9/8/21 Entertainment News
— Spectators will be allowed back at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Last year was a TV-only event due to the pandemic. Macy’s says it will work closely with the City and State of New York, along with the Health Department to ensure everyone who attends does so safely. Parade health protocols will be announced closer to the event date. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s thrilled to welcome back the parade live and in-person as a run up to the city’s holiday season. This is the 95th year Macy’s has put on a parade on Thanksgiving Day.
— YouTuber JoJo Siwa and Olympian gymnast Suni Lee are among those joining the cast for Dancing With The Stars’ 30th season. The contestants going for the Mirror Ball trophy were announced today on Good Morning America ahead of the September 20th premiere on ABC. Also joining the cast are “The Karate Kid” actor Martin Kove, actor Brian Austin Green and NBA star Iman Shumpert, among several others. Tyra Banks returns as host.
— Actress Olivia Munn and comedian John Mulaney are expecting their first child together. Last night on the Late Night With Seth Meyers, the 39-year-old Mulaney said he packed a lot into the past year, including getting out of rehab for alcohol and cocaine addiction and moving to Los Angeles, where he began dating the 41-year-old TV star last spring.
— Today is Star Trek Day. Trekkies around the world will celebrate their favorite series today, which made its debut on September 8th, 1966. To celebrate the 55th anniversary, StarTrek.com will stream live panels throughout the day, featuring former Star Trek cast members including George Takei and LeVar Burton. Today fans can also expect new trailers for Star Trek Picard Season Two, Star Trek Discovery Season Four, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
— Britney Spears’ conservatorship might be coming to an end. On Tuesday Spears’ father, Jamie, filed paperwork in Los Angeles to end the arrangement after 13 years. In the documents, Jamie said his daughter is “entitled to have this court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.” He noted Spears’ public frustration and asked the court to “let her have her life back.” Spears has previously called the legal guardianship abusive and demanded her father be removed as conservator.
— The original host of the children’s show “Blue’s Clues” is reaching out to those who grew up with him. Steve Burns posted a heartfelt video online in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary. He explained that he left in 2002 to go to college, admitting it was challenging but great to use his mind. He also admitted his departure was abrupt but said after all these years, he never forgot the fans who tuned in to watch the show. He went on to thank those fans, saying he’s proud of them for growing up and helping him to do the same. Steve Burns thanked fans, saying he’s proud of them for growing up and helping him to do the same.
— Kylie Jenner is expecting baby number two. She took to Instagram to share a minute and a half video confirming that she is having a second baby with rapper Travis Scott. The video shows her heading to doctor’s appointments and as well as telling her mother Kris Jenner about the baby. She and Scott already share a three-year-old daughter named Stormi. Fans began speculating the 24-year-old was expecting last month, but the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star had been keeping her pregnancy under wraps. There’s no word on when she is due.
— Police in New York are launching a criminal investigation following Michael Williams’ death. TMZ reports law enforcement officials are now looking to find the drug dealer connected to Williams’ death. “The Wire” star was found on Monday in his Brooklyn, New York apartment dead from an apparent overdose. Police found what they believe to be heroin at his apartment, however, Williams’ official cause of death has yet to be released.
— AMC Entertainment is celebrating a turning point in its fight to get movie-goers back into the theater. Labor Day weekend marked the first time the company saw attendance that was higher than the same weekend two years ago. It was helped by the release of Disney’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” CEO Adam Aron said the attendance spike “signals that as Hollywood releases movies, Americans eagerly want to return to movie theaters again.”