9:00 a.m. PDT, October 13, 2022
Tom Cruise is set to perform the first-ever civilian spacewalk outside the International Space Station
Tom Cruise could soon become “the first civilian to go on a spacewalk outside the [International] Space Station.” That’s according to Universal Pictures President Donna Langley, who recently shared an update on the studio’s plans to launch the “Top Gun: Maverick” star into space to shoot part of of an action movie in the works since 2020. Tom, who did most of his own stunts for the “Mission Impossible” movies, and director Doug Liman pitched the movie to Donna on Zoom at the height of the pandemic of COVID-19, she told the BBC in an interview published this week. “[The movie] takes place on earth, then the character must go up into space to save the day.” When the project was greenlit two years ago, Universal boasted that it would be the first scripted feature film to shoot in space year, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX had signed on to groom and send Tom on his way, though it’s unclear if they’re still involved, according to Insider. That’s not too bad, considering the star’s latest project, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which has already grossed $1.48 billion worldwide since its release in May 2022.
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Paris Hilton says reform school staff gave her sexual ‘medical exams’ as a teenager
Paris Hilton has advanced new allegations that she was sexually abused as a teenager by staff at Provo Canyon School, the reform center in Utah where she has previously declared, under oath, to have been physically and emotionally abused in the late 90s. “I spoke in a @NYTimes video about a subject I had never spoken about before”, Paris tweeted Tuesday (October 11). âAt Provo Canyon School, I was woken up in the middle of the night by male staff who ushered me into a private room and gave me cervical exams in the middle of the night,â a- she wrote, sharing a link to her interview with The New York Times. The outlet spoke to several people who, like Paris, say they were sent back to facilities for troubled teens that ended up traumatizing them even more. “Very late at night, it was around three or four in the morning, they were taking me and other girls to this room and they were doing medical exams,” Paris recalled in the video. She went on to allege that the non-consensual “examinations” were not carried out by doctors but by staff members, who used “their fingers”. Says Paris: “And it was really scary, and it’s something that I had really blocked for many years. But it comes up all the time now, and I think about it. And now, looking back in as an adult, it was definitely sexual abuse.” At least one other survivor responded to Paris’ tweet by saying the same thing happened to her “both times” she attended school. On Twitter, Paris recalled, “I cried as they held me down and said, ‘No!’ They just said, “Shut up. Shut up. Stop fighting or you will go to Obs.” Now 41 and married, she said she is now going public with “those painful memories” so she can “heal and help put an end to this abuse.”
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American Idol finalist Willie Spence dies aged 23
Soul singer Willie Spence, whose “American Idol” performance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” helped him clinch the season 19 runner-up title, has died, the show confirmed Wednesday (October 12). He was 23 years old. Douglas Now, a local news outlet in Willie’s hometown of Douglas, Georgia, reported on Tuesday that he died “from injuries sustained in a car accident in Tennessee.” Katharine McPhee, who worked with Willie when she returned to “Idol” as a mentor last year, posted the “tragic news” to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday night. “Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident. Only 23,” she shared (via We Weekly). “Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised. God rest your soul Willie. It was a pleasure singing with you and getting to know you.” She also shared a clip of the two talking about their shared experience of dedicating their music to loved ones they had recently lost. “One of the things that I think is really special about you guys and love about singers is their ability to make you feel like you’re telling a story,” she said in the video. Season 19 runner-up Caleb Kennedy also posted about Willie, telling the late singer, “Your voice will forever be in my heart. I will miss you so much mate, can’t wait to hear this. voice when I invent it there!! ð.” The official Instagram “American Idol” remembered Willie as “a true talent who lit up every room he walked in and will be deeply missed.”
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Rachel Bilson Talks Forgiveness With Bling Ring Member Who Once Burglarized Her Home
Despite having “conflicting feelings” about the idea, Rachel Bilson recently used her “Broad Ideas” podcast to confront one of the Bling Ring members who robbed her home over a decade ago. “Being grown up and having real conversations is more important than harboring any awkwardness, animosity, any negative feelings that might come with it,” Rachel told her guests, sisters Alexis Haines and Gabby Neiers, according to HEY. Early in the conversation, Alexis said she wasn’t part of the group when he targeted Rachel’s house. Gabby, however, had broken in and taken some belongings, including Rachel’s mother’s engagement ring. “I’m so sorry that I made the choice to come into your house that night,” Gabby told Rachel. “I wish I could take it back. It’s been a living nightmare for you for the past 10, 11 years. As a mother now all you want to do is protect your babies, and I know I robbed you of that safe home feeling and I’m so sorry for that,” she said later on the show. Rachel, 41, responded by saying she thought Gabby was “really sorry” for what she did when she was just 15. âI learned the lesson of detaching myself from material possessions, because all my material possessions were taken,â she recalls. “That feeling of violation, it’s hard to describe unless it happened to you personally.” At another point, Gabby described trying to “forget” what she had done, telling Rachel, “I stole your ability to feel safe in your own home. This is the pain I sit with.” Rachel finally urged her to “let go” of those feelings, saying she did it so long ago. “You’re obviously remorseful about walking into the house and taking things and I see that,” Rachel told Gabby. “You came here. It’s a very vulnerable position. It takes a lot to deal with everything in your past that is uncomfortable in any way.” According to Alexis, Gabby apologized on camera to Rachel for Netflix’s “The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist,” but the network took it down.
John Stamos Can’t See a ‘Full House’ Reboot Without Bob Saget
John Stamos says he can’t imagine rebooting “Full House” now that his best friend and longtime co-star Bob Saget is gone. “It’s just not the same without him,” John said. E ! New when asked if he would ever reprise his role as Jesse in a reboot. “Something is missing, a piece is missing.” Bob, who played Danny Tanner on the beloved sitcom, was found dead in his Florida hotel room in January at the age of 65. His death inspired a continuing wave of tributes to the late comedian and actor, including one for Netflix who John described as “beautiful” in his chat with E!. “Every chance I get, I talk about him,” he said of his friend. “If we’re really quiet, we might hear him complaining right now that I don’t talk about him enough,” he joked. “We’ll continue to pay tribute to him, but I don’t know of a ‘Full House,’ though.” The longtime friends starred in all eight seasons of the original show, which ran from 1987 to 1985. They also appeared in Netflix’s “Full House” revival, “Fuller House,” which aired for five seasons starting in 2016.
Oprah Winfrey reveals she had double knee surgery
Oprah Winfrey has a new appreciation for every part of her body after undergoing not one, but two knee surgeries in 2021. “I had double knee surgery last year,” Oprah, 68, said. in a course on gratitude for his series, “The life you wantTuesday (October 11). “I had knee surgery in August and then had another knee surgery in November,” she explained. “When I first got home, I literally couldn’t lift my leg. I couldn’t lift my heel off the bed, and I swore to myself if I could ever get up, walk and move again – that I would benefit from the movement, the exercise and being able to be fully in my body.” Despite the severe pain, she ended up exercising to keep up with her recovery routine. “During my rehabilitation, I started hiking. Every day I tried to walk more and do more,” she said. âMy appreciation for every organ and every limb has grown exponentially,â Oprah added.
Cyndi Lauper credits her late mother with inspiring new abortion fund
Cyndi Lauper has launched a new fund to support organizations working to protect and advance women’s rights, including their right to access safe reproductive health care. Named after its classic ’80s hit and the Women’s March panels it inspired a few years ago, the new Girls Just Want to Have Basic Rights Fund is a response to the cancellation by the Supreme Court of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, Cyndi said People. “If you don’t have control of your own body, how can you be anything but a second-class citizen?” she asked. “Now the government has control over your body – not you. What should be a private medical decision between you and your doctor is now a government decision. So that’s a big deal for me.” The singer, 69, also thanked her late mother, Catrine, for helping to inspire her in her drive to protect women’s rights. After watching her mother go through two tough divorces when Cyndi was young, she recalled, “I got to see firsthand the inequities and the dichotomy of what it was like to be a woman in the world.” As part of fundraising efforts, the pop star also released a video for a new version of her moving 1993 song, “Sally’s Pigeons,” which addressed the needless death of a teenage girl caused by an illegal abortion. Reflecting on the deaths she had heard about earlier in her life when “you couldn’t have a safe [abortion] procedure,” Cyndi added, “young people don’t know what it was like. I saw him every day. I knew how much it affected a lot of young women.”