6:57am PDT, Oct 6, 2021
Adele — who released her first tidbit of new music in six years on Oct. 5, sharing a teaser of the single, “Easy On Me,” on social media — could be on the verge of lining up a Las Vegas residency. Rumors she might be heading to the Strip first surfaced over the summer. Now, Billboard reports that she’s narrowing down her options to either the Park Theater at the Park MGM Las Vegas or the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Sources tell the outlet the Live Nation-helmed venues both have dates open in 2022. And while plans “aren’t finalized yet”, Billboard points out Adele has no holds on arenas in North America for next year despite her album release plans. The regularity of performing in one location rather than staging a huge tour could also make travel easier for Adele so she can spend time with her son, Angelo, 8. The full version of “Easy On Me” is due out Oct. 15, with Adele’s fourth studio album, presumably titled “30,” expected to follow.
Keep reading for Drew Barrymore’s take on Bill Murray and Lucy Liu’s infamous “Charlie’s Angels” fight and more …
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Drew Barrymore spills the tea on infamous ‘Charlie’s Angels’ incident
Two months after Lucy Liu accused Bill Murray of “verbally attacking” her on the set of “Charlie’s Angels,” Drew Barrymore weighed in with her take on the long buzzed-about incident during her talk show this week. And while she didn’t share many specifics, she basically corroborated Lucy’s version of the story: that the Bill came to work angry and what began as a “general” tirade about a reworked scene turned into a personal and direct attack on Lucy. Drew also praised Lucy for defending herself, as Lucy has said she did. “OK, so what really happened was Bill was just in a — you know comedians can be a little dark sometimes,” Drew began during her “Spill the Tea” segment, per ET. “And he just came in in a bad mood. And what you have to know is how much Lucy stood up for herself and that was the great thing that came out of an unfortunate circumstance. She literally said, ‘I do not accept that kind of behavior from you.’ And we all supported her and backed her up and we moved forward,” the actress and producer recalled. “I respected her then, I respect her now,” Drew continued. “I am proud of us as a team and a company that we didn’t tiptoe on the eggshells. We dealt with it right then and there, we were strong and we moved forward and we didn’t accept anything less moving forward.” Speaking to the Los Angeles Times on its July podcast, Lucy said she “probably had the least amount of privilege in terms of creatively participating” in the changes that were made to Bill’s scene. Despite that fact, Lucy said Bill began to “hurl insults” directly at her. She also recalled standing up to him at the time. She said when the fight story landed in the news she was stunned to find that she was made out to be “the difficult one.”
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Jake Gyllenhaal recalls struggling with Jennifer Aniston sex scenes
Jake Gyllenhaal and his girlfriend, Jeanne Cadieu, recently made their red-carpet debut as a couple. But there was a time when the actor only had eyes for Jennifer Aniston — and as he admitted to Howard Stern on the shock jock’s Sirius XM Radio show this week, that crush did not make for the most comfortable love scene shoots when they made 2002’s “The Good Girl.” Asked if filming the steamy moments was “torture,” Jake — who revealed his long time “crush” on Jen back in 2016 — told Howard it most definitely was. “Yeah, it was torture, yes it was,” Jake said, cracking up (via People). “But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.” He went on to explain the truth about love scenes, which by most accounts is that they’re less fun to film than they are to watch. “Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? That doesn’t turn me on,” he said. “It’s oddly mechanical. And also it’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera. You can get in it but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.” Jake’s crush on Jen aside, he sounds pretty smitten with his French model love. “That’s all I want is to be a good husband and a father …That really is what I want,” “The Guilty” star told Howard. “And now that I have fulfilled a lot of things in my career that I feel comfortable with, I can safely say that. I don’t know if I could have said that before.” When Howard asked if Jeanne is “the one,” Jake was diplomatic. “I love her so much. She’s such a good person,” he said, adding that marriage will be “a choice for both of us.”
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Britney Spears thanks #FreeBritney movement after dad’s suspension
Britney Spears is well aware that the #FreeBritney movement helped put her on track to get the reins to her life back. “I have no words … because of you guys and your constant resilience in freeing me from my conservatorship … my life is now in that direction !!!!!” the singer, 39, tweeted on Oct. 4. “I cried last night for two hours cause my fans are the best and I know it … ” she continued. “I feel your hearts and you feel mine … that much I know is true !!!!!” The post comes after Judge Brenda Penny ruled last week that Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, should be suspended as her estate conservator amid allegations he’s misused funds and exercised a potentially illegal degree of control over her life. At a previous conservatorship hearing, Britney alleged Jamie would not consent to allowing her to remarry, despite her long term relationship with Sam Asghari. She’s since gotten engaged to Sam, though, and as she told her Instagram followers, also on Oct. 4, her main romantic challenge now is an easy one — the couple can’t decide where to tie the knot. “We have a predicament, a really big problem right now. I have no idea where I want to get married. We don’t know if we want to get married in Italy or Greece, Australia or New York City,” she says in the IG video, which shows Sam then suggesting that she “ask the fans.” Says Brit: “Maybe I should ask the fans where we should get married, I think that is a very good idea.” In her caption, Britney wrote, “Psss where should we get married 💍⛪️👰🏼♀️.” (While most fans picked one of the options Britney suggested, we gotta give props to the person who told Brit that as the “queen of the universe,” she should “call Elon Musk and get married in space.”)
‘DWTS’ fans slam ABC for ‘awful’ ‘Britney Night’ covers
While Britney Spears was thanking fans on social media for their support, “Dancing With the Stars” was prepping for an entire show devoted to the singer. Unfortunately, neither host Tyra Banks and her “… Baby One More Time” ensemble nor the contestants’ riffs on Britney classics impressed fans enough to distract them from the fact that, as one Twitter user griped, ABC “couldn’t get actual Britney songs for Britney night.” Instead, the house band performed covers of the singer’s most iconic hits, leaving viewers confused and in some cases offended on Britney’s behalf. “Why are they playing these SoundCloud versions of Britney’s [songs]?” asked one “DWTS” fan. “I feel like ABC is punking their fans right now,” wrote another. “These covers are awful.” In the end, Tyra returned to the stage in a costume homage to Britney’s 2001 MTV Video Music Awards “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance — and “Bling Empire” star Christine Chiu and pro partner Pasha Pashkov became the first couple to be eliminated from Season 30’s race to the Mirrorball Trophy.
Hollywood reacts to Facebook outages: ‘Thank you!’
As Facebook, Instagram and What’s App all faced widespread outages on Oct. 4, Twitter was suddenly flooded with traffic, sparking the platform’s social media gurus to tweet out a jokey, “Hello, literally everyone.” Twitter wasn’t the only account that found the whole situation LOL-worthy, though. Adele replied to Twitter’s universal hello with a good-natured, “Hiya babes!” Reese Witherspoon chimed in, too, tweeting, “All other social platforms today: Kaput.” She then summed up Twitter’s response with a gif of herself shouting out a big “Thank you!” into the distance. Even Dolly Parton threw in her gif-y two cents, courtesy of a clip that showed her in full Western garb striding through a pair of swinging saloon doors. “Everyone showing up to @Twitter today while @Facebook @instagram @WhatsApp are down like…,” she captioned the post. Chrissy Teigen, meanwhile, seemed perfectly happy to see so many platforms go offline at once fter her recent social media bullying scandal. “Everything’s down!!” she wrote in what appears to have been her first tweet since June. “Honestly take it all away from us,” she added.
Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith recount ‘scary’ cyberstalking experience
On the Oct. 6 edition of “Red Table Talk,” Jada Pinkett Smith reveals how her family protected Willow Smith from a cyberstalker before they finally got a restraining order against him earlier this year. “Cyberstalking is a little bit more insidious and scary,” Willow, 20, says in a preview of the Facebook Watch show. “This guy was doing that to me. And he was actually doing that to me for a couple of years, actually. He basically got my patterns. During December when we were gone for a family vacation, he actually came to my house and broke in while we were away. … Crazy, crazy times,” she recalls. This past spring, Willow was granted a restraining order against Walter James Whaley, 38, according to TMZ. In court docs, Willow said he also contacted her on social media, saying he wanted to marry her and have children with her. “We shored it up. We got you loaded and protected,” Jada tells her daughter in the clip as they recount the unsettling experience. “Once they got all the evidence that they needed from inside, we had to take all the stuff out of the refrigerator because we were afraid maybe he put something in the drinks or in her food to knock her out,” Jada explained, saying “everything in the house had to go.” Even after that was done, she said they had to “strip the whole house down” to make sure no cameras had been hidden anywhere when the man got inside.
Why Emily Ratajkowski didn’t come forward with Robin Thicke allegations sooner
Emily Ratajkowski is explaining why she didn’t speak out when Robin Thicke allegedly groped her breasts on the set of his 2013 “Blurred Lines” video. “I was an unknown model and if I had spoken out or complained, I would not be where I am today; I would not be famous,” Emily, now 30, tells People in a new interview. Emily’s accusation made headlines over the weekend after the Times of London published an excerpt from her new book, “My Body,” in which she claims that while she was alone on the set of the music video, Robin allegedly came up behind her and put one hand on each of her breasts. The video’s director, Diane Martel, confirmed her story to the Times. Speaking to People, Emily explained that the book is about “the evolution of my politics,” a trajectory that developed in conjunction with “different experiences from my career and my life.” She said she hopes readers will grasp “the nuances of these … situations.” After welcoming her first child six months ago, the model also noted that she plans to educate her son about feminism. “I would like the way that we think about women and men to change and the power dynamics that are unspoken, to change,” Emily told People. As of Oct. 5, Robin had yet to comment on the claims.