Instagram Overhaul

Kanye West shares pic of childhood home, deletes Instagram posts

Is Kanye West finally ready to release his long-awaited album, "Donda?"

A sudden overhaul of the rapper's Instagram suggests he is.

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At some point late in the evening on Friday, Aug. 20, 'Ye scrubbed everything on his Instagram save for one new post — an image of the home he was raised in on Chicago's South Side by his late mother and the new album's namesake, Donda West.

(According to TMZ, he bought the modest house last year for $225,000.)

The IG update comes after Kanye spent weeks working on "Donda" while holed up in Atlanta's Mercedez-Benz Stadium, and just days before he hosts a third massive listening party for "Donda" at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 26.

The first two listening parties took place at the stadium in Atlanta — and the rapper's soon-to-be ex-wife, Kim Kardashian West, was on hand for both, along with the pair's four children.

If their current relationship is any indication, it seems likely she'll fly to Chicago for the next listening party, too.

In spite of Kanye's emotional new tracks about their split, which he showcased at previous "Donda" listening parties, Entertainment Tonight reported last week that the two "are on great terms" and spend time together when they can, both with and without their little ones, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

Kim and Kanye even stepped out for lunch together in Malibu while 'Ye was in Los Angeles.

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As for "Donda" Listening Party No. 3 in Chicago, the event's expected to herald the upcoming arrival of the final album, which was slated to come out in July, then pushed to the first week of August.

As of Aug. 21, it has yet to materialize, but Kanye's manager has confirmed to at least two fans on social media that "Donda" will arrive after the Chicago listening party.

Responding to one Instagram commenter who asked if Kanye will "finally drop the album" after the event, Abou "Bu" Thiam recently wrote, "Absolutely!" (per Hypebeast). Asked if the rapper might delay the release again or if he would "100 %" drop the album after the next listening party, the former Def Jam A&R exec replied, "100%."

On the other hand, as "Bu" told Rolling Stone in an interview last fall, "Ye does what he wants to do …"

Changed perspective

Antonio Banderas details how 2017 heart attack shaped his newfound outlook

In a very real way, Antonio Banderas is thankful for the heart attack he suffered in 2017. 

"It made me appreciate life in a completely different way and in a much more powerful way. It changed my life entirely and completely for good," he said on Britain's "This Morning."

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The "Mask of Zorro" star began experiencing chest pains during a workout in 2017, and he later found out that it was a heart attack. 

From that moment on, he was a changed man.

With hindsight being 20/20, Antonio wishes he was more appreciative about life when he was younger, something he now hopes to imprint on the younger generation.

"After Covid, kids were asking themselves 'why can't we go to school,' it was there in the environment, we took a chance to reflect," he said. "Kids, they know more than we think. They understand and it's good to reflect with them on these issues." 

"What they are learning at the end is to praise life, how wonderful life is. Life is a beautiful thing, we have only one and we have to take care of it," he said. 

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Earlier in the week, the 62-year-old actor also spoke about his health with The Radio Times.

"I had a heart attack six years ago. It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important," Antonio said. "I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view."

The heart attack, he added, was a "turning point" that prompted his decision to quit smoking. 

"Since my heart attack, I'm looking only for the pleasure of acting. That's it," he said. "I don't care about anything else. For me, life starts when somebody says, 'Action!' – or when the curtain comes up."

Now you see him, now you don't

'Yellowstone' star who plays Rip 'unrecognizable' during Disney World trip

Just call him the incognito Dutton of Disney.

Cole Hauser is known to many for his rugged looks and dark beard as Rip Wheeler in Paramount's "Yellowstone." However, in a family picture posted from Disney World on Monday, Jan. 30, Cole looked almost nothing like his famous character. In fact, fans said he was "unrecognizable."

"Did anyone recognize you?" one fan commented on Cole Instagram picture, which showed him with a trimmed brownish-red beard, a vast departure from his look on the Dutton Ranch, where Rip is the top ranch hand. In the new real-life snap, Cole donned a baseball and polo shirt, not exactly a cowboy hat and duster.

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"Way to go incognito Rip," one follower said of the Rip-less look. Another applauded his ability to "blend in."

"Is this the REAL Cole Hauser?," another questioned. Added another, "You are almost unrecognizable! Great disguise you got there."

In addition to the family photo — which included Cole's wife, Cynthia Daniel, and their sons, Ryland, 18, and Colt, 14 — the former "Good Will Hunting" star posted a video from a roller coaster. Naturally, a slew of followers spoke about the "Train Station," a clear reference to "Yellowstone."

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While the majority of Cole's 1.5 million Instagram followers commented with well wishes, a smattering of others criticized Disney and Cole for choosing to spend his day at the Florida theme park.

"Cole – so many of us are not supporting Disney anymore – please research the programming and wokeness they have going on," one said. Another proclaimed, "Get your last ride in, Woke is shutting that down."

For his part, Cole used his Instagram caption to thank the Disney staff for the "great time" and "wonderful experience."

One could argue that "Yellowstone" is more of a roller coaster than Space Mountain!

Health concern

Hulk Hogan has lost feeling in his legs after back surgery: It's 'pretty serious'

Hulk Hogan, one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time, has apparently lost feeling in his lower body after a surgical procedure.

Former Olympian Kurt Angle said he recently spoke to the "Hogan Knows Best" alum about his health, and it wasn't happy news. 

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"Hogan had his back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body. He can't feel his lower body, so he has to use his cane to walk around," Kurt, who won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics, said on "The Kurt Angle Show." 

Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is walking with the assistance of a cane.

"I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back. He doesn't have any pain. He has nothing at all. He can't feel anything. So now he can't feel his legs, so he has to walk with a cane," Kurt, a WWE Hall of Famer, said. "That's pretty serious, man. I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up."

Interestingly, Hulk, 69, appeared briefly on the 30th anniversary show of "Monday Night Raw" on Jan. 23. Kurt said the broadcast didn't show the severity of Hulk's situation.

"I mean, if you're gonna kick off the show, the 30th anniversary of Raw, [it] should be Hulk Hogan. He's the name and face of the company," Kurt said. "He's the guy that revolutionized pro wrestling. I have so much respect for him."

The "Rocky III" star  — who spoke to Kurt backstage at "Raw" — has yet to comment publicly on the claims. 

Money matters

Pamela Anderson's ex-husband of 12 days leaving her $10M in his will

Pamela Anderson's blink-and-you-missed-it "ex-husband" is planning to line her pockets after he passes.

"Batman" movie producer Jon Peters and Pam had a wedding ceremony in 2020, but they never filed any legal paperwork. Twelve days later, the duo called off the marriage but maintained they'd remain friends. 

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Jon is now putting his money where his mouth is, claiming he's leaving Pamela $10 million in his will.

"I will always love Pamela, always in my heart," he told Variety. "As a matter of fact, I left her $10 million in my will. And she doesn't even know that. Nobody knows that. I'm just saying it for the first time with you. I probably shouldn't be saying it. So that's for her, whether she needs it or not."

Jon is reportedly worth $200 million. 

"He's great and has been a huge influence on my life," Pamela said of the "A Star is Born" producer. "I love him to death."

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News of the will details come just days before the "Baywatch" actress is set to release her memoir, "Love, Pamela." In a recent chat with Howard Stern, Pam revealed she gained 25 pounds while penning the book.

"It was crazy, but I had a physical reaction to telling my story," Pam said. "It was almost like I was hanging on to something — It was a protective … my puffy suit of armor. I don't know what it was — I was thinking it was some kind of protection." 

She's since lost the weight, but writing the book "took its toll" emotionally.

Beach pass

Hilary Duff makes surprising 'Laguna Beach' confession

Hilary Duff never got caught up in the drama of "Laguna Beach." In fact, despite singing the MTV show's theme song, she never really watched it.

"I was not a huge [fan]," she said on the "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" aftershow on Thursday, Jan. 26. "I just … I didn't watch."

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The "Lizzie McGuire" alum explained that her schedule didn't jibe with the airing of the show, which ran from 2004-2006.

"In a moment in time when you could not record TV shows, I was on tour," she said. "So, I missed a huge chunk of, like, big things that people talk about that I didn't get to experience."

Still, she loves that her song "Come Clean" will always be linked to the popular aughts reality show.

"My song was, like, the theme song, and I loved that," she said. "I did love that because, I mean, I [basically] lived at MTV for a while."

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Not only did Hilary lend her voice to "Laguna Beach," she also sang the theme song for MTV's "My Super Sweet 16," which ran for 10 seasons from 2005 to 2017. 

However, the "How I Met Your Father" star didn't exactly fatten her pockets from "Come Clean" and "Sweet Sixteen."

"I definitely didn't get super rich by them using it as the theme, and I am not going to pretend to know what went on in the background for them to use it," Hilary said of MTV securing the rights to the track. "But they used it."

She added, "They love me over there. I don't know how much money I made from it. I don't think a lot. But maybe Disney [the owner of Hollywood Records] did."

Scary accident

Jay Leno breaks collarbone, ribs, kneecaps in motorcycle crash

Just months after suffering third-degree burns on his face, chest and hands, Jay Leno has suffered another health setback.

The comedian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he crashed on his motorcycle on Jan. 17, which resulted in several broken bones.

"I've got a broken collarbone. I've got two broken ribs. I've got two cracked kneecaps," Jay said.

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In the newest incident, the former "Tonight Show" host was testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle and noticed the scent of leaking gas.

"So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it," Jay said. "So, you know, I didn't see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."

Jay, 72, admitted he kept the accident quiet because of all the publicity his November 2022 incident got. 

"You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free," he said. "After that, you're Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down (laughs)."

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Just two months ago, Jay was working on his 1907 White Steam Car with pal Dave Killackey  when it caught fire.

"The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, 'Blow some air through the line,' and so [Dave] did …  And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire," Jay told Today.

Jay ended up undergoing skin grafts and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber.

A noted car guru, it's estimated that Jay owns about 180 cars and 160 motorcycles. His car collection is reportedly valued at around $52 million. His love of cars is often showcased on the CNBC series "Jay Leno's Garage."

Police visit

Police called to Britney Spears' home after social media move

Law enforcement were called to Britney Spears' home after fans bombarded the Sheriff's office with pleas for a welfare check. The calls came after the pop star abruptly deleted her Instagram account.

Fans felt the social media move was a call for help. 

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TMZ reports that deputies paid a visit to Britney's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home and determined everything was fine and she was not in danger. Whether authorities spoke directly to Britney or someone else isn't known. 

The "Toxic" singer has lived in the home for years. 

The welfare check comes just weeks after Britney was videoed acting bizarre in a restaurant. Some reports claim her husband, Sam Asghari, left the restaurant due to her manic behavior, but he told TMZ otherwise (he blamed the abrupt exit on overzealous fans). 

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Interestingly, prior to Britney's Instagram deletion she changed her social media name to "River Red." "Don't underestimate the power of purity," she wrote alongside a video of her dancing. 

Britney, of course, has deleted her Instagram several time in the past. Why fans felt the move indicated danger this time is unknown. 

No harm, no foul

Pamela Anderson defends Tim Allen after alleging he flashed her on 'Home Improvement' set

Pamela Anderson holds no ill will toward Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her while on the set of "Home Improvement" on her very first day.

"Tim is a comedian, it's his job to cross the line. I'm sure he had no bad intentions," the "Baywatch" star wrote in a text message to Variety, per her cover story published Thursday. She added, "Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It's a new world."

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In her upcoming memoir, "Love, Pamela," the actress wrote, "On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath."

Tim allegedly told Pam that he had seen her naked in the pages of Playboy, so it was "only fair"  she saw him in his birthday suit.

"[He said,] 'Now we're even.' I laughed uncomfortably," she said.

Tim, for the record, denied the incident ever happened. 

"No, it never happened," the "Last Man Standing" alum told Variety. "I would never do such a thing."

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After Pamela's claim, a video surfaced of Tim flashing co-star Patricia Richardson on the set. However, Patricia, who played Tim's wife on the sitcom, said he was dressed underneath a kilt. 

"I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts," she told TMZ.

Comments fallout

Kanye West could be denied access to Australia for antisemitic comments

Kanye West might have some trouble meeting his new Australian "in-laws" due to his history of antisemitic comments.

Australia's Minister for Education Jason Clare said the government down under is being pressured to deny the rapper entry. 

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"People like that who've applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected," the official — who called the comments "awful" — told CNN affiliate Nine News. "I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did."

According to TMZ, Kanye and his new "wife" Bianca Censori, who's Australian, are supposed to head to Melbourne next week to meet her family.

In the past, Australia has refused to give visas to people for failing the "good character" test, and many of those same people have far-right views, as Ye does.

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Last fall, the rapper shocked the world when he tweeted, "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE." He then defended himself by adding, "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda." Twitter responded by suspending Ye's account for violating its policies. 

He then said he was "happy" to have "crossed the line." In a chat with Piers Morgan, Ye admitted that his words were racist but wasn't sorry. Kanye then befriended white nationalist Nick Fuentes and appeared on Alex Jones' "Infowars." While on the show he praised the Nazis and said, "I like Hitler."