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9:35 PM ET, August 11, 2021

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Ellise Shafer / Variety:
From Disney to ‘Drivers License’: Inside Olivia Rodrigo's Musical Journey to Become the Voice of Her Generation … Criticism doesn't scare Olivia Rodrigo.  —  If anything, the 18-year-old — whose platinum-certified debut, “Sour,” captured the biggest U.S. opening week sales for an album in 2021 so far — fully embraces it.
Discussion: Just Jared, People.com and POPSUGAR
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Variety:
How Lil Nas X Is Revolutionizing Hip-Hop as an Empowered Gay Star … Newfound fame has felled many a young superstar, and Lil Nas X, feeling overwhelmed by the massive success of his 2019 hit “Old Town Road,” decided to take a brief hiatus early last year to settle in and work on his debut album.
Elana Rubin / E! Online:
Lil Nas X Reveals He's in a Relationship and Thinks “This Is the One”  —  “Industry Baby” rapper Lil Nas X shared new details about his love life in a new interview.  He revealed, “I've found someone special now.”  —  Lil Nas X has a new special someone to cozy up to and watch the sun go down.
Stephanie Soteriou / The Sun:
JUST FRIENDS David Schwimmer denies dating Jennifer Aniston after reports claiming they'd ‘grown close’  —  DAVID Schwimmer has denied that he is dating former Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston after reports claimed they'd “grown close”.  —  The popular pairing won the world's hearts …
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Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
David Schwimmer denies ‘spending time’ with Jennifer Aniston
Discussion: The Sun and Cele|bitchy
Eliza Thompson / Us Weekly:
What Jennifer Aniston Looks for ‘Above Everything’ Now That's Dating Again
Discussion: The Sun and Elle
Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘Powerpuff Girls’ CW Pilot Star Chloe Bennet Exits Project (EXCLUSIVE) … Chloe Bennet has stepped down as one of the three leads in the live-action CW pilot based on “The Powerpuff Girls,” Variety has learned exclusively.  —  Bennet was set to star as Blossom in the pilot, which is currently titled “Powerpuff.”
Mike Walters / The Blast:
Kelly Clarkson Officially Files To Have Her Famous Name Restored In Divorce  —  Home / Exclusive / Kelly Clarkson Officially Files To Have Her Famous Name Restored In Divorce  —  Kelly Clarkson is asking a divorce judge to allow her to restore her famous last name following the nasty divorce with her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock.
Discussion: The Sun and Just Jared
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Celebs:
Kelly Clarkson files to ditch her married name in divorce, plus more news
Discussion: FemaleFirst
TMZ.com:
Joel Kinnaman Being Investigated for Rape in Sweden, He Claims Extortion  —  JOEL KINNAMAN BEING INVESTIGATED FOR RAPE IN SWEDEN ... He's Claimed Extortion  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Joel Kinnaman is being investigated by Swedish authorities for allegedly raping a woman — a probe that's in its early stages …
Discussion: The Sun
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Mike Vulpo / E! Online:
Joel Kinnaman Under Investigation for Alleged Rape After Being Granted Restraining Order From Model
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Just Jared
TMZ.com:
Eminem's Ex-Wife, Kim Scott, Hospitalized for Suicide Attempt  —  EMINEM AUTHORITIES SAY EX-WIFE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE ... Hospitalized for Evaluation  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Eminem's ex-wife, Kim Scott, was hospitalized following a suicide attempt during which she became combative with law enforcement ... TMZ has learned.
Ryan Gajewski / E! Online:
Chrissy Teigen Fires Back at Claims She Deletes Negative Comments From Her Social Media Posts  —  Chrissy Teigen responded to “crazy” allegations that she has recently been deleting negative comments from social media users.  —  Chrissy Teigen has a few pet peeves about the way she feels she's currently being treated on social media.
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Ellie Bate / BuzzFeed News:
Chrissy Teigen Denied Deleting Negative Comments On Her Instagram Posts And Called Accusers “Next-Level Haters”
Discussion: People.com
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
‘Jeopardy’ Announces Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik Splitting Host Duties  —  The long-running game show is set to reveal not one, but two hosts, The Daily Beast has learned. … Jeopardy! will have two hosts for the first time in the storied game show's history.
Sam Gillette / People.com:
Dolly Parton Teams with James Patterson to Write First Novel Run, Rose, Run — and Creates New Album  —  Dolly Parton and James Patterson's novel, Run, Rose, Run, will be published by Little, Brown and Company on March 7, 2022  —  Dolly Parton has performed with some of the greatest artists in music …
Discussion: Collider, Vanity Fair and Stereogum
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
'Grey's Anatomy': Kate Burton To Return In Season 18 As Ellis Grey  —  EXCLUSIVE: Last season, as Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey was battling Covid, Grey's Anatomy introduced a dream beach motive that reunited Meredith with beloved dead characters from the show, Derek, George, Mark and Meredith's sister Lexie.
Discussion: Us Weekly and Just Jared
Spotify:
Heidi Montag  —  Listen to this episode from Call Her Daddy on Spotify.  This week, Father Cooper sits down with Heidi Montag, and lots of champagne.  The pair get things popping off immediately...poppin bottles that is.  Heidi takes us to Italy (sorry not France) where she spent her final year of high school.
Stephanie Soteriou / The Sun:
Katie Price's son Harvey accepted to £350,000 a year residential college - and will move out of her home in just 2 weeks  —  KATIE Price's son Harvey has been accepted into a £350,000-a-year residential college - and will move out of her home in just two weeks.
Discussion: Daily Star
Nigel Smith / People.com:
Ryan Reynolds Says His Daughters Troll Him Just Like Wife Blake Lively: 'I'm Safe from Nothing'  —  “Why would I go online?  I've got it right here at home,” Ryan Reynolds jokes to PEOPLE of online trolling  —  FB  —  MORE  —  Ryan Reynolds' home is full of trolls!
Discussion: Just Jared
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
How Thomas Doherty Became the Pansexual Heartthrob of the New ‘Gossip Girl’ … On HBO Max's reincarnated “Gossip Girl,” Thomas Doherty plays Max Wolfe, a 17-year-old romantic omnivore who seduces all the boys and girls — and even a male teacher — at his Upper East Side high school.
Discussion: Just Jared
Eileen Reslen / Page Six:
Stephen Amell kisses wife on red carpet after alleged blowout on plane  —  Stephen Amell and his wife, Cassandra Jean Amell, put on a united front nearly two months after an alleged dispute between them took place aboard a flight.  —  The couple attended the premiere of the new Starz series …
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Us Weekly
Samantha Bergeson / E! Online:
Savannah Chrisley Reveals Why She's Giving Ex-Fiancé Nic Kerdiles a Second Chance  —  Second time's the charm?  Growing Up Chrisley star Savannah Chrisley has cooled down her hot girl summer to rekindle her romance with ex-fiancé Nic Kerdiles, but hear why she's taking it slow.
Discussion: Us Weekly and Page Six
TMZ.com:
Mama June's BF Sentenced to 16 Months in Crack Cocaine Case  —  MAMA JUNE BF GENO GETS 16 MONTHS In Crack Cocaine Case  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  Mama June's boyfriend won't enjoy his usual freedoms over the next year and change ... because he was sentenced in his crack cocaine case in Alabama.
Discussion: Page Six
Neia Balao / Celebs:
Our favorite Netflix rom-coms: ‘The Kissing Booth 3’ and more  —  We're suckers for a good ol' romantic comedy!  Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at some of the plethora of stellar rom-coms currently on Netflix, starting with the perfect summer flick — “The Kissing Booth 3” — which hits the streaming service on Aug. 11, 2021.
Discussion: Cosmopolitan, E! Online and POPSUGAR
 
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Tomás Mier / People.com:
Joshua Bassett Says It Was ‘Liberating’ to Come Out Even If He ‘Was Subjected’ to Homophobia
Discussion: E! Online
Howell Davies / The Sun:
Alan Carr's husband Paul Drayton posts shocking photo of himself with black eye and tells fan ‘we had a bad row’
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Andre Braugher Cast as New York Times Editor Dean Baquet in Weinstein Investigation Film ‘She Said’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Collider and The Wrap
Variety:
Mindy Kaling, Amazon Studios Adapting Novel ‘Hana Khan Carries On’ as Film (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Collider and The Wrap
Just Jared:
Netflix's New Series ‘Clickbait’ Has a Suspenseful First Trailer - Watch Now!
Discussion: E! Online
Eliza Thompson / Us Weekly:
Erika Jayne's Estranged Husband Tom Girardi Will Refuse to Testify at Lion Air Hearing
Discussion: E! Online
TMZ.com:
Kylie Jenner's 24th Bday Party Features Breakfast Buffet, Painting, Sushi & Cocktails
Discussion: Page Six
 Earlier Picks: 
Danielle Stacey / HELLO!:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hire Fargo producer for Netflix shows
Discussion: FemaleFirst
Just Jared:
MTV VMAs 2021 Nominations - Full List Released!
Discussion: The Wrap, Nylon and POPSUGAR
Hanna Flanagan / People.com:
Rihanna Celebrates Her Fenty Perfume Selling Out Hours After Launch with Caviar in Bed
Discussion: Marie Claire and Bossip
Aili Nahas / People.com:
John Stamos on How Wife Caitlin and Son Billy Changed His Life: ‘My Dreams Came True’
Discussion: PeopleTV and Cele|bitchy
Sophia Vilensky / Us Weekly:
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's Sweetest Family Moments With Their 3 Kids
Discussion: E! Online
Kisha Forde / E! Online:
See Gwen Stefani's Preserved Dress and Flowers From Blake Shelton Wedding
Discussion: People.com, HELLO! and Page Six
Johnni Macke / Us Weekly:
Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate Are ‘Closer Than Ever,’ Working on Their Relationship After Rocky Year
Discussion: Marie Claire
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance and Disney merge their media businesses in India, creating the country's largest media conglomerate; Reliance values it at $8.5B and will invest $1.4B

Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
Raw Story, AlterNet, and, in a separate case, The Intercept sue OpenAI in a NY federal court for copyright infringement; The Intercept is also suing Microsoft

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Substack debuts direct messaging, letting users have private one-on-one conversations; by default, users will only receive DMs from people they're connected to

 
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