Harsh words

Nun who battled Katy Perry over L.A. convent purchase: Pop star has 'blood on her hands'

Back in 2015, Katy Perry and the Catholic Church made headlines when she purchased the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary's convent in the hills of Los Angeles from the L.A. archdiocese for $14.5 million.

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The problem? The nuns who'd long lived there had already sold the 30,000-square-foot sanctuary located on eight acres in the Los Angeles hills to businesswoman Dana Hollister, a restauranteur, the previous year. The archdiocese insisted the sisters didn't have the right to make a sale though the nuns argued otherwise, a judge sided with the church an invalidated the sale in 2016.

The wild drama and the ensuing court battles have been brutal for all sides. But now, the only surviving nun from the holy order, Sister Rita Callanan, is speaking out about a devastating year she says has broken her body and her spirit.

"I really didn't like Katy Perry. I'm sure she doesn't like me," Sister Rita, 81, told the New York Post, adding that she feels the pop star and "American Idol" judge now has "blood on her hands" following the death of Rita's best friend, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman. The nun, 89, died at an L.A. courthouse last year as the Catholic nuns took on Katy's lawyers in another round.

The Post reports that Sister Catherine Rose's last words were "Katy Perry. Please stop."

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Sister Rita has readily admitted that the nuns didn't want Katy to buy the property they'd lived in until 2011 when the archdiocese reportedly kicked them out. "We asked Dana to buy our property as we didn't want it to go to Katy Perry. Yes, we put the wheels in motion to sell our property. Was it legal? Probably not entirely. But it wasn't legal for Katy Perry to buy [it] either," Sister Rita told the Post.

She's vowed to keep fighting for what she believes is right. "I intend to fight," she said. "But how long I can do that, I don't know."

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According to the Post, the convent is once again on the market, though the price has gone up to $25 million. The L.A. archdiocese told the Post that "While the formal legal option on the property has expired, the Archdiocese and Ms. Perry continue to be in communication concerning her continued interest in the property."

Despite her harsh words for Katy, Sister Rita has far more to say about the behavior of the Catholic Church and its priests and staffers amid the fight. For one, she claims the priest who oversaw her best friend's funeral service in 2018 was not the father who had been requested and he refused to let Rita speak during the funeral even though Sister Catherine Rose's family wanted her to.

Before closing prayers, "I said, 'Excuse me, Father, but I've been asked to say a few words.' I started to talk… then he said, 'OK, that's enough,' but I kept on. He then said, 'I said, that's enough,'" Sister Rita told the Post. "I was quiet for a minute, then thought, 'No, I'm going to go on, Sister Rose wanted this.' But another priest got up and went to the organ player and told him to start playing so he would drown out my words… The congregation yelled out, 'Let her speak!'"

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Sister Rita also claimed that archdiocese staffers accessed Sister Catherine Rose's apartment at her religious retirement home where, she believes, they found and took her hard drive and correspondence with the Vatican concerning the convent sale debacle. (The archdiocese's rep told the Post that they "coordinated directly with [the late nun's family] on all decisions.") Rita said she refused to give the archdiocese her laptop and instead gave it to a friend to hide.

She also alleges that the church, which controls her personal bank account, hasn't given her money she's owed on time, which has been a burden. The church denied this.

These days, Sister Rita — who recently had an emergency spine operation — is living in a physical rehab facility where she's undergoing treatment to help her body recover.

Controversy sells

There's a waitlist for Harry Styles' controversial Vogue cover

Harry Styles is a man in demand!

In the newest issue of Vogue, the singer appears in a skirt. Although the photo caused some controversy, the magazine is already a huge hit. In fact, there's a waiting list for fans to get their hands on a copy, Page Six reports.

"We sold 40,000 subscriptions since launch a little over a week ago, and have already ordered a second print run," a Condé Nast source said.

Harry made history with the issue, as he became the first man to ever appear solo on the cover of Vogue. While that news was certainly something to celebrate, controversy ensued after popular conservative commentator Candace Owens skewered the pop star for wearing a skirt on the cover.

Harry's outfits were "steady feminization of our men," she said, also adding that society needs to "bring back manly men."

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The comments prompted a slew of celebrities to back Harry and his fashion choices. 

"I think you've missed the definition of what a man is. masculinity alone does not make a man. in fact, it's got nothing to do with it," Elijah Wood commented. 

Sara Bareilles said, "One of the 'manliest' (barf) men I know said, 'if Harry Styles in a dress scares you, it's more about you than about him'… my kind of 'man.'"

Olivia Wilde was more direct, telling Candace, "You're pathetic."

Citizenship

Tristan Thompson becomes U.S. citizen

Meet the newest citizen of The United States of America: Tristan Thompson.

Tristan, who was born in Canada, was sworn in as an American citizen earlier this week.

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According to United States Citizen and Immigrant Services, the NBA star became a full-fledged citizen on Nov. 24. 

"I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I'm now truly living the American dream," the USCIS quoted Tristan as saying.

The citizenship comes just days after Tristan signed a 2-year, $19 million contract with the Boston Celtics. The contract, though, will have little significance on his living situation with girlfriend Khloe Kardashian

Last week, reports said the reality TV star has no plans to move from Los Angeles to Boston so that she and 2-year-old True, the daughter Khloe and Tristan share, can be closer to him. 

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True, TMZ said, has a routine in L.A. and Khloe doesn't want to mess with it. Plus, her cousins are all in California. Tristan, the report states, is completely on board with the decision for Khloe and True to remain in the Golden State. 

Khloe and Tristan will maintain in a long-distance relationship. 

The couple has certainly been down this road before, as she often traveled to Cleveland when he was playing for the Cavaliers (True was actually born in Cleveland). The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Cleveland halted when Tristan was caught cheating on her. The two worked it out, but Tristan was again involved in another cheating scandal a few months later, this time with Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner's BFF at the time.

Khloe spoke openly about her heartbreak following the Jordyn incident, but said she wouldn't forbid Tristan from seeing their daughter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Khloe and Tristan reconciled.

Health concern

Larry King, 87, expected to be released from hospital

After reportedly spending the past week in the hospital with a heart issue, Larry King is expected to be released.

His release could come as early as today, the New York Post's Page Six reported on Nov. 28.

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Larry, 87, is supposedly feeling much better.

On Thanksgiving, Page Six said the TV icon has secretly spent the past week in the hospital — presumably near his home in Los Angeles — due to "heart issues and other things." Now, the report says Larry was in the hospital "with a blood-flow issue."

Larry spent his most recent birthday in the hospital.

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

In November 2019, he told Page Six that that March he'd "had what they call a slight stroke." 

"They thought I was going to die," he said, "it was really touch-and-go."

Concern

Maria Menounos sparks concern with worrisome tweets

Maria Menounos has worried her fans after two cryptic tweets calling for prayers for her family.

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The Emmy-winning journalist first tweeted on Nov. 25, "Need some prayers. Please send some prayers to my family."

Many of Maria's 653,000 Twitter followers asked her for more details, but the "Extra" host didn't respond.

A few hours after her initial tweet, Maria posted another message that referenced her plea.

"Thank you for the prayers. We really need them right now," she wrote just before midnight on Nov. 25. "I believe in the collective energy of good people wishing well or I wouldn't ask."

She continued, "Thank you & if you can keep them coming I would be forever grateful. Focusing on what I desire not the fear. Trying."

A few of Maria's fans suspected that her tweets had something to do with her mother, but she didn't confirm the speculation. Litsa, Maria's mom, was previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant tumor. Back in October 2019, Maria announced that her mother's brain cancer had reappeared.

Hospitalized

Larry King hospitalized with 'heart issues': Report

Larry King has been secretly hospitalized in Los Angeles for the past week, according to a report.

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A source told Page Six on Nov. 26, "Larry has been in the hospital with heart issues and other things."

The TV icon even spent his 87th birthday there. 

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

The former "Larry King Live" host has suffered two previous heart attacks.

Lawsuit

'Couples Retreat' star sues Universal, alleges racism over movie poster

A decade-old fight between comedian Faizon Love and Universal Studios over a promotional movie poster for "Couples Retreat" has culminated into a lawsuit. 

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Faizon, who was one of the main stars in the 2009 film, is accusing the studio of racial discrimination for scrubbing him from the overseas version of the film's poster while leaving his white costars in it. 

The actor, who is Black, states in the lawsuit that his image and his name were featured in the United States version of the promotional poster. However, neither his likeness nor his name were included in the international ad. Faizon's love interest in the film, Kali Hawk, was also included in the U.S. version, but not the overseas version. She, too, is Black.

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The controversy made headlines in 2009. At the time, a Universal spokesman said the poster was changed to "simplify" it internationally. 

Faizon is suing for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unfair Competition Law, as well as for breach of contract and fraud. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

"This act of racism deeply aggrieved Mr. Love. After decades spent honing his craft and compiling more than 50 acting credits, Mr. Love reasonably believed Couples Retreat was his opportunity to present to national and international audiences his talents as a prominent Black comedic actor," the lawsuit states, according to The Daily Mail. "Mr. Love and his Black costar, Kali Hawk, were expunged completely from the film's principal international advertisement, while the other 'couples' basked in the publicity and acclaim of an international box office hit."

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Faizon claims he brought the removal to the attention of Universal way back in 2009, as the film was on its way to raking in $171 million worldwide. The studio, Faizon claims, failed on its promise to take the overseas poster out of circulation. At the time, Faizon also said Universal promised him "lucrative, career-making film roles," but says those roles were never offered. 

Faizon, known most famously for his work in "Elf" opposite Will Ferrell, said he ultimately decided to file the lawsuit after realizing the "humiliating" and "racist" poster is still being used to promote the film 11 years later. 

Lyric police

Paul McCartney admits that he forgets Beatles song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney admits that he sometimes needs a little "help" when it comes to remembering lyrics to some of his best-known songs.

It's not so much that he forgets, the music legend says, it's more that his mind wanders… even in front of an arena packed with fans.

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"I'll be doing a song, let's say 'Eleanor Rigby' or something, and I'm on autopilot," he said on the Smartless podcast. "I'm starting to think 'Oh, what am I going to have for dinner later? Maybe you won't have the soup but maybe you'll just go for the main course…' And I go 'STOP!' Because I'm singing 'Eleanor Rigby.'"

Because of this, Paul, 78, uses a teleprompter on stage so that he doesn't slip up.

He's also not exactly a historian of the Beatles.

"I'm the world's worst rememberer of Beatles' history," he said in a recent chat with Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone. "I just think, 'Well there's always going to be someone who knows. So, I'll just ask someone!'"

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That fact that he's "Paul McCartney" isn't lost on him either. While chatting with Taylor, he said he compartmentalizes the famous singer from Liverpool, England, from the man from Liverpool, England. 

"I know I'm very famous, but I don't want to walk around like I'm very famous. I like that bit that I had when I grew up of just going on a bus and just being, you know…" he said. "But I do separate 'him' from 'me.' So, me, I don't like to take pictures when people say, 'Can I have a picture?' because everyone has got a camera in the world. And so I say 'I'm sorry, I don't do pictures.'"

He continued, "I sometimes feel like I have to say, 'Look, I'm happy to talk to you. Sit down. We can talk.' Because I like that. Because I'm still me. The minute I put my arm around you, or you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in St. Tropez. 'Come and have your picture taken with the monkey.' I don't like that. It puts me off."

Gift guys

Kanye gifts Chris Brown $120k off-road vehicle to celebrate career

Kanye West got a jump on the gift giving season this year, and Chris Brown is an early recipient.

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On Nov. 24, Kanye decided to gift Chris with a $120,000 off-road truck — sometimes referred to as a Yeezy Truck — to commemorate his two-decade career. Kanye was not physically there at the surprise exchange.

According to TMZ, Kanye sent his manager to Chris' Los Angeles-area house. Along with the vehicle was a hand-written letter from Kanye. 

"Congratulations to Chris brown, 20 years in the game you have overcome many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you have put in," the note read. 

The R&B singer posed on the vehicle for an Instagram picture. 

"THANK YOU KANYE," he captioned the photo from his driveway. 

The vehicle is actually not a truck, per se, but rather a Sherp ATV. Business Insider said Kanye has "a fleet" of them at his Wyoming ranch. The ATVs can maneuver all terrain, as they can climb over three-foot-tall obstacles, handle mountainous terrain, drive for 115 hours without refueling and even glide across open water.

Kanye was seen driving the vehicle earlier this year while handing out Yeezy sneakers in Chicago. 

According to the company's website, Sherps are built for "extreme operational conditions" and are used by geologists, oil workers, rescue personnel, and hunters… and now R&B stars.

Health concern

Neon Trees frontman, 36, recovering from stroke

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has revealed that he suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Utah.

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Tyler, 36, spoke of his health situation on social media. 

"Hey everyone, I have some freaky news. Last week, I suffered a Stroke that resulted in a retina occlusion in my right eye. I woke up Thursday foggy and not seeing clearly out of my right eye. Something resembling a Greyish cloud was obstructing my vision," he wrote on Instagram.

Rather than going to the doctor or hospital that day, Tyler waited to see if symptoms improved. They didn't. 

"The next morning, still having the vision problem, I went to see an ophthalmologist who alerted me to the retinal edema in the small artery of my eye. It wasn't just an eye floater like I'd presumed and hoped," Tyler wrote. "He informed me I had had a stroke, and that I should immediately go to the hospital. There I was admitted and began a series of tests, every cardiology and neurological test they could do, my last test being this morning. I'm quite freaked out being 36, ostensibly healthy and having this happen."

Alongside a series of images taken from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Tyler wrote, "I'm still awaiting reasons why, although my labs and the results show a clean bill of health in my heart and blood. I still have the 'cloud' in my right eye, which I'm told could eventually dissipate, or my eyes could adapt."

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While he's recovering, the "Everybody Talks" singer said he's hoping to get an answer as to why this happened to him. 

"If you ever feel or experience something in your body that feels off, please don't wait to get it checked out," he said. "You always assume it can't happen to you, until it does."