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Entertainment: Matt Bomer, George Michael, 'Sister Wives,' Jillian Michaels
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2017-01-04

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It now looks like the mother of vamp fiction, Anne Rice, has set her cold-blooded sights on out actor Matt Bomer, MoviePilot revealed. Adapted into 1994's Interview with the Vampire and 2002's Queen of the Damned, it appears the live action versions of Rice's work are far from dead and buried. The vamp-fan and erotic fictional novelist has already confirmed that a TV series based around her second book The Vampire Lestat is currently in production. She said, "Beauty. Great beauty. It's Louis' beauty that attracted Lestat to him, and I would hope it would be a beautiful actor like Matt Bomer—somebody with that incredible beauty. Brad Pitt did a beautiful job in the original film, and he set the bar very high when it comes to physical beauty."

SiriusXM plans to launch a George Michael-only limited-run channel called "Faith," EW.com reported. The channel will feature music from Michael's entire career—from Wham!, his solo career, collaborations with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen—and will run from Wed., Jan. 4, at noon ET through Jan. 11 on channel 13. The satellite radio giant has often honored departed musical icons with tribute stations, such as Prince last April or David Bowie last January.

Also regarding Michael, Thames Valley police revealed that an investigation into his death will continue, as no results were obtained in the first autopsy, E! Online noted. A statement read, "The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks. Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire Coroner. Mr. Michael's death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious." Michael's rep had said the singer died of heart failure and passed away "peacefully."

RadarOnline.com has reported ( citing The Mirror ) that George Michael's boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, spent the night in his car on Christmas eve into morning, when Michael was found dead. "I never saw him," Fawaz admitted to The Mirror on Jan. 2. "I fell asleep in my car and I never saw him that night. The police know everything. That's the most important thing." Fawaz had previously said he'd been with Michael the entire weekend. Also, Fawaz has deleted his Twitter account after hackers tweeted false information about the singer, E! Online noted.

Boy George is in a new Twitter controversy after seeming to mock bisexuals and imply that George Michael-related suicide tweets weren't really from hackers, according to PinkNews. The "Karma Chameleon" singer/Celebrity Apprentice star posted ( in response to Michael's boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, saying that hackers posted that Michael committed suicide ), "Ok. 'My computer got hacked' is like 'I'm bisexual' or 'I'm sniffing because I have allergies!'" After being approached for comment, George appeared to have blocked PinkNews, later tweeting: "@PinkNews FOLLOWS YOU I had to block these people!"

On TLC's hit show Sister Wives, one of the cast members shocked her entire family by coming out as lesbian, NewNowNext noted. Mariah Brown—the only child of Kody Brown and his first wife, Meri—gathered her father and his four wives in the family's library, and broke the news. Mariah's Twitter account, with the bio "ask me about my radical feminist agenda," features liberal political leanings and pro-LGBT sentiments.

Leslie Jordan has confirmed that Will & Grace is coming back to NBC for a 10-episode run, according to NewNowNext. Jordan, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of fey munchkin Beverley Leslie, told San Diego's KPBS that the beloved sitcom is "absolutely" coming back. The 61-year-old actor added that NBC had ordered 10 episodes and shooting would begin in July. A special election-themed webisode that premiered in September was a viral sensation, and co-star Megan Mullally later said "there is a very good chance that" the show was coming back—a decade after it left the air.

Retaliating against gossip about his sexuality, Creed star Michael B. Jordan took to Instagram to shade "angry bitter" trolls, according to NewNowNext. An unknown Instagram user created a fake account to comment on a recent photo of Jordan, insisting he was the actor's secret male lover. Jordan responded to the gossip in an Instagram video, saying, in part, "So look: Whoever's angry, bitter, upset for whatever reason, grow the f*ck up 'cause karma's real.

Jillian Michaels has discussed fiancee Heidi Rhoades' struggle with postpartum depression, Page Six noted. "The fourth-trimester stuff is so important because I wasn't able to recognize that she had a certain amount of postpartum," Michaels, 42, told People. "I didn't know what was wrong, I didn't know how to help her." The couple are parents to biological son Phoenix, 4, and adopted daughter Lukensia, 6.

After three years of dating, TV producer Greg Berlanti and soccer star Robbie Rogers announced their engagement via a selfie posted to social media, ETOnline.com noted. "Thank you to everyone before us that made this moment possible…" wrote the 29-year-old L.A. Galaxy player. "I feel extremely lucky and blessed to end 2016 engaged to the 'ove of my life. Happy New Year!" Rogers and Berlanti welcomed their son, Caleb Gene Berlanti, last February via a surrogate, and just celebrated their first Christmas as a family of three.

Twitter may have melted down over Mariah Carey's disastrous performance just before the ball dropped on New Year's Rockin' Eve, but the Grammy winner blew it off in a tweet, US Weekly noted. "S—t happens," the singer posted. "Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017." Among other things, her performance featured a backing track that didn't match up with what she was singing—and she instructed people while her voice could be heard hitting the iconic high notes of "Emotions" on the backing track. Carey later blamed the staffers of Dick Clark Productions for the mishap—a claim the company disputed.

Out filmmaker John Waters was hospitalized on the day of his holiday party—but instead of canceling the festivities, he insisted that his guests carry on without him, NewNowNext reported. When friends and family arrived at Waters' North Baltimore home Dec. 23 for his annual Christmas soiree, they learned that the host would not be present as he was receiving treatment for kidney stones at a local hospital. The 70-year-old "Pope of Trash" appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this past November and seemed to predict that something odd would happen to him come Yuletide season.

A death certificate stated that Zsa Zsa Gabor fell into a coma and died from a heart attack, TMZ revealed. The death certificate, obtained by TMZ, said Gabor succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest. There were two other contributing factors;coronary artery disease and cerebral vascular disease. The document listed them as a "significant condition" contributing to her death as cerebrovascular accident coma. Her funeral took place Dec. 30.

Just days after Zsa Zsa Gabor's death, her adopted son Oliver Prinz von Anhalt has died, Extra revealed. Prinz von Anhalt—who, along with several others, was adopted as an adult in order to obtain a "royal" title through Gabor's husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt—was taken to the hospital Dec. 18 following a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. He arrived to the hospital the same day Gabor died of a fatal heart attack. Oliver was in a coma following the accident and never regained consciousness.

In the wake of the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, HBO has moved up the premiere of its documentary about the Hollywood icons, Page Six noted. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will debut on Saturday, Jan. 7. The doc—which bowed to enthusiastic reviews at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival—features "vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive verite footage," per HBO.

Gospel singer Kim Burrell has stirred controversy with anti-gay comments she made during a sermon she aired on Facebook Live, Just Jared reported. Among other things, she says, "You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man's penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman's breast, you are perverted." Burrell, 44, is featured on the song "I See a Victory" alongside Pharrell Williams for the Hidden Figures soundtrack—and she's set to perform the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Jan. 5.

Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kenya Moore pulled a gun on three trespassers who climbed a wall and entered her property over the weekend, Yahoo! News noted. She revealed in two consecutive Instagram posts that two men and one woman "climbed over a wall in order to circumvent my security gates" and proceeded to knock on her front door. In part, she posted, "I have a right to feel safe in my home and to protect myself. I don't care if I'm on TV. What if 3 strangers banged on your front door …2 of them being grown men wearing dark clothing knowing they could only get to you by jumping fences or trespassing onto other properties and mine?"

Ryan Reynolds said he would like to see Wolverine and Deadpool appear in a movie together but that it will not be the upcoming Wolverine film Logan, The Hollywood Reporter noted. "I want a Deadpool/Wolvie film. But Logan is its own unique & perfect thing. The Big Red Shit-Talker wouldn't mix with the tone," Reynolds tweeted Thursday in response to a question from The Hollywood Reporter staff editor Ryan Parker. Logan, in theaters March 3, is being billed as Jackman's final outing as the popular X-Men character.

In an Instagram post, Avril Lavigne announced she's been putting the finishing touches on her sixth studio album, which she plans to drop in 2017, E! News noted. The record will mark her first full-length release since her self-titled album came out in late 2013. In the caption, the "Complicated" Singer also updated her 4.3 million followers on her ongoing battle with Lyme disease. Lavigne's last single was "Fly," which she wrote and performed for the 2015 Special Olympics.

Fresh off releasing Nine Inch Nails' new EP Not the Actual Events, Trent Reznor talked about the band's big plans with Beats 1 Radio's Zane Lowe, Rolling Stone noted. "I'm teeing up the next quote I'll have to live up to, but the idea has been to do two new major works come out next year," Reznor said, adding that the "major works" would be released under the Nine Inch Nails umbrella, as opposed to Reznor and Atticus Ross' film score work. Among other achievements, Reznor has won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network.

Actress Heather Locklear checked into rehab after suffering a massive "breakdown" over the holidays, RadarOnline.com reported. Locklear, 55, has had a long history of battling drug and booze woes. She checked into rehab in 2008 after a bender of prescription drugs and alcohol. That year, she was also charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Just days before Christmas, Queen Latifah had her car stolen in Atlanta, according to Extra. On Dec. 20, another person had been driving Latifah's 2015 Mercedes Benz S63 and was pumping gas at a Shell station when a white BMW pulled up beside Latifah's car, according to Fox Atlanta. Someone from the second car started the ignition in Latifah's vehicle and sped off. Lucky for her, Fulton County Police were able to track down Latifah's Benz, which was parked at an apartment complex in southwest Atlanta.

Sarah Jessica Parker told InStyle Magazine about why she's quit Twitter, according to Yahoo! Style. She said, "I don't have the constitution for Twitter. It's a boneyard, a feast of vitriol. I just don't want to participate in it. But on Instagram people tend to be more civilized. And they can disagree and have objections, but I don't find it as mean-spirited a community."

Rob Kardashian has suffered a medical emergency that landed him in the hospital, EW.com noted, citing People. The reality star's mom Kris Jenner, 61, and her boyfriend Corey Gamble were photographed entering the West Hills hospital as well as Kardashian's fiancée Blac Chyna, who arrived separately. Kardashian, 29, was previously hospitalized for his type 2 diabetes in December 2015.

Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin has been sentenced to prison on child-pornography charges, Extra reported. The Associated Press reported that Skupin could face one to four years behind bars, but would be eligible for parole after one year. Skupin is known for his 2001 appearance on the second season of Survivor: The Australian Outback.

Melissa Benoist—who stars on Supergirl and was a co-star on Glee—is divorcing husband Blake Jenner after four years of marriage, Extra noted. Benoist filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the breakup, according to TMZ. She also requested that neither party be given spousal support and asked to drop Jenner from her legal name. They met on the set of Glee.


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