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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS AT PLAYBOY MANSION: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is filming at the Playboy Mansion, a first in the post-Hugh Hefner era of the Holmby Hills property. In 2016, Hefner sold the property for $100 million to 35-year-old Daren Metropolous. "After Quentin reached out to me and I spent some time understanding his vision for the film, I knew there was a special opportunity to collaborate together and feature the mansion in this thrilling project," said Metropolous in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. "The timing was excellent as the property has already begun to transform back to its original grandeur and has never looked more impressive." The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell and Lena Dunham.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER PLANNING NEW CINDERELLA EXPERIENCE: Fresh off scoring an EGOT (someone with an Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-and-a-Tony) with his Emmy Award for Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber is planning an all-new stage version of Cinderella, told through a millennial filter. "They have remade Cinderella into a completely modern, feisty girl," said Lloyd Webber of the creative team's nontraditional approach to the material. "Every piece of the story is followed, but it will be turned around so it's not at all what you expect it to be. It just turns the whole thing around on itself." Are you ready for a modernized Cinderalla?

SNAP EXPANDS ‘OUR STORIES’ TO MEDIA PARTNERS: Snapchat is expanding its "Our Stories" feature. Now, it will allow major media companies like CNN, NBC News, Hearst and Now This to draw on users’ videos to curate their own stories. 20 partners in all will be able to use user videos, and observers say it will be an especially important tool during major weather and political events. "This new curation tool allows us the opportunity to lean even more heavily into what we do best — being part of the conversation and telling authentic stories that resonate deeply with young people," said Ben Leher, CEO of Group Nine Media.

WATCH EMMA ROBERTS IN LITTLE ITALY: Emma Roberts stars in a pizza-themed rom-com Little Italy, out in limited release September 21stand on demand. In a clip from the film Nikki (Roberts) is welcomed back to her parent’s pizzeria, but the happy welcome is complicated by Leo (Hayden Christenson), son of a rival pizzeria family, and a serious love interest.

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SHANNEN DOHERTY SAYS CANCER BATTLE MADE HER A BETTER HUMAN

Leave it to actress Shannen Doherty to find a silver lining in breast cancer. The 47-year-old Charmed actress opened up with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America in her first live interview since being diagnosed with cancer about her fresh new outlook on life.

"Everything’s going really well," she told Roberts. "You hear the word remission, and it’s a rush of different emotions, right? It’s like, ‘What’s next?’ There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension. I felt lost for a second. I was like, ‘Now what?’ My whole life has been about this battle, what felt like my whole life."

She continued, "But then it sort of starts seeping in, and then you get joyous, and you get so excited, but you got to wait for that five-year mark, and then the 10-year mark, so remission is a crazy word to me."

But no regrets! "I think it made me a better actor, I also think it made me a better human being," she said. "It takes down all your walls, all your barriers, everything that life sort of threw at you...you're guarding yourself so yea, that all comes tumbling down."

Doherty can next be seen in Lifetime’s No One Would Tell, premiering Sunday.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN SAYS SHE AVOIDED POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION BY EATING PLACENTA

Supermodel and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has a new food reco for new moms: placenta! In a preview of her interview with Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning, Teigen tells Rita Braver that she believes she avoided post-partum depression with her second child, Miles, by eating her placenta.

Teigen, who was been open about her struggles with fertility and depression following the birth of her first child, Luna, tells a dubious Braver that placenta consumption is the norm in Tinseltown. "I'm in L.A., it's very normal. They grill it here! You can try some of mine after," Teigen laughed.

Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, also explains that she wrote her bestselling cookbook Cravings (and the forthcoming sequel) because she just wants to enjoy her family and life.

"I really prefer being happy and getting to eat things that I love, still wanting to be healthy," Teigen said. "But I just don't care about looking good in a swimsuit anymore. I guess that's the only way to put it."

Sunday’s Best will be broadcast Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

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‘DESIGNING WOMEN’ CREATOR CLAIMS LES MOONVES BANNED HER FROM NETWORK

Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is sharing her Les Moonves story. In The Hollywood Reporter, she claims the ousted CBS CEO effectively banned her from the network after she created highly successful shows.

She writes: "People asked me for years, 'What happened to you?' Les Moonves happened to me."

CAREER DESTRUCTION

Bloodworth-Thomason continues, writing that while she was never sexually "harassed or attacked" as other women have said they were by Moonves, he subtly destroyed her career. In 1992, she was given a $50 million writing and producing contract, the largest in the network’s history, but that when Moonves took his place as CEO in 1995, all of her pilots were shot down.

In addition to her own story, Bloodworth-Thomason shares an anecdote of him harassing and abusing a female star whose show had just been cancelled.

She writes: "He informed her that she was too old to be on his network. She began to cry and stood up to go. He stood up too, taking her by the shoulders and telling her, ‘I can’t let you leave like this.’ She reacted, suddenly touched. Then he shoved his tongue down her throat. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me."

"The truth is, Les Moonves may never be punished in the way that he deserves," Bloodworth-Thomason writes. "He will almost certainly never go to jail. And he has already made hundreds of millions of dollars during his highly successful and truly immoral, bullying, misogynist reign."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

WARNER BROS. DISTANCES ITSELF FROM DISGRACED A STAR IS BORN PRODUCER: Just as the Lady Gaga-starring and Bradley Cooper-helmed A Star Is Born makes its bow at film festivals, producer Jon Peters is getting attention for accusations of harassment. Peters, who dated Barbra Streisand and was instrumental in bringing the 1976 version of the film to the screen, was found guilty in 2011 for "severe and pervasive" harassment of former employee Shelly Morita. (He later settled with her in an undisclosed sum). Warner Bros. is backing away from its ties to Peters. "Jon Peters' attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976," said the studio in a statement. "Legally, we had to honor the contractual obligation in order to make this film."

SARAH JESSICA PARKER ACCUSED OF KEEPING $150K IN JEWELS: Sarah Jessica Parker borrowed $150K worth of jewelry for a photo shoot two years ago, and never returned the goods, according to court docs filed by Kat Florence Design, per The Blast. "After the photo shoot was over," Kat Florence claims, "the Defendant asked if she could personally borrow several pieces of the jewelry to wear for a few months and then return all the pieces thereafter."

GEOFFREY OWENS BOOK ACTING GIG: Just a week after Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens was photographed working at Trader Joe’s, he booked an acting gig. Owens, who blamed Bill Cosby’s sex scandal on his lack of work, will guest-star on NCIS: New Orleans. He also recently nabbed a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots.

DEBRA MESSING REIGNITES FEUD WITH SUSAN SARANDON: Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon are at it again. After Sarandon told Variety that President Donald Trump’s administration is unwittingly inspiring women and people of color to run against his policies, Messing took to Twitter telling her to "STFU." She continued: "Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street."

JEFF FAGER OUT AT 60 MINUTES: Following new sexual misconduct allegations, 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager has been shown the door. CBS news president David Rhodes said: "This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come." On Sunday, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves resigned over sexual misconduct allegations.

MOHAMED HADID DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST RAPE ACCUSER: Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid’s father Mohamed has dropped his lawsuit against model Miranda Vee, who accused him of rape. "Because it is apparent that Miranda Vasquez is a liar and is insolvent," he wrote in court papers obtained by The Blast, "and her allegations are fabricated, there is little point to serving her when she is actively dodging service and her counsel will not accept service on her behalf."

BEKAH MARTINEZ IS PREGNANT: The Bachelor alum Bekah Martinez is expecting her first child with boyfriend Grayston Leonard. The 23-year-old reveals that she became pregnant three months into her relationship, and while it wasn’t planned, she’s excited. "I’ve just come to such a point of accepting it and embracing it and being excited and telling people and all that," she says in a YouTube video. "But I was just in such a state of shock when I found out." She broke the news to Leonard on Father’s Day; the baby is due in January.

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TWITTER DRAGS ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SEASON 27 CAST

ABC introduced the full cast of Dancing With the Stars Season 27 on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. Social media was less than impressed. Twitter users questioned the contestants’ star power, with many claiming they’d take a "hard pass" on this season.

Harry Potter alum Evanna Lynch, Fuller House's Juan Pablo Di Pace and former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider will all be hot-stepping their way to the Mirrorball Trophy, along with comedian Nikki Glaser, radio host and American Idol mentor Bobby Bones, singer Tinashe, Instagram model Alexis Ren, and Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, Paralympian Danelle Umstead and former NFL player and Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware.

They join the previously confirmed Facts of Life alum Nancy McKeon, Milo Manheim (Disney Channel’s Zombies) and Joe Amabile (Bachelorette Season 14).

Dancing With the Stars bows Monday, September 24th at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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NORM MACDONALD SPEAKS ON #METOO COMMENTS, ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ CANCELLATION

After making remarks that many interpreted as anti-#MeToo to The Hollywood Reporter, his appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon was canceled. ICYMI, in the interview with THR, he said that he was "happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," and suggested that it was time for everyone to forgive Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr.

The comedian visited Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday to discuss the fallout. Macdonald said that he showed up to do the show and was approached by a "concerned" looking Fallon who asked, "How should we play this?"

Macdonald told Stern: "Part of the reason I love Jimmy is because he does nothing about the news. He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian."

CRYING PRODUCERS

Macdonald balked at opening the show with an apology, and said that eventually, Fallon returned explaining that senior producers were "crying" over his appearance.

"Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'" Macdonald related. "I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.’ "

Regarding the #MeToo movement, he said: "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement. I never said that the victims didn’t go through anything. What I was saying was the reason to put Louis and Roseanne together to talk was because only a few people in the whole world have gone through this new thing where everything is stripped from them … I wasn’t saying that was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ACTOR BILL DAILY OF I DREAM OF JEANNIE DIES AT 91: TV actor Bill Daily has passed away at age 91. Two of his biggest comedy roles were as an airline pilot on The Bob Newhart Show and he played Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie. The star of that show, Barbara Eden tweeted, "Our favorite zany astronaut has passed."

'MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING' STAR NIA VARDALOS DIVORCES: Nia Vardalos settled her divorce with estranged husband Ian Gomez. The star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding had been separated from Gomez since 2017 but didn't file official documents until just 2 months ago.

DENISE RICHARDS TIES THE KNOT: Denise Richards married actor Aaron Phypers on Saturday in Malibu. The ceremony took place in front of family, friends and the cast of her latest TV show…The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Her new husband had just divorced from Desperate Housewives star, Nicollette Sheridan.

'TLC' STAR FACES PRISON TIME FOR TRYING TO SELL 293 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA: TLC star, Jorge Nava is headed to prison for 2 and 1/2 years for allegedly trying to sell 293 pounds of marijuana. He was originally facing 24 years, until he took a plea deal. He's best known for the show, 90 Day Fiancé.

OLIVIA MUNN SAYS FOX DIDN'T INITIALLY RETURN HER CALL AFTER REPORTING SEX OFFENDER: After reporting a sex offender on the set of The Predator, actress Olivia Munn says it took Fox Studios 2 days to return her call. She said she reached out a second time to say she didn't feel comfortable presenting at the MTV Awards "Unless this guy was out of it." Fox later deleted the scene, which featured the accused actor, Steven Wilder Striegel’s character hitting on Munn's character.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

'GAME OF THRONES' WINS 7 AT THE CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS: Out of 22 overall nominations for the Creative Arts Emmy's, Game of Thrones took home 7 trophies in the first night of the two-part ceremony. This doesn't include the Primetime Emmy's ceremony on September 17.

'THE HANDMAID'S TALE' ACTRESS WINS FIRST EMMY: After 2 nominations, Samira Wiley has won her first Creative Arts Emmy Award. Over the weekend, she picked up The Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Moira in The Handmaid's Tale. In her acceptance speech she said, "I’d like to thank my higher power because without her I wouldn't be here."

THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO 'CALL ME BY YOUR NAME': Call Me By Your Name star, Armie Hammer says there will be a sequel to the movie, stating, "It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen." He made the statement at the Toronto International Film Festival while promoting his new real-life drama Hotel Mumbai.

'THE VIEW' HOSTS UNDER FIRE FOR 'ALMOST' MOCKING FIRST LADY: Hosts of ABC’s The View are under fire from Melania Trump’s chief spokesperson, calling them, "disrespectful and hypocritical" for "mocking someone's accent." It happened during a discussion on the anonymous op-ed that appeared last week in the New York Times. Host, Sunny Hostin began reading in a faux Slovenian accent and then Whoopie Goldberg warned her not to do it. She then read the story in a normal voice.

BRAD PITT IS BEING SUED: Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is being sued by 2 New Orleans residents who claim the organization built and sold defective homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He's being sued personally, for unfair trade practices, breach of contract and fraud. He's been working on making repairs at the homes for more than a year.

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SERENA WILLIAMS LOSES U.S. OPEN AFTER ARGUING WITH UMPIRE

Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open women’s final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, after arguing with the umpire, who accused her of getting illegal coaching from her player box and gave her a violation.

"I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose," the 23-time Grand Slam champ, 36, told the Chair Umpire, explaining that she’d gotten a thumbs up and that was not coaching. She subsequently smashed her racket and was given a code violation warning that led to a point penalty.

She told the umpire, "I didn’t get coaching. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her. I have never cheated. You owe me an apology."

Still frustrated, she said, "Say you’re sorry. How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You’re a thief too."

She was given a game penalty and demanded that the tournament umpire be brought onto the court, where she continued her complaint.

Shortly afterward Williams lost the match 2-6, 4-6, and while the players embraced, Williams refused to shake Ramos’ hand. Boos could be heard echoing across the court and Osaka, 20, was in tears as the winner’s presentation began and Williams put her arm around her.

  • In her runners-up speech, Williams’ voice broke as she said, "I don’t want to do questions. She played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were rooting, but let’s make this a great moment. Let’s not boo. Let’s be positive. Congratulations, Naomi. No more booing. Thank you to my team, you guys are amazing. Thank you to the crowd, you guys really are the best in the world. I really hope to play here again. It’s been tough here for me. but thank you so much."
  • Williams will be fined $17,000 for 3 separate code violations during the tennis tournament's final.

    -$4,000 for a coaching violation.

    -$3,000 for smashing her racquet.

    -$10,000 for verbal abuse towards the umpire.

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HOLLYWOOD ICON BURT REYNOLDS DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT AGE 82

Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82. The actor suffered a heart attack Thursday in Florida. He was transported to a hospital after going into cardiac arrest. His family was by his side when he passed.

The 911 call, made just after noon, revealed a male caller telling emergency operators that Reynolds was experiencing trouble breathing and had chest pain. He was awake, but not answering questions. Reynolds had heart problems for years and underwent major heart surgery in 2010.

In the early part of his career, after starring in TV shows such as Gunsmoke and Dan August, Reynolds rose to fame in the ‘70s for his breakout role as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. The actor, who had nearly 200 film and TV credits, also starred in multiple successful films including 1974’s The Longest Yard, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, 1996’s Striptease and 1997’s Boogie Nights. The latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Most recently, he was cast alongside Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino's story of Charles Manson, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but according to a TMZ source, he had not shot his scenes yet. Reynolds’ movie, Defining Moments is set to be released in December of this year.

The Hollywood Icon was once married to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993, they have an adult son Quinton Anderson Reynolds. He also famously dated Sally Field on and off for five years in the ‘70s and ’80s. And in a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair, he called her "The one who got away."

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'BIG BROTHER' AND 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' DOMINATES RATINGS: In their latest Wednesday 8 PM smackdown CBS's Big Brother (1.5 demo rating, 5.45M viewers) was the night’s top broadcast program in the demo, but NBC's America's Got Talent claimed the Wednesday crown in overall audience by a lap with 4.3 million. Both shows bested Fox's 8-10 PM Masterchef and CW's Burden of Truth.

'FOX' CUTS SEX OFFENDER'S SCENE FROM 'THE PREDATOR': Fox recently cut a scene from the upcoming, The Predator, after the studio found out it featured a registered sex offender. In 2010 The actor, Steven Wilder Striegel pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer after he faced allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old into a sexual relationship. The film hits theaters Sept. 14.

'MAYANS MC' MATCHES IT'S SPINOFF IN RATINGS: Ten years and a day after the series premiere of Sons of Anarchy, its spinoff debuted to very similar ratings. Mayans MC premiered Tuesday night to 2.53 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. That's almost identical to the premiere numbers for Sons of Anarchy in 2008: 2.53 million and a slightly higher 1.2 demo rating. Sons continued to grow over the course of its run; the show's final season in 2014 averaged 4.65 million same-day viewers.

'EMPIRE'S' RYAN MICHELLE BATHE SET FOR FIRST WIVES CLUB: Empire's Ryan Michelle Bathe is set as the third lead alongside Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau in First Wives Club. The dramedy is based on the 1996 film that starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall for a 2019 premier.

HBO RENEWS 'BALLERS' AND 'INSECURE': HBO has renewed comedy series Ballers for a fifth season and Insecure for a fourth season. The renewals follow the August 12 season premieres for both series.

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TINA FEY & KATE McKINNON ANNOUNCED AS ‘EMMY’ PRESENTERS

The first list of presenters for the Primetime Emmy Awards has officially been revealed.

Among those who will announce the winners during the star-studded ceremony include Kate McKinnon and Tina Fey. There are several tie-ins with Saturday Night Live. The show's creator and producer, Lorne Michaels is the executive producer of the big event. And Saturday Night Live’s - Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost will be hosting the show.

Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Constance Wu, Tracy Morgan and Bob Odenkirk will also present during the live broadcast. The show takes place September 17 in Los Angeles and will air on NBC.

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KIM KARDASHIAN RETURNS TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Three months after visiting President Trump on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, whose lifetime prison sentence was commuted in June, Kim Kardashian has returned to the White House. Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley stated that the discussion was mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review. Members of the administration were hosting a listening session on Wednesday about the clemency process and Kardashian was one of the guests.

The makeup mogul joined First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, as well Ja'Ron Smith, a special assistant to the President for domestic policy, Brooke Rollins, assistant to the President in the Office of American Innovation, and Chris Liddell, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination.

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‘GAME OF THRONES’ STAR NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU ORDERED TO PAY EX-MANAGER $2 MILLION

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been ordered to pay his former manager a little more than $2 million.

According to court documents, the star was hit with the order by an arbitrator in his dispute with Jill Littman, who managed the actor until he fired her in 2015.

Coster-Waldau made $942,857 for each of the seven episodes of the epic drama and for the eighth season was bumped to over a million per episode. The actor also got $1.5 million as an advance on a share of the show's profits plus he earned other bonuses.

Coster-Waldau filed counter-claims against Littman for fraud but those were denied. He and his lawyer operated under an oral agreement that provided no post-termination commissions.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KARDASHIANS SPENT LABOR DAY TOGETHER: The Kardashians could be seen celebrating the holiday weekend together on their Instagram stories. E! News is reporting that Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian spent their Labor Day at a beach house with model Bella Hadidand hairstylist Jen Atkin.

EMMA STONE GUSHES OVER RYAN GOSLING: Emma Stone gushed over her "dear, wonderful friend" Ryan Gosling on Saturday (September 1st) at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. Entertainment Tonight reports that Stone, who was honored for her career at the festival, had nothing but good things to say about her La La Land, Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad costar. She said, "He’s so talented but he’s such a great person to work with because he’s so collaborative and excited about the process. He’s taught me a lot about being really generous."

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKL NAME ROYAL PUP: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle settled on a name for their newly adopted dog. People reports that the pup will be called Oz. The royal couple adopted the Labrador Retriever at the end of August. He will not be the couple's only dog. Markle brought her beagle, Guy, to London with her from Toronto.'

BUSY PHILLIPS PARODIES LINDSAY LOHAN'S VIRAL DANCE: Lindsay Lohan was filmed dancing over the weekend (September 1st) and now Busy Phillips and Kelly Oxford are getting in on the action. The two spoofed Lohan's now-viral dance to Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk". While Lohan snapped her fingers and flipped her hair at her beach club in Mykonos, Phillips and Oxford got down in the kitchen. Phillips wrote on Instagram, " "Honestly, it’s weirdly harder to nail than it seemed. Respect."

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CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AND MICHAEL DOUGLAS DROP SON OFF AT COLLEGE

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas dropped their son Dylan off at college on this weekend. The actress posted a sweet send-off to her 18-year-old son on Instagram Sunday (September 2nd).

The video showed clips of Dylan and the campus of Brown University, where he will be attending school, set to the Electric Light Orchestra’s "Mr. Blue Sky." Zeta-Jones wrote alongside the video, "I love you Dylan. Good luck in the next exciting and enlightening chapter in your life.'

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WILLIAM SHATNER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT CAUSED RIFT WITH LEONARD NIMOY

William Shatner still doesn't know why his friend and former Star Trek costar, Leonard Nimoy, eventually stopped talking to him. According to The Daily News, Shatner addresses the issue in his new memoir, 'Live Long And...What I Learned Along The Way.' He revealed that he even skipped Nimoy's funeral because he felt unwelcome.

Shatner writes, "Until the day I die, I will still wonder what caused that rift. After all the years we had spent together, after the bond we had forged, what could I have done that wa sso irreparable that he couldn't even talk to me about it?" (The Daily News )

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

WILLIAM H. MACY SPEAKS ON EMMY ROSSUM’S SHAMELESS EXIT: Emmy Rossum’s onscreen father William H. Macy is here for her, even as she leaves their hit Showtime show after 9 seasons. Rossum shocked TV lovers this week when she said she was leaving Shameless, but Macy is taking it in stride. "We've been expecting it. I tell you, when you get to season 9 and you think of whether to keep going, it's daunting. It's hard not to think of: ‘What would my life be post-Shameless?' And part of it is very frightening and part of it is very exciting." Shameless returns for season nine on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. on Showtime. Are you excited to see what Rossum does next?

CNN PULLS EPISODES OF PARTS UNKNOWN FEATURING ASIA ARGENTO: CNN is nixing all episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown featuring Asia Argento following allegations that she assaulted a former co-star who was underage at the time. Argento was dating the late Anthony Bourdain for a year when he committed suicide in June, and she appeared in two episodes of the show in Rome and Southern Italy, and directed another in Hong Kong. "In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento, CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice," a CNN spokesperson told Buzzfeed News on Saturday.

PLAYBOY MODEL SHAUNA SEXTON DEFLECTS BLAME FOR BEN AFFLECK’S RELAPSE: Shauna Sexton is clapping back at critics who say she contributed to Ben Affleck’s relapse. Affleck, 46, and Saturday Night Live director Lindsay Shookus, 38, broke up after a year of dating, and soon after he was seen out on several dates with Sexton, 22. That same week, TMZ published photos of the supposedly sober Affleck accepting a delivery of alcohol and beer at his home. Affleck’s estranged wife Jennifer Garner reportedly staged an intervention and brought him back to rehab. When critics on social media starting trolling Sexton for posting a shot of herself drinking wine, she said she "never drank around or with him for the record." When the commenter replied that she’d been arrested twice for underage drinking, she wrote: "Yes you’re correct. I got put in the drunk tank when I was 17 for having a fake ID and drinking underage at a bar in Virginia Beach, and despite the fact most people have used a fake ID as well as drank underage, it was a dumb mistake on my behalf and an embarrassing one at that. Then the weekend of my 21st birthday I got obliterated and wound up getting left at a bar at the ocean front in Virginia Beach.. where I was again taken to the drunk tank for being intoxicated publicly ..while attempting to find a ride home."

ITALIAN DIRECTOR WEARS ‘WEINSTEIN IS INNOCENT’ SHIRT ON VENICE RED CARPET: On Saturday night at Venice Film Festival’s red carpet premiere of Amazon StudiosSuspiria, an obscure Italian filmmaker wore a T-shirt featuring a picture of the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein with the text "Weinstein Is Innocent." Luciano Silighini Gargnani is attached to the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Suspiria. Dario is the father of Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of rape. She has faced allegations of her own in recent days, with accusations that she assaulted a then-17-year-old five years ago.

DANIEL CRAIG AND RACHEL WEISZ WELCOME BABY GIRL: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have welcomed a baby girl. The 48-year-old announced that she was expecting in April. The pair married in 2011; they share children from previous relationships: Craig is father to a 26-year-old daughter with Fiona Loudon and Weisz shares a 12-year-old son with mother! director Darren Aronofsky.

SOUTHERN CHARM’S J.D. MADISON ACCUSED OF ASSAULT: Southern Charm star John David "J.D." Madison is facing allegations of rape and assault. An unnamed South Carolina woman is alleging that on August 21, 2017 she had drinks with Madison and friends at her home before going to a local bar. While there, she claims "he and his friend slipped a drug" in her drink. She says she woke up to find him "forcibly raping and sodomizing" her. Friend and fellow Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel faces allegations of assault himself.

EWAN MCGREGOR’S DAUGTHER REGRETS CALLING MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD ‘TRASH’: Do over. Ewan McGregor’s daughter Clara wishes she hadn’t called his girlfriend "trash" as his marriage to her mother fell apart. Fans were shocked when Ewan, 47, split from his wife of 22 years, Eve, to romance his 33-year-old Fargo costar. Clara, 22, lashed out, and in a new interview with The Times, she admits that she spoke in anger. "There had been a lot building up to it and a lot to deal with, not to make excuses or anything, but, yeah, it wasn’t my finest moment," she confessed. "But I’m not afraid to speak out if I feel strongly about something," she added.

CLAIRE DANES AND HUGH DANCY WELCOME NO. 2: Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy have met their baby boy. The pair welcomed their second child on Monday. The Emmy Award-winning 39-year-old actress and 42-year-old actor already share 5-year-old son Cyrus Michael Christopher. They’ve been married since 2009.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

SEE THE CONNERS IN ACTION: ABC released the first shot of The Conners, the spinoff of the rebooted Roseanne, which was canceled after the titular star fired off a series of racist tweets. The whole crew is there, minus Roseanne Barr herself. The photo features Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Jayden Rey, Michael Fishman, Ames McNamara,Lecy Goranson and Emma Kenney at their first table read at—wait for it—the table from Roseanne. TBD how they’ll handle Barr’s ouster, but Goodman has hinted that her character may be dead.

LIGHTNING STRIKES A STAR IS BORN: It’s electric! The theater that premiered the Lady Gaga-starring and Bradley Cooper directed and toplined A Star Is Born in Venice got struck by lightning halfway through the screening, according to reports. The film was delayed for 15 minutes as staff scrambled to replace the blown out projector bulb. Gaga took it in stride, laughing and blowing kisses to audience members. The Venice Film Festival got hit with heavy rains, but the show has gone on, and the early reviews of A Star is Born are very positive.

BIG BROTHER PRODUCERS STEP IN AFTER QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOR: Big Brother producers responded to allegations that JC Mounduix behaved inappropriately on-set. On Wednesday night during the CBS show’s live feed, he was involved in two incidents of alleged sexual harassment. (He watched Haleigh Broucher use the bathroom and touched Tyler Crispen’s sleeping body). Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that producers stepped in and while Mounduix will be allowed to remain in the house, his behavior will be monitored. No official complaints were made by any of the house guests.

CHADWICK BOSEMAN SAYS BLACK PANTHER AIMING FOR BEST PICTURE: Chadwick Boseman loves the idea of the "popular film" award at the Oscars, but he believes Black Panther should be considered as a straight-up Best Picture. "We don't know what it the new prize is, so I don't know whether to be happy about it or not," Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "What I can say is that there's no campaign that we are mounting for popular film; like, if there's a campaign, it's for best picture, and that's all there is to it."

THE GOOD DOCTOR SEASON TWO TRAILER DROPS: Lisa Edelstein is coming back to medicine! ABC has unveiled the trailer for season two of the wildly popular Good Doctor and the House alum will be trying to soothe Dr. Glassman’s jangly nerves. The Good Doctor returns on September 24.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

HALLE BERRY TROLLS PRINCE HARRY: Gotcha! On Twitter Wednesday, the 52-year-old siren Halle Berry busted Prince Harry for a throwback pic of his Eton College dorm that included a sexy shot of her. "Ok #PrinceHarry, I see you! #HalleBerryPosta @MissyElliott," the screen star tweeted, referencing the lyrics to Missy Elliott’s 2002 track, "Work It," in which she raps, "Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster?"

TESS HOLLIDAY SLAPS BACK AT PIERS MORGAN: Tess Holliday has been dubbed the world’s first size-22 supermodel. She graced Cosmopolitan U.K.’s October issue, which states that she "wants the haters to kiss her a--." U.K. talking head Piers Morgan isn’t ready to pucker up. He lashed out on Instagram: "Apparently we're supposed to view it as a 'huge step forward for body positivity.' What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models." Holliday responded with a tart tweet: "To everyone saying I'm a burden to the British health care system, I'm American so you don't have to worry about my fat a--. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life."

RUTH WILSON HINTS OF ‘BIGGER STORY’ BEHIND HER AFFAIR EXIT: Ruth Wilson has repeatedly said that she isn’t allowed to speak in detail about why she left the Affair after the fourth season, but in a new interview with The New York Times, she’s hinting that there is a serious underlying matter that caused her to leave. She said: "It isn’t about pay parity, and it wasn’t about other jobs. But I’m not really allowed to talk about it. There is a much bigger story." And that's all she'd say.

WILL ABBY LEE MILLER WALK AGAIN? After months of chemo and rehab, Dance Moms alum Abby Lee Miller is trying to stay positive. "Abby has been trying to stay positive throughout this journey, but it’s been tough," an insider tells People. "She’s getting a little stronger every day, but we don’t know if she’ll ever walk again." In April, the 51-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being released from prison.

IDRIS ELBA DEFENDS JUNGLE CRUISE: Idris Elba is speaking up after Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise got dragged for casting straight actor Jack Whitehall to play Disney’s first openly gay character. "Artistic license is artistic license. If an actor has the attributes to do something, they should be able to do it," Elba told TimeOut London. "They’re acting."

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PETER DINKLAGE, CHARLIE HEATON CATCH HEAT FOR INSENSITIVE CASTINGS

Peter Dinklage and Charlie Heaton are the latest stars to be criticized for roles they’ve chosen.

PETER DINKLAGE

Game of Thrones’ Dinklage has spent a great deal of time trying to get a film about a fellow celeb with dwarfism, Hervé Villechaize, funded and produced. And now that My Dinner With Herve is set for HBO, he is opening up about criticism he’s gotten for playing a Filipino actor.

But, as Dinklage points, out, he was French, not Filipino. "The internet is the best thing and the worst thing. The funny thing about the backlash is it addresses what we address in the film about not judging a book by its cover. Hervé was judged by how he looked, and cast and perceived to be who he is accordingly," Dinklage told the outlet.

He continued: "There’s this term ‘whitewashing.’ I completely understand that. But Hervé wasn’t Filipino. Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Hervé had. I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent. So it’s strange these people are saying he’s Filipino. They kind of don’t have any information."

CHARLIE HEATON

A charity for people with disabilities is slamming the BBC for casting Stranger Things’ star Heaton as the main character in a remake of The Elephant Man. The 24-year-old is slated to play Joseph Merrick, a severely disfigured man who becomes known as the Elephant Man.

A disability equality charity named Scope is saying that a disabled actor should get the role.

"It's disappointing that a disabled actor has not been cast in the remake of The Elephant Man, as it's one of the most recognizable films to portray a disabled character," the charity said in a statement.

"This is a missed opportunity but sadly, a lack of diversity in the industry is nothing new. Disabled actors still often face huge barriers to break into the business. Not only are the roles few and far between, but castings and locations are often not accessible. There is a massive pool of disabled talent being overlooked."

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S HACKER SENTENCED TO JAIL

The last of four hackers who leaked private nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars in 2014 was sentenced to eight months in prison, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut.

George Garofano, 26, pleaded guilty in April to a phishing scheme that ultimately garnered private photographs and videos of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Meagan Good and many more. Their photographs and videos were then dispersed online.

LAWRENCE TALKS FITNESS

Meanwhile, Lawrence also discussed her approach to diet and fitness with Vogue. The 28-year-old Oscar winner said she tries to balance junk with good stuff.

"I don't like when people say, 'I only do this or eat this,'" she told Vogue, "Because I eat. I'm not very strict with my diet: If I want a piece of pizza, I eat a piece of pizza."

"But I do work out more than normal because I have a certain way that I want to look, and a way that I want to fit into my clothes," she continues. "I get photographed when I'm not asking for it, so there's added pressure to look and feel your best."

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