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The potential "Zoey 101" reboot is getting the old gang back together -- and they really, REALLY want to see Jamie Lynn Spears ... in person, and hopefully on set. A bunch of cast members from the hit Nickelodeon fave reunited Monday night in L.A. for a flashback dinner with the show's creator Dan Schneider in attendance as well. Some of the stars who showed up ... Chris Massey, Sean Flynn, Victoria Justice, Matt Underwood, Abby Wilde, Paul Butcher, Jack Salvatore and Erin Sanders. We're told they met at The Front Yard in North Hollywood around 8 PM. Looks like it was a wine and dine affair. Schneider wrote on Instagram, "Some Zoey 101 buzz got me talking with my good friend Sean Flynn ("Chase") ... and within about 72 hours, this happened! I'm not sure how I feel about my new glasses, but that was one of the most fun nights ever." He added, "A wonderful cast of kids then, and even better all grown up! Much love/respect for all of you! Jamie Lynn is busy shooting her new show in Atlanta. We missed you, congrats!" As he notes, Jamie Lynne couldn't make the meetup -- Austin Butler didn't show either, he's busy these days too -- but it's clear JLS wanted to be there. Jamie posted a video she received from her old crew, in which they told her they loved her and missed her ... and hoped to see her soon. The implication is clear -- "Zoey 101" is itching to run it back for a new show, which might very well happen. TMZ broke the story ... Jamie Lynn has been in talks with Nickelodeon execs over reviving the teen dramedy that she starred in back in the 2000s. It would focus on her life 10 years later, and she'd have a couple kids in the show ... just like real life. The push is on, as far as Jamie's costars are concerned! #BringBackZoey. (TMZ)
Naomi Campbell Claims She Was Blocked From French Hotel Over Her Skin Color. Naomi Campbell continues to face racism firsthand. In a new interview with Paris Match, the iconic supermodel was asked about paving the way for new generations of models in terms of diversity. While the industry has made progress in recent years as compared to the '90s and earlier, Campbell noted the challenge is permanent. Per an English translation of the French interview, the catwalk pro went on to recall an alleged recent experience in the south of France during the Cannes Film Festival. According to Campbell, she was invited for an event in a hotel she did not name. However, Campbell said she and her friend were not let inside because of the color of the star's skin. She further explained the man at the entrance of the hotel pretended it was full, but continued to let other people in. As a result, Campbell told Paris Match she continues to express herself and make herself heard because of these shocking moments -- ones she has experienced over the decades. "I used to have to fight for the same fee as my [white] counterparts doing the same job," she recalled to Vogue Australia in April of her early career. "It's still not balanced completely," she told Vogue Australia of the international industry today. "I'm the face of a new campaign and I was told that because of the color of my skin a certain country would not use my picture...For me it was a reality check. I never believe in the hype, so it just kept things in perspective for me. Now I would like to know that models [of color] get the same opportunities and fees in advertising." (Eonline)
Inside Kylie Jenner and Sofia Richie's "Irreplaceable Bond" and Why Kourtney Kardashian Is "Thrilled" About Their Friendship. There's nothing quite like a strong friendship, and it seems like Kylie Jenner and Sofia Richie have "formed an irreplaceable bond." Both the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and the 20-year-old model have been inseparable in recent months. From enjoying a fun (and glam) girls' night out this past Saturday to vacationing in Turks & Caicos for Kylie Skin's latest launch to celebrating a mutual friend's '70s-themed birthday bash, the two have been attached at the hip. If anything, a source told E! News that Kylie and Sofia became a lot closer after the Jordyn Woods scandal. "Sofia really helped Kylie through the emotional roller coaster during the Jordyn situation," the insider shared. "She was really there for her and took her side through everything. The situation with Jordyn made them closer." More importantly, the source explained that the 21-year-old beauty mogul "trusts" Richie around her 1-year-old daughter, Stormi Webster. "Kylie Also Trust Sofia around Stormi, which is very important to her. Sofia has been around since Stormi was born and Kylie feels comfortable with having her around her child after getting to know her better," the source expressed, adding, "They have now formed an irreplaceable bond." The source continued, "Kylie loves how fun Sofia is and has been inviting her over to her house more often to hang just the two of them. They love staying home and watching movies and cooking together while hanging with Stormi. Kylie knows whenever she wants a girls' night out on the town, she can always count on Sofia for a good time." The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star certainly can count on the 20-year-old model for a good time! On Saturday, the dynamic duo enjoyed a girls' night out with their mutual friends Yris Palmer and another gal pal. The group seemed to have a fun time at the Nice Guy in West Hollywood. "They were siting and talking for hours. Kylie looked great and seemed to be in a good mood," a second source dished to E! News of their hang out. "Sofia got up at one point with her friend and went to the main bar and then was dancing to the music. They all seemed to have several drinks and were letting loose together." However, the Kylie Cosmetics founder and Richie weren't always this inseparable when she began dating Kourtney Kardashian's ex Scott Disick. The first source points out that it took a "very long time for Sofia to be accepted into the family." "Once more time passed and [the Kardashian-Jenner's] got to know her better, they understood why her and Scott are a great match and ended up loving her as a person," the insider shares. "They consider her part of the family now and it's an amazing dynamic." What's more? "Kourtney is thrilled that Kylie has found a bond with Sofia. She thinks it's great for Kylie and loves that everyone can get along and spend time together," the source adds. "She has seen firsthand how much of a support system Sofia has been for Kylie, and it makes Kourtney feel even better about her dynamic with Sofia as well. There is no more awkwardness or tension like there was a year ago." In fact, Kylie and Sofia's bond has become so strong that the insider explains, "If Sofia and Scott were to ever break up, her and Kylie would still be very good friends." Now that's what we call friendship goals! (Eonline)
Even Cats Star Idris Elba Doesn't Understand The Plot of Cats. Just two weeks ago, the trailer for Cats nearly broke the internet. It featured fur-ocious costumes, elaborate makeup, an oddly sexual aura -- per the Internet -- and nearly every A-lister under the sun, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Judi Dench and James Corden among others. But what exactly is this hotly-anticipated movie about? Well, as it turns out, you're not alone in your questioning. Not even Elba is 100 percent certain. During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, the actor was asked to explain the plot of the flick, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony award winning Broadway play. "Oh, wow," he began. "What a way to throw me under the bus there. It's a classic. It's a big musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber. I guess it's about a cat." Perhaps, chimed in host Stephen Colbert, more than one cat? Ah, yes! "It's one cat's journey towards what is essentially cat heaven," Elba continued. "And that idea is that we all aspire to get toward cat heaven. There's this young cat and she gets taken on this story on how to get to cat heaven or what you should do to get into cat heaven. How am I doing? Does anyone know what this story is?" While his synopsis may need some work, his impersonation of a four-legged animal is purrr-fect. All thanks to his intense coursework in cat school, which, yes, is a real thing apparently. Director Tom Hooper "wanted the actors to really embody the feline persona, the vibe," the Brit explained. "So he instructed this lovely lady, her name was Sarah, I think, and she was a cat expert. In fact, not only was she a cat expert but she was also an expert on how humans should play cats." "She really spoke to us about the anatomy of a cat," he continued. "We had to understand the bones, the structure, how the hips and everything work. So, then what you realize is it's all about the shoulders." And as he shows Colbert, his act is spot on. (Eonline)
To those who paid to watch the "wedding" of YouTube stars Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau and were frustrated with the quality -- speak now or forever miss out on your refund. In case you missed it -- the couple got married in Las Vegas Sunday in an eccentric ceremony attended by family, friends, fans and complete strangers ... and live streamed the event. For some reason -- despite doubts about the couple's authenticity and Jake's own brother, Logan, predicting they'll barely last a month -- 66,000 people paid anywhere from $50-75 to watch live as the couple said "I do." BTW, it started late and only lasted about 10 minutes ... but those are the good reviews. Those who shelled out the cash to streaming app, Halogen, complained the video was shaky, lagging, froze often and the audio sucked. Many, of course, demanded refunds and we've learned they are getting 'em. TMZ's learned both Apple and Google Play are paying customers back who purchased the Halogen app through the companies' app stores and bought the stream. Halogen wouldn't tell us if they're compensating Google and Apple for the refunds. A rep for the company would only say, "Many high-profile creators use Halogen to broadcast their live events. Sometimes onsite technical issues with third-party production providers used by creators can cause fans to experience issues while viewing streams." By the way ... Jake and Tana's so-called wedding came just a little over a month after they got engaged, and just days after she pulled a pregnancy prank. As for the ceremony -- a fight that looked awfully set up broke out shortly after the officiant pronounced them husband and wife. The officiant also referred to their glorious day as a gathering in "holy cloutrimony." Sooo ... yeah. Hard to imagine why anyone would question their union. Oh, there's also no record of them filing for a marriage license in Clark County. At least viewers get refunds. Anyone who bought 'em a wedding gift -- good luck! (TMZ)
Goop director of brand partnerships and Instagram influencer Marissa Fuchs, whose "surprise" engagement -- complete with a pitch deck sent to brands -- went viral, has "been exiled" following the arguably tacky stunt, according to a source. Page Six heard fashionistas tittering in the Hamptons this weekend that Fuchs -- who goes by the handle @fashionambitionist on the social platform, where she has 184,000 followers -- had tried to attend a party hosted by H&M at Crow's Nest on Thursday in Montauk, LI. "She wasn't invited and was turned away," says a source. "She's been exiled." But a source close to Fuchs insists she was at the spot with pals for dinner, and spontaneously decided to go down to the lake -- where the bash was held -- to have a drink with a view. "It was a private event, and she asked to go in for one drink and the guard told her, 'If I let in one person, [I] have to let in 20.'" Fuchs gained international attention back in June when she was sent on a multi-day scavenger hunt to find the spot where her then-boyfriend, Gabriel Grossman, planned to propose to her. It was later revealed that the proposal had been pitched to brands to have their products involved months before Grossman surprised Fuchs by popping the question. (Page Six)