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.

Bombshell secret

Emma Stone, Dave McCary secretly married: Report

Emma Stone and Dave McCary have secretly married, a new report states.

On Sept. 23, Page Six quoted a source confirming that the duo "have definitely tied the knot."

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The news comes after the couple were seen in paparazzi photos wearing what appeared to be wedding bands. 

Emma, 31, and Dave, 35, were reportedly set to marry earlier this year in Los Angeles, but their nuptials were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The pair were first linked in October 2017, but they supposedly met in 2016 during her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," on which he previously worked as a segment director.

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The duo announced their engagement last year on Instagram when Dave shared a photo with Emma showing off her engagement ring.

Shade

Lisa Vanderpump shades Teddi Mellencamp after 'Housewives' firing

Lisa Vanderpump won't miss Teddi Mellencamp on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

One day after Teddi confirmed rumors that Bravo didn't pick up her contract for another season of the reality TV show, Lisa reacted with essentially a shrug… and some Grade A shade.

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"People said because she was boring," Lisa, who starred on "Housewives" with Teddi for two seasons, said on the "All Things Vanderpump" podcast. "I certainly didn't have a good experience with her, so boring would be one of the nicer things that I could say."

Although Lisa seemed happy about Teddi's dismissal, Kyle Richards was on the other side of the coin: She posted a tribute to her friend on Instagram. 

"To my friend @teddimellencamp who I love & adore ..I am so grateful for #RHOBH for bringing you into my life. You are an amazing Mom, wife, sister, daughter & friend. You work so hard, always giving it your all. You are so smart, kind , thoughtful, funny & real," Kyle wrote. "I look forward to witnessing what the universe has in store for you next. I know it's going to be amazing. You deserve it all. Cheers."

Prior to Kyle's post on Sept. 22, Teddi spoke about her "Housewives" exit.

"I don't want to bore you, but I figured I could give you a little update on what's going on. I recently found out that my contract as a Housewife is not being renewed," she said. "Of course I could give you the standard response of, 'Oh, we both came to the decision that it would be best.' Nah, I'm not going to do that — that's not who I am."

She continued, "Of course when I got the news I was sad. It feels like a breakup, almost because you develop such strong relationships with the cast, with the crew. And you get to do incredible things that you probably never get to experience without the show."

Wedding bells

Kelly Dodd, fiancé obtain marriage license, set for October wedding

Going to the chapel! Kelly Dodd will soon be a Mrs.

On Sept. 22, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star announced that she and fiancé Rick Leventhal have obtained their marriage license and are set to tie the knot next month. 

"We got our marriage license today!!! I'm so excited to marry my ride or die @rickleventhal ❤️❤️❤️❤️10/10/20," she captioned a selfie with Rick.

Rick expressed his excitement on Instagram, as well.

"License in hand! Thank you my love for making me so happy," he wrote along the snap. "Here we come 10/10/2020."

Kelly and Rick began dating last summer and got engaged just a few months later when the Fox News personality popped the question with a 4-carat ring.

Both Rick and Kelly posted videos to their Instagram Stories moments before getting the license. 

"It's happening," they both said in one video. Kelly later added, "I can't wait."

 It's still unclear if Bravo will be filming the wedding. 

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Kelly previously said former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Dorinda Medley will officiate the ceremony.

This will be the third marriage for Kelly and Rick. 

Engagement rumors

Tyra Banks addresses engagement rumors

Tyra Banks downplayed speculation that the ring she's been sporting is an engagement ring, but she avoided confirming or denying rumors that she's betrothed. 

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In an interview with Tamron Hall, the "Dancing With the Stars" host said her new bauble is "just a ring."

"They're talking about the ring. … The ring is a crab. It's shaped like a crab. … And it's an opal, not a diamond," Tyra said. (Noticeably, she wasn't wearing the ring in question.) "It is not a crab opal engagement ring. It is just a ring."

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The legendary supermodel has been linked to Canadian businessman Louis Bélanger-Martin for well over a year. A source told Page Six earlier this year that the duo are "very, very much in love." Last month, the couple sparked engagement rumors when Tyra was spotted wearing what appeared to be a diamond ring while leaving her soon-to-open theme park, ModelLand, in Santa Monica, California.

Tyra, who didn't confirm or deny the speculation, called the rumors both "funny" and "annoying."

"The press gets it right sometimes but a lot of times they're bored," she said.

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Tyra and Louis were first photographed together in Los Angeles in August 2019. In the fall, they were spotted together several times, displaying some "low-key" PDA at a New York City restaurant.

The romance has moved quickly. In November 2019, Page Six reported that Tyra and Louis were living together, although he spends ample time across the pond to be with his teenage son, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Valérie Martin Scraire.

"Louis also spends some time with his own child in England and around the world for business," Page Six's source said at the time. "Tyra's child has his own room at Louis [and] Valerie's house in Magog [Quebec] and Tyra moved some of her stuff — clothes, jewelry — there too."

Unrecognizable

Macklemore debuts shocking new look in quarantine

Macklemore is quarantining a little differently these days. 

The rapper recently posted a shirtless selfie to Instagram that shows him looking nothing like the Macklemore we remember. 

"Oh you didn't think I was gonna hit the glow up during Covid?" he captioned a photo of himself with thick, curly hair and a handlebar mustache.

"Tag someone that didn't know I had natural curls and enter in a chance to win my secret recipe for the perfect dangles," he added.

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The rapper's followers were stunned by the new look, with many comparing him to other celebrities. Some followers didn't recognize him at all.

"Songland" judge and Grammy-winning songwriter Shane McAnally wrote, "I will never be the same."

The best comment, however, came from David Spade, who couldn't help but notice a resemblance to himself.

"When did I get that tattoo?" he quipped.

Space travel

Tom Cruise cleared to go to space next year

Tom Cruise is leaving Earth next year. 

Earlier this year, NASA and SpaceX announced that they're working with the movie star on a film that will shoot while in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

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TMZ, citing the 2020-2023 ISS official manifest, reports that Tom is set to head to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket and capsule in October 2021.

Little is known about the film, but it is reportedly an action-adventure movie that is not part of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. It will become the first movie ever filmed in space. 

After the otherworldly news was formally announced in the spring, several retired astronauts spoke about what Tom will experience in space. "The only thing on Earth that compares to space travel is going over Niagra Falls in a barrel while you're on fire," Scott Kelly told TMZ.

Both Scott and Roy Bridges Jr. added that usage of the space toilet will be a key part of Tom's intense space training. 

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Scott, who's spent more time in space than any human being, said Tom needs to move very slowly aboard the ISS, as it's not uncommon for first-time visitors to vomit because of zero gravity.

Tom's training will run the gamut of getting in and out of the space capsule and wearing a spacesuit. Plus, he'll have to learn many things that we take for granted, including how to make food and actually get it in his mouth. He'll also get training on how to sleep and clean himself while in the ISS.

The astronauts said the "Top Gun" star will have to learn to prepare for a space emergency, such as space debris flying into the ISS. He'll also be trained on surviving an ocean splashdown when he comes back to Earth.

Role play

Kit Harington is done with 'masculine' roles

Kit Harington is ready to change up his on-screen image. 

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During a chat with the Telegraph, Kit, who famously played Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones," said he wants to move on from heroic characters.

"I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son," he said. "We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don't want to play anymore," he said.

Kit, 33, adds, "It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of."

Thinking of himself as somewhat of a complex person, Kit noted that those are the roles he's now vying for.

While the days of playing heroic and stoic characters like Jon Snow are over, Kit does think he brought "a certain self-reflective, introverted broodiness" to Jon Snow's personality.

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Kit has spoken about trying to shed the Jon Snow character before. In 2018, following a makeover, he told Entertainment Weekly, "I like having the long hair and beard both, but it will be like ritualistic thing. I can't go into my next role looking the same. This role was brilliant, but I'll need to get rid of Jon Snow."

Ambush interview?

Tamron Hall denies she went 'rogue' during Stassi Schroeder interview

During a chat with Tamron Hall last week, Stassi Schroeder spoke out publicly for the first time about her firing from "Vanderpump Rules." Soon after, a report from Us Weekly claimed that the reality TV star felt ambushed by the journalist. 

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Tamron is now speaking out about that "fair and open conversation," while also expressing one regret.

"The other day I was told that there was a report that Stassi felt 'unprepared' and that it was 'awkward.' Even that I had gone rogue — whatever that means," Tamron said on her eponymous talk show on Sept. 22. "Let me just be open because I'm expecting everybody who's participating in this show today, I want them to be open, so I have to do the same. It's why I wanted this show to be honest with you."

"So I'm going to take you behind the scenes of TV," she continued. "Now, I don't tell people the specific questions I'm going to ask them. How they answer, that's up to them. But the topic and everything that we discussed, Stassi knew. She knew the subject matter. She knew what I was going to ask her. Not the questions."

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Tamron said that Stassi's team called on the eve of the interview and asked her not to bring up the former Bravo star's past comments about the #MeToo movement, which she called a "witch hunt." Stassi also criticized women for coming forward.

Tamron now regrets that she agreed to shy away from that line of questioning.

"It hit me to my gut that I didn't ask her," Tamron said. "But again, I want to be honest with you. Given that she was five months pregnant, the issue of race was hard enough for her and for me and it was a lot to unpack, including that Nazi comment, so I said we were not going to go down that road but we would have this difficult conversation that we all should have to provide a better platform for our children."

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Stassi was one of four "Vanderpump Rules" cast members notoriously fired in June for past racist actions. For months, she remained silent on the matter. Hence, her chat with Tamron was widely promoted.

"Stassi felt totally unprepared for the interview," a source told Us Weekly. "She wasn't in a good mood afterward and felt like she was put on the spot. She has built her brand on being candid and funny, and she feels afraid to make any wrong comments or jokes and having them come across negatively, which, in turn, made the interview awkward."

"She doesn't want to make a wrong move or say anything that can be taken out of context because she really has been taking time to work on herself," the source said. "She felt somewhat caught off guard in how the interview went down because she really has been doing her best to learn, educate herself and be the best version of herself that she can be."

A second source added, "Producers laid the segments out for Stassi and her team, and everything was all set. And then, to everyone's surprise, Tamron went rogue and took the interview in a completely different direction."

Cryptic quote

Teddi Mellencamp posts about 'uncertainty' after reported 'Housewives' firing

Teddi Mellencamp is getting cryptic as reports claim she's been fired from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

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She posted a quote reading, "If you're feeling frightened about what comes next, don't be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path toward happiness."

The quote continued, "Don't waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes, because you'll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart … where your hope lives. You'll find your way again."

Teddi posted the quote just one day after reports claimed that she is being axed from the Bravo reality TV show after three seasons as a "Housewife." 

"The network has not been impressed with her performance on the show," a source told the Daily Mail. "They considered cutting her last season but gave her one last chance."

Other reputable media outlets also reported that Teddi's "Housewives" tenure is over.

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The firing comes as Teddi faces backlash over her accountability coach company, All In By Teddi. Former clients have been speaking out, claiming that the company is nothing more than a starvation program that limits you to 500 calories a day. 

For weeks, Teddi has taken heat on Instagram — so much so that she's started disabling comments on her posts.

Amid the growing controversy, Teddi reposted a message from a fan.

"Haters are an indication that you are on the path to greatness! They'll call you crazy. They'll call you weird. They may even mock you for dreaming so big. Let THEM!" the message said. "And remember this…it's only those who are crazy enough to DREAM BIGGER who are the ones who change the world… Who change their own lives and the lives of others! If there aren't people doubting you, calling you crazy or thinking you're weird YOU AREN'T DREAMING BIG ENOUGH!"

In reposting the message, Teddi added, "Hater's gonna hate."