Salma Hayek's pro-voting message becomes a comment war zone for Trump and Biden supporters
With just 18 days to go before the presidential election, Salma Hayek took a moment on Friday, Oct. 16, to share a non-partisan get-out-the-vote message. Of course, at this point in what some are calling the most contentious race in American history, a nonpartisan post only yields a giant fight between blue and red-leaning commenters. Sharing a gorgeous selfie that showed her holding her completed mail-in ballot on Instagram, the actress wrote, "#ivoted #votingmatters." It didn't take long, however, for comments to start pouring in — many of them, from supporters of Donald trump's reelection campaign. "#MAGA2020 🇺🇸, Trump 2020!!!, and Me too 🙈#Donald2020," wrote one. Others posted in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' ticket, but at one point Dem-leaning commenters were drowned out by GOP voices — even though Salma never uttered a word about how she voted. "Dear 45 Trolls: can you please just stop?" one user asked. They didn't, but A-for-effort to the person who tried to bring some levity to the thread by writing, "i voted for Salma on the people's choice awards! 😁."
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Kris Jenner admits the advent of social media put an expiration date on 'KUWTK'
In the weeks since the Kardashian-Jenner family announced "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will come to an end after its 20th season in 2021, lots of reasons for the decision have surfaced. In a recent cover story for WWD's sister publication, Beauty, Inc., however, Kris Jenner makes a key point about why it's time to end the 14-years-long series: The reality TV format — particularly with celebs — no longer makes sense the way it once did. If you really want to keep up with the Kardashians, you watch their Twitter and Instagram posts. But "KUWTK" debuted way back in 2006 — the same year what was then called "The Facebook" started allowing people outside Mark Zuckerberg's Ivy League bubble to join. Twitter also launched that year. "When we first started, there was no Instagram or Snapchat or other social media platforms," says Kris. "The world has changed. Now there are so many, the viewer doesn't have to wait three or four months to see an episode. We can give them all of the information anyone would ever want to know in real time."
Mark Ruffalo praises Demi Lovato as she hits back at 'Commander in Chief' critic: 'You just elongated your career by telling the truth'
Demi Lovato's scathing takedown of Donald Trump in her new song, "Commander in Chief," is already earning her a mix of new fans … and maybe some enemies. She shared the new music earlier this week, both online and with a performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Mark Ruffalo was among the multiple Hollywood names who commended her for the recording, which she posted alongside the caption, "Won't give up, stand our ground… We'll be in the streets while you're #CommanderInChief. …🖤." Responding to her post, he wrote (via Billboard): "Thanks @ddlovato for speaking truth to power with this moving song #CommanderInChief. Let's all lift up our voices right now to encourage our sisters and brothers across this country to vote and create a future where we can all breathe." Detractors, meanwhile, slammed her decision to mix politics and music, with one Twitter user griping: "I hope you realize this makes people that don't have the same political views feel like they can't listen to you anymore … I really hope this doesn't ruin your career …" Demi noticed the comment and gave this unshaken reply: "I literally don't care if this ruins my career," which in turn, also impressed her new fan, Mark Ruffalo. Replying to a post about her response, he assured her: "Don't worry about it. Not only will you be fine but you just elongated your career by telling the truth and standing up for the oppressed."
Chadwick Boseman died without a will
When "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman died this summer after a private battle with cancer, he did not leave a will. According to multiple outlets, the 43-year-old's widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, recently filed a probate case asking to be named the administrator of her late husband's estate. The couple got engaged in 2019 and were married sometime this year, per TMZ. Since they did not have children, she would normally inherit the assets of the probate estate. People reports the court documents list an estimated value of $938,500 for the estate, although TMZ suggests that doesn't seem like a "true reflection of Chadwick's" earnings, some of which could be held in private trusts. The difference could also have something to do with the fact Chadwick survived both parents, whose names also appear in the documents.
Justin Bieber admits he has trouble listening to 'Lonely' as he promotes new video
It's no secret child stardom can take a serious toll on a kid's mental health. Justin Bieber, 26, began speaking publicly about the effects early rise to fame had on his emotions in the past few years. And after taking an extended break from performing, he's now making mental health issues central to much of his new music and videos. The video for "Lonely," which arrived Friday, is no exception. The visual accompaniment to the track features Jacob Tremblay playing a young Justin as he sings his way through the conflicted feelings he has about attaining success and celebrity status so young. "What if you had it all but nobody to call, maybe then you'd know me/ 'Cause I've had everything, but no one's listening, that's just … lonely," he sings at one point. "Everybody knows my past now, like my house was always made of glass/ Maybe that's the price you pay for the money and fame at an early age." Justin tweeted a link to the video Friday, admitting he has trouble even hearing the song. "To be honest the song is hard for me to listen to considering how tough it was to get through some of these chapters," he wrote. "I believe it is powerful to express vulnerability and that's why I believe this song is so powerful." Fans largely responded by calling out those who made fun of him during his early teenage rebellious period and praised him for speaking out now. "Justin bieber was hated by grown people at the age 15, his every single move was/is criticized by the whole world," tweeted one social media user. "He's been depressed, diagnosed with anxiety and many more, and now with #Lonely he let us see his perspective."
Mena Suvari is expecting her first child with Michael Hope
Mena Suvari is pregnant — and and a little bit stunned! In a twist she described as "a miracle" to People on Friday, the actress said she and husband Michael Hope are finally expecting their first child after what was apparently a long and trying wait. "It's still this process for me of believing it and accepting that something this beautiful could happen for me," she told the magazine. "I'm 41 and there's this air of like, I've got one foot in the grave and good luck." She recalled taking her temperature repeatedly, keeping an eye on her body's calendar and more careful planning before she "pulled back and let go." By July, she'd discovered she was, indeed, pregnant. "It was a huge surprise," she said.
Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer awarded Naval 'wings of gold'
Like Bob Hope, Jim Neighbors and Susan Ford Bales before them, Tom Cruise and "Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer are now Honorary Naval Aviators. The duo — whose latest collaboration, "Top Gun: Maverick: is due out next summer — were honored at a ceremony in Los Angeles in late September for their work on "Top Gun," which, their citations say, "significantly promoted and supported Naval Aviation and put aircraft carriers and naval aircraft into popular culture," according to People. The outlet notes the stars may now officially wear the Navy's "wings of gold," and are now, "entitled to the honors, courtesies and privileges afforded to Naval Aviators." Tom's next major aviation mission is slated for October 2021, when he's been approved by NASA to travel to space to shoot an as-yet untitled film aboard the International Space Station.
Diddy says he's launching a new political party for Black Americans
This past spring, Diddy urged Black Americans that when it comes to the presidential election, they should "hold … hostage" a vote for any candidate as a means of demanding better representation in the political system. Now, he's got a new plan — and a new party. "It would be irresponsible of me to have us hold our vote hostage but it would also be irresponsible of me to just let this moment go by," Diddy told Charlamagne tha God in a new interview this week (via Complex). "The world is watching — and [I'm doing] everything I can to make sure that going forth, that we're a part of the narrative. That we own our politics." With that goal in mind, he said, he's decided to fund his new creation, Our Black Party. "It's time for us to have our own Black political party — unapologetically. Because right now, if you look at the debates, we're not even a part of the conversation," he explained. "We don't have any political power, we don't have any political leverage and so we started our Black party with some young, fearless Black activists, elected officials, and I've stepped up and put the money behind it." On Twitter, he later endorsed Joe Biden, but with the caveat that Diddy's new organization will "hold [Biden] accountable" and stressed the importance of unity in the meantime.
Stevie Nicks on her 1979 abortion: 'There would be no Fleetwood Mac' without Roe. V. Wade
Last week, Fleetwood Mac alum Stevie Nicks debuted her first new music in six years, a song she described in a statement as "a prayer for our country … a prayer for our world," based on the idea that, "peace can come if you want it." The opposite of peace, in this case, being division. "I've seen all this … I don't want to live in a country that is so divisive," she told Variety last week, pointing out that at 72, she's "lived through the '60s" and "fought for Roe vs. Wade," which gave women the right to legally end an abortion in 1973. Speaking to The Guardian in an interview published this week, she elaborated on what Roe has meant to her, personally — and by extension, professionally. "Abortion rights, that was really my generation's fight," Stevie explained. "If President Trump wins this election and puts the judge he wants in, she will absolutely outlaw it and push women back into back-alley abortions." (She was referring to Amy Coney Barrett, who is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court following votes by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and the full Senate the week of Oct. 26.) Stevie went on to recall the circumstances in which she terminated a pregnancy in 1979 while dating Don Henley, essentially saying the freedom to end the pregnancy allowed Fleetwood Mac to exist. "If I had not had that abortion, I'm pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac," she said. "There's just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away." After a pause, the singer added: "And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people's hearts and make people so happy. And I thought: you know what? That's really important. There's not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world's mission."
Savannah Guthrie's 'Today' colleagues react to her Donald Trump Townhall interview
Donald Trump and Joe Biden's dueling Town Halls on NBC and ABC Thursday night had much of Hollywood weighing in with praise, criticism or in some cases, both. For Savannah Guthrie, who grilled the president on everything from the coronavirus pandemic to his recent tweet about a QAnon conspiracy theory, plenty of support came from her "Today" colleagues. "@SavannahGuthrie proud to be your partner," tweeted Savannah's co-anchor, Hoda Kotb. "Get some rest.. see you in the morning," she added. Al Roker echoed that sentiment, posting on Instagram, "Very proud of @savannahguthrie and the rest of the team @nbcnews who did a terrific job tonight producing the #trumptownhall." "Today's" third hour anchor, Craig Melvin, meanwhile, tweeted, "Tonight @SavannahGuthrie represented her friends and colleagues @TODAYshow and @NBCNews splendidly. Proud. Truth to power."