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    • BIG DADDY KANE AND KRS-ONE HEAD TO HEAD ON VERZUZ

      Rap legends and Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One went head to head last night (October 17th) in a Verzuz battle. DJ Scratch and DJ Kid Capri served as the opening act for the night, with Fat Joe playing host. Kane had some technical difficulties at the start of the show and KRS called it out, saying, "There ain't no f*cking technical difficulties — he's hiding in the dressing room." Kane later came on staged and kicked things off with"Just Rhymin" featuring the late Biz Markie.

      Special guests included Juice Crew members Roxanne Shanté, Masta Ace and Craig G, Das EFX, Mad Lion, Buckshot, Kool DJ Red Alert, original Rock Steady Crew b-boy Crazy Legs, Smooth B, Greg Nice, Mad Lion, DJ Cutmaster Cool V, and Channel Live.

      AUDIO: VERZUZ BIG DADDY KANE GIVES PROPS TO ROXANNE SHANTE
      AUDIO: VERZUZ BIG DADDY KANE PERFORMS
      AUDIO: VERZUZ KRS ONE PERFORMS
      AUDIO: VERZUZ KRS-ONE FREESTYLES
    • JULIETTE LEWIS REVEALS DARK SIDE OF ACTING WHILE SUPPORTING IATSE STRIKE

      Juliette Lewis is standing by her fellow Hollywood workers, and revealing the dark side of the business.

      The 48-year-old shared a message of support for the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union representing 150,000 people across entertainment, including electricians, camera operators, costumers, makeup artists, special effects, hairstylists, script supervisors, and more.

      On IG, she addressed her "fellow actors," saying they "should talk about how it's been normal to work 15-17 hour days" during six-day work weeks.

      "I personally was conditioned in TV/film business since a teenager to never take a sick day off, or it would cost tens of thousands of dollars. And you'd be labeled 'problematic,' so much so I've worked through a flu I've worked through migraines I've worked through walking pneumonia on Natural Born Killers for two weeks where I thought I might die….Apparently that was always better than speaking up and having them simply shift their schedule around to accommodate a person's health. Because it just didn't happen."

      Noting that she is "actually thankful for this work ethic" as it has "served me in many areas of my life," Lewis added, "but I am an actor so when I think of the crew who shows up hours before actors do and leaves hours after actors do and are asked to work miracles daily that's a whole other story that goes beyond a solider like work ethic and that's why all you have to do is read some of the stories."

      Several other celebs, including Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Seth Rogen and Ben Stiller also spoke out in support of these workers.

      STRIKE

      This comes as the strike is averted Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline. "I can confirm we reached an agreement that will keep the industry working," Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), said in a statement to CNN. "At this time, we are not sharing details of the agreement."

      Demands included higher pay, improvements to on-set conditions (such as longer rest and meal breaks) and larger contributions to health and pension benefits.

      "This is a Hollywood ending," IATSE International president Matthew Loeb said in a written statement. "Our members stood firm. They're tough and united."

      "We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we have now reached an agreement with the AMPTP that meets our members' needs," he added.

    • KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN AND TRAVIS BARKER ARE ENGAGED

      Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are engaged!

      TMZ reports that the Blink-182 drummer popped the question at a beachside hotel in Montecito on Sunday (Oct. 17th). Images show that the scene was set with candles and a heart-shaped ring of roses.

      Kardashian posted photos of the engagement to her Instagram page with the caption "forever @travisbarker."

      The rocker's 15-year-old daughter, Alabama Barker, revealed some behind-the-scenes images of the couple's engagement dinner on her Instagram Story, including a picture of the reality star's giant ring featuring a massive oval diamond.

      The couple first went public with heir romance in February 2021. This will be Kardashian's first marriage and Travis's third.

    • SEAN PENN'S WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE

      No Hollywood ending for Sean Penn and Leila George. The 29-year-old filed for divorce from the 61-year-old Penn in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, People reports. They were married for a year.

      The pair tied the knot in July of 2020 during a small ceremony; rumors of their marriage emerged after they were spotted wearing gold rings. Penn and George were first linked in 2016, and had an on and off relationship. An insider told People: "They got together and then they broke up, and Sean won her back. He realized he had made a mistake and when he felt he might lose her, he worked hard to get her back."

      Penn split from Charlize Theron in June of 2015. Before that, he was married to Robin Wright from 1996-2010, and Madonna from 1985-1989.

    • 'HALLOWEEN KILLS' RAVAGES BOX OFFICE WITH RECORD BREAKING $50.4M

      Halloween Kills, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, performed very well at the B.O. this weekend, despite being relased on Peacock simultaneously. The David Gordon Green-directed sequel, the 12th in the franchise, enjoyed the best 3-day opener for a horror movie during the pandemic, besting Paramount's A Quiet Place Part II ($47.5M).

      It also is the best opener for an R-rated movie, ousting Warner Bros/HBO Max's The Suicide Squad ($26.2M) from the top spot.

    • BLAKE LIVELY TROLLS RYAN REYNOLDS AS HE TAKES ACTING BREAK

      Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is taking a break from acting, but his wife Blake Lively isn't giving him a break from trolling.

      On IG, he wrote that after wrapping Spirited, co-starring Will Ferrell, he's ready for a little me time. He posted:"That's a wrap for me on Spirited. Not sure I'd have been ready to say yes to a film this challenging even three years ago. Singing, dancing and playing in the sandbox with Will Ferrell made a whole lotta dreams come true. And this is my second film with the great @octaviaspencer…Perfect time for a little sabbatical from movie making."

      He added that he is going to "miss every second working with this obscenely gifted group of creators and artists" and that this particular group is "flush with both" talent and kindness.

      While Spencer and others told him to "enjoy the downtime," Lively wrote, "Michael Caine did it first," a reference to the Dark Knight star revealing he, too, was likely going to take a step back from acting just earlier that day.

      The pair have a playful social media relationship, frequently trolling each other, and prioritizing time with their kids. They often switch off on who is with the kids, and who is acting, so it's likely Lively's turn now.

    • JUSSIE SMOLLETT TRIAL SET FOR NOVEMBER

      A judge has refused to dismiss a criminal case against Jussie Smollett's and his trial will proceed next month. As previously reported, Smollett has been accused of lying to police when he reported that he was a victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019.

      According to The AP, Smollett's attorney, Nenye Uche, argued that the actor should not be charged because the case had been dismissed in March 2019 and Smollett had served his part of a plea deal, which included community service and a forfeited $10,000 bond.

      In response, Judge James Linn noted that Smollett's case now was being led by a special prosecutor appointed by another judge, an arrangement that he would not upset. The trial will begin on November 29th.

    • MEGAN FOX AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN LEGALLY SINGLE

      Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have settled their differences and agreed upon the terms of their divorce and custody, TMZ reports. The pair filed papers Friday, and just need a judge to sign off on the deal.

      They have reportedly agreed on joint legal and physical custody of their three sons; while the pair did not have a prenup, because they're in California, that means that anything acquired during their 10-year marriage would be split in half. No word on child or spousal report, but the papers did reference a settlement.

      The pair were engaged in 2006, broke things off in 2009, then got engaged again in 2010. They married that year; Fox filed for divorce, withdrew the papers in 2019, then refiled again last November. They have both moved on; Fox with Machine Gun Kelly, Green with Sharna Burgess, his Dancing With the Stars partner.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      BLACK ADAM: Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam is showing his face. After a decade of development, fans are getting a look at Johnson as the DC Comics anti-hero and enemy of Shazam! He shared the look on Twitter over the weekend.

      DANIEL CRAIG CRASHES SNL: Rami Malek admitted on Saturday Night Live that he doesn't "usually do comedy." But during his hosting debut he gamely showed off his "resting villain face." Daniel Craig popped in too; the pair are co-starring in the James Bond thriller No Time To Die.

      DOROTHY STEEL DIES AT 95: Black Panther actress Dorothy Steel has died at age 95. She died at her home in Detroit, her agent revealed. She played a merchant tribe elder in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Her final role was in Jumanji: The Next Level.

      SUPERMAN CHANGES STANCE: DC Comics' Superman is now about "Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow." The new motto replaces "Truth, Justice and the American Way." "To better reflect the storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor Superman's incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world, Superman's motto is evolving," announced DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee at the company's DC FanDome fan event on Saturday. "Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement."

      JUST KIDDING! Michael Caine isn't retiring after all. After strongly suggesting he was dunzo, the acting legend tweeted: "I haven't retired and not a lot of people know that."

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      STAR-STUDDED CAST FOR GASLIT: Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio), Nat Faxon (The Way Way Back), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital), Patrick Walker (The Resident), Carlos Valdes (The Flash) and Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time) have signed on to star opposite Julia Roberts and Sean Penn in Starz's Gaslit, a drama about Watergate. Creators Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot, Search Party) and Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) will direct and executive produce.

      NOAH REID HEADS TO BROADWAY: Schitt's Creek star Noah Reid will make his Broadway debut in The Minutes, a Tracy Letts play in previews before COVID shut it down. He will take the role of Mr. Peel, previously filled by Armie Hammer, who withdrew amid misconduct allegations.

      BULL RUN FINANCES THROUGH DIGITAL TOKENS: The comedy-documentary mashup Bull Run, which focuses on crytpocurrencies, has been financed in just 24 hours through digital tokens. "To simplify a complex process, we could say that the users who have invested in it acquire tokens that, through smart contracts, entitle them to receive part of the profits from the film. In this way, Bull Run belongs to those people, they feel part of it," explained Javier Celorrio, Carlos Celorrio and Miguel Caballero, who handled the token raise.

      HANNAH GADSBY SLAMS TED SARANDOS OVER DAVE CHAPPELLE DEFENSE: Emmy-winning comedian Hannah Gadsby took Ted Sarandos and Netflix to task for defending Dave Chappelle and his special on social media. "Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn't drag my name into your mess," she wrote. "Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle's fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view. You didn't pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. F**k you and your amoral algorithm cult… I do sh*ts with more back bone than you. That's just a joke! I definitely didn't cross a line because you just told the world there isn't one."