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Maria Menounos Says Bullying & 'Toxicity' at Work Affected Her Health

Maria Menounos Says Bullying & 'Toxicity' at Work Affected Her Health
Maria Menounos understands firsthand the effects that bullying and toxicity in the workforce can have on one’s health.

In February, the TV and Sirius Xm radio host started experiencing troubling symptoms. An Mri revealed she had a golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves. On her 39th birthday in June, Menounos underwent a complex surgery that removed 99.9 percent of the tumor, which was benign.

Since undergoing the hours-long operation, Menounos, 39, has had time to heal — and contemplate on her journey.

“I think chronic stress on the body is really bad. And I think that for
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Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'

Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'
A former Today show staff member is detailing an alleged in-office affair with Matt Lauer that transpired 16 years ago.

In a piece for Variety published Thursday, Addie Zinone (née Collins) says her relationship with former Today show anchor Lauer — who was fired at the end of November by NBC News after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior,” with reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident” — began in 2000. Following her internship at the Today show, Collins was offered a job as an NBC News production assistant in 1999.

That same year,
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Alan Thicke's Youngest Son & Widow Remember Him on 1-Year Anniversary of His Death

Alan Thicke's Youngest Son & Widow Remember Him on 1-Year Anniversary of His Death
Alan Thicke‘s family is remembering the late actor on the one-year anniversary of his death.

On Wednesday, the Growing Pains star’s youngest son, Carter Thicke, and wife, Tanya Callau Thicke, each took to social media to pay tribute to the family patriarch, who died Dec. 13, 2016 at the age of 69.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Some days it feels like it was only yesterday and other days it feels like its been years,” Carter, 20, began a heartfelt tweet, which accompanied a throwback photo of his father holding him as a young child.

“Nothing can really describe the loss,
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Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’

Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on ‘Frida’
Salma Hayek added her voice Wednesday to the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

In an New York Times essay, the actress called Weinstein her “monster” and detailed her experiences while working on the 2002 Miramax-produced film “Frida.”

Hayek outlined the various demands Weinstein asked of her, including showering with him, letting him watch her take a shower, giving him a massage, performing oral sex on him and opening the doors to him at all hours of the night.

“The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival,” she wrote.

Hayek specifies that the price she suffered for rebuffing his attempts at sexual activity was to endure his continued rage.

At
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20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)

20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)
While a tsunami of women in Hollywood tweeted #metoo, the powerful hashtag didn’t give most the opportunity to tell their sexual harassment stories. Many women still fear that naming names will bring about career repercussions and potential legal action. With this piece, we decided to empower women to come forward only by identifying themselves and revealing their long-held secrets. Many of these stories took place when these women were starting their careers — young, naive, and powerless, they didn’t know who to tell. They didn’t want to lose their jobs. And while no one equated their harassment story with those who had been raped or assaulted, these incidents left their mark, and changed how these women function in an industry where sexual harassment is systemic.

Here are their stories:

Nancy Klopper, casting director

While casting a film for an award-winning director, I was treated very well, except for when he used the bathroom adjoining his office
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#MeToo’s Worldwide Moment: Global Industry Follows Hollywood’s Lead in Combating Harassment

#MeToo’s Worldwide Moment: Global Industry Follows Hollywood’s Lead in Combating Harassment
Hollywood movies have long had an outsize impact on the rest of the world. Now a Hollywood scandal is as well.

What began as an exposé of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein has snowballed into a global cause célèbre, one that’s roiling not just the entertainment industry but also the realms of politics, business and education far beyond American shores. Senior officials in Britain have been forced to quit amid harassment allegations. Members of the European Parliament share their #MeToo stories. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, says his country is “sick with sexism” and has vowed to fight discrimination and violence against women. “We must act before it’s too late,” Macron declared.

Corporate boardrooms, film festivals, college campuses, talk shows and online forums are abuzz with stories from people, mostly women, who are newly emboldened to speak out about their experiences of intimidation and assault. True, the newfound openness isn’t spread evenly across
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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Bey Logan, a Hong Kong-based film executive who has a close relationship with Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment. Logan denies any criminal wrongdoing, but admits to “mistakes” and a “too carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women.”

Logan, who was a consulting producer on The Weinstein Company’s “Shanghai,” has been the object of conversation on social media since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October. The rumors about his conduct took more solid form Wednesday with the publication of three investigative reports by Hong Kong online magazine HK01.

The report accused Logan, a martial arts expert, of sexually harassing actresses in his offices and on film sets. It also says that Logan sent actresses to Weinstein’s hotel room, where unwanted sexual advances were made. The HK01 report carries accounts by seven women, only one of whom was identified by name.

One of the actresses, formerly with Tvb, said Logan told
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Emails Suggest Roger Stone, Not Steve Bannon, Masterminded Savage Trump Debate Stunt (Exclusive)

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Emails Suggest Roger Stone, Not Steve Bannon, Masterminded Savage Trump Debate Stunt (Exclusive)
It’s become political legend that two days after the “Access Hollywood” video first surfaced, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon, responded with one of the most brutal stunts of the 2016 campaign. But emails obtained by TheWrap suggest it may not have been Bannon’s idea after all. Just before the Oct. 9 presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in St. Louis, where Trump’s “grab ‘em by the p—y” comments were sure to be the focus, Trump hosted a news conference with several women who had accused President Clinton of sexual misconduct. The plan was to rattle Hillary Clinton and shift scrutiny.
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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance

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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance
There’s topical, there’s timely, and then there’s “The Post,” which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017. While Steven Spielberg’s latest film rivetingly dramatizes the publication of the Pentagon Papers (and eloquently unpacks the consequences of their dissemination), “The Post” wears the Nixon era like a flimsy disguise that it wants you to see right through.

That’s not to take away from Ann Roth’s ratty and exquisite period costume design, or to detract from how immaculately set decorator Rena DeAngelo recreated the smokey thrum of the old Washington Post newsroom. It’s certainly not to diminish Meryl Streep’s fraught and powerfully grounded portrayal of the late publishing scion Katharine Graham — she hasn’t been this good since “Adaptation,” or maybe even “Death Becomes Her,” if ever.

On the contrary, it’s just to
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Bachelor Nick Viall Is Dating Again After 'Unfortunate' Split from Vanessa Grimaldi

Bachelor Nick Viall Is Dating Again After 'Unfortunate' Split from Vanessa Grimaldi
Nick Viall is on the lookout for love.

Just over three months ago, the former Bachelor star confirmed his split from Vanessa Grimaldi — whom he met, fell in love with and got engaged to on his season 21 of The Bachelor — in a joint statement to People, in which the pair explained, “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for.”

Despite their ended engagement, Viall, 37, is on amicable terms with his ex-fiancée.

“It was unfortunate, but we wish each other the best. I certainly wish her the best,
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Lawyer for Trump's Sex-Assault Accuser Offers to Take His Deposition Between His Golf Games at Mar-a-Lago

Lawyer for Trump's Sex-Assault Accuser Offers to Take His Deposition Between His Golf Games at Mar-a-Lago
After an Access Hollywood video was leaked during the presidential campaign that showed Donald Trump boasting about kissing and groping women without their consent, more than a dozen women came forward alleging they were victims of sexual misconduct committed by Trump.

One of the accusers was former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who alleged Trump kissed her very aggressively and put his hand on her breast without her consent in 2007.

Trump called all the accusations lies and promised to sue his accusers. He has not. Instead, Zervos sued him — claiming he defamed her when he accused her and the other women of “lies” and “total fabrication.
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How Billy Bush Is 'Starting the Process' to Resurrect His Career (Exclusive)

How Billy Bush Is 'Starting the Process' to Resurrect His Career (Exclusive)
Billy Bush is changing course.

After the leaking of the infamous Access Hollywood tape last year, of a 2005 recording where now-president Donald Trump appeared to brag about sexual assault and groping women while Bush played along, the 46-year-old TV personality lost his job as a co-host on the Today show.

An industry source tells Et that Bush is ready to resurrect his career, saying, “If he truly wants to change the narrative, he has to change his life.

“With the New York Times piece and the [Stephen] Colbert appearance, he’s starting that process," the source adds. "If he truly wants to change his path, he needs to be a force for positive change within the industry. I give him credit for standing up and having a backbone.”

Bush has indeed been in the media recently, taking particular issue with Trump's reported recent claims that the Access Hollywood tape is fake, writing, "He said it
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The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017

The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future. This week, we look back on a monumental year, for better or worse.

Ask enough women in Hollywood about being a woman in Hollywood, and eventually a theme emerges: conversation is great, and the acknowledgement of the skewed numbers and lack of equality is essential. It’s a discussion that needs to happen, but won’t it be great when we can stop just talking and put words into action?

It’s a two-pronged dream — that conversation will move past chatter and produce real results, and that those results will create a world where inequality becomes a thing of the past.

But talking has a way of being one-sided and, as it turns out, there needed to be one more step in between the chatter and actually moving things forward. That finally happened in 2017, the year people stopped talking,
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Billy Bush Slams Trump for Denying Authenticity of 'Access Hollywood' Tape

Billy Bush Slams Trump for Denying Authenticity of 'Access Hollywood' Tape
Former Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the infamous 2005 tape in which President Donald Trump bragged about sexually harassing women. The tape was resurrected in the news cycle after Trump told at least one U.S. senator and his advisors that the Access Hollywood footage was "not authentic."

Bush responded to Trump's recent denial in an op-ed for The New York Times. Bush adamantly confirmed the authenticity of the tape. He also spoke about how his own life has changed since the footage leaked last fall
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Stephen Colbert Ties ‘Late Show’s Best Ever Monday Stats With Billy Bush’s Career Resuscitation Tour

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show tied its best-ever metered market average for a Monday night (3.1/8) when Billy Bush visited to confirm Donald Trump was the guy on the Access Hollywood bus who boasted about grabbing women “by the p**sy” and there were seven witnesses. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live clocked a 2.0/5 and NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon logged a 1.9/5. Bush’s visit ties three other nights as Late Show’s highest local rating on any night of the week since the…
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Billy Bush Checked Into a Retreat as President Donald Trump Was Sworn In: "It's an Unbelievable Irony"

Billy Bush Checked Into a Retreat as President Donald Trump Was Sworn In:
A year and a half after his world was turned upside down, Billy Bush has not forgotten the details. In his first televised interview since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the former Today co-host faced the leaked Access Hollywood tape that changed his life as he knew it last October. As most remember from that time, the footage documented Bush and Trump talking on a bus. While they could not be seen, their voices would be heard thanks to hot microphones that picked up the president's graphic remarks—most notoriously among them—"Grab them by the p---y, you can do anything." Trump later apologized for the comments and called them "locker room...
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Billy Bush Urges Trump to 'Stop Playing Around With People's Lives' on Colbert

Billy Bush Urges Trump to 'Stop Playing Around With People's Lives' on Colbert
One day after penning a New York Times op-ed about the infamous Access Hollywood tape that got him fired, Billy Bush continued his redemption tour on The Late Show Monday night.

Host Stephen Colbert began the Q&A by acknowledging why the tape is back in the public eye in the first place: President Trump, who can be heard in the footage describing how he touches and kisses women without their consent, has recently begun denying that it’s his voice in the video, which Bush said irks him.

VideosLaura Benanti’s Melania Trump Returns to Colbert, Plots White
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Stephen Colbert To Billy Bush: How Come NBC Fired You Before Matt Lauer?

Updated with video: “How do you feel about NBC firing you especially in light of Matt Lauer being fired for allegations of actual sexual impropriety,” Stephen Colbert asked Billy Bush on Late Show. While Lauer was fired last week over an allegation of sexual misconduct and the belief there were more credible allegations coming, NBC famously sacked Today co-host Bush for giggling in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape when Trump bragged about moving on Bush colleague Nancy…
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