ELLEN DeGENERES: Wildfire Forces Evacuation From Home
Firefighters forced Ellen DeGeneres to leave her home near Santa Barbara, California. The so-called Thomas Fire rapidly spread over the weekend and has burned nearly 400 square miles. It’s become the fifth largest wildfire in California history.
Ellen tweeted Sunday morning, (quote) “Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets. I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.”
Her neighborhood is the second home to dozens of Hollywood celebrities including Oprah, Rob Lowe, Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart and Carol Burnett. Oprah tweeted, (quote) “Peace Be Still, is my prayer tonight. For all the fires raging thru my community and beyond.”
CHARLIE SHEEN: Suing National Enquirer for Claiming He Raped Corey Haim
Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer for claiming he raped Corey Haim in the 1980s.
Last month the tabloid reported that Charlie assaulted Corey while they were shooting the movie Lucas. Corey was 13 at the time and Charlie was 19.
Charlie tells TMZ, "In my nearly 35 years as a celebrated entertainer, I have been nothing shy of a forthright, noble and valiant courier of the truth. Consistently admitting and owning a laundry list of shortcomings, wrongdoings and indiscretions this traveler hath traveled -- however, every man has a breaking point. These radically groundless and unfounded allegations end now. I now take a passionate stand against those who wish to even entertain the sick and twisted lies against me. GAME OVER."
Corey's mother, as pointed out in the suit, has denied the allegations.
Charlie is also suing actor Dominick Brascia, who is quoted in the article saying Haim told him about the alleged rape.
HANNIBAL BURESS: Broad City Star Arrested
Comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested Saturday night in Miami and charged with disorderly intoxication.
According to the Miami Herald, the incident began when the Broad City star asked a police officer to call him an Uber. When the officer refused, Buress allegedly became “angry and belligerent.” The cop told him to leave, the police report said, but he instead went inside a venue. The officer retrieved Buress because he thought the comedian was too drunk to stay around.
The officer’s report reads, “Once outside, the defendant stood by the front gate and continued yelling profanities. I, then again, asked him to leave the area about five times. A crowd began to gather and vehicular traffic slowed as they watched the defendant yelling and being disorderly. Defendant arrested.”
The comedian was released early Sunday morning after posting a $500 bond.
A video of Buress being arrested was uploaded to YouTube (but be warned it contains expletives).
Chelsea Handler is coming under fire for tweeting a video that mocks White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' physical appearance. (Page Six)
Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, have been hit with a $30 million defamation lawsuit from Gorga's former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson, who claims the two ruined her reputation via the reality show. (People)
The second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones will premiere March 8th on Netflix.
A new trailer for Ready Player One has dropped. The sci-fi flick, starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Simon Pegg, opens March 30th.
1. Coco - $18.3 million
2. Justice League - $9.6 million
3. Wonder - $8.5 million
4. The Disaster Artist - $6.4 million
5. Thor: Ragnarok - $6.3 million
Coco was number-one at the box office for a third straight weekend with $18.3 million. That raises its total to $135.5 million.
Justice League remained in second with $9.6 million. The superhero flick has now banked $212 million.
Wonder also stayed put in third with $8.5 million, pushing the drama over the $100 million mark.
The Disaster Artist, starring James and Dave Franco, climbed from 12th to fourth after expanding. The comedy earned $6.4 million in 800 theaters.
Thor: Ragnarok dropped from fourth to fifth with $6.3 million. The superhero flick has now topped the $300 million mark.
The weekend's only new, wide release, Just Getting Started, opened in 10th with $3.2 million.
U2: Number-One Songs of Experience
Songs of Experience becomes the eighth U2 album to top the Billboard 200 this week.
Its 186,000 equivalent album units, including 180,000 in traditional album sales, give it the biggest debut for a rock album this year.
Billboard also notes that the band:
- Is now the only group with number-ones in the '80s, '90s, 2000s and 2010s, and only the fourth act, after Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.
- Is now tied with Kenny Chesney and Madonna for the sixth-most chart-topping albums (third-most among groups), behind The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), Springsteen and Streisand (11), Elvis Presley (10) and Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones(nine).
- Had the biggest chart debut of any rock band since Hardwired...to Self-Destruct by Metallica bowed a year ago this month with more than 100,000 more units.
U2's other number ones are No Line on the Horizon (2009), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), Pop (1997), Zooropa (1993), Achtung Baby (1991), Rattle and Hum (1988) and The Joshua Tree (1987).