Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are showing us how to self-isolate in style.The actors posed for a photo wearing matching pajamas alongside their daughter, Scout Willis and her sister, Tallulah Willis’ boyfriend, Dillon Buss.Tallulah captioned the photo, “chaotic neutral.”
Even the dog had its own matching green striped top.In one of her Instagram comments, the youngest of the Willis daughters responded saying, “made the choice to quarantine together and have been together for 27 days taking every precaution.”Their eldest daughter, Rumer, is not pictured.Willis is remarried to Emma Heming Willis and together they have two children.Moore and Willis were married from 1987 to 2000 and have remained amicable.
Moore has shared photos of their family over the years, most recently last month in celebration of Willis’ birthday.
Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter whose soulful hits “Lean On Me,” Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day” became part of the soundtrack for a generation, has died.He was 81.
Withers died Monday in Los Angeles of heart complications, according to his family. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” his family said in a statement obtained by CNN. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world.
In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”His songs have been considered timeless and “Lean On Me” has experienced a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic because of its uplifting message of community support.”Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen,” musician Quest Love told Rolling Stone in 2015.Withers passing was mourned Friday across musical genres and walks of life on Twitter.
“Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength,” rocker Lenny Kravitz tweeted.
“My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place. You’re still & always will be Bill.”Born in Slab Fork, West Virginia, Withers overcame a stutter as a child and joined the Navy as a teen.After a nine year stint in the military, Withers moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to pursue a career in music, taking a job at the Boeing aircraft company where he made toilet seats during the day.
At night Withers cut demos and eventually met the head of Sussex Records, the now famed music impresario Clarence Avant.Wither’s first album, “Just As I Am,” was released in 1971 and included the singles “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands.””Ain’t No Sunshine” was a hit and in 1972 Withers took home a Grammy for the single.That same year, “Lean On Me,” a song Withers wrote after being inspired by his childhood growing up in West Virginia, went to No. 1 on the R&B chart.The hit has since been covered by several other artists, including Club Nouveau. Their version won Withers a Grammy in 1987 as the songwriter.
The song is also the theme for the 1989 Morgan Freeman film of the same name and was performed at the inaugurations for both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.His 1972 album, “Still Bill,” launched another hit with “Use Me.”A legal battle with Sussex led to him signing with Columbia Records where he recorded “Lovely Day” as part of the 1977 album, “Menagerie.” Withers co-wrote the 1980 hit “Just The Two of Us,” which he recorded with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. The tune won him his second best R&B song Grammy in 1981.Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.His songwriting ability was as hailed as his singing.
“We lost a giant of songwriting today,” Paul Williams, president and chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said in a statement. “Bill Withers’ songs are among the most treasured and profound in the American songbook — universal in the way they touch people all over the world, transcending genre and generation. “”He was a beautiful man with a stunning sense of humor and a gift for truth,” Williams added. “I will miss him personally as will the entire ASCAP family. We love you, Bill.
Our hearts go out to his family.”In 1973 Withers made headlines when he married “Room 222” actress Denise Nicholas but the couple divorced a year later.He married Marcia Johnson in 1976 and is survived by her and their son and daughter, Todd and Kori.
In advance of the launch of streaming service HBO Max, HBO will seek to ease the act of social distancing by making 500 hours of programming available free for a limited time, under the heading #StayHomeBoxOffice.The promotion kicks off April 3, and will include free streaming of such series as “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Veep,” as well as HBO documentaries and an assortment of Warner Bros. movies. Many of the films are aimed at kids or a family audience, such as “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” “Smallfoot” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”The programming will be available to stream without a subscription on HBO Now and HBO Go. Other series included in the promotion are “Succession,” “Barry,” “Silcon Valley” and “Ballers,” as well as the older titles “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under.”HBO Max, the company’s streaming venture, is scheduled to launch in May. HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN are all units of WarnerMedia.
Several entertainment companies have juggled release dates to serve the vast audience hunting for something to watch while living through shelter-at-home orders due to coronavirus.Separately, TNT — another WarnerMedia network — announced that it would move up by two weeks, to May 17, the premiere of “Snowpiercer,” the dystopian sci-fi series based on the movie by “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho.
The legendary performer on Wednesday announced she was making a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research.”My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.
Parton is one of many celebrities making sizable donations towards worthy causes amid the global pandemic.Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation each donated $1 million to coronavirus response efforts this week.
Last week, Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to buy personal protective equipment for health-care workers, and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively gave $1 million to two food charities.”We are incredibly grateful to Dolly (@DollyParton) for believing in our doctors and researchers as we work hard to fight COVID-19,” Vanderbilt University Medical Center said in a statement
Turns out Lizzo is 100% that generous.The singer treated some of those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic to a meal.On Monday a verified Twitter account Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit tweeted a thank you to Lizzo for providing lunch for its emergency room staff.
“SURPRISE! @lizzo treated our ER staff at #HenryFordHospital to lunch today and shared a message of thanks to our #HealthcareHeroes on the front lines,” the tweet read. “#Lizzo, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for making our day brighter with your generosity.”The tweet included a video of the “Truth Hurts” singer thanking the hospital workers.”I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you’re doing during this pandemic,” Lizzo said. “It’s definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourselves on the front line so because of that I wanted to treat y’all to a meal.”And Henry Ford wasn’t the only hospital to benefit.
A tweet from the verified Twitter account for M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota, read on Monday “That moment when you’re working the ER and @Lizzo surprises you by sending over some lunch!”Lizzo was born in Detroit and moved to Houston, Texas and Minneapolis later in life.
The marathon continues.Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.He was gunned down March 31, 2019, near the clothing store he owned in South Central Los Angeles.Hussle was 33.
The rapper’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing Hussle weeks before he was killed attending the 2019 Grammy Awards with his daughter, Emani.Others tweeted about Hussle, including the NAACP and rapper/producer Termanalogy, with many using the hashtag “The Marathon Continues,” the name of the rapper’s famous 2011 mixtape.
“#RestInPower to the young brother #NipseyHussle,” a tweet from the NAACP’s official Twitter account read. “Your life and legacy of community building will not be forgotten. #TheMarathonContinues.”Frederick Joseph, founder of We Have Stories, a philanthropic organization for creatives from diverse communities, met the artist during an interview and after his death shared on Twitter stories of Hussle’s philanthropy.On Tuesday, Joseph tweeted a tribute to his slain friend.
“I can’t believe it’s been a year,” Joseph wrote. “Thank you for always trying to figure out what we can do for the community. Don’t worry, we are still down here doing the work. RIP NIP. #TheMarathonContinues.”
We didn’t need a DNA test to know we 100% needed this moment.”Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek recited a Lizzo lyric as a clue to a question on the episode that aired Thursday night. And while his rendition was far from musical, it was still music to our ears.A contestant picked the category “Lyrics of Today” for $1,000. Up came the clue: “Her: New man on the Minnesota Vikings, truth hurts, needed something more exciting, bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay.”Another contestant answered correctly with “Who is Lizzo?”, to which Trebek deadpanned, “Yup — and I did it exactly like she does, didn’t I? Yeah.” And the audience laughed.
They were, of course, the lyrics to Lizzo’s Grammy-winning song, “Truth Hurts.”Having a beloved game show host recite lyrics from the singer who makes us feel body-positive — and fully aware of the humor while doing it — is the perfect kind of feel-good moment these days.It’s not the first time Lizzo has been featured on the show, either. After she was the answer to a question last October, she celebrated on Instagram.”I MADE IT I LOVE YOU ALEX TREBEK,” she wrote.So to quote from another Lizzo song, “Baby how you feelin’?”We’re feeling a lot better now. Thank you, Alex Trebek.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Television Academy are implementing changes due to the coronovirus crisis.HPFA announced Thursday that it is temporarily modifying its eligibility rules for the Golden Globe Awards as movie theaters and screening rooms have had to close due to the pandemic.Under the new guidelines, motion pictures no longer have to be screened for HFPA members.”These rules have been provisionally modified,” a statement from HFPA reads. “In light of the closure of all theatres and screening rooms in Los Angeles, the requirement that a motion picture release must be screened for HFPA members in a theatre or screening room is temporarily suspended.”Film distributors still have to meet the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules under which members must be able to screen English-language motion pictures no later than one week after the release in Los Angeles.In lieu of in-person screenings, “distributors must provide all HFPA members with a screening link or a DVD copy of the motion picture so that members may view it at home.”Previously, the eligibility rules held that films had to be in theaters or on pay-per-view cable or pay-per-view digital delivery (not subscription cable or digital delivery) in the greater Los Angeles area for a minimum of seven days before midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year.Now, under the temporary rules, motion pictures need only to have “had a bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles” to be deemed eligible.The modified rules are in effect from March 15 until April 30, 2020, though HFPA said it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic and reserves the right to extend those dates.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to return to the Golden Globes as co-hosts for the 2021 telecast, the date of which has yet to be announced.On Friday, The Television Academy announced changes to be implemented for the 72nd Emmy Awards season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The updates include a revised Emmy voting calendar, modification of the hanging episode rule for series and limited series, and suspension of For Your Consideration industry events.Due to production and programming delays, the Academy has extended the eligibility date for “hanging episodes” to June 30, instead of May 31.The revised Emmy Awards calendar is now as follows:
June 5: Entry deadline
July 2: Nominations-round voting begins
July 13: Nominations-round voting ends
July 28: Nominations announced
August 21: Final-round voting begins
August 31: Final-round voting ends
There are currently no plans to cancel or delay the September 20 Emmy telecast or the September 12 and 13 Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies
Several stars are stepping up to lend a helping hand in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.In addition to offering words of advice and support, some celebrities are opening their wallets to help those struggling with the effects of the outbreak.The following is a list of some of the famous folks giving back:
The actor/singer posted a note in the stories portion of his verified Instagram account that he would be donating to to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.”This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” Timberlake wrote. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”
The actress threw her support behind the organization Feeding America in a post on her Instagram account.
“It’s a crazy time out there in the world,” the former Disney star wrote. “School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country.”
The fashion mogul and her daughter Allegra are giving back to her native Italy which has been hard hit.”In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” a statement on her Instagram account reads. “”This is why Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan.”
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones,” she added.
Bong Joon Ho and Suga
The “Parasite” drector and the BTS member have each donated more than $82,000 to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association, Newsweek reports.Their donations will reportedly be used to distribute face masks and hand sanitizers to those in need in South Korea.
A former Bond girl has announced she has been diagnosed with coronavirus.Olga Kurylenko, who starred as Camille Montes opposite Daniel Craig in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” shared the news Sunday on her official Instagram account.The Ukranian born star who rose from being a model to appearing on television and in movies including “Magic City” and “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” wrote that she is “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.”
“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” Kurylenko wrote in the caption of a photo which showed a partial view through a window. “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”Hollywood has not been spared the pandemic sweeping the world.Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks announced last week that that he and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, had been diagnosed with the virus.The pair were diagnosed while in Australia for work and have been quarantined in that country since.CNN has reached out to reps for Kurylenko for additional comment.