BACKLASH CONTINUES OVER JAMIE FOXX'S BRUCE JENNER JOKE AT IHEARTRADIO AWARD
Jamie Foxx's joke about Bruce Jenner during Sunday's (March 29th) iHeartRadio Awards is being slammed as mean-spirited and transphobic. Jamie said, "We got some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He's doing a his-and-her duet all by himself." He added, "Look, I'm just busting your balls while I still can." Viewers including Perez Hilton bashed Jamie for the jab.
One offended person tweeted, "The transphobic joke Jamie Foxx made about Bruce Jenner on the iheartradio awards was reprehensible. #tolerance" Another wrote, "not cool, @iamjamiefoxx. you're better than transphobic jokes about #BruceJenner. be funny, but not at the expense of others. #iHeartAwards."
- LGBT youth group The Trevor Project also slammed Jamie, saying in a statement, "insensitive comments made in the media only exacerbate the problem. Given all the struggles that LBGTQ youth face on a daily basis, comments like these don't help to promote an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding."
BRUCE JENNER'S SON RESPONDS TO JAMIE FOXX'S JOKES
Meanwhile, Bruce's son Burt spoke on the joke, telling a reporter, "I think he is just copying Kevin Hart because Kevin Hart is taking all of his movie opportunities ... Man's on a roll, you know? And Jamie Foxx is on the way down, so he's gotta keep his mojo going. He's gotta copy what's working."
- Jamie has not responded to the backlash.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
An Italian model is accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. According to the New York Post, the 22-year-old has filed a complaint with the NYPD over the alleged incident.
The unidentified women claims that she met Harvey on Friday (March 27th) at the Tribeca Film Center where he reportedly groped her breasts and between her legs. Harvey supposedly asked if her breasts were real. Police were contacted immediately and have questioned the 63-year-old.
- Harvey, who is married to fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has not yet commented on the situation.
- He is co-founder of The Weinstein Company which has produced huge films like The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting and Gangs of New York.
JENNY MCCARTHY CLAIMS SHE WAS ASKED BACK TO 'THE VIEW'
Jenny McCarthy claims she rejected an offer to return to The View. The former co-host chatted with Howard Stern on Monday (March 30th) where she discussed her time with the show.
Jenny's husband, Donnie Wahlberg, revealed, "She's very gracious about The View, and I will say, I told her the day she left, 'They're gonna ask you back within six months.' And she won't say it, but they did. Not officially, but they did." Jenny jumped in to say, "One of the producers called and said would I ever consider it? And I said, 'No, thank you.' Because I couldn't be me."
- The comedian also offered a prediction for the show's future saying, "I think they might try one more year and then I think the Titanic might go down."
CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY ELIMINATED FROM 'DWTS'
Last night (March 30th) on Dancing With The Stars, Charlotte McKinney and her partner Keo Motsepe were the second couple of the season to be eliminated.
The combination of the judges scores and viewer votes from last week showed the couples in jeopardy were Chris Soules along with his partner Witney Carson, Noah Galloway and his partner Sharna Burgess, and Charlotte along with her partner Keo. Noah and Sharna were safe, leaving Chris and Whitney with Charlotte and Keo as the bottom two. The results revealed the couple with the lowest viewer votes and judges scores were Charlotte and Keo who were sent home. "I'm extremely grateful. This has been such a challenge. It's tested me and I feel like a better person from this. I learned so much" said McKinney.
The remaining contestants include Galloway, Soules, Suzanne Somers, Patti LaBelle, Robert Herjavec, Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch, Michael Sam, Willow Shields, and Rumer Willis.
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JON HAMM WAS CONTRACTUALLY DENIED FROM DOING 'GONE GIRL'
Jon Hamm was reportedly the first choice for Ben Affleck's role in Gone Girl but Mad Men kept him doing it. According to Page Six, the actor was contractually obligated to stick with his duties on the hit AMC show.
A source also revealed that creator Matt Weiner played a role saying, "Matt would not let Jon out of his contract to do Gone Girl. Jon was really upset about it at the time -- and is still upset, because he's thinking about the future of his career as Mad Men comes to a close." The insider revealed that the shooting schedule for the final batch of Mad Men episodes conflicted with the shooting schedule for Gone Girl.
- Jon recently discussed his post-Mad Men career with GQ. He told the magazine, "The one constant thing I've had in my career is now removed. And that's an eye-opener: Are people still going to take me seriously? Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What’s next? And I don’t know, you know? I wish I was smug enough to have had a grand plan."
- Gone Girl made $368 million at the box office.
MEGAN FOX SAYS PEOPLE HAVE HER PEGGED WRONG
Megan Fox is tired of people doubting her. The 28-year-old appears in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia where she discusses how she' had to prove herself on screen and in real life.
She tells the magazine, "I would say most people assume that I'm not very smart or educated or earnest, because I have this image that I'm sort of narcissistic, chasing attention, and wanting people to like me. It makes me laugh because I've done plenty of interviews and when you read the article from beginning to end you can see that I'm not your typical music video model."
- Megan also discusses her acting work saying, "In Transformers I was a kid, I had no idea what I was doing. There was nothing for me to do in that movie, but then I did nothing and that was my own call. I don't take it personally because in some ways I acknowledge and agree. But at the same time, both established comedians and Quentin Tarantino have come up to me and said, 'I really liked Jennifer's Body, you were really good in that.' The people whose opinions matter liked it, so I'm OK with that."
PRINCE WILLIAM STARTS HIS NEW JOB: Prince William has joined the workforce. The 32-year-old royal reported for his day of training as an air ambulance helicopter pilot on Monday (March 30th.) William will be working with Bond Air Services. Training is expected to last 12 weeks before he officially starts to fly this summer.
LEAH REMINI TWEETS SUPPORT FOR 'GOING CLEAR': Former Scientologist Leah Remini fully supports Alex Gibney's anti-Scientology documentary, Going Strong. She tweeted while it aired on HBO on Sunday (March 29th,) "Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now." Leah left the church back in 2013 for the sake of her daughter, Sofia, who was reaching the age where kids begin the auditing process.
KIT HARINGTON DOESN'T WANT TO BE CALLED A HUNK: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington isn't happy being called a hunk. He revealed during a recent interview, "To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning. It really is and it's in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive. Well, it's not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well. I'm in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don't like that." Kit added, "In this position you get asked a lot, 'Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?' Well, my answer is, 'That's not what I got into it for."
HARRISON FORD IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL: Harrison Ford has been released from the hospital after recovering from a plane crash earlier in March. The 72-year-old suffered a cut scalp and broken bones in his pelvis and ankle after his vintage World war II plane crashed on an L.A. golf course. He was staying UCLA Medical Center. The Star Wars actor's plane had engine failure shortly after take-off and was on his way back to the airport when the crash occurred.
MAN HECKLES BILL COSBY DURING BALTIMORE SHOW: A man named Michael Crook heckled Bill Cosby during his show in Baltimore on Friday night (March 27th.) Michael yelled, "38 women called you a rapist! Tell the one about how to get away with rape." Bill responded by telling the crowd to remain calm and added, "We are here to enjoy my gift. We are not here to argue. Let those people speak. We will find them and ask them to leave." Two more women came forward claiming Bill sexually assaulted them earlier that day. One of the alleged victims, Margie Shapiro, says Bill challenged her to a pinball bet at the Playboy Mansion where the loser had to take a pill.
NENE LEAKES LANDS NEW REALITY SHOW WITH KIM ZOLCIAK BIERMANN: NeNe Leakes and former frenemy Kim Zolciak Biermann are teaming up for a new Bravo reality show. The show will be called NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches. The network said in a statement, "Atlanta's 'most driven' housewives...drive out of their comfort zones and across the country to discover America on a one-of-a-kind adventure. The road to LA may be paved with good intentions, but that doesn't mean they won't occasionally drive each other crazy."
WHO TURNED DOWN 'THE DAILY SHOW' GIG?: It is rumored that Trevor Noah wasn't Comedy Central's first choice to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Sources say that the network tried to nab Amy Poehler, Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer for the gig but they all turned it down. Network president Michele Ganeless told The New York Times, "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job."
DEADLINE APOLOGIZES FOR ETHNIC CASTING STORY: Deadline has issued an apology over last week's story about ethnic casting during TV pilot season. Mike Fleming Jr. said during an interview with Peter Bart, "I don't believe you can make an unwise story disappear and pretend it didn't happen. I observed how Amy Pascal raced around with knee-jerk apologies to anyone who'd listen, after those stolen Sony e-mails surfaced. Her actions felt like panicked damage control to me; we decided to face the consequences and take our lumps. We did that in the comment tail following that story, where over 700 readers teed off on us. That original headline does not reflect the collective sensibility here at Deadline. The only appropriate way to view racial diversity in casting is to see it as a wonderful thing, and to hope that Hollywood continues to make room for people of color. The missteps were dealt with internally; we will do our best to make sure that kind of insensitivity doesn't surface again here. As co-editor in chiefs, Nellie and I apologize deeply and sincerely to those who've been hurt by this. There is no excuse." Deadline changed the title of the piece from "Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?" to "Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings."
'GAME OF THRONES' STAR HEADS TO 'DOCTOR WHO': Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has signed on to be a guest star on the next season of Doctor Who. The news was broken on Twitter when the official Doctor Who account tweeted, "We’re excited to announce #GameOfThrones star Maisie Williams will guest in the new series of #DoctorWho More soon! " No details about the role have been released. Executive Producer Steven Moffat said in a statement, "It's not possible to say too much about who or what she's playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell."
SEASON FINALE OF 'WALKING DEAD' BREAKS RECORDS: The fifth season finale of The Walking Dead brought in 15.8 million viewers. The 90-minute episode was the highest-rated finale that the show has seen to date. AMC reacted to the news in statement saying, "It's tough enough in today's competitive environment to command attention, and even harder to hold onto it. So, for 'The Walking Dead' to maintain this level of urgent viewership in its fifth season -- and to end with the highest-rated finale in series history -- is really something rare and remarkable." The hit drama was renewed for a sixth season back in October.
REPORT: ZAC EFRON IS READY TO DO ANOTHER 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL'
Zac Efron may no longer be a Disney star but he is apparently looking to go back to high school. Sources tell Radar Online that the 27-year-old is ready to make another High School Musical now that he has gotten clean and sober.
An insider told the website, "High School Musical 4 is much more than just an idea. Although there have been rumors for the past several years that it is definitely happening, it was not a possibility until Zac overcame what his friends are calling his 'dark period.'" Director Kenny Ortega was allegedly only willing to develop the project if he could secure Zac and Vanessa Hudgens as the leads again. The source added, "Zac is beat his demons and finally has got himself together. When Zac was down in the dumps, Kenny Ortega was there for him every step of the way. Now that he has seemingly beaten the battle, Zac says he is ready to reprise his role in HSM4. Kenny loves Zac like a son and believes that it would be really good for him to do this film. It would remind Zac of where he came from and he would be surrounded by love and people who will always have his back."
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released in 2008.