Is Rebel Wilson the first plus-sized woman to star in a rom-com?
Twitter would like Rebel Wilson to do a little more research on the history of rom-com female leads. The actress recently stopped by "Ellen" to talk about her new film, "Isn't It Romantic," and a comment she made on the show sent some Twitter users into a bit of a tailspin. "I'm kind of proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy," Rebel told Ellen DeGeneres. The claim sparked a wave of disagreement among social media users who pointed to movies like Queen Latifah's "Last Holiday," Ricki Lake and Nikki Blonsky's turns in "Hairspray" and Mo'Nique's 2006 film, "Babycakes." "I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl," wrote one user (via E! News), "but she isn't the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have both played romcom leads." As the comments poured in, Rebel opted to defend herself. "Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are categorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there's a slight grey area," she replied, according to E! "I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you."
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Katie Holmes grabs dinner with Jamie Foxx in New Orleans
Is this a Jamie Foxx FaceTime moment in action? Katie Holmes and her rumored beau, Jamie Foxx, are both in New Orleans working on different films this week and in photos from both on-set and off over the past few days, Katie appears to be happily grinning from ear to ear. That could have something to do with Jamie. According to People, the pair found time in their schedules on Thursday, Nov. 1, to get together for dinner at R'evolution, the swanky restaurant inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the city's French Quarter. The dinner date followed a new round of engagement rumors — and denials via Katie's rep. Katie is currently filming "The Secret," while Jamie works on an as yet untitled sci-fi project with Joseph Gordon Levitt.
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Reese Witherspoon shows off her new, dark hair color
More than a decade after she went brunette to play June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line," Reese Witherspoon is returning to the dark side for her new series, "The Morning Show." New photos of the usually sunny blonde star show Reese went with a warm chestnut brown for her role as a morning TV personality alongside a cast that also includes Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell and Mark Duplass. Guess Reese's lookalike daughter, Ava Phillippe is about to get a little break from those endless "twinning" comments …
Ryan Reynolds trolls Blake Lively with ghost sex story
For Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, no holiday is too sacred for a little spouse-to-spouse trolling. So when the Day of the Dead rolled around on Thursday, Nov. 1, Ryan found an appropriately spooky way to mess with his wife online. After spotting the uncanny resemblance between Blake and a woman who told the New York Post she had sex with 20 ghosts and is now engaged to one (because sure), Ryan hopped on Twitter and replied to the Post's link to the story with, "THIS is how I find out?" While Blake didn't reply right away — she's been busy promoting her new film, "A Simple Favor" — her track record suggests she's got something in the works. In the meantime, hope all that supernatural philandering was worth it, Blake!
Hugh Jackman gifted the crew with lottery tickets each week on the set of 'The Front Runner'
No diva behavior here! While stories about stars mistreating set crews abound, Hugh Jackman has been quietly building a reputation as one of Hollywood's most gracious actors behind the scenes. At a 92Y talk this week, Jason Reitman, who directed Hugh in his forthcoming Gary Hart biopic "The Front Runner," told the audience Hugh made a point of giving each person on the crew a small token of his appreciation every Friday during the shoot. Hugh apparently went out and bought a slew of lotto tickets, then "handed the tickets out, one by one, thanking everyone for their work that week and wishing them luck" in the drawings, Jason said, according to Page Six. It's not a new move for Hugh, either: YoungHollywood.com reports the actor bought lottery tickets for the crew on the sets of "Les Miserables" and "Reel Steel" as well."
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are 'in a better place than ever'
On the heels of their family trip to Bali, exes Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are "in a better place than ever" and "doing amazingly well" with coparenting, a source tells Us Weekly. The proud parents took their kids, Mason, 8, Reign, 3, Penelope, 6, to Indonesia with Kourtney's sisters, nieces and nephews last week as part of a post-birthday celebration for Kim Kardashian West. "Kourtney decided to invite [Scott] so they could spend time as a family," the insider explained. After the family hang in Bali, Scott joined his girlfriend, Sofia Richie, in nearby Australia. Over the summer, there was some chatter about whether Kourtney was concerned about Scott's relationship with his much younger girlfriend — Sofia's 20, Scott's 35 — but an Us source threw cold water on the rumors, telling the magazine the Kardashians "think she's great for Scott" and "Kourtney doesn't have an issue with Sofia."
Teresa Giudice is irritated her brother told her daughter about Joe's deportation
As Teresa Giudice continues working with attorneys to appeal Joe Giudice's deportation ruling, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star has one extra challenge to deal with on a daily basis — and that's how to discuss the family's legal situation with her kids. Joe is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for the fraud charges that sent Teresa to prison a year before him. When a judge ordered him to return to his native Italy following his release, Teresa's brother called her eldest daughter, Gia, before Teresa was able to speak to any of the children about it. "My daughter [Gia] found out and then I had to tell my other two daughters. It was just — it was not a good day," she tells People. "I was pretty annoyed at him at first … He apologized right away," she said, but in Teresa's mind the damage had already been done. " Gia, 17, was in school when her uncle called her. She in turn called her mom to ask what had happened. According to Teresa, Gia was so upset after their conversation, she had to leave school early. Meanwhile, Teresa began the process of talking to her other daughters, Gabriella, 14, and Milania, 12, about what was going on. She opted not to bring it up with her 9-year-old, Audriana, 9, for now, given her age. "Adults can handle it because they're big. That's why we're adults. We can handle it. But who would it affect the most? It's the children," Teresa says. "And that's what's sad about it, because the children are affected by it. It's very sad, because they're going through all this heartache, meanwhile it's not even their fault. You know? They're the ones that hurt the most." Moving forward, she says she's doing everything her lawyers advise her to do. "[The girls] know we're gonna fight it," she adds. "They know mommy is doing everything she can."
Cole Sprouse recalls falling for Jennifer Aniston as a kid on the set of 'Friends'
Lest we forget Cole Sprouse's pre-"Riverdale" heartthrob beginnings as Ross Geller's son, Ben, on "Friends," Stephen Colbert used the actor's appearance on "The Late Show" this week to chat about the now 26-year-old's experience on the hit series way back when. At one point, Stephen shared a photo of Cole with Jennifer Aniston from the early aughts. Cole's response? "That's when I fell in love with her, yeah." ET reports Stephen then asked point blank if Cole had a thing for Jen at the time. "Didn't everybody?" Cole retorted. "I remember feeling so intimidated by my crush on her that I completely blanked and forgot every single one of my lines and she just stared at me and was waiting," he recalled. "One of the crew members, it was one of the camera men, you guys know who you are, goes, 'That little boy's got a crush!'" The moment, he said, "broke me." It also sealed his persona in the minds of "Friends" fans. Speaking to Page Six last year, Cole said people still call him Ben on the street — and he still turns around when they do.
Oprah Winfrey delivers moving speech while stumping for Stacey Adams in Georgia
As the mid-term elections approach, Oprah Winfrey seems to be taking a page out of Janelle Monae's voting playbook to remind folks how much it would have meant to many of our ancestors to have had the right to vote. Oprah visited Marietta, Georgia, on Thursday, Nov. 1, to stump for Democrat Stacey Abrams, whose race against Republican Brian Kemp has attracted national attention in part because Stacey made history as the country's first black, female gubernatorial candidate for a major party. "For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote — wherever you are in this state, in this country — you are dishonoring your family," Oprah said during one stop on a visit that also included door-to-door chats with residents, according to CNN. "You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams, when you don't vote," she continued, echoing the sentiments Janelle shared with People this week about why voting is so important to her. "Every single one of us … has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with cannot be suppressed and cannot be denied," Oprah said, likely referring to Kemp's track record for holding up the clearance of more than 53,000 Georgians — 70 percent of whom are black — during his tenure as Georgia's secretary of state. "We see injustices, big and small, all around us every single day of our lives," Oprah added. "And I know it's easy for a lot of people to feel that you have no power against those injustices, but this is what I'm here to tell you: This land was made for you and me." She also picked up on widespread rumors she could run for office herself, assuring the crowd she was not there to promote herself in any way. "I don't want to run, OK? I'm not trying to test any waters – don't want to go in those waters. I'm here today because of Stacey Abrams," she said. "I'm here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed, for the right for the equality at the polls. And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain. I refuse." She also reminded the audience it's been less than a century since women earned the right to vote.
Aretha Franklin's Michigan home hits the market
The home where Aretha Franklin lived until she went into hospice care for pancreatic cancer is now on the market in a Detroit suburb. Page Six reports the Queen of Soul's five bedroom, seven bath, Colonial style house in Michigan's Bloomfield Township is now on the market for $800,000. In addition to amenities like a three-car garage and a sauna, the 4,148-square-foot brick digs come with access to the pool and tennis courts owned by the gated community. Aretha lost her battle with cancer on Aug. 16.