NIKKI REED, IAN SOMERHALDER: Apologize for Birth Control Story
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder have apologized for an admission that had fans and feminists in an uproar.
The couple, who had their first child, a daughter they named Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, in July, recently bragged that Ian threw out her birth control pills when they decided to start a family. It was an innocent and lighthearted bit of family business, but it sounded creepy, like he'd decided to get her pregnant without discussion. Some accused the Vampire Diaries star of reproductive coercion.
Once they realized how badly their remark was playing, the couple issued a statement, "We never expected a lighthearted interview we did poking fun at EACH OTHER and how WE chose together to get pregnant, a goofy moment in Barcelona with our two best friends and the anticipation of the start of our journey together as we went from two to three, to turn into something representing a very serious matter."
The two actors also shamed the media outlets who "chose this as their way into a very serious discussion" about reproductive coercion, as they are "not qualified to be the faces of this topic." (NY Daily News)
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Donates $1 Million for Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief
Jennifer Lopez will donate $1 million to hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
She made the announcement Sunday during a surprise appearance alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who launched a donation drive to aid the islands.
At the press conference, J.Lo, who is co-chairing the effort, said, “Today Puerto Rico needs our help. My cousins and I and all of our family still haven’t been able to hear from all of our family over there and we are concerned for them and for everybody on the island."
Lopez added that she and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, "who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts." (People)
SCOTT DISICK: Goes Public With Sofia Richie Relationship
Scott Disick and Sofia Richie have gone public with their relationship.
On Saturday night, the 30-something dad canoodled with the teen model at a Miami restaurant.
An Instagram video shows Kourtney Kardashian's ex locking lips with Lionel Richie's youngest daughter.
They were also served a dessert with “Congratulations Scott and Sofia!” written on the plate.
Earlier this year, Richie shot down rumors she was dating the father of three.
KYLIE JENNER: With Child
Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian clan, is evidently expecting a child with 25-year-old rapper Travis Scott. They began dating in April, after she broke up with another hip-hop star, Tyga.
TMZ announced that the 20-year-old celebrity has been telling friends that they're going to have a daughter.
Luke Bryan has signed on to be the second judge on the American Idol reboot. Variety reports the country star will join Katy Perry on the ABC singing competition. One more judge is expected to be added before auditions begin next week.
Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans married David Eason in North Carolina on Saturday. Earlier this year, the couple welcomed their first child together, Ensley Jolie.
Gary Oldman wed art curator Gisele Schmidt earlier this month. It was the English actor's fifth walk down the aisle.
1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - $39 million
2. It - $30 million
3. The LEGO Ninjago Movie - $21.2 million
4. American Assassin LGF $6.3 million
5. Home Again - $3.3 million
Kingsman: The Golden Circle has ended It's two-week reign at the box office.
The action spy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Taron Edgerton, earned $39 million in its debut weekend.
The Stephen King scarefest It took in another $30 million, raising its total to $266.3 million. It passed Jaws and is now the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie debuted in third with $21.2 million, while American Assassindropped from second to fourth with $6.3 million.
The Reese Witherspoon comedy Home Again went from fourth to fifth with $3.3 million
The new horror flick Friend Request landed in seventh with only $2.4 million.
STEVIE, PHARRELL, JT, DMB: A Weekend for Major Events Across America
Has one weekend ever had so many major musical events around the country as the one that just ended -- with stars criss-crossing the country to make more than one of them?
Consider that there were five major gatherings of talent -- two theme concerts and three festivals -- nearly all of them highlighted by superstar guest shots. And a number of performers appeared at more than one of them -- with country star Chris Stapleton, the one artist to appear at three.
- Life Is Beautiful and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas - A three-day and two day festival respectively, going on in the same city. Only one performer made both, Lorde. Her iHeart appearance on Saturday featured guest shots from Khalid and Jack Antonoffof Bleachers. Also appearing at Life Is Beautiful: Blink 182, Chance the Rapper, The Revivalists, Muse, Gorillaz and Cage the Elephant, who would open another show across the country on Sunday. iHeart's stage at T-Mobile Arena on the Strip featured Pink, The Weeknd, Harry Styles, 30 Seconds to Mars, David Guetta, Coldplay and Stapleton on Friday and the aforementioned Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Kings of Leon, Thomas Rhett and Kesha, with a guest shot by Macklemore, on Saturday. At the Daytime VIllage, Bebe Rexha teamed up with a second ex-One Direction member, Louis Tomlinson.
- The Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park on Saturday was highlighted by Stevie Wonder's headlining set, which included a two-song guest shot by Pharrell Williams. Stevie began by "taking a knee for America," which added the dimension of prayer to the controversial pose struck by football player Colin Kaepernick. Before Wonder, Green Day played a sometimes politically-charged set that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong introduced by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we're gonna make the world great again!" Also on the bill, The Killers, The Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara, Big Sean and The Lumineers, who brought on stage the Prime Minister of the devastated Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda. He pleaded with world leaders for help in their recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
- The Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. Justin Timberlake headlined the two-day mostly Adult Alternative and Americana gathering on Saturday and his set included a three-song visit by Chris Stapleton, who duetted with JT on "Tennessee Whiskey" and sang the others on his own. Timberlake would say to Stapleton that they "should just make a deal. Every time either one of us plays Tennessee, the other one's there." As he'd do the next day in Charlottesville, JT opened his set by covering Sam Cooke's Civil Rights era anthem, "A Change Is Gonna Come." On Sunday, Eddie Vedder also got political during his closing set, taking a knee, on the day NFL players showed their solidarity across the country. He also addressed Donald Trump's tough talk on North Korea, begging the president for a more diplomatic approach and asking him to "Quit [screw]ing with the lives of millions and millions of people." The Avett Brothers
- The Concert for Charlottesville was subtitled An Evening of Music and Unity. Dave Matthews organized and headlined the show with his band, which calls the city its home base. They wanted to show solidarity with the community, where a recent white supremacist rally had led to violence, including the death of 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer. After Matthews opened with an acoustic performance of DMB's "Mercy," he brought on Heyer's mother Susan Bro to introduce the show. Cage the Elephant were the first band to take the stage, but frontman Matt Shultz surprised the crowd by emotionally starting with a poem he'd written about love and hatred that ended with the line, "You will not dethrone love -- kingdoms will fade, but love will remain." Next, unannounced surprise guests Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland did five songs, including included a cover of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" and a rare performance of "Amazing Day." Martin explained why they came, saying, "The point is to show up and show you care, that you believe in something." The Roots followed with a lengthy set that included appearances by Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes on the '60s soul covers "Ball of Confusion" and "Move On Up" and Virginia native Pharrell, who punctuated his five-hit mini-set by speaking about "taking a knee for people in my city and people in my state. Sets by Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake got the crowd really crazy before headliners Dave Matthews Band, who played five songs before bringing on surprise guest Stevie Wonder. He began with an impassioned speech about love, hatred, racism, his late mother's wishes for him and a lot more. It ended with him and Matthews holding hands and taking to their knees together. Wonder and DMB closed the show with John Lennon's "Imagine" and Stevie's classics "Love in Need of Love Today" and "Superstition."
LADY GAGA: A Star Is Born -- Prematurely!
We're all used to hearing studios make up excuses for delaying the release of movies -- but Lady Gaga's remake of A Star Is Born will actually come out months before its original due date.
The flick, which co-stars Bradley Cooper, will hit theaters on May 18th, well ahead of the September 28th, 2018 premiere that Warner Brothers had initially planned. Studio sources say the movie was finished ahead of schedule and point to easier competition on the new release date.
Gaga, who'll make her bow as a big-screen leading lady, will be billed under her real name, Stephanie Germanotta. (Variety)
WALK THE MOON: Put a "Foot" Forward
Walk the Moon are back -- and ready to move ahead from "Shut Up and Dance."
The first single from their upcoming fourth album is called "One Foot," and the video is on YouTube now. Frontman Nicholas Petricca says, "'One Foot' is the soundtrack of our journey this past year, moving forward even when the path is uncertain." There's no title or release date yet for the album.