2:40pm PDT, May 5, 2022
Rihanna ties the knot with A$AP Rocky in new video
Rihanna said yes! OK, it was just a music video, but fans of the expectant star and her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky, were treated to a wedding scene nonetheless in Rocky’s new song, “D.M.B,” on Thursday, May 5. Written, directed and produced by Rocky, the video was shot in New York City last summer, according to People, which explains why Rih’s belly is not its current third-trimester of pregnancy size. The video shows the couple falling in love in various settings before they tie the knot, with Rihanna decked out in a red gown and veil. “I was lost then, but I found you/I was slim thick with a bounce too,” Rocky raps in the single, which was reportedly intended to serve as an “ode to the classic love story,” per People. In real life, it’s been a rough few weeks for Rihanna and Rocky’s love story. After the couple arrived from Barbados at Los Angeles International Airport in April, they were greeted by police who arrested the rapper in connection with a November 2021 shooting. He was released from jail later that day.
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Tom Cruise arrives at ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ premiere in his own chopper
More than three decades after “Top Gun” first hit theaters, Tom Cruise proved he still feels the need for speed by showing up at the world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” in the Maverick-branded helicopter he’s been piloting since the film went into production. After stepping out of the chopper in a suit and aviator shades to join Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and more of his castmates on the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., on Wednesday, May 4, Tom told ET, “I do fly that helicopter, but not today.” The 59-year-old star also chatted with press about what it was like to play Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell 36 years later and why the premiere meant so much to him. After “years” of “lockdown and shooting … I’m seeing faces again and this is humanity back, you know? It’s an honor to be here for me,” he explained. Asked about similarities and differences between the original film and the new follow-up, Tom replied: “I wanted to let the audience know you’re in safe hands. But it’s also, how do you measure how much is too much? We’re not going to do a cover of the first one. It has to have its own story.” He went on to say the two movies “have to be chapters” of the same narrative, “not something that is visually and story-wise the same character and same kind of world.” “Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters May 27.
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Kim Kardashian reveals why Kanye West stormed out of ‘SNL’ during her monologue
Last year, when Kim Kardashian hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, Kanye West reportedly helped with some of her jokes and even flew across the country to support her when she took the stage. But he apparently stormed out of the studio before his ex was even done with her monologue. As viewers learned on this week’s edition of “The Kardashians,” Kanye’s feathers were ruffled by two specific things Kim said in her opening chat. “He walked out on ‘SNL’ like mid-monologue, so I haven’t talked to him since,” Kim told her sister Khloé Kardashian in a scene from the May 4 episode, filmed in October 2021. “He’s upset over the fact that I said the reason I divorced him – used the word ‘divorced’ – he wished I’d said the word ‘filed for divorce.’ And he’s upset that I also used the word ‘rapper.’ He said, ‘I’m so much more than a rapper. I can’t believe you said rapper.'” In her monologue last fall, Kim set up the joke in question with: “I married the best rapper of all time. Not only that, he’s the richest black man in America, a talented, legit genius, who gave me four incredible kids.” Then came the punchline: “So when I divorced him, you have to know it came down to just one thing: his personality.” (The Skims creator filed for divorce from Kanye in February 2021.) Speaking to Khloe on the Hulu show, Kim continued: “I’ve sat there through so many speeches that have not been the most comfortable for me, but that was my partner and I stood by him. I would never embarrass him and walk out and leave … He’s so used to getting exactly what he wants … I’ve never seen anything like it. Good for him, but hey, it’s not going to happen here.” In a confessional, Kim explained she joked about herself and the rest of her family throughout the monologue and said her ex took the comments too much to heart. “I never want to offend anyone and I never want to hurt anyone, but also that’s what this monologue was for; it was to make a joke,” she said. “I made fun of myself, I made fun of my mom, I made fun of everything that’s personal to me and it’s all fun and games and apparently it wasn’t to him.” Kim previously told i-D magazine everyone in her family gave her a green light on teasing them on “SNL.” She said the only joke she yanked was one about Khloe and her ex, Tristan Thompson.
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Amber Heard testifies against Johnny Depp: ‘nothing I did made him stop hitting me’
Amber Heard returned to the stand for her second day of testimony in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial on Thursday, May 5, where she told the court she got physical with her then-husband, Johnny, only after he allegedly hit her repeatedly. While a former marriage counselor for the couple has testified she witnessed “mutual abuse” between the actors, Johnny has denied Amber’s claims both in and out of court. “In these fights, I would try to stand up for myself,” Amber said at one point no Thursday, according to People. “By December 2014, I was pushing back, I’d push him off me, I tried to hit his hands away. I tried to always get back up, which would sometimes — not sometimes, almost always made it worse, always seemed to provoke him. But I tried,” she continues. “I would yell at him, scream at him. I’d call him ugly names. So ashamed of the names we’d call each other. It was awful. And we both got into that pattern. I felt so angry that this was happening to me, and it just felt so unfair.” She went on to claim, “Nothing I did made him stop hitting me,” including her alleged approach of “just not responding physically, not responding verbally, just staring at him.” She said she also “tried going to a different place” and attempted “to threaten that if he hit me again that I would call the police.” She added, “police were called several times,” she said. “I tried to do everything. I even threatened to leave him — tried to leave him. Nothing was working. And I think by this point in our relationship, we’re both saying awful things to each other, screaming at each other and, unfortunately, when Johnny would start hitting me, he’d just win. I don’t know how else to describe it.” She has also testified that Johnny sexually assaulted her during their marriage. Johnny filed the $50 million suit against Amber over a 2018 op-ed in which she described surviving domestic abuse. She did not name him, but he claims he was understood to have been her attacker.
Mike Myers teases possible fourth Austin Powers film
In 2019, before the pandemic threw its years-long wrench in Hollywood budgets and plans, Mike Myers told Entertainment Weekly he was “working on making” another Austin Powers movie “a reality.” That was the last we heard of a future for the “international man of mystery” and his nemesis, Dr. Evil — until now. In a new interview with Jess Cagle on his Sirius XM show, Mike was asked about a possible return to the franchise. “I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of such a project, should it exist or not exist,” he quipped, adding that he’d “love” to reprise his multiple roles in the franchise. Jess’s co-host Julia Cunningham heard that as a probable “yeah, baby!” “It feels like ‘yes,’ I’m sorry. It feels like you want to say yes,” she said. “It feels like a confirmation that it’s gonna be announced,” Jess said in agreement. Mike stuck with his cryptic humor about the whole thing, though, telling the co-hosts his comment “was a non-confirmed confirmation confirmation.” According to EW, the Austin Powers trilogy has grossed more than $677 million since it launched in 1997.
Hoda Kotb wells up as daughters present her with an early Mother’s Day celebration
Hoda Kotb’s daughters couldn’t wait for May 8 to celebrate their love for their mom this year. “Mother’s Day came early. Lucky me #melting,” the “Today” host captioned an Instagram video this week that showed her daughters, Haley, 5, and Hope, 3, holding hands as they lead Hoda down the stairs in their PJs. The walkabout turned out to be a series of surprises the girls had set up in advance to honor their mom. “If you look ahead, there’s a special note on one stair,” Haley told Hoda. When her little sister hollered, “I see it!” Haley reminded her, “It’s for mommy.” The note was a pencil-scrawled, “Happy Mother’s Day,” with a few letters adorably written on top of each other. Hope then asked if it was Mother’s Day and Haley said it was not — then she paused. “Or is it Mothers Day?” Haley asked Hoda, who clarified that it was coming up “next week.” Once everyone got downstairs, the girls sang “Happy Birthday” to their mom, filling in “Happy Mother’s Day” instead. On the table waiting for Hoda were school pictures of Haley and Hope and a cup of coffee. They’d also made drawings and posted them around the room. The icing on the cake was a box of raisins, which Hope presented to Hoda, who by then was welling up and telling them “thank you” and “I love you.” “All I heard was, ‘Go upstairs for 15 minutes,’ which kind of scared me,'” Hoda said with a laugh to Willie Geist on “Today” on Wednesday, May 4. “I was like, ‘OK.’ And I came down. Haley made a cup of coffee. She made it in the Keurig … She goes, ‘I used an oven mitt, and I brought it over.’ I was like, ‘That could have been a disaster,'” Hoda joked. Getting more serious — and emotional — she praised their hard work, telling Willie, “They spent time making something all by themselves.” Hoda adopted her daughters with her then-partner Joel Schiffman. The pair announced in January that they’d called time on their relationship and engagement.
Hollywood is reacting to the attack that knocked Dave Chappelle to the ground at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this week, after an audience member jumped onstage and tackled the comic during the Netflix is a Joke festival. Police arrested and charged 23-year-old Isaiah Lee with a felony of assault with a deadly weapon after the incident on on Tuesday, May 3. And although Dave was unscathed by the assault, it left stars including Madonna, who was at the show, and comic Howie Mandel, a bit shaken. “Last Night was Strange……….,And disturbing for so many reasons!” Madge posted on social media, sharing a selfie with her all-access pass from the show. “The World is upside down. 🙏🏼. #davechappelle,” she added. Howie, meanwhile, told press he’s now anxious about performing again. “Not to comment on what happened at the Academy Awards, but I thought that that opened the flood gates,” he told E! News one day after the incident. “We’re already as comedians being attacked as far as being canceled for something that you don’t like, something that you find offensive, something that you think is too soon,” he said. “You saw what happened at the Academy Awards, and I thought that just triggers — violence triggers violence. And I think this is the beginning of the end for comedy.” On “Extra” later that day, he admitted he’s now “afraid” to go onstage himself. Howard Stern had a different perspective on “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday. “This guy jumped up onstage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” Howard said, per Page Six. “As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad.” In a statement, Dave’s rep said, “As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show,” adding, “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the last and featured musical guests for the evening.” The attacker reportedly was carrying a “knife blade” when he went after Dave, who is “fully cooperating” with police, according to CNN.