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Friday, 9 June 2017

Amanda Bynes is sober and wants to get back into acting

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Amanda Bynes is sober and wants to get back into acting
 Amanda Bynes is ready for the next act in her career.

The former child star, 31, said she's sober and eager to start acting again after a tumultuous stretch of years plagued by legal issues.

"I do miss acting and I have something surprising to tell you: I'm going to start acting again," she told journalist Diana Madison on ABC News' "Good Morning America" in what was her first interview in four years.

"I want to do TV," she continued. "Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I'm a fan of and maybe another TV show where I'm the star of it."

Bynes, who retired from acting in 2012, was arrested that year for driving under the influence, but that charge was ultimately dropped. She was arrested again the following year for criminal possession of marijuana — an incident where she famously tossed what police determined was a bong out of her 36th floor apartment in a Manhattan sky-rise.

She was also twice placed under psychiatric hold and taken to a hospital between 2013 and 2014, with the first time coming after she allegedly sparked a fire on a neighbor's driveway. She was arrested for DUI for a second time as well in 2014.

Happy 30th birthday, Amanda Bynes! As the former child star celebrates a milestone in her life, take a look back at her career as she went from a Nickelodeon celebrity to a troubled teen. Here, Bynes hides behind a massive pair of sunglasses as she makes a rare appearance at Craigs restaurant in West Hollywood. The troubled star narrowly avoided a wardrobe malfunction in a low cut dress using her long blond locks to cover up on Nov. 30, 2015.

"I love it. I learned how to sew," Bynes said. "I make patterns and I want to start a clothing line in the future."

Bynes rose to fame in the 1990s as a star on Nickelodeon's "All That," as well as her own series "The Amanda Show."

She also turned in memorable big screen performances in "She's the Man," "Hairspray" and "What a Girl Wants" during the 2000s, but has not appeared in a film or on TV since 2010, when she starred in the movie "Easy A."
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Actress Glenne Headly, who starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dead at 62

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Actress Glenne Headly, who starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dead at 62
 Glenne Headly, who starred in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," has died.

She was 62.

Headly, an Emmy-nominated actress and original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, was currently filming the Hulu series "Future Man," her rep confirmed to the Daily News.

"It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," her rep told The News. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."

Headly is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.

The actress portrayed Janet Colgate in the 1988 flick "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Steve Martin and starred alongside Warren Beatty in "Dick Tracy" (1990).

Martin tweeted on Friday that his household was mourning the loss of Headly, calling her a "beloved friend, actress, and comic genius."
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Jerry Seinfeld blasts the Kardashians: ‘These people are not doing anything interesting’

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Jerry Seinfeld blasts the Kardashians: ‘These people are not doing anything interesting’
 What's the deal with the Kardashians — they don't do anything!

That's the takeaway Jerry Seinfeld supplied in a new interview slamming the famous family — and reality stars in general — for putting a product on TV that doesn't measure up to classic comedies of the past.

The funnyman told the website Mr Porter that he was very unhappy when he discovered his daughter tuning in to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" on her phone.

"The one time I really, really got upset was when my daughter was watching the Kardashians on her phone in her bed and I could not take that scene," Seinfeld told the site. "For someone who for their whole life, television was the Olympics of being a comedian. It was only for the very best. You had to have everything."

"I'm offended by reality television on many levels and that show of course is the premier example of reality television," he continued. "These people are not doing anything interesting."

Of course, the comedian co-created and starred in one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time, "Seinfeld," for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998.

Despite being a show about nothing, “Seinfeld” was named the second best-written series of all time by the Writer's Guild of America in 2013.

Susan, played by Heidi Swedberg, is George's one true serious relationship. The two even become engaged. Susan appears in 28 episodes, and in that time George puts her through the wringer. While she decides to date women for a time, they still connect and get engaged. But George can't commit! He tries to get her to end things, but she ultimately dies after licking wedding envelopes containing toxic glue.

Seinfeld added that he's unsure if his daughter still watches his series, but notes he hasn't seen her do so in a while.

It's not the first time Seinfeld has made headlines this week. He was caught on camera denying pop star Kesha a hug during a TV interview, but later suggested he didn't realize who she was.

"When you get to be my age and you've done a couple things, you have your own reality. In my reality, I don't hug a total stranger," he told Extra.
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CNN fires Reza Aslan over tweets blasting Trump

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CNN fires Reza Aslan over tweets blasting Trump
 CNN dumped another contributor who ridiculed President Trump.

Reza Aslan, who launched the high-minded non-fiction series "Believer" three months ago, was fired by the network after he slammed Trump as a "piece of s---" among other criticisms on Twitter — days after Kathy Griffin was booted by CNN for her shocking photo of a beheaded Trump.

"CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series 'Believer with Reza Aslan,'" CNN said in a statement to Variety. "We wish Reza and his production team all the best. "

The ousting comes after Aslan condemned Trump on Twitter for using the recent terror attack in London to preach the need for his controversial travel ban.

Aslan, 45, expressed his disappointment over the ousting Friday afternoon on Twitter.

"Believer means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached," he said in a statement. "Its message of religious tolerance of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network."

"In these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated and I recognize that CNN need to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet. Similarly, I need to honor my voice."
He issued an apology for his remarks earlier in the week.

Kathy Griffin: Trump family is ‘trying to ruin my life'

"I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president's lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words," he said.

His "Believer" series followed Aslan as he traveled around the world to experience different religions and their traditions. It lasted one season.

His firing comes less than two weeks after Griffin was relieved of her duties as a contributor to CNN's New Year's Eve coverage alongside Anderson Cooper — a role she had held for a decade.

Griffin sparked major controversy last month when a photo of her posing a bloody, decapitated Trump mask surfaced online.

She's since apologized for the photo, but claimed in an emotional press conference last week that the Trump family is bullying her with their public remarks condemning the gory image.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Ariana Grande resumes world tour following Manchester terror attack

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Ariana Grande resumes world tour following Manchester terror attack
After postponing her tour in the wake of the terror attack at her Manchester concert on 22 May, Ariana

The US pop star resumed her Dangerous Woman tour at the city’s AccorHotels Arena, writing afterwards on Instagram, “Merci, Paris ♡ Je t’aime Grateful to be back”.

Earlier in the day, she had posted another Instagram message referring to the victims of the Manchester attack, saying: “Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart.”
Grande has returned to the stage in Paris.
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SEE IT: Rapper XXXTentacion knocked out on stage during show in San Diego

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SEE IT: Rapper XXXTentacion knocked out on stage during show in San Diego
 X gon’ take it from ya.

A rap feud apparently led to rapper XXXTentacion getting decked mid-performance.

Taking to Twitter after his San Diego show Wednesday night got interrupted by a man punching him in the head, the 19-year-old stated, “Security and venue set me up, I got sucker punched and knocked out, it is what it is.”

According to XXL magazine, the rapper has been fighting with fellow performer Rob Stone, who allegedly attacked Ski Mask the Slump God during a show earlier this year.

Ski Mask the Slump God is a close friend and tour mate of XXXTentacion.

The identity of XXXTentacion’s attacker hasn’t been confirmed, but the rapper seemingly suggested on Twitter early Thursday morning that the man suffered “several stab wounds” and that “he might be dead in a few hours … JUST SAYIN.”
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‘13 Reasons Why’ seems to inspire suicide of 23-year-old Peruvian man

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‘13 Reasons Why’ seems to inspire suicide of 23-year-old Peruvian man
 The warnings about “13 Reasons Why” seem to have been warranted.

A 23-year-old Peruvian man committed suicide and left behind tapes for people in his life, just like in the Netflix hit show.

Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, an industrial engineer, jumped from the fourth floor of his apartment, according to Peruvian news outlet Diario Clarín.

He survived the fall, but was declared dead after being transported to the San Juan de Dios hospital.

During an investigation, police found a goodbye note to someone named Claudio and another note with instructions to deliver tapes that he’d recorded on his computer, according to the newspaper.

Police initially ruled out a third party in Medrano’s suicide, but his tapes are very similar to those from “13 Reasons Why,” in which Hannah Baker leaves tapes for people in her life who she blames for her suicide.

After complaints from suicide prevention groups, Netflix added warnings to the show.

“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series, ‘13 Reasons Why.’ While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting an important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories,” the streaming company said in a statement.

“Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series.”

Selena Gomez, who co-produced the show, also defended the sensitive matter.

“We stayed very true to the book and that’s initially what Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story and I think that’s what we wanted to do,” she said.

“We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, (the backlash is) gonna come no matter what. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how it’s doing.”
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

As BET agrees to pay for Gucci Mane's wedding, a look back at others like Kim Kardashian who got married on TV

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As BET agrees to pay for Gucci Mane's wedding, a look back at others like Kim Kardashian who got married on TV
 The reality is, weddings are expensive — so why not let a TV network pay for it?

Gucci Mane is the latest star whose nuptials will be televised, as BET is set to air the rapper's wedding to fiancée Keyshia Ka'oir this October, TMZ reported.

The network will reportedly fund the entire $1 million ceremony, plus pay Gucci $400,000 and his bride-to-be $250,000 for the right to broadcast their big day. The entire spectacle will include eight episodes leading up to the Oct. 17 wedding.
*** ONE TIME USE *** Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli photographed for Martha Stewart Weddings in March of 2017.

BET is forking over a lot in hopes of a major ratings return, like the one E! got for Kim Kardashian’s televised ceremony with Kris Humphries that set a record for the network with 10.5 million viewers.

For better or for worse, here are some other celebrity couples who tied the knot on the small screen:

It's not surprising that Kardashian — a woman who's built an entire empire by having cameras follow her around — made her wedding a public affair.

Her short-lived marriage to the NBA journeyman kicked off on the home of all of her other reality shows, E! Network, as part of a two-day event called "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" that aired in October 2011.

She infamously filed for divorce 72 days later and recently revealed on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" that she knew it was over as early as their honeymoon.

The recently separated duo chronicled the entire lead-up to their exchanging of vows on the VH1 show "La La's Full Court Wedding" in 2010.

That six-episode series culminated with the Knicks forward and the reality star getting married in the finale, and led to a spinoff about their lives as a married couple called "La La's Full Court Life."

Their relationship ended this April, however, and a New York City gentleman's dancer reportedly claims Carmelo got her pregnant. Neither he nor La La has filed for divorce.

They met on reality TV — so it only made sense for them to wed on reality TV too.

Pratt and Montag, who met as cast members on "The Hills," aired their nuptials on the show's Season 5 finale in 2009.

Refreshingly, the couple we've all come to know as Speidi remains together to this day, and recently announced they're expecting a child.

The pop stars provided a blueprint for TV weddings in 2003 as one of the first celebrity couples to get married in front of the cameras.

Their wedding aired in a special on VH1 — but it was MTV that allowed the world to continue to follow them throughout their three-year marriage on wildly popular show "The Newlyweds."

They filed for divorce in 2005, the same year that show sadly came to an end.
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'The Mummy' reboot with Tom Cruise wrapped in boredom: movie review

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'The Mummy' reboot with Tom Cruise wrapped in boredom: movie review
 Talk about a pyramid scheme.

Universal’s new “The Mummy” lures you in with Tom Cruise, promising a big-budget reboot to a classic monster myth.

But don’t take the bait. Or you’ll just be dragged into one more endless, pointless, special-effects franchise.

“The Mummy” may look like a simple re-do of the old Boris-in-bandages classic. But it’s really the studio’s first step in Marvel-izing its back catalog, replacing cold chills with hot marketing.

Buy in now, and you’re stuck for years.

The pic stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a low-rent Indiana Jones running around the Mideast stealing antiquities. Like this really cool sarcophagus he just found. With a mummy inside.

Hey, maybe you should make sure no one opens that…


It’s an OK start. But then a new character shows up, a self-proclaimed monster expert who’s ever-so-eager to help Nick recapture the creature. He’s a doctor, by the way. Dr. Jekyll. Nice chap.

Except when he forgets to take his medicine, and then — well, you can run, but you can’t Hyde.

This new addition is played by Russell Crowe, who spends the rest of the movie making an all-you-can-eat banquet out of the scenery. Which is clearly high-cal, as Jekyll’s the size of a small La-Z-Boy.

But once Crowe arrives, the movie sinks under its own weight, as it tries to quickly launch a whole, multi-character series.

Sure it’s got big, blurry action scenes, a plane crash, and an army of dusty, mindless zombies. But I think some of them may have been the screenwriters, because the movie’s practically lifeless.

The best mummy pictures — whether they had Boris, Lon Chaney Jr., Christopher Lee, or even a heroic Brendan Fraser — were full of romance and reincarnation, ancient curses and exotic mysticism.

This “Mummy” just has Tom Cruise doing a Tom Cruise impression (don’t walk when you can run, don’t fall when you can tumble). And silly plot gimmicks that feels stolen from an “Avengers” script, from a magic rock everyone wants to an open ending that basically says “Stay tuned!”


Sofia Boutella — the Algerian dancer who brought some mystery to “Kingsman” and “Star Trek Beyond” — is certainly eye-catching as the ancient enchantress. And for the geekiest fanboys, searching the scenes for in-jokes, the movie offers lots of trivial gifts.

But “The Mummy” movie itself? This is one present you don’t want to unwrap.
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MTV 'Road Rules' star Danny Dias found dead

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MTV 'Road Rules' star Danny Dias found dead
 Former MTV reality show contestant Danny Dias was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday and drugs are believed to be involved.

The 33-year-old, who appeared on Season 13 of "Road Rules," reportedly took LSD or mushrooms on Saturday when he freaked out and ran into his room, a friend who was at the apartment told TMZ.

It was the last time the friend saw Dias and after calling him over the next few days and receiving no response, he called 911 to perform a welfare check on Monday. First responders forced their way into the apartment and found Dias dead in his bedroom, according to the gossip site.

Police told TMZ that he was found with two vertical lacerations on his forearm, which is common in suicide.

Dias was originally from Linden, N.J., but was currently living in Brooklyn.He attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University from 2001 to 2003 where he majored in music education.

He appeared on "Road Rules" in 2004 and later on "The Challenge" in 2005 before being eliminated after four episodes.

The Facebook account for the group Cypress Hill posted "Damn RIP!" upon finding out the news of Dias' passing.

His official cause of death is still under investigation, but is being treated as a possible suicide, TMZ reports.
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sobbing Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand testifies in sex assault trial: ‘I wanted it to stop’

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Sobbing Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand testifies in sex assault trial: ‘I wanted it to stop’
 Bill Cosby gave her three blue pills that virtually paralyzed her. Then he groped her breasts, put his hands down her pants and forced her to touch his penis.

When Andrea Constand fully regained consciousness the next morning, she testified on Tuesday, Cosby greeted her with tea and a muffin.

“In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” Constand said in her first-ever public comments about the alleged assault in Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

“I wasn’t able to fight in any way,” she said, adding that the pills slurred her speech.

Her voice cracked with emotion as she described the alleged attack by the TV icon she once trusted as a father figure.

“I wanted it to stop,” Constand, 44, testified.

She told jurors Cosby assured her the pills were “herbal” before he attacked her as she lay helplessly on the comedian’s couch.

“I felt really humiliated and confused,” she said. “I just wanted to go home.”

Constand appeared calm during her highly anticipated turn on the witness stand, making regular eye contact with the five women and seven men now hearing Cosby’s high-profile sex assault trial in Norristown, Pa.

As he listened to Constand speak Tuesday, 79-year-old Cosby leaned forward at the defense table, whispered to his lawyer and sometimes shook his head.

Now a massage therapist living outside Toronto, Constand said she first met Cosby in 2002 through her job as a director of the women’s basketball program at his alma mater, Temple University.

She said a friendship quickly took shape, with Cosby showing a personal interest in her career plans.

Keegan-Michael Key says Bill Cosby 'broke my heart'

“He was a Temple friend, somebody I trusted, a mentor, and somewhat of an older figure to me,” Constand testified.

She said the comic often invited her to events and made romantic passes on two occasions that she rebuffed.

During their first dinner at his home, he put his hand on her thigh, she told jurors. At another dinner, she said he tried to unbutton her pants but stopped when she told him, “I don’t want that.”

Constand — who previously told police she was involved in a monogamous relationship with a woman during most of her friendship with Cosby — said she never suspected Cosby might try to ambush her with drugs.

That perception changed forever the night he invited her over to discuss her plans to leave Temple and become a massage therapist, she said.

Constand said she arrived feeling stressed out, and Cosby went upstairs to retrieve a mystery medication.

“He opened his hand, and he had three blue pills,” she told jurors.

“These will help you relax,” she recalled Cosby telling her. “They’re your friends.”

Constand said she specifically asked Cosby if the pills were “herbal” and he nodded that they were. She told Cosby she trusted him and swallowed the pills, she testified.

The pair continued their conversation until she began losing control about 20 minutes later, she said.

“I began to slur my words, and I told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him,” she testified. “My mouth got cottony.”

At that point, Cosby stood up and began moving her to a nearby couch, she said.

“I panicked a little bit,” she testified. “My legs were rubbery.”

She said Cosby put a pillow under her head and urged her to relax as she faded in and out of consciousness. A short time later, something “jolted” her awake, she said.

“I felt Mr. Cosby’s hands groping my breasts and his hand inside my vagina,” she testified.

She recalled the utter confusion she experienced feeling her own fingers touching Cosby’s penis without being able to pull back. He had grabbed her hand and was using it to masturbate, she said.

“I wasn’t able to — in my head — I wasn’t able to move,” she said.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each charge carries up to 10 years in prison.

Constand’s claims fell within Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations, and prosecutors charged him in December 2015 after a judge unsealed deposition testimony in which Cosby admitted he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s so he could give the powerful drug to women he found sexually attractive.
Cosby, 79, is facing charges he drugged and molested former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The former “I Spy” star has pleaded not guilty, saying the drug he gave Constand was Benadryl and that their sexual contact was consensual.

In his opening statement Monday, Cosby’s hard-charging defense lawyer Brian McMonagle attacked Constand’s credibility, saying she and Cosby spoke by phone 72 times after the alleged attack.

Constand explained Tuesday she was seeking answers about the pills and still had to do her job at Temple, where Cosby was a very involved trustee.

She recounted meeting Cosby for dinner after the alleged attack, hoping to get to the bottom of what happened. She said he dodged her questions.

“I thought you had an orgasm, didn’t you?” she recalled him asking her.

Defense lawyer Angela Agrusa grilled Constand on cross-examination, asking why she called a personal injury lawyer on Jan. 13, 2005, the same day she told her mother about Cosby and also spoke to police for the first time.

“I wasn’t really familiar with who I should call,” Constand said.

Agrusa suggested Constand wanted advice on filing a sexual assault lawsuit. She also attacked Constand over inconsistencies in her prior statements. She asked why Constand erroneously told Canadian cops during her first police interview that she’d only known Cosby for six months.

“I was really nervous. It was a long 16 months I wanted to compress,” Constand said.

Around 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, but Constand’s case is the only one to reach criminal prosecution.

The judge allowed one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, to testify at trial. Johnson told jurors Monday that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her inside a hotel in 1996.

Johnson’s mother backed those claims in her own testimony Tuesday morning.

She said her daughter was “nearly hysterical” when she called her at work shortly after the alleged assault and began telling her story to the family.

Accuser Lili Bernard, a former “Cosby Show” actress, sat in the courtroom Tuesday and watched Constand’s testimony while wearing a “We Stand With Truth” badge.

“It just broke my heart to see Andrea like that on the stand. She did cry. She’s (normally) stoic,” Bernard said outside the courthouse. “I would like to see the consequences.”
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Former President Obama visited George and Amal Clooney days before they welcomed twins

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Former President Obama visited George and Amal Clooney days before they welcomed twins
 Is former President Obama angling to be the godfather for George and Amal Clooney's twins?

Just three days before the Hollywood couple welcomed a baby boy and girl, Obama visited the Clooneys at their lavish London home last Saturday, People reported.

"Obama arrived around 7:15 in the evening (local time) and left at around 11:30," an insider dished to the magazine.

It's unclear how Obama and the Clooneys passed time during the visit, but the magazine's source noted that Obama was flanked by "tons of security."

George and Amal became parents to Ella and Alexander on Tuesday morning, a rep for the actor confirmed to the Daily News.

"Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine," the rep said in a statement.
Bristol Palin and husband Dakota Meyer welcomed their daughter, Atlee Bay, and shared a photo from the hospital on May 8, 2017.

The new bundles of joy mark the first kids for both George and the human rights attorney.

Obama's visit to the Clooney's quarters is the latest proof that the former President is living the dream since leaving office in January.

Over the past few months, he and former First Lady Michelle Obama have vacationed Rancho Mirage, Calif., paddleboarded off the coast of Mo'orea island and even luxuriated on David Geffen's yacht with Tom Hanks, Oprah and Bruce Springsteen.

Not to mention Obama spent a day kitesurfing at Necker Island during a getaway with Richard Branson.
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Halle Berry claps back after fake pregnancy rumors

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Halle Berry claps back after fake pregnancy rumors
 Halle Berry isn’t pregnant and she doesn’t appreciate the speculation either.

The 50-year-old actress, who was photographed holding her stomach at the Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles on Sunday, shot down rumors that she’s expecting.

“Can a girl have some steak and fries??” she captioned an Instagram selfie in bed.

Berry’s rep also denied the pregnancy.

The “X-Men” actress has two children: 9-year-old daughter Nahla, with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, and 3-year-old son Maceo, with ex-husband Olivier Martinez.

“Right now, being mom is my most important job and I now know that everything I do, everything I say and everything I offer them is really important,” she said at the 2017 City Summit and Gala in Los Angeles in February.

“I say lots of things, but I think what’s more important is that my children watch what I do. I’m more mindful of how I live my life and what they see me do.”
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Jerry Lewis hospitalized with infection

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Jerry Lewis hospitalized with infection
 Jerry Lewis was hospitalized Friday in Las Vegas with a urinary tract infection.

The 91-year-old comedian responded well to antibiotics and is expected to be released soon, his publicist said.

Lewis was previously hospitalized in New York in 2012 for blood sugar issues and the year prior for exhaustion.

The comedian, best known for his “Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show” radio series, still plans to be in Toronto later this week to shoot a new movie.

He also left his voice to “Curious George 2” and “The Nutty Professor.”
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Katie Holmes just became a Harvard Business School student

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Katie Holmes just became a Harvard Business School student
 Class is in session for Katie Holmes.

The actress is currently taking an entertainment management class at Harvard University's illustrious business school.

The renowned course — officially titled The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports — runs one session a year and is recommended to those pursuing a livelihood within the talent industry.

"I am so thankful and excited to be @harvardhbs with so many brilliant people," Holmes captioned an Instagram photo of her nameplate inside a lecture hall.

The course is taught by Professor Abita Elberse, who also shared an Instagram photo featuring Holmes alongside some of her classmates.

Other big-name stars enrolled in this year's course are Portland Trailblazers star C.J. McCollum and Spanish soccer legend — and husband to Shakira — Gerard Piqué.

An official description for the class promises that students will be introduced to the "unique challenges of developing, managing, and marketing a successful entertainment offering."

Tuition for the course next year is already listed at $10,000.

LL Cool J, who took the course last year, recently returned to speak to this year's enrollees about how he's applying lessons from the class to his life.

Los Angeles Clippers' all-star Chris Paul is also listed as a former enrollee on the course's website, while Yahoo reports Channing Tatum and Tyra Banks took the class as well.
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Mexico Ruling Party Has Preliminary Lead in Key State Vote

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 Alfredo Del Mazo, gubernatorial candidate for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, stands with his wife Fernanda Castillo, right, and members of his team as he addresses the press to say polls show him leading, at the party's campaign hotel in Toluca, capital of Mexico state, Mexico, shortly after the close of polls, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Voters in Mexico's most populous state on Sunday could hand the ruling party a much-needed boost ahead of next year's presidential elections or a potentially devastating blow by throwing off its uninterrupted 88-year local rule.
Mexico Ruling Party Has Preliminary Lead in Key State Vote
 A quick-count sampling of votes for governor of Mexico's most populous state gave a slight advantage to the candidate of President Enrique Pena Nieto's ruling party in a race seen as a key test ahead of next year's presidential election.

Officials said the preliminary results announced late Sunday indicated Alfredo del Mazo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was likely to win between 32.75 percent and 33.59 percent of the ballots in the State of Mexico, compared with 30.73 percent to 31.53 percent for his closest rival, Delfina Gomez of the leftist Morena party.

Pedro Zamudio, president of the state's Electoral Institute, said the forecast was based on representative sampling of voting stations that has 95 percent certainty — but he also cautioned that the results of the election would not be until all the ballots were counted.

An official running tally early Monday had Gomez and del Mazo both with around 32 percent of the vote, with about 41 percent of the ballots tabulated.

A PRI victory would hand the party a much-needed win as the president's approval ratings have dipped near single digits ahead of the 2018 race for the nation's top office, which Pena Nieto cannot contest. But losing a state it has governed without interruption for 88 years would be a devastating blow a year after it lost in several other states it had also always dominated.

Political analyst Raymundo Riva Palacio said even a narrow, "pyrrhic" PRI victory in the State of Mexico could spell trouble for the party next year. Considering the power of the PRI's political machine in the state and the fact that Gomez was practically unknown eight months ago, the result so far signals "an enormous discontent with the PRI" and portends a "very bad scenario" for the party and the president, he argued.

"I don't have the slightest doubt that today there was a qualitative change in the electorate," Riva Palacio said.

The other two main parties, the leftist Democratic Revolution and the conservative National Action, were behind in the state by significant margins.

Even before the quick-count results were announced, del Mazo and Gomez both proclaimed victory, something that happens commonly in Mexico.

"We are triumphing," del Mazo told supporters in the evening.

Gomez tweeted: "We won the election. Hope triumphed in the State of Mexico, I will not let you down."

Morena leaders argued that the two top candidates were essentially in a statistical tie.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the standard-bearer of the Morena party, promptly rejected the quick count as a product of the "mafia of power" and urged supporters to gather electoral evidence to prove that Gomez won.

"We are in the right," Lopez Obrador said in brief televised remarks. "Delfina won, and we are going to prove it. We will not accept any electoral fraud. ... Mexico needs democracy."

Lopez Obrador is preparing for what would be his third bid for the presidency next year, and observers have said a win by Gomez would be a big boost to his chances. Lopez Obrador lost in 2006 and 2012 and alleged fraud after both presidential races.

National Action candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota denounced what she called the "shameless use" of state resources in the campaign and advocated for an overall reform of the electoral system.

"The people have less and less trust in politicians and institutions," Vazquez Mota said.

Zamudio estimated overall turnout in the state at just over 50 percent, up significantly from the last two gubernatorial ballots.

Voters in the states of Coahuila and Nayarit were also choosing new governors Sunday.

But Mexico State is the country's biggest electoral prize, with 11 million voters and substantial industry and influence in the area ringing the nation's capital. Control of the state can be key to a presidential campaign, giving the victorious party resources and a wealth of patronage jobs for backers.

Pena Nieto himself was governor of Mexico State before becoming president. So were the father and grandfather of Del Mazo, who is himself a distant cousin of the president — a fact often trumpeted by opponents hoping to capitalize on Pena Nieto's low popularity.

Sunday's election was marred by dueling accusations of vote buying, complaints that some voters received intimidating telephone calls warning them not to cast ballots and reports of bloody pig heads being left outside opposition party offices.

"We are tired of so much corruption, corrupt politicians, corrupt police," said Ruben Sanchez Mendoza, a 47-year-old shopkeeper in the sprawling Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec who backed Gomez. "The truth is, without a change, I don't see a future for ourselves or our children."

But at a polling station nearby, 65-year-old retiree Maria Concepcion Sanchez Morales said she was voting for the PRI despite claims by Morena that the ruling party gave away "rotten beans" to buy votes.

"They say they give out rotten beans, but at least they give out beans," she said. "Let's not lie: All the benefit programs come from the PRI."

Both agreed that crime, such as widespread robberies in the street and aboard public buses, was the most pressing issue. The state's Mexico City suburbs — some of them chaotic cities of 1 million or more in their own right — are plagued by violence, especially against women. Just this week authorities in Chalco found the burned bodies of a woman and two children in a grassy lot.
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Manchester cop dances with children during ‘One Live Manchester’ concert

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 One of the most heartwarming moments of the “One Live Manchester” concert didn’t even take place on stage.
Manchester cop dances with children during ‘One Live Manchester’ concert
During Justin Bieber’s performance, cameras from the show briefly cut away to a Manchester police officer dancing with children.

“British spirit captured in just six seconds. Damaged but not broken,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“That sums up what's good about Britain,” tweeted another. “An on duty police officer happily dancing with kids, making them happy at a difficult time. Perfect.”

Ariana Grande organized the benefit show after 22 people were killed outside her concert last month.
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The event, which included performances by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and the Black Eyed Peas, raised at least $9 million for the We Love Manchester emergency fund, which is providing financial aid for families affected by the suicide bombing.
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Katy Perry honors Manchester victims on dress during benefit concert

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     Katy Perry honored the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack in a speech and with her clothing.

The “Swish Swish” singer’s stunning white dress during Sunday’s benefit concert included photos of the 22 people killed during the bombing.

Perry, who performed a broken down version of “Part of Me” and her chart-topping single “Roar,” wore a short white minidress that she initially covered with a feathered jacket.

Once she took the top layer off, Perry revealed an undershirt that peeked through the heart-shaped cutout on the back of the dress; the shirt was covered in a collage of the victims of the bombing.

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“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it, especially in moments like these, right?” she said. “It can be the most difficult thing to do. But love conquers fear and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose will give you strength and it’s our greatest power … I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”

Ariana Grande organized the benefit show after 22 people were killed outside her concert last month.

The event, which also included performances by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and the Black Eyed Peas, raised at least $9 million for the We Love Manchester emergency fund, which is providing financial aid for families affected by the suicide bombing.
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SEE IT: It's all about love at Manchester benefit concert with Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and more

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 Ariana Grande and a long list of big-name artists rocked a packed Manchester, England, soccer stadium to help the victims and their families after the suicide bombing at the pop singer’s concert last month.

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The “One Love Manchester” benefit show Sunday night at Old Trafford came just a day after three terrorists plowed through pedestrians on the London Bridge and went on a stabbing and slashing rampage that killed seven and wounded about 50 more.

Grande and A-listers including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Usher had pledged to show support for the grieving city after the vicious May 22 terror attack that targeted Grande’s fans — many of them young girls — killing 22 people and injuring more than 100.

Security at Old Trafford on Sunday was tight, according to the BBC, with an estimated 60,000 people in the audience.

“Tonight is all about love, am I right?” Grande told the crowd, adding that the love and unity on display was “the medicine the world really needs right now.”

The three-hour concert raised $2.6 million for victims, according to organizers.

Grande, 23, did her own songs, such as “Be Alright” and “Break Free.” She also shared the stage with the Black Eyed Peas, who performed their hit, “Where is the Love?”

“We are here, we are together and we are one,” lead singer sang.

Bieber almost cried when he spoke about those who died at Grande’s show.

“(God) loves you and he’s here for you. I wanna take this moment to honor the people that were lost, that were taken,” Bieber said.

Williams said he felt no fear inside the venue, just love and positivity.
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“Manchester, let the world hear your resilience!” Williams told screaming fans. “I hate to be corny but it makes me feel happy,” he added, jumping into a duet with Cyrus on his blockbuster song “Happy.”

Cyrus said she was honored to perform, “surrounded by all you incredible people.”

She dedicated her song “Inspired” to everyone affected by the bombing.

Cyrus and Grande performed a duet of Crowded House’s 1986 ballad, “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which includes the lyrics “They come, they come/ To build a wall between us/ We know they won’t win.”
1 | 2 A girl poses for a picture with an armed police officer as she arrives for Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

Grande had visited some of the victims being treated in Manchester hospitals over the past several days leading to the concert.

Her manager, Scooter Braun, said Sunday that the event was a “statement that hatred and fear will never win.”
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NBC's newest anchor Megyn Kelly asks Putin tough questions, but show still has tough road ahead

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NBC's newest anchor Megyn Kelly asks Putin tough questions, but show still has tough road ahead
                                                      Yes, Megyn Kelly's got guts.

NBC News’ newest star anchor and the host of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” clearly displayed nerves of steel, flying to St. Petersburg last week and going head-to-head with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, first at a panel in front of 4,000 people and later in a sit-down interview seen by millions.

Clearly her questions irritated the notorious leader: She asked about his accused meddling in the 2016 presidential election and his reputation for overseeing a corrupt government.

Kelly said things “quickly became heated when I asked President Putin about Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 election.”

Clearly Russian journalists have been mysteriously murdered or disappeared for less.

So yes, the controversial former Fox News star delivered on her reputation for asking tough questions.

Frankly, landing a world leader of such prominence and polarization warranted devoting more time to the segment, because Putin is front-and-center in one of the biggest news stories of our time.

Maybe the people behind “Sunday Night” figured they had a new show to introduce and a three-story format they clearly wanted viewers to get used to, so they cut Kelly’s blockbuster interview short.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, left, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, second left, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, and NBC journalist Megyn Kelly, right, attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2.

It’s what came after, a shocking pharmaceutical fraud story from Cynthia McFadden and a troubling segment by Harry Smith about elephant poaching in Africa, that did not seem much different from anything we’d see on “Dateline,” or as in-depth as the show’s direct competitor, CBS’ legendary “60 Minutes.”

This will be the problem for “Sunday Night” going forward. It will be impossible for Kelly or anyone else to deliver a Putin-level “get” every week.

Kelly teased an upcoming interview with news-making sportscaster Erin Andrews, who while interesting, just isn’t at the same level as Putin.

Going up against “60 Minutes,” a newsmagazine that is approaching its 50th year on the air, is going to be a tough road.

For “Sunday Night,” the clock may already be ticking down.
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