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CHRIS HEMSWORTH VOWS TO KEEP KIDS’ LIVES PRIVATE

Marvel leading light Chris Hemsworth graces the September cover of GQ, and inside, he talked about his commitment to family and privacy, especially in an era of constant overshare on social media.

He explained that all photos he shares of his wife Elsa Pataky and their three kids, 6-year-old daughter, India Rose, and 4-year-old twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, are purely for fun, despite several lucrative offers from advertising companies.

"The exploitation is something I'm very wary of. We've been offered things like, 'Advertise such-and-such and have dinner with your family," the 35-year-old actor said. "There's no way."

Still, we live in an era of social media, so he isn’t avoiding it completely, he said. "The social media side of it is just trying to work out: How do you keep up with the times?' You see that Sylvester Stallone has an Instagram account, and you kind of go, 'This is the world we're in.'"

Hemsworth said he’s happy with the balance he’s found between work and home life. "I really do feel a sense of ease for the first time in years. I don’t mean that as an assessment of my achievements. I just mean I’m content with what’s going on and relaxed and open about it," Hemsworth shared.

Hemworth can next be seen in Bad Times at the El Royale on October 12th.

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ROSE MCGOWAN SPEAKS OUT ON ASIA ARGENTO ASSAULT ACCUSATIONS

Rose McGowan says her heart is "broken" after reading that her friend and fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento quietly paid off her own assault accuser.

"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein," McGowan tweeted on Monday. "My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere."

On Sunday, the New York Times issued a bombshell report claiming Argento paid Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexual assault. Bennett, who once played her son in a movie, accused her of assaulting him in a California hotel room when he was 17 and she was 37. The Times cited documents claiming Argento gave him alcohol, then pushed him on the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top to have intercourse with him.

McGowan and Argento were two of the most vocal leaders of the #MeToo movement, in addition to being some of the first of dozens of women who accused Weinstein of misconduct, including rape. McGowan, 44, and Argento, 42, have frequently supported each other on social media and in real life.

McGowan reportedly rallied to Argento’s support after her celebrity chef boyfriend Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in June, and Argento appeared on McGowan’s reality series E!'s Citizen Rose to share her story of assault.

CRIMINAL CHARGES?

Sources tell TMZ that Argento will not be charged because the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will only investigate sex crimes if the alleged victim complains. Also, Bennett is now 22, and while they may have opened an investigation into the case if he were still a minor, they have no plans to as of now.

X FACTOR

Argento, who is set to appear on X Factor Italy as a judge, will be fired if the allegations are true, producers say. Producers put out a statement that reads in part: "Sky Italia and FremantleMedia Italia have read today with great attention and in astonishment the news regarding Asia Argento published by the New York Times. … if the allegations reported by the New York Times today were to be confirmed, the issue would be absolutely inconsistent with Sky’s ethical principles and values and therefore - in full agreement with FremantleMedia - we would have no choice but to take note of it and put an end to the collaboration with Asia Argento."

Neither Argento nor Bennett have spoken out about the report yet.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

AMERICAN HORROR STORY DROPS CAST PHOTO OF APOCALYPSE: The witches of American Horror Story are back for Apocalypse. Co-creator Ryan Murphy took to social to share the first look images of several returning players from Coven. Sarah Paulson appears as Cordelia Goode, Stevie Nicks as Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe as Misty Day, Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery, Taissa Farmiga as Zoe Benson, Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie and Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow. American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 on FX.

JESSICA BIEL TALKS THE SINNER SEASON 2: Jessica Biel, who received an Emmy nomination for her work on USA Network’s The Sinner, opened up about striking the right balance in playing such a complex character: "I think the reason I love her so much is because of her compassion and because of her tenderness; quite honestly, she is a survivor." The second season of The Sinner premiered August 1st, but Biel says several elements have yet to play out. "We are going to take you through a human experience. We are going to expose an underbelly of maybe a location or an experience or a relationship between two people or multiple people. We want to hold onto all of that feeling the language of the show, the atmospheric quality, the silence of the show," said Biel.

CAA TO HOST BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL HEADLINING REESE WITHERSPOON: CAA will host Let’s Discuss Live, a Brooklyn Book Festival event on September 26th, pairing Reese Witherspoon and YouTuber Mamrie Hart as they discuss their shared Southern heritage and its impact on Witherspoon’s upcoming book, Whiskey in a Teacup. (The book drops next month from Simon & Schuster).

HULU TEAMS UP WITH CHANNEL 4, JACK THORNE ON THE LIGHT: British broadcaster Channel 4 and Hulu are collaborating on a four-part drama that will examine the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster on a small Welsh Town. Like National Treasure and Kiri (prior collabs), it will look at how the media attention can adversely affect a community struggling to recover from disaster. "We are delighted to be working once more with the immensely talented Jack Thorne," said Channel 4's head of drama Beth Willis. "Jack has a singular ability to explore some of the most complex and challenging topics facing modern Britain today with warmth and empathy, and also with sharp insight and fearless scrutiny. The Light promises to be another powerful examination of guilt, blame, responsibility and culpability." Shooting will begin next year.

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KYLIE JENNER WANTS YOU TO KNOW SHE LIVES WITH TRAVIS SCOTT + MORE

JIC you were wondering, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are fully shacking up. Kylie has scored her first Vogue cover, and inside Australia’s September issue, she dished on her love life and motherhood (it probably helped the her sister Kendall Jenner was asking the questions).

ON LIVING WITH TRAVIS

Noting rumors to the contrary on social, Kylie tells Kendall, "I'm actually scrolling through Instagram right now, and it says that me and Travis don't live together, and so I just want to say that we never miss a night with each other, we go back and forth from my Calabasas house and the city home that we actually got together."

Cool. So how has life in the fast lane changed for the Kylie Cosmetics mogul since welcoming Stormi February 1st?

ON BECOMING A MOM

"I don't think my life has changed since becoming a mum: I think the way I look at life has changed since becoming a mum," Kylie explains. "I think more of the future. I used to live each day as it came, and now I look at the future more. I actually feel like I love myself more after I had Stormi. And I'm trying to be...I mean, I'm already a positive person, but just having fun, being positive."

ON WATCHING TRAVIS AS A DAD

Kylie has high praise for Travis as a father. Kylie tells Kendall, "We both experienced this for the first time, so I love learning together and just watching him with her. He's so good with her and she's really obsessed with him."

ON STARTING A MEGA-BIZ

Kylie also dished on launching an (almost) $1B business via Kylie Cosmetics.

"My Lip Kits started with number one, my obsession with make-up and lips specifically and just how I took my insecurity with my lips and turned it into my business model," she shares. "Something I just became obsessed with was lips and lipstick, and how wearing lipstick made me feel. I just loved bigger lips, and I just got obsessed."

She adds, "To this day, I can't leave the house without lipstick. So, I just think I'm obsessed with doing my make-up and watching tutorials and that's kind of how Kylie Cosmetics started."

ON SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR STORMI

"I feel like having a daughter, and thinking about beauty in the future, has definitely changed me, and I feel like it has made me love myself more and accept everything about me," Kylie says. "Even my ears, I always felt like they stuck out too far, and she Stormi has the same ears as me and so now I love my ears."

"It's just having a different outlook on life so I can pass that on to her," she continues. "I want to be an example for her. What kind of example would I be if she said she didn't like her ears, and then I didn't like them either? I just want to teach her that. I'm trying to love myself more."

Vogue Australia hits the stands August 27th.

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ARE WINONA RYDER AND KEANU REEVES MARRIED?

The characters Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves played in 1992's Bram Stoker’s Dracula got married, but the stars may have unwittingly tied the knot as well (and if so, they’re still married!)

Reeves and Ryder played Mina and Jonathan Harker in the classic flick. "We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to God I think we're married in real life," she told Entertainment Weekly.

"In that scene, Francis Ford Coppola, the film's director used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we're married."

Reeves took it in stride, joking to Ryder that it was "lovely" to see her again. The pair have reunited for rom-com Destination Wedding, out August 31st.

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SERENA WILLIAMS LEARNED OF HER SISTER’S KILLER GETTING PAROLED BEFORE HER TENNIS MATCH

Serena Williams has revealed that she found out about 10 minutes before her match against Johanna Konta at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic that the man who killed her sister, Yetunde Price, had been paroled. In Williams’ interview with Time magazine, she said, "I couldn't shake it out of my mind."

Williams continued, "I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now. When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say. It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me. And how much I love them."

She added, "No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

On forgiving her sister’s killer, Williams said, "I would like to practice what I preach, and teach daughter Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there."

Williams lost 6-1, 6-0 to Konta in the July 31st match.

She is currently preparing for the U.S. Open in NYC.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

BLACK-ISH CREATOR KENYA BARRIS INKS DEAL WITH NETFLIX: Writer and producer Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish, Girls Trip) has signed an eye-popping $100 million three-year overall deal with Neflix to produce new series, Variety reports. Precise details TBD, but Netflix said that Barris will "continue to create stories that reflect culture through an urban, youth and female focused lens." The size of the deal puts him the same neighborhood as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON EARNS MOST BANK: Scarlett Johansson topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2018. She quadrupled her 2017 earnings, raking in an estimated $40.5 million thanks in part to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers films. ScarJo officially dethroned Emma Stone, who didn’t even make the top 10 this year. Coming in second is Angelina Jolie, who earned most of the bank via the forthcoming Maleficent 2. Jennifer Aniston made number 3, earning $19.5 million for her endorsement deals with Smartwater, Aveeno and Emirates airlines. Hot on her heels is Jennifer Lawrence with $18 million, and rounding out the top five is Reese Witherspoon with $16.5 million.

SOPHIA LOREN OPENS UP ABOUT #METOO: Sophia Loren, 83, spoke out about #MeToo, admitting that it has been difficult for her to talk about the scandals that have rocked Hollywood. "It’s very difficult to talk about this scandal and it does give me the chills thinking about it," she said. Loren says she never had to personally face harassment because her late film producer husband Carlo Ponti was often with her. "Maybe I was lucky to have met the right person at the right time," she said. "My life has been very serene." She married Ponti in 1966; they remained together until his death in 2007 at age 94.

LENA DUNHAM ADMITS SHE LOVES DRESSING LIKE A ‘FULL-SCALE BABY’: In an essay for InStyle’s September issue, Lena Dunham confessed that she "peaked at the age of six." As a 6-year-old, Dunham wrote, "I was everything I’d ever wanted to be (formidably adorable), everywhere I ever wanted to go (my bedroom) and hanging with the hottest company in town (my parents). So, like the high school quarterback who can’t stop milling around the football field well into middle age, I have just continued to dress like a full-scale baby." To this day, she simply can’t "buy enough" rompers, blouses with Peter Pan collars and baby-doll shifts.

REESE WITHERSPOON, JENNIFER GARNER, MAHERSHALA ALI TO STAND UP TO CANCER: 2018’s Stand Up to Cancer Fundraising Special on September 7th is going to be a star-studded event. Co-exec producer Bradley Cooper said: "As someone whose family has been significantly touched by cancer, I am proud to again have the privilege of co-executive producing this year's Stand Up to Cancer telecast." Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Mahershala Ali, Keith Urban, Matthew McConaughey and Ed Helms will all appear when the commercial-free program airs live over several channels. Since the first telecast ten years ago, the event has reportedly received $480 million in pledges, contributing to new treatments and therapies.

RHOD SAYS SIZE 6 IS TOO BIG: Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons says there’s "huge pressure" to be tiny in Texas. "All the women have to be glamorous and thin and basically look like they’re stepping out of a photo shoot every time they leave their house," she told Page Six. "My mother has perfected the smokey eye at 8 a.m.! So she’s never been overweight a day in her life. She’s just this gorgeous, I mean statuesque woman and she always has been. And to keep up with all the beautiful women and what you’re supposed to be — you’re supposed to be glamorous. You’re supposed to be classy. You’re supposed to be thin. A size two would be preferable. I’m a size six so I’m a little bit over the limit!"

ANGELA BASSETT STUNS IN BIKINI ON 60th BIRTHDAY: Angela Bassett shared a sizzling bikini selfie on Instagram, proving age is seriously just a number for her. The Black Panther star captioned the shot: "Happy Birthday to all my Leo brothers and sisters. Let’s eat cake!"

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JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ‘VEEP’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back! The Emmy Award-winner made a victorious return to HBO's Veep last week for the first table read, but before she filmed her first scene for season 7, she assembled the crew and thanked them for their support. (Louis-Dreyfus recently took time off to battle breast cancer and heal).

"I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back," the actress said in an Instagram video right before shooting the first take of Season 7. "I’m very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys Season seven!"

"Before the first shot of season 7 of @veephbo. So deeply grateful to be back together with all these superb people," she captioned the video.

Filming of season 7 was postponed in 2017 after she was diagnosed with cancer. The 57-year-old went through four rounds of chemotherapy and surgery since then.

In February, post-surgery, she wrote on Instagram, "Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, ‘F–k you!’"

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RUTH WILSON SAYS SHE CAN’T SAY WHY SHE LEFT ‘THE AFFAIR’

Mum’s the word. Ruth Wilson appeared on CBS This Morning, granting her first interview since it was revealed that her character Alison Bailey had been killed in the August 5th episode of Showtime’s The Affair.

And while she said she’d asked to leave, she also noted she’s "not allowed to talk about why," prompting (of course), a flurry of speculation on the subject. When host Gayle King pressed her on whether her exit could be linked to her salary, she said: "I've never complained to Showtime about pay parity."

Interestingly, in February, she’d told Radio Times that her male cohort Dominic West "definitely gets more" money than her on the series. "Certainly when I signed up to that project, I would have got paid less," she said. "Then the producers might argue, 'Well, he's already done a major American TV show The Wire, so he's already got a level.' But even after a Golden Globe, I'm not going to be on parity. So he definitely gets more than me. I mean, I don't know what the figure is, but I'm sure he does."

Showrunner Sarah Treem told The Hollywood Reporter of her decision to leave: "That was a request, so that was decided basically before we started writing. It wasn't a discovery of any kind. That was very deliberate. And actually, we shot all of her work first. Her whole storyline was shot before we shot anything else."

Late in the day Thursday after much speculation, Showtime issued a statement, contradicting both of them and claiming the decision had been mutual. "We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment," Showtime said. "The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

CHRIS PRATT TALKS JAMES GUNN: "It’s not an easy time," Chris Pratt says of James Gunn getting fired from the Guardians franchise by Disney after old, offensive tweets that made light of rape and pedophilia surfaced. He and the rest of the Guardians cast have previously issued statements in support of Gunn, asking that Disney reconsider its stance. "We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy," he said. "It’s a complicated situation for everybody."

KELSEY GRAMMER TATTOOED WIFE’S NAME ON CROTCH: Kelsey Grammer has an innovative tactic for preventing adultery. The Frasier star told Conan O’Brien that he got his wife’s name tattooed on his crotch to discourage cheating. "It was more of sort of an ownership thing," he said. "My wife said, ‘Why don’t you get a tattoo?’ I guess maybe it was based on the idea that if ever I thought maybe a peccadillo outside the marriage was a good idea, that whoever might be, you know, would read this particular piece of equipment was already signed and owned by someone named Kayte." Grammer, 63, began dating Kayte Walsh, 39, while he was still married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer. Their split was documented on the Bravo show. He and Walsh married in 2011 two weeks after the divorce became official.

NEV SCHULMAN AND LAURA PERLONGO EXPECTING NO. 2: Baby on board! Catfish host Nev Schulman and his wife Laura Perlongo shared the happy news on Twitter Wednesday. "WE GOTTA BUN IN THE OVEN! see ya in January lil' guy," Nev wrote along with a picture of him, Laura and their daughter Cleo James gazing at a bread bun in a real oven. They welcomed Cleo in October of 2016. Eight months later, the pair married at his father’s home in the Hamptons. YouTuber Casey Neistat officiated.

JUDGE SHUTS DOWN JESSE WILLIAMS’ ATTEMPT TO LOWER CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS: Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been denied his request for a new trial after a judge ordered him to pay $50,000 a month in child support, The Blast reports. Williams and ex Aryn Drake-Lee share two children.

POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH OF LYRIC MCHENRY: The New York Police Department has opened an investigation into the death of reality star Lyric McHenry, reps tell E! News. McHenry, who appeared on EJ Johnson’s EJNYC was found dead Tuesday after a birthday celebration in New York. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death.

ASHLEY JACOBS AND THOMAS REVENEL SPLIT: Southern Charm’s Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs have split after more than a year together, she revealed via Instagram Live. "I don’t want to comment but there are just some things I’m trying to handle privately," she said. "Before I say too much, I love Thomas and I’ll always love Thomas. I’ll always care about him." She added that she’s gained 10 pounds and started working out again. Their relationship hit a rough patch after Ravenel was accused of sexual assault by two women. He shares Kensie, 4, and Saint, 2, with his ex.

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DOES MEGHAN MARKLE’S RIFT WITH DAD GO WAY BACK?

Meghan Markle’s father Thomas, 74, is clearly here for his time in the spotlight, but fans are wondering if he’s ever been there for his daughter.

It has come to fans’ attention that Thomas, who famously skipped Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry after a scandal about staged paparazzi photos broke, also failed to attend her first wedding to producer Trevor Engleson. Twitter, of course, has dragged him for missing the first wedding. One user slammed the "vindictive narcissistic dad" who "never came to Meghan's first wedding."

The pair got married in Jamaica in 2011. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, attended both ceremonies.

CLOTHING LINE

Meanwhile, the Duchess’ estranged sister Samantha announced his plans to launch a menswear collection on Twitter.

"So excited about my father’s new #clothing line for men!" Samantha wrote on her private feed. "Will keep you posted!"

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JIM CARREY OPENS UP ABOUT LEAVING HOLLYWOOD

Jim Carrey, 56, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a revealing chat about his disgust with Hollywood, and why he decided to return. He also shared insight into his troubled childhood.

The Dumb and Dumber star admitted that he "just didn’t want to be in the business anymore. I didn’t like what was happening, the corporations taking over and all that. And maybe it’s because I felt pulled toward a different type of creative outlet and 
I really liked the control of painting — of not having a committee in the way telling me what the idea must be to appeal to a four-quadrant whatever."

Carrey is making a return though, via Showtime’s Kidding. But he isn’t here "in the same way," he said. "I don’t feel I’m little Jim trying to hang on to a place in the stratosphere anymore — I don’t feel like I’m trying to hold on to anything."

Recently, Carrey has made a splash with his political cartoons lambasting President Donald Trump’s administration and current affairs (from his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un to the Space Force).

"I didn’t know why I was doing it initially and, as usual, a year
 or two later, I wake up and realize that I’ve been given a spiritual answer through it," he commented. "I’ve been on the journey of identity, 
of who am I, and that’s it. That’s the question. If there’s an ‘it’ in this world, it’s ‘Who am I?’ There is no ‘I,’ and yet it has a shape. 
See what I mean?"

ON ROUGH CHILDHOOD

Carrey also talked about his painful past, revealing that his mother battled addiction for most of his childhood.

"My mom was addicted to pain medication. She was very sick in a lot of ways. She was lovely, too, but she was a child 
of alcoholics and she had issues. And that’s not intentional abandonment — she was always there for me, she was always there in the house — but if you’re high on painkillers, that’s abandonment. 
I guess we’re all abandoned to 
a certain extent, all of us in some way or another by something 
or someone, and that forms in us our belief about ourselves," the actor added.

As a result, he says he started running with a tough crowd, his grades suffered and he began to"blame the world" for his family’s issues. But things started to look up when his out of work father, mother and three siblings packed up and hit the road in a VW van.

"We lived in campgrounds 
or we lived on my sister’s lawn way out in the country and, sure, it got cold in the tent, but in a weird way 
it was a much happier time," the Bruce Almighty star said.

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KIM RICHARDS ORDERED TO PAY $266K IN DOG SUIT

That’s a pricey pooch! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has been ordered to pay $266,000 in a legal dispute involving her pit bull. This comes just months after reaching a settlement on another suit over the dog.

A woman named Kelly Crossley filed the suit against Richards in 2015, The Blast reports. Crossley claimed Richards' dog Kingsley viciously bit her, leaving bodily injuries, along with mental pain and suffering. Richards never responded to the suit or showed up to court. On August 7th, the judge granted a default judgment of $266,092.39, along with costs in the amount of $865, The Blast reports.

She was previously sued by former assistant Paige Sanderson who says Kingsley bit her in 2016. They reached an undisclosed settlement in April, according to The Blast.

Richards adopted Kingsley in 2013. In 2014, he attacked her niece Alexia Umansky. The incident was covered on RHOBH season 5. Umansky, now 22, required reconstructive surgery and physical therapy.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

RBG DOCUMENTARY HEADING TO CNN: The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsberg is set to air on CNN next month, four months after its theatrical release. The film, from directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, premieres on Labor Day at 9 p.m. (September 3rd), with an encore on September 9that 8 p.m. The network is also launching a podcast next week dubbed Beyond Notorious; staffers Poppy Harlow and Jeffrey Toobin will host. RBG was a surprise hit in theaters, earning $14 million.

NETFLIX CFO EXITING: Chief Financial Officer David Wells is leaving Netflix, the streamer has announced. He has been with Netflix since 2004 and plans to help choose his successor. Wells has been at the helm during a huge rise in content spending; programming costs are projected to reach $12 billion this year. Some of that is devoted to multi-year deals with heavy hitters like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

THE ASPERN PAPERS TO DEBUT AT VENICE: The Venice Film Festival will show a special screening of Julien LandaisThe Aspern Papers. An adaptation of the classic Henry James story of the same name stars Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She will also be the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion lifetime award. The Aspern Papers novella is based on letters Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Mary Shelley's stepsister Claire Clairmont. The 75th Venice Film Festival takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

FIRST STILLS OF SABRINA LAND: Kiernan Shipka and Netflix have shared the first images of herself as Sabrina Spellman in the streamer’s coming-of-age Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. The show is an expansion of the Riverdale universe on The CW. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina releases its first 10-episode season Oct. 26 on Netflix. It has already been picked up for a second season.

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PARIS JACKSON HAS GOLF BALL-SIZED ABSCESS REMOVED

Paris Jackson recently went under the knife. The 20-year-old model shared a health update via Instagram Stories, explaining she’d had a big abscess removed.

"So long story short, I had surgery yesterday," the daughter of Michael Jackson said in a video message. Jackson added that it was "almost the size of a golf ball" and that she needed to get it removed because "if it pops, you can go septic and die."

She says she declined anesthesia and stayed "awake for all of it."

"It was definitely the most pain that I'd ever been through in my entire life, considering I'm covered head to toe in tattoos," she said. "But, I'm alive."

She even managed to rally and perform in L.A. with her band The SoundFlowers at the Canyon Sessions fundraiser for F—k Cancer. Jackson gave a special attendee—her grandmother Katherine Jackson—a shout-out on Instagram, telling her it "means the world to me" to have her at the show.

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FUROR ERUPTS OVER JACK WHITEHALL’S CASTING AS ‘FIRST GAY MAN’ IN ‘JUNGLE CRUISE’

A backlash followed the news that Jack Whitehall was cast in Jungle Cruise, a new live action Disney film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. While neither Whitehall nor Disney described the role, a report in the Sun claims Whitehall would be playing an openly gay character. The report described the role as "one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny."

Whitehall is straight, which immediately put Twitter up in arms. Actor Omar Sharif Jr. tweeted: "Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? Fail! This ship should sink."

Others likened the casting "fail" to that of Scarlett Johansson playing a trans man in Rub & Tug. Following outrage to ScarJo's casting, the film was canceled.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

HBO MAKES STRIDES ON DIVERSITY: HBO’s president Casey Bloys opened up with The Hollywood Reporter on the cabler’s ongoing strides toward greater inclusion. During the 2014-15 season, 23% of HBO’s directors weren’t white men, but as of 2017-2018, 57% of its directors were women of color, men of color and white women. Also, six of HBO's 11 pilots for 2018 were directed by women. "It's not a difficult thing to do. You need someone to push from the top and have everyone involved in the process," Bloys tells The Hollywood Reporter.

GAL GADOT JOINS WRECK IT RALPH SEQUEL: Gal Gadot will voice Shank, a tough driver in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet. Gadot joins returning cast members John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch. The Wreck-It-Ralph sequel hits theaters November 21st.

MATTHEW NEWTON EXITS EVE: Matthew Newton has left his directing post at Jessica Chastain’s Eve, a character driven action flick Newton wrote himself. Chastain is producing the film via Freckle Films, in tandem with Voltage Pictures. When the project was announced August 1, Chastain got serious blowback. She is a prominent member of the #MeToo movement and the hiring of Newton was seen as hypocritical as he’d pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend in 2007. In a statement, Newton said: "Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film EVE that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day. Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness. For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry."

PAUL RUDD HEADED TO NETFLIX: The giant streamer service Netflix announced that Paul Rudd is set to star in comedy Living With Yourself, a series that has been given an eight-episode order. Former Daily Show exec producer Tim Greenberg created the show, which will follow Rudd’s character as he "undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person," then "finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version — revealing that his own worst enemy is himself." Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) are attached to direct.

DID CBS TOLERATE ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR ON 60 MINUTES: A report in the Washington Post claims that the toxic behavior of 60 Minutes senior producer Michael Radutzky was well-known by top brass at CBS. This latest report comes as the network investigates allegations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves and talking head Charlie Rose.

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TALKING DEAD STAFF QUITTING IN PROTEST AFTER CHRIS HARDWICK RE-HIRED: Staffers at Talking Dead are quitting in protest over accused sexual assaulter Chris Hardwick’s return. His ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of mistreating her, a charge Hardwick denied. AMC reviewed the case and allowed him to return. A female exec producer and a handful of the other two-dozen staffers are reportedly out. Hardwick had an "emotional" staff meeting Wednesday, The Wrap reports, during which he apologized. This fallout comes on the heels of his first appearance—on NBC’s America’s Got Talent—since the scandal broke.

LINDSAY LOHAN APOLOGIZES FOR #METOO COMMENTS: Lindsay Lohan is apologizing for recent comments she made to Britain’s The Times about the #MeToo movement. (ICYMI, she said women who come forward with assault allegations "look weak.") "I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times," Lohan, 32, tells PEOPLE. Lohan continues: "The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused."

RUBY ROSE QUITS TWITTER: Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account after getting dragged online. Rose experienced an extreme backlash following the news that she was cast as Batwoman in The CW’s spin on the DC Comics story. It was a landmark role—she was the first lesbian superhero to headline a TV show. The Batwoman character is set to debut in December during The CW’s annual crossover event; this year, the event will include episodes of The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.

JENNIFER GARNER PHOTOGRAPHED AT BEN AFFLECK’S HOME AFTER BEING WARNED DIVORCE MAY BE DISMISSED: In June of 2015, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, 45, announced their intention to divorce. In April of 2017, they filed joint legal documents. But according to The Blast, the Los Angeles Superior Court has warned them that their case could be dismissed if they don’t take action. Soon after that news broke, the Daily Mail photographed the 46-year-old star leaving Affleck’s home in L.A.

GIRLS WRITER WON’T BE CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT PROBE: Girls scribe Murray Miller was investigated after actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was 17. Miller denied the allegations. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office released a statement, saying it is not charging him "based on the evidence presented, which included victim, suspect, and witness statements, there are inconsistencies which cannot be overcome." After the allegations emerged, Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner defended him, only to get dragged on social media for it and then walking their statement back. "We regret this decision with every fiber of our being," they said of issuing the statement.

ERIKA CHRISTENSEN WELCOMES SECOND CHILD: Think pink! Erika Christensen has welcomed a baby girl with husband Cole Maness. The Parenthood star revealed the happy news on Friday, saying Polly was welcomed at home. "It happened!" she wrote. "It happened this morning. And it will go down in family history because baby girl's own, incredible Dad delivered her all by himself. My fault entirely as I didn't know she would come so quickly and didn't call the doc until far too late. He came straight over and arrived about one minute after she joined us in the world. Haha! My Mom too. You should've seen their faces when they walked in to hear her little wail. Mom immediately took this picture. So epic. 9:21a (we think) at 7lbs 8oz (we think). Doc didn't have time to grab the baby scale in his rush. Meet Ms. Polly. She's chubby-cheeked and rosy and so beautiful." Polly joins big sister Shane.

COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE WON’T MAKE EMMYS POLITICAL: When the Emmys air next month, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, have zero plans to get political. "It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political," Jost told Vanity Fair in a new interview. "The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time." Plus: "I think that by the Emmys, people are going to be desperate to give men a chance, finally. It’ll probably be #HeToo by then."

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TALKING DEAD STAFF QUITTING IN PROTEST AFTER CHRIS HARDWICK RE-HIRED: Staffers at Talking Dead are quitting in protest over accused sexual assaulter Chris Hardwick’s return. His ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of mistreating her, a charge Hardwick denied. AMC reviewed the case and allowed him to return. A female exec producer and a handful of the other two-dozen staffers are reportedly out. Hardwick had an "emotional" staff meeting Wednesday, The Wrap reports, during which he apologized. This fallout comes on the heels of his first appearance—on NBC’s America’s Got Talent—since the scandal broke.

LINDSAY LOHAN APOLOGIZES FOR #METOO COMMENTS: Lindsay Lohan is apologizing for recent comments she made to Britain’s The Times about the #MeToo movement. (ICYMI, she said women who come forward with assault allegations "look weak.") "I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times," Lohan, 32, tells PEOPLE. Lohan continues: "The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused."

RUBY ROSE QUITS TWITTER: Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account after getting dragged online. Rose experienced an extreme backlash following the news that she was cast as Batwoman in The CW’s spin on the DC Comics story. It was a landmark role—she was the first lesbian superhero to headline a TV show. The Batwoman character is set to debut in December during The CW’s annual crossover event; this year, the event will include episodes of The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.

JENNIFER GARNER PHOTOGRAPHED AT BEN AFFLECK’S HOME AFTER BEING WARNED DIVORCE MAY BE DISMISSED: In June of 2015, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, 45, announced their intention to divorce. In April of 2017, they filed joint legal documents. But according to The Blast, the Los Angeles Superior Court has warned them that their case could be dismissed if they don’t take action. Soon after that news broke, the Daily Mail photographed the 46-year-old star leaving Affleck’s home in L.A.

GIRLS WRITER WON’T BE CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT PROBE: Girls scribe Murray Miller was investigated after actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was 17. Miller denied the allegations. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office released a statement, saying it is not charging him "based on the evidence presented, which included victim, suspect, and witness statements, there are inconsistencies which cannot be overcome." After the allegations emerged, Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner defended him, only to get dragged on social media for it and then walking their statement back. "We regret this decision with every fiber of our being," they said of issuing the statement.

ERIKA CHRISTENSEN WELCOMES SECOND CHILD: Think pink! Erika Christensen has welcomed a baby girl with husband Cole Maness. The Parenthood star revealed the happy news on Friday, saying Polly was welcomed at home. "It happened!" she wrote. "It happened this morning. And it will go down in family history because baby girl's own, incredible Dad delivered her all by himself. My fault entirely as I didn't know she would come so quickly and didn't call the doc until far too late. He came straight over and arrived about one minute after she joined us in the world. Haha! My Mom too. You should've seen their faces when they walked in to hear her little wail. Mom immediately took this picture. So epic. 9:21a (we think) at 7lbs 8oz (we think). Doc didn't have time to grab the baby scale in his rush. Meet Ms. Polly. She's chubby-cheeked and rosy and so beautiful." Polly joins big sister Shane.

COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE WON’T MAKE EMMYS POLITICAL: When the Emmys air next month, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, have zero plans to get political. "It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political," Jost told Vanity Fair in a new interview. "The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time." Plus: "I think that by the Emmys, people are going to be desperate to give men a chance, finally. It’ll probably be #HeToo by then."

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