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'Orange Is the New Black’ writer divorces husband, dates Samira Wiley

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Sometimes you realize, oh wait, I’m a lesbian.

Such was the case with Lauren Morelli, who writes about gay characters on the prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black.

The screenwriter was feeling rather unsatisfied with her budding marriage, according to an essay she penned for Mic in which she revealed she’d much rather read a book than sleep with her new husband.  Then, one day, after exploring her sexuality through her work, Morelli discovered she too prefers the company of ladies.

“The sound stage for Orange, where we proudly employ what has to be at least 64% of lesbians in the New York City metro area, is not a place where you can shy away from women or sexuality,” she wrote.

Morelli explained that bringing to life the series’ main character Piper (Taylor Schilling) and her ex-girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon) helped her come to this surprising conclusion just months after marrying her then-husband, Steve Basilone.

“I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set,” the writer revealed. “I am now out to my family, my friends, and most of my co-workers on Orange.”

Plus the entire Internet. …

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Kanye West stops Australia concert to demand kid in wheelchair stand up

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And now we have one more reason to miss the days when Kanye West’s jaw was wired shut.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Kardashian was performing in Sydney on Friday when he stopped everything and asked the audience to get up and dance.

“I’ve decided I can’t do this song. I can’t do this show until everybody stands up,” West said. “Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s---. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that. No, seriously — I won’t go on with the show unless y’all stand up.”

From there, things escalated quickly.

West remained uncomfortably steadfast in his request, to the tune of singling out audience members and demanding they rise to honor their Lord thy Kanye. The first concertgoer held up her prosthetic leg to prove that she does, in fact, “get special parking and s---,” to which West replied, “Okay, you fine.” …

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Miss New York Kira Kazantsev is your new Miss America, which is still a thing

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In case you missed it, and we sort of hope you did, the woman chosen to represent us from sea to shining sea for the next year is this blonde chick from New York: Kira Kazantsev.

Yes, the Empire State continues to dominate the Miss America pageant or scholarship competition or whatever you want to call it; Miss New York has now won three years in a row.

For the talent portion of Sunday’s show, Kazantsev, a 23-year-old law student, California native (isn’t that cheating or something?) and daughter of Russian immigrants, somehow managed to charm the judges by combining two of the most loathed musical trends of present day, singing Pharrell’s Happy while banging a red plastic cup on the floor, a la Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect. For this she won a $50,000 scholarship.

“It’s not your average Miss America talent in terms of singing Broadway tunes or opera,” the beauty queen told the New York Post before the competition. “I’m sticking to what I can do.”

Brave? Yes. Good? Not exactly. Nevertheless, Kazantsev was easy enough on the eyes that the ears managed to forgive. …

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Did Jay Z announce Beyonce pregnancy to close On the Run tour?

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Wait, did Jay Z just announce that Beyonce is pregnant with their second child?

That’s sure what it sounded like when the couple wrapped up their On the Run tour in the City of Light over the weekend.

“We love Paris,” said Jay Z, 44. “It’s special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived,” the rapper said of 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. So it seems fitting this is where they’d drop the hint — or just straight up tell everyone — that they’re expecting.

During his song Beach Is Better, Jay switched the line “I replace it with another one” to “pregnant with another one.” Social media went cray, naturally. Then the couple, who have been dogged by divorce rumors for months, put on an onstage lovefest to close out the tour.

“I’m your biggest fan. I love you,” said a teary-eyed Beyonce, 33.

Jay Z replied: “Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She’s my wife.”

The Paris show was being filmed for an HBO special to air in September, so now we’re obligated to watch.

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Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in London

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Look what Amy Winehouse got for her 31st birthday: a bronze statue in her Camden Town neighborhood of north London. The singer, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27, is portrayed with her signature beehive and touches of diffidence.

Winehouse’s father Mitch said Sunday it was “incredibly emotional” to see the statue he helped design.

“It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time,” he told the Associated Press.

The statue, created by sculptor Scott Eaton, shows Winehouse wearing a star of David necklace and a live red rose in her hair. Eaton told the BBC that the statue captured her “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity.”

“The hand on the hip, the turn of the head, the grabbing of the skirt, the turned in foot — these are all small elements that contribute to the personality of the piece,” he said.

Both of Winehouse’s parents and hundreds of fans attended the unveiling. …

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'Married... With Children' cast reunites to honor Katey Sagal

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Look who’s getting the gang back together!

Cue Frank Sinatra’s Love and Marriage, for the cast of Married… With Children reunited this week to honor everyone’s favorite hardcore mom, Katey Sagal. TV’s most dysfunctional family was front and center when the Sons of Anarchy actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. Sons actor Charlie Hunnum was also on hands to celebrate.

Al (Ed O’Neill) Peg (Sagal), Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino) say they’re still close after all these years, and after listening to their remarks, wethinks there may just be a reunion of sorts in the works. Pretty much because Applegate almost completely spilled every single one of the beans.

Sagal told E! News that a reunion has been on the brain since the iconic Fox show that ran for 11 seasons signed off in 1997.

“We’ve talked about it every year, but then there are so many pieces that have to be in alignment that for some reason it never happens,” she revealed. “But we love each other. Well, we’re all working now, so it’s hard to find the time!”

For her part, Applegate isn’t too thrilled about reliving the glory days. …

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Liv Tyler pregnant with second child

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Liv Tyler’s large yet snug overalls have quite the tale to tell: There’s no more hiding it, try as she may. The Leftovers actress is expecting her second child, E! News reports. Tyler is mom to 9-year-old son Milo William Langdon with ex-husband Royston Langdon.

While Tyler’s rep is staying mum, E! confirmed the news with multiple sources the same day the 37-year-old Armageddon actress stepped out in New York sporting a sizable baby bump that even overalls and a jacket couldn’t conceal.

So who’s the lucky guy? Why David Beckham’s good friend Dave Gardner. On Tuesday, Tyler dined with co-star Justin Theroux and Beckham at Il Buco in NYC. Open leaving, she hid the baby proof with a long cream coat.

The couple were set up by mutual supermodel friend Kate Moss.

“They get on very well and are really enjoying spending time together,” an insider revealed. “He flies to New York mostly to see her and they feel very comfortable together. He is very charismatic and a real gentleman and she appreciates that about him.”

Gardner has two kids with his ex, English actress Davinia Taylor. They were married for seven years and split in 2010. Upgrade!

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VIDEO: Sara Gilbert announces pregnancy with Linda Perry to 'The Talk' co-hosts on air

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Sara Gilbert is with child!

The Talk co-host announced on her show Tuesday that she’s pregnant. And it sort of seemed staged until her fellow flappers of jaw absolutely lost it.

Here’s how it all went down: During a segment of the show, Gilbert said she couldn’t take part in a dare in which she would have had to lie down on a bed of nails and have a concrete block broken on her stomach.

“I really do believe in facing your fears and doing things that make you uncomfortable, but I actually can’t do the dare because I’m pregnant,” Gilbert revealed.

Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood acted like the human race’s survival depended on this unborn child and flipped out, even picking Gilbert up by her torso, which also seems less than safe.

This will be the Roseanne alum’s first baby with musician wife Linda Perry. She has two kids with her ex, TV producer Allison Adler. Gilbert, 39, married Perry, 49, in March after three years of dating.

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Quick, how many fingers does Mel Brooks have?

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For a second there, we really thought Mel Brooks had 11 fingers all this time and we just didn’t know. That’s how realistic the enhancement on his left hand looked when he left his mark in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday.

“I wanted to do something just a little different. I didn’t know what,” the multihyphenate told Conan O’Brien later that day. “So — I got another finger.”

O’Brien couldn’t help but cackle. “Look at that! That is so realistic! That’s fantastic!”

When Brooks arrived in 1950s Hollywood, he checked out all the handprints and footprints outside the Chinese Theatre. “I saw all these, you know, Carole Lombard and George Raft and Clark Gable and you know, Vivian Blaine — I don’t know what she was doing … anyway there was a lot of people there. And I was thrilled. And today … today I was honored, literally, honored by the Chinese Theatre asking me to put my hands and feet, my name and date, in cement alongside all these great stars. Legends,” he continued. “And I am now part of it.”

The ceremony was planned to coincide with Tuesday’s 40th-anniversary release of Young Frankenstein on Blu-ray. …

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Apparently Miley Cyrus is a designer now

Why do they encourage her?

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Why do they encourage her?

Watch out, world. Miley Cyrus has unleashed her very own handmade accessories, and poof, now she’s a designer — a designer at New York Fashion Week. #unfair

Cyrus debuted her collection of neon jewelry crafted from children’s alphabet beads, what appear to be toys from one of those coin-operated dispensers you find at Countryside Lanes, and other horribly tacky items that, quite frankly, hurt our eyes so deeply our brain will probably hurt for days.

These, um, creations, were integrated into Jeremy Scott’s show on Wednesday in downtown Manhattan.

“We live really close to each other in L.A, and she had a little party and I came over,” Scott told the Associated Press. “And she started showing me these things she was making, and I said 'Wow, this kind of looks like my collection — it’s colorful and stream-of-consciousness and everything just kind of goes and somehow works. I was like, 'Oh my god this looks so cool, would you think about doing something?’ And she said absolutely. And then the next day I sent her a text and said I was dead serious about the jewelry for the show, if you’re into it. And she was like, 'I thought you were joking, I’m so happy!’ … She made everything herself.” …

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Surprise! Ashley Tisdale is married

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Jazz hands at the ready, errbody. It’s time to burst into song and dance, for High School Musical alum Ashley Tisdale just got married. The Disney star secretly wed fiance Christopher French on Monday, confirming the news on social media.

“Best night of my life!” Tisdale captioned an Instagram of the newlyweds. “Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014.”

The affair was so clandestine, no one seems to know where the ceremony went down, but the reception looked lovely. One big detail we do know: Best friend forever and HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgens was one of Tisdale’s bridesmaids.

The 29-year-old actress and her musician beau got engaged a little over a year ago on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building. “Best night of my life,” Tisdale tweeted back then. “We’re on top of the world.” French sealed the deal with a gorgeous cushion-cut diamond ring in a double-halo setting.

“I think from the moment that him and I met, I just knew it,” Tisdale bragged in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest in December. “I was like, 'Okay this is the guy,’ and he knew the same thing. It doesn’t get any better. I just can’t explain it.”

This is the first marriage for both.

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Fran Drescher marries inventor

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She’s the lady in red when everyone else is wearing tan.

No, seriously. When Fran Drescher married inventor-entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai on Sunday, she was glowing in a red Badgley Mischka gown.

“Surprise!!!!! We got married!” The Nanny star tweeted Sunday along with a photo of herself and her MIT lecturer husband. “I married my warrior princess @frandrescher who my mom in God’s great Heaven sent,”  Ayyadurai tweeted. “Be The Light - Know the Truth - Find Your Way.”

The Bombay-born Ayyadurai, 50, who is widely credited for inventing email in his teens, wore a Ralph Lauren suit, according to People.

The 56-year-old bombshell, who we’d kill to look like at age not-quite-30, played the tight dress-loving nanny on the CBS sitcom. Her on-screen husband, Charles Shaugnessey, was in attendance at the couple’s beachfront home.

“The secret’s out! Congratulations to my darling @frandrescher and @va_shiva May you enjoy this lifetime and many more,” he tweeted along with a photo of himself with the bride, who was wearing a bindi in keeping with Hindu tradition.

The couple met a year ago when Ayyadurai spoke at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra, according to the Huffington Post. …

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Beyonce and Jay Z crash wedding in Italy

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Not to be outdone by the Tisdales and Dreschers of the world, a bikini-clad Beyonce decided to headline wedding weekend when she crashed a young couple’s nuptials while on vacation in Portofino, Italy, on Saturday. We hope the invites said casual.

The Flawless singer posed for photos with the flower-crowned bride, who we must say looked outstanding. Seriously, is that Kate Middleton? Sheesh.

Okay, back to the Flash-Tattooed Queen Bey. (Won’t those things give her gnarly tan lines? Just asking.) She and husband Jay Z are in Italy to celebrate Yonce’s 33rd birthday and to enjoy a little R&R before their Paris On the Run tour dates later this month. They brought along daughter Blue Ivy, 2, and their moms Gloria Carter and Tina Knowles. Presh.

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Thank you, Joan Rivers, for a lifetime of laughs

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Joan Rivers -- trailblazing comedian, fashion icon, lover of controversy and incomparably vibrant star -- died today at age 81.

The Fashion Police host was undergoing outpatient throat surgery in New York last Thursday when she suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest. She was rushed to Manhattan’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, where she spent a week "resting comfortably" on life support.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."

Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers' grandson, "have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." …

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Behold: 'Girls' actress Allison Williams as Peter Pan

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NBC has released its first photo of Allison Williams as Peter Pan, and it’s eerily similar to the Instagram she shared of her pint-sized self dressed up as the pea-green boy who won’t grow up, which, on the day her casting was announced, she captioned, “I’ve been rehearsing for a VERY long time.”

On the Today show Wednesday, the Girls actress and daughter of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said she’s fully committed to playing the part, so much so that she was willing to chop off her locks.

“I sort of very tentatively offered to cut my hair. I was like, 'You know, if it’s a thing that would help I could cut my hair,’ and they were like, 'You’re welcome to do that, we’re still gonna put you in a wig.’ ”

Peter Pan Live! executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have naturally called Williams a “major find” for their newest live special.

“She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities,” they said.

The musical will air on Dec. 4.

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