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'Ted Lasso,' 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' win Peabody awards

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Ted Lasso is among the first batch of winners announced for the 81st Peabody Awards.

The Apple TV+ show, which debuted its second-season trailer Monday, was honored in the Entertainment category, “for offering the perfect counter to the enduring prevalence of toxic masculinity, both on-screen and off, in a moment when the nation truly needs inspiring models of kindness.”

Will Ferrell presented the honor to Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis, as seen in a video on the Peabody site.

"I mean, what can I say?" Sudeikis said in his acceptance speech. "It really knocks our socks off. We hope that we can all put a little of this Ted Lasso vibe in our everyday lives and you've certainly put a pep in our step. So, thank you and wish you all the best."

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was also honored in the Entertainment category, “for combining comedy with genuine goodness at one of our darkest hours.” Steve Carell presented the Peabody to Colbert.

“My staff and crew worked in their bedrooms and closets and kitchens, Zooming in from California to Colorado to a small island off the coast of Maine,” Colbert said. “The fact that we were able to make a TV show at all, let alone one that would be honored by the Peabodys is a miracle.”

More Peabody winners are set to be unveiled over the course of this week.

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'Friends' actor James Michael Tyler has stage 4 prostate cancer

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Actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, has revealed that he’s battling stage 4 prostate cancer.

He shared his diagnosis with NBC’s the Today show on Monday, saying his illness -- which has left his lower body paralyzed -- kept him from participating in the recent HBO Max Friends reunion in person.

"I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones," Tyler said. "I've been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. ... It's stage 4 [now]. Late stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it's gonna probably get me."

The 59-year-old added that the cancer worsened during the pandemic last year.

"I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing," he explained. "So the cancer decided to mutate at the time of the pandemic, and so it's progressed."

He’s currently undergoing chemotherapy. Tyler encourages men of any age to get screened for a PSA, or prostate-specific antigen test, which can help with early detection.

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Paris Hilton spills on her upcoming wedding to fiancé Carter Reum: "I'm not your traditional bride"

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Paris Hilton is counting down the days until she walks down the aisle and says "I do" to fiancé Carter Reum.  The two are slated to tie the knot later this year.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the heiress revealed that she will televise her nuptials and hinted she plans to pull out all the stops on her big day.

"We just started shooting our new show, Paris in Love, on Peacock and we're shooting in New York just now, actually, and getting ready for the dress fitting and just planning the bachelorette party. There's a lot," said Hilton, 40. "I'm really excited to share that with all my fans."

The socialite also revealed she'll be breaking some norms on her big day, telling the outlet, "You know, I'm not your traditional bride" and added the ceremony will be "something magical and fun."

Plans also involve her new puppy, with the DJ adding, "There has to be my little Chihuahua, Diamond Baby."  She did not disclose the role her pup will play in her big day.

Hilton also gushed about the groom-to-be and revealed just how excited she is to tie the knot with Reum.

"I've never been with someone who loves and supports me so much, and lifts me up, and isn't intimidated," the This Is Paris star revealed. "[He] is just my best friend and my prince charming all rolled into one."

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Khloe Kardashian confirms she's had a nose job

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Khloe Kardashian is coming clean about her plastic surgery.

During Sunday night’s part two of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion special on E!, the 36-year-old confirmed she’s had a nose job.

"For me, everyone says, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s had her third face transplant!'" Khloe told host Andy Cohen. "I’ve had one nose job!"

She continued, "Everyone gets so upset, like, why don’t I talk about it? No one’s ever asked me! You’re the first person that’s ever asked me in an interview about my nose."

Khloe also admitted to doing injections, though said she doesn’t do Botox because she's reacted "horribly" to it.

She explained that when she first started filming the reality show, she was secure in her appearance, but as the show progressed and more people commented on her looks as compared to her sisters, the more insecure she became. Khloe admitted these days her confidence still fluctuates.

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Tyra Banks reacts to Victoria’s Secret phasing out Angels

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 Tyra Banks is weighing in on Victoria's Secret's latest change. 

Last week, the lingerie company announced that they would be getting rid of the iconic VS Angels and launching the "VS Collective," a new partnership platform to help "shape the future of Victoria’s Secret."

Founding members of this new initiative include actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, soccer star Megan Rapinoe, mental wellness supporter Adut Akech, equality activist Amanda de Cadenet, skier and youth and women's sports advocate Eileen Gu, body advocate Paloma Elsesser, and LGBTQ activist and model Valentina Sampaio.

Taking to Instagram to share her input on Victoria's Secret's latest effort rebrand, Banks shared a photoof herself from her last walk at the iconic VS Fashion Show in 2005, writing alongside it, "First is hard. First is lonely. But first is necessary."

"First is crucial so that a door can be opened for others to fit through," Banks continued, before reflecting on her past with the company. "Within a 10 year span starting in 1995, I was the first Black @VictoriasSecret contract model ever. The first Black Victoria’s Secret Cover model. The first Black VS model to do so many other groundbreaking things with the brand -- as well as other brands."

"But after a first, must come a flow of more. A flow of different. A flow of unique. A flow so strong, a flow of so many that we LOSE COUNT," Banks continued. "I retired from the runway 16 years ago - and I’m proud that in my lifetime, I’m witnessing a beauty revolution. To the new collective of bada** ROLE models, I may have cracked that door open, but y’all are charging through."

"Keep on keepin’ on until we all LOSE COUNT of how many are breaking through behind you," she concluded. 

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'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' overtakes 'A Quiet Place Part II' with $11.7 million debut

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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard topped the Father's Day weekend box office with an estimated $11.7 million weekend debut, knocking A Quiet Place Part II out of the leading spot.

The sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Samuel L. JacksonSalma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds reprising their respective roles as the Hitman, the Wife and the Bodyguard from the first film, along with newcomers Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas.  Adding in its Wednesday opening and paid previews, the film has earned a total of $17 million.

The aforementioned A Quiet Place Part II dropped to second place in its fourth week of release, delivering an estimated $9.4 million.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway grabbed third place in its second week of release, collecting an estimated $6.1 million.  That marks a nearly 60% drop from the its 2018 predecessor after its second weekend.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It came in fourth place with an estimated $5.2 million in its third week of release.  The latest film in the Conjuring franchise, which is also available to stream on HBO Max, has earned $142.8 million worldwide.

Rounding Out the top five is Disney's Cruella  with an estimated $5.1 million in its fourth week of release.  The film, which now has racked up $64.7 million here in the States, becomes just the third film in the pandemic era to cross $60 million.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Elsewhere, Godzilla vs. Kong has topped $100M stateside after 12 weeks, becoming the second movie to do that this year; A Quiet Place Part II did it first, reaching that milestone in its third week of release.

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Dave Chappelle closes out Tribeca Film Festival; Questlove brings 'Summer of Soul' to Harlem

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Dave Chappelle officially closed out this year's Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of his new documentary Dave Chappelle: This Time This Place.

Chappelle, who spoke to a packed -- but vaccinated audience -- shared his condolences to the thousands who attended the screening on Saturday night, which was held at the newly reopened Radio City Music Hall, the first event there since the pandemic.

“I’m so sorry if you lost someone, or lost something, during this pandemic," the comedian said before opening up his doc.

Directed by American Factory Oscar winners Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, who also happen to be his real-life neighbors, Dave's film follows his pursuit to hold a series of outdoor comedy shows in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio during 2020. The doc also shares his emotional reaction to the killing of George Floyd as well as the challenges to keep his comedy shows going during the pandemic.

Part premiere and part Juneteenth celebration, the event ended with a star-studded concert that included performances from Redman, Fat Joe, ASAP Ferg, De La Soul, among others.

Also during the weekend, The Roots' own Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson introduced his directorial debut, Summer of Soul, at the amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The new doc, coming to the theaters and Hulu on July 2, chronicles the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a series of concerts that took place over the course of several weekends.

Like the original series of shows, the star-studded event was also free for the community with scheduled performances held after the premiere.

Questlove's new feature, which is the first official project under Disney's Onyx Collective, includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.

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Kevin Hart opens up to Will Smith about infidelity on Red Table Talk

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Kevin Hart discussed the effect his 2017 cheating scandal had on his kids during Will Smith's takeover of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk on Sunday.

Hart has four children: Heaven, 16, and Hendrix, 13, with ex-wife Torrei and three-year-old Kenzo and eight-month-old Kaori with his current wife Eniko Parrish.

“I stepped in some s***, yeah,” Hart admitted when asked about how he addressed his 2017 Las Vegas tryst with model Montia Sabbag while Eniko was pregnant with Kenzo -- which was caught on video and later exposed in an alleged extortion attempt -- with his children.

“You’re never prepared for that side of it," he continued. "Having a little girl in my life, it’s tough. You don’t realize the impact that your mistakes can truly have.  When the kids get involved, it’s a different feeling, it’s a different emotion.”

“It’s very hard to bother me,” the 41-year-old comedian said of the blowback over past "debacles," and added, "But when your child shows disappointment, shows emotion, shows ‘I don’t understand why’ and you gotta have those conversations... The head drops for the first time.”

“When me and my wife went through what we went through and the whole cheating display, my talk with [daughter] Heaven, g**damn,” he explained.  “That was one like no other.  Getting my daughter back, getting my daughter to understand that I’m sorry, that I made a mistake, that was real, to understand, I’m still dad.”

Hart stars alongside Alfre WoodardFrankie R. FaisonLil Rel HoweryDeWanda WiseAnthony CarriganMelody Hurd, and Paul Reiser in the dramedy Fatherhood, streaming now on Netflix.

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Mario Lopez is delighted upcoming Christmas flick 'Holiday in Santa Fe' features "a predominantly Latino cast"

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Hard to believe that a week from today, we will be halfway to Christmas.  Mario Lopez is well aware the countdown is officially on, because he's been pretending we're already there.

Speaking with ABC Audio, the Daytime Emmy winner raved about his upcoming Lifetime Christmas movie, Holiday in Santa Fe, and why it's so dear to his heart. The 47-year-old says the film features "a predominantly Latino cast, but very universal storytelling."

Lopez, who's a big proponent of increasing diversity on screen, said the upcoming Christmas movie will be full of that holiday magic and even teased a bit of the synopsis -- which is still tightly under wraps.

"It's about a family and, ultimately, a family who's lost a patriarch and their mother [and they're] trying to keep the business afloat in the process," Lopez explained. He says his character, Tony Ortega, "meets someone that helps salvage it and falls in love."

The Saved by the Bell star continued, "It's something hopefully that's relatable and I hope people enjoy it."

Lopez also has some big ideas of what his own Christmas movie would look like if he ever gained total creative freedom. "I'd want it to be a musical because I love singing and dancing," he said. "So it'd be like a throwback to those old holiday films with Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby...."

Lopez also admitted there are "so many talented people out there" so he hasn't completely curated his wish list, but promised, "I want a big, beautiful, diverse cast!" 

The premiere date for Holiday in Santa Fe has yet to be announced.

With another holiday -- Father's Day -- this weekend, Lopez invites those hunting for a last-minute gift to check out his own Father's Day gift guide on Amazon.

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Henry Cavill teases fans -- and tests their eyesight -- with glimpse of second season of 'The Witcher'

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On his Instagram accountHenry Cavill gave fans a tantalizing tease of the upcoming second season of The Witcher.

And a "tease" it is: The clip is a dizzying collection of quick cuts from Netflix's sword-and-sorcery series, only slowing down, thankfully, to allow viewers a longing gaze at Cavill's hirsute hunk Geralt of Rivia.

It's no wonder the post got more than 2.2 million views in a matter of hours.

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's books that center on supernaturally empowered beast hunters known as Witchers, the series became a smash for the streaming service when it debuted in December of 2019. 

The second season should debut on Netflix by the end of the year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Elisabeth Moss' "first love" is acting, but the director bug bit her hard in Season 4 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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Emmy-winning actress and The Handmaid's Tale producer Elisabeth Moss won't be giving up acting anytime soon. But now that she's made her directorial debut on the Hulu hit's current fourth season, she's hooked. 

In a video interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond, Moss explains her directorial debut was initially cut short by the COVID shutdowns. "You know, I gotta say, it wasn't the worst thing in the world in that sense," she explains, "...because then I had sixth months to think about it. I ended up having a feature-length prep period [for the episode]."

Moss adds, "Having said that, I ended up barely changing anything." 

After her first episode behind the camera, Moss went on to direct two more episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, in addition to her roles as a lead actress and one of the show's executive producer. 

So how did her co-stars take her directing? "I think in the very, very beginning, I was a little shy, specifically with Bradley Whitford, because I've known him since I was 17, and the idea I have to give him any note was, just so, mind-blowing to me," Moss laughed.

She added the cast was "so incredible and so trusting" of her directing.

Moss also directed an episode of Shining Girls, the upcoming AppleTV+ series she also produces.

"Acting will always be my first love," Moss admits, but she's ready to direct again: "I'd love to do a film."

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Chrissy Teigen cyberbullying controversy deepens; husband John Legend calls Michael Costello's "receipts" fake

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Just days after Project Runway veteran Michael Costello posted what he said were images of Chrissy Teigen cyberbullying him via direct message, her husband John Legend called the messages "fake."

Costello claimed that the embattled former model bullied him to the point he was suicidal, after somebody fabricated a message that made it look like he'd used the "N-word."

Legend tweeted, "Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them." He added, "This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened."

After his comment, "Receipts below," Legend retweeted an article from Business Insider reporter Kat Tenbarge, who did some sleuthing and discovered inconsistencies in the messages purportedly sent by Teigen in 2014.

Among those: "[T]he messages in the images have purple and blue backgrounds -- a design change that wasn't implemented until February 2020," Tenbarge wrote, "at which point the '@chrissyteigen'" account was verified. The background color and the lack of verification appear to be temporally inconsistent."

Another clue: "There is a video chat icon at the top of the image, but video chat wasn't introduced to Instagram until June 2018."

And Tenbarge also noted that the profile picture in the "Teigen" messages posted by Costello wasn't one she used in 2014. 

As of Friday afternoon, Costello hadn't publicly responded to the Business Insider article.

Teigen recently posted a lengthy apology to her "targets" of cyberbullying, which included Courtney Stodden, the now-non-binary model who said Teigen told them to kill themselves when Stodden was 16.

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Leslie Odom Jr. provides sweet update on infant son Able: "He's an easy baby so far!"

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Leslie Odom Jris opening up about his newborn son, Able Phineas, whom he welcomed alongside wife Nicolette Robinson on March 25. 

The Broadway told ABC Audio that Able is an "easy baby," but admitted that's probably because his first child, Lucille Ruby, put him and Nicolette through the ringer four years prior.

"I don't think we relaxed with Lucy for, like, two years, you know what I mean? Like, when she was asleep, we were like checking to see if she was still breathing," Leslie reminisced.

With Able, Leslie assured he and Nicolette are much "more calm and relaxed" because they've learned the ropes.

"We know that if he's in the other room, he's okay. Like, he can't roll off the bed yet," the Tony Award-winner grinned.  "Everything's more calm this time around."

"I don't mean to say that to be disparaging to our first baby, our little girl," Leslie, 39, chuckled. "We do find Able easier... He's a good eater. Good little sleeper. He's an easy baby so far."

Speaking of eating, the Hamilton star is looking forward to celebrating Father's Day with his new family of four, and revealed, "I've been the short order cook in this house for the past year, so I want something good!"

However, Odom said he doesn't need to be spoiled: "I don't need a lot. A new book is always nice, a nice drive somewhere... a childless evening?  Maybe the grandparents taking the kids?" 

For fans who want to give Leslie a present, he encourages them to check out the song he and Nicolette wrote in partnership with Bayer Aspirin, called "Second Chance," which honors heart attack survivors and creatively uses a very special heart attack survivor’s heartbeat as a rhythm: his father-in-law’s, Stuart K. Robinson.

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Billy Porter says the theater industry marginalized him for being Black and queer

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Billy Porter reflected on being marginalized by his peers in his early acting days.

Speaking with Uzo Aduba as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series, Porter recalled the production that opened his eyes that "there was nothing for us."

"It was Angels in America in 1994," the Pose star explained. "I just wept the whole time, looking at Jeffrey Wright play the character of Belize. No shade — he was fabulous. But a straight Black man... Playing the one part that I could get. Because no one respected me as an actor enough to be straight."

"I was marginalized for my queerness," lamented Porter. "So I watched this play, and it was the first time that I had ever seen a real representation of me reflected back at me. A Black queer man."

"He’s a supporting character. However, he’s the moral compass of this play. He’s not the butt of the joke. He’s not the one that’s vilified. Nobody’s beating him up," explained the Tony Award-winner.

Porter said he was in a local production of Grease at the same time, playing Teen Angel, but wore a demeaning outfit and sang a gospel-version of "Beauty School Dropout."

"I was not happy at all. It was not what I came here for at all. I did not show up in this business to be a clown," he remarked.

"I one-thousand percent know that feeling," said Aduba and referenced her classical voice training.

"Knowing where your voice naturally sits, but never getting the opportunity to ever sing, because what comes from your body, the package from which it comes, was not yet understood," she noted.

Aduba closed, "For me, the job is not to try to find a space for myself within the thing. I’m carving out my own space."

 

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Ciara teases her Father's Day plans for "incredible father" and hubby Russell Wilson

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Grammy-winning singer Ciara says she definitely has her "plans together" for this year's Father's Day, where she -- along with her three adorable children, FutureSienna and Win -- will celebrate proud papa Russell Wilson.

During an interview to promote her partnership with All Good Diapers and their initiative to donate up to 10 million diapers to babies, Ciara tells ABC Audio that she definitely felt "the pressure" to make this Sunday extra special.

"Everyone's putting the pressure on to just make this day something crazy," Ciara laughs, later noting that planning things for her husband is "sometimes... a little tricky."

"You got three kids, and you got work, and you're, like, trying to think of the best idea," she shares. "And just thinking sometimes takes time."

Thankfully, Ciara's going into Sunday well-prepared, adding that she already has her Father's Day "plans together." 

"So I feel good about that, and I can check it off of my list," Ciara says. 

"Because I will say Russ always does it really nice for me," she points out, alluding to past Mother's Days.

However, even with a highly set bar, courtesy of her generous husband, Ciara says her main goal for this national daddy appreciation day is to just make hubby Russ feel loved.

"I think it's just important for him to feel the love that he makes me feel," she says. "And he's an incredible father...and every day should be Father's Day."

"And I hope that he likes it," she adds with a smile.

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