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Dana Kennedy / Page Six:
Britney Spears' dad calls #FreeBritney a ‘conspiracy theory’  —  Jamie Spears is sick and tired of how #FreeBritney — an increasingly vocal online movement claiming his daughter Britney Spears is a prisoner in a gilded cage — is painting him as a villain.  —  An upset Jamie, 68 …
Discussion: Us Weekly
TMZ.com:
‘Deadliest Catch’ Deckhand Mahlon Reyes Dead at 38  —  ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ MAHLON REYES DEAD AT 38  —  REMEMBERING MAHLON REYES  —  Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on one of the “Deadliest Catch” crab fishing boats, is dead ... TMZ has learned.  —  Mahlon's wife tells us he died in his hometown of Whitefish …
Discussion: E! Online, Deadline, Variety and The Wrap
People.com:
Twinning!  Adele Recreates Beyoncé's Curve-Hugging Black Is King Look: ‘Thank You Queen’  —  Adele showed her appreciation for Beyoncé's latest artistic achievement  —  Adele is Beyoncé's No. 1 fan!  —  In honor of the release of Beyoncé's new visual album Black Is King …
Discussion: Cele|bitchy
Kaitlyn Frey / People.com:
Toni Braxton Says She Uses a Vibrator to De-Puff Her Under-Eyes: ‘My Real Beauty Secret’  —  “I haven't used it on anything else other than my face, okay?  Just FYI,” the singer said in a new Vogue Beauty Secrets video  —  FB  —  Toni Braxton uses a very unconventional tool and technique …
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Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Dozens Of Former “Ellen Show” Employees Say Executive Producers Engaged In Rampant Sexual Misconduct And Harassment
Wilford Brimley Dead / TMZ.com:
Wilford Brimley, Face of Quaker Oats & Diabetes Campaigns, Dead at 85  —  Wilford Brimley — an iconic actor who was the face of Quaker Oats for years, as well as a spokesperson for diabetes education — has died ... a rep tells TMZ.  —  We're told Brimley passed away Saturday morning at his home in Utah.
Discussion: New York Times and The Wrap
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Actor Bryan Callen accused of sexual assault, misconduct  —  As soon as she saw his name, Katherine Fiore Tigerman broke out in a cold sweat.  Her shirt damp, she scrolled through the text messages from her best friend alerting her that comedian Chris D'Elia was being accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women on Twitter.
Maria Pasquini / People.com:
Did Sean Penn and Laila George Just Get Married?  See Her Gorgeous Blue Ring  —  Sean Penn and Leila George have been dating since 2016  —  Sean Penn and girlfriend Leila George appear to have taken the next step in their relationship.  —  The actor, who turns 60 this month, and the actress …
Riley Cardoza / Us Weekly:
Topher Grace and Ashley Hinshaw Welcome Their 2nd Child … And baby makes four!  Ashley Hinshaw has given birth to her and husband Topher Grace's second child, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.  —  Celebrity Babies of 2020  —  The True Blood alum, 31, made her baby bump debut in January …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Bryan Singer's Traumatic ‘X-Men’ Set: The Movie “Created a Monster”  —  The director's auteur style changed Hollywood's approach to superhero movies forever, but his on-set tantrums, a cast mutiny and, later, allegations of sexual abuse have left a tarnished legacy as the franchise turns 20.
Discussion: Full Feed and Queerty
Perez Hilton:
Lena Dunham Describes Horrific 21-Day Battle With COVID-19 … Lena Dunham is the latest celebrity to open up about her experience with COVID-19 and to hear her tell it, people should really be taking this virus far more seriously than we have been.  —  Along with a selfie (above) …
Discussion: Dlisted and Page Six
Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Insiders Say Entertainment Boss Fostered Toxic Culture, Under Investigation  —  Current and former employees allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist and homophobic behavior: “It was par for the course.”  —  On June 4, former America's Got Talent …
 
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Meredith Nardino / Us Weekly:
‘Bachelorette’ Producers Reached Out to ‘Backup’ Contestants 2 Weeks Into Filming Clare Crawley's Season
Kristian / Dlisted:
Director Catherine Hardwick Says That If A “Midnight Sun” Movie Happens, Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Probably Won't Be In It
People.com:
Regis Philbin Laid to Rest at His ‘Beloved’ Alma Mater, Notre Dame
Discussion: Variety
Stephanie Petit / People.com:
Princess Diana's Surprising Answer on If She Thought Prince William Should Succeed Queen Elizabeth
Will Thorne / Variety:
Tamar Braxton and WE tv Cut Ties (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Page Six and Sandra Rose
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People.com:
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Maria Pasquini / People.com:
Chloe x Halle Recreate Spice Girls Looks for GLAAD Awards Performance with Drag Race Alums
Discussion: Oh No They Didn't!
Andreas Wiseman / Deadline:
Alan Parker Dies: Towering UK Director Of ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Midnight Express’ & ‘Evita’ Was 76
Ashley Boucher / People.com:
Teresa Palmer Reveals She Suffered from Orthorexia, an Obsession with Healthy Eating
Discussion: Cele|bitchy