Is Paris Hilton keeping her engagement ring?
Remember that $2 million sparkler Paris Hilton was showing off on red carpets after getting engaged to Chris Zylka? She's now saying she intends to keep it in the wake of their split. In a clip from SiriusXM's "The Jenny McCarthy Show" published on TMZ, Jenny asks what the plan is for the 20-carat diamond sparkler, which Chris reportedly paid for. Paris, however, says she's keeping it. "The person who we got it from got millions and millions [of dollars' worth] of free publicity, so …," she says, "…I love how social media has basically become a new form of money." Jenny then asks, "So did they say go ahead and keep the ring?" Paris offers a sleepy "yeah," followed by a coquettish, "diamonds are a girls' best friend." TMZ, meanwhile, points out that whether Paris and her massive bauble are besties or not, California law dictates that if Chris bought the ring and wants it back — as the website reported last month was the case — then it belongs to him. Paris and Chris first got engaged in January. They reportedly called off the engagement and went their separate ways in November.
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Natalie Portman reveals which half of the Ashton Kutcher-Mila Kunis power couple is the better kisser
It's been a few years since we've thought about 2010's "Black Swan" or 2011's "No Strings Attached," but the films' star, Natalie Portman, clearly still remembers a few key details from shooting each one. The actress stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" this week to talk about her new film, "Vox Lux." When Andy Cohen invited her to partake in his "Dish on a Star" segment, touching on the fact Natalie had worked with both sides of the married couple, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Natalie happily noted, "I've kissed them both," referring to the sizzling makeout scenes she shot with the actors in those movies (via ET). Without missing a beat, Andy asked, "Who's the better kisser?" Natalie didn't waste any time answering, either. "Mila!" she hollered. "I mean, obviously." Mila, by the way, told a fan on Reddit in 2015 that Natalie is "a lovely kisser, very polite."
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Kourtney Kardashian 'wants to move on' from drama with Sofia Richie and Scott Disick
When it comes to dealing with Scott Disick and his girlfriend, Sofia Richie, Kourtney Kardashian — who shares three kids with her ex — is determined to focus on the positive and look towards the future. "At this point, Kourtney is so over any drama between Scott and Sofia and her," a source tells Us Weekly. "Scott and Sofia are obviously not breaking up any time soon and are very much in love and Kourtney has accepted that. She just wants to bury the hatchet and move on with her life. It's best for her, their family and Sofia, too. All the drama is water under the bridge and they are all collectively in a much better space." That was evident when Kourtney joined Scott and Sofia for dinner at Craig's last month and again, a few weeks later, when another insider said Sofia gets that she and Kourtney "will never be best friends," adding that the model "is happy that she has proved to Kourtney that she is great with her kids." As of Wednesday, Dec. 19, it was unclear where Sofia and Scott would spend the holidays. Scott, Kourtney and their kids spent Thanksgiving together at Kourtney's while Sofia dined with her mom.
Travis Scott designs and delivers 'Astroworld' shirts to Houston high school seniors
The Houston high school senior who tweeted at Travis Scott to ask if her class could use his "Astroworld" album cover on their senior shirts hit up the right rapper at the right time. With the continued success of his "Astroworld" tour and album — named after now shuttered Six Flags theme park in Travis' native H-town — and his newfound father status, Not only was Travis happy to let the kids use his album cover on their shirts — he also responded directly to the Eisenhower High School soon-to-be graduate, saying, "I'll just design them for u guys and send a box thru how about that" (via the New York Post). Soon after that, a shipment of T-shirts arrived at the school bearing the "Astroworld" logo and the words, "wish you were here" on the front. On the back, the shirts read, "Seniors Eisenhower High" and "2019 enjoy the ride," plus what looks like a hand-written, "sincerely, Travis Scott." "FLAME ALWAYS DELIVER FOR THE KIDS," Travis tweeted on Monday, Dec. 17.
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Amy Schumer slams 'out of touch white guys' for criticizing her Super Bowl boycott
Amy Schumer has some words for critics of her announcement she won't shoot any Super Bowl commercials as a means of supporting former NFL star Colin Kaepernick and other players being penalized for peacefully protesting racially-fueled police brutality by taking a knee at games. "The snooty lil digs about me in stories about the super bowl half time talent is such a yawn," she said in a statement on her Instagram Story (via JustJared) on Wednesday, Dec. 19. "All out of touch white guys annoyed by me standing up for what I believe is right. I have done 2 Super Bowl commercials in the last couple years and I'm so stupid thinking my opinion would matter right? Well guess what? I may have made a difference. She went on to point out she's not alone, as artists are reportedly refusing to join Maroon 5 in the Super Bowl Halftime Show over the ongoing controversy. "No one is stepping up to perform [during the halftime show]. Maybe they wouldn't have anyway. But at least I tried to help out and do what other people are too greedy or afraid to. Would you do that to stand up for people of color? I may have made an impact," she wrote. "You can write about sports and even be the best at it but what have you done to help the marginalized or under represented? I will continue to do everything I can. even with all the snide little white sports writers making cutting remarks."
Bethenny Frankel hopes to get 200 mattresses donated to hospital where she recovered from allergic reaction
In the wake of her near-fatal allergic reaction to miso soup that contained fish, Bethenny Frankel wants to help improve the comfort level for other patients at Newton-Wellesley Hospital outside Boston, where she was treated. The Blast reports Bethenny noticed the beds there could use an update during her stay and that she's now in talks with online mattress company, Leesa, and furniture seller Wayfair.com, about getting donations of more than 200 mattresses. She's also reportedly looking to land some new linens and pillows for the hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital told the website they appreciated her "very generous" offer to help. Bethanny was presumably in Boston with her new boyfriend, Paul Bernon, who lives there.
Amanda Bynes is 'eager' to act again
A glowing Amanda Bynes covered Paper's 2018 Break the Internet issue, opening up about how her career got derailed by drug use and how she got back on track by getting help for her addiction then studying fashion. According to her friend and former "What I Like About You" costar, Amanda's continuing her upward path — and even wants to act again after years out of the spotlight. Speaking to Busy Philipps on "Busy Tonight" (via ET), Leslie recalled being relieved to find she loved Amanda from the outset when they were cast together. "I met her when she was 16 years old and you don't know what you're gonna get when you meet a young star of a show, it could be a nightmare. [But] from the get go, [she was] the sweetest, the funniest, the most hard working, and just a wonderful person. She looks beautiful, and she's very eager to get back into acting, which I think she'll have no problem with. I think everyone wants to see her doing something," Leslie said. Adding that Amanda's still "really committed to doing fashion" as well, Leslie also pointed out why Amanda shouldn't be judged too harshly, telling Busy: "I think all of us have had tough times in our lives, and we haven't had to do it in front of the glare of a camera. I'm very, very proud of her, I really am. She's doing great."
Portia de Rossi supports Ellen DeGeneres with sweet post about 'Relatble'
As Ellen DeGeneres ponders whether to continue with daytime television, her wife, Portia de Rossi, couldn't be more excited about the Emmy-winning star's return to standup. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Portia shared a sweet selfie on Instagram that showed the couple by their Christmas tree with big smiles on their faces as they prepared to watch Ellen's new show together. "Getting ready for our viewing party for my wife's brilliant Netflix special Relatable!!!" Portia captioned the pic, urging followers to "Check it out!!" In an extensive New York Times profile last week, Ellen revealed she'd been struggling for some time with whether to continue on with her long-running show, "Ellen," after her contract ends in 2020. Portia spoke to the Times as well, saying she thinks Ellen should move on. "I just think she's such a brilliant actress and stand-up that it doesn't have to be this talk show for her creativity," the "Arrested Development" star told the Times. "There are other things she could tackle." "Relatable" is streaming on Netflix now.
Jennifer Garner's 6-year-old son was really confused by 'The Nutcracker'
When she took the stage to emcee the American Ballet Theatre Holiday Benefit Gala in Los Angeles this week, Jennifer Garner — an avowed fan of the company who grew up taking ballet lessons — told the audience she had a special present for them that evening: "I will not be dancing tonight — but that's my holiday gift," she joked, according to Us Weekly. In her speech, Jen also said she was determined to ensure Samuel Affleck, the 6-year-old son she shares with her ex-husband, Ben Affleck, would grow up to be a fan of ABT. That goal seems to be progressing a bit slowly, though. Jen said she took Samuel to see the ABT production of "The Nutcracker" this season, but it was a bit confusing for a kid whose parents both act out stories in a slightly different way than the ballet dancers. "He looked over and he said, 'Mom, I don't know if I get this movie. I'm not really getting the plot. They are not talking.'" Give it time, kiddo. the actress later shared a video on Instagram that showed her decked out like a nutcracker while holding a wooden nutcracker and waving a giant foam finger. "I take game day seriously," she captioned the clip, which also showed Jen playing stage manager for the dancers and crew. She went on to thank Misty Copeland and the other principle dancers for letting her be involved.
Steve Martin rents out a private room at the Big Apple Circus for his daughter's birthday
Ever since early 2013, when Steve Martin's rep confirmed the actor and comic had welcomed his first child with wife Anne Stringfield, the couple has kept been super quiet about their little girl, keeping even her name out of the press. It seems that low-key approach doesn't necessarily apply when it comes to celebrating their daughter's birthday, though. According to the New York Post, Steve recently rented a private room at the Big Apple Circus — a long-running non-profit group whose performers participate in community outreach programs and are known for treating the animals involved humanely — for his daughter's sixth b-day bash.The Post reports the birthday girl and 15 of her pals enjoyed a private performance in the Mirror Room before having their faces painted and heading into the main tent to watch the regular show. Steve and Anne, a writer and editor, married in 2007. At the time, Us Weekly reported Sen. Bob Kerrey officiated, Lorne Michaels was the best man and guests included Tom Hanks, Carl Reiner and Eugene Levy.