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BRUCE WEBER FIRES BACK AT ASSAULT ACCUSER

Famed shutterbug Bruce Weber is slapping back at accusers who claim he sexually assaulted them.

According to new legal documents filed January 2nd and obtained by TMZ, Weber is claiming that one of the accusers who formally filed a lawsuit initiated contact with him. Models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson claimed in December of 2017 that Weber forced them to touch their genitals doing a shoot. Boyce recently tacked on claims that Weber tried to force him into sex trafficking.

Weber has responded, TMZ reports, claiming that Boyce and his agents sent him text messages for years, some of which included "pornographic poses in a desperate attempt to get Mr. Weber's attention."

When Weber didn’t respond, Boyce continued to hound him, he claims, often sending shots "in a blatant attempt to be sexual, posing and bending shirtless in a manner to emphasize his genitals."

He is claiming the shots serve as evidence that Boyce was doing the soliciting, and he wants the sex trafficking allegations dropped from the suit.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

LINDSAY LOHAN IS ALL BUSINESS: In a clip from her new reality show, Lindsay Lohan encounters a group of beautiful people laughing and pouring wine into each other’s mouths in the pool. Does she dive in? Nope! LiLo is all business, because she "wants to build an empire" and "this is not Girls Gone Wild." Lohan’s show follows her as she attempts to erect an empire of clubs in Mykonos, Greece. Lindsay Lohan: Welcome to the Beach Club debuts Tuesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. on MTV.

SCARJO TALKS DEEPFAKE PORN: Scarlett Johansson has given up on fighting "deepfake" porn videos, in which an often famous face is superimposed on a body not her own. One such video, falsely described as "leaked" footage of her, has been viewed 1.5 million+ times. "Nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body and making it look as eerily realistic as desired," Johansson told The Washington Post. "The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the Internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause."

SHAY MITCHELL TALKS COMPASSION: Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is calling for more compassion in 2019. Writing on Instagram, she says: "So, for 2019, let's all try to be a little more compassionate, empathetic, patient and thoughtful with each other." Mitchell also thanked her followers for the compassion they showed her last year. "The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams."

CHRISSY TEIGEN GETS NAILED IN THE FACE WITH LESLIE JONES’ UMBRELLA ON TV: Way to start off the New Year! Chrissy Teigen appeared on NBC’s New Year’s Eve segment Monday with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones. When the New Year turned and hugging commenced, Jones unwittingly jabbed Teigen in the eye with an umbrella, creating the first viral celeb moment of the year. Thankfully, all is well! "EYE’M FINE BABY I hug too hard what can I say," Teigen replied to Jones when she tweeted her apologies, with a picture of her sending Jones a kiss.

GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN VACATION TOGETHER: It turns out the "conscious uncoupling" thing is the real deal for Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The pair, who split after a decade in 2014, with the stated intention of remaining besties for life, were spotted jetting off to the Maldives with their loves (Brad Falchuk and Dakota Johnson, respectively) in tow. They reportedly spent Christmas and New Year’s together with their kids, Apple and Moses.

GORDON RAMSAY AND WIFE TANA ARE EXPECTING FIFTH CHILD: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his family rang in the New Year with some happy news. The 52-year-old has four children, Matilda, 17, 19-year-old twins Holly and Jack, and Megan, 20, with his wife Tana. The family broke the news in a video. Two years ago, Gordon shared the news of Tana’s "devastating" miscarriage.

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PETE DAVIDSON RETURNS TO STAND-UP AFTER ALARMING POST, DISCUSSES ARIANA GRANDE, MOM

Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson returned to stand-up for the first time on New Year’s Eve since posting an alarming note on Instagram a few weeks ago that many people interpreted as suicidal.

Davidson tackled several topics fans were eager to hear about, including what it felt to be discussed on ex-fiancee Ariana Grande’s hit song, "Thank U, Next."

"Here’s the thing about the breakup song. Usually breakup songs you know who it’s about but you don’t really know. That G named all of us," he told the crowd. "Bam. She named all of us. And then, tells us, yeah, he has a big d***."

The 25-year-old admitted that the day the song was released, moments before he was set to appear on SNL, was "sad."

"That s--t came out before I had to put on a f--king duck hat and be like, 'derrrp here's the pizza!' So all my friends were there. It was a sad day. We didn't know it was going to happen."

MOM

What shocked Davidson most about the breakup though, was the effect it had on his mother, who’s a school nurse, and has been harassed since the split.

"She was walking in the hallway and some little f--king kid started singing 'Thank U Next' to her. Me, I get it, but my mom?" he said. As punishment, the kid had to sing the song in front of the dean of the school, a former cop.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

BIRD BOX BREAKS NETFLIX RECORDS: Bird Box is breaking records already. The Sandra Bullock-starring horror-thriller, released on December 21st, has become Netflix’s most-watched film over seven days. Thus far, it has been viewed by 45 million accounts, the streamer reports. "Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!" the streaming service's official Twitter posted on Friday, adding, "Oh my god." Have you tuned in?

ABBY LEE MILLER RETURNING TO DANCE MOMS: After serving time in prison and being diagnosed with cancer, Abby Lee Miller has some good news: she is returning to Dance Moms! Miller told fans Friday: "OMG! Can you believe I’m going to film Season 8 of Dance Moms! Yes, it’s official!" Taping on the Lifetime show is set to begin in January.

MICHAEL FISHMAN OPTS FOR SEPARATION FOR HEALTH INSURANCE: The ConnersMichael Fishman is separating, instead of divorcing his wife so he can keep her on his health insurance. He tells TMZ: "Among the reasons for not getting a regular divorce is the shared desire to keep Jenny Briner covered by my health insurance, and allow to slowly unfold our 20 years together in a way mutually beneficial for our family, particularly on behalf of our children." Would you consider alternative divorce arrangements to help your family with insurance?

JUNE WHITFIELD DEAD AT 93: Dame June Whitfield, best known for her roles in Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous, died Friday at 93. Whitfield also famously voiced Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple on the BBC Radio 4.

KANYE BUYS KIM A CONDO FOR CHRISTMAS: Kanye West bought Kim Kardashian a $14 million apartment at Miami’s "billionaire beach bunker," sources tell Page Six. The tower, designed by Norman Foster, sits on the beach. Dubbed Faena House, Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein, hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and Faena co-developer Len Blavatnik also live there.

BETHENNY FRANKEL BASHES HOTEL FOR NOT ISSUING CREDIT: After suffering a near-fatal reaction to a fish dish last week, Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel is busting Rosewood Hotels’ chops for not issuing her a credit after the incident."It was quite disappointing that @RosewoodHotels wouldn’t even issue a future credit when I had a medical 911 and had to cancel a room," she wrote.

GWYNETH PALTROW IS TUNING OUT: She’s dropping out! Goop guru Gwyneth Paltrow, 46, informed the world via Instagram that she is taking five. She shared a shot of herself with a stunning beach in the background, writing: "Out of office."

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KIM KARDASHIAN SAYS ROB HAS IMAGINARY FRIENDS AS BEN SIMMONS FLIRTS UP KENDALL JENNER

In a new bonus clip released from Kim Kardashian’s appearance on E!’s Busy Tonight a few weeks ago, she may have spilled more than her brother Rob Kardashian was happy to share. She claims her younger bro had a pair of imaginary friends that he just couldn’t wave goodbye to.

"My brother has…Uh, I don't know if he still does. But he had, for a really long time, two imaginary friends," Kim reveals in the new clip.

She says their names were Pablo and Ronald, and reveals that Rob referenced them rather … recently. "My brother literally has talked about these guys, like, up until last year," she says. Alrighty!

KENDALL + BEN

Meanwhile, in other KarJenner news, Kendall and her rumored love Ben Simmons are engaging in some flirting via Instagram. The 23-year-old model posted a shot of herself, and the 22-year-old NBA player left two drooling emojis in the comments.

The pair reportedly split in September after four months of dating, but he has reportedly been trying to win her back.

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DISNEY’S FIRST COMING OUT SCENE DOESN’T USE THE WORD ‘GAY’

Disney is introducing its first openly gay character in the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie, and all eyes are on the House of Mouse as they gauge how it handles the sensitive topic.

As it turns out, when Jack Whitehall’s character McGregor comes out to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s Frank, he doesn’t actually use the word "gay," TMZ reports. Sources tell the site that screenings of the scene have overall been met with open arms, though many have taken notice of the missing word.

The scene is light-hearted, with the pair discussing women and dancing and McGregor tells Frank that his family tried setting him up multiple times to no avail, then explains that his sister Lily (Emily Blunt) is the only one who accepts him no matter who he loves.

Inevitably, Twitter’s reaction to Disney’s choice is mixed, especially following the kerfluffle over casting a straight actor in a gay role. Though just as many users are equally sick of listening to fans jaw about the controversy. Writes one user, "And that time Daniel Craig played James Bond, and he's not really a spy."

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INDUSTRY NEWS

JORDAN PEELE RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR US: Get Out director Jordan Peele released the first trailer for Us, a project he was keeping completely under wraps. Horror fans now know that the action centers on a family haunted by a doppelganger version of themselves. Lupita Nyong'o and her Black Panther co-star Winston Duke lead Us as parents of their children, played by Shahadi Wright-Joseph and Evan Alex. "Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film," Peele told The Hollywood Reporter. "But it's also important to note, unlike Get Out, Us is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies." Us opens March 15, 2019. Tickets are already on sale.

NICKI MINAJ JOINS THE ANGRY BIRDS: The Sony Animations' Angry Birds sequel has welcomed Nicki Minaj to its flock. Minaj joins Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage, who will all reprise their roles from the first film. The Angry Birds Movie 2 hits theaters on Aug. 16, 2019, the 10th anniversary of the video game’s release.

AQUAMAN SWIMS PAST $500M MARK: Aquaman surged past the half-billion-dollar mark worldwide over Christmas. Are you ready for another DC franchise? While observers say Aquaman is no Batman or Superman, audiences seem to embracing Jason Momoa’s watery hero.

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CELEBRITIES REACT TO KEVIN SPACEY’S ‘CREEPY’ VIDEO AS NEW EVIDENCE EMERGES

The teen who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey filmed part of the attack on Snapchat, Massachusetts State Police say.

The son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh told police that he sent a video of the Oscar winner groping him to his girlfriend as proof of the attack, according to reports.

"The drinks continued constantly through the whole night. Things started to get a little fuzzy when Unruh’s son and Spacey went over to the piano," Trooper Gerald F. Donovan wrote in the report. "Unruh’s son said he had at least four or five beers before Spacey said they should switch to whiskey adding, ‘Let’s get drunk.’ "

"Unruh’s son said the whole thing was embarrassing and has not had a ‘profound emotional effect’ on him. He told his friends about it and makes jokes about it because that is his way," the report said.

REACTIONS TO CHRISTMAS VIDEO

Meanwhile, Hollywood stars are taking note of Spacey’s recent work, but the reception has been overwhelmingly negative. Spacey released a bizarre video in the wake of being charged with sexual assault on Christmas Eve, in character as the homicidal politician Frank Underwood.

Spacey played Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards, until he was fired following 30+ accusations of sexual misconduct. He now faces a felony charge stemming from the alleged 2016 attack on Unruh's son.

In the three-minute video he says, in part: "They’re just dying for me to declare that everything said was true and that I got what I deserved. Wouldn’t that be easy? If it was all so simple? You and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life."

Fellow actors and directors have reacted with disgust. #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano deemed the video "creepy," while Ellen Barkin said it was "very disturbing."

No matter what the reaction is, Spacey is—for the first time since the scandal broke—drawing in the viewers. Two days after it went up, the video had more than 4.5 million views.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

DREW BARRYMORE POSTS BEFORE AND AFTER SHOTS OF WEIGHT LOSS: Drew Barrymore is sharing her fitness journey with the world. The 43-year-old Santa Clarita Diet star shared before and after shots of herself, and a little perspective: "When I look at Instagram, I am made to think I should be at my best self. But most days, I lack consistency due to real life. With the right people (@marniealton) we can make our goals a reality…" She also said that even though she’s "fighting like a lion" right now to tone up, she loves her body, "whatever package it comes in."

JENELLE EVANS BRIEFLY HOSPITALIZED: Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans underwent a procedure just days after her husband David Eason’s brush with the law. She shared an image of herself hooked up to IVs, captioning it: "Had biopsies done everywhere today. #Wishmeluck." Responding to fan questions on Twitter, she said: "If you've been keeping up or not with my health... I went in for another endoscopy today, wish me luck on my results." It has been busy week for the pair; on December 19th, Eason got into trouble with police for illegally towing a truck.

THORA BIRCH IS MARRIED: Hocus Pocus star Thora Birch, 36, is married! "It’s done! I’m a married woman now," the bride excitedly wrote on Twitter. "This is not the official photo but it’s my thank you to all my fans for their positive energy! I felt it every second!!

COSBY SHOW STAR ETHEL AYLER DIES: The Broadway star and Cosby Show actress Ethel Ayler died last month in Loma Linda, California, her family shared Friday. Ayler was 88. On The Cosby Show, Ayler had a recurring role as Carrie Hanks, Clair Huxtable’s (Phylicia Rashad) mother. Ayler appeared in films like Eve’s Bayou, The Bodyguard and To Sleep With Anger, and made guest appearances on Sister, Sister, Melrose Place, Friends and 7th Heaven.

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MODELS SAY BRUCE WEBER IS A ‘SERIAL SEXUAL PREDATOR’

Famed shutterbug Bruce Weber was sued by model Jason Boyce in December of 2017 for sexual harassment, and now more models are joining the growing chorus of voices accusing him of predation.

In January, 15 models supported Boyce's story, and spoke with The New York Times about his "unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior."

LAWSUIT

On Friday, five more models represented by attorney Lisa Bloom have anonymously filed suit in the Southern District of New York, calling Weber a "serial sexual predator" who "exploited his prominence and influence to manipulate men into submitting to his sexual advances."

Weber executed an eerily similar m.o. with all of them, launching a "breathing exercise" that would eventually lead to him touching their genitals.

Weber’s lawyer tells Page Six: "These new allegations are outrageous. Bruce Weber has never lured, recruited or forced anyone to do anything and has never inappropriately touched a model. This lawsuit is nothing more than a media-hungry lawyer’s attempt to extort Mr. Weber."

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L.A. PROSECUTOR WON’T CHARGE STEVEN SEAGAL WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

Steven Seagal won’t face criminal charges related to an accusation of sexual assault he faced from an incident in 2002, the L.A. District Attorney’s office said Friday. Seagal, 66, has been accused of sexual misconduct several times.

Among his most prominent accusers were Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi. The D.A. noted the evidence they gathered did not meet requirements imposed by the statute of limitations laws. The D.A. did not name the accuser, but attorney Lisa Bloom said it was connected her client, the former model Faviola Dadis.

In a statement, Bloom said: "The sole reason for its refusal is the statute of limitations, and California law's requirement that the victim in this situation (reporting child sexual assault after the age of 21) have independent evidence that clearly and independently corroborates her claims. We appreciate the DA's office's careful review of this case. Its hands are tied by this unfair law which bars the courthouse door even to young women like my client, Faviola Dadis, who is highly credible."

In September, the D.A. declined to charge him with an alleged sexual assault stemming from 1993, also due to statue of limitations. Bloom handled that case as well, reportedly for Regina Simons, who says he raped her.

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JUDGE PUSHES HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASE TO TRIAL

Judge James Burke ruled Thursday that the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein can move forward. The New York judge rejected the disgraced producer’s lawyer Ben Brafman’s argument that the case should be thrown out. Weinstein was in attendance. The hearing lasted 10 minutes.

"The only reasonably prudent decision would be to stop this chaos now," Brafman said in a court filing of Detective Nicholas DiGaudio’s alleged interference with a witness.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson responded in filings, writing that "there is no possibility" that the allegations against DiGaudio "in any way impaired the integrity of the grand jury or prejudiced the defendant."

THE JUDGE’S STATEMENT

While Burke did not verbally discuss his reasoning in court, his written ruling was curt and definitive. Burke wrote, "this demanding test is met only where the prosecutor engaged in an overall pattern of bias and misconduct that is pervasive and typically willful."

He continued: "The Court finds that there is no basis for the defendant's claim of prosecutorial or law enforcement misconduct in the proceedings, or pervasive falsity in and around the Grand Jury presentation."

In recent months, the case has been imperiled by allegations of police misconduct. One of the six criminal charges against Weinstein was already through out, but the last five can remain, the judge ruled.

THE CHARGES

Weinstein has been accused by 80+ women of misconduct, including rape, but he has only been formally charged with forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006, and raping a woman in 2013. He has consistently denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

The criminal charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of rape in the first and third degree.

#METOO MOVEMENT SHOWS UP

Some of the bold-faced leaders of the #MeToo movement, which grew out of the Weinstein case, showed up at the courthouse.

Among the onlookers were Marisa Tomei, Amber Tamblyn and Kathy Najimy.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

TERESA GUIDICE TALKS PRISON ON XMAS: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice tells E! that she will not be visiting her husband Joe in prison on Christmas, but that she will bring him some holiday cheer over the weekend. After taking her kids to prison to see Joe, she will be taking her girls Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9, on a "tropical vacation." A judge told the family that after he’s released, Joe will be deported to Italy. TBD what Teresa and the girls will do if and when that happens.

DANIELLE MALTBY TALKS GRIEF OVER CHEATING: Bachelor alum Danielle Maltby took to Instagram to share her grief over ex Paulie Calafiore’s cheating scandal. She did not directly name the Big Brother star. "I am really struggling today… I don’t want to get out of bed even though I have tons of s–t to get done before the Holidays," Maltby, 33, captioned a black-and-white photo of herself. "I don’t like to show all my vulnerability, because it gets taken advantage of along with my love and kindness. Most days I feel myself hardening since my relationship ended. I honestly believed I had found my person. He was everything to me. … I’ve been slowly draining since the lies started and my ex cheated on me. The people that know and love me, see how much this has taken from me, especially physically. The ‘revenge bod’ I’ve tried to joke about isn’t some new diet trend, it’s because I’ve been physically sick from the anxiety, stress, grief and lies inflicted on me for months." Calafiore allegedly began hooking up with his Challenge co-star and current girlfriend Cara Maria Sorbello in June.

IAN SOMERHALDER SAYS HE WAS FOOD-SHAMED: The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder is out for blood after a shopper shamed him for having "normal and healthy" food in his grocery basket. He ranted on Instagram: "I hope I don’t come off as an a—… A woman just stopped me in the grocery store and told me that she had never seen a basket like mine. I told her that I have never NOT seen this type of basket in my grocery-shopping behavior." He said other people echoed her sentiments: "I’m in a grocery store. It’s food. It got me thinking and really fired up…I hear in the news constantly, in legislative bodies debating and the public complaining out right b—-ing about healthcare costs, drug companies and doctors and what rising costs do to our society, our lives and our economy. I know our system isn’t great. Yet, the public poisons itself daily with bad food choices." Think he has a point?

NICOLE RICHIE TALKS MARRIAGE & MOTHERHOOD: Nicole Richie is miles away from The Simple Life, where she and then-BFF Paris Hilton were keeping fans entertained with their glam hijinks. These days, she tells Us Weekly that she just wants to "shut off" and "be in sweats" with her husband Joel Madden, 39, daughter Harlow, 10, and son Sparrow, 9. Can you imagine the 37-year-old chilling in sweats at home, or will you always picture her living it up with Hilton?

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GWYNETH PALTROW TO HOLD CONSCIOUSLY UNCOUPLED CHRISTMAS

Goop guru Gwyneth Paltrow is showing her holiday spirit with Christmas stockings for both her new husband Brad Fulchuk, and her first husband Chris Martin, with whom she shares her two children, Apple and Moses.

The Oscar-winner and Coldplay frontman famously announced their split in 2014 by saying their were consciously uncoupling in a way that honored their love, and while many mocked them at the time, they appear to have stuck to their word. They frequently post pics on their social media that include each other.

They also spent Thanksgiving with each other, their kids and their partners (Falchuk for Paltrow and Dakota Johnson for Martin). They even vacation together!

"Gwyneth and Chris have the modern family thing down pat and continue to vacation and spend family time together. Especially on holidays, Gwyneth wants nothing more than to be one big happy family and for her kids to be able to celebrate with both of their parents," an insider told E! News. "She is very happy…she and Chris have been able to make this work so well for their kids. Brad and Chris also have a nice relationship....It's very special that they're all able to come together like this and make it work."

Not everyone was feeling the love, however. As one user posted on Instagram, Paltrow left Johnson and Falchuk’s two kids with his ex off the mantle: "What about your step children and Dakota," the critic asked.

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TWITTER REACTS TO NEWS THAT KARJENNERS ARE SHUTTING APPS DOWN

LOL, the Internet guffawed, after news broke that the KarJenner clan is pulling the plug on its apps in 2019. Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have announced that they’re shutting down their apps and websites, which cost $2.99 per month. They are following Kendall's lead, who decided to shutter hers last year.

"We’ve had an incredible experience connecting with all of you through our apps these past few years but have made the difficult decision to no longer continue updating in 2019," read the statement from the sisters, which was nearly identical to Kendall’s. "We truly hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as we have, and we look forward to what’s ahead."

The apps, which launched in 2015, took off like gangbusters, but then withered. Per CNNMoney, about 1.5 million downloaded Kylie’s app in the first five days. Khloé had 398,000 in the first five days, Kim had 362,000 and Kendall received 216,000 downloads. Kourtney released her app later.

On Twitter, users—perhaps predictably—greeted the news with glee. One user asked, "Can they keep themselves off tv too," while another crowed, "best news I’ve heard all year!"

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ROSIE O’DONNELL’S DAUGHTER CHELSEA WELCOMES BABY: Rosie O’Donnell is a first time grandmother! The View alum’s 21-year-old Chelsea O’Donnell gave birth to a baby girl named Skylar Rose, Rosie announced Wednesday on Twitter. She shared an image of Chelsea, her boyfriend Jacob Bourassa and their baby Skylar, writing: "my daughter chels – jake – and skylar rose my first grandchild !!! #love #life #NANA." Rosie and Chelsea have reconnected recently after a falling out. The pair have had a tumultuous relationship for years, with Chelsea accusing her of abuse, and Rosie accusing her of mental issues.

ELIZA DUSHKU BREAKS SILENCE: Eliza Dushku is sharing her side of the story after news broke a few weeks ago that CBS paid her $9.5 million after she accused Michael Weatherly (her Bull co-star) of harassing her. She was written off the show after she confronted Weatherly. "He regularly commented on my 'ravishing' beauty, following up with audible groans, oohing and aahing," she writes in essay in the Boston Globe. "As the tapes show, he liked to boast about his sperm and vasectomy reversals ... Weatherly had a habit of exaggerated eye-balling and leering at me; once, he leaned into my body and inhaled, smelling me in a dramatic swoon. As was caught on tape, after I flubbed a line, he shouted in my face, 'I will take you over my knee and spank you like a little girl.'"

JENNI FARLEY’S EX ARRESTED: Jenni "JWoww" Farley's ex-boyfriend has been arrested … and this following Farley filing a restraining order against her ex husband. Thomas Lippolis has been charged with extortion, according to reports. He allegedly called the reality star’s publicist demanding money ($25K) in exchange for not spilling secrets about her to the media. Bad week for the Jersey Shore star!

MEGHAN MARKLE AND KATE MIDDLETON REUNITE AMID FEUD RUMORS: On Wednesday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Queen’s for her annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. They were photographed arriving separately. Do you have to face any estranged family members over the holidays? What’s your strategy?

KRIS JENNER BUYS GRANDSON VERSACE COAT: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s eldest son Mason turned 9 on December 14, and Grandma Kris Jenner decided to commemorate his big day with an epic shopping spree. The 39-year-old Kourtney shared some of his new duds in her story on Instagram. "When @krisjenner takes him shopping," the mother of three wrote on top of the photo, which showed the Baroque Print Padded Coat by Versace. (It retails for @ $3,125). What did your grandma get you for your 9thbirthday?

CHELSEA PERETTI TO HOST 2019 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS: Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti will host the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on February 19th. The show will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. "Chelsea Peretti is hosting the Writers Guild Awards, and she will do a FANTASTIC job. Not a WITCH HUNT," executive producer Hugh Fink said. "I picked Chelsea because she’s a great comedian and writer. There was NO COLLUSION."

COLTON HAYNES AND JEFF LEATHAM FORGE AHEAD WITH SPLIT: After signs of a reconciliation, it seems Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham are splitting up after all. According to The Blast, Leatham, 47, served Haynes, 30, with a preliminary declaration of disclosure (that means he shared all of his financial info). The couple split in May after six months of marriage, but posted sweet tributes to each other on social media on what would have been their one-year anniversary, prompting hopes of a renewed romance. Kris Jenner officiated their October marriage.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

KERRY WASHINGTON, TIME’S UP INVEST IN FEMALE WORKING SPACE: The Wing is taking flight. Sequoia Capital is leading the $75 million investment in the female co-working space The Wing. Upfront Ventures, Airbnb, Kerry Washington and Time’s Up leaders Katie McGrath, Valerie Jarrett and Robbie Kaplan are also backers. "The Wing is more than a company, it's a phenomenon," said Sequoia partner Jess Lee, who along with Upfront partner Kara Nortman has joined The Wing's board of directors. "Every Wing location is its own extraordinary community of women who help each other achieve new heights, professionally and personally. We're excited to partner with The Wing on growing its footprint globally in the physical realm and into the digital realm." The Wing has more than 6,000 members in cities across the country and plans to expand internationally next year.

ALADDIN PREVIEW: When Walt Disney Pictures shared its first teaser trailer of Aladdin in October, fans saw Mena Massoud as the titular character, plus the Cave of Wonders. But no one got a look at the Genie (Will Smith) or Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). After months of anticipation, the trio appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Director Guy Ritchie tells EW of Smith’s role: "The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it's essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it's a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on." Smith said of performing the role, previously played to great acclaim by the late Robin Williams: "I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete. I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history."

NETFLIX SAYS IT DID NOT ACCESS FACEBOOK USERS’ MESSAGES: Netflix had technical access to read and delete the personal messages of Facebook users who opted into the now-shuttered social sharing integration between the platforms, but it says it never utilized its power. Per a New York Times report based on internal documents, Facebook granted more than 150 partners access to date from millions of users. "At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so," a Netflix spokesman said in a statement. "Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. The Facebook integration was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015."

STEPHEN COLBERT GRABS MORE EYEBALLS: Stephen Colbert still hosts the most-watched late night show as 2018 ends with CBSThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert, while NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon remains on top in key demographics. Still, The Late Show narrowed the gap between the all-important 18-49 ad demo. But … The Tonight Show is on top still, and has also won over the 18-34 and 25-54 demos. For the 2018-19 season through Dec. 15, The Late Show is averaging 3.67 million nightly viewers, bestingThe Tonight Show (2.46 million) by 1.21 million, a bump over the 980K Colbert had in 2017.

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NATALIE PORTMAN SAYS SHE AND JESSICA SIMPSON HAVE SETTLED THEIR ‘BEEF’

Natalie Portman squelched the idea that she and Jessica Simpson are feuding with each other after they exchanged words on Instagram a few weeks ago.

Portman appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday, and inevitably, the Vox Lux star was asked by a caller if she and Simpson had spoken in person after their flare-up.

"No, only on," she told the viewer, "and I have only respect and good feelings for her."

Cohen weighted in, noting their "respectful" dialogue with each other. Portman concurred, adding: "Well, also I think there's no need for beef between women. We're all in the same society and living with the same pressures, and we're allies..."

THE BEEF

ICYMI, the drama started when Simpson called Portman out on social media for mentioning her in a USA Today interview.

"I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl," Portman said at the time.

Simpson fired back: "As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in. However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then – and I believe now – that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex."

Portman responded: "Thank you for your words. I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged."

She continued: "I only meant to say I was confused – as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time – by the media's mixed messaged about how girls and women were supposed to behave. I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe."

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JENNA DEWAN AND CHANNING TATUM MOURN DEATH OF DOG LULU

When Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum parted ways, they had to find a way to co-parent their 5-year-old daughter Everly and their beloved dog Lulu. The estranged pair, who have supported each other openly since splitting (with Dewan going as far as to take to social media to support Tatum’s new girlfriend Jessie J when fans slammed her), are mourning the passing of Lulu together.

Writes Dewan on Instagram Wednesday: "To our sweet and fierce Lulu...thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did. Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humor. Thank you for the adventures. Heartbroken doesn't even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories...fly sweet angel."

Tatum wrote: "I'll see you again baby girl. But you'll always be with me. Always."

Paris Hilton and Hilary Swank were among those to share their condolences on Instagram. Lulu died from cancer.

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