Priyanka Chopra has apologized after her TV show Quantico featured a controversial storyline about Indian terrorists. The episode, titled The Blood of Romeo, saw Chopra’s FBI agent Alex Parrish thwarting a terrorist attack on an international summit in New York by Indian nationalists, who stole weaponized uranium and sought to blame the planned violence on Pakistan. Fans were horrified that the show fictionalized the real-life historical tension between the two countries just days before a real-life summit between India and Pakistan in China. Chopra was targeted by viewers who criticised her for going along with the storyline, especially as she is of Indian descent. “I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra posted on Twitter on Saturday (09Jun18). “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.” ABC, the network behind the show, also offered an apology for the content of the episode, that aired on 1 June. “(We) and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, The Blood of Romeo,” they said in a statement. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.” The network’s statement concluded: “Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.” Quantico, which was canceled by ABC last month (May18), will come to an end after its current third season.
June 07, 2018
Val Kilmer will star opposite Tom Cruise in the "Top Gun: Maverick," an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. Kilmer will join Cruise in the long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 action blockbuster, in which Cruise's aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is now a mentor to a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots. A rep for Paramount declined to comment on the casting of Kilmer, who has been spotted around the San Diego hotel the studio has been using since production began last week. Kilmer, who played aviator Tom "Iceman" Kazansky and Cruise's chief rival in the original film, is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. Titled "Top Gun: Maverick," the new film is set to hit theaters July 12, 2019. Joseph Kosinski is directing from a script by Eric Warren Singer, Peter Craig and Justin Marks. (Tony Scott had been circling the sequel project before his death in 2012.) The original action movie — which also starred Anthony Edwards and Kelly McGillis — followed the exploits of a flight academy and its students. Kilmer previously teased on Facebook that he was "offered #topgun2 — not often you get to say 'yes' without reading the script…" Shortly after the post, however, Kilmer updated his Facebook post and said he had been premature in making the announcement: "This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…" "Top Gun: Maverick" is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance. Cruise also serves as a producer.
May 09, 2018
Cardi B might be having a baby girl -- and she's already pretty feisty! The "Bartier Cardi" rapper hinted at the sex of her baby at the 2018 Met Gala in New York City on Monday. "Oh, she wants to fight me!" Cardi said when asked about her baby kicking -- using "she" instead of "he" -- on the red carpet. "[My dress weighs] about 35 pounds plus baby. It's OK though, I used to go up the project stairs." The 25-year-old rapper, who confirmed she was expecting her first child with Offset during her April appearance on Saturday Night Live, also referred to her baby as a girl in a pre-Met Gala interview with The New York Times. "Shorty weighs three and a half pounds. She do!” Cardi shared. "She do weigh three and a half pounds." "That’s pretty good for seven months, right?" she asked, looking around. "Because I was born five pounds." Cardi isn't the only one who has hinted at the sex of her baby. In a since-deleted Instagram caption last month, Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina, wrote: "I use to wish I was older than you just so I wouldve gotten the chance to carry you and give you kisses when you were a baby because you were so cute and adorable! and NOW that ur baby is coming its like it’s coming true! I’m going to be able to hold baby you and give her all the kisses and hugs!"
April 19, 2018
The Gossip Girl alum teased her Sesame Street debut in April 2018. “Finally. I have friends,” she captioned an Instagram video of herself dancing with the characters. The actress got a shout-out from the show via Instagram with a photo of her with the Muppets. “Sunny days on Sesame Street with our friend, @blakelively! Thanks for visiting us!,” the caption read.