Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Diana Nyad lead 'DWTS' cast

Doesn't get much more real than this.

Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice pleaded guilty Tuesday to several counts of mortgage and bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes. The pair could face time in prison.

"Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago," Giudice said in a statement given to People. "I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge (Esther) Salas and the public."

The couple pleaded guilty in November but re-entered a plea Tuesday in a deal that still could include time in the slammer: Teresa faces 21-27 months in federal prison while Joe is looking at 37-46 months. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8, and their attorney says they can ask for probation. Joe, who is an Italian citizen, could be deported.

"I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family," Teresa said. "Especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world."

The Bravo reality stars are parents to Gia, 13, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5.

But despite all the drama mother Teresa's been dealing with, she still took a moment before showing up in court on Tuesday to congratulate Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, who will be competing on Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars:

Congrats @NeNeLeakes on DWTS! she tweeted. Can't wait to watch you. Xx.

… From prison.

"We won't stay at the after-party long — I want to go home and make another baby!"

Matthew McConaughey, shortly after winning the Academy Award for best actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey was seen embracing wife and Brazilian model Camila Alves shortly after receiving the honor on Sunday when, a source tells The Sun newspaper, he said he was ready to work on welcoming a new addition to their family. The couple have three children together: Levi, 5, Vida, 4, and Livingston, 14 months, according to Hello magazine. If they have a boy, they should totally name it Oscar.

Justin Bieber jail video to be released with blackouts

Remaining police video clips of Justin Bieber after his January arrest in Miami will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer's privacy, a judge ruled Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer's genitalia during a urine test for drugs at the Miami Beach Police Department. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber, who turned 20 on Saturday, that the video's airing would be an invasion of privacy that outweighed the public's right to know. "Mr. Bieber's right to privacy is paramount," the judge said. "He has not lost his right to privacy, and that is what is important here." Much of the footage was released last week, some of it showing Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. He and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested Jan. 23 during what police called an illegal street drag race. The three clips to be released without redaction are said to be shot from an angle that is too far away to discern what is going on. It was not immediately clear when the video would be released. — Associated Press

Don't worry, all you Olympic fiends missing the Winter Games, America's favorite gold-medal ice dancing team is back in the spotlight!

Though, um, it's on Dancing with the Stars. That's right, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who just won gold in Sochi, Russia, are part of the cast ABC announced Monday for the 18th season of its dancing show.

We're having a hard time seeing how either of them won't take home the big prize. They're insanely charming and look great in Spandex. Plus, you know, they've danced since they were kids. Or maybe it's that thing where if they're not performing with each other, they're both terrible?

Anyway, they join 10 other contestants in what is actually a pretty great lineup by DWTS standards — there are only one or two people we've never heard of.

Tom Bergeron and new host Erin Andrews kick off this season on March 17. The new cast includes: Former hockey player Sean Avery, with pro Karina Smirnoff; actor Candace Cameron Bure, with Mark Ballas; actor/Price is Right host Drew Carey, with Cheryl Burke; Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, with Tony Dovolani; Big Time Rush member James Maslow, with Peta Murgatroyd; actor/author Danica McKellar, with Valentin Chmerkovskiy; swimmer Diana Nyad, with Henry Byalikov; Amy Purdy, a 2014 Paralympic Games athlete who lost her legs at age 19, with Derek Hough; teen pop star Cody Simpson, with Witney Carson; actor Billy Dee Williams, with Emma Slater; White with Sharna Burgess; and Davis with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, whom we thought retired from the show but, hey, guess not! — Michelle Stark

 
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