'SNL' brings laughs with Jimmy Fallon's Kushner, Melissa McCarthy's Spicer as Easter Bunny

Published: Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 3:36 AM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy (L) and host Jimmy Fallon pose for a picture as she visits
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy (L) and host Jimmy Fallon pose for a picture as she visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at NBC Studios on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy and even the Easter Bunny got in on the action this week as "Saturday Night Live" took its latest jabs at President Donald Trump's administration.

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In the comedy show's first live coast-to-coast broadcast, host and "SNL" alum Fallon joined Alec Baldwin's Trump in the cold open, an "Apprentice"/"America's Next Top Model"-style showdown between White House advisers Jared Kushner (Fallon) and Steve Bannon, played by cast member Mikey Day dressed as the Grim Reaper.

"Jared, Steve, standing before me are my two top advisers, but I only have one photo in my hand," Baldwin said. "That's right; tonight is elimination night."

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Baldwin-as-Trump praised Fallon's silent Kushner for taking "the most beautiful photos," then slammed Day's Bannon for taking "the worst photos I've ever seen in my life, I'm not joking. When I see a photo of you, it makes me want to puke."

After naming Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, the winner, Baldwin's Trump quipped, "Jared, you're such an inspiration. You show everyone that if you were born rich and marry my daughter, you can do anything you want."

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Later in the show, special guest McCarthy reprised her popular impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer – this time dressed as the Easter Bunny.

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"Everybody shut up so I can apologize," McCarthy said, mocking Spicer's apology for multiple blunders while comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler. "Yes, you all got your wish this week, didn't you, huh? Spicey finally made a mistake."

McCarthy-as-Spicer continued: "I know they're not really called Holocaust centers. Duh. I know that. I'm aware. I clearly meant to say concentration clubs, OK? Let it drop."

McCarthy's Spicer added that he's "sensitive to the fact" that Jews "were sent there on trains, but hey, at least they didn't have to fly United, am I right?"

Playboy features first transgender Playmate

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.
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French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.(Nicholas Hunt)

Ines Rau became the first transgender Playmate, as the French model is in a pictorial and centerfold for the magazine’s November/December issue, the magazine announced.

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Rau previously appeared in the magazine’s May 2014 A-Z issue.

“It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” Rau told the magazine. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency.”

Although Rau is the first transgender Playmate, she isn’t Playboy’s first transgender model, Cosmopolitan reported. The first was Tula, who appeared in the September 1991 issue. 

Hugh Hefner, the founder and publisher of Playboy, died on Sept. 27. He becomes the first man to appear solo -- and 11th overall -- on the cover of the magazine. A 1965 photograph by Larry Gordon was used to pay tribute to Hefner, the magazine said. The first six pages of the November/December issue are dedicated to Hefner, who published the first issue of Playboy in December 1953..

In a tweet Wednesday, Hefner’s son Cooper Hefner, the magazine’s chief creative officer, said that the magazine and society “should be fighting for a more open world.”

Magician David Blaine accused of rape by former model Natasha Prince, report says

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:59 PM

Former Model Natasha Prince Accuses Magician David Blaine Of Rape

Magician David Blaine has been accused of rape by Natasha Prince, a former model, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

The outlet says Prince told them Blaine raped her at a private London home in 2004.

Prince told the outlet she met Blaine at a nightclub in June or July of 2004. The next day, she said she got a text from Blaine inviting her to his friends’ place for drinks. She said Blaine went into the kitchen and came back with a tall glass of vodka and soda.

“I had a high tolerance, but that week I was working and had decided not to drink,” Prince said. “But I decided to have that one drink that night. It wasn’t strong; it tasted mostly like soda.” 

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Prince said Blaine invited her to a near by bedroom for what she thought was a private conversation. She said Blaine claimed to want to show her something in the room. 

She goes on to say she was raped and woke up with no clothes on. That morning, she left to do a photo shoot.

“The next thing I remember, I was sitting in the makeup chair getting my makeup done, and thinking, ‘What did I do last night? Did I have sex with David Blaine? But I didn’t want to,” she said. “I felt hazy, completely out of it. I don’t remember taking a shower, where I changed, leaving his house or anything.” 

Prince told The Daily Beast she blamed herself, which is partially why she didn’t consider going to the police.

“You have to understand, my interpretation was that it was my fault,” she said. “I didn’t think of it as rape. In my head, rape was being sober -- pull her in a bush, pull down her pants and just ditch her. So I blamed myself. I did like him. I was interested in him. So I didn’t think about going to the police.”

By 2016, Prince decided to go to the police. She filed a report after meeting with investigators at Kensington Police Station Dec. 16.

Scotland Yard, the headquarters of police in London, has reportedly contacted Blaine to come in for questioning.

“Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” Scotland Yard said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”

The Daily Beast reported that when it reached Blaine by phone for a response to the Scotland Yard investigation, he said, “Wow … there’s absolutely nothing … that’s crazy.”

Blaine, in a statement through his attorney, Marty Singer, denies the allegations.

“My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,” the statement said. “If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.”

The Daily Beast reported that an additional statement from Singer said, “This would include Natasha Prince.”

Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

This image released by Animal Planet shows the Irwin family, from left, Robert, Terri and Bindi. The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of
This image released by Animal Planet shows the Irwin family, from left, Robert, Terri and Bindi. The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of "The Crocodile Hunter" star and family patriarch Steve Irwin. The network announced Wednesday that they will work with Animal Planet on television and digital projects that will begin being seen next year.(Animal Planet via AP/AP)

The Irwin family is returning to TV and Animal Planet 21 years after “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996.

In a Wednesday news release, Discovery Communications said Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be working on TV projects on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery Communications.

The Irwins are carrying on the legacy of their late patriarch, Steve Irwin, who spent his life learning about and educating others about wildlife, particularly reptiles. He died in 2006 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.

“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” Animal Planet general manager Patrice Andrews said in a statement. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today.”

Soul mates - in this life and every other. True love lasts always.

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Terri Irwin, Steve Irwin’s widow and mother of Bindi, 19, and Robert, 13, said in a statement that she and her children are excited to be returning to the network.

“We look forward to the year ahead as we embark on new projects and adventures with Animal Planet,” she said.

“The Crocodile Hunter” aired from 1996-2007. Husband and wife Steve and Terri Irwin co-hosted and their two children frequently made appearances. Other shows the Irwins hosted included “Croc Files” and “New Breed Vets.”

In addition to TV projects, the Irwins will be global ambassadors for Discovery Communications.

Family forever❤️

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See the trailer for ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ special

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

"Michael Jackson’s Halloween," a new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson’s music as its soundtrack, will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 on the CBS.(Hammerhead © 2017All Rights Reserved)

A new animated Halloween special with the music of Michael Jackson is coming just before the holiday.

Entertainment Weekly reported that CBS released a trailer for “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” Wednesday. The trailer was posted on the official Michael Jackson Twitter page.

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The special features the voice work of actors Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, Brad Garrett, Alan Cumming and others.

Billboard reported that the hourlong show will follow millennials Vincent, voiced by Lucas Till, and Victoria, voiced by Kiersey Clemons, who accidentally meet Halloween night and end up at a hotel called This Place Hotel on 777 Jackson St. The pair, along with Ichabod the dog, go on an adventure that features Jackson’s music. It leads up to a finale in which the characters dance with an animated version of the King of Pop. 

The official Twitter page of the late singer initially announced the special in July.

“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” airs Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Watch the trailer below.