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AND NOW, NEWS FROM FRIDAY OCTOBER 12:
Kanye West and President Trump had their meeting at the White House Oval Office Thursday, and those expecting Kanye to be Kanye weren’t disappointed. The rapper and designer went on long-winded, uninterrupted rants, both when speaking to the President and answering questions from the press. Kanye spoke informally and used language rarely heard in the Oval Office, calling himself a “crazy mother[effer].” Kanye and POTUS were both respectful of one another, taking turns stroking each other’s egos. At one point, Trump said that Kanye likes him and West corrected the statement, saying he “loves” him, and walked around the table to dap him up and pose for a quick picture. Kanye brought up some issues important to him, like prison reform. He also appeared to advocate for the release of former Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover, who he called a “block leader” and a “living statue.” There was also some talk about abolishing the 13th Amendment because it’s an unlucky number, and a vision for Trump Factories and Yeezy Ideation Centers in Chicago. Kanye also talked about being diagnosed as bi-polar. It was something we have rarely seen… President Trump just sat and listened, allowing him to field the press pool’s questions. As for whether Kanye’s words have the potential to effect change, that’s unclear. Trump declared himself “open-minded.” After their chat, Kanye, The Donald, NFL legend Jim Brown, Ivanka and Jared Kushner attended a private luncheon. (TMZ)
A judge has dismissed one of Harvey Weinstein’s three sexual assault cases. Prosecutors said actress Lucia Evans “had given a witness a different version of the alleged sex assault from the one she had given them.” She initially claimed the producer forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he’d seek to have the remaining five charges involving two women dismissed as well. (BBC)
Channing Tatum and British singer Jessie J are reportedly dating. He’s been tagging along with the singer while she goes on tour. Source: E! News
Nikki Bella is done with people talking about her breakup with John Cena. She says it’s been hard having to relive the split through the tabloids and her reality show and doesn’t want the breakup to define her or Cena. Source: Cosmopolitan
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have been spotted looking less than thrilled with each other. A source says they’re miserable and have been for months, while another chalks it up to a bad day. She’s been busy collaborating on a handbag collection with Stella Maxwell while he’s been doing press for his new movie, which is something he hates. According to one source, “He hates doing press, so he’s been a bit of a pill. He did not like that New York Times profile on him at all.” He’s not a fan of all the personal questions reporters ask. Reps haven’t commented. Source: Page Six
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made a love connection 20 years ago. Alex shared a yellowed, throwback photo J-Lo autographed for him. At the time, she was simply “Jenny from the block” and Alex was just a future-MVP playing for the Seattle Mariners. Alex said on Instagram, “#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player.” Now, they’re happily a couple for nearly two years and there’s talk of marriage. Strangely, he kept the autographed picture all these years. J-Lo commented on the post, “Had to repost!!! He found this cleaning out storage!!” (Entertainment Tonight)
American Pie star Jason Biggs has revealed that he’s celebrating one year of sobriety. He shared a picture of his Alcoholic’s Anonymous chip commemorating the milestone on Instagram. Biggs’ wife, Jenny Mollen also posted to Instagram, praising him for the accomplishment. “So proud of my husband today,” she wrote alongside a photo of the actor kissing her cheek. “Congrats baby. I know how hard you work. I see you. I love you. Thank you for your fight.” Source: Jason Biggs
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I first tried to get sober over 5 years ago, when the weight of my obsession with booze and drugs became too heavy for me to handle. Turns out this shit is hard. After some fits and starts, I’ve managed to put together one year of sobriety. I’m as proud of it as anything in my life. If you’re struggling, know there’s help. Don’t be ashamed. We can do this. 💪🙏
The final season of Game of Thrones is scheduled to air this spring and producers of the show went to great lengths during filming to keep spoilers to a minimum. They shot alternate endings. They gave cast members self-destructing scripts. And, they also used a secret weapon to shoot down drones trying to peek at the action while cameras were rolling. They actually had a rifle-like device capable of shooting down drones within a half-mile radius. In the coming months, we’ll see how successful all these tactics were at keeping the secrets of the show under wraps. (Entertainment Weekly)
Fran Drescher wants to do a reboot of “The Nanny” and wants rapper Cardi B to play her daughter. She thinks it would work because they’re both from New York and have funny voices. So far, there aren’t any official plans to get “The Nanny” back on TV. Source: People
The third season of True Detective will premiere on January 13th. Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff.
CBS has picked up the freshman drama FBI for a full season.
Jerry Thorpe, an Emmy-winning director and producer whose career spanned The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour to Falcon Crest, died September 25th. His credits also include such popular series as Kung Fu, Harry-O and The Untouchables.
Ryan Coogler will write and direct Black Panther 2, just as he did for the first flick. Star Chadwick Boseman is also expected to return.
Scarlett Johansson will earn $15 million for the upcoming Black Widow movie. That gives her equal pay compared to her Avengers co-stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, who both took home the same amount for their standalone movies. ScarJo brought home a “low-seven figure salary for the first Avengers movie in 2012 (compared to [Robert Downey Junior’s] $50 million).” (The Hollywood Reporter)
New at the theater:
Seven strangers meet at a rundown hotel with a dark past in the mystery thriller BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, with Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges and Nick Offerman; the story of Neil Armstrong’s legendary walk on the moon in FIRST MAN, with Ryan Gosling; and Jack Black stars in the kids adventure GOOSEBUMPS 2-HAUNTER HALLOWEEN…now showing at the movies.
• Hugh Jackman is 50
• The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson is 26
• Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron is 48
• former Eight Is Enough kid Adam Rich is 50
• 24’s Tony Almeida, Carlos Bernard is 56
• Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls in “Sandlot”) is 37
• Susan Anton (“Goldengirl,” “Cannonball Run II”) is 68
• Tyler Blackburn is 32 (Caleb Rivers in “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood”)
• Marcus T. Paulk (Myles Mitchell on “Moesha”) is 32
• Dixie Chicks/Courtyard Hounds singer Martie Maguire is 49
• Sam and Dave’s Sam Moore is 83
• New Found Glory singer Jordan Pundik is 39
• Honey Boo Boo’s sister Chubbs (Jessica Shannon) is 22
• Fox newsman Chris Wallace is 71