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11:00 PM ET, July 26, 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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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 …
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
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
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
Discussion: FemaleFirst
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
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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: The US Sun
BBC:
Dieter Brummer: Home and Away actor dies aged 45  —  Australian actor Dieter Brummer, best known for his role as Shane Parrish on TV soap Home And Away between 1992 and 1996, has died aged 45.  —  Brummer was found dead at a house in Sydney on Saturday by New South Wales police responding to a welfare call.
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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
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
Town & Country:
Inside the Reinvention of Sarah Ferguson, the Ultimate Royal Rebel  —  The Duchess of York has discovered that the best way to find a happy ending is to write it herself.  —  “Heavens, do you not regret anything you've done?” asks Sarah Ferguson,  —  the Duchess of York
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Pokemon Live-Action Series in Early Development at Netflix From 'Lucifer's' Joe Henderson (EXCLUSIVE) … A new Pokemon series is in early development at Netflix, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.  —  As the project is still in its early days, no details are available about the plot.
Discussion: Just Jared
 
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From Mediagazer:

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
President Biden signs the ByteDance-TikTok divest-or-ban bill into law, after the Senate passed it by 79-18; the House passed the legislation 360-58 on April 20

Meta Investor Relations:
Meta reports Q1 revenue up 27% YoY to $36.46B, net income up 117% YoY to $12.37B, and family daily active people up 7% YoY to 3.24B for March 2024

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