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JJ ABRAMS SIGNS MEGA-DEAL WITH WARNERMEDIA

After months of back-and-forth wrangling, JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company have signed a mega deal—estimated to hover around $250 million—with WarnerMedia. The deal includes film, TV, games and digital content. He and wife Katie McGrath lead Bad Robot together.

Last Fall, a number of media congloms, including Netflix, Apple and Disney, began competing for Abrams' loyalty, but WarnerMedia emerged as the leader quickly due to Abrams' and WarnerMedia's 13-year history. Of Bad Robot's current roster, three are at WarnerMedia's HBO: Westworld, Lovecraft Country and Demimonde, the first series Abrams has solely created since Alias.

This puts Abrams in the same league as Greg Berlanti ($400 million from Warners), Ryan Murphy ($300 million from Netflix) and Shonda Rhimes ($100 million from Netflix). Unlike Berlanti and Murphy, Abrams did not bring a backend to the deal.

He will honor his previous commitments, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which he is currently editing for Disney. He also has three shows in the works at Apple: the Stephen King adaptation Lisey's Story, starring Julianne Moore; Sara Bareilles' Little Voice; and the Jennifer Garner vehicle My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.

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SO GIGI HADID AND TYLER CAMERON SEEM KIND OF SERIOUS

Despite rumors that they're "just having fun," all signs are pointing to Gigi Hadid and Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron getting pretty serious. First, her sister Bella Hadid followed him on Instagram, then he showed up at her grandmother's funeral in the Netherlands and now, Gigi is helping Tyler look for apartments near hers in NYC.

And they talk all day long, a source tells E!: "Tyler has been looking at apartments that are in the same area as Gigi's in NYC. She suggested a few to him and he wants to be nearby. They are getting pretty serious and it's not slowing down. They text all day every day and see each other multiple times a week."

An insider tells E! that despite their original intentions, things are developing: "Neither of them really anticipated that it would turn in to what it has. For Tyler, it's still pretty casual, but they are spending a lot of time together and really like each other. Gigi asked him to come to the Netherlands and he agreed. He's a very supportive person and someone that's great to have around when you're going through something. He's rock solid and very kind. They didn't put too much thought into it. They are together a lot and she didn't want to go without him."

The source adds, "They aren't talking about the future or what any of this could become, they are just going with it. But he loves being with her and they are really clicking."

Bottom line: neither one is dating anyone else.

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Wendy Williams Tells Dr. Oz “I Will Get Married Again,” But Won’t Live With Next Husband

Wendy Williams Tells Dr. Oz “I Will Get Married Again,” But Won’t Live With Next Husband Wendy Williams knows she’ll meet Mr. Right again–and she’s setting the boundaries for her next marriage right away. “My mother applauded me for this, by the way…I said, ‘Mommy, I’m a wife, I’m not …

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Louis Tomlinson’s Sister Died From “Perfect Storm” of Drugs, Coroner Rules

Louis Tomlinson’s Sister Died From “Perfect Storm” of Drugs, Coroner Rules In a London courtroom on Wednesday, Coroner Shirley Radcliffe revealed that former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson’s 18-year-old sister, Felicite, died in March after consuming a “perfect storm” of drugs at her apartment. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that the fatal …

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Post Malone Heads to French Riviera for Scenic “Saint-Tropez” Music Video

Post Malone Heads to French Riviera for Scenic “Saint-Tropez” Music Video Post Malone heads to the beautiful French Riviera in the new video for his song “Saint-Tropez.” Released on Wednesday, the visual finds the 24-year-old performer wearing both a dapper three-piece suit and a Louis Vuitton utility vest while rhyming …

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Aaron Carter Has Multiple Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia & Anxiety

Aaron Carter Has Multiple Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia & Anxiety Aaron Carter reveals on a new episode of <i>The Doctors </i>that he suffers from “multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, [and] acute anxiety.” “I’m manic depressive,” Carter explains in a promo clip posted online Wednesday. “I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, gabapentin, hydroxyzine, trazodone, …

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Rihanna Confirms She’s “Got an Album to Finish,” Shrugs Off Super Bowl Halftime Show Rumors

Rihanna Confirms She’s “Got an Album to Finish,” Shrugs Off Super Bowl Halftime Show RumorsRihanna opened up about her music while talking to <i>ET</i> this week at her Savage x Fenty show during New York Fashion Week. When asked about rumors she may perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime …

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OUTRAGE OVER SONJA MORGAN AND DORINDA MEDLEY’S TRANS-PHOBIC COMMENTS

Real Housewives of New York Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley issued apologies after getting busted making rude comments about drag and transgender models at New York Fashion Week, but social media isn't having it.

Morgan has hosted several LGBTQ Pride events and has publicly declared "it's obvious I love my gays." She was filmed with fellow RHONY stars Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer and she and Medley made remarks that have rubbed many the wrong way.

Drag queen Miz Cracker and trans model Yasmine Petty hit the runway, and in a now-deleted Instagram Story, Medley can be heard saying of Petty: "Well with a body like that, it's a guy. That's a guy."

Morgan responds: "With a body like that it's a guy, you're absolutely right. Oh lord."

After their commentary was noted (and started trending), they issued an apology to Page Six: "We have a history as longstanding supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show."

Commenters on Twitter weren't impressed, with several calling on Bravo and Andy Cohen to fire them. Wrote one: "So @Andy gonna act like Eddie Murphy's 80s stand up was ;very problematic for him when he was coming up' to try to get a sound bite out of @Instatituss... But he still keeps these two on the payroll?"

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INDUSTRY NEWS

ANGELA BASSETT, GOT CAST, MORE CAST AS EMMYs PRESENTERS: The first group of presenters for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 have been announced. Nominees Angela Bassett, Stephen Colbert, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Billy Porter will present, as will actors from HBO's Game of Thrones, Empire stars Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, 9-1-1's Peter Krause, Zendaya and Naomi Watts. The 71st Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m PT, on Fox.

RICHARD DORMER TO LEAD THE WATCH: Game of Thrones star Richard Dormer has been tapped to lead BBC America's The Watch, based on the Discworld novels by Sir Terry Pratchett. Dormer stars as Sam Vimes, Captain of the Watch. Dormer said, "I'm so thrilled to be part of this brilliant madness and mayhem. I was immediately drawn to the multitude of layers to Sam Vimes, and I find the dynamic between him and his band of disenfranchised comrades very compelling."

AMAZON'S HANNA ADDS FLEABAG, HOMECOMING STARS: Amazon's small-screen adaptation of Joe Wright's 2011 teen assassin feature Hanna has filled out its cast for the second season. Hanna has added Dermot Mulroney (Homecoming, My Best Friend's Wedding), Anthony Welsh (Fleabag, Black Mirror), Severine Howell-Meri (Doctors, Casualty), Cherelle Skeete (Ordinary Lies, Call the Midwife) and newcomer Gianna Kiehl to its lineup.

RUPERT EVERETT JOINS VIRGINIA WOOLF: After the departure of Eddie Izzard, Rupert Everett will take over as George in director Joe Mantello's Broadway staging of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Laurie Metcalf stars as Martha. The limited engagement begins March 2, 2020.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

JUGHEAD MIA: In the new trailer for season 4 of Riverdale, a search party is on for Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty's (Lili Reinhart) getting bonked in the head, Veronica's (Camila Mendes) facing some sort of scandal, and people are playing football. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told E! that season 4 will pick up around the Fourth of July. "I think some of the fun of season four and flashing to that is understanding and figuring out how we get to that point in the story," he told us. "So it's not something that is immediately going to happen, but we're goin to start sort of seeing threads pulled in that direction. We're going to see what leads up to it and then we're going to see the fallout to that scene, and that's sort of the general shape of season four." Riverdale returns Wednesday, October 9 on The CW.

THOMAS RAVENEL SENTENCED: Southern Charm's Thomas Ravenel avoided jail time by pleading guilty to third-degree assault and battery, after his children's former nanny accused him of rape. The 57-year-old reality star appeared in Charleston County court Wednesday, and received a 30-day suspended sentence and agreed to pay a $500 fine. The nanny claimed that in 2015, while his daughter was sleeping nearby, Ravenel "corralled" her into a bedroom and tried to force her to have sex. She said she got away.

ARTIE LANGE SAYS HE'S SOBER: Artie Lange says he's seven-months sober after rehab. "Great to be home! 7 months 14 days sober but one day at a time. Lots of new stories to tell," the stand-up comic tweeted, adding he planned to announce a new tour. "Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all." The 51-year-old checked himself into rehab after testing positive for cocaine and a string of arrests.

TEDDI MELLENCAMP IS PREGNANT WITH NO. 3: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp, 38, is pregnant with her third child with husband Edwin Arroyave. "I'm in my second trimester, 14 weeks," she tells Us Weekly. While the reality star initially kept her pregnancy "under wraps," she tells Us, "Everything's good and I'm in the clear, so I'm just starting to get to that point where I'm sharing with everybody. Plus now I have a bump, so there's not much more hiding I'll be able to do!"

CAMERON MATHISON SHARES CANCER DIAGNOSIS: All My Children alum and Hallmark Channel host Cameron Mathison is opening up about his cancer diagnosis. "I have a health situation that I want to share with you all. There are many reasons I love social media, staying connected with you all, sharing fun experiences… well this time I'm asking for your help," the 50-year-old actor wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I've been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It's consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer." He is having surgery today (Thursday) and remains "grateful and optimistic." He shares two children, 16-year-old son Lucas Arthur and 13-year-old daughter Leila Emmanuelle, with his wife Vanessa Arevalo.

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Kylie Jenner Previews Nude Playboy Spread With Travis Scott on Instagram

Kylie Jenner Previews Nude Playboy Spread With Travis Scott on Instagram Kylie Jenner’s ready to break the internet after sharing a sneak peek of her upcoming <i>Playboy</i> spread on Instagram. “When Houston meets L.A.,” the 22-year-old Kylie captioned a snap that shows her cuddling up to baby daddy Travis Scott wearing …

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Kim Kardashian Says She “Understood” Backlash to Kimono Shapewear 

Kim Kardashian Says She “Understood” Backlash to Kimono Shapewear Kim Kardashian West told Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb that she understood the backlash to the Kimono name for her shapewear brand on Tuesday’s episode of <i>TODAY</i>. “I’m so inspired by the Japanese culture. I didn’t understand that it would have …

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Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick Returning to Broadway Together

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick Returning to Broadway Together Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are getting ready for art to imitate life in the upcoming first Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s <i>Plaza Suite</i>. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that the famous couple, who have been married for more …

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Rapper Tekashi69 Will Testify Against Violent Gang Members

Rapper Tekashi69 Will Testify Against Violent Gang Members Federal prosecutors say Rapper Tekashi69 will testify against his former New York street gang Nine Trey next week. The Daily Beast reports that the Brooklyn-born rapper pleaded guilty to nine federal charges last February, including weapons, racketeering and drug charges while entering …

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KIM KARDASHIAN OPENS UP ABOUT DEPRESSION, MEDICATION

Kim Kardashian appeared on NBC's Today Show Tuesday, and opened up about pursuing treatment after her antibodies tested positive for lupus. (That revelation was made on Sunday's premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.)

The 38-year-old mother of four said she found out more, and while she didn't spill details, she did give hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb a picture of the mental anguish she went through.

Kardashian said: "I did find out, we're gonna talk about it next Sunday. But I was able to find an amazing doctor, Dr. Wallace, and we figured out what the problem is. And I unfortunately had to be put on medication to stop the symptoms. I tried everything natural for the longest time and we chose the best route for me and luckily right now everything is under control. But autoimmune issues are really scary. When you get a diagnosis, and I didn't realize I would be was one of those people, but before I knew what it was, when it was really up in the air, you get in your head and you think of every worst possibility of what's gonna happen and how you're gonna live your life. You really get into this little depression for a minute, I got myself out of it, but it was really scary to get myself through that."

On Sunday's show, Kardashian revealed that her joints were hurting, and even her bones. "Lately, my wrists are starting to hurt again but it's definitely a different feeling," she said during the episode. "I feel this in my bones. It's starting to really worry me. I really have to look into this."

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation in tissues and organs, according to the Mayo Clinic. There's no cure, but there are treatments available to treat symptoms.

Kardashian is having a busy week: she is in the middle of law school and just launched her shapewear line.

AUDIO: KIM KARDASHIAN TALKS DIAGNOSIS

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

SJP AND MATTHEW BRODERICK TO HIT BROADWAY: Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to Broadway, with her husband Matthew Broderick. The pair will star in the first-ever New York revival of Neil Simon's marriage comedy Plaza Suite. The Tony Award winning John Benjamin Hickey will direct. They first appeared together in 1995's Broadway stage hit How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. "I feel I've waited a lifetime," Parker wrote in a lengthy Instagram post announcing the production, noting that she'll get to work with "an actor whom I get to love onstage and off."

ANNA FARIS SHARES APOLOGY LETTER AFTER GETTING BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND: Anna Faris is finally back on good terms with New Zealand. She tells Justin Long on his Life Is Short podcast that there was … an incident … during the filming of her 2010 Yogi Bear film. "Did I ever tell you about how I got kicked out of New Zealand?" Faris asked Long. "I didn't get kicked out, that sounds so dramatic, I didn't get kicked out. I did Yogi Bear there and I was walking...and it was a long shoot and there were days...most days I only said, 'Yogi!' So, you know, very fulfilling." She ended up going to a Queens of Stone Age show, and after leaving early, she got catcalls to "show her tits." After recounting the tale on the short-lived George Lopez show she received a letter from the Minister of Tourism that she was no longer "welcome" in the country. But after writing an open letter to New Zealand, she got the green light to return.

JENNIFER ANISTON IS JUST GETTING STARTED: Jennifer Aniston feels like she's just getting her groove on at age 50. "I'm entering into what I feel is one of the most creatively fulfilling periods of my life," Aniston told The New York Times. "Seriously … I've been doing this for 30 years and I feel like it's just about to really bloom." She is also ready to get to the next place creatively. "It's taken time for me to get where I am and I put a lot of work into my craft," she said. "I've failed. I've succeeded. I've overcome. I've, you know, I've stayed around. I'm still here."

SO BILL SKARSGARD HAS A BABY: It: Chapter Two star Bill Skarsgard reveals that he has a daughter. Who knew? He spilled the beans on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, explaining that he and girlfriend Alida Morberg, 34, welcomed a baby girl 11 months ago.

WENDY WILLIAMS PLAYING NICE IN SPLIT: Wendy Williams, 55, is ready to be officially single, but she is "playing nice" in a bid to get her ex Kevin Hunter to sign on the dotted line, Page Six reports. Indeed, while she has shared her distress over his alleged affair with Sharina Hudson, she still says she has "love" for him. "Wendy is playing nice so that he can sign the divorce papers and she can move on with her new, single life," the source said. The pair share one child, Kevin Hunter Jr.

BARRON AND TESSA HILTON EXPECTING: Barron Hilton II and his wife Tessa are expecting their first child together. Barron, 29, and Tessa, 25, conceived the child in St. Barts, where they met and ultimately married last year, People reports.

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Britney Spears’ Father Officially Steps Down as Her Conservator

Britney Spears’ Father Officially Steps Down as Her Conservator Britney Spears’ father has officially stepped down as the singer’s conservator. According to documents obtained by <i>Entertainment Tonight</i>, Jodi Montgomery has been temporarily granted the same powers previously granted to Jamie Spears, including the power to restrict and limit visitors by …

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Charli XCX & Troye Sivan Reunite on Futuristic New Track “2099” 

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan Reunite on Futuristic New Track “2099” Just about a year ago, Charli XCX and Troye Sivan collaborated on the nostalgic hit single, “1999.” Now they’re back–to the future!–on a sort-of sequel to that joint effort, “2099.” <i>Rolling Stone</i> calls the NSFW track a “futuristic, synth-heavy …

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Lili Reinhart Calls “Riverdale” Co-Star Cole Sprouse Her “Boyfriend” Again After Brief Split

Lili Reinhart Calls “Riverdale” Co-Star Cole Sprouse Her “Boyfriend” Again After Brief Split Well, that was fast! It seems <i>Riverdale</i> co-stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have reunited after briefly breaking up over the summer. In a new interview with <i>Coveteur</i>, the 22-year-old Reinhart refers to Sprouse as her “boyfriend” …

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Kaitlynn Carter Comments “Dear God” on Sexy Miley Cyrus Pics From Fashion Week

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TWITTER PULLS UP A CHAIR AS CHRISSY TEIGEN AND JOHN LEGEND WAR WITH DONALD TRUMP

President Donald Trump launched a Twitter war Sunday night against John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, and the pair returned his fire, much to Twitter's bemusement.

Trump began by slamming the Oscar-winning Legend over his participation in a town hall filmed inside New York's Sing Sing prison, and aired on MSNBC. The special, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, focused on prison reform.

The special did not mention the First Step Act, which Trump signed into law in December. The Act gives nonviolent inmates the ability to shorten their sentences.

Trump tweeted his displeasure, calling Legend "boring" and Teigen "filthy mouthed."

Also: "When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn't come close....

And: "....the importance or passage of Criminal Justice Reform. They only talk about the minor players, or people that had nothing to do with it...And the people that so desperately sought my help when everyone else had failed, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!"

RESPONSE

Legend and Teigen appeared to be delighted to have the opportunity to engage.

Legend called on Trump's wife for help. He wrote: "Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody--ANYBODY--will praise you. Melania, please praise this man. He needs you."

Teigen shared: "The absolute best part of his tweet is I literally didn't speak in the special, nor was I mentioned. I'm cackling at the pointless addition of me."

Their tweet storm went viral, with #TeamChrissy and #FilthyMouthedWife trending.

Director Ava DuVernay posted a GIF of a young girl being hyped up by her friend with the caption, "Me walking around with @chrissyteigen from now on," while actress Busy Phillips asked, "I don't understand anything anymore is this normal?"

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