After weeks of relationship rumors, it appears that Pete Davidson and Kaia Gerber are officially together.
“They are definitely an item,” a source told Fox News.
The insider claimed that Gerber’s mom, supermodel Cindy Crawford, just wants her 18-year-old daughter to “keep it low-key at this point in the relationship, especially with all the Ariana Grande [Davidson’s ex-fiancee] stuff that has happened.” The source also pointed to Davidson, 25, and Gerber’s “age difference.”
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“Kaia is having fun and this is all new to her, so of course she would want to see what a relationship with someone like Pete would be like,” added the source. “So far, she’s having a blast.”
Gerber and Davidson were spotted holding hands on Wednesday at a supermarket in Hillsdale, N.Y., in photographs obtained by Page Six.
The pair have frequently been seen out-and-about together over the last month.
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Over the weekend, Davidson and Gerber reportedly attended a podcast event, and last week they dined at the swanky pizza spot, Pizzeria Mozza, in Los Angeles, according to People.
In late October, Davidson — who recently split from actress Margaret Qualley, 25, nearly a year after his brief engagement to Grande — was spotted leaving Gerber‘s New York apartment building, Page Six had reported.
At the time, an insider told the outlet that Davidson was there to see Gerber but said the pair was “just friends.”
Rumors of an official romance between Gerber and Davidson grew after Gerber accompanied her mother to the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last week while sporting a rose gold necklace with a “P” pendant charm.
Peter Davis can still vividly recall the night before his friend Jennifer Levin was murdered.
“We went out dancing,” he told Fox News. “We were laughing the whole time. We also had a lot of inside jokes. There was this dog food called Snausages. That became our word for ‘cool.’ It doesn’t make sense unless you were there and a silly teenager. I just remember her laughing and being quick-witted. I always think of that night. It’s burned in my memory.”
The 18-year-old’s shocking slaying is the subject of a new docuseries airing on AMC and SundanceTV titled “The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park.” It features interviews with Levin’s family and loved ones and those who knew her killer. It also features an interview with prosecutor Linda Fairstein, among others.
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On Aug. 26, 1986, Levin was strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City’s Central Park after the acquaintances had left local bar Dorrian’s Red Hand, Fortune reported. The teen’s partially unclothed body was discovered by a cyclist. After Chambers, 19, was tracked down by police, he claimed he strangled Levin during rough sex gone wrong. Chambers would go on to earn the moniker “Preppy Killer” for his seemingly all-American good looks.
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The case inspired the 1989 TV movie “The Preppie Murder” with William Baldwin as Chambers and Lara Flynn Boyle as Levin. It also influenced multiple episodes of the “Law & Order” franchise, Mike Doyle’s character in the HBO series “Oz,” as well as Illeana Douglas’ character in the Martin Scorsese film “Cape Fear,” ETOnline added.
“I knew him,” said Davis about Chambers. “He was two grades older than we were, which in high school is a lot. You don’t really hang out. But I do remember seeing him. There was this misconception of, ‘Who goes to Central Park at night?’ It was different back then. We would all hang out at the Metropolitan Museum because people’s parents were home. There were no backyards or football fields to hang out in New York. So you found public spaces.”
“People would have parties when their parents were out of town for the weekend,” Davis continued. “There would be 50 private schools packed into an apartment. I remember Robert had a reputation for robbing people. Jewelry, watches — whatever he could take. He had an ominous reputation.”
At the time, Davis said he didn’t speak to the media about his beloved friend. Not only was he mourning the horrific loss, but he was also outraged by the tabloid’s depiction of Levin. The docuseries explored how the media victim-blamed during the trial. A&E shared Chambers’ attorney, Jack T. Litman, insisted Levin had been the aggressor. Chambers alleged Levin’s death was an accident and he was merely trying to defend himself because she injured him during their liaison.
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“I think the biggest misconception about Jennifer is that she was this wild New York kid,” Davis explained. “She moved to the city to live with her dad in SoHo from Long Island. It was really a case of being in the worst place at the worst time … She was also a very small girl physically. Like 5’1” or 5’2”. I’m 6’1” and she was a lot shorter than me. Robert’s even taller. There’s the misconception that she was this wild, tough girl who can dominate a big guy fooling around. That’s just ridiculous. If you put them next to each other, anyone would doubt that could ever happen.”
Davis also shared the media’s depiction of Levin was grossly inaccurate and far from the young woman he knew.
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“I did know some of those people who were a bit out of control, partied and caused trouble,” he explained. “I wouldn’t put her in that category. If anything, she was kind of a nerd. She was much more responsible than most of us were. She was funny, loyal and down to earth. Jennifer was the type of friend who was always there for her friends. She had a lot of friends, but she always found a way to make you feel special. She was always there for everyone. She was also very self-deprecating about herself. She wasn’t afraid to poke fun at herself. She never did drugs or even drank that much. She was just a very regular person, unlike what the media reports said at the time.”
Davis said he was troubled by the stark differences between the way Levin and Chambers were portrayed by the press.
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“… I remember the cover of New York magazine being what looked like a headshot of Robert,” he recalled. “And then the photo of Jennifer was like a postage stamp. That sums up the coverage. It was all about him … There were countless photos of him… It was as they were talking about a different person, not the Jennifer I knew. These people were writing about someone you knew so well and they were completely wrong.”
Chambers incited public outrage when a video surfaced of him twisting off a doll’s head and saying, “Oops, I think I killed her,” the New York Times reported. Chambers spent 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. According to the outlet, Chambers was cited for several violations, including drug possession, while serving his sentence. He was released in 2003 after serving the maximum term of 15 years.
Davis admitted he was eager to go away for college to find much-needed relief. However, he was still privately grieving.
“I met new people, I made new friends, but it definitely haunted me,” he said. “I never knew anyone who had died. That was my first experience with death. And I kept seeing her face everywhere I looked. I could see this 75-year-old man and then suddenly think he looked like Jennifer. I saw her everywhere for a long time. And there was a lot of denial, too. Because when you’re a teenager, you never think anything bad would happen. And it surprised me, it upset me, that [Chambers] was released and the sentence was so short.”
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Chambers quickly found himself in trouble again. Just over a year after he was released, Chambers was arrested on drug charges, A&E shared. According to the outlet, there were similar offenses in 2005. Then in 2008, Chambers pleaded guilty to selling drugs and was sentenced to 19 years. Chambers is currently a prisoner at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in New York. However, he can taste freedom again as early as 2024.
“I don’t think he could have been stopped,” said Davis. “… Sadly, if it hadn’t been Jennifer, it would have been someone else. To me, he’s a sociopath … It just seemed like he was destined to do something horrible. He proved that when he got out of prison. You’d think if you get out of prison, you would change our life around.”
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Davis said it was bittersweet to relive his memories with Levin. The beaded bracelet she once made for him disintegrated long ago. But he’s still determined to be by his friend’s side once more.
“I hope audiences understand Jennifer was a good girl who was excited to go to college,” he said. “… And I hope Jennifer’s family gets some peace of mind, knowing that some of her friends came forward to tell the real story.”
“The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park’ airs Nov. 13-15 at 9 p.m. on AMC and SundanceTV.
SEOUL (Reuters) – The creator of the children’s song “Baby Shark,” which has become a global phenomenon, says the firm is eyeing the Chinese market, where the tune did not quite catch on, with a brand new character featuring dinosaurs.
Ryan Lee, the co-founder and CFO of SmartStudy, poses for photographs at the company’s office in Seoul, South Korea, November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Heo Ran
The popular song about a family of sharks has been a rallying cry at Lebanese anti-government protests, played at the White House and praised by President Donald Trump and become the unofficial anthem of the baseball World Series champions Washington Nationals. It has also prompted parodies and a dance craze.
The co-founder and the chief financial officer of the South Korean publisher behind the viral song and video, the fifth-most viewed of all time, said it is targeting China next to make sure that it doesn’t end a one-hit wonder.
“Who would have thought sharks could become this popular?” Ryan Lee of SmartStudy told Reuters in an interview. “Children who like dinosaurs definitely exist around the world, but there’s no brand name attached to them.”
The Baby Shark song, which has had 3.9 billion views on Youtube, is a under copyright to SmartStudy, a South Korean company that is planning an IPO.
Lee said the company sees the song to Baby Shark as “evergreen content”. It is planning a Baby Shark-themed animated TV series with the Nickelodeon television network.
For Asia’s fourth largest but maturing economy, the so-called “kids industry” has been a bright spot with a five-fold growth to 40 trillion won ($34.3 billion) in revenue in 2017 from 2002, according to eBEST Investment & Securities, even though its birth rate is one of the lowest in the world.
SmartStudy sees the limitation of the domestic market and is eyeing China, where the absence of YouTube, and the clunky local word for shark, did little for Baby Shark’s appeal.
Dinosaurs, on the other hand, will be a different story, Lee said, citing China’s active research into the reptiles as a sign of great interest.
“China is not an easy market, but there’s no market more attractive other than China. More than a billion people speaking a single language and this is a country that evolved into a market from a factory.”
SmartStudy eventually plans an initial public offering, the company said, hoping to capitalize on its 2019 sales projected at more than 60 billion won, eight times the figure five years ago.
Backed by Baby Shark’s popularity, shares of Samsung Publishing, SmartStudy’s second-top shareholder, have jumped 60% this year, versus the wider market’s 4% rise.
Reporting by Ju-min Park; additional reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Jack Kim; Raju Gopalakrishnan
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LAGOS (Reuters) – Dressed in a bright red and blue robe and backed by a local band with an eclectic range of instruments, Helen Epega beats a steel drum as she declaims dramatically to an unseen audience.
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian-born opera singer Helen Epega performs on stage at the MUSON center in Lagos, Nigeria November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
The opera she composed and is performing in a Lagos theatre is an unusual, trance-like mix of classical and indigenous music – but what makes it unique is that she is singing in pidgin.
By writing it in West Africa’s lingua franca – a blend of English and indigenous languages – she hopes to spread its message as widely as possible.
“I just wasn’t able to communicate with people the way I wanted to, and being in Lagos you hear so many different languages and so many different tribes,” Epega told Reuters TV.
“But the one we all speak is pidgin…. I think more people will be able to understand the opera and feel less intimidated …because I think opera is for everyone.”
Nigerian-born Epega, 38, spent most of her formative years in Britain before returning home in 2008.
Her ‘Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera’ – for which she cites Fela Kuti and Katie Bush as musical influences – debuted in London’s Royal Opera House in 2015, where she added elements of Cockney slang to the libretto.
It transferred to Cape Town the following year and now she is performing it for the first time in her home country.
It tells of a family of ethereal singers who try to maintain peace and balance in the world’s realms through their songs.
“I want to create an identity through art that inspires pride…,” she said. “I really do believe that music can end all wars.”
Writing by John Stonestreet; reporting and editing by Nneka Chile
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It seems Jennifer Aniston may have a new business partner — sort of.
Aniston, 50, shared a few photos on Wednesday of her furry friend Clyde accompanying her to work.
“Girl’s best friend…” she said. “Bring Clyde to work day.”
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The first photo shows Aniston in a pink and white minidress walking Clyde outside, and in the second, the pair cuddles up for a selfie in the car.
Aniston’s post received love from her ex-husband Justin Theroux, who commented: “Clydeooooo!!! 🐾❤️”
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Aniston joined Instagram in October and broke the record for earning 1 million followers faster than any other account, taking just over 5 hours to do so. The record was previously held by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s joint account.
The “Friends” star was honored with the Icon Award at Sunday’s People’s Choice Awards, where she spoke about getting her start on the beloved NBC sitcom.
“If I have any claim to this word ‘icon,’ it’s only because I was able to be on an iconic show, with an iconic cast, and an iconic haircut,” she said.
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“‘Friends’ was truly… it was the gift of a lifetime, and I would not be standing up here without that amazing show, without those amazing five other actors, and with an audience who stuck with us,” the actress added.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Netflix said on Thursday it would make changes to maps in a documentary that showed German Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland, after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pressed the streaming and production company to act.
FILE PHOTO: Convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk leaves a courtroom after his the verdict in Munich on May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo
The maps in the documentary series “The Devil Next Door” were criticized by Morawiecki earlier this week for implying that Poland existed at that time as an independent nation within its postwar borders and thus could share responsibility for the atrocities committed at the camps during World War Two.
“To avoid any misunderstanding, in the coming days we will be adding text to some of the maps featured in the series,” Netflix said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“This will make it clearer that the extermination and concentration camps in Poland were built and operated by the German Nazi regime who invaded the country and occupied it from 1939-1945.”
The series chronicles the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. carworker convicted by a German court in 2011 of having been a Nazi death camp guard during the war.
Morawiecki had asked for action in a letter to Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, dated Nov. 10 and published on the prime minister’s Facebook page on Monday.
Poland is very sensitive to suggestions that it might share any complicity in Nazi crimes committed on its territory.
The ruling party last year passed a law allowing courts to jail anybody who made such a suggestion, though it later watered down the legislation under U.S. pressure.
Poland was home to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities before it was almost wiped out by the Nazis.
Many Poles still refuse to accept research showing that thousands of Poles participated in the Holocaust, in addition to the thousands who risked their lives to help the Jews.
Reporting by Alan Charlish, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien
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Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May.
The 22-year-old Black admitted in August that he falsified information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions.
Black was able to obtain three of the weapons: a 9 mm handgun, a .380-caliber handgun and a semi-automatic Mini Draco weapon. Authorities said one of the guns was found at the scene of a March shooting in Pompano Beach, although he has not been charged in that case.
Black also faces drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states that remain pending. He has had several previous arrests.
U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno could have sentenced Black to the maximum of 10 years, and prosecutors wanted eight years in part because Black allegedly was involved in a jail fight that injured a corrections officer.
“I think it’s time for us to give some tough love in this case,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown. “I just don’t see how and when he’s taken these things seriously.”
But Moreno noted that Black has given money anonymously to charitable causes and could continue to do so behind bars.
“My suggestion would be you continue to be generous,” the judge said.
Black is a Florida native who was born to Haitian American parents as Dieuson Octave and who now goes by the legal name of Bill Kapri.
He was arrested during the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in May that was marred by several violent incidents, including an unrelated shooting at a seaside property owned by President Donald Trump. Black has remained in custody since then his arrest.
“I have made some decisions I’m not proud of making,” Black said in court. “I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”
Black’s better-known singles include “Skrt,” ”Zeze”, “Roll in Peace”, “Tunnel Vision”, and “No Flockin.”
Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday to talk about life in her new home city of Nashville as well as her upcoming faith-based Hallmark Christmas movie.
The 66-year-old, who left the “Today” show earlier this year, hasn’t slowed down. She’ll star in “A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love” on the Hallmark channel as part of the network’s annual slew of holiday content.
“Hallmark, they’re just geniuses over there. They know what America is missing and they’re missing out on wholesome, beautiful stories,” the star told the hosts of “Fox & Friends.” “The difference in our movies is that our movies are true. These things really happened to real people. We’re grateful that Hallmark came to understand that there’s a huge demographic out there that is not offended by faith. They embrace it, they’ve been waiting for it.”
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Gifford explained that the story is based on a series of books titled “Godwink.”
“Godwink is when some people say, ‘well, that’s a coincidence.’ But when you’re a person of faith and you believe in a sovereign God, there is no coincidence. In fact, there’s no word in the Hebrew [language] for coincidence, they don’t exist. God is either sovereign or it’s not,” she explained.
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“So, a Godwink is when the divine and the human connect, and it’s a reminder that God sees us, he loves the individual,” she added. “He sees us and is actively involved in our lives. So we’re taking these real-life stories in all of these books and making them into films for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel.”
The former “Today” host also opened up about life in Nashville, where she moved after leaving New York City.
“I adore Nashville, I’m in the outskirts of it. But it’s the most fun place,” she said. “There’s a culture of kindness down there that is … Oh my gosh, I’m loving it.”
She said her son, who lives in California, also loves living there.
“My son lives in Santa Monica,” she said. “He said, ‘mom, I slept all night long because there’s no noise. No gunshots, no sirens.’ He goes ‘I woke up and I heard… birds.’”
FILE PHOTO: Cast member Robert De Niro arrives for the screening of “The Irishman” during the 2019 BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London, Britain October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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(Reuters) – Robert De Niro, a two-time Oscar winner and considered one of the finest actors of his generation, is to get the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) lifetime achievement award.
De Niro, 76, will receive the award in January, the SAG-AFTRA labor union said on Tuesday.
“I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It’s an honor to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA,” De Niro said in a statement.
The star of “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and currently “The Irishman” will join the likes of previous lifetime recipients Alan Alda, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds at the SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
The SAG-AFTRA awards are voted on by the 160,000-strong actor union. The lifetime achievement award is presented to an actor who fosters “the finest ideals of the acting profession.”
De Niro, a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, is already the recipient of some of the highest cultural honors in the United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Center honor.
“From the smoldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake LaMotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, (De Niro) continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement, referring to his roles in “The Godfather II,” “Raging Bull,” and “The Intern.”
The SAG awards for actors in film and television is one of the biggest ceremonies in the Hollywood awards season that culminates with the Oscars on Feb. 9. This year’s nominations will be announced on Dec. 11.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau and cast members debuted the “Star Wars” series on Wednesday at a red-carpet event for fans and promised more surprises following the reveal of an unexpected new character in the first episode.
FILE PHOTO: Creator Jon Favreau (3rd L), President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy (2nd R), executive producer Dave Filoni (C) pose with cast members (L-R) Ming-Na Wen, Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog at the premiere for the television series “The Mandalorian” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
“The Mandalorian,” which runs on Walt Disney Co’s new Disney+ streaming service, is the first live-action series set in the galaxy far, far away that was first seen on screen in the 1977 movie “Star Wars”.
The series stars Pedro Pascal as a bounty hunter sent on a sensitive mission. The first season will run for eight episodes.
“There are lots of surprises in the show. Part of what is fun about doing eight episodes is that each one could have a surprise and twist,” Favreau said in an interview at the premiere in Hollywood.
The audience was composed largely of fans, some of whom carried bounty-hunter helmets.
The first episode, released on Tuesday, ended with the Mandalorian finding a character that looks like a baby version of the Jedi Master Yoda from “Star Wars” films.
It was unclear how the baby may be related to Yoda or fit into the story, sparking debate among fans.
Favreau and cast members did not shed much light at Wednesday’s premiere. Disney is releasing “Mandalorian” episodes weekly starting on Friday.
“You have to see the shows to figure out who this baby Yoda really is, and what he is all about, or even if he is really a baby Yoda,” said Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Carga, a man who gives bounty assignments to the Mandalorian.
“He has his own name, and he is very interesting and very knowledgeable and very cute,” Weathers said. “I never use that word, but he is a cute little guy.”
Reporting by Omar Younis; Writing by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Gareth Jones
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