A longtime producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has spoken out about the past “rough” couple of months for the programme.Andy Lassner, who has been an executive producer on the show since its beginnings in 2003, shared his impressions in an Instagram video over the weekend.
Mariah Carey has said she was made to feel “extremely uncomfortable” during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, in which the pop star was pushed into revealing a pregnancy that she later miscarried.Carey appeared on DeGeneres’ US talk show in 2008, when DeGeneres asked the star to either confirm or deny tabloid rumours that she was expecting a baby with then-husband Nick Cannon.
Chadwick Boseman, who has died from cancer aged 43, was an American actor whose training included a summer course at Balliol College, Oxford, before he struck a blow for racial equality by starring in Hollywood blockbusters as Marvel Comics’ groundbreaking superhero, Black Panther. “It’s a sea-change moment,” Boseman said when Black Panther was released in 2018. “I still remember the excitement people had seeing Malcolm X – and this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie…” “I truly believe there’s a truth that needs to enter the world at a particular time – and that’s why people are excited about Panther. This is the time.”
Nina Dobrev has poked fun at her Vampire Diaries co-stars, ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, in a hilarious Instagram comment.Dobrev replied to a photo of the male co-stars looking cosy in front of a roaring fire with a few bottles of bourbon between them, which was accompanied by the caption, “POV: You’re Elena on TheVampireDiaries. Who are you choosing?”
A video of Robin Williams roasting Donald Trump has resurfaced after a tense exchange between the comedian’s daughter and the president’s son.Eric Trump recently shared a clip of Williams making fun of Joe Biden.
Ghislaine Maxwell thought a young Paris Hilton would be “perfect” for Jeffrey Epstein, a new documentary has claimed.The anecdote is included in Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary series airing on Lifetime this coming Sunday and Monday (9 and 10 August).
James Corden is being considered to replace Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show following accusations of bullying against the host, according to reports.The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently undergoing an internal investigation after a Buzzfeed report cited multiple former employees who claimed they had experienced racism, bullying and sexual harassment.
Actor Robert De Niro has claimed the coronavirus has decimated his finances and he “may only make” $7.5 million (£6m) this year, as he fought in court to limit his estranged wife’s expenses. The Irishman star’s former partner, Grace Hightower, has claimed in divorce proceedings taking place in Manhattan, New York, that De Niro “unfairly” cut her monthly credit card allowance from $100,000 to $50,000. Lawyers for De Niro, 76, say he reduced Ms Hightower’s American Express card limit because he has taken a huge financial hit as Nobu and Greenwich Hotel, two restaurant chains he has stakes in, were forced to close or partially close during the Covid-19 lockdown. He also says he has been limited in his acting work by the virus. Caroline Krauss, his attorney, said a film project that he was scheduled to begin filming this summer in Oklahoma has been put on hold. Ms Hightower, 64, a singer and actress, also alleged that she and their children had been banned from an upstate New York estate where De Niro is staying during the pandemic.
Amber Heard had "extramarital affairs" with Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, and the actor James Franco, lawyers for her ex-husband Johnny Depp claimed in court yesterday. Depp is awaiting a decision on whether his libel claim against The Sun over allegations he was violent towards Heard will go ahead next week. The 57-year-old actor is suing the tabloid's publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which referred to him as a "wife beater". The Sun's legal team made a last-ditch attempt to strike out Depp's claim yesterday, arguing that he had breached a court order by not handing over what were referred to as "Australia drugs texts" between Depp and his assistant, Nathan Holmes. David Sherborne, representing Depp, also asked for "all communications" between Heard and a contact saved in her phone as "Rocketman", who Depp claims is Elon Musk, and between her and actor James Franco. Mr Sherborne told the court that Heard had an affair with each of the two men while she was going out with or married to Depp. David Price QC, representing Heard, resisted the application for disclosure.
Apple’s upcoming smartphone may not come with wired earbuds in the box – and could even launch without a power adapter.TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for making reliable predictions about Apple’s products, claims that the decision to not include wired headphones is so Apple can further push their AirPods wireless headphones.
Florence Pugh has apologised for cultural appropriation after admitting she wore cornrows as a teenager. The 24-year-old actress, who is best known for her roles in Little Women and Midsommer, was responding to criticism that she wore cornrows when she was 18 and painted henna on her body. Responding to the comments in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests, Pugh posted a statement via her Instagram on Friday to apologise for her actions. The actress said that she had disrespected other cultures as a teenager and that she hadn’t heard the term “cultural appropriation” until a friend at the time criticised the way she’d styled her hair. As a teenager, Pugh wore tight braids, which originate from African culture. “She began to explain to me what cultural appropriation was, the history and heartbreak over how when black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls do it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Pugh wrote to her 1.5million followers. She also explained that at the time, she was defensive about the issue, which she said she now recognises as an indicator of her own “white fragility”. In her statement she also revealed that one of her fans criticised her on Instagram for appropriating Rastafarian culture as a 17-year-old. “I was reminded of a photo when I was 17. I braided my hair and painted a beanie with the Jamaican flag colours and went to a friend’s house; proud of my Rastafarian creation. I then posted about it the next day with a caption that paraphrased the lyrics to Shaggy’s song ‘Bombastic’.” “At the time I honestly did not think that I was doing anything wrong,” she said. “Growing up as white and privileged allowed me to get that far and not know.” Her comments come at a time when businesses are being rebranded and historic monuments and statues are being reconsidered in light of their controversial links to the colonial past. Pugh also explained how she befriended a shop owner when she was eight-years-old who taught her how to apply henna. “There wasn’t a summer where I didn’t henna my hands, feet, my family’s hands and feet, my friends – I was obsessed,” she wrote. However she went on to write that in 2017, when henna and bindis “became a trend” she was annoyed that “a culture was being abused for profit”. “I thought because I was taught about [henna] differently, I was an exception,” she wrote. “And here’s the problem. I wasn’t actually being respectful in how I was using it. I wore this culture on my terms only, to parties, at dinner. I too was disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me those years ago.” Pugh ended her statement with another apology: “I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognise them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologise profusely that it took this long.”
Laurence Fox has criticised stars of the Harry Potter franchise who turned against JK Rowling for her comments about transgender issues.Rowling, who has made anti-trans comments in the past, appeared to take issue with a headline about “people who menstruate” and later argued that discussion of gender identity invalidated biological sex.
A clip showing Louis Walsh touching Mel B inappropriately on live television has resurfaced online.The X Factor judges were appearing on ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor in 2014 when Walsh decided to grab the former Spice Girls singer’s backside.
You might think you’ve exhausted everything there is to watch on Netflix.The chances are, though, that there are probably a large quantity of films and TV shows you’ve never come across while searching through the streaming service’s extensive library.
The Queen has been pictured horse riding in her first public appearance since lockdown began. Over the weekend she took Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fell pony, for a ride in the 655-acre Windsor Home Park. Her Majesty wore a headscarf featuring jockeys’ silks. Horse racing, of which the Queen is known to be a huge fan, begins again today after being stopped during the coronavirus lockdown. She has been with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, where she spent her 94th birthday on April 21 in lockdown and has continued official duties. The Queen delivered her VE Day anniversary message to Britain from Windsor Castle last month, reminding the country to “never give up, never despair”. She recently sent her best wishes to this year’s “unique” virtual Chelsea Flower Show, commenting that her grandmother Queen Mary would have been delighted to know that gardening had become a national pastime.
Film production companies in Thailand have been given a strict set of instructions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus on set.As the country has relaxed its lockdown measures, the Thai film industry has resumed work while complying with social distancing measures.
Lisa Kudrow has spoken about the difficulty of introducing social distancing rules at her mother’s funeral.The Friends star, whose mother died in February, said she requested that there be “no hugging” at the ceremony.
Lisa Kudrow has defended Friends amid criticism that the show has aged badly.The actor starred as Phoebe Buffay in all 236 episodes of the beloved sitcom between 1994 and 2004.
Kirk Douglas, who died earlier this month at the age of 103, reportedly left almost his entire $61m fortune to charity.On Sunday, The Mirror reported that the Hollywood legend left $50m of his fortune to be distributed by the Douglas Foundation, which the actor and his wife Anne founded in 1964 with the goal of “helping those who cannot help themselves”.
Trevor Noah has said he's thrilled after Parasite made Oscars history by becoming the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.However, in the latest episode of The Daily Show, the late-night TV host admitted that he doubts Hollywood’s "wokeness" will last.
Former K-Pop idol Seungri has been indicted on charges including organising prostitution and habitual gambling, a year after he was first accused in a sexual abuse scandal that sent shockwaves through South Korea‘s booming entertainment industry.The 29-year-old, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, quit the group Big Bang after the allegations emerged in 2019. In a statement at the time he said: “It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment business at this point.”
China celebrates its Lunar New Year on Saturday, marking the start of a 15-day Spring Festival.The occasion is also observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines as well as in Chinese communities across the world, not least in London’s West End, the biggest gathering of revellers outside of Asia.
Prince Harry has said there was “no other option” than to stand down from royal duties, in a speech referring to the “powerful force” of the media.The Duke of Sussex, at a private dinner for the Sentebale charity on Sunday night, explained why he and his wife Meghan Markle had made the decision.
Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.