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Thursday, April 26, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Rachel McAdams Walks Her First Red Carpet Since Giving Birth. Rachel McAdams made a welcome return to the red-carpet Tuesday. In her first public appearance since giving birth to a baby this year, the 39-year-old actress premiered her new film, Disobedience, during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. McAdams looked stylish in a Giambattista Valli dress from the Spring/Summer 2018 RTW line. E! News caught up with McAdams' co-star Rachel Weisz at the event, where she opened up about her bond with the new mom. "I haven't given her any parenting advice, no," said the actress, who announced her own pregnancy just last week. "She seems...I just saw her today. I haven't seen her for a while. She is just glowing and looking ravishing and gorgeous. She just seems to be so happy and I am just so happy for her! She had her first baby -- it's so beautiful!" McAdams has not revealed the name or sex of her baby. In Disobedience, McAdams and Weisz play lovers forced to conceal their romance from their Orthodox Jewish community; the film is based on Naomi Alderman's novel of the same name. The actresses' simulated sex scene has been a big talking point during their press tour, but according to Weisz, their characters' story goes much deeper than that. "We work in a really similar way. None of us like to sit down and analyze and talk about it. We just kind of do it and get on with it," Weisz told E! News exclusively. "The story was so powerful! We were in love, there was this mystery, and we've known each other since childhood. It just happened. You can't force chemistry; it's either there [or it's not]. She is very easy to be in love with. She is a beautiful, beautiful person -- inside and out. And I feel really blessed to have a partner in her." Disobedience is in theaters Friday. (Eonline)

Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig's Kids Are ''Really Excited'' About Having a Sibling. That's one A-list baby on the way! Last week, Rachel Weisz told the world that she and her husband Daniel Craig would be expecting their first child together. Now the Oscar winner is opening up to E! News about what that means to their modern family -- the 48-year-old has 11-year-old son Henry Aronofsky with director Darren Aronofsy and Craig has a 25-year-old daughter Ella Craig with actress Fiona Loudon. During an event for her upcoming film, Disobedience, the British actress, who wed her Dream House co-star in 2011, told E! News that the under-the-radar duo are certainly are all geared up to welcome the boy or girl into the fold. "We are ready. Very excited," gushed the star. She also said that both Henry and Ella are thrilled about having a sibling on the way. When asked if they were excited, Weisz said, "Yes, they are they are. They are really excited." On April 20, The New York Times revealed that she was pregnant with the couple's first child. "I'll be showing soon," she told the publication. "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery." In Weisz's new film, in which she stars opposite new mom Rachel McAdams, the My Cousin Rachel actress plays Ronit Krushka, a photographer who returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades ago for being attracted to a female friend as a child. Years later, Ronit reunites with Esti Kuperman (McAdams), now married, and the pair reignite the passion long ago forgotten, which pushes the boundaries of their faith and sexuality. In Weisz's chat she also talked about her boundary breaking movie and the film's core romance. "The story was so powerful -- we were in love, there was this mystery, and we've known each other since childhood. It just happened. You can't force chemistry it's either there." The Lovely Bones star also gushed over Adams, "She is very easy to be in love with. She is a beautiful, beautiful person inside and out. And I feel really blessed to have a partner in her." The pregnant mom of one had nothing but adoring things to say how the Canadian star is doing as a new mom, "I just saw her today. I haven't seen her for a while, she is just glowing and looking ravishing and gorgeous. And she just seems to be so happy and I am just so happy for her! She had her first baby, it's so beautiful!" Disobedience is due out on April 27. (Eonline)

Matthew McConaughey Sends His Love to Channing Tatum After ''Not an Ideal'' Split. The brotherhood between Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum is a strong one. E! News caught up with the A-list actor at CinemaCon 2018 in Las Vegas, where he shared his plans for reaching out to his Magic Mike co-star following his separation from Jenna Dewan. "I haven't talked to him," McConaughey admitted. "I want to check in with him because he's going through what's obviously not an ideal time right now with the separation. I haven't spoke to him in the last couple weeks." Of course, we couldn't let an opportunity to ask the Oscar winner about possibly making a cameo in Channing's Magic Mike Live extravaganza in Sin City slip by. "I have not been invited," McConaughey told us. "Come on now, hook me up!" The Texas native did joke that he's "already got a stage" for his very own performance, adding, "I go on at midnight tonight. I'm dancing onstage, thong in hand." And while Tatum awaits a phone call from his close friend, the actor is staying busy in the company of one Bachelor star. Over the weekend, Tatum made his first public appearance post-split alongside Arie Luyendyk Jr. at an IndyCar event in Alabama. Meanwhile, Jenna returned to the red carpet for a gala honoring St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The couple, who wed in 2009 and share on daughter together, announced their separation in early April. Catch him in White Boy Rick when it hits theaters September 14. (Eonline)

Khloe Kardashian "Hasn't Given Up" on Tristan Thompson Yet. Khloe Kardashian is a forgiving person -- to a point. Two weeks after she gave birth to a baby girl in Ohio, a source tells E! News exclusively that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star hasn't decided what to do about Tristan Thompson. Days before Khloe went into labor, photos and videos showed the NBA player allegedly cheating on her -- with multiple women -- for several months. Khloe's family is said to be "furious" with him, but she wonders if she can salvage their relationship -- and not just for the sake of their little girl, True Thompson. "She has one foot out the door but is also holding on to the fact that her and Tristan can make it work," the source says. "She hasn't given up on him yet, but also hasn't really been focusing on their relationship. When they see each other, it is all about the baby and parenting together. Khloe has fallen in love with him all over again, watching him be a dad to True, but [she also] knows she needs to really take a step back and make the right decision." Tristan hasn't been staying at the house, the source says, but he visits often: "Khloe thinks it's great they have been having a bit of space right now, but she is worried about their future. She hasn't figured it out yet." It doesn't help that "everyone close to her thinks she needs to split from Tristan and has told her she can do this on her own," the source adds. But ultimately, her family and friends realize that "it's her life" and "Khloe needs to do what's right for their baby." To the best of her abilities, Khloe "isn't focusing" on the cheating allegations and "is trying to move forward," the source tells E! News. And yet, Khloe is understandably "quite devastated." Soon, after True has been cleared to travel, Khloe will return to California. "Khloe has been focused on bonding with her baby, but also really misses her family. She is very understanding that everyone has their own lives and is super busy, but she is starting to get lonely and wants to get back to her home in L.A.," the source says. "Khloe already has everything for True set up in L.A.; it's just a matter of when she is going to make the move that she is still deciding on." Mom Kris Jenner "has been counting the days until she gets back," the source reveals. "The whole family is in a group text and they are so excited every time Khloe shares a photo of True." Despite everything that's happened with Tristan, everyone is "very happy" for the new mom, the source insists. And once she's in L.A., "Everyone can be together, making new memories." (Eonline)

Harley Quinn Smith says her father Kevin Smith is "the healthiest he's ever been," after suffering a massive heart attack in February. "He's doing really, really great," she told Page Six at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "All These Small Moments" outside the SVA Theater Tuesday night. "He's the healthiest he's ever been, he's vegan now, which is amazing," she added, recalling a recent trip to healthy eatery Veggie Grill where "he had the vegan nachos and loved them." Harley Quinn Smith, 18 -- who stars in the film as Lindsey, a teen who gets rejected by main character, Simon, played by Sam McCarthy -- has been vegan for two years and has tried to get her dad on the healthy bandwagon for some time now. "Now it's finally happened and I'm so happy," she said. Kevin, 47, has spoken publicly about his health scare and recovery. On Monday's "Today" show he said, "I didn't know until I was in the operating room that I had a heart attack. [The doctor was] like, 'You had a massive heart attack.' I was like, 'Nobody told me. Are you serious?'" Also walking the carpet at the SVA Theater was Molly Ringwald, who plays the mother of McCarthy's character -- decades after playing opposite his father, Andrew McCarthy, in "Pretty in Pink." Harley referred to Ringwald as "my queen." "Just to be able to say that I was in the same piece of work as her is truly an honor," she gushed. "She's been a role model to me growing up and will continue to be a role model to me forever." (Page Six)

Kanye West canceled 21 tour dates in 2016 after suffering a "nervous breakdown," but there are new fears for his health after he abruptly fired manager Scooter Braun and a "friend" claimed West had been addicted to opioids. On Monday, Hot 97 host Ebro Darden told listeners that he had spoken with West this weekend, and West allegedly told him, "Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital." If West had actually canceled the tour due to drug use, it could have legal ramifications. The rapper filed a 2017 $10 million lawsuit against insurers Lloyd's of London, claiming they were refusing to pay for his lost dates and citing his marijuana use as an excuse. The insurer finally caved in and agreed to pay most of what was due to cover the lost tour dates. Lawyers for Lloyd's didn't return calls for comment Tuesday. Meanwhile, a source close to West tells Page Six they were "doubtful" he was hospitalized for opioid use and "disappointed" Darden made those claims on-air. West sources had said at the time of the 2016 breakdown that it was due to the death of his mom, the stress of juggling his fashion line and the tour, and acute sleeplessness and paranoia. West dramatically just fired Braun and others in his inner circle -- despite having just announced five new albums on Twitter -- with sources spreading rumors online that those cast out were "very worried for Yeezy's mental health" and that he could be suffering from "another episode." West hired Braun, who also reps Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, a couple of years ago. He took a larger role in March after West's longtime manager Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic stepped down. While Braun and a rep for West didn't comment, the first source explained, "Kanye has been saying he wants to bring all representation in-house, and that extends to his managers. His mentality is, 'I can't be someone's client. I have to represent myself.' He's clearing house. Scooter remains in an advisory role." Since returning to Twitter, West has been raising eyebrows with a series of peculiar tweets. On Tuesday he wrote, "to be great is to be misunderstood" as well as "dragon energy/Natural born leaders/Very instinctive/Great foresight." He also drew some ire by praising a noted right-wing commentator, saying, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." (Page Six)

Kanye West Corrects "Fake News" on Twitter and Hints at 2024 Presidential Run. Let there be no alternative facts about Kanye West, please. The rapper and Yeezy apparel company founder returned to Twitter earlier this month after a year-long hiatus and went on a fresh tweeting spree on Wednesday to debunk what he says is "fake news" about himself. "There's been a lot of fake news so I just wanted to give you the facts. Yeezy will become the biggest apparel company in human history by working with the most genius level talents and creating product at an affordable price. I hired the head of supply chain from the Gap," he wrote. Kanye, who also has an Adidas branded line of Yeezy sneakers, tweeted earlier, "I am currently the single highest paid person in footwear. That means I make more money on shoes than Michael Jordan." "The Yeezy 350s sell 400 thousand pair in four hours. Only thing close to this is the iPhone," he later tweeted. "The Yeezy 700 is Adidas' most requested shoe." Kanye's information could not be independently verified. Jordan makes about $110 million a year from his branded Nikes and tops the list of the NBA's highest paid sneaker endorsers. "We have 160 positions to fill by the end of the year. Yeezy will hit a billion dollars this year," Kanye said. "It is the 2nd fastest growing company in history. It is a unicorn on its way to becoming a decacorn." Kanye also got personal during his latest Twitter spree. "I no longer have a manager," he tweeted. "I can't be managed." "I'm nobody's 'client,'" he continued. "Yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn't come to work full time. I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now." In another tweet, Kanye called himself this generation's Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. On Tuesday evening. Kanye appeared to reiterate his intention to run for president, tweeting, "2024." On Wednesday, he tweeted, "Harvey Levin of TMZ your hearing from your future president," he wrote. "Let's be friends. Please never use the word erratic to describe a person who is economically and psychologically empowered." He later added, "When we become president we have to change the name of the plane from Air Force one to Yeezy force one." Kanye had first announced his bid for the presidency onstage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, as he was accepting the Video Vanguard Award from now-rival Taylor Swift. "I'm concerned about putting our concept of how to do the [president's] job in a new way and if no one will do it in that way, I will take position in 2020 and do it myself," he said at a concert in 2016. In his latest Twitter spree, Kanye offered his opinions on President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him," tweeted Kanye, who had met Trump at Trump Tower in New York City just after he won the election in 2016. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought." "If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same," Kanye continued. "Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary I love Hillary too." The rapper said, "I love when people have their own ideas. You don't have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That's free thought. I'm not even political. I'm not a democrat or a republican. And also I'm all the way out the sunken place. And I'm not scared anymore. I'm not scared of the media. I'm not scared of the past and I'm optimistic about the future. This tweet is in love not fear. With love I am invincible. Truth is subjective but love is the most powerful force in the world and the world needs to express more of it. (Eonline)

Candace Cameron Bure Has the Perfect Response to a Body-Shaming Troll. While Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick may have made trolls like fun and frolicsome folk that can't stop the music, it turns out the trolls that live under the Internet aren't such a feel-good time. Getting her acting start at age seven, Fuller House star Candace Cameron-Bure is no stranger to the downside of being in the spotlight, which is why she had the most perfect clapback to a body-shaming troll recently. Last week, the 42-year-old posted an Instagram photo of herself and her 18-year-old son Lev Bure out to dinner at Nobu. It was simple, sweet and needed no negative comments, but a nasty comment is what it got. According to a screenshot that Cosmo caught, a rather uninformed commenter, @grettavontrappandspanky, wrote, "All that exersizing [sic], and you still look like you weigh more than your husband, did you change your diet?" As previously mentioned, Lev is her son not her husband -- you could maybe tell that fact because they basically have the same face. Candace jabbed back with a simple, "Nice, troll," and a smiley face emoji. Many of fans hit back at the body-shaming comment, calling the scribe out for the mean-spirited words. Eventually, Candace, who has been very vocal about dealing with her eating disorder in the past, silenced the hater with a simple sentence: "If a 25 inch waist looks big to you... then you're looking through an altered lens. Be well." Candace's remark received thousands of Likes. And that's how you silence a hater... In her 2011 book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, Candace revealed she began battling bulimia at age 19 when she was living in Montreal and engaged to her husband, Russian hockey player Valeri Bure. "I was nineteen, engaged and living with Val -- as a good Christian girl ought not to do," she wrote in her book. Perhaps if I had been living and walking in faith, I wouldn't have started the cycle of binging and purging," she wrote." The actress said that her bulimia "had nothing to do with body image or trying to lose weight but had everything to do with adjustment and fear." She said that as a soon-to-be "hockey wife" in a "foreign city," she felt lonely at home while her fiance played away games and filled that void with by binging on and purging food. Luckily, Candace has recovered from her battle and is now extremely active on social media, detailing her rigorous fitness routine with celebrity trainer Kira Stokes, the creator of The Stoked Method. Last September, Candace told E! News that working out helps calm her busy life: "I try to work out five to six days a week but that doesn't always happen depending on my work schedule." The former child star also said she eats cleanly during the week but sometimes she does go for a hamburger and fries on the weekend. However, today she served an Internet troll a side of clapback. (Eonline)

Mark Consuelos Calls the Shaming of Kelly Ripa's Bikini Photo "Bizarre." Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos still aren't sure why people had such a strong reaction to a photo of Ripa in a bikini. The couple spoke about the viral image on Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. About a month ago, Consuelos shared a photo of his wife wearing a bikini at the beach on Instagram. The Riverdale actor captioned the photo, "Sultry Sundays with the sexy one are my fave... " While the photo received thousands of likes and many positive comments, it also received a bit of backlash. Some social media followers argued the LIVE With Kelly and Ryan host should dress more modestly at her age. "It was bizarre," Consuelos told host Andy Cohen during Tuesday night's guest appearance. "It's like, what else are you supposed to wear at the beach?" Ripa agreed with her husband's sentiments. "I don't know what I'm supposed to wear to the beach," she added. "I mean, I don't really know. I wasn't in synagogue. I was at the beach. I mean, if you come up with an option, let me know." A few days after followers first reacted to photo, Consuelos addressed the comments in a lengthy post. "I wanted to take a couple days to weigh in. Probably should've earlier arguably. But I wanted to be above it. Well, now I'm not. I posted this pic of the women I most admire," he stated, "as a playful tribute to my wife who I'm proud of in endless ways. She works extremely hard in her professional life and her commitment to exercise, healthy diet is admirable and the benefits show... Yes she's wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come." "If that offends you in some way, if it triggers your, or some other psychosis you're suffering from, I suggest you get over it and get used to it," he continued. "To all the males that had something negative to say... I suggest you bring it up with me if I'm ever lucky enough to run into you. I'm going to get back to my vacation now... Thanks for allowing me to express myself." In his closing comment, Consuelos wrote, "I love you @kellyripa...keep killing it." (Eonline)

Lethal Weapon's Clayne Crawford Apologizes for Bad On-Set Behavior. The drama behind the scenes of Lethal Weapon is beginning to overshadow the cases Riggs and Murtaugh solve on a weekly basis. Clayne Crawford, who stars as Murtaugh in Fox's reboot of the film franchise, has taken to Instagram to apologize for two incidents that occurred on the set that resulted on the actor being "reprimanded twice" during the show's second season. The lengthy admission comes after multiple reports that the network and Warner Bros. Television (who produces the procedural) were considering canceling the series outright or, at the very least, recasting the role. "As you can imagine, yesterday's headlines were incredibly distressing," Crawford's message begins. "It is true that I have been reprimanded twice during the past two seasons of Lethal Weapon." As Crawford explains it, the first incident occurred in October when he "reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry" with his response. Crawford says he met with HR and, as a result, completed studio appointed therapy, while also donating a "sizable" portion of his paycheck with one of the parties involved, "per the instruction of the studio." His second reprimand came just a few weeks ago, he says, during the episode he was directing. "An actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him," he continues. "It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all precautions and procedures being followed. I take responsibility for the incident, because I was in charge of the set." Crawford goes on to apologize if his "passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on set or feel less than celebrated for their efforts," while apologizing to "all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents." Deadline broke the news that Crawford's behavior had reached a point that other actors, as well as crew members, had begun to feel uncomfortable with him being on set, prompting the idea of recasting the role to be explored as means of keeping the series alive. Lethal Weapon also stars Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Chandler Kinney, Dante Brown and Michelle Mitchenor. New episodes air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

Hank Azaria's "Eyes Have Been Opened" Amid The Simpsons' Apu Controversy. Hank Azaria said Tuesday he is "willing to step aside" from voicing The Simpsons' Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Hi animated character, a Kwik-E-Mart owner introduced in the 1990s, was recently the subject of Hari Kondabolu's TruTV documentary, The Problem With Apu, which argued Apu perpetuates a harmful stereotype of South Asian people. Azaria spoke to Stephen Colbert about his own concerns about it when he appeared on CBS' The Late Show. "It has come to my attention more and more -- especially the last couple of years, as you say -- that people in the South Asian community in this country have been fairly upset by the voice and characterization of Apu," Azaria said, adding, "It's sparked a lot of conversation about what should be done with the character moving forward, which is not so easy to answer. I've tried to express this before. You know, the idea that anybody who is young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad. It certainly was not my intention. I wanted to bring laughter and joy with this character. The idea that it's brought pain and suffering -- in any way -- that is used to marginalize people, it is upsetting. Genuinely." The actor also distanced himself from the show's controversial response to the criticism. In The Simpsons' Apr. 8 episode, "No Good Read Goes Unpunished," Marge read a book to her daughter Lisa, which had been changed from its original printing. "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect," Lisa said. "What can you do?" The show then panned to a photograph of Apu, as a sort of wink to the audience. Amid backlash, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said, "The episode speaks for itself." The Simpsons' showrunner, Al Jean, tweeted in part, "I truly appreciate all responses pro and con." Colbert mentioned the response "upset a lot of people," to which Azaria said, "I had nothing to do with the writing or voicing. Apu doesn't speak in that segment. It was a late addition that I saw right around the same time that everybody else in America did. So, I didn't know it was going to be in it until I saw it. I think that if anybody came away from that segment feeling that they should lighten up or take a joke better or grow a thicker skin or toughen up...yeah, that's certainly not the way I feel about it. And that is definitely not the message that I want to send." "I've given this a lot of thought -- really a lot of thought -- and, as I say, my eyes have been opened," he said. "I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country, when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it has been. As you know in television terms, listening to voices means inclusion in the writers' room. I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers' room -- not in a token way -- but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. I'm perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that's what The Simpsons does. It just not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do, to me." Jean, meanwhile, has not commented on Azaria's interview. (Eonline)

Kanye West and his legal team are working to deliver on Ye's promise to take over the consumer world, by slapping YEEZUS trademark protection on everything from audio recordings to kitchen appliances. West fired out several tweets Wednesday that mentioned his growing of the Yeezy brand, saying he had 160 positions to fill. If his trademark filings are any indication of Ye's plans, the rapper might soon need more than 160 employees to help build his brand. According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Kanye's refiled to protect just about YEEZUS everything ... athletics, cosmetics, a kitchen line, bedding, games, paper goods, press campaign buttons, clothing and so much more. Kanye's also filed docs for a new California company called Yezzy Offshore Inc. at the beginning of the month. Ye first filed the trademark docs in 2014, but later abandoned those in 2017 ... so it appears he wants to swoop everything back up again -- whether it's YEEZY or YEEZUS. Something tells us Kanye's new lawyers are gonna be real busy over the next few months. (TMZ)

Patton Oswalt can do a small victory dance in his late wife's honor because her posthumously released crime book might've led to the arrest of an alleged serial killer and rapist ... known as the Golden State Killer. Cops in the Sacramento area arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo early Wednesday morning, and booked him for 2 murders they believe are linked to a string of unsolved killings, rapes and home burglaries in California in the '70s and '80s. Michelle McNamara, Patton's late wife, referred to DeAngelo as the main suspect in the case in her book, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark." Patton helped finish the book with Michelle's co-author after she died in 2016. As Patton put it after hearing about the arrest, "You got him, Michelle." Police haven't confirmed yet, but people who cover the case think Michelle's book started a new push to make an arrest in the cold case. (TMZ)

Sarah Jessica Parker made a multi-million-dollar deal to launch a new line of jewelry but hasn't come close to holding up her end of the bargain ... according to a new suit. Jewelry designer Kat Florence claims she and SJP teamed up in October 2015 to promote a new line of jewelry, design a special line of high-end products named after them ... and open 3 luxury shops in Europe with Parker's help in opening at least one of them. Problem is, according to the docs, SJP signed a $7.5 million deal -- which was supposed to be for a 5-year commitment -- and began bailing on it almost immediately after the ink dried. Florence claims Parker informed her she wouldn't be able to promote anything for 5 months because she was filming for her show, "Divorce," refused to attend jewelry events but promoted other personal ventures ... and refused to attend the launch of the London store, saying she was too busy. As a result, the special line of SJP jewelry was allegedly never launched and the London shop had to close. Parker's being sued for breach of contract -- Florence is asking for unspecified damages. (TMZ)

Russell Simmons and one of the women who accused him of sexual assault are no longer headed to court ... the lawsuit's been dismissed. Jennifer Jarosik sued Simmons for millions of dollars, claiming he'd sexually assaulted her after she denied his advances. According to docs, the suit was dismissed Wednesday morning. It was dismissed with prejudice ... meaning she can't refile. Typically, that's a sign there's been a settlement. Reps for Simmons had no comment. The dismissal comes a couple weeks after Simmons filed a pretty strong response to the lawsuit, claiming Jennifer had sent him text messages and nude photos after the alleged assault. In the docs, he said Jennifer was just out for a cash grab. (TMZ)

Prince's ex-wife doesn't buy Sinead O'Connor's claims he was violent toward women and abused hard drugs ... because she never saw a shred of evidence to support that. Mayte Garcia -- who was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000 -- tells TMZ he was never violent with her and she never witnessed him being violent with anyone ... man or woman. She also says he didn't do hard drugs while they were together, and she only saw him drunk once. Garcia's very skeptical of Sinead's self-proclaimed close relationship with Prince ... telling us she seriously doubts she could have known more than she did. Mayte has a problem with the timing of Sinead's allegations, too ... because Prince wasn't alive to defend himself. Garcia admits she found the reports of Prince's deadly pill stash shocking and heartbreaking, because she knew him for years and didn't see anything like that. But as for O'Connor's most outrageous claim -- that Prince was into devil worship -- Garcia simply calls BS. She says he was spiritual and religious, but any claims of him doing something sinister are "ridiculously wrong" ... adding, "I strongly deny that in his honor." (TMZ)

Meek Mill Released From Prison After Serving 5 Months. Meek Mill is a free man. E! News can confirm the rapper has been granted bail after spending nearly five months in prison. On Tuesday evening, he was spotted boarding a helicopter and heading to a basketball game. "I'd like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive," Meek shared with his followers on Twitter. "To the Philly District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues." He added, "In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career." Back in November 2017, a Philadelphia judge sentenced the artist to spend two to four years in state prison for violating probation he was put on following a drug and weapons conviction in 2008. Since the ruling, fellow rapper Jay-Z has been an outspoken supporter for Meek and called the sentence "unjust and heavy handed." "Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man. He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system," he shared on Facebook Tuesday evening. "Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way." "We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail. As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. We are also pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has noted that Judge Brinkley may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek's case in the interests of justice," Meek's attorneys shared in a separate statement after ruling. "Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured." Soon after the release, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he shared with his followers. Kevin Hart added, "Meek Mill is Frrrrreeeeeeeee ....I just left from seeing him in jail with @michaelgrubin and we were just told that he is being released. Woooooooow......Stand Up Philadelphia!!!!!" (Eonline)

Meek Mill's judge will NOT remove herself from his drug and weapons case ... despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court inviting her to do so ... TMZ has learned. Judge Genece Brinkley maintains she has been and will continue to give Meek a fair shake, this according to her lawyer A. Charles Peruto, Jr. Peruto tells TMZ the judge does not feel the Supreme Court in any way repudiated her rulings when it ordered that Meek go free without bail, pending the next hearing in June. The hearing will determine if the drug and weapons case should be thrown out because of the testimony of a crooked cop, and Peruto suggested Judge Brinkley will not necessarily side with the prosecutor and Meek's lawyer, both of whom are asking the judge to toss the conviction. Peruto says there were other cops who testified in the case, and if their credibility is intact the judge might not overturn the conviction. Judge Brinkley's lawyer says the judge bears no grudge against Meek and insists she's been fair from the start. But if the Supreme Court was trying to gently suggest that Brinkley remove herself from the case, the message was not received. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Meghan Markle Is Near Tears at Anzac Day Service With Prince Harry. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to the servicemen and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps by attending a Dawn Service on Wednesday's Anzac Day. After arriving at Hyde Park Corner in London for the service, the two stopped by the Australian War Memorial. There, they spoke with New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Jerry Mateparae, who, per the BBC, explained different Maori traditions to Meghan. Harry also placed a rose-covered wreath at the memorial along with a handwritten note that read, "In loving memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the many whose lives have changed forever." In addition, the two took part in a ceremony at Wellington Arch. According to the BBC, schoolchildren read prayers during the service and the Last Post was played before everyone engaged in a moment of silence. Harry also placed another floral tribute at the Centograph. Mateparae told the news outlet Meghan seemed "very interested" in the service. "It's her first Anzac service so we were explaining what it meant to us and the Australian memorial, so for her it was a new experience," he said. Clearly moved by the service, Meghan also appeared close to tears. Meghan wore a long coat and black hat for the occasion. Both she and Harry wore the symbolic red poppy and the prince wore his service medals. Harry has served in the Armed Forces and has over a decade of military experience. According to the official website of the Australian War Memorial, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance and marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by both Australian and New Zealand during World War I. (Eonline)

Adam Levine Reveals His "A-Team" Parenting Style With Behati Prinsloo. Adam Levine is opening up about life with two young kids. The Voice coach and his wife, supermodel Behati Prinsloo, are parents to 1-year-old daughter Dusty Rose Levine and 2-month-old baby girl Gio Grace Levine. The couple just welcomed baby Gio back in February, making them officially a family of four. 17 months earlier, Prinsloo gave birth to the couple's first child, Dusty Rose, in Sept. 2016. So how is the family of four doing these days? "Mine are so fresh out the box, mine don't do that much yet," Levine told E! News' Justin Sylvester on Monday. "I think that for me it's like, be a parent every single chance you get." Levine explained that there will be times when you're tired, but you have to push through. "As soon as I can be a parent at any time during the day I do it," Levine shared. "And that's kind of like as a dad too, you gotta be there, that's a big thing, being around all the time." Levine later revealed his parenting style that works for him and Prinsloo. "I call it like the A-Team," Levine explained. "A-Team has to be fresh, functional, relaxed and happy to deal with the B-Team, which is your children. A-Team is your other person, this is my girl...we have to be ready for you. If we're not ready for you, the A-Team is not ready for the B-Team, we have problems, no one's going to have any fun." Fellow Voice coach Alicia Keys, who has two sons with Swizz Beatz, also shared a message to fellow moms out there. The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

North West Plays With Dolls That Look a Lot Like Michael Jackson -- and Kanye. Remember the time when Kanye West played dolls with daughter North West and when you looked closely, it turned out the dolls they were playing with were actually in the likeness of the King of Pop Michael Jackson and of Yeezy himself? Well, it definitely happened earlier Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, 'Ye hopped on Twitter, which he's been setting ablaze since coming back from his social media break, to post a photo of an MJ doll, which apparently is a thing, and another figure, that's wearing black pants, black jeans, a trench coat and a gold chain, that's somehow supposed to be Kanye in doll form (just don't tell the doll's face that it looks nothing like the "Black Skinhead" rapper, you might hurt its feelings). Kim Kardashian's main man captioned the image of the figures, "Me and Mike" with a cry laughing emoji. Eagle-eye fans may be able to spot that the "Me" doll is actually a Ken Fashionista doll by Barbie, which runs for $7.94, and that the"Gold Digger" rapper's "chain" has Scotch tape holding it together. So did Kanye make his own tiny clothes for his tiny doll self? Looks like it. Minutes later the father of three tweeted an image of his oldest daughter, who is outfitted in rabbit-themed jammies, playing with an army of dolls, including the MJ one, who is rocking some sweet "Thriller" gear, and the Kanye one. Along with the pic of his 4.5-year-old in play mode, Kanye wrote, "We danced to music Michael all morning." Just in case you're dying for a vintage "Thriller" doll, you can purchase for a whopping $12.99 on eBay. Leave it to Kanye West to have the most Kanye Kanye-style game of dolls you could ever have. (Eonline)

Chris Rock plays a rich father of the groom opposite imminent in-law Adam Sandler in Netflix film "The Week Of." But Rock reckoned at the premiere: "Well, I guess Adam is richer than me in real life, but I'm doing OK." He further told us, of his own kids marrying, "My girls are not that big yet .?.?. They're still young, but they got friends that linger. They come over but I tell them to leave at 10:30. When it comes to your kids, they are your kids -- but they're not yours." (Page Six)

Chrissy Teigen wants to save the drama for her TV screen! The self-proclaimed Bravo fan is "done" being dragged into Real Housewives of Atlanta costars Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes' feud. "Ok im done with this. I've talked to kim as much as I've talked to nene. As a fan. I love the show," the 32-year-old model tweeted on Tuesday, April 24. "As much as I love the show, I'm not on it for a reason, please remove me from this narrative." Teigen was referring to a tweet Leakes sent out ahead of the RHOA reunion episode on Sunday, April 22, calling her out. "@chrissyteigen @khloekardashian I hope you girls are watching RHOA Reunion TONIGHT at 8pm. If this is the character of your friends, i wouldn't want 1," Leakes tweeted referring to Zolciak. "I don't do teams. Especially when I haven't spent any quality time with either person and don't genuinely know the people. I am a fan and a viewer and y'all can keep this mess to yourselves please," Teigen continued in a series of tweets on Tuesday. "For the record, any interaction I've had with kim or nene has been delightful. And hilarious. All the housewives, really. There was only one vanderpumper that needed a good push back down to earth ... Actually, two vanderpumpers. One is barely on. Thank god." (Teigen did not confirm which Vanderpump Rules cast members she was referring to.) Teigen was originally discussed on a November 2017 episode of RHOA when Kenya Moore accused Zolciak, 39, of "pimping" out her daughter Brielle Biermann for John Legend tickets. Moore was referring to the Don't Be Tardy star's May 2017 tweet that read, "@chrissyteigen sooo ur hubby is comin to ATL may19 & Kash is beyond OBSESSED w him! Who does Brielle have to blow in order to meet him?? LOL." Zolciak's tweet to Teigen was brought up again on part three of the RHOA season 10 reunion, which aired on Sunday, April 22. Zolciak insisted that she was friends with the model when Leakes, 50, and the ladies once again accused the mother of six of using her 21-year-old daughter for concert tickets. The Cravings author also clarified her position on Zolciak's original tweet. "Last thing, just to get back to the beginning of this, I did not give two s -- ts about the tweet about tickets and brielle. I took it as an obvious joke (whether it offended you or not) and we really let it go way further than necessary," Teigen tweeted. "Would have gave nene tickets too but apparently the music ain't that good and she didn't ask. Lol." Us Weekly exclusively confirmed earlier this month that Zolciak will not be returning to RHOA for season 11 after the explosive reunion. "Kim and Bravo agreed she wouldn't come back. None of the girls will film with her. They refuse," an insider told Us on April 19. (US Weekly)

We already told you Gennady Golovkin's camp was targeting a rematch with Canelo Alvarez for September ... and now Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that's the plan. The Golden Boy touched down in NYC where we asked all about his #1 fighter and the alleged tainted Mexican beef that led to a positive PED test, ruining plans for a May 5 rematch with GGG. "Canelo is getting really the short end of the stick here because obviously he's a popular fighter and a lot of people are gonna hate on him," Oscar says. "But he's been one of the cleanest fighters I've known. He's passed numerous of tests, and you know ... it was very unfortunate." Oscar is adamant Canelo is NOT a cheater ... and says there's proof Mexican beef has screwed all sorts of pro athletes in the past. We also asked Oscar how he felt about GGG's new Jordan Brand ad that mocked Canelo's meat excuse ... and clearly, De La Hoya wasn't laughing! "To me it's bulls**t," Oscar said ... "Once they fight in September, I'll tell you one thing -- Canelo's gonna freaking wail on him." (TMZ)

Melania and Ivanka Trump Bring the Glamour With Dramatic State Dinner Looks. For the Trump administration's first state dinner, Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump came dressed to impress. The FLOTUS and President Donald Trump's eldest daughter arrived Tuesday to the event honoring French president Emmanuel Macron in stylish ensembles fresh off the runway. Melania paid tribute to the City of Light in a sleeveless, haute couture gown by Chanel, which featured a sheer neckline and shimmery silver bodice. The glamorous dress was originally featured as a jumpsuit during the French fashion house's Spring 2018 show, and it's presumed Melania's version was custom made. Earlier Tuesday, the fashionista turned heads in a statement-making hat and crisp Michael Kors suit. Meanwhile, the First Daughter picked an American label for the official gathering. Ivanka was all smiles alongside husband Jared Kushner in a polka dot Rodarte dress. The ballerina-inspired tulle gown complete with a ruffled skirt retails for upwards of $12,000, and was previously worn by Millie Bobby Brown and Kirsten Dunston the red carpet. (Eonline)

Music

Fleetwood Mac Drags Lindsey Buckingham After Ousting in Unfiltered Interview. Fleetwood Mac seems pretty unbothered about letting Lindsey Buckingham go his own way. Earlier this month, the band announced it would tour without the veteran guitarist and part-vocalist and replace him with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House. Rolling Stone reported at the time that Fleetwood Mac had let Buckingham go after a disagreement over the tour. "Words like 'fired' are ugly references as far as I'm concerned," drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood told the magazine in comments posted on Wednesday, the band's first remarks about Buckingham since their shocking announcement. "Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward." Fleetwood also called Buckingham's ousting business as usual, the outlet said. Buckingham did not respond to Rolling Stone's multiple requests for comment. Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac with then-girlfriend and singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks in 1974. He left the group in 1987 and rejoined the band a decade later. "Our relationship has always been volatile," she told Rolling Stone about the musician. "We were never married, but we might as well have been. Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids' hearts and destroy everyone around them because it's just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, 'Thank God for this amazing life.'" She told Rolling Stone that their upcoming tour will feature songs from the entire history of Fleetwood Mac, not just the original Buckingham-Nicks run from 1975 to 1987. "We were never able to do that since 1975 because certain people in the band weren't interested in doing that," she said. (Eonline)

Christina Aguilera wows fans with her episode of Carpool Karaoke. We all know that Christina Aguilera has got some PIPES on her, but if we needed any more proof, the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden on The Late Late Show definitely confirms that. The 37-year-old pop diva and mother of two hung out with James (and a special guest in the form of Melissa McCarthy) to chat about all things Mickey Mouse Club, how she gets her raspiness and starring in the new film Life of the Party. As many of you will know, Xtina got her first taste of fame in the Mickey Mouse Club, along with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling. When asked if she had a rush on the hunky Gosling, she said, "I think there were crushes, but I wasn't on the train. I wasn't on the train." So, was she on the Timberlake train? "There was a 'me and Britney', you know, there was like a thing back then. Oh my God you're going in. It was a good time. [Justin] had swag. I have to say. Back then he had swag. But I know Ryan actually... he did have a crush on Britney. I think so..." Melissa McCarthy then joins the party and the trio have a sing-off, led by Christina, of course - GIRL CAN SANG. Fans have been reeling over the appearance on social media. (British Glamour)

Bradley Cooper Introduces First Trailer for 'A Star Is Born,' Starring Lady Gaga, at CinemaCon. The remake of the classic 1937 film marks Cooper's feature directorial debut and Lady Gaga's first film as an actress. Meet Lady Gaga, the movie star. Bradley Cooper introduced the first trailer for his movie, A Star is Born, at CinemaCon on Tuesday during Warner Bros.' star-studded presentation before theater owners. The movie is Lady Gaga's first feature film as an actress. A Star Is Born will hit theaters Oct. 5, 2018, a prime corridor for awards fare. Insiders say the release date was set after executives saw a locked cut of the movie, which Cooper directed and stars in with Lady Gaga. Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said Tuesday the film is an "extraordinary directorial debut." The trailer features plenty of singing by Lady Gaga, along with a duet by she and Cooper, who said at CinemaCon that she insisted on them both singing live. "She said what she can't stand in movies is when it's playback and they are lip-syncing," he said. The upcoming pic continues Hollywood's love affair with the 1937 film of the same name (Janet Gaynor and Fredic March starred) about a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. It was subsequently remade in 1954 by director George Cukor, with Judy Garland and James Mason starring, and again in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson headlining. Cooper's version has country music feel, as did the 1976 film. "It's a big swing this movie. I totally get that. You can't control what moves you. You can't contrive or manufacture something that movies you. This project was always around. It always stayed with me," Cooper continued. Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay co-star in Cooper's version. The actor also had to learn how to sing to portray his country musician character. (Billboard)

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Tease New Single 'Move to Miami'. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, the ultimate music duo, are back again with an upcoming single dedicated to the 305. Mr. Worldwide took to Instagram Tuesday (April 24) to tease "Move to Miami." @enriqueiglesias, how about we let one of our fans leak the artwork for our new single?! #MOVETOMIAMI," he wrote alongside a video of a black screen and only Pitbull's eyes showing. It's unclear how they will decide which fan will post the artwork, or when the single will be released but based on the video's dance-y instrumental, it's sure to be a fun hit. (Billboard)

In Defense of JC Chasez, *NSYNC's Underappreciated Boy Band Frontman. When
NSYNC burst through Stateside radio airwaves with their 1998 self-titled debut album, girls (and a few boys) were quick to stake claims on their favorite member. Some were drawn to Chris Kirkpatrick's cool demeanor, or Bass' "boy next door" charm. Joey Fatone had the goofiest personality, and Justin Timberlake had almost everyone swooning with his teen model looks (despite some questionable style choices -- remember that ramen hair?). But my devotion always remained with JC Chasez -- who is truly the boy band's greatest member. From the beginning of *NSYNC's career, Timberlake was branded as the face of the group, despite he and Chasez sharing the role of co-lead vocalists. Sure, Timberlake may have been the most conventionally attractive, and him being the youngest member along with dating pop princess Britney Spears definitely added to his appeal. A large chunk of the spotlight shone on him throughout the band's short-lived career. That unfairly cast a shadow over Chasez, who was arguably the pillar that kept their music floating high on the charts thanks to his pristine vocals. Timberlake's signature falsetto was mostly heard on the hooks that made songs like "I Want You Back" and "Pop" so catchy. But JC's soulful croons carried the weight of the majority of the band's singles. To put it simply, he had the range. JC's vocal dexterity was prominent ever since *NSYNC's early singles like "Here We Go" and "Tearin' Up My Heart," and it only grew stronger during his time in the group. The singer's voice beautifully ebbed and flowed through the R&B-tinged "I Just Wanna Be With You" from their debut album, while the club mix of "For the Girl Who Has Everything" found him taking control of both verses, without the need for Timberlake's solo presence. He also tapped into his inner-Jodeci with the unforgettable line "Are you feeling my Timbs?/ My baggy jeans?/ My thug appeal?" on "Bring It All to Me," his 1999 collaboration with girl group Blaque that earned him a hit outside of *NSYNC years before Timberlake. Once the recording of their sophomore album -- 2000's No Strings Attached -- was underway, JC graduated to co-writing and co-producing a handful of the songs. He fused otherworldly dance synths and hip-hop drums on "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)," featuring the late Left Eye, and managed to make naughty cyber sex seem divine on "Digital Get Down," unlike Timberlake, who still sounded prepubescent. "This I Promise You," No Strings Attached's third single, proved that JC's strength lied with love-struck ballads that showcased his sonic magnitude. By the time 2001's Celebrity -- *NSYNC's final album -- was released, he shared credits with Timberlake. Celebrity was designed for Timberlake to shine, as he was on the brink of solo stardom -- but JC still one-upped him by utilizing urban-inspired beats that felt more authentic. His bandmate teamed up with big names like Wade Robson and The Neptunes for hit singles "Pop," "Girlfriend" and "Gone," while JC opted for pushing the envelope with blippy PlayStation sound effects on deeper cuts like "The Game Is Over," laced his affectionate vocals on the sticky-sweet "Two Of Us," got adventurous on the funkified "Up Against the Wall," inspired by two-step U.K. garage, and channeled his inner Brian McKnight with his emotional belts on "Selfish" (the R&B great produced the ballad). Following the success of Celebrity (it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified five times Platinum by the RIAA), *NSYNC announced a temporary hiatus that later became permanent. Both Timberlake and Chasez took advantage of this time, heading to the studio to work on their solo projects: 2002's Justified and 2004's Schizophrenic, respectively. Part of the reason JC's solo effort was eclipsed by Timberlake's massive success was simply because his bandmate was quicker to release his first album, which was backed by The Neptunes, Timbaland and Scott Storch. Timberlake's debut single, "Like I Love You," peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, while top five follow-ups "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body" officially catapulted Timberlake to international superstardom as a solo artist. Unfortunately, JC couldn't keep up -- but that didn't mean his own solo music wasn't noteworthy. Timberlake wanted to express a more "mature" R&B sound on his album, but JC took the literal meaning of his album title and created an overwhelming mashup of genres (including reggae-pop, rock, electronica, soul, disco, funk and new wave) that was a little less streamlined than his *NSYNC counterpart. JC's love for pure R&B carried on throughout his album, where he called upon Dallas Austin (who's worked with the likes of TLC, Pink and Madonna) for his top 40 hit "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)," which was previously featured on the Drumline soundtrack in 2002. The singer's random trend of utilizing parentheses continued with Schizophrenic's lead single, "Some Girls (Dance with Women)." The song had all the potential to become a surefire hit, from JC's come-hither vocals to the snakecharmer hypnosis of the production. But it barely cracked the charts, peaking at No. 88 on the Hot 100. The song's defeat could also be attributed to the content itself, as women dancing with each other isn't a mind-blowing concept. While Timberlake already had a handful of smash singles tucked under his belt, JC was lagging behind. What made matters worse is that Timberlake's infamous Super Bowl moment with Janet Jackson in February 2004 caused a negative ripple effect. JC was meant to perform "Blowin' Me Up" during the Pro Bowl in Hawaii a week following the halftime show, but his appearance was later nixed due to the song's "inappropriate" content. The NFL understandably wanted to be on the FCC's good side, but lyrics like "She was leaning on me/ Getting horny/ Maybe we'll get naughty" do not really compare to exposing a famous singer's breast on national television. Schizophrenic is JC's only solo album to date and later became a cult favorite for die-hard fans as Timberlake continued to take over the pop world with his follow-up albums FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience (parts 1 and 2) and Man of the Woods. JC decided to parlay his boy band knowledge into writing and producing for artists like David Archuleta, Sugababes, McFly, Basement Jaxx and even his onetime pop rivals the Backstreet Boys. After parting ways with Jive Records (which stalled the release of any possible follow-up album), JC kept his face in the spotlight as one of the judges on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew from 2008-2012. He also appeared in films like Killer Movie, Red Sky and the musical comedy Opening Night alongside Topher Grace. JC had all the essentials for becoming a successful pop star just like Justin, but poor marketing, overtly sexual lyrics, a debut album that tried to accomplish too much and overall bad timing didn't take him down that path. But if he ever decides to return to the music industry with a proper sophomore album release, I'll be right here anxiously waiting. (Billboard)

The show must go on. Fleetwood Mac -- Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood -- spoke out for the first time since Lindsey Buckingham abruptly exited the band earlier this month. "We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019]. That's a long time," Nicks, 69, told Rolling Stone in a story published on Wednesday, April 25, about Buckingham's scheduling conflicts. "I just did 70 shows. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don't want to stop playing music. We don't have anything else to do. This is what we do." Fleetwood Mac announced on April 9 that former member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Crowded House's Neil Finn would replace their longtime guitarist on their upcoming tour. "Words like 'fired' are ugly references as far as I'm concerned," Fleetwood, 70, told the publication. "Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward." The band, which originally formed in 1967, is set to hit the road for a 52-date tour in October. Nicks also addressed her personal relationship with Buckingham, whom she dated in the '70s. "Our relationship has always been volatile. We were never married, but we might as well have been," Nicks explained. "Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids' hearts and destroy everyone around them because it's just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, 'Thank God for this amazing life.'" (US Weekly)

Movies

Tom Holland on the Most "Bizarre" Part of Filming Avengers: Infinity War. Tom Holland's spidey senses were tingling at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with the actor on the red carpet outside the El Capitan Theatre, where he admitted he was looking forward to finally seeing the blockbuster adventure in its entirety. "I'm just so excited to see this movie," said Holland, who'd just wrapped up a global tour. "I've been talking about the movie for like a month now and know nothing about it. I'm excited to see if what I was saying was just complete and utter bulls--t or in the right ballpark!" Working with so many A-list actors "was crazy," said Holland, whose character was introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. "To be 21 and to get the chance to work with people like this is amazing," he said. "It was just a real whirlwind to walk on set and see 30 of your favorite actors dressed up like superheroes, just having a coffee and hanging out. It was so bizarre!" With Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana in full body paint, and Mark Ruffalo in a motion capture suit, many actors didn't have time to change into their civilian clothes between takes. "Once you're in it, you're in it. They're the kind of costumes you can't take off. When we take our breaks, we're sitting in the green room drinking coffee. Some of us are trying to go to the bathroom. It's crazy," he said. "[With] my suit, there is no going to the bathroom!" In fact, he revealed, "You have to know when you go in it that you have at least three hours in the tank." Holland enjoyed working with Chris Pratt, as they'd never acted together before. "He's such a funny guy," he raved, "and he brings such a great energy to set." Working with Robert Downey Jr. again was another highlight, he added. "We've got such a great relationship over the years." "What I love about my job is I'm always getting to meet new people," the young actor told E! News exclusively, "and I'm just lucky that these are people I've looked up to for so many years." Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters Friday. (Eonline)

Chris Pratt Jokes That His Son "Doesn't Like Him as Much" as the Rest of the Avengers: Infinity War Characters. It's the moment we've all been waiting for! The purple carpet for Avengers: Infinity War film premiere was on Monday night, and Hollywood's hottest celebs were in attendance to celebrate the film. Everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Chris Pratt was on the carpet to support the newest film in the Marvel franchise. E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with Chris on the carpet and he spilled about what his son Jack Pratt thinks of his role in the film. "For some reason he doesn't like me as much," Chris joked. "Maybe he's just cool!" (Eonline)

Oliver Stone Compares Donald Trump to "Beelzebub" at Iranian Film Festival. Speaking at the Fair International Film Festival in Tehran, the director also criticized French president Emmanuel Macron, Saudi Arabia's influence and the "creative destruction" of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Oliver Stone spoke out forcefully against U.S. president Donald Trump and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East on his first visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran this week, where he was the guest of the 36th Fair International Film Festival. Having once compared George W. Bush to John Wayne, he told a local journalist that he would have to liken Trump to "Beelzebub," a name sometimes given to the devil. Demonstrating a solid knowledge of regional politics as well as Persian history at a press conference Wednesday in Tehran, the director drew parallels to his films like Alexander and W and lambasted the recent meeting of presidents Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron, in which they called for a revision of the Iran nuclear deal. He called Macron a "young man without much sense of history or memory of the great traditions of France" who sought a return to colonialism and imperialism, and compared him to French president Chirac, "who stood up to Bush" on the invasion of Iraq. "National security trumps artistic freedom in every country, the U.S. as well as in the Middle East," he said. "You can't make a film critical of U.S. foreign policy," he said. "W was very difficult to finance. There was no interest in making Snowden, which was turned down by all the studios. I couldn't get a dime from them." He felt the film was ill-promoted and when it was finally released in the U.S., it came out too late. Time and again he referred to Was his dramatization of the role of the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, along with their goals of attaining oil, money and resources at any cost. "I love the movie, it's a satire," he said. He referred the war in Iraq as a proxy war and to U.S. foreign policy since 2001 as aimed at regime change, "no matter how disastrous the invasion of Iraq was." "We made a mess out of Iraq, Syria, Libya, but it doesn't matter to the American public. It's okay to wreck the Middle East," he said, criticizing the neo-conservative policy of "creative destruction." He added: "It doesn't matter who is president Bush, Obama or Trump, the U.S. will break any treaty" in its interests. Answering a question from an Al Jazeera reporter, he named Saudi Arabia as a major destabilizer in the Mideast, and ironically commented on how "creatively destructive" they were. Carefully treading around the subject of Iranian cinema, he affirmed his support for filmmaker Jafar Panahi, currently under a travel ban that may not permit him to attend the Cannes Film Festival, even with a film in competition. "As a filmmaker, I would let him go to Cannes, but I'm for artistic freedom. The biggest victory is to make movies in the first place." Asked whether he would consider making a film about ISIS, Stone said: "It's a very good idea, but the world is very political and there are many blocking forces and controversies, for example in the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. It would be hard to make it honestly." Stone acknowledged he had come under heavy fire from the conservative, hard-line Israeli press for his trip to Iran. He also debunked as totally false a "ridiculous story" that he had planned to make a film in 2007 about then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, only to be rebuffed. Curiously, one of the most popular titles in this year's Iranian film market has been Sly, Kamal Tabrizi's searing spoof on the rise and fall of a populist politico who is obviously based on Ahmadinejad. Stone was scheduled to screen it at the festival. His trip included a visit to the old Persian capital of Isfahan with his wife Sun-jung Jung, and a workshop with Iranian film students in Tehran. Festival venues announced his arrival with flashes of scenes from Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, U Turn, The Doors, Nixon and Scarface, as well as his Fidel Castro interview Comandante, though none were screened. Nixon is the only Stone film to have been theatrically released in the country. The Fair festival, which unfolds side by side with the Iranian film market April 19-April 27, is the longest-running film event in the Middle East. More than a hundred films from around the world are screening. Other festival guests include actors Franco Nero and Jean-Pierre Leaud and Italian composer Nicola Piovani. Iran's then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a proposal by Stone to make a film about him. Ahmadinejad said at the time that Stone is part the "Great Satan" cultural establishment, a reference to the United States. In 2012, Stone's son Sean Stone visited Iran and converted to Shiite Islam. (Hollywood Reporter)

Hulu's Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman: "The Stories That Have Something to Say About the World Around Us Get My Attention". "It's not an easy thing to do to be entertaining and also provide some commentary or make a statement about what's going on in the world." Hulu's top executive Joel Stillerman shared his favorite TV shows with The Hollywood Reporter, naming Stranger Things (a Netflix original series) as the last series he binged-watched. "That show's sort right in my wheel house just in terms of pure entertainment value," he said. "M*A*S*H* was a huge influence on me. I just remember being aware at an early age that you could laugh and be emotionally connected at the same time," Stillerman told THR. "Later on, The Wire was sort of the epiphany moment for me, in terms of what was within the realm of the possible for the scope of storytelling and the depth of emotion," Stillerman noted, citing The Wire as being one of the first shows reflective of, "how you can talk about what's going on in the world and tell a great story." "The stories that have something to say about the world around us are always the things that sort of get my attention," Stillerman continued. "It's not an easy thing to do to be entertaining and also provide some commentary or make a statement about what's going on in the world, but I'd point to Handmaid's Tale and Looming Tower as shows that do it very well." As far as what the Emmy-winning producer has learned over the course of his career, Stillerman said: "The lesson that keeps coming back to me over, and over again, is that you have to be comfortable taking risks. Nothing really good, or interesting, or breakthrough happens unless you are really comfortable taking some risks." (Hollywood Reporter)

Kelly Macdonald's 'Puzzle' to Open Edinburgh Film Festival. The film also starring Irrfan Khan is the directorial debut of 'Little Miss Sunshine' producer Marc Turtletaub. Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, is set to open the 72nd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film which first bowed in Sundance will have its international premiere on June 20 in Scotland, with Sony set to release the film across the U.K. later in the summer. The directorial debut of Little Miss Sunshine producer Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle sees Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Macdonald play Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. But this all changes when she receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and is eventually recruited to join a world jigsaw tournament. Irrfan Khan also stars. Both Macdonald and Turtletaub are set to attend the Edinburgh Film Festival, which will run June 20-July 1. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Double Dare Reboot Coming to Nickelodeon Summer 2018. On your mark, get set, reboot! Double Dare is coming back to Nickelodeon in a brand-new series. So, what will it be: Answer the question or take a physical challenge? The iconic game show from the 1990s will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes. Viewers can expect appearances from folks from Double Dare's past, longtime fans of the series and today's hottest celebrities. Double Dare originally aired from 1986-1993 on Nickelodeon with Marc Summers as host. It returned in 2000 as Double Dare 2000 with Jason Harris as host. The network celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 with a special episode and a live edition of the game show shot at San Diego Comic-Con. "Double Dare was the show for a particular generation," Summers said in a statement when the special was announced. "For the kids of the '80s and '90s, they laughed and learned, and got messy in the process. Thirty years later, I believe it's still the gold standard." The new Double Dare, like the original, features two teams competing to win prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical stunts and ultimately going into the infamous obstacle course. Yes, the human hamster wheel, gigantic mouth, wringer and the iconic Double Dare nose will return. Contestants will be announced at a later date. Double Dare is just the latest Nickelodeon series to make a comeback on the small screen. The network brought Legends of the Hidden Temple back as a TV movie, aired a Hey Arnold movie, and has TV movies for Invader Zim and Rocko's Modern Life in the works. Will you be watching the new Double Dare? (Eonline)

Disney Channel's Live Action Kim Possible Finds Its Leads. World, meet your new Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable. Disney Channel has officially found the stars of its upcoming live action Kim Possible movie, and one is a face that fans of ABC comedies might already know very well. Sean Giambrone, star of The Goldbergs, will play Ron Stoppable, Kim Possible's goofball best friend. Kim herself will be played by newcomer Sadie Stanley, whose only credit so far is one episode of Nickelodeon's Game Shakers. According to Disney Channel's press release, she landed the role of Kim on her first audition ever. For everyone who immediately started asking for the return of original stars Christy Carlson Romano and Will Friedle when the news of this movie was announced, you were heard loud and clear. Along with the new casting news, Disney Channel released a video featuring Romano and Friedle auditioning for their former roles in full costume, wigs included. Romano also brought her baby, Isabella, along for the ride. Safe to say things have changed in the 11 years since the show went off the air. The new movie, still about a normal high school girl who also happens to be a badass crime fighter, will be written by series creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, alongside writer Josh Cagan. It will go into production this summer (and finish in time for The Goldbergs to start filming season six) and will premiere in 2019. Kim Possible originally ran on Disney Channel from 2002 to 2007. (Eonline)

Lauren Cohan Returning to The Walking Dead for Season 9. What would The Walking Dead look like without Maggie? You don't have to wonder that any longer. E! News has confirmed Lauren Cohan is returning to The Walking Dead as Maggie Greene for season nine. AMC confirmed the news but did not specify if her role had changed. "I'm going back," Cohan told EW. "There's a lot more Maggie story to tell." The season ended with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) showing Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) mercy, not ending his life, but instead throwing him in a cell. Maggie, back at the Hilltop, was furious with the decision and vowed Rick and his team will be shown the error of their ways. Will season nine be Maggie vs. Rick? "You know we're not allowed to tell you anything, but it's good," Cohan told EW. Cohan made headlines when news of her contract negotiation went public. She eventually signed on for an ABC pilot, currently titled Whiskey Cavalier, opposite Scandal's Scott Foley. The potential new show hails from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence and follows an FBI agent, played by Foley, who is going through an emotional breakup and get assigned to work with a new CIA operative, played by Cohan. The Walking Dead was renewed for season nine in early 2018. The AMC series' ratings have slipped this season, but are still strong in today's television landscape, especially for cable. The Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple will now serve as chief content officer and oversee the entire Walking Dead TV universe, including TWD, Fear The Walking Dead and possible future brand extensions. Angela King will be the new executive producer and showrunner for season nine. "This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela's significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott's broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before," Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said in a statement. "I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead." (Eonline)

A Detective Has Dirt on Kyle and She's Not Afraid to Use It on The Arrangement: "Don't Screw This Up for Me." Here comes the detective? What starts out as Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) and Kyle West (Josh Henderson) picking up their marriage license at the local courthouse quickly turns into a visit from the law in a clip from Sunday's all-new The Arrangement. "Officially licensed. Two more weeks," Megan gushes. "Or we could just go back upstairs and get married right now," Kyle offers. Megan's more of a traditional girl, plus Hollywood's favorite couple wouldn't want to disappoint their followers. While Kyle stops to snap a photo with a fan, Megan checks in with Zach on their Institute for the Higher Mind take down. "Shaun texted me. She wants to talk," Megan tells Zach. "I went to see her at IHM when you were out of town," Zach reveals. "You can't do stuff like that. It's risky," Megan warns. There's someone that wants to check in with Kyle too, Detective Natalie Gaffey (Tracy Waterhouse). Remember her? Well if you don't, she's the detective Terence (Michael Vartan) forced Kyle to have sex with last season...while he was with Megan! "Kyle West as I live and breathe. What brings you to the courthouse? Marriage license?" the detective asks. "What do you want?" an annoyed Kyle snaps back. "I have a deposition. Gang members, dead witnesses, fun stuff. Not the most fun I've had on the job though," the sly detective responds. "My fiancee is here. Don't screw this up for me," Kyle advises. Brand new episode of The Arrangement Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Prince Liam Saves Cyrus From Being Thrown Out of King Robert's Bachelor Party on The Royals. Not everyone is welcome to the festivities! On this week's episode of The Royals, Cyrus (Jake Maskall) is back in the palace to help King Robert (Max Brown) celebrate his bachelor party. It would be a great family reunion, except for the fact that he wasn't invited. "You're going to make your excuses and go quietly," Robert tells his uncle after his big welcome speech. "For god sakes, Robbie. Am I really such a threat to you tonight?" Cyrus asks him. Robert isn't worried about him trying to sabotage his big night, he just doesn't want him enjoying the fun! "You conspired against me, and for that, you sacrifice tonight and every night," King Robert told him. As per usual, it's Prince Liam (William Moseley) to the rescue! "Coming to be big brother's bitch and throw me out?" Cyrus asks his nephew. "Actually I was coming over to defend you, you dick," he tells his uncle. Then he turns the tables on Robert. "You once told me nothing is so broken it can't be fixed," Liam tells his brother. While that may be true, Robert is still reluctant to agree. "I didn't mean this," he tells him. "This is the part of you that holds you down. You have a soft spot for lost causes." Liam isn't backing down this time. "You also told me nothing is more important than family," he shares with his stubborn brother. Robert can't disagree with him there and even though he doesn't like it, he's going to have to let his uncle stay. "When he steps out of line you deal with it. Otherwise, you're both gone," Roberts scolds them. "Enjoy your night, old man. Then back to exile you go." Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Andre Holland Talks 'Castle Rock' Series, Working With Barry Jenkins on 'Moonlight'. Holland stars in Hulu's new original series 'Castle Rock.' Andre Holland came into focus during his role as Dr. Algernon Edwards on The Knick opposite Clive Owen, before solidifying his place as a leading man as part of the ensemble of Moonlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for best picture. He is the current star of Hulu's new series Castle Rock, part of the Stephen King fictional area in Maine where most of his work is set (King famously lives in Bangor, Maine). Holland discussed his latest series, what goes in creating a horror series and working with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins with The Hollywood Reporter for its Hulu cover story in a game of "First, Best, Last, Worst." "My first day on the set of Castle Rock, as a I recall, was a really fun day," Holland told THR. "It was such a great vibe. All the actors were enthusiastic and prepared. The crew was amazing. We became fast friends." Created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Holland stars along with Scott Glenn, Jane Levy, Melanie Lynskey, Terry O'Quinn, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek. When asked about Barry Jenkins, writer and director of Moonlight, for which he won his first Oscar (best adapted screenplay), Holland called him a "visionary." "He knows what he wants, and he trusts his actors as well. He's also just a cool brother," Holland added. "He's fun to hang out with." Horror films and series don't always hit the mark as being deemed great art, but recent exceptions are turning the tide for the genre with films such as Get Out and A Quiet Place. "One of the worst misconceptions about filming a horror series is that it's not character-driven, that's it's all about the gore and shock factor," Holland told The Hollywood Reporter. "In our show, we definitely try to stay away from that and really stick with the people that are in this world." "I really am interested in the characters and in their behavior," Holland told THR, "so to me it feels more like a psychological thriller in a way than a classic horror flick." Castle Rock is set to premiere this summer on Hulu. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Less Than Zero' TV Series in the Works at Hulu. Craig Wright will take on Bret Easton Ellis' 1985 novel and subsequent 1987 feature film. Hulu is trying its hand at Less Than Zero. The streamer is developing a drama based on author Bret Easton Ellis' 1985 novel and subsequent 1987 feature film. The reboot, which is in development, follows a college freshman who returns home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and his friend who struggles with addiction. The Hulu take will explore the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. Craig Wright (Lost, Tyrant, Greenleaf) will pen the script and executive produce the Fox 21 drama alongside Ellis. Andrew McCarthy starred in the '87 feature film opposite Robert Downey Jr., Jami Gertz and James Spader, with Harley Peyton adapting Ellis' book; 20th Century Fox owns rights to the franchise and distributed the feature. Ellis' book, named after the Elvis Costello song, explored themes of nihilism, with the author credited with helping to create a new culture of celebrity with figures like Paris Hilton and the Kardashians. As Hulu searches for its next water-cooler hit following The Handmaid's Tale, the streamer is also developing a take on another seminal novel: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The project, which has been in development since October, has now hired Marcus Gardley (The Chi, Z: The Beginning of Everything) to pen the script. John Callahan will exec produce the drama, with the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust also involved. The trust owns the book, with Hulu landing the rights to develop a series based on the 1952 novel last year. The award-winning book is told from the point of view of an unnamed African-American narrator who considers himself to be socially invisible because of the color of his skin. Here's Hulu's official logline: "Invisible Man follows an unnamed African-American narrator whose color renders him invisible. He recalls stories from his life -- first growing up and attending college in Jim Crow South then living and working in 1930s Harlem." Wright is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Gardley is with Management and Judi Farkas Management. The news comes a day after Hulu canceled drama The Path after three seasons as the streamer continues to refine its scripted roster with big swings including Castle Rock, Catch-22 and more. (Hollywood Reporter)

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