Film and TV actress Selma Blair announced she is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
In a post Saturday on her Instagram account, Blair, 46, says she was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system on Aug. 16.
Blair says she is struggling with the disease's effects on her: "I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps."
She adds, however, that thanks to the support of the cast and crew of a Netflix show she is filming, as well as her friends and family, "we are doing it. And I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best."
Blair has co-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including the 2001 hit "Legally Blonde."
Loretta Lynn says she is doing better after a brief hospital visit to treat an illness that kept her from attending a CMT tribute to her and other female country artists.
A message posted on Lynn's official Facebook page Saturday afternoon said she is feeling better and is now resting at home. Lynn's post said she was sick, but did not provide additional details.
The 86-year-old just released a new album, "Wouldn't It Be Great." She was unable to attend Wednesday's CMT Artists of the Year awards ceremony. Actress Sissy Spacek accepted the honor on Lynn's behalf.
Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and called Lynn a trailblazer.
Lynn wrote she had watched Spacek's tribute several times and appreciated the kind words from her "sweet friend."
Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an "identity blind narrative" in the struggle for acceptance of all.
"We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by nothing regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, sexuality, ability, religion or any other identity that we choose," the 18-year-old "grown-ish" actress said Friday at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. "More than that, the common spaces we must maneuver through should be safe spaces in which our presence and existence are inherently valued."
In promoting equity, she said, "it is dangerous to promote an identity blind narrative."
Shahidi explained: "To say that in order to be respected we must be stripped of everything that makes us unique is faulty in its very premise."
She was honored with the Gamechanger Award from the youth-focused Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her work on behalf of girls' education, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The nonprofit was founded in 1990 to fight against LGBTQ bullying and advocate for those communities of young people on other issues as well in schools.
Communities, Shahidi said, must not separate themselves but celebrate differences, including those of race, religion and gender. That includes schools. Educators, she said, should promote a more inclusive history and greater respect for all nuances and identities.
"We must not separate ourselves from each community. We must be one," Shahidi said, taking a jab at the administration of President Donald Trump.
She quoted James Baldwin in urging schoolchildren to take hold of the world as their own and thanked her "Papa," photographer Afshin Shahidi, for showing her "a fight to help one person belong is a fight that belongs to all of us."
The Marvel universe just got a slice smaller on Netflix with the cancellation of "Marvel's Luke Cage" after two seasons.
The news Friday surprised fans and came soon after Netflix axed another live-action Marvel series, "Iron Fist." Both are part of The Defenders world and ordered up by Netflix among five back in 2013.
"Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season," said a statement released by Netflix. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."
Netflix didn't provide a reason for the cancellation. An email request for additional comment was not immediately returned Saturday.
The Cage series made a splash when it was released because it featured a rare black superhero in a stand-alone vehicle. Mike Colter starred as the bullet-proof hero for hire. The second season premiered in June. Cage creator and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker responded on Twitter but also offered no insight into why the series was dumped.
"A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make," he said. "Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer's room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem's Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always..."
Disney, Marvel's parent company, is working on its own streaming service.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
Don't look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She's sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.
The comedian and "I Feel Pretty" actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: "Otherwise how are you not complicit?"
Of her plan to steer clear of Super Bowl ads, she said: "I personally told my reps I wouldn't do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all I got."
Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered her support among more than 8,000 comments left on her post. It was not immediately clear whether she had been approached to appear in an ad during the big game.
In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50.
"Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to hurt them," Schumer wrote of her ban. "I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough ..."
Don’t feel bad if you spent $2 on a Mega Millions ticket Friday and did not win the jackpot. Feel good. Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather reportedly spent $2,000 Thursday trying to win the $1 billion jackpot, and he didn’t win, either.
The jackpot reached $1 billion, but climbed to $1.6 billion after no one picked the correct numbers Friday. The next drawing is at 11 p.m. Tuesday, and the jackpot could top $2 million.
The chances of winning the Mega Millions lottery are one in 302.6 million.
After raking in around $50 million from his last bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, notorious MMA fighter Conor McGregor decided to spread the love and this time 10 Boston firefighters lucked out.
TMZ reported that McGregor wanted "to do something special to show his appreciation for the firefighters" so he took the opportunity after the Red Sox made it to the World Series to gift 10 Game 1 tickets to those who risk their lives every day.
On Friday, McGregor was seen personally delivering the tickets to the Back Bay Fire Station.
If World Series tickets to see the Red Sox play weren't enough, McGregor also gifted firefighters with his own, highly procured Proper No. Twelve whiskey.
Before he left, The Notorious made sure to open up a bottle and toast to the Sox winning a title.
According to TMZ, Proper No. Twelve said they're donating $5 to first responders for every case of whiskey they sell, which ends up being up to $1 million each year.
Actor Bruce Dern has been released from the hospital after a fall during his daily jog in Los Angeles.
A representative for the 82-year-old Dern says he was released Friday evening following his fall earlier in the day. The Oscar-nominated actor's representative says he is in good spirits.
No further details were released.
Dern starred in the 2013 film "Nebraska" as the character Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant, earning him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He also played in films "Coming Home," ''The Hateful Eight," ''Black Sunday" and "White Boy Rick."
His representative says Dern just finished filming Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The actor is currently filming Showtime's upcoming comedy series "Black Monday."
A Philadelphia songwriter who claims he was cut out of profits and credit from song that was recorded by R&B star Usher has been awarded more than $44 million in damages in a suit that targeted the track's other co-writers.
A jury last week awarded the sum to Daniel Marino. His former co-writer William Guice was ordered to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages, and $20.25 million in punitive damages.
Also last week Destro Music Productions, owned by co-defendant Dante Barton, agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million. That brings his total award to $44.35 million.
The lawsuit stemmed from Marino's work on a song called "Club Girl." Marino says he created most of the song, including its guitar hook, tempo and chord progression.
The song was recorded by Usher in 2004 and renamed "Bad Girl."
Usher wasn't named in the suit.
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