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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Tops Box Office With $38.8M Debut

Fifty Shades Freed, Universal’s finale to the franchise, dominated the competition in North America as it opened top on $38.8m despite scoring the lowest debut of the series. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in the release, which arrived in 3,768 venues, some 20% behind the $46.6m number two launch exactly a year ago of Fifty Shades Darker, and less than 50% of what Fifty Shades Of Grey achieved on $85.2m back in 2015.  In other box office news, Sony Pictures launched children’s film Peter Rabbit in second place with $25m in 3,735 venues, while Clint Eastwood’s terrorism thriller The 15:17 To Paris opened third via Warner Bros with $12.6m in 3,042.... [Read Full Story]

Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’ Debuts At No. 1

Justin Timberlake earned his fourth No. 1 ranking album this week as Man of the Woods debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The bulk of Timberlake’s number came from traditional sales—not streaming. 242,000 of his total came from traditional album sales, in addition to 14,000 track equivalent albums and 37,000 streaming equivalent albums. Of the traditional albums sold, 139,000 were digital albums, 89,000 were CDs, and 15,000 were vinyl LPs. Timberlake’s last album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), debuted at the top of the chart with 350,000 traditional album sales. The first part of The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its first week. His other No. 1 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, sold 684,000 copies in its opening week.... [Read Full Story]

Kate Upton Details Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Guess Co-Founder Paul Marciano

Kate Upton, who had previously Tweeted #MeToo in regard to Guess co-founder Paul Marciano, has detailed her allegations to Time, saying the fashion head assaulted and harassed her and called her a “fat pig.” Upton claims that Marciano asked to meet her while she was shooting a Guess Lingerie campaign in 2010. “Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts… despite doing everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting, he continued to touch me in a very dominating and aggressive way.” Marciano has called the allegations “absolutely false” and “preposterous.” “I have never been alone with Kate Upton,” he told Time. “I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.”... [Read Full Story]

Mickey Jones, Actor and Former Bob Dylan Drummer, Dead at 76

Actor Mickey Jones died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76, as confirmed by his representative. The character actor was best known for recurring roles on Justified and Home Improvement. Jones was born in Houston, Texas, and started off as a professional drummer before leaving high school. His biggest music gig was as Bob Dylan‘s drummer before the singer went on hiatus in 1967 following a motorcycle accident. In over 20 years as a musician, Jones was part of more than a dozen Gold records. Jones began acting in the mid-’70s and got his first recurring role in 1980 on the Alice spinoff series Flo. He continued doing guest spots and worked consistently over the rest of his life with his best known roles being Pete Bilker of K&B Construction on 13 episode of Home Improvement and as Rodney “Hot Rod” Durham in the second and third seasons of Justified. Jones is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their two children.... [Read Full Story]

YouTube Star Kian Lawley Loses Movie Gig After Racist Comments Surface

YouTube star Kian Lawley will not appear in the upcoming adaptation of bestselling young adult novel “The Hate U Give” after a video of Lawley making racist statements began making rounds online. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give,'” a spokesperson for Twentieth Century Fox Films said in a statement. Lawley was cast in “The Hate U Give,” based on the Angela Thomas novel, late last year.  An undated video of Lawley making racist remarks was uploaded late last month and drew enough attention to prompt a response from Lawley two days ago, before he was let go from the film. Following news that he would be replaced in the movie, Lawley said, “I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for ‘The Hate U Give’ as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past.  With that being said, I am fully aware of the mistakes I have made and strive every day to become a better me than I was yesterday,” he said.... [Read Full Story]

The Spice Girls Are Rumored To Be Reuniting For A New Tour

The Spice Girls are getting back together for a U.S. reunion tour, according to a TMZ report. The famous 90s girl band posted a photo on Instagram that caused speculation of a reunion. Sources say that all of the original Spice Girls recently met with former manager Simon Fuller in order to work on “rough planning” for a world tour that would hopefully happen later this year.  Sources also say the tour will begin in the U.K. and eventually make its way to the U.S., but there are no plans to record any new music as part of this reunion. None of this has been confirmed, but TMZ says that “everyone is fully committed and the tour is going to happen.”... [Read Full Story]

Quentin Tarantino Opens Up About Uma Thurman’s “Kill Bill” Accident Saying It Was “One of the Biggest Regrets of My Life”

Quentin Tarantino is directly addressing the claims made about him by Uma Thurman in a recent interview she did with The New York Times. Tarantino admitted that he regrets her terrifying car accident on the set of Kill Bill. He also explained his decision to spit on her and choke her for scenes in Kill Bill—revelations that were met with backlash on social media, painting Tarantino as someone who liked to torture his leading ladies. Tarantino also spoke about his shock after finding out Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed both Thurman and actress Mira Sorvino, who was Tarantino’s girlfriend at the time. Tarantino went into detail about the Kill Bill car accident. “It’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt,” he said. He defended himself against characterizations that he was furious with her then for not doing the stunt, saying that he performed the stunt himself to make sure it was safe. ... [Read Full Story]

ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ To End After Season 7

ABC series Once Upon a Time is set to conclude its run following its current season. Series co-creator Adam Horowitz took to his Twitter account to announce the news. The show premiered in 2011 and has remained on the network for seven seasons, with new episodes set to air until its finale. The premise of the series, childhood fantasy characters transplanted into the real-world by the curse of an evil Queen, intrigued millions of viewers with the first season of “OUAT” experiencing major success after its pilot was viewed by almost 13 million viewers. For this current season an entirely new cast was brought in following most of the original cast departing the series, including it’s leads, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue remained for the rebooted season.  The final season of Once Upon a Time will return on ABC on March 2.... [Read Full Story]

John Mahoney, Beloved Father On TV’s Frasier, Dies At 77

Actor John Mahoney died Sunday at age 77, according to reports. Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney became best known for his role as Martin Crane in NBC’s Frasier, though he didn’t kick-start his acting career until later in life.  Mahoney quit his job and started taking acting classes and soon got his first role in David Mamet’s Water Engine in 1977. Four years after pursuing acting, John Malkovich encouraged him to join Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre. In 1993, the actor accepted the role of Martin Crane in NBC’s sitcom Frasier. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for this role. He remained a regular until Frasier‘s end in 2004. More recently, he had a recurring role in Hot in Cleveland.  Mahoney was never married and did not have any children.... [Read Full Story]

Lady Gaga Has Cancelled The Rest Of Her Tour Due To ‘Severe Pain’

Lady Gaga has revealed that she is canceling the remain dates on her current Joanne tour. The singer broke the news on Instagram that she is “suffering from severe pain” and, as a result, has to cancel the final ten dates of the Joanne tour, which was due to culminate in Europe. “Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live.” The Instagram post further explained, “Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road. She is extremely sorry and deeply saddened that she cannot perform for her European fans, who have waited so patiently.”  The post also revealed, “She is in the care of expert medical professionals who are working closely with her so she can continue to perform for her fans for years to come.”... [Read Full Story]

Justin Timberlake Hits The Stage During The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake hit the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show stage on Sunday, and in true Timberlake fashion he performed a medley of his greatest hits with energy, showing off his moves with a revolving door of dancers, and dedicating a piano ballad to the late singer Prince with video footage of The Purple One playing over him. He sang the Minnesota native’s 1984 hit “I Will Die 4 U” alongside a hologram of the singer, who passed away in 2016. The entire city of Minneapolis was also entirely lit up in purple. Backup dancers held up mirrors reflecting light during Timberlake’s single “Mirror,” which then turned rainbow during “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Timberlake finished the set by running into stands, encouraging the crowd to sing and clap.  The performance marked the first time Timberlake took to the Super Bowl stage alone. Besides his 2004 performance, Timberlake also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, where his band ‘N Sync performed with Britney Spears and Aerosmith... [Read Full Story]

Kylie Jenner Gives Birth To Baby Girl

After months of speculation, Kylie Jenner announced that she gave birth to a baby girl on February 1 at 4:43 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. She and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, kept the pregnancy private, and while it was all but confirmed, today’s announcement is the only official comment Jenner has made. Jenner confirmed the news in an Instagram post Sunday. “I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,” Jenner wrote. “I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world.”  She continued: “My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn’t wait to share this blessing. I’ve never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.” Jenner also shared the past nine months of her life in a video uploaded Sunday to YouTube. The video, called, “To Our Daughter,” shows close friends of Jenner sharing how they learned she was pregnant. It also give glimpses of  Jenner’s baby shower, her doctor appointments and her whirlwind romance with Scott.... [Read Full Story]

Charlie Walk Exits ‘The Four’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations As Accuser Speaks Out

Republic Records Group President Charlie Walk is no longer a judge on Fox’s singing competition show The Four: Battle for Stardom and will not be part of next week’s finale. “Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four,” Walk said in a statement provided by his attorney Patricia Glaser. Republic Records also confirmed that they have opened an investigation. “Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully,” the statement read. Walk’s former Sony colleague Tristan Coopersmith accused the music mogul of sexual misconduct in an open letter on Monday, January 29, alleging that he sent her explicit text messages, groped her at business dinners and made unwelcome advances toward her. Walk has denied the allegations, claiming he worked with her 15 years ago “without incident.”... [Read Full Story]

Natalie Wood’s Husband Robert Wagner Now ‘Person Of Interest’ In Her Death

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say Robert Wagner is “more of a person of interest” in the death of his late wife, actress Natalie Wood, who died nearly 40 years ago under mysterious circumstances. Wood was found dead in the water in 1981, near Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California. She had gone on a yachting weekend with Wagner, as well as Christopher Walken, who at the time was starring with the actress in the movie “Brainstorm.” Wood’s death was originally ruled an accident, but the case was reopened in 2011. The coroner changed her cause of death to “drowning and other undetermined factors” the following year. An autopsy report indicated there were a number of bruises on Wood’s body that appeared to have been fresh at the time of death. Investigators said Wagner — who was married to Wood twice, first from 1957 to 1962, and again from 1972 until her death — has been uncooperative since they reopened the case.  “I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don’t add up.”... [Read Full Story]

Downton Abbey Creator’s New Drama “The Gilded Age” Coming To NBC In 2019

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is returning to television with the period drama, The Gilded Age, which has been picked up to series by NBC and is slated for a 2019 debut. The network has ordered 10 episodes. Fellowes is re-teaming with Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame for the series, which takes place in the glittering world of the wealthiest families in 19th-century New York. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment said in a statement: “We’re thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring you Julian Fellowes delicious new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882. It’s an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.”... [Read Full Story]

‘House of Cards’ Resumes Production, Adds Greg Kinnear And Diane Lane

Three months after production was shut down in the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against star Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” has resumed production on its sixth and final season, according to an official release from Netflix. Netflix also announced Wednesday that Oscar-nominated actors Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane have joined the cast, which will now focus on it’s star Robin Wright. The final season will feature eight episodes, and it is reported that Kinnear and Lane will play siblings. “House of Cards,” launched in 2013 and has received 53 Emmy nods over the years, with seven wins. No plot details have been released about the final season, though Wright’s Claire Underwood was sworn in as president toward the end of last season with Spacey’s character pushed out of office.... [Read Full Story]

Tom Hanks To Play Mr. Rogers In Upcoming Biopic

Tom Hanks is set to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic film about the children’s show host. TriStar pictures announced it has acquired the worldwide rights to the film Monday. It’s chosen Hanks to play Fred Rogers in the biopic, and filmmaker Marielle Helle will be the film’s director. The film, called “You Are My Friend,” is expected to focus of the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Juno who wrote a profile on Rogers that he said “transformed” his perspective on life. Rogers passed away in 2003 at the age of 74.  Production for “You Are My Friend” will start in September of this year, with the film expected to be released sometime in 2019.... [Read Full Story]

Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35. Salling’s death by suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The actor’s body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning” his attorney, Michael Proctor said. Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to “one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor” and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender. Salling appeared on Glee as Noah “Puck” Puckerman between 2009 and 2015. ... [Read Full Story]

Scott Baio Denies Misconduct Claims By Former Co-Star Nicole Eggert

Actress Nicole Eggert has accused her former “Charles in Charge” costar, Scott Baio, of molesting her when she was underage. Baio responded by accusing Eggert of making up claims about him. The controversy began over the weekend when Eggert, 46, called Baio a “creep” on Twitter, tweeting to another user to ask him “what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Another tweet from the “Baywatch” actress, which has since been deleted, alleged that Baio began behaving inappropriately when she was 14.  Baio, 57, himself tweeted that Eggert’s allegations are “100% lies,” before elaborating in a 16-minute Facebook Live video on Saturday. Though he did concede to having sex with Eggert, it happened long after “Charles in Charge” went off the air and when she was an adult, Baio said.... [Read Full Story]

Omarosa Returns To Her Reality-TV Roots And Joins ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Omarosa Manigault, who left the White House at the tail end of last year, is set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother houseOmarosa, memorable from her appearances on NBC’s The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, joined the Trump administration as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She officially left her post on Jan. 20. In late December, she exited the White House and rumors flew that she was fired by W.H. chief of staff John Kelly. The show will premiere on Feb. 7 and will run until Feb. 25. The first two-hour live eviction where one of the cast members will get voted out of the house will air on Feb. 9. Each cast member will be competing to make it to the end of the game and win the $250,000 grand prize. ... [Read Full Story]

Bruno Mars And Kendrick Lamar Big Winners At The 2018 Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards ceremony aired Sunday, January 28 and the big winners included Bruno Mars, who dominated with seven awards, including the honors for Album, Song, and Record of the Year; Kendrick Lamar, who also received five awards, including for Best Rap Album; and Chris Stapleton, who won in three categories, including Best Country Album. JAY-Z, who lead the nominees with eight nods, received no awards. The 2018 awards show featured standout performances from Rihanna, Kesha, SZA, Cardi B with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and more. The late Carrie Fisher and singer Leonard Cohen were also awarded posthumous Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Rock Performance, respectively.... [Read Full Story]

Actor Jeremy Piven Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations From 3 More Women

Jeremy Piven, who has previously denied allegations of sexual misconduct from at least three women, is facing further accusations that date back decades, an online news site reported Saturday. Three additional women claim Piven acted in a physically aggressive or threatening manner, BuzzFeed News reported in a story that included the actor’s rejection of the allegations as “false.” The women said they were speaking out because of frustration over Piven’s previous denials. One incident allegedly involved a high school student working as an extra in 1985 on Piven’s first film, “Lucas,” when he was 17. The other encounters took place in the 1990s.  A lawyer representing Piven didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. ... [Read Full Story]

Magician David Copperfield Backs #MeToo Movement After Sexual Assault Allegation

David Copperfield is speaking out on the #MeToo movement as he faces new sexual assault allegations. The 61-year-old illusionist took to social media on Wednesday just hours before a report surfaced that alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted a former teenage model 30 years ago. He also praised #MeToo, a social movement fighting back against sexual assault and misconduct, as “crucial and long overdue,” but he also cautioned against false accusations of sexual assault. In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of having lured a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting her. The FBI investigated the claim for two years but ultimately dropped the case. The most recent allegations come from former aspiring model Brittany Lewis, who claims that Copperfield sexually assaulted her during a trip to California in 1988, when she was 17. ... [Read Full Story]

‘Murphy Brown’ Returning To TV With Candice Bergen To Reprise Lead Role

CBS announced on January 24 that Murphy Brown, the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1998, will return to the network with new episodes. Candice Bergen, who starred as television journalist Murphy Brown, will reprise her role to lead the revival. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series, set to debut in the 2018-2019 season. Original creator Diane English, who left the original show after season 4, will also return as writer/executive producer.  Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations and won 18 , five that went to Bergen for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.  In 1996, she withdrew from the Emmys race, declining further nominations for that role to make room for other actresses.... [Read Full Story]

Joel Taylor Of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” Dead At Age 38

Joel Taylor, who starred on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, has died at the age of 38. Taylor’s death was confirmed by a number of friends on social media Tuesday. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but TMZ is reporting that there is speculation that Taylor may have died from a suspected overdose on a cruise ship.  Taylor joined Storm Chasers, a documentary reality series about researchers who follow storms in Tornado Alley, in 2008. The series was canceled after five seasons in January 2012. “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Taylor’s Storm Chasers co-star Reed Timmer said on Twitter alongside photos of the reality star.... [Read Full Story]

Elton John Announces He Plans To Retire From Touring After Upcoming 300-Date Tour

Elton John announced during a special live-streamed event Wednesday that he will be retiring from touring, following an upcoming 300-date farewell tour.  “I’m not going to be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed. I have young children,” the music icon said to moderator Anderson Cooper onstage during the event, which included John playing songs such as “Tiny Dancer” and “I’m Still Standing.”  The singer also confirmed that he will still be making music following the tour and that he is healthy after being forced to cancel a series of shows in April due to contracting a rare infection in South America.  The 70-year-old said he will kick off his final world tour in September. ... [Read Full Story]

Neil Diamond Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease, Retires From Touring

Neil Diamond has decided to retire from touring after learning that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond, 76, said in a statement on Monday, January 22. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.” Diamond did, however, say he plans to still work in some capacity.  “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” he continued in his statement. Diamond was scheduled to perform at several outdoor stadiums, arenas and winery shows during his Australian and New Zealand tour dates, which have since been canceled.... [Read Full Story]

Academy Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nods. Guillermo del Toro’s horror/fantasy/romance received the most nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original screenplay. Dunkirk followed with eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a favorite before the nominations, received seven nominations, but was shut out of the Best Director category. Other big contenders include Phantom Thread (six nominations), Darkest Hour (six nominations) Lady Bird (five nominations), Get Out (four nominations), and Call Me By Your Name (four nominations).... [Read Full Story]

Oscar Winner Mo’Nique Is Calling For A Netflix Boycott After Discovering Pay Disparity

Actress and comedian Mo’Nique called out Netflix for an offer that was considerably less than her male and white comedian colleagues. The Academy Award-winning actress took to Instagram with a video saying, ” I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.” Shortly after, actress and fellow comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted at Mo’Nique saying, “Thank you for speaking out, [Netflix] offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended but found another home.” Mo’Nique reiterated that she and Sykes are two black female comedians with 50-plus years of experience at the top of their game and were offered $750,000 by Netflix.... [Read Full Story]

Megyn Kelly Takes On Jane Fonda: ‘I Have No Regrets About The Question”

Megyn Kelly took her public feud with Jane Fonda to a new level on Monday, after the actress slammed the NBC host for her “inappropriate” question during a segment that aired in September. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, Fonda addressed the hype around the interview from September, when Kelly asked Fonda about her thoughts on plastic surgery.”I was stunned [by the plastic surgery question; it was so inappropriate. It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.” Kelly reacted to Fonda’s criticism on her show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” on Monday. “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women. I have no regrets about the question.” ... [Read Full Story]