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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 10:50 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley joined forces for a moving performance of Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town” at the 2017 CMAs. The performance was a tribute to Montgomery Gentry and specifically Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in September.
Appearing on the CMA stage with no formal introduction, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley began their performance with Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox wearing a Batman shirt -- Gentry’s favorite.
Gentry’s wife, Angie Gentry, could be seen shedding tears in the crowd, along with her 15-year-old daughter with Gentry, Kaylee.
To most everyone’s surprise, Eddie Montgomery appeared onstage and ready to sing again. Doing his signature mic stand twirl, he sang to the adoring crowd.
E! News reported stars were seen wiping away tears as they stood for a standing ovation at the end of the performance.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:48 AM
— E!’s red carpet coverage of the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards got off to an awkward start when host Giuliana Rancic asked nominee Alison Brie a surprise question about the sexual misconduct allegations against her brother-in-law, James Franco.
Brie is married to Franco’s brother, Dave Franco, who appears in “The Disaster Artist” alongside James and Brie.
Rancic began by pointing out that both she and Brie are supporters of the Time’s Up movement: “So much of the movement has to do with transparency and, as you know, your family and your brother-in-law has been in the news recently. What are your thoughts on that and what can you share about how that’s affected you and your family?”
Brie responded: “I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family and not everything that’s been reported is fully accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all of the information. But of course I think now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
At the 2018 #SAGAwards, Alison Brie addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct made against her brother-in-law, James Franco: "It remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward." pic.twitter.com/dG5uJJVko7— E! News (@enews) January 21, 2018
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 5:43 AM
— Host Kristen Bell kicked off the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a brief but punchy monologue that included a subtle joke at first lady Melania Trump’s expense.
“There has never been a host for this awards show before,” Bell said. “First time. First person. First lady! I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it. I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying … because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet.”
“I’m looking at you Tony Hale!” she said, gesturing toward the “Veep” actor. “You’re a bully! You guys, he’s a savage on Twitter!”
Bell’s monologue came to a close with a message of encouragement for the Time's Up movement, which fights against sexual harassment and inequality for women in the workplace.
“We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open our ears, let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence,” she told the audience before ending on a gag. “Because fear and anger never win the race. Most importantly, regardless of our differences, I think we can all come together and delight in one thing — ‘Frozen 2’ is coming out in theaters in 2019! I’m very excited.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:49 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
— Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide.
“Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that after winning four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2012 Olympics, the depression got worse, and he couldn’t leave his room for days.
“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” he said.
Eventually, Phelps decided he needed to seek help.
“I remember going to treatment my very first day. I was shaking, shaking because I was nervous about the change that was coming up,” Phelps said. “I needed to figure out what was going on.”
After getting his life back on track, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He also has been open about his struggles with mental health and depression.
“I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it, and I think this is the only way that it can change,” he said. “That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up; people are afraid to talk and open up.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:24 AM
— Grammy and Oscar-winning singer John Legend is claiming that President Donald Trump and his team’s alleged racism are behind the government shutdown.
“The reason the government shutdown is that Trump and his team have an ideological commitment to allowing fewer black and brown people into the country #TrumpShutdown #TrumpIsARacist,” Legend tweeted.
Legend has called Trump a racist before.
Most recently, Legend tweeted on Jan. 11 that Trump is “a racist” and “has been for his entire public life.”
The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 12, 2018
That came in response to vulgar remarks Trump allegedly made about immigrants from African countries.
In April, Legend said he thinks that Trump is a “terrible president.”
“He’s manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or doing anything that his job requires. He doesn’t have any depth about any subject,” he said. “And he’s also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money for himself with his businesses, so he’s corrupt.”
“I can’t say anything nice about the guy. I think he’s one of the worst people I’ve encountered in public life,” he added.
As early as December 2016 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Legend made the same accusation.
When asked for his response to a Trump presidency, Legend said: “He’s been consistent about being a racist and about a couple of other things, but he’s also been wildly inconsistent and lied a lot. So we truly don’t know how he’s gonna govern.”
Legend added: “We haven’t seen anyone like him before. It’s a very kind of different world now, knowing that someone’s going to possibly dismantle a lot of what Obama accomplished. I don’t know where we’re going to go.”
Legend went on to say he believes it is his role as an artist to “tell the truth and reflect what’s going on.”
“We just have to be vigilant and get through this, and then hopefully it’ll be over soon,” he said.