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:
- Wyclef Jean recounts being detained in Los Angeles
- Five 'Gong Show' moments that captured Chuck Barris' gonzo magic
- See the 'Love Actually' cast in a new teaser for 'The Red Nose Day Special'
- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are on speaking terms again
- Expanded FYF Fest's lineup includes Frank Ocean, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott
- Schwarzenegger ridicules Trump's approval ratings and budget cuts
- 'Beauty and the Beast' to premiere in Malaysia with 'gay moment' intact
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.)
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 having 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.
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'd 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 considered 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 he 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woody Harrelson is done with weed.
Wait, what? Isn't this the guy who was trying to get a medical marijuana dispensary license less than a year ago in Hawaii, the state he calls home?
"I am a party animal," the 55-year-old actor, who's currently promoting his upcoming film "Wilson," told Vulture in an interview published Monday. "But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago."
The cool teacher from "The Edge of Seventeen" blamed 30 years of partying too hard.
"I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available," Harrelson said, adding, "I really don’t want this interview to turn into a whole thing about that."
Woops, too late. But the party's not completely over.
"I still drink," he said. "But I try to be moderate with the drinking, too."
Gal Gadot has welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Maya.
The "Wonder Woman" star announced Maya's arrival via Twitter and Instagram on Monday, sharing a photo of her family as they appear to be leaving the hospital.
"And then we were four," Gadot, 31, wrote. "She is here, Maya. I feel so complete blessed and thankful for all the Wonders in my life #family#newborn #grateful"
In a black-and-white photo, Gadot holds hands with her husband, Yaron Versano, as their firstborn, Alma, whom they welcomed in 2011, pushes Maya's stroller.
Gadot announced her second pregnancy in November. Last week, the former Miss Israel shared a snapshot of her growing belly as she was lounging in a black Wonder Woman tee.
"Looking at the beautiful clear blue sky & I realize I'm 9 months (!!) pregnant. SO grateful to the universe. Sending u guys positive energy," she wrote.
The breakout star of last spring's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is headlining her own DC film about Amazonian warrior Diana Prince's origin story. The film also stars "Star Trek" alum Chris Pine and "House of Cards" star Robin Wright and hits theaters on June 2.
The message behind the 40-foot-wide billboard in downtown Phoenix's arts district is clear.
On one side, President Trump sits, a Russian flag pinned to his lapel, flanked by mushroom clouds and dollar signs drawn in the style of swastikas.
On the opposite side, the word “Unity" rests above the sign language spelling.
It’s the latest piece of resistance art against Trump's administration. And Karen Fiorito, the Santa Monica-based artist behind it, said there aren't plans to take it down anytime soon. Even amid death threats.
“There have been a couple of people who have said they will come and get me, or that I should be sleeping with a gun underneath my pillow,” she told CBS Los Angeles.
Artist and historic preservationist Beatrice Moore owns the billboard and the property below it, which houses a clothing design store called 11th Monkey. Moore commissioned Fiorito to design the controversial work after Trump’s election. Up for less than five days, it has, unsurprisingly, already stirred debate.
According to Phoenix New Times, two protesters "with visible guns in tow" held pro-Trump signs outside the store on Sunday. Others have flocked to the area after hearing about the billboard.
In an email to The Times, Fiorito said that "due to security concerns," she's not discussing the matter further at the moment.
This isn’t the first protest piece Fiorito has created. In 2004, she was responsible for another billboard that criticized the Bush administration for invading Iraq.
Katy Perry shared the journey from her evangelical Christian upbringing to her LGBTQ-activist present, explaining Saturday night that she used to "pray the gay away" at Christian camps when she was a child.
"My first words were mama and dada, God and Satan ...," the "Roar" singer said while accepting the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 National Equality Award at its gala dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.
"When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination, and Hell," she said. Right and wrong were taught to her courtesy of felt boards and the Trinity Broadcast Network. She wanted to wind up at the pearly gates, she said, so she did as she was taught.
"Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps," Perry explained. Then, she said, she found her calling: singing.
"My gift introduced me to people outside my bubble. And my bubble started to burst," she added. "These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met. They stimulated my mind and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it."
Perry, who said it would have been easier for her to stay that girl who just thought more hugs would save the world, hoped her stance on equality was proof that people can change.
"Thank you for roaring on behalf of the LGBTQ community," George Takei tweeted at the "Chained to the Rhythm" singer on Monday.
President Trump will soon be able to field a baseball team's worth of grandchildren: son Eric Trump is expecting a baby boy with his wife, Lara.
"@LaraLeaTrump & I are excited to announce that we are adding a boy to #TeamTrump in September," the father-to-be said Monday on Instagram. "It's been an amazing year. We are blessed!"
Lara Trump told People she was exhausted in her first trimester.
“It surprised me, because I’m a very active person, and until the fatigue hit, I didn’t believe it would actually happen to me,” said the former "Inside Edition" producer who's now involved with animal charities.
The president retweeted the good news on Twitter, adding, "Congratulations Eric & Lara. Very proud and happy for the two of you!"
The parents-to-be got married in October 2014. They dated for five years before getting engaged on the 4th of July in 2013.
The new baby will join eight other Trump grandchildren. Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, have five kids: Kai, 9; Donald III, 8; Tristan, 5; Spencer, 4; and Chloe, 2. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have three children: Arabella, 5; Joseph, 3; and Theodore, who turns 1 in a week.
The president's other two children, Tiffany and Barron, are 23 and 10, respectively. First Lady Melania Trump and her son, Barron, are finally moving to the White House in June, according to TMZ.
Sunday's episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" gave Oliver a chance to tee off on President Trump's budget blueprint. And while his deconstruction was as pithy and pointed as ever, Oliver had something even better in store for America.
But first, the budget.
Oliver screened a brief CNN clip with Wolf Blitzer outlining the boosts and cuts in Trump's budget, featuring a scrolling list of scads of departments having their funding slashed, to which the host quipped, "It is sort of fitting that the list of budget cuts scroll by like the end credits for America."
"The Daily Show" alum went on to expound on how many of those who will suffer the most from the president's idealized budget are those who voted to elect him, as well as examining how many of the departments targeted make up a truly infinitesimal portion of federal spending.
Sadly, no video of Oliver's arguments can be embedded thanks to premium cable's free and furious use of explicit language.
Eventually Oliver moved on to more pressing matters, by which we mean dancing zebras.
The host shared with the audience his recent discovery that the country of Bolivia uses people dressed as zebras to encourage pedestrian and traffic safety on dangerous roadways, a delightful tidbit that was about to get even more useful.
In the greatest (and most humane) equid use in HBO history (sorry, "Luck"), Oliver created a 23-minute video in which one of his staffers, dressed in a zebra costume, posed in front of a green screen for enterprising video editors to bring a little joy into the daily news slog.
To give some idea of how effective green-screen zebras are, "Last Week Tonight" provided several examples, including the inclusion of a zebra at the inauguration of Trump.
The show also inserted a striped bystander into the background of a particularly gripping moment in Oscar best-picture nominee "Manchester by the Sea."
Do you need a Monday pick-me-up? Do you need a spring pick-me-up? Do you need a 2017 pick-me-up?
Great. Here's 23 minutes of dancing zebra.
For Zayn Malik, formerly of the British boy band One Direction, anxiety was less a state of mind and more a state of being controlled.
"I now have no problem with anxiety. It was something I was dealing with in the band," Malik told British newspaper the Sunday Times in an interview published Sunday.
That statement contradicts how Malik described his struggle with the disorder in his 2016 memoir, "Zayn": "The only way I can explain the anxiety I experience is that there’s a certain level of expectation I put on myself, and a certain level of expectation I feel from the fan base and the public.
"When I don’t do what I’m supposed to, it’s not because I’m disrespecting [people’s] investment in me. It’s because I respect what they’ve invested in me so highly I don’t want to let them down by giving them something that’s second rate ... ," Malik wrote, not of his performances with 1D, but of his solo gigs since departing the band in March 2015.
Malik's new interview also addressed his struggle with disordered eating that cropped up near the end of his stint with the boy band, another issue revealed to fans in his autobiography.
"It wasn’t specifically an eating disorder,” he told the Sunday Times. “It was a control thing. Every area of my life was so regimented and controlled, it was the one area where I could say, ‘No, I’m not eating that.’ Once I got over the control, the eating just came back into place."
Fans of the singer will have to wait for new music. Malik continues work on his highly anticipated follow-up to "Mind of Mine," his first solo album, released nearly one year ago.
Malik is at work in the studio, however, and may have dropped a snippet of an upcoming song on Twitter several weeks ago.
Judge for yourself with the tweets below.
Former president Barack Obama made a rare appearance on Twitter on Sunday morning, tweeting about the passing of rock 'n' roll forefather Chuck Berry.
"Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him," Obama said, "and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good."
Berry died Saturday at his home near St. Louis. He was 90.
Obama was not the only former president struck by the loss of of the music pioneer.
President Bill Clinton released a statement Saturday on behalf of himself and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember. The man was inseparable from his music – both were utterly original and distinctly American," Clinton's statement read. "He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. And along the way he changed our country and the history of popular music.
"Chuck played at both my inaugurations and at the White House for my 25th Georgetown reunion, and he never slowed down, which is why his legend grew every time he stepped on stage. His life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and his countless friends and fans," the 42nd president concluded.
Kim Kardashian West has finally shared her version of the robbery that altered her life last October — as well as a photo that a group of paparazzi in Paris sent her privately after the crime.
"I have always shared so much & I'm not going to hold back when this was probably one of the most life changing experiences for me," Kardashian said Sunday on Twitter.
"I would never wish this experience upon anyone, but have learned some valuable lessons & feel so blessed to be safe home w my babies & husband," she continued. "To my friends, family, and loved ones I can't thank you enough for being there when I needed you the most."
Kardashian suspects that a group was watching the family during their entire Paris Fashion Week trip, she said on Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
"I was Snapchatting that I was home and that everyone was going out, so I think they knew that [bodyguard] Pascal was out with Kourtney [Kardashian] and that I was by myself," she said. "They had to have known that we were leaving that day. They had this window of opportunity and just went for it."
Her description of the robbery mostly echoed what has been reported previously. One new aspect, however, was what Kim was thinking after they duct-taped her mouth to keep her from screaming.
"He grabs my legs, and ... I have no clothes on under, so, he pulled me towards him at the front of the bed and I thought OK, this is the moment, they're going to rape me," she said. "And I fully, like, mentally prepped myself and then he didn't.
"And he, like, duct-taped my legs together, then he had the gun up to me and I knew that was the moment, they're going to totally, like, shoot me in the head, and I'm just praying that Kourtney is going to have a normal life after she finds my dead body there on the bed."
The episode concludes with a tear-jerking montage of scenes from Kim's home life with husband Kanye West and their two young kids, North and Saint.
And yes, even the paparazzi got a little mushy about the whole thing, sending a photo with the message, "We don't love you because we need you. We need you because we love you."
"We thought we should do something collectively to let her know we support her. It was just something we felt we wanted to do — something that we had to do,” the photographer whose idea it was for Kim's "favorite French paps" to send her their wishes told People. Even a few shooters who prefer to stay anonymous posed for this one, he said.
“We did it to tell Kim how sorry we were,” he said. “She didn’t deserve this incredibly sad event in her life."
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski got married Sunday, he revealed Thursday on James Corden's late-night show.
"We eloped," the "Life in Pieces" actor explained after Corden was taken aback by the sight of a wedding band on Sadoski's left hand. "We just took off into the country with an officiant, just the two of us, and we did our thing."
The couple, who got engaged in September, confirmed in late November that they're expecting a child together.
The low-key ceremony was "everything it should be," the 40-year-old newlywed said. "It's great! It's sort of perfect ... then you take the dog and you walk through the country and you go home. And you, like, have your life."
They also had dinner and a really great day in general, he joked.
"I know you guys are close friends and she would want you to know, so just, like, you know, keep it quiet," said Sadoski, who was sitting next to "Powerless" actress Vanessa Hudgens in front of a studio audience. "Don't tell anybody."
Just before the show aired on the East Coast, Seyfried, 31, had promoted Sadoski's appearance, saying on Instagram, "This nice man is going to be on @latelateshow tonight to talk about nice things."
She wasn't kidding.