Marvel Studios’ Loki is now streaming… Madea is back… Frankie Grande is engaged… Armie is finally getting the help… and Chris Harrison says he’s “excited to start new chapter”Listen to “Showbiz – June 9, 2021” on Spreaker.
The new “Loki” series premieres today on Disney+ with Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki. This series takes place after “Avengers: Endgame” and — according to Wikipedia — an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. As part of the big debut, Lucky Charms is offering “Loki Charms” — a limited edition cereal that you won’t find in the grocery store. Only 3500 boxes are being made for $8 each on MischievouslyDelicious.com.
Did you REALLY think we’d seen the last of Medea? Medea launched Tyler Perry’s career and set him on the path to becoming a billionaire. He played Medea in 11 movies and 11 plays, but in 2019, Tyler said he was hanging up that wig for good after his final two projects — the “A Madea Family Funeral” movie and the stage play, “Madea’s Farewell.” Well, scratch that. Tyler is bringing back Medea for a 12th movie — “A Medea Homecoming.” It will be available on Netflix in 2022. There’s no word yet on the plot.
A couple of celebrity engagements to announce. Last night, Frankie Grande proposed to Hale Leon surrounded by their friends and family. People says Frankie’s mom was there, but they didn’t mention his sister, Ariana. Frankie told Hale they were meeting friends to celebrate his 4-year sober anniversary, but popped the question instead. He did it in one of those immersive virtual reality places and had “Will you marry me?” added into the experience with this huge intergalactic virtual fireworks display. Frankie and Hale met two years ago at a line dancing bar in LA. Frankie said, “It was definitely love at first dance.” And congratulations to Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer. He proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sierra Deaton back in February, but they waited until yesterday to announce it on their Instagrams. You may recognize Sierra from when she competed on the third and final season of “X-Factor US” when she was in the duo Alex & Sierra alongside ex-boyfriend Alex Kinsey. She later released music under stage name Essy and has provided background vocals for the band.
Taken straight from the playbook “Celebrity Image Rehab 101,” Armie Hammer checked himself into a treatment center outside of Orlando on May 31. Page Six has confirmed he’s getting help for his drug, alcohol and twisted sex issues. Reportedly, Armie was seen at the Grand Cayman airport telling his estranged wife and their two kids goodbye before he got on a plane and flew away for treatment. One of Armie’s close friends spoke to Page Six, saying that he’s “committed to getting healthy and having custody of his kids. This is a clear sign that he is taking back control [of] his life and knows that this [is] a step towards his overall well being.”
Deadline was first to report it. After almost 20 years, Chris Harrison is no longer a part of “The Bachelor” franchise. Deadline reported that things were extremely ugly behind the scenes, with Chris’ attorney threatening a number of lawsuits “exposing a swath of ‘The Bachelor’s’ alleged dirty laundry” unless Chris got paid. Page Six’s source told them, “He knows a lot about inappropriate behavior on set: fights between contestants, misbehavior including use of illegal substances while overseas and complaints from producers that were allegedly brushed under the carpet by ABC execs. He was ready to tell the truth about how things really work over there — and he has plenty of evidence to back him up.” Page Six’s source said Chris was earning $5M per season, and wanted a cool $25M to walk away. While we don’t know for sure what agreement was reached, it’s not believed to be $25M. It is believed to be 8 figures, though.