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Paula Deen Denies Divorce Speculation

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

ABC/Donna Svennevik(ATLANTA) -- There's speculation that celebrity chef Paula Deen may be whipping up something special for her husband of 11 years -- a divorce.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, Deen signed over the deed of their three-bedroom, three-bathroom Savannah, Georgia mansion to her husband, Michael Groover earlier this year.

Court records, obtained by the paper, said the transfer is “for and in consideration of her natural love and affection for her husband.”

The estate transfer sparked rumors that the 5,646-square-foot property, estimated to be worth $1.3 million, could be part of a secret divorce settlement.

A spokesman for Deen denied these claims: “These rumors are completely false -- they have a wonderful marriage. This deed of gift was just a part of Paula's estate-planning process.” The spokesman added Deen's latest cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, is even dedicated to her husband.

The couple bought the home in 2004 and is the stage for Deen's cooking show.

The southern cooking powerhouse, who was the center of scandal over her use of a racial slur directed at one of her employees in 2013, has faced divorce rumors before. That same year, there were speculations that her husband had a secret mistress, but he strongly denied an affair.

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Valerie Harper Hospitalized After Being Found Unconscious

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Adam Rose/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Valerie Harper was hospitalized Wednesday night after being found unconscious backstage during a performance of Nice Work If You Can Get It at a Maine theater.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the actress was taken via ambulance from the Ogunquit Playhouse to York Hospital.

The musical's director went on stage Wednesday to tell the audience that the 75-year-old actress wouldn't be performing during the production. "She wants all of you to know after some fluids and rest she hopes to be right back here on stage later this week," the director added.

Harper was slated to perform in the musical until August 15.

The Ogunquit Playhouse released a statement Thursday that said, Harper was "resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being."

Sources told ET, "It doesn't look good."

In March 2013, Harper was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. At the time, doctors told her she could have just a few more months to live. In May 2014, Harper clarified on ABC's Good Morning America that "the cell that's causing the disease is lung cancer."

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Angelina Jolie Returns to Cambodia with Son

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie doesn't want her son Maddox to forget his roots.

The A-lister recently took a trip to Cambodia, the site of her breakout movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and the place where she adopted her eldest son in 2002, reports E! News.

This trip is the first of many. Jolie is set to begin her next directorial project, a film adaptation of Loung Ung's book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia. The film reveals how life was under the deadly regime of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, in which millions were killed in a genocide.

"As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country," Jolie told reporters. "He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that means to him and to us."

Shooting for the film will begin in November, according to E! The film is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016.

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Kelly Ripa Explains How She Broke Her Foot

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Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- When Kelly Ripa walked onstage for Thursday's episode Live with Kelly and Michael, viewers saw she had traded in her typical stilettos for a boot on one foot. The co-host explained the reason for the new look: she's broken her foot.

"I was in a dance class like I typically, usually am and somebody had left a weight on the floor. Because usually what happens is, you do dancing, and then you do weights and then you put your weights back on your mat," she explained. "And somebody I guess either left [the weight] not on their mat or maybe kicked it when they were dancing. I don't know."

"All I know is I did a jump -- and in my mind I'm an incredible dancer, graceful as can be -- and I landed on the weight," she said, with the crowd gasping.

Ripa went on to explain that her husband, Mark Consuelos, was by her side when she checked into New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery Wednesday night to meet with doctors and find out how much damage she'd actually done.

"We found out that I have like four little bones that broke off," she said. "And [the doctor] said, 'The good news is it's in a way that it doesn't require surgery.' So that's great!"

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Is Michelle Williams Off the Market?

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Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Williams appears to have a new man in her life.

The 34-year-old actress is dating Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer, sources tell Us Weekly.

“They knew each other through mutual friends,” notes one insider, who adds, “I'm not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day!”

“They're two people in the same mind-set," adds the insider.

“With Jonathan, Michelle looks finally at peace and genuinely happy,” another source says of the formerDawson's Creek star.

Safran Foer, 38, was previously married to fellow author Nicole Krauss, with whom he shares two children. They split in 2014.

Williams was previously linked to Jason Segel and Spike Jonze. She also dated her Brokeback Mountain co-star, the late Heath Ledger, from 2004-2007. The couple welcomed a daughter, Matilda, in 2005.

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Trevor Noah Talks Taking Over for Jon Stewart as “Daily Show” Host

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Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) -- Upcoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah faced TV critics Wednesday in Beverly Hills, and talked about the pressure of taking over for Jon Stewart.

Noah made one thing clear when asked about his transition from comedian to host of the Comedy Central program: "I'm not in the news business. I'm still in the comedy business, and that's the most important thing Jon Stewart left with me."

The show won't change, but he says the perspective can't help but change.

The South African comedian explained, "If you look at the issues in America right now, let's say just around racial inequality, Jon and I come from totally different points of view. Jon would have to empathize. I, myself, come from a different place."

He does feel the weight of taking over the franchise, commenting, "There's an immense pressure for me personally to live up to that legacy to keep that flagship going."

Stewart's last show as Daily Show host is next Thursday. Noah's first is September 28.

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Jesse Pinkman’s “Breaking Bad” House for Sale

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to live like Jesse Pinkman? Here's your chance.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico, house that stood in for the residence of Aaron Paul's character on Breaking Bad is for sale. The two-story, 35-hundred-square-foot, four-bedroom home is described as having the "luxuries of updated HVAC, electrical, plumbing, a luxurious master suite, and a gourmet kitchen while retaining the authenticity of design."

The asking price for the home: 1.6 million dollars.

You can take a look at the listing, as well as some photos of the home, on BreakingBadHouse.com. The website mentions, "Meth Lab Not Included."

Paul won three Emmys for his portrayal of Jesse, the sidekick to Bryan Cranston's meth dealer Walter White, on Breaking Bad.

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Did Kris Jenner Visit Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu Home?

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Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Kris Jenner visited Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu, California, home on Tuesday, a source tells People magazine.

Pictures obtained by the entertainment magazine show the 59-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashiansmatriarch's black Cadillac Escalade pulling out of Caitlyn's driveway.

Kris and Caitlyn, formally known as Bruce Jenner, filed for divorce back in September after 20 years of marriage.

Caitlyn came out as transgender in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer in April.

During a special two-part episode of KUWTK a couple of months ago Kris reacted to her ex-husband's transition by saying, "I just miss Bruce. And that's going to take me a minute to mourn that relationship. You think you're going to grow old with somebody, and they drastically change over the course of just a few years."

"I still love you, baby. Is there anything I can do now to make it better for you?" Cait replied

"Live the happiest life you can live....That's all I care about. That you can find the peace you've been looking for for so long," was Kris' response.

Caitlyn documents her transition in the eight-part series I Am Cait, airing Sundays on E!

Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns in the fall on E!

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Robert De Niro Pranked “Paper Towns” Star Nat Wolff

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John Paul Filo/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Could it be that Nat Wolff was destined for stardom?

He's written hit songs, check. He's formed a successful band, check. He's starred in a hit TV series, check. He's amassed a huge social media following. And now he's making blockbuster movies, check. And check.

From music to film, it is Wolff's ever-evolving career that landed him a role opposite Robert De Niro in the film The Intern, set to be released in September.

Wolff told ABC News the two were on set, sitting at a table waiting to tape a scene, when the movie legend pranked him.

“He just turned to me and I was chewing a piece of gum pretty much to stay calm because I was across the desk from one of my heroes. And he said, 'What are you going to do with that gum?' I was like, 'I'm probably gonna spit it out before the scene.' And he was like, 'You know what we used to do with gum? We used to put it under the table.'

"And I was like, 'OK.' And he goes, 'You should do it. Go for it.'

"And I just took the gum and I put it under the table. And he just goes, 'Ha, ha. I can't believe you did that. And he goes Nancy, look he's putting gum on the set! He's putting gum on the set!' So basically he was making fun of me. Also, it totally relaxed me."

Wolff currently stars as the leading man in the new comedy-drama Paper Towns as Quentin “Q” Jacobsen. He's a high school senior who goes on a wild adventure with his pals to find a missing girl. The film is based on the best-selling John Green novel of the same name.


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Report: Beyoncé Offered Role in “The Wiz Live!”

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Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige were added to the cast of NBC's upcoming live musical production of The Wiz. Could Beyoncé be far behind?

E! News reports Bey has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch. However, it also notes thatOrange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba is also being considered.

NBC announced Tuesday that Latifah will play the Wiz, while Blige will fill the role of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wiz Live! will air on NBC Thursday, December 3.

The Wiz initially opened on Broadway in 1975, re-imagining L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in an African-American context. A movie adaptation hit theaters in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. A Broadway revival will debut during the 2016-2017 season.

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