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Entertainment news: Miley Cyrus, TransNation, 'Prince Charming,' Whitney Houston
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2016-10-18

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Miley Cyrus discussed her return to acting in Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes, encouraged waffling Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton and opened up about her pansexual identity in a new interview with Variety, according to Rolling Stone. "My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and my own sexuality," Cyrus said, in part. "I always hated the word 'bisexual,' because that's even putting me in a box. I don't ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl."

St. John's Well Child and Family Center has announced the lineup of films and celebrity talent who will be featured at its first-ever TransNation Festival on Oct. 20-23, a press release noted. In addition, on Oct. 22, TransNation Festival will feature the 15th annual Queen USA transgender beauty pageant at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be emceed by Candis Cayne and Curly Velasquez, and will include performances by The Prancing Elites, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and the Mariachi de Arcoiris de Los Angeles. See TransNationFestival.org .

Amid strong ratings, Logo has ordered a second season for its hit reality dating-competition Finding Prince Charming, Deadline noted. Hosted by Lance Bass, the series features interior designer Robert Sepulveda Jr. in the first season as the sought-after prince charming who is searching for the man of his dreams. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until Prince Charming chooses one ideal man who wins his heart. On Nov. 3-16, potential suitors can share a photo or video via hashtag on Instagram or Twitter to prove that they deserve a spot on the show. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17, fans can cast their votes for their top choice, and the winner will compete on season two.

Clive Davis says that no subject was off-limits for the documentary on him—Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, based on his best-selling memoir—and that includes Whitney Houston, Billboard noted. Davis doesn't shy away from the roller coaster of her addictions, and in a clip seen by The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary music mogul reads a letter that he wrote to Houston the day after she appeared shockingly gaunt at a Michael Jackson anniversary concert on Sept. 7, 2001. Houston—who died on Feb. 11, 2012 ( the day of Davis' annual Grammy party ), after a long battle with substance abuse—takes up 25 minutes of the planned two-hour, Chris Perkel-directed film.

It seems Andy Cohen accidentally tweeted and then deleted who he thinks the Real Housewives are voting for in the presidential election, US Weekly noted. In a screenshot obtained by Us Weekly, Cohen tweeted, "NJ are Trump. I so don't care it's all good. I think all the RHOC are trumpies and g[o]d knows who else. All the RHOA and RHONY are HRC. Most of BH too. I …" Cohen was seemingly trying to direct message someone when he opined that the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and The Real Housewives of Orange County are on the side of controversial Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while the women behind The Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York City and Beverly Hills are for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Tyra Banks' runway days are long behind her, but her strained past with Naomi Campbell left a permanent mark, Page Six stated. As Banks, 42, recalled on the Norwegian-Swedish series Skavlan, she is still frightened of the British beauty. "It wasn't fair to Naomi [to be told about a then-up-and-coming Banks], but her response was … to this day I'm very scared of her," she continued on the show, on which she appeared with Norwegian boyfriend Erik Asla. "I don't want to go too deep into the past, but it was very difficult, like some of the lowest times of my life dealing with that." The rivals squashed their 14-year feud on Banks' now-canceled talk show in 2014.

The cast of Orange is the New Black is united against Donald Trump, PinkNews noted. Lea DeLaria posted a photo to Twitter of members of the cast and crew wearing T-shirts bearing the phrase "Vaginas Against Trump." A number of cast members took part, including Emma Myles ( Leanne ), Taryn Manning ( Pennsatucky ) and Beth Dover ( Linda ). DeLaria captioned, "CAST & CREW OF OITNB SAYS F**K YOU TRUMP." Stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne previously appeared in a star-studded ad for Hillary Clinton, while Laverne Cox was featured in a Clinton ad of her own focused on transgender rights.

On Oct. 11 ( National Coming Out Day ), Logo launched a Day of Disruption, drawing attention to the millions of people who live in countries where LGBT news, stories and advocacy is forbidden by censoring a marathon of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8, NewNowNext.com noted. NewNowNext and Logo's social media platforms will also be censored, and LGBT personalities—including Gus Kenworthy, JD Samson, Candis Cayne, Trace Lysette and Jason Collins—appeared on the network throughout the day to discuss the plight of people living in the 72 countries where being gay is criminalized.

Empire actress Taraji P. Henson has written a memoir titled Around the Way Girl, and in it she opens up about losing highly coveted roles due to what she characterizes as movie executives' tunnel vision in casting actors of color, People reported. n one instance, in excerpts published by USA Today, Henson claims that a character in the 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent was written specifically for her—but that the role ultimately went to Naomi Watts. It was, she says, just another example of how studio brass "couldn't see Black women beyond a very limited purview."

Recording artist Sade's 20-year-old daughter, Mickailia Ila, is currently transitioning to becoming male, RollingOut.com reported. Ila is "openly lesbian," reported Nigerian entertainment site Pulse.ng. Meanwhile, Ila's Instagram feed appears to echo the rumors. Recently, the daughter of Sade and Bob Morgan, a Jamaican-American musician, used social media to celebrate her transition. Alongside a selfie, Ila wrote, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life #shotday #firstshot #finally #selfmademan #transman #proud," according to TV3.ie.

Madonna recently narrated Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's latest venture, a film on late Pakistani social-media starlet Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan's Geo News noted. "Proud to narrate my friend Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's latest film about Qandeel Baloch, the Pakistani social media star, who was murdered by her brother in an 'honor killing,'" Madonna wrote in a Facebook post. She lauded the Pakistani government for closing a legal loophole that has long been used by people to escape punishment after having killed loved ones in the name of perceived honor.

Speaking of Madonna, Billboard has named her its 2016 Woman of the Year, according to the publication. Among other achievements, she is the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history ( the archives go back to 1990 ) with $1.31 billion in total concert grosses. Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time; she's earned eight number-one albums ( and 21 top 10 albums ) on the Billboard 200 and 12 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, to be held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

NBC's Law & Order: SVU, which is noted for basing episodes on stories ripped from headlines, has shelved the Donald Trump-inspired episode called "Unstoppable," TheWrap reported. The continuing real-life drama surrounding Trump and the accounts of women coming forward with stories of his aggressive sexual advances plays a little too close to the NBC show's episode, which guest stars Gary Cole ( Veep ) as a controversial candidate embroiled in damaging accusations. The episode, which was originally scheduled to air Oct. 26, will now be seen sometime after the Nov. 8 election, sources close to the situation confirm.

Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn premiered the video for his latest single, "Shameless," according to a press release. ( The video is out on Vevo. ) Tyler Glenn's solo debut, Excommunication, is out Oct. 21 via Island Records. Raised as a Mormon, Glenn came out as gay in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone and remained steadfast in his faith until last fall, when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new policy identifying those in a same-sex marriage as apostates and prohibiting their children from being blessed or baptized.

Alaska has been crowned the winner of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' second season, according to a press release. Sashaying away with the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and a $100,000 prize, Alaska beat nine all-star queens. Host RuPaul will be back Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CT on Logo when the All Star queens reunite to dish about the most shocking, glamorous, and twisted moments of the season. For a sneak peek of the reunion, visit logotv.com/video-clips/muhc0f.

Difficult People is returning for a third go-round, Deadline reported. Hulu has ordered a 10-episode third season of the critically praised half-hour comedy series for premiere in 2017. Difficult People, produced by Universal Cable Productions, stars Julie Klausner and out gay actor Billy Eichner as two best friends living in New York City and whose typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.

Six months after announcing that she was putting her tour on hold while she planned a family, Janet Jackson is officially acknowledging her pregnancy with an exclusive in People magazine with her baby bump on full display, USA Today noted. The child will be the first for Jackson, 50, and her third husband, billionaire Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, 41. The two have been married since 2012.

Shailene Woodley is speaking out after being arrested in North Dakota. The Divergent actress posted on Instagram, "One day, baby, we'll sing our poetry. The words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience. And the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from the seeds our aging hands are now sowing. #alwaysinallways #heartforward #uptous #NoDAPL #protectcleanwater #iamonyourside." The Fault In Our Stars star was peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline when she was arrested for trespassing.

The View's host Joy Behar called the women who allegedly slept with Bill Clinton "tramps" during a discussion about the Oct. 9 presidential debate, Fox News reported. On Oct. 11, she opened the show by apologizing for the comment, explaining it was a joke that went awry. After some social-media backlash, Behar said, ""I never, ever intend to belittle sexual assault and the women who are victims of it ever. ... I made a joke. ... I'm sorry."

Actress/activist Rose McGowan said a top Hollywood executive raped her—part of a series of explosive tweets meant to explain why women don't report sexual assault, TheWrap reported. "It's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist," McGowan said of the alleged crime, which seems to have taken place around the packaging of a movie deal. The star did not name the executive or the film project in question—but among that most disturbing of the allegations is that an "ex" of McGowan's allegedly sold the project to her attacker.

Kim Kardashian West sued an online media outlet for libel, saying she was wrongly portrayed as a liar and thief after she was attacked in Paris, CNBC noted, citing the Associated Press. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court seeks unspecified damages from MediaTakeOut.com . It said Kardashian West, traumatized by the Oct. 3 armed robbery, was victimized a second time when the website reported hours afterward that she faked the robbery and lied about the assault.

Donald Trump reportedly fired Khloe Kardashian from the eighth season of The Apprentice because of her looks and weight, US Weekly noted. According to multiple Apprentice staffers, the embattled Republican presidential nominee called Kardashian a "fat piglet." The Strong Looks Better Naked author appeared on the celebrity installment of the former hit NBC show in 2009 and was eliminated during the sixth episode.

The future of BET's signature drama Being Mary Jane could be in doubt after its star, Gabrielle Union, filed a multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against the cable network, Page Six noted. The 17-page suit claims that although Union's contract calls for no more than 13 episodes a season, BET ordered 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons of the series to be shot back-to-back. Union says she and the network agreed to those terms, as long as she got a break in filming.

NBC's The Voice is reshuffling its panel of coaches just a bit for next season, Deadline noted. Veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be back for their 12th consecutive tours of duty, along with current new addition Alicia Keys. Fellow new Voice coach Miley Cyrus, credited with bringing younger viewers to the ongoing eleventh season, will sit Cycle 12 out but is set to return for season 13 next fall. Sitting in Cyrus' chair in the upcoming spring season of The Voice will be Gwen Stefani, returning to coach duties following previous stints in seasons seven and nine—meaning there will be two female coaches on The Voice for the second consecutive season.

Rapper Azealia Banks has filed a police report against Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe following what allegedly transpired at a Beverly Hills hotel Oct. 16, E! News reported. ( TMZ broke the news. ) Banks went to the Beverly Hills Police Department after demanding an apology from Crowe that she did not receive. In a since deleted Facebook post, Banks claimed Crowe "called me a n——r, choked me, threw me out and spat at me" during a party in the actor's suite. However, as TMZ first reported, multiple eyewitness accounts state that Banks laughed at Crowe's music and called him and another attendee "boring , white men."

Selena Gomez resurfaced in Tennessee amid her personal break from the Hollywood spotlight, E! News noted. The "Come and Get It" singer apparently stopped by the Texas Roadhouse in Alcoa, Tennessee, for an afternoon meal. Gomez announced in August that she would be taking some time off away from the spotlight. At the same time, the actress hoped to focus on her heath and the side effects of her lupus diagnosis.

Michael Jackson topped an annual list of the top-earning deceased celebrities for the fourth straight year, far outstripping fellow musical icons Prince and David Bowie, who both passed away earlier this year, Reuters reported. Jackson, who died in 2009, raked in a bumper $825 million in earnings for the 12 months ending Oct. 1, according to estimates from Forbes. Sales of Prince albums soared after the musician died of an accidental drug overdose in April. Forbes ranked him in fifth place overall with estimated earnings of $25 million, just below Elvis Presley with $27 million.

Centric announced that Erykah Badu would be returning to host the 2016 Soul Train Awards, TheGrio.com noted. In a press release, Centric also announced that Drake led the group of artists for most nominations, with 12 nominations, including two for the Video of the Year Award, for his contribution to Rihanna's "Work" and for "Hotline Bling." Just behind Drake is Beyonce, who scored eight nominations; these include Best R&B/Soul Female Artist as well as Album/Mixtape of the Year for Lemonade. The ceremony will air Nov. 27.

Zayn Malik has a new gig, joining girlfriend Gigi Hadid in the fashion world with a capsule collection of his own under the tutelage of Donatella Versace, according to a Chicago Sun-Times item that cites the AP. The former One Direction singer, with hits of his own as a solo artist, will debut his Zayn X Versus capsule collection for men and women in May 2017. He'll also appear in the Versus label's next two ad campaigns, starting in February.

Supergirl's transfer from CBS to The CW helped the latter network scale impressive ratings heights, TV Line noted. The season-two premiere drew 3 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, up triple digits compared to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's performance in the Monday time slot last fall. The Wrap noted that it was the most watched episode on the network in eight years.

Minnie Driver is breaking her silence after being assaulted as a teen, Page Six noted. "I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy kinda elbow-grabbed me and said, 'You're going to dance with me,'" she recalled Tuesday on Sirius XM's StandUP! with Pete Dominick. "I said 'no' and I pulled my arm away from him, and he grabbed me by the back of my hair. I tried to kick him, and then he punched me." Although 17 at the time, Driver, now 46, explained that authorities blamed her for the incident.

Depeche Mode announced that its new album, Spirit, will be released in spring 2017, Rolling Stone noted. The group will follow the release of the LP with a 32-date European Global Spirit Tour, which begins May 5 in Stockholm, Sweden, and ends July 23 in Cluj, Romania. On Nov. 11, 2016, Depeche Mode will also release Video Singles Collection, a retrospective that compiles the group's entire videography from 1981 to 2013.

Bell Biv DeVoe returned with the single "Run," marking the act's first new work in 15 years, Entertainment Weekly noted. The Grammy-nominated trio spun off of '80s breakout band New Edition in 1990; their debut album, Poison, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 4 million copies in the U.S. Along with the song, they also announced the release of their fourth studio album, Three Stripes, on Jan. 27.


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