Is Emma Watson dating Alicia Keys' brother?
Emma Watson may have a new man in her life — and he's none other than Alicia Keys' brother, Cole Cook. Emma, 29, joined Cole, 28, at The Spotted Pig in New York City on Tuesday, May 21, and the two looked more than a little comfy as they chatted, laughed and enjoyed the spring air after dinner, according to the Daily Mail. A former audio engineer who dabbled in modeling for RED, Cole is the co-founder of a small creative agency called Timeless Eye, which bills itself as a platform for bridging "the gap between brands and consumers through immersive digital storytelling." Cole works regularly with his brother-in-law, Swizz Beatz, and other members of his musical family (he and Alicia share the same dad). If Emma and Cole are more than friends, the relationship is a bit of a departure from her last romantic interest, Brendan Wallace, a Princeton MBA grad with a background in investment banking and real estate private equity. Cole also happens to be pretty easy on the eyes …
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George and Amal Clooney facing 'real security issues' as Amal brings charges against ISIS
Amal Clooney is currently bringing charges against Islamic State extremists in French courts as part of her ongoing fight against what she's called a global "epidemic of sexual violence." Back in New York City, her husband, George Clooney, has said the case is already affecting their family. "My wife is taking the first case against ISIS to court, so we have plenty of issues – real, proper security issues – that we have to deal with on a fairly daily basis," the "Catch-22" star said on THR's "Awards Chatter" podcast this week, according to USA Today. "We don't really want our kids to be targets, so we have to pay attention to that," he added, referring to the couple's 1-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander. Not that he was complaining. "[I live] a pretty good life," he said. "I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful kids. … [but] there are things you miss. I miss being able to walk with our kids in Central Park." Amal's case is tied to testimony she successfully gave before the U.N. Security Council last month in which she asked the council to prosecute extremists for rape, given Human Rights Watch's finding that ISIS operated a "system of organized rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery, and forced marriage" after occupying parts of Iraq and Syria.
Jimmy's Fallon's 'Tonight Show' reportedly suffering behind the scenes amid poor ratings
Things are reportedly getting messy behind the scenes at "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." That's according to Page Six, which reports there have been some key staff changes and lots of disagreements about how to recover from tanking ratings that were revealed this week to have left Fallon trailing behind Stephen Colbert for a full season. The major difference in tone between the late-night shows — Fallon keeps things light and goofy, while Colbert is often fearless while still managing to be funny in the political conversations he has with guests — seems to be working in Colbert's favor. Fallon recently brought in former "Today" showrunner Jim Bell, reportedly to help "inject some topical heat" into "The Tonight Show," but ratings remain poor, according to the tab. Meanwhile, Bell is rumored to be bickering with executive producer Lorne Michaels, who brought Fallon on board after the pair worked together on "SNL." Page Six's sources claim Bell wants Fallon "to reinvent himself" and feels Michaels' approach with the comic leaves the show "stuck in the past." An NBC rep had only positive things to say about the show's current direction under Bell's guidance: " We are excited for some new elements coming this summer and fall. Jimmy continues to share signature segments like slow jam the news, most recently with Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg." There's also said to be some confusion about Bell's role vs. Michaels' post. Reports Fallon's veteran producer Katie Hockmeyer is out don't make prospects look much better. (While a source said she "no longer works at" the show, an NBC exec said "Katie is still an employee," indicating she has a new role. Another longtime showrunner, Mike DiCenzo, recently quit, as well. The report from Page Six implies Fallon may also still be suffering from the effects of his notorious Donald Trump "hair ruffling" interview. Colbert took over David Letterman's "The Late Show" at CBS in 2015, a year after Fallon became the new host of "Tonight." The hosts, by the way, are reportedly friends.
Kim Kardashian shows off her curves as she and Kanye celebrate fifth wedding anniversary
Happy anniversary, Kimye! Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West stepped out for a date night on Thursday, May 23, to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. As Kim recalled in a handful of posts on Instagram this week, the two said "I do" in Florence, Italy, on May 24, 2014, complete with a surprise performance from Andrea Bocelli. For their dinner date this week, Kim squeezed her tiny waist into a sexy, black mini dress and the two headed to Santa Monica favorite, Giorgio Baldi, according to ET. "Five years and four kids, life couldn't be better!" she captioned one pic on Instagram. While she seemed to be feeling the anniversary love, she also used the milestone as inspiration for her beauty line's new, Mrs. West Collection, which features wedding-friendly colors like champagne, peach and nude. The collection launched Friday.
Sophie Turner confuses fans with new bangs, shag cut
Maybe we haven't shaken her Sansa Stark color from our brains yet but Sophie Turner's hair is giving us whiplash. The newly married actress went back to blonde after wrapping "Game of Thrones," but Allure noticed that this week, hairstylist Christian Wood shared a photo that showed Sophie coiffed in long, '60s-style bangs. She was almost unrecognizable with the flirty 'do, which revealed a long shag below the bangs, and wore the look during her appearance to promote her new "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" flick on "The Graham Norton Show" in London. Fans quickly picked up on the cut, praising how well she wore it. Soon after the appearance, however, it became clear the look wasn't permanent. Later in the week, her "Dark Phoenix" promo spots showed with a bang-free, side-parted style instead.
Emilia Clarke reveals which actor made her realize she'd made it in Hollywood
Speaking of "Game of Thrones" … if you ever wondered when Emilia Clarke knew she was a bona fide famous person, The Hollywood Reporter is here with your answer. Emilia — along with Patricia Arquette, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash — recently sat down with THR to talk about the big issues facing women in Hollywood today. Before things got serious, however, they chatted about their respective rise-to-fame situations. that's when Emilia shared an anecdote about, as she put it "the most ridiculous experience of my entire existence." Said Emilia: "I was at a gala event where I'd been asked to auction something, so I was like, 'I don't know, come watch your favorite [Game of Thrones] episode with me and we'll eat a horse's heart or something,'" she recalled. "I don't think about what it is until I get there and then I'm sitting in a room with, like, every celebrity on the planet. And I thought it would be a private thing where they wouldn't say [the item] out loud, but then I have to stand up and it turns into a thing. The room goes completely silent and I'm going to die and then one of my friends puts his paddle up. Suddenly, some other people start to put their paddles up and one of those people was Brad Pitt." Emilia's peers all "oooh-ed" as Emilia admitted her friend ended up winning — but not before Patricia noted, "I was there, and there was a lot of back-and-forth."
Miranda Lambert shares rare photo of new husband
Animal lover Miranda Lambert has clearly grasped the value of a judicious approach to Instagram posting. Since announcing she married country music fan and cop Brendan McLoughlin back in February, the singer's avoided sharing photos of her new man. This week, she shared the second pic of Brendan she's ever posted — and it appeared to be in the service of finding forever homes for some insanely cute pups. Hidden behind the first photo in a gallery of images of two puppies who apparently wandered onto her property was a shot of Brendan snuggling with one of them. "Meet Smoke and Bandit!," she captioned the black and white pic. "They showed up at the farm last week and we're bringing them to #CMAFest to get adopted. No vacancy in our Mutt Motel! #FarmLife." She also encouraged fans to join her on June 6 in Nashville for #MutNationMarch, where she said fans can help "save more pups like" Smoke and Bandit. Miranda announced her surprise marriage around Valentine's Day, calling him the love of her life. At the time, an insider told ET: "Brendan makes Miranda feel grounded, centered and very safe. He's a police officer and everyone has been loving that she fell for a man in uniform. Miranda is relieved to have found someone who isn't in the music industry. Brendan is perfect for her."
Ellen DeGeneres buys her friend Adam Levine's home for $45M
Ellen DeGeneres just became the fourth-generation celeb to own Adam Levine's now former home in Beverly Hills. TMZ reports the comic closed on Adam and Behati Prinsloo's house this week, sealing a $45 million deal that puts her and her wife, Portia de Rossi, on track to find a seller for their current home in the same section of Los Angeles, which was recently listed for $17.9 million. According to the website, the 10,000 square foot pad features "a gym, spa, guest house, resort-like pool, two kitchens and a professional screening room," plus a 2,000 square foot master bedroom. Adam and Behati reportedly bought the place for $35.5 million from another Hollywood insider, "Will and Grace" creator Max Mutchnick. (Pete Sampras owned the place at one point, as well). Adam, meanwhile, snapped up the house Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck once called home in the city's Pacific Palisades section for $32 mil.
Princess Charlotte to join her brother at Thomas' Battersea school this fall
Princess Charlotte is headed to her brother, Prince George's school this fall. On Friday, May 24, Kensington Palace announced the 4-year-old will join the student body at Thomas's Battersea in September, according to People. George, 5, enrolled in the $23,000-a-year program, located a few miles south of parents' home, back in 2017. Described by The Good Schools Guide as "a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy," Thomas' Battersea puts a special emphasis on sports and physical activities, which People reports account for 20 percent of the curriculum. George has been studying ballet there; his sister is already taking ballet lessons elsewhere and is expected to continue her dance study at school. Their dad, Prince William, has said they both "love dancing." Charlotte was previously a student at Willcocks Nursery School next to Royal Albert Hall.
Wendy Williams sticks by her son's side after his arrest
Wendy Williams has no shortage of drama in her world right now, between her divorce from Kevin Hunter and the recent arrest of the former couple's 18-year-old son, Kevin Hunter, Jr. That's not stopping Wendy from standing by her son, though. After Kevin, Jr. was arrested for allegedly attacking his dad on Wednesday, May 22, he landed in jail in New Jersey. When he was released, he was spotted at his mom's side in Chicago for a promotional event, but the two were back in New York City as of Thursday — and apparently, still firmly supporting one another, according to Page Six. Prior to their split, Kevin Sr., was rumored to have abused Wendy.