Madonna is set to direct a biopic about her own life, which she has been co-writing with Oscar winner Diablo Cody.
Variety reports: “The untitled film has landed at Universal Pictures, under the wing of filmed entertainment group chair Donna Langley and producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous company is set up on the Universal lot. A production timeline is unknown and principal cast has yet to be announced.”
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Said Madonna in a statement: “I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world. The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
Deadline adds: “It is hard to recall another big music biopic directed by its subject, though the surviving members of Queen had a lot of influence on the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody about the band and its late frontman Freddie Mercury, and Elton John was exec producer and his partner David Furnish a producer on Rocketman. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will be exec producers on this, and the film’s ability to avail the vast catalogue of hit songs makes the potential here quite large on a global scale.”
Madonna has been posting videos to her Instagram over the past several months of the writing duo working on the couch together.
Jon Gosselin will NOT let Kate Gosselin sully his good name!
In an interview with ET’s Kevin Frazier on Thursday, the father-of-eight issued a direct message to his ex-wife after she called him a “violent and abusive person” following their 16-year-old son Collin’s allegations that Jon beat him up.
As we reported, the former reality star denied the distressing claims made by Collin earlier this month and has reportedly been cleared of any and all abuse allegations. While Child & Youth Services has backed off, however, Kate has still been firing shots at her ex — and now, Jon is firing back!
The 43-year-old said:
“Kate, the message to you is to stop. Unless you don’t want to have any ounce of any relationship with your children in the future. You’re ruining that.”
“It’s not about me. It’s about how they have to live their life by you making false accusations about things that never occurred.”
The fiery comments come a day after Jon and Kate’s daughter Hannah, who witnessed the alleged incident in which Collin claimed that Jon had punched and kicked him, said her father has never abused his children.
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Dismissing her brother’s claims as false, the teen said:
“My dad has been there for me and Collin no matter what. He’s been a very loving and supportive dad throughout everything. Collin is facing many difficult issues and my dad is doing everything in his power to help him. My dad loves us and has never been abusive to us in any way.”
In his initial statement, Jon went as far to claim that Collin — who spent a little over two years in a program for children with special needs away from his family before moving in with Jon — suffers from behavioral issues because he was abused by Kate.
For her part, the Gosselin matriarch had previously denied allegations of abuse. In a 2016 appearance on Good Morning America, she was asked about a report claiming that Collin told staffers at his treatment facility that he was abused by her and that child services opened an investigation. She replied:
“I’m in the public eye. I have been investigated many times. It’s always unfounded, obviously.”
That’s not what her ex says, though.
What do U think about Jon’s latest statement, Perezcious readers? Tune into Thursday’s episode of Entertainment Tonight to hear what else he has to say!
Gillian Jacobs can’t remember the last time she went on holiday. She keeps being told that she needs to take some time off, but she’s far too busy to press pause. Not even lockdown could slow her down. “A lot of people have said I need to get more hobbies,” she laughs infectiously. “That’s something I struggle with: what do I do outside work? I try to find more work for myself, that’s what I usually do.” She erupts in another fit of giggles.
The 37-year-old actor’s work ethic has paid off handsomely. She seems to have carved out her own niche playing complicated, messy women, who are usually struggling to get their lives together. There was self-righteous activist Britta Perry in the experimental TV comedy Community, the pretentious artist Mimi-Rose Howard in HBO’s Girls, and the self-destructive addict Mickey Dobbs in Netflix’s Love. Jacobs isn’t afraid to play people who are hard to like and yet always manages to root out something sympathetic among the hard knots of her characters.
Why is she so drawn to playing free-spirited rule breakers? “Even though I might not externally resemble all the characters I’ve played, I think the internal struggle is very relatable of what these various women are going through,” she says.
Her latest role is in director Kris Rey’s low-key comedy I Used to Go Here, produced by Saturday Night Live’s The Lonely Island. She stars as Kate, a thirtysomething writer getting over a broken engagement as her first novel is released to dismal reviews. Her life is at a crossroads when her old college professor David (Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, brilliantly sleazy) invites her to give a reading at her alma mater. She accepts, hoping for a much-needed ego boost and quickly finds herself entangled in the lives of the students she meets.
“As an actress, you’re always looking for a complex, flawed, real character,” says Jacobs. “Sadly, there isn’t an overabundance of those so it felt like a real opportunity when I read this script.”
Jacobs is so warm and engaging over the phone from her home in Los Angeles, always quick to laugh while tackling each question with sunny enthusiasm, that it’s almost hard to believe she is “not the most socially adept”, as she confesses to being. Acting was her escape from a lonely childhood as an only child with no friends. Her mother, who brought her up on her own in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided to enrol her for acting classes when she was eight after Jacobs’ school called to say she had been talking to herself on the playground.
The moment Jacobs started acting, she was smitten. That’s until she ended up in drama school. While attending Juilliard, the prestigious New York performing arts conservatory, she became consumed by self-doubt and started questioning whether she was cut out to be an actor after being frequently criticised by her teachers. But she stuck at it. “I felt I wasn’t qualified to do anything else,” she admits.
Experimental comedy … Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale and Alison Brie in Community in 2012. Photograph: NBCUniversal via Getty Images
She credits therapy for guiding her through the fug of confusion and helping her to rediscover her love for acting. Parts followed in the gritty film drama Blackbird and the TV show Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but since her breakthrough role in 2009’s Community, she has steadily gravitated towards comedy. Films such as Netflix’s enjoyable romcom Ibiza and sweet indie gem Life Partners have showcased Jacobs’ impeccable comic timing.
Many of her best-known characters have an edge of snarky cynicism. Is she a cynical person? “I don’t know if at my core I am but maybe that’s my little outer shell.” She shares a story from high school. Everyone had to decorate a shirt with nicknames and jokes. “But I didn’t really have enough friends to have a nickname so I just put ‘cynic’ on the back. A boy in my homeroom said: ‘Si-nike, what’s that?’ I was like: ‘It’s cynic,’” she growls in mock anger.
In I Used to Go Here, Kate finds comfort in regressing to her college days as she starts hanging out with the new students who live in her old house. The past still holds the promise of great things while, in the present, she’s choking on the ashes of those once-cherished dreams. It’s a gently humorous coming of age tale for those in their mid-30s still grappling with adulthood, anchored by a subtle and touching performance from Jacobs.
Her own college days were much more sedate than Kate’s raucous second shot at student life. “It was very strict and rigorous. I had a college experience of being in class all day and then being in rehearsal every night.” How did she relax? “Going to a bookstore and looking at magazines,” she sighs with satisfaction.
‘It would be fun to see where they are. Are they still married?’ … Jacobs with Paul Rust in season two of Love. Photograph: Suzanne Hanover/Netflix
Jacobs has been teetotal her whole life after “watching people in my family grapple with addiction”. She has never drunk alcohol, smoked or taken drugs. “As a kid, I made the decision to never drink,” she says. “Then, because I’m stubborn, as I got through high school and college, the more people tried to get me to drink, the more firm I became in my resolution.”
During lockdown, the actor reunited with her former Community castmates, including Donald Glover and Alison Brie, for a virtual table read to raise money for Covid-19 relief efforts. Since then, there has been much speculation about whether there will be a film adaptation of the much-loved show that ended in 2015. “I think everyone would like to do it,” Jacobs says. “I love hanging out with them.”
Another role she would like to return to is that of Mickey Dobbs. While Love was cancelled after three seasons, Jacobs feels there is still mileage in the romance between Mickey and Gus (Paul Rust), even though the last series tied things up neatly. “More shows these days have a time jump between the seasons,” she says. “It would be fun to see where they are. Are they still married?”
Acting may have opened up new paths for Jacobs but there is one thing in her life that remains the same. “My own conception of myself is as a loner,” she says, an indication perhaps of why directors such as Love creator Judd Apatow keep on casting her in quirky misfit roles and why she brings such soulful depth to these characters. “I wonder if that’s my default setting,” she muses, before adding gleefully: “Thankfully, I do have friends now!”
The arrest comes just days after USA Today reported that the famous cheerleader was being investigated by the FBI. According to the publication, who cited multiple sources, authorities were looking into allegations that the 21-year-old solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.
In response to the report, a spokesperson for Jerry told E! News, “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed, the true facts will be revealed.”
The criminal complaint obtained by E! News further alleged that Jerry solicited child pornography images and videos from two twin boys on multiple occasions.
The complaint later stated that the Cheer star admitted, during a voluntary interview with law enforcement on Sept. 14, to asking one of the alleged victims to take explicit photographs and videos through Snapchat, knowing the minor was 13. Jerry also admitted to engaging in ongoing Snapchat conversations with the individual beginning in Dec. 2018 and continuing through March 2020.