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Stars join thousands waiting to learn wildfire’s damage toll

Rich or not, famous or not, there was no reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping th..

Rich or not, famous or not, there was no reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest communities nearby and in the state's north.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kardashian West were among the celebrities who joined thousands of others in evacuating from the affluent coastal city that is as well-known as its residents. The stars went online to share their own distress and dismay for others as the fate of many properties remained unknown Saturday.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones," Lady Gaga tweeted. "I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray together & for each other. God Bless You."

There were shout-outs as well to the firefighters struggling to contain the fires in what were described as especially difficult conditions.

"These guys are heroes," filmmaker Guillermo del Toro posted on Twitter. His so-called "Bleak House," which contains his collection of items too scary to be kept in the family home, was endangered.

Shannen Doherty, who'd been out of town when the fire broke out, said online that friends staying at her Malibu house evacuated safely with her dogs. It's likely her house burned, she said, but she expressed gratitude to firefighters "putting their lives on the line for all of us" and sympathy for others affected by the fire.

Sheen ("The West Wing," ''Apocalypse Now"), interviewed by a TV station on the beach Friday night after fleeing his home, said the fire was the worst he has ever seen. He said he expects his house was destroyed.

The interview occurred after his son, actor Charlie Sheen, tweeted that he'd been unable to contact his father, and the Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV tracked him down. Martin Sheen gave a shoutout to his family to let them know he and his wife, Janet, were safe and planned to sleep in their car by the beach.

The status of Martin Sheen's home was unknown Saturday morning.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" star Doherty said her "heart is ripped apart" by the loss of a Malibu home where she and husband Kurt Iswarienko were married in 2011, posting on Instagram a wedding-day photo of the smiling couple on a tree-lined path at the property apparently owned by a friend.

She had previously found refuge in the house when her father died in 2010, Doherty wrote.

"It's the place I felt my dad with me. It's gone. Fire has taken it away. I'm devastated by all that's happening," she said.

The blaze started Thursday night and by Friday had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby areas. Authorities said Saturday that two people were found dead in the fire zone and at least 150 homes burned .

In Northern California, the small inland town of Paradise was virtually wiped out by a fast-moving blaze that destroyed more than 6,700 buildings and claimed nine lives as of Saturday.

Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight on "The Office," indicated online that he and his family were away when flames "roared down the creek bed behind our house and missed it by a dozen yards!"

"Thousands of others have lost homes and pets and precious belongings. Especially the residents of Paradise who have lost lives," he tweeted.

Although the fatalities overshadowed any loss of property, Malibu's fame inevitably called attention to the state of its multimillion-dollar homes, including one made famous in ABC's reality dating series "The Bachelor."

The show's producers said in a statement Saturday that, with the area closed to traffic, they didn't know the condition of what is primarily a private residence. They said their main concern "is with the family who has been displaced, their neighbors, and all the communities impacted by this tragic fire."

Alyssa Milano, who on Friday tweeted that her house was "in jeopardy" but she had gotten needed help to evacuate her horses and that her children were safe, posted Saturday that she was waiting to hear of her home's fate.

"There are no words for this kind of devastation. I'm so sorry and my heart is with each of those who are impacted by this awful disaster," she tweeted Saturday.

Also left waiting was Caitlyn Jenner, whose hilltop home appeared intact when it was shot by a photographer for The Associated Press on Saturday morning. Jenner's representative noted that the Olympic gold medalist wouldn't know the extent of any damage to the home until she was allowed to return to it.

Even outside the evacuation zone, the impact of the fire was being felt by others in the entertainment industry.

"The world is literally on fire right now. And unfortunately it's becoming more and more common here in California," actress Natalie Portman said Friday night in Hollywood at an American Film Institute Fest premiere of her film "Vox Lux."

She said she was hoping for the best for friends and everyone else affected by the blaze. She said she'd spoken to her own two children about the fires because "they need to feel safe" and also understand that there are broad regional effects, like poor air quality.

Kardashian West posted video on Instagram of an area on fire with a message "Pray for Calabasas." She said she landed back home, spent one hour packing and evacuated shortly afterward.

In addition to homes destroyed, Paramount Ranch's "Western Town," a landmark film location dating back to 1927 that included a jail, hotel and saloon, burned to the ground. The TV series "Westworld" is among the many productions that have filmed at the ranch in the mountains west of Los Angeles.

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AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.

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Director ‘an idiot’ for flashing at stars including Cameron Diaz

Green Book director Peter Farrelly has apologised and called himself an “idiot” after a story emerge..

Green Book director Peter Farrelly has apologised and called himself an "idiot" after a story emerged in which stars told how he liked to flash his genitals as a joke.

New York Magazine's The Cut published excerpts of a story which ran in Newsweek in 1998, which said Farrelly and his brother and frequent film-making partner Bobby Farrelly would "prank" colleagues.

The Farrelly brothers are best known for comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and There's Something About Mary.

Image: Cameron Diaz starred in the Farrelly brothers' There's Something About Mary

Those who spoke to Newsweek about being tricked included film executive Tom Rothman and actress Cameron Diaz, who was starring in There's Something About Mary at the time.

Both treated the incidents as a prank, The Cut article notes.

Peter Farrelly has had something of a reinvention with last year's Green Book, a comedy-drama about racism set in the Deep South in the 1960s, which he directed on his own.

Director Peter Farrelly and the Green Book cast on stage at the Golden Globes 2019
Image: Farrelly won a Golden Globe with Green Book

The film stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as a black concert pianist and his Italian-American driver who become unlikely friends, and won a Golden Globe at the weekend for best musical or comedy film, as well as the awards for best supporting actor for Ali and best screenplay.

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Following The Cut's article, Farrelly issued a statement through his publicists saying the stories were true.

"I was an idiot," he said. "I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I'm deeply sorry."

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Gary Oldman surprises fans as he narrates David Bowie app on late singers birthday

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He was good friends with the late singer so it only makes sense that Gary Oldman features on the new David Bowie app.

To coincide with what would have been Bowies 72nd birthday and third death anniversary, the David Bowie Is app arrived earlier this week giving fans an interactive exhibition into the life and stellar career of the iconic British singer, who died on 10 January 2016.

Fans can navigate their way through hundreds of Bowies earliest stage outfits, videos, handwritten lyrics and diary entries in 360-degree detail. Its a digital adaptation of the critically-acclaimed V&A Museum exhibition, which launched in 2013 and toured around the world before closing last summer.

It was a no-brainer for Gary to feature on the David Bowie app (Picture: Getty Images)

But perhaps one of the top highlights is Oldman narrating a visual of Bowies 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour. In his voiceover, the Oscar-winning actor says the tour featured contemporary music and theatre several years ahead of its time and a stellar lineup of theatrical collaborators quite unlike that of any previous rock tour.

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The historic tour boasted a dystopian cityscape theme, inspired by George Orwells classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

On his involvement with the project, Oldman said in a statement: This brings the amazing David Bowie Is exhibition to a wider audience. Its great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.

09 January 2019, US, New York: The picture of pop musician David Bowie can be seen on the display of a smartphone. An elaborately designed app recounts the life and career of pop musician David Bowie (1947-2016). The app serves as a digital version of the exhibition "David Bowie Is", which visited more than two million people worldwide on its tour through twelve cities. Photo: Johannes Schmitt-Tegge/dpa
David Bowie Is coincides with the late rockers death anniversary and birthday (Picture: Avalon.red)
09 January 2019, US, New York: A picture of pop musician David Bowie can be seen on the display of a smartphone. An elaborately designed app recounts the life and career of pop musician David Bowie (1947-2016). The app serves as a digital version of the exhibition "David Bowie Is", which visited more than two million people worldwide on its tour through twelve cities. Photo: Johannes Schmitt-Tegge/dpa
The app is an adaptation of the V&A exhibition (Picture: Avalon.red)
09 January 2019, US, New York: The picture of pop musician David Bowie can be seen on the display of a smartphone. An elaborately designed app recounts the life and career of pop musician David Bowie (1947-2016). The app serves as a digital version of the exhibition "David Bowie Is", which visited more than two million people worldwide on its tour through twelve cities. Photo: Johannes Schmitt-Tegge/dpa
Browse through handwritten letters and original lyrics (Picture: Avalon.red)

Oldman, 60, was known to have an especially close friendship with Bowie and made a cameo in the late singers 2013 music video for The Next Day. The pair also starred together in the 1996 movie Basquiat. (more…)

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As Lady Gaga apologises for working with R Kelly, all the stars who have spoken out against him

The allegations of sexual abuse against R Kelly have been brought into the spotlight again by the Li..

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The allegations of sexual abuse against R Kelly have been brought into the spotlight again by the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R Kelly.

Fresh investigations into the Ignition singer have been launched in Chicago and Atlanta into allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against him by a number of women.

The 52-year-old is accused of holding five women in a sex cult, as well as having sexual contact with girls as young as 14. R Kelly has strongly denied these allegations.

While the attention on the allegations has ramped up since the airing of Surviving R Kelly, rumours have been rampant since the 90s, when the singer allegedly married Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27.

In light of the documentary, Lady Gaga – who collaborated with R Kelly on the 2013 song Do What You Want – has apologised for working with the R&B star.

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Lady Gaga is pulling Do What You Want from streaming platforms (Picture: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

In a note on social media, Gaga wrote: As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadnt processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.

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The song is called “Do What U Want (With My Body),” I think its clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self Id tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in—or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation—to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what weve been through.

I cant go back but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all seuxal identities and of all races who are victims of sexual assault. I have demonstrated my stance on this issue and others many times throughout my career. (more…)

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