2/8/22 Entertainment News

— The Oscar nominations are being revealed this morning for the 94th annual Academy Awards. Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan will announce the nominees at 8:18 a.m. Eastern Time, 5:18 Pacific. Films like “Dune,” “Belfast” and “Power of the Dog” are expected to do well. The Oscars will be handed out on March 27th.

— The conservative-leaning platform Rumble is reaching out to podcaster Joe Rogan in an attempt to lure him away from Spotify. Rogan has been caught up in controversy surrounding the spread of COVID misinformation on his show, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Things only got more dicey for him when a video compilation surfaced a few days ago of him repeatedly using the N-word over the course of many years. A number of artists have asked to have their music pulled from Spotify as a result, and now Rumble is offering Rogan a new place to call home. CEO Chris Pavloski on Monday tweeted an open invite to Rogan to bring his shows, old and new, to Rumble. He promised zero censorship and 100 million dollars over four years.

— Paris Hilton is set to drop her third nun-fungible token in collaboration with Super Plastic today. The 40-year-old socialite and business mogul recently launched her “Paris Past Lives, New Beginnings” collection, explaining it represents her journey in the public eye for more than two decades. In a video on Instagram she said in the early 2000s people had a limited viewpoint of who she was but she has found empowerment in sharing her stories. It’s part of her message “the truth will set you free.”

— Amazon is renewing one of its newest shows ahead of schedule. The tech giant says “Reacher” will return for a second season. The action thriller was released four days ago on February 4th, but Variety reports the show is already in the top 5 most-watched shows of all time. The series is based on the Jack Reacher novels written by Lee Child.

— Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler are filming the sequel to “Murder Mystery 2.” The 52-year-old actress posted a picture on the beach set of the film with the 55-year-old’s arm wrapped around her shoulder. “Murder Mystery” first came out in 2019. The duo starred in “Just Go With It” in 2011, which was their first film together.

— Pete Davidson is admitting for the first time publicly that Kim Kardashian is his girlfriend. When asked about living in the spotlight, the Staten Island native and SNL star told People TV he hangs with his friends or chills with his girlfriend inside. Davidson and Kardashian were linked in October when they were holding hands at an amusement park. Davidson also admitted that he is planning something special for Valentine’s Day.

— Celebrity couple Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are starring in a Super Bowl TV commercial. The pair learns what it would be like if Amazon’s Alexa could read their minds and comedy ensues. An Amazon marketing executive said the two were very involved in the joke writing for the ad. Jost, who grew up on Staten Island, is also busy these days coming up with a plan to refurbish a Staten Island ferry he bought with comedian Pete Davidson.

) — Comedian Nick Cannon is getting an early Valentine’s Day gift. The 41-year-old “Wild ‘N Out” star posted a picture standing next to a vending machine filled with contraceptives, writing “looks like somebody got me an early Valentine’s Day gift.” The father of seven recently announced he is expecting his eighth child with Bre Tiesi.

— Actor Oliver Hudson is taking a break from Las Vegas, and it could be for good. The 45-year-old “Cleaning Lady” star took to Instagram on Monday, making a joke about his recent trip to Sin City. In the video he shared he got a total of five hours of sleep over the course of two days, lightly adding he feels like it “set him back three years emotionally.” He ended the video by saying “Vegas, it’s been real, but it’s over.”