Julia Roberts explains why she hasn't done a rom-com in 20 years
Once the world saw Julia Roberts in 1990's "Pretty Woman," audiences were hooked on her big, bright smile and laugh as a centerpiece for romantic comedies to come. But as a New York Times writer recently pointed out to Julia, now 54 and starring in "Gaslit" and "Ticket to Paradise," it's been 20 years since her last rom-com and four years since her last acting role. "It wasn't by design, so much as not finding something that I was interested in. I was surprised how quickly the years seemed to go by," Julie told the Times in an interview published this week. "People sometimes misconstrue the amount of time that's gone by that I haven't done a romantic comedy as my not wanting to do one. If I had read something that I thought was that 'Notting Hill' level of writing or 'My Best Friend's Wedding' level of madcap fun, I would do it. They didn't exist until this movie that I just did that Ol Parker wrote and directed. But even with that, I thought, Well, disaster, because this only works if it's George Clooney," she says of "Ticket to Paradise," her upcoming rom-com with George. "Lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went." Pushed on whether she really had not seen one good rom-com script for 20 years Julie said her family time also had to come first. "If I'd thought something was good enough, I would have done it. But I also had three kids in the last 18 years," she explains. "That raises the bar even more because then it's not only, 'Is this material good?' It's also the math equation of my husband's work schedule and the kids' school schedule and summer vacation. It's not just, Oh, I think I want to do this. I have a sense of great pride in being home with my family and considering myself a homemaker." Eventually, she said her husband, cinematographer, Danny Moder, encouraged her to get back to wor. "He was right to push me, because if he said, 'I don't know,' I would have been like: 'I don't either! I'm not going!'" she recalls. "That's the female plight. That feeling of leaving is hard."
Jennifer Grey talks plastic surgery: 'In the world's eyes, I was no longer me'
In her new memoir, "Out of the Corner," Jennifer Grey looks back on the pivotal moments in her life and career, from "Dirty Dancing" to the time she spent as a teenager skipping school to hang out at Andy Warhol's Factory and partying at Studio 54. She also reflects on the nose jobs she had that would leave her labeled "unrecognizable" and feeling "banished" by Hollywood. "I spent so much energy trying to figure out what I did wrong, why I was banished from the kingdom. That's a lie. I banished myself," the 62-year-old actress tells People. Recalling how Michael Douglas didn't recognize her at a premiere after the second rhinoplasty, Jennifer tells the outlet: "That was the first time I had gone out in public. And it became the thing, the idea of being completely invisible, from one day to the next. In the world's eyes, I was no longer me. And the weird thing was that thing that I resisted my whole life, and the thing I was so upset with my mother for always telling me I should do: My nose." She goes on to say she thought having the surgery "was capitulating," recalling, "I just thought, 'I'm good enough. I shouldn't have to do this.' That's really what I felt. 'I'm beautiful enough.'" Jennifer also opens up about why her mother, also an actress, pressured her to have the surgery to begin with. "She loves me, loved me, always has, and she was pragmatic because she was saying, 'Guess what? It's too hard to cast you. Make it easier for them.' And then I did and she was right," Jennifer says. "It wasn't like, 'You're not pretty.' It's like, 'Guess what? If you don't want to be an actor, OK. But if you wanna be an actor …'" Despite her mother's viewpoint, Jennifer says she was "completely anti-rhinoplasty," but accepted that her parents had the surgery. "I understand it was the 50s. I understand they were assimilating," she explains. "I understood that you had to change your name and you had to do certain things … You can't be gay. You can't be Jewish. You know, you can't look Jewish. You're just trying to fit into whatever is the group think." "Out of the Corner" hits shelves on May 3.
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Travis Barker pays tribute to his 'everything,' Kourtney Kardashian, on her birthday
Kourtney Kardashian kicked off her week with a whole lot of birthday love from her family, friends and fiance, Travis Barker. "My best friend, my lover, my everything. Happy Birthday @kourtneykardash I love you ♾," Travis wrote on Instagram in honor of the star's 43rd birthday on Monday, April 18. "All I could ever dream of and more ♾," Kourtney replied in the comments. Though she and her sister, Kim Kardashian, have had some ups and downs in their relationship, Kim shared a heartfelt message with Kourtney on her big day, telling her on social media, "Each year around the sun with you I learn and grow and evolve more because of you. Thank you for teaching me to always go for it and follow my heart even if no one else understands. They just aren't on our growth path lol Happy Birthday @kourtneykardash! Happiness looks so good on you. I love you so much!!!" In the comments, Kourtney wrote back, "I love you so much! We keep growing and evolving and learning together!" Like Kim, Khloe Kardashian couldn't help but remark on how happy Kourtney seems to be these days, presumably because of her relationship with Travis. "Happy birthday to one of the loves of my life!" Khloe shared on Instagram. "I've never seen you so happy. Your happiness is to the point that other people start foolishly smiling simply because they feel this incredible energy radiating off of you. It looks great on you boo. Bottle it up and never stop drinking your love potion. Every single year I love to profess my love to you. Every single year I make sure to remind you just how special you are to me. You are my best friend, my soulmate, my everything. Words don't do our bond justice. If you know us than you know our relationship. You know how much I love and adore you. How much I look up to you. You know how happy I am to see you as you are today." The birthday girl's mom, meanwhile, shared a throwback pic of her "first born little angel and my very special best friend," then wrote, "I am so very proud of the woman you are and I thank God every single day for choosing me to be your Mommy…. I am so blessed and grateful to be on this journey of life with you and I love you more than I can ever explain… you are my heart ❤️ Happy Birthday sweet girl 🙏❤️🎂🎈🥳"
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Billie Eilish jokes 'I'm sorry I'm not Beyonce' in history-making Coachella set
At 20, Billie Eilish became the youngest person ever to headline the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, on Saturday, April 16, and even she seemed to have trouble wrapping her brain around it. "This is so weird," the seven-time Grammy winner told the crowd, according to CNN. "I should not be headlining this s*** … But I'm so f****** grateful that I'm here, and that you guys are all here," she continued. "This is such a dream come true. I feel crazy." During her set, Billie got some help from guest stars including Khalid, who joined her for their song, "Lovely," Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and De la Soul rapper Posdnuos, as well as her brother, Finneas. She also asked fans to focus on positivity, both in themselves and in the world around them. "You're not allowed to judge anybody out here," Billie said. "… I want us all to feel loose and good and comfortable in our skin, and like, free, and happy. I want you to just imagine that there's no bad in the world and there's only good." She closed out her 90-minute set with another self-deprecating quip: "Thank you, Coachella," she said. "I'm sorry I'm not Beyoncé. I love you, good night."
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Johnny Depp expected to testify this week in $50M defamation trial against ex, Amber Heard
Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, continued in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday, April 18, amid reports Johnny will testify on his own behalf on Tuesday. The actor claims Amber's 2018 Washington Post op-ed about surviving domestic abuse implied he was her abuser, which he's long denied, and damaged his career. (Amber later countersued Johnny for $100 million, claiming what she's said about Johnny's treatment of her is true.) On Monday, jurors watched a video deposition from addiction specialist and internist Dr. David Kipper, who began working with Johnny in 2014 when he wanted to kick an opioid addiction. The doctor, who said he also treated Amber in 2014, said he never saw Johnny abuse Amber or vice versa, according to Deadline. He also confirmed that to his knowledge, Amber never [sought] treatment for injuries she sustained as a result of domestic abuse or caused by Johnny. At one point in the deposition, portions of the doctors notes were read aloud, including one that said, "Amber has a strong family history of drug and alcohol abuse and is particularly sensitive to his (Depp's behaviors and potential for abuse)." Asked if he meant substance abuse, he confirmed, "Yes, not physical abuse." As for Johnny's mental health, the doctor said he diagnosed Johnny as having a dopamine imbalance as well as "bipolar disorder, chronic substance abuse disorder, ADHD, depression, insomnia and chronic reflux," according to Deadline. Page Six reports lawyers also shared texts Johnny allegedly sent his doctor about fighting with Amber in 2015, including one in which the actor claimed his wife was prone to "purposely hurtful tirades" and worse. Other celebrities slated to testify in the trial include James Franco, Elon Musk and Paul Bettnay. Amber's testimony has not yet been given a date, her lawyers told Deadline.
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan praise Ukraine at the Invictus Games, share a kiss onstage
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived in Netherlands last week for the Invictus Games, the Olympics-style international sporting event for wounded and sick service men, women and veterans that Harry launched in 2014. At the opening ceremony over the weekend, the couple was affectionate and sweet as Meghan shared her gratitude to the Ukrainian team for participating amid Russia's ongoing invasion, then introduced Harry as "my incredible husband and the father to our little ones, Archie and Lili." After giving his wife a kiss onstage, Harry, too, praised Ukraine's participants, telling them, "Your bravery in choosing to come, and in being here tonight, cannot be overstated," according to the Associated Press. Later in his speech, Harry shout-out the couple's firstborn. "When I talk to my son, Archie, about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it's an astronaut. Other days it's a pilot. A helicopter pilot obviously. Or Quasi…from Octonauts…," he said with a laugh. "But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it's your character that matters most. And nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us: You." At one point, Harry was asked by Kindercorrespopndent's kid-reporters what wish he had for his children. "To grow up in a better world," Harry said. "To grow up in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world. It's not going to be easy, but I will never, ever, ever rest until I as a parent have at least tried to make the world a better place for them. Because it is our responsibility that the world is the way that it is now. I don't think we should be bringing children into the world unless we are going to make that commitment to make it better for them." He added, "We cannot steal your future." The Games continue in The Hague through April 22.
Mark Hoppus hopes to release new music 'soon' now that he's cancer-free
Blink-182 bassist and singer Mark Hoppus says he's feeling "great" and excited about playing music again seven months after doctors gave him a "cancer-free" diagnosis last fall. During an impromptu chat with TMZ over the weekend in Los Angeles, Mark, 50, told a cameraman, "Life's great! I'm glad to be here," and flashed a bright smile while holding hands with his wife, Skye, in the West Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The couple had reportedly just left Craig's, and Mark said he was "just getting back" to enjoying public places after his cancer battle and the COVID-19 pandemic. Asked what he most wanted to get back to doing, he said he wanted "to get back into the studio and get back playing music," then joked, "and get off my couch." He also confirmed he was working on new material, telling the reporter he hopes to release something "soon." Mark first revealed he was suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma stage 4-A in June 2021, when he shared a photo of himself getting chemotherapy. He announced in September that his oncologist told him he was cancer-free. Asked if he had any words of wisdom to share with fans after his experience, Mark said, "Enjoy every day."
Jury selection in Blac Chyna's civil case against the Kardashian-Jenner family began in Los Angeles on Monday, April 18, with Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Kylie Jenner in attendance, according to TMZ. Rob Kardashian, however, opted not to go to court as proceedings with his ex got underway, despite his integral role in the case. Chyna, who shares daughter Dream with Rob, filed suit against the family in 2017, making claims that included assault, battery and domestic violence, as well as defamation and interference with prospective economic relations, the outlet reported. According to the civil suit, Chyna says the Kardasihans and Jenners intentionally sank the "Rob & Chyna" series she and Rob starred in for personal reasons. Rob's family has countered by insisting ratings and other issues forced the show off the air, not the family