Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Cate Blanchett has been named a global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency.
"I am deeply proud to take on this role," the Oscar winner said in a video interview shared by the UNHCR on Monday. "There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity."
The two-time Oscar-winning actress recently returned from a mission to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugee families.
Blanchett will next be seen in the film drama Weightless, due out this year.
Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD)Kit Harington lied to fans for months about the fate of his beloved Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow. After last night’s episode -- in which Jon was resurrected from the dead -- the British actor is finally able to spill details on keeping the massive secret.
In a new Entertainment Weekly cover story due out Friday, Harington wants viewers to know he’s “sorry for lying to everyone.” He adds, “I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’”
Fans will be happy to know that now that Jon’s returned to the land of the living, he’ll have a major role for the rest of the season. “It’s a massive season for Jon,” Harington tells EW. “It’s his biggest season for him so far.”
Hulk Hogan testifies in court during the first Gawker lawsuit trial in March, 2016; John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker Media again.
In paperwork filed in Florida state court on Monday, the pro wrestler, whose birth name is Terry Bollea, accused the media company of intentional infliction of emotional distress and maliciously destroying his business relationships by allegedly "leaking a sealed transcript of surreptitiously recorded private oral communications in a bedroom to the media."
Hogan claimed that in July 2015, the National Enquirer published a transcript from a 2007 video in which he used a racial slur, and that the information was at least in part furnished by Gawker.
As a result of the publication, Hogan was fired by his employer, World Wrestling Entertainment, and, he claimed, "his global brand was forever tarnished."
"This is getting ridiculous. Hulk Hogan is a litigious celebrity abusing the court system to control his public image and media coverage. It was absurd enough that Hulk Hogan claimed $100 million for emotional distress and economic damage for a story about a sex life that he'd already made public. Now Hulk Hogan is blaming Gawker for racist remarks he made on another sex tape, which Gawker never had," an attorney for the media company told ABC News in a statement. "As we've said before and are happy to say again: Gawker did not leak the information. It's time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan."
The lawsuit also names a talent agent, two deejays, a radio company, and an attorney, among others, in conjunction with the alleged attempted extortion.
Earlier this year, Hogan, 62, was awarded $140 million in compensatory and punitive damages after he sued Gawker for invasion of privacy. In 2012, the website published a portion of a sex tape that was made without Hogan's knowledge.
On Monday, his legal team told ABC News in a statement regarding the latest lawsuit, "Mr. Bollea said from the beginning that he would seek to hold all persons and entities fully responsible for their wrongful actions. This lawsuit seeks to do just that."
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing(NEW YORK) -- What's your name, man? My name is T-O-N-Y.
The musical phenomenon know as Hamilton scored a record 16 Tony nominations Tuesday morning. Categories included Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hamilton creator and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. In case you've been living under a rock, the musical is based on the life and times of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the guy on the 10-dollar bill.
In the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, movie and TV stars Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf and Michelle Williams are all nominated. Jane Krakoswski, Frank Langella, Zachary Levi, Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne, Danielle Brooks and Jeff Daniels are among the other well-known nominees this year.
Steve Martin, singer/songwriter Edie Brickell and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles are among the nominees in the Best Original Score category for the musicals Bright Star -- which Martin and Brickell wrote together -- and Waitress, respectively. On Your Feet!, the show based on the life of Gloria Estefan, received one nod.
Here are the shows that are among the top nominees:
Hamilton -- 16 Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed -- 10 She Loves Me -- 8 Long Day's Journey Into Night -- 7 Eclipsed -- 6 The Humans -- 6 Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge -- 5 Bright Star -- 5 King Charles III -- 5 Noises Off -- 5 Arthur Miller's The Crucible -- 4 The Color Purple -- 4 School of Rock -- The Musical -- 4 Waitress -- 4
L-R: Tom Bergeron, Kim Fields & Sasha Farber on “Dancing with the Stars”; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Von Miller and Kim Fields are done dancing.
That was the result of the double elimination Monday night on Dancing with the Stars during a show in which competitors delivered two separate routines and two dancers -- Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and UFC fighter Paige VanZant -- earned the first perfect scores of the season.
With judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week’s performances combined, Wayna Morris, Miller and Fields were all in jeopardy of going home Monday night.
Fields and Miller ended up with the lowest combined totals, putting them out of the competition.
Speaking to a glum-looking Fields after the announcement, the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron, said he could tell she probably didn’t see this coming.
“Not at all, didn’t see this coming, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” the actress said.
Miller, a football player, said the competition was “so much fun.” He praised the prowess of the other competitors and said he had formed a special relationship with his pro partner, Witney Carson.
Performers turned in an individual routine with each of their pro partners Monday night before joining team dances. The men -- Team James Brown –- took on the women of Team Beyonce. Each team’s scores were added to each member’s overall score for the night.
Team James Brown’s spirited routine to a medley of James Brown songs gave them the edge over Team Beyonce, with the men earning 28 points and the women 25.
Monday night’s standout moments: Judges heaped their highest praise upon Ginger Zee’s ethereal Viennese waltz, giving it 30 out of 30 points -- the first perfect score of the season. Len Goodman said the routine was “like a cool breeze on a warm summer’s day,” and he commended Zee and the choreography of her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba screamed for joy when the routine was over and said it was powerful and elegant, and judge Bruno Tonioli summed up his opinion in a few words: “Content. Style. Interpretation. Impeccable.”
They were equally impressed with Paige VanZant’s fiery jive, a crowd-pleasing routine that earned the MMA fighter 30 points and the judges’ congratulations. Tonioli deemed the routine “smoldering, scorching, almost illegally hot,” while Inaba called it “incredible.” While noting that it was easy to lose discipline with the speed of the jive, Goodman said VanZant’s performance was “UFC -– under full control.”
Judges’ Scores (1st dance; 2nd dance. Grand total.) Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 28. 56 Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 30; 25. 55. Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: 27; 28. 55 Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 30; 25. 55 Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: 27; 25. 52. (They were voted off.) Von Miller and Witney Carson: 24; 28. 52 (They were voted off.) Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: 24; 28. 52 Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: 26; 25. 51
Adam Wakefield on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The latest Voice performance show began on a patriotic note, with appearances by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
The two joined host Carson Daly at the start of Monday night's two-hour broadcast to promote the five-year anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative, which calls on Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.
Obama introduced a performance by the top 10, who sang "Home" by Dierks Bentley. Afterward, the artists from Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams competed for viewers' votes.
The contestant who was "instantly saved" last week, Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell, was first up with the Aerosmith hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” His former coach, Christina, said he laid out his heart and soul with passion. Pharrell detected pitch issues, but he pointed out that in the middle of the performance there was a note that "came in under" and Daniel pushed through.
Team Adam's Shalyah Fearing followed up with Emeli Sandé's "My Kind Of Love." Blake said he likes it when Shalyah is "wild" with her singing. Pharrell enjoyed the fact that she operates "in the now." Adam said he regretted telling her earlier in the season to rein it in.
Nick Hagelin of Team Christina tackled "I Can't Help It" by Michael Jackson. Pharrell commented that Nick -- Christina's "comeback artist" earlier in the season -- represents hope for people looking for a second chance. Christina said the influence of the King of Pop on Nick is in him and he can "execute it really well."
Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell covered the Adele hit "Rolling in the Deep." Adam liked 99% of it, but thought there was one note that was slightly off in the chorus. Pharrell seemingly disagreed, saying the performance was a "1,000% amazing." He added that Hannah has shown growth as an artist.
Team Adam rocker Laith Al-Saadi played the B.B. King version of "The Thrill Is Gone." Blake praised his guitar skills but cautioned him not to downplay his singing ability. Adam said it was the "best show of musicianship" he's ever seen on the show.
Paxton Ingram of Team Blake belted out Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." Blake said Paxton is "becoming this artist right before our very eyes." He declared that Paxton's performances this week and last is the reason why he's a coach on The Voice.
Paxton's teammate, Mary Sarah, sang "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette. Adam said it was very much "in the zone" of who Mary Sarah is. Blake said the country audience was engaged with the performance, which blew "the roof off the place."
Bryan Bautista delivered a rendition of Romeo Santos' "Promise" for Team Christina. Pharrell gushed about how amazing it was. Christina stated that Bryan is the only remaining artist representing the Latino community.
Alisan Porter of Team Christina sang Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly." It was a choice inspired by her past addiction and a boyfriend who passed away. Adam commended her for making the tune personal. Christina said she was proud of Alisan for sharing a heartfelt story.
Team Blake's Adam Wakefield closed the show by sitting behind the piano for Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman." Pharrell loved the piano solo in the middle, and said Adam is the "next one." Blake called it his favorite performance of the night.
One artist will be sent home on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Maarten de Boer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Krasinski, action star? Looks like it's going to happen.
The former The Office actor John Krasinski will star as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in a new series for Amazon, Deadline reports.
The project, titled JackRyan, is described as a contemporary take on the CIA analyst-slash-globe-trotting troubleshooter.
Alec Baldwin, originated the part of Jack Ryan on the big screen in 1990's The Hunt for Red October. Ryan was subsequently played by Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Chris Pine played him most recently, in 2014's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- That guy whom Amy Schumer says frightened her so badly it made her think twice about taking photos with fans is speaking out -- and he says Schumer’s not telling the whole story.
The Inside Amy Schumer star posted a photo to her Instagram Saturday of a man she says ran up to her in Greenville, S.C. demanding she take a photo with him. "This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the s*** out of me,” she wrote, saying he refused her request for him to stop, allegedly declaring, “No, it’s America and we paid for you.”
"I was saying stop and no," Schumer continued. "Great message to your kid. Yes legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no."
That guy is Leslie Brewer. He tells Greenville, SC’s WSPA-TV that yes, Schumer did become upset when he began recording her, but that he stopped recording as soon as he asked her to. He’s also posted a brief video on his own Instagram, showing him saying “Sorry” and Schumer asking him, “Can you delete that?” followed by separate video of Brewer declaring, “And then she got mad at me.”
Brewer tells the TV station Schumer walked away, but then returned to take the photo of him she posted on her own Instagram, telling Brewer she would tell her fans about him. “She gets mad. She’s like ‘that’s disrespectful’,” Brewer says. “ She turns to my daughter and wife and says ‘is this the type of example you want to set for them.”
“I wish I would have finished recording. I wish I would have never stopped to show people what really happened,” Brewer says, noting he’s getting online backlash from Schumer’s fans, and has also been threatened online.
“I’m being looked at as somebody that I’m not,” he says. “You know, at first it was funny but as the days go on, it is kind of like, wow.”
He adds, “I think she’s tried to paint some kind of picture of me that I am an aggressive guy and that I came up to her. If you see my video, you can tell that she wasn’t scared. At the end of the day, I feel as though I did what every other fan would have done if they would have seen one of their celebrities.”
Schumer concluded in her Instagram post, "I will not take picture[s] with people anymore and it's because of this dude in Greenville." She was in Greenville to kick off her 10-city comedy tour. She performed Friday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
After many of her social media followers lamented Schumer's decision to cease taking fan photos, the actress changed positions.
"I'll still take pictures with nice people when I choose to if it's a good time for that," a photo she tweeted read. "But I don't owe you anything. So don't take if I say no."
Schumer later added, in part, "I am grateful to people who like my work and support me but not the ones who think that behavior is ok."
Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- Just how badly did people want to watch April 24th's season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones? Apparently enough to curtail their primal urges -- at least for an hour -- according to one leading adult site.
PornHub crunched its user data for the night of the show's season six premiere, and it revealed that the site's user traffic across the United States dropped 4% while the hour-long premiere aired -- while that might not seem like a lot, consider the streaming site has more than 60 million daily visitors, and the U.S. ranks as the number-one market.
The surfing resumed in the hours that followed to pre-premiere levels.
Other user data showed that naughty searches related to the series -- whether it be porn parodies of the book-based HBO show or searches for the series' frequent nude scenes -- spiked 370% in the hours leading up to the premiere.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars will salute the icons of music tonight.
The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of music's greatest acts, from Elvis Presley to U2. Last week's top scorer, Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris, and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, will dance to “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin.
The couples will also take part in team dances, pitting the men against the women. The men will perform as Team James Brown and the women will perform as Team Beyoncé.
At the end of the night, two celebrities will be eliminated.
Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Here's a rundown of the dances the couples will perform Monday night, along with the song selections:
--Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess – Tango – “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones
--Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Viennese Waltz – “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
--Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe – Quickstep – “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
--Kim Fields & Sasha Farber – Samba – “ABC” by Jackson 5
--Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot – “Beautiful Day” by U2
--Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas – Jive – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner
--Von Miller & Witney Carson – Salsa – “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley
--Wanyá Morris & Lindsay Arnold – Foxtrot – “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin
Richard E. Aaron/Redferns(MINNEAPOLIS) — Alfred Frank Jackson, a half-brother of Prince, is among the late music legend's family members expected to appear in court Monday as the division of Prince's estimated $300 million estate begins.
Jackson, 62, who shares the same mother as his younger half-sibling, described himself as being “pretty surprised” to learn of Prince’s death last month at the age of 57. Jackson, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, shared memories of Prince in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
He remembered his brother as being “real competitive” and a “ladies’ man,” and while he acknowledged not having seen Prince in a while, Jackson said he wrote to him often.
He remembered looking out for his brother when he would get into “a few scrapes” when they were younger.
“Growing up, I protected him ... I was so much taller than him, I protected him,” Jackson said.
Prince, who died at his home in Minnesota, had no known will or trust, according to his sister, Tyka Nelson. It's expected that Prince's estate, worth an estimated $300 million, will be divided between Nelson and his five half-siblings, if state law is followed.
Frank Wheaton, Jackson’s attorney, told ABC News that a judge will lay out the laws and rules of the process during today’s court proceedings. He said he expected that a special administrator will be appointed to perform “a secure assessment of everything that has occurred in Prince's life.”
Wheaton addressed reports of disagreement and negativity among family members, including that Jackson was not invited to the musician’s memorial. Wheaton said Jackson had a “heartwarming” visit to Paisley Park, Prince’s home in Chanhassen in the Minneapolis suburbs, after the singer’s death.
“The rumor mill is at work and some of the things that have happened we know should be afforded an inadvertent behavior as opposed to a purpose-filled behavior,” he said. “Even things that Alfred has had to go through, we know that some of them were not purposeful. But nonetheless we have done everything we could to be respectful to this process.”
Wheaton added that any misgivings were put to rest after the family met.
“If you saw the hugs that were given, you would know that this is a family that loved one another no matter what ... Alfred contacted me through his brother and said, ‘I want you to be here to make certain that I have an opportunity to sit at the table’ and everyone welcomed him accordingly,” he said.
Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD)He’s aliiiive! If you were one of the fervent fans who refused to believe Jon Snow was dead for good, congratulations -- you were right. In a gasp-worthy moment in the final minutes of this week’s episode, Jon was brought back to life thanks to a bit of Melisandre’s magic.
But let’s back up, shall we?
Castle Black We pick up at Castle Black with Ser Davos and Jon’s friends still holed up with Jon’s body. Just as Ser Alliser Thorne and his mob begin to break down the door, the wildings -- with the help of a giant -- charge through the gates of Castle Black and win a swift surrender from Thorne and his men.
Later, Ser Davos confronts Melisandre -- back in her younger form -- and asks the question that’s been on fans’ minds for months: Does she know a way to bring back Jon Snow from the dead? Melisandre hesitates at first, still deep in the throes of her crisis of confidence. But she eventually agrees to try. After cleaning Jon’s wounds, she lays hands on him while speaking incantations in a foreign tongue. When nothing happens, everyone leaves the room -- dejected.
But just when we think all hope is lost, Jon’s direwolf, Ghost, stirs and the camera cuts to Jon, who suddenly opens his eyes and gasps for breath.
King's Landing While Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane does Cersei Lannister’s bidding around town, Cersei’s daughter Myrcella is being laid to rest in The Red Keep. Cersei is barred from attending the funeral by her son, King Tommen. Tommen confides to Jamie Lannister that he feels guilty for not being able to protect his mother. At Jamie’s urging, Tommen goes to see Cersei and apologizes. He asks his mother for help to be strong, and she agrees.
Winterfell After the escape of Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton is out for blood. Turns out, it’s the blood of his own father, Roose Bolton. He stabs his father in cold blood, after learning his father’s mistress has just given birth to a son -- another potential heir. He then summons the mistress and the baby, and ruthlessly sics his dogs on them.
Meanwhile, in the woods outside Winterfell, Brienne tells Sansa that her sister Arya is alive. Theon decides he will not be going with them to Castle Black. Instead, he says he’s heading back “home” to the Iron Islands.
Iron Islands Theon’s home turns out to be in just as much turmoil as every other kingdom. His father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, is thrown off a rickety bridge by his formerly exiled younger brother, Euron Greyjoy. The new ruler of the Iron Islands is now in question.
Mereen Tyrion Lannister: Dragon whisperer? After learning that Daenarys’ dragons have not been eating, Tyrion decides to pay the fire-breathing creatures a visit and unchain them. After a tense first encounter, the dragons allow Tyrion to remove their shackles.
Braavos Arya is still blind and begging on the streets. The young girl from the House of Black and White returns and fights Arya again, but then suddenly Jaqen H’ghar appears and tests Arya by repeatedly asking her name. Each time, she responds “a girl has no name.” She seemingly passes his test and Jaqen informs her that she is not a beggar anymore.
Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark is back! After a season-five absence, we catch up with Bran in a cave with the Three-Eyed Raven. He’s seeing visions of the past, including his father, Ned Stark, as a young boy at Winterfell. He also sees a young Hodor, and it’s revealed that Hodor could once speak and his real name is Willis.
Parkwood/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- All the attention Beyoncé has received for her surprise album, Lemonade, has paid off on the sales chart.
Lemonade, which has sparked plenty of discussion over whether the singer's husband, Jay Z, cheated on her, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It earned 653 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday, including 485 thousand in pure album sales.
Lemonade is Beyoncé's sixth solo album -- all have gone to #1 on the Billboard 200.
Prince continues to have a strong presence on the Billboard 200 following his death last month. He occupies five of the top seven slots, led by The Very Best of Prince, which is #2. The 2001 compilation earned 391 thousand units earned, including 216 thousand copies sold.
The Purple Rain soundtrack rounds out the top three, with 150 thousand units earned, including 133 thousand copies sold.