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    • ARMIE HAMMER'S EX COURTNEY VUCEKOVICH SAID HE WANTED TO BBQ AND EAT HER

      Armie Hammer stepped down from his starring role in Shotgun Wedding amid a bizarre DM scandal in which he allegedly engaged in rape and cannibalism fantasies. In a series of unverified messages alleged to be sent by the Rebecca actor he appears to say he's "100% a cannibal," and is interested in drinking blood.

      His ex, Courtney Vucekovich, tells Page Six the claims are legit, and that his pillow talk made Hannibal Lector's chit-chat seem tame. "He said to me he wants to break my rib and barbecue and eat it," she told Page Six.

      She added: "He says, I want to take a bite out of you. If I had a little cut on my hand he'd like suck it or lick it. That's about as weird as we got."

      They dated June to August, and said the screenshots were no shocker. "He likes the idea of skin in his teeth," she claims, adding that he is psychologically manipulative, and "grooms" women.

      "He enters your life in such a big way. He's such a captivating person. He has such a presence and he's aware of that and he uses it in such a way that most women would think, ‘Oh my gosh this is amazing,' but especially young women, that's kind of the scary part—how good he is at active manipulation and making you feel like he's never felt this way about anybody," Vucekovich says, adding, "He sucks out all the goodness you have left. That's what he did to me. I gave and gave and gave until it hurt."

      Hammer, meanwhile, is sidestepping the allegations themselves, but did dub them "vicious."

    • RAY FISHER, WARNERMEDIA SHARE DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS OF HIS 'FLASH' EXIT

      WarnerMedia is standing by Walter Hamada as the DC Films head faces continued accusations of misconduct by Ray Fischer, who played a Cyborg in Justice League. This comes shortly after Fisher confirmed that he's been ousted from the cast of The Flash. The film, slated for 2022, stars Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot and many others.

      "I strongly disagree with their decision, but it's one that is unsurprising," Fisher says at the beginning of a two page post, published Wednesday evening.

      "Despite the misconception, Cyborg's involvement in The Flash was much larger than a cameo," Fisher continues. "And while I do mourn the lost opportunity to bring Cyborg alter-ego Victor Stone back to the screen, bringing awareness to the actions of DC Films head Walter Hamada will prove to be a much more important contribution to our world."

      "Last summer, Mr. Fisher was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Cyborg in The Flash," WarnerMedia said in a statement. "Given his statement that he will not participate in any film associated with Mr. Hamada, our production is now moving on."

      Fisher and the studio have been duking it out since he first claimed that Joss Whedon misbehaved on-set, and complained of "enabling" behavior by writer-producer Geoff Johns and producer Jon Berg was launched in August 2020, and of Hamada protecting all of them.

      "I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not impede or interfere in the investigation," said WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff in a statement. "Furthermore, I have full confidence in the investigation's process and findings. Walter is a well-respected leader, known by his colleagues, peers, and me as a man of great character and integrity. As I said in Walter's recent deal extension announcement, I'm excited about where he's taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse."

    • INSIDERS SAY KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST HAVE GROWN RADICALLY APART

      Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may still share love, and they certainly share plenty of history and four kids together, but it isn't enough, sources tell Us and People.

      While rumors that the 40-year-old lawyer in training and 43-year-old rapper are divorcing have been rife for weeks, they have yet to comment or file. "While they have a multitude of problems, friends on both sides think there is a chance this separation could give them a fresh start," a source tells Us.

      Their issues became public over the summer during West's run for president. At a rally in South Carolina, he revealed that the pair had discussed aborting their eldest child, North; he also wrote on Twitter that he had been "trying" to divorce Kim for years. Plus, he claimed that she and her momager Kris Jenner were trying to "lock him up." Later, they were photographed in car in Wyoming, and Kim appeared inconsolable.

      "She wants to make sure Kanye's in a healthy place before she decides to file and they can coexist and coparent without having bad blood between them," a source says, explaining that the pair try to hide their differences from their children.

      And her family is secretly thrilled, a source tells Us: "Publicly the family is saying they're very sad this has come to an end, but there's a definite sense of relief that she's finally had the courage to rip off the Band-Aid and walk away. The likes of Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian saw the writing on the wall for literally years, but they knew Kim wanted to give it her all."

      Meanwhile, a source tells People that Kim is just desperate to move on in life and with her career. "Kim knows what she wants to do with her life. She wants to keep living in L.A., create the best life for the kids and focus on her work passions," a source says.

      Another says: "The love story between Kim and Kanye has been over for a long time, more than a year. They adored each other but have too many differences. Kim has become more independent and has lost patience with his antics, rants, the presidential campaign and tweets."

    • KATE WINSLET TALKS MISERY OF FAME

      Being famous has its perks, but Kate Winslet is sharing the darker side of sudden worldwide acclaim as well. As many will recall, Winslet became a household name overnight at age 21 after she played Rose Dewitt Bukater opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron's 1997 classic Titanic.

      It wasn't as much fun as it sounds, she said on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. The now-45-year-old said: "It was like night and day from one day to the next. I was subject to a lot of personal physical scrutiny. I was criticized a lot and the British press were quite unkind to me. I felt bullied if I'm being honest. I remember thinking, ‘This is horrible and I hope it passes.' It did definitely pass but it made me realize that, if that's what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous. Definitely not."

      Winslet also recalled feeling like she had so much to learn: "I felt I wasn't ready to do lots of big Hollywood jobs. I didn't want to make mistakes and blow it. I wanted to be in it for the long game. I strategically tried to find small things so I could understand the craft a bit better and maintain some degree of privacy and dignity."

    • TOM CRUISE BRINGS IN THE BOTS FOR COVID SAFETY

      Tom Cruise is bringing in robots to help him in his mission to enforce strict COVID protocols on Mission: Impossible 7. Cruise is starring in and exec producing the film; he made headlines for a profanity-peppered tirade after he saw members of the crew breaking protocol. After that outburst, and then another one later, five crew-members quit.

      A source said of the bots: "Tom is so serious about making sure the shoot isn't shut down that he's splashed out on these robots as he can't be everywhere to ensure people are behaving themselves."

      They added: "Yes, the rant that came out last month may have been a bit over the top, but he was right, and those who saw the story sympathized with him. He gets paid a lot for these films but he also knows that he is lucky to be working and staff on the film from top to bottom rely on this film going ahead. You don't have to go far to see how just how much the pandemic has affected jobs. The robots are really sophisticated and rather intimidating. It's like the Terminator only not as violent."

      Shooting resumes this week in the UK amid a massive uptick in a highly contagious strain of COVID.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      MARCIA CROSS DOWNPLAYS DESPERATE REVIVAL: It has been nine years since Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong and Vanessa Williams starred in Desperate Housewives, and fans have been itching for a reboot. With a Sex and the City reboot planned, many hoped Desperate Housewives would be next; Cross cast doubt on that though, responding to a fan's tweet that it was a go on Hulu, writing: "News to me!!"

      BEN AFFLECK TALKS J. LO: Ben Affleck can't believe how people reacted to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. (They split in 2004). Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "People were so f---- mean about her — sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious s--- was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said. Now it's like, she's lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f----- should be! I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez's career and being who she is at 50 years old today."

      LIAM NEESON IS RETIRING? Liam Neeson says he is set to retire from action movies. He told ET: "I'm 68 and a half. 69 this year. There's a couple more I'm going to do this year -- hopefully, COVID allowing us -- there's a couple in the pipeline and, then I think that will probably be it. Well, unless I'm on a Zimmer frame or something."

      COVID HALTS RHONY: Production on The Real Housewives of New York has been halted once again, this time because a cast-member has COVID, Page Six reports. No word yet on who it hit, but the case is reportedly mild. Production was paused in October because a crew member got sick.

      SHERRICK'S WIDOW TALKS WENDY WILLIAMS' RAPE ALLEGATIONS: Sherrick's widow, Lynne Carter-Smith, is opening up about Wendy Williams' allegations that he assaulted her. Ahead of her biopic, Wendy Williams, she said he "date raped" her many years ago. Smith told Page Six that Williams should let Sherrick "rest in peace," as the man she loves "is not here to defend himself. Sherrick was a beautiful man, a genius with a voice like an angel. We have three amazing children. This is quite painful to not only us but his nieces and siblings." Smith's family, meanwhile, said in a separate statement to Page Six: "The man that others knew as ‘Sherrick' passed away 21 years ago. He was loved and adored by his family and we miss him every day. As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself. Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had."

      KIM ZOLCIAK IS STRESSED: Kim Zolciak is freaking out about her 23-year-old daughter Brielle Biermann's COVID diagnosis. She posted a series of pictures and videos on IG Story. In one, she said: "With Brielle having COVID-19, that's had me very stressed. But I was just like, you know what? Wine during this quarantine, it's like, wine for lunch, have a glass for dinner. So, anyways, I guess tonight I'm drinking wine. Who's with me?"

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      SIEGRIED FISCHBACHER DIES: Siegfried Fischbacher, an iconic illusionist of the Las Vegas magic act Siegfried & Roy, has died at age 81. He died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Roy Horn, his partner in life and business, died on May 8, 2020, of complications from COVID at age 75. Their careers ended in 2003 when a tiger mauled Horn during a performance. He wrote of his love of magic as a child: "I studied it and studied it and studied it. There was one trick I did really well. You have a coin, a handkerchief and a glass of water. You drop the coin in the water and it vanishes."

      KITBAG IS A GO: Ridley Scott is directing Kitbag, with Joaquin Phoenix starring as Napoleon, in a project for Apple Studios. Production will begin in 2022. "Napoleon is a man I've always been fascinated by," Scott told Deadline. "He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn't, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process."

      GEORGE CLOONEY TALKS STREAMING: In an interview for BAFTA's Life in Pictures series, George Clooney touched on the challenges cinema is facing amid the pandemic. He said streamers are leading the way: "But here's what streaming services have done: they've democratized and opened up so many different avenues of storytelling for young, interesting storytellers. … Now between the streaming services there's thousands and thousands of acting jobs and directing jobs and producing jobs. The world is open and the world is in need of content. So, I'm really excited as I see this blossom, in the idea that we're going to be getting more and more and more of this opening up. I completely understand the question and I think we're going in the right direction. I hope, look I've been wrong before about this but I think we're going in the right direction."

      MACAULAY CULKIN WANTS TRUMP OUT OF HOME ALONE 2: Macaulay Culkin, the star of Home Alone 2, wants Donald Trump removed from the film. Twitter uses have photoshopped him out, and the 40-year-old weighed in, telling one user he was "sold" on the petition to removing Trump, who makes a cameo when Culkin's character asks hom for directions inside the Plaza.