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Grandfathered Star Josh Peck and Girlfriend Paige O'Brien Are Engaged. One of our favorite stars from Drake & Josh really is growing up! Josh Peck's longtime girlfriend Paige O'Brien had some big news to share on Instagram. As it turns out, the Hollywood couple appears to be officially engaged. "MOODY'S POINT," the bride-to-be wrote on social media while showing off a beautiful ring. "Thanks for the pic @samsperbeck thanks for the ring @shuapeck." For further confirmation of an engagement, we searched through the Instagram comments and saw Paige thank a follower after receiving a congratulations message. While Josh has yet to comment publicly about his new relationship status, one look at the Grandfathered star's Instagram and you'll be able to tell he loves his leading lady. In fact, Paige hasn't been shy about capturing a few romantic, candid moments with her man. From celebrating birthdays together or snapping selfies on car rides, the pair can't hide their affection for one another. "So happy you're so happy," she wrote after an evening out. "Kim and Kanye probably have selfie outtakes like this too.....right?" Congratulations to the couple on their happy news! (Eonline)

Get ready to show a whole new level of respect to Birdman! The Cash Money Records rapper and Toni Braxton are putting their buzzed about romance on display. The pair were spotted getting cozy at the 2016 BET Awards, where Birdman presented an award alongside Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri. The couple were inseparable and looked blissful as they strolled together backstage, an onlooker tells PEOPLE. They even posed for photos together before making their way out of the theater hand-in-hand. From the looks of it, the rapper and Braxton are proud of their love and ready to show it off, but that didn't stop Birdman from playing it cool when asked about their relationship. "We're just chillin'," he told PEOPLE. (A rep for Braxton confirmed the pair are dating.) Braxton, who stars alongside her siblings on reality show Braxton Family Values was previously married to musician Keri Lewis. The two, who have two sons together, divorced in 2013. (People)

Modern Family's Ariel Winter Announces She's Single After Dropping More Than a Few Hints. Perhaps we should have seen this one coming. After speculation continued to surround Ariel Winter's relationship status with Laurent Claude Gaudette, the Modern Family star finally decided to set the record straight on social media this weekend. On Saturday evening, the actress shared a gif of Kim Kardashian with the text, "I'm like dropping hints that I'm single." She also captioned the tweet, "When you're surprised that people just haven't gotten it yet..." If that wasn't enough proof, Ariel shared the same message on Instagram with the added text, "Hi there press people!!!!!" Rumors of a possible breakup have hit the couple for several months. In fact, the recent high school graduate posted a meme from Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies" six months ago. "Start of a new week, start of a new chapter," she captioned the image. "#DancingLIkeBeyonceMood." It also didn't help that Ariel went to prom without her longtime boyfriend and unfollowed him on social media. While the pair appears to have called it quits, that doesn't mean the twosome didn't spend plenty of good times together. In October of 2015, Ariel shared a special tribute to her boyfriend on their two-year anniversary. "Throughout these two years we've accomplished so much personally, separate and together, and I'm so proud of the adults we're becoming and the direction our relationship is beginning to take," she wrote. "Although I may not always remind you of this, but I am extremely grateful for you and feel like the luckiest girl in the world to hold the keys to your heart, as you hold the keys to mine." Ultimately, Ariel has much to look forward as she spends her summer as a single lady. In addition to returning to Modern Family, the actress will also start school at UCLA where she will be rocking blue and gold. "It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA," she shared on Instagram with a photo of her online admissions page from the school's website. "Thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby" (Eonline)

Diane Kruger went through a rough patch when she turned 30 and realized she was in the middle of an identity crisis. Then she met Joshua. In the cover story for Town & Country's August issue, the German-born actress opens up about how meeting Jackson was a pivotal point in her life. "Meeting someone like my partner, who has a very different perspective, who likes to travel in a different way and be open to various experience, was so important," the 39-year-old Inglourious Basterds star says. The pair, who have spoken about their reluctance to marry, started dating in 2006 right after Kruger divorced French actor Guillaume Canet. The stylish actress tells the magazine she felt like she was going through an identity crisis because she realized that she was living her life in a bubble and had a "very privileged life." "I [didn't] know anything about what [was] really going on in the world and I [didn't] ask enough questions," Kruger tells Town & Country, adding that that was the moment she decided to make a change and "cut people out of my life who I felt were enabling my bubble." The actress also weighs in on Hollywood's gender pay gap, as well as the backlash she's received whenever she's tried to demand equality. "I have yet to be paid the same amount as a male costar," Kruger admits. "And absolutely I've been labeled a bitch, or difficult to work with, when I've spoken up about something." (People)

Mariah Carey has been coy about when she might marry James Packer ... but we're told they now want to seal the deal as soon as the ink is dry on her final divorce docs. As we've been reporting, Mariah has been pushing Nick Cannon to sign the papers for more than a year, but he won't do it. We're told he hasn't made any money or custody demands ... that's been a done deal for a long time. Mariah's people believe Nick's lawyers are dragging it out for as long as possible. James has already divorced his wife, so all that's left is Mimi. And one other thing ... our sources say they will have a prenup, but it's unclear if that's been signed. That said, they want to marry ASAP. Realistically it probably won't happen until August at the earliest, when she wraps up her Vegas gig. They've planned to sail on James' yacht for a month off the coast of Capri, which would be a pretty perfect spot to tie the knot. As for Nick, if you believe his freestyle, he'll finally sign. (TMZ)

Johnny Depp Surprises Famous Comedy Club With Onstage Appearance. Johnny Depp went from audience member to star of the evening while hanging out at Los Angeles comedy club The Comedy Store Saturday night. E! News has learned that the Pirates of the Caribbean star was hanging out with friend Doug Stanhope as well as with other pals and comics. During comedian Mat Edgar's set, Edgar mentioned to the audience that Depp was hanging around, but little did he know that the Edward Scissorhands actor would surprise everyone by walking out onstage. The audience, as well as Edgar, was surprised and shocked by his unexpected cameo. When he walked out onto the stage, Depp joked that Edgar's time was up (comedians receive 15 minutes). The two joked and bantered back and forth for a little bit, drawing a massive applause from the audience. E! News has also learned that Depp and Stanhope arrived together and mostly hung out with each other throughout the evening. Another comedian, Stanhope was not scheduled to perform that evening, but he has performed at The Comedy Store several times in years past. Stanhope and Depp have been best friends for a long time, so when Depp and Amber Heard's divorce spiraled into allegations of domestic assault, Stanhope defended his pal in a guest article for The Wrap. In it, Stanhope alleged Heard was "blackmailing" Depp and commented on the claims that Depp abused Heard. Stanhope's guest column, titled Johnny Depp Is Being Blackmailed by Amber Heard -- Here's How I Know, claimed that Heard "was 'threatening to lie about [Depp] publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn't agree to her terms.'" Stanhope also wrote that Depp told him Heard "was going to pull off some kind of ruse to f--k him over." In response, Heard filed a defamation lawsuit. "The Complaint alleges that Stanhope is a close friend of Johnny Depp and, as part of a coordinated effort, wrote a highly defamatory article about Ms. Heard, filled with completely false, highly defamatory and very hurtful statements. Ms. Heard seeks the maximum possible jury award, and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the lawsuit to Chrysalis, a domestic violence shelter in Arizona, in an effort to counter the setback made to women by the defendants' defamatory article and related wrongful acts." According to the court documents obtained by E! News, Heard's legal camp stated that the allegations in Stanhope's letter "are completely false and defamatory, and have caused and will continue to cause her tremendous harm." (Eonline)

Maria Sharapova is certainly finding a way to fill her time! Since the 29-year-old athlete has been banned from the International Tennis Federation for (allegedly unintentional) drug use-she's decided to enroll in business school at none other than Harvard! Good for her! The blonde beauty will begin her coursework is the Business Executive Program at the Ivy League school, and she has taken to social media to share her obvious excitement. (Perez Hilton)

Winona Ryder Shocked by Abuse Allegations Against Johnny Depp. Winona Ryder would like to give Johnny Depp the benefit of the doubt. Amid allegations that Depp abused Amber Heard during their 15-month marriage, Ryder is speaking out on his behalf. Heard filed for divorce on May 23, three days after Depp's mother died. The Rum Diary star's hearing on the domestic violence claims has been postponed until Aug. 2, and a temporary restraining order has been reissued. In court documents responding to Heard's initial request for a temporary restraining order, Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, claimed that the defendant "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." Ryder doesn't know what may or may not have happened between Depp and Heard, but she would like to believe that the man she once planned to marry is innocent. Ryder met Depp on the set of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. After getting engaged, they split in 1992 -- but during their four years together, she says Depp was never violent. "I can only speak from my own experience. It's very tricky because if it were any other type of scandal, like cheating, you could be like, 'None of my business. No comment. Not appropriate for me.' But I think because what is being said is so horrific and such a global issue for millions of women, obviously, that I understand why people feel it is their business. I get it. And I get why you would ask," Ryder tells TIME. "I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. I mean, he was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves. It's hard because I feel like. That's my experience. And it's been a very long time." Ryder wants to believe the best in Depp, difficult as that may be. "I don't know how you feel about it, but it's like anybody who says anything about it is a victim-blamer. I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm not calling anyone a liar. I'm just saying, it's difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. And we have a lot of mutual friends. I just never heard anything like that about him," she explains. "But, again, I feel like even saying that, I'm going to get death threats or something. I'm not on social media, so maybe I will be spared." "It's really hard," the Stranger Things actress tells TIME. "I don't know what your love history is, but imagine someone you were in a relationship with was accused of this. I get that there are patterns of abuse. I get why you're asking me. But it's weird because imagine if someone you dated when you were -- I was 17 when I met him -- was accused of that. It's just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before. It's just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is 'unimaginable.' You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn't that. So anyway, this is the first time I've said anything, so I don't know. I can only offer my own experience. It's such a serious, horrible thing to be accused of. It's almost as if your brother or someone you just never -- so, you know, there's a part of me that is thinking, 'Is it even appropriate for me to say anything?' But because of the seriousness of it, it's been brought into a thing where it's trickier for me to say, 'None of my business.' But that's all I have to offer is my own experience, which was a very, very long time ago." Depp's first wife, Lori Anne Allison, and his former partner, Vanessa Paradis, share Ryder's sentiments. Heard, meanwhile, has been leaning on friends like Amanda de Cadenet and iO Tillett Wright since her divorce filling. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato Recalls Addiction and Eating Disorder Battles: "I Was Going to Die Young." Demi Lovato says there was a time she did not believe she would make it to age 21. The pop star, now 23, had battled drug and alcohol addictions, bipolar disorder and an eating disorder for years and underwent rehab in 2010, at age 18. She has spoken about her personal struggles before and revisits them in a shocking new candid interview with American Airlines' inflight magazine American Way. Lovato graces the cover of the outlet's July 2016 issue. She recalled how she used to self-medicate with alcohol, cocaine and OxyContin. "I lived fast and I was going to die young," Lovato said. "I didn't think I would make it to 21." Lovato made headlines in 2010 when she punched a backup dancer on her tour with the Jonas Brothers, her co-stars from the Disney Channel's Camp Rock film series. The singer then checked into rehab for three months, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and also treated for bulimia. "So now I'm in rehab," Lovato told American Way, "And I thought, 'Oh great, now the world thinks I'm just another stereotype.'" "I thought, 'I'm not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem,'?" she added. "But once I started eating again, the other issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole." In January 2013, it was revealed Lovato had checked into a sober house. She remained there for about a year. Lovato had said on Access Hollywood that December that before she sought treatment for substance abuse, she "couldn't go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine" and would even sneak some onto airplanes. American Way said the singer took her last drink in January 2012 and continues to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as many past addicts do. Lovato celebrated her fourth year of sobriety this past March. Lovato's body image battle began long before she was officially diagnosed with bulimia. The singer recalled looking down at her belly as a small child and wondering if it would ever be flat. She had made similar comments in an interview on Katie in 2012. Her mother, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, and Lovato's grandmother had both struggled with bulimia, American Way said. "Even though I was 2 or 3 years old," the singer told the magazine. "Being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder...it's hard not to grow up like that." Her mother's eating disorder worsened after Lovato's father, who also battled bipolar disorder and alcoholism, separated when Lovato was a toddler, American Way reported. He died at age 54 in June 2013. "Hopefully my kids won't have it, but it's kind of like addiction," the singer said about bulimia. "It's hereditary." Lovato also told American Way about how she would compete in child beauty pageants until age 12 and that she attributes some of her insecurities to "being onstage and judged for my beauty." She said she began binge-eating when she was 9 and later started binging and purging as she gained weight with age and compared herself to skinny models. She was also being bullied in school and began cutting herself. Lovato nowadays uses her fame to raise awareness for body image acceptance. She is known for slamming the "thigh gap" trend and has embraced a healthy gym regimen, as seen in videos posted on her Snapchat. Lovato has over the years inspired scores of her fans by overcoming her struggles. "When I have meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount of times that girls will show me their arms covered in scars or cuts," Lovato told American Way. "They'll tell me, 'You helped me get through this. Because of you, I stopped self-harming,' or 'I got sober.' Hearing those things gave my life new meaning." She also told the magazine she did not enter treatment thinking she was going to become "an inspiration." "At times I was resentful for having that kind of responsibility," she said. "But now, it's really become a part of my life. It holds me accountable." (Eonline)

Justin Timberlake Accused of Appropriating Black Culture: "I Feel Misunderstood." Justin Timberlake is facing major backlash on social media. The "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer was moved by actor Jesse Williams' Humanitarian Award acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards, so he took to Twitter to share his thoughts with fans. "@iJesseWilliams tho... #Inspired #BET2016," the 35-year-old Grammy winner tweeted. One of Timberlake's 55.6 million followers, Ernest Owens, responded, "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards." Owens was referring to Timberlake's 2004 Super Bowl performance, in which the singer accidentally flashed Janet Jackson's breast on stage. Many have argued that Jackson's career never recovered as a result of the scandal (dubbed "Nipplegate"), while Timberlake's career continued to soar. In response to Owens' tweet, the pop singer wrote, "Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye." Timberlake's response only led to more outrage, so he apologized. "I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response. I shouldn't have responded anyway... I forget this forum sometimes... I was truly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one... A human race," he tweeted. "I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.- JT." Ironically, in his speech, one of the things Williams touched upon was cultural appropriation. "Now, this award -- this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country: the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It's kind of basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize," the Grey's Anatomy star said. "Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves." Williams promised, "We can and will do better for you." "What we've been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So, what's going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours. Now -- I got more, y'all -- yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice's 14th birthday, so I don't want to hear anymore about how far we've come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich," Williams said. "Tell Rekia Boyd how it's so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt." "The thing is, though, all of us in here getting money -- that alone isn't gonna stop this. All right, now. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone's brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven't done. There is no tax they haven't leveed against us -- and we've paid all of them," he continued. "But freedom is somehow always conditional here. 'You're free,' they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn't acted so...free. Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now." "And let's get a couple things straight, just a little side note -- the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That's not our job, all right? Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest -- if you have no interest in equal rights for black people -- then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down," the actor, 34, added. "We've been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we're done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil -- black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though...the thing is that just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real." (Eonline)

Chris Brown allegedly cornered a female tour manager and went on a threatening, drug-fueled tirade so intense, she jumped off the tour bus and quit on the spot. Sources connected to Chris' tour tell us the incident went down May 23 during Chris' European tour. Nancy Ghosh -- who's worked with the likes of J Lo, Kanye West and Justin Bieber -- claims Brown cursed her out in a dispute over her employment terms. The day after the incident she fired off an email to Brown's team ... in which she explained she felt unsafe because Chris has been "irrational and high on drugs." Ghosh also claimed Brown referenced "what he did to Mike G" ... and threatened to do the same to her. TMZ broke the story ... Chris' ex-manager, Mike G, sued him for an alleged beatdown. Ghosh said she refused to stay on the bus after the argument out of fear for her safety. We're told a production manager on the tour also complained, through his lawyer ... claiming Brown has been verbally abusive and threatening. We've reached out to Chris' camp ... so far no word back. (TMZ)

Keyshia Cole didn't take her eviction lightly, in fact she straight up trashed the place on her way out the door ... according to her ex-landlord. Keyshia got the boot for failing to pay $19,000 in back rent on her place in Santa Monica. The landlord already sued for that, but now he's filed a new lawsuit for the damage to his property. In the suit, he says the singer put holes in the walls and ceilings, scratched the floor, and destroyed door frames. He lists the total damage at $150,000 ... and wants her to cough up that amount, plus a little something for his emotional distress. (TMZ)

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Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Receives Humanitarian Award at 2016 BET Awards. Actor and activist Jesse Williams didn't hold back when accepting the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards Sunday evening. Before taking to the stage to deliver a passionate speech, the Grey's Anatomy star received a video tribute as well as several kind words from BET Chairwoman and CEO Debra Lee. "Tonight's honorary has been a tireless champion of change, and a voice for the voiceless," she shared with the crowd. "Jesse Williams is the essence of a modern civil rights legend in the making. And a true pioneer of our new generation of leaders." Without further ado, Williams stepped on stage where he thanked his wife and his parents for all their love. He also gave credit to the unsung heroes who work day after day to make a difference. "Now, this award, this is not for me, this is for the real organizers all over the country, activist civil rights attorneys, the parents, the teachers, the students who are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. All right?" he explained. "It's kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize." Williams continued, "Now, this is also in particular for the black women who have spent their lifetime dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves, we can and will do better for you." The 34-year-old Grey's Anatomy actor has starred in a number of films, but it's his work off-camera that's being honored. Williams' activism and involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement is what set him apart as a candidate for the Humanitarian Award. And he put his words into action. In October 2014, Williams stood with thousands of others in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown and ensure he did not pass away in vain. Williams was also an executive producer and actor in Stay Woke, a 2014 a documentary chronicling the birth and growth of the Black Lives Matter movement that premiered last May on BET. "[Williams] used every outlet at his disposal to make sure that the message behind the Black Lives Matter movement was heard," the statement continued. He has written articles for The Huffington Post and CNN, in which he expresses his frustration with the current system and asks for reform. He also met with President Barack Obama earlier this year to discuss his humanitarian work and help the President with an initiative aimed at helping young African-American men achieve professional success. Williams is currently the youngest member of the board of directors at The Advancement Project, a civil rights think tank and advocacy group. He is also the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a media art project that aimed to facilitate a dialogue about black male identity today. "Williams uses his celebrity platform to shine a light on the injustices of our society and became an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement," BET said. And we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Great work, Williams. Continue your humanitarian efforts and keep reaching for the stars. (Eonline)

Samuel L. Jackson Expresses His Gratitude for Family While Accepting Lifetime Achievement Award at BET Awards. Samuel L. Jackson took home the Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday night at the 2016 BET Awards. Described as "one of the greatest actors on this god's planet" by presenter Spike Lee, the A-list star was quick to give thanks to his family and close friends for all their support throughout his career. "First I want to thank god for giving me this opportunity even in the beginning. A young man who grew up in a segregated Tennessee, nobody told me I could be this," he shared on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "So, here I am, and here you are. Thank god for that." He continued, "It's sort of exciting, I never get nervous, and I can hear my voice shaking and it's strange to hear myself sound that way. But it's been a great ride getting here, as there are a couple people very instrumental in that." From his publicist and lawyer to Aunt Edna and his drama professor at Spelman College, Samuel gave plenty of credit where credit was due. But when arriving to his family, he explained, "The other two people that challenged me on a regular basis are my foundation and support, my daughter Zoe and my wife LaTanya. The two women that actually found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody's bachelor party and put me in rehab the next day. And supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day." In concluding his speech, he lightheartedly said, "Lastly, I want to thank everybody in here and in the world has ever bought a ticket, a video, or a DVD with me in it." The 67-year-old Academy Award nominee, most famous for his roles in Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and Jurassic Park, adds Sunday night's achievement to his over two dozen awards won over the years. "It's an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 BET Awards later this month," Jackson said last week following the network's announcement of his win. "I'm humbled to be recognized by my peers and to join the company of the exemplary recipients before me." Joining Jackson in the lifetime honoree hall of fame include Whitney Houston in 2001, Prince in 2010 and Lionel Richie in 2014. (Eonline)

Laila Ali and Jamie Foxx Get Emotional While Remembering Muhammad Ali at 2016 BET Awards. Prince wasn't the only entertainment icon honored Sunday night at the 2016 BET Awards. Jamie Foxx and Muhammad Ali's youngest daughter Laila Ali payed their respects to the great boxer and athlete at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Foxx and his daughter, Annalise Bishop, took to the stage first to praise the late boxer. "Listen, 2016 has been a tough year," Foxx said when referring to Hollywood's latest passings. "We lost a lot of heroes and a lot of great people." He continued, "[Muhammad] is definitely more than just boxing, more than just entertainment, but a person who has shaped all of our lives and tonight his daughter is in the back." Without further ado, Laila appeared on stage to deliver a heartfelt, emotional speech in honor of her late father. "As my dad grew older, he evolved in his mind, his heart, and his spirit," Laila said. "But one thing that never changed was his love and gratitude for all people." She briefly paused to hold back tears before continuing her speech. "These past few weeks my father's generosity and love has been matched by a worldwide outpouring of love and reverence for him and our entire family," she continued. "We are all honored and grateful for all the love, kindness, and appreciation has been shown to him in return. My father also once said if people love each other as much as they love me, it would be a better world. If he was here today, he would humbly ask you to pray not just for our family, but for all of mankind." (Eonline)

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo crashed his beloved 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible in Southampton recently when, sources said, he was drag racing the hot rod. But a friend of the anchor insisted. Cuomo never actually raced the car and was just goofing around for photos before he clumsily cracked his radiator by hitting a parked German import. Cuomo's wife, Cristina, hosted a chic party for her Beach magazine at Jue Lan Club over Memorial Day weekend, and sources told Page Six the night ended with Chris "drag racing." "It was a full-blown drag race .?.?. Everybody heard it," said a source. "He lost control and crashed into a parked Mercedes. He was lucky because it was his friend's car." But another source at the party described a more tame scene, saying that when Cuomo exited the bash, "a friend of Chris' was outside in a 1967 Pontiac LeMans. Chris is a car guy, so he got his car and pulled up alongside .?.?. A woman stood between them, pretending it was starting line, and people were taking a bunch of pictures." However, the second source said the cars "never moved," but "a photo op became a fender bender" when clumsy Cuomo "turns his car around to leave and he bumps into another one of his friend's cars. It was a Mercedes SUV." The source said that "Chris broke his radiator, and it was leaking fluid, so he drove home in case the engine stopped working. He told his wife to stay. He knew whose car it was -- it had a dent." A police report was filed "for insurance purposes," the source said. But others said Cuomo's known as a closet street demon. He posted a video last summer in the same car peeling out on a Hamptons street, and teasing his CNN colleague Don Lemmon. "For you, Don," he says before burning rubber. He captioned the clip, "Not all show no go .?.?. Just a taste. Sounds good. Goes better :)" A rep for Cuomo didn't comment. Either way, his love for hot wheels runs in the family. Older bro Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly owns cars including a '68 Pontiac GTO and '75 Corvette. (Page Six)

Chloe Grace Moretz breaks down during Orlando tribute. Chloe Grace Moretz, whose two brothers are openly gay, was seen crying backstage during a tribute to victims of the Orlando, Fla., shooting at Logo's Trailblazers event at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. "She was able to compose herself before going on camera," said the source. Tennis legend Billie Jean King, Emma Stone, Lance Bass and RuPaul also attended, along with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who had a follicular malfunction. "Part of Snooki's extensions were falling out on the red carpet," said a spy. (Page Six)

Actor Sean Hayes had a comedic reunion with his former "Sean Saves the World" co-star Megan Hilty during his Broadway show "An Act of God." "A cellphone went off during the show," an audience member at the Booth Theatre told Page Six. "Megan Hilty was sitting right by the ringing and [Sean] stopped the show to jokingly compliment her on having the latest iPhone. The cellphone wasn't Megan's, of course," but Hayes blamed her anyway. Hilty was on Broadway herself earlier this year in "Noises Off." (Page Six)

Music

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's Kids Join Coldplay on Stage to Sing at 2016 Glastonbury Festival. We'd say the apple doesn't fall from the tree! Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin closed out the 2016 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England this weekend singing "Up & Up" with his two kids including daughter Apple and son Moses. The beyond adorable moment was captured by mom, Gwyneth Paltrow, on Instagram. Paltrow captioned the photo with the emojis of the apple and the wave (alluding to Moses parting the sea). Even though Chris and Gwyneth finalized their divorce just a month ago, the couple has been vocal in their efforts to co-parent. "He's like my brother. I'm really close to him," Gwyneth told Today's Matt Lauer. "We're a family. Even though we're not in a romantic relationship, we're a true family and we like to do things to reinforce that we're a family for the children [and] for each other." Paltrow also told CBS This Morning and Live! With Kelly and Michael, "I want [Apple and Moses] to see me celebrate their dad." It's clear the mother of two practices what she preaches after traveling with her kids for their father's concert in England this weekend. Following Britain's momentous decision to leave the European Union, Chris weighed in on the international disarray. Announcing to fans during his concert, Martin called the Brexit, "The collapse of a country..." according to the Mirror UK. We think Apple and Moses's musical accompaniment to their father is sure to alleviate any of your Brexit induced anxiety. (Eonline)

Surprise! Beyonce Opens Up the 2016 BET Awards With a Special Performance Featuring Kendrick Lamar. Now this is how you start an awards show! Never one to shy away from a good surprise, Beyonce pleasantly shocked us all by opening up the 2016 BET Awards. While standing in a pool full of water, the genius mind behind Lemonade performed "Freedom" before Kendrick Lamar stepped on stage to join in on the show-stopping performance. As you likely could have guessed, everyone in the audience gave a standing ovation after the moment. A source later told E! News that BET had been planning the surprise for a bit but kept it secret from the network until this weekend. The evening comes after the singer celebrated her sister Solange Knowles' birthday in New Mexico on Saturday. As seen on Snapchat and Instagram, the birthday girl documented a celebratory lunch that ultimately became a family affair. "Dreams made true," the singer wrote on Instagram while wearing a bright orange dress. "I'm never coming home if you keep making honey peach and hibiscus lime popsicles." Sunday night's performance also comes right in the middle of Beyonce's tour. On Tuesday, the "Halo" singer is back on stage near the United Kingdom. Until then, we're just going to savor this special surprise. Keep doing you, Bey! (Eonline)

Sheila E. Is Moved to Tears After Delivering Powerful Prince Tribute at BET Awards 2016. It's safe to say Sheila E. made Prince proud Sunday night. After an evening filled with musical tributes, it was Prince's former fiancee who helped end the show with one unforgettable performance. Behind the drums, Sheila E immediately got the crowd on its feet as an entire band joined her in a medley of Prince hits. Featuring classic dance moves, sounds of the trumpet and plenty of energy, viewers immediately felt like they were experiencing a Prince-approved performance. As audience members including Jamie Foxx sang along, Sheila proved that watching the show until the very end was worth it. In fact, after her performance, cameras zoomed in on Sheila as she held a purple guitar in her hand as tears began to fill her face. "So much love tonight," she tweeted before the show. "#BETAwards #CelebrationOfPrince." Ever since Prince's unexpected passing this past April, Sheila has been an advocate for the late singer. In addition, she has also continued to remember her close friend for all his contributions to the music community. "I think the fans are doing what he would have wanted them to do, which is celebrate his music. Not mourn him, but celebrate and have parties," Sheila E shared with E! News shortly after Prince's death. "You don't realize how many lives he's touched and I don't think he really realized it." Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle MonĂ¡e and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars who participated in musical tributes Sunday evening at the BET Awards. (Eonline)

A New Jersey woman battling lung cancer has received an unforgettable surprise from one of the state's most famous rockers, Jon Bon Jovi. Rosie Skripkunis says her mother, Carol Cesario, is a lifelong fan of Bon Jovi and has always wanted to meet him. Last month, Skripkunis shared a sign on social media asking the singer to visit her mother. Skripkunis later told her mother that Bon Jovi's Toms River restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, had invited them over for a free meal. While at the restaurant on Saturday, Bon Jovi sneaked in behind Cesario and stood beside her without saying anything. Video shows Cesario yell out "oh my God!" after seeing Bon Jovi. He gave her an autographed guitar and a book, as well as a kiss on the cheek. (Page Six)

Kanye West Made an Hour-Long Remix of 'Father Stretch My Hands'. The least shocking thing Kanye West did over the weekend was release an hour-long remix of The Life of Pablo track "Father Stretch My Hands Part 1." That move seemed pretty tame compared to the jaws he dropped on Friday night with the debut of his naked celebrity-packed "Famous" video at the L.A. Forum. The ambient, subtly shifting "Father" remix was featured in a Paris fashion show by West's longtime collaborator, Virgil Abloh at the launch of Abloh's newest Off-White label line. A 40-minute version uploaded to Soundcloud opens with nearly nine minutes of what sounds like gospel chorus vocals stretched and manipulated before some subtle drums and bass kick in. The rest of the track see-saws between bits of the original song and large stretches of chilly white noise, with just portions of the album track's vocals presented in full. According to the NME, a shorter remix of "Father" was played by DJ Dodger Stadium at Friday's "Famous" premiere event. (Billboard)

Rihanna Blasts Off on Powerful 'Star Trek Beyond' Ballad 'Sledgehammer'. Rihanna dropped the full track for "Sledgehammer," her contribution to the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack on Monday morning (June 27) and the wait was definitely worth it. After teasing on Sunday that the song clip was coming with an Instagram post in which she sported some alien-looking face paint, Rih unleashed the emotional ballad that she has seemingly been working on since tweeting "you're just another brick and I'm a sledgehammer" back in 2014. Beyond, the third episode in the reboot of the space epic franchise, is due in theaters on July 22. The song's intense chorus charts the heartbreak Rihanna paints in the first verse, which has lyrics about hitting a wall, getting drowned in swimming pool of tears and bracing for the pain. "I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself/ Oh I was sure your words would leave me unconscious," she sings on the track co-written by Sia. "And on the floor I'd be lying cold, lifeless/ But I hit a wall, I hit 'em all, watch the fall." The track also appears in a new trailer that debuted on Monday morning. (Billboard)

Desiigner Unleashes Debut Mixtape 'New English'. Desiigner taps Pusha T for his very first mixtape 'New English,' out now exclusively on Tidal. After hitting the top of the Hot 100 with his hit single "Panda," Desiigner goes wild on his highly-anticipated debut mixtape New English. Released exclusively via Tidal on Sunday (June 26), just before his BET Awards performance, the Brooklyn MC's debut 'tape is chock-full of hard-hitting trap beats and spazz-y sixteens. The sole features come courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music's commander-in-chief Pusha T, who soars on "Jet" while rising Minnesota rapper King Savage kills it on "Zombie Walk." Other solo standouts include "Make It Out," "Monstas & Villains" and "Overnight." This past weekend, Desiigner made a splash on timelines with his entrancing XXL Freshman freestyle, which has already clocked in 1.6 million views on YouTube. He made the 2016 Freshman class alongside Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak and others. Dab to Desiigner's New English mixtape on Tidal here. (Billboard)

DJ Khaled Shares 'I Got The Keys' Feat Jay Z & Future. The black and white clip is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in hip-hop. DJ Khaled has been teasing works from his upcoming album, Major Key, for weeks. The wait for new music ended overnight when Khaled dropped mega-collab "I Got The Keys" just as the BET Awards wrapped up. The We the Best CEO's new track also has a video, which arrived as an exclusive with Tidal. The black and white clip stars Khaled, Jay Z, Future and features a long list of cameos from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, and many others, who face off against a sizeable force of prison guards. "I Got The Keys" follows the release of "For Free" featuring Drake, which bowed at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its release earlier this month. DJ Khaled's Major Key is due to drop on July 29. (Billboard)

Movies

There she is, Miss Universe. CAA has signed model and host Olivia Culpo, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2012. Culpo serves regularly as a fashion commentator for E!, including for the most recent Met Gala, Oscars and Emmys red carpets. A L'Oreal ambassador, she is acting in two upcoming independent movies: Ash Avildsen's American Satan, starring Malcolm McDowell, Denise Richards and Sebastian Bach, and Ashe Morrison and David Doucette's Tired Lungs. Culpo continues to be represented by manager Nikki Bohannon and attorneys Elizabeth Paw and Rob Cohen of Carroll Guido. In other CAA news, the agency's year-old hospitality division, CAA Premium Experience, has struck a long-term deal to serve as the official event and hospitality partner of Major League Baseball. The agency will package and execute customized fan experiences and travel packages for MLB events, starting with next month's All-Star Week and including Spring Training and the World Series. "Since the launch of CAA Premium Experience, we all have been working closely to craft a partnership that leverages the combined assets and strengths of our two organizations to create new opportunities for fans to enjoy MLB Jewel Events," CAA Sports co-head Mike Levine said in a statement. Added MLB executive vice president of business Noah Garden in a statement, "CAA is a world-class sports organization that will present a collection of assets and special access that will appeal to our fans and provide them with easier, deeper and more fulfilling baseball travel experiences." (Hollywood Reporter)

A trio of funny ladies. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom has signed with publicity firm BWR. Last week she was nominated for the TCA Awards' Individual Achievement in Comedy to go with wins at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice TV Awards earlier this year. BWR also has signed comediennes Natasha Leggero and Cameron Esposito. Leggero currently stars in the Downton Abbey send-up Another Period, which she co-created and which Comedy Central has renewed for a third season. Esposito most recently appeared in Garry Marshall's ensemble comedy Mother's Day and is working with You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk on an FX sexuality-themed comedy based on her life. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new "Live" co-host -- so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst. Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career. The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth, and he insisted Saturday he'll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the first half of the season. However, Gordon didn't quash recent speculation that ABC is interested in him joining Ripa on "Live." Gordon co-hosted with Ripa nine times during the "Live With Regis and Kelly" era. "I am flattered that my name has been associated with that," Gordon said when asked by The Associated Press about the possibility of him joining "Live." "I've always maintained a great friendship with the show, some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting, and I certainly would welcome it." Gordon then reiterated: "My priority is Fox and Fox Sports, and NASCAR. I will definitely be back in the booth next year; if there was something that could fit into and around that, great." Gordon was media savvy long before he hung up his firesuit for the tailored blue business suit he wore Saturday at the race track, where he has transitioned from a lucrative career as one of NASCAR's first stars to transcend into Madison Avenue and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. So he declined to give much insight into a possible job with Ripa, and didn't address whether he's had talks with the show since Strahan's departure. "It's been really interesting to see that unfold, but I really don't have anything that I can say about that," Gordon said. Gordon was considered NASCAR's most charismatic driver during a career that spanned two-plus decades. His 93 career victories trail only Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) on NASCAR's all-time win list, and his fame reached far beyond the track and resonated with non-sports fans. He won all the big races, collected four championships in just seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday. In the meantime, Gordon became such a household name that during his career he hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was name-dropped in a song by rapper Nelly. Gordon was at ease in his nine appearances alongside Ripa, where he showed his quick wit and comfort as the interviewer. He's transitioned nicely in the Fox booth, where his start in February was slightly overshadowed by the dynamics of working alongside outspoken Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip. Gordon and Waltrip seemed uncomfortable together at times this season, with each trying to speak over the other to make a point. Gordon admitted Saturday that he was "scared to death in Daytona" before his first assignments in the booth because the "whole experience was pretty overwhelming." Now, 15 races later, he's at ease and almost wishes NASCAR's television schedule wasn't shifting to NBC next week. "I haven't really missed being in the car that much because of the challenge ... that it's been being in the booth, getting to know a whole new team of people to work with, trying to understand what all goes into a broadcast," Gordon said. "I feel a lot more confident and comfortable. I know my colleagues that I'm working with far better. I kind of know what to look for, what to ask for, and where I fit in better than I certainly did then." Gordon ruffled some feathers in the booth this year with longtime rival Brad Keselowski. Gordon made reference to some car modifications on Keselowski's car during a recent race, and the active driver bristled about Gordon pushing an agenda because Gordon still maintains ties with Hendrick Motorsports, the only team he ever drove for at NASCAR's top level. It led to a sit-down interview Gordon conducted with Keselowski for Fox in which the television personality was able to explain his position to the driver. "I love what Brad brings to the sport. I think that he maybe feels or felt like I carried over some of that animosity from our run in on the race track ... but it's actually quite the opposite," Gordon said. "I've put that aside, and I really like what he brings and his unique perspective on the sport. I don't necessarily think the same way that he does -- I don't know a lot of people that do. "There's no doubt I have some bias, and I think everybody does in some way, and so that part I agree with him. Yeah, there's times when it's hard for me not to want to talk about Chase Elliott or one of the Hendrick drivers when they're doing something good, but I'll talk about them when they're doing something bad, too. I love what Brad brings, and we had a nice conversation, and it made for good TV to be honest." (Page Six)

Gilmore Girls fans only have a few more months to go until Netflix releases the first new episodes of the show since it finished in 2007 - and this weekend there was the most amazing teaser. Fans of the Gilmore Girls almost had a coronary last week when Michelle Obama posted her first Snapchat...featuring Alexis Bledel in her role as Rory! Rory of course finished the main series by working as a journalist on Obama's first Presidential campaign, and it looks as though she's maintained those links. Everyone had another coronary a couple of days later when the official Gilmore Girls Facebook page posted an awesome video in which Rory gave "holiday" reading advice to the First Lady. Except it turns out that the holiday is actually time spent travelling to Liberia, Morocco and Spain as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative. Mobama was therefore unimpressed by the possibility of taking something as large as War and Peace, and settled for one of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series. So Michelle Obama might not necessarily appear in the new episodes, but if we can keep getting little Gilmore-y snippets like this, that will be totally okay! (British Glamour)

Big Brother's Twists Continue: Find Out the Newest Change to Season 18. Well that's what you get when you expect the unexpected. Big Brother introduced yet another twist before Sunday night's eviction, and it sure did throw a wrench into the way things usually work in the house. Instead of just two nominees sitting on the block every week, there will now be three. And the third nominee will be decided anonymously, by whoever wins a special competition called BB Roadkill. The night's edition of BB Roadkill was sort of incredible. It involved stripping while "driving" an RV, meaning that each houseguest had to strip down to their swimsuit while also holding down three buttons. If they let go of a button, their timer multiplied, and whoever managed to strip the fastest (with the slowest timer) won the right to nominate a third houseguest for the block. After a hilarious montage of all the houseguests attempting this extreme version of Twister, we learned that Frank had won! He played it off around the newbies (namely Jozea) as if he didn't, and Jozea seemed to totally believe him, all while insisting he's great at reading people. At this point, we're not entirely sure Jozea actually knows how to play this game. After momentarily debating putting up Bridgette, Frank and the other "old people" decided to nominate Paul, who just so happens to be our other least favorite. Hopefully, Paulie can be saved next week, and one of these two very talkative rascals will get sent home. Also: after they lost one of last week's challenges, Frank's team, Category 4, which includes the ab-tastic Paulie, had to be punished by being "pixelated," which means that for the next week, they're basically naked save for some plastic pixels covering all the important areas. Basically what we're saying is that the night's episode of Big Brother was fairly delightful, and this season's probably going to be a pretty fun one. Big Brother airs Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Amazon Takes Steven Soderbergh's Starz Series 'Girlfriend Experience' for U.K., Germany, Japan. The Steven Soderbergh executive produced show with Riley Keough also will be available on Amazon Prime Video in Austria. Amazon and Starz on Monday unveiled a multi-territory content licensing agreement for Starz's The, a limited series from executive producer Steven Soderbergh and inspired by his 2009 film of the same name. The 13 episodes of the show will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K., Germany and Austria on June 27 and in Japan later this year. "With a captivating story, combined with a mesmerizing performance by Riley Keough and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience provides a dramatic and emotional look into this provocative world," said Brad Beale, vp of Worldwide Television Acquisition for Amazon. "We are excited to bring this extraordinary series exclusively to Prime members in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan." Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch said: "Starz is very pleased to license The Girlfriend Experience to Amazon for these markets. Starz is making breakthrough original programming that engages and delights its fans. 'The Girlfriend Experience' is a stunning limited series with an incredible performance by star Riley Keough." The series follows Christine Reade, a second-year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at a prestigious law firm. Working hard to establish herself at the firm, her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide The Girlfriend Experience -- emotional and sexual relationships at a high price. Juggling two very different lives, Christine quickly finds herself drawn into the GFE world, attracted to the rush of control and intimacy. (Hollywood Reporter)

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