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    Bobby Brown has broken his silence following the death of his 22-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Sunday night.  


    The singer's lawyers released a statement to People magazine on Monday


    "Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory," he said. "Our loss is unimaginable.We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl." 


    Bobbi Kristina died on July 26 while in an Atlanta hospice, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home in Roswell, Georgia on Jan. 31.


    On Monday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office announced that an autopsy would be performed to determine Brown's cause of death, though they expect the amount of time that has passed since she was found unresponsive will likely "complicate" efforts to reconstruct events.


    "Interpretation of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging," the medical examiner's office said in a statement. "However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death."


    The Roswell Police Department also announced they are continuing their investigation into Brown's death. 


     


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    Khloe Kardashian is the real deal. 


    The reality star took to Instagram to hit back at critics who were claiming that the photos from her Complex magazine spread with photographer Steven Gomillion, which appears in the August/September 2015 issue of the magazine, were digitally altered. 



    Kim Kardashian tweeted about her sister's hard work and her decision to pose for the sexy Complex spread. 





    The 31-year-old has been open about sharing her fitness regimens and health transformation with her Instagram followers. She regularly shares photos from her rigorous workout sessions and cycling classes


    "There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results," she wrote back in February. "Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul. We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone."


    Gomillion shared photos from the shoot on his Instagram, too: 




    See more from Kardashian's photo shoot over on Complex


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    If there's one thing we know to be true about Kanye West, it's that he'll let us know when he's angry. 


    In the middle of his headlining performance at Toronto's Pan Am Games on Sunday night, the hip-hop artist chucked his microphone in the air and stormed off stage after the sound cut out, according to video recorded by audience members.




    It appears the malfunction only affected sound at the event, as video of the live broadcast on Canada's CBC Olympics channel had full audio of the music and West's voice when he abruptly ended his performance of "Good Life."


    West called it quits only 10 minutes into his performance, according to SB Nation





    In a tweet, CBC Olympics confirmed that the sound malfunction was a "technical error." 


    The stunt is nothing new from the self-professed "greatest living rock star on the planet." In 2013, he stormed off stage in Tampa, Florida after taking issue with the lighting, the laser show, an LED screen and the sound of his mic. In 2004, he walked out of the American Music Awards after losing the Best New Artist award to country singer Gretchen Wilson.


    His Pan Am performance was already shrouded in controversy, the Independent noted. More than 20,000 people signed a petition asking the sporting event to remove him as a headliner and replace him with a local artist.


    "It would only be just to ask a proud Torontonian (or even a Canadian for that matter) in the music industry to perform, such as Drake, Walk Off The Earth, Feist, Metric, Shania Twain, deadmau5, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead, The Weeknd, Peaches, K'naan, and many many more!" the petition reads. "The options for Toronto artists are far from limited and choosing someone like Kanye West raises several concerns among the people."


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    Katniss Everdeen just lost some major points.


    In a new mashup of "The Hunger Games" and "Game of Thrones" from YouTuber David Elmaleh, the nation of Panem and the Seven Kingdoms collide. While you probably thought Katniss was talking about President Snow in the most recent trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," she was actually rallying against the former Lord Commander, Jon Snow.


    "Nothing good is safe while Snow's alive," she says in the video. Wait, what? Sorry, Katniss, but we're going to have to join team Jon.


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    Clear your schedules and cancel all plans, because the time has come to watch "Titanic" and "The Fifth Element" one more time, while you still can. Those are just two of the many titles expiring on Netflix in August. But don't worry, your heart will go on. A ton of new titles are coming to the streaming service next month.


    This list is tentative and subject to change. HuffPost Entertainment will attempt to keep the list as current as possible.


    Films and Specials:


    "Bad Girl Island" (Aug. 1)


    "Barbershop" (Aug. 1)


    "Beauty Shop" (Aug. 1)


    "Bulletproof" (Aug. 1)


    "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (Aug. 1)


    "Driving Miss Daisy" (Aug. 1)


    "Face/Off" (Aug. 1)


    "Fools Rush In" (Aug. 1)


    "Hawking" (Aug. 1)


    "Hot Pursuit" (Aug. 1)


    "Houseboat" (Aug. 1)


    "Inside Fendi" (Aug. 1)


    "Joe Dirt" (Aug. 1)


    "Kiss the Girls" (Aug. 1)


    "Pumping Iron" (Aug. 1)


    "The Pitch" Season 1 (Aug. 1)


    "Shooter" (Aug. 1)


    "The Fifth Element" (Aug. 1)


    "The Longest Day" (Aug. 1)


    "Titanic" (Aug. 1)


    "Unbreakable" (Aug. 1)


    "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (Aug. 1)


    "We’re No Angels" (Aug. 1)


    "The Raven" (Aug. 6)


    "Albert Nobbs" (Aug. 8) 


    "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (Aug. 23)


    "Petunia" (Aug. 25)


    "The Moth Diaries" (Aug. 27)


    TV Shows:


    "Digimon Adventure" Seasons 1-3 (Aug. 1)


    "Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld" Season 1 (Aug. 1)


    "Explorers: Adventures of the Century" Seasons 1-2 (Aug. 8)


    "Family Ties" Seasons 1-7 (Aug. 15)


    "Immortalized" Season 1 (Aug. 15)


    "The Forsyte Saga" Series 1-2 (Aug. 15)


    "My Fair Wedding" Season 5 (Aug. 24)


    "LEGO Atlantis" (Aug. 27)


    "LEGO: Hero Factory: Breakout" (Aug. 27)


    "LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows" (Aug. 27)


    "LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja" (Aug. 27)


    "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" Seasons 1-3 (Aug. 31)


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     Whitney Cummings appeared on NBC's "Today" show on Monday looking a little bit different than she usually does. 


    When the show's hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, told Cummings they hardly recognized her, she responded, "Well, I did get a new face," and joked, "I bought it on eBay." 


    Kidding aside, the 32-year-old revealed the real reason her appearance has changed


    "I did this weird thing that nobody likes to do anymore where I gained weight. I gained like 25 lbs., which I think I needed to. I was way too skinny before," she said, adding, "Here's the thing: When you're on television, you get confused. I looked like I was passing away ... and I put on, like 20 lbs. I think it filled out ... People think I got a face-lift." 


    Kotb chimed in, saying, "Yeah! That's what we thought." 


    The comic continued, "I feel like all the advice to girls nowadays is 'Lose weight! Lose weight!' They say you have to pick your ass or your face and I'm picking my face, but I hope somebody else picks the other one!" 


    And as for that new face? Well, Cummings did get one, in the form of a skincare machine she bought online called NuFace, which she thinks "looks like a sex toy."


    (Um, we'll take two.) 


    Watch the whole interview in the video above. 


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    Khloe Kardashian is catching a lot of heat for defending her 17-year-old sister Kylie Jenner's relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga. 


    "I think at 16 I was probably fucking someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn’t say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them," the 31-year-old reality star told Complex magazine for their August/September 2015 issue. "But again Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You’re not gonna say, 'Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?' and have her say, 'Having a slumber party at my girlfriend’s,' or 'Going to prom.'"


    She added, "That’s not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That’s not even what people do in their 30s. It’s a rare circumstance, so let’s treat this as a special case."


    Her justification for the relationship is somewhat surprising considering Kardashian once called her own relationship as a young teen with an older man "disgusting."


    During a 2010 appearance on "The Joy Behar Show," the star explained why she chose to include details of how she lost her virginity in her and her sisters' book Kardashian Konfidential.


    "I felt the need to put that in there because I have little sisters. And my situation was not a good situation. I was 14 years old and I was dating an 18-year-old boy, which now I look back and I think that's disgusting," Kardashian told Behar. "But then I thought I was really cool and I was dating an older guy, and I just felt cool. Basically, I got pressured into having sex -- I wasn't ready -- I barely knew my own body. I felt like if I didn't [have sex with him] I would not be cool or this guy wouldn't want to talk to me anymore." 


    Kardashian went on to say that her parents had forbidden her from seeing the guy, but she continued to sneak around for two months with him. When her parents found out she was still seeing him, she said they went "ballistic," and her father threatened to call the police, to which Behar interjected, "Statutory rape." Kardashian responded, "Yeah, no my dad went crazy on [him]." 




    Similarly, during an appearance on "The View," filmed on the same day as her appearance on "The Joy Behar Show," Kardashian again spoke of the relationship.


    "He was only, I think, 18, but [an age difference of 14 to 18] now looking back that's not a normal thing," she explained. "But I do remember when I was done, after I would say two months of secretly dating this guy, I felt so disgusted with myself." 


    Kardashian added, "I should have listened to my parents. That's the only reason why I said that publicly. Because I think little girls, teenagers, my sisters need to know; Don't let anybody pressure you, it's not worth it."


    Meanwhile, Kardashian isn't the only one in her family who seems totally okay with Kylie and Tyga's relationship. Back in February, the reality star's brother-in-law Kanye West was the first to confirm the two were dating, when he was asked if he thought the relationship was "inappropriate." 


    "I think he got in early, I think he was smart. They are closer in age than a lot of relationships that I know. I knew Tyga was smart," he told the hosts of Power 105's The Breakfast Club.  Adding, "Yeah, I can't speak on nobody's relationship."


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    Does being a male feminist affect the way men approach dating and sex? Allow Matt McGorry to answer -- at least for himself.


    On Saturday, "Pitch Perfect" actress Kether Donohue asked McGorry on Twitter whether being a male feminist has changed how he dates. The "Orange Is The New Black" actor admitted the concept was complicated.








    Never one to shy away from a public discussion about feminism, McGorry answered the question anyway in a series of 10 tweets.
































    Though having a nuanced discussion about a complex topic is certainly difficult in 140 characters (even 10 sets of them), McGorry managed to touch on a few important points:



    1. Being a male feminist means understanding and accepting a woman's sexual decisions -- whatever they might be.

    2. It also means acknowledging that any individual man or woman (feminist or not), has his or her own set of varied, sexual needs. Desire is complicated for everyone.

    3. Being a male feminist doesn't automatically make you a "good guy" to date. Even dudes who believe in gender equality can be lousy romantic partners. 

    4. And as McGorry's last tweets suggest, proudly wearing the label of "feminist" doesn't necessarily make you one. (We'd definitely call bullsh*t on anyone who calls him or herself a feminist and proceeds to be violent toward an intimate partner, as would McGorry.) But being a feminist, hopefully, comes along with some sense of how your actions might impact others.


    The short takeaway from McGorry's tweets? Basically, dating is a confusing mess for everyone. But being a feminist -- and thinking critically about how to make the world a more equitable place for people of all gender identities, races and backgrounds -- hopefully makes a person think about equality and fairness in his or her personal relationships as well.


    Those are some important thoughts about feminists, but what about the meninists? We'll let Matt answer that one, too.








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    As if we couldn't get more excited for "Fuller House," John Stamos has gone and one-upped his last Instagram post with the best news about the show. 


    On Monday, the actor posted a picture on the photo-sharing app showing his hand underneath the hand of Lori Loughlin's, aka Aunt Becky's, with the caption, "Becky and Jesse together Forever. #FullerHouse. #Netflix." 



    A photo posted by John Stamos (@johnstamos) on



    In the pic, the two are seen wearing their wedding bands, which has us feeling all giddy inside. 


    This past weekend, Stamos shared another behind-the-scenes pic from the set showing him reading his script. "Same sideburns -- different decade," he wrote. 



    A photo posted by John Stamos (@johnstamos) on



    We can't wait to see what the show has in store for this iconic TV couple. Maybe together they can convince Mary-Kate and Ashley to get on board. That would really be the best news. (We'd even settle for a cameo.)


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    Once again, Nick Viall is left broken-hearted. 


    The runner-up from Season 10 of "The Bachelorette" also became the runner-up of Season 11 when Kaitlyn Bristowe gave Shawn Booth the final rose during Monday night's finale. Booth, who was mortal enemies with Viall all season long, got down on one knee and proposed to Bristowe, who accepted and slipped a gorgeous Neil Lane diamond ring on her finger.


    "I fall more and more in love with you every time I see you. When I look at you, I see my best friend, my partner in crime, my teammate and the love of my life ... I love you so much Kaitlyn," Booth told her. 


    "I have to be honest with you and tell you the truth, and the truth is that I never want you to question what we have ever again, because I am completely yours and I will always be faithful to you," she told him in response. "And I have been waiting so long to tell you how I feel because I love you with all of my heart the way I've never loved anyone before ..." 


    And if you're curious, yes, he accepted the final rose. 


    Reports have been flying for months that Booth was this season's "winner" after Bristowe accidentally shared a Snapchat video of her and Booth in June. Still, Booth has been a frontrunner since episode one, when he took home the first impression rose.



    As for Nick Viall? Well, he looked pretty devastated during the finale when Bristowe told him he wasn't the one. "I'm sorry," she said to him, holding back tears. "The only explanation I have is that my heart is just with somebody else."


    "You knew how I felt about you ... it was more than just a moment," he said, as Bristowe tried to tell Viall her feelings for him were real. "It's not fair for you to tell me [that] what I feel you feel the same, because you don't ... You don't feel what I feel. You don't love me."


    Viall faced similar heartbreak when former "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman chose Josh Murray over him last year. (Dorfman and Murray are no longer together.) Viall famously shocked viewers across the nation when he called out Dorfman for sleeping with him in the Fantasy Suite before sending him home. Similarly, Viall was at the center of another "Bachelorette" sex scandal after he and Bristowe "got intimate" early on in the season, and openly discussed it on the show and in on-air interviews. 


    Clearly, Booth was none too pleased when he found out about Bristowe's connection with Viall, but all seems to be just fine now ... 




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    Sorry, Goose. Tom Cruise just found a new wingman.


    Cruise and Jimmy Fallon brought it to their "Tonight Show" lip sync battle on Monday, with the "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" star performing to The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" and Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" while Fallon broke out "Undercover of the Night" by The Rolling Stones. That was all great, but the highlight of the night came when Fallon enlisted Cruise's help for the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and the pair went into the danger zone, reenacting the famous "Top Gun" scene by lip-serenading an audience member.


    It was a "Lip Sync Battle" for the history books, and definitely a close second to Cruise's "Risky Business" dance, which the star even teased at one point. (The pants stayed on this time, though.)


    "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.


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    In the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death at the hands of six Baltimore police officers in April, the city experienced continuous protests.

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    Director Dennis Dugan knows his film collaborations with longtime friend Adam Sandler aren't always a hit with critics -- but that doesn't mean he has to agree with them.


    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dugan defended himself and Sandler from the critical onslaught they've faced for the better part of a decade.


    "I don't give a f**k what [critics] think," he said. "I give a f**k that almost every one of my movies opens up number one and makes a giant profit for the studio, and people buy them, rent them, quote them and have a good time seeing them."


    After frustration with reviews for his early films, Dugan swore off reading them entirely. Still, he had some choice words for "Grown Ups" haters in the THR interview, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of his film "Problem Child."


    "To hate 'Grown Ups' is just ludicrous," Dugan said. "It's a funny movie. We didn't mean it to be anything else but a hang-out movie, where you go sit down and get a lot of laughs from a bunch of guys just hanging out."


    Dugan and Sandler have worked together on eight films, including "Happy Gilmore," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," "Jack and Jill" and both "Grown Ups" movies. The director also said that a third "Grown Ups" installment has been discussed, though he doesn't "know where that stands." To date, Dugan's films have grossed over $1 billion.


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    If you didn't watch Monday night's Season 11 finale of "The Bachelorette," that's totally fine because we've known for more than a month that Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth. 


    Back in June, the 30-year-old posted a Snapchat story that showed her and Booth in bed together, leading many to correctly believe he was  the winner, and complain that Bristowe had effectively spoiled the season.  


    Of course, even with that Snapchat story, viewers wouldn't know that her choice would ultimately be between Booth and Nick Viall, who gave audiences the realest breakup the show has ever seen. Nor did fans know that Bristowe would accept Booth's proposal. 


    When Bristowe and Booth stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Monday night, they finally addressed the Snapchat snafu. 


    "I actually felt really bad," Bristowe said. "We both felt really bad." 


    Booth explained they were sending Snapchat photos to the producers, but later realized the photos weren't as private as they thought. 


    "I pick up my phone to go on Twitter, and there’s hundreds of pictures of my stupid face laying in bed with her. I started having a panic attack. I couldn't even breathe," he said.


    Bristowe chimed in explaining the couple's fraught experience: "He's like 'I did something really bad.' And I'm like, 'You idiot! You Snapchatted a picture of us?' And then he’s like looking [and said], 'You did it!’ And we went to full panic mode."


    Kimmel went on to say that that ABC, who declined to comment to any media outlet when the incident happened, was "very, very mad" at Bristowe. 



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    Donald Trump wasn't always so sure he wanted to run for president.


    Long before The Donald officially kicked off his polarizing2016run and became the Republican frontrunner, Oprah asked the business tycoon about his political aspirations on a 1988 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."  Trump had originally appeared on the show to promote a new book and discuss his life as a businessman, but the conversation soon turned toward foreign policy and how Trump would take a tougher stance with America's allies.


    "I'd make our allies pay their fair share. We're a debtor nation; something's going to happen over the next number of years in this country, because you can't keep going on losing $200 billion," he said on "The Oprah Show" back then. "We let Japan come in and dump everything right into our markets... They come over here, they sell their cars, their VCRs. They knock the hell out of our companies. And, hey, I have tremendous respect for the Japanese people. I mean, you can respect somebody that's beating the hell out of you, but they are beating the hell out of this country. Kuwait, they live like kings… and yet, they're not paying. We make it possible for them to sell their oil. Why aren't they paying us 25 percent of what they're making? It's a joke."



    The rant prompted Oprah to ask the question that people would ask for the next few decades.


    "This sounds like political, presidential talk to me," she said. "I know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run; would you ever?" 


    "Probably not," Trump responded. "But I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off… I just don't think I have the inclination to do it."


    Of course, he couldn't help but hedge.


    "If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what's happening with this country," Trump said. "We're really making other people live like kings, and we're not."


    He wasn't interested in running for president back then, but that didn't stop the mogul from predicting how he'd fare if he did enter the race.


    "I think I'd win," Trump said. "I'll tell you what: I wouldn't go in to lose."


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    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week.


    The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Carey will get the 2,556th star on Aug. 5. Guest speakers will include directors Lee Daniels and Brett Ratner, as well as Epic Records CEO and longtime Carey collaborator L.A. Reid.


    Carey is one of the most successful acts in music. She has 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sold millions of albums and won a number of awards, including five Grammys.


    She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including "Vision of Love," "Hero" and "We Belong Together."


     


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    By the time I turned 30, I had written 17 episodes of an iconic television show ("Lizzie McGuire"), been nominated for two Emmys, had an agent, a manager and a size-6 body that I could cram into all sorts of fun outfits.

    By the time I turned 35, I was near-broke, hadn't had a writing job in 18 months and was working the front desk of the spinning gym that I had formerly been a customer at.

    "Drugs?" one of the clients asked me.

    Had I been inhaling too much of the shoe disinfectant? Excuse me?

    "Someone told me you used to be a TV writer. And now you work here. Was it cocaine?"

    I handed her a towel and smiled. "Nope," I told her, "I never earned cocaine money."

    She waited, hoping that I would spill my secret to my failure. Con artist boyfriend? Affair with the married boss? Pyramid scheme?

    "Have a nice day," I told her, and helped the next client in line.

    The years 2006-2009 were a vast wasteland of work. There was a manager who gave me the overall note "rewrite it for Ashton Kutcher." There was the agent who got offended at an abortion joke in a script and stop returning phone calls. My bosses who had previously hired me were out of work themselves. There was the Writers' Strike. A perfect shitstorm.

    Still, I was lucky. I had just married my husband. I had insurance. We had a cheap place to live, even if it was in a moldering, mouse-infested apartment under our landlady who was a hoarder.

    But I was no longer a professional TV writer.

    Total Number of Writers Reporting Earnings in 2009: 4522
    Total Number of TV Writers Reporting Earnings in 2009: 3166
    (Source: WGA 2014 Financial Report)


    I scoured the Internet for writing jobs. Entertainment Careers, eLance, Craigslist. I submitted bids, took writing tests. I scored a ghostwriting gig which had me churning out a book in eight weeks. I wrote a comic book for a Nigerian billionaire who took eight weeks to pay me $200 because he was waiting for investors. I wrote press releases for a bipolar business owner on a drug binge  --  he did have cocaine money, though always had an excuse why he couldn't pay me.

    I felt like a failure. I probably looked like a failure. Let's just say I was a failure. But with every new humiliation, at least you're writing.

    I continued to blog. I got a Twitter account. I got on Tumblr. I heard that a network executive thought I was "girl funny" but couldn't write for boys. In retaliation, I wrote a spec script called "Max & Trevor" about two teen dorks who just want to touch a boob. I didn't have representation. I emailed it to the last few people I knew, who patted me on the head and said nice job. I knew it was a long shot, so I tucked it away and went back to spraying rented spinning shoes. You'd think that people who earned enough money to pay $20 a spinning class would cough up $100 to purchase their own pair of spin shoes, but you'd be wrong. Instead for $2 they'd rent shoes, which were like bowling shoes that someone had run a marathon in.

    My old "Lizzie McGuire" boss called me up and asked me if I was still doing "that Internet thing." During my years on "Lizzie" I had been blogging, and was always being dragged into meetings regarding Lizzie's digital presence. "Yes, I am," I told him. "I may have something for you," he responded.

    The project was called "Valemont," and he wanted me to write all of the online material, as well as an ARG. I nodded. I could totally do that.

    When I went home, I googled what an ARG was.

    I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew that I had about eight to 12 weeks to figure it out, quick. I worked 12 hours a day. When the project went live, I worked 15 to 18 hours a day.

    My boss sent my work to an agent he knew. He passed. My boss' assistant said she knew a manager who was looking for new clients. I got a meeting. The manager worked for herself. There was no fancy office, no plush carpets and walls of thick glass, no assistant whose heels clicked over the marble as she offered you a bottle of water.

    She had read "Max & Trevor," a script I never expected anyone to see. She wanted to represent me. I said yes.

    "Valemont" won awards for the online component. I was asked to speak at conferences at MIT, in New York, in Sweden.

    I was still unemployed.

    I worked on a couple of more online projects. While I had the contacts, my manager made me a deal that was much better than the one I would have made on my own.

    I continued to write.

    I got a meeting at a production company who had was waiting to hear about a show pickup at Nickelodeon. The show got picked up. The exec told us it was a long shot. The EP was hiring most of the people he knew from other projects.

    I got a meeting.

    The EP told me he read five pages of my script, then put it down, knowing that he had already decided to meet me. When he was done going through the slush pile, he told me I went back to your script because I wanted to see how it would end.

    I got the job on "How to Rock."

    "How to Rock" ended and then I got a consulting job on "House of Anubis."

    I got an email  --  a producer friend of mine was reading my Twitter and thought I was funny  -- was I interested in appearing on the Brit List on BBC?

    I developed with Disney Animation and Cartoon Network. I pitched shows to Amazon, to Dreamworks Animation, to Disney Channel, to Nickelodeon. I had a project optioned at Hasbro. I worked at Mattel on Monster High and DC Superhero Girls. A producer brought me a book that I adapted into a screenplay pitch that has a production company on board. I developed a movie with my old "Lizzie McGuire" EP and Disney Interactive. I punched up friend's pilots. I have a super-secret project that is about to be pitched that may have everyone flipping their collective lid.

    But none of these things could end up happening. Because life.

    There is an arbitrary line in the sand that we give ourselves:

    By [age] I will have figured out [giant, important thing.

    By 26 I will have figured out my career.

    By 32 I will have figured out my love life.

    By 41 I will have figured out my health.

    This is a mathematical equation that is near-impossible to solve. Because all of the big stuff: work, love, health, involves hard work, yes, but it also needs a little bit of luck to make it through. (It bears noting that a heaping spoonful of privilege -- that I, as a cis white woman have -- also helps a ton.)

    Total Number of Writers Reporting Earnings in 2014: 4899
    Total Number of TV Writers Reporting Earnings in 2014: 3888
    (Source: WGA 2014 Financial Report)


    This is far from a cautionary tale. Partly because my tale is far from over and partly because there wasn't really anything that I could have done to pull out of the nosedive that my career took in the mid-2000s. It was a Rube Goldbergian series of unfortunate events that landed me in a dark cubby spraying rented spin shoes for the 1 percent.

    William Goldman famously said about the entertainment industry that nobody knows anything. They still don't. The only thing you can do is do the work. Write like nobody's watching. Because chances are they aren't.

    Until they are.

    Anyone who says they've got it all figured out is just trying to make you feel bad. And there are enough people in the world who want to make you feel like shit. Don't help them.


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    Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, 71, still likes to wake and bake.


    But he's fussy about where the weed comes from.


    "I smoke regularly, an early morning joint. Strictly Californian," The Independent reports the musician told Mojo magazine for its September issue.





    Richards, who is currently promoting his solo album "Crosseyed Heart," also remarked on the spread of marijuana legalization in the United States.


    "One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America where it goes, green ... green ... green ... green," The Independent reports he said. "Whether it’s a good thing in the long run, I don’t know."


    Richards has a well-documented history of drug use, but wrote in his 2010 autobiography, Life, that he'd given up the hard stuff: "People think I’m still a goddamn junkie. It’s 30 years since I gave up the dope! Image is like a long shadow. Even when the sun goes down, you can see it."


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    Tyrese Gibson's new album "Black Rose" may be No. 1 right now, but that doesn't seem to be helping him get any airplay. 


    TMZ released a video in which the 36-year-old explains his qualms with mainstream radio stations, calling out DJs like Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran for not playing his latest single, "Shame."


    "I got an issue with mainstream radio right now," he said. "I don't create limits for myself so I don't appreciate mainstream [radio] not playing my song." 


    He then goes on to say that when artists like Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith release a song, it gets played across all channels, including "urban" stations. 


    "If I'm No. 1 ... my song deserves to be heard by the world," he continued. 


    Last week the singer penned an open letter (published on Facebook) to Seacrest and Duran expressing these same sentiments.


    "How is it possible that urban radio plays Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith when they release R&B soul records and when we're singing in the EXACT same genre, WE don't get ANY love on the other side ... ??" he wrote. 


    "Do you have any idea how HARD it is to get your songs ON urban radio? Or to land a BET nomination? We have to work our ASSES OFF for every spin!" Tyrese continued, noting that his tune "Shame," featuring Jennifer Hudson, deserved to be heard worldwide.


    "I won't stop or rest until we get there ... ‪#‎King‬," he finished.


    You can read the letter in its entirety below. 



    Open letter to Mr Ryan Seacrest of Kiss FM and Mr Elvis Duran of Z-100. Since you don't want to respond, let's turn...

    Posted by Tyrese Gibson on Saturday, July 18, 2015

    While we definitely see where Tyrese is coming from -- who wouldn't want want their song played on mainstream radio? -- a look at the playlists at both stations (Z-100 and KIIS FM) he named shows they do play music by black artists (Omarion, OMI, and Wiz Khalifa among them). "Hit" stations like the two mentioned do seem to cater to specific audiences who seem to love the same 10 songs (ugh) no matter what else gets released, though, which can be difficult to break into as an artist trying to get their song on the radio. 


    But at least Tyrese can rest happy knowing he has a No. 1 single on his hands, which he got without the help of mainstream radio. Some airplay would surely be appreciated, though.



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    Did John Stamos manage to guilt trip Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen into appearing on the upcoming "Full House" reboot, aptly titled "Fuller House?" 


    Maybe. 


    Stamos first publicly called "bullshit" on the sisters after they told Women's Wear Daily they weren't in the loop regarding the new show. The discord didn't last long, however, as the actor soon tweeted he worked things out after he had a "sweet talk" with Mary-Kate -- though he was unable to convince the twins to sign on. Still, the idea of a "Full House" reunion without the original Michelle Tanner apparently left Stamos, who is also producing the series, "#heartbroken." It turns out that all of this prodding might have been enough to convince the Olsen twins to make an appearance on the series. 


    Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos offered a sliver of hope to reporters at the  Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday, saying the Olsens were "teetering" on their decision to appear on the show: 





    "There’s a bunch of opportunity for them if they choose to. But they’re not in the current creative," Sarandos added. 


    Executive producer Robert L. Boyett had previously confirmed that the twins would not be appearing when he released a statement in May


    As the sisters "teeter" with their decisions, the rest of the original cast of the ABC series have signed on to reprise their roles on the Netflix reboot, which will focus on Candace Cameron Bure's D.J. Tanner, who is now a widow with three kids.


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