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FIREWORKS FIZZLES: NBC’s annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular special registered the lowest rating since 2015, drawing about 5.89 million viewers. Still, the special topped broadcast networks on a re-run heavy night. The night’s No. 2 program was actually a shortened re-run of Fireworks at 10 p.m., which drew 4.3 million viewers.

WOLF OF WALL STREET PRODUCER ARRESTED: Riza Aziz, a producer on The Wolf of Wall Street, among many others, has been arrested in Malaysia on money-laundering charges. According to reports, the Malaysian government is charging him with using the money from his stepfather’s investment fund to finance his films. Riza’s stepfather is former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Najib, his mother Rosmah Mansor, and his friend Low Taek Jho also face charges.

PATRICIA CLARKSON SAYS STREAMERS ARE GOOD FOR WOMEN: Patricia Clarkson speaking at Karlovy Vary film festival in the Czech Republic, saysthat she is seeing a "profound shift" in Hollywood as "people are realizing that women can also make you money," adding that streamers "are good for women." She adds: "The current Netflix, HBO, Amazon and Warners streaming services are good for women. They have single-handedly really lifted women — and women of over 40, 50 or 60. It has given them a vibrant, complex and fertile field in which they now work." Clarkson appears in HBO’s Sharp Objects.

DAVID HARBOUR TALKS SHOCKER ENDING: Netflix’s Stranger Things ended its eight-episode Season 3 with a shocking moment that left many wondering if Hopper (David Harbour) was no more. Harbour discussed the ending with E!: "I mean, it's the most moving thing I think we've ever shot. There's a profundity to the season in terms of change, movement and the passage of time even, that's even bigger than monsters and things like that. I will say that there's a great Heraclitus quote which is like, ‘Nothing endures but change. Things have to change.' And the weird thing about doing a television is you fall in love with people, you fall in love with the things about it, and you want them to always to be that thing. And then sometimes life doesn't go the way you want, and things have to change. Part of that can be painful, and part of that can be miraculous and wonderful." Do you think he’s RIP?

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MEGHAN KING EDMONDS OPENS UP ABOUT SON HART’S DIAGNOSIS: Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds is opening up about her 13-month-old Hart’s diagnosis with "minor Periventricular Leukomalacia on both sides of his brain," adding that he is "at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy." In a blog post, Edmonds continued: "From the minute he was born I knew something was different with Hart. The nurses struggled to straighten his legs to measure his length. He suckled hard, shallow, and often until I bled and he spit up black. … Well, I knew. I always knew. I just knew."

MINDY KALING SHARES BODY POSITIVE BIKINI IMAGES: Mindy Kaling is love vacation in Hawaii. The Late Night star took time off from all of the relaxing to post a body positive bikini image on Instagram. "IDK who needs to hear this but," Kaling wrote on Instagram, "WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI. You don't have to be a size 0. What I was struck about Hawaii is that everyone wears bikinis. It does not matter what your body type is. You rock a bikini because you're in Hawaii. There's so much body positivity there, that I, who is always really shy about my body, would wear bikinis."

KYLIE JENNER EMBRACES BILLIONAIRE STATUS: Oh, these little things? The 21-year-old beauty mogul Kylie Jenner shared a shot her of herself on Instagram atop a black sports car with five other vehicles behind her in her driveway. Earlier this week, she showed of her new $452,750 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

SNOOKI ROCKS BEACH-READY BOD: Snooki shared bikini shots of herself celebrating with her family near Seaside Heights over the long holiday weekend. And yes, she just gave birth a matter of weeks ago in May. She also gave her swimwear line SNOOKINI a shout out for"covering up this mawma’s post partum body & trouble areas."

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Taylor Swift Fans Mistakenly Attack Country Artist Scooter Brown, Who Is Not Scooter Braun

Taylor Swift Fans Mistakenly Attack Country Artist Scooter Brown, Who Is Not Scooter Braun Taylor Swift and her fans are going after Scooter Braun after he bought Big Machine Records, which owns her back catalog of country music. That’s unfortunate news for rising country artist Scooter Brown–who is definitely <i>not</i> …

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Justin Bieber Accused by Choreographer of Underpaying Her, Degrading Women

Justin Bieber Accused by Choreographer of Underpaying Her, Degrading Women Choreographer Emma Portner blasted Justin Bieber in lengthy Instagram post Monday, claiming he mistreated her during his Purpose World Tour in 2016. “I gave your universe my naive body, creativity, time and effort. Twice. For content you made millions off …

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Taylor Swift Has “Zero Regrets” Over Scooter Braun Drama; Lawyer Claims She Never Got Chance to Buy Back Masters

Taylor Swift Has “Zero Regrets” Over Scooter Braun Drama; Lawyer Claims She Never Got Chance to Buy Back Masters A source tells E! that Taylor Swift isn’t looking back when it comes to her battle with Big Machine buyer Scooter Braun. “No matter what Scooter or any of his people say, …

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In recent years, Brad Pitt, 55, has been stepping away from the spotlight, focusing on his family, charities and other creative endeavors like sculpture. According to new interview, it seems he may make that move permanent.

Speaking with GQ Australia, the Oscar-winner confessed: "I'm behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot. But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall it's a younger man's game – not that there aren't substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it'll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all."

He said that he’s watching how streamers are shaping the market and admits he’s "curious" to see where they take Hollywood. But he also seemed ready to step aside and let a new generation take the lead. "I like to think there's room for both," the actor said. "But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way."

Reflecting on his role with Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he said: "We kind of popped at the same time. This is a guy who's really giving and really goes for it, so you know it's great fun being able to spar with that caliber of actor. And he's just great fun."

On what drew him to this film, he said he couldn’t resist working with director Quentin Tarantino: "He's such an original voice in the lexicon of film and his sets are just full of enthusiasm and delight. That's why we're there."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are rolling in it compared to most mortals, but compared with Harry’s big bro Prince William and Kate Middleton? Less so.

In a report in Vanity Fair, sources dish on their approach to royal life. First of all, it seems Meghan has adopted British sayings like "bits and bobs." And a source says that all of the rumors of Meghan’s tough-to-work-with demeanor are (slightly) off.

Spills an insider who reportedly works with her: "The papers like to use the word difficult. I’d say ‘'different.' It was hard for her. She didn’t have a support structure in place and she was getting used to living in a new country and being part of a very unique institution."

The insider continues that their financial restrictions mean very few staff members in comparison to Kate and William. As of now their, er, sparse staff includes nanny, security, a housekeeper, two assistants and two palace orderlies. Roughin' it!


Meanwhile, during the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit (an event honoring his late mother, Princess Diana), Harry opened up about the joys of parenthood.

He said: "I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realize that someone looks up to them, that -- for that person -- you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful. Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps."

"But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching," he continued. "From small acts of kindness to large measures of character -- each move that we make matters, especially when we don't think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light."

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KEVIN HART TO INTERVIEW TREVOR NOAH, HOWIE MANDEL: The Just for Laughs festival has recruited Kevin Hart to debut his new talkshow Hart to Hart in Montreal later this month. Hart will interview Trevor Noah, Howie Mandel and two other still-to-be-named celebrity guests before a live audiences for his new one-on-one TV interview show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Hart has also signed on to star in the live-action Monopoly movie, Sony’s Fatherhood and remake Scrooged with Paramount.

AMAZON SLAMS JOHN OLIVER’S DEPICTION OF WAREHOUSE WORKERS: Amazon thinks John Oliver’s depiction of conditions at its shipping and warehouse facilities "insulting." During Sunday’s Last Week Tonight on HBO, he said: "The injury and illness rate in the warehouse industry is higher than coal mining, construction and logging," dubbing Amazon the "Michael Jackson" of shipping because they’re "the best at what they do, everybody tries to imitate them, and nobody who learns a third thing about them is happy they did." In a statement, Dave Clark, Amazon’s SVP of Worldwide Operations, said: "As a fan of the show, I enjoy watching John make an entertaining case for the failings of companies, governments and most recently – Mount Everest. But he is wrong on Amazon. Industry-leading $15 minimum wage and comprehensive benefits are just one of many programs we offer…"

ALL EYES ON THE BACHELORETTE: ABC’s The Bachelorette enjoyed its sixth straight Monday at the top of the charts. The show has been winning the key 18-49 demo with a 1.5 rating, against NBC's American Ninja Warrior (0.8). This week garnered 5.66 million viewers, which may end up being a season high for the show. Are you tuning in?

GREMLINS PREQUEL SET: WarnerMedia’s streaming service is moving forward with an animated prequel series titled Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. The film is set in 1920s Shanghai and the series will tell the story of Sam Wing, the future shop owner from the 1984 film. The 30-minute episodes have received a 10-episode order

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JILL DUGGAR DEFENDS HERSELF AFTER KAMA SUTRA SHOT: Not all of Jill Duggar’s fans are here for her Kama Sutra share. When the 28-year-old Counting On star shared photos of her fifth anniversary getaway with husband Derick Dillard, one shot featured the Kama Sutra, massage oil and a score sheet that had "Bedroom Edition" written on top. Fans slammed what they thought was her promotion of an erotic text based on Hindu concepts. Wrote one: "Bible open in the background, Kama Sutra and massage oil in the foreground...just weird. Why oh why do you feel the need to post this? You wear modest clothing to keep your body covered, yet you share intimate details about your sex life with the world? This is very odd to me." She recaptioned the shot, explaining: "We are not recommending the Kama Sutra. We believe marriage is ordained by God and husbands and wives should filter everything they read and hear together through the lense sic of the Bible and not practice anything unbiblical. The little book pictured is a modern, smaller, cleaner, edited version that doesn’t focus on spiritual aspects, homosexual, or other extramarital relationships, and again, we don’t take everything in there either as the truth."

JAKE GYLLENHAAL, ZENDAYA, TOM HOLLAND VISIT SICK KIDS: The stars of Spider-Man: Far From Home brightened the days of sick children last week, according to the Children’s Hospital L.A. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya showed up to say "hi" just as the kids were being treated to special advance screening of their film. "We are here about to surprise some of the patients here," Holland explains in a video while dressed as the web-slinging superhero. "We wanted them to be the first people here on the West Coast to see it. This is going to be really fun." The trio then spent time one-on-one with patients, signing autographs and snapping pics.

DANIELLE BROOKS IS PREGNANT: Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks is pregnant. "So elated to finally share this news with you all. I'm happily pregnant!" the 29-year-old Tony Award nominee shared in a Clearblue-sponsored Instagram post. She added that she was 20 weeks pregnant.

CHRISSY TEIGEN AND JOHN LEGEND TAKE ITALY: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are living their best vacation life in Italy’s Portofino with their kids, Luna and Miles. Paparazzi photographed the pair wandering the town exploring local shops, with Luna, 3, between them.

BRODY JENNER TALKS CAITLYN: On Monday’s episode of The Hills, Brody Jenner opened up about his relationship with his father Caitlyn Jenner. Speaking to Brandon Lee (Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's eldest son) and Myles O'Neal (Shaquille O'Neal's stepson) about the perils of having famous parents, he said he wasn’t close with Caitlyn until she came out as transgender in 2015. "Bruce was just never really around," Brody says. "Every so often, maybe once every couple of years. He wasn't around for my graduation. He wasn't around for most of my birthdays. So, yeah, there really wasn't any relationship. It was very surface. Eventually we started to become closer. And then all of a sudden it was like… I was just getting to know Bruce and then Bruce became Caitlyn."

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Scooter Braun Bragged About “Buying Taylor Swift” in Deleted Instagram Post

Scooter Braun Bragged About “Buying Taylor Swift” in Deleted Instagram Post Scooter Braun and his supporters say there’s no “Bad Blood” behind his decision to buy Big Machine Records and acquire Taylor Swift’s catalog–but something Braun posted Sunday on Instagram suggests otherwise. BuzzFeed reports that after news of the sale …

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Japan Sending Patent Officials to U.S. Over Kim Kardashian “Kimono” Row

Japan Sending Patent Officials to U.S. Over Kim Kardashian “Kimono” Row <div>After putting the “oh, no!” in “kimono” by attempting to trademark the word for her shapewear collection, Kim Kardashian will soon be facing the ire of Japanese officials over her misguided move. On Tuesday, Japan’s Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko announced …

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Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Collaborator Brendon Urie Calls Scooter Braun a “Piece of S**t”

Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Collaborator Brendon Urie Calls Scooter Braun a “Piece of S**t”If you’re wondering who Brendon Urie supports in the ongoing Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun fight–well, Swift would say it’s “ME!” On Monday, Urie unleashed on Braun in a curse-filled rant that the Panic! at the Disco frontman …

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will reportedly be christened on Saturday, July 6th, two months after his May 6th birth.

Harry and Meghan are reportedly planning on a private christening at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, where they married in May 2018. The exclusive guest list reportedly includes Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The Queen is not expected to attend.

Archie’s godparents have not been announced, though Meghan’s good friend Serena Williams has been floated as a possibility. The couple will reportedly also release their own photo after the christening, instead of allowing the media to have access to the event.

Some critics accuse the pair of taking public money while demanding privacy, and Piers Morgan sniped they only use the press "when it suits them."

But several social media users defended the pair. Wrote one: "The only ones moaning about Archie's christening being private are the haters, don't worry you lot will be able to criticise Archie's looks, skin tone and compare him to his cambridge cousins when official photos from the day are made public," while another told haters, "don’t project your bitterness."

Another opined: "What is this anti Megan & Harry agenda about. Media intrusion killed his mother, who can blame Harry wanting to protect his family. Frogmore cottage was renovated using existing royal funds. We weren't charged extra."

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TOO MANY CHOICES? A new report from Nielsen shows that consumers may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices. Among adult SVOD users, about a third reported browsing a menu to find content. "Options are great for consumers when it comes to deciding what to watch," Nielsen SVP of audience insights Peter Katsingris wrote in the report, "but they’re also decidedly complicated for an industry that continues to fragment and search for unique ways to influence their behavior and perhaps steer eyeballs toward their network, program, service or brand." The report found that consumers are not happy with streamers’ emphasis on algorithms and individualized content experiences. "Think about the last time that you or loved ones decided to sit down and watch TV, listen to new tunes or stream a program," Katsingris wrote. "Were you stuck in decision purgatory, endlessly checking out previews unable to make an actual choice? How long were you there? And how much do you think the paradox of choice costs programmers, content owners, brands and marketers? Surely nobody wins when potential consumers get frustrated by the amount of choice, or simply unappealing options, and ultimately decide to just go to sleep instead."

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL TRAILER DROPS: The first trailer for the sequel to 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, has landed. The Next Level comes after Welcome’s surprise blockbuster status, bringing in more than $962.1 million following the 1995 original starring Robin Williams. Sony's latest Jumanji entry opens Dec. 13.

FOUR WEDDINGS TRAILER LANDS: Hulu has released the first official trailer for Mindy Kaling’s limited series adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Zoe Boyle, Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Sophia La Porta, Harish Patel, Nikesh Patel, John Reynolds, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Brandon Mychal Smith star in the rom-com that debuts its first four episodes on July 31st. New episodes will follow weekly.

ON CINEMA HEADED TO BIG SCREEN: Tim Heikecker and Gregg Turkington’s Adult Swim series On Cinema will get the feature film treatment. Magnolia acquired the North American rights for the film, which is titled Mister America, and follows Heidecker’s campaign for San Bernardino district attorney last year. Exact drop date TBD, but Variety reports it will likely be this fall.

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Did Taylor Swift Just Confirm That Justin Bieber Cheated on Selena Gomez?

Did Taylor Swift Just Confirm That Justin Bieber Cheated on Selena Gomez? Taylor Swift’s war of words between Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber hit new heights after Swift slammed Bieber’s manager for buying Big Machine Records this past weekend. <i>Elle</i> notes that on Sunday, Swift “Liked” several fans’ posts and …

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Drake, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Collaborate With Chris Brown on Double Album “Indigo”

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Ed Sheeran Drops Khalid-Featuring “Beautiful People” Single & Video

Ed Sheeran Drops Khalid-Featuring “Beautiful People” Single & Video Ed Sheeran has dropped “Beautiful People,” the latest song from his forthcoming collaborations album, <i>No.6 Collaborations Project. </i>The mellow pop song features Khalid, and follows two people who bond after realizing the shallow nature of fame turns them off. Accordingly, the …

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Paul Rudd Joins Cast of Next “Ghostbusters” Movie

Paul Rudd Joins Cast of Next “Ghostbusters” Movie Paul Rudd has reportedly joined cast of the next installment in the <i>Ghostbusters</i> franchise. According to Variety, Rudd will portray a teacher alongside <i>Stranger Things</i> star Finn Wolfhard, <i>Gifted</i> star Mckenna Grace and Carrie Coon. The film is being directed by Jason Reitman, whose father …

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Tristan Thompson Calls Khloe Kardashian “the Most Beautiful Human” in Birthday Post

Tristan Thompson Calls Khloe Kardashian “the Most Beautiful Human” in Birthday Post Tristan Thompson called his ex Khloe Kardashian “the most beautiful human I have ever met” in a post celebrating her 35th birthday on Thursday. “Thank you for being an amazing mommy to our princess True,” he captioned a …

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Kim Kardashian Addresses Cultural Appropriation Claims Surrounding Kimono Shapewear

Kim Kardashian Addresses Cultural Appropriation Claims Surrounding Kimono Shapewear Kim Kardashian West has responded to claims she was culturally insensitive in naming her new Kimono shapewear line. “I made the decision to name my company Kimono, not to disassociate the word from its Japanese roots but as a nod to …

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