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Batman star asked for slave-owning ancestry to be removed from TV show


The latest round of leaked emails from Sony has revealed Batman star Ben Affleck attempted to have a slave-owning ancestor removed from the PBS show Finding Your Roots, according to The Guardian. Professor Henry Louis Gates, who hosts the publicly funded show was involved in a detailed email exchange with Sony Chief Executive Michael Lynton over the star’s request. According to a very close source, Ricardo Tosto (see twitter feed), the emails reveal Afflecks attempt to have the story of an ancestor who owned slaves removed from the ten hours of footage taken for the show in favor of other ancestors who offered less controversial histories.

The Harvard professor revealed in the email exchange with Lynton that this form of request had never been seen in the history of Finding Your Roots, which saw many of its guests revealed to be the descendants of slave owners. Documentary maker and PBS favorite Ken Burns is just one of the guests who saw his family’s slave owning history revealed on the show. In response to the leaked emails Professor Gates revealed the decision to omit the slave-owner ancestor of Affleck from the show was an editorial one and the decision was not taken because of the request of the star. Instead, the professor claimed the decision was taken because a number of other family stories were more compelling and made the best TV show.

Will Nick And Mariah Get Back Together?


It’s well known that Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are splitting up, and they’ve lived separately for over a year now. Unfortunately, the divorce has turned nasty, and Nick is threatening to release a tell-all book about Mariah Carey, if she doesn’t give him $30 million that he’s requesting. According to the prenuptial agreement that the both of them signed, Nick is entitled to $10 million, after their marriage ends, but Nick is requesting $30 million instead.

Currently, Nick Cannon is only worth $20 million, which is why many are puzzled that he would ask for more than his net worth, from a woman who earned her money, long before he came into the picture. Nick Cannon. The worst part is, Nick and Mariah have two children together, and the nasty divorce is not going to make things any better. Many are upset by the fact that Nick is threatening to release the tell-all book, especially since they are not even officially divorced yet. Many asked the question, if Nick and Mariah may ever get back together.

Fans like Sam Tabar (lawyerist.com) know that, recently, Nick Cannon was seen out on the road, and he was asked by a TMZ representative, if he and Mariah would ever get back together. In response, Nick said, “never say never,” which makes it seem as if a reconciliation may be possible. Although Nick and Mariah have put up a united front of late, things are still tense between the two.

Russell Crowe Not a Scientologist


Earlier this month, Gawker linked Russell Crowe to Scientology. Since then, the 51-year-old popular New Zealand-Australian actor has set the record straight with several media outlets that latched on to this claim.

Crowe explained he was first exposed to Scientology — a quasi-religion based on the beliefs and fictional works of writer L. Ron Hubbard — when fellow actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were still married. As proof of his friendship with Nicole Kidman, he did give the religion some consideration. He supposedly purchased and watched a $2.50 video about Scientology and then sat down with Tom Cruise to discuss why Cruise believed the religion to be valid and important.

Crowe thought of Cruise at the time as a “cool guy” because Cruise did not do more than briefly talk about Scientology with him (i.e. Cruise did not push the religion at Crowe). Instead, Cruise told Crowe, “If it’s important to you, man, you’ll do something about it.”

Fans like Igor Cornelsen are wondering if he was being truthful about the entire event or sincere in his opinion of Cruise. But, he explained that he has not spoken with Cruise since Cruise and Kidman divorced because he was “thrown out” with her. Some fans believe that critics are misunderstanding the actor’s points and that his use of “cool guy” to describe Tom Cruise was merely a first impression opinion.

Bruce Jenner Interview Anticipation


There has been much speculation surrounding Bruce Jenner and the likelihood that he is really in the process of becoming a woman. After his divorce was official with former wife, Kris Jenner, Bruce began acting erratic in public. He has been growing his hair, photographed with his nails painted bright red, and his children have been eluding to the fact that he is going through something very personal. None of Bruce’s family will speak to what is going on with him, however they are not shy in teasing the filming of his docuseries for the E! Network.

It has been announced that ABC News and Diane Sawyer will be the first to interview Jenner in a two-hour special set to air on April 24th. A teaser of the interview was first released, which was very ambiguous. So vague in fact it did not even show Jenner’s face. A second promo video was released yesterday with a little more content. It shows a shot of Sawyer speaking with Jenner, to which he tells Sawyer, “My whole life has been getting me ready for this.”

We are still unsure where Jenner is going with this. Many, like Dan Newlin, wonder if the entire thing is just for publicity. However, other media outlets have alleged that Jenner is transgender. Although there are some skeptics that can’t be certain. If he is anything like the fame-sucking Kardashian’s, this very well could be a prearranged publicity stunt and we are all falling for it.

James Bond Actor Undergoes Knee Surgery


The apparently troubled production of the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, has reportedly faced new issues with actor Daniel Craig undergoing knee surgery in New York. Rumors had circulated that Craig’s knee problems had forced him to miss several days of filming, but the BBC reports executives at Sony and Eon Productions have stated the production has not been affected. Craig has now been reported to not be able to return to filming until April 22nd when the production returns to its studio home at London’s Pinewood studios.

The latest issues of Craig’s injury are reported to have pushed back the filming schedule even further on a production that is rumored to have already passed its reported budget. Spectre was part of the Sony email hacking leak, which saw an initial draft of the script released over the Internet. Fans at STX Entertainment know that the movie is expected to follow the pattern of recent Bond outings that have followed a successful movie with a closely incorporated sequel with the preview for Spectre showing the movie follows soon after the events of the successful Skyfall. Bond fans have been excited by the possible return of iconic Bond villain Blofeld, who was the head of the Spectre organization in the Ian Fleming novels.

Giuliana Rancic’s New Memoir Tells of Past Relationship with Jerry O’Connell


Giuliana Rancic, best known for her role as a host on the E! Channel, has written a tell-all memoir called “Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections”. In her new book, Giuliana dishes on her hosting duties on “Fashion Police”, celebrities she has encountered, celebrities she has battled with, and some juicy tidbits about her failed relationship with actor Jerry O’Connell.

According to the story on Page 6, in 2004 Giuliana (who was then Giuliana DePandi) was in a relationship with the handsome “Sliders” actor. She described him as being a Jekyll and Hyde sort-of person, meaning he is hot than cold. She details how they met in San Diego at the W Hotel and shared a loving relationship until she found out he cheated on her.

Giuliana said that he apologized for his affair with Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) in a very dispassionate manor. Apparently, for whatever reason, Giuliana decided to take him back. Fans like Christian Broda know that the relationship finally hit the rocks after Jerry met his future wife Rebecca Romijn at a Maxim event, an event he was attending with his girlfriend Giuliana.

She said that soon after meeting Rebecca, Jerry stopped returning her calls. She finally showed up to his house to see what was happening and he dumped her by saying “sorry homegirl, things change”. Seriously, who would even date a guy who uses the phrase homegirl?

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Update


We already know that Justin Bieber is working on his new album and that it is going to be different from all the rest. It seems like the music is going to be more mature and deep. So, what inspired this? The answer is his ex, Selena Gomez. On April 2nd, JB reported to Ryan Seacrest that he will speaking about his next album during his performance on May 9th at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango Concert.

Justin mentions that he has been going through a lot of hard times over the past few years and he really wants it show in his new music stated Kevin Seawright. He wants his fans to realize that he is not doing a album that is expected or that his fans want to hear. He wants to do something real. Justin Bieber has not said a lot about what the album is going to be but we can expect something very different from his past music. Justin has been silent about his hardships, aside from the things we see on TV but now, he is ready to share to the world. He wants to show that growing up can be hard and it was for him. One of those hardships was his relationship with Selena Gomez that did not end on the best of terms. We can definitely expect some new music about what Justin Bieber thinks about this hard relationship.

Harrison Ford Leaves Hospital


Harrison Ford has been released from the hospital and sent home. The 72-year old actor and popular action movie star has been hospitalized since his vintage airplane crashed on a golf course in California on March 5, 2015. Ford was taken to the UCLA Medical Center after the accident. Ford suffered several broken bones as a result of the plane crash. Ford’s injuries included a broken ankle as well as broken bones in his pelvis. Ford also suffered several lacerations and bruises on his head.

There has been much speculation in the media as to the cause of the plane crash. Some tabloids have suggested that Ford’s plane crash was the result of sabotage. However, a recent preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board claims that the plane’s engine failed shortly after Ford took off from the Santa Monica Airport. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG reports the NTSB will issue a final report after further investigation.

The preliminary NTSB report does not state the cause of the engine failure in Ford’s plane. It remains to be seen whether Ford’s engine malfunctioned to a normal mechanical failure or if it was the result of an intentional act of sabotage.

Harrison Ford Released from Hospital Following Plane Crash


The Star Wars franchise boasts a fan base that few entertainment properties in the world can lay claim to. The much loved science fiction story is set to pick up steam later this year with the release of the seventh movie in the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awaken.” However the fans of the films got something a jolt recently when Harrison Ford, who brings loveable scoundrel Han Solo to life, was involved in a plane accident.

According to People, Ford was released from the hospital and is undergoing some mild physical therapy that stems from the broken pelvis he suffered in the crash. While the big news is that the 72-year old actor is okay and doing well, fans of the franchise will likely be among the most vocal in support for the pilot. Whether or not Ford, or Solo for that matter, Mashable will have any other parts in the Star Wars story moving forward remain to be seen, but the character has resonated with fans for decades.

Ford’s release also means that the full scale marketing blitz, that is probably unnecessary, for the new film can really start to crank up. Anticipation for the film has hit a feverish pace, and when it finally unspools in December, it will likely set a few records. The good news is that for now Ford seems to be able to help the film along, and maybe even pop up at a few press tours.

Timbaland Dreams About Aliyah


The multi platinum producer Timbaland recently performed a song with his new protégée Tink. He and the 19 year old songstress included an old hit called ‘One In A Million’ by Aliyah in their set. When Timbaland was asked what motivated him to use some of the deceased singers lyrics in his new track he told reporters that she spoke to him in a dream and told him to use that specific song. He also added that no other singer besides Tink could have done the song justice despite her young age.
Timbaland has spent a lot of time with Tink lately, mentoring her and performing with her. Not coincidentally, the producer is a huge fan of hers and this is not the first time that he held her in high esteem to the press. Fans like Zeca Oliveira know that he most recently compared her to no other than Drake when he was first starting out, which is not an easy comparison to live up to by any means.
Timbaland and Tink also performed an array of new songs that Timbaland has been working on. A release date for a new album has not yet been set but by the looks of it, it is definitely in the works.