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Entertainment: Jillian Michaels; Matthew Morrison; divas; reality star dies
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2016-03-15

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Jillian Michaels is getting married. According to an E! News item, on the season finale of the reality show Just Jillian, she got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades. During an update, Michaels told Maria Menounos of Rhoades, ""It's not that she's not the one. I have this—I don't want to say fear—but I feel like I'm preparing myself for the day she wakes up and goes, 'I'm done with you.'"

Matthew Morrison ( Glee ) has begun a multi-episode story arc as Assistant U.S. Attorney Connor Fox on the CBS show The Good Wife, Broadway World noted. Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Morrison said that original four-episode story arc may now be extended to seven, taking the character's storyline all the way up to the show's series finale this spring.

HBO Documentary Films will debut Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures on Monday, April 4, a press release stated. ( The title comes from a statement then-Sen. Jesse Helms said as he denounced the photos. ) The release states, "As The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art prepare landmark Mapplethorpe retrospectives ( both opening in March ), the film goes inside the preparation for the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to tell the complete story of his life and work for the first time, and explore the interplay between his personal and professional lives."

After postponing various European Unbreakable Tour dates in December to undergo surgery, Janet Jackson canceled those rescheduled European tour dates—and has now promised, on Twitter, to assure fans that she'll be back, according to Billboard. ( By contrast, Page Six reported that Jackson canceled the shows due to poor ticket sales. However, a source at Janet's tour producers Live Nation insisted to Page Six that sales in Europe were "decent." ) Jackson's U.S. dates are set to begin June 24 in New Jersey.

Mariah Carey has signed on to do a reality show for E!—and the decision has left some in her camp scratching their heads, Page Six noted. "Whitney Houston did a reality show and that was the real end of it. We hope that it doesn't end up being like when Whitney did Being Bobby Brown," a Carey insider told Page Six. The show is based around Carey and her entourage.

Madonna branded ex-husband Guy Ritchie a "son of a bitch" after having what The Sun called "a second boozy meltdown on stage." The singer, locked in a bitter custody dispute with Guy over their son Rocco, begged "someone please f*** me" as she swigged tequila during the show. After falling off a tricycle, she told the crowd in Melbourne that she had "messed up" her songs, before joking: "You would think it was in my DNA!" The emotional star went on to dedicate a song to estranged son Rocco, 15, whose childhood photo was beamed across the stage in the background.

Extreme Weight Loss contestant Rod Durham was found dead in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at age 52, Page Six reported. The high school English teacher reportedly died of diabetic shock. Despite losing 180 pounds from his 450-lb. frame, Durham had revealed to Tallahassee magazine that his biggest triumph was telling his father he was gay.

Members of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of nearly 150 entertainment journalists nationwide—gathered March 7 in Los Angeles to celebrate their 2015 Dorian Award winners across film and TV, according to a press release. Alexandra Billings—the transgender actress who co-stars on Amazon's Transparent—accepted that show's awards for TV Comedy of the Year, LGBTQ TV Show of the Year and TV Performance of the Year: Actor ( Jeffrey Tambor ). Accepting on behalf of Jane Fonda for the Grace and Frankie's star's Timeless Award—GALECA's career achievement honor previously given to the likes of Sir Ian McKellen—her sitcom co-star Baron Vaughn raved about the legendary actress' "approachable" charms and professionalism.

Sacha Baron Cohen detests Donald Trump, which is why the presidential candidate contracts HIV in the "fairy-tale ending" of Cohen's new film, The Brothers Grimsby," Page Six noted. "We're showing the movie in Germany, Holland, England, around America, Norway, Spain—and when Donald Trump contracts HIV, people are standing up and applauding," the writer-actor said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Radio on Sirius XM. "And to me that is pretty worrying because if he does become president, the hatred of this guy is so extreme that people wish ill on him."

We tv will premiere the legal docuseries Sisters in Law—about a group of powerful Black female lawyers in Houston—on March 24, according to a press release. One of the cast members, Jolanda Jones, is openly lesbian. According to the release, Jones "will legally attack people who attack her clients and will always strive to protect their civil rights."

Trans model Laith Ashley has found success on the runway, PinkNews noted. The 26-year-old model has been featured in shows for New York Fashion Week for Adrian Alicea and Gypsy Sport, and has also been featured in a photo shoot for Barneys ( by Bruce Weber ). Of coming out at 17, Ashley said, "At the time I didn't know what transgender was, so I just told them I had a girlfriend. But I never felt right with the idea of being a lesbian woman."

Prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria have "Batman" and "Superman" get really close in their video for the song "Island," off The Color Before The Sun, according to NewNowNext.com . In the clip, a Times Square Batman strikes up a working relationship with an amateur Superman, but when rival costumed characters start a beef, the two heroes realize their bond is stronger than friendship. "When I think of these two iconic characters, I think of opposite attraction. I think of myself and my wife. How two opposite ends of a spectrum can create harmony and balance," said lead singer Claudio Sanchez.

GLAAD will honor actress Ruby Rose at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 2, a press release stated. Rose will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. For the first time in nearly a decade, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised exclusively on Logo, in a one-hour special premiering Monday, April 4.

Caitlyn Jenner has landed another endorsement deal—this time with H&M sportswear, according to Page Six. "Backstage with @HM! So proud to be part of their inspiring #HMSport campaign. #MoreIsComing #StayTuned," Jenner announced on Instagram. This is the second major campaign for the transgender star inked in recent months; in late February, Jenner was named the new face of MAC Cosmetics.

Adam Lambert will return to American Idol on March 17 to debut his new single, "Welcome to the Show," featuring Laleh, according to People. In the same sonic vein as his clubby, melancholic third album The Original High, Lambert, 34, sings: "I'm gonna let them stare; they feel like me out there, so welcome to the show. Bring on all the lights; let it shine on you. We're together here tonight, welcome to the show, welcome to my life, welcome to the show, welcome to my life, welcome to my life."

Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to clarify prior comments she made about being "blackmailed" by RCA Records into working with producer Dr. Luke, US Weekly reported. "Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/Dr. Luke," she wrote. Initially, on the Kyle & Jackie O show, Clarkson slammed Dr. Luke's character in response to allegations of sexual abuse in his ongoing fight with Kesha over a six-record contract.

The second Wachowski sibling of The Matrix trilogy has come out as a transgender woman, with Andy Wachowski now going by the name Lilly. Lilly Wachowski, 48—sibling of Lana, 50—came out in a statement to Windy City Times, after being threatened with outing by other media.

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has reportedly been getting close with Soko, a popular French musician and actress, according to Music Times. Soko toured throughout London with MIA in 2007, and Cee Lo Green sampled her 2010 hit single "I'll Kiss Her" on his Stray Bullets mixtape.

Queen Latifah is finally ready for children, ABC News noted. "I'm little bit of a procrastinator," Latifah, 45, told E! Online while promoting her new film Miracles From Heaven. In April 2014, Latifah told Jet magazine that she was exploring the option to expand her family through adoption.

The world of furries is examined in the upcoming film documentary Fursonas, according to Variety. The movie, which has Dominic Rodriguez as its director, won a Spirit of Slamdance Award in February. In its review, Variety stated, in part, that the movie "entertains because of its subject matter ( just try looking away when the focus turns to furry dance competitions ), but in dwelling overmuch on the community's defensive, quarrelsome aspects, it ends up providing too little insight into its basic allure."

When a gay character on a popular TV show was killed off, fans orchestrated an enormous online campaign, BBC News noted. "LGBT fans deserve better" was tweeted more than 280,000 times in just a few hours. The hashtag was directed at the makers of The 100, a post-apocalyptic teen drama on The CW. The character of Lexa—played by Australian actress Alycia Debnam-Carey—was killed shortly after long-simmering passions between her and another female character, Clarke, bubbled over into a kiss. The show's producers have defended the plot twist, saying that rather than sexual politics, Debnam-Carey is contracted on another television program and couldn't continue on The 100.

Banshee returns for its eight-episode fourth and final season on April 1 on Cinemax, a press release noted. Debuting in January 2013, Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Hoon Lee portrays Job, a dangerous trans computer hacker, on the show.

The CW has renewed 11 series, TheWrap reported. Among them are The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Jane the Virgin, The 100, iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Supernatural ( for its 12th season ). There are no confirmed episode orders yet, and some shows will premiere in midseason or summer 2017.

Cesar "The Dog Whisperer" Millan is being investigated for animal cruelty, according to The New York Daily News. Millan is being investigated by California officials after one of the dogs he was working with viciously attacked a pig on the show Cesar 911. National Geographic Wild—which airs the show—says viewers "did not see or understand the context of the encounter." Millan was sued last year after a pit bull he trained attacked a woman, who claimed she suffered "disfiguring open wounds."

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld didn't miss the opportunity to weigh in on his support for Hillary Clinton on International Women's Day, according to Page Six. "I like the idea," Lagerfeld told the Associated Press, adding that "it's Women's Day every day" in his life. Lagerfeld ended by quipping about Clinton's Republican and Democratic rivals that "there's nobody else to support anyway."

In related news, Clinton recently got on-air support from ABC showrunner Shonda Rhimes as well as actors from her shows Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, Deadline noted. In a paid one-minute ad from Clinton's campaign that strategically ran in Rhimes-dominated prime time on, the White House contender was called a "champion for all of us" by Scandal star Kerry Washington. Joined by Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo and How To Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis plus longtime Clinton supporter Rhimes herself, all proclaimed, "I'm with Hillary."

There is now a 30-foot-tall mural of Kim Kardashian's latest selfie plastered on the side of a print shop in Cremorne, Australia, according to Page Six. It's believed a street artist by the name of lushsux is responsible for the artwork, and he/she told Mashable they felt the instant need to paint the massive mural after seeing the reality star's nude selfie, which she posted on Twitter on March 7. "Maybe I'm as much of an attention seeker as she is?" said the graffiti artist, who added it wasn't easy to pull off the feat.

Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films has teamed with a group of producers including Doug Liman to mount The Year of the Great Storm, a racially charged murder tale that occurred during the height of apartheid in South Africa, according to Deadline. Perry, Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore will produce with Air Extreme Films' Russ Stratton and Johanna Baldwin.

Kiefer Sutherland launches a tour April 14 when he performs for audiences with a set list that includes cuts from his folk-tinged album, Down In A Hole, set for release this summer, according to a press release. Sutherland, known for his starring role on the Fox series 24, will bring his debut tour as a musician to 26 venues across the country.


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