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DONALD TRUMP RAILS AGAINST MEDIA CONSPIRACY, WON'T SEE A PENNY FOR PAGEANT Donald Trump has successfully found a broadcaster for the Miss USA Pageant -- a coup that may help his pride, but not his wallet.
Reelz has agreed to air the Miss USA Pageant after it was dumped by Univision and NBC, according to TMZ. Reelz’ CEO Stan E. Hubbard said of the move: "As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere. Hubbard also says that the fee the network is paying Trump is less than the cost of production.
No word on who else will be participating as the co-hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts bowed out earlier this week. Trump is allegedly suing Univision for $500 million. The pageant is scheduled for July 12.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to loudly and passionately defend his remarks about Mexican immigrants, claiming that calling them rapists, criminals and drug lords was "far less controversial" than remarks that President Obama has recently made, according to The Wrap.
America Ferrera penned a public letter to Trump "thanking" him for his offensive comments: "I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are — people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don’t want to spend my time chastising you. Instead, I’m writing to say thank you! You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that."
Ferrera continues: "Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric."
In an interview Wednesday on CNN, Trump said that the "liberal mainstream media" was perpetrating a double standard by failing to call President Obama out for saying that those who enter America illegally are "gangbangers" who should be deported.
The Twitterverse is a flutter, with many predicting that the controversy will be bad for Republicans.
PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES DROVE AFFLECK AND GARNER APART
Celebrities may really be just like us (when it comes to divorce). It seems that some of the things that probably drew Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner together in the beginning may have been what led to the eventual demise of their marriage.
The duo had different priorities and personal styles, according to People Magazine, which spoke to sources close to the couple. Garner, a West Virginia born-and-bred band geek with a weakness for Martha Stewart and all things homey, simply grew apart from Affleck, who grew up in Boston, working as a child actor and developing into a busy, ambitious actor / director who simply didn’t have the time (or perhaps interest) to spend a lot of time at home with Garner and their three children.
As previously reported, the split was a mutual decision. They plan to co-parent their children. RadarOnline reports that the couple is already living separately, with Garner and the children in the family home, and Affleck at a bungalow at a five-store hotel nearby.
Meanwhile, sources tell TMZ that their split had nothing to do with Affleck’s former fiancée, Jennifer Lopez as some speculated.
CELEBRITY GOSSIP BRODY JENNER SAYS CAITLYN IS A BETTER PARENT THAN BRUCE JENNER: Caitlyn Jenner has admitted that his marriage to Kris Jenner in 1991 sidelined his relationship with his eldest children. However, now that she is living a more authentic life, her eldest children are reaping the benefits. Says Brody Jenner: "Caitlyn is a much freer, happier person and I think that’s very special. I think that the most important thing is that people who are in that situation, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be yourself. And if you’re not accepted by your family, there will be people who will accept you."
TERESA GIUDICE DISHES ABOUT ORANGE BURGERS AND CHURCH IN PRISON DIARY:The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa Giudice, is reporting on her time behind bars at the Federal Correction Institution in Danbury, Conn., in a journal, which she plans to spin into a memoir following her release this December, according to US Weekly Magazine. In one entry, she expressed dissatisfaction with the menu: "I had tater tots, a soy burger that was so gross and orange!" A later entry noted a more pleasant time spent in church: "Great Mass. I enjoy going to church, it makes me feel good after I go and during. I feel like God is really present there with me."
GYMNAST ALY RAISMAN POSES NUDE FOR ESPN: The 21-year-old Olympic gymnast is one of a handful of athletes who recently posed nude for ESPN The Magazine, according to People Magazine. The 5-foot-2-inch, 115-pound athlete revealed that post-Olympic life may not be as golden as one would expect: "Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don't understand that; people don't see that side of the sport – the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well." She made it to the finals in Dancing with the Stars season 16, and says that if she makes it the Olympics in Rio next summer, she will "be the oldest U.S. gymnast. My body is a little bit more achy than it was before, but at the same time I feel like I’m smarter now."
PARIS HILTON WAS IN ON PLANE CRASH STUNT:Paris Hilton was in on the "near plane crash" stunt pulled off by an Egyptian production company, TMZ reveals. According to the documents, the company offered several celebrities big money (in the million dollar range) in March to take part, claiming that authorities in Dubai were even providing security.
KEVIN HART AND THE ROCK CAUSE MINOR FIRE EMERGENCY ON SET: Kevin Hart and The Rock engaged in some on-set horseplay while shooting a new movie, resulting in a minor fire emergency and a visit from the Somerville Fire Department, according to TMZ. (It ended up just being a smoking light fixture that took about 15 minutes to resolve).
INDUSTRY NEWS WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER TRAILER RELEASED: The full-length trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp has been released. The mini-series, a prequel to the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, will feature eight episodes showcasing the gang’s first day at Camp Firewood. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig are all starring, among others.
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MOTHER OF DOINK THE CLOWN SUES WWE:Doink the Clown had serious brain injuries that led to his death, according to a lawsuit filed against WWE by his mother. Doink – his real name is Matthew Osborne – died from a drug overdose in 2013, but according to the lawsuit, his drug addiction was the result of years of concussions sustained while wrestling, a problem that WWE ignored. The lawsuit lists dozens of examples, including the Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect and Randy Savage, who were also plagued by injuries that the WWE ignored, resulting in their deaths as well.
UNIVISION FILES IPO: Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., has filed an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Deadline Hollywood. This has been a busy week for the network, which was hit by a $500 million lawsuit from Donald Trump, a GOP presidential candidate who got into hot water after making controversial remarks about immigrants. Trump’s lawsuit demands "an order awarding damages in favor of Mr. Trump for defamation against Defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be in excess of $500 million, together with interest." Univision hit back, saying the lawsuit is "both factually false and legally ridiculous."
‘I CAN DO THAT!’ IS RENEWED: NBC has renewed the variety show I Can Do That! for eight episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series features six entertainers training and competing to show off talents. The roster of talent for season one included Ciara, Cheryl Burke and Joe Jones. The show is based on an Israeli format and is produced in 15 different countries. NBC is reportedly building up its slate of variety programs with Neil Patrick Harris’ new effort debuting in September.
COURT OVERTURNS DECISION FAVORING ‘BLACK SWAN’ INTERNS: The 2nd Circuit of Appeals delivered a big setback to interns hoping to be paid by studios. The Court vacated a federal judge’s ruling in favor of two interns who worked on Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan, Alex Footman and Eric Glatt. The interns contended that the unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws and when a judge found in their favor, many other media and entertainment lawsuits were brought to court, with NBCUniversal and Viacom paying millions of dollars to resolve the claims. The lastst ruling states: "In sum, we agree with the defendants that the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship."
JIM CARREY UNDER FIRE FOR USING PHOTO OF AUTISTIC BOY ON TWITTER Jim Carrey hasn’t won many new fans in his new role as anti-vaccination scold. Earlier this week, Carrey railed against California governor Jerry Brown because he signed a bill requiring school-aged children to get vaccinated.
In addition to characterizing Brown as a "corporate fascist," Carrey posted several pictures of children in distress, writing "TOXIN FREE VACCINES, A REASONABLE REQUEST!"
One image was of Alex Echols, 14, who has tuberous sclerosis and autism. His mother, Karen, tweeted at the actor asking him to remove the picture. She later told BuzzFeed: "im Carrey has a huge platform – a huge following – and is misrepresenting my son’s image by attaching it to his anti-vax rant."
Alex’s aunt, Elizabeth Welch posted on Instagram: "I’m very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and my sister for vaccinations. Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carrey and other anti-vaccination celebrities got their information on vaccinations from the movie Trace Amounts, a 2014 documentary created to raise alarms about the mercury levels in vaccines (an assertion that has been widely debunked by the medical community).
Danny Masterson, Ed Begley Jr. and Cindy Crawford are also reportedly supporters of the film and its findings.