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Taylor Swift is “so proud” of her “fuzzy daughters” and their “Deadpool 2” cameo

20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — If your kids appeared in the movie that was currently #1 at the box office, you’d be proud, right? That’s why Taylor Swift is pretty excited right now.

In the movie Deadpool 2, star Ryan Reynolds, a good friend of Taylor’s, sports a shirt featuring a picture of Taylor’s two cats, Meredith and Olivia. The t-shirt says “Olivia & Meredith…best friends purrrr-ever.”

Taylor posted a still from the movie on her Instagram story and wrote, “I’m so proud of my fuzzy daughters! Thanks @VanCityReynolds!”

Taylor also posted a video captioned “Telling Mer the news,” in which she tells her cat, “In Deadpool 2, they put you and your sister on a shirt in the movie.” Meredith purrs loudly, which Taylor says means “she’s really happy.” She captioned the video, “The purring is really next level. MEREDITH LOVES A CAMEO.”

Then we see Olivia and hear Taylor saying, “How do you feel about the shirt?  The world is dying to know!” When Olivia gives no response, Taylor asks, “No comment?”  The cat then walks out of the frame. Taylor captioned that video “She’s very private.”

The nod to Taylor’s cats may be a thank-you from Reynolds, after Taylor featured James, his baby daughter with wife Blake Lively, on her album Reputation.  You can hear her in the intro to the song “Gorgeous.”

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Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is engaged

Craig Sjodin(HOLLYWOOD) — It seems like new Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is going to get her happy ending after all.

ABC’s Good Morning America has confirmed that the reality TV star, who has wrapped production on her season of The Bachelorette, is engaged.

Of course, the details of the proposal — and the identity of her fiancé — are not yet available.

“I am engaged,” Kufrin said in an interview with PeopleTV. “It feels so good to say it, and you know, this time, I feel like it is going to stick.”

“It’s been a whirlwind,” she added. “It’s crazy, but it was so worth it.”

Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Kufrin, 28, on last season’s Bachelor. However, after production ended, Luyendyk Jr. had a change of heart, and broke up with Kufrin as cameras rolled.

The Bachelorette will premiere on Monday, May 28, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. To read the full interview with Kufrin, pick up the latest issue of People magazine, on newsstands nationwide this Friday.

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Gangster’s paradise: Paul Bettany begged Ron Howard via text to join “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) — Actor Paul Bettany is still in theaters as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War, but on Friday you can see him without the purple android makeup as the villain in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Was the actor hesitant to jump into another massive movie franchise. “No!” he told ABC Radio emphatically. “In fact, I chased it!”

Solo reunited Bettany with his Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard, whom he considers family. Howard also directed both Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind, a role that earned her an Oscar. 

So when Howard replaced Solo‘s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Bettany saw his chance.

“I texted Ron and I said, ‘Ron: I heard the news, and have you ever spent long winter evenings wondering why you aren’t in the Star Wars franchise? And he texted back, ‘Give me a couple of weeks.'”

A couple of weeks later, Bettany found himself on the set, playing the intergalactic crime lord Dryden Vos.

What can Bettany reveal? “Uh, I can tell you that he is a big-time gangster, and if you want to do a piece of work…a heist or whatever, in his galaxy, you have to pay him tribute.”

Sure enough, a young Han Solo, played by Alden Erenreich, and his onscreen mentor Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, find themselves under the thumb of the ruthless character. “He was so much fun to play,” enthuses Bettany. 

“The costumes are fantastic, they have somehow both a Western cowboy aesthetic with a sort of Japanese aesthetic — sort of a samurai gunslinger thing that was —  yeah, it’s just, I just — I had a ball!”

Solo, which also stars Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, is from Lucasfilm and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Spike Lee is in a Brooklyn state of mind after winning the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Spike Lee is ready to get back to work after receiving the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Award Sunday for his forthcoming film BlacKkKlansman.

On Monday, Lee switched gears, posting a message from his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

“Back To Reality. Back To Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn,” he wrote on Instagram. “We Did Our Thang, We Represented. BK Always Standing UP. Ya-Dig???Sho-Nuff. And Dat’s Da “GRAND PRIX” Truth, Ruth.”

While Lee’s focused on filming the second season of his hit Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, Lee’s friend and fellow filmmaker Ava DuVernay, offered a sweet message to honor Lee’s Grand Prix win.

“Let me tell you a small Sunday story,” DuVernay, who served as one of the festival’s jury members, tweeted. “We happened to be on the same flight back to NYC. And I happened to ask to see his history-making Cannes Grand Prix Prize. And he happened to say yes.”

She continued, “And then me and about 27 other passengers stood there and swooned and smiled. The End.”

Lee also shared a few photos during his time at Cannes, with a couple showing him saluting the African-American flag on his jacket. He captioned those photos, “Fist Up.”

BlacKkKlansman will open in theaters August 10.  That’s the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where one person died and 19 were injured.  The film also stars John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins, Adam Driver, and Topher Grace. 

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Are “SNL” star Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande an item?

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — It looks like Ariana Grande has moved on after ending her two-year relationship with rapper Mac Miller earlier this month — and is “casually dating” Saturday Night Live castmember Pete Davidson, a source tells Us Weekly.

The insider seems to confirm a story first reported by Bossip on Friday, telling Us that Ariana was spotted at the SNL after-party a week ago “hanging out with Pete and his mom.”

“Ariana is very happy,” the source continued.

Grande, 24, shared the news of her breakup with Miller — who was born Malcom McCormick — on her Instagram Story earlier this month, according to the entertainment magazine, writing, “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!”

She added, “Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you,” she added.

Meanwhile, Davidson, also 24, recently ended his two-year relationship with Larry David’s daughter Cazzie.

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Former “American Idol” contestants come together for “Where Are We Now” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — If you ever wondered what happened to William Hung, Sanjaya Malakar and a number of other onetime American Idol contestants, Jimmy Kimmel wondered the same thing.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night — in celebration of the season finale of American Idol earlier in the evening — the late-night talk show host rented out a studio for several noteworthy former Idolcontestants to record a “We Are the World”-type song called “Where Are We Now.”

In the song, Hung informed us that, “I speak to corporations inspirationally / And, ladies, now I’m single, so Snapchat me.” Meanwhile, Sanjaya revealed, “I work at a bar mixing signature cocktails / I also do construction on the side.”

Also appearing was Kevin “Chicken Little” Covais, who sang, “I’m Chicken Little, I had a part in Transformers 4 / I’m also a notary public right here in L.A.”

Among others, the song also featured former Idol champions Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, who wondered what they were doing there among a number of American Idol rejects.

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“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” finale: Adam Rippon wins the mirrorball

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Adam Rippon proved he is indeed still America’s sweetheart. The Olympic figure skater was crowned the winner of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Monday night after four short weeks of competition. He shares the mirrorball trophy with his professional dance partner Jenna Johnson.

Adam’s fellow finalists — figure skater Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgess — put up a good fight, though. Each of the three couples received at least one perfect score during the night.

The three pairs each performed two dances, the final one being a freestyle. Then, their votes from last week were tallied with the judges’ scores to determine the winner.

Here’s how it all went down:

Tonya and Sasha

First, they performed a Viennese Waltz. Judge Len Goodman praised the performance, saying they had “great control” and that it was “beautifully danced.” Judge Bruno Tonioli said it was like watching a “born again Tonya,” though judge Carrie Ann Inaba noted that Tonya looked more nervous than usual. 
Score: 26/30

For their freestyle, they danced to “I Will Survive,” beginning with Tonya being lowered from the ceiling on a platform. The dramatic entrance gave way to a number full of lifts, flips and spins. Carrie Ann gave them a standing ovation and gave Tonya a big hug. The dance earned Tonya her first perfect score of the competition.
Score: 30/30

Josh and Sharna

They dance the foxtrot for their first dance, and Josh kept his shirt on for a change. “Did it hinder you having all those clothes on?” host Tom Bergeron joked. Sharna almost slipped on her dress during one of the spins, but Josh caught her. 
Score: 27/30

Josh’s shirt was off again for their freestyle, a football-themed number that ended with a wall of rain indoors. Bruno praised Josh for his powerful presence and Carrie Ann gave props to Sharna for her choreography. It was perfect score material.
Score: 30/30

Adam and Jenna

Their first dance was a peppy jazz number that got a standing ovation from the audience. Carrie Ann called them the “wonder twins of dance,” while Bruno said it was “exquisitely theatrical.” It got a perfect score from the judges. 
Score: 30/30

Their freestyle was not quite as strong. The bizarre dance involved large pink fans, some vogueing and Adam in a black bowl cut wig. The judges commended Adam on the dance’s unconventional style. But Carrie Ann added that she felt like it was missing something. 
Score: 28/30

The finale concluded with a group number by all of the couples from this season, before Adam and Jenna were announced as the winners of the mirrorball trophy.

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And the new “American Idol” is… Maddie Poppe

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol’s two-part finale concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the newest “American Idol.”

Caleb Lee Hutchinson came in second, with Gabby Barrett finishing third.

Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and at the Radio Disney Awards.

The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars.

Here are Tuesday’s highlights:

The show opened with the top 10 finalists joining Richie for a version of his signature hit “All Night Long”

Nick Jonas and Mustard teamed up for their new single, “Anywhere.” Afterwards, top 10 finalist Jurneejoined Nick for his hit “Jealous.”

After Bryan debuted his new single, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” he introduced Barrett, who joined him for a duet on “Most People Are Good,” the second single from Bryan’s latest album, What Makes You Country.

Next, top 10 finalist Cade Foehner jammed with Gary Clark, Jr. and eliminated Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo on Clark’s “Bright Lights.”

Then, in one of the night’s most unusual pairings, Poppe delivered an encore performance of the song she auditioned with — “Rainbow Connection,” from The Muppet Movie. This time, she was joined by Kermit the Frog.

Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel.”

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel popped in to reveal the contents of an American Idol time capsule “buried in host Ryan Seacrest’s zucchini garden,” which contained alleged items from the show’s past, including a tiny V-neck tee shirt worn by Simon Cowell — complete with built-in nipples; Seacrest’s frosted hair tips from season 1; a collection of Steven Tyler’s scarves, the tips from Adam Lambert’s fingerless gloves; Sanjaya’s hair – followed by Sanyaya himself. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host joked that Clay Aiken was also supposed to be in the capsule, but Sanjaya admitted that he was hungry after all that time and “ate him.”

Next, Barrett, Lee and Poppe joined Bebe Rexha for her hit “Meant to Be.”

Top 24 contestant Layla Spring, 16, and her 7-year-old sister Dyxie – who charmed the judges during the auditions — returned to sing “Blue,” by LeAnn Rimes, who made a surprise appearance to sing with the girls.

Katy Perry made good on a promise she made to top 10 finalist Catie Turner earlier in the competition to “personally sing” with her. They joined forces on Perry’s 2012 hit “Part of Me.”

Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard, backed by a choir, performed Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now.”

Caleb and Maddie – who revealed they are currently dating – dueted on a mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Afterwards, Seacrest presented the couple with a trip to Hawaii.

Finally, top 10 finalists Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett joined Patti LaBelle for her classic “Lady Marmalade.”

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Celebrities sign letter imploring Indonesian president to stop dog meat trade

DMFI – 2018(LONDON) — A letter signed by dozens of celebrities — from Ricky Gervais and Ricky Martin to Oscar-winners Hunt Hunt and Dame Judy Dench and Emmy-winner Ellen DeGeneres — is urging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop the slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for food.

In a haunting video from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, celebrities claim they “didn’t know” about the horrors of the dog meat trade, which includes not only the stealing of family pets, but the slaughter of the animals for their meat.

The dogs are piled into cages only to be killed brutally, including using a blowtorch to remove the fur from live animals.

In addition to the inhumane treatment of the animals, the stars, 90 of them in all, claim the trade is also causing the spread of rabies to people and cutting into Indonesia’s tourism trade due to outraged pet lovers the world over.

The stars are imploring the country to join the “growing number of countries across Asia” that have banned the practice.

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Commander in Stream: Barack and Michelle Obama turn producers in Netflix partnership

Joe Pugliese/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Barack Obama has gone from president to producer in a deal with Netflix that will have him and former first lady Michelle creating programming for Netflix.

Confirming news that first broke last March, the streaming giant announced the couple will produce “a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” for Netflix’s 125 million member households. 

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Mrs. Obama adds. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

The pair’s newly minted Higher Ground production company will shepherd the projects.

Calling the couple, “among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures,” an “incredibly proud” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the Obamas “are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”  

The former president appeared in January on David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

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