Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s separation has really shaken things up in quarantine.
It all started back in May, when Brian posted a picture of a butterfly on Instagram with a very cryptic caption hinting that Megan had left him. Around that time, Megan was spotted spending a lot of time with Machine Gun Kelly in the middle of the pandemic, so you could tell something was up.
Since then, Megan confirmed she’s dating Machine Gun Kelly and they’ve been pretty inseparable. She even said they’re “actually two halves of the same soul” in an interview with the Give Them Lala…with Randall podcast. It’s…a lot.
Well, it looks like Brian’s not too happy that Megan’s found happiness with someone else.
On Wednesday, Megan shared a picture of herself and her new partner on Instagram, captioning it “Achingly Beautiful Boy… My heart is yours 🔪♥️🔪”
Brian, who doesn’t even follow her anymore (!!!), caught wind of her latest pic. His latest post belongs in the Petty Hall of Fame.
Yup, those are pictures of all his children — including the three children he had with Megan: Noah, Bodhi, and Journey. (His son Kassius is from a previous relationship.)
I cannot deal with the level of pettiness! It’s absolutely wild!!! But it’s also hilarious, so I’m here for it.
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Vivica A. Fox isn’t letting quarantine slow her down—if anything, this past year has been one of her busiest yet!
In addition to recently appearing on E!’s Celebrity Call Center, the actress and producer is serving as a guest host on Nightly Pop alongside E!’s Morgan Stewart and Hunter March. The experience, Vivica explained, reminded her of hosting Face the Truth, though Nightly Pop is admittedly “a lot more edgier, and funkier and funner.”
“Face the Truth was all about helping people live better lives and some days, I swear to god—I was all for it, but there were some days I would leave and I was like, ‘Lord! Okay, where’s my glass of wine at?'” she exclusively told E! News. “It was taxing on me. Whereas this, I finished yesterday and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I had fun!'”
Vivica added that she particularly loved interacting with Hunter: “Hunter cracks me up. I like the team; I love working with the team…So to keep on laughing at life and to keep on having fun with these guys would be great.”
White House official Stephen Miller appears to have broken the law during a Friday appearance on Donald Trump’s favorite morning program, Fox & Friends.
According to a new complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Miller violated the Hatch Act by using his official government position for partisan purposes.
The complaint notes that Miller, from the grounds of the White House, “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about former Vice President Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.”
Just in case Miller’s violation of the Hatch Act wasn’t clear enough, the Trump campaign’s official Twitter account even posted a clip of the interview.
Senior Advisor Stephen Miller: Obama and Biden delivered “failure and betrayal” to the people of this country pic.twitter.com/2OtfBXa3MM
Well as you know Joe Biden is stuck in a basement somewhere and he just emerges every now and again and somebody hands him a notecard and he says whatever his 23 year old staffer tells him to say and then, he dutifully disappears to be seen a week later. As for former President Obama the reality is that for eight years he delivered nothing but failure and betrayal to the people of this country.
As CREW notes in its filing, “This Hatch Act prohibits any executive branch employee from ‘us[ing] his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.’”
Business as usual for this lawless administration
The news that a White House official broke the law on live television might have meant something in previous presidencies, but it’s business as usual for the most lawless administration in history.
In 2019, the Office of Special Counsel found that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act and recommended that she be removed from federal service.
Trump quickly stood by Conway, saying that he wouldn’t fire her for exercising her “free speech.”
In November, the American people will have the opportunity to remove Donald Trump and his band of criminals once and for all.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have been dating for a bit now. Last month they made their PDA debut and last week they opened up about their relationship. Now they’ve taken it to the next step: going Instagram official.
MGK shared their first social media selfie together with the perfect caption: “waited for eternity to find you again.”
The couple, who worked on MGK’s “Bloody Valentine” video in May — which you can see photos from above and below — are also filming a movie together, Midnight in the Switchgrass. They apparently clicked on set, where MGK would “wait outside” to catch “one glimpse of eye contact,” as he shared on the Give Them Lala…with Randall podcast.
“I think it was the second day, I asked him to come into my trailer for lunch, and I put him through all of this astrology stuff,” Megan said. “I went deep right away. I knew before I even did his chart, I said to him, he has a Pisces moon. I could tell by his energy.”
She also explained that he’s her “twin flame.” “Instead of a soulmate, a twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time,” she said. “So we’re actually two halves of the same soul, I think.”
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“We were in the final stages of getting ready to do the final episode, then corona — corona came through and messed up everything,” Fox, 55, told Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, April 20, while promoting her newly launched “Hustling with Vivica A. Fox” podcast. “What they’re going to do is they’re going to piece together [scenes that were already filmed]. We were in the middle of filming the episode before the end [when the coronavirus struck]. I’m going to be just as surprised as everyone else to see how they’re going to end it.”
Fox, who plays Candace Mason on Empire, revealed that the cast and crew “were all going to have a wrap party” the weekend after the series finale aired, but the virus’ arrival impacted that event as well. Despite the abrupt close to the show’s season, Fox noted that the cast has “all stayed in touch with each other” nonetheless.
“Tasha [Smith], she [recently] cooked me some crab and some pasta. I felt like I was at Crustacean’s,” the Independence Day actress shared. “I’m really grateful to her. When I went by [her place], she had on her mask. She’s like, ‘Here you go!’”
Fox also teased that longtime fans still should “stay tuned,” noting that Empire “may have a little surprise for y’all … and come back.”
Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the show’s cocreators, confirmed the abbreviated season on April 14. “The success of Empire and bringing the Lyon family to broadcast television will always be one of the proudest achievements of my career,” Daniels, 60, told Deadline at the time. “This show is the definition of breaking barriers. Thank you to our incredible cast, especially Terrence [Howard] and Taraji [P. Henson], along with our amazing writers and tireless crew, for all of their hard work and bringing this story to life.”
Strong, for his part, told Deadline that they’re “so proud of this show and of everything this incredible cast — led by Taraji and Terrence — and crew accomplished over six seasons.” The 45-year-old noted that “the episode airing on April 21 was never meant to be the series finale, but due to current events it will likely be the last one our fans will see for a while.”
While dishing on Empire’s series finale episode to Us on Monday, Fox also opened up about her new podcast, “Hustling with Vivica A Fox”. The Getting Played actress launched the podcast on April 16, which she noted is “uncensored and unfiltered” and will discuss “things that you guys didn’t know before” about her. Fox’s latest venture will also feature celebrity guests, including actress Kim Whitley and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.
“I love doing the podcast. We talk about film, we talk about fashion, behind-the-scenes [moments], love life, relationships, do’s and don’ts,” she explained. “It gets raw, and it gets real, real. I’m having a really fun time doing that.”
New episodes of Fox’s “Hustling with Vivica A Fox” podcast will arrive every Thursday wherever podcasts are available. Be sure to catch Empire’s series finale on Fox Tuesday, April 21, at 9 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot of Yassir Lester in the next few months (and beyond).
The writer/comedian/performer makes his animated debut Feb. 16 on Fox’s comedy “Duncanville” — opposite Amy Poehler, Ty Burrell and Rashida Jones — and returns in mid-March as Yassir X on Don Cheadle’s Showtime comedy “Black Monday.” (He also writes for the series, about a funky Wall Street trading firm in the days leading up to the October 1987 stock market crash.)
“I’m not going to say I’m not tired, but at the same time, you work to get to a certain level and once you’re there you don’t let your foot off the gas until you retire,” says Lester, 35, whose bursting resume includes writing for “Girls” and “Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO), “The Carmichael Show” (NBC) and “Detroiters” (Comedy Central). He’s also co-starred with Adam Pally and Leighton Meester on Fox’s “Making History” and has a busy stand-up career.
“It’s a bit of a high-wire act,” he says. “I take two jobs at once; I was doing ‘Duncanville’ and ‘Black Monday’ at the same time and had to leave early or show up late to ‘Black Monday’ while I was doing my voice for ‘Duncanville.’ And after that I hopped onto something else.
“When I was writing for ‘Girls’ I was also writing for ‘The Carmichael Show,’ so it was mornings for ‘Girls’ and afternoons for ‘Carmichael,’” he says. “If I wake up one day when I’m 50 and I’m weirdly paralyzed, I’ll know why.”
“Duncanville,” co-created by Poehler, centers around a teen named Duncan (voiced by Poehler) who lives a fairly normal suburban life with his mother (Poehler again), ponytailed father (Burrell) and two sisters (Riki Lindhome, Joy Osmanski). He has a vivid imagination, aided and abetted by his pals: get-rich-quick schemer Yangzi (Lester), slacker Wolf (Zach Cherry) and class clown Bex (Betsy Sodaro). Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”) plays Duncan’s crush, Mia.
“Yangzi is the hustler of the group, for better or worse, the one always looking for an opportunity to make money,” says Lester. “He can get his friends into concerts because he’s doing like 12 Instagram sponsorships for some weird energy drink or something, and he wears gold chains. He’s designed to look like me — he even wears my glasses and my outfits.”
Lester says that working with “Duncanville” co-creator Mike Scully helped him land the role.
“The moment this show was even an idea, he asked me to audition,” he says. “He sent me an email and was like, ‘What was that weird character with the weird voice you used to do in the ‘Carmichael’ writers’ room? Can you do that voice?’ So I did that a few times into a recorder, and that’s it. I got the role. I’m just acting like that guy behind you in the grocery store.
“This was the first time I met Amy [Poehler],” he says. “You know that anticipation when you meet people you admire, that they’re not going to be a cool as you think they are? Amy absolutely lived up to all my expectations and Rashida [Jones] is so funny.
“I’m giving a shout-out to everyone,” he says “This is the most incredible cast.”
Lester says Season 2 of “Black Monday,” premiering March 15, will find all the main characters, including Yassir X, continuing their journeys in very different directions.
“We can explore a little more,” he says. “Yassir and Wayne [Horatio Sanz] are kind of the dirty dynamic duo of the show and they get into an entirely different subplot in Season 2. You’ll see how they effect one another and the plotline of the show. You’ll also see Mo’s [Cheadle] return and the way that Blair [Andrew Rannells] goes from being a sweet boy to who he becomes in Season 2.
“The show is such a weird balance of comedy, drama and action — even more so this season.”
Pity the midseason replacement. Traditionally regarded as the B team in the fall season rollout, these shows tend to have a tougher time finding a loyal audience because viewing patterns have already been established for the year.
People are reluctant to take on a new series amid a flurry of winter awards shows and the Super Bowl.
That’s no reason to watch “Outmatched” on Fox, however. The network could have been buried this stinker in the dog days of summer and no one would have been worse off. This nearly witless comedy, starring Jason Biggs of the “American Pie” franchise and Maggie Lawson of “Psych,” is about the perils of a working-class couple in Atlantic City with three gifted children. Why three? Already the premise doesn’t make much sense, except for Biggs’ character, handyman Mike, to lament a future of private school tuition and grant application fees. Sample jokes include “I would settle for a regular day where I don’t need Google translate to see if I’ve been insulted” and “It’s not even 8 a.m. and we’ve already lost our dining room to a science experiment.”
In case you are not laughing, Fox has provided a lame laugh track to persuade viewers that some people might find any of this amusing. The kids — played by Ashley Boettcher, Connor Kalopsis and Jack Stanton — are annoyingly competitive, arguing with their parents about which one of them has the higher IQ score. They lack any warmth or charm. These smart-asses don’t show their parents a modicum of respect; their parents, in turn, resort to lying to win their affection and attention. Chances are that “Outmatched” will be out of commission before the tulips bloom.
Fortunately, there are other shows debuting in the next few weeks that stand a better chance of going the distance. Edie Falco makes her network series debut in “Tommy,” in which the gritty “Sopranos” star plays Abigail (Tommy) Thomas, the LA chief of police. The reliably no-nonsense Falco takes on the old boys network of the police department while dealing with crimes such human trafficking and resolving Tommy’s estrangement from her adult daughter (Olivia Lucy Philip), whom she let live with her father in California when she was only 14. Thomas Sadoski (“Life in Pieces”) co-stars as the city’s mayor, Buddy Gray. The star’s plain-spoken compassion for crime victims goes a long way to humanizing the basic CBS procedural. “Tommy” debuts Feb. 6 at 10 p.m.
A better bet is ABC’s “For Life,” both a prison and a legal drama based on the real-life experience of Isaac Wright Jr. In 1991, Wright was wrongfully convicted as the kingpin behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in New Jersey and given a life sentence. He studied law in prison and worked as a proxy-lawyer, helping to overturn the convictions of fellow inmates and ultimately exonerating himself. In the series, Wright’s name has been changed to Aaron Wallace and he is played by British actor Nicholas Pinnock. Though some of the direction is overdone in the tradition of ABC’s “General Hospital,” Pinnock’s brooding intensity establishes him as a leading man to watch. “For Life” debuts Feb.11 at 10 p.m.
The returning favorite “Narcos: Mexico” will have new episodes on Netflix Feb. 13. The exciting premiere moves the action forward to 1985, when a powerful earthquake reduced large sections of Mexico City to rubble, with drug kingpin Felix Gallardo (Diego Luna) facing diminishing returns on his product. Meanwhile, renegade DEA agent Walt Breslin (Scoot McNairy, “Godless”) arrives in Mexico to bring down the Guadalajara cartel and avenge the gruesome death of agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (Michael Pena).
Television executives rarely say no to a spinoff. The latest, “FBI: Most Wanted,” seemed like the right choice for CBS. The ratings are good. If any new series posts decent numbers these days, it seems like a miracle.
It will be interesting to see if viewers will embrace “9-1-1: Lone Star,” the first spawn of Fox’s Monday-night hit show “9-1-1.” That series, created by Ryan Murphy, uses its LA location to great effect, having already staged an earthquake in the middle of the city, blown up a firetruck downtown and created a tsunami at the beach in Santa Monica with help from a first-rate special effects team. A gung-ho cast led by Angela Bassett and Peter Krause rappels off cliffs overlooking the Pacific and wades through waist-high water to save the imperiled guest stars week after week. The thrills come from seeing if the company can pull off these complicated, sometimes crazy, stunts.
“Lone Star,” starring Rob Lowe, has more modest ambitions and delivers far less exciting results. First question: Why Austin? The college town doesn’t naturally lend itself to the disasters that allowed “9-1-1” to walk a fine line between outrageous and urgent. The writers come up with only one emergency that’s worthy of the brand, but it’s not until Episode 2. A pissed-off delivery man for a catering company laces the lunch he drops off at an office work meeting with liquid mercury, causing the people who’ve eaten the sandwiches to have fits that send them hurtling to their deaths in the office building atrium. Cool!
Other than that, the “emergencies” are things like asthma attacks, gas explosions in a two-story apartment house. Two stories? Or a racist lady who calls 911 when her Latino neighbors barbeque a steak underground (barbacoa), causing smoke to rise from the dirt outside her house. She fakes a heart attack in hopes of receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from Lowe. C’mon, Ryan Murphy. “9-1-1” got its freak on early with stunts such as babies stuck in pipes and a python that wrapped itself around its owner. You can do better.
Lowe stars as Owen Strand, a veteran New York City firefighter whose experience on 9/11 makes him both a hero and a victim. After a firehouse explosion kills nearly an entire team of Austin first responders, Strand is hired to go down there to rebuild. Much of Sunday night’s premiere — the show moves to its regular Monday-night timeslot the next day — is devoted to Strand putting together his team. As is the case in a Murphy show, all identity politics boxes are checked. There are a female Muslim firefighter, a male gay cop and even a trans firefighter. Voila! The most interesting supporting character is Judd Ryder, well played by Jim Parrack. The lone survivor of the firehouse explosion, he is battling PTSD and only gets his job back if he agrees to go to therapy. Ryder would rather ride horses in the Texas countryside than get to the root of his problems — and his struggles and temper tantrums feel real.
Lowe, on the other hand, is another matter. At the end of a work shift, Strand comes out of the shower in his fluffy white towel to hold a skin-care clinic, advising his employees to never use soap, preferring an exfoliant instead. With his bronzed physique and chiseled chin, Lowe looks like he’s doing an infomercial, not playing a character. When Strand balks at the prospect of giving up his complicated hair-care regiment for medical reasons, he says, “I’ve got to get over myself.” It’s a nice tongue-in-cheek moment that packs zero suspense.
Liv Tyler co-stars with Lowe as Michelle Blake, a breathy, bossy paramedic from the Peggy Lipton school of acting. Old Steph has her own complex backstory of a missing sister that seems like filler. Producers are obviously hoping for some sparks to fly between her and Lowe but the bemused look in her eye whenever he shows up tells me love is a long way off for these two. Perhaps because he spends more time in front of the mirror.
If it’s not broke … make more! After two successful seasons of The Masked Singer, Fox has launched its first spinoff of the reality series, the network announced on Tuesday, January 7.
The Masked Dancer is inspired by a popular segment featured on The Ellen Show. In the new format, secret celebrity contestants will perform unique dances, while — of course — wearing head-to-toe elaborate costumes and masks covering their face.
“This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer but with a lot more Krumping and I cannot wait,” the 30-time Emmy winner said.
“We’re still blown away by The Masked Singer’s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, The Masked Dancer, on her show, we were truly amazed,” Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level.”
From popes to aliens to cops, there are a slew of colorful characters coming soon to the small screen. Here are the most notable premieres to watch for over the next six weeks.
“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”: Jan. 10, NBC
Based on the novel “The Bone Collector” by Jeffrey Deaver — also a 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie — this crime drama follows NYPD officers Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel “Midnight, Texas”) and Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby, “Lincoln Heights”) as the duo solve crimes together. She’s the rookie, he’s a paraplegic who works remotely.
“The New Pope”: Jan. 13, HBO
After a four-year hiatus (“The Young Pope” aired back in 2016) Jude Law returns in this outlandish series as Pope Pius XIII, aka Lenny. This time he’s joined by the titular new Pope, played by John Malkovich. Drama and scenery-chewing performances will abound.
Based on the Israeli series “Charlie Golf One,” “68 Whiskey” is a military dramedy following a diverse group of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan with stars Sam Keeley (“Dublin Murders”), Jeremy Tardy (“Dear White People”) and Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”).
“Avenue Five,” Jan. 19, HBO
This new sci-fi comedy from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci is set in the future and follows the captain and crew of a luxury space ship as they deal with grumpy passengers and technical issues. Starring Hugh Laurie (“House”), Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”) and Josh Gad (“New Girl”).
“Star Trek: Picard”: Jan. 23, CBS All Access
The eighth series in the “Star Trek” franchise will center on Jean-Luc Picard, starring Patrick Stewart reprising the role from previous installments. The story will pick up at the end of the 24th century, 20 years after the events of 2002 movie “Star Trek: Nemesis.” Ahead of the 10-episode first season, CBS All Access has already renewed it for a second season.
“Outmatched”: Jan. 23, Fox
This new sitcom follows Mike (Jason Biggs, “Orange is the New Black”) and Cay (Maggie Lawson “Two and a Half Men”), a blue collar couple living in Atlantic City, NJ, while trying to get by and raise their four kids. The catch? Three of their kids are certified geniuses.
“Duncanville” Feb. 16, Fox
This new animated sitcom, which hails from co-creators Amy Poehler and “Simpsons” duo Mike and Julie Scully, follows 15-year old Duncan Harris (voiced by Poehler). Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) and Wiz Khalifa (“Dickinson) co-star.
“The Good Lord Bird,” Feb 16, Showtime
Based on a 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride, Ethan Hawke both created and stars in this historical miniseries set in the 1850s. Co-starring Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) and Wyatt Russell (“Lodge 49”), the story follows a crew of abolitionist soldiers that participate in the 1859 raid on the Army Depot in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia — instigating the Civil War.