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Friday, April 20, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Destiny's Child Singer Michelle Williams Is Engaged to Pastor Chad Johnson. Michelle Williams is engaged to Chad Johnson! The 37-year-old Destiny's Child star and her fiance confirmed the news to People. Johnson actually popped the question last month. According to the magazine, the 40-year-old pastor went to Williams' hometown of Rockford, Ill. to get her family's blessings and videotaped the trip. On Mar. 21 -- one year after Johnson first asked his bride-to-be out over text -- he got down on one knee. Before proposing at a hotel in Pebble Beach, Calif., the two recreated their initial text exchange. Johnson then had a waiter bring out an iPad with the video of his visit with her family. "I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people," Williams told the magazine. "Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, 'Pull yourself together! He's about to propose! Stop all this crying!'" Sure enough, Johnson presented her with a five-carat engagement ring from the Los Angeles jeweler Denis Mahgerefteh. It looks like the two want to walk down the aisle sooner rather than later. According to People, the couple plans to tie the knot this summer. "It's gonna be ... think James Bond-meets-Midsummer Night's Dream -- with a little hood in it," Johnson said. "It's gonna be very traditional. We're doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private." As for whether her former girl group members will be there, Williams said, "it's looking good." Williams' road to happily ever after was a long one. According to the magazine, the singer met her future husband at a spiritual retreat in Arizona in March 2017. That same month, the artist appeared on The Real and told the hosts her ex-boyfriend of a "number of years" had cheated on her. "I was in a horrible, dark place," Williams told People. "I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation -- get connected to God." When she met Johnson, she thought he was cute but decided not to flirt with the retreat's pastor. However, the two kept in contact and Johnson eventually sent her a text messaging asking if she wanted to connect. "And right away, she texted right back with one word and six question marks behind it: 'Connect??????'" he recalled. "I thought she had dissed me. So I was embarrassed, and I didn't reach back out to her because I thought I'd ruined the friendship." Thankfully, he got another shot at love when Williams sent him a direct message via Instagram. Soon, the two were texting and building a friendship through FaceTime. However, it wasn't until July that the two went on their first date -- a wedding in the Dominican Republic -- and they shared their first kiss. Even though the two had to battle long-distance, they managed to form a deep love. "What kept drawing me and drawing me at first was I felt like I could be myself," Williams said, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name. "My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra: just ratchet, I didn't have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet -- he just made me feel very safe in being myself." To read more of Williams and Johnson's interview, visit People.com. Congratulations to the happy couple! (Eonline)

Gwyneth Paltrow Wears Fiance Brad Falchuk's Initials on That Finger. While some wear their heart on their sleeve, Gwyneth Paltrow wears her future husband's initials on her ring finger. The bride-to-be stepped out Wednesday night in San Francisco for the pre-Broadway opening of Head Over Heels, looking every bit the fashionista she is in a striped metallic jumpsuit and long wavy tresses. While the outfit was a fabulous red-carpet choice, it was one of her accessories that had us doing a double take. Instead of her estimated $500,000 blue sapphire sparkler adorning her left hand ring finger, Paltrow sported a chunky gold ring with the initials "BF," an unmistakable nod to her fiance Brad Falchuk. They confirmed their engagement back in January, sharing in a joint statement, "We feel incredibly lucky to have come together at this juncture in our lives, when our collective successes and failures can serve as building blocks for a healthy and happy relationship." Most recently, the couple celebrated their impeding nuptials with a star-studded engagement party featuring famous friends like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden, Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, Lake Bell, James Corden, Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Chelsea Handler and a pregnant Kate Hudson. The special bash also included violin players in tuxedos and a performance of "My Funny Valentine" by Hudson on stage. "She was amazing and people were in awe," an eyewitness shared. There was no shortage of well wishes for the radiant future bride and groom as they were surrounded by family and friends celebrating their love. Onward to the wedding! (Eonline)

Michelle Williams is ready to walk down the aisle. The former Destiny's Child member, 37, and pastor Chad Johnson revealed they've been engaged for a month in an interview with People. "We could not contain this any longer!" the singer told the magazine. The couple first met at a spiritual retreat led by Johnson, 40, last March. Although they hit it off immediately, it would take a couple months and some flirtatious texting before the couple started dating, with their first official date taking place at a wedding in the Dominican Republic. It was there, as Johnson tells it, that he realized Williams was who he wanted to be with. "I told her, 'I've been looking. I don't want to look anymore. I'm done. My search is over,'" he said. While much of the courtship has been long distance -- in addition to Williams' touring schedule, Johnson is the team chaplain for the Pittsburg Steelers and Los Angeles Dodgers it was soon clear to the couple that they wanted to marry, and this March the pastor popped the question at the Pebble Beach, Calif., hotel he'd been staying at when he first reached out to her over text. "I was just losing it!" Williams said of seeing Johnson down on one knee. If it was up to the singer, the couple would wed right away, but her husband-to-be wants to make sure they get everything just right. "We do wanna get married very, very soon," she said. "We've been moving very quickly and planning. Why wait? I want to get married now, but he wants a wedding!" (Page Six)

Pink Jokes That She's "Bad Cop" When It comes to Parenting Her Kids With Husband Carey Hart. She's one hot mama! Pink has a lot to smile about. The mom of two is People's official "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" of 2018. The musician has always been open about spreading positivity and keeping it real about her life as a mom and wife, which makes her the perfect pick! Inside the magazine, on newsstands Friday, Pink talked about parenting her children with hubby Carey Hart. "My husband promised me that I wouldn't be bad cop, and he has failed me in that way," she joked. "He's fun guy, Mr. Fun! And then I come in with the rules." What else did she share about her family life? (Eonline)

Charlize Theron Opens Up About Being a Single Mom of Two: ''This Is Perfection.'' They saying being a mom is the hardest job in the world... Charlize Theron certainly knows the trials and tribulations of being a mother, raising two children, August, 2, and Jackson, 6, on her own. The Oscar winner sat down with E! News' Carissa Culiner to discuss her upcoming film, Tully, in which Theron plays an exhausted mother of three, who gets gifted a night nurse to take off some of the overwhelming burden of being a mom. It's a role that that Theron knows all too well. During the chat, the Atomic Blonde actress discussed how she as a mother deals with her own children's meltdowns. The 42-year-old admitted, "My oldest can definitely get into a state pretty quickly." When asked about whether or not the mother of two wanted to go for three, like her character, the actress shut down that prospect. "I knew a long time ago that this was going to be my family and I am so blessed and lucky that this is my family," said the South African star. "As of right now, as a single parent this is what I can handle and I think it's a good thing to know what you can handle." Of her family of three, she gushed, "This is perfection for me. I feel very blessed." Theron adopted son Jackson in 2012 and adopted daughter August in July 2015. In the chat, Charlize also got honest about what it was like gaining 50 pounds for her role in the Jason Reitman-directed comedy, admitting that for the first three weeks of her food spree she felt "joyful" but then "dealt with depression" as a result of the food she was consuming. "The food intake was just so processed and I drank a lot of sugar," said the star, who had just come off shooting Atomic Blonde. While packing on the pounds only took a few months, Theron admitted that "it took a year and a half to get it off." Tully, which is written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody, also stars Mark Duplass, Mackenzie Davis and Ron Livingstone, and hits theaters on May 4. (Eonline)

Jenna Dewan Returns to Her Dance Roots Weeks After Channing Tatum Split. Jenna Dewan is rediscovering her lifelong passion. The newly single celeb posted a dance video to her YouTube page on Wednesday, her first since she and Channing Tatum went public with their separation just over two weeks ago. Titled "A Little Dance," Jenna gets visibly emotional as she performs along the beach barefoot and in a white lace dress. "Inspired by this cove, this song, and voila! Love love love xx," Dewan wrote. As Jenna's fans know, the 37-year-old started her career as a backup dancer for the likes of Janet Jackson, Pink and Christina Aguilera. She went on to co-star in Step Up, where she met her future (but now ex) husband of eight years. Meanwhile, Jenna recently returned to social media with a message of gratitude for her supporters. "Thank you guys for all your love," she wrote. "Love you right back." Aside from getting back in the dance studio, a source previously told E! News Jenna has found comfort in the presence of her loved ones. The World of Dance host recently traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., with the insider sharing, "She was surrounded by family and had a quiet weekend there. It's close enough that she can get out of L.A. easily and spend time with people she is close to." Back on April 2, the couple announced in a joint statement that they were separating. "We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together," Channing and Jenna shared at the time. "Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now." (Eonline)

Paula Patton's Boyfriend Says He and His Wife Were 'Separated' Before Dating the Actress. Paula Patton's no home-wrecker, at least according to her new boyfriend. The actress, 42, recently revealed that for the last month she's been dating a new guy, realtor Zach Quittman, who, it was later reported, is currently married to another woman. The situation has drawn criticism on social media, where some have pointed out that Patton recently left her ex-husband Robin Thicke for cheating during their marriage. But according to Quittman, he and his estranged wife are no longer together. "We were totally separated before I moved on," the realtor tells PEOPLE. He added that they've been separated "for awhile." Quittman also responded to rumors that his estranged wife was caught off guard by his moving on. "Obviously there's three sides to every story and I'm not pointing the finger or saying anyone's wrong, but we were definitely separated before I moved on," he explained. On Wednesday, the duo were spotted out in New York City holding hands and smiling. Patton called Quittman her "boyfriend" while promoting her new film Traffik on Extra TV Monday. "I have a boyfriend now," she told the outlet. "I haven't called anybody a boyfriend. He's my boyfriend!" Patton and Quittman have been dating for "a month." She added, "But when you know, you know. I love him." While she declined to name him at the time, she did hint at how they met: "If you have a kid and you have a basketball game, look at the daddies. It's kind of a suburban romance. He's got kids, I got a kid. It's one of those!" Patton, who went through a bitter custody battle over her son Julian Fuego with ex-husband Robin Thicke, also opened up about the key to successful co-parenting with the singer. "To live in the now," she said. "You have to forgive. That was then, this is now. You don't have to hold on to anything. You are not doing your children any service. Bring as much peace and harmony to their life as you can." Thicke, 40, and Patton worked out a custody arrangement for Julian last year, around the same time Thicke's current girlfriend April Love Geary announced her pregnancy. "Robin and Paula had lots of drama and disagreements, but everyone is doing better now," an insider told PEOPLE at the time. "They realized they needed to figure out ways to get along, so things would be easier for their son." The source added, "The drama was very difficult and unfair to Julian. Lately, things are much better. They all seem happier." Patton's new film Traffik hits theaters April 20. (People)

Pregnancy hasn't slowed down Cardi B's twerking game. Following her Coachella performance over the weekend, the mom-to-be joked about how her dance moves will ease the birthing process, when she and fiance Offset welcome their first child. "They say the more you move, the easier it will come out," the 25-year-old said Thursday during an appearance on "Ellen." As DeGeneres rolled tape of Cardi B taking the stage at the Palm Springs, Calif., music festival, the rapper quipped, "I was just trying to show the world how I got pregnant in the first place." Cardi B performs at Coachella on SundayGetty Images After much speculation, Cardi B confirmed she was expecting earlier this month, following a performance on "Saturday Night Live." "I'm finally free," she shouted backstage. While her due date has yet to be revealed, Cardi B also remains tight-lipped on her future child's name. "My dude named the baby. I really like the name," she said of Offset's decision. "I'm gonna let him say the name since he named the baby." (Page Six)

She's got her sister's back -- and his. Brie Bella has broken her silence following Nikki Bella's split from John Cena on Wednesday, April 18. "He'll always be family. My heart is hurting for he and my sister #Truth," Brie wrote via Snapchat. Brie, 34, spoke out after a report claimed that she wanted "to kill" Cena because she was so upset about the breakup, which happened weeks before the couple were set to tie the knot. "I'd never say this and I'll always love @johncena like a brother," she continued. "False!!" Nikki, 34, and the Blockers actor, 40, exclusively confirmed to Us Weekly on April 15 that they were ending their six-year relationship. "While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another," the former couple told Us in a statement. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives." Still, a source tells Us that the pair could get back together one day. "Nikki hit a point where she was just exhausted by the relationship. She's sad but not devastated," the insider explained. "She's in a great place with her career but needs some time to figure everything out." The source added: "John is one of the loveliest people, but he is not open-minded. He's controlling about everything in his life ... Work always comes first ... John puts a lot before Nikki." Since the split, Cena has been sharing some emotional messages on social media. On Tuesday, he posted a quote from Kwame Floyd that read: "It's not what you go through that defines you; you can't help that. It's what you do AFTER you've gone through it that really tests who you are." (US Weekly)

Lauren Bush Lauren found out about grandmother's death while at gala. Lauren Bush Lauren was attending a glitzy gala when news broke that her grandmother Barbara Bush had died. We're told that Lauren stayed through the Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street, which marked the Food Bank for New York City's 35th anniversary. "She looked somber at the table," said a source, and she slipped out before the afterparty. Lauren -- who runs her own anti-hunger organization, FEED -- told Page Six on the red carpet before the sad news came through: "I simply believe that food is a human right." (PageSix)

Abby Lee Miller Receives Initial Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She's not out of the woods... One day after undergoing emergency spinal surgery for what was believed to be an infection in her spine, reality star Abby Lee Miller has now been preliminary diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, confirms E! News. Samer Saah, a rep for Dr. Hooman Melamed, a spinal surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, tells E! News that they'd thought the Dance Moms star, who left prison late last month, was in pain due to an infection on the spine but it turns out that it's likely Burkitt lymphoma, however pathology results are still pending. The doctor's rep also states that he's unsure if the lymphoma has spread at this point, however, he there's a "good prognosis" for those who are diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. As for her spinal cord recovery, Dr. Melamed told E! News that "it's looking good" and that he's optimistic about her recovery. However, he cautions that Abby Lee is "not out of the woods yet" and that she will likely need another spinal surgery. As for her movement, Melamed says she's been able to move her arms, legs and toes, which is a "very good sign." Melamed said despite the preliminary diagnosis the reality star was in better spirits than in recent days. Yesterday, E! News reported that the 51-year-old underwent surgery in order to remove a mass close to her spine. At the time, Saah explained that if the mass had not removed it could have caused Miller to die or be paralyzed. According to the doctor, the reality star, who recently was released from prison, was paralyzed and could not move on Monday. However, she is now able to move her arms, toes and could feel touches from the doctor, post-surgery. On March 27, Miller was transferred from the FCI Victorville prison in California to a halfway house in Long Beach, after spending over eight and a half months in federal prison. As E! News reported in March, Miller's June 21 release date was moved up to May 25 and now it's expected she'll serve the remaining two months of her term at the halfway house. Miller was famously sentenced to one year and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release in May 2017 after she pleaded guilty to the charge of concealing bankruptcy assets and to one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction. She was also fined $40,000 and ordered to pay a $120,000 judgment. The reality star reported to FCI Victorville two months later. "Sometimes in life you make mistakes," she wrote on social media in January. "I trusted the wrong people and didn't pay any attention to things I should of. I'm more than sorry for the mistakes I have made. My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison. I did so with grace." During her time in prison, Abby Lee passed a real estate class and received a personal finance class diploma. As she later updated in February, "I'm surviving because the fire inside me burns brighter than the fire around me." People magazine was the first to report this story. (Eonline)

Rosa Salazar -- who's starring in the upcoming James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez blockbuster "Alita: Battle Angel" -- has one less real-life battle to worry about ... TMZ has learned. Court sources tell us ... Rosa squared off against her ex-boyfriend, Sam Setzer, and his lawyers Wednesday in front of a judge over claims he made last month that she harassed and threatened him after a breakup. We're told the judge heard both sides and decided to dismiss the case and toss the restraining order Setzer had gotten against Rosa. The judge said there were no grounds for it. Rosa's appeared in "American Horror Story" and the 'Maze Runner' films. She's playing the title character in 'Alita' -- with co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez and Christoph Waltz -- which comes out later this year. (TMZ)

Calvin Harris is being sued by a blind man who claims the DJ screwed him over in a super-expensive home deal. Harry Moscatel claims he leased Harris' home above the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood last year for $35,000 a month. He put down a $70,000 security deposit and moved in ... according to the docs. Moscatel's attorney, Scott Doonan, tells us ... the house had problems from the beginning, including hot water and heating issues, faulty doors and a sound system that never worked right. We're told Moscatel and his family bailed on the home, and he now claims the lease agreement was invalid ... in part because he's a 79-year-old blind man and protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit does not explain why his disability would allow him out of the lease. The house was once the love nest of Calvin and Taylor Swift when the 2 were an item. Moscatel makes other technical arguments about the lease and is asking a judge to declare it null and void. He's also preparing to sue Harris to get a portion of his rent and his security deposit back. BTW ... Moscatel made news last year after a hoverboard caught fire and burned his multi-million-dollar mansion down. Presumably, that's why he rented Calvin's pad. We reached out to Calvin's people, so far no word back. (TMZ)

Giada De Laurentiis had plenty to say about fellow celebrity chef Mario Batali, who has been accused of sexually harassing several women. "I did not have those exact experiences with him, but it doesn't come as a huge shock," De Laurentiis, 47, shared on Wednesday's podcast of "Eater Upsell." Their working relationship dates back many years as it was Batali, 57, and Bobby Flay who helped De Laurentiis launch a restaurant in Las Vegas. "Anybody's who's ever hung out with Mario knows he's a very charismatic person," she explained. "We drink too much and sometimes ... I'm not legitimizing it by any means. I know I've been through my own issues in this business. I think any woman in any business goes through stuff. It's just sad, you know? It's time, but it's also sad. It's a combo, and I think we all free both." De Laurentiis said that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, women need to continue to stick up for themselves. "I think we need to change our culture, and the children need to learn to respect human beings, no matter what you look like, who you are, male or female," she added. "We just need to be respectful. Someone says they don't want to do something, they don't wanna do it, period. Let's just be nice to each other." In December 2017, four women came forward claiming Batali, who owns a host of restaurants and cooking products, either sexually harassed or assaulted them. Days later, an actress came forward with claims against the chef. He was also allegedly caught on video drunkenly kissing and groping a woman who appeared passed out at the Spotted Pig. Batali has stepped away from his empire including his co-hosting duties on ABC's "The Chew." Walmart and Target also dropped his products from their shelves. "I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team," Batali wrote in an apology. "My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility." (Page Six)

Mariah Carey's ex-manager Stella Bulochnikov (AKA Stella Stolper) is about as reliable as Tristan Thompson... or at least that's what she's basically claiming! As we've reported, Stella recently filed documents in New York ahead of a possible lawsuit against the songstress for sexual harassment and breach of contract. In response, the We Belong Together songbird is hitting back calling Stella's accusations "lies and threats." A rep for MiMi told People: "Stella Bulochnikov was terminated from employment as Mariah's manager due to failure to perform her job effectively and ill-serving her client. Stella was not under contract for employment. She has been spreading false rumors to any media outlet that will publish them. We won't respond to lies and threats." (Perez Hilton)

The judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sex-assault retrial denied a defense motion for a mistrial early Thursday, after the comedian's attorneys claimed prosecutors misled jurors through improper questioning. The request came after Montgomery County prosecutor Stewart Ryan on Wednesday repeatedly asked defense witness Marguerite Jackson if Cosby attorney Kathleen Bliss had helped "create" Jackson's statement that she witnessed accuser Andrea Constand hatch a plot to extort the TV pioneer. "There was no other purpose for that line of questioning except to imply that some sort of nefarious conduct [on the part of the defense] had taken place," defense attorney Rachel Robinson told Judge Steven O'Neill as she requested a mistrial. O'Neill denied the request, saying at this time he saw no basis for a mistrial. O'Neill then proceeded to blast lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau for not having more than one witness ready to take the stand Thursday. Cosby, 80, faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged drugging and molestation of Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his suburban Philadelphia home in Jan. 2004. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years behind bars on each count. Wednesday, Jackson took the stand to say that she and Constand had been sharing a hotel room in Rhode Island in February 2004 when Constand turned to her and said she could concoct allegations against a celebrity in order to "get money." Toxicologists for both the prosecution and the defense are expected to take the stand later Thursday. Cosby's June 2017 trial ended when jurors were unable to return a verdict. (Page Six)

Prince likely had NO idea he was even taking the fentanyl that ended up killing him, according to prosecutors who have found no one to criminally charge for his death. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said Prince had taken counterfeit Vicodin that was laced with fentanyl. He said they could not find sufficient evidence of who supplied the counterfeit pills, and as a result ... there will be no criminal charges in his death. As we reported, a toxicology report showed Prince had "exceedingly high" levels of the opioid in his system when he died -- even for a chronic pain patient. Metz added it was likely Prince had also taken one of the counterfeit Vicodin when he overdosed on a private jet the week before he died. TMZ broke the story ... Prince made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, where emergency responders gave him 2 shots of Narcan to save his life. Metz said Prince had been prescribed Percocet by Dr. Michael Schulenberg days before he overdosed, but says it played no role in his death. TMZ obtained a photo of Prince pacing outside a Walgreens the day before he died, waiting for a prescription to be filled. Schulenberg had prescribed the Percocet to Prince's bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, as a cover for Prince. The federal government went after Schulenberg for that violation, and he just reached a settlement ... agreeing to pay a $30k fine. Prince died at 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016. (TMZ)

"Night Court" star Harry Anderson was dead well before paramedics arrived, according to his wife who called 911. TMZ obtained the transcript from the 911 call Elizabeth Morgan placed earlier this week to authorities in North Carolina after Harry apparently went into cardiac arrest in his sleep. She tells the operator ... "His hand -- he's cold. He's not ice cold, but he's definitely cold. His eyes are partially open, uh, but he's not looking at anything, he's not responding." In the call, Elizabeth declines help for performing CPR, saying she believes it's too late. She also mentions Harry suffered a series of strokes at the end of January after battling the flu. As we reported ... Anderson was found dead Monday when paramedics arrived, according to dispatch audio. Authorities said no foul play is suspected. His son, Dashiell, told us his father died from natural causes. Harry was 65. (TMZ)

Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, has died ... according to a statement released by the San Antonio Spurs. Erin died Wednesday, but the cause of death is unknown at this time. The news comes as a shock to players and fans -- although it's being reported she'd been ill for an extended period ... Coach Popovich hadn't said anything publicly. Erin and Gregg were married for 4 decades and have 2 kids and 2 grandchildren. Spurs GM R.C. Buford says, "We mourn the loss of Erin ... She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." The Spurs are scheduled to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series Thursday night in San Antonio. Kevin Durant was told the sad news at practice and was at a loss for words. Erin was 67. RIP. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Roseanne, Gal Gadot, Cardi B and Jimmy Kimmel Make TIME's 100 Most Influential List. Can you hear her laughing gleefully already? Roseanne Barr, who recently made a TV comeback with a rebooted, ratings-topping Roseanne, has made Time magazine's 2018 100 Most Influential People list, which was revealed on Thursday. Joining her are the likes of fellow celebs such as Israeli actress and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, Cardi B, actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown. Barr, aka simply Roseanne, is historically one of the most outspoken and controversial comediennes in the world. Recently, she has both delighted and alienated fans of her work by supporting President Donald Trump, who actually phoned her to congratulate her on her rebooted show's ratings. She defended her political opinions on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in March. Her namesake character on Roseanne is also a Trump supporter, although his name is not mentioned on the show. "She is using her art to address relevant social issues, just as she has always done," fellow actress and comedienne Rosie O'Donnell, a staunch liberal who opposes Trump, writes in TIME. "There has been much said about her love of the current President. Although I don't understand it in any way, I love her still. I have seen the indefensible tweets from her macadamia-nut farm -- and I forgive her." "I know what it's like to be like Roseanne," she continues. "She is the big sister I never had. And she has grown and shrunk right before our eyes with a courage that astounds me. She has been criticized by a President for singing the national anthem. She has openly struggled with mental illness. She travels the breadth of extremities, and that frightens most. But we feel her heart. We have watched her survive it all for three decades. And we love her for it." Gadot won praise last year for her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the first big screen adaptation of the DC Comics classic, which marked her biggest acting role. "She is a wife and mother; she has served her country, traveled the world, and is hardworking, loving, wise, goofy and full of humanity," Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in a '70s TV series, writes in TIME. "Wonder Woman has helped transform how women and girls see themselves since she emerged on a TV show in 1975. She represents what we know is inside every one of us: fierce strength, a kind heart and incredible valor. Gal understood and captured the spirit of this complex, independent, fully feminine persona. I applaud her for all of her success." Haddish has grown her fanbase over the past couple of years thanks to the success of the film Girls Trip and her no-holds-barred style of candid comedy, in which she name-drops plenty of celebs and provides humorous never-before-heard anecdotes about them. Kimmel has made headlines over the past year by becoming increasingly more political and emotional on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, speaking against President Donald Trump's policies and allies after the 2016 election and shining a spotlight on the disputed issues of gun control and healthcare reform -- the latter of which he talked about after revealing on his program that his baby boy Billy needed emergency surgery upon birth to correct a congenital defect. Hip-hop star and mom-to-be Cardi is popular not only for her music, but for her personality. "I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too," actress Taraji P. Henson writes in TIME. "The first time I went on her Instagram page, she was so raw, coming at you, like, whoa! She used words like 'shmoney' and 'shmoves,' and she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into? When she showed her soul like that, I hit the Follow button. I felt like she had the voice of the people, you know what I mean?" (Eonline)

Bill Murray and brothers open 'Caddyshack'-themed restaurant. Good news, "Caddyshack" lovers: Actor Bill Murray and his brothers recently opened a restaurant that's themed after the 1980 hit film. The Murray brothers -- Bill, Joel, Johnny, Ed, Andy and Brian -- officially opened the restaurant on Tuesday, which is located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on River Road in Rosemont, according to WGN. The restaurant's motto? "Eat, Drink and be Murray." "The fact that it is called Caddyshack means it has something to do with golf," the actor said at a press conference at the restaurant's unveiling, according to the Chicago Tribune. "That feeling of casual fun, I think is what it is." The restaurant's walls are covered in family pictures and posters from some of Murray's other movies, such as "Groundhog Day." Crispy potato golf balls, a double bogey cheeseburger and "Caddyshakes," among other items, are featured on the menu, WGN reported. This isn't the first 'Caddyshack'-themed restaurant. The original, located in St. Augustine, Fla., opened over a decade ago, according to WGN. (PageSix)

Karlie Kloss is killing it! The supermodel has a new gig under her already impressive list of jobs: as of Thursday, she is the newest Global Spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador for Estee Lauder. The entrepreneur is joining an impressive roster of spokesmodels and ambassadors including Carolyn Murphy, Fei Fei Sun, Gabriella Wilde, Hilary Rhoda, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Misty Copeland and Yang Mi. Kloss's first campaign with the iconic beauty brand will debut in July 2018 to support hero products such as Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup and Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme. Even better: Karlie's company Klossy Productions is partnering with the brand to create her very own related beauty content that she will be sharing across her social and digital platforms -- including a behind-the-scenes sketch of Karlie during her first day of work at the Estee Lauder headquarters in NYC. In a statement via press release, Aerin Lauder, Style and Image Director at Estee Lauder, said, "As a successful model, entrepreneur and founder of Kode with Klossy, Karlie is both beautiful and accomplished. I am so excited she is joining the brand." But that's not all -- given that Karlis is so committed to educating and building confidence in the next generation of women, Estee Lauder is also going to supporting Karlie's initiative Kode with Klossy through coding camp and events. On her latest gig, Karlie released a statement via the brand, "It is a dream come true to join the Estee Lauder family," she said. "I am so inspired by the brand's legacy and values -- from the entrepreneurial spirit of Estee herself to the company's unparalleled commitment to creating best in class products for women around the world. I could not be prouder and honored to be part of such an iconic brand." Get ready, you guys -- exciting things are clearly coming our way. (US Weekly)

Now anyone can play dress-up with Jeff Goldblum. Jeff Goldblum isn't amused by the "Jeff Goldblum Dress-Up Magnets" set being sold by a British publisher. The star of "Jurassic Park," "The Fly" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" wasn't aware of the fun activity set from Belly Kids -- which is going for 10 pounds on their Web site -- until I contacted his manager, who said he was contacting Goldblum's lawyer. Belly Kids, which also sells T-shirts and prints aimed at irony-obsessed millennials, gushes: "With 5 decades of being the most awesome guy in Hollywood he has shown us the charismatic, surreal and charming. Now we finally give you the chance to mix, match, twist and tack Jeff just how you've always wanted to. Dress him how you like and have fun doing it!" The company also sells "The Wisdom of Nicolas Cage," "The Steve Buscemi Activity Book" and "Little Red Velvette," a Prince-inspired baking book. (PageSix)

Christian Siriano debuts new NYC store. Christian Siriano debuted his new store, the Curated NYC, on 54th Street near Fifth Avenue, with all the starry women who wear his dresses. Alicia Silverstone, Debra Messing, Patricia Field, Fern Mallis, Dorinda Medley and others popped in, and Heidi Klum sent the "Project Runway" winner orchids to celebrate. Siriano's new fashion home is a 1900s townhouse formerly used by Cary Grant. He plans to open a rooftop vegan cafe this summer that will sell goodies that Silverstone will create. (PageSix)

Princess Elizabeth, daughter in NYC in bid to rescue grandkid from alleged sex cult. Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and her daughter Catherine Oxenberg are in New York in a last-ditch attempt to rescue Catherine's daughter India from the Nxivm "sex-slave" cult. India, 26, has moved from the Albany area, where Nxivm was headquartered, to Brooklyn -- where cult leader Keith Raniere languishes in federal lockup. She is working at Plantmade, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the East Village. The restaurant's manager said he did not know who India was when he hired her two months ago. India still refuses to talk to her mother, who flew in from California, but has spoken to her grandmother, who came from Serbia, to talk some sense into India. "India remains loyal to Raniere, and has vowed to go to prison to protect him," Frank Parlato, a former publicist for Nxivm, told me. "She thinks she's doing noble things. She told someone, 'I will be like Nelson Mandela.'" Catherine is desperate to free India and she's writing a book called "Captive: A Mother's Crusade To Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult," due in August from Gallery Books. Raniere, arrested in March at his hideout in Mexico, will be back in court on April 27 to ask for bail. (PageSix)

Kanye West certainly looks happy about his new music, but so far ... Charlamagne Tha God's the only person we know of who's heard it. We got Kanye leaving his office in Calabasas with "The Breakfast Club" host Wednesday night, and asked if the 2 listened to Ye's new -- and highly anticipated -- album. Kanye doesn't say much ... but the smile on his face speaks volumes. Our sources tell us Charlamagne got to listen to a good portion of the album -- not just "some s**t" -- and was with the rapper to do an interview about it. As we reported ... Kanye hit the mountains of Wyoming last month to work on the album with numerous other artists -- including Drake -- but everything's been kept under wraps since the creative process began last year. Looks like the big reveal is approaching, though. (TMZ)

Cardi B wasn't just glowing from her pregnancy during her Coachella performance Sunday ... she was also glowing thanks to a hefty, super expensive chain around her neck. Celebrity jeweler Eliantte Avianne of Avianne & Co. tells us Cardi put the idea of doing a Lola Bunny Chain in his ear about two months ago, but waited until 5 days before her main stage Coachella debut to actually put in the order. Avianne had to work overtime to get it done since the chain and pendant are littered with 110 carats of diamonds valued between $350k and $400k. Cardi clearly liked it because she gave Avianne a shout-out on her social media from the festival wearing the expensive ice around her neck during Migos' set. (TMZ)

Serena Williams is making an adjustment -- to her real estate game -- by slashing the price of her Bel-Air home ... to just a shade under $10 million. The tennis star put the 6,101 sq. ft, 6-bed, 7-bath mansion -- featuring a pool, gym, bar, salon and private hiking trails -- on the market for $12 mil back in October ... but apparently hasn't had any takers. With a new price tag of $9,995,000, Serena's still set to make a nice profit on the sale -- she bought the place for just over $6 mil in 2006. As we reported ... Serena plunked down $6.7 mil on a Beverly Hills pad right around the same time she listed her Bel-Air palace with Greg Piechota from Keller Williams. So ... don't worry about her not having a place to stay in L.A. (TMZ)

Barack and Michelle Obama have decided 2 summers without a swimming pool were enough ... so with another summer around the corner, they're finally gonna build one. Obama's post-presidential pad in Washington, D.C. -- the one they first rented in 2016 and then plunked down $8.1 million to buy last year -- is undergoing construction for a new swimming pool. According to building permits, obtained by TMZ, work includes construction for a brand spankin' new residential swimming pool ... an in-ground pool, of course. Barack was the 44th prez, after all. The pool will also feature a terrace of sorts. Barack and Michelle got the permit application process going in January ... and there's been a series of reviews in the months that followed -- from plumbing and electrical to several mechanical corrections. Nothing like a staycation after a SICK 2017 vacation. (TMZ)

Stefano Gabbana Disses Former Friend Victoria Beckham on Her Birthday. Looks like Victoria Beckham's in Stefano Gabbana's Burn Book! The Italian designer, who is best known as one half of fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana, isn't hiding his dislike for former friend, the Spice Girl-turned-designer. Yesterday Vogue Brasil Instagramed an image of Beckham from a September 2016 Vogue shoot in honor of the Brit's 44th birthday. While fans aplenty flocked to the social media page to give their well wishes to the bday girl, Gabbana made his feelings clear by commenting on the mag's caption with three thumb's down emojis. Fans (and CommentsByCelebs) were quick to notice the simple but effective diss and many called out or noted the designer's dig in the comments section. While things appear to be tense between the feuding designers, that wasn't always the case. Back at the 2003 VMAs, Posh and her main man David Beckham donned matching all-white D&G looks on the red carpet and on more than one occasion Mrs. Beckham was all about the brand a decade ago. In addition to wearing their designs, Beckham was even photographed several times with Stefano in 2008 and in 2003. The root of the squabbling seems to have started back in April 2014 when Gabbana got a little too candid while attending the V&A's Glamour of Italian Fashion event. When asked about what he thought of Beckham as a designer, Gabbana said, "She's a friend. She make a good job but... for us, she don't make the same way like a fashion designer." Then when asked if the duo admired Beckham's work, Gabbana said, "She's a fashion designer but it's another... it's different. John Galliano is a designer... Alexander Mcqueen." Then, in March 2015, Beckham backed a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana led by Sir Elton John, whose sons Zachary and Elijah were conceived via IVF, after they called gay adoption "unnatural" and said that babies born through IVF were "synthetic children." Beckham lent her support to the crocodile rocker and tweeted, "Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb." Other celebs like Courtney Love and Ricky Martin also joined the boycott. The duo eventually apologized for their incendiary comments in August 2015. Certainly doesn't sound like she's a "friend" anymore! (Eonline)

Tristan Thompson Benched in NBA Playoff Game Amid Khloe Kardashian Cheating Scandal. The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated a victory Wednesday night, but Tristan Thompson had no hand in it. The 27-year-old basketballer didn't get any time on the court during the team's second playoff game against the Indiana Pacers. While the Cavs ultimately triumphed with 100 points over the Pacers' 97, Thompson didn't get to contribute. It's been a rocky postseason for Thompson, who got just two minutes of playing time in Sunday's loss against the Pacers. By that point, Thompson was in the headlines for a far more personal reason -- an emerging cheating scandal. Two days before welcoming daughter True Thompson with Khloe Kardashian, he emerged as the main subject of reports published late Tuesday of last week alleging he had been kissing and otherwise intimately engaging with women who were not his reality star girlfriend. Some of Thompson's alleged indiscretions surfaced in several photos and videos purportedly of the NBA pro and various women. Fans of Kardashian did not take kindly to the reports as they swarmed his social media with critical commentary. He has since deleted his most recent post, which seemed to bear the brunt of the digital attacks. Despite the reports, Thompson hit the court Wednesday night for a game against the New York Knicks. While he saw 30 minutes of playing time, Thompson was also booed by fans, seemingly because of the new reports. He reunited with Kardashian the next morning to welcome his daughter into the world. Now, a week after True's birth, his relationship with the reality star remains unclear. "Khloe and Tristan don't have much to do with each other. She's very angry with him and rightfully so," a source told E! News. "At the same time, she does want her daughter to spend time with her dad. So, she isn't denying him that chance. But, she is cold with Tristan and keeping contact to a minimum. Tristan doesn't think Khloe will ever forgive him, but that's yet to be determined." According to another insider, there is still love there. "Khloe wants True to have a father and very much still loves Tristan. Tristan wants Khloe to forgive him and wants to assure her that they can have their fairytale family. Khloe really wants to try and forgive him, and make it work, but doesn't know how she will be able to do that." Meanwhile, Thompson's actions have put him at odds with the entire Kardashian family. "The Kardashian family has been very cold towards Tristan since the scandal broke. They aren't pleased with him at all and are heartbroken for Khloe. Everyone has remained civil this past week for the sake of the baby, but deep down they are all furious," a source told E! News. "They feel Tristan was deceitful and are ashamed that he was lying to all of them," the source tells E! News. "Loyalty is huge in their family, and once the trust is lost, it's hard to get everyone on board again. The family has Khloe's back and are only worried about making sure True is taken care of on all fronts. They are urging her to do what's best for True." (Eonline)

James Harrison just hung it up, but could Tom Brady be next?? With rumors swirling on Brady potentially not playing this season, we asked Deebo himself -- Tom's teammate last year -- and he told us it would NOT surprise him ... given the sacrifices TB, Gisele and the kids make so he can play ball. "That's up to Tom and what decisions he and his family make as far as what he wants to do, and if he does want to continue to play, what he's willing to sacrifice and the family is willing to sacrifice," Harrison told TMZ Sports. James would know -- telling us that's why he decided to retire earlier this week. Specifically, the Pro Bowl LB says he's interested in introducing his 2 sons to tackle football -- and possibly even coaching them! Deebo says it's a tough decision for any parent to make given everything that's out on CTE -- but explained why he wants his sons exposed to it before they hit their teens. "Everything in life has dangers ... I'm not gonna live in fear of things that could possibly happen." (TMZ)

Marc Jacobs is making major cuts to his staff. He's cleaning fashion house! Insiders tell us that Marc Jacobs has been swinging the ax at his hip fashion label over the past few weeks, letting staffers go -- including John Targon, who joined the company months ago to reportedly build out the label's lower-priced goods. According to a source, Jacobs dismissed Targon and his team, while another insider tells us he's also gotten rid of shoe-design staff. Targon, co-founder and creative director of the trendy label Baja East, began Feb. 2 as "creative director of contemporary" at Marc Jacobs, where his role was murkily defined. He was the first major hire by the brand's CEO, Eric Marechalle, who joined the company in 2017. According to a source, Jacobs is "on a kick after getting engaged and is superpositive. He was having issues and wasn't superinvolved .?.?. Now he is getting back into gear and taking the reins." Jacobs popped the question to fiance Charly Defrancesco this month at a Chipotle. Another source tells us that when it came to Targon, "it was a difference in vision. It seemed like it came down to a control thing with Marc, and there wasn't space for another star. It's been hard for everyone." We hear Jacobs fired members of his shoe team after they presented new designs, another source said. "He met with them last week .?.?. He sold an underwhelming amount of shoes last year." The brand, owned by LVMH, has reportedly been struggling. Business of Fashion reported in February that retail revenue was down from "around $650 million to about $300 million" over the past "three to four years," not counting its fragrance line. A rep for the brand said, "I can confirm John Targon is no longer with the company and we wish him the best." But: "Everything else is untrue. Anything about Marc and his presence at the company .?.?. is untrue. He continues to be extremely committed to the company as artistic director." After we reached out, the brand unfashionably leaked Targon's exit to WWD. (PageSix)

Music

Jennifer Lopez to perform at Time 100 Gala. Jennifer Lopez will perform at the 14th-annual Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center -- along with Shawn Mendes -- Page Six has learned. The April 24 event celebrates the Time 100 issue, out Friday, which we further hear includes contributions by Anne Hathaway on Hugh Jackman, Lynda Carter on Gal Gadot, Naomi Watts on Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart on Tiffany Haddish, Kamala Harris on Lena Waithe, and Taraji P. Henson on Cardi B. (PageSix)

Be Careful, Beyonce! Cardi B Just Broke Two of Your Biggest Records. Cardi B ain't sorry she's coming for Beyonce's throne. Fresh off the release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy, a pregnancy reveal and one twerk-tastic Coachella performance, Cardi B is still finding ways to outdo herself. This time around, the rapper's made music history by smashing two of Queen Bey's Guinness World Records. Cardi B now holds the titles for most simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female and most simultaneous Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female. Following the release of Lemonade in 2016, Beyonce previously held the title with 12 tracks charting at the same time. Cardi beats her by just one. Cardi commented on the achievement via Instagram, writing, "And it's all cause of ya!!!!!!! Thank you everybody. The numbers are great but the support feels even better. I'm so thankful and grateful for every post love support ya gave and giving my album and my songs." But don't expect a rivalry between Cardi and Bey to spark anytime soon. The "Bodak Yellow" MC couldn't help but fan girl over the world-famous superstar when they met for the first time last year. "BITCH I met Beyonce Bitch !!!!!!!!!!!!" she captioned a photo of the pair on social media. Looks like there's room at the top for every female powerhouse in music. (Eonline)

World Cup Music Preview: Why Latin Artists Are Dominating. Alongside a parade of drummers and performers on stilts, Ricky Martin transformed the 1999 Grammy Awards into a Carnaval extravaganza when he performed his vibrant "The Cup of Life"/"La Copa de la Vida." It was a historic moment for both Latin artists and the FIFA World Cup: The previous year, the single was the official song of the tournament in France, kicking off Martin's international career and giving Latin music unprecedented exposure. "'Cup of Life' changed my life," says Martin now. "The fact that a song in Spanish was No. 1 in more than 72 countries in the '90s was something major. It opened the door to a whole new world of opportunities." Or more to the point: "It put Latin music on the map." Martin isn't exaggerating. "Every artist at some point has the hope of recording a song for the World Cup," says Prince Royce, whose "90 Minutos" will accompany Sprint's Spanish-language tournament campaign. The World Cup, and its global reach, comes only once every four years, presenting a momentous opportunity for any artist whose music is attached to it. (The 2018 event runs June 14-July 15.) (Billboard)

Movies

Deadpool 2 Trailer Makes Fun of Both DC and Marvel. No one is immune from Deadpool's shade. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as the potty-mouthed super powered mercenary in Deadpool 2. In a final trailer for the movie, released on Thursday, his character makes fun of both Marvel, the studio behind the film and comic book character, and rival DC Comics. Deadpool is looking to form a "super duper f--ing group," like Marvel's Avengers and DC's Justice League, made up of Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and Weasel (T.J. Miller), to go up against the villain Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The latter star also plays villain Thanos in the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. In the trailer for Deadpool 2, Deadpool says to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, "Pump the hate breaks, Thanos."During a fight, Cable tells Deadpool he looks like "a clown dressed up as a sex toy." "So dark," replies Deadpool. "Are you sure you're not from the DC universe?" The trailer also states the movie is "from the studio that killed Wolverine" and also shows a scene that spoofs on from Marvel's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Reynolds first debuted his character. In Deadpool 2, Cable fires at him, while he uses his sword against the bullets. He is unable to block most of them. "Your bullets!" Deadpool says. "They're really fast!" He also references the '80s cult film Goonies, the movie that made Brolin famous. "Bring it on, One-Eyed Willie," he says. Deadpool 2 is set for release on May 18. (Eonline)

Victoria Mahoney Is Star Wars' First Black Female Director. History has been made in a galaxy far, far away. The Star Wars universe has taken a major step towards diversification by hiring its first ever black female director. A Wrinkle in Time director, Ava DuVernay, announced on her Twitter account that the upcoming Episode IX film's director and executive producer, J.J. Abrams, hired Victoria Mahoney as his second unit director for the film. This would make Mahoney the first woman of color to serve as a director in any of the Star Wars films. "Happy to share this historic news," DuVernay wrote on Twitter. "A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away. First unit director #JJAbrams. Second unit director @VictoriaMahoney. #StarWarsE9 #StarWars." Mahoney then retweeted it and thanked DuVernay for helping her land the role, while dedicating the gig to the outliers and dreamers. "Catt's outta the bag. Thank you @ava for putting my name in the #StarWars #LucasFilm hat," she gushed over Twitter. "Thank you #JJAbrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one's for the outliers, dreaming big--in small corners of the Earth." As second unit director, Mahoney will be in charge of supplementary footage that include establishing shots, filming stunts, inserts, and cutaways. The filmmaker has had most of her experience directing for television works, including episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Power, Gypsy, Seven Seconds, and DuVernay's Queen Sugar. She recently directed a pilot for CBS called Red Line which was produced by DuVernay and Greg Berlanti. Mahoney has made her mark in film, as well, writing, producing, and directing her debut feature Yelling to the Sky. Star Wars Episode IX is set to release December 20, 2019. (Eonline)

John Travolta just had his best experience ever on a movie set -- after 40-plus years in the biz -- and he says it's all thanks to his amazing director, whose name will probably shock you. We got John and his wife, Kelly Preston, at producer Oscar Generale's Bev Hills estate recently -- and he went off about one of the many films he's just completed, and the guy who was at the helm. Remember, Travolta's been directed by Quentin Tarantino, Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone and John Woo. Still, he singled out rocker Fred Durst's directing skills! Yep, that's Limp Bizkit Durst ... who's impressing the hell out of Travolta as a director. The duo worked together on the upcoming thriller "Moose." JT plays an obsessed fan who destroys his favorite action star's life, and you gotta see him gush about Fred. It's impressive, considering the resumes of Travolta's previous directors. Also, impressive? He didn't make a single "Nookie" joke. He's better than us. (TMZ)

Lily James on the importance of making a feminist period drama and getting to wear Cate Blanchett's trousers Girl power. Lily James is no stranger to the period drama; the British actress shot to fame in Downton Abbey and has since starred in the likes of War & Peace, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, as last year's critically-acclaimed Darkest Hour. Now she's back in period fashion for The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, a lovely romantic-comedy drama, which tells the story of her London-based writer's discovery of a book club on the island of Guernsey during its Nazi occupation. As Juliet Ashton, Lily goes on not just a romantic journey, but also a fashion one as her style evolves the longer she spends on the British isle, and the actress explained to GLAMOUR how intrinsically linked that was to her performance of the character. "You sort of feel that in London, she's oppressed by the war and that sense of unease and feeling very stuck," she said. "I think when she gets to the island, she really learns how to release and breathe and trust in her own instincts really." There was one item in particular that Lily couldn't get enough of; a pair of trousers previously worn by a rather special actress. "The trousers that Juliet wears when she gets to the island were very important to me," she recalled. "You don't often see women who had the chance to wear trousers, so it felt really important to me. "They were also trousers that Cate Blanchett once wore. They were from Angel's, where you go to try on all these costumes, so this was like a good luck omen!" Her character certainly wears the trousers in the story; she's a self-made and independent writer searching for her next story. It's this feminist approach to the period love story that Lily especially loved. "I love that whilst this is a story in which she ultimately does fall in love, it is also about family and friendship. But alongside that, she's following her own path," the actress said. "She's a writer, and just as much as she does fall in love, it's all about finding her own voice and getting her book out, finding her story, and fulfilling that as a sort of a creative person." (British Glamour)

Edgar Ramirez Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Jungle Cruise'. Edgar Ramirez, who starred as Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, is setting sail for Jungle Cruise. Dwayne Johnson will star in Disney's feature adaptation of its own theme park ride, along with a crew that is currently made up of Emily Blunt and comedian Jack Whitehall. Jaume Collet-Serra, the filmmaker behind The Shallows and Liam Neeson films such as The Commuter and Non-Stop, will helm the project, which is set in the early 20th century and will take place in the Amazon jungle. Johnson will play a boat captain who takes his sister (Blunt) and her brother (Whitehall) on a mission to find a tree believed to possess healing powers. Wild animals and a competing German expedition figure into the proceedings. Ramirez will play a man with a conquistador background who is one of the story's villains. Beau Flynn, John Davis and John Fox are producing the pic, as are Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Scott Sheldon is co-producing. Jungle Cruise is heading toward a May start and will shoot through the summer. Michael Green, who penned Logan and the latest remake of Murder on the Orient Express, wrote the most recent draft of the script. Ramirez previously worked with Blunt in The Girl on the Train. The actor appeared in such recent high-profile projects as Netflix's first blockbuster Bright with Will Smith, Gold with Matthew McConaughey and the boxing drama Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro. Ramirez is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein. (Hollywood Reporter)

Toronto Film Festival Names Cameron Bailey Co-Head. The fest's board is splitting power at the top as longtime CEO Piers Handling prepares to give up the TIFF throne. Toronto Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey is adding co-head to his duties. But Bailey will have to share power atop the prestigious festival when long-time CEO Piers Handling steps down, as planned, in September. Toronto's board of directors, reinventing TIFF as it faces increasing competition from Venice and Telluride to set the Oscar season table, has decided to also hire a managing director and co-head to serve alongside Bailey. The TIFF board is looking internationally for a second co-head to specifically oversee the festival's business end and is expected to fill the role before the 2018 edition in September. The new power-sharing arrangement will see Bailey, as artistic director and co-head, continue to program the film festival and oversee its artistic direction. Bailey has been artistic director since 2012, and before that was festival co-director along with Handling from 2008 to 2012. "With a five-year strategic plan for TIFF launched this year, and more changes on the horizon for our industry, we believe a two-headed structure is right for the future success of TIFF," Jennifer Tory, chair of the board, said in a statement, while citing TIFF's new five-year plan for 2018-2022, co-written by Bailey. The new power sharing arrangement is seen as a way to continue programming international arthouse auteurs, while also serving Hollywood studios with red carpet mania and glitzy parties; distributors battling for prized film launch slots in Toronto, Venice and Telluride; and an informal film sales market. "I am honored to be entrusted with guiding the future of TIFF," Bailey said in his own statement. That future is clouded with challenge as Toronto, dominated by Hollywood A-listers and autumn premieres, strives to be all flavors to all people while a fast-changing digital age steadily redefines film and TV. Besides an increasingly tough indie film business, TIFF in recent years has seen Oscar picture winners show up first in Venice and Telluride, where breakout movies are quickly talked about on social media. That's left Toronto as less of the great film discoverer it once was. TIFF's traditional axis of convenience, which allows studio and other star-driven American movies to build buzz in Venice or Telluride before arriving here, in recent years has undermined its reputation as the official award season launchpad. Bailey in response has signaled he prefers serving receptive Toronto audiences with buzzy films, over feuding with rival festivals for world premieres and award season bragging rights. TIFF as part of its new five-year plan is also aiming to generate more revenue from a film business moving to tablets and smartphones. Toronto has already seen fewer stars and parties in recent years and a slimmed down lineup, as Netflix and other digital platforms take a run at Hollywood and upend its traditional theatrical release cycles. Against that backdrop, Bailey and a still-to-be-named co-head will chart TIFF's future after Piers Handling's departure, with the new five-year plan in hand. "Cameron is a film industry veteran who has earned a reputation for discerning, expansive curation since joining TIFF as a programmer in 1990. Combined with his accomplishments as TIFF's artistic director, we have full confidence in his vision for the direction of the organization," Tory said. Handling, in his own statement offered his own support for Bailey, long considered his anointed successor. "I have tremendous respect for Cameron and his longstanding contribution to TIFF's success. ... His passion and vision for the future of the organization underlines his deep leadership skills. It gives me great comfort to know TIFF is in such good hands," Handling said. (Hollywood Reporter)

Venice: David Cronenberg to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The director of 'A History of Violence' and 'Eastern Promises' will be honored at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. Canadian director David Cronenberg will receive the golden lion for lifetime achievement at the 75th Venice Film Festival. "I've always loved the golden lion of venice," said Cronenberg of the announcement. "A lion that flies on golden wingsthat's the essence of art, isn't it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own." Cronenberg's early work mastered the horror and sci-fi genres with films including Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. His later works often defy genre, but his psychological thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises remain two of his most critically acclaimed works. He is a Cannes regular, receiving the special jury prize for Crash in 1996 and receiving the lifetime achievement award, the Carrosse d'Or, in 2006. Julianne Moore won the best actress prize in Cannes in 2014 for his film Maps to the Stars. In Berlin in 1999 he received the silver bear for eXistenZ. In 2011, his film A Dangerous Method competed for a golden lion in Venice. Collectively his films have received seven Golden Globe nominations and four Academy Award nominations. "Although Cronenberg was originally relegated to the margins of the horror genre, right from his first, scandalously subversive movies, the director has shown that he wants to take his audiences well beyond the cinema of exploitation, as he constructs an original and highly personal structure, movie after movie," said festival director Alberto Barbera of the prize. The 75th Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8. Guillermo del Toro will serve as president of the jury. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Meghan Markle's Wedding on Suits: Get Your First Look at Her TV Nuptials and Exit. It's finally happening, the most anticipated wedding of 2018 is here. Well, one of the most anticipated weddings of 2018 involving Meghan Markle is here. In the promo, get a first look at her Suits wedding, the nuptials that begin Markle's swan song on the USA Network legal drama. "I've wanted to marry you from the second I met you," Mike (Patrick J. Adams) says in the trailer for the Suits season seven two-part finale. "You are the husband I've always wanted," Rachel (Markle) says. The Suits season finale starts on Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on USA with "Tiny Violin." The official description: "Harvey and Louis are blindsided by an attack against Specter Litt. Meanwhile, Mike can't turn his back on the clinic when a class action suit overwhelms Nathan and Oliver." Then in "Good-Bye," "It's all hands on deck as Louis, Donna, and Alex defend the firm, while Harvey aids Jessica on a case. Mike and Rachel juggle their commitments to the firm, the clinic, and each other." Adams and Markle are both leaving the show after season seven wraps. Markle's other anticipated wedding, the one to Prince Harry, happens on Saturday, May 19. "From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her. We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best," USA Network and Universal Cable Productions said in a statement. Suits season finale starts Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on USA Network. Suits will return for an eighth season with Katherine Heigl part of the cast. (Eonline)

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Is a "Redemptive and Hope-Filled Story," According to Kate Walsh. Not much is known about 13 Reasons Why season two... until now. The Netflix series is "going off book," still living in the world based on Jay Asher's book, but going further with the characters, Kate Walsh told E! News. "It's a very exciting season for a lot of reasons," Walsh said. "You see us sort of following the trail of Bryce Walker [Justin Prentice], so this season deals with sexual assault, it deals with truth, it deals with responsibility, it deals with the aftermath of Hannah's death... And really trying to, again, look for responsibility and accountability. It's very intense and very, I think, still totally addictive." On 13 Reasons Why, Walsh plays Olivia Baker, the mother of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). The story in the first season followed the events that took place before Hannah, a high school student, took her own life. She left tapes behind explaining why she took her life. The season ended with the Baker parents, who were in the midst of a lawsuit with the school, getting the tapes. Walsh said the second season is a much more "redemptive and hope-filled story," than season one. "You see my character having different relationships with different kids," Walsh teased. "That part was really exciting to me, being able to play with different actors. All of them are so good." Langford's Hannah Baker will still be around. She teased that "it was a very different season to season one for a lot of reasons." "But I'm super grateful that I was asked back, 'cause I think there's so much left to tell and I'm really glad we got to focus on some important storylines for other characters," Langford told Jimmy Fallon. "The Hannah in season one is gone... she's still there this season, but I would prepare audiences to see a different Hannah this season." During season one, Langford told us she would play the piano to shake off the heavy material they were dealing with. For Walsh, she used shooting Girls Trip in season one to unwind, but this year she relied on eating right, exercising and rest. Walsh partnered with Abbott for their Ensure shakes after she had brain surgery and a nutritionist advocated for the use of protein shakes. "So when Abbott approached me about working with them for Ensure Max Protein, it was literally a no-brainer, pun intended," Walsh said. (Eonline)

Claire Danes Says Homeland Will End With Season 8. The end of Carrie Mathison's story is near. During a wide-ranging interview with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show on Wednesday, Claire Danes -- who also revealed to the world that she is pregnant with her and husband Hugh Dancy's second child -- admitted that the already-ordered eighth season of her Showtime series Homeland will also serve as the espionage thriller's last. "Yeah, that's it," she said when Stern brought up the show's long-rumored final season, adding that she's feeling "really conflicted" over the prospect of the show ending. "I mean, I'll be ready. She's a lot, this Carrie-freakin-Mathison. I mean, she's under constant duress. It's a workout, so I'll be ready for a reprieve from that. But, you know, I've never done anything for this long. I mean, I've been married for as long, maybe a year longer." When Stern's co-host Robin Quivers asked if she'd like to follow up her eight seasons as the bipolar CIA operative with some light comedy, Danes admitted that she was game. "I'd love to," she said. A rep for Showtime told E! News that the network has not made a decision beyond season eight. Ahead of the show's sixth season premiere, the pay cabler ordered seasons seven and eight at once, with many speculating that an end date had been determined. In 2016, when the two season order was announced, showrunner Alex Gansa admitted to Deadline that his team would be writing an ending to the series in season eight, but noted that ultimately that decision was Showtime's to make, a sentiment he echoed earlier this year with The Hollywood Reporter. "It's definitely going to be my last year," he explained. "I can't speak for Claire or Mandy [Patinkin], but it will be my final year and it will be designed to be the end of an eight-season story. If Showtime, Fox, Claire and Mandy want to take the show further that's their decision, and we would leave some room for that to happen -- if there's an appetite." Are you hoping Homeland survives past season eight or is it time to wrap this thing up? Homeland airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime. (Eonline)

Claire Danes Shares "Embarrassing" Story About Filming Homeland While Pregnant. Claire Danes stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday and told an "embarrassing" story about filming Homeland during her first trimester. Danes, who is now in her second trimester, said the first trimester was her "least favorite phase" because she felt "horrible." "You just feel just rotten and you're not allowed to say why," she told host Jimmy Fallon. "I was filming quite a lot but just inadvertently, like, falling asleep all the time. And it was embarrassing." One day on set, Danes fell asleep with her face up against a crocheted bag her colleague made for her. When her team woke her up to film a close-up, she had a "crocheted indentation" across her face. "It looked like I had third degree burns. It was intense," she recalled. "They were like massaging my face. They had to get out the blow dryer. I halted production for like half an hour. I just felt like an idiot." Thankfully, the star is now "feeling good." In fact, she said the little one is moving and kicking in her tummy and even "gets a little excited" when she eats a bar of chocolate. "I love that part," Danes said in regards to the baby's movement. "It's like a firework show every so often. It's pretty cool and a little creepy. It is. It's like an alien being in there. I'm cohabiting. It's like Airbnb." Danes revealed she's pregnant with her second child on the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday. However, she did not reveal the sex of the child. Danes and her husband Hugh Dancy are already the proud parents to their 5-year-old son Cyrus. (Eonline)

Trouble in Paradise? Jasper Is Not Happy With Eleanor's Secret "Missions" on The Royals. He's not the boss of her! There is only one thing that upsets Jasper (Tom Austen) and that is anyone trying to hurt Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park), even if it's Eleanor herself. "So are you going to tell me what happened to your arm?" Jasper asks after bandaging Eleanor's arm. "It's just a little cut I got from one of my missions," she says casually. But for Jasper, there is nothing casual about the danger she's putting herself in. "You think you're helping people but you're not," he warns her. "Most of the people are probably just scamming you." Although his heart is in a good place, Eleanor refuses to believe she's in any sort of danger. "They're good people. They just need a little bit of help," she tells him. "Okay. Well I think that's a little naive," he counters. Definitely not a great thing to call the love of your life, Jasper! "Well maybe it's just not cynical. This is the first time in my life I feel like I'm actually making a difference," Eleanor explains. "Don't s--t on it and call me naive." Jasper tries to take a kinder approach to the situation. "I have done everything you and your family have asked of me. All of it," he shares. "I'm asking you to do one thing for me. This needs to stop." Eleanor doesn't take too kindly to being told what she can and can't do. "With all due respect, Jasper, you may have been my bodyguard and you may currently be my boyfriend but you're not my boss. So I won't stop and don't tell me what to do," she cautions him. Yikes! Don't worry, Jaspenor isn't in trouble. In fact, Eleanor kind of likes Jasper a little heated. "You're so sexy when you're angry," she says before the two start a steamy make out sesh! Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Megan Demands to Know the Real Reason Kyle Made Her Sign a Contract on The Arrangement: "What Are You Hiding?" It's time to tell the truth. Megan (Christine Evangelista) is done playing nice and she needs some answers now. Answers that Kyle (Josh Henderson) may not be ready to provide on this week's episode of The Arrangement. Did Kyle create this contract as an act of love or as a trap? "Why do we have a contract?" Megan asks her fiance. "Tell me the truth." Kyle tries to play dumb, but Megan is not having it. "The night after we met, you stood under the stars and you basically told me you were falling in love with me," she says. "That was the truth," he swears to her, but she's not a believer. "That was a show, Kyle," she retorts. Kyle warns her against rewriting history. "I get that you're angry but don't make it into this whole thing is fake," Kyle tells her. "I didn't say it was fake but you're not being honest," she pressures him. "When you have to treat the person you love and that loves you as a threat, that's not protecting your brand. That's I don't know, that's fear on a whole other level." She may be on to something... "Come on. You're totally spinning this," Kyle tells her. "What are you hiding? Something that went down with Lisbeth?" Megan asks him. "It has to be something. Otherwise this contract is just some sort of paranoid over compensation because some woman broke your heart!" She definitely hit a nerve with that one. "Alright, you are barking up the wrong tree, Megan," Kyle warns her. "Please just let it go." Letting it go is definitely not Megan's specialty. Brand new episode of The Arrangement Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Paramount Network's 'First Wives Club' Picked Up to Series, Will Feature an Inclusive Cast. Two weeks after being picked up to pilot, Paramount Network has decided to fast-track its reboot of First Wives Club. The cable network, formerly Spike TV, has handed out a 10-episode series order for the reboot from Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver. Casting has not yet been announced for the reboot of the 1996 feature that originally starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn though sources say the cable network is looking to make all three leads to be played by non-white actresses. While one source suggested that the entire cast of the Paramount Television-produced comedy could be non-white, insiders are careful to say that could change in the casting process. Production will begin in New York this summer for a 2019 debut. That would be a change from the first time Viacom went to pilot on First Wives Club. Originally developed by Keith Cox for TV Land, the first half-hour pilot was based on the 1996 Paramount Pictures feature. It was written by Rebecca Addelman (New Girl) and exec produced by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C). It took place in modern-day San Francisco and centered on three friends and former classmates from the 1990s who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they all discover that they're at a romantic crossroads, the unite to tackle divorce, relationships and life's other challenges. Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother), Megan Hilty (Smash) and Vanessa Lachey (Disaster Movie) starred. After Cox was promoted to add oversight of Paramount Network to his purview, the TV Land pilot was eyed for the recently rebranded network. Ultimately, Cox and company opted to bring in a new writer and redevelop the Paramount Television half-hour comedy. It briefly served as the first official pilot order for Paramount Network. Oliver's version, like the feature film, takes place in New York and follows a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood -- and a little revenge. Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight, The Devil Wears Prada) will exec produce the Paramount Television comedy alongside Oliver and Scott Rudin, who produced the original movie. JAX Media's Tony Hernandez will also exec produce. Paramount Network and TV Land's senior vp development and original programming Brad Gardner will oversee for the cabler. Girls Trip, co-written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Oliver, has become a breakout hit for Universal Pictures. It has grossed more than $140 million worldwide and helped launch the career of breakout star Tiffany Haddish. For Paramount Network, First Wives Club joins a roster of scripted that includes upcoming dramas Yellowstone and comedies Nobodies and American Woman (the latter two of which were developed for TV Land). The cabler recently delayed hits dark reboot of Heathers. "Tracy Oliver is a brilliant writer and the perfect visionary to bring this unforgettable story from the big screen to the small screen in a fresh and contemporary way," said Keith Cox, president of development and production at Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. (Hollywood Reporter)

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