first meeting

Kristen Bell recalls 'no sparks' the first time she met Dax Shepard

Kristen Bell had one thought about Dax Shepard the first time they met, but it wasn't exactly love at first sight.

"The only thing that I remember is that he talked so much. I was like, 'This guy can talk!," she tells Willie Geist in a sneak peek of an upcoming interview for "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist."

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The actress recalled meeting her now-husband in 2007 at a birthday party for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" producer Shauna Robertson. At the time, they were both coming out of longterm relationships. Plus, she had no idea who he was.

"I was like, 'Maybe that's one of the guys from 'Jackass' or something?'" she remembered thinking. Dax, she said, recalls the evening a little differently. "He remembers, 'You were telling a really intense story about a deal you had gotten at Target,' and I was like, 'That sounds like it was on brand.' And then we left. There were no sparks whatsoever."

However, the duo saw each other again at a hockey game a few weeks later. This time they flirted but still didn't swap numbers. Dax, though, wasn't about to let her get away.

"I get a text that says, 'Hi, my name is Dax. I violated your privacy and got your number from Shauna. How do you feel about that?'" Kristen said. "And I was like, 'Excuse me? You sound stimulating.'"

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Although they can't remember their wedding anniversary, they've now been together 14 years and have two children. She also now knows that text was all quintessential Dax.

"He's so bold and that was my kind of person," she said. "I was like, 'OK, starting it off with a really good joke that makes me feel, like, butterflies… I fell in love with him way before he fell in love with me."

Over the years, the couple has been given the social media "relationship goals" label more times than anyone can count. They are fiercely loyal to each other, and they even promote each other's films… albeit for humorously nefarious purposes.

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While appearing on Conan O'Brien's show this week, Dax encouraged everyone to see "Frozen 2," which stars his wife.

"Kristen and I were married in California, which is a community property state, which means anything she acquires during our marriage is half mine, so we have the exact same stake in 'Frozen 2.' I just thought it'd be rude to not get out and at least try to sell the thing!"

He jokes, "I will be very involved, again, in spending the proceeds."

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Dax added that he saw "Frozen 2" a few weeks ago.

"I said before the movie started, 'Hey, if you see me on my phone in the middle of the film, I'm not bored. I just think we got it, and I'm shopping for yachts," he joked. "I said, 'Conversely, if I'm on my phone, like, two-thirds of the way through and I'm selling things on Craigslist, I think it's a stinker and I'm liquidating.'"

The verdict? He loved it, proclaiming, "I bought a beautiful 52-foot Sunseeker."

' cheap knockoff'

How Pamela Anderson really feels about 'Pam and Tommy' Hulu show

Pamela Anderson thinks the new mini-series about her '90s romance with Tommy Lee is a "joke."

A source told The Sun that the former Playboy model isn't remotely interested in the show.

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"Pamela has no intention of watching this God awful show, absolutely not. Never," the source said. "She's never heard of the actors playing her or Tommy, and doesn't care to know them. She and her family think the show is a cheap knockoff. The whole thing is a joke to them."

Earlier this week, Lily James, who portrays Pam, and Sebastian Stan, who plays Tommy, released images from the set of the eight-show Hulu series. 

"Pamela finds it amusing that this girl is getting so much attention for playing her," the source said. "Lily isn't a match for Pamela, doesn't even come close, nor does Sebastian Stan do justice to Tommy."

Seth Rogen also stars in the series as Rand Gauthier, the man who stole and sold Tommy and Pam's infamous sex tape. That part of the series is the most hurtful for the former "Baywatch" star.

"That whole thing was extremely traumatic for Pamela, it was one of the most difficult experiences of her life," the source said. "To have it dredged up for a TV show is pathetic. She won't want to be reminded about it."

Pam and Tommy, who married in 1995 and divorced in 1998, refused to be involved in the series after being asked by producers.

"Pamela has no problem being reminded about her relationship with Tommy – after all he's the father of her beloved boys," the friend continued, referring to Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 23. "Conversation about Tommy doesn't faze her, or even register, it's all in the past, water under the bridge."

"From her relationship with Tommy, came her joy — her boys. Pamela loves them deeply, and that's what matters to her," the pal added. "As far as she's concerned this cheap, tacky show will be a work of fiction. It will come and go and few will care."

public apology

Chrissy Teigen publicly apologizes to Courtney Stodden for past tweets

Chrissy Teigen is admitting that she was wrong for her abusive tweets about Courtney Stodden in the past, and she's apologizing for it. 

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"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls*** in front of the entire world. I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be I was an insecure, attention seeking troll," she tweeted on May 12. "I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel."

Earlier in the week, Courtney, who identifies as non-binary, recalled how the model would send mean-spirited and vile direct messages to them in 2011 and 2012.

"I have worked so hard to give you guys joy and be beloved and the feeling of letting you down is nearly unbearable, truly. These were not my only mistakes and surely won't be my last as hard as I try but god I will try!!" Chrissy tweeted. "I have tried to connect with Courtney privately but since I publicly fueled all this, I want to also publicly apologize. I'm so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am."

Chrissy then told her fans, "And I am so sorry I let you guys down. I will forever work on being better than I was 10 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago."

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Courtney, for that matter, saw the mea culpa and accepted it, but also felt there might be an ulterior motive. 

"I accept her apology and forgive her. But the truth remains the same, I have never heard from her or her camp in private. In fact, she blocked me on Twitter," Courtney told TMZ. "All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her 'wokeness' is a broken record."

Coming out story

Colton Underwood says he was 'blackmailed' into coming out

Colton Underwood was mostly celebrated when he publicly came out as gay last month on national television. It turns out that he didn't exactly come out on his own terms. 

The former "Bachelor" star said he was "blackmailed."

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In a chat with Variety, Colton indicated that he knew he was attracted to men in his early teen years, but hid it. Last year, he told his publicist the truth about his sexuality. No one else apparently knew… Well, almost no one else.

"I'll just say it," he told Variety. "I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed."

The reality TV star explains that he was at a Los Angeles spa that was known to cater to gay clientele. His visit, he said, was "just to look" around and he added he "should have never been there."

After that visit, Colton says he got an anonymous email, and the sender claimed to have nude photos of him at the venue. The person threatened to "out" him. As fear set in, Colton forwarded the email to his publicist.

"I knew that out of anybody in my world, my publicist wasn't going to ruin me,"  he said. 

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Not long before, the 29-year-old former NFL player said he was in a dark place, largely because of his life as a closeted gay man. He took pills. A lot of them.

"I tried to end my life, and it didn't work," he says. "That was the saddest and most confused and most hurt" he'd ever been.

During the two-hour interview, Colton said he had a secret Grindr profile and experimented with men prior to joining Bachelor Nation, which was something he hid. Colton's sexual experiences, of course, went on to become a huge topic on the show after he revealed that he was a virgin.

"I was 'the Virgin Bachelor,' but I did experiment with men prior to being on 'The Bachelorette,'" he said. "When I say 'hookups,' not sex. I want to make that very clear that I did not have sex with a man, prior to that." 

He was always worried that one of the men he hooked up with would come forward.

"I remember feeling so guilty, like 'What the hell am I doing?'" he said of his gay hookups. "It was my first time letting myself even go there, so much so that I was like, I need 'The Bachelorette' in my life, so I could be straight."

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Colton's next act: a Netflix reality show about his coming out to his family and friends. 

"My dad is proud to say that he is a conservative Republican, and he is also proud to say, I have a gay son," Colton says. "I think it's important for America to hear that and see that. Right now, the media makes it seem like there is no middle ground."

Engaged

Fan favorite Bachelor Nation couple is engaged

One of Bachelor Nation's favorite couples is making it official: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick are engaged. 

Kaitlyn announced the news on Instagram on May 11, posting a series of images of her huge diamond ring.

"Don't pinch me," she captioned the images.

Jason also posted several images, one of which shows him popping the question while his new fiancée recorded her "Off the Vine" podcast.

"Choosing your forever is the most important decision in the world, @kaitlynbristowe you made that decision so easy!" he wrote alongside the images. "Love you to death and forever."

Jason and Kaitlyn both shared a video of the moment on their Instagram Stories — the footage shows Kaitlyn excitedly asking, "Are you kidding me with that thing!" as her beau puts the ring on her finger.

The former "Dancing With the Stars" winner told "Entertainment Tonight" of the moment, "It was everything I could have asked for. The words that came out of his mouth were insanely beautiful. We've never locked eyes like that in our lives. We were holding hands, so intense, and I was listening to his every word, but still blacked out."

Kaitlyn, who starred on season 11 of "The Bachelorette," was shocked by the proposal. 

"Jason's like, 'Kaitlyn, we're not doing a podcast.' And I'm like, 'You forgot to hit record, didn't you!'" she told "ET." "He was like, 'No, this is something else,' and he got up and I saw him bring out a ring box from the drawer."

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The duo were first linked in January 2019 after he appeared on her podcast. The romance came after she and Shawn Booth split and called off their engagement in November 2018.

Jason appeared on Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette."

Milkshake mission

Adam Sandler returns to IHOP to bookend seating saga

Two weeks after he was turned away at IHOP by a hostess who didn't recognize him, Adam Sandler has returned to the breakfast house for a sweet moment.

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In late April, the comedian went to an IHOP in Long Island, New York, but left after being told it was a 30 minute wait. The hostess who told Adam about the wait time didn't recognize him until after he left. A video of her interaction with Adam — which the hostess posted to TikTok — went viral.

"For the record, I only left the IHOP because the nice woman told me the all-you-can-eat deal didn't apply to the milkshakes," Adam tweeted afterward, which gave IHOP an idea.

On May 10, the restaurant did an all-you-can-eat milkshake promotion and donated some of the proceeds to Comedy Gives Back.

Upon hearing this, Adam went back to IHOP to meet the viral hostess who started the whole saga. Naturally, she posted several images with the comedy star to her TikTok.

"Couldn't have been more excited!!" she wrote. "Thank you Adam Sandler!"

Adam also shared a photo of his bulldog outside of IHOP under a table full of shakes.

"Thank u IHOP for Milkshake Monday," he captioned the Twitter picture.

Rant remembered

Tom Cruise opens up about his viral COVID rant: 'I said what I said'

Tom Cruise still has no regrets about his viral tirade last year on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7."

In December, The Sun leaked audio of the action star laying into crew members on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7" for violating COVID-19 protocols.

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"I don't ever want to see it again. Ever! And if you don't do it, you're fired, and I see you do it again, you're [expletive] gone," he screamed. The movie star, who's also a producer on the film, noted how important following mitigation rules was from a financial standpoint. 

"You can tell it to the people who are losing their [expletive] homes because our industry is shut down. It's not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education. That's what I sleep with every night," he said. "So I'm sorry. I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don't do it, you're out." 

Now, more than four months after the rant, Tom is sticking to his guns.

"I said what I said," he told Empire. "There was a lot at stake at that point … But it wasn't my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people."

Filming "never shut down again" after his rant, Tom said. "And here we are, continuing to film."

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Like all movies, "Mission: Impossible 7" filming was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it was also one of the first movies to return to production. In the viral tirade, Tom yelled that the set needed to be the "gold standard" of safely filming.

"All those emotions were going through my mind," he recalled of returning to filming. "And for the whole crew to know that we'd started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief … It was very emotional."

The interview comes as Tom is also making news for his protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that votes on and produces the Golden Globe awards. On May 10, reports said the actor returned his three Golden Globe trophies to call attention to the lack of diversity within the HFPA. He, like many celebrities, is demanding meaningful change. 

Conservatorship filing

Colin Farrell, ex file conservatorship for disabled son

Colin Farrell and his ex-girlfriend have filed a conservatorship for their son James, who has been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.

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Legal documents obtained by The Blast show that the actor and model Kim Bordenave filed a joint petition for a conservatorship over James, which would give them the ability to make medical decisions and care for him after he turns 18 and becomes an adult in September.

Colin and Kim claim that James needs assistance for daily activities, such as getting dressed or making meals.

The ex-couple is lockstep in their request to be able to give medical consent for James, find him proper housing and have access to the teen's confidential records. They claim they need to be able to continue to care for James as if he were a minor. 

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A note from James' doctor was also included in the filing, and it notes that the boy is nearly incapable of attending a court hearing due to his anxiety levels. Colin, meanwhile, said he's confident that James would want his parents as his conservators if he were able to verbalize it.

Angelman Syndrome causes developmental delays and disabilities and affects the nervous system, according to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Colin has been open about his son's condition.

"I decided, after consulting with James' mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son. He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimize the trials that so many families go through: the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain," Colin once told InStyle. "We share in the smallest victories — the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at nine and getting the seizures under control. When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone."

Romance details

How Ben Affleck laid the groundwork for J.Lo reunion: New details

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's reportedly rekindled romance began via email and with the power of the pen.

TMZ reports that Ben began emailing Jennifer several months ago while she was in the Dominican Republic filming "Shotgun Wedding." In fact, the report states that the duo have been in contact since early February. 

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The actor was "loving and longing for Jen" in the emails, TMZ claims.

In one of the letters, there was supposedly a reference to J.Lo's love for Ben's writing. There was even a sentence about him being able to "own her heart," the report states. The Oscar-winning actor also reportedly said he wished he could be in the Caribbean with Jen.

Throughout the two-month duration of the back-and-forth emailing, Ben and Jen never had any physical contact. 

Jen, of course, was still engaged to Alex Rodriguez at the time, though their romance was on the rocks. In mid-April, Jen and A-Rod called off their engagement and split up.

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Around the same time, Jen wrapped "Shotgun Wedding" and returned to her home in Los Angeles. Ben was quickly seen at her house, but sources maintained that they were just friends. However, their relationship seems to be progressing beyond friendship, as they were seen vacationing together last week in Montana, where Ben owns a home. 

Ben and Jen famously dated in the early aughts and got engaged in 2002. "Bennifer" — as they were dubbed by the media and fans — later split in 2004 and called off their engagement. 

Onlookers who saw the duo in Montana said they looked very much like a couple. 

Interestingly, Ben recently gushed about Jennifer in an InStyle magazine cover story.

"She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I'm so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves," he said. 

Another person firmly in the "Bennifer" corner? Ben's BFF Matt Damon.

"I love them both," he told "Today" on Tuesday. "I hope it's true."

Splitsville

John Mulaney splitting with wife after rehab stint

John Mulaney and his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler, are pulling the plug on their marriage.

The comedian's rep confirmed the news to Page Six, saying, "John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work."

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John reportedly asked for a divorce three months ago around the time he left rehab in late February after a 60-day stay.

"I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage," Anna said via a spokesperson. "I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery."

John and Anna reportedly met in the late 2000s at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. They married in July 2014.

"July 5, 2014. On a beautiful and perfect day, I married a beautiful and perfect woman. I wish I could live it over and over again," he captioned a stunning wedding day photo, which was posted to Instagram. 

Over the years John gushed about Anna on social media, as well. In 2019, he called Anna "the coolest, kindest, funniest, weirdest, most beautiful, most artistically inspiring person I have ever met."

Last December, just before Christmas, John checked himself into a rehab facility in Pennsylvania for alcohol and cocaine addiction, reports said at the time.

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has spoke of his vices in the past, telling Esquire in 2019 that he began drinking at 13 years old "for attention." He eventually moved into harder drugs.

"I never liked smoking pot. Then I tried cocaine, and I loved it," he said. "I wasn't a good athlete, so maybe it was some young male thing of This is the physical feat I can do. Three Vicodin and a tequila and I'm still standing. Who's the athlete now?"

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In his 2012 Comedy Central special "New In Town," John spoke more about his addictions.

"I don't drink. I used to drink, then I drank too much, and I had to stop," he said. "That surprises a lot of audiences, because I don't look like someone who used to do anything."