborhoods and BAM ... they saw the posters, called the number and just like that, Charlotte was reunited with Stan. No word on whether Jim gets a reward! (TMZ)

Kelly Ripa Explains Why She Loves to "Troll a Troll" on Instagram. Kelly Ripa has often clapped back at her haters on social media and says she loves to "troll a troll." The LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan co-host has recently responded to people who have criticized her as well as her husband, Mark Consuelos. "I love a clapback," Ripa said on The Wendy Williams Show on Friday in an interview with guest host Jerry O'Connell, who has co-hosted LIVE! with her before. 'I love a troll but I love to troll a troll. Like, if you're gonna troll me, then I'm gonna troll back. And that, we can all agree, that is the way God intended." Last week, Ripa posted a video of herself that showed her reading mean Instagram comments and said, "I like trolling. I love trolling a troll. It is my favorite thing to do." One person commented, "Her head looks to big for her tiny body." Ripa had written back to the troll, "To is spelled too FYI." "As in 'Too dumb to leave that comment," Ripa told O'Connell on The Wendy Williams Show, drawing applause. "We all know that if people are telling you you are too anything on social media, they universally spell the word 'too' incorrectly, making it a very easy clapback, almost like a snapback," Ripa said. Just two days ago, Consuelos posted on his Instagram page a photo of Ripa getting her hair done. One person commented, "To skinny." "And once again the word is TOO!" Ripa replied. Last weekend, a troll commented on a photo Ripa posted of her and Consuelos, writing, "Too bad he's short when he tries to look taller. It looks funny. Just be who you are." "He's tall where it counts, babe," Ripa replied. (Eonline)

'Pulp Fiction' house on the market for $1.4M. The West Los Angeles home that served as the location for one of the most memorable scenes in "Pulp Fiction" is up for sale. Located in Studio City, the modest single-story, three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence has an asking price of $1,395,000, according to the website of real estate firm The Agency. The firm's listing notes the house's proximity to restaurants and location within an "award-winning" school district, as well as its place in Hollywood history: "This unique property served as the house for the character 'Jimmy' in the classic film 'Pulp Fiction.'" Featured prominently in the 1994 movie that cemented director Quentin Tarantino's reputation, the house is where John Travolta's Vincent and Samuel L. Jackson's Jules, two contract killers, flee after Vincent accidentally shoots in the face someone they were trying to get information from while driving around Los Angeles. In the scene, Vincent and Jules turn to Jimmie, played by Tarantino, for help -- but, irked that they've shown up with a dead body in their car shortly before his wife is due home and stumped as to how he can help them, he calls upon their boss' "fixer," Harvey Keitel's Winston Wolfe. The scene ends with Vincent and Jules, who've spent the rest of the film wearing stylish black suits, clad in gym shorts and old novelty T-shirts. As Curbed, which first reported the property's availability, notes, the property is being marketed as a development property, with "plans and permits fully approved and paid for." (PageSix)

Elizabeth Hurley's nephew 'remains in great pain' after stabbing. Liz Hurley has revealed her nephew "remains in great pain" after he was viciously stabbed last week. Model Miles, 21, and a friend were brutally attacked by four men in London last Thursday, with Liz, 52, calling his survival "a miracle" after his spine narrowly avoided being severed and his vital organs were undamaged. This evening the actress gave well-wishers an update on Miles, describing his wound as "shocking." She wrote on Instagram: "Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend. Thank you to all who sent such kind messages following the news that my nephew @mileshurley1 was viciously stabbed last week. "His wound is shocking, he remains in great pain and he can hardly move, but he is slowly recovering. "My sister is an amazing mother and is looking after him and his friend- who was also stabbed. I have just reached India but am receiving updates throughout the day." The mum-of-one added: "We need to make our streets safer and I want to be part of the movement to achieve that. I hope you will join me. More later xxxx" The Sun told how Miles is now recovering at his famous auntie's country mansion after he was stabbed. Miles and his victim pal were "keen to get out of London" after it was feared they had been -- mistakenly caught up in a gang feud. They were attacked in Wandsworth, South London, last Thursday after a row with four men following a car accident. The pair were taken to convalesce at Donnington Hall near Ledbury, Herefordshire, by Miles's mother -- Liz's sister Kate -- Curran, 54. Kate lives in a cottage on the sprawling 187-acre estate. Liz said that "by some miracle" none of Miles's vital organs were damaged in the savage attack. She said online: "My 21-year-old nephew Miles Hurley was brutally attacked by four men. (PageSix)

Eric and Lara Trump looked sullen Thursday at a crpe restaurant in Aspen ... just as Donald Trump Jr.'s wife filed for divorce. Eric and Lara grabbed some grub at Crperie du Village during an early night out. As we reported, Eric's brother Donald couldn't make his marriage work, in large part because Vanessa hated politics and the public eye. We're told the last straw was when someone sent an envelope containing white powder to their home. In sharp contrast, Lara loves politics and the spotlight ... she's a senior adviser in Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign. (TMZ)

Donald Trump Jr. ain't licking his wounds after his wife filed for divorce ... he's rallying with the help of a 3-year-old Smurf. Donnie Jr. posted a pic with his 3-year-old daughter, Chloe, Thursday night ... not long after Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in the Manhattan courts. Don Jr. captioned it, "No matter what is going on bedtime cuddling with the smurf puts a Yuge smile on my face." He ended the post with #bedtime #daddysgirl #cuddle. As we reported ... sources connected to the family tell TMZ the divorce had been a long time coming. Among the issues ... Vanessa hates politics and we're told the last straw was when someone sent her fam an envelope containing white powder. One source said Donald Jr. was "relieved." (TMZ)

Vanessa Trump hires criminal defense attorney for Donald Jr. divorce. Vanessa Trump has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent her in her divorce from Donald Trump Jr. just as special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the president's family business. White Plains, NY-based lawyer David Feureisen is representing Vanessa, according to paperwork filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Vanessa and Don Jr. had claimed in a joint statement that their split after 12 years of marriage was not acrimonious. "It's a curious choice if it's an amicable separation," Manhattan family law expert Bonnie Rabin said of Vanessa's attorney. "If it's an amicable situation, you wouldn't be highlighting the criminal aspect," noted Rabin, who is not involved in the case. Feureisen did not return calls requesting comment. However, a spokeswoman for Vanessa insisted, "Vanessa's attorney is someone whom she and her family have known for over 20 years. He practices in many areas of the law and ... is not a criminal defense attorney." Despite that, Feureisen clearly does practice criminal defense and most notably secured the release of a New York man named Anthony DiSimone from federal prison in 2007 after a judge overturned a murder conviction related to a bar fight in 1994. Don Jr.'s been running his father President Donald Trump's business, The Trump Organization, while he's in office. The president's oldest son had also met with a Russian lawyer who was promising -- but did not deliver -- dirt on Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower in 2016. Vanessa filed a summons Thursday -- simply notifying her husband that she wanted the split. She has not yet submitted paperwork, but her uncontested filing means Don Jr. and Vanessa -- who is believed to have a "cast-iron prenup," according to sources -- are not heading for a fight over custody and assets. The nature of the filing also means the former couple don't have to appear in court and their attorneys can quickly and quietly finalize the divorce. Don Jr. does not yet have a divorce attorney listed in the case. (PageSix)

Nun says she's broke after legal battle with Katy Perry. An 80-year-old cancer-stricken Los Angeles nun says she's so broke that she doesn't know where her next meal will come from -- because Katy Perry bought the sister's convent for some $14 million, setting off a take-no-prisoners legal battle. Sister Rita Callanan is one of the last nuns still living at the Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary -- where she thought she'd live until her last days, London's Daily Mail reported Saturday. Then the "Firework" singer tried to buy the property from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, headed by Jose Gomez. He claims to own the convent and sold it to Perry in 2015, according to the report. Callanan and her late fellow nun, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, believed they had the right to sell it. Holzman collapsed and died last Friday in the courtroom where the case was being heard. Perry said she wants the 22,000-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired property so that she can "sip green tea and find herself.'' (PageSix)

Hilton family sued after Conrad's car wreck. Kathy, Rick and Conrad Hilton are being sued by their former car insurance company for $550,000. Hudson Insurance claims the company should not have been responsible for paying the six-figure sum after Conrad was sued over crashing the family's Range Rover in 2016, according to a lawsuit obtained via The Blast. The company says it had a policy with the Hiltons to insure two luxury vehicles from May 2015 to May 2016, and that Conrad crashed the Range Rover just days before their policy ended. He was sued over the incident months later, and Hudson ended up covering a portion of the settlement. Now, Hudson wants its money back because "a portion of the underlying insurance terminated during the policy period," since Rick signed a Driver Exclusion Agreement in November 2015 that ended the coverage of liabilities caused by Conrad's driving, per the lawsuit. Hudson claims the company was never notified of the agreement. Conrad, 23, previously suffered major injuries in a 2014 car crash. He was most recently in court in 2017 for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend Hunter Daily Salomon's father's Bentley and driving it to her mom's house. She previously received a restraining order against him in 2015. (PageSix)


The Roots' SXSW concert cancelled due to 'security concern'. The Roots cancelled their "Roots and Friends" show at the South by Southwest conference on Saturday night due to a "security concern" that multiple reports say was a bomb threat. "Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight's Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam," show sponsor Bud Light/Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. "After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions." Rolling Stone reports that it has confirmed the security concern was a bomb threat; Austin Police Department said more information would be made available on Twitter. In a series of Tweets that were deleted within 20 minutes, Roots drummer Questlove wrote that the cancellation was due to a "severe emergency." "Uh, welp can't say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight," he wrote. "Tonight's show has been cancelled. They'll make official announcement, but I'd rather save y'all the trouble of waiting in line." The Roots were scheduled to appear with Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Dermot Kennedy and Tank and the Bangas. (PageSix)

Logic has every reason to be flying high after inking a new deal with Def Jam Records -- but he should come down to cloud 8 ... or 7, 'cause he isn't making nearly as much as he claims. Logic's been making headlines this week with his new "Bobby Tarantino II" and after doing an interview with "Beats 1" host Zane Lowe, during which he said he'd recently signed a new contract for $30 million. Sources tell us the rapper's contract was, in fact, restructured to get him more dough, but it wasn't for $30 mil. Even if he landed in the tens of millions, that's still a good chunk of change and obviously nothing to turn down. The rapper's been having a ton of fun with interviews since the project's release, so it's possible he's just trolling everyone. Logic would have you believe Def Jam cut him a seriously fat check ... for no less than $20 mil, as he rapped on his new mixtape, "Bobby Tarantino II.' Maybe the line just worked for his rhyming pattern, but bottom line is ... in real life, the numbers just don't add up. We reached out to a rep for Def Jam ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Angie Stone says Bruno Mars has a lot of growing up to do, but ain't hard to read between the lines ... she wants him to pay up. We got the R&B singer Thursday in the ATL and asked her about her rap group, The Sequence, suing Bruno and producer Mark Ronson back in December ... alleging their hit single, "Uptown Funk," is a ripoff of The Sequence's 1979 single, "Funk You Up." Angie claims Bruno admitted "Uptown Funk" was inspired by "Funk You Up," and insists she ain't trying to bash Bruno, but wants him to show some respect. Translation: Show me the money!!! As TMZ first reported ... The Sequence is asking for a jury trial and unspecified amount of money from Bruno. Angie's lawsuit ain't the first against Bruno for the same song. Zapp and Roger Troutman made similar allegations back in September. BTW ... we know our photog screwed up ... Mark Ronson was not a DJ in the '70s -- he was barely born. (TMZ)

Prince Royce in Steamy New 'El Clavo'. Prince Royce has decided, at least for now, to take a break from bachata and fully go into reggaeton with his new single "El Clavo," released Friday (March 16). It is surprising how the 28-year-old singer has moved away from his musical roots, and at the same time, he is making clear that he won't be tied down by one genre. "El Clavo" not only represents a musical change for Royce, it also carries a message: The singer wants to help women stuck in bad relationships. "People stick around for whatever reason, but if you're not really happy, then what's the point?" Royce told Billboard. The song was released along with a steamy music video, which you can watch first on Billboard and shows how Royce helps a lady to leave that person who mistreats her. (Billboard)

The Wu-Tang Clan ripped off an old soul song and used it in its 2017 hit "People Say" ... so say 3 musicians in a new lawsuit. The trio known as The Diplomats in the '50s and '60s claims Mathematics, a producer for the Wu-Tang Clan, jacked the melody, lyrics and rhythm of their 1969 track, "I've Got the Kind of Love." According to the docs ... "People Say" is a prominent lyric from their song. The Diplomats claims many fans and ordinary listeners have noticed the similarities between the tunes and have even pointed them out online. According to the docs ... The Diplomats say they never gave permission to use their music, so they want the rap group to stop performing and selling "People Say" ... and fork over damages. Listen for yourself -- you think they got a legit gripe? (TMZ)


"Black Panther" is a smashing success and producers probably always knew it would be ... because they paid good money to a kid hardly even in the movie. 10-year-old Seth Carr -- who plays the child version of Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger in the movie -- got paid $1,000 a day on set ... according to his contract obtained by TMZ. It is unclear how many days young Seth worked on the film, but his guaranteed paycheck was at least $7,654 ... plus any future residuals. Not bad at all for the few minutes of screen time. Along with Young Killmonger, Carr is known for his roles on the shows "Bosch" and "Knight Squad" ... and also played Young Holt on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." (TMZ)

DeWanda Wise: "I Will No Longer Be in Captain Marvel." DeWanda Wise will not star in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie after all. In January, it was announced that the actress had landed a role in the Marvel superhero movie. It would have marked her first major film role. On Thursday, she confirmed on Instagram Stories that she had dropped out of the movie because she was scheduled to work on it while She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee's Netflix comedy series in which she stars as the lead actress, was also in production. "It's true," Wise wrote. "I will no longer be in Captain Marvel because the schedule conflicts with season 2 of She's Gotta Have It." "Last week I felt pretty devastated -- this week is leaps and bounds better," she continued. "You see, if you had told me that this would happen any year prior to 2016, I would have doubled over with laughter. But here we are -- at a moment in culture where scheduling conflicts are rapidly replacing lack of options, and I feel absolutely blessed to be here." Captain Marvel stars Oscar-winning Room actress Brie Larson as the title character. The movie also features Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn. Captain Marvel is set for release in March 2019. (Eonline)

Justin Bieber Brings "Fear of God" to Patrick Schwarzenegger's Midnight Sun Premiere. Justin Bieber attended the premiere of Midnight Sun on Thursday to support his friend Patrick Schwarzenegger -- and he brought the "Fear of God" with him. The 24-year-old singer showed up to the event at the ArcLight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles wearing a black sweatshirt that read "Fear of God" on the back. He also wore black pants with a yellow stripe down the side. The 24-year-old actor was clearly happy the "Sorry" singer came. "He's such a great guy," Schwarzenegger told Entertainment Tonight. "I'm just really blessed to call him a friend, he's a really great guy... I'm really happy he came to support me and I'll support him throughout his life." However, these two weren't the only celebrities at the big event. Schwarzenegger's mom Maria Shriver was there as were his co-stars Bella Thorne and Rob Riggle. Bieber has shared certain aspects of his spirituality before. He's posted quotes about his faith on Instagram and has been seen attending church with Selena Gomez. While Bieber has attended recent public events -- he was just photographed at the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in February -- he doesn't make a lot of formal red carpet appearances. So, this was a rare sighting. In fact, he hasn't made one since 2016. (Eonline)

Ivan Drago -- the Russian murderer who beat Apollo Creed to death -- is now training his son to a be a human killing machine, too ... and he's getting the boy in shape on Rocky's home turf. Dolph Lundgren was spotted out at the famous Rocky statue Thursday in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art ... shooting a scene with Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu -- the boxer who's playing his son in the sequel. Of course, the museum steps and statue are part of the Rocky legend -- it's where Balboa proved to himself that he had the heart, the will and the EYE OF THE TIGER in multiple 'Rocky' movies. Drago famously trained in a high-tech Russian lab (while doping his face off) before he got his clock cleaned in "Rocky IV" -- but now it seems he's using Rocky's methods to train up his kid. Why? Maybe the Russians took the loss harder than we thought and kicked his ass outta there. R.I.P. Creed. (TMZ)

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Teases Global Destruction, New Alliances and Thanos' Rise to Power. Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes stop Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War? Marvel Studios just released a new trailer for the blockbuster ahead of its Apr. 27 theatrical release. Expect to see a variety of heroes and villains teaming up and throwing down, as the cast includes Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Paul Bettany as Vision, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Don Cheadle as Col. Rhodes/War Machine, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Vin Diesel as Groot, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Sebastian Stan as Buck Barnes/Winter Soldier, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Benedict Wong as Wong and Letitia Wright as Shuri. The trailer opens with Gamora, Thanos' daughter, issuing a warning. "We have one advantage: He's coming to us," Iron Man responds. "We have what Thanos wants -- so that's what we use." After the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, the heroes are "fractured at the start of the movie. It was always the intent, in a larger arc, to split the Avengers up before the greatest threat they've ever seen," co-director Joe Russo recently told Entertainment Weekly. "Thanos is a virtually indestructible character, which makes him an extremely difficult character to fight." Downey, who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with Iron Man, promised a spectacular climax in Infinity War. "Believe me, I'm tired of every movie, you know, 'It's the end! It's Armageddon! It's the be-all, end-all, forever!' And then it's...not. This one actually is," Downey told the magazine with a laugh. "They're not kidding. This is a heads-will-roll scenario." "The notion of an ending, the notion of a finale, became very intriguing to us, on large part because you don't see it that often in this particular genre," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige added. With this film, and its 2019 sequel, "We're going to pull out the stops, and stop exploring conventions, and look to do stuff where we go, 'Oh, but if we do that, that's very, very definitive,'" Downey said. "Well, great, let's get definitive for a change! We're like a family now. Ten years later, we're hanging out and having lunch, and kind of wondering when the draft is going to come in. Which one of us bites it and when?" At least some of the character will not survive, as screenwriter Stephen McFeely said, "It's safe to say we will say farewell to people." But before then, the heroes must unite to stop Thanos. "He's from a planet called Titan that's no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked," Feige explained. "That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life." In short, Thanos wants to obliterate half the universe. "That's either genius or horrific, depending on your point of view, and most of our point of views say it's pretty horrific," Feige said. To accomplish his goal, Thanos needs to acquire the six Infinity Stones and combine them into one gauntlet. "He's on a hunt. We're using a bit of a '90s heist genre component," Russo teased. "Thanos is on a smash-and-grab, and everybody's trying to catch up the whole movie." Sadly for the Avengers and their allies, it shouldn't be hard for Thanos to find the Infinity Stones: The Collector has the red Reality Stone, Doctor Strange has the green Time Stone, Loki has the blue Space Stone, the Nova Corps has the purple Power Stone and Vision has the yellow Mind Stone. "The end is near. When I'm done, half of humanity will still exist -- perfectly balanced, as all things should be," Thanos says in the new trailer. "I hope they remember you." (Eonline)

Danny Boyle working on script for next James Bond film. Danny Boyle says he's working on the script for the next James Bond movie. The British director has been rumored to be at the top of the list to direct the 25th film in the spy action franchise. He says he's collaborating with John Hodge, who wrote Boyle's "Trainspotting" and its 2017 sequel, "T2: Trainspotting." Boyle says the two are "working on a script at the moment." He says he can't offer more details. MGM, which produces James Bond films, has not confirmed who will direct the next installment. Boyle made the comments on the red carpet Wednesday at the New York premiere of "Trust." The 10-part television miniseries on the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III premieres on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern on March 25. (PageSix)

Why Foreign-Language Movies Are Thriving in China. Recent releases from India, Thailand and Europe have struck gold in the Middle Kingdom. North America remains the world's largest box-office territory, but for foreign-language films produced outside of Hollywood, China can already offer vastly more market potential for the right lucky title. The highest-earning foreign-language release in North America last year was Bollywood epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which brought in a substantial $20.2 million. That, however, was just a fraction of the $193 million earned by Indian sports drama Dangal at the Chinese box office in 2017. Produced by and starring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Dangal struck a surprising chord with the Chinese audience, smashing every local record for an imported non-Hollywood film. Khan was quick to repeat the feat with his follow-up, Secret Superstar. Another family drama -- this time about a rural Indian girl who dreams of becoming a singer -- Superstar has taken in $118 million since Jan. 19, making it the biggest imported film of the year in China, thus far beating top Hollywood titles Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($77.9 million) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($42.6 million). And it's not just Bollywood finding a foothold at the Chinese multiplex. Thailand's Bad Genius, a thriller about a high school girl who devises a scheme to cheat on exams, totaled $41 million last year, while Spanish thriller Contratiempo earned $26 million. "There's a growing demand for diversity in the market in terms of genres, stories and styles," says James Li, co-founder of Beijing-based film industry market research firm Fanink. "The Chinese audience has grown up watching about half of their movies subtitled or dubbed -- thanks to Hollywood -- so there is potential here for foreign-language films that never existed in North America." Chinese buyers have responded on cue. At the Hong Kong Filmart, Asian and European genre fare with China-friendly themes is expected to be the subject of keen interest and occasional bidding wars. The increased box-office potential has already created an opportunity for movies that traditionally would have had zero theatrical prospects outside their home country. Chinese theatrical rights to Spanish basketball film Champions were scooped up at Berlin's recent European Film Market by Beijing-based Joy Pictures, and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, a satirical Bollywood comedy, is said to have sold to another Chinese company. China's Bona Film Group, meanwhile, picked up forthcoming Belgian animation film The Queen's Corgi in a low-seven-figure deal in Berlin. "Movies like Dangal showed us that certain special cases can do really, really well," says Li. "The next step is for this to become a sustainable business model for more than just the lucky few." (Hollywood Reporter)

Angela Bassett agrees with her fans who feel she was robbed of an Academy Award in 1994. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, host Cohen read the Black Panther star, 59, a comment from a fan who said they thought Bassett deserved to win an Oscar for playing Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It. The prize ultimately went to Holly Hunter that year for her role in The Piano. Laughing, Bassett replied, "Yeah, me too." "Good, I agree," Cohen added. Bassett was also asked to share some insider knowledge about a potential sequel to Black Panther, which has already raked in $1.1 billion at the box office, according to Forbes. But sadly for fans everywhere, the actress didn't have any information to share because so far she hasn't "heard anything" about a follow-up. "I hope they're writing it right now, you know. I hope they're prepared for it but no, I haven't heard anything," she said. "I just know I didn't die, so I'm happy about that," she added. Bassett, who stars as the Queen Mother of Wakanda in Black Panther, previously opened up to PEOPLE about how the film offers a long-overdue depiction of people of color in proud roles. "We would tell our kids you're of kings and of queens," she explained. "We try to instill a sense of pride, and this is that moment where we can look on that screen and see all of that history that we've read -- that if we've been privileged to go back to the motherland to experience -- to see it manifested onscreen for the first time." The actress also said she was impressed with the way the film depicted "all the wounds and all the disconnection" that generations of African Americans have felt in America. "The connection to our past, our potential, who we might have been, our aspirations of what we want to do of saving others, of bringing those [who have] less along with you, the sacrifices that are made and what they do to our psyches and to our bodies and to our relationships, it has all of that." She continued, "And I think that's why we get so much emotion. It's big, it's action, it's futuristic but it's also so grounded in what we go through. Showing up and having to be more and better and give all and defy expectation and stereotype [while] still being loving and brilliant and having something to give and to share." (People)

A dog on a movie set was put in a cage, violently spun around and dropped into freezing cold waters ... and nothing about it was pretend. Sources on the set of "Crazy Alien" tell us the scene, shot in China in November, featured a German Shepherd hoisted high above the ground in the cage. According to the script, the dog was captured by aliens. You see in the clip -- provided by PETA -- the cage turns around with considerable ferocity before being hurled into a nearby river. We're told the scene was repeated multiple times until the director was satisfied. Our sources onset say the dog was shaken up after the stunt, but did not appear to be injured. Matthew Morrison, who starred in "Glee," is featured as the star ... we're told he was not onset when the scene was shot. TMZ broke the story ... a terrified German Shepherd was placed in turbulent waters on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" and the video we posted triggered a torrent of criticism. We've reached out to "Crazy Alien" honchos and Morrison's team ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)


Scandal wraps filming on series finale with 'a lot of tears'. Scandal isn't known for being much of a weepy show, but it certainly had the cast and crew in tears early Saturday morning as they wrapped filming on the seventh and final season. "I'm overwhelmed with gratitude," Kerry Washington wrote on Twitter as she headed home. "And that's a wrap on #scandal. A lot of tears. A lot of love," wrote executive producer Shonda Rhimes on Twitter. "Forever grateful for every second." Rhimes, along with the rest of the cast, shared several thoughts and photos throughout the day and made it clear that the Gladiators all came together to honor and celebrate the show's last moments in production. Eventually, around 6 a.m. ET, the final scene was handled. The series finale of Scandal will air on April 19 on ABC. (Entertainment Weekly)

Bill Hader Reprises Role of Stefon on Saturday Night Live. Yes, yes, yes-yes-yes-yes, welcome back, Stefon! Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader returned to the NBC show to serve as a host for the second time and reprised his fan-favorite role on Weekend Update. The 39-year-old actor had created the character, a Weekend Update "city correspondent," while working as a regular SNL performer between 2005 and 2013. After he left the series, he returned a couple of times and made cameos. On Saturday's episode, Stefon offered viewers tips on the best places to visit in New York City on St. Patrick's Day. Hader broke character about two minutes in, struggling to contain his laughter. Comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney made a cameo as Stefon's laughter, Shy. Earlier during Saturday's episode, Hader played ousted White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci in the cold open skit. (Eonline)

Lifetime's Harry & Meghan Movie Portrays Royal Couple in Bed in First Teaser. Lifetime is about to let fans feast their eyes on the soon-to-be royal couple -- in bed. Well...sort of! The network has just released its first teaser trailer of the network's highly anticipated original movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance and things are getting steamy between the sheets with the newly betrothed couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who got engaged in November. The upcoming film follows the fairytale romance of Prince Harry (The Loch's Murray Fraser) and Meghan Markle (Jessica Jones' Parisa Fitz-Henley) from the moment they met after being set up by friends in Canada, through their initial secret courtship when they kept their romance under wraps, and ultimately to the moment when their relationship went public and came under scrutiny from the world. All that to say this real-life love story has got a lot of ladies around the world swooning and if this 20-second clip is any indicator, Lifetime's movie is sure to keep audiences blushing with its bedroom fireworks and it's over-the-top romance. At one point, Harry says to his new flame, "I don't need my life to be this perfect royal picture. I just need you." SWOON! E! News first reported news of the film back in January. Produced by Michele Weiss and Meredith Finn, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance also delves into Meghan's life as a divorced American actress. Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda directs a script written by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli. This isn't the first time Lifetime has shone a spotlight on a royal romance, either. In May of 2011, the same months that the world watched Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, the network debuted William & Kate. Grey's Anatomy star Camilla Luddington starred as the Duchess of Cambridge, while Nico Evers-Swindell portrayed Wills. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance premieres Sunday, May 13 at 8pm ET/PT. Prince Harry and Meghan are set to wed on May 19. (Eonline)

Channing Tatum and Kristen Bell Among Celebs to Appear at 2018 Kids' Choice Awards. Are you ready to see celebs get slimed? Channing Tatum and Kristen Bell may be on the list of stars who will get painted in green at Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards. They have been confirmed to make appearances during the annual ceremony, E! News has learned exclusively. Zendaya, The Flash star Grant Gustin, Nick Cannon and Storm Reid, star of Disney's new movie A Wrinkle in Time, will also appear on the show. Zendaya is nominated for Favorite TV Actress and Favorite Movie Actress. Gustin is nominated for Favorite TV Actor. Other nominees include actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Daisy Ridley, Emma Watson and Gal Gadot, groups such as Fifth Harmony and Maroon 5, singers such as Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Cardi B and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown. Voting is now open on the award show's website. John Cena will return as host of the Kids' Choice Awards. The ceremony will air live on March 24 from The Forum in Inglewood, CA. (Eonline)

Will & Grace has been picked up for a third season. Happy St. Paddy's Day, Will and Grace and Karen and Jack! The cast of Will & Grace announced a third season order of the comedy Saturday at PaleyFest in Los Angeles. The much-talked about revival of the sitcom, which will wrap its first season on NBC on April 5, has averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers. The suits were so thrilled with the hype over the show's return that it ordered a second season before the first one even began. And how's this, fans? Season 2 will feature 18 episodes, up from 16 this year. The actors -- Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally -- must have cleared their schedules! Season 2 will premiere in the fall. "As far as I'm concerned, we can't get enough of Will & Grace and 23 more episodes is music to my ears," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "We're eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean, and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going. I'm overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience, and my hat is off to the unrivaled writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as the brilliant directing of Jimmy Burrows, for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television." At Saturday's PaleyFest panel attended by the four actors, Kohan, Mutchnick, and Burrows and moderated by actor Dan Bucatinsky, Kohan first shared the news that order for season 2 was extended by five episodes. Then McCormack reminded him there was other news and announced the third-year pickup. Mullally then got off her chair, turned around, and shook her booty for the crowd. Naturally, everybody roared. Does that broad know how to work a room or what? Earlier Saturday, Hayes made note of today's very special date via Instagram. (Entertainment Weekly)

Getty Family Goes After FX's Trust: Could This Be the Beginning of the End for TV's True Crime Wave? Bringing a true story to life on the small screen is hard work. There's an intense amount of work that must go into researching the story as fully as possible, securing the rights to someone's life, finding actors who look similar enough and is also the best choice for the role, and walking the increasingly fine line of being respectful to real-life folk, some of whom are still living, while still being as entertaining and dramatically propulsive as possible. And as FX has begun learning the hard way, there's the added pressure of both legal ramifications and PR nightmares should the subjects of the projects -- or their families -- truly not be on board with your vision for their story. The network was almost single-handedly responsible for the true crime scripted docu-series resurgence TV fans are currently living through, thanks to the arrival of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016. Ryan Murphy's re-telling of the Trial of the Century, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life, was an overnight smash hit, becoming a major ratings success for the network as well as an award season darling. The anthology series' first installment earned hardware for Murphy's muse Sarah Paulson, introduced us to Sterling K. Brown, and redeemed lead prosecutor Marcia Clark in the public conscious in the process. And just like that, a craze was born. FX quickly gave the greenlight to a second installment centered around Hurricane Katrina (which has had its concept severely reworked and still hasn't gone into production) and a third surrounding the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. A second true-life anthology series from Murphy, Feud, was put into production, focused on the famed feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. And a third anthology series, this time from writer Simon Beaufoy and director Danny Boyle, was ordered. Trust, which is due to tell the story of "one of America's wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys...over multiple seasons and spanning the 20th century" beginning in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, is set to debut on March 25. And that's just how FX responded to O.J.'s success. NBC and prolific producer Dick Wolf also got into the game with the awkwardly titled Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, CBS dipped a toe in the waters with two-part unscripted special The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, Discovery dramatized the FBI's search for Ted Kaczynski with Manhunt: Unabomber, Netflix teamed with David Fincher for Mindhunter, a fictionalized account of the FBI's early days of criminal profiling, Paramount Network brought the tragic standoff that pitted the FBI and the ATF against David Koresh's Branch Davidians in the mini-series Waco, and USA just premiered Unsolved, an anthology whose first season takes on the murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. And as the return on investment for these types of shows continues to diminish -- nothing listed has managed to reach the peaks that The People v. O.J. Simpson ascended to during its run -- FX has found itself under increasing scrutiny and scorn from its subjects. The headaches began in June of last year when the legendary actress Olivia de Haviland sued Murphy and the network over her portrayal by Catherine Zeta-Jones in Feud, which had finished its run in April. The only living person featured in the series, de Haviland claims the series violated her privacy and publicity rights. Appellate arguments on the case begin on Tuesday, March 20, per The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy and the network were next dinged in the lead-up to the January 17 premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The family of the late fashion designer, portrayed in the series by Edgar Ramirez, issued a statement a week prior to the debut, slamming the series as "a work of fiction." "The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace," they claimed. While neither FX nor the producers has ever claimed the family was involved in the project, the responded with a statement of their own. "Like the original American Crime Story series The People v. O.J. Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin's non-fiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX's follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth's heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller Vulgar Favors which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth," Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions said in a statement. That didn't sit well with the family, who issued another statement two days later, saying it was "sad and reprehensible" for the producers to have based their project on Orth's book, which they allege is "full of gossip and speculation." While it's hard to tell if the Versace family's dismissal of the project is to blame or simply true crime fatigue, the damage was done. The Assassination of Gianni Versace debuted to three million less viewers than The People v. O.J. Simpson did and has seen its numbers dwindle in subsequent weeks. And now, just ahead of Trust's debut, the network is facing legal ramifications and further PR worries thanks to Ariadne Getty, the sister of John Paul Getty III, who is demanding that FX hand over episodes of the series for her review while claiming that the show makes it look as though her family was complicit in her brother's infamous kidnapping. In a March 15 letter to the network obtained by E! News, Getty's lawyer Martin Singer claims that the 10-part series, which stars Donald Sutherland, Brendan Fraser and Hilary Swank, is a "a cruel and mean-spirited defamatory depiction" of the family. "It is ironic that you have titled your television series Trust," Singer writes. "More fitting titles would be Lies or Mistrust, since the defamatory story it tells about the Gettys colluding in the kidnapping is false and misleading, and viewers rightly ought to mistrust it." As was the case with Versace, Singer says neither Ariadne's "consent or input" was sought out before "proceeding to concoct" Trust. FX did not return immediate request for comment. The jury's still out on what sort of damage Getty's letter might do to the potential success of Trust, but it stands to reason that these unwanted reactions to their scripted docu-series might have FX thinking twice about their enthusiasm for them. And you can be sure that other network executives are watching these skirmishes very closely as they play out in the press and in court. The question remains. What will kill TV's true crime craze first, viewer fatigue or these unwanted headaches? Trust premieres Sunday, March 25 at at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

Big names to appear in 'Billions' season 3 premiere. The new season of "Billions" debuted at hip downtown theater Metrograph on Thursday night -- where buzz was that Season 3's first episode, premiering March 25, includes cameos by real power players including Marc Lasry, Charles Koppelman, BlueCrest Capital Management's Michael Platt and Weitz & Luxenberg's Perry Weitz. At an after-party at Mr. Purple, swaggering star Paul Giamatti arrived with an American flag pin -- channeling his attorney general character -- and circulated with his co-stars, as well as political power players, Showtime execs, and series creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien. (PageSix)

Clarissa Explains It All Revival With Melissa Joan Hart Taking Shape at Nickelodeon. Start practicing those na-na-na-nas, it looks like Clarissa Darling is coming back to TV with a reboot/revival/spinoff of Clarissa Explains It All. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon is in early talks to bring back Clarissa Explains It All with Melissa Joan Hart reprising her fan-favorite role, but this time as the moment of the family. It sounds similar to what Disney Channel did with Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World and Netflix's Fuller House, the spinoff from Full House. THR reports original series creator Michael Kriegman is in talks to return and executive produce alongside Hart and her mother Paula Hart. Clarissa Explains It All ran from 1991-1994 on Nickelodeon, producing 65 episodes over five seasons. The series starred Hart as the title character, a teen with a pet alligator. She'd talk to the audience and often breakdown the stories with fake news segments. The show also starred Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess, Joe O'Connor and Sean O'Neal. A spinoff pilot, Clarissa, was shot for CBS in 1995, but was not picked up to series. The show would've followed Clarissa interning at a newspaper in New York City. The pilot eventually aired on Nickelodeon. Kriegman previously revisited the character of Clarissa in the 2015 novel Things I Can't Explain. It followed Clarissa navigating life in her 20s. After Clarissa, Hart went on to star in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Netflix is currently working on a new Sabrina, a spinoff of Riverdale with a darker tone, set to star Kiernan Shipka. In 2015, Hart told E! News she wouldn't rule out returning to one of her past projects as the wave of TV reboots and revivals took hold. "I think it's great, I mean I totally get it," Hart told E! News when asked about revivals. "Never say never, but I'm not going to try to push it, really. People have already approached me about doing a few reboots, whether it's Clarissa or Sabrina." Hart said Clarissa was more primed for a revival than Sabrina. "I think it would have to be done really right. You can only go back to the well so many's either going to be done really well and people will only know me as this one character for the rest of my life, or it's going to be really embarrassing and I'll never work again," she said with a laugh. "I think it's a really tricky, fine line to walk as an actor and I had a fantastic time on that show and I just think fondly on every moment I had -- all seven years on Sabrina and those four years on Clarissa -- but I think you just have to be really careful with that stuff. I know the fans say they want it, but then -- then they're really hard on you after. It never turns out as well as the fan-fiction does, you know? "So, I don't know. If we were going to redo it, I would take real quality control measures to make sure that this is going to be something fantastic," she said. Nickelodeon declined to comment on the story. The network is already rebooting Blue's Clues, made a Hey Arnold! movie and is prepping for the return of Invader Zim and Rocko's Modern Life. (Eonline)

Jennifer Garner Still Doesn't Know Why She Made That Face at the Oscars. Don't ask Jennifer Garner about that viral facial expression she made at the 2018 Oscars -- she doesn't know why she made it, either. The 45-year-old actress spoke about the famous look on the Mar. 16 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For fans who missed the 90th Academy Awards, cameras caught Garner looking like she just realized something extremely important. She even stopped clapping and opened her mouth as if in awe. Twitter immediately turned the reaction into a meme, making jokes like "Jennifer Garner just realized she forgot to take the chicken out [of] the freezer." "I can't even look at it. I can't!" Garner said on Friday's episode. "It's too embarrassing." But when Ellen DeGeneres asked Garner why she made the facial expression, the 13 Going on 30 star had no idea. "No, I wish I did," she replied. "I wish I had a better story about it." Joking about the sporadic moment, she then added, "I mean, it could happen any minute," and recreated the silly pose. Looks like we'll never know what went on in Garner's head. Watch the video to see her talk about the viral moment. In addition to talking about her facial expressions, Garner talked about her new movie Love, Simon and her recent trip to the dentist that left her freaking out about the musical Hamilton after taking laughing gas. She also talked about taking her chicken Regina George for walks. (Eonline)

Grey's Anatomy Tells of First Loves and Someone's (Finally) Engaged. Took these two long enough! Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers) are finally engaged on Grey's Anatomy after maybe the longest most complicated journey of love this show has ever had -- and that's truly saying something. Inspired by a heart transplant patient deep in the middle of his first love with his cosplay BFF (to the point where he doesn't want a transplant in case his new heart doesn't love his boyfriend in the same way), Grey's told the stories of a few first loves. Maggie's (Kelly McCreary) was, as to be expected, adorably nerdy, but Alex and Jo got some heartbreaking backstories to go with their already heartbreaking backstories. Jo was living in her car, unable to trust anyone and believing she was too screwed up to deserve any happiness anyone wanted to offer her. Alex's attempts at love were thwarted by his mother's mental illness, which scared off his girlfriend and convinced her he was crazy too. In present day, Jo started to think of where she could go and what she could do now that she was free of Paul, and Alex worried that he wasn't part of all that possibility. In the end, he was wrong. Jo put on that ring he offered her all those seasons ago and proposed to him, explaining that she never fit in and wanted to keep running from everything until she met Alex. "You're so screwed up that you make me make sense," she said. He said yes, obviously. Elsewhere, Maggie and Jackson continued their flirtation, Amelia and Owen had some great-sounding ex-sex, April got to know Koracick in basically every way possible, and Meredith wrestled with the fact that her mom might have stolen the work for her second Harper Avery from her BFF, and now it's keeping her from making mini livers. Ellis will haunt us all forever and all we want is for Mer to succeed! Stop this!! Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 Crowns a Winner. RuPaul's Drag Race has another all-star to add to its hall of fame, and everybody's just a little bit shocked. After the final four -- Trixie Mattel, Kennedy Davenport, BeBe Zahara Benet, and Shangela -- faced all the eliminated queens in Thursday night's finale, that jury narrowed it down to Trixie and Kennedy, shutting out both frontrunner Shangela and Bebe, the only former winner in the bunch. After a lip sync to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," Trixie Mattel was named the winner of All Stars 3. Trixie previously competed on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race and went on to star in the popular webseries UNHhhh and the Viceland series The Trixie and Katya Show. While everyone is happy for Trixie, most of the top tweets about the finale were a little bit...confused...about that final two. Many fans were shocked by the fact that Trixie and Kennedy were named the top two of the season, especially up against Shangela and BeBe. BeBe won season one of Drag Race, and Shangela was a frontrunner for most of the season. She had three challenge wins and three lip sync wins under her belt and seemed like an automatic choice for final two. Several jury members said their final two votes were based on who could benefit from the win more, but considering the fact that Trixie already has a TV show, we're just saying that seems a little suspect. Obviously, Trixie is fabulous and deserving and we trust the final lip sync decision of RuPaul, but what we do not trust is a jury of eliminated contestants deciding not to vote for the queen who eliminated the most of them but who definitely deserved a shot at the win. This isn't even anything against Kennedy! It's just a fact that Shangela deserved a shot! All we ask for Christmas this year is that Survivor footage that usually plays over the credits of who everyone voted for, because we need. to. know! We'd also like a video of that Grease Live!-style finale performance that we can watch a few more times because it was a delight and it might distract us from our confusion, until season 10 begins next week to make us completely forget any of this ever happened. RuPaul's Drag Race returns next Thursday for season 10 on VH1. (Eonline)

Dear Fox, here's why Brooklyn Nine-Nine deserves to be renewed. Don't panic, but Fox has not yet renewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a sixth season. Actually, maybe you should panic -- because the kooky cop comedy is not only the funniest sitcom on broadcast TV (fight me, Good Place fans), it's second only to Queer Eye as the most kind-hearted, humane show on any platform, period. Fans of Brooklyn -- which returns this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET -- are used to sweating through this renewal anxiety every spring. But this year, things seem more dire for our heroes in the 99, as the show is pulling in around 1.8 million viewers on average this season -- its lowest same-day audience ever. (With multi-platform viewing factored in, the average grows to 5.9 million.) It's so painful to think that the show might not return, especially when season 5 has featured some of Brooklyn's most hilariously absurd moments. Tim Meadows as Jake's "cowardly cannibal" cellmate! The return of Holt's gambling addiction (his tell is using contractions)! Charles getting shown up yet again by a horse named Sergeant Peanut Butter! And Sunday's spring premiere features a sight gag involving three men and one square foot of carpet space that is too sublime to be spoiled. Plus, who can forget THIS? And the feels! (Do the kids still say feels? Don't answer that.) This season Jake proposed to Amy via a championship-wrestling belt, while Rosa came out to her parents as bisexual -- something she's known about herself since seventh grade. (You have not cried until you watch Rosa's dad, played by guest star Danny Trejo, offer his daughter this wholehearted apology: "I want you to know that I accept you for who you are, and I love you very, very much.") There is so much to love about Brooklyn (why hasn't Andre Braugher won an Emmy for his impeccably deadpan performance as Captain Holt?), but what makes the show feel more necessary than ever is that every episode, at its core, is about people helping each other. Though season 1 pit Andy Samberg's goofball cop Jake against his stickler-for-rules new boss, Captain Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine -- much like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation before it -- went from good to great when the central characters left their sitcom squabbling behind and became friends. The best workplace comedies, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show on, are about the second families we form in the 9-to-5 trenches -- and the cops in Brooklyn's precinct love-hate each other in the way that only relatives can. ("You don't have to sign your name on texts," Jake types huffily to Holt in Sunday's episode -- and Holt's reply is dad-perfect. "Dear Jake, suggestion noted. Sincerely, Raymond Holt.") And as it should be in a family, everyone -- no matter how annoying -- has something to contribute. Even Brooklyn's sedentary office buffoons Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) have earned the precinct's grudging respect with their unexpected abilities -- like when they used their finely-honed dessert deduction skills to locate Holt's stolen pie. (Spoiler alert: In the spring premiere, Hitchcock's jigsaw puzzle savvy helps the gang rescue Jake and Holt.) I have to believe, with New Girl on its way out, Fox has the wiggle room to keep Brooklyn on its roster. Yes, newcomers Ghosted and LA to Vegas are averaging around 1 million more viewers per week than Samberg's comedy, but Brooklyn fans are devoted -- and they will come back if (and when) the network's new comedy experiments fail next season. Though its same-day ratings are down, the show still has street cred with younger viewers (do the kids still say "street cred"? Don't answer that) -- just ask 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard, who overslept on the morning of his event because he was up late binge-watching Brooklyn. (It also ranks in the top 20 among adults 18-34, and it's top 10 with men 18-34.) Finally, let us never forget that we forgave Fox for Son of Zorn -- so technically, they still owe us one. (Entertainment Weekly)

It's been almost 10 years since the "Jersey Shore" cast took over pop culture with their love of gym, tan and laundry, and it seems not much has changed since the show debuted in 2009. In a trailer for the reality show's revival, titled "Jersey Shore Family Reunion," the original cast, including Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio," Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, is back to their old hard-partying -- and fist pumping -- ways. Despite the fact that half of the group is now married with children, Ortiz-Magro promises "we're older, but I don't think many of us are wiser." Farley adds, "I love my children, but I never let loose. Motherhood has made me crazy." The show will gather the original crew back together to give "The Situation" a booze-filled sendoff before he heads to prison. (He was recently convicted for tax fraud and faces 15 years behind bars.) While he proclaims it's "The United States vs. The Situation," Polizzi says, "Dude, prison's no joke, it's scary, he's literally not going to survive." The original "Jersey Shore" ran for six seasons on MTV from 2009 to 2012. Created by SallyAnn Salsano, the series followed the alcohol-fueled adventures of a group of friends sharing a New Jersey beach house. The series spawned spinoffs "Geordie Shore" in the U.K., "Gandia Shore" in Spain, "Warsaw Shore" in Poland and "Acapulco Shore" in Mexico. "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" premieres April 5 at 8 p.m. on MTV. (Page Six)

Stuart Ford's AGC Studios Unveils Executive Lineup. IM Global alums follow Ford to his new production and sales outfit, which launched last month. AGC Studios, the new production and international sales outfit launched by IM Global founder Stuart Ford last month, has boosted its executive ranks with a number of familiar faces. Former IM Global execs Michael Rothstein, Bonnie Voland, Wifreddy Chaing, Cristina Garza, Glendon Palmer, David Schulhof, Jed DeMoss, Callum Grant and Samuel Hall.are all joining Ford at AGC. The executive line up join Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Detroit), who on Monday took over as AGC's new head of film, overseeing the company's development and production slate, a job he previously held at IM Global. Rothstein will oversee the new studio's worldwide sales as president of worldwide distribution. He was previously president of international sales and distribution at IM Global and, before that, president of international sales at The Weinstein Company. Voland, marketing and publicity head at IM Global for more than a decade, will take over a similar role at AGC as head of worldwide marketing and publicity. Chiang was named SVP of finance and operations, having served in a similar capacity at IM Global. Garza will be AGC's new head of Latino content, overseeing development and production of film and TV content targeting a multicultural audience. Garza was previously managing director of IM Global's Latino sales and production subsidiary Mundial and before that head of distribution at Mexican producer/distributor Canana. Palmer takes on the job of SVP and head of urban content at AGC. He was SVP of development and production at IM Global, joining the group from Overbrook Entertainment. Schulhof will head up music-driven film and TV content, as well as AGC's music publishing operations as the group's new head of music. He was previously president of IM Global Music. DeMoss assumes the role of creative executive at AGC Shapiro at IM Global. Jed DeMoss, who had previously reported to Shapiro at IM Global, takes over as a creative executive at AGC. AGC Studios on Thursday also announced the opening of their London office, to be run by Callum Grant as new SVP of European Acquisitions and Sales. Grant was previously VP of international aales and acquisitions for IM Global. Samuel Hall joins Grant in London as manager of European acquisitions and sales, having performed a similar role at IM Global. Among all the IM Global alums, AGC has added one fresh face: Zach Garrett, a former acquisitions exec at EuropaCorp, Broad Green and eOne Entertainment, takes over as vp of acquisitions at the new studio, based out of L.A. "AGC Studios is tremendously fortunate to have such an armada of proven executive talent joining us from the very outset of our new company," Ford said in a statement. "This is a unit of longtime colleagues who are well known throughout the industry and with a team ethic that stretches back for more than a decade. Together we hope to hit the ground running and get AGC's business off to an impressive start." Ford is wasting no time in building up his new enterprise, launched after he was pushed out of IM Global last August by Donald Tang, whose Tang Media Partners took a majority stake in the indie film group back in 2016. Tang merged IM Global with U.S. distributor Open Road to form Global Road, which former Summit CEO Rob Friedman is running. AGC said he hopes to announce its initial film slate in the next few months and is "actively assembling" a team to run its television business. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Gilmore Girls' producer sues Warner Bros. over residuals. Producer Gavin Polone sued Warner Bros. on Thursday, accusing the network of using creative accounting practices to deprive him of residuals for the Netflix revival of "Gilmore Girls." The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, represents the fourth dispute between Polone and the studio over "Gilmore Girls" residuals in the last 16 years. In this case, Polone alleges that the studio improperly charged a 10% SVOD distribution fee, which reduced profits by $2 million. The suit claims the studio also tacked on various fees, including electronic sell-through and video-on-demand expenses. "These expenses ... falsely underrepresent the bottom line number that determines Plaintiffs' profit participation payments, resulting in substantially lower profits paid to Plaintiffs," the suit alleges. The studio is also accused of "straight-lining," that is, bundling "Gilmore Girls" with unprofitable shows for distribution accounting purposes, thereby diminishing its profits. Polone is also seeking an audit of the show's profits dating back to 2012, and says he was recently told that Warner Bros. could not begin an audit before late 2019. In 2016, Polone sued the studio to establish his right to be paid at all for the Netflix revival. At the time, according to the complaint, Warner Bros. contended that "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," was a derivative work based on the original series, and not a continuation of it, and that therefore Polone was not entitled to any residuals. The suit states that Warner Bros. also appeared to believe the Netflix revival was not a "television series" as defined in the contract because it appeared on Netflix. As with the earlier disputes -- which dated from 2002 and 2007 -- Polone says Warner Bros. ultimately settled the matter and agreed to pay more. Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for comment. (PageSix)


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