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ANGELINA JOLIE PUSHES FOR BETTER TREATMENT OF REFUGEES: Actress and activist Angelina Jolie is bringing attention to the plight of women and children in conflict zones around the world. Speaking in Kenya to mark World Refugee Day, she visited a training center and discussed preventing sexual violence. "The reality is that women and girls as well as boys and men can still be raped with near-total impunity in conflict zones around the world, and there are still appalling cases of rape and mistreatment of vulnerable women, children and men by peacekeepers sent to protect them," she said. She went on to say that the way refugees are treated – and ensuring that treatment is as just as possible – is a measure of our humanity.

COURTNEY COX REGRETS NIPS AND TUCKS: Courtney Cox, 53, admitted that Hollywood’s obsession with staying young led her to make some bad choices. "I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing. That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse," she told NewBeauty in a wide-ranging interview. "And it’s worse in pictures than in real life," Cox said. "I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize." She adds that she has embraced her "smile lines" and has decided that "filters are not my friend." Do you prefer the natural look?

IS GAL GADOT EARNING LESS THAN HER MALE COUNTERPARTS? The Internet was abuzz earlier this week with people bemoaning what they say is a gaping gender wage-gap in Hollywood. News broke that Gal Gadot earned $300,000 in Wonder Woman while the movie itself cleared more than $500 million at the box office. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, meanwhile, earned $14 million for a less-lucrative and well-received film, outlets report. But did Gadot really make 46 times less than Cavill? As Vanity Fair points out, Gadot’s base salary was $300,000, but she will likely be earning bonuses once the box office receipts are tallied. Furthermore, most actors launch a franchise with a low base and then work their way up, as Chris Evans has done. Evans also reportedly pulled in $300,000 for the first Captain America film. Do you think this is a case of gender gap or has this story been taken out of context?

LUCY HALE APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING SHE USED TO LOOK ‘FAT’: Lucy Hale posted a throwback pic of herself on Instagram to celebrate Father’s Day, but it didn’t go exactly as planned. Hale has been under fire over a comment in which she referred to herself as "fat" with critics claiming fat-shaming is wrong … even if you’re just talking about yourself. She later disabled comments on her Instagram photo and took to Twitter to apologize, writing in part: "Sometimes I forget that people are watching everything I do and I say things I don't mean. I'm extremely sorry if my comment about my weight offended anyone."

PRINCE PHILIP HOSPITALIZED IN LONDON: Prince Philip was hospitalized to treat an infection "arising from a pre-existing condition," Buckingham Palace reported Wednesday. "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot," Buckingham Palace said, adding, "Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon." Philip, 96, recently said he was retiring from public events, but plans to complete pre-scheduled engagements through August.


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Trevor Noah is opening up about the encounters he has had with police officers in America, and points out that they are symptoms of a larger problem.

Noah used the recent Philando Castile verdict as a jumping off point. Castile had been pulled over 49 times before police shot and killed him in 2016. The officer who shot him was acquitted of all charges.

  • The South African-born comedian and host of The Daily Show said that in the six years he has been in the U.S., police have stopped him "8 to 10 times."
  • Discussing the places he has been stopped, he mentioned his car, rental cars, a car with rims, a car with no rims and even a Tesla.
  • "I don’t know what silent crime I’m on my way to commit, but I’ve been stopped in a Tesla," he said.
  • He adds that his strategy is to throw his arms out of the window.
  • "I look so stupid when you see me," he said. "I would rather have the cops go, ‘You are weird.’ Every cop that comes to my window like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And then we go from there, then I’m like, ‘Alright, cool, but you saw where my hands are.'"
  • Noah said the problem is pervasive and larger than what many people see as cut-and-dry racism. "It’s not racism like n—," he said. "It’s a very different thing."


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Actress Kat Graham was caught off guard by Jada Pinkett-Smith’s criticism of her portrayal in the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me. Pinkett-Smith made headlines when she all but called the biopic a bold-faced lie. She claimed that her life and relationship with Tupac was "reimagined." She commended Graham on her portrayal of her and said it wasn’t her fault. But overall, she called the film "hurtful" to watch.

Many have assumed that the scenes were filmed with no counsel from Pinkett-Smith which led to the discrepancies. However, in an interview with E! News, Graham says she spoke with Pinkett-Smith on a couple of occasions and thought all was well.

"When I first got the role, I reached out to Jada a year and a half ago… the point of reaching out to her, as well as the other producers on the film, was to insure the integrity of the story and the character," she says. "I even spoke to her last week and she had nothing but support."

Despite all of the controversy and mixed reviews, All Eyez On Me had a solid showing at the box office on its opening weekend.


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‘Ghostbusters II’ Child Star Hank Deutschendorf Dies Of Apparent Suicide

Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, the child actor who played baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II, died on June 14th of an apparent suicide at the age of 29.

According to the San Diego Coroner’s report, it was a suicide by hanging. The former actor was discovered by his twin brother, William, who also starred as baby Oscar in the Ghostbusters sequel, in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend.

William confirmed the news in a powerful blog post, "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank. On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder."

Hank – whose uncle was singer John Denver – was also in the 2017 documentary, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters.


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are hiring a surrogate to help them have a third child, according to reports.

Kardashian has been open about her desire to expand her family on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She has also divulged that doctors have repeatedly warned her that she should not carry the child herself as she suffered from placenta accreta during her pregnancies.

  • The condition, which affects about 5% of women, causes the placenta to grow into the womb and prevent it from detaching during the birthing process. The condition can be life-threatening as severe blood loss sometimes occurs.
  • She wrote on her blog of the steps the doctor had to take to make her delivery safe: "My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!!"
  • According to TMZ, the unknown woman will be paid $45,000 in increments of $4,500 each month for 10 months with a bonus of $5,000 for each potential multiple child. The couple deposited $68,850 with the agency organizing the arrangement, according to the site.
  • Back in 2016, Kardashian spoke out about potentially using a surrogate on KUWTK, telling mom Kris Jenner: "I’ve come to the conclusion in my mind that I can’t carry another one. So now I want to explore surrogacy."
  • Kardashian and West share North, 4, and Saint, 18 months.
  • Meanwhile, on Wednesday Kardashian’s new make-up line sold out within hours of launching, bringing in an estimated $14.4 million.


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Emma Watson proves once again why she is a hero to bookworms everywhere. The actress hid copies of The Handmaid’s Tale all over Paris on Wednesday, she announced via Twitter (in French and English, natch).

In partnership with the charity Book Fairies, Watson is wandering the City of Light, gifting lucky hunters with 100 copies of the feminist dystopian fiction novel by Margaret Atwood. The novel has skyrocketed in popularity recently, having also been turned into a hit Hulu show starring Elisabeth Moss.

  • The Book Fairies project was launched in March by Coredila Oxley. So far, more than 5,000 people have shred copies of the book across 100 countries. Fans have been tweeting their finds all day. One wrote: "I'm literally dying! I just found one of the books @Emma Watson hid in Paris."
  • The Handmaid’s Tale is also this month’s selection on Watson’s online book club, Our Shared Shelf.


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Now that Bachelor in Paradise is filming again, fans are asking: who will return?

Production on the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise was halted on June 4th to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that occurred while cameras were rolling. On Tuesday, ABC’s parent company Warner Bros. concluded its investigation, determining that the footage of the incident "does not support any charge of misconduct."

  • According to Us Weekly, Jackson has been asked to return, along with Robby Hayes, Lacey Mark, Raven Gates, Vinny Ventiera, Amanda Stanton and others. It is unclear if Olympios plans to return. Other contestants who were not originally set to appear will also likely appear in the rebooted season, People reports.
  • After Warner Bros. concluded its investigation, her attorney Marty Singer said that he plans to continue investigating the alleged incident and has "multiple new witnesses" coming forward to discuss what they saw and heard.
  • Meanwhile, it seems that no one is quite as delighted to see Bachelor return as Ashton Kutcher. The rom-com star owns his allegiance to the Bachelor Nation, telling the hosts of Good Morning America: "I’m so happy Paradise is back. I was worried. I was concerned."
  • Kutcher is no stranger to Bachelor, having popped up with wife Mila Kunis in a recent episode to help Rachel Lindsay find love. "Monday night, it’s like a religion in our house," he shared. "In fact, I haven’t watched this week of The Bachelorette because I was here and Mila was there and so we’re saving it, because this is our thing. It’s unbelievable, that show. It’s like the greatest social experiment of all time."
  • Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise was scheduled to premiere on ABC August 8th.


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Drinks are on them! George Clooney and Rande Gerber have sold their tequila brand Casamigos for a jaw-dropping $1 billion. British beverage company Diageo did the purchasing.

Per the terms of the deal, Clooney and Gerber will remain with the company. The duo created the company four years ago with real estate mogul Michael Meldman.

  • "If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don’t think we would have said yes," Clooney tells People. "This reflects Diageo’s belief in our company and our belief in Diageo. But we’re not going anywhere. We’ll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two."
  • The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2017. A statement released by the company reads: "The transaction values Casamigos at up to $1 billion, with initial consideration set at $700 million and a further potential $300 million based on a performance linked earn-out over 10 years, reflecting the brand’s exceptional growth trajectory and upside potential."
  • Clooney and Gerber, whose wives Amal and Cindy Crawford are also pals, named the brand after the vacation compound they built their homes on. The couples often vacation together and spend much of their free time socializing with each other (judging from their social media feeds).
  • Clooney and Gerber are passionate advocates of the brand, even celebrating their birthdays together in May with a cake created to look like them behind a trademarked Casamigos bar.
  • They were inspired to create the perfect tequila after vacationing together in Mexico and finding that there wasn’t a single tequila that really blew them away.
  • As Gerber told Business Insider earlier this year: "We wanted one that didn’t burn going down, that was super smooth, and had the right flavor profile. One that we didn’t have to mix — typically we drink it straight or on the rocks – that we could drink all day long and not be hungover in the morning."


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REPORT: RON HOWARD IS TOP CHOICE TO TAKE OVER HAN SOLO FILM: Ron Howard is emerging as the top choice to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, according to Deadline. Disney announced Tuesday that the duo exited the film, which has been in production since February. Alden Ehrenreich stars as a younger version of the character originally played by Harrison Ford. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca).

PAUL FEIG TO DIRECT A SIMPLE FAVOR: The Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig is set to direct the thriller A Simple Favor. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are in talks to star in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The adaptation of Darcey Bell’s 2017 book of the same name follows a mommy blogger whose BFF mysteriously disappears.

JIMMY FALLON WORKING ON SECOND PICTURE BOOK: Jimmy Fallon is working on his second illustrated story, Everything is Mama. Macmillan Children's Publishing Group announced. The book is scheduled for October 10th and is being billed by Macmillan as a "hilarious ode" to motherhood, told from the baby's point of view. Fallon's Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada was a bestseller published in 2015. Miguel Ordonez is the illustrator for both releases. Fallon, 42, is the father of two girls, Winnie Rose and Frances Cole.

COLTON HAYNES JOINS AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 7: Colton Haynes has joined the cast of American Horror Story Season 7. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced on Instagram that the 28-year-old actor will star in the FX show's new, election-themed season. "Welcome to American Horror Story, Colton Haynes," he captioned a photo of Haynes with red lipstick smeared around his mouth. Haynes joins returning stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter, and fellow newcomers Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman. The season will take place in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. American Horror Story Season 7 will premiere in September. Haynes, who is known for playing Jackson Whittemore on Teen Wolf and Roy Harper, aka Arsenal, on Arrow, is also slated for the film Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

DAMON LINDELOF IN TALKS TO DEVELOP A WATCHMEN SERIES FOR HBO: HBO is eyeing screenwriter Damon Lindelof to develop a television series based on famed graphic novel, Watchmen. Lindelof is in early discussions to head the project, which is in the early stage of development, notes The Hollywood Reporter. A fan of the 1986 comic by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, Lindelof has stated previously that Watchmen continues to influence his work. The series is HBO's second attempt at developing show based on the DC Comics property that features characters such as Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Rorschach investigating the murder of one of their own before uncovering a dark conspiracy. Watchmen was previously adapted into a feature film by director Zack Snyder in 2009. The movie grossed $185 million worldwide.

MORGAN SPURLOCK, ERIN BROCKOVICH & STEPHANIE SOECHTIG TEAM UP FOR THE DEVIL WE KNOW: Documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig are teaming up with activist Erin Brockovich to produce The Devil We Know, a film aiming to expose the dark side of C8, a toxic industrial chemical created by DuPont to make Teflon and other products. The film is currently in postproduction and just launched an Indiegogo campaign to finish the film. The story centers on Spurlock’s hometown of Parkersburg, WVA, where DuPont exposed workers and the community to the chemical. Scientists have linked it to various cancers, high cholesterol and thyroid disease. C8 has also been detected in the drinking water of at least 6.5 million Americans in 27 states. The team also released a first trailer for The Devil We Know on Wednesday.

IMG GRABS DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO BBC’S KILLING EVE: IMG has snapped up international sales rights for the upcoming BBC/BBC America drama series Killing Eve from Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. IMG has been steadily expanding its financing and sales activity and spearheaded sales for The Night Manager and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, among others. Killing Eve, written by Waller-Bridge, revolves around a female detective’s search for a psychopathic female killer.

JASON ALEXANDER’S AUDIENCE NETWORK COMEDY SETS CAST: Production has started in Vancouver and the cast has been set for Hit the Road, Audience Network’s half-hour original series starring Jason Alexander, who also co-created the show. Amy Pietz (The Office), Natalie Sharp (Live Like Line), Nick Marini (Summer of 8), Tim Johnson Jr. (Fist Fight) and Maddie Dixon-Poirer (Hell on Wheels) will join Alexander. The show, which follows a dysfunctional family of would-be pop stars, is expected to be released this fall.



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