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Queen Latifah to be honored at Diddy's REVOLT conference
By MESFIN FEKADU
From Associated Press
August 16, 2017 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah will be honored at Diddy's fourth annual REVOLT music conference in October, where performers will include Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz.

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Wed Aug 16 09:00:50 EDT 2017

Women in Hollywood have started openly discussing their salaries ever since the 2014 Sony email hack exposed the inequality between male and female actors’ earnings.

With that in mind, Rachel Bloom spoke frankly with Wealthsimple about about how much she makes as the creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — and where that money goes. Bloom, 30, admits she grew up “very comfortably” in an “upper middle class” home in southern California and went on to attend New York University without taking out student loans. Though the actress worked to pay her rent (Broad City’s Ilana Glazer was her roommate in Brooklyn!), she graduated with “very little” in savings.

“I spent $3,000 dollars — the bulk of my savings — to make the video ,” Bloom tells Wealthsimple. “It’s had hits on YouTube, but I didn’t make it to make money … I made it because I wanted to be my own one-person sketch group. And that song has paid for itself back 30-times-fold.”

In fact, the YouTube video landed Bloom her first TV writing gig on Fox’s Allen Gregory, for which she was paid $3,500 per week.

“But I wasn’t taking all of that check home,” she recalls. “Remember that I was paying 10 percent to a manager, 10 percent to an agent and 5 percent to an entertainment lawyer.”

Once Allen Gregory got canceled, she took a string on non-union jobs with lower pay and credits her husband Dan Gregor — a writer on How I Met Your Mother at the time — for supporting her financially. “If it weren’t for the fact that we were living together there I probably wouldn’t have had the luxury of just being a writer and performer,” she admits.

FROM PEN: How Rachel Bloom’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Takes Musical Comedy to the Next Level

 

Since The CW picked up Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bloom says she makes $50,000 to $60,000 for acting in an episode and spends very little while in production thanks to perks like free food. The studio will also pick up the tab on hair and makeup for work-related events, but when she’s on her own, the Golden Globe winner spends about $800 per gig and anywhere form $500 to $3,000 on non-sample-size designer dresses.

“A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren’t in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it’s getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them,” Bloom shares. “That’s the whole problem with the fashion industry: my body size is literally normal and healthy but when you put me next to a model I look obese.”

As for where else her paychecks go, aside from paying her team, Bloom — who recently signed a book deal that gave her a “fantastic” advance — focuses on making her mortgage payments and splurges on “nice vacations.”

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“We just went to French Polynesia and that was expensive,” she says. “I mean, we stayed at very nice places and flew business class, which I think was several thousand dollars. And that was really special.”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 kicks off Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


Wed Aug 16 09:00:47 EDT 2017

Longtime friends French Montana and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs have plenty to toast to — and now, they can do it with their own vodka collaboration.

Inspired by the “Unforgettable” rapper’s hustle, Combs tapped Montana to create and serve as the face of his vodka brand Ciroc’s newest flavor — appropriately named, Ciroc French Vanilla. To incorporate Montana’s commitment to charity, a portion of the proceeds made from the flavor will be donated to a good cause.

“In addition to passing the torch to French Montana, I’m showing my support for the philanthropic work he is doing in Uganda,” Combs, 47, exclusively tells PEOPLE. “Not only will Ciroc donate $1 from every bottle of Ciroc French Vanilla made to support the Organization Mama Hope, I will match the donation so that our success stories and contributions can benefit as many people as possible.”

Mama Hope is a nonprofit that works with grassroots leaders worldwide to end extreme poverty. After filming his “Unforgettable” music video in Uganda and visiting Mama Hope’s partner Suubi Health Center there, Montana, 32, donated $100,000 to the organization so that they could expand services at the clinic.

Along with their goal to raise $200,000 for Mama Hope, Ciroc and Combs want to empower the next generation to dream big and make their own success. So when Montana came to Combs with the idea to create a French Vanilla flavor, Combs says it was a “no brainer” for the two to collaborate.

“I didn’t want to just put out another flavor — I wanted it to represent that hip-hop is getting money together,” Combs says of Ciroc’s eighth flavor variant, and the first to be influenced by one of its brand ambassadors, in a clip shared with PEOPLE. “That’s where we’re taking this hip-hop culture — us creating our own brands, us supporting our own brands, us building our own hip-hop economic system.”

Montana adds: “This is the product from two legends celebrating life.”

Ciroc French Vanilla is now available for pre-order at https://www.reservebar.com/ciroc-french-vanilla.


Wed Aug 16 08:38:08 EDT 2017

As President Donald Trump doubled down on his claim that “both sides” were to blame for the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in a speech on Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly folded his arms and appeared to hang his head — and Twitter noticed.

During the press conference at Trump Tower, originally billed as being about infrastructure, the president said there were “a lot of bad people in the other group too,” in reference to the anti-racist protesters demonstrating against the rally, one of whom, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed when a driver rammed his car into a group of the counter-protesters.

Trump also stated there were “very fine people” on both sides, including those participating in the white nationalist rally. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch,” he said.

Kelly looked visibly uncomfortable as he stared at the ground during the questioning from reporters, a 260-second video of which was shared on Twitter by NBC.

Social media users wasted no time in turning Kelly’s reaction into a meme and commenting that he represented a majority of Americans when listening to Trump.

“John Kelly looks like 68% of America today,” one Twitter user captioned Kelly with his head down.

“John Kelly is all of us today,” another wrote. “Get out while you still can, pal!”

Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine general, has been called Trump’s “last hope” to bring order to the White House staff by political commentators and is seen as a moderating influence. He replaced Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff last month.



MADRID (AP) — HBO in Spain has aired, apparently by mistake, the sixth episode of Games of Thrones' seventh season a week ahead of schedule.

LONDON (AP) — Daniel Craig has delayed the specter of retirement as 007. The British actor has confirmed, as widely expected, that he'll play James Bond in the franchise's 25th film due out in November 2019.

NEW YORK (AP) — "Alice Isn't Dead" is taking on new lives. Harper Perennial and Universal Cable Productions told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a novel and television program are in the works for the popular podcast about a truck driver searching for her missing wife.

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Craig will return for a fifth go-around as James Bond. The actor confirmed reports he would reprise his role as the suave British spy for "Bond 25" during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese singer and actress Rainie Yang stars in "The Tag Along 2," a sequel to the 2015 hit that's loosely based on a ghostly urban legend in Taiwan about a little girl who appears in the footage of a family's hiking trip.

NEW DELHI (AP) — An India-based media technology company said Wednesday that it regrets the recent leak of an episode of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" by four of its current and former employees.

NEW YORK (AP) — The writer and producer of Rihanna's hit "We Found Love" is set to perform at her charity event in New York next month.

DENVER (AP) — The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in federal court this week said he realizes the case was in the pop star's favor, but he had no interest in backing down.

WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The owner of Connecticut restaurant being investigated by alcohol regulators in connection with the car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman says the business was closed the day she died.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Yancy, the only child of singer Natalie Cole and grandson of crooner Nat King Cole, has died. He was 39.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — At the New Hampshire State Library's latest art exhibit, the bright smiles and bold colors of the canvases belied the broken hearts of those who attended its opening reception.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Moore has led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump's comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For nearly four decades, fans of the late singer Elvis Presley have made a solemn procession past his grave at his Graceland mansion during the annual candlelight vigil commemorating his death, without paying a penny.

DENVER (AP) — The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in federal court this week said Tuesday he realizes the case was in the pop star's favor, but he had no interest in backing down.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say actor John Heard, whose body was found last month in a Northern California hotel, died of cardiac arrest.

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Swift groping verdict: 6:30 p.m. In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, David Mueller said, "I was not pleased with the verdict, but I wasn't surprised."

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A second lawyer who defended Bill Cosby in his sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury wants off the case before the start of his retrial that's set for November.

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis C.K. has quietly shot a black-and-white 35mm film that he will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West is apologizing after feeling the ire of the internet for defending a makeup artist who used racial slurs several times on camera.

WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are investigating a restaurant where authorities say the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman had lunch before she died in a car crash.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News said it has removed a video from its website that depicted cars plowing through demonstrators, saying it was "inappropriate."

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's summer run of "Weekend Update" segments from "Saturday Night Live" and ABC's two-part special on Princess Diana were modest successes for their television networks last week.

"Logan Lucky " is an easy movie to like, but maybe not love. In his big return to film after a four-year hiatus (or retirement, if it can even be called that now), Steven Soderbergh has created a sort of cinematic bingo of his well of tricks.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 7-13. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.