Lady Gaga updates fans on her self-quarantine with Michael Polansky
Lady Gaga and her new boyfriend Michael Polansky aren't taking any chances with the novel coronavirus that's wreaked havoc on countless industries, including hers. On Tuesday, March 17, she shared a photo of the two cuddling, mid-self-quarantine, along with an update and gentle reminder that staying home can save the lives of those who might otherwise not survive COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. "Day 6 of self-quarantining! Going strong, playing video games and cards, and taking care of ourselves," she captioned the shot. "Important reminder: keep your mind as stress free as possible and your body moving. #selflove #selfcare #bekind try not to pass it in case you have it #corona it's ok and so wonderful to stay home if you can!What a kind act for the world ❤️." As of this week, Gaga's scheduled performances in Last Vegas beginning in May are still on.
Read on for highlights from Seth Rogen's "Cats" live-tweet thread, Katy Perry's recent court win …
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Seth Rogen live-tweets 'Cats' and we all reap the benefits
For those of you currently trying to choose between online forms of social uplift like relaxation apps and FaceTimed girls' nights, may we humbly suggest you watch last year's feline film bomb "Cats" now that it's landed on streaming services — and earned the Worst Movie of 2019 Razzie Award it was so clearly due — while following along with Seth Rogen's live-tweeted version of the all-star packed flop? And yes, he got into the catnip first. Highlights include: "Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is? They've said it 200,000 times, but I don't know what's happening" … "Jason Derulo's feet don't look like they're touching the ground" … "Alright I'm turning this off and watching 90 day fiancé. Good night. Stay clean as f—," and, "cats are like 60 pounds in real life!" (Huh?) Finally, because the Internet is currently the BFF of the entire world, Seth pointed followers towards "How Did This Get Made?" — a podcast on which "truly hilarious comedians dissect truly awful movies."
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Justin and Hailey Bieber return to Canada just before border closing
As the U.S. and Canada close their border to all non-essential traffic, Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber have headed back to Canada from Los Angeles, a source close to the singer tells People. "They plan on staying in Canada until it's safe for everyone to resume their regular lives," the insider said. Justin and Hailey reportedly flew to their other home on a private jet on Monday, March 16. "They plan on socially distancing themselves," said the source. "In Canada, their home is very secluded and they are able to be out in nature still." Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife tested positive for coronavirus last week.
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Katy Perry wins appeal in 'Dark Horse' copyright suit
Katy Perry just scored a major win in her ongoing copyright infringement suit over "Dark Horse." Christian rapper Marcus Gray and his songwriting team sued Perry for $2.8 million in damages back in 2014 on grounds she plagiarised an eight-note section of her hit from their song, "Joyful Noise." Perry and her five collaborators, including Juicy J., were slammed by the judge, who ordered the singer to pay $500,000. Perry's lawyer then appealed the decision. This week, Judge Christina Snyder nixed the jury's verdict and ruled that the section Gray claimed is stolen was "not a particularly unique or rare combination" in music, according to the Guardian. She essentially went with the argument made by Perry's attorney, Christine Lepera, that Gray was "trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone." The Guardian reports Gray plans to appeal the latest decision.
Russell Wilson and Ciara donate one million meals to Seattle food bank
One million meals are on their way to a food bank in Seattle, courtesy of Ciara and Russell Wilson. The couple announced on social media this week that they've teamed up with Seattle Food Lifeline to "hopefully make a difference" to those struggling to eat during the coronavirus pandemic by covering the cost of the meals, according to Bazaar. "We want to encourage everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small," Ciara said in the clip. "Everything makes a difference. Everything that we do together makes a difference." The couple's announcement comes on the heels of similar food bank donation pledges made this week by Ben Affleck, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
Matthew McConaughey shares a message of hope: 'Every red light eventually turns green'
The man who will forever be associated with "alright, alright, alright" shared a video message on Instagram this week in the hopes of reassuring fans that, as he said in the caption, "every red light eventually turns green." Urging his followers to "take care of ourselves and each other" and not "go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid," Matthew McConaughey laid out a framework for the next steps we can all take to make the world a little brighter while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. "Let's do our due diligence, take the precautions we need to take care of ourselves and those around us," he said. "Right now, more than ever before, we're all more dependent on each other than we ever have been. But we have an enemy in coronavirus that is faceless, that is raceless, sexless, non-denominational and bipartisan and it's an enemy that we all agree we want to beat. We want to beat 'em and we're going to beat 'em." He went on to admit that "people are going to move on [and] the economy is going to be in shambles for who knows how long," but assured viewers, "there is a green light on the other side of this red light that we're in right now." In closing, he offered this sentiment: "I believe that green light is going to be built upon the values that we can enact right now — values of fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect, courage. If we practice those things right now, when we get out of this, this virus, this time might be the one time that brings us all together and unifies us like we have not been in a long time. Let's see if we can make some lemonade out of this lemon that we're living in the middle of — turn a red light into a green light and just keep living."
Joshua Jackson is 'ready to meet' his daughter-to-be
Bring on fatherhood! That's where Joshua Jackson stands now that his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith, is almost ready to give birth to their daughter. The actor — whose new show "Little Fires Everywhere" premiered early on Tuesday, March 17, as a "surprise" for viewers stuck at home — told E! News this week that the "whole [pregnancy] process has been amazing and now I'm just ready to meet my baby girl." He added that he's "super excited … in general" but also "anxious because we're in this particular moment that we're in right now — just interfacing with anything to do with medicine is a little bit anxiety-inducing."
Rob Kardashian's family wishes him a happy 33rd birthday
Rob Kardashian hasn't spoken up on social media since he marked his late father Robert Kardashian's birthday on Feb. 22, but his family came out in full force to celebrate Rob on Tuesday, March 17, as he turned 33. Sharing photos from a brother-sister trip to Las Vegas for Rob's 24th birthday, Kim Kardashian West posted, "Happy Birthday I love you you so much @robkardashianofficial I remember this trip to Vegas like it was yesterday! I hope we can all celebrate you soon!" On her Instagram Story, Kendall Jenner shared photos of her and her brother when they were little, writing, "happy biiirthday bob, i love you." But it was Rob's mom, Kris Jenner, who got the most emotional with her well wishes. "You are truly the most wonderful daddy, son, brother, and friend and I am so proud of you… you are always here for all of us and I thank God every day for blessing me with you," she posted. "You are such a huge part of my heart and I love you so much…. love Mom xoxo …"
Prince William and Duchess Kate shift royal priorities to focus on pandemic-related support
Prince William and Duchess Kate are tweaking the focus of their philanthropic work as the U.K. deals with the coronavirus pandemic. In a personal message on social media, William told his followers the National Emergencies Trust "has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities support individuals suffering hardship" related the outbreak. Speaking to Vanity Fair this week, a source noted that the royal family can offer a sense of "stability" in difficult times. "The Cambridges are not in the vulnerable sector and they want to help," the source continued. "Their aides are going through the latest government advice but it's fair to say the focus of their work will shift. Supporting the community and vulnerable people in society is more important right now." The Queen, meanwhile, is expected to relocate to Windsor Castle and cancel trips she had planned.
Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino finalized divorce a month before son's birth
A new report from Page Six indicates Eva Amurri and her ex, Kyle Martino, finalized their divorce prior to the birth of their new baby boy but kept the Feb. 4 divorce finalization quiet. The former couple, who announced they were splitting just two months after revealing Eva was pregnant, welcomed their son, Mateo Antoni Martino, on Friday, March 13. Though they also share 5-year-old daughter Marlowe and 3-year-old son Major, Eva opened up on her blog about how the learning process would continue for the pair once the baby entered their family. "We will be learning as we go, and like with anything else we are experiencing in the co-parenting realm, I will be sharing my thoughts and advice as I get more experience and feel I have something valuable to share," she posted at the time.