CASEY AFFLECK USING HIS CELEBRITY TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT CIRCUSES: Casey Affleck is using his Oscar spotlight to speak out about an issue that’s important to him. The Manchester By the Sea actor is teaming up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to create a PSA video about circuses. In the clip, which he premiered on People Magazine, he asks people to avoid circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which recently announced that is shutting down. Affleck claims that the Greatest Show on Earth is anything but because large animals like cats and elephants are kept in small cages without enriching activities. He said: "This industry tears families apart and subjects individuals to a life of torment and deprivation. Trainers drag the big cats around by heavy chains or ropes around their necks and hit them with sticks, poles and whips."
DID JUSTIN BIEBER WET HIS PANTS? Early Thursday morning TMZ reported on a paparazzi video that seems to show the Biebs taking a stroll after he wet his pants. And not just any pants, mind you! $400 sweatpants, according to reports. Justin Bieber seemed totally unconcerned however, chatting away on his phone, sipping green juice and generally strolling his way through West Hollyood, without a care in the world (minus a soaking wet crotch).
KATE UPTON’S FIANCE JUSTIN VERLANDER ABSTAINS FROM SEX FOR GAMES: Supermodel Kate Upton revealed the downside of dating an athlete on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. A caller asked Upton whether her Detroit Tigers pitcher fiancé Justin Verlander prefers sex before or after games. The surprising answer: "There’s no sex before a game, absolutely none. And also what I’ve found out is that if he plays well, there’s no sex after either. Because he’s exhausted!" Bronx cheers, all around.
LITTLE WOMEN: L.A. STAR JASMINE ARTEAGA SORGE WELCOMES SON: Little Women: LA star Jasmine Arteaga Sorge and her husband Chris welcomed their second child, Benjamin Michael on December 1st. Sorge told People: "My little man instantly took my breath away. My husband and I are thrilled to finally announce Benji’s birth."
SHIA LABEOUF TURNS OFF PROTEST CAM WHEN GUNSHOTS HEARD: Shia LaBeouf shut down his "He Will Not Divide Us" art installation Thursday morning when gunshots were heard around 2:51 am in downtown Albuquerque, TMZ reports. The art installation was created as a form of protest of President Donald Trump. Originally installed in New York, it was moved to Albuquerque this week after being shut down by its hosts at the Museum of the Moving Image. Police say they didn’t find anyone with a gun near the installation and gave it the all-clear to open again. It is unclear when and if the live video installation will continue.
REESE WITHERSPOON PARTNERS WITH BIRCHBOX IN HONOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Reese Witherspoon has partnered with beauty subscription company Birchbox to curate two boxes brimming with her faves from her Draper James line of beauty and fashion items. The boxes will be available in March to honor Women’s History Month. Beauty junkies can look forward to items like Davines OI All in One Milk plus and ARROW Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm, and lots more. Do you subscribe to Birchbox or a similar service?
THE WALKING DEAD'S JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN SLAMS T-SHIRT RACISM CONTROVERSY: The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has responded to the news that the U.K. department chain Primark has pulled a range of t-shirts from its stores after complaints of racism from customers. The shirt featured Negan’s signature Lucille baseball bat and his victim-selecting rhyme, "Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a tiger by the toe …." The problem? About 100 years ago, that rhyme commonly used the N-word instead of "tiger." Many expressed their confusion over the news on Twitter with Morgan, who plays the fearsome Negan, adding: "Holy crap people are stupid." A middle-age white couple complained to the store that the shirt was "offensive" after spotting the range last week with the store deciding to pull it completely. The Season 6 finale, in which the line was uttered, aired in April 2016. AMC had no comment.