'Calm down'

Jessica Chastain was told to 'calm down' by 'well-known actor' over Harvey Weinstein comments

When the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal was breaking several months ago, Jessica Chastain, like many actresses, came forward to speak out against the disgraced producer. Then, she got a message from a Hollywood big shot telling her to temper down her words.

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"I was tweeting a lot at the time and actually got an email from a well-known actor that said, 'Calm down," she revealed to Graham Norton. "I found that heartbreaking and can only think he didn't understand the movement that was happening."

She didn't give any further hints about the actor's identity.

Jessica, herself, has had many unsatisfactory run-ins with Harvey. In October, she tweeted that she was "warned" about him.

"I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere," she tweeted. "To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again."

She later tweeted, "Yes. Im sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior."

Last month, Jessica spoke to ES magazine about an incident with Harvey when he tried to "pimp out" her best friend.


"Yeah, he tried to get me to pimp out my best friend Jess Weixler. Like very flirtatious, 'Oh I've got such a crush on her – you got to help me,'" The "Molly's Game" actress recalled him saying.

"He's incredibly friendly but also very volatile. He normalized the abuse. But everyone in this industry is complicit. We're all part of the problem.

"I heard the rumors even before I entered the industry. So we have to ask ourselves, why was it okay? Why are agents sending actresses to meetings in hotel rooms? It goes back to the days of Fatty Arbuckle, Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner. Shirley Temple said in her biography that when she was 12, a producer pulled out his penis! So we can look at Harvey as though he was the cancer or we can be realistic. He's not the disease, he's the symptom."

Surgery update

Al Roker gives a post-surgery health update

Al Roker is ailing following shoulder surgery, but that's a good thing — everything went exactly according to plan.

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On Aug. 12, the lovable weatherman said he couldn't lift his arm, but added the "surgery was a success."

Al told "Today" show viewers earlier in the week that he was undergoing shoulder surgery for arthritis.

"Now comes the hard part of doing all the physical therapy," he said in an Instagram video. "Thanks for all the well wishes and see you in the funny papers."

In the lead-up to the surgery, Al posted several photos and videos from the hospital. 

"Well, ready to get my #rightshoulder replaced at @hspecialsurgery with Dr. Riley Williams," he captioned one photo. 

"I'm ready to get my shoulder finally fixed as I continue my quest to replace every joint in my body," he said in a video just moments before going under the knife. 

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He even shared video of his chest getting shaved, which he dubbed "manscaping."

This is hardly Al's first time going under the knife, as he's previously had surgery on his shoulder and rotator cuff. He's also had two knee replacements, hip surgery and emergency carpal tunnel surgery.

"master plan"

Leah Remini thinks Tom Cruise will try to 'lure' Suri into Scientology

Although Tom Cruise hasn't been seen publicly with his 14-year-old daughter, Suri, in years, Leah Remini has a hunch that that's all by design.

Leah, a former Scientologist, believes that the actor will try to "lure" the teen, whom he shares with Katie Holmes, into the religion when she gets older.


"Scientology considers Katie a suppressive person which is an enemy and therefore Tom believes, like all Scientologists, that he can't be connected to Suri," Leah told the New York Post. "I'm sure his master plan is to wait until Suri gets older so that he can lure her into Scientology and away from her mother."

Tom and Katie split in 2012 when Suri was 6 years old.

"I knew Katie when she was in (Scientology) and she seemed very indoctrinated into Tom's world," she said. "But as time went on, and I understood why she did what she did to protect her daughter … I'm only assuming that there's some type of agreement to protect her daughter."


The "King of Queens" actress added that she's "really proud" of Katie "for getting her daughter out of something that would have been potentially very toxic and dangerous for not only Suri but for their relationship."

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Since 2013, Leah has made it her mission to bring down Scientology, the religion in which she was raised. After actor Danny Masterson, a prominent Scientologist, had been charged with raping three women earlier this year, she tweeted, "This is just the beginning Scientology, your days of getting away with it is coming to an end."

The "That '70s Show" star has proclaimed his innocence via his lawyer.

Last year, Leah spoke to two of Danny's accusers on the finale of her Emmy-winning A&E docuseries, "Scientology and the Aftermath." The interview aired after four women filed a lawsuit against the actor, the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, in August 2019 for allegedly stalking and intimidating them in an effort to silence them after they filed sexual assault claims against the star. According to The Blast, the lawsuit alleged that the religion engaged in a "conspiracy to cover up that Daniel Masterson sexually assaulted four young women."


The church has often spoken out against Leah, stating that her show is full of "lies, distortions and exhortations to hate and bigotry." A statement last year claimed, "Leah Remini has blood on her hands." 

Leah has acknowledged that the church is very powerful, but she still refuses to stay silent.

"At the end of the day, I can't live my life in fear of doing the right thing because I'm fearful that something is going to happen to me," she said. "I mean, I have a daughter that's where really my concern is. I don't want my daughter to ever get caught up in this."

Ring thing

Tyra Banks' sparkly ring sparks engagement rumors

Tyra Banks' newest accessory has many wondering if she's secretly engaged. 

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Over the weekend, the new "Dancing with the Stars" host was photographed wearing a huge diamond ring on her left ring finger. The photo, which Page Six published, shows Tyra leaving her soon-to-open theme park, ModelLand, in Santa Monica, California. Other than her oh-so-telling bling, Tyra was dressed down in black joggers, a dark sweatshirt and a face mask.

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." 

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"They're a pretty happy couple and have been together for over a year," the source said in January.

Tyra and Louis were first photographed together in Los Angeles in August 2019, but at the time, his identity wasn't publicly known. In the fall, they were spotted together several times and displayed 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. "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."

cross-country flirting

Kendall Jenner gets flirty with rumored beau inside NBA bubble

Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker are keeping their alleged romance fun and flirty from afar with some sweet messages. 

Earlier this week, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star posted a quick video of herself, presumably from her house in Los Angeles. She captioned the video with a strawberry emoji. Soon after, Devin, who's sequestered in Florida, commented, "I like strawberries."

Kendall replied to the Phoenix Suns stud with four "strawberry" animations.

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Kendall, 24, and Devin, 23, were first linked in April after they were spotted together at a rest stop near Sedona, Arizona, as they took a road trip in his $200,000 Mercedes Benz Maybach. At the time, friends insisted that Kendall and Devin were just friends and ran in the same social circle, but witnesses said they "looked" like a couple. They've also had similar Instagram posts of late.

In June, they were seen at a fancy restaurant together in Malibu.

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It's possible that that dinner date was the last time Kendall and Devin saw each other, as he's been in the NBA's "bubble environment" in Orlando for the last month (he's also been lighting it up in the NBA's restart, as the Suns are unbeaten).

After Kendall and Devin's online flirting, fans were quick to comment.

"D BOOK DON'T MISS!" one fan wrote.

Another joked that the Suns are 7-0 in the NBA bubble, whereas "book is 8-0."

"Another game winner," another person wrote.


For Kendall to be linked to a basketball star is nothing new. She has previously dated 76ers star Ben Simmons and the Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin. The reality TV star has also been linked to D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Kuzma over the years, but she's publicly denied dating those three.

Devin, who's in the middle of a five-year $158 million contract, formerly dated Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner's ex-BFF who was ousted from the famous family after allegedly hooking up with Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian's baby.


Viola Davis buys childhood home, plantation site on 55th birthday

Viola Davis feels like a kid again.


In celebrating her 55th birthday on Aug. 11, the Oscar-winning actress revealed on Twitter that she has purchased her childhood home, which was the site of a plantation in South Carolina. 

"The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life….I own it….all of it," she wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of the rundown house. 

She then added a Cherokee birth blessing, reading, "May you live long enough to know why you were born."

Viola lived in the home with her grandma as a very young child. 

Back in 2016, Viola spoke about the home and the slave-linked land in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

"For me, I wasn't on [the land] long," she said. "I was the fifth child and we moved soon after I was born."

Viola wasn't aware of the history of the land when she was young, but she went back several times to visit her grandmother.

"I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation, which was horrific," she said. 

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The home, Viola said, was more of a "one room shack" that had no running water and no indoor bathroom. 

"My mom says that the day I was born all of my aunts and uncles were in the house," she said. "Everyone was drinking and laughing and having fun."

Although the environment was "decimated," Viola smiled at the "joy and the life that can come out of that, because it's not always about things."

Female praise

Ryan Seacrest's female co-hosts give him relationship 'fulfillment'

Ryan Seacrest may have recently split from his long-term girlfriend, but he gets his relationship fix every day from two different women… both of whom are married.


On Aug. 11, the do-it-all media man was joined by his radio co-host Sisanie Villaclara on "Live With Kelly and Ryan." (She subbed in for the vacationing Kelly Ripa.)

"We spend five hours a day on the radio," Ryan explained while introducing Sisanie. "Another thing that Sisanie and I talk about often is the fact that spending an hour a day with Kelly and spending many hours with you, it's like I have this fulfillment in the relationship category."

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Like most people in romantic relationships, Ryan spends "so much time listening and learning and wondering and being curious and being enlightened" by Sisanie and Kelly.

In late June, Ryan's rep announced that the "American Idol" host and Shayna Taylor had split for a third time.

"Ryan and Shayna decided to end their romantic relationship amicably some time ago," a statement said. "They remain good friends, each other's biggest supporters and will always cherish their time together as a couple."

At the time, People magazine reported Ryan was already dating someone new. 

Twitter break

Robin Williams' daughter goes silent on Twitter on anniversary of his death

Zelda Williams is taking her annual one-day break from Twitter to commemorate her father's death.

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"As always, I will not be here," Zelda wrote on Aug. 10, one day before the sixth anniversary of Robin Williams' passing. "It's hard for me on regular, good days to remain the person expected to graciously accept the world's need to share their memories of him and express their condolences for his loss."

The 31-year-old actress said fans of her legendary father can unintentionally make her feel like "a roadside memorial" — especially every Aug. 11. 

"As I've said in the past, while I am constantly touched by all of your boundless continued love for him, some days it can feel a bit like being seen as a roadside memorial—a place, not a person—where people drive past and leave their sentiments to then go about their days comforted their love for him was witnessed," she continued.

The support, she said, can leave her "emotionally buried under a pile of other's memories instead of my own."

"After all, even roses by the truckload weigh a ton," she added.

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The anniversary of Robin's death is "simply too much," she wrote.

Zelda encouraged those struggling with mental health to reach out to professional resources. 

Robin died in 2014 at the age of 63. 

Coincidentally, one of Robin's old comedy bits has been making the rounds over the past week, particularly after it was shared by Donald Trump's son Eric Trump.

In the video, Robin calls the presumptive Democratic nominee "Rambling Joe Biden." Eric tweeted out the video along with a text overlay that said, "Robin Williams Just Savages Joe Biden."

After seeing this, Zelda jumped in and reamed Eric.

"While we're 'reminiscing' (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did," Zelda replied to Eric's post. "Promise you, it's much more 'savage.'"

In a parting shot, she wrote, "Gentle reminder that the dead can't vote, but the living can."

Fire fallout

Rachael Ray's kitchen spared in raging house fire

The state-of-the-art kitchen inside Rachael Ray's New York mansion was spared during a raging inferno this week, fire officials confirmed.

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On Aug. 9, a blaze broke out at the famous chef's upstate New York home, causing extensive damage to the second floor and roof. The first floor — where the kitchen is located — mainly suffered water damage but largely stayed clear of the flames. 

"The kitchen wasn't touched at all, so pretty much the whole first floor is in good shape," Warren County Coordinator Brian LaFlure told WNYT 13.

The home is located in a fairly remote area, so there are no nearby fire hydrants. Firefighters had to use pond water to douse the blaze.


Rachael and her husband, John Cusimano, were unharmed in the fire, having escaped the structure with her mother and their dog.

"We're all okay," she said in a statement. "These are the days we all have to be grateful for what we have, not what we've lost."

Rachael had been filming her eponymous talk show and cooking segments at the home amid the coronavirus pandemic

In April, Rachael gushed about her kitchen, noting that she drew the entire home on a piece of paper.

"I worked 35 years to have a gas stove and to put that pizza oven in behind it," she said. "Those are my treasures. John got a music studio. I got a stove and a pizza oven."

A new delay

Angelina Jolie's new move in 4-year Brad Pitt divorce case is stall tactic: Report

Is Angelina Jolie trying to hold up her ongoing divorce case with Brad Pitt — which has already dragged on for almost four years — because things aren't going her way?

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That's what a source close to the legal proceedings is claiming in light of the news that the actress-humanitarian has requested to disqualify the private judge handling their divorce case.

On Aug. 10, Angelina filed to get Judge John W. Ouderkirk — the private judge she and Brad hired to oversee their legal split as well as child custody and money issues, in order to maintain more privacy regarding personal and financial information — taken off their case. She alleges he's not been "forthcoming enough" about other cases he's been hired to work on that have ties to one of Brad's lawyers, Anne C. Kiley.

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The filing complains that the judge "failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent's counsel," Page Six reported, and that Brad's team wants the judge to remain.

A source close to the case characterizes Angelina's move as "a delay tactic," Page Six writes in a new report, "because she believed things weren't going in her favor."

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Brad and Angelina were granted a bifurcated judgment in 2019, which means they're legally single and able to remarry should they desire, but custody and financial issues remain. The source told Page Six that it's these issues – a permanent custody agreement concerning their five children under 18 (eldest son Maddox is now an adult) and Angelina's request for more child support from Brad — that are at issue.

"This is about how much time Brad gets with the kids, how does sharing time with the kids work…" the source told Page Six.

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"Jolie is basically trying to fire the private judge overseeing their divorce case. She has every right to do this, but if she thought she was in a good place in this legal proceeding, she wouldn't need to do it," the source explained to Page Six. "This is a classic case of someone expecting a bad decision trying to delay the process by asking for a new referee."

According to the source, her move is an "unusual" one because Angelina is now involving a public court in what they'd long sought to keep private, and it also serves to delay anything moving forward. "This divorce has been going on for four years, for goodness' sake," the source added.