Can you believe Kris Jenner is turning 65?
Can you believe Kris Jenner is turning 65?
Miu Miu is collaborating with Levi's on a series of sustainable denim line.
The actress made a surprise appearance during tonight's show.
Elizabeth Olsen is nominated for her performance in "WandaVision."
The TikTok star had some major styling help, too.
The show is back and bigger than ever.
A rapidly spreading fire in Topanga Canyon has forced around 1,000 residents to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon. NBC Los Angeles reported Saturday that police are looking for a man suspected of starting the fires. The blaze was first reported around 10 p.m. Friday evening, and what began as a small brush fire is now roughly 1,325 acres of flames. Officials are using air tankers and all available resources to tame the blaze, which is currently 0% contained — meaning the firefighters are unable to keep the fire from spreading further across Western Los Angeles. LA County Fire Department said in a recent statement the area of Pacific Palisades is basically a tinder box, filled with dry vegetation that “has not burned in 50+ years.” More than 500 homes and 1,000 people have been evacuate as the fire spreads, LAFD spokesperson Capt. Erik Scott told the New York Times. South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory warning for most of central LA, Northwest Coastal LA County (where the fires are mainly concentrated), and the San Fernando Valley. As with many fires in the hills of Los Angeles County, the mountainous terrain makes fighting fires an uphill battle. “Dozers are working to improve access for firefighters on the ground, but much of the area remains inaccessible,” LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told USA Today. “This is primarily an air-based operation with both fixed-wing and rotary (helicopters) working together.” In a tweet posted Sunday LAFD said, “Crews are working flare-ups towards the leading edge of the fire. @LACoFireAirOps water dropping helicopters & ground personnel continue the fight in steep, rugged terrain.” Officials say they hope overcast weather expected this week will bring down temperatures and make it easier to curtail the blaze before offshore winds pick up its momentum and bring it up the coast. Here's the current conditions near the #Palisadesfire SCE Topanga Oaks Station15 May 5:00 PM PDTTemp: 63°FDew Point: 51°FRH: 65%Wind SW 5 mph Gust:14 mph#socal #firewx #palisades #cawxhttps://t.co/FtgJvLKaKU pic.twitter.com/tuTIfBVXME— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) May 16, 2021 Read original story Palisades Fire Forces 1,000 Residents to Evacuate in Topanga Canyon At TheWrap
Just days after Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce, new reports have surfaced revealing that the Microsoft board of directors had been leaning towards removing Gates following an investigation into the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with an employee at the tech company. According to the Wall Street Journal, members of the Microsoft board launched an investigation in 2019 after receiving a letter from an employee saying that Gates sought to “initiate an intimate relationship” with her 19 years prior. Some members were concerned about the relationship in the wake of the #MeToo movement and felt that it would not be appropriate for Gates to continue in a leadership role at Microsoft at a time when workplace harassment and misconduct was coming under unprecedented public scrutiny.Gates resigned from the company in March 2020 before the investigation was completed. “There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” a Gates spokesperson told WSJ. “[His] decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”The New York Times also reported on Sunday that Gates had “pursued” several women over the past 27 years, including one Microsoft employee who said that Gates asked her to dinner in 2006 in an email that also said “”If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.” Some years later, another woman who worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said she was also asked out by Gates. Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced their divorce on May 3, agreeing to divide their $130 billion fortune while continuing to work together as co-chairs of their philanthropic foundation. The Times and WSJ report that the divorce was set in motion in October 2019 shortly after reports surfaced of Gates’ ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of underage sex trafficking and soliciting prostitution from a minor. It is unclear exactly how much French Gates knew about Gates’ connection to Epstein, and Gates’ representatives have vehemently denied that Epstein’s ties played a factor. ““Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated,” a spokesperson wrote to the Times. “Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false. The claim of mistreatment of employees is also false. The rumors and speculation surrounding Gates’s divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, and it’s unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as ‘sources.’” Read original story Microsoft Board Pushed Out Bill Gates Over Affair With Staffer (Report) At TheWrap
The viral origin story of how Flamin’ Hot Cheetos came to be may not be true. Richard Montañez has been telling people for almost a decade that he’s the unlikely mastermind behind the creation of the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto brand, but a new exposé in the Los Angeles Times reports Montañez actually had nothing to do with the idea. According to the LA Times, Montañez’s story — that he rose through the ranks at Frito-Lay from janitor to executive after pitching the idea for the spicy snack to PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico and a room of over 100 suits — isn’t true. Frito-Lay told the LA Times, “None of our records show that Richard was involved in any capacity in the Flamin’ Hot test market. We have interviewed multiple personnel who were involved in the test market, and all of them indicate that Richard was not involved in any capacity. That doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate Richard,” Frito-Lay continued, “but the facts do not support the urban legend.” The Times reported that a woman named Lynne Greenfeld was responsible for leading the creation and rollout of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in 1989. Greenfeld said she alerted Frito-Lay in 2018 when she got word of Montañez’s stories that he created the snack. Greenfeld told the LA Times she was “very proud” of her work on the snacks and added, “It is disappointing that 20 years later, someone who played no role in this project would begin to claim our experience as his own and then personally profit from it.” Still, the truth about the origins of the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto and Montañez’s viral rags-to-riches story — even if it’s fake — is too captivating to ignore. Montañez has capitalized on his fame, traveling the country giving speeches that command fees up to $50,000. He’s also written two memoirs, the second of which is called “Flamin’ Hot: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Janitor to Top Executive” and comes out this June. Montañez is also the subject of a new biopic, directed by Eva Longoria for Searchlight Pictures. The film doesn’t have a release date yet but Longoria has already set a cast. The LA Times said Frito-Lay reached out to Longoria and Searchlight in 2019 to inform them of “problems” with the story, but didn’t hear back. Former Cheetos product manager Ken Lukaska told the Times, “If that story existed, believe me, we would have heard about it. This guy should run for office if he’s that good at fooling everyone.” Read original story Flamin’ Hot Fraud? Frito-Lay Says Richard Montañez Didn’t Actually Invent Hot Cheetos At TheWrap
Over the past decade, the average home value in Laurel, Mississippi has skyrocketed.
Matthew Belloni, former Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter, has joined as a founding partner for a new media company that will cover politics, finance, tech and entertainment, TheWrap has learned. The yet-to-be-named platform plans to launch this summer and staff up to 20 people by the end of the year, a knowledgeable individual told TheWrap. The entity has raised $7 million in funding from TPG and 40 North Capital. The board includes Jim Coulter, executive chairman of TPG, and David Winter, co-CEO of Standard Industries, 40 North Media’s parent company. The site aims to compete with the Substack model, which has been attracting brand-name journalists to build their own businesses on that platform. Its model is also informed by The Athletic, the sports startup that aggressively hired top names in sports journalism, an insider explained. Co-founders include Jon Kelly, a veteran of The New York Times and creator of Vanity Fair’s “The Hive,” CEO Joe Purzycki, a digital veteran of Vox Media and Luminary; Chief Strategy Officer Max Tcheyan, who was one of the early staffers of The Athletic; and COO Liz Gough, formerly of Conde Nast.The site will be built as a subscription-based news service that will include newsletters, audio, and when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, events. Invitation-only emails will be sent out to Belloni to Hollywood insiders as part of the venture’s launch. “Just like Hollywood, media is undergoing a dramatic transformation for the digital future,” Belloni said. “It’s super-exciting to bring my years of experience to building an innovative new company while continuing to cover an industry I care about so passionately.” “Matt is a unique and generational talent—the Mike Allen of Hollywood, universally respected by industry insiders and observers,” says Jon Kelly. “We could not be more thrilled to partner with him to build this business at this crucial moment in the media industry.”Belloni spent 14 years at The Hollywood Reporter, starting a new entertainment law section of the website and rising to become editorial director in 2017. He departed in May 2020 after reported disagreements with the heads of THR parent company Valence Media over editorial independence for the site. Read original story New Media Outlet to Launch With $7 Million in Funding, Matthew Belloni as Founding Partner At TheWrap
Courtney Love is definitely not onboard with “Pam & Tommy,” Hulu’s upcoming series telling the story of Love’s longtime friends Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. In fact, Love is putting Lily James — who will star as Anderson — on blast for being part of the project at all. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Love voiced her disgust for the project, saying that it is capitalizing on a particularly traumatic event in Pamela Anderson’s life. According to her post, the project seemingly came to Love’s attention when she was asked to approve the use of a “Rolling Stone” cover she posed for. “I find this so f—ing outrageous . When Pam / tommy sex tape was out / myself @pattyschemel @xmadmx were making a record. And the lone women in many recording studios in la,” Love wrote. “Where all / ALL! The staff engineers / producers / owners / were watching the sex tape with huge schadenfraude . . Guffaws , It was disgusting. I banned anyone discussing it. It destroyed my friend Pamelas life. Utterly.” Love added that “Pam & Tommy” is “further causing [Anderson] complex trauma” before calling out series star Lily James directly. “And shame on Lily James whoever the f— she is,” Love wrote to bookend the post. On May 7, Hulu released images giving fans a first look at James transformed into Anderson, alongside her costar Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee, creating a storm on social media as fans marveled at how eerily similar the actors look to the real-life couple. That said, the real Lee and Anderson are not involved with the project, and Courtney Love noted that she declined the use of her “Rolling Stone” cover. Reps for Anderson, Lily James and Hulu did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request to comment. “Pam & Tommy” is written and executive produced by Rob Siegel and DV DeVincentis. Seth Rogen will star and executive produce along with Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee for Point Grey. Dave Franco will executive produce with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, and Ali Krug executive producing for Annapurna Pictures. Chip Vucelich, Dylan Sellers, and Sarah Gubbins will also executive produce. Craig Gillespie, who previously collaborated with Stan on the similarly irreverent biopic “I, Tonya” (2017), will direct. Read original story Courtney Love Puts Lily James on Blast for Starring as Pamela Anderson in ‘Pam & Tommy’ At TheWrap
It’s not easy becoming a zombie. For hundreds of extras that appeared in Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead,” rigorous training at “Zombie School” was required to learn how to act like the undead. In a new interview with the Boston Herald, Snyder and his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, said that about 200 extras were involved in the shooting of the Netflix film “Army of the Dead,” which follows a mercenary team that gets a job to steal $200 million from a Vegas casino overrun by zombies before a nuclear strike destroys the quarantined city. “For the hordes of zombies we had Zombie School, where the stunt team, who already knew how to move like a zombie, would teach 200 extras,” she said. “They didn’t have the training that the stunt people did, so we had to train them how to move and act like a zombie.” The zombie genre has been mined for every subversion imaginable since George A. Romero popularized it with “Night of the Living Dead” over 50 years ago. But Zack Snyder said it was fun to put his own spin on it. “The fun of the zombie genre is that the audience is ahead of you,” he said. “Like, you could ask a lot of people, ‘How do you kill zombies?’ ‘Shoot ’em in the head.’ ‘What if you get bit by a zombie, do you become a zombie?’ ‘Absolutely.’” “People know. So that’s the fun of it,” Snyder went on. “In a lot of ways it’s like making a Western or something like that. There are certain things and those are the rules you have to do. You have to deconstruct and subvert expectations. Right when you think it’s one way, you’ve got to take them that way.” No word on whether the Snyder Zombie School was anything like Dianne’s acting class in “Shaun of the Dead.” “Army of the Dead” is now playing in select theaters and will be released on Netflix this Friday. Read original story ‘Army of the Dead': Zack Snyder Sent Hundreds of Extras to ‘Zombie School’ At TheWrap
Chloe Bailey is channeling her inner Blossom from "The Powerpuff Girls."
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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Underground Railroad” finale) Barry Jenkins does not reveal until the final episode of his Amazon Prime Video limited series “The Underground Railroad” the story of Mabel (Sheila Atim), Cora’s (Thuso Mbedu) mother whom Cora has always believed abandoned her on the Georgia plantation they were enslaved on to escape to freedom without her little girl. Once viewers do reach the finale, aptly titled “Mabel,” they learn that Cora is deeply mistaken about what really happened, though Jenkins lays the groundwork for you to make that discovery in the show’s very first episode. Now that you’ve reached the end of “The Underground Railroad,” based on Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name, you know Mabel wandered off into the nearby swamp in a daze after her best friend killed herself and two newborn babies that were forced into her care immediately after she had given birth to a stillborn infant. Once she finally snapped out of it, Mabel realized where she was and that she had left her young daughter behind and turned around to go back for her. But she never made it back to Cora, because she was bitten by a snack and died from the poison right there in the swamp, never to be found by anyone, including slave catcher Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton). This finale scene is mirrored by one in the premiere in which Cora and Caesar (Aaron Pierre) are escaping the plantation through the swamp and a snake hisses at Cora and almost bites her. “Part of it was knowing that these two events were going to be separated by at least nine hours of storytelling,” Jenkins told TheWrap of the bookend scenes. “And part of it was, when you read the book, the Mabel chapter comes last. And so you get this just wallop of information as a reader. And I realized, Cora never gets this information. And so I thought in the adaptation, Cora is also never going to get this information. And yet there had to be something spiritual, because in making the show, I would be on this piece of land that used to be a plantation or I would be in this cotton field where I knew way ancestors were forced to work without compensation or any any kind of rights of process. And I would have a feeling, I would feel them.” The “Moonlight” filmmaker continued: “And so I thought, if Cora walks through the swamp, she might have this feeling as well. She doesn’t know what to do with it. And the audience at that point in watching the show, if have haven’t read the book, they won’t know what to do with it, even if they have read the book, seeing it is going to be so beyond. So I thought, we have to do this. And that was where the fun of adaptation came in.” Jenkins told us the “most important” shot in all of “The Underground Railroad” was the exact moment when Mabel realizes what’s going on, as the camera gets ahead of her in the swamp and then reverses course in one long take to show her standing still in horror. “It was so important that the audience know this woman decided to go back. It was so important that I felt the screen directions — again, in the book, Colson can write that Mabel decides to go back,” Jenkins said. “I don’t have that luxury. And so it had to be so clear. I was like, ‘There can’t be a cut. We have to be going one way and then we’re going back the other way and then she goes back the other way.’ It was so important. It was the most important moment for the whole show.” And just as that scene was the important to the show, Mabel’s story as a whole is the most important arc for Jenkins, even though it is not reached until the final episode, and is told in half of the finale, with the other half being devoted to the successful end of Cora’s journey to freedom. “The story of Mabel was the most important for me in making this show, by which I mean, I don’t know any Black woman I’ve ever met who would willingly abandon their child – especially given the situation that Mabel would be abandoning Cora to,” Jenkins said. “And so I thought, I have to create a world where in a psychological way, just for a moment, this woman is so destabilized that she makes, not even this choice, I’m using choice in air quotes, that she walks. So building the episode I was like, whatever real estate I need, that is the real estate I’m going to give, because this to me is the most important story in the whole show to get right. That’s me as a Black man who was born to a Black woman. That was my responsibility.” Jenkins say the “trick” here was the handoff between Mabel and Cora, which went through one big change in the final cuts. “I’ll tell you a secret from the whole show: There’s a cut scene where Sheila, who plays Mabel, she sits down at the tree in the swamp, and she’s been bitten, and she sings this song to Cora. It’s the same song, we also abandoned this part, that Cora sings to Grace in the North Carolina episode. And I thought, ‘You know what? This is an echo. It’s a beautiful echo. But is it too beautiful? Is it just too nice and too pointed?’ And so in the end, I decided against it.” Read original story ‘Underground Railroad': Barry Jenkins on Mabel’s Story, Cutting Finale Scene That Was ‘Too Beautiful’ to Keep At TheWrap
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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, John Oliver has been broadcasting his weekly “Last Week Tonight” from home in a white-backgrounded “blank void” that looks very different from his usual New York City studio. Now in its sixth season, the HBO show picked up four Primetime Emmy Awards last year, including for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the fifth straight year. And the former “Daily Show” regular has spent much of last year chronicling not only the pandemic but also the presidential election — and getting a sewer plant in Danbury, Connecticut, named after him. Also Read: 'Last Week Tonight' Calls 'Horses-' on Misuse of 2019 Segment to Push Voter Fraud Claims There is a new episode of “Last Week Tonight” this week, May 16. Oliver is back in his usual time slot at 11 p.m. EST on HBO. In last season’s finale, Oliver also took the opportunity to recap some of his personal highlights from the momentous year of 2020. “We sponsored a marble league, we made stamps to help the Postal Service, we tracked down this magnificent piece of rat erotica,” he began. “I got into a fight with Danbury, Connecticut, which resulted in them naming a sewage plant after me.” He also recapped his yearlong taunting of Oscar-nominated actor Adam Driver, who gamely called in to inquire about “this strange, strange bit that you’ve somehow pulled me into” and then dragged Oliver into offering a very begrudging apology. Also Read: John Oliver Can't Believe He Still Has to Talk About 'This Asshole' Donald Trump (Video) Oliver closed the season finale with a more spectacular bit, getting up from his seat in the “blank void” to reveal a giant stage-set in some remote ravine-like location. As he walked toward the camera and away from the set, we saw that it was in fact shaped like a giant 2020 sign — which he promptly blew up in a fireball. “Let tomorrow be about solutions,” Oliver said to close the show, and the season, and the year. “Today is about vengeance. F— you, 2020. Get f—ed.” Read original story Is There a New ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Airing This Week? At TheWrap
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