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Prince Is Not Thankful for His Online Fans

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Talk about a “controversy” making people “delirious.”

In the record span of two months, the enigmatic-genius-symbol currently known as Prince did the unthinkable — he gave his fans what they wanted and then took it all away…along with his entire video collection online.

And then he drove away in his Little Red Corvette and made all the doves cry.

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Sting Joining the Cast of his Broadway Show ‘The Last Ship’ To Boost Ticket Sales

sting last shipWhere once Broadway stages were populated by a breed of actor that focused on work in the theater, you can now find some of the biggest names from television, Hollywood and music on marquees all over Midtown Manhattan. Indeed, trying to get a ticket to a show with a celebrity involved will cost theatergoers big bucks. The last time we checked for tickets to see Hugh Jackman in “The River,” there was nothing for less than about $280.

Hoping to turn around the fortunes of his flailing show “The Last Ship,” Sting will headline the production for five weeks starting December 9. Sting wrote the music to the show, which is about a young man who leaves his English shipping community only to return 15 years later to find that the shipyard is at risk and his childhood love is engaged to another man.

To announce the special engagement, Sting appeared on the Today show this morning. And The New York Times ran a story yesterday. So the show sees the opportunity and is looking to make the most of it.

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National Media Runs with Fake Lisa Bonet Tweet About Cosby

lisa-bonetRemember her?

For years, she was seen on posters in pre-pubescent boys’ school lockers. Lately, she may as well be seen on milk cartons because Lisa Bonet has not made much of an appearance beyond a guest spot on Portlandia and the whole “getting married to Khal Drogo” thing.

Of course, now that her former boss has encountered a wave of negative publicity, many people in the media are looking for a quote, a wink, even a shrug that may irrefutably deny or confirm the narrative. In fact, the media is so hungry for confirmation from the former Cosby Show crew that they might fail to focus on whether the “people” in question are real.

That’s exactly what happened this weekend.

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Wendy Williams Takes A Ton of Social Media Hits After Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic

aaliyah biopicAll the world loves a Lifetime movie. The stories are never too complex, no matter the issues they may touch upon. If you miss the first 30 minutes, that’s all right. The stories are such that you can catch up pretty easily. And most viewers don’t have particularly high expectations. So if the movie is even halfway decent, you walk away a satisfied viewer. The movie has to be darn awful for people to raise a stink.

That’s exactly what happened after the network aired its biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B this weekend,which focused on the star who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001. And viewers didn’t just lash out at Lifetime for broadcasting a garbage movie. They went all the way off on Wendy Williams for producing it. She was even trending for a while on Saturday night.

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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Marvel Strikes a Chord with Fans of Captain Marvel and Black Panther

black pantherMarvel has been riding a decade-long wave of success on the back of our never-ending desire to see people dressed in spandex and capes save the day from world-destroying baddies. But real life has always crept into even the superhero conversation: Why can’t there be more diversity in the lead characters of these stories?

Important to note: There has always been a diverse cast of characters in Marvel comics. The issue is top billing in the movies.

So no surprise that Marvel set the internet on fire when it announced that “Black Panther,” a Black character, would have his own movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, who was recently seen with a pompadour hairstyle starring in the James Brown biopic Get On Up. That will be released in November 2017.

And “Captain Marvel” aka Carol Danvers will have a film coming out July 2018. Hooray!

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Clown Group Has a Problem with AHS: Freak Show’s Serial Killer, Twisty

ahs_clown_mainIf you’ve watched either of the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show, then no doubt you’ve peed a little bit in your pants over Twisty the Clown, the crazed, sadistic, killer clown that’s knifing some people to death and holding others hostage. We’re talking about Michael Meyers, Texas Chainsaw MassacreSaw-level scary here.

That hasn’t been lost on a group called Clowns of America International (?), which has a real problem with the way clowns are depicted on the FX show.

“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” the group’s president Glenn Kohlberger told The Hollywood Reporter“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm.”

Sensationalizing or not, Twisty the Clown is straight up scary as hell.

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The FTC Will Take ‘False Advertising’ for $18 Million, Alex

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You can never be too sure when becoming a celebrity spokesperson. Your name is your reputation, and no group of people is more aware of that than movie and TV stars.

The value of said name is the only reason we see people we know shilling for something they probably never use in real life. Does anyone really think the Kardashians need a pre-paid credit card?!

Such is life for the effusively smarmy Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.

The guy always knows the answer you missed and makes sure that you know he knows it, even though he may have the answers written on a card in his Canadian sweaty hands. And now that a product for which he shilled has been smacked down by the Federal Trade Commission, he is probably sweating a bit more.

Is there a Doctor Oz in the house?

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Reporter Interviews Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Without Seeing Their Movie, Pays the Price

A Denver reporter showed up on set without first doing his research and ended up slinking off camera in embarrassment.

Kristen Wiig and Bill HaderSNL alums and co-stars of the new movie The Skeleton Twins, appeared on a local station to be interviewed by Chris Parente.

Clearly Parente never got away with not doing his homework in school because he gives away almost immediately that he has no clue what he’s talking about. The long-winded opening question literally ends with, “What is it?” But the dead giveaway was the question about Wiig being naked. Neither star is naked in The Skeleton Twins.

Besides the fact that both sides should always be well-versed in the topic that they’re going to be talking about during an interview, it’s particularly critical when you’re going to be talking with someone who’s good at an ad lib.

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Kristen Bell Says the Paps are Leaving Her Alone After ‘No Kids Policy’

kristen bellKristen Bell can be seen these days in heavy rotation in a Samsung commercial with hubby Dax Shepard. One place you won’t be seeing her (or her child), however, is plastered all over the tabloids.

Earlier this year, the actress launched a “No Kids Policy” against the paparazzi, and strongly pressing people to boycott magazines that run pictures of celebrity children. She launched the campaign despite passage of a bill in California that was meant to curb overzealous paps. That bill had the support of big names like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry.

It looks like Bell’s campaign is doing just as much to change paparazzi culture as the law. Bell says that with her second pregnancy she’s being harassed much less.

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