‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Screening Forced To Evacuate After Gun Threat

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.

 

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Anne Hathaway May Play With Puppets in ‘Sesame Street’ Movie

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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“.

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Jessica Alba Eclipses Jessica Biel as Worst-Reviewed Actress of the Last 20 Years

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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.

Worst-Reviewed Actresses of the Last 20 Years:

  • 1. Jessica Alba
  • 2. Jessica Biel
  • 3. Heather Graham
  • 4. Radha Mitchell
  • 5. Kathy Bates
  • 6. Ashley Judd
  • 7. Kate Hudson
  • 8. Amanda Seyfried
  • 9. Dakota Fanning
  • 10. Salma Hayek

Worst-Reviewed Actors of the Last 20 Years:

  • 1. Mike Epps
  • 2. Kevin Pollak
  • 3. Josh Duhamel
  • 4. Robin Williams
  • 5. Gerard Butler
  • 6. Adam Sandler
  • 7. John Travolta
  • 8. Stephen Dorff
  • 9. Neal McDonough
  • 10. Christopher McDonald

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I'm a Celebrity has already smashed a ratings record this year

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.

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Parents Night Out! David and Victoria Beckham Spice It Up for a Glam Holiday Party

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.”

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for Ellen DeGeneres Stand Up Special (Watch)

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.

FIRST LOOKS

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.

DATES

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.

CASTING

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.

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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.

RATINGS

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.

EXECUTIVE NEWS 

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’s Entertainment 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 The Weather Channel, as well as the streaming service Local Now.

INITIATIVES 

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).

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