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2:35 AM ET, July 27, 2021

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TMZ.com:
Britney Spears Files Docs With Her Choice to Replace Jamie in Conservatorship  —  Britney Spears and her new lawyer have made their move ... filing legal docs with the name of a person whom they want to manage the conservatorship ... as far as business deals are concerned.
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Mike Vulpo / E! Online:
Jamie Lynn Spears Sets the Record Straight on Claims Britney Spears Bought Her a Beach Condo  —  In a new social media post, Jamie Lynn Spears fired back at a report claiming Britney Spears purchased a “place at the beach” for her sister.  Here's why she wants people to “stop reachin.”
TMZ.com:   Britney Spears Blasts Father Jamie in Bid to Remove Him from Conservatorship
Johnni Macke / Us Weekly:
Britney Spears' Lawyer Files to Replace Dad in Conservatorship: 5 Things to Know About Her Choice Jason Rubin
Discussion: Insider
Ellie Phillips / Daily Mail:
Jennifer Lopez wears a ‘BEN’ necklace as she steps out in a bridal white mini dress for a shopping trip in Monaco... after reuniting with former fiancé Ben Affleck  —  She recently confirmed that she has reunited with her former fiancé Ben Affleck, by going Instagram official with the actor on her 52nd birthday.
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Glenn Garner / People.com:
Jennifer Lopez Is ‘Very Happy’ with Ben Affleck as They Enjoy Her Birthday Weekend in St. Tropez  —  “They are having a beautiful trip,” a source tells PEOPLE of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who celebrated her 52nd birthday on Saturday  —  Jennifer Lopez is enjoying her romantic getaway …
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Alex Rodriguez and NFL reporter Melanie Collins are ‘just friends’
Discussion: Gossip Cop and Glamour
Jess Cohen / E! Online:
How Alex Rodriguez Subtly Supported Ex Jennifer Lopez on Her Birthday
Discussion: Bustle, Us Weekly and Just Jared
Variety:
Universal Spends $400 Million on New ‘Exorcist’ Trilogy Starring Ellen Burstyn, Leslie Odom Jr.  —  Universal is shelling out an eye-popping $400 million to buy a new “Exorcist” trilogy with plans to screen some of the films on Peacock, its new streaming service.
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Greg Evans / Deadline:
Universal & Peacock Close $400M Deal For ‘Exorcist’ Trilogy; Ellen Burstyn To Reprise Classic Role
Discussion: The Wrap
Lane Florsheim / Wall Street Journal:
Joe Jonas on the Best Style Advice He's Ever Gotten  —  The singer-songwriter also tells us about learning Italian and his daily smoothie routine.  —  In our series My Monday Morning, self-motivated people tell WSJ. how they start off the week.  —  Though Joe Jonas doesn't have a strict wake-up time …
Discussion: E! Online and Just Jared
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Leanne Aciz-Stanton / Us Weekly:
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner: A Timeline of Their Romance … Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner secretly married on May 1, 2019, after attending the 2019 Billboard Music Awards together!  —  The bride and groom walked down the aisle at a Las Vegas wedding chapel while country duo Dan + Shay performed their song “Speechless.”
Discussion: FemaleFirst
Just Jared:
‘The Bachelorette’ 2021: Top 3 Contestants Revealed (Spoilers!)  —  There are now three guys remaining on Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette ahead of the hometown dates episode next week.  —  Usually, four guys get hometown dates, but one of the finalists decided to self-eliminate …
Discussion: E! Online
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Alyssa Ray / E! Online (US):
Did Bachelorette Katie Thurston Get Closure During Men Tell All?  She Says...  In an exclusive chat with E! News, Katie Thurston revealed she was nervous heading into Bachelorette: Men Tell All.  Find out how it actually went!  —  The Men Tell All taping was a pretty productive experience for Bachelorette Katie Thurston.
Discussion: E! Online and Just Jared
Marc Malkin / Variety:
‘Jungle Cruise’ Star Jack Whitehall Is ‘Proud’ of His Gay Character's Coming-Out Scene in Disney Film … Jack Whitehall says he didn't know that his character McGregor in “Jungle Cruise” was gay when he originally auditioned for the film.  —  “When I first read the script …
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Samantha Bergeson / E! Online:
Emily Blunt Reveals What It's Really Like to Kiss Dwayne Johnson
Discussion: Just Jared
Pitchfork:
Kanye West's New Album Donda Will Be Released August 6, A Rep Confirms  —  West premiered the album at a livestreamed event in Atlanta.  The songs he played featured JAY-Z, Pop Smoke, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, and more.  —  Kanye West is moving the release of his long-awaited …
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Kanye West Rep ‘Confirms’ Aug. 6 Release Date for ‘Donda’ Album, For What That's Worth
Discussion: Associated Press and The US Sun
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Elle Hunt / The Guardian:
Mark Ronson on hope, hits and Amy Winehouse: ‘I loved being in her company.  She was so funny’  —  The superstar producer nearly quit music during lockdown.  Now he's starting a ‘new phase’ with a TV show.  He discusses therapy, paparazzi - and being tucked in by Robin Williams
Discussion: Gossip Cop and Just Jared
Dory Jackson / People.com:
Heather Locklear Makes TV Return With New Lifetime Biopic Produced by Meghan McCain  —  The upcoming film based on Don't Sweat the Small Stuff also stars Natasha Bure, Jason MacDonald and Emily Rose  —  Heather Locklear is heading back to the small screen.
Discussion: Just Jared and Deadline
M.B. / Perez Hilton:
Sex And The City Fans' Minds BLOWN By Photo Of Sarah Jessica Parker & Cynthia Nixon Together In 1982 — Right As NEW Set Pics Drop!  —  If you think fans are excited about the future of Sex And The City, just wait until you see how they're reacting to the past!
Discussion: E! Online
 
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B.D. / Perez Hilton:
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Discussion: Just Jared
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Pokemon Live-Action Series in Early Development at Netflix From 'Lucifer's' Joe Henderson (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Just Jared
TMZ.com:
Kanye's ‘DONDA’ Listening Event Breaks Apple Streaming Record
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Tomás Mier / People.com:
Lea Michele to Release Lullaby Covers Album Forever Dedicated to Son Ever: A ‘Dream Come True’
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Just Jared:
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Discussion: E! Online
Jen Juneau / People.com:
Michael Phelps Has ‘No Desire’ to Swim Professionally Again, but Might If His Kids Ask Him to
Discussion: TODAY.com and Just Jared
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Discussion: RADAR and Bossip
Nicki Gostin / Page Six:
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Kisha Forde / E! Online:
The Hilarious Reason Kendall Jenner Just Publicly Called Out Travis Scott
Discussion: Bustle, Us Weekly and Just Jared
 

 
From Mediagazer:

The Guardian:
How China is using AI news anchors to spread its propaganda on social media; Microsoft: some AI anchors were created using ByteDance's video editing app CapCut

Rodney Tiffen / Inside Story:
Court discovery docs from the UK's News Group phone hacking cases give more detail about evidence destruction and indicate the company gathered political intel

Renee DiResta / The Guardian:
How a rightwing smear campaign against NPR and its CEO Katherine Maher, who is on Signal Foundation's board, led Elon Musk to malign Signal

 
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