Puppy Love

How Catherine Zeta-Jones faced becoming an empty nester

In January 2020 — mere months before the coronavirus pandemic hit — Catherine Zeta-Jones sought a tried-and-true method for dealing with her new status as an empty nester: With now-20-year-old son Dylan studying at Brown University and now-18-year-old daughter Carys away at boarding school in Switzerland, she adopted a Maltipoo named Taylor.

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The adorable pooch, she tells the June 2021 issue of emmy magazine, which hits newsstands on June 4, is now "very clingy" and not "socially integrated" — perhaps due to the limitations on his ability to interact with others amid national stay-at-home orders. (According to emmy, Catherine's husband, Michael Douglas, hilariously notes that Taylor is very much "Catherine's dog.")

Taylor couldn't have come at a better time, it seems: Just a month after he joined the family, Michael's father, iconic actor Kirk Douglas, died at 103.

"But, boy, did he dodge one," Catherine adds of the pandemic. "He's like, 'OK, I'm outta here! Good luck everybody!'"

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If there's any silver lining to the pandemic, it's that it brought Catherine's children home. The family rode out the early days of the global health crisis at their home in Irvington, New York.

"It's nice to be out of the city. I mean, I love the city. But I don't have the urge to go shopping," the Oscar winner tells emmy. "And there's more space for all of us here. It's easier with my dog to go for a walk here. It's nice. It's a crazy time."

The family also has a large compound in Bermuda, which "has zero paparazzi," according to Catherine.

"People there still think that Michael is Kirk Douglas. It will be like, hey, watched you in 'Spartacus,'" she jokes.

The family weathered a particularly rough patch with the paparazzi in 2011 when Catherine went public with her struggle with bipolar disorder amid Michael's battle with throat cancer.

"You don't get blasé about it, but you do get used to that," she tells emmy of the paparazzi attention. "I was on Broadway, and Michael was shooting the second 'Wall Street,' and then he found out he was sick. We were living in the apartment in New York, and my kids were going to school and I was on Broadway. It was really hard to get them to go outside. … They remember that scary time when it was like click-click, [camera] flashes on the sidewalk when they went out in the morning. We were going through a family trauma. It was a chunk of time that was very difficult, not just because of our profession, but because of what life threw at us."

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Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad for the actress when it comes to her career.

"There are things that one has to sacrifice in many jobs. I get very well-compensated for something that I would really do for free. So yeah, I'll get [mad] here and there, it's fine," she tells emmy. "I love what I do. I dreamed of walking down red carpets, I dreamed of being on the stage, I dreamed of being in a movie, I dreamed of being on TV. And all these dreams have come true."

Catherine was even able to head back to work during the second half of 2020: She joined the cast of the second season of "Prodigal Son" as Dr. Vivian Capshaw.

"The subject matter is very dark, and then there's this surrealist, larger-than-life quality to it, which as an actor is very attractive," Catherine tells emmy. "My character is a doctor, but my river runs deep. So I get to play with the layers of her."

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Aside from the breezy commute — the series, which FOX canceled in May, filmed at New York's Silvercup Studios about 45 minutes away from her Irvington home — there was another major work perk for the Welsh actress: sharing the screen with fellow Wales native Michael Sheen.

"Michael and I literally come from the same village," Catherine tells emmy. "I mean, when you think of Wales and you think of where I lived and where he lived, it's like walking distance. It's incredible that we've never worked together. Not even when we were kids. So of course that was a big draw for me. I get to work with my homeboy. And he is an incredible actor."

Warner Bros. Television, which produces "Prodigal Son," is actively seeking a new home for the crime drama, which has developed an incredibly loyal (if modest) fan following in its two years.

Read more about Catherine's experience with "Prodigal Son" when the June 2021 issue of emmy magazine debuts on June 4.

Now you see him, now you don't

'Yellowstone' star who plays Rip called 'unrecognizable' during Disney World trip

Just call him the incognito Dutton of Disney.

Cole Hauser is known to many for his rugged looks and dark beard as Rip Wheeler in Paramount's "Yellowstone." However, in a family picture posted from Disney World on Monday, Jan. 30, Cole looked almost nothing like his famous character. In fact, fans said he was "unrecognizable."

"Did anyone recognize you?," one fan commented on Cole Instagram picture, which showed him with a trimmed brownish-red beard, a vast departure from his look on the Dutton Ranch, where Rip is the top ranch hand. In the new real-life snap, Cole donned a baseball and polo shirt, not exactly a cowboy hat and duster.

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"Way to go incognito Rip," one follower said of the Rip-less look. Another applauded his ability to "blend in."

"Is this the REAL Cole Hauser?," another questioned. Added another, "You are almost unrecognizable! Great disguise you got there."

In addition to the family photo — which included Cole's wife, Cynthia Daniel, and their sons, Ryland, 18, and Colt, 14 — the former "Good Will Hunting" star posted a video from a roller coaster. Naturally, a slew of followers spoke about the "Train Station," a clear reference to "Yellowstone."

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While the majority of Cole's 1.5 million Instagram followers commented with well wishes, a smattering of others criticized Disney and Cole for choosing to spend his day at the Florida theme park.

"Cole – so many of us are not supporting Disney anymore – please research the programming and wokeness they have going on," one said. Another proclaimed, "Get your last ride in, Woke is shutting that down."

For his part, Cole used his Instagram caption to thank the Disney staff for the "great time" and "wonderful experience."

One could argue that "Yellowstone" is more of a roller coaster than Space Mountain!

Health concern

Hulk Hogan has lost feeling in his legs after back surgery: It's 'pretty serious'

Hulk Hogan, one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time, has apparently lost feeling in his lower body after a surgical procedure.

Former Olympian Kurt Angle said he recently spoke to the "Hogan Knows Best" alum about his health, and it wasn't happy news. 

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"Hogan had his back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body. He can't feel his lower body, so he has to use his cane to walk around," Kurt, who won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics, said on "The Kurt Angle Show." 

Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is walking with the assistance of a cane.

"I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back. He doesn't have any pain. He has nothing at all. He can't feel anything. So now he can't feel his legs, so he has to walk with a cane," Kurt, a WWE Hall of Famer, said. "That's pretty serious, man. I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up."

Interestingly, Hulk, 69, appeared briefly on the 30th anniversary show of "Monday Night Raw" on Jan. 23. Kurt said the broadcast didn't show the severity of Hulk's situation.

"I mean, if you're gonna kick off the show, the 30th anniversary of Raw, [it] should be Hulk Hogan. He's the name and face of the company," Kurt said. "He's the guy that revolutionized pro wrestling. I have so much respect for him."

The "Rocky III" star  — who spoke to Kurt backstage at "Raw" — has yet to comment publicly on the claims. 

Money matters

Pamela Anderson's ex-husband of 12 days leaving her $10M in his will

Pamela Anderson's blink-and-you-missed-it "ex-husband" is planning to line her pockets after he passes.

"Batman" movie producer Jon Peters and Pam had a wedding ceremony in 2020, but they never filed any legal paperwork. Twelve days later, the duo called off the marriage but maintained they'd remain friends. 

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Jon is now putting his money where his mouth is, claiming he's leaving Pamela $10 million in his will.

"I will always love Pamela, always in my heart," he told Variety. "As a matter of fact, I left her $10 million in my will. And she doesn't even know that. Nobody knows that. I'm just saying it for the first time with you. I probably shouldn't be saying it. So that's for her, whether she needs it or not."

Jon is reportedly worth $200 million. 

"He's great and has been a huge influence on my life," Pamela said of the "A Star is Born" producer. "I love him to death."

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News of the will details come just days before the "Baywatch" actress is set to release her memoir, "Love, Pamela." In a recent chat with Howard Stern, Pam revealed she gained 25 pounds while penning the book.

"It was crazy, but I had a physical reaction to telling my story," Pam said. "It was almost like I was hanging on to something — It was a protective … my puffy suit of armor. I don't know what it was — I was thinking it was some kind of protection." 

She's since lost the weight, but writing the book "took its toll" emotionally.

Beach pass

Hilary Duff makes surprising 'Laguna Beach' confession

Hilary Duff never got caught up in the drama of "Laguna Beach." In fact, despite singing the MTV show's theme song, she never really watched it.

"I was not a huge [fan]," she said on the "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" aftershow on Thursday, Jan. 26. "I just … I didn't watch."

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The "Lizzie McGuire" alum explained that her schedule didn't jibe with the airing of the show, which ran from 2004-2006.

"In a moment in time when you could not record TV shows, I was on tour," she said. "So, I missed a huge chunk of, like, big things that people talk about that I didn't get to experience."

Still, she loves that her song "Come Clean" will always be linked to the popular aughts reality show.

"My song was, like, the theme song, and I loved that," she said. "I did love that because, I mean, I [basically] lived at MTV for a while."

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Not only did Hilary lend her voice to "Laguna Beach," she also sang the theme song for MTV's "My Super Sweet 16," which ran for 10 seasons from 2005 to 2017. 

However, the "How I Met Your Father" star didn't exactly fatten her pockets from "Come Clean" and "Sweet Sixteen."

"I definitely didn't get super rich by them using it as the theme, and I am not going to pretend to know what went on in the background for them to use it," Hilary said of MTV securing the rights to the track. "But they used it."

She added, "They love me over there. I don't know how much money I made from it. I don't think a lot. But maybe Disney [the owner of Hollywood Records] did."

Scary accident

Jay Leno breaks collarbone, ribs, kneecaps in motorcycle crash

Just months after suffering third-degree burns on his face, chest and hands, Jay Leno has suffered another health setback.

The comedian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he crashed on his motorcycle on Jan. 17, which resulted in several broken bones.

"I've got a broken collarbone. I've got two broken ribs. I've got two cracked kneecaps," Jay said.

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In the newest incident, the former "Tonight Show" host was testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle and noticed the scent of leaking gas.

"So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it," Jay said. "So, you know, I didn't see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."

Jay, 72, admitted he kept the accident quiet because of all the publicity his November 2022 incident got. 

"You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free," he said. "After that, you're Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down (laughs)."

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Just two months ago, Jay was working on his 1907 White Steam Car with pal Dave Killackey  when it caught fire.

"The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, 'Blow some air through the line,' and so [Dave] did …  And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire," Jay told Today.

Jay ended up undergoing skin grafts and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber.

A noted car guru, it's estimated that Jay owns about 180 cars and 160 motorcycles. His car collection is reportedly valued at around $52 million. His love of cars is often showcased on the CNBC series "Jay Leno's Garage."

Police visit

Police called to Britney Spears' home after social media move

Law enforcement were called to Britney Spears' home after fans bombarded the Sheriff's office with pleas for a welfare check. The calls came after the pop star abruptly deleted her Instagram account.

Fans felt the social media move was a call for help. 

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TMZ reports that deputies paid a visit to Britney's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home and determined everything was fine and she was not in danger. Whether authorities spoke directly to Britney or someone else isn't known. 

The "Toxic" singer has lived in the home for years. 

The welfare check comes just weeks after Britney was videoed acting bizarre in a restaurant. Some reports claim her husband, Sam Asghari, left the restaurant due to her manic behavior, but he told TMZ otherwise (he blamed the abrupt exit on overzealous fans). 

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Interestingly, prior to Britney's Instagram deletion she changed her social media name to "River Red." "Don't underestimate the power of purity," she wrote alongside a video of her dancing. 

Britney, of course, has deleted her Instagram several time in the past. Why fans felt the move indicated danger this time is unknown. 

No harm, no foul

Pamela Anderson defends Tim Allen after alleging he flashed her on 'Home Improvement' set

Pamela Anderson holds no ill will toward Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her while on the set of "Home Improvement" on her very first day.

"Tim is a comedian, it's his job to cross the line. I'm sure he had no bad intentions," the "Baywatch" star wrote in a text message to Variety, per her cover story published Thursday. She added, "Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It's a new world."

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In her upcoming memoir, "Love, Pamela," the actress wrote, "On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath."

Tim allegedly told Pam that he had seen her naked in the pages of Playboy, so it was "only fair"  she saw him in his birthday suit.

"[He said,] 'Now we're even.' I laughed uncomfortably," she said.

Tim, for the record, denied the incident ever happened. 

"No, it never happened," the "Last Man Standing" alum told Variety. "I would never do such a thing."

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After Pamela's claim, a video surfaced of Tim flashing co-star Patricia Richardson on the set. However, Patricia, who played Tim's wife on the sitcom, said he was dressed underneath a kilt. 

"I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts," she told TMZ.

Comments fallout

Kanye West could be denied access to Australia for antisemitic comments

Kanye West might have some trouble meeting his new Australian "in-laws" due to his history of antisemitic comments.

Australia's Minister for Education Jason Clare said the government down under is being pressured to deny the rapper entry. 

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"People like that who've applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected," the official — who called the comments "awful" — told CNN affiliate Nine News. "I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did."

According to TMZ, Kanye and his new "wife" Bianca Censori, who's Australian, are supposed to head to Melbourne next week to meet her family.

In the past, Australia has refused to give visas to people for failing the "good character" test, and many of those same people have far-right views, as Ye does.

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Last fall, the rapper shocked the world when he tweeted, "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE." He then defended himself by adding, "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda." Twitter responded by suspending Ye's account for violating its policies. 

He then said he was "happy" to have "crossed the line." In a chat with Piers Morgan, Ye admitted that his words were racist but wasn't sorry. Kanye then befriended white nationalist Nick Fuentes and appeared on Alex Jones' "Infowars." While on the show he praised the Nazis and said, "I like Hitler."

'Uncalled for' intro

Luke Bryan goes on rant about fellow country singer Dustin Lynch, STD tests

Luke Bryan is being skewered on social media after the "uncalled for" way he introduced fellow country singer Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico.

During his Crash My Playa 2023 festival, the "American Idol" judge attempted to joke while hyping up his pal, who was set to play a set. However, fans felt something was lost in communication after Luke's unfriendly and bizarre introduction of Dustin, which referenced STD tests, drugs and drinking. 

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"No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken more drugs, no one has taken more IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentleman," Luke said. 

While Dustin tuned his guitar, Luke asked the "Ridin' Roads" singer if he had "a clean bill" of health and wanted to make sure he "does not have diseases."

Dustin didn't respond to Luke's line up questioning and began his set when the rant was over. He made no reference to it during the set. 

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Soon after, though, social media began ripping the "Roller Coaster" singer, saying the introduction was "uncalled for."

"I love luke but he sounded like an idiot making that introduction good grief," one person wrote on TikTok, according to Page Six. Another added, "I am beyond disappointed in what Luke said about Dustin that was not cool at all."

One person urged others to share Luke's comments in an attempt to shame him. 

Some on social media pointed out that the two men are close friends, so Luke was just razzing his pal. 

Dustin, for what it's worth, didn't seem too fazed, as he shared a video from the weekend to Twitter.

"Well, that was a time," he captioned the snippet from the festival.