Ariel Winter Is Officially College Bound -- Find Out With University She'll Be Attending! And just like that, Ariel Winter is preparing for college. It feels like yesterday that Modern Family fans were watching the young star grow up right in front of our eyes, and now we're here, preparing to send our little girl off to a university all on her own. OK, maybe that's a little dramatic, but it's still pretty surreal to know that the 18-year-old is about to prepare for a huge new chapter in her life. And today, Winter revealed to fans which university she decided to attend, and it looks like she'll be rocking that blue and gold. "It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA," she wrote on Instagram with a photo of her online admissions page from the school's website. "Thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby" Winter has certainly blossomed before America's eyes since she first graced our television screens as genius Alex Dunphy on the popular Fox comedy six years ago when she was just 11 years old, and she continues to grow and become a voice for young women everywhere. In addition to her on-screen roles, she's assumed an official role behind the scenes as a champion for body positivity, most recently slamming Instagram shamers who said she was "asking for it" in a photo she posted of herself in a bikini alongside her nieces. "Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl's skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for," she wrote. "You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don't you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don't let anyone's comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!" Congratulations, Ariel! (Eonline)

Kim Basinger is sharing the reality of how her divorce affected her daughter Ireland. The actress, 62, split from Alec Baldwin in 2002 after nearly nine years of marriage when their daughter Ireland was just 7 years old. Basinger admits that going through a public divorce affected the way she raised her daughter. "Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it. And ours was very public and nasty," Basinger told The Edit by Net-A-Porter. "So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way." In order to combat the emotional distress the divorce may have caused, Basinger said she made the extra effort to ensure that Ireland's childhood was full of love. "I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine," she said. "I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends." Though Basinger and Baldwin were embroiled in a bitter four-year custody battle over their daughter following the split, the actress said they have since moved on and are on better terms. "[Alec and I are] cool now, though," she said. "Life goes on." She even joked that if she had only made a slightly different career choice, the entire situation could have been avoided. "There were times I could have chosen [my movies] better. I did this film, The Marrying Man, where I met my eventual [now-ex] husband, Alec Baldwin, but I was teeter-tottering because I had also been offered Sleeping with the Enemy [which eventually starred Julia Roberts]," she said. "Isn't it funny that I turned down Sleeping with the Enemy and then I went on to sleep with the enemy!" And now that her divorce is in her distant past, Basinger said she's noticed that her taste in men has changed over the years. The actress said that while she definitely still believes in lasting love, she is no longer attracted to the "bad boy." "I think it's possible to date someone when you're 20 and end up with them when you're 55. Anything is possible. But my taste in men has changed a lot over the years," she explained. "When you're young you're attracted to the 'bad boy,' only to find out that they're actually just bullies or insecure-you're attracted to fantasies." Basinger has been linked to her longtime hairstylist Mitch Stone. She said that her opinion on what makes someone attractive has evolved to focus less on looks and more on personality. "Now, I'm more reality-based. As a sexual creature I've been attracted to a lot of different types, people that others have thought were unattractive," she said. "But showing kindness and humor are the most important things to me now. If you have those qualities then I think that makes you attractive." Check out Basinger's full interview on net-a-porter.com or on the free Edit app, available at the App Store and Google Play. (People)

Gwyneth Paltrow Put Her "S--t Aside" to Save Friendship With Chris Martin. Gwyneth Paltrow never saw Chris Martin as the enemy. When the former power couple announced their separation in 2014 -- "conscious uncoupling," as they called it -- the exes promised to remain friends for the sake of their kids, Apple Martin, 11, and Moses Martin, 10. But they also vowed to stay close for each other's sakes. "I think that I'm very lucky in that I have such a willing partner in agreeing with, and teaching me, as much as I taught him. And bringing to me, as much as I brought to him, ideas about how to do it in a really gentle way, so it would be really gentle for Chris and myself," Gwyneth recalls in the June issue of the U.K.'s Red magazine. "We loved each other very much, and we still do love each other, and we have these two beautiful children together. I thought, 'I wonder if there's a way where we don't have to do that to our kids and we can just carry on having family dinners.'" Today, Gwyneth and Chris' relationship is the best it's ever been. But, according to Gwyneth, it didn't happen overnight. "We had broken up a year before we announced it, so we would have this time to work through everything," she says of making sure a breakup was what they both wanted. "It's also almost about having to press the 'override' button whenever you feel angry or jealous or whatever, broken-hearted. You have to press the button: I'm going back to the baseline of 'I love this person, he's the father of my children, he's a wonderful man. I'm just going to put my s--t aside for right now.' It really has not been easy for me at times; I'm sure it's not been easy for him." "When we said we're going to put the children first, we meant [it]. If you want to put your children first then why are you slagging your husband off in front of them? So we really tried, [and] that meant, 'I'm gonna check my s--t at the door, and I'm going to focus on all the reasons that I love you, that you're like my brother and my family forever and we'll deal with that stuff another time.' It's not always easy, but it's just the way we wanted to try to do it," says Paltrow, who recently published her third cookbook, It's All Good. "I have to say it wasn't the outcome we were hoping for, but it was our outcome and we've really done the best that we can." The last three years have been especially transformative for the 43-year-old actress. "At 40, my life changed so much. I think every woman around that time gets this massive software upgrade. You're just different. You're upgraded. For me, there were just a bunch of changes I had to make to really be true to myself and really live my happiness. And you have to be brave and make the choice to do that, to truly accept yourself and love yourself and really forgive yourself for your missteps," the Goop founder/CEO tells Red. "So, it's been a long interesting road to get to the place where I feel really content and that I really know myself and like myself. I wish they could teach girls to do this when they are 16 instead of 40, but that's part of life." (Eonline)

Throughout her long career, Pink has never been one to bite her tongue -- even if it meant calling out a music legend! During a radio interview with Nova FM's Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday morning, the Just Like Fire songstress spoke out on the tragic passing of Prince -- and remembered calling him a "rude f*ck" at the beginning of her career! When asked if she had ever crossed paths with the Purple Rain singer, she admitted: "I actually had an argument with Prince once... It was about owning your own masters." For those who don't know, owning your own masters refers to an artist's rights and ownership of their original recordings -- and Prince was very protective of his music rights. Pink recalled: "I asked him to collaborate with me. He asked if I owned my masters. I told him 'no, I didn't' because I had just actually got a record deal so it was a little early for me to be demanding my masters back. He told me to call him when I did. I told him he was a rude f*ck, then I went on stage." We bet he wasn't expecting that reaction from an up-and-coming artist! Ha! Due to her young age at the time, the pop/rock star didn't realize the funk icon was just trying to help her out, adding: "I was 19 at the time, so I didn't see people from good places back then." The now 36-year-old made it clear that she has nothing but love for Prince, lamenting: "With Prince and [David] Bowie and others... the world lost a lot of sparkle this year and it's left a hole in my heart because I don't know what's going to replace it... These people are irreplaceable and it's just really, really sad." (Perez Hilton)

Leah Remini is defending Scientology leader David Miscavige's father and his decision to speak out against the church in a forthcoming memoir. The King of Queens actress, who also penned a book about the controversial religion after she left, told ABC News that Ron Miscavige "has a right to tell his story." Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, Ron's book, details what Ron believes is David's "brutal approach to running the organization." In an interview with ABC's 20/20 ahead of the book's May 3 release, Ron said that his estranged son, now 55, "really decided at a very young age to make [Scientology] his career and his mission." After Remini heard that Ron-who joined the church in the late 1960s-had left Scientology, she said she "tracked him down." "I called him and I offered my support because I know he must have felt alone," she told ABC, referencing her own bumpy exit from the church. "I just wanted him to know that we were willing to take them in. There is no place for them to go unless they have family outside of the church, which is very rare." She added that she "immediately" encouraged him to write a book. "We're all gonna speak up. You're not gonna just bully people telling their stories." The church has slammed Ron over Ruthless, with Monique Yingling, an attorney representing Scientology, telling ABC that the memoir is a "literary forgery." "There seems to be no explanation except that his father is trying to make a buck off his name," she said. "So I think there's that level of sadness and I'm sure a sense of betrayal." Other attorneys working on behalf of David contacted the book's U.K. publisher as well, threatening to sue if Ruthless is published. The letter reportedly indicated that the U.S. publisher, St. Martin's Press, received a similar threat. Remini has been in conflict with the church since her departure, with Scientology officials previously writing in a statement of her claims against David, "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt." ABC's full interview with Ron will air on 20/20 on Friday at 10 a.m. EST. (People)

Seems Alexander Ludwig is ferociously battling his way out of the friend zone -- 'cause the "Vikings" star was out with Lindsey Vonn AGAIN ... despite the fact she claimed they were "just friends." Vonn and Ludwig got some people talkin' earlier this month when they hit up a fancy West Hollywood restaurant together. But days later, Vonn insisted there was nothing romantic about the date. Fast forward to Wednesday night ... when the 'Hunger Games' star showed up to the Clippers game at Staples Center -- WITH VONN!! So ... did 23-year-old Ludwig finally convince the 31-year-old stunner to give him a shot??? Vonn did sorta leave the door open when she was talking about Ludwig a few weeks ago. Good luck ... (TMZ)

Nick Gordon Reveals Bobbi Kristina Suffered Two Miscarriages Prior to Her Death. Nearly a year after Bobbi Kristina Brown's death, her longtime love Nick Gordon, who was also targeted for various claims surrounding the tragedy, has given an in-depth interview regarding his relationship with Whitney Houston's daughter and his account on what occurred on the horrible day of January 31. But among the numerous revelations from his Daily Mail interview, there was one bombshell that stood out more than the rest -- Gordon claims Bobbi was pregnant twice. "We had a couple of miscarriages. We would have loved to have a kid but we weren't planning on it yet and she was just such a young fragile person it took a toll on her," he revealed, adding that he doesn't believe that she intended to take her own life. "We wanted to get clean, settle down, get married, have kids." Gordon didn't shy away from recounting their drug use, explaining that it got much worse over time and after Whitney's death in 2012. "The drug use was becoming more and more and we were already using a lot. People started suggesting rehab but she was resistant, addicts are always resistant. She was mixing drugs." Although there is no changing what happened, Gordon blames himself for not saving his fiancee, both during her downward spiral and on the morning of what would ultimately claim her life. "I blame myself for not getting to Krissy quick enough that day," he admitted. "I can't blame myself for another addict's addiction but I feel like I failed her. She didn't make it. I wish she got help...I wish she got my spot [in rehab]. I did not protect her the way that I was supposed to, even if it was from herself." Eerily enough, Gordon reveals Bobbi Kristina had a dangerous incident in the bath three years prior to the one that led to her death. He alleges that she nearly drowned in the bathtub once before when she fell into a drunken sleep with the water still running. "It was in the Beverly Hills Hilton and the water overflowed out into the hallway. Whitney found her, pulled her out and slept in her bed that night." Whitney died in the same way the very next night. Gordon spoke about how he's coping with the loss of his loved one, telling Daily Mail, "I can't move on from Krissy. She's got a super special place in my heart. I don't want to move on from that. I think she's with me every day. She's here, right now. I speak to her all the time. I have to. It keeps me sane." (Eonline)

Sheila E. is doing everything she can to make sure no one exploits Prince's music or his money ... but she's NOT warring with his family over her friend's estate. Sheila has deep concerns that vultures are looking for opportunities to profit off Prince's death -- so she's offered her support to his family and Paisley Park reps ... according to Sheila's rep. The rep says there's no truth to reports Sheila is fighting with Tyka, Prince's sister, over the estate. She adds, Sheila "has received no compensation nor will accept compensation" ... and she's already turned down multiple offers to get paid for "tribute" concerts. Additionally, Sheila thinks all memorial shows should be authorized by the estate and all revenues should go to Prince's favorite charities. (TMZ)

Kesha's Mother Drops Counterclaims Against Dr. Luke as She Tries to "Find Peace and Forgiveness in Her Heart." While the legal battle remains ongoing between Kesha and Dr. Luke, the singer's mother is backing down from her own suit with the music producer. E! News can confirm through court documents that Pebe Sebert has voluntarily dropped her counterclaims against Dr. Luke. "The litigation with Dr. Luke has been a nightmare for Mrs. Sebert and her family," Pebe's attorney said in a statement to E! News. "She has decided to move on and find peace and forgiveness in her heart rather than dwelling in the cancerous past of an ongoing lawsuit with no end in sight." Dr. Luke recently sued both Kesha and her mom on claims of defamation. In court papers obtained by E! News, the music producer and his legal team alleged that the mother-daughter duo used a "campaign of false accusations against [Dr.Luke]" in hopes he would release the "Tik Tok" singer from her exclusive recording agreement. In response, Pebe filed counterclaims of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress based on the alleged abuse directed at Kesha. Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied Kesha and her mom's claims. After Pebe's decision this week, Dr. Luke's team stood firm in the belief that their client was the one defamed. "Pebe Sebert's voluntary withdrawal of all her claims against Dr. Luke is her acknowledgement that her claims are meritless," Dr. Luke's attorney told The Hollywood Reporter. "Dr. Luke's defamation and other claims continue against Pebe and Kesha Sebert." The news comes as Kesha and Zedd are set to release "True Colors," a song they performed at this month's Coachella Music Festival. "ZEDD & KESHA -- TRUE COLORS. OFFICIALLY OUT: 4/29. Music can be freedom," Zedd shared on social media. "Just to clarify: We didn't use any loop holes. Kemosabe / RCA gave us permission to release this song!" Dr. Luke later responded, "Thanks for the clarification @Zedd ..." (Eonline)

Charlie Sheen does not pose an imminent threat to ex-fiancee Brett Rossi ... so says a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Rossi claimed in legal docs her life was in danger, claiming audio existed of Charlie threatening to have her killed. At the time Rossi filed, a judge issued an immediate restraining order based only on her claims, but after a hearing Thursday a judge threw out the order, saying there was no immediate threat. One thing that didn't help Rossi's case ... she was a no-show. Sheen's lawyer, Marty Singer, was incredulous, because he learned she was in Atlanta for a special appearance at the Pink Pony strip club, touting her as a "world famous adult film star" and "2012 pet of the month." A judge set a hearing for May 18, to decide if a permanent restraining order was appropriate. (TMZ)

Normally we'd take a Katt Williams arrest with a grain of salt, but this one was over multiple grains of salt ... which the comedian allegedly threw at a restaurant manager. Katt got arrested late Wednesday night at Atlanta seafood restaurant Spondivits after he got into it with the staff ... according to cops. We're told Katt's party walked into the restaurant and decided to seat themselves instead of waiting for a host. Katt soon followed and started arguing with the manager over the seating situation. Katt allegedly settled matters by grabbing a salt shaker, chucking it at the manager and smashing him in the face. Cops arrested him for battery (no salt) ... he posted bond and was released around 12:30 AM. (TMZ)

Former wrestling star Chyna died of an accidental overdose of a prescription sleeping pill and a tranquilizer, her manager said Wednesday. "It's a 98 percent certainty and 2 percent speculation," Anthony Anzaldo said. Anzaldo, who lived nearby, discovered the 46-year-old ex-WWE star dead on April 20 in her bed at her Redondo Beach home. He believes she may have died two or three days earlier. Chyna, whose birth name was Joan Marie Laurer, was a lifelong insomniac who had prescriptions for Ambien and a generic version of the anti-anxiety drug Valium, Anzaldo said. Days before she was found dead, Chyna appeared rambling and disjointed as she wandered around her apartment wearing headphones and a feather in her hair in a 13-minute video she posted online. Chyna has acknowledged struggling with addiction in the past. Anzaldo said she had been known to binge drink but had not had a drink for several weeks, and there was no alcohol in her home at the time of her death. Anzaldo said he suspects that Chyna had been "self-medicating a little bit more than she should have" because she had begun seeing a psychiatrist for the first time, was attending a women's domestic violence group and had visited the grave of her estranged father. She was trying to deal with issues of abandonment and violence from previous relationships, Anzaldo said. "A lot was going on in her life emotionally. But she wasn't depressed; it was just a lot to deal with," he said. The drugs may have clouded her memory so that she took more than she realized, Anzaldo said. "She accidentally, over the course of two or three weeks, misused her legally prescribed medication," Anzaldo said. "They're not going to find, like, 60 pills in her stomach." Anzaldo, who was making a documentary with and about Chyna, said he was concerned and was in the process of trying to get Chyna free rehabilitation by making her a subject on A&E's celebrity addiction reality series, "Intervention." "This would have been the quickest possible way" to arrange for rehab, he said. No cause of death has been released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office because results of toxicology tests are pending. The death initially was reported as a possible overdose with prescription drugs, "but we don't know," coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Anzaldo said that with the consent of Chyna's mother, he donated her brain to Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who has investigated possible links between the brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and concussions in athletes. He was portrayed by Will Smith in the recent film "Concussion." However, Anzaldo said he doesn't believe that Chyna had the injury. "It wasn't what cost her life," he said. (Page Six)

Authorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince's house, and in the docs there's an ominous warning ... if the justification for the warrant gets out it could cause others to destroy evidence. The warrant was issued Thursday in Carver County, Minnesota, allowing cops to search the home in Paisley Park Studios, where the singer lived and died. Our sources say authorities want to see if there's evidence of drugs, correspondence, prescriptions and medical information that could help in the death investigation. The sheriff's office says in the request for a warrant ... they want to keep the information in the warrant confidential because "premature disclosure of the details provided in the search warrant and its accompanying documents may compromise this law enforcement investigation by causing the search or related searches to be unsuccessful." Translation ... we know authorities are interested in drugs that were prescribed by doctors and filled by pharmacies, and they don't want evidence tampering. The judge ordered that the sensitive documents be sealed for 6 months or until the commencement of any criminal case. (TMZ)

The media giant behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" has filed for bankruptcy, and part of the problem is ... 'Idol' was hemorrhaging money in its final seasons. Core Media Group filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday morning saying it's several hundred million dollars in the hole, and needs to reorganize its debts. Core and all its subsidiaries say they have $73 million in assets, but more than $512 million in debt. One of its biggest creditors is 'Idol' creator Simon Fuller, who is owed more than $3.3 million. Several law firms, music labels as well as FOX Network are also owed dough. Core Media's filing includes many of its holdings, including 19 Entertainment which owns the recording rights of 'Idol' superstars like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. In the bankruptcy docs, Core says revenue started sliding after 2012 when 'Idol' ratings started declining. For instance, in 2014, earnings dropped $15 million from the previous year. (TMZ)


Prince William to Spearhead Fight Against Cyberbullying. Cyberbullies beware: Prince William is out to get you. The 33-year-old Duke of Cambridge is set to convene an industry-led taskforce to support young people and their families affected by cyberbullying, Kensington Palace said in a statement obtained by E! News Thursday. The group will "bring together industry partners and a group of advisers from the sector to develop an industry-wide response to the online bullying of young people, with a focus on 12-14 year olds," the statement said. "This is an issue that The Duke feels strongly about," it continued. "He knows that social media and other technologies are creating significant positive opportunities for millions of young people. But as a parent, he knows that many people worry about how to protect their children from the new avenues for bullying that technology is creating. He hopes the taskforce can help the industry share the best practice that is emerging across the sector and put in place new standards so that the Internet remains something young people and their parents can embrace with confidence." William and wife Kate Middleton, 34, are parents to son Prince George, 2, and daughter Princess Charlotte, who will turn 1 next week. The taskforce will be made up of "leading figures from technology companies and internet service providers" and will "take existing models of good practice for reporting abusive content on individual networks and develop a set of commitments for the industry to sign up to, to collectively tackle the issue" of cyberbullying, Kensington Palace said in its statement. "It will consider the development of a single resource of up to date practical support and information for young people affected by cyberbullying, with advice on how to get help," the statement continued. "It will also work to help parents and adults to better understand cyberbullying, and give them the confidence to find appropriate help and resources to support children affected by the issue." The couple and William's brother Prince Harry recently starred in a PSA for the "Heads Together" initiative, which aims to end the stigma around mental health. As part of the campaign, William is focusing on raising awareness about bullying, cyberbullying and suicide. Last November, the U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times reported William and Kate planned to hold talks with executives from social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to discuss how to protect young people from online harassment. "Their role as parents is definitely shaping their perceptions on the issues," a royal aide told the outlet. "As parents themselves, they want to speak out and see what more can be done for young people who are victims of cyberbullying and all forms of bullying." (Eonline)

Will Forte has proven time and time again that he is fully committed to getting into character for his role on The Last Man on Earth. Leading up to each season, the actor leaves his hair long and cultivates a huge, bushy beard to play one of the remaining survivors of the human race, but this year he went above and beyond, shaving off the entire right side of his head, including his eyebrow, as part of a prank. Now, he's giving us a look at the aftermath of his last dramatic hair change, and we'd say it's been a tough transition. At a special presentation of Key and Peele's new film Keanu in Hollywood on Wednesday night, Will proved why you should absolutely never shave only half your head. The actor appears to still be struggling with growing out his locks, showing up to the premiere with a closely shorn hairstyle that's been shaved exclusively across his hairline creating the illusion that he suddenly has a receding hairline, although this is most likely an attempt to even out his hair after totally mangling it for the show. It's a good thing Will has an amazing sense of humor because most famous actors wouldn't be quite so amused by having to shave off chunks of their hair and having it grow back a little wonky. On the other hand, some method thespians would probably be totally blown away by his extreme commitment to his craft. Regardless, Forte's got to be hoping next season will be just a little bit gentler on his delicate follicles. (People)

Kylie Jenner shows off her new Topshop swimwear collection. If you follow Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner on Snapchat, you'll have watched them pout and pose for their new Topshop campaign Wednesday. The shoot - taken on some rocks on a sunny day in LA - saw the girls show off their new swimwear line. And just... wow. Kylie took to Instagram to show off her incredible figure in a neon yellow two-piece that you know will just fly off the hangers. She captioned the pic: "Shooting Kendall&Kylie swim for TopShop. Coming soooon." Here are a few behind the scenes snaps from the shoot with photographer Sasha Samsonova... And here's another sneak peek at a coral number... Kendall didn't post anything on Instagram, but she also looked like she had fun on the shoot - judging from Snapchat. (British Glamour)

Iggy Azalea thinks the furor over Beyonce's "Becky" reference in her album "Lemonade" has put it toward the bottom of the heap as a baby name. Iggy was talkative at JFK Wednesday and wanted to make it clear ... she has no beef with Beyonce over Becky-gate. On the subject of Nick Young ... good question by our photog about which comes first ... a Lakers championship or marriage. (TMZ)

Prince Superfan Tracy Morgan: "He Taught Me to Be Gentle". The comedian shares how the artist saved him after his father's death, was so pretty "I turned gay for five seconds" and was "down to earth: no extra cheese, no pepperoni." I was getting ready to perform in Las Vegas when I heard that Prince died. I felt a real emptiness. At the end of my set, I got a standing ovation, and I said, "This standing ovation is for Prince -- and I would like to have a moment of silence." So we had one. Since his album 1999, I was a fan. Prince and Michael Jackson -- they were the soundtrack to my life. I remember when my pops died [in 1987], I listened to "Condition of the Heart" [from 1985 LP Around the World in a Day] as soon as we got back from the burial, for 24 hours [in a row]. That was the last song I said, "Dad, listen to this!" And my father said, "That's a good record." About seven years ago, I went to a party at Prince's house in Los Angeles. We had to take a bus there -- Jennifer Lopez, everybody was on this bus -- and Prince performed with his band in the living room. The liquor was flowing, and everybody was getting nice. At the end of the night, me and my boy Bradley were drunk. We had these two girls on the sofa, and we were talking, joking, laughing. Prince and his wife came downstairs, and they had on purple pajamas. He said, "Tracy, get the f -- out!" As I walked out the door, I grabbed him by the back of the neck, and I pulled him close to me. I noticed that mole on his face. He was so pretty, I turned gay for about five seconds. I said, "My father loved 'When Doves Cry.'" And he said, "Yeah, yeah. Just get the f -- out." Another time, when I was living in Los Angeles, I hung out with him and Andre 3000 at the Skybar on Sunset Boulevard. He was down to earth: regular, no extra cheese, no pepperoni -- just a slice and a Coke! He was shining like new money. I hosted the Billboard Music Awards three years ago, and Prince headlined. I didn't get to talk to him because he disappeared. "Where did Prince go?" "He disappeared!" He was mystique. Was he an influence? Absolutely! He was free. He came from the heart. He was talking about making love, he was a sexy man! Prince's music taught me how to suck titties! He taught me how to be gentle. Because of him, I once sucked a titty for an hour. At the end, it looked like a tater tot. I love Prince. (Hollywood Reporter)

Swoon! On Wednesday, Josh Hartnett stopped by Live! With Kelly and Michael and couldn't help but gush about his baby girl with girlfriend Tamsin Egerton. Aww! The Penny Dreadful actor explained to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan: "She is the apple of my eye. She's perfect in every way. I'm in love." Sigh! While Josh revealed he isn't getting ANY sleep, the star doesn't seem to mind as he dished: "It puts things in a totally new perspective, of course. I mean, your ego melts away when you have a new kid. Your heart kind of leaves your body and you give it permission to walk around with someone else for a while. It's really terrifying but it's beautiful. I love it more than anything. I wish I would have started it earlier. But I'm so glad that she is the one I'm raising." (Perez Hilton)

#FACTS. Kim Kardashian slammed the Wall Street Journal for running an ad denying Turkey's Armenian genocide in a heated blog post published on her website on Wednesday, April 27. "My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press. We've learned to brush it off. Lies make good headlines, good headlines make great covers, great covers sell magazines," the reality TV superstar, 35, wrote. "But when I heard about this full-page ad that ran in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian genocide, I couldn't just brush it off." The 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide was earlier this month, on April 24. The tragic event, in which an estimated one and a half million Armenians were killed, began in 1915 and lasted for years. (Turkey does not officially recognize the Armenian genocide.) Kardashian's late father, Robert Kardashian -- who died in 2003 at age 59 from esophageal cancer -- was the son of Helen and Arthur Kardashian, whose grandparents migrated to the United States from Armenia in the early 1900s. The Selfish author has long been vocal about her heritage and its importance to her. "The ad was paid for by Turkic Platform. I won't list the group's website, as I don't want to give them the traffic, but basically they say that not as many people died as historians say, and that the Armenians were to blame," the E! personality continued on her site. "For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous. It's one thing when a sh--ty tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide -- it's shameful and unacceptable. Why is it that every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back?" Kardashian and her younger sister Khloe Kardashian memorably visited Armenia and met with the country's Prime Minister, Hovik Abrahamyan, during an April 2015 trip that was documented for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "We accept a wide range of advertisements, including those with provocative viewpoints," WSJ told Gawker in a statement defending their choice to run the ad. "While we review ad copy for issues of taste, the varied and divergent views expressed belong to the advertisers." Kardashian was not pleased with the publication's response. "Advocating the denial of a genocide by the country responsible for it -- that's not publishing a 'provocative viewpoint,' that's spreading lies," she added. "It's totally morally irresponsible and, most of all, it's dangerous. If this had been an ad denying the Holocaust, or pushing some 9/11 conspiracy theory, would it have made it to print?" (US Weekly)

Caitlyn Jenner's getting political! The 66-year-old reality star took Donald Trump at his word on Wednesday, April 27, calling into his Trump International Hotel and Tower to go to the bathroom. During an interview on the Today show last week, Trump was asked whether he supported trans people's right to use any bathroom they felt comfortable in. He said he did. "So if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and want to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?" the presidential hopeful was asked. "That is correct," Trump replied without hesitation. So Jenner decided to do just that, and filmed a video of herself arriving at the property magnate's hotel to pop into the ladies' room. On her exit, the I Am Cait star had a little something to say to Ted Cruz and his anti-trans rhetoric. "Oh my God, a trans woman in New York, I gotta take a pee. Anyway. ... Oh my God, Trump International Tower, I love this," she says in the video, shared via Facebook. "OK, last week Donald Trump said I could take a pee anywhere in a Trump facility, so I am gonna go take a pee in the ladies' room." "Thank you, Donald," she adds on her return from the restrooms. "I really appreciate it. And by the way, Ted, nobody got molested." (US Weekly)

This Celebratory Starbucks Frappuccino Is Back. Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake... Time to celebrate, Frappuccino fans. Starbucks is bringing back last year's Birthday Cake Frappuccino for a limited-time run. The iced beverage features a creamy blend of vanilla bean and hazelnut, topped with pink whipped cream. It tastes like a liquefied birthday cake in a cup -- and it's cold and refreshing... what did we do to deserve this seasonal treat again already?! The returning frap is available at participating Starbucks locations in the U.S. and Canada now through Monday, May 2. So basically you have a long weekend to down as many of these delicious drinks as you can. It's a few days... you can live on caffeine-free, cake batter-flavored goodness for a few days. You may remember the Birthday Cake Frappuccino from its short run last spring to celebrate the coffee giant's 20th year of serving up fraps. We still have dreams about that raspberry-flavored whipped cream. Starbucks started selling Frappuccino's in the summer of 1995 with just two flavors, coffee and mocha. They didn't even have whipped cream! What a long way we've come since then. We should probably mark the occasion with a giant Birthday Cake Frappuccino for breakfast. (Eonline)


Calvin Harris Announces New Song With Rihanna Called ''This Is What You Came For.'' Heads up all you Calvin Harris and Rihanna fans out there! The music producer took to Twitter just now to reveal that he's got an upcoming track with none other than Bad Gal RiRi called, "This Is What You Came For." Taylor Swift 's boyfriend teased fans on social media, tweeting that he was going to be sharing details about his new music towards the end of the day. To show her support, T.Swift posted an Instagram of the same cover art Calvin shared and wrote, "OMG." The track is currently slated for an April 29 release, just days after Drake is expected to release his highly anticipated album, Views From the 6. It's been a busy week for music fans around the world, that's for sure, as Beyoncé dropped her sixth studio album, Lemonade, over the weekend after her HBO special visual presentation. But back to all things RiRi and Calvin, right? The two have collaborated in the past, most memorably on the dance hit "We Found Love" back in 2011, which was off the songstress' sixth album Talk That Talk. Are you excited for the single? (Eonline)

Beyonce's Formation World Tour Kicks Off in Miami With Jay Z in the Audience. The time has come, BeyHive. Beyonce has kicked off her highly anticipated Formation World Tour just days after dropping arguably her most shocking album to date, Lemonade. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Bey's BFF Michelle Williams were all seen taking in the action from the front rows. After starting out the show with "Formation," Bey told the crowd, "If you came here to have a good time, say, 'I slay.' If you're proud of where you're from, say, 'I slay.'" But there was one lyric on everyone's minds as they sang along tonight, the Becky moment from "Sorry." Yes, Beyonce sang it, but she went right into "Bow Down" immediately after as the crowd went wild. And shortly before hitting all the right notes with "All Night," she admitted that it's her current favorite track on the album. Queen B also made sure to pay tribute to Prince by playing "Purple Rain" during one of her interludes. At one point towards the end of her concert, Bey made sure to shut down whatever rumors are circulating in regards to the current status of her marriage by dedicating "Halo" to her hubby. "I wanna dedicate this to my beautiful husband... I love you so much," she said. The Grammy winner was seen at Marlins Park Stadium earlier in the day, for last-minute preparations and run-throughs, with her husband by her side. Just after taking the stage, however, Bey's website and social media featured all-new photos of her rehearsing, playing around with her daughter and strutting her stuff backstage. The rap mogul was the subject of much of Bey's tracks on Lemonade, her sixth studio album, causing an uproar of speculation and debate over the cryptic lyrics. Both husband and wife were seen on the back of a golf cart while the "Hold Up" singer's mother, Tina Lawson, was seen being driven in a separate cart not far behind. The songstress announced her world tour shortly after stealing the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show back in February. Blue Ivy's mama will be traveling around the globe to perform over 40 shows in everywhere from New York to Milan to Dublin. Bey's latest sold-out string of shows will conclude on Aug. 3, with a show in Barcelona after a brief European leg of the tour. (Eonline)

Miranda Lambert Joins Anderson East in Concert for a Romantic Rendition of "My Girl." It might not be the month of May just yet, but Anderson East still has sunshine on a cloudy day thanks to his songbird, Miranda Lambert. As this celebrity couple approaches nearly five months of dating, they are still making sweet music together. The country crooners took the stage together at Chris Stapleton's concert at the Greek Theatre in California Wednesday night and fans just couldn't get enough of what was about to unfold. "When she came out, the crowd went nuts," an eyewitness tells E! News. East opted to perform a raspy rendition of the Temptations classic, "My Girl" alongside the concert's headliner while Lambert sang backup vocals alongside Stapleton's wife, singer Morgane Stapleton. All over social media, videos of their improvised performance popped up to share the heartwarming moment with fans throughout the country. With both of their leading ladies present on stage, it was the perfect song for the adorable moment. However, Lambert didn't stay for long. She "ran off stage pretty quickly after the song. I don't think she wanted to take the attention off Chris Stapleton and Anderson during the concert," the eyewitness added. It seems Lambert nor East rarely shy away from an experience when they're in the same room. "Whenever they are together, they act like two free spirits," a source told E! News. "Miranda adores Anderson. They understand each other. Anderson has given Miranda this confidence she hasn't felt in some time. They are very supportive with each other and their careers." If fans felt any love in the air last night, it wasn't just the result of a springtime haze. "Miranda is definitely in love with Anderson," a source told E! News exclusively in February. "She is in the best place of her life now and looking forward to the future!" (Eonline)

Beyonce Challenges Haters With "Boycott Beyonce" Merchandise on Formation Tour. Beyonce: 1. Haters: 0. The pop star is offering for sale Formation tour merchandise bearing the slogan "Boycott Beyonce," as seen in photos fans and news outlets posted on social media Wednesday after the first show in Miami. The move comes more than two months after the singer stirred mixed emotions with a political and racially charged "Formation" music video and a performance of the song at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Javier Ortiz, chief of Miami's police union, had urged officers to boycott Beyonce's concert in the city, saying the singer "used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement," according to The Miami New Times. However, a Miami Police Department spokesman said several cops were slated to work the event and the concert was to be "fully staffed." "I mean, I'm an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood," Beyonce told ELLE magazine in an interview posted earlier this month. "But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe." "But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice," she added. "Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I'm proud of what we created and I'm proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way." Beyonce's online store also offers apparel with slogans such as "I Twirl on Them Haters," "You That Bitch When You Cause All This Conversation" and "Slay." During Beyonce's first Formation tour stop, husband Jay Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Bey's BFF Michelle Williams were all spotted watching in the front rows. Beyonce had recently dominated social media following the release of her new visual album Lemonade, in which she sings about relationship problems and a cheating lover, spurring renewed attention in past rumors about Jay Z. The two have not confirmed nor denied the reports. At the concert, Beyonce dedicated a performance of her 2008 song "Halo" to her "beautiful husband," saying, "I love you so much." Beyonce also paid tribute to legendary pop star Prince, who died last week at age 57, by playing his 1984 hit "Purple Rain" during one of her interludes. She also brought two female fans onstage to dance to her performance of "Single Ladies." Beyonce is set to perform next in Tampa on Friday and continue her tour throughout August. (Eonline)

The Beach Boys will be the headliners for this year's Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Producers announced plans Wednesday for the concert, which honors America's service members and veterans. For the 11th consecutive year, actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the event. Both are longtime advocates for veterans' issues. In addition to the Beach Boys, performers include country singer Trace Adkins, pop singer and actress Katharine and soprano Renee Fleming. The National Symphony Orchestra participates in the concert each year. Trent Harmon, the winner of the final season of "American Idol," will sing the national anthem. The concert will be broadcast live on PBS from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on May 29. (Page Six)

Nick Jonas Explains North Carolina Boycott With Demi Lovato: "It's a Tough Situation For Everybody." It wasn't an easy decision for Nick Jonas to boycott North Carolina. "It's a tough thing and what makes it more tough is I have family in North Carolina and friends there," Jonas said at the Propel pop-up fitness studio in Venice. "On top of the disappointment I'm sure some fans felt, I've got personal disappointment." Jonas and Demi Lovato announced earlier this week that they decided to cancel their two July concert tour stops in North Carolina to show support for the fight against the state's new HB2 law (known as the "bathroom law") that blocks local governments from enacting anti-discrimination legislature meant to protect the LGBT community, including the right to use bathrooms for the gender they use to identify. "Demi and I felt strongly that we had to take a firm stand and make a bold statement and it felt like the best option was to cancel the shows," the Scream Queens actor said. "We're grateful for the fans that have supported [our decision] and understand it. Hopefully, we'll see things change. It's a tough situation for everybody." Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Boston also recently canceled their concerts in the Tar Heel State. Billy Ray Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres and Laverne Cox have spoken out against HB2. Joel McHale announced he will donate proceeds from his Durham show to local LGBT centers. Jonas and Lovato's Future Now tour kicks off in June in Florida. "The creative is kind of locked in," Jonas told me. "I'm really excited by it. I think it's one of the most unique stage builds I've ever done. We have a meeting tomorrow to decide our set list. We're going to intertwine our sets. It's going to be a great night of music." (Eonline)

Ryan Seacrest is staying put at ABC. The prolific producer and host has inked a new deal to continue fronting the network's long-running ball-drop special, New Year's Rockin' Eve, for four more years. The pact also keeps Seacrest within the Disney fold as industry rumors swirl that he could be a contender for Michael Strahan's slot on ABC's Live! with Kelly and Michael, though ABC brass is said to be waiting for the dust to settle before making any decisions about a replacement. Insiders point to Seacrest's proven skill-set as a morning host (albeit on the radio) as well as his rapport with Ripa. (He has been a frequent guest on Live!, and together he and Ripa have co-hosted the Disney parade for ABC.) What's more, for the first time in 15 years, the former American Idol emcee's schedule has eased up considerably. What's unlikely, however, is to see Seacrest -- or any other true A-lister in contention -- partake in the inevitable parade of guest hosts that will follow Strahan's mid-May exit. To be sure, a New York-based A.M. talk show would require a major logistical reshuffling as Seacrest currently fronts a multi-hour daily radio show out of Los Angeles. He also has a series of other high-profile commitments, including hosting duties for red carpet specials on E! and a late-night live show at the Summer Olympics in Rio for NBC. He has a collection of scripted (Shades of Blue) and unscripted shows (Keeping Up with the Kardashians) that he produces through his eponymous Ryan Seacrest Productions as well. As for his long-standing role at ABC, Rockin' Eve currently is the priority. The news of him re-upping comes some two years after dick clark productions and ABC extended its deal to broadcast the special, which regularly beats its time-slot competition, for another 10 years. The net's 2015 coverage reached nearly 60 million viewers over the course of the night, up 16 percent from a year earlier. Among the coveted 18-49 demo, the special, which featured 38 musical performances, was up 19 percent. "Ryan has been a great partner and together we have managed to set record ratings for New Year's Rockin' Eve, while continuing the tradition of the show being the place-to-be on New Year's Eve in America," dick clark productions CEO Allen Shapiro said in a statement, with ABC's Senior VP alternative programming, specials and late night Robert Mills adding of the franchise: "[It's] a perennial ratings success, and Ryan has seamlessly helmed this show for over a decade. He is a most worthy successor to Dick's legacy." Seacrest auditioned for the late Clark a little more than a decade ago, and has been a key part of the annual event ever since. For many of those years, the two hosted the countdown spectacle together, with Seacrest also serving as an executive producer. "Being in Times Square on New Year¹s remains one of my favorite moments of the year -- it's live, it¹s loud, exhilarating and sentimental - -- all at the same time," noted Seacrest. "We've managed to create an entertaining five-hour spectacle that involves a lot of spontaneity from the huge crowd, as well as stellar performances from the biggest music stars of the year. Bringing all of this to millions of Americans' living rooms is a privilege, and I'll never take that for granted." (Billboard)

'Billboard En Vivo': Marc Anthony & Chino Y Nacho Join Gente De Zona Onstage. Gente de Zona threw the house down during their Billboard En Vivo concert in Miami, Florida ahead of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The Cuban duo, Alexander and Randy, kicked off the concert at The Fillmore on April 27 with their hit single "Bailando," and although Enrique Iglesias did not appear onstage to sing with Gente de Zona, the duo had plenty of other special guests that would join them later on. After an hour or so onstage, it was time for the surprises. Venezuelan duo Chino Y Nacho joined Gente de Zona to sing their recent collaboration "Tú Me Quemas" followed by a special cameo by salsa superstar Marc Anthony who sang "Traidora" and "La Gozadera" to end a vibrant concert. Gente de Zona was part the urban panel during the Billboard Latin Music Conference this week along with other big names like Juan Magán, Zion Y Lennox, Ken-Y, Reykon, and Saga WhiteBlack. Alexander and Randy also sat down with Billboard to talk about the process of a collaboration and if a cross-over to the English market is in their plans. (Billboard)

Jake Bugg Premieres Live In-Studio Version of 'Gimme the Love': Exclusive. Just a few months before the release of On My One, Jake Bugg has recorded a live in-studio version of single "Gimme the Love" off of his forthcoming third album, which you can watch now exclusively on Billboard. "'Gimme the Love' was written and produced by me in Nottingham," Bugg told Billboard. "I scripted the video with my friend Michael, also from Nottingham, who directed as he'd done in the past with 'Trouble Town' and 'Lightning Bolt.'" In the studio, Bugg says that "Gimme the Love" is an ode to contemporary music and how "bad" it is. "I'm kind of annoyed with how bad contemporary music is and what they do to kind of mock it," Bugg said. Bugg's third studio album, On My One, is available everywhere on June 17. (Billboard)


Taika Waititi's 'Boy' and 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' are now the country's top-grossing local films of all time. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi rules the box office in his homeland of New Zealand. Two of Waititi's films are now the top New Zealand films at the country's box office of all time after his latest outing, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, edged out The World's Fastest Indian, for the number two spot with revenue of $5.2 million (NZ$7.3 million), according to figures released by the New Zealand Film Commission. Waititi's 2010 hit Boy is the country's highest-grossing homegrown release ever with $6.5 million (NZ$9.3 million), while his 2014 horror spoof What We Do in the Shadows holds the seventh spot with a gross of $1.8 million (NZ$2.6 million). When told of the achievement, Waititi said "I would like to say it's a lifelong dream come true and now I feel complete, but to be honest, I won't be happy until I have all three top spots." Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, began its record-breaking run by reaching the biggest opening-weekend gross for a New Zealand film ever with $878,000 in its first four days after its release on March 31. The film then went on to break previous opening week records, bringing in $1.2 million in its first seven days. The comedy recounts the story of misfit kid Ricky Baker who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle, played by Sam Neill, in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive. The Orchard acquired Hunt for the Wilderpeople for the U.S. at Sundance this year for a reported $2 million. It will get a national release on June 24. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Star Trek' Lawsuit: The Debate Over Klingon Language Heats Up. A federal judge gets an earful of Klingon proverbs from a language society intent on making sure that Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership. When Paramount and CBS ended last year with a lawsuit over a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film titled Axanar, the two studios probably had no idea that they were about to get mired in an esoteric legal debate about the protectability of the Klingon language. But that's exactly what's happened, and with the language of digital coding hanging in the background, a California federal judge's forthcoming decision could hold significance -- so large, in fact, that this otherwise run-of-the-mill copyright action has now drawn an amicus brief from a language society that quotes a Klingon proverb translated as "we succeed together in a greater whole." To review, after the Star Trek rights holders filed their complaint, the defendant production company demanded of the franchise's copyrighted elements. In response, Paramount and CBS listed a lot, but what drew most attention was claimed entitlement to the Klingon language. The defendant then reached back to a 19th century Supreme Court opinion for the proposition that Klingon is not copyrightable as a useful system. On April 11, that drew an entertaining response from the flummoxed plaintiffs. "This argument is absurd since a language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people, and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate," stated a plaintiffs' brief authored by David Grossman at Loeb & Loeb. "The Klingon language is wholly fictitious, original and copyrightable, and Defendants' incorporation of that language in their works will be part of the Court's eventual substantial similarity analysis. Defendants' use of the Klingon language in their works is simply further evidence of their infringement of Plaintiffs' characters, since speaking this fictitious language is an aspect of their characters." Before U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner gets a chance to rule on a motion to dismiss, he's now being asked permission to review a friend-of-the-court brief from the Language Creation Society. The brief, authored by Marc Randazza, begins with background that the Klingon language was invented in 1984 by Marc Okrand for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. "Before that, when actors played Klingons in Star Trek television programs or movies, they simply uttered guttural sounds or spoke in English (Federation Standard)," writes Randazza. "Given that Paramount Pictures commissioned the creation of some of the language, it is understandable that Paramount might feel some sense of ownership over the creation. But, feeling ownership and having ownership are not the same thing. The language has taken on a life of its own. Thousands of people began studying it, building upon it, and using it to communicate among themselves." The shortcomings of The Hollywood Reporter's font system precludes quoting some of the more entertaining moments of this brief, but here's a look at how Paramount is being blasted as "arrogant" and "pathetic" in Klingon: Now, with 250,000 copies of a Klingon dictionary said to have been sold, Klingon language certification programs being offered, the Microsoft search engine Bing presenting English-to-Klingon translations, one Swedish couple performing their marriage vows in Klingon, foreign governments providing official statements in Klingon and so on, the Language Creation Society is holding up Klingon as having freed the "bounds of its textual chains." Ultimately, the amicus brief comes back to the theory that Klingon is not copyrightable. "What is a language other than a procedure, process, or system for communication?" asks the society. "What is a language's vocabulary but a collection of words? The vocabulary and grammar rules of a language provide instructions for a speaker to articulate thoughts and ideas. One cannot disregard grammatical rules and still be intelligible, and creating one's own vocabulary only worked well for the Bard. Vocabulary and grammar are no more protectable than the bookkeeping system in Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99, 101 (1879)." According to the amicus brief -- which also nods to the framers of the U.S. Constitution and to Sesame Street theme-song lyrics -- no court has ever addressed the issue of whether a constructed spoken language is entitled to copyright protection. Whether or not the Star Trek fan-film case provides that very opportunity is now up to the judge. He could sidestep the legal geekery by agreeing with Paramount that defendants and those interested are making too much of this, that use of Klingon is merely evidence of some larger infringement. Or he could give Klingon speakers everywhere "qapla"! (Hollywood Reporter)

Whitney Houston Doc in the Works From Oscar Winner Kevin Macdonald. The "unvarnished and authentic" project - the first to be officially authorized by the singer's estate since her 2012 death - will be introduced to buyers in Cannes by the banner behind 'Amy's' record-breaking U.K. release. Whitney Houston is joining the growing ranks of late entertainers to get the documentary treatment, with the British banner behind the acclaimed, Oscar-winning Amy set to introduce the film to buyers in Cannes next month. Academy Award-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, who sources tell THR had long been working on a project centered around the singer known to many simply as "The Voice," is set to helm the as-yet-untitled "official" film, which was announced Thursday. Houston, who passed away in 2012, was known as one of the music industry's most naturally talented and successful artists- with an estimated 200 million records sold worldwide and the only singer to have enjoyed seven consecutive no. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Proving her crossover appeal, she had an acclaimed starring role in 1992's The Bodyguard, which would win her a Grammy and still remains one of the biggest-selling soundtracks of all time. But while Houston's career would influence a generation of female performers, the star also had widely-known personal struggles, including a turbulent 15-year marriage to Bobby Brown and a long-history of drug addiction and abuse, which would culminate in her being found unconscious in a bathtub in the Beverly Hilton Hotel and later pronounced dead at the age of just 48. The "unvarnished and authentic" story, set to "examine both the highs and lows of her dramatic career," is reportedly the only documentary to have been officially authorized by Houston's estate since her death. Macdonald-who won an Oscar in 2000 for One Day in September, also directed The Last King of Scotland and underlined his music doc credentials with 2012's critically acclaimed Marley-is working on the Houston project with fellow Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, behind both Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man. Chinn and his Emmy-winning cousin Jonathan Chinn (Fantastic Lies, American High) are producing the doc under their Lightbox Media banner, having partnered with multi-Emmy nominated Lisa Erspamer (Running From Crazy). Among the figures lined up to be interviewed are Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Record and currently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Davis is universally acknowledged to have helped bring Houston to prominence, having first seen her perform in New York in 1983. Friends, family and collaborators are also set to tell their side of the story, helping reveal a woman who was "both blessed and cursed with perhaps the greatest natural ability of any pop star in history," while never-before-seen footage will chart her whole life from her church's gospel choir to her tragic death, alongside exclusive demo recordings, rare performances and audio archive. "The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years," said Macdonald, who recently directed the pilot episode of J.J. Abrams' science fiction thriller series 11.22.63. "She changed the way pop music was sung - bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don't traditionally sell." The filmmaker asserted that he wouldn't "shy away from the darker parts of Whitney's life," including her descent into addiction. "I want audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music," he added. "I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget." Altitude, the British banner that scored a hit with Asif Kapadia's Amy, which last year became the highest-grossing British documentary of all time, is utilizing its skills and looking after international sales on the Whitney Houston doc, introducing the project to buyers in Cannes, where the company will also be touting Kapadia's next doc, Maradona. It has also secured U.K. rights to the Houston doc and will be hoping the film emulates Amy's record-breaking success when it releases it under its Altitude Film Distribution arm. Amy brought home a haul in excess of $5.5 million at the local box office. Will Clarke, chairman and co-CEO of Altitude, said: "Whitney's story, brought to screen by Kevin Macdonald and this producing team, will make for a truly compelling theatrical event for audiences worldwide." (Hollywood Reporter)

Disney is having a huge year in China, with 'Zootopia' having set local records, 'Jungle Book' still going strong and 'Captain America: Civil War' expected to do big business next weekend. Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass will open in China on May 27, the same date as its North American debut, the studio announced via Chinese social media on Wednesday. The release will be the Hollywood studio's fourth day-and-date release in China this year. Disney is having a terrific 2016 so far in the Middle Kingdom. Last month, Zootopia grossed $236 million, a record high for the studio in China. Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $125.4 million in January, and The Jungle Book has grossed $107.5 million after 12 days and remains on release. The studio's next outing, Captain America: Civil War, is expected to do big business when it opens across the country on Friday, May 6. Directed by James Bobin, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010), Tim Burton's live-action fantasy adaptation of Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy novels. The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen and features the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Timothy Spall. Burton's Alice in Wonderland earned an impressive $33 million in China in 2010, a notch above Iron Man 2, which grossed $26 million the same year. But China's box office revenue has skyrocketed in the intervening half decade. The full-year total in 2010 was just $1.47 billion. China's box office hit $6.78 billion last year, and it is projected to reach $9 billion in 2016. (Hollywood Reporter)

Will Ferrell to Play President Ronald Reagan in 'Reagan' Film. Mike Rosolio wrote the script, which appeared on last year's Black List. Will Ferrell is feeling presidential. The comedic actor, who has already portrayed President George W. Bush in skits and onstage, has set his sights on another Republican, President Ronald Reagan. Ferrell is attached to star in and produce Reagan, a Black List script by Mike Rosolio, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Ferrell will produce via his production banner Gary Sanchez Productions. No director is on board but the project is being packaged in order to be shopped. The logline, via the Black List, describes the story thusly: "When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie." The Black List did a live reading of the script in March and even saw James Brolin act as Reagan while John Cho played the intern. Lena Dunham and Nathan Fillion were also on the playbill. Ferrell is repped by UTA and Mosaic. Rosolio is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone. (Hollywood Reporter)


What Is The Good Wife's Legacy? Julianna Margulies and the Cast Reflect on the Show's Impact. The Good Wife will go down in history as "one of the finest shows to ever grace our television screens," according to Jeffrey Dean Morgan (and E! News' TV Scoop team), but that's not the only legacy it's leaving behind. "I'm so amazed at the people who write to me and tell me -- young girls mostly -- who tell me that they went to law school because of Alicia and that they're now practicing environmental law, criminal law, blue collar law, they're out there doing it," Julianna Margulies told us about The Good Wife's legacy during a recent set visit. "They talk about how in high school they watched the show -- who knew? -- and it inspired them to be lawyers. So that I think is a tremendous impact. I can't believe that kind of impact on someone's life, that you would watch something and then decide, 'That's what I'm going to do with my life.' That's quite noble. I love that aspect of it." The Good Wife also took on many of the today's issues, often before they became a national topic. "So many of the court cases addressed issues we're really dealing with -- fetal tissue, drones, guns, the Internet, the NSA -- the show really touched on a lot of issues that were right in the news. The gay wedding cake episode, which curiously now just happened again in Georgia," Christine Baranski said, citing the show didn't do it with melodrama. The Good Wife's penultimate episode, which E! News was on set for, airs Sunday, May 1 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Catch the series finale of the CBS drama on Sunday, May 8. (Eonline)

Why Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper Has Decided to Become Super Serious. Ellie Kemper has a surefire way to make sure she snatches up an Emmy nomination for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two: Get super serious. Kemper debuted her new temperament on The Late Late Show with James Corden, particularly when she delivered the premise of the show straight-faced, not even cracking a smile. It's dark, guys. "James, the show is about -- it's a comedy about a young woman who was kidnapped and held underground in a doomsday cult for 15 years and is giving a new try at life after being released and she's starting over in New York City. That's what the show's about. It's very funny," she said. It's all for the awards. "I've been doing a lot of press for the show and a lot of people have been asking me, 'Are you as cheerful and sunny in real life as the character you play," she said. "And I, like a rube, have been saying, 'Yes, I am like that in real life.' Now how am I going to win any acting awards if I just say, 'Oh, I'm playing myself,' so I decided to start acting a little more serious in real life." But in real life, Kemper is pretty darn cheerful. In fact, in the video, her costar Tituss Burgess told us she brings a lot of happiness to his life. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two is now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

Arrow Said Goodbye to Laurel and It Broke Our Hearts All Over the Place. Well that was just upsetting. Team Arrow spent Wednesday night's episode mourning Laurel (Katie Cassidy), all while dealing with an angry teen who decided to steal the Canary's sonic device and use it to go after anyone and everyone she saw responsible for her suffering or whatever. Her presence was irritating and felt a bit out of the blue, but she did serve a purpose. Oliver (Stephen Amell) didn't want Laurel's legacy as the Black Canary to end up in the hands of this kid, who was deemed a criminal by the mayor, so he made the choice to reveal to the world (and Laurel's mom, Alex Kingston) that she was the true Black Canary. He even made sure it was engraved on her tombstone, which was a lovely touch (and we'll have to see what that means if the mantle is ever passed on). The rest of the episode found the team grieving in their own ways, and for once in his life, Oliver was the one with the most level head. Both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) were blaming themselves, and it was really heartbreaking to watch, but it was nothing compared to Quentin's reaction. First, he was just sure that the new, fake Black Canary was really Laurel, and that she wasn't really gone, and then he sought out Nyssa (Katrina Law) in the hopes of using the Lazarus Pit, only to find out that she destroyed it. He just couldn't understand how, in a world where so many people (including his other daughter) had come back to life, Laurel was the only one that couldn't. It's a good point, and one that will be hard to get out of our heads in future episodes, but it seems that Laurel is really, truly gone. Oliver is now more determined than ever to kill Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), but has no clue how to do that, given how powerful the guy is. Wednesday night's sweet flashback story focused on Oliver and Laurel's relationship after Tommy (Colin Donnell) died, and just before Ollie sent himself back to the island, leaving Laurel with a letter and that picture of herself that she had kept. It's interesting that Tommy's death inspired Oliver to pledge not to kill anymore, and now Laurel's death is driving him to make an exception to that rule. As for whether he'll succeed -- and whether his attempts will result in any other casualties -- has yet to be seen, but the last few episodes of the season are definitely going to be intense. What did you think of Laurel's send off? ow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

Sylvester Stallone to Star in First Television Series 'Omerta'. The TV adaption of Mario Puzo's 'Omerta,' the final book in the author's mafia trilogy that started with The Godfather and The Last Don, does not yet have a network attached. Sylvester Stallone is headed to the small screen. The three-time Oscar nominee is finalizing a deal to star in Antoine Fuqua's TV adaption of Mario Puzo's Omerta, the final book in the author's mafia trilogy that started with The Godfather and The Last Don. Stallone is expected to play the mafia head at the center of the story. A network is not yet attached, but sources say the pilot could film as early as this summer. Those same sources suggest the project will soon be shopped to cable and streaming services. The book on which it's based was published posthumously in 2000, a year after the two-time Oscar-winning author's death. The move marks Stallone's first scripted TV series. He's currently attached as an executive producer to NBC's unscripted fitness competition Strong, which debuted to mediocre numbers earlier this month. (Years earlier, he co-hosted boxing reality series The Contender with Sugar Ray Leonard for the same network.) To date, the WME-repped star's profile has been significantly higher in film, where his lengthy resume includes such blockbusters as the Rocky and The Expendables franchises. Though Stallone failed to snag an Academy Award for his 2015 turn as Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's Creed, the role did earn the 69-year-old star heaps of critical praise and thrust him back into the award season spotlight. The casting update comes mere weeks after THR broke the news that Fuqua had inked a multi-year first-look TV deal with the Weinstein Company, and Omerta would likely be his first project. Under the pact -- TWC's first overall deal since expanding into TV -- has first-look options with Fuqua to direct, develop or produce. "[Antoine's] ability to take the adrenaline of action and emotion of drama, weaving them together, makes him one of the best contemporary directors and producers in our industry," TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said at the time, adding: "We look forward to adding his powerhouse strength to our TV division." (Hollywood Reporter)

Michael Douglas will be among Megyn Kelly's guests on a prime-time Fox TV special. Fox said Wednesday that interviews with the actor and former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro will be part of "Megyn Kelly Presents." The network previously announced that Kelly's special will include Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. It will be Kelly's first interview with Trump since the fallout from their encounter during a GOP presidential debate last summer. The candidate took exception to some questions posed by the Fox News Channel anchor. "Megyn Kelly Presents" will air May 17 on Fox TV. Portions of the Trump interview will air on Fox News' "The Kelly File" beginning May 18. (Page Six)

Michael C. Hall is done with "Dexter," despite a buzz it might come back for season 9. Our photog spotted Michael leaving Fred Segal in WeHo when he asked about the rumor. Michael was not 100%, but close enough to dash our hopes. (TMZ)

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan may have been the hot topic at most water coolers last week, but chatter about the dramatic shake-up at "Live With Kelly and Michael" was off-limits around the ABC newsroom. "We don't discuss Kelly. It's awkward .?.?. When people do, it's in a very hushed tone," an insider said. We're told ABC News went into "total damage control" to distance itself from the debacle. Strahan will leave "Live" in May, four months earlier than planned. He'll appear on "GMA" a few times a week and join full-time in September. (Page Six)


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