Ryan Lochte Charged With Making False Police Report In Rio After Landing New Endorsement Deal
UPDATE with Brazil charges: Police in Rio de Janeiro have charged U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false report in connection with his now self-described “embellished” story of a robbery near the end of the Rio Summer Olympics.
The Associated Press reported the news just now amid earlier reports by Fox News and ESPN that Rio officials planned to summon Lochte back to Rio de Janeiro for a Brazil Justice Department hearing on the incident, in which he and three other… Read
‘Lip Sync Battle’ Host LL Cool J Discusses Transition From Grammys Hosting And On-Set Spontaneity
A two-time Grammy winning recording artist—infatuated with rap and hip-hop since his formative years, growing up in Queens—LL Cool J last year took over hosting duties on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle, never anticipating that the series would become an Emmy-nominated pop culture phenomenon two seasons in. Every week, the series pits A-list couples, siblings and co-stars against one another in a tremendously entertaining musical throw down, in pursuit of glory and the Lip Sync… Read
Ryan Lochte Dips Toe In ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pool
Ryan Lochte is diving into a new competition. The Olympic gold medalist and Rio Public Enemy No. 1 is joining ABC’s hoofer competition show Dancing with the Stars. The deal apparently was in the works before the Olympics — and before he and some Team USA buddies swam into trouble with Brazilian authorities.
Lochte, of course, still is dealing with fallout from the incident in Rio in which he claimed to NBC’s Billy Bush he and three other U.S. swimmers were pulled over by… Read
Michael Phelps Dives Into ‘America’s Got Talent’ Co-Hosting Gig Tonight
The Rio Games are over, but NBC isn’t done with Michael Phelps — or vice versa. The network said today that the most-medaled athlete in Olympics history will co-host tonight’s edition of America’s Got Talent. Based on his 23 first-place finishes, someone should give him access to the golden buzzer. And here’s hoping some less-than-stellar act prompts the Phelps Face.
Phelps, who won another five gold medals in Brazil this month and was the flag bearer for Team USA in the… Read
Leslie Jones Attacked Online Again As Website Hacked, Info Exposed
For the second time in just more than a month, Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones has been attacked online, with her personal website allegedly being hacked and now down.
Early Wednesday, the hackers seemingly snagged personal information including Jones’ passport and driver's license and also posted private photos via iCloud. That material then was posted on her JustLeslie.com. With the photos and other info now removed, a GoDaddy holding page… Read
Amber Heard Donates $7M Johnny Depp Divorce Settlement To Charities
Two days after Amber Heard and Johnny Depp reached a $7M divorce settlement, the actress says she is donating the entire amount to charity. The recipients are the American Civil Liberties Union, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing… Read
‘What Would Ryan Lochte Do?’ Marathon Set On Esquire To Commemorate Controversial Robbery Report
NBC may be holding back in its coverage of U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte’s run-in with authorities over what Rio de Janeiro cops insist is a fabricated robbery report – in keeping with the broadcaster’s apparent let-others-lead policy on Olympics scandal coverage. But that’s not to say the company isn’t looking for opportunity to cash in on the kerfuffle.
Today for instance, NBCUniversal co-owned Esquire Network announced it’s slapping on its lineup a marathon of reality… Read
John McLaughlin: Industry Reacts To ‘McLaughlin Group’ Host’s Death
Refresh for latest… Friends, colleagues, journalists and fans today are remembering John McLaughlin, the longtime host of political affairs program The McLaughlin Group who died today at 89. Some are reminiscing about the long-running yelling-heads show, others about its forceful conservative host, and some are recalling Dana Carvey’s impression of McLaughlin on Saturday Night Live. All were fond of him and his roundtable show, which continues to resonate as a forerunner… Read
Judge Agrees To Seal Carrie Fisher’s Video Deposition In Drug Death Case Involving The Real ‘Cleaner’
UPDATED with statement from Fisher attorney: In a nearly empty courtroom on Monday, Judge Laura A. Matz of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Glendale branch signed a rush order making sure the public won't see one of Carrie Fisher's less welcome performances: That is, a video-recorded deposition about her role in the treatment and eventual drug-death of 21-year-old Amy Breliant in 2010.
After months of scheduling trouble, Fisher was finally set for the deposition at… Read
Actor Wendell Pierce Loses Home In Baton Rouge Flood
Wendell Pierce, who starred on David Simon’s post-Katrina HBO series Tremé, has lost his home to flooding in Baton Rouge, LA. The actor’s childhood home where his parents still lived was badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The New Orleans native tweeted that he’d been flooded out and looked back on his situation from 11 years ago:
My neighbors & I have flooded in Baton Rouge. I am reminded of the generosity given to my family during Katrina. Now we will care… Read
Sean Penn To Be Honored For Haiti Activism At Toronto Film Festival Benefit Gala
Sean Penn will receive the second annual Peace and Justice Award at the eighth annual Artists for Peace and Justice benefit on September 11 during the Toronto Film Festival. Crash Oscar winner and APJ founder Paul Haggis will host the event along with Maria Bello, Maxwell, Pascal Raffy and George Stroumboulopoulos.
The APJ is a nonprofit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world with an immediate focus on… Read
Hillary Clinton Adds A-List-Heavy Magic Johnson Event To L.A. Visit
EXCLUSIVE: The dance card for Hillary Clinton's latest visit to the Hollywood ATM is getting pretty packed, with a reception at the home of longtime supporters Magic Johnson and wife Cookie on August 22 now added, I’ve learned. That comes as Tinseltown’s top tier is hitting the fundraising court hard for the former First Lady at a series of campaign moneymakers and GOP rival Donald Trump also sees a fundraising surge over the past month.
The Lakers legend was a backer of… Read