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Bette Midler, Lorne Michaels & More Will Be Honored at 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Bette Midler and Lorne Michaels are just two of the stars who will be honored at the Kennedy Center Honors this year.

The 75-year-old singer and 76-year-old Saturday Night Live creator will be toasted alongside musician Joni Mitchell, Motown founder Berry Gordy and opera singer Justino Diaz.

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.

They have been presented since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Just a few months ago, the 2020 honorees – including Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Allen – were honored in a delayed event, due to the pandemic.

“Growing up in Detroit, I was not only Black but the ‘black sheep’ of my family,” Berry shared in a statement of the honor. “I was a failure at everything I did until I was 29 years old… The Arts not only give voice to the voiceless, but connect us, transform us, and soothe our souls. The Kennedy Center Honors epitomizes the recognition and value of both the Arts, and the Artist.”

Bette added in her own, “I am profoundly touched by this honor, in fact, I am stunned and grateful beyond words. For many years I have watched this broadcast celebrating the best talent in the performing arts that America has to offer, and I truly never imagined that I would find myself among these swans.”

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Jack White to Replace Morgan Wallen as 'Saturday Night Live' Musical Guest

Jack White is the new musical guest on Saturday night’s (October 10) episode of Saturday Night Live.

The 45-year-old musician will replace country star Morgan Wallen, who was dropped from the show earlier in the week after it was discovered that he was partying without a mask at a crowded house party, Deadline reported Friday (October 9).

SNL creator Lorne Michaels made the announcement on NBC’s Today, along with possible surprise guests.

“It has to be somebody who is ready to go,” he said of the announcement.

This will be Jack White‘s third solo appearance as musical guest, and fourth overall.

Wallen was dropped from the show for failing to maintain safety protocols, but will be invited back, Michaels said in an excerpt from a lengthier interview to air on Sunday Today,” Deadline also reported.

Find out more about why the country star was dropped…

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Happy 'Mean Girls' Day! Look Back at the Film's Red Carpet Premiere in 2004!

October 3rd is celebrated as Mean Girls Day every year and we’re taking a look back at the film’s red carpet premiere from 2004!

In the movie, Lindsay Lohan‘s character Cady Heron crushes on her classmate Aaron Samuels, played by Jonathan Bennett. She notes in a scene, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.”

Mean Girls helped launch Lindsay to super-stardom following her beloved roles in The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday.

The film’s red carpet premiere was held at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood on April 19, 2004. In attendance were Lindsay, Jonathan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and producer Lorne Michaels. You can check out lots of photos in the gallery!

Check out the famous clip below.

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Apple TV+ Announces Star-Studded Cast for Upcoming Musical Comedy Series Led By Cecily Strong!

Apple TV+ has announced a new musical comedy series is in the works and a star-studded cast is attached!

SNL creator Lorne Michaels is executive producing the series, which was created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

Emmy nominee Cecily Strong will lead the cast as Melissa in the new series, which doesn’t have a title yet. The new comedy series follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover a magical town in which everyone acts as if they’re in a musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

Click inside to see the full cast and a list of their character descriptions… More Here! »

Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin Join 'SNL' Stars at Museum of Natural History Gala

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin walk the red carpet at the 2019 American Museum of Natural History Gala on Thursday (November 21) in New York City.

The frequent Saturday Night Live guest stars were joined by their respective spouses, Jeff Richmond and Hilaria Baldwin, as well as the current cast of the show.

SNL creator Lorne Michaels and cast members Beck Bennett, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villasenor, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, and Bowen Yang were all in attendance.

The Museum Gala is a black-tie benefit set among the Museum’s legendary halls and featuring star-studded company, delicious dinner, and highly-anticipated musical entertainment.

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Chris Kattan Says Lorne Michaels Pressured Him to Have Sex With 'Night At The Roxbury' Director

Chris Kattan is raising an accusation against his former Saturday Night Live boss, Lorne Michaels.

The 48-year-old actor opened up in his memoir Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories & Scars From Saturday Night Live.

In the memoir, Chris accused Lorne of pressuring him to have sex with A Night At The Roxbury‘s then-director Amy Heckerling to try and keep her attached to the project.

“I was attracted to Amy, but at the same time very afraid of the power she and Lorne wielded over my career,” he wrote.

One night after working prior to the movie’s filming, she allegedly asked him to have sex.

“I was shocked. Was she joking?” he wrote. He “tried to keep it light…the conversation ended there.”

Lorne called him the next day, and said that “Paramount would only do the movie if Amy signed on as a director, not as producer,” and if he “wanted to make sure the movie happened, then [he] had to keep Amy happy.”

He reportedly said: “Chris, I’m not saying you have to f–k her, but it wouldn’t hurt.”

He ultimately went through with it: “I was too scared. The last thing I wanted was to have someone hear Lorne say ‘career ender’ about me. To this day, whenever I think about that conversation with Lorne, I still feel repellingly pathetic,” he wrote.

“She thought it would be fun to have sex on Lorne’s desk. I said a polite ‘F–k, no!’ to that, so we ended up going to her office and having sex on… yep, you guessed it, the ‘casting couch.’”

John Fortenberry ultimately stepped in as director.

For more from Chris‘s memoir, click here.

Tiffany Haddish & Sarah Silverman Join All Your Favorite Comedians for a 'Night of Comedy'

Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman walk the red carpet while attending the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Night of Comedy Benefit on Tuesday (April 30) in New York City.

The event was hosted by Seth Meyers and also featured comedians Mike Birbiglia, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, and John Oliver.

Some of the celebs who stepped out to show their support for the cause included Bette Midler, Joel Edgerton, Ansel Elgort, Michael Douglas, Gayle King, Victor Garber, John McEnroe, Jimmy Buffett, Jordan Roth, and Lorne Michaels.

The event supported the organization’s work to protect public health and the environment.

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