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Reality star turned lawyer-in-training and prison reform activist Kim Kardashian was with Rodney Reed when he discovered his execution was delayed.

Kardashian sat down with Jenna Bush Hager on Today about her visit with Reed, just days away from his scheduled execution for a 1996 murder and rape conviction.

Kardashian described his reaction: "It was extremely emotional and he said 'praise Jesus.'"

Kardashian reached out to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Twitter last month, asking him to step in: "I will usually go to the length of speaking with either the person or their family members and my group of attorneys before I do something like that. I really am strategic when I'm tweeting about someone's life... I never want to do that if i feel it will hinder the case. Sometimes I think the governor wouldn't want the pressure of talking to a celebrity about the case."

The appeals court in Texas halted the execution after the Texas parole board voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the execution be delayed. The 51-year-old has been granted a 120-day reprieve, and in the meantime, his legal team will present evidence that they believe will exonerate him. Kardashian herself will be working on the case as part of her apprenticeship to become a lawyer.

The move to stay the execution has broad support, Kardashian noted on Today. "The most amazing thing I saw from the case was the bipartisan support," she added, noting everyone from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to activist Sean King have weighed in on the case. "They say it takes a village but really, it takes a country."


Kardashian also gave insight into her decision to try to make a difference, saying sharing four children—North, 6, Saint, 3, Chicago, 1, and Psalm, 6 months—with Kanye West changed her perspective.

"When you become a mom, you become so protective and you want to hopefully make their world the most perfect place ever," she said. "And ours obviously isn't. I see especially how black men are treated differently in this country and I'm raising two black men so i want to make sure my world and their world is as safe and as fair as possible."

She's thrilled with how it's going, she said.

"It's just been such journey that I didn't imagine I would be on, but I'm so glad I am," Kardashian said. "I love that we've been able to get a lot of work done and I just don't want to stop that."



Lili Reinhart has issued a PSA to fans about the dangers of Photoshopping apps. The Riverdale star shared her thoughts on Instagram Story, specifically targeting BodyTune, which can tweak a person's appearance. The star has become celebrated as one of the staunchest body-positive celebs around, consistently calling out photoshopping as a major mental health issue.

"This morning I was looking for an app that would help me resize my photos to better fit Instagram...And then I came across this app. It then proceeded to play a little clip as part of their advertisement. Which I screen recorded."

After that, a video played showing a woman's arm being slimmed down in the app.

"This is not okay. This is why people develop eating disorders," Reinhart continued. "This is why social media has become hazardous to our health. This is why people have unrealistic expectations of their bodies."

The 23-year-old added: "I implore you: do not use these kinds of apps. If you photoshop your body you are adding to this problem. This is how unrealistic standards of human bodies have been created— to the point where people alter their bodies surgically to achieve unnatainble sic results. We are better than this."

Reinhart continued, saying that looking "skinnier" in a photo on Instagram is not worth the "detrimental psychological effects" that the photoshopping apps "have given our generation."

"Once you alleviate yourself of the pressure to conform to FAKE/UNREAL standards...the world is a lot brighter," Reinhart concluded. "I promise you."


SAM WORTHINGTON, DAVID HYDE PIERCE JOIN THE GEORGETOWN PROJECT: Miramax's The Georgetown Project is welcoming Sam Worthington and David Hyde Pierce to its supernatural horror production, already starring Russell Crowe. Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin (Queen of the South) have signed on to write and direct the story, which follows troubled actor Anthony Miller (Crowe), who begins to have a break down while filming a horror film.

MARTIN MCDONAGH'S HANGMEN TO HIT BROADWAY: Martin McDonagh's Hangmen will debut on Broadway this spring, the latest in line of West End transfers to hit Broadway. Hangmen is the four-time Tony nominee McDonagh's seventh play to hit Broadway, including the wildly successful The Pillowman and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

DOWNTON ABBEY PRODUCER ADAPTING ANYONE: Carnival Films, the NBCUniversal-owned banner behind Downton Abbey, has snagged the rights to Anyone, the second novel by Charles Soule, the bestselling comic book author best known for Daredevil and She-Hulk. The novel will be adapted for TV, with Soule exec producing alongside Carnival's Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens. Anyone will drop from Harper Perennial next month, and will follow the story of a brilliant female scientist who creates tech to allow the transfer of human consciousness between bodies.

DAVID SCHWIMMER REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT INTELLIGENCE: David Schwimmer's new Sky One comedy about a maverick American intelligence agent and a British computer analyst, is set to premiere on February 18th, 2020. Schwimmer shared the news on Twitter Monday, and offered a first look at his NSA officer character.


Since 2017's DC megahit Justice League was released, fans have been left wanting more. Director Zack Snyder, who was also behind Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, chose to step down from the project when his daughter died. Marvel's Joss Whedon then took the reins and guided the film to completion.

Whedon was tasked with cutting the film's runtime to 120 minutes or less, and injecting humor after Batman v Superman's negative reception. Plot changes and rewrites ensued, and while the film netted $657.9 million worldwide (against a $300 million budget), fans have increasingly pushed for a near-mythical Snyder-cut of the film.

Apparently, it does exist, but Warner Bros. would have to pour millions into the effort, as it is a rough cut with unfinished shots and unmixed audio.

Justice League stars Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and Ben Affleck have joined the call for the Snyder cut on social media, and Snyder himself is asking Warner Bros. to release it.


Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman was all smiles as she fulfilled her community service duties. The 56-year-old was photographed delivering cupcakes to a building where she has been completing community service as part of her sentence after pleading guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal.

After completing 11 days behind bars, she is expected to complete 250 hours of community service, undergo a year of probation and pay a $30,000 fine.

Huffman is reportedly working at a local rehab center for previously homeless girls who want to get their GEDs called the Teen Project. Huffman's daughter Georgia, 17, have been tutoring and volunteering their for two years.

Huffman is also enjoying her freedom, and was spotted out with husband William H. Macy driving around in a Porsche.

Huffman joined the vast majority of parents and coaches wrapped up in the scandal by pleading guilty. According to observers, the guilty pleas ensured lesser sentences. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, meanwhile, have pleaded not guilty and are therefore facing 40 years behind bars. Their time behind bars could potentially be much higher because the size of their alleged bribe ($500K vs. Huffman's $15K) is much more substantial.

Loughlin and Giannulli are next due in court on January 17th.


After micromanaging her wildly successful company Kylie Cosmetics since its launch in 2015, 21-year-old billionaire Kylie Jenner has sold a majority stake in it to Coty for $600 million.

The 51% stake of the $1.2 billion company goes to a brand conglom that also owns Covergirl, OPI, Rimmel, GHD and Clairol.

Jenner will maintain creative control, she said in a release. She said: "I'm excited to partner with Coty to continue to reach even more fans of Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin around the world. I look forward to continuing the creativity and ingenuity for each collection that consumers have come to expect and engaging with my fans across social media."


While many on social media applauded her "money moves," others predicted a dip in quality. "Coming to a shelve at Walmart near you," sniped one.


James Van Der Beek was eliminated during the Season 28 semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars last night – and revealed some heartbreaking news.

Going into next week's finals are The Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown; country music star Lauren Alaina; singer Ally Brooke; and actor Kel Mitchell.

Brooke tearfully tried to give up her place in the competition to Van Der Beek, but co-host Tom Bergeron said, "No, that's lovely of you to say that." Brooke and her partner Sasha Farber then hugged Van Der Beek and his partner Emma Slater.

Tragically, Van Der Beek had announced that his wife Kimberly suffered a miscarriage over the weekend.

"My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby," an emotional Van Der Beek said in his video package. "The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond."

"You never know why these things happen, that's what I've been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together, it breaks you open, it opens up your heart, it deepens your appreciation," said Van Der Beek. "It makes you more human."

Although Van Der Beek admitted that he didn't think he'd be dancing on Monday evening, he chose to compete for Kimberly, who pushed him to continue in the competition.

James and his wife had announced they were expecting their sixth child earlier in the season. They already share Olivia, 9, Joshua, 7, Annabel, 5, Emilia, 3 and Gwendolyn, 1.







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