Alexis Bledel Announces Exit From The Handmaid’s Tale

Alexis Bledel‘s time on The Handmaid’s Tale has come to an end.

The actress, who has played Emily/Ofglen on all four seasons of the Hulu drama, announced she is exiting the show in a statement to E! News.

“After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” Alexis said. “I am forever grateful to [creator] Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”

Alexis was nominated for an Emmy for each season of the series, winning the Guest Actress in a Drama Series trophy in 2017.

When viewers last saw Emily on the series, an adaptation of the classic Margaret Atwood novel, she and a group of escaped Handmaids murdered Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), who had orchestrated a plea deal that would let him walk in exchange for his becoming a spy in Gilead.

Season five of The Handmaid’s Tale is expected to premiere on Hulu later this year.

Journey to the Upside Down With These Stranger Things Gifts

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After a long three year wait, Stranger Things season four has finally dropped on Netflix — and so has brand new merch! 

If you’re in the middle of watching season four thinking your collection is in need of an update, we’ve got great news. In honor of the new season, several big brands have dropped brand new Stranger Things collabs that you’ll want to shop and get your hands on ASAP. 

For instance, MAC released a very cool MAC x Stranger Things collection featuring playful bright colors to represent 1986 Hawkins High, as well as dark, subversive shades to represent the eerie Upside Down. There are two palettes, six Lipglasses and two powder blushes, all of which are in limited edition themed packaging. As a bonus, you can even score a free Hawkins High fanny pack with the purchase of two MAC x Stranger Things items. 

Quicksilver also dropped their Stranger Things collab, which features several collections inspired by season four. There’s the 1986 & The Upside Down (our personal fave), the Character Wardrobe collection, Surfer Boy Pizza, Lenora Hills Surf Club and the Hellfire Surf Club collection. If you’re a big fan of the show, we highly recommend checking these out. They’re stylish, fun and total obsession-worthy. 

Speaking of obsession-worthy, E! News has a new digital series called While You Were Streaming, where we recap the biggest moments from all the best shows like Stranger Things. Be sure to check that out on Twitter @enews

Whether you’re in need of a quick shopping break or you’ve already finished every episode that just dropped, we’ve rounded up some must-have Stranger Things gifts inspired by all four seasons. Check those out below. 

Winona Ryder Says New Stranger Things Focuses on Teen Issues

The stars of Stranger Things aren’t so little any more.

Season four of the hit Netflix series may be full of scares, but according to Winona Ryder—who plays Joyce Byers—the show’s characters still remain the heart of the series.

“It has progressively gotten more frightening,” the actress told E! News’ Daily Pop. “But what I love about it is it does keep that sort of personal heart, love, sort of, connection with the kids and the difficulty of being a teenager.”

Noting that adults are quick to write off certain behaviors as kids being kids, Ryder said that teens endure “just as much pain and confusion. It’s like a war for them.”

As a former teen star herself—starring in 80s hits like Beetlejuice, Lucas, and Heathers—Ryder stated that she’s “very protective” of the show’s younger stars.

“I have mixed feelings about kids in the industry,” she said, “but we’ve really scored with these kids.”

Justin and Hailey Bieber Turn Up the Heat and PDA During Cabo Getaway

Justin Bieber took Hailey Bieber up to the north, and now they’re having some fun in the south.

The couple was spotted out on a snorkeling excursion in the open waters near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on May 26. Clad in a colorful bikini, Hailey went swimming with her husband—who caught some rays in a pair of purple swim trunks—and explored the nearby coves before returning to their boat. While standing on the deck, the two shared a sweet hug before drying off.

An eyewitness tells E! News that Justin and Hailey looked “very happy” during the outing, noting that they pair were giggling and “holding each other close” throughout the day.

“Justin was doting on her and always taking care of her,” the onlooker said. “They had a great time and seem to be more in love than ever.”

During their sunny stay, Justin and Hailey were also seen out at the El Dorado Golf and Beach Club, where they cuddled up and kissed on a golf cart.

Laura Hamilton announces mysterious new project for ITV during A Place in the Sun break | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“The role play you entertained me with when I was a little girl, playing shops and hairdressers, a time I remember well.

“Nan, I am grateful for the times we shared over the last 40 years.

“Now you are in a better place to erase away all those fears.”

Delivering a poignant piece of poetry, she continued to write: “As I stroked your arm and tickled your hand, I cried many a tear as you left for a far away land.”

Finally, she concluded: “Now you are at peace Nan. I Love you Laura xxx”

TV legend Lionel Blair left £1.2million to his wife | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Lionel, who enjoyed eight decades in showbiz but was best-known recently as a team captain in ITV’s Give Us A Clue, passed away aged 92 last November. The star was a staunch believer in the importance of his family and attributed the success of his marriage to Susan.

He once said: “We’ve got a very, very normal family, and for me everything comes back to family. If they’re sad, I’m sad. I want them to be happy all the time.”

He and Susan, 75, had three children, Daniel, Matt and Lucy and three grandchildren, who are all trustees to the estate.

The family lived in a £1.3million house in Banstead, Surrey, which Lionel saw as a retreat from his hectic show life.

The much-loved performer was born Henry Lionel Ogus in Canada in 1928. His family moved to Stamford, north London two years later.

He began acting aged 13, with his elder sister Joyce.

‘May or may not be back’ Piers Morgan takes 6-week break from Talk TV amid drop in figures | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“His show is the only decent performer, by its standards, so if you think the ratings are low for the channel when his show is on, imagine how low they’ll go when his show is not on. Andrew Neil 2.0?”

TalkTV, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, has declined to comment on viewing figures, but Piers has fiercely defended himself, claiming TV ratings are “irrelevant” compared to online reach.

It is not yet known precisely when Piers will be taking his extended break.

‘Vile, disgusting’ texts show ‘the real Johnny Depp’, claims lawyer in closing argument | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Mr Rottenborn returned to the argument of Ms Heard’s first amendment right under the US Constitution to freedom of speech.

He said the 2018 opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post did not have a “designed and intended” defamatory meaning.

She claimed in the article to have become a “figure representing domestic abuse”, and to have “faced our culture’s wrath” because of it, and while she didn’t name Johnny, he has sued her for defamation. 

“There is no hidden meaning here, this isn’t a hit piece on Johnny Depp,” said Mr Rottenborn. 

The 9 Best Drugstore Sunscreens, According to Amazon Shoppers

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It’s always a smart idea to wear sunscreen, even when it’s not “sunny” out. If you want to step up your sun protection game this summer, but you don’t want to shell out the cash on expensive brands, there are some great drugstore sunscreen options out there. Sometimes, you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re not sure what products to buy, there are some affordable finds that are Amazon’s bestselling sunscreens with the most five-star reviews.

If you are overwhelmed by the many sunscreen options out there, let’s just narrow things down with the top Amazon options from Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Sun Bum, and Hawaiian Tropic.

Helen Mirren, 76, unrecognisable in heavy eye makeup and long hair extensions at Cannes | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Helen Mirren, 76, looked dramatically different today on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival.

The actress looked carefree and happy as she danced around with her On the Edge co-star Andie MacDowell. 

They were attending the premiere for the film Mother and Son together, with both acting legends looking utterly radiant.

Helen wore a silver embellished dress with long floaty sleeves, which she paired with some black court shoes. 

She opted for a very different look to usual, with heavy, dark makeup framing her eyes, and winged eyeliner giving her a trendy catlike appearance.

Her silver hair was pulled back into a sleek half up ‘do, with long, luscious extensions trailing all the way down her back.  

Elegant diamonds adorned her ears, while her silver nail polish accentuated her metallic theme. 

She was celebrating the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the glitzy Palais des Festivals.