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Wednesday
Jan172018

Selena Gomez made donation to Time’s Up that “far exceeded” Woody Allen film salary, source says

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez’s co-stars in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, announced this week that they would be donating their salaries from the film to Time’s Up and other charities.  Now, it seems that Selena has done the same.

A source close to the actress tells People that Selena has, in fact, already “made a significant donation anonymously” to Time’s Up that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”

Selena has yet to make a public statement against Allen, who has been accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow, a claim which he denies.

Selena was asked by Billboard last November if she considered the director’s past before signing on to the movie.

“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer -- not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”

As previously reported, Selena's mom Mandy Teefey told a fan on Instagram that she'd tried to warn the singer about appearing in Allen's film.

Teefey wrote, "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...No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

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Wednesday
Jan172018

"Fargo" star Carrie Coon and "Lady Bird" lead Tracy Letts have a baby on the way

Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations are in order for Carrie Coon and her husband Tracy Letts -- the couple is expecting their first child together.

"It's true!" the 36-year-old Fargo actress tweeted on Tuesday, confirming a story reported by Us Weekly earlier in the day. Coons included a link to the article.

No further details, including a due date, were released.

Coon landed a nomination for best actress in a movie/miniseries at this year's Critics' Choice Awards for her role as Gloria Burgle in the FX series, and took home best actress in a drama series honors in 2016 for her role in HBO's The Leftovers.

Coon and Letts, 52, can both be seen in Steven Spielberg's The Post, now playing in theaters nationwide. Letts also stars alongside Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in the 2018 Golden Globes winner for best picture, Lady Bird.

The couple met while working at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where Tracy debuted his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County. They tied the knot in 2013.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Ann Curry speaks: "Not surprised" by Matt Lauer allegations

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Today anchor and NBC News correspondent Ann Curry spoke out Wednesday morning about her former co-host Matt Lauer, saying she was "not surprised" by the allegations against him.

Lauer was abruptly fired last year following allegedly inappropriate sexual behavior.

In an interview on CBS This Morning, Curry said she did not want to "do harm" or cause more "pain," but she address the atmosphere at NBC News she said she experienced while working there.

"I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations," she said of Lauer. "I can [also] say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed...It was verbal sexual harassment."

Curry added, "We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that's occurred for some time."

Curry left Today in 2012 abruptly, after a year as a co-anchor and 15 years with the show. In 2015, she left NBC News for good and is currently promoting her PBS docuseries, We'll Meet Again.

When Lauer's termination from NBC News was first announced in November, Curry wouldn't speak specifically about it, but did tell People magazine at the time, "I'm still really processing it."

She also said she admired all women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, saying they "need to...be able to thrive without fear."

After his November termination, Lauer, 60, expressed his regret in a statement, saying in part, "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Mila Kunis is Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

ABC/Randy Holmes(BOSTON) -- Mila Kunis has been named the 2018 Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding student theatrical group, according to The Harvard Gazette.

The honor, which is given to performers who have made a notable contribution to entertainment, will be given to the Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas actress on January 25.

Kunis' other acting credits include TV's That 70s Show, and the movies Black SwanJupiter Ascending, Oz the Great and Powerful, Ted, Friends with Benefits, Date Night and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Previous recipients of the award have included Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, and Octavia Spencer.

The 2018 Man of the Year has not yet been announced.

Kunis will next be seen in The Spy Who Dumped Me, opening nationwide in August.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Alec Baldwin criticizes public "renunciation" of Woody Allen as "unfair"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin is defending Woody Allen as a spate of actors and actress have come out to express their regret about working with the director, who has been accused of molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, a claim which he has denied.

 "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose," Baldwin wrote in the first of two tweets Tuesday. "But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career."

Baldwin's tweets came after actor Timothee Chalamet, the breakout star of Call Me by Your Name,  announced on Instagram that he was donating his salary from his role in Allen's most recent film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities that fight sexual abuse and harassment.

Chalamet was the latest star to speak out after Dylan Farrow penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times questioning why the #MeToo movement has seemingly spared Allen.

Baldwin cautioned that such accusations should be "treated carefully."

"Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so," he tweeted.

In 2014, Farrow wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, in which she told the story of how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her at age 7.

Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex-partner and Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, coached their daughter into making the claims. The director was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

Allen's representatives did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Dylan Farrow will give her first televised interview on the matter on CBS This Morning on Thursday. 

According to a preview released by CBS, Farrow tells Gayle King, "I am credible, and I am telling the truth, and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things."

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Matt Damon apologizes for comments on sexual misconduct

ABC/Heidi Gutman (NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon came under fire in December for suggesting that all men accused of sexual misconduct shouldn't be lumped together in the same category, and he used a Tuesday appearance on the Today show to deliver an apology.

"Boy, I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," he began.

When host Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford insisted the Downsizing star was a good listener, he responded with, "Not in this case."

"I think, ultimately, what it is for me is I don't want to further anybody's pain with anything that I do or say," Damon continued. "So for that, I'm really sorry. This whole Times Up [movement], a lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and go along for that ride."

"I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while," he added.

In addition to making headlines for all the wrong reasons, Damon's last three big screen outings, Downsizing, Suburbicon, and The Great Wall, all stumbled at the box office.

The actor, who starred alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the 2001 remake of Ocean's 11, and its sequels in 2004 and 2007, will reprise his role as Linus Caldwell in the female-centric Oceans 8, opening nationwide in June. 

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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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