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James Cameron brings Linda Hamilton back to the 'Terminator' franchise but snubs 'Wonder Woman' again

Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2." (Skydance)
Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2." (Skydance)

The original Sarah Connor, is back. Fans are going crazy at director James Cameron’s announcement that Linda Hamilton, the first actor to portray the fan-favorite Connor in the “Terminator” franchise, will be returning to the world of killer robots. A reveal that he championed due to Hollywood’s total lack of roles for women action heroes over the age of 50. Which leads us to ask, has James Cameron actually seen “Wonder Woman?” 

New “Terminator” franchise director Tim Miller (formally from “Deadpool”) and Cameron hosted a filmmaker discussion on the Paramount lot to give an update on all things skynet. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter-- outside press was not allowed inside the THR-hosted conversation--  Cameron was particularly excited about the inclusion of Hamilton because, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys… but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

This statement completely disregards the much-praised performances of 51-year-old Robin Wright and 52-year-old Connie Nielsen who played warrior women Antiope and Hippolyta from this summer's “Wonder Woman.” Both characters are shown leaping off horses and into battle in the very first action scene of the film

Robin Wright in "Wonder Woman." (Warner Bros.)
Robin Wright in "Wonder Woman." (Warner Bros.)

Cameron’s remarks are especially odd considering the director received a lot of online flak last month for calling the titular character of the popular movie “misguided” and a “step backwards” for female heroes. His comments received so much attention it prompted "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins to respond.

That said, Cameron is correct that in the world of "The Mummy" and the "Taken" franchise there certainly are a dearth of mature lead action stars portrayed by women. However, without any plot details, the depth of Hamilton's role in the new feature is uncertain.

What we do know is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved (in some form) and that this new movie will follow the action of 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." It is also poised to serve as the first film in a new trilogy within the "Terminator" world as Cameron revealed that they were actively searching for new "18-something woman" to be the "centerpiece" to the new series. 

The ghosts of Ian Curtis followed New Order to the Hollywood Bowl

New Order performs at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday. (Molly Kodros)
New Order performs at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday. (Molly Kodros)

At the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, New Order closed out its set with a trio of Joy Division covers — “Decades,” “Atmosphere” and, of course, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” They all but kicked off the set with yet another one — “Disorder” — that singer Bernard Sumner said the act had never played in Los Angeles before.

New Order was formed out of Joy Division after Ian Curtis’ suicide. The band has since enjoyed decades of influence as a pioneer of emotional, future-thinking electronic pop. But was it an accident, given the global anxieties of 2017, that the act looked back mournfully on its youth and played a batch of songs written from the edge of despair?

It’s easy to imagine the echoes of early New Order’s late 1970s and early '80s Britain in our current political mood: a disposed industrial working class, a newly elected conservative administration promising major changes and even talk of nuclear war. It’s a fool’s argument to say that music gets better in bad times, but I bet it’s no coincidence that when New Order assembled its set, the bleak, gray feelings of the old Joy Division era were more resonant than they’d been in a long time.

Monday's show wasn’t all gloom-soaked though. It's 2015 LP “Music Complete” was one of its strongest in years, with “Singularity” and “Plastic” each standouts among the rock or club-driven highlights on Monday. “Ultraviolence” and “Temptation” were ageless, as always, and the band did its level best to inject some Ibiza-summer club bounce in the set.

But even longtime fans were probably struck by how deeply the mood of Joy Division crept into the set. The loving, grainy old pictures of Curtis projected behind New Order showed one of rock’s pivotal figures at both the height of his powers onstage, and also at the edge of his mental illness privately.

His personal pain was unknowable, but there’s a reason his songs stuck with those Thatcher-era fans for the rest of their lives. He captured something essential about what they were feeling then — something that probably feels a lot like what many are feeling now. 

Music

Latin Grammy nominees announcement postponed after Mexico earthquake

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez at the 17th  Latin Grammys. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez at the 17th Latin Grammys. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)

Citing "the current events in Mexico," the Latin Recording Academy, which administers the annual Latin Grammy Awards celebration and broadcast, has postponed its scheduled Wednesday morning nominees announcement. 

On Tuesday, central Mexico was hit with an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

The 18th Latin Grammys ceremony, which celebrates the recorded output of Spanish-language musicians, is slated for Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on Univision.

The academy has not indicated when a rescheduled announcement will occur.

CelebrityPolitics

Billy Bush and wife Sydney Davis reportedly separate

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

It's apparently over for embattled TV personality Billy Bush and his wife, Sydney Davis.

The couple, who have been married for nearly 20 years, are separated, according to Tuesday reports from Page Six and TMZ.

The former "Today" show cohost and Davis are "on a short-term break," Bush's lawyer, Marshall Grossman, told Page Six, denying reports of infidelity. Bush’s representative also confirmed the split to the publication and denied rumors that Davis left him.

"After almost 20 years of marriage, they have separated for the moment to evaluate their life together. They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future," his spokesperson said.

Bush's rep did not immediately respond to The Times' request for comment.

The disgraced entertainment reporter, whose uncle and first cousin are former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively, has three children with Davis.

The break-up news comes almost a year after outtakes from the former "Access Hollywood" correspondent's crude 2005 conversation with then-"Celebrity Apprentice" star Donald Trump leaked, resulting in Bush losing his lucrative "Today" show job.

It's unclear if the public incident had a role in the split, though Page Six sources contend that it did.

"When you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding," Bush said in a May interview, regarding the tape scandal. "And then I found myself in a place of soul searching. And I developed a commitment to become a better, fuller man."

TV

'Saturday Night Live' will continue to air live simultaneously from coast to coast

Alec Baldwin will resurrect his Emmy-winning impression of President Trump when "Saturday Night Live" returns Sept 30. (Will Heath / Associated Press)
Alec Baldwin will resurrect his Emmy-winning impression of President Trump when "Saturday Night Live" returns Sept 30. (Will Heath / Associated Press)

"Saturday Night Live" walked away from the 2017 Emmy Awards with more trophies than any other show and a bit of a swagger in its step.

NBC announced Tuesday that when the program returns for its 43rd season it will resume live coast-to-coast broadcasts, as it experimented with last season. 

For the first time in its history, "SNL" opted to air live nationwide for the final four episodes of Season 42, a move that garnered an 11% gain in “live plus same-day” viewership versus what “SNL” averaged earlier in the season.

Either way, the long-running sketch show found ratings gold in the 2016 election and beyond, earning the show its highest ratings in 22 years. 

Each episode of the season will air live at 11:30 p.m. Eastern, 10:30 p.m. Central, 9:30 p.m. Mountain and 8:30 p.m. Pacific.

Season 43 of "SNL" premieres Sept. 30 with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. 

Late-nightPoliticsTV

James Corden kind of regrets kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmys

James Corden and Sean Spicer (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP; Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
James Corden and Sean Spicer (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP; Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“Late Late Show” host James Corden used his monologue during Monday’s episode to address the photo of him getting cozy with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the Emmy Awards. 

Corden approached the subject guised as a recap of the awards show.

“The big winners last night were Donald Glover, Hulu and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer,” Corden said. “Spicer won best actor in a comedy for his role in Donald Trump’s administration.

“I’m kidding, of course, but Sean Spicer actually did make a cameo a last night’s ceremony,” he continued. “And according to some reports at the after-parties, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room.”

Corden took that moment to blast the “Hollywood Elite’s” short-term memory.

“I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people and should not be embraced,” Corden said. “These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting. I mean, who did this? Who are we talking about here?”

Then the photo of Corden kissing Spicer on the cheek flashed across the screen. 

“I know you think that’s a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer, but in the spirit of Sean Spicer: No, it isn’t,” Corden joked. “I mean, anyone ever have that feeling when you get a little drunk and then wake up the next morning and think, ‘Oh, God, who did I kiss last night?’ ”

Corden didn’t stop there.

“To be fair, everyone was kissing ass last night at the Emmys. I just happened to kiss the biggest one there,” Corden quipped.

“Understandably, some people have been disappointed by this photo,” Corden continued. “In truth, I’m disappointed by it as well. I’ve been reading a lot of harsh comments on Twitter today, and I hear you loud and clear. Truly I do.”

“So much so I’m really starting to regret that ‘Carpool Karaoke’ that we’ve taped with Steve Bannon. Feels like a mistake today,” Corden said. 

“I can promise you this: That kiss was a one-time thing,” he insisted. “I’m not one of these people who has a couple of drinks and goes around kissing people that I don’t know.”

Except, it turns out, he might be. Or so Corden wants you to think as he then showed multiple photos of him kissing various celebrities, from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Allison Janney to Bryan Cranston, Daniel Radcliffe and even a couple former members of One Direction.  

“Basically, what I’m saying is, I need to learn how to shake hands,” Corden said.

Celebrity

Jada Pinkett Smith shuts down Leah Remini's claims that she's a Scientologist

 (Paul Miller / EPA)
(Paul Miller / EPA)

Jada Pinkett Smith says she's no Scientologist.

She's no Jew, Hindu or Buddhist either.

The "Girls Trip" star,  who often publicly shuts down rumors about her marriage and unique parenting style, set the record straight about her faith on Facebook in the wake of ex-Scientologist Leah Remini's weekend claims that Pinkett Smith has "been in Scientology a long time."

Pinkett Smith and her husband, actor Will Smith, have long been associated with Scientology, the controversial church based on the works of sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, but have repeatedly said they are not members. 

I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not. NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.

Jada Pinkett Smith

"I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai... but I am not Jewish," Pinkett Smith began her Facebook message early Tuesday.

"I have prayed in mosques all over the world... but I am not a Muslim; I have read the Bhagavad Gita... but I am not a Hindu; I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist; and I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist. I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not. NO ONE ELSE can hold that power."

That brand of "human kindness" appears to have been directed at Remini, who has been crusading against the organization since her explosive departure from the church in 2013 and recently picked up a Primetime Emmy Award for her A&E docuseries, "Scientology and the Aftermath."

In an interview with the Daily Beast published Saturday, Pinkett Smith was the latest A-lister Remini has called out, insisting the "HawthoRNe" alum was in deep.

"I know Jada's in. She's been in Scientology a long time," Remini said. "I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school [called New Village Leadership Academy], and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time."

Remini added that she hoped Pinkett Smith had left Scientology but recalled a recent interview on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" as "the telltale sign she was still in."

Pinkett Smith appeared on Andy Cohen's talk show in July and was asked about an anecdote from Remini's book, "Troublemaker," in which the "King of Queens" star recalls an unusual game of hide-and-seek at the home of high-ranking Scientologist Tom Cruise. The game, in which Remini said she declined to partake, involved Cruise, Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.

Pinkett Smith insisted Remini "lied" about the game and asserted that kids were there too. 

"That was untrue," Remini said. "There were no kids there. I was like, 'OK, all right, you're gonna do that? More power to ya.' "

Music

Morrissey's new song, 'Spent the Day in Bed,' has some sage advice for our troubled times

Morrissey performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2013. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Morrissey performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2013. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Morrissey has a two-night stand coming up at the Hollywood Bowl this fall, but true to form, his latest single suggests he'd rather be curled up under a blanket and hiding from the world.

"Spent the Day in Bed" is the new single from his forthcoming album, "Low in High School," and its electric piano-driven riff is a bit of a departure from his usual palette.

It also has some useful advice for staying sane in these trying times: "Stop watching the news / Because the news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own."

Moz, a recent Twitter convert, also detailed the album art and tracklisting for "Low in High School," which includes the volatile single "Who Will Protect Us From the Police?" 

"Low in High School" is out Nov. 17, and Morrissey headlines the Bowl on Nov. 10-11, sharing the bill with Billy Idol (huh?) both nights. You can buy tickets here.

Celebrity

Kevin Hart's ex-wife renews claims about his 'lies and infidelity'

Torrei Hart says infidelity ended her marriage to Kevin Hart. (John Salangsang / Invision)
Torrei Hart says infidelity ended her marriage to Kevin Hart. (John Salangsang / Invision)

Torrei Hart, ex-wife of comedian Kevin Hart, has lobbed new accusations that the actor was unfaithful to her during the final years of their marriage. 

In an interview with "Inside Edition" on Monday, Torrei Hart attributed the end of the couple's marriage to both growing apart and "lies and infidelity."

Her claims come on the heels of Kevin Hart's video apology he posted over the weekend after an alleged extortion attempt suggested he might not have been faithful to his wife of a year, Eniko Parrish. 

Parrish and Torrei Hart have sparred before. On Instagram, Parrish featured a photo from her wedding to Hart, stating that they had been together for eight years and married for one.

Torrei and Kevin Hart have been divorced for six years.

Parrish maintains that Kevin and Torrei were separated when she began her relationship with Kevin: "It was never a secret."

Torrei Hart had something to say about that.

"She said we were separated, not living together. That's a lie. We were very much not separated," Torrei told "Inside Edition."

ArtsMovies

John Stamos and 'Weird Al' Yankovic will star in Hollywood Bowl's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'

John Stamos, left, will star as Willy Wonka, and "Weird Al" Yankovic will play the Oompa Loompas. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times, left; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, right)
John Stamos, left, will star as Willy Wonka, and "Weird Al" Yankovic will play the Oompa Loompas. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times, left; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, right)

Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three: John Stamos and "Weird Al" Yankovic will headline the Hollywood Bowl's live-to-film adaptation of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" in November.

Stamos, a star of Netflix's "Fuller House," will play the titular confectioner, the role made famous by the late Gene Wilder in Warner Bros.' iconic 1971 film, and will sing "Pure Imagination." Song parodist Yankovic will sing the parts of all the Oompa Loompas, which begs the question: What is this, Hollywood Bowl? Some kind of funhouse?

"Willy Wonka is the first movie I ever saw," Stamos said in a statement Tuesday. "The film was released at a time when you could bring your own popcorn to the movie theater. I filled a whole grocery bag full of popcorn, but never touched it because I was so fascinated with what was going on behind Willy's eyes. Gene Wilder as Willy was pure magic."

Joining Stamos and Yankovic are Finn Wolfhard ("Stranger Things") as Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") as the Candy Man, Richard Kind ("Inside Out") as Grandpa Joe, Elle King singing Veruca Salt's "I Want it Now" and Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket.

The 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" starred Jack Albertson, left, Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder. (Felicity Dahl)
The 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" starred Jack Albertson, left, Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder. (Felicity Dahl)

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" in concert at the Hollywood Bowl premieres Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. and features the actors singing songs from the beloved adaptation of Roald Dahl's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as the film plays onscreen.

The family-friendly event will mix film, live music, singers, dancers, effects and special guests. It also includes a costume contest, special projections by artist Shag and will be presented with "Smell-O-Rama," affording concert-goers an olfactory experience with exclusive Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets.

Richard Kraft, who helmed the Bowl's similar presentations of "The Little Mermaid" and "La La Land," will co-direct with Maximillian Castillo. 

"'Pure imagination' has been the vision behind creating this unique celebration," Kraft said. "Wonka is all about creating an unexpected, experiential overload of sights and music, and even smells. Every member of our audience will be receiving their own scratch-n-sniff Golden Ticket, so at the right moments they will be experiencing the aromas like chocolate and bubble gum.  Even the Snozzberries will smell like Snozzberries."

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.

Late-nightPoliticsTV

Jimmy Kimmel mocks Donald Trump's handshake with Melania: 'These two lovebirds cannot get enough of each other'

Jimmy Kimmel proved that there’s nothing more inspiring than watching the public displays of affection between First Lady Melania Trump and her husband. Nothing that could inspire more jokes, that is. 

On Monday night’s show, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host turned his attention to the most recent public interaction between Melania and Donald Trump. The Trumps spent Friday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for the president to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.

“This was the moment everyone is talking about,” Kimmel said. “Melania was charged with giving her husband an introduction. And the result was perhaps the most uncomfortable display of affection between any husband and wife this year.” 

He shared a clip of the president greeting his wife with a firm handshake before telling her to “go sit down.”

“That’s how it goes when you’re in a relationship. My wife and I shake hands before bed every night,” Kimmel quipped. “He shut her down like a robot from ‘Westworld.’ ”

Kimmel then introduced a new handshake cam, hoping to inspire more public handshakes between couples so very much in love.

Of course, we’ve witnessed the unique dynamic between Donald and Melania before. Remember that time she seemingly swatted away his hand as he reached to take hers? 

Kimmel does, and he created a special tribute for the happy couple with a montage of that moment and others.

“These two lovebirds cannot get enough of each other,” Kimmel said. “After all these years of marriage, it’s so sweet to watch how into each other they are.” 

Watch the full segment above.

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Jeremy Irons turns 69 today

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Careers are not just about talent. They're about other things. And then there's luck. But I think luck has to do with balance. Luck is the result of a mixture of many things. I think we all get chances in life, but probably a lot of us don't notice them. Don't notice they've happened, don't notice we've missed them.

Jeremy Irons, 1991
Celebrity

Actress Kate Walsh opens up about brain tumor: It was 'big, the size of a small lemon'

 (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
(Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

Kate Walsh turned from TV doctor to real-life patient in 2015 when she and her medical team discovered a tumor "the size of a small lemon" in her brain.

The "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" alumna opened up about her health scare during Monday's "Today" show, sharing that her tumor was benign and that she underwent surgery to have it removed.

Walsh, 49, was diagnosed soon after she wrapped her TV comedy "Bad Judge," which she was starring in and executive producing. She said she was exhausted all the time and caffeine and working out didn't help. Her Pilates instructor noticed that her right side was dipping, she started swerving while driving and soon after that, she experienced aphasia, becoming unable to find her words and finish her sentences.

"It was subtle then it got pretty apparent pretty quick," she said of the onset of her symptoms.

"I went to a neurologist and pushed for an MRI, and thank God I did," she said. "It's not something that they do all the time... I had to advocate a little bit for it. They don't hand them out all the time 'cause it's magnetic radiation. I found out immediately that I had a very sizable tumor."

Three days later, she was in the operating room to have the tumor removed from her front left lobe. It was "big, the size of a small lemon" and "a little over five centimeters" wide.

"I was very lucky that it was benign and they got it all out," Walsh said.

The experience prompted her to do what matters to her, including spending more time with family and friends and working on projects she loves, traveling and being "of service." 

It also prompted her to open up about the experience and partner with Cigna Healthcare, whose viral ad campaign includes some of TV's famous medical practitioners: Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris), Dr. Derek Shepherd (her "Grey's" co-star Patrick Dempsey) and Dr. Christopher Turk ("Scrubs'" Donald Faison).

"It was a perfect opportunity to really emphasize the importance of advocating for your own health," Walsh explained. "It's such a great campaign to get people to their annual checkups and preventative medicine."

As for what it was like to become her TV alter ego? "It was like a wormhole, all of us in our white coats again," she said.

Music

Linkin Park members announce Chester Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The surviving members of Linkin Park will reunite onstage for the first time since singer Chester Bennington's death in July.

The group announced Monday morning a Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 27. Though no lineup details have been revealed, the band said in a statement that they'll be joined by a number of artists who knew Bennington or were influenced by his music.

The band members will donate their performance fees from the show to Music for Relief's One More Light Fund in honor of Bennington. Pre-sales for the show begin Tuesday, with regular tickets going on sale Friday.

Additionally, Linkin Park has released a new video for the song "One More Light," which directly addresses Bennington's suicide and its aftermath within the group.

"It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it," director and Linkin Park founder Joe Hahn said in a statement. "I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people who need it.

"As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people who connect with the band, outside and inside our circle," Hahn added. "This video is a gesture of goodwill to the people who want that connection."

PoliticsTV

Conservative voice Jedediah Bila exits 'The View'

 (Heidi Gutman / ABC)
(Heidi Gutman / ABC)

"The View" has lost yet another panelist: Jedediah Bila, the talk show's lone conservative voice, announced Monday that she will be leaving the ABC talker.

"So this is my last day at 'The View,'" Bila shared, thanking her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, whom she described as "friends no matter what."

"I want to thank you because I'm a little eccentric and you put up with me, and this has been just an amazing journey and I appreciate all of you," Bila said. "And I want to thank the viewers, even the ones that write me the hate tweets. This is what I'm here for. I'm here to shake things up in life and television."

The former Fox News contributor joined the 20th season of the show in September 2016. The self-proclaimed libertarian didn't give a specific reason for her departure; however, she did share that she's working on a book with HarperCollins and has numerous opportunities coming up. One of her co-hosts also interjected that she's "getting married."

"It's great to have you here because we need to have somebody that disagrees," Behar said. "I used to disagree with Elisabeth Hasselback all the time... it's never been personal and that is good for the show."

"Listen, I try to get as many libertarians in my corner as possible," Bila added.

The network has not yet announced Bila's replacement but rumors have been swirling that Meghan McCain, the daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain and a Fox News contributor who left the network last week, could join the show.

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Jada Pinkett Smith turns 46 today

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

My husband has been baffled by this forever. I remember him asking me, 'Jada, what do you want? I don't understand why you don't want to be the biggest actress in the world.' But I never came to Hollywood for that. I really, really don't like boxes. I've only wanted to do what I want to do.

Jada Pinkett Smith, 2009
Celebrity

Kevin Hart posts emotional video apologizing to wife and kids following alleged extortion attempt

Kevin Hart posted a video to his Instagram page yesterday after an alleged extortion attempt suggested he may have cheated on his wife.

"I'm at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back," the comedian said in the video. "And because of that, I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn't."

The video comes in the wake of a failed extortion attempt where an unidentified person allegedly demanded millions in exchange for keeping a sexually suggestive video from going public, according to TMZ

"I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did," Hart admits in the video. "And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids."

Hart, who is expecting a child with wife Eniko Parrish, has two older children with his ex-wife. The couple have been married a year.

This is the third time in two months that the comedian has taken to social media to clear up cheating rumors. In July, Hart posted this picture following reports that he cheated on Parrish with a woman he met at a Miami Beach nightclub.

He later addressed his ex-wife's claim that he'd cheated on her with Parrish while they were still married in a series of now-deleted videos posted to his Instagram.

"Going to be honest with you people, I'm at a point where I can't even be shocked anymore. All I do is laugh man...Even after talking about my life in my stand-up specials, a lot of stand up specials, you actually see me grow as a man through my stand-up specials, still not enough?"

"This will act as nothing but material for your boy."

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Danielle Brooks turns 28 today

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

I appreciate the fact that we’re highlighting that beauty can come in all shapes and sizes. There’s beauty in every roll, stretch mark, pimple on your face. There’s more to a person than all of that other stuff.

Danielle Brooks, 2017

Mark Hamill warns 'Star Wars' fans to stay away from vintage comic

Mark Hamill at the opening of "Star Wars Celebration" in Anaheim in 2015. (Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney)
Mark Hamill at the opening of "Star Wars Celebration" in Anaheim in 2015. (Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney)

"Star Wars" star Mark Hamill has a message for fans trying to stay away from spoilers for “The Last Jedi,” the next episodic “Star Wars” film: Stay away from one certain issue in the franchise's vintage comic book series.

“I’m begging you! For your own good-DO NOT READ this spoiler-laden comic book before FridayDecember15th 2017 You’ll thank me later,” Hamill tweeted.

The actor, who is best known as Luke Skywalker in the blockbuster franchise, was responding to a tweet that posted a cover of a “Star Wars” comic from 40 years ago and tagged him.

The title – also “The Last Jedi” -- was released as part of a long-running series launched by Marvel following the release of "Star Wars" in 1977.

Judging from Hamill's earnest plea, the issue most certainly is riddled with plot points for the upcoming film -- so proceed with caution (or not).

Music

U2 cancels St. Louis show due to protests

Police stand guard Friday during a protest after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black man. (Associated Press)
Police stand guard Friday during a protest after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black man. (Associated Press)

The Irish rock band U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in St. Louis after police told concert organizers that they couldn't provide a standard level of security because of protests.

Hundreds marched Friday after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black suspect. The protests were expected to continue on Saturday.

Police say nine city police officers and one state Highway Patrol officer were injured in Friday's protests. There were 23 arrests before 6 p.m. and an unknown number of additional arrests after that.

The band says on its website that it can't in good conscience risk its fans' safety. The site outlines plans for refunds.

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