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Ellen DeGeneres Donates $1 MILLION So A Texas High School Can Rebuild Their Gym After Hurricane Harvey — WATCH!

Last August, the Rockport-Fulton High School gym was completely destroyed after being hit by Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres surprised the Texas students with the "biggest gift we've ever given" through a partnership with Lowe's — a $1 million donation to help rebuild the town's beloved "Gold Gym." Wow! Watch the student's react to the ridiculously [...] Last August, the Rockport-Fulton High School gym was completely destroyed after being hit by Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres surprised the Texas students with the "biggest gift we've ever given" through a partnership with Lowe's -- a $1 million donation to help rebuild the town's beloved "Gold Gym." Wow! Watch the student's react to the ridiculously large donation (above)!.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonApr 17th, 2018

Rose Parade 2018 - Performers & Floats List!

The 2018 Rose Parade is taking place in just a few hours and we have all the info you need about the big celebration. If you don’t know, the Rose Parade is in its 129th year this year, and it’s an event that happens on January 1 every year ahead of the annual Rose Bowl [...] The 2018 Rose Parade is taking place in just a few hours and we have all the info you need about the big celebration. If you don’t know, the Rose Parade is in its 129th year this year, and it’s an event that happens on January 1 every year ahead of the annual Rose Bowl college football game. This year’s parade theme is “Making A Difference,” and will feature 39 unique floats, as well as many marching bands and equestrian units. The parade will be airing on NBC, ABC, Hallmark Channel and Univision. Be sure to tune in! Click inside for the full list of floats for the 2018 Rose Parade…. Rose Parade Floats 24 Hour Fitness (AES) Ag PhD TV and Radio (AES) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Fiesta Parade Floats) American Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc. (Phoenix Decorating Company) American Honda Motor Company (Phoenix Decorating Company) Burbank Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built) Cal Poly Universities (Self-Built) China Airlines (AES) City of Alhambra, CA (Phoenix Decorating Company) City of Carson (Fiesta Parade Floats) City of Hope (Phoenix Decorating Company) City of Los Angeles (Fiesta Parade Floats) City of Riverside (Fiesta Parade Floats) City of Torrance (Fiesta Parade Floats) Dole Packaged Foods (Fiesta Parade Floats) Donate Life (Paradiso Parade Floats) Downey Rose Float Association (Self-Built) Farmers Insurance (Phoenix Decorating Company) Kaiser Permanente (Fiesta Parade Floats) Kiwanis International (Phoenix Decorating Company) La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built) Lions Clubs International (Phoenix Decorating Company) Lucy Pet (Fiesta Parade Floats) Lutheran Laymen’s League (Phoenix Decorating Company) Miracle-Gro (Fiesta Parade Floats) Northwestern Mutual (Fiesta Parade Floats) Odd Fellows Rebekahs Rose Float (Phoenix Decorating Company) Rotary (Phoenix Decorating Company) Shriners Hospitals for Children (Phoenix Decorating Company) Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (Self-Built) Singpoli American BD (Paradiso Parade Floats) South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (Self-Built) The Forum (Phoenix Decorating Company) The Grand Tour – An Amazon Prime Exclusive Series (Paradiso Parade Floats) The UPS Store, Inc. (Paradiso Parade Floats) Trader Joe’s (Phoenix Decorating Company) Underground Service Alert of Southern California (DIGALERT) (Fiesta Parade Floats) United Sikh Mission (Phoenix Decorating Company) Western Asset Management Company (Phoenix Decorating Company) **The float builders are listed in parenthesis. Rose Parade Marching Bands Air Academy High School – Air Academy High School Marching Band (USAF Academy, CO) Albertville High School – Albertville High School “Aggie” Band (Albertville, AL) Australia’s Marching Koalas (Dangar, New South Wales, Australia) Banda De Música Herberto López – Colegio José Daniel Crespo (Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panamá) City of Burlington – Burlington Teen Tour Band (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) Homestead High School – Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band (Cupertino, CA) Kyoto Tachibana High School – Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band (Kyoto, Japan) Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band (Los Angeles, CA) Lindbergh High School – Lindbergh “Spirit of St. Louis” Marching Band (St. Louis, MO) Londonderry High School – Londonderry High School Marching Band & Color Guard (Londonderry, NH) Louisburg High School – Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band (Louisburg, KS) Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets (Pasadena, CA) Pennsbury High School – Pennsbury High School “Long Orange Line” Marching Band (Fairless Hills, PA) Ronald Reagan High School – Ronald Reagan High School Band (San Antonio, TX) Santiago High School – The BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks) (Corona, CA) The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band (Los Angeles, CA) “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Washington, DC) United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band (MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA) University of Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band (Amherst, MA) Westlake High School – Westlake High School Marching Thunder (Saratoga Springs, UT) Equestrian Units 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas) Broken Horn Ropers (Baldwin Park, California) Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Missouri) California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento, California) Long Beach Mounted Police (Long Beach, California) Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Detail (Los Angeles, California) The Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon, Honor Guard, Bagpipe & Drum Band (Los Angeles, California) Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena, California) Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside, California) Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas, California) The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills, California) The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Teams (Norco, California) Ramona – California’s Official Outdoor Play (Hemet, California) Scripps Miramar Ranch (San Diego, California) So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary, Inc. (Hemet, California) Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, California) United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow, California) The Valley Center Vaqueros (Valley Center, California) The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena, California) Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Meeker, Oklahoma).....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJan 1st, 2018

Ellen DeGeneres Announces Donations to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Hurricane Harvey has devastated so many people’s lives in the state of Texas as it made landfall over the weekend, and Ellen DeGeneres is lending her support. The 59-year-old talk show host announced that she will be personally donating $25,000 to the Red Cross and the SPCA of Texas. Ellen‘s show is also donating $25,000 [...] Hurricane Harvey has devastated so many people’s lives in the state of Texas as it made landfall over the weekend, and Ellen DeGeneres is lending her support. The 59-year-old talk show host announced that she will be personally donating $25,000 to the Red Cross and the SPCA of Texas. Ellen‘s show is also donating $25,000 to the Red Cross to help the efforts after the devastating hurricane. By texting the word “Harvey” to 90999, you can donate ten dollars to the relief efforts. Watch Ellen‘s video announcement below… Texas, I love you. #HoustonStrong pic.twitter.com/z1ly4bFG7l — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 28th, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres & Walmart Make Major Donation to JJ Watt"s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund - Watch Now!

Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with Walmart to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The 59-year-old talk show host announced on an upcoming episode of The Ellen Show that she and Walmart have donated $1 million to football player JJ Watt‘s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. “I have no words. I literally. This is…thank you,” the [...] Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with Walmart to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The 59-year-old talk show host announced on an upcoming episode of The Ellen Show that she and Walmart have donated $1 million to football player JJ Watt‘s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. “I have no words. I literally. This is…thank you,” the Houston Texan player said as he was livestreamed onto Ellen‘s show. “Thank you to you, thank you to Walmart. This is I promise you that I will make this money go a long way. I promise you that I will help these victims directly. I promise that it will help rebuild Houston. You’re incredible.” You can see the full episode of The Ellen Show when it airs on Thursday, September 7. Watch the interview below!.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 31st, 2017

Miley Cyrus Moved to Tears Over Hurricane Harvey and Donates $500000 to Flood Relief Efforts - E! Online

E! OnlineMiley Cyrus Moved to Tears Over Hurricane Harvey and Donates $500000 to Flood Relief EffortsE! OnlineMiley Cyrus got emotional talking about the victims of Hurricane Harvey on an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and has pledged a hefty sum to help them. At least 35 people have been killed in the flooding, which has driven tens of thousands from ...Hurricane Harvey: Ellen surprises JJ Watt with $1 million donation, Miley gives $500KUSA TODAYMiley Cyrus Breaks Down in Tears Talking Hurricane Harvey, Donates $500000Entertainment TonightMiley Cyrus Donates $500000 to Help Hurricane Harvey VictimsUs WeeklyHuffPost -TMZ.com -Fox News -PerezHilton.comall 51 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsAug 31st, 2017

Sarah Paulson Left Petrified After Being Scared By Ellen DeGeneres THREE TIMES — Plus, More Classic Scares!

After starring in six seasons of American Horror Story, you'd think Sarah Paulson would be tough to scare. But it turns out the actress has a pretty low threshold for horror — because she was left trembling on the floor after being spooked not one, not two, but THREE times by scaremaster Ellen DeGeneres! First, the daytime [...] After starring in six seasons of American Horror Story, you'd think Sarah Paulson would be tough to scare. But it turns out the actress has a pretty low threshold for horror -- because she was left trembling on the floor after being spooked not one, not two, but THREE times by scaremaster Ellen DeGeneres! First, the daytime host startled Paulson by hiding in her dressing room closet and sneaking up on her with a maniacal laugh. Then, as the two were reliving the moment on stage, Ellen had one of her staffers sneak up behind Paulson and give her another scare! Now almost as paranoid as her AHS: Cult character, the 42-year-old had a feeling Ellen wasn't done yet. She nervously asked if someone was about to pop out of the chest behind their chairs. Seconds later, that's exactly what happened -- and she STILL let out a blood-curdling scream! Ch-ch-check out the clip (above) and see more of Ellen's best scares (below)! CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!"' CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!".....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzSep 19th, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Leonardo DiCaprio just made a major donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief. The 42-year-old Oscar-winning actor and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund for those effected by the hurricane in Houston, Texas. The United Way – the largest privately funded non-profit – announced on Wednesday [...] Leonardo DiCaprio just made a major donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief. The 42-year-old Oscar-winning actor and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund for those effected by the hurricane in Houston, Texas. The United Way – the largest privately funded non-profit – announced on Wednesday (August 30) that all proceeds of the Harvey Recovery Fund would go directly to the recovery efforts. “We hope others will step up and support the United Way and other organizations,” said Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation said via Variety. Leo joins other celebs who have joined forces to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief includeing the Sandra Bullock, who donated $1 million, Kardashian-Jenner family, who donated a collective $500,000, as well as Kevin Hart who started the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 30th, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres Has Kerry Washington Jump Out Of Her Seat With This Terrifying Scare!

Ellen DeGeneres loves to scare the shit out of celebs! The TV host and comedienne had Kerry Washington on the show on Thursday, and 100% gave her the scare of a lifetime! With the two playing an epic game of password dubbed "Purple Purseword" in order to bring awareness to the nonprofit Purple Purse, Ellen had Kerry [...] Ellen DeGeneres loves to scare the shit out of celebs! The TV host and comedienne had Kerry Washington on the show on Thursday, and 100% gave her the scare of a lifetime! With the two playing an epic game of password dubbed "Purple Purseword" in order to bring awareness to the nonprofit Purple Purse, Ellen had Kerry completely freaked the fuck out! Everything was fine and normal until the Scandal starlet guessed the word "secret," and a man dressed in a skeleton costume burst out of their prop table! You need to watch (above), and be sure to LOLz over all of Ellen's best spooks (below): CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!"' CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!".....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 2nd, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres Turns 60! Celebrate The Host"s Birthday With Her Best Celeb Scares To Date!

Happy Birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! The funny woman turns 60 today (January 26), and wow, what an impact she's made with her life already! Portia de Rossi's wife has brought the laughs ever since the '80s, back when she was a stand-up comic, booking gigs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson!! She would of course later go [...] Happy Birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! The funny woman turns 60 today (January 26), and wow, what an impact she's made with her life already! Portia de Rossi's wife has brought the laughs ever since the '80s, back when she was a stand-up comic, booking gigs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson!! She would of course later go on to star in movies and her very own ABC sitcom, Ellen. But we all know her today as daytime's beloved host of The Ellen Show -- a block of television that provides audiences with a much-needed escape from the mundane. She'll usually make you laugh and/or cry, but sometimes she can even make you SHIT your pants! Just ask all these celebs... CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares" P.S. It's okay if you crap yourself. She always has clean Ellen underwear at the ready. [Image via EllenTube/Warner Bros.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 26th, 2018

Ellen DeGeneres" Birthday Gift From Portia de Rossi Made Her Cry - Watch the Touching Moment!

Portia de Rossi surprised her wife Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show to celebrate her 60th birthday. On the show, Portia gave Ellen her birthday gift – which made Ellen cry! The gifting started with a video, which had Portia doing a voice over. “When people ask my wife, ‘who is the person, living or [...] Portia de Rossi surprised her wife Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show to celebrate her 60th birthday. On the show, Portia gave Ellen her birthday gift – which made Ellen cry! The gifting started with a video, which had Portia doing a voice over. “When people ask my wife, ‘who is the person, living or dead, you most want to interview?’ her answer is always Dian Fossey,” Portia said in the video. “Ellen remembers reading National Geographic at home as a little girl and remembers Dian on the cover of the January 1970 magazine. Ellen was struck by Dian’s dedication to animals, her mind, and her bravery. Ellen read how in 1967 Dian Fossey set up a camp she called Karisoke in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. This is where Dian began studying several dozen gorillas, and at that time, Dian was alone in protecting them.” “Fast forward 18 years and the world was sad to learn that Dian was murdered in 1985 in her cabin at Karisoke. Most of us know Dian’s work from her book, ‘Gorillas in the Mist,’ which is legendary and carried on her story. Her story is also carried on through the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The Fossey Fund exists to ensure the survival and thriving of wild gorillas, in close partnership with the government of Rwanda. But unfortunately, today there are only 880 mountain gorillas alive on earth. Thus, the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund remains vitally important to ensuring their future,” Portia continued. “So, for your birthday, Ellen, I am bringing you and your hero, Dian, together by building The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Ellen, you will carry on Dian’s legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda. Now, you will join Dian as a protector and champion of these amazing animals, the mountain gorillas. Happy birthday!,” the video concluded. Watch below for the full reveal!.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredFeb 1st, 2018

Ellen Scares The Country Out Of Kellie Pickler, Thanks To "Faith Hill"!

Dang, Ellen DeGeneres is pulling some alpha prison yard shit on Kellie Pickler! The American Idol alum just wanted to come on and celebrate her talk show, Pickler And Ben, being renewed, and Ellen had to give her the old scare treatment. You know, just to show her who's still the boss of daytime. LOLz! OK, in reality [...] Dang, Ellen DeGeneres is pulling some alpha prison yard shit on Kellie Pickler! The American Idol alum just wanted to come on and celebrate her talk show, Pickler And Ben, being renewed, and Ellen had to give her the old scare treatment. You know, just to show her who's still the boss of daytime. LOLz! OK, in reality it was probably just for fun -- Ellen is so adorably sadistic that way! Gotta say, Faith Hill has never looked scarier! But was this really one of Ellen's best?? CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!".....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonFeb 21st, 2018

John Krasinski Is Just The Latest Victim Of Cruel Scaremaster Ellen DeGeneres!

Having frightened so many celebs over the years, Ellen DeGeneres knows it's likely that one of her guests will wind up punching the staffers who jump out at them. Thankfully that wasn't the case on Monday, because poor John Krasinski was a really good sport about (literally?) getting the piss scared out of him by Freddy [...] Having frightened so many celebs over the years, Ellen DeGeneres knows it's likely that one of her guests will wind up punching the staffers who jump out at them. Thankfully that wasn't the case on Monday, because poor John Krasinski was a really good sport about (literally?) getting the piss scared out of him by Freddy Krueger. Emily Blunt's husband was on the show to promote A Quiet Place, the horror movie he wrote, directed, and stars in, when Ellen decided to give him a fright of his own. The Office alum didn't see it coming, of course, as it happened while he was in the middle of an intense staring contest with the daytime queen. She's getting crueler with these by the day! We truly cannot wait for the day a celeb goes BERSERK on one of Ellen's lackeys -- but until then... CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!".....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonFeb 12th, 2018

Ellen Terrifies Niall Horan With A "Harry Styles" Cameo! Plus MORE Of Her Best Scares!

Niall Horan is too adorable to be given a damn heart attack, Ellen DeGeneres!!! The Slow Hands singer was having a perfectly nice conversation with Ellen when she delivered a One Direction themed scare — as an ersatz Harry Styles (Scary Styles?) jumped out and screamed! We're frankly impressed with how quickly Niall calmed back down, though [...] Niall Horan is too adorable to be given a damn heart attack, Ellen DeGeneres!!! The Slow Hands singer was having a perfectly nice conversation with Ellen when she delivered a One Direction themed scare -- as an ersatz Harry Styles (Scary Styles?) jumped out and screamed! We're frankly impressed with how quickly Niall calmed back down, though we fear he was still in shock... Ch-ch-check out the clip (above) and see more of Ellen's best scares (below)! CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!"' CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!" CLICK HERE to view "Ellen DeGeneres' Best Scares!".....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzOct 20th, 2017

Sean Hayes & Ellen DeGeneres Have a "Battle of the Gays" in Hilarious Interview - Watch Here!

Sean Hayes ended up having a “Battle of the Gays” with Ellen DeGeneres as he appeared on The Ellen Show, airing on Wednesday (March 15) After thanking the 47-year-old actor for his birthday gift, Ellen then brought up Will & Grace after he mentioned that her talk show had been on the air for an [...] Sean Hayes ended up having a “Battle of the Gays” with Ellen DeGeneres as he appeared on The Ellen Show, airing on Wednesday (March 15) After thanking the 47-year-old actor for his birthday gift, Ellen then brought up Will & Grace after he mentioned that her talk show had been on the air for an impressive 15 years. As Ellen asked how long he’d been a part of the beloved sitcom, Sean replied: “Longer than 15!” to which Ellen joked, “How long was it the first time around before y’all got cancelled?” “I think it was longer than your sitcom,” Sean said, referring to Ellen‘s 90’s sitcom that was canceled shortly after she came out. “Oh yeah, that’s right, I had to come out first for you all to do that sitcom,” Ellen responded – Watch the rest below! Sean Hayes and Ellen Have a ‘Battle of the Gays’ Click inside to watch the rest of Sean Hayes’ appearance on The Ellen Show… Sean Hayes Gives Ellen a Belated Birthday Gift.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredMar 14th, 2018

Hurricane Harvey: Ellen surprises JJ Watt with $1 million donation, Miley gives $500K - USA TODAY

USA TODAYHurricane Harvey: Ellen surprises JJ Watt with $1 million donation, Miley gives $500KUSA TODAYDonations continue to roll in for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. During an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air Sept. 7, the daytime host, who has already pledged $50,000 of her own money for relief efforts, presented a $1 million check ...Miley Cyrus donating $500000 to Harvey reliefEW.com (blog)Miley Cyrus Moved to Tears Over Hurricane Harvey and Donates $500000 to Flood Relief EffortsE! OnlineMiley Cyrus Donates $500000 to Help Hurricane Harvey VictimsUs WeeklyEntertainment Tonight -Fox News -HuffPost -PerezHilton.comall 55 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsAug 31st, 2017

Lupita Nyong"o Reveals Her Own Harvey Weinstein Massage Incident — That Happened With His Kids Nearby!

We knew the Harvey Weinstein stories weren't over. Sadly, now we're hearing one from Lupita Nyong'o. Related: All 45+ Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far The Black Panther actress opened up in a lengthy New York Times op-ed on Thursday, in which she says she felt "a flare of rage" in learning how many women had [...] We knew the Harvey Weinstein stories weren't over. Sadly, now we're hearing one from Lupita Nyong'o. Related: All 45+ Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far The Black Panther actress opened up in a lengthy New York Times op-ed on Thursday, in which she says she felt "a flare of rage" in learning how many women had been through what she had: "I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years. I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself for a lot of it, quite like many of the other women who have shared their stories. But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach." Here is her story: "I met Harvey Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin, while I was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. An intermediary introduced him to me as "the most powerful producer in Hollywood." As an aspiring actress, I was of course eager to meet people in the industry but cautious about strangers, and the intentions of men in general." She asked her dinner companions about Harvey and was given the typical response that he could be "a bully" -- which meant it was better to have him in her corner than against her. Ultimately she says he was somewhat "charming" despite his directness, and that "he didn't alarm" her at first. So when he invited her to watch a screening of a film with his family at his home in Connecticut -- near where she was living in New Haven -- she accepted. Related: Channing Tatum Cuts All Ties With The Weinstein Company His family was actually there, at least. But when they all gathered to watch the film, that's when Harvey pounced: "I settled in for the film, but about 15 minutes in, Harvey came for me, saying he wanted to show me something. I protested that I wanted to finish the film first, but he insisted I go with him, laying down the law as though I too was one of his children." In his home with his children there. Ick. "Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times... He agreed to this and lay on the bed. I began to massage his back to buy myself time to figure out how to extricate myself from this undesirable situation. Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that. 'If we're not going to watch the film, I really should head back to school,' I said. I opened the door and stood by the frame. He put his shirt on and again mentioned how stubborn I was. I agreed with an easy laugh, trying to get myself out of the situation safely. I was after all on his premises, and the members of his household, the potential witnesses, were all (strategically, it seems to me now) in a soundproof room." That time, Lupita was able to leave somewhat easily enough. She says she even justified the massage request to herself, though it helped that Harvey had enticed her with the possibility of a job (on an HBO show she later found out was already off the air). But she was still uneasy with Harvey, so when he invited her to a reading of the play version of Finding Neverland, she politely refused -- until he told her she could bring anyone she wanted. She attended with two male friends. Related: Quentin Tarantino Knew Harvey 'Did A Couple Of These Things'! Nothing untoward happened the entire evening, including when a large group went out for dinner and drinks. So the next time he invited her to a screening -- this time of Madonna's film W.E. -- she accepted. "Feeling more confident about the new sense of boundaries that we had established in our last meeting, I attended the screening on my own this time. Afterward, as planned, his male assistant arranged for me to get to the Tribeca Grill, where Harvey would be joining us. I met a female assistant when I arrived there. I was expecting that it would be a group of us, as it had been for the reading, but she informed me it would just be Mr. Weinstein. She would sit with me until he arrived. She seemed on edge, but I could only imagine how stressful it was to work for a man who had so much going on." As with other stories we've heard, the assistant "immediately disappeared" after Harvey arrived. And this time he was direct: "Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.' I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them. I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer. 'You have no idea what you are passing up,' he said. 'With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass,' I replied." That's when Lupita knew Harvey was through with her; she asked him if they were good and recalls his chilling response: "'I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine,' he said. It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn't be sure." Lupita made a vow to herself never to work with Weinstein, a vow she kept when he tried to entice her following her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave. Related: LAPD Opens Harvey Weinstein Rape Investigation She explains why she's telling her story now -- for all the women who are like she was: "I share all of this now because I know now what I did not know then. I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein. But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him. You see, I was entering into a community that Harvey Weinstein had been in, and even shaped, long before I got there. He was one of the first people I met in the industry, and he told me, "This is the way it is." And wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged. I did not know that things could change. I did not know that anybody wanted things to change. So my survival plan was to avoid Harvey and men like him at all costs, and I did not know that I had allies in this." She concludes: "Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence. Amen, sister. You can read her full op-ed HERE. [Image via Apega/Michael Wright/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 19th, 2017

The Sopranos" Annabella Sciorra Says Harvey Weinstein Invaded Her Apartment And Raped Her

In case you missed it, Ronan Farrow released a followup to his Harvey Weinstein expose on Friday. In this new New Yorker piece, two actresses who had previously remained silent finally came out with their own harrowing stories. First was Annabella Sciorra, the star of early '90s hits Jungle Fever and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle [...] In case you missed it, Ronan Farrow released a followup to his Harvey Weinstein expose on Friday. In this new New Yorker piece, two actresses who had previously remained silent finally came out with their own harrowing stories. First was Annabella Sciorra, the star of early '90s hits Jungle Fever and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle who is probably best known for her Emmy-nominated recurring role as Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos. Related: Kevin Spacey Accused Of Assaulting News Anchor's Loved One Farrow says he approached Sciorra for the first article based on what some sources had told him, but she denied anything had happened. Even twenty-five years later she was still terrified of what he would do. But after the article came out and all the subsequent allegations, she knew she had to come forward with the truth -- Harvey had raped her. After starring in The Night We Never Met for Miramax, Sciorra says she was always at events and screenings for the studio. Then one dinner changed everything: "Harvey was there, and I got up to leave. And Harvey said, 'Oh, I'll drop you off.' Harvey had dropped me off before, so I didn't really expect anything out of the ordinary—I expected just to be dropped off." But after she went up to her apartment and got ready for bed, she heard a knock on the door. "It wasn't that late. Like, it wasn't the middle of the night, so I opened the door a crack to see who it was. And he pushed the door open. [Harvey] walked in like it was his apartment, like he owned the place, and started unbuttoning his shirt. So it was very clear where he thought this was going to go. And I was in a nightgown. I didn't have much on." She says he looked around to double check no one else was there as he got undressed and then cornered her, saying: "'Come here, come on, cut it out, what are you doing, come here.'" She told him: "'This is not happening. You've got to go. You have to leave. Get out of my apartment.'" But he didn't leave. "He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me. I kicked and I yelled." Sciorra says he held her arms above her head with one hand and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her. "When he was done, he ejaculated on my leg, and on my nightgown." She remembered the nightgown specifically as it was a family heirloom from Italy. "He said, ‘I have impeccable timing,' and then he said, ‘This is for you.' And then he attempted to perform oral sex on me. And I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me." She says her body just began to shake violently: "I think, in a way, that's what made him leave, because it looked like I was having a seizure or something." Sciorra says she didn't tell anyone because she was so ashamed. But Harvey retaliated against her anyway: "From 1992, I didn't work again until 1995. I just kept getting this pushback of ‘We heard you were difficult; we heard this or that.' I think that that was the Harvey machine." Then when she did start working again, Harvey found her immediately. Related: Corey Feldman Tells Megyn Kelly That One Of His Abusers Now Works With The LA Dodgers! While she was filming The Innocent Sleep in London, Harvey called and sent cars to pick her up -- once even showing up himself and pounding on her door. "For nights after, I couldn't sleep. I piled furniture in front of the door, like in the movies." She says she got young producer Matthew Vaughn to secretly move her to another hotel. Vaughn (who went on to direct the Kingsman films) confirmed as much. In 1997, Sciorra starred in Copland, which Miramax produced. She went with the film to Cannes, where she was told her room was next door to Harvey's. Early one morning, there was a knock, and in her sleepy state she thought she must have missed an appointment and opened the door: "There's Harvey in his underwear, holding a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a tape, a movie, in the other. And it was horrific, because I'd been there before." She retreated into the room and thought fast: "He was closing in really quickly, and I pressed all the call buttons for valet service and room service. I kept pressing all of them until someone showed up." Thankfully staff showed up, causing Harvey to run back to his room. Related: All 50+ Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far Daryl Hannah also revealed her story, and sadly not for the first time. She met Harvey in the early 2000s at Cannes, where he told her he was a big fan and asked for her room number so he could call her for a meeting. That night he came knocking, then "pounding" on her door. She slipped out her balcony door -- she was on the first floor -- and spent the night in her makeup artist's room. The next night, her makeup artist stayed with her, and Harvey returned: "We actually pushed a dresser in front of the door and just kind of huddled in the room." Years later, while at the Rome premiere of Kill Bill, Vol. 2, Hannah experienced another sequel -- only this time both she and Harvey came prepared. Rather than knocking, the studio exec just barged right into her room: "He had a key. He came through the living room and into the bedroom. He just burst in like a raging bull. And I know with every fibre of my being that if my male makeup artist was not in that room, things would not have gone well. It was scary." Thankfully Hannah had prudently asked makeup artist Steeve Daviault to stay with her and watch movies all night just in case. Daviault confirmed the story to Farrow also. Hannah says she asked Harvey what he was doing, and he told her there was a party downstairs she was supposed to be at. She was wary but didn't want to be unprofessional. She got dressed and went downstairs only to find the dining room "completely empty." When she tried to return to her room, Harvey was blocking the elevator. He said to her: "Are your tits real?" Then he asked if he could feel them. "I said, ‘No, you can't!' And then he said, ‘At least flash me, then.' And I said, ‘Fuck off, Harvey.'" She says she got away but experienced "instant repercussions" -- her flight to Cannes and her hotel room were canceled, as were those of her makeup artist. Hannah says she told "all the powers that be" what had happened, including her manager, a producer, and, yes, Quentin Tarantino. Related: Quentin KNEW Harvey Weinstein 'Did A Couple Of These Things' Unfortunately, no one did anything: "And it didn't matter. I think that it doesn't matter if you're a well-known actress, it doesn't matter if you're twenty or if you're forty, it doesn't matter if you report or if you don't, because we are not believed. We are more than not believed—we are berated and criticized and blamed." Sciorra agrees. She told Farrow this victim blaming was the final straw in coming forward. After she saw how Asia Argento was being treated in the Italian press, she was incensed -- especially when commentators were asking if Asia's experience even "qualified" as rape. She says she thought to herself: "O.K., you want rape? Here's fucking rape." Sciorra has a message for those who think she or other actresses would make something like this up for publicity: "Now when I go to a restaurant or to an event, people are going to know that this happened to me. They're gonna look at me and they're gonna know. I'm an intensely private person, and this is the most unprivate thing you can do." When we see her, we're going to think about her courage. [Image via Joseph Marzullo/FayesVision.WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 30th, 2017

Holiday Inn Refuses To Let Houston Family’s Dogs Take Shelter With Them Inside Amid Hurricane Harvey!

A Houston family was forced to evacuate their home due to Hurricane Harvey, leaving them to only find shelter at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Katy, Texas. The only problem?? They weren't allowed to bring their three dogs in to stay with them! Related: Sandra Bullock Donates $1 Million To The Harvey Relief Effort! According to [...] A Houston family was forced to evacuate their home due to Hurricane Harvey, leaving them to only find shelter at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Katy, Texas. The only problem?? They weren't allowed to bring their three dogs in to stay with them! Related: Sandra Bullock Donates $1 Million To The Harvey Relief Effort! According to People, Gillian Parker, her husband Phillip, daughter Allison and her 81-year-old grandmother Sylvia packed up two cars to drive to safety. With one of their cars flooding, they eventually made it to the Holiday Inn only to be told by management their pups, Arrow, Wiggum, and Buttercup would have to find other accommodations. Pleading with the hotel didn't work either, as Gillian shared her anger: "It's ridiculous and outrageous. This is an 800-year flood. Three exits down the highway, the national guard is pulling people out of their houses. And our dogs can't come in to safety?" Leaving them no other option, the Parkers took up shelter in the Holiday Inn, forcing them to leaving their poor dogs in their Prius. Meanwhile, Gillian's family has been taking shifts to stay with them in the car, including overnight: "It's pouring rain. You're soaked to the bone just getting there, and walking them is even worse. The rain felt like needles in your face. And you end up shivering in the car. It's just… I'm just chagrined, irritated, cold, wet, tired, and exhausted." How horrible!!! She also added she's nervous about breaking the rules in fear of getting her entire family kicked out of their only shelter: "We're afraid we'll get kicked out. I don't want to lose my place in the hotel. At this point we're so tired. And I'm afraid to leave. We hope we're safe." A friend tweeted out the sad circumstances: My bf evacuated home by #harveystorm #houstonflood sits outside #holidayinn I10 cause they won't let her #pets inside #majorfail @holidayinn pic.twitter.com/xQS6xejI1m — Fernanda (@mariafdurand1) August 29, 2017 The Katy location Holiday Inn's General Manager Jim Hernandez explained not wavering to let the pups in: "Our hotel is a not pet-friendly hotel. We do offer our guests areas where they can take their pets to be kenneled. There's locations here down the street that are able to take their pets if they like." The said kennel was closed at the time. What an awful situation to put a family in, as if having to leave their home and belongings behind isn't hard enough! Thankfully, it sounds like the Parkers are OUT of the Holiday Inn and are staying together, pups included: Message from #the Parker #houstonfloods #houstonpets #holidayinn #marriottrocks pic.twitter.com/S2Ole7QGgd — Fernanda (@mariafdurand1) August 30, 2017 We hope everyone in Texas stays safe! We're thinking of you! [Image via Facebook.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 30th, 2017

Joel Osteen Has A Message For Twitter Devils Who Think His Church Didn"t Do Enough To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims!

Joel Osteen is unbothered by the critics. In a new interview, the megachurch pastor spoke on the backlash he received for not opening his Lakewood Church doors sooner to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims. For those who missed it, Osteen had to make a round of toothy interviews to address accusations saying Lakewood kept its doors closed to [...] Joel Osteen is unbothered by the critics. In a new interview, the megachurch pastor spoke on the backlash he received for not opening his Lakewood Church doors sooner to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims. For those who missed it, Osteen had to make a round of toothy interviews to address accusations saying Lakewood kept its doors closed to hurricane evacuees, and he had a rosary of excuses for doing so. Related: Tyler Perry Donates $1 Million To Hurricane Harvey Relief! Now with Lakewood finally giving shelter to a worthy amount of displaced locals, the church leader has no desire to answer to the haters on social media -- because he's only worried about serving @God. Speaking to ET's Kevin Frazier on Thursday, he explained: "You know, I'm not really concerned about the Twitter critics. We're concerned with these people [victims now at the church] and how they move forward. And there were safety issues that people don't understand. But, I really believe that if people were in my shoes, they would have done the same thing. When the building is clear, when it's safe, we can start taking people. That's what we have done for 60 years. We love helping people and that's what our message is all about." Originally, Lakewood posted that it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding." However, videos shared on Twitter appeared to show the 16,000-seat Houston church in rather dry surroundings. Osteen told critics not to go by those pictures, because he has others that prove the building flooded (Of course, you'll have to take his word for it): "I think another thing that people don't understand -- it could flood. That street could flood and in 14 hours it can be down. ... So, you can't go by that. I have video of it flooded on either Saturday night or Sunday night, I can't remember. But, you know, it can go down in 14, 15 hours." Lakewood eventually opened its doors on Tuesday. In a round of subsequent interviews, Osteen said the city didn't originally ask the church to be a shelter, but instead a "distribution center." Related: Miranda Lambert Has Rescued Over A Hundred Dogs In Texas! Still, that doesn't mean Lakewood couldn't have been better prepared for the disaster. He admitted: "Knowing what I know now, I would have put staff in here before the storm hit, put beds, do everything we could to be prepared. When it catches us by surprise, even when the cities overflow and, you know, nobody dreams that shelters will overflow. ... Hindsight, it's 20/20, but we got to move forward and do what we've done for the last 60 years and take care of these people, help them rebuild their lives, bring hope to their spirits and let them know that they can come out of this stronger than before." Despite Osteen's charitable efforts, a deluge of haters continued to rain down on him on social media. Though the 54-year-old didn't seem to care, as that's a layer of hell he has no intention on giving energy to: "I don't spend any energy on the Twitter universe or social media. And I don't mean that disrespectfully. I just don't put any energy into it. I mean, life is too short to put energy into negative emotion and I feel at peace because we did the right thing….Hey, my reputation is in God's hands and he can take care of that. We're going to continue to help people." That's right, Joel. Judgment is for the Lord -- not your 6.22 million followers on the platform you "don't spend any energy on." [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 1st, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres Saves a Hummingbird - Watch the Video!

Ellen DeGeneres is doing a good deed once again! The Ellen DeGeneres Show daytime television host posted a video on Twitter on Thursday (December 28) in which she successfully saves a hummingbird. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ellen DeGeneres “Do you wanna go somewhere?” she asks the little bird resting on her finger. [...] Ellen DeGeneres is doing a good deed once again! The Ellen DeGeneres Show daytime television host posted a video on Twitter on Thursday (December 28) in which she successfully saves a hummingbird. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ellen DeGeneres “Do you wanna go somewhere?” she asks the little bird resting on her finger. “How weird. My wife saves a hummingbird this week. I’m saving one this week,” she remarks to the camera before getting the bird to fly again. Watch the sweet video below! Looks like it was my turn to save a hummingbird. pic.twitter.com/O5NfeIHYWr — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 28, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredDec 28th, 2017

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Donates $1 Million for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Jimmy Fallon joins a growing roster of celebrities who are donating money to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. During The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday evening (September 5), the 42-year-old late night TV host announced a $1 million donation to J.J. Watt‘s Hurricane Harvey relief fund. “Last week we saw [...] Jimmy Fallon joins a growing roster of celebrities who are donating money to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. During The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday evening (September 5), the 42-year-old late night TV host announced a $1 million donation to J.J. Watt‘s Hurricane Harvey relief fund. “Last week we saw the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the state of Texas. But in the face of this tragedy, we saw good. We saw communities banding together. Neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers helping strangers. So many heroes – people like Mattress Mack, who opened up his stores and showrooms for those who needed shelter. A group of people who formed a human chain to save a man from a flooded SUV. And J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans, who has raised over $18 million dollars to provide food, water, and supplies to the victims. And I’m proud to say that our show, The Tonight Show, is donating $1 million dollars to JJ’s fund. Thank you, JJ,” Jimmy said. In addition to the donation, Jimmy also invited Victoria White and Marquist Taylor, two singers who visited a storm shelter and formed a spontaneous gospel choir, to sing on the show. Watch a clip of Jimmy‘s speech, as well as the Houston gospel choir’s performance, below......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 6th, 2017