First celebrity COVID-19 diagnoses
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have contracted the new coronavirus. The Oscar-winning actor announced the news on Instagram on March 11, telling fans that they were diagnosed with COVID-19 while in Australia, where Tom's working on Baz Luhrmann's upcoming untitled Elvis Presley movie. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive," he wrote on Instagram. "The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires." After the announcement, the Sydney Opera House, one of the world's most high-profile venues, was disinfected, as Rita had recently performed there.
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Jenna Dewan is now a mother of two. On March 10, the actress revealed that she and fiancé Steve Kazee had welcomed a son. "And just like that, our hearts exploded into all of eternity and beyond," she captioned an Instagram photo showing herself cradling her newborn. "Welcome to the world you little angel! Callum Michael Rebel Kazee 3/6/20." Steve later posted a photo of the little guy grasping his finger. "In an instant our universe burst wide open and nothing would ever be the same. Welcome to earth star child," he wrote.
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Harvey Weinstein is paying for his sins. On March 11, the disgraced former movie mogul was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault following a jury's guilty verdicts in a case in which the 67-year-old was accused of using his influence to take advantage of multiple women. Officially, he will serve 20 years in prison for criminal sexual act and three years in prison for rape. The sentences will run consecutively. "I really feel remorse for this situation," he said in court, according to CNN. "I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person. I'm not going to say these aren't great people, I had wonderful times with these people, you know. It is just I'm totally confused and I think men are confused about all of these issues." Many in Hollywood applauded the harsh sentence.
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So this one actually might have been the most dramatic finale in the history of "The Bachelor." The season 24 finale aired on March 10 and saw Peter Weber asking Hannah Ann Sluss to marry him. She said yes. However, things changed between that engagement day and the live finale — the duo split after Peter couldn't stop thinking about Madison Prewett, who left him on the show over their lifestyle differences. After Hannah Ann had her say, Peter was reunited with Madison, which didn't sit well with Peter's mom, who was visibly disgusted. Barbara didn't hold back, vocalizing her displeasure with Madison. "He's going to have to fail to succeed," she told host Chris Harrison of her son. "All his friends, all his family, everyone that knows him knows that it's not going to work." She was right: A few days after the finale, Peter and Madison announced that they were going their separate ways. "Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further," Peter wrote in a lengthy Instagram post in which he also apologized to Hannah Ann.
On or off? On March 8, reports surfaced claiming that Amanda Bynes and her fiancé of three weeks, Paul Michael, had split up. He even seemingly confirmed the split to In Touch magazine after they purged their Instagram pages of photos with each other. However, on March 10, Paul insisted to Page Six that they were still engaged and claimed their Instagram accounts were "hacked" and that the hacker removed their photos (but left all the others). He and Amanda, he said, "have been together for six months and didn't break up." The split reports come as the "She's The Man" star was ordered by a judge to enter a psychiatric facility.
Ben Affleck has a new love. All week long, the actor was linked to his "Deep Water" co-star Ana de Armas, and they did nothing to fend off those rumors. Fans first started speculating about a romance in early March when the duo was photographed all over Cuba, where Ana is from. Then on March 8, People magazine reported that they were seen making out at the Havana airport and, according to a source, are "definitely dating." A few days later on March 11, The Daily Mail published photos of them looking cozy on a beach vacation in Costa Rica.
Sean Penn and Leila George put their under-the-radar romance on full display for a good cause. Sean, 59, and Leila, 27, have been dating for a little over three years and while they don't hide their relationship, they don't often flaunt it either. On March 8, the couple made a rare appearance together as they walked the red carpet for the "Meet Me in Australia" event at the Los Angeles Zoo to benefit Australia wildfire relief efforts. Leila — the daughter of actor Vincent D'Onofrio who stars on TNT's "Animal Kingdom" — is around the same age as Sean's children, Dylan, 28, and Hopper, 26, whom he shares with ex-wife Robin Wright.
Chris Rock and actress Megalyn Echikunwoke have called it quits after four years of dating. The comedian just "wasn't ready to settle down again," Page Six reported on March 8. The pair went public in 2016, two years after Chris split with his wife of nearly 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. Megalyn has appeared on "CSI: Miami", "Arrow," "Vixen" and "Almost Family" and in the film "Night School."
The coronavirus is having a major impact on all facets of life, including entertainment. Over the week, scores of musical acts — Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay and Ciara, just to name a few — all canceled or postponed concerts. The Coachella and Stagecoach festivals were officially pushed to October. The popular movie convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas was canceled. Films including "Mulan" and "A Quiet Place 2" saw their theater releases delayed — and the release of "Fast & Furious 9" was pushed to 2021! On TV, many shows including "Grey's Anatomy" and the "NCIS" franchise temporarily shut down production and talk shows including "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Wendy Williams Show" suspended tapings. Even Broadway went dark after its March 12 shows!
"The View" host Joy Behar is taking a break from the politically-focused show amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 77-year-old announced the news on the ABC daytime talk show that aired on March 13. "I'm in a higher risk group because of my age, but I'm perfectly healthy," she said. "I don't look my age, but I'm actually up there. The number makes me dizzy." Joy, who said her daughter urged her to stay home to protect herself, did not give an expected return date. Joy's announcement came in front of only a few people, as "The View," like many ofter shows, stopped allowing a live studio audience at tapings.