12/17/21 Entertainment News

— Authorities can now search through actor Alec Baldwin’s phone. On Thursday, a New Mexico judge ruled authorities could go through his phone because they believe it could contain information relating to the deadly shooting that occurred on the “Rust” movie set in October. The warrant asked to go through Baldwin’s texts, photos, emails, GPS and more. Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set, but no charges have been filed.

— Carole Baskin is dropping her lawsuit over the second season of “Tiger King.” Deadline reports The Big Cat Rescue owner and her husband are no longer suing Netflix and the series’ production company. The Baskin’s lawyer filed paperwork of their “voluntary dismissal” on Wednesday. Baskin and her husband had been suing to try and stop the show from coming out last month. The Baskins issued a statement on their website on Thursday saying the lawsuit was never about money, but blocking the show from airing. They said now, their time is better spent stopping animal abuse rather than chasing monetary damages.

— A coroner’s report is revealing the cause of death for the ten victims of the Astroworld concert stampede in Houston. The medical examiner says they all suffocated. The official cause of death is listed as “compression asphyxia.” One of the ten reports shows the victim had drugs in their system and that contributed to the death. A crowd at Houston’s NRG Park surged when rapper Travis Scott took the stage. He’s being sued, along with Live Nation and other promoters.

— An actor best known for his role in “Sex and the City” is being accused of sexual assault. Chris Noth is accused of having sexually assaulted two women in two separate incidents that happened years apart. The first reportedly happened in Los Angeles in 2004 and the second in New York in 2015. Noth released a statement calling the accusations “categorically false” and said ” no always means no, that is a line I did not cross.” This comes as Noth’s character “Mr. Big” was killed off the “Sex and the City” spin-off “And Just Like That…” last week.

— Longtime member and bassist of The Roots, Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, is dead at the age of 62. His wife posted a tribute on Twitter Thursday confirming that Hubbard had passed away. His death followed a long battle with cancer. Following the news, The Roots took to Instagram to share a photo of Hub and sent condolences to his family and fans. Hub was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007 and underwent two rounds of chemotherapy. During his time with The Roots, he recorded seven albums.

— Tyler Perry is “absolutely fine” following a car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His rep told PEOPLE, the other driver involved in the crash outside the Hollywood Burbank Airport is also fine. TMZ reports the crash happened as Perry was leaving the airport and left the actor’s Bentley badly damaged.

— Congratulations are going out to the new Miss America. Emma Broyles of Alaska cried as the crown was placed on her head Thursday night. She wowed the judges in the challenge portion of the competition. They asked what she’d do if a representative of a major sponsor made sexual advances toward her. Broyles said women should never be treated like objects. She also opened up about her mental health, admitting she’s struggled with ADHD and a form of OCD, but says she’s a better person for it. Her win comes with a 100-thousand dollar scholarship. Miss Alabama was crowned first runner-up, while Miss Massachusetts came in third.

— It looks like Wham!’s hit, “Last Christmas” is a hit among dogs too. The Guardian reports, a survey by charity Guide Dogs found “Last Christmas” was the favorite holiday song among a thousand dogs. “Jingle Bells” followed suit and “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey rounded out the top three favorites. The dog’s owners said their pups favored upbeat Christmas classics as opposed to instrumental ones.

— Dolly Parton is adding three more records to her illustrious career. On Thursday, she was awarded three Guinness World Records. She now holds the records for females with the most decades, and No. 1 hits on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart. She’s spent seven decades on the chart with 25 number ones. She also broke the record for most hits to make it on the chart with 109 songs. Speaking to Guinness World Records, she said she’s grateful for everything that’s happened. The 75-year-old also said she’s going to continue for as long as she can.