Celebrity Scoop – 03/24/2020

CHINA REOPENS THEATERS: In a positive sign of things to come for the film industry, about 507 and counting movie theaters have been reopened in China. The coronavirus pandemic is finally showing signs of slowing in China. Most theaters around the world remain closes, though Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Korea and Japan are allowing limited showings. 


A new nationwide reading movement has been organized in response to the mass homeschooling the country is facing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Misty CopelandDanica McKellarTiffani ThiessenBrady SmithB. J. Novak, and Scott Kelly will be among the bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators participating in the daily storytimes. 

Reading aloud daily is “one of the most effective ways to foster early literacy and is a key factor in building language and social skills,” the campaign says.

The program was set to launch this summer, but it revved into overdrive to help parents and caregivers during the outbreak, which kicked off Monday.

The program was launched by publishing giant Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents magazine. Penguin will also donate 750,000 copies of books through First Book, which helps get books to kids in need. 

The program joins a hodgepodge of celebrity efforts to help kids learn at home. Another big one is spearheaded by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams, who teamed up with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Their movement, #SaveWithStories, has recruited other celebs to read their favorite children’s books for kids—and their parents. So far, Ellen DeGeneresJimmy Fallon, Ron Howard, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Reese Witherspoon, Beanie Feldstein and Senator Kamala Harris have joined them.

Amazon, meanwhile, has lifted the paywall for original and acquired children’s series on its Prime Video platform, so all Amazon users can watch their kids programing. Among the original titles available are Pete the Cat, Just Add Magic, Costume Quest, Peg + Cat and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and acquired shows including PBS Kids staples Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Odd Squad and Arthur.


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Janet Jackson took to social media on Sunday night to send a positive message in support of those who are trying their hardest to protect, serve, and provide for everyone in the middle of the global health crisis.

She took a moment to recognize the nurses, doctors, hospitals, healthcare providers, scientists, drivers, pilots, flight attendants, delivery teams, cleaners, grocery stores, clerks, teachers, managers, men and women in uniform, sanitation facilities, janitorial teams, reporters, journalists, security professionals, and everyone around the world who are working endlessly to prevent the virus from spreading further.

“Let’s all keep the positivity up by remembering to keep smiling, laughing, singing, dancing and spreading LOVE,” she continued.

The singer asked fans to put a heart in the comments section to show their love and support for those she mentioned in her message.

Jackson geotagged her upload in London, letting fans know where she was self-isolating.


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KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPARD HELP TENANTS: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard own several buildings in L.A., and to help anyone who’s hurting financially due to layoffs, they’re forgoing rent collection for April. Most of California is under a “stay at home” order, and not everyone can work from home. (TMZ)  

COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD TO MAKE MASKS: The Costume Designers Guild is rallying support among its members to sew masks for hospitals who face a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. The president of the Guild, Salvador Perez, tells Variety: “We are organizing all our members from local 892 and local 705 costumers who can sew,  to manufacture masks for hospitals. It will be good to keep busy and help the community.” Several productions, including Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor, have already donated their masks and gowns.

ADAM LEVINE & WIFE NOT EXPECTING THIRD CHILD: Adam Levine isn’t going to be a father for a third time – yet. The Maroon 5 frontman’s wife Behati Prinsloo sparked speculation on Monday when she posted a blurry black-and-white photo on Instagram that many fans took to be an ultrasound picture. “Pregnant agaaaaiin?” commented one fan. “Pregnant?” wrote several more. “Ultrasound?” asked one. But a source confirmed to Us Weekly the South African model isn’t pregnant. Turns out one of the couple’s daughters – either three-year-old Dusty or two-year-old Gio – grabbed her phone and “posted the picture by mistake.” In July 2018, Prinsloo wrote on her Instagram Story that she wants “so many” babies with the Levine.


Dua Lipa is moving up the release of her second studio album, Future Nostalgia.

The 24-year-old singer confirmed Monday that she will release the album Friday, one week ahead of its original release date.

“I’m really excited for you all to hear it and, you know, make of it what you will,” a visibly emotional Lipa said on Instagram Live. “I hope it brings you some happiness, and I hope it makes you smile, and I hope it makes you dance. I hope I make you proud.”

Lipa also said she will announce new U.K. and Europe tour dates today and she will release the new single “Break My Heart” and a music video for the song Wednesday.

Future Nostalgia features the singles “Don’t Start Now” and “Physical.” Lipa released a workout video for “Physical” this month that shows her playing a fitness instructor.

Future Nostalgia was originally set to be released on April 4th.


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