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S-V-Ooh: 'Law & Order' vet Chris Meloni jokes about his derrière sparking a "cultural movement"

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Chris Meloni, star of Law & Order: Organized Crime, got a little cheeky when bringing up the internet's obsession with his backside.

Meloni, 60, became an online spectacle after on-set photos of his shapely bottom went viral in the spring.  Speaking Wednesday with Men's Health, the actor admitted he's likes his newfound sex symbol status and laughed, "How much am I allowed to taste of this fruit? How much am I allowed to enjoy this?"

He also reveled in the fact that he's on the magazine's cover, and confessed, "The aspect of age comes into play... and how I feel about it.  A friend of mine said, 'Did you ever think in a million years you’d be on the cover of Men’s Health?' I said, 'Certainly not at age 60.'"

Meloni also addressed why he walked away from Law & Order: SVU a decade ago, bluntly revealing it was over a salary dispute.

"[NBC] literally came to me on a Thursday night and said, 'This is the deal. We want the answer by tomorrow. It’s our way or no way," the Emmy nominee explained, adding that he refused to compromise and responded, "This is what I want. If you can’t do it, that’s fine. Let’s figure out my exit."

Meloni then explained why he returned to the franchise, saying showrunner Dick Wolf wanted him to come back "since the day he left."  The actor said he heard Wolf's pitch for Law & Order: Organized Crime -- a series about his character, Elliot Stabler -- and agreed to return to NBC.

He added that he is "not stressed" about the success of the series, which was renewed for a second season, saying his mentality this time around is "just ride. Just do, just be."

 

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Jennifer Aniston reacts to twinning with Harry Styles

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Courteney Cox may be besties with Ed Sheeran, but her Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston now has a special bond with another chart-topping British singer: Harry Styles.

Aniston was recently photographed for the new issue of InStyle wearing the exact same color-block brown-toned Gucci suit that Harry wore to the Brit Awards in February of this year.  Harry accessorized the suit with Gucci sneakers and the brand's bamboo-handle brown leather handbag, while Aniston paired it white, high-heeled Gucci loafers and a Carolina Bucci scarf.

Fans went crazy over the two stars' twinning moment, especially because, as some pointed out, Harry said that Aniston was his first celebrity crush.  Jennifer has now reacted by posting a side-by-side photo of herself and the "Watermelon Sugar" singer on her Instagram Story, with the caption, "Just call me Harriet Styles."

And this isn't the only time the two stars have twinned: Writer Evan Ross Katz posted a side-by-side shot of Harry wearing a white t-shirt that reads "Save the drama for your mama," which is identical to a t-shirt that Jennifer's character Rachel Green wore in season 10 of Friends.

"Harry Styles and Jennifer Aniston wore the same outfit not once but TWICE," Katz wrote. "So don’t you DARE tell me they’re not the same person with the ability to morph between time and space."  A fan responded, "The multiverse we didn't know we needed."

Aniston reposted the t-shirt shot as well, with the side-eye emoji.

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'South Park' creators ink reported $900 million deal for 14 Paramount+ movies; show to run through 2027

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In "bound to make you feel old" news, South Park has aired for some 25 years. And in related "bound to make you feel poor" news, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone just signed a reported $900 million deal to continue the show.

The massive agreement the pair just inked with Viacom's MTV Entertainment Studios will bring 14 South Park movies exclusively to Paramount+, while also keeping the show on the air on Comedy Central through 2027. 

"Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they've made a commitment to us for the next 75 years," joked Parker and Stone in a statement.

The animated series had been on hiatus for most of the pandemic, though the pair managed to produce two specials during the lockdown. "When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic [key executives] were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new that turned out to be really well received," Parker and Stone said.

March's The South ParQ Vaccination Special scored 3.5 million total viewers, and last September's Pandemic Special also scored massive numbers, as well as the show's 19th Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Animated Program category. 

Parker and Stone commented, "We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes, but now we can also try out new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us."

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Report: Mike Richards in talks to host 'Jeopardy!'

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New Jeopardy! host for $1,000, please.

Mike Richards is in "advanced negotiations" to become the new host of Jeopardy!Variety reports. The classic game show was previously helmed for 36 years by Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020 at age 80. 

Following Trebek's final episode, Jeopardy! enlisted a rotation of celebrity guest hosts, including Ken JenningsAaron RodgersRobin RobertsAnderson CooperLeVar Burton and more, to hold down the fort as they embarked on their search for a permanent replacement. 

A spokesperson for Sony Pictures would not comment on Richards but did tell the outlet that they were having conversations with several potential candidates. However, an insider dished that Richards is leading the pack. 

For his part, Richards has previous experience as a host on the game shows Divided and The Pyramid. He also hosted the reality shows High School Reunion and Beauty and the Geek. Aside from his hosting gigs, Richards has also served as an executive producer on shows like Let's Make a Deal and the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. 

 

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Kathy Griffin shares inspiring message post-surgery: "I now know I can do this"

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Kathy Griffin penned an empowering message Wednesday to let her fans know she's on the road to recovery following surgery to address Stage 1 lung cancer, during which half of her left lung was removed.

"To be honest, this cancer surgery was a little more than I had anticipated," the 60-year-old comic wrote on Twitter. "Tonight will be my first night without any narcotic pain killers. Hello Tylenol, my new best friend!"

The comedian recently opened up in an interview with ABC News about recovering from a painkiller addiction, and a suicide attempt -- both of which she addressed in her Twitter update.

"The last time I was in a hospital it was June 2020 when I tried to take my life and overdosed on prescription pills," she wrote. "With over a year clean and drug free, I now know I can do this and anything I want without those devil pills. Y'know what?  I fear drugs and addiction more than I fear cancer.  So, I think I'll be okay."

"Surgery went well and as planned," Griffin's rep said in a statement to Good Morning America following the procedure. "Kathy is now in recovery now and resting. Doctors say the procedure was normal without any surprises."

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also reach the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741741.

 

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Ryan Reynolds reflects on Alex Trebek's "bittersweet" 'Free Guy' cameo, says he made movie more special

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When Free Guy finally arrives in theaters August 13, Jeopardy! fans will be in for a real treat -- late longtime host Alex Trebek will appear in the action movie.

Star Ryan Reynolds spoke fondly of his fellow Canadian when speaking to E!'s Daily Pop and revealed how Trebek managed to sneak in for a last-minute cameo.

"We shot that separately, actually after the film had been completely done and dusted and completed," Reynolds said. "Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that."

Reynolds spoke highly of the late game show host, saying the two became fast friends and remained in contact until his passing in November 2020.

"Even right up before shortly before he passed away, I talked to him on the phone about a charity initiative he was trying to launch," the Deadpool star recalled. "This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end. Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that's for sure."

Trebek died last November at age 80 of pancreatic cancer.

Free Guy premieres exclusively in theaters next Friday, August 13.

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Louis C.K. going back on tour

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Disgraced comedian and former Louie star Louis C.K. is going back on a nationwide tour.

His official website just revealed information on the new dates. The tour will visit 30 cities, kicking off with an August 13-14 stand at the Hulu Theatre at New York City's Madison Square Garden and wrapping up with a pair of shows, December 10 and 11, at Boston's Orpheum Theatre. The trek also will stop at venues in states including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Washington and California.

Some of the dates, the site notes, are rescheduled from last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tour to a stop. 

C.K. has returned to the stand-up stage periodically after his Emmy-winning career was sidelined in 2017, when a group of women accused him of exposing himself and engaging in other inappropriate behavior.

He also turned to releasing pay-per-view stand-up specials on his site.

 

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'Motor MythBusters' revs up today

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Have you ever wondered if you can really reverse an odometer by driving your dad's vintage Ferrari in reverse, a la Ferris Bueller? Or how Fred Flinstone was able to get his foot-powered family car rolling? 

If so, you're in luck, as Motor MythBusters, a spin-off of the hit original MythBusters series, is revving up today on the MotorTrend app. 

Tory Belleci, special effects whiz and MythBusters veteran, joins All Girls Garage star and ace mechanic Faye Hadley, as well as engineer and professional race car driver Bisi Ezerioha, to take on the myths about vehicles of all kinds from movies and TV shows. 

"When they first called, I didn't actually believe it was going to happen just because there had been so many kind of reboots...of MythBusters," Tory admitted to ABC Audio. 

Calling it the "gearhead's MythBusters," Tory explains of his co-stars, "the skills that these guys bring to the show, it's allowing us to do things that we would never have been able to do in the original series."

Speaking of which, Faye admitted with a laugh, "I grew up under a rock, I never had television. I never heard of MythBusters!" She said she couldn't believe they'd want her for the job. "I'm like...'I'm not a host, I'm a mechanic!'" 

As for Bisi, he was a huge fan of the original, so getting a chance to work on the spin-off was a full-circle moment. "I wasn't made privy to what show it was [during auditions]." he says. "And then when it was said what show it was...I fell out of my chair, literally."  

The first two Motor MythBusters episodes are now live on the MotorTrend app.

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Meghan Markle launches female-empowering initiative to highlight her 40th birthday, with Melissa McCarthy's help

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To help celebrate her 40th birthday Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has launched a campaign called 40x40 -- dedicated to help women who have lost their jobs since the pandemic began. And in a video announcement, Markle tapped one of her famous friends, Melissa McCarthy, to help explain her unique birthday gift. 

McCarthy was just looking to party, trying to guess what Meghan wanted, including, "another photo shoot under a tree where you're looking very peaceful?"

Another was a "Suits reunion," in the vein of the recent Friends special, which McCarthy claimed was her birthday gift from the cast. 

"Yacht party!" was another suggestion. 

Instead, Meghan explained her plan was to have 40 of her friends mentor 40 women to coach them back into the workforce, and her hopes it will have a "ripple effect" that spreads globally. 

"Two million women in the U.S and tens of million around the world have lost their jobs due to COVID," Markle explained to the Bridesmaids star. 

The video ends with a short gag reel, in which McCarthy praises her own "hat work" in preparation for the video.

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Jenna Dewan slams media for taking Channing Tatum remarks out of context

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Jenna Dewan took to Twitter on Tuesday to address media reports suggesting her recent revelations about suffering "postpartum anxiety" implied that her ex-husband Channing Tatum was unavailable following the birth of their daughter, Everly, in 2013.

“It’s unfortunate that countless media outlets have taken an important conversation on a woman’s experience with postpartum issues and pulled quotes to make it appear that I was slamming my daughters’ father, something I would never do,” she wrote.

“As two working parents, we both faced challenges at the time, but I speak only for myself and not about him,” she continued.

“Anyone who actually listens to the interview, something I encourage everyone to do, will clearly see that my words have been distorted for clicks and to push false, salacious gossip with no regard for the actual people involved, or the message intended,” the 40-year-old actress concluded.

Dewan and Tatum divorced in 2019 following nearly nine years of marriage.

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Richard Lewis celebrates 27 years of sobriety: "I thought I was near death"

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Comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis is celebrating 27 years sober, a milestone he reached Wednesday. 

"August 3, 1994 I thought that I was near death from alcoholism," the 74-year-old comic tweeted. "Early the next day I was rushed to the ER and turned my life around a day, sometimes a minute at a time." 

To his followers, Lewis added, "If you’re struggling you can get help. I did. 8/4/21 27 years sober."

The post was liked more than 116,000 times as of Wednesday morning and was commented on by many followers, some of whom added their own stories of survival and struggles with addiction.


Mel Brooks to release memoir 'ALL ABOUT ME! My Remarkable Life in Show Business' in November

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Legendary entertainer and EGOT winner Mel Brooks is releasing a memoir on November 30 called ALL ABOUT ME! My Remarkable Life in Show Business.

The 95-year-old writer, actor, and director will also narrate the audiobook version of his life's story. 

Publisher Random House explains, "the long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest influences ever known to American (and global) comedy" will "cover everything from his childhood...to his service in World War II, to his early years in show business alongside such greats as Sid CaesarNeil Simon and Carl Reiner, to his array of dazzling films..."

Among those films, of course, are The Producers, for which he won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, and the beloved Blazing SaddlesYoung FrankensteinHistory of the World Part I, and Spaceballs. And that was before Brooks adapted The Producers into a Tony-winning smash.

For his part, Brooks says in a statement, "It was joyous and at times bittersweet writing this book and reliving the peaks and valleys of my incredible journey from Brooklyn to Hollywood to Broadway. I hope fans of comedy will get a kick out of the stories behind my work, and really enjoy taking this remarkable ride with me."

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Guests at this year's Met Gala will need to be vaxxed and masked

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Get ready to see some pretty elaborate face masks. The celebrities and other guests at this year's Met Gala on September 13 will need to wear face coverings and prove they're vaccinated against COVID-19, ABC Audio has confirmed.  

A spokesperson for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art noted, "Currently, all attendees at The Met Gala...must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking," adding that guidelines will be updated "as needed." 

The news comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced vaccines will be required for patrons seeking admittance to restaurants, gyms, and most every indoor space in the city.

The Met Museum itself currently requires face coverings even if visitors are vaccinated.

Earlier this year, the organizers behind Vogue's traditionally gonzo gala -- technically called the Costume Institute Benefit -- announced dates for two bashes: The first, a "more intimate" gathering on September 13, will highlight an exhibition of the same name, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which opens September 18 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The 2021 event will also commemorate the Costume Institute's 75th birthday; the festivities were cancelled outright in 2020 over coronavirus concerns.

The 2022 Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala's official name, will be held on May 2, 2022. 

Officially, the Met Galas benefit The Costume Institute, "with its primary source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, operations, and capital improvements." Unofficially, the parties have become a place where celebrities show off outrageous red carpet outfits, such as Jared Leto's infamous decapitated head ensemble, and Lady Gaga's 25-foot-long Brandon Maxwell fuchsia pink cape gown.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard admit they wait until their kids are "stinky" before bathing them

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Looks like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis aren't the only celebrity parents who don't wash their children every day.  Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard readily admitted they wait for their daughters smell before throwing them in a bathtub.

When speaking to The View Tuesday, co-host Meghan McCain admitted that Kutcher and Kunis' recent admission made her reevaluate if she is "bathing my child too much."

Shepard hailed his former Armchair Expert guests, who made the reveal on his podcast last week and sparked a nationwide conversation about hygiene.  Joking that the couple are now seen as "bad parents," he and Bell revealed that they're members of the same club.

"What's interesting is, we bathed our children every single night prior to bed as part of a routine -- and then, somehow, they started to go to sleep on their own without the routine," Shepard said in reference to his two young daughters, Delta and Lincoln, who are six and eight, respectively.

Continued the Parenthood star, "[Kristen and I] had to start saying like, 'Hey, when's the last time you bathed them?'"

Bell nodded along to their joint confession and deadpanned, "Yeah, we forget" as her husband jokingly admitted they can go up to nearly a week before they wash their daughters.

"[We go] sometimes five, six days... They don't smell so, you know, it's hard," Shepard quipped.

"I'm a big fan of waiting for the stink," added Bell.  "Once you catch a whiff, that's biology's way of letting you know you need to clean it up.  I don't hate what they're doing.  I wait for the stink!"

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'Punky Brewster' star Soleil Moon Frye reveals three of her kids have COVID-19

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Amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Soleil Moon Frye revealed the virus has impacted her own family.

The 44-year-old Punky Brewster star recently shared on Instagram that three of her four children have tested positive for coronavirus, and she's urging parents to get their kids tested if they begin to show symptoms.

"I thought my son had a cold or a fever," she captioned a photo of herself with her four kids -- Poet, 15, Jagger, 13, Lyric, seven and Story, five -- whom she shares with ex-husband Jason Goldberg.  "I did not know that he had Covid-19. With the encouragement of our doctor, I had him tested."

When the results came back positive, Soleil says she canceled a scheduled work trip and rushed home to discover that two of her other kids had also tested positive for the virus.

"I want to protect my babies, love them, make them all better, take away the burning fever and tummy aches," she said, adding that she has "tried to smile through the fear and nurture them,” and has "shed many tears."

Still, the actress acknowledges "how incredibly fortunate" they are.

"My kids have been able to heal together and support each other through this, we have a doctor we trust, and hospitals close by," she wrote, adding that her "heart breaks for the lives that have been lost," as well as those who "do not have the same things that we have or the chance to be with their loved ones throughout this."

Soleil still hasn't figured out how the kids contracted the virus.

"That is part of the mystery in this," she concludes. "How hard it is often to trace and how easy it is to spread. Please be safe."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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