Bette Midler gave herself an early Halloween treat this year: She rewatched “Hocus Pocus,” the kid-oriented dark comedy and cult classic that just turned 25 and starred the Divine Miss M as the leader of a trio of witches.
“The first time I watched it I was only watching myself. But this time I saw everybody,” she told People on Monday night at her annual Hulaween party in New York City, where the theme was “Hulaween in the Cosmos.”
“And I tell ya, those girls in the back — they were going full blast! They were giving me a run for my money. The kids were great, everybody was great!
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is billing her “Becoming” book tour as “an intimate conversation” with her — at least as intimate as you can get in a stadium setting like the Forum in Inglewood.
Now we learn that some famous friends, announced Tuesday, will keep her company along the way, starting with Oprah Winfrey moderating the event in Chicago on Nov. 13, the day the book goes on sale.
Obama will spend a little more than a month hitting 10 cities in 12 appearances — she’ll stop twice in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. — in cozy spots like the Barclays Center in New York, Capitol One Arena in D.C. and American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Emboldened by the safe space she found on Dax Shepard's podcast, Lena Dunham made a big reveal Monday: She's six months sober after a years-long addiction to benzodiazepines.
“There was a solid three years where I was, to put it lightly, misusing benzos,” Dunham said on Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast Monday, “even though it was all, quote-unquote, doctor prescribed and I had convinced someone to tell me that this is the way.”
Dunham, who’s been dealing with anxiety since childhood, called benzodiazepines the biggest epidemic nobody’s talking about. She quoted her mother, who said she didn’t need to be a hero about things. With medication, there was no reason to ever suffer, her mom said.
Ava DuVernay will direct a multipart documentary about late pop legend Prince for Netflix.
The “Selma” and “A Wrinkle In Time” director will be supported by the musician’s estate on the project, using archival footage and previously unreleased material from the singer-songwriter’s archives spanning his entire life, The Times has confirmed.
“Prince was a genius, a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” https://t.co/fNsISCwtzg
“Prince was a genius, a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music,” the filmmaker tweeted on Tuesday, confirming earlier reports that she had signed on to the project.
Fox has collected a crowd-pleasing lead cast for “Rent.”
Not surprisingly, the broadcast network’s live presentation of the Broadway smash will star standout performers from Fox’s “Grease: Live” and NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” — Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher and Brandon Victor Dixon — as well as actress Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud”). Fisher and Dixon have “Hamilton!” cred as well.
Hudgens and Clemons will play girlfriends Maureen Johnson and Joanne Jefferson, respectively. Dixon will portray computer scientist Tom Collins, and Fisher will play aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen, who also serves as the rock musical’s narrator.
“Today” hosts Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Craig Melvin and Savannah Guthrie stayed on-air for the third hour of the morning show on Monday following the network’s Friday announcement that “Megyn Kelly Today” had been canceled.
“Today, as you know, we are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Kotb said at the top of that hour. “As it evolves, we want you to know the entire ‘Today’ family will continue to bring you informative and important stories, just as we always have.”
Kelly was booted after she commented on Tuesday’s show that it was not inappropriate for white people to darken their skin tone as part of a Halloween costume. The comments triggered a public backlash and criticism from her colleagues at the network.