Quarantine Nightmare

Matthew Rhys shares how 'The Americans' couple would be holding up in quarantine, reveals how he and partner Keri Russell are dealing with homeschooling their kids

Matthew Rhys knows exactly how his "The Americans" alter ego, Philip Jennings, would be holding up amid the coronavirus pandemic… not good!

"[He's] probably fighting for his life in an apartment in Moscow as we speak," he told the latest issue of emmy magazine, which debuts on June 30. "They probably are holed up in an apartment in lockdown, which I think is possibly the worst thing that could happen for Philip and Elizabeth because then they would just start picking apart all the things when they look back and go, 'Why did you do that?' or 'Why did you betray me?' Well, because you didn't believe in Mother Russia. 'Well, I'm here now, aren't I?' And then the dangerous thing: It could escalate to a physical fist fight with the two of them who were so well trained."

Added the Welsh actor, who won an Emmy for his work as the undercover KGB agent in 2018, "I would put my money on Elizabeth Jennings winning."

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Things are faring much better for Matthew and the actress who brought Elizabeth Jennings to life — his partner on screen and off, Keri Russell.

The duo, who took their relationship to the next level the same year "The Americans" debuted, have been in quarantine in New York (first in Brooklyn and then in the Catskills) with their three kids: the 4-year-old son they share, Sam, and her two kids from her first marriage, son River and daughter Willa. So far, their biggest challenge is teaching math while homeschooling their brood, the "Brothers & Sisters" alum told emmy.

"It might as well be brain surgery in front of me, because I have no idea what's going on," he said, adding that he's far better at teaching English lessons — "I enjoy the storytelling and creative writing. But I'd leave it to the professionals," he said.

"My parents were teachers, and I'd be such a glib little brat to them," he continued. "If they'd ask about my Plan B if acting didn't work out, my offensive retort would be, 'Well, I could just teach.' But now my respect for them has skyrocketed."

Fortunately, Matthew hasn't needed a backup plan since "The Americans" sealed his fate as one of Hollywood's finest — and he has his real-life leading lady to thank for that.

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"We really hit the ball back and forth to each other in a way that rarely happens," he said of their working relationship. "I know it all came to a natural end, but in hindsight I realize that we had a real moment in time." (He then joked that they'd love to work together again on a remake of the 1979 series "Hart to Hart," which centers around a wealthy married couple moonlighting as amateur detectives.) 

Their palpable on-screen chemistry led the actor to an Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series, but the victory was bittersweet, he said, because Keri, who earned three Emmy nominations for her work on the show, never took home top honors.

"I know I'm saying this for obvious reasons, but Keri deserved an Emmy enormously for all the work she did," he said. "So that night was tinged with those feelings in a way."

(Apparently, the night was also tinged with terror: "When I got on that stage, I was blinded with fear," Mathew said of accepting his Emmy, which he now keeps in his office. "The greatest focus I had in that moment was to stop shaking. I was so scared I was going to forget to thank someone, because there's a giant clock in front of you ticking down and a sign that says, 'Stop.' I remember seeing Ed Harris out of the corner of my eye and thinking, 'Jesus, there's Ed Harris!'")

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During breaks from homeschooling, the couple caught up on the David Attenborough BBC docuseries "Seven Worlds, One Planet" and the Netflix drama "Narcos."

"We keep saying we're going to do 'Game of Thrones' at some point, but it seems like Everest to us!" Matthew said.

He also spent quarantine gearing up for the June 21 debut of "Perry Mason," the HBO miniseries on which he stars. He took over the role from Robert Downey Jr. — who's still on board as an executive producer — after the project was reenvisioned as a miniseries rather than a feature film, creating scheduling conflicts for the "Avengers" alum.

"I was very lucky to take the cut of meat from his table, as it were," said Matthew. "He's a true hero of mine. I remember seeing him in 'Chaplin' and being mesmerized by him, so I was very starstruck when I met him — I still am when he calls and things like that. I go, 'Ahh!' … He was incredibly generous as a producer. He said, 'Look, the part is yours. You've got to do with it what you will. Now it's up to you.' It was pretty unbelievable to work with one of your heroes. … As regards to working with Robert Downey Jr. again, sadly he has no choice in it — I said, 'Look, Robert, we're best friends now. We have to work together.'"

When it came to developing his take on the iconic criminal defense lawyer, Matthew knew there was one thing he'd avoid: the 1957 TV series starring Raymond Burr.

"When I knew I was going to play the part and I started researching, I specifically didn't look at Raymond Burr because I know consciously or subconsciously, unconsciously, I would've mimicked or stolen or imitated something from him, and I really wanted to really reinvent this character from the boots up and redefine him," he told emmy.

"The jacket and the hat really helped me for some bizarre reason," he continued. "I developed these little kind of strange suspicions and superstitious idiosyncrasies that I had to do — so much so that I wouldn't let my wardrobe person put the jacket on me. He always very kindly offered it to me, but I was always insistent I put it on myself — and the hat."

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Matthew was only familiar with the character because his grandfather watched the long-running CBS series: "He watched it, and all I remembered that there was always some big confession at the end. My grandfather was like, 'He did it again!' I was very reassured when I heard this version would be HBO-ified," he said.

"I loved that there's an aimlessness to him and that he's not committed to anything," he added of his version of the character, who first appeared in a 1933 Erle Stanley Gardner novel. "He fought in the war, where he suffered a great injustice. So now if he sees something that's unjust, it rankles him, and he has to do something about it. … He has an overriding virtue that he will do the right thing, regardless of how he does it." 

The magnitude of the gig isn't lost on the actor, who's never received top billing on a series by himself before.

"I knew there was a great degree of pressure that was squarely sitting on my shoulders," he said.

Reflecting on his career trajectory, he marveled, "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine a life like this. I still have those moments where I think, how did this happen?"

For more from Matthew's chat with emmy magazine, watch the video below and pick up a copy on June 30.

Personal destruction

Dwayne Johnson rips security gate down after power outage

Dwayne Johnson just laid the smack down on… well, his front gate.

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On Sept. 18, the actor revealed that he ripped a metal gate off its hinges with his bare hands after storms caused a power failure, preventing the gate from actually opening.

"Not my finest hour 🤦🏽‍♂️, but a man's gotta go to work," he captioned a photo that showed his iron gate on the ground and tossed to the side. "We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn't."

Amid all this, the "Jumanji" star called a repairman, but was told it would take 45 minutes before someone could arrive.

"By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day. So I did what I had to do," he said. "I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Ripped it completely out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass."

Needless to say, people were impressed by his strength… and maybe a little terrified.

"My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, 'in disbelief and equally scared' as to how I ripped it off," Dwayne said. 

He added that the destruction was "not my finest hour, but I had to go to work."

Referencing his upcoming superhero film, Dwayne added, "And I'm 💯 ready to be BLACK ADAM."

Nasty split

Dr. Dre's ex files lawsuit over his most valuable trademarks

Dr. Dre's estranged wife has filed a lawsuit against the hip hop legend, claiming she co-owns the trademarks to some of his most valuable assets, including his stage name.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Page Six, Nicole Young claimed that not only does she co-own the name "Dr. Dre" and "The Chronic," the rapper's transformative album, but she alleges that the hip hop mogul is hiding assets so that she can't get to them.

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Nicole claims she "caught [Dre] secretly transferring valuable trademarks he owned with his wife … to a newly created asset holding company that he created and controlled after he expelled his wife from their home, and before he threatened to file divorce."

"Two days after the threat, Nicole had no choice and initiated divorce proceedings," she continues. "Andre's transparent and reprehensible scheme to transfer these assets away, without Nicole's knowledge or consent, so he could retain more for himself in a divorce from his wife of 24 years, and the mother of his three children, is an epic failure and reveals the true nature of his character, or lack thereof."

In late June, Nicole filed for divorce from Dre, ending their 26-year relationship. The split has been contentious, as she's claimed she was forced to sign a prenuptial agreement (she also claimed Dre ripped up the paperwork a few years later, something he denies).

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Nicole argues that because she was with Dre, real name Andre Young, as he gained fame and notoriety, everything should be shared. 

"After Andre forced Nicole out of their family home on or about April 2, 2020, he quickly plotted to secretly transfer their assets, to deny Nicole her equal share," she claims in her new lawsuit. "These valuable Trademarks were filed during Andre's years married to Nicole, which coincided with Andre's years of rising success in the music industry. The Trademarks are presumed to be community property pursuant to California Family Code Section 760. Because they were married, Nicole and Andre owned the Trademarks jointly, from the date of their first filing in 1997, and through 2013, by virtue of being community property owners."

"Andre now purports to own the Trademarks in full," she added.

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Sources close to Dre told TMZ that the lawsuit is "ridiculous" and done simply to embarrass him.

"They were married in 1996. Chronic came out in '92 and Dr. Dre used his name since the 80's, so it's all his and his alone," a source said. Another added, "It's the act of a desperate woman who finally realized that the iron-clad prenup she signed doesn't win her the lottery."

Nicole is asking the trademarks be put in a trust, and she's also suing for damages and legal fees.

ageless wonder

Salma Hayek, 54, recreates bikini photo shoot from 1999

Salma Hayek has still got it, and she has the receipts to prove it!

On Sept. 17, the actress took to Instagram to post a photo from a 1999 ad campaign in which she rocked a brown bikini.

"This photo is from a European bathing suit campaign I did for H&M in 1999," she wrote alongside the series of snaps. 

After posting the images, Salma was flooded with compliments. One person even commented that she could pose for the same ad campaign today. Perhaps she took note of that statement, because she essentially recreated the photo shoot on Sept. 18.

"2020: More than 20 years after my last post," she wrote alongside two images that show her relaxing on a diving board in a brown one-piece swimsuit. "Ready for the weekend! Have a great #Friday!"

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The posts come a few weeks after Salma's 54th birthday celebration in Greece. Throughout the vacation, the "Frida" star shared several sun-soaked and enviable images. 

"I am very grateful and proud for every single one of my 54 years," she captioned a photo of herself wearing a summery yellow dress with side cutouts. 

On Aug. 31, she also took to Instagram to post images and videos from dinner – a dinner that got rowdy in the best way

The first image shows her sitting at the dinner table with an empty plate in front of her and a gold-plated olive branch pinned in her hair. A subsequent video, though, shows her slamming two plates onto the ground while others cheer — all of which was done in the name of Greek tradition.

"I started the night looking #fresh, patiently waiting for my dinner," she wrote in the caption. "Six hours later I was breaking plates like it's customary in #Greece."

Insta-post

Candace Cameron Bure discusses 'spicy' Instagram post

Candace Cameron Bure isn't about to apologize for posting an Instagram picture last week that some of her followers found controversial. In fact, she loves that the picture — which she dubbed "spicy" — stirred the pot.

On Sept. 11, the "Fuller House" star posted similar images with Valeri Bure, her husband of 24 years. One image showed Val sweetly kissing his wife as they stood on a bridge. In the second photo, taken on the same bridge, Val's hand cupped one of Candace's breasts as she grinned.

"Sweet and spicy," the actress captioned the dueling photos. "24 years and counting."

Some of Candace's fanbase, which she acknowledges is rather Christian, was critical of the image, dubbing it "inappropriate," among other things (one person even said "the devil loves it").   

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"I love the fact that so many people had an opinion on it. It made me laugh because I wasn't trying to make a statement," she told Fox News of the backlash. "This is just how my husband and I are. You know, we adore each other and we still have fun and we're spicy together."

She added, "We have a playful, loving marriage and I think that's why we're still married 24 years later. But I did respond because I always get bummed out when people have been married for so long and then I feel like the joke is always like, 'oh, we're married – so that means we don't have sex anymore.' And it's kind of like that a lot. And so I thought it was just a cute, funny picture and it was playful and it's very much reflective of our personalities in real life."

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Several of Candace's celebrity followers found humor in the social media photo.

"Love you guys and congrats on second base!!!," Candace's "Fuller House" costar Bob Saget joked.

Holly Robinson Peete wrote,"Wait/—- people are actually offended?????"

Candace thinks the judgers might want to look inside their own house if they're actually offended.

"I'm like, hey, guys, if you're complaining about the picture, maybe you might hope that your marriage is actually a little spicier than it is," she said. "But this is part of our healthy marriage. And I just wanted to say it because I had no shame in posting that picture. You know, nothing was exposed, I didn't think it was immodest. It was just two people having fun and we've been married for 24 years, but together for 26 years. So I just am like, hey, the playfulness doesn't stop just because you're married."

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In a separate interview with Daily Mail, Candace had an even more direct message to those who think she and her husband were somehow immoral.

"For all of the Christians that are questioning my post with my husband's hand on my boob — my husband of 24 years — thinking it was inappropriate, it makes me laugh because it's my husband," she said. "He can touch me any time he wants, and I hope he does. This is what a healthy, good marriage and relationship is all about… I'm sorry if it offended you — I'm actually not sorry. I'm glad we have fun together after so many years. He can touch me all day long."

Still engaged??

Fans are questioning if Taraji P. Henson is still engaged

Is Taraji P. Henson still an engaged woman? That's what fans are starting to wonder.

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The "Empire" star got engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden in 2018, three years after the duo started dating. In early 2020, they appeared to be the epitome of happiness and were months away from getting hitched. However, he has not been seen on Taraji's Instagram in months.

Adding fuel to the breakup rumors, Taraji celebrated her 50th birthday last week in Mexico, and Kelvin didn't appear to attend the festivities. He also failed to mention her big day on his social media.

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"Bliss," Taraji captioned a photo from her birthday celebrations. Noticeably, she does not appear to be wearing her engagement ring, instead donning other statement rings. 

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Taraji hasn't appeared on Kelvin's Instagram since Valentine's Day. Kelvin, meanwhile, last appeared on her Instagram in March. The last time she flashed her engagement ring was in April.

To be fair, the duo has been somewhat private about their romance — they quietly dated for two years before going public with their relationship. In 2019, Taraji revealed that they actually split at one point, and Kelvin had to claw his way back into her life. 

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Coincidentally, Taraji and Kelvin should be married by now. The two were set to tie the knot this summer, but the coronavirus pandemic forced them to postpone their nuptials.

"Our grandparents, my grandmother is about to turn 96, his is 86, how do we get them to the wedding now? Now, we are concerned, just trying to figure out the safest and best way," she told "Access Hollywood" in March.

Insta fury

Lisa Rinna blasted over 'move on' comment on Instagram

9021-oh, the drama!

Lisa Rinna is feeling the heat from her Instagram followers after telling them to "move on" — which many felt was a reference to her ongoing feud with Denise Richards

After the reality TV show's reunion aired, Lisa took to Instagram. "The future looks bright. Better not Bitter. Love you all!" she captioned a photo of herself. "Thank you for watching and let's for gods sakes Move on!!!"

Fans immediately pounced, claiming she's the reason for the never-ending storyline involving allegations that Denise Richards had an affair with former "Housewives" star Brandi Glanville — which Denise has denied.

"'Move on'…?" one person commented. "Hunny weren't you were the one bullying Denise all season? Lol. But ok."

Another said, "Now you want to move on after you dragged Denise??? You couldn't let it go for an entire season!! You should send her flowers for giving you a storyline."

"You say 'move on' but you're still being petty and dragging it out in your stories right now," yet another said. 

A cavalcade of similar comments lit up the comments section on Lisa's Instagram post.

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On Sept. 17, Lisa posted daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin's modeling photos. Some of her fans saw it as nothing more than an attempt to distract "Housewives" fans. 

Last week, a slew of "Housewives" fans even called for Lisa to be fired from the Bravo show, and many argued that she's to blame for Denise's decision to leave.

"Gutted @DENISE_RICHARDS is leaving #RHOBH – blame it on @lisarinna," one person tweeted, prompting a chorus of others to agree.

Perhaps as a nod to the backlash, on Sept. 17, Lisa posted a text quote to her Instagram Story reding, "Let your past make you better, not bitter."

Fake news

Cardi B's team responds to Offset affair rumors amid divorce

Cardi B's team is snapping back at rumors that the rapper filed for divorce from Offset because he had an extramarital affair and got another woman pregnant. 

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"There is no other child. No baby is on the way. That rumor is super false," a source told Page Six on Sept. 17. "Cardi is thinking of her child and wants everything to be amicable. She's evolved over the years and continues to."

On Sept. 15, the "WAP" rapper filed for divorce from there Migos rapper after nearly three years of marriage. 

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Initial reports implied that the split was contentious, but on Sept. 16, Cardi amended her filing to indicate she wants a peaceful split, especially for the sake of their 2-year-old daughter, Kulture. 

"She went back to have the petition amended because she wasn't aware that it read 'primary custody.' She wants them both to have custody and to co-parent," the source said. "She's not requesting spousal support or child support. She wants everything to be super amicable."

The divorce filing came just days after Cardi shared a cryptic message on her Instagram Story that stated, "Her heart finally told her to stop wasting her time." She added, "It's time." The filing also came just days shy of what would have been the couple's third anniversary.

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The couple's relationship has been unconventional. Offset proposed on stage during a concert after he and Cardi were already secretly married. Soon after, Offset was hit with cheating allegations and the duo briefly split in 2018. Then, in December 2018, he surprised Cardi on stage at the Rolling Loud Festival, essentially crashing her performance with flowers in hand and begging for her forgiveness with a cake that read "TAKE ME BACK CARDI." 

They would eventually reconcile.

In the divorce paperwork, Cardi revealed that the two are now separated and firmly states that there is no chance of a reconciliation. Offset has yet to respond to Cardi's divorce filing.

Baby news

Ashley Tisdale pregnant with first child — see her announcement

Ashley Tisdale has that motherly glow!

On Sept. 17, the "High School Musical" star announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Christopher French.

The couple both shared images of Ashley's baby bump on Instagram. In the images, the mama-to-be dons a white gown while cradling her baby bump. The duo also posted images to their respective Instagram Stories confirming the news. 

"Little frenchie on the way," Christopher wrote. In a similar post, Ashley said Christopher, whom she married in September 2014,  is "the hottest baby daddy."

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Many A-list stars reveled in the couple's happy news by posting positive comments on the actress's Instagram page. 

The baby announcement comes less than two weeks after the couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

"Wow I can't believe we've been married 6 years?!! Time flies," Ashley captioned a series of wedding photos on Sept. 8. "I remember having so much fear the minute we got together because I couldnt believe how good you treated me. I had never been treated that way. But I let go and trusted my heart and 8 months later we were a couple of crazy kids engaged."

"Chris you truly have made me a better version of myself because you keep inspiring me everyday. Your heart is pure, you would do anything to make me happy, through the ups and downs you are my solid rock," she continued. "I'm so grateful I get to be your wife. I love you and after all this time I'm still into you."

Housewives offer

Kathy Hilton reportedly in talks to join 'Housewives'

Kathy Hilton's future could be in reality TV. 

According to TMZ, Kathy is in talks with Bravo about becoming a regular face on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." The website is quick to point out that Kathy would not be brought on as a full-time cast member, but rather as a "friend of the show."

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No decision has been made yet, but Kathy is said to be mulling the offer and is "definitely interested."

Kathy is no stranger to the show, as she is the half-sister of Kyle Richards and former "Housewives" star Kim Richards. Kathy has also appeared on the show several times over the years. 

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Speculation about Kathy's potential involvement in the show is nothing new. In fact, last year rumors circulated that she could become a full-time member of the show.

"I would be happy if my sister joined," Kyle said on "Watch What Happens Live" as rumors surfaced. "I've had one sister on, why not have another sister on."

Kyle added that Paris and Nicky Hilton's mom is "one of the funniest people there is."

"She's a practical joker and she's very, very funny," Kyle said, "so I think she'd be an amazing Housewife actually."