Four Duggar sisters are taking legal action in the molestation scandal that has haunted their older brother Josh Duggar and their entire family since it broke in 2015.
Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar have filed a federal breach-of-privacy suit against In Touch magazine and the Arkansas city of Springdale, Arkansas’ Washington County and members of the police force in Arkansas.
- At issue are police documents released to In Touch by law enforcement through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015. The documents revealed that Josh had molested several girls, including five of his sisters.
- In Touch did not name the alleged victims by name, but they came out in the ensuing firestorm when Jessa and Jill participated in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox’s The Kelly File. Jinger and Joy confirm they were victims too in the lawsuit, according to reports. The fifth victim is unknown.
- In addition to revealing that Josh molested underage girls when he was a teen, the released documents alleged that his parents were aware of the situation.
- The four sisters are seeking unspecified damages. When In Touch published its first report, the Duggar family was starring in TLC’s wildly popular 19 Kids and Counting, which documented the devout Baptist family’s adventures.
- Since the scandal broke, Josh admitted to and apologized for molesting girls. His family publicly forgave him. The TLC later cancelled 19 Kids and Counting, but the Duggar family has been involved in several stand-alone specials for TLC since then.
- In response to the lawsuit, the city of Springfield released a statement which reads in part: "The claims and allegations in this lawsuit are without merit and are false, and we are confident that the Federal Court will take the time to carefully hear the facts and arguments in this matter. …It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the Plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and seeking damages from public tax dollars."
The Ridley Scott-helmed Alien: Covenant initially looked like it would come in with around $40 million in box office receipts this weekend, but it ended up bringing in $36 million, a decent haul but nothing spectacular, considering its production cost in the high $90 million range, according to Deadline.
Alien: Covenant also lags behind Prometheus’ opening of $51 million and Alien v. Predator’s $38 million.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 nipped at Alien’s heels, with a $35.1 million box office this weekend in its third weekend out.
LENA DUNHAM CANCELS LENNY LETTER TOUR: Girls creator Lena Dunham and showrunner Jenni Konner had planned a six-city tour as an extension of their morning newsletter, Lenny Letter. Dunham, who has been publicly battling endometriosis for years, has suffered a painful relapse. On Friday, she told fans that her current health status precludes the Lenny IRL Tour. "My body, which I’ve worked through all kind of pain for many years, just doesn’t have what it takes to do this tour," Dunham said in her letter Friday. Were you planning on checking out Lenny IRL?
TAMERA MOWRY-HOUSLEY OPENS UP ABOUT INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE: Tamera Mowry-Housley, who is biracial, is opening up her marriage to Adam Housley, who is white. The Real co-host says that recently she’s been getting criticism for her relationship, simple because it’s interracial. She tells Momtastic: "I think the criticism is even worse now, with the racial tension we’re seeing and the political climate. But my husband, who is so great, said, ‘You know what, Tamera? This is just teaching you to focus on the thousands of people that are for you, as opposed to the very few people who are against you.’ He’s right."
VANESSA BAYER IS LEAVING SNL AFTER 7 SEASONS: The longest-running female member of Saturday Night Live is leaving after seven seasons. Bayer took her last bow at the Season 42 finale Saturday night. Bayer, 35, is leaving as her contract expires and it is unclear what her move will be next. She is most beloved for her portrayal of Rachel (originally played by Jennifer Aniston) from Friends, child actress Laura Parsons and Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. The news comes after Bobby Moynihan said he is departing after nine seasons. He is set to star in CBS’ Me, Myself and I.
NAOMI WATTS SAYS TWIN PEAKS REBOOT IS SHROUDED IN SECRECY: While Twin Peaks premiered Sunday on Showtime, even the stars of the series didn’t know what to expect. Naomi Watts said that the show is under lock and key, so much so she had to go to co-creator David Lynch’s private home to read her scenes. And no one got the full script she said: "If there were five or six lines said before I started speaking, they were crossed out ― blacked out completely." The 18-episode series also features Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, Tim Roth, Ashley Judd, Ernie Hudson and Kyle McLachlan. Twin Peaks: The Return picks up 25 years after the original series’ ending.
NICOLE WILLIAMS MARRIES LARRY ENGLISH: WAGS LA star Nicole Williams married her fiancé Larry English at the Montage Laguna Beach on Friday, E! News reports. "We're both so full of love in this moment!" Nicole and Larry tell E! News. "It's been an amazing journey getting here and we couldn't be happier! We are so overjoyed and excited for the future!" Wilmer Valderrama, Brody Jenner, Karrueche Tran, Frankie Delgado and Reggie Bush were in attendance, and Christina Milan served as a bridesmaid.
Bill Pullman gave the commencement speech at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, Saturday, where he recited his speech from Independence Day. He chose to speak at the college because his sons are alumni.
"You will not go quietly into the night," the 63-year-old now-bearded star told the 140 students. "Because today is your graduation day!" The actor played President Whitmore in the cult 1996 alien action film and reprised his role in a 2016 sequel. In his speech, Pullman said he had been waiting a couple of decades to get the chance to recite his "Independence Day" line at a graduation ceremony. Pullman stayed after the commencement ceremony to take photos with students and their families.
Pippa Middleton married millionaire financier James Matthews on Saturday at a church in rural England.
The 33-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning custom-made lace gown by Giles Deacon, which was crafted to appear completely seamless.
- While the cut featured a prim, high neckline, it showed off her tanned and toned arms. Middleton’s long veil was made by noted hat-maker Stephen Jones, and featured a sparking tiara.
- The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, were also in attendance of course. Kate wore a peach dress by Alexander McQueen. Their daughter, Princess Charlotte, 2, served as a bridesmaid and their son Prince George, 3, as a page boy.
- Other celebs present included Roger Federer and his wife Mirka, Donna Air, Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
- Prince Harry was also there for the wedding, but his girlfriend Meghan Markle was not, out of respect for royal protocol. (The "no ring, no bring" rule was frequently cited in reports as the reason for her absence at the ceremony).
- He reportedly made a 100-mile round trip to bring her from London to the reception. The fact that Markle attended the reception is seen as a coup itself -- and a sign that her relationship with Prince Harry is becoming quite serious.
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston are not making friends with their new neighbor, according to a report in TMZ.
The couple is renovating their Greenwich Village apartment and their downstairs neighbor is demanding they shell out an additional $30,000 to upgrade the soundproofing of their home.
- The neighbor has also threatened to "cut the water and electricity" to their deck and prune the ivy the couple put in, according to reports. The neighbor has also allegedly begun a campaign of harassment against the crew of construction workers.
- Theroux, for their part, is claiming that his neighbor is the problem and "threatened to set off a PR nightmare" if he doesn’t get his way.
- TMZ claims Theroux is suing the neighbor, seeking at least $350,000 plus punitive damages.
REPORT: DAVID AYER IN TALKS TO DIRECT SCARFACE: David Ayer (Suicide Squad) is in talks to direct Universal’s reboot of Scarface, Deadline reports. The remade gangster film is slated to open in August of 2018. Antoine Fuqua had been set to direct, but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts. The Coen brothers penned the script. Diego Luna has been cast as star in the film, which was made in 1932 and then again in 1983, the latter version helmed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino.
TOM HARDY TO STAR IN VENOM: Sony has snagged a star and helmer for Venom, the Spider-Man spinoff. Oscar-nominated Tom Hardy is in final negotiations to star and Ruben Fleischer, best known for Zombieland, is set to direct. Venom is the first of many movies from Sony’s Marvel and Spider-Man-based world of characters and villains.
VEEP’S MATT WALSH TO STAR IN UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER: Veep star Matt Walsh has signed on for his first film. Walsh will star in Under the Eiffel Tower, a romantic comedy set to be helmed by Archie Borders. Cesar Award winner Judith Godreche will also star. The film, which centers on a bourbon salesman (Walsh) who proposes and is rejected by his friend’s much-younger daughter (Godreche), is being described as reminiscent of Sideways. The film also stars Ary Abittan, David Wain, Gary Cole and Michaela Watkins.
BLACK-ISH SPINOFF ORDERED TO SERIES AT FREEFORM: The spinoff of ABC’s Black-ish is a go at Freeform. Dubbed College-ish, the 13-episode comedy starring Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole will premiere in early 2018 at the Disney-owned Freeform. The network is currently touting a comedy-heavy roster, including Young and Hungry, Alone Together and Marvel’s New Warriors.
HULU CANCELS EAST LOS HIGH: Hulu high school drama East Los High will end this summer with its fourth season. An hourlong special titled East Los High: Finale Event, will drop this fall. The special will pick up eight months after the season four finale cliffhanger. The show debuted in 2013 just as Hulu was dipping its toes into original scripted series.
MCFARLANE TOYS CREATING FIGURES INSPIRED BY LABYRINTH, DARK CRYSTAL CHARACTERS: The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys to create figures from the 1980s fantasy films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. The upcoming toys will include a 7-inch figure of Labyrinth’s Jareth the Goblin King, played by David Bowie, who died of cancer last year. The toy will go on sale in November. The Dark Crystal fans can look forward to figures of puppet characters Jen and Kira in the spring of 2018. Netflix recently announced that it is working on a Dark Crystal prequel series.