lawsuit

Denise Richards sues former landlords, claims private info leaked

Earlier this year, Denise Richards and her husband, Aaron Phypers, were sued by their former landlords who accused the couple of allegedly trashing a home they'd rented. Now, the actress is turning the tables, claiming the two men leaked private information about her.

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On Tuesday, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star sued Anthony Ellrod and Christopher Masterson, saying they caused her and her husband of 18 months emotional distress by allegedly releasing private information about them, although it's unclear what information she's referring to.

In the court documents, obtained by The Blast, Denise says she and her man were great tenants while renting the home for six months, and she alleged the landlords are the ones who breached the contract, not her.

She further accused the men of having "publicized and/or caused to be publicized private information" concerning her. She says a normal person "would consider the publicity highly offensive."

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The alleged information leak caused Denise to suffer "great mental and physical pain and discomfort, annoyance, distress, anguish, worry, anxiety, pain and suffering. She also says she's "lost wages" as result of the alleged leak.

When Denise and Aaron ended their rental agreement, the landlords demanded $113,000 in damages, but the couple has fought that.

"Denise rented this place out for a short period of time for a family member," a source told Page Six. "It was in a state of disrepair to begin with, but now the present owners, who are two lawyers, are having trouble selling it — and it is also across the street from a residential treatment program."

In court documents, Denise says the landlords made the contract with "an intent to defraud [her and her husband]."

She continued, "Further, said conduct was despicable in that it was so vile, base, contemptible; miserable, retched, and loathsome that it would be looked down upon and despised by ordinary decent people."

Behavior concerns

Wendy Williams addresses comments about her erratic behavior

Wendy Williams is thanking her fans for continuing to watch her eponymous talk show, despite recent bizarre behavior and insinuations from her former DJ that she's not sober and needs professional help.

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"I always say I love you for watching 'cause I really, really do. I come here every day and I try to do the best that I can for you," Wendy said during her show on Monday. "I appreciate you watching, but even after all of these years, it's still work. An effort put in for the hour I'm out here, you know? I guess every day is not perfect, but I'm not a perfectionist. I'm not perfect."

"I do appreciate you putting in the effort to watch us, and I love entertaining you. You know?" she continued. "It's not easy. It is not easy, you're a tough crowd."

The comments came following her Oct. 23 show in which she seemed slow, took long pauses, slurred her words and appeared to have dilated pupils. Further, fans also noticed that DJ Boof, the show's longtime DJ, had been replaced. Wendy, 56, made no mention of the DJ change. 

Over the weekend a "Wendy Williams Show" viewer theorized that her camp is "watching" her "spiral" and implored her to "seriously get help." Another fan wondered if the perceived erratic behavior was a reason for DJ Boof's abrupt exit.

"Yup exactly and it will all come out.." he replied. "Y'all have no idea what's really going on and everyone there is afraid to speak up because they don't wanna lose their jobs.. this is going to play out bad.. I feel sorry for the workers and victims."

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Wendy has previously acknowledged her struggles with addiction. In March 2019, she revealed that she'd been living in a sober house for addiction-related issues for what she said was "some time now."

"You know, I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past and I never went to a place to get the treatment," she said at the time. "I don't know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped."

love lines

Uma Thurman reportedly 'madly in love' with architect beau

Uma Thurman has a case of puppy love.

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The actress is reportedly dating architect Peter Sabbeth, and the romance all started because of her dog. 

Page Six reported that Uma and Peter met on the beach in the Hamptons in New York over the summer. 

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"Peter had no idea who Uma was at the time. She was walking on the beach, known locally as Long Beach, near him, so he asked her to watch his dog while he took a swim," a source said. "Uma said OK, watched his dog while he swam, and now, a few months later, they are madly in love and looking to buy a home together in the Hamptons."

The source said Uma was photographed that particular day walking her Italian greyhound rescue pup and a smaller pug.

Peter, 50, is a principal at Oza Sabbeth architects, Page Six says.

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The "Pulp Fiction" star's love life has been well-chronicled over the years, as she was famously married to Ethan Hawke from 1998 to 2005. The duo share two children together. Uma also has another child with French financier Arpad Busson.

In 2005, Uma spoke about being suddenly single while playing an unattached woman in the film "Prime."

"I know what it's like to wake up a decade later and be single again and alone again and thinking you had a plan," she said at the time, "and the plan got derailed."

Single Mom

Iggy Azalea splits with Playboi Carti, says she'll raise their son 'alone'

Rapper Iggy Azalea is now a single mom after welcoming her first child with Playboi Carti, also a rapper, earlier this year.

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She shared the news on her Instagram Story late on Friday, Oct. 23, according to JustJared, writing, "You lost a real 1!!!!" and adding, "People take loyalty for granted & That's why I'd rather be alone."

The next day, Iggy, 30, returned to her Story to clarify that she'd split with the 24-year-old musician.

"What I meant last night was that I'm raising my son alone & I'm not in a relationship," she posted.

Iggy confirmed she'd welcomed a baby boy in June, sharing his name, Onyx, with her followers about a month later.

"I have a son," she announced June 10, shocking many of her fans.

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"I kept waiting for the right time to say something but if feels like the more time passes the more I realize I'm always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world," she explained.

"I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret & I love him beyond words." 

Iggy and Playboi, whose real name is Jordan Carter, have split up at least one other time since they started seeing each other in 2018.

Thanks, Prez!

Sacha Baron Cohen thanks Donald Trump for unwittingly plugging 'Borat' sequel

Donald Trump's recent criticism of Sacha Baron Cohen's new "Borat" sequel is nothing but "free publicity," according to Baron Cohen, who tweeted a response to the president's comments on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The comments in question were made aboard Air Force One Friday, when a reporter asked Trump if he had concerns about potential breaches of security.

The reporter was referencing a scene from Baron Cohen's movie that the actor promoted on social media the night of the final presidential debate. It shows actress Maria Bakalova, posing as "Tutar," the Borat character's 15-year-old daughter apparently walking, unvetted, into the White House while "job-shadowing" OAN reporter Chanel Rion.

According to USA Today, Trump responded by saying he wasn't aware of "what happened" with the seemingly unofficial entry. He then attacked Cohen, whose new film sarcastically posits his Kazakh Borat character as a "MAGA" supporter.

"Years ago, you know, he tried to scam me," Trump told the press corps on Air Force One. "That's a phony guy. And I don't find him funny."

The president then said the "scam" took place 15 years ago. "To me he was a creep," he added.

On Saturday, Baron Cohen responded to Trump's dis.

"Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat!" he posted. "I admit, I don't find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I'm always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you'll need a job after Jan. 20. Let's talk!"

Baron Cohen's film, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," also made headlines last week, thanks to a scene in which Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, takes part in what he doesn't realize is a fake interview conducted Bakalova, again posing as Borat's daughter and a journalist.

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After the interview, Bakalova, 24, invites Giuliani, 76, to a hotel room for a drink.

The room has apparently been set up with hidden cameras, which proceed to film Giuliani as he encourages the would-be journalist to give him her "phone number and address" before lying down and seemingly reaching into his pants.

The "Borat" sequel is currently streaming on Aamazon Prime.


Called By God?

Kanye West says 'God has called' him to 'be the leader of the free world'

In a lengthy and at times bizarre appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast released Saturday, Oct. 24, rapper, designer and presidential hopeful Kanye West says he believes he's been called by God to become the President of the United States.

He also allows that he's open to running for a lower office, such as Governor of California — but only if "it's in God's plan."

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Kanye, who's still running for president in 2020 despite not making it onto the ballot in many states, explained his White House bid in these terms:

"There couldn't be a better time to put a visionary in the captain's chair. I'm not here to down [Donald] Trump or down [Joe] Biden, I'm just here to express why God has called me to take this position," he said (per Variety's edited version). "I'm a great leader because I listen and I'm empathetic. I do believe in world peace."

Kanye also told the host that Trump's unexpected win in 2016 showed him, "you can win if you're coming from outside politics."

From there, the often disjointed and nearly three-hour long conversation delved into 'Ye's other political options, including the idea he could follow in Arnold Schwarzenegger's footsteps and become a popular governor in his home state of California, perhaps to gain some political experience before taking another shot at the presidency.

"I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world," Kanye explained, according to the Inquisitr. He added, "If it's in God's plan that part of my path is to be the governor then that's fine," before asserting that, "the ultimate service position is leader of the free world."

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At other points in the podcast, Kanye suggested Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee may have been murdered and said he believes Disney made "Black Panther" as a way of overwhelming the internet with a white man-made version of the concept, as a means of distracting people from Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton's Black Power political party of the same name.

Later, Kanye returned to his previously lodged complaints about how artist contracts work in the music industry, saying he simply wants to create a way for things to be "fair" for all parties involved.

"I'm not at war with the music industry. I'm just saying we need to innovate. When I posted my contracts, I had ten contracts that kept putting me inside a labyrinth and things we don't need," Kanye said.

"Prince would say we don't need the distribution part," he added. "I'm the kind of person where I'm not trying to eliminate anyone's job. There's a way both parties can be happy. These deals can be flipped in a way that they're just more fair."

He went on to imply those bad deals are to blame for his alleged lack of music-related income.

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"At this point music loses me money," Kanye said. "Of my $5 billion net worth, music is negative $4 million."

To explain that math: Back in April, Forbes amended its annual billionaires list to include Kanye, who had reportedly failed to submit proper documentation proving his net worth. At the time, the outlet reported he was worth "a bit more than $1 billion."'

(That said, his businesses are certainly operating with more money than that. In early July, for example, a report from the United States Treasury's Small Business Administration showed the billionaire rapper's Yeezy fashion line had been awarded $2 to $5 million through the Paycheck Protection Program.)

Throughout all of this, the podcast host worked hard to keep things on track, and even complimented Kanye on the way his brain works, saying he's too often accused of "ranting" when he actually seems to have thought his ideas through quite.

"When I talk, it's not a rant," Kanye replied.

"It's a symphony of ideas. I just tell the truth and telling the truth is crazy in a world full of lies."

'A Weird Time'

Josh Hartnett explains why he left Hollywood

Back in 2001, a 22-year-old Josh Hartnett suddenly found himself being heralded as Hollywood's Next Big Thing. But as he recently told The Guardian, "being huge was never something I aspired to."

Still, after his performances in "The Virgin Suicides," "Black Hawk Down" and "Pearl Harbor," the industry seemed to have other plans for the rising star — a point Vanity Fair made quite clear in its July 2001 cover story, "The Making of Josh Hartnett."

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"Oh, that was an awful piece," Josh told The Guardian. "Was there even a quote from me in it, or was it just everyone talking about how hot I was? People got a chip on their shoulder about me after that. They genuinely thought I'd been thrust on them. It was a very weird time."

Now 42 and living in Surrey, England, with his wife, British actress Tamsin Egerton, and their two kids, the "Target Number One" star feels confident about having stepped back from the "huge" movie star persona he was being groomed for at the time.

He's also still trying to wrap his head around how the Hollywood machine managed to simultaneously prop him up as a massive star and question whether he deserved that status.

"It was a set-up-to-fail moment," he says after being reminded Jerry Bruckheimer compared him to Tom Cruise in the same Vanity Fair piece, which promised "Pearl Harbor" would "virtually overnight make an international movie star out of a comparative unknown," that unknown being Josh.

"It's just that it happened at a time when I wasn't that famous, and it seemed to already be asking whether I should be or not," he continued. "I felt like: 'Oh my God! I'm not the tallest poppy yet — don't cut me down!'"

It didn't help that Josh was asked to play Superman and wanted to make the character, as he put it, a "fear-based" superhero who's "become afraid of himself and his own power."

He ended up "walking away" from the offer, The Guardian notes.

After that, Josh said, Hollywood types "looked at me as someone who had bitten the hand that fed me," an assumption he now says was off-base.

"It wasn't that. I wasn't doing it to be recalcitrant or a rebel. People wanted to create a brand around me that was going to be accessible and well-liked, but I didn't respond to the idea of playing the same character over and over, so I branched out. In the process, I burned my bridges at the studios because I wasn't participating."

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In addition to his 2020 crime drama, "Target Number One," Josh recently appeared in the TV series, "Paradise Lost" and "Penny Dreadful." He also has three films due out next year, including James Franco's "The Long Home" and Guy Ritchie's "Wrath of Man."

Looking back to where he began, alongside Kirsten Dunst in "The Virgin Suicides," he admits, "It's a little bit heartbreaking to see all that time has passed…. I was a child. I was 19. 'The Virgin Suicides' felt like a group of friends all pulling together. I think I'm still looking for that experience whenever I make a film."

As for that Vanity Fair piece? "It was actually an interesting look at the nature of fame," Josh muses. "If only it wasn't about me."

medical reveal

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he had heart surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully underwent heart surgery in Ohio, he revealed.

The "Terminator" star posted several pictures to Instagram on Oct. 23, one of which showed him recovering in a hospital bed. 

"Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery," he wrote alongside the images. 

The former California governor underwent emergency heart surgery in March 2018. He would later go on to say that he thought it would be a simple procedure with a minimal recovery effort, but the recovery turned out to be grueling and he felt like he was fighting for his life. He spoke about the medical procedure earlier this year while speaking to 2020 graduates.

"I woke up from the surgery,  I woke up 16 hours later instead of four hours [later]. And there was a tube sticking out of my mouth. The doctor moved forward, took the tube and ripped it out of my throat. And I was coughing violently, and he says, 'Just keep coughing. And then let us tell you what happened,'" he said. "They told me they had to do emergency surgery, that something went wrong during this non-invasive procedure. And then it became very invasive. They said they broke through the heart wall and there was internal bleeding and I could have died if they didn't open up my sternum and do open-heart surgery."

He added, "Life will always throw an obstacle in your path, like it was my heart surgery or with your graduation. But if you have a vision, a very clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to do, then there's no problem."

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Arnold, who also had his pulmonic valve replaced in 1997, is proving this time that he's feeling good, even sharing images of himself out and about in Cleveland.

"I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues," he said on Friday. "Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!"

After his post, several of Arnold's children commented on his images.

"PLEASE DONT GO WORKOUT TODAY!!" Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote. Katherine Schwarzenegger commented with several praying hand emojis.

B-day love

Celine Dion pays loving tribute to twin boys on 10th birthday

Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, passed away in 2016, but he's still a huge part of his children's lives. 

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On Oct. 23, the singer paid tribute to her twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, on their 10th birthday while referencing Rene, who died after a long battle with throat cancer. 

"Nelson and Eddy, you have been bringing so much joy, love and laughter into our lives every single day for the past 10 years," she wrote on Instagram. "You make me, your big brother and your Dad, who is for sure watching over you, so very proud. Happy birthday my beautiful boys! We love you so very much… – Mom, RC and Dad xx…"

Celine's message was accompanied by several current and past images of the pre-teen boys. The images show the boys rapidly becoming young men. 

The superstar also shares 19-year-old son René-Charles, 19, with her late husband.

Celine often keeps Rene's spirit alive in Instagram tributes to her kids. On René-Charles' last birthday in January she called him a "true gentleman."

"I'm so proud of the way you're conducting yourself in life," she wrote at the time. "I want you to know that your father's guidance continues to support and protect you… as I do. Keep being the best of yourself… strong, passionate, and wise, as you pursue all of your dreams in life – the sky's the limit!"

She added, "And above all, have a good time!…. Your happiness, is my happiness. I love you so much, my dear son! Mom xx…"

vocal voter

Jennifer Aniston casts vote for Biden, shades Kanye

This time Jennifer Aniston is doing the casting!

On Oct. 23, the beloved "Friends" star posted a series of Instagram photos that shows her dropping off her ballot at an authorized ballot drop off box for the 2020 election. Jen told her nearly 36 million followers that she voted for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. 

"#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris. I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early," she said. 

In her lengthy caption, she explained the rationale behind her vote. 

"I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can't do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science… too many people have died," she said. "I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we're on right now… your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting)."

It's not surprising that Jennifer sided with the Biden/Harris ticket, as she's openly spoken about her admiration for Kamala Harris and her disdain for President Donald Trump. 

"This whole thing isn't about one candidate or one single issue, it's about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency," she said.

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Many of Jen's like-minded famous friends applauded her for her words. 

In ending her caption, Jen took a shot at someone else on the ballot, someone who's gotten a lot of press

"PS – It's not funny to vote for Kanye. I don't know how else to say it," she wrote. "Please be responsible."