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."

Wedding bells

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost marry in New York

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have tied the knot. 

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The duo said "I do" last weekend in a small ceremony in Palisades, New York, TMZ said.

Scarlett and Colin allowed Meals on Wheels America to make the announcement, as it photoshopped a picture of the Staten Island Ferry with cans dangling behind it, much like a traditional honeymoon scene in which cans hang from the back of a care. "Jost Married" was embedded in the image.

"We're thrilled to break the news that Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost were married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony with their immediate family and love ones, following COVID-19 safety precautions as directed by the CDC," the post said. "Their wedding wish is to help make a difference for vulnerable older adults during this difficult time by supporting @mealsonwheelsamerica."

Meals on Wheels asked fans of the couple to consider donating to the organization as a form of a wedding gift. 

The Instagram post didn't indicate where the couple got hitched, but many suspect it was at a home in Palisades that Scarlett purchased in 2018.

The actress and "SNL" star got engaged in May 2019 after two years of dating. 


Last year, Colin reportedly joked about marriage after taking the stage during a celiac disease research benefit.

"I'm getting married and it's such a crazy thing. … I was so scared of marriage for so long because every time I talked to someone who just got married or was about to get married, it's like, 'Oh my God, you got to do it… What could go wrong?'" he said. "Then you talk to someone who's been married for five years, and they're like, 'Don't rush into it… you have your whole life ahead of you. Don't have kids. They're the worst.'"

This is Scarlett's third marriage, but Colin's first.

Eternal love

Duane Chapman honors late wife on her birthday

Duane Chapman is fondly remembering his late wife on what would have been her 53rd birthday.

On Oct. 29, Duane, more commonly known as Dog The Bounty Hunter, posted a photo of Beth Chapman to his Instagram.  

"You are celebrating this day with Jesus and all his angels," he captioned the photo. "That's the only thing that gets us through without you."

While wishing Beth happy birthday, Duane added, "we miss you & love you."

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Beth, who was Duane's sidekick on his "Dog The Bounty Hunter" reality TV show, passed away in June 2019 at the age of 51 following a battle with throat cancer. Following her death, Duane was under tremendous stress and refused to watch the reality show, which chronicled Beth's cancer battle.

Dog has since found love again, as he's engaged to Francie Frane, who lost her husband to cancer six months before Beth died. Shortly before their engagement this spring, Dog posted a photo of Francie, while also referencing his late wife.

"I scream & Cry Beth where are you why did you leave me then I look up & see you Francie & the pain turns to a smile I LOVE YOU WOMAN !!" he captioned the snap.

Dog has often posted images of Beth on social media, having done so this past Mother's Day and on their most recent wedding anniversary.

While some have criticized Dog and Francie— who went public with their romance on Instagram in April — for moving too fast, they say they know they're on the right path. "You know there's always going to be haters," he said, "and I probably arrested half of them."


Tiffany Haddish and Common hit with split rumors

Is there trouble in paradise for Tiffany Haddish and Common?


The couple of less than three months is being hit with split rumors, and it seems to all be tied to social media. Eagle-eyed Instagram users noticed that Common has unfollowed the actress, which is often considered a modern day signal of a split.

Tiffany, however, still follows Common.

Over the summer, the comedian confirmed that she and Common were dating. "This is hands down the best relationship I've ever been in," she said on Steve-O's podcast Wild Ride. "Knock on wood! I've lost 20 pounds since I've been in this relationship."

She added, "I feel more confident in me and it's not him that's doing it. I'm just way happier and it's like knowing I got somebody that cares about me, that really has my back. It seems like he does anyways. And I love it. I love him."


Recently, Tiffany posted some cryptic messages on Instagram about exes contacting her.

"Boy. Stop reaching out to me trying to be my friend, I don't want to be your friend. Plus you got a whole women and Babies on the way and we been done for years," she said. "But you want a windfall of money, and want me to make that wind go? Huh hahaha if I thought that would remove you from my entire life I would. Just ct like I never said I love you. cause who I was loving wasn't the real you. When the real you showed up I was disappointed and disgusted, so please go away forever. PEACE AND HAPPINESS BE UPON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."

Sports key

Nick Jonas floats funny sports conspiracy theory

If you're a professional athlete, maybe happiness begins with a Jonas Brothers concert.

On Oct. 28, just one day after the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title in 32 years, Nick Jonas floated a funny conspiracy theory that links that title and other recent championships to recent Jonas Brothers concerts.

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Nick is calling it the "Jonas Blessing," which he says is the opposite of the years-long "Drake curse," which saw many of his favorite teams lose. 

"The Dodgers won the World Series last night, and yet, no one is talking about the very, very obvious theme here," Nick said in a Twitter video. "To fully understand this conspiracy, we have to back things up to September 22, 2019."

On that particular date, the JoBros played a show in Kansas City, Missouri, which was attended by Patrick Mahomes. A few months later, Patrick and the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and the quarterback was named MVP.

Nick then spoke of a Dec. 10, 2019, show in Arizona, which was attended by Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger. The singer included a picture from Oct. 27 that shows Cody holding up the World Series trophy.

"Last, but not least, certainly not least, Lewis Hamilton attended the Jonas Brothers concert in Paris on February 22," Nick said. "Just last week, he won his 92nd Grand Prix — the most of all time." 


Nick theorized that the first step toward winning championships is attending live JoBros shows, calling it the "key to success."

"And just remember, it's not about how hard you practice, how naturally gifted you are," he said, "it's about the 'Year 3000,' 'When You Look Me in the Eyes,' 'S.O.S.,' and of course, 'Sucker.'"


Brad Pitt and girlfriend split: Report

Brad Pitt is single again.

The Oscar-winning actor and German model Nicole Poturalski have split, Page Six reported on Oct. 28.

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A source told the site that the breakup isn't exactly new, indicating it happened "a while back."

"It was never all that serious as it was cracked up to be," the source said, adding that the romance was "totally over."

Brad and Nicole were first linked in August when they were seen boarding a private jet in Paris and taking off for the South of France. There was some scandalous discussion about the romance at the time because Nicole is married. However, reports said that Nicole and her husband have an "open marriage."

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Whereas Nicole is believed to be in Germany, Brad is now back in Los Angeles, and he recently voiced an advertisement for presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Earlier this month, Nicole, who has been described as a doppelgänger of Brad's ex Angelina Jolie, felt the burden of dating such a high-profile personality, noting that she was suddenly the target of trolls on social media.

"Hey guys, I have been wondering since forever why people leave hateful comments?" she asked on her Instagram Story. "Why? What is the benefit? Just in [general] I want to understand the train of thoughts. Because I don't get it. It's just so rude and sad for those commenting."

"And just don't follow people you don't want to see or don't like their content. Easy. So just be nice and kind. Try," she continued. 

Nicole's words came just weeks after an Instagram user trolled "why do you hate Brad and Angelina?" At the time, Nicole simply responded, "not hating anyone."

Rosy past

ABC exec confirms Chrishell Stause was nearly 'The Bachelorette'

Things are looking good for Chrishell Stause on "Dancing With The Stars," but they were nearly looking rosy a decade ago.

The "Selling Sunset" star was very close to being cast as "The Bachelorette" in 2008, both she and ABC confirmed. 

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Earlier this week, ABC executive Robert Mills spoke about "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" franchises while on Nick Viall's Viall Files podcast.

"She would never remember this. I've actually had lunch with Chrishell, this was 10 or 11 years ago, to talk about being the Bachelorette," he told Nick.


At the time, "The Bachelor" was being produced consistently, but its counterpart was not.

"There was like four Bachelors for every one Bachelorette," Robert said. "At that point we didn't know who it was going to be, so we were looking for people and our casting director said, 'We should meet with this girl Chrishell Stause, she's amazing.'"

After their meeting, Robert was convinced that Chrishell, who was then starring on "All My Children," was the next woman to head the show.

Around that time, Brad Womack's season aired and he let go of two women at the end, including fan favorite DeAnna' [Pappas]. Producers felt that they needed to let DeAnna lead the show, which meant Chrishell was out.


Chrishell, for her part, said she vividly remembers flirting ABC's lovestruck franchise.

"I was in line to be the next Bachelorette. And [Rob] kind of said it, oh she probably doesn't remember. And the funny thing is that I definitely remember," she said on her Instagram Story. "Because on my side, the way I was approached about, was that All My Children, which I was on at the time, was going to do a cross story line and so at the time I was a model on the show. Infusion, this makeup company, so they were going to do a win a date with our model type of story line… which they were going to cross promote on ABC daytime and primetime… so that was the way it was brought to me."

She added, "So anyway I definitely remember that. So funny, it's all intertwined. what could have been. Brad Womack hadn't not picked someone, anyways, so funny!"


'Smallville' actress recalls Allison Mack encouraging her to join NXIVM

Former "Smallville" actress Alaina Huffman thoroughly remembers her co-star Allison Mack touting NXIVM, the controversial self-help group that many believe was actually a sex cult in upstate New York.


In fact, Alaina said Allison invited her to join the group several times.

"As a young woman, 27, 28, on 'Smallville,' Ally was a couple of years younger than me and here she was flourishing, very well put together, a really peppy and independent woman," Alaina told Page Six. "She invited me a few times to some of these events and for whatever reason, I never made it maybe because I was married and had kids and I might have had something else that grounded more than I needed that kind of grounding but I can understand the appeal."

Allison, who won two Teen Choice Awards for her role as Clark Kent's sidekick Chloe Sullivan on "Smallville, made no secret of her NXIVM beliefs, and she even spoke openly on the set about her plans to move to Albany, New York, where the group was headquartered, Alaina recalls.

Allison was high in the NXIVM food chain. Within NXIVM was a secretive group called DOS, which stood for "dominus obsequious sororium," which is Latin for "master over the slave women. Allison quickly became a "key recruiter" for DOS, multiple reports and documentaries show. 


Women who were part of DOS were allegedly forced to become "slaves" to the their masters. These "slaves" were required to provide "collateral," often in the form of nude photographs, to prove their loyalty to their "master." They were also reportedly required to seduce NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who's initials were also branded on the women (many claim Allison's initials can also be found in the brand.)

Alaina, who starred in "Supernatural," said Allison wasn't the only actress to try and recruit her to NXIVM. Former member Bonnie Piesse, who had a role in "Star Wars," also implored her to join.

"We went out for dinner and she was like, 'Oh, you've got to come to this group,'" Alaina recalled. "I said, 'Oh yeah, I know it from Ally.'"

Bonnie later left the group and joined other former members on a crusade to take NXIVM down. She and her husband, filmmaker Mark Vicente, are prominently featured on HBO's "The Vow," which centers on the group, which had deep ties in the entertainment industry.

Public interest in NXIVM has been peaked recently due to "The Vow" and Starz's "Seduced," which is produced by India Oxenberg, who was a part of DOS. India is the daughter of "Dynasty" star Catherine Oxenberg. 

On Oct. 28, the Oxenbergs celebrated as Keith, NXIVM's founder, was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and other crimes, all of which stem from his leadership of NXIVM.

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Last year, Allison pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, including extortion and forced labor, for her role in NXIVM. She is awaiting her sentencing.

card shark

Rob Kardashian unexpectedly snags rare Tom Brady card worth $250k

Rob Kardashian scored a massive win this week after purchasing a case of football cards that contained an incredibly rare Tom Brady card that's valued at upwards of $250,000.


The Tom Brady MVP Nebula parallel card is the only one like it in the world. It's one of one. And no, Rob, who's a huge sports card collector, didn't know that his purchase contained that valuable card until after the packages were opened.

According to TMZ, Rob purchased a case of 2020 Panini Mosaic Choice (hobby) cards from The Bullpen in Los Angeles. A case, which typically costs around $10,000, comes with 20 boxes.

While Rob phoned in the order, he allowed the guys at the store to open the packages of cards on his behalf. The guys even live-streamed it on Instagram, and they were beside themselves with glee when the Tom Brady card showed up.

"That's one of the biggest cards I've pulled in my life," one man screamed.


The card, according to experts, is worth anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000, depending on the quality. Since the card was pulled directly from the packages and immediately placed into a protective case, it's expected to be valued on the high end of that spectrum.

Rob's haul also included other highly collectable cards worth several thousand dollars each. 

"Rob crushed it," one expert told TMZ. 

It's unclear if Rob plans to sell the cards or keep them as a part of his collection.

weight gain

Pamela Anderson 'feeling puffy' after quarantine weight gain

Pamela Anderson said she's been struggling with "the epidemic of loneliness" after fleeing the United States for her native Canada in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The former "Baywatch" star also lamented her current apathy toward working out, despite having a gym at her family ranch.

"I have a gym that I look at every so often. I feel a little puffy but winter is coming so I won't feel cold," she said on "Loose Women."

Pam, though, thinks her body looks better when it's curvy.

"I try to keep on a bit of weight – I think it's better on me," she once claimed.

Still, while in Canada, Pam is also carrying the weight of being a mother to two adults sons, one of whom she hasn't seen in seven months. 

"I miss my sons terribly and there are times I want to get into my car and just drive to them, there are frantic moments where I just want to see them," she said of Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 22. "There is an epidemic of loneliness, a lack of intimacy with technology, we have to embrace what's happening now instead of the past, human contact is very important and we need to keep in touch."

She added, "They're in L.A. and I'm here. If you come to Canada you have to quarantine for a couple of weeks. I went to L.A. I have seen Brandon but I haven't seen Dylan for seven months. We FaceTime but it's not great. I need more. I want to hug them."


While the pandemic was certainly one of Pam's biggest reasons for hightailing it to Canada earlier this year, the upcoming election also played into her mind.

"I don't think I want to be in L.A .during the election… oh yes, mail-in ballot… oh boy, the government is ridiculous," she said. "I don't know what to say but you have to vote or you can't complain about it."