Gwen Stefani denies engagement rumors

Gwen Stefani denies engagement rumors
Dec. 5 (UPI) — Gwen Stefani says she’s not engaged to her boyfriend, country star Blake Shelton. The 49-year-old singer discussed Shelton on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after host Ellen DeGeneres jokingly said the couple plan to marry. “So, Blake told me y’all are engaged now,” DeGeneres bluffed. “Yes, he told me you’re engaged, so let’s talk about that.” “No, we’re not!” Stefani responded. “What are you talking about? We’re not. We’re not engaged. We’re not married. And he’s my boyfriend… still.” Stefani couldn’t help but gush about Shelton, who was succeeded by actor Idris Elba as People’s Sexiest Man Alive this year. “Honestly, he got sexier,” she said of Shelton losing the title. DeGeneres kept pushing the “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” singer, asking if Shelton got better in bed once Elba was named Sexiest Man Alive. “Oh my God!” Stefani responded before telling the... More

Kevin Hart to host Oscars: ‘The opportunity of a lifetime’

Kevin Hart to host Oscars: ‘The opportunity of a lifetime’
Dec. 5 (UPI) — Kevin Hart will host the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Hart confirmed the news on Instagram Tuesday where he commented on taking on the duties as host of the event for the first time in his career. “For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s supposed to,” Hart said alongside an image of an Oscar statuette. “I am blown away simply because this has been a goal of my list for a long time,” he continued. “I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one.” Jimmy Kimmel previously served as host in 2017 and 2018. The ceremony,... More

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 debuts today on Amazon

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 debuts today on Amazon
Dec. 5 (UPI) — Whether Michael Zegen’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel character Joel is likable and should win back his estranged wife Midge depends on who you ask. “He was a jerk and he did some things he shouldn’t have done, so I understand why people wouldn’t be rooting for them,” Zegen, 39, told UPI in a recent phone interview. Set in 1950s New York, the Emmy-winning comedy wrapped up its first season on Amazon with Joel discovering Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge — the polished and pampered wife he left for another woman — has become the successful stand-up comedian he always wanted to be. Season 2 debuts Wednesday, December 5th and finds Joel unemployed and living back home with his parents Shirley and Moishe, played by Caroline Aaron and Kevin Pollak. “The audience caught Joel at the worst moment of his life,” Zegen said. “Now, he’s just trying to find something... More

Dolly Parton to celebrate 50 years at Grand Ole Opry

Dolly Parton to celebrate 50 years at Grand Ole Opry
Nov. 30 (UPI) — Dolly Parton will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2019. The country music institution announced Thursday it will honor the 72-year-old singer with a weeklong celebration in October. The Grand Ole Opry will host a three-night tribute to Parton as part of “Dolly Week.” The first night will feature performances of her No. 1 hits, while the second will focus on her bluegrass, Americana and roots music. Dolly Week will culminate with Parton performing two shows Oct. 12 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. “It was always my dream to be on the @opry and I can’t believe next year I’ll celebrate 50 proud years of being a member!” Parton tweeted. “I’m excited to come back home for two shows on October 12, 2019, to celebrate!” Parton became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in January 1969... More

Netflix cancels “Daredevil”

Netflix cancels “Daredevil”
Nov. 30 (UPI) — Netflix said it won’t bring back for a fourth season Daredevil, its comic-book adaptation starring Charlie Cox as the titular crime-fighter. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note,” a Netflix representative said in a statement to Variety. “While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.” Season 3, which also starred Vincent D’Onofrio as Matt Murdock/Daredevil’s archenemy Wilson Fisk, premiered on Oct. 19. Deadline.com said it is possible the show may be revived on the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service or that Cox’s character might appear on another superhero drama. Netflix previously canceled two of its other Marvel series — Luke... More

Sylvester Stallone announces end of Rocky character in farewell video

Sylvester Stallone announces end of Rocky character in farewell video
Sylvester Stallone has announced on Instagram that his famous boxing character Rocky Balboa will be coming to an end. The actor made the announcement in a video posted on Wednesday that was seemingly filmed on the set of Creed II, the latest film to feature Stallone as Rocky. “This is probably my last rodeo,” Stallone says in the clip before stating that the Rocky film franchise will live on with star Michael B. Jordan who portrays Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s former rival turned friend Apollo Creed. “My story has been told. There’s a whole new world that’s gonna be opening up for the audience, for this generation,” Stallone continued before speaking to Jordan. “Now you have to carry the mantle.” Stallone returned as Rocky on the big screen in 2015 with the first Creed. The character acted as a mentor and trainer for Adonis in the film and... More

Ice-T explains his aversion to bagels

Ice-T explains his aversion to bagels
Nov. 29 (UPI) — Ice-T is giving insight into his much-discussed aversion to bagels. The 60-year-old actor said on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that he’s had his first bagel since his post about never eating one blew up on Twitter this month. Ice-T, who plays Sgt. Fin Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU, said his tweet went viral after an episode of the NBC series required him to eat a bagel on the show. “I acted like I ate it. I didn’t eat it,” the star said. “Then on Twitter somebody goes, ‘Why that kind of bagel?’ I said, ‘Because it was in the script.’ They said, ‘What’s your favorite?’ I said, ‘I’ve never had a bagel,’ and then everybody lost their goddamn mind.” “Then I said I’ve never had coffee, either. I don’t know why that’s so hard for people to believe,” he added.... More

Emily Blunt says her daughters loved ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Emily Blunt says her daughters loved ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Nov. 30 (UPI) — Emily Blunt says her daughters “loved” her new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. The 35-year-old actress discussed 4-year-old Hazel and 2-year-old Violet while attending the film’s Los Angeles premiere with her husband, actor John Krasinski, on Thursday. “It’s very special. Very unique experience,” Blunt said of the Mary Poppins sequel while speaking to Entertainment Tonight. “This is the first film that my daughter has seen, my older one has seen,” she added. “My little one is probably too young. She’s two, so she’s like ‘whatever.’ But my older one saw it and loved it.” Blunt was all smiles in a white Yanina Couture gown with billowing sleeves as she walked the red carpet with Krasinski. Krasinski said on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he sobbed while watching Mary Poppins Returns. “The first time I saw it, they give you a tissue box in the... More

Amy Schumer shows baby bump as she postpones tour dates

Amy Schumer shows baby bump as she postpones tour dates
Nov. 20 (UPI) — Pregnant actress Amy Schumer showed off her baby bump while postponing more dates on her stand-up comedy tour. The 37-year-old star shared a photo of her growing belly and news she will cancel certain dates in an Instagram post Monday. “Thanks to Newark and Pittsburgh, I’m so happy to be feeling better and I will be able to continue my tour… However doctors orders not to travel cross country yet so I’m sorry that Seattle, Phoenix and Oakland will need to be postponed,” Schumer wrote. “I promise to go see you guys and make up the date real soon,” she vowed. “The rest of the tour will go on as planned! Happy Thanksgiving!” Schumer performed Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pa., after returning to the stage Saturday in Newark, N.J. She canceled her show in Dallas, Texas, last week after she was hospitalized for hyperemesis, or severe morning... More

Katy Perry tops Forbes’ 2018 highest paid women in music list

Katy Perry tops Forbes’ 2018 highest paid women in music list
Nov. 20 (UPI) — Katy Perry has topped Forbes’ annual list of the highest paid women in music for 2018 ahead of peers Taylor Swift and Beyonce. Perry reached No. 1 on the list, released Monday, by earning $83 million before taxes from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018. Perry performed 80 shows as part of her Witness tour and served as a judge on ABC’s reboot of American Idol. The pop star will be returning to the judges table for Season 17. Swift is right behind Perry in second place with $80 million following the release of her sixth studio album Reputationwhich sold two million copies worldwide in its first week and its accompanying chart-topping stadium tour. Beyonce comes in third place having earned $60 million. The singer, who reached the top spot in 2017, released a joint album with her husband Jay-Z in June followed by the... More