HILARY DUFF: Ex-Husband Accused of Rape
Hilary Duff's ex-husband, former NHL player Mike Comrie, is being investigated by the LAPD for allegedly raping a woman during a three-way sexual encounter at his home.
The woman claims she met up with Comrie at a bar and went back to his condo where they had sex. She left his home and headed straight to the hospital where a rape kit was administered. Comrie admits to having sex with the woman but said it was consensual. A second woman who was also with them has not filed a complaint.
Comrie and Duff were married for five years before divorcing in 2015. They have one child together. (TMZ)
RICKI LAKE: Grieves Ex-Husband’s Death
Ricki Lake is grieving the death of her ex-husband, Christian Evans.
She posted to Instagram a photo taken while they were still married. Ricki revealed, (quote) “It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed. The world didn’t understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder.”
They eloped in 2012 but separated 30 months later citing “irreconcilable differences.” Evans admitted to suffering a breakdown after the split and recovering in a mental hospital. (People)
KATE UPTON: SI Swimsuit Cover Model
Kate Upton is your 2017 cover model of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
The magazine published three covers with Kate, each one wearing progressively less. The so-called collector’s edition features Kate wrapped in macramé.
During the reveal, Jimmy Kimmel questioned if Kate’s attire even qualified as a swimsuit “because it seems just like a hammock torn to shreds.”
Sports Illustrated kept all the models in suspense. Kate didn't learn she was on the cover until the magazine went to press on Monday. She was sworn to secrecy. Though Kate confessed to telling a few family members.
Her fiancé, baseball pitcher Justin Verlander, could not be with her to celebrate. The Detroit Tigers started spring training on Valentine’s Day! Justin tweeted, (quote) “When your Valentine is out of town on #ValentinesDay #guysday #golf #dinner #movies #socktan”
EMMY ROSSUM: Say "Meh" to the Dress
Emmy Rossum is absolutely Shameless when it comes to talking about her impending wedding -- she's not sweating the small stuff. Or even the big stuff.
She tells E! Online, “I don’t really care what the dress looks like. I don’t really care what the plates look like. I don’t really care what the invitation looks like. The only thing that’s really important to me is that we get married and there’s some kind of party. Weirdly, I feel like so many times in my life are about dressing up for a film premiere or a fashion show, so this is the one time in my life where I’m actually not that focused on details.”
Emmy has hired designer Carolina Herrera to make the frock, but says, "We haven’t done any [fittings]. There's no rush. She can turn it around in a day. I'm not concerned."
MADONNA: Motherhood Over Music?
Is Madonna taking a break from her career to focus on her latest batch of adopted kids? She's reportedly thinking about spending less time in the studio and more time in the playroom with twins Stella and Esther.
A so-called insider tells OK! magazine, "Madonna is taking time off of music to focus on giving her children a good life. She has no intention of quitting forever. But she is in a position where she does not have to hustle. The work comes to her. Lourdes and Rocco have left the home, and with only Mercy and David there, she missed the noise!”
Gossip Cop, however, has a source close to Madge calling the story "garbage" and insisting she'll be as prolific as ever.
HARRISON FORD: Erring in Mid-Air
Harrison Ford had another bumpy ride in his private plane on Monday, nearly colliding with a passenger jet at a California airport.
The 74-year-old, who was badly hurt in a crash back in 2015, reportedly got confused when trying to land and ended up on a taxiway instead of a runway. Worse yet, he narrowly missed a 737 that was using the same path, and asked the air traffic controller, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"
There were no injuries on either plane this time around. (TMZ)
CHRIS EVANS: Captain America Vs. the Klan
Captain America travels the world to take on bad guys, and the actor who plays him is following suit -- by fighting a racist politician on Twitter.
Chris Evans has been going head-to-head with right-wing former KKK honcho David Duke. Duke accused Evans of promoting "white genocide" by playing the character and by posing for photos with women of color, saying, "Why does Chris Evans, who plays the Jewish-inspired super hero, Captain America, hate the women of his people so much?"
Evans's reply was short and sweet, reading, “I don’t hate them. That’s YOUR method. I love. Try it. It’s stronger than hate. It unites us. I promise it’s in you under the anger and fear.”
Duke has yet to respond. (New York Post)
PEWDIEPIE: YouTube Star Dropped by Disney
Felix Kjellberg, the Swedish man better-known as YouTube star PewDiePie, has been dropped by Disney's Maker Studios after he released an anti-Semitic video to his 53-million subscribers.
The 27-year-old gamer, who's known for his videos in which he comments on the games he's playing, used his popularity to land multi-million-dollar deals with YouTube and Disney. But after posting a series of videos containing anti-Semitic and Nazi imagery, Disney has severed all ties with him.
The company released a statement explaining, "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate. Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward." Kjellberg defended his actions saying, "I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online. I think it's important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes." (Washington Post)
CARPOOL KARAOKE: Watch the Trailer for New Apple Music Series
Apple Music has released the trailer for Carpool Karaoke, the popular Late Late Show sketch-turned series that will debut later this year.
Each of the 16 episodes will feature a different celebrity host, or driver, including James Corden, Seth MacFarlane, John Legend, Shaquille O'Neal, and Chelsea Handler.
BEE GEES: Grammy Salute Taped
Valentine's Day Tuesday came down with a touch of Saturday Night Fever at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.
That's where the upcoming TV special Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to The Bee Gees was taped last night in front of a live and very enthusiastic audience.
Barry Gibb and his family were in the front row and the performers played to and chatted with him. So was John Travolta, who was among a handful of celebrities on hand to provide introductions. There was plenty of vintage Bee Gees video shown throughout the evening and it was a rare performance that wasn't accompanied by images of the three Brothers Gibb on a huge screen behind it. In the case of Celine Dion, Barry and the late Robin and Maurice Gibb actually acted as her backing singers on "Immortality."
The taping began with a four-artist medley, with Demi Lovato doing "Stayin' Alive," Tori Kelly singing "Tragedy," Little Big Town harmonizing on "How Deep Is Your Love," Andra Day wailing on "Night Fever" and everyone closing it with a reprise of "Stayin' Alive." It ended with every performer on stage being covered in confetti while singing that same song, which was also the last of Barry Gibb's three-song set, following "Jive Talkin'" and "You Should Be Dancing."Here's the complete list of performances in between:
- Keith Urban - "To Love Somebody"
- Ed Sheeran - "Massachusetts" (the only pre-taped number on the show)
- Panic! At the Disco - "Lonely Days"
- Celine Dion - "Immortality"
- Katharine McPhee - "Emotion"
- John Legend with Stevie Wonder on harmonica (he also introduced the segment) - "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
- Pentatonix "Too Much Heaven" (which presenter Wilmer Valderrama noted has raised over $10 million for UNICEF since The Bee Gees pledged all its royalties to the charity when they debuted it at the U.N. General Assembly in 1979)
- Tori Kelly "Tragedy" (full song)
- Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett - "Islands in the Stream"
- DNCE - "Night Fever"
- Demi Lovato - "If I Can't Have You"
- Jason Derulo and Tavares - "More Than a Woman"
- Little Big Town - "How Deep Is Your Love"
- Andra Day - "Love So Right"
- Nick Jonas - "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (a tribute to the other deceased Gibb brother, Andy)
Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to The Bee Gees will air on Easter Sunday, April 16th on CBS.