BLACK-ISH CREATOR KENYA BARRIS INKS DEAL WITH NETFLIX: Writer and producer Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish, Girls Trip) has signed an eye-popping $100 million three-year overall deal with Neflix to produce new series, Variety reports. Precise details TBD, but Netflix said that Barris will "continue to create stories that reflect culture through an urban, youth and female focused lens." The size of the deal puts him the same neighborhood as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON EARNS MOST BANK: Scarlett Johansson topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2018. She quadrupled her 2017 earnings, raking in an estimated $40.5 million thanks in part to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers films. ScarJo officially dethroned Emma Stone, who didn’t even make the top 10 this year. Coming in second is Angelina Jolie, who earned most of the bank via the forthcoming Maleficent 2. Jennifer Aniston made number 3, earning $19.5 million for her endorsement deals with Smartwater, Aveeno and Emirates airlines. Hot on her heels is Jennifer Lawrence with $18 million, and rounding out the top five is Reese Witherspoon with $16.5 million.
SOPHIA LOREN OPENS UP ABOUT #METOO: Sophia Loren, 83, spoke out about #MeToo, admitting that it has been difficult for her to talk about the scandals that have rocked Hollywood. "It’s very difficult to talk about this scandal and it does give me the chills thinking about it," she said. Loren says she never had to personally face harassment because her late film producer husband Carlo Ponti was often with her. "Maybe I was lucky to have met the right person at the right time," she said. "My life has been very serene." She married Ponti in 1966; they remained together until his death in 2007 at age 94.
LENA DUNHAM ADMITS SHE LOVES DRESSING LIKE A ‘FULL-SCALE BABY’: In an essay for InStyle’s September issue, Lena Dunham confessed that she "peaked at the age of six." As a 6-year-old, Dunham wrote, "I was everything I’d ever wanted to be (formidably adorable), everywhere I ever wanted to go (my bedroom) and hanging with the hottest company in town (my parents). So, like the high school quarterback who can’t stop milling around the football field well into middle age, I have just continued to dress like a full-scale baby." To this day, she simply can’t "buy enough" rompers, blouses with Peter Pan collars and baby-doll shifts.
REESE WITHERSPOON, JENNIFER GARNER, MAHERSHALA ALI TO STAND UP TO CANCER: 2018’s Stand Up to Cancer Fundraising Special on September 7th is going to be a star-studded event. Co-exec producer Bradley Cooper said: "As someone whose family has been significantly touched by cancer, I am proud to again have the privilege of co-executive producing this year's Stand Up to Cancer telecast." Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Mahershala Ali, Keith Urban, Matthew McConaughey and Ed Helms will all appear when the commercial-free program airs live over several channels. Since the first telecast ten years ago, the event has reportedly received $480 million in pledges, contributing to new treatments and therapies.
RHOD SAYS SIZE 6 IS TOO BIG: Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons says there’s "huge pressure" to be tiny in Texas. "All the women have to be glamorous and thin and basically look like they’re stepping out of a photo shoot every time they leave their house," she told Page Six. "My mother has perfected the smokey eye at 8 a.m.! So she’s never been overweight a day in her life. She’s just this gorgeous, I mean statuesque woman and she always has been. And to keep up with all the beautiful women and what you’re supposed to be — you’re supposed to be glamorous. You’re supposed to be classy. You’re supposed to be thin. A size two would be preferable. I’m a size six so I’m a little bit over the limit!"
ANGELA BASSETT STUNS IN BIKINI ON 60th BIRTHDAY: Angela Bassett shared a sizzling bikini selfie on Instagram, proving age is seriously just a number for her. The Black Panther star captioned the shot: "Happy Birthday to all my Leo brothers and sisters. Let’s eat cake!"