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Gwyneth Paltrow's struggling Broadway show set to close. Not everything Goop goddess Gwyneth Paltrow touches turns to gold, it turns out. The Go-Go's musical she produced, "Head Over Heels," will close Jan. 6 after struggling at the box office, producers revealed Monday. The closure comes at the same time overall Broadway ticket sales have been booming. The show that marked Paltrow's Broadway producing debut oddly paired music by the '80s band with a story inspired by a 16th-century English prose poem. It will have played just 188 regular performances when it shuts down. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show posted a weekly gross of more than $300,000 only twice during its ill-fated run. Box office stats from the Broadway League reflect that the show, which had an open run, was playing to 46 percent of capacity the week of Thanksgiving, when others were hitting record sales. Broadway ticket sales and attendance were way up compared to the same week a year ago. New hits have included "Network," starring Bryan Cranston, as well as Aaron Sorkin's "To Kill a Mockingbird," starring Jeff Daniels. Those shows, both in previews, have been reporting sellouts. "The Cher Show" was also drawing Thanksgiving crowds. It grossed more than $1 million the week ending Nov. 25 -- even while the diva herself became so emotional at one performance, we reported, that she fled her seat! Producers of "Head Over Heels" also included billionaire Louise Gund and Paltrow's ex-boyfriend, '80s star Donovan Leitch. Reps for the show said that under lead producer Christine Russell, "Head Over Heels" will explore a US tour as well as regional productions and professional licensing. Said Russell of the run: "We are incredibly proud of what 'Head Over Heels' has come to represent, not only on Broadway, but for future generations of theatergoers." Paltrow, meanwhile, will land on her feet, of course. After Page Six reported that she hinted she's got a Goop TV project in the works, reports said the show will land at Netflix. (PageSix)
Meghan Markle was reportedly asked to do one thing to avoid upsetting the Queen at Christmas Ahh, to be a royal! In bizarre royals news I didn't see coming, Meghan Markle reportedly has to downplay her charades skills if she wants to stay in Queen Elizabeth II's good graces at Christmas. Is that the weirdest sentence you've ever read? Yup, me too -- but this is an actual report published by the Sunday Express. Take it with a grain of salt, though, because the outlet uses only "sources" and "insiders" to back up its report. According to the Sunday Express, the royal family partakes in a friendly game of charades every Christmas night, and Prince Harry has advised Markle to tone down her acting chops so Queen Elizabeth can win. "The duchess has to resist that American urge to win at everything. The whole family likes to play charades on Christmas night, and she must never beat the Queen, who is a fine actress herself," a source tells the publication. This is just... a lot to take in. For one, how do we even know that Markle is a master charades player? Just because she played a lawyer with impeccable hair for seven years on Suits doesn't mean she's an improv champ (although we're not ruling it out). Also, if Markle were to win this game... what would the Queen do? Throw down her crown and storm out of the room? Demand a rematch? Scold Markle like the time she scolded Prince William? And, wait, isn't charades a team sport? How are they scoring this game? We have questions! That being said, the scene my imagination dreams up of an ultra-competitive Markle actively suppressing some urge to demolish Queen Elizabeth at charades is amazing. Ahh, to be a royal! (British Glamour)
Charlie Chaplin designed his grandchild's Cartier ring. With everything old becoming new again, could be Charlie Chaplin's getting reborn. In early black-and-white silent cinema days, Hollywood's No.?1 icon/moneymaker/bigtimer king was Chaplin, whose "The Great Dictator" and "The Tramp" survive as classics. His British grandchild Kiera is a model, actress, producer and possible repackager of Chaplin's films. Kiera: "I've seen his 'City Lights' 15 times, and these days honors in his name are everywhere. Jim Carrey's comic ability won October's Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award. Recognizing Chinese cinema, Hong Kong's International Film Festival Society gave its first-ever Chaplin Award for Asia to local actor Tony Leung. In 2017, Robert De Niro received the 44th Chaplin Award at Lincoln Center." (Let's imagine "You tawkin' to me?" in pantomime.) "I'm working on doing this elsewhere, like now hoping for India's Bollywood." I admired her sparkly ring, and she said: "This is so important to me. So special. Charlie, my grandfather, designed it himself at Cartier, and they made it for his wife Oona. It was handed down and means so much to me. I'm actually scared to wear it for fears something could happen to it." (PageSix)
Tom Brady Reacts to David Beckham Kissing Daughter Harper on the Lips. David Beckham is under fire for kissing his kid. The star soccer player shared a shot of himself kissing his youngest child, 7-year-old daughter Harper Beckham, on the mouth while out ice skating on Monday. "Christmas is coming," he captioned the father-daughter snap. "Let's go skate." However, the photo was not met with as much love from some critics online. "Why are they kissing ??" one person asked. "This is not right!" another chimed in. "Weird - it's improper for a parent to kiss their kids in the lips; on the forehead/cheeks is cute though," a third wrote. "Why are they kissing on lips ??!?!!" a fourth pointed out. There were many more fans who slammed the criticisms, arguing that it was a sweet moment between a father and his child and should not be attacked. One of Beckham's fans was none other than fellow athlete Tom Brady. "Dad and daughter. So sweet!" the star quarterback commented. Brady is no stranger to the type of criticism Beckham faced. Earlier this year, the father of three was shown kissing his 10-year-old son Jack on the mouth for several seconds in an episode of his Facebook series, Tom vs. Time. Like Beckham's photo, the moment drew mixed responses online. "Everyone was questioning Tom Brady for kissing his son on the lips and as a child of European ass people who do this I was ready to defend but boy oh boy does that kiss linger," a woman tweeted at the time. "Anyone who feels it was inappropriate for Tom Brady to French kiss his 11-year old son should get their mind out of the gutter," someone else tweeted. "All I see is a loving dad... and last I checked, that was a good thing." Fellow athletes also weighed in at the time, including NFL Hall of Famer Willie Roaf. "I wouldn't do that...I don't have a problem with it...I don't think it's that big a deal," he told TMZ at the time. This is not the first time Beckham has shared a picture of a kiss with his kids. In June 2017, he posted a similar snap of him and Harper kissing, which garnered just as much attention. "I got actually criticized for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day. I kiss all my kids on the lips," he said in a Facebook Live shortly after. "Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn's 18, he might find that a little bit strange. But, I'm very affectionate with the kids. It's how I was brought up and Victoria [Beckham], and it's how we are with our children...We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we're very affectionate with them." (Eonline)
Boosie knows first- hand how simple it can be for celebrities to sleep with their fans, so he can't wrap his head around why Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. Boosie sat down with our Raquel Harper for Tuesday's episode of "Raq Rants" on BET, and she asked what his takeaway was from Cosby's sexual assault trial. He explained why the entire saga left him scratching his head. The Louisiana rapper says women lining up outside hotel rooms for a chance to have sex with celebs is totally common. Now, Boosie was clear ... he isn't saying Cosby is NOT guilty -- but he definitely thinks some women have ulterior motives, and that might be the case for some of Cosby's alleged victims. For the full interview ... watch "Raq Rants" Tuesday at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or Direct TV, it's on at 8 PM. (TMZ)
Tito Ortiz wants Chuck Liddell to hang it up for good -- saying he doesn't want to give The Iceman a rematch after last weekend's beatdown and feels bad for digging a pretend grave in the cage. Tito wrecked Chuck's face in a brutal 1st-round knockout Saturday ... and says it became crystal clear to him that 48-year-old Liddell needs to stop fighting already. "Physically, I don't think he should [fight again]", Ortiz says ... "I'm not even going to say I will fight him again, because I don't think he should." In fact ... The Huntington Beach Bad Boy seemed to feel sorry for Chuck after the big knockout win -- apologizing for his grave-digging celebration and showering Liddell with praise. "Chuck Liddell was a great champion, he was a great fighter, great man, great father, and I'm thankful he gave me the opportunity." But ... make no mistake -- Tito sure did love the result of fight night ... especially after all the smack Chuck talked in the lead-up. "People have to understand that this is personal! It was completely personal." As for Tito's future ... Ortiz claims he's probably done fighting -- but wants to stay in the fight game. In fact, he's already got plans to find the next Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. (TMZ)