Kanye West brands Kardashians ‘liars’ who ‘basically kidnapped’ his daughter Chicago

Kanye says Kardashians ‘liars’

Kanye West is accusing the Kardashians of being “liars” who “basically kidnapped” his daughter Chicago on her birthday.

The rapper’s claim came as Khloe Kardashian, 38, publicly pleaded for the 45-year-old to stop “tearing down” her sister as Kanye dragged up his family dispute amid his ‘White Lives Matter’ fashion show scandal.

Khloe’s older sister Kim, 41, who divorced Kanye this year, shares four children with the rapper – North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three – and has denied Kanye’s claim she hosted a ‘secret’ birthday party for their daughter Chicago in January after he accused her of failing to tell him about the celebration.

Kanye launched into a tirade about the row by saying on Instagram in response to a post by Khloe: “YOU ARE LYING AND ARE LIARS Y’ALL BASICALLY KIDNAPPED CHICAGO ON HER BIRTHDAY SO SHE COULD REMEMBER HER FATHER NOT BEING THERE.”

He added the family “also threw a party” for Psalm when he was travelling back from Japan.

Kanye continued: “THE FIRST I HEARD ABOUT IT WAS SEEING PICS OF THE PARTY ONLINE ALSO I SHOULD SEE MY CHILDREN 100% OF THE TIME BUT SINCE THERE’S A SEPARATION IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 50% OF THE TIME.”

Khloe used Instagram to plead with Kanye: “STOP tearing Kimberly down and using our family when you want to deflect”.

Kanye has also branded ‘Black Lives Matter’ a “scam” on social media, as outrage continues he included shirts bearing the slogan ‘White Lives Matter’ during Paris Fashion Week.

The rapper has been branded a “bully and a joke” by model Gigi Hadid, 27, over the tops, while his spokesman Jason Lee quit in protest over the use of the shirts, saying Kanye was “gaslighting black people” and “empowering white supremacy”.

A ‘Black Lives Matter’ spokesman branded the inclusion of ‘White Lives Matter’ tops at Kanye’s surprise Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday (04.10.22) a “stunt” and an “affront”.

They added: “‘All Lives Matter’ and ‘White Lives Matter’ have long served as violent retorts to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, used by white supremacists and hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.”



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'Scrubs' producer Eric Weinberg charged with sex assaults

'Scrubs' producer charged

Eric Weinberg, an executive producer and writer for the hit TV show “Scrubs" and many others, has been charged with sexually assaulting five women that he lured to photo shoots and there could be many more victims, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Weinberg, 62, was arrested Tuesday, nearly a week after he was charged with 18 felony counts including rape, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by use of violence, assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and attempted forcible penetration with a foreign object, according to the district attorney's office.

He was released that day on a $5 million bond. His arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 25.

An email to an agent for Weinberg seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

Weinberg was charged for alleged attacks between 2014 and 2019, but investigators say they believe there may be other victims of assaults dating back to the 1990s, District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference.

He urged them to come forward.

“The defendant relied on his Hollywood credentials to lure young women for photo shoots where he allegedly sexually assaulted them,” Gascón said. “Power and influence can corrupt some to hurt others, that often leads to a lifetime of trauma for those who are victimized."

LAPD Detective Ryan Lamar said investigators were looking into information received from a tip line regarding possible other assaults by Weinberg.

Weinberg was previously investigated several times by police, but the DA’s office didn’t file charges for lack of evidence, Gascón said.

Weinberg was co-executive producer on nearly 100 episodes of the NBC hospital dramedy “Scrubs" between 2000 and 2006 and also wrote nearly a dozen episodes, according to the IMDB website.

He also was co-executive producer for “Californication" in 2007 and had producing and writing credits on other shows, including “Anger Management," “Men at Work,” “Veronica's Closet” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."

In 2020, documents filed in Weinberg's divorce and child custody proceedings included allegations by three women that he sexually assaulted them during photo shoots, the Los Angeles Times reported.

One woman alleged that she met Weinberg at a North Hollywood coffee shop in 2014 when she was 22 and he convinced her to come to a photo shoot at his home where she stripped to her underwear. The woman alleged that while taking photos, Weinberg grabbed her, forced to perform oral sex, choked her and then raped her, according to documents cited by the Times.



Rage Against The Machine shelve 2023 North American dates

Rage shelves tour dates

Rage Against The Machine have shelved their 2023 North American tour dates.

The 'Killing in the Name' rockers were forced to cancel their UK and European shows this summer, including the world-famous Reading and Leeds festivals in August, due to frontman Zack de la Rocha tearing his left Achilles tendon.

And it pains the rocker to have to pull their shows next year, but he has no choice as "a lot of work and healing" is needed before he can consider stepping on a stage again.

A lengthy statement began: “It’s been almost three months since Chicago, and I still look down at my leg in disbelief. Two years of waiting through the pandemic, hoping we would have an opening to be a band again and continue the work we started 30 some odd years ago. Rehearsing, training, reconciling, working our way back to form. Then one and a half shows into it and my tendon tears.

“Felt like a sick joke the universe played on me. As I write this, I remind myself it’s just bad circumstance. Just a f***** moment. Unfortunately, it is a moment that requires a lot of work and healing. I have a severe tear in my left Achilles tendon and only 8 per cent of my tendon was left intact. And even that portion was severely compromised."

The statement added: “It’s not simply a question of being able to perform again but extends to basic functionality going forward. That’s why I’ve made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows on our 2023 North American leg.”

The ‘Public Service Announcement’ tour was due to come to Portland on March 23.

Zack, 52, injured himself while performing 'Bullet In The Head' in Chicago in July.



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Hilary Swank is pregnant with twins

Hilary Swank is pregnant

Hilary Swank is pregnant with twins.

The Oscar-winning actress has revealed that she and her husband Philip Schneider are expecting their first children together.

Speaking during an appearance on 'Good Morning America' on Wednesday (05.10.22) to promote her new TV series 'Alaska Daily', Hilary said: "I'm so happy to share it with you and with America right now. This is something I've been wanting for a long time and my next thing is I'm going to be a mom! I'm going to be a mom and not just of one but of two."

After being congratulated on the happy news, the 48-year-old star said: "It's so nice to be able to talk about it and share it.

"It's far enough along that I can share it. And I am sharing it right now for the first time."

The 'Million Dollar Baby' star declined to reveal when the twins are due.

Hilary, who has been married to Philip since 2018, claimed in a 2020 interview that she was "very maternal" even though she was yet to have children.

She said: "I feel like so much of the time women who either choose not to or can't have children are somehow seen as not maternal or not mothering and it is a conversation that needs to be had, because... I've heard a lot of women say that they've been told, 'Oh, you're kind of a failure'. Or, you know, 'Didn't you come here to procreate? There are so many different ways to procreate!'

"Any type of mothering, any type of nurturing, is being a mother."



Will Smith facing boycott by Oscars voters over ‘Slapgate’ scandal

Will Smith facing boycott

Will Smith is facing a boycott by Oscars voters over his ‘Slapgate’ scandal.

The 54-year-old actor’s performance in his new film ‘Emancipation’, in which he plays a runaway slave during America’s Civil War era, has divided members of the Academy Awards who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about whether they would nominate him for the part.

While some say they would never vote for Will due to him slapping Chris Rock, 57, at this year’s 94th Oscars, other voters on the board said only his performance should be the focus of any nomination decision.

Apple plans to release ‘Emancipation’ on its streaming service in December, less than a year after Will stormed the stage to slap Chris over a joke about the shaven head being sported at the ceremony by his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, 51, who suffers from alopecia – before he weept after the assault on stage when picking up his best actor trophy for his performance in ‘King Richard’.

The release window means the film will be eligible for consideration at the 95th Oscars in 2023.

Lawrence David Foldes, a member of producers branch of Academy voters, told The Hollywood Reporter: “Would I vote for Smith? NO F****** WAY.

“His shameful violent outburst and pathetic snivelling ‘acceptance’ diatribe witnessed by millions – and his blatant disrespect of the Academy – should preclude him from any consideration and reward from AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) members for life.”

Among others on the board who spoke anonymously to The Hollywood Reporter, one said when asked of they would vote for Will: “Heavy sigh. No chance I would vote for him.”

Another said: “Would I vote for Will Smith? Right after I vote for Trump,” while yet another voter critic said when asked the same question: “F*** him. So, no.”

But another said about ‘Emancipation’: “Hundreds of people worked on that film, and they shouldn't be penalised. As far as it being a contender, if it’s well-received, well done and deserving, it should be allowed to be given its shot and let the voters decide.

“Re: Will? I don't know. He did something terrible. He apologised. We have to allow people to grow and learn and atone.”

Will has repeatedly apologised for slapping Chris on stage in March and reached out to the comic to get in touch, admitting his attack was “unacceptable” and “inexcusable”.



Frasier revival 'picked up by Paramount'

The return of 'Frasier'

The 'Frasier' revival has been picked up by Paramount.

The iconic sitcom - which starred the likes of Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin - is set to make its long-awaited comeback after Paramount gave the green light to the project.

Kelsey, 67, will be reprising the role of Dr. Frasier Crane, the character he first played in 'Cheers' before he was given his own spin-off series.

The actor has been the driving force behind efforts to revive 'Frasier', and it's now been formally picked up by Paramount, Deadline reports.

The upcoming series will be produced by CBS Studios alongside Kelsey's Grammnet NH Productions.

However, the number of episodes has not yet been confirmed.

Earlier this year, Kelsey revealed that he was in "the final stages" of developing the 'Frasier' reboot.

He said at the time: "There’s been some conversation about maybe [shooting in] October, maybe a little later. I don’t know. There are a couple other things coming up. We’ve developed a couple other projects that look like they’re going to shoot first.

"But we’re in the final stages of the final script for the first episode of ‘Frasier', the reboot. And it looks pretty good. I’ve had a couple of runs through it, and I cried, so you know, I’m happy."

Kelsey also joked about his own importance to the project.

The actor - who starred in 'Cheers' between 1984 and 1993 - said: "The key ingredient for the ‘Frasier’ reboot is actually Frasier honestly. It was always called [Frasier], so it’s me, the key is me."

Prior to that, Kelsey revealed he was keen to reunite the old cast and described the reboot as a "third act".

He said: "We have a story to tell - that can actually be told with or without them, honestly - but I want them back because that’s what I always dreamed of. I thought we should explore all their lives in their third act, and so that is my hope."



Brad Pitt brands Angelina Jolie’s allegations he assaulted her and their children ‘untrue’

Pitt denies abuse claims

Brad Pitt has branded his ex-wife Angelina Jolie’s allegations he assaulted her and their children “untrue”.

A representative for the actor, 58, spoke out after Angelina, 47, said in court documents Pitt “choked one of the children and struck another in the face” during an alleged dispute on a private jet as the family was travelling from France to California.

The spokesperson told Page Six on Wednesday the accusations, filed a day earlier, are “completely untrue”.

It’s also been reported a representative for Pitt denied the allegations by slamming them shortly after they emerged as “another rehash that only harms the family”.

Angelina also claimed during her lawsuit Pitt grabbed her by the head and shook her, as well as pouring beer on her and red wine on the children.

The FBI investigated Pitt for alleged child abuse in 2016 but authorities concluded there was no need to pursue criminal charges against the actor.

But ‘Maleficent’ actress Jolie, who shares six children with Brad, argued in her new countersuit the FBI agent who investigated the allegations had “probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal crime for his conduct that day”.

The former couple, who married in August 2014 before they divorced in 2019, share children Maddox, 21, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and 14-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

Jolie's filing is part of a tangle of lawsuits between her and Brad, who have been tied up in legal disputes over custody and ownership of their French vineyard.

Her latest accusations against her ex-husband have arisen in the context of the battle over the winery.

She alleges a confrontation began in the plane’s bathroom when Brad is accused of saying Angelina was too “deferential” to their children.

The suit added: “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall.

“When one of the children verbally defended Jolie, Pitt lunged at his own child and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him… the children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other.

"Before it was over, Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face.

"Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop. They were all frightened. Many were crying.”



King Charles ‘set be crowned June 3 next year‘

Charles coronation set

King Charles is reportedly set be crowned on June 3 next year.

His Majesty’s ceremony would be nearly 70 years to the day after his mother Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, which took place on June 2, 1953, when she was aged 25.

Bloomberg has reported unnamed royal officials are aiming for June 3 for Charles to be crowned, and are in discussions about which days will be made national holidays to mark the occasion.

Official confirmation of the date for Charles’ coronation is yet to be made, but one is expected shortly.

Bloomberg said on Wednesday about the apparent June 3 plan: “Speaking on condition of anonymity before a public announcement, the government officials said plans are converging on that Saturday near the start of the summer although discussions over which other days will become official holidays are still going on. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.”

It is likely Friday June 2 would be made a bank holiday to mark Charles, 73, being crowned, if his coronation goes ahead on June 3.

The late Queen, who died on September 8 aged 96 at her home in Balmoral, was crowned 16 months after she became monarch, though the official ceremony is usually held within a year of a royal’s accession to the throne.

Charles’ 74th birthday is in November, and he will be the oldest British monarch to be crowned, topping the record set by King William IV who was aged 64 when he took the crown in 1830.

It has been reported he is intent on having a less expensive, smaller and shorter coronation due to the cost of living crisis plaguing Britain.

He is also said to want his publicly-funded ceremony to become a marker of his mission to create a more financially viable royal family.

The Queen’s iconic coronation, which will have taken place 70 years ago by 2023, cost £1.57 million – the equivalent of £46 million today.

A royal source previously told the Daily Telegraph about Charles’ coronation plans: “It will be shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths.”

The new king’s vows are expected to be kept the same as the Queen’s, but it is thought fewer guests will be invited and may be limited to 2,000.

Fewer members of the royal family and global dignitaries may also attend, and the time of the ceremony, which ran to three hours when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, is likely to scaled back, partly due to Charles’ age.

More than 8,000 guests representing 129 nations travelled to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation, which was so full VIPs were forced to sit on makeshift benches.



SXSW's Pierson steps down after 15 years leading film fest

SXSW's Pierson steps down

After 15 years running SXSW's film festival, director Janet Pierson is stepping down. Her longtime deputy, Claudette Godfrey, will take over leading the annual Austin, Texas, gathering, one of America's premier film festivals.

SXSW announced the change Wednesday, saying that Pierson, a longtime champion of independent film, will shift to a director emeritus role. That will include serving as a programmer at the next SXSW Film & TV Festival in March 2023. In a statement, Pierson called her years at SXSW “a wonderful and quite unexpected adventure.”

“It’s been glorious to present so much great work at our unique event, yielding so many transformative experiences for creators and audience alike,” said Pierson. “I’m intensely proud of the work our small and very mighty team has accomplished.”

Since taking the reins of film at SXSW in 2008, Pierson had helped develop the festival as a major destination for independent film and genre movies. Films like “Bridesmaids,” “The Cabin in the Woods” and, earlier this year, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” have debuted at SXSW. Filmmakers like Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg and Paul Feig have been regularly celebrated at the festival.

In the last few years, Pierson helped steer the festival through the pandemic, including a canceled 2020 edition, a virtual 2021 festival and an in-person comeback SXSW earlier this year.

Godfrey has been with the festival since first serving as a volunteer crew manager in 2006. Three years later, she became coordinator of the festival.

“Janet is an incredible leader and mentor, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to watch and learn from her example,” Godfrey said in a statement. “I’m a hype woman at heart, and it’s a great joy in my life to discover and elevate new talent by curating and evolving an event that celebrates film, TV, and creativity. I started from the bottom and the journey has been exceptional — it’s an immense honor to continue to build on the legacy of SXSW Film & TV and take it into the future.”

The SXSW change in leadership follows some musical chairs at other top U.S. film festivals. In June, Tabitha Jackson stepped down as director of Utah's Sundance Film Festival. Last month, Eugene Hernandez, director of the New York Film Festival, was announced as Sundance's new leader.



'Rust' cinematographer lawsuit settled, filming to resume in wake of tragedy

'Rust' lawsuit settled

The family of a cinematographer shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust” has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the actor and the movie’s producers, and production will resume on the project in January.

“We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust including Alec Baldwin,” Matthew Hutchins, widow of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, said in a statement Wednesday. “As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed. The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board, in January 2023.”

The agreement is a rare piece of positive news for Baldwin, who has had a turbulent year since the Oct. 21 shooting. The actor, who is also a producer on the film, was pointing a gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing her and wounding the director, Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup for filming a scene.

Baldwin has said the gun went off accidentally and that he did not pull the trigger. But a recent FBI forensic report found the weapon could not not have fired unless the trigger was pulled.

“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Matthew Hutchins, who was a plaintiff in the suit along with he and Halyna Hutchins' 9-year-old son, said in a statement. "All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

Baldwin's attorney Luke Nikas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But in a statement to Deadline, which first reported the settlement agreement, he said, “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”



Pierce Brosnan gets restraining order against alleged stalker

Stalker hounds Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan has been granted a restraining order against a woman who was "originally looking for Dick Van Dyke."

The 'Goldeneye' star filed documents seeking protection for himself, wife Keely Shay Smith and sons Dylan and Paris against an unnamed female, who he claims has been "stalking" him and his family, resulting in him making multiple calls to the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department asking them to remove her from his Malibu property.

According to court records obtained by The Blast, Piers explained how the alleged encounters began.

He wrote: “She originally said she was looking for Dick Van Dyke (she has a tattoo of him on her arm) but when she found me and my family, she stayed in front of our house...

"She gave me two odd notes, said she needed $1,500 for new tires, and gave me a drawing she did of me.”

Although the woman made contact with the 69-year-old star and allegedly refused to leave the area when asked, police suggested he file for a civil restraining order as they were unable to move someone just for being parked outside of a home.

Pierce followed the police advice and applied for the order, which would mean cops could arrest her if she continued to wait outside his family home.

A judge has granted the motion, and the woman has been banned from "directly or indirectly" contacting the 'Mamma Mia' star and his family, while the order also covers harassment in any form to Pierce, Keely, and their sons.

The alleged stalker must stay at least 400 yards away from the family's house, as well as any school or job connected to them.

A formal hearing will take place Oct. 25, during which it will be agued to have the restraining order extended for three to five years.



90210 star Ian Ziering agrees to divorce settlement

Ziering settles divorce

Ian Ziering and Erin Ludwig have agreed a divorce settlement.

The former couple - who have children Mia, 11, and Penna, nine, together - split in October 2019 after nine years of marriage, and on Monday they filed a written agreement with Los Angeles County Superior Court, which they are looking to have signed off by a judge.

A document filed by Erin's attorney obtained by People magazine states: "The parties have entered into a written agreement regarding their property and their marriage or domestic partnership rights, including support.

"The original of which is being or has been submitted to the court. I request that the court approve the agreement.

The 'Beverly Hills, 90210' actor and his estranged wife have agreed to exercise joint custody over their kids and will share equal time with them moving forward.

The 58-year-old star has agreed to pay child support and the document also explains how the former couple will split their own financial assets moving forward.

The document confirmed both Ian and Erin had voluntarily agreed to everything stated in the settlement.

It added: "The Parties have reviewed each and every one of the provisions of this Stipulated Judgment and have negotiated those provisions as necessary to reflect their agreement and to meet their needs."

Because the petition was issued as uncontested, once it is signed off by a judge, the pair's marriage will officially end and there will be no need for either Ian or Erin to appear in court to settle any further matters relating to the divorce.

The former 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant previously blamed "hectic work schedules" for the breakdown of his marriage.

He wrote on Instagram: "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Erin and I are splitting up. With our hectic work schedules we could not be busier, and over the last few years have grown apart."

The ''Sharknado' actor went on to praise Erin for being "the best" mother to their two children and said the former couple intend to "continue to get along" and be "successful" co-parents to their brood.

He continued: "She is one of the most incredible women I have ever met and the best mom to our kids. It has come to my attention that things are being written and said to sensationalise a situation that is simply not sensational. Any quote attributed to me is completely false and solely meant by haters to undermine our intention to continue to get along, protect and raise our daughters, and be examples of successful co-parents. We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time as we focus on what is important to us, our girls. Peace and love, Ian."

The marriage is the second for the actor, who was also married to model and actress Nikki Schieler Ziering between 1997 and 2002.



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