plea deal talk

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin deals would 'likely' involve prison

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman won't be spared prison time in any plea bargain they cut for their alleged involvement in a college admissions scandal, according to a new report.

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Law enforcement sources told TMZ that prosecutors in the case will recommend that prison time be attached to any deal.

"You can't have people being treated differently because they have money," an official told the website. "That's how we got to this place. Every defendant will be treated the same."

Of course, just because the prosecutors want prison time for everyone involved, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll get it — A judge will make the final call.

While both women have remained mum on the case, TMZ notes that it's "likely" that plea bargain discussions will begin soon, but no plea deal has been made thus far.

Both actresses made appearances before a federal judge in Boston on Wednesday.

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Both Felicity, Lori and Lori's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of bribing a man to help get their children into prestigious colleges — Lori and Mossimo allegedly paid the man $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California by claiming they would participate in the crew team; Felicity allegedly paid $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT test. The three have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, which carries a maximum of five years in prison if they're convicted.

So far, 50 people have been charged in the scam, and more indictments are reportedly expected.

Trouble with the law

'Home Improvement' star arrested for allegedly choking girlfriend

"Home improvement" star Zachery Ty Bryan was arrested in Oregon on Oct. 16 after allegedly choking his girlfriend, a report states.

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According to TMZ, neighbors called police in Eugene, Oregon, after hearing a scuffle coming from an apartment. When police arrived, the found the actor, who played Tim Allen's eldest son on the popular sitcom, sitting outside the apartment unit. His girlfriend, meanwhile, was hiding at a friend's place nearby.

As police questioned the two of them, the woman claimed that Zachery, 39, put his hands around her throat and squeezed. In addition, the woman alleged that she tried calling 911 during the midst of the incident, but said Zachery took her phone away.

She ultimately escaped to her friend's place.

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Zachery was arrested on charges of felony strangulation and fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a report, both of which are misdemeanors.

As of Oct. 17, Zachery was still in jail in Lane County.

Fierce friends

Stevie Nicks dishes on her close relationship with Harry Styles

At their ages, Stevie Nicks could actually be Harry Styles' grandmother. In reality, they're fiercely close friends. 

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In a new chat with Steller, the 72-year-old rocker was asked about her friendship with the former One Directioner, whom she chose to induct her into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. 

"What really made me choose Harry is that he's so funny and so well spoken, and also that we're just such good friends. I knew he would really delve into my history and that he'd put it together beautifully, because he's a songwriter and he could tell my story," she said. 

Harry, 26, performed with the Fleetwood Mac singer at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

"I thought that of all the people who would get a kick out of me being the first woman in the world to go into the Hall of Fame, it would be Harry," she said. "And I'm so glad I did because he was hysterical, but he was also able to tell everybody who I really am behind the shawl."

The chat came amid a resurgence of Fleetwood Mac's song "Dreams," thanks to a viral TikTok video. 

In early October, a video went hugely viral of a man, later identified as Nathan Apodaca, skateboarding down an expressway while guzzling Ocean Spray juice directly from the bottle and vibing along to Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit "Dreams."

The video was such a hit that Mick Fleetwood actually recreated it. Further, the initial video (and its many recreations) sparked interest in Fleetwood Mac's 43-year-old song. Apple said it saw a 221 percent increase in streams of "Dreams" in the days following the viral video. It also made its way onto the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs Chart. The song currently sits at No. 3.

Trump tweets

Ice Cube responds to claims he's a 'sellout' for working with Trump

Ice Cube is clapping back at critics calling him a "sellout" for working with the Trump administration after once claiming he would "never" vote for the President.

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The rapper found himself in the middle of a political battle over the past few days due to his "Contract With Black America" initiative, which includes, among other things, a list of issues he feels are affecting Black Americans. He wants answers to his questions before he'll promise his vote. On Oct. 14, a top adviser to President Donald Trump said the music star met with the POTUS' team about developing a plan.

That has enraged many of his fans, but Ice clearly doesn't care.

"When I got [the] bus to school. Homies called me a sellout. When I started rapping in 1983. Bangers called me a sellout," Cube tweeted. "When I left NWA. They called me a sellout. When I start doing movies. Rappers called me a sellout. When I started my own [3-on-3 basketball] league. The arena said it was a sellout."

Cube has said that he would be willing to work with Democrats or Republicans on his "Contract With Black America" initiative — he's also unapologetically labeled both political parties the "dark side."

"Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They're all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can't afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change," he wrote to a fan earlier in the week. "Our justice is bipartisan."

Many fans believe he's being used as a political pawn, which Cube scoffs at. He also denied that he's "joined forces" with the Trump team.

love lines

G-Eazy gushes about girlfriend Ashley Benson

There's no denying it, G-Eazy is smitten.

The rapper recently opened up about his girlfriend, Ashley Benson, and he couldn't help but gush.

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"She's an exceptionally talented person in many different spaces," he told Entertainment Tonight. "She's a special one. Obviously, she's a great actress, but, you know, getting to work with her and putting her in front of a microphone and watching her sing so effortlessly, she has this very special tone of voice and texture and something that's very innate to her given that's not her first job or what she's known for."

"It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn't get to see as often," he added. 

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The couple's romance has been on a fast track. The rapper and the former "Pretty Little Liars" star were first linked in May when they were spotted kissing. The next month she brought him as her date to her sister's intimate wedding. That same month, she was also featured on his song "All the Things You're Searching For," and they've since collaborated on more music.

In August, Ashley was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her left ring finger, naturally sparking engagement rumors. The couple has not responded to the speculation.

Backing a friend

Bob Saget on Lori Loughlin: 'She's a sweetheart'

Bob Saget still holds Lori Loughlin in high regard. 

The comedian said in a new interview that he not only supports his "Fuller House" co-star, but that he recently text her. The text, Bob told Page Six, read, "I love you and thinking of you, that's all."

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The actress is expected to begin her two-month prison stint on Nov. 2 after striking a plea deal in her college admissions bribery case. In May, Lori and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty to paying a bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, despite neither of them having experience in high-level rowing.

None of that matters to Lori's co-star and longtime friend.  

"You know when it gets down to it, there's so much going on and so many people have gone through so much and you know … if you love somebody then you have to make that, decision and [ask yourself] is this something that causes me not to love a person and I love her," Bob said. "She's a sweetheart."

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Bob has previously backed Lori. Last year, when Lori was still fighting the charges, he touched on her legal woes during a Fox News interview. 

"I love the people I love, and people go through life, and stuff happens," he said in October 2019. "For a while, I was saying, 'No comment,' and now there's just no point in talking about it because I've answered it. What I would say is, I love the people I love, and I have empathy for people that are in my life for 35 years. I don't cut people out."

Bubble bliss

How a Las Vegas hotel created a bubble for 'Shark Tank'

For 11 seasons, Mark Cuban, Lori Grenier, Kevin O'Leary and the cast of "Shark Tank" have struck deals from a cozy studio outside of Los Angeles. However, for the upcoming season, due to COVID-19 restrictions in their normal hunting ground, the money-hungry sharks are swimming in new waters.

On Oct. 16, the popular ABC show returns to the air with 14 new episodes for its 12th season, all of which were filmed over the summer from The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

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In an interview with Wonderwall.com, Venetian President and COO George Markantonis spoke about creating one million square feet of space to accommodate the Shark Tank bubble amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the hotel, which was open to the public during filming, managed to safely isolate the 250 people involved in creating the show.

"Our main objective from the beginning was to ensure the wellness and safety of all involved," George said. "Thanks to our 'Venetian Clean' protocols that have been in place since the resort reopened in June, and which comprise more than 800 health safety initiatives we have implemented, we were able to achieve our goal."

In all, about one-third of the hotel's Palazzo tower was sealed off for production. To prevent cast and crew from coming into contact with anyone outside the bubble, the hotel had elevator banks dedicated to the show, and it even created a lengthy walkway — walled off from the rest of the hotel guests — that went to-and-from the actual "Shark Tank" filming location.

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In order to make sure the bubble wasn't compromised, cast, crew and aspiring entrepreneurs were tested before traveling to Las Vegas and upon arrival in the city. Then, they were forced to quarantine until a negative COVID result came back. In addition, a COVID safety officer and medical advisor were onsite throughout the two-month duration of filming, and all production members and hotel employees were tested weekly to ensure a safe filming location. Even the chefs who prepared meals for the show's production were tested weekly.

"Thanks to reliable testing with a quick turnaround, one of the greatest challenges posed was made manageable," George said. 

At no point during the August-September shoot did the "Sharks" or anyone involved with the production cross paths with other hotels guests or anyone outside of the bubble.

"Everyone was isolated from each other at the hotel when not in production. On set, everyone wore PPE, except while on camera, and strict social distancing was maintained at all times," George said, noting the Sharks' boardroom chairs were spaced far apart. 

In Instagram videos posted by the cast, the new set look was mentioned.

"We're back for Shark Tank," Mark said in an Aug. 5 Instagram message from within the bubble. "A little social distancing, a little different, but it's going to be good. Deals have been crazy. Crazy time, but we gotta set an example. We're back."

In several Instagram videos, Lori spoke about the precautions being taken while holding up a face shield, which she said the cast wears everywhere they go.

"We are one of the first shows to get out and shoot during these times, and The Venetian has been amazing," she said in a separate Instagram video posted to her Story on Oct. 15. "They created a bubble where we are all within one environment safety together. Of course we're being tested, and [there are] a lot of restrictions."

Living in a bubble for more than two months was likely more difficult than actually creating it. Vegas hotels are known for being extremely versatile due to their size and their ample convention space. The Venetian campus, for instance, encompasses 18 million square feet. "So it was easy for us to allocate the 1 million square feet needed to create this bubble," George said.

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"Shark Tank" is not the only TV show to resume production in a bubble environment. Earlier this week, "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" announced it was filming in a sequestered environment; and just down the road from The Venetian, CBS filmed "Love Island" at the Cromwell in Vegas. Multiple sports leagues have had success in isolated environments. The way George sees it, bubble filming might be the new norm for the time being.

"If there's anything we've learned this year, it's the importance of shifting our mindset and the way of doing things so that we can meet the demands of our external circumstances," he said. "In addition to this production, we've seen bubbles work well for the NBA, NHL and elsewhere. Las Vegas in particular is well positioned to accommodate productions like this given our wealth of space and amenities. Because this went so smoothly, we're confident that we're well prepared to welcome future productions as well as groups of varied sizes in the near future for meetings and conventions."

Dog days

Miley Cyrus' dog was electrocuted on set of 'The Voice'

Miley Cyrus revealed in a new interview that one of her dogs once got electrocuted on the set of "The Voice."

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"The first day of 'The Voice,' I'm like so excited — this is sad, but it was handled and my dog is totally thriving and fine," she said during an interview with Geena The Latina and Frankie V Morning Show in San Diego. "You know on sets there's like wires everywhere, we got all the people singing … and my dog goes and bites on the wires of the TV everyone's watching and all of a sudden we notice she's convulsing and getting electrocuted."

"You can't open her mouth, because the person who's trying to open her mouth is also being electrocuted," she continued while speaking about her beagle, Little Dog. "But she was totally fine, her name is Little Dog and she is thriving in Nashville, Tennessee, and doing great."

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Miley, who owns several pets, was asked about embarrassing stories that have happened because of her dogs. In thinking of one tale involving her pup MaryJane, she said, "I can't tell you the story … I just can't. Know that it's really good, but I can't tell you. I don't think you can air anything that I'm about to tell you. Anything that comes out of my mouth from here on out, you will not be able to air."

She later hinted at the unfit-for-print story.

"The story has to do with 2012 Halloween. My dog licking something … it was just a thing," she said. "I had to send a vinyl record player to this human that got … my dog did something very wrong. I had to send an apology gift!"

Ghost adventures

Whoopi Goldberg reveals she was initially turned down for 'Ghost'

Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar-winning performance in "Ghost" almost didn't happen. 

In a new interview, the actress revealed that she was initially turned down for the role, but the late Patrick Swayze stepped in and campaigned for her.

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While speaking to Naomi Campbell on "No Filter With Naomi," Whoopi recalled a friend telling her, "Every Black woman and their mother went to this audition. Women got out of the grave for this audition."

At the time, Whoopi hadn't heard of the audition but called her manager to inquire.

"They don't want you," she remembered her manager saying. "They think that your persona is too big and will take people out of the movie."

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Whoopi admitted that her feelings were hurt and didn't think she was "too big" for the role. Neither did Patrick, whom Whoopi had never met at the time.

Soon after, her phone rang.

"I get a call and [my agent] says, 'Remember that movie they didn't want you for? Well, the director and the actor want to come to wherever you are and see if there's a way to do this with you,'" Whoopi, 64, recalled. 

During the conversation, she was told that Patrick had been cast as the lead character and he wanted to know why producers hadn't approached Whoopi for the role of psychic Oda Mae Brown. Patrick was quickly told the same thing that Whoopi had been told, that her on-screen presence might take away from other performances.

"Patrick said, 'I'm not saying yes to this piece until we know that she's not the right person, because this is ridiculous, she's perfect,'" Whoopi told Naomi. "I'd never met him but he was a fan."

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Patrick and Whoopi had instant chemistry.

"You never know who's watching, you never know who remembers something about you. That was another great lesson," she said of the situation.

Patrick passed away in 2009 at the age of 57.

Back on

Cardi B confirms she's back together with Offset after divorce filing

One month to the day after Cardi B filed for divorce from Offset, she's confirming that they're back together. 

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The news isn't particularly surprising, as the two were seen kissing over the weekend at her wild birthday party in Las Vegas. They were also seen together near their home in Atlanta earlier in the week. 

"It's hard not to talk to your best friend. It's really hard not to talk to your best friend," she said in a new video in which she spoke of she and Offset's reconciliation. "And it's really hard to have no [sex]."

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After the birthday videos surfaced, many felt that Cardi took the Migos rapper back because he bought her a Rolls Royce as a birthday present, something she flatly denied in the new video posted to TMZ. 

"People saying I took him back because I'm materialistic," she said in the video, shaking her head, later adding, "We're just really typical, two young folks… who got married early. That's who we are. We're not no different than y'all…dysfunctional a– relationships."

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In a video, the "WAP" singer referred to herself as "crazy" and acknowledged that she has mood swings in which she's incredibly happy and incredibly angry. She's quick to point out that she's taken a test to determine if she's bipolar, which she's not. 

On Sept. 15, Cardi filed for divorce from Offset in Georgia. Initial reports implied that the split was contentious, but on Sept. 16, Cardi amended her filing to indicate she wants a peaceful split. At the time, there was unfounded speculation that the duo was splitting because Offset had an affair, but Cardi said those rumors were completely false. The real reason for the split, she later said, was because they were arguing too much. 

That's all water under the bridge now.