Katie Holmes debuts new piercings
Heads up, "Dawson's Creek" fans of yore — the erstwhile Joey Potter is revisiting a classic '90s trend. New photos of Katie Holmes, 42, show the actress wearing some surprising bling on her nose and in the cartilage of her left ear. It's unclear if the piercings are real — promo stills show she wore a fake nose ring (along with a black lace choker, of course) in the 1998 film "Disturbing Behavior" — but Katie was certainly happy to show the new look off in a closeup shot taken when she hosted Evian's "Healthy Hydration is Step 1" breakfast at Bluemercury in New York City on July 14. While she's apparently embracing "Dawson's Creek"-era fashion, the actress's former co-star, Joshua Jackson, recently shared his thoughts on whether a revival of the series could work. Asked about the possibility of revisiting his Pacey Witter character, Joshua, 43, nixed the idea. "No one needs to see the 'gritty drama' about Pacey and Joey and their marriage 20 years later," he joked to Variety. "I don't know that you service that old story by telling the story of us getting old and gray and wrinkly and going through a midlife crisis together."
Britney Spears wins right to hire new lawyer; new attorney vows to 'aggressively' push for Jamie Spears' removal from conservatorship
Before her July 14 conservatorship hearing was even over, Britney Spears scored an important win. At the latest hearing in the ongoing case — in which the singer told the court she wants to formally charge her father, Jamie Spears, "with conservatorship abuse" — Judge Brenda Penny ruled Britney may hire her own lawyer to replace Samuel Ingham, who was appointed by the court to represent her when the legal arrangement was set up back in 2008 under Jamie. At a hearing last month, Britney alleged Samuel failed to explain key rights she has as a conservatee. He asked to step down days later, as did a firm he'd hired to assist with the case, according to the New York Times. Now, Judge Penny has approved both resignations and OK'd Britney's request to hire her preferred rep, Mathew S. Rosengart. Speaking to CNN outside the courthouse, Mathew — a former federal prosecutor who has worked in entertainment law for many years — vowed to push "aggressively" for Jamie's removal from the conservatorship under which Britney says she was forced to take lithium, birth control and perform onstage against her will. "Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee," Britney's new lawyer said. "He should step down voluntarily …," he added. "We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal." Earlier in the proceedings, the singer told the court she wants her father investigated for his actions as her conservator.
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Kanye West and Irina Shayk may have already called it quits
In early June, as Kanye West celebrated his birthday with longtime pal Irina Shayk in the French region of Provence, they were said to be giving off major couple vibes as TMZ confirmed they were "100 percent romantically together." Now, Page Six reports things are "cooling off" for the pair, possibly because the scrutiny turned Irina off. A source tells the outlet Kanye invited the model to a "couture show in Paris," but she declined. "She likes him as a friend, but doesn't want a relationship with him," said the insider. "She doesn't want the association that they are dating, which is what would have run in the press if she showed up [in Paris with him]. It would have been another month of news saying that they are dating." As for that France birthday trip, Page Six's snitch says Irina "went to his birthday party as a friend," along with 50 other guests. "She doesn't want to be linked with anyone right now," the insider adds. "She is happy being single." Irina, who shares a 4-year-old daughter with ex, Bradley Cooper, appeared in Kanye's "Power" video in 2010. Kanye's also referenced her name in a handful of other tracks. Kanye's still navigating his divorce from Kim Kardashian West after their February split.
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How Gigi Hadid dealt with pre-baby motherhood jitters
Like a lot of mothers-to-be, Gigi Hadid sometimes worried about her mom-potential as she and her partner, Zayn Malik, awaited the arrival of their daughter Khai. An avid journaler even before the coronavirus pandemic began, Gigi came up with a good system for sorting out her pre-baby jitters while keeping them apart from her pre-baby excitement. "During my pregnancy, I had one journal that I called my good journal and one journal that I called my bad journal," she recently told Harper's Bazaar. "They weren't that literal, but one was more for the memories, for Khai. Maybe one day I'll give her the bad journal just to be real about it," she continued. Asked what she wrote in the "bad journal," the 26-year-old model said that's where she wrote about "anxieties and days where I felt like, 'Am I good enough to be a mom?'" She explained: "I didn't want to feel guilty about feeling those things or writing those things down. I just liked the separation," adding later in the interview, "… I deal with a lot of things through just sitting and thinking and writing." Gigi and Zayn, 28, welcomed Khai in September.
Damon Dash sues Jay-Z for $1M
Just weeks after Jay-Z sued his Roc-a-Fella Records cofounder Damon Dash for allegedly trying to sell Jay's debut album as an NFT, Damon has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Jay, claiming the rapper transferred streaming rights to that same album to his S. Carter Enterprises LLC. In other words, Damon alleges Jay stole the streaming rights to his own album. In the new summons, filed July 13 in New York Supreme Court, Damon says his former business partner's unauthorized maneuvers with the 1996 album, "Reasonable Doubt," constitute "unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, replevin and conversion," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move certainly represents an escalation of the NFT battle, as THR points out. Though that suit's still pending, a judge already gave Jay an advantage in the case by temporarily blocking Damon's ability to sell album in question as an NFT. Jay's career-launching debut, "Reasonable Doubt," was released in 1996 on Roc-a-Fella Records, the year after Jay and Damon, along with Kareem Burke, launched the label. Jay famously split from Damon and Kareem when Def Jam made Jay President and CEO — and bought Roc-a-Fella. Interviews dating back to the early aughts show Jay's been trying to recover the masters to his debut album since at least that time.
Jerry O'Connell joins 'The Talk,' replacing Sharon Osbourne
For the first time in the history of "The Talk," the daytime CBS show is adding a full-time male host. After some teasing by Sheryl Underwood at the top of the July 14 show, Sheryl stood up alongside her co-hosts Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth to welcome Jerry O'Connell as the new member of their team. Jerry, who's replacing Sharon Osbourne after her controversy-mired departure, hurried onto the stage and promptly handed flowers to each of his new co-hosts, according to ET. He then gushed about how "welcoming" everyone has been to him since he first guest-hosted. That set off a wave of mutual compliments. "You bring such an amazing energy to the studio," said Amanda. "I learn from you every day. You are an incredible host. We are so lucky to have you here." Later, Jerry explained that after being "cooped up" like "everyone else" in the world, he was excited to share the experience of watching things slowly come back to life with his new colleagues. Carrie Ann Inaba also expected to return to "The Talk," as well, after her health issues have been resolved.
Lea Michele honors Cory Monteith eight years after his death
Once again, Lea Michele took time to honor her late boyfriend and "Glee" costar Cory Monteith on social media on the eighth anniversary of his death. On July 13, the actress and singer shared a black and white photo of Cory on her Instagram Story. Per E! News, the picture showed the actor standing onstage, looking happy as he greeted the audience while wearing the varsity letter jacket his character, Finn, wore on the show. Lea, who welcomed her first child with husband Zandy Reich last year, began working with Cory in 2009. They'd been dating publicly for about a year when he was found dead at age 31 after an accidental drug overdose following a long struggle with addiction. He'd attended rehab a few months earlier, with plenty of emotional support from Lea. Her tribute comes less than a week after her fellow "Glee" castmates remembered Naya Rivera on the 1-year anniversary of her untimely death on July 8, 2020. Naya was 33.
Zsa Zsa Gabor flies first class — with champagne and caviar — to her final resting place
Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Frederic Prince von Anhalt, laid the Hollywood icon to rest this week in Budapest, Hungary, making sure her ashes traveled the way she would have — first class all the way, with champagne and caviar. According to Reuters, a smaller portion of the actress' ashes will remain in Los Angeles, where she built her career starring in films like 1952's "Moulin Rouge." The rest of her ashes were buried "at a prominent cemetery" in her native country as a gypsy band played behind rose displays and photos of the late star, Reuters reported. "She was first class, she had her own seat and she had her passport, everything there," Frederic said of his journey through multiple countries and COVID-19 closures with the ashes. "It was her last trip, she always used to go first class, she had her champagne, caviar …, And then we arrived in Budapest … That's what she wanted and that's what she had in her last will. She definitely wanted to be in Budapest because her father is buried here too," he continued. The 99-year-old silver screen legend and socialite wanted "a celebration of life, not a funeral," he noted. Zsa Zsa died Dec. 18, 2016 after multiple health setbacks. She was 99.