Mark Consuelos shares the secret to his happy marriage with Kelly Ripa
On May 1, it will have been 23 years since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos eloped in Las Vegas. Despite the passage of all that time — and their busy schedules — the couple still makes sure each day has space built in for them to catch up. "I'm crazy about her. She's an extremely patient and a tolerant woman, and I think that's the true secret to our marriage," Mark tells Us Weekly. "Because she has to go to work early, I get up with her, I make her a cup of coffee and we talk." When they don't wake up side-by-side, they still share a few moments together talking in the morning. "I like to hear from her, she likes to hear from me," he says. Asked if they share any "rules to live by," Mark says he's going with the flow. "I'm learning on the job," he says. "[The rules are] more or less unsaid or unwritten."
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Expectant parents Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer squeeze in a date night in NYC
The third trimester just might be the charm for Amy Schumer, who looked glowing and serene when she stepped out with her husband, Chris Fischer, for the opening night of "Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State" at New York City's Minetta Lane Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The expectant comic has had a doozy of a pregnancy, thanks to a bout with hyperemesis gravidarum (that's medical-ese for "extreme barfy-ness"). Her struggle with the condition put a damper on her Christmas celebration last month, which kicked off with a retch-sesh on the side of the road. It has clearly not affected her penchant for self-deprecating humor, though. The caption she attached to an Instagram photo from her date night with Chris is a case in point: "Opening night of @iamcolinquinn show #redstatebluestate," she wrote on Instagram. "We couldn't have laughed harder and I couldn't have worn a worse bra."
Chip Gaines and his 7-month-old son get adorably goofy while taking passport pics
What good is having a small child if you can't wield him as a photo shoot prop?! On Tuesday, Jan. 22, "Fixer Upper" star Joanna Gaines shared photos on Instagram of her husband, Chip Gaines, getting passport pics for their 7-month-old son, Crew. It didn't take long for the father-and-son duo to start getting uber-goofy to the delight of Crew's mama. "Baby Crew getting his passport photos!" Joanna captioned the series of silly pics (via People). "Nice work @chipgaines."
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Pete Davidson struggles through stand-up set after news of Kevin Barnett's death
From his public romance and split from Ariana Grande to his mental health issues, Pete Davidson's translated some of his most difficult experiences into stand-up material. When he took the stage at Caroline's on Broadway in New York City on Tuesday, Jan.22, he was dealing with another painful reality — one that did not lend itself to lighthearted riffs on life's cruel curve balls. The performance came just a few hours after United Talent Agency confirmed 32-year-old comic and writer Kevin Barnett had died of unknown causes. "I'm in a weird mood," Pete said at the beginning of the set, according to Us Weekly. Looking tired, he reportedly made it through his usual routine but admitted he was "a bit sad" about Kevin's death. As Pete told his Instagram followers after hearing the news, he'd known Kevin for a decade and held a special place in his heart for the fact that he treated Pete "like a comic even when I was just 16" and "always had a smile on his face." "My head hurts," Pete told the Caroline's crowd at one point before asking, "How long have I been up here?" and apologizing for his lackluster energy. "Sorry," Pete said. "My brain is mush." Kevin had been vacationing in Mexico when he died.
Drew Barrymore jokes about her lack of stage fright, admits why she embraces fame
Scroll to the bottom of Drew Barrymore's IMDB page and you'll notice the actress, producer and beauty maven's first film came out in 1978. She was 3 at the time — but it turns out she's been antsy to be onstage since birth. During an appearance on "The Late Show" this week to promote her new reality competition show, "The World's Best," Stephen Colbert asked if Drew ever got stage fright. Um, not so much. "No, I live for the stage — I came out of the womb with a martini and a cigarette and was like, 'Let's do this,'" she said, according to Celebitchy. "I've felt that way ever since," she continued. "I cannot relate to [stage fright]. What I can relate to is knowing that it all rests in this moment. That's why we watch things like the Olympics … football. You know this is the moment where it gets made or broken. There's that heightened human experience where you know it's all on the line right now. We as spectators live for that." Drew also shared her thoughts on the cost and pressure of being a public person. Turns out it's not much of an issue for her. "I think anyone like [us knows] you can't be anyone but who you are," she explained. "When you are in our jobs you are in the hospitality business and you are in the people business. I love people and I love what I do. I'm not cynical at all. I'm very appreciative and I've had an extraordinary life. I'm also that kind of spiritual hippie that's like, 'every moment is an exchange for people to brighten each other's day.' I'm making fun of myself. That's part of who I am on the inside … I'm stuck here [as a famous person] so I kind of have made peace with it."
JAY-Z, Meek Mill and more launch criminal justice reform organization
At a press conference in New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 23, JAY-Z and Meek Mill, along with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai announced a new partnership they hope can restore freedom to at least 1 million Americans caught in the cogs of our criminal justice system. Vulture reports the group's Reform Alliance held a press conference where they opened up about how their experiences with police, prison, parole and probation — and one another — informed their decision to dedicate $50 million towards overhauling a system many believe to be inherently broken. Van Jones is slated to come on board as a CEO of the alliance. "I'm one of the lucky ones," said Meek, recently out of prison after a wheelie he popped landed him there for five months even though his parole officer and the D.A. on the case recommended no jail time. "I'm here to speak for the ones who don't have a voice. I didn't ask to be the face of reform, but I want to bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture," he added. Jay, meanwhile, talked about social and family dynamics that affect the justice system and how it plays out. "Your father's gone so you're like, 'I hate my dad. Ain't nobody tellin' me what to do,'" he said. "Then you hit the street and run into a police officer and his first thing is 'Freeze! Put your hands up! Shut up!' You're like — excuse my language — 'F— you!' … That interaction causes people to lose lives. If someone commits a crime, they should go to jail. But these things are just disproportionate and the whole world knows it. A lot of these [laws] are in place now because elected officials run on them. I'm just saying the honest truth … It's a humane issue."
Harvey Weinstein to replace Ben Brafman with new legal 'dream team'
After a disagreement over legal strategies, Harvey Weinstein and his defense lawyer, Ben Brafman, will no longer be working together after this week, according to Page Six. Instead, the former producer is reportedly planning to bring in some big guns, attorney-wise, when he goes to court May 7 on sexual assault and rape charges. His new team reportedly includes Jose Baez, who got Casey Anthony an acquittal in the murder of her daughter. He also repped Weinstein's accuser, Rose McGowan, on her drug charge last year. Baez's frequent collaborator, Ron Sullivan, will be defending Weinstein as well. Together, Baez and Sullivan won an acquittal for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez after he was accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third attorney, Pam Mackey — who defended Kobe Bryant on a rape charge in 2003 in a case that was dropped after Bryant claimed it was consensual sex and his accuser "stopped cooperating" — will be on the team, as well. Page Six reports Weinstein's regular lawyer, Blair Berk, is expected to become more involved. Attorney Duncan Levin is slated to round out the large team. A judge must first sign off on the change of representation. That's expected to happen on Friday, Jan. 25. The charges Weinstein faces in May stem from separate incidents in 2006 and 2013.
Mindy Kaling on the downsides of being too relatable as a celebrity
Mindy Kaling is having "a moment." That's according to Variety, whose new cover story looks at "The Office" alum's trajectory from being the show's only woman of color on the writing team to her new, Sundance bound film, "Late Night," in which she plays "a diversity hire in the writers' room of a late night talk show," according to the magazine. Mindy wrote, produced and stars in the movie, which she hopes will shed some light on the fact that, as she puts it, "it's actually valuable to have different perspectives … it's actually a better way to make money and to reach more people." Not that you need to look much further than Mindy's day-to-day existence for evidence she's reaching folks. The Variety feature opens by pointing out the comic got into a car wreck on her way to the interview. Passers-by promptly used the opportunity to try to get selfies with her. " I'll never be this very glamorous person who people see from a distance … frosty and remote. I've never been demure or mysterious. People always tell me they feel like I could be their friend," Mindy says. "When you get in a car accident on Highland and Fourth and your car is totaled and looky-loos come up and ask to take a photo with you, then you wish that you weren't everyone's best friend,"
Kathryn Dennis responds to Thomas Ravenel's drug use, hit and run allegations
"Southern Charm" star Kathryn Dennis has responded to allegations made by her ex, Thomas Ravenel as their custody case continues. According to The Blast, Kathryn slams Thomas in court documents for making what she calls "frivolous" claims that she was getting drugs from people involved with the reality show. She says she's passed all the drug tests she was mandated to take. She also says his notion she filed for primary custody had to do with a storyline for the show is off base as she waited for filming to end so that wrinkle wouldn't make it into the plot. As for his claim she was involved in a hit and run, Kathryn's docs indicate Thomas hired a private investigator who filmed her with a hidden camera. The clip they used in court, she says, was not a hit and run but an instance in which she "slightly grazed her neighbor's car while backing out of a narrow parking space." Kathryn also accuses Thomas of having been out doing cocaine the night their son was born.
Justin Bieber to Chris Brown: 'No one can touch u'
As Chris Brown faced rape and drug allegations in France this week, Justin Bieber defended the singer, reminding him he would be OK. "No one can touch you ur the GOAT," the Biebs wrote in the comments to a video Chris posted after being released from custody in Paris this week (via HollywoodLife). Chris has denied the claims lobbied against him and is currently planning to sue the person who accused him, whose name has not been made public.