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Medical issues force Jamie Lynn Spears out of 'I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!'

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Jamie Lynn Spears has left the U.K. series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! for "medical grounds," ITV announced on Wednesday.

"She's been a fantastic campmate who has triumphed at trials and bonded well with her fellow celebrities," ITV added.

However, on Tuesday's episode, the Zoey 101 and Sweet Magnolias star shared with her castmates that she hated being on the show, explaining, “This place is where people go to have the worst days of their lives. Dear God, please help me to make it. I think I’ve got to leave, I think I’ve got to leave.”

Spears is the second contestant to leave the British reality show, following journalist Grace Dent, who withdrew on the 11th day of the series.

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Amanda Bynes announces forthcoming podcast

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Amanda Bynes is back on Instagram, and she tells her followers she's working to launch a new podcast with her best friend, biochemist Paul Sieminski.

"Having his beautiful mind being a part of this podcast is just going to bring it to another level, I think, because he's gonna ask great questions, and I think he'll carry most of the weight in terms of topics of conversation," Amanda said in her video.

Evidently, the 'cast will center on the entertainment industry, the former All That star tells The Messenger, adding the pair toured a studio in preparation for the podcast's launch in December.

"At first we are going to interview our friends and then we're hoping to take it mainstream, and interview celebrities and artists," she said on Instagram.

Bynes recently revealed she and Sieminski are working on a "coffee table book," for which they undertook a "super-secret photo shoot" in Los Angeles.

This is the first time Bynes has gone public after she was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department last April for a mental health evaluation. Her mother's nine-year conservatorship over her affairs, related to her mental health, ended in 2022.

The She's The Man veteran has dealt with psychological issues for years; in March, TMZ reported she called 911 on herself after she was spotted wandering around naked in Los Angeles. Bynes was taken to a police station and reported she was undergoing a psychotic episode, triggering a 72-hour hold.

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"I'm not done with living": Shannen Doherty gives update on stage 4 cancer

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Shannen Doherty isn't done fighting in her yearslong battle against stage 4 breast cancer.

"I don't want to die," the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 52, told People for its December 11 cover story.

"I'm not done with living. I'm not done with loving. I'm not done with creating. I'm not done with hopefully changing things for the better," she continued. "I'm just not — I'm not done."

Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. She announced she was in remission in 2017.

In 2020 she revealed that the cancer had returned and was stage 4.

Earlier this year, the Charmed alum announced that the cancer had spread to her brain and that she had undergone surgery to get a tumor, which she named Bob, removed from her brain.

In her cover story this week, Doherty told People that her cancer has now spread to her bones.

"When you ask yourself, 'Why me? Why did I get cancer?' and then 'Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage 4?' that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life," she said.

Part of that purpose, Doherty said, is proving that people with cancer diagnoses can be "vibrant."

"My greatest memory is yet to come," she noted. "I pray. I wake up and go to bed thanking God, praying for the things that matter to me without asking for too much. It connects me to a higher power and spirituality. My faith is my mantra."

Doherty also said those fighting cancer are "grateful for every second, every hour, every day we get to be here."

It was announced Wednesday that the actress is launching a memoir-style podcast, Let's Be Clear with Shannen Doherty, which premieres December 7 on iHeartRadio.

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Jonathan Majors' domestic violence trial begins

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Majors, 34, faces misdemeanor assault and harassment charges stemming from an incident in March with his then-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

Majors has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could serve up to a year in prison.

Majors entered criminal court early Wednesday in a long black coat and sunglasses accompanied by his girlfriend, actress Meagan Good, and his defense attorney, Priya Chaudhry.

He appeared to be carrying a Bible in his left hand.

Before jury selection began, Majors' attorneys argued the actor's celebrity status means the courtroom should be closed while the parties discuss an "evidentiary matter." His attorneys deemed the undisclosed matter so sensitive that anything short of closing the courtroom and keeping it under seal would severely undermine Majors' ability to receive a fair trial.

An attorney for media organizations argued the defense has been making public statements "like crazy," so there was no issue about excessive publicity.

Other pretrial motions dispensed prior to jury selection may include whether prosecutors will be allowed to call so-called "prior bad act witnesses," other women whose prior accusations against Majors are not part of the misdemeanor assault charges.

Once the jurors are chosen and sworn, the judge will send them home and instruct them to return Thursday for opening statements.

Majors was arrested after officers responded to a 911 call in Manhattan for an alleged domestic dispute. Jabbari was treated at a hospital for minor neck and head injuries, including a cut to her ear, police said.

The Marvel star has denied the assault and filed a cross-complaint against his ex. Chaudhry claims Majors was the one assaulted and is "the real victim in this shameful ordeal."

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Jennifer Lawrence says aging, makeup has sparked baseless plastic surgery rumors

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Jennifer Lawrence is opening up about aging in the spotlight.

The Academy Award-winning actress discussed with Kylie Jenner how her appearance has changed over the years thanks to makeup and growing older, shooting down rumors that she's "had full plastic surgery," in a chat for Interview magazine.

"It's incredible what makeup can do because I work with [makeup artist] Hung [Vanngo], who overlines the lip, and I call him a plastic surgeon, because everybody in the last few months since I've been working with him is convinced that I had eye surgery," Lawrence told Jenner.

"I'm like, 'I didn't have eye surgery. I'm doing makeup,'" she continued.

The "Hunger Games" actress, 33, then shared with Jenner how she has seen people comparing her appearance when she was first starting out to now and speculating on what she's had done.

"I started at 19, so I get the before and after pictures from when I'm 19 to 30 and I'm like, 'I grew up. I lost baby weight in my face, and my face changed because I'm aging,'" she said.

Lawrence continued, "Everybody thought I had a nose job, and I'm like, 'I've had the exact same nose. My cheeks got smaller. Thank you for bringing it up.'"

Jenner echoed Lawrence's sentiments, saying, "I'll see before and after photos when I'm 12 years old versus 26, and my eyebrows are filled differently. I have contour on. I'm like, 'How can you compare my 12-year-old face and say I've gotten my jaw shaved and eyelids removed?' I'm like, 'What are we talking about?'"

The Kylie Cosmetics founder also said in the chat that she got into lip contouring because she wanted the "illusion that I had fuller lips," later noting that she did eventually get lip fillers.

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SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher to be honored at Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards

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Fresh after securing a new contract for SAG-AFTRA performers following a protracted strike, Fran Drescher will be honored with a human rights award.

The former Nanny star and the union's president, who was hailed for her dogged defense of her fellow actors throughout the strike, will be feted at the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards in New York City on the evening of Wednesday, December 6.

The honor is bestowed on "exemplary leaders across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to positive social change."

The night's festivities will be emceed by Alec Baldwin.

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Peacock debuts trailer to Seth MacFarlane's prequel series 'Ted'


On Wednesday, Seth MacFarlane personally introduced the trailer to his Peacock prequel series based on his hit Ted movies.

"Telling the story of Ted (MacFarlane) and John's early days," Seth explains, the '90s-set show's sneak peek is set to The Proclaimer's "500 Miles" — which is comically slowed down when the potty-mouthed teddy bear and his 16-year-old thunder buddy John Bennett (Max Burkholder) "get high for the first time."

Burkholder is, of course, playing the younger version of Mark Wahlberg's grown up — in age, at least — character from the films.

The sneak peek also sees Ted dressed as an Ewok at a costume party and John's painful realization he's the last virgin in his high school class.

The series debuts January 11.

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Adam Sandler's animated 'Leo' sets Netflix record


Adam Sandler's new animated movie Leo is a hit for Netflix, and it managed to break a record for the streamer to boot.

With 34.6 million views, Leo became both the most-viewed title of the week and the streamer's biggest animated debut hit.

The movie, which co-stars the voice of Old Dads co-writer and director Bill Burr, has Sandler playing the titular school pet lizard to Burr's turtle Squirtle. With the pals having been in the same classroom for decades, the lizard decides he needs to go on one last adventure.

The movie also features the voices of Jason Alexander, Everything Everywhere Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu, Sandler's fellow SNL vets Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner and Rob Schneider, and those of Adam's real-life actress wife, Jackie, and their daughters, Sunny and Sadie.

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'Saturday Night Live' announces Adam Driver and Kate McKinnon for December shows


On its official Instagram account, Saturday Night Live has announced that Ferarri's Adam Driver will be hosting for a fourth time, on December 9, with Olivia Rodrigo as the evening's musical guest. It will be the GUTS artist's sophomore appearance.

The sketch show also announced that former cast member and Barbie co-star Kate McKinnon will be returning to Studio 8H to host for the very first time the following week, December 16.

Billie Eilish will be making her third appearance on the sketch show that night; she was the host and musical guest in 2021 and in 2019, was the musical guest for that season's premiere.

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Cord-cutters about to surpass the number of people paying for cable for the first time

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If you've ditched your pricey cable bill in favor of streaming entertainment, you're not alone.

The experts at Insider Intelligence say by the end of 2023, the number of so-called cord-cutters in this country will surpass the number of people paying for traditional TV for the first time.

The cord-cutters' numbers have been growing for years, but this year will finally be the year they outnumber their cable customer counterparts, according to the research service.

The number of cord-cutters plus people who have never paid for TV will grow to 144.1 million by the end of this year — that's a jump of 12.5% from last year alone.

U.S. non-pay TV viewers — the sum of cord-cutters and cord-nevers — will grow by 12.5% to 144.1 million by the end of 2023.

In fact, by 2027, the number of people who watch their entertainment without going through their local cable company will "effectively double" the number of traditional pay TV viewers, the industry analysts say.

"Regardless of how one defines pay TV, there is an unmistakable attrition in the number of people who are willing to pay upwards of $100 a month for a live TV bundle," said Paul Verna, vice president of content at Insider Intelligence.

He adds, "The cord-cutters have won."

Verna says cable companies will be forced to adapt to survive, catering to a public now used to streaming their news, sports and entertainment via the internet, instead of through their set-top boxes.

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Get in, loser: A 'Mean Girls' interactive experience is coming

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On Wednesday — naturally — Bucket Listers announced a collab with Paramount Pictures for an upcoming interactive Mean Girls Experience.

The folks behind viral attractions like The Golden Girls pop-up restaurant and other experiences celebrating pop culture touchstones will be bringing the classic film — and the forthcoming musical based on it — to real life in New York and Los Angeles in January.

The Mean Girls Experience will be a fast-casual restaurant of "chef driven cafeteria style fare," including Burn Book Burger Sliders, the Stab Caesar Salad, 1 3 5 Acai Bowl, Kälteen Brownies, Rainbow + Smiles Cake, Is Butter a Carb? Cookies and the Fetch Strudel, all dreamt up by Master Chef semi-finalist Chef Becky Brown.

There's also an "assortment of fan favorite set recreations of the film’s most memorable scenes and quotes" as well as the Cool Mom Bar, a Mean Girls Museum featuring costumes and props, and the opportunity to take center stage at the Winter Talent Show.

The attraction will be open to the public in Los Angeles on January 12 and New York on January 19; the limited-time runs will coincide with Paramount Pictures’ release of the new Mean Girls musical film on January 12.

Ticket information can be found here.

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'Barbie' production designers reveal their favorite deleted scene from the film

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These Barbies designed the sets for the highest-grossing film of the year.

Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, the production designer and set decorator on Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, spent endless days perfecting the look and feel of Barbieland.

But, as they told ABC Audio, not every painstakingly crafted detail made it into the final product.

“There was a scene in a real house in America with a little boy playing with the Ken doll's house,” Greenwood said, before correcting herself: “the Ken Mojo Dojo Casa House.”

That’s right — they actually made a doll-sized, plastic version of that specific set, down to each and every meticulous detail.

“It had La-Z-Boy sofas that lift back, tiny. Mini fridges. We made the doll as well, with a mink,” Spencer said.

The deleted scene starts as a young boy plays with Ken inside his toy Mojo Dojo Casa House.

“He turns to his sister and goes, ‘Make me a sammy.’ And it was a brilliant scene,” Greenwood said. “It got cut for time and rhythm and everything. But that was the most beautiful prop ever.”

Spencer said it took a while to discover what Kendom — and the now infamous Mojo Dojo Casa House — would look like. Gerwig was firm: she wanted it to be ugly.

“Then we were saying to Greta, ‘Do you really mean this ugly? Do you?’” Spencer said.

She did. “It's the lack of aesthetic that makes it aesthetic,” Greenwood continued.

At the end of the day, they discovered something poetic in their intentionally ugly Kendom sets.

“The abiding image of all those televisions playing the same footage in slow motion of a horse cantering towards you,” Spencer said. “That captured his melancholia as well as everything else. So many ugly things put together become quite beautiful.”

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For Giving Tuesday, Jennifer Aniston supports the Matthew Perry Foundation

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In an Instagram StoryJennifer Aniston marked November 28th's Giving Tuesday by raising awareness for the Matthew Perry Foundation in honor of her late former Friends co-star.

The non-profit was established by the actor's family after his death at age 54 on October 28. Perry suffered from addiction for most of his life. 

"For #GivingTuesday please join me and Matty's family in supporting his foundation – which is working to help those suffering with addiction," posted Aniston.

"He would have been grateful for the love," she continued, adding a heart emoji.

Aniston's call to action also included Perry's own words, quoted by the official Instagram of the charity started in his name: "Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down." 

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Serena Williams tells followers it's "ok to not be ok," shares sweet photo with daughter Adira

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Serena Williams is saying that it's "ok to not be ok."

In a post she shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, the tennis legend said, "I am not ok today," but it's okay if you're not having the best day.

"No one is ok every single day," she said. "If you are not ok today I'm with you."

"There's always tomorrow," she added. "Love you."

The tennis legend also shared a photo of her and her daughter, Adira, sleeping on her chest.

"This makes me so happy," Williams captioned the post.

Williams has always been open about mental health with her followers in the past.

Last year, the Olympic gold medalist, who shares daughters Adira and Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, spoke with Selena Gomez about her thoughts on mental fitness for Gomez' Wondermind, a mental health platform that aims to connect people with mental health tools and media to support their "mental fitness."

"I did this years ago, before even mental health was a topic among everyone's mind," she said. "It was more just like, 'Alright, I'm shutting myself down today.' Just subconsciously, it was something I've always done."

"It's so important to just put yourself first, especially mentally," she added. "I always have shutdown moments. I have serious boundaries and I don't let anyone cross those boundaries."

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In Brief: Netflix teases conclusion of 'The Crown', and more

Starz announced on Tuesday, November 28, that production on Power Book III: Raising Kanan's fourth season will kick off this week in New York. Meanwhile, season 3 of the family crime drama -- based on the original Power series created by Courtney A. Kemp and starring Omari Hardwick as Ghost and rapper 50 Cent as Kanan Stark -- will premiere on Friday, December 1. New episodes will be available weekly on Fridays at midnight ET on the Starz app, all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms. Episodes will make their cable debut on Starz at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT...

The musical chairs at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show continues with radio host and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God and actor Kal Penn returning as guest hosts in December. Charlamagne will take the anchor chair the week of December 4, followed by Penn the week of December 11. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show announced in September that it will continue through December with guest hosts, before a permanent host is named named in 2024...

Netflix on Tuesday, November 28, released nine first-look photos from The Crown's final six episodes, hitting the streaming service December 14. Among them are an all-grown-up look at Prince William and Prince Harry following the death of their mother Princess Diana -- played by Elizabeth Debicki -- and a peek at Meg Bellamy's Kate Middleton. William and Harry -- played respectively by Rufus Kampa and Flynn Edwards in part one of the show's sixth and final season, will be succeeded in the roles by Ed McVey and Luther Ford in the second part...

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