ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to apologize for what he called a "moral failure" of not speaking out soon enough about the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a black man, was killed one week ago today in Minneapolis after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck during an arrest, while Floyd repeatedly declared that he couldn't breathe. His death sparked ongoing protests nationwide.
"We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting," Miranda said. "We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election. And that we have not yet firmly spoken inarguable truth of Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official Hamilton channels is a moral failure on our part."
He added, "As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure. I'm sorry for not pushing harder and faster for us to speak these self-evident truths under the Hamilton banner, which has come to mean so much to so many of you...Literally, the idea of the show doesn't exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew, and production team who breathe life into the story every time it's performed."
Miranda concluded. "It's up to us in words and deeds to stand up for our fellow citizens...and have each others' backs."
He closed with, "History has its eyes on all of us."
Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As part of his ongoing Reunited Apart series, Josh Gad pulled off an epic reunion befitting an epic trilogy: the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings films.
The get-together was meant to help support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America.
While Gad has already brought together the much smaller casts of movies like Splash and The Goonies, Gad's latest event left no stone unturned for the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's beloved books.
Starting with Sean Astin, who claimed he was hoping for a Rudy reunion, one by one, the fellowship is joined, until the entire cast -- Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellan, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Miranda Otto, and director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer Phillipa Boyens -- pop up on screen.
"I remember when we all said goodbye 30 years ago, we said we'd have reunions," McKellan noted. "Have you been having reunions without me?"
For over 50 minutes, the group reminisces about what it took to make the beloved trilogy, shows off their matching tattoos they got on set, reenacts scenes and divulges secrets -- like Rhys-Davies' contract mandating that he have a La-Z-Boy recliner near him on set, even if the set was on the side of a mountain.
Eventually, Jackson's fellow New Zealander, Taika Waititi, joins the fun with trivia questions.
Bernard Hill, King Theoden himself, gets the last laugh. He joins the call after everybody had left. "Bugger," he says, realizing his mistake.
Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images(ILLINOIS) -- Actor and activist John Cusack claimed on Sunday evening that Chicago cops attacked him while he was attending a protest over the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck while apprehending him. Floyd's death sparked protests and riots nationwide.
To Twitter, the Gross Pointe Blank star noted, "Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike."
His video doesn't show that per se, but we hear him forcefully being told to move, and then hear the sound of metal crashing, and Cusack saying, "All right, all right."
The actor's timeline is filled with not only photos he took of the "chaos" in Chicago, but of retweets of protests in the U.S. and around the world.
iStock/Coast-to-Coast (LOS ANGELES) -- The recent killing of George Floyd by now-fired policeman Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has sparked intense national outrage leading to an eruption of protests across the world. Amid this civil unrest, celebrities have used their platforms to educate, raise awareness, and demand change.
Oprah: "Those of us who have the ability to be seen or heard in our lives—whether you are Black or white, Asian or Hispanic—it is incumbent on all of us to not just be outraged when we see injustice. It's not enough to just say 'It's so terrible.' We can't tolerate hate crimes perpetrated by authorities in this country. We need to speak up and say 'That will not happen on my watch.' We're going to do the work that it takes to dismantle in our own way."
Reese Witherspoon: The actress tweeted, "It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don’t want that for my kids. Or for yours.We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice."
We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: "Past few days I've been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd's death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I've had cops in my family. Good men. And there's a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat... These officers will be charged, I'm positive of that. Held accountable. But then where's the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality..."
Jennifer Aniston: She expressed on Instagram, "This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time - and it’s NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME?"
Kevin Hart: "You can't ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It's that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That's taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE."
You can’t ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It’s that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That’s taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE.
Jessica Biel: "The past few weeks have been heartbreaking... mostly because the racism and blatant injustices we’ve seen lately have happened many times before. We have allowed inequality to be part of America for too long - and it has NEVER been acceptable. As allies, we have to do more. While the obvious and understandable reaction is to be angry, and to fight back with hate - we also need to remember we are most powerful together. Please speak up. We want EVERYONE to live freely and peacefully. This hatred we are seeing is a result of a deep systemic problem, but we are not powerless."
Chrissy Teigen: After pledging $200,000 to bail out protestors, she wrote, "I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity... Silence is betrayal."
Katie Holmes: Alongside a quote of Floyd's last words the actress quoted James Baldwin: "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have," and added, "I send love to his family and friends. This is heartbreaking."
Viola Davis: "This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here's the thing......America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! "I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued"....... RIP George Floyd."
Lebron James: Next to a side by side photo of Colin Kaepernick kneeling and Floyd being pinned down by a police officer's knee, the NBA star explained, "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??"
Steph Curry: "If this image doesn’t disturb you and piss you off, then idk. I’ve seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it’s the same same same reality we live in. George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away."
Ava DuVernay: "You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must," she tweeted.
You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloydpic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6
Vanessa Bryant: Captioning a photo of her late husband, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, wearing a T-shirt that reads "I Can't Breathe," she shared, "My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again. Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let's share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE... BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE..."
Gigi Hadid: "Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often - and the videos that go viral are not isolated events... Keep signing petitions, making calls to demand justice, speaking out (this is not just if you have a big platform- it starts in your homes and communities), and fighting to make a difference for every life that has been wrongly taken or effected by THE PANDEMIC OF RACISM. THIS IS ABOUT BEING AGAINST EVERY SENSELESS ACT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT BURDENS THIS COUNTRY." Read the full statement here.
Bella Hadid: "... Black lives matter...Black voices matter and the black community matters Today I will be standing with and donating to @NAACP_LDF, one of America’s oldest civil rights law organizations, which fights for police reform every day. 'Partial justice is not justice at all--until all of the officers involved in the brutal murder of George Floyd are arrested, we will keep the pressure on.'" Full statement here.
Kylie Jenner: "... I’ll never personally experience the pain and fear that many black people around the country go through every day but I know nobody should have to live in fear and nobody deserves a death like George Floyd and too many others. speaking up is long overdue for the rest of us. we’re currently dealing with two horrific pandemics in our country, and we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that racism is one of them. i fear for my daughter and i hope for a better future for her. my heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends. Don’t let his name be forgotten. keep sharing, keep watching, keep speaking out, because it’s the only way we can come together to help bring this much needed change and awareness. Rest In Peace, George Floyd." Full statement here.
Kim Kardashian: "For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore..." Full statement here.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- After spending their quarantine apart, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have decided to make the separation official.
The two confirm to Peoplethey have decided to split after almost three years of marriage.
"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate," they say in a joint statement. "We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."
During the pandemic, Hough has been social distancing in Los Angeles, while Laich has been staying in Idaho. A source close to the couple says the fact that they were completely fine living apart made them realize it was time to make a change.
"It's over, it's been over for a while, and it's time to just call it what it is — and it is over," the source tells People. "There is honestly no ill will. He loves her. She loves him. I can truly say they always will. But they both understand they are not meant to go through their lives as husband and wife to each other."
Despite the split, the two appear to be on good terms. Earlier this week, Hough commented on Laich’s shirtless “thirst trap” Instagram photos, writing, "This is awesome haha. Also the fact that you just figured out what a thirst trap is…”
The 31-year-old former Dancing with the Stars pro and the 36-year-old hockey player tied the knot in July 2017.
ABC/ Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Fuller House will return with its final episodes June 5, and Candace Cameron Bure, who plays DJ Tanner-Fuller on the show, warns fans to keep an eye out for some “surprise faces” along the way.
“There are so many surprise faces in the final episode, and not all of them have lines. So if you are a die-hard fan, you need to pause during some of the episode or watch it through and then go back and watch it a second time,” Bure told Us Weekly during the magazine's latest Watch with Us podcast. “You’re gonna see a lot of fun faces that just are there because they genuinely wanted to be there.”
“Everyone said yes,” she continued. “There are a few people that couldn’t make it because of schedules, but everyone wanted to be there. So you’ll see those faces even if they’re not speaking! There’s a couple of really fun ones that are very noticeable.”
Bure also teased the series’ triple wedding, in which D.J. marries her high school sweetheart Steve, played by Scott Weinger; Andrea Barber’s Kimmy remarries her ex-husband Fernando, played by Juan Pablo Di Pace; and Jodie Sweetin's Stephanie weds Kimmy’s brother Jimmy, played by Adam Hagenbuch.
“We all wanted it to be really beautiful and as real and as grounded as it could possibly be for a show like Fuller House,” she explained. “We know there’s silly hijinks stuff and it’s cheesy and it’s fun and over the top, but we wanted the wedding to feel as grounded as possible.”
Full House aired for eight seasons from 1987-1995 on ABC. The sequel series debuted on Netflix in 2016.
That's the motivator behind CBS' new special, Haircut Night in America, a remotely-shot show that will feature America’s top hair stylists guiding celebrities, and front-line healthcare workers, through the perfect DIY haircut, color and style from their homes.
Actor Jerry O’Connell and his spouse, actress Rebecca Romijn, host the festivities.
"My wife and I are hosting, I guess, because Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were not available," O'Connell jokes to ABC Audio. "So they they called us and the second they said, 'Hey, we're thinking about doing a socially distant, zooming in hair stylist to the stars to do celebrities hair over Zoom and Facetime and all that stuff,' it really made us laugh. And we were like, 'We are in."
Haircut Night in America also boasts Kelly Osbourne, Lindsey Vonn, her [NHL star] fiancé P.K. Subban, and Lindsay Lohan -- all with the guidance of their celebrity stylists, colorists, barbers doing home haircuts on themselves and each other. And what could possibly go wrong?"
"My wife's hair is her livelihood, and it was the most stressful thing I've done as a husband," says O'Connell. "And by the way, it was more stressful than when we had our kids. It was coloring my wife's hair. Doing her roots was the biggest test of our marriage."
Haircut Night In America airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
Toni Anne Barson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Remember when Forbes last year crownedKylie Jenner the youngest “self-made” billionaire in the world? The publication now believes it was duped into giving her the title.
In an article published Friday, Forbes concedes that after unearthing new information about her cosmetics business, they cannot, in fact, call Kylie a billionaire.
The publication claims that the Kardashian-Jenner family exaggerated the success of Kylie Cosmetics for years -- even going so far as allegedly creating tax returns that were likely forged.
Kylie sold 51% of her Kylie Cosmetics to beauty giant Coty in January, in a deal that valued her company at $1.2 billion, seemingly proving her billionaire status. But according to Forbes, the deal’s fine print -- released in filings by Coty over the last six months -- reveals that Kylie’s business is “significantly smaller, and less profitable” than the family has led the cosmetics industry and media outlets to believe.
Forbes now puts Kylie's net worth at just under $900 million.
Kylie tweeted Friday in response to the article, “what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period.”
In response to the claim about forged tax returns, which Forbes admits they “can’t prove,” Kylie tweeted, “‘even creating tax returns that were likely forged’ that’s your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading.”
“but okay i am blessed beyond my years, i have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and i’m doing perfectly fine,” Jenner wrote, before adding, “i can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money i have.”
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Pamela Anderson isn't giving up on love, despite her breakup with Jon Peters in February, just 12 days after a ceremony in Malibu in which they were believed to have been married.
In an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday, the former Baywatch star, 52, says she and 74-year-old Peters broke up before they even filed for a marriage certificate.
"I wasn’t married. No," says Anderson, adding, “I don’t know what all that was about, but I think fear really played a lot into it."
"It was just kind of a little moment,” she continues. "A moment that came and went, but there was no wedding, there was no marriage, there was no anything. It’s like it never even happened. That sounds bizarre, but that’s it."
As for how the brief romance with her friend of 35 years occurred, Anderson recalls, “I was in India and I went to this panchakarma cleanse, and I’d been gone for three weeks in this ayurvedic center, meditating, just so clear. I came back and VWOOM, within 24 hours, I saw Jon. It was like this little whirlwind thing, and it was over really quick, and it was nothing. Nothing physical. It’s just a friendship."
Anderson's has previously been married to Tommy Lee from 1995-1998; Bob Ritchie -- a.k.a. Kid Rock from 2006-2007; and to twice to Rick Salomon from 2007-2008 and 2014-2015.
I spite of that, Pamela says she's ready to give marriage one more try.
"Absolutely! Just one more time. Just one more time, please, God. One more time only. Only!" she jokes.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Don't get too excited yet but a Hocus Pocus sequel could be a-brewing now that Sarah Jessica Parkeris on board.
In a pre-released clip of a chat with Bruce Bozzi for Friday's episode of Quarantined with Bruce on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, the Sex and the City star gave fans hope that there could be another installment of the popular Disney film.
"I think that it is something Bette [Midler] and Kathy [Najimy] and I are all very hospitable to the idea," she shared. "I think for a long time, people were talking about it as if people were moving forward with it in a real way but we were unaware of it."
Parker added, "We've agreed publicly to the right people, yes, that would be a very, very fun idea, so we'll see what the future holds."
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 comedy horror film that follows a villainous comedic trio of witches in Salem, Massachusetts who are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night.
Disney actually lost money when the movie was first released, however, it gained a second wind and became a cult classic after it began airing annually during the Halloween season.
ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin returns as host of Match Game’s fifth season this weekend, just in time to help you escape the doldrums of quarantine.
Baldwin has been spending his quarantine in Long Island, New York with a full house -- four kids under the age of six and his expectant wife, Hilaria. They’ve been homeschooling and social distancing like the rest of us, but Baldwin says his main job has been trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for his kids.
“My full-time job now is to keep their mind off how weird all this is,” he tells ABC Audio. “Like keep getting in the pool with them and get in the hot tub with them and play with them...and throw a ball with them and, you know, chase them around the yard.”
He adds, “Because they’re becoming aware that this is strange.”
As for Match Game, he hopes it can similarly distract people from what’s going on in the world, even for just a little while.
“I do think [people] could use that fun and those laughs all the time,” Baldwin says. “You know, they might need it now slightly more than ever, you know, or maybe in some people's cases dramatically more than never…What we're aiming for is obviously just to be silly and have fun.”
The fifth-season premiere of Match Game -- a detective-themed episode featuring celebrity panelists Mario Cantone, Jennifer Esposito, Adam Rodriguez, Angie Harmon, Michael Chiklis and Melissa Fumero -- airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- A video featuring actor Denzel Washington is going viral for how he comforted a black homeless man in distress and stayed with him when police responded.
With the African American community seeking justice for the May 25 death of George Floyd, Denzel is being hailed a real life hero for his deed.
TMZ was first to report on the interaction, where a homeless man had wandered in the way of oncoming traffic. It is unknown if it was accidental or deliberate.
The video footage, which was filmed on May 21, shows the 65-year-old Flight actor leaving his vehicle and walking over to the man wearing a blue hoodie. After engaging in a brief discussion, Denzel guides him to the safety of the sidewalk and keeps talking to him.
It should be noted that while Washington was wearing a face mask during their interaction, the homeless man was not.
When police arrived for questioning, the Academy Award winner was filmed placing a comforting hand on the man's shoulder. He doesn't leave as police remain on scene.
Eventually, police choose to detain the homeless man, although a reason was not provided. As officers handcuff the man, Denzel is seen talking him through the arrest. He even tries to give the man some orange juice, which is taken by one of the officers.
The Los Angeles Police Department has not responded to questions for comment nor did they provide details on what the man was charged with. TMZ reports that he was released.
In addition, a representative for Washington declined commenting on the matter.
The video has since gone viral on Twitter with people praising the actor for using peaceful tactics to prevent the already delicate situation from potentially escalating.
Apple TV (LOS ANGELES) -- The new musical animated comedy Central Park hits Apple TV today, giving the world the chance to fully explore the immense green space situated in the middle of Manhattan. The new series centers around a family that lives in the park, because the dad is the landmark’s caretaker.
While the show follows a family with deep ties to the park, the show's voice cast also share a similar fondness for the landmark.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, who plays the son Cole on the show, shared his biggest memory he has of the park, telling ABC Audio of the time he "flipped over in a boat in the lake."
"I got a little, you know, too side to side," he noted. "And I'm a man of a certain size. So gravity just took over and into that water I went."
On a lighter note, he revealed his favorite spot in the park. "I just found out like three or four years ago that there was a zoo," he marveled, calling himself "a bad New Yorker" for not discovering it sooner.
The zoo is just one of the park's many attractions. Katrhyn Hahn, who voices mom Paige, is particularly passionate about the landmark.
"It is the most romantic place on the planet," she gushed. "It's just the most beautiful rectangle, green rectangle anywhere."
The good memories of Central Park continue for Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., who voices the family patriarch, Owen, who is also the park's caretaker.
"The Hamilton opening night party was in Central Park. The Hamilton Tony night party was in Central Park," Odom warmly recounted.
Odom hopes the audience love Central Park as much as they do, adding the cast is fully prepared to record from home with their own kits and equipment should quarantine continue.
Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Clint Eastwood turns the big 9-0 on May 31 and his family isn't letting the soon-to-be nonagenarian wriggle out of the birthday plans they have in store for him.
Eastwood's 34-year-old son Scott chatted with Mario Lopez for Access Hollywoodabout what the Eastwood family has up its sleeve for Sunday.
"We're going to do just a family thing. Very, very calm... very mellow," the young actor described before pausing to reveal a not-so-surprising fact about his dad. "He doesn't really like birthdays! He just sorta is like 'I don't wanna do birthdays.'"
However, Clint did acquiesce to a small celebration, simply asking for "a nice lunch" as a treat.
But Scott believes that turning 90 is no small feat and devilishly added that "We'll do a cake... we'll sneak a cake in!"
"He probably won't like it, but we'll put one in," The Flags of Our Fathers actor mused through a broad smile.
Also during the interview, Scott showed off the newest addition to the family, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named Josey... named after the character his father played in the 1976 western The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Turns out Scott was "sucker punched" by the breed and decided "I gotta have one. I gotta get one." He also added he was interested in the breed because he "doesn't want a dog that'll wake me up in the morning," focusing on the breed's mellower nature.
Besides birthdays and puppies, Scott will be featured in the film The Outpost, which is expected to hit theaters in July.
“Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags… but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio," Rose says in the post, which is accompanied by a video of moments from the show. She goes on to say her change of heart about playing TV's first openly gay heroine "wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know."
Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, added of her LGBTQ fans who supported the show, "I didn't want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also."
Though Rose hasn't publicly declared why she left Batwoman, industry trades have reported the long working hours required by episodic television may have been a big part of the decision.