Celebrity News for May 16, 2016

Everything today is a lie

We’re officially in the era of the epic troll. Let’s review the last week alone: Gwyneth Paltrow, high priestess of pretension, offers a $15,000 gold vibrator on her website, Goop. “Sex toys have long since graduated from the floppy rubber things you hide in your bedside table to beautiful works of interactive art,” goes the super-literal copy. Gwyneth, who well knows what the world thinks of her, doubled down on her good friend Chelsea Handler’s new talk show, which, by the way, debuted last Wednesday on Netflix.

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Michelle Pugh says sharing a name with the woman who’s allegedly having an affair with Ozzy Osbourne has wrecked her personal and professional life. The other Michelle, a nail tech from Washington, says she laughed off the confusion at first when friends informed her of the Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne drama, and the hairstylist with whom she shares a name. But Michelle says things stopped being funny when she checked her social media and found nearly 100 harassing inbox messages calling her a whore, a homewrecker and shaming her for hurting Sharon Osbourne.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Cancel Show After Anthony Kiedis Is Hospitalized

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was unexpectedly hospitalized Saturday, leading the band to cancel their headline performance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast. The 53-year-old singer was rushed from California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in an ambulance after experiencing “extreme stomach pain,” a rep for the Los Angeles radio station told Billboard. The remaining band members later took to the stage to announce the news to the waiting audience.

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Strahan’s memory will be scrubbed from ‘Live’ come Monday

After his dramatic departure from “Live With Kelly and Michael,” sources told Page Six that Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa had a private meeting to say farewell and left on a high note. But despite the détente between the hosts, multiple sources said that come Monday — when the program will officially become just “Live With Kelly” — Strahan’s memory will be exorcised from the ABC show’s studio as he moves to “Good Morning America.”

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Attorney: Grandchild of Prince’s half brother could be heir

A Minnesota attorney says there could be another heir to Prince’s multimillion-dollar estate. In documents filed Friday, attorney Michael Padden says a man who’s been widely described as Prince’s half brother, Duane Nelson, had a son, who in turn had a child. Nelson and his son have died, but Padden says the child could be an heir. Padden says he tried to reach the child’s mother, but was unsuccessful. He asked the court to appoint a guardian ad litem if the child’s mother doesn’t obtain an attorney soon. Prince died on April 21 at age 57.

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Prince‘s death has gotten the attention of the agency that regulates Minnesota doctors and they just made it clear … they will no longer tolerate opiate abuse in the state. TMZ was present at a meeting Saturday of The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. The members made it clear … opiate prescription practices are out of control and things must change immediately. Board members acknowledged there is a significant problem with opiate prescription practices in the state and new regulations must be put in place to tightly monitor doctors who write such scrips.

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How ‘SNL’ discovered Prince

Producer Jean Doumanian was spotted at West Village eatery Gentilly with pals recently, where spies said she gave an emotional toast to late pop icon Prince. Doumanian is credited with bringing Prince to national attention when he was a 22-year-old relative unknown and she was the producer of the much-maligned sixth season of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980, when Lorne Michaels left with the original cast.

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Report: The Wire‘s Wendell Pierce Arrested After Alleged Attack on Sanders Supporter

According to TMZ, actor Wendell Pierce, best known for his roles on HBO’s The Wire and Treme, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly battering a couple during a political dispute. Citing sources at Atlanta’s Loews Hotel, the gossip site reports that Pierce,who has praised Hillary Clinton, became upset “when the woman declared her support for Bernie.” From WSB-TV: After a heated conversation, Pierce allegedly pushed the boyfriend and went after the woman, grabbing her hair and smacking her in the head. The couple called the cops, who arrested Pierce on a charge of battery. He posted a $1,000 bond and was released, TMZ said.

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Wendell Pierce arrested for hitting Bernie Sanders supporter

A Hillary Clinton-loving actor got into a violent political argument with a female Bernie Sanders supporter — and allegedly wound up hitting the woman in the head outside an Atlanta hotel, according to a report. Wendell Pierce, who starred in the crime drama “The Wire,” was arrested on battery charges Saturday for assaulting the woman at the Loews Hotel, TMZ reported. The 52-year-old TV performer, a big Clinton fan, flew into his rage at 3:30 a.m., while discussing the 2016 presidential race with the victim and her boyfriend, the site said.

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‘Captain America’ Dominates Box Office For Second Weekend In A Row With $72.6 Million

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” remains dominant at U.S. theaters with $72.6 million at 4,426 U.S. locations — the eighth-largest second weekend of all time. George Clooney-Julia Roberts thriller “Money Monster” opened respectably with $15 million. BH Tilt’s low-budget horror-thriller “The Darkness,” starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, scared up $5.2 million at 1,754 sites in a Friday the 13th launch aimed at horror fans.

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Bill Cosby has made it next to impossible for entertainers and athletes to get insurance companies to write them adequate polices protecting them from lawsuits. Various well connected sources in the insurance industry tell us, the flood of accusations and lawsuits against Cosby has scared insurance companies, which now realize the comedian’s insurance company may have to pay out tens of millions of dollars to his alleged victims. It all centers around umbrella policies … which allow people to get massive supplements to their homeowners and auto policies.

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U2’s The Edge and his decade-long fight to build on a pristine Malibu hillside

Sweetwater Mesa sits on an untouched hillside 1,000 feet above the Malibu Pier. More than 150 acres, it straddles an old Jeep road that climbs into the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s steep, rugged terrain, empty apart from small lizards, flying insects and the occasional rattlesnake. Chaparral and purple needle grass cover the ground, making it an environmentally sensitive habitat under California coastal regulations.

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Beyoncé’s sportswear line reportedly made in Sri Lankan sweatshop

Multi-millionaire singer Beyoncé reportedly contracts with overseas clothing companies that use sweatshop labor to manufacture her sportswear line. Britain’s The Sun on Sunday said its investigation found that the star’s Ivy Park label, featured in Topshop stores, is made by Sri Lankan seamstresses paid only $6.17 a day. A 22-year-old sewing machine operator told the newspaper that she lives in a 100-room boarding house near the factory in the town of Katunayake. “All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep,’’ she said.

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Vanessa Hudgens pays $1,000 for defacing Sedona red rock

Actress Vanessa Hudgens has paid $1,000 in restitution for carving a heart into a red rock wallduring a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Hudgens posted a photo of the carving bearing the names “Vanessa” and “Austin” on her Instagram page around Valentine’s Day, along with other photos of the couple amid towering red rocks that draw throngs of tourists to northern Arizona. The payment resolves a citation issued to Hudgens on a misdemeanor count of damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land.

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