Monday, July 31, 2017

GSA AUCTION - 3017 Hwy 214

3017 Hwy 214
07/27/2017 06:00 PM EDT


CURRENT BID: $100 STATE: TX NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 12-31-9999 04:00 PM CT. This vacant lot is primarily flat and covered with dirt and gravel.< /span>


The property is located at 3017 Highway 214, Enochs, TX 79324. Approximate location coordinates are 33.872911, -102.760173.


North: Dirt and gravel are located to the north of the property with Hwy 54 adjacent to th at.


East: Dirt, gravel and brush patches are located immediately east of the property. Fenced farmland and a residence are situated beyond that toward the east.


South: An industrial shed operated by Bailey County is located immediately south of the property.


West: Hwy 214 is adjacent on the west side of the property. The Enochs Post Office can be found directly across the highway as well as a couple of industrial sheds.

GSA AUCTION - 2259 Hwy 87, Gilchrist, TX

2259 Hwy 87, Gilchrist, TX
07/27/2017 06:00 PM EDT

CURRENT BID: $1,000 STATE: TX NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 12-31-9999 04:00 PM CT. This property is located at 2259 Highway 87, Gilchrist, TX 77617. Approximate location coordinates are 29.513917, -94.48605 3.


This vacant land is primarily flat and covered with patchy grass, dirt and gravel. There is a small concrete slab in the northern portion of the lot.


North: A grassy lot is adjacent to the property to the north. Gulf Supply Road runs along the northeast side of the property.


East: A gravel parking lot is situated to the east of the property. Gulf Supply Road also runs along the southeast side of the property.


South: Hwy 87 is immediately south of the property. Two residential homes on stilts are directly across the highway with a sandy beach and the Gulf of Mexico directly behind them.


West: A grass and dirt covered vacant lot is adjacent to the property toward the west. North Faggard's Drive runs along the northwest and southwest side of that vacant lot.

GSA Auctions Trucks, Tractors and Ground Vehicles Update

1994 GENERAL MOTORS CORP #455 TK31003
07/28/2017 09:02 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $100 STATE: MI NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 07:02 PM CT. 1 1994 GMC 1 Ton Dump Truck. Inspection is highly recommended. Inspection is by appointment only. Item sold without warranty/guaranty. Repairs may be required. 14542770880003
2004 FORD F250
07/28/2017 09:01 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $100 STATE: MN NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 07:01 PM CT. 2004 Ford F250 XL Super Duty 4x4 Pickup, V8, Gas, Automatic Transmission, 8' Bed, Trailer Hitch, Headache Rack, approximately 95,689 miles. Known defects: minor scratches and dents, some rust, seat torn, interior dirty. Inspection is highly recommended. Inspection is by appointment only. Item sold without warranty/guaranty. Repairs may be required. 1463AZ71870001
2005 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500
07/28/2017 09:00 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $100 STATE: MN NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 07:00 PM CT. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab 5.3 V8, Automatic Transmission, spray in bed liner, approximately 102,545 miles. Known defects: rust holes, rip in driver's seat, dent in tail gate, dent behind back right tire, holes in interior from mounting equipment. Front wheel bearing recently repaired. Inspection is highly recommended. Inspection is by appointment only. Item sold without warranty/guaranty. Repairs may be required. 1463AZ71880001
2011 FORD F-250 CREW CAB
07/28/2017 07:30 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $2,500 STATE: IN NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 05:30 PM CT. One lot consisting of a 2011 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab. Unit is equipped for K9 use. V8, 4x4, crew cab, hub caps, airbags, am/fm radio, cd player, fabric interior, a/c, cruise control, anti-lock brakes, power brakes, tilt steering, power steering, intermittent wipers, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, rear defrost, towing package. The following problems are listed for this vehicle: brakes worn, minor scratches, suspension problems. K9 cage is in the rear. Parts may be missing, repairs are required. 703CA271228115 703CA271228115
1983 INTERNATIONAL HARVES DT466
07/28/2017 07:20 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $25 STATE: MS NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 05:20 PM CT. 1983 International Harvester cab over truck, tractor, model: 1850B, DT466 diesel, est. mileage: 45,000, vin: 2HTD10352ECB10379, automatic, runs but may be missing parts. AG0003107090. Repairs may be required. 12315971440002
1992 CHEVROLET C1500
07/28/2017 07:10 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $25 STATE: MS NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 05:10 PM CT. 1992 Chevrolet truck, model: C1500, vin: 2GCEC19H1N1167846,extended cab, 2WD,68K miles on odometer, 5.0 V8 gas motor, auto transmission, est. mileage: 68,000. Needs battery, left tail-light and rear window. Seat torn and headliner failing. Was running rough so replaced distributer cap, fuel filter and rebuilt throttle-body. Ran smooth after that and now will not crank. AG0003191732. Repairs may be required. 12315971440001
1995 CHEVORLET C1500
07/28/2017 07:00 PM EDT



CURRENT BID: $25 STATE: MS NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-04-2017 05:00 PM CT. 1995 Chevrolet truck, model: C1500, 2WD, 4.3 gas V6, est. mileage: 166k miles, auto transmission, usual exterior cosmetic issues for age, interior is rough and missing some trim pieces. A/C does not work, windshield leaks but runs and shifts good. Repairs may be required. 12315971380001

New system allows qualified trucks to bypass some ADOT ports of entry Sensors check weight, credentials at California, New Mexico, Utah lines

PHOENIX ‒ To help interstate commerce flow more efficiently while promoting safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation is adding a system that automatically checks the weight and registration of qualified commercial trucks without requiring them to stop as they enter the state.

“Using cutting-edge technology allows us to enforce safety requirements on trucks that enter Arizona while letting trucks that comply with our rules to continue on their way,” said Tim Lane, director of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, which operates commercial ports of entry. “We’re eliminating friction that can be costly for both the trucking companies and the state of Arizona.”

The Drivewyze Preclear technology, similar to a system in place since 2015 near three ADOT interstate highway rest areas, uses geofencing technology and sensors embedded in the roadway to identify and check the weight, credentials and safety status of trucks that subscribe to the service as they approach seven Arizona ports of entry from California, Utah and New Mexico.

The driver’s cellphone or an electronic logging device in the truck’s cab then receives instructions. Trucks registered with Drivewyze that pass the tests may continue on their way, though like other trucks some will be selected at random for safety checks. Registered trucks that are overweight or have paperwork issues will be instructed to stop for inspection.

“If we pull over every truck, it causes unnecessary delays for drivers and companies that have complied with Arizona’s regulations,” Lane said. “This system will allow us to increase enforcement in the cases where we need to do that.”

The system is being added at these locations over the coming month:
Interstate 8: Yuma
Interstate 10: Ehrenberg near the California line, and San Simon near the New Mexico line
Interstate 15: St. George, just north of the Arizona-Utah line
Interstate 40: Topock near the California line, and Sanders near the New Mexico line
State Route 68 and US 93: Kingman

For the past two years, a similar system at the McGuireville Rest Area on I-17, the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on I-19 and the Sacaton Rest Area on I-10 has used sensors and cameras to determine a commercial vehicle’s approximate weight and check the status of its registration, U.S. Department of Transportation number, fuel tax assessment and carrier safety records. A sign instructs vehicles exceeding weight requirements to pull into the rest areas to be weighed and inspected.

Reducing wait times at commercial ports is among ADOT’s priorities using the Arizona Management System. Championed by Governor Doug Ducey, the system has employees continuously looking for ways to make state agencies more valuable to customers.

ADOT’s other steps in the past year to remove barriers to commercial travel include training truckers and trucking firms in Mexico on inspection requirements to reduce delays at the border without sacrificing safety.

GSA AUCTIONS - US Coast Guard Housing Units

US Coast Guard Housing Units
07/31/2017 04:00 PM EDT

CURRENT BID: $125,000 STATE: WI NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 12-31-9999 02:00 PM CT.

SALE OPENS 7/31! Triplex housing units in Manit owoc,Wisconsin, steps from Lake Michigan! Property has three multi-family townhouse style units with attached 3-car garage. Each unit is approximately 1,456 square feet with 3 bedrooms, one bath, and a basement area. Open house: Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (local time) andSunday, August 20, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (local time). u>

Please download the Invitation for Bids for all the terms and conditions of this sale under the header labeled "Additional Documents" below. Opportunities to view the property will be made available during two open houses and will be announced here soon.

GSA AUCTION - Vacant 0.50 acre residential parcel - Lehigh acres, Florida

Vacant 0.50 acre residential parcel -lehigh acres, florida
07/31/2017 02:02 PM EDT

CURRENT BID: $3,000 STATE: FL NO. OF BIDDERS: 0 CLOSE TIME: 08-28-2017 12:02 PM CT.

This property is located in Lehigh Acres, Florida (Ft. Myers area).Lehigh Acres is situated in northeastern Lee County (Ft. Myers area) east of Interstate 75. Lehigh Acres is an unincorporated subdivision of approximately 61,000 acres and is part of the Cape Coral-Ft. Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area. The property is near the intersection of Gunnery Road South and Lee Boulevard (SR 884 ).

The subject property is vacant land comprised of two lots offered as a single parcel, and is located at 4017 S.W. 7th Street. The parcel size is 0.50 acre and measures 160 feet by 136 feet. The closest intersection is Curtis Road. The property coordinates are latitude 26 .606145,Longitude -81.705636.

The legal description is: LEHIGH ACRES UNIT 7, BLK.64, LOTS 2 & 3, Plat B 15, Page 90, as recorded in the Public Records of Lee County, Florida.

The Lee County tax parcel information is: STRAP:3444260700064.0020; Folio ID: 10332331 (listed as a single parcel).

The Property is zoned RS-1 is subject to the jurisdiction of Lee County, FL.

Spc. 5 James McCloughan: 'They called me Doc'

This Day In Music History 07-31

This Day In Country Music History 07-31

President Chaos vs the Evil Left | The Andrew Klavan Show Ep. 355

The War On Cars

DODGE A SPEEDING TICKET

(Men's Health) Flashing lights in the rearview? Squeak by without logging any points:

Start off right
Pull over as soon as you see the officer's lights. Turn on your interior light if it is dark out, and have your license and insurance card ready. This will put him in a good mood.

Do not hem and haw
Officers are lied to so often that it is refreshing when someone just fesses up. Acknowledge where you erred and promise you will be safer. Throw in an apology as well.

Cop a plea
Now that you have proved your sincerity, ask for a break: "I earned that citation, but would you mind issuing me a warning instead? It will not happen again." Being direct may work.

Win in court
If you do get a ticket, consider lawyering up. A good attorney can turn a 6-point "30 mph over" ticket into a 4-point "unsafe lane change" ticket and you will not have to go to court.

Overnight lane restriction scheduled on Interstate 10 near Sacaton Rest Area

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restriction as traffic-sensor loops are repaired on Interstate 10 near the Sacaton Rest Area:

· Eastbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane (right lane closed) at milepost 183 from 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, to 4:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3. The speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 55 mph.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

WEIRD NEWS

Landmark Medical Case Settled for $440K

It's being called a landmark settlement. A child who as an infant underwent surgery aimed at assigning his gender as female but who now identifies as male will get a $270,000 pay out from the Medical University of South Carolina and the state's social services department. The money will buy an annuity policy that will eventually result in a $440,000 payout to the child - identified only as MC - who is now 12. Pam and Mark Crawford had waged a four-year legal battle against the hospital after MC, born with male and female genitalia, had his male parts removed when he was just a year old. The surgery, which took place when MC was in state custody, was not only unnecessary but meant MC's gender was decided for him. MUSC "denied all claims of negligence and any liability for the alleged claims" in the settlement. An estimated one in 2,000 babies born are intersex, with genitals not clearly male or female, and many undergo surgeries to give them exclusively male or female genitalia. But these surgeries are fraught with complications. In a report out this week, Human Rights Watch accuses doctors of performing irreversible sex assignment surgeries "based on guesswork." Last month, a report by three former US surgeons general concluded intersex surgeries "violate an individual's right to personal autonomy over their own future" and "should be deferred until children are old enough to voice their own view about whether to undergo the surgery." (BuzzFeed)

The Downside to Saving Snakes

Ohio firefighters rescued a 45-year-old woman in Sheffield Lake who called 911 after a boa constrictor wrapped around her neck and began biting her face. The giant reptile was one of two snakes she had rescued the day before, though police haven't said how or where. Audio of the 3-minute, 50-second 911 call features the woman crying, "I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face. ... There's blood everywhere. ... He's got my nose." Firefighters found the woman lying in the driveway of her home with the 5-foot-long snake wrapped around her neck and biting her nose. A firefighter used a pocketknife to cut off the snake's head. The woman was taken to a hospital for apparent non-life-threatening injuries. The woman had 11 snakes, including nine ball pythons and the boa constrictors. (WKYC)

McDonalds Dead Last in Customer Service Poll

When it comes to customer service in the fast-food industry, McDonald's is dead last. However, in a poll conducted by 24/7 Wall St., some fast-food restaurants fared better than full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year's American Customer Service Satisfaction Index, which surveyed customers for their thoughts on such metrics as employee courtesy, speed, order accuracy, and even website quality. Here, the top five best and worst fast-food chains, according to hungry Americans:

Best
Chick-fil-A
Panera Bread
Papa John's
Subway
Arby's

Worst
McDonald's
Jack in the Box
Pizza Hut
Taco Bell
Wendy's

(24/7 Wall Street)

Swim Coach Charged With Drowning Teen

A former school swim coach in Texas has been charged in the death of a 13-year-old girl who drowned during practice! Tracey Anne Boyd is scheduled to appear in court this week on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence. Boyd, 49, was indicted June 29 in the death of Elise Cerami, who competed for a Carroll school district swim club near Fort Worth. A medical examiner has ruled the girl's death in June 2016 as an accidental drowning, but an indictment contends Boyd failed to watch Elise and ensure she was being properly supervised. The North Texas Nadadores swim club had finished warming up at the school district's aquatic center in Southlake when teammates noticed Elise was underwater. She was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Boyd's defense attorney, Daniel Hagood, said his client is not guilty of the charge and she will answer the allegations in court. (Newser)

More iPods Becoming Obsolete

It's only been three years since fans said goodbye to the iPod Classic, but now more of the iPod family is going away. In a move Apple called "simplifying our iPod lineup," the company is discontinuing its iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle MP3 players. That means there's only one Apple device left that we can still call iPod: the Touch. What appears to have doomed the Nano and Shuffle was the shift to iPhones and streaming music, and as both the Shuffle and Nano had limited (if any) apps capability, they fell behind the curve - and Apple didn't bother bringing them up to speed. To celebrate the last player standing, Apple is boosting the iPod Touch's capacity, upping the 16GB version that sells for $199 to 32GB, and the $299 64GB model to 128GB; the 16GB and 64GB models will no longer be for sale. (TechCrunch)

Turtles Saved By Sex Toys!

Now here's something you don't here every day. Scientists in Australia are using sex toys to help arouse male turtles so they can save their species. No kidding. It seems it is incredibly hard to determine the sex of a turtle and the scientists need accurate data on how many males and females are left. The male's private parts are tucked inside his body when not aroused to researchers came up with a novel solution - to use vibrators on the turtles to find out if anything pokes out when they are stimulated. Donald McKnight, a PhD candidate at James Cook University in Australia said, "To really understand what is going on with a population and how to conserve it, you need to be able to distinguish males and females. We weren't doing this because we thought it would be fun. We did this because we were trying to find a less invasive method of sexing problematic turtles." Scientists say they have to "get the turtles in the mood" by gently rubbing the vibrators on the creature's chest area in small circles, before moving down to the tail. The method of sexing the spiny softshell turtle was successful 100 per cent of the time. Turtles are struggling to survive, with about half of all species threatened with extinction. (Metro)

Trump Divorce! No, Not Them - Because of Them!

It's kind of interesting to send out a press release about your divorce. But it's far more interesting when you call it a "Trump divorce." It seems ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg are calling it splits. A press release from the TransMedia Group PR firm stated reason for their divorce is totally political. Lynn, in her mid-30s, is a staunch Republican and Trump supporter who says she felt "increasingly isolated in the marriage," which lasted just over two years. Meanwhile, Dave is a 46-year-old Democrat. The statement also outlines the $100,000 or so settlement Lynn is getting, including a new BMW, $40,000 in cash, and half her rent paid at her Boca Raton condo through next year. Oddly, however, in addition to owning her own media firm, Lynn is also an executive VP for TransMedia - but she says she has no idea how all of the financial concessions snuck into the press release, nor other intimate info, such as Dave allegedly not wanting to have kids with the same eagerness as she did. She says she and her ex agreed to put out a three-sentence paragraph together that mainly just said they were "respectfully and amicably" parting ways as "close friends," followed by a request for privacy. No comment from Dave about whom his ex-wife says: "He makes for a great ex-husband. I don't wish him anything but goodwill." (Palm Beach Post)

What the What?

Over in Britain, a very bad driver with way too much money totaled his brand new Ferrari only an hour after he bought it. Police called it a "miracle escape," but the car was not so lucky. South Yorkshire Police posted photos of the smoking, wrecked car, saying it "went airborne (and) burst into flames" beside a highway in northern England. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia, worth about $260,000, ended up a burning heap in a field while the driver had only had minor cuts and bruises. However police say they also detected "a sense of damaged pride." The driver reportedly told officers: "I've only just got it, picked it up an hour ago." (Newser)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The month of July typically has more birthdays than any other month. 
  • According to a recent survey, the number one most attractive skill a man can have, according to women, is the ability to cook. The second most attractive skill is playing a musical instrument. 
  • 35% of men say they never use their credit cards without asking their spouse first. 
  • According to a recent study, married men should never retire before their wives. 
  • A survey says that 43% of people usually regret how much money they spent for Christmas. 
  • According to researchers, free food is the most interesting perk employers can offer their employees.

Brief roadway closure on Interstate 40 scheduled early Tuesday morning east of Kingman

Motorists traveling on I-40 about 30 miles east of Kingman should allow additional travel time of up to 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 1.

Construction will require a blasting operation in the Willow Creek bridge area that will require a full road closure of approximately 15 minutes. This time will allow crews to remove any roadway debris prior to reopening.

The work is part of a $2.6 million project that includes rock scaling, construction of a concrete barrier and a rock-fall containment fence to help prevent rocks and other debris from entering the highway. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

TODAY'S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What fast food franchise has the most worldwide locations? Subway.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Add Apple's iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle to the history books. They'll no longer be made. 
  • A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. 
  • Japan is going to impose a temporary 50% tariff on frozen beef from the U.S. and several other countries. This after President Donald Trump named Japan as one of the countries contributing to the U.S. trade deficit. 
  • A couple in Florida have announced their Trump divorce. She was a devout supporter, he was a staunch Democrat and after less than 2 years, it just wasn't working. 
  • Stephen Colbert is going to produce a cartoon series for Showtime about the Trump White House. 
  • Elementary school students in Marion County, Florida, will have more free time after school this year as the school district implements a controversial "homework ban." 
  • The Cowboys' David Irving says he injured his nipple when he lost a nipple ring at camp. 
  • A report says one third of all U.S. households have no savings and are at risk of financial ruin. 
  • Coke Zero is getting a new name: Coke Zero Sugar. 
  • A new study says that being neurotic can help people live longer. 
  • Tesla handed off its first Model 3 on Friday night, streaming the presentation online. 
  • Brazilian President Michel Temer has seen his approval rate drop to a new low of 5%. 
  • The marriage rate in American continues to decline. Couples are waiting longer and getting older before tying the knot. Another way weddings have changed since the recession: They've shrunk. Last year's average wedding had 141 guests, according to an annual survey of couples by the Knot, the wedding website. That's down from 149 guests in 2009. 
  • 70s singer Michael Johnson, whose biggest hit was "Bluer than Blue", died Friday. He was 72. 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad... which was, of course, just across the bay from Trinimom.

In 1790, the first U.S. patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. Back in my college days, pot ash was never a problem.

On this date in 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 sent back over 4,000 pictures of the moon's surface. It made for a really long "home-movie night" of slides. Or, they should have sent me. When I got on vacation, I easily take 2,000 more than that.

In 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were released from jail after spending a month there on a drug conviction. They were both so skinny, they could walk in and out of the cells at will, but they stayed anyway.

On this date in 1981, the Major League Baseball strike finally ended after 7 weeks. It was the season everyone knew what it was like to be a Cubs fan.

In 1988, the last of the 22 original Playboy Clubs closed in Lansing, Michigan. No more bunny business.

TODAY IS

Wow, final day of July! Blasted right through that month.

Rico Rodriguez turns 19 today. You know him better as Manny on "Modern Family."

Zac Brown turns 39 today. I wish I could remember the name of his band.

Dean Cain -- who was Superman for Terry Hatcher's Lois Lane -- turns 51 today.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling turns 52 today. A few more years and she'll start developing Hogwarts.

Norman Cook, better known as "Fatboy Slim," turns 54 today. He makes most of his music using sampling, which is also what earned him the nickname, "Fatboy."

Wesley Snipes turns 55 today. Just a reminder, whatever you give him for his birthday, the IRS gets half.

Singer/songwriter Lobo (Me and You and a Dog named Boo) turns 74 today. Boo is long gone.

Music Calendar...

In 1942 Harry James records "I've Heard That Song Before" with Helen Forrest as lead vocalist.

In 1959 Neil Sedaka records "Oh Carol."

In 1964 Country singer Jim Reeves, 41, is killed when his single-engine Beechcraft crashes near Nashville, TN.

In 1964 "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & the Vandellas is released.

In 1965 "It's The Same Old Song" by the Four Tops and "The In Crowd" by Ramsey Lewis both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1966 The first Cream concert is held in Windsor, England.

In 1967 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards are released after a month in jail on drug convictions.

In 1970 The Rolling Stones fulfilling their contract with Decca for one more album deliver "Cocksucker Blues."

In 1971 The Rolling Stones' documentary "Gimme Shelter" makes its UK premiere at the Rialto Cinema in London.

In 1971 "Do You Know What I Mean" by Lee Michaels enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1971 "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1972 Chicago's first #1 album, "Chicago V," is certified gold.

In 1976 Kris Kristofferson hosts NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Rita Coolidge.

In 1976 "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult and "Still The One" by Orleans both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1979 James Taylor plays a free concert in New York's Central Park to help the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.

In 1980 John Phillips (Mamas & Papas) is arrested on drug charges. He spent 30 days in jail and was fined $15,000.

In 1981 Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry releases her solo album "Koo Koo."

In 1982 "You Can Do Magic" by America and "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1985 John Mellencamp's album "Scarecrow" is released.

In 1986 Stevie Wonder receives an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on NBC-TV's "The Cosby Show."

In 1987 During an Anita Baker concert in Boston, a 25-foot tree limb falls into the crowd, but no serious injuries are reported.

In 1990 Accused of instigating a suicide attempt, Juda Priest vocalist Rob Halford admits in a Reno court to placing backward messages in 1985's "Love Bites," but not the album in question "Stained Class."

In 1990 Cheap Trick's video "Every Trick In The Book" is released.

In 1991 Travis Tritt's single "Country Club" goes platinum.

In 1995 Courtney Love ends Hole's Pittsburgh Lollapalooza set early when a fan tosses a shotgun shell casing on the stage.

In 1995 Jefferson Starship's album "Red Octopus" is certified platinum, while Pink Floyd's "Pulse" CD goes double platinum.

In 1995 Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson's single "Scream" is certified gold and platinum, as is TLC's single "Waterfalls."

In 1996 Aerosmith fires longtime manager Tim Collins.

In 1998 The Beastie Boys begin their first headlining tour since 1995 at Seattle's Key Arena.

In 2000 Christina Aguilera's first headlining concert tour begins in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2000 Britney Spears helps launch a web site for young girls and teenagers with a live online chat.

Today In History...

In 1498 Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad.

In 1556 St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order of Catholic priests and brothers) dies in Rome.

In 1776 Francis Salvador is the first Jew to die in the American Revolution.

In 1777 Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, is made a major-general of the Continental Army. Lafayette later played a role in the British defeat at Yorktown.

In 1790 The first U.S. patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.

In 1875 Andrew Johnson, the 17 U.S. president, dies in Tennessee at age 66.

In 1919 Germany's Weimar Constitution is adopted.

In 1945 Pierre Laval, premier of the pro-Nazi Vichy government, surrenders

to U.S. authorities in Austria; he was turned over to France, which later tried and executed him.

In 1948 President Truman dedicates New York International Airport at Idlewild Field, New York. (Later renamed JFK International)

In 1953 Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as "Mr. Republican," for his conservative philosophy, dies in New York at age 63.

In 1961 President John Kennedy agrees during talks with General Chen Cheng to support Nationalist China in its bid for UN membership.

In 1964 The American space probe Ranger VII sends home 4,316 pictures of the moon's surface.

In 1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ending the "Huntley-Brinkley Report."

In 1972 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Engleton withdraws from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.

In 1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36.

In 1981 The leader of Panama, General Omar Torrijos dies in a plane crash.

In 1981 A 7-week-old Major League Baseball strike ends.

In 1984 The U.S. men's gymnastics team wins a team gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

In 1984 Leeza Gibbons makes her first appearance on "Entertainment Tonight."

In 1985 House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on legislation to impose economic sanctions against South Africa, in the wake of that country's growing unrest and state of emergency.

In 1986 President Reagan, citing executive privilege, refuses to allow senators to see Justice Department memos written between 1969 to 1971 by William H. Rehnquist, who was facing confirmation hearings to become chief justice of the United States.

In 1987 Some 400 people die as Iranian pilgrims clash with riot police in the Moslem holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In 1988 The last of the 22 Playboy clubs closes in Lansing, Michigan.

In 1989 A pro-Iranian group in Lebanon releases a grisly videotape showing the body of American hostage William R. Higgans dangling from a rope, a day after kidnappers threatened to kill him.

In 1990 Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the 20th major leaguer to win 300 games.

In 1990 Shoal Creek, a private club in Birmingham, AL, that drew criticism for being all-white, announced it had accepted a black businessman as an honorary member.

In 1991 President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

In 1991 Seven people are killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed near Camden, SC.

In 1991 Seven people are killed when a bus carrying Girl Scouts crashed in Palm Springs, CA.

In 1992 The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Cape Canaveral on what became a problem-plagued scientific mission.

In 1992 Summer Sanders becomes the first American athlete to win four medals at the Barcelona Olympics as she won the gold in the women's 200-meter butterfly.

In 1993 Belgium's King Baudouin I dies at age 62; he is succeeded by his brother, Prince Albert.

In 1994 The U.N. Security Council authorizes member states to use "all necessary means" to oust military leadership in Haiti.

In 1995 In the second-largest takeover in U.S. corporate history, Walt Disney Co. acquires Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.

In 1996 After President Clinton announces that he would sign it, 98 Democrats join House's Republican majority to pass historic welfare overhaul bill.

In 1997 Brooklyn, NY, police seize five bombs they believed would be used for terrorist attacks on the subways in New York City.

In 1999 Chicago authorities announce that as many as 46 residents had died as a result of a relentless heat wave.

In 2000 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak survives a no-confidence vote, beating back challenge by those opposed to conceding land to the Palestinians in exchange for peace.

In 2001 A landslide buries part of a village on a remote Indonesian island amid heavy rains, killing at least 35.

Born On This Day...

In 1763 Legal scholar, James Kent

In 1800 German chemist, Friedrich Wohler (co-discovered Vandium)

In 1803 Engineer, John Ericsson (built USS Monitor)

In 1822 Industrialist, Abram Hewitt (made first steel in the U.S.)

In 1867 Merchant, Sebastian S. Kresge (S.S. Kresge Co.)

In 1882 Physicist/inventor, Herbert E. Ives (transmission of pictures)

In 1889 Actor, Donald Foster (Herbert Johnson-Hazel)

In 1894 Pianist/bandleader, Roy Bargy (Jimmy Durante)

In 1900 Pollster, Elmo Roper (Roper Poll) [d: 4-30-71]

In 1901 French painter, Jean Debuffet (Landscape with 2 Personages) [d: 5-12-85]

In 1904 Sportswriter, Arthur Daley (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956) [d: 1-3-74]

In 1912 Economist, Milton Friedman (Nobel, 1976) [d: 11-16-06]

In 1912 TV talk show host, Irv Kupcinet (Tonight! America After Dark) {d: 11-10-03]

In 1913 TV producer, Bill Todman (game shows with Mark Goodman) [d: 7-29-79]

In 1919 Sportscaster, Curt Gowdy (ABC, NBC) [d: 2-20-06]

In 1921 Civil rights leader, Whitney Young, Jr. [d: 3-11-71]

In 1929 Actor, Don Murray (Bus Stop, Endless Love, Knots Landing) (88)

In 1932 Singer, Morey Carr (Beep Beep-The Playmates) (85)

In 1932 Actor, Ted Cassidy (Lurch-TV's The Addams Family) [d: 1-16-79]

In 1935 Actor, Geoffrey Lewis (Earl-Flo, Gun Shy) [d: 4-7-15]

In 1937 U.S. relay runner, Isabelle F. Daniels (Olympic-Bronze-1956) (80)

In 1939 Actress, Susan Flannery (Laura-Days of Our Lives, Dallas) (78)

In 1939 Actress, France Nuyen (Dr. Paulette Kiem-St Elsewhere) (78)

In 1939 Former football player, Norm Snead (Eagles, Redskins, Giants) (78)

In 1942 Singer/songwriter, Daniel Boone (Beautiful Sunday) (75)

In 1943 U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett (1985-88) (74)

In 1943 Singer/songwriter, Lobo (Me And You And A Dog Named Boo) (74)

In 1944 Actress, Geraldine Chaplin (Dr. Zhivago, Home For The Holidays) (73)

In 1944 Actress, Sherry Lansing (The China Syndrome, Black Rain) (73)

In 1946 Singer/drummer, Gary Lewis (& The Playboys) (71)

In 1946 Singer/guitarist, Bob Welch (Sentimental Lady, Ebony Eyes) [d: 6-7-12]

In 1947 Bassist, Karl Greene (Herman's Hermits) (70)

In 1948 Singer, Leaveil Degree (Rock Steady-The Whispers) (69)

In 1950 Actor, Lane Davies (Mason-Santa Barbara) (67)

In 1951 Former tennis player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley (Wimbeldon, 1971) (66)

In 1951 Actor, Barry Van Dyke (Battlestar Galactica, Diagnosis Murder) (66)

In 1952 Actor, Alan Autry (Bubba-Heat of the Night, Grace Under Fire) (65)

In 1953 Cellist, Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) (64)

In 1953 Actor, James Read (Remington Steele, North & South) (64)

In 1954 U.S. volleyball player, Flo Hyman (Olympic-Silver-1984) (63)

In 1955 Bassist, Howard "Howie" Epstein (Tom Petty) [d: 2-24-03]

In 1956 Actor, Michael Biehn (Kyle-Terminator, Tombstone, The Rock) (61)

In 1957 Actor, Dirk Blocker (Lt. Bragg-Baa Baa Black Sheep) (60)

In 1957 Actor, Paul Provenza (Dr. Phillip Capra-Northern Exposure) (60)

In 1958 Drummer, Bill Berry (R.E.M.) (59)

In 1958 Entrepreneur, Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) (59)

In 1958 Actor, Wally Kurth (Days of Our Lives, Ned-General Hospital) (59)

In 1959 Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan (58)

In 1960 Guitarist, Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera) (57)

In 1962 Basketball player, Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge (Globetrotters) (55)

In 1962 Playmate, Kym Malin (May-1982) (55)

In 1962 Actor, Wesley Snipes (White Men Can't Jump, Blade, Art Of War) (55)

In 1963 Country singer, Chad Brock (54)

In 1963 Singer/bassist, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim (Housemartins) (54)

In 1964 Actor, Jay Bontatibus (Tony-Young And The Restless) [d: 2-12-17]

In 1965 Author, J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) (52)

In 1966 Actor, Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: New Adventures of Superman) (51)

In 1966 Playmate, Tylin John (March-1992) (51)

In 1967 Actor, Rodney Harvey (My Private Idaho) [d: 4-11-98]

In 1967 Actor, Rudolf Martin (Anton Lang-All My Children) (50)

In 1967 U.S. table tennis player, Sean O'Neill (Olympic-1992) (50)

In 1967 Actress, Elizabeth Wurtzel (50)

In 1969 Actor, Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Lost Souls) (48)

In 1969 Actor, Loren Dean (Enemy of the State, Mumford, Space Cowboys) (48)

In 1975 Actress, Annie Parisse (Julia-As the World Turns) (42)

In 1977 Actor, Robert Telfer (Scott-Saved By The Bell) (40)

In 1978 Country singer, Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) (39)

In 1978 Musician, Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) (39)

In 1979 Actor, BJ Novak (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks) (38)

In 1981 Actress, Karen Hassan (Hollyoaks) (36)

In 1981 Singer, Matt Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) (36)

In 1983 Country singer, Blaire Stroud (3 of Hearts) (34)

In 1985 Singer, Shannon Curfman (32)

In 1985 Singer, Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) (32)

In 1988 Actor, Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives (29)

In 1988 Football player, AJ Green (Bengals) (29)

In 1989 Actress, Alexis Knapp (Project X, Cavemen, Pitch Perfect 2) (28)

In 1989 Singer/actor, Marshall Williams (How to Build a Better Boy) (28)

In 1989 Actress, Zelda Williams (House of D, Dead of Summer) (28)

In 1996 Actor, Blake Michael (Lemonade Mouth, Dog With a Blog) (21)

In 1998 Actor, Rico Rodriguez (Manny-Modern Family) (19)

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel Weds Adam Touni. Sorry Bruce Patman, Jessica Wakefield is off the market. Sweet Valley High alum Brittany Daniel, also known for her role on BET's The Game, has wed beau Adam Touni. "We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection shared by our friends and family on this special day," the couple said in a statement to People. "We are so grateful to have this kind of support as we start this journey together." The two exchanged vows at the Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles Saturday in front of 150 friends and family members, including Brittany's twin sister and Sweet Valley High co-star Cynthia Daniel Hauser, who served as her maid of honor, the outlet said. The bride wore a custom-made off-the-shoulder Trish Peng mermaid gown. Brittany, 41, and Adam, a 35-year-old Northern California real estate broker and attorney, got engaged last December. "I said yes!" Brittany wrote on Instagram on Christmas Day, alongside a selfie of the two, with her showcasing her diamond engagement ring. "My world just became brighter today. #engagement #christmas #love #proposal #marinheadlands #family @adam.touni." "My sis @iambdaniel and @adam.touni are getting hitched!" her twin wrote at the time. "I couldn't ask for a better Xmas present. My heart is full of love for these 2 amazing people #soulmates #powercouple #engagement #letsparty #merrychristmas #lifeiscomplete." Cynthia, who works as a photographer and also co-manages the new lifestyle blog The Sweet Life with her sister, is married to actor Cole Hauser. The two are parents to three children. (Eonline)

Elizabeth Olsen Joined Instagram for One Reason: Money. You can't knock Elizabeth Olsen's hustle. To prepare for her role in the dark comedy Ingrid Goes West -- in which the actress plays Taylor Sloane, a social media influencer -- Olsen created a secret Instagram account in 2016. "Those first ones were a little bumpy," the film's director Matt Spicer tells The Los Angeles Times. "Like, food that doesn't quite look as appetizing as it should, or sunsets. Very obvious starter photos." Olsen, who took her account public earlier this year, is the first to say she's "bad" at using the social media app. "I'm bad at the lighting. I'm bad at the framing. I'm bad at the editing," she says. "When I look at my food, it looks pretty. When I look at it on a phone, it looks not pretty." If anyone has tips to share, Olsen is all ears. "There are so many times I've seen a picture and thought, 'Oh, God, how do they make those flower arrangements look so great all the time?'" the 28-year-old actress says. "Or, 'How expensive are those chairs I'm looking at on Pinterest? Did they find them at some place I've never heard of? How do you have that kind of eye?'" How times change! Just two years ago, Olsen told Fashion she was wary of social media. "I feel like that's how people control their image. My image, in my mind, is just to disappear. I just want people to see the work that I'm proud of. I feel like you let people touch you when you have Instagram or Twitter," she argued, "and I don't want to be touched all the time. I'm not going to do it -- ever." So, why the change of heart? Olsen, who has amassed 607,000 followers, realized she'd been limiting financial opportunities. "It's so funny that people like to pretend that they're maybe or maybe not getting paid to post something. Financially, it's a brilliant opportunity. Like, I'd really love to be a brand ambassador. I'd love to do a campaign. I think sometimes working with brands or different cosmetic companies -- that can help people recognize your face and then they go see your movies," the actress tells The Los Angeles Times. "I was only hurting my opportunities by not participating." Now Olsen just needs to get on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram...the list goes on and on. (Eonline)

Why Matt Bomer Didn't Notice Tension Between Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum on Magic Mike Set. Ignorance is bliss, as Matt Bomer realized Thursday night. During an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to promote his new Amazon series, The Last Tycoon, a viewer called in to ask Bomer about the on-set tension between his Magic Mike co-stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum. It's been six years since the three actors starred in the stripper flick, so it's possible Bomer's memory was a little foggy. So, did he recall any awkward moments? "Truth be told, no," said Bomer, who played an exotic dancer named Ken. "On set in the first film, everybody was really professional. Channing is one of the most fun people I've ever worked with; he set a great tone. They both came to work on time, did great work, and there was never any undercurrent of tension that I witnessed." But that doesn't mean it didn't happen. "I was a little nervous about what I was wearing at the time," the actor said of his skimpy wardrobe, "so maybe I wasn't noticing these undercurrents." Rumors of a rift between Pettyfer and Tatum first circulated in 2012, when Us Weekly reported that the latter star -- who produced the movie and loosely based it off his own experiences as a male stripper -- "hates" Pettyfer and thought his co-star acted like "a diva" on set. A source told the tabloid the actors "had massive fights," adding, "Alex was a jerk to everyone during filming for no reason. He thinks he's the star of the movie, not Channing or Matthew McConaughey." The co-stars appeared cordial during their press tour in the summer of 2012, but eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that Pettyfer would not be reprising his role as Adam in Magic Mike XXL. In November 2015, four months after the sequel was released in theaters, Pettyfer confirmed that he didn't love being on the set of Magic Mike. "I was scared to speak," he said in Bret Easton Ellis' podcast interview. "I actually did my work, and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told that anything that I do was wrong by my reps." Given Pettyfer's reputation as a bad boy, Tatum -- who invested his own money into the film -- saw hiring him as a risk. "I had a very negative past relating to the things that I had done on movies and promotion of movies," he said. "Channing is an extraordinarily smart businessman. I think he probably didn't want to get into a conflict with [Steven Soderbergh] and so I was cast." At the time of filming, Pettyfer felt "very insecure" in general. "That also gave me a bad rep because they said, 'Alex thinks he's f--king better than anyone else because he doesn't speak to anyone.' That's not true," the actor said. 'I was just genuinely nervous and scared to be myself." Pettyfer confirmed that Tatum did not like him, "for many reasons -- many being my own fault." After the movie wrapped, he rented an apartment in New York owned by a friend of Tatum's. Pettyfer left shortly after he arrived, claiming that dust allergies and mold made it difficult for him to breathe. When he left, he stilled owed four months of back rent. In hindsight, Pettyfer wishes he would have paid -- but the actor's cousin died suddenly and he forgot to pay the rent. "I all of a sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying, 'Don't f--k my friends. You owe money. Pay the f--king money. Don't be a clown.'" According to Pettyfer, "I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn't have. I e-mailed him back saying, 'I'm in a negative head space. Can you respect me for a moment?' And I just got hounded through this time of grieving for money." So, Pettyfer said he ultimately decided not to pay Tatum's friends. "By the end of it I just basically said, 'F--k them. What is money when life is so much more?' and, 'I'm not dealing with this, and I'm not paying.' I should have just paid. I think he was looking for an excuse to not like me," Pettyfer said. When he returned for Magic Mike reshoots, he felt as if Tatum iced him out. "He had already told everyone he didn't like me, and what Channing says goes, because he's a movie star. He's incredible. He's done so well for himself." Tatum, for his part, has not spoken about his issues with Pettyfer in interviews. (Eonline)

Chester Bennington's Widow Looks to the Future: "How Do I Move On?" Eight days after Linkin Park musician Chester Bennington committed suicide, his widow, Talinda Bennington, is trying to make sense of the tragedy that has devastated their family. "One week ago, I lost my soul mate and my children lost their hero -- their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left," Talinda tells E! News in a statement. "I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive." The 41-year-old singer "was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts," she says. "May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would've wanted us to do so. Rest in peace, my love." Chester and Talinda, a former Playboy model, got married in 2006 and later welcomed three children. The "Numb" singer has three more children from previous relationships with Elka Brand and Samantha Marie Olit. After Chester's death, Linkin Park canceled its summer tour. On Monday, Chester's bandmates -- Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda -- published an open letter on Facebook expressing their shared grief. "The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," they wrote. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you." "Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled -- a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing," Bourdon, Delson, Farrell, Hahn and Shinoda added. "We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve. Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much." (Eonline)

Chester Bennington's family and closest friends gathered for a private funeral near his home in Palos Verdes, CA. A couple hundred people attended the service Saturday afternoon at South Coast Botanic Garden -- many of the guests were musicians who'd played or toured with Chester and Linkin Park. A full stage, including a drum kit, was set up for musical tributes to be performed. Police provided tight security at the event. As TMZ first reported ... the family opted for a private funeral, instead of a massive open service. Instead, fans have organized numerous memorials around the globe for the frontman, who hanged himself just over a week ago. (TMZ)

Shaq Diesel just responded to LaVar Ball a la Tupac -- with a brand new killer 3 minute diss track going right after the Big Baller. O'Neal's flow is straight fire over a classic Jay-Z beat -- and he mocks LaVar's basketball career right off the bat. "I been doing this a long time ... when you were averaging 2 points riding the pine." There's more ... Shaq also responds to LaVar's claim that he could beat him in 1-on-1. "You having a dream and when you wake up apologize. And bow down to my Staples Center statue hanging off the side (of the building)." But there's a twist ... with Shaq giving LaVar props for his parenting skills at the end of the track -- plus, he praises LaMelo's jump shot. Enjoy ... and let's pray LaVar responds. (TMZ)

George Clooney Lashes Out Over Twins' Paparazzi Photos. George Clooney's children are off-limits. The first photos of George and Amal Clooney's twins, Alexander and Ella, have been published without the couple's consent in the French magazine Voici. The paparazzi pictures show the parents holding their one-and-a-half month old babies at the actor's Lake Como estate in Italy. Voici shared its cover Friday, touting "the very first pictures of the twins in the arms of their parents." After listing their daily activities, Voici added, "Do not miss all our exclusive photos." In response, George fired off a statement to E! News. "Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home. Make no mistake -- the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he promised. "The safety of our children demands it." E! News has reached out to Voici for further comment, and a rep issued the following statement: "George and Amal Clooney have been very public personalities for the last few years. Their wedding in Venice, in September 2014, was a very mediatic event; the pictures of them smiling to the public were seen all around the world. The birth of their twins, Ella and Alexander, had also been commented a lot, by themselves and their families. The images published in Voici this Friday are a response to a public demand. People love George Clooney and have been following his life story for years now. Those pictures do not put in danger Mr. Clooney, his wife or their kids." (Before he married the human rights lawyer in Italy in 2014, George secured two protection orders to prevent the paparazzi from getting too close to his home before their wedding; they prohibited anyone from stopping on the road outside his villa and the water directly in front of his home. The restrictions were temporary, though, and were only upheld until Sept. 30, 2014.) George, 56, and Amal, 39, welcomed their children in the U.K. on June 6. In a statement, the actor's rep told E! News Amal and the babies were "all healthy, happy and doing fine." As for George, his rep joked that the filmmaker had been "sedated and should recover in a few days." An official photo of the twins has yet to be released. However, days after their birth, their journalist grandfather Nick Clooney revealed the siblings have "dark hair" and look "gorgeous." Prior to their latest brush with the paparazzi, a source told E! News, "Everything is going great with the babies." In fact, the couple is "happier than they have ever been and really enjoying being parents. They are truly in love and just want to be with the babies and not do much else." Best of all, the source said, "They both have the summer off...They're very happy to be in Italy." (Eonline)

Richard Simmons' reputation wasn't destroyed after a story ran he was transitioning to a woman and that's why he can't sue ... so claims the National Enquirer. The Enquirer's parent company -- American Media -- filed docs saying the fitness guru's reputation as someone willing to bend gender norms was cemented long before its stories ... which claimed Richard had a boob job and was living as a woman named Fiona. In docs, obtained by TMZ, American Media says Richard's defamation suit shouldn't stand because there's nothing insulting about saying someone is transgender. On top of that, AM says for most of his 40-year career, Simmons created gender uncertainty by wearing flamboyant, feminine attire. As we reported ... Simmons said the Enquirer gambled he wouldn't sue because it'd make it seem like he thinks there's something wrong with people who transition. Richard's legal team had no comment. (TMZ)

Kate Beckinsale has been dealing with a man who has allegedly followed across the country over the past year, and even threatened to stab her once prior to being busted at Tampa Bay Comic Con. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 45-year-old Terry Lee Repp was arrested Saturday morning at the Tampa Convention Center after cops were told to be on the lookout for him, due to his history with Kate. We're told one officer recognized Repp before Kate had appeared for her 11 AM Q&A, and busted him on the spot. He was booked at Hillsborough County Jail for stalking. According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Repp has been following and harassing Kate for at least a year. He allegedly made physical contact with her at an event in Salt Lake City in 2016 -- touching her back and then threatening to stab her. He also ran into her again at another event in Houston the same year, where he was detained by cops and booted as well. Cops say Repp appears to "have an irrational obsession with the victim and has traveled across the country in an effort to harass her." We're told Repp did not make contact with Kate this time, but she did have to report to the police station to file a police report. As we reported ... she went on to do her panel later the same day. We've reached out to Kate's reps ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Looks like Boosie was telling the truth -- cops say his bank account WAS hacked, but he didn't know it was his own brother draining $361,000. TMZ broke the story ... the rapper said someone siphoned dough from his Capital One account and made a bunch of transactions. Now we've obtained the police report, which says Boosie's bro, Taquari Hatch, made more than a dozen wire transfers to different people ... who would then give him cash. Cops say he once sent as much as $80k in one transfer. According to docs, Taquari even posed as Boosie while on the phone with Capital One customer service, but blew his cover when he mentioned having a wife ... which Boosie does not. We're told that set off alarms for the fraud department. Taquari was arrested last week and booked for identity theft and fraud charges. (Eonline)

Mariah Carey's bodyguard dragged a guy out of the backstage area ... who claims he was a credentialed journalist -- but Mariah's team is calling BS. James Pablo tells TMZ he was backstage at Mariah and Lionel Richie's show Thursday night at San Diego State's Viegas Arena to interview their opener. He says he had a press pass that was attached to a lanyard around his neck, and had every right to be there. James says he saw Mariah backstage, and asked to take a pic with her -- which he says she OK'd. When he tried going in for the selfie, James says her bodyguard allegedly yanked his lanyard -- which was still around his neck -- and dragged him outside. Once he was out, James tracked down cops and filed a police report ... saying he wanted to press charges. Law enforcement sources confirm a battery report was taken and the investigation is ongoing. As for Mariah ... sources close to her tell us James was an obsessed fan who snuck backstage with a fake badge. Her bodyguard pulled James away when he saw him grab her dress and feared he was going to attack her. James insists he had a valid press credential to be backstage, and denies grabbing Mariah's dress. (TMZ)

"Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau claims he got duped into signing a deal that sucked money out of his pockets, but his former manager says he's forgetting some facts. Nikolaj -- who plays Ser Jaime Lannister on 'GoT' -- filed docs Friday saying his former manager, Jill Littman, tricked him into signing a contract in 2011 ... and again in 2014. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Nikolaj says he had a verbal deal with Jill to pay her 10% commission. He says he never wanted a written deal, and only signed one when Jill told him it was required so her agency could sponsor his work visa. Nikolaj's Danish. But Jill, who's repped by Howard King, insists there was trickery. She says Nikolaj signed the 2014 deal -- then in 2015, when he wanted out ... she says he promised he'd pay her commission for 'GoT' until it ends. (TMZ)

Sonny With a Chance Star Brandon Mychal Smith Arrested on DUI Charge. Former Disney Channel star Brandon Mychal Smith, 28, was arrested for driving under the influence on July 23, police confirmed to E! News. The Burbank Police Department confirmed that the former Sonny with a Chance star was stopped at 7:10 a.m. by police for a traffic violation and then subsequently arrested for a DUI last Sunday at Olive Ave. and Pass Ave. in Burbank, Calif. According to Sergeant Green of the Burbank Police Department, "Mr. Smith was stopped in the City of Burbank by the Burbank Police Department for a traffic violation. This stop led to a DUI investigation, which included several field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the investigation, police officers determined that Mr. Smith was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Smith was placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail for DUI." The actor was booked at 7:40 a.m., according to the Burbank Police Department's arrest log obtained by E! News. Sergeant Green also stated that Smith remained in custody for several hours before being released on a citation. The You're the Worst actor's bail was set at $15,000. Smith's next court date is scheduled for August 17. The Dirty Grandpa actor began acting at the age of 8 with a small role in the movie She's All That. He went on to nab recurring roles in Phil of the Future and then in Demi Lovato's Sonny with a Chance. Recently, Smith has appeared as Sam Dresden on You're the Worst and as Harris James in Sweet/Victorious. (Eonline)

Makeup artist sues Kim Kardashian over name of new beauty line. Kim Kardashian West got a court date Friday to determine whether her new KKW cosmetics brand infringes on that of a rival product line. New York makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis -- who has shared the same initials with Kardashian since Kardashian married Kanye West -- asked the rapper's wife to brand her then-unlaunched cosmetics line something other than "KKW." In a June 5 letter to Kardashian's lawyer, Kjaer Weis noted she'd been using a "KW" mark for her own cosmetics line since 2010. "In view of the similarities between the marks and goods, we believe the interest of both parties would be best served by your client's adoption of an alternative mark," Kjaer Weis' attorney wrote. In his call for a hearing on Friday, US District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. asked both parties to appear on Sept. 6 to see if the "possibility of settlement exists" and, if not, "to get the case ready for trial." Kardashian West introduced KKW Beauty -- a $48 highlight kit -- on June 21. It sold out within hours, bringing an extra $14.4 million into the Kardashian family's coffers. Kjaer Weis responded on Tuesday by filing a trademark-infringement suit in Chicago federal court. After declaring that Kjaer Weis is professionally known by her initials, the suit frets her cosmetic line stands to be steamrolled by the reality-star's startup. "Consumers will mistakenly believe that KKW, despite being the senior trademark user, is affiliated with, sponsored, or approved by Ms. Kardashian West," the suit states. A Kardashian West spokeswoman claimed "Kim has done everything by the book." She said the US Trademark Office approved the "KKW" mark for Kardashian West -- even after Kjaer Weis insisted on a re-examination. (PageSix)

Martin Landau died at UCLA Medical Center when he suffered severe internal bleeding which led to his organs shutting down. According to his death certificate, obtained by TMZ, the Hollywood icon's immediate cause of death is hypovolemic shock -- which is what happens to the body when you lose massive amounts of blood. The document also lists metabolic acidosis, intra-abdominal hemorrhage and diffuse atherosclerotic vascular disease. Translation: his organs shut down due to internal bleeding, and he also had hardening of the arteries. TMZ broke the story ... Landau died nearly 2 weeks ago at the age of 89. (TMZ)

Marty Sklar, legendary Imagineer and designer of Disney parks, died Thursday at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Sklar was one of the company's last remaining links to Walt Disney. He started with Disney in 1955 and helped Walt market Disney World and Epcot Center. He went on to become the Mouse House's top Imagineer -- supervising the design of its parks in Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. He officially retired in 2009 as an Imagineering ambassador and, officially ... a Disney Legend. Sklar was 83. (Eonline)

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Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Crowned Miss Teen USA 2017. Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new Miss Teen USA! Out of 51 beautiful contestants, Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff wowed the judges like nobody else with her brains, talent and beauty Saturday night at the annual beauty pageant. There were plenty of reasons to celebrate in the final moments of the telecast streamed live online, as Sophia and all the finalists went through quite a weekend before a winner was crowned. In fact, Miss Missouri's toughest task may have come during the Q&A portion. During her impressive question and answer segment, the 17-year-old explained that during her Girl Scouts project she lobbied the Missouri legislature to pass a law to help adults with developmental disabilities. Sophia is a Kansas City native, who is slated to attend the University of Kansas. The pageant, which was hosted by Heidi Powell and E! News' Erin Lim, started off with 51 young ladies ages 14-19 competing from all 50 states, including the District of Colombia. However, in the ceremony -- which took place at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz. -- only the top fifteen went on to compete in the athletic wear category as well as evening gown. After that, the group was paired down to a mere five. Then, the top five contestants, Miss Oregon Vanessa Matheson, Miss Nevada Alexis Smith, Miss California Jaanu Patel, Miss Indiana Paige Robinson and Miss Missouri joined on-stage for the final interview questions. Finally, last year's winner Karlie Hay handed over the crown during the popular competition. (Eonline)

Emily VanCamp Reveals Her Plan to Double the Endangered Tiger Population by 2022. Emily VanKamp is channeling her passion for animal rights in a very real way. The Revenge star, who also appears in the upcoming drama The Resident, has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund on their #3890TIGERS campaign, which aims to bring awareness to the exceedingly shrinking population of wild tigers. VanKamp described the fight to end wildlife trade as "something I have always supported," so when she was approached to participate in Saturday's Global Tiger Day, her decision was a no-brainer. "There are less 4,000 tigers left in the wild," the Canadian actress shared with E! News. "To put that in perspective, there are more tigers in captivity in the US than are left in the wild -- that's not only shocking, it's heartbreaking. These are incredible creatures at the top of the food chain, yet as powerful as they are, they still our need protection." By staying off social media and removing her profile picture, Emily said her efforts were to mirror the disappearance of tigers in the wild. VanCamp and the organization's ultimate aspiration? To double the tiger population within the next five years. Emily explained, "With Global Tiger Day this Saturday, we really want to raise awareness for our goal to double the wild tiger population by the next year of Zodiac Tiger in 2022. I also happen to have been born in 1986, another year of the Tiger, so to be able to lend my voice to the wild tigers who have none, means a lot to me and brings it all full circle." In addition to participating on social media, the celeb is encouraging those interested in to donate to World Wildlife Fund's Back A Ranger program. More than $1 million has already been donated to the conservation efforts, and Tiger Beer is matching up to $25,000 of donations made through the end of August. She explained, "Even the smallest amount helps and can better equip these rangers to handle the threat that poachers pose to wild tigers. I've pledged my support to these rangers, and made a donation to the Back A Ranger program, I hope others will join me in doing the same." "Unless we do something," VanKamp added, "the tigers could disappear in your children's lifetime." (Eonline)

Soleil Moon Frye Feels "Better Than Ever" While Showcasing 40-Pound Weight Loss on Family Vacation. Four kids later and Soleil Moon Frye is proud to say she feels "better than ever." As the actress continues a summer vacation in Lake Tahoe with family and close friends, the proud mom isn't afraid to wear a swimsuit. In fact, the Punky Brewster star feels more than at ease while creating family memories with plenty of activities. "I have been feeling really great this summer with my family. I love having the energy to paddle board with the kids, go tubing, and hiking. I also feel comfortable throwing on a bathing suit and jean shorts," Soleil shared with E! News exclusively. "I used to find myself hiding my body. I was the person on the beach with baggy surf shorts and a long sleeve shirt. It feels good to be comfortable in my skin." She added, "No matter what shape or size we are, we want to feel good. After four incredible kids, I feel better than ever!" For several years, Soleil has been a member of Nutrisystem and found great success with the weight loss program. And while some people may find it difficult to stay focused on vacation, the actress assures fans that she's been able to stay on plan while away from home. "My family and I love the outdoors and on vacation we're very active so that makes it easier to keep it up, but I also don't deprive myself," she shared with us. "We love going to the candy store and out for ice cream, but it's really just about finding the balance. We also love grilling and cooking as a family, so we always try to get in our protein, fresh fruits and veggies." In addition to returning to Nutrisystem after the birth of her fourth child, Story, Soleil says she enjoys workouts on the elliptical and long walks with her children. She also personally finds working out in the morning to be the best approach. As for swimsuit season, the actress -- who lost 40 pounds since the birth of Story -- has some valuable advice for fellow moms. You really don't have to wear a two-piece to look and feel great. "I think there are so many great swimsuit styles that are so flattering now that it doesn't always have to be about the bikini," she shared. "I love one pieces with cutouts, and you can't go wrong with a cute scuba suit. It's nice to be able to put on a swimsuit and know that I feel my best." (Eonline)

'Hairspray' actress lands off-Broadway role. Ten years after her debut in the film adaptation of "Hairspray," an upcoming project of Nikki Blonsky's will be off-Broadway. Blonsky, 28, will be starring in "Stuffed" written by Lisa Lampanelli that depicts four women and their relationship with food. "Being a part of 'Stuffed' is fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to do theater in my home city of New York," Blonsky said in a statement to Playbill. "I would like to thank the brilliant Lisa Lampanelli for writing such a brilliantly funny and real play that strikes me to the core." The actress' role in "Hairspray" as heavyset teen Tracy Turnblad, also addressed issues similar to what "Stuffed" will portray, including body image and self-esteem. "Nikki Blonsky is a dream 'Marty' and one of the very few in our industry who drives home such a positive message about body image and self-acceptance," said Lampanelli of Blonsky's role. Blonsky starred in another off-Broadway show in 2011 and landed a guest role on "Smash" in 2013. Opening night of "Stuffed" is October 19 at the Westside Theater. (PageSix)

'Game of Thrones' actor opens new bakery. Ben Hawkey, who plays Hot Pie on "Game of Thrones," has found the best way to capitalize on the popular HBO series. The 21-year-old actor opened a bakery in London called You Know Nothing, John Dough and sells a loaf in the shape of a Direwolf, the beloved pets that each of the Stark children have owned throughout the series. The loaves are based on the Direwolf bread Hot Pie made for Arya Stark in the show's third season. According to the press release, the loaves are "whole wheat cornbread with orange zest" served warm with butter. The bakery opened earlier this month and offers delivery through Deliveroo, a British based food company similar to Seamless. "Hot Pie's Direwolf loaves are a favorite for 'Game of Thrones' fans and people are always asking me for the secret of my recipe," the actor said in a statement, "I can't share that, but Deliveroo customers will have the chance to try them themselves. You don't even need to take a dangerous walk down the King's Road to visit, it comes to you... " We'll be sitting over here patiently waiting for them to make their way to America. (PageSix)

Prince Harry turned into a suburban dad struggling to get a bunch of hyper kids to listen to him -- but at least it was just for a day ... and for charity. Harry was coaching a handball match for toddlers at an East London charity event. Most of the kids didn't seem to pay much attention to the Prince -- in other words ... he's ready to coach youth soccer in America. The charity's called Fit and Fed and is similar to Michelle Obama's Let's Move program, promoting nutrition and an active lifestyle for kids. Harry was pretty patient with these tots though -- maybe a career change? Nah, he's a freakin' Prince!! (TMZ)

Queen Elizabeth II's Buff Great-Nephew Snaps a Selfie in His Underwear. Move over, Prince Harry -- there's a new hot royal in town. Arthur Chatto, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II's sister, Princess Margaret, has a lot to show off. The 18-year-old, who is currently 23rd in line for the British throne, recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself in his Calvin Klein briefs. Could this be the modern era of the royal family? Just recently, Harry admitted that sometimes he wishes he were able to lead an "ordinary life." He even confessed that no member of the royal family wants to be king or queen! His young relative seems to be following in his footsteps, as Arthur recently graduated from Eton, one of the most famous schools in the world, with a focus on military learning. However, the former page boy is quite the adventurer. His Instagram page only boasts 16 photos, but most are of his travels, including mountain climbing and arctic diving. The muscle pic is the latest thing he's posted and it has received a slew of both encouraging and creepy comments in multiple languages plus a little more than 2,000 likes. (Eonline)

Amy Schumer is once again the only female comedian to make Forbes' highest paid list this year -- and that ain't necessarily a good thing ... according to Joel McHale. We got the comic Friday at LAX, where we asked him to weigh in on Amy's ranking for the 2nd consecutive year ... during which she made $37.5 million. Joel doesn't mince words here -- he says the comedy biz is still very much a boys club ... despite the fact there's tons of funny women out there who deserve more recognition ... and $$$$. He also draws some comparisons to diversity in TV ... hinting that comedy's got some catching up to do. At least Amy's enjoying her dough, and spreading the wealth. (TMZ)

Paris Jackson bares all for Buddha. Paris Jackson is one with nature. The 19-year-old starlet-on-the-rise took to Instagram Friday showing her time on what looks like a spiritual retreat, with not much on her mind. "Bark to skin," Jackson instagrammed while sitting topless in a tree and another showed her kneeling in front of a Buddha statue also sans shirt -- no caption necessary. The celebrity spawn who has recently landed a modeling deal with Calvin Klein as well as a guest spot on the TV show "Star," also showed off her toned back sitting in a tent. Several other photos showed spiritual relics and messages. In May, Jackson defended her affinity for being nude -- especially in nature -- in a long Instagram post. "i'm usually naked when i garden," she wrote. "... there's different ways of absorbing mother earth's energy, my favorites are earthing which is absorbing the earths vibrations from contact between the soil and your bare feet, as well as letting your naked skin absorb the rays of the sun. the human body is a beautiful thing." Here's hoping she put on sunscreen. (Eonline)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's Baby Boy Gets His First Dance Lessons From Uncle Val. It's never too early to put on your dancing shoes. When Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd welcomed their first child together, many fans wondered if baby Shai would receive any dancing genes or skills from mom and dad. According to one Instagram video, we may have the answer. On Friday night, Maksim documented his son's first dance instructions from the one and only Val Chmerkovskiy. Spoiler alert: This kid has some moves. "D N A. Something about some fruit and some trees.... @iamvalc with first instructions and I just noticed that Shai doesn't have a shirt on.....damn it.....LMAO.....I'm literally laughing as I'm typing this," the Dancing With the Stars pro wrote on Instagram. "#WasntEvenTryingToSayAnyOfThis #HowDoChmerkovskiysAlwaysEndUpNaked #babyCmerkovskiy." Ever since welcoming their first child, both Maksim and Peta have documented their child's many firsts on social media. At the same time, the famous pair hasn't been shy about expressing their love for one another as both partners and parents. "To me, she's the best at everything motherly," Maksim previously shared with E! News. "She's very sensual, she's feminine, she's strict when she needs to be. She's already making an incredible mom... I thought I'd be tough, and she'd be kind of goofy, and it's completely not that. So, it goes to show, you don't know when those motherly instincts will kick in and what you become as a person. She's amazing!" Peta added, "I think it's the perfect time for everything. I feel -- hate to use the word 'blessed' -- but I really do. I feel so grateful for having my little family right now. Life is so good. Life is amazing. I couldn't ask for anything more." And while it's far too soon to tell if baby Shai will be exploring the world of dance as he grows up, this family definitely sees a bigger family in their future. "I would like to have as many kids as Peta decides to pop out," Maksim previously shared with E! News. "I think we're going to have as many kids as we can ourselves and just adopt a couple of kids. I just want a big family." (Eonline)

Madison Beer Swears She's Not Dating Brooklyn Beckham: "We're Seriously Best Friends." Don't call Madison Beer and Brooklyn Beckham Hollywood's hot new couple just yet. Less than a week after romance rumors sparked between the two, someone is setting the record straight once and for all. Give Madison the mic because this singer has something to say about her relationship status. "I'm very much single, not ready to mingle. I'm very much focused right now on my career," she shared in a new interview with BUILD Series. "I'm 18 just trying to navigate my life and I'm having fun and there's obviously boys I can crush on, but I'm very much single." But what about Brooklyn?! "He's great, though, he's a cutie, literally one of my best friends. It's hard because now every time I'm seen with him people are like, 'Oh my god, they're boyfriend and girlfriend!' But we're seriously best friends," Madison continued. "We hang out almost every day with our whole group of friends in LA together and he's moving to New York soon, so we're just having fun right now and rumors are going to get started." Romance rumors between the pair started last week when photographers spotted the 18-year-olds walking hand in hand to West Hollywood eatery Catch LA. The duo was later seen shopping at Barneys New York. Ultimately, Madison argues that people shouldn't be so quick to make assumptions when they see a guy and a girl out together. "Don't attack a girl because you see one photo of her and a guy in public. You have no idea what this person's doing behind closed doors," she shared. "I'm also very open with my fan base and we're all very close and I don't feel like I have to hide anything from them." Madison added, "And me and Brooklyn very easily could go through the back of place or we could do whatever, but I'm not sneaky and I don't lie." (Eonline)

Anthony Scaramucci might wanna learn something from Steve Bannon, after all -- Mrs. 'Mooch' is reportedly filing for divorce. The new White House Communications Director had been married for about 3 years to Deidre Ball, but according to the NY Post ... she got fed up with his Washington, D.C. ambitions and decided to leave him. Ball had been a VP at SkyBridge Capital, the investment firm Scaramucci founded. The Post reports there's been tension in the marriage because Deidre isn't a Trump fan, and did not support Anthony's desire to land a White House post. We've reached out to Scaramucci's office, but no word back. He seemed to reference the split on Twitter. (TMZ)

Apple Kills Off the iPod Nano and Shuffle, Leaving Music Fans Heartbroken. Say goodbye to some of your favorite old school MP3 players. Apple has officially announced that the iPod Nano and Shuffle have played their last songs. The two music playing devices have been discontinued from the iPod lineup, which was announced in an e-mail to Business Insider. "Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano," the company said Thursday. The Nano and Shuffle came out in 2005 as a smaller and less expensive alternative to the standard iPod. The Silicon Valley company stopped updating the devices several years ago. The end of the iPod era was already anticipated when the company hit their peak sales in 2008 with $9.2 billion. iPod fans took to Twitter to say goodbye to the beloved devices. But there is still hope for music lovers who want to keep their tunes separate from their smartphone: The tech giant will continue to sell their iPod Touch with double the storage, but for a more affordable price. The internet-connected iPod will now be sold with 32 GB of storage for $199 or 128 GB for $299. (Eonline)

Music

Simon Cowell's New Boy Band PrettyMuch Could Be the Next One Direction. With One Direction on semi-permanent vacation, there's a huge hole in the boy band department, that is, until now... Simon Cowell's new boy band PRETTYMUCH just released their debut single "Would You Mind" yesterday and our hearts may have skipped a beat. The tune, written by Savan Kotecha who's also worked with 1D, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, has some seriously late '80s and '90s vibes and channels old school Bel Biv Devoe. The group is comprised of four teens from the U.S. and one Canadian, Austin Porter (19) Brandon Arreaga (17), Edwin Honoret (18), Nick Mara (19) and Zion Kuwonu (18). All five boys were discovered and introduced by Syco Music founder, Cowell. Since 2016, the crew has been living in a Los Angeles home, writing, recording, producing and of course, dancing. The boy band will be showing their stuff at the upcoming 2017 Teen Choice Awards. In addition to the boy band, The Dolan Twins, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish, Chris Pratt, Tyler Posey, Yara Shahidi and HudsonYang are all confirmed to appear on the show. The event will be broadcast from inside the University of Southern California's Galen Center, and it will air on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 8 p.m-10 p.m. on FOX. E! News announced the first wave of nominations June 19; the second wave of nominations wave was publicly revealed July 12. The voting period ended July 19, 31 days before the show. To spice things up, several new categories have been added to this year's ceremony, including Choice Gamer, Choice Change Maker, Choice Latin Song, Choice TVShip and Choice MovieShip. (Eonline)

Coldplay's firing a preemptive shot at anyone attempting to hawk non-official merchandise at an upcoming show, by unleashing Live Nation's legal team. Chris Martin and co. have a nearly sold out show at in Foxborough, Mass on August 4 -- and Live Nation, which promotes Coldplay's U.S. tour, wants all 66,000 fans to keep it real ... as in, no fake gear. The company's filed for a temporary restraining order to ban the sale of bootleg merch outside the venue. The promoter says sales of fake souvenirs and clothing would cause substantial monetary losses for the company. It's looking to make the same move in all cities on the tour. This is now Live Nation's M.O. -- it's made this legal move before, including at a John Mayer show in NYC. (TMZ)

Lady Gaga's been dodging Dr. Luke, refusing to be deposed in the Kesha case, but now he wants the judge to force her to do it ... TMZ has learned. Dr. Luke filed docs demanding Gaga firm up a date when she will sit for the depo. In the docs, Luke says she tried to offer up a written statement instead ... but he says that's not good enough. He wants his lawyers to grill her face-to-face for no more than 3 hours. The hot topic Luke wants her to open about is a text message convo between Kesha and Gaga. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the texts include Kesha saying she'd been abused by Luke, and imploring Gaga to join a "smear campaign against [Dr. Luke]." Luke says that campaign included Gaga urging Sony Music to cut ties with him, and promoting "Free Kesha" on social media. Luke's lawyers subpoenaed Gaga to get a copy of the texts, but according to the docs ... the copy they got was so heavily redacted it was incomprehensible. Luke wants the judge to force Gaga to turn over a completely un-redacted version immediately. (TMZ)

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Announces Worldwide Memorials for Chester Bennington. Linkin Park listeners from every corner of the globe will have the opportunity to pay tribute to Chester Bennington. Just over a week ago, the rock band's lead singer took his own life only days before Linkin Park was scheduled to embark on the third leg of their One More Light tour. In the wake of Bennington's sudden passing, bandmate Mike Shinoda has announced an expansive list of public memorials organized by fans. Throughout the end of July and well into August, Chester's longtime followers will gather to honor his memory in locations including Los Angeles, Canada, Mexico, all over Europe, South and Central America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Shinoda endorsed the undertaking with a somber message on Instagram: "One week. Feels like forever. I'm here for a couple updates. In addition to sharing a link to the many memorial services, Shinoda shared Linkin Park's suicide prevention site, as well as links to the band's official merchandise and a Music for Relief fundraiser set up in Bennington's honor. He added, "Brad, Joe, Rob, Dave, and I love you all very much. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time." Only hours before, Chester's wife Talinda Bennington released a statement to E! News reflecting on her family's profound loss. "One week ago, I lost my soul mate and my children lost their hero -- their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left," Talinda shared. His widow continued in part, "I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive." On Monday, Chester's bandmates -- Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Shinoda -- published an open letter on Facebook also expressing their shared grief. Linkin Park canceled their tour following Bennington's death. (Eonline)

Miranda Lambert Recalls Needing "Fuel" While Living in Oklahoma With Blake Shelton. It doesn't sound like Miranda Lambert's home in Oklahoma was the house that built her. Instead, as she recalled to Billboard, she could barely write a song for a car commercial while living in a small town with her then-husband Blake Shelton. "I remember I had to write a song for a Dodge RAM commercial. It was hard. I barely got it out, and I was like, 'Man, I need some fuel. I have to go fall in love with it again,'" she recalled of that time. "So Nashville does that for me." It's been two years nearly to the day since she and her country-crooning ex revealed they were filing for divorce, but aside from that brief memory, she hasn't said much about that period of her life. However, she still wants fans to keep their ears open. "If you want to hear my side of the story or my opinion of what happened, it's all on there," the songstress told Billboard of her sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings. "There's no mystery anymore -- take from it what you will." While the lyrics are out there for anyone to interpret, Lambert is busy living her life -- continuing her romance with beau Anderson East, enjoying the Nashville nightlife and retreating to her 400-acre farm just outside the city lines. "I go to my farm, and I don't wear makeup for a week or wash my hair," she said. "I put it in a bandanna and wear cutoffs and play with my dogs." Of course, her low-key lifestyle is a foil to her fiery personality, one that, according to Lambert, is sometimes misunderstood. "I'm more known for my fiery personality and my confidence, but that's not me all the time," she explained. "I won't look at things ever again in the same light, because different things in your life bring you to a deeper level with yourself. I won't take pain for granted anymore." Still, when it comes to certain things, particularly the lacking state of women in country music, the musician is hardly quiet. "It sucks. It makes me mad," the two-time Grammy winner said. "You can print out any top chart, and you'll see maybe a couple females, or not even one. I'm thankful for my spot headlining festivals. I've worked for it -- but I shouldn't be on a whole show with no girls." Still, Lambert is confident that the ladies will prevail. "I think there was a time [for women] before, and there will be again, and that doesn't stop any of us," she declared. "I love country radio when they all play me, and when they don't, I think that sucks." (Eonline)

R. Kelly is finally showing his face -- sort of -- to deny rumors he's running a 'sex cult' in his homes, and he's clearly concerned about his bottom line. Kelly recorded a video message, telling fans, "Despite all of the crap y'all hearing I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show." He has 3 straight nights of concerts, starting Friday night in Virginia Beach. It's the first time Kelly's been seen since the family of Joycelyn Savage, one of his girlfriends, came forward to claim the singer was holding their daughter and other women against their will. As we first reported Joycelyn denied, on camera, she's Kelly's captive. Two things about Kelly's new video: it sounds like he's trying to ensure the allegations don't hurt ticket sales. And also ... he desperately needs a better camera. And lighting. (Eonline)

Cara Delevingne's fierce new music video. All hail the triple threat. She models, she acts and now she sings. Is there anything Cara Delevingne hasn't tried her hand at? The 24-year-old supermodel has released a new music video for her single, I Feel Everything, a track from her latest sci-fi flick, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The song was produced by music genius and fellow fashion muse, Pharrell and marks the launch of Cara's music career. In the video, she rocks a fierce trouser suit and sports five different wigs while striking some of her trademark catwalk poses. Cara stars in Valerian alongside Dane De Haan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna. The film hits cinemas on 2 August. (British Glamour)

Arcade Fire Unleashes 'Everything Now'. Arcade Fire is still smoking. After a bunch of amusing PR stunts, live shows and the release of four tracks in quick succession, the alt-rock outfit got down to business with the release of Everything Now, their fifth album. The 13-track LP dropped at midnight and includes the title track, which recently became the Canadian act's first No. 1 song on a U.S. Billboard chart (it leads the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart). The album was produced with Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) and Steve Mackey (Pulp) and recorded at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris. (Billboard)

Haim Covered Shania Twain's 'That Don't Impress Me Much'. Haim recently released their excellent sophomore album Something To Tell You, and the sisters stopped by Triple J to participate in the Australian radio station's recurring Like A Version segment. After declaring their shared love for Shania Twain -- "That's one of the boxes you have to tick if you want to date any of us, is you have to be a Shania Twain fan," says Este -- they launched into a cover of Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much," (Billboard)

Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kesha's 'Praying' Keeps in Top 40 & 'Woman' Debuts. As previously reported, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 5) for an 11th week. Plus, Charlie Puth collects his third top 10, "Attention." Additionally, following their first full weeks of tracking, Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry" blasts 52-23 on the Hot 100 and Selena Gomez's "Fetish," featuring Gucci Mane, vaults 92-27. Here's who else is worthy of your attention on this week's Hot 100. Following its debut at No. 25 on the July 28-dated Hot 100, "Praying" descends to No. 40, down 49 percent to 27,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music (and falls 4-17 on Digital Song Sales). It also dips by 28 percent to 8.4 million U.S. streams. The ballad's all-format airplay, however, surges by 79 percent to 14 million in audience, sparked by a 40-31 climb on the Pop Songs chart and a 32-25 jump on Adult Pop Songs, where it earns Greatest Gainer honors. Kesha also debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 96 with "Woman" (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns), which opens at No. 27 on Digital Song Sales (19,000 sold). Both "Praying and "Woman" are from Kesha's album Rainbow, due Aug. 11. And: "Woman" is the first "Woman" by a woman to hit the Hot 100. Three prior entries titled "Woman" reached the chart, all by male acts: by John Lennon (No. 2, 1981); Peter and Gordon (No. 14, 1966); and Raheem DeVaughn (No. 96, 2008). J Balvin & Willy William, "Mi Gente" As "Despacito" dominates the Hot 100, another Spanish-language hit is leaping toward the top 40, as "Mi Gente" pushes 53-42. Streams are largely driving the track, as it enters Streaming Songs at No. 33 with 11.5 million U.S. streams, up 27 percent. "Mi Gente" rises 6-4 on Latin Airplay (14 million format impressions, up 7 percent), while also beginning to draw crossover play on mainstream pop and rhythmic stations, including New York's WBMP (51 plays in the tracking week), WHTZ (16) and WKTU (14). "I make music for the world, and I'm happy that I produced and performed on a song with such a meaningful title," William recently told Billboard. "We call it 'Mi Gente' ['My People'] because it is for everybody, no matter what language you speak. It is a collaboration between a French [William] and Colombian [Balvin] artist. It's global." Jake Paul & Erika Costell feat. Uncle Kade, "Jerika" After Paul's departure from Disney's Bizaardvark, the song by the trio of acts with robust social media followings debuts at No. 86 on the Hot 100. It bows with 7.7 million U.S. streams. (Billboard)

Movies

Everything We Know About a Possible Princess Diaries 3 Movie. We may not have heard the last of Princess Mia Thermopolis after all. It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years since The Princess Diaries first hit the big screen and introduced us to Queen Clarisse Renaldi (played by Julie Andrews). After all these years, the movie continues to be a favorite amongst Disney fans. In fact, those same supporters are still hoping for a third film in the franchise that was based on the best-selling young adult novels by Meg Cabot. In honor of the special anniversary this weekend, Entertainment Weekly chatted with the author for her thoughts on a third movie. As it turns out, moviegoers still have plenty of reason to hope. Despite the passing of Garry Marshall, Meg confirmed that there is interest in going forward "as a tribute" to the Hollywood director. "Who knows?" she explained. "[It] could happen, as we say." "I am not allowed to say," Meg continued when asked about potential plot lines. "I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can't. I'm not allowed. But it's really more following the movie than the books, so if she -- the last version I read, she definitely did not find out that she has a biracial younger sister ... which I personally would've thought was hilarious, but that was not the direction they were going." Before his death, Garry revealed to People that he was plotting to make a third installment with Anne Hathaway. In July of 2016, however, the director died of complications from pneumonia following a stroke at 81. Fast-forward to 2017 when Julie admitted that there still could be reason to hope for a third movie. "There's talk about it," she told BuzzFeed. "And [Anne's] very keen to do it. I would very willingly and happily do it." "I think we might do it in honor of him," Julie continued. "Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I'm all for it, so if she'd like to... " Another star who would be open to participating is Mandy Moore. The This Is Us star was asked to envision a role for the third film. You may just like the way she thinks. "Maybe I would make some quick cameo. I would like to see this woman evolve," Mandy shared with Cosmopolitan. "If I'm going to be involved, I would be down for a cameo -- maybe she could make amends with Mia and apologize for being a bully when she was younger. She was insecure, going through a difficult time in her life and [has now] reflected on why that wasn't okay." While we patiently wait, we'll be watching the first two movies again and again. And yes, mattress surfing may totally be included. (Eonline)

'Dunkirk' Sparks Debate in India Over Failure to Show Soldiers From the Country. While Christopher Nolan's film has received critical acclaim in India, some media reports have questioned why the film has ignored the "significant contribution" of Indian soldiers in Dunkirk. Dunkirk opened in India last Friday to stellar reviews and what is considered a strong box-office opening for a Hollywood film, bringing in an estimated $2.4 million. But not everyone in the country is impressed. Various reports in leading media outlets have questioned why Christopher Nolan's movie ignored what the Times of India newspaper calls the "significant contribution" of Indian soldiers at Dunkirk. The article, titled "How Nolan forgot the desis (Indians) at Dunkirk", notes that the omission should be seen in light of the fact that the "British public is more well-informed today about the Indian role in the World Wars." It also refers to Oxford historian Yasmin Khan's book The Raj at War, in which the author writes, "Britain did not fight the Second World War, the British Empire did." International observers are also echoing a similar sentiment. In a column for Slate, John Broich, an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, wrote that the appearance of Indian soldiers in the film "would have provided a good reminder of how utterly central the role of the Indian Army was in the war. Their service meant the difference between victory and defeat." Broich, whose views have also been quoted by the Hindustan Times newspaper, points out that there were four companies of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps at Dunkirk adding that "observers said they were particularly cool under fire and well-organized during the retreat." According to historical data, some 2.5 million soldiers from the Indian sub-continent served with the British army during World War II. But the depiction of Indian soldiers in Hollywood films revolving around the war have been few and far between. One of the most notable on-screen appearances was last seen in 1996's The English Patient which featured British Indian actor Naveen Andrews (Sense8, Lost) in a supporting role as an Indian Sikh soldier, Kip Singh, serving in the Italian campaign of the war in the Oscar-winning film, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. Referring to historical accounts of the war, in an article headlined "Miracle at Dunkirk: Indians too were trapped with Allied forces," India Today pointed out that 1,800 Indian soldiers were tasked with transporting 2,000 mules which carried arms and ammunition to the war zone in France. Since the British army had disbanded its animal transport companies after World War I, Indian companies were brought in to transport supplies over terrain in France that wasn't accessible for cars. The Indian contingent was designated as Force K-6 and departed from what was then called Bombay (now Mumbai), reaching Marseilles in France in December 1939. According to the Times of India, three companies of Force K-6 were evacuated to safety during Operation Dynamo, the Allied operation to extricate about 400,000 British forces from Dunkirk, which forms the backdrop of the film. However, one remaining Indian company was taken captive by the Nazis, and many of its men died in German POW camps. While most opinions are focusing on how the film missed out on a bit of history, the Hindustan Times' article offers somewhat of a counter view with the headline "Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk forgot the Indian soldiers' contribution, but does it matter?" Pointing to one scene early on in the film where a British soldier is seen refusing entry to French troops who want to board one of the boats to safety, the article says: "Long story short - if anyone should be outraged at their less-than-glowing depiction in the movie, it's the French." Questioning whether a film "which makes the conscious choice to exclude everyone, but the British from its narrative be held at fault for not mentioning the Indian contribution," the article also says that Dunkirk "is a celebration of the bravery shown by common people. And if Indians were involved, the film, however abstract it is in its ways, pays homage to them too." (Hollywood Reporter)

How 'Spider-Man,' the PlayStation 4 and Electronics Have Pushed Sony's Stock to Nine-Year Highs. The turnaround under CEO Kaz Hirai is taking shape, and the recent box-office boost from Spidey is icing on the cake. Sony Corp. stock has been hitting nine-year highs as of late, reaching its highest prices of the tenure of CEO Kaz Hirai. The return to profitability of its electronics business, the confidence-boosting box-office performance of Spider-Man: Homecoming and continued strong sales of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) have all boosted investor sentiment. The electronics and entertainment conglomerate's stock closed down slightly in Tokyo on Friday at ?4,533 ($40.82), having on Thursday recorded its highest level since the global financial crisis in 2008. The stock is up 38 percent this year. When Hirai took the helm in April 2012, Sony shares were trading at around ?1,600 yen ($14.30) only to halve by November that year after it posted its seventh straight quarter of losses. However, since that low point, the stock has risen more than 400 percent as Sony's turnaround has taken shape. The company's market capitalization ended the week at ?5.81 trillion, or $51.5 billion, taking it above that of car giant Honda Motor (?5.57 trillion) for the first time in almost 15 years and back into the top 10 highest-valued companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Toyota is number one with a market capitalization of 20.32 trillion, or $183 billion. "On the content side, there has clearly been some boost from Baby Driver and Spider-Man, while in music, the better-than-expected growth of the U.S. streaming market is also helping," Damian Thong, an analyst who covers Sony at Macquarie Capital Securities in Tokyo, told The Hollywood Reporter. Spider-Man: Homecoming is nudging $600 million globally after less than three weeks in theaters, with major markets including China and Japan still to come. With the reboot of the franchise already taking nearly $50 million in South Korea, its East Asian neighbors should add another $150 million to its tally. "After the relatively lackluster performance of the last two Spider-Man films, I think there was a kind of angst about the ability to push ahead with a franchise that is very closely identified with the studio. Then last year, the failure of Ghostbusters was a big shock to everyone," Thong said. "I hope this will reinvigorate confidence in their ability to create successful films." Although CEO Hirai has repeatedly emphasized the importance of Sony Pictures, the division is only one part of the corporation, and it contributed $8 billion to the company's latest full fiscal year sales of nearly $68 billion. As such, the turnaround in the core electronics businesses has been key. It has allowed Sony to predict record profits for the current fiscal year. The home entertainment & sound division, once a pillar of Sony and home to iconic products like the Walkman, lost ?84.3 billion, or $760 million at current rates, in Hirai's first year at the helm. Following a program of cost-cutting and focus on bringing innovative products to market faster under Hirai and CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony in the latest fiscal year ended March logged a profit of $522 million. "There's a sense that Sony has been running a very tight ship in its consumer electronics business, enabling it to make money even in formerly loss-making areas like television manufacturing," Thong said. "They have also established two growth areas in the form of sensors, which are used by Apple and Chinese handset manufacturers, and the game business." The PS4 has exceeded expectations at a time when the death of console gaming was being predicted by many, selling more than 60 million units and nearly 500 million games since its launch at the end of 2013. The virtual reality headset PlayStation VR shipped more than 400,000 units in the first calendar quarter of this year, providing the console business with a further boost. On the other hand, Sony's goal to turn the PS4 into a media and entertainment hub has "largely failed, as has Microsoft's with the Xbox," Thong noted. "People aren't prepared to pay for that functionality." Sony will release its fiscal first-quarter earnings on Tuesday and analysts will be waiting to see if PS4 sales have slowed significantly. The game division has been a consistent bright spot for Sony since its launch, but the console is now entering its fourth year and facing stiff competition from Nintendo's Switch. The film division's quarterly results will not see any benefits from the latest Spider-Man yet as that was released in early July. But analysts hope that its success will be a sign of things to come. Said Thong: "Although there are still concerns about franchise reboots, this should allow them to press reset and build some strong franchises." (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

New Outlander Season 3 Footage Shows Jamie in Hiding as Claire Works to Find Him. If you feel like you've been waiting years to see Jamie Fraser's "hiding in a cave" look on screen, your moment is here. Starz just released a new first look at season three of Outlander, and it's positively packed with new footage. While we've seen glimpses of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Frank (Tobias Menzies), Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and Roger (Richard Rankin) in the 60s and Jamie (Sam Heughan) after the disastrous battle of Culloden, we hadn't yet seen what becomes of Jamie after he escapes the battlefield and ends up hiding from the English in a cave near his home of Lallybroch. Basically, he's rocking a serious mountain man look, and we don't know how we feel about the fact that we kind of dig it. Season three follows Claire's journey to reunite with her highlander husband after he sent her back to the 1940s in the season two finale, believing he was about to die in battle. We then caught up with Claire, her daughter, and friend Roger Wakefield in the 1960s, discovering that Jamie did not actually die on that battlefield. Their reunion is sure to be sweet, but it looks like the trip towards that reunion will be pretty fun to watch, too. During the show's panel at the TV Critics' Association summer press tour, nearly the entire cast was on hand (or at least on the screen) to talk about the upcoming third season. Executive producer Ron D. Moore revealed that when he first looked at the page count of the book, Voyager, he considered splitting the season into two. After laying out all the events of the series, it became clear that it was a full season, with the midpoint coming when Jamie and Claire finally reunite in that highly anticipated print shop. The second half of the season takes place largely on ships in Jamaica, with South Africa standing in for Jamaica and the ships on loan from Black Sails. As for when the show will eventually end someday, do not expect Outlander to pull a Game of Thrones and pull ahead of the books. There are currently eight of them, and no signs of stopping. "I cannot imagine a scenario where we catch up with Diana Gabaldon," Moore said, adding that she will determine when the story comes to an end. Outlander premieres Sunday, September 10 on Starz, and in case that's not enough for you, Starz confirmed that season four will air in 2018. (Eonline)

Premiere Dates Set for Elizabeth Smart and Robert Durst Movies at Lifetime. Lifetime is getting real this fall. The network announced the premiere dates for two of its highly anticipated original movies, centering on Elizabeth Smart and Robert Durst, on Friday. The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, starring Daniel Gilles as Durst and Katharine McPhee, will premiere on Nov. 4, while I Am Elizabeth Smart will debut on Nov. 18, with Alana Boden taking on the titular role. Plus, Lifetime announced premiere dates for Flint (Oct. 28), and The Watcher in the Woods, which was directed by Melissa Joan Hart and will air on Oct. 21. Along with premiere dates, the network also revealed the new movies they have in the works. The Simone Biles Story will be a biopic about the life of Olympian Simone Biles and the sacrifices and dedication it took for her to become America's most celebrated gymnast. Meanwhile, Toni Braxton will star in Faith Under Fire as a clerical worker who talks down a school shooter. (Braxton had her own biopic air on the network in 2016. "It's an exciting time for all women when a female-directed movie, featuring a female superhero, tops the summer box office," Liz Gateley, EVP and head of programming for Lifetime, said of the announcement. "In television, Lifetime is the top tier destination for hiring female writers, directors and producers and we continue to celebrate the everyday, real-life heroes in our programming." (Eonline)

Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon Are Teaming Up for Series About TV Morning Shows. Jennifer Aniston is preparing to make her return to TV. The Friends alum is reportedly teaming up with Reese Witherspoon for a new drama exploring the world of morning shows and the larger New York media scene they're a part of, THR reports. The untitled series will start looking for a home in the coming weeks, with pitches expected at premium cable outlets and streaming services. Based on an original idea, the series is being spearheaded by former HBO head of drama Michael Ellenberg and his production company Media Res. Per the report, House of Cards writer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves, Aniston and Witherspoon, along with her Hello Sunshine production partner Lauren Levy Neustadter, set as executive producers. As Friends fans will no doubt recall, Witherspoon memorably guest-starred on the iconic comedy in two 2000 episodes as Aniston's younger sister, Jill Green. For Aniston, this represents her first series regular role since Friends went off the air in 2004. In the ensuing years, she's guest-starred on series such as 30 Rock, Cougar Town and Dirt when she wasn't busy, you know, being one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Witherspoon's involvement comes as a bit of a surprise, as the actress has been very vocal about hoping for a second season of her hit HBO limited series Big Little Lies. The network has admitted they're considering a new run of episodes, turning to the source material's author Liane Moriarty for a new story to tell. Witherspoon, along with nearly all of her co-stars, earned an Emmy nomination for her work in the series earlier this month. Are you stoked for a Witherspoon and Aniston team-up? (Eonline)

Chris Pine and 'Wonder Woman' director reunite for TNT series. Fresh off the success of summer blockbuster "Wonder Woman," star Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins are joining forces on "One Day She'll Darken," a limited series set up at TNT. The six-episode drama, announced on Thursday, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, who in 1949 was given up by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. Per the official logline, "One Day" will follow Hodel as she "begins to investigate the secrets to her past," embarking down a "sinister trail" leading to notorious Hollywood gynecologist Dr. George Hodel, a suspect in the 1947 homicide of Elizabeth Short -- aka the Black Dahlia murder. Pine is set to play Jay Singletary, a former marine-turned-hack reporter whose reputation was tarnished by his story exposing Dr. Hodel. Jenkins is on board to direct the pilot, while her husband, author Sam Sheridan ("A Fighter's Heart"), is set to write all six episodes. Michael Sugar ("13 Reasons Why," "The OA") will serve as an executive producer, alongside Pine, Jenkins and Sheridan. Production on "One Day She'll Darken" is expected to begin this fall. (Eonline)

''Lights, Camera, Action!'' Josh Henderson & Christine Evangelista Take Fans Behind the Scenes of The Arrangement Season 2. Season two's in full swing! The Arrangement stars Josh Henderson and Christine Evangelista have taken to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes pics while filming season two of E!'s hit series. In one video, the cute co-stars show off their adorable dance moves on set while in another, Josh poses inside Kyle West's home. "Lights, camera, action, there's that Kyle smile! Filming for season 2 has officially begun," Josh wrote. Ht also shared, "And we're backkkkk! First shot of season 2 of @the_arrangement. So stoked. So blessed. Let's do this. #thearrangement." Josh and Christine also hinted at what's to come in the sophomore season. "Hey yo! We're shooting season two of The Arrangement right now," Josh says to fans. Christine adds, "And Megan's life is a lot more complicated now that she's met this one... As for IHM, we'll see." "Things get sticky!" Josh teases. Get excited! As fans will remember, season one ended with Megan vowing to get revenge on the Institute for the Higher mind after they kidnapped her and forced her into therapy. "I'm very excited to see Megan kind of take control and come into her own," Christine told E! News exclusively after the finale. "She's dealt with the forgiveness, the burden that she's carried all along and the pain that she's carried all along. Now that she's able to sort of move on from it in some way and acknowledge what happened and just be honest about it to everyone around her, I think there's a lot of strength to be gained from that." She continued, "I think Megan is in a very powerful position right now. She has a tremendous amount of strength, so I'm very excited to use that power in season two." (Eonline)

An Incredible Twist of Fate! Larry David and Bernie Sanders Are Actually Related. Cue the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song... Other than their shockingly similar physical appearance, there's a new reason Larry David was apparently pegged to portray former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders throughout Saturday Night Live last season: they're related! The comedian learns he and Sanders share DNA in an upcoming episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots, which follows celebs as they uncover their genealogical history. David shared the discovery during TV Critics' Association summer press tour: "I was very happy about that," he offered, per CNN. "I thought there must have been some connection," Larry continued. "I love Bernie." As for Sanders and David's exact familial ties, we'll just have to wait for Finding Your Roots to air sometime in the near future, though the Seinfeld co-creator recalled them being "like a third cousin or something." "This Bernie Sanders thing," David explained of how it all got started. "During the first debate between Bernie and Hillary, Lorne Michaels got emails and calls during the debate, saying that I should be doing Bernie Sanders." Larry offered a spot-on impression of the American politician leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election on SNL, and even earned an Emmy nomination for his guest spot on the comedy sketch series. Last February, the Democratic senator finally joined David for a parody that was one-part "Feel the Bern," one-part Curb Your Enthusiasm and all parts hilarious. Curb Your Enthusiasm returns Sunday, October 1 on HBO. (Eonline)

TGIF Is Back! Full House, Family Matters and More Coming to Hulu. Prepare for ultimate TBT. TGIF is back, thanks to Hulu, which announced on Thursday it will stream old seasons of iconic series such as Full House, Family Matters and Step By Step, among others, in a new deal with Warner Brothers. The full libraries of these series will be available to watch on Friday, Sept. 29, giving Hulu viewers over 800 hours of ABC's classic (and nostalgia-inducing) line-up to binge. "These shows are more than just beloved hits, they were part of a cultural tradition to tune in every Friday night," Craig Erwich, Hulu's SVP of Content, said in a statement. "Now, it can be Friday any day of the week on Hulu." Aside from Full House, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, Perfect Strangers and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will also be available to stream. Now, who is ready to head back to the '90s? (Eonline)

Even after five seasons, mom-to-be Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project character still has a lot of growing up to do. Heading into the final season of Kaling's Hulu sitcom, the actress' fictional Mindy will see her marriage fall apart and motherhood woes come front and center. When the series began "marriage was a big [goal] for Mindy and now finally has it and what's fun about this season is showing the reality of marriage and what lived up to expectations and what didn't -- and then frankly getting disillusioned with it over the course of the season," the actress told reporters at the Television Critics Association panel for her show at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday, where she debuted her baby bump in a dark, knee-length dress. "I think she's going to learn a little bit more about how to be a good, involved parent. We have a really funny episode where [Modern Family's] Julie Bowen plays a rival mother who thinks that Mindy's not doing that great of a job," added executive producer Matt Warburton. "The episode is a little bit about mom shaming and that's cool. It was really fun and hit a lot of those juicy ripped-from-the-blogger-headline storylines," added Kaling, 38, who is expecting her first child in real life. But producing, writing and starring in the final season of her Hulu sitcom while pregnant is not making the actress feel at all like a superhero. "I think for most people who do a couple different jobs on their shows ... I think that you never have a feeling of patting yourself on the back," she said. "You're always thinking What am I letting slip through the cracks?" Fans were pleasantly surprised when news broke July 17 that the actress and author is expecting her first child. "Mindy is really motherly to the people she loves and cares about. She takes care of them," an industry insider told PEOPLE. "Being a mom is something she's always talked about, but never spoke of a set plan or anything in terms of a timeline of when she wanted it to happen." Kaling has yet to discuss the pregnancy in public but recently moved to a bigger, family-friendly Los Angeles house with an expansive backyard. Katherine Heigl on Pregnancy: 'My Boobs Got So Ginormous' Actress Katherine Heigl was surprised by the changes her body underwent during her recent pregnancy, which caused her to gain 40 pounds and have to drastically increase her bra size. A source has said the actress "just started telling her friends that she's pregnant, but she's not telling anyone -- not even close friends -- who the father is." Kaling has said being pregnant is "a sacred thing," but the Hulu star told PEOPLE in 2015 that she'd stopped looking at getting married and having a child as a goal, explaining, "I have to stop making lists and hopes for myself because if they don't happen, then I feel I haven't achieved my full potential." At that time, The Office alum also said she felt happiest when she was "able to sleep for eight or nine hours after having, like, two Moscow mules." But following a moment of reflection, she second-guessed her answer. "I don't have children," she said. "Maybe looking into your child's eyes is a better answer." Season 6 of The Mindy Project premieres Sept. 12 on Hulu and will feature returning guest stars Chris Messina and Adam Pally. (People)

She's taking Us down memory lane! Kim Kardashian toured her former Beverly Hills home on Wednesday, July 26, and reflected on the most memorable Keeping Up With the Kardashians moments of all time. The makeup maven, 36, took to Snapchat to share the visit with her fans. "Can anyone guess where I'm at? You guys, this is so nostalgic," she said in clip, while walking through the halls of her previous pad. "My old house! Do you remember this?" The home's current owner, a loyal fan of the E! star, did little to no remodeling after the Kardashian clan moved out. "They kept all my old furniture, every last piece of mine. Everything is exactly the same," the Selfish author noted. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star continued to stroll through the estate as she remembered her favorite moments from the show. "Do you remember the episode where Rob was sitting here eating all the food?" she asked the camera, while pointing at a spot in the kitchen where she and momager Kris Jenner got in a cupcake food fight during her welcoming party. "Do you guys remember cleaning out all of my shoes and they all ended up here?" she said, referencing the site of her infamous closet clean-up episode, before pausing to pose in front of her "same" mirror. Khloe Kardashian then lead Kim to her old bedroom, which has been totally unaltered. "This is my same exact bedding, you guys. And my home phones. The same place!" She then moved on to the master bedroom, where she remembered dropping sister Kourtney Kardashian's son Mason. "It was no big deal, I caught him," she reassured her fans in the video, while Khloe added that Kim "had a bad reaction to botox" and wasn't thinking clearly. Before stepping out, Kim added, "That shower. Don't even want to tell you what's gone on." The contouring queen then headed into her favorite part of the property. "[This] glam room was everything to me," she remembered. "This is where I would glam every single day ... This is legendary." As she left the house, the social media mogul recalled the night when Kris drunkenly TP-d her house and gate. Strutting off in style over the decorated grassy driveway, Kim added, "This floor and heels never went together. Bye to my gorgeous old house, where ... a lot of my Keeping Up memories with my sisters were made. A little known truth, Kim then revealed as she drove away, "This house next door was the house I grew up in with my mom and Bruce. Fun Keeping Up fact." Kim and husband Kanye West lived in Calabasas with Kris after the birth of their first child, North, 4. After completing a lengthy renovation of their $11 million Bel Air home, the A-list couple moved in upon welcoming their son, Saint, 1. (US Weekly)

Sean Spicer taking meetings with major TV networks. While Reince Priebus became the latest head to roll at the White House, former press secretary Sean Spicer has been taking meetings with all the major TV and news networks. Spicey met with David Rhodes at CBS this past week, and sat down with a "whole slew" of people at NBC, including President of NBC News Noah Oppenheim. We're told he also met with Fox News about a role on the network, as well as ABC News chiefs, where we reported he was offered the "yuuge" chance to compete on "Dancing With the Stars." A TV insider said, "Spicer has met with everyone except CNN -- for obvious reasons. Everybody wants to get the first interview with him, he's a huge booking right now -- but Sean's got his own agenda and he's first looking for a big TV job." We're also told that Spicer is also being courted by top Hollywood agencies CAA, WME and UTA, and has already met with a series of agents about TV appearances, a possible book deal and lucrative speaking appearances. Plus, Spicer was interviewed by author and MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin Wednesday at the restaurant Marta on East 29th Street in Manhattan. A source tells us: "They took the private dining room to be out of sight and were served by a manager to keep things low-key. Halperin is -- doing a book on the first 45 days of the administration." Another source adds that Spicer and Halperin "go back a long way," and that the former press secretary also sought career and book-publishing advice from the seasoned reporter and editor. Halperin co-authored "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," which was made into the acclaimed HBO movie. Spicer -- who this past week told White House reporters that nothing was confirmed and, of the meetings, "This is the phase where you just say 'hi' to everybody" -- declined to comment -- further. (PageSix)

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