Why are all of these celebrities making game shows?

Justin Timberlake, Rob Lowe and Nick Cannon are involved in three game shows debuting on Fox. (Associated Press)
Justin Timberlake, Rob Lowe and Nick Cannon are involved in three game shows debuting on Fox. (Associated Press)
Published August 3 2018

Here's some entertainment (and entertaining) news you might've missed this week.

Fox is making a ton of game shows with celebrities for some reason

Rob Lowe, Justin Timberlake and Nick Cannon are getting into the game-show business. All three are involved in three shows debuting during the upcoming season on Fox. Lowe is hosting "Mental Samurai," in which contestants compete in different categories while being transported at high speeds in a capsule that rotates 360 degrees. Timberlake helped create the format and will executive produce "Spin the Wheel." It gives contestants a chance to win over $20 million while answering trivia questions. Cannon is presiding over "The Masked Singer," which debuts in January. Celebrities sing while their identities are concealed by head-to-toe costumes. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke comprise the panel that attempts to guess who is singing behind the mask. Associated Press

R. Kelly’s manager is wanted in Georgia, according to reports

R. Kelly's manager, tasked with defending the singer against allegations of sexual misconduct, is currently facing more legal trouble than his boss. The Henry County Sheriff's Department in Georgia has an arrest warrant out for James Mason for threatening the father of one of Kelly's alleged "sex slaves," according to TMZ. Timothy Savage, who claims that Kelly is keeping his daughter, Joycelyn, captive, previously told the gossip website that Mason called him in May and threatened his life. Savage claims that his daughter, who was seen with the R&B star at a mall in April, is being "controlled." Joycelyn has denied her father's allegations, and Kelly has denied all allegations against him, including releasing an 19-minute track last month in which he blamed the parents of his young female fans. Kate Feldman, New York Daily News (TNS)

Charlie Sheen says he can’t afford child support because he can’t find work

Charlie Sheen says he can't afford his child-support payments, and he's asking a judge to cut him some slack. The reason? Hollywood and the IRS are jerks, with one allegedly blacklisting him and the other sending him a very large bill. It seems Sheen — who infamously got himself dramatically fired from No. 1 sitcom Two and a Half Men and then lasted only two seasons with follow-up gig Anger Management — is in "dire financial circumstances" with less than $10 million in the bank, according to a recent court filing obtained by the Blast. That doesn't sound like the worst problem, except that he owes nearly $5 million in back taxes and hasn't worked steadily since 2014. "I have been unable to find steady work, and have been blacklisted from many aspects of the entertainment industry," Sheen said in court documents obtained by People. The 52-year-old actor currently shells out five-figure payments monthly to ex-wife Brooke Mueller to care for twin sons Bob and Max and to Denise Richards for daughters Sam and Lola's expenses, according to reports from various celebrity news outlets. Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Madonna is fundraising for her 60th birthday

Madonna makes 60 look good and is also doing some good at the same time. Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday on Aug. 16 with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells the Associated Press she's teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs now through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna's Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the singer's campaign. The proceeds will benefit her Raising Malawi foundation, and global payments company Ripple said it would match all of the donations. Associated Press

It hurts to read this: Evangeline Lilly says she was forced to doing nude scenes for ‘Lost’

Evangeline Lilly said she was once "cornered" into doing a partially nude scene on the popular ABC drama "Lost"- and that the experience was so traumatizing, it left her in tears. Lilly, 38, who played Kate on the critically acclaimed series, said the first time she was all but forced to act naked against her will was in Season 3. "I had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked and I felt I had no choice in the matter," she told the Lost Boys podcast. "And I was mortified and I was trembling and I was, when it finished, I was crying my eyes out." But that wasn't all – Lilly said that when a Season 4 episode called for Kate to undress again, she tried to fight it, to no avail. "In Season 4 another scene came up where Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control. And I failed to control it again," she said. "And so I then said, 'That's it. No more. You can write whatever you want, I won't do it. I will never take my clothes off on this show again.' And I didn't." ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Lilly said that she now passes on any script that involves nudity because she doesn't feel she can be "comfortable and safe." Rachel DeSantis, New York Daily News (TNS)

Kardashians under fire for eating disorder comments

Kim Kardashian West is facing backlash from fans and female celebrities alike after she expressed joy at being called "so skinny" and "anorexic" in a conversation with her sisters Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian. In an Instagram story that was shared by a Twitter fan account, Jenner tells her sister that she's "really concerned" and doesn't think Kim's eating. "Like, you look so skinny," the model tells Kim, who squeals: "Oh my God, thank you!" Kardashian's multimillion-dollar brand relies on her willingness to share just about everything, but such candor around her weight often falls in line with images and language that experts say can be harmful for people struggling with eating disorders. As the recent discussion made the rounds on social media, fellow celebrities, including actor Emmy Rossum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, slammed Kardashian and her sisters for their comments. Rossum tweeted about "the danger of praising – even in jest – anorexia." Bethonie Butler, Washington Post

In other news …

SPLIT: Millie Bobby Brown, 14, and Jacob Sartorius, 15, confirmed their split via Instagram stories.

MARRIED: Rogue One star Felicity Jones, 34, and The Uninvited director Charles Guard, 45, got hitched last weekend.

HEALTH NEWS: Demi Lovato, 25, is expected to be cleared to leave the hospital this week and is doing "much better" of late, a source told Entertainment Tonight. She has been in the hospital for more than a week after an apparent drug overdose.

RETIRING: Alex Trebek hinted he will likely step down as Jeopardy! host once his contract expires in 2020 during an interview on TMZ and Fox News' Objectified. As possible replacements, he named L.A. Kings announcer Alex Faust, and Laura Coates, a CNN legal analyst.

BACK TO WORK: Netflix is standing by Master of None and Aziz Ansari despite a sexual misconduct allegation against him earlier this year. An exec told TV critics this week that Netflix would "certainly be happy" to make a third season, but didn't give a timeline for production or release.

BACK TO WORK: Chris Hardwick is returning to both his gigs at NBC after being accused of sexual and emotional abuse by a former girlfriend. The TV personality will host the game show The Wall once production resumes and will also appear as a guest judge on America's Got Talent next Tuesday.

LEGAL NEWS: X-Men actor Fan Bingbing has disappeared from social media amid rumors she has been barred from leaving China during a tax evasion investigation. Reports also say her boyfriend, actor Li Chen, may also be barred.

CONFIRMED: MTV confirmed it's making a reality-TV series starring Lindsay Lohan with a video of the Mean Girls star, 32. Under the working title Lohan Beach Club, the show about her new beach club on the Greek island of Mykonos is scheduled to premiere next year.

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