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Million Dollar Listing L.A. Star David Parnes Marries Adrian Abnosi in Gorgeous French Villa. David Parnes and Adriana Abnosi tied the knot in the country of amour on Sunday. The Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles and his bride said their vows in the famous French seaside Rothschild home, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a tony town just outside of Nice, France. Guests included Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and her husband Mauricio Umansky, who works with Parnes at the Agency. Richards posted several snaps from the beautiful wedding on her Instagram Stories on Saturday. In one picture taken during the daytime, Richard captured the beautiful estate and gardens, writing, "Bon Jour!" Wearing a beautiful lacy wedding dress, Abnosi looked stunning in the picture Richards took of the freshly-minted newlyweds. Parnes and Abnosi have got engaged in September 2015 and had been dating two years prior to that. According to E! News, Parnes popped the question with a 4-carat cushion cut diamond when he proposed to his love in Capri, Italy, overlooking the sea. (People)

'Good Swaddling, Serena!' Pregnant Williams and Fiance Alexis Ohanian Take 'Baby Class'. Class is in session! Parents-to-be Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian prepared for their new little one over the weekend by heading to a baby class where they practiced swaddling "Baby class 101," Williams, 35, wrote on a Snapchat video of a baby doll wrapped in a blanket. In another Snap, the tennis legend congratulated herself on her swaddling skills -- while Ohanian, 34, didn't fare so well. "Good swaddling, Serena! Yes," Williams said in the video. She turned to her husband-to-be: "Look at this student. Oh, what happened?" Ohanian seemed flustered as his baby doll lay wrapped in a blanket, very poorly swaddled -- "I can't help it!" he said. He then lifted the doll holding the toy like a football. "Sir, that's not how you carry the baby," the athlete said jokingly. It seems Ohanian has a lot to learn before welcoming his first little one but, luckily, he has champion-swaddler Williams to show him the way. In another Snap, Williams shared a photo of herself appearing tired after the class. In April, the tennis legend nearly broke the Internet when she accidentally announced that she and Ohanian are expecting their first child. Since then, the athlete has shared a series of stunning baby bump photos and adorable updates on her journey to motherhood -- though she has remained tight-lipped about the sex of her baby. Williams and Ohanian opened up about the pregnancy, and their sweet love story, in a headline-making cover story for Vanity Fair's August issue. Pregnant Serena Williams Shows Off Her Growing Bump During Relaxing French Getaway On Saturday, the 35-year-old pregnant tennis legend shared a gorgeous new series of photos in which she's posing on the steps of Château Eza in the French Riviera, cradling her baby bump amid a serene backdrop of calm water and lush green hills In the article, Williams revealed that she took six pregnancy tests and handed them all to Ohanian in a paper bag to break the news to him. "If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world," she said. "This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it's going by so fast." Meanwhile, Andy Roddick, who recently revealed that he and his wife Brooklyn Decker are expecting their second child, gave a shout-out to Williams when he was inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, saying that he "can't wait" to see her become a mother. "I can't wait to watch them play in the Wimbledon final in 2030," he joked. (People)

Beverly D'Angelo talks having twins at 49, co-parenting with Al Pacino. Beverly D'Angelo has zero regrets having twins at age 49 with actor Al Pacino. "I got pregnant at 48, delivered six weeks after I was 49, and by 51 I was looking at a landscape as a single parent," the now 65-year-old actress told Closer Weekly. With our easy-to-follow articles and videos, learn everything you need to create a beautifully layered bed that's uniquely your own. While Pacino never married, the 77-year-old shares 16-year-old Anton and Olivia with D'Angelo. "I had a fantasy that when you have kids, you do it in a family setting," she explained. "After we'd known each other for three months, [Al] looked me in the eyes and said, 'I want you to be the mother of my children.' That's all I had to hear." However, the duo faced a bitter custody battle in 2003 when the twins were two. A spokesperson for the "National Lampoon's Vacation" star told the New York Post at the time that Pacino was "a controlling, harassing man who has never changed a single diaper." Pacino's camp fired back that "Beverly continues to use the kids in a way that almost makes them hostages." Fortunately for the duo, they worked out their differences and are now friends. "The key thing is creating a new history, and moving on from whatever dissolved that relationship to the new one of co-parenting," she explained. "The most important thing I've learned is how vital acceptance is. We all have a desire to change things that we don't like, but you can't change another person. You have to accept differences and all the things that led to a breakup in a way that allows you to move forward. And out of my support system and people I know and love, I've created the ideal partner." While motherhood has kept D'Angelo busy, she's ready to take on a new role -- that of author. "I should write a memoir," she added. "I want to, and I'm ready to. And if you could take my life and put it into a role, that would be my dream role!" (Fox News)

Charlize Theron Jokingly Calls Tia Mowry a "Bitch" Over Old SoulCycle Drama. Imagine Charlize Theron's surprise when, in 2014, she found herself in the center of a public feud with Tia Mowry, someone she never recalled meeting. Now, imagine her surprise when, on Sunday, the tabloid tale was revived on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. First, some backstory: Three years ago, Mowry gave an interview In Touch about her run-in with the Atomic Blonde actress at a SoulCycle class. "She wasn't very nice to me. I said, 'Hi,' and she actually rolled her eyes and said, 'Oh, my God,'" the Sister, Sister star said. "I wasn't over-the-top. I know how to approach another celebrity. Charlize was just mean. I'm just being honest." Dish Nation claimed weeks later that Theron was "so pissed off" after Mowry talked to the tabloid that she complained to SoulCycle's management and "demanded" they ban her "from ever coming back." According to a source, Theron "just got angrier" when a manager "refused." However, Mowry later told E! News that the story had "been blown out of proportion." In fact, she added, "I do not know her. I do not know Charlize... [but] I'm obsessed with her. I love her." That was the last anyone ever heard about their supposed feud...until Sunday. During a rousing round of Plead the Fifth, Andy Cohen admitted he was "obsessed with this story" and asked his guest to finally share her version of events. "What a bitch!" Theron joked. "No, I heard this story -- did she really say it? Was it just written? Was it taken out of [context]?" Cohen said the story originated in In Touch, so Theron was willing to cut her some slack. "Oh, well, you can't go by that, right?" she said. "I'm really nice at SoulCycle, actually, because once my endorphins kick in I'm actually almost too friendly. I'm always touching people, like, 'Hey!'" "Did you roll your eyes at Tia Mowry?" Cohen asked, once and for all. "I'm not an eye roller," Theron replied. "But I would be like, 'F--k off.'" (Eonline)

O.J. Simpson's still untouchable in the literary world -- most major publishers will NOT be scrambling to offer him a book deal after he gets out of prison. We spoke with multiple major publishers who said ... despite being granted parole, and all the interest in recent O.J. projects -- like the "30 for 30" documentary and 'The People vs. O.J.' -- the book world will take a hard pass. We're told publishers fear a major backlash, or boycott, that could impact their roster of authors. Another reason he's considered toxic is publishers don't see people rushing to put money in O.J.'s pocket, because the public still considers him guilty of double murder. As Keith Urbahn, president of publishing giant Javelin, put it ... "Consumers won't spend 20 bucks on a self-aggrandizing book about how he's turned his life around." Last time O.J. landed a book deal was 2007's 'If I Did It' ... which cost mega-publisher Judith Regan her job at HarperCollins. Our sources say that fiasco is fresh in the minds of publishing execs. Bottom line -- don't hold your breath for O.J.'s tell-all memoir. (TMZ)

Venus Williams' mother says the tennis superstar is still reeling from the car crash that left 1 man dead -- but says she's able to cope because she's a very strong person. Oracene Price tells TMZ Sports ... Venus is "very much" upset and affected by the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- but her family, including Serena, is rallying around her. When asked what advice she's given Venus on how to deal with the situation, Price says: "It's something that you kinda have to do internally yourself but you'll never forget it. But it'll always be there so you just have to live with it." As we previously reported, Venus' car was T-boned by another vehicle in an intersection, killing a 78-year-old man. Venus has not been charged with a crime (and likely won't be) but cops are still investigating. The victim's family has filed a civil suit against Venus -- but Oracene says her daughter isn't worried about it. As for Serena, Oracene says she's SUPER excited about the pregnancy and can't wait to be a grandmother. But don't expect the baby to keep Serena off the court too long -- Oracene says Serena is planning to return to pro tennis ASAP because "she likes to compete." (TMZ)

Kylie Jenner has been hacked on Snapchat (& the hacker threatens to leak nudes). The message was scary... Name not pronounced 'see-air-a' like the Goodies singer. Kylie Jenner is an avid user of Snapchat, but fans viewing her Story Sunday were left dumfounded when hackers appeared to take over her account, and even worse, threatened to leak nudes. Fans first realized Kylie had been hacked when a screenshot of a yellow SnapCode - with the account name of her supposed hacker - appeared in the middle of her Story. The hacker used a devil emoji avatar and added the caption: "add for kylie jenners nudes!!" (sic). It's not yet known if the hacker's threats are genuine or the steps Kylie has taken to protect her account. Fans informed Kylie over Twitter and it seems she's recovered her account since. Phew. The hack comes as Kylie prepares to release a new makeup line for fans ahead of her 20th birthday on 10 August. Scary stuff! Hope you're ok, Kylie... (British Glamour)

On Saturday, Jared Leto paid tribute to his late friend and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. In a touching Instagram post, Leto, 45, praised Bennington for showing him the meaning of hard work and commitment. "When I think of Chester I remember his smile, his laughter, his intelligence, kindness and talent," Leto captioned a happy photo of Bennington. "That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once-delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion. Witnessing his life taught me a lot. Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, and the pursuit and achievement of dreams and mostly, about love. I know that both his family and his band were a massive source of inspiration and pride for him. It was clear to me that he was deeply grateful for both the people that surrounded him and the life that he had." Leto, who performs with his own band 30 Seconds to Mars, concluded saying, "My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend. We will miss you." News broke of Bennginton's suicide by hanging on Thursday. He was 41. In the aftermath, Linkin Park issued a statement announcing its upcoming tour was canceled. The band also set up a tribute site to the popular singer. (Page Six)

The woman who accused Michael Irvin of rape tested positive for several drugs in her system after the alleged incident, including cocaine and ecstasy ... this according to prosecutors. According to a State Attorney report on the case, obtained by TMZ Sports, the accuser took a toxicology test at a nearby hospital just a few hours after the alleged incident in the early hours of Wednesday, March 22. She told officials she did not take any drugs that night and believes something was put in her drink. But the toxicology report came back showing the presence of amphetamine, MDMA, cocaine and alcohol in her blood. Her B.A.C. was a .10 despite the fact she had stopped drinking hours before. The woman later admitted to investigators that she took a "small amount" of Xanax and ecstasy on the 19th and 20th -- and fessed up to doing cocaine over the weekend. Officials didn't believe her cocaine excuse because coke metabolizes "almost immediately" and would likely not show up if taken that long ago. Either way, officials say they couldn't prove that Irvin provided any of the drugs to her. There's more ... officials also did the blacklight test in Irvin's hotel room and did find some semen -- on the corner of a seat cushion. But they couldn't prove if it was Irvin's or someone who had previously stayed in the room. Gross. Investigators also found video of the woman partying with Irvin earlier in the evening and even gyrating her hips around him near his hotel room. Officials also say the woman underwent a vaginal swab after the alleged incident but there was no trace of Irvin's DNA. Ultimately, prosecutors came to the following conclusion: "The victim's inability to recall details, the inconsistent statements, her alcohol and drug use, coupled with the video evidence showing her voluntarily entering the hotel with the defendant and 2-and-a-half hours later exiting the hotel elevator with the defendant while not appearing upset, make this a case where there is not a reasonable likelihood of conviction." (TMZ)

Chester Bennington's Cause of Death Revealed. Chester Bennington's cause of death has been determined. Just days after the Linkin Park singer was discovered dead inside his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County coroner's office determined Bennington's cause of death as a suicide by hanging. The case is now closed. Police confirmed to E! News on Thursday that they responded to a report about a suicide from a residence in the neighborhood. Bennington was 41 years old. He is survived by wife Talinda Bennington, their son Tyler and twin daughters Lilly and Lila as well as his three children from previous relationships. The initial news of his death shocked fans, friends and colleagues alike. "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one," Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda tweeted at the time. Since his passing, the band's One More Light North American Tour, which was slated to begin on July 27, was canceled. On Monday, Bennington's bandmates released an emotional letter they penned to their late musical brother. "While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you," the letter concluded. "Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much." (Eonline)

Danny Daniels, Emmy and Tony Award Winning Choreographer, Dies at 92. Daniels was also lead dancer in several Broadway musicals in the 1940s including 'Billion Dollar Baby,' 'Street Scene,' and 'Kiss Me, Kate.' Danny Daniels, an Emmy and Tony award-winning dancer, choreographer and director died at his Santa Monica home on July 7. He was 92. In a career that spanned seven decades, Daniels got his big break at the age of 14 appearing as a tap dancer in Paramount's 1939 musical comedy The Star Maker starring Bing Crosby. Daniels' Broadway career began two years later when he made his debut as a chorus member in the musical Best Foot Forward choreographed by Gene Kelly. Daniels would go on to become a lead dancer in many Broadway productions in the 1940s including Billion Dollar Baby, Street Scene and Kiss Me, Kate. By the 1950s, Daniels had moved into television choreography, with stints working on The Martha Raye Show, shows featuring Judy Garland and Perry Como and over 100 TV specials for the likes of Bing Cosby, Gene Kelly Sheila Bond and Danny Daniels perform on stage in the musical Street Scene at the Adelphi Theatre, New York, 1947 Daniel's also worked in film, with credits including the 1981 musical Pennies from Heaven, for which he taught Steve Martin to tap dance, and choreographing the dance sequences in the 1991 musical comedy Stepping Out starring Liza Minnelli. Despite his work in film and TV, theater choreography was Daniel's enduring passion and he choreographed 16 shows that played on Broadway, London's West End and Los Angeles. He received four Tony nominations for his choreography, winning in 1984 for The Tap Dance Kid. Daniels also turned his hand to directing, returning to Best Foot Forward and helming the 1963 Off-Broadway revival that introduced audiences to Minelli and Christopher Walken. Daniels is survived by his three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Elton John Says Prince Harry Inherited Diana's 'Incredible' Gift of Making People Feel 'Everything Was Great'. Nearly 20 years after Princess Diana's death, Prince Harry is keeping his late mother's activism alive -- and has an "incredible" gift from her to help him do so. In the upcoming ITV and HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, friends, family and admirers of the late royal speak candidly about her charitable efforts, including Sir Elton John, who says that Diana's efforts to promote HIV and AIDS awareness live on through her son. "She had that incredible ability -- which [Harry] knd of inherited -- to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything's gonna be all right," John, 70, says in the documentary. "I haven't experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great." Diana was an early and very public campaigner for HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment. And, along with John, the documentary features appearances by Diana's brother Charles Spencer and Rihanna, who took an HIV test alongside Harry in Barbados last December to help break the stigma of getting tested. In recent years, Harry has championed the fight against the illness. In March, he traveled to Leicester to visit the Leicestershire Aids Support Service, the organization his mother visited just 25 years earlier. Prince Harry and Prince William Open Up About Their Last Phone Call With Their Late Mom, Princess Diana. Prince William and Prince Harry are opening up about their last phone call with their mom, Princess Diana on the day she died John recalled Diana's efforts, lamenting the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS in past decades. "It was considered to be a gay disease," John says of the illness. "For someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift." Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday, August 31, at 10 p.m. on HBO in the U.S. and 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV. The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET. (People)

Gold medal winning Olympian Michael Phelps took on a great white shark ... and now we know who truly reigns supreme in the water ... sort of. THE SHARK WINS!!! Phelps kicked off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery Channel with a primetime special, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White" after weeks of anticipation for the man-against-beast event. The 100-meter open water "race" took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Most people thought Phelps didn't stand a chance considering his top swim speed is about 6 mph and great whites can reach speeds up to 25 mph ... but his team helped him even the playing field with a shark skin-like wetsuit and a monofin to emulate a shark's tail. Turns out ... it didn't matter. Phelps lost the simulated race to a great white shark by 2 seconds. (TMZ)

Alexa Chung Poses Topless for Love Magazine. Alexa Chung has let her (Skars)gård down! The British model and fashion designer posed topless for Love magazine along with models Ashley Graham and Doutzen Kroes. In the photo, French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier captured Chung in a black-and-white shot wearing a pair of simple dark-washed jeans and a jeweled belt. The image was revealed on Demarchelier's Instagram last week, where he also shared photos of Sally Field and Susan Sarandon for this month's issue of the magazine. Chung is no stranger to the fashion world. With success from earlier collaborations, the fashion icon decided to do a collection all of her own. Her label, Alexachung, launched in early June after appearing in her first-ever runway show. She says, "The collection was us finding our feet and identifying the type of clothes that will become the cornerstone for future collections." The confident photo comes only a week after the model split from ex-boyfriend Alexander Skarsgård. A source told E! News exclusively that "no one cheated on anyone," adding that "it was a clean breakup that was caused by busy schedules and distance. They really did love each other and were pretty serious. They still have respect for each other." The True Blood star was questioned about their relationship a couple weeks earlier when he was a guest on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. When a caller questioned him about marriage rumors, host Andy Cohen pressed him for an answer. Skarsgård laughed off the rumors, saying he wasn't aware of the wedding, "but if it's in a gossip magazine, I guess it's probably true, so I better get started." The last time the couple was photographed was in early May walking in New York City, only a day after the 2017 Met Gala. (Eonline)

Nicolas Cage's facial expression has done it again ... and it's melting the Internet. Nic was in Kazakhstan Sunday attending the opening of the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival ... and this picture -- posing next to the country's First Lady -- has everyone laughing their asses off. The Oscar winning actor wore a traditional Kazakh robe over a shirt and tie ... but it's his holy-hell-what-have-I-gotten-myself-into-and-where-did-it-all-go-wrong look that's sparked memes all over social media. The guy can't catch a break ... (TMZ)

The Weeknd Jets Back From Headlining Lollapalooza Paris to Be With Birthday Girl Selena Gomez. The Weeknd made it for the end of the birthday weekend! After missing girlfriend Selena Gomez's actual birthday because he was headlining Lollapalooza Paris on Saturday night, Abel Tesfaye jetted back to the States to spend time with his lady love on Sunday, the day after her 25th birthday. Talk about a quick turnaround! Earlier Sunday, the lovebirds were spotted having a one-hour lunch date together in Los Angeles. The duo were outfitted in off-duty ensembles, with the birthday girl wearing a white tank top, comfy white pants and white shoes and her main man opting for a black jacket, black pants and black slides. The 25-year-old appears to have been enjoying her weekend with and without her man. Saturday night, the "Bad Liar" singer had a low-key birthday celebration with friends. The intimate birthday event was filled with the important things in life -- cakes (she had not one, but two green birthday cakes), comfy clothes (which Selena may have still been wearing today!) and some loved ones. Instead of having a wild bash the singer was seated atop a kitchen table surrounded by gal pals and balloons. The actress/singer took to Instagram to share some photos of the joyful celebration with her 123 million fans. Along with the festive images from her big day, Selena expressed her love for her legion of fans, "Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You." Justin Bieber's ex also added, "Think 25 is going to be epic. xo." Looks like an epic 25th, Sel! (Eonline)

Leo DiCaprio was in Miami over the weekend before heading to France for his foundation's auction and gala in St-Tropez on Wednesday. Leo's stay coincided with Miami Swim Week -- a swimwear fashion week, where this year Sports Illustrated held a show with models competing to be in its 2018 Swimsuit Issue, including former Miss USA Olivia Jordan. Leo was seen at hot spot E11even with Scott Eastwood, we hear. He was also seen at Miami's 1 Hotel South Beach rooftop and Story nightclub. (Page Six)

Chelsea Handler may be fighting for relevance on Netflix, but we still cannot ignore her audacious rip-off of Page Six alum Paula Froelich's "A Broad Abroad" brand. Friday's episode of Handler's show included a segment with exactly the same name as Froelich's brand. Her rep didn't comment. International explorer/journalist Froelich is a famed former Page Six columnist who left in 2009, working for Yahoo Travel and developing her "A Broad Abroad" series online. She tells us, "I own the trademark .?.?. And while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I'm currently in talks to sell this show to another network, and that was not cool." Chelsea Handler told Page Six, "I had no idea it was a thing. No need to cease and desist. I don't want to intentionally or unintentionally rip anyone off." (Page Six)

Harper Beckham just found out her mum was in the Spice Girls, and it's adorable. "When you find out mummy was a pop star!! Xxx" Imagine being six years old and finding out that your mother was part of one of the most iconic musical groups in recent history. Mind-blowing, right? That's exactly what just happened to Harper Beckham -- who is, of course, the daughter of David and Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice). Harper was probably previously aware of her mum's fame, thanks to the Victoria Beckham fashion line -- which Harper herself seems to be interested in taking part in. (She's already appreciating her mother's current career by being the chicest kid in the fashion game.) But it was only on Friday that she found out about her mum's years of singing the Spice Girls' biggest hits, according to a recent story on Victoria's Instagram. Victoria posted a few adorable photos on her Instagram story of Harper playing with five miniature Spice Girls. The Posh Spice doll is wearing her signature little black dress and blunt bob, and next to her there's Baby Spice with her pigtails, Scary Spice in her leopard dress, Sporty Spice in her workout gear, and Ginger Spice in a Union Jack dress. The photo's caption reads, "Harper loves her Spice Girl dolls!" You'd think that maybe she'd know that she was playing with a doll version of her mother from decades past, but it makes sense that before the age of 6, Harper might not have quite understood what exactly it meant for her mom to be a pop star. So Victoria showed her daughter the Spice Girls dolls and revealed her not-so-secret past. The final photo's caption says, "When you find out mummy was a pop star!! Xxx" (British Glamour)

Beyonce and Jay-Z might be the lucky charms their future next door neighbor dreamed about. There's a couple that owns a Bel-Air house next door to the one where Bey and Jay are about to close escrow. As we reported, the Carters are paying around $100 mil for the mansion. That's good news for the neighbors, who have tried in vain to sell their home since 2015. Problem is ... the lot is kinda screwy. The driveway is narrow and goes downhill, and when people pay millions they want more. But now prospective buyers will get more ... as in maybe the biggest power couple in the U.S., next to Barack and Michelle. As they say, it's all about location, location, location. Bel-Air is one of hoitiest of toitiest areas in L.A. and living next door to Bey and Jay puts the neighbors in the epicenter of celebrity power. Ultimately, it's all about price, and when you compare what the Carters are paying to the very reasonable $18 million dollar price tag on the house next door ... well, the listing agents clearly think it's now a steal. (TMZ)

John Singleton doesn't see anything wrong, or illegal, about how R. Kelly's leading his personal life, because the women living with him are adults making adult decisions. We got the famed director out in NYC and he made it clear ... he just doesn't see what all the controversy is about, and told us he thinks the Bill Cosby comparisons are totally unfair to Kelly. We can always count on John to drop some knowledge -- like when he schooled us on Tupac. (TMZ)

Music

Rapper Lupe Fiasco was a hero to two young soccer fans at the first-ever American benefit for the FC Barcelona Foundation at the Rainbow Room on Saturday. Fiasco performed at the event for the Spanish soccer squad, and during his half-hour set, he made sure soccer star Neymar Jr. got up and danced, a spy said. Later, when the rapper chatted with two 8-year-old fans at the bash, "he asked the boys if they got any autographs." When the kids said no, Fiasco "pointed to [Barcelona player] Lionel Messi and joked, 'You're going to tell me you're going to let these two boys .?.?. go home without autographs?!'?" The source added, "That brought results." The foundation promotes education and sports for kids. (Page Six)

Father John Misty Is Already Mixing a New Album. Father John Misty performs on the Coachella Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, Calif. The long, exhausting, occasionally hilarious press cycle for Father John Misty's recent album Pure Comedy, one of the best albums of the year so far, has basically just started winding down. But it looks like we won't have to wait too long for the endless interviews and think pieces to return, as r/indieheads has discovered that he's already mixing his new album next week. Josh Tillman announced the news during his show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia, revealing that that the LP is currently slated for a 2018 release. "It's called Pure Comedy 2," he joked to the audience. (Billboard)

Darius Rucker Declares He's Staying Country & Gives Ice Cube a Shout-Out. Darius Rucker made his return to the Faster Horses music festival on Saturday (July 22), playing hits like "Radio," "Come Back Song," and his most recent Country Airplay No. 1 "If I Told You." Much to the delight of the crowd, the 51-year-old singer also threw in classics from his former band Hootie & the Blowfish, and even a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity." As his set proved, Rucker has a versatile voice that he's utilized over his 30-year career. So when Rucker chatted with Billboard prior to his set, we couldn't help wondering if he plans to try out any other genres in the future. "I'm pretty sure I'm gonna stick with country until I ride off in the sunset," he told Billboard backstage. "I really love it, I'm having a blast." Aside from all of his musical endeavors, Rucker has also flexed his acting muscles as well, making appearances in Adam Sandler's Netflix series Sandy Wexler, Hawaii Five-0 and also providing voice-overs for a few animated shows. But while he's been able to seamlessly transition from stage to screen, he champions a fellow musician for doing that best. "Ice Cube is doing so great," Rucker said. "He went from being this hardcore gangster rapper to this actor now. He's doing children's movies and all this stuff -- he's rocking it." (Billboard)

Diddy Drops 'Whatcha Gon' Do?' Featuring Biggie Smalls and Rick Ross. Although Diddy is vacationing in Italy on a yacht with friends and family, the Bad Boy mogul still managed to find time to release a new song that has the masses talking. On July 22, the Can't Stop Won't Stop producer took over Drake's OVO Sound Radio to premiere "Whatcha Gon' Do?" featuring the late Biggie Smalls and Rick Ross. The rappers cruise over the beat on two separate renditions, one takes its cues from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' But a G Thang." (Billboard)

Movies

Nicolas Cage's Kazakh Film Festival Photo Sparks Online Hilarity. The actor whose latest film "Inconceivable" opened in June, was pictured in Kazakh costume at Astana Film Festival. Nicolas Cage has told hosts at the Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan that he would be happy to appear in a film shot in the Central Asian country. The actor was photographed wearing a tradition Kazakh coat and hat-usually worn by the nomadic horsemen of the Central Asian steppes-at the opening of the festival in the country's futurist capital of Astana, an image that soon went viral. The photo, showing Cage standing next to the wife of a senior official - according to some reports the country's First Lady Sara Nazarbayeva - pictures him with a far off expression on his face. The costume and distant look prove a rich source for online humor, with doctored photos soon hitting social media. The actor, who is a VIP guest of the 13th edition of the festival - usually held in Almaty but this year being hosted by Astana to coincide with the capital's international Expo 2017 Astana running June through September-did his bit for promoting Kazakhstan, saying he would be happy to appear in a local film. "I would be pleased to participate in some film project on the territory of Kazakhstan," he told journalists, news agency Kazinform reported. "I enjoyed the architecture of your capital. What I saw reminded me of an old black-and-white film that depicted the future." Cage added that he was currently working on a film called Mandy directed by Panos Cosmatos, noting that he liked to "concentrate on films of lower budget; they have an interesting approach to cinematography." Cage said he liked "critical, diverse roles" remarking that the eponymous ex-con he played in David Gordon Green's Joe in 2013 was "closest" to him. The Oscar-winning actor, who is joined at the festival by other star guests that include Adrien Brody and reportedly John Malkovich, Chine-American actress Bai Ling and former Venice film fetival chief Marco Mueller, also did his bit for good causes, planting trees with Astana's mayor at a center for disable children ahead of the opening Sunday of a debute children's film competition, Five Continents, running as part of the Eurasia Festival. David Vashadze, head of distribution and export at Georgia's National Film Center, who was in Astana for a screening of Sundance nominated My Happy Family by Nana Ekvrimishvili and Simon Gross, said the festival's industry events were useful and well-organized. "I attended useful sessions on establishing a film commission in Kazakhstan and developing a common distribution network in Central Asia and the Caucasus - where between out different countries we have a network of 400 cinemas that offers potential to pool our resources and create a stronger regional cinema." (Hollywood Reporter)

China Opens Movie Theater on Politically Contested South China Sea Island. Some 200 soldiers and "residents" attended a screening at the new 4K cinema on Woody Island, not far from where a U.S. warship sailed earlier this month to challenge China's hold on the region. China's network of movie theaters -- already the world's largest -- is stretching into politically contested waters. On Saturday, some 200 soldiers and residents attended an inaugural screening at a new state-of-the-art cinema on Woody Island, known in Chinese as Yongxing Island. The largest of the Parcel Islands, the landmass has been controlled by China since 1974, but Taiwan and Vietnam both also claim it as their territory. One of the world's most valuable trade corridors, the South China Seas is a hotbed of contemporary geopolitical dispute. A U.S. warship sailed by nearby Triton Island earlier this month in an operation meant to challenge China's claims on the region, according to the Defense Department. It was the second "freedom-of-navigation operation" during the presidency of Donald Trump. China responded by saying it was a "serious political and military provocation." Yongxing Island's debut screening on Saturday was of The Eternity of Jiao Yulu, a Chinese documentary from 2014, according to China's state news service Xinhua. "The cinema will show at least one film every day, so residents and soldiers on Yongxing Island can enjoy films simultaneously with moviegoers across the country," said Gu Xiaojing, general manager of Hainan Media Croup, which set up the venture (with the government's support). The theater is said to be equipped with 4K and 3D projection technology. Chen Zijian, Hainan Media's general manager, told Xinhua that the company has also purchased two mobile projection systems and plans to screen movies for free on other islands within the South China Sea "to meet the demands of residents." What exactly was meant by "residents" was unclear, as the Parcel Islands are technically considered uninhabited, beyond military personnel. Xinhua said the opening of the cinema is "part of a plan by local cultural authorities to establish community services on islands under [the regional government's] jurisdiction." But international observers are certain to view the cinema as yet another move by China to deepen its hold over the South China Sea. Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines all have similar territorial disputes with China over other parts of the region. South of the Parcel Islands, China has been on a massive building spree in the Spratly Islands, rapidly converting scattered reefs into sizable islands capable of hosting ports and military stations. About $1.2 trillion in U.S. bilateral trade moves through the South China Sea every year. The region is also believed to be rich in fisheries and oil and gas reserves. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oscar Isaac Has a Meltdown With a Paper Bag in 'Lightningface' Short. Vimeo debuts Brian Petsos' short on Monday. Oscar Isaac is having quite the meltdown in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Lightningface. The 20-minute short film stars the actor as Basil, a man who gets struck by lightning and wakes to find his face scarred. He quickly spirals out of control, sequestering himself in his apartment, calling out of work and cutting ties with his loved ones as he begins to believe that he's part of an otherworldly transformation. In the clip of the short, Basil has resorted to covering his damaged face with a paper bag whenever answering the door. He's greeted by an odd stuffed animal that takes things to another level, to say the least. Lightningface is Isaac's second collaboration with director Brian Petsos, as the two previously worked together on the short film Ticky Tacky. Vimeo debuts the short on Monday. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

The Bachelor's Chris Harrison Is Back to Host the 2018 Miss America Competition. He's back! The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark productions and ABC has just revealed that The Bachelor's Chris Harrison will return once again to host of the 2018 Miss America Competition. ESPN's Sage Steele will be joining the fan favorite as co-host of the legendary competition, which is back for its 97th year. Of his hosting duties, Harrison said in a statement, "It's an honor to grace the Miss America stage as host for the 9th time." The Bachelor in Paradise host added, "I'm extremely happy to be sharing the hosting duties once again with my friend Sage Steele. Sage is a true professional whose quick wit and charisma lights up the stage and the show." "Chris Harrison has been a part of our Miss America family for almost a decade," said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization. "We are thrilled to have him host his ninth Miss America telecast as he is both a great friend and one of our most stalwart Ambassadors!" Steele, who is from SportsCenter on the Road, also released a statement: "I can honestly say that co-hosting Miss America last year was one of the most memorable events I've been a part of in my 22 years in this business." The reigning Miss America 2017 is Savvy Shields from Arkansas. The 2018 Miss America Competition will showcase 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) to compete for the coveted title of Miss America. The show will air live from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 10 on ABC. (Eonline)

Game of Thrones Fans Are Already Freaking Out About Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Meeting. It's the Game of Thrones moment you've been waiting for. Like, for years. Viewers have waited for this for years. Do you know what it is yet? Do you? You do. It's the moment Jon Snow (Kit Harington) comes face-to-face with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The first glimpse of the anticipated meeting happens in "The Queen's Justice," Game of Thrones season seven, episode three. Fans got their first glimpse in the trailer for the episode. Deep breaths. Naturally the split-second scene caused Twitter to light up. "Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meeting next episode gotta be one of the most anticipated meet-ups in Television history lol I'm hyped," @TdoTLove16 tweeted. "Daenerys & Jon Snow meet next episode and I don't know if I'm going to be mentally ready for it," @kaitlynbrophy tweeted. And the GIFs. Boy are there GIFs. A lot of The Office reactions, which probably deserves a closer look at some point. "Jon Snow meets Daenerys next week and I'm just trying to figure out wtf I'm going to do for 6 days," @DeionGottaSTFU said. Same. HBO's official description for "The Queen's Justice": "Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes." Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote the script with Mark Mylod directing. Game of Thrones airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on HBO. (Eonline)

Prince William Jokes Princess Diana Would Have Been a "Nightmare" Grandmother. It's a shame Prince William's children will never meet their paternal grandmother. In Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, aired Monday night on HBO, the 35-year-old heir to the British throne says he is "constantly talking about Granny Diana" with his children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. Had she not died in a car accident 20 years ago next month, Princess Diana would be 56 years old, probably doting on her two grandchildren. "We've got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. It's hard, because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that, that level of detail. So, I do regularly when putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers -- there were two grandmothers -- in their lives," William says. "So, it's important that they know who she was and that she existed." Diana might have liked her grandchildren a little too much, he jokes. "She'd be a nightmare grandmother -- absolute nightmare. She'd love the children to bits, but she'd be an absolute nightmare," he says. "She'd come and go and she'd come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place, and then leave." Though nearly two decades have passed, William still feels closely connected to Diana. "They always live with you, people you lose like that," he says. "My mother lives with me every day." William speaks about how Diana gave him a sense of normalcy normally not afforded to members of the royal family -- something he and Kate Middleton are doing with their own children. "She understood there was a real life outside the palace walls," he says, mentioning some of her numerous philanthropic efforts. "She wanted us to see it from a very young age." In the documentary, William and Prince Harry share never-before-seen family photos and open up about Diana's life inside the palace walls. For the most part, the two brothers had a happy early childhood. In fact, William only ever remembers seeing his mom cry over stories in the media. "Harry and I lived through that, and one lesson I've learned is you never let [the media] in too far, because it's very difficult to get them back out again. You've got to maintain a barrier and a boundary," William argues, "because if both sides cross it, a lot of pain can come from it." Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy aired Monday night on HBO. (Eonline)

Game of Thrones Gets Closer and Closer to the Alliances & Reunions We're Dreaming Of. We thought we'd be thrilled when everyone finally came together on Game of Thrones, but at this point we're just feeling anxious. Somebody's definitely going to kill somebody, and we're just worried that neither of those are going to be the right somebody, especially when Dany's trying not to kill everyone on her way to the throne and Cersei's expecting the bloodthirsty daughter of the mad king and planning on meeting her with a giant dragon-killing crossbow. As part of their plan to take down the Lannisters once and for all, Tyrion and Dany had their armies set out in different directions, with the Unsullied headed for Casterly Rock while everyone else takes King's Landing. Unfortunately, things didn't go well for one of the parties. Euron Goddamn Greyjoy showed up to interrupt some serious flirting/groping/making out between Ellaria and Yara and to basically murder everyone. He also made the grandest entrance anyone has possibly ever made on this show as he surfed down onto Yara's ship on the bow of his own ship, smashing a dude in the process. All the Sand Snakes were killed before Euron had Ellaria, and then he was holding a knife to Yara's throat. He taunted Theon, but just a few minutes after Yara declared him her protector, he jumped ship and bailed instead of actually protecting her. It was, we dare say, some bulls--t. In some slightly happier news: Missandei and Greyworm finally did it! Before the Unsullied sailed for Casterly Rock, Missandei went to visit Greyworm and he admitted to her that she was his weakness. He had no fears before he met her, and it was basically the most romantic speech ever given on this show. Missandei then ditched her clothes, and helped Greyworm ditch his own clothes, and Elsewhere, Arya not only found Hot Pie, but he told her that her family was back in charge of Winterfell. She headed home (!!!) , but found herself surrounded by wolves when she stopped to build a fire. One of the wolves, the biggest wolf of all, turned out to be Nymeria. She didn't quite seem to recognize Arya and walked away when Arya asked her to come with her, but hopefully she'll be back, and hopefully Arya actually makes it to Winterfell. Over at Winterfell, Jon got a raven from Tyrion asking him to come meet Dany at Dragonstone. He wasn't planning on going, but then he got a raven from Sam at the Citadel telling him about the dragonglass underneath Dragonstone. So he changed his mind, and before he left, he declared Sansa the Queen in the North. He also threw Littlefinger against a wall and told him he'd kill him if he touched his sister. And finally, the scene we couldn't watch: Sam thought he found a way to cure Jorah (the hand from last week) of his worsening greyscale, but it involved literally scraping the greyscale off of his body. It was the worst thing we've ever listened to as we hid behind our hands. Why does Sam keep getting the gross scenes? Why are they doing this to him? And a second finally: Can we just talk about some of the editing in this episode? The jump from Missandei and Greyworm to the hand in the book, and then that cut to the guy eating after the Greyscale situation...some editor was having a great time with this one. Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. (Eonline)

'Morning Joe' staffers losing their patience with Joe and Mika. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski's staff is losing its patience with the couple's globe-trotting, raging romance. We're told that after a vacation in the South of France in May, which culminated in the MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchors' engagement -- plus numerous trips to Nantucket, Mass. -- the lovebirds have taken flight once more, this time for London. But viewers may not notice much of a difference: MSNBC has gone to considerable lengths to make it seem as if Scarborough has stayed put in the newsroom while Brzezinski appears to be on the road. But the romancing anchors' production team has had enough. "Joe and Mika are away together again," huffed a show source. "'Morning Joe' is being produced as if they're in two different locations. They are not! They are together -- they are always together," the source added. On recent shows, instead of sitting together at the regular table, Scarborough has appeared in front of a blue screen, similar to the ones of the NYC set, displaying the name of the show, while Brzezinski has been sitting in front of what seems to be a TV production office. But they're actually yards away from each other, working out of a London broadcasting facility. We're told the pair -- who secretly dated for a while before Page Six revealed their engagement in May -- are in the UK on family business. Their simultaneous absences are a headache for staff. "It's very difficult working on a show where the two stars are in a relationship," said a source. The network has shipped separate teams of producers and crew out to the UK for each host, as they work from "different locations," we're told ... with a wink. Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Thursday that Brzezinski has a three-book deal with Weinstein Books. Page Six broke the news of the contract, which has a worth in the high six figures. MSNBC declined to comment. (PageSix)

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