Disney Channel Star Mollee Gray Weds Jeka Jane in South Lake Tahoe Ceremony. Former So You Think You Can Dance competitor and Disney channel star Mollee Gray is officially a Mrs. The actress married dancer and choreographer Jeka Jane on Saturday at the Landing Spa and Resort in South Lake Tahoe, California. "Our wedding day couldn't have been more magical," Gray, 26, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "The love we received from all of our family and friends was remarkable, and we feel so grateful. We can't wait to experience this life as the new HERsband and wife." For her walk down the aisle, Gray- who starred in 2013's Teen Beach Movie and its sequel-wore a strapless, sweetheart-neckline Hayley Paige "Londyn" original. "[Paige] has always been one of my favorite designers and when I saw this dress-before I even tried it on-I cried," Gray says. "This was also the very first dress I tried on, and right in that moment I knew it was the one." Gray's loose, soft waes were created by Paige Pucci, and her make-up was done by Allison Noelle. Jane wore a suit by Topman with a Louis Vuitton belt and Cole Haan shoes. Gray carried a bouquet of petunias-in remembrance of her late grandmother-by The Flower Studio L.A., while Jane wore a calla lily boutonniere in honor of her own passed grandmother. At the reception, guests enjoyed a four-tiered spiced pumpkin mouse and cream cheese-filled cake covered in white fondant icing by Flour Girl Wedding Cakes-another tribute, this time to Gray's mother, who chose the same filling for her wedding to the star's father. Jane also surprised her bride with a special dance to "Why I Love You" by Major-one of many special moments captured by photographer Monique Sady. Gray's fellow SYTYCD alum Noelle Marsh severed in the wedding party, while other celebrity attendees included The Magicians actress Brittany Curran and The Fosters actress Maia Mitchell. Jane and Gray were engaged in April 2016, when the former rented out North Hollywood's Republic of Pie restaurant to propose. Saturday's nuptials also marked the couple's four year anniversary. Says Jane, "... and so our adventure begins." (People)

Bad Company drummer weds wife for second time this year. Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke wed Maria Figueredo at a private estate in Southampton on Saturday -- for the second time this year. Former Hall & Oates guitarist and "Saturday Night Live" musical director G.E. Smith performed in front of 100 guests, including former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Victoria's Secret model Frederique van der Wal and "The Sopranos" star Federico Castelluccio. Kirke and Figueredo were first married in England -- where Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood served as best man -- earlier this year. We hear the pair met in 2015 when Kirke -- father of stars Jemima, Lola and Domino with ex-wife, Lorraine -- came into the Cutting Room and noticed Figueredo working as a hostess. (PageSix)

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd have moved in together. Yep, it's getting serious guys. It looks like Selena Gomez and beau Abel, aka The Weeknd, are getting even more serious. According to Entertainment Tonight the couple have moved into an apartment in NYC's Greenwich Village. However the move is said to only be temporary. Selena is currently filming a yet-to-be-titled Woody Allen project in the city and the Weeknd is on tour. The source says the move is "a big deal" for Gomez as she typically stays in hotels when working on projects but, although LA is still her home, she's "definitely immersing" herself into the "nitty gritty of New York." The couples rented apartment is said to be "a low-rise luxury building in the heart of the Village" which features 11.6 ft. high ceilings, Juliette glass balconies and English kitchens. Reportedly it's costing around $16,000 a month. Sure. Speaking on Ryan Seacrest's TV show back in June, Selena revealed the reason why she decided to confirm her relationship with The Weeknd: "It's really hard when I would want to spend so much time hiding things. It's too much pressure, and I think everyone gets over everything eventually. I just want to be happy. If that's me just being myself, then I don't really care." Selena also opened up about putting herself and her relationships first, over her career: "I've been doing this for so long and I needed a second to breathe. When I did that, I came back and I had it for a while, and I think it's safe to say I feel like I have a whole album put together at this point. I wanted to make sure my life was balanced and happy and healthy first." Good for you girl! After all she did look extremely happy next to her man that night, didn't she? Let's throwback to some of their cutest moments so far... Selena and The Weeknd strutted up the stairs of the Met Gala hand-in-hand posing for photographers and basically loving life. The couple had recently partied at Coachella together and Selena posted a candid selfie on her Instagram feed. When Abel took to Instagram to share a caption less shot of the couple all loved-up. That time when The Weeknd performed in Brazil and Selena was adorably gazing at him from backstage: And after in the streets of Argentina where they were all smiles posing for the paps: It's believed the couple first met at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Selena Gomez's last long-term relationship was with Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd previously dated supermodel Bella Hadid for over one year. (British Glamour)

Demi Lovato has sparked rumors of a new romance with Lauren Abedini, a Los Angeles-based DJ who goes by the stage name Kittens. The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer was spotted holding hands with Abedini, as well as wrapping her arm around her, at Disneyland over the weekend, causing fans to speculate that they could be dating. Neither Lovato's nor Abedini's reps immediately returned Page Six's requests for comment. Lovato has never confirmed her sexuality but chose to play coy when asked whether her single, "Cool for the Summer," is about experimenting with women given its lyrics. "Take me down into your paradise / Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type," are just some sample lyrics from the song, as is "Got a taste for the cherry / I just need to take a bite" and "Tell me what you want, what you like, it's OK / I'm a little curious, too." "I'm not confirming and I'm definitely not denying," she told the Huffington Post. "All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don't think there's anything wrong with experimentation at all." (Page Six)

Jessica Biel Vents About Her Son Silas' Terrible Twos but Admits "It's Not All Terrible." Parenting a two year old isn't exactly Seventh Heaven for Jessica Biel. The actress stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote her new show The Sinner and started talking about raising her young tot Silas. When Stephen Colbert asked Biel how many of her home's surfaces were covered in "what you hope is chocolate," Biel said, "Every square inch." "And if it's not the hopeful chocolate, it's stickers, and Play-Doh, and gak, and crumbs and who knows," she continued. "Everything is covered with everything." Biel confirmed to Colbert that she and her husband Justin Timberlake are in the middle of their son's terrible twos. She talked about the things she has to "pry out of his little slimy hand," like tiny toy figures, to avoid having him choke or poke himself in the middle of the night. Because if there's one thing this mom doesn't want, it's for her son to be woken up at night. "God forbid they wake up in the middle of the night," Biel told the host. "You know, if you wake my kid up in the middle of the night by accident, you're dead to me." Colbert joked that it was likely her singer spouse and his friends who were causing any late-night noise. "That's right," Biel jested. "Not my friends. My friends are quiet, demure, modest. He's a wild musician." However, the actress had nice things to say about her little one, too. "I mean, listen: It's not all terrible, by the way," she told Colbert. "He's like the greatest of all time. Now, I'm feeling really bad. He's cute. He's funny." But if Biel and Timberlake are struggling now, just wait until next year when their son turns three. "For me, this is terrible, but I've heard so much about the 'three-teens,'" Biel said. "The three-year-olds are called the 'three-teens' because they're so insane that they're just like having tiny teenagers, which is way worse than having big teenagers, I think." Thankfully, Biel and her husband have a place where all parents can go to get a little relief. The two are co-owners of a restaurant called Au Fudge in Los Angeles, a name Biel said was inspired by the facts that parents "don't get to say the fun words anymore" once they have kids. At the restaurant, parents can order food or drinks while the kids enjoy the restaurant's "creative space" and spend time with the establishment's au pair. Silas' birth was announced in April 2015, and the "SexyBack" singer confirmed that his wife was pregnant in January of that year. Biel previously told E! News that having a child actually helped her prepare for her role in The Sinner, in which she plays a woman who murders a man during a family beach day for unclear reasons. "[It's] easier in the sense that I truly understand what it means to have a child, what the history of that looks like," she said at the show's premiere event in New York. "You know, the actual process of it. And then what it means to be a parent. So, playing a person who commits a crime like this and then has to really deal with the repercussions of how does that look like for her family unit -- that I really understand and I feel very connected to that idea." The show, which Biel also produced, is on USA Network. (Eonline)

Dove Cameron Offers Heartfelt Advice to a Sad Fan in Need. Dove Cameron is not immune to struggles with her mental health. That's why when one fan reached out in need of some thoughtful advice, the Disney Channel star decided to outline the steps she takes to combat depression and anxiety with her almost 14 million Instagram followers. "Wrote this as a reply to one of my sweet fans, and realized it might be helpful for more than one human today. i love you all," Cameron, 21, shared on Monday evening. When Dove is feeling down, she said it "always" helps to let yourself cry, change into a comfy outfit and eat a nourishing meal. She also recommends to unplug from social media, get a good night's rest and spend time outside. In Cameron's words, "So much of your sadness (you will find) comes from isolation... we, as a society, don't realize how isolated we have become from one another... it causes depression and anxiety and leads to a lifetime of loneliness." "And we don't even release," the Descendants actress continued, "because everyone is going through it!" Above all else, Dove encouraged the fan to "talk to people as much as you can. Family and friends included... You'll find that your brain will start to lace itself back together over time." Cameron has openly discussed her battle with anxiety before, and in a recent interview with Just Jared Jr., elaborated on how she overcame the "craziest childhood imaginable." The celeb explained, "It was so dark. So because of that, the light in my life has become a medication for that." "And it was like I refused to have that darkness in my life anymore," Cameron continued. "Because I knew what it was like to go to the darkest possible place. And because of that, you get really clear on what matters and what doesn't. That's been such a blessing." Round of applause for Dove, whose outlook on self-care is equal parts refreshing and admirable! (Eonline)

Angelina Jolie Says She'd "Love" for Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Her Children to Work In Hollywood. Angelina Jolie hopes to see at least one of her six children pursue show biz. E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with the A-list movie star at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her upcoming film, First They Killed My Father, which 16-year-old son Maddox Jolie-Pitt executive produced. Maddox and little brother Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, (who were adopted from Cambodia and Vietnam, respectively, by Jolie and Brad Pitt) joined their famous mother on the red carpet for the big event. So is Maddox interested in filmmaking as a profession? Angie sure is hopeful! "Maddox worked hard. It's up to him," she shared. "This [film] is very important to him, but I think so." In March 2002, Angelina picked up 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in Battambang. Years later, the mother-son duo would return to Cambodia to start production on First They Killed My Father, an adaptation of Loung Ung's memoir of the same name. Jolie recently told Vanity Fair of seeing Maddox back in his native country (where he is just as famous as the Oscar winner), "It was a way for him to walk in the steps that most likely his birth parents walked." When Maddox asked Angelina if he and his friends could sleep in the house she bought in 2002, the 42-year-old recalled, "I hadn't heard him refer to it that way. You can't push it. You can't say, 'Isn't this great?' You just have to kind of keep bringing them there, putting it in front of them and hope that they find the pride and find the comfort." Back in conversation with E! News, Jolie also expressed her hopes that Maddox, as well as Pax, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 11, Knox Jolie-Pitt, 9, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 9, might want to collaborate on something creative together in the future. "I might dream," she remarked, "if I am to continue to be in this business I'd love to work with my children if they choose to be in this business." Angelina said she hopes her children pursue passions by their own volition, and the same goes for their interest in social advocacy. "My daughter [Shiloh] has gone to refugee camps," she told us. "Whenever I go on humanitarian trips, they want to go with me. I never force them. I want them to respect people of diversity." First They Killed My Father is in theaters and streaming on Netflix Sept. 15. (Eonline)

Billie Lourd Casually Mentions She Auditioned to Play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Billie Lourd is grateful to have shared screen time with her late mother Carrie Fisher. The 25-year-old actress made her feature film debut in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, playing Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix alongside Fisher's General Leia Organa. When Lourd stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, she spoke about working with her mom in that movie and its upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15). "It was incredible. I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason, and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "It was really incredible for us to get to have that experience together." Lourd lost her mother and grandmother Debbie Reynolds within days of each other in late 2016. As she makes her own mark on the world, the actress said, "I've got a lot of goddesses!" Understandably, Lourd is still grieving their deaths. "It's completely surreal. There's no way to really explain it. It's so hard to talk about. I don't know. If I say that I'm doing good, then I'm too happy. If I say that I'm not doing good, then I'm a mess. So, it's really hard to know what to say about it," she told the talk show host, "because it's just so surreal and impossible to deal with." In addition to her illustrious film career, Reynolds was also a popular actress -- and she would often put Fisher in her act. Might Lourd continue her family's legacy through song? "I'm acting, but I love music, too," the American Horror Story: Cult star said. "Someday I'll hopefully develop the cajones -- is that the appropriate word to say on Ellen? I know I can't use the other word. If I develop the cajones to do music, I will someday. For now, I'm really digging this acting thing." Based on their own experiences in the industry, neither of Lourd's parents were too keen on their daughter getting into show business. But everything changed after Lourd received a single phone call. "J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn't find someone for the lead. He ended up finding Daisy Ridley, who's an incredible actress -- so talented! But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines," she said. "I was super excited. I didn't know what was going to happen and ended up going and fell in love with it. I was weirdly singing Jersey Boys on set and really comfortable. I came home and my mom said, 'This is really weird that you're comfortable here; this is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. If you're comfortable here, you should do this...You should act.'" Not long after that, Lourd found herself at dinner with a longtime family friend: Emmy-winning TV series creator Ryan Murphy. "I told him I was acting and he was like, 'Oh! I didn't know you were acting! You should come read for me for Scream Queens.' I came in and read and was laughing out loud, which I never do because I'm a huge cynic -- kind of an A-hole. Sorry! Again, inappropriate," she said. "I was in New Orleans a week later playing Chanel No. 3. It's so crazy." (Eonline)

Louis C.K. Declines to Discuss Sexual Misconduct "Rumors." Over the last few years, several unconfirmed internet rumors about sexual misconduct have surrounded Louis C.K., but he continues to deny their veracity. In case you're unaware, in 2015, Gawker got a tip from a source who said the comedian had sexually assaulted several women by forcing them to watch him masturbate in front of them. In 2016, Roseann Barr continued the conversation when she said she'd heard "so many stories" about him doing that to women. Despite the claims, C.K. shrugged them off and responded to them by simply saying they're "not real" and therefore "nothing to him." Fast forward to just a couple weeks ago, and those rumors gained steam once again when comedienne Tig Notaro -- whose show One Mississippi lists C.K. as an executive producer -- told The Daily Beast she hasn't spoken to the comic since "an incident" occurred before the show even began. "I think it's important to take care of [those claims], to handle that, because it's serious to be assaulted," Notaro said of C.K. "It's serious to be harassed. It's serious, it's serious, it's serious." When The New York Times addressed the allegations with C.K. at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, he brushed the off once again. "I'm not going to answer to that stuff, because they're rumors," he said. "If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real." When asked if the rumors were real, C.K. promised, "No," adding, "They're rumors, that's all that is." Of course, this begs the question: Why would Notaro make her recent comments? C.K. answered, "I don't know why she said the things she's said, I really don't. I don't think talking about that stuff in the press and having conversations over press lanes is a good idea." Interestingly enough, the film C.K. is promoting at TIFF -- I Love You, Daddy -- addresses rumormongering in Hollywood. The film stars C.K. as the father of a 17-year-old actress (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who's succumbed to the seduction of a 68-year-old esteemed filmmaker and rumored pedophile (played by John Malkovich). "There are these people in the world that we all talk about, and we want to know that they're all good or they're all bad," C.K. described the film to the Times. "The uncomfortable truth is, you never really know. You don't know anybody. To me, if there was one thing this movie is about, it's that you don't know anybody." (Eonline)

Mel B has been accused of intimidating a witness who was prepared to testify against her in her bitter divorce war with Stephen Belafonte, and police have opened a felony investigation. Rapper Siya, who starred in "Sisterhood of Hip Hop," filed a police report Monday, claiming Mel B sent her texts last Saturday threatening her if Siya dared testify against her ... this according to law enforcement sources. Our sources say Siya showed police the text messages and a felony witness intimidation case was opened. We're told Siya was prepared to contradict Mel B and testify Belafonte never physically abused his wife. Siya claims she was a close friend of both Mel B and Belafonte. Sources connected with Mel B dispute that, saying Mel B only met Siya a couple of times. We're told in addition to disputing Mel B's claims of abuse, Siya is prepared to testify Mel B frequently used illegal drugs. She's also prepared to testify about the 3-ways between Mel B, Belafonte and their nanny, Lorraine Gilles. Siya claims Mel B was the one who called the shots in the 3-ways. Sources connected to Mel B are calling BS on Siya's allegation of witness intimidation. (TMZ)

The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is concerned about the well-being of Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian's baby ... so much so they've gone to court to make sure she's protected. TMZ has learned the Dept. has gone to L.A. County Dependency Court so a judge can determine if Dream is safe. Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ, DCFS opened an investigation involving Chyna's alleged drug use, and this was before Rob and Chyna split up. As we reported, Chyna has obtained a restraining order against Rob after claiming he beat her. We do not know the status of the case, but official court documents list the matter as a related case to the restraining order action. (TMZ)

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are close to an agreement for custody and child support, but they're not there yet. Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ, lawyers from both sides as well as Rob and Chyna themselves have been hashing out a joint custody arrangement for months. We're told they are not far apart over the division of physical custody -- each is fine giving the other substantial physical custody. It's significant because the Dept. of Children and Family Services opened a case even before Rob and Chyna split over her alleged drug use. We're told it's still an open case in L.A. County Dependency Court. Our sources say Rob believes Chyna can handle parental responsibilities. We're told, however, the Kardashian women are not as understanding and believe there are serious questions about Chyna's fitness because of the drug allegations. We're told there's something more problematic ... child support. Our sources say Chyna wants a lot ... way more than Rob thinks she deserves, but it appears there's been some movement toward a compromise. Because there's an open case in Dependency Court, we're told any custody agreement must be signed off by that judge. Short story ... they're getting a lot closer to hashing things out. (TMZ)

Disney got its wires crossed and cluttered while shooting a TV show in "Baywatch" star Yasmine Bleeth's home ... according to her husband, who claims he got jacked up in a trip and fall. Paul Cerrito says Disney was using his home to shoot a pilot when the equipment tripped him up. In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Paul says the injury set him back ... as he was already trying to recover from a previous tumble. He claims he slipped in a puddle of water in a grocery store back in December. Due to that fall he was using a walker when he went down at home. Cerrito says he's suffered permanent disability, and is suing the store as well as Disney. Cerrito's lawyer tells us he also suffered a spinal injury. He wants Disney to pay damages and his medical expenses. We've reached out to Disney, so far no word back. (TMZ)

Jean-Claude Van Damme's youngest son got busted for allegedly holding his roommate at knifepoint ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 21-year-old Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested Sunday in Tempe, AZ. We're told cops got a call to check on him because he'd punched the elevator in his building. Cops say they found a trail of blood leading to his apartment, and after speaking to him and a roommate, discovered Nicholas injured his hand. Officers left, but 20 minutes later, the roommate ran downstairs, claiming he'd escaped the apartment where Nicholas was holding him at knifepoint. He told officers Nicholas was pissed he'd opened the door for them. Cops immediately searched the apartment, and say they found the knife and marijuana. Nicholas was booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. (TMZ)

The alleged drunk driver who smashed head-on into Macklemore was nearly ejected through his windshield ... which is clear from the first pics of the horrific crash scene. TMZ obtained the photos of the pickup truck sitting nose-to-nose with Macklemore's Maybach. The fact the truck is on the wrong side of the road shows the driver swerved into Mack's lane. The gnarly shots of the July wreck also show the rapper's airbags deployed, while the truck driver's windshield was smashed and splattered with blood. He suffered head and face injuries, and was eventually arrested for DUI. The biggest miracle ... Macklemore and his passengers were left mostly unscathed. (TMZ)

Grand Ole Opry to host celebration of Troy Gentry's life. The Grand Ole Opry is hosting a memorial for Troy Gentry this week after the country singer tragically died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday. The celebration will take place on Thursday, September 14, at 11 a.m CT and is open to the public, the singer's team announced in a press release on Monday. Gentry and his Montgomery Gentry bandmate Eddie Montgomery became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. The musician's family is expected to have a private gathering after the public service in Nashville. Gentry, who was 50 years old, leaves behind his wife of almost 20 years, Angie, and their two daughters Kaylee and Taylor. His family asked that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation, an organization that Gentry regularly contributed to, or the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Gentry died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday while he was on his way to a venue for a Friday night performance. The helicopter's pilot, James Evan Robinson, also died. (PageSix)

The autopsy on the son of Eric Bolling has been completed but the cause of death has not been determined. The Boulder County Coroner has said determining cause of death will require further investigation. Law enforcement sources tell us, they believe the toxicology results may prove critical. TMZ broke the story, Eric Chase Bolling, Jr. was found dead in his bed Friday, hours after his father resigned from Fox News Channel after an investigation that allegedly revealed he sent pics of his genitals via text years ago. Sources told us Eric Chase was despondent over his dad's plight. (TMZ)


Lisa Rinna is one proud mama. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 54, was front row at the Dennis Basso show during New York Fashion Week on Monday at the Plaza Hotel to watch her 16-year-old daughter Amelia Hamlin walk in her first-ever runway presentation. "I am speechless, thank you for letting me open your show! I am eternally grateful!" Amelia wrote on Instagram along with a photo of her first look. Strutting to the Game of Thrones theme song, Amelia also closed the Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection, which marked Basso's 35th anniversary in the fashion business. Throughout the 70 looks modeled, each ensemble featured subtle themes of international travel with Basso sticking with the item that put him on the map: furs. While Amelia made her major catwalk debut, it was her famous mother who stole the show. The Days of Our Lives alum was spotted cheering loudly and standing from her seat as she recorded Amelia's walk on her phone. As another show attendee pointed out, Rinna was very much having a Mean Girls moment as she channeled Regina George's mother, portrayed by Amy Poehler in the 2004 movie. "We could not be more proud of @ameliagray walking in her first show ever today opening and closing the show for @dennisbassonyc," Rinna captioned a video of Amelia's opening. "YAY!!!! Gorgeous show! #proudmomma Wow Wow Wow!!!!!!" she wrote along with a video of the finale. Also at the show were Rinna's husband Harry Hamlin and their 19-year-old daughter Delilah Hamlin, who is also a model. Lately, Rinna's been in full-on momager mode. She attended the Tommy Hilfiger show in February (featuring Gigi Hadid's designs) with both of her daughters-as you may recall, Delilah walked last season. Then, the family jetted off to Italy for Dolce & Gabbana's fall show to watch Delilah walk among the other 140 "social media famous" models. Other reality stars who watched Amelia make her NYFW introduction were Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay and fiance Bryan Abasolo as well as Real Housewives of New York City alum Kelly Bensimon. Amelia wasn't the only celebrity child to make her runway debut this season. Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber, 16, officially kicked off her (undoubtedly busy) season and made a standalone name for herself when she made her runway debut during Raf Simon's Calvin Klein show on Thursday. (Page Six)

Jordyn Woods Doesn't Want to Be a Plus-Sized Model. Jordyn Woods is speaking out at New York Fashion Week. Just before the Life of Kylie star hit the runway to debut her new collaboration with Addition Elle, she spoke with E! News about her life as a fashion breakout star. And, she made it clear that if you have to categorize her (although she'd prefer if you didn't), she prefers the term "curvy" over "plus-sized." "I feel like when you categorize people and put them into a group, then it creates aloneness and segregation," she shared. "There are so many models that it shouldn't really matter. I don't think there should be categories." The model joins model Ashley Graham on this sentiment and on the runway this season. Last month, Ashley told E! News, "[The term "plus-size"] is divisive, and it's all because of a number inside your pants. I'm not really down with it," she said. "I'm just fighting a fight for the women who don't want to be placed apart from other women because of the size of their hips." The body-positive trendsetters channeled their voice into the fall/winter collection with lingerie and athleisure looks for curvy women. While Ashley revealed a new collection of her namesake lingerie line, Jordyn debut her "sexy urban chic" clothing. "The inspo is really based on me and the '90s," Jordyn told E! News. From the patchwork denim to an overall It Girl feel, the social media star's collection looks like the outfits you'd find on her Instagram. While the traditional Addition Elle customer is a bit more mature, "I'm younger and more fun, so together we made something that fit both of our demographics." It's true: Jordyn is certainly young and fun, making it clear why she's been the BFF of Kylie Jenner for so long. "We always copy each other's hair and nail colors, but we definitely have our own style as well," she said. Although their styles are different, we're sure Kylie is proud of her best friend's confidence and new fashion line. (Eonline)

Scottie Pippen is back with his wife Larsa -- and they just moved to L.A. as a family to "figure things out" ... TMZ Sports has learned. In fact, the two are already having couples outings in Beverly Hills -- where they got his and her manicures on Monday. Doesn't get more "together" than that. Here's the deal ... it's been almost a year since Scottie filed divorce docs after 19 years of marriage. Since then, the two have been on-again, off-again in an effort to work things out. It seemed things were finally dunzo in April when they mutually decided to move forward with the divorce -- but once again, things changed. The two recently moved the family from Miami to L.A. -- in part due to the fact their basketball star son Scotty has transferred to Sierra Canyon, one of the top basketball programs in the country. = Fun Fact: Kenyon Martin's son also hoops at S.C. and it's also where the country's #1 high school player, Marvin Bagley, played ball. We're told both Scottie and Larsa are really trying to make things work this time around. Good luck! (TMZ)

Sharon Osbourne is revisiting her comments about Kim Kardashian and feminism. Osbourne, 64, told her The Talk co-hosts that the situation was "ridiculous" before recalling the moment she told The Telegraph that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians nude selfies were not feminism. She stood by those comments, but added that she had been misquoted. "[The interviewer] asked my opinion and I gave it," Osbourne said. "It wasn't rude. She poses nude, she's very sexual in her clothes, and even her every day clothes, it's very sexual." "Whatever she does she's showing her body, which shows she's a strong, grounded woman and she's not ashamed of her body," she continued. "And that's great, but people have been doing that since day one and people have been stripping and whatever since day one," Osbourne said. "It doesn't make you a feminist, it makes you someone who is a strong person, and confident with their body and wants to show it. But, that's not a feminist." She added, "It got misquoted when it came out -- my response-and then Kim came back and said, 'I never said I was a feminist.'" Kardashian, 36, also had a response for Osbourne's latest address of the debacle, telling E! News, "First of all, I think she said I said a quote about, 'I post nude photos in the name of feminism.' Never said that. So I think when people misquote you and the comment, it just sounds ridiculous." Making her point clear, Kardashian had shared a naked photograph of herself when Osbourne's comments first surfaced. (People)

Tyson Beckford hunkered down during Hurricane Irma solely to support, and potentially save, family and neighbors -- and he says anyone giving him crap for it should get their priorities straight. Tyson tells TMZ ... ever since he posted a vid outside his Miami home -- in the middle of the storm -- haters have been blasting him for ignoring the evacuation order. TB says a lot of those critics don't understand his family situation. He made the rounds Monday in his jeep loaded with supplies, and says he's glad he stuck around for his community instead of jetting to NYC for Fashion Week events. (TMZ)

Real Housewives of Miami Star Lisa Hochstein Not Sorry for Evacuating Hurricane Irma on a Private Jet. Lisa Hochstein's family evacuated Hurricane Irma three days ago -- via private jet. That alone wouldn't have ruffled any feathers, had the 35-year-old reality star not posted a smiling picture of her family and dogs in front of the aircraft on Instagram three days ago. Lisa, who starred in the second and third seasons of The Real Housewives of Miami, has since came under fire for publishing the picture, which some commenters called "tone deaf" and "stupid." In her original Instagram caption, Lisa -- the wife of plastic surgeon Dr. Lenny Hochstein -- thanked her family and friends "who have reached out to help, offer a place to stay, offer help to get out of Miami or just checked on us! And I'm sorry if I haven't gotten back to all of you!" Lisa explained that her family originally wasn't going to leave their home "partly because of the dogs and a few other things." The Hochsteins "waited until the last minute when we realized that this thing wasn't slowing down," she added, "which definitely made it difficult to get out." "I'm praying for everyone who already has been devastated by this hurricane and pray that Somehow by a miracle Florida is not hit so hard. We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan. And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it's a little safer then theirs!" the Bravolebrity wrote. "They will be fine!!! Material things can be replaced lives cannot #staysafe." In response to a wave of negative comments, Lisa amended her caption Monday. "To all of these ignorant people leaving nasty comments... although it's none of your damn business we were not the only ones in this plane. Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap. EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don't need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO," she said. "We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind. Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us. Anyone with nasty comments needs to back off get off my page and worry about yourself and how you can help instead if wasting your energy on attacking me." Lisa rolled her eyes over claims she was "'abandoning' my friends in my house," writing, "They weren't any guests that happened to just be there already, they are friends who just didn't have a proper safe place to stay who live in Miami and I figured mine would be safer for them so I offered for them to come on over! So take your comments and shove them up your [butts]." The comments weren't all negative, with some people saying they would have flown on a private jet if they had been presented with the same opportunity. Lenny read many of the comments, telling one of Lisa's fans, "Thank you for your thoughts. They mean so much to us." To donate to the Red Cross' Hurricane Irma relief fund, click here. (Eonline)

He won't stand for hypocrisy. Armie Hammer took to Twitter to call out fellow actor James Woods for dissing his new gay romance film, Call Me By Your Name. The Social Network star got wind of Woods' criticism about the age gap between his 24-year-old character and 17-year-old love interest, who is played by Timothee Chalamet. "As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency," the Ray Donovan actor, 70, tweeted with the NAMBLA hashtag, referring to the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which is a pedophile and pederasty advocacy organization. Hammer, 31, who stars in the film adaptation of Andre Aciman's novel, quipped back, "Didn't you date a 19 year old when you were 60... .. ?" referring to then-19-year-old Ashley Madison whom Woods started dating back in 2007 when he was 59. After they split in 2013, he started dating 20-year-old Kristen Bauguess when he was 66. Meanwhile, actress Amber Tamblyn soon chimed in with a story about Woods of her own. "James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. 'I'm 16' I said. 'Even better' he said," she tweeted to Hammer. The Nocturnal Animals actor then revealed that Woods blocked him on the social media site and asked Tamblyn if she was also blocked. "Not yet! But now that the attempted grabbed pussy is out of the bag I'd say he'll block me any minute now. #MAGA," The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star responded. This isn't the first time Woods has gotten into a war over words. In early July, Neil Patrick Harris called him out for what he had to say about a family celebrating Pride with their 8-year-old son. "This is sweet. Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you've done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage," the Family Guy voice actor wrote at the time. Harris shot back, "Utterly ignorant and classless, Mr. Woods. I'm friends with this family. You know not of what you speak, and should be ashamed of yourself." (US Weekly)

Alexander Wang seemed to go from fashion darling to fashion disaster on Saturday night, taking over Kanye West's role at New York Fashion Week as the designer who pushed editors' and bloggers' patience too far. Wang's show in Bushwick was dubbed by critics "a fool's errand," "a big middle finger up," "a f?-?-?king joke" and "what Fyre Festival must have been like." A year ago, West's show on Roosevelt Island prompted an editor to grouse, "I feel like we've been kidnapped." Of Wang's party-hearty #WangFest on a dead-end street in Brooklyn, blogger Bryanboy posted (on a private Instagram feed): "He got balls to put on the invite he will start at 9 p.m. 'sharp' (maybe in a different time zone) and showed almost an hour and half later with everyone standing on the street behind crowded barricades like herded cattle outside some stupid a?-?- warehouse in Brooklyn. We waited for nothing." W Magazine described "pushing" and "shoving" while the New York Times observed, "Even Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner were stuck on the concrete outside, balanced on their teetering heels." WWD wrote of being "corralled behind metal police barricades," but "[d]uring a postshow interview in a movie set trailer that smelled of vomit, [Wang] seemed oblivious." Models including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner arrived with Wang via a party bus after Manhattan stops for fans. Bryanboy said, in his post, "You force fed us a live episode of 'Keeping Up With Kim and Kris' via intravenous feed with no option to change the channel on the remote." But perhaps all will be forgiven. The blogger's rant was deleted, and he told us, "I genuinely believe he's a talented designer .?.?. this one simply stretched our patience thin." Either way, he said he had a better time at "the bar next door, Honey's, where it was more fun and the drinks are cheap, cheap, cheap!" (Page Six)

Christmas is coming early for Kobe Bryant -- the Lakers are planning to retire his jersey before the Warriors game on Dec. 18 ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports. The Lakers aren't officially acknowledging it -- but the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders advising them to "hold on to your tickets for the game on Dec. 18" for a "special event." We've made some calls and everyone's saying the same thing ... it's Kobe's big night. The big question ... which number will go up in Staples Center -- #8 or #24 ... or both? (Our money's on both). The Lakers also play the Golden State Warriors that night -- so LaVar Ball can finally watch Lonzo take on Steph Curry! Those tickets are gonna be PRICEY on StubHub. (TMZ)


Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron Announces Solo Album, Releases 'Time Can't Wait'. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has released "Time Can't Wait," the opening track from his forthcoming solo album Cavedweller. Cameron wrote, produced, sang, and played guitar on the new album. He also enlisted drummer Mark Giuliana and bassist Tim Lefebvre, both of whom played on David Bowie's final album Blackstar. As Cameron recently told Rolling Stone, he first used the name Cavedweller for some early solo material recorded on cassette while living in Seattle in the '80s. He put his solo project on the back burner in favor of his work with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, but last year decided to revive it. Cameron's late Soundgarden bandmate Chris Cornell was on board for the new album: "I played some of it for him last March," Cameron told Rolling Stone. "He really liked it. He was always very supportive of me writing music for the band and kind of going for it." Cameron declined to talk about any upcoming Pearl Jam releases, saying only that they're "still just kind of writing stuff right now." Cavedweller is out digitally September 22 and is also available on vinyl.

Sam Smith Sings New Songs and Hits at Troubadour Show. Gauging from the screams and shout-outs that greeted Sam Smith's performance in West Hollywood Monday night (Sept. 11), fans are fervently counting down the days until the release of his sophomore album. As the svelte Smith took center stage at legendary venue the Troubadour, the audience -- asked to check their phones at the door -- immediately shifted into sing-along mode with opening song "Lay Me Down" from his Grammy-winning 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour. "It's so good to see your faces," said a smiling Smith before segueing into another hit from the album, "I'm Not the Only One." "Thank you so much for coming out tonight; I missed you so f---ing much," Smith later told the packed house that included Quincy Jones, Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett and former BET president of programming Stephen Hill. While explaining his break between albums, the singer/songwriter also made a promise. "It was important for me to go away for 18 months, so thank you for giving me that time," Smith told the crowd. "I promise you the music has benefited from that." Smith then spent the next 50 minutes alternating between selections from his forthcoming album and additional fan faves -- all played in a stripped-back acoustic style by his band. That backdrop, coupled with the Troubadour's intimate vibe, underscored the singer's still impeccable, soulful tenor. As a guest noted at one point, "He owns the room." New offerings on the evening's set list included heartbreak ballad "Midnight Train," the upbeat "One Last Song," slow song "Burn It" ("One of the most personal that I've ever written in my life," said Smith) and the inspirational "Pray," which the singer called "one of my personal favorites." Smith rounded out the album sampling with his latest single, "Too Good at Goodbyes" -- which sparked another passionate, word-for-word audience sing-along. Reaching back into his catalog, Smith stirred up memories with such songs as "Like I Can," "Latch" (the Disclosure song featuring his guest vocals) and the seminal "Stay With Me." Smith also serenaded the room with a cover of Alicia Keys' 2009 R&B hit "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart." Before launching into the Keys song, Smith noted that he "listened to many types of music" while in the studio recording. "This song," Smith added, "really got me through the making of this record." (Billboard)

Mavis Staples Unveils New Album 'If All I Was Was Black' Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Soul legend Mavis Staples has announced a new album titled If All I Was Was Black, which is produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. The two have been collaborating since 2010's You Are Not Alone, which won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. Staples, who was active throughout the '60s tumultuous Civil Rights era, said in a statement that she made the project for today's fraught times. "We're not loving one another the way we should," Staples said. "Some people are saying they want to make the world great again, but we never lost our greatness. We just strayed into division." The duo have also shared the album's breezy yet poignant title track. If All I Was Was Black is due Nov. 17 via Anti.


Patty Jenkins will return to direct Wonder Woman sequel. Among its many other tremendous successes this summer, Wonder Woman's $800+ million global box office makes it the highest grossing movie ever directed by a woman. And that woman will return: EW has confirmed that Patty Jenkins will helm the Wonder Woman sequel, scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2019. The news, first reported by Variety, comes after a lengthy negotiation process. But Jenkins was already developing the sequel when she spoke to EW in late June, with Wonder Woman still dominating the box office. Although she didn't reveal any story elements for the sequel, she made her perspective on sequelizing clear. "It's can't be a replica or a continuation of the first," she explained. "There's another great story I want to tell. It is its own movie." As played by Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman first appeared onscreen in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will appear again as a central figure in the upcoming Justice League. Wonder Woman was a prequel of sorts, centering on the long-lived hero's adventures a century ago during World War I. A sequel could theoretically take place anytime from the Armistice onwards, following the character's pre-Justice League adventures. Or it could pick up with Diana in the present day. The comic book lore of Wonder Woman could point historic or mythic: The character originally fought in World War II, but she's also explored the cosmic territory of Greek mythology. (It's a fair bet that the sequel will not feature Wonder Woman love interest Chris Pine. But Jenkins will work with Pine on the upcoming TNT limited series One Day She'll Darken.) "I think the thing that I'm the most excited about is the fact that she exists now, and it means there's a whole other kind of journey that we can do with her," Jenkins said in June. "We get to have what I feel like the other superheroes get to have a little earlier, which is just a great time with that character." (Entertainment Weekly)

Special set of skills or not, Liam Neeson says he's finished making thrillers. In an interview, Neeson said that he plans to stop even though it's hard to turn down the lucrative offers he gets thanks to his box-office success in the three "Taken" films, as well as other thrillers. Neeson believes he's simply getting too old to be an action hero. "The thrillers, that was all a pure accident," said Neeson. "They're still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I'm like, 'Guy's I'm sixty-f -- ing-five.' Audiences are eventually going to go, 'Come on.'" Neeson still has two upcoming revenge thrillers he's already shot: "Hard Powder," in which he plays a snowplow driver who faces off with drug dealers, and "The Commuter," with director Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in "Unknown," "Non-Stop" and "Run All Night." But, Neeson said, those will be his last. "I've shot one that's going to come out in January sometime. There might be another. That's it," said Neeson. "But not 'Taken,' none of that franchise stuff." Instead, Neeson has turned back to dramatic work. His Watergate drama "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" was to premiere Monday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. In it, he plays the high-ranking FBI official who was the Washington Post's "Deep Throat" source in the scandal. Neeson has also lined up to co-star in "Widows," by "Twelve Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen. In December, he starred in Martin Scorsese's spiritual epic "Silence." Neeson was always surprised by the unlikely turn his career took beginning with 2009's "Taken." He thought the film, he once said, would go straight to video. The three "Taken" films have grossed $929.5 million worldwide. (Page Six)

'Backways': New Indie Comic Reveals the World Behind the World. There is more to the world than meets the eye, and AfterShock Comics' upcoming fantasy series Backways is ready to lift the veil and reveal all -- or, at least, more than anyone suspected was out there. Illustrated by Batgirl and Doctor Who veteran Eleonora Carlini, the new magical series reveals the "hidden nation" that exists in the forgotten spaces of the world -- at the bottom of the basement stairs, behind the unopened door in your childhood home, or in the haunted house at the end of the street -- and one woman's quest to find someone she once lost in this mysterious space. "I wanted to tell the story of what things that go bump in the night really are," writer Justin Jordan told Heat Vision about the new series. "I really wanted to do something that felt like things I loved when I was growing up: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz. This sense of strangeness and awesomeness that's lurking just behind the world we know, if you take the time to look for it." Backways is Jordan's second original series with AfterShock -- his first, Strayer, launched in 2015 -- and will debut in comic book stores and digitally Dec. 20 with two covers; one by Carlini and Silvie Tidei, and a second by Ben Templesmith. Both are below, alongside previews of Carlini's interior artwork. (Hollywood Reporter)


Jason George Is Leaving Grey's Anatomy & Joining the Still-Untitled Spinoff. It looks like Dr. Ben Warren is going to be joining the Seattle Fire Department after all. After hinting at the character's future in Grey's Anatomy's season 13 finale, when he joined in on the quest to rescue Stephanie from the explosion that rocked Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, Jason George is officially leaving the mothership and joining the still-untitled Grey's spinoff, E! News has confirmed. The series, set to debut at midseason, will focus on a heroic group of Seattle firefighters from the captain down the ranks in both their professional and personal lives. George joins Rosewood alum Jaina Lee Ortiz, who may or may not be the show's leading lady. (At the time, ABC and Shondaland would not confirm, though EP Paris Barclay did tweet "She's our star!") The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news. George shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing, "On, and, um...this is happening... The #greysanatomy universe is expanding." Details on how Ben will transition from the hospital to the firehouse are being kept under wraps -- this is Shondaland, after all -- but THR notes that it'll be a key part of his storyline when Grey's returns later this month. George will remain a series regular on the flagship until production on the spinoff begins, at which point he'll devote his time there. How the change will affect his marriage to Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) remains to be seen, but don't rule out the occasional appearance on Grey's once the spinoff is up and running. George joined Grey's in a recurring capacity back in season six before being promoted to series regular in season 12. The untitled spinoff has yet to land a premiere date, but its first episode will air as a planted episode of Grey's. Are you surprised that Ben is leaving the hospital and joining the firehouse? Worried about his marriage in light of the news? Grey's Anatomy returns for season 14 on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (Eonline)

The false rumors finally ended Tamra Judge's friendship with Vicki Gunvalson. And on Monday's new Real Housewives of Orange County, accusations once again surfaced that Tamra's husband Eddie Judge is gay -- this time coming from a former friend of the pair who was in their wedding. "I saw him making out with a guy. Making out with tongue," claimed Ricky Santana, who RHOC fans might remember from his previous appearances on the show and Tamra's O.C. Wedding spinoff. The scene went down at Gunvalson's house, where ex-Housewives Gretchen Rossi and Lizzie Rovsek had gathered with Gunvalson and Housewife Kelly Dodd to catch up while celebrating the O.G. of the O.C.'s birthday. After the episode aired, Tamra slammed Gunvalson, Rossi, Rovsek and Dodd for being "homophobic bullies" in a post that was shared on Instagram and Twitter. "How orchestrated and wrong was that? The worst acting I've ever seen. They are nothing but homophobic bullies that think it's okay to try and Out a straight man hoping to humiliate him," she captioned a smiling photo of Eddie. "Well guess what it didn't work ! It's Not the 1920's and being gay is not something to be ashamed of or mocked. You should all be ashamed of yourself. We all know who was behind this ... bye." Rossi responded to Tamra's post with a post of her own, defending herself with a statement that read: "I am not homophobic in any way! No one was trying to 'out' anyone," the former Housewives star wrote, later adding: "Besides it's only 'outing' someone if he is actually gay... which she adamantly denies." Santana was there at the wedding as a friend of Rossi's -- a pairing formed when his friendship with Tamra fell apart not long after her and Eddie's 2013 nuptials, in which he served as her maid of honor. "Tamra and I had many falling outs in the many years we were friends," he wrote on Twitter in 2015 of the demise of their 10-year friendship. "I couldn't do it anymore." Being that Gunvalson, Dodd, Rossi and Rovsek all had major conflicts with Tamra themselves, it was no surprise to see them revel in more rumors that Eddie might be gay -- which both Judges have long denied. Though Gunvalson pretended she didn't want to hear the claims at first, she quickly confessed to viewers that she was interested in the scoop. That wasn't much of a surprise, either, as she had vowed to "punish" Tamra for "not being my friend" earlier in the season. "I don't want to know this. I don't want to know this. I don't want information in my brain that validates what was told to me. I don't want to know this," she joked on Monday's episode, then admitting, "Tell me more!" 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' Star Tamra Judge on Vicki Gunvalson: 'She's Done Too Much Damage to Me' "RHOC's" Tamra Judge reveals she's helping fellow housewife Shannon Beador with her weight struggles Her effort to play coy likely stems from the fact that Tamra blamed Gunvalson last season for spreading false rumors about Eddie to Dodd. "I know that repeating a rumor is the same as telling it," Gunvalson had told Tamra when confronted about the Eddie accusations. "It's gossip." But on Monday's episode, Dodd insisted she had heard things about Eddie's sexuality long ago. "Lizzie and I have been friends for a while -- she was probably one of my first friends," Dodd said. "And we went to work out a long time ago and we had a mutual friend that said while we were working out, 'Oh, Eddie was a spin instructor here. And everyone thought that he was gay.' That was the first time someone told me that." Rovsek backed it up. "Tamra even told me one time, 'Oh people say Eddie's gay all the time. It's not a big deal," she recalled. Meanwhile, Santana's reliability and intentions have been called into question before by other Housewives. During an 2015 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Shannon Beador called Santana a "pot-stirrer" and found herself in an argument with Rossi. The Bravo host plays a 'Housewives'-themed round of Plead the Fifth Rossi was there for Santana on Monday, too, first asking Santana whether he knew if Eddie "was gay or not" and then helping him add context when he explained why he never said anything to Tamra about it before. "I thought that was something they were just into," Santana said. "Oh, you thought that Tamra already knew?" she said, edging him along. "I thought she was okay with that," he responded. As questionable as Santana's allegations appeared to be, he maintained that he was being honest. Asked why he's now telling everyone this about someone he used to be best friends with, Santana said, "Because it's the truth." The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

TV Exec Dick Ebersol Remembers Lifelong Friend and "Fearless Boss" Don Ohlmeyer. Ebersol, who worked with Ohlmeyer at ABC and NBC, recalls covering the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympics with the former NBC West Coast president, an event he calls a "turning point in Don's life." Don Ohlmeyer, who died Sept. 10 of cancer at 72, produced games for ABC's Monday Night Football, ran NBC Sports and then guided NBC West Coast during a 1993-99 golden age, championing must-see TV like Friends, Frasier and ER, all while feuding with entertainment president Warren Littlefield and SNL star Norm Macdonald (whom he fired for making off-color jokes about his friend O.J. Simpson). Dick Ebersol, who worked with Ohlmeyer at ABC and NBC, recalls covering the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, with his lifelong friend, "an original thinker and a fearless boss, somebody who just loved to work." When we started together in the summer of 1967, ABC Sports had a total of 28?employees. Munich was a big turning point in Don's life. He and [ABC Sports president] Roone Arledge were a team. And here they were confronted with one of the biggest stories of the 20th?century. The two of them -- plus Jim McKay, who was the announcer -- guided America through it. I remember sitting behind them and just being absolutely blown away by the care and the patience they took. At one point, the [terrorists] put the hostages in large helicopters. Don told his crew to take two cameras that were in the studio out onto the tarmac so that?when those helicopters took off, you'd be able to have a shot of them leaving. Looking at the monitor in the control room and listening to the sound of those big blades chopping the air overhead -- you didn't need a television set to hear that part of it -- it was one of the most horrifying moments to unfold live on American television. Of course, the terrorists blew up the helicopters and everybody died. But until then, you kept thinking, "Well maybe, maybe, maybe something good can come out of all of this. And then of course, the terrorists blew up those helicopters at the airport and everybody died. The very next season that he took over Monday Night Football, which was a huge deal at that time. I think he was 28, but he had a really great way with the talent, in particular Howard [Cosell], who was off-the-charts smart but could be a tad difficult to deal with. And Don was great at popping Howard's balloon. In January of 1993, Jack Welch [then CEO of GE, which owned NBC] and [NBC president] Bob Wright brought Don out to the West Coast. They had a really smart developer in Warren Littlefield [then head of NBC Entertainment], but Jack didn't feel that Warren was up to being the boss so he hired Don to come in as head of the West Coast. And in a little bit more than two years he had taken NBC, which had fallen out of first place, right back into first place. It was really a wonderful run. In the years after [he left NBC in 1999] he was very much engaged; he was dedicated to being a professor at Pepperdine. And he took up painting and was very successful at it, had gallery showings and sold his paintings for quite a deal of money out in Santa Monica. He was always someone who was pushing boundaries, trying different things. In my mind, Don always was an artist. The life we had, all of us, the business was so small that you got opportunities, and if you were able to grab them by the horns and build them into success, your career was a rocket ship. No one took advantage of that the way Don did. He was an original thinker and a fearless boss and somebody who just loved to work. When we went through our tragedy in late 2004, when the doctors finally said I could get out of bed after a couple of months, I went to La Quinta, Calif., with my wife. [Ebersol and wife Susan Saint James' son Teddy Ebersol, 14, was killed in a plane crash involving a chartered jet. Dick, his elder son Charlie and a crewmember were seriously injured.] And he would come every morning to the hotel and get me up from baby steps to walking all around those grounds. He really helped me through one of the toughest times of my life. Susan would always say, "You know, he's an incredible friend, but I just wish at the end of your long walks he wouldn't smoke all those cigarettes." Don was a big smoker. In a business where all sorts of things get thrown around about people's greatness, people's talent, this is a person who for 50 years kept creating. It didn't matter where he was, at a network, in independent production, as a painter. He just had the most active of minds and at the same time he was such a larger-than-life character who lit up any room he went into. But his talent was always the first thing you saw. (Hollywood Reporter)

AMC Takes Crackle's 'Snatch' for U.K. The drama starring Rupert Grint will air on the network that is exclusive to customers of British telecom giant BT. AMC has acquired Crackle's original drama series Snatch, starring Rupert Grint, for the U.K. The 10-episode series will premiere on AMC U.K., which is exclusive to customers of telecom giant BT, on Oct. 31. The show was inspired by a real-life heist in London and is based loosely on the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name. The drama centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The series recently premiered in the U.S. on Sony Pictures Television's streaming service Crackle. It was created and executive produced by Alex De Rakoff (writer/director of Dead Man Running and The Calcium Kid). AMC in the U.K. has also featured such original AMC dramas as Fear the Walking Dead, The Son and Better Call Saul. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Sells to India, Australia. The latest season of the improv comedy series on the CW also gets picked up by networks in Africa and Norway. Independent distributor Hat Trick International said Tuesday that it has signed deals for the fifth season of the CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which will bring it to India and Australia, among other countries. The latest 12-episode season of the improv comedy series from Angst Productions and Hat Trick made its debut on the CW in the U.S. earlier this year. Among the international acquisitions unveiled on Tuesday are deals with M-Net Africa, Comedy Channel Australia, Viacom 18 India and MTG Norway. With 98 episodes now available, the series has sold to a total of 104 countries. The Whose Line Is It Anyway? format has also been remade and/or optioned in 13 countries, including Australia, Holland, Finland and Vietnam. He commented, "Whose Line Is It Anyway? continues to be a stand-out hit around the world, and I'm very pleased to confirm this roster of new acquisitions," said Sarah Tong, director of sales at Hat Trick. "The U.S. version has seen this long-running favorite go from strength to strength, offering broadcasters globally-relevant and utterly hilarious improvised comedy perfect for primetime schedules." The CW show is inspired by Hat Trick's original series for Britain's Channel 4, which aired for 10 years. Hosted by Aisha Tyler (The Talk, CSI, Friends), the show stars Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, as well as new talent and celebrity guests. (Hollywood Reporter)


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