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SHOWBIZ Dolly Parton, 'Orange' premiere, Kate Spade, Ryan Gosling
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-06-05

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Dolly Parton is working on an eight-episode anthology series for Netflix based on her music, Variety noted. Parton will serve as singer and songwriter for the show, as well as executive produce and co-star. Rumors of the singer's new series swirled recently when Lily Tomlin mentioned Parton's show during a Netflix For Your Consideration panel for Grace & Frankie. When asked if Parton would appear with Tomlin and Jane Fonda on Grace & Frankie's fifth season for a 9 to 5 reunion, Tomlin said she might be too busy with her own project.

Season six of the Emmy-winning Netflix prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black finally has a premiere date, Variety noted. The new season will premiere July 27, Netflix announced. The news comes almost exactly one year after the release of the fifth season, which debuted June 9 last year. Viewers of the show will remember that season five saw the inmates take over Litchfield in a riot that was sparked by the death of Samira Wiley's character, Poussey.

Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade has passed away, having committed suicide, Just Jared noted. The 55-year-old handbag designer was pronounced dead at her New York City home on June 5.( TMZ also updated that it appears to be death by hanging. ) Spade began Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 with husband Andy Spade. She sold the company in 2007 and launched a new fashion brand in 2016 called Frances Valentine, named for her daughter.

Four months after hiring Paddington helmer Paul King to direct its new Willy Wonka movie, Warner Bros. has begun putting together a shortlist of stars for the titular role, and it reportedly includes Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller, Collider.com noted. The studio has coveted Gosling for years, working with him on Blade Runner 2049, Crazy, Stupid Love, The Nice Guys and Gangster Squad. Glover has reportedly been actively chasing this role.

Going into its third season, TNT's Animal Kingdom yet again sees the dirty dealings of the Oceanside, California, criminal Cody clan, headed by matriarch Smurf ( Ellen Barkin ), but now youngest son Deran ( Jake Weary ) has completely emerged from the deep closet that he went to violent lengths—including beating up his own family members and an ex-boyfriend—to stay in before, NewNowNext.com noted. "This season definitely marks a new chapter in Deran's life," says Weary, who previously played a gay teen sorting out his sexuality on soap opera As The World Turns in 2005. "Season three shows a new side of Deran, a more calm and composed side.

Demi Lovato responded to fans who were offended by a prank she detailed on Twitter, Just Jared noted. When asked about the funniest prank she pulled, Lovato stated, "I hired a lady of the night in Vegas and sent her to Max's hotel room to surprise him. She walked into his room without permission and grabbed him in his 'area' and he freaked the f*ck out hahahahaha." After some fans said that constituted sexual misconduct, Lovato replied, "For all of those coming at me, listen to the lyrics of Warrior and maybe you'll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake. Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don't have to educate me. So sorry if anyone was offended."

Taylor Swift took a moment to celebrate the LGBT community at the Chicago stop on her Reputation tour, which fell on the second day of Pride Month, ABC News reported. Before singing her hit 2017 song "Delicate," Swift—in a rainbow dress—gave a speech, captured on fan video. "It's very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any situation, but it's even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society," she said, in part.

Man in an Orange Shirt will air June 17 on PBS, a press release noted. In the movie, two love stories, 60 years apart, chart the changes and challenges in gay lives in England-from the era of jail terms to the onset of dating apps. Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave is joined by a cast that includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen, James McArdle, Joanna Vanderham, Laura Carmichael, Julian Morris, Julian Sands and David Gyasi.

FilmStruck will once again celebrate Pride month this June with five curated collections dedicated to exploring LGBTQ themes and artists in cinema, according to a press release. Actor Alan Cumming and drag legend Charles Busch will offer first-hand accounts of cross-dressing as artistic expression, while Orange Is the New Black's Lea DeLaria provides commentary celebrating classic lesbian cinema in specially produced mini-documentaries. FilmStruck's Pride Month will feature more than 30 classic and modern films addressing LGBTQ issues—including Cabaret ( 1972 ), A Streetcar Named Desire ( 1951 ) and Blue Is The Warmest Color ( 2013 ).

In a collection of letters released for auction, there were moments where the late actor Alan Rickman didn't enjoy the Harry Potter role of Profesor Snape as much as audiences, Page Six noted. However, the archive also includes notes on how he developed close relationships with author J.K. Rowling as well as lead actor Daniel Radcliffe. The archive, which is auctioned off, is a collection of personal papers and letters that span his 40-year career as an actor. Rickman died at 69 in 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to reprise her role as the precocious lawyer for a third Legally Blonde movie from MGM, which she would also produce through her Hello Sunshine banner, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Legally Blonde, which follows a hot pink-clad law student shaking up the stuffy world of Harvard law school, hit theaters in 2001, becoming a surprise box-office success, spurring a 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. It is currently unclear which members of the supporting cast, which included Luke Wilson, could return for a Legally Blonde 3.

Singer-songwriter Rita Ora and the cast of Viceland's My House are set to perform at The Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE New York gala on June 11 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, a press release noted. The organization, which provides a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs particularly for LGBTQ youth, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. U.S. Olympic medalists Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will serve as the event's emcees, while Lena Waithe and Greg Berlanti will be honored with the Hero Award, and McKinsey & Company's Dominic Barton will receive the 20/20 Visionary Award.

Out singer Troye Sivan has responded to controversy surrounding him having Kim Petras as one of his opening acts, NewNowNext.com . Some fans are questioning Sivan's decision to bring Petras on the road because Petras defended working with Dr. Luke, who allegedly abused singer Kesha. Sivan tweeted his own statement acknowledging he was also troubled by Petras' past remarks but would like his fans to support his decision to keep her on the tour's roster.

In a related development, singer Kesha may eventually square off at trial against Lukas "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, the producer who she alleges raped her—but if she does, the jury won't be deciding whether the pop star can extradite herself from contracts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A New York appeals court affirmed a judge's decision to reject Kesha's counterclaims. Dr. Luke is suing her for smearing him through allegations of sexual abuse. In reaction, the pop star has attempted various ways to have her agreements with the producer declared terminated.

Longtime Roseanne Barr collaborator Sandra Bernhard said she "kinda had it" with the comedienne after Barr's racist tweets, Page Six noted. Speaking on her SiriusXM radio show "Sandyland," Bernhard said she was "sitting on a little bit of an internal volcano" after reading Barr's tweet about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. ABC canceled the smash hit reboot of Roseanne on May 29, with exec Channing Dungey calling the remark "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

Paris Jackson is breaking her silence after abruptly leaving the Dior fashion show, People.com noted. After multiple reports claimed the daughter of Michael Jackson "stormed out" of Friday's Dior Couture spring/summer 2019 Cruise collection presentation in France, the 20-year-old model tweeted a statement. "To be clear, I did not 'storm out' of the show. I quietly got up and walked out trying my hardest to not cause a scene, because I do not support animals being branded and whipped," Jackson wrote.

Transparent and The Handmaid's Tale star Cherry Jones and Homeland's F. Murray Abraham are among the actors starring alongside Alessandro Nivola in Lucy Kirkwood's TV adaptation of Chimerica, Deadline noted. The pair will join the American Hustle star alongside Sophie Okonedo ( Hotel Rwanda ), Terry Chen ( Jessica Jones ) and Ty Simpkins ( Jurassic World ) in the four-part drama for UK's Channel 4. Chimerica examines the changing fortunes of the United States and China.

Bad Robot has set its first episodic television documentary since making a deal earlier this month with Undefeated producer Glen Zipper to generate non-fiction fare—and it's a documentary series on iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor, Page Six noted. Besides examining the life of Taylor, the film will analyze Taylor's role in the lives of her family and friends.

Actress Shailene Woodley may eventually try her hand in politics, Page Six noted. "I don't think I'll be running in 2020, but [politics is] never something I would rule out," Woodley, 26, told PorterEdit. The actress, who only recently declared herself a feminist, has been outspoken about her political beliefs for years. In October 2016, Woodley was arrested for trespassing while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Rain Dove, a 28-year-old model who believes strongly in not conforming to gender norms, has shared a video on Instagram explaining why the stigma that surrounds body hair should be eliminated, The Independent noted. In the video, Dove can be seen shaving her legs and using scissors to trim her armpit hair while discussing the detrimental effects of beauty ideals dictated by society. Also, Dove discussed the fact that body hair is functional, as it aids with body-temperature regulation and helps the body cool when sweating.

The remake of The Crow has as been set back, as star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy formally withdrew from the film, Deadline reported. Production was gearing up to start within the next five weeks in Budapest, and the picture was in full pre-production with Hardy presiding. Creative differences are allegedly at the source of the developments.

Rumored couple Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins posed for photos together on the red carpet, Just Jared noted. Jenner, 68, and Hutchines attended the 2018 Life Ball on June 2 in Vienna, Austria. The event is held to promote awareness and public consciousness about the AIDS epidemic. Also in attendance at this year's event were Gus Kenworthy with Matthew Wilkas, Adrien Brody, Kelly Osbourne, and Gigi Gorgeous with Nats Getty.

In England, the food-delivery firm Deliveroo thanked Benedict Cumberbatch after a newspaper reported that the Sherlock star had fought off muggers who were attacking one of its cyclists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Uber driver Manuel Dias told the Sun newspaper that he was driving Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter in London when they saw a cyclist being hit with a bottle. He said Cumberbatch jumped out of the car and grabbed one of the attackers.

R&B singer SZA may have done permanent damage to her vocal cords after 11 grueling months of touring, People.com noted. The "All The Stars" singer, 27, has taken a break from the TDE Championship Tour which she announced in a series of now-deleted tweets. Her label, Top Dawg, announced she'd be taking time off the tour on Instagram, writing, "I got some bad news. I have to take SZA off for a few days on the tour. Her vocal chords [sic] are swollen and she have [sic] to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage."

Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo and Orlando Bloom have signed on to star in Needle In A Timestack, the lastest film from John Ridley, Deadline noted. In addition, BRON Studios has boarded the project as a producer, taking over after Miramax was originally attached. The Oscar-winning helmer is directing the pic, which he adapted from a short story by Robert Silverberg. It follows a couple who work to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible, and the past and present are constantly fluctuating.

Emerging Bachelorette front-runner Garrett Yrigoyen was under fire after allegedly "liking" Instagram posts ridiculing immigrants, the LGBTQ community and Parkland High School student David Hogg, according to Page Six. In a series of screen grabs uploaded to Twitter by former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey, Yrigoyen, 29, appears to have double-tapped a number of posts from right-leaning accounts, including the Patriotic Merica Supply Co., which has taken aim at Colin Kaepernick and the NFL's national anthem protests, as well as Caitlyn Jenner's transition. He has apologized for liking the posts.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler had multiple substances in his system at the time of his fatal crash back in January—including alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycodone, according to the autopsy that TMZ Sports obtained. Butler was behind the wheel of a Range Rover, with former American Idol finalist Leah LaBelle as his passenger, when he lost control, and crashed into parking meters and a concrete wall. Both died immediately from injuries sustained in the crash.

Brody Jenner's Kardashian half-sisters were too busy to entertain the idea of attending his wedding, Page Six stated. "Kendall and Kylie didn't even bother to RSVP" to Brody and blogger Kaitlynn Carter's Bali-based festivities, an insider said. Page Six previously reported that Brody's father, Caitlyn, 68, was skipping the wedding trip due to scheduled work commitments. His mom, Linda Thompson, and brother Brandon Jenner are celebrating with him instead.


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