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Social media reacts to Robert Pattinson's Batman casting

We might as well start called Robert Pattinson "RBatzz," because he is officially the new Batman.

After several weeks of speculation, multiple reports said on Friday that the former "Twilight" star beat out Nicholas Hoult to play the legendary caped crusader.

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As expected, once the news was official, social media weighed in to air its thoughts about the casting, with most people taking a "wait and see approach."

"Calm down fellow nerds, I'll wait to at least see a trailer of Robert Pattinson as #Batman before I make any judgments, because remember there were major questions about these guys too in their comic book roles! ," one person captioned a shot featuring Hugh Jackman, Michael Keaton, Heath Ledger and Mark Ruffalo, all of whom went on to play iconic superhero roles.

Many fans are firmly in RPatz's corner.

"Anyone who only knows Robert Pattinson from Twilight really needs to go watch Cosmopolis, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time and I GUARANTEE you'll have a much different opinion of him as an actor!," one fan said.

Another added, "Robert Pattinson confirmed as batman and i've never been happier."

"Hated the idea of Robert Pattinson as Batman," another said, "but then I heard that [director Christopher Nolan] made him his film's next lead, so I did my research, I've never been so wrong in my life. Robert will be fantastic."

One Twitter user made light of the RPatz announcement, referencing Batman's desire to keep his identity hidden.

"But is he really Batman if he has to be officially announced?," the person joked. "Only Batman can officially declare he's Batman."

Touché.

No thank you

Spinderella trashes Salt-N-Pepa biopic

Spinderella, Salt-N-Pepa's former DJ, is blasting an upcoming biopic about the trendsetting group.

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"Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special.., Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. Back when Salt n' Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me," Spin, 49, tweeted on Jan. 22. "Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production…all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success."

Spinderella's fallout with the group has been ugly.

In May 2019, she revealed that she'd been kicked out of the group via email. A few months later, she sued the group for fraud, alleging that she was financially stiffed for 20 years.

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Spin claimed she started being financially phased out in 1999 when the legendary group released its "Best Of" album. She said she was promised a third of the royalties from the album but never got them — despite getting a phone call indicating she was getting $125,000. She also alleged that she was excluded from Salt-N-Pepa's VH1 TV show that was based on the group's history. She claimed she was promised one third of the group's fee for the show but got way less than that.

TMZ also reports Spin was shocked to find out that the twosome had been paid more than $600,000 in royalties over the past decade. Spin says she hadn't received any royalty payments.

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In her Jan. 22 social media tirade, she said, "There's nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman. It is for this reason, I will not be supporting [the Lifetime movie.] I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would've been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with." 

"In reflection, I'm grateful I've managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds," she continued. "This will continue in my work and in my service. The great news is I'm in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me. 30+ years is a lot of content and I'm ready to share."

kiss issue

Co-star once offended Allison Janney by doing this…

Allison Janney is revealing that a germaphobic costar once asked her to put on antibiotic ointment before an on-screen kissing scene.

And this incident, for the record, occurred before the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Even before COVID, I had a scene partner who I had to kiss with," she told Jimmy Kimmel. "And he was such a germaphobe, he would put Neosporin on his lips and ask me to put it on mine, too, before he would kiss me."

At the time, Allison said she was perplexed by the request and wasn't even sure that would stop the spread of germs.

"I took it very personally," she said. "I thought, 'What does he think I put in my mouth?' I don't know. It kind of unnerved me, but people are germaphobes."

Jimmy, clearly baffled, pressed Allison to name the person, joking that it was famed germaphobe Howie Mandel.

"You might think so, but no, it was not Howie Mandel," she said. "I will not say who it was."

Allison noted that the current production of "Mom," has precautions for things like kissing scenes.

"I get tested almost seven to eight times a week depending upon whether or not I'm going to be doing kissing scenes," she said.

face it

Shannon Beador says 'I don't recognized myself' after bad face fillers

Shannon Beador is answering the question that so many people had after the recent "Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion: What happened to her face?

It turns out, she got some bad face fillers.

"I wanted to look good for the reunion, so I went elsewhere to try a couple of natural and non-invasive treatments that have been very effective in tightening people's skin, but it didn't work at all on my skin," the reality TV star said on Instagram while touching her face.  "So, as the reunion was around the corner, it was suggested that I try a natural filler in my face and in my cheeks that stimulates the growth of collagen. And I was running out of time, so I said, 'Okay, go ahead and do it.'" 

Shannon admits that she didn't properly research the treatments like she normally does, and she's clearly displeased with the results.

"I'm having a really difficult time looking myself in the mirror," she said, noting that her boyfriend and kids have been supportive of her. "I don't recognize myself."

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Shannon eventually went to a trusted clinic near her home to fix the botched filler work.

In an Instagram Stories video, Certified Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Rosenfeld said, "I'm injecting a product that dissolves filler and Shannon is being a great sport because this doesn't actually feel that great."

Shannon replied, "I'm good — anything to get rid of it."

Mullet man

Kaley Cuoco is 'appalled and disturbed' by husband's new haircut

Kaley Cuoco didn't sign up for her husband's new hairstyle. 

Late Thursday night, the "Big Bang Theory" actress posted a selfie in which her husband, Karl Cook, kisses her on the cheek… while sporting a mullet. 

"I don't remember saying 'in sickness and health oh and mullets,'" she captioned the Jan. 21 Instagram photo that shows her feigning a scared look.

Earlier in the day, the actress posted several videos of Karl's new 'do.

"I want the world to know I had nothing to do with this disgusting mullet," she said on her Instagram Story. "I am appalled and disturbed, and there aren't a lot of words."

Karl, waving his hair back and forth, said, "It was Kaley's idea. She loves my hair. It wouldn't have happened if she wasn't ok with it. You all know that."

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Afterward, she posted a video of her husband in equestrian attire while still sporting the mullet.

"Don't be jealous, ladies. Please try and contain yourselves," she joked. "He's taken. Sorry."

Karl, however, was living it up with his mullet, even getting a "blowout" from a leaf blower. 

"This is the only proper way to blow out a mullet, don't you think?" he said while getting blasted with air from the leaf blower. "I feel alive."

Back on

Olivia Jade returns to YouTube after nearly a year of silence

After over a year of radio silence on YouTube, Olivia Jade Giannulli is back on the vlog beat, but she doesn't want to "rehash" the scandal that sent both of her parents to prison.

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The daughter of Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin vaguely touched on her parent's college admissions scandal while addressing her 1.86 million subscribers on Jan. 21, her first YouTube video since December 2019.

"I wanted to film this little intro part just because I didn't want it to, like, just start the vlog and me not address anything," she said. "Obviously did my 'Red Table Talk' interview and I think if you have any questions for me or you have anything to say or you're like, 'Why are you back?' you can go watch that interview. I think I kind of disclosed what I felt I needed to say on there."

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Back in March 2019, "Fuller House" star Lori and her husband were accused of paying a middleman $500,000 to get Olivia and her older sister, Bella, into the University of Southern California via its crew team, despite neither of the women having any real experience in rowing. Coincidentally, after getting accepted into USC, Olivia said she wasn't interested in school.

"I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend but I'm going to go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope I can try and balance it all," she said in a since-deleted video from fall 2018. "But I do want the experience of game day and partying, I don't really care about school. As you guys all know."

In the midst of the scandal, Olivia went MIA on YouTube, and her parents eventually pleaded guilty. They were both sentenced to prison over the admissions scam.

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While both parents were incarcerated, Olivia did an interview on "Red Table Talk." 

"I don't mean to say that in a dismissive way or a pretentious way," she said in her new YouTube broadcast. "I think what I was trying to get across is that I felt like the thing I wanted to do the most is apologize for so long and I felt like I got to do that at 'Red Table.' And so although I can't change the past, I can change how I act and what I do going forward. I just didn't want anybody to take it the wrong way and it seemed like I was being like, 'I went on 'Red Table' and now my name is cleared.' Like no, that's not it."

"But just for my own mental sanity, I don't want to keep rehashing things," she continued in the new video. "I just want to move on and do better and move forward and come back and do what I love, which is YouTube. So you don't have to watch. Nobody's forcing you. But I didn't want that to be misread, okay? Enjoy."

Lori was released from prison on Dec. 28. Mossimo is currently imprisoned, but he is begging a judge to let him serve the rest of his five-month sentence at home. His team is arguing that the conditions in prison are "far more extreme than what the court recommended."

Drinking stories

George Clooney admits he was drunk on set of this film…

George Clooney has revealed that he wasn't exactly his best (or most sober) self while filming 1996's "One Fine Day."

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While chatting with Michelle Pfeiffer, his co-star from the movie, as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series, he recalled one particular time during which he was drinking heavily with his pal Rande Gerber the night before filming.

"I was in New York, I was staying at the Morgans Hotel, and my friend Rande Gerber, who is my partner now in the tequila company [Casamigos] — I had the day off. So I had a few drinks," he said. "We stayed up and had a few vodkas or something. Then I came home at 1 in the morning. … I was pretty hammered."

"I woke up at 5 in the morning. I was like, 'I feel OK.' Then I looked in the mirror, and I was like, 'Oh, I'm still drunk,'" he continued. "I got to the set, and we walked to the trailer and I sat down and you looked at me. You go, 'What?' And I was like, 'I didn't know we were going to work today.' And you go, 'You're still drunk.' It's a scene we did in a oner where you and I are talking back and forth to each other. I kept trying to spray whatever mouth spray I could because I smelled like a…"

"Like a brewery," Michelle quipped.

George corrected her, claiming he smelt more like "a distillery."

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Michelle also recalled the time the two-time Oscar winner came to the set with a facial injury.

"I took an elbow in the face from one of the crew members, and it broke my eye socket," George explained. "And I was like, 'I can still shoot.' I remember we actually shot scenes where we blocked half of my face with a kid."

Dustin Diamond completes first round of chemotherapy

Dustin Diamond has completed his first round of chemotherapy following his cancer diagnosis, and he will schedule another round in the near future, TMZ reports.

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The former "Saved by the Bell" star is still in the hospital as he deals with stage 4 small cell carcinoma, which is more commonly known as advanced lung cancer.

Dustin, who famously played Screech on the beloved teen sitcom, will begin physical therapy, his team tells the webloid. While recovering, Dustin is reading fan mail, learning new songs on his bass guitar, playing video games and making fan videos on social media.

The actor, TMZ said, "is keeping a positive outlook and is looking forward to spending more time with his girlfriend."

On Jan. 11, Dustin was hospitalized after feeling uneasy and experiencing pain all over his body. He also discovered a lump in his throat. Dustin's medical team felt it was "likely" cancer, and on Jan. 14, those fears were confirmed.

"It's serious, but we don't know how serious yet," his rep told EW at the time. "He's at an undisclosed hospital in Florida and will probably go home after treatments. We just want him to get well soon."

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After his diagnosis, one of Dustin's "Bayside High" classmates revealed that he reached out to the ailing actor

"I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he'll overcome this," Mario Lopez tweeted alongside two pictures from the nostalgia-inducing show on Jan. 15. "Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery. God Bless."

That same day, Tiffani Thiessen posted a photo of Dustin on her Instagram Story and wrote, "Thinking of you Dustin."

Happy lady

Carol Baskin reacts to Joe Exotic's failure to get pardon

Although Joe Exotic and his team are disappointed that Donald Trump failed to pardon the "Tiger King" star on his way out of office, there is one person ecstatic about the decision: Carole Baskin.

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A happy Carole told TMZ, "If I understand the notice I got from the prison system, he's already gotten another month added to his sentence by not obeying prison rules."

In the waning hours of Trump's presidency, there had been murmurs that the outgoing POTUS may issue a pardon for the flamboyant "Tiger King" star, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Carole, his chief rival, as well as other animal abuse charges. 

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Ever since the popularity of Netflix's "Tiger King" docu-series, Joe's team has been trying to free him, and they hoped Trump would be sympathetic.

According to reports, Joe's team had a limo and hair and makeup team ready in the event that a pardon came through

"We are as disappointed that the President did not sign Joe's pardon, as we were confident yesterday that he would," Joe's team said. 

Carole isn't crying, but handed out some free advice for the imprisoned former zookeeper.

"If Joe really had a change of heart, he could do what Mario Tabraue did to lessen his 100 year drug trafficking conviction to 12 years by turning state's evidence against the other animal exploiters," she said.

Homicide arrest

Food Network winner arrested over death of toddler

Ariel Robinson, the winner of "Worst Cooks in America," was arrested for homicide in South Carolina.

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The victim was a 3-year-old girl.

Fox Carolina reported that Ariel and her husband, Jerry Robinson, have been charged with homicide by child abuse and are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

Reports claim police responded to a call about an unresponsive juvenile victim last week. That victim, Victoria Rose Smith, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office said the little girl died of multiple blunt force injuries. 

Ariel, a mother of five, won Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" last August. It's not known if the victim was a family member.