Kourtney Kardashian claps back at critics of her birthday party approach
Oof, welcome to mom-shaming Monday … Kourtney Kardashian kicked off the week of Nov. 18 in defensive mode (once again) after the latest "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" episode focused on a fight between Kourtney and Kim Kardashian West about what would be served at their daughters' Candyland-themed birthday party. Basically, Kourtney wanted to offer birthday healthy options like salad and organic treats at Penelope Disick and North West's joint birthday bash. Kim, meanwhile, made a stink about the "buzzkill" notion of sending a kid to a Candyland-themed party [where] there's no candy." On the episode, which Kris Jenner previewed over the weekend on her Instagram Story (via E! News), Kourtney can be seen offering candy from a hidden supply in her house to Kim and Khloe Kardashian. "You guys fill yourselves up with the biggest, number one cause of aging. Don't you just feel it when you eat that, that it sucks the life and youthfulness out of your skin?" she taunts her sisters. At another point in the teaser, Kourtney snaps that there are healthier options that could be served, telling Kim, "There's candies that are not disgusting and filled with chemicals," to which Kim snaps, "It's not f—ing gluten-free land." Although Kourtney eventually concedes and allows candy to be served at the party — and Kim eventually agrees the candy options may have been too much — fans and critics continued to slam Kourtney on Twitter on Sunday night and Monday morning. "… Do u not understand just walking outside and breathing the air can give u diseases, U CANT CONTROL THAT. Ur such a walking contradiction," wrote one user. "That absolutely does not mean that you can not do your best to live a healthy life and teach your children to do the same.#KUWTK," Kourt replied. Another tweet read, "You can't have a candyland themed party without candy….smh," prompting Kourtney to clarify her intentions: "I never said NO candy. I said not all junk food, let's have some salads etc, and said she wanted the ice cream truck and I suggested organic ice cream with some non dairy options. Moderation…," she wrote, adding in another response that she was "shocked" people are unaware of "how harmful" certain foods can be. A third user tweeted that they hoped Kourtney would leave "KUWTK." Finally, Kourtney found some fans who were on her side and retweeted their sentiments. "Girl, don't spend your time arguing about how or not you should take care of your children," wrote one supporter. "They're YOUR children. YOU'RE their mother. you're the person who knows the most in the world how they should be educated. if you want them to have a healthier life, so be it."
Keep reading for the latest on Kim Kardashian's inmate advocacy work …
Kim Kardashian West recalls 'emotional' moment Rodney Reed learned his execution had been stayed
In a new interview with "Today," Kim Kardashian West describes the "extremely emotional" moment when she told death-row inmate Rodney Reed his execution, scheduled for Nov. 20, had been stayed. "When we got the news, it was just this overwhelming sigh of relief and hope that really filled the room," Kim recalled (via Page Six). "It was emotional. It was extremely emotional, and he said, 'Praise Jesus.' … I could just feel his soul when he said that." Kim's been advocating for Rodney, whose 1996 conviction for the murder of Stacey Stites in Texas has come under fire in recent years due to seeming racial bias on the part of the jury that convicted him, an alleged confession of guilt Stacey's fiance for her murder, signed affidavits from witnesses who heard him imply he killed her, inconsistencies in the fiance's alibi for where he was the night of her murder and forensic evidence indicating Rodney's guilt would be "medically and scientifically impossible," according to The Innocence Project. "When someone has been through so much trauma and so much disappointment in their life that, especially when they feel like they haven't been heard, you can imagine still a sense of disbelief," said Kim, who's been working in the realm of criminal justice reform and prisoner's rights for the past year. Rodney was given a 120-day reprieve by a court of appeals following widespread support from celebrities and politicians.
Taylor Swift vs. Big Machine update: Scooter Braun is reportedly frustrated with Scott Borchetta
As Taylor Swift continues to hit back at Big Machine Records for allegedly blocking her from including songs from her back catalog in her American Music Awards performance and Netflix special, E! News reports the label's new owner, Scooter Braun, has issues with the way Taylor's music is being handled. "Scooter is frustrated because his name is being dragged in the mud," a source tells the outlet. "He doesn't run Big Machine or have operational control of company. He hasn't taken part in these negotiations." Taylor recently shared an appeal to friends and fans about the situation, asking for their help in convincing Big Machine that she should have access to use her old music. Big Machine responded last week by denying it ever told Taylor she couldn't perform her old songs. Taylor's rep, in turn, responded with this statement to E!: "The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift's team the following: 'Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects: The Netflix documentary and The Alibaba Double Eleven event.'" The statement continued: "To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album Lover at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement. In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine's statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post…. Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years."
Jennifer Lopez says she didn't get paid to star in 'Hustlers'
Jennifer Lopez says she took a major pay cut on "Hustlers," as in … she got paid nada. "I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," J.Lo says in a video pegged to GQ's new cover story. "I did it for free and produced it. Like Jenny from the Block — I do what I love." She went on to explain how the all-star cast-led movie "became a movement," telling GQ's Men of the Year issue: "This is our movie, where we run s—-. They know it's all women producers, woman director, woman writer, all women starring in it. We've been watching men take advantage of women in movies for a long time, so it was a fun ride to see the tables turned."
Read on to find out how Michael Avenatti reacted to the latest political "SNL" spoof …
Michael Avenatti responds to Pete Davidson's impression of him on 'SNL'
In the wake of this past weekend's "Days of Our Lives"-meets-Donald Trump impeachment inquiry spoof on "Saturday Night Live," it was Pete Davidson's take on Michael Avenatti that a lasting impression in real-life — or, at least, on the Twitter version thereof. Avenatti, who represented Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against the president, apparently caught the "SNL" skit and promptly incorporated it into his social media, adding a line in his Twitter bio that reads, "Not that LOSER Pete Davidson on SNL" and a tweet in which he made fun of a previous "SNL"-related tweet from Trump (via Deadline). "Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!" Avenatti tweeted after the show aired. "Question is, how does that total loser Pete Davidson save his dieing [sic] mediocre career by playing me and get away with these total Democratic hit jobs without retribution? This is the real quid pro quo. Investigate!!!" He later made a point of noting the various career achievements he'd racked up prior to repping Daniels, tweeting a run-down of milestones from between 2007 and 2017.
Kylie Jenner sells majority stake of Kylie Cosmetics to Coty
Kylie Jenner is making a major change in the operations of her Kylie Cosmetics company. On Monday, Nov. 18, the brand announced Kylie has sold a majority stake in the company to beauty brand veteran, Coty, for $600 million. Kylie Cosmetics was valued at nearly $1.2 billion in the sale, according to People. "I'm excited to partner with Coty to continue to reach even more fans of Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin around the world. I look forward to continuing the creativity and ingenuity for each collection that consumers have come to expect and engaging with my fans across social media," Kylie said in a press release. "This partnership will allow me and my team to stay focused on the creation and development of each product while building the brand into an international beauty powerhouse." Kylie and her team are slated to continue in their leadership of product development creative aspects and "communications initiatives." Coty has said it plans to expand both Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin; the company's Chief Creative Officer, Pierre Laubiues, also suggested new work in fragrances could be on the horizon, as well as an expansion of retailers. In 2018, Kylie was named Forbes' "youngest-ever self-made billionaire."
Lili Reinhart slams IG app that allows users to tweak the size, shape of their bodies
"Riverdale" star Lili Reinhart is speaking out against an app she recently discovered that gives users the ability to edit the size and shape of their bodies in photos.0 "This is not okay. This is why people develop eating disorders. This is why social media has become hazardous to our health. This is why people have unrealistic expectations of their bodies," the actress wrote on her Instagram Story on Sunday, Nov. 17, according to JustJared. "Looking 'skinnier' on Instagram is not worth the detrimental psychological effects that these photoshopping apps have given our generation…," she added. "People who use these apps and alter their bodies are clearly suffering from low self esteem, body dysmorphia, or other mental health problems. My heart goes out to those people who feel like their bodies aren't good enough."
Kate Hudson on motherhood: 'I'm doing the best I can'
Kate Hudson is far from a perfect mom. She made the point very clear in a new interview for Women's Health magazine. "I've yelled at my kids too much, and I've also cursed in front of them, and I also haven't shown up for things because I was out of town," the 40-year-old mom of three says in the mag's new cover story (via Women's Health). "But at the same time, I have days where I'm like, 'I'm a f—ing supermom.' I am cooking, cleaning, doing homework, changing diapers, I worked out. What I've learned — and what I'm learning — is that I'm doing the best I can." Kate shares 15-year-old son Ryder with ex, Chris Robinson; 8-year-old son, Binghham, with ex, Matt Bellamy, and 1-year-old daughter Rani with Danny Fujikawa.
Ariana Grande cancels concert as illness worsens
Ariana Grande was forced to cancel her scheduled performance in Lexington, KY, on Sunday, Nov. 17, after a worsening sinus infection left her unable to sing. She initially tweeted on Saturday that she thought she could make it through the concert despite being "in a lot of pain." But the next day, she told fans she needed to rest instead. "I woke up kind of 10 times worse and it hurts so bad to swallow," Ariana said on her Instagram Story (via Page Six). "I'm not really sure what's going on. But I, unfortunately, don't think I will be able to push through tonight. I am so sad and sorry. I'm so upset but of course obviously, you will be refunded." Adding that she was "devastated" and grateful for the support she was getting, Ariana said she'd let fans know how she was doing "as I know what is going on with my body." Her post was met with some love and advice from fellow performer, Barbra Streisand, who told Ariana to "take a strong Vitamin C drink with some Manuka honey and of course get some chicken soup!"
How Aly Raisman landed a part in 'Charlie's Angels'
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman has Twitter to thank for her part in the new "Charlie's Angels" remake. Speaking to Page Six at a recent Time 100 Next event, Aly said she ended up in the movie after Elizabeth Banks, who directed, wrote and produced the film, contacted her via social media. "She direct messaged me on Twitter and asked me to be in the movie, and obviously I said 'yes,'" Aly explained. "But it was so last minute. She asked me to come to L.A. to do a cameo. I dropped everything so I could be there. It was my first acting ever." Unfortunately, Aly's gymnastic star-power seems not to have been enough to save the movie from what Deadline recently called a "God-awful" opening at the box office.