Another day, another plot twist in the Operation Varsity Blues saga. Just days after her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charged linked to their alleged $500K bribe to get their daughters into University of Southern Cal under false pretenses, Olivia Jade, 19, and / or Bella Giannulli, 20, have reportedly received a "target letter" letting them know they under investigation by the Department of Justice, The Daily Mail reports.
Observers speculate that the target is Bella, who deleted her Instagram account this week. Both girls are still enrolled at USC while the school reviews their case.
Several other parents, including Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty in a bid to have their prison time sentence. But some of these parents, including Huffman, who reportedly shelled out "just" $15K in the scam, were facing shorter times behind bars to begin with. Loughlin and her husband are reportedly looking at 20-40 years.
According to the Los Angeles Times, their legal team is planning a "parenting on steroids" defense.
Bella Hadid and several other celebs have joined the many users on social media who want equal attention to be paid to other world tragedies in the wake of Monday’s devastating fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.
On her Instagram Story, the 22-year-old shared a posts about Keriya Aitika Mosque in China’s Xinjiang region which "disappeared in 2018" as part of a continued campaign of destruction. She also shared information on the recent burnings of three historically black churches in Louisiana.
"Sending love and bringing awareness to every part of history around the world that was taken this week…" Hadid wrote in one post. In the other, she added: "Is this a f—— JOKE!!!!!!! Let’s talk about this too people!!!!!!!!!!"
Hillary Clinton, Mark Ruffalo, Mandy Moore, Busy Philipps, Megyn Kelly, Kristin Davis, Seth Meyers and other high-profile figures have also joined the push to donate to all. Several of the stars have donated $1,000 or more to the churches down south.
Many users on social media have worked to raise awareness about the Louisiana churches amid fundraising efforts for the 856-year-old landmark Notre Dame, which have already surpassed $700 million. It seems to be working. A GoFundMe page for the Louisiana churches has exceeded $1.3 million since the campaign began. And the pastor of one of the churches is all for it.
"It’s a blessing," said Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, according to CNN. "It’s going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God’s going to turn it into something good."
JON SNOW PREPARES FOR BATTLE: In a new round of Game of Thrones shots released by HBO, the whole gang—including Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), appear to be plotting some sort of attack. Meanwhile, Liam Cunningham fessed up to stealing clothes from the GOT set. "I went off with a U-Haul truck full of stuff," Cunningham admitted. "Dothraki swords, lumps of obsidian, Bank of Braavos money." Williams, Sophie Turner and others also filched items.
ALEX TREBEK GIVES HEALTH UPDATE: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, gave a health updated on the last day of taping the current season of the show. "Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises for you," he said in a video message posted Wednesday. "Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well. So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I’ve received from young people. I’m touched beyond words." He continued, "I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now, so despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff, is already working on our next season, the 36th year of ‘Jeopardy!'"
CHRISSY TEIGEN DRAGS TROLL FOR CALLING HER CHUBBY: Nope! Mother of two Chrissy Teigen lashed out on a troll who tweeted at her that "Chubby needs to get to the gym."Teigen replied, "I hate to say this but…you are not a small person?" The troll was commenting on a photo of her, her husband John Legend and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The model and cookbook author has been open about her weight gain since welcoming Luna, 3, and Miles, 11 months. "Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before Miles," she revealed. "I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!"
KARDASHIANS HELP OPEN UCLA CENTER NAMED AFTER FATHER: Nearly 16 years after Rob Kardashian’s death, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and Kris Jenner celebrated the opening of UCLA’s Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health in Los Angeles. "So proud to announce the Robert G Kardashian center for esophageal health being launched at UCLA," Kim wrote on Twitter. "My wish is that other families can have more information and we can also focus on health and prevention." In a video shared to Twitter, Kim further explained the center, sharing, "My whole dad’s side of the family came to support." He died in 2003 at the age of 59 of cancer.
WENDY WILLIAMS IS IN DEMAND: Kevin who? Just days after filing from divorce from her husband of 22 years (Kevin Hunter), Wendy Williams tells viewers that she is getting asked out. "The invitations for social events keep pouring into my phone and stuff. They really do," the Wendy Williams Show host, 54, said on the Wednesday, April 17, episode. "I was minding my own business last night, reading my book — you know, I love to read — and all of a sudden my cellphone rings." Requests for dates have come in from DJ Boof, who works on her show and Charlamagne Tha God.
ED NORTON SUES LANDLORD OVER FATAL FIRE: Ed Norton is saying that his film crew wasn’t at fault in a fire that broke out and killed an NYFD officer last year. The Blast has obtained court docs stating that his production company, Class 5, is suing Vincent Sollazzo, the building site’s owner. Motherless Brooklyn was shooting last March when a fire unexpectedly broke out; they blame him for failing to maintain the building’s boiler, sparkler system or smoke detectors. Motherless Brooklyn stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin. Norton and Class 5 have been combating lawsuits themselves over the fire, but they maintain their innocence.
The 56-year-old Demi Moore has had a full life, and for the first time, fans will get an in-depth look at her ups and downs through love, addiction and motherhood.
Her long anticipated memoire, Inside Out, will drop September 24th and will reportedly reveal new details about her battles with addiction, body image, a painful childhood, her struggle to balance motherhood and her career, her three marriages, including one to Bruce Willis (1987-2000) and Ashton Kutcher (2005-2013).
"Inside Out is first and foremost a woman’s story; that the woman in question happens to be one of the most celebrated actresses of our time only makes her journey of vulnerability, strength, and self-acceptance all that more resonant," Jennifer Barth, executive editor of Harper, said in a statement about the book.
She continued: "I think readers are going to be surprised—and moved—by this book."
Moore has given the public glimpses into her struggles before. In October of 2018, when she was named woman of the year at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon, she said: "I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction, and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough," explained Moore, who noted that she was "grateful" for the support of her three daughters with Willis: Rumer, 30, Scout, 27, and Tallulah, 25.
"I had absolutely no value for myself," Moore continued. "And this self-destructive path, it very quickly … brought me to a real crisis point. And it wasn’t clear at the time the reason — maybe it was divine intervention — but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity."
"In fact, it was more like an ultimatum … unless I was dead, that I better show up," she said. "They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today."
Moore spent time in rehab for drugs and alcohol in the 1980s. Then, she was hospitalized for addiction and an eating disorder in 2012 after partying for months and losing a lot of weight.
In newly released text messages, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx urged her top deputy Joseph Magats to go easy on Empire star Jussie Smollett. Smollett, of course, was accused of conspiring to commit a hate crime against himself in a bid to raise his public profile; the charges were dropped. The entire case is currently under review.
Smollett consistently maintained his innocence, but many people, including the mayor of Chicago and President Donald Trump, expressed shock and outrage when the 16 counts against him were dropped.
Many pointed to Foxx, who had previously recused herself in the case, in the ensuing controversy.
"Sooo…...I'm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases...16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A," Foxx reportedly texted Magats.
She also compared Smollett to embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been accused of molesting and assaulting underage girls and young women.
"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally," Foxx wrote. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should. … it's not who we want to be."
The texts appear to contradict Foxx’s claims that she recused herself after speaking with one of Smollett’s relatives at Tina Tchen (a chief of staff of former first lady Michelle Obama). In a March 27thinterview with Chicago’s ABC affiliate, she said she told her chief ethics officer at the time: "I don't want any speculation or concern. I don't even want the appearance that my involvement with this case, having now seen or talked to a family member, would in any way impede this investigation."
"As the case is currently under review, we are not in a position to comment on specificities related to this topic," the office said in a statement. "We look forward to the findings of the Cook County Independent Inspector General's Office's review of how we handled this case."
SMOLLETT LOSES ROLE
Meanwhile, it seems that Smollett is out of the running for a leading role in next year’s Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s 2003 Tony-winning play Take Me Out.
Kendall Jenner may be a supermodel, but she still feels bad about her body when she compares it to her famously curvy sisters. The 23-year-old tells The Telegraph that at 5 foot 10, she’s noticeably taller and lankier than Khloe, Kim, Kourtney and Kylie.
"My sisters are a lot curvier than me," Kendall says. "They have boobs and I don't have boobs. Growing up being this little twiggy girl, I saw my sisters and always thought, 'Oh, no, am I supposed to be more sexy like them?'"
Don’t worry. She’s okay with it now, for the most part.
"I'm not necessarily a lot like them," she acknowledges. "I like that I have a different vibe to everyone. I like to do different things. And that's OK."
WALT DISNEY PLEDGES $5M FOR NOTRE DAME RESTORATION: Walt Disney has pledged $5 million to the reconstruction effort of Paris’ Notre Dame after a devastating fire on Monday. The beloved landmark was of course the setting for the House of Mouse’s 1996 classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. "Notre Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history," said Disney CEO Bob Iger. "The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece."
JAMES MURDOCH TO INVEST $1B IN MEDIA COMPANIES: James Murdoch got paid a reported $2.2 billion for his stake in 21st Century Fox, and now he will reportedly sink $1 billion of his newfound wealth into a new portfolio of unspecified media companies. Some reports indicated that the first investment will go toward Artists, Writers & Artisans, a venture-backed comics publisher run by Bill Jemas, formerly COO of Marvel Enterprises.
CHARLIE’S ANGELS/BIONIC WOMAN CROSSOVER: Dynamite Entertainment is introducing a crossover between the characters in Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman. "Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman is a story about good people trying to do good things who end up at cross purposes," writer CameronDeOrdio (Archie’s Josie and the Pussycats) said in a statement. "We’ve made a spy comic, with sneaking around, exotic '80s tech and tense undercover infiltration, but it’s also about questioning the track you find yourself on and defining for yourself what’s right, even if it means turning your whole life upside down. I’m really excited to have Soo Lee onboard for this book. The way she draws both the Bionic Woman and the Angels perfectly captures their personalities, while also stylistically representing their differing perspectives." The series launches in July, ahead of the November 19 movie return starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.
WITCHER TO ARRIVE THIS FALL: The new live-action series based on The Witcher is set to launch in the company’s fourth quarter (meaning at some point between October and December), Variety reports. The show is a fantasy series from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. It details the adventures of a monster hunter who battles creates from Slavic lore.