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The Stranger Things star discussed Johnny with Time saying, "I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves." Winona went on to address the abuse allegations made by Amber Heard saying, "I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm not calling anyone a liar. I'm just saying, it's difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. Imagine if someone you dated when you were -- I was 17 when I met him -- was accused of that. It's just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before. It's just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable. You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn't that. I can only offer my own experience. It's such a serious, horrible thing to be accused of."
- Johnny and Winona started dating in 1989 and got engaged after only five months. They broke up after three years together.
- His legal team has maintained his innocence and is accusing Amber of trying to spin the situation to get more money in their divorce.
LENA DUNHAM SLAMS KANYE WEST'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Lena Dunham posted lengthy message on Facebook on Monday (June 27th) putting Kanye West on blast for his new music video for "Famous." She titled the opinion piece, "Peeking From Between My Fingers: some disjointed thoughts on the 'Famous' video"
Lena wrote, "Like many pop culture addicted Americans, I wait with bated breath for what Kanye West will do next. Aside from his Twitter mayhem, he has created some really 'next level shit' as the kids would say. I could also happily watch Kim Kardashian West chip the paint off a window ledge for hours and be fascinated. I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I'd spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it's possible to hold two competing thoughts in your mind and the Famous video is one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory. Let's break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat...as assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined...while Bill Cosby's crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness...now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease." She goes on to write, "I'm sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I'm probably being trolled on a super high level. I know that there's a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I'm currently having. But guess what? I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*** that one hurt to look at, I couldn't look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films. I hesitated a lot about saying anything cuz I figured the think pieces would come pouring in. But I didn't see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It's weird to feel like you're watching alone. I bet I'm not. Here's the thing, Kanye: you're cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies."
- Kanye has not responded to Lena's post.
JENNY SLATE AND CHRIS EVANS MAKE RED CARPET DEBUT
Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are officially a couple. They walked the red carpet together for the premiere of Jenny's movie, The Secret Life of Pets, and the 34-year-old comedian spoke about her new romance with Entertainment Tonight.
She revealed, "I haven't really had a large premiere before, so it's nice to have someone who knows how it goes. It's kind of like I got my dream 7th grade boyfriend. We didn't know each other growing up, but we grew up about a half hour away from each other. We've been friends for a while."
- Jenny and Chris started dating when she ended her marriage to Dean Fleischer-Camp back in May.
- She previously discussed meeting Chris on Anna Faris' Unqualified podcast saying, "I didn't know what to expect when I met Chris. I was a little scared because I kind of felt like, well, I don't know him. He's a giant man with huge muscles and he's Captain America. How could we ever connect? But the first night that we hung out, I was like, wow, I could hang out with Chris for, like, 90 hours."
REPORT: MATT LEBLANC THREATENS TO QUIT BBC'S 'TOP GEAR'
Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has reportedly given an ultimatum to stick around as host of the BBC show Top Gear. According to Daily Mail, he has requested that producers fire his co-host, Chris Evans, if they want him to return for another season.
Matt is apparently unhappy with how Chris treats the other people who work on the show and made his feelings clear that he is not interested in continuing on if Chris is involved despite committing to filming two seasons. A source close to the show said, "The big question now is who goes and who stays. The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It's very much a picture of him -- Chris -- and them."
- The new season is expected to begin production in September but may be delayed if they can't reach a decision.
- Matt's rep addressed the situation by revealing that he will be working on a new show in L.A. but added, "Nothing has been discussed or decided."
ANNA KENDRICK ONCE DATED SOMEONE AS AN EXPERIMENT
Anna Kendrick is releasing a book of essays in November called Scrappy Little Nobody where she reveals that her first relationship was just a little test for herself.
She elaborates on the situation in a new interview with New York magazine saying, "I started dating him as a social experiment. Not in any sort of The Shape of Things way. I was 19, I'd never had a boyfriend, and I was like, 'This is unacceptable. You seem clean and punctual -- let's do it.' I was sort of winking at everything we did together, and probably because of that, the relationship did not work out."
- Anna is currently dating British cinematographer Ben Richardson.
- She dated director Edgar Wright from 2009 to 2013.
'FRIENDS' FANS SHOULD STOP HOPING FOR A REUNION
Friends fans will have to make do with reruns. The show's creator, Marta Kauffman, recently chatted with Deadline where she revealed why the characters will never reunite on-screen no matter how much there is a demand for it.
Marta told the website, "They nag me all the time about it and my answer is that Friends was a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and in a weird way, this isn’t that different. Once you start having family of your own it changes, and the show was over. A show has a lifespan I believe, it has a lifespan like anything else, and there's no reason to continue doing it just because people miss the characters. Watch the old ones, there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We'll never do it."
- The cast members, minus Matthew Perry, reunited earlier this year for an NBC special honoring TV director James Burrows.
BILL COSBY ACCUSER BACKS DOWN: One of Bill Cosby's accusers, Kristina Ruehli, decided to withdraw her case against him after a judge ruled in her favor last week to let her lawsuit proceed. She explained her decision to People saying, "I put my money where my mouth was – I spent nearly $100,000 on lawyers -- to prove that I was telling the truth...about this monster. I have stood up for myself. Now it's time to go back to my happy life, lose some weight and weed my garden." Bill's team is attempting to spin the withdrawal by declaring it a victor for him saying, "This is now the second of these defamation cases that has been dismissed, either by a Court or by a party. We hope and expect that there will be more, and we look forward to fighting any that are not dismissed, before a jury of our peers. For those in the media who accepted every allegation raised without question or evaluation, they need to answer the well-known question with respect to Mr. Cosby: 'Which office do I go to get my reputation back?'" Kristina claimed that Bill drugged and tried to sexually assault her in 1965 when she worked as a secretary for his talent agency.
AZIZ ANSARI SLAMS TRUMP IN OP-ED PIECE: Aziz Ansari put the jokes aside to write an op-ed piece for the New York Times about how Donald Trump has made him fear for his parents. He wrote in part of the essay, "Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It's visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense." He continued, "I understand that as far as these problems go, I have it better than most because of my recognizability as an actor. When someone on the street gives me a strange look, it's usually because they want to take a selfie with me, not that they think I'm a terrorist. But I remember how those encounters can feel. A few months after the attacks of Sept. 11, I remember walking home from class near N.Y.U., where I was a student. I was crossing the street and a man swore at me from his car window and yelled: 'Terrorist!' To be fair, I may have been too quick to cross the street as the light changed, but I'm not sure that warranted being compared to the perpetrators of one of the most awful incidents in human history. The vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric coming from Mr. Trump isn't so far off from cursing at strangers from a car window. He has said that people in the American Muslim community 'know who the bad ones are,' implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trump's logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males."
JOSH PECK IS ENGAGED: Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck is engaged to his girlfriend, Paige O'Brien. Paige shared the news on Instagram by showing off the ring and writing, "Thanks for the pic @samsperbeck thanks for the ring @shuapeck!" She later made her Instagram page private. Daily Mail is speculating that the engagement may not actually be new news since Paige was seen wearing the ring a few months ago on social media.
ARIEL WINTER HAS CELEBRATE SOCIAL MEDIA MILESTONE: Modern Family star Ariel Winter celebrated acquiring two million Instagram followers by sharing a cheeky photo -- literally. The 18-year-old posted a bikini picture with her butt cheeks on full display. She captioned the picture, "2 million!!! Wow! I can't believe it...love you guys so much ❤️ #thankyou #love" The post has gotten over 108,000 likes.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN REFLECTS ON BEING THE BIRTHDAY GIRL: Khloe Kardashian turned 32 on Monday (June 27th) but she admits that her big day isn't usually a happy occasion for her. She wrote on her website, "I love other people's birthdays, but to be honest, I get more sad for my birthday. They've been so negative in the past that I'm always like, 'What's going to happen this year?' I had the best birthday last year because it was the first time someone did something for me that I didn't ask for. It was the first time I felt like I knew what birthdays were supposed to be like. There were only twelve of us, but it was so nice. Look, I'm not all 'woe is me,' and I don't need to do much. But then that's why we don't do much. No one takes charge." She continued, "My wish for myself this year is internal happiness. I'm big on peace and happiness, and that's all I want. The rest will come. I think as I've gotten older, I feel more secure and settled with who I am, but at the same time, I'm more open to changing myself for the better. I'm not as stubborn as I was when I was younger."
DIANE KRUGER CREDITS JOSHUA JACKSON WITH OPENING UP HER EYES: Diane Kruger admits that her fame and success made her jaded to the world but Joshua Jackson helped to burst the bubble she was living in. She explains in the new issue of Town & Country, "Meeting someone like my partner, who has a very different perspective, who likes to travel in a different way and be open to various experiences was so important. I had become arrogant. I had been a model, I spoke three languages, I had a career. I felt I had it all figured out. And then I realized that I was living this very privileged life in my own bubble that I created and I didn't know anything about what was really going on in the world and I didn't ask enough questions." Diane goes on to discuss changing her situation saying, "I made a lot of different choices. I cut people out of my life who I felt were enabling my bubble." Diane and Joshua have been together for a decade despite recent unconfirmed rumors that they have called it quits.
BLAKE LIVELY OFFERS UPDATE ON NEW 'SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS' MOVIE: Blake Lively has reignited the rumor of a third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. She admitted to Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle, "There's a strong chance there might be a third. The four of us are still best friends. To be able to create something together again has always been a dream of ours. But it would have to be something that really made sense. If you wait this long to do a third movie, it needs to honor the story and the legacy." Blake also said, "You deal with different things at this age. So we wouldn't be making a movie for 16-year-olds again. We'd be making a movie trusting that our audience grew up with us, and I think that would be really interesting to explore." The last movie was released in 2008.
NICOLAS WINDING REFN WANTS TO MAKE A 'BATGIRL' MOVIE: The Neon Demon director, Nicolas Winding Refn, has revealed a career goal of making a Batgirl movie. He recently discuss making a comic book adaptation with Business Insider saying, "God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don't know when it's going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity." Nicolas added, "You know the one I want to do? I want to make Batgirl. Let's get Warner working on it."
'BABY DADDY' RENEWED FOR SEASON SIX: Freeform has announced plans for a sixth season of the comedy Baby Daddy. The network said in a statement, "The lines between family and friends are so wonderfully crossed in Baby Daddy. You can always count on the Wheeler clan for a big laugh along with heartfelt moments." The new season order will bring the show to its 100 episode milestone.
THE DANIELS WANT TO REMAKE 'WHITE CHICKS': Swiss Army Man co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are interested in remaking White Chicks as a drama. Scheinert told The Hollywood Reporter, "One of my dreams is to make White Chicks as a hard-R, Oscar-worthy drama, starring the original cast. It would be about gender and race relations in the 21st century, starring the Wayans Brothers. I don't know if you have seen White Chicks lately, but it has a lot of meat to it and explores everything, like class, gender, race, the handicapped, age." Kwan added, "But explores it in the worst way possible."
'MINECRAFT' MOVIE SET FOR MAY 24, 2019: Get ready for the Minecraft movie in 2019. Warner Bros. has announced that the big screen adaptation of the hugely successful game will be released in theaters on May 24, 2019. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney will direct.
SIEGFRIED AND ROY BIOPIC IN THE WORKS: Las Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy are getting a big screen biopic. The project will be directed by Philipp Stoelzl. Jan Berger will pen the script.