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New RHOBH Star Garcelle Beauvais Talks Becoming the Series' First Black Cast Member. Garcelle Beauvais is stepping into the docu-series spotlight. The actor is one of two new faces joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this year, and she's "feeling great" about her Bravo debut. In an exclusive interview with E!'s Justin Sylvester at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon, Beauvais shares preliminary takeaways from filming season 10, explains why she's excited about this venture into unscripted television and reacts to becoming RHOBH's first black cast member. "It's about time," she says of her addition to the roster. "I mean, we're in every zip code, are we not? So, hello!" Though Beauvais has been a fan of RHOBH since its early days, the comedy star admits she couldn't have expected the heightened degree of intensity that comes with appearing in the long-running franchise. "I've always watched the show, but to be in it and see all the crazy all around me?" she laughs. "So fun. So fun." So, despite telling Sylvester she's "scared to death" about the prospect of filming RHOBH's famously dramatic reunion installment -- the dynamic of which returning Housewife Lisa Rinna has "warned" her about already -- Beauvais still believes she would remain for another season after this one, if the opportunity presented itself. But talk to her again after the reunion. Speaking about what fans can expect from her foray into reality TV, Beauvais notes that RHOBH will show audiences a different side of her than those they've met before. "I think the world is ready to see me in a different light," she continues. "As an actor, you're always putting on a character. But this is me, it's my boys, it's my ex, it's my new boo, it's everything." Hear Beauvais talk "taking over Beverly Hills," working with Coming to America co-star Eddie Murphy and more in the full interview clip. (Eonline)
Mama June Returns Home in WE tv's Family Crisis. Mama June Shannon is back. Sort of. WE tv announced the return of the embattled reality star's show, Mama June: From Not too Hot, now titled Mama June: Family Crisis. The sneak peek for the new season, features Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson eating cereal with Mama June's face on a milk carton with the word "missing." A door opens and... see for yourself. "What's it going to be like when mama finally comes home?" a voiceover asks in the short teaser. WE tv calls the new season "shocking." June and her family made headlines following an arrest for alleged possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Her boyfriend Geno was also arrested on the same charges and third-degree domestic violence. Cameras followed as Alana and Lauren "Pumpkin" Shannon staged an intervention and implored June to get help. When that failed, the family cut her off. In late January 2020, Mama June resurfaced via social media and posted an old photo with a message to her fans and plea to family. "Well decided to get back at it im not saying im.perfect as everyday is a strugglr n some days i just want to disappear n even though me n kids arent still seeing each other n its veen very hard on all of us but i hope one day that will cgange as i want them to know i miss n love them very much," she wrote. June and her family shot to fame after an episode of TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras. The family eventually got a spinoff, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which was eventually canceled after reports that June was dating a convicted child molester. "TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately," the network said in a statement in 2014. "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." June eventually jumped over to WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp. Her makeover show started in 2017. The last episode of Mama June: From Not to Hot aired in May 2019. Mama June: Family Crisis premieres March 2020 on WE tv. (Eonline)
Body positive! Lili Reinhart knows no one is perfect, despite what some people might think about her and her Riverdale costars. On Thursday, February 6, a Twitter user called out Reinhart, 23, and her castmates for being a "25+ year old portraying teenager with perfectly chiseled bodies." They then questioned whether the show "aimed at teenagers are contributing to unrealistic body expectations [and] body image issues," to which the actress had the perfect response. "Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled," Reinhart wrote back via Twitter on Thursday. "And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes." She admitted that she's felt "very insecure" at times based on "the expectation that people have for women on tv, what they should look like" before noting she's worked on her own perception and acceptance of her body image. "I have come to terms with my body and that I'm not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week. I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in," the Ohio native explained. "This is still something I struggle with on a daily basis. And it doesn't help when I'm being compared to other women." The Hustlers star opened up about her own weight gain due to depression over the past few months, saying that it left her feeling "insecure." "But I did a recent bra and underwear scene and felt it was my obligation to be strong and show confidence in myself, looking as I do," Reinhart admitted. "And I want other young women to see my body on tv and feel comfort in the fact that I'm not a size 0. And I'm not a perfect hourglass shape." The Miss Stevens actress pointed out that the industry "struggles with accurate representation" of male and female bodies, which is why she is focused on being a role model. "I commend the women who have helped our industry take a step in the right ~and authentic~ direction," she concluded. "(Charli Howard being my favorite role model)." Reinhart has become an advocate for women embracing who they are and being true to themselves since stepping into the limelight with the CW series in 2017. "I have always been a huge believer in embracing one's uniqueness and finding ways to feel good in your own skin," Reinhart said in a press release in October 2019 after she was announced as the newest face of CoverGirl cosmetics. "Since I was 13, makeup has been an incredible source of confidence for me and a tool that can be used to enhance the natural beauty that exists in all of us. I am so honored to partner with CoverGirl, an iconic brand that is inclusive of anyone who finds joy in playing with makeup." The Galveston actress previously opened up about her longtime struggle with depression and body dysmorphia via Twitter in May 2017. "When I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me," she wrote at the time. "To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless ... do not f -- king give up on yourself. You're all you've got. And you deserve the world." (US Weekly)
CBS swiftly promised "changes" to its "internal process" after its most high-profile anchor, Gayle King, publicly blasted the network over a clip that it used to promote one of her interviews. On Thursday, King, co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," posted a furious video message criticizing the station for using a segment from her interview with Kobe Bryant's longtime friend, WNBA star Lisa Leslie, that focused only on the late athlete's 2003 sexual assault case. "I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry," King fumed on Instagram, "Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview -- totally taken out of context -- and when you see it that way, it's very jarring. It's jarring to me. I didn't even know anything about it." After the interview clip was posted online Tuesday, King received harsh criticism for seeming to highlight the dark episode in Bryant's life just ten days after his death in a helicopter accident, which also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. For example, Snoop Dogg, another friend of the Lakers legend, said in his own video message, "Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you." Just hours after King posted her video, CBS released a statement that read: "Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made." The full interview with Leslie aired on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday. Bryant settled the case out of court in 2005. (Page Six)
Netflix Reveals Titles Pulled From Service Over Government Demands. Of the nine takedown demands, five came from the government of Singapore, while Saudi Arabia demanded the removal of an episode of 'Patriot Act.' Netflix released its first Environmental Social Governance report Friday, based on framework from the non-profit Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. While much of the report focuses on the company's commitment to diversity and its environmental impact, the company also revealed every instance in which it has removed content from its streaming service due to government demands. Netflix says in the report that it has removed a total of nine different TV shows and movies since the service launched. The company says that, going forward, it will reveal all government takedown demands annually. Of the nine takedown demands, five came from the government of Singapore's Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority, including the movies The Last Hangover, The Last Temptation of Christ, the documentary The Legend of 420, and the TV series Cooking on High and Disjointed. The Singapore requests began in 2018, with The Last Hangover being removed just this year. In Vietnam in 2017, Netflix removed the film Full Metal Jacket due to a demand from the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information. Also, in 2017, Netflix removed Night of the Living Dead in Germany, due to a request from the German Commission for Youth Protection. In 2015, Netflix removed the film The Bridge from the service in New Zealand after a demand from the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body. And then there was Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. In 2019 Netflix removed one episode of the show in Saudi Arabia after receiving a written demand from the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission. That move sparked outrage in the U.S. and elsewhere as it was seen as being detrimental to free speech. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, asked about the move late last year, responded by saying "We're not in the 'truth to power' business, we're in the entertainment business... We can accomplish a lot more by being entertainment and influencing a global conversation about how people live than trying to be another news channel." Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos ultimately clarified those comments later in the month, saying "I think all entertainment is truth to power, all creative expression is truth to power... I think what he was getting at is we are not really in the breaking news business... We are an entertainment company primarily." Still, as the company looks outside the U.S. for growth, the possibility of clashes with local governments becomes an ever-more likely issue. (Hollywood Reporter)