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April 15, 2021

Former Bachelor Colton Underwood is getting his own Netflix reality TV show, focused on living his life publicly as a gay man, Variety reports.

The show — which follows Wednesday's news that Colton recently "came to terms" with his sexuality — will reportedly involve Olympian freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who will potentially serve as Underwood's "gay guide."

Many other celebrities voiced their support of Colton after his announcement on Wednesday, including Billy Eichner, who'd appeared on The Bachelor in 2019 and joked in the episode to Colton that "maybe you're the first gay Bachelor and we don't even know." Eichner celebrated Colton by sharing the clip and writing, "If you're gay, be gay!" Colton replied to Eichner, writing: "Love you. Love this (now) and now I love being gay."

Meanwhile, the winner of Colton's season, Cassie Randolph, is reportedly "still processing" the news. "She was not made aware in advance that he was going to be on [Good Morning America] doing a tell-all,” an insider told Us Weekly. Randolph previously filed for a restraining order against Underwood, after they ended their relationship in 2020, that she later dropped. Jeva Lange

February 25, 2021

Kenneth Branagh is headed to Downing Street in a new drama set to take on some very recent events.

The award-winning actor is starring as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the new Sky drama This Sceptred Isle, and he looked unrecognizable in the first image revealed Thursday as filming began.

From director Michael Winterbottom, this five-part drama series is set to "chart the events surrounding Johnson and his government in the face of the first wave of" the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Variety reports.

"Our series weaves together countless true stories — from Boris Johnson in Number 10 to front line workers around the country — chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, care home workers and policy makers to protect us from the virus," Winterbottom said.

This Sceptred Isle will debut in fall 2022, by which point one can only hope it will no longer be about an ongoing pandemic. See the first image — and try to convince yourself it's actually Branagh you're looking at here — below. Brendan Morrow

February 9, 2021

Former first lady Michelle Obama is getting her chef's hat and taste buds ready for a mouthwatering new kids show.

Obama is set to launch a children's cooking show on Netflix called Waffles + Mochi, per CNN. The former first lady will star as a supermarket owner alongside the titular puppet characters, who "dream of being chefs ... and with a little help from Michelle Obama, they go on food adventures all over the world," Netflix said.

“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children's health as first lady — and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young," Obama said.

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama signed a production deal with Netflix in 2018, and a Netflix documentary produced by their company Higher Ground Productions, American Factory, won an Oscar in 2020. Netflix also debuted a documentary centering around the former first lady herself, Becoming, last year.

This latest show announcement comes after Netflix last week revealed several additional projects from the Obamas' production company, including a film based on Mohsin Hamid's novel Exit West. "We couldn't be more proud to team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories," the Obamas said. Brendan Morrow

January 27, 2021

Two months after The Crown's fourth season, our first look at another major Princess Diana portrayal has arrived.

The first photo of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in the upcoming film Spencer was revealed on Wednesday. The movie takes place around one Christmas and follows Diana when she "decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working, and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen," as Deadline previously reported.

Pablo Larraín, who directed Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated Jackie Kennedy film Jackie, is directing Spencer, while Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight wrote the screenplay.

"Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life," Stewart says, per Variety. "It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name: Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her."

Recently, Lady Diana was portrayed by Emma Corrin on the fourth season of Netflix's The Crown. Check out the first look at Stewart's version, complete with that perfect side-eye, below. The film is expected to debut this fall. Brendan Morrow

September 17, 2020

Former President Barack Obama's new memoir will soon be available wherever books are sold.

Penguin Random House on Thursday announced that Obama's 768-page memoir A Promised Land will be published on Nov. 17, two weeks after the 2020 presidential election, The New York Times reports. It will be the first of two volumes, and it will cover events up to the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden. Obama reportedly started writing the book soon after he left office.

"There's no feeling like finishing a book, and I'm proud of this one," Obama said. "I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still."

An Obama spokesperson told the Times that releasing the book prior to the presidential election on Nov. 3 was not considered because Obama hoped to focus on helping Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with his campaign. Penguin Random House's imprint Crown previously signed a $65 million deal with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama for their memoirs, the Times reports. The former first lady's memoir, Becoming, was released in 2018 and was that year's best-selling book in the United States, Axios notes.

According to the Times, Obama will also record the audio version of A Promised Land. The release date for volume two hasn't been revealed. Brendan Morrow

September 3, 2020

The Justice Department is reportedly getting ready to file antitrust charges against Google this month, though not everyone's on board with that timeline.

The DOJ is preparing to bring an antitrust case against Google "as soon as this month" after Attorney General William Barr "overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case," The New York Times reported on Thursday.

An inquiry into Alphabet, Google's parent company, was opened by the Justice Department in June 2019, and the probe has reportedly examined the company's business practices related to both search and advertising. The Times cites three sources as saying that during the investigation, the DOJ has "amassed powerful evidence of anticompetitive practices."

However, the Times also reports that after officials from the DOJ told lawyers working on the inquiry to wrap up by the end of September, "most" of them opposed this deadline, feeling it was "arbitrary," and "some said they would not sign the complaint." In a memo over the summer, some of the lawyers reportedly argued they could "bring a strong case," but they said doing so would require more time, and they worry the deadline may actually "weaken their case and ultimately strengthen Google's hand," the Times writes.

Barr has reportedly argued the probe has not moved quickly enough and defended the September deadline. At the same time, the Times reports that some antitrust division staff members complain that Barr is "forcing them to come up with 'half-baked' cases so he could unveil a complaint by Sept. 30." Read more at The New York Times. Brendan Morrow

August 13, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward's new book about President Trump now has a name: Rage.

Rage is scheduled for release on Sept. 15, and people familiar with the book's contents told CNN it goes into detail about how Trump makes decisions and his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, national security, and the Black Lives Matter protests.

Rage will be published by Simon & Schuster, the same company behind recent tell-alls by former National Security Adviser John Bolton and the president's niece, Mary Trump. CEO Jonathan Karp told CNN Rage is "the most important book Simon & Schuster will publish this year. Every voter should read it before Nov. 3."

In January, Trump announced that he sat down with Woodward for the book; he ignored earlier interview requests from Woodward when the author was working on his 2018 tome, Fear, and criticized the book after it was published. CNN reports that Woodward recorded hundreds of hours of interviews with Trump and other people close to him and the White House, and also obtained "notes, emails, diaries, calendars, and confidential documents," including 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A person familiar with the letters called them "extraordinary," and Simon & Schuster revealed that in one of them, "Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a 'fantasy film.'" Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2020

Mary Trump's tell-all book about her family is hitting bookstores sooner than expected.

Simon & Schuster announced on Monday that Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man will be published on July 14, two weeks earlier than scheduled, due to "high demand and extraordinary interest."

Mary Trump, the daughter of President Trump's eldest brother, Fred Trump Jr., is a clinical psychologist. Too Much and Never Enough paints her uncle as a "damaged man" with "lethal flaws," Simon & Schuster said, and it's already the No. 1 bestselling book on Amazon, CNN reports.

The president's younger brother, Robert Trump, sought a restraining order in an attempt to block the book's release. Last week, he won an injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster, but a New York state appeals court lifted the temporary restraining order against the publisher, saying the company is not bound by a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed in 2001.

Mary Trump's spokesman, Chris Bastardi, said on Monday that Trump's attempt to "muzzle a private citizen is just the latest in a series of disturbing behaviors which have already destabilized a fractured nation in the face of a global pandemic. If Mary cannot comment, one can only help buy wonder: What is Donald Trump so afraid of?" Catherine Garcia

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