People: Jon Hamm, Abby Lee Miller, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and more!
May 7, 2014 12:00 AM
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Jon Hamm stars as sports agent JB Bernstein in Walt Disney Pictures' "Million Dollar Arm."
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Talk about a nice Mother's Day present -- the chance to see Jon Hamm at a Pittsburgh Pirates game, although it may be from afar or via ESPN's coverage of the contest.
The "Mad Men" star, who portrays real-life sports agent J.B. Bernstein in "Million Dollar Arm," and player Rinku Singh, whose story is told in the movie, are expected at Sunday's 8:05 p.m. game against the Cardinals at PNC Park. Mr. Hamm, a St. Louis native, will take part in "Baseball Tonight" and "SportsCenter" on ESPN.
"Million Dollar Arm" recounts how Mr. Bernstein went to Mumbai with hopes of finding a cricket player whose pitching talent could transfer to a North American baseball field. He finds two young men and changes their lives and his in the process in the movie opening in theaters everywhere May 16.
Monica Lewinsky has broken a decade of virtual silence by writing a magazine article in which she addresses her affair with President Clinton -- hoping, she says, to put her past behind her once and for all.
"It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Lewinsky, now 40, writes in the new issue of Vanity Fair.
She says the affair, which happened when she was a White House intern and led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998, was between two consenting adults. But she regrets what happened between them.
"Sure, my boss took advantage of me," she writes, "but I will always remain firm on this point: It was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position ... The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor's minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power."
"I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton," she adds.
Lewinsky writes that she was inspired to go public by Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide in 2010 after being bullied because he was gay. That brought back Lewinsky's own suicidal feelings from the Clinton scandal.
Lewinsky's mother was especially upset about Clementi's death. "She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn't let me out of her sight," Lewinsky writes. "She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life -- a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death."
Her current goal, Lewinsky writes, "is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums."
Matt Damon is showing his hand when it comes to his good friend Ben Affleck.
"He's a good card player," Damon told People while attending the Planes of Fame Air Show in Chico, Calif., on Saturday.
Damon, who played a high-stakes poker player in the 1998 film "Rounders," briefly addressed the gambling controversy surrounding Affleck's ban from blackjack.
Asked how good of a player his longtime friend is and whether the notion of his ban is believable, Damon replied, "Yeah, he can play."
So has Damon, who attended the air show with his wife, Luciana, and daughters Alexia, Isabella, Gia and Stella, ever used tricks from his "Rounders" role in the casino?
"Plenty of times," he said with a laugh.
The ballroom got a little heated on Monday night.
"Dancing With the Stars" welcomed "Dance Moms'" Abby Lee Miller, who is known for her outspoken and aggressive (and that's putting it mildly) teaching style, as a guest judge, but she was the one who ended up receiving poor scores!
After she criticized Olympian Meryl Davis' footwork during her rumba, Meryl's professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy did not hold back, telling Erin Andrews, "I really don't care for anything she has to say."
So what did the "Dance Moms" star think of Maks' comments? And does Maks regret what he said after Monday's show.
"I don't think it was hurtful to me, no sweat off of my back," Miller told E! News. "But I think it was a little disrespectful to ABC and to 'Dancing With the Stars' and to a judge."
Whoa! And Miller wasn't done, calling Davis' footwork "horrendous," though she noted that "coming into this tonight, I thought she was the shoo-in for the win."
She also kind of accused Meryl and Maks of playing up a possible toe injury.
As for Chmerkovskiy, he definitely isn't too worried about sounding off about judges' critiques, something he has been known to do in the past.
"I just answered the question. Someone asked me a question and I answered it," he explained. "That's what it was ... I can't lie, but you'll see it on my face. It is what it is. My thing is that I am just enjoying this process, so Maks is back, not back, whatever ... you have no idea who Maks is. This is me, this is how I want to be. I just want to have fun and enjoy myself."
MSNBC is apologizing for a Cinco de Mayo segment that featured a staff member onscreen wearing a sombrero, shaking maracas and taking a swig from a bottle of tequila, The Associated Press reports.
The network said Tuesday the interlude on its "Way Too Early" show Monday featuring correspondent Louis Burgdorf and host Thomas Roberts wasn't intended to be disrespectful. The show apologized online and will express its regret Wednesday on the air.
Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, says it was abominable that the segment was done by a news organization. He says it feeds "the ignorant misconceptions of a rich and proud people who unfortunately are too often portrayed as caricatures to be scoffed at."
The holiday marks an 1862 battle victory by Mexican troops. It is celebrated in the U.S. with parades and revelry.
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