Shailene Woodley attends wedding with Aaron Rodgers after rumored split
If it's really over between Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers, they sure are giving us some major post-split goals. Over the weekend, video surfaced on Instagram that showed the "Big Little Lies" star and Green Bay Packers quarterback, who reportedly broke off their engagement at some point this year, standing together at a wedding reception for Aaron's teammate, David Bakhtiari. According to E! News, Aaron officiated the ceremony for his pal and colleague. Aaron and Shailene "walked hand in hand through the lawn to get to the wedding," one insider told the outlet of the March 5 ceremony. Their apparent date comes after Aaron spoke in very public, glowing terms about Shailene in late February, crediting her for teaching him about "unconditional love" on Instagram and gushing on "The Pat McAfee Show" about how great life can be when "your home life is stable and you have an amazing partner." His comments puzzled fans, since Shailene had recently been spotted without her engagement ring, seemingly confirming reports of their split.
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Alec Baldwin says 'Rust' lawsuits are financially motivated
Over the weekend, Alec Baldwin addressed the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on the set of "Rust" in October after a prop gun Alec was holding discharged. During a discussion at the Boulder International Film Festival on March 5, Alec told the discussion moderator he thinks some of the people suing over the shooting, which also injured director Joel Souza, are motivated by the prospect of financial gain rather than justice. "From the beginning, from the moment this happened … besides all the anguish and the suffering, horrible feelings we have and, of course, there are two victims and nobody else is a victim, so to speak … we have dealt with a situation where specific people are not as interested in finding out what really happened," Alec told the audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He didn't clarify which of the multiple lawsuits he was referring to, but CNN reports he went on to indicate he thinks the only reason to file suit is ultimately financial. "What you have is a certain group of people, litigants and whatever, on whatever side, who their attitude is, 'Well, the people who likely seem negligent have no money and the people who have money are not negligent,'" he said. "'But we're not gonna let that stop us from doing what we need to do in terms of litigation.' Why sue people if you're not going to get money? That's what you're doing it for." He also reportedly said he expects to see more talks about improvements that can be made regarding gun safety on sets going forward. In February, Halyna's widow Matthew Hutchins filed a wrongful death suit against Alec, who was also a producer on the film. As of March 7, no one involved with the movie had been charged with a crime. The incident is still under investigation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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On March 6, Gigi Hadid announced she'll donate what she earns walking in all Fall 2022 fashion shows to Ukrainians in need as Russia's attack on the sovereign country continues. "Having a set Fashion Month schedule has meant that my colleagues and I often present new fashion collections during heartbreaking and traumatic times in history," Gigi wrote on Instagram, sharing her plans. "We don't have control over most of our work schedules, but we would like to walk 'for' something. Following in the footsteps of my friend @micarganaraz," she continued, name-checking Argentinian model Mica Argañaraz, "I am pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine." Gigi, whose father's family is of Palestinian descent, went on to urge Instagram users of the human toll that's at stake in Ukraine amid new reports of Russian forces taking aim at civilian targets. "Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice," Gigi wrote. "May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war- not leaders." She ended her message with the all-caps words, "HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE," followed by a dove emoji. Her post garnered more than two and a half million likes in less than one day.
Devin Booker talks 'enjoying life to the fullest' with Kendall Jenner
Nearly two years into his relationship with Kendall Jenner, Devin Booker's comfortable with his newfound celebrity status as one of the NBA's brightest young stars — and the love interest of one of the world's most successful models. Asked it it was "hard" to navigate having his personal life in the spotlight, the Phoenix Suns player made a rare comment about dating Kendall in a recent interview with WSJ Magazine. "I wouldn't say [it's been] hard," he said, according to Elle. "Honestly, I'm enjoying life to the fullest, and that came off my tongue so easily because it wasn't always this way, but I feel like I'm in a good place right now. I love my family, I love the people around me," he continued, "and I love the impact that I get to have on this world, the younger generation under me and the kids who look up to me." Devin, 25, and Kendall, 26, went public with their romance on Valentine's Day 2021. That June, they both marked their first anniversary with separate posts on social media. But as Kendall explained on last year's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" reunion special, she and her sister, Kylie Jenner, usually try to keep their love lives to themselves as much as possible. "Kylie and I have had the opportunity to watch our older sisters go through marriages and relationships and breakups and all these things, and do them pretty publicly," she explained. "And no offense to you guys at all," she told her sisters, "but I think it was personal preference from a really young age that I didn't want to [do that]. I think it makes my life a lot easier and our relationship a lot better, to be completely honest. I just feel like it's a private matter, it's not really for anybody else to judge or know."
Renee Zellweger reveals she studied public policy, international law during acting break
Renee Zellweger plays convicted killer Pam Hupp in NBC's crime drama, "The Thing About Pam," and it turns out the Oscar winner has some background in law herself. In an appearance on the March 7 edition of "Today," Renee, 52, revealed she spent time studying international law and public policy while taking time off from acting. "I needed to step away and grow as a person, learn some things that were not related to work," she said of the break, which lasted from 2010 until 2016, according to The Daily Mail. "I went to school and just took some time out and decided that maybe I would want to participate in a different way. I went to UCLA for a little while to study public policy, international law." She described the experience as having been "very interesting. While she's "interested" in politics, Renee also joked her law and policy education is largely just helping her fuel a habit of "boring people to death" at dinner parties by sharing what she knows of the fields. "The Thing About Pam" hits NBC on March 8.
Kanye West defends his 'art' amid backlash over violent video
Kanye West is defending his right to free speech after facing backlash over his dark new video for "Eazy." Branded "disturbing" by multiple critics, the video shows the rapper kidnapping and burying a claymation version of his ex, Kim Kardashian's new boyfriend, Pete Davidson. Ye, as he's now legally called, also raps about beating up the "SNL" star in the song, one of multiple new tracks in which he references Pete. In an Instagram post on March 6, Ye shared a black and white image of a burning church. "Art is therapy just like this view," he wrote in the caption. "Art is protected as freedom of speech," he continued. "Art inspires and simplifies the world … Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. … Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended 🖤." As of March 7, the post was one of just two that remain on the rapper's Instagram, the first being a poem called "Divorce" in which he likens his ongoing split from Kim to "full blown Covid," "getting beat up in the mall," being "shot," "barely breathing," and "suffocating," among other things. That ditty surfaced two days after a judge declared Kim legally single per her request, which cited Kanye's recent habit of airing what she called "misinformation" about their family's lives on social media. As for Kim and Pete, the two are still very much together. Earlier this month, a source told Page Six that if anything, Kanye's antics are actually bringing the SKIMS founder and comic closer together. Kim, meanwhile, is extremely angry at Kanye about the "Eazy" video. "She thinks it's way too violent and is upset," a source told People last week. "She's really upset with Kanye that he'd do this. She's completely over all of this and she wants it to stop." Kim was first linked to Pete romantically last fall, after filing for divorce from Kanye the previous February.
Machine Gun Kelly teases which band he'd like to hire for his wedding to Megan Fox
As Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly chip away at their wedding plans, Ellen DeGeneres teased a wedding band idea out of the singer on her show on March 7. While playing a game of "Burning Questions" with the future Mr. Fox, the daytime host asked which boy band MGK would most want to have play at the ceremony. "Which boy band am I going to know the most songs of? For sure, *NSYNC," the singer and rapper replied. "Which band do I surprisingly know all these facts about? BTS." Recalling that he once "met them at the Billboard Awards," he said the massively popular K-pop singers "were stoked to meet me," before joking, "I think I have a better chance at getting BTS." MGK popped the question to his "Midnight in the Switchgrass" co-star in January. According to one Entertainment Tonight source, the two hope to create "something very dark yet romantic that shows off their luxe and sexy sides" for their wedding. Though they hhave reportedly not yet set a date, the insider said they want to tie the knot "sooner than later."
Ed Sheeran denies copyright infringement claims as 'Shape of You' trial continues
As Ed Sheeran's copyright trial at London's High Court went into its second day on March 7, with the singer denying he borrowed parts of a 2015 song by Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue (released under the name Shakti) for his 2017 hit, "Shape of You." The BBC reports Ed entered written evidence in which he said the hook of the songwriting team's "Oh Why" — which they claim is "strikingly similar" to Ed's "Shape of You" hook — is "very short," noting that any similarities between the two are simply "commonplace" aspects of such songs. "The evidence is overwhelming that at the time of writing 'Shape of You,' your songwriting process involved collecting ideas," the plaintiffs' attorney said at one point. "You say it's overwhelming, I don't agree with that," Ed replied. He reportedly referenced his own songwriting team, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, "repeatedly" when asked how and where he came up up with various parts of the music. He also told the court if he'd "referenced" "Oh Why" in "Shape of You," he "would have taken steps to clear it." He added, "I have been as scrupulous as I possibly can and have even given credits to people who I believe may have been no more than a mere influence for a songwriting element. This is because I want to treat other songwriters fairly." The plaintiff's counsel also brought up Ed's 2015 song, "Photograph" a number of times, citing a copyright claim filed by another songwriting duo. Ed eventually settled that case by agreeing to give them part of all royalties for the song in addition to a multi-million dollar sum, something he told the court he did because the case was a "nuisance." Ther trial's likely to continue for the better part of a month, according to the BBC. Ed's also currently embroiled in a $100 million copyright infringement lawsuit tied to his song, "Thinking Out Loud."