‘Law & Order: SVU’ star running for New York Congress

Diane Neal is hoping to run in the November 2018 election as an independent.

Actress Diane Neal played a district attorney for over 100 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Now she wants to be come a lawmaker in real life.

Neal, who played Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on Law & Order: SVU, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce her independent run for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat.

“Ok, so it’s ON!!! But I’m doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party,” Neal tweeted. “Website will be up later today (fingers crossed) and all ready to go. But goal is bigger than parties. Goal is no negativity. Goal is HIGH ROAD all the way.”

The 42-year-old is running for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Faso (R) who was elected in 2016. Neal’s own political beliefs are a mix, she told The Daily Freeman.

“I’m a little Libertarian, I’m a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do,” she said.

Neal needs 3,500 signatures in order to secure a spot as independent on the November ballot.

Six Democratic candidates have already announced their intention to against Faso run for the congressional seat, according to The Daily Freeman. A Democratic will take place June 26th.

‘Modern Family’ likely to end after 10th season

Showrunners and co-creators, Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd tease a spin-off saying “never say never.”

Modern Family, ABC’s longest-running comedy, has been on the air for nine seasons. The series celebrated its 200th episode on Jan. 10, and it could be one of the last comedies to ever reach that number.

“I often joke to cast members as we introduce our 198th episode that if we were on Netflix, we would be in our 25th season and Manny would be in his early 40s by this point,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd told The Hollywood Reporter at the cake-cutting ceremony for the landmark episode.

Co-creators and showrunners, Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan confirmed that the show will be ending after it’s upcoming 10th season. To extend the comedy series past a 10th season would require the cast to negotiate expensive, new deals with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television as all the contracts for the ensemble cast come to an end then.

“If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it,” Levitan told THR. “Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”

At the show’s peak, the Pritchett family family attracted over 14 million views and won Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys for five straight years– a dramatic difference with it’s 200th episode earning only 5.8 million in viewership.

But the charm and likability of Modern Family has propelled it’s cast members, such as Sophia Vergara and Sarah Hyland, to new heights. Three members of the ensemble– Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet– have earned Emmys for their rolesThe show has won 22 Emmy wins in total for its crew and cast.

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Mitzi Shore, owner, founder of the Comedy Store, dead at 87

Shore launched the careers of some of the most famous comedians such as Robin Williams.

Comedy Store founder and owner, Mitzi Shore died in Los Angeles Wednesday morning. She was 87.

The Comedy Store, which helped launch the careers of many famous comedians, will be closed Wednesday in her honor.

Shore founded the club in 1972 with her husband at the time, Sammy Shore, and fellow comedian Rudy DeLuca. Two years later she became the owner, and is credited with boosting the careers of comedy greats such as Robin Williams, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Richard Pryor.

She is survived by her four children Peter, Scott, Sandy, and Pauly Shore.

Actor and comedian Pauly Shore had openly discussed in the past his mother’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. He took to Twitter to pay her tribute.

“Mom/Mitzi passed Early in the morning at 4.42 am she was 87 years old my heart lays heavy,” he wrote.

The comedy club released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore, the legendary Godmother of the world famous Comedy Store. Mitzi was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly.”

Pauly shared that Shore was not in pain during her final days, and on Monday had the chance to say her final goodbyes to the Comedy Store.

“Alfred, Mom’s caregiver, and I took Mom/Mitzi to @TheComedyStore this afternoon for her last time. Our maintenance man of 20 years Juan Carlos had the neon lights on for her, and her music playing,” Pauly wrote Monday night.

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller shares a photo from prison

The reality TV star was ordered to pay half a million in fines, along with serving a year and one day long prison sentence.

Dance Moms alum Abby Lee Miller shared her first photo from prison Sunday night– apologizing to fans and giving a personal update on prison life. It’s been six months since the dance teacher began her 366 day sentence in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud.

Miller, 51, took to Instagram to post a photo of herself with friends inside Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California.

“Sometimes in life you make mistakes I trusted the wrong people and didn’t pay any attention to things I should of. I’m more than sorry for the mistakes I have made,” Miller started off the post, “My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison. I did so with grace, the stories you read about me been a princess are untrue. I have made friends with both inmates and staff, I’ve tried to better myself, participated in anything offered to me and I am a better person for this experience.

The Abby Lee Dance Company owner was sentenced to prison in May 2017 not only for bankruptcy fraud, but also for bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the United States without reporting it. Miller used her post to also disprove rumors of an early release in February.

“All the press stories and speculation are not entirely correct however, I am feeling hopeful but no dates have been confirmed at this time,” she continued, “I am feeling great and ready to turn over a new leaf thank you so much to everyone for your support especially my nearest and dearest I love you all ( and yes this is me in prison ) #abbyleemiller #abbylee #dancemoms#dance #aldc.”

Miller completed a prison Release Preparation Program and received a certificate in personal finance on December 15 Us Weekly confirmed. The reality TV star also passed her ACE– Adult Continuing Education– class and received a certificate for real estate.

Brooke Burke opens up about divorce from David Charvet

The couple secretly filed for divorce back in January, but now Burke is being candid about what caused the split.

Brooke Burke revealed this Friday, that she and David Charvet decided to split after six years of marriage. Now the former Dancing With The Stars host and mother of four, has taken to her blog to reveal why the couple made the decision to separate.

Charvet, 45, has yet to publicly comment on their secret split, but on Monday Burke shared her side of the situation in a lengthy post written on Modern Mom.

“I have struggled with trying to find worthy words to speak to this life change my family is going through but I do want to share my personal thoughts,” the 46-year-old actress wrote. “You may have heard that David and I are divorcing. We have tried to keep our separation private for some time out of respect for our children and family. Although I believe this is a positive change, I am deeply saddened because I loved being married.”

Burke and Charvet share two children together– son, Shaya, 10, and daughter, Heaven, 11. Burke also has two daughters from her previous marriage to Garth Fisher.

“It took me a long time to differentiate between giving up and letting go, and even longer to recognize when it was time to do so,” she added. “We are still a family full of love, simply redefining our dynamics. I believe this is a necessary decision for my entire family unit.”

The actress official filed for separation Jan. 23, 2018, citing “irreconcilable differences” and proposed that the two share joint and legal custody of their children.

“There was nothing sensational that caused this divorce and nothing scandalous will surface,” she explained. “Big life decisions are hardest when made for the right reasons. It is sometimes painful to be strong and embrace change. I believe in letting go of ideas and dreams when the time is right. I am in that space right now as a woman and a mother, listening to my heart. I am approaching this with gratitude and unconditional love.”

Fifth Harmony announces indefinite hiatus to focus on solo careers

This announcement comes over a year after Camilla Cabello quit the group to focus on her solo career.

Fifth Harmony has decided to call it quits after six years of performing together in the pop, girl group formed during The X Factor’s second season.

The group released a statement on their official Twitter account on Monday, Mar. 19 to explain their decision.

“Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

They continued, “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”

In 2016, Camilla Cabello left the group to pursue a solo career and found success with hit singles such as Havana and Never Be the Same.

Other members of the group have also embarked on solo ventures during their time with the group. Dinah Jane worked with RedOne, Daddy Yankee and French Montana for Boom Boom. Lauren Jauregui teamed up with Steve Aoki on All Night.

Normai Kordei made an impressive showing on Dancing with the Stars in 2017, and also collaborated with Khalid in Love Lies. Ally Brooke lent her voice to the electronic music ballad Perfect by Topic.

In Monday’s statement, Jane, Jauregui, Kordei, and Brooke thanked their fans for their support, promising that this decision wouldn’t affect tour dates through the end of 2018.

“To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifty Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”

They concluded, “We do have some upcoming shows through the end of the year which will still happen as planned, and we can’t wait! All our love, from the bottom of our hearts, Dinah Jane, Lauren, Normani and Ally xoxoxo.”

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater are married

The couple got engaged live on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ back in October 2016.

Another set of Dancing With The Stars couple has tied the knot.

Professionals Sasha Farber and Emma Slater said ‘I do’ at the Bella Blanca in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 25. Guests included fellow DWTS pros Cheryl Burke, Julianne Houghe and husband Brooks Laich and former contestants Vanessa and Nick Lachey, and Drew Scott.

Wedding planner Michael Russo gushed about the ceremony to Us Weekly. According to his company’s website, he also coordinated the wedding of previous DWTS partners  Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec.

“As Emma walked down the aisle, instantly locking eyes with Sasha, it was as if time stood still,” Russo said. “Their moving vows had moments of both humor and heartfelt emotion, which made the ceremony a truly special and magical thing to behold. I couldn’t be more proud to have been a witness to this celebration of pure, unconditional love.”

Slater changed into two wedding dresses both by designer Rivini, and Farber wore a handmade, white tuxedo by Onik design. The couple’s first dance was to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Sheeran couldn’t attend the wedding to perform, but recorded a heartfelt message that played during the during their dance.

Faber, 33, and Slater, 29, got engaged live on the ABC ballroom-dancing competition show back in October 2016. They had been dating on-and-off since 2011.

Celebs expressing concern in wake of more police murders

Kim Kardashian and Drake have expressed concern over police violence.

Kim Kardashian and Drake have expressed concern over police violence.

After cameras caught footage of the shooting murders of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police officers, a lone gunman set out on a mission to “kill white police officers.”

Micah Xavier Johnson, the sniper, shot and killed five Dallas police officers on Thursday.

Castile, who was a kitchen supervisor at a Montessori school, was pulled over for a tail light violation before being shot four times in the chest.

Castile, who had a licensed firearm on his person, was reportedly shot while reaching for his identification.

“This is real and I’m concerned. Concerned for the safety of my family, my friends and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern,” wrote Drake after viewing footage of Sterling being held down by Baton Rouge police and being shot in the chest. “It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago.”

“I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter,” wrote reality star, Kim Kardashian. Kardashian is the mother of two children with African American rapper, Kanye West. “I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or to tell him that he has †o watch his back because the people we are told to trust – the people who ‘protect and serve’ – may not be protecting him because of the color of his skin.”

Chaka Khan on same drug that killed Prince

Chaka Khan is entering rehab for the same medication that killed Prince.

Chaka Khan is entering rehab for the same medication that killed Prince.

“[I am] battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince’s death, ” said Chaka Khan in an interview with the Associated Press. “[I have] voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way.”

Prince died earlier this year of an overdose of the drug, fentanyl. Chaka Khan did an extremely popular cover of the Prince hit, “I feel for you,” one of her biggest hits.

“[Chaka Khan is] struggling with a dependence on prescription pain medications,” said the Grammy Award winning, 63 year old singer in response to why she was entering rehab. “Doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July.”

Chaka Khan will postpone multiple tour dates in order to get her health on track.

According to her official website, Chaka Khan looks to return to her regular touring schedule by August 1.

“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer,” said Chaka Khan. “However, it’s vital that I put my health and well-being first. I know that I am disappointing some of my fans, but I also know they would want me to recover and be well and healthy.”

“Thank you everyone for your well wishes,” tweeted Chaka Khan, who entered the rehabilitation program with her sister, Yvonne Stevens. “[We] agreed we would take this journey together and support each other through the recovery.”

“We knew it was time to take action to save our lives,” concluded Chaka Khan.

Selma Blair clears up Cameron Diaz retirement rumors

“I was making a joke,” ‘The Sweetest Thing’ actress took to Twitter to clarify.

Word spreads fast. Actress Selma Blair took to Twitter on Monday to clear up the rumors that her good friend Cameron Diaz was retiring from acting.

In an interview published by  Metro News UK on Sunday, the 45-year-old recounted her latest get together with her The Sweetest Thing (2002) costar that sent Diaz fans into a frenzy.

“I had lunch with Cameron the other day,” Blair told the news outlet. “We were reminiscing about the film. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting. She’s like ‘I’m done.'”

She added, “I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.”

But after gossip spread about Diaz retiring at the age of 45, Blair quickly made it clear that she was only joking.

“BREAKING NEWS,” she wrote, “Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING.”

Jokingly, she also added, “And for more breaking news: I am NOW retiring from being Cameron Diaz’s spokesperson.”

Diaz has not appeared in a movie since her 2014 performance in the Annie remake. In 2015, she married Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden. The actress’ career has shifted to more focus on being a wellness ambassador.  In 2013, she released The Body Book, and followed it with The Longevity Book in 2016.

Insider sources told Us Weekly in January that “Cameron hasn’t wanted to work” and is focusing on expanding her family. “She is enjoying being at home and being a housewife. She would love more than anything to be a mom.”