This week has brought triumph and tears to some of your favorite celebrities. We’ve gathered some of the top entertainment news stories from March 12 – 18, 2023, to keep you updated on all the celebrity happenings.
Entertainment News: Love & Family
He put a ring on it! The final episode of Peacock’s reality dating series, Queen’s Court, revealed Jeremy “JR” Robinson popping the question to Tamar Braxton. The couple is officially engaged.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott filed papers in court to legally change their son Wolfe Jacques Webster’s name to Aire Webster. After spending time with their son, the couple felt that Aire was a better fit for him.
Actress Lindsay Lohan dropped a baby bomb on Instagram this week when she announced that she and her husband Bader Shammas are expecting. The announcement was accompanied by a cute little onesie that said, “Coming Soon.”
Entertainment News: Celebrity Scandals & Hot Topics
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” swept the 2023 Oscars with 7 wins. The golden night also featured a night of comebacks for actors such as Brendan Fraser who took home the Best Actor trophy, Ke Yuy Quan who took home Best Supporting Actor, and Jamie Lee Curtis who was awarded the Best Supporting Actress trophy. Get the full story here.
Of course, Hollywood’s biggest night was not without scandal as many big names were left off the In Memoriam segment including the famed actor Paul Sorvino, whose children, Mira and Michael, took to Twitter in protest. Others left off included Charlbi Dean, who starred in the Oscar-nominated film, Triangle of Sadness, Tom Sizemore, Anne Heche, and more.
Singer, songwriter, and actor Demi Lovato is set to make her directorial debut with a feature-length documentary titled “Child Star” for Hulu. Nicola Marsh is set to co-direct. The press release revealed the premise as a spotlight on some of the world’s most famous child stars and the highs and lows of growing up under the spotlight. The doc is set for streaming in 2024.
Taylor Swift gave fans a big surprise by releasing 4 previously unreleased songs at Midnight on March 16 in celebration of her upcoming The Eras Tour. The singer released which tracks fans could look forward to on her Instagram Story page.
Actor, writer, and director Emilio Estevez is set to receive a special honor at the Sun Valley Film Festival. On March 31, he will be awarded the Pioneer Award for his work in front and behind the camera. He will host a special screening of his 2011 feature, The Way, at the festival on April 1.
Beloved actor Sam Neill disclosed that he is undergoing treatment for stage three blood cancer. The Jurassic World Dominion actor noticed swollen glands while promoting the blockbuster and was diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Find out what he had to say.
Casting & Changes
BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Barry Keoghan is currently in negotiations to join the cast of Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sequel to 2000’s blockbuster hit, Gladiator. The actor would join another Oscar nominee, Paul Mescal, who is set to play Lucius, Maximus’s son in the epic drama.
Drew Barrymore is set to host the MTV awards on May 7. The actress has been nominated for 9 MTV awards and won 3 in the course of her four decades-long career.
Entertainment News: In Memoriam
Actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly on March 17. Best known for his pivotal roles in the John Wick franchise, and the television series Oz, Fringe, and The Wire. He was 60.
Jim Gordon, a key member of the Wrecking Crew, a core group of in-demand studio musicians, and co-writer of Eric Clapton’s monster hit “Layla”, has died at 77. The troubled musician, who struggled with mental health issues, later went to prison for killing his mother. He died on March 13 at a medical facility in Vacaville, California.
Soul singer and songwriter, Bobby Caldwell, passed away on March 15, after a long struggle with the after-effects of an allergic reaction to an antibiotic six years prior. He was responsible for such classic hits as “What You Won’t Do for Love,” “Glory of Love,” and “The Next Time I Fall.” The singer was 71.
It was announced on March 14 that Frank Capra Award winner and JAWS First AD, Tom Joyner, died at 79 after a long battle with cancer and heart disease on February 22. Other films he was well-known for was High Plains Drifter, The Blues Brothers, Starman, and Against All Odds.
Best-selling author, John Jakes, passed away on March 11. Many of his novels were adapted for television including The Bastard, and the North and South trilogy. He was 90.
Legendary Disneyland designer Rolly Crump died at his home on March 12. He is known for his considerable contributions to The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. He was 93.
Social Media influencer and model, Jeff Thomas, is dead after a fall from his balcony in Miami, Florida, on March 8. It is being treated as a suspected suicide. He was 35.