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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Reveal Son Silas Was Born Via Emergency C-Section. With just a few days left before their son turns 3, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are opening up about how they welcomed Silas Timberlake into the world. In a new book, The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood, the parents share the story of how nanny Connie Simpson helped them transition into life as new parents. "Our story with Nanny Connie started the day we brought our son home from the hospital," the couple writes in an excerpt from the book (via ET). "That may sound like a normal statement coming from new parents, except our birth plan was anything but normal." "We had two midwives, one doula, one meditation birthing class, a ton of hippie baby books, and a lovely home in the Hollywood Hills that we had turned into a labor training facility that we called The Octagon. So, not exactly normal," Timberlake and Biel continue. But Silas' birth didn't exactly go as planned and Biel had to have an emergency C-section at the last minute. "When all our plans fell apart and the serene, natural childbirth we had envisioned ended with a transfer to the hospital and an emergency C-section, we arrived home exhausted, disillusioned, and totally in shock," the couple writes. "I was obsessed with everything organic, toxin-free, natural, and homeopathic for our kid, who came into this world in an operating room through an incision. I was a dictator, making myself and my husband insane!" Even though the birth didn't go as planned, the couple welcomed their baby boy on April 8, 2015. Timberlake recently opened up about becoming a parent in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats Radio 1. "When you have kids, all of a sudden you're faced with your own childhood, good and bad, and am I gonna completely mess this kid up?" Timberlake shared. "I feel like the success of parenthood is feeling like, 'Uh, I failed all day today but I get to wake up tomorrow and do it again,' and hopefully, they turn out to be a good human being." So will the couple have more kids? "I mean, I want to have as many as we can, if I'm being honest," Timberlake said in January. (Eonline)

Misty Copeland humbly takes down Twitter troll. Inspirational ballet star Misty Copeland delivered a poised and perfect response to a curmudgeonly critic who described her as "the worst" after witnessing the acclaimed ballerina in "Swan Lake." A Twitter troll called "Henrietta" @miss_hokie wrote, "It's an embarrassment to @ABTballet to even have her on the roster, much less as a principal dancer. No wonder the rest of the world thinks American ballet is a joke." Then a humble Copeland shared a video of her performance on Instagram and wrote: "I will forever be a work in progress and will never stop learning. I learn from seeing myself on film and rarely get to. So thank you." The exchange was followed by a tidal wave of social media support for Copeland, with many balletic barbs aimed back at the Bible-quoting critic, the ever-mysterious @miss_hokie (we'd love to know who it is), who then not-so-defiantly deleted his or her Twitter profile. One Copeland fan put it perfectly en pointe, "@miss_hokie deleting her page isn't the #win here. The win is in the celebration of @mistyonpointe and her career, as well as the impact she's made in the lives of children, the face of @ABTBallet." Misty, we love you. (PageSix)

Ruby Rose Says She and Jess Origliasso Broke Up. Ruby Rose says she and The Veronicas singer Jess Origliasso have split -- and that no, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. The two Australian stars had rekindled their romance in 2016. "I've shared the past two years learning and sharing my life with an amazing human being," Rose tweeted on Sunday, April 1. "An experience for which I am very blessed. Breakups are always incredibly hard on the people involved but I can only be grateful for the experiences we shared. It's with a heavy heart to share that Jess and I parted ways a few months ago. We still love each other very much and I will always support her and be her biggest advocate." "I understand it's 'April 1st' but I would never use something so personal as an April Fool's joke," Rose added. Origliasso has not commented on her remarks. She last posted a photo of her and Rose on Instagram in early March. It shows them walking in Beverly Hills together the day before. "A mosquito, my libido," Origliasso wrote. The last celebrity event she and Rose attended together was the Pitch Perfect premiere in Australia, which took place in November. Rose and Origliasso had rekindled their romance while filming the Veronicas music video "On Your Side," which the actress has said showcases their "love story." (Eonline)

Kendra Wilkinson Hints She Will Divorce Hank Baskett in Teary Instagram Message. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Hank Baskett seem to be calling it quits. Kendra hinted at the news on Instagram Stories on Monday. She started the video off by writing, "I'm scared." "10 years. I did everything I could," she said in the video. "It wasn't good enough. I will always love him. My heart will always remain open for him. I believed in forever I really did. Guess it's just not meant to be. I'm so scared but I have to get strong for my kids. I will." She then added, "Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me at the moment. Every little ounce of love helps. Thank you." At the end of her video, she said, "I never thought I'd see the day, really. She also posted a picture from their wedding day and wrote "I believed." Fans suspected their marriage was near its breaking point after the former Playboy Playmate posted a series of selfies with heartbreaking captions last week. Followers were also quick to note she wasn't wearing her wedding ring. "I need to love myself again, and I will," she wrote at one point. "Life is too precious." The Girls Next Door star admitted she and her husband were experiencing "marital problems" in February after they were accused of faking their troubles to secure a seventh season of their WE tv show. "1. How do u fake marital problems? Makes absolutely no sense," part of her Instagram post read at the time. "2. Yes we are having issues." Insiders also suggested their marriage was on the rocks. "Kendra and Hank have been having problems for years, but things have been at an all-time low recently," a source told E! News. "Kendra wants out of the marriage and is planning to file for divorce soon. She wants to make sure she is making the right decision for her family but has truly hit a breaking point." The source claimed Kendra and Hank "have been having many arguments lately" and that the two "haven't been able to compromise on their disagreements." "Kendra is really unhappy and thinks that splitting is the only solution," the insider added. "She wants her kids to be in a happier environment. Therapy isn't helping them anymore and they have stopped trying." Kendra and Hank tied the knot in June 2009 at the Playboy Mansion. The two experienced highs and lows in their marriage. In her book Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails and Getting My Sexy Back, Kendra said she suffered from postpartum depression. The reality star claimed she would blow up at Hank and wrote that they even slept in separate bedrooms. "There was no way I could talk about what I was feeling because I didn't know what it was," she wrote. "So we just had to stay apart." Hank also had his own battle with depression after his NFL career ended. "The stress and depression was eating away at me," Baskett told People in 2015. "I fell into what happens to a lot of professional athletes who change careers. It hit me, and it hit hard." In 2014, Hank was at the center an alleged cheating scandal with a transgender model. Baskett said he "didn't engage in anything." Fans watched Kendra flush her wedding ring down the toilet on an episode of Kendra on Top. Still, the two worked through their troubles. A source told E! News they went to counseling, and the two appeared on Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars. Kendra also defended her husband at several points throughout their relationship. "He was never a douchebag," she once told E! News in 2014. "He was never an asshole. He's always been the most perfect man on earth." She then added, "Now, he's Superman without the cape. He needs a lot of work. That's the issue. People looked at him like he was Superman and he probably made one little mistake and now the whole world sees this bad image and I hate that. It's so sad. He does deserve sympathy. He's not a bad guy. He's a very amazing person who was trapped in a very bad situation." The two share two children together: son Hank Baskett IV, 8, and daughter Alijah Mary Baskett, 3. (Eonline)

Lisa Rinna's model daughter reveals struggle with eating disorder. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Gray, opened up about her past struggle with an eating disorder. "I feel comfort with finally posting something I wish I was confident enough to post long ago," the model wrote on Instagram Saturday. "I'm getting many comments comparing my body today vs. my body last year. I think that the support from my followers has really pushed me into writing this." Gray, who previously modeled for Dolce & Gabbana and Dennis Basso, revealed she was "not okay" both physically and mentally this time last year. "I feel like sometimes people forget that just because your job involves being in front of the camera, doesn't mean you can't have bad days. We're human. All of us," she explained. Though Amelia didn't delve too much into her past, she addressed a turning point which prompted her recovery. "I could go on and on about that time of my life, but the most important part about it was waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself," Amelia explained. "My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself. Once I got the help that I needed, shortly after the second photo was taken, I began to try to love myself for me. While Amelia hopes her story will help others, the battle has not been one without complications. "I have a lot of health complications after starving myself for so long so it's going to be a journey that I go through for a large part of my life," she shared. "I still have an extremely healthy lifestyle and I workout so hard all week to maintain my Body. Not to say that recently being diagnosed with hashimotos has also been an extreme challenge for me to balance when still getting over this part of my life, but I am getting there. One day at a time. I want to help." Rinna and Hamlin's eldest child, Delilah Belle, 19, is also a model. (PageSix)

Tyra Banks Explains Why She Secretly Got a Nose Job. Fix it or flaunt it! When it came to her nose, Tyra Banks opted for the former. After decades in the industry, the supermodel and famed America's Next Top Model host has opened up about the nose job she underwent when she was a young model. Having first revealing the plastic surgery in her new book co-written with her mother Carolyn London, Perfect Is Boring, the star recalled to Today's Hoda Kotb what led her to going under the knife. As the story goes, she had unknowingly broken her nose around 3 years old. While she said her aunt noticed, Tyra was not having any problems breathing and life went on. "Cut to years later, I'm constantly scratching my nose and it was kind of growing sideways," the author described. It wasn't until she was working as a model that a makeup artist told her her nose felt strange and Banks sought medical advice. While she could still breathe, the model opted to fix the nose with surgery. "So it was cosmetic slash medical," Banks concluded. Ultimately, the mogul wants women to feel free to do whatever they want to their appearance without feeling intimidated by outside opinion. "Natural beauty is unfair," she previously told People. "I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves." "Fix it or flaunt it -- I think women should be able to do both," she added to the magazine. "There is a boundary line, either you're super natural or you live at the plastic surgeon. It's okay to hop back and forth over that line. You want a hair weave? Fine. You want permanent eyebrows? Fine. We as women need to stop judging." No matter what, Tyra's mama has her back -- no judgment there! "It's your life," London recalled telling Banks when she decided to try modeling. "This is your life and I want you to know that whatever choice you make, I will support you in that." (Eonline)

A man involved in making Kanye West's Yeezy shoes seriously injured his leg, hand and head after an industrial machine fell on him ... according to the nerve-racking 911 call. During the call -- obtained by TMZ -- a guy aiding the injured man explains the dire situation to the dispatcher, saying the man's screaming in agony and is trapped under a heavy shoe-making machine. The caller says they finally managed to lift the machine off the man with a pallet jack, while the dispatcher gives instructions on how to tend to his injuries afterward ... including a big cut on his head. When asked to describe the injured foot and ankle ... the caller simply says, "It's bad." On the bright side, it sounds like it actually could have been much worse. We broke the story ... emergency staff responded to the call last Friday at the Calabasas Tech Center, where Kanye's company is located, and had to airlift the injured man to the hospital. We're told he's an Adidas employee working on the rapper's Yeezys. (TMZ)

Blac Chyna Involved in Fight at Six Flags on Easter. No. This was not an April Fool's joke... On Easter Sunday, Blac Chyna was filmed getting involved in an altercation with an unidentified woman at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. The reality star was there with a group of people -- including her son King Cairo and daughter Dream Kardashian. The videos of the fight show Chyna taking off her pink jacket and then attempting to use her children's hot pink toy car to swing it at someone. The mother of two is shown being held back at different times by several people. An eyewitness told E! News the incident happened at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday at the exit of the X2 ride. Several more videos have surfaced showing Chyna and her friends getting involved in the incident with a woman who was wearing a black tank top, jeans and hot pink shoes. One video taken by user @Twaaan__ shows a female with Chyna getting into a fist fight with the woman in hot pink shoes. Hours after the incident, Chyna took to her Instagram Stories to post a message to fans, "Being famous is hard enough dealing with scrutiny but when someone feels comfortable to come and touch your child it's a whole other story." The personality continued, "I do not condone violence nor am I a violent person but shout out to all of the amazing mothers out there that will protect their children at all cost. Love, King and Dreams Mommy." Twitter user @AliciaaAngiee, who caught the heated incident, shared several videos from tense moments and wrote, "I'm at 6 flags and I see Blac Chyna and her crew trying to fight." The user also wrote, "BROOO THAT'S BLAC CHYNAAAA FIGHTING." One user ct_sav posted a video of the reality star walking through the park and wrote, "BlacChyna walking around #sixflags like a boss.... she got mad at the chick next to me for saying hi to her daughter!" An eyewitness told E! News the video was taken prior to the altercation happening. The eyewitness told E! News, "I saw the initial contact. A woman with the pink shoes tried grabbing [Chyna's] baby's hand and Chyna told her, 'Don't be grabbing on my baby' and walked off." The eyewitness, who said he was not there for the actual altercation, alleged that afterwards, "The lady with the pink shoes just sat there in shock," but then claims that she said aloud that she wanted to slap Chyna. Twitter user @simplybee also caught much of the hubbub, writing that Chyna was "about to get down with some girl." Another eyewitness claimed Chyna "got upset because someone touched her baby." The second eyewitness said Chyna then "went off" on the woman and told her "not to touch her baby and that she was gonna beat her ass." "She said, 'Don't f--king touch my baby,'" the second eyewitness claimed. "The girl was just trying to compliment how cute the baby was. Nobody knew or noticed it was Chyna's baby until Chyna went off." The second eyewitness alleged the incident occurred near the park's Full Throttle ride. E! News can report that the watch commander at the Santa Clarita Sheriff Dept. stated they did not receive any calls about the incident. E! News has reached out to a rep for the park. E! News has reached to Chyna's rep for comment. (Eonline)

Blac Chyna Says She'll Protect Kids 'At All Cost' After Fight Video Shows Her Swinging Stroller. Blac Chyna is on the defensive after video surfaced of her allegedly involved in a public altercation over the weekend. The reality star and mom of two -- 5-year-old son King Cairo with ex Tyga and 16-month-old daughter Dream with ex Rob Kardashian -- was filmed allegedly getting into an argument at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Easter Sunday. In the video, she is seen removing her jacket before grabbing a pink stroller shaped like a miniature car and swinging it around wildly. Chyna, donning a skin-tight body suit, then appears to pace angrily before attempting to grab the stroller again, but she is held back by others. Neither of her children were in the stroller or appeared in the video. Chyna later posted a message to her Instagram story alluding to the incident, suggesting that she acted out in response to a fellow park patron trying to touch one of her kids. "Being famous is hard enough dealing with scrutiny but when someone feels comfortable to come and touch your child it's a whole other story," she said. "I do not condone violence nor am I a violent person but shout out to all of the amazing mothers out there that will protect their children at all cost." She signed the note, "Love, King and Dreams Mommy." A rep for Chyna did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for additional comment. The family's Easter holiday started off on a happier note, with Chyna sharing Snapchat videos of Dream excitedly riding in the stroller and later giving her big brother a hug as he sat on the front. Kardashian also recently shared a photo of his daughter happily sitting in the pink toy. (People)

Bill Cosby retrial jury selection to begin. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the Pennsylvania retrial of fallen funnyman Bill Cosby. Cosby, 80, stands accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Attorneys from both sides will attempt to select jurors from a pool of 187 on Monday. Jurors in last June's trial, which ended with a hung jury following nearly 60 hours of deliberation, were previously selected from the Pittsburgh area after Cosby's old defense team argued he couldn't receive a fair shake in Montgomery County. His new defense team -- which features celebrity attorney Tom Mesereau, best known for defending Michael Jackson against child molestation charges -- has opted to pick jurors from Norristown and the surrounding area, where the embattled comedian is being tried. Opening statements are slotted to begin April 9, with the trial unfolding against the markedly different backdrop of the #MeToo movement. Prosecutors, who last time were only able to call to the stand one other witness who claims she'd been sexually assaulted by Cosby, will this round be allowed to call five women who allege they suffered abuse at the hands of "America's Dad." Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has said she'll be taking the stand for the prosecution. Cosby's defense team has hinted they intend to paint Constand, 44, as a money-grubbing opportunist. If convicted of three charges of aggravated indecent assault, Cosby would face up to 30 years behind bars. (PageSix)

Steven Bochco, one of the most prolific creators of TV ever, has died ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the family tell us, the "Hill Street Blues" creator died this weekend. He had been battling leukemia for several years and put up a hard fight, but one family source says he finally just gave up. Bochco carved out a specific area for many of his shows -- the law. His police shows were gritty and compelling. Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking TV, including, "L.A. Law," "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "NYPD Blue." His credits go on ... "Murder One," "Murder in the First," "Raising the Bar," and "Civil Wars." Bochco was a gift to NBC, providing the network with juggernauts like "Hill Street Blues." Bochco has won 4 Peabody Awards and 10 Emmys. He is survived by his wife and one child. Bochco was 74. RIP. (TMZ)

Winnie Mandela, South Africa's first black First Lady, has died at the age of 81. Winnie married Nelson Mandela in 1958 and was with him when he became President in 1994. They divorced though in 1996 ... while he was still in office. On her own, she was very active politically. She was once President of the African National Congress Women's League. Winnie had reportedly been very ill for years now and was recently admitted to a hospital with a kidney infection. Her personal assistant announced her passing. While Nelson was imprisoned, Winnie continued his political work and gained popularity as the "Mother of the Nation." She became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid. Her outspoken resistance to police harassment and apartheid led to her own imprisonment on and off starting in 1969. Her radical ideas and scandals made her a controversial, yet influential figure even after her divorce from Nelson. The split was super messy -- even by Hollywood standards. He claimed he'd been cuckolded by Winnie -- who famously cheated while he was in prison for 27 years -- and called her a spendthrift. Nelson died in 2013. They had 2 children together. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Intimate Barbra Streisand snaps captured in upcoming book. A stunning new book of never-before-seen photos of Barbra Streisand in the '60s, just as she became a superstar, has been published -- showing the icon in a series of intimate and unusually unguarded moments. Photos taken by the late Life photojournalist Bill Eppridge, famed for his photograph of RFK after his '68 assassination, are in the Rizzoli book "Becoming Barbra," available for purchase April 10. Between '63 and '66, the fotog got insight into the beginning of Streisand's career. At age 21, she allowed him to shoot her in her Third Avenue apartment, as she washed her underwear in the bathtub, located in the kitchen. The pics include the singer meeting Coco Chanel in Paris, and touring Rome. There's even a picture of Streisand and her beloved dog, Sadie, a gift from her castmates in "Funny Girl" on Streisand's 24th birthday, which she later cloned into new pups. "It was like a roller coaster 24 hours a day," Eppridge said in a '66 account of the three weeks he spent in NYC, Paris and Rome with Babs. He said he had to bribe her waiter to call him when he served her breakfast. Eppridge's wife and the director of his archive, Adrienne Aurichio, said it took 24 years to get the book published. "Life first sent Bill to photograph Barbra in 1963, when she was on the verge of becoming a huge star, when she was living in an apartment that was decorated with empty picture frames." Only one picture from that '63 assignment was published. "Once the stories were published, many of the pictures sat unseen in file cabinets for years." She continued of Eppridge, who died in 2013 at age 75, "This is the first book of Bill's photographs that he did not live to see published ... It took so long because many publishers didn't want to publish the book without Barbra's approval." That was the biggest obstacle, she said, because Bill, as a photojournalist, never permitted prior approval. She added of Streisand, who now prefers to be shot from only one side, "I don't think Barbra would mind ... the book is a beautiful tribute to her." Streisand's rep declined to comment ahead of seeing the book. Eppridge wrote in the intro in '94, "Now, we realize that in many cases, especially hers, extraordinary people have ordinary beginnings." (PageSix)

Gwen Stefani's already mastered "The Voice" and now it looks like she's moving on to the face with her own line of cosmetics. Gwen's applied to trademark P8NT -- as in "paint" -- for her own makeup line. It's a clever name considering it'll include everything from nail polishes to hair color, in addition to the usual eyeliners, powders and lipsticks. Perfumes, moisturizers and sunscreens are also in the mix. She's got a bit of experience in the makeup department. A few years back she partnered with Urban Decay for a makeup collection. If Gwen's branching out on her own, the collab must've no doubt gone well. (TMZ)

Blake Shelton sprang into dad duty after Easter Sunday mass in L.A. with Gwen Stefani and her 3 kids, and it makes you think their next trip to church might not be for a holiday. The group was dressed in their Sunday best-ish as Blake carried out Gwen's youngest son, Apollo. The country crooner even looked-liked he coordinated his outfit to match the boys' blues. Gwen and Blake have been dating since November 2015, right after Gwen split with rocker and the boys' dad, Gavin Rossdale. Holidays with Gwen's kids is no new thing. They all spent Christmas together too. Cute fam. (TMZ)

Jennifer Lopez classes up MLB game with pink gloves. Only Jennifer Lopez could pull off pink leather gloves at a baseball game. On Sunday, the superstar, 48, sat front row at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giant game at Dodger Stadium. She wore a dusty pink dress that featured details along the neckline and matching gloves. She paired the ensemble with large diamond earrings and an off-white overcoat. Lopez, who tied her hair into a ponytail, was sitting with her manager Benny Medina and another guest for the big game. It's the second MLB game Lopez has attended in recent days. Last Friday, she surprised boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at Dodger Stadium, where he made his big debut for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball." While the pair supports each other in their work, they're also making moves in real estate. Lopez and Rodriguez recently picked up a $15.3 million apartment in Manhattan. (PageSix)

Thank You to Chrissy Teigen for Live-Tweeting Jesus Christ Superstar Live. When you're a twitter superstar and your husband is playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, you really only have one job. Chrissy Teigen fully did her job as the unofficial official live-tweeter of NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live, offering her thoughts on the show (and the costumes!) as well as a few behind-the-scenes tidbits along the way. It was precisely what we all needed and wanted from the wife of Jesus Christ, to be honest. It all started with a party in Jesus/John Legend's trailer, complete with a John Legend prayer candle and a very appropriate Kanye track, and it remained appropriate throughout the night. Like many of us who didn't already know this tale, Chrissy was a tad confused when we met the men in those incredible coats. Chrissy loved Jesus's magic chair bit just as much as we did! And Chrissy also fangirled over Sara Bareilles, as we all always do. And she pointed out one of the biggest visual aspects of the show (aside from the coats): those deep Vs. She supported her husband, obviously...and then she dealt with the downside (or the upside, depending on your perspective) of a 2 1/2 hour show. Post-show, Chrissy took on a troll or two and all felt right in the world of both Twitter and live musicals. May we be blessed in the future with more live events starring John Legend so that Chrissy Teigen can livetweet them. Amen. Jesus Christ Superstar aired on NBC. (Eonline)

Hilary Duff Throws Pregnant Haylie Duff a Dinner to Celebrate Baby No. 2. Sisters are doing it for themselves! On Saturday night, Hilary Duff helped spread the love when she threw her sister Haylie Duff a dinner in preparation for the arrival of the actress' second daughter with husband Matt Rosenberg. On Sunday, Haylie shared one of the few photos that she took from the party, a pic of the event's table setting, which she posted on her Instagram and wrote, "Last night my sister threw me the sweetest celebratory dinner for our new baby girl! AND I hardly took any photos. A good sign of a great evening! Thank you @hilaryduff." The flowers, which consisted of roses, tea roses and lilies, for the bash were done by Flower Firm Los Angeles. Guests feasted on an salad that featured apple, persimmon, celery, dates and Parmesan, heirloom tomato caprese, marinara braised meatballs, chicken cutlets and garlic bread. Although Haylie forgot to take a slew of pics, she did remember to pose for one important pic with the evening's host. The 33-year-old actress announced in January that she and her husband were expecting their second child. "Round 2! Ryan thinks our new baby is growing in HER belly! #FamilyOf4," she captioned a photo of her daughter, Ryan Rosenberg, whom the couple welcomed on May 11, 2015. "Haylie Duff and fiance Matt Rosenberg welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on Monday, May 11 in Los Angeles, CA," Duff's rep told us at the time. "Both mom and baby are doing great! Haylie and Matt are thrilled to finally meet their baby girl and become a family of three." (Eonline)

Elizabeth Hurley ''Thankful'' to Spend Easter With Nephew Miles Hurley After Stabbing. She's one grateful aunt! Elizabeth Hurley took to social media this Easter to show her gratitude for the health and well-being of her 21-year-old nephew Miles Hurley, who was brutally stabbed multiple times on the streets of London last month. The close pair are spending Easter together less than one month after the attack, which occurred on March 8. On Sunday, the model/actress tweeted a photo of her wearing bunny ears and giving her lookalike nephew a sweet kiss on the cheek. "Thanking God today that my nephew Miles is with us for Easter today," she wrote. Hurley continued, "His wound is still oozing blood but he's alive & we're thankful. The knifemen who stabbed him are still roaming around London. Perhaps around your loved ones. Happy Easter." This is not the first time the model has been photographed since the stabbing. A friend posted a photo of him in a robe standing next to the rapper Romz (who is believed to be the other stabbing victim) about a week after the stabbing, but has since taken the image down. The Royals star first alerted fans to the incident on March 10 and has been keeping followers updated on the model's slow, but steady progress. "My 21 year old nephew was repeatedly stabbed in a brutal attack in London on Thursday night," Elizabeth tweeted. "The police & hospital are being fantastic. Thank you for all your messages. It is an appalling time for him & our family. The police will be appealing for witnesses." At the time, police told E! News that Miles and the other unnamed victim were believed to have been attacked by a group of males who got out of a vehicle and assaulted them before fleeing the scene. London's Metropolitan Police confirmed to E! News that an ambulance arrived at the scene and discovered two 21-year-old men with stab wounds. They said they got in a minor car crash with another vehicle, then got into an argument with its occupants, and then drove off and parked. The other vehicle followed them and its occupants, a group of men, got out and assaulted the victims before driving off. At just 21, Miles has modeled for designers like Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. (Eonline)

Thumbs Up! Abby Lee Miller Heads to Easter Church Service After Prison Release. Less than a week after she was released from prison, Abby Lee Miller got to celebrate her first holiday back with those close to her heart. The former Dance Moms star, who served eight and a half months at the FCI Victorville prison for bankruptcy fraud, was released nearly a week ago on Tuesday and transferred into a halfway house. While she's expected to live in the house for the remainder of her sentence until May 25 under strict protocol, Miller has been stepping out for ordinary tasks as she adjusts to life back outside bars. Last week, she was spotted on the way to a nail salon donning dance company attire and sunglasses. A few days later, Miller gave photographers a thumbs up and flashed a smile as she headed into a church service on Easter Sunday. "Happy Easter," she wrote to her fans along with a smiling photo of herself with her "favorite student" Mackenzie Sol. "Lovely Easter Mass at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church with @mackenziesol and my amazing friends." "FINALLY !!!" Sol captioned his own photo of them together. "#happyeaster this is my second MOM guys." The reality star also shared a snap of Easter dinner prepared by friend and makeup artist Diana Kaz. "#HappyEaster," she wrote. "#Thankyou." "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," Miller wrote in a since-delated Instagram post back in late January while in prison. "I am a better person for this experience... I am feeling great and ready to turn over a new leaf thank you so much to everyone for your support especially my nearest and dearest I love you all." It seems Miller had a lot to smile about this holiday. (Eonline)

Caroline Kennedy happy to be out of political fray. As Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon prepare to square off in a political primary brawl, Caroline Kennedy is relieved to not be running. A source says of the former Japan ambassador under the Obama administration, "[She] was at Eli's Market on the UES. She was dressed very low-key and was buying food for her Seder." (Her husband Edwin Schlossberg is Jewish.) When a fellow shopper asked Kennedy if she had any plans to run for governor, she shrugged and said, "Not a chance -- it's way too much work!" In '08, Kennedy was eyeing the NY Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, but withdrew from consideration in '09. (PageSix)

Matt Damon made the mistake of sitting next to Chris Hemsworth in public, and Mother Nature made him pay for it -- well, a large bird with full bowels actually made him pay. Check out Matt's shirt -- front and back -- 'cause he got bombed by some bird down in Byron Bay, Australia. Matt spent Sunday hanging with Chris and his fam at the beach -- y'know they're locals in the Bay. Matt seemed slightly amused after the s**tstorm and attempted to clean up. He also changed his hat ... just in case. Far as we can tell, Thor emerged totally unscathed, still ridiculously hot ... and without sleeves. Chalk up another W for Hemsworth ... who's been on a winning streak since the freakin' gene pool. (TMZ)

'Bachelor' Arie gives America another reason to despise him. Arie Luyendyk Jr. isn't doing much to silence his haters these days. On Sunday, which was April Fool's Day, the former "Bachelor" attempted to fool his Twitter followers into thinking fiancee Lauren Burnham was pregnant. "Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91," Luyendyk, 36, tweeted as his 25-year-old lady love put her hands on a bulging stomach. Though Luyendyk later confirmed the snap was nothing more than an April Fool's gag, many found the joke to be insensitive. "Come on. be better than that. it's not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it's extremely expensive and it's heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it's cruel," one user responded. "1 in 8 women struggle [with] infertility. I really and truly hope that if this is a joke, when you do try to conceive you aren't met with the harsh reality that so many face," another replied. One Twitter user even sent the polarizing pair a link to a prior ABC News article, titled "Why you shouldn't joke about pregnancy on April Fool's Day." As of Monday, neither Luyendyk nor Burnham had responded to the backlash. The Arizona-based real estate agent drew the ire of #BachelorNation last month after breaking up with publicist Becca Kufrin, 27, on-camera following "The Bachelor's" season finale. Luyendyk told Kufin he wanted to get back together with runner-up Burnham. "I still think about her, and I think you sense that," Luyendyk told Kufrin during the televised breakup. "I think, for me, the more I hung out with you, the more I felt like I was losing the possibility of reconciling with her." While Kufrin has since been named the new "Bachelorette," Luyendyk made another life change: popping the question to Burnham in front of a live audience during the "After the Final Rose" special. They fled to Spain shortly after the made-for-TV engagement. "The real adventure starts now ??," Luyendyk shared March 9 on Instagram. (PageSix)

Stan Lee's former business associate is like a vampire ... he literally sucked the blood out of Stan's body -- well, not exactly literally, but close. Here's what we're told. The businessman went to Stan's personal nurse back in October with a forged document giving him authority to order a blood sample from the Marvel maven. Our sources claim he told the nurse to fill several vials and she obliged. We're told she took so much Stan became dizzy. No one from Stan's camp had a clue the samples were taken, but we're told his friend and partner, Keya Morgan, recently discovered the possible foul play. We're told Stan's people believe the former business associate has commissioned pens -- presumably linked to Stan and Marvel -- and the pens have an ink substitute ... blood!!! Stan's peeps believe the business associate plans to sell the pens for a fortune, and they want to put a stop to it STAT. So Stan's team has hired attorney Jonathan Freund to get to the bottom of the alleged plasma plot and not only file a lawsuit, but a police report as well. Stan's team believes the former business associate also pilfered $300k from the comic legend. And they also believe the guy bought an $850k condo with Stan's money. (TMZ)

Music

Beyonce's on a mission to make up for lost time -- ramping up her Coachella rehearsals to ensure her performance is one for the ages after missing out last year ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to Queen B tell us ... she started getting serious about practicing for her show Tuesday, scheduling 11-hour days in a high-profile L.A. studio that's been booked solely for her and her dancers, choreographers, technicians and other members of her crew. We're told there are 7 security guards patrolling the studio inside and out to keep the rehearsals top secret ... no unwanted guests or recordings. Our sources say Bey began planning for this gig as far back as last year, of course ... when she was slated to headline the 2017 festival before she had to back out due to her pregnancy with twins. She clearly wants to make sure everyone gets their money's worth this time around. We broke the story ... another huge act, Cardi B, is pregnant and on the Coachella lineup this year, but she says she's not going to let it stop her from taking the stage. (TMZ)

Jack White's 'Boarding House Reach' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart. White's third No. 1, following 'Lazaretto' and 'Blunderbuss,' starts with the biggest sales week for a rock album in 2018. Jack White claims his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rocker's third solo studio effort, Boarding House Reach, opens atop the tally. The set -- which was released on March 23 via Third Man/Columbia Records -- earned 124,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 29, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 121,000 were in traditional album sales -- the largest sales week for a rock album in 2018. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 7-dated chart (where Boarding House Reach debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, April 3. White previously topped the Billboard 200 with his last two studio sets: 2014's Lazaretto and 2012's Blunderbuss. The former launched at No. 1 with 138,000 copies sold (before the chart transitioned to an equivalent album units-ranked list in late 2014), while the latter bowed also bowed with 138,000. (Both figures are rounded to the nearest thousand; in its debut week, Blunderbuss sold slightly less than Lazaretto's opening frame). Boarding House Reach's launch of 121,000 copies sold marks the second-biggest sales week of 2018 for any album, trailing only the bow of Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods, with 242,000 sold in the week ending Feb. 8. Boarding nets the biggest sales frame for a rock album since U2's Songs of Experience (180,000 in the week ending Dec. 7, 2017). White's debut, the only new arrival in the top 10, was boosted by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with White's upcoming U.S. and Canada tour. The trek starts on April 19 in Detroit. As for White's history on the Billboard 200 as part of his former duo, The White Stripes, the act landed three top 10s in 2003-07, reaching a No. 2 high with 2007's Icky Thump. In addition, Boarding House Reach racked up a big sales figure from its vinyl LP: 27,000. The handsome performance was expected, considering how White is a champion of the format. The album's vinyl sales represent the fourth-largest week for a vinyl set since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, XXXTentacion's ? falls a spot in its second week, with 76,000 units (down 42 percent). Black Panther: The Album is steady at No. 3 with 48,000 units (down 10 percent) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack climbs 6-4 with 47,000 units (up 15 percent) following its digital home video release on March 20. Migos' Culture II is a non-mover at No. 5 with 45,000 units (down less than 1 percent), Logic's Bobby Tarantino II falls 4-6 with 33,000 units (down 30 percent) and Post Malone's Stoney rises 10-7 with 29,000 units (down 2 percent). Rounding out the top 10: Ed Sheeran's (Divide) is stationary at No. 8 with 29,000 units (down 6 percent), Imagine Dragons' Evolve returns to the top 10 with a three position rise to No. 9 with 25,000 units (down less than 1 percent) and Camila Cabello's Camila ascends 13-10 with 23,000 units (down 2 percent). (Billboard)

Media Execs Concerned About Brexit Impact, Including on Streaming Services, Survey Finds. Senior media and entertainment industry executives are concerned about the possible impact of Brexit on their companies' business, according to a recent survey by law firm DLA Piper. Its report, based on an international survey of 246 in-house counsel and senior media executives and a series of interviews, found that 69 percent of U.K.-based respondents had concerns about the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union next year. Among other things, respondents wondered if a potential so-called hard Brexit, in which the U.K. would give up full access to the EU's single market to have full control over its borders, "could mean the end of an era for binge-watching," according to a representative. Of the 60 percent Britain-based respondents with concerns, 40 percent said that their main concern was access to the single market, while 30 percent said their priority was "clarity around how licensing models will be affected across territories." And 15 percent were concerned about a lack of clarity around the judicial system. "The report comes at a time when media companies are announcing record levels of investment into online content to distribute outside their home markets," DLA Piper highlighted in a summary of the findings. "With 82 percent of all respondents to the survey stating that over-the-top (OTT) content was a major growth area for their business, it is clear that the Brexit process will impact the entire industry, both those importing to and exporting from the U.K." Under a hard Brexit, there would be no so-called passporting of services governed by U.K. media regulator Ofcom into continental Europe as is currently the case, including on-demand content developed specifically as add-on services beyond linear scheduled broadcasting. "Alternatively, companies will need to set up operations sufficient to comply with the [rules] in another EU member state to 'passport' their services throughout the EU," DLA Piper said. "While several broadcasters have taken steps to do so, the process requires significant investment." According to Ofcom, there are 2,200 broadcasting licenses granted in the U.K., of which about a quarter are for non-domestic channels that air from the U.K. into other countries. There are also a number of channels that broadcast into the U.K. from other EU countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, and depend on the U.K.'s recognition of their home market licenses. "The message which emerged, loud and clear, from our research is that many media companies in the U.K. and elsewhere think a hard Brexit may cause significant immediate damage, undermining the harmonization the European Digital Single Market Strategy had intended for the media and entertainment sector," said Nick Fitzpatrick, partner and global co-chair of the media, sport and entertainment sector at DLA Piper. "Although the EU Withdrawal Bill will convert many European laws into U.K. law, there are likely to be a number of areas where previously harmonized laws may ultimately diverge, impacting broadcasters across the board -- from advertising, to listed events to on-demand services." Added Fitzpatrick: "The boom in streaming platforms and the corresponding content production arms race has been nothing short of a revolution in the media industry, transforming the landscape, expanding competition and globalizing media platforms. Consumers around the world will continue to demand exactly what media they want to watch, exactly when they want to watch it. Media companies will have to work closely with regulators to make sure they get the deal they want." (Billboard)

Movies

Octavia Spencer executive producing anti-slavery film 'Mumbet'. Octavia Spencer has signed on as executive producer on the independent anti-slavery movie "Mumbet," Variety has learned exclusively. "Mumbet" will be directed by Alethea Root ("Part Time Fabulous") and produced by Kim Waltrip ("Hit & Run") of Wonderstar Productions and Root of Truth 13 Productions. The script, written by Stephen Glantz ("Wunderkinder") is based on the book "A Free Woman on God's Earth" by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes. Casting has not been announced. Mumbet was also known as Elizabeth Freeman, who was the first enslaved African-American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts after hearing the words in the newly ratified state constitution -- "All men are created free and equal." In 1781, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found slavery to be inconsistent with the State Constitution -- a ruling to have implicitly ended slavery in Massachusetts. "This is a woman who risked her life to speak truth to injustice," Root said. "The power of truth is paramount and the time is ripe for the world to be inspired and moved by Mumbet's story." Spencer received her third Academy Award nomination this year in the Best Supporting Actress category for "The Shape of Water." She won an Oscar for "The Help" and was nominated for "Hidden Figures." "I'm extremely proud to be a part of helping to tell such an important story," Spencer said. "It's time for everyone to know about Elizabeth 'Mumbet' Freeman." Filming will take place in the area where the story unfolded in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Elizabeth Aspenlieder, "House of Cards" actress Jayne Atkinson, Glantz and Libby Heimark are also executive producing "Mumbet." "Mumbet" has the support of State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, who played a role in extending the state's tax film incentives. "It's hard to beat the architectural history and scenery we have here and having the support of the state enables us to film in the very locations this historic event occurred," Atkinson said. Spencer is currently repped by WME and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein. (PageSix)

Andie MacDowell on being naked on-screen. Andie MacDowell. Elegant. Perfect. Black beaded dress. Knee-length. Sleeves. Back. High-neck. Zero flash or flesh hanging out. Plain high-heel pumps. Quiet jewelry. Simple hairdo. Nice. "With this film 'Love After Love,' everyone's suddenly paying attention. The most attention I've gotten in a long while. It's brought huge opportunities. Even talk, which I'm open to, of a Broadway opportunity. "I think about longevity, and I take care of myself. My cholesterol's good. I advocate nine hours sleep. Do yoga. Hike every day. I watch my interior life and well-being. And I feel good about myself. "I stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. Juice daily with fresh lemon and celery. I'm O-positive so I can and do eat meat. I stay size 4-to-6." So, now, the movie. "I have sex in this. I'm naked. It's not gratuitous. It's emotional. I play a lonely lady. First time my character's doing it, she's not ready. Then there's a second time. "My character's devastated. Great loss. Her husband, the anchor of the family, dies. And her son is acting out. "I've done sex scenes before and felt all right this time because I knew everyone around. I didn't care who was there. I felt no shame. The crew was cut back. Precautions were taken. And I knew it's important to the character. "My actress daughter's been naked in a movie. I have never made my family ashamed of their bodies. Different from my own background. My parents, more European than I, were conservative. "I've seen this film three times. It has no effect on me. I feel fine watching it." (PageSix)

Spielberg on 47-year friendship with late Steven Bochco. It was 1971. Both Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco were in their 20s, just staring out and yet to make their mark as icons of film and TV. Spielberg was largely an episodic director in television a few years away from his first blockbuster, "Jaws." Future 10-time Emmy winner Bochco had co-created his first series, the 1969 NBC medical drama "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" and had just landed a writing job on the hit NBC detective drama Columbo starring Peter Falk. The first episode he penned was the Sept. 15 1971 series premiere, "Murder By the Book," which followed two TV movies that aired in 1968 and 1971 and served as pilots. Spielberg was hired to direct "Murder By the Book." The duo's collaboration launched a hit series that had a successful 10-season run on NBC and ABC. And while Spielberg and Bochco's professional paths diverged after their work on Columbo, they remained close for the past 47 years. Bochco recently appeared in the 2017 HBO Spielberg documentary about the life and career of the Oscar-winning director. Here is what Spielberg said about Bochco's passing, which has prompted outpouring from Hollywood. "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of 'Columbo' in 1971 that he wrote and I directed. We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly." (PageSix)

Box Office: Why 'Ready Player One' Hasn't Yet Won the Game. Steven Spielberg's big-budget movie conquered the first round in debuting to $53 million domestically and $181 million globally. In 1975, Steven Spielberg's Jaws -- ushering in the age of the blockbuster -- played in theaters for months, topping the chart for nine consecutive weekends and playing in some cinemas for the better part of a year. Such was the tradition then, versus a quick burn. More than four decades later, Spielberg is no doubt hoping for a return to the past after his latest popcorn film, Ready Player One, opened to $41.2 million in North America over Easter weekend, bringing the film's four-day total to $53.2 million after rolling out on a Thursday. While the movie launched ahead of expectations in a key victory, Ready Player One's debut isn't enough to guarantee success for a film that cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow $175 million to make before a major marketing spend. Box-office experts predict the movie will need to earn north of $420 million globally to break even, if not closer to $500 million. Ready Player One launched to $128 million overseas, timed to its U.S. bow, led by a strong $61.7 million in China for a global start of $181.2 million. The decision to spend so much to make Ready Player One underscores the intense pressure studios face to create new franchises. The film isn't based on widely known IP, such as a comic book, but instead draws from Ernie Cline's novel about a teen's quest to win control over a virtual universe. "There seems to be a struggle for studios and producers between the notion of going out on a limb with original IP in order to draw audiences who may be tiring of the countless sequels, re-boots and re-imaginings, and balancing that against the tried-and-true franchises, characters and concepts that make up the majority of the top-grossing films in any given year," says comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian. Many times, sci-fi adventures can fade relatively quickly at the box office. Ready Player One, garnering strong exits and a promising A- CinemaScore, hopes to buck that trend and instead emulate a trio of recent all-audience films -- Black Panther, The Greatest Showman and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- that have enjoyed unusually long runs. To do that, Ready Player One will have to lure more females, considering that a large portion of the audience on opening weekend was male. "I think having fun at the movies has sometimes been missing. The onus is on us [Hollywood] to make it worthwhile to be there. The bar is so high. Movies need to entertain on a much grander level," says Warners president of worldwide marketing Blair Rich, whose team is given high marks for using the recent SXSW film festival to launch the movie. "And poring through social media and Twitter reactions, I'm finding that people are having an amazing time at this movie." Greatest Showman has earned $172 million to date domestically, nearly 20 times its lackluster $8.8 million opening over the Dec. 20-22 weekend. Most event films earn 95 to 97 percent of their domestic gross in their first six weeks; Greatest Showman earned more than $70 million between its fifth and 15th weekends. Jumanji, opening over the same weekend as Greatest Showman, debuted to $36.2 million on its way to grossing $402.7 million domestically. And Black Panther, earning $652 million to date since its release in mid-February, accounts for a staggering 23 percent of all domestic revenue earned in the first quarter. "There does seem to be something of a paradigm shift as the notion of 'legs' is seemingly making a mini-comeback," says Dergarabedian. "However, it will take more than a few examples to turn a short-term anomaly into a long-term trend." As fate would have it, the next big movie that could take attention away from Ready Player One is fellow Warners title Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson. Ready Player One marks Spielberg's biggest domestic bow since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which debuted to $100.1 million but was reviled by critics. His last big-budget film, The BFG, was a resounding disappointment after opening to $18.8 million in summer 2016. Ready Player One came in ahead of such comparable films as Ender's Game, a pricey miss that debuted to $27 million in November 2013, topping out at $61.7 million domestically and $125.5 million globally. More recently, Disney's fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time has faltered, earning just $104.5 million to date worldwide, including $83.3 million in North America. In terms of a sequel to Ready Player One the film, Cline is already working on a second novel. "Ready Player One's opening beat expectations and now it's all about playability," says Warners domestic chief Jeff Goldstein. "It is definitely eyed as something that could have sequel opportunities. The discussion was always, 'Let's see how the first one does.'" (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Wendy Williams snags Cynthia Nixon's first national TV interview. Sorry local news anchors -- Cynthia Nixon's first sit-down televised interview in her campaign for governor of New York will be with Wendy Williams, according to new reports. The "Sex and the City" star will appear on this Wednesday's "The Wendy Williams Show," Variety reports. The campaign opted for the unconventional choice due to the show's huge reach and popularity across New York state, Nixon's spokesperson told the magazine. "We win by getting her in front of voters, because we actually want them to see the real Cynthia," Rebecca Katz said. "And that's what we get with Wendy. Her viewers are a large and crucial part of the electorate, and her show reaches all corners of the state." Nixon, who jumped into the race against Gov. Cuomo last month, most recently appeared on "The Wendy Williams Show," in 2012, according to Variety. (PageSix)

Lena Waithe wants to do a Mary Tyler Moore biopic. Lena Waithe is fascinated by Mary Tyler Moore. "I don't think people are expecting that from a black lesbian from the south side of Chicago," Waithe told the Hollywood Reporter. The Emmy winner and recent Vanity Fair cover star is toying with the idea of creating a biopic about the late television icon, who died in 2017. "Because I was obsessed with 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,'" Waithe, 33, explained. "I was, like, who is this woman? Who is this person that everybody is wanting to be, that everybody was so happy when she came onscreen?" As she mulls over the idea, Waithe realizes she's not entirely sure how to go about it -- but it won't stop her. "I really want to do that and find a dope actress to come in and play her and figure it out," she added. "That's the thing that's on my radar that I want to figure out. But I'm still a queer black girl and want to tell a James Baldwin [story], too." She promises to continue to surprise people by her choices adding, "I think the reason that people sometimes tend to be so fascinated about me is they're always surprised by the things that come out of my mouth." (PageSix)

Nessa Diab replaces Cat Greenleaf on 'Talk Stoop'. Someone new will sit on the steps of "Talk Stoop," the long-running interview segment that has appeared for years on various NBC stations and the daytime schedule of cable's USA network. Nessa Diab, a top New York disc jockey and frequent MTV host, will make her first appearance on the program starting Sunday, April 8, on NBC stations after "Saturday Night Live" and the program "1st Look." She will be only the second person to host the quick-hit celebrity-interview vignettes. She replaces Cat Greenleaf, the former traffic reporter who built the show out of features she used to do for WNBC in New York. Greenleaf at one point booked and produced the program herself, often chatting with celebrities like Alan Cumming and Tim Daly on the steps of her Brooklyn home with a pet dog in tow. Greenleaf left the show late last year to pursue other opportunities, according to a person familiar with the situation. Diab this spring is slated to interview Tyra Banks, Kandi Burruss, Deepak Chopra, Thomas Hayden Church, Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez, Dennis Quaid, Maria Shriver, Bernie Williams and Forest Whitaker. She will also get a new stoop, located at 135 W. 52nd, a luxury condominium in midtown Manhattan. "Nessa's funny, honest and unfiltered personality is exactly what 'Talk Stoop' is all about. When people are talking about something or making noise on social media, you can be sure that Nessa will ask the right questions to get audiences the answers they're looking for," said Meredith McGinn, senior vice president of LX.TV Productions, a production company that is part NBC Owned Television Stations, in a statement. "We are thrilled that she's joining our 'Talk Stoop' family and excited for fans everywhere to fall in love with her, just like we did." The "Stoop" segments have served multiple purposes for NBCU since 1999. The company has made a half-hour local program of the interviews, and also put them on out-of-home screens, such as the ones found in New York taxicabs. And "Talk Stoop" has been used since 2013 to keep daytime audiences interested when they watch USA. They also serve as a vehicle for advertisers. The vignettes have attracted marketers such as PepsiCo's Tropicana Pure Premium, Milk-Bone and Ace Hardware. The last figured prominently in segments that urged viewers to go online and vote for a new color for the door of Greenleaf's home. Diab currently hosts "Nessa on Air," a top-rated hip hop show in New York City that airs weekday afternoons on WQHT-FM. The program is syndicated in more than 15 markets nationwide. Prior to this, Diab hosted numerous MTV shows including "Teen Mom Aftershow," "Girl Code Live," "The Challenge Reunion" and "The Real World After Show." She launched her career in broadcasting at WYLD in San Francisco. Her fan base includes more than a quarter-million followers across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from University of California, Berkeley. (PageSix)

Why The Good Fight's Cush Jumbo Consulted Julianna Margulies About Her Real-Life Pregnancy. Cush Jumbo was nervous. She had something she needed to get off her chest before returning to work on The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spinoff of The Good Wife, and she wasn't sure how her bosses, Robert and Michelle King, would take the news. She's pregnant. "I was terrified to tell them even though they would never have a bad reaction," Cumbo, who plays Lucca Quinn on the series, told E! News during a recent set visit. Jumbo was seated behind her desk in her TV office and eating oatmeal, she had just wrapped for the day. This is her third season as Lucca, she originated the lawyer character in the final season of The Good Wife. "You're really emotional at the beginning anyway. And I was only a few weeks when I found out... I didn't plan it. I was doing a play in London when I found out...I was on a bachelorette party in Ibiza when I found out, so you can imagine how not drunk I was," she said with a laugh. She told the Kings about her pregnancy before her own parents. "Because I had to," the actress said. Jumbo said it was an interesting process to tell her employer because in her line of work, acting, a pregnancy either has to be written in or hidden. "And I'd heard horror stories about people kind of being, downgraded," she said. Her mind began racing about all of the possibilities that could happen to her and her character. She even consulted The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, her former costar, about sharing her news and how the producers on the show would handle it. Having her character regulated to sitting behind desks and wearing big coats with large bags was "exactly what I didn't want," she said. "I actually had a conversation with Julianna and she was the person who was like, 'It's gonna be fine. Whatever way,'" she said. "I went to Jules about it and I was like, 'Oh my god. What am I gonna do?' And she said, 'Whichever way it goes... it's such a great team that you'll be fine.'" Margulies was pregnant while working on the short-lived Fox legal drama Canterbury's Law and told Jumbo about her experience on camera while with child. "She said, 'I wish that I had had it written in.'" Not because of the physical aspects, but Jumbo said Margulies told her "how difficult it is to play a non-pregnant woman when you are a pregnant woman." "'Cause as an actor, you're always working from a neutral place of kind of yourself as a baseline. Some days, you know I come in and I cry at everything. Or I want to eat a banana at the worse time of the day or, like, I have to pee, again. I just peed. Or you just might have a very low day... to be able to incorporate that as opposed to fight against it -- because from the breasts upwards, absolutely fine." With the pregnancy, the show has found new material to mine for stories. Jumbo said her panic about telling her bosses even made it into the scripts. "Your professional head kicks in and... there's a big panic... I've worked so hard to get to this place. And now, is this going to... ? You know, they actually put that in the script at some point," she said about her fears becoming her character's. "So then, they were so excited about it, because the prospect of the narrative and the fact that her and Colin aren't together, that they'd have to navigate this situation." Even though employers legally can't penalize a woman for getting pregnant, some do. "It's been really cathartic for me to play that out with them and play it out on the show," she said. "So I guess for her, Lucca's whole top layer of being like, together and sorting people out and being the kind of the Angela Lansbury of the situation and fixing things...can you apply that same framework to being pregnant and working? Or do you sometimes need to ask for help? Does it reveal some vulnerability in you that you actually do need your friends? You need to share that." Lucca, like Jumbo, does not want impending motherhood to derail her career and makes that perfectly clear on and off camera. For the character, who has been so closed off from others, this "opened up a whole other door in Lucca," Jumbo said. "I think she's a lot funnier this season. She was always a bit funny but I think she is like funnier...She has to acknowledge that there is somebody else to think of besides herself and that sometimes, to say, 'I need help,' or to say, 'I need support,' doesn't make you weak." Don't expect a child to necessarily mean Lucca and Justin Bartha's character Colin will reunite and have a happy ending. At the moment, "this is not happy ever after," Jumbo said. "It's real life... this is not a man saving woman situation, which I quite like." The Good Fight drops new episodes Sundays on CBS All Access. (Eonline)

Jasper Introduces Eleanor to His Sleazy Dad on The Royals: "Don't Slimeball My Girlfriend, Dad" Meeting the parents is a big step in most relationships, but for Jasper (Tom Austen), it's a painful one. Though she was previously introduced to Jasper's dad (Richard Brake) as Count Bellagio, the Italian charmer who stole her gran's heart, Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) finally meets the man behind the mask (or should we say fake Italian accent?) in the clip from Sunday's The Royals. "Hi, I'm Eleanor. You must be Jasper's dad," Eleanor says before shaking his hand. "My son is a rat," Jasper's dad replies. "I will keep your secret," Eleanor promises. "You're actually doing the family a service by servicing my gran," Eleanor insists. "Your gran is a beauty and a champ. Clearly, it runs in the genes," Jasper's dad gushes. Despite Eleanor's pleasantries, Jasper isn't exactly pleased to be introducing the pair. "Don't do that. Don't slimeball my girlfriend, dad. Not this one," Jasper pleads. Instead of snapping back, the con man takes a moment to wax poetic about love and relationships, but it's not long before his son cuts him off. "Love is something you have absolutely no right to talk about," Jasper argues. Still, Eleanor is determined to forge a bond with her boyfriend's father. "Mr. Frost, would you like to join us for tea so you could tell me all about Jasper when he was a kid?" Eleanor asks. "I'd be delighted," he replies. Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

The Royals Recap: Gasp! Jasper's Dad is Back and He's Dating Someone Inside the Palace. Jasper's dad (Richard Brake) is back and he's about to carry out his biggest con yet. But before we get to that, we've got a blackout to unpack! On this week's The Royals, we pick up with the city of London in total emergency. Rioters have taken to the streets and police are on the ground trying to diffuse the chaos King Robert's (Max Brown) total blackout left in its wake. "Several hours without power in the middle of a God damn heat wave! I want to speak to the prime minister," the king said to his head of security, James Hill (Rocky Marshall). If the king pretending like he had nothing to do with it isn't bad enough, Queen Helena's (Elizabeth Hurley) gone missing too. Don't worry, she hasn't run off too far. Helena and Cyrus (Jake Maskall) conveniently got locked in their favorite place: the palace's wine cellar. But without power, it's going to be hard to escape. "If I had to guess, the power's out. And the lock on that door is electric. And without electricity, even a team of Catherine the Great's favorite horses couldn't open that door," Cyrus told Helena. It looks like someone else was in the mood for wine. The grand duchess (Joan Collins) emerged from the darkness for a little night cap and an extended stay at the palace. "This is always my first stop whenever I visit the palace. I need a little bracer before I visit my disappointing daughter," the duchess said. Not only is the duchess back, she's got some big plans for her stay including a tryst with a mysterious Italian, Count Bellagio, who she's been feverishly writing erotica to. "I've invited him here to stay with me," The duchess revealed. "Here? That's why you've come here. You've run out of money and you don't want your poor count to find out so you've invited your Italian stallion here. Well, you can forget it! I've converted your room into a closet for my shoes," Helena snapped back. They're not the only ones trapped in the blackout. Jasper's (Tom Austen) gone MIA as well. And while Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) is determined to continue to spread good amidst the chaos, she's also adamant about getting Jasper home safely. "Robbie, Jasper is in South London. He was supposed to be coming home tonight. What if he's caught in the middle of it all?" Eleanor frantically asked her brother. "Look, if anyone can handle themselves out there, it's Jasper," Robert responded. "Yeah normally, but he's injured, we have to go and find him!" Eleanor yelled. Per the king's orders, Eleanor was forced to stay safely in the palace with Willow (Genevieve Gaunt) while Robert went out to look for the body guard who saved his life. "I owe him my life. Besides, it's kind of important to my sister," Robert told Eleanor and Willow before making his way onto the dark city streets. But before Robert could save a stranded Jasper from a gang of rioters looking to seize the ambulance meant to take him home, someone else stumbled upon him...his father! "You look like s--t son," Jasper's dad said before dragging his son's injured body out of the ambulance. "No. Forget it, forget it. Just leave me here," Jasper pleaded with his dad. Even though he didn't want his dad's hep let alone his company, Jasper obliged him until he got up to his old ways again and tried to steal a suit from a local shop. "Whatever you're up to, whatever you've got planned, I don't want any part of it. Hope the suit fits. Goodbye dad," Jasper said before walking away. While Jasper made his way back home, King Robert managed to band South London together in a march of unity across the bridge that divides the city. "As sovereign of the Commonwealth and as commander and chief of the armed forces, I instruct my military to stand down. This bridge will be a symbol. Not only symbolizing the unification of this city, but the very moment we came together as people to rise above troubled waters, together!" Robert told the concerned crowd. As day broke and the power flickered on, Robert and his crowd of commoners emerged on palace grounds along with Jasper, who had someone special waiting for him inside. "Are you okay?" Eleanor asked Jasper. "I've never been better," Jasper replied. "Good. Welcome home," Eleanor said before giving Jasper a big kiss. After reuniting, the family prepared to meet the duchess' elusive count. Remember that con? Here it is: Count Bellagio is Jasper's dad! "Bellissimo, bellissimo. Ciao. Saluti, " Jasper's dad said in his crafted Italian accent. "FML," Jasper grunted under his breath after locking eyes with his dad. So what's next for Jasper and his dad? What about Count Bellagio and the grand duchess? You'll have to tune in next week to find out! Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Did Megan Morrison Just Join the Dark Side on The Arrangement? Whose side is she on?! Megan (Christine Evangelista) is in way over her head on The Arrangement and her plans may be slowly falling apart at the seams. This week, she's having to choose between destroying IHM or saving the relationships that mean the most to her. Not to mention the added pressure of being the lead in her first film. While it seems her personal life may be falling apart, her professional life has never been better. Technicolor Highway is full-steam ahead and it's no thanks to Kyle (Josh Henderson), who happens to be a bit distracted with promoting his last film The Kill Plan. The latest episode starts with the entire gang attending Kyle's premiere of The Kill Plan, and it turns out that the film is a total disaster. "This is new territory," Terence (Michael Vartan) tells him after the showing. "You've never had a new film lose money before." But Kyle isn't giving up hope just yet. Meanwhile, Megan is off trying to comfort DeAnn (Lexa Doig) who is still dealing with the death of her lover. Even though she never got to say goodbye, she can still do Mason (Garcelle Beauvais) the honor of making sure her son Wes (Jacob Artist) is taken care of (even though Wes temporarily mistakes her kindness for flirtation and tries to kiss her). Luckily, DeAnn sorts it out and instead offers him a job as a production assistant on Technicolor Highway, which he accepts. He seems to be the only one doing his job on that movie set, because Kyle is busy trying to get as much press as possible for The Kill Plan, which DeAnn is afraid will tank their movie. "You're distracted and you have been ever since the testing numbers came in," she warns him. "When you're here, you're not here. I know you, Kyle. I can feel it... This movie can't direct itself." DeAnn isn't the only one concerned about him, Megan is also worried that he's closing himself off. "Kyle, you don't have to do this. I saw another batch of reviews come out. You must have seen them," she tells him after their wedding cake tasting party. "We're getting married and that means supporting each other through the good, the bad, the ups and downs. I mean it. The world could be falling down around us and we need to be there for each other," Megan tells him. Her sweet pep talk only aggravates him more. "You [and Terence] are both acting like I should be bracing myself for a crash. I'm just doing my job. Promoting my work," he tells her before storming away. That didn't go over well. While Megan is concerned about the state of her relationship, she's more concerned about destroying Terence before he gets any more in her head. Megan lets Shaun (Carra Patterson) know that she plans on reaching out to Hope (Katharine Isabelle) to get some dirt on IHM. Shaun doesn't think that's a great idea. "We're working our asses off to do this quietly and you want to blab to the one person who leaked your nude photos all over the Internet?" she questions her. "I don't want to blab," Megan explains. "I just want her to put me in touch with some people. We don't have anything else. We flamed out left and right, and Terence is in my head more than ever." Although Shaun strongly advises against it, Megan ends up going anyway and getting burned. It turns out Hope's contact bails and instead of telling Megan, she decided to use the time to shoot the breeze like the good old days. Even though Megan leaves her hanging, it's not soon enough, because the paparazzi gets photos of the two and Terence ends up seeing them. To make matters worse, he shows Shaun who decides she's had about enough of helping Megan with her little revenge plot. "Do you not want to help me?" Megan asks her after being confronted about her meeting with Hope. "I thought you were on my side." "I am. I just...I think I need to take a step back," Shaun tells her. "Wow. So you're choosing IHM? Terence?" Megan accuses her. "No, I'm choosing me," Shaun shares before storming off. As soon as Megan gets back in her trailer, she has another problem to deal with. Kyle's assistant Zach (Kyle Toy) is waiting to call her back to set. Or at least she thinks that's what he's doing... "I'm sorry, we need to be careful. They're listening to us. Terence is always listening," Zach tells her. "I saw the photos of you and Hope. I saw them, Megan, I saw them and realized it was you. I'm the person you were supposed to meet yesterday. I'm Ty's boyfriend. You want stories on IHM, well I've got them. I've got stories that will make your blood run cold." Zach is handing her the smoking gun to blow the lid off of IHM and just when you think she's going to take the lifeline, she goes the other way. "I have no idea what you're talking about," she tells him. So is Megan joining the dark side? Brand new episode of The Arrangement Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

'Roseanne' Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers With Time-Shifting Record. The comedy's first telecast after a 20-year break also hits an obscene 7.3 rating in the key demo. Roseanne's ratings riches keep climbing, hitting a record haul for Nielsen's live-plus-three-day ratings growth. The new totals for the Mar. 27 premiere have the comedy totaling 25 million viewers and a massive 7.3 rating among adults 18-49. Looking at just the audience, the 6.6 million add-on from the premiere night is a time-shifting record. And that doesn't even include the additional 4.3 million viewers who tuned into an encore telecast on Sunday night -- or the growth it will see from Hulu and ABC streaming. The last series to add nearly as many viewers in three-day playback was the series premiere of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder way back in September 2014. But the minutia of Roseanne's premiere success is now just that. It was big, and it will surely get bigger, more than justifying the speedy renewal. Now the real question is how the series will fare moving forward. Tuesday's second night, its third of nine scheduled episodes overall, is under enormous pressure to retain a good portion of its record haul. (Hollywood Reporter)

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