The Daily Buzz For Oct 16 ☕📰☕

Julia Roberts for Harper's Bazaar US - November 2018
We can always count on Julia Roberts to light up the newsstand with her infectious smile and whether she’s fronting British Harper’s Bazaar or WSJ Magazine, she’s sure to brighten your day. This month, she lends her dazzling charm to Harper’s Bazaar’s November cover. The 50-year-old American actress was captured by Alexi Lubomirski around the rugged Vasquez Rocks, wearing a vibrant Giambattisa Valli dress (teamed with some questionable Dior sneakers) on the newsstand cover and the special subscribers cover (below)
 “I love this, she looks amazing and like she’s genuinely having FUN! Love Julia,”

See more from Julia’s cover shoot at Bazaar

#RHoA: Cynthia Bailey getting Married?
Cynthia Bailey may be joining Eva Marcille as a newlywed housewife before long. Bailey’s boyfriend Mike Hill indicated recently that he may want to lock things down with his boo.
“When you know….you know!! Let’s do it C! @cynthiabailey10 You ready?? #CHill #GodIsGreat #Thankful #WhatYouThinkImTalkingAbout 🙏🏽🙏🏽,” Hill wrote on a Tuesday, Oct. 9 Instagram post on a photo of him and his “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star girlfriend.
The post came just a couple of days after Bailey and her Fox Sports 1 host boyfriend attended the luxurious wedding of Marcille.
And the 51-year-old model seemed to affirm she’d get married for a second time writing, “Yes baby I am ready❤️”
Some commenters did a virtual double take upon reading Hill’s caption.

Bailey seems to have made a complete 180 on her stance on marriage after divorcing restauranteur Peter Thomas in 2016.

“Peter never felt like he was my No. 1 priority,” she told The Daily Dish that year of the demise of her six-year marriage. “He was right. [My daughter Noelle Robinson] was.”
“I couldn’t give up Cynthia Bailey to be Cynthia Bailey Thomas,” she added. “I was in love with Peter, but I’m just not wife material. I will never be in a relationship again where it will take a lawyer for me to walk away. I will never marry again.”

But earlier this summer, Bailey teased that she was in love with Hill, whom she kept a secret at the time. So now it seems that love is enough to have convinced her to give married life another shot.

#Empire’ Season 5 Episode: Cookie and Lucious Continue Rebuilding Their Business
 “Empire” season 5 episode 4 is titled “Love All, Trust a Few” and it will show Empire bringing the Lyon family together again in next week’s episode. Cookie and Lucious will continue to work harder to regain their position and reputation in the music industry, but rebuilding their business means they need their family’s support and this is the first step.

The pair wants to create music on a larger scale as they did back in the day. Aside from the need to win support, they must look for the right clients in order to achieve their goal.

As per Rotten Tomatoes, “Empire” season 5 episode 4’s synopsis reads: “The Lyon family works to get back in their groove with a brand-new project underway. As Cookie and Portia attempt to sign Devon, who has just the sound they're looking for, Andre tries to prove himself useful to Lucious on the business side of things.”
It added, “Not having heard from Kai, Jamal panics and looks back at their history together. At Empire, the new management entangles itself with a dangerous tie from the Lyon family's past.”

Kai will be played by Toby Onwumere, who will appear in “Empire” season 5 episode 4 as a guest. Meanwhile, Cookie and Lucious will try to sign up Devon to their company because they need someone talented like him if they want to get back on track. It is yet to be seen if he will agree to join Empire or not.
Mario, a singer, is playing Devon and his role will be a recurring one, The Hollywood Reporter noted. His presence in the musical drama is notable because he perfectly fits the character as a musician with excellent skills.

“Empire” season 5 episode 4 is airing on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. on Fox. The season premiered on Sept. 26.

#NewMusic from USHER He Drops A Surprise New Project ‘A’
Usher surprises listeners everywhere with a brand new project that pays homage to his A-Town roots.
The R&B legend releases the 8-track EP, ‘A‘ with producer Zaytoven. The project sees the singer expressing the culture of Atlanta delivering a modern Trap-&-B vibe. The 8 tracks come with only two features from Future (“Stay at Home”) and Gunna (“Gift Shop”).

According to Usher, the project was written and recorded solely in Atlanta over only 5 days, and it was all done recently to help celebrate his birthday (Oct. 14).

As for this project, Usher just wants fans to feel the freedom he had recording it. “I want [listeners] to feel the spontaneity of what happened. I want them to celebrate with me knowing this is a soundtrack for an amazing moment that just happened between me and Zaytoven.”

#HipHopNews: Drake And Chris Brown Reunite At Los Angeles Show
God’s plan. After squashing his beef Drake put an end to his rivalry with Chris Brown last night.
During the first of six Los Angeles shows on his “Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour” on Friday (Oct. 12), the 6 God surprised the Staples Center crowd by bringing out Breezy for a “full circe moment.” 
Following the show, Drake took to Instagram to reflect on the reunion. “This is not a fan edit,” he captioned a photo of them on stage together. “Last time I was on stage with Breezy was 2009 at Virginia Commonwealth University…tonight I got to reconnect with him for the first night at Staples! I love a good full circle moment. Thank you.”

#ROYALS: Meghan Markle seen for first time since pregnancy announcement at start of Royal Tour with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle has been seen for first time since her pregnancy announcement as she begins the first day of her first Royal Tour Down Under with Prince Harry.
She stepped out looking stunning in a white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, costing $1,800 - =
The first day of the tour is starting in Sydney at Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor-General of Australia - Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove.
They will welcome the Royals to their home along with representatives from each of the eighteen countries who are participating in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
Meghan beamed as she stepped out to start their busy 16-day schedule - which includes 76 engagements in total.
Just hours before beginning their first oversees tour together, the royals announced the pregnancy news via Kensington Palace.
In a tweet the palace wrote: "Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring on 2019."

#NewCouple Alert: Kourtney Kardashian and Luka Sabbat?
Hmmmmmm Robbing cradles? "black-ish" star Luka Sabbat, who is also a model and style guru IG personality, is 20-years-old and clearly living his best life. He's been on the fashion world's radar since he was 18, and now he's seeing Kourtney Kardashian.
The bi-racial, attention grabbing model IT guy was spotted leaving a Virgil Abloh Off-White gallery in Beverly Hills Wednesday night with his rumored 39-year-old boo Kourtney Kardashian. The two looked all happy together as they headed back to their waiting ride. Inside, they got cozy on the outdoor patio, enjoying drinks and a cigarette together.

Hmmmmmm, anything for publicity!

Lil Kim’s Baby Daddy Mr. Papers Airs Their Business On Social Media
NOT COOL! Lil Kim’s baby father Mr. Papers went #onthegram to let the world know how he feels about being absent in their daughter Royal Reign’s life.
Mr. Papers  spoke about the mistakes he made in the past; he wants her to see his hurt, his regrets, and he wasn’t ashamed admitting that he is an ex-convict.


A post shared by Papers A King from #Honduras (@mr_papers) on

“I gotta live through all my regrets/They say a boy blessed, I’m calling it stressed/My eyes waters, I see my daughter’s barrettes/They say it’s my fault, shit…”

In the same clip the rapper informs Lil Kim how to deal with her career, suggesting a collaboration with Remy Ma.


Gerard Butler has canceled his Press Trip to Saudi Arabia Following Journalist's Disappearance
Gerard Butler has canceled his upcoming Hunter Killer press trip to Saudi Arabia.
The 48-year-old actor made the announcement during a news conference on Monday afternoon (October 15) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Gerard was scheduled to travel to the country and intended to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but changed his plans in light of journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance.
Jamal, self-exiled Saudi journalist who had been living in the U.S., was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2nd.

“It didn’t feel like a good time to be getting involved in that. It would have felt incredibly insensitive to go to Saudi Arabia,” Gerard said during the press conference.

#FASHION: Spike Lee Covers Icon El País, Dons Gucci X Ny Yankees Collection
Icon El País links up with director Spike Lee for its October 2018 cover story. Promoting his latest project BlacKkKlansman, Lee is photographed by Michael Schwartz (Atelier Management) with styling by Jason Rembert. 

Lee receives the Gucci treatment for the occasion. Rembert outfits the director in fall-winter 2018 Gucci fashions that reference the NY Yankees. Lee also talks to the magazine about his infamous fueds with other directors. Now I'm wiser, says Lee. ...So I'm not in a position to tell other artists what they have to do.
DESIGNER : Alessandro Michele
MAGAZINE : Icon El País

Stars Attend Usher’s 40th Birthday Bash at Gold Room
Usher Raymond celebrated his 40th birthday with friends and family at the Gold Room in Atlanta. The R&B crooner released his ninth studio album A last week.

Usher made a surprise announcement on social media on Thursday. The album was produced by Zaytoven and inspired by trap music.
Usher’s guests included former singer Keri Hilson who never strayed more than a few feet away from the crooner. The 2 singers danced the night away in the VIP area.
After the party, Usher hopped into a blue Lamborghini driven by an unidentified female.

Wendy Williams Wendy Williams has a new billboard to continue her fight against drug abuse.
Wendy Williams‘ charitable side is now life-size thanks to a new Times Square billboard.

The billboard, which will be posted for three months, features a split video of a promotion for the “Wendy Show” and Williams’ Hunter Foundation. Beneath the logo for her charitable foundation is a message encouraging people to donate to help fight addiction.
Williams and her Hunter Foundation launched a new philanthropic campaign called Be Here, which will serve to combat drug and substance abuse. The daytime talk-show host previously told Page Six that she aims to “bring light” to the fact that addiction “doesn’t have to be your demise.”

“I lost a little over 10 years of my life regarding substance abuse, but I’m now going into Season 10 [of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’]. I’m married, I have a great career and a flourishing business … it’s not that you fall down, it’s how you rise. And if you rise, then you reach back.

“This is a reach back.”new billboard
Wendy Williams‘ charitable side is now life-size thanks to a new Times Square billboard.
The billboard, which will be posted for three months, features a split video of a promotion for the “Wendy Show” and Williams’ Hunter Foundation. Beneath the logo for her charitable foundation is a message encouraging people to donate to help fight addiction.

Williams and her Hunter Foundation launched a new philanthropic campaign called Be Here, which will serve to combat drug and substance abuse. The daytime talk-show host previously told Page Six that she aims to “bring light” to the fact that addiction “doesn’t have to be your demise.”

“I lost a little over 10 years of my life regarding substance abuse, but I’m now going into Season 10 [of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’]. I’m married, I have a great career and a flourishing business … it’s not that you fall down, it’s how you rise. And if you rise, then you reach back.

“This is a reach back.”

Donald Trump Takes Ratings Severe Nosedive In ‘60 Minutes’ Interview; 
Donald Trump plunged in ratings with his 60 Minutes interview Sunday night.

The newsmag’s 1.8 rating among 18-49 year olds and 11.3 million viewers, while the strongest showing of any non-NFL program Sunday night, marks a 47% dive in the demo and 43% in total viewers, relative to Trump’s most recent previous  60 Minutes sit-down. Trump had bagged a 3.4 demo rating, and 20M viewers overall, in his November 13, 2016 interview on the CBS newsmag, broadcast shortly after his election. That time, unlike this past Sunday, Trump enjoyed no NFL lead-in support.

Trump’s Sunday 60 Minutes interview also appears to be down by double digits compared to the newsmag’s most recent broadcast benefiting from an NFL overrun. On September 30, the newsmag logged 2 2 demo rating and 13.537M total viewers.
This past Sunday, Trump had been handed an NFL overrun lead-in of 14.39 million viewers and a 3.6 demo rating.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (6.1, 18.43) ran away with the night, though, being a live broadcast, those stats are subject to bigger adjustment. In metered markets, which are time zone-adjusted, SNF tracked as the highest rated NBC SNF game since Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season, up 34% from year ago game. The game tied a best-ever for NBC’s SNF Week 6 game in the 13 seasons of the package

NBC (5.0, 16.06M) topped the night. CBS (1.5, 9.15M) came in second, followed by Fox (0.8, 2.20M) in the demo and ABC (0.7, 4.03M) in total viewers, with CW (0.5, 1.53M) behind.

Georgia Sued for Placing 53,000 Voter Registrations On Hold
Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who they say is holding 53,000 new voter registration applications on his desk.

Kemp’s office oversees all elections in the state of Georgia. Kemp faces opponent Stacey Abrams in the race for governor of Georgia.

Kemp denies the allegations that his office is illegally holding voter applications.
Kemp’s office verifies new voter applications by using an “exact match” protocol. The protocol causes a no match result if a single letter or number is transposed, deleted, or there is an accidental entry of an extra character on the form.

The lawsuit alleges that the “exact match” protocol suppresses minority votes in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the 1993 Voter Registration Act.
An Associated Press investigation revealed earlier this week that Kemp’s office has 53,000 new voter applicants on his desk — 70 percent of the applicants are Black people.

Many of the applicants may not know that their applications are on hold.
Voters whose applications are on hold have 26 months to correct their mistakes before the application is canceled, according to NBC News.
Kemp blamed his opponent, Stacey Abrams, for being “sloppy” while registering voters through her New Georgia Project, a voter registration group she founded in 2013.

“This is a publicity stunt that the media falls for year after year. Their claims are bogus, said Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Kemp’s office.
She said the 53,000 applicants can vote in the November 6 election.
“Any claims to the contrary are politically motivated and utterly false,” she added.

In a tweet later Thursday, Abrams said her campaign will set up a voter protection hotline and will also send watchers to the polls to make sure voters can cast ballots on Nov. 8.
“Let me be clear: We will work to process the 53,000 voter registrations, but we will not wait for justice,” Abrams said.

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The Daily Buzz For Oct 15 ☕📰☕

Regina King for Variety’s Power of Women Issue!
Regina King Celebrates the ‘All-Inclusive Sisterhood That’s Happening Right Now’

“You can’t feel and understand real power unless you feel and understand what it means to empower,” Regina King said to a room full of beaming onlookers at Variety‘s annual Power of Women event, held Friday at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

As one of Variety‘s five Power of Women honorees, King began her speech by recognizing fellow honorees Emma Gonzalez, Lena Waithe, Tiffany Haddish, and Natalie Portman, and the women who helped her get to where she is today.

“I wouldn’t be standing here right now if I didn’t have a mother who encouraged me and my sister to dream beyond the sky,” she said. 
An Emmy Award-winning actress, King is known for her roles in “American Crime,” “Seven Seconds,” and “Southland.” Besides acting, she is also a director and producer. When she’s not wearing any of those three hats, she’s working with the “I Have a Dream LA” Foundation, whose mission is to empower children in low-income communities, helping them get into college and pursue their dreams.

King nodded to her heroes, echoing inspirational quotes from Aaron Sorkin and Gandhi. The prospect of being able to reinvent herself at any time, she said, is what keeps her going. “Talk to me five years from now and my title might have another hyphen in it,” she said. “That’s what keeps me dreaming. Never stop dreaming.” 

And she gave a shoutout to Natalie Portman, the honoree who gave a speech before her and got a standing ovation. “Oh, man,” King marveled. “Natalie Portman, 2020!”

King wrapped up her speech with a final word on the importance of continuing to “shine a light on what’s right in the world” as well as what is wrong. Women  empowering other women, she said, is “one of the things that’s right.” 
“There is an all-inclusive sisterhood that’s happening right now. Women are supporting, loving, and protecting each other outwardly on a grand scale,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing, and it makes my heart smile. And that is powerful.”
See all the covers from the issue above!

#RHoA: Porsha Williams tells why she unfollowed Kandi Burruss
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams is not ashamed to admit that she is really petty when it comes to unfollowing people on Instagram.
Dubbing herself the “unfollow queen,” Williams, who is also a co-host on the hit show “Dish Nation,” dished on why she unfollows certain RHOA cast members and many other people on a regular basis.

“Well I do unfollow. I am the unfollow queen,” said Williams, 37. “I am an active Instagram person. And if I’m mad at you, and I don’t want to see you coming down my timeline, then I will unfollow yo a– real quick.”

Another “Dish Nation” co-host asked her why she stopped following Burruss on Instagram, which was quickly noticed by pop culture observers. Williams revealed that it had nothing to do with any residual ill feelings from her once accusing Burruss of conspiring to drug her and take her back to her sex dungeon to rape her. The fallout from that explosive drama cost one popular RHOA cast member her job and nearly caused irreparable damage to Burruss and Williams’ friendship.

The reason Williams gave for severing ties with Burruss on social media was rather benign and simple.

“I unfollowed Kandi at one point – I’m sure I’ll follow her again,” Williams began. “It was because she posted somebody I didn’t wanna see. I done unfollowed everybody at one point in time or another, but the problem with unfollowing Kandi, is that everybody know Kandi. As soon as I unfollow, she all on my Explore [page], ‘Hey, b—h!’”

#Empire' Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: Lucious And The Lyons Master The Fall
For the third episode of season five of Empire, we learn exactly why this episode is aptly named "Pride." First off, Andre is in solitary confinement and we finally find out why he put himself there. Hakeem gets his bars back. Jamal is writing enough songs to fulfill his financial obligations to Empire records even as he tries to get out of his contract with the music giant. Oh, and Empire's head honcho Jeff Kingsley is up to something nefarious with an enemy of the Lyons, but what is it?

Until we figure out what Jeff is up to, we can console ourselves with an episode that has relatively few flashbacks or flash-forwards compared to the first few episodes of Season 5. This is why the first scene setter is of Lyon's son Hakeem dreaming about performing without coughing brought on by the loss of a lung. We see Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) in his bed in his old bedroom in the Lyons mansion. In this rap video star dream, he is spitting verses about being shot and recovering and suddenly he wakes up and grabs a notebook and furiously writes down the verses he just was spitting.

Suddenly his mother, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) calls to him, angry about the latest headlines of "Lucious Lyon Broke" and other gossipy type headlines.

Hakeem comes downstairs and jokes: "I had a homeless person offer me a dollar when I left [the Empire headquarters.]"
A sign in the back of the living room hangs from the walls and reads "Welcome Home Andre." The family is happy, and expecting Andre (Trai Byers) home from jail but then Lucious (Terence Howard) walks in but Andre isn't with him. The scene flashes back to Andre in the solitary confinement cell, looking like he knows something we all don't. and he does, as he aptly tells his friend: "It's a few days. I'll live." But his friend replies: That was stupid man.. A lot can happen in a few days."

New Investors. Not. Cutting back to the Lyon family house, Lucious and Taraji announce that they are gathering money from venture capitalists, touring a new potential facility and planning to create a Lyons family music venture that will oust Empire from its seat. He also addresses Jamal and Hakeem's contracts with Empire; apparently, they are not 100% rock solid.

Back at the jail, an inmate looks at Andre and says what we've all been wondering for one week now: "How you gone come for me and miss?" Obviously, Andre intends to be in solitary for a good reason and we're about to find out why.  Andre basically - in the form of a series of intermittent flashbacks - remembers the events that brought him to solitary. Now, he is trying to save little Quincy from the goons of jail and he has a flashback of Quincy explaining how he was innocent of his crime but has to serve time anyway. Quincy also was about to attend an Ivy League college until he got caught up in being unfairly accused and convicted of a crime he says he didn't do. So, Andre takes a liking to the young inmate who reads business books on the side.  To make a long story short - and to eliminate several more flashback intercuts throughout this episode - Andre decides to orchestrate a take out of Quincy's harasser while he is in solitary. This way, the warden literally cannot accuse Andre of the murder that occurs even as prison guards look on.

Stay tuned for more….Empire is on Wednesday on FOX!

#NewMusic from Ella Mai she Releases her Self-titled Debut Album 
Ella Mai pours more life into R&B with the release of her highly-anticipated debut self-titled album.

The 15-song project is headed by the chart-dominating hit “Boo’d Up” and the follow-up single “Trip,” and will feature appearances from Chris Brown (“Whatchamacallit”), John Legend (“Everything”), and H.E.R. (“Get Feeling”). The album also features the previously-released bonus track “Naked” and vulnerable “Easy,” which Ella describes as “nothing like I’ve put out before.”

The new LP, executive produced by DJ Mustard, sees Mai pushing the resurgence of R&B. “R&B is not dead. We can make it mainstream again. Clearly, people love it,” Ella told Rolling Stone.
Ella is currently on select dates of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour,” which runs through November.

#HipHopNews: Drake Brings Out Lebron James While Performing “Sicko Mode” With Travis Scott In Los Angeles
Drake and Migos' Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour had back to back shows in Los Angeles over the weekend and Drizzy had special surprises for both. On Saturday (Oct. 13), the Toronto rap star brought out new L.A. Laker LeBron James and Travis Scott.
Aubrey amazed the crowd with the presence of LBJ and La Flame who both emerged for a performance of the fan-favorite Astroworld track "Sicko Mode." James excitedly bounced around the stage and played hype man for the two rappers as they belted out lyrics to the popular track. The crowd went nuts.

It looks like the 6 God was returning the favor. On Friday (Oct. 12), Drake appeared on LeBron's HBO Sports series The Shop where he opened up about beef with Pusha-T and Kanye West, being a father and more.

This was the second show in as many nights at Staples Center. On Friday, Drake surprised everyone by bringing out former nemesis Chris Brown who performed "Party" and "Freaky Friday."
Following the show, Drizzy commented on the reunion on social media. “This is not a fan edit,” Drake captioned a picture of their performance on Instagram. “Last time I was on stage with Breezy was 2009 at Virginia Commonwealth University...tonight I got to reconnect with him for the first night at Staples! I love a good full circle moment. Thank you.”

Check out LBJ's shining moment below.

‘Extreme Witchcraft’ Restraining Order Against Beyoncé Officially Dismissed
A judge dismisses the restraining order of Beyoncé former drummer who accused the singer of ruining her life with witchcraft and black magic.
A judge officially dismissed the “extreme witchcraft” restraining order request against Beyoncé on Thursday after Kimberly Thompson was a no-show in court.

You may recall, last month I told you Bey’s former drummer made some pretty wild accusations against the music superstar claiming she had ruined her personal life and finances using witchcraft and black magic.
Kimberly even claimed Bey used dark magic to sexually molest her and kill her kitten.


Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Split!
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called it quits and ended their engagement.
Sources close to the former couple tell the split happened in the last few days. Grande has been through a lot the last months and needs time to “work on herself.”

The couple first got together in May and announced their engagement a short time later.
Ariana was supposed to perform on Saturday night at the F–ck Cancer Gala at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles but backed out at the last minute. Her manager, Scooter Braun, addressed the audience, reports E! News, and alluded to the breakup.

Braun said, “Someone I’m very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she’s going through, she couldn’t be here today. And while I was frustrated, being the manager, my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, ‘She needs this time.'”

Ariana Grande was devastated after the death of her former fiancé, Mac Miller. After a few days, she broke her silence on social media, writing, “I adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this.”

#BoxOfficeNews: 'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row While ‘First Man’ falls to third place!
It wasn't quite as close as we thought it might be at the top of the box office, but last weekend's top two films definitely didn't disappoint. Sony's Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1 while Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continued to shine. As for the weekend's three new wide releases, Universal's First Man led the way, narrowly edging out Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween for third place on the weekend chart while Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale fell outside the top five.

With an estimated $35.7 million, Sony's Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now totals $143 million after just ten days in release. Heading into the weekend a drop of 60%+ seemed most likely considering historical precedence, but the film continues to outperform expectations, holding on similarly to Logan, which dipped just 56.9% in its second weekend.

Internationally, Venom remained the #1 film at the global box office delivering an estimated $69.7 million from 54 overseas markets for an international cume now totaling $235.3 million. New markets this weekend include France where the film launched with an estimated $6.7 million. The film's top market is South Korea with $25.4 million and it won't be adding any additional territories until its November 2 release in Japan while a release in China is still yet to be determined.

In the runner-up position for a second weekend in a row is WB's A Star is Born, which dropped just 35% in its sophomore frame for an estimated $28 million. The film's domestic cume is now just shy of $95 million after ten days in release.

Internationally, A Star is Born dipped just -14% compared to last weekend, bringing in an estimated $20.2 million from 65 markets for an overseas cume that now tops $41 million. Among the weekend's new markets, Italy led the way with a $2 million debut followed by openings in Brazil ($1.4m); Mexico ($1.3m); South Korea ($1.2m); and Taiwan ($1.1m). The film's top market is the UK with $12.3 million and next weekend sees A Star is Born open in Australia after which Japan will be the only market where the film is still to release as it doesn't debut there until December 21.

In third we come to the weekend's first new wide release in Universal's First Man, which managed to deliver on studio expectations, but fell short of Mojo's pre-weekend forecast. The film delivered a $16.5 million, three-day which is just over one million more than the $15.3 million opening for Brdge of Spies back in October 2015. That film went on to deliver a 4.7x multiplier with over $72 million domestically and Universal is hoping for a similar performance from First Man, which received a rather light "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences (Bridge of Spies received an "A") while playing well with critics to the tune of an 88% rating on RottenTomatoes. The film played to an audience that was 56% male, playing to an audience of which 52% were 35 years of age or older.

Internationally, First Man launched in 22 markets and brought in an estimated $8.6 million. bringing the worldwide total to $25.1 million. Leading the way was a $3.1 million debut in the UK followed by Australia ($1.67m), Spain ($1m) and Russia ($573k). Upcoming markets include France, Brazil and South Korea next weekend followed by Italy (Oct 31), Germany (Nov 8), Mexico (Nov 9) and Japan (Feb 8).

'What's Happening!!' co-star Danielle Spencer recuperating after brain surgery
Danielle Spencer, who played the tattletale little sister Dee Thomas on the 1970s TV series "What's Happening!!," is home in Virginia recuperating from emergency brain surgery after a series of health setbacks.

Spencer, who had been working as a veterinarian, was released from a hospital Oct. 4 after surgery for a bleeding hematoma, a result of a 1977 car accident that killed her stepfather, Tim Pelt, as he shielded her from harm. She can speak just slightly and must use crutches to walk, said a spokesman, Jason Hardy.
The 53-year-old Spencer began suffering symptoms in 2004, when she was confined to a wheelchair and did a long stint in rehab to learn how to walk again. In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, Hardy said.

The ABC sitcom, which aired from 1976 to 1979, followed the lives of three working-class teens in the Los Angeles neighborhood Watts. Spencer played the sister of one, Roger "Raj" Thomas. She also appeared in a sequel, "What's Happening Now!!"
Friends of Spencer, who lives in Richmond, have begun an appeal for financial assistance on her behalf at GoFundMe.com.

#FASHIONFILES: Mary J. Blige in Cushnie at the Tiffany Blue Book Collection Event Hot or Not?
Here’s R&B Superstar Mary J. Blige in Cushnie at the Tiffany Blue Book Collection Event. Take a look.
Now tell us is it HOT or NOT?

K. Michelle Upset Idris Elba Never Defended Their Relationship
Back in 2014 R&B singer K. Michelle leaked the news that she and actor Idris Elba had been secretly dating by admitting her album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart was about him

Now K. admits she was upset that Idris never backed up her claims…
K tells TVOne Uncensored
“I think that what hurt– black women, black women was like, ‘She’s so ghetto. Why he date her?”

“I felt like he didn’t defend me. I feel like when people were calling me a liar, again, about my relationship–I’ve been sitting here with this man for like nine months. I just could not believe we were spending so much time together he just did not come out and say, ‘Stop attacking her!’”


Rochester Hills man found guilty for shooting at unarmed black teen
Jeffrey Ziegler — the white Rochester Hills man seen shooting a shotgun at an unarmed black teenager in a viral video this week — was found guilty by a jury on Friday. 
The jury at Oakland County Circuit Court found Ziegler guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. In all, Ziegler could face up to 12 years of prison time. He is currently jailed without bond until his Nov. 13 sentencing.

The conviction stems from an incident in April, when a 14-year-old Rochester High School freshman said he missed his bus and got lost while walking to school. That's when he knocked on Ziegler's door for help — but instead of helping him, Ziegler, a 53-year-old former Detroit firefighter, fired a shotgun.
Ziegler offered conflicting explanations for what happened. He initially told investigators he woke up to his wife screaming that someone was breaking into their house, and that he then slipped and accidentally fired the gun. But later, Ziegler said that he was attempting to fire a "warning shot."

That's not what home surveillance video released to the jury this week showed, however. Instead, it shows the teen knocking on the door and waiting for someone to answer. He then runs away when he sees Ziegler answer the door holding a shotgun, who then appears to be deliberately aiming his gun at the fleeing teenager.
When confronted about the discrepancy, Ziegler told prosecutors he was "tired of being a victim." According to Ziegler, there had been five break-ins or attempted break-ins in the 13 years he has lived there, including one in which the Zieglers were asleep in their home. 

"There were choices made and choices have consequences," assistant prosector Kelly Collins told the jury, according to The Detroit News. "... He told you of his past and his credentials and how he is an upstanding citizen and homeowner who was broken into before ... and how he felt he and his wife were in danger. ... He was the danger on April 12."

Kanye West Came Back To Twitter Talking About Mind Control
Days after his White House play date with Donald Trump and over two weeks after his Saturday Night Live MAGA sermon, Kanye West has decided to return to Twitter after a brief hiatus to talk about…mind control.
In a series of videos — the first of which seem like a dad figuring out how to use his camera phone for the first time —  West talks about a myriad of things including mind control

“You know when people try to influence you through social media and try to tell you what to do or if you post something that’s positive on Instagram and it gets taken down if it’s not a part of a bigger agenda — that’s like mind control,” he says in the video.

He continues: “I feel like when people tell me what to do, I feel like they’re touching my brain. They’re trying to control our minds. They’re trying to control my mind and when someone tells me what to do and what I can wear and I can’t wear I feel like they are touching my brain.”
He goes on a stream of consciousness talking about how he has been “programmed” to talk a certain way and talking “clear.” He says: “I’ve forgotten how to talk not clear because I’m so programmed to talk clear and sound proper – that gets in the way of how we feel.”

He then references Ayn Rand, being on SNL, willing positive energy to the universe, purchasing publishing, and how he talked to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about “reprogramming to allow people to take off the followers and allow people to take off the likes because that works against your self-worth.”

“We will do what we feel,” he repeats in different iterations as a mantra.
This bizarre flow of words and thoughts comes after he deleted his Twitter account his aforementioned visit with Trump, his Saturday Night Live pro-Trump rant and his thoughts about abolishing the 13th amendment.

He clearly missed his time away from the social media platform — not sure if everyone else missed him.

Pauley Perrette Alleges That She Is Being Kept Silent About The Real Reason She Left 'NCIS'
Back in May, when Pauley Perrette left NCIS after 15 seasons, her exit — and subsequent social media activity — gave fans a hint that something was very wrong on the set of the hit CBS drama. And now, there seems to be problems on the set of another popular CBS show, Criminal Minds.

Greg St. Johns, the director of photography on Criminal Minds, has been with the long-running show since the beginning. He started as an A-camera operator in 2006, and in 2007 they promoted him to his current position of DP.
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When “Criminal Minds” returns to CBS Wednesday night, it will do so with Greg St. Johns again aboard as director of photography.
St. Johns has remained in that role, despite the fact that the state of California and ABC Studios human resources have investigated multiple allegations of abusive behavior. St. Johns has allegedly sexually harassed and retaliated against crew members, and he has created a toxic environment on the set.

Variety is reporting that 19 former or current Criminal Minds staffers have described how St. Johns gropes male staffers, physically threatens them, and fires anyone who complains. Several members of the crew have also said they reported St. Johns behavior to senior management, but they never took any steps to address the alleged abuse.
Back in January, about 100 Criminal Minds crew members received an anonymous email claiming that staffers had contacted the show’s producers and complained about St. Johns’ alleged abusive behavior. The email described inappropriate touching, verbal abuse, and the retaliatory firings of the entire electrical department, and it also made clear that many directors would not be returning to the show because of St. Johns’ behavior.

The sender of the email requested that producers interview every crew member in a safe, anonymous setting, in an effort to protect them from being singled out and retaliated against by St. Johns if they decide to share their story.

Even though ABC Studios — which produces Criminal Minds — conducted an investigation into St. Johns alleged behavior, we don’t know their findings, and he continues to work on the show and oversees multiple departments.
Tony Matulic, who used to work on Criminal Minds as a digital imaging technician, was one of the people who filed a complaint against St. Johns, but he waited until he left the show. Matulic says that when you get to be on a big show like that, you are happy to be there. So, you go along with things and avoid rocking the boat.

This latest story about St. Johns is causing some people to wonder if there is a similar work environment at NCIS. Once she left the show, Perrette posted some cryptic tweets about a “machine” keeping her silent. And, she also mysteriously tweeted, “He did it.”

New episodes of NCIS and Criminal Minds air Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively, on CBS.

A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200!
Congratulations to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper!

The A Star Is Born soundtrack has officially debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as of Sunday (October 14), according to the official chart company.
The album moved 231,000 equivalent album units in its first week, with 162,000 of those in album sales.
This mark’s Gaga‘s fifth No. 1 record, and also her fifth No. 1 record of this decade – the most among women.

It’s also the biggest week for a soundtrack since 2015′s Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s now the third biggest-selling soundtrack of 2018 after just one week, and the third No. 1 soundtrack of 2018.

Check out the full Top 10 of the Billboard 200 insi
1. A Star Is Born Soundtrack
2. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
4 Lil Baby and Gunna, Drip Harder
5. Eric Church, Desperate Man
6. Steve Perry, Traces
7. King & Country, Burn The Ships
8. Drake, Scorpion
9. Travis Scott, Astroworld
10. Post Malone, beerbongs & bentley

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