Celebrity News June 23, 2016

Ben Affleck — Slurring, Ranting … On HBO Talk Show

Ben Affleck appeared on the series premiere of Bill Simmons’ “Any Given Wednesday” and it was extremely bizarre … to say the least. A red-faced Affleck ranted about “Deflategate” on the HBO show and even though we can’t say for sure what was up with him … social media was quick to call Affleck out for his slurred speech and angry tone. Sources close to Affleck tell us he’s stone cold sober, and the slurring is just how passionate he is about Tom Brady. We’re told he and Simmons got into a heated, loud debate before cameras started rolling. So when the taping started at 11AM, Ben was already fired up. Watch the clip — this is one way to get a buzz … for Simmons’ show.

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Michael Jackson’s home filled with sick snaps of naked boys: report

Michael Jackson had a triple-locked secret closet in his California home filled with children’s toys stacked next to sick snaps of naked boys, a new report claims. New photos and video released Wednesday from a 2003 police raid on the King of Pop’s Neverland ranch give an inside look into the closet in his bedroom, according to The Sun. The footage, taken by some of the 70 Santa Barbara law enforcement officials who searched his home in connection with the child sex abuse investigation into the pop icon, shows a stash of stuffed animals and board games near an autographed photo of child actor Macaulay Culkin that said, “Don’t leave me alone in the house.” Culkin, who starred in the “Home Alone” movies, said Jackson never molested him, but admitted in 2005 to sharing a bed with him numerous times at the Neverland ranch. Jackson also copped to bringing multiple boys into his bed during a TV documentary on his life that aired in 2003.

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Kevin Hart blasts out picture of alleged burglar

Kevin Hart is taking action against the burglars who broke into his home. “Here is a picture from the security cameras of the jackass that’s been robbing houses,” Hart wrote on Instagram Wednesday under a photo of a masked man he says targeted his house. “Real smart move wearing the cool ski mask that shows ur eyebrows & the bags under your eyes.” The actor’s Tarzana, Calif. home was looted last week of $500,000 worth of belongings, police said. Hart is hopeful one of his 37.5 million followers can help catch the crook. “I’m about to show you the power of social media … One of my followers might recognize u and might not like you which would mean that they could care less about giving u up,” Hart wrote. He added, “Lets play a game of tell on the robber real quick … who knows I met get lucky.”

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Prince: DNA Shuts Down Long-Lost ‘Son’

Prince is NOT the father of the federal prisoner who claimed he was the singer’s long-lost son … according to Maury Povich DNA testing. Sources with direct knowledge of the case tell us the DNA test returned a 0.0% chance that Carlin Q. Williams is Prince’s spawn. In docs, Carlin said his mother met Prince in 1976 and knocked her up in a Kansas City hotel. Carlin — in prison for gun possession — is one of several people who’ve come out of the woodwork claiming blood relations. Another woman, Taz Walker, also claims Prince was her pops. It’s unclear what the status is of her case.

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Led Zeppelin Owes Millions In Royalties To Musician, Plaintiff Argues

Led Zeppelin may owe an American musician millions of dollars in royalties, a plaintiff’s attorney said on Wednesday in closing arguments of a trial over whether the British band stole the opening riff for its 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven.” Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, in testimony earlier in the seven-day copyright infringement trial, said the riff was commonly used long before its appearance on American band Spirit’s 1967 song “Taurus” and before “Stairway to Heaven.” Lawyer Francis Malofiy, who represents a trustee for late Spirit musician Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, told jurors in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that Page did not say how he was inspired to compose the opening chords of the chart-topping song, which has a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. “He didn’t tell you where he got the idea,” Malofiy said. “That’s because the piece of music was lifted from ‘Taurus’ and Randy California.”

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Taylor Swift takes Tom Hiddleston to Selena Gomez’s show

Tom Hiddleston is meeting the squad one by one. On Tuesday, Taylor Swift took her new squeeze to best friend Selena Gomez‘s concert in Nashville. “Taylor invited Tom to go,” an insider told E! News. “Tom always wants to please Taylor and show her that her friends matter. Taylor likes that about Tom.” The new couple, who made their unexpected debut last week, was caught on social media dancing to Gomez’s hit single, “Hands to Myself.” Swift, 26, and Hiddleston, 35, already know how to bust a move, as they turned plenty of heads with a dance-off at the Met Gala. What seemed to be a friendly tango between the two ultimately sparked something more. Swift split with her boyfriend of 15 months, Calvin Harris, weeks later.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast To Make All The Westerosi Coin In Final Seasons

It’s not a regular TV salary; it’s HBO. On the tail end of its most successful season yet, five principal actors from “Game of Thrones” are set to receive a massive pay bump before the series likely concludes in either 2019 or 2020. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will each earn as much as $500,000 per episode in both Season 7 and 8, the latter of which has yet to be officially announced. The report also notes that the contracts for other stars, like Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), remain unfinished. Remember, nothing says “Don’t mess with me” like bringing the Needle to the negotiating table, Arya.

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Blake Lively: Ryan Reynolds and I are ‘officially breeders’

Blake Lively is expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, but the 28-year-old actress says the couple is far from finished making babies. Lively tells NBC’s “Today” show she’s aiming for a big family. She says she’s one of five kids and Reynolds is one of four, “so we’re officially breeders.” The couple’s daughter, James, was born in December 2014. Lively tells “Today” James is “always doing something fun and exciting.” She calls her “the most fun, funny human being I’ve ever been around in my life.” People magazine reported in April that the couple is expecting again. The former “Gossip Girl” star appeared on “Today” on Monday to promote her new shark attack film, “The Shallows.” It opens Friday.

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