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Daveed Diggs Raves Over Halle Bailey In Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’: I’ve ‘Never Heard’ A Voice Like Hers

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Daveed Diggs will be starring in another major musical, this time alongside Halle Bailey: the live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ film. The ‘Hamilton’ star EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife why Halle is the ‘perfect choice’ to play Ariel, and what it has been like voicing Sebastian!

Hamilton star Daveed Diggs is trading Broadway for the big screen in the upcoming live-action movie for The Little Mermaid, and can’t wait for Disney fans to hear the lovely voice of its leading star: Halle Bailey. The 20-year-old singer is already part of the famous singing duo Chloe x Halle, but Daveed EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife how he thinks fans will react after hearing her voice on the big screen.

Daveed Diggs, who played Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, is voicing Sebastian in The Little Mermaid live film. (Photo Credit: MEGA)

“I just think that Halle is just the perfect choice for Ariel…everyone is going to fall in love with her immediately,” Daveed, who will be voicing Sebastian the crab alongside Halle, told us. He continued, “She is so, so good. Her voice is not of this world. The things she can do vocally is something — I have never heard anything like it.” Halle is a Grammy-nominated artist, after all!

Daveed was even able to tease some details about Disney’s live adaptation of The Little Mermaid animation, which came out in 1989. “So, I think there are the new songs that are super fun,” the 38-year-old actor and singer revealed.

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Halle Bailey, one half of the sister singing duo Chloe x Halle, is playing the lead role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid live film.

Daveed promised that the movie overall is “going to be really good,” although the Tony-winner admitted that he hasn’t “seen any of it” yet. Production on the film was originally supposed to begin in April of 2020 in London, which the COVID-19 pandemic delayed. However, in an Instagram Live stream in Nov. 2020, Halle did reveal that she’d be returning to film soon.

Daveed has already done voice work for the movie, though, telling us that “it was incredible and an incredible thing to work on.” He did admit that the large-ensemble film is “difficult” and even poked fun at himself by joking, “I am basically a voice on it so I got to be there without all the heavy lifting.”

Taking on the role of Ariel’s faithful companion, Sebastian, was also sentimental for the Broadway star. “I remember lining up to see Little Mermaid on opening night when it opened at the Grand Light Theater,” Daveed said, later adding, “I mean obviously I am a Disney fan, I grew up loving The Little Mermaid. It actually is still something that doesn’t feel real. The fact that I get to work on these things now, I think people will really like it. It was a really joyous experience and a great group of people and a great and wonderful cast. Everyone worked so hard on it.”

As Daveed waits for The Little Mermaid to come out and the pandemic to end, he has been entertaining himself by supporting small regional theaters. “So I am subscribed to the new season of the San Francisco Playhouse, which is a place that I worked at a lot growing up who are now doing these virtual performances and taping shows and releasing them for an amount of time,” Daveed shared. He has also done some singing, too: he remade the ’90s hit song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers in partnership with Nature Valley, to celebrate the brand’s accomplishment of restoring 10,000 miles of national park trails in conjunction with the National Park Foundation. You can watch Daveed’s fun cover of the classic song above!



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Mary Kate Olsen Laughs At Dinner With Friend In Rare Public Photos 4 Mos. After Finalizing Divorce

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Mary Kate Olsen Laughs At Dinner With Friend In Rare Public Photos 4 Mos. After Finalizing Divorce


A year after Mary Kate Olsen filed for divorce from Olivier Sarkozy– and months after she made the split official – the fashion icon was spotted laughing it up with a friend in NYC.

It’s rare to see an Olsen twin out in the wild. It’s even rarer to spot them laughing. Such an astonishing occurrence took place on Tuesday (May 4) when Mary-Kate Olsen met with stylist Brian Molloy at the French bistro Buvette in Manhattan’s West Village. Mary-Kate, 34, who finalized her divorce from Olivier Sarkozy at the start of the year, enjoyed a drink with Brian, who Page Six reports worked with The Row fashion label – which is owned by Mary-Kate and her sister, Ashley Olsen. Mary-Kate cracked up during the friendly hang (click here to see pics) and threw her head back in laughter. Considering all the heartache she’s dealt with over the past year, it seems like she needed this moment of levity.

Mary-Kate Olsen attends the Longines Global Champions Tour in 2019 (Shutterstock)

Mary-Kate filed for divorce in late May 2020, five years after she and Sarkozy tied the knot in an intimate, 50-person ceremony at a private New York City residence. The two became engaged in 2014, after two years of dating, and for a moment, it seemed like the former Full House star had found a happy ending. Instead, she found a broken heart and a legal headache. She reportedly signed a summons and a complaint for divorce in mid-April, but the courts weren’t accepting divorce filings at the time due to the rampant COVID-19 pandemic. Her request for an emergency exception was denied, as the courts declared the matter “non-essential.” Mary-Kate filed again in May when the courts re-opened.

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen Attend Take Home A Nude Eve Sotheby’s in 2017 (MEGA)

Roughly eight months later, the split was made official. “So, we have reached a final agreement,” said Michael Mosberg, the layer for Sarkozy, during the video hearing in January 2021. “We, as of this morning, reached the final agreement. We just need to revise that agreement, get it executed, and get it to you, which we will have by the end of next week, but … the deal is now done.” Mary-Kate and Olivier — who is the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy – reported had an ironclad prenuptial agreement. Mary-Kate’s net worth was an estimated $250 million in 2020, according to StyleCaster.

A month after finalizing the details of her divorce, Mary-Kate was spotted having dinner with Brightwire founder and CEO John Cooper at restaurant Estiatorio Milos in New York City. The duo was seated with another couple, and it appeared she was having a relaxed, low-key night.

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Megan Fox Stuns In Sheer Top & Leather Pants For New Photos — See Pics

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Megan Fox has turned heads in a black outfit, including a sheer top, while posing underneath a neon sign in the shape of a halo.

Megan Fox truly looked like an angel when she posed underneath a light-up halo in her latest Instagram snap. The 34-year-old actress took to social media on May 4, to share two snaps of herself rocking a black ‘fit. In the pics, she offered the camera a sultry look, as she wore a skintight, sheer black tank top and PVC leather pants. The Transformers star, who has been dating rocker Machine Gun Kelly, slicked her raven tresses back into a ponytail, while allowing a few strands of hair to frame either side of her face.

She cheekily poked her tongue out at the came in one of the snaps, as she rocked dark, smoky makeup while posing in front of a pink and purple dreamscape background. In the caption, she wrote in an upside down font, “A case of mistaken identity.” It comes just a couple of weeks after Megan helped her new beau celebrate his 31st birthday in Los Angeles. The pair also recently went to the UFC 260 fight in Las Vegas for a double date with Travis Barker, 45, and new girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, 41.

A source close to the couple recently told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that the pair love double dates. “This was not the first time Kourtney and Travis have hung out with Megan and Colson. Colson is over at Travis’s house a lot and Megan is usually with him, so Kourtney has gotten to know both of them through Travis and they’ve all become friends now,” the insider dished.

MGK and Megan are around the one-year mark in their relationship, after first meeting on set of the film Midnight in the Switchgrass in Mar. 2020. They immediately fell hard for each other, and were first photographed out in Los Angeles amid quarantine for her birthday in May.

Two days later, Megan’s husband of nearly 10 years, Brian Austin Green, confirmed he and the Transformers star had separated. Megan finally filed for divorce in Nov. 2020. 2020 was the year of PDA filled dates, for the couple, with MGK even confessing that he was “in love” with Megan during a June 2020 Instagram video. We couldn’t be happier for them!



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The Bidens Are Called ‘Giants’ After Visiting ‘Tiny’ Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter: See The Pic

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Joe and Jill Biden recently paid a visit to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Georgia, and the photo of the foursome from the meeting has left the Internet quite confused.

Are Joe Biden and Jill Biden giants? That’s what so many people are asking after seeing a new photo of the President and First Lady with former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter. The image was taken when Joe and Jill visited the Carters in Georgia at the end of April, and it went viral after it was shared by the Carter Center on May 3.

In the image, Jimmy and Rosalynn are seated in armchairs. Joe is kneeling down next to Rosalynn, while Jill is doing the same beside Jimmy, even giving him a fist bump. All four political figures have huge smiles on their faces as they pose for the camera. It’s the size of the Bidens compared to the tiny-looking Carters that got everyone talking, though! “Honey I Shrunk the Carters looks hilarious,” one person tweeted, while another wrote, “Is this just a weird angle or are the Carters very small?”

Many pointed out that the photo looked like an “optical illusion” because of the difference in size between the couples. Of course, in reality, it’s likely nothing more than camera angle and lighting that’s having the effect of making the Carters look so small compared to the Bidens. Plus, Jimmy is 96 to Joe’s 78, while Rosalynn is 93, in comparison to Jill’s 69 years.

Still, the image sparked a major discussion on Twitter. “This photo is legitimate surrealism,” someone said. “It looks like the Carters are extremely small, but it almost seems like the more pressing issue is that the Bidens are literally giants. Everything is small other than Joe and Jill.” Another person wrote, “Is this real? I mean seriously — it looks photoshopped. Are the Carters little people with miniature furniture?” Some people also began sharing other images of extremely tall people next to very short people in comparison.

The Carters and Bidens have been long political allies. Jimmy Carter served as president from 1977 until 1981, while Joe was Barack Obama’s Vice President from 2009 until 2017, followed by his own run as president, which began in Jan. 2021.  Both men have had their wives by their sides throughout their political careers. Jimmy and Rosalynn were married in in 1946, and will celebrate 75 years of marriage in July. Meanwhile, Joe met Jill on a blind date in 1975, three years after the death of his first wife, Neilia. They tied the knot in 1977 and have been together ever since.



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