Hypocrite or hero?

Woody Allen supporter Scarlett Johansson sparks controversy after criticizing James Franco in Women's March speech

Celebrities often play nice with one another in public as a matter of professional courtesy.

But Scarlett Johansson, 33, didn't hold back during her 2018 Women's March speech in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 in which she took on James Franco, who's been accused of sexual exploitation or abuse by multiple women in recent weeks.

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James, 39, wore a Time's Up pin to the Golden Globes — where he was honored for his work in the movie "The Disaster Artist" — before some of his accusers came forward on Twitter and in the Los Angeles Times.

"My mind baffles. How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?" Scarlett said during her speech at the L.A. Women's March, according to widespread reports, adding, "I want my pin back, by the way." (Her rep confirmed to multiple outlets that she was speaking directly to James in her speech, though she did not mention him by name.)

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Days later, five women he'd taught, mentored or work with accused the actor of abuse of power, including during filming of sexually explicit scenes, in a story published by the L.A. Times.

Before most of their allegations came to light, James appeared on Stephen Colbert's late-night show and denied allegations swirling on social media claiming he's behaved inappropriately — especially for someone claiming to back the Time's up movement, for which he reiterated his support.

"The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long. So I don't want to shut them down in any way," he told the late night host. "If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to. I mean, I think that's how that works. I don't know what else to do."

His attorney later denied the women's individual claims.

Not long after Scarlett lashed out at James, however, she took heat for her perceived hypocrisy: She attacked James though has previously defended another Hollywood star who's been accused of sexual abuse and misconduct without irrefutable proof: filmmaker Woody Allen.

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Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Many social media commenters seemed to think so.

DailyMail.com dug up a 2014 report in which ScarJo defended Woody — she's starred in three of his movies — just a month after his daughter, Dylan Farrow, published an open letter in which she accused him of sexual abuse. "It's not like this is somebody that's been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, 'I don't support this lifestyle or whatever.' I mean, it's all guesswork," Scarlett told The Guardian. "I don't know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other."

She also didn't like that people who worked with Woody — who's denied his daughter's claims — were being expected to wade into the controversy. "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me," Scarlett said in 2014.

Ab city

'Ripped' Brie Larson stuns Instagram with six-pack abs

Brie Larson is making the Internet sit up!

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The Marvel star set social media ablaze on Wednesday, May 18, after posting a series of photos with an incredibly fit stomach. The images even caught the attention of several famous friends. 

"If you taught an abs masterclass. I would take it!!!!," Kerry Washington commented. Samuel L. Jackson added, "Aberoni," a slang term for someone who always has your back.

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The actress' photos were apparently posted while she waited to head out for a meal with her beau, film director Elijah Allan-Blitz.

"A must: pre-dinner photos while waiting for your partner to finish getting ready!," she captioned the snaps.

Immediately, fans were stunned at Brie's flat, toned stomach. 

"Ripped city," one person said. Users told Brie she was "stunning" and "fire" and a host of other adjectives. Many users commented with some variation of "those abs."

In a comical response, one of Brie's 7 million Instagram followers joked that the Oscar winner might get thrown out of the restaurant for "bringing your own six-pack."

The fact that Brie has an incredibly enviable body isn't news to many of her fans, as she often posts workout videos to Instagram. Over the past several months, Brie has posted videos of her strength training, calisthenics and rowing.

On May 16, she even tried a pole dancing workout. 

"Made an im-POLE-sive decision to try a new workout class," she captioned several photos.

It's all every Marvel-ous.

Sad face

Courteney Cox hilariously falls victim to viral crying filter prank

Why so sad, Courteney Cox?

The actress became the latest person to fall victim to the harmless, but hilarious social media filter that makes people appear as though they're crying. Since the filter was released just weeks ago, it's been used on several unsuspecting "victims," and the results are all funny.

In Courteney's case, a friend filmed her doing a variety of things on Thursday, from working out to putting on shoes. While the "Friends" actress seemed to know she was being filmed, she apparently didn't realize the friend was recording with the cry-filter, making Courteney look overly emotional at every turn.

At the end of the video, the friend told Courteney to look at the screen. Upon seeing herself looking incredibly tearful, she exclaimed, "What the f***!"

Taking the joke in stride, Courteney posted the video, writing, "This joke is not funny." Courteney's 12 million Instagram followers, though, thought it was hilarious.

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Diane Keaton commented with several laugh-crying emojis. Tobey Maguire's ex-wife, Jennifer Meyer, wrote, "I'm dying!!!!!!!!" alongside four laugh-crying emojis. Michelle Pfeiffer called the filter "terrifying" and laughed, "OMG. I thought this was real."

Other followers said they've fallen victim to the crying filter, too. "My girlfriend did this to me the other day and it's the effin funniest thing ever!!!," one person said. Another said, "That's how I felt when my daughter did this to me."

To little surprise, several fans tied the sad face into her character on "Friends," Monica Gellar.

"Monica after breaking up with Richard," one person commented. Another said, "It's like when monica couldn't find any thing to clean up in her apartment."

Fire

Cigarette butt to blame for massive fire at 'General Hospital' star Kelly Monaco's house

Kelly Monaco is picking up the pieces of her home after it went up in flames last week due to a stray cigarette butt.

Last week, the "General Hospital" star was woken up by a fire in her front yard, with flames touching the windows of the home. She got out before the fire engulfed the house. 

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TMZ reported that the damage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, noting the home won't be livable for a while. It is not a total loss.

After an investigation, it was determined that a lit cigarette butt had been tossed on an empty lot next to Kelly's home. Security footage even showed the fire spreading. 

It is not believed that the fire was started intentionally.

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"Something as little as a cigarette butt can cause casualties and devastation," she told TMZ afterward. She had a similar take when sharing the security footage of the fire spreading.

"This is how it started. Isn't this crazy?" she said in the background. 

Kelly, 45, is primarily known for her nearly two-decade run as Sam McCall on "General Hospital."  She was also the first celebrity winner of "Dancing With The Stars" back in 2005. 

Social gal

Carmen Electra, 50, makes a big social media move

Carmen Electra is going social for her fans. 

The still-stunning '90s sex symbol has joined OnlyFans, the subscription-based social media site known primarily for its racy content.

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"It was like a no-brainer" to join the site, she told People magazine. "I just felt like, 'Yeah, I need to do this.' I, for once, have this opportunity to be my own boss and have my own creative vision to share with my fans without someone standing over me, telling me, 'Don't do this, don't do that. Cover up this.'"

The former "Singled Out" host plans to post fun, harmless content to the site, but she won't shy away from "more sexy, classy pictures and videos." OnlyFans, she says, allows her to be "a little bit more intimate" with her fans than other social media sites. 

"People are going to do what they want to do anyway with your photos, you might as well be in control of them and follow what you feel like doing inside," she said, noting that she won't censor herself if she doesn't want to.

Just last month, Carmen sent the Internet ablaze after sharing a a sultry snap in a tangerine two-bikini on her 50th birthday. Fans immediately commented with awe, calling Carmen a "queen," "beauty" and "tangerine dream." 

Concert situation

Halsey stops concert to scold fans: 'Act like people!'

Halsey stopped a Florida concert in mid-song to scold fans for their behavior.

Video shows that Halsey was about 30 minutes into her set, singing "You Should Be Sad," when she told her band to stop. The crowd initially screamed but was soon confused about the abrupt, unexplained stoppage. 

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After a moment without explanation, Halsey looked out into the crowd at iThink Financial Ampitheater in West Palm Beach and launched into a bit of a tirade.

"I didn't think I was going to have to do that until a couple days into the tour, dammit," she said, without giving context to her rant. 

She then implied that something was happening in the crowd that she didn't care for. 

"While I have you I just want to make a statement … make a reminder, you know.  I know we've been locked inside for a long time and forgot how to act like f****** people," she said in the video obtained by TMZ. "But, everybody is here because they love the same thing you do so treat them with compassion, community."

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She added, "All of us are here because we love the same thing, hate the same thing. Because your girlfriend dragged you here, that's fine too. You love your girlfriend. I love your girlfriend. Let's talk about that later in the set. Let's try that one more time."

Halsey then began the song from the beginning. 

Mouth mayhem

Selma Blair used to bite celebrities — one even punched her for it!

In her new memoir, Selma Blair really sinks her teeth into her past. 

The actress revealed she used to bite celebrities because she was nervous. In fact, the "Cruel Intentions" actress recounted a mouthy meeting with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane at a Las Vegas nightclub in 2004. 

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"I was starstruck," she wrote in Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up. "What do I do in public situations where I admire someone, but feel as if I don't bring anything to the party? I bit him on the hand. 'Whoa!' he yelled. 'That really hurt.' It wasn't a disaster; I didn't break skin. But I soon hated myself."

A similar situation happened two years later when Selma introduced herself to Sienna Miller at a Los Angeles hotel.

"I couldn't begrudge her for any part she was winning over me," she wrote. "So, I grabbed her arm and bit it, playfully, as if it were an apple. Even as I held her forearm in my mouth I was aghast at myself. I thought, What have I gotten myself into? Or her? This is horrible behavior."

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Sienna took the moment in stride, screaming, "Opa." However confused, the actress-model had to confirm that it happened, telling Selma, "You bit me, didn't you? You really did."

Still, the "Live By Night" star didn't "shame" Selma over the incident 

"For this, in my book, she will forever be the belle of the ball," Selma wrote. 

Selma's chompers also got her into trouble with Kate Moss, who didn't exactly like being bitten. Selma said the two women were pleasantly hanging out in a hotel suite in London and even took Polaroids together. It was then that Selma decided to revert to her old ways, and she bit the supermodel's finger.  

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"And because she laughed, I did it again," Selma wrote. "The second time, she did not laugh and exclaimed, 'That really f–king hurt!'" Taking matters into her own hands, Kate then punched Selma in the back, grabbed the "Legally Blonde" star's thumb "and crunched right into it."

"This was the first time I had any inkling of how much I might hurt people when I bit them," Selma confessed. "Immediately, I transformed into a shamed nursery school kid. 'Oh my gosh,' I whispered, 'I am so sorry.'"

Dog drama

Cybill Shepherd desperate to help daughter find dognapped pup

Cybill Shepherd is reaching out to her Instagram followers in hopes of finding her daughter's dog who was taken by a dog sitter in Los Angeles.

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The actress' daughter, Clementine Ford, recently left town to head to a wedding, but hired a sitter from the popular "Rover" app to watch her dog, Winnie. Clementine says she attempted to check on the dog several times while she was away, but the dogsitter stopped responding. When she got home, both Winnie and the sitter were gone without a trace. 

The dog, is a golden mix with a stub tail and floppy ear. 

On Monday and Tuesday, Cybill began reposting Clementine's pictures and messages, one that says she just wants the dog back with "no questions" asked. Cybil and her daughter also posted a picture of the woman they suspect of taking the pooch.

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"Please help us. This woman was meant to be boarding our dog. Instead she threw her collar in the trash and disappeared. Please spread far and wide," Clementine wrote alongside her accusation.

Sarah Paulson, who is close with Clementine, is also using her social media to bring awareness to the stolen pup. 

"Help. Spread the word. This woman stole my friend's dog. Share far and wide. I'm begging you," Sarah wrote.

Digital dating

Andy Cohen admits he's on 'a lot' of dating apps

When it comes to dating, it's all just a game for Andy Cohen.

The handsome Bravo scion is revealing that he's on "a lot of dating sites," but it's more about looking at the menu, rather than ordering from it. 

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In a chat with Page Six, Andy said he's doesn't really use dating apps with an expectation of finding love.

"I really use them more as video games," he said. "I use them more as I'm home killing time. Like, 'This is fun to look at.' It's more fun than playing Scrabble online, let me say that."

While he likes to browse, Andy probably hasn't had as much time to hang out on the apps since the recent arrival of his daughter, Lucy

"The baby's great, so cute. She looks just like Ben, which is exciting," he said, referencing his 3-year-old son. "I'm not getting a ton of sleep, as you can probably see. I have help, of course, but that doesn't mean anything. My son wakes me up earlier and earlier every day, so it's chaotic."

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Andy, of course, has to sometimes deal with childlike behavior in his day job as producer of the "Real Housewives" franchise, as the women don't always play nice or play the rules.

"That's the challenge of producing the show in 2022," he told us. "Listen, every woman on those shows is cast because they're outspoken and dramatic and they're fun to watch and you see what happens. That's the ride we're all on."

Court matter

Gordon Ramsay wins $4.5M from ex associate after judge rules accuser 'fabricated evidence'

Gordon Ramsay won $4.5 million in court after a judge ruled in his favor against a former business partner.

The judge in the case deemed Rowen Seibel, who opened a now-shuttered restaurant with the chef in Los Angeles in 2012, "not a credible witness," Page Six reported, citing court documents.

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Rowen sued the "Hell's Kitchen" star in 2014 after their The Fat Cow restaurant closed. In his lawsuit, Rowen said Gordon "deliberately mishandled a trademark problem" for the restaurant. He also said Gordon "formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord" to create a new restaurant in The Fat Cow's space.

He sued for $10.8 million.

At the time, the famed chef said Rowen orchestrated a "fraudulent scheme to freeload upon the renown and acumen of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay." He also called his former business partner "inept," "incompetent and dishonest."

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On May 16, Page Six reported Judge Melissa Crane sided with the "Next Level Chef" host and ordered that Rowen pay $1.6 million as well as 50 to 70 percent of Ramsay's attorneys' fees, which totaled $5 million. The total payout comes to approximately $4.5 million. In disregarding Rowen's testimony, the judge ruled that he "fabricated evidence" and stated, "If a witness will lie to the court, it is possible he would lie about everything."

The court also believed that Rowen took kickbacks from suppliers.

A spokesman for Gordon said, "The judge believed Seibel was 'not credible,' that it 'appeared he fabricated evidence,' that he received 'kickbacks' and siphoned money and was 'incompetent in managing' the restaurant. Mr. Ramsay was earnest in his efforts to sever all business dealings as these problems with Seibel were discovered, and we're pleased but in no way surprised by the ruling."

A source close to the chef said, "It's been an emotional and stressful eight years, but Gordon feels vindicated by the judge's decision and can finally put this all behind him."