Dionne Warwick wants a Twitter raise after going viral with hilarious bio-writing biz
If you have not spent quality time with Dionne Warwick's Twitter this week, you truly have not lived. On Tuesday, March 9, the 80-year-old "That's What Friends Are For" hitmaker shared a unicorn memoji video on the platform in which she assured followers, "I won't stop doing my bios until I've taken over Twitter, so there." The bios in question are, in a word, ah-mazing. And Dionne's prolific posting of them not only took over Twitter by the end of the day, but maybe also got her the raise she eventually demanded from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. In response to one fan who asked her to "define my existence" as his bio request, the music legend replied, "I am but a speck of dust in this infinite universe. I am 1 of nearly 8 billion people on Earth, but I call myself Prince Andy. This bio was written by Dionne Warwick as a reality check." After spotting her offer to write bios for the Twitterverse, another user joked, "where were you when I needed you in 2007?" Dionne replied, "Minding my business, I guess? I'm here now." As she posted more and more bios, she stopped occasionally to ask if she was "trending at No. 1 yet," and, eventually, to update fans that she'd made it to the No. 2 slot. "I wonder if I can make it to number 1 before bedtime," she mused. "… I have a few more left in me for today!" Even the non-bio bios were mostly hilarious. ("Brand accounts asking for a bio will have to Venmo me. I know the game," she warned at one point. Asked to author a bio, "that makes me sound cool and interesting to my 15 year old nephew," Dionne told another user, "That is the one thing that I cannot do. Teenagers are brutal. Best of luck.") Finally, she got closer to — and then, according to Dionne, anyway — reached her goal. "Okay…I am going out at number 1. This was fun," she tweeted before addressing Jack Dorsey again: "I will look for my raise on the next pay cycle, Jack. Bye! ❤️ ." As for Dionne's own Twitter bio? It reads, "I am not writing a bio." Mic drop.
Duchess Meghan files Piers Morgan complaint with ITV as Piers doubles down on his attack
One day after Piers Morgan quit ITV's "Good Morning Britain" over an argument about whether Duchess Meghan truly considered ending it all after marrying into the royal family, as she recounted to Oprah Winfrey in her CBS sit-down, Piers tweeted, "I still don't believe" her. Meghan, however, seems to be thinking about the bigger picture — as are viewers who registered some 41,000 complaints about Piers' comments with the U.K. Office of Communications (OfCom) after what will apparently be his final day hosting the show. According to CNN, the expectant duchess registered a formal complaint with ITV ["concerning] the impact [his] comments could have on others and how it could degrade the seriousness of mental health issues" in general. The outlet noted that Meghan's complaint said nothing about "the personal nature" of "the attacks" Piers made on her. Per EW, OfCom has launched a "harm and offense" investigation.
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Drew Barrymore isn't sure she'll return to acting
Now that she's hosting her own eponymous show — and still raising her 6and 8-year-old daughters — will Drew Barrymore return to the silver screen? She checked in with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show about that on Wednesday, March 10, and her answer was a resounding … not so much. "If I'm being honest, the answer is no, I don't want to be on a film set right now, but that could change when my kids are older," Drew said (via JustJared). She went on to explain that she stopped making movies when she sarted having children "because I've done it since I was in diapers at 11 months old … and it was a no brainer to me to put making movies on a back burner so that I could be present and raise my kids myself." Drew added, "I didn't want to be on a film set asking the nanny how the kids were. I was like, that is not my journey." The 46-year-old aso recalled how stepping away from being on-camera allowed her to explore other avenues of self-expression like writing. When the Netflix series "Santa Clarita Diet" cast her, she said she realized she "was so knee deep into mothering my kids, I was like, 'I don't know who I am anymore. I think I went way too far the opposite direction.'" In the end, she said working on the series "saved" her … which to us, sounds like her answer on acting again sounds like a definite maybe!
Selena Gomez hints she may quit music and reveals what she's looking for in love
On Friday, March 12, Selena Gomez is set to release her first Spanish language EP, "Revelacion." But recording in Spanish, it turns out, is just one of many ways the 28-year-old is pursuing a clean slate and trying something new right now. In a new interview for Vogue's April cover, Selena reflects on what she's been through — from the burnout that sent her into treatment for mental health help, to the physical challenges caused by her Lupus diagnosis, to her struggle to overcome what she describes as a "haunting feeling that people still view me as this Disney girl" — and she shares some insights about how she deals with those things. She got off social media, she says, which gave her some freedom. And she found ways to channel things like a highly publicized, drawn-out breakup (with Justin Bieber, though his name is not explicitly mentioned) into her music. Now, she says, she's ready to wipe the slate clean and focus on new pathways, like taking a more serious stab at acting and producing. ''Lose You to Love Me' I felt was the best song I've ever released, and for some people it still wasn't enough," she explains. "I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I'm so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it'll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music." Selena also dreams of a new world when it comes to her personal life. Thinking back to her "uncomplicated" time on the set of "Wizards of Waverly Place," she says wistfully that her onscreen "family" was "there before any of it," presumably meaning her fame and its trappings. "They loved me for me, and they still do. I can't say that I have that anymore. I can't meet someone and know if they like me for me," she continues. "To be honest, I just want to start over. I want everything to be brand-new. I want someone to love me like I'm brand-new."
Birthday girl Sharon Stone shows off the first copies of her new memoir
Sharon Stone is celebrating her 63rd birthday on Wednesday, March 10, by adding a new title to her resume. "I'm an author!" the actress hollers in a video posted to Twitter late Tuesday. The clip shows Sharon at home in Los Angeles opening a box that contains the first copies of her new memoir, "The Beauty of Living Twice." "Oh my god, guys! Mom!" Sharon exclaims in the clip, grinning ear to ear. Her mom, 87-year-old Dorothy Marie, appears in the frame and as Sharon presents her with a hot-off-the-presses copy, she tells her mother, "This is my book! This is the book that I wrote!" According to publisher Alfred A. Knopf, the 256-page book details, "the trauma and violence [Sharon] endured as a child and how her chosen career as an actress echoed many of those same assaults," and delves into her humanitarian work, her experiences raising three sons and her survival of a stroke that nearly killed her in 2001. "The Beauty of Living Twice," Sharon's first book, hits shelves March 30.
Eddie Murphy explains why he quit acting for nearly six years
In 2020, Eddie Murphy earned a Lifetime Achievement honor at the Critics Choice Awards. But as the comic shares on the latest edition of Marc Maron's podcast, it was a different kind of award that sparked him to take a years-long hiatus from acting. "I was making s—– movies," he admits, adding that it just wasn't "fun" at that point. Making matters worse, his Golden Rasberry Award nominations were starting to pile up. "I was like …, 'They're giving me Razzies… [they] gave me the 'worst actor ever' Razzie. [So I thought], 'Maybe it's time to take a break.'" Eddie, who's been nominated for a Razzie nine times, winning three, was named Worst Actor of the Decade by the anti-awards outfit in 2010. Other than an indie film, "Mr. Church," he stopped acting from 2013 until 2018. He returned with the comeback comedy, "Dolemite Is My Name," in 2019, and promptly snagged the "Razzie Redeemer Award." In its debut weekend on Amazon Prime, Eddie's latest release, "Coming 2 America," "became the most-watched streaming film since movie theaters closed due to COVID-19 nearly a year ago," according to The Wrap. "The plan was to go do 'Dolemite,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Coming 2 America,' and then do stand-up and see how I felt afterwards," Eddie said on his fellow comic's podcast. "At least then they'll know I'm [still] funny," he added.
Disney CEO: Gina Carano's firing was about 'values of decency,' not politics
A full month after Gina Carano was axed from "The Mandalorian" series, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has finally addressed the scandal, which erupted after Gina compared being a conservative in the U.S. today to being Jewish in Nazi Germany and mocked trans people's use of certain pronouns, among other things. The CEO exec's comments came during a shareholders' meeting in which he was asked shareholder asked about Gina and the "new blacklist punishing conservatives in the entertainment industry," according to USA Today. The shareholder who raised the matter of Gina's firing claimed her co-star Pedro Pascal has made "similar analogies" but didn't lose his job. (The shareholder was reportedly referring to a tweet in which Pedro likened migrant detention centers to concentration camps.) Although LucasFilm's statement about Gina's firing called her posts "denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities … abhorrent and unacceptable," Disney's top executive implied such criticism is about values, not politics. "I don't really see Disney as characterizing itself as left leaning or right leaning, [but] instead standing for values, values that are universal, values of respect, values of decency, values of integrity and values of inclusion," he said. "And we seek to have not only how we operate, but the content that we make reflective of the rich diversity of the world that we live in. And I think that's a world that we all should live in, in harmony and peace."
Chloe Zhao helps the BAFTAs set new diversity records after #BAFTAsSoWhite controversy
The last time a woman was nominated for Best Director at the BAFTAs — the British equivalent of the Oscars — was 2013, when Kathryn Bigelow scored a nod for "The Hurt Locker." The paucity of female representation, along with people of color, changed dramatically this year, thanks to a seven-month overhaul of the nomination and voting process, which included "unconscious bias training for its 6,700 voting members," according to USA Today. The organization announced its 2021 slate of nominees on Tuesday, March 10, proving the overhaul made major changes to what's sparked "#BAFTASSoWhite" to trend in the past. Leading the nominations in the most diverse list in BAFTA history are "Nomadland" and "Rocks," both of which earned seven nominations each, including Best Director nominees Chloe Zhao ("Nomadland") and Sarah Gavron ("Rocks"). In fact, four of the the six Best Director candidates are women — Shannon Murphy ("Babyteeth") and Jasmila Zbanic ("Quo Vadis, Aida?") were nominated along with Chloe and Sraah. Rounding out the category are Lee Isaac Chung ("Minari") and Thomas Vinterberg ("Another Round"). The BAFTA Awards take place in London on April 11.
Teresa Giudice honors her late mother with a new tattoo
Teresa Giudice and her late mom, Antonia Gorga, will always be together, thanks to a new tattoo Teresa got in her mother's honor. The "Real Housewives" star shared a video on her Instagram Story this week that showed her getting the Italian words for phrase, "always together," tattooed on the left side of her ribcage, according to Page Six. Antonia died on March 3, 2017, at age 66. "I miss you so much Mommy not a day goes by that I do not think of you," Teresa wrote on the anniversary of her passing earlier this month. She's previously said on "Real Housewives" that serving her prison sentence for fraud during the end of her mom's days on earth made the experience even worse.