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LIAM HEMSWORTH FACING $150K SUIT OVER IG PHOTOS

Liam Hemsworth has had a rough 2019. Just as it seemed like he was getting his life back together following his split from Miley Cyrus (and then watching her have very public relationships as the news of their impending divorce landed), he got slapped with a $150K lawsuit by Splash News and Picture Agency.

Hemsworth, the suit alleges, should not have posted shots the agency took of him while filming Isn't It Romantic. Yes … he is actually getting sued for posting a shot of himself on his own Instagram profile.

According to court docs, Hemworth is being accused of copyright infringement because he posted the shots without the photographer's permission. The pics in question are described as a "series of photos depicting defendant Hemsworth performing an outdoor scene on location for production of the film Isn't It Romantic."

The suit alleges that he first posted the shots in July of 2018, then did it again this year: "Hemsworth or someone acting on his behalf again posted the Photograph to Hemsworth's Instagram Story twice on June 20, 2019. That same day, there was a swipe-up feature on his Instagram story to encourage people to vote for the movie Isn't It Romantic for the Teen Choice Movie Awards."

The suit claims his intentions were "willful" and "malicious."

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

BRIAN TARANTINA DIED OF OVERDOSE: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Brian Tarantina's cause of death has been determined to be acute intoxication by the effects of fentanyl, heroin, diazepam and cocaine, according to the New York City medical examiner. Tarantina died last month in Manhattan at age 60. Tarantino also appeared in Gilmore Girls, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Heroes and Law & Order.

TERESA AND JOE GIUDICE FORMALLY SEPARATE: Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice are formalizing their separation after 20 years of marriage. The split comes as Joe awaits a final ruling on his deportation case after being forced back to Italy following 41 months in prison. A source tells People: "They discussed their future when Teresa and the girls went to Italy in early November and they agreed that each had to move on. They are doing so amicably and very slowly." They share four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.

SETH MEYERS' FAMILY CARD HAS GLORIOUS MISTAKE: Tom, er, Seth Meyers wants to wish you a Happy Holiday. It's that special time of the year when wild, wacky and plain old wrong mail arrives from friends and family in the form of holiday cards. This year, Late Night host Meyers shared his personal snafu on Instagram, explaining that another family's names had been printed on the Meyers' in error. "Happy Holidays to Tom, Ellen and Peanut whose names were accidentally printed on the bottom of the Meyers family card!" he quipped. "I'll admit that if it was just Tom and Ellen it would have been rage inducing but the inclusion of Peanut makes it hilarious. Is Peanut a pet? Probably. But maybe they are a small child or a live-in grandparent."

DAN SPILO APOLOGIZES: Dan Spilo was ousted from CBS's Survivor this season after making contestant Kellee Kim and others feel uncomfortable. The 48-year-old broke his silence, telling People: "I am deeply sorry for how my actions affected Kellee during the taping of this season of Survivor. After apologizing at the tribal council when I first learned that Kellee still felt uncomfortable, I want to make sure I do so again, clearly and unambiguously." The season finale of Survivor airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

CHUY BRAVO'S COD REVEALED: Chelsea Lately star Chuy Bravo died of a heart attack at age 63. Bravo died unexpectedly over the weekend after being hospitalized for stomach pains while visiting family in Mexico. "On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Bravo was rushed to the emergency room due to a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GI Bleed)," read a statement from his rep to Page Six. "After complications he suffered an Acute Myocardial Infarction that led to his passing."

EMMA SLATER TOASTS DWTS: Emma Slater tells Us Weekly that Dancing With the Stars was "really good" for her former partner James Van Der Beek and his five kids with Kimberly Van Der Beek. The pro dancer says: "James sends me videos of his kids dancing to our songs that we performed on the show, and he just sent me one yesterday actually of Annabel, his middle daughter. She was dancing to our Viennese waltz song, ‘I Put a Spell on You.' She had a costume on. I feel like the show was really good for James and I know that this is what he wanted. He was able to show his kids that life is so creative and so beautiful and you've got to put yourself out there and open doors and not be afraid to try something that you're not necessarily used to."

KIM KARDASHIAN WEIGHS IN ON KYLIE JENNER & TRAVIS SCOTT: Rumors have been swirling that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are back on after they were spotted out together and Scott left thirsty comments on Jenner's social media posts. Ellen DeGeneres asked her sister Kim Kardashian, and she said: "I think that they are just really close friends and co-parenting amazingly. The big ring, definitely they're not engaged, and I think she's wearing it on a different finger. I think she bought that herself. I don't know the status, if they're together or not, I don't think they are."

QUENTIN TARANTINO STEERING AWAY FROM STAR TREK: Quentin Tarantino may not be getting involved in Star Trek's latest after all, despite being attached to the franchise since 2017. "I think I'm steering away from Star Trek, but I haven't had an official conversation with those guys yet," Tarantino told Consequence of Sound. TBD what will happen to the project.

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After Lori Loughlin’s Fall From Grace, Who’s the New Queen of Hallmark Holiday Movies?

After Lori Loughlin’s Fall From Grace, Who’s the New Queen of Hallmark Holiday Movies? Now that Lori Loughlin has been rebranded the Scrooge of college admissions, which actress can lay claim to her old title as the queen of Hallmark Christmas movies? <i>The New York Post</i> claims it’s a tight …

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“Girl, Please Stop Talking”: Whoopi Goldberg Is Exasperated by Meghan McCain on “The View”

“Girl, Please Stop Talking”: Whoopi Goldberg Is Exasperated by Meghan McCain on “The View” Whoopi Goldberg flat-out told co-host Meghan McCain to stop talking on Monday’s <i>The View</i>. McCain and Sonny Hostin had been bickering over the president’s impeachment when Goldberg, in her moderator role, stepped in. Hostin stopped talking, …

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Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Hold Hands Leaving NYC “Cats” Premiere

Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Hold Hands Leaving NYC “Cats” Premiere Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn made a <i>purr</i>-fect getaway from the New York City premiere of <i>Cats</i> on Monday night, sneaking away from Lincoln Center hand-in-hand. <i>ET</i> notes that the couple was photographed while partially shielded from paparazzi by …

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JAY-Z Snatches Man’s Phone for Trying to Film Beyoncé at Diddy’s 50th Birthday Party

JAY-Z Snatches Man’s Phone for Trying to Film Beyoncé at Diddy’s 50th Birthday Party A partygoer filmed JAY-Z grabbing a phone of a party-goer’s hand on Saturday, after he suspected the person of filming his wife Beyoncé, Entertainment Tonight reports. The user who posted the video of JAY-Z said the …

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Liam Hemsworth Sparks Romance Rumors After Introducing Model to His Parents

Liam Hemsworth Sparks Romance Rumors After Introducing Model to His Parents Liam Hemsworth has sparked romance rumors after he was spotted introducing Australian model Gabriella Brooks to his parents last Friday in Australia, the <i>Daily Mail </i>reports. The group were spotted conversing and getting to know each other over an …

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Heisman Winner’s Acceptance Speech Inspires Donations to Ohio Food Bank

Heisman Winner’s Acceptance Speech Inspires Donations to Ohio Food Bank During his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech on Saturday night, Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow said, “Coming from southeast Ohio, it’s a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average. There are so many …

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Mariah Carey Spreads Holiday Cheer to Surprised Strangers in “Billy on the Street”

Mariah Carey Spreads Holiday Cheer to Surprised Strangers in “Billy on the Street” Queen Mariah Carey dares to mingle with the commonfolk on the latest, holiday-themed episode of <i>Billy on the Street</i>. The six-minute video, which dropped Monday on YouTube, finds Mariah and host Billy Eichner asking regular New Yorkers …

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Lil Pump Replaces “Drug Addicts” Performance With Juice WRLD Tribute at Rolling Loud Fest

Lil Pump Replaces “Drug Addicts” Performance With Juice WRLD Tribute at Rolling Loud Fest Lil Pump paid tribute to Juice WRLD this past weekend with a moving moment onstage at L.A.’s Rolling Loud festival. TMZ reports that Pump usually performs his 2018 hit single “Drug Addicts” during his live sets, …

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Kim Kardashian Tells Ellen She Photoshopped Daughter North Into Family Xmas Card

Kim Kardashian Tells Ellen She Photoshopped Daughter North Into Family Xmas Card Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian shared her family’s 2019 family Christmas card–which, for the first time, does not include her siblings and extended family. But on Tuesday’s <i>Ellen</i>, Kim also revealed that it almost didn’t include her oldest …

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Justin Timberlake Leaves Flirty Emojis on Jessica Biel’s Instagram After Hand-Holding Scandal

Justin Timberlake Leaves Flirty Emojis on Jessica Biel’s Instagram After Hand-Holding Scandal Is the way back into Jessica Biel’s heart through her Instagram feed? Justin Timberlake may think so after he left some flirty emojis on her recent post. <i>Us Weekly</i> notes that Timberlake commented with two heart emojis and …

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Tarek El Moussa’s Girlfriend of 5 Months Hints at Getting Married in Italy

Tarek El Moussa’s Girlfriend of 5 Months Hints at Getting Married in Italy <i>Flip or Flop</i> star Tarek El Moussa may be looking to build a new home–metaphorically speaking–with girlfriend of five months Heather Rae Young. <i>Us</i> <i>Weekly</i> reports that the new-ish couple are already hinting about holding a romantic wedding …

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Selena Gomez Likes “Funny, Playful, Adventurous, Down-to-Earth” Guys, Hates “Arrogant & Show-Offy”

Selena Gomez Likes “Funny, Playful, Adventurous, Down-to-Earth” Guys, Hates “Arrogant & Show-Offy”Selena Gomez is currently single, but if you want to make a move on the pop star, she just opened up in a radio interview about her ideal guy. “I love funny. I don’t like arrogant,” the 27-year-old Gomez …

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG TELLS MEGHAN MCCAIN ‘STOP TALKING’ ON ‘THE VIEW’

Whoopi Goldberg had a heated back and forth with co-host Meghan McCain on yesterday's (December 16th) episode of The View.

During the show, Meghan told co-host Sunny Hostin, "I'm an ABC political analyst, along with being a ‘View' co-host, my job is to analyze the politics of it." Sunny: "But I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about the people that are the senators that are in the senate" Whoopi: "This is what's going to happen now. . . Girl, please stop talking! Please stop talking right now!" Meghan: ". . . I won't talk for the rest of the show. No problem." Whoopi: "I'm okay with that. If you're gonna behave like this. . . What you're doing is . . . We're not doing anything. How bout this . . . we'll be right back."

The two also got into a heated discussion back in October.

AUDIO: WHOOPI GOLDBERG TELLS MEGHAN MCCAIN TO STOP TALKING

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HILARIE BURTON SAYS HALLMARK FIRED HER OVER INCLUSIVITY DEMANDS

Hilarie Burton is speaking her mind on the real reason Hallmark let her go. The 37-year-old hopped on social media to share her story after Hallmark was criticized for pulling an ad featuring a same-sex couple kissing at their wedding. (They reportedly caved to pressure from One Million Moms, a conservative group).

She wrote: "Just going through some old emails from a #Hallmark job I was 'let go' from back in January. I had insisted on a LGBTQ character, an interracial couple and diverse casting. I was polite, direct and professional."

Burton continued: "But after the execs gave their notes on the script and NONE of my requests were honored, I was told 'take it or leave it.' I left it. And the paycheck. Sh**ty being penalized for standing up for inclusivity. I really wanted that job. It was close to my house. It paid really well. It was about the military, which you all know I hold dear."

Still, Burton said she'd "walk away again in a heartbeat."

"The bigotry comes from the top and permeates the whole deal over there," she wrote of Hallmark. Then Burton turned to Lifetime, Hallmark's top competitor, with whom she has worked many times.

Burton wrote: "I've been loudly cheering for @lifetimetv all year because they heard my concerns + RALLIED! You want inclusive Christmas magic?! We got it. Love is love."

Burton also gave her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan a shout-out for enabling her to place her values above bills: "Key point here: I have a wonderful husband @JDMorgan who works his a** off so I have the luxury to choose morals over paying bills. Not everyone has that! Nor should we be forced to be dependent. If I had to cover our mortgage and was told 'take it or leave it,' I'd be f**ked."

After the uproar over the pulled ad, Hallmark apologized and reinstated it.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KRISTEN BELL GIFTING MOLDS OF DAX SHEPARD'S SEVERED HEAD: Kristen Bell loves making Christmas as creepy as possible. This year, she gifted a mold of her husband Dax Shepard's severed head at a White Elephant party with her friends. In a video of her friend opening the box with Shepard's head inside, Bell wrote on Instagram Stories, "But I brought something VERY special. What is it??? A mold of @daxshepard severed head of course!!!" She shared videos of her friends' hilarious reactions and a mini makeout session she indulged in with the head. What's the best prank gift you received this year?

GABRIELLE UNION REACHES OUT TO WOMEN: More than three weeks after Gabrielle Union was allegedly ousted from NBC's America's Got Talent after raising objections to its toxic environment, she appeared at a female empowerment and inclusivity panel at the launch of her holiday collection with New York & Company. While she didn't name AGT, she did open up about how speaking up is important, even if there are financial consequences: "Don't be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you're afraid. Don't allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It's terrifying. There's a solid chance you'll lose your job…I speak from experience." Union continued: "Do your best because corporations want global dollars. Do your best to try to hold the door open and hold people responsible. Yeah, I'm asking you to do the impossible…I'm fully aware that job loss is on the table…but if you're not doing it, nobody is."

JENNIFER ANISTON'S STAR-STUDDED X-MAS PARTY: Jennifer Aniston threw a holiday party with a boldface guest list. Among the attendees were her ex-husband Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Jimmy Kimmel. A source tells People: "The annual tree trimming party is always Jen's favorite to host. She loves Christmas. As usual, a large group of friends attended." Regarding Pitt's appearance, the source adds, "They have been in touch a few times since her birthday and are keeping it friendly."

THE BACHELOR'S LADIES REVEALED: The 30 new women vying for Peter Weber's roses have been revealed. The Bachelor season 24 will kick off on Monday, January 6th with 30 women in the running, including a cattle rancher and a professional clothier. In the season premiere, Weber will reduce the number of women from 30 to 22. Also on tap this season: a star-studded runway walk-off with judges Carson Kressley and Janice Dickinson, an extreme pillow fight with Demi Burnett and a play-by-play between host Chris Harrison and Fred Willard.

ARE YOU READY? Netflix's You dropped the first trailer Monday, with Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) up to his old tricks, despite his assurances otherwise. Goldberg has moved to L.A. and is trying to forget his homicidal past, when he runs into a new lady of interest: Love (Victoria Pedretti). Per Netflix, "When we last saw Joe, his heart was tragically broken and his past just caught up with him in the form of his long-lost ex-girlfriend Candace—a woman now hell-bent on teaching him a lesson. Season two finds him on the run from Candace—leaving New York City for his own personal hell: Los Angeles. he's fresh out of an intense relationship that ended in murder. The last thing he expects is to meet an incredible new woman, but he's falling in love again—with a woman named Love. Is history repeating? Or will this time be the real thing? Joe's just crazy enough to risk finding out."

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Blake Shelton Tells Ellen John Legend Was Wrong Choice for Sexiest Man Alive

Blake Shelton Tells Ellen John Legend Was Wrong Choice for Sexiest Man Alive Blake Shelton is out for blood against fellow <i>Voice</i> coach John Legend–and not just on that show. On Friday’s <i>Ellen</i>, Shelton showed just how offended he is by <i>People</i> naming Legend this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. “You …

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Blake Shelton Jokes to Ellen That Nick Jonas Is a “Sucky Coach” on “The Voice”

Blake Shelton Jokes to Ellen That Nick Jonas Is a “Sucky Coach” on “The Voice” <div>Country singer Blake Shelton thinks Nick Jonas is a “sucky coach,” according to UPI. Shelton, who is a coach on <i>The Voice</i>, says they’ve already filmed the blind auditions for the upcoming season of the …

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Kylie Jenner Sings “Rise & Shine” at Justin Bieber’s Charity Art Auction 

Kylie Jenner Sings “Rise & Shine” at Justin Bieber’s Charity Art Auction On Friday night, Kylie Jenner wowed the crowd at Justin Bieber’s charity art auction by singing “Rise and Shine,” the song that became a meme. <i>People </i>reports that Jenner was on hand to lend support to Bieber’s event, walking …

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Harry Styles Uses a Voicemail From Ex Camille Rowe on His Song “Cherry”

Harry Styles Uses a Voicemail From Ex Camille Rowe on His Song “Cherry” <div>An ex-girlfriend’s old voicemail is included in Harry Style’s song “Cherry,” according to Elite Daily. The French-American model Camille Rowe left the singer a voicemail in French, but the translated words say, “Hello! Are you asleep? Oh, …

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Kim Kardashian Drops 1st Family Christmas Card With Psalm, Skips Extended Family

Kim Kardashian Drops 1st Family Christmas Card With Psalm, Skips Extended Family Kim Kardashian West released her family Christmas card Friday, and this time it only featured her, husband Kanye West, and their four children, North, Saint, Chicago and debut of her youngest Psalm, <i>People</i> reports. Although Kardashian usually includes …

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