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  1. Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs.

    Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of "San Andreas" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles in May. While speaking to TV critics Thursday about his HBO series "Ballers," Johnson was asked to comment on the tape of Hulk Hogan making racist comments. Johnson, also a former pro wrestler, said he was "disappointed" when he heard about Hogan's remarks, but also said the comments didn't match his personal history with him. [Associated Press]
  2. Hulk Hogan also used homophobic language in leaked sex tape, according to reports


    The blows keep coming for Hulk Hogan.

    The National Enquirer is reporting that in the audio of a sex tape where Hogan — whose real name is Terry Bollea — can be heard making racial slurs about black people, the professional wrestler also made a homophobic statement.

    The National Enquirer is reporting that former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, made a homophobic statement on a sex tape that is at the heart of a suit he has filed against gossip website Gawker. [Associated Press] (2012)] 
  3. Do not trust this woman — ever

    Pop Culture

    A series started earlier this summer about a tortured antihero operating in a corrupt world of immense psychic violence. Before you shout, "I have seen that one before! And before and before," let me stop you: You have not. Lifetime's UnReal (Mondays at 10 p.m.) is a scripted drama set behind the scenes of a …

    In Unreal, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) manipulates a reality show’s contestants.
  4. Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ATLANTA — The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.

     In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Brown, who was in hospice after months of receiving medical care, died on Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)
  5. Hulk Hogan apologizes after recording surfaces of him using racial slurs


    The Hulk Hogan brand has survived, even thrived, years of bleached hair, fake tans, choreographed fights, chemically enhanced muscles, reality television, a sex tape and a nasty lawsuit with a gossip website.

    Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, seems to have been scrubbed from World Wrestling Entertainment's websites. [Times (2012)]
  6. 'Bachelorette' Kaitlyn kayos the slut shamers

    Pop Culture

    A few weeks ago, I described The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe as "revolutionary" for her frank, unapologetic attitude toward sex on a show that had historically treated the word as taboo, and her remarkable ability to act like a normal person (i.e., sometimes be a total mess) while juggling multiple …

    It has taken 30 seasons, but
Kaitlyn Bristowe has finally gotten The Bachelorette to acknowledge that in modern times, sex typically comes long before marriage. She even dared to sleep with her suitors before meeting their parents. Can you imagine it?
  7. Armpit hair to dye for (w/video)

    Human Interest

    Destiny Moreno, who is 17, drove to a Sally Beauty Supply near her Seattle home last September with a newly hatched plan. She peppered a grandmotherly employee with questions about hair bleaches, developers and dyes, and the woman asked matter-of-factly if she were coloring her hair. "I was like, 'Oh, I'm dyeing my …

    Destiny Moreno, left, put her armpit hair in a YouTube video. Roxie Hunt is a co-founder of the Free Your Pits website.
  8. Put on 'Bolero': Bo Derek is back.

    Pop Culture

    Bo Derek says she's never been that ambitious when it comes to her acting career. "I wish I had made other movies," she says. "I turned down a lot more money than I ever made. But at the same time, would I be who I am now and happy? I have the best friends."

    Bo Derek, who is now 58, is one of the stars in Sharknado 3, which premieres Wednesday night on Syfy.
  9. Ellen Pao: The trolls, for now, are winning the battle for the Internet (w/video)

    Human Interest

    I have just endured one of the largest trolling attacks in history. And I have just been blessed with the most astonishing human responses to that attack.

  10. Tom Cruise does some scary stunts in Mission: Impossible


    On a chilly British day last fall, Tom Cruise clung to the outside of an Airbus A400 military aircraft as it waited on the tarmac. The director and crew members from his new movie, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, were huddled inside the plane, preparing for a hugely risky stunt.

    A stunt man? Maybe. Tom Cruise likes to do his own stunts.   (Paramount Pictures)