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ROSEANNE BARR SAYS SHE WAS FIRED BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTS TRUMP

Roseanne Barr is claiming that she has been labeled a racist because she voted for President Donald Trump. After canceling a TV interview she'd been teasing recently, she told her fans that she would instead speak out on her YouTube channel where she could explain herself without contending with anyone else's agenda. On Friday, the 65-year-old addressed her firing from the wildly successful ABC reboot of Roseanne.

"Hi, this is Roseanne Barr and I’d like to welcome you to my own studio where I’m able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media," Barr began.

"This was my statement from the very beginning and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth. When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable’ tweet, I told them: ‘I thought Valerie Jarrett was white.’ And I also said, ‘I’m willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience,’ " explained Barr.

Barr continued: "Now, instead what happened was about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why you ask? Well the answer’s simple: it’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood."

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JOHN SCHNEIDER REQUESTS JAIL TIME: Dukes of Hazzard alum John Schneider is asking the court to restore his jail sentence. A court sent him to Los Angeles County Jail in June for three days after failing to pay more than $150,000 in alimony payments to Elvira "Elly" Schneider. He was released the same day due to overcrowding and given a suspended sentence if he complied with an order to pay up. Schneider would prefer to do his time, he wrote in a letter to the court obtained by People. He wrote that he is "leveraged to the max" with various loans while trying to do "what I believe is ‘right’ throughout this whole process." He added that he wants to "accept the punishment" in lieu of payment. The pair split in 2014 after 21 years of marriage.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN APOLOGIZES AFTER USING THE R-WORD: Khloe Kardashian is apologizing after using offensive language in an Instagram Live video. As the 34-year-old mother struggled to show off a morning exercise routine with sister Kourtney Kardashian, the two became frustrated attempting to connect their phones to the program, and both could be heard using the term "retard." The 39-year-old told her sister: "Yes, you can you f—— retard." Khloe then asked her sister, "Are you f—— retarded?" After a fan confronted her on Twitter, Khloe apologized, writing: "Ugh I hate that word! Why did I even say that? You are a million percent right and I actually greatly dislike when people use that word! I will do better! I am sorry! much love today." Fans then toasted the reality star for admitting to her mistake and not making excuses.

BRISTOL PALIN MAKING $250K IN FIRST SEASON OF TEEN MOM OG? Whoa, mama! Bristol Palin is making $250K for her first season of Teen Mom OG, Us Weekly reports. She signed a contract for the popular MTV show that will entitle her to re-up for a second and third season with the possibility of making an extra $50K each time. The 27-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has three children; one with ex Levi Johnston and two with estranged husband Dakota Meyer.

FAN THANKS JAMIE LEE CURTIS FOR HELPING HIM SURVIVE HOME INVASION: Jamie Lee Curtis and a sobbing fan bonded at San Diego’s Comic-Con as he explained that her role in Halloween helped him survive a home invasion. "I was scared out of my mind and out of nowhere this thought came inside of me, ‘What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?'" he said. "To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode. I’m a victor today instead of a victim." Crying, he added: "You’re the only reason I came to Comic-Con this year." The audience erupted in applause as Curtis got up from her seat and went into the audience to give him a hug.

ANDREW LINCOLN CONFIRMS WALKING DEAD EXIT: Andrew Lincoln is leaving The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season. "I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show," Lincoln, who plays the show’s lead character Rick Grimes, said during The Walking Dead panel on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. The Walking Dead drops its ninth season on AMC on Oct. 7.

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‘WONDER WOMAN,’ ‘FANTASTIC BEASTS,’ ‘AQUAMAN,’ MORE THRILL COMIC-CON

San Diego’s Comic-Con Festival pulled out all the stops, with surprise appearances from stars and tantalizing glimpses of new footage from Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts, Aquaman, Shazam and more.

WHY 1984?

"I hope we can keep it in this room," director Patty Jenkins told fans in Hall H as she prepared to show them early footage. TBD if fans will comply, but according to Vulture, the footage shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman fighting off gunmen in a mall food court until she notices a little girl, whom she super-hurls (grinning gamely) into a pile of teddy bears. Then she’s back to fighting bad guys and running at super-speed.

Jenkins remained mum on other details but did tease fans with the mystery of the resurrection of Chris Pine’s character and why she chose 1984 as the setting: "It was mankind at its best … and worst. It’s us at our most extreme."

"I never want to do more of anything for the wrong reason," Jenkins said of choosing to make a sequel. "I don’t even want to go to that place in my head of how you keep it going and cash in. I want to make great movies in my lifetime … we can make a whole new movie about something completely new, and as unique in its own right as the first one."

JOHNNY DEPP IS A BEAST

Johnny Depp surprised Hall H at the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald panel at by coming in character and delivering a villainous rant. In the Harry Potter world, Depp’s Grindelwald character is a cross between Hitler and Mussolini.

Depp, who was not one of the famous faces slated to make an appearance, strolled onstage halfway through the presentation to deliver an anti-Muggle manifesto.

"I do not hate them. I do not," said Depp. "I say the Muggles are not lesser. Not worthless, but of other value. Magic blooms only in rare souls. It is granted to those who live for higher things."

He then left without acknowledging his costars. Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard (who appeared on a panel for Aquaman) reportedly did not cross paths. Depp has had more than his share of personal and professional troubles of late, as he fights numerous lawsuits and reports continue to emerge of his lavish spending and excessive partying.

JASON MOMOA GETS WET

James Wan’s vision for Jason Momoa as Aquaman is due this winter.

"I wanted to create a superhero film that we've never quite seen before. I wanted our film to be more unique," Wan said. "My movie plays more like a science fiction fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie."

Heard, Patrick Wilson and Dolph Lundgren also co-star, and Nicole Kidman makes an appearance. It’s wet, it’s wild, and fans are eating it up. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, it had already been viewed on YouTube more than 9.3 million times.

SHAZAM KEEPS IT LIGHT

No darkness or doom here! Shazam! debuted a bold and bright trailer and fans got their first glimpse of a bullied boy who transforms into a superhero (Zachary Levi) just by yelling the titular word.

"There are very few characters who are just stoked to have their powers," Levi said. "Since I still am waiting to wake up one morning and fly, to do that, I just got to be me. I got to be a genuine part of myself ... I love that there's still an optimism in him."

DAVID LYNCH SENDS HIS REGARDS

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch failed to show, but he did send his regards through the show’s exec producer, Sabrina Sutherland. She read a series of texts from Lynch: "I am working with Phillip Jeffries to see if I can get there. Twin Peaks fans are the best fans. I got my days mixed up and I’m going to be there yesterday if not sooner. It’s slippery in here. In the Red Room, special agent Dale Cooper has already won the Emmy."

Castmembers were on hand to discuss the Showtime revival of the cult hit, and while they didn’t drop any major revelations, Chryta Bell said of Lynch: "There’s art just pouring out of every pore in his body. I love the idea of being creatively involved with this person and with all the people that were on this program. It was tremendously arousing, as was said, and also just so fulfilling to be with a group of people who just loved what they were doing and were all so grateful to be a part of the process. It was truly magical, super-special."

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NATALIE PORTMAN LIKENS EATING MEAT TO THE HOLOCAUST

In a new video for PETA, animal rights activist and actress Natalie Portman compares consuming meat and animal cruelty to the inhumane acts committed during the Holocaust.

Portman calls out the life of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, and shares some of his thoughts on animal rights.

"Nowadays, many of us speak up for animals, but it wasn’t always like this," the actress says in the beginning of the video. "Decades ago, one man articulated the plight of animals so boldly that the modern world couldn’t ignore him."

"We do to God’s creatures what the Nazis did to us," Portman quoted from Singer's novel, Shosha.

She also quotes a passage from his novel The Slaughterer: "As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together."

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TOM HANKS, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, MICHELLE OBAMA LAUNCH VOTER INITIATIVE

Former first lady Michelle Obama is launching a new voter registration initiative in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.

The not-for-profit nonpartisan When We All Vote campaign has recruited Hollywood heavy-hitters like Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Janelle Monae, basketballer Chris Paul and country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to spread the word.

"It's up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn't just represent a small some — not just the most powerful — but all of us," Hanks said in a statement.

When We All Vote hopes to raise voter participation this November. In 2014, just 36.4% of the electorate voted during midterms (the lowest rate in 70 years).

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DAVID SPADE SPEAKS OUT ON KATE SPADE’S SUICIDE

David Spade is still shocked and devastated by the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade.

"We’re doing as good as we can," David, 53, told Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. "It’s been very tough, obviously. It is very sweet that everyone came out of the woodwork, that she made an impact."

"It’s funny, ’cause every girl I was with or anyone that knew they would see Katie would dress differently," he recalled. "They would bring their A-game. It was very sweet. They would be like, ‘Is Katie coming? Is Katie gonna be there?’ And if she was, it was a whole new wardrobe."

He added, "Katie was very sweet. She knew that they were doing that, and then she would … compliment them. And when I’d say, ‘You don’t dress up for me!’ they’d go, ‘Yeah, that’s her and you’re you.’ She was such a beautiful, lovely, great spirit that obviously will be missed … I’m going to start bawling."

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S SISTER SAYS ROYAL DRAMA MAY KILL HER FATHER

Meghan Markle just can’t catch a break. Her half-sister Samantha Grant, who has gone on the record several times slamming Meghan (including famously warning Prince Harry not to marry her before their May 19thnuptials), is now claiming that her coldness to her father is killing him.

This news comes on the heels of reports that the Royal Family is horrified by Thomas Markle’s penchant for blabby interviews with members of the tabloid press.

"My father is not an embarrassment for loving his daughter!" she wrote, according to screenshots of her tweets. "The Royals are an embarrassment for being so cold. You should be ashamed of yourselves @KensingtonRoyal."

She saved her harshest criticism for Meghan: "How about you pay tribute to your own father?! Enough is enough. Act like a humanitarian act like a woman!" she continued. "If our father dies I’m holding you responsible, Meg!"

DOUBT THROWN ON THOMAS MARKLE’S HEART ATTACK

Meanwhile, a new report in The Daily Mail is claiming that Thomas faked his alleged heart attack before the wedding to get out of showing up and in a bid for sympathy.

A source close to the Duchess allegedly told the Mail: "'He had to come up with a good enough reason not to attend her wedding and avoid any further embarrassment after those staged photos went public. …He brought this upon himself and if he were truly sick Meghan would have made an effort to visit him. Don't feel sorry for him. If anything, feel sorry for Meghan."

The Mail continues, claiming they reached out to the Sharp Chula Medical Center, which he said he stayed at, and that the clinic denied treating him.

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ANNABELLE NEILSON DEAD AT 49: Annabelle Neilson, an English aristocrat and star of Bravo’s Ladies of London, has died at age 49. The details of her death are not available, People notes. In addition to starring in the reality series, she modeled and was close friends with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, in addition to the prominent fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010. "He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs. McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed," Neilson, who was the last person to see the designer alive, told the Daily Mail in 2015. Neilson has struggled with drug addiction in the past.

JOHNNY DEPP SETTLES $25M SUIT: Johnny Depp has settled his $25 million suit with his former business managers. Deadline reports that the confidential settlement was made after an intense weekend of negotiations, and both sides are satisfied. No word on the details, but their agreement is expected to be signed and approved before a scheduled August 15th trial date in which Depp and his former managers tussled over claims from the managers that Depp’s exorbitant spending led to financial distress, and his claims that they defrauded him of millions. Depp is still facing suits, including an assault suit from a location manager on the upcoming City of Lies, plus a back-pay and abuse suit leveled by his former bodyguards.

JENNIFER GARNER SHARES HER SECRET TO SUCCESS: Simply saying "yes," has brought Jennifer Garner success as an actress, businesswoman and mother, she tells Good Morning America. "The best risk I've ever taken: saying yes," Garner said, offering a glimpse into her road to fame. "Somebody said, 'Do you just want to go on an audition?' And I said, 'Yes.' And I got a job understudying at the Roundabout Theatre and one thing led to another," the award-winning actress said. "That has happened so many times in my life where I've been like, 'Yeah, I'll do that.' Something will get screwed up, so just say yes. You get more from saying yes than saying no." The 46-year-old says she as annual "Yes Day" with her kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. She says "yes" to all of their requests, within reason. "The toy store or getting ears pierced or buying a puppy — those are not up for grabs," she explained. "All day I say yes. They just love it. It's so fun." Garner was also promoting her new company, Once Upon a Farm, which sells organic baby food made on farms across the country.

AMANDA SEYFRIED ADMITS HUSBAND WAS JEALOUS OF HER WORK WITH EX: When Amanda Seyfried reunited with ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, her husband was less than thrilled. "I think he has the same kind of issues that I would have if we were hanging out with his ex-girlfriend from long ago," the Les Misérables star told The Mirror. "I think it’s always like, ‘I’m so in love with this person, so that person must be so in love with her too.'" Seyfried, 32, met Cooper, 40, while working in the 2008 original. They dated for three years. She married Thomas Sadoski, 42, in March of 2017. Would you want your partner to work with his or her ex?

KIM KARDASHIAN AND NORTH WEST BOND OVER BEAUTY: Like mother, like daughter. Kim Kardashian took her and Kanye West’s daughter North West to Beautycon Sunday. The annual event brings together high-flying beauty mavens, so naturally, the KKW Beauty founder was there. Kim shared their day on Instagram Stories, noting that they even planned to wear their hair the same way. At the conference during an onstage chat with Beautycon Media's CEO, Moj Mahdara, Kim said of North: "She's never seen me do anything like this, so this is an exciting day for me."

NORMAN REEDUS DONS MASK IN SWEET BIRTHDAY POST TO DIANE KRUGER: The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus posed shirtless and donned a face mask in a selfie with his love Diane Kruger. The pregnant Kruger is celebrating her 42nd birthday. The pair made their red carpet debut together in January at the Golden Globes Awards.

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FIRST IMAGE FROM THE CROWN DROPS: Fans of Netflix’s The Crown are getting their first glimpse of their new queen. Olivia Colman will play Her Royal Majesty in the forthcoming season of The Crown. She replaces Claire Foy, who played the queen in seasons 1 and 2. In the new image, Colman is seen with tea and a slice of toast and marmalade. Tobias Menzies stars as Prince Philip, and Ben Daniels plays Antony Armstrong-Jones, alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret, in the next season of the royal drama, which will launch in 2019.

EMMA ROBERTS AND HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN ARE STAR-CROSSED LOVERS: It’s the Romeo & Juliet of the pizza world. A new trailer for the film has dropped, showing Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen as star-crossed lovers from warring pizza families in Little Italy. Alyssa Milano, Jane Seymour and Danny Aiello are also starring.

ETHAN HAWKE & JULIETTE BINOCHE TO STAR IN HIROKAZU KORE-ADA’S NEXT FILM: Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve are set to topline Palme d'Or-winner Hirokazu Kore-eda's next project. The story will follow a French actress (Deneuve), her screenwriter daughter (Binoche) and her son-in-law (Hawke), as they move back to France from the U.S. Filming is set to begin later this year in France.

SEASON 4 OF UnREAL STREAMING ON HULU: The entire fourth season of UnREAL dropped unexpectedly on Hulu Monday. Hulu, which bought the series from Lifetime in May, also revealed that season 4 will be the final. "I’m thrilled UnREAL has found a new home with Hulu for our final season," actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, who plays Jay, told Vulture in an email. "Fans can enjoy the brilliant insanity of our show complete with the nail-biting binge-worthy experience they deserve. Everyone involved is so pleased with the way we’ve wrapped up these characters’ stories, and I’m sure the audience will be just as satisfied." New cast members for the final season include François Arnaud, Natalie Hall, Meagan Holder and Alejandro Muñoz.

LOST STANLEY KUBRICK SCREENPLAY FOUND: A British university professor says he’s found a long-lost screenplay by the iconic director Stanley Kubrick. The play is titled Burning Secret, and is an adaptation of a 1913 novel of the same name by Stefan Zweig. The story follows an insurance salesman who befriends a boy at a spa resort in order to seduce his married mother. Kubrick wrote the play in 1956 with Calder Willingham (The Graduate). Nathan Abrams told The Guardian of finding the late director’s play: "Kubrick aficionados know he wanted to do it, but no one ever thought it was completed. We now have a copy and this proves that he had done a full screenplay." MGM gave the play the greenlight, but it was never made. TBD if the long-lost play will be resuscitated.

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‘FORBES’ REVEALS THAT GEORGE CLOONEY EARNS MORE THAN ANY STAR IN HISTORY

George Clooney made $239 million pre-taxes in the past year, according to Forbes' annual Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest Paid Entertainers report.

It’s a jaw-dropping amount, even in the high-flying world of Hollywood. Forbes reports that Clooney actually brought in more money last year than any other actor over an equivalent period. Ever. Much of cash comes from the sale of the Casamigos tequila company to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth about $1 billion.

But don’t feel too bad for other Hollywood heavyweights: as Forbes notes, the world’s 100-highest paid celebs made a combined $6.3 billion pretax over 12 months, up 22% over last year. 11 celebs crossed the $100 million threshold this year.

And Clooney wasn’t even on top: athlete Floyd Mayweather earned $285 million pretax, most of which came from his August 2017 fight with Conor McGregor. Clooney came in second, and Kylie Jenner rounded out the top 3 with $166.5 million, thanks to her phenomenally successful makeup empire.

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KATE MIDDLETON & MEGHAN MARKLE STEP OUT AS HER FATHER BLABS: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and sister-in-law Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, hit the town solo for the first time. The ladies attended the Wimbledon Ladies’ Single Final together Saturday to cheer on Meghan’s pal Serena Williams as she duked it out against Angelique Kerber. Kate wore an adorable midi Jenny Packham dress, nude heels and drop earrings; Meghan donned a blue and white striped Ralph Lauren shirt, wide-legged Ralph Lauren pants and a white Maison Michel Virginie hat. But there’s trouble in paradise, according to a new article in The Sun featuring an interview with Meghan’s chatty father, Thomas. The 73-year-old tells the paper that behind all of Meghan’s smiles is deep-seated anxiety. Thomas attributes her nerves to the high demands of royal life and the constant pressure and glare of the spotlight. He added that he’d love to speak with her, but that he has been unable to since one brief conversation after her wedding to Harry. "The phone number that I call doesn't work anymore," he told The Sun in on-camera remarks. "The, I guess, liaison with the royal family never answers back, and there's no address I can write to so I have no way of contacting my daughter."

KATE UPTON AND JUSTIN VERLANDER EXPECTING FIRST CHILD: Kate Upton is expecting her first child with new husband Justin Verlander, whom she married in November. The 26-year-old model tagged a shot of herself wearing a red pantsuit in front of a sunny backdrop: "#PregnantinMiami".

DEMI MOORE IS SURPRISE GUEST AT BRUCE WILLIS ROAST: Saturday night’s Comedy Central Roast of Die Hard star Bruce Willis got an unexpected visit from his ex-wife Demi Moore. In the middle of the ceremony, toast maestro Joseph Gordon-Levitt introduced Moore, who promptly dragged him for his age, music, bald head and their marriage. "I look at our marriage like The Sixth Sense,’" said Moore. "You were dead the whole time." Willis’ current wife Emma Heming laughed along as did Moore and Willis’ daughters Rumer, Tallulah and Scout. The roast will air July 29thon Comedy Central.

MIRA SORVINO’S CO-STAR SAYS SHE IS RELIEVED ASSAULT TRUTH COMING OUT: Mira Sorvino’s on-screen nemesis from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion has her back IRL. Sorvino has been one of the first and strongest voices denouncing accused sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein. Last week, she admitted that his assault was just one of many she endured during her career in Hollywood. "I have been entirely supportive of her, as most women," Elaine Hendrix told Page Six on Friday. "I 100% support her." Weinstein has been indicted on rape and sexual assault charges, and denies Sorvino’s claims.

JANE FONDA SPEAKS ON IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR DISENFRANCHISED: Jane Fonda has long advocated for the disenfranchised, from her anti-war protests during Vietnam, to her work with the Black Panthers, and now in a bid to ensure a "fair wage" for restaurant workers. The actress and activist joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Farmworker Women's Alliance and National Women's Law Center to push for livable wages and protection against sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. At a press conference, she credited the #MeToo movement for helping bring larger social issues to the fore. "Before the Time's Up and #MeToo movements burst forth in Hollywood almost a year ago, I never thought I would live to see a day when women were actually heard," said Fonda. "I’m very aware of the fact that in the beginning this happened the way it did because the women who were speaking out were white and they were famous. Almost immediately, we in Hollywood received a letter: Dear sisters, from the Alliance of Women Farmworkers. I can’t tell you the effect that that had on all of us — the fact that 7,000 workers from the field were reaching out to us celebrities in Hollywood saying 'we stand with you' made us realize that this notion that has become so important of intersectionality was now being fleshed out."

MICHAEL AVENATTI THREATENS TO EXPOSE JAMES WOODS #METOO ISSUES: Stormy Daniel’s lawyer Michael Avenatti got into a Twitter spat with actor James Woods over the weekend. Woods mocked Avenatti after being interviewed during a London protest against the president featuring a "Baby Trump" blimp, opining that he’s "the real diapered, hot air balloon." Avenatti hit back, "You know what I love? Everytime you pop off about me, one or two more women contact my ofc and describe your harassment/assault of them and #MeToo issues, seeking representation." Woods has been steadfast in his support of Donald Trump as Avenatti sues him on behalf of Daniels.

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YVETTE NICOLE BROWN TO TAKE ON CHRIS HARDWICK’S DUTIES AT AMC? Yvette Nicole Brown will take over the Season 9 preview special for The Walking Dead, and its after-show Fear the Walking Dead, Deadline reports. Brown will be taking over for accused sexual assaulter Chris Hardwick; she is handling his panels at Comic-Con as well. "Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick," AMC said Friday. Hardwick denies the allegations floated by his ex-girlfriend, and his wife and mother-in-law are standing by him.

BILL MURRAY & TILDA SWINTON IN FOR THE DEAD DON’T DIE: Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die is bringing in the big guns for the Focus Features film. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny, all of whom have worked with Jarmusch before, will star in The Dead Don't Die. Selena Gomez will also topline the film.

ZOMBIELAND SEQUEL ON WITH EMMA STONE, WOODY HARRELSON, MORE: Zombieland 2 is ready to go after almost a decade of ever-increasing buzz, per The Hollywood Reporter. Sony Pictures is set to reunite the cast of the 2009 hit, including Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. Ruben Fleischer is returning to direct the horror-comedy road movie.

HBO ORDERS JOSS WHEDON SCI-FI DRAMA: Joss Whedon is returning to the small screen. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum has snagged a straight-to-series order at HBO for The Nevers. The Victorian drama, described as an epic science fiction drama about women who discover they have unusual abilities and dastardly enemies, had multiple bidders, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Episode count and premiere date TBD.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD AND STERLING K. BROWN IN TALKS TO JOIN FROZEN 2: Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to join Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the blockbuster 2013 animated film which grossed $1.2 billion+ worldwide. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning, along with stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. The release date is slated for November 27th, 2019.

QUEER EYE IS RENEWED: Season 3 is a go on Netlflix for Queer Eye. Production is set to begin very soon, with plans for a bow in 2019. Hosts Antoni Porowski (an expert in food and wine), Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion) will also return to the Emmy Award-nominated show.

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN MISQUOTED IN ARTICLE CLAIMING HE PAID ACTORS FOR SEX?

Harvey Weinstein was misquoted in a published article claiming he admitted to offering jobs to actresses in exchange for sexual favors, the disgraced movie mogul’s attorney Ben Brafman said Friday.

Brafman said he was "present for the conversation" between Weinstein and the journalist, and that the Oscar-winning producer never made such an admission.

The journo who penned the piece, (which was published in Spectator magazine Friday), Taki Theodoracopulos, issued a statement admitting the article was a "mistake," but added it was the first time in 41 years he’d had to issue a retraction.

The article quoted Weinstein thusly: "I did offer women acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone."

He also claimed in the article that Weinstein called him up and told him: "I've got a world exclusive for you, are you interested?"

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WEST WING STARS IGNITE REBOOT RUMORS: Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the hit NBC series West Wing, sparked reboot rumors by posting a shot of himself dining with pals, including fellow former co-stars Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) and show creator Aaron Sorkin. "Talking reboot," Malina wrote. Fans have been pushing for a revival of the show, especially after the 2016 presidential election. Think it could be a go?

JOANNA GAINES SHARES FOOTAGE OF BABY CREW: Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines shared adorable footage of her fifth child Crew with co-host Chip Gaines. The pair also share Drake, 13; Ella, 11; Duke, 9 and Emmie Kay, 8. Prior to Crew’s birth, she admitted that he was a happy surprise, and that the older siblings were thrilled to help out. "There's going to be quite the age gap," Joanna told Today before the birth. "I'm going to have a lot of little helpers. I'm so excited."

AMY SCHUMER IS NOT PREGNANT, OK? Amy Schumer is dismissing pregnancy rumors after sharing a cute photo of herself in a loose-fitting red dress in which she appears (to some) to be gesturing toward her stomach. Her caption also threw some people off:"@leesaevansstyle and i are cookin somethin Up." D’oh! "I am not pregnant," Schumer said on Instagram. "It looked like I was pointing to a bump or something but I’m not." She and stylist Leesa Evans are cooking up a clothing line, she continued. "Leesa Evans and I have created a clothing line for all sizes and shapes at a chill price point. Thats what I was trying to allude to, but thank you for thinking of my womb."

LUANN DE LESSEPS SUED BY EX, KIDS: Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps is being sued by her ex Alexandre de Lesseps and their two grown kids, Noel and Victoria, TMZ reports. They are claiming that she bought a $3.1 million house in Sag Harbor following their divorce, but never created a trust that gave the kids half the house as she agreed to per their divorce deal. Now, she’s aiming to sell the house and move upstate, without giving the kids their share, according to court docs nabbed by TMZ.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN SHARES VIDEO OF TRISTAN THOMPSON DANCING WITH TRUE: Khloe Kardashian shared a video of her two-month-old baby dancing with Tristan Thompson. The trio touched down in L.A. a month ago after a post-birth stay in Thompson’s home in Cleveland. After a rough patch (Thompson was photographed cheating on Kardashian when she was pregnant), they seem to be on the mend, and just Monday, they hit up Nobu for a double date with LeBron James and Savannah Brinson.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

ANIMAL PLANET SETS SERIES CELEBRITY ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Some of Hollywood’s most beloved and animal-loving stars, including Kristen Bell, Al Roker, Danny Trejo, Judy Greer and Whitney Cummings will appear in Celebrity Animal Encounters on Animal Planet. The series will document stars’ unexpected run-ins with animals, ranging from dangerous to hilarious. As each star narrates, the audience will view an animated reimagining of the encounter. The series is set to premiere on Animal Planet on July 27 at 10 p.m.

MARK RYLANCE SET FOR WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS: Academy Award winner Mark Rylance has signed on for a starring role in the adaptation of Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee’s beloved 1980 novel Waiting for the Barbarians. The film will be directed by Ciro Guerra; filming will begin in Europe and North America this fall. The allegorical tale follows the story of a loyal servant (Rylance) working in a small frontier town and trying to ignore the coming war with "barbarians."

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE TO STAR IN DEAD TO ME: Christina Applegate is set to star in a Will Ferrell-produced Netflix comedy, Dead to Me. Written by by Liz Feldman (The Great Indoors, 2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy), the show centers on "a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret." Applegate plays the widow, who has "an anger problem that she doesn’t necessarily want to deal with."

HANDMAID’S TALE PRODUCER TALKS SEASON 3: Warren Littlefield, the exec producer of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, tells The Hollywood Reporter that Season 3 will be a game-changer. Says Littlefield: "I think we'll get to go to another place for year three, which is the resistance, the fight. June has had to battle for survival, and I think it leaves us in a place where she's able to look beyond herself, beyond the battle for her unborn child in year two, and for Hannah. It feels like it takes us to a bigger place." In Season 2, Elisabeth Moss' June entrusts her baby with fellow handmaid Emily (Alexis Bledel) and stays behind to search for her oldest daughter, Hannah (Jordana Blake).

NETFLIX SETS DEAL WITH ALEX PINA: The creator, producer and writer of Netflix’s most-watched non-English speaking show La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) has nabbed a global exclusive deal with the streamer. Alex Pina is set to produce new series and projects. "Working alongside Netflix is a dream come true. We are living in a moment where series are becoming one of the most relevant cultural movements ever," said the Spanish producer. "The possibility of reaching the last corner on the planet and building a world where content of all languages can travel globally, is to be part of the dream of thousands of creatives from around the world; productions coming from small places in the world that today can reach everyone. We had to be there, beside Netflix, as part of this revolutionary challenge."

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MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL NOT HAVE HUGE FAMILY

Children, almost certainly yes, but the question is, how many? That’s the question newlyweds Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 36, have been contending with since news of their May 19thnuptials broke.

In Dublin on Wednesday, one woman in the crowd of admirers gathering to greet the royals had a suggestion framed as a question: "My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?"

The woman told People magazine of his response: "He laughed and said ‘Five children? Too many.’ "

Still, fans who want a bambino sooner rather than later can cling to Harry’s previous comments to the BBC shortly after their engagement: "You know, one step at a time. Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future."

MEGHAN MISSES ACTING

Meanwhile, Meghan reveals her former career will always have a big place in her heart. Meghan, who gave up her role on Suits to marry Harry (royals don’t have classic careers, instead spending their time dedicated to philanthropy), admitted in Dublin that she missed her gig.

"I'm a fan of Suits and I said to her that I miss it and she said 'so do I'," Fiona Moore recalled to reporters. "She seemed very relaxed and was joking and laughing."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

PAUL REISER SAYS MAD ABOUT YOU REVIVAL UNLIKELY: Womp! After getting fans excited for the past year, Paul Reiser is walking it back his claims about an imminent revival of Mad About You reboot. "It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it now," Reiser said of the new series in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. The rebooted version would have focused on Reiser and Helen Hunt’s characters dealing with their empty nest after their daughter leaves for college. Reiser continued: "Sony is trying to figure out from their end; that’s where I just walk away and go, call me when you figure it out. I don’t know what happens at that level. They make their deals with whoever they make their deals with. So we’ll see if it happens. It may not happen. It likely won’t happen. My guess is it won’t happen." NBC, ABC and Fox have passed on a revival. Reiser is holding out very tenuous hope for a streamer to pick it up. Would you tune in?

AMBER HEARD AND VITO SCHNABEL MAKE OUT AT WIMBLEDON: It’s official! Amber Heard and Vito Schnabel sealed their rumored romance with a big kiss at Wimbledon. The 32-year-old Aquaman star and the art curator have reportedly been dating for a few months, but this is the first time they’ve appeared so publicly together.

DRIVER OF CAR THAT HIT GEORGE CLOONEY DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM: George Clooney, who’s that? The driver the car that hit Clooney when he was riding on his scooter in Sardinia, Italy doesn't spend much time on TMZ. Antonello Vigliono, 65, reportedly had no clue who the star was. Clooney suffered trauma to his pelvis, hip and knee but is reportedly recovering at home with Amal and their twins.

DWAYNE JOHNSON IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT (NOW): Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is withdrawing his rumored bid for president. "Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020," he said at the premiere for Skyscraper. "It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020." However, he held out hope for a 2024 bid. "I have so much respect for the position," Johnson said. "It’s something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn."

AVA DUVERNAY AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH NAMED PETA’S ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL’ VEGANS: Benedict Cumberbatch and Ava DuVernay have a new line to add to their resumes. The actor and director have been named PETA’s "Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities" for 2018, E! reports. They beat out Zac Efron, Ellen Pompeo and Ne-Yo for the honor. PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said, "Ava DuVernay and Benedict Cumberbatch are saving animals not only by going vegan, but also by sharing their commitment with the world. The vegan powerhouses behind Selma and Doctor Strange beautifully show what it means to be a compassionate star in 2018."

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TRANS ACTORS ‘AUDITION’ FOR SCARLETT JOHANSSON ROLES AFTER CASTING CONTROVERSY

Trans actors are responding to the latest Scarlett Johansson casting controversy … creatively. The Golden Globe-nominated star is catching heat for taking on a trans role in Rupert SandersRub & Tug, which follows the true story of Dante "Tex" Gill, who ran massage/prostitution parlors in the 1970s.

Sanders and Johansson were also accused of white-washing when she took on a classically Asian role in Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell.

In a now-viral video, trans stars Justin Chow, Scott Turner Schonefield, D'Lo and Rocco Kayiatos take on some of Johansson’s previous roles, including Samantha in Her, Charlotte in Lost in Translation, Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers and Anna in He's Just Not That Into You.

In the finale, Schonefield nabs Samantha, but wait for it….

"Is this a female role?" he asks someone behind the camera, who replies that yes, it is for a white female.

"Sorry, I'm just having trouble because cis women are actually really marginalized in Hollywood, you know, and I know that there are people who have lived this experience that would bring a lot of authenticity to it and I feel a little weird about taking that from them," he replies. "Thank you so much for the opportunity and no thanks."

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SAOIRSE RONAN IS SURPRISED THAT STRANGERS RECOGNIZE HER

Once you’ve starred in a movie that’s nominated for an Oscar, it’s safe to say you’re famous, right? Saoirse Ronan, 24, still doesn’t feel famous though.

She graces the cover of Vogue for its August issue, and inside, the Lady Bird star discusses the perils and pleasures of working in the movie industry since the age of 9.

"I still get completely shocked that anyone knows who I am," she told Vogue after a fan asked to take a photo with her in her native Ireland. When asked if she'd rather she blended into the crowd more, she said, "Yeah, I would. But I'm not...famous. I just genuinely don't think I am. Selena Gomez is famous."

Ronan continued, saying she avoided reading about herself. "If you're not aware of how often you're in a newspaper, then it's like it's not really happening. I just get so anxious whenever I watch anything that I'm in. I'm fine with the way I look now. But I wouldn't necessarily be looking at photographs of myself all day. I don't want to become too consumed by the image of myself."

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KYLIE JENNER COVERS ‘FORBES’ RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN ISSUE

The 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is on her way to becoming one of the richest, most successful and youngest entrepreneurs in the country. Jenner covers Forbes’ "Richest Self-Made Women" issue, landing at No. 27 in their tally.

Since founding Kylie Cosmetics in February of 2016, her company has earned more than $630 million in revenue. (She is the sole owner). And by leveraging her massive social media following (110 million on Instagram, 25.6 million on Twitter), she has amassed a fortune worth $900 million.

"The most successful women entrepreneurs in the country are increasingly taking advantage of technology, including social media, to help them launch and grow businesses," editor Luisa Kroll says. "That's one reason why we've seen a notable influx of Instagram-savvy moguls like 20-year-old Kylie Jenner in the ranks of America's richest self-made women."

The combined net worth of this issue’s crop is worth $71 billion, 15% more than last year’s. The minimum required for entrée on the list is $320 million. Jenner is the youngest to be featured. Other top-earners include Oprah Winfrey (No. 6, $3.1 billion), Sheryl Sandberg (No. 12, $1.55 billion), Tory Burch (No. 29, $800 million), Madonna (No. 36, $590 million), Donna Karan (No. 43, $470 million), Céline Dion (No. 46, $430 million), Judy Sheindlin (No. 48, $400 million), Barbra Streisand (No. 48, $400 million), Beyoncé (No. 53, $355 million), Kim Kardashian (No. 54, $350 million) and Taylor Swift (No. 60, $320 million).

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ROBIN WRIGHT SAYS SHE ‘DIDN’T KNOW’ COSTAR KEVIN SPACEY

Robin Wright has granted her first interview that touches on the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against her former co-star Kevin Spacey to Today’s Savannah Guthrie on NBC.

Wright is promoting House of Cards as its sixth and final season is set to premiere on Netflix. The giant streaming service gave Spacey the boot after multiple men accused Spacey of misconduct, including some members of the crew on House of Cards.

In the interview, Wright distances herself from Spacey, claiming they were merely co-workers, never friends or intimates.

"We were co-workers, really," she said. "We never socialized outside of work."

Despite allegations of misconduct on the set of HOC and previous reports that Spacey’s behavior was common knowledge, she said the cast and crew "were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened."

She said she has not spoken to him since his disappearance from Hollywood. (He is reportedly seeking treatment).

"Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups where we would giggle," she said. "I didn't know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."

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