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JANE FONDA TO NAB CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD: The 83-year-old Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the virtual Golden Globes on February 28th. She is the daughter of Henry Fonda, and the sister of Peter Fonda, the winner of two Oscars and seven Golden Globes, will be the 67th recipient of the honor. Walt Disney, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and yes, her father, have also enjoyed the honor. She stars in Netflix's Gracie & Frankie, soon to become the streamer's longest-running original series after 7 seasons.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS SIGNS ON FOR SHOWING UP: Michelle Williams and Kelly Reichardt are partnering up on Showing Up, with Williams starring and Reichardt directing. They previously collaborated on Wendy & Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, and Certain Women. The story follows an artist navigating life ahead of a career-changing exhibition.

TRAILER FOR LITTLE SATCHMO BOWS: Little Satchmo, a feature doc about Louis Armstrong starring his daughter, who kept their link hidden, has released a first look. The film is based on Sharon Preston-Folta's memoir, who revealed that she was Armstrong's daughter in 2012, decades after his death. She narrates the project.

PEPSI BETS ON CHERRIES WILD: Cherries Wild represents a different way for Pepsi to reach buyers. The company, which has long held viewers captive with ads starring Madonna, Britney Spears and others, is launching a game show set to air Sundays on Fox starting February 14th. "Consumers are in control more than ever," says Todd Kaplan, vice president of marketing at Pepsi, in an interview with Variety. "They have skip buttons. They can DVR-fast-forward. They can pay to eliminate ads with a subscription." As a result, he adds, "this concept of interrupting content with your message has serious limitations. As fans are consuming, they don't want to be interrupted."


WENDY WILLIAMS OPEN UP ABOUT HER DIVORCE

Wendy Williams has opened up about her well-publicized divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter. In a radio interview, she said, "…Kevin became an a– for lack of a better word . . . the more successful I got and he got, and we believed in each other, the more of a jerk he became."

On his mistress Sharina Hudson, she said, "This girl, wasn't the only one. She just happens to be the one who kept his baby."

She added, "I'd know about her since almost the beginning. I've known that Kevin was a serial cheat. The first time I found out was while I was pregnant with our son on bedrest."

Meanwhile, during Wendy's show yesterday (January 26th), she also mentioned Kevin and his mistress Sharina Hudson, who gave birth to Kevin's son in 2019. She said, "I can't believe how fearless I am and I can't believe how many people have been drawn into my situation over the 12 years that I've been here entertaining you on television."

She continued, "Welcome to ‘Hot Topics', Sharina Hudson… Getting out of my car, with my money. Good morning, Journey. I think she'll be three next month, don't ya know. Good morning, Kevin. It's my truth."

Wendy's Lifetime movie airs this Saturday at 8pm EST.


CELEBRITY GOSSIP

IOAN GRUFFUDD'S WIFE ALICE EVANS ANNOUNCES SPLIT: Alice Evans went public with Ioan Gruffudd's decision to part ways on Twitter. The 49-year-old Mentalist actor wrote: "Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week. Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me.'" The tweet was deleted and she later wrote: "I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account." She added: "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public." Those tweets have also been deleted.

MARISKA HARGITAY POSES WITH CHRISTOPHER MELONI: "It's all happening!" Mariska Hargitay is sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming Law & Order spinoff series starring Christopher Meloni. The pair pose in filming locations, and she shares shots of the name of their characters on two director's chairs. The pair co-starred in Law & Order: SVU for 12 seasons. Law & Order: Organized Crime is slated to begin airing sometime in spring 2021.

JARED LETO TALKS PANDEMIC: Jared Leto found out the world was in the middle of a crisis, emerging into the pandemics following a two-week silent meditation. He told The Tonight Show: "When I went away, there were about 150 cases, and just in that short amount of time, when I came out, there was a shutdown, a state of emergency and the whole world had changed." He continued: "I didn't turn on my phone until I went back to L.A. So, I drove the whole way trying to be, like, peaceful and zen, keep the feeling going. I got back, and I was, you know, kind of shocked. It was like Rip Van Winkle."

RICHARD LEWIS OPTING OUT OF CURB: Richard Lewis won't appear in HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm due to health issues. He tweeted: "What a ride, LD! I love you, buddy. Tragically, these past 18 months I've endured a back and two shoulder surgeries and not able to be in #curbyourenthusiasm for season 11. I'll be watching...@HBO." He also said that he would hopefully return in season 12.

HANNAH BROWN SPOTTED HOLDING HANDS WITH ADAM WOOLARD: The Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown has spotted holding hands with model Adam Woolard, who is rumored to be her boyfriend. The pair were photographed in Venice Beach, Calif. This is the first time she has been linked to someone not involved in Bachelor Nation since her appearance on the ABC show. Previously, she got engaged to Jed Wyatt, then after a cheating scandal, Tyler Cameron, who was then linked to Gigi Hadid. It is unclear how she met Woolard.


LORI LOUGHLIN'S HUSBAND'S BID FOR EARLY RELEASE DENIED

No go. Lori Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli's bid to get an early release from prison has been denied. Loughlin already did her two months, and Giannulli is serving his five months for fraud and bribery. The pair shelled out $500K to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella into University of Southern California.

TMZ reports that the judge said Giannulli did not give compelling enough reasons to grant his wish to serve the rest of his time at home. Giannulli has complained about being in solitary confinement amid COVID flare-ups in jail.

He has returned to the general population after complaining about his weeks in solitary. The judge ruled that he does not stand extraordinary risk of contracting COVID and so must complete his five months behind bars. He is due out around Easter.


CAREY MULLIGAN, ZENDAYA TALK FEMINIST RAGE

Carey Mulligan and Zendaya sat down for a chat in Variety's Actors on Actors series, to discuss their recent roles in Promising Young Woman and Malcolm & Marie, how they stayed sane during the pandemic, and rage.

PANDEMIC SANITY

Zendaya kept her cool by acting at home: ‘I literally, while I was in quarantine, I would do this thing to keep me motivated. I live with my assistant, who's also like a brother to me. I told him, ‘I'll do some physical activity — I think it's good for me.' I have a whole bunch of wigs, from many years of being on red carpets, and I would put on a different wig and be a different character every day, and put on this performance for him for like an hour every day."

RAGE

Mulligan shared her thoughts on her role in Promising: "What does female rage look like, and what would you actually do if you were in that position? It was important that we looked at who she was before this event that derailed her life. She's definitely got hate, she's got anger, and this is also somebody who's absolutely point-blank refusing to move on because of her friend who suffered. That felt like the starting place — that this is about sisterhood, and this is about what you do for the person you love."

APPEARANCES

Mulligan also shared why she was upset by Variety's critique of the film: "I think if women continually look on-screen and don't see themselves, that's not helpful for women or for anyone. So I think in criticizing or bemoaning a lack of attractiveness on my part in a character, it wasn't a personal slight. It didn't wound my ego, but it made me concerned that in such a big publication an actress's appearance could be criticized and it could be accepted as completely reasonable criticism."

Variety apologized.

EXPECTATIONS

Mulligan continued: "I think it's these kind of everyday moments that add up. We start to edit the way that women appear on-screen, and we want them to look a certain way. We want to airbrush them, and we want to make them look perfect. Or we want to edit the way that they work, the way they move and the way that they think and behave. And I think we need to see real women portrayed on-screen in all of their complexity. I felt that it was one small thing to point out that could be helpful."

DISNEY

Does Zendaya still think of herself as a Disney kid? Zendaya: "The thing is, I am. And to a degree, I am grateful for that. That's where I started, and I learned so much from that experience. It's just kind of been this slow progression, and I am happy that it's all been to prove it to myself and not to anybody else, you know? I embrace it a little bit. It's part of my heritage to a degree."


AMY SCHUMER OPENS UP ABOUT HER ROLE IN HILARIA BALDWIN'S ACCENT SCANDAL

Amy Schumer is sharing her take on the Hilaria Baldwin heritage controversy. It began when the comedian trolled Alec Baldwin's wife by using a photo she took of herself in her underwear holding her 4-month-old Eduardo.

"Gene and I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season," Schumer joked in the caption, referencing her own 1-year-old son, whom she shares with husband Chris Fischer. "Enjoy it with whatever family members are talking to you this year."

She tells ET of the shot: "It's a little insane to be in, like, lingerie with your baby. I just thought that was a little funny, and then I saw that she made a video and she seemed a little bit upset. Not at me, but about the comments she was getting. I was just like, 'I don't want to be mean,' and she seemed like maybe it hurt her feelings, so I just took it down."

As Schumer alluded to, Baldwin responded to the comments in a videogram, and fans almost immediately noticed that her usual Spanish accent was MIA. A viral researching project ensued, and quickly, they discovered that she was from Boston, not Spain as she'd said, and was named Hillary, not Hilaria.

Of the ensuing uproar, Schumer said: "Oh my god, I really don't even know what to say. I didn't know that was going to happen, obviously. I feel like it was so insane and entertaining that I think Hilaria is probably the only person who is happy about the insurrection in the Capitol, because it distracted people from that."

"We were just playing with each other, and then the whole Spain thing came out," she continued. "I just felt like everybody else watching it. Just like, 'What is going on?' I thought we were still kinda playing, so I wrote, 'Hey, look, I love Spain too.' But then it became this whole big thing and people were really upset so I just took it down too."

Schumer, ultimately, sympathizes with Baldwin, with caveats: "Look, she's a mom. She has a million and a half kids, and that's really hard. So I just -- I don't want them to be going through a bad time. But also, you can't just pretend you're from Spain."


ELLIOT PAGE FILES FOR DIVORCE

Juno star Elliot Page has filed for divorce after three years of marriage to Emma Portner. TMZ reports that Page filed the legal docs in Manhattan.

Portner is a dance and choreographer who teaches in NYC and was featured in Justice Bieber's "PURPOSE" music videos and tour. The split comes two months after Page came out as transgender.

At the time Portner shared a message of support on IG: "I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."


DAX SHEPARD OPENS UP ABOUT FEARS OF GOING PUBLIC WITH RELAPSE

Dax Shepard shared insight into his decision to go public with his relapse. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, the 46-year-old said he had serious doubts and concerns.

Shepared said: "Yeah, I did not want to at all. I had all kinds of bizarre fears, like I have sponsors on my show, is that something that could cost me money financially?"

He said the "number one thing" he was afraid to lose was his connection to others.

"I get so much esteem out of being some whose vocally sober and I have people who write me on month one or on week two and I love that, that's my favorite thing about being in public," he said. "So I was just terrified I would lose that, I really cherish that."

A friend nudged him though, reminding him "if your real goal is to help people, it's not very helpful that you're 16 years sober and married to Kristen Bell... so the fact that you just fell, that's the actual value."

Once it was "framed that way," Shepard said it "got a lot easier."

Shepard went public in September with his slip, revealing that he'd started taking prescription pills after a motorcycle accident.

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