JOE JACKSON: Father of a Musical Dynasty Has Died
Joe Jackson, the father of an American music dynasty, has died. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and hospitalized earlier this month.
The dominating and strict -- some say, outright abusive -- father of Michael, Janet, Rebbie, La Toya and their siblings, Joe was a steelworker-turned-boxer who struggled to make it as an R&B guitarist in the early 1950s.
A decade later, he turned his attention on his sons, who performed in talent shows near their Gary, Indiana home. Thanks to a recommendation from Gladys Knight (but famously credited to Diana Ross), they signed to Motown in 1969 as The Jackson Five. An historic run of hits began at the turn of the decade, as they became the first group ever to hit number-one with its first four singles. They ruled retail as well as the airwaves, and were credited with selling 10 million records in their first 10 months.
But Joe was no Ozzie Nelson when it came to showbiz parenting. He was unfaithful to his wife Katherine, and fathered at least one child out of wedlock. By the 1990s, with his performing children all grown, stories of his beating them earlier sprouted -- especially with Michael's accusations on Oprah in 1993. Not only did Joe not deny them, he admitted using belts and switches (tree branches). Katherine stood by him through the accusations -- and later said he was a good grandfather.
Joe stood by Michael during his child molestation trial but was later accused of trying to profit from his son's death.
According to TMZ, Joe passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Las Vegas. He was 89.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Never Auditioned to Be Tom Cruise’s GF
Scarlett Johansson swears she never-ever auditioned for Tom Cruise to be his steady girlfriend.
Yesterday, Scarlett told The Hollywood Reporter, (quote) “The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships.”
The crazy story came from a former member of Tom’s church. Brendan Tighe [pr: tie] told Megyn Kelly at NBC that he accidentally received a printed list of eligible actresses. These were supposedly women that Tom expressed an interest in and they had “swiped right” at the prospect of dating a Hollywood A-lister.
What makes this story doubly disgusting is the time frame. This dates back to when Tom and Nicole Kidman divorced in 2001 and Scarlett Johansson was just 17 years old.
TIFFANY HADDISH: Drake Stood Me Up
Tiffany Haddish says Drake stood her up for a dinner date.
Haddish dished on her love life to her Girls Trip co-star Jada Pinkett-Smith on Jada’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk. The comic actress says she'd like to date but doesn’t have time. She admits to making an exception for Drizzy and clearing her schedule, but it backfired.
The two texted about work, which then shifted into dinner plans. Haddish rushed around to get ready, getting her “mustache and armpits waxed.” But when it came time for the 6 p.m. dinner date, she asked him, “What time are you heading out? Are you sending a car… Where are we going?” That’s when Aubrey admitted he'd spaced out, texting back, “Oh man, my bad, Family emergency. I’m in Canada right now.”
Haddish adds that she missed out on real money. "I could have made $100,000 today, but I was trying to see what that D do. But all right.”
DONALD GLOVER: Time's Up
You might hear Donald Glover’s voice in your next workplace sexual harassment training.
Rashida Jones has directed a new animated public service announcement for the Time’s Up legal defense fund, narrated by Childish Gambino himself. The fund was launched to help victims secure legal representation and public relations help after facing sexual harassment at work. The new PSA is about how people “suffer day to day with these nuances and micro-agressions which we may not have the language to defend ourselves against.”
Jones says of Glover, “I really respect his ability to be a part of and criticize culture at the same time -- I think it’s a really hard balance to strike. And also to make really good [stuff]! His music is great, his TV show is so innovative -- he’s got that balance that very few artists do, where he’s able to be true to himself and be honest and make it feel fresh.” She also praised his “cool, laid-back energy” which she says helps the PSA not come off as preachy.
OJ SIMPSON: Returns Lost Wallet to Owner
OJ Simpson seems to be trying to restore some of the karma he's lost over the past quarter-century.
According to The Blast, the Juice did a good deed this week by returning a lost wallet to its rightful owner. He says he got out of his car at a golf store and saw the wallet lying on the ground. It had two addresses and no phone number, but the ever-resourceful OJ went online to figure out which was the right address. He then returned the wallet in person.
OJ says, “I just did what I hope most people would do in the same situations if the roles were reversed.”
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO (Action)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
WHO'S IN IT? Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine, Jeffrey Donovan
- This is the second installment in a proposed Sicario trilogy.
- Denis Villeneuve, who directed the first film, had to pass up on the sequel because of scheduling conflicts with Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
- "Sicario" means "hitman" in Spanish and "soldado" means "soldier."
- This is the third action movie for Josh Brolin this year, following Avengers: Infinity War(2018) and Deadpool 2 (2018).
UNCLE DREW (Comedy)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Desperate to win a basketball tournament, a streetball team manager enlists the legendary Uncle Drew to return to the court.
WHO'S IN IT? Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish
- The Uncle Drew character got its start in Pepsi Max commercials.
- Kyrie Irving, who plays Uncle Drew, was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics while shooting the movie.
- Reality star NeNe Leakes makes a cameo.
Larry Caputo, the estranged husband of Long Island Medium star Theresa Caputo, is dating a new woman. He tells TMZ, “I have moved on. I’m fortunate enough to say that I have met someone special. But I’ll just leave it for that now.”
Flip or Flop co-star Christina El Moussa will get over her messy divorce from her co-star husband by launching a new solo show. HGTV will premiere Christina on the Coast, an eight-episode design series, in early 2019.
Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden boosted that episode to the show's biggest audience this year. The video is also the most-watched clip on Facebook this year.
Freeform has canceled Famous in Love after two seasons, and star Bella Thorne is ticked off -- since she says she found out about it when she saw the news on Twitter.
Jared Leto will star in a movie based on the Spider-Man villain Morbius. He’d been tied to the project for a while, but reportedly met with Safe House director Daniel Espinozawhile his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars was touring in Germany recently and sealed the deal.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Five-Year Restraining Order
A judge granted Taylor Swift a five-year restraining order against a knife-wielding stalker.
In April, Los Angeles police arrested Julius Sandrock, who’d jumped the fence of Swift’s Beverly Hills mansion. At the time, Sandrock wore a mask and latex gloves. Cops found in his car “ammunition, black rope, and a knife.”
Last month, Taylor was granted a temporary restraining order. It forced Sandrock to stay at least a quarter-mile away. This new restraining order extends the time frame to five years. But it reduces the radius to just 100-yards (one football field).
Sandrock blamed his troubles on a recent divorce. He also has a history of mental health issues including OCD, depression and bipolar disorder. The 38-year-old told Los Angeles police that, like any other obsessed fan, listening to Taylor’s breakup anthems “helped him through his divorce.” (The Blast)