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9:30 PM ET, August 13, 2021

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Emily Marcus / Us Weekly:
Everything Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Have Said About Their Divorce and Coparenting … Amicable as ever!  Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been coparenting pros since announcing their split in June 2015.  —  The exes, who share Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, haven't shied away …
Discussion: FemaleFirst
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Erin Crabtree / Us Weekly:
Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate Have Been Talking About ‘Collaborating’ on a Netflix Project  —  4 Outfits You Need Right Now For Your Upcoming Beach Getaway!  —  The Duggar Family Has Welcomed an Army of Babies — and There Are More on the Way!  —  Bachelor Nation Engagement Rings Ranked by Carat Size …
Discussion: Just Jared
Alexia Fernández / People.com:
Matt Damon Says 'No One's Pulling Harder' for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Than He Is
Discussion: Just Jared
Caitlyn Becker / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Dorinda Medley's back!  RHONY fan favorite to lead ‘Housewives Mash Up’ show alongside Vicki Gunvalson, Brandi Glanville, Jill Zarin and Phaedra Parks  — Dorinda Medley is returning to Bravo in an all-new Housewives Mash Up for Peacock, DailyMail.com is exclusively reporting
Peter Mikelbank / People.com:
Princess Charlene Is Resting After New Surgery as Albert and the Twins Are ‘Thinking of Her with Tenderness’  —  Princess Charlene of Monaco is recovering from a four-hour procedure, the most recent in a series intended to correct long-haul complications from an ENT surgery last spring in Europe
Discussion: Just Jared
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Danielle Stacey / HELLO!:
Princess Charlene of Monaco to undergo four-hour operation - palace confirms
Discussion: Cele|bitchy
Mehera Bonner / Cosmopolitan:
Kourtney Kardashian Responds to Fan Commenting “SHE'S PREGNANT” on Insta  —  Nope, she was not having it.  —  Kourtney Kardashian  —  hopped online with a photo dump of herself chilling in her closet in a half-down dress, some Skims, and a skull necklace, and it took approximately one second …
Discussion: Just Jared and Page Six
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Lindsay Weinberg / E! Online:
Kourtney Kardashian Shuts Down Body Shamer for Speculating She's Pregnant
Discussion: TMZ.com and Elle
JD Knapp / People.com:
American Idol Alum Syesha Mercado Loses Custody of 2nd Child Just 5 Months After Her 1st: ‘Legally Kidnapped’  —  Mercado and partner Tyron Deneer recorded the Wednesday traffic stop in which their 10-day-old daughter was taken, five months after losing 18-month-old son Amen'Ra to Fla. CPS
Discussion: TMZ.com and Just Jared
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Emma Stone Locks Down Deal For ‘Cruella’ Sequel  —  EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Emma Stone has closed a deal to star in the sequel to Cruella, in what is a very good sign for Disney as it secures talent in the wake of some criticism of its theatrical-Disney+ Premier model.
McKenna Aiello / E! Online:
Bachelor Nation's Jef Holm Files for Restraining Order Against Robby Hayes  —  The Bachelorette's Jef Holm is taking legal action against former roommate Robby Hayes, who he says enters his home without permission and “threatens” him.  —  This Bachelor Nation bromance has reached its breaking point.
Discussion: Just Jared, Perez Hilton and Page Six
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Johnni Macke / Us Weekly:
Bachelorette's Jef Holm Granted Temporary Restraining Order Against Former Roommate Robby Hayes: ‘I Do Not Feel Safe’
Discussion: Cosmopolitan and RADAR
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘Titans’ Star Vincent Kartheiser Was Subject Of Multiple Investigations Over On-Set Misconduct Claims  —  EXCLUSIVE: Vincent Kartheiser is a major new cast addition to Season 3 of the DC series Titans, which is currently airing on HBO Max.  But the Mad Men alum, who plays the villain Scarecrow …
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Iris Goldsztajn / Marie Claire:
Cameron Diaz Tells Kevin Hart She Feels “Whole” After Quitting Acting
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Just Jared
Denise Petski / Deadline:
FX Orders ‘American Sports Story’ & ‘American Love Story’ Spinoffs From Ryan Murphy  —  Ryan Murphy's American Story banner is expanding further with the greenlight of two new spinoffs.  FX and 20th Television have closed a deal for American Sports Story and American Love Story spinoff limited series …
TMZ.com:
Nicki Minaj & Husband Sued by His Attempted Rape Victim for Harassment, Intimidation  —  NICKI MINAJ & HUSBAND SUED BY ATTEMPTED RAPE VICTIM ... She Claims Nicki Tried to Pay Her to Change Story  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 6.8K … Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘Interview With The Vampire’: Sam Reid To Play Lestat In AMC Series Based On Ann Rice's Book  —  Australian actor Sam Reid has been tapped to star as Lestat in Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire series for AMC and AMC+.  The series, based on Rice's book, is slated to begin production …
Discussion: Collider and Just Jared
Page Six:
Man busted trying to get into Taylor Swift's Tribeca apartment building  —  A Nebraska man who has apparently been pining for Taylor Swift for years was busted Friday trying to get into the singer's TriBeCa apartment building, The Post has learned.  —  Patrick Nissen, 28 …
Discussion: TMZ.com and RADAR
Stephanie Soteriou / The Sun:
Little Mix fans left fuming as they speculate Jesy Nelson's solo debut will clash with band's 10th anniversary  —  LITTLE Mix fans have been left fuming after speculating Jesy Nelson's solo debut will clash with the band's 10th anniversary.  —  The 30-year-old star quit the girl group …
Discussion: POPSUGAR, Daily Star and Mirror.co.uk
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FemaleFirst:
Chrissy Teigen dedicates cookbook to late son
Discussion: E! Online and Just Jared
The Sun:
Khloe Kardashian BEGS fans not to slam her as star looks ‘unrecognizable’ with curly hair in new photos
Discussion: E! Online
Emily Spain / E! Online:
August 2021's Best New Beauty Products: Charlotte Tilbury, Tatcha, Sol de Janeiro & More
Discussion: POPSUGAR
TMZ.com:
Kevin Hart's Comment that ‘Angered’ Don Cheadle Over His Age Up Was a Joke
Discussion: The Sun
Elyse Dupre / E! Online:
Inside Kim Kardashian's Private Paw Patrol Screening for Her Family
Discussion: Us Weekly and Page Six
A.D. Amorosi / Variety:
Tony Bennett's Son, Danny, on Why the Legend's Radio City Music Hall Shows Went So Well — and Why There Won't Be More
Discussion: People.com and Stereogum
Julie Miller / Vanity Fair:
“My First Starring Role”: Selma Blair's Incredibly Candid Documentary
Discussion: Collider and E! Online
Kisha Forde / E! Online:
Lizzo Reveals Her NSFW Plans for a Future Date With Chris Evans
Discussion: FemaleFirst
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Israel Salas-Rodriguez / The Sun:
BABY #2 Is Cardi B pregnant?
Discussion: Genius and Cosmopolitan
Katie Campione / People.com:
Olivia Jade Confirms Split from Boyfriend Jackson Guthy: ‘I Am Indeed’ Single
Discussion: Just Jared
Stevie Laine / FemaleFirst:
Eminem's child comes out as non-binary
Discussion: Page Six
FemaleFirst:
Madonna urges fans to donate to Malawi hospital
Discussion: Daily Star
Katherine Schaffstall / The Sun:
‘WE ARE FAMILY’ Rosie O'Donnell posts rare photo of son Blake, 21, three years after reuniting with troubled daughter Chelsea, 23
Discussion: 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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