9/28/21 Entertainment News
— R. Kelly is being found guilty of all the charges against him including racketeering. Back in the 90s, the R&B singer ruled the charts with his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” but now Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said the verdict shows he preyed on the young, vulnerable and voiceless. The jury deliberated for a total of about nine hours to reach their verdict. Kelly, who’s being sentenced in early May, could spend decades behind bars.
— Will Smith is revealing a prior agreement he made with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Speaking to GQ, Smith said the two agreed to no longer practice monogamy. This means they allowed each other to date other people. He said Jada never believed in conventional marriage because of her upbringing. He also said he wouldn’t recommend the same type of arrangement for other folks. However, explained they gave each other trust and freedom and noted marriage can’t be a prison. The 53-year-old added the experiences that the freedoms they’ve given one another and the unconditional support is the highest definition of love.
— The View co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro are saying they actually don’t have COVID-19. On Friday’s episode, Moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was due to come out, Hostin and Navarro were abruptly asked to leave their chairs on set. After a chaotic back and forth between Joy Behar and producers, it was revealed the two co-hosts had tested positive for COVID-19. However, on Monday, they announced they got false positives. Hostin said the thought that she had the virus was particularly triggering because she delivered the eulogy at her in-law’s funeral. She said she was worried her family could have to experience another loss if she was positive and unknowingly infected somebody. Meanwhile, Navarro said she was “flabbergasted” to learn of the positive result.
— Dog the Bounty Hunter believes he has a promising lead on finding Brian Laundrie. TMZ reports Dog found a campsite in the Florida woods he believes is connected to Laundrie. He also believes he found proof at the campsite that connects Brian’s parents to the location. However, there’s no word on what the evidence may be. Laundrie has been missing for over a week and a half and is currently the person of interest in Gabby Peitio’s homicide.
— Netflix is revealing the first season of “Bridgeton” is the streaming services’ most-watched series. Netflix’s co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, announced 82-million subscribers tuned in for at least two minutes in the show’s first 28 days. “Lupin: Part 1? and season one of “The Witcher,” tied for the second most popular series with 76-million accounts tuning in. Meanwhile, “Extraction” took the number one spot for movies with 99-million accounts watching during its first 28 days. “Bird Box” and “Spenser Confidential” took home the second and third most-watched movies. Sarandos added the recent Korean survival drama “Squid Game” is on track to become the streaming services’ most popular show ever. The show premiered on Netflix on September 17th.
— A “Dancing With the Stars” pro is being forced off the dance floor. Cheryl Burke has tested positive for COVID despite being fully vaccinated. That left her and her partner Cody Rigsby on the sidelines for Monday’s episode. It was also an elimination night. And it didn’t work out in Martin Kove’s favor. The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai standout was sent packing along with his partner Britt Stewart. They were the first couple to get this boot this season.
— Beck Bennett is not returning to Saturday Night Live. The star who played famous politicians including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence won’t be back when SNL debuts its new season this weekend. He has been a regular on the show since 2015. Lauren Holt also won’t be back on the popular late night show. Owen Wilson hosts the season premiere with musical guest Kacey Musgraves.
— The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie are fueling dating rumors. The two were recently spotted leaving a Los Angeles restaurant together. They were also seen at the same dinner location in June. However, Page Six reports a source said the meetings have been more business focused as the Weeknd is trying to get into the movie business.