‘This Is Us’ star Justin Hartley marries Chrishell Stause

Justin Hartley is officially off the market.

Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson on the hit NBC show, “This Is Us,” married his longtime girlfriend, Chrishell Stause on Saturday.

Stause, now Mrs. Hartley, shared an intimate photo from the big day on her Instagram.

Hartley’s on screen family members were reportedly in attendance, including Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Watkins and Chris Sullivan.

Stause and Hartley began dating in 2014 and announced their engagement last year.

Hartley was previously married to his “Passions” co-star Lindsay Korman for eight years and together they have a 13-year-old daughter.

Janelle Monae on ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’

— Janelle Monae is someone you’ll be seeing a lot of this year.

The Grammy-nominated singer has made the jump from music to movies in two buzzed about films this season — “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.” Monae told CNN her decision to take on the projects was motivated by their sentiment.

“Two compelling important stories around humanity, about empathy, around the love and the celebration of those who are often times uncelebrated. It’s the narrative I wanted to be associated with.”

Monae made her big screen debut in director Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale “Moonlight,” in October. For Monae, performing in all forms is about storytelling.

“A lot of people may not know this, but I studied acting,” Monae said. “I’ve always been in the theater world and I’m a writer and screenwriter as well. I’ve never looked at myself as an actor, but more so a storyteller and I want to tell unique, meaningful, universal stories in unforgettable ways.”

Monae stars alongside Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures.” The film is based on the true story of three African American women who worked at NASA in 1969 and played key roles in the country’s space program.

“These [women] are our true American heroes,” she said. “It’s because of them that we can have that as America. We can feel proud that we achieved something so extraordinary.”

In an effort to inspire others, Monae has teamed up with Pepsi, 21st Century Fox, Pharrell Williams and the New York Academy of Sciences to promote a contest that will award $200,000 in scholarships to women pursuing science, technology, engineering and math related careers.

“This story is for all of humanity, no matter what your color is, no matter your gender. You can go to this movie and find some hope,” Monae said. “These women had to go through so many obstacles but through it all, they managed to achieve something that we all thought was impossible.”

“Hidden Figures” hits theaters December 25.

2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners

— The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.

The awards, which were co-hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, were full of show stopping performances — including John Legend’s emotional performance of “Love Me Now,” and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s racy “Side To Side” duet.

But besides the performances, it was a competitive night. Drake led the way with a record 13 nominations and brought his dad as his plus one. At the top of the show the rapper won the award for “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album” and gave a shout out to actress Nina Dobrev who presented him with his award.

“Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on ‘Degrassi’ together by the way,” he said. “I really want to thank everybody who helped me make this album … I want to thank the city of Toronto, and of course I want to thank the fans and my parents. My dad’s here tonight.”

Drake also debuted a new Apple commercial during the show, which featured him working out and lip syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

A sentimental moment came when Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, took the stage to accept the award for “Best Soundtrack” for “Purple Rain” on behalf of her brother. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as she gave an emotional speech.

“Prince defied the odds, a Black teen from Minneapolis with a goal to electrify the world. He had the courage to be different,” Nelson said. “With his vision and god-given talent, he is still one of the world’s most respected and loved artists.”

Another major moment of the night was when actor Robert Downey Jr. presented Sting with the American Music Awards’ “Award of Merit.” The singer had the audience on their feet as he sang a medley of his greatest hits.

Check out the full AMAs winners list below:

Award Of Merit


Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop

Drake “Views”

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music

The Chainsmokers

Collaboration of the Year

Fifth Harmony Ft. Ty Dolla Sign, “Work From Home”

Favorite Country Song

Tim McGraw “Humble and Kind”

New Artist of the Year


Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip Hop


Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Selena Gomez

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop

Drake “Hotline Bling”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B


Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Rihanna “Anti”

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Rihanna “Work”

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary


Favorite Artist Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspiration

Hillsong UNITED

Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank and more team up for Global Down Syndrome fashion show

— Jamie Foxx is a good big brother.

The Oscar winner cheered on his sister, DeOndra Dixon, during a fashion show charity event over the weekend benefiting the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Dixon, who has Down syndrome, walked the runway with Queen Latifah and based on the photos, clearly worked it.

Latifah, Peyton Manning and Hilary Swank were among the celebrities who attended the Be Beautiful Be Yourself show held in Denver on Saturday.

“My whole reason for being here tonight is because I believe in equality for everybody,” Swank said in a press video for the event. “There’s no one who should be told they can’t have an education or have all the rights as the next person — no matter how differently abled you are.”

The event raised more than $2 million dollars to benefit people with Down syndrome.

Meghan Markle: 5 things to know Prince Harry’s rumored love interest

— There’s a royals watch on Meghan Markle.

The up-and-coming American actress is now standing under a bigger spotlight since news of an alleged relationship between her and England’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry, broke over the weekend.

Markle has since become a trending topic on Google, she’s on the cover of this week’s Us Weekly and People magazine claims an engagement is “certainly a possibility.” Meanwhile, Markle is not commenting and Kensington Palace is staying mum.

While the world tries to decipher Markle’s recent Instagram post of two bananas hugging, here are a few facts about the beautiful brunette and possible royal in waiting.

Markle, 35, currently stars as Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama, “Suits.” She’s had roles on “CSI: Miami,” “90210,” “Without a Trace” and “General Hospital.” She also appeared in a few films, “Get Him To The Greek,” “Remember Me” and “Horrible Bosses.”

Markle grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in communications. She’s talked about struggling with her ethnic identity as a child. Last year, Markle wrote a column for Elle saying she also found it difficult to land roles. “I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones,” she wrote. “Leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”

When not acting, Markle focuses her energy on her lifestyle website, The TIG, where she shares recipes and tips for fitness and travel. She’s also a United Nations advocate for women and has worked with the Clean Water Campaign.

She’s a divorcee. Markle was married to film producer Trevor Engelson for two years. The couple divorced in 2013.

Markle is a dog lover. The actress often shares photos of her two rescue dogs on Instagram and advocates for others to adopt pets too.

Kerry Washington welcomes baby boy

— Congrats are in order for Kerry Washington.

The actress gave birth to a baby boy, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha on October 5, according to E! news.

This is the second child for Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha. Together they have a daughter, Isabelle, born in 2014.

Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on the hit ABC show, “Scandal,” hid her growing baby bump during Season 5. The show is expected to return for Season 6 in January.

Washington has also teamed up with ABC to produce the upcoming police drama, “Patrol.” The show will follow the lives of four female LAPD officers.

CNN reached out to Washington’s representatives who were not immediately available for comment.

Kevin Hart on his mentor Chris Rock: He’s ‘always spot on’

— As Kevin Hart’s star continues to rise, there’s another comedian he continues to look to for advice.

“Chris Rock [is my mentor], one hundred percent,” Hart told CNN Wednesday at the New York premiere of his new comedy tour film “What Now?” “Rock’s advice is always great. It’s always spot on.”

Hart said Rock taught him to make his comedy “universal.”

“I think that’s why in any tour you see, you see me touring the world telling jokes,” Hart said. “I don’t just stay in one spot or do one thing. I’m gone, all the time, every day, all day.”

Another big influence on Hart’s life, was his mother, Nancy Hart, who died in 2007 after battling cancer.

“My biggest mentor is my angel, it’s my mother … rest in peace,” Hart said. “[She] basically taught me everything I know, especially when it comes to persistence, believing in yourself and thinking that you can do whatever it is you put your mind to.”

“What Now?” documents Hart’s stand-up performance when he set a crown record in 2015 for packing Lincoln Financial Field in his hometown of Philadelphia.

“The biggest highlight of my career is being able to do what I love,” he said. “I don’t take that for granted. I’m humbled by it. I’m definitely blessed and appreciative of a fan base that has grown with me.”

“Kevin Hart: What Now?” premiered October 14.

Solange Knowles: She’s more than just Beyonce’s sister

— (CNN) — Solange Knowles is more than just Beyonce’s little sister. But like Queen Bey, Solange now has a number one album.

The singer’s “A Seat at the Table” just hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The Knowles sisters are now among the few sibling solo artists to both have number one albums. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson share the accomplishment. As do Master P and his brother Silkk the Shocker.

There’s more to learn about Solange.

The Houston Texas native is a business woman. She launched her own record label, Saint Records in 2013. She co-released her number one album on the label along with Columbia Records this year. She’s also a successful deejay.

Knowles, 30, performed as a backup dancer on tour with Destiny’s Child. She’s also written music for her sister and Kelly Rowland.

Knowles tried her hand at acting. She starred in the 2006 film “Bring It On: All Or Nothing,” and had roles in shows like “Ghost Whisperer” and “Lincoln Heights.”

Knowles is a proud mother to her son, Daniel Julez Smith Jr. She divorced his father, Daniel Smith, in 2007 and married Alan Ferguson in 2014.

Knowles is known for her distinct style choices and was named one of the faces of Rimmel London cosmetics in 2011.

Jay Z producing Richard Pryor biopic and Lee Daniels is back on board

— (CNN) — Jay Z is one busy man and on Thursday he announced his next project.

The rapper is producing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic.

“[Pryor’s] story is an American story,” Jay Z said at a press conference for his new Spike TV docuseries about Kalief Browder. “You’ll understand how many lives he’s touched. I mean, from every single comedian to rappers like Biggie Smalls.”

Harvey Weinstein told CNN that despite reports that director Lee Daniels had backed out of the project, he’s totally on board.

“No, Lee Daniels will be directing it,” Weinstein said. “I believe Lee Daniels is way in and never wanted to be out. Jay got involved a few months ago but we were working on our deal and couldn’t announce it. But I think it’ll be on the fast track now.”

The film is set to star Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as his widow.

“I hope we can shoot it in January, February at the latest,” Weinstein said. “It’s a great script from Bill Condon who wrote ‘Chicago’ for us, a wonderful director in his own right and Danny Strong who wrote ‘The Butler.’ It’s a combination and it’s terrific.”

The title of the movie — “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said” — is taken from Pryor’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

Ava DuVernay hopes her documentary ’13th’ will spark a ‘revolution within’

— (CNN) — Ava DuVernay tackles racial division in America and the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men in her new Netflix documentary, “13th.”

“It’s deeply embedded in the fabric of America. The first step to combat it is to know that it exists.” DuVernay told CNN. “That’s my hope with the ’13th.’ Not that it produces some legislation or instigates some kind of protest, but that it allows people to have a revolution within about what we think about this issue and be forward thinking about how we approach it from now on.”

DuVernay’s documentary traces incarceration in America from the abolition of slavery and the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865, to today’s mass prison populations.

“I’ve always had the story in my heart, in my mind,” DuVernay said. “I grew up in Compton, an environment in which I was constantly surrounded by very robust police presence. The criminal justice system was not a term, it was something I lived every day.”

Through archival footage and interviews, the film explores connections between some political rhetoric and incarceration rates.

One scene features Richard Nixon campaigning for president in 1968 repeating the phrase “law and order” — a phrase also invoked by Donald Trump throughout his current campaign. (Hillary Clinton’s advocacy of the 1994 crime bill, which her husband signed into law as president and has since disavowed, is also shown in the film.)

“It’s not new. Scare tactics, violent rhetoric has been constantly used. The black body has been constantly used for political gain to make people afraid, so that someone else can gain and profit,” DuVernay told CNN.

“[’13th’ is] coming out at a time where it might provide some foundational knowledge for folks as we really make demands of our candidates to go beyond Twitter beefs and get into the real issues that affect our everyday lives,” she said.

“13th” premieres on Netflix October 7.