STEVEN SPIELBERG AND NETFLIX ARE MEETING: Peace? Steven Spielberg and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos are making nice after exchanging barbs over whether or not the streaming service should be considered for Oscars. (Spielberg believes the megastreamer’s films should be considered for Emmys; Netflix disagrees). The Hollywood Reporters’ spies tell the pub that the pair are making progress in their talks; but TBD which way the wind will blow. Do you think Netflix films should be considered for Hollywood’s highest honor?
GOLDEN GLOBES SETS 2020 DATE: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set January 5thfor its 77 annual Golden Globe Awards broadcast. The show will air live on NBC, the second show in its current eight-year deal with NBC. Last year’s show saw a 4% rise year-over-year in viewership, a rarity among awards shows these days. Green Book won big in 2019, as did Roma and Vice.
FREDDIE PRINZE JR. TO STAR IN NANCY DREW PILOT: Freddie Prinze Jr. is set to lead opposite Kennedy McCann in the CW’s untitled Nancy Drew treatment inspired by the iconic series about the brilliant young detective. The show centers on the 18-year-old Nancy (McCann) in the summer after high school. Prinze will play her father. The 2007 movie starred Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, with Carson Drew played by Tate Donovan.
SOPRANOS PREQUEL GETS TITLE, DATE: New Line’s Sopranos prequel is officially titled The Many Saints of Newark, and is expected to hit theaters September 25th, 2020. Series creator David Chase is co-producing and writing. Alan Taylor is directing. During the six seasons it ran on HBO, the show garnered 21 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes.
Director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in July of 2018 after offensive tweets of his were resurfaced by conservative personalities. The firing was controversial, with fans and the film’s stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista openly protesting the firing. Bautista has been particularly outspoken in support of Gunn.
Marvel Studios actually put Guardians 3 on hold amid the controversy; previously, Gunn had said it would open in 2020. Walt Disney Studios opted to rehire Gunn Friday. Gunn tweeted his thanks and delight, writing that he is "tremendously grateful for every person who has supported me these past few months."
When he was fired, Gunn issued a statement: "My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time."
Shawn Mendes dominated the Juno Awards this weekend, taking home trophies for five of the six categories he was nominated in, including for Best Artist, Album, Pop Album and Songwriter of the Year.
The Juno Fan Choice Award went to Avril Lavigne.
Mendes, who was not on hand last night at the Junos as he is on the European leg of a world tour, appeared via a taped performance of his hit single "In My Blood."
A nationwide live telecast on Sunday night was hosted by Sarah McLachlan, who wasted no time in her opening monologue in taking shots at the leader of Canada’s "neighbor to south," Donald Trump:
"You know when you live somewhere peaceful and beautiful, then you get a crazy neighbor, and they start causing all sorts of trouble like putting up weird walls, picking fights with all the other neighbors, and telling your daughters how they should behave, all the while saying they’re making the area great again, and you just watch, feeling helpless, and hope they’ll be gone by 2020."
Also appearing Sunday was The Police lead singer Sting, who introduced David Foster, the top pop music producer, as he was awarded the 2019 Junos humanitarian award.
The Best Country Album award went to Brett Kissel for We Were That Song, while the R&B/soul recording of the year was nabbed by Jesse Reyez. Post Malone won for Best International Album for Beerbongs & Bentleys.
AUDIO: SARAH MCLACHLAN SLAMS DONALD TRUMP
Captain Marvel is dominating the box office again this week, falling only 55% from its bow last weekend. This weekend’s receipts topped $69 million in North America, and $120 million worldwide, bringing in $760 million total so far for the Brie Larson vehicle.
In its second week out, it has already exceeded the lifetime takes for several other superhero films, including Justice League and The Amazing Spider-Man.
The animated family film Wonder Park struggled into second place with a $16 million opener against a $100 million budget. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson’s Five Feet Apart did better than expected, opening in third place with $13.2 million, nearly doubling its budget.
Paris Jackson is playing it cool amid allegations that her later father, the musical icon Michael Jackson, molested underage boys. Opening up on Twitter, the model wrote that the allegations raised in HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, aren’t hers to discuss.
She is also denying reports that she landed in the hospital after a suicide attempt.
"At about 7:28 a.m., officers responded to the 7200 block of Hillside for an ambulance attempt suicide. The victim was transported to a local hospital," Tony Im, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, told People.
"Paris had an accident this morning that required medical treatment," a source tells People. "She is currently resting at home and doing fine."
She also addressed the rumors on Twitter, writing, "lies lies lies omg and more lies."
She tweeted: "There’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said in regards to defense. Cousin Taj Jackson is doing a perfect job on his own. And i support him."
Paris continued: "But that’s not my role. I’m just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. That’s me."
When she got flack from critics who questioned her for not "defending her own father," she clapped back: "I am defending him, in my own way."
This isn’t the first time she’s spoken out. Alluding to the accusations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary and claims that she believed her dad was innocent, she tweeted: "I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life. You guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though."
The fallout continues for Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman amid the sweeping college admissions scheme they have been implicated in.
One California mother named Jennifer Kay Toy has filed a $500 billion class action suit against all of the defendants in the alleged scam, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," claiming "legitimate applicants to colleges were denied access due to the illegal activities."
In the suit, she notes that her son Joshua wasn’t admitted to several universities where the fraud allegedly took place, despite his 4.2 grade average.
Huffman reportedly paid $15K to improve her daughter’s test scores, while Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli reportedly paid $500K to get their daughters into school.
All are free on bail; Huffman’s husband William H. Macy has not been charged.
Netflix, meanwhile, is ousting Loughlin from Fuller House, TMZ reports. The fifth season will not include Loughlin, aka Aunt Becky. The 54-year-old was also axed from the Hallmark Channel, where she starred in multiple series.
Her daughter Olivia Jade, an Instagram "influencer" and YouTube star, has been dropped from Sephora and TRESemme in the wake of the scandal. (She and her older sister were still both attend University of Southern California; TBD what their and other students’ statuses will be going forward).
Huffman ran a parenting website called What the Flicka, where she offered advice. The website and all social media accounts related to it have been taken down.
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Both Huffman and Loughlin have deleted their social media accounts, although not before a few internet sleuths pulled up old tweets they sent out.
Huffman, per the sleuths, reportedly used the phrase "partner in crime" several times on social media.
Loughlin, meanwhile, tweeted out that "There are more important things than money. Like doing the right thing. Words to live by."
Macy’s previous words have also been highlighted in the wake of the scandal. In 2004, he told ET of his willingness to help his kids: "One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it. If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It's a great way to make a living. It really is."
MORE ON MAMA JUNE ARREST: Mama June was arrested on Wednesday with her boyfriend Geno Doak when someone reported a domestic incident. TMZ reports that police busted her for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He as arrested for possession and domestic violence. Cops tell TMZ that the arrest is quite serious, as the substance she was caught with was crack cocaine and the paraphernalia was a needle and pipe.
SAMUEL JACKSON DOESN’T CARE IF COMMENTS ANNOY TRUMP FANS: Take him or leave him, Samuel Jackson seems to be saying. The Academy Award nominated actor let his disdain for President Trump be known in a recent sit-down with Esquire. He also spoke out about Trump supporters who might boycott his movies, saying: "I know how many motherf–kers hate me. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ F–k I care? If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. F–k you. Burn up my videotapes. I don’t give a f–k."
DREAM THROWS ROB KARDASHIAN A B-DAY PARTY: Happy birthday! Rob Kardashian shares his birthday with St. Patrick’s Day, and his daughter Dream threw him a special party beforehand (she is spending the actual day with her mother, Blac Chyna). His sister documented the party on Instagram, writing:"Dreamy Dream wanted to throw her daddy a special birthday party before she goes to see her mommy. Her daddy's birthday is on Sunday (St Patty's Day) but she got her cousins together to celebrate!"
LOVE ISLAND’S MIKE THALASSITIS DIES BY SUICIDE: Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis was found hanging in a park on Saturday, police say, according to multiple reports. The 26-year-old man’s death is being considered suspicious, London police say.
DISNEY ALUM KYLE MASSEY SUED FOR SENDING EXPLICIT MESSAGES TO GIRL: Kyle Massey is sued by a 13-year-old girl who says the Disney Channel alum sent her sexually explicit messages, according to multiple reports. The 27-year-old That’s So Raven alum allegedly sent her texts, images and videos, TMZ was first to report.
The Queen ain’t having it! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were hoping to set up a global "philanthropy brand" sans royal oversight, but the Queen and Prince Charles are nixing it, Page Six reports. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will set up an official household of aides and staffers within the Buckingham Palace, so the Queen and Charles can track their progress.
"They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no’," a royal source told the Sunday Times of London. "They can’t just go off and do their own thing."
The office will reportedly be separate from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s office, news that arrives as more details of the Fab 4’s alleged demise emerge.
A royal filmmaker named Nick Bullen tells Fox that the rift between Harry and William started the Fab 4 breakup. "It comes out in the ‘Royal View’ — and what comes out is that it’s a much sexier story to have two duchesses at war," Bullen told Fox of the TrueRoyalty.tv talk show, which aims to separate fact from fiction regarding the royals.
He continued: "Let’s have these two super glamorous women — one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other …that’s the sexy sort of media story."
Bullen said: "But what we find out on the show is the reality is, as host Tim Vincent says, it’s somewhat different. It’s actually that William and Harry have had a rift. I think you know, look. All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public. I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys. These are two boys who lost their mother Princess Diana at a really early age, and the fairy tale is that they are closer than ever, and need each other, and I think that’s probably true, but equally they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, different wives, they are moving to different parts of the country, different duties."
The auditions are starting to wrap up on ABC’s American Idol. On last night’s episode, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie handed out more golden tickets to Hollywood ahead of tonight’s final auditions.
Jessica Whitley started by singing an original song titled "Idol." Jessica gave a bad audition seven years ago, and she gave another not so good one this time around as well. All three judges said no. Here’s how some of the other auditions played out:
Jacob Moran sang an original version of "Into You" by Ariana Grande. The judges were struck by his raw, unpolished yet promising voice. Perry suggested that he’ll have to work at it. They all said yes.
Alyssa Raghu, who previously made it to the top 24, returned to the show to audition again. She sang "Shark in the Water" by VV Brown. She came back to prove herself to the judges, and did just that. They were impressed by the improvements and confidence she displayed. She was unanimously sent to Hollywood for another chance.
Colby Swift played guitar and sang "I Cast No Stones." He gave an emotional country performance and showcased interesting tone. Perry thought he needed work, but Lionel was won by his charm. In the end, they all said yes.
Evelyn Cormier sang Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game," showcased artistry and a strong lower register, putting her own twists on the song in a way that stood out without doing too much. Perry said it was one of her favorites of the competition, and Cormier soared to Hollywood.
Ashley Hess also got three yeses for her performance of "Don’t Know Why" by Norah Jones, which had impressive ad libs and tone. She sang from the piano and brought a lot of charisma to the audition.
In a backstory that has been teased a lot this season, it was revealed that contestant Elizabeth Gaba was reunited with her biological mother, an anonymous egg donor. They both came to Idol, and Gaba sang "All I Ask" by Adele first, showcasing a really powerful voice. Perry demanded a duet with the egg donor, so they both sang "Bright Lights and Cityscapes." Gaba moved forward to Hollywood.
Peach Martine sang "Zombie" by The Cranberries. Martine also did an original song, which allowed her to show more of herself. Perry said she hopes Martine will loosen up, as she seemed hesitant. But Perry ultimately said yes alongside Richie and Bryan.
Dalton Elliott sang "Boy" by Lee Brice. He gave a raw, moving performance, and Richie praised his ability to tell a story. Perry gave him some advice on not straining too much on the high notes. But overall, they were sold, and Elliott advanced to Hollywood.
Katie Belle sang "Golden Slumbers." Richie said her voice needs to be developed more. "You have to work on your voice," Perry also said, but she got a golden ticket.
Lauren Engle closed out the night by singing an original song called "Compass" that she wrote for her husband, who died in a car accident they were in together. The lyrics were strong, and Engle seemed to be a solid singer-songwriter for the competition. Bryan thought she had a great country voice. She got three yeses.
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL ALYSSA RAGHU PERFORMS SHARK IN THE WATER
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL ASHLEY HESS PERFORMS DONT KNOW WHY
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL KATY ON ASHLEY HESS PERFORMANCE OF DONT KNOW WHY
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LAUREN ENGLE ON THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LAUREN ENGLE PERFORMS COMPASS
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LUKE COLLAPSES AFTER MEETING KATIE BELLE
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL THE JUDGES ON ALYSSA RAGHUS PERFORMANCE