Kelly Ripa, doctor crack jokes while treating her pandemic-induced worry lines
We could all probably use some levity after a week of escalating anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak. Cue Kelly Ripa and her dermatologist, who co-starred in a silly Instagram Story clip that honed in on Kelly's, um, medical condition. "Hi everyone. We're going to talk about a certain medical problem," Dr. Anolik tells the camera in a selfie video (via People). "Yes, there's a very serious medical problem going around right now. What is it?" Kelly asks. "It's Botox deficiency," the doctor replies. "Acute!" Kelly adds, clearly enjoying the banter. "A lot of side effects," jokes the doc. "Lines, wrinkles …" Seated in the chair and ready to get her injections, Kelly then turns the conversation towards the pandemic — sort of. "In this time we can notice that there's been a lot of worrying, you can see it is written all over my face," Kelly cracks, "… but Dr. Anolik decided to be brave today and come into work to treat my acute Botox deficiency syndrome." After he finishes working on the "Live!" host, she shows off her face to the camera. "What do you think? Did I survive?" she asks her followers, adding a faux-concerned, "Is there any Botox left for anyone else doctor?" Says the doc: "We used it all up, hopefully, there won't be a shortage." Somebody get these two a comedy tour! Oh, wait. And then cancel it …
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Willow Smith's boyfriend shaves her head as part of their performance art piece
Willow Smith's hair-whipping days are over for now. As part of the 19-year-old's performance art collaboration with her boyfriend Tyler Cole at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles this week, Willow had Tyler shave her head while the two were locked in a glass room for 24 hours. "The start of the new beginning," Jada captioned a post from the haircutting moment. "Willow Smith at her interactive experience. My baby shaved her head! Again!" Titled "The Anxiety," the piece featured Willow and Tyler dealing with eight emotions tied to anxiety: paranoia, rage, sadness, numbness, euphoria, strong interest, compassion and acceptance, each of which the pair exhibited for three hours over the course of a day. According to Allure, visitors were able to watch the performance through the glass, while the artists occasionally wrote down words on cards, like the one Willow held up in her mom's Insta clip that read, "When you practice patience… you are emulating the very spirit of nature," and on the wall behind them. The piece was staged one day before the release of their new album, also called "Anxiety."
Gerard Butler carries the Olympic Flame in Greece
The Olympic Torch Relay's Greece leg was cut short after less than two of its scheduled eight days this week because of the new coronavirus, according to CBS. While the relay won't proceed, Gerard Butler, who played Spartan King Leonidas in the film "300," was able to help light The Olympic Torch from the Olympic Flame on Friday, March 13. Billy Zane also helped carry the torch, according to JustJared. And yes, Gerard did yell his famous "300" line, "This is Sparta" while carrying the torch. The flame is set to be delivered to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics next Thursday. No audience will be present in light of the pandemic.
Rita Wilson posts a 'quarantunes' playlist for others battling COVID-19
After Tom Cruise and Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, Rita put a request out on social media, asking for song suggestions to help others in the position she and Tom are currently in. "Hi guys!I want to make a @Spotify playlist for people self quarantining," Rita tweeted. "Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps? Can you send some song ideas that I can add? Also, what should we call it? Quarantine Choruses?This is what one does in quarantine," she joked. "U think of stuff like this." You also apparently follow through on playlists! Because a few hours after she first tweeted about the idea, she shared the listening sesh. "And the winner for the quarantine playlist naming is QUARANTUNES!" she quipped, telling followers to check out the 28-song playlist on Spotify (via People). Among the "quarantunes?" Celine Dion/Eric Carmen's "All By Myself," "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," as well as Rita's "Girls Night In" and her James Taylor cover, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight."
Winona Ryder defends ex, Johnny Depp, in his $50M defamation suit against Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce was settled in 2016, but the former couple is still fighting in court, amid Johnny's claims Amber unfairly characterized him as an abuser in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post. Now, Winona Ryder is wading into the mess. The "Stranger Things" actress recently filed a statement in Johnny's defense saying she finds it "impossible to believe" he could be capable of domestic violence, according to the Evening Standard. Telling the court she "cannot wrap my head around these accusations," Winona explains that she was in a romantic relationship with the actor for four years in the '90s and the experience left her "absolutely shocked, confused and upset" when she learned Amber claimed Johnny had gotten physical with her during their marriage. "The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved," Winona says in the document. In his $50 million defamation suit against Amber, Johnny claims it was she who was the "perpetrator" of violence toward him, not the other way around. He's also filed a libel claim in London against British tab The Sun for its coverage of his split from his former wife and costar. "I knew Johnny very well years ago," Winona says in her statement. "We were together as a couple for four years, and I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family. I count our relationship as one of the more significant relationships of my life," she continues. "I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience."
First-time Razzie nominee Judi Dench reflects on the inspiration for her 'Cats' character
It's that time of year again when the worst performances of the past 365 days come back to haunt Hollywood — or, as in Dame Judi Dench's case, to give all of us cause for celebration. JustJared reports that in a new interview with BBC Radio 4, the veteran actress was asked about her Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress for her turn as Old Deuteronomy in 2019's much-maligned "Cats." She responded by first admitting she wasn't aware of just how negative the response to the movie was, then saying she has not seen it. She then offered what we imagine was the only positive thing she could say about the disaster. "I've only seen a picture of myself [from the movie]," Judi said. "I once had a cat like that, called Carpet, and I didn't realize I was playing Carpet," she added. "I thought I was playing a kind of, you know, mangier cat who didn't have much fur." And for the win? "I didn't realize I was this wonderful show cat!" This leaves us with one question: What kind of a casting director lets Judi Dench believe she's anything but a wonderful show cat?! Oh, and as for that Razzie? Upon learning she was nominated, Judi simply replied, "Oh, am I? That would be good! As far as I know, that's a first!"
Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas return to L.A. after romantic trip to Costa Rica
A content-looking Ben Affleck was spotted boarding a helicopter with his new romantic interest Ana De Armas in Costa Rica on Thursday, March 12, according to JustJared. The new couple, who reportedly began dating after filming "Deep Water" together in New Orleans, were spotted indulging in some sweet PDA while walking on the beach together at least once during their post-wrap vacation. As of Friday, the vacation may have turned into a staycation — JustJared reports the two were seen heading inside a house together in the Venice section of Los Angeles once they got back to the U.S.
Billie Eilish reveals she and her brother disagreed about just how dark her songs should be
Billie Eilish has never been shy about confirming that the dark themes running through her five-time Grammy Award-winning music are personal. But in a new interview with the New York Times, she sheds new light on what fuels her songwriting process, including the depression she's long suffered from and the treatment she's had that has helped improve her outlook. "Things feel more in your control, just your brain maturing and your mood changing," she explains at one point in the extensive piece. The 18-year-old's brother and collaborator, Finneas O'Connell, features prominently as well, telling the Times how scary it was for him to hear his sister and best friend present him with lyrics about things like suicide. "He wanted to make songs that resolve in the end," Billie says. "I was like, "But Finneas, that's not how things work in life. And I'm not going to lie in a song and talk about how I'm feeling good when I'm not.'" Ultimately, she says, she's happy to give others who are dealing with demons like hers a musical outlet for their feelings — even if they're not expecting it. Says the singer: "I want to be the voice of people."
Matthew McConaughey isn't ruling out politics — just partisanship
As the Minister of Culture for UT Austin's new sports arena, Matthew McConaughey says his role is about "defining, preserving and inspiring values of institutions, cities and universities in one location." Perhaps it was the "cities" mention, or maybe it was the description's sheer broadness, but a People reporter recently pressed the Texas native to learn whether he'd consider running for office. He didn't seem to rule it out, but he cautioned that what he loves about his position at his alma mater is the bipartisan aspect of his job there. "I don't know," Matthew said. "Right now, this Minister of Culture/M.O.C. campaign keeps shining light on things that cross aisles. I wouldn't be interested in a political position if it would cut off access to what I believe in on the other side as well." On the other hand, he added, "But I just turned 50." Mayor McConaughey does have a nice ring to it …
Coco Austin reveals she still breastfeeds her 4-year-old daughter 'for comfort'
Coco Austin is still breastfeeding thew 4-year-old daughter she shares with Ice-T — and she's not afraid to let the world know. "At a time when the world feels like its coming to an end.. suck up as much love as you can!" Coco posted this week on social media, sharing a photo of herself breastfeeding her little one, Chanel. "I know the moms out there will appreciate this pic!" she continued. "Ive been getting alot of props in the breasfeeding community and get tons of emails from woman/moms appreciating me bringing light to the subject ..I write a baby blog about my journey with Chanel and soon I will write about what it's like to continue boob time with a 4 year old.. I get tons and tons of requests that want me to speak on it!" Coco added that the nursing is now "just for comfort," as Chanel is mostly "eating real food." Referencing the controversy around breatsfeeding children that long, she closed by thanking "all that understand my view. I see most of you are so eager to side with me and I too root for you in your journey as well.. Us moms are connected." As the Daily Mail points out, the World Health Organization and UNICEF have long recommended for a decade mothers breastfeed for at least two years.