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Arnold Schwarzenegger gushes about son, Joseph Baena as he gets into bodybuilding

Arnold Schwarzenegger loves that his son, Joseph Baena, 21, is taking carrying on his legacy as a bodybuilder. The former governor of California, 71, sat down with Mario Lopez on "Extra" this week, where he reacted to Baena's recreation of one of his most iconic poses on Instagram and revealed that the father-son duo has been able to bond over their love of weight lifting.

"He's very serious about this whole thing. He wants to compete in one of the classic physique competitions," Arnold said. "I don't think he wants to go through the extreme, but he wants to have the classic physique competition and he's training very hard. He was in the gym, and I said, 'Okay, now it's shoulder training, arm training...let's go do a little deadlift,' because I believe in training for strength. I put in 455 [pounds], which he has never lifted before. 455 and he did two reps!"

Though proud father is overjoyed that his son, who he shares with former housekeeper Midred Patricia Baena, is taking after him in the gym, he also shared with Lopez that he's encouraging Baena to continue focusing on school, as well.

What about George and Amal's Twins?

George and Amal Clooney welcomed their twins into the world on June 6, 2017, and while celeb-watchers might have expected such an international renowned duo to bear some oddball monikers in the vein of Apple Martin or Blue Ivy Carter, the Clooney kids are called simply Ella and Alexander.

Born to an eternal Hollywood A-lister and a prominent international human rights lawyer, these two are already leading some interesting (and well-documented lives). Like their parents, they'll spend their lives traveling the globe, while based out of London primarily, and Italy in the summer. During their travels, the twins are also sure to rub elbows with the upper crust, like they did before they were even born when Amal met President Obama while she was pregnant. They've also inspired lawsuits, were too chill for their own birthday party, and dine on meals made by a personal chef.  

Not impressive enough for you? There's a whole lot more. Here's everything I know about the Clooney twins so far. 

When the news of Ella and Alexander's successful stork arrival was brought to light, it seemed to be accompanied with the usual celebrity cadence associated with these sorts of announcements…but there was a humorous twist. In a statement shared with People, the 56-year-old new dad said, "This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days."

Considering that for most of his A-list career, Clooney carried the air of an eternal bachelor who might never tie the knot again, let alone father children, the statement seemed like a timely wink to his rapidly changing reputation. The good news: these kids are clearly making their dad laugh already.

It's a bit fitting that such a buzzy pair of babes would be born under the astrological sign of the twins. Their birth was announced on June 6th, 2017, putting these two squarely in the Gemini horoscope fold, which means there are about to be zodiac synopses galore associated galore connected to these kids' lives.

Geminis are known for being made of dueling personality traits that seem to split them into two very different people, so with actual twins in the mix, there will no doubt be gobs of speculation and plenty of horoscopes directed at these tykes.

Before the world would come to know that the Clooneys were expecting two babies, George and Amal shared the news with their closest friends. George recalled their confidants' initial reactions during an appearance on the French television show Rencontres de Cinema. 

"It got really quiet, and they all just started making baby crying noises. And the whole table just busted up laughing," he said. Despite the initial shock, Clooney said the couple was "really happy and really excited" to become parents. "It's going to be an adventure. We've sort of embraced it all with arms wide open."

Why Hollywood won't cast Halle Berry anymore

In 1989, Halle Berry was living in a homeless shelter in New York City. In 1991, she made her big screen debut in Spike Lee's critically acclaimed Jungle Fever, and in 2002, she became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for best actress for her mesmerizing turn in the slow burn Southern drama Monster's Ball. At the age of 36, Berry was sitting firmly at the top of her profession. So with her acting prowess and a seemingly long career ahead, where did it all go wrong? Let's take a deep dive into why Hollywood isn't infatuated with Berry anymore.
After a few supporting roles in studio tentpole films, Berry's first leading role following Monster's Ball was as a psychiatrist accused of murder in the psychological horror thriller Gothika. Although it made a respectable $141.6 million at the box office, the movie was a critical disaster.  Empire  called it an "overwrought horror movie that lavishes budget and production design on a screenplay that should never have seen the light of day.” Okay, so she made a bad movie, but who hasn't? At this point, it seemed like Berry simply needed to pick better projects, right?

Yes, that Catwoman. Initially designed as a Michelle Pfeiffer and Tim Burton spin-off that died in development hell, Berry eventually donned the ears in 2006 and delivered one of the biggest box-office bombs ever produced. 

Making just $40 million domestically on a $100 million production budget, Catwoman was ripped to shreds by critics, nominated for seven Razzies, and made studios scared to pull the trigger on a female-lead superhero movie for almost 15 years. In a 2016 Facebook Live interview with Business Insider, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins (who pitched her 2017 superhero film to Warner Bros. in 2007) was asked why her girl power blockbuster took so long to get made. Spoiler: Catwoman was referenced. The only good thing for Berry to come out of Catwoman was her $14 million salary. We hope that cushioned the blow.
Not many actors have the courage to accept their Razzie in person, but Berry did just that at the 25th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. With her Academy Award in hand, Berry lampooned her Oscar acceptance speech and thanked Warner Bros. "for casting me in this piece-of-s**t, god-awful movie." She didn't stop there. "I'd like to thank the rest of the cast," she continued. "To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors."

After doing voiceover in 2005's animated Robots and donning a superhero suit for the last time in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, it felt like the timing was right for Berry to return to the screen as a leading lady again. Alas, that didn't work out. At all. 
What followed instead was a series of flops. In 2007, it was Perfect Stranger, in which "Berry does her utmost to maintain poise while treading around the mess," per Empire. Also that year, she starred in Things We Lost in the Fire, which grossed only $3.2 million domestically. In 2010's Frankie & Alice, Berry plays a stripper with multiple personality disorder. That flick earned only $695,000 domestically. The year 2012 was no better for Berry: Dark Tide made $432,000 on a $25 million budget, and Cloud Atlas was considered one of the biggest flop of the year. The next year, Berry appeared in Movie 43 and The Call, which also failed to make a mark.
Needless to say, that was not a great run. Even though reviews for the aforementioned films often didn't place the blame squarely on Berry, the end results certainly didn't do her any favors in Hollywood. 
Berry's personal life has been a source of tabloid fodder for years. Her 1993 marriage to baseball player David Justice ended with her contemplating suicide, and her marriage to singer Eric Benet concluded with him checking into rehab for sex addiction. Her relationship with French model Gabriel Aubry concluded with a tumultuous child custody battle that put Berry on the hook for $20,000 a month in child support. Her third marriage to actor Olivier Martinez also ended in divorce after two years. 
While plenty of celeb relationships spawn messy headlines, Berry's personal drama may have overshadowed her professional pursuits and made some studios hesitant to work with her.
Extant had all the makings of a breakout TV hit: executive produced by Steven Spielberg, named one of the "Most Exciting New Series" by the Critics' Choice Television Awards, and starring an Oscar-winning actress. It was sure to be a smash, except it wasn't.The series was canceled after two seasons. According to Variety, Berry's project "was the lowest-rated of three CBS original dramas [that] season." Yikes. 
After an actor wins an Academy Award, he or she typically commands their choice of projects. Some choose wisely; others not so much. Berry obviously falls into the latter camp. In fact, her post-Oscar work was so rough that she became the poster child for struggling Academy Award alumni. IndieWire even compiled an article titled, "The Halle Berry Effect: 10 Terrible Films Made By Actors After They Won Their Oscar." When your career becomes a cautionary tale for other actors, that's not a good thing. 
Speaking at the 2016 Makers Conference, Berry called out Hollywood's lack of diversity within its projects. "Our cities are filled with black and brown people. And many times, unfortunately we see films set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and big metropolitan cities and [they're] void people of color. Or they are the people passing in the background that really aren't significant," she said (via E! Online).

When Berry won her Oscar in 2002, she believed it would open the door for more opportunities in Hollywood for women of color. "And to sit here 15 years later and knowing that no other woman of color has walked through that door is heartbreaking," she said. "It's heartbreaking because I thought that it was bigger than me and it's heartbreaking to think maybe it was not bigger than me." A study conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that in the top 100 films of 2016, 71 percent of all speaking parts were white, reported Variety. 
While Berry has been criticized for choosing her post-Oscar projects poorly, perhaps the bigger problem is that she had very little choice in the matter.Hollywood seems to have plenty of opportunities for male actors after they hit 50. Look at Keanu Reeves and his John Wick franchise or Liam Neeson and his string of Taken and Taken-esque films. Unfortunately, that's not the case for actresses. Combine Hollywood's aforementioned diversity issues with Berry entering her fifties, and one can make an educated guess as to why we don't hear much from her anymore. 
Other Oscar winners have spoken up about this problem in the past. "It's f**king outrageous," Helen Mirren told The Wrap after learning that 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was supposedly too old to play the wife of a 55-year-old actor. "It's ridiculous … We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It's so annoying." ironically, Berry was once one of those Bond girls.
Caitlyn Jenner Getting Married?

Despite reports Caitlyn is preparing to tie the knot with her 22-year-old girlfriend Sophia Hutchins, her spokesperson has denied the claims, simply confirming that there was 'no engagement'. According to inside sources, the pair were getting ready to get hitched, adding: "Cait really sees herself spending the rest of her life with Sophia”. She lost her support system when she fell out with her family and these days, it feels like Sophia's the only person she can count on."

Cookie: Confused I thought Bruce ‘feel’ like a woman, I assumed, ‘Caitlyn’ was attracted to men, didn’t count on Bruce/Caitlyn becoming  a lesbian. A word of advice Caitlyn my friend, don’t remove your genitals, don’t make anymore rash decisions, cutting off your penis is a huge step you might regret it, then is too late... good luck girl Paz.

The Carousel of Hope Ball

The Carousel of Hope Ball
Quincy Jones and Jane Fonda 
Who’s who of Hollywood and Malibu as the stars waltzed their way down the red carpet for the annual Carousel of Hope Ball. A-list legends like Sir Sidney Poitier, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, studio boss Sherry Lansing and funny man Jay Leno joined David Foster for the 30th anniversary blow out. 
Hosted by Barbara Davis, the 2016 ball was a “Celebration of Hollywood and its strength, power and talent.” Since 1978, Carousel has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment heavyweights for a night dedicated to raising awareness and finding a cure for diabetes.  The Carousel of Hope Ball has raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.
Longtime supporter and friend to the cause, Sir Sidney Poitier, was honored with the “Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award” dedicated to the many lives he has touched. Denzel Washington presented Sir Sid with the special award, introducing him as, “My hero, my mentor, my friend.” Jane Fonda, David Foster and Sherry Lansing each received a “Brass Ring Award” for their humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. Quincy Jones presented the award to Jane Fonda, Carole Bayer Sager honored David Foster and Anjelica Huston presented to Sherry Lansing. 
Award-winning artists Jamie Foxx and Idina Menzel treated guests to musical performances, with Menzel performing the hit song “Defying Gravity.” Jamie Foxx brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of “I Feel Good,” and had everyone dancing to “What’d I Say.” 
Jay Leno played emcee and had the crowd laughing all night long. 
David Foster returned as music director, while musical icons Clive Davis and Quincy Jones served as music chairmen. Sexy Sharon Stone joined Jay Leno onstage as auctioneer for a memorable live auction experience that had guests bidding on items ranging from the ultimate mountain getaway in Aspen, to a luxurious trip to the St. Regis Dubai. 
Brenna Whitaker surprised the crowd with a soulful rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” joined by performers Ben Gulley and Rogelio Davis, Jr. David Foster had another surprise in store for the crowd, when he pulled Quinton Aaron onstage for his impressive take on the classic song “Let’s Get It On.” At this star-studded event, you could also spy dozens of Malibu notables, such as Jane Seymour, Ed Begley, Jerry Bruckheimer and Kristin Cavallari, as well as Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Carmen Electra, Vivica A. Fox, Berry Gordy, Kathy Griffin, Melanie Griffith, George Hamilton, Rupert Murdoch, Don Rickles, Russell Simmons, Suzanne Somers, Alan Thicke and the list goes on and on. 

The final song of the night was a joint effort by stage-talent and guests alike, who came together to sing “Happy Birthday” to host Barbara Davis. A carousel-themed cake was brought out in her honor at the end of the night. The event raised millions, so needless to say, when it comes to fundraising, Carousel runs rings around the competition. 
"Furious" Melania Trump Fled to Mar-a-Lago Amid Alleged Stormy Daniels Affair at $64,000 Cost to Taxpayers

Nothing like a woman scorned — allegedly, to cost American taxpayers significant hard-earned cash. The state of Melania Trump’s Storm union is in question after she jetted to the spa at Mar-a-Lago following revelations of her husband Donald Trump’s affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels.
"Mrs. Trump and the president have had a tumultuous relationship at times over the years, but few episodes have roiled the peace as much as the news surrounding Ms. Daniels. The reports of a payoff blindsided the first lady, who was furious with her husband, according to two people close to the couple. She has kept a low profile since,"reports The New York Times.  Donald reportedly paid her $130,000 in hush money to keep mum about the relationship, but the First Lady is the one who’s now being scrutinized for her spending. Melania spend in her getaway to her Florida resort overt the weekend, reportedly cost us taxpayers a cool $64,000.
Here’s the cost breakdown:
Every time Melania flies from Joint Base Andrews to Palm Beach International Airport on a C-32A plane, it costs taxpayers an estimated $16,168 per hour, according to the Department of Defense as reported by The New York Times. That brings her four-hour roundtrip flight to Mar-a-Lago to approximately $64,600. Her Mar-a-Lago spa weekend was a much needed escape from her husband — or perhaps the story about her husband’s affair. And it allowed her to escape both the prying eyes of paparazzi and dodge questions from reporters on the topic. And fume in private, as would be a human reaction for anyone finding herself or himself in such a situation.
The White House has denied the allegation of an affair, and also refused to answer if any payment was made to Stormy regarding relations with Donald.Although Melania plans to appear at her husband’s State of the Union address tonight, she has kept her distance from him. Last week, she canceled her trip to Davos, Switzerland, amid the scandal.
Separately, and as an additional charge, Donald apparently needed some new refrigerators aboard Air Force One — perhaps as a means of transporting his much appreciated cheeseburgers which he has a much-publicized. propensity — and dropped a whopping $23.7 million in taxpayer money to upgrade them, according to Fortune. Yes, that decimal was correctly placed: nearly $24 million for airplane refrigerators. 
Donny and Marie Osmond's 33-year-old nephew found dead

Troy Osmond, the 33-year-old nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond, was found dead last month, according to, in his parents’ Utah home.While there were no signs of foul play, according to the police report, which was obtained by Radar, Troy was found “hanging off the bed and his upper body was laying across a nightstand.” He was purple and blue and pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed that Troy’s death was “medical or health related.”
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we have to announce our precious son, Troy Dean, passed away earlier today,” his father, Merrill, shared on Facebook at the time. “As a family our hearts are broken but we are comforted in the knowledge we will meet again. This is part of Heavenly Fathers plan for Troy. We will always remember him as the sensitive, caring and talented boy who brought so much happiness to all who knew him.” 

According to Troy’s mother, Mary Osmond, he had suffered from a long list of health issues. On the day that would have been Troy’s birthday, his father shared, “Where in the world is my son today… I cannot believe you are so far away…”
In 2010, Marie Osmond’s son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide. He was 18 years old.

"He's very serious about it, and I'm very happy about this because, as I said to him, 'It's important to take care of your body, train hard if you're passionate about that, but also study hard,'" he explained. "It's a key thing that he gets his business degree at Pepperdine."
Arnold and his son have been spending much more time together over the past several years, since the "Terminator" star split from ex Maria Shriver, who he's still friendly with. During an appearance on Howard Stern back in 2016, 

Schwarzenegger opened up about their relationship.
"He's terrific and he totally understands the situation," he said at the time. "So, it all has worked out ... It's a very tough situation for him. It's a very tough situation for my kids, very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?"

Robert De Niro stresses importance of voting after bomb scare

Robert De Niro broke his silence Friday, a day after receiving a mail bomb at his Manhattan office, by imploring people to exercise their right to vote.
“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” the “Raging Bull” actor said in a statement. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”
De Niro was one of several critics of President Trump who were sent suspicious packages containing what appeared to be pipe bombs.
The outspoken Oscar winner ranted ‘F—k Trump in his speech at the Tony Awards in June, prompting the president to tweet,  Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to [sic] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk.'”
Bruce Control...  On the Town

Director Mel Gibson and Caitlyn Jenner chatted it up at the screening of Hacksaw Ridge on Monday night as Rosalind Ross and Ronda Kamihira looked on.  You gotta have friends, and Caitlyn Jenner certainly has one in Ronda Kamihira, the two attended Monday night’s screening of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ in Beverly Hills, where the former Olympian had a chance to chat with the film’s director, Mel Gibson.
Two years ago, rumors were flying that Kamihira and Jenner were more than friends. Jenner had recently ended a 23-year marriage to Kris Jenner. And Ronda was one of Kris’s closest friends (she even worked as her personal assistant for a time), so when Bruce was spotted spending time with Ronda at an Elton John concert, many believed they were dating.  Kim Kardashian even asked him/her point-blank during an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians if they were an item.
“I don’t need to explain my relationship to anybody,” replied Bruce. “Nothing is going on, certainly my intentions are not to hurt Kris, I don’t want anybody upset, but Kris is not going to tell me who I can and cannot hang out with.” As we all know now, he was telling the truth. A few months later, the news broke that Bruce was actually transitioning  and the story around Ronda started to change. “It seems more like he confided in her,” according to an insider. “She would buy him feminine things he wanted. They had some kind of special bond.”
Despite the fact that the speculation caused her cibsternation, Ronda remained steadfastly loyal to her friend as Caitlyn emerged from the transition. She even helped Caitlyn pick out her name! “I kind of narrowed it down to a few of them, Caitlyn being one of them, and I actually was with Ronda,” Jenner said on I Am Cait, explaining how she chose her new moniker. “I was talking to her about this whole thing about two years ago, and she goes, ‘Well, I’ve always liked the name Caitlyn.’ And I went, at some point, you just have to kind of bite the bullet and say, ‘Boom, it’s done.’ ” And after Caitlyn introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair in June 2015, Ronda tweeted out these words of support: “So proud of @Caitlyn_Jenner I love you beauty.”
Featured Retro News
Bob Dylan Awarded 
Nobel Prize in Literature

No secret Malibu is a magnet for high-achieving talent in the entertainment industry. From Emmys to Oscars, it feels like you can’t throw a rock without hitting someone with a statue on his or her mantle. But now, an even higher prize is coming home to our small town on the beach.

Longtime Malibu resident Bob Dylan, 75, received a rare honor last week when the Nobel Committee selected him to receive the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature — making him one of only two recipients to receive the prestigious award for songwriting, rather than traditional poetry or prose.

Dylan has been a Pt. Dume resident of Malibu for many years and his children were raised here. There are neighborhood stories of Dylan showing up at his son’s sports games in Malibu, standing and watching, but generally not speaking to anyone.  Dylan won the award, according to the Nobel Committee, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan’s visionary career spans six decades and his other accolades include Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards — not to mention a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Nobel Prize in Literature, widely considered to be the most prestigious prize offered in literature, was founded in 1901 at the bequest of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. Though news broke Thursday, Oct. 13, that Dylan was to take home the prize, according to members of the Swedish Academy (that awards the prize), he has not been quick to accept.

“We have stopped trying — we said everything we needed to his manager and friend, he knows about us being eager having confirmation from him, but we haven’t heard anything back,” Odd Zschiedrich, the administrative director of the Swedish Academy, told CNN on Tuesday.

Other Swedish Academy members gave his silence a more positive spin. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, reportedly told Swedish Radio Dylan’s team has been in contact. “I have called and emailed to this associate and received a very friendly response,” Danius said in a statement to the radio station. “Right now, it is enough.” 

Dylan is currently touring, which may account for his radio silence, but should he decline the award, he would join famous playwright and novelist John-Paul Sartre, who refused the accolade in 1964. According to a statement from Sartre at the time, his reasoning was both “personal and objective,” though he sought not to decline the award but rather to urge the Swedish Academy to not consider him — his letter did not arrive in time.

Should he accept, Dylan would join the ranks of such laureates as Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Samuel Beckett and Toni Morrison Though it was widely reported Dylan was the first songwriter to receive the honor, it was later pointed out that 1913 winner Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali singer and songwriter, won that accolade over 100 years before Dylan.

Dylan has constantly toured since the 1960s, has sold over 100 million records and has amassed a fortune estimated at $180 million. In 2016 alone, it is estimated that he has already played 45 concert dates.

On the town...

 Amber Rose 
Wearing blue velvet as she stepped out for a night at Hollywood hotspot Delilah.

Cookie: hate the jeans... not my style, and the blouse horrid too Paz.

Why Not Made In America?

Sources report Pamea Anderson visited an orphanage in Russia, but the former “Baywatch” star commented,   it’s hard to adopt one of the children there. “unless you are Russian or living in Russia, it is very difficult to adopt from Russia. 

Reports indicate that Russia do not have a foster care system, in Russia when a child is orphaned, they will be schooled in the orphanage and as low as 5 percent get adopted. The orphans will stay 'til they are 16 most of the time,” Anderson said. “I’m going back to visit. I’m in love with them and their spirits.”
Cookie: Hey! Pamela! Why go to Russia to adopt? what is wrong with adopting American orphans?

Venus Williams and Emilio Estefan at the Grand Opening Celebration of SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in Miami.

Boy George, and Emilio Estefan at the Grand Opening Celebration of SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in Miami

Ciara posts an adorable throwback with baby Future to help kick off Unilever’s #ShareAMeal program to fight child hunger. 

When they were happy... 

Lou Sulola Samuel made her photo debut in pics posted on her daddy Seal's web site. Heidi's hubby of four years has said, "She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us to watch her grow over the coming years."
Cookie: Lou? I thought the baby was a boy... Lou? Whatever! Happy Birthday to baby Lou and congratulations Heidi... you superwoman you. How does she do it?

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