Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards Engaged to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are engaged to be married.

The Little Mix singer and the professional soccer player announced the news on Saturday (June 18). Edwards shared a series of photos of the romantic beach proposal — and a first look at her engagement ring — on Instagram.

“Last night the love of my life got down on one knee and I said… YES!” she wrote, tagging her fiancé on the post.

Little Mix bandmates Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock were among the many friends to leave congratulatory messages on the announcement. Thirlwall left a comment of happy emojis, while Pinnock said, “Best news! So happy for you both.”

The now-trio’s latest release was Between Us, a stacked greatest-hits project, which dropped in November. In December, they said they had plans to take a little break after their spring tour, but that they’d be back: “Little Mix are here to stay.”

Edwards and Oxlade-Chamberlain are parents to a baby named Axel, who was born on Aug. 21, 2021.

See their engagement photos on Instagram.

Tennessee Secretary of State Arrested on DUI Charge After Leaving Bonnaroo

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was arrested Friday night (June 17) for allegedly driving under the influence after leaving a music festival in the state.

Hargett, a Republican, was booked into the Coffee County Jail shortly after midnight Saturday and released a few hours later, according to jail records.

Hargett’s office released a statement on the arrest Saturday.

“On Friday night after leaving the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I was stopped by the Tullahoma Police Department and subsequently arrested for DUI,” Hargett said in the statement. “Driving Under the Influence is a serious matter, and I regret the circumstances that led to my arrest. I respect law enforcement and will trust the legal process as we move forward.”

Hargett is scheduled to appear in court on July 14, WKRN-TV reported.

Hargett served a decade in the General Assembly before overseeing the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. He was elected by the General Assembly to serve as secretary of state in 2009 and reelected in 2013, 2017 and 2021, according to the secretary of state’s website. Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees.

Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Hercules’ Live-Action Remake

Guy Ritchie has boarded Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Hercules.

Ritchie will direct the remake based on the 1997 film, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Ritchie previously directed Disney’s 2019 live-action Aladdin, which crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

Dave Callaham, who wrote Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, penned a first draft of the script. The studio is currently in the process of searching for writers for the project.

Joe and Anthony Russo, the filmmakers behind Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, are set to produce the film via their AGBO banner.

The original 1997 film, directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker, offered a musical retelling of the Greek legend in which the hero must save Olympus from God of the Underworld, Hades. Tate Donovan voiced Hercules, while James Woods voiced Hades. It is unclear whether the new take on Hercules will keep the original’s musical elements.

The remake marks the latest live-action film to join the Disney slate. Rachel Zegler is set to star as as Snow White in a retelling directed by Marc Webb and also starring Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which stars Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and Halle Bailey as Ariel, will release on Memorial Day Weekend next year.

Deadline was first to report the news.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Bill Cosby Civil Trial Jury Must Start Deliberations Over

After two days of deliberations in which they reached verdicts on nearly all of the questions put before them, jurors in a civil trial who were deciding on sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby will have to start from scratch on Monday.

By the end of the court day Friday (June 17), the Los Angeles County jury had come to agreement on whether Cosby had sexually assaulted plaintiff Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion when she was 16 in 1975, and whether Huth deserved any damages. In all they had answered eight of nine questions on their verdict form, all but one that asked whether Cosby acted in a way that should require punitive damages.

Judge Craig Karlan, who had promised one juror when she agreed to serve that she could leave after Friday for a prior commitment, decided over the objections of Cosby’s attorneys to accept and read the verdict on the questions the jury had answered. But he had to change course when deputies at the Santa Monica Courthouse appeared and required him to clear the courtroom. The courthouse has a required closure time of 4:30 p.m. because of no budget for deputies’ overtime.

Karlan refused to require the departing juror, who had been chosen as foreperson, to return on Monday, so jurors will have to begin again with an alternate in her place.

“I won’t go back on my word,” Karlan said.

It was a bizarre ending to a strange day of jury deliberations. It began with a note to the judge about what he called a “personality issue” between two of the jurors that was making their work difficult.

After calling them to the courtroom and getting them to agree that every juror would be heard in discussions, the jurors resumed, but had a steady flurry of questions on issues with their verdict form that the judge and attorneys had to discuss and answer. One question was on how to calculate damages.

After the lunch break, Cosby lawyer Jennifer Bonjean moved for a mistrial because of a photo taken by a member of Cosby’s team that showed a juror standing in close proximity to a Cosby accuser who had been sitting in the audience and watching the trial.

Karlan said the photo didn’t indicate any conversation had happened, and quickly dismissed the mistrial motion, getting assurances from the juror in question, then the entire jury, that no one had discussed the case with them.

The accuser, Los Angeles artist Lily Bernard, who has filed her own lawsuit against Cosby in New Jersey, denied speaking to any jurors.

“I never spoke to any juror, ever,” Bernard told the judge from her seat in the courtroom. “I would never do anything to jeopardize this case. I don’t even look at them.”

Karlan fought to get past the hurdles and have jurors deliberate as long as possible, and kept lawyers, reporters and court staff in the courtroom ready to bolt as soon as a verdict was read, but it was fruitless in the end.

Jurors had begun deliberating on Thursday morning after a two-week trial.

Cosby, 84, who was freed from prison when his Pennsylvania criminal conviction was thrown out nearly a year ago, did not attend. He denied any sexual contact with Huth in a clip from a 2015 video deposition shown to jurors. The denial has been repeated throughout the trial by his spokesman and his attorney.

In contentious closing arguments, Bonjean urged the jurors to look past the public allegations against Cosby and consider only the trial evidence, which she said did not come close to proving Huth’s case.

Huth’s attorney Nathan Goldberg told jurors Cosby had to be held accountable for the harm he had done to his client.

The Associated Press does not normally name people who say they have been sexually abused, unless they come forward publicly, as Huth and Bernard each have.

Paul McCartney’s 80th Birthday Celebrated by Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Sean Ono Lennon & More: See Their Tributes

Happy birthday, Paul McCartney!

The legendary Beatles member turned 80 years old on Saturday (June 18) and received numerous celebratory tributes on social media from his famous friends and fellow superstar musicians, including Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon.

“They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul love you man have a great day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace and love,” Starr tweeted alongside a photo of himself flashing the peace sign.

Yoko Ono also tweeted a birthday message to McCartney. “Dear Paul, Happy 80th Birthday and many, many more! From a partner in Peace… love, yoko,” she captioned a snapshot of the pair on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Sean Ono Lennon marked the special occasion by sharing a video of himself on Instagram delivering a touching acoustic rendition of the Beatles’ classic 1966 song “Here, There and Everywhere.”

“A little birdy told me this was one of your your fav Beatles tunes,” Ono Lennon captioned the clip. “So Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the beautiful music. You have mine and the whole world’s undying love and respect. (This version is a bit rough because it’s such a pretty song I kept getting choked up and staring again!).”

McCartney showed his appreciation to everyone for the messages on Twitter, writing, “Thanks for all the lovely greetings and warm wishes for my birthday.

The legendary singer-songwriter celebrated his 80th birthday early on Thursday (June 16) by wrapping his Got Back Tour in New Jersey with special guest appearances by local heroes Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Sir Paul also announced on Friday that his career-spanning solo albums — McCartney (1970), McCartney II (1980) and McCartney III (2020) — will be released as a box set on Aug. 5.

See more 80th birthday tributes to McCartney below.

Quavo & Takeoff Help Launch New Motown-COLORS Series Celebrating Black Music Month

Motown Records and COLORSxSTUDIOS have partnered for an exclusive performance and content series to celebrate Black Music Month in June.

The week-long series launched on Friday (June 17) with a performance and interview from Migos’ Quavo and Takeoff, who recently dropped their collaborative track “Hotel Lobby” under the moniker Unc & Phew.

“In celebration of Black Music Month, we’re joining forces with Motown Records (@motownrecords) to present a special series of performances and interviews,” COLORS wrote on Instagram. “Over the course of the next week, we’ll be sharing a host of new episodes of A COLORS SHOW alongside conversations with individuals who have been influential in facilitating the progression of Black music in the U.S

The next episode of A Colors Show will drop on Monday (June 20), followed by additional shows on Wednesday (June 22) and Friday (June 24). The artists featured in those episodes have not yet been announced. The performances and content are available on COLORS’ website and Instagram page.

The Motown x COLORS partnership will also feature exclusive interviews with music industry players, including CEOs, creative directors and choreographers, according to a news release.

“Colors is one of the most culturally relevant worldwide platforms across all genres and I’m excited about our partnership which is the first of its kind,” Motown CEO/chairwoman Ethiopia Habtemariam said in a statement. “Motown is a place where Black dreams are manifested and we are proud to showcase our incredible stars. Colors is credited as one of the biggest live music channels and we are eager to present the stars of Motown today.”

Watch Quavo and Takeoff — aka Unc & Phew — perform their new song “Hotel Lobby” below, and check out their interview here.