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Kim Kardashian “Feels Blindsided” By Kanye West’s Decision to Invite Marilyn Manson to Donda Event

Despite Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s united front at last night’s Donda album event, multiple sources tell E! News she was caught off guard by the rapper’s decision to include Marilyn Manson and DaBaby in the project.

One insider close to Kim tells E! News exclusively that she was “very upset” to learn of Marilyn’s involvement. The rocker is facing multiple accusations of abuse and sexual misconduct, which he has denied.

According to the source, Kim did not know that Marilyn or any of the other individuals would be there prior to arriving, explaining, “She would never have participated in something if she knew Manson was a part of it.”

A second source close to the E! reality star says she’s just as angry about DaBaby being present, who came under fire in July for making derogatory and false claims about the LGBTQ+ community. And though Kim followed through on her agreement to participate, the source says she felt “blindsided” by Kanye, since she “truly had no idea” about the extent of his plans.

According to the second source, Kim has already “expressed” her frustrations to Kanye.

However, Kim’s concerns weren’t met with much understanding, the insider tells E! News. “He wants her to realize why he included them and appreciate the art form,” the same source explains. “Kanye wanted a reaction. He wants people talking about his album and that was the approach he was taking.”

A third source close to Kanye reiterates that the rapper “is not fazed by the backlash,” because he “likes that people are talking about his album.”

“Kanye looks at everything from a creative viewpoint and tries to drown out the excess noise,” the source explains. “He doesn’t overthink the context of his actions.”

Moreover, source insists that Kanye inviting Marilyn and DaBaby was not an endorsement of the musicians’ alleged actions. The insider says that while he “may not agree” with what the two men have been accused of, he believes in separating the art from the artist.

In February, actress Evan Rachel Wood accused Marilyn of grooming and sexual abuse in an explicit Instagram post. She had previously spoken publicly about being in an abusive relationship, but never named the rocker as the alleged perpetrator.

Following the Westworld actress’ statement, numerous women came forward with their own accusations of domestic violence, including Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco. This prompted an investigation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is still ongoing.

On Feb. 2, Manson wrote in a statement posted to Instagram, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how—and why—others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

As for DaBaby, he has since apologized to the LGBTQ+ community for homophobic remarks made at a Miami music festival. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me—knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance—has been challenging,” DaBaby wrote in his initial apology. “I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”

Meanwhile, a source told E! News that Kim and Kanye are not getting back together, even though she appeared in a wedding dress for the event. “She knew how much this meant to him and was honored to be involved,” an insider shared. “The wedding dress was symbolic of their relationship and for the song. It was not a vow renewal. There is still so much love between the two, but they aren’t reconciling.”

Source: Eonline



‘Friday’ and ‘Menace II Society’ actor A.J. Johnson has died

Comedian and actor A.J. Johnson has died. Johnson was best known for Friday, Menace II Society and The Players Club.

Anthony “A.J.” Johnson, who played Ezal, a homeless man with drug addiction, in Friday and E.Z.E. in House Party, died on Friday. His death was confirmed by a spokesperson. He was 55. No cause of death has been disclosed.

According to TMZ, Johnson “was found lifeless in a store earlier this month in Los Angeles and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Johnson grew up in Compton, Calif. His father was a co-founder of the Black Stuntmen’s Association. In addition to stand-up, he appeared on television in such shows as Moesha and South Central.

“He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold,” according to a statement from Johnson’s representative.

Ice Cube, who co-wrote and starred in Friday, paid tribute on Twitter, saying, “Sad to wake up to the news about AJ Johnson passing away. Naturally funny dude who was straight outta Compton at the same time.”


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Elizabeth Olsen Debuted a New Blunt Bob at the 2021 Emmys

It paired perfectly with the dress Mary Kate and Ashley designed for the Wandavision star. If you’re used to seeing Elizabeth Olsen in long, red hair and a Scarlet Witch headpiece, her look on the 2021 Emmy Awards red carpet may have come as a surprise.

The Wandavision star and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series nominee was decked out in a dress from The Row — better known as the label owned by her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley. But even though her tailored cream sheath has quite the pedigree, Olsen’s gorgeous blunt bob stole the show.

Her hair was lifted just off her shoulders and parted to one side; if I had to put a number on it, I’d guess it was freshly cut within an hour of her debut on the red carpet. (Stylist Adir Abergel even posted an up-close-and-personal Instagram shot of the cut in progress.) It’s a deceivingly simple cut, perfectly executed and shaped to show off both her gown’s neckline and her diamond drop earrings.

What matches with elegant hair? Elegant, classic, no-frills (well, no visible frills, but it’s an award show, people) makeup. Pati Dubroff used a lineup of Chanel products to create the look. “I wanted the face to have a soft structure with matte brown sculpted eyes and a diffused deep nude lip — all in the spirit of a ‘90s supermodel,” she said.

Olsen’s “deep nude” is Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Fidélité lined with Le Crayon Lèvres Lip Pencil in Nude Brun. The rich browns continued with a matte eye look, a blend of the shades in the palette Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Clair Obscur. Dubroff and Olsen opted to forego faux lashes, and instead amped up her eyes with “a few” coats of Inimitable Mascara in Noir Pur.

It’s only fitting that Olsen, who posed as various sitcom stars throughout history on Wandavision, would continue to honor her Hollywood forebears with a sophisticated red carpet look. And best of all, now that she’s shown she can pull off classic elegance on the carpet, she’s free to start experimenting. Mary-Kate and Ashley (and Adir and Patti), we can’t wait to see what you have in store for your sister for the Emmys in 2022.

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Jean Smart’s Emmy Speech in Full as ‘Hacks’ Star Honors Late Husband

Jean Smart, the actress from the Hacks television series, won an award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards held on Sunday, September 19, and paid a moving tribute to her late husband in her acceptance speech.

Smart won the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series gong for her role as Deborah Vance in the comedy drama. The 70-year-old received a standing ovation as she accepted the award, thanking her husband for all his support, the late American actor Richard Gilliland.

Gilliland recently passed away while the series was in production. He was included in the memoriam segment of Hacks.

See below Smart’s full acceptance speech thanking her husband and others.

Jean Smart’s Full Acceptance Speech

“First of all, I want to congratulate my friends on Mare [of Easttown]. Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge my late husband Richard Gilliland, who passed away six months yesterday. I would not be here without him, without him putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I’ve had and my two incredible unselfish children, Connor and Forest. They’re both courageous individuals in their own right and they put up with Mommy commuting to Philadelphia and back.

“But Hacks has been such a thrill. I had to tell, oh my God. Jennifer [Statsky] and Paul [W. Downs] and Lucia [Aniello]. First of all congratulations and congratulations on your wedding, I couldn’t be there, I’m so sorry. But I read this [the Hacks script] and said I have to do this, it checked off every box I was hoping for.

“And [I thank] Casey Bloys and everybody at HBO for your support. Oh my God, I’m gonna forget everybody’s name, so sorry. And my incredible team…Scott Henderson at WME [William Morris Endeavor], he’s been my agent forever, he’s the best agent in the world. And Jason Weinberg and everybody at Untitled [Entertainment], especially Dannielle Thomas. And my publicist extraordinaire, Ame Van Iden.

“And an unbelievable cast led by Hannah ‘Mindbender’ Einbinder—that’s her actual name, no, I’m kidding. But I could not have asked for [a better] person to bounce everything off of everyday. I mean she’s a natural, she’s a precious human being, she’s incredible and every day we got to work is a joy and the words we get to say are a joy.

“We have [to thank the] production designers, my hair and make-up people, Keith and Jen. Oh my God Kathleen Felix-Hager who did my clothes, she turned me into a Vegas icon, so that took some doing.

“They’re playing the music and I have to stop, so sorry. Thank you all for working through a pandemic, you’re all so creative and brave and wonderful and I love you all and I thank you all very much. Thank you.”

Source: Newsweek

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