Devastating loss

James Van Der Beek opens up about wife's miscarriages, wants 'new word for this experience'

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly are parents of five — their youngest child, daughter Gwendolyn, arrived in June.

But before the joy of her birth, they experienced devastating pain, the actor revealed in a new Instagram post about miscarriage, a word the "Pose" star wants to replace.

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"Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages… of which we've had three over the years (including right before this little beauty)," the "Dawson's Creek" alum wrote to start his weekend post, which was accompanied by a photo of himself, Kimberly and baby Gwendolyn. "First off – we need a new word for it. 'Mis-carriage,' in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother – as if she dropped something, or failed to 'carry.' From what I've learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn't do. So let's wipe all blame off the table before we even start."

He added, "Second… it will tear you open like nothing else. It's painful and it's heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don't judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it its rightful space. And then… once you're able… try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before."

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Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages… of which we've had three over the years (including right before this little beauty). First off – we need a new word for it. "Mis-carriage", in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother – as if she dropped something, or failed to "carry." From what I've learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn't do. So let's wipe all blame off the table before we even start. Second… it will tear you open like nothing else. It's painful and it's heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don't judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it's rightful space. And then… once you're able… try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before. Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts. Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterwards (and often very quickly afterwards – you've been warned 😍). I've heard some amazing metaphysical explanations for them, mostly centering around the idea that these little souls volunteer for this short journey for the benefit of the parents… but please share whatever may have given you peace or hope along the way… Along with a new word for this experience. #miscarriage #WeNeedANewName #MoreCommonThanYouHearAbout @vanderkimberly

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James — whose older kids are Emilia, 2, Annabel, 4, Joshua, 6, and Olivia, 7 — continued to explain his feelings on coping with the loss of a child: "Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts," he wrote. "Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterwards (and often very quickly afterwards – you've been warned 😍)."

"I've heard some amazing metaphysical explanations for them, mostly centering around the idea that these little souls volunteer for this short journey for the benefit of the parents… but please share whatever may have given you peace or hope along the way… Along with a new word for this experience," he concluded, adding the hashtags #miscarriage, #WeNeedANewName #MoreCommonThanYouHearAbout and tagging his wife of eight years.

His post has garnered nearly 70,000 likes and more than 2,600 comments, many from fans who have been through the same difficult experience.

Concern

Maria Menounos sparks concern with worrisome tweets

Maria Menounos has worried her fans after two cryptic tweets calling for prayers for her family.

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The Emmy-winning journalist first tweeted on Nov. 25, "Need some prayers. Please send some prayers to my family."

Many of Maria's 653,000 Twitter followers asked her for more details, but the "Extra" host didn't respond.

After few hours after her initial tweet, Maria posted another message that referenced her plea.

"Thank you for the prayers. We really need them right now," she wrote just before midnight on Nov. 25. "I believe in the collective energy of good people wishing well or I wouldn't ask."

She continued, "Thank you & if you can keep them coming I would be forever grateful. Focusing on what I desire not the fear. Trying."

A few of Maria's fans suspected that her tweets had something to do with her mother, but she didn't confirm the speculation. Litsa, Maria's mom, was previously been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant tumor. Back October 2019, Maria announced that her mother's brain cancer had reappeared.

Hospitalized

Larry King hospitalized with 'heart issues': Report

Larry King has been secretly hospitalized in Los Angeles for the past week, according to a report.

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A source told Page Six on Nov. 26, "Larry has been in the hospital with heart issues and other things."

The TV icon even spent his 87th birthday there. 

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

The former "Larry King Live" host has suffered two previous heart attacks.

Lawsuit

'Couples Retreat' star sues Universal, alleges racism over movie poster

A decade-old fight between comedian Faizon Love and Universal Studios over a promotional movie poster for "Couples Retreat" has culminated into a lawsuit. 

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Faizon, who was one of the main stars in the 2009 film, is accusing the studio of racial discrimination for scrubbing him from the overseas version of the film's poster while leaving his white costars in it. 

The actor, who is Black, states in the lawsuit that his image and his name were featured in the United States version of the promotional poster. However, neither his likeness nor his name were included in the international ad. Faizon's love interest in the film, Kali Hawk, was also included in the U.S. version, but not the overseas version. She, too, is Black.

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The controversy made headlines in 2009. At the time, a Universal spokesman said the poster was changed to "simplify" it internationally. 

Faizon is suing for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unfair Competition Law, as well as for breach of contract and fraud. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

"This act of racism deeply aggrieved Mr. Love. After decades spent honing his craft and compiling more than 50 acting credits, Mr. Love reasonably believed Couples Retreat was his opportunity to present to national and international audiences his talents as a prominent Black comedic actor," the lawsuit states, according to The Daily Mail. "Mr. Love and his Black costar, Kali Hawk, were expunged completely from the film's principal international advertisement, while the other 'couples' basked in the publicity and acclaim of an international box office hit."

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Faizon claims he brought the removal to the attention of Universal way back in 2009, as the film was on its way to raking in $171 million worldwide. The studio, Faizon claims, failed on its promise to take the overseas poster out of circulation. At the time, Faizon also said Universal promised him "lucrative, career-making film roles," but says those roles were never offered. 

Faizon, known most famously for his work in "Elf" opposite Will Ferrell, said he ultimately decided to file the lawsuit after realizing the "humiliating" and "racist" poster is still being used to promote the film 11 years later. 

Lyric police

Paul McCartney admits that he forgets Beatles song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney admits that he sometimes needs a little "help" when it comes to remembering lyrics to some of his best-known songs.

It's not so much that he forgets, the music legend says, it's more that his mind wanders… even in front of an arena packed with fans.

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"I'll be doing a song, let's say 'Eleanor Rigby' or something, and I'm on autopilot," he said on the Smartless podcast. "I'm starting to think 'Oh, what am I going to have for dinner later? Maybe you won't have the soup but maybe you'll just go for the main course…' And I go 'STOP!' Because I'm singing 'Eleanor Rigby.'"

Because of this, Paul, 78, uses a teleprompter on stage so that he doesn't slip up.

He's also not exactly a historian of the Beatles.

"I'm the world's worst rememberer of Beatles' history," he said in a recent chat with Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone. "I just think, 'Well there's always going to be someone who knows. So, I'll just ask someone!'"

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That fact that he's "Paul McCartney" isn't lost on him either. While chatting with Taylor, he said he compartmentalizes the famous singer from Liverpool, England, from the man from Liverpool, England. 

"I know I'm very famous, but I don't want to walk around like I'm very famous. I like that bit that I had when I grew up of just going on a bus and just being, you know…" he said. "But I do separate 'him' from 'me.' So, me, I don't like to take pictures when people say, 'Can I have a picture?' because everyone has got a camera in the world. And so I say 'I'm sorry, I don't do pictures.'"

He continued, "I sometimes feel like I have to say, 'Look, I'm happy to talk to you. Sit down. We can talk.' Because I like that. Because I'm still me. The minute I put my arm around you, or you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in St. Tropez. 'Come and have your picture taken with the monkey.' I don't like that. It puts me off."

Gift guys

Kanye gifts Chris Brown $120k off-road vehicle to celebrate career

Kanye West got a jump on the gift giving season this year, and Chris Brown is an early recipient.

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On Nov. 24, Kanye decided to gift Chris with a $120,000 off-road truck — sometimes referred to as a Yeezy Truck — to commemorate his two-decade career. Kanye was not physically there at the surprise exchange.

According to TMZ, Kanye sent his manager to Chris' Los Angeles-area house. Along with the vehicle was a hand-written letter from Kanye. 

"Congratulations to Chris brown, 20 years in the game you have overcome many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you have put in," the note read. 

The R&B singer posed on the vehicle for an Instagram picture. 

"THANK YOU KANYE," he captioned the photo from his driveway. 

The vehicle is actually not a truck, per se, but rather a Sherp ATV. Business Insider said Kanye has "a fleet" of them at his Wyoming ranch. The ATVs can maneuver all terrain, as they can climb over three-foot-tall obstacles, handle mountainous terrain, drive for 115 hours without refueling and even glide across open water.

Kanye was seen driving the vehicle earlier this year while handing out Yeezy sneakers in Chicago. 

According to the company's website, Sherps are built for "extreme operational conditions" and are used by geologists, oil workers, rescue personnel, and hunters… and now R&B stars.

Health concern

Neon Trees frontman, 36, recovering from stroke

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has revealed that he suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Utah.

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Tyler, 36, spoke of his health situation on social media. 

"Hey everyone, I have some freaky news. Last week, I suffered a Stroke that resulted in a retina occlusion in my right eye. I woke up Thursday foggy and not seeing clearly out of my right eye. Something resembling a Greyish cloud was obstructing my vision," he wrote on Instagram.

Rather than going to the doctor or hospital that day, Tyler waited to see if symptoms improved. They didn't. 

"The next morning, still having the vision problem, I went to see an ophthalmologist who alerted me to the retinal edema in the small artery of my eye. It wasn't just an eye floater like I'd presumed and hoped," Tyler wrote. "He informed me I had had a stroke, and that I should immediately go to the hospital. There I was admitted and began a series of tests, every cardiology and neurological test they could do, my last test being this morning. I'm quite freaked out being 36, ostensibly healthy and having this happen."

Alongside a series of images taken from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Tyler wrote, "I'm still awaiting reasons why, although my labs and the results show a clean bill of health in my heart and blood. I still have the 'cloud' in my right eye, which I'm told could eventually dissipate, or my eyes could adapt."

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While he's recovering, the "Everybody Talks" singer said he's hoping to get an answer as to why this happened to him. 

"If you ever feel or experience something in your body that feels off, please don't wait to get it checked out," he said. "You always assume it can't happen to you, until it does."

Modern day throwback

Sadie Robertson recreates parents' 'timeless' pregnancy pic

As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Last month, "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson announced that she and her husband, Christian Huff, were expecting a baby girl in 2021. On Nov. 23, she paid homage to her famous parents, Korie and Willie Robertson, by recreating a picture they took on the beach when they were once expecting.

"mom and dad your pose was truly timeless," she captioned a top-and-bottom snap that shows her and Christian mimicking Korie and Willie.

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In the photo, Sadie wears a one-piece swimsuit similar to one Korie wore. Christian, meanwhile, lets his belly stick out of his opened Hawaiian shirt, just as Willie did decades ago. 

Korie loved the recreation, commenting, "THE BEST. This is my favorite tradition. YALL ARE ADORABLE!"

She also posted the image on her own Instagram, writing, "You nailed it."

Sadie's sister Rebecca Robertson added, "TIMELESS ICONS!"

The recreation of that specific photo is a Robertson family tradition, and it's been done by Rebecca and her husband John Reed Loflin, as well as John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson.

On Nov. 24, Sadie, 23, posted more images from the beach, but her caption was more focused on motherhood and her unborn child.

"17 weeks wow wow wow," she wrote. "It's just absolutely miraculous that my body is daily changing to grow this life inside of me. I can not miss the intentionally of a creator behind the scenes. I love thinking about her every single day… what she's going to be like, what's she going to look like, what will her favorite hobby going to be, but the greatest thing to think of is that before I will ever know these things God knows her. 

"He knows the hairs forming on her head, and he knows the heart she has that is beating so strongly. He is making her beautiful and wonderful and I can't wait to be captivated by the design," she continued. "I'm in awe and wonder." 

Prison meeting

Oklahoma AG calls out Kim Kardashian for meeting with death row inmate

The Oklahoma Attorney General is blasting Kim Kardashian West for meeting with death row inmate Julius Jones, claiming she hasn't done enough research on the case to advocate for a stay of his execution. 

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Julius' case was thrust into the national spotlight in 2018 following a Viola Davis-produced docuseries that cast doubt about his guilt. Julius was arrested in 1999 for the shooting death of a 45-year old man. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 and sentenced to death.

Julius and his team have long maintained his innocence, and Kim is certainly listening. On Nov. 23, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star met with Julius and his legal team and promised to do whatever she could to assist them, TMZ reported. Kim also met with his family.

Like many, Kim was first made aware of the case via the aforementioned ABC docuseries. 

Ever since Julius' arrest, many have said it was racially-motivated. Critics argue that little evidence actually ties him to the crime, and Julius' mother said he was home the evening that the murder occurred. Julius, who was 19 at the time, believes he doesn't even fit the description that the victim's sister gave authorities. His family also argues that he had a shoddy defense team during his trial.

Oklahoma's Attorney General, Mike Hunter, isn't buying it, telling TMZ, "every criticism surrounding his case has been disproven."

"Celebrity endorsements and biased documentaries cannot erase the facts of the case that overwhelmingly prove Julius Jones killed Paul Howell in cold blood," he continued. 

The AG adds the DNA on the murder weapon backs his arguement.

"Jones had his day in court and has exhausted his appeals at every level. He committed this horrific crime and now must serve the sentence a jury of his peers deemed appropriate," the AG said. "I encourage those advocating for Jones, including Mrs. Kardashian West, to research the case and read the summary of the transcript on our website."

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Over the years, Kim has become quite the advocate for prison reform. In 2018, she helped free Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Since then, Kim has worked to free many other prisoners. Last year, TMZ said Kim is known among inmates as the "Princess of Prison Reform."

Long-distance love

What Tristan Thompson's new gig in Boston means for Khloe, True

Tristan Thompson's new contract with the Boston Celtics is meaningless to Khloe Kardashian … at least in terms of their living arrangement. 

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Over the weekend, Tristan agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Celtics. While Khloe is certainly happy for her man, she has no plans to move across the country to the Northeast. 

Los Angeles will remain home for Khloe and True, 2, whom she shares with Tristan.

True, TMZ said, has a routine in L.A. and Khloe doesn't want to mess with it. Plus, her cousins are all in California. Tristan, the report states, is completely on board with the decision for Khloe and True to remain in the Golden State. 

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What does this all mean for Khloe and Tristan's relationship? It means they're going to try and make a long-distance relationship work. 

Khloe and Tristan have certainly been down this road before, as she often traveled to Cleveland when he was playing for the Cavaliers (True was actually born in Cleveland). The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Cleveland halted when Tristan was caught cheating on her. The two worked it out, but Tristan was again involved in another cheating scandal a few months later, this time with Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner's BFF at the time.

Khloe spoke openly about her heartbreak following the Jordyn incident, but said she wouldn't forbid Tristan from seeing their daughter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Khloe and Tristan have reconciled.