Mama Drama

Sean Penn's ex-wife Leila George says she wants 'lots' of kids, admits she envies her 'Animal Kingdom' alter-ego's big brood

For the past three years, Leila George has portrayed one of the most complicated mothers on television: the younger version of crime boss Janine "Smurf" Cody in the flashback storyline on TNT's "Animal Kingdom," which enters its sixth and final season on June 19. (Ellen Barkin portrayed an older version of the character in the present-day storyline on the first four seasons of the action-packed drama.)

Season 6 sees Janine in the early '90s facing arguably her greatest challenge yet: raising teenagers. The scenes she shares with her teen children — twins Pope and Julia and adopted son Baz — are intense, to say the least. But it's her exchanges with her daughter — whom she expertly manipulates — that are particularly difficult to watch.

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Leila — the only child of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" alum Vincent D'Onofrio and Italian-Australian actress Greta Scacchi — drew inspiration from an unexpected source to bring the latest iteration of Janine to life: her own mother.

"Maybe I'm outing myself, but don't all mother-daughter relationships have darkness to them at times? I love my mom so much — she is my ride or die, she's my North Star. She's become one of my best friends. But when I was a teenager, we had fights like that," she told Wonderwall.com during a recent chat.

"It is kind of relatable. At a certain point, a daughter needs to fly the nest and there's a struggle for a couple of years. I feel like we can all relate to that," she added.

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While Janine — who introduced her offspring to a life of crime before they hit puberty — makes motherhood look anything but easy, walking in her shoes hasn't deterred Leila from wanting her own big brood some day.

"I've always been someone who wants kids — lots of them. I envy that in her," said the 30-year-old beauty, who split from Sean Penn in October 2021 following just 14 months of marriage. "Take away all the crime and giving your kids alcohol, take away all the bad stuff, I love that [she has this] big family. I love that they have Sunday lunches and parties and, yes, they're dysfunctional, but it's a nice to see a family get-together, isn't it? I like that."

From what we've seen so far, the family get-togethers on season 6 of "Animal Kingdom" are particularly dysfunctional…

Leila had this to say about how her on-screen alter ego is handling parenthood after a significant time-jump following the conclusion of season 5: "She's trying to make it work with [her kids] and pulling jobs — they're in a flow," she said. "They don't have it as down pat as in the future, but they're getting there. They're learning, and she's working with young Baz — played by Darren Mann — and he's kind of slowly starting to get into a bit of a leadership role. But she's wrangling Julia and Pope — played by Jasper Polish and Kevin Csolak. The three of them are phenomenal and so great to work with and such lovely young actors. I say young, but they're pretty much my age, which is kind of daunting. But it's family dynamics. … And in true 'Animal Kingdom' style, s*** hits the fan. But that's where she's at: wrangling teenagers."

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Leila has portrayed Janine at different ages over the course of nearly two decades — from her early 20s in the '70s to her late 30s or early 40s in the early '90s. It presents a unique challenge for the actress.

"It was fun figuring out what the look was gonna be each season," she said. "When I joined the show, I didn't know how long I was gonna be on it for — I started with a contract for six episodes. So I did not know this is where it was gonna go. It has been a really interesting thing to figure out how much of her to hold back. How much of her was already there when she was 20? How much did she slowly get like Ellen Barkin along the way? … But to be able to go full Smurf in season 6 was really freeing because I have been waiting to do that and hoping that I could do that. Also being able to work in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s has been so fun — just doing all my wardrobe fittings has been one of the things I look forward to most. And listening to the music of the time and all of the sets of the time and the props of the time. It's been a really interesting challenge — one that I'm grateful to have gotten. I don't know if I'll get to do that again."

Like many "Animal Kingdom" fans, Leila couldn't help but wish she'd had more time with the role — her first on a TV series.

"I feel like each new season that I got to be a part of was a gift. Of course I was hungry for more because [the show] jumps 10 years, so there's so much that you miss seeing," she said. "Yes, there were some times when I found myself wishing that the whole thing — my whole part — had been done as a spinoff so that I did have a chance to go really deep into each decade. But isn't it better to leave something wanting more? It's nice that I'm leaving it wanting more of it as opposed to being like, 'Ugh, thank God!'"

"She was such a fun character to play. I just hope that the fans are left feeling good about the last season. That's all I really care about," she concluded.

The sixth and final season of "Animal Kingdom" debuts on TNT on Sunday, June 19.

Illness

Danny Bonaduce opens up about mystery illness than left him unable to speak, walk

Unable to walk or form sentences, Danny Bonaduce was a shell of himself after coming down with a mystery illness earlier this year. He's still at 100%.

The former "Partridge Family" star was first alerted to his health situation after his wife, Amy, noticed his strange speech pattern in May. From there, his symptoms only got worse.

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"I couldn't walk at all," he told "Good Morning America" this week. "I couldn't do anything like that. She looked really nervous. And she said, 'You're not saying words, you're not speaking English,' which of course is preposterous to me."

"We call an ambulance and [it] took me to the hospital where I remained for the first five days and remember very little of it," he said.

After his health became more stable, the actor was determined to find out what was wrong with him, but doctors were flummoxed.

"I couldn't walk," he said. "I couldn't keep my balance. I slurred really badly. I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of my stairs for God's sake — I was hoping for a diagnosis but did not get one."

Doctors, however, were able to rule out a stroke. 

"There was nothing that said this was gonna happen," he added. "Take time to consider your health and what you're doing. Pay attention."

Although his health remains a mystery, Danny is well enough to return to his Seattle radio show, which he did on Monday, June 27. 

"My brain is still a little fuzzy but that's never stopped me — or the people who hire me," he joked on Instagram before returning to the airwaves. 

Weight watcher

Luke Combs: 'Having a kid messed with my head'

As his family size increases, Luke Combs is trying to get smaller.

The country superstar is opening up about his weight, indicating he's ready to slim down for the sake of his newborn son, who he and his wife welcomed this month.

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"Having a kid has messed up my head on this thing in the best way," Luke told Zane Lowe on "Apple Music 1" on Tuesday, June 28. "I want to be around … I'm fine right now, my cholesterol and my blood pressure is fine 'cause I'm a younger guy, but by the time I'm 45, it's not going to be because of the shape that I'm in."

The "Beautiful Crazy" singer said his weight has always "bugged" him, but he's paying more attention to it now that he's a father. 

"Especially when you're younger, you're like, man I just got like a horrible genetic dice roll on this thing," he continued, adding that his diet is also to blame. "It's like, not that I don't pig out, 'cause I do pig out. I'm not trying to say it's not my fault because it is in a lot of ways [it is.]"

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Luke likens losing weight to a day on the links.

"I know what to do and how to do it, and I hate to keep going back to golf, but when I go play golf I can hit a good golf shot, I've done it a bunch of times, I can't do it consistently, and my relationship with food has been the same thing," he said. "I know what to do and how to do it and why to do it and when to do it."

The CMA Entertainer of the Year said he's still "comfortable" in his own skin, but he's affected by how people look at him. 

"Sometimes I think, man I don't want people to think of me in this way where it's like, this guy doesn't care about himself," he said. 

Food issue

Acclaimed chef details what it's really like cooking for 'complicated' Victoria Beckham

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

A very famous, highly-celebrated chef is opening up about his experience cooking for Victoria Beckham, claiming she didn't exactly want to spice up her dietary life. 

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Dani Garcia, a three Michelin star chef, recalled Victoria accompanying her husband, David Beckham, to the June 2019 wedding of Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio in Spain. Dani was hired to cook for the wedding.

"It was very strange. Victoria Beckham changed the whole menu," the chef said while on Spanish TV's popular "El Hormiguero" show. "It was very sad because when you make such an effort, not just me and my team but the bride and groom and everyone else to create a unique menu."

The former Spice Girl wasn't enthralled by the menu, it seems. 

"Hers was totally different and just based around vegetables. And then there were some odd things that I've never seen in my life," Dani said. "She had coconut water, all the time, a bowl of mints and then on the other side hydroalcoholic gel which is very famous now but back then wasn't because the Covid pandemic hadn't started."

He concluded, "It was complicated giving Victoria her menu that night."

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Not long after the comments, a source close to the fashion icon came to her defense. 

"This makes a great story but isn't fair or accurate – the most Victoria would have done when asked about dietary requirements is ask for some plain fish and vegetables," the source said. 

Victoria's stringent diet is well known and hardly disputed. She once said her favorite meal is whole grain toast with salt.

David spoke about his wife's relationship with food just months ago on the River Che Table 4 podcast. 

"I get quite emotional about food and wine, when I'm eating something great I want everyone to try it," he said. "Unfortunately I'm married to someone that has eaten the same thing for the last 25 years. Since I met her she only eats grilled fish, steamed vegetables, she will very rarely deviate from that."

Kid comment

Chris Pratt finally reacts to all the backlash over his infamous 'healthy' kid comment

Chris Pratt admits he "cried" after the Internet turned on him over comments made last year about his "healthy" daughter. 

Last November, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star took to Instagram to gush about his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger. In chatting with Men's Health, he recalled, "I said something [on Instagram], like, 'Find someone who looks at you the way my wife looks at me.' And then I gave her some s*** in the thing and said, 'But I love you. I'm so thankful for my wife — she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter.'"

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Social media users unleashed, as many felt that Chris ignored the fact that he has a son, Jack, with ex-wife Anna Faris (Jack was born premature). Many of those people assumed the actor's message was also a dig at Anna. 

Of the criticism, Chris said, "That is [messed] up. My son's gonna read that one day. He's 9. And it's etched in digital stone. It really f***** bothered me, dude. I cried about it."

Chris now shares daughters Layla, 1, and Eloise, 1 month, with Katherine.

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The "Jurassic World" star said he was able to move past the controversy because Twitter backlash is not "real." But, he says, Jack "doesn't know that yet."

After Jack was born in 2012, the little one spent seven weeks in the NICU. 

In a May 2021 interview with People magazine, Anna, who split with Chris in 2017, said, "The first years were filled with doctor's appointments, five surgeries, physical therapy, a lot of laughter. Jack was and is the most adorable cutest thing I could ever have imagined."

Book deal

Tiger Woods' mistress reportedly shopping tell-all book, will delve deeper into relationship

Tiger Woods' infamous mistress isn't done talking.

Rachel Uchitel is reportedly shopping a tell-all book that will focus on her entanglements with the golfer and "Bones" actor David Boreanaz, as well as her life leading up to those.

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"Everyone thinks they know her story, but they really don't," a source told Page Six.

Much of Rachel's story — particularly her affair with the world's former No. 1 golfer — has been well-documented over the years, but the book will be more encompassing of her life and will detail her father's death from a drug overdose and her fiancé perishing in the 9/11 attacks. After The New York Post published a photo of her crying after the Twin Towers fell, she was known as "New York's Tragic Face" — this, of course, was all prior to her being linked to Tiger. 

Over the years, Rachel has also been open about her own addiction issues.

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After more than a decade of silence, Rachel made her first public comments about the affair in January 2021 for HBO's "Tiger" documentary. 

"I have stayed quiet about this story, but at this point, I have nothing left to lose. My name hasn't lost the stigma at all," she said in the two-part documentary.

The golf legend famously crashed his car in 2009 after his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, found out that he'd been having a long-running affair with Rachel, a former nightclub hostess in New York City and Las Vegas.

Rachel is working with agent David Vigliano to shop the book. 

Money matters

Decision made on Chadwick Boseman's $2.3 million estate

Chadwick Boseman's estate will be evenly split between his widow and his parents, according to a new report. 

The "Black Panther" star left behind $2.3 million when he passed unexpectedly in 2020. Black Enterprise says Taylor Simone Ledward, 31, and her in-laws, Leroy and Carolyn, will each get $1.15 million from the estate.

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Taylor, who has been with Chadwick since 2016, has been in charge of settling the estate, and she reportedly wanted it split evenly. 

Chadwick, who passed at the age of 43 after a private battle with progressing colon cancer, did not have a will. Prior to paying various funeral and legal fees, the estate was estimated to be worth nearly $3.9 million.

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Chadwick and Taylor, 31, secretly married about a year prior to his death. The widow accepted her late husband's Golden Globe award in 2021. 

"He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices," she said. "He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, 'You can,' that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history."

Healthy reveal

Zachary Levi reveals he was sent to psych ward after mental breakdown

After struggling with mental health and having suicidal thoughts, Zachary Levi revealed he once had a "complete mental breakdown" that sent him to a psychiatric ward five years ago.  

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The actor candidly spoke about his three-week stay at the ward, telling Elizabeth Vargas on her "Heart of the Matter" podcast, "I've struggled with this stuff most of my life. I didn't realize that I was struggling with these things until I was 37, about five years ago, and I had a complete mental breakdown."

The "Shazam!" star, 41, said he had an imperfect upbringing, claiming there was vitriol" and "lots of yelling" in his household. He turned to "sex or drugs or booze" to distract himself. 

"The irony is that booze can give you this temporary relief, but then the next day amplifies that anxiety tenfold," he said in the interview obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. "So, then you're running back to get more, and it just becomes this vicious cycle."

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Over time, his anxiety got worse, have he even have panic attacks over something as simple as where to eat.

"I'm sitting in my truck, and vividly, I remember I was holding onto the wheel, and I was just shaking back and forth, that like almost trying to shake myself out of what was going on, and I'm just weeping. I'm just crying. I'm like, 'God, help me,'" he recalled.

After having suicidal thoughts, he went to the emergency room, which led to the psych ward.

"The lies are whispering into my ear, and the failure that I felt that I was enough to be like, 'Zach, it doesn't feel like you're going to make it out of this,'" he said.

The psychiatric ward saved his life. 

"I think one of the most important things, at least for me, is taking my thoughts captive," he said. "Our minds are so powerful, but they are so easily, so easily hijacked if we don't really go, 'Oh, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I'm doing it again. I'm starting to speak ill of myself again. I'm starting to be harsh or critical of myself. I'm starting to judge where I'm at in my life.'"

Big donation

David Spade donates $5k to viral Burger King worker

David Spade was feeling charbroiled after watching the viral video of a Burger King employee get nothing more than a goodie bag of candy as recognition for 27 years of work without ever missing a day.

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Throughout the week, a video made the rounds that showed a man named Kevin Ford receiving a less-than-satisfactory gift to commemorate his dedication and loyalty to his employer. The bag included a movie ticket, pens, a lanyard and some candy.  

As the video went viral, Kevin's daughter started a GoFundMe and spoke of her father's work ethic and life story. Fans quickly contributed small amounts to the fund, which added up quickly. After David saw the video, he donated $5,000 to the fund, easily the page's largest contribution.

The "Tommy Boy" star also had a conversation with Kevin on Instagram. "Keep up the good work. 27 years," David wrote. Kevin was stunned and thanked the actor profusely, even joking that he might take a day off now. David replied, "Wait til year 30."

The GoFundMe has now eclipsed $50,000, largely through $10 and $20 donations. Many people have left supportive messages to Kevin, claiming Burger King did him wrong. However, in a chat with TMZ, Kevin — who works at the Burger King inside the Las Vegas airport — doesn't technically work for the fast food giant, but rather HMS Host, the company from which Burger King hires. 

"All the love that people are giving me is just so, so overwhelming. I just want to thank everyone so, so much," he told TMZ in an emotional video. "I'm grateful for anything. I don't want to say I want this or that. All I want is to go to work and have fun and make everyone's life better like they're doing to me."

With he money raised from GoFundMe, Kevin plans to visit his daughters and grandkids in Texas and maybe buy a Ford hybrid.

Case cracked

Al Pacino addresses 'Shrek' phone case that went viral

Finally Al Pacino is chatting about the case… his phone case.

"My daughter gave me that," he said on "Today" this week. "My youngest daughter put that on my phone."

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The "Heat" star went viral back in April after a group photo including Al was posted to Instagram. Fans, though, couldn't take their eyes off of Al's cell phone case, which was covered with pictures of "Shrek."

As social media was having a field day with the revelation, DreamWorks Animation got in on the fun, tweeting, "Real recognize real." DreamWorks also included a picture of Shrek holding a phone case adorned with Al faces. 

"You can't make this up, Al Pacino is literally the perfect man to exist and he likes Shrek," one person commented on Twitter after seeing the phone case. Another fan wrote, "THIS IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME."

One intrepid Twitter user reached out to Al's 21-year-old daughter Olivia to find out if "Shrek" was the face on the case. 

"There's a bunch of people (including me) going crazy on twitter because they saw a picture of al in which it seems he has a shrek phone case," the user said. "Is that possible? because that would be iconic lmao anyway have a nice day."

Olivia confirmed that it was, indeed, a "Shrek" phone case.

Funny enough, Twitter noticed the case before Al did!

"I didn't even look at it until social media told me what was on my phone," "The Godfather" actor said on "Today." "And I took a look and said, 'Oh, that's 'Shrek.'"

Asked if he will keep using the case, the acting icon didn't miss a beat, saying, "Of course, it was a gift!"