Sinéad O’Connor to enter a year-long treatment program for trauma and addiction

By Marianne Garvey, CNN

Sinéad O’Connor will enter a year-long treatment program for trauma and addiction and has postponed her 2021 shows in order to do so, O’Connor announced.

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer took to Twitter to share that after six years of suffering, she is ready to get help. 

“Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts,” she wrote. 

In a series of follow up tweets, O’Connor explained that she “grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse” from which she has never fully healed. 

“I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life,” she wrote. 

O’Connor apologized for postponing the shows, adding that she now has to face living through the illness of one of her children, who has since recovered. “The child is thriving now thank god,” she wrote, “but the mom needs TLC.”

She added that even though the music industry can be “a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health issues,” by going to rehab now she would face a brighter future as a performer. 

O’Connor revealed she is still planning to publish a memoir in 2021.


Sucker-punch suspect arrested for attack on actor Rick Moranis on Upper West Side


The man who allegedly sucker-punched “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” star Rick Moranis was arrested Saturday, police said.

Marquis Ventura, 35, was collared about 3:30 transit officers who recognized his face from wanted pictures and video released after the bizarre Oct. 1 attack.

Ventura was hit with second-degree assault and was awaiting arraignment.

Marquis Ventura is escorted by NYPD Detectives from the 20th Precinct. Ventura, 35, was collared about 3:30 transit officers who recognized his face from wanted pictures and video released after the bizarre Oct. 1 attack. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist, police sources said at the time.

He went to a nearby hospital to be treated for pain in his right hip, head and back, and then to the 20th Precinct stationhouse on the Upper West Side to report the confrontation, authorities said.

“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday,” his agent Troy Bailey told the Daily News after the attack. “He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

Rick Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist.

Rick Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The NYPD’s new Community Affairs Rapid Response Team, which visited Moranis afterward, told media outlets the actor had just one request.

“He just wants us to catch the bad guy all this to go away,” Det. Kaz Daughtry said at the time.

Rosario Dawson is delighted beau Cory Booker held his Senate seat in N.J.


Actress Rosario Dawson is full of praise for her politician boyfriend, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who held his Senate seat with ease Tuesday.

“So proud of and grateful for you my love,” the “Briarpatch” actress wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “I got to vote for you here in New Jersey and am so glad that you overwhelmingly and rightfully won your seat again.”

The Democrat handily defeated Republican challenger Rik Mehta on election day.

“To know your leadership will continue to guide us with love, brilliance, patience, grace and effectiveness is the kind of representation and hope we need,” Dawson continued, closing with comments about the need for Democratic majorities in the House and Senate at the 2022 midterms so “real change” could be enacted.

What Dawson considers “real change,” likely in line with former presidential hopeful Booker’s stated desires for electoral college elimination and federal gun buybacks, won’t be happening any time soon, as the Senate appears to be staying in GOP hands.

The actress, 41, previously praised her politician beau on Tuesday, tweeting, “So proud of you my love and grateful that I got to vote for you to represent me and New Jersey. Your leadership and your team are true stewards of hope and progress now and in the years to come.”

Dawson and Booker have been romantically linked since January 2019, with confirmation of their relationship coming in March of that year.

Beyond Bond, Connery’s 5 decades of unforgettable roles included kings, rogues, and an Oscar

By Jay Croft, CNN

(CNN) — Sean Connery earned screen immortality with seven star turns as super-spy James Bond 007.

But the long career of the Oscar winner — who died Saturday at 90 — was packed with full-blooded performances as other larger-than-life characters, as well. (His own persona was so big that he became a running gag on “SNL.”)

In more than 50 years on the screen, Connery worked with the greatest directors and actors of his time in big hits and notable bombs. And if he never quite escaped the shadow of Bond, performances like these still broadened his stature beyond his signature role.

James Bond in seven movies, starting with “Dr. No” (1962)

The gadgets! The women! The quips! Though others succeeded him in the role, Connery was the original Bond, and for countless film fans, the real McCoy. His combination of masculinity, charm and danger was unforgettable, and some of his lines became part of the lexicon: “Bond — James Bond” … “Shaken, not stirred.”

Mark Rutland in “Marnie” (1964)

Between early Bond outings, Connery enrolled with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and star Tippi Hedren for this psychological thriller. Reviews were mixed. The New York Times called both stars “attractive and promising” but noted their inexperience.

Col. Arbuthnot in “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974)

An all-star cast, a juicy whodunit, and A-list director (Sidney Lumet) lured Connery after he walked away from Bond (well, for the most part). Above, he’s standing to the left of Albert Finney, with his hand on Vanessa Redgrave’s shoulder.

Daniel Dravot in “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975)

Another prestige picture, this time for legendary filmmaker John Huston alongside Michael Caine. Connery was also in “The Wind and the Lion” that year, and played Robin Hood next to Audrey Hepburn in “Robin and Marion” the next year.

Jim Malone in “The Untouchables” (1987)

Connery stole the show (from Kevin Costner and Robert DeNiro) and won Best Supporting Actor in the hit adaptation of the Al Capone/Eliot Ness saga. “You know how to get Capone?” he schools Costner. “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!”

Professor Henry Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

Connery was in a fruitful period when he scored as Harrison Ford’s dad in this chapter of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” series. Fun fact: Connery was just 12 years older than his on-screen son.

Capt. Marko Ramius in “The Hunt for Red October” (1990)

He scored another huge hit as a Soviet submarine captain defecting to the US, this time showing Alec Baldwin how it’s done.

John Patrick Mason in “The Rock” (1996)

He’d go on to a few other roles, notably “Entrapment” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” But this action blockbuster and cable TV perennial cemented Connery’s status for a new generation of viewers who didn’t know his body of work and might have known James Bond only as that guy from “Remington Steele.”

‘American Idol’ contestant Nikki McKibbin dies at 42

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nikki McKibbin, a singer from Texas best known for her third place finish in the first season of American Idol, has died. She was 42.

McKibbin’s husband, Craig Sadler, confirmed her death in a Facebook post, saying that she had died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday and was taken off life support early Sunday. Her husband did not say where she died.

McKibbin’s son, Tristen Langley, told The New York Times that his mother died in Arlington, Texas.

“She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us,” Sadler said. “She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too.”

McKibbin appeared on American Idol in 2002, when the show started and became an instant hit.

A 23-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, McKibbin impressed the judges with soulful performances of songs by Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and a stirring cover of Alanna Myles’ song “Black Velvet.”

McKibbin finished third on the show that year, behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who won the competition.

Gracious in defeat, McKibbin tearfully hugged her fellow contestants when she was voted out in 2002.

“What an incredible journey this has been,” McKibbin said before leaving the stage. “Just to know that so many people support me and enjoy what I do means more than anything in the world.″

The often acid-tongued Simon Cowell was equally gracious.

“Reality check: Out of 10,000 people, you are third. This is not a time for tears,″ he told McKibbin. “You’ve got a career ahead of you.″

In a statement, American Idol sent its condolences to McKibbin’s family and friends.

“Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing,” the TV show said in a statement posted on Twitter. “She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed.”

Ciara is Russell Wilson’s biggest fan: Her most supportive moments

By Jaclyn Hendricks

Ciara “wuvs” her some Russell Wilson.

The 35-year-old singer — who has been married to the Seattle Seahawks quarterback since 2016 — regularly gushes about her favorite NFL star on Instagram, recently sharing a mushy selfie.

“I Wuv Me Sum Him @DangeRussWilson 🥰,” Ciara captioned the post.

Whether cheering from Seattle’s CenturyLink Field or showing her support from the comforts of home, there’s no question that Ciara is Wilson’s No. 1 fan.

Celebrating Wilson’s 9th NFL season

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To kick off the 2020 NFL season in September, Ciara posted a touching Instagram tribute to the 31-year-old celebrating the “hardest working man” she knows.

“Season 9. So proud of you babe @DangeRussWilson! Hardest working man I know. Seeing your daily dedication and commitment to the game continually motivates and inspires me!” Ciara captioned the post.

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-0 entering Week 6, with Wilson throwing for 1502 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Bringing Seattle’s 12th man ‘energy’ home

With many stadiums remaining fanless this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ciara and her band of cheerleaders are bringing the “energy” of Seattle’s 12th man home.

“Bringing the stadium energy to the house,” the “Goodies” songstress shared with her Instagram followers in one post.

In the clip, Ciara is seen holding her and Wilson’s 2-month-old son, Win Harrison, while their 3-year-old daughter, Sienna Princess, waves her green pom-poms and her 6-year-old son Future Zahir yells for the camera.

Ciara shares son Future with recording artist ex Future, 36, from whom she split in 2014. Wilson, meanwhile, was previously married to high school sweetheart Ashton Meem. They also called it quits in 2014.

Twinning in bathrobes for the ESPYs

For June’s remote ESPY Awards, host Wilson had to get creative.

Making the most of an at-home step-and-repeat, Wilson and Ciara posed in their bathrobes and slippers on a makeshift “red carpet,” where the mingled with a cutout of LeBron James.

“I’ve been coming to this show for the last seven years, and one of my favorite parts of the night has always been the red carpet,” Wilson said. “I figured, why should this year be any different? So I built one in my own backyard.”

In addition to posing for the “paparazzi,” Ciara reacted to questions about Wilson’s quarterbacking.

“Girl, now look at you trying to start some trouble,” Ciara replied to a pre-recorded question comparing Wilson to Tom Brady.

Wilson always has her back, too


Wilson to the rescue!

Back in February, Ciara — who was pregnant with son Win at the time — recalled how her quarterback hubby had to cut her out a dress after an event.

“Right now my honey is cutting me out of this dress,” Ciara said on her Instagram Story at the time, adding, “You cannot damage this dress, baby.”

Ciara later shared a few snaps from a Tom Ford presentation in the dress, captioning the photos with Wilson, “Us.”

Rush Limbaugh says his lung cancer is terminal

New York (CNN Business) — Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show radio host, is battling stage 4 lung cancer and said Monday he’s had a setback in his prognosis.

“The scans did show some progression of cancer,” he told listeners of his radio show. He later added: “It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.”

The 69-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in February.

Limbaugh said his doctors changed his medications in “hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible.” Prior to this week’s update, he said that cancer “had been reduced, and it had become manageable.”

“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said. “Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”

Limbaugh has been hosting “The Rush Limbaugh Show” in national syndication for more than 30 years. He is a Republican party icon and a close ally of President Trump’s. Trump appeared on his show two weeks ago in lieu of the canceled second presidential debate.

He renewed his contact with the syndication company Premiere Radio Networks in early January. Specific terms weren’t released.

Designer Kenzo Takada, founder of Kenzo, dies of Covid-19 aged 81

By Martin Goillandeau, CNN

Paris-based Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the international luxury fashion house Kenzo, died in Paris on Sunday due to Covid-19 related complications, a spokesperson for Takada’s luxury K-3 brand said in a statement sent to CNN. His death came in the midst of Paris Fashion Week, which, through a hybrid of physical and digital shows, has forged ahead despite rising Covid-19 cases in France.

“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada. The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France,” the statement read.

Kenzo Takada at his Autumm-Winter show in Paris on March 10, 1998. Credit: Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Kenzo Takada’s designs were a mix of loud colors and prints inspired by his worldwide travels. Credit: Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

In 1970, Takada rocked Paris with the debut of his namesake fashion line. Sold out of his first boutique, called Jungle Jap, his designs were a chaotic mix of loud colors and mismatched prints inspired by his travels.

Prints master Kenzo Takada talks Paris, sketching and how fashion has changed

The world’s varied cultures would be a constant source of creativity — and everything from folk dresses to kimonos would be boldly reinterpreted for his runways. “There was much more of a cultural gap when you were traveling from one country to the next,” he told CNN in a 2019 interview, reminiscing about trips taken in the 1970s. “So that really drove me and gave me a lot of influence and inspiration to work on different things around my trips.”

On Paris, Takada would speak of its lasting influence. “A French way of working with fashion definitely influenced me and much later I started to blend other cultures into that specific fashion,” he said.

“Of course now, fashion is everywhere; in New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, everywhere. But I think Paris stays very important.”

Models wear bright colored suits with matching turbans by designer Kenzo Takada at his Autumn-Winter show in Paris, 1986. Credit: Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Getty Images

The designer accompanied by two models down his Autumn-Winter runway in Paris, 1983. Credit: Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Getty Images

The designer inaugurated his flagship store in the city’s Place des Victoires by 1976, and over the next three decades, he racked up numerous accolades and accomplishments — including a slew of magazine covers, the launch of a perfume empire and, in 1993, his brand’s purchase by luxury conglomerate LVMH — before retiring to pursue other creative projects in 1999.

Kenzo during one of his world travels which later inspired the brand’s collections. Credit: Kenzo Takada

“Kenzo Takada was incredibly creative; with a stroke of genius, he imagined a new artistic and colourful story combining East and West — his native Japan and his life in Paris,” Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, CEO of Takada’s K-3 brand, launched in January of this year, said in a statement.

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“I had the chance to work alongside him for many years, always in awe, admiring his curiosity and his open-mindedness. He seemed quiet and shy at first, but he was full of humour. He was generous and always knew how to look after the people close to his heart. He had a zest for life… Kenzo Takada was the epitome of the art of living,” he added.

Kristen Bateman contributed to this story.

Appeals court rules Ghislaine Maxwell’s 2016 deposition transcript will be unsealed

(CNN) — Jeffery Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, has lost a court battle to keep a 2016 deposition sealed.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday denied the effort of Maxwell’s attorneys to reverse the decision of a lower court that ordered the transcript to be made public.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to be moved to the general prison population denied by judge.

“(T)he District Court correctly held that the deposition materials are judicial documents to which the presumption of public access attaches and did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Maxwell’s meritless arguments that her interests superseded the presumption of access,” the appellate court panel wrote.

Maxwell, 58, was charged by federal prosecutors in early July for allegedly helping recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse minors as young as 14 as part of a years-long criminal enterprise with Jeffrey Epstein. She pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed pending trial. She also is charged with two counts of perjury.

The deposition Maxwell’s legal team is fighting to keep sealed is connected to a 2015 defamation case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed Epstein sexually abused her while she was a minor and that Maxwell aided in the abuse. The civil case was settled in 2017.

Judge delays the unsealing of a deposition from Jeffrey Epstein alleged former accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell”

Maxwell denied knowing if Epstein had a scheme to recruit underage girls for sex in the deposition.

CNN reached out to an attorney for Maxwell on Monday but didn’t receive a reply to its request for comment.

In a ruling in July, US District Judge Loretta Preska said that the public’s right to have access to the information carried heavier weight than the “annoyance or embarrassment” to Maxwell.

“In the context of this case, especially its allegations of sex trafficking of young girls, the court finds any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from Ms. Maxwell’s mostly non-testimony … is far outweighed by the presumption of public access,” she said.

However, in that ruling Preska did say that some information will remain sealed. Several medical records included in the court filings will remain sealed, and the multiple anonymous women — “Jane Does” who accused Epstein of abuse but have not publicly spoken out — will continue to have their identities redacted in the documents, she said.

Epstein, 66, was in a lone cell in the special housing unit of the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York when he was found dead in August 2019.

Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate. As part of the ring, he allegedly paid girls as young as 14 for sex. He’d pleaded not guilty to the charges.

James Redford, filmmaker and son of Robert Redford, dies at 58

(CNN) — James Redford, an activist, filmmaker and philanthropist, has died, a rep for his father, actor and director Robert Redford, confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The younger Redford was 58.

“The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child. Jamie was a loving son, husband and father,” a statement provided to CNN from Robert Redford’s publicist Cindi Berger read. “His legacy lives on through his children, art, filmmaking and devoted passion to conservation and the environment. Robert Redford is mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy.”

James Redford’s wife, Kyle, tweeted the news on Friday along with photos of him and their family.

“Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken,” she wrote. “He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many.”

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“He will be deeply missed. As his wife of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together,” the tweet went on to say. “I don’t know what we would’ve done w/o them over the past 2yrs.”

Kyle Redford told The Salt Lake Tribune her husband died of bile-duct cancer in his liver.

David James Redford, who was known as “Jamie,” was the third of four children born to Robert Redford and his former wife, historian Lola Van Wagenen.

James Redford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s degree in literature from Northwestern University.

He and his father co-founded The Redford Center in 2005 which according to its site “uses impact-driven film and media to accelerate environmental and climate justice, solutions and repair.”

The younger Redford served as the organization’s chairman where he called on his skills as a writer, director and producer for film and television.

“I come from a long line of storytellers, so the idea of being compelled to make sense of things is essential to who I am and how I see the world,” he said.

He wrote, directed and produced more than a dozen films, including the award-winning documentaries “Watershed,” “Toxic Hot Seat” and “Mann v. Ford.”

After undergoing two liver transplants, he launched the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a nonprofit seeking to educate the public about the need for organ and tissue donation.

Redford reveled in his outreach.

“I just love meeting people and hearing their stories,” he said. “Being in the documentary filmmaking world ensures your life is one long continuing education course. You’re constantly learning more — not only about topics but also about human nature. And then to be able to apply a love of sound and vision into how you shape that content — that’s the icing on the cake.”

Author Amy Tan posted a tribute to Redford on her verified Facebook page Monday, saying she was “devastated” by her friend’s death.

She said he had sent her a rough copy of his latest documentary “Where the Past Begins,” but had grown concerned when she hadn’t heard back from him when she emailed him.

Tan said she reached out to his wife, who told her Tan’s email was the last he had read as his health was rapidly declining just before he died.

“I was sorry I could not give Jamie my fond farewell. But I now think it was unnecessary,” Tan wrote. “I imagine Jamie felt as I do after turning in a manuscript. You hold your breath until you get the verdict. You suspect the worst. And when he received my enthusiastic response, I imagine he was happy and relieved, and could finally put aside uncertainty and let go of pain.”