Fun flashback

Elle Fanning recounts incredible story of watching 'The NeverEnding Story' as a kid next to John Lennon's piano

Elle Fanning might only be 22, but she has some good stories — and a great memory.

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On the May 21 episode of IMDb's "Movies That Changed My Life" podcast, the star of the new Hulu series "The Great" opened up about several of the films that, well, changed her life.

She shared a particularly fun anecdote about the first time she ever saw the 1984 fantasy movie "The NeverEnding Story."

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"I was filming [2004's 'The] Door in the Floor.' I was 4 years old, because I turned 5 on that set, so I was around 4-5, and Bijou Phillips was in that movie and she played my [character's] nanny," Elle began. "She loved me — we would hang out on the set, do things together — [she'd] nanny me kind of [in real life]."

"So I went over to her apartment — she was dating John Lennon's son [Sean Lennon] at the time — I think it was his apartment — and John Lennon's piano was there," Elle explained.

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It didn't mean anything to her at the time — at her age, she had no idea who John was, who The Beatles were, or that he was one of the most beloved or significant musicians ever to have lived. "I was so young, [I] wouldn't have cared but my grandmother dropped me off and my grandmother knew," Elle said. "When I'd gotten older, she was like, 'Do you realize where you were, what it was?' I [didn't] know."

While at Sean's place, Bijou whipped up some food for Elle that the young star remembers vividly. "We made macaroni and cheese. It was so good — so crunchy on top, so creamy in the middle — and she turned on 'NeverEnding Story.' I'd never seen it before," Elle recalls.

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The movie stuck with her. "I was so scared — it affected me. I sobbed and sobbed when the horse went into the quicksand or the mud — the swamps of sadness. I mean, I was like, a wreck. I will remember that image always," Elle shared. "We were sitting on the couch. [Bijou] thought she'd traumatized me because it affected me so much."

Elle went on to watch the film many more times in the years that followed — though never again while so near a piece of music history. "Of course I've watched the movie many times after that just to figure out why it affected me so much," she explained. "And it still kind of does. It brings me back to my youth, what really got to me — and it got to me, that whole story."

Huge donation

Kanye West sets up college fund for George Floyd's daughter

Kanye West is making sure that George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, will have an education.

The rapper has set up a college savings fund for Gianna to fully cover her tuition, Kanye's rep confirmed to TMZ on Thursday.

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In addition, Kanye is also stepping up to the plate to assist the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, making separate donations to cover their legal costs. Both Ahmaud and Breonna were recently killed — he was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia, having allegedly been chased by three men (one of which was a former cop) who accused him of burglary; Breonna was killed in Kentucky in her own home by police after officers busted in without warning in a "no-knock warrant" case.

Kanye's rep said he's also opening up his wallet to help out several black-owned businesses that were victims of looting in his hometown of Chicago, which occurred during continuing demonstrations and protests against police brutality.

Thus far, Kanye has donated $2 million to multiple causes, TMZ reported, citing his rep. 

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Of course, Chicago is hardly the lone city dealing with unrest. George Floyd's death, which was caught on video, has sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

George died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 after a white police officer pinned him to the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck, even though George repeatedly made it clear he couldn't breathe. That officer and three others have now been charged in the death.

Report shot down

Meghan McCain denies she left NYC to get firearms

Meghan McCain and her team are firing back at speculation that she left New York City for Virginia to be closer to guns.

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"The View" co-host recently tweeted that she was heartbroken over the vandalism and looting that has occurred in The Big Apple.

"My neighborhood in Manhattan is eviscerated and looks like a war zone," she tweeted, taking shot at New York City's leadership. "This is not America. Our leaders have abandoned us and continue to let great American cities burn to the ground and be destroyed. I never could have fathomed this."

A comedy writer mocked her, writing, "Meghan, we live in the same building, and I just walked outside. It's fine."

However, a source told Page Six said Meghan isn't even in New York City.

"She's in Virginia at a family home because she wanted to be in a place she could keep guns," the source said.

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Meghan's rep said it's "absolutely untrue" that the conservative host left New York for better access to guns, but sidestepped addressing her location.

Meghan also responded, "I am six months pregnant – a gossip organization is about to run a story of where me and my family are currently." 

She added that she was watching different news outlets cover the demonstrations and looting happening in New York City.

"I support the peaceful protests, their movement but am absolutely heartbroken about the destruction in the city I have loved since I moved to when I was 18," she wrote. "It is important to have your voice heard and I hope everyone stays safe and healthy."

harsh words

Former 'Access' coworker calls out Billy Bush over 'white privilege'

Billy Bush was on the receiving end of a fiery and racially-tinged tweet from one of his former co-workers.

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On Wednesday, longtime "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson responded to an interview Billy did with former NFL player Nate Burleson that centered on systemic racism, the country-wide protests and the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

"Good Morning @thebillybush. I appreciate you being an ally NOW. But, if you want to talk about the pain #WhitePrivilege causes African Americans, you should probably also talk to the black woman who sat next to you on the set of  #AccessHollywood for years," Shaun tweeted. 

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Shaun did not elaborate or give further details, but she appeared to double down on her criticism of Billy on Thursday morning.

"No part-time allies needed," she wrote on Twitter next to a statement that read, "If you don't live it as a principle, don't hashtag it for publicity."

Billy and Shaun had lengthy careers at "Access Hollywood," as their tenure's overlapped from 2001 to 2015. In 2016, Billy left "Access" for a primo gig at NBC's "Today." However, he was fired by NBC within two months after audio of an "Access Hollywood" tape was leaked in which he laughed along to a pre-politics Donald Trump bragging about groping and kissing women, saying he would "grab 'em by the p—."

"It's such an ugly moment," Billy said earlier this year, recalling that infamous interview and the fallout. "Yeah you want to delete it, of course you want to delete it but you can't and it's out there for the world to consume."

"It's humiliating, it's embarrassing," he added. "There's no denying the moment is a terrible moment."

Billy now hosts "Extra."

Brittany's take

Lea Michele's 'Glee' co-star Heather Morris says working with her was 'unpleasant'

Another one of Lea Michele's "Glee" co-stars has spoken out about how the actress, who played Rachel Berry on the hit FOX show, treated her colleagues.

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Old wounds were opened on May 29 after Lea tweeted of the black man killed by white Minneapolis police officers in May, "George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter," to which actress Samantha Marie Ware — who appeared on 11 episodes of "Glee" during season 6 — replied, "LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD 'S— IN MY WIG!' AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…"

The drama continued to make headlines as other actors and actresses weighed in too, likewise criticizing Lea's treatment of the people with whom she's shared a set. On June 3, Lea issued an apology — and it backfired. Fans and celebrities tore it apart for being insincere as she focused on how her behavior was "perceived" by others.

Later that day, the story was given fresh life after the most senior star on "Glee" yet — Heather Morris, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce — took to social media to add her take on working with Lea.

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"Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for that hate to be spread to anyone else," Heather wrote. "With that said, was [Lea] unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out." 

Heather continued, "And yet, it's also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we're learning along with the rest of society. But, at the current moment its implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we're assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…"

The next day, Australian actor Dean Geyer — who played Brody Weston, a boyfriend of Lea's character, for 14 episodes during season 4 — was the first co-star to publicly defend the actress. He told Daily Mail Australia, "Lea is still one of my favorite co-stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around." He went on to praise her work ethic, calling it "so strong it forces you to always be on top of your game, and that's something I looked forward to everyday on set. I definitely learned a lot."

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Dean added, "When jumping onto a hugely successful and established show like 'Glee,' I went into it expecting to be known as the 'new guy' for at least a month, but that wasn't the case at all. I almost immediately felt welcomed, and to be totally honest, out of everyone, Lea was the most friendly to me." He continued, "I can only speak for myself and my own experience, but from what I saw during my time on set, there was nothing but professionalism and a genuine sense of community amongst the cast and crew. No one showed any signs of discomfort while Lea was on set. If I'm basing my opinion off my season, there definitely shouldn't be a reason for a backlash."

sexuality reveal

Lili Reinhart comes out as bisexual

Lili Reinhart has publicly opened up about her sexuality.

On her Instagram Story on Wednesday, the "Riverdale" actress came out as bisexual.

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While encouraging her social media followers to attend a LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter protest in West Hollywood, Lili wrote, "Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman."

Lili, 23, added, "I will be joining this protest today. Come join."

The announcement comes following Lili's split with her "Riverdale" co-star Cole Sprouse after three years of dating. While the split reports surfaced in May, sources said the duo actually broke up before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The former duo had been fending off split rumors for months. 

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While making no mention of the breakup, Lili spoke about focusing on herself in April.

"It's been an incredibly hard month for all of us," she wrote on Instagram. "And although this quarantine is isolating and extremely challenging for those of us who struggle with mental health, I have learned a lot about myself during this time. I have learned to cherish the people in my life who have stood by me through my best and my worst."

She added, "At the end of the day, all we have is each other. And all we can offer one another during this time is love and kindness. Love as hard as you can because the people around you may need it more than you think."

miracle man

Nick Cordero's wife says it's a 'miracle' he's still alive

Nick Cordero's wife has no problem tuning out all of the pessimists — she's not really interested in what they have to say.

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In an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, Amanda Kloots said she's been told several times to say her final goodbyes to her Tony-nominated husband.

"I've been told a couple times that he won't make it. I've been told to say goodbye. I've been told it would take a miracle. Well, I have faith," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Nick and their newborn son, Elvis. "Faith that is small as a mustard seed sometimes, but that is all you need sometimes."

Nick has now been hospitalized for more than two months due to Covid-19 complications. For six weeks of that hospitalization, he remained in a coma — during which he had his right leg amputated. 

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The Broadway star has dealt with a slew of medical issues and setbacks. Amanda, who's been giving constant updates on her husband's condition, said in mid-May that Nick was awake and his mental status was good. A few days later, however, she said his health had gone "downhill." A further update on May 22 said he had improved.

"It's been another roller coaster," Amanda said on Instagram at the time, adding that Nick was "defying the odds."

During Wednesday's update, Amanda said, "He's still here and despite his odds gets slightly, slightly better every day. Where there is faith, there is hope. Where there is hope, there can be a miracle! Like my dad has said since day one, every day he's still with us is a miracle. I believe God is with us, with the doctors and with Nick."

learn and listen

Eve and husband having 'uncomfortable conversations' about race

Eve and her husband, multimillionaire Maximillion Cooper, have been together for 10 years, but they're now having some of their most meaningful and "uncomfortable" discussions.

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The rapper opened up those conversations with Maximillion, who's white, while co-hosting "The Talk."

"I am having some of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations I think I've ever had — and vice versa — with my husband," Eve said. "But, at the same time, it's a beautiful thing, because … I don't know his life through his eyes. He doesn't know my life through my eyes."

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The couple married in 2014 after four years of dating.

"All he can do is try to understand and try to ask the questions, and he wants to understand, and that's what the nation — that's what the world — has to do," she said. "It's gonna be uncomfortable. Yeah, it's going to be uncomfortable! But we have to be OK with being uncomfortable so that we can get to a solution."

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The race-related conversations come following the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a white police officer pinned him to the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck as George repeatedly cried out that he couldn't breathe. 

The killing set off worldwide protests and demonstrations against police brutality. 

"There are some people that are having beautiful, peaceful protests, with their fists in the air and their hands in the air and all different colors and genders, all together, on one knee, wanting to get past this," Eve said.

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The rapper is hopeful that the country and the world can learn from this moment and change police practices, which many believe are discriminatory against black men and women.

"We are under rock bottom," Eve said. "The only thing we can do now is to build up. I pray that we can build up from here."

Divorce

Sean Hannity and wife secretly divorced a year ago: Report

Fox News host Sean Hannity and his wife of more than 20 years, Jill Rhodes, have split, according to a new report. 

The New York Post claims that Sean and Jill have been secretly divorced for more than a year. The report added the duo has also been separated for several years.

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Sean and Jill, a former journalist, share two children. 

"Sean and Jill are committed to working together for the best interests of their children. Amicable agreements were entered into over four years ago between Sean and Jill," a statement read. "They maintain a close relationship as parents to their children. Neither will have any further comments and ask for the sake of their children that their privacy be respected."

Rumors of martial discord began around the beginning of the year when Jill was not seen accompanying the conservative host at Fox News events. 

The split is reportedly amicable.

"Sean and Jill remain on very good terms and still have family dinners, and attend tennis tournaments for their children," a source told The Post's Page Six. "Sean is still close with members of Jill's family."

The source added that neither party was unfaithful.

"Sean is basically a workaholic," the source said of the host of "Hannity" and his syndicated radio show, "The Sean Hannity Show."

Mad money

Why Reese Witherspoon's $6M payday has angered Quibi staffers

Quibi — the subscription-based streaming platform that delivers super-short-form shows to mobile devices — launched in April, but things haven't gone as well as hoped.

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with people stuck in lockdown, consumers just haven't been using the service as much as executives anticipated: Co-founder and former Disney studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg told The New York Times in May that the less-than-stellar viewership numbers are "not close to what we wanted" and that he attributes "everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Everything."

A source told Page Six that the poor performance has led to cutbacks at Quibi, which has begun to slash overtime for lower-level staffers and has already let go of some employees. "The mood is dark," the source admitted. That, the source explained, is why many employees at the quick-bites platform are livid about the huge paydays that some of the A-list names working with the service are getting.

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According to Page Six, Quibi staffers are "seething" that Reese Witherspoon was paid $6 million to narrate the nature show "Fierce Queens" — which explores the lives of female animals including cheetahs, hyenas and ant queens – which the source said has been one of Quibi's weakest performers.

"Quibi may have to implement cutbacks, and people are fuming that stars like Reese got paid millions," the source explained, pointing out that the actress-producer's husband, former CAA agent Jim Toth, is the head of content acquisition and talent at Quibi.

Other stars paid big bucks to do projects at Quibi — which had secured $1.8 billion in funding — include Chrissy Teigen, Idris Elba, Jennifer Lopez, Zac Efron, Kendall Jenner, Sophie Turner and more.