Scarlett Johansson issues a statement about paparazzi scare
After she was chased by paparazzi as she left a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Monday, April 8, Scarlett Johansson issued a formal statement to press outlets including USA Today demanding legal action that treats such aggressors as criminal stalkers. In the statement, the star described her experience being followed by "five cars full of men with blacked-out windows who were running red lights and putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk so they could follow me to find out where I was staying and subsequently stalk me and my young daughter for the duration of my stay …," noting that "even after Princess Diana's tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi and "many paparazzi have criminal pasts and will perform criminal acts to get their shot." "All of this is perfectly legal," she continued. Scarlett went on to explain that she felt unsafe so she stopped at a police station. "I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there," she said. "Women across the US are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it's just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana."
Olivia Jade's trademark application approved after punctuation fixes
It's not all bad news for Lori Loughlin's family this week. While Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli face a new charge of money laundering in the college admissions fraud that apparently got their daughters into USC, Olivia was recently granted a green light on a trademark application that was initially nixed due to its lack punctuation. USA Today reports the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved Olivia's request for a trademark on makeup kits on April 2. It seems the necessary paperwork was fixed to make it less ambiguous. Whether this will be enough of a plus to get the 19-year-old to speak to her parents, whom she's reportedly cast off since the scandal surfaced, remains to be seen. Her ability to turn a profit from her beauty products remains to be seen, too, thanks in part to a video that popped back up after her parents were arrested in which she said "I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend," in reference to her admission to USC, "… but I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying. … I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."
Emilia Clarke wants Instagram editing apps banned
"I think that we can find our inner beauty by looking inwards and not outwards." So says Emilia Clarke in a new British Vogue piece focused on why she's pushing for what she calls "the rise of the normal," or a firmer understanding of the fact that at the end of the day, all that matters is our own satisfaction when it comes to who we are and what we look like. To achieve that goal — at least for starters — the "Game of Thrones" star wants social media editing apps to get an official heave-ho. "Now we're really screwed because we've got the editing, we've got the shading, we've got all that bloody nonsense. They don't look like that. Ain't nobody look like that!" she explains. Emilia goes on to describe how much behind-the-scenes trickery and professional assistance goes into the outward appearances of many celebrities, including what's shown on movie posters like one in which she says her image was edited to give her a huge chest size. "'Hey guys," she recalls telling the producers at the time. "I ain't got no DDs. I'm very happy with what I've got, and it's not what you've put on that poster.'" Not that she's for non-famous folks editing their looks, either. "I think that the apps that make people airbrush themselves and look thinner or look clearer skinned should be banned. I don't think this s—t should be on the phone for young people. I do not agree with it, I do not like it, it doesn't make me feel good. I don't do it on my Instagram. I filter … But ain't no way that I'm going to retouch that stuff." Instead, she says a woman can "lean into [her] body type" rather than try to hide it. "As long as you're happy, it's all good," she says. "Let's have a little more normal. Where's the middle ground? That's your normal girl walking down the street. That is beautiful. I would love to see a fashion brand emerge that just did normal. The rise of the normal, please. Because that's what we actually all look like."
Kit Harington's April Fool's Day prank on Rose Leslie backfires
Last year, Kit Harington pulled an exquisitely gross April Fool's Day prank on his wife, Rose Leslie, putting a very real-looking severed head in their fridge and filming her as she opened the door. "She pretty much told me that if I did it ever again, that would be it, and I think that's marriage included," he said when asked about the trick (via Elle). This year, however, he was off his game in part because, as he told Seth Meyers this week, "The amount of props at my disposal has diminished." They were in New York City this year, he shared, cautioning that he was "aware this is the most first world April Fools' before I tell this story." He was not exaggerating. "I didn't know what to do," he said of his 2019 prank plans. What he came up with as follows: "She has a favorite almond milk," he explained. "She won't drink any other almond milk. So I just wrote an article about how this company that makes her favorite almond milk was going under because of Brexit. Now, this backfired, because she immediately rang my PA [personal assistant] and got her to bulk order this almond milk with my credit card so I ended up spending 150 quid ($195.91) on almond milk." Cue Seth's perfect summary: "It turns out the only thing more terrifying than seeing your severed head in a refrigerator is seeing cartons upon cartons of almond milk."
Ariana Grande wants to trademark 'thank u, next,' for beauty products
Ariana Grande may be channeling the massive success of her single and album, "thank u, next" into the world of beauty products. TMZ reports the singer, who already sells multiple perfumes as well as her own exfoliating sugar cubes at Ulta, filed a trademark application to use her recording's name alongside perfumes, colognes, body lotions, bath and shower gels, body scrubs, body powders and body mists, according to TMZ. No word on where she might sell the products, if she even decides to manufacture them, though. Page Six reports the perfumes aren't available on her regular website, nor are the "God Is a Woman" video-inspired bath bomb Lush created last year.
Shannon Osbourne shares an update on Jack Osbourne's condition after attack
Jack Osbourne is doing fine after an allegedly unprompted attack by a stranger in a coffee shop in Los Angeles last week. "[Jack] was in Studio City having his morning coffee, answering his emails, nine o'clock in the morning and suddenly, bam, he got punched in the face," Sharon said on "The Talk" on Monday, April 8, according to Page Six. "He didn't see it coming, he was just on his phone, and a homeless guy punched him in the face and a guy that Jack was with kicked him in the ribs," she continued. "So, Jack followed him, called the police and then he pulled a screwdriver on the police. The police tased him and arrested him." The man, who Sharon said was homeless, has not been identified publicly. Asked if Jack was "OK" now, Sharon told co-host Sara Gilbert, "Yes, thank God, yes, he is." Jack's father, Ozzy Osbourne, had a more serious scare recently due to a fall that forced him to cancel his 2019 performances. After having surgery to fix "the metal rods" that he had implanted after an old ATV accident, Sharon said Ozzy is "great" physically though he "feels terrible" about canceling the shows.
Busy Philipps stands by the message on her new tattoo
Busy Philipps is not in the business of making apologies for herself — or for the artwork she chooses to adorn herself with. Case in point? Her response to an Instagram commenter who apparently found her new tattoo inappropriate for a mom with two daughters at home . Busy shared a photo of the tat on Monday, April 8. Featuring a line drawn female figure ice skating, the lines she's carved in the ice beneath her are drawn to say "f— 'em." "My favorite illustration drawn by @mcfetridge for my book #thiswillonlyhurtalittle (it's in the A Movie Script Ending chapter)," she captioned the post. "Tattooed beautifully by @dre.dayli in Dallas at @thirdeyegallery last night. And weirdly true to form and as things always tend to be, it really always only hurts a little." Page Six noticed one user responded with, "I'm not judging…honestly curious bc I wish I was as brave as you to get a tattoo like that – but…what do you tell the kids???" Busy replied, "I tell them that these are words to live by. Especially as a woman."
Richard Madden weighs in on rumors he's the next James Bond
So much for that great idea. When Richard Madden graduated from playing Robb Satrk on "Game of Thrones" to starring in "Bodyguard," fans soon began whispering about the possibility he could take over Daniel Craig's spot in the James Bond franchise. Similar rumors have taken aim at possible new Bonds ranging from Henry Cavill to Idris Elba. But in a new interview with Indie Wire, Richard made it clear that while he's looking for "variety" in the next projects he takes on, playing 007 is not part of the plan. "That's a lovely, flattering rumor that is on the internet," he told the outlet. "And at that end, that's all it is: a lovely, flattering rumor. But no, I'm not."
Why Solange Knowles canceled her Coachella performance
Like her sister Beyonce back in 2017, Solange Knowles has canceled her planned Coachella appearance. Unlike Bey, however, it's not because of a pregnancy. According to TMZ, Solange's cancellation was about the members of the band got sick and would have been unable to perform. The website's sources say attempts to use different musicians made it too difficult for Solange to prepare her new material, presumably from "When I get Home," with the subs. She reportedly bailed to avoid giving anything less than her best performance possible. She is reportedly "devastated" about the change of plans.
Ellen DeGeneres praises Taylor Swift for her donation to LGBQT group
Taylor Swift got political again this week when she donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), an organization that uses legislative advocacy to campaign for equal rights for members of the LGBQT community in the state. On Monday, April 8, TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders announced the donation on social media and shared an image of the handwritten note Taylor included with her gift, which he said the group was "honored and grateful" to receive from the "long-time ally" of the LGBQT community. "I'm writing you to say that I'm so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the 'slate of hate' in our state legislature," she wrote (via NBC News). "Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and these leaders are doing. I'm so grateful that they're giving all people a place to worship." The "slate of hate" is essentially 12 bills aimed at limiting LGBQT rights in the workplace and at home. Ellen DeGeneres was among those who responded to the news by sending Taylor some love. Sharing the link and tweeting at Taylor, the show host wrote, "this lit up my heart."