Richard Gere clashed with an Italian politician who suggested the American actor take a boatload of stranded African migrants back to Hollywood with him. The migrants have been stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy for 9 days.
On Friday, the Pretty Woman star boarded the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is stuck off the coast of Italy, as no European government will offer the rescued migrants on board safe haven.
The ship has been in limbo since August 1. Thousands of social media users around the world issued pleas to European governments to end the humanitarian crisis, which many say is racist.
According to BBC News, Gere called for Italy to allow the migrants to dock and criticized Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for "demonizing people".
"We have our problems with refugees coming from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico... It's very similar to what you are going through here," Gere told the BBC. "This has to stop everywhere on this planet now. And it will stop if we say stop."
But, Salvini, who is also interior minister of Italy, hit back, telling Gere to take the 160 migrants back home with him to Hollywood.
"Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take (them) back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!" Salvini said in a statement.
Humanitarian aid workers, with the financial support of Gere and others, deliver food and water to the migrants so they don't starve to death while Italy denies their request to dock in the harbor on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
One Instagram user wrote: "My husband on board @proactivaopenarms delivering food and water, after 8 days they still have no port/harbor to disembark. We need to urge please help them!"
The Spanish boat faces a fine of up to $1.1 million if it enters Italian waters.
Ciara Wilson was among the fashionable stars attending the 2019 Beautycon Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 11. The part-time singer and homemaker attended the 2-day convention that welcomed makeup artists, beauty bloggers, social media influencers, entrepreneurs and celebrities to connect, shop and discuss all things beauty-related. BeautyCon featured more than 150 brands, panels and special performances.
Some of the highlights from BeautyCon included an interview with Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, who showed off her svelte new figure! Ms. Tina, pictured here with actress Marsai Martin, says granddaughter Blue Ivy is a budding makeup artist.
"I've bought Blue so many makeup kits, much to her dad's dismay!" she revealed to ET. She admitted that fathers like JAY-Z "don't like that." "But it's just for playtime. We have fun!"
Kelly Rowland told ET that rumors about a Destiny's Child reunion was "news to me, just as much as it was to you! I was like, 'Oh! My god, a tour is happening! Someone call me.'"
Kelly said she’s just too busy to hit the road with Beyonce and her massive entourage. "Everybody's supportive of each other's personal ventures right now," she said. "If it were to happen, I would want it to be a surprise. I feel like we know so much now. News is right at your fingertips and sometimes it's very bad journalism! Shame on you, whoever reported that."
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Universal Studios has cancelled its upcoming film 'The Hunt', in which "elite liberals" hunt down Trump supporters, aka "deplorables", for sport.
The film is from the producers of the social commentary thrillers Get Out and The Purge.
The term "deplorables" was used by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during a campaign fundraising event to degrade and demean Trump supporters.
Universal cancelled 'The Hunt' after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead last weekend.
After viewing the trailer, there was some confusion among the news media over whether the "hunted" or the "hunters" are the heroes of the film.
Calling their film a "satirical social thriller," Universal said, "We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
Mary Wilson, founding member of the legendary Supremes, is proud to announce her new coffee table book, Supreme Glamour, which celebrates the fashion, glitz and glamour of the cultural icons. The book, written by Mary Wilson, is chocked full of hundreds of archival photographs, personal anecdotes, and insightful narrative text by Wilson and close personal friend Mark Bego.
Wilson has previously released two best-selling autobiographies, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together.
Supreme Glamour showcases thirty-two of the group's most eye-catching gowns, meticulously reassembled and photographed on the Grammy Museum stage.
Some of the gowns were designed by close friend, Sir Keith Holman, who adds his thoughts and recollections about designing gowns for the iconic group.
The book contains never-before-seen color photographs from Holman's personal collection, as well as 300+ color illustrations. Detailed captions accompany each photograph, providing information about the design, fabric, and embellishments of each ensemble, as well as the occasion on which each was first worn.
This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the fashion history of the Supremes!
Mary Wilson tells the complete story of The Supremes, both on- and off- stage, from their humble beginnings in Detroit in 1959 as The Primettes to their 1964 breakthrough hit, "Where Did Our Love Go," and from the departure of Diana Ross to The Supremes' disco hits of the 1970s.
Supreme Glamour builds a complete picture of the charm, sophistication, and magic of The Supremes.
Supreme Glamour is available for pre-order here. The coffee table book is set for release everywhere on September 17, 2019.
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