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Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
NEW YORK — Wendy Williams is taking a full three-week hiatus after all.
The host announced on Tuesday that she would be back on her show, which films live out of New York, on March 19. In the meantime, Us Weekly reported, Jerry O’Connell will guest host the show next week.
It is the first time in the show’s history that a guest host will fill in for Williams.
“Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show,” Williams said in a statement to Us Weekly.“We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much-needed rest.”
“I’m excited to help out and fill in,” O’Connell said in a statement. “We all know nobody can fill the purple chair like Wendy, but I am honored to sit with her co-hosts and to bring the many fans all the Hot Topics they love. Like Wendy tells us, ‘I am am going to Say It Like I Mean It.’”
Williams, 53, also announced her return date and O’Connell’s guest-hosting stint on Twitter.
“Hey @MrJerryOC thanks for being my guest host while I'm out getting some much needed rest,” the tweet read. “See you all Monday, March 19th! XOX, Wendy.”
On Feb. 21, Williams announced she would take some time away from her talk show.
“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” a show representative told People Feb. 21. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync.”
At the time, repeat episodes were planned to air during Williams’ three weeks off.
Williams has been vocal about her struggle with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. When she announced her hiatus on her show, she encouraged women to look after their health.
Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 3:14 PM
— Tom Hanks will play beloved public television personality Mister Rogers in an upcoming movie.
Variety reported the Oscar winner will play Fred Rogers in a story that is loosely based on Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod. The movie, called “You Are My Friend,” will show how Junod, a cynical journalist, begrudgingly takes an assignment to write a profile on Rogers. He gains a different perspective on life in the process, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TriStar pictures has distribtion rights to the film.
Junod called the news of the movie being made “well-timed.”
“It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from ‘Transparency’ scripting, and Marielle Heller directing,” he wrote on Twitter.
It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for @Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from "Transparency" scripting, and Marielle Heller directing. Well-timed, for this moment. https://t.co/JWsOCmL6XB— Tom Junod (@TomJunod) January 29, 2018
“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,’” Heller said in a statement. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human, I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”
Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 10:32 AM
— After a date in Philadelphia was announced early -- and promptly pulled -- Beyonce has officially announced her second joint tour with her husband, Jay-Z.
The singer and rapper will embark on “OTR II,” the follow up to the pair’s successful “On The Run” tour in 2014.
Pre-sale for the stadium and arena tour begins March 14 at 9 a.m. local time in North America and 10 a.m. local time in Europe.
The Carters’ last joint tour grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales and promoted Beyonce’s 2013 self-titled album and Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta... Holy Grail,” also released in 2013. Beyonce’s latest album is 2016’s “Lemonade.” Jay-Z’s latest is “4:44,” released in 2017.
According to Beyonce.com, fans can sign up for the BeyHive mailing list to get tour tickets, special experiences, exclusive merchandise and more goodies.
The tour will start in Europe, beginning with June 6 in the U.K. and ending July 17 in France. The North American dates begin July 25 in Cleveland and end Oct. 2 in Vancouver.
The North American tour dates are below.
July 25 - Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium
July 28 - Washington, FedEx Field
July 30 - Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Aug. 2 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium
Aug. 5 - Boston, Gillette Stadium
Aug. 8 - Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium
Aug. 10 - Chicago, Soldier Field
Aug. 13 - Detroit, Ford Field
Aug. 18 - Buffalo, New York, New Era Field
Aug. 23 - Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt Stadium
Aug. 25 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium
Aug. 29 - Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium
Aug. 31 - Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Sept. 11 - Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium
Sept. 13 - New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sept. 15 - Houston, NRG Stadium
Sept. 19 - Phoenix, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium
Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl
Sept. 27 - San Diego, SDCCU Stadium
Sept. 29 - Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium
Oct. 2 - Vancouver, BC Place
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:35 PM
NASHVILLE — There are many who have played a part in the landscape of country music, many who have added their talents to the tapestry of the music genre that has had an impact on so many lives. many who have affected the history of Nashville and country music and many who have left us sooner than we would have liked.
One of those people is Hazel Smith.
According to “The Tennessean,” the longtime Nashville media personality passed away at her home on March 18 following “a period of declining health.” She was 83.
Declaring herself country music’s mother hen, Hazel was a fixture on Nashville’s Music Row for decades. She was a journalist when female journalists weren’t a common thing. She was also a songwriter, a publicist, a cookbook author and a television personality as host of CMT’s “Southern Fried Flicks.”
Yet, one of her most meaningful and lasting contributions to country music is the fact that she coined the term “outlaw music” while she was working as a publicist back in the early 1970s for the Glaser Brothers’ Hillbilly Central office and studio.
“Now, it doesn’t say this in mine or any other dictionary I’ve seen, but it said that ‘outlaw’ meant virtually living on the outside of the written law,” Hazel told “The Nashville Scene” in 1997, as reported on by “The Tennessean.” “It just made sense to me, because [record producers] Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were doing marvelous music, but this was another step in another direction.”
Soon after the news of her death was released, many in the country music community headed to their social media accounts to express their sadness over the news, including producer Buddy Cannon.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hazel Smith,” Buddy said.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:11 PM
— Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, candidly opens up about the King of Rock-'n'-Roll’s final years, and his painful drug addiction, during the debut of “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” at SXSW.
Elvis Presley may have passed away more than 40 years ago, but the life that he lived continues to fascinate people across the globe.
As fans know, during his final years, Elvis was deeply addicted to prescription drugs. His ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, is now opening up about the unfortunate addiction that sadly led to the late musical icon’s tragic death in 1977.
According to Fox News, Priscilla, who helped produce a documentary that honors the King called “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” spoke about her ex-husband’s issue with substance abuse during the movie’s debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, on March 14.
“It was difficult for all of us. We certainly didn’t see it coming,” she said of Elvis’ unfortunate passing at the age of 42. “But we certainly saw the journey he was taking.”
She also added, “People go, ‘Well, why didn’t anyone do anything?’ Well, that’s not true. People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do. You did not. I mean, you’d be out of there faster than a scratched cat. They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing.”
Elvis and Priscilla met in 1959 while he was serving in the U.S. Army. During the candid discussion at SXSW, Priscilla also noted that he started taking pills when he was stationed in Germany.
“They gave them to the soldiers over there to keep them awake,” she said. “He was on guard at that time. He had maneuvers that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys, and that’s how he started. And if you take a sleeping pill, you have to do something to get yourself awake … He was in unchartered territory, he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone.”
Fans can learn more about the late star in “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.” The documentary, which chronicles his creative journey from early childhood through his final recording session, held in the famous Jungle Room of his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, premieres April 14 on HBO.