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First 'SNL' guests of the season: Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek, and Jason Sudeikis

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On social media, Saturday Night Live has revealed the hosts and guests for the first month of its 47th season.

Loki star Owen Wilson leads things off on October 2, with musical guest Kasey Musgraves; October 9 will see Kim Kardashian West take the stage at Studio 8H for the first time, with singer Halsey.

The October 16 show will be hosted by Rami Malek, a week after fans can see the Oscar winner as a James Bond baddie in No Time to DieYoung Thug will be the musical guest.

And on October 23, former SNL cast member-turned Ted Lasso Emmy winner Jason Sudeikis will take the stage, with musical guest Brandi Carlile.

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Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates 50th birthday on 'Red Table Talk'; ABC to adapt Baratunde Thurston's 'How to Be Black'

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The latest episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, is definitely a star-studded one.

In celebration of Jada's 50th birthday on September 18, the actress-turned talk show host had an impressive list of celebrity friends make an appearance on her show to wish her a happy birthday, including George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Ciara, Angela Bassett and others. Some of the celebs even posed a fun question for Jada to answer during the celebration. Before the episode ended, Pinkett-Smith received a happy birthday serenade by seven-time Grammy-winning superstar Toni Braxton. Watch the full episode of Jada's Red Table Talk birthday celebration now available on Facebook Watch.

In other news, Deadline has learned that ABC is currently developing Baratunde Thurston's memoir, How to Be Black, as an animated series. Like Thurston's book, the series -- written and co-executive produced by black-ish showrunner Courtney Lilly -- is expected to center on the "community and family that raised a young Baratunde in 1980s Washington, D.C." Voice casting details have yet to be announced. If greenlit, How to Be Black would be ABC's first animated comedy series since The Goode Family in 2009.

Finally, Hulu has given a series order to Black Cake, a new drama from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, with Oprah Winfrey and Aaron Kaplan, Deadline reports. Based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake is described as a "murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting." It follows various narratives including the story of a runaway bride, who "is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder." A release date for Black Cake has yet to be announced.

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"No one is safe. Not one of you.": Johnny Depp decries 'cancel culture'

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After the one-time box office champ claimed he was being boycotted by Hollywood following his messy legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp is speaking out again.

At a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where he was given the lifetime achievement honor known as the Donostia Award, Depp was asked about 'cancel culture.'

“Do I feel safe myself? Yeah, I do," Deadline quoted the Pirates of the Caribbean series star saying. "Because it's important when you’re faced with something as mind-bogglingly bewildering, that sort of things hits you from many angles."

The actor said the cancel culture situation is, "[s]o far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe, as long as someone is willing to say one sentence."

Depp added all it takes is a single allegation against a person to ruin their lives, according to Deadline.

"It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It's not just me that this has happened to," Depp expressed. "This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it's not.”

"But if you are armed with the truth, that’s all you need. It doesn’t matter if a judgement per se has taken some artistic license," Depp said, seeming to nod at his loss in court of a libel case about spousal abuse allegations made against him by The Sun.

Depp told the assembled press, "When there's an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in -- stand up, don't sit down. 'Cause they need you."

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Ray J responds to rumors of a second sex tape with Kim Kardashian: "This ain't cool"

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Ray J's former manager claims he has a second sex tape of him with Kim Kardashian, and Ray isn't happy about it.

During a podcastWack 100 stated that he had a tape that "was more graphic and better than the first one," which was titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar.

That tape was recorded in 2002 while Ray and Kim were celebrating her 23rd birthday in Mexico. It was released in 2007 by Vivid Entertainment.

“This ain’t cool," Ray J commented on Instagram about Wack's 100's claim. "I been staying off the Raydar -- Just staying focused and being humble and thankful for all the blessings I’m receiving.”

“How can I show growth and maturity if this kinda of stuff keeps happening?" he added. "I’m a father now and my job is to be a great parent and put them first. This is not the message I want to send out.”

Ray J has two kids with Princess Love: Melody, 3, and Epik, 1.

After the sex tape was released, Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, then later dropped the suit and settled for a reported $5 million.

Kim's attorney, Marty Singer, says a second sex tape doesn't exist.

“The claim that there is an unreleased sex tape is unequivocally false,” Singer told Page Six. “It is unfortunate that people make these statements to try and get their 15 minutes of fame.”

Following enormous publicity spurred by the original tape, the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted in October 2007, launching the multi-million dollar Kardashian brand franchise.  Last year, Kim's celebrity took a different direction when she starred in the Oxygen channel documentary The Justice Project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicole Richie sets hair on fire while blowing out birthday candles

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Nicole Richie is bringing in her 40s on fire -- literally. 

The actress celebrated her birthday on Tuesday and shared a short clip of herself blowing out the candles on her cake.

In the video, which was shared on Instagram, Nicole's cheered on by people off camera. However, the cheers quickly turn to scream, when her hair dangles into the flames of the still-lit candles, causing both sides of her hair to catch on fire. While someone sitting next to her was able to quickly pat out one side, the other side appeared to get a bit worse before fizzling out. 

The mom of two jokingly captioned the snippet, "Well… so far 40 is [fire emoji]."

Many of Richie's celebrity friends took to the comments to wish her a "happy birthday" including Chelsea Handler and Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, who wrote, "I feel awful for laughing I’m sry also happy birthday!!"

Meanwhile Katherine Power, who apparently witnessed the event in person, quipped, "A moment I’ll never forget."

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Tonight on ABC: 'The Wonder Years'

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Tonight, ABC is relaunching its beloved series The Wonder Years from a new perspective.

Narrated by Don Cheadle, the show is set in the late 1960s, and centers on a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama.

Aside from serving as a director on tonight's pilot, Fred Savage himself is one of the executive producers, along with Empire's Lee Daniels.

E.J. Williams plays Dean, who is taking the place of Savage's Kevin Arnold in the original. The young actor explains his parents were big fans of the first show, which ran from 1988-1993 on the network.

Saycon Sengbloh plays Dean's mother Lillian. "I always tell people I think I went to high school with Fred Savage. No, I didn't. But I think I grew up with him because...I totally was into the show," she enthuses. 

For his part, Williams was a big fan of having Savage so connected to the reboot. "I probably should have warned Fred when I first met him, but I'd definitely ask him a lot of questions to the point that he might get annoyed with me," EJ jokes.

"But...he directs and he's an executive producer on it. So it's not like he's going anywhere."

With the show centering on a Black family, The Wonder Years deals with topics the Arnolds didn't have to face. Twelve-year-old Williams explains he used to switch the channel from footage of those times of racial strife.

"Now that I'm in a situation where my character is my age, dealing with these things, it's like I mean, I'm stuck with it now."

He adds, "But it's definitely great being able to hear experiences and seeing the joy and laughter side of all the madness." 

The Wonder Years airs at 8:30 p.m Eastern on ABC.

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'Ted Lasso' Emmy winner Brett Goldstein has been off the market, his comedienne girlfriend confirms

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You might have missed it during his Emmy acceptance speech -- seeing as much of it was censored -- but Ted Lasso's heartthrob Brett Goldstein is spoken for.

The F-bomb-loving actor who plays, well, F-bomb-loving soccer star Roy Kent, sent love to his girlfriend Beth during the speech, and Page Six has figured out that Beth is British actress and comedienne Beth Rylance

On Emmy night, Rylance -- who isn't related to award-winning actor Mark Rylance, for the record -- posted Goldstein's speech to Instagram, noting, "I wanna cry so bad, but I don't think I can spare the moisture."

Prior to his win, Beth tweeted that on Sunday, she was up to far more mundane tasks as Brett was preparing for his big night. "Today is the day that my boyfriend goes to the Emmy's as a Best Supporting Actor nominee and I am at home on my second load of laundry," she posted, before cheekily adding, "Just to confirm, my boyfriend is Kenan Thompson off of SNL."

Rylance tweeted on Tuesday, "My godmother has just [texted] me to say congratulations on my boyfriend's Grammy award and this is why I love her." (VIDEO CONTAINS UNCENSORED PROFANITY) 

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Billy Porter reveals why he wants to say "thank you" to Elizabeth Taylor

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If Billy Porter ever had the chance to speak to the late Elizabeth Taylor, he knows exactly what he'd say to her: "Thank you."

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Porter reacted to being honored by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation with their prestigious Commitment to End AIDS Award. Saying he was "humbled" by the honor, the Cinderella star couldn't hold back the overwhelming appreciation he has for the late actress.

"You know, I have been gay a long time. I've been out since the '80s, when it wasn't so popular. HIV was around, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first people in the public eye with celebrity to show the world how to love, to show the world what unconditional love looks like," Porter said. "And all these years later to be honored in her name is... takes my breath away."

And, although Taylor passed before the two could meet, Porter says that he would tell the actress, "Thank you," if ever given the chance. 

Porter, who revealed in May that he's been HIV positive for 14 years, reflected on his advocacy work and what this award signifies in his journey.

"To be seen, inside of a space where I was not for a long time and not only not seen, but dismissed from the conversation... it is breathtaking to me that in the choosing of myself, in the choosing of my truth and my authenticity, my life has transformed and it's magical," he explained, noting that it also reflects a positive shift in public opinion.

Said Porter, "There is an evolution that's going on. We've come a long way. And I know sometimes that's hard to see because there's so much negativity, but we also have to remember how far we've come."

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Melissa Joan Hart reflects on 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' ahead of show's 25th anniversary

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch turns 25 next Monday. Ahead of the milestone anniversary, star Melissa Joan Hart is looking back at what made the show such a success.

"It brings you to this escapism that the world is always looking for... And you're looking for a happy ending," said Hart, 45, tells ABC Audio. "Are you looking for this escapism of this girl who can do anything at the point of a finger? We all want that. We all dream of that."

Hart said that desire of wanting to use magic to "solve my problems" and make life easier is what "people are always looking for" -- even today.

Beyond the "fun" and "adventure" the lighthearted sitcom offered, Hart says Sabrina was also enhanced by its "great guest stars [and] fun music."   

"So it's starting to be nostalgic. But, I think it also still does hold up in a way," she remarked.

Hart also said Sabrina's finale is also what made the show so special.  The fantasy sitcom ended with Sabrina and her high school sweetheart, Harvey Kinkle -- played by Nate Richert, riding away on a motorcycle while No Doubt's "Running" plays in the background.

"I think it was such a perfect ending. It was so perfect," Hart declared, adding that she thinks the two would still be together after everything they went through: "They ran off, they had kids [and] the kids have magic powers."

Because the show ended on such a high note, Hart revealed, "I would never want to reboot it because it just ended so perfectly. How are you going to improve on that?"

Sabrina ran between 1996 to 2003 for seven seasons. It also spawned an animated spinoff, two TV movies, and the Netflix reboot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which aired for two seasons.

 

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50 Cent and Snoop Dogg slam Emmy Awards for lack of Black winners

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50 Cent and Snoop Dogg are blasting the Emmy Awards after no Black actors won in the major categories.

Following Sunday night's show, Variety's headline read: "#EmmysSoWhite: No Actors of Color Win Despite Record Nominee Lineup."

Fiddy posted a screenshot of the Variety article and commented on Instagram, "Listen the Emmys still has a separate bathroom for colored folks. I’m gonna put the NAACP awards on the air at the same time and f**k up their numbers. No they really should be afraid of me I’m different.”

Snoop posted a collage of photos of 38 Black nominees, including Kevin Hart, Issa Rae, Don Cheadle and the late Michael K. Williams, and commented on Instagram, "Then U wonder why I say f**kall these bulls**t a** award shows. They not for us Emmy these nuts in ya mouth."

In 2015, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became prominent after African-American stars were ignored at the Academy Awards. This year, Blacks were shut out as winners in all twelve of the lead and supporting actor and actress Emmy categories.

RuPaul did win for Outstanding Competition Program for RuPaul's Drag Race, and became the most awarded person of color in the history of the Emmys, with 11 wins total.

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Gabrielle Union calls out Hollywood's pay disparity among actors of color

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Gabrielle Union says more needs to be done to ensure all actors are paid fairly in Hollywood -- especially those of color.

Speaking to 9 to 5ish with theSkimm, Union explained why she's a big believer in being transparent about salary, saying the pay disparity is worse among Black actresses and calling upon her own pay negotiating experiences to illustrate the matter.

"As Black actresses, there's almost shame involved because we get paid so much less," Union began, noting that Black actors take note of who tops the Forbes' highest paid celebrity list year after year.  "You're like, 'Oh, I'm a failure. I'm a failure!  That's what they're making? And I'm nowhere close.'  But that's because Black actors don't talk to each other."

She says the best way to obtain better pay is by knowing what your colleagues are making. Union says studios are counting on talent to not know what to ask for because it allows them to offer a much lower salary.

"They assume, justifiably [and] rightly so, that none of us are talking and that's how [we] screw each other," the Bring It On star explained, noting that some studios have even been deceitful about what other actors are earning in order to trick someone into thinking they signed a great contract.  

Union says that's more than enough reason to make actors of color want to talk money with each other, because it can save them from accepting a potentially bad deal. She says actors of color can then negotiate a better deal by asking studios, "Okay, now please tell me again why you're low-balling me based off of nothing, hoping that I'm an idiot?"

Union closed by referencing a meme she recently saw, which read, "They know your worth. They just hope you don't."

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively pledge $1 million to ACLU and NAACP legal fund

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are helping out in a big way. Together the couple is gifting $1 million to the ACLU and to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The Free Guy actor shared the news on Tuesday that he and his wife would be donating to the organizations that help provide legal support and other services to fight civil injustices. 

"Honoured and excited to launch this," Reynolds shared in an Instagram Story. "THANK YOU ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for your tireless work defending rights and protecting civil liberties."

Over on Twitter, the ACLU gave the celebs a shout out, announcing, "Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are announcing today a $1M grant, split between us and our friends at the @NAACP_LDF, to support the work to protect our democracy."

The Defense Fund also took to Twitter to thank the couple for their kindness. "LDF is hugely grateful to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for matching all gifts up to $1,000,000 split between LDF and @ACLU through October 8," the tweet reads. "Their generosity comes at a critical time for our democracy."

Reynolds retweeted the sentiment, adding, "We still believe in you, 2021" and encouraged his 18 million followers to chip in as well. "Let’s help @ACLU and @naacp_ldf change it together," he wrote. 

 

 

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Demetrius Flenory Jr. shares the emotional reaction his family had to his portrayal of father Big Meech in 'BMF'

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Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. is literally following in his father's footsteps in the new Starz series Black Mafia Family.

In the new crime drama, Flenory Jr. plays his father Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, the eldest brother behind the Black Mafia Family, one of the most influential crime families during the 1980s. Flenory Jr. tells ABC Audio that having his mother watch him on set during production was an emotional experience.

"I swear she couldn't hold her tears in. She started crying from the moment they said, 'Action' and I started doing my lines," he says. "She said that I reminded her so much of my dad that [she] couldn't even fathom it... it was just so surreal for her because my dad was taken away from me at 6 years old... [but] I grew his mannerisms and... it was blowing her mind."

Flenory Jr.'s relatives also had the same reaction, including his grandma who says he and actor Da'Vinchi, who plays Flenory's younger brother Terry, "really look like [her] sons."

"And you know once she says that we know that it's true," Flenory Jr. says. "She couldn't stop crying...  Everybody's... just blown away... It's so authentic and natural that people [are] blown away."

While Flenory Jr.'s father may not get the immediate opportunity to see his son on set like the rest of his family -- since he's currently serving out a 30-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering -- Flenory Jr. says he knows his father definitely approves of his portrayal.

"He was just proud of what he's seen from the... trailer. So I'm just happy... he's proud," he shares. "He loves it. He's happy. So that's all that matters."

BMF premieres this Sunday, September 26, at 9 p.m. ET. 

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Chelsea Handler has a new boyfriend

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Chelsea Handler is "in love" and she wants everyone to know.

“Just sitting here in Mallorca thinking about how grateful I am to have so many people that I love in my life, to live the life I do and to be going on tour doing what I love,” the 46-year-old comedian captioned a photo of herself on Instagram, adding “And that I’m finally in love, with the best kind of guy there is."

"There is hope for everyone! That kind of stuff,” the post concluded.

So who's the lucky guy? Chelsea didn't say, but a source tells the New York Post that it's fellow comedian Jo Koy.

Koy, 50, is featured in several of Handler's Instagram Stories, razzing her about her appearance.

"@jokoy this is my life now. Being called out all day long," Handler captioned the series of videos.

 

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Uma Thurman reveals she had an abortion when she was a teen: "It has been my darkest secret until now"

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Uma Thurman is protesting Texas' restrictive new anti-abortion law by opening up for the first time about the abortion she obtained when she was a teenager.

In a Washington Post op-ed, the actress said the legislation fills her "with great sadness, and something akin to horror."

"I am sharing my own experience," Thurman, 51, continued, saying it was her "responsibility" to speak out and "stand up in their shoes."

"In my late teens, I was accidentally impregnated by a much older man," she disclosed, adding that she originally wanted to keep the pregnancy until her parents "warned me how difficult it would be to raise a baby as a teen on my own."

"My childish fantasy of motherhood was soundly corrected as I weighed answers to their very precise questions. I was just starting out in my career and didn’t have the means to provide a stable home, even for myself," Thurman admitted. "We decided as a family that I couldn’t go through with the pregnancy, and agreed that termination was the right choice. My heart was broken nonetheless."

"There is so much pain in this story. It has been my darkest secret until now," Thurman closed. "The abortion I had as a teenager was the hardest decision of my life, one that caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced. Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be."

Thurman is the mother of three children: Luna, nine, Levon, 19, and Maya, 23.  She shares Maya and Levon with ex-husband Ethan Hawke and Luna with former fiancé Arpad Busson.

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