An offhand tweet from Kylie Jenner managed to tank $1.3 billion worth of Snapchat’s market value. Jenner tweeted Wednesday afternoon: "sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad."
The tweet hit a nerve, garnering more than 265K likes and 47K retweets.
- She later wrote: "still love you tho snap ... my first love."
- Her observation comes as many young people express similar misgivings about Snapchat’s redesign.
- Snap Inc.’s stock was down 8% as of Thursday afternoon.
- While many were quick to like and retweet Jenner’s observations, many other users were complaining about how "pathetic" it is that a "20-year-old airhead" has this much of an impact on the economy.
- Still others tweeted at Jenner that she should start a "stock newsletter" or use her platform to tweet about the NRA.
Brendan Fraser is the latest star to come forward with a horrific story about being sexually assaulted. In a new interview with GQ, the 49-year-old Mummy star claims that the former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the non-profit organization that votes for the Golden Globe awards) president Philip Berk sexually assaulted him.
Fraser says the incident occurred in the summer of 2003 at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
- He told GQ: "His left hand reaches around, grabs my a-- cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around," Fraser claimed.
- "I felt ill," he said, recalling how he felt afterwards. "I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me."
- While he says he told his wife Afton about what happened, he says he didn’t have the courage to tell anyone else.
- "I didn’t want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming part of my narrative," he added.
- Fraser did have his reps ask for a written apology, and the HFPA agreed to never allow Berk in a room with Fraser again.
- Berk denies the story. "Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication," he also said in a statement to GQ, acknowledging that he wrote a letter to Fraser about the alleged incident. "My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’"
- The outpouring on Twitter after the publication of the piece was incredible. Celebrities and social media users urged readers to check it out, calling it "heartbreaking" and a "must-read" about "the star who went AWOL."
IS RACHEL MCADAMS PREGNANT? Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams is expecting her first child, E! News reports. She has kept a low profile of late and was last photographed at an airport wearing a baggy jacket. She has previously been linked with screenwriter Jamie Linden. The 39-year-old McAdams has not confirmed or denied the reported pregnancy.
TIFFANY HADDISH NAMED HOST OF MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS: The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards will be hosted by Tiffany Haddish she announced via Instagram Thursday. "So I got some Great News Everybody! I will be hosting the MTV Movie and TV Awards … make sure you watch Monday June 18th on MTV," Haddish wrote. "The Awards will be in Los Angeles and it will be fun! #MTVAwards #SheReady #godisgood #mtv."
JOSS WHEDON LEAVES BATGIRL MOVIE: Joss Whedon is giving up his Batgirl movie for DC, according to The Hollywood Producer. "Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story," he said. Whedon was the first to float the movie idea, so it’s unclear if DC will run with it without him.
KIM CATTRALL’S ONSCREEN LOVER IS HERE FOR SJP: The never-ending feud between Sex and the City alums Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker has entered a new phase. Cattrall’s onscreen lover Jason Lewis is definitely team SJP. "I would have to say that Sarah was always just so lovely and such a consummate professional," the 46-year-old actor during a KTLA interview on Wednesday. "I think that people should remember their graciousness and the things that have been given to them." When the reporter pushed him to declare he was on "Team Sarah," he said: "I might just have to say yeah. What a gracious lady. She was always so good to me."
MARK HAMILL CELEBRATES WALK OF FAME STAR: The 66-year-old Star Wars star Mark Hamill is getting his own spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He confirmed the news on Twitter and seemed to lash out at fellow-star-recipient President Trump at the same time: "Can't say this is a dream come true because I was never foolish enough to think something like this could ever happen. When part of me doubts I deserve such an honor, I remind myself that someone got a "Star" for just one crappy reality show."
Has the NRA met its match? Amy Poehler and Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur put the association on blast for invoking her character Leslie Knope in a tweet.
"Thank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members," the association tweeted at a follower on Wednesday night, using a GIF of Poehler as Knope.
- In response, Schur told NRA to delete the tweet and shared a message from Poehler (who doesn’t have a Twitter account).
- "Hi, please take this down," Schur wrote on Twitter. "I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda. Also, Amy isn't on Twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said (expletive) off?'"
- Nick Offerman, another Parks and Rec alum, opined: "Our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda. Take it down and also please eat (expletive).
A letter containing white powder is being investigated by Scotland Yard. Police say Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were the intended recipients, according to reports. Police say the investigation is being treated as a "racist hate crime."
The letter was received this month at St. James’ Palace in London, and while the powder was found to be harmless, it prompted an anthrax scare. The letter also contained a note which has been characterized as racist. Suits star Markle is biracial.
- While this is the first security incident the public has become aware of, it is certainly not the first time she has encountered bigotry as first the girlfriend, and now the fiancé, of Prince Harry.
- Last month, Paul Nehlen, a Republican Congressional candidate, was banned from Twitter over his racist tweet about Markle. In December, Princess Michael of Kent wore a racist brooch to a royal lunch with the couple. (She later apologized).
- Markle and Harry are set to marry on May 19th in a televised ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in London.
Jennifer Lawrence is joining Meryl Streep in condemning Harvey Weinstein for dragging her into his lawsuit.
"Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit," says Lawrence in a statement from London, where her Red Sparrow is opening. "This is what predators do, and it must stop.
- "For the record, while I was not victimized personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions. Time’s up."
- The disgraced movie mogul is attempting to have a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the women who worked with him thrown out, claiming that Lawrence and Streep both spoke highly of him.
- Streep fired back Wednesday, saying: "Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys use of my (true) statement — that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship — as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive. The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them — regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed."
HARVEY WEINSTEIN APOLOGIZES
Meanwhile, Weinstein has apologized for using statements made by Streep and Lawrence in his defense in a sexual misconduct class action suit. "Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes. Moving forward, Mr. Weinstein has advised his counsel to not include specific names of former associates; and to avoid whenever possible, even if they are in the public record," his reps said.
MICHELLE WOLF TO HOST W.H. CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER: The Daily Show comic Michelle Wolf is slated to host the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 28th. "I’m delighted to announce ‘Nice Lady' Michelle Wolf as our featured entertainer this year," said Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents' Association. Talev added: "Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now." Wolf has also been nabbed to host her own weekly Netflix show. TBD if President Donald Trump will attend the dinner; he snubbed it last year, a first for a sitting president.
IDRIS ELBA EYES MORE BEHIND-THE-CAMERA ROLES: Idris Elba is interested in taking on more directorial roles, he told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival. The Festival saw the European premiere of Yardie, which follows the story of a young Jamaican who sees his brother shot dead. He is already in talks on his next project, which looks like it may be a musical, Deadline reports.
COPYRIGHT CONTROVERSY FOR THE SHAPE OF WATER AHEAD OF OSCARS: With less than a week left to vote for this year’s Academy Awards, Guillermo del Toro and Fox Searchlight are being sued for copyright infringement for The Shape of Water. The family of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Zindel claim the fantasy story is a rip-off of the 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper. "Despite the glaring similarities between the Play and the obviously derivative Picture, Defendants never bothered to seek or obtain a customary license from Plaintiff of motion picture and ancillary rights to the Play, nor did Defendants credit Zindel on the Picture," writes attorney Marc Toberoff in the complaint. Fox Searchlight has dubbed the complaints "without merit."
DRUNK HISTORY RENEWED: Comedy Central is giving Drunk History the go-ahead for a sixth season with less than a month left in its fifth season. The season will be comprised of 16 episodes. The show features liquored-up comedians discussing notable incidents from the country’s past. It is among the top-rated cable originals in its 10 p.m time slot among men 18-34.
KIERSEY CLEMONS JOINS GAEL GARCIA BERNAL IN ZORRO: Kiersey Clemons has signed on to star opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Z, Jonas Cuaron’s reimagining of the classic Zorro tale. Cuaron is writing and directing the feature, which is set in the near future.