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By DAVID BAUDER and JONATHAN LEMIRE
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February 28, 2017 11:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked.

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Tue Feb 28 11:38:04 EST 2017

 

Filming their new reality show was an exciting time for Honey Boo Boo and her sister Pumpkin.

Stopping by PEOPLE Now, Mama June Shannon‘s daughters Alana Thompson (AKA “Honey Boo Boo”) and Lauryn (“Pumpkin”), opened up about their favorite parts filming Mama June: From Not to Hot.

“I don’t want to tell you this part,” Alana jokingly says. “I don’t want to tell you because you haven’t seen this part of it.”

“I think my favorite part would have to be we were able to bring people in from our other crew from Here Comes Honey Boo,” Lauryn begins. “Our sound girl, our ac…”

“Unfortunately some of the camera guys couldn’t come, but that’s what meant the most to us filming this, because those people are like family to us,” she added.

RELATED VIDEO: See Honey Boo Boo’s Critique Of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Her Own Mom’s Dating Life!

 

Mama June’s new show allowed Alana and Lauryn to witness firsthand the exact process of Shannon’s life changing body transformation.

“It’s been really hard for her , because my mama is not just a person who can stay in the house,” says the 11-year-old former beauty queen recently told PEOPLE. “My mama is very outgoing and stubborn. So when she’s like, ‘Lets go to the grocery store,’ we’re like, ‘You can’t, because you have to stay in hiding, you know.’ ”

“And then she’s just like, ‘No, I have to go out, I’ll just put on big clothes and they will never see me,’ ” Alana continues. “The craziest disguise that she’s done, she went out with this big jacket on, glasses, a hat, and a scarf. She went overboard.”

Mama June: From Not to Hot airs Friday (10 p.m. ET) on WEtv.


Tue Feb 28 11:28:49 EST 2017

When Emma Watson was at the peak of her Harry Potter fame, living what appeared to be the most glamorous life, she didn’t feel like herself.

“I’d walk down the red carpet and go into the bathroom,” the actress tells Vanity Fair in her March 2017 cover story interview. “I had on so much makeup and these big, fluffy, full-on dresses. I’d put my hands on the sink and look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Who is this?’ I didn’t connect with the person who was looking back at me, and that was a very unsettling feeling.”

So unsettling, in fact, that it pushed Watson to take a step away from Hollywood in 2009 to attend Brown University, where really embraced her feminist point of view. She even chopped off her long iconic Hermoine hair into a Tinkerbell pixie in 2010, which she said made her feel “the sexiest I’ve ever felt.”

RELATED PHOTOS: All of Emma Watson’s Stylish (and Sustainable!) Fashions from Her Beauty and the Beast Promo Tour

Now, as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and avid activist, the 26-year-old star does everything she can to make a difference — even when it comes to fashion and what she wears. In 2011, Watson collaborated with fair-trade fashion label People Tree and most recently, the star’s wearing and promoting sustainable fashion she’s wearing on the Beauty and the Beast press tour with daily posts on her new Instagram account.

But how does she decide what’s worth wearing and what’s not?

Watson tells Vanity Fair when prepping for the promo tour, she created a PowerPoint presentation that her stylist sent fashion designers, which included a questionnaire about how their garments are produced, what their impact is on the environment and the moral reason why she should wear it on the red carpet.

The actress also says transforming Belle into a Disney princess that was “in charge of her own identity” for the actress’s highly anticipated live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast had her feeling like she “made that transition into being a woman on-screen.”

Watson worked closely with the film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, to ensure her character’s wardrobe reflected the modern woman.

“The first shot of the movie cannot be Belle walking out of this quiet little town carrying a basket with a white napkin in it,’” she says. “We need to rev things up!” Instead of flouncy dresses and ballet flats, Watson wanted her character in bloomers, riding boots and tool belt-like pockets for her costume.

“The original sketches had her in her ballet shoes, which are lovely — don’t get me wrong,” Watson shares. “But she’s not going to be able to do anything terribly useful in ballet shoes in the middle of a French provincial village.”

What’s been your favorite look on Emma’s Beauty and the Beast press tour? Share your pick in the comments below. 


Tue Feb 28 11:27:24 EST 2017

 

Nashville shocked fans on Thursday with the devastating death of Rayna Jaymes, the country superstar singer, loving wife and mother of two portrayed by Connie Britton for five seasons on the show.

But while fans of the soap might have been crying during Jaymes’ emotional goodbye, it was Britton who was tearing up on Tuesday when reminiscing about the role.

“I’m going to get choked up,” the 49-year-old actress told Kelly Ripa and Jerry O’Connell during a stop by  Live with Kelly. “It really was hard. That’s my family — that’s been my Nashville family. I loved playing that role so much. So it’s been a lot of things.”

Britton, who had asked Nashville producers to leave the show, said her exit was “something that wanted for a lot of reasons.” That said, spending her last scenes in a hospital bed wasn’t exactly a restful way to end her run.

“I’ve been in a coma before and it wasn’t all as it’s cracked up to be,” she said. “I wasn’t as excited about the coma acting as I thought. Because the way they get you with the coma, you have to put the tube in your throat. And I was like, ‘This is not as fun as I expected.’ ”

She did grab some things from set on the way out.

“Rayna Jaymes had really fabulous clothes. So I might have swiped a couple of things,” Britton said before showing off one small souvenir. “And this – this is the program for Rayna and Deacon’s wedding. So that was kind of sentimental.”

Just because Britton’s character is dead doesn’t mean she won’t be seen on the show again, though. She will appear in flashbacks for a few more episodes later this season. And during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night — her first since her Nashville death aired — Britton hinted she would be open to appearing on the show as an evil twin or a zombie.

“I think these are great ideas actually,” Britton said. “I think the twin sister idea is not bad. It’s Nashville, anything can happen. What if the long lost twin sister can come back? Oh and she’s such a devil. Oh she’s such a devil. She’ll come back and be horrible!”

Sadly, it appeared Britton was just joking. “ really dead,” she said. “I’m sorry! I gotta tell it like it is.”

And though the confirmation was heartbreaking, Britton had a sweet message for Nashville‘s fans.

“I would say to my fans, first of all, that I love you so much. The show loves you so much. Rayna will live on forever. I feel so fortunate that I was able to play that character truly with all my heart. I love that character so much. And just as when we lose somebody in our lives, the spirit will live on. And there’s reruns!” Britton said.

Nashville airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on CMT.



NEW YORK (AP) — No joke! Comedy Central is leaping off the screen this summer with a comedy cavalcade in the heart of San Francisco.

NEW YORK (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch will play an aristocratic playboy, the title character in a five-part Showtime series "Melrose" that begins production this summer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The full text of Monday's statement from accounting firm PwC on the best picture debacle of Sunday's Oscars: "PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars.

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face told TV personality Phil McGraw he had been running from a demon-like figure named Daniel before the attack.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley has married Domino Kirke, the sister of "Girls" star Jemima Kirke. Domino Kirke shared an Instagram photo of herself in a white dress next to Badgley with the caption "married" Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) — "Biggest Loser" host Bob Harper says he's "feeling better" and "taking it easy" two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is apologizing to the cast and crews of the films "La La Land" and "Moonlight" for the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner during Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony.

MIAMI (AP) — Oscar winning film "Moonlight" presents a view of Miami that never shows up in a tourism video. Far from the sun and glamour of South Beach or the artists and hipsters of Wynwood, it shows predominantly black communities, truly known by few outside the people who live there.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy. The Grammy Award-winning singer is being honored Tuesday as Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel shared his perspective on the show's best-picture gaffe during his Monday monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live !" "As I'm sure you've at least heard, 'La La Land' was simultaneously somehow the biggest winner and loser last night," Kimmel said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says he could have been clearer about a man who appeared on his show last week billed as a Swedish national security adviser.

NEW YORK (AP) — A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the Academy Awards said Monday that its staffers did not move quickly enough to correct the biggest error in Oscars history — the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the mistaken announcement of the best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards (all times local): 6:40 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage: — The consulting firm PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, tabulates the winners based on ballots cast by the academy's 6,687 voting members.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," did even better in its first weekend in theaters than initially projected.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving Sunday's Academy Awards two thumbs down, calling the botched ending "sad." The president said in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday that the Academy Awards "focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end."

THEY., "Nu Religion: Hyena" (Warner Bros. Records/Mind of a Genius) Los Angeles-based duo THEY. call their sound grunge'n'b — a fusion of R&B and hip-hop, mixed with rock.

Yes, the Great Mistake of Oscars 2017 made history in all the wrong kinds of ways. But a day later, advocacy groups and others overjoyed by the Cinderella win of "Moonlight" were saying, let's forget the snafu and move on — because "Moonlight" made history in all the right kinds of ways.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fans of "Fences" may be disappointed that the film won just one of its four Oscar nominations. But a pilgrimage to playwright August Wilson's hometown, Pittsburgh, might offer some consolation.

NEW YORK (AP) — The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008.

BEIRUT (AP) — A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop "massacres" in his country, and described a U.S.