Blake rejects apology
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton may have apologized to James Blake for the violent takedown the retired tennis star, who’s black, suffered at the hands of one of Bratton’s white officers Wednesday. But in a video on TMZ.com where a photographer asked whether he accepted the apology, a subdued Blake, 35 — walking through the rain Thursday evening with wife Emily Snider — said, “No, man,” and then declined to answer any other questions. Earlier Thursday, Blake told “Good Morning America” he didn’t think the incident was racially motivated, but he criticized the cop involved for using excessive force.
Fat-shaming bad career move
The creator of the “Dear Fat People” video, which sparked an angry online backlash, has been dumped from an upcoming film. Canadian YouTube personality Nicole Arbour, 30, recently learned she won’t be working on an anti-bullying dance film called “Don’t Talk to Irene” after her mocking clip royally ticked off the director, Pat Mills. According to People, Mills fired Arbour after catching her video, which he called “unfunny and cruel fat-shaming,” adding that it “made me never want to see her again.” Oopsie.
Arnold’s son in ‘Scream Queens’
The cast of Fox TV’s new “Scream Queens,” which debuts Sept. 22, is already studded with show-biz A-listers, from Nick Jonas to Jamie Lee Curtis. To that august roll call, Variety magazine reports you can now add Patrick Schwarzenneger, 21, one-time boy-toy to Miley Cyrus and son of Arnold Schwarzenneger and Maria Shriver. Show creator Ryan Murphy announced the casting in a tweet Friday.
Brush up your Shakespeare
Looking for a mate? The gangly star of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Alysia Reiner, 45, has some advice: Quote the bard. Handsome hubby David Alan Basche, 47, of TV Land’s “The Exes” told the New York Post, “Alysia and I met at a summer theater camp, and I thought she was just going to be a summer fling until she opened her mouth. She recited Shakespeare so eloquently and with purpose, and I was instantly hooked.”
Palace hits it out of park
It’s been a good month for Auburn Hills’ Palace Sports & Entertainment. Three of its venues — DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Festival and The Palace of Auburn Hills — collectively hosted 17 sold-out shows in August, according to The Palace. All told, the entertainment empire grossed over $10 million in sales from 300,000 patrons. Sell-outs included Kid Rock’s 10 shows in his First Kiss: Cheap Date Tour, Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour and Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour with Alice Cooper and The Cringe.
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