Not happy

Jamie Lee Curtis blasts 'Fiji water girl' marketing ploy at Golden Globes

The internet went wild on the night of the 2019 Golden Globes when model Kelleth Cuthbert — better known as the "Fiji water girl" — popped up in the background of dozens of photos of celebrities posing on the red carpet at the big award show on Jan. 6.

But actress Jamie Lee Curtis is no fan of what turned into a viral PR success for the brand and lashed out at Fiji for their tactics after she made it clear that she didn't want to be photographed promoting any products.

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"So, my husband [Christopher Guest], who doesn't look at a lot of show business news sites, just mentioned that I was on the CNN website," Jamie wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself with the Fiji Water Girl in the background.

"I specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji and Moet where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera," Jamie explained. "I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn't want to be doing advertising for either.

"Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens," Jamie added. "The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products."

Kelleth and other models hired for the night were photographed holding a tray of water in pics of stars including Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Heidi Klum and her new fiancé, rocker Tom Kaulitz, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Fanning, Jim Carrey, Judy Greer, Tony Shalhoub and many others. The Internet soon put her in memes: Fans had her serving water in movies like "Bird Box," "Pulp Fiction" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," among others.

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"My brain can't even comprehend what's happening or why people are interested in knowing anything about me," Kelleth told The Cut on Jan. 8, marveling at her new notoriety. "It's such a surreal experience, but I'm having a lot of fun."

She claims she didn't make a conscious decision to be so prominent and look so intense in photographs. "I think from so many years of modeling, when I hear a shutter, I just kind of give a face," she explained.

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The model has a favorite photo from the night — and it's not of her and Jamie Lee. "The one where I'm photobombing Heidi Klum kissing her fiancé and showing off her rings is legendary," Kelleth said.

helping hand

'Glee' star thinks Cory Monteith helped searchers find Naya Rivera's body

Kevin McHale thinks his late "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith helped guide searchers to Naya Rivera's body on Monday.

"I'm not religious by any means, but you'd be hard-pressed to convince me that Cory didn't help find our girl today," Kevin tweeted on Monday night.

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Less than a week after Naya disappeared while swimming in Southern California's Lake Piru, authorities found her body Monday morning and removed it from the water. The day of the recovery was exactly seven years to the day that Cory passed away due to a drug overdose.

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Naya and Cory, Kevin said, "were the male and female versions of one another. So nice, cared deeply, were stupidly talented, the most fun, and really really good people."

Authorities believed that Naya, who played Santana Lopez on "Glee," died while saving her 4-year-old son, Josey. A Sheriff's spokesman said the actress and Josey were swimming the lake when the water got too rough. Naya is believed to have boosted her son up from the water and into her rented boat. Naya, police say, was too exhausted to hoist herself back onto the boat and drowned.

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Josey was discovered sleeping and alone in the boat. He was wearing a life jacket.

"She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference.

Before the tragedy

New details emerge about Benjamin Keough's Scientology upbringing, issues with drugs and alcohol: Report

On July 12, a rep for Lisa Marie Presley confirmed the tragic news that the singer's only son, Benjamin Keough — the grandson of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley — was dead at 27.


Reports revealed that Benjamin, whose father is Lisa Marie's first husband, musician Danny Keough, died by suicide early that morning at a $1.8 million home in Calabasas, California. Lisa Marie, her rep said in a statement, was "entirely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins [Harper and Finley Lockwood] and her oldest daughter, Riley [Keough, 31]."

Despite coming from such a famous family, Benjamin has long stayed under the radar, only occasionally popping up on his mother's social media posts and attending public events with his relatives. But now new information and details about the young man — who bore a striking resemblance to his famous grandfather — have emerged on The Underground Bunker, a blog run by Scientology expert and critic Tony Ortega.

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Ortega explained in a July 13 post that many of his readers had reached out to ask if Benjamin had been, like other members of his family, a member of the Church of Scientology. Ortega reports that Benjamin had indeed — like his mother, father and actress older sister, Riley — been raised in the controversial religion that also counts stars like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Danny Masterson and others among its ranks and stars like Leah Remini and filmmaker Paul Haggis among its defectors.

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The Underground Bunker previously reported that Lisa Marie left Scientology in 2014 and pulled her family out. However, the blog also claims that Riley returned to the religion and that Priscilla previously said through representatives that she had not left the church, which The Underground Bunker disputes. It remains unclear if Lisa Marie has returned. According to Ortega, her ex-husband Danny remains a member.

According to The Underground Bunker, whose post about Benjamin was picked up by Page Six and other outlets, Ben was still a member in 2013, which is when he completed the faith's "Purification Rundown." However, a source close to the Presley family who'd known Ben since childhood told the blog that in recent years, the 27-year-old "was definitely out of Scientology and badmouthed it to his friends." In May, the source told The Underground Bunker, "Ben had been talking about how f—ed up kids get in Scientology."

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This same source further told The Underground Bunker that Ben had struggled with alcohol and drugs. According to the source, Ben had "recently been in rehab" battling his addictions, Ortega wrote, explaining that it was not a Scientology treatment program.

Ben had been staying at his mother's home in Calabasas, the source further explained. The Underground Bunker reports that this is where Ben died and that Lisa Marie was not home at the time. On July 13, reported that a neighbor heard people partying at the property at 1 a.m. and at 3:30 heard a woman screaming. Another neighbor told that Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies arrived at the property around 6 a.m.

According to another source who spoke to The Underground Bunker, as far as the Presley family's faith was concerned, "The important thing is that the entire family was shaped by Scientology, and it's paying the price because of it."

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That source explained that Ben's death, and the manner in which he died, will be incredibly overwhelming for Lisa Marie, who herself has been open about her struggles with addiction in recent years. "Ben was her baby. More than Riley. More than the twins," the second source told Ortega. "This will be beyond inconceivable for her. I really worry that it might be too much for her."

Vacay mode

Will and Jada head to Bahamas after August Alsina 'entanglement'

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have gone south following her admission that she had a relationship with a 27-year-old R&B singer during a period of separation from the A-list actor.

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Page Six reports that the couple have taken up temporary residence at "a swanky resort in the Bahamas" called Albany, which is partly owned by Tiger Woods. Forbes once called it "one of the most exclusive resorts in the world."

Will and Jada's 19-year-old daughter, Willow, is also reportedly with them. 

The "Bad Boys: For Life" star has previously hung out at the celebrity hotspot, which also apparently counts Kate Hudson and Justin Timberlake as members.

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According to Page Six, Will and Jada jetted off to the Caribbean after filming "Red Table Talk," during which she acknowledged that she had a romantic "entanglement" with August Alsina. (Will, however, made her admit it was a "relationship.")

Both Will and Jada said the romance occurred while they were secretly separated.

"We decided that we were going to go separate for a period of time, and you go figure out how to make yourself happy, and I'll figure out how to make myself happy. … I really felt like we could be over," Will said.

"At that point in time, it was indefinite," Jada agreed.


While chatting about the tryst with Will, Jada said she wanted to help August through physical and mental health traumas. She added that she was "broken" at the time of the romance.

"We did everything we could to get away from each other, only to realize that's not possible," Jada told Will, adding that she didn't see it as a "transgression."

"Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was really able to confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity — and I was really able to do some really deep healing," she said. 

The duo eventually reconciled. They have not been in communication with August since.


James Van Der Beek announces mother's death

James Van Der Beek announced on Monday that his mother, Melinda, passed away at the age of 70 last week.


The mourning "Dawson's Creek" star posted several images of his mom to Instagram alongside his tearful announcement.

"My mom crossed over last week. Even though we knew this was coming – and had actually thought we were at the end nearly a year and a half ago – I'm still in shock," he wrote. "I'm grateful she's no longer in pain, I'm sad, I'm angry, I'm relieved… all at once and in different moments. Just trying to hold space and allow for it all."

A few of James' photos showed his mom with his children. 

"To thousands of kids, she was 'Miss Melinda', a gymnastics teacher with a big heart, a creative spirit and a mantra: 'There's no such word as can't!' To my kids, she was Grammy M… a magical grandma with a big laugh and a basement full of costumes and Christmas lights. And to me… she was my mom. She gave me life. She taught me how to tumble. Drove me to my first auditions. She believed in me based on nothing but her own intuition and she passed on a craziness that has been crucial to not just my success, but my own personal happiness."

He added, "I don't know what the grieving/healing process looks or feels like from here on out… all I know is anytime my kids – or any of her students – want to dress up, or get on a stage, or dance, or even just think of her… they'll have a little extra love from the other side backing them up."

The death is another recent tragedy for James and his family. Last month, the actor's wife, Kimberly, announced that she suffered a miscarriage at 17 weeks of pregnancy. The couple also lost an unborn child in November 2019. 

"To all the families who have gone through this: You are not alone," James said on June 20.

'Scooby' secrets

'Scooby-Doo' writer wanted character 'explicitly gay'

There was supposed to be no mystery when it came to a "Scooby-Doo" character's sexuality.

James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for the 2002 movie, told a fan this weekend that Velma was supposed to be "explicitly gay" in the film, but Warner Bros. nixed that detail.


The declaration came after a fan asked James to return to the famed franchise and make a live-action Velma gay. 

"I tried!" James, who went on to direct the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films, tweeted on Sunday. "In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)."

Fans were shocked at James' admission and somewhat dismayed. The director also told fans that deleted scenes, some of which are on the home video release, show the direction he was hoping to go with Velma, who was played by Linda Cardellini.

One fan felt that James was lying about his idea for Velma's sexuality. 

"You can read the script online and see the cut scenes, Sherlock," James clapped back.


Linda has gone on to star in a slew of films and TV shows, including "Avengers: Endgame," "Dead to Me," "Bloodline" and "ER."

Remembering Donda

Kim Kardashian honors Kanye West's late mother Donda West on her birthday

Kanye West's late mother, Donda West, would have turned 71 on Sunday, July 12, a milestone the reality star marked on social media by sharing a sweet throwback video of Kanye and Donda singing his song "Hey Mama."

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Kim shared the clip without comment, letting the visible bond the mother and son shared speak for itself.

"Hey Mama" appears on Kanye's 2005 album "Late Registration." The lyrics serve as a tribute to the rapper's mother, praising her choices as a single parent while she raised her son in Chicago, where she taught English and eventually became the English Department Chair at Chicago State University.

"Hey mama, I want to scream so loud for you," Kanye and Donda sing in the clip, smiling as they groove to the beat. "Cause I'm so proud of you, let me tell you what I'm about to do (hey mama) …"

Donda died in 2007 at age 58 after suffering a heart attack. The coroner's report stated that she had "coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty." The plastic surgeon who performed the procedures had reportedly been hit with at least two malpractice suits at the time of Donda's death.

"My mother was my everything," Kanye told MTV News in 2005 when asked about his childhood.

Donda apparently felt the same way about her son.

Shortly before her death in 2007, the educator and Fulbright Scholar released a memoir called "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star."

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune while promoting her book, Donda said of Kanye: "We need more people who aren't afraid to speak their minds. I have always encouraged him to think and to speak the truth as he sees it."

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Kanye, who has talked about the painful impact Donda's death had on his mental health in the past, is rumored to be going through a manic episode as part of his bipolar disorder, with some attributing his recent presidential campaign announcement and confusing Forbes interview to the illness.

If that is indeed the case, it could be exacerbated by the passage of her birthday.

"His mother is his life," Kanye's friend DJ Khaled told the Tribune in 2007. "And he had a close bond with her; they were best friends."

Stars React

Lil Yachty, Meek Mill, more stars react to rapper Lil Marlo's death

The hip-hop community is mourning the death of rising star rapper Lil Marlo.

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The rapper, whose real name is Rudolph Johnson, was found dead on the night of Saturday, July 11, on the I-285 highway in Atlanta, according to multiple reports. He appeared to have been shot inside the vehicle while he was driving, TMZ reports.

"At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting," an Atlanta Police Department rep told Billboard.

Marlo signed to Quality Control in 2017 and was known for hits including "1st N 3rd," as well as his appearance on "The Load" with his best friend, Lil Baby, and Gucci Mane.

The Medical Examiner reported he was 30, although some outlets have reported he was 27.

As news of the Quality Control Music artist's death spread, his hip-hop peers grappled with the news on social media.

"We just did a song a 4 this morning," posted Lil Yachty, who shares the same label. "Smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1."

Cardi B collaborators City Girls, who are also on Quality Control Music, shared, "Rest In Peace Marlo……damn💔," while Meek Mill tweeted, "Rip lil marlo," adding, "prayers to his family."

"Lost of words but I knew where we stood," wrote Kollision, also a Quality Control artist, on his Instagram Story (via Billboard), "… and I'll never forget them Heart to heart convos."

Quality Control CE Pierre Pee Thomas posted that Marlo had "so much potential that the world didn't get a chance to see," according to Georgia's

"May you rest in peace," the label wrote on a photo memorializing the late artist on Instagram on Sunday.

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Twitter Nix

Lea Michele deactivates her Twitter amid bullying over Naya Rivera, bad behavior allegations

On Sunday, July 12, multiple outlets noticed Lea Michele's Twitter account had been deleted, leaving only a note from Twitter on her @leamichele page that read, "This account does not exist."


The change left fans debating why the former "Glee" star went offline — and there are a host of possible reasons, not least of which is the flood of bad on-set behavior accusations Lea faced on social media after she tweeted about George Floyd's death in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lea has since apologized at length for her behavior, acknowledging in a statement on social media that she "hurt people" and suggesting that her "perceived" insensitivity could have been due to what she called "my privileged position and perspective" or "just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult."

It's also an emotional time for the cast of "Glee," who have been mourning the presumed death of their onetime colleague, Naya Rivera, following her disappearance on California's Lake Piru Wednesday.

According to Metro and JustJared, Lea was criticized over the past few days for not publicly addressing Naya's presumed death. A number of the criticisms apparently referenced what Naya once called her "difficult" working relationship with Lea.

"We are both strong willed and competitive – not just with each other but with everyone – and that's not a good mixture," Naya wrote in her book, "Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Ups."


She explained that when her "Glee" character became more central to the plot of the show, she got the impression "Lea didn't like sharing the spotlight."

"If I'd complained about anyone or anything, she'd assumed I was bitching about her," Naya wrote. "Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn't say a word to me for all of Season 6."

But as recently as May, the two seemed to be on better terms. Naya even congratulated Lea when she posted that she was expecting her first child.

Either way — but especially if Lea and Naya had agreed to make up and move forward — it would likely be painful for Lea to read trolls' takes on her relationship with Naya as authorities in Ventura County, California, continued to search for her.

Naya's disappearance comes at a particularly rough time of year for Lea, too.

Monday, July 13, marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Lea's then-boyfriend and "Glee" costar, Cory Monteith, who struggled with addiction issues for years before he died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.

For the past two years, Lea's used Twitter to memorialize her former love on the anniversary of his passing, writing in 2018, "There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains."

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As of Sunday, the search for Naya was ongoing. Her 4-year-old son Josey, who was found alone on the pontoon boat he had gone out on with his mother, is reportedly "in good health" and with his father, Naya's ex, Ryan Dorsey.

Saying Goodbye

Amanda Kloots hosts memorial for Nick Cordero

One week after Broadway star Nick Cordero died of COVID-19-related complications, his wife Amanda Kloots, who documented her husband's long and harrowing battle with the disease on social media, shared highlights from the "small memorial" she held for Nick "with close family and friends" on Saturday, July 11, on Instagram.


"I said, 'Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration,'" Amanda told followers, sharing a photo of herself smiling as Elvis, the 13-month-old son she shares with Nick, smiled while sitting on his mom's shoulders.

"Let's try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory.' He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there."

Amanda, a fitness instructor, shared that those who gathered listened to "I'm Here," from "The Color Purple," which she recalled having seen with Nick. It made them both emotional, she said, which then made the reality of his passing really sink in.

"Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard," she wrote. "Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me."

She went on to say she knows her late husband, "wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that," adding that that's why hearing the lyrics to "I'm Here" inspired her to always play the song going forward when she's "doubting if I can get through this."

Giving herself the space to make mistakes along the way, she continued: "This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought I'd be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it."

She then shared the lyrics of the song for anyone else out there who may also be "in need of a motto," as deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic top 137,000 in the U.S.

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We had a small memorial yesterday with close family and friends. I said, "Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Let's try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory." He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there. We listened to the song, I'm Here, from The Color Purple. Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me. He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that. So, when I heard these lyrics yesterday I thought, "Ok. When I'm doubting if I can get through this, I'm playing this song. It will be my motto." This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought I'd be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it. I may do things right, I may do them wrong. There isn't a perfect way. One day, one step at a time. I have faith that God is leading the way and that Nick is our angel. In case you don't know this song and are also in need of a motto, here are the lyrics. Do yourself a favor by listening to @cynthiaerivo sing it. "I'm gonna take a deep breath. Gonna hold my head up. Gonna put my shoulders back, And look you straight in the eye. I'm gonna flirt with somebody When they walk by. I'm gonna sing out . . . Sing out. I believe I have inside of me Everything that I need to live a bountiful life. With all the love alive in me I'll stand as tall as the tallest tree. And i'm Thankful for everyday that i'm given, Both the easy and hard ones i'm livin'. But most of all I'm thankful for Loving who I really am. I'm beautiful. Yes, I'm beautiful, And I'm here."

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Amanda's memorial post comes just days after she shared a video on her Instagram Story where she tearfully wondered aloud how she should deal with the grief that's been consuming her.

"When you're grieving and you're going through something like this, and you go through your day, you feel almost sometimes like 'Am I allowing myself to grieve? Am I allowing myself to acknowledge what's happened and … what these last three months of my life has been?'" she asked, according to People. "I just start to question myself about everything that I'm experiencing right now."

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As Nick neared what would be the end of his life at age 41 on July 5, loved ones set up a GoFundMe to help Amanda and her young son with medical bills and more.

It has far surpassed its $480,000 goal. As of Sunday, the page had raised more than $1 million for the grieving family.