Emmys 2021: Winners, surprises and all the biggest moments

Welcome to 9Honey Celebrity’s live blog for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards!

The show, which celebrates the best of US television, kicks off this morning and will broadcast live on Fox Arena at 10am (AEST), and we’ll be right here bringing you the biggest moments from the ceremony.

This year, the Emmys will be held at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, California and will be an in-person event, though scaled back with a handful of nominees appearing via live stream. See the full list of winners and nominees here.

Only a limited number of vaccinated audience members will be seated at dinner tables.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the Emmys and will be involved in the show’s opening number.

Chris Rock reveals he has COVID-19, urges people to ‘get vaccinated’

Actor-comedian Chris Rock tweeted on Sunday that he has COVID-19. “Trust me, you don’t want this. Get vaccinated,” he urged.

Rock told Jimmy Fallon in May that he had gotten the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meaning his current case would be a breakthrough instance of coronavirus.

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He joked to Fallon, “You know, I skipped the line. I didn’t care. I used my celebrity, Jimmy,” he told Fallon. “I was like, ‘Step aside, Betty White. Step aside, old people. Kiss my ass! I did ‘Pootie Tang.’ Let me on the front of the line.'”

“That’s the food stamps of vaccines,” he joked about the Johnson & Johnson shot. Comparing it to the movie Titanic, he said, “I was like Billy Zane on the Titanic. Leo died! Billy Zane lived to see another day. I don’t want to be Leo at the bottom of the ocean. Billy Zane got another woman after that! You don’t want to be Leo. Well, in real life you want to be Leo.”

The actor, 56, recently starred in Saw sequel Spiral and will appear in David O. Russell’s next movie, a period film which shot in Los Angeles in early 2021. The still-untitled film is set to be released next year.


READ MORE: Wendy Williams tests positive for COVID-19, delaying talk show return

In a January interview with Gayle King, Rock said “Let me put it this way: Do I take Tylenol when I get a headache? Yes. Do I know what’s in Tylenol? I don’t know what’s in Tylenol, Gayle. I just know my headache’s gone. Do I know what’s in a Big Mac, Gayle? No. I just know it’s delicious.”

While the COVID-19 vaccines do not completely prevent infection, vaccinated individuals have a far greater chance of having milder infections and not requiring hospitalisation. Nearly all deaths due to COVID-19 have been in unvaccinated people.

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How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) was camp incarnate. With her wildly over-the-top makeup and garish animal-print ensembles, a penchant for singing Christian disco anthems despite her lack of voice training, and a sense of childlike wonder with which she preached her gospel, she made for compelling TV viewing.

Though the televangelist is remembered for all of those things and more (including her first husband, Jim Bakker, getting convicted for defrauding churchgoers out of more than $150 million), what endures is the seemingly sincere love she had for her gay fans.

Messner, who appeared on TV for nearly all of her adult life, could come off as artificial onscreen. But it was groundbreaking in 1985, when she interviewed a gay man living with AIDS and showed him compassion (amid some very personal questions about her interviewee’s sex life). It was a departure from the norm to hear a person in her position — half of an evangelical Christian couple — support gay people, especially as evangelism became increasingly conservative. Messner spoke out about that, too.

RELATED: The rise and fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

“I think I have a lot in common with the gay population because they’ve been made fun of and put down and misunderstood and have really had a rough row-to-hoe in life,” she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2002, ahead of a live show she performed for primarily gay audiences.

“They identify with me and I certainly identify with what they’re still going through.”

Messner, who died from cancer in 2007, takes the stage again, this time portrayed by Jessica Chastain in the film The Eyes of Tammy Faye which shares a name with a 2000 documentary on the icon.

In both films, Messner’s support for gay people and people diagnosed with AIDS is amplified — and by doing so, both films attempt to redeem her memory.

She interviewed a gay AIDS patient

The HIV/AIDS epidemic had barely been discussed by the US government, let alone a televangelist couple like the Bakkers, in the 1980s when it reached its peak. But in 1985, Messner invited AIDS patient and minister Steve Pieters onto her show to discuss his diagnosis, his faith and his sexuality.

When speaking to Pieters, who was recovering from chemotherapy, Messner started to tear up over his parents’ reaction when he came out as gay.

“No matter what happens to a young person in their life, they’re still your boy, they’re still your girl,” she said. “And I think it’s so important that we as mom and dad love through anything.”

After telling Pieters she wanted to “put [her] arms around him,” she went on to ask him about his sexual relationships with women and whether he thought he just hadn’t given women a “fair try.”

Pieters told CNN affiliate KABC he thought Messner was “pretty savvy” in asking what she did, even though some of those questions could be considered offensive today, since her audience likely didn’t know many gay men or people with AIDS.

“I’ve had so many people tell me over the years those were such stupid questions or such silly questions, but for her audience, they were the right questions,” Pieters told KABC earlier this month.

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She teared up again during the interview after Pieters discussed losing his friends, asking her live audience and the viewers, “How sad that we as Christians, who are to be the salt of the earth, we who are supposed to be able to love everyone, are afraid so badly of an AIDS patient that we will not go up and put our arm around them and tell them that we care?”

In a 2002 interview with the LGBTQ outlet Metro Weekly, Messner said she was aware of the impact that episode would have with gay viewers.

“I was probably one of the first-ever to have a gay man on my show,” she said of the episode with Pieters. “And so I think they remember that. They knew that we accepted them.”

She showed up for gay supporters

Following Jim Bakker’s fraud conviction and the couple’s divorce, Messner grew more vocal about supporting gay people as a Christian, even when the evangelical Christian community disapproved.

It was also around this time she married Roe Messner, who also went to prison for fraud related to the Bakkers’ theme park, and changed her last name.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she was a regular attendee at Washington’s Capital Pride Festival, even co-judging a Tammy Faye look-alike contest with raucous drag queen Lady Bunny.

She assisted gay advocacy groups at charity events and befriended notable gay figures like RuPaul and the filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and the pair eventually directed the 2000 documentary about Messner’s life.

That documentary was largely sympathetic toward Messner and highlighted her popularity among gay fans — and it helped reshape the image of Messner from a disgraced televangelist to a pillar of accepting Christianity.

In an appearance on The RuPaul Show Messner shared an easy rapport with the famed drag queen. When asked by RuPaul what she made of comments that Messner is a drag queen herself, the former televangelist smiled, made a face, then got serious.

“I say everybody must be who they are,” she said, speaking to the camera like she did for so many years on the PTL Network. “Young people, don’t ever let anyone make you something that you’re not.”

RELATED: Misunderstood Women: Why there was more to Tammy Faye Messner than ‘televangelist’ scandal

She called out anti-gay Christians

In a scene in the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye Messner, played by Chastain, states her support for gay people early on, years before she invited Pieters onto her program.

“I don’t think of them as homosexuals, I just think of them as other human beings that I love,” she tells a stunned Jerry Falwell, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. “You know, we’re all just people, made out of the same old dirt. And God didn’t make any junk!”

Messner defended her support of gay people as a devout Christian later in real life, too. She said she saw it as her mission from her God to extend her love to all of humanity.

In her interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Messner said Christians had “gotten far away” from the church’s teachings of acceptance and love for all people.

“[Christians] have become condemning,” she said after reasserting her love for her gay fans. “It’s just sad to me what has happened to Christians today.”

Her support for gay people stood in sharp contrast from evangelical leaders like Falwell, who took over the Bakkers’ Praise the Lord Network. In a 2000 interview, and repeatedly in his broadcasts, he called homosexuality “so wrong.”

The limits to Tammy Faye’s support of gay rights

Messner’s support had its limits. In 2002, NPR reported that Messner refused to speak about political issues like same-sex marriage and said she wouldn’t participate in Pride parades, though she often appeared at Pride events, where she’d ask attendees to forgive those who discriminated against them.

Randy Shulman, then a publisher of Metro Weekly, told NPR at the time that Messner’s message was muddled, and that he suspected she didn’t fully approve of her gay fans’ sexuality.

“It comes back to this forgiveness thing,” Shulman told NPR. “If you read between the lines, she’s not saying to me, ‘It’s OK that you’re gay; she’s saying, ‘I forgive you for being gay and when you go off and die, it’s going to be between you and your maker.'”

In a 2002 interview that same year with Metro Weekly, Messner was asked what advice she would give to a young gay person whose parents haven’t accepted them.

“Don’t throw your gayness in anyone’s face, just live your life,” she told Metro Weekly. “But I also think honesty is always the best policy.”

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It was clear, though, that Messner understood her second wind of success was largely owed to her gay fans. In her last interview, a conversation with Larry King the day before she died, Messner said that when she and Jim Bakker lost everything after he misused funds from the PTL Club’s ministry, “it was the gay people that came to [her] rescue.” She’d always love them for that, she told King.

Messner’s recognition of the LGBTQ community was still significant during her lifetime. Though he was sceptical about her motivations, Schulman told NPR “we could all stand to learn from” her, adding, “If you can find it in your heart to love everybody, no matter what their flaws, then how is that a bad thing?”

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Gwyneth Paltrow spills on famous ‘matching haircut’ with former beau, Brad Pitt

Gwyneth Paltrow has spilled the goss behind a notorious look she and former fiancé Brad Pitt sported on the red carpet many moons ago.

In a video posted to Paltrow’s Instagram, she and her assistant Kevin Keating discussed a few of her most memorable hairstyles, to promote Paltrow’s new “GOOPGLOW Hair Serum”.

RELATED: Gwyneth Paltrow loves her ex-husband Chris Martin but he’s ‘like a brother’ now

Brandishing a sweet photo of the former couple, Keating took Paltrow back to 1997, when she and Pitt walked the red carpet at The Devil’s Own premiere.

The pair dated for three years between 1994 and 1997, first meeting while co-starring on the film Se7en. They even briefly got engaged in 1996, before splitting up in 1997.

Spotting the throwback pic, Paltrow laughed: “Aw, matching haircuts!”

“Blonde all the way to the roots in that one, and to the ends,” Keating joked. “Did you go to the same stylist for the colours?”

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“We went to the same stylist for the cut, Chris McMillan cut both of our hair like this,” Paltrow responded.

Poking some fun, Keating added: “Did you guys match your looks on purpose?”

Paltrow didn’t hesitate, “no,” she said.

Keen to stir the pot, Kevin joked that he should call Brad to check with him — to which Gwyneth exclaimed: “No, why would we call him? No one asked me about involving Brad Pitt!”

Delighting in the squirmish moment, it didn’t take long for Paltrow’s thousands of followers to raid the comments.

“#BradOnGrindr. Can we get that account handle please?” commented UBeauty founder Tina Chen Craig.

“I loved those matching cuts,” wrote another follower.

Spreading some love for Paltrow’s assistant, TV personality Derek Blasberg wrote: “OMG KEVIN NEEDS HIS OWN GOOP SERIES RIGHT NOW!!”

RELATED: Gwyneth Paltrow is now selling a lamp made out of bread

Following Paltrow’s matching with Pitt, she dated a few other star actors and celebrities, including Ben Affleck. She then met Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2002.

The pair wed and welcomed two children, 15-year-old son Moses and 17-year-old daughter Apple, but split in 2014 when they famously announced their “conscious uncoupling”.

In 2018, Gwyneth married TV show producer Brad Falchuk in a star-studded private ceremony in their garden.

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Olivia Munn debuts baby bump on Instagram but doesn’t address pregnancy at all

Olivia Munn has debuted her baby bump on Instagram, following news she and boyfriend John Mulaney are pregnant with their first child.

After Mulaney made the news official on a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, fans have been watching for the moment Olivia would reveal her bump.

RELATED: Olivia Munn and John Mulaney are expecting their first child together

In a paid promotional video for pet retailer Petco, Munn took to her Instagram Stories on Friday sporting a small bump.

Wearing a fitted grey t-shirt, viewers noted the actress’s slightly-protruding belly as she spoke about her partnership with the brand, and the importance of a pet’s mental health.

RELATED: Olivia Munn opens up about pregnancy: ‘There’s very few surprises in life’

While Olivia didn’t address her baby or bump at all, its presence certainly couldn’t be missed.


The actress followed this with a photo, featuring her relaxing on a comfy chair with her pups, Frankie and Chance.

Wearing a dark lounge ensemble, the actress appeared to be hiding her bump — and if that’s the case, the effort didn’t go unnoticed by her Instagram followers.

RELATED: John Mulaney and Olivia Munn’s complete relationship timeline

“Man she really did some shady lol,” one follower wrote.

“How are the early stages of pregnancy Olivia?? So excited for you,” another user asked.

It’s been a big year for the actress and her new beau.

On Seth Myers’ show, Mulaney revealed that 2021 had been marked by a drug relapse, rehabilitation, and a divorce from his wife Anna Marie Tendler.

He revealed Munn “held my hand through that hell.”

Olivia did publically speak about her pregnancy last week, telling Access Daily she’s “feeling really good and just the outpouring of love and support has been really amazing.”

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Full list of Emmys winners and nominees updated live

It’s almost here! The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards is right around the corner, airing at 10am on Monday and, unlike last year, will be an in-person event — though scaled back.

The Emmys highlight the best in US television programming, and this year, Ted Lasso scored 20 Emmys nods while The Crown nabbed 24.

Here’s a full list of all the nominees. We’ll bring you the winners of each category live as they happen, so stick around.

Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)

Bridgerton (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)

Pose (FX)

This Is Us (NBC)

Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)

Cobra Kai (Netflix)

Emily in Paris (Netflix)

Hacks (HBO Max)

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

Pen15 (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Limited Series

I May Destroy You” (HBO)

Mare of Easttown” (HBO)

The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)

WandaVision” (Disney Plus)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)

Josh O’Connor (The Crown)

Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)

Olivia Colman (The Crown)

Emma Corrin (The Crown)

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Mj Rodriguez (Pose)

Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)

Kenan Thompson (Kenan)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Shrill”)

Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Jean Smart (Hacks)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany (WandaVision)

Hugh Grant (The Undoing)

Ewan McGregor (Halston)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)

Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)

Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)

Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)

O-T Fagbenie (The Handmaid’s Tale)

John Lithgow (Perry Mason)

Tobias Menzies (The Crown)

Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson (The Crown)

Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)

Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country)

Emerald Fennell (The Crown)

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)

Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)

Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)

Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)

Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)

Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)

Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)

Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)

Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)

Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)

Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)

Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You)

Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)

Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown)

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)

Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)

Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)

Julianne Nicholson (Mare Of Easttown)

Jean Smart (Mare Of Easttown)

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Don Cheadle (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)

Charles Dance (The Crown)

Timothy Olyphant (The Mandalorian)

Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country)

Carl Weathers (The Mandalorian)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Claire Foy (The Crown)

McKenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Sophie Okonedo (Ratched)

Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)

Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)

Morgan Freeman (The Kominsky Method)

Daniel Kaluuya (Saturday Night Live)

Daniel Levy (Saturday Night Live)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams (Hacks)

Yvette Nicole Brown (A Black Lady Sketch Show)

Bernadette Peters (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)

Issa Rae (A Black Lady Sketch Show)

Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live)

Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

Variety Talk Series


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square


Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie’s Love

Uncle Frank

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Saturday Night Live

Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)

63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

The Oscars (ABC)

Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime)

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)

Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)

Hamilton (Disney Plus)

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (CBS)

Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy (CNN)

United Shades Of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

VICE (Showtime)

Host For a Reality or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye)

Nicole Byer (Nailed It!)

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank)

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons (Top Chef)

RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Animated Program

Big Mouth (Netflix)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (Adult Swim)

The Simpsons (Fox)

South Park: The Pandemic Special (HBO Max)

Soviet chess champion sues Netflix over ‘sexist’ portrayal of her in The Queen’s Gambit

Soviet chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix over a line in the hit series, The Queen’s Gambit, which claimed she “never played men”.

The chess player’s lawsuit is demanding $5 million in compensation from the mega-streaming site, and was filed on Thursday in the federal district court in Los Angeles.

The Queen’s Gambit has been a highly celebrated series for Netflix, which is based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis.

It follows the fictional journey of female chess player Beth Harmon. Harmon is played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who travels to Moscow for a series of chess matches against Soviet champions.

Many of the American and International chess players referenced or depicted in the series are based on true players. While Gaprindashvili is not depicted, her name is mentioned.

The line Gaprindashvili holds issue with is from the series finale.

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A character says: “Elizabeth Harmon’s not at all an important player by their standards. The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex. And even that’s not unique in Russia.

“There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”

Gaprindashvili has blankly rejected the assertion, calling it “grossly sexist and belittling”.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy

Now 80, and living in Tbilisi, Georgia, Gaprindashvili assures that she did face men in her matches. According to the lawsuit, she faced 59 men — 28 in one match, as well as 10 grandmasters by the time the Netflix series was set in 1968.

In an interview with the New York Times Gaprindashvili voiced her discontent: “They were trying to do this fictional character who was blazing the trail for other women, when in reality I had already blazed the trail and inspired generations.

“That’s the irony,” she added.

Damages are being sought for what the suit is calling a “devastating falsehood, undermining and degrading her accomplishments before an audience of many millions”.

RELATED: The Queen’s Gambit is getting turned into a stage musical

The suit also raises the issue of Gaprindashvili being portrayed as Russian, when she is in fact, Georgian, born in Zugdidi, Georgia.

“This is my entire life that has been crossed out, as though it is not important,” Gaprindashvili dismayed in her interview with the New York Times.

In a further statement published by the Times, Netflix said it “has only the utmost respect for Ms Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case.”

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Tom Cruise gets a sneak preview from SpaceX’s first private crew

Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule.

Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 580 kilometres up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released.

READ MORE: Top Gun: Maverick release delayed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge

“Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” came the announcement from the flight’s Twitter feed. Cruise starred as Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the 1986 film Top Gun. A sequel comes out next year.


Last year, NASA confirmed it was in talks with Cruise about visiting the International Space Station for filming. SpaceX would provide the lift, as it does for NASA astronauts, and like it did Wednesday night for the billionaire up there now with his two contest winners and a hospital worker.

Their flight is due to end Saturday night with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast.

The four showed off their capsule in a live broadcast Friday. They’re flying exceedingly high in the automated capsule, even by NASA standards.

SpaceX got them into a 585-kilometre orbit following Wednesday night’s launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. That’s 160 kilometres higher than the International Space Station. It’s so high that they’re completing 15 orbits of Earth daily, compared with 16 for station astronauts.

Until this all-amateur crew, relatively few NASA astronauts had soared that high. The most recent were the shuttle astronauts who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope over multiple flights in the 1990s and 2000s.

To enhance the views, SpaceX outfitted the Dragon capsule with a custom, bubble-shaped dome. Photos of them looking out this large window were posted online, otherwise little else had been publicly released of their first day in space.

Besides talking space with Cruise, the four capsule passengers chatted Thursday with young cancer patients. Hayley Arceneaux, a childhood cancer survivor, led the conversation from orbit with patients from the hospital that saved her life almost 20 years ago: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A six-year-old-boy wanted to know if there are cows on the moon — like in the nursery rhyme.

“I hope there will be one day. Right now, no, there aren’t,” replied another passenger, Sian Proctor. “We’re going to go back to the moon soon and we’re going to investigate all kinds of things about it.”

The video linkup was not broadcast live, but shared by St Jude on Friday. Seeing the Earth from so high is “so beautiful,” Arceneaux told them.

Now a physician assistant at St Jude, Arceneaux is the youngest American in space at age 29.

Pennsylvania entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, 38, purchased the entire flight for an undisclosed amount. He’s seeking to raise $200 million for St Jude through the flight he’s named Inspiration4, half of that coming from his own pocket.

The two other Dragon riders won their seats through a pair of contests sponsored by Isaacman: Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer, and Proctor, 51, a community college educator.

During the broadcast Friday afternoon, Sembroski played a ukulele that will be auctioned off for St Jude. “You can turn your volume down if you wish, but I’ll give it a shot,” he said.

Proctor, who is an artist, showed off a drawing in her sketchbook of a Dragon capsule being carried by a mythological dragon away from Earth.

All four share SpaceX founder Elon Musk‘s quest to open space to everyone.

“Missions like Inspiration4 help advance spaceflight to enable ultimately anyone to go to orbit & beyond,” Musk tweeted Thursday after chatting with his orbiting pioneers.

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Zoë Kravitz claps back at critics of her bejewelled ‘naked’ Met Gala look

Zoë Kravitz has responded to critics of her daring 2021 Met Gala look, after being told to “take some damn pride” in herself.

Taking to the Met Gala carpet on Monday, the 32-year-old actress made a bold statement in a completely sheer, crystal mesh Yves Saint Laurent gown, with a matching thong underneath.

The dress wowed onlookers and was one of the star’s most daring looks to date — following the “wisp of material” golden mesh bra Kravitz wore at the 2019 Oscars after-party.

But not everyone was so impressed by the designer look. Some fans took to the comments on Kravitz’s Instagram to voice their disapproval.

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“Where’s the dress?” one commenter wrote.

A second added: “I don’t get why women feel it’s ok to walk around naked … take some damn pride in yourself.”

“I don’t understand why they go practically naked. She’s gorgeous. Why does she feel the need to wear a dress like this??” a third user commented.

Instagram account @commentsbycelebs managed to grab a screenshot of Kravitz’s response to the latter comment before it got buried in thousands of other messages.

RELATED: Zoë Kravitz slams ‘strangers on the Internet’ amid blossoming romance with Channing Tatum

“Being uncomfortable with the human body is colonization / brainwashing. It’s just a body. We all got em,” she wrote.

Despite the negative reception from some, the account also shared a post of Kravitz being hailed by actress Mindy Kaling in her Instagram comments.


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In the comments, users seemed to share Mindy’s sentiment:

“WE ALL ARE MINDY,” one person wrote.

“Can she do a masterclass on the smoldering lewk please,” another commented.

“She might be the prettiest girl on the planet” a third added.

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Kim Kardashian’s $52 million home entangled in lawsuit: Neighbour claims star plans to build ‘underground vault’

Kim Kardashian’s $52 million LA home is entangled in a new lawsuit, with claims the celebrity is planning to build an “underground vault”.

TMZ obtained legal documents from Kim’s neighbour, Sarah Key, who has claimed Kim is building an underground vault, subterranean parking, an attached subterranean wellness centre, and a detached guardhouse.

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Key is reportedly filing for a restraining order against the Hidden Hills Community, to block Kim’s plans.

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Yet, sources close to Kim have told TMZ the star has no plans to build a vault. While she is building something on her property, Kim is reportedly going through the necessary channels to have her plans accepted.

Neighbour Sarah Key is most concerned over two high-pressure gas transmission lines that run through the community.

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According to the legal documents, Key is worried Kim’s construction plans would put “Hidden Hills community members at risk of catastrophic bodily injury and irreparable real personal property damage.”

In March, it was reported that Kim had won the first of many battles in her divorce settlement with estranged husband Kanye West, which granted her the $52 million home in the affluent LA suburb.

At the time, a source told US Weekly that Kim was “always going to get” the million-dollar mansion.

“She has made her life there and it’s her kids’ main home. There was never a question — Kim was going to keep the home,” the source said.

The couple purchased the home back in 2014 and gave it a $26 million (US$20 million) overhaul, entirely overseen and designed by Kanye.

While Kanye might’ve been the brain behind the house’s design, Kim is the official landowner of the property which gave her the upper hand in ownership settlements.

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Daniel Craig tears up in touching farewell speech for final James Bond film

Daniel Craig has gotten emotional while wrapping up the final scene of his last James Bond film, No Time to Die.

In his final moments playing the iconic character, Craig gave a heartwarming speech to the cast and crew saying that being a Bond-man had been “one of the greatest honours of his life”.

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The moment is captured in the new Apple TV documentary Being James Bond, where Craig reflects on his 15-year tenure as the character, from the 2006 film Casino Royale to No Time to Die.

The documentary includes footage of the crew filming the final scene in No Time to Die, which ends with James Bond running down an alley.

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Still dressed as Bond, Craig addresses the crew: “A lot of people here worked on five pictures with me, and I know there’s a lot of things said about what I think about these films…but I’ve loved every single second of these movies, and especially this one because I’ve got up every morning and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys.

“And that has been one of the greatest honours of my life,” he said, before suddenly choking up.

The 25th film in the infamous series, No Time to Die is Craig’s fifth Bond film. While the trailer was released all the way back in December 2019, the film’s release date was delayed due to COVID-19.

Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright all star in the film, which is directed by Cary Fukunaga.

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Fukunaga has directed major blockbusters including Jane Eyre (2011) and Maniac (2015) which starred Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

No Time to Die is due out in Australia on November 11.

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Former R. Kelly assistant testifies about singer’s sexual activity, ‘apology letter’

A former assistant to R. Kelly testified on Friday she once saw him engage in sexual activity with one of the women he is charged with abusing, as prosecutors neared the end of presenting their sex trafficking case against the R&B singer.

On the 18th day of testimony at Kelly’s trial in federal court in Brooklyn, Cheryl Mack, the mother of music producer London on da Track, said she saw the woman begin to massage Kelly while backstage at a Connecticut concert where he was performing.

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“That was kind of my cue to leave,” Mack said. “I was very uncomfortable.” She said that as she left the room she caught a glimpse of the woman moving her head toward Kelly’s groin.

Mack also said Kelly lost his temper in 2015 after she supposedly ruined a surprise birthday party for former stylist Kash Howard, and had her sign an “apology letter” that included false claims she accepted kickbacks from booking agents.

“I apologised out of fear,” Mack said.

Several witnesses have testified that Kelly made them write apology letters, purportedly to absolve him of misconduct, but which prosecutors could use to illustrate the tight control that witnesses have said Kelly demanded over those around him.

Friday’s final prosecution witness was Dawn Hughes, a clinical psychologist who discussed how people might groom underage girls for sex, and how victims cope with the trauma. Defense lawyers are expected to cross-examine her on Monday.

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Kelly, 54, has pleaded not guilty to charges over his alleged grooming and preying on women and girls as far back as the mid-1990s, when he shot to stardom with music including the 1996 smash ‘I Believe I Can Fly’.

The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces one count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

Kelly’s indictment said he abused six women and underage girls including the singer Aaliyah, who Kelly married illegally in 1994 when she was 15. Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash.

Prosecution witnesses have said Kelly instilled fear as he demanded they follow his stringent rules, including by having women and girls call him “Daddy,” and punished those who disobeyed, including by demanding unwanted sex.

Kelly’s lawyers have tried to portray his accusers as fans who once hoped to capitalize on the singer’s fame but felt jilted, and questioned why they and former employees failed to leave Kelly sooner or go to the police.

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Deveraux Cannick, one of Kelly’s lawyers, tried while cross-examining Mack to show jurors she should have known not to sign an apology letter, given that she was in her late 40s and had many years of music industry experience.

“I wasn’t thinking at all,” Mack told him.

The trial began on Aug. 18.

Kelly has faced sexual abuse accusations for nearly two decades.

Scrutiny increased after the #MeToo movement began in late 2017, and Lifetime aired the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” in January 2019.

Kelly also faces sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. (Reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York; editing by Grant McCool)

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Amal Clooney appointed special adviser to ICC prosecutor

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney was named on Friday as one of 17 special advisers to the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Clooney was appointed as an adviser on the Darfur region of Sudan, where prosecutors allege that government forces and militias backed by Khartoum carried out a campaign of genocide.

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Other advisers focus on topics including crimes against children, gender persecution, sexual violence and slavery.

“I am delighted to welcome such an outstanding group of experts and I am grateful for their willingness to serve as my Special Advisers,” Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement. “I have no doubt that with their enormous experience and hugely impressive credentials, they will significantly contribute to the work of the Office and the cause of international criminal justice.”

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Clooney recently served as a legal representative for 126 survivors of crimes committed in Darfur, in a case against a leader of the government-backed Janjaweed militia.

Everybody Loves Raymond creator claims CBS wanted ‘hotter’ actress to play Patricia Heaton’s role as Debra on sitcom

Viewers could have seen a very different line-up on Everybody Loves Raymond if the network got its way, says the show’s creator.

According to creator Phil Rosenthal, CBS “wanted someone hotter” to play Debra, the onscreen wife of Ray Romano’s character, who was played by actress Patricia Heaton. 

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment, Rosenthal said he met with an unnamed actress prior to the show’s premiere in 1996 and the network allegedly “insisted” that actress portray Debra Barone in the series. But the seasoned creator didn’t think she was the right fit. 

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“I almost quit the show over it,” Rosenthal, 61, recalled. “I thought she was wrong, but I met with her and she was a very pleasant, very nice person.

“She wasn’t going to read for the role but during the meeting, I convinced her to read a little bit with me. And she was 10 times worse for the part than I thought she would be!”

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Luckily, Rosenthal was able to convince network executives to keep searching for an actress to play Debra — and soon enough, Heaton walked into the audition room. 

“Two weeks later, Patty walked in and within five minutes she had the part. When it’s right, it’s right, and you know it immediately,” Rosenthal revealed. 

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Everybody Loves Raymond was a popular sitcom that followed sports columnist Ray Barone and his dysfunctional Italian-American family. The series ran for nine seasons on CBS before wrapping in 2005. 

Heaton proved a hit in the role of Debra and was popular among viewers. The actress went on to win two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, taking home the gold consecutively in 2000 and 2001. She was also nominated in the same category at five separate ceremonies. 

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