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Jackie Cruz talks 'Orange is the New Black' season 7, finding self-love on set

Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions "OITNB" fans!

"Orange is the New Black" star Jackie Cruz said the upcoming seventh and final season is guaranteed to make viewers laugh, cry and everything in between.

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"The ending is going to be heartbreaking, it's going to make you laugh, it's going to make you feel everything you can feel because that's what [showrunner] Jenji [Kohan] does," the 32-year-old actress told Wonderwall.com. "Jenji–she writes gold and she writes about things that are relevant, and things that are relevant, aren't really very happy right now. So we're not in the happy times."

Jackie, who has been starring as inmate Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales since the show's premiere in 2013, also shared that filming her final scene was particularly devastating for her.

"It's heartbreaking for me because it's the end, you know? I can't really say anything but I've grown so much [on the show]. I became the actor on that show that I was trying to be. That show made me who I am and validated me. I can't tell you everything but it's something that you need to see," she explained.

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The Dominican starlet credits the critically acclaimed Netflix series, which has received 16 Emmy award nominations and four wins, for helping her to find self-love and confidence. Jackie was a relatively new actress when she landed the role of Flaca, with only two previous professional acting credits to her name.

"I'm blessed that I had the opportunity like 'OITNB' to discover who I am, to be another character like Flaca. I look up to Flaca, you know, she's confident and she's a hustler," Jackie said. "She'll try to turn anything positive from a negative, and that's who I became. I became a whole different person that I didn't know I could be because of 'Orange.'"

She continued, "I'm doing things I never thought I could do and 'OITNB' showed me that. I've been learning behind the scenes while working in front of the camera. I've grown. Loving yourself doesn't come overnight but God makes no mistakes. I'm not talking s—, I've been through hell and back."

Jackie is referring to a nearly fatal car accident she experienced as a teen that left her in a coma for 72 hours after emergency brain surgery. She revealed that the traumatic experience deeply affected her self confidence at a time when she was most vulnerable.

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"I had my car accident and my hair being kind of shaved off because I had to go to surgery, and all the beauty taken away from me. Being confident right now, I can say it's taken years. It's not something that comes overnight, it's a journey."

Luckily, Jackie was able to overcome the experience and now wants to help others find their inner confidence and self-love. The actress is partnering with Schick® Hydro Silk® for the Feelin' Myself Island campaign, which will award one grand prize winner with a trip to their own private island to fall more in love with themselves.

Jackie was sent to a tropical locale to film a faux dating reality show commercial, tied to the campaign, where she wooed herself.

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"I went to an island where I did a lot of self-care, like doing yoga. I had coconut margaritas or whatever I wanted. It was cool to fall in love with myself, take myself out to dinner," she said about her experience. "Obviously, it's entertaining too but [the message is] to take time for yourself to feel good."

She added, "For me to get this campaign about self confidence–after me wanting to die at a young age–I don't want to be too dramatic but that's how I kept going. If I can be an example to anyone to love themselves and not give up on themselves, and to know that things happen–maybe not the best–but they happen for a reason. All of that happen to me in life, and I look back at it and its helped me be who I am today."

The application period for the contest begins July 9 and closes July 22. Jackie will announce the winner on her Instagram channel (@jackiecruz) on Monday, July 29.

Dressed to impress

Ivanka Trump revives mom's 'favorite vintage dress' 21 years after the late businesswoman first wore it

Like mother, like daughter. 

Ivanka Trump paid homage to her late mother this week by reaching deep into the matriarch's closet and rewearing one of her "favorite" vintage dresses for a '20s-themed party. The dress — a white beaded frock — was worn by Ivana Trump, Ivanka's mom, at Studio 54's 25th-anniversary party in New York City back in 2002. Ivanka, then 21, attended the party with her mother.

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The former White House senior adviser shared a video on her Instagram Story that showed her dancing and shimmying in the decades-old dress. 

"Warming up for @managermyles' 30h birthday 1920's style. HBD!," Ivanka wrote alongside he video.

She later added a snap with her husband, Jared Kushner, who donned a simple button-down shirt, jeans and sneakers. In captioning the snap, Ivanka made reference to her mom, a former model, while also jabbing her husband for skipping the dress code of the evening. 

"Swinging into the night in one of my mother's favorite vintage Bob Mackie Dresses," she wrote, adding, "Jared clearly failed to comply with the 1920s theme!"

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The former first daughter also posted an image of the dress to her Instagram grid. She captioned it with two dancing lady emojis. 

Ivana, who Donald Trump's first wife, was found dead in her New York townhouse in July 2022. A medical report said she sustained blunt impact injuries as the result of a fall down the stairs. She was 73.

Animal attack

Lisa Marie Presley's half-brother was 'attacked' by a 2,000-pound camel and rushed to ER in days before her death

Lisa Marie Presley's half-brother was rushed to the emergency room — where he got 34 staples in his head! — just days before her death after being "attacked" by a 2,000-pound camel, and it was all witnessed by Priscilla Presley. 

Elvis Presley's ex nearly lost two children within two weeks.

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Navarone Garibaldi Garcia, who Priscilla shares with ex Marco Garibaldi, told People magazine he was feeding a camel at a sanctuary outside of Los Angeles when the animal turned on him.

"When I ran out of food, it bit me by the hand and lifted me up almost off my feet," he said. "It then dropped me on the ground and pounced. While it was pouncing on me, it literally got my whole head in its mouth and bit me."

Priscilla, Navarone said, was "freaking out" and "traumatized" in witnessing the whole ordeal.

The heavy camel, which was previously been abused in a circus, wouldn't get off Navarone, but a dog on site came to the rescue. 

"The dog knew something was wrong and was freaking out and going at its face," he says. "That's what got the camel off."

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Workers at the animal sanctuary called 911, but the Them Guns frontman wanted to go to a hospital closer to his home.

"When we got to the emergency room, it was funny because everybody was sitting there with nothing too serious looking, meanwhile I had blood all over me," he says.

After getting 34 staples in his head, Navarone feels normal again.

"I mean, I was happy I survived before, but now it's like, thank God I survived," he says. "My mom would've lost two kids in two weeks."

Lisa, Elvis' only child, passed away on Jan. 12 after going into cardiac arrest.

Media comeback?

Matt Lauer might try for 'Megyn Kelly'-type of comeback, knows there might he 'zero chance'

Matt Lauer is hopeful that he may be able to return to media in some aspect, but he knows there might be "zero chance" of it actually happening.

"His friends would love to see him do something again," an insider told Page Six. "He'd be great at a podcast or his own production firm, using his skills behind the scenes. He looks at how someone like Megyn Kelly has reinvented herself on her own terms."

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Further, Matt "thinks that he should be able to have a comeback," the pal added. 

A staple as a "Today" co-anchor for decades, Matt was fired from NBC in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct accusations, including rape. Since his high-profile ousting, most of Matt's media pals have shunned him, his inner circle has shrunk, and he rarely ever speaks to this former "Today" colleagues.

"He's still pretty upset about how he was ousted at NBC and upset at all the people he thought were his friends who turned their backs on him," the insider said. "He knows he made mistakes, and he is a lot more humble."

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Still, Matt "has his confidence back" and the itch to get back into the media game is there, the insider says. It's really a matter of whether he can scratch it. 

"He understands that there might not be any sort of appetite for [a comeback]," said the insider. "In other words, he wants to see if there would be any chance — but he understands fully that there might be zero chance. He's not unrealistic."

The pal adds, "His problem is that he can't go back to mainstream TV, because advertisers would likely pull away. He could do a podcast or something on his own terms. All of his friends hope he can find a pathway. But he isn't rushing into anything."

Interestingly, a media source told Page Six that Matt has been presented with opportunities, but something always seemed to torpedo his plans, such as Katie Couric's book, which included private messages between her and the disgraced ex-anchor.

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These days, the former newsman is spending time with his children and girlfriend of more than three years, marketing exec Shamin Abas.

"Things are going well .. Shamin is perfect for Matt because she is very supportive, but also busy with her own company. She has been traveling for work and he has been tagging along on a few trips. They seem to have a great symmetry," the friend said. "They are serious but they are not living together. She has her own place out in the East End [of the Hamptons]."

Although he's happy in his personal life, Matt romanticizes about his old life.

"I think once you're a journalist, you always are. You can't ever shake that. You're never not uninterested in the news," the source said. "He is at a new normal … he exercises daily. I think he feels like he's got a bit of normalcy in his life. But it's not what his normal was."

'Cult' arrest

Polygamist 'Dances With Wolves' actor arrested on abuse and trafficking charges, also accused of running a cult

An actor who starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Dances With Wolves" was arrested in Las Vegas for sex abuse on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and police say he was a polygamist operating a cult.

Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, was arrested after a three-month investigation. In a search warrant obtained by the Associated Press and TMZ, investigators alleged that the former actor targeted Indigenous girls without a father figure. He then allegedly groomed and coerced them into having sex with him — the girls were told that  "spirits" insisted they have sex with Nathan so they could join "The Circle," which authorities say was the name of the cult.

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The alleged abuse — which included girls younger than 13 — spanned two decades.

Nathan, who played the young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in the Oscar-winning film, gained a reputation among tribes across the United States and in Canada as a so-called "medicine man." Police said he performed healing rituals and used his position to abuse young Native American girls.

TMZ said Nathan, 46, "recorded his sexual assaults and arranged sexual encounters between his victims and other men who would pay him." Police contend that Nathan would give the young girls emergency contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancies after sex.

The 50-page search warrant claimed that Nathan shared his Las Vegas home with five wives, and they were instructed to take "suicide pills" and prepare for a shootout with police.

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Nathan, who appeared in several TV movies, has been accused of human trafficking before. A 2015 warrant in Poplar, Montana, claimed, "Nathan Chasing Horse used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions."

Tuesday evening's arrest is related only to alleged crimes committed in Clark County, Nevada. 

Nathan was booked into jail on charges of child abuse or neglect, sex assault, sex assault against a child and sex trafficking of an adult.

Money matters

Pamela Anderson makes a stunningly low paycheck for 'Baywatch' residuals: 'It's a crime'

"Baywatch" was once the most-watched television series in the world, and it continues to be viewed all around the world via syndication on streaming services, TV and cable networks. You'd think the stars of the show would be rolling in the dough with residual checks, but you would be wrong — at least in Pamela Anderson's case. 

In fact, despite Amazon purchasing the rights to the show in the United States, Australia and Canada in 2019, Pam is only getting $4,000 a year in residual checks.

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While promoting her Netflix documentary, "Pamela: A Love Story," the actress and her son Brandon Lee spoke of her "Baywatch" pay discrepancies, something her son says is criminal.

"When I go back and I even look at past deals and residual checks people would be shocked to find out how people really took advantage of her and took advantage of a young girl making a bad deal on a big show, and she was the biggest star in the world at the time," he told "Extra." "I think a lot of people made a lot of money off that, people are going to have to have their day when we come knocking… when she makes $4,000 a year off of 'Baywatch?' That's a crime."

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Along with David Hasselhoff, Pamela was among the most notable names to star on the beachside drama, having portrayed lifeguard C.J. Parker for six years.

"When a big company like [Amazon] buys the rights to the 'Baywatch' box set and she doesn't get a dollar? You tell me if that's right," he adds. "She is 'Baywatch.'"

Pam, however, said she's not really worried about the money.

"I always say, 'You can't take me away from me,'" the 'Barb Wire" actress said. "I'll always find my way."

Still, Brandon argues that his mother deserves to "get what's right."

"If it's your work and your face and your image, you deserve something," he said. "You couldn't get away with that today. There's no actress in the world that that would happen to today."

Secret romance

Jessica Simpson reveals secret affair with an involved 'massive movie star'

While Jessica Simpson and her ex Nick Lachey were on a break in 2001, she had a secret romance with a "massive movie star."

She soon discovered that he was involved in a relationship and Jessica was the dreaded other woman.

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The "Dukes of Hazzard" star recalled the moment in time during a short story for Amazon called "Movie Star: They Always Say They're Single."

While attending the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, Jessica first met the "massive movie star" via her bodyguard. 

"He was undressing me with his eyes," she wrote, noting she got the man's phone number but never used it. Instead, she quickly reconciled with Nick.

Jessica and the mystery man met up in 2006 after she and Nick divorced, and a secret love affair began. In the short story, Jessica said she and the man kissed and felt a "warm rush all the way down my body."

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Jessica and the movie star began hanging out at nightclubs or friend's homes, and she even walked the stairs of a hotel fire escape to meet him in his room. As the hidden nature of the romance continued, Jessica began to feel "like a call girl" who was only there "to have sex" with the star. Plus, she found out the celebrity had a girlfriend, despite him telling the singer that that romance was "completely over."

She eventually called things off. 

"I didn't care if he was my teenage fantasy come to life, this was not a choice that same girl, my younger self, would be proud of," she wrote. 

Jessica never named the man, but told People magazine, "He is still a movie star!"

Studio support

DC Comics boss discusses Zachary Levi's superhero future following controversial Pfizer tweet

Amid backlash for a social media post that many interpreted as anti-vaxx, DC Comics is continuing to stand by Zachary Levi, the star or the "Shazam" franchise.

Last week, Zach publicly came out pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and many immediately labeled him an "anti-vaxxer." 

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The situation began after Moorhouse Group CEO Lyndon Wood asked in a tweet, "Do you agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world?" Zach replied, "Hardcore agree." Pfizer, of course, was one of the main companies to roll out a COVID vaccine in 2021. 

On Monday, Jan. 30, James Gunn, the new co-head of DC Studios, addressed Zach's tweet and future with the studio. 

"Just real simply: Actors and filmmakers that I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don't agree with," he said, according to Variety. "And that's going to happen. I don't have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. And you know, I can't be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don't agree with."

He added, "By the same token, if somebody's doing something morally reprehensible then that's a different story. We have to take all that stuff into account. It's a balance. It's modern world and it's a different place."

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Zach's tweet comes less than two months before the release of "Shazam! Fury of the Gods." 

While the 42-year-old hasn't necessarily doubled down on his Pfizer criticism, he attempted to clarify his stance, posting a link to Pfizer's $2.3 billion fraud settlement from 2009. 

"Just one example of what I'm referring to…," he added.

Changed perspective

Antonio Banderas details how heart attack 'changed my life entirely and completely for good'

In a very real way, Antonio Banderas is thankful for the heart attack he suffered in 2017. 

"It made me appreciate life in a completely different way and in a much more powerful way. It changed my life entirely and completely for good," he said on Britain's "This Morning."

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The "Mask of Zorro" star began experiencing chest pains during a workout in 2017, and he later found out that it was a heart attack. 

From that moment on, he was a changed man.

With hindsight being 20/20, Antonio wishes he was more appreciative about life when he was younger, something he now hopes to imprint on the younger generation.

"After Covid, kids were asking themselves 'why can't we go to school,' it was there in the environment, we took a chance to reflect," he said. "Kids, they know more than we think. They understand and it's good to reflect with them on these issues." 

"What they are learning at the end is to praise life, how wonderful life is. Life is a beautiful thing, we have only one and we have to take care of it," he said. 

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Earlier in the week, the 62-year-old actor also spoke about his health with The Radio Times.

"I had a heart attack six years ago. It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important," Antonio said. "I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view."

The heart attack, he added, was a "turning point" that prompted his decision to quit smoking. 

"Since my heart attack, I'm looking only for the pleasure of acting. That's it," he said. "I don't care about anything else. For me, life starts when somebody says, 'Action!' – or when the curtain comes up."

Health situation

HGTV star Christina Hall doing 'parasite cleanse' due to 'abnormal amount of gut bacteria'

Just five weeks after finding out she was suffering from "mercury and lead poisoning," Christina Hall has discovered she has "an abnormal amount of gut bacteria."

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On Monday, Jan. 30, the "Flip or Flop" star told her Instagram followers that she did "an expensive, super extensive panel" that tests for a variety of body toxins. 

"It tests for like 100 different types of molds, metals and bacterias, and my highest level of toxicity came back as an abnormal amount of gut bacteria, which is like SIBO [small intestine bacteria overgrowth] and also parasites. So those are my biggest conditions," she said. "I have a little bit of heavy metals going on too, so I'm on a cleanse and a parasite cleanse."

The HGTV star can feel the cleanse "definitely working," but she's bracing for a rough stretch.

"I heard it gets worse before it gets better," Christina said. "It's pretty brutal but I'm hoping at the end I feel good."

This is just latest in a string of health challenges that have come Christina's way of late. 

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In late December, she revealed on Instagram that she had "mercury and lead poisoning," and she suspected her career was a factor.  The poisoning, she believed, was "most likely from all the gross houses I've been in (all the bad flips)."

Prior to that, she wondered if her breast implants were making her exhausted. 

"Some of my issues include: Inflammation, autoimmune issues (Hashimoto's disease, PCOS, Raynaud's syndrome), unexplained skin rashes, joint and muscle pain, dry eyes, GI issues, SIBO, acid reflux, brain fog, hormone imbalances, swollen lymph nodes and adrenal fatigue. I test positive for ANA," she said. "I'm gluten free and mostly dairy free. I had all my under eye filler dissolved as it was causing an inflammatory reaction as well. For now just working on detoxing and positive mind set."

As part of her health journey, the "Christina On the Coast" star also recently dissolved filler in her face.