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Tuesday
Jan162018

Selena Gomez's mom tried to warn her about working with Woody Allen, but "it didn't click"

Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Selena Gomez’s mom reportedly advised her against working with Woody Allen on the upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, but her concerns fell on “deaf ears.”

As seen in a screen grab of an exchange on Instagram, a fan messaged Selena's mom Mandy Teefey on her production company’s account, and suggested that Selena should “write an apology” for working with Allen.

Teefey responded, "Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click.”

She added, “Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

Two of Selena’s co-stars on the film, Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, have already donated their salaries to Time’s Up and other organizations. 

Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan Farrow, though he denies the claims. 

This is the second time Teefey has spoken out about her daughter in the past few days. Her Woody Allen comments come after she spoke to Gossip Cop, telling the website that while she is “not happy” Selena is dating Justin Bieber again, she realizes her daughter, “can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Gabourey Sidibe announces she's taking 2018 off to recover from tonsillectomy

Chuck Hodes/Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Gabourey Sidibe says she's set on making 2018 about her health and wellness.

In a recent tweet, the Empire actress revealed she's planning to take this year off to recover from having her tonsils removed.

“I’ve decided to get a tonsillectomy and I deserve to take all of 2018 off as personal time to rest from this huge adult decision I just made,” Sidibe wrote. “Please respect my privacy at this time.”

Although it is uncertain if Sidibe will actually take the entire year off to recover from her procedure, fans of the actress wished her will.

"Bless your heart!!!!" wrote one fan. "Baby girl I got mine out 3 years ago and you will DEFINITELY need MONTHS to recover. This surgery s NO JOKE on Adults. I'll be praying for your speedy recovery and healing."

Another shared his experience, "Had mine out at age 42, now 49. Hurts like hell, for a good 70-90 days. But now, I’m rarely sick, and my previous fall allergies are almost non-existent now. Best of luck, and fight through it, knowing it’s 'better on the other side.' #icecream :)"

This is not the first major surgery for Sidibe. In 2016, Gabby underwent weight loss surgery, and shared the experience in her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she wrote, that was excerpted by People. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

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Tuesday
Jan162018

"She's here!" Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West welcome third child

Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian-West are officially the proud parents of a newborn baby girl, via a surrogate. Kim confirmed the happy news on her website, writing the time and date of the child's birth, along with her weight of seven pounds, six ounces. 

She adds, "Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister."   

The reality star announced she was expecting her third child in the trailer for season 14 of her family's reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, back in September. Kardashian-West and her husband of three years are parents to 1-year-old son, Saint and 4-year-old daughter, North.   

Kardashian-West's sister, Khloe Kardashian, is currently six months pregnant with her first child. Their younger half-sister, Kylie Jenner, is rumored to be expecting as well. 

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Tuesday
Jan162018

"Call Me By Your Name" & "Lady Bird" star Timothee Chalamet donates salary from Woody Allen movie to Time's Up and other organizations

Timothée Chalamet in "Lady Bird"/Photo: Merie Wallace/A24(LOS ANGELES) -- Timothee Chalamet, the breakout star of Call Me By Your Name, has announced that he will be donating his salary from his role in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to various charity organizations, including Time’s Up.

In a statement posted to Instagram, the actor, who also appears in Lady Bird, says that he’s realized “a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job.” He says this has become clearer to him in the past few months, “having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence.”

Chalamet says he has been asked in recent interviews about his decision to work on the yet-to-be-released  film, which was shot last summer.

“I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations,” he says. “But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME’S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN [Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network].”

He concludes, “I want to worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Chalamet follows his A Rainy Day in New York co-star Rebecca Hall, who also donated her salary to Time’s Up. The film also stars Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning and Jude Law.

In recent weeks, Mira Sorvino, Greta Gerwig and David Krumholtz have expressed their regret over working with Allen as well.

Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan Farrow, a claim which he has denied.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Arnold Schwarzenegger praises 'courageous' "True Lies" onscreen daughter Eliza Dushku

Robert Cianflone/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to Twitter to praise his onscreen daughter Eliza Dushku, who revealed she was sexually assaulted as a 12-year-old while she worked on their film True Lies.

Dushku claims that then-36-year-old stunt coordinator Joel Kramer, who was responsible for her safety on the movie, "lured" her to his hotel room, and eventually "sexually molested" her on a bed.

Afterward, she reportedly told a friend, who confronted Kramer.  But later, Dushku says, she broke some ribs during a botched stunt, "by no small coincidence," she commented.

Kramer, a veteran of dozens of movies, vehemently denied the charges.

In response to their co-star Tom Arnold's tweet that the cast and writer/director James Cameron would have done something if they knew what allegedly happened, Schwarzenegger replied, "You bet your a** we would have done something."

Arnold added, "I’m shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her - beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous."

Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Cameron praised Dushku, saying, "It's just heartbreaking that it happened to her," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cameron added, "This was happening under our noses and we didn't know about it -- I think going forward, it's important for all industries ... to create a safe avenue for people to speak up." 

"Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy," said Cameron. "Now especially, I have daughters. There's really no mercy now."

Jamie Lee Curtis also weighed in, via an essay in the Huffington Post. Mentioning that Dushku only told her about the abuse a few years ago, Curtis said, in part, "Eliza's story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Ava DuVernay is Entertainer of the Year; "Get Out", "Power", "black-ish" and "Girls Trip" win at NAACP Image Awards

"Get Out" - Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The NAACP Image Awards were handed out Monday night in a ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium that aired live on TV One.

It was a big night for Jordan Peele and Get Out.  In a non-televised portion of the show, Peele was recognized for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture, and during the televised portion, Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. “I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in acting competition,” he said in his acceptance speech.

It was also a big night for Power, a surprise, first-time winner for Outstanding Drama Series. Star Omari Hardwick beat out Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.

Perennial Image Awards favorite black-ish took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and its stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross won in the comedy series acting categories.

Girls Trip took home the award for Outstanding Motion Picture with breakout star Tiffany Haddishwinning in the supporting actress category in the pre-televised portion of the show. She also won Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for the animated series Legends of Chamberlain Heights

Director Ava DuVernay took home top honors as Entertainer of the Year, saying "This is our time! We can say we were here when it was happening.”

Highlights included six actresses -- Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson and Laverne Cox, joining to read a statement in support of the Times Up initiative to end sexual harassment. Trading lines, the women said: "Time's up on complaining about an imperfect system if we aren't willing to fix it, time's up on our silence, time's up on the abuse of power," and called on viewers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay


TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis – Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
Power (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick – Power (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – Scandal (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Naturi Naughton – Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited – Series or Dramatic Special
The New Edition Story (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba – Guerrilla (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah – Flint (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
The Manns (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show – (Series or Special)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)
Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Roland Martin – News One Now (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
SZA – Ctrl (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars – “Versace on the Floor” (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Petite Afrique – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2 – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Album
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
The Annotated African American Folktales – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies – Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
No One Is Coming to Save Us – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Autobiography
Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By) (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By) (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Incendiary Art: Poems – Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya  Get Out (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer – Gifted (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Detroit (Annapurna Pictures)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary (Film)
STEP (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
The 44th President: In His Own Words (History)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Janine Barrois – Claws – "Batsh**" (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Gina Prince-Bythewood – Shots Fired – "Hour One: Pilot" (FOX)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams – The New Edition Story – Night Two (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele – Get Out (Universal Pictures)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper – black-ish – "Juneteenth" (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin – 13 Reasons Why – "Tape 5, Side B" (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Allen Hughes – The Defiant Ones (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele – Get Out (Universal Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Tiffany Haddish – Legends of Chamberlain Heights (Comedy Central)

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Jimmy Fallon channels James Taylor in "Fire and Rain" parody called "Fire and Fury"

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- James Taylor made a surprise appearance on Monday's Tonight Show -- or at least spot-on impersonation of the legendary singer/songwriter.

Fallon opened the show with his imitation of Taylor singing "Fire and Fury," a parody of Taylor's classic 1970 hit, "Fire and Rain." In the song, Fallon pokes fun at the fallout between President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist and Breitbart News head Steve Bannon over comments Bannon made in Michael Wolff's controversial new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

"Just yesterday morning, Breitbart announced you were gone. Bannon the tell-all book put an end to you," sings Fallon, dressed as a '70s version of Taylor, seated with a guitar.

"I thought you were besties, but I guess I was wrong. Shouldn't have dissed Trumps a** in those interviews," he continues.

"I've seen fire and I've seen fury," Fallon sings in the chorus. "Seen White House staff that'll have to face a jury. I've seen him drink a cup of water with tiny hands, while he's lying in bed watching Fox & Friends."

Other verses touch on Bannon calling meetings between the president's son, Don, Jr. and Russians "treasonous," as well as President Trump's eating habits; his penchant for early morning tweetstorms and for decrying negative news stories as "fake news."

"He's turned the White House into a total s***hole," sings Fallon, referring to the president's recent remarks on immigration.

He ends by noting that "in 2020 Oprah's gonna win" -- a reference to rumors of Oprah Winfrey considering a run for the presidency.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

"The Bachelor" recap: hard goodbyes for Lauren S., Annaliese and Bibiana

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- After last week’s tense confrontation between Latina dynamo Bibiana and real-life Fitness Barbie, Krystal, Bibiana was determined to make a connection with the Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., in week three. But by the end of the show, Bibiana went home.

Maquel, Jacqueline, Lauren B., Tia, Marikh, Bekah M., Bibiana and Krystal went on a group date in which the group trained to be wrestlers, with some guidance from original wrestlers from the 1980s hit television series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Ursula Hayden, a.k.a. "Babe, the Farmers Daughter" and Angelina Altishin, a.k.a. "Little Egypt." 

Arie was surprised to learn he was being made to wrestle against surprise guest Kenny, a bachelor from Rachel's season on The Bachelorette, who is a professional wrestler. Arie got body slammed a lot. Later, each girl was dressed in their "character" – “the Gorgeous Ladies of the Bachelor” -- and paired off against one another. Surprisingly, Bibiana and Krystal did not fight.

The group went out to a cool RV park with Arie for the after-party that night and Krystal got to spend time with him first, which irritated Bibiana. Later, she, Tia and Bekah M. all got some time with the Kissing Bandit, but his time with Bekah straddling him and the camera panning away. When the group gathered, Arie gave Bekah a rose while Krystal had to sit there and watch.

Lauren S. got a date card for a one-on-one and flew with Arie on a private jet to the Hall Winery in Napa, California. They spent the afternoon drinking red wine, strolling along the grape vines and getting to know each other. That night they had dinner and talked some more but in the shock of the night, Arie decided not to give Lauren S. a rose and said goodbye to her. 

Back at the mansion, Ashley, Becca K., Brittany, Jenna, Caroline, Chelsea and Annaliese got a group date card that read, "Love is Ruff." The girls were excited because they believed it had something to do with dogs, but the excitement turned cold when a porter arrived to retrieve Lauren S.'s belongings. Krystal started yammering about how to best manage time with Arie, and Caroline said she was ready to kill her. 

The group date allowed the girls to play with dogs and challenged them to teach the dogs tricks. Afterwards, the group went to the Grove in Los Angeles and put on a dog show, which was hosted by Chris Harrison and special guest Fred Willard, from the movie Best in Show. Annaliese, who last week admitted she was traumatized by bumper cars as a child, this week confessed that she also was traumatized by a dog that bit her when she was a child and she almost lost an eye. 

That night, the group date took place at a lounge where the girls had a chance to talk to Arie but it was Chelsea who got the rose. 

Annaliese really started to worry about being the only girl who hadn't kissed Arie and confronted him about it. Arie wasn't ready and didn't feel the chemistry was there and sent Annaliese home. Bibiana tried to get some alone time with Arie but he turned her away. 

At the rose ceremony, Arie gave roses to Caroline, Kendall, Ashley, Lauren, Brittany, Becca K., Seinne, Krystal, Tia, Maquel, Jenna, Jacqueline and Marikh. Bibiana, in spite of her pluck and determination, was sent home. She said she was broken, but added, "You can't force something that's not there.” 

Next week the gang heads to Lake Tahoe and it looks like Krystal gets on a lot of people's nerves. 

The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Monday
Jan152018

50 Cent admits he refused to take his 84-year-old grandfather to a strip club

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Believe it or not, 50 Cent has morals. On Monday, the rapper told talk show hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan that his 84-year-old grandfather wanted to accompany his famous grandson to the strip club for one of their annual outings...but he refused.  

"He...was asking me, like, take me to one of those clubs, like where them girls at," he said. "I just didn't know how that would go over. Like in the media," he added. When Kelly incredulously said, "You didn't take him?" 50 said, "If I had my 84-year-old grandfather in the strip club? They'd go, 'OK, 50's finally lost it.'" 

It also appears that the Power executive producer and star is not only a cautious grandson, but also a a doting parent to 5-year-old son Sire, telling Kelly and Ryan about the latest gift he bought for his Star Wars-loving child.  

"He likes Star Wars. He really likes Star Wars... I got him the Star Wars, the special edition Lego set." However, 50 also revealed that the Star Wars Lego set opened his eyes to a lesson in gift-giving for one's own kids. "It's so big that it was like something for me to do. You get toys for the kids that are really for you. Like that's what you do, that's when you're being a good parent," he explained. 

"You give stuff for they kids and then you start putting it together and you're looking at the instructions and you're going, 'This is not for kids.'"

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Monday
Jan152018

"Kimmel" confession leads to Groupon Super Bowl commercial for Tiffany Haddish

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- As she recently told Jimmy Kimmel, Tiffany Haddish is addicted to Groupon, and her love of the e-commerce discount service is being rewarded with a Super Bowl commercial.

“I’m super excited to announce I’m the new spokesperson for Groupon,” Haddish declared today. “As you know, I’m a huge fan of Groupon, and have been using them forever, to eat out, to take my niece everywhere, and to get my Groupon body on,” she continued. “You know what I’m saying, personal trainers at a discounted rate. So stay tuned because tons of exciting stuff is coming up this year.”

The Girls Trip star will be featured in a series of ads, including a 30-second commercial airing during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on February 4.

“We’re thrilled to have one of the hottest names in entertainment as our new spokesperson,” says Groupon’s Chief Marketing Officer, Vinayak Hegde. “Tiffany’s award-winning talent and well-known passion for our brand make her the perfect choice to serve as the face of Groupon.”

Last summer, Haddish boasted about her love of the company during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She described using Groupon to purchase a Louisiana swamp tour for herself, her Girls Trip co-star Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada’s husband, Will Smith.

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