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It’s hard to believe the seven-time Academy Award nominee and all-around gorgeous woman Kate Winslet has been consistently bullied for being "fat" and was once even locked in a cupboard by her school-age tormentors, but it's true, the actress says.

The Oscar-winner shared her personal story and extended words of empowerment to a room full of children at a charity event this week. Speaking in London, Winslet recalls the insults and degradation: "They called me ‘Blubber.’ Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me."

  • Unfortunately, the ugly derision didn’t end in the schoolroom. Winslet remembers career advice suggesting she would be "lucky" to even get a shot at acting, and should be "happy to settle for the fat girl parts."
  • Even when she was established, the name-calling didn’t end. Winslet told Rolling Stone back in 1998 that Titanic director James Cameron used to call her "Kate Weighs-a-Lot."
  • But she "fought back," she says, and advises kids to do the same: "I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part."


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The Ghost Whisperer’s Jay Mohr is claiming that his estranged wife Nikki Cox is battling untreated mental health issues and drug addiction, according to People Magazine.

He is requesting sole physical and joint legal custody of their son Meredith, 5, according to court documents filed Friday, March 10th and obtained by People.

  • Mohr wants Cox to have "reasonable visitation with Meredith," but insists that the visits "be professionally monitored."
  • Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December after 10 years of marriage. Initially, Mohr was requesting joint physical and legal custody, but alleges that since then, "Based upon the increasing hostility in our home, Nikki’s ongoing refusal to attend her mental health issues … her abuse of drugs, and her failure to respect boundaries, I had no choice but to obtain alternate housing for me and our son."
  • The documents go on to claim that Cox is "incapable" of caring for Meredith and alleges that she has left ovens on and doors open at night, and once administered a double dose of medication to Meredith, causing him to vomit.
  • The ongoing issues are causing major disruption and distress in Meredith’s life, Mohr claims: "Meredith is exhibiting signs of regression, both at home and in school (he is starting to have bathroom accidents throughout the day) … His behavior is deteriorating both at school and with his therapists."


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William Shatner is not at all happy that Nick Viall is on Dancing with the Stars, and he wants the Bachelor star to get the boot. Shatner went on a Twitter tirade against Viall on Monday and Tuesday, urging viewers to vote off the reality star, saying, "My goal for #DWTS is to knock Bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?"

The Star Trek actor, who said he’s watched the show "for years," doesn’t even seem to have a horse in the race, tweeting, "Whoever your favorite is - just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them." Shatner said that any fans who watched the Bachelorette season with Andi Dorfman would understand his dislike. Viall simply responded to Shatner with a sad emoji.

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron asked for a truce on Wednesday, wishing Shatner a happy birthday and tweeting, "Any chance I can negotiate a truce between you & @viallnicholas28 ??" Later, Bergeron joked, "If I can bring peace to this reality show I’m moving on to @Schwarzenegger & @realDonaldTrump."

Shatner finally made peace, sort of, with Viall, offering him a virtual rose. The peace offering was accepted, with Nick wishing Shatner a belated happy 86th birthday. "Saw Nick Viall dance," Shatner said 45 minutes after extending his peace offering. "He can really dance. I hope he’s as good a lover."



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Brad Pitt may not be quite ready to date yet, but he is taking other steps as he continues to separate his life from estranged wife Angelina Jolie, insiders tell People.

The 53-year-old has been "in better spirits" recently after the tough split from Jolie in September. And as the two sort out their separation and a custody agreement for their six children Pitt "often has friends over" to hang out and blow off steam an insider spills.

  • Reconnecting with people seems to be energizing him, the source says: "Old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it."
  • In addition to connecting with old pals, he’s "lost a few pounds" and is spending a great deal of time pursuing his new hobby – sculpture.


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As previously reported, Nia Long and Taraji P. Henson reportedly did not get along on the Empire set because of how Nia treated the hair, makeup, and wardrobe people. Now, multiple production sources tell TMZ that the hair, makeup, and wardrobe workers filed a formal complaint against the actress for how rude she was acting during her time on the show.

Apparently the 46-year-old would parade around like a diva, being extremely disrespectful toward hair and makeup. She would sometimes decide she didn’t like her look at the last minute and then get angry at the employees.

Moreover, she was also "habitually late," making Taraji and Terrence Howard wait up to 30 minutes for her arrival. Sometimes a stand-in would be called so that Taraji and Terrence could at least rehearse.

TMZ also reports that Nia threatened to file suit against the show for not thanking her after her last scene. Apparently it is customary for the assistant director to call out "This is (actor’s name) last scene," then thank them and have the cast and crew applaud. This reportedly did not happen during Nia’s last scene because Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and the AD was trying to get him some Benadryl.

One actor told TMZ that they would never work with the actress again because the whole experience was so horrendous.

Nia’s rep, however, maintains that the star did nothing wrong, saying, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."



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BEFORE DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED, SHE ASKED FOR ‘PERMISSION’ TO BE WITH CARRIE: Todd Fisher is still dealing with the unbelievable loss of his sister Carrie Fisher and their mother Debbie Reynolds, who died within days of each other. A joint memorial service is planned for this Saturday and ahead of it, Todd shared one of his final moments with his mother. "If you had told me this story and I wasn’t there, I would have a very hard time believing what I saw," he tells E! "But she literally looked at me and said, ‘I want to go be with Carrie’ and closed her eyes and went to sleep." He says that he believes she "asked permission to leave," and describes the moment as magical.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS WRITING BOOK ON SELFIE CULTURE: Jamie Lee Curtis may be famous for her onscreen roles, but the Scream Queens actress wants everyone to look beyond the screen. She is penning a children’s book, titled MySelfie & I: A Cautionary Tale, her 12th collaboration illustrator Laura Cornell that she says "is my response to the ‘selfie’ craze that has taken over the world." She adds that she hopes the book will "open a dialogue about the impact of smartphone technology on families." The book is set to hit shelves in the fall of 2018.

REPORT: MEL B AND STEPHEN BELAFONTE ATTEND THERAPY: Mel B and estranged husband Stephen Belafonte hit up a family therapy session with their three kids, TMZ reports. The couple wants to make sure the children are "OK" throughout the divorce proceedings, a source tells the gossip outlet. The family was reportedly seen by Dr. Charles Sophy, who has also reportedly worked with Paris Hilton and other celebs.

CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA THROWS MOTHER-DAUGHTER BIKINI SHOOT: Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa held a bikini photo shoot with 6-year-old daughter Taylor. The duo teamed up with L*Space Swimwear on an ad campaign and El Moussa shared the shots to Instagram Stories. Would you let your 6-year-old model bathing suits?

CASEY WILSON EXPECTING SECOND CHILD WITH DAVID CASPE: Casey Wilson is pregnant and expecting her second child with husband David Caspe. The American Dad! actress made the announcement on her podcast, saying: "Some big news on my end, which is that I am pregnant again. I’m so excited. I was feeling so sick for about a month." The couple married in 2014 and welcomed their son Max a year later.

SOPHIE SIMMONS CALLS OUT KATEY SAGAL OVER AFFAIR WITH DAD GENE: Sophie Simmons called out Katey Sagal this week after the actress went public about a past affair with her dad. The 24-year-old aspiring singer said on Tuesday’s episode of the Allegedly podcast that Sagal was "low" for writing about her fling with Gene Simmons in the memoir Grace Notes: My Recollections. "I feel like it’s no one’s business, really," Simmons said. "I mean, if Katey wants to write a book about her life, cool, but to write about someone and then have it affect their family I feel like is a really kind of low place to go to try and sell a book." Sagal had said in Grace Notes that she first met Gene Simmons in the 1970s. She claimed she had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Kiss frontman for years until she married Freddie Beckmeier in 1977.



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SILENCE CINEMATOGRAPHER TEAMS WITH LA LA LAND PRODUCER ON BASTARD: Rodrigo Prieto, the lauded cinematographer behind Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain will make his directorial debut with Bastard, a revenge thriller. La La Land’s Jordan Horowitz is set to produce, with Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff executive producing.

PATRICIA ARQUETTE TO BE HONORED BY GLAAD, WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO SISTER ALEXIS: Patricia Arquette will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards, set for April 1st at the Beverly Hilton. The Oscar-winning actress will also pay tribute to her late sister Alexis Arquette. She recently spoke out about Alexis being left out of the annual Oscar In Memoriam tribute.

NEW ALIEN: COVENANT POSTER RELEASED: The Xenomorphs dominate the creepy new poster released for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. In the new gray-hued poster, terrifying Xenomorphs are apparently trying to suffocate bald men. Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters May 19th, 2017.

ABC NEWS’ TWITTER ACCOUNT BRIEFLY HACKED: ABC News, Good Morning America and Good Morning America Pop News regained control of their Twitter accounts shortly after being hacked, but not before the feeds sent out tweets praising President Donald Trump as "lord and savior." Another fake tweet claimed that rapper Tyler the Creator had died in a bus crash.

CBS RENEWS 5 FRESHMAN, 11 RETURNING SERIES: CBS has given early renewals to 16 series for the 2017-2017 season. Five comedies are getting the green light: Life in Pieces, Mom, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts. 8 dramas are being renewed: NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-o, Blue Bloods, Scorpion and Madam Secretary, Bull and MacGyver. 1 reality series is getting the go ahead: Survivor. Finally, two newsmagazines, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours will live for another season on CBS.

DAVID BOREANAZ TO STAR IN CBS NAVY SEAL PILOT: David Boreanaz is set to play the lead in CBS’ upcoming Navy SEAL pilot, replacing Jim Caviezel. Caviezel was cast last week and has a history with CBS after starring in Person of Interest, but left the project due to creative differences. Boreanaz will also produce the pilot, which. The pilot follows elite Navy SEALS as they train, plan and executive "the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask." The cast also includes Jessica Pare (Mad Men), Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley and Toni Trucks.



  • KATE WINSLET, ONCE KNOWN AS 'BLUBBER,' RECALLS BEING FAT-SHAMED AS A KID

    It’s hard to believe the seven-time Academy Award nominee and all-around gorgeous woman Kate Winslet has been consistently bullied for being "fat" and was once even locked in a cupboard by her school-age tormentors, but it's true, the actress says.

    The Oscar-winner shared her personal story and extended words of empowerment to a room full of children at a charity event this week. Speaking in London, Winslet recalls the insults and degradation: "They called me ‘Blubber.’ Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me."

    • Unfortunately, the ugly derision didn’t end in the schoolroom. Winslet remembers career advice suggesting she would be "lucky" to even get a shot at acting, and should be "happy to settle for the fat girl parts."
    • Even when she was established, the name-calling didn’t end. Winslet told Rolling Stone back in 1998 that Titanic director James Cameron used to call her "Kate Weighs-a-Lot."
    • But she "fought back," she says, and advises kids to do the same: "I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part."

  • JAY MOHR CLAIMS WIFE NIKKI COX IS BATTLING MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG ISSUES

    The Ghost Whisperer’s Jay Mohr is claiming that his estranged wife Nikki Cox is battling untreated mental health issues and drug addiction, according to People Magazine.

    He is requesting sole physical and joint legal custody of their son Meredith, 5, according to court documents filed Friday, March 10th and obtained by People.

    • Mohr wants Cox to have "reasonable visitation with Meredith," but insists that the visits "be professionally monitored."
    • Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December after 10 years of marriage. Initially, Mohr was requesting joint physical and legal custody, but alleges that since then, "Based upon the increasing hostility in our home, Nikki’s ongoing refusal to attend her mental health issues … her abuse of drugs, and her failure to respect boundaries, I had no choice but to obtain alternate housing for me and our son."
    • The documents go on to claim that Cox is "incapable" of caring for Meredith and alleges that she has left ovens on and doors open at night, and once administered a double dose of medication to Meredith, causing him to vomit.
    • The ongoing issues are causing major disruption and distress in Meredith’s life, Mohr claims: "Meredith is exhibiting signs of regression, both at home and in school (he is starting to have bathroom accidents throughout the day) … His behavior is deteriorating both at school and with his therapists."

  • WILLIAM SHATNER, NICK VIALL CALL A TRUCE

    William Shatner is not at all happy that Nick Viall is on Dancing with the Stars, and he wants the Bachelor star to get the boot. Shatner went on a Twitter tirade against Viall on Monday and Tuesday, urging viewers to vote off the reality star, saying, "My goal for #DWTS is to knock Bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?"

    The Star Trek actor, who said he’s watched the show "for years," doesn’t even seem to have a horse in the race, tweeting, "Whoever your favorite is - just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them." Shatner said that any fans who watched the Bachelorette season with Andi Dorfman would understand his dislike. Viall simply responded to Shatner with a sad emoji.

    Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron asked for a truce on Wednesday, wishing Shatner a happy birthday and tweeting, "Any chance I can negotiate a truce between you & @viallnicholas28 ??" Later, Bergeron joked, "If I can bring peace to this reality show I’m moving on to @Schwarzenegger & @realDonaldTrump."

    Shatner finally made peace, sort of, with Viall, offering him a virtual rose. The peace offering was accepted, with Nick wishing Shatner a belated happy 86th birthday. "Saw Nick Viall dance," Shatner said 45 minutes after extending his peace offering. "He can really dance. I hope he’s as good a lover."

  • BRAD PITT IS REKINDLING OLD FRIENDSHIPS AFTER SPLIT FROM ANGELINA

    Brad Pitt may not be quite ready to date yet, but he is taking other steps as he continues to separate his life from estranged wife Angelina Jolie, insiders tell People.

    The 53-year-old has been "in better spirits" recently after the tough split from Jolie in September. And as the two sort out their separation and a custody agreement for their six children Pitt "often has friends over" to hang out and blow off steam an insider spills.

    • Reconnecting with people seems to be energizing him, the source says: "Old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it."
    • In addition to connecting with old pals, he’s "lost a few pounds" and is spending a great deal of time pursuing his new hobby – sculpture.

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