TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

About 200 showbiz types signed a letter urging Hollywood to be more responsible when it depicts gun violence onscreen.  The signees include Amy Schumer, Shonda Rhimes, Judd Apatow, and Jimmy Kimmel. 

In a new interview, AMBER HEARD says she doesn’t blame the jury for ruling in favor of JOHNNY DEPP.  “I don’t blame them.  I actually understand.  He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him.  He’s a fantastic actor

JENNIFER ANISTON trashed people who get famous on social media . . . and got backlash because both her parents are actors.  So her spot in the showbiz industry wasn’t exactly hard-won.

More details have emerged about the “Joker” sequel.  Sources say LADY GAGA is in talks to join as Harley Quinn and it’s going to be a MUSICAL. 

JAMES CORDEN is going to head back to the U.K. to be closer to his family after he finishes his time hosting “The Late Late Show” in spring 2023.

SELENA GOMEZ still remembers the day she auditioned for “Barney & Friends” with DEMI LOVATO.  They both attended an open call of 1,400 other kids, and they were picked along with five othersSelena said, “The wildest part of that story is that she was actually the girl standing in front of me . . . I remember she had a red bow on, I’ll never forget it . . .I just thought the world of her.  And we just had this, like, mini reunion when we saw each other when we got the part.” 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD considers herself a “happy person” . . . so why does she record so many cheating songs?  Because it’s interesting.  She likes playing characters in her songs, and the best ones have drama. She said, “I do have a lot of cheatin’ songs, I have a lot of songs that are darker and more dramatic, or cinematic.  Obviously my life is not that.  I’m a pretty happy person.  I got my two boys, we live on a farm, and things are really, really good . . . so those songs are not me, but I feel like that’s kind of why I like them.  I get to play a character.”

After he performed at CMA Fest on Saturday LUKE BRYAN headed over to his 32 Bridge Bar where he bought a round for the house.  He told the crowd, “Just to let you know, I’m buying everybody in here a Two Lane tonight.  All beers are on me.”  He also jumped into the DJ booth, and sang with the house band.

Jennifer Hudson nabbed a Tony Award on Sunday for “A Strange Loop,” which she co-produced, getting her into the EGOT club — she’s now won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony

Sir Ringo Starr has postponed the remainder of his North American summer tour, due to two positive COVID-19 tests in his All-Starr Band

96 year old Angela Lansbury was presented a lifetime award at the Tony’s Sunday night, but not in person, which has fans concerned about her health

Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell have called it quits – again – after a second attempt at being a couple

John Stamos is letting everyone know how upset he is that Bob Saget was left out of the Tony’s “In Memoriam” salute to those we lost over the past year.

ET The Extra Terrestrial turns 40 this year

COLE SWINDELL is doing another Down to the Bar Tour.  “Back Down to the Bar Tour” will pick up September 23rd in Helotes, Texas . . . and wrap November 19th in Pompano Beach, Florida.  ASHLEY COOKE and DYLAN MARLOWE will open the shows.  Nov 12 – Johnstown

When Luke Combs took the stage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest on Saturday night it officially marked the last show he’ll play before his son is born. He and his wife Nicole are currently expecting their first child, and Nicole has indicated that she’s due in June, which means baby boy Combs could be making his appearance any day now. “I just figure I’ll be changing my fair share of diapers after tonight, for sure. This is my last show as a not-dad. Confirmed.” Luke’s planning to be an active and present father for the newborn stage — and that includes being on diaper duty.

DIERKS BENTLEY got some help from BILLY RAY CYRUS while closing out CMA Fest on Sunday.  Guess what song they did? “Achy Breaky”

JON PARDI and KANE BROWN will be hosting CMT’s “July 4th Salute to the Troops”.  The show will air a couple days earlier, on July 2nd. Also, JASON ALDEAN will kick-off the new season of “CMT Campfire Sessions” on July 15th.  Other performers in the subsequent weeks include Old Dominion, Brett Eldredge, Jon Pardi, and Little Big Town. 

When we talk about an actor’s struggle with weight or image, we’re usually talking about women.  But men go through drastic weight loss or excessive workout routines for movie roles, too.  Here are a few examples:

1.  Zac Efron didn’t have a carb for six months when shooting “Baywatch”.

2.  Christian Bale lost 63 pounds for “The Machinist”.  His daily diet – an apple, a can of tuna, and coffee.

3.  Chris Hemsworth lost 33 pounds in FOUR weeks for “In the Heart of the Sea”.  He did this by only eating 500 calories a day . . . like only a boiled egg, a couple of crackers, and a celery stick.

4.  Jared Leto lost 28 pounds for “Requiem for a Dream” by nibbling on raw vegetables . . . he even started to faint on set.  Then when he did “Chapter 27” he had to gain 60 pounds which caused him to get gout.

5.  Matt Damon lost 50 pounds to play a heroin addict in “Courage Under Fire”.  He ate mostly chicken breast and he consumed around 100 calories a day and ran 13 miles daily.  He ended up damaging his adrenal gland which took over a year of medication to try to fix.

6.  Bradley Cooper had to gain weight for “American Sniper”, so he ate 6,000 calories a day.  His daily diet included five meals, a pre- and post-workout drink, and energy bars.

7.  Channing Tatum said doing the “Magic Mike” movies required starving himself, and being that lean is unhealthy.

8.  Miles Teller had to gain weight for “Top Gun: Maverick”.  For breakfast he’d have six eggs, then work out . . . then have a shake, and TWO lunches, each with a chicken breast, a whole potato, and broccoli.  Then another snack, and for dinner it would be 20 ounces of fish or steak.

SARA EVANS’ estranged husband Jay Barker has avoided jail time from his arrest earlier this year when he tried to ram his car into a car that she was riding in.  He agreed to a “best interest plea” which means he did not admit guilt, but agreed that the state had enough evidence to prove its case. He was put on a year of probation.  He also has to forfeit all weapons . . . complete a 26-week batterers intervention program . . . and stay out of trouble.

BRITNEY SPEARS and her new husband SAM ASGHARI are moving into a house near KEVIN FEDERLINE.  Probably so she can be closer to the kids.  Also, there’s an ironclad prenup in place.

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress has reportedly been damaged after being worn by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala. The dress now shows signs of tearing, and several crystals are either missing or hanging off of it.

HUGH JACKMAN has COVID.  It’s his second time.

CHRISTINA RICCI says JENNA ORTEGA is “incredible” as Wednesday Addams in the upcoming Tim Burton series “Wednesday”.

Last night a “Jeopardy!” contestant thought MICHAEL CAINE was MICK JAGGER. The ROLLING STONES had to cancel a show in Amsterdam because MICK JAGGER has COVID.

POST MALONE announced 2022 tour dates.  Oh, and he welcomed a baby girl and he’s engaged.

Lucy Hale is 33.  Aria on “Pretty Little Liars”,

Kevin McHale is 34.  Artie on “Glee”.

Kara Kilmer is 34.  Paramedic Sylvie Brett on “Chicago Fire”.

J.R. Martinez is 39.  Former U.S. Army soldier who suffered severe burns on 40% of his body in Iraq.  He went on to be a motivational speaker, got a role on “All My Children”, and won the 13th season of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Steffi Graf is 53.  Tennis star

Yasmine Bleeth is 54.  Caroline Holden on “Baywatch”.

Boy George is 61.  Culture Club.  Biggest hits:  “Karma Chameleon”

Donald J. Trump is 76.  Your 45th President.

Marla Gibbs is 91.  Florence the maid on “The Jeffersons”

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