CELEBRITY NEWS IN BRIEF
Sean Penn: #MeToo divides men and women
LOS ANGELES — Sean Penn says much of the spirit of the #MeToo movement is to “divide men and women.”
Penn appeared Monday in an interview with the co-star of the new Hulu show “The First” on NBC’s “Today ” show. Natascha McElhone said her character is informed by the movement.
Penn disagreed. The twotime Oscar winner says he’s “very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed onto in great stridency and rage and without nuance.”
Penn says he thinks “it’s too black and white.” He says it’s “really good to just slow down.”
“The First” centers on a mission to Mars. The president of the United States and three of the five astronauts are women.
Carrie Underwood opens up about miscarriages
NEW YORK — Carrie Underwood says she turned to God after experiencing three miscarriages in two years.
The 35-year-old country singer and former “American Idol” champion told “CBS Sunday Morning ” she got pregnant in early 2017 and it “didn’t work out.” She had a second miscarriage later that year and a third in 2018.
Underwood says she was afraid to be angry because she has an incredible husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, and an incredible son, 3-year-old Isaiah.
She says she got mad when she thought she might be suffering a fourth miscarriage and she “told God how I felt.” She went to the doctor and was told everything was fine. Underwood says God heard her.
The pregnant singer said she’ll go on tour this spring, hopefully with her new baby. She says “things are looking better.”
Tom Arnold scuffles with ‘Apprentice’ producer
LOS ANGELES — Comedian Tom Arnold filed a police report Monday over an incident involving the producer of the “The Apprentice” at a weekend pre-Emmy Awards party, police said.
Detectives will investigate Arnold’s allegations that Mark Burnett choked him at the party Sunday night, said Los Angeles police officer Jeff Lee.
Burnett’s wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted that Arnold “tried to ambush” the couple, and she posted a photo of what she says is her bruised hand.
Arnold’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Hollywood Reporter that Burnett “attacked” Arnold.
Actress Alyson Hannigan tweeted that she witnessed the confrontation and thought it was a joke until security jumped in.
Emails to the celebrities’ representatives were not immediately returned.
Arnold’s new show, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” is set to debut Tuesday.
The show follows Arnold’s attempts to find tapes that show Donald Trump expressing bigoted views on the set of “The Apprentice,” which Burnett produces.