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  • WOMAN AT CENTER OF KEVIN HART EXTORTION CASE SPEAKS OUT

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    The woman caught up in a sex scandal with Kevin Hart announced on Wednesday that she is not suing him and that she’d like to work with him to find the person who illegally recorded their encounter.

    The woman, Montia Sabbag, hired lawyer Lisa Bloom (who specializes in Hollywood sex scandals, having worked with Mischa Barton, Blac Chyna and many others).

    • Together, they held a press conference.
    • Sabbag introduced herself as a recording artist and actress.
    • "I was involved with Kevin Hart a month ago. Since then my pictures and my name have been released with lies written about me. I am not an extortionist. I am not a stripper. I am a recording artist and an actress and I have not broken any laws," Sabbag said.
    • Bloom characterized Sabbag as a "crime victim."
    • "Someone apparently snuck cameras into Kevin Hart's private hotel suite in Las Vegas and recorded bedroom images of the two of them. It is a crime to secretly put a camera in a private place, like a hotel room. It is another crime to secretly record people in a private place. It is yet another crime to disseminate those images," Bloom said.
    • "We invite Mr. Hart to join us in bringing the perpetrator to justice," Bloom continued. "To the criminal who did this, I say you belong in prison and we are going to find you."
    • She also dismissed the reports that Sabbag was being investigated.
    • The press conference comes after Hart revealed that he was the victim of an alleged $10 million extortion attempt against him. In an emotional post on Instagram, he apologized to his pregnant wife Eniko, and his children.
    • "I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did," Hart admitted in his apology video.
    • The video has been said to feature Hart and Sabbag getting close at a club and then in a bedroom.
    • Kevin and Eniko were spotted out at lunch on Tuesday, marking the first time they’ve been seen in public since the alleged extortion story broke.


  • GWYNETH PALTROW WANTS TO LAUNCH WELLNESS TV SHOW

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    If you can’t get enough Goop in your life, you're in luck because there's more of it than ever!

    Gwyneth Paltrow has been aggressively expanding Goop of late. Now she has her eyes set on the small screen.

    • Goop started in 2008 as a weekly email newsletter and has since grown into a lifestyle brand with 110 employees and a $65 million valuation.
    • In June, she hosted her first live event, Goop Health, and launched a series of branded vitamins.
    • Just this month, she launched a $15 quarterly magazine with Conde Nast, dubbed (surprise!) Goop, and opened her first brick-and-mortar store, Goop Lab, in L.A.’s tony Brentwood Country Mart.
    • And soon? TV. (She hopes).
    • "What we are thinking of doing is a TV show with the working title The Radical Wellness Show," Paltrow, 44, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I would be going into the field and talking to any number of doctors, scientists, civilians, people in crisis in Flint, Michigan, where there is something to uncover and confront about wellness. We would want it to feel more Vice-y in its vibe, but we’re just in the brainstorming phase."
    • Paltrow added that while she graced the inaugural issue of Goop (covered in mud), she may not appear on every single issue.
    • "It would be great if I didn’t have to be, but I know that the people at Conde Nast and Anna Wintour know what best practices are," the Oscar winner said. "We’re doing this first year as a test, and I wouldn’t want to make the magazine more than quarterly, but we’ll see.
    • While her brand’s growth has been impressive, Paltrow admits the growing pains have been real. She has received criticism from watchdog groups for what they characterize as sham science, from $66 jade eggs for "your yoni" to bee-sting facials, and she claims that some of the blowback is merely due to the fact that she is so well-known.
    • "For the business I'm creating, it's an obstacle I always have to overcome," she tells THR. "For example, Reese Witherspoon, who is a dear friend, has this quickly growing Draper James clothing business, and she leverages her celebrity in a great way for her brand. But for this model — where I'm trying to make Goop bigger than me and its own brand — you become inextricably linked. I'm a target in a way most entrepreneurs are not."
    • But onward and upward she marches: "We want to take Goop international, we want to get this TV show right, and we have a lot of key hires to make. And we are looking to open another store."


  • 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' FINALE

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    The stars were out last night for the America’s Got Talent finale.

    James Arthur hit the stage with young singer Evie Clair to perform one of her original songs during the finale last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The duo performed Evie’s song "Okay Day" before James segued into his smash hit song "Say You Won’t Let Go."

    James then welcomed singer Chase Goehring to the stage and they continued to sing the song.

    Neither Chase nor Evie made it to the final five. Both of them were eliminated during the first results reveal of the night.

    Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson joined finalists Kechi and Angelica Hale on stage to sing her song "Stronger." Kelly then went solo to perform her new single "Love So Soft."

    The finale of America’s Got Talent happened on the same exact stage where Kelly was announced the winner of the first season of American Idol.

    Other performances included dance group Diavolo, who did unbelievable leaps off structures to "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles, and Light Balance, who lit up the stage with their neon lights, killer dance moves and special guest Derek Hough.

    The winner was Darci Lynne Farmer. The 12-year-old won the night with her incredible singing ventriloquist act, bringing her puppet, Petunia, back for a performance of "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" with fellow ventriloquist Terry Fator, who won season 2 of America's Got Talent.



  • MELISSA JOAN HART GETS BLOWBACK FOR HURRICANE ON INSTAGRAM

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Maybe Clarissa can explain this one. Melissa Joan Hart is being dragged on social media after complaining that Hurricane Maria ruined her vacation.

    Her offending post on Instagram has since been deleted.

    • Here's how it went: "And just like that, our family vacation is canceled," the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch alum, 41, captioned a screenshot of a weather report. "Such a bummer but we plan to hit the @nickresortpuntacana resort another time this year."
    • In the picture, the report showed that Maria "officially made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane."
    • Users were quick to point out the error of her ways.
    • "I think you should be more concerned with the people that live there instead of your meaningless vacation," one person wrote. A second added: "Wow…"
    • Other were more understanding. One wrote: "Calm down people, she can be a caring person and disappointed at the same time. It's called being human."
    • This isn’t the first time Hart has been called out for thoughtlessness on social media. In 2015, she promoted her clothing line on the anniversary of September 11th, writing: "Free Shipping in honor of the victims, families & first responders of 9/11. Use the promo code ‘911’ during your online checkout at KingofHarts.com."
    • She later apologized.


  • PERSONAL CHEF DISHES ON COOKING FOR MIRANDA KERR, GWYNETH PALTROW & OTHERS

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Have you ever wondered what A-listers eat to look so good? Celebrity chef Kate McAloon has the depressing answer: not much!

    In an interview with news.com.au, the 59-year-old dishes on cooking for the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin when there were still a thing, plus former star couples Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom and Courtney Cox and David Arquette.

    • Regarding Paltrow and Martin, who split in 2014: "I had a brief from their assistants ... they eat nothing," she told news.com.au. "They are very strict. They avoided any sugars, anything sweet, no dairy, just more vegetables."
    • "When I got there, I was trying to stick to the brief," she continued. "And I realized as I started adding more ingredients in, they said, ‘Your food is getting better.' That's what happens when you eat more than grass."
    • Kerr and Bloom, who divorced in 2013, were slightly more exciting. "Miranda and Orlando both love my curries, light chicken or vegetarian curries with coconut, as well as quinoa, salmon and vegetables," McAloon told the news outlet. "I do a chicken salad with a lot of fresh herbs and chia puddings for breakfast."
    • Kerr went by the 80/20 rule, she said: "She tries not to eat anything with chemicals, no rice, just the lower GI carbs. But she has the 80/20 rule that she sticks to ... so eating healthily 80%of the time and having a treat the other 20%."
    • For Cox and Arquette, who divorced in 2013, she said entertaining was their major focus. "They used to have lots of people over every Sunday. Sometimes it could be 15 people, sometimes it was 50," McAloon told news.com.au. "Whatever the number, she always lobbed it at me and I said ‘No problems'."


  • ROSIE O'DONNELL ACCUSES DAUGHTER OF TRYING TO PROFIT FROM EX-WIFE'S DEATH

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Rosie O’Donnell is calling out her estranged daughter Chelsea Alliegro in public and accusing her of using her ex-wife's death to make money. (Her ex-wife Michelle Rounds died last week by suicide).

    In an interview that seemed to inspire O'Donnell's wrath, the 20-year-old told The Daily Mail that she is expecting her first child with her husband Nick Alliegro.

    • Chelsea added that O’Donnell "will not have a part in this child's life" as they "don't have a relationship any more" and she doesn't think "it can ever be mended."
    • After she revealed her pregnancy, O’Donnell went on a Twitter tirade.
    • One tweet included a picture of a note a teenage Chelsea had written. It read, "Mom/family, I know this is a little early and most likely unexpected however it is something I have been thinking about and planning for a long time. I am forever grateful to you for giving me a chance to live this life with so much love and opportunities. Now it's time for me to go and find myself and make a life I want for myself."
    • In another, O’Donnell wrote: "She's 20...not a teen...she is married and pregnant...she doesn't want anything to do with me...great stop...doing interviews go live ur life."
    • And in a rebuke that refers to the death of her ex-wife Rounds last week, she wrote: "We have been here before Chelsea...u wanna go a few rounds in public...seems so...Michelle's death = money 4 Chelsea."
    • The 55-year-old isn’t blaming her daughter alone. She saved some of her disdain for Martin Gould, whom she called a "predatory reporter."
    • In a tweet, O’Donnell claims that Gould shelled out cash for her "ill daughter to do interviews."
    • O'Donnell and Chelsea have a long history of public spats. In 2015, O’Donnell reported that Chelsea, then 17, was missing. Authorities later found her safe.
    • Earlier this year, O’Donnell issued a public statement, calling her daughter "mentally ill."
    • In yet another tweet, O’Donnell shared a photo of Chelsea in an Apple store claiming it was taken around the time Nick "was arrested for beating u up."
    • This child is Chelsea and Nick’s first. They married in July of 2016 after meeting three months earlier in a Dunkin’ Donuts.


  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    RYAN PHILLIPPE’S EX ELSIE HEWITT FLIES TO LONDON AFTER HE DENIES ABUSE: Model Elsie Hewitt was spotted arriving in London on Wednesday, one day after actor Ryan Phillippe publicly denied her domestic abuse allegations against him. Hewitt claims that Phillippe beat her and threw her down the stairs on July 4th after an argument. On Tuesday, Phillippe took to Twitter, sharing a note that reads in part: "I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations being circulated about me. At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted." Hewitt is suing Phillippe for $1 million.

    LAURENCE FISHBURNE AND GINA TORRES SPLIT UP: Black-ish star Laurence Fishburne and his wife Gina Torres quietly broke up last year after 14 years of marriage. "With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year," said Torres, 48. "There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected." She continued, "Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe. As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we’re in this together, if not side by side." Torres and Fishburne, 56, wed in 2002 and share one child, Delilah. On Tuesday, pictures of Torres kissing another man were published by Page Six.

    CEO’S FOUL-MOUTHED TIRADE AGAINST KATHY GRIFFIN CAUGHT ON TAPE: Kathy Griffin’s neighbor reportedly launched an expletive-peppered tirade against her and her boyfriend, Randy Bick, after she called the LAPD to file a noise complaint against him. The Huffington Post reports that KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger can be heard shouting homophobic expletives at Griffin and Bick, mocking her shaved head and bringing up the recent controversial photograph of Griffin holding up a fake bloodied Donald Trump mask. "Hey Randy, go f--k yourself. Seriously? You call on my grandkids at 9 o’clock? You’re not even the f---ing owner. You’re stuck with a f---ing bald d--e who Donald Trump kind of put the heat on," Mezger can be heard shouting in the video. "Now you’re calling the cops? F--k you and f--k Kathy. You’re not our f---ing neighbor, you’re a f---ing a-----e." Griffin recently shaved her head in solidarity with her sister Joyce Griffin, who died of cancer last week.

    AYESHA CURRY IS THE NEW FACE OF COVERGIRL: Ayesha’s Home Kitchen star is joining Queen Latifah, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara and Issa Rae in the ranks of Covergirl. This will be mom of two, bestselling author and chef Ayesha Curry’s first foray into beauty promotions. "My philosophy is all about seeking joy and creating balance in life," Curry said in a press release. "I've shared a lot about how I do this with food, family and faith, and now, through my partnership with Covergirl, I want to share how makeup helps create those moments of happiness, confidence and self-expression." Fans can keep their eyes peeled for the first Curry and Covergirl collab, Peacock Flare Mascara.

    OLIVIA MUNN PAID FOR HER HAIR, MAKEUP AND WARDROBE FOR OCEAN’S 8: Olivia Munn reveals that she had to pay her own way to be in Ocean’s 8, covering the not insignificant costs of hair, makeup and wardrobe. She tells Entertainment Weekly that appearing in the reboot "actually cost" her money. "They’re like do your own glam and I got the dress and all that and then you submit the bills for it because I’m part of your movie. And then the producer’s like, ‘Oh no, the bills come right back to you.’ But I’m just as excited about it as everybody else." Are you surprised she had to foot the bill for hair and makeup?

    PAMELA ANDERSON ADMITS SHE ISN’T DATING JULIAN ASSANGE: Yeah, no. Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson admits that those rumors of her dating Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are incorrect. On Good Morning Britain, the 50-year-old said that she "loves" Assange but wouldn’t characterize their relationship as a love match. "I wouldn’t call it romance, I already have romance in my life. Can one man do it all?" When host Piers Morgan pressed her, she said: "I love him, but I have a romantic partner."

    REAL-LIFE RAGING BULL BOXER JAKE LAMOTTA DIES: Boxing legend Jake LaMotta died Tuesday at age 95. The retired boxer, whose memoir inspired the 1980 film Raging Bull, died in a nursing home after complications from pneumonia, LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, said. Another family member said LaMotta was ailing over the past few weeks, and "worsened considerably" this week. The boxer’s daughter, Christi LaMotta, confirmed her dad’s death in a Facebook post Tuesday. LaMotta was born in the Bronx, New York, to Italian immigrant parents, and started his professional boxing career at age 19. He was nicknamed "The Raging Bull" due to his aggressive style of fighting. LaMotta published Raging Bull: My Story in 1970. Martin Scorsese adapted the memoir and cast Robert De Niro as LaMotta, Joe Pesci as LaMotta’s brother, Joey LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty as LaMotta’s first wife, Vickie LaMotta.

    REVENGE OF THE NERDS ACTOR BERNIE CASEY DIES: Actor Bernie Casey has died at the age of 78. The actor reportedly died peacefully yesterday surrounded by loved ones in a Los Angeles hospital after recently falling ill. Casey starred in over 80 movies including Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, U.N. Jefferson, and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, in which he played neighborhood activist John Slade. He was also in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In addition to acting, Bernie played in the NFL as a Pro Bowl wide receiver in the ‘60s.



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:00:00 EST

    GAME OF THRONES PRODUCER DEVELOPING PREQUEL SERIES: A fifth Game of Thrones prequel series is in the works, according to Entertainment Weekly. Co-exec producer Bryan Cogman is penning a drama series follow-up to GoT. He is reportedly working closely with author George R.R. Martin on the project. GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have opted to not get involved in the prequels, but Martin is involved in two of the other four. Cogman is seen as next-best to the showrunners, as he has been with the program since the beginning. He is also the show’s third-most prolific writer. None of these prequels are guaranteed to air, and the first fans will see of any of them (if they ever see them at all), will be 2020, after the final season ofGoT airs.

    TOMB RAIDER TRAILER DROPS: Alicia Vikander looks seriously ripped in the new trailer for Tomb Raider. As she told Elle in an interview for their September issue, the movie transformed her body: "I’ve never done action scenes on this level – not even close. It feels like I’m back to dancing – the training, the intensity. You need to be aware of your movement up in the wires and how your body works. I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering!" In the film, she plays Lara Croft traveling to the Devil’s Sea to finish what her dad started, with little more than two guns and a backpack to help her on her way. Tomb Raider guns into theaters on March 16th, 2018.

    SEAN PENN SIGNS ON FOR FIRST TV SERIES: Sean Penn is joining the migration from film to small screen. The two-time Oscar winner is set to star in Hulu’s straight-to-series space drama The First. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is behind the show, which is set in the near future and explores the first human mission to Mars and interplanetary colonization. Details about Penn’s role in the eight-episode drama are being kept under wraps.

    JUMANJI TRAILER SHOWS THE ROCK, JACK BLACK AND MORE GOING FULL AVATAR: Welcome to the jungle. In the new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan appear as their game avatars (which look like the actors). In one of the trailer’s funnier moments, Hart’s avatar reveals a weakness for cake and in one of the freakier, a large cobra appears. Jumanji is set to drop December 20th. You headed back to the jungle?

    IT PRODUCER TO ADAPT MA.K FOR WARNER BROS: Producer Roy Lee just enjoyed a record-breaking smash hit in It, and now he is teaming up with Scott Bernstein to adapt the Japanese sci-fi epic Ma.K for Warner Bros. Ma.K started as a monthly comic and became a cult hit. The story follows giant robots and two-legged tanks fighting a war for with humans for the right to inhabit earth after a nuclear war.