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Justin Timberlake Says There Won’t be A Wardrobe Malfunction at Super Bowl 2018

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Bringing sexy back to the halftime show! Justin Timberlake will return to the Super Bowl stage in February 2018 for a record-breaking third time.

The Grammy winner previously appeared at the halftime show for the first time during the 2001 Superbowl when he was a member of ‘NSync, along with Aerosmith and Britney Spears. The pop star returned to the stage for the 2004 Super Bowl, when Janet Jackson was the main act of the show. The singer made headlines and was involved in a lawsuit when he ripped off Janet Jackson’s clothes, exposing her breast during the live broadcast.

The controversial incident was what led the FCC to implement a five-second broadcast delay during every live performance, and many radio stations and TV networks blacklisted Jackson’s singles and music videos. However, Timberlake didn’t receive such criticism or uproar.

Nevertheless, Timberlake reassured in an interview that there won’t be another wardrobe malfunction. “That won’t happen this time,” he said. “There was a little bit of that [discussion]. But no, Mike, that’s not going to happen.”

“I immediately was excited [when the NFL called],” said the Sexy Back singer. “It’s a huge moment, so I was very excited.”

The former ‘NSync frontman also talked about his brainstorming process. “I’ve watched a ton of [previous halftime shows] just to make sure that we’re not pulling out any gags,” said Timberlake. “People are flying, and Lady Gaga jumped from the top of the stadium or something [this February]. I don’t know, man. I’m 36 now. I don’t know how much of that I can do anymore.”

“What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies,” added the Can’t Stop the Feeling singer. “I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point within that 12 minutes, everybody is shaking their booty.”

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Matt Damon Admits He Knew Gwyneth Paltrow’s  Harvey Weinstein Story

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Matt Damon and George Clooney talked about the sexual abuse and harassment allegations against producing Harvey Weinstein while promoting their upcoming film Suburbicon in a segment on Good Morning America

“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully and he was intimidating…that was his whole kind of M.O,” Damon said. “When people say ‘everybody knew,’ yea I knew. I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that. I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. This level of criminal sexual predation was not something I ever thought was going on.”

Later on, Damon admitted that he and Ben Affleck knew Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly sexually harassed by Weinstein.

“I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after [her relationship with] Brad [Pitt],” the Oscar winner said to Michael Strahan. “I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me. But I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding that they had come to. She had handled it, and she was the first lady of Miramax. And he treated her incredibly respectfully, always.”

Paltrow revealed to The New York Times earlier this month that Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite in 1996 for a business meeting that ended with him asking for a massage. “I was a kid … I was petrified,” she said. The actress told then-boyfriend Pitt about the encounter, and he later confronted the former executive “very clearly and strongly and unequivocally” at a movie premiere.

Meanwhile, Clooney claimed that Weinstein had told him that he had different affairs with “some actresses who were friends of mine,” but Clooney did not believe him at the time. “The fact that the story is coming out now and the more it comes out, I want to know all of it,” he said on the show.

 

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Taylor Swift Releases New Single ‘Gorgeous’

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After teasing all of her followers on social media about a brand-new single, at 12 o clock the Grammy winner released the full rendition of a track titled “Gorgeous.”

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Set to be part of her upcoming album Reputation, the song is a catchy pop song designed to make music fans move and sing along.

“You’re so gorgeous / I can’t say anything to your face / ‘Cause look at your face / And I’m so furious,” she sings. “At you for making me feel this way / But what can I say? / You’re gorgeous.”

T-Swift teased the new single with a short clip posted on her revamped instagram account. “Gorgeous” is the third track released from her upcoming sixth LP, Reputation, which will be released on November 10. The pop star debuted the LP’s first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” in August followed by a second track titled “…Ready for It?” back in early September.

In addition to the new album, Swift is getting ready for a series of special concerts just in time for the holidays. The artist, known for her huge hits “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space”, will be performing this December in New York and Los Angeles as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour.

Swift is also finishing with “The Swift Life”, a new app designed to be a “creative, inclusive and community-driven place for users to better connect with each other…and Taylor.” That’s right, Taylor Swift will have her own social media platform!

Reputation is shaping up to become one of Swift’s most buzzed about releases. “She’s definitely coming for the Grammys,” said a source close to the singer, and said that the album is “her most experimental work yet in terms of sound.”

The album will also give insights into her feuds with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, as well as former boyfriend Calvin Harris. But who’s Gorgeous about? The new track is probably dedicated to Swift’s new beau, Joe Alwyn. Social media sleuths are already deciphering all the clues inside the new track.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals Secret Struggle With Substance Abuse

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Ed Sheeran opened up in an interview and revealed for the first time that he has also struggled with substance abuse. During an episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, the “Shape of You” singer, revealed how sudden fame affected his life in a damaging way.

“I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to [fame], and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour. And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse,” said the British singer-songwriter. “I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.”

Before the release of his third album, back in March, the singer went on a year-long hiatus to focus on himself. During that time, Sheeran got rid of his cell phone and went on a social media blackout. “I focused on work, and I can’t work under the influence. I can’t write songs under the influence. I can’t perform under the influence. So, the more I worked, the less [that happened],” Sheeran said. “I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am, and you can’t lose that over something that you do in your spare time.”

“I didn’t really notice it was happening,” he added. “It just started gradually happening, and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down.’ It’s all fun to begin with. It all starts off as a party, and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not, so that was a wake-up call and [I took] a year off.”

Sheeran gives credit to his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, with helping him with his secret battles. “We live together now, and I think that was a real help grounding me,” the musician explained. “I was a 25-year-old in the music industry on tour, so I just needed someone to balance me out.”

 

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Michelle Williams Says She Was Suicidal During Destiny’s Child Fame

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Former Destiny’s Child member, Michelle Williams, has revealed that she battled depression and suicidal thoughts right at the height of her fame with the chart-topping group.

“I didn’t know until I was in my 30s what was going on,” Williams said while guest cohosting The Talk with hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne. “I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, ‘I’m turning into a woman.’ I’ve been suffering since the ages of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn’t know what to call it.”

The singer said that at the time she didn’t quite understand why she felt the way she did, thinking, “I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression.”

Williams remembers that she tried to reach out for help to the group’s manager, Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, about how she was feeling. “When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?'”

“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,'” Williams said. But the singer admitted that she only got worse from there “to the point where I was suicidal. I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like, ‘I’m the provider, I take care of people. I’m not supposed to be feeling this way. What do I do?’ And I wanted out”.

“I think at the age of 25, had I had a name to what I was feeling at the time, I would have disclosed that ‘I’ve been suffering from depression,” she said.

Williams says she’s sharing this experience because she’s inspired by Demi Lovato’s bravery in talking about her battles, and that she wants women to be more open up about their private struggles with mental health.  “I just want to normalize the discussion,” she said.

After her appearance, she wrote on Twitter to thank the show. “Thank you @TheTalkCBS for being a safe place to talk about #depression #mentalhealthawareness!! Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!”

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Blythe Danner Sounds Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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Actress Blythe Danner, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, who was one of Harvey Weinstein‘s alleged victims, defends her daughter in a New York Time’s letter to the editor, in response to a recent story by NYT writer Maureen Dowd.

Danner wrote, “I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22 (“Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story,” column, Oct. 15).”

The Meet the Parents actress said that her daughter did do something. She wrote, “After her initial shock, Gwyneth left the room immediately, and, despite the fact that Mr. Weinstein threatened her if she ever spoke of what happened, she reported it to her agent and to her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who confronted Mr. Weinstein.”

In her column, Down insinuated that Paltrow willingly collaborated with the film producer’s advances and that she even defended him in an interview years after the incident allegedly occurred. In response to this, Danner wrote, “Gwyneth did not ‘put aside her qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax’ back then, as Ms. Dowd would have it. She continued to hold her own and insist that Mr. Weinstein treat her with respect.”

Paltrow revealed to The New York Times, that she was harassed by the film producer while shooting Emma in 1996. Weinstein allegedly called Paltrow to his hotel room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a business meeting and suggested they give one another massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said. “I thought he was going to fire me. He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal…I was expected to keep the secret.”

The veteran actress recognizes that women are treated unfairly in the industry and hopes that substantive changes come after the unveiling of these misconducts and crimes. “As a longstanding member of the industry, I am much aware of the many years of its prejudiced and unacceptable behavior toward women,” Danner wrote, “No one would argue that Harvey Weinstein isn’t finally getting what he deserves. But I hope that this is the point of no return where change will occur, not only in our industry but also others.”

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Marilyn Manson Reignites Justin Bieber Feud

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The feud is back on. Marilyn Manson has reignited his dispute with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. The rocker, 48, talked about the 23-year-old singer during an interview with radio host Cindy Scull last week.

“I don’t like to fight with girls, so I don’t wanna fight Justin Bieber,” Manson said during the show.

Manson and Bieber got into a feud when the “Sorry” singer began selling a $195 Purpose Tour t-shirt with an unauthorized image of Manson featured on it. Manson mentioned the merchandise item during an interview with Billboard magazine, back in September.

“I ran into him in some fancy bar where a lot of celebrities — a word that I despise—go. I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blond hair, and it turns out to be Bieber,” Manson said at the time. “I sit down, and I say, ‘Hey, so you wore my shirt and everything onstage.’ He was one of those touchy people that hit you when they talk, and he comes up to about dick height. Then he goes, ‘I made you relevant again.'”

Manson added that Bieber was a “real piece of s—t in the way he had the arrogance” to say that. “It was nice though that I didn’t have to sue his company for making the shirts that he wore with his name and my face on it,” he said. “They were very much like, ‘We know we’re wrong here; just take as many dollars as you want.'”

When asked about Biebs’ decision to re-appropriate Manson’s “Bigger Than Satan” T- shirt design, the rocker joked about the pop star membership to the Hillsong Church. “Well he’s in some sort of sexual religious cult with an Asian version of Dave Navarro, apparently. I don’t know, because I don’t know how to use the mind of a squirrel.”

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McKayla Maroney Claims She Was Sexually Abused by Olympic Gymnastics Team Doctor

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Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney joined the “Me Too” movement and opened up about being sexually abused for years by Larry Nassar, the doctor for the U.S. Women’s National Gymnastics team.

The gymnast shared her own story to show that sexual abuse and harassment is not only a Hollywood problem. “People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere,” she wrote. “Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse.”

“Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.’ It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport,” Maroney wrote. “It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.”

Nassar is currently facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct from 125 women and he has already pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July. Nassar also faces sexual assault charges in state court in Michigan.

The former Olympian detailed one particularly terrifying moment with Nassar. “For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” she wrote. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”

Maroney became a beloved viral sensation at the Olympics, thanks to a photo that showed her being “not impressed” after coming in second place and winning the silver medal. The alleged abuse that she suffered occurred during the sports event.

In an official statement, USA Gymnastics praised Maroney for speaking out about the alleged abuse. “USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused,” the organization said. “We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”

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Jennifer Lawrence Talks About Humiliating Audition Early On In Her Career

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Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence talked about a humiliating audition that she went through early on her career as an actress while attending the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday, October 16.

“When I was much younger and starting out I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” Lawrence said. “A female producer had me do a nude line-up with five women who were much, much thinner than me. We all stood side-by-side with only [tape] covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

“I can laugh now, it’s OK,” she continued. “If at any point you’re wondering, ‘Why didn’t I stick up for myself?’ I tried. I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he replied by saying he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat. He thought I was perfectly f—kable.”

Lawrence, who did not reveal the name of the producer or director, said she felt like she had no other choice. “I let myself get treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career. I was young and walking that fine line of sticking up for myself without being called difficult, which they did call me, but I believe the word they used was ‘nightmare,'” she said. “Every human being, no matter how successful they are, should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human. … In a dream world, everyone is treated with the exact same level of respect, but until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear, I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves.”

The Hunger Games star spoke out about her own experience after praising all the women for coming forward with their personal stories, amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

“It’s so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it or worse, to be made to feel ashamed, but thanks to the women before us who [have] fought for our right to vote, for our right to choose, we are now living in a somewhat confused world, but confused isn’t bad, confused is progress,” said Lawrence, who was one of eight honorees at the event.

 

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Carrie Fisher Once Sent a Cow’s Tongue to Producer Who Sexually Assaulted Her Friend

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A heroic princess in real life, too! Star War’s Carrie Fisher once sent a cow’s tongue to a predatory producer after he sexually assaulted her friend, screenwriter Heather Ross.

During an interview with 94.9 MIXfm, Ross revealed that an unnamed Award-winning producer climbed on top of her in a car and allegedly began making unwanted sexual advances. The screenwriter said that she pushed the producer off her, but as she got away the man shouted, “You’ll never make a movie in my town … Get the F out of my car!”

Later, the writer confided in Fisher, who took matters into her own hands. “About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and said, ‘I just saw [him] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,'” Ross said about the actress, known for her iconic role as Princess Leia, who died at the age of 60 in December 2016 after suffering cardiac arrest.

“I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!'” Ross said.

“It felt validating to know … this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was,” she continued. “She spoke out and put things out there in your face.”

Though the screenwriter did not name the producer, she said he was not Harvey Weinstein.

This revelation comes amid Weinstein’s scandal. The infamous Hollywood producer accussed by more than 30 women of sexual assault and harassment, has since been fired from The Weinstein Company and removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In addition, the former executive’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has left him.