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THE KARDASHIANS GET HUGE PAY DAY TO STAY ON E!
It's going to cost you a bit more money to keep up with the Kardashians. According to Page Six, the family has signed a new deal for over $100 million to keep them at E! for another four years.

Kris Jenner reportedly ironed out the deal to cover herself and her daughters -- Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie. The agreement will have Keeping Up With the Kardashians on the air for another four seasons in addition to more spinoffs. A source told Us Weekly, "This has been in the works for almost a year. Kris is a fierce negotiator. They were not planning on leaving E!, but she was playing major hardball and threatening to leave. E! needs them."

  • A rep for the network called the news "grossly inaccurate."
  • It is rumored that the network is hoping to launch new vehicles for Kendall and Kylie.
  • The deal does not include Bruce Jenner who is believed to be exiting the show after the 10th season.
  • This is the highest payout for a reality show in TV history.


BILL COSBY: 'I'M FAR FROM FINISHED'
Bill Cosby has released a statement, thanking his fans for their support. As we all know, 34 women have come forward in the past couple of months, accusing the 77-year-old comedian of sexually assaulting them. Just this week, another woman claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her back in 1984.

In the statement, Cosby said, "Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER. I'm ready!"

He continued, "I thank you, the theatre staff Heymann Performing Arts Center, the event organizers and the Lafayette Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment."

  • He ended the statement with, "Hey, Hey, Hey — I'm far from finished. Sincerely, Bill Cosby."
  • Earlier this week, Richard Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor called Cosby a "hypocrite" and a "piece of sh*t."


LUPITA NYONG'O'S OSCAR DRESS STOLEN
The pearl-embellished Calvin Klein dress that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars has been stolen. According to TMZ, it was swiped from her hotel room at The London in West Hollywood.

Officials from the L.A. sheriff's department told Us Weekly on Thursday (February 26th,) "We believe it was taken sometime during the day yesterday (2/25). We are looking at every scenario; when the cleaners go to clean the rooms they do it with the door open so that's a possibility. Currently we are still investigating, detectives are interviewing and looking for witnesses."

  • Investigators are also looking at security footage in the hopes of finding the culprit.
  • The custom-made dress was created by Francisco Costa and features 6,000 white pearls. It is valued at $150,000.


'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 12 GIRLS PERFORM
Last night (February 26th) on American Idol, the top 12 girls performed at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit Michigan.

The first female contestant to hit the stage was Lovey James who performed One Republic's "Love Runs Out". She received positive reviews from the judges. "It's always risky to start a song that starts so low, but we all know that song and that it's gonna go higher, so I thought it was good." said judge Harry Connick Jr. Performing Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" was Joey Cook who received a standing ovation from Urban himself. "Joey, it was fantastic. That's what artists do. You take a song, and you make it yours. It was perfect." said judge Keith.

Rihanna's "Umbrella" was performed by Shi Scott. She received mixed reviews from the judges. Harry said "the good news is that you picked a song that probably everybody knows and loves. The bad news is, it wasn't the right song for you". Tyanna Jones decided to perform Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'". The judges seemed to enjoy her rendition. "There's just something so beautiful about you, and that voice is just from God himself." said judge Jennifer Lopez.

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WILL SMITH AND JADA PINKETT LEARNED TO FIND THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE FOR THEIR MARRIAGE
Will Smith's nearly 20-year marriage to Jada Pinkett has been successful thanks to finding a work-life balance. The Focus star recently film's premiere where he chatted with Us Weekly about how he and his busy wife find the time for each other.

Will told the magazine, "Jada and I have struggled with that a little bit.. The problem is one person is in work mode while the other person is in chill mode. Then it's like you're both trying to come up. It is really something that will happen in time. And you'll realize that you're either really committed to having a relationship, or you're really committed to coming up. At some point one or the other is going to have to suffer."

  • Will and Jada were married in a secret ceremony on New Year's Eve in 1997.


NAYA RIVERA'S HUSBAND CLEARS UP TRUTH ABOUT BABY ANNOUNCEMENT
Naya Rivera's husband, Ryan Dorsey, squashed the rumors that Big Sean had anything to do with their pregnancy announcement. He took to Twitter on Wednesday (February 25th) to clear up the rumors that Naya purposely dropped the news on the day that her ex's album was released.

Ryan wrote, "S/o 2 whoever sold the "news" 2 the greatest "magazine" in the world -OK Magazine, who informed us yesterday they were releasing it 2day. Even though it was way before we wanted to share...At the very least, thanks for the heads up OK so we could share it on our own. #Dadlife!"

  • Ryan and Naya got married on the same day that she had planned on marrying Big Sean before their split.


CELEBRITY GOSSIP
SCARLETT JOHANSSON TOLD TO CHANGE HER BAND NAME: The members of an L.A.-based band called The Singles is requesting that Scarlett Johansson change the name of her new all--girl pop group. Vince Frederick and Nicky Veltman have lawyered up and fired off a cease-and-desist letter ordering the actress and her bandmates to stop using the name. Frederick said in a statement, "I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own. It's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success. I don't understand it. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that 'The Singles' was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band -- our band." Scarlett's group released their first single, "Candy," last week.

PRINCE WILLIAM CAN LEGALLY BECOME A HELICOPTER PILOT: Prince William has officially passed his helicopter pilot exams and is one step closer to becoming an air ambulance pilot. He has taken 14 written tests and a flight exam. The royal is expected to begin training for a job with East Anglian Air Ambulance in early summer.

TRACY MORGAN IS EAGER TO GET BACK TO WORK: Sources are telling Us Weekly that Tracy Morgan is improving day by day after his car crash eight months ago. The comedian has been doing physical therapy at a rehab facility where he is trying to get in shape to get back to work. An insider revealed to the magazine, "If Tracy could be out, acting and doing what he loves, he would be -- 100 percent. But sadly, he just can't yet." The source also said that Tracy gets emotional when friends like Tina Fey mention him the way she and Alec Baldwin did at the SNL 40th Anniversary special.

SHAILENE WOODLEY DOESN'T MIND NUDITY: Shailene Woodley reveals in the new issue of Glamour UK that nudity is no big deal for her. She tells the magazine, "I'm totally comfortable with nudity. I'm not sure it empowers me as an actress or anything, but if I'm going to do a movie with sex scenes, then I'm going to be naked, because I don't know about you, but I don't have sex with bras and panties on." The 23-year-old goes on to discuss how the U.S. and Europe differ on their views on sex and nudity saying, "Part of the reason I love Europe is that sexuality is no big deal there. You go to a topless beach and the dudes aren't checking out your tits, because they're just boobs. In America sex is something that's not talked about -- yet it's in our faces more than anything else. In school, rather than teach you about sex, they tell you about abstinence, which doesn't work."

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH PENS CONDOLENCE LETTER TO FAMILY OF YOUNG 'SHERLOCK' FAN: Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a condolence letter to the family of 14-year-old female Sherlock fan named Eve who died earlier this month after suffering breathing problems. The letter was read at her memorial service. Benedict wrote, "I send my deepest sympathies to Eve's family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx." Eve's father told Daily Mail, "Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper. But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict -- she was a huge fan."



INDUSTRY NEWS
SETH MACFARLANE SUED OVER 'TED' BOTTLE OPENERS: A man is suing Seth MacFarlane for using his concept of talking bottle openers to promote Ted. He claims to have licensed his product to many companies over the years including Twentieth Century Fox to use for Family Guy back in 2006. Ted bottle openers were sold as part of a special edition DVD of the movie back in 2012 and the man is suing for all of the money Seth made from those sales as well as nine times that amount for damages.

ROSAMUND PIKE JOINS 'THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY': Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Rosamund Pike has landed a co-starring role opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-by. The film is based on the 1964 book by John D. MacDonald. It was the first novel in a 21-book series about a man who recovers others' property for a living while fighting off bad guys and meeting women in the process.

MERYL STREEP WILL PROVIDE VOICEOVER FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY: Meryl Streep will be lending her voice to a new documentary called Shout Gladi Gladi. The project deals with women's health issues in Africa -- specifically fistula. The film is being co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy.

'EMPIRE' RATINGS CONTINUE TO RISE: The ratings for Fox's Empire just keep getting bigger. 13.75 million viewers tuned in for Wednesday (February 25th) night's episode. This marks the seventh week in a row that the numbers have improved from the week before. It is the fastest growing drama on the network since House back in 2004.

RICHARD LINKLATER FINDS NEXT PROJECT TO DIRECT: Boyhood director Richard Linklater has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Where'd You Go Bernadette. It is based on the 2012 novel of the same named by Maria Semple. It tells the story of Bernadette -- an agoraphobic architect and mother who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. The book is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter.



ZENDAYA COMMENT COULD HAVE BEEN EDITED OUT OF 'FASHION POLICE'
Giuliana Rancic and Zendaya Coleman may have made peace after the controversial comment on Fashion Police but sources say the joke caused issues before it ever aired. Sources close to the show claim there were issues with the line during the taping of the show.

An insider revealed, "They did the Zendaya segment three times. Three different takes. On the first two takes, Kelly said 'Guys, we can't say this. Zendaya is a friend of the show.' Giuliana said the words 'patchouli oil' and 'weed' three times. They all heard the three takes."

  • Viewers of the episode have also been arguing over whether it was actually Kathy Griffin who chimed in to say "...or weed" after Giuliana said the dreadlocks must smell like patchouli oil.
  • A rep for E! has denied that there were multiple takes saying, "There was only one take of Giuliana's comments. Kelly did let the group know Zendaya is a friend of hers."
  • Zendaya has appeared on Fashion Police several times as a guest co-host.
  • It is also important to note that the show also has a team of writers who work on the jokes.









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