Tom Cruise brought in $20 million this Friday with the opening of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
The fifth movie in the franchise – which was produced by Cruise – is expected to make just over $50 million for Paramount this weekend alone, with Friday’s opening marking the biggest in franchise history.
In the latest movie, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet: Eradicating the Syndicate, an international rogue organization out to dismantle the IMF.
Cruise himself has earned more than $100 million in 17 of his 35 movies, and he recently revealed the secret to his box office success.
“Every day on a movie set you learn. I feel myself to be really a student,” Cruise said. “Just when you think you’ve climbed the mountain, you realize there’s another mountain to climb and it never gets boring. I feel very privileged to do what I do.”
The first four films in the franchise have brought in more than $2 billion combined, with nearly $700 million coming from the previous series entry, Ghost Protocol.
Cruise’s picture decimated the second place box-office contender for this weekend, the Ed Helms-fronted comedy Vacation, which brought in a mere $4 million on Friday and hopes to make just under $20 million by next week.
If only they’d forced Helms to do his own death-defying stunts, maybe this would be a closer race.
Then again, Chris Hemsworth’s abs alone should have helped.
Ant-Man and Minions are competing for third place – both are expected to gross $12 million this weekend.
Check out the video below to hear what Cruise had to say about the film’s biggest, scariest stunts.
Dave Grohl Responds After 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters Song in Unison, Plus 5 More Reasons Why He's Awesome
How do you convince one of the biggest rock bands in the world to come play a gig in your city? Do their job for them!
One-thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy, banded together to cover the Foo Fighters’ hit song “Learn To Fly" in an effort to show the five band members that they needed to come play a show for these die-hard fans.
The project, which involved a field full of hundreds of drummers, guitarists, and vocalists, was conceived and arranged by a single fan who addressed the band directly after the performance. He explained how the year-long project had culminated into performing this one song. He also hoped that somewhere, the Foos were listening to their sonically-pleasing plea.
And Dave Grohl was. He not only responded immediately, but he did so in Italian.
“Hello, Cesena. It’s David,” Grohl said, as translated by BBC News. “Hi. I am sorry I don’t speak Italian, just a bit, a bit. This video was good! Super nice. Thank you so much. We’re coming, I swear. We’ll see each other soon. Thank you so much. I love you. Ciao.”
Turns out paying an Olympic-sized tribute to rock royalty will get all of your demands met, including a promise that the band is on their way soon. Not bad, Cesena.
Any longtime fan knows that Grohl has a history of going out of his way to be not only an excellent performer but an all-around impressive dude. Here are six more reasons why Grohl is one of the coolest rockers around:
1. He Knows How To Tip
Back in 2012, Grohl tipped $1,000 for a single drink at a Philadelphia bar on a Friday night, then returned the next night to do it again. There are also unsubstantiated rumors of the rockstar tipping in the tens of thousands of dollars elsewhere, but those nightlife employees probably don’t want the tax hassle that would come with making this public.
Grohl always makes sure that the front of his audiences are well hydrated, either from fire hoses or, in this particular case, with beer. This does not mean you should shout, “Beer me, bro!” at the man during shows, but sometimes it works out.
3. He Protests Protesters
When the Westboro Baptist Church turned up to protest a Foo Fighters show in Kansas City, the band rented a flatbed truck and wrote a counter-protest country-Western song they graciously performed for the entertainment of the much-despised religious group. It’s worth it just to see the whole band in costume as good ol’ boys.
In The Muppets, you can catch Grohl in the band The Moopets. There’s also a cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” he allowed the film to include, much to Courtney Love’s ire.
5. He Worships Rock’s Roots
Finally, Grohl posted a now classic statement about the nature of music and modern celebrity worship on Facebook, which included imploring any kid who wants to start a band to “go to a yard sale and buy an old f**king drum set and get in their garage and just suck.”
We could go on, but we think you get the point. The only real question is, why haven’t you and 999 other friends haven’t tried a wacky spectacle to get Grohl to hang out with you yet?
Even though Valerie Harper ensured fans that she is feeling better after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday, she is bowing out of the musical she’s currently starring in.
The Ogunquit Playhouse, the Maine theater company putting on the production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, announced that Academy Award-nominated actress Brenda Vaccaro will be stepping into the role of Millicent Winter through the end of the play’s run on Aug. 15.
“Valerie is feeling great right now and we want her to continue to rest and to enjoy her family,” Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney said in the playhouse’s press release. “After discussing with them, we decided that we wanted to relieve her of any pressure of having to return to the show, which only runs for two more weeks.”
The 75-year-old actress took to Facebook Friday night to update friends and fans on her condition. “As always, thank you for your amazing support,” Harper wrote. “I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma.”
“As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves,” she added.
Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, but she’s remained extremely positive throughout her battle, which has included chemotherapy treatments. The Rhoda star sat down with ET last year to talk about her prognosis – watch the video below.
No need to take that deep breath, X-Men fans – Channing Tatum will be starring in Gambit.
Despite reports last week saying that Tatum had exited talks to play the leading role in the X-Men spin-off movie, he has officially closed his deal with 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Whatever issues were causing the role to be “in jeopardy of falling apart,” as The Wrap reported last week, appear to have been solved, though THR did say that a “sensitive spot” had been hit during negotiations.
Last month, the 35-year-old actor made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con and took part in the world’s largest superhero group photo. That was pretty bad-ass and just one of many reasons we couldn’t have handled it if Tatum didn’t take the role.
Despite writing a letter begging the Houston and Brown families to allow him to be in attendance, Nick Gordon was not present at Bobbi Kristina Brown’s intimate memorial service on Saturday.
Members of both families were in attendance, including Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s father; Pat Houston, Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law; and Leolah Brown, Bobby’s sister and Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, who was removed from the service after an outburst. Filmmaker Tyler Perry and singers Monica and CeCe Winans also participated in the service.
Gordon, who was Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend until her death, penned a letter earlier this week asking Pat Houston and Bobby Brown to allow him to attend the funeral at St. James United Methodist Church.
ET obtained a copy of the letter, in which Gordon asks both families to “put your differences aside.”
“I’m asking you both for your blessing in regards to me attending Krissi’s funeral,” he wrote in the letter. “I do not want to cause any trouble or commotion so I’m emailing you privately in advance.”
While facing a civil lawsuit from Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, Gordon has hired a high-powered legal team, including Jose Baez – lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of first degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2011.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was laid to rest on Saturday, in a service that focused on spirituality, family and, of course, music. ET has details from inside the service, which included loving tributes from both of Bobbi Kristina’s parents.
Many of Bobbi Kristina’s relatives spoke at the service, including her aunt Pat Houston and uncle Tommy Brown. Bobbi Kristina’s two best friends also took the podium together to give an emotional tribute to their friend.
Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, performed “The Lord Is My Shepherd” during the service, bringing the crowd to their feet. Singers Monica and CeCe Winans also performed songs, while Whitney Houston’s version of “Jesus Loves Me” was played during the recessional.
The program for the memorial service, attended by about 250 to 300 guests, included a loving tribute from Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, who at the end of the service stood with his hand resting on the casket. A full page in the program features a smiling picture of Bobbi Kristina, with the caption “I also will always love you. Love, Daddy,” a reference to Houston’s popular song.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who also spoke during the service, received special thanks in the program. A friend of the family, he helped plan the memorial and has been involved since the beginning of Bobbi Kristina’s hospitalization. Perry even helped navigate some family drama during the ceremony, removing Bobbi Kristina’s aunt Leolah Brown after she interrupted Pat Houston’s planned remarks.
The only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died at age 22 on July 26. She will be buried next to her mother in New Jersey on Monday.
The 32-year-old reality star Instagrammed from his best friend JJ Corsini’s wedding, and the post seemed to reflect on Disick’s newly single status after splitting from longtime girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian.
Maybe the ceremony reminded Disick of everything he had? Kardashian dumped Disick after he was caught getting cozy with an ex-girlfriend in Europe. The two have three children together, Mason, 5, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 7 months.
Last week, Disick admitted he was taking life “a day at a time” when he made his first public appearance since the split at 1Oak in Las Vegas. See more from his big night out in the video below.
Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with $422,000 in cash
ROME (Reuters) - Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer.
In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00). Snoop Dogg, who has been touring Europe after releasing the album “Bush” earlier this year, will have to pay a fine, said Andrea Parisi, his lawyer.
“We clarified everything from a legal point of view. The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction,” Parisi told Reuters on Saturday.
Half of the cash was given back to Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, while the other half is being held by Italian authorities until the amount of the fine is determined, Parisi said.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Digby Lidstone)
Kim Kardashian's Style Evolution: Before And After Kanye West
Reality star and breaker of the internet Kim Kardashian always makes a statement when it comes to fashion.
Kim Kardashian has changed a lot since 2007 [Getty]
Many of her fans have noticed a dramatic change in her style over the years and the 34-year-old has revealed that her transformation is down to none other than her husband, Kanye West.
Kim admitted that when she and Kanye started dating three years ago, the rapper threw out her entire wardrobe and brought in a team of fashion stylists to update her look.
‘I think he probably thought they were a bit cheesy,’ Kim told Love magazine.
Kimye have even started dressing alike [Getty]
‘I’d never spent time in London or Paris or seen what style was like around the world, so he wanted to bring in stylists to update my look. And they brought in things like snakeskin that I’d never seen before.’
The mum-of-one reckons fashion guru Kanye has made her love fashion ‘so much more’ thanks to his image overhaul and you can’t deny the effect his discerning eye has had on Kim’s wardrobe.
THEN AND NOW
Oscars – 2009 & 2014 While Kim has never had an invite to the Oscars themselves, she’s been to her fair share of viewing parties.
The difference over these five years is pretty astounding. Last year, Kim wore a stunning red Celia Kritharioti gown with a plunging neckline and bright red lip. Gone are the jet-black extensions, gold hoops and nondescript nude accessories. And that belt. Oh dear.
MTV VMAS – 2011 & 2014
Bling and glitz were Kim’s signatures BK (Before Kanye) as you can tell with this shimmering silver gown, sparkling oversized jewels and long black extensions. Fast forward to 2014 and Kim’s flashing just as much if not more flesh but this time it’s neatly encased in Balmain, as designed by her best mate Olivier Rousteing.
Grammys – 2011 & 2015
To the untrained eye, the BK and AK (After Kanye) Grammy outfits probably look quite similar. Two gold sequin dresses, plunging necklines and a fair amount of leg on show. But the outfits are worlds apart in the style stakes.
While 2011’s slash dress wouldn’t look out of place in a Vegas show, this year’s Jean Paul Gaultier Couture bronze gown was high fashion through and through. Kim also showed of her new shorter, sexier hair do, which only looks better when compared with 2011’s excess of extensions.
Birthday – 2010 & 2013
Every year, Kim celebrates her October birthday with a big ol’ party in Sin City – usually at TAO nightclub at The Venetian.
In 2010, Kim’s birthday outfit was classic BK – strapless, skin-tight, blinged-up and the classic full face of make-up. For her 33rd birthday, new mum Kim has moved on to an AK classic – the matching co-ord. Her soft blonde locks and glowing tan completed the more paired down but no less striking look.
Met Gala – 2011 & 2013
Okay so Kim wasn’t actually invited to the prestigious Met Gala until after she started dating Kanye so we didn’t have much to compare the infamous floral Givenchy number. While the world didn’t go crazy for pregnant Kim in head-to-toe florals, this was the moment that announced Kimye as a fashion couple who demanded to be taken seriously.
Halloween – 2008 & 2013
Kim has even upped her Halloween costume game since shacking up with Kanye. So long tacky, store-bought superhero outfits. Hello bespoke, intricate mermaid outfits!
The Kanye Effect
Kanye’s sartorial eye has completely transformed the once desperate Kim into a major player on the fashion scene.
With a burgeoning fashion career on the horizon, it’s no surprise that the 37-year-old has taken the opportunity to dish out a few words of wisdom to his wife.
Take a look at Kim’s wardrobe since they started dating in 2012 and it’s easy to see the Kanye style has a few signature rules.
Matching co-ords – Kim has been making the most of her enviable hourglass figure with a seemingly endless supply of matching, coordinating skirts and crop tops. Who said matching was boring?
Kim loves a good matching twin set. [Getty]
Coats – We couldn’t tell you a time pre-2012 when we saw Kim in a coat. But AK, statement coats have become a staple in Kim’s winter wardrobe. Max Mara, Lanvin, Celine - no one gives us winter coat envy like Kim.
Kim’s coat wardrobe is the stuff dreams are made of [Getty]
Designers – Kim’s impressive collection of Herve Leger bandage dresses were given the heave ho by Kanye back in 2012 to be replaced with heavyweight designers like Chanel, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. She’s best mates with Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci designed her bespoke wedding dress for her and Kanye’s 2014 nuptials.
Kim Kardashian hearts Balmain BIG TIME [Getty]
Casual – Even Kim’s off-duty style has been amped up over the last three years. She’s ditched the ill fitting, washed out high street threads and ‘It’ bags in favour of classic leather jackets, high quality jeans and a selection of understated Hermes Birkin bags.
Leather jackets, killer heels and Hermes Birkin bags are Kim’s casual staples [Getty]
Natural beauty – While none of us is under the illusion that Kim ever leaves the house make-up free, there is a stark contrast between her former preference for almost drag queen amounts of slap and her more natural look. Sleek hair in a middle parting seems to have become shorthand for high fashion thanks to Kim’s new preference for simple hairstyles.
Kim’s make up has gone from ‘Good God!’ to good girl. [Getty]
Sheer – No-one does sheer on the red carpet quite like Kim. Whether it’s on the front row at Fashion Week or attending the GQ Men of the Year Awards, Kim knows there is a sheer outfit for every occasion.
Three cheers for sheer! [Getty]
Avant-garde – Not content with dressing Kim up in all the hottest labels, Kanye has even started putting Kim in some of his own designs. The reality star was dressed head-to-toe in Yeezy couture for her husband’s show at Paris Fashion Week last week. Today brown body stockings, tomorrow…who knows?
Leolah Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, was thrown out of the memorial service after she interrupted Pat Houston as she was getting ready to speak, causing a stir inside St. James United Methodist Church, ET has learned.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry, a friend of the family, had Leolah removed.
Afterward an angry Leolah spoke to press, including ET, outside the church in Alpharetta, Georgia, saying that the late Whitney Houston was going to “haunt” Pat, who is Whitney’s sister-in-law, from her grave and spoke of the anger she had toward Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon.
“Whitney will haunt Pat Houston from the grave. She will haunt her. Pat, it’s not over. It has just begun. It has just begun,” Leolah, Bobby Brown’s sister, told press, including ET. “I have information, I have evidence, I have knowledge of who Pat really is – she is not any relation whatsoever to Krissi – she’s not even a Houston. She’s just being the phony person that she is.”
Leolah also remembered her niece, telling press, “Krissi, she’ll be remembered in our hearts forever. Just like Whitney.”
Leolah has been outspoken about the handling of her late niece’s funeral arrangements, claiming in a scathing Facebook post that Pat was using Bobbi Kristina’s name “for her personal gain” in seeking donations to her foundation, The Marion P. Foundation.
The “Pieces of Me” singer has a 6-year-old son with her ex-husband, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. Seeing as their boy’s name is Bronx Mowgli, Simpson’s new daughter clearly needed an equally unique name. Wentz also welcomed a second child, son Saint Lazslo, in August 2014 with girlfriend Meagan Camper. Hollywood names abound for these musical families!
It’s pretty safe to say that the unique moniker for the newest member of the Simpson-Ross clan pays homage to that famous Rolling Stone, Mick. Jagger has an English origin and is usually bestowed upon boys, though actress Soleil Moon Frye also gave her now 7-year-old daughter the same moniker when she was born in 2008.
Theron, 39, worked with an adoption agency for six months before adopting the African-American girl in July.
August joins big brother Jackson, 3, who Theron adopted from her native South Africa in 2012.
Being a mom comes naturally for Theron, who knew she wanted to adopt from an early age. Last year, the Oscar winner reminisced to Vogue about a letter she wrote when she was 8 that read, “What I want for Christmas this year is for you to take me to the orphanage so that we can adopt a brother or a sister.”
Family and friends of Bobbi Kristina Brown gathered in Georgia on Saturday morning for a private memorial service to pay their respects and celebrate the life of the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
The 22-year-old died on July 26 after spending nearly six months in a coma after being found unconscious in her bathtub on Jan. 31.
Mourners gathered at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, about an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta for a private service. The ceremony was not a star-studded affair, but rather a gathering of Bobbi Kristina’s closest family and friends.
Family friend Tyler Perry has been in close contact with the family since Bobbi Kristina was first hospitalized and helped with funeral planning and preparation. Because Bobbi Kristina never had a prom nor a “Sweet 16” party, a source close to her family told ET that her funeral would be a celebration, calling it “the Sweet 16 she never had.”
After the service, family and friends will gather for a private repast at the Houston family estate in Atlanta.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, family, friends, and fans make donations to The Marion P. Foundation, a teen charity founded by Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston. The nonprofit foundation includes the Teen Summit Academy, whose stated mission is “to reach our youth through positive events and activities as well as build lasting relationships with them that will strengthen our community and future generations.”
Bobbi Kristina will be buried alongside her mother at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey on Monday.
Luckily, SNL fixed that by releasing a 5-minute never-before-seen sketch that was cut for time. In it, Hader plays a life-size robot doll called “Alan,” gifted to a seemingly normal couple, played by show regulars Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer.
Alan is supposedly “the future of casual entertainment,” and Hader plays him to spectacular, silly perfection. The super creepy toy is accused of being a “little stinker” multiple times by his new owners (what do they expect from a robot “housed in a dead man’s body”?), but he’s sort of saved by Hader’s trademark nerdy dance moves – especially since they’re set to electronic ‘80s bee-bop jams.
The full sketch is definitely worth a watch, if for no other reason than the adorably quirky faces Hader makes.
You could say the future is now for Hader in real life. His career in entertainment – casual or otherwise – couldn’t have been engineered better, as he’s currently taking off, co-starring in this summer’s rom-com hit, Trainwreck, alongside Amy Schumer, and lending his voice to the record-breaking Pixar animated flick, Inside Out.
We may not want to “try more Alan,” but we’ll certainly take more Hader!
Bobby Brown, family mourn the late Bobbi Kristina at funeral
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the funeral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, staring toward the ground before lifting his head up and briefly gazing at the sky.
Sporting a black dress shirt, the grieving Brown was one of the first to exit the tension-filled private service for Bobbi Kristina on Saturday at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta. Twenty-two-year-old Bobbi Kristina was the only child between Brown and the late megastar singer Whitney Houston.
Bobbi Kristina died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her townhome.
Several celebrities showed up for the funeral including filmmaker Tyler Perry, Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
In the middle of the service Bobby Brown’s sister Leolah Brown walked out of the church and spoke to reporters gathered outside. She said she was angry because Pat Houston was speaking at the funeral. Pat Houston is the sister-in-law and former manager for the late Whitney Houston.
“I told her that Whitney is going to haunt her from the grave,” Leolah Brown told reporters outside the church.
She suggested that the feud between the Houstons and the Browns was far from over.
“It’s just getting started,” she said before going back inside the church.
An email to the Houston family rep was not returned.
For years, there’s been a longstanding rift between the families of the young woman’s famous mother and father. Bobby Brown briefly appeared at Houston’s funeral three years ago, saying he and his children were seated but asked repeatedly to move. Brown said he left because he didn’t want to create a scene, but was upset.
Bobbi Kristina’s death was grimly similar to the way her mother had died three years earlier.
Houston’s assistant found the singer’s lifeless body face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the Grammy Awards in 2012. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite, and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in her body, but determined her death was an accidental drowning.
Bobbi Kristina was found in the townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, an orphan three years older, whom Houston had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina referred to him as her husband. A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning, and authorities are investigating her death.
Relations between Gordon and other relatives have soured over the past few years, especially after Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized. A protective order barred him from being within 200 feet of Pat Houston. And a feud erupted over whether Gordon could visit Bobbi Kristina while she stayed in the hospital.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he and his office are interested in reviewing the investigative file to determine whether any charges will be filed.
Leolah Brown said she believes Gordon was involved in the death of her niece.
Lawyers for Gordon declined to comment.
Bobbi Kristina was raised in the shadow of her famous parents’ hugely public life.
She appeared alongside the couple in 2005 on the Bravo reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which showed her parents fighting, swearing and making court appearances. She attended award shows with her mother and father, walked red carpets with them and sang in Central Park with Houston as adoring fans watched.
Houston and Brown were married 15 years. Their tumultuous relationship ended in 2007.
On Saturday, she was remembered in a private service. A hearse carrying Bobbi Kristina arrived nearly three hours ahead of the service. Four men dressed in black suits carried the coffin into the church.
Eight police motorcycles escorted three stretch limousines, carrying mourners to the church in Alpharetta ahead of the service. A procession of dozens of cars followed.
Security was heavy outside the church. About 75 members of the media stood behind a barricade at the entrance of the church parking lot, while more than two dozen onlookers were just a few feet behind them.
Alpharetta police say they were assisted by more than a dozen state troopers to manage traffic and shut down lanes to accommodate parking around the church where the service was being held.
Bobbi Kristina was the sole heir of her mother’s estate. She identified herself on Twitter as “Daughter of Queen WH,” “Entertainer/Actress” with William Morris & Co., and “LAST of a dying breed.”
She told Oprah Winfrey shortly after her mother’s death in 2012 that she wanted to carry on Houston’s legacy by singing, acting and dancing. But her career never took off.
In her short life, Bobbi Kristina became a social media sensation, sending more than 11,000 tweets and attracting 164,000 followers.
Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral draws crowd of onlookers
By Rich McKay
ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Dozens of onlookers gathered on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, who died this week, months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.
Brown’s funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb, was private and closed to the public, but dozens of well-wishers stood behind police barricades outside.
Brown died on Sunday at a hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.
She was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and a friend in January in an eerie echo of her mother’s death. Whitney Houston was found drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012.
The Grammy Award winner scored numerous hits including “I Will Always Love You” and “Greatest Love of All,” making her one of the most popular R&B artists ever.
Brown, whose father was R&B singer Bobby Brown, is expected to be buried on Monday next to her mother at a New Jersey cemetery.
Bobby Brown and singer Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina, were seen arriving at the funeral.
“My heart goes out to the family and I want them to see when they drive by that people really do care,” said Maria Corkern, an Alpharetta resident among the crowd.
Adriane Gregory traveled from Connecticut with her husband and children to be near the funeral.
“We’re die-hard fans of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, we just wanted to be near as we could be,” Gregory said.
An initial autopsy this week found no obvious underlying cause for Brown’s death but investigators are still looking into the case, which is under review by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. No criminal charges have been filed.
In June, Bobbi Kristina’s court-appointed conservator filed a $10 million civil lawsuit accusing her boyfriend of causing “life-threatening injuries” and stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. Brown had inherited her mother’s fortune.
Whitney Houston died in February 2012 on the eve of that year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to her death.
(Reporting By Rich McKay; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Robin Pomeroy)
The Footloose star and Tonight Show host went back in time and channeled the ‘60s California cool of The Beach Boys for a spot-on performance as Brian Wilson and the gang.
Little did we know, their hit single, “Fun, Fun, Fun,” went through several “versions” before it was officially released in 1964 – the first of which was actually about a hamburger stand! (Well, not really, but you get the gist.)
It’s been an eye-opening week on Instagram for Dunham. On Monday, she posted a paparazzi photo of herself jogging and opened up about changing her attitude about the exercise.
“@jennikonner is directing the season finale of Girls and decided that as Hannah evolved so would her run, so she got me a training session with Matt Wilpers from Mile High Run Club,” Dunham explained. “Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity. I felt strong, swift and proud.”
Days after announcing the sad news that her adorable dog Buddy had died in a “tragic accident,“Demi Lovato continues to mourn. On Friday, the 22-year-old singer posted a moving tribute to her dog on Instagram, thanking her fans for their support.
“We can’t thank you all enough,” she wrote in the caption to a collage of photos of her and Buddy. “This has been the most painful week of my life but Wilmer [Valderrama] and I had so much love and support, I’ve been able to stay strong and will continue to get through this difficult time.”
“The out pour [sic] of love and support has been unbelievable and it means the world to us,” Demi continued. “Love you all tons and ton [sic]…”
“When he was crying I asked him if he wanted to play with Buddy and he said yes,” Demi recalled. “That’s when Buddy jumped into his lap and made him smile when nothing else could. My little angel touched so many lives without even knowing it… Especially mine. I’ll never forget that day or how many smiles he brought to so many faces..”
Demi also posted an image of an inspirational verse from her meditation on Thursday, led by the quote, “This too shall pass.”
“The past me helping the future me,” she captioned the Instagram pic.
Earlier this year, Demi Lovato spoke to ET about being a role model and staying strong.
Think you have what it takes to whip up a Facebook banner that pleases Chris Pratt?
In a Facebook post on Friday, the Jurassic World star invited fans to create a montage of his career and many of the things that are important to him as the new header for his page. In return, Pratt offered to “give you accolades plus maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s or something like that” as incentives. Or, as he teased, “sky’s the limit.”
The 36-year-old actor wants to be sure that both his sense of humor and filmography are well-represented in his new Facebook work of art.
“I’m looking to have Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix,” he wrote. He added that he would also appreciate additions of “my family, eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions, anything Sly Stallone, bloodsport, early Steven Segal, anything that looks bad ass” with a side of steak and corn dogs for good measure.
Entries so far have ranged from the fantastical to the meme heavy, but his latest role as dino keeper Owen in Jurassic World appeared frequently – namely the zookeeper meme and scene of him riding with raptors.
In the three-minute gag reel, we get comic stylings from the Comedy Central star, as well as Trainwreck co-stars Bill Hader, comedy genius LeBron James (yes we said that!), Tilda Swinton and Vanessa Bayer – and as expected, they’re pretty darn hilarious.
WARNING: You are entering NSFW territory. We’re not kidding, it’s very NSFW!
While the bloopers get an A+ in our book, the LeBron improvs are simply the best.
In one of the highlights, the NBA superstar has a serious discussion about how a meal of tortilla soup won’t keep him full. Just the thought of LeBron talking about soup is comedy gold, which is exactly why Hader busts out laughing.
Or when LeBron word vomits in a scene, but still comes off better than he did before!
Or when he proposes Hader and Schumer’s Trainwreck characters travel to, where else, Cleveland, where they can wine and dine in fabulous establishments such as Applebee’s, Friendly’s and Outback Steakhouse.
But where would they stay? Oh easy, the Courtyard Marriott. Swanky digs!
Trust us, watching these Trainwreck bloopers will brighten your day!
While the 45-year-old British supermodel received a six-month suspended prison term, it is considered more like a probationary period. Typically, if the defendant does not break the law during the span of the suspended prison term, a judge will dismiss the sentence.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred in Aug. 2009 when photographer Gaetano Di Giovanni was taking pictures of Campbell as she walked through the streets of the Sicilian island of Lipari. Campbell scratched Di Giovanni’s eye with her purse, reportedly leaving him in need of medical treatment.
Campbell was vacationing in the small town with her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin.
“My guess would be he was right up in her face,” Michael Gross, author of Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, told ET. “Naomi has a temper. We all know Naomi has a temper.”
Campbell has a history of inappropriate behavior, starting in 1999 when she went to rehab for a cocaine habit. The following year, she was found guilty for throwing her Blackberry at her assistant. Then, in 2007, she was found guilty of assaulting a housekeeper. Three years later, she knocked over a camera while storming out of an interview.
“I take responsibility for the things that I’ve done and I do feel a sense of shame,” she told Oprah Winfrey during a sit-down interview.
“She’s grown up,” Gross said. “She’s become a much calmer, wiser person, because even if you don’t have a childhood, eventually you grow up.”
After ruling the ‘80s, Duran Duran is back with a new album and they sat down with ETonline’s Sophie Schillaci to chat about the project.
The band’s 14th studio release Paper Gods, is out on Sept. 11 in the U.S. and they’re currently on tour. With 37 years of experience under their belt, 100 million albums sold and two GRAMMYs, the group is full of wisdom.
“We managed our energy a lot better than when we used to,” drummer Roger Taylor said. “There was a lot of other stuff going on apart from the shows, so I think we tend to be more focused now.”
The band’s current members include Roger, 55; bassist John Taylor, 55; keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 53; and lead singer Simon Le Bon, 56. We learned that with four members, the fellas preferred to be interviewed apart - Simon with Roger and John with Nick.
“When there’s four people then you have to listen to three other people before you could speak yourself,” Simon explained. “Where it’s at least I only have to listen to one person before I speak myself.”
The new album features guest turns from Kiesza, John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame and Lindsay Lohan, who wasn’t easy to corral into the studio.
“Was she on time? No, she was about two weeks late!” Simon said.
One of the more reclusive members of the Kardashian clan may finally be warming up to social media.
Rob Kardashian made a return to his neglected Instagram account on Thursday to post a #TBT photo to time spent in Malibu. Although he doesn’t say when exactly the photo was originally snapped, we can see Rob shirtless as he chows down on a pulled pork sandwich.
The photo comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Rob has not only removed himself from the spotlight, but he’s also been criticized as of late for his noticeable weight gain.
Last April, Rob’s mom, Kris Jenner, was on the verge of tears over his weight gain, but recently, his siblings have spoken lovingly about him. Just last week, his step-sister Kendall Jenner posted a throwback of her own that showed Rob laughing during an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that aired in 2012, and his older sister Khloe Kardashian revealed that she has taken Rob into her home.
“Rob lives with me now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love having him with me,” Khloe told Complex magazine. “He’s going through a hard time now and it’s behind gates. With this crazy lifestyle you have to think of places where you can still have your freedom.”
Hopefully, this is a sign that Kardashian fans will see more of Rob in the upcoming season of KUWTK or in Caitlyn Jenner’s new show, I Am Cait, where he briefly appeared in the premiere.
See more from the premiere of I Am Cait in the video below.
The Blunt Talk star, who was promoting the new Starz show at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, happily obliged, reading a few lines from the singer’s hit single “Style.” It’s one of the only Swift hits that he and McKellen haven’t covered yet, after Stewart read lines from “Blank Space” on NPR and McKellen tackled “Bad Blood.”
“You come and pick me up, no headlights,” Stewart deadpanned, with dramatic looks to the camera. “Long drive, could end in burning flames – or paradise. Fade into view, oh its been awhile since I’ve even heard from you.”
Stewart also joked about he and McKellen being the newest members of T.Swift’s coveted all-star squad, and even hinted about potentially joining her onstage for the Los Angeles shows on her blockbuster 1989 World Tour in late August.
“I’m on standby,” he said with a smile. “She’s going to be in Los Angeles shortly, so who knows?”
Melissa McCarthy is living out her girlhood dream and she’s taking us all along for the ride.
The actress debuted a few pieces from her Melissa McCarthy Seven7 clothing line this week, giving a peek at what to expect. Animal prints, bold geometrics and body-hugging silhouettes are just some of the looks that will become available at Lane Bryant and Macy’s, plus online at HSN and Melissa’s website on September 1.
Coach Taylor Is Back! Kyle Chandler Reprises Beloved 'Friday Night Lights' Role
Kyle Chandler recently dusted off the Panther-blue cap and windbreaker his beloved Friday Night Lights football coach wore on the critically-hailed show to give us a special message about using cell phones in movie theaters.
The Bloodline actor teamed up with the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain for a new public service announcement for audience members. It’s been nearly four years since Friday Night Lights’ last episode, so fans finally have more Coach Taylor to swoon over thanks to the Austin-based movie house’s tongue-in-cheek homage.
In the clip, Chandler is in the middle of making one of his classic moving pre-game speeches. Despite the fact that he’s Coach freakin’ Taylor, the speech is interrupted by an incessant buzzing of cell phones. Frustrated, he turns to the camera and mutters, “Turn your goddamn cell phones off!”
If a stirring speech by Coach Taylor won’t make you shut off your cell phone during a movie, then what will?
Clear eyes, full hearts, no phones!
Back in January, Chandler spoke about his role in Netflix’s intense family drama, Bloodline, for which he would earn an Emmy nomination. Naturally, the conversation turned to FNL.
“Once that creative ownership [is there], it makes someone love what they’re doing, and there’s a certain love that’s garnered,” Chandler told ET of Bloodline. “And on Friday Night Lights there was something similar. I would always say no one was told what to do, everyone was told to just do their best. Bloodline has that atmosphere, a quality of the perfect team has come together again.”
Chandler’s FNL co-star, Taylor Kitsch, who played the much beloved Tim Riggins on the football drama, is currently starring in the newest season of True Detective. Find out what Kitsch had to say about rumors that he’s dating Rachel McAdams in the video below.
“I have regular girls on the streets. I have girls that were born limbless. I have girls who were challenged in all sorts of ways. I have girls who were very famous models and then they got older,” Janashvili told ET. “It’s all about how they manage to feel beautiful.”
Model Chelsea Miller, 27, is 5'9" and a size 14. She posed for her photo shoot with words painted on her entire body.
“I picked some of my favorite quotes,” Miller explained to ET. Some of those included “There is no thigh gap” and “I’m enough.”
“I’ve been categorized as everything from unhealthy to fat, curvy, sexy, womanly,” she said. “It’s different every time, but I don’t put myself in a box. I’m a human and I can be anything I want to be.”
“It wasn’t about being nude,” Sophie Simmons, 23, told ET. “It was just about being confident in yourself and showing other girls that it’s okay to do the same things as these women that are all different sizes. I want to be part of this change.”
Sophie is the daughter of Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, and was featured on the A&E reality series Gene Simmons: Family Jewels. Growing up in the limelight came with difficulties.
“Every billboard for Family Jewels was retouched,” Sophie said with disdain. “I was always smaller. I remember we had a big argument with the network about it because I didn’t look like myself in one of the photos and they had taken a head from another shot and put it on a body.”
Sophie told us that the body-image problem in the entertainment industry is a vicious cycle.
Before she died, Nick Gordon was Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend. Although the two were not legally married, ET obtained footage showing Gordon still wearing his wedding band on his finger, along with Bobbi Kristina’s ring around his neck.
While facing a civil lawsuit from Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, Gordon has hired a high-powered legal team, including Jose Baez – lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of first degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2011.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family gathered at the Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta on Friday as they made final preparations for a private memorial service Saturday morning. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only daughter died on July 26 at age 22.
Pro wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died Friday at age 61, ET confirms. The actor and wrestler, born Roderick George Toombs, reportedly suffered a heart attack at his home in Hollywood.
Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start in pro wrestling in the late ‘70s. He was well-known for his rivalry with Hulk Hogan, and he and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T in the very first WrestleMania back in 1985.
“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world,“said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon in a statement posted on the WWE website. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
Piper’s agent Jay Schacter confirmed the death to ET, saying that the wrestler “passed peacefully in his sleep” on Thursday night.
“I am shocked and beyond devastated,” Schacter told ET in a statement. “He was an Icon, a legend, an amazing man and a true friend. He was also one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss for us all.”
Piper battled Hodgkins lymphoma after being diagnosed in 2006, but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.
The wrestler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and is survived by his wife Kitty and their four children.
His split from wife Jennifer Garner moved into the realm of scandal when it was alleged that the two-time Oscar winner was romantically involved with his nanny. Us Weekly published a report based on multiple sources, claiming that Affleck, 42, has been dating 28-year-old Christine Ouzounian, who was reportedly let go as the family’s nanny after Garner learned of Ouzounian’s “flirty” relationship with Affleck.
Affleck’s rep has categorically denied the claims, calling the story “complete garbage.”
“All allegations of a romantic relationship are baseless and untrue,” Affleck’s rep told ET.
Affleck certainly isn’t the first celeb to be linked to an employee. Here are six other celebs involved in scandals with their staff.
1. Ethan Hawke
The Oscar nominee told The Guardian that his marriage to Uma Thurman was over when he began romantically seeing their two children’s nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. Hawke’s divorce from Thurman was made final in 2005, and he wed Shawhughes in 2008. They now have two children of their own: daughters Clementine, 7, and Indiana, 3.
2. Jude Law
The Sherlock Holmes star publically apologized to then-fiancee Sienna Miller in 2005 for having an affair with his children’s 26-year-old caregiver, Daisy Wright. Law and Miller subsequently never made it to the altar. He’s currently dating psychologist Dr. Phillipa Coan.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The former Governor of California secretly fathered a son with housekeeper Mildred “Patty” Baena behind the back of his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver. When the new broke in 2011, the boy was already 13. The Terminator star owned up to his actions in a public statement on May 11, 2011, saying, “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused.” While Shriver filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger in July 2011, their divorce has never been finalized.
4. Heidi Klum
The supermodel reportedly became romantically involved with her bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, prior to finalizing her split from Seal in 2014. In 2012, Seal accused her of “fornicating with the help.” Klum and Kirsten dated for a year and a half before going their separate ways. Klum is currently dating 29-year-old art dealer Vito Schnabel.
5. President Bill Clinton
The former POTUS was at the center of one of the biggest sex scandals in U.S. history. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1997 after he was charged for lying under oath to a federal grand jury regarding his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was later acquitted by the Senate in 1999. Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in October. Meanwhile, Lewinsky has re-emerged in the public spotlight. In 2014, she wrote an essay for Vanity Fair, discussing the scandal, and earlier this year, she led a TED Talk in which she recounted what it was like to become one of the first victims of cyberbullying.
6. Mick Jagger
According to Jagger’s biographer, Christopher Anderson, the legendary rock star had sex with Claire Houseman just hours after he and Jerry Hall had hired her to look after their children while Hall was sleeping in a room just 30 feet away. The Rolling Stones frontman, who has reportedly slept with more than 4,000 women, is rumored to have had many more alleged affairs before he and Jerry finally split in 1999.
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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Compares Sexual-Assault Accusations to ‘Lynch Mobs’ (Video)
Bill Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley appeared on CNN’s “Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield” on Friday to condemn mass of accusations against her client, which she compared to the “lynch mobs” of the past.
“[T]hrough the decades, we have seen what we used to call lynch mobs, where people turned and pointed the finger at one person and accused that one person of doing something that they did not do, and they were filed into the court, one after another, to say, ‘He did it, he did it, she did it, she did it’ when it was not the case,” Pressley told Banfield. “That happened often in the ’60s and ’70s in this country.”
The attorney went on to say that Cosby’s case differs from the lynch-mob situation because the statute of limitations prevents the accusations from even making it to court.
“Mr. Cosby, as of today, is innocent until proven guilty. And there shall not be proof, because the statute of limitations has passed. People waited far too long to want to discuss these matters at all. So where we stand right now is with people attempting to do through media and through public opinion what they cannot do and have failed to do in a court of law,” Pressley told Banfield.
“Some say that the statute of limitations has expired and that’s convenient for Mr. Cosby. I disagree. I think it’s convenient for accusers, because then they’re not required to do what would happen if they actually had to be brought to court and stand under the scrutiny of examination for the allegations,” she added.
Banfield pressed the lawyer several times, pointing to the fact that 37 women with similar stories have publicly accused the comedian of raping or sexually assaulting them. Pressley, however, said she rejected the “clumping” that the women have done to make the allegations seem more credible.
“I know that it’s probably more impressive when we say numbers like 35 or 37, but 37 women are not saying that they were raped. Thirty-seven women are not saying that they were sexually assaulted,” Pressley said, in reference to the distinct differences in each of the accusers’ stories.
Pressley affirmed that Cosby is not obligated to speak on the allegations and that his lawyers are speaking out for him.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family gathered at the Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta on Friday night as they made final preparations for a private memorial service Saturday morning. The only daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died on July 26 at age 22.
The service, which will be a private ceremony restricted to a guest list of family and close friends, will take place Saturday at 11:00 am EST at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, about an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta.
On Friday, flowers were delivered to the church, and across town a tent was erected and plants and furniture wheeled into the garden of the Houston family home where closest friends and family will gather after the service.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, family, friends, and fans make donations to The Marion P. Foundation, a teen charity founded by Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston. The nonprofit foundation includes the Teen Summit Academy, whose stated mission is “to reach our youth through positive events and activities as well as build lasting relationships with them that will strengthen our community and future generations.”
“You’re on the verge of having a life most people can’t begin to imagine.”
That’s the intriguing proposal Bradley Cooper offers Jake McDorman in CBS’ anticipated fall thriller, Limitless, based on the 2011 big-screen hit. From the looks of this brand-new sneak peek, debuting exclusively on ETonline, things are about to get hairy!
“What would happen when you had a pill that would open up 100 percent of your brain? What would you do with it?” Cooper, who serves as an executive producer and reprises his role of Eddie Morra in the first episode, says of the upcoming drama.
Limitless picks up right where the movie left off, only this time the story centers on struggling twentysomething Brian Finch (McDorman), who has aspirations of being a successful musician and is caught at a crossroads in his life.
That’s when an old acquaintance introduces him to the mysterious drug, NZT, which allows him to manipulate his cognitive abilities and “become the smartest person in the world.”
“All of his wildest dreams can be realized,” Cooper explains.
But with the extraordinary comes consequences, including death.
Dexter alum Jennifer Carpenter, who plays FBI investigator Rebecca Harris, promises fans that the TV series isn’t slowing down any time soon – it’s “like a Mack truck tearing through.”
And she’s right! Just in the two minutes of exciting footage, we see McDorman pulling off a move Spider-Man would be envious of, mind manipulation and a high-speed chase through a New York subway station.
“Are you ready to become somebody who matters?”
Count us in!
Limitless premieres Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Jennifer Garner Still Wearing Wedding Ring After Ben Affleck Nanny Drama During Intense Phone Call
Jennifer Garner’s keeping the ring on, at least for now!
Despite all the rumors surrounding an alleged romance between ex-husband Ben Affleck and the family’s former nanny, Christine Ouzounian, Garner was still wearing her wedding ring Friday in Atlanta during a particularly intense looking phone call.
The 43-year-old actress seemed to be in deep conversation, with the ring in plain view. An eyewitness tells ET, she kept, “throwing her arms in the air and arguing” while on the call.
Ouzounian cared for Garner and Affleck’s three children – Violet, 9; Seraphina, 6; and Samuel, 3 – for a matter of months before being fired. ET confirms she joined the couple and the kids on their Bahamas vacation, after announcing they would be divorcing last month.
Before news of their alleged romance broke, a source tells ET that Ouzounian “tipped off the paparazzi” about a rendezvous with the actor so that photos would be taken of her and Affleck together.
Ouzounian stepped out smiling following the news and checked into a posh Los Angeles hotel, where she appears to be staying for the time being. Meanwhile, Affleck’s rep calls the claims “complete garbage.”
Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit “Rose Garden,” died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.
Lynn Anderson was born September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and raised in California. Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.”
In 1966, Lynn Anderson released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called “For Better or for Worse.” It failed to chart, but she went on to score her first top-5 hit, “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” in 1967. Anderson went on to appear on ABC’s The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.
With the release of her first #1 country hit, “Rose Garden,” Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart. She also won a Grammy Award for the song in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards. Lynn also took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.
Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early ‘80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, “You’re Welcome to Tonight.” She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.
Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville. She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.
Several stars have shared their thoughts on Lynn Anderson’s contribution to country music, via a release sent out by her publicist.
Reba McEntire said, “I am a huge fan of Lynn’s. She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music. Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. ‘Rose Garden’ was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed.”
Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys also shared similar sentiments.
“It was a pleasure to record with Lynn. I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair,” he said. “We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage. She owned Utah that night. She didn’t stop until she won everybody’s hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven.”
If you were hoping for another Kardashian wedding, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.
Rumors of an engagement between 17-year-old Kylie Jenner and her reported boyfriend, 25-year-old rapper Tyga, started (well, this time) after the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star posted photos on Instagram showing off new bling on her ring finger.
After three days of ignoring rabid speculation from fans that the snaps mean she must have gotten hitched, Kylie took to Twitter to put the marriage rumors to rest, saying she’s “not planning on getting married anytime soon.”
Of course, she didn’t say not at all, but rather, “soon,” which allows for a whole new round of analyzing the words of Kylie, much like when that original ring post showed up with the caption, “King Kylie.”
These latest rumors aren’t the first time Kylie and Tyga have raised eyebrows about their romantic relationship and possible nuptials. Kylie has posted photos of herself wearing a pair of his boxer briefs, and they’ve both been spotted in his-and-hers tennis shoes. Tyga even wrote a very NSFW rap that is supposedly about Kylie. In June, the two were also spotted in Cannes, France, and her left hand was adorned in jewelry.
Kylie may not have a wedding on the horizon, but she certainly has some major birthday plans coming up. On August 10, Kylie will celebrate her 18th with a huge bash in Canada. Whether or not Tyga will be there is still unknown, but watch the video below to see what she has in store for the big day.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director joined Jon Stewart on one of the final episodes of The Daily Show on Thursday, where he told the story of breaking his back while attempting to assist 73-year-old Harrison Ford during his own on-set injury.
It’s been eight months since the Guardians of the Galaxy star, 37, welcomed her sons, Cy and Bowie, and while it’s been hard work raising twins (listen to her talk about sleep-training… gulp), that’s not the only challenge she’s faced. Shedding the extra baby weight — Saldana weighed up to 185 pounds while pregnant, she revealed — is something she’s worked hard on. Now, she’s showing off her impressive results.
The Avatar beauty — who typically weighs around 115 pounds, Allure mag noted in 2013 — has been documenting her weight loss journey on Facebook and Thursday she posted a photo that is somewhere between “wowsers” and “hot damn.” As she should be, Saldana, who’s married to Italian artist Marco Perego-Saldana, is proud of her work, writing, “Almost there! It’s been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!”
Almost there! It’s been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!
If anyone can do it, damn it, Zoe can. The star, who has been working out with trainer Steve Moyer, has been sharing updates throughout her journey — and much of it is directed at fellow moms. In April, she said, “Mommies, don’t beat yourselves if you fall off the wagon and eat like teenagers. Yesterday we took our friend out for sushi and I swear I ate everything AND the kitchen sink. Right before I started my typical routine of self-loathing Marco looked at me and said ‘Z, it’s ok. Start again tomorrow.’ I loved him for that, he reminded me there always tomorrow to make right what you have undone today.”
Improvising is key. The boys are 5 months and they are teething. We are getting creative every day on finding ways to…
She also shared a story about another difficult day that had her fleeing to her sons’ nursery. Noting that she had “more than enough reasons to crawl back into bed and begin my usual exercise of being hard on myself,” she and Marco went to the bedroom, “grabbed our boys and said THANK YOU! We thanked each other, we thanked our boys and we thanked Mugsy (our little loyal terrier). We are doing the best we can every day, we push and push and hardly ever give ourselves a break. So today I ask you to give yourself a break. BREATHE. LAUGH. CRY. LET GO.”
#BE Determined!I woke up this morning feeling like I had more than enough reasons to crawl back into bed and begin my…
Saldana is getting in shape not only for herself but for a busy slate of movies, including Star Trek Beyond, Avatar 2, and Nina, in which she plays Nina Simone. We can’t wait to see her dazzle on the red carpet as she premieres each one.
So whether they are dating and just keeping it private or they aren’t dating at all, McAdams did bring up a valid point that can apply to us all. After all, stars are just like us!
She explained that just because a man and a woman are photographed together, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a couple. Back in June, she and Kitsch were spotted dining together at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood, California, which further fueled the speculation that they were more than friends.
Helen Mirren at Madame Tussauds in London on July 30 (Getty Images)
The truth is, we would watch Helen Mirren do just about anything. However, seeing the dame meet her wax figures ranks among her greatest performances.
The Academy Award winner, 70, had a grand time getting up close and personal with her look-alikes at Madame Tussauds in London on Thursday. The acting legend, who loves wearing “stripper shoes,” dyes her hair crazy colors for fun, and rocks a bikini better than women half her age, goofed around with the replicas and checked to make sure they were up to her standards.
Mirren meets her match. (AP Images)
At one point, Mirren went over to the figure that is supposed to represent the real, red carpet version of herself — it’s the newest of the bunch and took four months to create at a cost of about $235,000 — to make sure it was as, um, voluptuous as she is. She came face to chest with the figure, which is outfitted in a floor-length black dress that she wore to the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards in 2008 (she donated the gown) and six-inch black heels, and the look on her face is aces.
The Oscar-winning actress with ‘The Queen’ (Getty Images)
It is unclear if she was impressed, but apparently her husband, director Taylor Hackford, was. She quipped, “My husband wants to marry her. I’m much more argumentative than she is.”
Mirren also checked out the two that are of some of her most memorable roles. She playfully put an arm around Prime Suspect’s detective Jane Tennison and gave a good finger wag next to her Academy Award-winning portrayal of The Queen.
The dame with her ‘Prime Suspects’ character. (AP Images)
Out of the three, she said the red carpet statue was her favorite. “I love this one, it’s very ‘me,’” she said, adding, “I look happy.” Though she also though Detective Tennison was “very fierce.”
We think they’re all pretty fierce — just like the woman they pay tribute to.
“Mom is resting and recouping and very much her lively self,” Cacciotti told ET on Friday.
Late Friday evening, Harper posted on her Facebook page to update everyone on her condition. “I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” she wrote. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.”
“I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life,” she continued.
The Ogunquit Playhouse, the Maine theater company where the 75-year-old actress is starring in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, also issued a statement clarifying Harper’s condition.
“There have been conflicting reports in the media regarding Valerie Harper’s condition after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening prior to going on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse,” the theater said.
“Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney has been in direct communication with Valerie’s family from the beginning and can report that Valerie is not, and has never been, in a coma. She is currently enjoying her family’s company while resting at an undisclosed location. Valerie has been loving her time in Ogunquit and is looking forward to getting back on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse.”
A source close to the family previously told ET that Harper’s family said privately she is in a coma.
Harper’s husband and manger, Tony Cacciotti, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
It’s no secret that the 31-year-old reality star is currently in the best shape of her life, and in a new interview with Australian radio show NOVA FM, she reveals she’s lost 35 pounds.
“When I’m in L.A. I go hard [on her workouts] …and I’ve lost, like, 35 pounds,” she revealed. “I don’t really weigh myself, but over time, and I’m not crazy about it. It’s like, I know how I want to feel in clothes and it does become addicting once you start losing weight and seeing results. You’re like, ‘I wanna see more.’”
“Now, I’m so into it,” she says. “Even this morning, I’ve been up since 2:30 just because I was jetlagged and I couldn’t sleep, and I still went to the gym this morning … but I make sure that I go. And even 30 minutes you feel, ‘OK, I feel good about myself,’ and then if you want to eat something or whatever, you don’t feel so bad.”
Khloe did in fact Instagram a picture of herself working out with her best friend Malika on Thursday, writing, “Even down unda and jetlagged, we will find a fitness class.”
But the results are clearly showing.
Khloe recently got a lot of attention for her super-sexy photoshoot for Complex magazine, showing off her trim stomach and her famous booty. Khloe thanked her older sister, Kim Kardashian, for the confidence to strut her stuff for the racy pics.
“I have to shout out and thank my incredibly supportive sister @kimkardashian for forcing me to do this complex shoot!” she Instagrammed. “I have been procrastinating it because I was too scared to do the shoot! But Kimberly made me and had more confidence in me then I had myself!! I love you Keeks!”
In May, ET caught up with Khloe’s trainer, celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who shared some of the secrets to getting amazing results like the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. “This is Khloe’s moment,” he proudly said. “You can see it. The changes she’s made are incredible. She’s done it the right way. Nothing fast – hard work. It’s steady, hard work and it’s very relatable and her body is banging right now.”
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron on the set of ‘The Last Face’ (Bauer-Griffin.com)
Just over a month after their break-up made headlines, exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn are back together to finish a movie. On Wednesday, the former couple was photographed in South Africa on the set of their drama The Last Face. While star Theron and director Penn appear tense in the pictures, that could just be the nature of the project: Theron plays a relief worker in Africa during a time of violent political conflict.
Theron and Penn, who were engaged and dated for a year and a half, began filming The Last Face — which co-stars Javier Bardem and Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopoulos— last year. Bardem plays a doctor who’s in love with Theron’s character. The project had actually been in development for years: At one point Penn’s ex-wife Robin Wright was reportedly attached to star with Ryan Gosling.
In a June interview with British Elle, published prior to the announcement of the split, Theron admitted that collaborating on a film with her then-boyfriend had its challenges. “Putting aside that he’s my partner, he’s the love of my life; for the first time, I felt that my work was really bleeding into my life, and that made it hard,” she said. “There were moments where I was incredibly unfair to him. And moments where I felt like … he was incredibly unfair to me. But it makes you realize that no matter how complicated it gets, the priority is the relationship.”
The cheeky photo did more than just make us jealous of Whitney’s shoe game – it also showed off her new figure after putting on 25 pounds.
During a visit to the Today show on Monday, the 2 Broke Girls co-creator admitted that she had gotten too thin. Realizing she needed to take control, Whitney says she “did this weird thing that nobody likes to do anymore” and actually gained weight.
“I was way too skinny before,” she told the Today co-hosts, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. “Here’s the thing, when you’re on television, you get confused. I looked like I was passing away, like I was so skinny. It’s not attractive.”
The weight gain changed Whitney’s appearance enough that she said people were asking if she got a face lift! Besides packing on a few pounds, two products have also helped alter her look – NuFace and an LED mask.
Always one to find a punchline, Whitney couldn’t help but crack a joke when Hoda and Kathie Lee gushed over her look. “I did get a new face,” she said with an impressively mock-sincere tone. “I bought it on eBay.”
Whitney – who is filming an HBO special next month in Santa Monica, California – looks amazing these days, and we hope she keeps up all the hard work she’s put into making herself healthy. Or, at the very least, that she keeps sharing goofy photos like this one:
It was nice seeing Kyle Chandler pick up an Emmy nomination this month for his new role on Netflix’s Bloodline, but let’s be honest: He’ll always be Coach Taylor to us. And our hearts just got extra-full, because Chandler is stepping back into his iconic Friday Night Lights role for a no-talking PSA for movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse.
In the clip (posted above), Chandler is decked out in Dillon Panther blue, delivering another one of his patented inspirational pre-game speeches. (Notice “State” scrawled on the dry-erase board behind him. It’s always all about State!) But his stirring oratory falls on deaf ears: He’s addressing a room full of rude movie patrons who are too busy texting and taking selfies to listen.
Coach bellows at them: “How am I supposed to give my inspirational speech here if you’re talking and texting?” But even his trademark “Clear eyes, full hearts…” catchphrase doesn’t get through to them. Finally, he turns to the camera, seething, and orders everyone to “turn your goddamn cellphones off!” Message received, Coach.
And a bonus treat for FNL fans: The PSA even boasts a majestic instrumental score by FNL musicians Explosions in the Sky. It’s not the Friday Night Lights reunion movie we’re still waiting to see… but we’ll take it.