Food goddesses

Jennifer Garner reunites with cooking idol Ina Garten: Photo

Reunited and it feels so good!

Jennifer Garner just spent her Sunday morning with "Barefoot Contessa" star Ina Garten — the inspiration for the actress's heartwarming and hilarious "Pretend Cooking Show," which she shares on social media — and the love fest was real.

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"I understand if this brings up big feelings for you 😬, but I spent the morning with @inagarten. ❤️ In her barn kitchen, in her garden, having coffee…yes. It's true. 🤗 I even got a sneak peek of the new Barefoot Contessa cookbook— #CookLikeAPro— it's fabulous," Jen captioned a July 15 Instagram selfie with the Food network star.

"Thank you for the perfect morning, Ina, you are beloved for a reason. I can't wait to continue the conversation. ❤️, Jen. #sheseverythingwewanthertobe #luckyme."

For her part, Ina was just as enamored. She shared the same photo and captioned it, "Such a fun morning with @jennifer.garner! Nothing more soul satisfying for me than to spend time with a smart, compassionate woman I admire."

The women became friends three years ago after Ina learned that Jen, like many celebs — including Duchess Meghan, Taylor Swift and Gwyneth Paltrow — was a big fan. "Somewhere along the line I found out that she liked my cookbooks and my TV show, so I asked if we could cook together," Ina told People magazine in March. "She was very sweet she invited me to her birthday party. It was all girls in swimsuits — it was so Jennifer! It was so fun and not fancy, which is what she's like."

In February, Jen — who launched her own organic baby food brand, Once Upon a Farm, earlier this year — posted a birthday tribute to Ina on Instagram, sharing a pic of them eating together along with the sweet message, "Three years ago @inagarten cooked for me on my birthday…today is her 70th birthday and if I was able to cook for her, it would only be because she taught me (and the rest of America) how. Thank you and happy birthday, Ina. Xx."

Ina has confessed that she adores Jen's "Pretend Cooking Show," which sees the mom-of-three sharing homemade videos and recipes for her family's favorite foods including Ina's honey white bread (which Jen made into little bread men), the smoothie from nutritionist Kelly Leveque that Jen drinks every morning, kale and beet chips, a homemade bagel recipe (that failed the first time she tried it!), Huckleberry restaurant's English muffins, Martha Stewart's roast lemon-chicken soup, "pass-it-back" granola bars, chocolate pudding, The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's "The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever." and Mel's Kitchen Cafe's pizza cracker.

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#PretendCookingShow! This is my family's go-to chocolate sheet cake recipe— Thank you, @thepioneerwoman ❤️🌟🍫❤️ 😁 The full episode is on the new #IGTV platform— I think the button's in my profile 🤷🏻‍♀️ — let me know what you think. #ididthiswithfreshnails #spoileralerttheysurvived . . . The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever. Ingredients: 3 3/4 sticks butter, salted 1 cup water 8 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons milk 1 lb powdered sugar 1/2 cup pecans (optional) . . . .5 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Melt 2 sticks of regular butter in a sauce pan. Simultaneously boil 1 cup of water. 2. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder to the melted butter and mix thoroughly. 3. Pour in the boiling water and allow the mixture to bubble for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and set aside. 4. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together. 5. Pour the hot butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together slightly, just to cool the chocolate. 6. In a measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk and add to that 2 beaten eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Stir together. 7. Add the buttermilk mixture to the chocolate/flour mixture and stir well. 8. Pour the DELICIOUS batter onto an ungreased baking sheet or jelly roll pan and spread evenly. 9. Bake for 20 minutes. Time for icing! 10. If adding nuts, chop 1/2 cup of pecans. The smaller and crunchier the better. Omit for nut-free/picky kids. 🙋🏻 11. Melt 1 3/4 sticks of regular butter. 12. Once melted, add 4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder and stir together. Allow to bubble for 30 seconds and then turn off the heat. 13. Stir in 6 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. 14. Add 1 lb powdered sugar, or to taste. For me, 1/2 lb is plenty. 15. Stir together. Add the nuts if you have them. 16. Pour the icing all over the cake and spread evenly. Devour. YUM.

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"Isn't she lovely?! I just think she's so wonderful," Ina told People of Jen before praising the actress's social media cooking clips. "I love her videos so much. She is adorable and smart and not at all performing — that's just who she is. I just think she's really special."

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Anne Heche was having 'good times' in her final Instagram post

Anne Heche was happily living it up with friends in her final Instagram. 

The "Volcano" actress was all smiles back on July 14 in a selfie with Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence and his wife Samantha Cope. 

"Good times on set with Lawrence Bros!," she captioned the two snaps in which she donned a vibrant pink outfit. 

The photo will likely serve as the last time Anne posted to Instagram.

Late Thursday night, Anne's rep said the actress suffered a severe brain injury in a fiery car accident last week, and the Emmy-winning actress is not expected to survive.

"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," the rep says in a statement on behalf of Heche's family.

The statement continued, "It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she's being kept on life support to determine if any are viable."

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Anne has been in a coma ever since crashing her Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles-area house on Aug. 5. That crash sparked a blaze that fully engulfed the home. 

"She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention," a rep for the actress  said on Aug. 8. "She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident."

hot momma

'Saved by the Bell' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210' actress, 48, stuns while showing off summer body in one-piece swimsuit

9021-oh wow!

Tiffani Thiessen showed off her enviable body on Instagram this week, proving that she has hardly aged from her "Saved By The Bell" days. 

The 48-year-old actress posted an Instagram photo in a black one-piece swimsuit that shows her on the beach surrounded by rocks in Mendocino, Calif.

"When you get caught trying to find a place to pee," she joked in her caption.

Tiffani's legs looked toned and tan while posing in aviator sunglasses, hat in hand. 

The "Beverly Hills, 90210" star's 1.7 million Instagram followers marveled at her look.

"The Office" star Angela Kinsey said, "You look [fire]." Tiffani's "Saved By The Bell" costar Elizabeth Berkley commented with fire emojis.

One fan commented, "HELLO. I didn't realize they were making a new Baywatch series!!!!"

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Tiffani has previously spoken about her body and her fitness routine.

"I've always been someone who doesn't like doing the same thing every day, so I like to change my workouts up. I do strength training and HIIT classes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and then I do mat Pilates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the weekends I usually go hiking. In California we have such great hikes," she once told Self.

She added, "I also have a Peloton, and I used that very much at the beginning of the pandemic. But I missed having that connection with real people, so since things are starting to open up, I went back to a private gym."

anchor battle

TV insiders suspect Savannah Guthrie's 'Today' tardiness is due to reported feud with Hoda Kotb

Savannah Guthrie showed up late to "Today" on Thursday, claiming she overslept. However, TV insiders think her tardiness was deliberate and a direct response to her rumored feud with co-anchor Hoda Kotb.

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The affable "Today" host got to the studio 20 minutes before "Today" went to air to show NBC News "who is the real boss," a TV insider told Page Six, adding that there's little chance Savannah was actually catching a few too many zzzz's.

"This would never happen. She is literally the $40 million dollar woman. She is showing them who is the boss and that they can't do the show without her," the source said. "When Savannah doesn't show up for work the entire force of NBC News is dispatched to find out where she is."

"Savannah simply isn't allowed to 'go off the grid', what if there is breaking news?," the insider noted, adding that she's picked up promptly at 4 a.m. every day. "Producers, assistants, executives, security, hair and makeup people are all waiting for her to arrive. If she's one minute late, everyone would notice. If she's 10 minutes late, it's CODE RED."

Savannah is the most consequential part of the show, the source said, and she knows it. 

"There is always a morning meeting ahead of the show, and if she isn't there at that point, we're talking about staff in hysterics and someone being called to break down her door," the source said. 

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While Savannah is seemingly indispensable, Hoda, who is on vacation this week, is arguably more of a fan favorite. 

"When they come outside into the square, everyone is chanting Hoda's name, Hoda is the bigger star. Savannah believes she is the real news anchor, she's a creature of Washington, she loves politics, she has the reporting and interviewing chops," a second source said. "Even some of the stars who appear on the show all to be interviewed by Hoda because she is so much friendlier."

The insider noted that there is "an underlying competitiveness" between the two women, which makes it hard to "pretend to be best friends."

"Savannah and Hoda are very tense around each other. Savannah was furious when Hoda was brought into the first hour of the show, she wants to be the queen bee, and flipped out on producers," the second source claimed. 

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A third source also questioned Savannah's claim that she overslept. 

"She is a total pro and would never want to look like she isn't the full professional," the source said. 

Money matters

Tiffany Haddish recalls turning down $10M endorsement offer because her 'soul is worth more'

Despite once turning down an easy multimillion-dollar payday, Tiffany Haddish has no endorsement remorse.

In a chat with Cosmopolitan, the "Night School" actress recalled being offered $10 million to endorse a product, but she rejected it because it made her "feel like s***."

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"I've turned down $10 million just to do a post because it didn't represent my brand," she  said. "I turned down $10 million because my soul is worth more than that to me. My spirit, my integrity, how I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror every day."

Tiffany, who was once homeless and living in her car, didn't detail what she was asked to endorse, but said she'd "rather be flat broke" than take money for something she doesn't believe in. She has the same mentality with her movie roles.

"At first with acting roles, I used to just be like, 'What seems like fun?' Now it's, 'What seems like fun and what resonates with my soul?'" she said. "Then I ask, who else is working on it? Will it be my friends? What I've noticed lately, though, is that casting has been coming to me first. So I've learned how to fight better too."

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Although Tiffany is a major name in Hollywood, she still doesn't automatically get to collaborate with everyone on her wish list.

"I kind of know what I'm doing," she said. "Give me an opportunity to make you richer, sir. I might not know how to keep a man, but I know how to make some money."

Likewise, the actress said she is very careful about her projects. 

"I love and hate telling people no," she said. "I love it because it's for me—I have to take care of Tiffany. I hate it because nine times out of ten, whoever's asking me is somebody I probably really like and care about. If a friend wants me to do a show or something like that, I have to be honest … you just got to be selfish in a way, and I hate that feeling of being selfish, but I love the results."

Ex reaction

Ellen DeGeneres reacts to Anne Heche's fiery crash, hospitalization

Ellen DeGeneres is pulling for her ex Anne Heche after the fiery car crash that's left the "Volcano" actress comatose.

"I don't want anyone to be hurt," Ellen told photographers, per Daily Mail.

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The talk show host said she hasn't been "in touch" with her ex in years and "wouldn't know" how she's doing. 

Ellen and Anne dated from 1997 to 2000. 

This marks the first time the comedian has spoken about her ex since the Emmy nominee crashed her Mini Cooper car into a Los Angeles home. That crash sparked a blaze that engulfed the house. The home is a total loss.

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TMZ reported on Thursday, Aug. 11, that Anne is being investigated for felony DUI because the woman inside the home Anne barreled through was apparently injured. Anne was hospitalized and lost consciousness immediately after the crash. She's been in a coma ever since and fighting for her life.  

"She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention," her spokesperson said.

Police believe Anne was intoxicated and got a blood draw from her in the hospital. Authorities are waiting for blood results. 

Romance reflection

Millie Bobby Brown details being 'humiliated' by romance with TikToker

Millie Bobby Brown is reflecting back on her "unhealthy" relationship with TikToker Hunter Ecimovic.

The "Stranger Things" star's romance with Hunter became public knowledge after he made offensive comments about her, claiming he "groomed" Millie. At the time of the relationship, he was 20, whereas Millie was 16. 

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In speaking to Allure, the actress said their dynamic was an "unhealthy situation," one that she "walked away" from. However, about six months later, Hunter discussing very intimate details of their romance. 

"I felt very vulnerable," she said. "Also, no one on the set knew I was going through this. So, it was kind of nice to be able to just deal with that myself and no one else knew. Then it was harder when the whole world knew."

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By then, Millie was dating current boyfriend Jake Bongiovi, who has helped her heal.

"When you get publicly humiliated this way—I felt so out of control and powerless," she told the publication. "Walking away and knowing that I'm worth everything and this person didn't take anything from me, it felt very empowering. It felt like my life had finally turned a page and that I actually had ended a chapter that felt so f****** long."

She added, "Ultimately, all I wanted to do within my career is help young girls and young people out there know that I, too, go through things. I'm not this perfect person that is selling skin-care products and [who is] in 'Stranger Things.' I absolutely have made wrong decisions."

Vacation mode

Courtney Love, 58, flashes flat stomach, fit physique in bikini snaps

Sun's out, Love's out!

Courtney Love is showing off her bikini body and flat tummy in a series of stunning bikini snaps from the volcanic island of Ischia in Italy.

In the images, the former Hole frontwoman threw her arms up in jubilation while donning a colorful peacock-printed bikini top and matching bottom. Although the rocker is clearly the focal point in the images, the picturesque background and deep blue water can't be overlooked. 

In referring to a 2008 R.E.M. song, she captioned the images, "Living well is the best revenge." She also tagged the iconic band. 

Courtney's fans marveled at the images and lauded her with compliments, as she was called "beautiful," "stunning" and other similar superlatives.

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The singer spent several days posting images from her enviable getaway, even claiming it's her "first" vacation in 18 years. 

The luxurious resort that was home for Courtney for over a week has been a celebrity magnet for decades. The "Celebrity Skin" singer noted that she was staying in La Liz Suite, named for Elizabeth Taylor, which prompted her to share a story about the late icon. 

While attending Elton's John's birthday one year, she recalled wearing a huge yellow diamond and sitting next to Liz and Donnatella Versace. Dame Elizabeth, Courtney said, didn't say "a single word" to anyone all night. Elizabeth donned a massive ring and "just sat with that beautiful Cheshire Cat smile," Courtney said.  

Just before leaving, Liz used a "funny voice" and looked at Courtney's ring, comparing it to her own. She then spoke as if she was her own bauble. 

"She taps [her ring] on mine and 'it' says 'I'm bigger than you' … then she blows me a kiss and was whisked off!," Courtney said. 

Custody fight

Olivia Wilde slams ex Jason Sudeikis' 'outrageous legal tactics' amid custody fight

Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde's once-amicable split is a distant memory, as she now accuses him of trying to "embarrass" her in front of entertainment executives.

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Back in April, the actress was served custody papers while speaking on stage in Las Vegas at the CinemaCon convention, a gathering of over 4,000 film executives and movie theater owners. 

While Jason's team said he didn't know Olivia would be formally served as she gave a live presentation, she's calling his bluff. 

"Jason's actions were clearly intended to threaten me and catch me off guard. He could have served me discreetly, but instead he chose to serve me in the most aggressive manner possible," she said in new court documents, which were obtained by MailOnline. "The fact that Jason would embarrass me professionally and put our personal conflict on public display in this manner is extremely contrary to our children's best interests."

The legal tactics was "outrageous," she insisted.

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Jason, 46, and Olivia, 38, dated for nine years before splitting in late 2020. They share two children, son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5. Both children were born in New York, which is where Jason wants to raise them. Olivia, he claims, has a different vision.

"First, Olivia said that if I did not reside full-time in Los Angeles, she would allow me to spend time with Otis and Daisy on weekends and during vacation periods – thus depriving me of my right to parent the children during important periods of their lives…," he said. "Second, Olivia said that she intended to relocate with the children to London following the close of school in 2023."

Olivia has been living primarily in London with boyfriend Harry Styles.

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In his own legal paperwork, the "Ted Lasso" star said he was reluctant to serve Olivia and claimed that he wanted it done in a "benign" manner. He specifically requested that it not be done at Harry's home. 

"I did not want service to take place at the home of Olivia's current partner because Otis and Daisy might be present. I did not want service to take place at the children's school because parents might be present," he said.

Speaking about the Olivia's dramatic serving on stage, Jason added, "I understand that the process server had only done her job; however, I deeply regret what happened. Olivia's talk was an important event for Olivia, both professionally and personally, and I am very, very sorry that the incident marred her special moment."

Church fight

Inside Britney Spears' spat with the Catholic church

Britney Spears is losing her battle with religion. 

The pop star kicked off a feud with the Catholic church last week after indicating she wanted to get married at the St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Calif. However, she was seemingly told she couldn't tie the knot there for a variety of reasons, including the fact that she's not Catholic, which is a requirement. 

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While lamenting the perceived snub, a rep for the church retorted and said Britney never visited the place of worship, and records show that she never asked permission to marry there. 

Her bluff theoretically called, Britney is now attempting to clarify her stance by muddied the waters. In an Instagram post, she insists she never lied about the church request, but also implies that she never personally asked the church permission to marry there.

The "Toxic" singer admits to getting "backlash" after her post, which has since been taken down. 

"I'm writing this because the church said I never asked," she said. "I hired a wedding planner who has done Madonna's wedding and plenty more … he was extremely expensive and yes my first request was to get married in that church pictured."

Britney, who was raised Southern Baptist but has also studied Kabbalah, claims she sent her planner a cell phone picture of a wedding taking place at the church, indicating that she wanted to use the venue to marry Sam Asghari.

"I was told 6 weeks later … I could not get married there!!!," she wrote. "During the 2 years of Covid, I also wanted to go there … I was told no due to the pandemic … it's not a big deal, but I don't like being called a liar when their church says I never asked!!!"

Britney and Sam ended up tying the knot in the backyard of her home in June. The nuptials were attended by Paris Hilton, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Madonna and more.