2:41pm PDT, Jun 30, 2020
Ryan Reynolds joyfully takes over Hugh Jackman’s ‘X-Men’ reunion
All’s fair in love, war and Zoom call reunions — particularly, if you’re Ryan Reynolds and your favorite nemesis, Hugh Jackman, is involved. Over the weekend, Jackman corralled some co-stars from the original “X-Men” movie for a 20-year reunion Zoom call in honor of the”true superheros fighting for a safer, healthier, more equitable world.” Filmed as part of Global Citizen’s “Unite For Our Future” event on Saturday, June 27, the virtual get-together began with Jackman welcoming original “X-Men” stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and Famke Janssen. All was going smoothly at first — until another caller rang in. “Knock, knock!” said a hilariously eager-looking Reynolds when his face popped up in a new square. As Jackman made a face somewhere between annoyed and appalled, Reynolds looked around the screen and exclaimed, “Whoa, so many stars!” Jackman then tried to nudge Reynolds off the call, telling him the original cast — not the cast of Reynolds’ “X-Men” tenure — was “reminiscing …” His words fell on deaf ears. “Mind if I join?” Reynolds asked, adding that he invited a few other “X-Men” stars along. As Sophie Turner and James Macavoy (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) joined in, Jackman looked increasingly deflated. Reynolds, meanwhile, was chipper as ever. “So many timelines … it’s like a recap of ‘Knot’s Landing,'” he marveled. That’s when the other actors started looking uncomfortable. “Oh, sorry, I thought this was the ‘Game of Thrones’ reunion,” Turner said, clicking out. Berry was right behind her, muttering something about a James Bond reunion. Stewart followed — “I love you Patrick Stewart!” Reynolds hollered — as did Macavoy. “Whew, that fell apart quickly,” said Reynolds, now in full troll mode. Finally, Liev Schreiber called in, shouting-out the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” reunion Reynolds had turned the call into by that point. Deadpool: 1, Wolverine … nil.
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Meadow Walker shares an adorable selfie with Vin Diesel’s kids
Introducing, “Fast & Furious” — the second generation! On Monday, Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow, 21, shared an adorable selfie that showed her catching up with her godfather, Vin Diesel’s kids. “Family, forever,” she captioned the cute shot of herself surrounded by 5-year-old Pauline — named after Meadow’s dad — 10-year-old Vincent and 12-year-old Similce. She also tagged Diesel, who was close friends with her dad until his death in 2013. Meadow was only 13 at the time and had just recently relocated from Hawaii, where she lived with her mom, to California, to live with her dad, in 2011. Though she suffered a tragic loss when Walker died in a car crash, Meadow was able to stay close to Diesel and his family. “I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming… but the truth is I have always been proud of you,” the actor wrote to Meadow in November on her birthday (via People). ” … The family has a cake waiting for you when you get home, so hurry. Love you kid. Uncle Vin,” he signed the sweet note. In the comments, Meadow thanked him for his thoughtful message, saying she couldn’t wait to see him and her “little angels,” presumably the kids. “Love you,” she added.
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Chase Rice asks fans to ‘go by the rules’ regarding COVID-19 safety protocols after packed, mostly mask-free concert
Following a wave of social media criticism over his recent concert in Tennessee — where a packed house of some 1,000, mostly mask-free fans could be seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder or closer — singer Chase Rice is asking fans to “follow the rules” regarding the coronavirus precautions as he continues his tour. Rice issued the request in a video statement uploaded to his social media on Monday amid backlash over his Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary show in Petros, Tennessee. “I took a video of the concert, everybody had a blast, but then once I posted the video, a lot of people seeing that online had a big problem with how the show looked…,” he said, according to Rolling Stone, which clarified that just under 1000 tickets were sold, not the 4,000 many outlets originally reported. “I understand there’s a lot of varying opinions, a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds and what all that looks like,” Rice continued, asking fans to “please go by the rules” with regard to safety protocols. “The safer we are now, the quicker we get to get to actual normal live shows,” he said. Looking ahead, Rice has multiple drive-in concerts scheduled in the coming weeks; TMZ reports promoters have axed some August shows that were still in the works because of the controversy in Tennessee, where the governor extended a state of emergency order due to rising positive test numbers on Monday. That trend continued Tuesday, according to Newsweek. Reps for Rice and the venue have both told multiple outlets precautions were taken including temperature checks for attendees. Among the country artists to slam Rice for his show was Kelsea Ballerini, who posted this message over the weekend: “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.”
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Cardi B goes on an Internet hiatus after plagiarism claim, ‘#Cardi B Is Over’ trend
Cardi B is taking a break from social media after a series of negative exchanges on Twitter and Instagram. On Tuesday, the rapper responded from Dela Wesst’s claim Cardi plagiarized the lyrics for her hit, “Clout” from something Wesst says she penned. The pair’s heated back-and-forth, excerpted by Complex, sees Cardi slamming Wesst for dragging her fans and her daughter into the fight from the beginning. She also takes issue with Wesst’s claim about the timeline of when the two allegedly came up with their similar lyrics and shares some of her original audio for the song. “That was fun! …” Cardi tweeted eventually. “I’m getting off the internet for a couple days see ya when I see yaaa …..BYEEEETAAAAAAAA.” The feud comes after Cardi slammed trolls who claimed she was responsible for a fake Instagram account as they spread the hashtag, “#CardiBIsOverParty.”
Sunny Hostin to explore ‘identity, justice and living between two worlds’ in new memoir
This fall, Sunny Hostin is set to unveil a new memoir, “I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds.” She announced the news on Twitter Tuesday, telling followers the book, due out on Harper Collins Sept. 22, “will be published in English AND Spanish.” “The View” co-host, 51, grew up in a housing project New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood, the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and African American father, both of whom were teenagers when she was born. Her book traces her journey from childhood to college and law school to the federal prosecutor position that predated her eventual move into legal journalism and analysis, both in print and on TV, according to Harper Collins’ website.
Carl Reiner’s final tweets and interview were funny and full of love
Comedy legend Carl Reiner passed away Monday night at age 98, but his famous quick, dry wit, his love of his artform and his love of his family were all very much intact until the end. Reiner, who created, produced and appeared regularly on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” was still posting on Twitter as recently as this past weekend, with his final tweets focused on praise for Noel Coward, and other recent posts taking sarcastic stabs at “master grammarian Donald Trump.” The AV Club also dug up what appears to have been Reiner’s final interview, a brief appearance on Reboot and Tiffany Woolf’s Dispatches From Quarantine series where he talks about his longtime collaborator and friend Mel Brooks — aka, “the single most funny human being that ever existed” — his ongoing pride for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and more. Speaking about his children, he says at one point, “the only thing that really matters in life is your progeny, people who come after you, people you send out to the world.” He echoed that sentiment on Twitter Saturday, writing, “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost, who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into this needy & evolving world.”
Zoe Kravitz initially hated the idea of a ‘gender flip’ reboot of ‘High Fidelity’
“Oh no, please don’t.” That’s how Zoe Kravitz recalls reacting when she was pitched on Hulu’s rebooted “High Fidelity” series. “Genuinely, that was the first thing that went through my mind,” she said on Variety’s latest “Big Ticket” podcast. “It’s funny because I had this whole thought about like, ‘Should I be lying about that?’ But I think it’s OK. I think it’s like, ‘No, I’m wary of the reboot and I’m wary of the gender flip.'” Kravitz, of course, ended up starring in the TV adaptation of the 2000 movie — which was in turn an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel. “I went back and read the book again, which I hadn’t read in seven years or something, and I just fell in love with the world all over again,” she explained, adding that she felt “protective” of the story and wanted to make sure it was done right. She also saw Rob in a different light, having revisited his character at 31, at which point she no longer “romanticized” Rob, but saw him for who he is. “This guy’s a misogynist a——,” she cracked. She also thinks she was once just as dense as Rob. “It’s these really uncomfortable growing pains when you have to figure out who you want to be,” she said. Kravitz, who plays Catwoman in the forthcoming “The Batman,” also weighed in on why her co-star, Rob Pattinson, makes an ideal Caped Crusader. “He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on,” she said, crediting Pattinson’s acting skills. “He’s a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on. So just in that, I think he’s perfect for this role.”
Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams’ wedding is still on indefinite hold
At this point, Sarah Hyland and her fiance Wells Adams aren’t even planning when they’ll get back to planning their wedding. “No plans as of right now. We’ve put all planning on hold,” Hyland told Chris Harrison on Monday’s “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!,” according to People. “All of my family is mostly on the East Coast, so for them to fly out … and just ages and of course with my health risks, we want to be as safe as possible.” Hyland suffers from kidney dysplasia and has undergone two kidney transplants, leaving her immunocompromised. Not that she’s sweating the pandemic-fueled change of course for her wedding. As she told Adams in a birthday post last month, her feelings about him aren’t going anywhere. “2020 has not gone the way we thought it would but my love for you is at least one thing that will never change,” she wrote at the time, adding, “Maybe we’ll get married at city hall and use this picture as our announcement.”
Matt James opens up about the response to his ‘Bachelor’ casting
As Matt James, 28, prepares to be the first Black star of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” he says he “couldn’t be more excited” about the prospect of bringing more diverse romances to the long-running reality show. His friends are apparently psyched, too. Speaking to Chris Harrison on this week’s “The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons—Ever!” James opened up about the response he’s gotten to his casting news. “I’ve heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren’t Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I’m in and have this opportunity to just represent what it’s going to look like to have diverse relationships and tell those love stories,” he said (via E! News). James also joked that the excitement seems to extend beyond his regular social circles — and all the way back to his third-grade teacher. “I hadn’t heard from her since I missed my book report,” he joked. “So, there’s people coming from all over the place to share their excitement. And it’s been nice.” Season 25 is currently expected to premiere in 2021.
Tina Knowles Lawson slams Kentucky Attorney General, urges fans to ‘educate yourselves’ before going to the polls this fall
Earlier this month, Beyonce wrote an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron demanding his office “bring justice for Breonna Taylor,” the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed in her home in Louisville by police in March. Beyonce urged fans to join her in demanding police accountability and transparency, citing inconsistencies in the police report and repeating that the A.G. should “take swift and decisive action in charging the officers.” Bey’s mom, Tina Knowles Lawson has also been speaking out about Taylor’s death — and she did so again on Monday night. Retweeting a purported photo of a party Cameron is said to have hosted over the weekend — where no guests seemed to be wearing masks — Knowles Lawson used the post to remind followers to get educated before going to the polls in the upcoming elections. Otherwise, she warned voters could end up with someone who is not who they seem to be, as she implied was the case with Cameron. “I was shocked to learn that the attorney general for Kentucky is a 34 year old black man. A republican,” Tina wrote on Instagram (via TooFab). “When Breonna’s Mother Tamika asked to speak with him, he had someone else call her.! ?? When he ran for office there are a lot of Black people that were excited and thought oh my God maybe we have a fair chance now because it will be a black man in this position!” she continued. “He will be fair and unbiased towards Black people. They voted for him. Well That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on people who are running for office.” As for the engagement party, Knowles Lawson explained: “I have no problem with who he marries, that is his personal business. That is not what this post is about! I just don’t understand his actions!!! And where are their masks?” As of Tuesday afternoon, he had not yet publicly responded to backlash around the party — and the officers who killed Taylor had yet to be charged.