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SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-01-09

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Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for my mother to be everywhere, to come to the school play and make a living, I've always known what I wanted out of professional life, and I didn't want to turn around and go, 'If I had only made the choice to just dedicate this time in my life to me.' "

Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, has claimed he is being visited by the ghost of his late daughter, Page Six noted. And he added Amy's spirit even comes and sits on the end of his bed at his home in Kent, UK. Mitch also believes Amy —whose hits include "Rehab"—visits him and his wife Jane in the form of a bird that looks -just like the one Amy had tattooed on her arm.

The third season of Kit Williamson's two-time Emmy-nominated LGBT series, EastSiders, is now on Netflix, per a press release. Executive-produced by Williamson and his husband, John Halbach, and made possible via a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $80,000 from fans, the third season picks up on Cal and Thom who, despite some confusing developments in their newly monogom-ish relationship, are determined to make things work. Williamson stars alongside Van Hansis, with guest appearances from Constance Wu, Stephen Guarino, Wilson Cruz, Brianna Brown, Traci Lords, Matt McKelligon, Colby Keller, William Belli and social-media figure Max Emerson. The trailer is at https://youtu.be/q2FgE7G4LAc.

Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster did not mince words when she expressed her thoughts on superhero pics and similar blockbusters, according to Page Six. Foster—who recently directed the "Arkangel" episode in the fourth season of Black Mirror—told the Radio Times ( via DailyMail ) that going to movies of the Marvel and DC variety is "like a theme park." She added, "Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking: You get the best return right now but you wreck the earth."

Gay EDM musician Joey Suarez has become the newest ambassador for the underwear designer Andrew Christian, per a press release. Suarez just released his first EP titled Candy Kid, a nod to lovers of electronic music. His singles "High in the Sky" and "Love Me Back" have been generating tens of thousands of streams on Spotify.

At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, American Horror Story executive producer Ryan Murphy said that the series' upcoming season will take place in the future, Refinery29.com noted. Murphy told the audience at the TCA, "It's still topical, but [set in] the future, which I've never done. … I think people will like it. It's different from what we've done before." The most recent season, Cult, hit particularly close to home in a way that no other season of the series had, with a focus on the aftermath of the 2016 election.

Ellen Page and her girlfriend Emma Portner have married, The Washington Blade noted. Page, 30, made the surprise announcement on Instagram on Jan. 3; the post features the newlywed couple showing off their wedding rings. "Can't believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife," Page wrote.

Freeform announced that The Fosters will conclude with a special three-night limited series finale event next summer that will lead into a new series following the lives of Callie ( Maia Mitchell ) and Mariana ( Cierra Ramirez ) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives, according to a press release. The Fosters—a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of adopted and biological teenaged kids being raised by two moms—has returned for season 5B. Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige are executive producers.

Instinct star Alan Cumming was effusive in his praise of CBS for "having the courage" to put on its schedule a procedural crime drama in which his lead character is gay, Deadline noted. "I applaud everyone at CBS for having the courage to put that on, in the climate that might not be the best time to do it," Cumming said at the show's TCA winter press tour panel. Cumming plays Dylan, a former CIA operative who has since built a different life as a gifted professor and writer—but gets pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer.

Beyonce has been announced as one of the headliners of this year's Coachella festival, to be held April 13-15 and 20-22 in Indio, California, according to the event's website. Some of the other slated performers include David Byrne, SZA, The Weeknd, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, Eminem, HAIM, French Montana, Lion Babe, Jamiroquai, Chromeo and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. See Coachella.com .

The Producers Guild of America has produced its film and TV nominees for the 29th annual PGA Awards, which will be doled out Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton, Deadline noted. For the first time, a tie in the voting means 11 pics are vying for the marquee Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, rather than the usual 10; the nominees include The Big Sick, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Molly's Game, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Wonder Woman.

Rose McGowan, the face of the #MeToo movement, is set to star in and produce Citizen Rose, a five-part documentary that looks at the world through the artist/activist's eyes for E!, according to Page Six. The network will air a two-hour documentary special on Tuesday, Jan. 30, followed by four episodes airing in the spring. Citizen Rose follows McGowan as she readies her memoir/manifesto, Brave, for release.

Cate Blanchett has been named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, Variety reported. Blanchett will be the 12th woman to lead the jury of the prestigious festival, which will take place May 8-19 in France. Blanchett was one of the first women to speak out against producer Harvey Weinstein after he was accused of sexual assault by numerous women.

Roseanne Barr said that when the show Roseanne returns to ABC on March 27, half her TV family, the Connors, will support President Trump—because it's realistic that they would, TheWrap reported. She said her character, Roseanne, and her husband, Dan ( John Goodman ) will support Trump because she's always wanted the sitcom to be "a true reflection on the society we live in." Barr added that she wanted to focus on "polarization in the family" in particular, and "people actually hating other people for the way they voted," which she said she feels "is not American."

During her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,Celine Dion invited a female fan onstage—unaware of what would happen next, ET.com noted. The woman, who appeared intoxicated, took the special onstage moment to wrap her leg around Dion and hump her idol. Security rushed the stage to remove the fan, but Dion urged them to stop. Instead, she tried to console the woman, telling her "it's OK," and that the guards were her "friends."

X-Men helmer Bryan Singer is no longer an executive producer on the X-Men universe-themed FX drama series Legion as it is ready to launch its second season, Deadline reported. Sources say that Singer reached out to FX about the credit removal recently as sexual-misconduct allegations surfaced against the top director, including a lawsuit claiming sexual assault.

ABC's TGIT worlds will collide later this season when Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope share the screen during How to Get Away with Murder/Scandal crossover episodes, per a press release. New TGIT episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder return Thursday, Jan. 18, on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Sara Bareilles has joined the cast of NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert as Mary Magdalene, TheWrap noted. Bareilles—star and composer of the Broadway adaptation of Waitress—joins John Legend and Alice Cooper in the live musical set to air on Easter Sunday, April 1. Legend will play Jesus in the rock opera loosely based on the Gospel's accounts of the final week of his life; Cooper will play King Herod.

Caitlyn Jenner has hit out at her famous former family after she chose to keep private her gender-reassignment surgery, PinkNews noted. Jenner, 68, told Piers Morgan's Life Stories that ex-wife Kris Jenner did not know she had surgery until she wrote it in her memoir. When she sent a copy of her memoir The Secrets Of My Life to Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian before publication, it did not include the last few pages in which she "talked about gender confirmation."

Spotify has been hit with a $1.6-billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which handles titles by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks and others, according to Variety. The suit—which alleges that Spotify is using thousands of songs without a proper license—was filed Dec. 29 in California federal court. It is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion and injunctive relief.

Production on Jeopardy! has been put on a brief hiatus while longtime host Alex Trebek recuperates from surgery, Deadline noted. Trebek was admitted to LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Dec. 15 after experiencing complications from hitting his head in a fall in October. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove it Dec. 16, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Playboy Enterprises Inc. reportedly is considering ending the print magazine, which was started more than six decades ago by Hugh Hefner, who died in September, the L.A. Times noted. Ben Kohn, a managing partner at Rizvi who is Playboy Enterprises' chief executive, wants to shift the company's emphasis to brand partnerships and licensing deals. U.S. circulation has dropped to less than 500,000 an issue from a peak of 5.6 million in 1975 amid struggles in the broader print magazine industry.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar will produce and curate the soundtrack to the forthcoming Marvel movie Black Panther, having been personally selected by director Ryan Coogler, The Guardian reported. Lamar will "contribute [his] knowledge of producing sound and writing music," alongside the CEO of his label Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith. The tracklist has not been revealed, but "All the Stars"—a new song by Lamar featuring R&B singer SZA—was released at the same time as the announcement.

Republic Records and Universal Pictures unveiled Liam Payne and Rita Ora's "For You ( Fifty Shades Freed )" as the first single from the forthcoming Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack, per a press release. The soundtrack arrives in stores everywhere and at all digital retailers on Friday, Feb. 9—the same day Fifty Shades Freed opens in theaters nationwide. Grammy-winning composer Danny Elfman scored the film while Dana Sano was music supervisor.


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