New this week: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' and 'Goodnight Mommy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Little Big Town and Marcus Mumford, “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns with high stakes for the future of Gilead, and twin brothers go to their mother’s house for a stay but find something is off about her in the film “Goodnight Mommy.”.
Golden Globes to honor legendary TV producer Norman Lear
The Golden Globes will bestow the Carol Burnett Award to Lear during the 78th annual awards ceremony next month. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Norman Lear made his mark as a television producer who strived to explore race relation issues through his famed sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” And now, the Golden Globes will honor Lear with its TV special achievement trophy. Nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes are scheduled to be announced Feb. 3. As a social activist, Lear founded advocacy organization People for the American Way. He also founded several other non-profits to promote thoughtful citizenship, including the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.
DeGeneres: Positive test for coronavirus but 'feeling fine'
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is “feeling fine right now.”Production on her daytime talk show has been paused until January, producer Telepictures said in a statement that followed DeGeneres' Thursday announcement. Please stay healthy and safe,” DeGeneres said in her post. Reruns of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” were to air starting Thursday. When the coronavirus outbreak hit in March, DeGeneres shifted to taping without a studio audience, as did other talk shows. When the series began its 18th season in September, her show added fans virtually into the seats, then said it would allow a few dozen people into the studio.
How two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers for a cause
Brothers, Bryan, left, and Bradford Manning, laugh as they tell the origin story of their clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, in their New York City loft on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. That’s the question posed by two New York brothers who’ve lost much of their vision to a rare degenerative eye disorder and have dedicated their lives — and livelihoods — to raising money for a cure. Bradford Manning, 35, and his 30-year-old brother, Bryan, are the founders of the clothing brand Two Blind Brothers. With advice from friends in the fashion industry, two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers. Brad was diagnosed at 7 after their mother, a nurse, found a doctor who determined that Stargardt disease was the cause of his declining vision.
Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV
FILE - Judge Judy Sheindlin arrives at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., on May 5, 2019. Sheindlin, whose long-running syndicated courtroom show Judge Judy will end production in 2021, will be dispensing justice on an exclusive show in the U.S. for IMDb TV. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Everyone's going to streaming, including Judge Judy. The broadcast television staple's next act will be with IMDb TV, Amazon's free digital service. When Sheindlin announced her eventual departure from “Judge Judy” on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, she also said another show was ahead.
'Masked Singer' begets 'Masked Dancer,' set for December
LOS ANGELES – Fox's hit series “The Masked Singer” is getting company with “The Masked Dancer,” a chance for celebrity contestants to show off their moves in disguise. Actor and comedian Craig Robinson ("The Office," “Hot Tub Time Machine”) will host the series, with Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale as panelists. Filming has begun on the series, which will debut in December, Fox said. “The Masked Singer," based on a South Korean TV show and an instant hit when it debuted in January 2019, has featured T-Pain, Wayne Brady and Kandi Burruss among its winning contestants. Jeong is among the show's panelists.
Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a 'new chapter'
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” started its 18th season in Los Angeles with the host on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine. There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats. “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future," she said. In her monologue, DeGeneres dryly joked that her summer was “super-terrific.”The host also addressed the allegations that the off-camera DeGeneres is very different than her sunny on-air persona. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected,” DeGeneres said in her monologue.
'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges
Harris did not respond for comment from USA Today, and attempts by The Associated Press to find a phone number for Harris have not been successful. Besides accusing Harris of sexual misconduct, the lawsuit alleges that cheer organizations failed to protect the boys. A Varsity official in Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas said the organization had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris, USA TODAY reported. Cheer Athletics owner Angela Rogers told the newspaper that Harris hasn’t been affiliated with the gym since March 1. Rogers told the newspaper that she learned of the allegations against him in mid-May and reported them to police.
DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a longtime guest DJ on the show and among those who have publicly supported DeGeneres, will guest host some fall episodes. Last month, three of the show's producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
5 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. BIDEN, TRUMP RUN VASTLY DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS The Democratic challenger is emphasizing guidelines supported by local health officials during the pandemic while the president is railing against restrictions that he argues are politically motivated. WINDS POSE WILDFIRE THREATS IN CALIFORNIA Wildfires rage unchecked throughout the state, and gusty Diablo and Santa Ana winds could drive flames into new ferocity, authorities warn. HEALTHCARE WORKERS HIT HARD IN INDONESIA The tribulations are similar to other medical professionals globally: long shifts, hospitals filled to capacity and a lack of resources like personal protective equipment. ELLEN DEGENERES SAYS SHELL BE READY TO TALK The popular daytime talk show host returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace.
Chrissy Teigen honored at Baby2Baby gala
Kate Hudson arrives at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)CULVER CITY, CA – Chrissy Teigen said she felt honored to receive an award at the Baby2Baby Gala, but her acceptance speech wasn't all about her achievement: "No kid should go hungry. "I feel honored to be honored," Teigen said. Legend praised Teigen for being an advocate for children through Baby2Baby. The nonprofit organization looks for high-profile celebs to highlight their mission of helping provide basic necessities to children living in poverty. Teigen said she and Legend have tried to instill the importance of giving to the less fortunate in their young children, Luna and Miles.
Ashley Graham Reveals Her Baby's Gender -- Watch the Sweet Moment!
Ashley Graham made a big revelation during her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Graham was asked to explain her recent quote on a podcast that "praying makes you horny." Graham announced she was pregnant in August, and has been documenting her pregnancy on social media. I'm happy about it, but also I wanted to eat French fries every day, but I don't want it." Watch the video below for more: Ashley Graham on DM'ing Jennifer Aniston After She Joined Instagram (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Ashley Graham Talks DM'ing Jennifer Aniston on Instagram: Shes Real! (Exclusive)Ashley Graham Shows Off Curves in Revealing Nude Pregnancy SelfiePregnant Ashley Graham Shares Video of Her Naked Body: 'Getting Bigger and Bigger'
Ellen DeGeneres to Receive Carol Burnett Award at 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will be honored with the Carol Burnett Award at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in January. The award is the highest level of achievement in television and will mark DeGeneres fourth Golden Globe Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award, said Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, in a press release announcing the news. She has since become a leading talk show host on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, earning awards including Daytime Emmys, Teen Choice and Kids Choice Awards. RELATED CONTENT:Jennifer Aniston Kisses Ellen DeGeneres, Teases Project With 'Friends' Cast'Lil Nas X Reveals His Relationship Status and Gets an Epic Celebrity Scare on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
Lizzo Uses Ellen's Average Andy as a Human Shield in Haunted House
"I'm 100 percent that scary a** b**ch," Lizzo declares at the start of her haunted house tour with Ellen DeGeneres' famous producer "Average Andy." But as the "Truth Hurts" rapper and the fraidy cat producer make their way through the haunted house, it's clear that Lizzo is just as scared as anyone inside the spooky attraction. And as she makes it through different stages of the haunted house, she starts shouting, "Thank you, Jesus. About halfway through, Lizzo even considers abandoning Andy, shouting, "F**k you, I'm out!" Showing her true survivalist side, Lizzo then grabs Andy, using his as a human shield as she tries to get through the scariest parts of the house.
Elton John defends Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with George W. Bush
Elton John doesn't have an issue with Ellen DeGeneres being friends with former President George W. Bush. (CNN) - Elton John doesn't have an issue with Ellen DeGeneres being friends with former President George W. Bush. John said "George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes." "Except when it's heresy, and I don't think George Bush is that kind of guy."
Drew Barrymore's New CBS Talk Show Picked Up for Fall 2020 Release
Look out, Ellen, there's a new female face in talk shows, and she just happens to be one of America's sweethearts! Drew Barrymore will headline her own CBS daytime talk show starting in fall 2020, the network announced on Thursday. The 44-year-old actress is joining the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Clarkson to become another staple in the talk show world. It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show, Barrymore said in a statement. We are very excited to be in business with Drew Barrymore and have our stations serve as the launch group for a show that is the brightest prospect I have seen in many years, Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations, added.
Ellen explains hanging out with her friend George W. Bush
Twitter was in an uproar after Ellen DeGeneres was spotted laughing with former President George W. Bush at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 6, 2019. (CNN) - Ellen DeGeneres will not be Twitter-shamed for who she spends time with. The daytime talk show host turned media mogul used the platform late Monday night to discuss hanging out with former President George W. Bush this weekend at a Dallas Cowboys football game. DeGeneres used her Twitter account to address the controversy, tweeting a video of her almost 4 minute-long monologue talking about it on her show. She then showed the audience a video she had taken at the game which showed her sitting with President Bush.
Ellen DeGeneres Talks Meeting Down to Earth Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Baby Archie
The 61-year-old talk show host and her wife, Portia De Rossi, visited Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie in London, England, and she talks about the experience on Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Here's a sentence I never thought I would say, but I spent the afternoon with Prince Harry and Meghan, Ellen reveals, before joking, " just want to say it was an honor for them to meet me." Theyre doing so much good for the world." This isn't the first time Ellen has spoken out in defense of Meghan and Harry. Meghan Markle to Make First Trip Away From Baby Archie to NYCInside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Tour of Africa and Their Special Tribute to Princess Diana
Ellen DeGeneres Defends 'Compassionate' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out in defense of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following drama surrounding the royal couples family vacation. ET learned on Friday that the Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 38th birthday with Prince Harry and their 3-month-old son, Archie, in Ibiza, Spain, and several accounts of the vacation have become tabloid fodder in the U.K. DeGeneres took to social media on Monday to share how her time with the couple had shown them to be nothing but compassionate and down-to-earth people. Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation, the talk show host wrote. RELATED CONTENT:Elton John Defends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amid Vacation CriticismsMeghan Markle Made Secret Trip to Ibiza With Prince Harry and ArchieMeghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Touching Princess Diana Quote About Kindness