Review Category : Entertainment

“Black-ish” Star Anthony Anderson’s Wife Seeks Dismissal of Divorce Petition

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Black-ish star Anthony Edwards’ star has been on the rise since landing the series debuted in 2014, and now his personal life also seems to be looking up.

The 46-year-old actor’s wife, Alvina Stewart, has asked a Los Angeles judge to dismiss a divorce petition she first filed back in 2015, according to court documents obtained by E! Online. The pair reportedly split a year earlier.

TMZ first reported and E! later confirmed that Stewart filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She was seeking joint legal custody of their 15-year-old son Nathan and spousal support. The couple also has a 20-year-old daughter, Kyra.

Anthony and Alvina met in high school and tied the knot in 1999.

Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 ET on ABC.

Anderson also hosts To Tell the Truth, which airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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HBO Releases Trailer for Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Documentary “Bright Lights”

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds. photo: Fisher Family Archives/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO released the first trailer for its documentary about the mother-daughter relationship between the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which is streaming on People.com.

The clip, which begins with an “In Memorium” notice, is anything but glum, illuminating the extremely close, and often hilarious relationship the two had developed later in life.

“That’s what’s good about losing your memory, there are so many surprises,” Carrie teases Debbie at one point.

But there’s plenty of ruminations about mortality and fame that now seem a little eerie. Of Debbie, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars in the 1950s, Carrie says, “Age is horrible for all of us, but she falls from a greater height.”

Reynolds died suddenly on December 27 a day after Fisher, who went into cardiac arrest on an airplane.

Fisher is heard to say as the clip comes to a close, “I’m my mom’s best friend…..Far more than I ever would want to, I know what my mother feels and wants….there’s a lot of it.”

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds premieres on HBO January 7 at 8 p.m.

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Omarosa Manigault Set to Join Donald Trump’s White House Staff

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Omarosa Manigault, a former Apprentice contestant, is set to follow Donald Trump to the White House, where she will take on the role of public liaison, according to a transition official.

Manigault, who serves on the transition team’s executive committee, was an early supporter of her mentor, appearing regularly with him on the campaign trail and serving as a part of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, an independent organization. She proved instrumental in negotiating Trump’s limited in-person outreach to African-Americans while he was a candidate, coordinating and appearing with him at Great Faith International Ministries in Detroit, his first visit to an African-American church.

This won’t be her first time in the White House; she previously served in the office of Vice President Al Gore during Bill Clinton’s administration.

Her position with Trump was not her first choice, however. According to a transition official, Manigault expressed a desire to be the ambassador to Haiti, where she has done missionary and service work.

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James Corden Credits Traction of “Carpool Karaoke” to the Late George Michael

CBS/Terence Patrick(LOS ANGELES) — The Late Late Show returned from a two-week hiatus on Tuesday, giving host James Corden his first chance to remember George Michael, who died on Christmas day.

“I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George’s music…would feel like you would listen to a song and he would reach his hand out and tell you that you weren’t on your own, and that these feelings…were not particular to you,” he began.

Corden described how George inspired his popular segment, “Carpool Karaoke,” while the two were working on a pre-taped sketch for England’s “Red Nose Day” benefit.

“The idea was that a character from a sitcom I was in at home was driving to the offices of Comic Relief to try and save ‘Red Nose Day,’ he recalls. “And we had come up with this idea to have me and George Michael singing in a car. And it was the first time I’d ever sung in a car with anybody and it’s become quite a big part of my life now, and he really inspired it.”

Corden also recalled how Michael inadvertently helped him snag his first passenger.

“We were trying to get people to do ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and not many artists wanted to do it. And we would send them this clip of me and George,” says Corden. “And we sent it to Mariah Carey, and she was the first person to say yes. And her words were, ‘If it’s good enough for George, then it’s good enough for me. I’ll do it.'”

Some of Corden’s other “Carpool Karaoke” guests have included Ariana Grande, Adele, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, and Lady Gaga. Adele’s segment has racked up more than 129 million hits on YouTube.

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Publisher Reprinting Carrie Fisher’s Books After Posthumous Sales Spike

Wireimage/Victor Spinelli(NEW YORK) — Publisher Simon & Schuster has responded to overwhelming demand, and has rushed reprints of Carrie Fisher’s books, which have been snapped up by fans after the prolific author and Star Wars actress’ death on December 27.

Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, emailed Entertainment Weeklyto say that 20,000 copies of Fisher’s 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, 20,000 copies of her semi-autobiographical 1987 novel Postcards From The Edge, 10,000 copies of 2011’s memoir Shockaholic, and 2,500 copies of the 2004 novel The Best Awful, were being reprinted to boost inventories of retailers like Amazon, which saw Fisher’s work shoot to their bestseller lists after her death.

“We are responding to the outpouring of interest in Carrie Fisher’s work,” noting of the books, “All of them have remained in print, but our supply was wiped out by demand.”

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“Fifty Shades Darker” Extended Trailer Released

Universal Pictures – 2016(NEW YORK) — On Monday night, Bachelor fans got an eyeful at the extended trailer to Fifty Shades Darker extended trailer, which premiered during the reality show’s first installment of the new season.

In the follow-up to last year’s blockbuster, there are still plenty of sparks between Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey; the trailer opens with her accepting a large bouquet of white roses and his invitation to dinner.

As Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” plays in the background, we see the pair rekindling their romance aboard Grey’s yacht, in his penthouse, amid a fireworks display and in that infamous elevator scene.

But as the preview warns, “every fairy tale has a dark side,” and the trailer quickly takes a darker turn, with a helicopter crash, a vandalized car and a female stalker holding Anastasia at gunpoint.

Fifty Shades Darker hits theaters Feb. 10.

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“Bachelor” Terminates Arnold’s “Apprentice” — Ratings Drop 35% Without Trump

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — When it came to watching TV on Monday night, viewers apparently said, “Hasta la vista, baby” to Arnold Schwarzenegger and his newly-rebranded Celebrity Apprentice.

The reality show, whose former star had to vacate the post for his new gig as President of the United States, saw its Donald Trump-free debut drop 35% from its Monday night debut in 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show went up against the debut of ABC’s The Bachelor, and that’s the show to which viewers gave their roses. The first night of Nick Viall’s latest search for love ended the night as the most-watched show, with 6.6 million viewers, according to the publication.

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Mariah Carey’s Manager Accuses “NYRE” Producers of Wanting a “Viral Moment”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Mariah Carey’s manager is weighing in on the singer’s botched performance during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, laying into the show’s producer for sacrificing the singer for the sake of a “viral moment.”

Manager Stella Bulochnikov tells Entertainment Weekly Mariah did not skip a mid-afternoon rehearsal, and that even then the singer was complaining that the sound in her earpieces were cutting out.

She says that despite the earpieces being replaced multiple times, and despite assurances that they would work fine, the sound was still a problem when Mariah hit the stage.

“So she pulls them out of the ear because if the artist keeps them in their ears then all she hears is silence. Once she pulled them off her ear she was hoping to hear her music, but because of the circumstances — there’s noise from Times Square and the music is reverberating from the buildings — all she hears is chaos,” she says. “At the point, there’s no way to recover.”

Bulochnikov says she asked producers to cut the segment from the West Coast feed but says she was told they couldn’t.

“When she pulled her ears out, they should have cut to commercial. That says to me they wanted a viral moment at any expense,” she says.

On Monday Dick Clark Productions released a statement saying, “To suggest that dcp, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eveand Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

The statement adds that “an initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges” Mariah faced.

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Private Memorial Set for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; Kelly Ripa Gives On-Air Condolences to Billie Lourd

Barcroft Media(LOS ANGELES) — Nearly a week after the unexpected deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a private memorial has been set for family and close friends of the iconic mother-daughter duo.

The joint memorial will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, sources close to the family tell ABC News. A public event is also in the works.

Fisher, 60, passed away last Tuesday, days after suffering cardiac arrest as she was traveling from London to Los Angeles. The next day, Reynolds, 84, died from a stroke.

Fisher’s brother Todd told Good Morning America last week that his late mother, “said she missed her daughter and wanted to see her again.”

“I think she wanted to be with her. I’m not joking when I say she left to be with her and I’m happy about that. That’s the only thing I’m happy about,” he said.

Todd Fisher previously told ABC News that his sister’s funeral would be a celebration. Carrier Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd would be arranging the details.

“Carrie loves a good party, so, you know, I’m sure she’ll want to throw a party for her,” he said.

Lourd broke her silence Monday about losing her mother and grandmother in the same week. “Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,” the 24-year-old wrote on Instagram. “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.”

Meanwhile, on Live with Kelly Tuesday, Kelly Ripa took a moment to “Send some love” out to her friend Billie Lourd. “I’ve known Billie a long, long time, since she was a little girl, and I wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you.” An emotional, Ripa said, “The entertainment industry is forever altered, but heaven just got a lot more fun,” adding the situation is, “really sad.”

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Joely Fisher Knew Debbie Reynolds “Would Not Last” Without Carrie Fisher

Getty Images/Michael Caulfield(LOS ANGELES) — Carrie Fisher’s half-sister knew Debbie Reynolds “would not last” without her daughter, the half-sister, Joely Fisher, said in an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America,” that aired today.

“She kept saying that she was, she wanted more time,” Joely Fisher said of Reynolds during Carrie Fisher’s last moments. “I knew that if Carrie wasn’t going to survive this, that Debbie would not. You knew it.”

“You could see it in her face,” she said about Reynolds. “She would not last without [Carrie] on the planet.”

Carrie Fisher died on Dec. 27 at the age of 60, four days after she went into cardiac arrestwhile on an airplane. One day after Carrie Fisher’s death, Reynolds, 84, died after suffering a stroke.

Joely Fisher and Tricia Fisher were the daughters of singer Eddie Fisher — the late Star Wars actress’s father — and they grew up nextdoor to each other.

When asked about their happiest memories of Carrie, Joely Fisher said in the emotional interview with ABC’s Chris Connelly, “It’s more like getting to have her one-on-one, and not share her, that’s what I think of, and that’s what I would miss, is being able to just be with her in her home, or wherever, and have her to myself.”

Tricia Fisher said she remembered Carrie as “the coolest big sister in the world.”

“She spoke her mind and spoke her truth in, in this just bold way that, made everyone feel a little bit more comfortable about their own flaws and, felt even more interesting for having flaws,” she said.

Joely Fisher added that she remembers seeing Carrie “in a 40-foot close-up and going, ‘Wow, that’s my sister.’”

Tricia and Joely Fisher added that they always bonded with Carrie because the three shared the same absent father.

“We grew up without a father,” Tricia Fisher said, adding that their father was an “amazing, charismatic man.”

“And when you were in his presence, you felt like you were the most important, most beautiful, most special person in the world,” Tricia Fisher said, “And then, he would go away and, and you know, not show up.”

“We all three had that experience,” Tricia Fisher added.

Joely Fisher said she texted with Carrie Fisher before her half-sister boarded the plane where she went into cardiac arrest. “We talked about age, ’cause she was floored that she had just turned 60. We talked about children, we talked about our frail mothers, who now, we’ve lost Debbie,” Joely Fisher said of their conversation.

Tricia Fisher said that they originally found out about what happened from the media, “I was talking on the phone with Joely, and she said, she clicked over and came back and said, ‘TMZ just called me and, and some, something happened to Carrie.'”

Tricia Fisher said when they rushed to the hospital they found Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, “handling everything.”

Tricia Fisher said her half-sister “adored Billie,” as “the most amazing accomplishment of her life, for sure.”

Joely Fisher recalled being in the room with Carrie during her final days.

“I remember just holding her hand and telling her that we were there, that we would make sure that her daughter was whole, which she will be,” Joely Fisher said, adding that she wanted to make sure her half-sister was not in any kind of pain, “And then, I told her she would love how high she was right now.”

Tricia Fisher said she felt “numb,” over the loss of her half-sister. “Just the fact that that energy is gone from our lives and gone from the world,” Tricia Fisher said, “is hard to wrap your head around, as far as forever.”

Joely Fisher added that they are able to find a bit of solace in the legacy she left behind through her work.

“Is it cliché to say that she lives on in her, in her work? And we can look to the screen and we can look to the pages of her books? Perhaps,” Joely Fisher said. “But it’s what we have to cling to.”

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