Comic-Con 2018: Breaking Bad stars appear on anniversary panel

BREAKING Bad creator Vince Gilligan says there is a strong chance that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will appear on the show’s spin-off, Better Call Saul.

Cranston and Paul were joined by their former Breaking Bad castmates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Gilligan, however, said the actors will not appear in season four of Better Call Saul when it returns in August.

“We don’t want to jerk folks around,” Gilligan said. “But we would be sorely remiss if these characters didn’t appear in the show before it ended.”

media_cameraBryan Cranston sat Comic-Con. Picture: Getty Images

Better Call Saul is a prequel spin-off of Breaking Bad that tracks the rise of a struggling lawyer, played by Bob Odenkirk into the go-to lawyer for top criminals in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Breaking Bad aired for five seasons, earning Cranston four Emmys for his role as White, while Paul won three for best supporting actor.

media_cameraBryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte. Picture: Getty Images

At Comic-Con, Paul brought his infant daughter onstage wearing a yellow hazmat suit and respirator like the one his character donned on the show while making meth.

“I miss you all, I miss the show,” he told his former co-stars. Cranston also said that Breaking Bad will never be a feature film, but Gilligan countered not to rule it out.

media_cameraIn character! Aaron Paul with Story Annabelle Paul, dressed as Walter White. Picture: Getty Images

Gilligan, the creator of both TV series, said the two shows would begin to come together in the fourth season of Better Call Saul, which premieres on August 7 on streaming service Stan.

“You have two shows for the price of one with Better Call Saul,” he said.

“It’s its own show, it stands on its own two legs wonderfully, just by itself.”

media_cameraBryan Cranston may reprise his role as Walter White in spin-off Better Call Saul. Picture: Getty Images

“But more and more in season four, the Breaking Bad world is coming into the Better Call Saul world … It’s overlapping.”

Gilligan did not say which characters from Breaking Bad would be featured in any upcoming crossover episodes.

Originally published as Breaking Bad creator teases return

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Taylor Swift to star in Cats movie musical with Jennifer Hudson

POPSTAR Taylor Swift is set to return to the big screen in a movie adaptation of Cats, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Variety reports that the movie will be directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper, who brought Les Miserables to the big screen, as also star Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and James Cordon.

Hudson, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her breakout role in Dreamgirls, will play Grizabella, so she will get to sing the showstopping tune Memory.

Originally published as Swift to star in Cats movie musical

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Roseanne Barr yells about Valerie Jarrett tweet in bizarre interview

ROSEANNE Barr spoke out relatively unapologetically about the vile Valerie Jarrett tweet that got her Roseanne reboot cancelled: “I thought the b**ch was white!”

In a video posted to Barr’s YouTube page, a slightly dishevelled Barr, 65, smokes a cigarette while talking to a producer about a previous video that was thoroughly edited.

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Roseanne’s bizarre video

After a loud groan, an agitated Barr lashes out at her interviewer when asked about her now-notorious tweet in which she claimed the former Barack Obama adviser was a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

“I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal,” Barr roars in the clip. “That’s what my tweet was about. I thought the b**ch was white, goddammit. I thought the b**ch was white. F**k!”

The tweet got the Roseanne reboot cancelled on May 29, after which Barr was initially extremely contrite and blamed Ambien for her scathing commentary.

Barr previously claimed that her tweet was a commentary on anti-Semitism, writing, “Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-Semitism. That is what my tweet referred to — the anti Semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.”

She also said her tweet was “insensitive” but “not racist.”

In late June, Barr told Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that she made herself into a “hate magnet” with her unhinged tweets, which also included calling George Soros a Nazi.

She’s since apologised to Soros.

“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have.’ But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible,” she said on the podcast.

She added that her tweets “didn’t mean what they think I meant … But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologise to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”

“I’ve lost everything,” Barr lamented at the time. “And I regretted it before I lost everything.”

After the outrage, ABC greenlit a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr in it. The show is set to air within months.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission

Originally published as Roseanne’s angry outburst over tweet

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Princess Charlotte is worth billions and much more than Prince George or Prince Louis

SHE may just be three years old but Princess Charlotte is worth a staggering £3.8 billion ($6.7 billion) — not bad for a kid who hasn’t started school.

And it looks like Kate Middleton and Prince William’s only daughter could be the biggest earner of their brood, as she’s worth more than brothers Prince George and Prince Louis.

media_cameraPrincess Charlotte (L) waves by her mother Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after attending the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: AFP

The Sun reports that the whopping figure has been estimated by Reader’s Digest, who also found Prince George to be worth £2.7 billion ($4.8 billion) — a billion less than his younger sister.

Youngest child Prince Louis was only born in April so has a bit of catching up to do to match his older siblings, but is predicted to add £50 million ($88 million) to the British economy before his first birthday.

media_cameraBritain’s Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and her brother Prince Louis of Cambridge. Picture: AFP
media_cameraPrince William, Duke of Cambridge. Picture: Getty

The calculations were based on the value the royal youngsters bring the UK economy.

And just like the “Meghan Markle effect”, Princess Charlotte’s fashion is the reason that she is worth more than her brothers.

media_cameraOfficial portrait taken following the christening of Prince Louis. Picture: Supplied

As with her fashionable mum and aunt, any clothes or shoes that the young tot wears become a sellout success, with people rushing to replicate her style on their own kids.

And because The Duchess of Cambridge often dresses her mini-me daughter in high street brands such as John Lewis, it often causes frenzy of sales.

media_cameraPrincess Charlotte’s yellow cardigan sold out in 24 hours. Picture: Supplied

A good example of this was with the yellow cardigan that she wore around her second birthday in her official portrait.

The sought-after garment from the department chain is said to have sold out within a mere 24 hours of the sweet image being released.

media_cameraBritain’s Prince William (top L), Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s Catherine (top R), Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince George of Cambridge (bottom L) and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (bottom R). Picture: AFP

In a Telegraph poll, one in five parents said they deemed the adorable princess to be a style icon for their own kids.

Brand Finance CEO David Haigh said to Insider: “The royal children have a positive impact on the sales of particular clothes and toys brands they wear or play with

“In this sense, they have a very similar effect on brands as their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who has a real Midas touch — everything she touches turns into gold.”

media_cameraBritain’s Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Picture: AFP

The kids also play a part in the tourism revenue generated by the monarchy.

Mr Haigh added: “Many visitors who come to London for pomp and circumstance hope to see George and Charlotte on the Buckingham Palace balcony with their parents.”

One this is for sure, she may be in nursery but Princess Charlotte is a force to be reckoned with.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

Originally published as Why Charlotte’s worth more than her brothers

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“American Horror Story” Reveals Season 8 Title: “Apocalypse”

The title of American Horror Story‘s 8th season has been announced!

Friday (Jul. 20) at midnight PST during Comic-Con 2018 in San Diego California, AHS revealed the title of their eighth season: “Apocalypse.” The big announcement was accompanied by an image of a baby covered in blood being touched by a creepy-looking black hand.

In the past, showrunner Ryan Murphy has kept details of upcoming American Horror Story seasons under wraps, but this time, he chose to reveal a bit of info. about the next AHS season early on. Last month, Murphy tweeted that AHS Season 8 would be a “Coven/Murder House crossover.”

AHS’ first season, and arguably its best, “Murder House,” centered on a family who moved into a restored mansion, unaware that the house was haunted by the ghosts of its former residents and their victims. The third season of AHS, “Coven,” followed a coven of Salem witches fighting for survival in the present-day while dealing with issues from the past.

AHS Season 8 will reportedly be set in the near future (18 months in the future, according to Murphy) and will feature a long list of returning stars: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson (who will be playing multiple characters), Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts. Franchise newcomer Joan Collins will play the grandmother of Evan Peters’ character, who is said to be a “comedic hairdresser.”

“It’s a season unlike anything we’ve done because there’s a big hook to it,” Murphy said about AHS: Apocalypse. “There’s a huge thing that happens in Episode 5.”

Because Season 8 will be a crossover season, it’s highly likely that actors/characters from “Murder House” and “Coven” will appear. Murphy has said that he is optimistic that many of the original AHS stars will return for the crossover season, including Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and fan favorite Jessica Lange.

“I want all of them,” Murphy said. “I want Dylan, and Connie and Jessica [Lange]. They’ve all said — Kathy Bates, too — everybody who is involved in the show has always said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like fun, let’s get the band back together again.’ So that is one of the reasons why the writing process of that season is taking longer because it’s literally 25 people’s schedules. But I’m hopeful they will all be back.”

As one Facebook user put it, “We lived in the Murder House. We escaped the Asylum. We protected the Coven. We attended the Freak Show. We checked into the Hotel. We experienced the Roanoke nightmare. We joined the Cult. And now we will survive the Apocalypse.”

American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres Wednesday, September 12th on FX.

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Kaley Cuoco wedding: Stunning detail of wedding dress revealed

KALEY Cuoco has given fans the first close-up look at her wedding dress after marrying equestrian Karl Cook last month.

A photo shared to Cuoco’s Instagram shows the stunning detail that went into her wedding dress, which had previously been obscured in other pictures.

The Big Bang Theory star’s gown, which was designed by Reem Acra, featured intricate lace embroidery and a corset-style bodice that hugged the actress’ petite frame.

Cuoco had covered the top half of her wedding dress by wearing a lace cape while exchanging vows.

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After the ceremony Cuoco had a wardrobe change, donning a lace jumpsuit with a plunging neckline for the reception.

The couple wed with personally written vows in a stable near San Diego, California, with Cuoco’s sister Briana officiating the ceremony.

Their honeymoon plans were cut short after the actress had to have emergency shoulder surgery just days after the wedding, with Cuoco now documenting her recovery on Instagram.

Originally published as Stunning detail of Kaley Cuoco’s dress revealed

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Harvey Weinstein claims Ashley Judd made a ‘sex bargain’ with him

HARVEY Weinstein has argued for a defamation suit brought by Ashley Judd to be dismissed on the grounds the two had a sex “bargain”.

During a court appearance in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the disgraced producer’s lawyers disputed claims made by Judd that Weinstein sabotaged her career and prevented her from getting a role in Lord Of The Rings, USA Today reports.

media_cameraHarvey Weinstein is also facing criminal charges in New York. Picture: AFP/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Weinstein’s legal team referred to comments made by Judd in an October 2017 interview with Diane Sawyer that she had agreed he could touch her if she won an Oscar.

In her lawsuit, Judd has argued it had been a “mock bargain” made in order to leave a hotel room where Weinstein had asked her for a massage in 1996.

Weinstein’s lawyers argued that the producer then tried to deliver on the agreement, trying to get her cast as the female lead in Good Will Hunting.

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media_cameraAshley Judd filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against Weinstein in May. Picture: AFP/Mark Ralston

But Judd’s lawyer slammed Weinstein’s claims, labelling them a “baseless” and “offensive” attempt to escape retribution for his “despicable actions”.

Judd was one of the first celebrities to come forward with allegations against Weinstein last year.

In May, Judd filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against Weinstein, telling The New York Times she plans to donate proceeds from the legal action to the Time’s Up movement.

The Me Too campaign has torn through 2018, where more women have been sharing their stories of abuse in a movement started by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano.

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Originally published as Weinstein claims he had sex ‘deal’ with Judd

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Wiz Khalifa mocked for saying straight men shouldn’t eat bananas

RAPPER Wiz Khalifa has revealed some pretty strong opinions about bananas in a new interview — namely, that men shouldn’t be seen eating them.

“You gotta break it in half. If you bite a banana, you suss,” the star explains, apparently without provocation, during a radio interview with The Breakfast Club.

“If you a n***a, n***as gotta break the banana in half, pause … You gotta break it in pieces, bro.”

It’s at this point the host tells Khalifa that “it’s just a fruit,” but the rapper won’t be swayed on his opinion that a man must never put a whole banana into his mouth.

media_cameraGuess he doesn’t find bananas very aPEELing (sorry) Picture: Getty
media_cameraA great source of potassium!

“I’m just trying to help you out, bro. If you in public and you eating a banana, just break it into pieces.”

In case there was any doubt, Khalifa made it clear that women were allowed to eat bananas however they want — even suggesting that a woman would “get more followers” if she “eats a banana real sloppy.”

As you’d expect, Khalifa’s strict rules re: gender division of banana consumption have caused quite the stir on social media:

We’re calling it: Khalifa vs. Banana is 2018’s most exciting rap feud.

Originally published as Rapper’s ridiculous ‘rule for men’ mocked online

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Anthony Bourdain’s death: Asia Argento shows photo taken days before death

ASIA Argento has shared an intimate photo of her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, taken in the weeks leading up to his death.

The actress, 42, posted an image of the couple riding around in a red car in Florence, Italy, on May 27 — less than a fortnight before the famous chef was found dead in a hotel room in France.

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In the photo, Bourdain, 61, is smiling while his girlfriend sits behind the wheel in a polka-dot dress. The pair was shooting an episode of his TV series Parts Unknown at the time.

Argento quoted Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno in the caption, which when translated from Italian reads: “There is no greater pain than to remember happy days in days of misery; and this thy Leader knows. But if to know the first root of our love so yearning a desire possesses thee, I’ll do as one who weepeth while he speak.”

On the day it was taken, Argento had shared a black and white photo of the pair cuddled up on a bench, with Bourdain’s arm slung around her shoulders.

Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at New York restaurants to dining in Vietnam with former US president Barack Obama, took his own life in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his TV series.

A toxicology report released last month revealed he had no narcotics or alcohol in his body at the time of his death.

If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000.

Originally published as Bourdain’s girlfriend’s sweet photo from his last days

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Did Stevie J & Faith Evans Really Get Married in Las Vegas?

Are Stevie J and Faith Evans REALLY married? That’s the question on the minds of many after TMZ reported yesterday that the couple applied for a marriage license on Tuesday (Jul. 17) just hours before they tied the knot in a secret “quickie wedding” in Las Vegas.

Several attendees at the top-secret ceremony confirmed the news to TMZ that Stevie and Faith exchanged “I Do’s” in their Vegas hotel room around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, about four hours after Faith called in a local minister to ask him if he was available to do a wedding at Trump Hotel ASAP.

Because folks like receipts when it comes to stuff like this, TMZ also published a photo of the supposed newlyweds outside of a courthouse in Las Vegas after obtaining their marriage license.

TMZ reported:

The ceremony was performed in the living room of their hotel suite with Faith and Stevie overlooking the Vegas strip. Sources close to the couple tell us they held hands and teared up while “Ave Maria” played on a portable speaker.

We’re told the “Gypsy Minister” — whose services cost a couple hundred bucks — had no idea she was marrying off celebs. She even asked Faith if she was a model or an actress. Faith politely said she’s a singer … to which the minister said, “Me too!”

Apparently, after tying the knot, the couple exchanged tweets affirming their love for one another. Stevie tweeted “I love you Faith Renee Jordan” and Evans tweeted back, “I love you back Steven Aaron Jordan.”

The reports have fans scratching their heads because while Stevie and Faith have dated in the past, them getting hitched seems to be a bit … strange. If they are, indeed, married, as the multiple reports suggest, this is Stevie’s first marriage and Faith’s third. She has previously been married to Todd Russaw and the Notorious B.I.G.

Though Stevie has never been married, he currently has six children and a grandchild. His sixth child, his daughter with his former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta co-star Joseline Hernandez, is barely two years old.

News of their marriage also comes immediately following the release of a sneak peek of the video for their collaboration “A Minute,” which also has fans wondering if this is all a publicity stunt for reality TV and to promote their new song and video, which will both be released “EVERYWHERE on July 27th,” according to this tweet from Faith:

Stevie J and Faith Evans have known each other for a while, since the 90’s to be exact, when Stevie was a producer for Evans’ then-husband, the Notorious B.I.G. Stevie and Faith started dating in 2016 after working together in the studio, but broke up for a brief period.

“I’ve known her for like 25 years,” he told The Breakfast Club in December 2016. “We was like family and then as years progressed, we just began to hang out more [and] talk more.”

A few months later, in her own interview with The Breakfast Club in March 2017, Evans said of the romance, “I never took Stevie serious, actually.”

She continued, “I think probably in the last 10 years, I would say, is he trying to flirt? Lets go. But I never saw him like that. I have always had plenty of male friends. Never dated any of them. I was just really cool like that. I think I really should have been a boy or something. But I’m just cool with dudes. I would check on him, just hear if he was going through stuff and find out how to get in touch with him….[I was] Just really sincerely his friend.”

Faith explained that when she and Stevie finally got together, she told him the relationship had to be serious, or else it would be nothing at all. She said, “You know, I’m like, ‘you know I’m not about all the craziness. If I’m going to be in a relationship, it’s gotta be a serious one. You know?’ And I think probably for a few months he definitely went through the convincing and not getting a real response. You know, just, even though I was brushing him off, [he was] like, ‘no for real I really wanna be with you, I love you.’ And I’m like, ‘I love you too, but I don’t know if I wanna be with you.’ You know what I’m saying?”

In April 2018, Stevie and Faith rekindled their romance when Stevie attended a party Faith was throwing, and the whole thing was documented on Stevie’s VH1 reality show Leave it to Stevie. “Faith is beautiful,” Stevie said on his show. “When I’m around her, I feel like I’m the best version of myself.”

Stevie said to Faith: “If I’m being honest, I did some things I shouldn’t have done.” Evans replied: “You know we are always solid.”

“I want to be tighter than solid, you know what I’m saying?” Stevie J said. “I never speak to you anymore.” Stevie then got on one knee, as if he were proposing to her. “I know what I need to do,” he said, and Evans laughed back, “Where’s the drinks?”

A few months later, it looks like Stevie J made good on the joke he made to Evans. And now, friends and family of the “newlyweds” aren’t too pleased that they got married in a secret ceremony.

According to TMZ, family sources on both sides said they were never given a heads-up that a marriage between the two was even a possibility. The person who’s most upset? Faith’s 21-year-old son CJ Wallace—her child with Biggie Smalls.

We’re told there was never talk — not a hint — of a wedding. Faith was scheduled to be in L.A. getting ready for a London trip, and Stevie was just in Atlanta for ‘Love & Hip Hop’ … so the Vegas rendezvous that ended in “I do” floored everyone.

Our sources say there are a lot of hurt feelings among those close to the couple … especially their kids. We’re told Faith’s son, CJ Wallace — her child with Biggie Smalls — is especially upset … because he’s also Stevie’s godson.

Family sources on Faith’s side tell us … Faith told them Stevie J went to her Tuesday and told her they needed to get married that day. The sources think Stevie J knew if Faith started telling friends and family she was marrying him, they would talk her out of it.

And, get this … friends and family members were blowing up Faith’s phone Wednesday, asking her why she did it. She responded by sending them a song she just recorded with Stevie J called, “A Minute” with the explanation … it only took a minute to fall in love.

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