Nightly News Full Broadcast (August 22nd) In Monday night's broadcast: kids go back to school in Miami's Zika zone, cleanup begins in flooded Louisiana, and the Trump campaign sends mixed signals on immigration.
IAN MCKELLEN TURNED DOWN OFFER TO PERFORM WEDDING AS GANDALF Sir Ian McKellen cannot be bought. He reveals in a new interview with Daily Mail that he rejected an offer to officiate Napster founder Sean Parker's wedding in character as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Ian says, "I was offered one-and-a-half million dollars to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing, but I had to go dressed as Gandalf. So I said, 'I am sorry, Gandalf doesn't do weddings.'" He goes on to say, "I don't go dressing up. Except in plays and things at places like this."
Sean's Tolkien-themed wedding to Alexandra Lenas was held in the redwood forest in Big Sur, California and all of the 364 guests wore custom-fitted costumes.
The whole affair reportedly cost $10 million.
AMY ROBACH APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING 'COLORED PEOPLE' ON 'GOOD MORNING AMERICA' Amy Robach released an apology to the press on Monday (August 22nd) after using the term "colored people" during a segment on Good Morning America earlier in the day. The comment was in regards to the backlash surrounding Zendaya's rumored casting as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot of which she said, "Hollywood has received quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role for colored people."
Amy admitted in her statement that her phrasing was a mistake and she had intended to say "people of color." She also said, "It's not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life."
Zendaya has not addressed the situation on social media.
EDDIE MURPHY STOPPED READING NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES 20 YEARS AGO Eddie Murphy admits that he has given up on reading newspapers and magazines. The 55-year-old recently gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter where he discussed his career and celebrating both the positive and negative films he has made.
Eddie explained, "I used to be the hippest of them all. I used to know everything about everything. I used to read about everything that was going on and I knew everybody's name and anybody in pop culture. Anything that was written about me I would read. And for the last maybe 20 years -- I haven't read a newspaper in 20 years, or read a corporate magazine. If there's an article about me, someone has to read through it before they even give it to me. I don't want to see anything that has anything negative. I don't want to read any of that s**t. So, I don't know what y'all think. I don't have a computer, I don't have email--I don't have any of that s**t."
He also said, "In my view, I've never had a flop movie or a movie that didn't work. If I did the movie, and they paid me lots and lots of money to do it, it's a f***ing smash! Any movie that I was in that they paid me a lot of money for was a f***ing smash. To be perfectly honest, we celebrate Pluto Nash at my house. We don't have Christmas Day, we have Pluto Nash Day. And we don't have Halloween, we have Vampire in Brooklyn Day."
Eddie also addressed the idea of returning to stand-up comedy saying, "I stopped doing stand-up because it stopped being fun. And the reason it stopped being fun was it was harder to write...new stuff. It had gotten so crazy. I thought at the time, 'Maybe I'll take a little break from standup.' And then the break just got longer...For years I've been procrastinating about it, going, 'I'll do stand-up again...' And all of a sudden I'm this far away from it."
AMBER TAMBLYN DEFENDS DONALD TRUMP AGAINST BODY SHAMERS Amber Tamblyn is by no means a Donald Trump supporter but she does not condone body shaming him either. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star took to social media over the weekend to address the nude sculptures of Trump depicted as overweight with a small penis and no testicles that popped up in five American cities last week.
She shared a photo of the statue wearing a sign that read "Shame Me For My Behavior Not My Body" and wrote, "Body shaming is never okay, even when it comes to trump. These statues aren't art: They are a lazy, unoriginal concept, stolen mind you, from Ilma Gore's painting which already made this exact same point earlier this year. This is wholly unoriginal and uncreative."
Some of her followers pointed out that he deserved all the shaming he has been getting to which she wrote, "Ok so we should stoop to his level then?"
CELEBRITY GOSSIP LINDSAY LOHAN IS STILL WEARING HER ENGAGEMENT RING: Lindsay Lohan has sparked speculation that she and Egor Tarabasov are working on their relationship after she posted an Instagram photo with her emerald engagement ring still on. She has been wearing it on her right hand. Lindsay discussed the status of their relationship recently with Daily Mail saying, "I haven't taken it off, even after all this. The truth is, I wanted to make things work, but now I'm not sure that I can."
AMY ADAMS DOESN'T VIEW HERSELF AS A CELEBRITY:Amy Adams may be an actress but she does not consider herself to be a celebrity. She explains to Vulture in a new interview, "I don't think of myself as a celebrity. It's not a part of my pursuit. Nothing against those who do." Amy goes on to say, "I am still really naïve. I am continuously shocked by how people behave. Like, it would never occur to me to post a picture of myself in my underwear on Twitter. Maybe the 20-year-old me -- I shudder to think of what I would have done in my moment of desperation and seeing what I might've chased."
DENNIS QUAID STEPS OUT WITH NEW WOMAN:Dennis Quaid appears to have a new lady in his life. He and model Santa Auzina were first photographed together in July in Montreal, Canada where he has been filming a movie. Neither of them have addressed the romance rumors. He and his third wife Kimberly ended their marriage in June.
NATALIE PORTMAN SAYS SHE WAS PITTED AGAINST MILA KUNIS: Natalie Portman claims that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky tried to create tension off-screen between her and Mila Kunis. Natalie says in the new issue of Vogue, "He'd say, 'Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She's so much better than you.' Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us." She and Mila have both said in interviews that they actually became really close working on the movie together.
THOMAS GIBSON GOT A SECRET DIVORCE: Fresh off the news of his Criminal Minds firing, it is now being reported that Thomas Gibson is a single man. Court documents obtained by Extra reveal that he and his wife, Christine Gibson, ended their marriage in 2014 after 21 years. The documents read, "The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities...that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."
INDUSTRY NEWS JOHN LEGEND DEVELOPING BLACK WALL STREET SERIES: John Legend will serve as executive producer on a new series for WGN America about Black Wall Street. The term refers to the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma that was home to the wealthiest members of the black community in the early 20th century. The neighborhood was destroyed when a race riot broke out in 1921 and nearly 300 black people were killed. No casting information has been announced.
WILLIE GEIST ANNOUNCES 'TODAY' EXIT: Willie Geist has officially announced that Billy Bush was brought on to replace him during the third hour of the Today show. He said on Monday's (August 22nd) show, "As you all know and a lot of our viewers know, I've been wearing a lot of hats lately. "I've been doing the Sunday show, I've been doing our third hour of the Today show with Al and Tamron, I do Morning Joe every day. There's a lot going on." Willie added, "So I got to take one of the hats off. I've got too many. I've got a big head -- everybody knows that -- but not big enough for all those hats. So I'm going to step away from the third hour of the Today show. It's hard to do that because of the love that I have for you guys. Because of the love that I have for all of our producers, for all of our viewers -- you've been so good to all of us. But, I pass the hat to a guy with another big head -- Billy Bush. The hat is yours."
BRAVO RENEWS 'BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN': Bravo has announced plans for a second season of Below Deck Mediterranean. The season one finale brought in 1.1 viewers back on July 26th. It is unclear if all of the cast members will be returning.
RUPERT GRINT TO STAR IN 'SNATCH' SERIES:Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has signed on to star in a series adaptation of the 2000 movie Snatch. The show will stream on Sony's Crackle. Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick will also star.
NETFLIX ORDERS 'FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE': Netflix is developing a new comedy series called Friends From College starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse, Jae Suh Park, and Nat Faxon. It is about a group of college friends who are all freaking out about entering their 40s. The show was created by husband and wife team Nick Stoller and Francesca Delblanco.
NENE LEAKES MAKES LIGHT OF HER FINANCIAL TROUBLE NeNe Leakes isn't letting a little money trouble ruin her sense of humor. The Real Housewives star took to Twitter on Sunday (August 21st) to address the recent news that she owes over $800,000 in back taxes from 2014.
She wrote, "4 all those that r asking, reporting & concern...Yes I am broke & unemployed. Just another dumb Celeb that doesn't know how 2 money manage. My priorities r all screwed up! I'm just a damn fool out here about to lose my house! Please start a Go Fund Me." When one user suspected that her account had been hacked, NeNe responded, "No but pray for me."
People magazine first reported NeNe's financial situation claiming that the IRS could go after her assets and properties in order to collect the debt.