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'Hellboy' casting prompts backlash over 'whitewashing'
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August 23, 2017 3:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood film yet again finds itself responding to a social-media outcry over the casting of a white actor in a role that was originally Asian-American.

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Wed Aug 23 17:11:48 EDT 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop is under fire from watchdog group Truth in Advertising for “deceptive” health claims on over 50 of their products.

Truth in Advertising (TINA) announced Tuesday that they’ve investigated Goop’s marketing tactics, and found that “the company claims, either expressly or implicitly, that its products (or those it promotes) can treat, cure, prevent, alleviate the symptoms of, or reduce the risk of developing a number of ailments,” according to a press release.

“The problem is that the company does not possess the competent and reliable scientific evidence required by law to make such claims,” the release says.

TINA says that they initially contacted Goop about their “unsubstantiated, and therefore deceptive, health and disease-treatment claims” on Aug. 11, and because the company did not make enough changes to their site in the 11 days since, TINA has filed a complaint letter with the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force.

A spokesperson from Goop tells PEOPLE that they wanted to work with TINA to correct the wording on their site, but the timeframe given was too limited.

“Goop is dedicated to introducing unique products and offerings and encouraging constructive conversation surrounding new ideas. We are receptive to feedback and consistently seek to improve the quality of the products and information referenced on our site. We responded promptly and in good faith to the initial outreach from representatives of TINA and hoped to engage with them to address their concerns. Unfortunately, they provided limited information and made threats under arbitrary deadlines which were not reasonable under the circumstances.”

“Nevertheless, while we believe that TINA’s description of our interactions is misleading and their claims unsubstantiated and unfounded, we will continue to evaluate our products and our content and make those improvements that we believe are reasonable and necessary in the interests of our community of users.”

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TINA called out several of Goop’s products specifically, including the Goop Wellness supplements, which they say are “not medically recognized,” and the Body Vibes stickers that Goop claimed would reduce physical tension and anxiety.

Goop dealt with criticism over the stickers in June, when they initially said that they were made with the same conductive carbon materials present in NASA space suits. Goop removed that claim after a NASA spokesperson told PEOPLE that “do not line their spacesuits with conductive carbon material,” and a former NASA scientist said that it was “a load of BS.”

Wed Aug 23 17:06:23 EDT 2017

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media.

“I never thought of someone pretending to be 9 to gain access to my child,” Summer, of Illinois, wrote in a Facebook post on August 11 that showed his daughter’s exchange with the individual. “We live and learn and I continue to do so every day as a parent.”

The exchange happened in an app called, a popular music video service that allows its 215 million users to make lip-synching videos and post them to their profiles. According to Summer, Madison uses the app on his smartphone to make “goofy duets” to send to her cousins and close friends, and he reviewed who was accepted to her profile.

But a stranger posing as a 9-year-old named Jessy, who Summer thought was his daughter’s friend, messaged Madison through the app. Shortly after contacting her, the stranger asked for a photo. Madison sent a selfie to the person posing as “Jessy,” who then asked her to send another picture, but this time, without a shirt.

Madison innocently sent another photo with a close-up of her face, which cut off the view of her shirt. But the person messaged back, “I like to see your body without t-shirt.”

The individual then suggested that she go to the bathroom to take the picture even after Madison made it clear that she wouldn’t. Madison stopped responding, but even with the silence, the person continued to ask for pictures and say they would be a “secret.” During that time, Summer was alerted to the situation, and he contacted authorities.

“I know many will blame us parents for this happening,” Summer wrote in the post. “But we never thought like predators, and I guess we were naive in thinking that our daughter was safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app. We have learned the hard way. I ask that you not judge us (many still will) but let our experience teach us all.”

Summer said many parents have reached out to him to voice their support, and his post has since been shared more than 81,000 times. said that the company was aware of what happened to Madison. “Protecting users and promoting a safe and positive app environment, is our top priority,” a spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “We are constantly adding and enhancing measures in the app to help protect against misuse.”

The app is for users aged 13 and over, the company says, and by using the app, users agree they are of age. encourages parents to have an open dialogue with their teens about being responsible and safe online. The company has set up a Tumblr page where parents can get tips on how to handle their child’s use of social media. also offers parents an option to shut down an account if they suspect their child is using the app and they are below the age of 13.

“I say that doing nothing, accomplishes nothing,” Summer wrote at the end of his post. “Doing something, at a minimum gives us hope.”

Wed Aug 23 17:03:13 EDT 2017

Jennifer Aniston may believe that a show like Friends couldn’t work today (“you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones”), but in reality the show’s style has never been more popular. Stars are recreating famous outfits worn on the show and bringing back some of the most polarizing ’90s trends that were popularized by Rachel Green and Monica Geller. But Aniston warns, they might live to regret resurrecting a few of them!

In a new interview, the actress says she’d never bring back the tiny sunglasses trend. “I just think they’re ridiculous,” she tells Glamour. “I’m not a fan of those little tiny spectacles; I’m a fan of classic sunglasses. That was very ’90s, wasn’t it? When you would see those little tiny frames, those were brought back from the John Lennon days. They’re always sort of regurgitating trends.”

Funny enough, the two stars leading the charge on small sunnies are two of the most influential models out there, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Their signature street-style shade usually has a small frame.

RELATED PHOTOS: 8 Friends Outfits You Should Definitely Wear Today

Another trend Aniston is leaving in the ’90s? Dark lipstick. “How about MAC’s Paramount lipstick? It was a browny brick,” she says. “I remember that was my go-to color when I was doing Friends.”

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And while she may not be a huge fan of her most memorable looks on the show (she hated the “Rachel” haircut back in the day too), it’s clear she was an original fashion influencer without even realizing it.

Which ’90s trend do you want to stay in the past?

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod Stewart will perform a reworked version of his hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" remotely from Las Vegas at the MTV Video Music Awards, to be held in California.

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare Prince music film, "Sign O' the Times," will air on Showtime beginning Sept. 16. Directed by Prince himself, the film was created as an in-theater companion to his 1987 double album of the same name.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bruno Mars has met the man he's nicknamed after: former pro wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino. The two met Tuesday night when the pop singing sensation's 24K Magic World Tour stopped in Pittsburgh.

An animated "Flashdance" meets "Cinderella," ''LEAP !" isn't so much bad as it is bewildering. The feature about an orphan girl who dreams of dancing professionally is set very vaguely in the 1880s, in Brittany and Paris, and contains nods to that general time — like an under-construction Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower.

NEW YORK (AP) — Though the LOCKN' Festival had been in the works for more than six months, the event taking place about 40 minutes from Charlottesville, Virginia, will now serve as an uplifting moment for the city following its racially charged rally that left one dead and others injured.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you. The pop star who whipped her army of Swifties into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media posted the title of her new album, "reputation," and announced on Instagram it will be out Nov.

When "Death Note" begins, we learn that Seattle teenager Light Turner has a crush on a cheerleader at his high school. So when these two would-be lovebirds finally talk for the first time and really open up to each other, Turner has to be honest: "It's going to sound a little crazy," he tells her, "but I have a death god."

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, "Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real" (Fantasy Records) First, let's just get this out there: Lukas Nelson sounds a lot like his famous dad, the red-headed stranger better known as Willie Nelson.

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for Lindsey Vonn calls the theft and publishing of "intimate" personal photos of her and former boyfriend Tiger Woods "an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You wouldn't think an 80-year-old judge would make for a viral video, but somehow Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, humor and a rotating cast of the poor souls who have been ticketed in Providence.

MOSCOW (AP) — An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture — bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film — has opened in Moscow.

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — A businessman whose recreated "Star Trek" TV set is a major tourist draw in upstate New York is getting a financial boost with a donation from the former wife of a late heir to the Mars candy fortune.

REDDING, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut farm once owned by Mark Twain is for sale for $1.8 million. The Connecticut Post reports ( ) the 18.7-acre property in Redding is next to Twain's country home, known as "Stormfield."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's pacing, hovering demeanor onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable "my skin crawled."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Cowell has been left all wet by a joke he made at the expense of fellow "America's Got Talent" judge Mel B.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Latino leaders meeting with top CBS executives last week were braced for a confrontation over a protracted scarcity of Latino actors and stories on the network's prime-time shows.

NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan, best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical "Annie," has died at age 88.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a glam shot that got ugly. The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dove headlong into a social media skirmish this week, blasting a critic of her Instagram post highlighting her high fashion choices.

NEW YORK (AP) — Preliminary figures from Nielsen show President Donald Trump's speech on the war in Afghanistan was seen by nearly 28 million TV viewers, just under the number who watched his inauguration but significantly less than the number who viewed his February address to Congress.

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Marines put supermodel Kate Upton through her paces on Tuesday during a workout in Detroit to promote the upcoming Marine Week celebration in the city.

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden. Monday's performance by "The Piano Man" came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.