With the arrival of spring, blockbuster movie season has gotten an early start with "Beauty and the Beast" and other films, music fans are making plans for recently announced summer festivals, and late-night TV continues to skewer the Trump administration.

Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:


Samira Wiley marries 'Orange Is the New Black' writer Lauren Morelli

Samira Wiley, left, and Lauren Morelli in February 2017. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)
Samira Wiley, left, and Lauren Morelli in February 2017. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Samira Wiley of "Orange Is the New Black" and Lauren Morelli, a writer for that show, are married. 

Wiley -- who's now appearing in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" -- and Morelli exchanged vows Saturday in a ceremony in Palm Springs, according to Martha Stewart Weddings. The women had gotten engaged at the same location in October. Wiley's parents officiated at the ceremony, where the brides both wore white designed by Christian Siriano.

The ceremony wrapped up with Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It," while the colorful, confetti-themed reception kicked off with Justin Bieber's "Baby," MSW said. 

The couple started dating in early 2014 and walked the Emmy Awards red carpet together that August. 

Morelli filed for divorce from her TV-writer husband Steve Basilone the next month. They had gotten married just months before Morelli joined the "OINTB" writing staff in 2012; the split was reportedly amicable.

While writing for the show, her first professional writing gig, Morelli "found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like," she said in a May 2014 essay for Identities.mic. The essay was written about six months after she and Basilone, who'd dated for six years before tying the knot, decided to split. 

"I went through it all on set," Morelli wrote. "I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen."

And now it's playing out on Instagram. 


Kendrick Lamar targets Donald Trump on new song 'The Heart Part 4'

Kendrick Lamar (Jack Plunkett / Invision/AP Photo)
Kendrick Lamar (Jack Plunkett / Invision/AP Photo)

Kendrick Lamar’s warning is clear on the new single “The Heart Part 4.”

“Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all [stuff] together,” he raps.

What happens then? A new record? An anti-Trumpist insurrection? Whatever it is, after Lamar released the scalding single on Thursday night, the big takeaway is this: More fire is coming, and just in time for his Coachella headlining sets.


Jake Gyllenhaal begs Ryan Reynolds to pick up the stupid phone already, man

Men. They never pick up the phone when you want them to.

Jake Gyllenhaal bravely -- foolishly? -- attempted to prove that he and Ryan Reynolds are friends in real life by connecting with his "Life" co-star via FaceTime during the taping of "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Thursday. By the time the bit was over, the score was Calls, 2, Gyllenhaal, zero. 

"C'mon, man, you're eating up precious TV time!," Gyllenhaal pleaded with the ringing, ringing, ringing phone. 

"You don't know Ryan Reynolds," Meyers teased him. 

But wait! During the commercial break, a magical thing happened: Reynolds called back.

With Meyers offstage to get his microphone adjusted, Gyllenhaal commandeered the host's desk for a chat with Reynolds. 

"Here's what I'm doing," Reynolds said, redirecting the phone's camera to show the action. "Pushing baby strollers."  

Gyllenhaal's giddy peek into their friendship was a far cry from the oh-so-private version of the actor who went into a repeat cycle of replying, simply and coolly, "I would love to not talk about my personal life" and “I would love to talk about the movie" after an interviewer for the Guardian made the mistake of asking him about dating Taylor Swift. 

(In his defense, that did happen way back in 2010. Can we all move on now?)

The bromance between the two actors might have been at its best, or at least its most amusing, in the "autocomplete interview" the two did recently for Wired magazine. First, guess which one of them said which of the following things:

  • "Canada had sex with America."
  • "It's mostly done exclusively with politicians' spit." 
  • "You know how scary that would be if you just woke up and someone was taking your hair? That'd be terrible. Terrifying!" 
  • "There are, like, 400 more cards. Let's waste more life."
  • "I didn't even know I was kissing him until I found out when I got home that night. There should be a map just to get out of his eyes."
  • "Twigs, rocks, sticks and a tiny bit of green tea."
  •  "Fake ones." 

Now click play, and enjoy. 


Nick Viall accepts a rose (and peace offering) from William Shatner

 (Rommel Demano / Getty Images, left; Chris Delma / AFP/Getty Images)
(Rommel Demano / Getty Images, left; Chris Delma / AFP/Getty Images)

Forget the olive branch — William Shatner extended a rose on Thursday to Nick Viall as a sign of peace after an intense campaign earlier in the week to get "The Bachelor" transported off "Dancing With the Stars" as early as possible.

"My goal for #DWTS is to knock Bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?" Shatner tweeted Monday right before the show aired on the East Coast. "He lives up to the homonym of his last name," he said later. 

After some tweeps tried to convince him that Nick wasn't such a bad guy, or at least he wasn't on "Bachelor in Paradise" last summer, Shatner stood firm, tweeting: "Leopards don't change their spots. Don't be surprised if he shows up again on paradise. I won't be." 

Nick, of course, is engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi, and theoretically should not be available for another season on a "Bachelor" franchise show. Then again, he has shown up four times already. 

Shatner pushed for Charo that night. He pushed for Mr. T. He pushed for everyone but Nick. Seems Bill doesn't like the way Nick treats the ladies. 

And Nick? Well, Nick was just sad about the whole thing.

However, on Thursday, the "Star Trek" legend changed some spots of his own, tweeting a peace symbol and rose emoji to the "Bachelor" veteran with a vague explanation for the "Anyone But Nick" campaign. "As a Dad w/ daughters I'm not happy w/ what you've done in the past," Shatner said. "Maybe you've matured now?"

The peace offering was accepted, with Nick wishing Shatner a belated happy 86th birthday.

Once a charmer, always a charmer. 

"Saw Nick Viall dance," Shatner said 45 minutes after extending his peace offering as he retweeted word from "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron predicting the end of the kerfuffle was near. "He can really dance. I hope he’s as good a lover."


Director Zack Snyder reveals 'Justice League' posters featuring Batman and Aquaman

Director Zack Snyder has unveiled the latest sneak peeks at the upcoming Warner Bros. superhero smorgasbord "Justice League."

The first, a simple poster bearing the group's logo and the one-word call to arms, "Unite," was followed by two character posters. 

Ben Affleck (Batman) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) both star in their own posters, seen below. 

Aquaman in "Justice League." (Warner Bros.)
Aquaman in "Justice League." (Warner Bros.)
Batman from "Justice League." (Warner Bros.)
Batman from "Justice League." (Warner Bros.)

The film's other stars, namely Ezra Miller (The Flash), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg), will no doubt appear on their own forthcoming posters. 

Fans will have even more to see when the exclusive new trailer drops Saturday. Watch a teaser for the trailer, featuring Batman, below: 

"Justice League" will be in theaters Nov. 17.

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Oops! Kristi Yamaguchi wishes Nancy Kerrigan luck in the worst way possible

Tonya Harding, left, Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan after the finals of the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships. (Diether Endlicher / Associated Press)
Tonya Harding, left, Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan after the finals of the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships. (Diether Endlicher / Associated Press)

Word choice is important, particularly online where one slip-up can banish you to Internet infamy over a matter of keystrokes. 

That's the lesson gold-medal Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi learned Monday night when she sent a well-meaning tweet wishing former competitor Nancy Kerrigan luck on her "Dancing With the Stars" debut.

"So excited for you," Yamaguchi wrote. "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!"

Never has the theater idiom "break a leg" been more inappropriately applied, given that Kerrigan's skating career was nearly sabotaged when rival skater Tonya Harding's then-husband hired someone to club her in the knee with a baton.

A representative for Yamaguchi dispelled any notion that there's bad blood between the skaters, telling E! News, "Kristi loves Nancy and has nothing but respect for her. No ill will was intended with the tweet, and Nancy herself has received and commented on the well wishes that were sent.

"Kristi is finding the reactions on social media humorous, but unfortunately for those who want it to have been shady, that's not the case," Yamaguchi's representative concluded.

Or maybe that's just what they want you to think.

Kerrigan, for her part, danced well on Monday's episode, earning high marks for her Viennese waltz.


CBS renews 18 series, including 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Bull' and 'MacGyver'

"The Big Bang Theory" is one of 18 shows renewed by CBS for the 2017-18 season. (Michael Yarish / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
"The Big Bang Theory" is one of 18 shows renewed by CBS for the 2017-18 season. (Michael Yarish / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

CBS put its ratings prowess on display Thursday, renewing 18 series for the 2017-18 television season.

The shows include five first-year shows, including "Bull," "Kevin Can Wait," "MacGyver," "Man With a Plan" and "Superior Donuts."

Though renewals for "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS," the top-rated comedy and drama on television, were announced earlier, they join "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Survivor" among long-running pick-ups for the network.

Missing among the early renewals are several stalwarts on the CBS schedule, including "Two Broke Girls," "The Amazing Race," "Elementary" and "Criminal Minds."

That doesn't mean that they'll be canceled, but it does suggest the series won't know their fate until the announcement of the full schedule at the CBS upfront on May 17.

Here's the full list of 2017-18 CBS renewals:

  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "Blue Bloods"
  • "Bull"
  • "Hawaii Five-0"
  • "Kevin Can Wait"
  • "Life in Pieces"
  • "MacGyver"
  • "Madam Secretary"
  • "Man With a Plan"
  • "Mom"
  • "NCIS"
  • "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • "NCIS: New Orleans"
  • "Scorpion"
  • "Superior Donuts"
  • "Survivor"
  • "48 Hours"
  • "60 Minutes"

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride gets 4K-HD upgrade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Universal Studios)
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Universal Studios)

The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios just got a little more immersive.

The ride, located within Hogwarts castle, combines a robotics ride system with filmed action sequences and visceral effects to create a full-sensory experience for guests.

Originally using 3-D film with the ride, Universal Studios has upgraded Forbidden Journey to 4K-HD, allowing fans to experience J.K. Rowling's imagined world at a hyper-realistic 120 frames per second.

Forbidden Journey opened at Universal Studios Hollywood with the debut of Wizarding World in April 2016 and lets fans experience some of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley's greatest film adventures alongside them, including playing Quidditch, escaping the Whomping Willow and a run-in with Dementors. 

The updated ride is the latest upgrade at Universal Studios and the adjacent Universal CityWalk, which recently introduced a multimillion dollar remodel of its AMC theater.


Todd Fisher reveals mom Debbie Reynolds' state of mind after Carrie Fisher's death

Todd Fisher, son of Debbie Reynolds and brother of Carrie Fisher, had some intense conversations with his mother in late December immediately following the "Star Wars" actress' death. 

"My mother said to me, the night that Carrie died -- I didn't know what was happening but she was setting me up for her leaving the planet," Fisher told "Entertainment Tonight" on Wednesday, just a few days before a memorial service for both women. "She literally looked at me and said, 'I want to be with Carrie,' and closed her eyes and went to sleep."

Reynolds discussed with her son her own end-of-life plans, he said, which shifted at the last minute from a low-key cremation for herself to the purchase of a tomb where she and her daughter could be buried together.  

"She changed her mind that night," he said. They talked about how hard it was dealing with Carrie's death and Reynolds warned him it might get harder, because she didn't know when she was going to die too. Fisher told her that they didn't have to worry about that right away, but said he realized, "she was, like, asking my permission" to go.

FULL COVERAGE: The death of Carrie Fisher

Reynolds wasn't overly dramatic after her daughter's death, Fisher said. While he was the one crying after they left the hospital on Dec. 26, his mother "truly understood" what had happened, he said. 

"[T]he next morning, we had a little further dialogue and she chose to leave the planet in front of my face two feet away. If you had told me this story and I wasn't there, I would have a very hard time believing what I saw." Reynolds died Dec. 28.

Added Fisher, "I'm really OK with Debbie's exit, not so OK with Carrie's exit, 'cause Carrie was in the middle of what was, I thought, her finest hours. Her creativity was peaking, the 'Star Wars' thing was obviously back in spades. Everything that she was doing was turning to gold."

A joint memorial for mother and daughter will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles and livestreamed worldwide on DebbieReynolds.com. Spots in the 1,200-seat theater will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis

READ MORE: Carrie Fisher's 'Wishful Drinking,' created at the Geffen, was a feat of 'incredible strength' >>



'The Walking Dead' alum Steven Yeun is a new dad, report says

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Steven Yeun, known to "The Walking Dead" fans as Glenn Rhee, has reportedly welcomed a baby boy with wife Joana Pak. 

The couple's first child arrived on St. Patrick's Day, E! News said Tuesday. The actor, 33, married Pak, a photographer, in early December.

On the AMC show's seventh season, which has two episodes left, Glenn's baby with Maggie Greene has yet to be born. On Instagram in February, Yeun teased to his real-world son's impending arrival with photo-booth snapshots of himself and a very pregnant Pak.


The first trailer for Netflix's 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' revival introduces the new Mads

Fans counting down to the April 14 premiere of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" revival are in luck. Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming series. 

Full of the camp that charmed viewers of the original series, the new trailer for "MST3K" introduces fans to Kinga Forrester, played by Felicia Day, daughter of mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. Kinga has decided to revive her family's "most legendary experiment": Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The original "MST3K" experiments, of course, were designed to see how much bad movie-watching it takes to drive a person crazy.

Working alongside the new Mads is next-generation henchman TV's Son of TV's Frank (yes, that's the character's name), played by Patton Oswalt.

The human subject of these new "MST3K" experiments is Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), who along with his robot pals Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount), is forced to watch B-movies. 

The trailer gives fans a glimpse into what movies Jonah will be forced to endure during the new show's 14-episode run, including the 1961 Danish American monster film "Reptilicus." 

Created and co-directed by Joel Hodgson, "MST3K" is back thanks to one of the most-funded Kickstarter campaigns of all time, which raised $5.7 million in 2015.


Five 'Gong Show' moments that captured Chuck Barris' gonzo magic

Chuck Barris, host of "The Gong Show," died Monday at age 87. (NBC)
Chuck Barris, host of "The Gong Show," died Monday at age 87. (NBC)

Whether you saw "The Gong Show" when it was on the air, through reruns, or simply remember it as a cultural artifact of the 1970s, it was clear that what made the show special was the ringleader of the circus, Chuck Barris.

Barris died Monday at his home in Palisades, N.Y., at the age of 87. 

"The Gong Show" was a product of its time, the late '70s, and featured contestants showcasing their talent (or, in some cases, lack of). In front of a panel of judges, they competed to win the grand prize of $516.32 (rumored to be the Screen Actors Guild's minimum daily wage for the time) and to avoid being gonged off the stage.

Steering the ship was Barris, who understood the show's gonzo, kinetic aesthetic enough to know whether it was better to nudge a contestant into deeper waters or let them run themselves aground. 

Here are five moments that perfectly exemplify the wacky weirdness of "The Gong Show" and its maestro.

1. Gene Gene the Dancing Machine

Gene Gene the Dancing Machine was a "Gong Show" staple. An NBC stagehand whose backstage dancing caught Barris' eye, Gene Patton was a recurring sensation, whose dancing to an arrangement of Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside" never failed to bring the audience, judges and Barris joy.

2. The Unknown Comic

Like Gene, the Unknown Comic (Murray Langston) made several appearances on "The Gong Show," telling crummy jokes while wearing a paper bag over his head. The man under the mask (or bag) would find his set inevitably brought to an end by Barris throwing him off the stage. 

3. The Worms

Perhaps the most absurdist of all the "talent" that found a home on "The Gong Show" was a group called the Worms. The three men performed before throwing themselves on the floor to wriggle like their namesake. Barris always seemed tickled by the bit, coming out for each performance to yell, "One more time!"

4. Oingo Boingo

In 1976, the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, the band that would eventually become Oingo Boingo and which featured future Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman, won its episode of "The Gong Show." It proved that while most of the show was ridiculous, true talent did lurk in the hearts of some contestants. That said, their performance also included a dragon costume.

5. Hillary Carlip

But the best moments on the show always came when true talent met off-the-wall personalities, as it did with Hillary Carlip's juggling and singing. Carlip, like "The Gong Show" and like Barris himself, showcased the wonderful weirdness of America.


Wyclef Jean recounts being detained in Los Angeles: 'How can citizens trust the police?'

Wyclef Jean appeared Wednesday on "Good Morning America" to relay his account of being mistakenly detained by law enforcement officers in West Hollywood.

The Grammy-winning musician and former Fugees frontman elaborated on the incident, describing his brief detention as a case of racial profiling.

"I feel like I was targeted as a black man," he said during a sit-down with Robin Roberts.

The 47-year-old posted a video of himself being handcuffed next to a patrol car on Twitter shortly after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pulled him over while they were investigating a nearby robbery. The suspect's car, dark hoodie and bandanna were similar to that of Jean's, officials later said.

"Another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?" Jean wrote on Twitter. (He initially accused the Los Angeles Police Department, rather than the sheriff's department, in a series of tweets, but the LAPD set the record straight with its own tweet.)

He also issued a statement calling on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to conduct "a formal investigation into racial profiling."

While Jean believed he was being subjected to police brutality, racial profiling and police bias, he explained that he saw the incident from both perspectives because he also has family in law enforcement. He said he remained civil so that he could set an example for his own children.

"I have family on both sides of the lens, but I got a chance to see what happens with a citizen versus a police first-hand. And I have to tell you, I was scared for my life to the point where I could have acted different. And if I acted different, something else would have happened to me," he said in the "GMA" interview.

"Basically, I'm alive to tell my story and my story is not a citizen versus police or police versus a citizen. It's the idea of how can citizens trust the police."

During his "GMA" interview, the Haitian artist said he was coming from the recording studio when authorities pulled him over without communicating with him. 

"I feel that I was targeted as a black man. It's clear and it was obvious because when I was getting out of the car and the way that the cops rushed me, the conversation that I was having with them, it was a silent and a deaf conversation," he said. 

"For me, this is bigger than a black-and-white issue," he continued. "The part of the issue and the long conversation that we have to have is how do we establish real relationships with the police and the citizen."

Sheriff's officials said that Jean was handcuffed "due to the violent nature of the call," because of the similarity of their cars, the time of day the incident was unfolding and "Mr. Jean’s furtive movements and demeanor." The suspects, who were later apprehended four blocks away, were driving an Acura while Jean was in a Toyota, officials said.

"It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime," the department said in a statement. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean. We are grateful we were able to apprehend the robbery suspects and that no one was seriously injured."


See the 'Love Actually' cast in a new teaser for 'The Red Nose Day Special'

Fans got their first glimpse of the upcoming "Love Actually" reunion Wednesday morning when NBC released a trailer for "Red Nose Day Actually," which features much of the film's original cast.

Originating in the United Kingdom in 1988, Red Nose Day was created by comedian Lenny Henry and "Love Actually" writer and director Richard Curtis to raise money for children in need and address worldwide poverty.

The celebration migrated to U.S. shores in 2014, and "Red Nose Day Actually" is scheduled to air as part of NBC's "Red Nose Day Special" on May 25.

"Red Nose Day Actually" is based on an original script from Curtis and will check in with "Love Actually" characters -- played by Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson -- and see where they are in 2017. 

Check out the cast of "Love Actually" above and judge for yourself who has aged best. (It's Keira Knightley.)


As 'Missing Richard Simmons' podcast wraps, its creator has a theory about what happened to the fitness guru

 (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)
(Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

With the "Missing Richard Simmons" podcast coming to an end, his brother and longtime manager have stepped up to join the chorus of those saying the fitness guru, who hasn't been seen in public for three years, is fine, fine, fine.

Meanwhile, podcaster Dan Taberski wound up with a conclusion he hadn't anticipated when he wrapped up his six-part series Monday, a couple of days earlier than scheduled. 

"After 40-some-odd years, he just decided he wanted to rest," older bro Lenny Simmons told People. "He's 68 years old now and he's in good health, but he just wants time for himself." 

Lenny was repeating something he had shared with Taberski in the fifth episode of "Missing Richard Simmons": Lenny and his wife had visited Richard for five days around Christmas, and his brother was fine except for suffering from a cold. He didn't understand what his brother was doing, Lenny told Taberski, but he had to respect it. 

"These things about him transitioning to a woman are ridiculous," the elder Simmons told People — as he had previously told Taberski — alluding to one of the big where-is-Richard rumors that has circulated in the past three years. 

READ MORE: Richard Simmons 'just fine' according to LAPD wellness check >>

As for whether Simmons was being held hostage by longtime housekeeper Teresa Reveles, which was explored in the podcast? Taberski had a few things to say about that in his final episode, in a portion tinged with a just a splash of legalese.  

(Spoiler alert: If you haven't listened to the full six-part series and want to experience all of its twists and turns, you should stop reading this article now.)

People in a position to know came forward after the podcast went viral earlier this month, Taberski told his listeners. They included the LAPD detective who had done a wellness check at Simmons' Hollywood Hills home March 10, he said.

"Based on all this information, I believe Teresa Reveles is just doing her job," Taberski said after an I-want-to-make-this-very-clear setup. "Moreover, from what I hear now, she seems to be doing it well."

Taberski — who explained in the podcast that he and others had been very concerned since Simmons didn't show up at the Slimmons studio that day in February 2014 — has his own theory about what's up with someone he considers a friend: Basically, it has to do with how much of himself Simmons, whom Taberski had labeled an "empathist," had given to others over the years. Like, way too much. 

Also, longtime manager Michael Catalano told the podcaster, it turns out that many people who came into contact with Simmons — the one Taberski called that "short-shorts character" — may have overestimated the depth and significance of their relationships with him.

Ouch. That would mean that some or all of the people interviewed for the podcast, who were so worried about their "friend" because he left without saying goodbye, didn't know he just wasn't that into them in the first place.

"I think you've really created more worry and speculation," Catalano said, implying that the podcast, which Taberski said was intended as a "grand gesture" to Simmons, had made the fitness icon's life more difficult. 

"Where is he?" the podcaster reflected as he wrapped up his final episode. "He's home. Why has he done this? Because he just doesn't want to be that guy anymore.

"And who was that guy?" Taberski asked. "He was Richard Simmons. And he was amazing."


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are on speaking terms again, and he has a new hobby

Angelina Jolie Pitt with sons Pax, left, and Maddox; Brad Pitt, right. (Tang Chhin Sothy/ AFP / Getty Images, left; Abraham Caro Marin / Associated Press, right)
Angelina Jolie Pitt with sons Pax, left, and Maddox; Brad Pitt, right. (Tang Chhin Sothy/ AFP / Getty Images, left; Abraham Caro Marin / Associated Press, right)

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reportedly spoken to each other directly. Finally. 

“He’s very relieved that things are not playing out in public anymore," a source told People in an article out Wednesday, calling the estranged couple's detente "a work in progress." 

The two are still negotiating their split, the source said, but Pitt is "much happier."

The source would seem to be someone working on image rehab (no, not that kind of rehab) for Pitt, as the magazine also has a feature about how the "Moonlight" executive producer is totally into making sculpture these days. And who doesn't like sculpture?

"People close to him are happy that he has found something new to be passionate about," a source told People for the story about the new hobby. 

The "Allied" actor, 53, had been taking it on the chin for a while in the wake of his September split from Jolie, his partner for more than a decade and wife since August 2014.

The two parted ways abruptly when Jolie, 41, filed for divorce — a Pitt source said at the time that it was a "complete shock" — after a family dust-up on a private plane. She accused Pitt of getting physical with their eldest son, Maddox, and involved the authorities. The "World War Z" star was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, but a temporary custody agreement struck by the couple limited his visitation and involved a therapist.

Pitt showed his face in a surprise appearance during the 2017 Golden Globes broadcast in January. A day later, after aggressively going back and forth for weeks in public court filings about custody, the estranged couple struck a deal to resolve their split in private, enlisting the assistance of a private judge. 

Jolie made it clear late in February that family came first in their divorce drama. 

“We are a family, and we will always be a family," she told the BBC. "And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.”


Dave Chappelle celebrated his Netflix specials with 'secret' stand-up show

Dave Chapelle hosts an exclusive live stand up show celebrating his return and new show, presented by Netflix & Live Nation on March 20, 2017 at The h.wood Group's Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood. (Mathieu Bitton)
Dave Chapelle hosts an exclusive live stand up show celebrating his return and new show, presented by Netflix & Live Nation on March 20, 2017 at The h.wood Group's Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood. (Mathieu Bitton)

As Netflix prepared to roll out the first of a series of specials from comedian Dave Chappelle early Tuesday, he was in front of an intimate crowd toasting his return with a mostly private gig at the recently opened Peppermint Club in West Hollywood late Monday.

“It’s like a show, but it’s a celebration — it’s a celebration,” the 43-year-old said at the top of the performance.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t have any new jokes,” he admitted to the packed crowd. “All my new jokes will be streaming on Netflix at midnight.”

Dressed in a long black tank and ripped jeans, and taking puffs from a cigarette between sips of beer (or tequila, as requested mid-set), Chappelle moved through an extremely loose one-hour set.

Presented by Live Nation and Netflix, the concert was largely private — 85 tickets were sold to the public, and they went in approximately two seconds, according to venue owners — and heavily star-studded (Tobey Maguire, Don Cheadle, Aloe Blacc and Wiz Khalifa were among the guests). Hannibal Buress and Donnell Rawlings were surprise openers.

Monday's show marked the arrival of his dual specials, “The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live At the Hollywood Palladium” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas: Live At Austin City Limits."

Backed by a small band, Chappelle riffed on his return to the spotlight following his “Saturday Night Live” debut late last year and a deal with Netflix that is reportedly worth $60 million. It will include a third special produced specifically for the streaming service (the other two were shot in 2015 and last year).

He's admittedly nervous about how the specials will be received -- even if his teenage son told him not to care (albeit a bit more profanely). 

“Much like American currency, I’m back by false confidence,” he revealed to the crowd. “I’m scared, they beat poor Amy Schumer up.” (Schumer's recent Netflix special was inundated with hundreds of one-star reviews, with the comedian thanking trolls for the low rating.)

Chappelle spent the bulk of his set tackling the election and President Trump (“I believe [he] is here save America — by accident”).

He chided Kanye West, who was in attendance with sister-in-law Kendall Jenner, about meeting with Trump. Then he warned Kendall that he discussed her parent, Caitlyn Jenner, in the Netflix special, and that his comments on the transgender community, while “not malicious,” might upset viewers — none of that exchange is printable here, and yes, it was quite brazen in its lack of political correctness.

At one point he put an audience member on the spot to see if she was upset that Trump claimed the White House — with the aide of soft jazz music — and whether she identified as a feminist. He playfully had the music cut when she said she didn’t identify as such.

There were searing musings on the women’s march, “Get Out,” Bill Cosby, race and the travel ban before he got serious by ruminating on the lie that led to the gruesome murder of Emmett Till and connecting it with recent comments from Trump. 

Before Chappelle ditched the stage for an after-party, he had his band move through an impromptu jam session of one of his favorite songs, the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" -- and surprised the crowd by having Stevie Wonder emerge to play the harmonica. 


Expanded FYF Fest to feature Frank Ocean, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott

The lineup for the 2017 FYF Fest (FYF Fest / Goldenvoice)
The lineup for the 2017 FYF Fest (FYF Fest / Goldenvoice)

FYF fest will be a full day longer and significantly more diverse in 2017 than last year.

The Goldenvoice-produced summertime staple, which has grown from a tiny punk gig into an international destination festival, will host Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails atop the bill this year.

Missy Elliott, Solange and a Tribe Called Quest will also perform, giving FYF its most genre-, gender- and racially diverse slate of headliners.


Schwarzenegger turns tables on Trump and ridicules approval ratings and budget cuts

Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, has fired back at President Trump over his approval ratings. (Richard Shiro / Associated Press; Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, has fired back at President Trump over his approval ratings. (Richard Shiro / Associated Press; Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Like many great celebrity feuds, the ongoing spat between former host of "The Apprentice" Donald Trump and former host of "The New Celebrity Apprentice" Arnold Schwarzenegger has persisted long after its prescribed expiration date (much like the TV series each man hosted).

The latest wrinkle has Schwarzenegger needling Trump over his lackluster approval ratings after the president lambasted Schwarzenegger for shoddy "Apprentice" ratings.

In a video tweet posted early Tuesday morning, Schwarzenegger mocked Trump's low numbers while taking a shot at his budget blueprint.

"What do you expect when you take away after-school programs for children and Meals on Wheels for the poor people?" Schwarzenegger said. "That's not what you call 'making America great again.' "

Schwarzenegger went on to ask Trump, "Who's advising you?" and suggested he visit a local D.C. middle school. He even offered to accompany the president.

The war of words between Trump and Schwarzenegger has been waging for months, sparked in October when the former governor of California announced he would not be voting for Trump for president.

In January, two weeks before he took office, Trump took aim at the reduced ratings for Schwarzenegger's "Apprentice," following up on his criticisms in February at the National Prayer Breakfast where he stated, "I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings, OK?"

Schwarzenegger often made time to respond to the president's criticisms and blamed Trump's baggage for his decision to leave "The Apprentice" earlier this month.

Trump has yet to respond to Schwarzenegger's tweet.


'Beauty and the Beast' to premiere in Malaysia with 'gay moment' intact

Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney)
Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney)

After initial controversy, Disney fans in Malaysia will soon be able to experience the magic of the box office behemoth "Beauty and the Beast." Several major Malaysian movie chains announced Tuesday a new March 30 release date for the film. 

Most notably, the announcements from Golden Screen Cinemas and TGV Cinemas acknowledge that the film will not feature the cuts originally made by the Malaysian censor board.

The film was scheduled to be released in the country on March 16, the global premiere date, before being indefinitely postponed when the Film Censorship Board cut "a gay moment" due to Malaysian laws condemning homosexuality.

Disney responded by stating that "the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia."

According to the Associated Press, an anonymous government official attributed the reversal to an appeal committee viewing the film and determining the scene in question was inoffensive.  

Malaysia is not the only country where "Beauty and the Beast" is facing resistance. The film was pulled from theaters in Kuwait on Monday by censors concerned by some of the film's content.

Duaij al Khalifa al Sabah, a board member for the National Cinema Company in Kuwait, which operates 11 of the country's 13 theaters, told AP that a newly edited version of the film may be available later in the week.

Despite the censorship disputes, "Beauty and the Beast" is a monster at the box office, bringing in $350 million over the weekend, domestically and abroad.

Representatives for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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