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DISNEY DIGS IN ON JAMES GUNN FIRING: It has been two months since James Gunn’s ouster from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over decade-old tweets that made light of pedophilia, and Disney CEO Bob Iger is standing his ground. He tells The Hollywood Reporter that despite pleas from the cast (including Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista), he stands by the decision. "The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio," he said, "and I supported it."

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK TRAILER DROPS: Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to Moonlight is headed our way. In the new trailer, Regina King says: "Remember, love is what brought you here, and if you trusted love this far, don’t panic now. Trust it all the way." The film is based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name. It stars Stephan James as Fonny and Kiki Layne as Tis (along with King and Colman Domingo). Beale Street drops November 30th.

CONDE NAST LAUNCHES WOMEN’S VIDEO NETWORK: Conde Nast has founded a Women’s Video Network, anchored by Glamour, in an effort to expand its reach. The network will also feature projects from Allure, Self and Iris.

WONDER WOMAN SCRIBE SETS MARVEL DRAMA FOR ABC: Allan Heinberg, showrunner on ABC’s The Catch and Wonder Woman scribe, is set to pen a top-secret drama featuring female superheroes. Details on the new Marvel project are being kept under lock and key, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If it moves forward, it will join several other Marvel projects in the works, including Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders), Hulu's The Runaways, FX's Legion and Fox's The Gifted.

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ALICIA SILVERSTONE MAY ASK EX TO IMPREGNATE HER

#Relationshipgoals? Clueless star Alicia Silverstone wants to grow her family, and she may hit up her ex-husband for some help. She is already mother to 7-year-old Bear with ex Christopher Jarecki, and it seems they're on good terms.

"I have always dreamed of having a little girl, but of course I want another little Bear too," the actress told Working Mother. "So whatever happens, if it happens, is good by me. I’m not in a relationship, but there are other ways to make babies."

The writer of the article notes, "Not off the table: asking Bear’s dad for an assist."

"I’ve always wanted another kid," she said. "But I also wanted to space them out because I love being with Bear."

The 41-year-olds split in May of 2018 after 13 years of marriage.

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CHLOE DYKSTRA SAYS SHE CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE OVER CHRIS HARDWICK HARASSERS

When Chloe Dykstra came forward in an essay published on Medium with allegations against an unnamed ex, she wasn’t prepared for what was to come. The story quickly went viral as readers figured out she was talking about Chris Hardwick. (He denies her accusations of emotional and sexual abuse).

In a new interview with Time, Dykstra says the backlash she received was so intense, she contemplated suicide.

"After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it," Dykstra told Time. "I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?'"

She says she was shocked by how big her story got. "I opened trending and saw my face," she said. "It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.'"

Especially, she said, when the criticism got louder than the support. "I was attacked relentlessly," she said. "There was an organized group of people online whose sole purpose was to try to disprove me. I was terrified people were going to figure out where I lived."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

BURT REYNOLDS LAID TO REST: Burt Reynolds has been laid to rest in a private funeral in Florida. The 82-year-old Boogie Nights star died Thursday, September 6th, after going into cardiac arrest. The funeral was reportedly held in West Palm Beach at Family Church Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend Sally Field was among the attendees. Reynolds’ The Last Movie Star co-star Todd Vittum performed the eulogy and Avery Sommers sang "Amazing Grace." His Smokey and the Bandit II co-star Patrick Moody delivered the closing prayer.

KENDALL JENNER, KAIA GERBER, GIGI AND BELLA HADID WALK FERRETTI: Italian designer Alberta Ferretti’s Spring / Summer 2019 show was a star-studded affair, featuring Kaia Gerber, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. "It's not boho…I'm going to say it's very Florence," Queer Eye's Tan France told E! News of the show. "Think Florence, the Machine and that's the look. It almost looks granola-y, but in the most beautiful way. Small prints, earth tones—it's kind of whimsical."

REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN WILL NOT MOVE TO CHICAGO WITH KANYE: Trouble in paradise? People is reporting that Kim Kardashian will stay put in La La Land when her husband Kanye West moves to Chicago. The rapper announced a return to Chi-town this week, and Kardashian reportedly wants to stay put with North, 5, Saint, 2, and Chicago, 9 months."She thinks it’s best for the kids to continue their schedule in LA. North is in school and everything is working great," a source tells People. "Kim doesn’t think a permanent move to Chicago benefits the kids. Also, Kim wants to be around her family as much as possible too. She loves their new house and it finally feels like a home to her."

BRADY BUNCH STAR MAUREEN MCCORMICK CLAIMS PARENTS ALMOST TURNED HER IN: Brady Bunch alum Maureen McCormick is opening up about her scary road from Marcia Brady to drug addict. She reveals that things once got so bad, her parents almost turned her over to the police. "They had been trying for years and knew something was going on," she told Us Weekly. "I was pretty sneaky and I could hide very, very well. But then I started messing up on jobs and so many things, so I’m sure everyone in the industry at the time knew that I was flaking out." The 62-year-old said she finally came clean when her now-husband Michael Cummings threatened to leave her. (They were still dating at the time). The lovebirds married in 1985, and she never looked back.

JOHNNY GALECKI SHARES PHOTO OF GIRLFRIEND: The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, 43, is going public with his romance with Alaina Mayer, 21. He posted a shot of them together on Instagram, captioning it: "Last night was wonderful. Thank you #jefferykatzenberg."They have been popping up in each other’s social feeds since the summer (in August, they went on vacation together in the Bahamas), but this was the most overt declaration of their romantic status.

KRISTIN DAVIS REIGNITES SATC FEUD: Just when you think the ladies of Sex and the City are ready to settle into their second careers, one of them reignites their decades-long feud. Or really, the fight between Kim Cattrall and the rest of the crew (Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis). The spat was reborn courtesy of Davis, who posted a throwback of herself, Parker and Nixon at the 2004 Emmys. Absent and notably unmentioned in her caption is the black sheep of the clan, Cattrall. "Emmy flashback – super happy memories and wishing joy to everyone tonight," Davis captioned the image on her Instagram. "We are all so incredibly lucky to get to do what we do!"

MAGICIAN SHIN LIM WINS ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’: Magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent’s 13th season last night, edging out acrobatic dance outfit Zurcaroh, who came in second place, and electric violinist Brian King Joseph. The 26-year-old becomes the second magician to win AGT, after Mat Franco, who took out the ninth season. Canada-born, Massachusetts-based Lim initially pursued piano, but changed career due to illness. He developed his sleight of hand talents from watching YouTube and has performed his routines around the world. A master of close-up magic, Lim collects $1 million and a headlining slot at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas next month.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR COLUMBUS SHORT’S ARREST: According to TMZ, an arrest warrant has been issued for Columbus Short. The actor has apparently failed to appear in court, which is part of his ongoing divorce proceedings with former wife, Tanee Short. Short was scheduled for a judgment debtor exam to determine his finances, but failed to appear in court. When the judge presiding over Short’s case saw that he was not present in court, an arrest warrant was issued immediately.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS REACHES OUT TO VOTERS VIA PSA: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has partnered with Federal PAC Local Majority on a PSA (directed by her husband Brad Hall) calling for Americans to vote and volunteer. "A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States? That’s the character that I play on HBO’s Veep," she says in the PSA. "But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician, I’m not an expert, I’m a citizen. And I know that the midterm election on Nov. 6 is beyond important. It is vital." As others list reasons to get involved, Louis-Dreyfus mentions hers: affordable health care. The cancer survivor says: "I’m a cancer survivor, and I am really lucky because I had access to excellent health insurance, even with a preexisting condition. That’s the way it should be for absolutely everybody, and it’s not. The Republican Congress is making it worse, but the Democrats can change that."

SUSAN LUCCI MODELS SWIMSUIT IN UNRETOUCHED PHOTOS: The 71-year-old Susan Lucci proved that age is just a number in an untouched photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar in October. Yes, she is wearing a bathing suit. "I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically," Lucci, who has been doing Pilates for over two decades, tells the publication. "What I've learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you've got going against you. People look at me and say 'Wow, she doesn't seem old, but she is old.' Meanwhile, the reality is if you're strong, you're beautiful, no matter what age you are." She admits that her admirable physique requires sacrifice (no burgers, fries, snacks, dessert, bread, pasta).

KRISTEN BELL VAPES WEED AROUND DAX SHEPARD: Kristen Bell likes the occasional puff and her (sober) husband Dax Shepard is cool with it. On Marc Maron’s WTF With Marc Maron podcast, she explained: "I smoke around my husband and it doesn't seem to bother him. Weed rules." Still, she sets boundaries. "Once a week, if I am exhausted and we are about to sit down and watch 60 Minutes, why not?" Shepard recently celebrated his 14thyear of sobriety, and she marvels at his ability to look beyond her occasional drug use. Sometimes, she says he even pushes her to explore new highs, telling her: "you shouldn't leave earth without having tried mushrooms or ecstasy."

CHANGES AHEAD FOR WILL & GRACE: Season two (or 10, depending on how you count the rebooted NBC series’ seasons) of Will & Grace will feature Grace entering politics, Jack planning his wedding, Will launching a teaching career and Karen getting divorced from the always absent Stan. Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes teased what's ahead, which also includes guest stars David Schwimmer, Alec Baldwin and Matt Bomer. Will & Grace returns Thursday, Oct. 4 on NBC.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER DROPS: Marvel Studios has shared the first look at Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as pilot-turned-superhero Carol Danvers. Set in the 1990s, she has already acquired alien powers and is working with the Krees against shape-shifting baddies the Skrulls. Also appearing: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy stars Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou, among many others. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck direct. Captain Marvel is set to bow March 8, 2019.

EMMY RATINGS PLUMMET: Down, down, down. Even after moving the party from Sunday to Monday, the Emmys continued to hemorrhage viewers, according to reports. The NBC ceremony, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, garnered just a 7.4/13 result, an all-time low. Observers believe viewership was down 10% from last year’s Stephen Colbert-hosted ceremony. Did you tune in?

TYRA BANKS SAYS LINDSAY LOHAN WILL APPEAR IN LIFE-SIZE SEQUEL: Tyra Banks is returning to Sunnyvale to juggle careers in medicine, aerospace and fashion as a magical doll named Eve for Life Size 2. When the original premiered in 2000, it featured Lindsay Lohan as Casey Stuart, a young girl who accidentally turns her doll into he perfect woman. She’ll appear in the sequel too, but TBD how big the role will be. "She has this new TV show on MTV about this club so she couldn't make it, which was sad," Banks told The Hollywood Reporter. "Lindsay will be in the movie in some kind of way. We'll see where that ends up." Life-Size 2 is slated to premiere in December during Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.

BRYAN CRANSTON, DAKOTA JOHNSON, AMBER HEARD JOIN GLOBAL CITIZEN FEST: Bryan Cranston, Dakota Johnson and Amber Heard have signed on to host this year’s Global Citizen Festival taking place in New York on Sept. 29. Johnson’s boyfriend Chris Martin is curating the festival, which will also feature Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, John Legend and Janelle Monae. The annual festival aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and push world leaders to fulfill their sustainable development initiatives.

BBC NEEDS $: The BBC needs funding to compete against mega-streamers like Amazon and Netflix, director general Tony Hall is admitting. "I’m making the point that we need to find more money. I’m saying that could come from a variety of different sources. We’ve never had a proper debate about funding, it’s always been the BBC’s budget is too big, cut it. What is the right level of the funding for the BBC?" Do you think PBS and the BBC will be able to compete with streamers for much longer?

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DID LEONARDO DICAPRIO, PARIS HILTON, MIRANDA KERR, MORE SELL THEIR INNER CIRCLES?

Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and other Hollywood insiders got hooked into a Malaysian financier Jho Low’s billion-dollar deception, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.

Billion Dollar Whale chronicles what they characterize as one of the most daring corruption heists in history, one that just happened to involve a star-studded cast of Hollywood hotties. Published by Hachette in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 18th, the book is already creating shockwaves. (Low denies the allegations, and has since Hope and Wright began reporting the story in 2015. Their stories have long attempted to pin Low to billions of dollar worth of laundering via a variety of schemes through a Malaysian state fund).

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

For his 38thbirthday in 2012, The Wolf of Wall Street star was gifted a best actor Oscar statuette by Low. It belonged to Marlon Brando originally, and Low shelled out $600K for the golden trinket.

DiCaprio and Low became friends on Low’s dime, with the financier shelling out hundreds of thousands on parties to be close to the star, per BDW.

PARIS HILTON

Hilton got to know Low in 2009, the year Low set up 1MDB as a state fund, according to BDW. Low started off by flying her via private jet to Whistler, and began to pay her $100K per event she attended at his behest. In 2010, he gave her a Cartier watch and $250K in gambling chips on her 29thbirthday.

One night, while partying in Saint-Tropez, Hilton opened and sprayed him with a $2.3 million bottle of Cristal champagne that he'd bought.

MIRANDA KERR

Recently split from Orlando Bloom, Kerr attended a party thrown by Low in 2014. They became romantically involved, and he gave her a $1.3 million diamond necklace on Valentine’s Day that year. For her 31stbirthday, he hired Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice to perform.

Other stars who got hooked by Low include Jamie Foxx, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes and Elva Hsiao.

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‘EMMYS 2018’: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TV’S BIGGEST NIGHT

The 70thPrimetime Emmy Awards are upon us! Here’s what to expect.

WHAT:

The Emmys honor the best in U.S. primetime television programming from June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018, as selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

WHEN:

The ceremony will take place on Monday September 17th, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. NBC will broadcast. This is the first time in four years the Emmys will be broadcast on Monday, in a move to avoid conflict with Sunday Night Football. The show starts at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PT.

WHO:

Michael Che and Colin Jost (of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update fame) are hosting. Their boss, Lorne Michaels, is exec producing. Plus, there are plenty of bold-faced presenters, including Patricia Arquette, Alec Baldwin​, Eric Bana, Angela Bassett, Samantha Bee, Connie Britton, Rachel Brosnahan, Millie Bobby Brown, RuPaul, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Claire Foy, Hannah Gadsby, Ilana Glazer, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Abbi Jacobson, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate McKinnon, Tracy Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh​, Sarah Paulson, Issa Rae, Andy Samberg, Matt Smith, Ben Stiller, Constance Wu and the cast of Queer Eye.

NOMINATIONS:

HBO’s Game of Thrones scored big this year, raking in 22 nominations, after missing the eligibility window last year. Westworld, another HBO drama, landed 21 nods, as did NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale was hot on their heels with 20, and FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story nabbing 18 and FX’s Atlanta earning 16.

AND:

…. So will it be about TV, or will it be about politics? It’s the eternal question, and it seems even Che and Jost aren’t sure how they’ll play it.

Jost told the AP: "We don't even know what's necessarily going to happen during the weekend politically. There might be something, there might not."

But Che said: "There's gonna be political jokes and we're gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure. We're aiming toward it."

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CASEY AFFLECK SAYS JENNIFER GARNER HELPED INSPIRE BEN AFFLECK TO GET SOBER

They may not be married, but Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are still family, according to Ben’s brother Casey.

During an interview with ET’s Keltie Knight at The Old Man and the Gun presser at Viceroy L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Casey opened up about Ben’s recent return to rehab, explaining that Jennifer and the three kids they share together inspired him to sober up.

"Ben is an addict and an alcoholic. Most of my grandparents are alcoholics. My father is an alcoholic, as bad as you can be, and he’s been sober for about 30 years. I’ve been sober for about six years," the 43-year-old actor said. "Ben is trying to put it together, and it can be a very hard thing to do. He has the kind of resources and time, luckily, to take the time and go to a good facility."

Jennifer was photographed driving Ben to rehab last month after photos of him accepting deliveries of hard alcohol and beer were published on TMZ. The airing of Ben’s dirty laundry has been painful, Casey noted.

"It can't be easier to have everybody looking at you and taking your picture as you're walking out of an intervention." "I don’t envy that," he added. "I saw my father struggle with it for many years and nobody was following him around with cameras and stuff. It’s not a great look. But on the other hand, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s good that he’s taken care of."

The Old Man and the Gun hits theaters on Sept. 28.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN SAYS SHE AVOIDED POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION BY EATING PLACENTA

Supermodel and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has a new food reco for new moms: placenta! In a preview of her interview with Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning, Teigen tells Rita Braver that she believes she avoided post-partum depression with her second child, Miles, by eating her placenta.

Teigen, who was been open about her struggles with fertility and depression following the birth of her first child, Luna, tells a dubious Braver that placenta consumption is the norm in Tinseltown. "I'm in L.A., it's very normal. They grill it here! You can try some of mine after," Teigen laughed.

Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, also explains that she wrote her bestselling cookbook Cravings (and the forthcoming sequel) because she just wants to enjoy her family and life.

"I really prefer being happy and getting to eat things that I love, still wanting to be healthy," Teigen said. "But I just don't care about looking good in a swimsuit anymore. I guess that's the only way to put it."

Sunday’s Best will be broadcast Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS AT PLAYBOY MANSION: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is filming at the Playboy Mansion, a first in the post-Hugh Hefner era of the Holmby Hills property. In 2016, Hefner sold the property for $100 million to 35-year-old Daren Metropolous. "After Quentin reached out to me and I spent some time understanding his vision for the film, I knew there was a special opportunity to collaborate together and feature the mansion in this thrilling project," said Metropolous in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. "The timing was excellent as the property has already begun to transform back to its original grandeur and has never looked more impressive." The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell and Lena Dunham.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER PLANNING NEW CINDERELLA EXPERIENCE: Fresh off scoring an EGOT (someone with an Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-and-a-Tony) with his Emmy Award for Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber is planning an all-new stage version of Cinderella, told through a millennial filter. "They have remade Cinderella into a completely modern, feisty girl," said Lloyd Webber of the creative team's nontraditional approach to the material. "Every piece of the story is followed, but it will be turned around so it's not at all what you expect it to be. It just turns the whole thing around on itself." Are you ready for a modernized Cinderalla?

SNAP EXPANDS ‘OUR STORIES’ TO MEDIA PARTNERS: Snapchat is expanding its "Our Stories" feature. Now, it will allow major media companies like CNN, NBC News, Hearst and Now This to draw on users’ videos to curate their own stories. 20 partners in all will be able to use user videos, and observers say it will be an especially important tool during major weather and political events. "This new curation tool allows us the opportunity to lean even more heavily into what we do best — being part of the conversation and telling authentic stories that resonate deeply with young people," said Ben Leher, CEO of Group Nine Media.

WATCH EMMA ROBERTS IN LITTLE ITALY: Emma Roberts stars in a pizza-themed rom-com Little Italy, out in limited release September 21stand on demand. In a clip from the film Nikki (Roberts) is welcomed back to her parent’s pizzeria, but the happy welcome is complicated by Leo (Hayden Christenson), son of a rival pizzeria family, and a serious love interest.

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SHANNEN DOHERTY SAYS CANCER BATTLE MADE HER A BETTER HUMAN

Leave it to actress Shannen Doherty to find a silver lining in breast cancer. The 47-year-old Charmed actress opened up with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America in her first live interview since being diagnosed with cancer about her fresh new outlook on life.

"Everything’s going really well," she told Roberts. "You hear the word remission, and it’s a rush of different emotions, right? It’s like, ‘What’s next?’ There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension. I felt lost for a second. I was like, ‘Now what?’ My whole life has been about this battle, what felt like my whole life."

She continued, "But then it sort of starts seeping in, and then you get joyous, and you get so excited, but you got to wait for that five-year mark, and then the 10-year mark, so remission is a crazy word to me."

But no regrets! "I think it made me a better actor, I also think it made me a better human being," she said. "It takes down all your walls, all your barriers, everything that life sort of threw at you...you're guarding yourself so yea, that all comes tumbling down."

Doherty can next be seen in Lifetime’s No One Would Tell, premiering Sunday.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

WARNER BROS. DISTANCES ITSELF FROM DISGRACED A STAR IS BORN PRODUCER: Just as the Lady Gaga-starring and Bradley Cooper-helmed A Star Is Born makes its bow at film festivals, producer Jon Peters is getting attention for accusations of harassment. Peters, who dated Barbra Streisand and was instrumental in bringing the 1976 version of the film to the screen, was found guilty in 2011 for "severe and pervasive" harassment of former employee Shelly Morita. (He later settled with her in an undisclosed sum). Warner Bros. is backing away from its ties to Peters. "Jon Peters' attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976," said the studio in a statement. "Legally, we had to honor the contractual obligation in order to make this film."

SARAH JESSICA PARKER ACCUSED OF KEEPING $150K IN JEWELS: Sarah Jessica Parker borrowed $150K worth of jewelry for a photo shoot two years ago, and never returned the goods, according to court docs filed by Kat Florence Design, per The Blast. "After the photo shoot was over," Kat Florence claims, "the Defendant asked if she could personally borrow several pieces of the jewelry to wear for a few months and then return all the pieces thereafter."

GEOFFREY OWENS BOOK ACTING GIG: Just a week after Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens was photographed working at Trader Joe’s, he booked an acting gig. Owens, who blamed Bill Cosby’s sex scandal on his lack of work, will guest-star on NCIS: New Orleans. He also recently nabbed a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots.

DEBRA MESSING REIGNITES FEUD WITH SUSAN SARANDON: Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon are at it again. After Sarandon told Variety that President Donald Trump’s administration is unwittingly inspiring women and people of color to run against his policies, Messing took to Twitter telling her to "STFU." She continued: "Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street."

JEFF FAGER OUT AT 60 MINUTES: Following new sexual misconduct allegations, 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager has been shown the door. CBS news president David Rhodes said: "This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come." On Sunday, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves resigned over sexual misconduct allegations.

MOHAMED HADID DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST RAPE ACCUSER: Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid’s father Mohamed has dropped his lawsuit against model Miranda Vee, who accused him of rape. "Because it is apparent that Miranda Vasquez is a liar and is insolvent," he wrote in court papers obtained by The Blast, "and her allegations are fabricated, there is little point to serving her when she is actively dodging service and her counsel will not accept service on her behalf."

BEKAH MARTINEZ IS PREGNANT: The Bachelor alum Bekah Martinez is expecting her first child with boyfriend Grayston Leonard. The 23-year-old reveals that she became pregnant three months into her relationship, and while it wasn’t planned, she’s excited. "I’ve just come to such a point of accepting it and embracing it and being excited and telling people and all that," she says in a YouTube video. "But I was just in such a state of shock when I found out." She broke the news to Leonard on Father’s Day; the baby is due in January.

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TWITTER DRAGS ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SEASON 27 CAST

ABC introduced the full cast of Dancing With the Stars Season 27 on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. Social media was less than impressed. Twitter users questioned the contestants’ star power, with many claiming they’d take a "hard pass" on this season.

Harry Potter alum Evanna Lynch, Fuller House's Juan Pablo Di Pace and former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider will all be hot-stepping their way to the Mirrorball Trophy, along with comedian Nikki Glaser, radio host and American Idol mentor Bobby Bones, singer Tinashe, Instagram model Alexis Ren, and Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, Paralympian Danelle Umstead and former NFL player and Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware.

They join the previously confirmed Facts of Life alum Nancy McKeon, Milo Manheim (Disney Channel’s Zombies) and Joe Amabile (Bachelorette Season 14).

Dancing With the Stars bows Monday, September 24th at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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NORM MACDONALD SPEAKS ON #METOO COMMENTS, ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ CANCELLATION

After making remarks that many interpreted as anti-#MeToo to The Hollywood Reporter, his appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon was canceled. ICYMI, in the interview with THR, he said that he was "happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," and suggested that it was time for everyone to forgive Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr.

The comedian visited Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday to discuss the fallout. Macdonald said that he showed up to do the show and was approached by a "concerned" looking Fallon who asked, "How should we play this?"

Macdonald told Stern: "Part of the reason I love Jimmy is because he does nothing about the news. He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian."

CRYING PRODUCERS

Macdonald balked at opening the show with an apology, and said that eventually, Fallon returned explaining that senior producers were "crying" over his appearance.

"Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'" Macdonald related. "I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.’ "

Regarding the #MeToo movement, he said: "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement. I never said that the victims didn’t go through anything. What I was saying was the reason to put Louis and Roseanne together to talk was because only a few people in the whole world have gone through this new thing where everything is stripped from them … I wasn’t saying that was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible."

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‘DESIGNING WOMEN’ CREATOR CLAIMS LES MOONVES BANNED HER FROM NETWORK

Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is sharing her Les Moonves story. In The Hollywood Reporter, she claims the ousted CBS CEO effectively banned her from the network after she created highly successful shows.

She writes: "People asked me for years, 'What happened to you?' Les Moonves happened to me."

CAREER DESTRUCTION

Bloodworth-Thomason continues, writing that while she was never sexually "harassed or attacked" as other women have said they were by Moonves, he subtly destroyed her career. In 1992, she was given a $50 million writing and producing contract, the largest in the network’s history, but that when Moonves took his place as CEO in 1995, all of her pilots were shot down.

In addition to her own story, Bloodworth-Thomason shares an anecdote of him harassing and abusing a female star whose show had just been cancelled.

She writes: "He informed her that she was too old to be on his network. She began to cry and stood up to go. He stood up too, taking her by the shoulders and telling her, ‘I can’t let you leave like this.’ She reacted, suddenly touched. Then he shoved his tongue down her throat. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me."

"The truth is, Les Moonves may never be punished in the way that he deserves," Bloodworth-Thomason writes. "He will almost certainly never go to jail. And he has already made hundreds of millions of dollars during his highly successful and truly immoral, bullying, misogynist reign."

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SERENA WILLIAMS LOSES U.S. OPEN AFTER ARGUING WITH UMPIRE

Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open women’s final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, after arguing with the umpire, who accused her of getting illegal coaching from her player box and gave her a violation.

"I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose," the 23-time Grand Slam champ, 36, told the Chair Umpire, explaining that she’d gotten a thumbs up and that was not coaching. She subsequently smashed her racket and was given a code violation warning that led to a point penalty.

She told the umpire, "I didn’t get coaching. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her. I have never cheated. You owe me an apology."

Still frustrated, she said, "Say you’re sorry. How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You’re a thief too."

She was given a game penalty and demanded that the tournament umpire be brought onto the court, where she continued her complaint.

Shortly afterward Williams lost the match 2-6, 4-6, and while the players embraced, Williams refused to shake Ramos’ hand. Boos could be heard echoing across the court and Osaka, 20, was in tears as the winner’s presentation began and Williams put her arm around her.

  • In her runners-up speech, Williams’ voice broke as she said, "I don’t want to do questions. She played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were rooting, but let’s make this a great moment. Let’s not boo. Let’s be positive. Congratulations, Naomi. No more booing. Thank you to my team, you guys are amazing. Thank you to the crowd, you guys really are the best in the world. I really hope to play here again. It’s been tough here for me. but thank you so much."
  • Williams will be fined $17,000 for 3 separate code violations during the tennis tournament's final.

    -$4,000 for a coaching violation.

    -$3,000 for smashing her racquet.

    -$10,000 for verbal abuse towards the umpire.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ACTOR BILL DAILY OF I DREAM OF JEANNIE DIES AT 91: TV actor Bill Daily has passed away at age 91. Two of his biggest comedy roles were as an airline pilot on The Bob Newhart Show and he played Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie. The star of that show, Barbara Eden tweeted, "Our favorite zany astronaut has passed."

'MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING' STAR NIA VARDALOS DIVORCES: Nia Vardalos settled her divorce with estranged husband Ian Gomez. The star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding had been separated from Gomez since 2017 but didn't file official documents until just 2 months ago.

DENISE RICHARDS TIES THE KNOT: Denise Richards married actor Aaron Phypers on Saturday in Malibu. The ceremony took place in front of family, friends and the cast of her latest TV show…The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Her new husband had just divorced from Desperate Housewives star, Nicollette Sheridan.

'TLC' STAR FACES PRISON TIME FOR TRYING TO SELL 293 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA: TLC star, Jorge Nava is headed to prison for 2 and 1/2 years for allegedly trying to sell 293 pounds of marijuana. He was originally facing 24 years, until he took a plea deal. He's best known for the show, 90 Day Fiancé.

OLIVIA MUNN SAYS FOX DIDN'T INITIALLY RETURN HER CALL AFTER REPORTING SEX OFFENDER: After reporting a sex offender on the set of The Predator, actress Olivia Munn says it took Fox Studios 2 days to return her call. She said she reached out a second time to say she didn't feel comfortable presenting at the MTV Awards "Unless this guy was out of it." Fox later deleted the scene, which featured the accused actor, Steven Wilder Striegel’s character hitting on Munn's character.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

'GAME OF THRONES' WINS 7 AT THE CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS: Out of 22 overall nominations for the Creative Arts Emmy's, Game of Thrones took home 7 trophies in the first night of the two-part ceremony. This doesn't include the Primetime Emmy's ceremony on September 17.

'THE HANDMAID'S TALE' ACTRESS WINS FIRST EMMY: After 2 nominations, Samira Wiley has won her first Creative Arts Emmy Award. Over the weekend, she picked up The Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Moira in The Handmaid's Tale. In her acceptance speech she said, "I’d like to thank my higher power because without her I wouldn't be here."

THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO 'CALL ME BY YOUR NAME': Call Me By Your Name star, Armie Hammer says there will be a sequel to the movie, stating, "It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen." He made the statement at the Toronto International Film Festival while promoting his new real-life drama Hotel Mumbai.

'THE VIEW' HOSTS UNDER FIRE FOR 'ALMOST' MOCKING FIRST LADY: Hosts of ABC’s The View are under fire from Melania Trump’s chief spokesperson, calling them, "disrespectful and hypocritical" for "mocking someone's accent." It happened during a discussion on the anonymous op-ed that appeared last week in the New York Times. Host, Sunny Hostin began reading in a faux Slovenian accent and then Whoopie Goldberg warned her not to do it. She then read the story in a normal voice.

BRAD PITT IS BEING SUED: Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is being sued by 2 New Orleans residents who claim the organization built and sold defective homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He's being sued personally, for unfair trade practices, breach of contract and fraud. He's been working on making repairs at the homes for more than a year.

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