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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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DWAYNE JOHNSON GIVES HEALTH UPDATE ON KEVIN HART, TALKS CAREER VICTORY

Dwayne Johnson appeared on the premiere episode of NBC's The Kelly Clarkson Show. He appeared in Kevin Hart's place, who was unable to show due to the horrendous crash he was in over Labor Day Weekend. Hart had surgery on his back after fracturing it in three places, but Johnson downplayed any major issues.

Clarkson and Johnson discuss Hart's health: "Everything is good with him, right? Everything is good, I spoke with Kevin, I actually refer to him as my son. I connected with him today. And you know what? These things happen in life and thankfully he was strapped in nicely to his car seat.

To appear on the show in his Jumanji co-star Hart's place, Johnson had to leave his honeymoon early.

"I love the guy, he's one of my best friends," Johnson said. "And honestly, I mean, thank God, it could've been a lot worse. So, he's a lucky man, and he knows it too. I wish him the best and a speedy recovery and I'm gonna see him soon."

Meanwhile, he is also lashing out at haters on social media, including former co-star Tyrese, who long questioned his ability to successfully spin off the Fast & Furious franchise in Hobbs & Shaw. He posted a screenshot of a Deadline story headlines: "Hobbs & Shaw Decks $700M+ At Global Box Office, Rocks Records For F&F Franchise."

He captioned the post, "Assassins quietly play chess loud clowns play checkers. Thank you audiences worldwide for this incredible support and massive win. Very cool and we're grateful for the love #hardestworkersintheroom #hungryhumble #nocandyass"

AUDIO: DWAYNE JOHNSON ON KEVIN HART

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‘IT CHAPTER TWO’ OPENS WITH $91M

It Chapter Two topped the box office this weekend, earning $91 million domestically and $185 million worldwide. The first It opened this weekend two years ago with $123 million domestically and $189 million worldwide.

Critics are also less enamored of the sequel, which has a 65% fresh and 6.23/10 average critic rating over at Rotten Tomatoes versus an 86% fresh and 7.23/10 average rating for It.

The sequel, based on Stephen King's novel, features the adult members of the Losers Club, played by (among others) Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader.

Millennium and Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen fell to No. 2 in its third outing with $6 million or a domestic total of $53.5 million. Next up was Universal's Good Boys, which grossed $5.4 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic tally of $66.9 million and $82.4 million globally.

Disney's The Lion King stayed in the top five in its eighth weekend with $4.2 million domestically. Overseas, it grossed another $13.4 million for a total haul of $1.59 billion.

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WOODY ALLEN CLAIMS HE’S ‘DONE EVERYTHING’ #METOO WANTS TO DO

Woody Allen is speaking out after Scarlett Johansson defended him and his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, slammed him. Long story short, ScarJo came out swinging for Allen in The Hollywood Reporter, saying she loves him, would work with him "anytime" and believes his side of the story, and implying in the process that she does not believe Farrow's claims that he molested her when she was a child. Allen has long denied the claims.

Farrow responded tersely on Twitter, saying the Johansson is a hypocrite for supporting the #MeToo movement, which urges followers to "always" believe alleged victims.

Now, Allen is speaking out. He is addressing the backlash he's faced and why he should be a poster boy for #MeToo, instead of its whipping boy.

"I've worked with hundreds of actresses and not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint. I've worked with, employed women in the top capacity, in every capacity, for years and we've always paid them exactly the equal of men," he says in an interview with France24. "I've done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve."

His latest film, Rainy Day in New York, was shelved by Amazon in the U.S., but opened at the Deauville Film Festival in France Friday. Several stars, including Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who are featured in Rainy Day, have expressed regret over working with him in the past, and said they won't work with him again in the future.

Still, Allen believes there's a chance it will be released in the U.S.: "To me the movie is being released all over the world," he said. "If people enjoy the movie, I think it will eventually be released in the U.S."

Either way, the 83-year-old says he's fine: "I couldn't care less. I've never worked in Hollywood. I've always worked in New York and it doesn't matter to me for a second. If tomorrow nobody would finance my films and nobody would finance my theater plays or nobody would publish my books, I'd still get up and write because that's what I do. So I will always work. What happens to it commercially is another matter."

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INDUSTRY NEWS

CONSTANCE WU TALKS HUSTLERS: Constance Wu is opening up about Hustlers, based on the real story of Roselyn Keo. She tells Deadline: "I was looking to play a character who was really lonely, because I think loneliness is pervasive in our culture right now. I think it was just an interesting role to play. The way that Destiny manifests her loneliness at first is by saying, ‘I don't want to need anybody, I want to be independent,' when really, she does want friends and wants people to love her. So that's really what drew me to it." She continued: "Strippers are often prejudged based on their occupations, and what's cool about this movie is that we explore the human stories behind this preconceived notion of what an occupation is. When you explore somebody's human story, you understand why they might make the choices they make." Hustlers opens September 13th.

WILL SMITH & AKIVA GOLDSMAN TEAM UP AGAIN: Paramount Pictures has snagged Brilliance. The adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel will star Will Smith and see Akiva Goldman writing the script. The pair will co-produce with James Lassiter and Shane Selerno. The Brilliance novel trilogy is set in the future, when non-neurotypical people are demonized as threatening the status quo with their gifts.

GREG BERLANTI & SUPERGIRL SHOWRUNNERS SET FAMILY DRAMA AT NBC: Greg Berlanti and Supergirl showrunnners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner are developing Tribeca for NBC. The series is based on the Korean show SKY Castle, and follows a sophisticated group of families in NYC's toniest neighborhood as they try to help their kids succeed, no matter what the cost.

SUNNYSIDE PREVIEW: In a few weeks, Sunnyside is debuting on NBC, and a sneak peek dropped Friday. It hails from exec producers Kal Penn and Mike Schur. Penn stars as a disgraced city city councilman "who has totally lost his way 'til these five immigrants from different backgrounds hire him to help them study for their citizenship test," as he explains in the new preview. Sunnyside premieres Thursday, September 26 on NBC.

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FELICITY HUFFMAN ASKS FOR NO JAIL TIME, SAYS MOTHERHOOD BEWILDERED HER

Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to get her daughter's SAT scores boosted and apologized for her role in the college admissions scandal. In exchange for the plea deal, prosecutors want her to serve one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine.

Huffman's legal team filed a 161-page legal memo asking the judge to give her a year probation and 250 hours of community service. Included in the memo is a personal picture of Huffman, including her life at home with daughters Sophia Macy and Georgia Macy, and the "utter shame" she feels at her participation in the scheme.

"I find Motherhood bewildering," she admitted in her letter.

"In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. My own fears and lack of confidence, combined with a daughter who has learning disabilities often made me insecure and feel highly anxious from the beginning."

She also shared her daughter Sophia's horror at her behavior: "When my daughter looked at me and asked me with tears streaming down her face, 'Why didn't you believe in me? Why didn't you think I could do it on my own?' I had no adequate answer for her. I could only saw, 'I am sorry. I was frightened and I was stupid.' In my blind panic, I have done the exact thing that I was desperate to avoid. I have compromised my daughter's future, the wholeness of my family and my own integrity."

Her husband, William H. Macy and co-star Eva Longoria also testified to Huffman's character.

"Motherhood has, from the very beginning, frightened Felicity and she has not carried being a mom easily. She's struggled to find a balance between what the experts say, and her common sense," Huffman said, adding that the scandal has taken a toll on their daughters, who are now seeing a "wonderful family therapist."

"To be sure Felicity's relationship with her daughters exploded . . . rebuilding that relationship will be a long process," he wrote, saying Sophia still has "nightmares" of "FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn."

Huffman's sentencing is scheduled for September 13th.

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KEVIN HART’S TRIAL IS DELAYED, FUTURE FILM PROJECTS UNCERTAIN

Kevin Hart is recuperating from a horrific car accident over Labor Day weekend, prompting a delay in a $7 million court battle with ex-business partners, Stand Up Digital. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Hart has asked the judge to push back the start date, which was scheduled for September 9th. Stand Up Digital did not have any objection.

Stand Up will reportedly hold a conference on October 1st to update the judge.

Meanwhile, more details of his accident have been released. In audio obtained by TMZ, a woman who identifies herself as Eniko Parrish, Hart's wife, calls 911 seeking help in the moments after the crash.

"I don't know what happened," the caller says. "He's just here. He's not coherent at all."

She said the accident happened shortly before outside of their gated community and that he couldn't move. Hart and the driver, Jared Black, sustained injuries that required hospitalization. Black was determined by police to not be under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday, Hart reportedly underwent spinal surgery to deal with three fractures and is in severe pain, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Still, the rehab is expected to be long and hard. TMZ reports that he just wrapped two big movies, Fatherhood and Jumanji: The Next Level, just days before he got into the accident. But other movies are up in the air now, including My Own Worst Enemy, a project he was supposed to star in and produce. Sources tells TMZ that the schedule will be affected for the film; TBD how and if he'll even be able to appear in the movie.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

WENDY WILLIAMS SHADES ESTRANGED HUSBAND: On The View, talk show host Wendy Williams admits that she knew her now estranged husband Kevin Hunter was cheating on her with Sharina Hudson, and implies that she had a plan to deal with hit. "I'm not a selfish mom. I'm a very plot-ative individual. Like I will plot on you. That's why I'm going into Season 11 and he's changing Pampers," she said, referencing the daughter her reportedly had with Hudson. Williams said that she wanted to give her son Kevin Jr. stability in high school: "So I said, ‘No, no, no, no, no. I will stay here. I will make sure his braces get tightened properly … I will drive him to the SAT prep courses. I will help him do his essays for college.' And now he goes to college in Miami.

CHRIS SOULES MOURNS FATA CAR CRASH: In April of 2017, Bachelor alum Chris Soules rear-ended a tractor. The accident killed a 66-year-old farmer named Kenny Mosher. Soules pleaded guilty to "leaving the scene of a serious injury accident" before the police arrived, and received a suspended two-year prison sentence. He opened up to People about the accident, telling the mag: "The sad part is that with everything going on legally, there wasn't a chance to mourn. And I'm looking forward to that in the months and years ahead as we all heal and move forward."

ALEC BALDWIN IS GOING FOR FIVE WITH HILARIA BALDWIN: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin are planning to go for a fifth child after Hilaria suffered a miscarriage. "We have four kids. She wants to have another one. We're having another one," Baldwin, 61, told Kevin Nealon on his YouTube series Hiking with Kevin. "We're gonna have a fifth baby." Alec also shares model daughter Ireland, 23, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

ORLANDO BLOOM WANTS MORE KIDS: Orlando Bloom, 42, reveals that he and Katy Perry are "shooting" for kids. Bloom and Perry, 34, are planning to marry next year. He told Howard Stern on Sirius XM's Howard 100 that it might happen at Disneyland. "That would be a very good option," he admitted. "Katy loves Disneyland more than anything else." Bloom shares Flynn, 8, with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr.

KAITLYNN CARTER SHARES SHOTS WITH MILEY CYRUS AS THEY CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY: Kaitlynn Carter is marking a major milestone with rumored girlfriend Miley Cyrus. The pair were dressed up, with Carter donning a long-sleeved black mini-dress and high heels and Cyrus wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and black pants. Later footage on Instagram Stories showed Carter at a table in front of an ice-cream sundae as a group sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

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TRUMP LASHES OUT AT DEBRA MESSING, TELLS NBC TO FIRE HER

President Donald Trump is still upset about Will & Grace star Debra Messing's tweets. Trump called her out for her August 31sttweet requesting "a list of attendees" to a reported Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills. She also supported a church's sign that read "A black vote for Trump is mental illness" on one side and "A white vote for Trump is pure racism" on the other, in a now-deleted tweet.

Messing was slammed by many on both sides of the aisle, who said calling for a list of attendees was dangerous and mirrored a dark era of McCarthyism in the nation's past, when suspected communists were black-listed. She later apologized, but Trump isn't letting the matter drop.

"Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water," Trump tweeted Thursday. "She wants to create a 'Blacklist' of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness."

He continued: "If Roseanne Barr........said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television," areference to Barr's ousting from her ABC series for a racist tweet. "Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!"

On social media, the general consensus to his rant was: "In the middle of a massive natural disaster you're spending you're spending your time picking a fight with the cast of Will and Grace?"

Alec Baldwin stepped up for Messing too, tweeting: "I think the President should be able to run at least one quarter mile and in under 3 minutes," the Match Game host wrote in response to Trump's tweet labeling Messing a "bad 'actress.' "

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

PATRICIA ARQUETTE BLASTS BILL THAT LIMITS DENTISTRY ACCESS: Patricia Arquette has joined a fight against a bill that she believes could cut off access to dentistry for millions of low-income families. She sent a letter to California State Assembly member Evan Low, who introduced a bill requiring residents to obtain an x-ray before being prescribed braces. The letter, which was obtained by The Blast, says in part: "It alienates and puts at risk individuals who live in rural areas and don't have access to dental x-rays, as well as those who cannot afford x-rays, are pregnant, or have undergone chemotherapy."

LINDA HAMILTON IS CELIBATE: Terminator star Linda Hamilton divorced the film's director James Cameron in 1999, and reveals that since then, she's been basically celibate. She tells The New York Times: "I've been celibate for at least 15 years. One loses track, because it just doesn't matter — or at least it doesn't matter to me. I have a very romantic relationship with my world every day and the people who are in it." The 62-year-old also said that it was a tough decision to return to Hollywood, after a multi-year retreat. "I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it," Hamilton told the outlet. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to. I didn't want it to look like a shameless money grab. I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn't involve being a celebrity, and you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?" Terminator: Dark Fate is in theaters Nov. 1.

KIM KARDASHIAN LOVES HER FASHION NO'S: When Kim Kardashian became a red carpet regular, her wardrobe included several looks that could make her blush in retrospect (satin dresses, low rise denim). But the style icon looks back without regret. She tells Vogue Arabia: "I love my worst moments now. I look back and have to laugh; it was so much fun. It was who I was, what I could afford, and what I knew at the time." So what prompted her transformation? She gives full credit to husband Kanye West. "I didn't understand at the time why you wanted to get rid of pretty much everything I owned, but I pretended like I did," she told West in their Vogue Arabia interview. "You were showing me all of these different designers that I had never heard of before. Now, I totally get it. Now I'm very confident in what I wear. You have been my best stylist."

LILY ALLEN + DAVID HARBOUR? Are Lily Allen and Stranger Things star David Harbour dating? Eagle-eyed Londoners have spotted the two out handing out. (And of course posted about it on social). "@DavidKHarbour When on earth did this happen!?" the fan wrote on Twitter alongside a screenshot of her TV screen showing the couple at a boxing event. "I'm baffled! Hahaaa #LilyAllen Thought I knew all the gossip!" They first sparked rumors earlier this month, when they were spotted taking in a West End performance of The Lehman Trilogy.

SORRY, KAIA GERBER IS BUSY PLAYING BACKGAMMON: Supermodel Kaia Gerber covers British Vogue as she turns 18 (September 3rd), and inside, she discusses here work-life balance. Or rather, imbalance. "When I'm working, I don't have the energy to even flirt with anyone. I'm sorry, I just can't," Gerber tells the outlet with a laugh. "But I'm not losing hope in all love forever. I have backgammon at my house, and that's all a girl needs. When I'm home, I'm living the life of a 70 year old woman." And while she's the daughter of Cindy Crawford, model extraordinaire, her moms says her talent is legit: "Even though it probably bothers her, we all realize that, yeah, Steven Meisel will see her because of who she is. But you and I both know that Meisel, or Chanel, or Vogue – well, they might have her for an audition, but they're not booking her because she's my daughter...I mean, she's doing things I never did."

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INDUSTRY NEWS

VIACOM AND CBS CREATE INTEGRATION OFFICE: The merger of Viacom and CBS will be managed internally by Viacom Chief Transformation Officer Jose Tolosa and CBS EVP, Strategic Planning and Development Gautam Ranji, Deadline reports. Plus, Viacom and CBS are forming an Integration Management Office (IMO). It "will draw from the support of many of you across our organization to ensure that ViacomCBS is ready to operate effectively as a combined company on Day 1," Viacom CEO (and soon to be ViacomCBS CEO) Bob Bakish wrote in a memo to employees. Tolosa and Ranji, he added, "bring a wealth of experience to their new roles, and they've already started working together to make sure this process is thoughtful and balanced." The $30B merger is expected close end-of-year.

EMILY BLUNT AND JON HAMM BOARD WILD MOUNTAIN THYME: Emily Blunt and Jon Hamm are joining John Patrick Shanley's Irish romance Wild Mountain Thyme, alongside Jamie Dornan, Dearbhla Molloy and Christopher Walken. The film is an adaption of the Pulitzer-, Tony- and Academy Award-winner Shanley's Broadway hit Outside Mullingar.

ADAM DEVINE, RACHEL BLOOM & MORE, SIGN ON FOR EXTINCT: The voice cast for Extinct will include Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz and Ken Jeong. The film is being helmed by David Silverman, with Simpons vets Joel Cohen, John Frink, and Rob LaZebnik penning the script. The story follows the adventures of donut-shaped animals called flummels who time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai, where they learn they are extinct.

THE QUANTUM SPY DEVELOPED FOR SERIES: The Boies/Schiller Film Group won a bidding war to David Ignatius' CIA thriller novel The Quantum Spy. The Film Group will team up with Anonymous Content and Tony Krantz's Flame Ventures on the project, which will aim to adapt the ripped-from-the-headlines story of the U.S.-China quantum computing tech war into a TV series. Casting is underway.

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‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ STAR LESLIE JONES SAYS GOODBYE

Days after news broke that Saturday Night Live favorite Leslie Jones would not return this season, the 51-year-old broke her silence.

She teased "amazing" things: "I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon!"

Jones went on to thank her castmates and SNL's creative team: "I cannot thank NBC, the producers, writers, and amazing crew enough for making 'SNL' my second home these last five years. To the incredible cast members: I will miss working, creating and laughing with you. I will miss holding it down with Kenan (Thompson) everyday, I will miss (Cecily Strong's) impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss (Kate McKinnon's) loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin (Jost), you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!!"

She continued: "Especially being at the table reads with them!! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn't have done any of the things I did without these people. One last thing – to the fans – you are the BEST!! Thank you for all the love and support through my 'SNL' years."

Jones was hired as a writer in 2014, and then quickly became a regular performer. She earned her third Emmy nom in July.

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RENEE ZELLWEGER WAS HUMILIATED BY PLASTIC SURGERY RUMORS

Renee Zellweger has read the headlines about her looks. The Oscar-winner, who next can be seen in a Judy Garland biopic (Judy), sat down with New York Magazine to discuss here six-year break from the spotlight and all of those plastic surgery rumors.

The 50-year-old says she left Hollywood for six years staring in 2010 because: "I wasn't healthy. I wasn't taking care of myself. I was the last thing on my list of priorities. My therapist recognized that I spent 99 percent of my life as the public persona and just a microscopic crumb of a fraction in my real life. I needed to not have something to do all the time, to not know what I'm going to be doing for the next two years in advance. I wanted to allow for some accidents. There had to be some quiet for the ideas to slip in."

Mid-break, she sparked plastic surgery rumors after attending a red carpet event. Of the whispers she says:"Well, because there's a value judgment that's placed on us. As if it somehow is a reflection of your character — whether you're a good person or a weak person or an authentic person."

"And the implication that I somehow needed to change what was going on because it wasn't working," Zellweger continues. "That makes me sad. I don't look at beauty in that way. And I don't think of myself in that way. I like my weird quirkiness, my off-kilter mix of things. It enables me to do what I do. I don't want to be something else."

Meanwhile, it seems the industry is here for her return. Critics are giving her rave reviews for her portrayal of Judy Garland. The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg wrote that she "is poised to garner the fourth Oscar nomination of her career."

Judy opens September 27th.

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ROBERT PATTINSON WAS FURIOUS OVER ‘BATMAN’ CASTING LEAK

When news broke that Robert Pattinson had been cast as Batman, fans rejoiced. But the actor tells Variety that he was furious, and was worried that the rumor mill had blown his deal.

He said: "When that thing leaked, I was f***ing furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing."

Pattinson added: "It was terrifying. I was like, 'Oh f***! Does that screw me because they are so intent on secrecy?'"

Pattinson said he took to Google to see if there were rumors of the studio backing down, but thankfully, it's now official: he will play Batman in Matt Reeves' rendition of the classic.

Pattinson said he grew up watching the caped crusader: "When I was a kid, it was the only outfit that I had," and admitting to attempting to get multiple meetings with Reeves before finally succeeding.

He also said the grown-up batsuit is different than the kiddo version: "You do feel very powerful immediately. And it's pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You've got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you've got it on, it's like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.'"

Pattinson also opened up about an unexpected theme throughout his film career: "I keep masturbating. In the last three or four movies, I've got a masturbation scene. I did it in High Life. I did it in Damsel. And The Devil All the Time. I only realized when I did it the fourth time."

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HOLLYWOOD SENDS LOVE TO KEVIN HART AS HIS WIFE BREAKS SILENCE AFTER HIS ACCIDENT

Hollywood is rallying behind Kevin Hart as he recovers from a serious car accident over the holiday weekend, and his wife speaks out for the first time, reassuring fans.

Hart landed in the hospital with back injuries after Jared Black crashed Hart's car—a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda—in the wee hours Sunday, according to multiple reports. Black and Hart sustained back injuries requiring treatment, though another passenger, Rebecca Broxterman, emerged unscathed.

Black lost control of the car in Calabasas, California, and sent it tumbling off an embankment. Black was not under the influence.

Hart reportedly had surgery for his injuries, but he was able to walk even before the surgery, and the injuries did not reportedly affect his spinal cord. He is now reportedly recovering post-surgery. Several stars, including Dwayne Johnson, Terry Crews, Martha Stewart, Mindy Kaling and Bryan Cranston shared their love for Hart.

Hart's wife, Eniko Hart, also broke her silence on the accident. She told photographers Monday outside of the hospital: "He's great. He's going to be just fine."

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REPORT: MEGHAN MARKLE WILL NEVER ALLOW FATHER THOMAS TO MEET ARCHIE

Meghan Markle's dad Thomas Markle is talking to the press again, spreading tales of woe that include his anger over never actually meeting her husband Prince Harry in person and being totally excised from her life since she joined the royal family, according to The Sun.

A source says that Thomas' constant drama has forced her to cut ties with him. (Quick refresher: he reportedly posed for photographs for paparazzi in a bid to make himself look better in the lead-up to Harry and Meghan's 2018 wedding, then skipped out on walking her down the aisle at the last minute, complaining bitterly the whole time about his treatment at the hands of Meghan and the royals).

An insider tells The Sun: "It's a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn't have an active relationship with her father any more. This was actually a decision she made some time ago and it is something she's now coming to terms with. It's obviously heart-breaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son. Thomas hasn't met Harry and it's unlikely he'll meet Archie either."

This gem dropped after Thomas dragged Meghan and Harry in a long interview in the Daily Mail. He said: "There was never any problem between Meghan and me until recently. I've stayed quiet because Meghan was pregnant with Archie but I'm speaking out now because they and their PR people are continuing to ghost me out of her life...Of course I'm disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out."

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KIM KARDASHIAN SLAMMED OVER NORTH WEST’S EARRING CHOICES

Kim Kardashian posted a shot of herself and daughter North West pinky-promising that they'd be friends forever, which is honestly pretty adorable, but critics immediately zeroed in on six-year-old North's earrings. They were NOT here for them.

Here are a selection of their thoughts, via Cosmo:

"Cute but those giant hoops for a little girl ?? She's not even 11 yet."

"North has no business wearing hoops that big at what, 6? They're gonna pull on her little holes."

"Why is she wearing hoop earrings??? She doesn't look like a little girl."

"Kim dress your kid according to her age. This is sooo not ok. Hoops seriously?"

"Let her be a kid! Don't make her older than she should be! Your only a kid once!"

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TWITTER AND TRUMP RESPONDS TO ‘WILL & GRACE’ STARS’ FURY OVER TRUMP FUNDRAISER

Stars from the hit NBC series Will and Grace are furious about an Emmy week fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and they shared their displeasure on social media, calling on media who cover the event to name and shame supporters.

"Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know," Debra Messing tweeted.

Eric McCormack then called for the outing of Trump supporters: "Kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don't wanna work with. Thx."

They faced an avalanche of critics on social media, including some from Trump himself. "I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC's failed lineup greatly,​ ​@DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me ​'​Sir.​'​ How times have changed!​," the president posted on his Twitter account.

Some critics called out Messing's "appalling" stereotypes about mental illness in some tweets in which she compared Trump's supporters to those suffering from mental illness. One wrote: "It is truly appalling that any educated person would support a message that stereotypes an entire population that actually struggle with mental illness. Unless you're a mental health professional that is qualified to make such a statement, I suggest that you stick to your day job".

While others likened their call for donor names to a dictatorship: "You sound like a few dictators who put their 'enemies' on a list."

Some fans supported their demands and applauded their "bravery."

The fundraiser is set for September 17th; the Hollywood venue and attendees are yet unknown.It will be hosted by Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., campaign manager Brad Parscale and Trump Victory finance chairman Todd Ricketts.

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ROMAN POLANSKI SKIPS VENICE PREMIERE: Roman Polanski, whose film about the Dreyfus Affair premiered Friday, did not travel to Italy for the premiere because of the outstanding warrant for his arrest. An Officer and a Spy, the latest for the Oscar-winning, controversial director, premiered Friday. The 86-year-old remains a fugitive after fleeing the U.S. in 1977 shortly before his scheduled sentencing on a rape charge. Louis Garrel stars as Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet and Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski's wife, co-star.

WALKING DEAD TRAILER DROPS: After surviving the Governor, Negan, Terminus and zombies, the Whisperers War may spell doom for Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ross Marquand, Christian Serratos and the rest, a new trailer for season 10 implies. Season 10 premieres Sunday, Oct. 6 on AMC.

OLIVER SACKS HEADED FOR FESTIVALS: Friday marked the fourth anniversary of the death of the renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. Meanwhile, Ric Burns' Oliver Sacks: His Own Life has joined the lineup at the Telluride Film Festival. Next up, the film will be screened at the New York Film Festival.

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE TRAILER DROPS: The trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate has arrived. The peek at Tim Miller's continuation of the franchise incudes plenty of effects and action, but no hints as to what the story is about. Terminator: Dark Fate, starring Linda Hamilton ("Sarah Connor") and Arnold Schwarzenegger ("T-800"),opens November 1.

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CONSTANCE WU TALKS TWITTER ‘FIASCO’

Constance Wu does not want to be known for her Twitter meltdown following the news that her successful ABC show was renewed, but she admits that her behavior was … notable.

As many will remember, the Fresh Off the Boat star caused a media tsunami when she tweeted "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F—k. F--king hell," upon learning of the show's renewal. While she attempted to clarify the comments, no one really bought it, and an avalanche of "she's a handful and a drama queen" stories descended.

Now, Wu is addressing what she dubs the "fiasco" in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Wu explains: "I had this moment of heat where I got upset because I had to give up a job I had been looking forward to and had been chasing for a while. It was moving to me how many people from the show reached out to me, and even on set...to say, ‘Just so you know, we love you and we know who you are, and you didn't deserve any of that stuff.' Because they also know that I'm an actress—I can be dramatic."

She continues: "I'm dramatic. I'm emotional. But they also know that that doesn't represent me because they have a hundred episodes of behavior that proves otherwise."

Wu also maintains that she learned important lessons from the dust-up. She says: "I'm not beating myself up for it, because I know me. But I don't think I realized that people were paying so much attention to my Twitter. I like that people are expressing their feelings about it, because it improved my awareness of what it means to be a...public figure. I've had a back and forth about it. It's the line between being a role model, but also authenticity."

Plus, no one's perfect (no matter what Instagram may tell you): "I think a lot of why people are lonely in this world is because they go through these Instagram feeds and everybody's life is perfect. Nobody trips up. And sometimes I think, might it be good to see our heroes mess up a little bit and not always be perfect?"

Wu can next be seen Hustlers, out September 13th. She co-stars with Jennifer Lopez and Keke Palmer.

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KERRY WASHINGTON PUBLISHES NUMBER IN BID TO CONNECT WITH (AND MARKET TO) FANS

Kerry Washington is initiating a new way to keep in touch with her fans. While many celebs (Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian) are known and loved for engaging with their fans on social media, few have waded out among the sweaty hordes and given fans carte blanche access to their person. And yes, as one might suspect, there's also a catch.

Scandal star Washington took the bold step on Thursday of sharing her number, explaining in her message that she missed her fans: "Hi, you guys, so you know how private I am but I am going to do something crazy. I am going to give you my phone number, which I know sounds insane. You know, I posted about this last week. I've been missing that TGIT love. We used to come together every Thursday night at the same time and the same place. I would know where you were and you would know where I was and we would talk about stuff that really mattered to us and kind of be in a community together and I want to bring some of that back because I miss you guys."

She added that social media is "amazing" it can sometimes be hard to "sift through and really connect with the people who matter to you most."

"So, I'm giving you my number it's 718-400-7118, shout-out to the boogie down Bronx, and I really want you to text me," she told her social media followers. "I want you to ask me questions, I'm going to send links like special sneak peaks."

"You guys are going to be the people I am closest to in terms of trading information, so text me," Washington concluded her video. "Really, really text me."

While some fans responded that they were excited to cement their "BFF" status, others smelled a rat. "Well, I just texted you. Hopefully this leads to fun times. No way this is your real number though."

And yes, as many suspected, it's a marketing ploy .When you text her, you get a link and an auto-response that reads, "(H)ey it's Kerry! Real quick — click this link & sign up so I can add you to my contacts and respond to you directly. Can't wait to hear from you!"

The link takes you to a mobile-access-only form at Community.com where you're asked to provide your name, birthday, city, gender identity and email, though that last bit is optional. And chances are, you'll be hearing from her very soon.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

BRAD PITT SAYS AD ASTRA IS PERSONAL: Brad Pitt, star and producer of James Gray's sci-fi drama Ad Astra, says that the film is highly personal, and an attempt to deal with the concept of masculinity. "In retrospect, what James and I were digging at was that definition of masculinity," Pitt said at a news conference, alongside Gray and co-star Liv Tyler. "We've both grown up in an era where we were asked to be strong…and there is a value in that, but also a barrier because you're hiding some of those things you feel ashamed of. We all hide and carry individual pain and wounds."

YOUTUBE DROPS PAYWALL: YouTube is beginning its shift to AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) with its first season of Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. YouTube also announced the October 8th premiere of Johnny Cash documentary film The Gift, which premieres at SXSW.

BLONDE ROUNDS OUT CAST: The Netflix film abut Marilyn Monroe, dubbed Blonde, has filled out its cast. As previously reported, Ana de Armas will play Monroe, with Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson joining. Jackie actor Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofsky will also appear in the feature, along with Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles) and Xavier Samuel (Adore). The Assassination of Jesse James' Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the movie, which was based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

TELLURIDE 2019 INCLUDES RENEE ZELLWEBER, ADAM DRIVER: The 46th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado's San Juan Mountains has announced its slate, including the world premiere of Judy, starring Renee Zellweger, James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari, tarring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn starring Willam Dafoe and Bruce Willis, and Adam Driver in Marriage Story and The Report. The festival runs August 30-September 2nd.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

BRAD PITT SAYS AD ASTRA IS PERSONAL: Brad Pitt, star and producer of James Gray's sci-fi drama Ad Astra, says that the film is highly personal, and an attempt to deal with the concept of masculinity. "In retrospect, what James and I were digging at was that definition of masculinity," Pitt said at a news conference, alongside Gray and co-star Liv Tyler. "We've both grown up in an era where we were asked to be strong…and there is a value in that, but also a barrier because you're hiding some of those things you feel ashamed of. We all hide and carry individual pain and wounds."

YOUTUBE DROPS PAYWALL: YouTube is beginning its shift to AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) with its first season of Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. YouTube also announced the October 8th premiere of Johnny Cash documentary film The Gift, which premieres at SXSW.

BLONDE ROUNDS OUT CAST: The Netflix film abut Marilyn Monroe, dubbed Blonde, has filled out its cast. As previously reported, Ana de Armas will play Monroe, with Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson joining. Jackie actor Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofsky will also appear in the feature, along with Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles) and Xavier Samuel (Adore). The Assassination of Jesse James' Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the movie, which was based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

TELLURIDE 2019 INCLUDES RENEE ZELLWEBER, ADAM DRIVER: The 46th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado's San Juan Mountains has announced its slate, including the world premiere of Judy, starring Renee Zellweger, James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari, tarring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn starring Willam Dafoe and Bruce Willis, and Adam Driver in Marriage Story and The Report. The festival runs August 30-September 2nd.

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Jamie Lynn Spears Hilariously Reacts to “Lizzie McGuire” Reboot News

Jamie Lynn Spears Hilariously Reacts to “Lizzie McGuire” Reboot News Jamie Lynn Spears posted a funny reaction on Tuesday to the news that Disney Channel is rebooting the<i> Lizzie McGuire</i> series. The Blast reports that Spears, who previously starred as the lead in Nickelodeon’s <i>Zoey 101,</i> shared a video on social …

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