Certain prison time

Lori Loughlin, husband face at least 2 years in prison if they make plea deal: Report

On April 8, actress Felicity Huffman took full responsibility for her role in a college admissions cheating scandal in which she paid $15,000 to dishonestly improve her elder daughter's SAT score without the girl's knowledge. The same day, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that the "Desperate Housewives" star and a dozen others had reached a plea deal.


According to reports based on the plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's office wants prison time, but reports indicate it would likely be only a matter of a few months.

The other Hollywood star who was arrested and charged in the bribery scam that was exposed in March — "Fuller House" actress Lori Loughlin — has not yet reached a plea deal. And now a new report from TMZ indicates that Lori and designer husband Mossimo Giannulli could be facing a minimum of two years in prison for their alleged crimes.

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The lengthier prison sentence, TMZ explains, is because the couple allegedly paid much more — $500,000 in bribes — to get their two daughters, Bella and social media influencer Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits even though the young women were not athletes. According to TMZ's sources, that amount "raises the minimum prison sentence in a plea deal to a range of two to two-and-a-half years," the webloid writes.

Sources close to the case told TMZ that all the indicted parents have been offered plea deals at this point — but all of those deals involve prison time that in most cases is related to how much the parents paid for the dishonest admissions scheme as well as whether or not they've accepted responsibility for their actions.

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According to TMZ's sources, "prosecutors have given all defendants an ultimatum [to] reach a plea deal QUICKLY or else they will go to a federal grand jury and add charges, including money laundering, which significantly raises the low end of prison time."

TMZ reports that Felicity could end up serving as little as four months behind bars. According to Variety, in the plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office explains that it thinks the first group of parents who've pleaded guilty should receive sentences on the "low end" of a four-to-10-month range, though sentencing is ultimately up to a judge. Variety further explains that prosecutors also want a year of supervised released plus restitution payments.

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CNN published a statement from Felicity on April 8. It reads: "I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's Office. I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions."

It continued: "I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty."

Recycled fashion

Melissa Joan Hart rewears 21-year-old dress to celebrate holiday

Melissa Joan Hart's wardrobe is stepping back in time. 

Over the weekend, the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" actress shared an up-to-date image in which she donned a red eagle-emblazoned dress. It's the same dress she debuted on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in 2001. 

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It's also the same dress she's worn nearly every year on the Fourth of July.

"The eagle dress has landed," she wrote alongside a series of images showing her in the dress, one from July 4 and others from over the years. 

In speaking about her dress, Melissa, 46, said she purchased it in 2000 in Melbourne, Australia. 

"I wore it on the #LateShow with #JayLeno in 2021 after 9/11 when I only wore red, white and blue for the better part of a year," she said, noting the clothing hangs in her vacation house in Lake Tahoe.

"It became a July 4th staple in my Tahoe closet in about 2008 and I have since worn it every year minus 2019 when I spent Independence Day on the east coast," she said. 

Melissa's Instagram post also showed her in the oft-recycled dress standing alongside Hilary Duff and Bryan Cranston — a photo, she said, that was "doctored."

"That never actually happened in my memory," she said. 

While the of-legal-drinking-age eagle outfit got all the attention, the actress began her holiday weekend in a green floral dress. She also shared an incredible video of a water rescue simulation exercise at Lake Tahoe.

The bird is the word for Melissa.

Props to you!

David Harbour reveals surprising fact about 'Stranger Things' prop

Prop it up! David Harbour has revealed that the sword he used in the "Stranger Things" season finale is the exact same weapon Arnold Schwarzenegger used in the "Conan" films.

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"Nerd alert. The prop at the end of episode 9 is the Atlantean sword from the CONAN films," David revealed on Instagram, while sharing several scenes from the Netflix show. "A lovely fan found a still of when it was established in ep 7 and used by an unlucky inmate who met an untimely death near the cells at the side of our gladiatorial pit."

The sword is very consequential in the Conan movies.

In describing the "actual sword used in the filming of both CONAN films," David, 47, couldn't hide his excitement and gave a shout out to the "Stranger Things" props department.

"It was heavy as hell, and such a tremendous honor to wield," he said. In ending his gushing tribute, he tagged Arnold and said he was "ready to accept your notes on my technique."


Fans of the show were stunning at David's fun fact, as many noted that they loved "Stranger Things" even more now. 

"How's that for an Easter egg," one person happily commented.

Some fans claimed they knew the sword was iconic the second they saw it. 

"My husband called it immediately and I was like '……nah…they wouldn't really…' APPARENTLY THEY WOULD," one commented. Another user said, "I called it when my hubby and I were watching the episode! He looked at me like I was nuts at the time."

Interesting reveal

Joe Rogan reveals he's rejected multiple Trump interviews: 'I don't want to help him'

Joe Rogan is making it clear that he's not part of the MAGA universe.

On a recent episode of Lex Fridman's podcast, the host of the hugely popular "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast said Donald Trump has wanted to be on his podcast several times, and Joe has turned him down "every time."

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"The Trump era is also going to be one of the weirder times," Joe said. "When people look back historically about the division in this country, he's such a polarizing figure that so many people felt like they could abandon their own ethics and morals and principles just to attack him and anybody who supports him because he is an existential threat to democracy itself."

Rogan continued, "I'm not a Trump supporter in any way, shape or form. I've had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once — I've said no, every time. I don't want to help him. I'm not interested in helping him."

During the chat, Joe defended his decision to have others on his show whom he doesn't necessarily agree with politically, citing Kanye West specifically.

"Kanye's an artist," Joe said. "Kanye doing well or not doing well, doesn't change the course of our country."

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According to polls, Trump is in a hypothetical dead heat with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 republican nomination for president. Not long ago, Trump had a stranglehold on the nomination.

Joe, who has publicly supported Gov. DeSantis, doesn't want to throw the former president a lifeline. 

"I think you can revitalize and rehabilitate someone's image in a way that is pretty shocking," the comedian said.

Regardless of his support, the UFC commentator thinks either DeSantis or Trump will beat Joe Biden, who he dubbed "a dead man."

"Biden shakes hands with people that aren't even there when he gets off stage," the podcaster said. "I think he's seeing ghosts."

movie magic

Tom Hanks doesn't 'understand' why Tim Allen isn't in 'Lightyear'

Tom Hanks is still confused about why Disney's new "Lightyear" film doesn't feature Tim Allen's voice, particularly given that the "Home Improvement" star voiced the beloved Buzz Lightyear action figure in all four of the "Toy Story" films. 

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Tom, who was the voice of Woody in "Toy Story," was asked about his new "Elvis" movie being in theaters at the same time as a Tim-less "Lightyear."

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"How 'bout that? I actually wanted to go head-to-head with Tim Allen, and then they didn't let Tim Allen do it. I don't understand that," Tom said. 

The "Forrest Gump" actor said he just hopes that people return to the theaters to see movies. 

"Here's the thing: I want to go back in the theater with a bunch of strangers and leave with something in common," he said. "That's what I want to do. And going to see a movie with them, I'm looking forward to that."

Since announcing that Chris Evans was starring as the action hero, Disney has explained several times that "Lightyear" is the origin story of Tim Allen's action figure. Still, the explanation hasn't sat well. Even Tim shaded the movie, telling "Extra," "It's a wonderful story. It just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy, and it's a little…I don't know. It just has no relationship to Buzz. It's just no connection. I wish there was a better connection."

There has been online speculation that Disney replaced Tim because of his conservative political views. Interestingly enough, Tim is currently filming an upcoming Disney series called "The Santa Clause."

Time to celebrate

Amanda Kloots has 'reframed' husband Nick Cordero's COVID death

Amanda Kloots remembers the heartbreak she felt when her husband, Nick Cordero, died of COVID complications on July 5, 2000. She's now "reframed" his death and even celebrates it. 

In a touching tribute to her late husband, "The Talk" host said she and 3-year-old son Elvis, think about Nick every day.

"Two years ago today Elvis and I said goodbye to Nick. It was the hardest day of my life. There hasn't been a day I haven't missed him. Nick was a presence. His smile and laugh lit up a room. He loved everyone and was a great friend to anyone that knew him," she wrote alongside a series of photos and videos of the Broadway star.

Amanda then retold a story of a dream her friend experienced involving Nick.

"Last year on this day my girlfriend told me about beautiful dream she had," she wrote. "We were all at a party and Nick was there looking happy and radiant. When she asked him why he was there he said, 'What do you mean? Today is my birthday. It's the one day I get to come back and celebrate with everyone I love.'"

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The dream changed everything for Amanda and allowed her to think of July 5 differently. In her eyes, it's a day that should be celebrated.  

"Hearing this completely changed my mood. He's celebrating today? He's happy? Birth and death have so many similarities," Amanda said. "I can't possibly know what's on the other side but he was sending me a clear message. I quickly reframed this day. July 5th is Nicks 'new birth' day instead of his death day. This idea brought a positive light to a otherwise dark day. 

"I decided then that I will celebrate with him today and always on July 5th," she said. 

Amanda's post was set to Justin Bieber's "Ghost." In ending her heartwarming Instagram message she stole a line from the song.

"I love honey," she said. "I miss you more than life."

Marvel news

Howard Stern drops Marvel bombshell in hot-mic moment

Howard Stern is apparently joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he accidentally revealed on his SiriusXM show.

During a break in his show, the radio icon — who didn't realize his microphone was still on — let slip that he's part of Marvel's upcoming "Doctor Doom" project, which has yet to be officially announced. 

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The bombshell occurred as Howard spoke with his show's producer about booking potential guests for the show. He then said his schedule was booked solid for the summer. 

"Are you working this summer?" co-host Robin Quivers asked Howard, to which he replied, "I told you, I'm going to do 'Doctor Doom.'"

While this would be a major role for many people, Howard admitted that he's not exactly enjoying the experience. "Believe me,  I'm f****** miserable about it," he said.

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During the hot-mic moment, which TMZ obtained, the "King of all Media" told his crew that he reached out to Robert Downey Jr. for some acting tips, and he also asked his producer if he had "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau's number.

Little is known about "Doctor Doom," including whether it will be a film or a Disney+ series. There is also mystery surrounding which character Howard will play in the project. 

Out and healthy

Steven Tyler doing 'amazingly well' after completing rehab

Steven Tyler is out of rehab after a stay of more than a month.

He's doing "amazingly well," a source told TMZ on Friday, July 1.

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On May 24, Aerosmith announced that its frontman had checked into rehab.

"As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years. After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery," the announcement said. 

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TMZ said the "Dude Looks Like a Lady" singer actually stayed longer than the 30 days he was supposed to complete in order "to make sure he felt good."

Following the stint, Steven, 74, reportedly looks as good as ever, as he's at a healthy weight and his skin looks well hydrated. 

Although his post-rehab life looks bright, Steven and his team are realistic and aware that he is battling a lifelong addiction.

Steven is expected to be ready to go by the time the band takes the stage again in September. 

Supportive friend

Dave Coulier discusses Lori Loughlin's 'strange turn,' jail stint

Suffice to say, Dave Coulier never expected his "Full House" costar Lori Loughlin to end up with a criminal record.

"If you would have said at the beginning of 'Full House,' who's the one person who's going to end up going to jail, Lori was last on the list," he told E! News recently. "Lori is my best girlfriend in life. We make each other laugh really hard, through the tough times and the fun times."

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The comedian knows that "everyone has their opinion" about the "When Calls the Heart" actress, but insisted she's a "wonderful human being" despite her life's "strange turn."

"There's a lot of untold story underneath that I don't think a lot of people know," he said. "We all make mistakes."

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Lori and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters — Olivia Jade and Isabella — accepted into the University of Southern California after falsely designating them as crew team recruits. The two eventually struck a plea deal and Lori served two months in prison, whereas her husband served five months in prison. 

Lori's "Full House" family has supported her through it all. Prior to Bob Saget's passing, he said he sent her a text that read, "I love you and thinking of you, that's all."

"You know when it gets down to it, there's so much going on and so many people have gone through so much and you know … if you love somebody then you have to make that, decision and [ask yourself] is this something that causes me not to love a person and I love her," the later comedian told Page Six. "She's a sweetheart."

Health concern

Bret Michaels gives health update after hospitalization, abrupt concert cancellation

Bret Michaels is "working on being back" after he was hospitalized and forced to cancel a Nashville concert at the very last second. 

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"I was truly fired up to get on stage in the music city and perform, but due to an unknown complication & following hospitalization, it was not possible," he tweeted on Friday, July 1. "I send my deepest apologies for being unable to rock the stage tonight!! I'm working on being back 100% very soon & hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley [Crüe]/[Def] Leppard/Joan [Jett & The Blackhearts] and Classless Act!!!"

Bret and Poison were set to perform on Thursday night, but the singer quickly fell ill just before set time, TMZ reported. The band members told the crowd that they would not be performing, claiming the "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" singer had a bad reaction to medication and was being taken to the hospital. 

While the vast majority of fans were understanding, others were upset about the 11th hour cancellation.

Bret's medical issues have been well-documented over the years. The rocker, who has type 1 diabetes, had a brain hemorrhage in 2010. In 2011, he had surgery to repair a hole in his heart following a miniature stroke. Then, in 2014, Bret had kidney surgery.