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10:20 PM ET, February 26, 2024

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Marc Malkin / Variety:
Ryan Gosling Will Perform 'I'm Just Ken' at the Oscars  —  After months of speculation, Ryan Gosling will officially perform “I'm Just Ken” live at the Oscars.  —  Sources tell Variety that the actor will sing the Academy Award-nominated song from “Barbie” during the 96th annual ceremony on March 10.
TMZ.com:
Taylor Swift's Father Being Investigated for Allegedly Attacking Paparazzi  —  4:17 PM PT — A rep for Taylor tells TMZ ... “Two individuals were aggressively pushing their way towards Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel, and threatening to throw a female staff member into the water.”
NBC News:
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accused of sexual harassment and assault by producer on his latest album  —  Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones says “his life has been detrimentally impacted” since he worked with Combs.  —  Sean “Diddy” Combs was sued Monday in federal court by a producer on his most recent album …
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TMZ.com:
Diddy Sued for Sexual Assault By a Former Male Employee
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
‘Beef’ Season 2 Eyes Charles Melton, Cailee Spaeny, Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway: The Dish  —  EXCLUSIVE: When Beef creator and EP Lee Sung Jin accepted the umpteenth award for the limited series at Sunday's Spirit Awards, he said he underestimated the enjoyment of the dopamine that comes with winning, and that he will miss it.
Charlotte Karp / Daily Mail:
Taylor Swift's camp break their silence after her father, 71, was accused of assaulting local photographer at a Sydney wharf following her last Eras concert - and it's made the Aussie furious  —  Taylor Swift's team say her father, Scott, allegedly punched an Australian photographer …
Tashara Jones / Page Six:
Martha Stewart doesn't wear underwear — only swimsuits under her clothes  —  Martha Stewart has had it with underwear.  —  The lifestyle legend tells Page Six she only ever wears swimsuits under her clothes “just in case” she “wants to go swimming.”  —  “I like bathing suits.
Samantha Olson / Cosmopolitan:
Zac Efron Has Entered the Chat Surrounding Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce ‘High School Musical’ Comparisons  —  “They're two of the best people in the world.  How can you not be stoked?”  —  In terms of their record-breaking careers, there's not much you can compare Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce to.
Tommy McArdle / People:
Brie Larson Says She Doesn't ‘Have Anything to Say’ About Her Future with Marvel After The Marvels Fizzled  —  Marvel Studios has not officially announced any follow-up movie to 2023's ‘The Marvels,’ which marked an all-time low for the studio at the box office
Brahmjot Kaur / E! Online:
Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Shannen Doherty Amid Charmed Drama  —  Amid renewed Charmed drama, Sarah Michelle Gellar defended her longtime friend Shannen Doherty: “She's a different person now.”  —  Sarah Michelle Gellar and Shannen Doherty's friendship is truly charming.
Stephanie Petit / People:
Prince William Was ‘Surprised’ by Success of Prince Harry's Invictus Games: ‘A Degree of Jealousy’  —  British journalist Robert Jobson spoke about the brothers' relationship on an ABC News special that is streaming on Hulu  —  There was “jealousy” from Prince William over the success …
Kristin Contino / Page Six:
Monica Lewinsky is an ‘empowered woman’ at 50 in new Reformation voting campaign  —  Voting never looked better.  —  Monica Lewinsky rocks everything from a bold leather trench to her signature little black dress as she stars in Reformation's latest fashion campaign — and she's aiming to get women to “use their voice” at the polls.
Rachel DeSantis / People:
Jennifer Lopez Says She's ‘Forgiven’ Ben Affleck ‘All the Way’ After Being ‘Angry’ for a ‘Long Time’  —  Jennifer Lopez opens up about her healing process in her new documentary ‘The Greatest Love Story Never Told’  —  Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's past relationship strife is water under the bridge.
Chad Colvin:
This still doesn't feel real.  —  How can it?  —  A world without you in it is a much darker place.  —  So much so that when his wife reached out to me yesterday with the news, I wept tears of disbelief for hours.  It's taken me til now to fully mentally and emotionally steel myself to write this.
Jack Irvin / People:
Loretta Lynn's Granddaughter Emmy Russell Tears Up as She Wows American Idol Judges with Emotional Audition  —  “She's one of the biggest country music singers of all time, but to me she's just Grandma,” said Russell of her legendary grandmother  —  Emmy Russell wants to honor …
Billboard:
Beyoncé's 'Texas Hold ‘Em’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100  —  The song becomes her ninth solo leader.  —  Beyoncé's “Texas Hold 'Em” shuffles to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a week after it debuted at No. 2.  The superstar earns her ninth leader on the list, and her first since “Break My Soul” in 2022.
Discussion: Daily Mail, UPROXX, Variety, Forbes and Stereogum
Sean Neumann / People:
Golden Richards, Former Dallas Cowboys Receiver Who Made Famous Super Bowl Catch, Dead at 73 : ‘A Kind and Sweet Soul’  —  Richards played seven seasons in the NFL, including five with the Dallas Cowboys  —  Golden Richards, the former college and professional football star known for big catches …
Discussion: Suggest
Lane Florsheim / Wall Street Journal:
Mindy Kaling on Egg Freezing and Advice From Oprah  —  The writer, actress and producer talks about being inspired by young people, wanting to make a horror film and how becoming a mom changed her life  —  Mindy Kaling has built an entertainment empire on the stories of women and girls she didn't see on TV when she was growing up.
Discussion: People and Just Jared
Esme Mazzeo / People:
Brielle Biermann Engaged to Baseball Player Billy Seidl  —  Brielle Biermann is going to be a bride!  —  The Don't Be Tardy star, 27, is engaged to minor league baseball player Billy Seidl, who was drafted to the Chicago White Sox in 2022 and pitches for their minor league team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.
Discussion: Page Six and Us Weekly
Julia Moore / People:
Jeremiah Duggar Welcomes 2nd Baby with Wife Hannah Duggar: ‘So Very Thankful’  —  The couple announced the birth of their second daughter, Brielle Grace, on Instagram on Sunday  —  The Duggar family has grown by one.  —  Jeremiah Duggar and his wife, Hannah Duggar, announced on Sunday …
James Hibberd / The Hollywood Reporter:
Kevin Costner Breaks Silence: Reveals Trailer for Western Epic ‘Horizon’  —  The four-film saga is “by far the biggest struggle,” says the writer-director.  “When no one wanted to make the first one, I got the bright idea to make four...” … The trailer (below) has a sweeping …
Jen Juneau / People:
That's Kevin Costner's Son Hayes, 15, Making His Acting Debut in the Horizon: An American Saga Trailer  —  “I kind of did it on purpose, so he could be hanging out with me,” Costner previously told PEOPLE of working with his son  —  Kevin Costner's son Hayes is making his big-screen debut!
Discussion: Just Jared
Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
Wendy Williams Doc Producers: “If We'd Known She Had Dementia, No One Would've Rolled a Camera”  —  The producers of Lifetime's ‘Where Is Wendy Williams?’ discuss the making of the unsettling doc and what they learned (and grew increasingly infuriated about) along the way.
Discussion: Just Jared, Rolling Stone and Extra
 
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Jordan Greene / People:
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Wall Street Journal:
News Corp and OpenAI announce a multiyear agreement to bring News Corp's news content to OpenAI; sources: the deal could be worth $250M over five years

Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Sources: News Corp's Rebekah Brooks and Robert Thomson joined Lachlan Murdoch in Sydney for meetings ahead of a major restructuring announcement next week

Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

 
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