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Billy Bush Hospitalized After Getting Hit … By a Golf Ball

Billy Bush Hospitalized After Getting Hit … By a Golf Ball

Billy Bush clearly didn’t hear the “FORE!!” on the green … ’cause he was struck by a golf ball that sent him to the hospital.

Bush posted a few pics Monday of his hospital visit at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. where he was treated for what appears to be a head injury. Unclear when exactly this happened, but from the looks of one of these photos … he got jacked up good.

The ex “Today” show co-host captioned his post … “FORE!! Thanks nurse Katrina, jovi, Jenn, Mercy @cedarsinai for the bed, the care, the ice. I think I dodged a bullet…but sadly not a golf ball. Scan is clear, let the jokes begin.”

Although Billy says everything was fine, it looks like he changed out of his shirt during his stay … which makes us wonder if he was there overnight. 

Whatever the case … glad you’re doing better, Billy. Next time, wear a helmet out there.

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Screenplay at Gotham Awards

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Iowa caucus of Oscars season, kicked off on Monday night in downtown Manhattan. Jordan Peele picked up the first award of the night for his screenplay for “Get Out.”

“When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen,” Peele said of the horror drama released by Universal Pictures. “I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He added: “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspective we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.”

Timothee Chalamet, 21, received the breakthrough actor award for his performance in “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay love story set in Italy directed by Luca Guadagnino. “A big and tall thank you to my dance partner Armie Hammer for being so god damn talented,” Chalamet said about his onscreen co-star.

John Cameron Mitchell emceed the dinner at Cipriani Wall Street with a quasi-political monologue that tanked in the ballroom, met with almost no laughter or applause. “It’s a weird time,” said the director of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” “So we hashtag resist because we’re panicking and we want to do the right thing so hard.”

Al Gore, a career tribute winner and the producer of the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel,” took a moment in his speech to give a shout out to “my Nashville peeps” Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. “‘Big Little Lies’ was awesome,” says the vice president, offering a ringing endorsement of the HBO mini-series. (“We are going to solve this crisis,” he said later about climate change.)

“Get Out” leads the nominations with four, while Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” has three along with Kogonada’s “Columbus.”

In addition to “Get Out,” films nominated for best feature are “Call Me By Your Name,” “I, Tonya,” “Good Time” and “The Florida Project.”

IFP’s 27th annual Gotham Awards will also present tributes to Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola, Jason Blum, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and Al Gore.

Watch the livestream on IFP’s Facebook page.

See the winners below:

Breakthrough Actor
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)

Best Screenplay
Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)

Best Feature
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Florida Project (A24)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Good Time (A24)
I, Tonya (NEON/30WEST)

Best Documentary
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)
Rat Film (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)
Strong Island (Netflix)
Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
The Work (The Orchard and First Look Media)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics)
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)

Best Actor*
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Actress*
Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON/30WEST)
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)

* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Better Things (FX Networks)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Fleabag (Amazon)
Search Party (TBS)

Harvey Weinstein resigns from Directors Guild of America as sex scandal grows with new lawsuits

Harvey Weinstein resigned from the Directors Guild of America on Monday as the scandal surrounding his alleged acts of sexual misconduct continued to grow with two new lawsuits filed against the disgraced movie producer.

One of the suits accuses Weinstein of engaging in sex trafficking by luring an actress to the Cannes Film Festival in France three years ago on the pretext of business, only to sexually assault her at his room at Le Majestic Hotel.

Weinstein’s resignation from the DGA comes after the guild filed disciplinary charges against him in October after numerous women publicly came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, including harassment and rape. He likely faced expulsion from the guild, after having already been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

“Harvey Weinstein resigned his membership from the DGA, effective today,” a guild spokeswoman said in a statement Monday. She declined to elaborate.

Britain’s black queen: Will Meghan Markle really be the first mixed-race royal?


A portrait of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, and American actress Meghan Markle, who is engaged to Prince Harry. (Print Collector/Getty Images and Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

When Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement Monday, Twitter erupted with the news that the newest princess in the royal family would be bi-racial.

“We got us a Black princess ya’ll,” GirlTyler exulted. “Shout out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their wedding will be my Super Bowl.”

But Markle, whose mother is black and whose father is white, may not be the first mixed-race royal.

Some historians suspect that Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III who bore the king 15 children, was of African descent.

Historian Mario De Valdes y Cocom argues that Queen Charlotte was directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family: Alfonso III and his concubine, Ouruana, a black Moor.

In the 13th century, “Alfonso III of Portugal conquered a little town named Faro from the Moors,” said Valdes, a researcher for Frontline PBS. “He demanded [the governor’s] daughter as a paramour. He had three children with her.”

According to Valdes, one of their sons, Martin Alfonso, married into the noble de Sousa family, who also had black ancestry. Queen Charlotte had African blood from both families.

Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Nov. 27. The two are expected to marry in the spring of 2018. (Joyce Lee/The Washington Post)

Valdes, who grew up in Belize, began researching Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry in 1967, after he moved to Boston.

“I had heard these stories from my Jamaican nanny, Etheralda “TeeTee” Cole,” Valdes recalled.

He discovered that a royal physician, Baron Christian Friedrich Stockmar, described Queen Charlotte as “small and crooked, with a true mulatto face.”

Sir Walter Scott  wrote that she was “ill-colored” and called her family “a bunch of ill-colored orangutans.”

One prime minister once wrote of Queen Charlotte: “Her nose is too wide and her lips too thick.”

In several British colonies, Queen Charlotte was often honored by blacks who were convinced from her portraits and likeness on coins that she had African ancestry.

Valdes became fascinated by official portraits of Queen Charlotte in which her features, he said, were visibly “negroid.”

“I started a systematic geneological search,” said Valdes, which is how he traced her ancestry back to the mixed-race branch of the Portuguese royal family.

Charlotte, who was born May 19, 1744, was the youngest daughter of Duke Carl Ludwig Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen. She was a 17-year-old German princess when she traveled to England to wed King George III, who later went to war with his American colonies and lost rather badly. His mother most likely chose Charlotte to be his bride.

“Back in London, the king’s enthusiasm mounted daily,” wrote Janice Hadlow in the book, “A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III.” “He had acquired a portrait of Charlotte and was said to be mighty fond of it, but won’t let any mortal look at it.”

King George III ordered that gowns be made and waiting for his new bride when she arrived in London.

He met Charlotte for the first time on their wedding day, Sept. 8, 1761.

“Introduced to the king, Charlotte ‘threw herself at his feet, he raised her up, embraced her and led her through the garden up the steps into the palace,’ ” Hadlow wrote. “Some later reminiscences asserted that at the moment of their meeting, the king had been shocked by Charlotte’s appearance.”

In a portrait painted by Sir Allan Ramsay, Queen Charlotte’s hair is piled high in curly ringlets. Her neck is long and her skin appears to be café-au-lait.

Ramsay, Valdes said, was an abolitionist married to the niece of Lord Mansfield, the judge who ruled in 1772 that slavery should be abolished in the British Empire. And Ramsay was uncle by marriage to Dido Elizabeth Lindsay, the black grand-niece of Lord Mans field. Dido’s life story was recently recounted in the movie, “Belle.”

In 1999, the London Sunday Times published an article with the headline: “REVEALED: THE QUEEN’S BLACK ANCESTORS.”

“The connection had been rumored but never proved,” the Times wrote. “The royal family has hidden credentials that make its members appropriate leaders of Britain’s multicultural society. It has black and mixed-raced royal ancestors who have never been publicly acknowledged. An American genealogist has established that Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, was directly descended from the illegitimate son of an African mistress in the Portuguese royal house.”

After the Times story, The Boston Globe hailed Valdes’ research as ground breaking. Charlotte, who died in 1818, passed on her mixed-race heritage to her granddaughter, Queen Victoria, and to Britain’s present day monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

Some scholars in England dismissed the evidence as weak —  and beside the point.

“It really is so remote,” David Williamson, co-editor of Debrett’s Peerage, the guide to Britain’s barons, dukes and duchesses, marquises, and other titled people, told the Globe. “In any case, all European royal families somewhere are linked to the kings of Castile. There is a lot of Moorish blood in the Portuguese royal family and it has diffused over the rest of Europe. The question is, who cares?”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman did not deny Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry of Queen Charlotte. Spokesman David Buck told the Globe: “This has been rumored for years and years. It is a matter of history, and frankly, we’ve got far more important things to talk about.”

Valdes said that in the current racial climate, the genealogy is very important to history.

“In reaction to the horrors of what happened in Charlottesville, which is named after this queen, her ancestry is very relevant.”

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Rev. Al Sharpton visits imprisoned Philly rapper Meek Mill

Philly-born rapper Meek Mill, behind bars for probation violations, got support Monday from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who visited the rapper at the state prison in Chester and emerged pledging to use his clout to help Mill and other prisoners stand up to the criminal justice system.

“He’s representative of many people in institutions like this, that do little or nothing,” Sharpton told a gaggle of reporters on the side of a busy highway across from SCI-Chester following the two-hour meeting. “They are violated and their lives and businesses are ruined. If you can do this to a successful artist like Meek Mill, you can do this to many around the country.”

The activist’s news conference was held along the roadway because state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel would not let reporters stand on state property, prison officials said.

Sharpton said that Mill was not in solitary confinement and appeared to be doing well under the circumstances. “He seemed very strong, he seemed very determined. He does not seem bitter,” said Sharpton, who was accompanied by Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina. “He’s worried about his son. He wanted to make sure his son and mother are all right.”

Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Tacopina reiterated their stance that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley should reconsider her decision earlier this month to sentence Mill to two to four years in prison, and that she should recuse herself from the case. If the judge does not respond by Dec. 5 to legal motions asking her to do so, they said, they will ask a higher court to rule on the matter.

Brinkley had sentenced the rapper for violating his probation from a 2008 drug-and-gun conviction. In sentencing Mill, she said, “I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court.”

But Sharpton said the reasons cited by Brinkley for imprisoning Mill were petty non-crimes. “For him to be facing two to four years for that, noncriminal violations, is absolutely unthinkable,” Sharpton said. “But this is the way it operates in Pennsylvania for many, and this is the way it operates nationwide. He said, ‘If you don’t do anything else, Reverend, please speak for people. It’s not just about me.’”

Sharpton said he considered it important to meet with Mill because the imprisoned rapper is among thousands of inmates nationwide who “have been victimized by abusive probationary and parole systems that give room for judges to act way beyond what is necessary, what is palpable and, in my judgment, what is ethical — to throw peoples’ lives away.”

Mill, 30, born Robert Williams and raised in Philadelphia, appeared stunned by the sentence, as were his fans across the country. Billboards have appeared around the city asking people to “Stand with Meek Mill.” Superstar Jay-Z wrote an op-ed that appeared in the New York Times last week denouncing the sentence. NFL free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke to the rapper by phone and later said that Mill was “humbled by the support the people have shown him.”

“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill had told Brinkley prior to her ruling. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”

The judge, who has overseen Mill’s case since its inception, ordered him to attend etiquette school in 2013 and later that year jailed him for five months for violating terms of his probation sentence.

In revoking his probation and sending him to prison, Judge Brinkley noted that he had twice been arrested this year and had gone into treatment for addiction to the prescription narcotic Percocet. She also cited Mill and his managers for repeatedly scheduling concerts after her Aug. 17 order barring performances outside Philadelphia or Montgomery County.

In October, Mill pleaded guilty in New York City to reckless driving charges after he was arrested for doing wheelies and other stunts on a dirt bike on city streets and then posting video of his performance online.

He also was arrested in March for fighting at a St. Louis airport, although those charges were dropped after he agreed to perform community service for the Veterans Association in Philadelphia.

Brinkley also recounted visiting Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia after she ordered Mill to feed the homeless at the church as community service. She said she visited one night and found him not feeding the homeless, but sorting clothing.

“It was only when you realized that I came there to check on you that you decided to serve meals,” Brinkley said.

But the District Attorney’s Office and the probation officer on the case did not recommend incarceration.

“It’s the first time in my career, as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, where a judge took the recommendations of a probation officer and district attorney and disregarded them completely,” Tacopina said, adding that he considered the case a “travesty of justice.”

Born in South Philadelphia, Mill grew up around North Philly; his father was murdered when he was 5. He’s infused his music with his experiences growing up in a poor, single-parent home. His career took off after his 2009 release from prison.

His third album, Wins and Losses, climbed quickly to No. 3 on Billboard’s albums chart after its release this summer. Its 2015 predecessor, Dreams Worth More Than Money, entered the charts at No. 1. Almost as much attention has been given to his two-year romance with the singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj, which ended this year.

The last time Mill was before Brinkley was in February 2016, for violating his probation for the fourth time in eight years. Brinkley put Mill, who was accompanied by Minaj, on 90 days’ house arrest and ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring anklet.

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Jeremey Renner Shares ‘Avengers 4’ Set Photo

With Avengers: Infinity War coming down the pipeline, production is progressing on the untitled sequel that’s set to establish the next phase in Marvel Studios’ future.

With shooting now taking place on Avengers 4, actor Jeremy Renner posted a photo from the set of the new movie.

The photo doesn’t reveal any new information, showing the actor preparing for the new film. Renner teased the haircut in a previous post on social media, showing a quick glance at the new style from the set of Infinity War.

Some people have been calling the hairstyle a “mohawk,” though it’s more like the side shave currently popular. So quit calling it a mohawk until he starts shaving the top everywhere but down the middle.

Renner is set to reprise his role as Hawkeye in the new movie, though recent photos have teased about a possible costume and identity change.

Set photos show Renner with a full sleeve of tattoos, and with the set reports involving a confrontation with the Yakuza we could be seeing the beginnings of Ronin.

For those who don’t know, Ronin was a mystery member of the New Avengers in the post-Disassembled storyline. The character was revealed to be Echo, one of Daredevil’s allies, but then the identity was adopted by Hawkeye.

It’s not clear how large of a role Renner will have in the two movies, especially given Hawkeye’s tendency to be the “forgotten Avenger.” But given the fact that he’s all but guaranteed to survive the crossover, fans can look forward to seeing more of Clint Barton and his not-a-mohawk haircut in the future.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and the untitled Avengers sequel is scheduled to premiere on May 3, 2019.

Woman with Down syndrome is 1st to compete in Miss USA state pageant

Mikayla Holmgren made history on Sunday as the first young woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant.

The 22-year-old didn’t need to win the crown in order to be recognized with special awards as she brought home the spirit of Miss USA award and the director’s award.

“It’s really fun,” she said. “As I do more pageants and I’m really proud of myself … this is my dream,” Holmgren told ABC Saint Paul, Minnesota, affiliate KSTP.

The spirit of Miss USA award is determined by the judges based on letters that have been submitted by contestants’ family and friends.

One of Holmgren’s friends from her dance classes wrote a letter that was read aloud during the ceremony, said Denise Wallace, the co-director of the pageant.

“[Her friend] wrote about how Mikayla lights up a room and has no expectation for people to treat her differently. She’s an incredible spirit,” Wallace told ABC News, saying the letter captured everything that they felt encompasses the Miss USA spirit.

The director’s award recognizes a young woman that is a standout in the pageant.

“Everyone loved her, every contestant, every family,” said Wallace of Holmgren, adding that she feels as though Holmgren is “magnetic.”

The audience gave Holmgren a standing ovation when she accepted the awards.

Doing pageants is one of her passions, Holmgren told KSTP.

Her previous pageant experience included her competing in the 2015 Miss Amazing pageant, a pageant for women with disabilities, said Wallace.

This is the second consecutive year that the Miss Minnesota USA pageant is making history.

Last year’s competition featured the first Somali-American woman wearing a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA competition, Halima Aden.

She made it to the semifinals in the top 15 but didn’t make it to the top five.

Aden has since gone signed with a modeling agency and has been on numerous magazine covers, including Vogue, and her success has inspired others to follow in her footsteps, said Wallace.

This year’s Miss Minnesota USA and Miss Minnesota Teen USA pageant included nine Muslim women, seven of which chose to wear their hijab during the competition, and Wallace said that Aden’s success reminded women that the door is open for them to compete.

One of the Muslim women competing this year was among the top five finalists, winning fourth runner-up.

The competition is held annually and consists of three segments: evening gown, swimwear/activewear, and an interview.

Kalie Wright was crowned Miss Minnesota USA on Sunday while Peyton Schroeder was crowned Miss Minnesota Teen USA. Both will now advance to compete in next year’s national pageants.

Prince Harry on when he knew Meghan Markle was “the one”

KENSINGTON PALACE — There is a new alliance between the United States and Britain. More than two centuries after Americans revolted against the monarchy, a British prince has asked a commoner from the colonies to be his wife, and she’s accepted.

Harry, the 33-year old Prince of Wales, will marry Meghan Markle, the 36-year-old Hollywood actress. The announcement came Monday in London.

“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect,” Prince Harry said. “This beautiful woman just tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

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The once-rebellious prince and the American divorcee and TV star are changing the face of the British monarchy — together.

When did Harry know Markle was “the one”?

“The very first time we met,” he said.

That was on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. 

Harry popped the question a few weeks ago, at his home in Kensington Palace. 

“Trying to roast a chicken and it was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Markle said. “He got on one knee.”

The proposal over bended knee may have been traditional, but the intense scrutiny of their courtship prompted Prince Harry to denounce what he called “racial overtones” of press coverage.

Markle, who describes herself as biracial, raised in California by her lighting director father and social worker and yoga instructor mother, says it’s something she’s had to deal with most of her life.

“Of course it’s disheartening, you know it’s a shame that, that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that,” Markle said. “At the end of the day, I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from.”

And she’ll be reminded of the legacy she’ll inherit every time she looks at that ring: the main diamond from Botswana is flanked by two others that once belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring features a center diamond from Botswana, where they traveled together, and two smaller diamonds that were owned by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.

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“It’s beautiful, and he designed it. It’s incredible,” Markle said. “Obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.”

And as far as the fifth-in-line’s current thoughts on royal lineage, there are currently no plans.

“One step at a time and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” Harry said.

That raises the prospect of half-American children taking up residence in the hallowed halls of the royal palaces — first cousins to a king or queen one day.

No date has been set yet for the wedding sometime in the spring 2018.

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