(Las Vegas, NV) – O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.
(SL) – Finally, someone with the courage to really acknowledge an accusation for what it is. Ladies, be clear. If you willingly participate in sexual activity with someone, it is irresponsible of you to turn around and play victim at the expense of his or her livelihood. It’s not right. Feeling guilty about or not enjoying what you chose to do sexually with someone does not constitute rape or assault.
Watch HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield tell Aziz Ansari’s 23-year old accuser what most of us were thinking:
I’ve seen blogs claiming that Ansari and other men to need to pay closer attention and realize that it’s not okay. What’s not okay? It’s not okay for a man to let a woman willing to perform oral sex on him do it? Let’s stop making the narrative one-sided. Ansari isn’t a mind reader. If your lips are saying yes, but your mind is thinking something else…how is he supposed to know that? He’s not a genie in a bottle or a psychic. Let’s be responsible for our own actions. If you are not being forced, take responsibility for what YOU chose to do in that moment.
(Hollywood, CA) – Singer and actress Mary J. Blige is being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Blige was grateful to receive her star on her birthday on Thursday.
Her star is in the 62-hundred block of Hollywood Boulevard, which is in front of Eastown, and is the 2,626th star on the Walk of Fame.
Sean “Diddy” Combs was on hand to help the singer unveil her star. Blige has won nine Grammys, had eight multi-platinum albums and sold over 50-million records.
She’s also ventured into acting, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “Mudbound.”
(Santa Monica, CA) – Actor James Franco is laying low amid several sexual misconduct allegations. He’s the latest star to have a number of women come forward accusing him of abusing his power.
Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday where he won Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” According to PEOPLE, “he’s in a really bad place” and is “only talking to a select group of people.” The accusations came to light during Franco’s win at the Golden Globes last week. “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, actress Violet Paley and several students of Franco’s came forward with their stories after he was seen at the Globes wearing a “Times Up” pin.
He has denied all allegations. But that didn’t stop him getting grilled again on late night television about the allegations. Franco defended himself on “The Late Show” Tuesday, saying the accusations were “not accurate.” On Wednesday night, he repeated the claim on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” saying the tweets he read were not accurate but that it’s still a conversation that needs to be had. Franco said he has his own side of the story, but added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say.”
(Vogue) – Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine’s February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.According to the article, the tennis superstar ”spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.” When Williams originally announced her baby’s arrival, via social media postings in September, she said in a video, ”We had a lot of complications, but look what we’ve got.”
Days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams cut both feet on broken glass while leaving a restaurant, leading to two operations on her right foot. Then she got clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another hospital procedure. In all, she was off the tour for about 10 months at the time, returning in 2011.The 36-year-old Williams, who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January 2017. Williams is skipping this year’s Australian Open, which begins next week.
Williams said in the Vogue story that she has her sights on getting to 25 major titles, which would break the all-time record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
(SL) – The family of fashion designer Gianni Versace is blasting the FX network’s upcoming “American Crime Story” installment on his murder. The family calls the episode a work of fiction, based on a book the family didn’t authorize.
The Versace family has released a statement warning fans that they have nothing to do with the new season of American Crime Story. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, follows the death and investigation regarding the legendary fashion company’s founder, Gianni Versace.
Various members of the family will also be portrayed in the show, including the company’s current chief designer and Vice President, Donatella Versace, who is played by Penelope Cruz. Gianni Versace will be played by Edgar Ramirez, while Gianni’s brother, Santo, will be played by Giovanni Cirfiera.
The family sent out the following statement regarding the show:
“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”
FX responded with a statement yesterday saying it stands by the reporting of author Maureen Orth, whose book “Vulgar Favors” is the basis for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
The 9-part series airs January 19th.
Versace was shot to death outside his Miami home in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. Cunanan killed himself eight days afterwards. Cunanan was later found to have killed at least four other people that year.
(Beverly Hills, CA) – It looked like everyone got the memo to wear black but literally a few people. The men even participated, but when it came to the women all but three were in line with the dress code.
The Blackout, Time Up movement was strong at the Golden Globes but a few people went against the grain. Meher Tetna, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press decided against black for cultural reasons. Saying, “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”
But no word yet on why Blanca Blanco decided to wear a bright red dress with not only her leg out but her chest exposed as well. With everything that’s going on, it would’ve been nice to see her not only support the movement, but to go a little towards the demure side as well. Sex doesn’t have to be on display all the time.
The other fashion criminal was Barbara Meier who hasn’t revealed why she decided to shun the blackout idea as well. Beautiful dress…but again, if the men could stick with the dress code, they could too. This particular movement will require everyone with influence to be on the same page.
(Beverly Hills, CA) –A powerful speech at last night’s 75th annual Golden Globes is fueling speculation that Oprah Winfrey could make a run for the White House. Social media exploded overnight with speculation after Oprah’s moving speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
She received several standing ovations as she spoke of sexual abuse, racism and freedom of the press. The hashtag Oprah 2020 was trending almost immediately. Her longtime companion Stedman Graham seemed to only fan the flames. He told the “L.A. Times” Oprah would absolutely run for president. He added “it’s up to the people.”
(Los Angeles, CA) – In front of Hollywood’s elite, the incomparable Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. As only the Queen can, her speech garnered not one but two standing ovations. Take a look!
Oprah Full Backstage Speech
(Los Angeles, CA) – The Golden Globes were without a doubt Inclusive as the #Timeout movement took on several meanings during a night that saw Hollywood’s elite both men and women in black; and Sterling K. Brown become the first black man to win Best Actor in a TV Drama.
In the Golden Globes’ 75 history, Brown was the first. He was awarded for his work in ‘This Is us’ and his Counterpart Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role as Celeste Wright in the Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale was also honored with the Best TV Series-Drama.
Other winners include, Nicole Kidman for her work on the HBO series Big Little Lies.James Franco also had one of the highlight wins of the night and his career as he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his work in The Disaster Artist. He was joined on stage by the man himself Tommy Wiseau.
Allison Janney was given a taste of gold when she was given Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.
And you had to love Jennifer Aniston and legendary actress Carol Burnett presenting the Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy to Rachel Brosnahan for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
And what a joy to see Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas on stage at 101 years old with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones. he said he would’ve prepared a speech but it would’ve been hard to follow up behind her lol. Your presence was more than enough Mr. Douglas!
Jones, who is married to Michael Douglas said, “In 1991, my father-in-law, this living Hollywood legend Kirk, was recognized by the Writers Guild of America for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist. He not only hired black-listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the epic ‘Spartacus,’ he insisted that Trumbo receive proper screen credit for his work.”
“My trips around the world have taught me one thing: that movies speak a universal footage,” he said in old footage of him accepting the DeMille Award.
The tribute to Douglas included clips from some of his most famous roles, including “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life,” for which he won a Golden Globe in 1957, and “Detective Story,” which earned him a nomination in 1952. He was also nominated in 1986 for “Amos,”.