9-30-21 Entertainment News
— Britney Spears’ father is no longer her conservator. A judge removed Jamie Spears from the pop star’s conservatorship on Wednesday. Now, certified public accountant John Zabel will take over through the end of the year and Jodi Montgomery will stay on as Spears’ personal conservator. The next meeting to talk about terminating the conservatorship is set for November 12th.
— “Big Brother” now has its first Black winner. Spoiler alert, Xavier Prather was named the winner 23rd season of the reality competition show on Wednesday. This also means Prather gets to bring home the 750-thousand dollar prize. Following his win, he thanked the season’s fellow contestants for being a part of history.
— Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus is cancer-free. He took to his social media accounts on Wednesday afternoon to share the good news. He also thanked God, the universe, and everyone who supported him with kindness and love during his battle. He added it will take him until the end of the year to get back to “normal,” but he still feels so blessed. In June, Hoppus revealed he had been quietly undergoing treatment for stage four diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for a few months.
— The ex-wife of disgraced R& B singer R. Kelly says her heart breaks for their children. Drea Kelly told “Good Morning Britain” they’ll always have to deal with their dad being convicted of sex trafficking. At the same time, she talked about surviving abuse during their 13 years together and says it’s sad it took so long for this verdict. That’s why she has mixed emotions, adding she’s in a difficult place since she was married to him. Still, she applauded the women who came forward to tell their story. The singer faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in May.
— Chrissy Teigen is remembering her and John Legend’s late son one year after his loss. Legend and Teigen announced last year she was pregnant with her third child, Jack. Unfortunately before Jack was born, Teigen was put on bed rest then hospitalized due to excessive bleeding, which resulted in the loss. Taking to Instagram on the one-year anniversary of the tragic news, the supermodel wrote a note to Jack saying, “A year ago you gave me the greatest pain I could ever imagine to show me I could survive anything, even if I didn’t want to.” Teigen and Legend share two other children together, daughter Luna and son Miles.
— “Old Yeller” star Tommy Kirk is dead. TMZ reports Kirk was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 79. Authorities do not suspect foul play. He starred in a number of Disney movies and TV shows including “The Shaggy Dog,” “Son of Flubber,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club.” However, reports claim Walt Disney fired him in 1964 after learning he was gay. Regardless, in 2006 he was inducted into Disney’s hall of fame program as a Disney Legend.
— Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are responsible for Wednesday night’s cancellation of Aladdin on Broadway. This comes just one day after the show reopened in New York City. A statement released prior to 7 p.m. showing revealed cases among the already vaccinated company of the show. Tickets are being refunded and the status of future performances will be announced on Thursday.
— Actors Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga are set to star in “Macbeth” as Broadway reemerges. Negga will be making her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth. She’s no stranger to Shakespeare as she has acted in a New York production of “Hamlet.” Craig, who will take the lead as Macbeth, appeared in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” but hasn’t been on Broadway since he was on stage in 2013’s “Betrayal.” Sam Gold will be directing the epic drama that depicts the couple’s obsession with power. The new production will have a 15-week limited run with performances starting March 29th of next year. Tickets go on sale next Friday.