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Friday, July 7, 2017


Lauren Conrad and William Tell Welcome a Baby Boy. Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood, Lauren Conrad and William Tell! The couple welcomed a son this afternoon, People confirms. The handsome boy was born weighing 6 lbs., 14 oz. "We are thrilled to share that we welcomed our son Liam James Tell into our family," the pair said in a statement to the publication. "Mom, Dad and baby are doing well. We're already in love!" This is the first child for Conrad and Tell, who got married on Sept. 13, 2014 in California. On Jan. 1, 2017, Conrad announced via Instagram that she and her husband were expecting a baby. From the moment she tied the knot, Conrad was inundated with baby questions. "I have found that it's easiest to just have a simple answer ready for when you are asked about children," the fashion designer blogged in May. "That way you aren't blindsided and have to come up with an answer on the spot. If you're comfortable with sharing your personal reasons why, then by all means go for it. But if you want to take the more private route, answers like 'when I'm ready, you'll be the first to know' or 'I'll tell you when the time is right' work too. My answer was always, 'We are just enjoying being married right now.' Because, well, that was the truth." Even so, Conrad's former MTV colleagues are in the midst of a baby boom. Two of her Hills co-stars, Heidi Montag and Whitney Port, are currently pregnant, and two of her Laguna Beach co-stars, Taylor Cole Simshauser and Talan Torriero, are also expecting kids. In early June, Conrad told People she and Tell, an associate at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, were getting antsy to meet their baby boy. "I think the most exciting thing is just to meet your tiny person that you've been growing for so long," the fashion designer said. "Up until now, they're kind of a mystery to you, so I think we're just really excited to meet our new family member." As she awaited her son's arrival, Conrad stayed busy with her fashion empire. On June 7, her latest collection, LC Lauren Conrad Maternity, debuted online and in Kohl's stores nationwide. "I was so excited to do this category, but I wanted to wait until I felt confident designing, like I had experienced maternity as a category myself," Conrad explained. "It was really nice to go in to this while I was trying to figure out my own maternity style, so I really wanted to make sure that the aesthetic of this line was very cohesive with the existing LC Lauren Conrad collection." Conrad told the July issues of Parents and Fit Pregnancy and Baby that she "really wanted" to have a boy. "My friends have said, 'Have a plan, but don't be so committed that you're unwilling to change if you need to.' I'm not worried about the pain that comes with giving birth," she told the magazines. "Maybe I'm just naïve, but it's pretty low on my list of concerns. I feel like women have been doing this forever." (Eonline)

Lauren Conrad's Son's Name Decoded: Find Out the Meaning of Liam James Tell's Moniker. Lauren Conrad and her husband William Tell are over the moon with their newborn son, Liam James Tell. The former The Hills alum gave birth earlier this afternoon to her little bundle of joy and one of the first questions that came to mind was: what was the inspiration behind the adorable moniker? Well, a source tells E! News that the proud parents' son's name is simply a shortened version of William. Additionally, many on social media have pointed out that Liam is actually a perfect combination of both of his parents' names. As for the middle name, James is Lauren's father's name. Looks like they're keeping things all in the family! Shortly after announcing the birth of their son, Lauren posted the following on her blog for her fans around the world: "William and I are thrilled to share that one Wednesday, July 5th we welcomed Liam James Tell into the world. He is 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 20 inches long. I'll be taking a little bit of a step back from the site over the next few weeks as we adjust to life as a family of three (five, if you count Chloe and Fitz of course... )." Little Liam is the first child for Conrad and Tell, who got married on Sept. 13, 2014 in California. On Jan. 1, 2017, Conrad announced via Instagram that she and her husband were expecting a baby. Congratulations to the happy couple on their new arrival! (Eonline)

Patton Oswalt Engaged to Meredith Salenger 1 Year After Wife's Death. Patton Oswalt is engaged, some 15 months after the tragic death of his wife. The 48-year-old comedian and actor is set to marry fellow actress Meredith Salenger, 47, their reps confirmed to E! News Thursday. Salenger posted on her Instagram page a selfie of her and Oswalt, with an image of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in his WWE pose photoshopped on her hand. "Don't wanna brag... but check out the size of The Rock on my finger! Hahahah (photoshop via@edwardderuiter)," she wrote. She then posted photos showing her real ring, which contains an emerald-cut diamond surrounded by tapered baguettes, and her embracing Oswalt and his 8-year-old daughter Alice. "It's official. I'm the luckiest happiest girl in the universe!!!! I love you @pattonoswalt I love you Alice Oswalt! #YesYesYes," Salenger wrote. Oswalt reposted the photos on his Twitter page. "I put the ring in a marzipan [Star Wars] Slave I replica and said, 'Will you be my Padawan of Love?' She maced me but said yes later," he joked. Salenger is known for roles in Disney's 1985 film The Journey of Natty Gann The Journey of Natty Gann and the 1995 remake of Village of the Damned. In recent years, she has voiced characters on the animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Salenger had on Wednesday posted a throwback photo of herself at a wedding, writing, "Once upon a time... in 2008... at my friend's wedding... I caught the bouquet... #fairytalesdoexist." Oswalt and Salenger made their red carpet debut as a couple last month at the premiere of Baby Driver. They later visited Disneyland together and attended the Preacher season two premiere. "My goal in life is to keep him smiling. ;)," Salenger tweeted. Oswalt's wife Michelle McNamara, mother of their 8-year-old daughter Alice, died in her sleep in April 2016. Oswalt opened up about McNamara's death in touching online tributes. "Michelle brought me nothing but happiness," he wrote this past April, on the one-year anniversary of her passing. "One year in. Another year starting. It's awful, but it's not fatal." (Eonline)

Charlie Weber Opens Up About His Private Romance With Co-Star Liza Weil: "I'm Very Happy." Charlie Weber is opening up about his personal relationship with Liza Weil. One month after news broke that the How to Get Away With Murder co-stars were in fact a real-life couple, Charlie decided to share new details about how the pair went from co-workers to much more. "We were great friends and we found ourselves in a position to be more than that and we did," he shared on the Allegedly With Theo Von and Matthew Cole Weiss podcast. "You spend a lot of time and I very much enjoyed spending time away from work so it all just kind of came together like that." When the hosts admitted that they were happy to see the Ex-Patriot star so happy, Charlie expressed his gratitude for the love around him. "It's very much appreciated because I'm very happy as well," he said. Back in June, Charlie's rep confirmed to People that the Hollywood pair was not only a couple, but they had been dating out of the spotlight since last summer. The Hollywood stars would also grab the attention of fans when they were spotted holding hands during a public outing in Los Angeles. While you may not see this couple profess their love for one another on social media every week or on every red carpet, Charlie admitted that the pair shares a lot in common. And while their characters don't always see eye-to-eye on Shonda Rhimes' hit TV show, they have no trouble separating their personal lives from their professional lives. "We are very like-minded when it comes to our approach of acting," he explained. [We are] two actors very dedicated to what they do and have a very easy time separating who we are and who we are as characters." (Eonline)

Oscar Isaac Named His Son After His Late Mother. Oscar Isaac named his baby boy Eugene after his late mother, Eugenia. The news was revealed in a New York Times interview with the Star Wars actor that posted Thursday. In the sit-down, Isaac talks about his son for the first time. Eugene was born in April. Isaac's girlfriend Elvira Lind had revealed via a Twitter video that the two had welcomed their first child. In the New York Times Interview, Isaac talked about caring for his mother in her final days. He said she would read from William Shakespeare's Hamlet while his mother was in the hospital. She passed away this past February. In June, he began a summer run as the title character in a production of the play at the Public Theater in New York City. "It's for my mom that I'm doing it," he said. "It's to honor her life, but also her death, which was so awful." He told the New York Times that he also thinks of his son when he acts. He said the baby has his mother's lips and hands. He also said he brought Eugene to the first run-through pf the play. He also said he thinks of his son when he recites the "to be" part of the "to be or not to be" soliloquy. "You have a child," he said, "And you must -- you must for their sake -- you must say yes to life." (Eonline)

Sophie Turner Reveals the Downside to Dating Joe Jonas in Marie Claire: "You Feel Like You're Living in a Fishbowl." Turns out dating Joe Jonas isn't always a piece of cake (by the ocean). Games of Thrones star Sophie Turner graced the cover of Marie Claire to give the inside scoop on what it's like to date the Jonas brother. "You do feel like you're living in a fishbowl," she revealed to the magazine, dishing on her relationship's attention. "It's frustrating [that] it's the most mundane things that make the news -- how boring!" Although she's "very happy" with the musician, she has a preference over their ship name "Jophie." "I prefer 'Mophie,'" Turner told the magazine, referring to the fan name for her and Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams. "What's that thing they say? Relationships come and go but friendship is always there." Fame hasn't just affected Turner's relationship with Jonas; it's changed how people interact with her in everyday life, and she is not a fan of people taking stealth pictures of her on their phones when they see her in public. "I find it really rude, and I will be rude back," she said. "It's such an invasion of privacy. I could be out with my mum on her birthday and I will ask them to delete it. I would much rather them come up and ask for a photo. I will probably be fine with it... unless I look s -- t!" As the premiere of the seventh season of Thrones nears, the first episode is set to air on July 16, the 21-year-old actress reflected on what the series has meant to her. "[Game of Thrones] has been a huge chunk of my life," she told Marie Claire. "When it's done, it's going to feel like a death in the family. I just completely gave everything to [playing Sansa Stark], all of my emotions. I never used to cry when I was younger. Now I cry all the time -- I am an emotional human being." The actress spent the bulk of her teen years working on Thrones, but she now handles her career differently as an adult. "There was a period in my life when I was 14/15, and I was like, 'I want to be seen as a real actress -- I can't f--k around. This is my career,'" she said. "Now I'm like, 'Just enjoy it,' the painful part is finding another job. There's a certain sense when you're 15 and you're just kind of like, a pawn, and you'll say, 'Yeah, I will do what you want,' but now I'm like, 'You know, actually I don't like this.'" Turner took guidance from her co-stars when it came to assertiveness, namely her fellow X-Men star Jennifer Lawrence. "She would do a take and be like, "Cut! That was such bad acting!" the actress said. "Her being able to stop [the scene]; it was inspiring to see someone so in control." To read the feature in full, see the August issue of Marie Claire, which is also available as a digital edition through Apple Newsstand. Catch Game of Thrones when it returns to HBO on July 16. (Eonline)

Lena Headey Recalls Battling Postpartum Depression While Filming Game of Thrones. Lena Headey showcases power, strong will and determination as the ruthless ruler Cersei on Game of Thrones. But in the early days of the show, the actress was hurting inside and initially didn't know why. In an interview with Net-A-Porter's digital magazine The EDIT, the 43-year-old actress recalled battling postpartum depression while filming season one in 2010. Headey had just given birth to her first child, son Wylie. "I was postnatally depressed but I didn't know it," she said. "I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, 'Am I? Why is that?' I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky." Headey had also talked about her postpartum depression battle in an interview with The Telegraph in 2014. The newspaper said that she suffered from bouts of clinical depression since age 15 and managed it without medication until she had her son. "Then I had postnatal depression, which I didn't realize for a long time," she said. "I went a bit nuts and eventually went to a guy who mixes Western and Eastern philosophy in terms of medicine and he put me on a course of something that changed everything. But I would never want to be dependent [on medication]." Headey is also a mother to daughter Teddy, who will turn 2 next week. The actress is one of several stars who have gone public about their struggles with postpartum depression, also called postnatal depression, which has been reported to affect 1 out of 9 women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other celebrity moms who have spoken out about their own battles include Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields and Celine Dion. Headey made her comments ahead of the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones, which airs on HBO on July 16. To read the full interview with Lena Headey, read The EDIT at and/or download The EDIT's free app for iPhone, iPad and Android. (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran Clarifies He Didn't Quit Twitter -- He Just Quit Reading It. Ed Sheeran hasn't disappeared. In an interview with The Sun published Monday, the singer-songwriter revealed he'd recently "come off Twitter completely" after being cyber-bullied. His 19.2 million followers were upset, so on Wednesday, Sheeran addressed the "loads of Hoo-har about me quitting stuff" in an Instagram post. "I haven't quit anything," the 26-year-old "Castle on the Hill" singer wrote. "I'm just not reading anything, except Harry Potter. Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th yo." Sheeran further explained himself when he appeared on NBC's Today Thursday. "They made such a big deal about this. I got asked in an interview if I read negative things. I was like, 'I don't even go on Twitter and read 'em.' It's not like I've quit it; I still post on Instagram and it goes to Twitter. I'm just not going to wake up and read something and be like, 'Ugh, well that's rude,'" he said. "I don't want to choose to do that anymore. Everyone's making a huge deal out of it!" Matt Lauer argued there are plenty of positive tweets, and Sheeran didn't disagree with him. "There is so much positivity out there. I'm just saying, as a human being, we always read the one negative one and ignore the others, and I don't want to do that. I don't know...It's just foolish to do, when there's so much love out there in the world, to look at the negative stuff," he said. "I'm just choosing not to read it. But I did see yesterday you guys had a chat about it." "Yeah," Lauer admitted with a sly smile. "Your name came up once or twice." In his interview with The Sun, Sheeran said he stopped reading tweets in part because of Lady Gaga's fan base. According to the musician, they wrongly misinterpreted something he'd said and assumed he was picking a fight with the pop star. Her fans "all f--king hate" him, he said, adding, "Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things and then you get in the s--t." Gaga, whose Born This Way Foundation promotes anti-bullying, got wind of the interview and defended Sheeran on Instagram. "What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED @edsheeran deserves all our love and respect like all humans do," she said Tuesday. "I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean. No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity." (Eonline)

Emily Ratajkowski says fashion biz won't support her big boobs. It's not Hollywood that has a problem with Emily Ratajkowski's body, it's the fashion industry. Days after she made waves after claiming she was too sexy to get work, the model-turned-actress, 26, turned to Twitter to explain that her burgeoning film career hasn't been affected because her "boobs are too big"- only her modeling career has. "FYI I was talking about the fashion industry not celebrating the female form, NOT Hollywood," she tweeted. Last week, Harper's Bazaar Australia published an interview in which Ratajkowski, who rose to prominence after shimmying her way topless through the video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," strongly intimated that her career had been hampered by her looks. "There's this thing that happens to me: 'Oh, she's too sexy,'" she told the magazine. "It's like an anti-woman thing, that people don't want to work with me because my boobs are too big. What's wrong with boobs?" "They're a beautiful feminine thing that needs to be celebrated. Like, who cares? They are great big, they are great small. Why should that be an issue?" she added. While her modeling career may be in a slump, Ratjkowski, who appeared in the 2014 adaptation of "Gone Girl," is still acting. Last year, she appeared in an episode of the Netflix comedy "Easy," and has also starred in two movies, "Cruise" and "In Darkness," that are currently in post-production, according to IMDb. (PageSix)

'Leave It to Beaver' star lost 55 pounds and saved his life. When Jerry Mathers got his annual checkup in 1997, he was shocked when doctors said he would only have three to five years to live if he didn't do something about his diabetes. "I was living the good life," the now 69-year-old actor told Fox News. "I had side businesses and one of them was a catering business. And I was doing a lot of motion picture and television catering for crews, which is for about 100 to 200 people. It's like setting up a whole restaurant. "I was around food all the time and I was a very good cook. Of course, that entailed sitting down with people so I was sometimes eating five to six full meals a day ... I was making a lot of money, everything was going great, and everyone around me was at least as fat as I was." The former "Leave It to Beaver" star was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. He didn't need much convincing to turn his life around and shed 55 pounds. "I sold the catering company and went on a very strict diet," he explained. "I've been controlling my weight with diet and exercise ever since. I walk everyday about six to eight miles. And I am now pre-diabetic because of that ... dying from diabetes is a terrible way to go. It's really a horrible death. It basically burns different parts of your body. "It's really tough, especially when I go out to eat. But I think, 'I can have this, but do I want to run further to get the weight off? Could I even get it off?' It's a daily struggle. I'm not cured. This is something I have to deal with all the time. And I'm hoping that by going out to educate people on diabetes, I can save my fans." Today, Mathers leads lectures across the country to warn listeners about the disease and how it can be prevented. It's a completely different role from the one he took on as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver at age 9 in the wholesome sitcom, which ran from 1957 until 1963. It's never been off the air, and it's shown in 45 languages. He's proud of the iconic role from his childhood and believes shows today can learn a thing or two from the beloved sitcom. "I have a lot of problems with today's TV shows," he admitted. "I honestly don't watch a lot of them because to me, they seem very fake. It's writers being put in a room to just make jokes ... and I don't find many of them funny. There's also a very thin plot line. And to me, they're just not very interesting. I do watch a lot of news. I try to stay informed on all the current events. But I don't really have a big destination TV show." He pointed out that over the years, many shows did attempt to copy "Leave It to Beaver" in some way or another. "This was a show from a child's perspective of the world ... of course, a child is innocent, so they had this idea that the world was going to be perfect and everything will work out right. You had Eddie Haskell, and everybody has a Eddie Haskell in their lives, someone who's your nemesis and is somehow always out to get you. You'll always hopefully have a big brother like Wally, who will guide you along the way." And despite his success with the series as a child star, Mathers, who began his career in entertainment at age two, avoided the dreaded Hollywood curse. He said his father was a vice principal in Los Angeles and the family didn't rely on Mathers' income to make ends meet. "Yes, it was nice to have another income rolling in, but it wasn't like my family couldn't exist without me working," he said. "And when I finished 'Leave It to Beaver,' the studio did have another sitcom they wanted me to do, but I had never been to regular school. I had a private tutor from the first grade up until the eighth grade ... I wanted to attend regular school and be with other kids. I wanted to play sports." Mathers' life has since been normal, by Hollywood standards. He attended school, played football and joined the track team. He then enlisted in the Air Force, followed by the National Guard. Mathers also enrolled in Berkeley where he received a degree in philosophy. Not only did he invest his earnings from the show in commercial paper and government bonds every 90 days, but he also spent a few years as a banker to get a hands-on education in finances. He even became a real estate agent at one point and sold houses. He always took some time along the way to pursue acting. He appeared in "The New Leave It to Beaver" from 1983 until 1989. Mathers said he is still in touch with his TV family. "We've had reunions," he said. "It's probably more like how you are with people you went to school with. If anything important happens in their lives or with their grandchildren, because we all have grandchildren now, we reach out. And when someone marries. And sadly, when someone passes. Whoever finds out first calls the rest of us." (PageSix)

Andrew Garfield has found himself in hot water with the LGBTQ community after saying, "I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act" -- and revealing that he prepared for his new role as a gay man by watching RuPaul's Drag Race with friends. The 33-year-0ld actor is currently starring in the critically acclaimed London revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, in which he plays Prior Walter -- a gay man battling the reality of AIDS during the height of the 1980s crisis that killed hundreds of thousands in the gay community. During a NT Platform discussion on Monday, the Amazing Spider-Man alum talked about how he prepared for the role -- admitting at first that his "big concern" was "what right did I have to play this wonderful gay role" as a man who currently identifies as straight. "As far as I know, I am not a gay man," Garfield, who formerly had a high-profile relationship with Emma Stone, began, the Gay Times reported. "Maybe I'll have an awakening later in my life, which I'm sure will be wonderful and I'll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I'm secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it." "I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony had asked me and maybe if he'd asked me, it was the right thing," he added. "It was as about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my history." To prepare, Garfield spent time consulting his LGBTQ friends. "[The play is] as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic," he said. He also turned to an iconic drag queen: RuPaul. Garfield and friends made their way through every season of the Supermodel of the World's hit series RuPaul's Drag Race. "My only time off during rehearsals-every Sunday -- I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru," Garfield said. "This is my life outside of this play," he continued. "I am a gay man right now just without the physical act-that's all." Andy Cohen's Top 5 Most Revealing Plead the Fifth Answers See the can't-miss highlights from the day Jess Cagle turned the tables on the "Watch What Happens Live" host Garfield may have immersed himself in gay culture, but confusing that with the extent of gay life upset many members of the LGBTQ community -- some of whom quickly expressed their frustration on Twitter, accusing Garfield of cultural appropriation. "You're a talented guy, but you seem to be completely oblivious to what is coming out of your mouth," out actor Scott Evans (Daytime Divas) wrote. "The straight white privilege of Andrew Garfield," said out comedian H. Alan Scott. "Must be nice to be able to be gay without any of the hardships." Other users criticized Garfield for seemingly failing to understand that appreciating gay culture is not the same as experiencing the oppression facing the LGBTQ community now and throughout history. "Garfield compared watching a TV show and portraying a gay man to being gay without the physical act. No buddy," said one user -- with another adding Garfield had "a very limited view of what being gay ACTUALLY is." "Playing a gay man... doesn't suddenly mean he understands oppression," a critic wrote. "Why... is he preparing for a play about the TRAGEDY OF THE AIDS CRISIS by watching Drag Race? That's obtuse at best." This isn't the first time Garfield has found himself facing backlash from the gay community. During the Golden Globes in January, Garfield famously locked lips with Ryan Reynolds -- causing many to criticize him for making a joke of a kiss between two men. (People)

Jay-Z is still so steamed over his falling out with Kanye West that he addressed it on his new album "4:44" -- nearly nine months after West ranted about Jay-Z and wife Beyonce onstage. Now a source tells Page Six why Jay-Z can't let go of the bad blood. In the opening track of the album, which was released Friday, Jay-Z raps, apparently about West, "This 'f?-?-?k everybody' attitude ain't natural" and "You ain't the same." We're told it was his response to West slamming the couple at his concerts last year. At one concert in Inglewood, Calif., before West's alleged nervous breakdown, West said, "Beyonce, I was hurt. I went down seven years on behalf of your fake s?-?-?t" and "Jay-Z. Call me bro, you still ain't call me .?.?. I know you got killers, please don't send them at my head." We're told the feud stems from West "forcing [his wife] Kim Kardashian" on the Carters. "[Kanye's] rant was really about Kim and Beyonce not being BFFs. Kanye is frustrated that his wife does not have a better relationship with Beyonce. He wanted to put that pressure on Jay. It's like, 'We're cool and we do business together, and now our wives should be friends?'?" But the source said, "It's not organic. It's not real. Beyonce is a Southern, God-fearing woman, despite what you may see when she's entertaining. She may not have much in common with Kim," a source told us. Added the source, "It's like, Jay believed in you and now you've alienated him to where he's like f - - k you." One source doubts their friendship will survive, but another said, "Their relationship is familial .?.?. I'd be very surprised if they didn't work together or have some kind of relationship in the future." (Page Six)

Former "Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney got a restraining order from a guy she claims has been harassing her on social media for years through at least 15 different accounts. A judge has ordered Jon Christopher LuVisi to stay 1,000 ft. away from Sweeney, her home, car, work and kids' school. According to legal docs, Sweeney claims LuVisi's messages got more ominous over the past 9 months... trying to extort thousands of dollars from her. He threatened he had pictures of her genitals and said he would send them to her husband unless she paid him money. LuVisi believes he's entangled in an affair with Sweeney. Whenever Sweeney attempted to block him, she says he'd just create a new account and continue his trolling. According to the docs, his messages also grew threatening, making Sweeney fear for her safety after he wrote, "Bitch you better answer me" and "You can't hide from me you sorry ass bitch." Sweeney says she contacted the California Highway Patrol in June and they contacted LuVisi's wife. She claims he was the victim of a catfish scam and carried on an online affair with someone he believed was Sweeney. (TMZ)

Rapper Webbie has been arrested in Baton Rouge Wednesday following an alleged domestic dispute in a hotel room with his girlfriend. Law enforcement tells us the 25-year-old woman told cops Webbie choked her, hit her and refused to let her leave the room for more than 2 hours. Police say she had visible bruising around her neck and face ... bad enough she was taken to the hospital. Webbie was arrested but complained of some medical issue, so he was taken to a nearby hospital. He was cleared by doctors and then taken to jail. The 31-year-old rapper has been charged with second degree battery, false imprisonment, and domestic abuse by strangulation ... all felonies. Webbie was arrested back in 2012 for battery and robbery, after he allegedly kicked a woman down the stairs. (TMZ)

Blac Chyna's attorney is investigating which legal actions can be taken against Rob Kardashian after he posted numerous explicit photos allegedly of his ex-fiancee on social media. "I am exploring all legal remedies and protections available to my client at this time in attempts to best advise her on how she may want to proceed," Walter Mosley said in a statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday evening. Early Wednesday morning, Kardashian, 30, took to Instagram to blast his ex-Chyna, 29, in a series of extremely graphic and expletive-ridden posts, which have since been taken down. Chyna responded to the onslaught of messages in a since-deleted Snapchat post, alleging that Kardashian hit her. (Neither Kardashian nor Chyna has responded to PEOPLE's request for comment regarding the allegation.) In another post, Kardashian shared a screenshot of an alleged text conversation between himself and "the dude Chyna got caught cheating on me with." And in another highly graphic post, Kardashian shared a screenshot of an alleged text conversation between himself and Chyna, which included an alleged photo of Chyna's exposed genital area. Kardashian went on to allege Chyna uses drugs and posted two more explicit nude photos, which have since been taken down. In addition to posting the explicit photos on his Twitter feed and Instagram account -- which has since been shut down -- Kardashian has "sent people over to her house to pick up things that don't even exist," says a source close to Chyna. "There needs to be boundaries set as it's currently getting out of hand," says the source. A second source close to the reality star said that she is the victim in this situation: "She's had to have a new phone number every month and constantly has to change her number. While everyone is writing stories and thinking it's fun gossip, it's actually dangerous." According to a legal expert, Kardashian could be subject to criminal charges for posting the explicit photos of his ex. "This is sort of the classic, quintessential revenge porn," said Carrie Goldberg, attorney and founder of Internet abuse and sexual consent firm C. A. Goldberg, PLLC ( she does not represent Chyna or Kardashian). "Rob has made the work of a prosecutor or a victim's attorney quite easy so far as to even post about the very motive behind his outrageous act of posting these private and nude photos of his ex. " She added that "the allegation of infidelity does not give someone the right to seek revenge in such a devastating way." In 2013, revenge porn was made a crime under the California Penal Code. If charged, Kardashian could face up to six months in jail and a fine, said Goldberg. Kardashian and Chyna's roller coaster relationship began in January 2016, when the two went public with their romance. The pairing initially raised eyebrows due to Chyna's complicated history with the Kardashian-Jenner family: Chyna shares a son with Kardashian's sister Kylie Jenner's former boyfriend Tyga, and is also best friends with Amber Rose, an ex of Kanye West, who is now married to Rob's sister Kim Kardashian West. Kardashian proposed to Chyna in April 2016, and a month later, they announced they were expecting their first child. The two welcomed their daughter, Dream Renee, last November. PEOPLE confirmed the two had called off their engagement in February, and in the months since, the status of their relationship has remained unclear, though the two appeared to have been on relatively good terms. (People)

Rikki Rockett's divorce is officially over ... and it seems everyone is finally satisfied. The Poison drummer and his ex, Melanie, will share joint custody of their 2 kids -- 7-year-old Jude and 4-year-old Lucy. Rikki will pay $2,000 a month in child support until the kids turn 18 ... and he'll also cover their club activities -- karate, tennis, swimming, etc. Melanie gets $1,000 per month in spousal support for 3 years. Everything pretty much went according to their prenup, with one twist -- if Rikki's on a "full scale" tour with Poison ... his child and spousal support payments double in those months. Rikki also has to pay off a Dodge Charger for Melanie and fork over $45k from the sale of one of their properties. Rikki Rockett's divorce is officially over ... and it seems everyone is finally satisfied. The Poison drummer and his ex, Melanie, will share joint custody of their 2 kids -- 7-year-old Jude and 4-year-old Lucy. Rikki will pay $2,000 a month in child support until the kids turn 18 ... and he'll also cover their club activities -- karate, tennis, swimming, etc. Melanie gets $1,000 per month in spousal support for 3 years. Everything pretty much went according to their prenup, with one twist -- if Rikki's on a "full scale" tour with Poison ... his child and spousal support payments double in those months. Rikki also has to pay off a Dodge Charger for Melanie and fork over $45k from the sale of one of their properties. (TMZ)


Prince Harry: "There Is Much, Much More That We Can Do" to Promote Mental Health Awareness. Prince Harry says that while nowadays "there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness" for people who open about their struggles, more must be done to "make conversations about mental health as common place as those about physical health." The 32-year-old royal made his comments in a speech at the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event Thursday. Mental health awareness is a subject close to his heart. Harry had earlier this year admitted to undergoing counseling to cope with the loss of mother Princess Diana. He, brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton have long supported the Heads Together charity, which aims to end stigmas about mental health. The three cheered on runners competing on behalf of the group at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in April. "Since the London Marathon two months ago, I have spoken to many people who now feel able to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and discuss what they have been feeling," Harry said in his speech. "But what has struck me most is the number of people I've met, who have direct experience of mental health challenges, either themselves or those close to them. So many of these stories could have been very different if awareness was better and help had been sought sooner." "I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I am that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles," he said. "But let's not kid ourselves that the job is done -- there is much, much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as common place as those about physical health. For example, we need to better equip our young people with the tools they need to cope with this increasingly complex and fast moving world we live in." Harry said he recently read that "young people check their phones at least 150 times per day." "I'm sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next," he said. Harry praised the city of Leeds and the Leeds Community Foundation for supporting organizations that have helped people who are suffering from domestic abuse and stresses of life and school, as well as support members of the LGBT community and caregivers. "If we invest in supporting our young people now, they will be better placed to succeed in all areas of their lives from work to family and in their communities," he said. "I want to congratulate you all on what you have achieved so far and encourage you to redouble your efforts -- in the years to come it will be well worth the investment." (Eonline)

Celine Dion Has Blossomed Into a Full-Fledged Fashion Icon. At 49-years-old, Celine Dion is still one of the greatest musical divas in the world, and has now, officially, blossomed into a modern-day fashion icon. Don't get us wrong: The icon has always had a penchant for luxury designers, even wearing them every night during her Las Vegas residency. But pretty much since her powerful performance of "My Heart Will Go On" at this year's Billboard Music Awards, the singer, who wore a dramatic, white Stephane Rolland Haute Couture gown, has managed to completely reinvent herself -- starting with her style. Who's responsible for this cool-girl transformation? Namely, the musical legend's stylist Law Roach (who also styles the fearless fashion prodigy that is Zendaya). He's truly been able to take Celine's chic and mature yet edgy style to a more current place -- leaving us basically speechless every time she steps out, especially during her time at Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. To see what we mean, keep reading. The award-winning singer has taken to wearing long-time, high-fashion designers like Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Balenciaga and Dior while also mixing in a few new ones like It Girl favorite Off-White. She even sparked her own hashtag, appropriately named #celinetakescouture. Below some of Celine's latest fashion choices! Leaving her hotel in Paris, Celine steps out in a yellow, leather shirt dress cinched at the waist by a simple black belt -- all Dior. This look (minus the leather) is quickly becoming a summer staple for so many celebs, but it's that unfriendly summer fabric that's throwing us for a loop. The songstress' new wardrobe is quite edgy! For a musical diva like the icon, a simple jumpsuit just won't do. She left her hotel in Paris wearing this amazing tiger-stripe version paired with basic black pumps. You have to be a serious risk-taker to pull off a print this bold. Outside of Giambattista Valli's Haute Couture Paris fashion show, Celine strikes a pose in a pair of killer, red, thigh-high boots and a floral mini dress with ruffle sleeves, à la the designer. Her choice of heels once again is giving the chic look an eye-catching and edgy appeal. In head-to-toe Millennial pink (remind you of anyone?) she put a fresh spin on the trend with her Dice Kayek ensemble, Casadei platform pumps, Saint Laurent croc bag and lastly, the extremely cool Dior aviators. The soft pastel pink tones are balanced perfectly by the harsh mirrored sunnies. In head-to-toe florals, thanks to her Roberto Cavalli pantsuit, Celine takes a menswear-inspired look to an incredibly femme level. And, again, proving she's not one to shy away from a bold look, she steps out in this purple floral dress weighted with an embellished belt and emerald, suede ankle strap heels. With a Gucci bag by her side, of course. We pointed out this $108K ensemble to you last Saturday, but because it deserves an extra look, here it is again. Her faux-leather Givenchy overalls and cream Giuseppe Zanotti x Kanye West pearl-embellished sandals are subdued by the singer's white Celine blouse. Then the outfit's turned back up a couple notches thanks to her crystal-encrusted Gucci sunglasses and snakeskin Hermès bag. Who said you can't casually (the word "casually" used loosely) rock a pair of green pants every now and then? In true Celine fashion, she coupled the bright bottom with a cream-based floral coat, matching green bag, cream heels and a pair of classic sunnies. The edginess isn't stopping! The legend wore the ultimate pair of suede thigh-high boots, a graphic tee dress and python jacket (all Balenciaga). And there you have it: Celine has completely blossomed into a full-fledged fashion icon this past year. She's really come into her own. And we're loving every minute. (Eonline)

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Teen Get Revenge on Her Ex-Boyfriend. Ryan Reynolds and Wade Wilson are one and the same. Just like the character he plays in Deadpool, Reynolds can be a bit of a smartass. And just like Wade did in the 2016 movie, the actor was down to help a teen girl get over a bad breakup. On Tuesday afternoon, 18-year-old Gabi Dunn decided to seek revenge on her ex-boyfriend by superimposing images of Reynolds in her prom photos, replacing the classmate she once loved. "My boyfriend and I broke up a few days after prom, so I decided to 'edit' the photos a little @VancityReynolds," she tweeted. The two photos caught Reynolds' attention, who replied Wednesday: "We should photoshop me over his yearbook picture next. #DontMessWithGabi." Dunn seems to be doing just fine, by the way. As the teen told her Twitter followers Monday afternoon, "I have found happiness in myself because I don't feel the need to find it in a man." A friend pretending to be Dunn's ex, Jeff Bright, later tweeted the unedited photo. "jokes on you now im not going to see deadpool 2," he tweeted. "my 11$ is going to @KevinHart4real." Never one to take things too seriously, the 40-year-old movie star liked @JeffBright20's tweet. (Kevin Hart, it seems, is unaware of the tweet.) Reynolds, meanwhile, has been busy since June 17 when he began filming Deadpool 2. The sequel -- set for release on June 1, 2018 -- stars Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Jack Kesy, T.J. Miller and Leslie Uggams. (Eonline)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are starting construction on their West Village mega mansion and neighbors can expect six months of work. Permits have been posted at 273 and 275 W. 11th St. -- which the couple is converting into one home -- and a "construction noise mitigation plan" from the city's Department of Environmental Protection says the work will be rumbling between 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. until December 2017. The permit for the 13,900-square-foot home is for work on the interior, from the cellar to the fifth floor. The pair, who bought the homes for a total of $35 million, hired Morris Adjmi Architects. Last year, Parker's rep denied to Page Six that she was combining the homes. (Page Six)

Rapper 2 Chainz turned his "Pink Trap House," a home he rented in Atlanta to promote his album "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music," into a July Fourth pop-up clinic. "Fulton County Board of Health say they pulling up today!! Come get tested and know your status! By the way this Free," he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. (Page Six)

Okay, so Lindsay Lohan just called on people to stop "bullying" Trump. Didn't see this one coming... Sure some (ill-advised) Hollywood alumni do actually support Donald Trump but we didn't quite realize Lindsay Lohan was one of them. Yep, she's actually tweeted people asking them not to bully him. Responding to a user's tweet that announced Trump had pledged support for a critically ill baby, Lindsay called for people to stop being so mean to the POTUS. She wrote: "THIS IS our president. Stop #bullying him & start trusting him. Thank you personally for supporting #THEUSA" Naturally, most of her 9.38 million followers were left dumbfounded... (British Glamour)

No Vegas. No wineries. Ronda Rousey tells TMZ Sports her bachelorette party is gonna be way more kick-ass -- think road trip on steroids! The UFC legend is gearing up for her big wedding with UFC fighter Travis Browne -- so, we had to ask how they're planning on blowing off steam before the big day ... and it ain't nightclubs and rose'. We also asked Rousey who she's got in McGregor vs. Mayweather -- and she explains why there ain't no losers in that fight. No Vegas. No wineries. Ronda Rousey tells TMZ Sports her bachelorette party is gonna be way more kick-ass -- think road trip on steroids! The UFC legend is gearing up for her big wedding with UFC fighter Travis Browne -- so, we had to ask how they're planning on blowing off steam before the big day ... and it ain't nightclubs and rose'. We also asked Rousey who she's got in McGregor vs. Mayweather -- and she explains why there ain't no losers in that fight. (TMZ)

Rihanna has found love -- or at least a hookup -- with Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. A source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly that the budding new couple, who were first photographed together in Ibiza in June, "have been hooking up for a few months." The "Wild Thoughts" singer, 29, and businessman were spotted making out in the pool of her villa on June 26. Later that day, the couple were seen laughing while grabbing coffee on their vacation. Jameel serves as the deputy president and vice chairman of his family's company. They own the rights to sell Toyota cars in Saudi Arabia, and, according to Forbes Middle East, are worth an estimated $1.5 billion. His background might make him the perfect fit for RiRi, who previously dated Chris Brown and Leonardo DiCaprio. "I'm turned on by guys who are cultured," Rihanna said in 2015 during an interview with the New York Times. "They don't have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught." (US Weekly)

Tiffany Trump's new jewelry line is 'just a hobby'. Here's something you don't see every day. Tiffany Trump has a new line of jewelry -- but she's not hoping to make a fortune from it. While half-siblings Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. all have money-spinning companies, we're told Tiff's range of custom baubles is "just a hobby." This weekend, East Hampton store Blue & Cream posted a video on Instagram of Tiffany -- Donald Trump's youngest daughter -- showing off her sparkly lightning bolt necklace and an iridescent boxing glove necklace. (PageSix)


13 Reasons Why Star Christian Navarro Debuts Song About His Character. Season two of 13 Reasons Why is in production -- just check the cast members' social media -- and one star is giving fans the gift of song. Christian Navarro, Tony on the hit Netflix series, took to Instagram to debut a new song inspired by his character. "What began as a casual jam session ended up offering a glimpse into Tony's mind. And now we have a f--king song! My friend and fellow artist @evangeliamusic wrote the song, and I had the pleasure of working on it with her. What do you think? Wanna hear the rest?" Navarro posted on Instagram. Season two of 13 Reasons Why will pick up after the events of the first season, and yes, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), the young woman who committed suicide in season one and left her 13 reasons why she did it behind on tapes, will still be involved. "What I can tell you is certainly one question I got a lot is, 'Well how can there be a season two when the story is over?'" executive producer Brian Yorkey said during a Q&A session at Netflix's FYSee event. "I'm like, what story is over? And people are like 'Hannah's,' and I'm like, well no, Hannah told her version of the events but there are at least 12 kids that have another version of those events that we haven't really heard from yet, so I think there's quite a bit more of Hannah's story to tell." The series created quite a stir when it premiered. Its graphic depiction of suicide riled some, but to the cast and crew, that meant they were doing their jobs. "You always want to make a show that connects and I think we knew we were making a show we felt we were onto something with the show we were creating," director and executive producer Tom McCarthy told E! News at 13 Reasons Why's Netflix FYSee event. "You can never anticipate a response, especially with the young adult viewers... I don't know if controversy is the right word... it's a debate, it's a conversation and there are prof on both sides who have very strong reactions to it, and I think that's exciting." No premiere date for 13 Reasons Why season two has been set. Season one is now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

Liam Payne and Zedd Premiere Their New Song "Get Low." Ready to "Get Low?" Liam Payne and Zedd dropped their new single Thursday. In May, Zedd told Beats 1 he was "super excited" about the partnership. "It's the definition of a summer song to me, personally." "The easiest way to describe it would be a Drake-ish influenced sound, but very open to do something that sounds unique and different, which I love. I think it's a really good balance between where he's going with his solo project and where I am going with my own music. It's right in between. Without Liam, I might have never finished the song. He really pulled it towards a direction that I would not have and I love where it is. I would say it's probably the most urban-ish influenced song I've ever done. It's insanely catchy. I feel like you're going to hate it after awhile because it's so catchy," he said. "You hear it once and it doesn't leave you." Zedd's last single, "Stay (feat. Alessia Cara)", peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and his new collaboration is available on Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. "Get Low" follows Payne's debut solo single, "Strip That Down (feat. Quavo)." "I would say this single doesn't lay out the sound for the album. It's very eclectic," the former One Direction singer revealed to iHeartRadio in May. "It's more like my playlist album; my favorite playlist of songs that I have made over the past year. So, some slow jams, there's a couple of dance songs on there, with some R&B stuff. There's a lot -- it's a lot of different stuff." (Eonline)

Kesha Returns With "Praying," Her First Single in 4 Years. Kesha is back and better than ever. Despite her ongoing legal battles with music producer Dr. Luke, Kesha is back with "Praying," her first single in four years. In a Twitter video Wednesday, Kesha told her fans, "Your support and love and kindness has gotten me through hands-down the hardest time of my entire life." "Praying" is her Kesha's solo effort since her 2013 Deconstructed EP, and her first single since "True Colors," her 2016 collaboration with Zedd. In an essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter published Thursday, Kesha wrote about her comeback and the many setbacks she's faced over the years. With "Praying," she wrote, "I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. I've found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone." Kesha added, "It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal." As she awaits her day in court, Kesha admitted she felt "really, truly depressed," like she had "nothing" to live for -- until she turned to prayer, that is. "This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything -- because trying to control everyone was killing me," she said. "It's about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me." "It's from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength. There were so many days, months even, when I didn't want to get out of bed. I spent all day wanting to go to sleep, and then when I did fall asleep, I had horrible night terrors where I would physically cry and scream through the dark. I was never at peace, night or day. But I dragged myself out of bed and took my emotions to the studio and made art out of them," said Kesha, who didn't reveal when her album will drop. "And I have never been happier with a body of work as I am with this record." "I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it. If you have love and truth on your side, you will never be defeated," the 30-year-old singer-songwriter said. "Don't give up on yourself." Kesha thanked songwriters Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis, as well as music video director Jonas Åkerlund. "In the past couple of years, I have grown into a strong, independent woman. I have realized through this long journey of ups and downs that if I'm lucky enough to have a voice that people listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth. I've battled intense anxiety and depression, a relentless eating disorder, and all the other basic bulls--t that comes with being human. I know I'm not alone in that battle," she wrote. "Finding the strength to come forward about these things is not easy, but I want to help others who are going through tough times." With the release of "Praying," Kesha promised, "This is just the beginning." "I am so happy and grateful to begin sharing all the music I have been writing with the world. I've written a record that reveals my vulnerabilities, and I have found strength in that. In the past, I've always felt like I was trying to prove something, trying to be someone I thought people wanted me to be, but on this record, I'm just telling the truth about my life," the "Tik Tik" singer wrote in conclusion. "This album is me. The most raw and real art I have ever created, and now it's my gift to you. I hope you love it. Thank you for not giving up on me." (Eonline)

50 CENT COMPARES JAY-Z'S 4:44 TO "GOLF COURSE MUSIC." Jay-Z's latest album 4:44 may have gone platinum in less than a week, but it didn't exactly win 50 Cent over. Instead, he likened his colleague's newest raps to "golf course music." "I thought the s--t was aight, you know what I'm sayin'? I liked the s--t. But I'ma keep it 100: The s--t was a little, the s--t was too smart," he said in a since-deleted Instagram video, according to Variety. "I felt like I was supposed to be wearing glasses and s--t, and tie a f--king sweater around my waist. It was like Ivy League s--t." "I ain't gon' hold you up," the "Candy Shop" star continued. "Some of that s--t was like golf course music." "I'mma tell you the truth: N---as hot out here," he added. "They don't wanna hear that s--t. They just wanna have a good time. F--k that. You can't be the best rapper at 47, because the new n---as is here." It seems 50 Cent may have changed his mind because the video has since been deleted from his Instagram account. Instead, the Grammy winner has shifted his focus from 4:44 to July 6 -- his birthday. 50 Cent rang in his 41st year on Thursday with a request to his 15 million Instagram followers. "I want you all to celebrate my birthday with me ok say (F--k You 50), then I'll know you see me grinding, making things happen because I'm a hustler at heart," he captioned a photo of himself on his account. "Ok all together now (F--k you 50)." Last month, Jay-Z gave 50 Cent a shoutout on Twitter as he listed off all the people that inspired him after he became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. As Jay-Z tweeted at the time, "Salute to anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent." (Eonline)

Jay-Z Drops "Story of O.J." Music Video on Tidal as 4:44 Goes Platinum in Less Than a Week. The Story of O.J. is here. Jay-Z dropped his new music video, The Story of O.J., on TIDAL earlier. The 4 minute and 16-second piece is the latest "visual" to come out from the rapper's 4:44 album, which has already gone platinum in less than one week out, according to TIDAL. The music video is animated and takes on racist cartoons from Fleischer Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, and others. "'The Story of OJ' is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we're gonna push this forward," said Hova to iHeartRadio after his new album's premiere. "We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger." On Monday, Jay gave his a sneak peek of the vid and what it was motivated by when he took to TIDAL to release an 8-minute mini documentary, Footnotes for The Story of O.J., which focuses on the black experience in America. Footnotes for "The Story of O.J.," includes interviews with Hov and other prominent stars, like Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, Christopher Darden, Van Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Trevor Noah, Chris Rock and Will Smith. Each interview was set to "The Story of O.J.," one of 10 new songs included on Jay-Z's 13th studio album. "Being black in America is like being in a tiny, compressed box anchored at the bottom of the ocean with like 10,000 lbs. of pressure on you at all times, you know?" Jordan said in the video. "And not really feeling like you can be who you are or speak your truth without being criticized with 1,000 opinions and pointed fingers telling you what you're not and what you're not doing." "Success is still in many ways a synonym for white. And so once you attach successful to the black man, there's a little key that has been given to you that may give you access to the white world," said Noah, who was born and raised in South Africa. "The key can be taken away: [Bill] Cosby, Tiger, etc. -- the key can be taken away. But at least you have a key for the time being." Jay-Z said in the doc, "As black people -- because we never had anything, which is understandable -- we get to a place, and we just think we separate ourselves from the culture." "O.J. would get to a space where he's like, 'I'm not black, I'm O.J.' Like Tiger Woods would get to a space and think, 'I'm above the culture.' And that same person when he's playing golf and playing great, you're protected. When you're not, they're gonna put pictures of you drunk driving and, like, embarrass you. That world will eat you up and spit you out... I understand it, because the psychological damage is so real. It's so real. It's going to take for the way showers to do it and then not get to that point and turn into, like, 'I aint black! I'm O.J.' Like, he made it! Like, he made it. Then it was like he cut all ties. Now the next generation of guys can't come with him." The 47-year-old musician's latest album is now available to stream for all TIDAL subscribers, courtesy of Sprint. Now anyone who joins TIDAL can experience Jay-Z's innovative new work," Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO, told E! News in a statement Tuesday. "Of course, Sprint customers and those who switch to Sprint can continue to enjoy a six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi on us." (Eonline)

John Mayer Was Very Freaked Out By the Montana Earthquake. John Mayer is a sensitive man. Not just in his music, but also in his life. Case in point: there was a pretty big earthquake in his home state of Montana early Thursday morning (July 6) with a magnitude of 5.8. According to NPR, the rumbler startled a number of people out of their sleep in the western part of the state and was felt for hundreds of miles from its epicenter southeast of Lincoln. "Wow. Earthquake in Montana," a rattled Mayer tweeted soon after the event. "So if you wonder if you're crazy and you're searching the words earthquake and Montana, earthquake Montana." Clearly up early and shaken, Mayer then tweeted out some stats from the U.S. Geological Survey, which noted that the quake was the 8th biggest on record in Montana and the strongest one in nearly a dozen years. (Billboard)

French Montana Signs with WME. French Montana has signed with WME for worldwide representation, Billboard can confirm. The hip-hop artist is currently enjoying his biggest hit with the infectious track "Unforgettable," featuring Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee. "Unforgettable" sits at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, it's platinum-certified in the U.S. and its official video, which spotlights the talented youth of Uganda, has more than 140 million hits on YouTube. The Moroccan-born artist burst onto the scene with his debut 2013 album release Excuse My French, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200. He has since earned a hattrick of Grammy nominations for his works "All Day" (best rap song) and "All The Way Up" (best rap song, best rap performance). Montana is coming off a performance at the BET Awards this past weekend, a prelude to his guest slot on select dates for phase two of The Weeknd's Legend of the Fall World Tour (the Canadian headliner is also a WME client). Outside of music, the rapper has made it his personal mission to improve health care for women and children in Uganda. Montana recently donated $100,000 and dedicated his "Unforgettable Dance Challenge" to the Mama Hope organization, which supports global entrepreneurship to help end extreme poverty. He will continue to be repped by SAL&CO/Maverick. (Billboard)

Lil Wayne's beef with Birdman and Universal Music Group just escalated tenfold -- Weezy claims they were in cahoots to screw him out of MILLIONS. Wayne's lawyer, Howard King, filed docs saying the Cash Money honcho and Universal backdated a deal to make it look like it was signed BEFORE Young Money's deal ran out. In docs obtained by TMZ, Wayne's camp says Universal knew that backdating the deals would screw Lil Wayne out of profits from Young Money and the artists signed under his label. As we reported ... Wayne sued Universal claiming UMG advanced Cash Money $100 mil and Wayne never got his cut. But we've now learned Wayne thinks Birdman and Universal were in bed together to squeeze him out. This is just the latest in a legal war between Weezy and Birdman. Weezy sued Birdman back in 2015 for $51 mil because the label violated his deal. (TMZ)

Bob Dylan, Carly Rae Jepsen and More Highlight the Montreal International Jazz Festival. "I am Louis Armstrong," joked legendary bassist Stanley Clarke after introducing his band at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal on Monday (July 3). His irreverence hit on a truth of the festival -- that its jazz is framed as both pilgrimage-worthy and codified, much as it is (fittingly) across the pond and in contrast to the looser and occasionally even flip response the music receives in its native U.S. of A. Cultural differences felt more acute (for this American writer, at least) given that the 10-day fete (June 28 to July 9) included both Canada's 150th anniversary (July 1) and America's 241st (July 4, also known as Louis Armstrong's self-proclaimed birthday). Patriotism of some form or another was nearly inescapable -- a strange subtext when most of the music is American (whether most of its residents choose to claim it or not) and you're in Canada. The festival hardly wants for breadth: its long schedule and dizzying array of venues offer something for quite literally everyone, from hip-hop fans (Anderson Paak and Joey Bada$$) to salseros (Gipsy Kings) to those looking for a classic big band (the reprised Cab Calloway Orchestra, participating in a battle of the bands of all things). An app helps festivalgoers decipher exactly what is happening where, though most of the larger concerts require ticket purchases in advance. Shows all start exactly on time, there are never lines, and you are usually seated in a symphony-style theater, assigned to a place where you must sit, facing the stage. This is in pretty stark contrast to most American festivals, which even when well run, tend to rely on an air of chaos that ideally produces unrepeatable spontaneity (think the unannounced guests at Coachella or Summer Jam, or the jam sessions after the Detroit Jazz Festival). Worst case, that chaos devolves into catastrophe (the Fyre Festival being an extreme example). In Montreal, though, even what appears to be spontaneous is actually orchestrated. A quick glance at the schedule tells you that the brass band weaving its way through the rainy street performing Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" and Future's "Mask Off" is the Urban Science Brass Band, slotted each day at 5 p.m. to add a little New Orleans-style flair. The special guests are announced, if they exist, as with John Pizzarelli's polished series of tributes to jazz greats featuring Catherine Russell, Daniel Jobim, and Jessica Molaskey. A "Discotheque" tribute to Canadian music on Canada Day was an impeccably executed medley of Canadian hits featuring back-up dancers, confetti, and glow-sticks -- the music included a cameo by Len, who performed his 1999 hit "Steal My Sunshine," Men Without Hats ("Safety Dance") and squeaky-clean covers of both Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and The Weeknd's "Earned It' (curiously enough, no Drake). No minute or song was unaccounted for or left audiences waiting, which meant perfect timing for the downpour that accompanied Carly Rae Jepsen's cameo ("Run Away With Me" and "Call Me Maybe," naturally). Insofar as music can be divorced from atmosphere, it was exceptional. Dynamic contemporary jazz artists like Kendrick Scott and Ambrose Akinmusire overcame the staidness of the large theaters they were housed in, which came complete with larger audiences than they can't always draw across the border. U.K./South Africa group Shabaka and the Ancestors shook up the house with a typically rousing set, offering a flash of what jazz -- in its most global state -- is becoming, while maintaining a lifeline to what it's always been. Good time grooves could be found with the (both ecclesiastically-titled) Sammy Miller & the Congregation and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles. International ensemble Bokante (which features members of Snarky Puppy) offered a bit more depth from the same danceable well. The festival's concert hall-centric setting was best served by Colin Stetson's awe-inspiring solo performance -- his cinematic, fluid, and lush compositions filling every corner of the Maison symphonique. One of the festival's largest concerts came from an American legend Bob Dylan, whose performance took place in the Centre Bell (home of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team). As gruff as ever, Dylan still readily played nothing but the hits, reprising the same tunes that have been in his repertoire for 50 years with roughly the same amount of enthusiasm he's had all along. By the time he got to "Autumn Leaves." he was positively crooning, chrome mic stand held at a rakish angle as he offered a reverent rendition of the standard. It was a performance in line with the Nobel Prize winner's most recent albums Triplicate and Shadows In the Night, both tributes to American classics. (Billboard)


How The Vulture Became the Villain 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Needed. Michael Keaton steps into the shoes of Adrian Toomes, one of the first bad guys Spidey fought in the comic books. Adrian Toomes is an old man with a bad attitude. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Toomes, better known as the Vulture, first appeared in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #2 and was the second supervillain Spider-Man fought while he was still getting his feet wet during the Silver Age of comics. Since their first showdown, the Vulture has grown into one of Spidey's key antagonists. He's a founding member of the Sinister Six supervillain super group and is the central villain in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming film. Not bad for a guy who looks like he should be using a walker and some Bengay when he's out of costume. Despite his frail looks, the Vulture is unquestionably deadly. Prior to turning to a life of crime, Toomes was a brilliant engineer who developed a specialized harness that gave him the gift of flight and precise maneuverability. The device also augments Toomes' strength. Toomes originally wanted to sell his invention, but he turned to a life of crime after he was betrayed by his business partner, Gregory Bestman. The Vulture's aerial abilities are directly responsible for a key part of Peter Parker/Spider-Man's biography. In the Vulture's first appearance, the Daily Bugle newspaper calls on anyone who can get a photo of New York's newest supervillain. To earn some extra cash, Peter decides to leverage his web-slinging abilities to snap some pics of the Vulture mid-flight, leading to his long-standing arrangement as a Bugle freelance photographer. While a number of creators have tackled the Vulture across all media over the years, nobody made him as compelling as Roger Stern, who wrote a number of Amazing and Spectacular Spider-Man issues in the early '80s. Stern has long maintained that the Vulture is the perfect antagonist for Spider-Man: "It's old age and sneakiness versus youth and determination." As a result, Stern provided Toomes with an origin story more than 20 years after the character was first introduced, while also adding a more personal touch to the Spider-Man/Vulture feud by having the villain interact with Peter's Aunt May and her geriatric boyfriend, Nathan Lubensky. Beyond Toomes, a number of others have taken on the mantel of the Vulture at various points in Spider-Man history. Blackie Drago, a cellmate of Toomes' in prison, enjoyed a short stint as the Vulture in the mid-'60s when he stole the original's costume and harness. A third Vulture briefly appeared in a 1973 issue of Amazing when Empire State University professor Clifton Shallot went mad and experimented on himself, turning him into a supervillain. During the "Brand New Day" era of Amazing Spider-Manin the late 2000s, a totally different kind of Vulture was created by Mark Waid and Mike McKone: Jimmy Natale was a lowly Maggia crime family goon who underwent a horrible experiment and was transformed into a grotesque half-vulture creature that could barely speak and who vomited acid into people's faces. Talk about heartburn. Years before the villain would make his big-screen debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Vulture was the rumored big bad in the unmade Spider-Man 4. John Malkovich, who was also in the mix to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin for the first Spider-Man film a decade earlier, would eventually confirm that he had signed on to play the Vulture, expressing disappointment that it never came to fruition. (Hollywood Reporter)

Wanda Film Eyes Further Acquisitions, Reports Higher First-Half Profit. The Chinese conglomerate, headed by billionaire Wang Jianlin, sparked speculation in industry circles this week as trading in its film arm's stock was suspended pending the acquisition of "film-related assets." Despite lackluster growth at the Chinese box office, Beijing-based conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group reported a solid uptick in operating income at its film unit during the first half of 2017. Wanda Film Holding Co., formerly known as Wanda Cinema Line, reported operating income of 6.65 billion yuan ($980.1 million) from January to June, an increase of 16 percent over the year-ago period. Wanda Film contains Wanda Group's Chinese movie theater circuit and other film-related entities, such as film merchandising company Mtime, which the conglomerate acquired for $350 million last year. U.S.-based Legendary Entertainment and several of Wanda's local Chinese movie businesses are not housed within the unit, however -- although Wanda has stated that it hopes to eventually consolidate its film assets into the publicly traded entity. A brief earnings report released by the company to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Monday stated that Wanda Film currently operates 445 cinemas in China, with a total of 4,000 screens. The total gives Wanda just under a 10 percent share of China's total screen count. According to the country's media regulator, China now has 47,000 screens versus nearly 41,000 in the U.S. In a separate filing Thursday, Dalian Wanda Group said first-half revenue surged 12 percent across the group as a whole. The property developer turned global entertainment powerhouse, headed by Wang Jianlin, one of China's richest individuals, said January to June revenue reached 134.85 billion yuan ($19.8 billion), exceeding internal targets. The company does not provide profit figures for its privately held business units. The conglomerate's culture industry group -- which includes publicly traded Wanda Film, domestic Chinese film production and distribution businesses, Legendary Entertainment and AMC Entertainment in the U.S., along with British yacht maker Sunseeker and other assets -- reported a revenue increase of 5.9 percent to 30.8 billion yuan. The revenue gains were strongest in Wanda's financial group -- another area of investment and expansion -- where revenue rose 46.8 percent to 20.6 billion yuan. Wanda has been one of China's most internationally acquisitive private businesses, snapping up entertainment, sports and tourism assets around the world. The heavy spending has attracted the notice of Beijing regulators, who asked local banks to assess their exposure to the recent borrowing by Wanda, Fosun and other Chinese giants. Wanda appears to have lost little of its appetite for expansion, however. Earlier this week, Wanda Film shares were suspended from trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, pending "plans to acquire film-related assets." (Hollywood Reporter)

Pixar's 'Coco' to World Premiere at Mexico's Morelia Fest. The Day of the Dead-themed toon features the voice talents of Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal. Pixar's latest animated picture Coco will aptly make its world premiere in Morelia, a Mexican city famous for its Day of the Dead celebrations. The movie is set to open the Morelia International Film Festival on Oct. 20, several weeks ahead of Day of the Dead festivities. Among the voice talent in the Mexico-set Coco is Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), who's touring documentary film festival Ambulante collaborates with the Morelia Film Festival. Garcia Bernal also makes Mexican feature films with producing partner Diego Luna (Rogue One) under the Canana Films banner. Edward James Olmos and Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers) also voice roles in the Pixar film, a comedy about a boy who journeys to the land of the dead. Oscar winner Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) co-directed and co-wrote Coco with Adrian Molina (Monsters University). The filmmakers visited the colonial city of Morelia to do research for the film. "Coco is the first Pixar movie inspired by the lovely people, the beautiful traditions and the culture of Mexico, so we are honored to have the opportunity to launch it there first," said Molina. Morelia, one of Mexico's top film festivals, is set to run Oct. 20-29. Competition titles will be announced later. (Hollywood Reporter)


Once Upon a Time Beefs Up Season 7 Cast With 5 Fresh Faces. Once Upon a Time just got a healthy increase in girl power! E! News can confirm that the ABC fairy tale fantasy is adding five fresh faces into the mix for its upcoming slightly-rebooted seventh season. While exactly who they're playing is being kept under wraps for the time being, the newcomers include Burn Notice vet Gabrielle Anwar and Devious Maids alum Dania Ramirez (both in series regular roles), as well as Reign star Adelaide Kane, Chicago Med vet Mekia Cox and English actress Rose Reynolds in recurring roles. TVLine first reported the news. The casting comes after OUAT shed nearly all of its main cast as season six came to its conclusion. Mainstays Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Jared Gilmore and Rebecca Mader were all dropped from the series, with Morrison promising she'll return for at least one episode in the upcoming season. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O'Donoghue, however, will stay put. The season six finale introduced a grown-up Henry Mills (originally played by Gilmore, now played by Andrew J. West) and his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez), echoing the series' genesis, with Henry assuming his mother's role as the Savior who's forgotten all about magic and his child. The official logline for the new storyline reveals that "the residents of the Enchanted Forest face their greatest challenge yet" as Parrilla's Evil Queen, O'Donoghue's Captain Hook and Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin team up with Henry and Lucy "on an epic quest to once again bring hope to their world and ours. Along the way, fairy tale characters new and old search for true love, find adventure and once again take sides in the struggle of good against evil, as classic tales are once more twisted and reimagined." Are you looking forward to OUAT's infusion of new blood? Any early guesses on who they might be playing? Once Upon a Time moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. this fall on ABC. A premiere date has yet to be announced. (Eonline)

Little Women Adaptation to Bring Angela Lansbury Back to TV. The March sisters are coming to TV -- and their bringing some iconic faces back to the small screen along with them. PBS has announced the cast of Little Women, their upcoming three-part Masterpiece adaptation of the beloved Lousia May Alcott novel, a co-production with BBC One, and it includes Jessica Fletcher herself, Dame Angela Lansbury! The Murder, She Wrote vet will play the girls' wealthy relative, the cantankerous Aunt March. Stepping into the role of Marmee, the matriarch of the March family, is Emily Watson. And if that wasn't enough star power, Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon, will take on the role of their benevolent neighbor, Mr. Laurence. As for the girls themselves, they'll be played by a quartet of up-and-coming actresses -- two of whom are so up-and-coming, E! News couldn't even find photos of them! Newcomer Maya Hawkes will take on the role of the willful and adventurous Jo, while Willa Fitzgerald will play eldest sister Meg. Annes Elwy will play Beth and Big Little Lies vet Kathryn Newton will step into the role of youngest sister Amy. Rounding out the cast is Jonah Hauer-King, who will appear charming boy-next-door Laurie Laurence. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, Little Women follows the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Production on the mini-series begins this month in Ireland. Little Women will premiere on Masterpiece on PBS later this year. (Eonline)

Therapy helped Naomi Watts with her new Netflix role. "Gypsy," Netflix's 10-part psychological thriller, which you can watch now, was celebrated in Ian Schrager's stunning new hotel Public. With a party rooftop overlooking old Chrystie Street, Public is very "in," very today and attracts a young, hip crowd. So with-it they're almost without. Dresses so mini, their wearers could've had on-site gynecology exams. The series stars Billy Crudup and Naomi Watts. Watts: "We shot in Brooklyn. I play a Manhattan behavioral therapist -- not a psychiatrist -- and she's having wrong relationships with her patients' people. "I researched the role, but I understood the concept. Like everyone, I've been in situations before and have used therapy. What you do is you learn to know about controlling negative thoughts. "Now that we finished earlier this year and I've just completed work for a while, I'm going to enjoy the summer. Do the beach. Take my children on a trip. "Also I'm just back from Prague, where I filmed the movie 'Ophelia.' It's the female's version of the story of Hamlet told from a hidden love perspective. All seen through the eyes of Ophelia, it's all about her forbidden love." Now with all of this blabbing about poor Danish Hamlet, who's already been an opera, and his being translated into French, Japanese, Hebrew, and recently had an off-Broadway adaptation in some other manifestation, you can forget poor Yorick. None of us will soon recognize the guy. (PageSix)

Juliette Confronts Avery About Their Relationship in 'Nashville' Sneak Peek. Relationships are tested in Nashville's Thursday, July 6, episode, as seen in a new sneak peek. In the clip, on-and-off loves Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) are in a tension-filled moment as he tells her, "This is something that's been building in me for a long time now." A distraught looking Juliette asks, "What about us?" Later, an angry fan confronts Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and declares, "You and Gunnar were so perfect," to which the singer/songwriter responds: "No we weren't." Clearly, the woman disagrees as she shouts: "You ruined everything!" Meanwhile, Will (Chris Carmack) demands answers after he discovers that Zach (Cameron Scoggins) has two cellphones. Instead of a simple explanation, Zach pleads, "I want you to let me explain." Unsatisfied, Will asks, "Who are you, Zach?" One of the CMT show's stars, Kaitlin Doubleday, recently spoke with Us Weekly exclusively about her own character's romantic fate on the current season. When asked if she sees potential for a relationship to blossom between her character, Jessie, and Charles Esten's Deacon following the death of Rayna (Connie Britton), Doubleday admitted that she's pondered the idea. "I think that it that could blossom," Doubleday told Us in June, adding that both characters are in need of support. "I was even thinking about this, like, if they even do end up together somehow, how sad is it for Jessie that she's going to fall in love with a guy who's literally been obsessed with the same woman -- who just tragically died -- for 35 years. Like, that would be so depressing!" Nashville airs on CMT Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)

Margaret Atwood wants Drake to star in a second series of The Handmaid's Tale. She has his role all figured out... Resident 'hygge' expert, winter enthusiast ?? ?? and crime doc lover. We've already been promised great things for the second season of The Handmaid's Tale - darker twists, a bigger role for Alexis Bledel's character Offglen and more rebellion from the show's protagonist, Offred. However, for the author Margaret Atwood, that simply isn't enough. What she really wants to see is a cameo by Drake and we're totally on board. In a recent interview with the Boston Review, the Canadian author was asked if she had ever met the rapper after the interviewer (who happened to be award-winning author, Junot Diaz) pointed out that they were Canada's "two global superstars." Her answer was pretty epic... "I haven't met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake," said the 77-year-old writer... Wouldn't it be fun for him to have a cameo in season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale?" Yes Margaret, that would be SO MUCH FUN! And if you're wondering what exactly his role would be, she's got it all figured out... "There you have it. I'll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?" she said. Something tells us Drake would be a great smuggler. Plus, we already know he loves "saving women" so what are they waiting for? Let's find out if he still has those acting skills we all saw in Degrassi: The Next Generation. The release date for the second season of The Handmaid's Tale is yet to be released. (British Glamour)

Kenya Moore's facing an impossible situation -- put her extremely reluctant husband on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' or get fired from the show. Production sources tell us, producers have told Kenya the only way she'll survive on the show is if they can chronicle her relationship with husband Marc Daly. The problem ... former banker Marc doesn't want on the show, because he has big problems with the way 'RHOA' portrays black men. We're told Kenya has argued the show hired her, not her husband. There's no mention of him in her contract. What's more, she told producers she's waited 46 years for a loving relationship which she now has, and doesn't want to jeopardize it. Our sources say her plea has fallen on deaf ears. We're told producers have essentially given her an ultimatum -- either get Marc on the show or she'll be phased out. There's one other complication. We know Kenya wants to get pregnant and is undergoing IVF treatments, and stress decreases the likelihood of success. And she's made it clear ... she's stressed out. Kenya Moore's facing an impossible situation -- put her extremely reluctant husband on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' or get fired from the show. Production sources tell us, producers have told Kenya the only way she'll survive on the show is if they can chronicle her relationship with husband Marc Daly. The problem ... former banker Marc doesn't want on the show, because he has big problems with the way 'RHOA' portrays black men. We're told Kenya has argued the show hired her, not her husband. There's no mention of him in her contract. What's more, she told producers she's waited 46 years for a loving relationship which she now has, and doesn't want to jeopardize it. Our sources say her plea has fallen on deaf ears. We're told producers have essentially given her an ultimatum -- either get Marc on the show or she'll be phased out. There's one other complication. We know Kenya wants to get pregnant and is undergoing IVF treatments, and stress decreases the likelihood of success. And she's made it clear ... she's stressed out. (TMZ)

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy's tumultuous relationship took a dark turn in January, when he was arrested on stalking and harassment charges after allegedly threatening the Skinnygirl mogul at their daughter's school. But although the drama was playing out in the media at the time, Frankel, 46, kept much of the battle private from her Real Housewives of New York City cast -- until Wednesday's episode, that is, when Frankel's BFF Carole Radziwill opened up about her friend's struggles to costar Dorinda Medley. The conversation was prompted by Hoppy's arrest, news of which had just hit the press as the cast filmed their ski mountain getaway in Vermont. "Something major happened this weekend with [Hoppy]," Radziwill told Medley while scrolling through her phone. "I can't believe it's in [the press] though. She's going to die. She won't admit this, but she's a little more sensitive. It's pretty major, and it's a game-changer." Radziwill then read the news of Hoppy's arrest -- prompting Medley to ask, "Has he lost his mind? No wonder she's so upset." As PEOPLE reported at the time, Hoppy, 46, had sent numerous emails and FaceTime calls numbering in the hundreds after a cease and desist letter was sent on Nov. 22, 2016. On Friday, Jan. 27, he then approached Frankel and a friend at 6-year-old Bryn's school at around 8:15 a.m., and tried to provoke a fight, saying, " 'I will destroy you, you can get all the lawyers you want, you've been warned,' " an NYPD spokesperson told PEOPLE. Hours later, Hoppy was arrested and charged with harassment in the first degree and stalking in the fourth degree. A restraining order against him was also issued by a judge at his arraignment. In June, Hoppy was arraigned on additional charges -- including one count of stalking in the third degree, another count of stalking in the fourth degree and some additional conduct. He has denied all charges and even rejected a plea offer in March. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 8 for a decision on motions. Taking it all in on Wednesday's episode, Radziwill praised Frankel for being strong during their long divorce -- but told Medley that Frankel's strength and appearance of calm can often be misinterpreted. "She's not as tough as she appears. She's been in a really ugly relationship with her ex for years," Radziwill said. "What he's doing is not just annoying her. It's systematic harassing, stalking, bullying." Radziwill gave examples of behavior she claimed to have seen first-hand from Hoppy. "He text messages her stuff: 'You're old, ugly, and irrelevant,' " Radziwill said. "He gaslights her. He's like, 'Oh, we know you're not interested in being a mother.' And I spend a lot of time with Bethenny when Bryn is there. She is with her -- they are like that. She doesn't say a single word negative about him." (Hoppy's attorney did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.) Frankel and Hoppy, who married in March 2010 and announced their split in December 2012, finalized their divorce in July 2016 -- but Radziwill said that only increased Hoppy's allegedly inappropriate behavior. "It was weird because after the settlement she thought it would go away," Radziwill said. "It escalated. ... He won't let up." "I really don't understand how she holds it all together. Work, Bryn, and now this? It sounds like a crazy situation," Medley said. "It's disgraceful. ... What is wrong with him? It's so disgusting." The Bravo host plays a 'Housewives'-themed round of Plead the Fifth So how exactly was Frankel handling things? As RHONY viewers saw, she appeared to just be shutting down and fading into the back. "Usually when something crazy or scandalous or big happens with me, instantly I start seeing Google Alerts. And then all of a sudden, the word is out. And so I'm having a little bit of anxiety," Frankel confessed to viewers. "I feel like a zombie. I don't know how this group is going to react to something like this. For all I know they'll be negative. I don't want to deal with it and I don't want to share it with a lot of them. I don't trust some of the people here." Snowboarding helped -- as it allowed Frankel to feel "present" and "in the moment." She expressed: "I feel liberated and free. This is exactly what I need. It could not have come at a better time. I'm just living in the moment." But Radziwill knew something was wrong, and approached Frankel to see how she was doing. "Just so you know, I confided with Dorinda about some of the stuff that happened this weekend," Radziwill said. "I kept it vague -- I didn't want to go into anything specific about some of the stuff. But I was a little specific about some of the stuff I saw: the FaceTiming, the texts, the constant emails about nothing ... " "It's crazy," Frankel said. "It's blown up. I've gotten 10,000 texts, I haven't responded to one person." "It doesn't matter to me if someone knows or doesn't know. It's so beyond gossip -- it's beyond anything," she said. "I just want to feel some freedom and some normalcy. Just some relief." The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

'Game of Thrones': Hodor Returns To Hold Doors and Take Orders in New KFC Commercial. "Chicken with fries, please!" doesn't quite have the same ring as "hold the door," but the food-forward phrase nevertheless haunts erstwhile Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn's waking nightmare in a new commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken. The video features the man who once played Hodor, the loyal House Stark servant with a heart of gold and a vocabulary of one, now occupying a new role: taking orders at the local KFC. A bevy of customers walk through the door at noon sharp, all demanding the same order: "Chicken with fries, please!" The moment becomes all the more overwhelming as those words swirl throughout the occasional Hodor's mind, eventually racing out of his own mouth, and even later combining into... well, it's not a word that's as iconic as "Hodor," but it gets the job done. Nairn starred as Hodor on five seasons of Game of Thrones, completely absent from season five thanks to the decision to put the Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) story on ice for a year. When Bran and Hodor returned in season six, it was with one of the most devastating twists in the show's history. Bran, who had been learning how to harness his magical abilities at the knee of the mystical Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), traveled back in time and unwittingly chicken-and-fried a younger version of Hodor's brain by linking it with the present day Hodor, who was in the process of getting torn apart by weights as he enacted his final order: "Hold the door!" "I think now it has nostalgia," Nairn told The Hollywood Reporter about the new meaning of the word "Hodor," in an interview conducted shortly after the character's on-screen demise. "Of all the meanings it's had in the past... it's meant so many things to Hodor, and so many things to everybody else. Now, knowing what it means for real, I think people will hold onto Hodor as a multi-function word. I certainly will still use it that way." (Hollywood Reporter)

'Hawaii Five-0' Star Exits Spark Asian-American Concern: "Racial Hierarchy" Remains "Intact." Members of Hollywood's small but vocal Asian-American community are speaking out in support of former Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who have left the series after failed contract negotiations with CBS and CBS Television Studios. "Unfortunately, the racial hierarchy established in the original 1968-1980 series remained intact in the 2010 reboot: Two white stars on top, two Asian/Pacific Islander stars on bottom," Guy Aoki, founding president of Media Action Network for Asian Americans, wrote in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Kim and Park's departures broke Friday before the Independence Day holiday, with sources confirming to THR that Kim and Park had requested and been denied pay equity alongside fellow original cast members Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. In a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, Kim noted that he based his decision to leave on the inability to reach an agreement on a new contract, and added, "The path to equality is rarely easy." Sources say that Kim and Park asked to be compensated on par with leads O'Loughlin and Caan, who also receive a cut of the series' back-end profit. "The studio apparently didn't think the two Asian leads were quite as worthwhile as the two white dudes," wrote Phil Yu of the influential blog Angry Asian Man. "This behind-the-scenes drama over pay equality demonstrates that the studio values, quite literally, the show's white actors over its Asian ones. They're not even pretending anymore, in the most basic way, that this show doesn't put its white stars at the center." In January, Hawaii 5-0 lost series regular Masi Oka, who also had been on the procedural since the first season. The Hawaii-set drama will have no Asian American stars for its eighth season. "Is it suspicious that all the Asian leads in Hawaii Five-0 left this year, and what does this say about racial and gender bias on actor salaries?" wrote Anderson Le of You Offend Me You Offend My Family, the Asian-American pop culture site he founded alongside filmmaker Justin Lin. "It's a huge blunder in this day and age. Does CBS not realize how badly this looks?" says actor and director Chris Tashima, who won an Oscar for best live-action short in 1998 and has known Kim for years. "These are issues we've always been fighting. I'm waiting for the class-action lawsuit on racial discrimination because it's that blatant. I'm curious: Is Scott Caan making the same as Alex O'Loughlin? If he is, [the show's] not McGarrett [the name of O'Loughlin's character], it's Five-0. There's absolutely no reason why it should not be treated as an ensemble piece in every respect." Others in Hollywood have tweeted their reactions to the story, whose latest development saw CBS issue a statement Wednesday afternoon calling its salary raise offers to Kim and Park "large and significant."" (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS Responds to Hawaii Five-0 Exits Amid Reported Salary Disputes: "We Tried Very Hard to Keep Them." Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park's exits from Hawaii Five-0 continue to make waves. After CBS announced the two original cast members would be departing ahead of the upcoming season eight, reports surfaced it was over a failed contract renegotiation with the actors attempting to reach salary equality with costars Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin. Kim addressed the issue with a Facebook post. "I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue," Kim said in a detailed Facebook post. Kim thanked fans and producers on the show and said he will miss his character, Chin Ho Kelly, because "as an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well-developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho." "I'll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy," he said. CBS responded to Kim's post and the reports in a new statement. "Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons," the network said in a statement. "We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future." At the time their exits were announced, both CBS and showrunner Peter M. Lenkov praised Kim and Park. "I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I'd want to play Chin Ho Kelly," Lenkov said in a statement when the exits were announced. "Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of Hawaii Five-0 over the past seven seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him. Grace's presence gave Hawaii Five-0 a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from Day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best." Next up for Kim is ABC's The Good Doctor where he's an executive producer. Park will reunite with her Battlestar Galactica costars at Comic-Con this summer. Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on Friday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on CBS. The whereabouts of the departed characters will be revealed then. (Eonline)

CCTV, Channel One to Launch Network With Russian Content in China. Katusha will air Russian movies, documentaries and TV shows with Chinese subtitles. Russia's largest state-run TV network Channel One and China Central Television (CCTV) have agreed to launch Katusha, a TV network with Russian content for Chinese audiences, Channel One said Thursday. Katusha will feature cultural, educational, scientific and historical shows related to Russia, as well as movies and documentaries, which will be aired in Russian with Chinese subtitles. The only programming immediately unveiled as being featured on the channel is reality TV show Ice Age, which is similar to Dancing With the Stars and pairs professional ice skaters with celebrities. The show caused some controversy last year. Katusha will primarily target Chinese audiences, and the network will be allowed to run commercials from Russian companies, which, Channel One hopes, will attract Russian companies working in the Chinese market or planning to enter it as advertisers, the network said. Alexei Yefimov, general director of Channel One. Global Network, the Russian network's subsidiary in charge of developing Katusha, was quoted by Russian business daily Vedomosti as saying that Katusha will be the first foreign-owned network in China to be issued a license for local viewers. It is set to be launched before the end of the year under an agreement between the two countries' governments. Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to launch a Russian content TV network in China several years ago, but negotiations about the specifics took a while, eventually resulting in the signing of an agreement in Moscow this week. In Russia, CCTV's Russian-language network is already available. The launch of Katusha comes at a time when the two countries have been looking to collaborate more closely in the area of media and entertainment. Putin and Xi met in Moscow earlier this week to discuss boosting ties between the two countries. Since Russia's relations with the West soured three years ago over Crimea and Ukraine, Russia has sought better ties with China. (Hollywood Reporter)

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