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10:30 PM ET, August 5, 2021

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TMZ.com:
Britney Spears Wants Dad Jamie Removed from Conservatorship Immediately  —  BRITNEY SPEARS WANTS DAD REMOVED FROM CONSERVATORSHIP IMMEDIATELY  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 430 … Britney Spears is sick of waiting for her day in court ... she wants some action now, to get her dad booted from the conservatorship.
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People.com:
Britney Spears' Lawyer Requests the ‘Immediate Suspension’ of Dad Jamie as Estate Conservator  —  “Although a two-month wait for a hearing ... may not seem significant in the context of 13 years, [Britney] should not be forced to continue to feel traumatized, lose sleep, and suffer,” reads a new court filing
Discussion: justjared.com
Just Jared:
Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish Split After Nearly 8 Years of Marriage  —  Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish have announced that they are separating after nearly 8 years of marriage.  —  The 38-year-old actress confirmed the news in a touching post on her social media.
Discussion: Dlisted, Page Six, E! Online and FemaleFirst
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Nicholas Rice / People.com:
Kate Bosworth and Husband Michael Polish Separating After Nearly 8 Years of Marriage  —  Actress Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish, who met while working together on the 2011 drama Big Sur, wed back in August 2013  —  Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish are going their separate ways.
Discussion: The Sun
TMZ.com:
Fetty Wap's 4-Year-Old Daughter Died from Heart Defect  —  FETTY WAP DAUGHTER DIED OF HEART DEFECT COMPLICATIONS  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Fetty Wap's daughter died as a result of a health issue she'd carried with her since birth ... TMZ has learned.  —  The rapper and his ex Lisa Pembroke's 4-year-old …
Lindsay Weinberg / E! Online:
How Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Feel About Taylor Swift Using Daughters' Names in Her Music  —  Ryan Reynolds revealed the surprising way Blake Lively helped him with his Deadpool role, and what the couple really thinks about Taylor Swift name-dropping their three daughters in her lyrics.
Discussion: FemaleFirst, Us Weekly and Just Jared
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Wesley LeBlanc / IGN:
Ryan Reynolds Reveals the Deadpool - Bambi Crossover Pitch He Made To Disney
Discussion: Just Jared
Billboard:
Aaliyah's Music to Return After a Decade: The Inside Story  —  The singer's biggest albums have been unavailable for a decade.  Now her uncle, who founded her label, has a deal with EMPIRE to release them on streaming services.  But Aaliyah's estate isn't happy about it.  —  ARTIST MENTIONED
Maya Singer / Vogue:
Generation America: The Models Changing an Industry  —  To listen to this profile, click the play button below: … “I always knew I'd be on the cover of the September issue,” says Precious Lee, exuding the serene self-assurance of a woman who's gotten used to her dreams coming true.
Discussion: Page Six, E! Online, POPSUGAR and Just Jared
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' Nears Comeback With Holiday Movie On Roku; Core Cast Expected To Return  —  Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist lives on.  The buzzy series, which was canceled by NBC after two seasons, would get a new chapter with a holiday movie for streamer Roku, I have learned.
Selome Hailu / Variety:
Cobie Smulders to Play Ann Coulter in ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ After Betty Gilpin Exits (EXCLUSIVE) … Cobie Smulders will now play Ann Coulter in “Impeachment: American Crime Story” after Betty Gilpin, who was originally set in the role, exited the cast due to scheduling complications during the pandemic.
Discussion: Just Jared
Ekin Karasin / The Sun:
WILD CLAIMS Kanye West paid Vogue editor Anna Wintour $1M to ‘help him get on his feet’ in fashion, model Janice Dickinson alleges  —  KANYE West paid Anna Wintour $1million to be accepted in the fashion industry, Janice Dickinson has claimed.  —  Former model Janice alleged that Kanye …
Discussion: YouTube and Just Jared
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
‘South Park’ Creators Sign Massive New $900 Million Deal With ViacomCBS  —  The expanding ‘South Park’ universe will include new movies for Paramount+  —  The creators of “South Park” have signed a new deal with ViacomCBS Inc. that will pay them more than $900 million over the next six years, one of the richest deals in TV history.
Christina Dugan / People.com:
Sanaa Lathan Reveals She Stopped Drinking Alcohol Three Years Ago: ‘It Was Dimming My Energy’  —  Sanaa Lathan opens up about her decision to quit drinking alcohol  —  Sanaa Lathan is opening up about the lifestyle changes she's made over the past few years.
Discussion: Just Jared
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Gotham Awards Won't Define Acting Categories by Gender  —  The Gothams will replace the best actress and best actor categories with a single category for “outstanding lead performance.”  —  Should acting prizes be gender neutral?  The question has been percolating for years, with zealous arguments for and against.
Discussion: Variety, Vanity Fair, Deadline and The Wrap
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Neil Patrick Harris To Headline Darren Star's Netflix Comedy Series ‘Uncoupled’ Co-Created By Jeffrey Richman  —  EXCLUSIVE: Neil Patrick Harris is returning to comedy series television in a big way.  The former How I Met Your Mother star has been tapped as the lead in Uncoupled …
Discussion: Just Jared
Samantha Bergeson / E! Online:
Brooks Laich Debuts Romance With Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir With a Sweet Kiss  —  More than a year after Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich split, the former NHL player has moved on with CrossFit athlete Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir since going public with their romance on Aug. 1.
Alyssa Ray / E! Online:
You Won't Believe Which OG Gossip Girl Star Returned for the Revival  —  The Aug. 5 episode of the Gossip Girl revival brought back a familiar face!  See which original star has returned to HBO Max's Gossip Girl.  —  Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is out there quaking right now.
Discussion: POPSUGAR
Rosy Cordero / Deadline:
‘Cobra Kai’: Action Packed Season 4 Teaser Confirms Netflix Return  —  The road to All Valley is set in stone for December with the release of a new teaser for Netflix's Cobra Kai season 4.  And while Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) have combined the power of their respective dojos …
Jennifer Fernandez / House Beautiful:
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins's Nashville Home Was Inspired By Their Grandparents  —  especially for a pair of 30-something superstars.  “I really wanted it to feel like our grandparents' homes,” says Lauren Akins, the best-selling author, philanthropist, and mother of three (plus one on the way) …
Discussion: People.com and E! Online
Full Feed:
Val Kilmer's Kids Share an Update on Actor's Cancer Battle  —  Val Kilmer courageously chronicles his battle with throat cancer in a new documentary, “Val.”  —  “Extra's” Rachel Lindsay spoke with Kilmer's children, Jack and Mercedes, who also appear in the film.
Tomás Mier / People.com:
Megan Thee Stallion Says ‘It Is About Time’ that Rap Tackle LGBTQ Hate: ‘It Is Really Crucial’  —  The singer — who recently shared a video teaching her fans about Bitcoin with the Cash App — also tells PEOPLE her next project will be a “complete shock”  —  Megan Thee Stallion thinks …
Discussion: E! Online
Ashley Boucher / People.com:
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Sam Elliott Cast in Yellowstone Prequel Series, 1883  —  “Just wait, you have never seen anything like this!”  Faith Hill teased on Instagram of the upcoming series  —  FB  —  MORE  —  The Yellowstone prequel series has just cast some serious star power.
Discussion: Deadline
 
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Deadline:
‘Hunger Games’ Prequel To Start Production In First Half Of 2022, Lionsgate Film Boss Joe Drake Says
Sarah Hearon / Us Weekly:
Kaitlyn Bristowe Gives Insight Into Katie Thurston's Meltdown After Greg Grippo Split: His Reaction Was ‘Bulls—t’
Chelsea Hirsch / Page Six:
Erika Jayne accuses Garcelle Beauvais of ‘betraying’ her friendship
Discussion: E! Online
Stuart Pink / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Love Island bosses line up medical student Priya Gopaldas who worked on the Covid-19 frontline to lure the boys away from their partners in the final weeks of the series
Discussion: Daily Star
Shannon Adducci / Footwear News:
Kathy Hilton on the Heels Paris Would Never Wear, the Bag Nicky Hilton Steals and More From Her Closet Tour
Discussion: Us Weekly and Page Six
Mary Gallagher / The Sun:
New Strictly contestant John Whaite's battles with sexsomnia, booze and depression that saw him quit social media
Discussion: Daily Star
 Earlier Picks: 
Elyse Dupre / E! Online:
Jaime King Goes Instagram Official With Boyfriend Sennett Devermont Amid Kyle Newman Divorce
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Page Six
Mehera Bonner / Cosmopolitan:
Kourtney Kardashian Just Revealed Her Haircut from Travis Barker
Discussion: E! Online
Carl Greenwood / The Sun:
CORRIE COLES IT A DAY Coronation Street's Norris Cole killed off after actor Malcolm Hebden quits soap - as cast film funeral scenes this week
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o among early picks for Met Gala list
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and Oh No They Didn't!
Sarah Hearon / Us Weekly:
J.P. Rosenbaum Officially Files for Divorce From Ashley Hebert 9 Months After Split
Discussion: Page Six
Jessica Lester / The Sun:
Furious Katie Price hits out at ‘con’ trying to swindle money from her fans
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Roku says hackers accessed ~576K accounts using credential stuffing, and made purchases in ~400 cases, after a similar breach affecting ~15K accounts in March

Jaffer Zaidi / The Keyword:
Google tests removing links to CA news sites to measure the impact of the California Journalism Preservation Act and pauses investments in the CA news ecosystem

 
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