Tom Cruise spotted wearing face mask the CDC has warned against on-set
It's been a messy week for Tom Cruise, whose name became a trending topic after audio of his foul-mouthed tirade over broken COVID-19 protocols on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7" went viral. Subsequent reports claimed five staffers walked off the job following Tom's apparent yell-fest at crew members. Now, TMZ's adding to the bad press with this tidbit: It seems Tom's been spotted on set repeatedly wearing a black mask with air valves on the sides. The CDC has explicitly warned against wearing such masks, which don't do much to protect others from potential infection, since the user's breath and potential droplets of saliva escape through the holes. The website also points out Tom's costar (and rumored love interest IRL), Hayley Atwell, has been photographed this month wearing her mask below her nose — another big no-no — while talking to Tom and standing near crew members. For now, though, those involved with the production don't have to worry about his mask vents or his temper. According to The Sun, Tom left the London film set early for the holiday break, with plans to spend time with his son, Connor.
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As Oscar buzz grows louder for Chadwick Boseman's performance in the new Netflix movie, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," the late star earned a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award on Friday for "Da Five Bloods," courtesy of the New York Film Critics Circle. In Spike Lee's drama, Chadwick played Stormin' Norman, a Vietnam vet killed in the line of duty whose friends return to the country to bring his remains home. Chadwick's co-star Delroy Lindo, won the NYFCC's Best Actor award for his portrayal of Norman's tormented friend, Paul. Chadwick passed away earlier this year at age 43 after a private battle with colon cancer. Comprised of journalists and critics, the NYFCC confers the first major prizes of awards season each year.
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David Harbour opens up about his marriage to Lily Allen
Three months after Lily Allen and David Harbour tied the knot, David's clearly as head over heels as ever. "I married a beautiful, incredible woman who I love," the "Stranger Things" star, 45, recently told People of his marriage to the 35-year-old singer. "I have never met someone who is so deeply kind as her," David gushed. "I've never felt so taken care of and cared for by another human being. … She really is just a deeply kind individual and I love that about her." The couple reportedly said "I do" on Sept. 7 in Las Vegas one day after getting their marriage license. Their ceremony was officiated by an Elvis impersonator, People reported at the time, and they celebrated their new status with burgers from In-N-Out.
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Miley Cyrus thought she 'made it' when Cher 'came after' her on Twitter
Dolly Parton recently said she knew her goddaughter Miley Cyrus was a star as soon as she first saw her on "Hannah Montana." For Miley, the moment came a few years later, in 2013, after her infamously R-rated performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs. In a new sneak peek from Billy Idol's Live Transmission Christmas Show, which hits SiriusXM Radio in full on Tuesday, Dec. 22, Miley opens up about the less-than-positive reception she's gotten in the past when she's tried new things. "The amount of people that have talked s— about my records or what I'm doing," she marveled (via E! News). "You know, I had Cher come after me on Twitter," Miley continued. "But that's when I thought I had really made it. … She was mad that I was sticking my tongue out all the time and all that … And I'm like, 'Yo, I p—– Cher off, I really made it.'" At the time, Cher told E! she didn't care if Miley came out onstage with nothing on, she just wanted to see her "be better, do better." Speaking to USA Today in 2013, she said she thought the performance "just wasn't done well." Miley, who has since acknowledged she was experimenting with certain substances during her rebellious period (she's now sober), told Billy on Sirius that she still sees comments like those Cher made as something positive. "When these legends and these icons and these artists that we look up to… f—— hate us," Miley said, "it's still a compliment." Billy appears on Miley's new album, "Plastic Hearts."
Fiona Apple slams the Grammys for nominating Dr. Luke after supporting Kesha
Fiona Apple finds Dr. Luke's 2021 Grammy nomination more than a little off. That's not just because of Kesha's long-running allegations the producer abused and sexually assaulted her, but also because the standout 2018 Grammys moment was, by most accounts, Kesha's gut-wrenching performance of "Praying," which is widely acknowledged to be about Dr. Luke's alleged abuse. Up for three Grammys herself next month, Fiona explained her issue with the organization — and her nominations — in a recent interview with The Guardian. The 2021 Best Rock Performance category includes Fiona's "Shameika" and five other acts, all of which are fronted by women. "I immediately had this feeling: I wish I was in a room with these ladies and we could celebrate. I felt really nice for a second," she recalled. But she said that feeling was repeatedly replaced with feelings related to the Grammys "putting Kesha on stage like, 'We believe you' — and I believe her — then two years later," nominating Tyson Trax, which is the name Dr. Luke used to produce Doja Cat's "Say So," up for Record of the Year. "The feeling of wanting to celebrate with these women was genuine," Fiona said. "But I should have that feeling anyway. I don't know if anybody who's nominated can help having the thought: What would I do If I won?" Fiona has two ideas. "My vision was that I would just get up there with a sledgehammer and I wouldn't say anything. I would take the Grammy and smash it into enough pieces to share and I would invite all the ladies up," she said. "My second thought was I wonder if I can get all these ladies to boycott this s— because of Dr. Luke."
Gal Gadot reveals she had a negative experience with Joss Whedon on 'Justice League' and 'took it to higher-ups'
Over the summer, "Justice League" star Ray Fisher sparked an investigation after accusing director Joss Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior towards the movie's cast and crew. It turns out Gal Gadot was among the cast members who felt Joss mistreated them on-set. "I had my own experience with [Joss], which wasn't the best one, but I took care of it there and when it happened," she told the Los Angeles Times this week. "I took it to the higher-ups and they took care of it. But I'm happy for Ray to go up and say his truth." Gal's comments come in the wake of WarnerMedia's Dec. 11 announcement that the organization has completed its investigation and taken "remedial action," presumably towards Joss and producers Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, whom Ray alleged enabled Joss' misconduct. During an appearance on Variety's "The Big Ticket" podcast on Thursday, the "Wonder Woman 1984" star said she was interviewed extensively when WarnerMedia was looking into the allegations. "I know that they've done a very thorough investigation, even just by how much time I spent with them," she said. As for the "remedial action," Gal said she's been given no further information. "I'm curious to know what's going to be the outcome," she said. Joss has not commented on Ray's allegations; producer Jon Berg slammed Ray's claims in July as "categorically untrue."
Leslie Odom Jr. is isolating away from his expectant wife after 'Ellen' appearance
Following Ellen DeGeneres' recent COVID-19 diagnosis, Leslie Odom Jr., who joined the talk show host in the studio for the Dec. 9 edition of "Ellen," is self-isolating to avoid potentially infecting his pregnant wife, Nicolette Robinson, and their 3-year-old daughter, Lucy. "We're getting our tests every day for the next 10 days, and quarantining from each other," the "Hamilton" star said in a remote interview on "Today" this week. "My wife is pregnant, and the virus can affect pregnant ladies differently. So anyway, we're doing our best to stay safe." He added that he's "double-masking in the house." Ellen revealed her diagnosis with fans on social media last week, saying she felt "fine," that her team had contacted and notified "anyone who has been in close contact with" her and that she was "following all proper CDC guidelines." Leslie's news comes as "The Morning Show" was forced to cancel a shoot Thursday night due to a positive test result for a crew member. A Page Six source later said the result was a false positive. "Shameless" shut down production this month as well after 18 positive test results for people working on the set. Those were later attributed to a "lab error," according to TMZ.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are developing an 'All My Children' spin-off
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are heading back to Pine Valley, the fictional Philadelphia suburb where "All My Children" was set. The couple, who met on the set of the classic soap 25 years ago, are developing a new spin-off of the show that first brought them together, according to Variety. Titled "Pine Valley," the series centers on "a young journalist with a secret agenda" who "comes to expose the dark and murderous history" of the town "only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families," Variety reports. The series boasts Robert Nixon, whose mom Agnes Nixon created "All My Children" in the '70s, as a writer and executive producer. Kelly and Mark are also executive producing. While it's unclear if they'll appear onscreen, Deadline notes members of the original cast will be invited to get involved.
How Paul McCartney keeps memories of his late Beatles bandmates alive
Paul McCartney released his much-anticipated new solo album, "McCartney III," on Friday. But even as he celebrates the solo section of his career, his thoughts make their way back to his first musical "family," the Beatles. Asked if he marked the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's death on Dec. 8, Paul told NPR's "All Things Considered" he that he honors the sad date each year by "going over memories." And John's memory, he said, gets increasingly "special" the longer time wears on. "I often sit there and think, 'Wait a minute, did we go hitchhiking when we were kids?' Yeah, we did. We went to Paris — boy, we had a laugh there,' you know?" he explained. "I remember all these little things we did together. And it brings him back in a way. If I'm listening to a song we wrote together, I can picture us in the room writing it and looking at each other, with a little bit of a conspiratorial look as we cause trouble." Paul said he also dreams about John. "It's family. We had arguments — but then, I'm reminded, so do families. He was a fantastic guy, and I do sometimes think, 'Wow! I sat down all those years and wrote songs with John Lennon,'" Paul shared. He said the same thing happens with George Harrison, who died in 2011. In fact, Paul said he has still a "big fir tree" George once gave him as a gift. "As I was leaving my house this morning, I get out of the car, close the gate and look up at the tree and say, 'Hi, George.' There he is, growing strongly," he continued. "He gave it to me, so I just planted it. But then, as the years go by, every time I look at it I go, 'That's the tree George gave me.' George has entered that tree for me. I hope he's happy with that."