Many believed Clara McGregor was taking sides in her parents’ divorce with a recent Instagram post. Sharing a shot of her mother, Eve Mavrakis, lounging on a beach, she captioned it, "my mother, ladies & gentlemen • 50 is the new 30 apparently."
When a fan opined, "Keep her away from your boyfriends," Clara responded, "I keep her away from a—–e men who leave my goddess of a mother."
Many assumed she was referring to her father Ewan McGregor, who left Eve for Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 2017. They co-star in Fargo. Clara has spoken out about their relationship before, calling Mary a "piece of trash," though she later said she regretted describing her thusly.
Clara also defended herself this time. "Let’s make one thing clear. I was not attacking my dad or calling him an a–hole," Clara wrote over a screenshot of an article highlightin the comment. "I was simple saying she deserves someone who isn’t one. F— tabloids. Don’t believe everything you read."
Ewan and Eve are duking it out in court over custody payments. The pair, who were married for 22 years, share four children, the youngest of whom is 7.
Paris Jackson took to social media to reassure concerned fans on Wednesday after reports of her seeking treatment for her emotional health circulated.
"Yes I’ve taken a break from work and social media and my phone because it can be too much sometimes, and everyone deserves a break, but I am happy and healthy and feeling better than ever!" she wrote.
The 20-year-old model and daughter of the late icon Michael Jackson also teased new music with her Soundflowers bandmate, Gabriel Glenn, and promised to return to the limelight "soon."
Jackson has reportedly had a grueling work schedule, in addition to dealing with a "stalker," Page Six reports. In August, Jackson also underwent surgery to remove a "golf ball" size abscess.
It isn’t her first struggle with emotional health. As she told Rolling Stone in 2017 of previous suicide attempts: "I was crazy. I was actually crazy. I was going through a lot of, like teen, angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help."
STEVE CARELL TEAMS UP WITH OFFICE VETS FOR SPACE FORCE: Steve Carell is teaming up with The Office exec producer Greg Daniels on a new workplace comedy, Space Force. The series will star Carell (he will also produce), and will land on Netflix. The series centers around people tasked with creating a sixth leg of the armed services … the Space Force. No word on who else will star or when fans can expect to see Space Force.
JENNY MCCARTHY TALKS REAL BEAUTY: Before Jenny McCarthy’s Masked Singer premiered last night (Wednesday), the 46-year-old opened up perception versus reality when it comes to beauty. She told People of her husband Donnie Walhberg: "The most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to me, by far, is my husband who said, numerous times, as I’ve said ‘I just want to look younger or prettier’ in my insecure moments, and he says, ‘You can’t ever look more beautiful, you can look different, but never more beautiful.'" McCarthy stars alongside Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong as judges on the new Fox singing competition show, which features 12 celeb contestants performing in disguise to obscure their identities. The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Fox.
AMANDA SEYFRIED RUNS INTO FILM DADS: Hi dads! Amanda Seyfried, 33, happened to have a run-in with her two on-screen fathers at the Geneva airport in Switzerland. She ran into Pierce Brosnan, 65, and Hugh Jackman, 50. Brosnan share a shot of the trio on Instagram, writing: "So there I am sitting in the airport lounge at Geneva airport and who should walk into my day but Amanda and Hugh …love you both and all the work that you do safe travels." Jackman’s Jean Valjean cared for Seyfried’s Cosette after her mother’s death in 2012’s Les Misérables, while Brosnan plays one of Seyfried’s three possible dads in both 2008’s Mamma Mia and 2018’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
ZOE SALDANA SHOWS GAMORA TRANSFORMATION: Zoe Saldana has been playing the Guardian of the Galazy’s Gamora for nearly five years, and the process of transformation she must undergo to embody the Marvel icon is, well, heroic. The 40-year-old shared a video of the transformation on Instagram, writing: "Hair up! What goes on, must come off! Adios Gamora…for now."
SMILF creator, showrunner and star Frankie Shaw addressed the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against her show. Appearing on NBC’s Today, Shaw admitted her lack of experience may have led to many of the problems.
"This is my first time doing this job and we moved fast, and I was learning on the go and I’m just really grateful that I can take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward," Shaw toldToday hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
"And I will say I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know?" she continued. "We had approximately 50% female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors…including Kerry Washington."
Star Rosie O’Donnell also discussed the allegations: "It’s a beautiful set, I have to say. There is a family feel on the set and the great thing about Frankie is she addressed the stuff and the network did, and everybody is okay and here we go."
SMILF producers ABC Studios opened an investigation into Shaw after actress Samara Weaving complained about being asked to perform a sex scene with co-star Miguel Gomez; she said that Shaw’s behavior made her uncomfortable during sex scenes, and that she had a "no nudity" clause in her contract.
After Weaving raised the issue with O’Donnell, she passed it along to an exec at Showtime, who then alerted compliance officials at ABC Studios.
When Chris Pratt announced his engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger, he made a point of celebrating their shared "faith." According to People, the pair’s Christian faith helped them bond early on, and will play a major role in their wedding ceremony and marriage.
"They’re going to want a religious wedding," a source tells People. "I know that Chris does, and I assume that she does, too. God is going to be a part of this marriage."
The pair will also be headed down the aisle quite soon.
"They are one of those rare couples that you root for from the beginning. It won’t be a long engagement — Katherine has already talked about having a summer 2019 wedding."
The insider also says that the 29-year-old’s open faith was a great part of the reason he fell for her.
"He’s constantly around other people who have no faith or are apologetic about it, but not her. She is willing to talk about it to anyone who will listen."
Pratt, 39, and Schwarzenegger were first linked over the summer.
The pregnant 37-year-old Meghan Markle proved she can "take it." The Duchess, who has suffered innumerable barbs from the press over several top-ranking staff members leaving and her embarrassing family (her half-brother was recently arrested again, and her father and half-sister continually insult her to any outlet willing to listen), so she’s probably developed a thick skin.
On Wednesday, Meghan paid a visit to one of her four new patronages, an animal welfare organization called Mayhew. While making her way there, the expectant royal donned an Emporio Armani cashmere coat layered over an H&M maternity dress. While being introduced to a group there, one woman ended the conversation with the observation: "Lovely lady, you are! May the good lord always bless you...And you're a fat lady!"
"I'll take it!" Markle replied a laugh.
The exchange was captured by observers, and has since gone viral on social media.
Later Wednesday, she and Prince Harry headed out on a date night to Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show at the Royal Albert Hall. She carried a Givenchy clutch, and a sparkly navy dress by Roland Mouret.
JULIA ROBERTS WON’T RETURN FOR HOMECOMING: Julia Roberts is out for Amazon’s second season of Homecoming. Roberts will remain on board as an executive producer. TBD which members from Season 1— including Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek — will return.
TONY HAWK TO PRODUCE MUSICAL BASED ON NICK HORNBY’S SLAM: Nick Hornby’s 2007 novel Slam (which includes skateboarding legend Tony Hawk as a character) is getting the Broadway musical treatment. Mark Mothersbaugh will write the music and lyrics, with SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical’s Kyle Jarrow handling the book. Slam is being billed as "a funny, heartfelt coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Sam, a kid from a troubled background who finds refuge and hope in the world of skateboarding. When he falls in love for the first time, with a girl named Alicia, it seems like everything’s looking up – until she gets unexpectedly pregnant. Suddenly Sam has to grow up fast. Along the way, he finds guidance through imagined conversations with Tony Hawk, his idol."
JASON REITMAN TO HELM NEXT GHOSTBUSTERS: Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, is directing a new Ghostbusters movie. Work has already reportedly begun and is being kept under wraps, though it will reportedly continue the original 1980s film's narrative. Sony Pictures is eyeing a 2020 release. TBD if any original castmembers will return, though Reitman is reportedly looking to cast two teenage boys and two teenage girls.
CBS ROLLS OUT RED CARPET SPECIAL PRE-GRAMMYS: CBS will air an hourlong red carpet special leading up to the Grammy Awards next month. Nancy O’Dell, Kevin Frazier, Eve and Keltie Knight will host. The party starts at 7 p.m. EST Sunday, February 10th. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards begins at 8 pm ET, broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on CBS.