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DWAYNE JOHNSON DRAGGED FOR CALLING TANK NAMED FOR HIM ‘SEXY’

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is celebrated the world over for his strength. So it’s not a shock that the 1stArmored Division at Fort Bliss decided to name a tank after him.

They announced the move in a tweet: "'If you smell what America's Tank Division is cooking!' Shoutout to the #IronSoldiers assigned to the @Blackhawk_SQDN for naming one of their tanks in homage to the @TheRock. Hopefully the 'People's Champ' will see it and give you guys a shoutout and a retweet! #TuesdayThoughts".

On Friday, he gave them a shout-out on Instagram, writing: "I’m sending a salute of respect & gratitude to the Blackhawk Squadron 1st Armored Division for the honor of naming their tank (the most advanced in the world) Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Heavy duty, bad a--, sexy AF and built to take care of business 😉 — but most importantly, thank you all for your service. Grateful to the bone."

As of Monday, the image received 2 million+ likes and thousands of comments. Much support, but also some serious criticism from fans.

"Well I really like you as a person and everything but what is a tank meant for? If it is to take the lives of human beings and others then it is not admirable... I hope it won’t be used... May God bless you all ❤️ Peace and Love," one Instagram user replied.

"That’s not something to be very proud of because it’ll be your name on that tank that’ll kill innocent people," another claimed.

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AMY SCHUMER REVEALS HUSBAND IS ON AUTISM SPECTRUM

Comedian Amy Schumer is getting personal in her new Netflix special, Amy Schumer: Growing, according to multiple reports. The 37-year-old talks pregnancy and marriage, and in the process, reveals that her husband Chris Fischer is on the spectrum.

She tells the Chicago crowd in the special: "I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine. I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much."

"My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's. He has autism spectrum disorder. He's on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on," Schumer says, before telling a story of how her husband reacted abnormally to her falling down during a walk together. "Nine out of 10 people would go, 'Oh my god, are you OK?!' Maybe more like 10 out of 10 people...Instead, my husband went-- He kind of froze and became a lighthouse, opening and closing his mouth."

"I remember lying on the ground looking up at him and I wasn't mad, I just thought, Huh," she recalls. "Lotta Huh moments, you know?"

"Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he's on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him," she says in her Netflix special. "That's the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn't care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do."

"If I say to him, like, 'Does this look like sh*t?' He'll go, 'Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don't you wear those?'… But he can also make me feel more beautiful than anyone ever has in my whole life. And he can't lie!" she adds. "Is that the dream man?!"

Amy Schumer: Growing drops today (Tuesday) on Netflix.

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TWITTER IS HERE FOR JOHN OLIVER’S BULLYING DISCUSSION WITH MONICA LEWINSKY

John Oliver makes his living, at least in part, by poking fun at other people. So when he tackled the subject of public shaming with Monica Lewinsky on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, it would have been tough to predict how the story—and the response to the story—would go.

In the segment, he essentially publicly shamed himself and fellow late night host Jay Leno for going after Lewinsky, who was publicly lacerated after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton became pregnant.

JAY LENO

He slammed Leno’s recent Today show appearance, in which he expressed concern over the nature of late night shows in the age of President Trump.

"Everything now is, if people don’t like your politics…everyone has to know your politics," Leno said. "But when people see you are one-sided, it just makes it tough. I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?"

Oliver questioned Leno’s "civility," by pointing to old clips of Leno saying the humid stickiness in L.A. was "stickier than Monica Lewinsky."

Then he showed Leno reading from a fake Dr. Seuss inspired book about the scandal titled "The Slut in the Hat."

Oliver summarized, "And, if that’s what Leno means by civility, may I offer my new book: ‘Oh the Places You Can Go F--- Yourself, Jay Leno!'"

TAKING BLAME HIMSELF

"Look, my hands are not clean here, either," he said. "I wasn’t in the U.S. at the time, but ten years after the fact, I was in a Daily Show piece marking the tenth anniversary of the scandal above a graphic reading, ‘10 Sucking Years,’ which is gross. It’s gross."

LEWINSKY’S PERSPECTIVE

Lewinsky appeared herself and shared her own perspective as an anti-bullying advocate.

Lewinsky said: "I do think there’s a spectrum of behavior on which we can sort of judge, as a society, ‘Is this where shaming is effective to change social behavior, or is it damaging?’" (0:14 … OC: "is it damaging?")

Her own experience, she continued, "was a sh--storm. It was an avalanche of pain and humiliation, and, obviously, I could not have gotten through it without my family, and, eventually, when I was allowed to talk to my friends, my friends, too . . . At 24 years old, it was really hard to hold on to a shred of dignity or self-esteem when I was just the butt of so many jokes and being misunderstood."

"One of the things that happens with these kinds of experiences is that you start to disappear, you start to feel like you don’t matter. And I think that when somebody sees you and just acknowledges your humanity in the smallest way, it really can make a world of a difference," she told Oliver. And you don’t know — it could help save someone’s life."

On Twitter Monday, Lewinsky thanked Oliver for his message and for giving her a platform. She tweeted: "v grateful for the words of support on here re @LastWeekTonight. hope these kinds of conversations help anyone suffering know you’re not alone + you can survive it. it will get better."

AUDIO: MONICA LEWINSKY TALKS PUBLIC SHAMING WITH JOHN OLIVER

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG MAKES SURPRISE RETURN TO ‘THE VIEW’

Whoopi Goldberg shocked audience members and her fellow co-hosts when she made a surprise return to The View on Thursday. The appearance was her first after a near-death experience battling double pneumonia and sepsis more than a month ago.

After the audience’s excited cries of "Whoopi!" died down, the 63-year old said: "This is my first foray out. I’m not there yet, I’m not better…but over the next week and a half I will be here more often."

She told her co-hosts: "I wanted the first foray to be to come see y'all because I really kinda missed y'all."

Goldberg also said that Joy Behar’s crack that she was on maternity leave really resonated. "I think some people said to me, 'So, um, how did you get pregnant?' And I couldn't figure out what they were talking about, and then I remembered that Joy had said, 'She's on maternity leave.'"

She also got serious though: "You think you can push through because you got a little cold, you say, 'I'm just gonna keep going, keep going.' And you think because you've healed quickly before that something crazy can't happen. Well, it can. I had double pneumonia and sepsis... and so they had to pump a lot of stuff out of me. This is a cautionary tale for all of us. You must really take care of yourself because there is little tiny stuff out there that will kill you that you never think of."

AUDIO: WHOOPI GOLDBERG ON HER HEALTH

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‘EMPIRE’ RETURNS UNDER JUSSIE SMOLLETT CLOUD

Empire returned to the air on Fox Wednesday night for its Season 5 midseason premiere, the first time the show has aired a newbie since its star Jussie Smollett told police in Chicago that he was assaulted on January 29th.

A few weeks later, he was arrested and charged with filing a false police reports; police say the black, openly gay actor considered with two black brothers to stage a racist and homophobic hate crime against him. He denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

The last new episode aired December 5. Here’s The Wrap’s summary of the last show: it ended with Jeff Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) telling Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Andre (Trai Byers), Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Jamal (Smollett) that he is Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) son,and a flash-forward showing Andre flatlining in front of his parents, giving fans more fuel for their theories about who is in the casket.

Smollett is set to appear in court today (Thursday). Many are watching to see how the popular show performs in ratings, especially as Smollett’s character has been written out of the season’s final episodes.

Regarding that decision, executive producer Brett Mahoney told EW: "It was a very difficult decision, but I think in terms of allowing the cast and the crew to really get the work done without a great deal of disruption in terms of the day-to-day and the stress of the day-to-day, and, in addition, allowing Jussie the time to really deal with what he's been confronted with and allow him the time to focus and prepare his case, this seems like the logical decision to make."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

OZ ACTOR GEORGE MORFOGEN DIES: Veteran stage actor who is best known for portraying the inmate Bob Rebadow on HBO’s Oz has died at age 86. Morfogen also appeared in several films directed by Peter Bogdanovich, including What's Up Doc? (1972), Daisy Miller (1974), At Long Last Love (1975), Saint Jack (1979), They All Laughed (1981), Mask (1985), Illegally Yours (1988) and She's Funny That Way (2014). He is survived by his husband and life partner of 51 years, Gene, and his nieces Leslie and Amanda.

AMY SCHUMER AND LENA DUNHAM BOND OVER TROLLS: Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have bonded over the abuse they both receive online. "It’s a pretty specific experience," Dunham told The New York Times. "Most people don’t know what it’s like to open social media in the morning and hear you are physically, socially and politically worthless." Dunham tells the Times that Schumer can take it though: "She’s titanium, and part of her skill is the ability to make it look easy." Schumer is nervous about her upcoming special Growing, on Netflix, which she filmed while pregnant with her and husband Chris Fischer’s first child: "I don’t know what’s going to happen with my special — what’s the thing people will be furious about? It sucks to have everyone mad at me. But I’m not too careful."

EMILIA CLARKE DROPS ANOTHER GOT HINT: Game of Thrones fan theories are on overdrive as everyone awaits the HBO hit’s final season. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Emilia Clarke green-lighted the speculation about her red wardrobe. Clarke said: "There’s a real through line for this particular season, there’s a real arc, and I feel like fans, like hard-core fans, will clock what’s happening within the reflection of the clothing. There’s definitely a story to tell there." BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

MEGHAN MARKLE, KATE MIDDLETON EMBRACED ON PURPOSE: Earlier this week, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle put royal feud rumors to rest by effusively greeting each other with hugs and cheek-kisses at Commonwealth Day in front of flashing cameras and royal onlookers. According to a source who spoke with Vanity Fair, the decision was deliberate. "They might not have a huge amount in common, but Kate has no issue with Meghan. She wants them to get along, not just for Harry’s sake but because two royal sisters-in-law at loggerheads wouldn’t be good, and Kate knows that," they said.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

JUDGE JUDY TO NAB EMMY: Judge Judy Sheindlin is set to snag a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Daytime Emmys. The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences will make the official announcement Wednesday, as well as announcing the Lifetime Achievement honoree for the Creative Arts celebration on May 3, ET reports. Sheindlin, 76, has won three Daytime Emmys. The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, May 5.

COLE SPROUSE TALKS LUKE PERRY: Riverdale knows how it’s going to address actor Luke Perry’s death IRL on the show, where he played Archie’s dad. But fans will have to wait and see. "I can't go too much into the spoilers of it, but we do have something planned narratively," Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, hinted to The View Tuesday. "We dedicated some of the episodes to him." The 26-year-old added, "He was very well loved. I mean, the whole world is mourning his passing. But, he was one of those guys that would rather have us all laughing about his great stories than mourning for too long."

AIDY BRYANT ON TWITTER: At the Q&A following the premiere of her new show Shrill at SXSW, Aidy Bryant sounded of on Twitter. "It’s a bad space," said, explaining why she quit the platform. She got harassed when she played Sarah Huckabee Sanders she said, explaining that people would tweet at her that she was a "fat disgusting pig" who didn’t deserve to play Sanders. "Everyone should quit," Lindy West, who penned the memoir that inspired the forthcoming Hulu show, added. "It just wouldn’t be a realistic show about a female journalist if there weren’t people calling her a fat pig and threatening to kill her. It just had to be in there."

DAVE FRANCO TO DIRECT WIFE ALISON BRIE IN THE RENTAL: Dave Franco and Alison Brie are set to work together in The Rental. The horror film, which Franco and Joe Swanberg will direct, follows two couples, Brie and Dan Stevens, and Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White as they head out for a weekend at a cabin. Franco told Deadline he "couldn’t be more excited… to be working with such an amazing group of actors for my directorial debut." The pair, who married in 2017, also worked together on The Disaster Artist.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

DISNEY’S ALADDIN DROPS TRAILER: The first full-length trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin has debuted, with Mena Massoud’s Aladdin making one of his first three wishes. Will Smith’s Genie also appears, telling him,"You look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the outside." The Guy Ritchie-helmed film is based on the 1992 animated film from the House of Mouse. Naomi Scott is also starring as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari plays Jafar. Aladdin soars into theaters May 24th.

GAL GADOT SUPPORTS BRIE LARSON: Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot congratulated Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson on the successful opening of her film, which surpassed both 2017’s Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman to become the highest-grossing female-led film to debut ever. "I'm so happy for you sister! Congrats," Gadot wrote to the star over an image of their two characters arm in arm by Maxy Artwork. Captain Marvel garnered $153 million in its first weekend out. Have you seen it yet?

DISNEY SETS CLOSING DATE FOR FOX BUY: Disney has set March 20th as the closing date for the acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Fox shareholders have until Thursday to choose the amount of cash and Disney stock to receive in the $71.3 billion deal, the House of Mouse revealed Tuesday.

HULU, SPOTIFY CUT PRICE OF BUNDLE: Hulu and Spotify are cutting the price of their combo bundle, with Hulu’s ad-supported plan being made available gratis to Spotify’s current Premium subscribers, Variety reports. From now through June 10, new Spotify Premium subscribers can sign on for $9.99 a month, down from $12.99. New subscribers will be able to tap Spotify and Hulu for the first 30 days. Hulu recently slashed the price of its ad-supported plan from $7.99 to $5.99 per month.

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CATHOLIC DIOCESE DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM PETE DAVIDSON

Catholic officials are not laughing over Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson’s "disgraceful and offensive" remarks likening fans of R. Kelly to fans of the Catholic Church on "Weekend Update."

Noting first that Kelly "is a monster who should go to jail forever," he asked: "But if you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference, except like one’s music is significantly better." ( 0:14 OC: … "significantly better.")

In a statement, the Diocese of Brooklyn said: "The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions. The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose. The clergy sex abuse crisis is shameful, and no one should ever get a laugh at the expense of the victims who have suffered irreparably."

But on Twitter, both self-described Catholics and SNL fans weren’t having it.

One critic wrote: "Being Catholic let me say 1) it's a joke 2) reap what one sows. You have to acknowledge a problem before you can address it, and with over 100 priest accused it's a serious problem," while another said: "As soon as the Catholic Church apologizes for all the damage they have done to children from the 60s...70s...80s...90s...00s...2010s.... The thousands of children Priests have raped and then covered up.... Then maybe Pete can apologize. Hows that?"

AUDIO: PETE DAVIDSON ON CATHOLICS AND R. KELLY

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LEGAL TEAM WELCOMES CAMERAS INTO COURTROOM

Nothing to hide. Jussie Smollett’s legal team welcomed Cook County’s decision to allow cameras into the courtroom at his next appearance Thursday on criminal charges.

Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said that whoever is names as presiding judge will ultimately decide if the hearing will be videotaped. Smollett, who is facing charges that he staged a phony hate crime against himself, appeared in court with his lawyers, two of his brothers and a sister-in-law. He was not required to appear, but did so "to show confidence in his innocence."

"He will do everything he needs to do," his rep, Anne Kavanagh said. "He will go the extra mile to cooperate with the process."

During the hearing, Smollett's attorney Tina Glandian told the court she would welcome cameras to allow the public to "see the evidence and the lack thereof."

"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett and we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out," she said.

Smollett is free on $100,000 bond after being indicted on 16 charges of lying to police, who suspect he enlisted two other black men to help him stage a racist and homophobic attack on January 29th.

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TEENS TAKE OVER ‘AMERICAN IDOL’

After endearing himself to the judges last season, a fan-favorite contestant is heading back to Hollywood for another shot at stardom – and that was just one of several surprises from last night’s American Idol.

The third night of auditions this season also included what Lionel Richie called "the attack of the 15- and 16-year-olds," an onslaught of insanely talented teens: One of the most talented of the teens was Madison Vandenberg, 16, whose performance of Dan + Shay’s "Speechless" left the judges speechless. Both Katy and Luke Bryant compared her to Kelly Clarkson.

Meanwhile, the first audition of the night included a twist. Laine Hardy made a name for himself last season on Idol and he came back last night to help his best friend’s sister get her shot at stardom too. Ashton Gill was the first up and managed to impress the judges with her version of "Broken Halos" by Chris Stapleton. All three judges loved what Ashton brought and while it was pointed out that she was a little bit pitchy, her voice is beautiful and raw, earning her a trip to Hollywood.

While Laine said he was only there to help out his friend, the judges remembered him and even pointed out that Laine had new teeth and his own line of merch. After Gill’s audition, they asked Laine to sing a little bit too – and offered him a Golden Ticket as well, with the judges practically begging him to join this season.

Other standout auditions included:

Austin Michael: Identified as the "Justin Bieber of the country world," 15-year-old Austin got mixed reactions from the judging panel. While Perry thought the young performer needed more time to "age like a fine whiskey," judges Richie and Bryan voted "yes," putting Michael through to Hollywood.

Jake Puliti: A 20-year-old Pennsylvania-native Jake traveled to New York City to audition with his rendition of "This Is How We Do It" and made judges dance with through his amazing vocals. "I made Katy Perry do the worm, that's insane," the singer said to the camera.

Shawn Robinson: Currently a garden associate at a local hardware store, 21-year-old Shawn is hoping to chase his musical dreams. "Your voice is butter," Richie said. "I'm in love with your personality." "When you're in your lane, you're perfection," Bryan added. "I want to hear you dig in next time," Perry concluded. Robinson won three "yes" votes from the judges and was accompanied by his family as he received his golden ticket.

Nate Walker: Coming from a musical background, while also being associated with last season's contestant Gabby Barrett, Nate had a lot to prove. The Pittsburg-native performed his rendition of "Say Something," and blew the judges away. In unison from all three judges, Walker got three "yes" votes and is headed to Hollywood. "You are anointed, my friend," Richie said. "You are a legend," Walker said to Richie as he walked up to receive his golden ticket. "You will be a legend," Richie responded.

Wade Cota: After sharing a heartbreaking story of abuse and neglect by his biological father, Wade, a 27-year-old Phoenix native, stunned the judges with his deep, gravelly voice and soulful rendition of George Ezra’s "Blame It on Me." "I was not excepting that person to jump out of your body," Richie said. "You have the most unique voices I've ever heard in my life," Perry added.

Riley Thompson: Performing her original song "Oh, Daddy," Riley presented vocals far beyond her years. "You remind me of a country Lana Del Rey," Perry concluded.

Drake McCain Taylor: At just 17, Drake hopes to be a role model for his 10 siblings. Taylor showed his strong vocals and riffs through a classic Gospel song, which made Perry join in on the worship. The young grocery store worker got three "yes" votes from the judges and won a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Clay Page: Dubbed the "gentle ginger" by Katy, Georgia native Clay shared a sad story about losing the uncle who inspired him to pick up his first guitar, then treated the judges to a Thomas Rhett jam. Luke said that Clay might not be the best country singer in the world, but he still hung onto his every word.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon: Jeremiah is a preacher’s kid who currently works as a janitor at his father’s church. He came prepared with an original piece called "Almost Heaven," a soulful ballad about reconciling his sexuality with his faith. Aside from the obvious emotional connection the judges formed with Jeremiah, they were also impressed with his musicianship.

AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON PERFORMS AN ORIGINAL SONG
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL KATY ON MADISON VANDENBURGS PERFORMANCE OF SPEECHLESS
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL KATY PERFORMS WITH DRAKE MCCAIN
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LAINE HARDY IS OFFERED A TICKET TO HOLLYWOOD
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MADISON VANDENBURG PERFORMS SPEECHLESS
AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL PETER LEMONGELLO JR PERFORMS I CANT HELP MYSELF

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REPORT CLAIMS KATE BECKINSALE IS DATING PETE DAVIDSON FOR THE PRESS COVERAGE AS HE SPEAKS OUT

Kate Beckinsale, 45, and Pete Davidson, 25, have been photographed making out and hanging out for a few months, and yes, their age gap has raised some brows and launched 1 million and 1 breathless blog posts.

Which—some say—is all part of the plan.

KATE’S APPROACH

According to Page Six, Beckinsale’s interest in the Saturday Night Live comedian has been intensified because of the amount of press coverage it has generated. "Kate loves the attention — both from a younger guy and the media," said a Hollywood executive with knowledge of the situation. "She hasn’t been in the press this much in years."

PETE’S APPOACH

But don’t cry for Davidson. He has his own motivations. One pal calls the relationship a direct response to his ex-fiance, Ariana Grande. It’s at least in part "a ‘f–k you’ to Ariana," the pal blabs.

PETE BREAKS SILENCE

Davidson broke his silence on their relationship in a Weekend Update segment of SNL.

Davidson’s perspective: "Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference. But it doesn't really bother us. But then again, I'm new to this. So if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, whoever the president of France is, Mel Gibson, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer, Larry King, Larry King, Larry King, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump."

Davidson was of course referring to male celebs who whose wives and girlfriends, past or present, have been significantly younger than them.

R. KELLY & CATHOLICS?

Davidson also tackled the R. Kelly sex abuse scandal, likening it to the Catholic Church scandal. "But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference — only one’s music is significantly better," Davidson said.

AUDIO: PETE DAVIDSON ON AGE GAP

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INDUSTRY NEWS

AVA DUVERNAY TALKS COMPTON-TO-HOLLYWOOD STORY: Ava DuVernay was honored by Mindy Kaling at last week’s VH1 Trailblazer Honors, along with #MeToo founder Tatana Burke, author Margaret Atwood and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Standing in a room like this, in front of a crowd like you, I can’t help to remember the girl I was growing up in Compton," said DuVernay, welcomed to the stage after receiving compliments from Kaling on activism, creativity, social media and, yes, fashion. (She joked: "Her fashion is so on point that sometimes I forget that she's a director and I'm like, 'what's with Oprah's hot friend?'") "I remember when movies seemed so glamorous and far away, and I can’t believe that I get to make them." She also gave her mother Darlene and her late aunt Denise credit for her journey. "I was 32 the first time I picked up a camera. That’s ancient in film years," she explained. "Where did the audacity to come from to say, 'I can do this, I can make films?' ... My mother taught me that my flaws were my gifts so because of her I never questioned my desire or my ability to make films or do anything else. All I knew is that I wanted was to make films about women like her — fearless, gorgeous, courageous, brave, better than they think they are."

COMEDY CENTRAL ANNOUNCES FLAPS: In honor of International Woman’s Day March 8th, Comedy Central announced the launch of an all-female sketch series, Flaps. The nine-part series features Maddie Rice, who starred in the theatrical version of Fleabag, Beth Rylance (Plebs), Bronwyn James (Harlots), Danielle Vitalis (Attack The Block) and Elinor Lawless (The End of Hope), among others.

NETFLIX PARTNERING ON THAI CAVE FILM: Netflix is teaming up with SK Global, which acquired the rights to the epic 12 Thai boy + soccer coach cave rescue in 2018. They will co-produce a miniseries. A rep for Netflix told The Hollywood Reporter: "We can confirm that we are working on an original scripted miniseries with SKE Global and 13 Tham Luang Company Limited to bring the incredible story of the Thai cave rescue to audiences worldwide on Netflix."

FIRST TRAILER FOR THE DAILY SHOW ABROAD DROPS: The Daily Show’s Desi Lydic is plunging into an exploration of gender equality around the world. Desi Lydic: Abroad will drop on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 PM ET/PT, marking her first one-hour special. On International Women’s Day, the first trailer dropped. Will you tune in for this special?

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JESSICA CHASTAIN REGRETS NOT TELLING EXEC TO ‘F— OFF’

Jessica Chastain is no shrinking violet, but even she is afraid to speak her mind at times. Recalling an incident with a male executive who flirted with her, the 41-year-old Oscar nominated star tells Marie Claire that she wasn’t sure how she should handle the unwanted attention.

"For months, I tried to make it light, laugh it off," Chastain said, not identifying the man, in Marie Claire’s April "Change Makers" issue. "Now I wish I had just told him to f— off."

She also revealed that her support of #MeToo has not been universally embraced in Hollywood.

"I’ve had people tell me, ‘You need to be a little more quiet with all this woman talk,'" Chastain revealed.

But she said she won’t stop speaking out until the playing field is leveled. She observed: "Male directors who had their first film in Sundance, their next offer is a huge action movie. Women haven’t been given those opportunities, and we need to ask why."

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QUEEN ELIZABETH POSTS FIRST INSTAGRAM

The 92-year-old Queen as Instagram influencer? We live in strange times, and they keep getting stranger. Queen Elizabeth has published her first post on Instagram, 43 years after she sent her first email.

The Queen issued her post—an epic throwback, natch—from London’s Science Museum. The post was a snapshot of a letter sent by 19th-century mathematician and computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.

"Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert," she wrote in the post on the official @TheRoyalFamily account, using a touch screen iPad at the museum to send the message.

She continued: "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors/"

Adorably, she signed the post Elizabeth R.

The royal account has 4.6 million followers. Users immediately welcomed the Queen to Instagram, as did the museum. Some users were cheeky, writing "hi liz!" while others were more restrained.

"We are honoured that while opening The Smith Centre at the Science Museum Your Majesty shared a post on Instagram for the first time," the Science Museum wrote in a comment on the image.

"We're thrilled that the image is of correspondence from the Royal Archive between Charles Babbage and Your Majesty's great-great-grandfather Prince Albert about the Difference Engine No.1 on display in our Making the Modern World gallery."

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PARIS JACKSON DEFENDS FATHER’S LEGACY FOLLOWING ‘NEVERLAND’

After days of silence, model Paris Jackson appears to be addressing Leaving Neverland, a widely viewed HBO documentary that shared devastating allegations of sexual misconduct against her father, the late iconic musician Michael Jackson. Wade Robson and James Safechuck accused Michael of abusing them for years, charges his estate has formally denied.

"The bigger picture is your father's legacy ruined and his name smeared forever but whatever though," one fan wrote to her. It seemed to grab her attention.

"So....not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? tabloids and lies are the bigger picture?" Paris asked. "I'll pray for you."

"No, they want to tear his name down and stop playing his music but it's cool like who cares that he died for this," the follower replied.

Paris wrote: "Yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a difference but do you really think that it's possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? relax and have peace."

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MICHAEL J. FOX OPENS UP ABOUT HEALTH BATTLES

Michael J. Fox is opening up about his ongoing health struggles amid his 20-year battle with Parkison’s disease. Speaking with The New York Times Magazine, the 57-year-old revealed that he underwent spinal surgery in April after falling multiple times.

Fox explained: "I was having this recurring problem with my spinal cord. I was told it was benign but if it stayed static I would have diminished feeling in my legs and difficulty moving. Then all of a sudden I started falling — a lot. It was getting ridiculous."

He said that recovery hasn’t been easy, and that he has had setbacks in terms of work. "Last August I was supposed to go to work," he said. "I woke up, walked into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow."

Fox also spoke openly about how his health issues, admitting that they challenged his positive outlook.

"I realized that the understanding I’d reached with Parkinson’s was sincere but risked being glib. I’d made peace with the disease but presumed others had that same relationship when they didn’t," he told the magazine. "Then when I started to deal with the effects from the spinal surgery, I realized: Wow, it can get a lot worse. Being in a position where I couldn’t walk and had health aides 24 hours a day, was I still prepared to say, 'Hey, chin up!' Parkinson’s, it’s a strange test."

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OPRAH CRITICIZED FOR DECLARING ‘IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO MICHAEL JACKSON’

Oprah faced backlash this past weekend for declaring that it is time so say goodbye to Michael Jackson -- one last time" in a social media post. The media mogul -- who is hosting an interview with the accusers after part two of the Leaving Neverland documentary airs, posted on her Oprah Magazine page,"It’s time to say goodbye to Michael Jackson—one last time. Up until a few days ago, OprahMag.com’s digital director @ariannagab was a Michael Jackson defender and had go-to lines about separating the artist from the man or how there was never any real proof that he abused children. But then @oprah and #LeavingNeverland finally convinced her to let go of the King of Pop."

The post continued, "Her Aha-moment: Leaving Neverland is much bigger than Michael Jackson. It’s bigger than Michael Jackson’s fans, bigger than defending the soundtrack to your childhood. Instead, it is about the millions of people in this world who never got to have a childhood because of the sexual abuse they experienced before their young brains were even developed enough to know what was occurring."

People dragged Oprah on social media. One person tweeted, "Michael Jackson trusted you, let you go into his house to know his life better, you interviewed his sons, his ex-wife. they trusted you! and now you go interview the accusers of Michael in your program?"

Another person wrote, "Oprah Winfrey after you're done intervieweing the allege two MICHAEL JACKSON SEXUAL abuse victims . . . Have that same ENERGY interviewing the allege victims of HARVEY WEINSTEIN, ROMAN POLANSKI, WOODY ALLEN, JEFFREY EPSTEIN, CHARLIE ROSE, MATT LAUER, CHARLIE SHEEN, LES MOONVES, BILL O'REILLY, Donald Trump, etc. Or are you just having shows about BLACK potential sex predators entertainers?

SOUND FROM 'LEAVING NEVERLAND' DOCUMENTARY

Wade Robson said Michael told him if he told they would both go to jail:

  • "And he started talking about how much he loves me, what this is is us, how we show our love for each other. And that other people were ignorant and stupid and they'd never understand. If they ever found out what we were doing . . . then he and I'd be pulled a part . . . and that he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives."

Wade says Michael would abuse him

"When we were in Los Angeles . . . Wade and Michael would stay in the room a lot, I would presume playing games . . . watching cartoons, he was a big cartoon watcher." Wade: "Once the abuse started . . every night that I was with him, there was abuse while my mother was next door."

AUDIO: LEAVING NEVERLAND WADE ROBSON AND HIS MOM SAYS HE WAS ABUSED WITH HER IN THE NEXT ROOM
AUDIO: LEAVING NEVERLAND WADE ROBSON SAYS MICHAEL JACKSON TOLD HIM THEY WOULD BOTH GO TO JAIL IF HE TOLD ANYONE ABOUT THE ABUSE

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KHLOE KARDASHIAN NOW BLAMES TRISTAN THOMPSON, NOT JORDYN WOODS FOR CHEATING

Khloe Kardashian has changed her mind. The Revenge Body star and has been riding a roller coaster of emotions since learning that her boyfriend Tristan Thompson was unfaithful to her with her sister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

Tristan famously stepped out on Khloe shortly before she gave birth to their daughter True in April, and she openly struggled with trust issues since. However, when this latest cheating scandal broke last week, Khloe seemed to be blaming Jordyn, who was ousted from all future and current family business partnerships (her page on Khloe’s Good American jeans site was removed), and she was kicked out of Kylie’s guest house.

On Saturday, Khloe clarified her stance in a series of emotional tweets. She wrote: "This has been an awful week & I know everyone is sick of hearing about it all (as am I). I’m a rollercoaster of emotions & have said things I shouldn’t have. Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time."

Khloe continued: "What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me. Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family. This was Tristan’s fault."

She said: "I have to move on with my life & count my blessings, my family, my health, & my beautiful baby True."

This is a stark change from Friday, when she tweeted that Jordyn is "the reason my family broke up." In response to her change of heart tweet-fest, many social media users were quick to claim Khloe didn’t really "change her mind," just saw the blowback she was getting for her "hypocrisy" and publicly tweaked her tack to "save her coin."

SOUND FROM JORDYN WOODS ON 'RED TABLE TALK'

Jordyn says that Tristan kissed her as she was leaving his house:

  • "I was drunk but I was not beyond the point of recollection. . . . On the way out, he did kiss me. . . no passion no nothing. . . it was like a kiss on the lips. . . . When alchohol's involved people make dumb moves or get caught up in the moment. . . who knows."

Jordyn says she is not the reason Khloe and Tristan aren't together:

  • "I know I'm not the reason that Tristan and Khloe are not together. . . . Jada: . . .Did you sleep with Tristan." Jordyn: "Never. . . Attach me to a lie detector. . . . I need people to know the truth. And more importantly, I need the people involved to know the truth."

Jordyn on why she didn't tell Khloe

  • "I just knew how much turmoil was going on, so I was like let me know through any more fuel on the fire. I know I was trying to protect Khloe's heart. She doesn't deserve this either. . . . The last thing I wanted to do was be that person. I'm not homewrecker. . . I never was trying to steal someone's man. I don't need your situation."

AUDIO: RED TABLE TALK - JORDYN ON WHY SHE DIDN'T TELL KHLOE TRISTAN KISSED HER
AUDIO: RED TABLE TALK - JORDYN SAYS SHE IS NOT THE REASON KHLOE AND TRISTAN AREN'T TOGETHER
AUDIO: RED TABLE TALK JORDYN SAYS TRISTAN KISSED HER WHEN SHE LEFT HIS HOUSE

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INDUSTRY NEWS

OPRAH WINFREY, BRIE LARSON, STACEY ABRAMS TO LEAD WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT: The Women in the World Summit will return in April, with Oprah Winfrey, Stacey Abrams, Brie Larson, Ashley Judd, Jill and Faith Soloway, Cindy McCain, Adwoa Aboah and Wanda Sykes, among others, set to appear. Winfrey will deliver the summit’s keynote address and attempt to answer, "Can women save the world?". The event takes place from April 10-12 at New York's Lincoln Center. "This year’s Summit is such a milestone event with our 10th anniversary; it is clearer than ever that the mission has met its moment," Women in the World and Tina Brown Live Media founder and CEO Tina Brown said in a statement. "The seeds we’ve planted as far back as 2010 in a small midtown theater have exploded into a global community of women of power and purpose."

IDRIS ELBA’S NETFLIX TURN UP CHARLIE DROPS CHARLIE: Idris Elba is starring in Turn Up Charlie, a half-hour scripted comedy on Netflix that features him bringing his real-life DJ skills to the screen. (Elba recently DJ’d Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19thwedding.) The first trailer dropped Thursday, and all eight episodes will be released on March 15th.

DARK PHOENIX TRAILER DROPS: 20th Century Fox has released a new clip for the latest installment of the X-Men franchise. Dark Phoenix, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner and many others, will bow on June 7th, 2019. In the film, directed by Simon Kinberg, the X-Men face-off against one of their own, Jean Grey.

DAMIAN LEWIS MAKING SPY WARS: Billions and Homeland star Damian Lewis is making a docu-drama series that focuses on international spy operations. A+E is set to produce Damian Lewis: Spy Wars, with Lewis guiding viewers through famous cases of espionage, reconstructed in dramatic re-enactments.

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