Review Category : Entertainment

Joan Rivers Biography Set for 2016

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Fans of Joan Rivers can remember the late comedy icon as Little, Brown & Co. announced that they’re set to publish a biography about her life.

According to Deadline.com, veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts will pen the currently untitled biography.

“Joan Rivers’ life story was…characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving,” Bennetts said in a statement. “But Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.”

“It’s hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book — or one that would be more fun,” the Vanity Fair contributing editor continued.

Rivers’ biography will hit shelves in 2016.

Rivers died September 4, after doctors put her in a medically-induced coma after she went into cardiac arrest during a endoscopy procedure.

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Bill Hader to Return to “Saturday Night Live” as a Host

Ben Gabbe/NBC(NEW YORK) — After leaving Saturday Night Live last year following eight years on the hit NBC sketch-comedy show, Bill Hader is returning to the series.

NBC announced Wednesday that Hader will return to SNL as a host on Oct. 11. He’ll be joined by musical guest Hozier.

This may be good news for fans who miss Hader’s signature character, Stefon.

He recently joked on ABC’s Good Morning America that viewers “will never see him again. No, I’m joking. I don’t know. I do miss him.”

Previously, Hader told GQ magazine that he was done for good with Stefon, the infamous club kid with insider knowledge of the most ridiculous hot spots in New York City.

“Sometimes people say to me, ‘I want a Stefon movie!’ and I’m like, you think you want a Stefon movie, but then you’ll see the poster for it and think, ‘Wait, I don’t want this!'” he said. “There’s no emotional through-line.”

Hader is currently starring with another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig, in the film The Skeleton Twins.

Chris Pratt hosts the season premiere of SNL on Sept. 27.

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Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Details About His Wedding

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Neil Patrick Harris stopped by ABC’s The View Wednesday and revealed all the details of his Italian wedding to David Burtka, which took place earlier in the month.

“We’ve been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of why questions, to have a clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great,” Harris said of why he tied the knot. “He’s my husband and it was easier than partner or boyfriend or something like that.”

The former How I Met Your Mother star said only about 45 people were at the wedding and “I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people that matter the most to us. It was less about a proclamation and more of a declaration.”

Harris, 41, and Burtka have been together since 2004 and their twins via a surrogate — Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl — were born in 2010. The wedding was at a rented castle, where they also had Elton John perform.

“It was so crazy, because when you watch other people say their vows and get all chocked up, you say ‘Come on! Pull it together man,'” Harris added. “Then when you are standing there and it’s you and you have this piece of paper in your hand and it’s shaking … you can’t help but just get super-duper chocked up.”

Harris also explained how his daughter was the flower girl and his son was supposed to be the ring bearer, but he decided he wanted to be “the orange boy” and hand out oranges to the guests.

“We said, ‘What is an orange boy?’ and he explained this whole thing where he comes down with a basket of oranges,” Harris said. “Then, we were trying to find a plan like we’ll tie the rings to an orange.”

While Harris was originally worried about his son doing the “orange thing,” he quickly learned during the wedding, it was his daughter, Harper, who caused a bit of a fuss when the wedding was about to begin and she was to throw the flowers.

After the wedding director said it was time for Harper to go, Harris said, “She doesn’t go, she won’t go. She panics and she’s refusing to go and she’s clinging to legs and she’s starting to cry and we’re all stressed like, ‘You have to go now, we’ve timed this to the sunset.'”

“I say, ‘David, let’s just pick her up and we’ll all go together.’ Then David says, ‘Well, if Gideon goes first, then will you go?’ Gideon goes, ‘OK’ and he picked up his little orange basket and by himself, he walked confidently all the way down 20 steps, got halfway and just stopped!’ And we’re behind, ‘You can do it buddy, you got this!’ And he just took a breath and he walked all the way down,” he said.

Harris said Gideon ended up handing out the oranges and it was “very special.”

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Kim Kardashian Is ‘Trying’ to Get Pregnant

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian is hoping to get pregnant again very soon, she said.

“We’re trying,” she told Australia’s Today morning program of her and husband Kanye West’s efforts to have another child. “It’s all in God’s hands.”

Kardashian, 33, and West, 37, who said “I do” this past May, welcomed their daughter North West in June 2013.

Becoming a mother changed her life, Kardashian said.

“Everything’s put into perspective,” she said. “Nothing really matters besides spending time with your family and only doing things that are really important to you.”

West has also been a big influence on her, she said, especially when it comes to her style. Since she began dating him two years ago, she stopped working with a stylist, instead relying on her husband’s advice.

The results? More recognition for her fashion evolution, she said.

“I love just the way he dresses and he is a great designer and he gives me amazing style tips,” she gushed. “It’s been so great.”

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Sharon Osbourne Goes On Twitter Rant Against U2

James White/CBS(NEW YORK) — Sharon Osbourne is clearly not a U2 fan. The 61-year-old co-host of The Talk and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne took to Twitter to voice her opinion of the Irish rock band on Monday.

In the wake of U2’s partnership with Apple to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free, Osbourne tweeted, “U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.”

Sharon — who manages Ozzy and created Ozzfest — questioned, “Guys nothing is for free, how much you making?” She added, “PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies…”

Sharon continued, “Whose political ass are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show?…Jimmy Iovine, iTunes, U2, you’re a bunch of megalomaniacs. F*** YOU!”

Later Monday night, Sharon tweeted a link to her followers to remove the band’s album from their iTunes accounts. She wrote, “Here’s how to say NO to @U2’s new record that was forced upon you by @iTunes – #NoThankU2.”

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Kanye West on Wheelchair Incident: ‘Pick a New Target’

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) — Kanye West is tired of being picked on.

The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.

A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”

“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”

When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.

Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.

Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.

Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”

West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.

After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”

He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.”
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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Lolo Jones Voted Off in Week 1 of Season 19

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — Olympian Lolo Jones was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first celebrity competitor to be eliminated on the show’s 19th season.

After the judges’ scores and the viewers’ votes were combined, Jones and fashion designer Betsey Johnson learned they were both in jeopardy of going home. When Jones heard her fate, she smiled and hugged her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.

“I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Jones said. “I’m glad that [Johnson's] staying. She deserves to stay and everybody here did a great job.”

The Olympian’s cha cha suffered from several missteps, and she blamed the trouble on a missed cue that she said threw off her entire performance. During the judges’ evaluation following her performance, Jones, who appeared frustrated, said she wouldn’t make any excuses and acknowledged that her performance was “awful.”

Monday night’s premiere showcased 13 competitors vying for the Mirrorball Trophy. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro leaped to the top of the leader board with a skillful jive that judges asked him to reprise Tuesday night, while Johnson brought up the rear when her routine was stymied by problems with a pink prop feather boa.

In addition to Johnson and Ribeiro, returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Randy Couture and Jonathan Bennett, actresses Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota, TV talk show host Tavis Smiley, comedian Tommy Chong and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Beyonce Shares Photos from Luxurious Birthday Getaway

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Beyoncé turned 33 earlier this month and now we know she celebrated in style!

The singer had been traveling in Europe with her husband, Jay Z, and their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, according to reports, and seemingly spent her big day by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

According to photos posted on her website, the group, which also included Beyoncé’s mother, hung out on the beach, went for a boat ride, and indulged in delicious-looking treats and wine during the getaway. There was even a jewel-encrusted crown reading “Queen Bey” for the birthday girl to wear.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” Ban said. “I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change.”

DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit to be held on Sept. 23.

The Great Gatsby star founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, and has used the organization to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.

DiCaprio is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who, along with one Goodwill Ambassador, advocate on behalf of the U.N. on “priority issues.” Messengers of Peace, the U.N. says, are, “individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the [U.N.]‘s ideals and activities.”

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Angelina Jolie Tours Maltese Naval Base, Vacations with Family

Jun Sato/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are currently in Malta filming their upcoming movie, By the Sea, but the newlyweds have also been mixing in a little familytime and sightseeing.

This past Sunday, the 39-year-old actress visited a Maltese Navy ship, where she met with sailors, crew members and government officials and learned about the equipment aboard the vessel.

An eyewitness tells E! Online Jolie received the red carpet treatment and was all smiles as shipmen saluted her like Hollywood royalty.

The source goes on to say Angelina was “very kind and gracious” during the visit, adding, “She listened to what everyone had to say and was very interested.”

Jolie, dressed casually in a black dress and top with black flats, “looked amazing as always, she was dressed very simple but classy,” says the source, noting, “She was happy and radiant. She looked really good.”

The entertainment website reports that a day earlier, Jolie and Pitt, 50, enjoyed a family yachting trip in Malta with their six kids. The family was accompanied by three bodyguards, yacht crew members and a nanny during a private family yacht trip around Selmun Bay.

The kids participated in some watersports activities while Pitt and Jolie hung out aboard the ship together and took pictures. The family also enjoyed a sushi lunch on the yacht.

By the Sea
, which Jolie is directing, is set to hit theaters in 2015.

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