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MICHELLE WOLF SPEAKS ON SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: The Emmy-nominated comedian Michelle Wolf is not quitting the fight she picked with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, her remarks about Sanders inspired walkouts and a presidential clapback on Twitter). She tells The Hollywood Reporter that Sanders should probably skip her stand-up special on HBO, Nice Lady. "I don't want Sarah Huckabee Sanders to get the idea that she can burn down a place. I feel like she'd be like Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid's Tale on steroids. Where she was like, 'You're right, I should speak up more!' I'm like, 'No, you speak up enough.'" Wolf continued, "I would want Michelle Obama to watch it just because I like her and I feel like we've probably stressed her out over the past eight years and maybe she could just use a laugh." The special is up for an Emmy. She added that she wants women to break out of the box the entertainment industry has put them in. "I really hate the idea that women were in, like, these pretty little boxes, where it's like, 'You can't say that, you're a lady.' I'm like, 'No, screw you!'" Wolf said.

NETFLIX UNVEILS NEW IMAGES OF HOUSE OF CARDS: Friends or foes? Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood may be getting some new frenemies in season six. Netflix has unveiled new images for the series showing Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. The pair play siblings, Annette and Bill Shepherd, leaders of an industrial conglomerate. According to Netflix, "The two share a vision for the future of America, as well as a complicated past with the Underwoods."

TRUE DETECTIVES DROPS TRAILER: HBO has shared the first glimpse of season three of True Detectives. The mystery is set in the Ozarks, with Mahershala Ali playing detective Wayne Hays as he investigates a murder complicated by secrets from his own past. Carmen Ejogo, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer, and Stephen Dorff also star. The show premieres in January.

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE SHARES FIRST LOOK: Netflix has shared the news of The Haunting of Hill House’s premiere (October 12th) and shared creepy first-look photos. The modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson classic novel of the same name explores a group of siblings who grew up in what became the most famous haunted house in the country. Mike Flanagan directs. Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti star.

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JOHN GOODMAN DEFENDS ROSEANNE BARR, HINTS AT FATE OF CHARACTER

John Goodman is opening up about his co-star Roseanne Barr, and the cancelation of their hit ABC show. Barr was fired and Roseanne was tabled after she fired off a series of racist tweets, including one in which she compared former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

The 66-year-old Goodman tells The Sunday Times that he was devastated when Roseanne was cancelled.

"I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,'" he recalls. "But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit."

He also went to bat for Barr, saying he knows "for a fact that she’s not a racist." Goodman adds that she gave up her rights so a spinoff of the show, The Conners, could proceed without her.

"She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on," he adds. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell."

FATE OF ROSEANNE

So what will happen to Barr’s character? ABC has remained mum, but Goodman has an idea.

He tells the Times of what he pictures his character doing in the show: "It’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead."

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ANNA KENDRICK SPILLS ON HER KISS WITH BLAKE LIVELY

Anna Kendrick is opening up about her sexuality. In an interview with Pride Source, Kendrick cops to girl crushes, and discusses what it was like to kiss Blake Lively for Simple Favor.

"I mean, all I’m ever thinking about in kissing scenes is, who has gum? Who has a mint? And I think Blake is probably the same because I’ve never experienced a guy, like, searching for a mint and searching for gum," she said. "So, we were the mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kiss in the history of America."

But IRL, she says she hasn’t yet "had that emotional love for a lady, which isn’t saying it could never happen to me," the 33-year-old said.

Kendrick reflected on the first woman she kissed: "it wasn't just like, we're at a party and boys are watching! That horrible performance silliness."

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ASIA ARGENTO IS DROPPED AS JUDGE OF ‘X FACTOR,’ BY ROSE MCGOWAN

Asia Argento has been axed from X Factor Italy after facing sexual assault allegations earlier this month, according to multiple reports. Her friend Rose McGowan also issued a blistering statement calling for her to the person "you wish Harvey could have been."

The Italian actress became one of the most vocal advocates in the #MeToo Movement, and was one of the first to allege that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. Since she spoke out, more than 80 women have leveled claims of misconduct, including rape, against the Oscar-winning producer.

When claims that the 42-year-old assaulted former child actor Jimmy Bennett surfaced in the New York Times, she strongly denied the allegations made in the report. Bennett accused her of assaulting him when he was 17, and she was 37; Argento claims she paid him $380K after her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain encouraged her to.

Argento was fired from X Factor over the weekend. A new judge will be announced September 5th.

DENOUNCED

Her fellow Weinstein accuser, #MeToo warrior and friend McGowan distanced herself from Argento on Monday. She released a lengthy statement, saying that Argento admitted to sleeping with Bennett to her partner, Rain Dove. She says that Argento claimed an unnamed person (whom she now assumes was Bennett) was extorting her.

"Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats sic even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet," she says. "Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many."

She calls on her to be the person she wishes Weinstein could be.

"Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment," McGowan says. "Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been."

SUPPORT

But British star Lysette Anthony is defending her. "I cannot stand by while Asia Argento is hurled under a bus," Anthony said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

"She has been extraordinarily courageous standing up to Weinstein. And now she's being punished."

"She's being vilified and abused," she said.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

EMMA WATSON REPLACES EMMA STONE IN LITTLE WOMEN: Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is swapping Emmas. Emma Stone is being replaced by Emma Watson (the switcheroo reportedly happened due to scheduling complications). Stone was set to play Meg, TBD if Watson will take on the role. Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet are negotiating their roles; Meryl Streep has been cast as Aunt March.

WOMAN FILES SUIT AGAINST MARIO BATALI: A woman has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Mario Batali in Massachusetts court. Natali Tene made her allegations against Batali earlier this year, and other women also shared their stories of Batali groping them. This is the first suit against Batali, though multiple women have accused him of harassment and abuse. In May, the NYPD opened an investigation against him.

GWYNETH PALTROW PREPS FOR WEDDING AT CLINIC: Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at Long Island’s New York Center for Innovative Medicine, a center known for its holistic treatment of Lyme disease, Page Six reports. The founder, Dr. Thomas Szulc, has also been featured on her website Goop for his "energy balancing" procedures. She is reportedly making the visit before her wedding to producer Brad Falchuk on Labor Day, and according to the gossip site, he joined Paltrow at the clinic.

TIM CONWAY SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA AT 84: The 84-year-old Carol Burnett Show’s Tim Conway is suffering from dementia, according to court documents obtained by People and The Blast. His daughter Kelly, 56, has filed documents claiming Conway’s wife Charlene is "planning to move him out of the excellent skilled nursing facility he is currently at" and place him in one that won’t give him access to "registered nurses at all times and his 24-hour caregiver and speech therapist (to help with swallowing)." The documents also state that the disease has progressed so far, he is almost "entirely unresponsive." Conway has seven children between two women, Mary Anne Dalton and Charlene.

DID KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY TRY TO HIDE PURCHASE OF APARTMENT? Comic Keegan-Michael Key plonked down $5.2 million on an apartment in Manhattan’s "Jenga Tower," Page Six reports. But he tried to keep the purchase under wraps by listing it under the name of his new wife, producer and director Elisa Key, whom he married in June.

ASHLEY BENSON WASN’T PAID FOR SPRING BREAKERS: Pretty Little Liars star and rumored Cara Delevingne girlfriend Ashley Benson tells InStyle she never earned anything for her role in 2012’s Spring Breakers … and she’s totally OK with that. She explains, "One film that I didn't get paid for—really, at all—was Spring Breakers, which turned out to be one of my favorite projects I've ever done. In the indie film world, I would rather get paid next to nothing to work with someone like Harmony Korine and have an amazing experience and the outcome be an incredible film I'm really proud of." The film co-starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and James Franco. She can next be seen with Delevingne, Amber Heard and Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell.

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ADOPT DOG: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed a new member to their clan, People reports. The pair adopted a Labrador pup in the early summer. Their new BFF joins Meghan’s beagle, Guy. She had to leave one of her dogs, a rescue, behind in Toronto with friends when she got engaged to Harry, so now Guy will have a new canine to kick around with.

ROBIN LEACH DIES AT 76: Robin Leach, the veteran entertainment journalist behind Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has died at age 76. He suffered a stroke in Cabo San Lucas, and has been in the hospital since November 21st.

LISA FLEMING DIES ATE AGE 50: My 600-Lb Life star Lisa Fleming died at age 50. When she was featured on the TLC show she weighed 704 pounds. On the show, she lost 200 pounds after undergoing weight-loss surgery, and for the first time in years, was able to stand on her own. Her daughter Danielle told TMZ that her death was not related to her weight.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

CAMILA MENDES AND VICTOR HOUSTON SPLIT: Camila Mendes and Victor Houston are done. The 24-year-old Riverdale star split "very recently," a source tells E! The pal spills: "Camila ended things with Victor after ComicCon, when she realized she wasn't ready to be in this relationship anymore. Victor was completely blindsided and is very heartbroken."

MINNIE DRIVER, ADAM RIPPON, MATT BOMER JOIN WILL AND GRACE: Adam Rippon is leaving the ice for the small screen. The Olympic bronze medalist is joining NBC’s rebooted Will & Grace, along with Matt Bomer and Minnie Driver. They join other guest stars David Schwimmer, Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Handler, Mary McCormack and Jon Cryer, plus regulars Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Eric McCormack.

BEWITCHED REBOOT IN THE WORKS: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Yamara Taylor are rebooting the classic Bewitched for ABC. In the new version, Samantha is a black, single mom who meets and marries Darren, a white mortal who’s also pretty lazy. In the original, ElizabethMontgomery starred opposite Dick York (Darren No. 1) and Dick Sargent (Darren No. 2) from 1964-1972.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

HILARY SWANK, MAHERSHALA ALI, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL TO KEYNOTE TIFF: Hilary Swank, Mahershala Ali and Maggie Gyllenhaal are set to lead In Conversation With …. at the Toronto Film Festival. Swank is in Toronto touting What They Had, while Ali is discussing Peter Farrelly's 1960s-set road trip movie Green Book. Gyllenhaal is pushing Sara Colangelo's Sundance drama The Kindergarten Teacher. TIFF also revealed that Drake will introduce the opening night screening of indie drama Monsters and Men, about the aftermath of a police killing of a black boy. The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 6 to 16.

DAKOTA JOHNSON FINDS HERSELF IN A NIGHTMARE: Suspiria has dropped its first trailer. The first real glimpse of Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) latest project didn’t disappoint. The spooky tribute to the 1997 original stars Dakota Johnson as a talented dancer drawn to a prestigious school that also happens to be a witches coven. Tilda Swinton is head witch. Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz also star, as does the original dancer, Jessica Harper. Thom Yorke composed the score. The film lands in theaters November 2nd.

ERROL MORRIS TO TAKE ON STEVE BANNON IN NEW DOCUMENTARY: Describing it as a "kind of a horror movie," Errol Morris said he is taking on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in American Dharma. Morris has been silent about the film, which is set to premiere September 4that the Venice Film Festival. But now, the Fog of War director tells The Hollywood Reporter that he invoked John Milton's Paradise Lost in telling the story of Bannon, whom he likens to the poem’s protagonist, Lucifer. Bannon isn’t offended. "It's not every day that you compare someone to Satan and they embrace the idea," Morris tells THR. "Bannon is an intellectual," says Morris. "He's 
well-read. He's thoughtful and articulate 
and an interesting storyteller. I was very much interested in listening to his account, his prideful account, of how Trump became president of the United States."

JON HAMM AND ED HARRIS JOIN TOP GUN SEQUEL: Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman (Bill’s son) have joined Top Gun: Maverick. Details on their roles in the film are under wraps; they join Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Glen Powell. Top Gun: Maverick opens July 12, 2019.

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MISS AMERICA DISCUSSES GOING PUBLIC WITH GRETCHEN CARLSON BULLYING ALLEGATIONS

Miss America Cara Mund appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday to discuss the bombshell bullying charges she leveled against chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and the rest of the board.

Mund wrote a letter to fellow past winners claiming Carlson and others had silenced and bullied her. She said she’d reached out to leadership before she put pen to paper, but had been dismissed.

"I wrote this letter to my sisters," Mund explained. "I knew I had to stand up, not just for me but for all the volunteers and girls."

The 24-year-old and several other former Miss America titleholders are now calling for her resignation. Carlson, who took over as chairwoman after much of the leadership was ousted amid charges of fat-and-slut-shaming former contestant, rejected Mund’s claims.

"I have never bullied or silenced you," Carlson wrote. "We've acknowledged your grievances and taken many steps to try to make your experience a good one." Contestant organizers also told ABC News, "We have supported Cara for her entire year and we will continue to support her."

"I didn't get reached out to till midnight the day after the letter went public," Mund said Thursday on GMA. She added that she couldn't take a call at midnight because, "I had an event the next day and I was sleeping."

She added that it's "possible" Carlson would fire her for coming forward.

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ALYSSA MILANO DEFENDS #METOO AMID ASIA ARGENTO SCANDAL

Alyssa Milano defended the #MeToo Movement after one of its leading voices, Asia Argento, was accused of sexual assault.

The 45-year-old opened up in a sit-down with ABC’s Good Morning America. "People that have been abused can also be abusers, and that's a sad fact," she said.

But Milano said #MeToo will survive. "I don't have any fears about the #MeToo movement," she said. "They can call this movement whatever they want. To me, what that only does it enables us to identify issues, the problems and then discuss them, get them out in the open."

If anything, she said she sees the movement "swelling" and getting "stronger."

ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ARGENTO

Argento was one of the first to accuse the disgraced Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein of misconduct, including rape.

But earlier this week, The New York Times issued a blistering report claiming that Argento paid off Jimmy Bennett with $380,000 after he accused her of assault. (She denied the allegations and said they never had sex, but reports including alleged texts she sent and a shirtless selfie taken in bed seemed to contradict her story).

Bennett spoke out for the first time Wednesday.

"I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative," part of his statement read. "I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society."

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TWITTER DRAGS BEN AFFLECK FOR THIRD STINT IN REHAB

Ben Affleck has checked into rehab for the third time after his estranged wife Jennifer Garner staged an intervention, according to multiple reports. Garner left the 46-year-old’s home in Pacific Palisades shaken and upset on Wednesday, before returning with an unidentified woman.

According to People, Garner was not happy that she had to stage an intervention, especially such a public one, but sources tell the magazine that she felt it was a "crisis" situation.

After staging the initial intervention, Garner drove the three of them to a rehab facility; on the way, photographers captured photos of Affleck that showed an upset, tearful man who is clearly struggling. They stopped for take-out from Jack in the Box on the way.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL?

All of this comes after a week of drama, including his reported split from Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus and then his appearance with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton on various dates. On Monday, he was photographed accepting a delivery of alcohol. (Seeing this picture reportedly prompted Garner to act).

Perhaps predictably, Twitter has not been kind. One user tweeted, "Poor Jennifer Garner, still having to take care of BenAffleckeven though they are divorced. Women as giving tree rather than humans who get to carry on with their own lives," while another wrote: "I'd love to be Ben Affleck... 3rd stint in rehab, being driven there by a lovely ex-wife, after having partied all week with a 22yr old Playboy model, after having just broken up with a beautiful TV producer. Where was that job advertised?"

According to The Blast, the Malibu retreat he checked into focuses on substance abuse and mental health addiction. Programs include beach trips, horse-assisted therapy and meditation.

FUTURE OF BATMAN

Others wonder where this leaves the Batman franchise. His starring role has been called into question recently as director Matt Reeves is reportedly eager to explore stories about a younger version of the character.

He has played Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. The latter tanked when it opened in November, prompting widespread speculation about Affleck’s future as the caped crusader at that point.

Reeves is reportedly still working out the details of his current script for The Batman.

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IDRIS ELBA SHUTS DOWN ‘JAMES BOND’ RUMORS

Not happening. Despite fans’ most earnest wishes to the contrary, Idris Elba will not be taking on the role of James Bond. While attending the premiere of his new film Yardie, he was repeatedly asked if he’d succeed Daniel Craig as 007.

He couldn’t have been clearer, repeatedly saying "no" and then leaving the conversation. Today also aired footage from a sit-down in which he was pressed, and Elba firmly denied it.

"I don't want to talk it about, honestly," he said during one interview. "Let's leave it."

Much of the hoopla surrounding the possibility involves the fact that Elba is black. Elba himself addressed the issue, saying if he ever earned the role, he wouldn’t want race to be the focus. "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond," he previously told NPR. "So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."

Rumors of his future as Bond have been spreading for years, and were probably sparked in 2014 when he was asked during a Reddit AMA if he’d take the job if offered. Back then, he said "absolutely."

Craig will reprise the role in Bond 25, which is set to hit theaters in 2019. The director attached to the project, Danny Boyle, departed this week over "creative differences."

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GEORGE CLOONEY TOPS FORBES’ LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID ACTORS

Buoyed by the sale of Casamigos Tequila, George Clooney topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors in 2017. Between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, Clooney made $239 million, more money than any other actor has ever, Forbes found.

But don’t cry for everyone else in Hollywood. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson came in at No. 2, with an estimated $124 million pre-taxes. Much of that is thanks to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Robert Downey Jr. rounded out the top 3 with $81 million.

All told, the top 10 made $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes. The top-earning female stars earned $186 million in the same period, or just one quarter of their male cohorts' paydays.

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MIRA SORVINO SAYS SHE IS HEARTSICK OVER ASIA ARGENTO AS ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Mira Sorvino is speaking out on accusations leveled against her friend and fellow #MeToo warrior. Asia Argento has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2013 and then paying him off with $380,000, allegations that first surfaced in a blistering New York Times report.

Sorvino and Argento were among the more than 80 women who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, including rape, last year. Their courage in coming forward then created an entire social movement, dubbed #MeToo, and led to dozens of other revelations about an alleged culture of assault in Hollywood.

Now Sorvino is responding to news that Argento may have been a perpetrator herself.

"I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better," Sorvino wrote in a statement posted early Wednesday morning. "Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands for."

TEXTS LEAKED

Argento formally denied that the assault occurred, saying she never had sex with Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, or since. (He was 17 and she was 37 when the alleged attack occurred). Argento also insisted that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain insisted on the payout.

But texts leaked to TMZ appear to tell a different story. In a message that TMZ claims is from Argento to an unnamed friend, she admits to having sex with Bennett, but says she didn’t realize he was underage.

The text read: "I had sex with him and it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter. The public knows nothing, only what The New York Times wrote. Which is one-sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me."

The website also published a selfie of them shirtless in bed.

Of the picture, the alleged text reads: "You can see my tits. That’s all. It doesn’t mean s--t. He is standing up."

ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Bennett issued a statement via his attorney, Gordon K. Sattro on Wednesday.

"I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself," Bennett's statement read in part. "I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society."

He confirmed that, despite Argento’s denials to the contrary, they did have sex when he was a minor.

"I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER BLAMES PRINCE HARRY FOR FAMILY FIGHT: Meghan Markle’s family drama continues. In a new interview, her estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr. claims Prince Harry is to blame for the Duchess’ split from their father. "No father-daughter relationship should be like this. I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not the Meghan I remember. The Meg I remember was very caring and she cared about everybody—that was important to her." He continued: "Since Hollywood and being on that show—being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels she is above everybody, maybe even more now. But if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now—even if she was still on Suits right now—she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok."

BIG BANG THEORY ENDING AFTER SEASON 12: Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced that the Big Bang Theory will end its run in May of 2019, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. The show debuted in 2007, has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, will end after 12 seasons with 279 episodes under its belt. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

MICHAELA COEL SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED ON CHEWING GUM: Michaela Coel shared the horrific news that she was sexually assaulted while writing Chewing Gum. Coel made the allegations during a lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m.," Coel told the audience, speaking about her producers at Retort, which is owned by FreemantleMedia.I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers." She said she wasn’t assaulted in the offices, or by a company employees; the producers funded her therapy until the shoot ended. "Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all," she said. "When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood … what is your job?"

ANOTHER KEVIN SPACEY ASSAULT CASE REPORTED: The Los Angeles County D.A. is investigating a new assault case against Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Separately, an investigation was launched in London into reports of assault issued by three separate men last month. Other investigations are ongoing in L.A., Nantucket and London. Last year, Anthony Rapp was the first to report an attempted assault by Spacey when he was just 14, and since then, several other men have come forward with their own stories.

MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR IN COMA: Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS said in a statement to People. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being." He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

HOW DOES JENNIFER GARNER FEEL ABOUT BEN AFFLECK DATING A PLAYBOY MODEL? Us Weekly Magazine is on the case! 46-year-old Batman star Ben Affleck is reportedly getting hot and heavy with a 22-year-old Playboy model named Shauna Sexton, and many of us have idly wondered, how does the mother of his children feel? A source close to Jennifer Garner says she’s taking it in stride, and while she’s not "pleased," she’s certainly not shocked. "She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private," the insider spills.

KENDALL JENNER CLARIFIES BLASÉ COMMENTS ON MODELING: After creating an uproar during a recent Love Magazine interview in which she said she’d never do "like 30 shows a season," like many other models, she’s clarifying her comments. (ICYMI, critics came for her on social. As trans model Teddy Quinlivan pointed out: "Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs.") Jenner wrote on Twitter: "It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!"

OSCARS PRODUCER CRAIG ZADAN DIES AT 69: Craig Zadan has died from complications following shoulder replacement surgery. He was 69. Zadan helmed the Academy Awards shows, in addition to movie and TV shows. His most recent success was in producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert for NBC. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it is nominated for five Emmy Awards.

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MIRA SORVINO SAYS SHE IS HEARTSICK OVER ASIA ARGENTO AS ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Mira Sorvino is speaking out on accusations leveled against her friend and fellow #MeToo warrior. Asia Argento has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2013 and then paying him off with $380,000, allegations that first surfaced in a blistering New York Times report.

Sorvino and Argento were among the more than 80 women who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, including rape, last year. Their courage in coming forward then created an entire social movement, dubbed #MeToo, and led to dozens of other revelations about an alleged culture of assault in Hollywood.

Now Sorvino is responding to news that Argento may have been a perpetrator herself.

"I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better," Sorvino wrote in a statement posted early Wednesday morning. "Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands for."

TEXTS LEAKED

Argento formally denied that the assault occurred, saying she never had sex with Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, or since. (He was 17 and she was 37 when the alleged attack occurred). Argento also insisted that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain insisted on the payout.

But texts leaked to TMZ appear to tell a different story. In a message that TMZ claims is from Argento to an unnamed friend, she admits to having sex with Bennett, but says she didn’t realize he was underage.

The text read: "I had sex with him and it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter. The public knows nothing, only what The New York Times wrote. Which is one-sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me."

The website also published a selfie of them shirtless in bed.

Of the picture, the alleged text reads: "You can see my tits. That’s all. It doesn’t mean s--t. He is standing up."

ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Bennett issued a statement via his attorney, Gordon K. Sattro on Wednesday.

"I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself," Bennett's statement read in part. "I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society."

He confirmed that, despite Argento’s denials to the contrary, they did have sex when he was a minor.

"I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence."

Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS

KEVIN KWAN WANTED IN SINGAPORE? The author of the wildly successful Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is facing up to three years in jail in his native Singapore, Variety reports. He is accused of avoiding compulsory military service. Kwan is not among the cast and crew attending the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is considered a breakthrough for diversity in Hollywood. Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding star. Meanwhile, a sequel of the film is reportedly in development at Warner Bros.

MTV VMAs HIT ROCK BOTTOM: For the second year in a row, the Video Music Awards hit the skids. The ceremony was a mix, with J. Lo delivering a widely praised performance proving once again that Jenny from the Block is still queen, while Madonna delivered a horrific self-referential monologue about Aretha Franklin. But eyeballs were elsewhere, according to Deadline, which reports this year’s viewership fell 8% after last year’s all-time low. Did you tune in?

MATT SMITH SPEAKS ON PAY DISPARITY: Matt Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he opened up how he hopes the revelation of a pay gap between him and co-star Claire Foy (he made more) will impact the industry at large. "I think it's part of a wider conversation and one hopes it's ignited a seed in all of us that are in this industry and not just this industry, but across all industries, to reevaluate the way that we were numerate people," said Smith. He and Foy (who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II) remain close friends, he says.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ASKS REPORTERS TO HOLD REVIEWS: Venice is following Cannes’ lead in asking journalists to refrain from publishing reviews about movies until they’ve had their first official public screenings. The request follows complaints from insiders who say bad press has destroyed films that were on their way to garnering positive buzz and good feedback from initial screenings. TBD if the embargo extends to social media commentary and interviews.

JESSICA JONES CREATOR TO EXIT FOR WARNER BROS. DEAL: Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.

‘BLACK PANTHER’ IS COMING TO NETFLIX: Netflix will be adding new movies to their streaming service next month and Black Panther is one of them. According to E! Online, the box office hit will become available to stream on Netflix starting September 4th.

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MIRA SORVINO SAYS SHE IS HEARTSICK OVER ASIA ARGENTO AS ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Mira Sorvino is speaking out on accusations leveled against her friend and fellow #MeToo warrior. Asia Argento has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2013 and then paying him off with $380,000, allegations that first surfaced in a blistering New York Times report.

Sorvino and Argento were among the more than 80 women who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, including rape, last year. Their courage in coming forward then created an entire social movement, dubbed #MeToo, and led to dozens of other revelations about an alleged culture of assault in Hollywood.

Now Sorvino is responding to news that Argento may have been a perpetrator herself.

"I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better," Sorvino wrote in a statement posted early Wednesday morning. "Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands for."

TEXTS LEAKED

Argento formally denied that the assault occurred, saying she never had sex with Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, or since. (He was 17 and she was 37 when the alleged attack occurred). Argento also insisted that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain insisted on the payout.

But texts leaked to TMZ appear to tell a different story. In a message that TMZ claims is from Argento to an unnamed friend, she admits to having sex with Bennett, but says she didn’t realize he was underage.

The text read: "I had sex with him and it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter. The public knows nothing, only what The New York Times wrote. Which is one-sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me."

The website also published a selfie of them shirtless in bed.

Of the picture, the alleged text reads: "You can see my tits. That’s all. It doesn’t mean s--t. He is standing up."

ALLEGED VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

Bennett issued a statement via his attorney, Gordon K. Sattro on Wednesday.

"I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself," Bennett's statement read in part. "I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society."

He confirmed that, despite Argento’s denials to the contrary, they did have sex when he was a minor.

"I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence."

Read More »

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER BLAMES PRINCE HARRY FOR FAMILY FIGHT: Meghan Markle’s family drama continues. In a new interview, her estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr. claims Prince Harry is to blame for the Duchess’ split from their father. "No father-daughter relationship should be like this. I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not the Meghan I remember. The Meg I remember was very caring and she cared about everybody—that was important to her." He continued: "Since Hollywood and being on that show—being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels she is above everybody, maybe even more now. But if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now—even if she was still on Suits right now—she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok."

BIG BANG THEORY ENDING AFTER SEASON 12: Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced that the Big Bang Theory will end its run in May of 2019, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. The show debuted in 2007, has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, will end after 12 seasons with 279 episodes under its belt. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

MICHAELA COEL SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED ON CHEWING GUM: Michaela Coel shared the horrific news that she was sexually assaulted while writing Chewing Gum. Coel made the allegations during a lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m.," Coel told the audience, speaking about her producers at Retort, which is owned by FreemantleMedia.I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers." She said she wasn’t assaulted in the offices, or by a company employees; the producers funded her therapy until the shoot ended. "Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all," she said. "When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood … what is your job?"

ANOTHER KEVIN SPACEY ASSAULT CASE REPORTED: The Los Angeles County D.A. is investigating a new assault case against Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Separately, an investigation was launched in London into reports of assault issued by three separate men last month. Other investigations are ongoing in L.A., Nantucket and London. Last year, Anthony Rapp was the first to report an attempted assault by Spacey when he was just 14, and since then, several other men have come forward with their own stories.

MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR IN COMA: Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS said in a statement to People. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being." He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

HOW DOES JENNIFER GARNER FEEL ABOUT BEN AFFLECK DATING A PLAYBOY MODEL? Us Weekly Magazine is on the case! 46-year-old Batman star Ben Affleck is reportedly getting hot and heavy with a 22-year-old Playboy model named Shauna Sexton, and many of us have idly wondered, how does the mother of his children feel? A source close to Jennifer Garner says she’s taking it in stride, and while she’s not "pleased," she’s certainly not shocked. "She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private," the insider spills.

KENDALL JENNER CLARIFIES BLASÉ COMMENTS ON MODELING: After creating an uproar during a recent Love Magazine interview in which she said she’d never do "like 30 shows a season," like many other models, she’s clarifying her comments. (ICYMI, critics came for her on social. As trans model Teddy Quinlivan pointed out: "Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs.") Jenner wrote on Twitter: "It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!"

OSCARS PRODUCER CRAIG ZADAN DIES AT 69: Craig Zadan has died from complications following shoulder replacement surgery. He was 69. Zadan helmed the Academy Awards shows, in addition to movie and TV shows. His most recent success was in producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert for NBC. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it is nominated for five Emmy Awards.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER BLAMES PRINCE HARRY FOR FAMILY FIGHT: Meghan Markle’s family drama continues. In a new interview, her estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr. claims Prince Harry is to blame for the Duchess’ split from their father. "No father-daughter relationship should be like this. I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not the Meghan I remember. The Meg I remember was very caring and she cared about everybody—that was important to her." He continued: "Since Hollywood and being on that show—being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels she is above everybody, maybe even more now. But if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now—even if she was still on Suits right now—she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok."

BIG BANG THEORY ENDING AFTER SEASON 12: Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced that the Big Bang Theory will end its run in May of 2019, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. The show debuted in 2007, has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, will end after 12 seasons with 279 episodes under its belt. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

MICHAELA COEL SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED ON CHEWING GUM: Michaela Coel shared the horrific news that she was sexually assaulted while writing Chewing Gum. Coel made the allegations during a lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m.," Coel told the audience, speaking about her producers at Retort, which is owned by FreemantleMedia.I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers." She said she wasn’t assaulted in the offices, or by a company employees; the producers funded her therapy until the shoot ended. "Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all," she said. "When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood … what is your job?"

ANOTHER KEVIN SPACEY ASSAULT CASE REPORTED: The Los Angeles County D.A. is investigating a new assault case against Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Separately, an investigation was launched in London into reports of assault issued by three separate men last month. Other investigations are ongoing in L.A., Nantucket and London. Last year, Anthony Rapp was the first to report an attempted assault by Spacey when he was just 14, and since then, several other men have come forward with their own stories.

MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR IN COMA: Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS said in a statement to People. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being." He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

HOW DOES JENNIFER GARNER FEEL ABOUT BEN AFFLECK DATING A PLAYBOY MODEL? Us Weekly Magazine is on the case! 46-year-old Batman star Ben Affleck is reportedly getting hot and heavy with a 22-year-old Playboy model named Shauna Sexton, and many of us have idly wondered, how does the mother of his children feel? A source close to Jennifer Garner says she’s taking it in stride, and while she’s not "pleased," she’s certainly not shocked. "She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private," the insider spills.

KENDALL JENNER CLARIFIES BLASÉ COMMENTS ON MODELING: After creating an uproar during a recent Love Magazine interview in which she said she’d never do "like 30 shows a season," like many other models, she’s clarifying her comments. (ICYMI, critics came for her on social. As trans model Teddy Quinlivan pointed out: "Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs.") Jenner wrote on Twitter: "It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!"

OSCARS PRODUCER CRAIG ZADAN DIES AT 69: Craig Zadan has died from complications following shoulder replacement surgery. He was 69. Zadan helmed the Academy Awards shows, in addition to movie and TV shows. His most recent success was in producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert for NBC. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it is nominated for five Emmy Awards.

Read More »

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER BLAMES PRINCE HARRY FOR FAMILY FIGHT: Meghan Markle’s family drama continues. In a new interview, her estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr. claims Prince Harry is to blame for the Duchess’ split from their father. "No father-daughter relationship should be like this. I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not the Meghan I remember. The Meg I remember was very caring and she cared about everybody—that was important to her." He continued: "Since Hollywood and being on that show—being a celebrity has changed her. Maybe she feels she is above everybody, maybe even more now. But if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now—even if she was still on Suits right now—she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok."

BIG BANG THEORY ENDING AFTER SEASON 12: Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced that the Big Bang Theory will end its run in May of 2019, making it the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. The show debuted in 2007, has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, will end after 12 seasons with 279 episodes under its belt. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

MICHAELA COEL SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED ON CHEWING GUM: Michaela Coel shared the horrific news that she was sexually assaulted while writing Chewing Gum. Coel made the allegations during a lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m.," Coel told the audience, speaking about her producers at Retort, which is owned by FreemantleMedia.I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers." She said she wasn’t assaulted in the offices, or by a company employees; the producers funded her therapy until the shoot ended. "Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all," she said. "When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood … what is your job?"

ANOTHER KEVIN SPACEY ASSAULT CASE REPORTED: The Los Angeles County D.A. is investigating a new assault case against Kevin Spacey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Separately, an investigation was launched in London into reports of assault issued by three separate men last month. Other investigations are ongoing in L.A., Nantucket and London. Last year, Anthony Rapp was the first to report an attempted assault by Spacey when he was just 14, and since then, several other men have come forward with their own stories.

MACGYVER STUNT COORDINATOR IN COMA: Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. "We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS said in a statement to People. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being." He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

HOW DOES JENNIFER GARNER FEEL ABOUT BEN AFFLECK DATING A PLAYBOY MODEL? Us Weekly Magazine is on the case! 46-year-old Batman star Ben Affleck is reportedly getting hot and heavy with a 22-year-old Playboy model named Shauna Sexton, and many of us have idly wondered, how does the mother of his children feel? A source close to Jennifer Garner says she’s taking it in stride, and while she’s not "pleased," she’s certainly not shocked. "She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private," the insider spills.

KENDALL JENNER CLARIFIES BLASÉ COMMENTS ON MODELING: After creating an uproar during a recent Love Magazine interview in which she said she’d never do "like 30 shows a season," like many other models, she’s clarifying her comments. (ICYMI, critics came for her on social. As trans model Teddy Quinlivan pointed out: "Models don’t just come from Calabasas… they come from Somalia, the Siberian tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee. Making disparaging comments about your peers doesn’t lead to growth or unity which our regulation-less industry desperately needs.") Jenner wrote on Twitter: "It was intended to be entirely complimentary but unfortunately, my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!"

OSCARS PRODUCER CRAIG ZADAN DIES AT 69: Craig Zadan has died from complications following shoulder replacement surgery. He was 69. Zadan helmed the Academy Awards shows, in addition to movie and TV shows. His most recent success was in producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert for NBC. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it is nominated for five Emmy Awards.

Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS

KEVIN KWAN WANTED IN SINGAPORE? The author of the wildly successful Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is facing up to three years in jail in his native Singapore, Variety reports. He is accused of avoiding compulsory military service. Kwan is not among the cast and crew attending the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is considered a breakthrough for diversity in Hollywood. Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding star. Meanwhile, a sequel of the film is reportedly in development at Warner Bros.

MTV VMAs HIT ROCK BOTTOM: For the second year in a row, the Video Music Awards hit the skids. The ceremony was a mix, with J. Lo delivering a widely praised performance proving once again that Jenny from the Block is still queen, while Madonna delivered a horrific self-referential monologue about Aretha Franklin. But eyeballs were elsewhere, according to Deadline, which reports this year’s viewership fell 8% after last year’s all-time low. Did you tune in?

MATT SMITH SPEAKS ON PAY DISPARITY: Matt Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he opened up how he hopes the revelation of a pay gap between him and co-star Claire Foy (he made more) will impact the industry at large. "I think it's part of a wider conversation and one hopes it's ignited a seed in all of us that are in this industry and not just this industry, but across all industries, to reevaluate the way that we were numerate people," said Smith. He and Foy (who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II) remain close friends, he says.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ASKS REPORTERS TO HOLD REVIEWS: Venice is following Cannes’ lead in asking journalists to refrain from publishing reviews about movies until they’ve had their first official public screenings. The request follows complaints from insiders who say bad press has destroyed films that were on their way to garnering positive buzz and good feedback from initial screenings. TBD if the embargo extends to social media commentary and interviews.

JESSICA JONES CREATOR TO EXIT FOR WARNER BROS. DEAL: Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.

‘BLACK PANTHER’ IS COMING TO NETFLIX: Netflix will be adding new movies to their streaming service next month and Black Panther is one of them. According to E! Online, the box office hit will become available to stream on Netflix starting September 4th.

Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS

KEVIN KWAN WANTED IN SINGAPORE? The author of the wildly successful Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is facing up to three years in jail in his native Singapore, Variety reports. He is accused of avoiding compulsory military service. Kwan is not among the cast and crew attending the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is considered a breakthrough for diversity in Hollywood. Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding star. Meanwhile, a sequel of the film is reportedly in development at Warner Bros.

MTV VMAs HIT ROCK BOTTOM: For the second year in a row, the Video Music Awards hit the skids. The ceremony was a mix, with J. Lo delivering a widely praised performance proving once again that Jenny from the Block is still queen, while Madonna delivered a horrific self-referential monologue about Aretha Franklin. But eyeballs were elsewhere, according to Deadline, which reports this year’s viewership fell 8% after last year’s all-time low. Did you tune in?

MATT SMITH SPEAKS ON PAY DISPARITY: Matt Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he opened up how he hopes the revelation of a pay gap between him and co-star Claire Foy (he made more) will impact the industry at large. "I think it's part of a wider conversation and one hopes it's ignited a seed in all of us that are in this industry and not just this industry, but across all industries, to reevaluate the way that we were numerate people," said Smith. He and Foy (who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II) remain close friends, he says.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ASKS REPORTERS TO HOLD REVIEWS: Venice is following Cannes’ lead in asking journalists to refrain from publishing reviews about movies until they’ve had their first official public screenings. The request follows complaints from insiders who say bad press has destroyed films that were on their way to garnering positive buzz and good feedback from initial screenings. TBD if the embargo extends to social media commentary and interviews.

JESSICA JONES CREATOR TO EXIT FOR WARNER BROS. DEAL: Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.

‘BLACK PANTHER’ IS COMING TO NETFLIX: Netflix will be adding new movies to their streaming service next month and Black Panther is one of them. According to E! Online, the box office hit will become available to stream on Netflix starting September 4th.

Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS

KEVIN KWAN WANTED IN SINGAPORE? The author of the wildly successful Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is facing up to three years in jail in his native Singapore, Variety reports. He is accused of avoiding compulsory military service. Kwan is not among the cast and crew attending the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is considered a breakthrough for diversity in Hollywood. Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding star. Meanwhile, a sequel of the film is reportedly in development at Warner Bros.

MTV VMAs HIT ROCK BOTTOM: For the second year in a row, the Video Music Awards hit the skids. The ceremony was a mix, with J. Lo delivering a widely praised performance proving once again that Jenny from the Block is still queen, while Madonna delivered a horrific self-referential monologue about Aretha Franklin. But eyeballs were elsewhere, according to Deadline, which reports this year’s viewership fell 8% after last year’s all-time low. Did you tune in?

MATT SMITH SPEAKS ON PAY DISPARITY: Matt Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he opened up how he hopes the revelation of a pay gap between him and co-star Claire Foy (he made more) will impact the industry at large. "I think it's part of a wider conversation and one hopes it's ignited a seed in all of us that are in this industry and not just this industry, but across all industries, to reevaluate the way that we were numerate people," said Smith. He and Foy (who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II) remain close friends, he says.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ASKS REPORTERS TO HOLD REVIEWS: Venice is following Cannes’ lead in asking journalists to refrain from publishing reviews about movies until they’ve had their first official public screenings. The request follows complaints from insiders who say bad press has destroyed films that were on their way to garnering positive buzz and good feedback from initial screenings. TBD if the embargo extends to social media commentary and interviews.

JESSICA JONES CREATOR TO EXIT FOR WARNER BROS. DEAL: Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.

‘BLACK PANTHER’ IS COMING TO NETFLIX: Netflix will be adding new movies to their streaming service next month and Black Panther is one of them. According to E! Online, the box office hit will become available to stream on Netflix starting September 4th.

Read More »

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

HILARY SWANK MARRIED PHILIP SCHNEIDER IN SECRET CEREMONY: Hilary Swank married Philip Schneider at the Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, Calif., according to a statement. Her dress, made of chantilly lace, silk chiffon and organza silk, was designed by Elie Saab Haute Couture Atelier. The tulle veile was 19 feet long. "I've loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress," she told Vogue of the dress, which was inspired by redwood trees. "I wanted something romantic that felt as timeless as the redwood grove where we were to be married, and he delivered—designing something that far surpassed my greatest expectations. It was everything I imagined and more," she said. Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay was the maid of honor. The pair began dating in 2016 when the actress called off her engagement to Ruben Torres.

REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN CLOSE TO SETTLEMENT OVER FRAGRANCE: Kim Kardashian is close to settling her legal battle with Vibes Media, which accused her of ripping off their design for her fragrance line, The Blast reports. According to court docs obtained by the site, Vibes is requesting a hearing to be postponed to next month (it was scheduled for this month). The documents claim Kardashian’s lawyers have been in touch and they are discussing "settlement positions." In their original suit, Vibes claimed that KKW "has been marketing, promoting and is now selling a Vibes perfume. The Vibes perfume comes in a bottle that is a close facsimile of the Registered Vibes Logo."

PLAYBOY MODEL & BEN AFFLECK’S ROMANCE HEATING UP? Ben Affleck’s rumored new love interest Shauna Sexton was photographed out Monday following a sleepover with the 46-year-old Batman star. The 22-year-old Playboy model looked stunning in a white sundress as she walked her dog and grabbed brunch in L.A. The pair were first connected on a date last Thursday at Nobu. Following their night out, Affleck’s ex Lindsay Shookus deleted her Instagram page.

SHAUN WEISS ENTERS REHAB: Mighty Ducks alum Shaun Weiss checked himself into rehab after getting busted for public intoxication earlier this month. "At this time, in an effort to break free from the self destructive patterns of behavior and drug abuse that have landed me at rock bottom, (to be real… BELOW rock bottom. Even rock bottom is like ‘holy s–t, how’d you get all the way down there?’)," the former child actor wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday. "I have checked in to a well reguarded sic, long term rehabilitation center. I have surrendered to the reality that without immediate treatment my life is in eminant sic danger."

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW CLOTHING LINE INSPIRED BY HAND-ME-DOWNS: Sex and the City alum Sarah Jessica Parker is planning to release her second line for Gap Kids, and she says this one was inspired by hand-me-downs. "This idea of hand-me-downs and sharing and passing on is what I grew up as one of eight, and it’s what I do as a sibling now. There’s 13 nieces and nephews and we spend a huge amount of time passing around bins of clothes," Parker told The Hollywood Reporter. The line will include jeans, backbacks, dresses and shirts priced between $14.95 and $7.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

NATALIE PORTMAN’S VOX LUX JOINS TIFF: The 43rdAnnual Toronto Film Festival has added Natalie Portman-starrer Vox Lux, by director Brady Corbet, and Neil Jordan's Greta, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert to its lineup. Netflix is dominating the slate with eight titles, including opener Outlaw King. The festival’s director Piers Handling tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm leaving in a moment of great disruption and it's hard to know what's going to happen in the future." (He is set to step down as festival lead after the festival). "I don't think the big-screen experience will disappear, maybe modify, but it's not going away. If it goes away, it will take decades for that to vanish," he added. TIFF runs Sept. 6-16. Cannes, meanwhile, banned Netflix movies from official competition. In other Portman news, she will direct and star as twin sisters in a drama about dueling advice columnists Esther and Pauline Friedman. She made her directorial debut for the 2015 Israeli drama A Tale of Love and Darkness.

THE HILLS SET FOR REBOOT: The Hills is getting the reboot treatment on MTV via The Hills: New Beginnings. Original cast members Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt have signed on. MTV announced The Hills' return during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Sadly, Lauren Conrad and Kristen Cavallari will not be joining in. MTV’s rebooted Jersey Shore became the channel’s top-rated series as soon as it premiered in April. The second season debuts tomorrow (Thursday).

PETER JACKSON’S WWI DOC TO PREMIERE AT LONDON FILM FEST: A new World War I documentary from Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16th. The title of the film has also been revealed: They Shall Not Grow Old. The London Film Fest runs from October 10-21.

AMERICAN VANDAL TRAILER DROPS: In its first season, Netflix’s mockumentary American Vandal examined the story behind private school vandalism involving spray-painted phalluses. School is back in session, and this one looks like a real turd. Season 2 launches September 14th, as co-creators/documentarians Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund bring their sleuthing skills to a feces-flecked Catholic school. Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Travis Tope, Taylor Dearden, Melvin Gregg and DeRon Horton star.

SIX FLAGS AND CBS COLLABORATE ON HELL FEST RIDES: Six Flags Entertainment and CBS Films are partnering up on spooky new theme park rides as CBS and Lionsgate rolls out promos for the film Hell Fest. The new haunted attractions based on the film will debut at three theme parks during Fright Fest, which runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 15-October 31.The three Six Flags venues (Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA; Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ; and Great America in Gurnee, IL) will turn haunted mazes into replicas from the film’s goriest scenes. Hell Fest opens September 28th.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

FORMER MISS AMERICAS CALL FOR GRETCHEN CARLSON TO STEP DOWN: Gretchen Carlson is hitting back at allegations that she bullied current Miss America Cara Mund, but other former titleholders aren’t hearing it. In a letter last week, Mund alleged that Carlson (a former Miss America herself) and CEO Regina Hopper took over the organization after the previous leaders were ousted for slut-and-fat-shaming contestants, and managed to make a bad situation worse. Mund wrote they "systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis." After Carlson rejected her claims, former Miss America Suzette Charles told NBC’s Megyn Kelly: "She's the chairman and there's a CEO. They're required as businesspeople to raise money for the organization for the scholarship to have money to run the program and she's now putting that responsibility on our current Miss America?" Charles, former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum and 11 other former Miss America winners have called for Carlson, Hopper and the current Board of Trustees to resign in a petition.

BEN AFFLECK AND LINDSAY SHOOKUS ARE DONE: Ben Affleck, 46, and Lindsay Shookus, 38, have split after a year together, E! News reports. This news comes on the heels of the Batman star being seen out on the town with a 22-year-old Playboy model. E! claims they’ve been broken up for a few weeks, but that they’re still friends. Affleck shares three children with his ex Jennifer Garner, and was recently seen celebrating his birthday with them.

CHAMPIONS’ JOSIE TOTAH COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Josie Totah is sharing her truth. In an essay for Time, the teen star revealed that she is transgender. "Acting has always been my passion. I'm grateful for roles I've gotten to play on shows like Champions, and I know I'm lucky to be able to do what I love," the 17-year-old, who had worked under the name J.J. Totah, said. "But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: 'J.J. Totah, gay boy.'" She continued, explaining it all "clicked" for her when she was 14. "As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at my mother in the middle of the show and said, 'This is me. I'm transgender. And I need to go through this.' My mother, who is immensely supportive and gracious, said, 'OK, let's do it.' Three days later I was meeting with my pediatrician, who referred me to a specialist, who put me on a hormone blocker. From that point on, I hit the ground running."

JENNIFER GARNER BRINGS KIDS FOR WALK OF FAME STAR: Jennifer Garner got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the 46-year-old Golden Globe winner brought her three kids along for a rare public appearance.The actress shares Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6, with ex Ben Affleck, who did not attend. Judy Greer, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell all supported their former co-star as well. She gave her kids a special shout-out during the ceremony, telling them she loved them and that the star was "about hard work and good luck and not a whole lot else."

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH TARA REID? Tara Reid has made a number of unusual appearances while promoting Sharknado 6, even tweeting out that her bad back was to blame for a no-show. The 42-year-old baffled many with her appearance Thursday on Sydney’s Today Extra and then another jumbled interview on Fox 5 New York Friday. She was set to appear for a Build Series talk with co-star Ian Ziering, but then this tweet (since deleted) appeared on her feed: "Due to some back issues I am having, I had to cut my press tour short. I wish I could’ve been there especially for my favorite show, @BUILDseriesNYC. Thank you for ur understanding & I am hoping to recover from this pain soon. Tune in Sunday as @SharknadoSYFY 6 premieres on @syfy." According to The Blast, Reid claimed her Twitter account was hacked. "It made no sense, why would I write that?" she said at the movie’s Sunday night premiere in Los Angeles, The Blast reports.

KIM KARDASHIAN CROWS ABOUT 24-INCH WAIST: In a new shoot for CR Fashion Book, Kim Kardashian West appears in a shoot by photographer Jackie Nickerson wearing milk maid braids and a corseted Vivienne Westwood gown with roomy sleeves, a voluminous skirt and a tiny nipped-in waist. She told the magazine that this was her "easiest" shoot ever because she had a 24-inch waist which means she didn’t have to "suck it in."

DANIELLE STAUB & HUSBAND DROP RESTRAINING ORDERS: The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and her husband Marty Caffrey have dropped their restraining orders against each other, but they still plan to pursue their divorce after just three months of marriage. Staub, 56, filed for an order of protection Monday, and Caffrey, 66, responded in kind the next day.

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CHRIS HEMSWORTH VOWS TO KEEP KIDS’ LIVES PRIVATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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