Hollywood: Ms. USA competition under magnifying glass; Shakira waived for now


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‘Lizzie McGuire’ actress now mother of four

Hilary Duff and her husband, Matthew Koma,’s brood grew by another pinky foot this month.

The former Disney star’s fourth child, Townes Meadow Bair, was born on May 3 this year.

“Now we know why she made us wait so long… She made those cheeks perfect,” writes a proud Hilary on Instagram.

“I’ve been dreaming about holding you in my arms for months, and the last five days of getting to know you, looking at you and smelling you have been pure magic. We all love you as much as if you had always been here.”

Hilary is best known for her roles in, among others Lizzie McGuire, A Cinderella Story, Cheaper By The Dozen and How I Met Your Father. In 2019, she married Matthew, a songwriter and DJ, and they have three children – five-year-old Banks Violet, three-year-old Mae James and now also little Townes.

Hilary was previously married to hockey player Mike Comrie and had her first child, 12-year-old Luca, with him.

New ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies on the way

Viewers will soon be able to return to Middle-earth.

David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed earlier this week that the production house is currently working on several texts for new The Lord of the Rings– to develop movies.

“The movies will explore storylines that have yet to be told,” says David.

The first film is expected to hit the big screen in 2026 and is still untitled at this stage Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum. This title may still change. It is expected that Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis will direct the movie and will also star in the movie himself.

According to David, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens will “be involved in every step of the process”. There are currently two new movies planned in the series.

“For two decades, moviegoers have had the The Lord of the Ringstrilogy because of the unquestioning loyalty that Peter, Fran and Philippa had for the legacy of Tolkien’s work,” says David.

“We are honored that they have agreed to be partners for the new movies. With Andy coming on board to direct the first movie, we continue to build on the The Lord of the Rings-to build history.”

Shakira’s legal troubles cleared up for now

A Spanish court confirmed on Thursday 9 May that the investigation into Shakira’s alleged tax fraud has been stopped.

Prosecutors opened the case in July 2023, in which it was alleged that in 2018 she used a network of companies to defraud the tax authorities of €6.6 million (about R131 million).

A month after the complaints came to light, the “Hips don’t lie” singer settled the debt.

Prosecutors requested this week that the criminal complaint made against Shakira be dropped due to a lack of evidence. The court agreed to this a day later.

Pau Molins, one of the Spanish singer’s lawyers, said that his client was grateful that the “defamatory case” against her was dropped and that it proved that “there was never any fraudulent behavior on the part of the singer”.

Miss. USA competition under magnifying glass

The resignations of two prominent beauty queens made the Miss. USA competition ripped.

Noelia Voigt, who in September last year as Miss. USA was crowned, and UmaSofia Srivastava, who was crowned Miss. Teen USA wore returned their crowns to the organization in the same week.

It is not yet known why the two decided to distance themselves from the organization, but it is suspected that it has to do with the environment that the organization creates for its employees and stakeholders.

After her retirement, Noelia told her Instagram followers to “never give up their physical and mental health,” and that “health is your wealth.”

Two days later, UmaSofia announced her resignation, simply saying that there was a “disagreement” between her and the organization.

Claude Michelle, Ms. USA’s director of social media also resigned earlier this month, at the same time as Noelia and UmaSofia. She claims in an Instagram post that she worked for two months without any compensation, that she had no workers to work with and believes that the management has no respect for the winners.

Michelle says that she worked closely with Noelia, and that in the past few months she has seen a slow but certain decline in the beauty queen’s mental health.

She also claims that the management of Ms. USA behaved contemptuously towards UmaSofia and her family.

Additional resources: Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter