OSCARS: Ratings at an All-Time Low
The 2018 Oscars was one for the record books -- but not for the right reasons. The audience for Sunday's ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, dropped to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers. That's down nearly 20 percent from last year's show and the fourth straight year ratings have declined.
The previous all-time low came in 2008 when Jon Stewart hosted.
BILL COSBY: Fails to Get Sex Assault Case Dismissed
A judge today (Monday) refused to dismiss Bill Cosby's sex assault case.
The disgraced comedian appeared in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom, where, according to the New York Daily News, his new legal team "argued that travel and phone records prove his alleged assault of Andrea Constand could not have occurred between December 30th, 2003 and January 20th, 2004, as she has claimed." The date is important because there's a 12-year statute of limitations and Cosby was arrested on December 30th, 2015.
Judge Steven O'Neill denied the motion for dismissal and said the date of the alleged incident was for the jurors to determine.
Cosby's retrial is still set for April.
JIM BELUSHI: Wife Files for Divorce
Just short of their 20th wedding anniversary, Jim Belushi's wife has filed for divorce.
Adding insult to injury, Jennifer Sloan filed papers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 5th, the 36th anniversary of his brother John Belushi’s death.
TMZ says she cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. She's seeking joint legal custody of their 15-year-old son and is asking for spousal support. The couple also has an 18-year-old daughter.
Jim and Jennifer wed in May 1998.
She was his third wife.
EMMA WATSON: Time's Up Tattoo Has Punctuation Error
Emma Watson showed off a new tattoo in support of the Time's Up movement at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Sunday night.
But eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out the ink's punctuation error -- a missing apostrophe.
The error is particularly ironic because the Harry Potter star has a degree in English literature from Brown University.
But it may be easy to fix. People magazine says the tat is most likely not permanent.
OSCARS: In Memoriam Oversights
Though the Oscars' In Memoriam segment won praise for Eddie Vedder's sensitive performance of Tom Petty's "Room at the Top," there's been the annual online buzz about some of the artists who were ignored -- including an Oscar-winning actress!
While the video tribute beloved names such as Chuck Berry, Harry Dean Stanton, John Heard, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis, some familiar faces -- most more famous from TV than film -- were left off.
- Dorothy Malone: She won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress of 1956 for her role in Written on the Wind.
- Adam West: He brought his TV character to 1966's theatrical Batman movie. He also co-starred in the western The Restless Four and 1971's The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker.
- David Ogden Stiers: The M*A*S*H star voiced characters in eight Disney animated films.
- Glen Campbell: He co-starred with John Wayne in True Grit.
- Powers Boothe: He was seen in dozens of movies, and earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for playing Alexander Haig in Oliver Stone's Nixon.
- Jim Nabors: He made several film appearances, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Stroker Ace.
- John Mahoney: Frazier's dad made several films, including 2001's Almost Salinas and 1996's She's the One.
FRANCES McDORMAND: Cops Nab Oscar Thief
Frances McDormand went from Oscar-winner to theft victim last night while celebrating her Best Actress win.
The star of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri attended the Governor's Ball and set her Oscar statue down on a table. Someone then swiped it and ran off with it. Once McDormand noticed he trophy was gone, she alerted security. Luckily the thief was caught and turned over to police, who arrested him for felony grand theft. McDormand and Oscar have since been reunited. (TMZ)
THE BACHELOR: Viewers Cringed at Exploitative Finale
ABC delivered on their promise of a heartbreaking finale to The Bachelor. Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped his fiancée. Host Chris Harrison promoted the third hour as raw and unedited. If felt much longer, like an excruciating eternity.
For the first two hours in Peru, Arie constantly told Lauren Burnham and Becca Kufrin that he loved them. But when it came time to decide, he picked Becca. Lauren ugly-cried the entire way home.
Becca accepted Arie’s proposal, but then he got cold feet. He admitted that leaving Lauren broke his heart. So Arie decided to split from his fiancée. The producers blindsided Becca by bringing cameras to what was called a “happy couple” weekend. Previous contestants confirmed the “happy couple” weekends were never filmed.
They exploited Becca’s heartbreak. She wiped away tears, looked toward the ceiling in embarrassment and repeatedly told Arie to leave. Social media expressed disgust at how The Bachelor cameras lingered on Becca as she wrestled with her emotions.
The Bachelor ended on a cliffhanger. Tuesday night, there’s another two hours of Arie’s journey. He will reunite with Lauren and they’ll reveal to a live studio audience their relationship status. Also, The Bachelorette will be named. It's gonna be Becca, right? (People)
The release of Dwayne Johnson's Rampage has been moved up from April 20th to April 13th. This comes after Disney bumped up Avengers: Infinity War from May 4th to April 27th.
Tiffany Haddish will star in Tyler Perry’s comedy The List. Variety says she'll play "a wild woman who gets released from prison and reunites with her sister." It opens November 2nd.
Netflix has renewed Black Mirror for a fifth season.
ROLLING STONES: Mick Says This Won't Be the Last Time
While drummer Charlie Watts may be good with hanging up his sticks when the Stones European Tour ends, Mick Jagger says Charlie should keep his road bags packed.
Speaking to The Sunday Post in Dundee, Scotland, Jagger -- who turns 75 in July -- responded to the rumors of the Stones retirement as premature.
"There is gonna come a point where we don’t want to do it any more – or simply can’t do it any more. I think you have to be honest. If you weren’t enjoying it or it was too much of an ask physically to do it with the energy you would really require, you would have to seriously consider it. But I haven’t reached that point yet.”
Jagger will admit that he's reached a point where he has to curtail his post-show activity in order to keep his batteries fully charged.
"As soon as we come off stage, I’m in a car usually going back to the hotel. I’m pretty tired. But after an hour, I feel OK...You can sometimes make the mistake of going out dancing, which is not always a good idea because you’ve got to conserve a bit of energy. On the last tour, I did make one or two mistakes like that. I got a bit over-exuberant on the after-show front. That’s no good, but I don’t usually feel that bad."
TAYLOR SWIFT: What a Tease!
Taylor Swift knows that timing is everything -- and that's why she's timed the release of her "Delicate" video to coincide with Sunday's IHeartRadio Music Awards.
The superstar dropped the deets on Instagram on Monday, revealing that the clip will air as part of the ceremony -- just like last August, when she rolled out her shady “Look What You Made Me Do” visual in the midst of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Taylor is up for five awards at the ceremony, which airs on TBS and TNT on Sunday. You can also listen to the entire iHeartRadio Music Awards starting at 6pm here on The Peak.