A premiere screening of the upcoming Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly was forced to evacuate after a threat to the NeueHouse Madison Square was called in.
There were many guests at the screening including founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke who tweeted about the incident.
She wrote: “So…Y’ALL ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS! Tonight was a private screening of the @lifetimetv documentary #survivingRkelly where his survivors, parents of survivors, and folks featured in the doc were gathered and a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down. #muteRkelly”
It turns out the threat was a gun-related and not a bomb, but either way, it was a threat to the venue. She added: “The worst of it isn’t the threat though bc it didn’t appear to be credible but the survivors who had to endure his harassment. #muteRkelly
The docuseries, which premieres Jan. 3, is an investigation into the controversial R&B singer. Lifetime notes that his genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle have been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations seems to have affected him. For the first time, survivors and people from Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. They finally are ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.
AceShowbiz – Anne Hathaway may be heading to “Sesame Street“. The Oscar-winning actress is reportedly eyed to star in Warner Bros.’ live-action feature adaptation of the children’s TV series, joining the familiar puppets.
According to Collider, the 36-year-old is in early talks for the lead role. She is said to play a human character named Sally. A girl named Sally “appeared on the very first episode of the show, wherein longtime resident Gordon Robinson gives Sally a tour of Sesame Street and introduces her to Muppet characters such as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.”
It should be noted though that Hathaway’s involvement in the movie has not been set in stone. Should the deal be sealed, she could be playing a grown-up version of Sally who returns to Sesame Street for some reason.
The “Les Miserables” star is no stranger to “Sesame Street”, having appeared as herself in its 2007 holiday special “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown”, in which she sings “I Want a Snuffleupagus for Christmas” with Big Bird and Snuffy.
The “Sesame Street” movie is said to be a musical and will likely feature beloved puppets like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster. Chris Galletta (“The Kings of Summer“) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.
“Portlandia” co-creator Jonathan Krisel is on board to direct. Warners would co-finance the movie with MGM. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy is set to produce with Michael Aguilar and Entertainment 360, the production arm of Management 360. WB exec Jesse Ehrman will oversee the project for the studio.
“Sesame Street” was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett and debuted in 1969 to positive reviews. It is produced by Sesame Workshop, which holds the rights to the children’s show. After airing on PBS since its debut, first-run episodes of the show move to HBO beginning with season 46 in 2016.
Hathaway was last seen on the big screen in “Ocean’s 8” which was released last summer. She will be next seen in drama thriller “Serenity (2019)” alongside Matthew McConaughey, and has also filmed comedy film “The Hustle” as well as Netflix’s drama movie “The Last Thing He Wanted“.
AceShowbiz – Jessica Alba and Mike Epps have topped a new list of the worst reviewed movies.
The pair has appeared in more movie stinkers in the past 20 years than anyone else in Hollywood, according to a new GoCompare website report.
Alba’s films have routinely been hammered by the critics, giving her the edge over Epps, and she comes in just ahead of Jessica Biel among all actresses, with only one positively reviewed film from the 35 she has made in the past two decades – 2005’s “Sin City“.
Ironically, both actresses starred in the ensemble film “Valentine’s Day“, which was savaged by critics.
“Boogie Nights” and “The Hangover” star Heather Graham comes in third and Radha Mitchell and Oscar winner Kathy Bates round out the top five among women, while “The Usual Suspects” star Kevin Pollak, the “Transformers” movies’ Josh Duhamel, Robin Williams, and Gerard Butler also feature in the actors top five.
Alba will be hoping a return to the small screen will boost her flagging favour after signing on to join fellow new mum Gabrielle Union in new police drama “L.A.’s Finest“. She last appeared on TV in “Dark Angel”, which ran for two seasons at the beginning of the century.
And Bates and Butler share a movie flop – they both appeared in “P.S., I Love You“.
On the other end of the scale, Carey Mulligan beat out fellow Brit Sally Hawkins for the best collected film reviews and Adam Driver beat Leonardo DiCaprio to the top of the actors’ list.
This series of I’m a Celebrity is unquestionably divisive and endlessly controversial… but it’s also been a massive success for ITV when it comes to the ratings.
The channel already got good news when Holly Willoughby’s debut as co-host alongside Dec Donnelly on November 18 actually improved on last year’s series premiere, and now there’s news that the viewing figures have only continued to grow.
ITV says that I’m a Celebrity averaged a whopping 12.6 million viewers across its entire first week last month, which is up a solid 1.8 million viewers on the 2017 series.
Now, it’s worth pointing out for the Fact Fans that those were consolidated TV ratings — meaning live viewers and overnight figures, plus seven days of catchup figures watched on a TV set.
When online viewing figures are factored in, I’m a Celebrity‘s first-week viewing figures rise to an average of 13.1 million. So, it’s safe to say Holly is doing a heck of a job steering the ship with Dec.
The show has also been helped by endless controversy on social media. Whether it’s been the nightly debates about vote rigging, green screen conspiracy theories or Dec hitting out at Britain’s Got Talent boss Simon Cowell for an on-air slight, the show is dominating the media conversation.
Sadly for ITV, there are only a few more nights for it to ride the ratings wave. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! crowns its 2018 jungle winner on Sunday night (December 9) on ITV.
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham left the kids at home for a well-earned date night.
The longtime married couple made a rare solo outing on Monday night at for the Christmas Haig Club House Party at Laylow, West London. Both kept their all-black outfits fashionably low-key, with Victoria, 44, choosing a sheer long-sleeve shirt and David, 43, opting for a burnt orange turtleneck to add a little spice to the look.
While Victoria and David tend to gush about each other on social media, the two mostly step out with at least one of their four kids — daughter Harper Seven, 7, and sons Cruz David, 13, Romeo James, 16, and Brooklyn Joseph, 19.
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The soccer star recently told Lisa Wilkinson on Australia’s The Sunday Project that the marriage takes “hard work.” The two celebrated their 19th anniversary this summer after tying the knot at a sprawling castle in Ireland on July 4, 1999.
“To have been married for the amount of time that we have, it’s always hard work,” David, 43, said in a preview posted by the Mirror. “It becomes a little bit more complicated.”
David also mentioned the couple’s children: “Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference, and I’ve noticed that with my children,” he said. Reflecting on media attention, he added, “The thing we have to do is protect our children.”
Victoria recently told British Vogue that she ignores rumors about their marriage.
“People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years, so David and I are pretty used to ignoring the nonsense and just carrying on as normal,” she said. “But these things have a wider effect on the people around us, and that’s unfair.”
In Tuesday’s roundup, the official trailer is out for Ellen DeGeneres’ first stand-up act in 15 years, and Netflix sets the premiere date for “Sex Education,” a coming-of-age teen dramedy.
The first official trailer has been released for “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable.” The special marks DeGeneres’ return to stand-up after a 15-year hiatus, and her first Netflix original comedy special. It is set to premiere Dec. 18.
Netflix has set “Sex Education” for a Jan. 11 release date. Set in a fictional English town, the eight-episode one-hour dramedy is a contemporary British love-letter to the classic American high-school story. It stars Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”) as Otis Milburn, the only child of two sex therapists, and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) as Jean Milburn, his mother, a larger-than-life sex therapist with no filter. The series is created and written by Laurie Nunn and executive produced by Jamie Campbell, and co-executive produced by Sian Robins-Grace. The series is a production of Eleven Film for Netflix.
OWN’s “Ambitions” has announced new recurring additions for the cast. Steven Williams (“Yellowstone”) will star as Stephen Carlisle, a powerful attorney and Stephanie’s (Robin Givens) father. Christina Kirkman (“All That”) has been cast as Lori, a smart and challenging PR exec at Purifoy Pharmaceuticals, owned by her father, Hunter Purifoy. “Ambitions” is a family drama that will debut in 2019 and is produced by Will Packer Media. Williams is represented by Kerner Management Associates and Abrams Artists. Kirkman is represented by Eris Talent and PB Management.
Polly Walker (“Line of Duty”) has joined the cast in the recurring role of Peggy Sykes for the upcoming Epix drama series “Pennyworth,” from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The 10-episode, one-hour drama series follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), in his 20s. Peggy is a successful dominatrix, and the sensible matriarch in a family of maniacs. She is fiercely loyal, endlessly resourceful, and lives by her own strange but rigorous moral code.
Production is underway in Atlanta on “Amazing Stories,” Steven Spielberg’s anthology series for Apple. Edward Burns (“Saving Private Ryan“) will star in and executive produce an episode of the series. He will play Bill Kaminski, a government agent. Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies”) and Kerry Bishé (“Halt and Catch Fire”) will also star.
The fall finale of “The Good Doctor” on ABC is currently up significantly over last week’s episode. The medical drama nabbed a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers. That is up over 40% in the key demo week-to-week. However, due to NFL preemptions in certain large markets, those numbers will likely adjust down.
Alan Braverman, Walt Disney Co.’s longtime senior executive VP and general counsel, has extended his contract through the end of 2020. Braverman’s previous deal had been set to expire in July.
Byron Allen’sEntertainment Studios has announced that Amy Muhlstock has been hired as vice president of portfolio advertising sales. Muhlstock will now be responsible for managing the portfolio ad sales group, which represents Entertainment Studios’ broadcast syndicated programming, as well as the entire suite of all eight Entertainment Studios Networks, including TheWeather Channel, as well as the streaming service Local Now.
NBC has announced the inaugural class for its Alternative Directors Program, the first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows. It gives experienced female and minority directors the opportunity to shadow a seasoned director on an NBC show over several weeks, with the goal to extend the industry’s pool of experienced diverse directors in alternative formats. The seven program finalists and the directors who will serve as their mentors are: Madeline Fuste (“Hollywood Game Night,” Ivan Dudynsky), Sarah De La O (“The Voice,” Alan Carter), Sharon Everitt (“The Wall,” Alan Carter and “World of Dance,” Alex Rudzinski), Carrie Havel (“The Voice,” Alan Carter), Annetta Marion (“Making It”), Cari Townsend (“American Ninja Warrior,” Patrick McManus) and Lizz Zanin (“America’s Got Talent,” Russell Norman).
The series will appear on BBC Three — with producers inviting homegrown drag queens to take part.
The flamboyant talent contest has an international audience of millions as it’s broadcast on channels in countries ranging from Hungary to The Philippines.
But RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be the first time a different version of the show has been created outside of the US.
Creator Rupaul Charles said: “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
In the US RuPaul’s Drag Race has seen a stellar line-up of stars appear as guests on the show, including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.
The eight-part British series is likely to do the same. Famous fans on this side of the pond include chat show host Jonathan Ross and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott.
A TV source said: "This is a massive coup for the Beeb as lots of other UK channels wanted this show. It will follow the exact same format as the American version with British twists and some famous guests.
"It will be filmed in London and casting directors will be searching for the best drag artists Britain has to offer – there'll be a huge budget for costumes and production and bosses are hoping that a star is born. It's really exciting for everyone involved and is expected to draw a lot of new fans to the franchise.
"RuPaul has a cult following so it's massive news."
Hugh Jackman made the Today Show into, well, the greatest Today Show on Tuesday morning.
The Greatest Showman star stopped by the NBC studios to preview his upcoming one-man show, The Man. The Music. The Show., performing the song “The Greatest Show” from the aforementioned movie, as well as a medley of Les Misérables hits that culminated in “One Day More.”
After joking that Al Roker would be joining him on the show, Jackman confirmed that his The Greatest Showman costar Keala Settle — who recently revealed to PEOPLE that she had a mini-stroke the week before the Oscars earlier this year while rehearsing for that broadcast — will be joining him on the road. “This is the bucket list,” he told the Today Show crowd ahead of his performance when Roker asked if he was nervous about the upcoming tour. “This is a dream come true. Look at me! I’m in the Plaza with the tree behind me.”
The actor announced last week via a Twitter post that he was heading on tour, also revealing that the set will feature songs from his films The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables as well as the Broadway production The Boy From Oz, for which he won a Tony Award.
The Man. The Music. The Show., will span cities within the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Tickets go on sale Friday.
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Maybe her success can be attributed in part to her mother, Kate Robbins, an accomplished actress and singer who rose to fame in the eighties.
Who is Emily Atack's mother Kate Robinson?
Emily Atack’s mother is Kate Robbins, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a singer.
She managed to grab the number two spot on the British charts with her song More Than In Love.
At the time she was also starring in the soap opera Crossroads.
However she was mostly known for her long stint in the political satire show Splitting Image, which focused on parodying major figures in the 1980s.
These included Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and the Queen, notably voiced by Kate Robins.
Is she Sir Paul McCartney's cousin?
Indeed, her mother Kate Robbins – herself a singer and actress in the TV series Crossroads – is cousin to Sir Paul McCartney.
Emily has been pictured hanging out with the music legend's fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney backstage at one of her shows in Paris.
Last month, the star made headlines when it was revealed exclusively by The Sun she had a fling with Seann Walsh.
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Zach Galifianakis‘ awkward web series is getting its own film at Netflix.
Yes, a Between Two Ferns movie has already secretly begun filming for the streaming service, and no, we have no idea why they’d choose to make a movie instead of just making more individual episodes. Learn more about the film version below.
If you’ve been on the internet in the past ten years, there’s a 100% chance you’ve come across at least one Between Two Ferns episode. The online show featured Galifianakis playing a particularly acerbic version of himself as he insulted and demeaned his celebrity guests on a crappy-looking set which was purposefully made to resemble a low-budget public-access television studio, complete with the titular potted ferns bookending the frame.
The Hollywood Reporter says that podcaster extraordinaire Scott Aukerman, who co-created the original web series and directed several episodes of it, is on board to direct this movie version. Peter Dinklage, David Letterman, Keanu Reeves, and Galifianakis’ Hangover co-stars Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper are slated to appear. Those first four guys will be first-time guests on the show (or I guess this is a movie now), but the last time Cooper was on the show, this happened:
Back in 2016, Galifianakis seemed to indicate that the show had run out of gas:
“The talk show I put online is kind of its own attack on talk shows, but it’s also so one-note. I don’t know what else to do with “Between Two Ferns.” It’s kind of run its course a bit.”
But later that year, he released an episode with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which racked up more than 30 million views in a single day. Since then, only one new episode has aired: this summer, Galifianakis interviewed Jerry Seinfeld and Cardi B.
My gut reaction: a Between Two Ferns movie sounds stupid. Why not just make more episodes of the show? But then again, this is going to be on Netflix and presumably won’t be getting a theatrical release (at least, not a big one), and at that point, is there even a serious distinction between the web show as it currently exists and a movie? The wild cards in all this, of course, are the format and the story. We technically don’t know if this is just going to be like one long episode of the show that cycles through all the guests in the same location, or if Auckerman and Galifianakis could break the mold and do some sort of meta exploration of the show in movie form. Anything’s possible at this point – remember when we all thought a Facebook movie sounded stupid and then got The Social Network?