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GEORGE TAKEI INVITES FANS INTO HIS WORLD: Actor and activist George Takei has signed on to TraceMe, a social media platform set up for celebrities willing to allow fans to enter their "world." TraceMe gives fans exclusive content and lets them interact and have conversations with celebs. Takei plans to use TraceMe as a platform for his activism, he said. "With TraceMe I will be able to offer original content to my devoted fans that they won’t find anywhere else, in a safe environment that will encourage them to interact with each other and me," said Takei. "I want to build community around issues that I care about deeply like immigration, racism and LGBTQ equality, so the security and freedom of expression that TraceMe offers is really important to me." Ciara and Alvin Kamara have also joined TraceMe, which was founded by Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson.

KOURTNEY AND KIM KARDSHIAN DUKE IT OUT ON KUWTK TEASER: In a teaser clip for Sunday’s season 15 premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim and Kourtney beef with each other. "I'm not here to f--king be mistreated by my f--king bitch family," an emotional Kourtney confides to Khloe Kardashian during a call. "Kim saying that I'm the least interesting to look at…who even speaks like that?" The fight escalates with Kourtney questioning Kim’s "values" and priorities, then dropping this bomb: "You're a very distraught, evil human being. I don't agree with who you are as a human being." Mrrreooow! The show begins Sunday at 9 p.m. on E!

BARRY JENKINS UNVEILS IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK TRAILER: Barry Jenkins released the first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. He dropped the trailer on Thursday, the same day as Baldwin’s birthday (the late author would be 94). The story follows young lovers Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (Kiki Layne) in 1970s Harlem. Regina King, Brian Tyree Henry, Diego Luna and Pedro Pascal co-star. The film bows November 30th.

MATT GROENING SHARES SELF-PORTRAIT: Ahead of his Matt Groening’s big debut on Netflix August 17th, the Simpsons creator shared a self-portrait of himself and discussed why he has "no internet presence whatsoever." He tells The Hollywood Reporter he’s simply "too sensitive" to deal with the backlash on social. Disenchantment is Groening’s first new series since Futurama dropped 20 years ago, and he says he’s psyched to be moving to the streaming service. "Netflix couldn't have been more supportive. They basically said 'yes' after a very quick pitch and have been completely supportive thereon — and that is unusual in the history of TV. There is usually a lot more worry and second-guessing as time goes on." He notes that Futurama never got love from Fox: "They so much didn't like it, they scheduled the show for 7 p.m. on Sunday nights and 
then made the slogan of the network: 'The fun begins at 8 p.m.' So, I wasn't able to just read between the lines, I was able to read the line."

NETFLIX NABS ANIMAL HOUSE: A day after grabbing Andy SerkisMowgli from Warner Bros., Netflix snapped up his adaptation of the George Orwell classic novel Animal Farm. Serkis will direct the allegorical story based on the Russian revolution and subsequent Stalinist regime. "We are incredibly excited to have finally found the perfect creative home in Netflix for this extraordinarily zeitgeist work by George Orwell," Serkis said in a statement. "On top of that, to be re-united with my great friend producer Matt Reeves — with his acute sensitivity, storytelling intelligence and honesty and command in this realm — is to have the very best scenario for our long-held passion to bring this fable alive."