The big day is almost here! The highly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is taking place on Saturday, May 19th, at 12 noon London time, meaning that Americans who want to watch the action live will have to set their alarm clocks.
CBS, ABC, BBC America, TLC, HBO, Hallmark and E! are all offering live streams and commentary starting in the early hours. In the U.S., the wedding will kick off at 1 a.m. in Hawaii, 4 a.m. on the west coast and 7 a.m. on the east coast, but coverage will begin two-three hours earlier, depending on the outlet.
- The couple will marry at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
BEHIND THE SCENES
- While the day itself will likely be picture perfect (fingers crossed!), the lead-up has been anything but.
- In recent days, it was revealed that Meghan’s 73-year-old father Thomas allegedly arranged for "candid" shots of himself to be taken by a celebrity photographer. While money is believe to have changed hands, Thomas claims he was motivated to arrange for photographs so that he didn’t embarrass Meghan with any unwholesome shots.
- After the scandal broke, Thomas appeared to waffle on whether or not to attend the wedding and walk Meghan down the aisle as reports emerged that the Queen was "very angry" about the kerfluffle and Harry was "devastated."
- Eventually, he backed out, citing heart surgery as the reason. Meghan confirmed the news in a statement shared via Kensington Palace.
- The statement read: "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."
- Meanwhile, her estranged half-sister Samantha has been front and center granting interviews and claiming that it was her idea to have her father stage photographs. (She wasn’t invited to the wedding). On Wednesday, Samantha reportedly suffered a broken ankle and fractured knee after her boyfriend crashed their car attempting to evade paparazzi in Florida.
- And her half-brother Thomas Jr. is also busy publicizing his opinions about "phony" Meghan. In an open letter obtained by InTouch, he told Prince Harry: "As more time passes to your royal wedding, it became very clear that this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history. Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you," urging him to skip out on the ceremony.
- In other news, Page Six reported that not all of the 600 guests invited to their reception will be receiving catered food. Instead, they will have to bring picnics.
- Only guests who have access to the chapel ceremony itself will receive a catered meal.
- On a brighter note, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has arrived in London from L.A., and she met Harry’s father Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla for tea at their London home. Doria won’t meet the Queen until the day of the wedding.
The Internet did a pile-on when Kim Kardashian posted a since-deleted Instagram promoting Flat Tummy’s appetite suppressing lollipop this week, but she's not the only one's gone to bat for the controversial candy.
ICYMI, several prominent bloggers and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil dragged Kardashian for being a "toxic influence" on young girls’ mental and physical health.
- But as People reports, she’s not the first one to promote the pops. Beverly Hills, 90210’s Tori Spelling also told her 1 million followers on Instagram that the candy "brought together my need for sweets while still curbing my cravings."
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Guidice dubbed them the "best thing ever." Teen Mom stars Janelle Evans and Farrah Abraham have also promoted them.
JASON STATHAM APOLOGIZES FOR HOMOPHOBIC SLUR: Jason Statham is apologizing for allegedly using a homophobic slur during a private conversation. He allegedly repeated the phrase "f–king f–s" during a conversation with Steve Casman on the set of his 2015 film, The Blast reports. "Someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the LGBTQ community during a conversation I had with my producing partner, on a movie set five years ago," Statham, 50, said in a statement to the site. "I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused." Statham went on to say he does not recall the conversation in question, but "If I said these words, I was wrong and I deeply apologize … While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future." (The Blast — Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)
MTV SUSPENDS CATFISH PRODUCTION: Catfish star Nev Schulman has been accused of sexual misconduct, and MTV is suspending production while it investigates. "We take these allegations very seriously," an MTV spokesperson told The Daily Beast in a statement. "We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation." Schulman, 33, serves as host and exec producer of the popular show. Ayissha Morgan, who appeared in the fourth season in 2015 claimed he sexually harassed her and questioned her sexuality. He denies the allegations.
PATRICIA HEATON TALKS BOTOX, DEATH, CATHOLICISM: She’s had some work done, okay? The 60-year-old Patricia Heaton got real with People Magazine, explaining that yep, she gets Botox to stay camera-ready. She says: "I think there’s good plastic surgery and bad plastic surgery. I had four C-sections. I gained 50 pounds with every kid and I’m 5’2. Wasn’t pretty. It just does something to your body." Heaton says she was "in the prime" of her career so it just felt better and made me more confident to reconstruct my stomach, take care of all that stuff."These days, she says she focuses on exercise, a plant-based diet and a little help to stay youthful. "I also love beauty products and I love fillers and Botox," she says. "If you do it so that you still look like yourself, you just look like your best self. We’ve all seen people who have gone way over the top with that stuff. Obviously, that’s not what you want to look like. I think in our industry, in particular, any actress who has had too much work done stops working because you start to look kind of strange, and the camera really picks up stuff.ABC’s The Middle will come to an end after nine seasons on May 22nd.
DIANE KEATON USES MOVIE PROMO AS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE OUT WITH JIMMY KIMMEL: Diane Keaton is making the rounds promoting Book Club, which features a group of older women who rediscover their sexual identities while reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and she was definitely in character on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She decided to recreate one of her more sultry scenes with Andy Garcia. She wasn’t impressed. "Andy’s so great in the movie and he’s so much fun to act with," she said. "He’s very loose, unlike you. You’re stiff."
Sibling rivalry! GQ Magazine put Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman on their June cover, with a few extra limbs. The magazine, of course, was poking fun at sister pub Vanity Fair, which accidentally gave Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon an extra hand and leg on its annual Oscar issue cover in January.
GQ even issued a faux-apology for their "error" writing: "Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQ's rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature."
- Not everyone is amused though. Conde Nast (the parent company of both GQ and Vanity Fair) insiders claim exes are "furious" because they had no advance warning of the spoof.
- Spilled an insider: "Jim Nelson, the editor-in-chief at GQ, never told Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, or anyone else at VF, that he was planning this. They are being mocked by a sister publication, nobody told them in advance, and they found out about it at the same time as everyone else, when the GQ cover was released."
The Miss America Organization is putting three women in charge following an email scandal involving former male leaders at the scholarship foundation. Following the scandal former Miss Americas, including Mallory Hagan, called for the entire board to resign.
Regina Hopper will serve as president and CEO, Marjorie Vincent-Tripp will serve as chairwoman of the board and Gretchen Carlson will lead its board of trustees. Carlson has had her share of experience with organizations grappling with misconduct, having won a $20 million sexual harassment scandal against Fox News.
- "By putting female leadership in place, we hope to send a strong signal." Hopper, a former Miss Arkansas and an attorney, told the AP. "We want young women to see Miss America as a place where they can come and benefit and be empowered."
- Hopper replaces Sam Haskell, whose emails deriding the intellect, appearance and sex lives of former Miss Americas led to his ouster in December. Hopper has previously worked as a correspondent for CBS News, and won an Emmy for her work on 48 Hours.
- Many of the emails centered on Hagan, the winner of the 2013 pageant. They claimed Hagan had gained weight after winning and speculated about how many men she had sex with. In one, they speculated that she was "preparing for her new career … as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade," and questioned whether the people in the email chain were the only ones who hadn’t had sex with her.
- Haskell agreed to step down, even as he lashed out at the Huffington Post for publishing a story that he deems "unkind and untrue."
- Vincent-Tripp was crowned Miss America in 1991 and is an assistant attorney general in Florida. Carlson was crowned Miss America in 1989 and was officially named chairwoman in January.
They can field a hockey team! Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have officially welcomed baby number four together.
"He's here! He's perfect! 8lbs 2oz #wegotthis2018," Hilaria captioned a sweet photo of mom, dad and baby together.
- And got it she has. As she told Parents mag ahead of the birth: "I'm not saying I won't have another meltdown when this new baby is born! But with a fourth pregnancy, you see the light at the end of the tunnel earlier. There's calmness and comfort from experience."
- They have not yet shared his name. The bambino joins big sister Carmen, 4, and older brothers Rafael, 2, and Leonardo, 1.
CW BOSS RESPONDS TO CHARMED REBOOT HATERS: Charmed is coming back, like it or not! The CW’s Charmed reboot will star Macy (Madeline Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), and the original stars—and fans—are not necessarily happy. "Here's the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don't even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye," original star Holly Marie Combs tweeted in January 2018. But CW president Mark Pedowitz tells fans during a press call that he just wants them to give it a shot. "Hopefully they would give this new cast a chance. It is not quite the same, yet there are many similarities. Hopefully they'll give it a shot. We are happy with who we cast, we think it's a nice mix. We're thrilled that Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined it somewhat and I can only say to fans: Before you make a decision, watch the series." The reboot, like the original, follows sisters dealing with the aftermath of their mother’s death. Charmed airs Sundays this fall paired with Supergirl on The CW. (E!— Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT STARS GET PAY BUMPS: The cast of Netflix’s Arrested Development are getting back pay after a dispute with 20thCentury Fox. The stars were up in arms over the expanded and recut fourth season of the Netflix series that led to seven additional episodes. The original 15 episodes were plumped up to 22 with the hope of bringing in new fans and landing a lucrative syndication deal. All in, Arrested Development has 75 total episodes, plus its upcoming fifth season, which lands May 29thand will likely consist of 17 episodes.
GILLIAN ANDERSON JOINS SEX EDUCATION: Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) are joining Netflix’s upcoming sex therapy original Sex Education. Anderson will play the therapist and Butterfield plays Otis Thompson, a socially awkward high school virgin (also Anderson’s son). The series will launch in 2019.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS SHOWRUNNER EXITS FOLLOWING MISCONDUCT CLAIMS: Six months after misconduct allegations surfaced around NCIS: New Orleans chief Brad Kern, CBS has replaced him as showrunner. Chris Silber has been elevated to the role from executive producer. Kern will remain on board as a consultant. "We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously," CBS said in a December statement. "Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented."
SENSE8 TRAILER DROPS: Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming feature-length finale of Sense8. The logline for the series, which was created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski reads: "Personal lives are pushed aside as the cluster, their sidekicks, and some unexpected allies band together for a rescue mission and BPO take-down in order to protect the future of all Sensates." The finale was announced after the show was canceled last June. The finale will launch on Netflix June 8th.