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Bachelor Nation's Ashley Iaconetti Gets Called out for Inadvertently Transphobic Tweet

Oh no! Ashley Iaconetti, who we came to know and love as the weepy virgin on Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradice (twice), and Bachelor Winter Games got herself into some hot water with a very non-pc tweet on April 19. The brunette beauty ignoantly used a transphobic slur, before rushing to delete it when fans clued her in on her mistake. "Whenever I take a really good selfie, I take a good, hard look at it and then decide I look like a tranny. Am I alone in this?" she tweeted. The answer was apparently "yes," and several fans let her know that her word choice was inappropriate. "Tranny is derogatory" said one fan. Another chimed in, saying, "Ashley I love you, but do Not use the word tranny. Not cool." Ashley quickly deleted the post, but did not share any sort of acknowledgement of it, or an apology. Once the tweet was gone,
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Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines
If Margot Robbie and Allison Janney stop by “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” to cheer on Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, they might not just be in the audience. Asked by “Access Hollywood” if the “I, Tonya” stars will visit, the pair had some big plans for their VIP guests.

“They’re gonna be in the number,” Farber says. “We want them in the number, right?”

“Yes, yes!” Harding replies.

See Tonya Harding is ‘perfectly fine’ with Nancy Kerrigan comparisons on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

We can see it now: Harding and Farber will do a dance trio with Robbie, and then Janney will interrupt with Little Man perched on her shoulder and her shiny new Oscar in tow to declare, “Well, my storyline is disappearing right now. What the f—.”

In all seriousness, Harding has no idea if Robbie and Janney will stop by yet. “I hope so,
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Elvis Duran Group’s Steven Levine to Produce Music Series for Cutting Edge Group

Elvis Duran Group’s Steven Levine to Produce Music Series for Cutting Edge Group
Elvis Duran Group media strategist Steven Levine is making the leap to the West Coast, where he will serve as an executive producer and talent coordinator for the Cutting Edge Group’s new episodic, hour-long TV show format based on the 12on12 music brand. Duran, the syndicated iHeartRadio personality, will host the show. Levine has been working with Duran, who broadcasts out of New York’s Z-100, since 2011.

The concept of 12on12 is an exciting new take on exploring the musical DNA of a celebrity act, with Duran highlighting the genesis of a musician’s evolution through examination of twelve
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17th Annual Comedy For A Cure Scheduled For April 8

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (Ts Alliance) will present its 17th Annual Comedy for a Cure, which raises funds to support research into a rare disease called tuberous sclerosis complex (Tsc).

Comedy for a Cure will be held at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood starting with a 1.5 hour reception and silent auction at 5 pm, followed by magic, music and hilarious comedy, interspersed with a short program and live auction.

This year’s event features emcee Melissa Peterman, with performances by Renee Albert and Dana Snyder, magician Shane Brady, Kate Flannery (The Office) and the Tony Guerrero Jazz Band, magician Mark Furey and headlining comic Jimmy Shubert (King of Queens and Last Comic Standing).

Long-time Ts Alliance supporter Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation) will honor Cathy Jackson, Director of Advocacy Relations at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, for leading efforts to increase awareness about infantile spasms, a catastrophic type of
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Sterling K. Brown on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

Sterling K. Brown on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
There are certain episodes in which the host's enthusiasm during the monologue has you rooting for a great show just so she or he isn't disappointed by what follows. Such was the case this week, in which Sterling K. Brown's palpable excitement had me dreading a subpar Saturday Night Live episode. I don't know the man. I have no personal investment in his happiness. And yet, I still thought, "Yikes, it will be awkward if the material doesn't live up to his lifelong expectations."

That's a fairly insane way
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Sandra Bullock Cried While Meeting ‘Black Panther’ Cast, Talks About Impact on African-American Son (Video)

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Sandra Bullock Cried While Meeting ‘Black Panther’ Cast, Talks About Impact on African-American Son (Video)
Everyone and their mother loves “Black Panther. But Sandra Bullock has a sweet spot in her heart for “Black Panther” because she’s a mother. While speaking to Access Hollywood on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, the Academy Award winner opened up about how emotional the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made her because of the impact it’s had on her eight-year-old adopted son, Louis. “I started to cry backstage when I was telling how much the film meant to me as a woman, but how much it meant to me as a mother,” she said, while talking...
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‘Good Girls’ Creator Jenna Bans on How Donald Trump’s Election Fueled Her

What happens when good girls go bad? That’s the question at the root of Jenna Bans’ new NBC drama “Good Girls,” which finds three friends — played by Retta, Mae Whitman and Christina Hendricks — pushed to their limits by extraordinary situations. Each of their own reasons, they end up robbing a grocery store — and yet manage to stay sympathetic to viewers.

A graduate of Shondaland, with credits on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” among others, Bans says she’s learned not be afraid to take risks on screen. Here, she tells Variety how the election fueled her to write the show, how she strikes the right done for the dark comedy, and what Shonda Rhimes taught her about making compelling TV.

How did you come up with the idea for the show?

It was in the heights of the election late last summer. I think the “Access Hollywood” tape had just come out and there were a
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Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Arianne Zucker (‘Days’) win for the first time with an unlikely assist from Donald Trump?

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Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Arianne Zucker (‘Days’) win for the first time with an unlikely assist from Donald Trump?
Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives”) is already a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for her long-running role as Nicole Walker, whom she played from 1998 until her departure from the show in the fall of 2017. She contended for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 and 2013, and then Best Actress in 2014. But that was before her unintended brush with politics. She was the subject of comments made by Donald Trump in the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that was released in 2016 in which he bragged about using his celebrity to get away with sexual harassment and assault. Zucker is pre-nominated again this year for Best Supporting Actress. Could she win for the first time in the wake of the #MeToo movement?

The “Access Hollywood” tape made news again in 2017 when Trump reportedly denied its authenticity — one year after admitting to it and apologizing for its contents. Zucker appeared on CNN and told Anderson Cooper, “I
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Film Writer Devin Faraci Says He Was ‘Suicidal’ After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

Film Writer Devin Faraci Says He Was ‘Suicidal’ After Being Accused of Sexual Assault
Devin Faraci is speaking out about the sexual assault allegation that derailed his career in PBS’ new five-part series “MeToo What’s Next?” The former editor in chief of Birth.Movies.Death spoke candidly with host Zainab Salbi about the aftermath of being accused, saying he was immediately suicidal after hearing about his behavior.

Read More:Devin Faraci Was Rehired After Sexual Assault Allegations: What Was Tim League Thinking?

“Immediately afterwards I was suicidal, within the first day,” Faraci said. “I was just told that I had sexually assaulted a woman, and I did not believe that I was the kind of guy that did that. I was presented with a situation where my personal belief system demanded that I accept this, and so to accept this was to question every piece of my identity and who I thought I was. And within that, I thought I was the worst person who had ever lived.
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‘Today,’ ‘Good Morning America’ Slug It Out in New Battle

Broadcast TV’s battle for morning viewers is reaching a new extreme.

Since mid-2012, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has largely held the distinction of being TV’s most-watched morning-news program. It’s not the most important credit in the business, where NBC’s “Today” has long dominated the sunrise shows among the audience Madison Avenue wants the most, people between 25 and 54. But the networks use the most-viewed measure to brag about whose show matters more in the A.M. And it can help woo audiences as well as in the effort to book newsmakers and celebrities.

In recent weeks, the dynamic has appeared to be on the cusp of change.

For seven consecutive weeks, “Today” has been TV’s most-viewed morning program (“Gma” won the most recent week due to some ratings technicalities). And season to date, it is leading its ABC rival in total viewers by the slimmest of margins – just 16,000 viewers. While “[link
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Maria Menounos Says Bullying & 'Toxicity' at Work Affected Her Health

Maria Menounos Says Bullying & 'Toxicity' at Work Affected Her Health
Maria Menounos understands firsthand the effects that bullying and toxicity in the workforce can have on one’s health.

In February, the TV and Sirius Xm radio host started experiencing troubling symptoms. An Mri revealed she had a golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves. On her 39th birthday in June, Menounos underwent a complex surgery that removed 99.9 percent of the tumor, which was benign.

Since undergoing the hours-long operation, Menounos, 39, has had time to heal — and contemplate on her journey.

“I think chronic stress on the body is really bad. And I think that for
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Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'

Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'
A former Today show staff member is detailing an alleged in-office affair with Matt Lauer that transpired 16 years ago.

In a piece for Variety published Thursday, Addie Zinone (née Collins) says her relationship with former Today show anchor Lauer — who was fired at the end of November by NBC News after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior,” with reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident” — began in 2000. Following her internship at the Today show, Collins was offered a job as an NBC News production assistant in 1999.

That same year,
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Alan Thicke's Youngest Son & Widow Remember Him on 1-Year Anniversary of His Death

Alan Thicke's Youngest Son & Widow Remember Him on 1-Year Anniversary of His Death
Alan Thicke‘s family is remembering the late actor on the one-year anniversary of his death.

On Wednesday, the Growing Pains star’s youngest son, Carter Thicke, and wife, Tanya Callau Thicke, each took to social media to pay tribute to the family patriarch, who died Dec. 13, 2016 at the age of 69.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Some days it feels like it was only yesterday and other days it feels like its been years,” Carter, 20, began a heartfelt tweet, which accompanied a throwback photo of his father holding him as a young child.

“Nothing can really describe the loss,
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Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’

Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’
Salma Hayek added her voice Wednesday to the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

In an New York Times essay, the actress called Weinstein her “monster” and detailed her experiences while working on the 2002 Miramax-produced film “Frida.”

Hayek outlined the various demands Weinstein asked of her, including showering with him, letting him watch her take a shower, giving him a massage, performing oral sex on him and opening the doors to him at all hours of the night.

“The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival,” she wrote.

Hayek specifies that the price she suffered for rebuffing his attempts at sexual activity was to endure his continued rage.

At
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20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)

20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)
While a tsunami of women in Hollywood tweeted #metoo, the powerful hashtag didn’t give most the opportunity to tell their sexual harassment stories. Many women still fear that naming names will bring about career repercussions and potential legal action. With this piece, we decided to empower women to come forward only by identifying themselves and revealing their long-held secrets. Many of these stories took place when these women were starting their careers — young, naive, and powerless, they didn’t know who to tell. They didn’t want to lose their jobs. And while no one equated their harassment story with those who had been raped or assaulted, these incidents left their mark, and changed how these women function in an industry where sexual harassment is systemic.

Here are their stories:

Nancy Klopper, casting director

While casting a film for an award-winning director, I was treated very well, except for when he used the bathroom adjoining his office
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#MeToo’s Worldwide Moment: Global Industry Follows Hollywood’s Lead in Combating Harassment

#MeToo’s Worldwide Moment: Global Industry Follows Hollywood’s Lead in Combating Harassment
Hollywood movies have long had an outsize impact on the rest of the world. Now a Hollywood scandal is as well.

What began as an exposé of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein has snowballed into a global cause célèbre, one that’s roiling not just the entertainment industry but also the realms of politics, business and education far beyond American shores. Senior officials in Britain have been forced to quit amid harassment allegations. Members of the European Parliament share their #MeToo stories. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, says his country is “sick with sexism” and has vowed to fight discrimination and violence against women. “We must act before it’s too late,” Macron declared.

Corporate boardrooms, film festivals, college campuses, talk shows and online forums are abuzz with stories from people, mostly women, who are newly emboldened to speak out about their experiences of intimidation and assault. True, the newfound openness isn’t spread evenly across
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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Bey Logan, a Hong Kong-based film executive who has a close relationship with Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment. Logan denies any criminal wrongdoing, but admits to “mistakes” and a “too carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women.”

Logan, who was a consulting producer on The Weinstein Company’s “Shanghai,” has been the object of conversation on social media since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October. The rumors about his conduct took more solid form Wednesday with the publication of three investigative reports by Hong Kong online magazine HK01.

The report accused Logan, a martial arts expert, of sexually harassing actresses in his offices and on film sets. It also says that Logan sent actresses to Weinstein’s hotel room, where unwanted sexual advances were made. The HK01 report carries accounts by seven women, only one of whom was identified by name.

One of the actresses, formerly with Tvb, said Logan told
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Emails Suggest Roger Stone, Not Steve Bannon, Masterminded Savage Trump Debate Stunt (Exclusive)

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Emails Suggest Roger Stone, Not Steve Bannon, Masterminded Savage Trump Debate Stunt (Exclusive)
It’s become political legend that two days after the “Access Hollywood” video first surfaced, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon, responded with one of the most brutal stunts of the 2016 campaign. But emails obtained by TheWrap suggest it may not have been Bannon’s idea after all. Just before the Oct. 9 presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in St. Louis, where Trump’s “grab ‘em by the p—y” comments were sure to be the focus, Trump hosted a news conference with several women who had accused President Clinton of sexual misconduct. The plan was to rattle Hillary Clinton and shift scrutiny.
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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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