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Bar Refaeli to be indicted for tax evasion, money laundering: Report

Supermodel Bar Refaeli will be charged with tax evasion and money laundering in Israel, according to a report.

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TMZ reported on Jan. 3 that Israeli prosecutors have been investigating Bar "for years" and believe that she tried to hide more than $6 million from tax authorities. Bar, officials allege, lived in Israel but claimed her primary residence was in the United States to avoid paying the taxes. It's likely that Bar's parents, Tzipi and Rafi Refaeli, will face similar charges stemming from the same investigation.

Bar, 33, famously dated Leonardo DiCaprio from 2005 to 2011. According to, officials claim that from 2006 to 2012 she was living primarily in Tel Aviv under her mother and brother's names, but claimed to be residing in the United States with Leo.


The supermodel's attorney argued that she "hasn't hidden anything," telling Ynet that Bar negotiated a deal with Israeli tax authorities in 2009, but prosecutors are backing out of it.

In 2015, officials said Bar failed to report tens of millions of dollars she earned while working aboard, and she also allegedly failed to report non-cash payments, including multiple times when she was given cars for modeling gigs.

Bar is one of the best known supermodels in the world and even graced the cover of the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition" in 2009.

art sale

Ellen DeGeneres selling $10 million worth of art from private collection

Ellen DeGeneres is quietly purging her private home art collection. 

The embattled talk show host is putting about $10 million worth of art up for auction, Bloomberg reported.

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Some of items being unloaded appeared in the background of her home while she filmed her talk show remotely during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Bloomberg noted that Ellen is ridding herself of several sheep sculptures, which are reportedly valued at around $500,000 to $1 million each. A few of them have already been scooped up by deep-pocketed art collectors.

Ellen is also getting rid of two pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat and a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder.

Differing items are being auction off by Sotheby's Gallery and through the Van de Weghe Fine Art Gallery.

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Thus far, 2020 has seen quite a bit of change for Ellen, particularly in the court of public opinion. Throughout the summer, she was battered with reports of rude behavior and allegations of a perpetuating a toxic production environment

Earlier this week she returned to her talk show to launch her 18th season and immediately addressed the allegations. 

"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected," she said. "I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show." 

Ellen also joked about her "Be Kind" motto, something she says at the end of every show.  

"Being known as the 'be kind' lady is a tricky position to be in," she said. "So let me give you some advice out there if anybody's thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the 'be kind' lady. Don't do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV."

Rocky romance

Demi Lovato and fiancé on verge of split: Report

After just a few months of dating, Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich got engaged in July. Now, it seems like their bliss could be headed for a breakup.

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A source close to the couple told Page Six that the relationship is on the rocks as they struggle to make it work.

"It's not over yet," a source said, "but it's on its way there."

The report comes amid reports that Max has been flirting on social media with other pop stars. Earlier this month, screenshots seemed to show "The Young and the Restless" star calling Ariana Grande "my wife." He also allegedly told Selena Gomez, Demi's former friend, to "MARRY ME NOW" during an Instagram Live video.

At the time, Demi dismissed the screenshots as doctored.

"It's really sad when people FAKE images to put women against each other," she wrote on Instagram. "If women have conflict that's between them NOT YOU."

In addition to the alleged comments, fans noticed that Demi's sister and bodyguard both unfollowed Max on social media, which could certainly be seen as a modern day sign of trouble.

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Max hasn't appeared on Demi's Instagram since late August. She last appeared on his Instagram on Aug. 31. At the time he called Demi "the hottest person on the planet."

Demi and Max got engaged on July 22.

In a touching post at the time, she said she fell in love with Max from the moment she met him.

"It was something I can't describe to anyone who hasn't experienced it firsthand but luckily you did too.. I've never felt so unconditionally loved by someone in my life (other than my parents) flaws and all," she wrote alongside images of the beachside proposal. "You never pressure me to be anything other than myself. And you make me want to be the best version of myself."

She continued, "I'm honored to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I'm ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here's to our future!!!"

Taking flight

FAA clears Harrison Ford after second runway hiccup

Harrison Ford is free to go airborne.

The "Star Wars" actor, who has a pilot's license, was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration after his second runway mishap in three years. An FAA source tells TMZ that the case is now closed after Harrison took a training course.

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Back in 2017, the acting legend mistakenly landed on the taxiway instead of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Southern California. He flew his single engine plane over an American Airlines airplane which was full of passengers. Harrison quickly knew he made a mistake and called himself a "schmuck" over the radio. 

Then, in April 2020, he was involved in another incident at the same airport. This time, according to reports, Harrison was told to hold short of landing because another plane was on the runway. Harrison, however, said he heard the exact opposite, so he landed. Luckily, the other plane was about 3,600 feet away when Harrison touched down. In tower-to-plane audio obtained by TMZ, the air traffic controller sounded livid at Harrison over the mixup. The actor profusely apologized.

"Mr. Ford crossed the airport's only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC," his rep said at the time. "He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error."

Following the incident, the FAA required Harrison to take a "remedial runway incursion training course." As he's successfully done that, the case has now been closed and no futher action will be taken. 

Fan requests

'Succession' star getting very odd requests from fans

"Succession" star Nicholas Braun isn't a therapist, but he's here to help his fans… no matter how strange the requests are.

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On Sept. 23, the actor, who plays Cousin Greg on the Emmy-winning HBO show, hilariously detailed some bizarre fan requests, making it clear that he wanted to address them "head on."

"There's been a bunch of people saying they want me to hit them with my car like in a sexy way, or like, stomp on their neck with my Crocs or slap them in the face," he said in an Instagram video. "These kind of violent, sexy type things, but the car thing is really concerning, and I just wanted to say, I'm down, like, let's figure it out 'cause I want to help."

Nicholas, 32, did express some worry about the car vs. fan interaction.

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"For me, the only thing is just like I don't want the car to get damaged that much and I don't want a ton of blood on the car and things like that," he joked. "If we can find a way to do it where you can just pop off the hood like really lightly and fly through the air and get all the stuff you need out of it and land not too badly."

"I'm just thinking about hospital bills and all that stuff, and I just don't want to get into insurance problems and everything," he continued. "Whatever you need, I'm here to help and it could be fun."

Ring thing

Kyle Richards' stolen ring turned up on this A-lister's Instagram

Back in 2017, Kyle Richards' home was burglarized and $1 million in personal items were taken. In a new interview, she revealed that one of the missing pieces somehow ended up on Diane Keaton's Instagram page two years later.

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"I had the craziest thing happen," she said on Sept. 23 on "Secrets Revealed." "I was looking on Instagram and I saw Diane Keaton — she posted a picture of a psychic's hands on the 3rd Street Promenade and they had my ring on her hand… It was the craziest, craziest story."

While speaking to Andy Cohen and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast, Kyle said she got in touch with the "Father of the Bride" star and implored her to do some digging into the bauble in question.

"So Diane got back to her and she was a psychic on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and that she just took a picture of her hands because she thought the nails were so interesting," Kyle recalled.

The reality TV star didn't specify which picture she's referring to, but Diane posted a picture of a psychic's hands (full of jewelry) on July 13, 2019.



Kyle became so obsessed with finding this fortune teller and getting the ring back that she hired a private investigator. She also gave some detective work of her own, bringing former "Housewives" star Teddi Mellencamp along for the ride.

"We thought we were hot on the trail," Teddi said, "but then we realized we were just being sent in circles."

At the time, Kyle was filming "Halloween Kills" in North Carolina so she couldn't devote much of her time to the ring quest. However, she's ready to star up the investigation again.

"I do want to pick that up again," she said, "because I want to know if she bought that from someone at a pawn shop, even if I have to buy it back from her, I'm happy to do that."

It's sequel time

'Downton Abbey' star confirms second movie has a script, will film in 2021

Thank you, Mr. Carson.

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Actor Jim Carter, who played retired butler Charles Carson on TV's "Downton Abbey" series and in the 2019 movie, has brought fans of the period drama some exciting news: The Crawley family and their servants are headed back to the big screen.

On the Sept. 24 episode of Britain's "This Morning" show, Jim confirmed that a second "Downton Abbey" film is moving forward, The Sun reported.

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During his virtual appearance — which was meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut of "Downton Abbey" on television – Jim playfully told co-hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby the second film is set to roll in 2021.

"Holly, if you promise not to tell anyone, I'll let you know that we've seen a script," Jim said. "The script for a second film is there." Though he wouldn't drop any hints as to the storyline, he did say "it's very funny" and that "it's got all the same characters in [it], all the regular characters."


As for how soon fans will see it, a release date isn't known, but "I think the will is that, COVID-willing, we will film it next year," he explained.

Last October, another cast member — Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs. Patmore — revealed in an interview that filmmakers were "working on" a second installment. "I don't think they've written it, but they are rounding people up," she told "Good Morning Britain."

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The lushly costumed movie was a huge hit when it was released in September 2019, which came as a surprise to some. The film — which focuses on how Britain's aristocratic Crawley family and their servants prepared for a visit from the king and queen in 1927 — made nearly $97 million at the U.S. box office and about the same amount internationally for a worldwide total haul of $193.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

It also had a huge opening weekend, earning $31 million and beating out Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" for first place. And it did all that on a budget of just $20 million, Deadline reported.

Gruesome injury

'Cake Boss' star Buddy Valastro hospitalized following horrific hand injury

"Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro was hospitalized this week after he impaled his hand during a bowling accident at his New Jersey home over the weekend.


Buddy, who was released from the hospital on Sept. 23, has already undergone several surgeries on his right hand. 

"I had a really bad accident at my house with my hand," he said on his Instagram Story, adding that he's "getting the best care possible."

A rep for the Food Network star told People magazine, "There was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident."

"After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit," the rep continued. "Unable to remove his hand, he can see a 1-1/2 inch metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger."

Buddy's teenage sons were able to free his hand after using a reciprocating saw "to cut through the metal rod and relieve his father from the machine," the rep noted.

The chef maintained a sense of humor on Instagram, posting a photo from his hospital bed. 

"I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago… What do you think of my new accessory?" he wrote in the caption.

Buddy has showed off the bowling alley inside his house several times in the past. 

"It will be an uphill battle as it's Buddy's dominant right hand and he will need prolonged recovery and therapy," his rep said.

Many famous chefs wished Buddy well on Instagram.

Emeril Lagasse commented, "Get better quick my friend!" Duff Goldman wrote, "Get better homie. You're gonna need that hand."  

Bombshell secret

Emma Stone, Dave McCary secretly married: Report

Emma Stone and Dave McCary have secretly married, a new report states.

On Sept. 23, Page Six quoted a source confirming that the duo "have definitely tied the knot."

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The news comes after the couple were seen in paparazzi photos wearing what appeared to be wedding bands. 

Emma, 31, and Dave, 35, were reportedly set to marry earlier this year in Los Angeles, but their nuptials were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The pair were first linked in October 2017, but they supposedly met in 2016 during her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," on which he previously worked as a segment director.

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The duo announced their engagement last year on Instagram when Dave shared a photo with Emma showing off her engagement ring.


Lisa Vanderpump shades Teddi Mellencamp after 'Housewives' firing

Lisa Vanderpump won't miss Teddi Mellencamp on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

One day after Teddi confirmed rumors that Bravo didn't pick up her contract for another season of the reality TV show, Lisa reacted with essentially a shrug… and some Grade A shade.


"People said because she was boring," Lisa, who starred on "Housewives" with Teddi for two seasons, said on the "All Things Vanderpump" podcast. "I certainly didn't have a good experience with her, so boring would be one of the nicer things that I could say."

Although Lisa seemed happy about Teddi's dismissal, Kyle Richards was on the other side of the coin: She posted a tribute to her friend on Instagram. 

"To my friend @teddimellencamp who I love & adore ..I am so grateful for #RHOBH for bringing you into my life. You are an amazing Mom, wife, sister, daughter & friend. You work so hard, always giving it your all. You are so smart, kind , thoughtful, funny & real," Kyle wrote. "I look forward to witnessing what the universe has in store for you next. I know it's going to be amazing. You deserve it all. Cheers."

Prior to Kyle's post on Sept. 22, Teddi spoke about her "Housewives" exit.

"I don't want to bore you, but I figured I could give you a little update on what's going on. I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed," she said. "Of course I could give you the standard response of, 'Oh, we both came to the decision that it would be best.' Nah, I'm not going to do that — that's not who I am."

She continued, "Of course when I got the news I was sad. It feels like a breakup, almost because you develop such strong relationships with the cast, with the crew. And you get to do incredible things that you probably never get to experience without the show."