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The latest affair in Britney Spears’ love life leaves her reportedly single again

Lee Marshall

Two broken marriages, a cancelled engagement, a restraining order and the tragic loss of Justin Timberlake may have made Britney Spears a little leery of men, but there is still one she can rely on: her conservator dad.

Jamie Spears, who has been guardian of the pop star’s assets for six years, apparently bought the video that caught the star’s boyfriend on tape making out with another woman.

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Some marriage advice for Brad and Angelina, from a few of their famous friends

Lee Marshall

 

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Hello Kitty outed as not a kitty. So what is she?

Lee Marshall

Nothing is ever what it seems. Prairie dogs are rodents, fireflies are beetles, and Hello Kitty is a not a real cat.

You heard right. The celebrity cartoon has apparently been fooling fans with her feline appearance for almost 40 years – in fact, she is not an actual kitty, reports the Los Angeles Times. Gawker’s gaming blog Kotaku has since reached out to Sanrio, the Japanese company that created the creature, and clarified that Hello Kitty is not a true cat but a “personification” or “motif” of a cat. (Surprise?)

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Worst-dressed lists and book excerpts: How Lena Dunham came out on top, again

Lee Marshall

Who knew that one cupcake ensemble could do so much?

Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s hit show Girls, wore an outfit resembling a petit gâteau to the Emmys that landed her on worst-dressed lists everywhere – but all the negative publicity put what really matters in the spotlight: her talent.

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Netflix shut out of major Emmy awards

Lee Marshall

It’s a classic case of shattered Hollywood dreams. Netflix received a massive 31 Emmy nominations earlier this summer but only took home a total of seven awards: none were in the coveted categories and all were awarded off camera.

The online streaming company received its golden statutes earlier this month at the Creative Arts session of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, long before last night’s televised broadcast.

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Miley, Beyoncé and Nicki: The three most talked about MTV award moments

Lee Marshall

 

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Now Trending: Idris Elba and friends demand more diversity in British TV industry

ANDREW RYAN

DIVERSITY, PLEASE

English actor Idris Elba – and a few dozen of his famous friends – have respectfully requested that the British TV industry spend more money on programs for ethnic minorities.

In a firm open letter published Wednesday in The Guardian, the star of The Wire and the U.K. crime drama Luther and his colleagues urge the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters to start putting funds into black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) programming.

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Emmys host Seth Meyers hopes his ‘really good jokes’ make his performance a hit

Andrew Ryan

Although Seth Meyers has never hosted the Emmys before, he knows the secret is to get the audience laughing and keep them laughing.

The ex-Saturday Night Live fixture discussed his game plan for hosting the annual TV awards show with several media outlets in recent days.

“We’re really hoping to have really good jokes all the time,” Meyers told Variety earlier this week. “With something like this, the level of success is because the jokes are really good. We hope that by the time the monologue’s over, which is obviously the most important ting the host does, that people are going to be good and read for the new few hours of awards.”

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Now Trending: TIFF declares Bill Murray Day at this year’s festival

ANDREW RYAN

MURRAY-MANIA

Mark down the date: The Toronto International Film Festival has decreed that September 5 will officially be Bill Murray Day.

As reported by CTV News, TIFF organizers announced their intention to dedicate a full day of this year’s filmfest to the famously wiseacre comic actor.

Accordingly, the big day will include free public screenings of Murray’s most memorable films, including Stripes, Groundhog Day and, naturally, Ghostbusters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.

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Chris Hadfield’s memoir to become TV sitcom

Andrew Ryan

It looks like space really wasn’t the final frontier for Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Deadline reports that ABC has committed to the creation of a family comedy inspired by Hadfield’s 2013 bestseller An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

According to the ABC announcement, the proposed series will focus on a post-mission astronaut readjusting to life on terra firma, which “might be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.”

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Now Trending: David Letterman delivers moving TV tribute to Robin Williams

ANDREW RYAN

LOOKING BACK

David Letterman has remembered his friend and comedy colleague Robin Williams with an emotional tribute.

As reported by E! News, the first order of business on The Late Show with David Letterman when the program returned from summer break on Monday night was the host addressing the death of Williams, who took his own life last week.

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Mad Men’s creator doesn’t expect everyone to love the show’s finale

Andrew Ryan

Matthew Weiner predicts some viewers probably won’t like the ending of Mad Men.

In a revealing interview with Esquire, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-winning AMC series admits he’s already steeling himself for unhappy feedback when the show finally wraps next spring.

“The road has been paved for a mixed review, no matter what,” said Weiner. “I do what I’ve always done on the show and rely on the people around me. The actors, the writers and my wife all liked it, so that’s all I can go on at this point.”

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Now Trending: Charlie Sheen puts his own twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge

ANDREW RYAN

THE SHEEN METHOD

Charlie Sheen has joined the legions of celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge – but of course he did it the Charlie Sheen way.

The Anger Management star is gaining notice for his own method of the teeth-chattering stunt designed to raise money for the ALS Association.

Over the past couple of weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge – wherein the participant dumps a bucket of ice water over his or her head (or donates a minimum of $100 to the ALS cause) – has become a social-media phenomenon, with celebrities ranging from Sidney Crosby to Martha Stewart to Mark Zuckerberg taking the plunge.

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Katy Perry shares her latest piercing on Instagram

Andrew Ryan

Katy Perry took sharing with fans to the next level with a painful-looking video of her recent nose-piercing.

As reported by People, the Dark Horse singer had people cringing over the weekend with a video of a long needle going through her nose to her Instagram account.

In the 10-second clip, you can hear Perry exclaiming, “Owww” as the piercer performs his grisly task.

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How Lauren Bacall made a teenaged Anderson Cooper cry

ANDREW RYAN

TOUGH TALK

Lauren Bacall may have been a bona fide screen legend, but she still reduced a teenaged Anderson Cooper to tears.

According to the New York Post, the late actress, who passed away this week at 89, once took the current CNN news anchor to task – and in his own home, no less.

In Wednesday’s Page Six column, Richard Johnson interviews former U.S. Congressman John LeBoutillier, who recalled a 1982 dinner party hosted by Cooper’s famous mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, at her Southampton estate.

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How Broadway and the cast of Aladdin honoured Robin Williams this week

ANDREW RYAN

The cast of the current Broadway production of Aladdin delivered a moving tribute to the late Robin Williams.

Following Tuesday night’s performance of the lavish musical production, stage star James Monroe Iglehart – a Tony-winner for his portrayal of the big blue genie originally voiced by Williams in the 1992 animated hit – led his fellow performers and audience in a touching version of the showstopper song Friend Like Me.

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George R.R. Martin explains lack of diverse sex scenes in Game of Thrones

ANDREW RYAN

THE CREATOR SPEAKS

Have you ever wondered why there are gay and bisexual sex scenes in Game of Thrones (the TV series) but not Game of Thrones (the books)?

Apparently it’s because you can get away with a lot more on television, according to George R.R. Martin, the man who created the fantastical Thrones universe.

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Girls star reveals her lifelong struggle with an eating disorder

ANDREW RYAN

Girls star Zosia Mamet has revealed that she’s been struggling with an eating disorder since childhood.

The actress daughter of Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet comes clean about her lifelong battle with weight issues in a column penned for the current issue of Glamour magazine.

“Do you have a secret?” writes the 26-year-old Mamet. “Is your secret something that could kill you, a silent gnawing feeling that’s slowly melting you away, little by little, something deadly that nobody else can see? Mine is. And it is this: I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child.”

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Robin Williams leaves behind these four unreleased new films

ANDREW RYAN

MORE TO COME

Robin Williams has left us, but his indelible presence will live on with four new movies.

As reported in Us Weekly, the late actor, who died of a suspected suicide yesterday at 63, will grace the big screen in four films set for posthumous release.

First up: Boulevard, a low-budget drama directed by Dito Montiel (Empire State) in which Williams plays a bored bank employee whose humdrum existence takes a bizarre turn when he meets a troubled young street hustler named Leo (Roberto Aguire).

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From Obama to his daughter: How the celebrity world reacted to the death of Robin Williams

ANDREW RYAN

 

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Miley Cyrus shares photos of her new pet piglet on Instagram

ANDREW RYAN

PRECIOUS PIGGIE

Miley Cyrus has welcomed a new member into her family: A piglet named Bubba Sue.

As reported by Us Weekly, the Wrecking Ball singer went onto her Instagram account over the weekend to share several pictures of the new addition.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old Cyrus introduced her new pet to fans by posting a picture of her snuggling with the piglet along with the comment, “Newest member to the fam @bubbasue.”

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Donald Sutherland’s showstopper moment at the Teen Choice Awards

Andrew Ryan

Nobody can ever say Donald Sutherland doesn’t have a darkly delicious sense of humour.

At 79 years old, the revered Canadian actor provided the showstopper moment of Sunday night’s Teen Choice Awards airing live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Wedged in between teen acts like Magic and Demi Lovato, the tuxedo-clad Sutherland came to the event to collect the choice movie villain award for his portrayal of President Coriolanus Snow, the tyrannical leader who rules Panem with an iron fist in the Hunger Games movie franchise.

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Now Trending: Jeff Goldblum recreates Jurassic Park scene in amazing wedding photo

ANDREW RYAN

WEDDING MEMORIES

Jeff Goldbum has given a Toronto couple wedding photos they’ll remember forever.

The Telegraph reports that the 61-year-old actor was a willing participant in a Jurassic Park-themed wedding photo currently going viral online.

How it happened: Goldblum was attending the nuptials of Jesse and Pamela Sargent in Huntsville, Ont., last weekend (his new fiancée, Emily Livingston, is a friend of the bride), when somebody suggested staging a bridal-party-being-chased-by-dinosaurs photograph, which itself became a popular meme last year.

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Fan’s drunken Weird Al Super Bowl petition takes off

Andrew Ryan

The Super Bowl halftime show has become the biggest music ticket on earth with performances by Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas and Madonna in recent years.

Next up: Weird Al Yankovic?

It could happen. A petition launched earlier this week to have the madcap song parodist perform at next year’s Super Bowl has garnered more than 45,000 signatures in only a few days.

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Now Trending: Hillary Clinton plays name-dropping game with Stephen Colbert

ANDREW RYAN

NAME-DROPPERS

When it comes to dropping names, Hillary Clinton takes a back seat to no man – especially Stephen Colbert.

The New York Daily News reports on the former first lady’s unannounced visit to The Colbert Report on Tuesday night for a mock competition with the show’s wry host.

The game kicked off with Colbert – in full faux conservative mode – announcing that he had recently listened to an audio version of Clinton’s new biographical tome, Hard Choices, which documents her four years spent as U.S. Secretary of State under Barack Obama.

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Joan Rivers under fire for ‘racist’ remarks about Justin Bieber’s fashion sense

Andrew Ryan

Look out, Joan Rivers: One of the Village People is not happy with you.

As reported by Canoe.ca, Village People original Victor Willis (he was the brawny traffic cop in the disco group) has taken the 81-year-old comedienne to task for allegedly using “racist” comments in reference to the Biebs.

To rewind the story, let’s revisit last weekend’s edition of the popular E! series Fashion Police, where Rivers regularly holds court on the panel dispensing yays or nays on modern celebrity style.

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Watch Joan Rivers share her thoughts on Justin Bieber's fashion sense

 

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Now Trending: Former O.C. star Mischa Barton facing foreclosure on Beverly Hills home

ANDREW RYAN

CRASH AND BURN

What a difference a decade makes in the heady fame game.

Ten years ago, Mischa Barton was one of TV’s hottest young stars courtesy of her high-profile role as Marissa Cooper on the hit Fox drama The O.C.

And today: Barton, 28, is five months behind on the mortgage for her Beverly Hills home, which is on the verge of foreclosure, according to People magazine.

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Big Bang Theory stars triple their salaries

Andrew Ryan

Talk about revenge of the nerds: The cast of The Big Bang Theory just tripled their salaries for starring in TV’s most-watched sitcom.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Big Bang principals Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco – who play Sheldon, Leonard and Penny, respectively - have signed new three-year deals with Warner Bros. TV to star in The Big Bang Theory.

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Why Mad Men viewers love to skip ads (but not Love It or List It fans)

ANDREW RYAN

TOO FAST, TOO FORWARD?

Cable dramas like Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Fargo may earn the buzz but they aren’t the best buy for advertisers.

According to a new research from the U.S. digital service TiVo, viewers are far more likely to skip through the commercials when watching recorded programming.

The TiVo research covered the time period of January to June of 2014 and focused on a sample of 350,000 TiVo boxes in the United States.

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Katy Perry on having a baby: ‘I don’t need a dude’

ANDREW RYAN

Who needs a baby daddy when you’ve got the eye of the tiger? Not Katy Perry.

The pop star reveals she isn’t afraid of being a single mom in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

“I don’t need a dude,” said Perry in the interview. “We are living in the future; we don’t need anything. I don’t think I’ll have to, but we’ll see.”

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