Zelda Williams honors Robin Williams' birthday with donations to homeless shelters
Robin Williams would have turned 69 on Tuesday, July 21, and his daughter, Zelda Williams celebrated her dad by making multiple donations to homeless shelters. "Today would've been Dad's 69th birthday, so to honor him (& that glorious number), I will be donating $69.69 to as many local homeless shelters as I can. Join me if you like, but regardless, know I am wishing you all at least one hearty, immature belly laugh on Dad today," Zelda, 31, tweeted on Tuesday. Since her father took his own life in August 2014, Zelda has been open on social media about her emotional struggle to come to terms with his death. She's also admitted it's confusing to hear from strangers on the late comic's birthday, saying some expect responses she's not able to give. In another tweet on Tuesday, Zelda encouraged fans wanting to mark Robin's birthday themselves to "volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He'd have loved that." In the wake of his death, it came to light that Robin suffered from the brain disease Lewy Body Dementia, which affected his ability to control things like movement and memory.
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Halsey urges fans not to joke about Kanye West's tweets
After Kanye West's rally over the weekend and strange Twitter tirade on Monday, both fans and, reportedly, his family were left concerned. Still, some of the rapper's posts became trending topics on Twitter or used as punchlines on various social media platforms. On Monday, that sparked Halsey — who like Kanye has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder — to urge her own Twitter followers to be more compassionate about what "someone," seemingly, Kanye, may be going through when their behavior seems strange to others. "No jokes right now. I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder and I'm so disturbed by what I'm seeing," she tweeted (via E! News). "Personal opinions about someone aside, a manic episode isnt a joke. If you can't offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence." The singer continued: "A lot of people you know probably have bipolar disorder and you aren't aware of it … Taking this opportunity to make offensive remarks and villify [sic] people with mental illnesses is really not the way to go…this is the exact triggering s— that causes people to keep quiet about it." She added a warning about how a public response to "someone" (again, presumably Kanye) can ultimately contribute "to stigma that damages an entire community of sometimes vulnerable people all for a couple of laughs." Finally, she reminded followers that like any other group of people, some who suffer from mental illness are "great," while others may be "a——-." That, she explained, is "Because they are people. With nuanced personalities." Again, she asserted that "making jokes specifically targeted towards bipolar hurts more than the 1 person ur angry with," before closing with, "Sincerely, Human Being with a Decade Long Bipolar Diagnosis." Other stars soon followed suit, with "Glee" actor Kevin McHale, singer Maren Morris and actress Jamie Lynn Spears posting about mental health, the stigma around mental illness and the importance of being respectful and compassionate towards anyone who may be struggling.
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Colin Jost, Scarlett Johansson's wedding is on hold indefinitely
Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson have put their wedding plans on the back burner as the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives across the country and around the world. "We don't know what's even legally allowed, right?" Colin said when he called in to Andy Cohen's "Live" show on SiriusXM Monday (via ET). "This is also not the time to get all your elderly, at-risk relatives together in one big group," he added. Between the health risks and the fact that courts are still operating on reduced hours, the "SNL" star and head writer said he and his bride-to-be have no clue when they can actually say "I do." "We don't know if we could do a live show for 'SNL' yet, let alone have a wedding where the audience is elders," he said. As for the show, Colin basically said no decisions can be made until they have a better idea of "what the New York state guidelines are, and what the rates of infection" look like. "Of course we'd all love to do it in the studio and have an audience, and do it as close to normal as possible," he added. "But I don't know which stage we'll be in and what's feasible." Colin and Scarlett got engaged in May 2019 after about two years of dating.
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Lorne Michaels hopes to resume 'SNL' studio production this fall: Report
With the election coming up this fall, "Saturday Night Live" could be back to producing the show from its regular New York City studio in time for the 46th Season kickoff. That's according to a new report from Variety, which cites "two people familiar with the matter" as having confirmed Lorne Michaels "and his team" are hard at work figuring out a way to safely resume production at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The drive to get back to the studio sooner than later could be pegged to the high ratings "SNL" has seen in previous election years, when impressions like Alec Baldwin's Emmy-winning Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton kept viewers tuning in. One possible approach could be to produce the show without a live audience, not unlike the way Jimmy Fallon is now handling the "Tonight Show," with video-conferenced guests, a "socially distanced Roots" and a smaller, masked camera crew in a smaller NBC studio. The 2019 – 2020 season ended earlier than usual and featured cast members performing "at-home" sketches. No premiere date for "SNL" has been announced yet, but NBC usually unveils plans late in the summer, according to Variety.
Beyonce's second 'Black Is King' trailer features celeb cameos galore
The second trailer for Beyonce's visual album, "Black is King," landed Sunday and it's even more powerful — and celeb-stuffed — than the first. Featuring a voiceover by Bey, who wrote, directed and executive produced film, the mesmerizing new trailer gets a boost from cameos by JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell and Tina Knowles-Lawson, while Pharrell Williams and Lupita Nyong'o, among other stars, are set to appear in the full-length movie, according to Pitchfork. "Black Is King" riffs on Disney's live-action "Lion King," tracing how a young king travels through time and gets some help from his ancestors as well as his father as he learns the lessons he'll need to make his way back to his home and the throne that awaits him, according to a press release. "You were formed by the heat of the galaxy. What a thing to be, both unique and familiar," Beyoncé says in the new trailer's opening. "To be one and the same, and still unlike any other.""Black Is King" premieres on Disney+ July 31.
David Schwimmer sounds off on whether Ross and Rachel were 'on a break' when he strayed on 'Friends'
David Schwimmer has finally weighed in on a longstanding "Friends" fan controversy: Whether his character, Ross, and Rachel were "on a break," as Ross maintained they had been when he hooked up with Chloe. Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, famously saw the move as cheating. Apparently, the lingering drama has been eating away at Jimmy Fallon all these years. He got to the bottom of it — at least, from David's not at all biased perspective — on Monday's "Tonight Show." "It's not even a question," David said, according to People. "They were on a break." Ross bias aside, it's understandable that's David's take — as he told Jimmy, he still has fans yelling at him on the street, "You were on a break!" The star also gave an update on the highly anticipated, unscripted "Friends" reunion special, which was delayed, like so many other TV and film projects, by the pandemic. He said they were "supposed" to film in mid-August but are now "planning to wait and see another week or two if we all determine it's really safe enough to do, and if not, we'll wait until it's safe."
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan's work on Archewell is a source of 'energy' for the power couple
This week, Prince Harry and Prince William faced a controversy over the Royal Foundation's contributions to Harry and Duchess Meghan's fledgling philanthropic organizations, Archewell and Travalyst. Harry hit back at that claim through his reps, according to Vanity Fair, calling the "false" allegation about his use of foundation money for two new charitable ventures "deeply offensive … defamatory and insulting to all the outstanding organizations and people he has partnered with." Despite the criticism, Harry and Meghan have found their "hands-on," "nonstop" work in launching Archewell to be a source of "energy," according to a Town & Country source. "They want to see positive and substantive change happen in this world, and they want to lift up the voices and platforms of dynamic and diverse leaders of all kinds who are already making that change a reality," the insider explains. "They want to focus on supporting and strengthening community. In a lot of ways, what people have been seeing is Archewell already in motion. And there's a lot to come."
Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner to launch L.A.'s first pro women's soccer team
Los Angeles is poised to get its own pro women's soccer team, and thanks to Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams and a long list of other female celebs, the team will be owned by a majority of women. TMZ reports Natalie, along with tech mogul Kara Nortman, gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are the lead investors. A smaller investment group that's involved in putting the team together is comprised of Serena Williams, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba and Lilly Singh, plus soccer stars including Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm and others. "Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group," Natalie said in a statement. "I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women's soccer team to Los Angeles." She added that in addition to building a strong fan base, the group hopes "to make a substantive impact on our community, committing to extending access to sports for young people in Los Angeles through our relationship with the LA84 Foundation." The investors are reportedly working with the National Women's Soccer League — where Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and other members of Team USA's World Cup winning team play — to get the L.A. team off the ground. According to TMZ, the NWLS currently has just nine teams in the U.S. The grioup has not yet announced the team's name. "Sports are such a joyful way to bring people together," Natalie said, "and this has the power to make tangible change for female athletes both in our community and in the professional sphere."
This September, Miley Cyrus — along with Coldplay, Keith Urban BTS and more artists — will perform at the iHeartRadio Festival despite the pandemic, though it will play out a bit differently than usual. In a new interview with Variety, iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes explains that socially distanced performances will be taped in both Los Angeles and Nashville on Sept. 18 and 19 before the festival airs Sept. 27 and 28 on the CW. "We do have a theater — the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles — which will be completely scrubbed and cleaned with no audience," John told the outlet. "We'll put a Zoom suite of fans in there so the artists can look out and see, but they won't really be there. And we'll have a production team outside the facility remotely in a parking lot and the artists will have the venue to themselves for an entire day. They'll be able to rehearse, plug in and play live, we'll have video effects and sound."
Tom Arnold and Ashley Groussman are officially divorced
Tom Arnold is a single man again. People reports the actor's divorce from Ashley Groussman after nearly 11 years together was finalized in Los Angeles on July 16. The former couple filed to end their marriage in February 2019, citing irreconcilable differences, with Ashley initially asking for physical and legal custody of their kids, Jax, 7, and Quinn, 4, as well as spousal support. In January she filed a restraining order against her ex, claiming he'd "refused" to abide by their custody agreement. But the two have since agreed to share joint custody of Jax and Quinn. Speaking to People last year about their decision to end the marriage, Tom said the split was "a long time coming" and that they had "many good years." His marriage to Ashley was his fourth.