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2:55 AM ET, August 12, 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: People.com, Just Jared 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.
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  —  Kelly Clarkson asks judge to reinstate her maiden name  —  Kelly Clarkson wants her name back.  As the singer and talk show host continues to work out the terms of her split from Brandon Blackstock …
Nigel Smith / People.com:
Ryan Reynolds Says His Daughters Troll Him Just Like Wife Blake Lively: 'I'm Safe from Nothing'
Discussion: Just Jared
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 Vulpo / E! Online:
Joel Kinnaman Under Investigation for Alleged Rape After Being Granted Restraining Order From Model  —  Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman was previously granted a temporary restraining order against a Swedish model after accusing her of extortion.  —  Joel Kinnaman has found himself involved in an investigation overseas.
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Just Jared
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TMZ.com:
Joel Kinnaman Being Investigated for Rape in Sweden, He Claims Extortion
Discussion: The Sun
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
Tomás Mier / People.com:
Joshua Bassett Says It Was ‘Liberating’ to Come Out Even If He ‘Was Subjected’ to Homophobia  —  “People can hate me forever and say the nastiest thing possible, but it will not change a thing,” he said.  “You need to stand tall and face those people as an advocate for all the people without a voice”
Discussion: FemaleFirst and E! Online
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
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: HELLO!, Collider, Vanity Fair and Stereogum
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Kanye West's Latest ‘Donda’ Event Is Most-Watched Apple Music Livestream Ever  —  The second livestream from Mercedes-Benz Stadium pulled in 5.4 million viewers plus a possibly record-breaking $7 million in revenue from in-person merchandise sales.  —  Kanye West's Donda listening party …
Discussion: The Sun
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
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
FemaleFirst:
Robin Williams' son honours late dad on seventh anniversary of his death  —  Robin Williams' son Zak has praised his late father for being an “inspiration” to others on the seventh anniversary of his death, as he said he is “celebrating” the acting legend's memory.
Discussion: Daily Star
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.
Danielle Turchiano / Variety:
Kathy Griffin to Recur in ‘Search Party’ Season 5 (EXCLUSIVE) … Kathy Griffin has joined the cast of “Search Party” for its fifth season, Variety has learned exclusively.  —  Griffin will recur in the HBO Max comedy as Liquorice Montague, a conspiracy theorist who takes Chantal (Clare McNulty) …
Discussion: People.com and Just Jared
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
TMZ.com:
Kim Kardashian Credits Kanye for Boosting Her Self-Confidence  —  KIM KARDASHIAN KANYE TAUGHT ME TO BE MORE REAL ... Not Care What Everyone Thinks  —  WORDS OF WISDOM  —  Kim Kardashian's giving Kanye West a lot of credit for helping her become the woman she is today …
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.
TMZ.com:
Kylie Jenner's 24th Bday Party Features Breakfast Buffet, Painting, Sushi & Cocktails  —  KYLIE JENNER CELEBRATES 24 ALL DAY LONG ... Breakfast Buffet to Candlelit Dinner  —  JUST THE GIRLS  —  Kylie Jenner really knows how to throw a birthday party ... and have it last the entire day.
Discussion: FemaleFirst and Page Six
 
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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
Eileen Reslen / Page Six:
Stephen Amell kisses wife on red carpet after alleged blowout on plane
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Us Weekly
Danielle Stacey / HELLO!:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hire Fargo producer for Netflix shows
Discussion: FemaleFirst
Samantha Bergeson / E! Online:
Savannah Chrisley Reveals Why She's Giving Ex-Fiancé Nic Kerdiles a Second Chance
Discussion: Page Six and Us Weekly
 Earlier Picks: 
Just Jared:
MTV VMAs 2021 Nominations - Full List Released!
Discussion: POPSUGAR, Nylon and The Wrap
Hanna Flanagan / People.com:
Rihanna Celebrates Her Fenty Perfume Selling Out Hours After Launch with Caviar in Bed
Discussion: Marie Claire and Bossip
Ellie Bate / BuzzFeed News:
Chrissy Teigen Denied Deleting Negative Comments On Her Instagram Posts And Called Accusers “Next-Level Haters”
Discussion: People.com
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: HELLO!, People.com 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
Neia Balao / Celebs:
Our favorite Netflix rom-coms: ‘The Kissing Booth 3’ and more
Discussion: POPSUGAR, Cosmopolitan and E! Online
 

 
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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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