After another K-pop death, spotlight turns to difficulties faced by industry’s ‘perfect’ stars

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)In an industry where stars face immense pressure to portray themselves as the immaculate image of happiness, K-pop duo Goo Hara and Sulli appeared to be different. Women in South Korea have had some success fighting for equality in what is a deeply patriarchal and male-dominated society, but they still face serious challenges unique to the country. South Korea ranks well below the global average on the 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, with major disparities in terms of wage equality and earned income for women. Some say the fight is even more pronounced in K-pop. Yet despite working in an industry that pressures women to be perfect, Goo and Sulli tried to break the mold. When South …

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao dies filming reality TV show

(CNN)Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao has died, his agency said Wednesday. He was 35. In a statement, the producers of Zhejiang Television show “Chase Me” — which pits celebrities against regular contestants in a variety of physical challenges — said Gao, who also went by the name Gao Yixiang, “suddenly fell down to the ground while running, medical staff treated him on the spot, he was then rushed to hospital for treatment.” “We feel extremely distressed and extremely sad,” the statement said, adding producers were contacting Gao’s family “to properly handle the aftermath.” Born in Taiwan, Gao achieved success in Greater China and beyond. He was the first Asian man to model for fashion brand Louis Vuitton and starred …

Amy Schumer gave out her phone number. We tried getting in touch

(CNN)Amy Schumer said she wanted more “personal experience” with the people who like her. Fellow comedian Whitney Cummings was looking to “respond as fast as I can” to her fans. “Amy’s a great addition to Community,” Peltier says. “We’re excited to see how she will bring her voice to Community and make us all laugh.” +1 (917) 970-9333 ok this is a phone number Where I can respond and also let you know what I’m up to. I hope you join my community! A post shared by @ amyschumer on Nov 10, 2019 at 5:38pm PST The company, founded by Peltier and CPO Josh Rosenheck, in July 2019 after months of building and beta testing. “Imagine texting with artists, celebrities, …

Ashton Kutcher bought shoes for a Texas cross-country team after a text from a team mom

(CNN)When Monica Gutierrez sent actor Ashton Kutcher a text and asked him to help her son’s cross-country team get new shoes, she wasn’t really expecting a response. After all, he’s a celebrity with millions of followers on social media. “If I could have bought them myself, I would have done it,” Gutierrez said, but she said that she’s a single mom with three kids and just couldn’t afford it. The team’s parents were trying to organize a fundraiser, when Gutierrez saw that Kutcher had made an Instagram post inviting people to text him. “I’ve been following him for a long [time] and I know about all the work that he does for the kids and everything, and I thought ‘Come …

How PEOPLE selects the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

(CNN)Hidden servers, hushed closed-door meetings and a covert photo shoot — all part of the deeply secretive selection of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” “This year, we really wanted to choose somebody who is kind, and who is good, and is nice,” he said. It’s a theme for Wakeford, who has launched both a Kindness issue and a Mental Health Awareness issue with the magazine. “People is really trying to inspire people to make a difference in the world and do good through our content,” he explained. The “Sexiest Man” is a person of character, Wakeford explained, but they also consider “Who is hot, who is doing really well, and who actually is sexy.” This year, they landed on John …

John Legend is PEOPLE’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’… and he’s perplexed

(CNN)He’s one of the youngest EGOT winners in history. He and his wife are one of Hollywood’s iconic couples. And now, John Legend is PEOPLE’s 2019 “Sexiest Man Alive.” As could be expected, she had a lot to say about it on her Twitter. The social(media)ite — who now calls herself on her Twitter bio a “de-motivational speaker currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive” — tweeted in response to the Elba comparison. “Yeah but let’s see an @idriselba pic from 1995 (prob still very hot),” she said. Legend, who PEOPLE called on their cover a good guy who got it all, released updated lyrics this week to the 1944 song “Baby it’s Cold Outside” to include calling an Uber …

‘Free Rodney Reed:’ Celebrities use star power to try to stop execution of man on death row in Texas

(CNN)Rihanna, LL Cool J, Gigi Hadid and other celebrities have joined Kim Kardashian West in trying to stop the execution of a Texas death row inmate later this month, prompting hundreds of thousands to sign an online petition against the execution. “We must come together to prevent a gross injustice,” actress Yara Shahidi tweeted. Other witnesses have come forth in recent weeks suggesting Reed is innocent. Last week, Reed’s attorneys filed an application for clemency as they try to stop his November 20 execution. His attorneys have fought for a new trial for years, and a court stayed his execution in 2015 because of new witness testimony and forensic analysis. The court eventually ruled against Reed. Among the many celebrities …

Harvey Weinstein weakened but unwavering two years later

New York (CNN)It’s a fall day in midtown Manhattan and a man is seen shuffling along a sidewalk, gripping his walker. His facial expression is vacant, his skin is a pale shade of gray and his clothes are ill-fitting. A passerby might never guess that he used to be one of entertainment’s most powerful, a man whose infamous arrogance would make those around him shudder. This man is Harvey Weinstein.

Jennifer Lawrence marries Cooke Maroney at luxurious Rhode Island mansion

(CNN)Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney have officially tied the knot. The bride wore a Dior gown for the celebration, Elle reported. Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new details. Original Article : HERE ;

Kanye West releases ‘Jesus is King’ film trailer

(CNN)There’s still no album yet, but we now have the movie trailer to hold us over. It was directed by Nick Knight and filmed in James Turrell’s large-scale artwork, the Roden Crater, in the desert region of northern Arizona. The film is a companion to the as-yet-unreleased upcoming West album of the same name. People have been checking for that album since August 29 when his wife, Kim Kardashian West, shared what appeared to be a handwritten tracklist with the date September 27 on social media. Song titles included “God Is,” “Water” and “Sweet Jesus.” But September 27 came and went with no album release. Not that the river went completely dry, as West continued to host his Sunday Services, …

Tom Hanks credits two friends for changing the course of his life

(CNN)Tom Hanks was once so broke he didn’t have a winter coat. He also didn’t know how to do his taxes and struggled to make ends meet. “These two actors shared their joyful lives and professional passion with all of us in the company. When I was around them in the dressing room, in the wings, at the bar after the show or taking in the Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland’s Murray Hill, they were the professionals I admired, examples of the kind of actor I wanted to be — and the kind of human being I hoped to become,” Hanks wrote, adding that the two encouraged him to drive to New York City with them to continue to …

Jessye Norman, international opera star, dead at 74

(CNN)International opera star Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74, according to her agent. “Jessye Norman was one of the greatest artists to ever sing on our stage,” said Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. “Her legacy shall forever live on.” A rich legacy Norman was born on September 15, 1945, in Augusta, Georgia, according to the nonprofit research and education institution History Makers. The Met, which extended condolences to Norman’s family and friends, said she “will perhaps be best remembered for her glorious, definitive portrayal of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos,” an opera she performed in 1993, according to History Makers. In a 2014 video, Norman said she was 17 years old when she received a full-tuition scholarship …

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, found dead at 75 years old

(CNN)Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the new wave rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City, police said. He was 75. The Cars were a mainstay of MTV in its early days. Their video for “Double Life” was the 21st video ever played on the new cable channel, according to VH1. Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova after the two met while shooting the video for 1984’s “Drive.” The couple last year announced their separation. They had two children together. He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in many of the band’s videos, including “You Might Think” in 1984. Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of …

How ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ turned a house into a TV home

(CNN)Thanks to the magic of television, a charming but otherwise innocuous house in Studio City, CA, took on iconic status as the fabled residence where Mike and Carol Brady raised their mixed family brood over the course of five seasons (and many on-air reunions) of “The Brady Bunch.” Now, after HGTV purchased the house after the longtime owner died in 2018, the actors led by a team of the network’s popular remodeling hosts on “A Very Brady Renovation,” and the cleverly reworked and extended structure is an astonishingly perfect recreation, inside and out. “One of the reasons I thought that this HGTV deal was going to be big is because when the house first went on the market, long before …

Tyler Perry lived on this street before he was homeless. A nearby highway sign now bears his name

(CNN)Tyler Perry is a mega-millionaire now, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. “My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life,” Perry shared in a Facebook post. “Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing.” Perry’s dream didn’t come true overnight. It took years of determination and hard work before he got to where he is today. Here are some reasons why Perry is so beloved. He broke ground with his character Madea The making of the character Madea helped make Perry the successful mogul he is today. For more …

Taylor Swift calls out White House during VMAs acceptance speech

(CNN)Taylor Swift is certainly not taking a literal interpretation of her single, “You Need to Calm Down.” “In this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we’re all treated equally under the law,” she said. On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Trump administration rejects discrimination but doesn’t support the Equality Act bill. The bill has passed the Democratic-controlled House, but has not been brought up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to …