Ashton Kutcher Explains His Son Dimitri's Name -- and Why Wyatt Might "Kill" Her Brother. Oh, baby! When Ashton Kutcher last appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2016, he was keeping a secret: Mila Kunis was pregnant with their second child. At the time, he did his best to keep quiet as he and Dax Shepard joined Kunis and Kristen Bell for a game of "Never Have I Ever." As Ashton said on Monday's show, Mila feared she might blurt out the news on TV. "She was at that mark of right before you could tell people, but she was worried people were going to know. I was like, 'No one's going to know.' But then you said something, and she thought that you knew, but you didn't know," he tells host Ellen DeGeneres. "I was afraid I was going to come out here and spill the beans -- because I have a tendency to do that. It got disconcerting." The couple welcomed their son, Dimitri Portwood Kutcher, on Nov. 30 at 1:21 a.m. in L.A. "That's a great name," DeGeneres said, "because everybody names their kids the same thing." Ashton, who initially wanted to name his son Hawkeye, said Mila suggested the name. "We're on our way to date night, and Mila turns to me and she goes, 'So, I think Donald Trump is going to become the President, and I think our baby's name is Dimitri.' I was like, 'Donald Trump's not going to win the...'" he said. "And then I forgot about the name thing because I was like, 'Why do you think Donald Trump is going to win?' I'm telling you, she called it! It's not even a joke." Mila suggested the name -- and predicted Donald's win -- "probably two months out." "Two weeks later," the 39- year-old Ranch actor said, "I got home from work, and for some reason the name just stuck in my head. I was like, 'I think Dimitri is the name of the baby.' And she was like, 'I know, right?' 'Yeah, that's it!' So, that's it. And then Trump became President. Everything Mila says is right! She's my wife, so that's just what it is. Everything she says is right." Thankfully, the couple's 2-year-old daughter Wyatt Kutcher isn't "jealous" of her sibling. "Wyatt thinks the baby is her baby, and at some point I'm going to have to explain to her it's not really her baby. I don't know how I'm going to do that. She loves the baby so much," Ashton gushed. "It's like Of Mice and Men. She's like, 'I love you and hold you and squeeze you and name you George.' I'm afraid she's like Lenny, like, 'You're going to squeeze the baby's head off, honey!'" As for Dimitri, Ashton said, "He loves everyone. Anyone comes near him and he's like, 'Hi!'" "But when Wyatt comes near him...he's like Kung Fu Panda when she comes near. He's afraid she's going to kill him," the father of two said in jest. "I went through a phase where I had to keep Wyatt alive, and then I went through a phase where I had to keep her from killing herself, and now I'm going through a phase where I have to keep her from killing the other baby." "She loves this baby -- maybe more than me," Ashton added. "It's, like, borderline." (Eonline)

Liam Payne & Cheryl's baby news: Is this the baby's name? Fans are going wild... Liam Payne and Cheryl have yet to reveal the baby name, and fans are getting a little impatient. Now, it's believed that the pair have chosen the name Taylor. Fans have been freaking out over a new listing on a celebrity birthday site, which lists their son being named Taylor Payne. It could be from an interview he did years ago where he told Hits Radio: "I like the name Taylor. Taylor's pretty neutral for a boy or a girl. That's what I'm going to call my first child if I had children." Cheryl's hairstylist, Daya Ruci, also recently revealed a new photo of baby #Chiam. One fan said: "OMG! I'm so looking forward to seeing your face." Though some thought the baby was just too big to be baby Payne, writing: "That's not their baby. It can't be. It looks too big to be their baby who was just born." In other baby-related news, Harry Styles recently said he'd be up for being the godfather. The One Direction star, who released his debut solo single earlier this month, revealed that he would be "honored" to be chosen as the godfather to his bandmate's first child. However, he explained that the new parents, who have yet to announce the name of their baby, have "a lot of people" in mind for the job. Talking to the Metro about the possibilities of becoming a godparent, Harry said: "I think it's a roll of the dice, there are a lot of people Liam has in mind. I'm not going to add any extra pressure. If it came my way I would be honored." Since welcoming their son, Cheryl and Liam have been showered with lavish gifts from their A-list pals. Khloe Kardashian topped the lot with her gift to the new parents. Khloe, who has been a good friend of Cheryl's since the pair met at a Kanye concert back in 2013, reportedly sent her pal a £5,000 Harrods gift hamper. The reality TV star was also among the first to send her well wishes to the former X Factor judge when she announced that she had given birth to a "healthy baby boy" on Instagram last weekend. She uploaded the photo to Instagram, and captioned the adorable shot: "On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream. Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever ??". Khloe was quick to comment on the post, writing: "Congratulations doll!!!!! God bless your family!!!!! I couldn't be happier for you love!" Liam posted the same picture, captioning it: "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow! I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favorite memory I have so far. I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true. We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed. Happy Mother's Day everyone!" Now, all talk is on the baby name. Will they name their little boy Simon? William Hill have paid out on the Cheryl baby boy, taking the first hit on the market after some 80% of bets were for a boy. Now the big question is what they will call the young man, with Alfie the current 4/1 favorite, although Harry (10/1) and Simon (14/1) have both been very popular. "In previous interviews Cheryl has suggested that Alfie is her favorite name, but with their joint connection to Simon Cowell there has to be a great chance they will go with that," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. It's also reported that Cheryl and Liam turned down a huge money offer for the first official photos. An insider also revealed to The Mirror that the couple won't share any further baby pictures with fans as they want their child to have a life away from the limelight. "They've always been a very private couple," says a source. "And they want their son to remain private as well. They don't want him to be in the spotlight at all. "They want him to grow up away from the cameras." Last week Liam Payne opened up for the first time about his relationship with Cheryl, admitting she was his teenage crush. Aww! "In a non-cliche way, it's weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream," he told Rollacoaster magazine. "This is the thing. You wake up in the most beautiful places. Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and she's absolutely amazing. She's been my dream girl since I was younger. She's so ace. "She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it's amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things -- someone who's taken greater steps than me. Her solo career was -- amazing. She's been in the -- industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me. We're super happy. It's a very personal, precious time for us. I'm still -- learning. I'm only 23." The couple first met when Liam auditioned for the X Factor in 2008. He was 14 and Cheryl was 24. Nine years on and now they are parents to their first child. Cheryl FINALLY confirmed her pregnancy with boyfriend Liam Payne by showing off her baby bump in a new L'Oreal campaign. Cheryl, 33, kept us guessing for months, covering her stomach in chunky knits and busy prints, but there was no hiding the bump when she wore her bodycon ribbed khaki dress by Alexander Wang. Cheryl and Liam, 23, went public with their romance in February 2016 after being spotted together in a supermarket in Surrey. (British Glamour)

Eric Dane Battling Depression as Production Paused on The Last Ship. Eric Dane is taking some time off. E! News has learned production on his TNT series, The Last Ship, has been temporarily paused as the actor battles depression. Dane's rep told Variety, who was first to report the news, in a statement, "Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues. He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request. He looks forward to returning." Sources tell the outlet that the hiatus will continue through Memorial Day. Additionally, The Last Ship's cast and crew recently returned to set after a two-week break for unspecified reasons. The series' fourth season is set to premiere sometime this summer, and filming for the fifth season is reportedly underway. In 2011, Eric, who is a father to two daughters with Rebecca Gayheart, sought professional treatment for substance abuse issues. The Grey's Anatomy alum completed a 30-day stint in rehab after developing a dependency on pain medication after suffering from a sports injury. Three years later, he opened up about his personal demons, telling People in a 2014 interview, "We've all made mistakes. My one regret is that I got the person I love most wrapped up in all that: Rebecca." "I honestly think I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be at this moment in time," the 44-year-old added. "And I'm really happy." E! News has reached out to Eric's rep for comment. (Eonline)

Val Kilmer: "I Did Have a Healing of Cancer." It appears Val Kilmer did battle cancer after all, as many had speculated. Val was asked about the story in a recent Reddit AMA session. "A while ago, Michael Douglas claimed you had terminal cancer. What was the story behind that?" a user wrote. "He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time," Val replied. "Because I don't sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather." The actor had sparked concern over his health in recent years after he was hospitalized twice, spotted wearing scarves and handkerchiefs frequently and seen speaking with a swollen tongue. Michael, an oral cancer survivor and former co-star, had told fans last October that Val "is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him." Val later said, "I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed." "The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play CITIZEN TWAIN," Val wrote. "I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily." He said weeks later Michael apologized to him in writing about his public comments about his health, calling the actor a "classy guy." Amid his health issues, Val has remained active on social media. The Batman Forever star recently posted videos of him donning a Batman mask once again. (Eonline)

Prince's estate wants to get into the reality show biz, and that's why it went to war to shut down the release of a new album on the anniversary of his death. Sources close to Prince's heirs tell us the reality show, featuring family members, is in the works right now, and will focus on how their lives have changed since he died. We're told the family's fighting George Ian Boxill, the producer of the "Deliverance" EP, to keep the music under wraps ... so they can debut it on the show. So, the good news is ... there's still hope the music will see the light of day. The question is when? We're told the reality show is still in early development. They have a production company on board, but no deal to air yet. Meanwhile, the court has ordered Boxill to turn over the music to the estate, but he's still fighting that. (TMZ)

Billy McFarland and Ja Rule defrauded the chumps who plunked down thousands of dollars for the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, a festival that more resembled "The Hunger Games" or "The Lord of the Flies" than Coachella ... at least that's the take in a new class action lawsuit. A concertgoer, who's trying to set up a $150 million class action with others, calls the festival a get-rich-quick scam, saying Billy and Ja Rule knew months before the event it was in crash-and-burn mode. The suit, filed by Mark Geragos, claims Billy and Ja Rule outright lied about the festival's accommodations and safety. It claims people put down between $1,200 and $100,000 a ticket for the event, which left most people who showed up stranded on the island. The lawsuit takes particular aim at the FEMA tents that were the so-called luxury accommodations. It even alleges wild animals were roaming the festival grounds. And it gets worse. The suit claims Billy and Ja Rule warned celebs not to attend in advance, knowing it would be a disaster. (TMZ)

A fired security guard at Kris Jenner's home has been arrested for felony stalking, and we're told it's the 3rd time he's broken into the gated community to get at Kris. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Joshua Jacobs broke the arm at the security gate in the Hidden Hills gated community where Kris lives. He made it to the front of her house when Kris' private security detail pounced on the guy and held him until cops arrived. We're told Jacobs has repeatedly busted into the development to get at Kris since he was fired from his security job with the gated community. And our sources say when Jacobs was apprehended cops say he had a sign-in sheet that security uses. They believe he stole it and we're told it's likely he'll also be charged with theft. As for why Jacobs is so determined to get to Kris ... it's unclear, but clearly scary. (TMZ)


Grab your checkbooks, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe fans. The iconic couple's marriage certificate is hitting the auction block.... but it ain't gonna come cheap! The document highlights Goldin Auction's Spring collection starting Monday May 1 ... and we're told the winning bid is estimated to reach $75,000!! The superstar model and Yankee legend got hitched during the prime of their careers on January 14, 1954, but the marriage only lasted 9 months due to Joe's alleged jealousy. The certificate -- as well as 74 other classic sports items -- will be open for bidding through June 3. (TMZ)

Happy birthday, Princess Charlotte! In honor of Charlotte's second birthday on May 2, proud parents Prince William and Princess Kate released a new photo Monday morning -- and it is royally adorable. The little princess's birthday will be spent at home "privately" where there will be a family celebration. Her big day comes after a public holiday for May Day in the U.K, so her family and friends will have no trouble getting time off to help the royal family toast the little one. It has been a big year for Charlotte. She traveled on her first royal tour in September, and the world got their first glimpse at her fun and independent personality during her first public playdate in Canada. One snap showed George feeding the family dog, Lupo, ice cream in the garden. In another, the barefoot future king stood on a swing dedicated to his parents "William & Catherine." A similar shot shows chubby-cheeked George looking directly into the camera. And as always, the royal tot's ensembles sold out immediately following the release of the photos -- a fashion effect Charlotte has demonstrated as well! (People)

The O.C.'s Benjamin McKenzie and Autumn Reeser Have a Mini Reunion. They're all grown up and back in the O.C. It's been 10 years since we waved goodbye to the teens of the hit TV series, but, thanks to a children's fundraiser, Ryan Benjamin McKenzie and Taylor Autumn Reeser reunited over the weekend and simultaneously proved no time has really passed at all. The stars ran into each other at the Zimmer Children's Museum 'We All Play' Annual FUNraiser in Los Angeles and posed for photos together in casual daywear. While it definitely doesn't seem like it, times have changed for these famous faces, who have since added "parent" to their list of roles. While Reeser is mom to sons Finneus, 5, and Dashiell, 3, with ex-husband Jesse Warren, McKenzie welcomed his first child, daughter Frances, with fiance Morena Baccarin last March. This isn't the first O.C. reunion for McKenzie in recent years. He starred with O.C. alum Melinda Clarke, who had a recurring role in the second season of Gotham. The new dad wouldn't be opposed to another on-screen reunion with his signature O.C counterpart, Seth Adam Brody, either. "I saw Adam recently, and you know, I hope so," he told E! News' Kristin Dos Santos in 2015. "He's a great guy." It's never too late! (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian says she's shunning certain extravagances in her life like jewelry, but that doesn't mean she won't still be living in the lap of luxury. Sources connected to Kim and Kanye tell us they are NOT changing their plan to move into their $20 million Hidden Hills mansion, which is beyond opulent with 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a spa, movie theater, a make-up room, a lake, and on and on -- 30,000 square feet and all. By the way, the house was brand new when they bought it, they took it down to the studs and then rebuilt and expanded it at a cost of more than $10 million. They're still months away from moving in. So, how does Kim reconcile shedding "material things" with her mega-mansion? There's actually a good explanation -- the place will be as secure as Fort Knox and security for them is everything. For starters, the estate is in a gated community. As for the property itself, it has state-of-the-art security, including cameras, alarms, motion detectors and from what we understand, a safe room. The place will be flanked by armed security guards -- 24/7. Kim was on Ellen's show last week talking about how the Paris robbery changed her life and she wasn't into flashy, materialistic things that once defined her life. Fact is ... it's not inconsistent to shun fancy cars and jewelry but still live nicely, when the nice stuff serves a purpose. (TMZ)

Fabio says the criminals who burglarized his home were lucky his Rottweilers weren't out, but ultimately it's the governor and state of California's fault it happened at all. The romance novel legend vented to us about the recent increase in L.A. burglaries -- and he firmly believes the passing of Prop 57, which Gov. Jerry Brown championed, is to blame. 57 made thousands of non-violent crime felons eligible for parole. As we reported, many cops also think those ex-cons are behind the string of burglaries at homes of celebs like Nicki Minaj, Alanis Morissette and many more. Fabio was reportedly burglarized for about $200k worth, but you can tell he's definitely more pissed about the law than his stuff. (TMZ)


Noah Cyrus and Big Sean to Perform at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Noah Cyrus and Big Sean are two of the artists who will take the stage at the relaunched 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The event, formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, will air live from Los Angeles on May 7. Noah, Miley Cyrus' 17-year-old sister released her debut single, "Make Me (Cry)," last November. She will perform her second single at the 2017 MTV Movie &TV Awards. Both are featured on her upcoming debut album NC-17. "I'm so excited to be performing at the MTV Movie & TV Awards,'" she said in a statement released by MTV. "It will be my first time performing "Stay Together" on TV and I'm looking forward to having a great time!" Noah had also been performed at the recent 2017 Radio Disney Music Award and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. And Miley introduced her at the latter, saying, "Her voice is amazing, her songwriting is beautiful and relatable. She knows who she is as an artist and I can't wait for the whole world to get a load of her vision. She's who I want to be when I grow up, and that's saying a lot, 'cause she's younger than me. Get ready, because 2017 is about to be Noah's year." Meanwhile, at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Big Sean will perform his new single, "Jump Out the Window," from new album, "I Decided." He and Noah join previously announced performers J Balvin, Pitbull and Camila Cabello, who will take the stage together at the show to perform their new single, "Hey Ma," which is featured on the soundtrack of The Fate of the Furious. The movie, the eighth film in the franchise, will receive the Generation Award at the ceremony. Main actor Vin Diesel will accept the honor on behalf of the cast. This marks the first time the award will not be given to an individual star. Other 2017 MTV Movie & TV Award nominees include Jordan Peele's hit movie Get Out, which received six nods, Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast and its stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Luke Evans, Stranger Things and main star Millie Bobby Brown and This Is Us stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Lonnie Chavis. (Eonline)

Migos Tease Collaboration With One Direction's Liam Payne. Migos have already guested on songs by Calvin Harris and Katy Perry, and it appears that their foray into mainstream pop music isn't stopping there: HotNewHipHop reports that the Migos are now collaborating with One Direction's Liam Payne. Quavo announced the news during an interview with UK radio personality Tim Westwood, saying, "I just came from a video today. My boy Liam from One Direction. We just shot that. Crazy vid. Crazy visuals. Crazy team. Cool guy, nice guy. It's goin' up. I wasn't even supposed to say that. It's gonna be a surprise though." Surprise! (Billboard)

Eddie Vedder Perform With Belly, Letters To Cleo, & Buffalo Tom Members At Hot Stove, Cool Music Benefit. Eddie Vedder headlined Hot Stove Cool Music, the annual Boston benefit concert to raise funds for local underprivileged youth on Saturday night (Apr. 29). Held at Paradise Rock Club, the lineup also featured veteran Boston musicians like Letters To Cleo's Kay Hanley, Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Belly's Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood, Jen Trynin, and Will Dailey, along with Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, sports writer Peter Gammons, and several Red Sox and Cubs players. Vedder performed a cover-filled set that included the Who's "The Kids Are Alright" and "I Can't Explain," Talking Heads "Love -> Building On Fire," the Rolling Stones' "Waiting On A Friend," Squeeze's "Another Nail In My Heart," Bruce Springsteen's "Bobby Jean," Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," and Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World." (Billboard)

Lorde Shares Spotify Playlist Featuring Lorde, Future, Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar & More. To promote her forthcoming new album Melodrama (out June 16), Lorde has shared a playlist of "bomb s--t" on Spotify. The playlist, which the singer says she'll update regularly, currently features tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Nancy Sinatra, Future, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Weyes Blood, Bleachers, and, of course, Lorde. (Billboard)

CMT Music Awards: 'Nashville's' Charles Esten to Host; Blake Shelton Among Performers. Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett also are set to perform at the June 7 ceremony. Nashville star Charles Esten has been tapped to host the 2017 CMT Music Awards, which will feature live performances from Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. The show is set to air live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, June 7. Nashville, meanwhile, will return with new episodes at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, June 1. Additional artists, presenters and special guests will announced soon. "Everybody knows that CMT has a special connection with country music and the incredible fans that love it so much," Esten said. "That connection is why our show, Nashville, now has a perfect home on the network. It's also why there is no other show quite like the CMT Music Awards. It's a show fully dedicated to the fans and an annual chance for them to place their votes for their favorite artists. Besides always being flat-out fun, it's also always been a stage for magical musical moments -- and a place where some of country's biggest legends have been made." Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 9. Fan voting begins the same day at CMT.com and continues until Monday, June 5, at 12:01 a.m. ET. (Hollywood Reporter)

Eminem Copyright Trial Versus New Zealand Political Party Begins. They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as a copyright trial involving the country's ruling political party began Monday. The Detroit-based music publishers for Eminem are suing New Zealand's conservative National Party, alleging the rapper's acclaimed 2002 song was copied in the party's soundtrack for a TV ad aired during its successful 2014 election campaign. Titled "Eminem Esque," the track has the familiar urgent, pulsing beat of Eminem's song. The party has previously said it purchased the track through an Australian-based supplier and doesn't believe it has infringed anyone's copyright.

In 2014, when the case was filed, lawmaker Steven Joyce said he thought the use of the song was "pretty legal," and that Eminem's team "are just having a crack and a bit of an eye for the main chance because it's an election campaign." That response was widely ridiculed, including by comedian John Oliver on his show "Last Week Tonight." "Pretty legal? That's not a concept that exists. That's like being sort-of dead," Oliver joked on the show. Spokespeople for both Joyce and the National Party said Monday they wouldn't be commenting while the case was before the court. Garry Williams, the lawyer for Eminem's music publishers Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, told the High Court in Wellington that the National Party had wanted a song that was edgy and modern but showed the party was dependable. He said the music fared better with focus groups than a classical piece. He quoted from National Party emails, including one in which the song is described as an Eminem "sound-alike" and another in which an agent for the party wrote "I guess the question we're asking, if everyone thinks it's Eminem, and it's listed as Eminem Esque, how can we be confident that Eminem doesn't say we're ripping him off?" Williams said the emails showed it was "utterly clear" the party knew it was using a copyrighted song. Speaking outside the court, Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eminem's music publishers, said he was surprised the two sides hadn't reached a settlement before the case began and that going to trial against an entity like a governing political party was unusual and extraordinary. "The bottom line is we would never have permitted the use of the song in any political advertisement," he said. He said the political views of the National Party were not a factor: "We are Americans and we don't know about politics in New Zealand," he said. The judge-only trial is expected to last about six days. (Billboard)


The First Descendants 2 Trailer & Music Video Are Here! Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and More Stars Sound Off. She's ba-ack! The first official trailer for Disney Channel's Descendants 2 is here, and we have to say it looks like everything we've ever wanted from a Disney Channel movie. Pirates! Girl power! True love prevailing despite differences! Really cool hair! In Descendants 2, Mal (Dove Cameron) and her former villain friends are headed back to the Isle of the Lost after finding that life as royalty might not be the life for her. But of course, when she gets there she finds that not everyone is thrilled to see her back. Uma (China Anne McClain), the daughter of Ursula, is still bitter that she wasn't picked to transfer to Auradon. She wants the Fairy Godmother's magic wand, and her revenge takes the form of kidnapping King Ben (Mitchell Hope), forcing Mal to save him. The follow up to 2015's Descendants, which will be broadcast simultaneously on not only Disney Channel but also ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, and Lifetime when it airs on July 21, features all new songs, including "Ways to Be Wicked." (Eonline)

Quentin Tarantino used to count the number of people who walked out of his film "Reservoir Dogs" during the infamous torture scene. "The thing about it is, at a film festival screening sometimes no one really knows what they're going to see," the Oscar-winning director told the audience at Tribeca Film Festival's 25th anniversary screening of "Reservoir Dogs" on Friday. "They just get the program and hear a synopsis and that's that... so it's understandable somebody gets a ticket at a film festival and maybe this is not what they want to see and they have to leave." The gruesome scene from the film people couldn't handle was when Michael Madsen was dancing to "Stuck in The Middle with You" while brutally torturing a cop after a jewelry heist. At one screening, he counted 33 walkouts, but the most memorable one may have been at Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which specializes in fantasy and horror films. "I thought, 'Finally I've got an audience that won't walk out.' I even joked about that in the opening introduction for the movie." Tarantino continued, "Five people walked out of that audience, including Wes Craven. The f–king guy who did 'Last House on the Left' walked out? The guy who did 'Last House on the Left,' my movie's too tough for him." Craven was famous for directing horror films like "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Scream." He passed away in 2015. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi were also in attendance at the anniversary screening. (Page Six)

It was an offer "The Godfather" cast couldn't refuse: To reminisce about one of America's greatest movie sagas. Debilitating studio battles. One miraculously still cat. Mooning contests between James Caan and Marlon Brando. These were the memories shared, 45 years later, on the making of "The Godfather" in a rare reunion of the film's cast and director Francis Ford Coppola at Radio City Music Hall. Director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire shared the stage Saturday night to reflect on struggles they faced more than 45 years ago to make the iconic American flicks. With a portrait of the late "Godfather" Don Vito Corleone himself, Marlon Brando hanging over the reunion, director Coppola confessed he rarely sits through his own works-much less back-to-back screenings of "Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," which were screened before the chat. "I tend not to see the movies I've worked on," Coppola told the Tribeca Film Festival audience. "I forgot a lot... I found it very emotional experience." Keaton too said she hadn't seen the works in 30 years-but pulled back in on Saturday night, she was still amazed by Coppola's attention to detail. "It's so astonishing. Every choice you made, it's so authentically good," she told her director. "And it had slow, long scenes. I was absolutely blown out of the ballpark, crying." The director's casting of Pacino launched the actor's legendary career, though he had to fight Paramount suits to use the actor, who was well regarded in New York theater circles, but a virtual unknown in Hollywood. Coppola's battles over casting Pacino as Michael Corleone have long been Hollywood legend. To help convince the wary studio, Pacino said he did more screen tests -- including after he actually got the part -- than he could remember. Pacino even suggested Coppola shouldn't fight so hard for him, telling him, "It's OK. We'll work again. There are other things to do." But Coppola was enamored with Pacino. After meeting him in San Francisco, he couldn't shake the image of Pacino as Corleone. "I just saw his face," said Coppola. "Everywhere we went, all the girls lit up for Al, for some reason. "Once I called [Pacino] after he had tested six times," Coppola recalled. "His girlfriend came on the phone and I said, 'I just need Al to come in one more time' and she said, 'What are you doing to him? You're torturing him!' She yelled at me and berated me." Still, Pacino was skeptical. "I thought, 'Gee, it's not a really good role,'" said the now 77-year-old actor of the part that earned him two Oscar nods and made him a movie star. "Sonny is the part I can play," he said, referring to the hot-headed Sonny Corleone, played by Caan. (De Niro, who ended up playing young Don Vito Corleone in Part II, also auditioned for the part of Sonny.) When the shoot got off to a rocky start, Pacino lost his already shaky faith. "It's over," he remembered thinking. "This is the worst film ever made!" But Pacino said he was straightened out after a pep talk from Coppola, who showed him early footage of his performance and told the struggling Pacino "to get your chops together." In the end, Pacino was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for "Godfather" and best leading actor in "Godfather II." "Without Francis, where would I be?" said the 77-year-old Pacino. There were many such stories shared Saturday. All marveled at the cat, roaming nearby, that was thrust into one scene where it calmly burrowed in Brando's lap. After the lengthy wedding scene, Pacino said, he and Keaton "got so loaded, we were on the floor." During the same scene, Duvall said, "We were all mooning each other and Brando took it very seriously." Brando, of course, wasn't the only one missing Saturday. John Cazale (Fredo) was spoken of frequently, as was cinematographer Gordon Willis. With time running out, Coppola tried to take questions from the audience, asking for the house lights to be raised and urging audience members to holler out. But after a few questions, a voice announced over the speakers that the night was over and "The Godfather" got the hook. Coppola and the group gathered together on stage to embrace each other while the crowd, eager for more, took pictures of the legendary "Godfather" team, draped arm in arm. (Page Six)

Carrie Fisher, 'Star Wars' and the Legal Issues of Dead But In-Demand Actors. The late actress' 'Rogue One' cameo sparks concern as CGI allows departed stars to continue to act: "Celebrities need to be thinking about legacy planning, which is different from estate planning," says one attorney. When Carrie Fisher died last December, Princess Leia didn't have to die with her. The 60-year-oldStar Wars actress already had shot her scenes for Episode VIII -- she'll posthumously be back onscreen in December -- and there even was talk of her being digitally resurrected for an appearance in Episode IX. After all, filmmakers already had succeeded in re-creating a 19-year-old Fisher for her cameo in Rogue One. In the past, when a star died, his or her heirs could keep their loved one alive -- and make money -- by marketing their image on posters, action figures and T-shirts. These days, thanks to CGI, dead stars can continue to act -- like the late Peter Cushing in Rogue One -- and that's creating a whole new world of legal questions. "Celebrities need to be thinking about legacy planning, which is different from estate planning," says attorney Daniel Scott, who specializes in trust and estate law. "It's the planning around that celebrity's public persona." That planning can be complicated by the fact that the law hasn't quite caught up to technology -- the right to re-create a star digitally isn't a part of most Hollywood deals. But it could be someday soon. "CGI might make its way into the typical contract that actors make with studios," says attorney Mark Mizrahi. "Especially if you're in a weak position -- you might sign it away." Until then, if a studio were to bring a star like Fisher back to life without permission from her family, it could face lawsuits ranging from invasion of the right of publicity to trademark infringement. Posthumous protections vary by state, so Scott says it's vital for stars to appoint someone they trust -- like, say, a lawyer -- to police their post-death career. "I think most artists care about their body of work and their legacy," he says. "It's about achieving that immortality." If a star hasn't left specific instructions, it's up to the heirs -- if there are any -- to make the decisions. But, as with everything in life, there are tax implications to being dead: The IRS takes 40 percent on the value of an estate, due nine months after death. "A star's name and likeness is a potentially valuable but extremely liquid asset," notes attorney Laura Zwicker. One tax strategy, she says, is to set up a charity for your afterlife alter ego. "If the name and likeness rights go to charity, there's no tax on that," she says. "Robin Williams did that." In Fisher's case, her posthumous acting jobs likely will be decided by daughter Billie Lourd and brother Todd Fisher. But while both were willing to have Carrie star in Episode IX, it turns out Leia will be sitting that one out. Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy recently broke the news that The Last Jedi will be Fisher's final appearance in the franchise. At least for now. (Hollywood Reporter)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Join Al Gore at 'Inconvenient Sequel' Screening. Fandango is teaming with Paramount and Participant Media in hosting the public event at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is lending his assistance in promoting former Vice President Al Gore's upcoming climate-change documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. On May 6, the actor will conduct a Q&A with Gore before a special free screening of the film at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Paramount and Participant Media, who made the doc, are hosting the event with Fandango, which has an ongoing partnership with the Greek. "I look forward to giving Angelenos an advanced look at our new film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and the progress we've made over the past decade to solve the climate crisis," Gore said. "But our work is only getting started, and I hope the film will inspire people of all ages to join the movement and encourage their families, friends and communities to speak truth to power, help us transition to clean, renewable energy and protect our environment." The environment is of keen interest to Gordon-Levitt, who recently appeared in a Sierra Club video urging people to participate in the People's Climate March, held Saturday to protest President Trump's environmental policies. An Inconvenient Sequel likewise takes aim at Trump's stand on climate change. Gore's film, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, opens nationwide July 28, more than a decade after Gore's An Inconvenient Truth took the box office by storm in 2006. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Spotlight' Studio Open Road Shopped to Potential Buyers as Owners Suffer Heavy Losses. Theater chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment launched the indie film distributor in 2011 but say they have each lost at least $50 million, even after its best picture win in 2016. About a year ago, Open Road Films had every reason to celebrate. Spotlight, which it distributed in the U.S., won the best picture Oscar on its way to grossing $45 million domestically. But 14 months later, the fate of the six-year old distribution company, owned by two of the country's top theater chains and run by veteran film executive Tom Ortenberg, is unclear as its losses mount. Joint owners AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment don't intend to make any further investments in the venture after posting cumulative losses of nearly $50 million each between 2011 and December 2016, according to their 2016 annual report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March and late February, respectively. And, according to multiple sources, Regal and AMC would like to sell the venture. Open Road executives say the company is in good financial standing, and that it can operate without additional money from its two owners. The Los Angeles-based company also has a library of titles that includes such hits as Spotlight and Chef. Further, Open Road's upcoming release slate is populated with high-profile titles, including a Reese Witherspoon movie and a Thurgood Marshall biopic. "Open Road continues to be a wholly owned, 50-50 joint venture between AMC and Regal. They have provided us with our working capital, and we have zero long-term debt," Ortenberg says in a statement to THR. "In addition, we have a library of 37 theatrical titles that has never been leveraged. Our upcoming slate is easily our best ever and is the culmination of the many successes of the past several years." At the same time, Open Road declined to comment on whether it is for sale. Ditto for AMC and Regal. "We don't comment on speculation," an AMC representative says. In a joint statement, Regal and AMC add: "Our investment in Open Road Films is a marathon and not a sprint. We are pleased with the performance of Open Road, including the crescendo the company established last year when Spotlight won the Oscar for best picture, among other notable successes by the company. The motion picture business is a cyclical one and, with its exciting upcoming slate, AMC and Regal remain confident in Open Road's future." But some filmmakers with movies that are awaiting releases through Open Road are nervous, especially considering the executive turnover. Last week, Jonathan Helfgot exited as marketing president to take a job at Fox. (He was succeeded by Loren Schwartz, who did prior stints at Warner Bros. and Screen Gems.) Helfgot was the second marketing president to exit in the span of a year, following Jason Cassidy, who left in March 2016 -- not long after veteran acquisitions chief Peter Lawson, who played a pivotal role in bringing in Spotlight, parted ways with Open Road. Meanwhile, Open Road saw Terry George's big-budget The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, bomb in its April 21 debut, grossing $4.1 million against a $100 million budget. While Open Road was simply distributing the film for a fee as part of a service deal -- and didn't have a financial stake in the Armenian genocide drama -- it still represented another box-office flub after a string of post-Spotlight misfires that includes Snowden, Fifty Shades of Black, Max Steel and Mother's Day. Those misfires have further raised questions about what direction Open Road is pursuing. Historically, independent distributors, such as The Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures Classics, have focused on acquiring prestige fare aimed at adult audiences and awards voters. AMC and Regal had a different goal for Open Road: They intended for the outfit to specialize in more commercially-minded fare that they could showcase on their vast network of screens in-between the big studio tentpoles. In some cases, the experiment worked: The Grey, a 2012 action pic starring Liam Neeson, earned $51.6 million, and The Nut Job, a 2014 animated film, grossed $64.3 million -- Open Road's best showing to date. Both movies were released in January, as was A Haunted House, which scored a solid $40 million in 2013. David Ayers' End of Watch was another modest win in September 2012, grossing $41 million. But Open Road's timing wasn't great. It launched just as the major studios began to realize there was big money to be made beyond the summer months and year-end holidays. The studios began transitioning to a year-round calendar, making release planning more difficult for smaller outfits like Open Road. The company began putting its releases up against bigger movies. The action film Homefront, starring Jason Statham, was released over Thanksgiving 2013, and Justin Bieber's Believe came out that Christmas. Both fell flat. "They sort of lost their identity. There isn't enough there to become a consistently profitable studio," says Wall Street analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners. "They've had critically acclaimed films, including Spotlight, Nightcrawler and End of Watch, but they haven't always picked the best films. It's very inconsistent." The arrival of Netflix, and then Amazon Studios, presented another challenge for Open Road, as well as every other indie film acquisition company. The streamers began invading the festival scene, paying premium prices for films. The performance of Open Road's slate through the remainder of the year will be crucial. The Nut Job 2, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph, opens Aug. 11. Home Again, a romantic comedy directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and starring Reese Witherspoon, follows on Sept. 8. The high-profile project is produced by Meyers-Shyer's mother, filmmaker Nancy Meyers. On Sept. 15, Marc Forster's All I See Is You, starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke, hits theaters. A month later, the Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, launches on Oct. 13, with hopes of courting award attention. Open Road also is targeting a first quarter 2018 release for director Brad Furman's crime thriller Labyrinth, starring Johnny Depp as the real-life Los Angeles police detective who investigated the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. And dated for Feb. 16 is Show Dogs, a live-action family comedy directed by Raja Gosnell, who helmed Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs. Ironically, it's just the sort of movie -- a commercial play released to take advantage of what's often an off-month at the box-office -- that AMC and Regal originally hoped Open Road would deliver. (Hollywood Reporter)

Box Office: Why Emma Watson's 'The Circle' Got Clobbered by Two Smaller Films. The high-tech indie thriller, also starring Tom Hanks, lost in a surprise upset to the Hispanic-targeted 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and Indian film 'Baahubali.' Stardom can be a very perishable commodity at the modern box office. Over the weekend, the thriller The Circle, starring Emma Watson as a young woman working for a nefarious high-tech company, opened to disheartening $9.3 million from 3,163 theaters. That's in stark comparison to Watson's other movie still in the marketplace, Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, the live-action update of the 1991 animated classic that has grossed north of$1.14 billion to date globally. (Watson rose to fame upon playing Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise.) Watson -- who rose to fame upon playing Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise and then achieved a whole new level of success with Beast -- actively promoted her new movie via her Twitter account, which has nearly 25 million followers. She also participated in a traditional media junket, including a visit to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon late last week. But The Circle is another reminder that star power has to be matched with the right vehicle for it to ignite. In the case of The Circle, EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment went after ticket buyers between the ages of 17 and 35, but with a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of just 17 percent, the movie looked like another generic thriller. And in a surprise upset, despite a larger theater footprint, it lost to two movies serving very specific demographics: How to Be a Latin Lover, targeting Hispanic moviegoers, and the Indian film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Watson, of course, wasn't the only big name tied to the thriller. Tom Hanks, an even bigger marquee name, also stars in The Circle, based on a Dave Eggers' novel. Hanks is a huge fan of the author, but so far the two haven't found box-office gold together. A Hologram for a King, also based on a book by Eggers, grossed just $4 million in its limited U.S. run following its debut in April 2016. "This reaffirms that star power is no guarantee of success. Not even the presence of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson could offset The Circle's somewhat esoteric and intellectualized subject matter despite a solid marketing campaign and good release date," says box-office analyst Paul Dergarbedian of comScore. Adds box-office commentator Jeff Bock: "As popular as Beauty and the Beast was, it is Disney's magic, not Emma's that made it work. The other thing we know -- Tom Hanks and David Eggers don't mix. Even a star the magnitude of Hanks can't sell tickets for Eggers' high-brow literary tales to the multiplex masses." Bock says $9 million debut for The Circle isn't a total bust, though. The indie film cost a modest $18 million to produce and was acquired by EuropaCorp for $8 million. Meanwhile, How to be a Latin Lover did laps around The Circle with $12 million from only 1,000 locations. Opening well ahead of expectations, it marked the biggest opening to date for Lionsgate and Televisa's Pantelion Films, a label devoted to movies targeting Hispanic audiences. The comedy stars popular Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) alongside Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Raquel Welch and Rob Riggle. Nearly 90 percent of ticket buyers were Hispanic, while the top-grossing theaters included multiplexes in in Orange County, Burbank and Texas. Lionsgate made the comedy available to theaters in both English and Spanish, with Derbez and Hayek dubbing their character's voices in the Spanish version. "In the top-grossing complexes, they could play both versions on different screens. In other locations, they did alternating shows. From what we gather, about 20 percent of the weekend grosses came from the Spanish-dubbed format," says Lionsgate distribution chief David Spitz. "Never underestimate the power of diversity. Audiences come from all backgrounds and all walks of life and movies that reflect that world view can often capitalize on the power of an energized fanbase whether it be for Indian cinema or an international star like Eugenio Derbez," says Dergarabedian. Baahubali 2 also bested The Circle, grossing a hefty $10.1 million from a mere 450 theaters. That's the top launch ever for an Indian film in the U.S. A run in 45 Imax venues paid off, generating $1.8 million, an Imax record for a foreign-language pic. The top-grossing Imax theaters in North America were in Brunswick, N.J. Livonia, Mich., Bellevue, Wash., and Dallas, all areas where there is a large Indian population. Baahubali 2, which also opened in India over the weekend and is a follow-up to the 2015 blockbuster Baahubali: The Beginning, puts the spotlight on the South Indian industry, which is often overshadowed by Hindi-language Bollywood. The sequel continues the story of warring royal cousins in an ancient mythical kingdom and stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oliver Stone Says He Interviewed Vladimir Putin Four Times for His Doc. The director says the Russian president "talks pretty straight," and his goal was to "prevent continued misunderstanding." Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone wants his upcoming documentary on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "prevent continued misunderstanding and a dangerous situation -- on the brink of war," he said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. Stone said that the documentary, which so far is untitled, would be released soon, but provided no further details regarding a possible release date or distributor. "It's not a documentary as much as a question and answer session," Stone also told the Australian newspaper. "Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy -- a great enemy -- I think it's very important we hear what he has to say." According to Stone, the documentary, which was filmed over the course of four in-person interviews with Putin in the past two years, will help express Putin's view of events since he was first elected Russia's president back in 2000. "[The documentary] opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven't heard," Stone said. Asked about his experience with Putin, he added: "He talks pretty straight." The film is expected to deal, among other issues, with NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who was granted political asylum in Russia, and claims that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Stone first unveiled plans for a documentary about Putin three years ago, but the Australian interview is the first official confirmation of the project since then. Stone has often defended the Kremlin's policies, including those in Ukraine. Last year, he produced Ukraina v ogne (Ukraine on Fire), a documentary that critics said presented a Kremlin-friendly version of the events of the 2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine. (Hollywood Reporter)


House of Cards' Season 5 Trailer Is Finally Here & It's Dripping With Frank Underwood's Disdain for the American People. Frank Underwood is back and so too is his complete and utter disdain for the American people. Netflix has finally released the official trailer for House of Card's fifth season, dropping on the streaming giant on Tuesday, May 30, and amidst quick shots of the season's dramatic action -- Guns! Blood! Redacted files! A same-sex hook-up for POTUS?! -- is a deeply cynical monologue from Frank (Kevin Spacey) to Claire (Robin Wright) regarding the population of the country they're so desperate to rule. "The American people don't know what's best for them. I do," Frank tells his wife. "I know exactly what they need. They're like little children, Claire. We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths, teach them right from wrong. Tell them what to think and how to feel and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams, crafting their worst fears." However, Frank knows what's best for the pathetic lot whose vote he so desperately needs: Him. "Lucky for them, they have me," he continues. "They have you. Underwood 2016. 2020. 2024. 2028. 2032. 2036. One nation, Underwood." Oh, boy. Season five picks up right where season four left off, with President Underwood fighting to keep that title in a contentious election against Joel Kinnaman's Will Conway, while he also struggles to keep his marriage to Claire alive. Along with Spacey, Wright and Kinnaman, the new seasons also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil and Paul Sparks. It will be the series' first without creator Beau Willimon at the helm. Season five of House of Cards will debut on Netflix on Tuesday, May 30. (Eonline)

Kelly Ripa's New Live Co-Host Is Ryan Seacrest. Ryan Seacrest has been chosen to be Kelly Ripa's new LIVE co-host, almost exactly a year after Michael Strahan's departure. The announcement was made on the show Monday. "It's going to be a busy year," Seacrest quipped. He and Ripa then aired footage of him entering the building early Monday morning. He had to hide in his car so no one would see him driving in. Ripa admitted only her kids knew whom she had chosen and said she was shocked they didn't leak. "And our house we don't call it a secret anymore, we call it a Seacrest. We have changed the name of the deodorant to Seacrest, because that's how secretive we have all been," she joked. "We have three teenagers, and I have to tell you that you can trust my kids with anything. I have never seen kids on lock down like my three. "Really, I was blown away by how good they were with keeping their mouths shut." "They are better than my mother," Seacrest added. "She sent an email to our friend of ours, George, and she forwarded it to me last night. And he said these words, don't worry, the secret is safe in our bosom. And I thought, I will say hooray, she is older than I am and that's how they speak to their friends. Hello, mom. Great to see you this morning. During a commercial break Seacrest talked to the audience and confessed he had "no idea" what he was doing. "I'm a newcomer to this so thank god [Kelly's] here to hold my hand," he joked. He later added on-air, "I don't deserve this! I don't deserve to be here! I'm going to keep it close to me." Seacrest will be bi-coastal, staying in New York City four days a week and spending the rest in Los Angeles. A slew of celebrities had filled in as Kelly's guest co-hosts throughout the past year and were seen as contenders for the job. The list included Jerry O'Connell, Anderson Cooper, Fred Savage, Jussie Smollett, Christian Slater, Andy Cohen, Joel McHale, Josh Groban, Carrie Ann Inaba and Kelly's husband Mark Consuelos -- all of whom made multiple appearances. Other guest co-hosts included The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, Jimmy Kimmel Live! host Jimmy Kimmel, The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Dae Kim, Common, Alex Rodriguez, High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu, Taye Diggs and Seal. Michael left his job as LIVE co-host in mid-May 2016 for Good Morning America. He announced his departure a month earlier, catching Kelly by surprise. She was "livid" about being kept in the dark and boycotted the show for half a week. ABC then apologized. She then returned to LIVE and launched some not-too-subtle zingers about her job. A source had said last March that there was no timeline or rush to fill Michael's role, adding, "Kelly loves having a rotating co-host. She's really enjoying herself." Stephen Colbert poked fun at Kelly and the co-host search on The Late Show a month earlier, joking to her, "When are you gonna put a ring on it, girl?" "Are you proposing?" Kelly replied. She had teased the LIVE co-host announcement Sunday on social media, posting a video showing her holding a mug that reads "LIVE Kelly?" "Tune in tomorrow," she says in the clip. "Trust Me." (Eonline)

13 Reasons Why Stars Talk About a Possible Season 2 for the Breakout Hit. The stars of 13 Reasons Why are playing coy when it comes to season two. Despite internet chatter pointing towards an imminent renewal for the breakout Netflix hit that was originally touted as a limited series, Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford are insisting that they're unaware of the streaming giant's plans for the heavy drama. "We don't know yet. We really don't," Minnette told Ellen DeGeneres during the duo's talk show debut on Monday. "I feel like the world's going to know before we do if it happens. I'll be online and be like, 'Oh, there's a second season.'" Talk quickly turned to 13 Reasons Why's stark and graphic depiction of teenager Hannah Baker's (Langford) suicide following compounding instances of bullying and a brutal rape, which has stirred up quite the controversy in the wake of the show's sudden popularity. While some have argued that the show might unintentionally glamorize suicide by presenting no viable alternatives for Hannah to seek help -- the series even prompted a new TV rating in New Zealand -- Minnette countered that the show's succeeded at its main goal, which was to finally get people talking about this painful topic. "The main goal, overall, is to start conversations that we think are necessary to be had and to bring these issues to light and to show them in a real way," he said. "If people are talking about it, we've reached our goal because these conversations -- people need to talk about this." In a statement, Netflix previously told E! News, "From the onset of work on 13 Reasons Why, we have been mindful both of the show's intense themes and the intended audience. We support the unflinching vision of the show's creators, who engaged the careful advice of medical professionals in the script writing process. The series carries a TV-MA rating as well as graphic content warnings preceding specific episodes, along with an after-show and companion website with additional resources. Our members tell us that 13 Reasons Why has helped spark important conversations in their families and communities around the world." Season one of 13 Reasons Why is available for streaming now on Netflix. (Eonline)

The Arrangement Recap: Kyle West Proposes Right Before Megan Morrison Gets Blackmailed and Kidnapped for Killing Her Brother! The Arrangement just got seriously wild. Just when it seemed Kygan would live happily ever after following a romantic proposal on the beach, Megan Morrison's (Christine Evangelista) fairytale world was flipped upside down when a stranger from her past came back into her life and threatened to expose her dark secret. Correction: Her real dark secret. Evidently, the story Megan had told Kyle West (Josh Henderson) about her stepbrother Evan wasn't entirely true. He didn't actually die after falling in with the wrong crowd. She was the one who killed him and another man went to prison for the murder. Now that man was out and ready to collect what he was due after learning about her whereabouts in the press. So, what exactly did he want? Oh, just a cool $5 million. Since she was backed into a wall, Megan had no choice but to come clean to Kyle about everything. After all, he was her fiance now. Also, he was super rich. "[Evan] was in Hong Kong at the time and I just kind of showed up at his doorstep," she told Kyle. "When I finally had enough drinks in me to talk about what happened, he snapped and he attacked me and I fought back and it just happened. I was scared. I didn't know what do to, so I ran and then I found out this other guy went to jail for it." Kyle was obviously stunned, but he agreed to help Megan and get the money she needed to make that guy disappear. But it never got that far because once she realized Terence Anderson (Michael Vartan) had found out about her betrayal, she decided to make run for it to avoid causing any more problems. She wrote Kyle a goodbye letter, left the engagement ring and quickly packed up her stuff. However before she could vanish for good, she was kidnapped on Terence's orders, thrown into a van and driven to the Institute for the Higher Mind's remote transformation facility. "He's got to fix this whole situation and he realizes there's a lot of upside to fixing it on a number of levels," creator Jonathan Abrahams said in this week's Postnup recap with the cast. "It's self-protection, but it also could help his relationship with Kyle as well." The Arrangement Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Second Wives Club's Shawna Craig Explains Why Husband Lorenzo Lamas Has "Financial Problems." Shawna Craig's marriage isn't without its fair share of challenges. In the sneak peek from Thursday's series premiere of Second Wives Club, the actress and model gives an introduction into her life with her husband, actor Lorenzo Lamas. "He's an amazing father, but he has quite the history," she says. "He's been married five times, including me. He's got six kids he's got to take care of and because of the divorces he's got financial problems." But despite all of Lorenzo's "baggage," the couple's relationship has endured. "Lorenzo has a lot of baggage, like 30 years of baggage," Shawna explains. "That's more years than I've been alive, but somehow our love seems to surpass that all." Second Wives Club premieres Thursday, May 4 at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Meet Bilquis: Let's Talk About the American Gods Premiere's Craziest Scene. American Gods has finally arrived, and with it comes one of the craziest, most memorable scenes on TV in a very long time. The first episode introduced us to a few different gods, who all have a role to play in the upcoming battle. One of those gods (or goddesses) is Bilquis (Yetide Badaki), also known as the Queen of Sheba. We met her as a nice young woman on a first date with an unassuming dude she met online. After drinks, she drew him back to her bedroom, which was all draped in red and filled with candles and statues. He was astonished and a little unsure of the fact that she was so ready to sleep with him, but "sleep" is a particularly bad word to describe what ensued. They started having sex, and all of a sudden his dirty talk got weird as he started to worship the various parts of her body. Before you or he or anyone besides Bilquis knew it, he was being swallowed up by her body. Eventually, he was completely gone. So if you had any doubts that American Gods would take advantage of the fact that it's on premium cable, those doubts are now also completely gone. Bilquis is one of the many secondary characters from the book who executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green really latched onto. While she only appears in one or two other scenes in the novel, Bilquis will be seen a lot more in the series as we learn what her journey entails. And as her portrayer, Yetide Badaki couldn't be more excited about the character she's bringing to life, or her intro scene. "Can you see how exciting that is for me?" she asked us when we talked to her at the show's Los Angeles premiere. She says that as a "huge geek," she's been a fan of the book since it came out. "I mean, that was an initial 'yes please, I'd love to be a part of this.'" "There were so many elements that were discussed within the story and this character that I really wanted the chance to jump in and play with -- one, being an immigrant that only became a citizen three years ago, that immigration story of these gods, how they came to America, that really fascinated me," she tells us. "And to maybe remind people that yes, if you go back far enough, everybody came from somewhere. And then there was also the aspect of sex positivity. I've never ever ever before seen a woman own sex in that way, and it was exciting and it was powerful and I loved how many men said they were terrified. I said, OK, well pay attention." It's hard not to pay attention to Bilquis after such an intro scene, which Badaki says she absolutely loved. "What I really loved is it was unapologetic," she tells us. "And I feel that as women, so much nowadays it feel like we have to apologize for wanting something or for being ambitious for being flawed, or just apologies all around for just being. And the chance to play a character that just didn't apologize, that just was, that was so freeing. That opened my eyes. And I have to say it started to trickle into my everyday life a little bit -- Don't mess with me, or else I will swallow you up." And if you think Bilquis is the only god we're about to fear and revere, you have no idea what you're in for. "One of the things that I love about Bryan and Michael is that they are the masters of building up a story from the bottom up, and there's something about old gods as well that they don't necessarily ascribe to a flash in the pan type of new age movement," she says. "These are beings that have become very comfortable over time, almost like a mountain. Their power is deep. Their power may be quiet at times, but they are forces to be reckoned with." American Gods airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Starz, and also stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson Kristen Chenoweth, Pablo Schrieber, Bruce Langley, and Orlando Jones. (Eonline)

See Kim Kardashian Confront the "Whore" in Scott Disick's Hotel Room: "Get Your S--t and Get the F--k Out of Here." Kim Kardashian knew something was going on in Scott Disick's hotel room! On Sunday's Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim traveled to Dubai to make her first public appearance since her terrifying Paris attack. Scott also went on the trip to do a work appearance, but things took a tense turn when Kim found a "tramp" in Scott's room. Things started to go downhill shortly after Kim and Scott arrived in Dubai and Scott heard a rumor that Kourtney Kardashian was "hooking up with someone" back at home. "The thing is, he's trying to win her back," Kim said on the episode. "This is probably the worst thing I could hear ever," Scott said. Scott and Kourtney had just returned from a trip to Aspen with their kids and Scott thought things with him and Kourtney were "going in the right direction." But after hearing this Scott said, "I feel like everything I've been working so hard for is kind of done now." Before attending her event in Dubai, Kim received a text from her security about Scott. "Security just text me that Scott is drunk at the hotel," Kim said. "I think this has a lot to do with what he thinks Kourt's up to and that just really sucks." After hearing the news, Kim talked to Kourtney who said that the situation was "not my problem anymore." Kourtney then explained the trip to Aspen was a "family trip," and Scott thought he was trying to "woo me back." "The timing is just not happening right now," Kourtney said. After conquering her fears and making it through the event, Kim and her friends arrived to Scott's hotel room to take him with them on a desert adventure. "I have this desert adventure set up for me and all of our friends and Scott," Kim said. "I know he's upset about Kourtney, so I just figured we can do something fun." But shortly after arriving to Scott's hotel room, Kim realizes something's going on. Kim saw Scott pacing around his room when she and her friends showed up, so she decided to investigate. "Something is up," Kim said on the episode. "Scott is like pacing and something came over me that I was like, 'He has a f--king girl hiding somewhere and we're gonna find her." Kim then said she was going downstairs to "take a pic" by the aquarium, as Scott stayed upstairs. She then became even more suspicious when she heard that Scott's door was locked and the bathroom. As they were about to leave, Kim could tell something was going on and yelled to Scott, "Or do you think we should go bang down the bathroom door and see what f--king whore is in there? Should we go in and scare the f--k out of her? Because the bathroom's locked I'm not f--king stupid. Should we go in there?" Kim decided to go to the bathroom and opened the door to find a woman inside. "What the f--k are you doing here?" she asked the woman. "Seriously? You're just like a f--king whore. Such a tramp. Get your s--t and get the f--k out of here. F--king groupie. Get your s--t and security will escort you the f--k out of here!" (Eonline)

The highly anticipated season 2 of Stranger Things is six months away -- and sorry to break it to you, Upside Down fans, but things are going to remain shrouded in secrecy for a while. Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo are on the cover of the May issue of emmy magazine (out May 17), and PEOPLE can reveal an exclusive First Look at their interview, in which they open up about their top-secret work on the upcoming season of the cult favorite Netflix series. Filming takes place in Atlanta at Screen Gems Studios -- and while it may be sunny and hot outside, it's dark and quiet on set, where only hair and makeup and a few key crew-members are permitted. "My brother always asks me, 'Gate, can you send me the script?'" says Matazarro, 14. "I'm like, 'It's a new season, and it's a lot stricter than last year 'cause he read them last year, but this year he's not able to 'cause we don't want any, like, hacking interference." United in their shared secrets, the five costars have grown exceptionally close -- and Brown, 13, who describes herself as "a real girl's girl in pink and pearls and rings and necklaces," has found her way to fit in with the boys by taking up whiffle ball. In particular, she and Schnapp, 12, have grown particularly close. "Noah comes around almost every weekend for sleepovers," she says. "We watch really scary movies on Netflix like The Babadook and Hush." In fact, watching movies was one of the ways the young actors initially prepared to take on their roles, with creators Ross and Matt Duffer assigning them a list of classics to watch, including E.T., The Goonies, Jaws and Poltergeist. Schnapp also says his father helped school him on the mindset of the '80s: "They were always outside," says Schnapp. "It's all phones and computers now." "You know, I kind of miss the '80s. Even though I wasn't alive," he adds with a laugh. Stranger Things season 2 hits Netflix on Oct. 31. (People)

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show Sunday, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom "Ellen." "She did it because it was the right thing to do," said Mary Connelly, "Ellen" executive producer, of DeGeneres' decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her character in 1997. DeGeneres was absent and Connelly accepted the award. "General Hospital" was honored as best daytime drama, with top acting awards going to Scott Clifton for "The Bold and the Beautiful" and Gina Tognoni for "The Young and the Restless." Clifton became the first actor to receive Daytime Emmys in the categories of best younger, supporting and lead actor in his career. Steve Harvey skipped the ceremony but was a double winner. He was named best game show host for "Family Feud" and best host of an informative talk show for "Steve Harvey. "Good Morning America" won the best morning program trophy, while "The Dr. Oz Show" claimed the best informative talk show award. "Jeopardy!" was honored as best game show. Sheryl Underwood, host with Mario Lopez of the live-streamed ceremony, also accepted the best entertainment talk show host award with fellow "The Talk" hosts including Sara Gilbert. "Entertainment Tonight" was named best entertainment news program, and former "ET" anchor Mary Hart accepted a lifetime achievement award. Hart recounted the skepticism that greeted "ET" in the early 1980s when it launched TV's now-flourishing Hollywood news magazine genre. "We are not fluff," she recalled saying at the time. "Had I known what was coming, I would have said, 'We are not fake news.'" Hart also asked that people, whether on college campuses or in government, make an effort to listen to other points of view. Gaby Natale, who was honored as best talent in a Spanish-language program for "SuperLatina with Gaby Natale," issued her own plea. She dedicated her award to the "people who are resisting inequality, misogyny, xenophobia and the rise of intolerance. Do not allow anyone to tell you otherwise: diversity is beautiful." The ceremony was held as negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and producers attempted to reach a deal on a new contract and avert a strike that could disrupt daytime and prime-time TV shows and movie production. The existing contract expires Monday night. (Page Six)

Ion Nabs Shenae Grimes-Beech Crime Drama 'The Detail'. The '90210' star plays a street-smart detective in yet another Canadian series headed to the U.S. channel. Ion Television on Monday unveiled a deal with Entertainment One for The Detail, a Canadian crime drama starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, known for her role on 90210, as a street-smart detective. The deal follows Ion taking another eOne series, Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestley, who was on the original Beverly Hills, 90210, as a former pro hockey player-turned-detective. The U.S. channel has also aired other Canadian series like Saving Hope and The Listener. The latest agreement sees Ion nab the exclusive U.S. TV rights to The Detail from ICF Films, eOne and Canadian broadcaster CTV. Production on the 10-episode first season is underway, with Angela Griffin and Wendy Crewson co-starring. Ley Lukins is co-showrunner and executive producer, with Adam Pettle. Executive producer credits are also shared by Ilana Frank, John Morayniss, and Linda Pope. (Hollywood Reporter)

Brian Williams has been rebuked by MSNBC for being "patronizing" to the network's biggest star, Rachel Maddow. After Williams hijacked Maddow's show to break the Syria missile news earlier this month, he turned to her live on air at the end of the segment and said, "Thanks for visiting tonight. Glad you were a part of our coverage." Viewers -- who were already mad that MSNBC slipped "Lyin' Brian" in to break the news when Maddow was already at the anchor desk talking about Syria -- flipped out. @Barbvas tweeted, "Annoyed to hear Brian Williams thanking Rachel Maddow for assisting with coverage -- he took over her show!!" Fans of Maddow -- who has been enjoying a massive ratings surge recently -- erupted on -- social media, also accusing MSNBC of being sexist by bringing in a male anchor to break the big news on Maddow's 9?p.m. show when she could have handled it better herself. To make matters worse, wily Williams also made a moron of himself by repeatedly referring to the bombs as "beautiful" on the April 6 broadcast. A source at the network said, "Not only did Brian go way over the top with his coverage of the missile strike, he then totally patronized Rachel by thanking her for 'visiting' her own show and being 'a part' of his 'beautiful' coverage! Has he not learned anything from 'Misremember-gate'?" Williams was fired from NBC Nightly News after he was suspended for six months in 2015 after he famously "misremembered" his experiences during the Iraq War. He was bumped to MSNBC as a breaking-news anchor -- who can apparently pop up in anyone's show and say whatever he likes -- as well as hosting an 11 p.m. wrap-up hour. Sources said MSNBC chief Phil Griffin was furious with Williams' disdainful treatment of Maddow. According to a source, "Phil gave Brian a very stern rebuke, telling him, 'Don't you ever do that again.' But Rachel didn't seem bothered by it and just laughed it off." An MSNBC rep declined to comment. (Page Six)


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