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Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial Delayed After Appeals Court Intervenes

2015 Susan G. Komen D.C. Race For The Cure
Kris Connor—WireImage/Getty Images WWE Legend Hulk Hogan attends the 2015 Susan G. Komen D.C. Race for the Cure at The National Mall on May 9, 2015 in Washington DC.

Amid a flurry of motions, a Florida appeals court orders a slowdown on a trial that was previously scheduled to begin on July 6

A Florida appeals court has halted a trial that was scheduled to begin on Monday between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media over the publishing of the celebrity’s sex tape.

Responding to an emergency motion by Gawker on Thursday, three judges at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had violated a rule of civil procedure by moving ahead with the trial too soon after pleadings in the case.

“Although we easily understand why [Terry] Bollea [Hogan’s real name] and the circuit court went to lengths to preserve the July 6 trial date, their efforts were futile from the outset — by the time the court entered its June 19 order scheduling the trial for July 6, the window for doing so had been closed for weeks,” states a 14-page opinion.

This is the second time that the Florida appeals court has thrown some cold water on the rulings of County Judge Pamela Campbell. Earlier in the case, an injunction order that required Gawker to remove its post was overturned as an unconstitutional prior restraint.

Nevertheless, Hogan has been allowed to move ahead on claims his privacy and publicity rights were violated through the posting of an excerpt of a 30-minute sex tape involving the professional wrestler. The judge has allowed him to amend his claims to add punitive damages. Hogan has demanded as much as $100 million.

Gawker looks to raise a defense that its post was newsworthy given discussion of a possible affair and Hogan’s own comments in the media. It’s not altogether clear how much the First Amendment will factor into the actual trial. The media company’s constitutional arguments that Hogan’s claims are precluded by free speech may have to await appellate review once a jury issues its verdict. The trial would likely examine how Gawker got the tape, what it knew about it, how it used it to its advantage, and Hogan’s injuries. More clarification about what Hogan will have to prove should come once the judge resolves jury instructions.

In the meantime, the trial will be delayed, and once it gets going, the sex tape will be aired in court. But thanks to a decision by Campbell on Wednesday, the sex tape will only be shown to the jury, judge and attorneys in the case. Over the objections of Gawker and intervening media companies, the monitor will be turned away from the public gallery in the courtroom.

No new trial date has been set yet.

This article originally appeared on HollywoodReporter.com

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Tracy Morgan Visits Disney World as He Celebrates Daughter’s Birthday

(July 2, 2015): Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, fiancée Megan Wollover and daughter Maven Morgan, 2, take flight July 2, 2015 on Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom theme park. The family celebrated Maven Morgan’s second birthday at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Chloe Rice, photographer)
Chloe Rice—Disney/Getty Images Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, fiancee Megan Wollover and daughter Maven Morgan, 2, take flight July 2, 2015 on Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom theme park

Tracy Morgan and his family kicked off their July 4 holiday weekend with a visit to Disney World in Florida on Thursday.

The former 30 Rock star was accompanied by his fiancée Megan Wollover and daughter Maven as they hit the rides at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the little girl’s second birthday.

Morgan, 46, has come a long way in the year since a fatal bus crash left him in critical condition and fighting for his life.

The funnyman had to re-learn how to walk, sit and stand, and continues to work with therapists as he deals with the lingering effects of traumatic brain injuries.

“I am happy to be alive,” Morgan told PEOPLE last month. “I have my good days and I have my bad days … I just want to get better and become healthy.”

Morgan said that he’s looking forward to walking his fiancée down the aisle, and is “determined to play with my little daughter and chase her around.”

“All of those things [are] what keeps me going.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Won’t Face Felony Charges Over UCLA Scuffle

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images Producer Sean Combs attends the premiere of Dope at The Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Sean “Diddy” Combs won’t face felony assault and battery charges stemming from his dispute with a UCLA football coach last month.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges related to his June 22 arrest, Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, confirmed to PEOPLE on Thursday. “The case was referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing considerations,” he said in an email.

Combs, 45, whose son Justin is a member of the college’s football team, got into a heated altercation with a strength and conditioning coach, allegedly swinging a kettle bell weight during the skirmish.

He was arrested on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and battery.

A spokesman for the music mogul later released a statement saying that “any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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How Melissa Benoist Felt When She Put on Her Supergirl Costume for the First Time

"It’s impossible not to feel empowered when you put it on"

Melissa Benoist, the star of the upcoming television series Supergirl, felt a range of emotions the first time she put on her signature leotard and cape to play Kara Zor-El—but most of all she felt empowered.

“It’s impossible not to feel empowered when you put it on,” the former Glee cast member told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like a different person almost. It really is an alter ego, where I feel inspired, hopeful and empowered.”

Benoist’s new show premieres on CBS in October.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

 

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Sesame Street‘s Maria Is Retiring After 44 Years

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria Rodriquez on "Sesame Street," and the muppet Grover at an event in New York City on Feb. 27, 2002.
George De Sota—Getty Images Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria Rodriquez on "Sesame Street," and the muppet Grover at an event in New York City on Feb. 27, 2002.

Sesame Street won't be the same

She’s helped generations of children grow up and she’s met many a Muppet in her day. But after 44 years playing human Sesame Street resident Maria, actress Sonia Manzano is retiring.

Manzano, 65, made the announcement on Tuesday during an address at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She has since fielded an outpouring of grief from fans.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Sandra Bullock: It’s ‘Open Hunting Season’ on Women in Media

Sandra Bullock
Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images Sandra Bullock attends the World Premiere of "Minions" at Odeon Leicester Square in London on June 11, 2015.

"It’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age”

While there’s been a noticeable trend of female celebrities speaking out against their treatment in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock is addressing the issues closer to home: how the media sees women in general, particularly when it comes to their age.

During an interview with E! online for her new film, Minions, Bullock — who was recently named People’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2015 — opened up about the pressures of not just being in the spotlight as a movie star, but as a woman.

“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” Bullock said, before going on to admit that she’s worried how this will affect her 5-year-old son, Louis. “I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening.”

Bullock explained that she accepted the People honor, in part, to use the platform to speak out about these issues. “I said if I can talk about the amazing women who I find beautiful, which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things, and take care of each other, then I’m more than honored to be on the cover of this.”​

This article originally appeared in EW.com

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Pippa Middleton Runs Marathon at 5,000 Ft. — One Week After 54-Mile Bike Ride

Pippa Middleton Finishes London To Brighton Bike Ride For British Heart Foundation
Anthony Harvey—Getty Images Pippa Middleton Finishes the London To Brighton Bike Ride For British Heart Foundation on June 21, 2015 in Brighton, England

The 31-year-old was raising money for the Tusk Trust

Pippa Middleton is one fierce athlete.

Just one week after competing in a 54-mile charity bike ridealongside her brother James, the super-fit sister of Princess Katehas completed the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya, Africa, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

The race is a particularly grueling one because of the thinner high-altitude air at more than 5,000 ft. There are two versions – the half and full marathon – and naturally, she opted to do all 26.2 miles, which runs through the Lewa Conservancy.

(The spot has a romantic tie to Kate: Prince William proposed nearby during a 2010 safari.)

Pippa and her friends were raising money for the conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which William is a patron.

“Pippa ran exceptionally well in a very tough marathon, wearing the Tusk cap,” a spokeswoman at Tusk tells PEOPLE. “We are absolutely delighted to have her support.”

It was a record-breaking year for the marathon, as 1,400 runners from about 20 different countries challenged themselves to do the run in temperatures that reached the 80s.

Pippa is not the only royal sibling in Africa, as Prince Harry is also on the continent for his dream job working alongside a veterinarian in Namibia.

Although Harry will miss the christening of his niece, Princess Charlotte, this Sunday, Pippa is expected to attend – and perhaps even score a coveted spot as a godparent.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Coldplay Frontman Chris Martin Just Gave an Impromptu Performance at a New Delhi Café

Indian social media melts down

It was just another Wednesday night for patrons of the Summerhouse Café in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, until Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin got up on stage and began to sing.

Guitar in hand, Martin performed many of the popular U.K. band’s iconic songs, like Fix You and Paradise, before a shocked and elated crowd, as this video from one of the attendees shows:

And here’s another, sent anonymously to BuzzFeed India, of him performing another Coldplay classic Viva la Vida:

And if you live in Delhi, and chose to stay home, and aren’t already feeling bad enough, Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was also there.

Indian musician Vishal Dadlani, who was at a dinner with Martin in the Indian capital, confirmed on Twitter that it was a completely impromptu, acoustic performance by the British musician, who is immensely popular in India despite Coldplay never having performed there.

Which explains why nobody in Delhi had any idea, leading to devastated posts like these all over social media:

It’s not yet clear exactly what Martin was doing in India in the first place, but fans around the country will be praying that the brief interaction with the Delhi crowd has convinced him to come back with the rest of his band for a concert or two.

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Cynthia Nixon: Don’t Get Complacent About LGBT Rights

The Sex and the City star argues that there's still work to be done

Cynthia Nixon, star of Sex in the City, wrote an op-ed in Variety urging LGBT activists to continue to fight for marriage equality.

Even though the Friday Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in every state may seem like the ultimate victory, Nixon argued in the op-ed that the work is not done yet. The reason the LGBT movement has come so far is constant perseverance both in the face of adversity and after achieving community goals, she said.

“Equality proponents knew they were going to win, but didn’t take it for granted for a moment; they worked, they organized, leaving no stone unturned. And to have the vote come from the general population was absolutely game-changing,” the star wrote.

“The important thing to remember going forward, though, is no outcome is ever 100% assured. We have to keep organizing like our lives depend on it.”

Nixon has been active in the fight for marriage equality and married a woman herself in 2012. But she has also drawn controversy: in 2012 she came under fire for saying that “homosexuality can be a choice” and was for her in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. Other LGBT celebrities like Perez Hilton fired back that millions of people around the world were born gay.

[Variety]

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Kim Kardashian Talks Hillary Clinton, Gun Control and Feminism

"I guess people would call me a feminist," she said. "I just do what makes me comfortable"

Kim Kardashian got serious Tuesday night at an event in San Francisco, where she discussed gun control, feminism and whether the U.S. will elect its first female president next year.

Kardashian was interviewed by retired state judge LaDoris Cordell in an event organized by the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, an institution founded in 1903 that has previously hosted speakers like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. When Cordell asked Kardashian to give the audience an idea to change the world, she answered, “Gun control.” She also said she hopes Hillary Clinton will be the first female U.S. president. But when asked whether she’s a feminist, Kardashian said “I don’t like labels.” She said she wouldn’t use that word but didn’t distance herself from the phrase. “I guess people would call me a feminist,” she said. “I just do what makes me comfortable.”

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said she has consciously flipped the script on media objectification of women, and taken control of her own image. “You really can take that power and put out what you want people to look at,” she said. Even her new book of selfies, entitled Selfish, is an exercise in purposeful self-objectification, as she explained: “I’ve taken them … I’m proud of them … I have the control to put out what I want, even if I’m objectifying myself.” Kardashian also noted that the key to a good selfie is excellent lighting, and said that she doesn’t use filters, ever.

Kardashian revealed that she got her start in the fashion universe after she got her dad to buy her seven pairs of Timberland Manolo Blahnik shoes (at $750 each) after she saw Jennifer Lopez wearing them in a music video, then sold them on eBay for $2,400 each. She credits that experience as proof of her early love of “selling and hustling.”

The interview in the Commonwealth Club’s “Inforum” series is part of a string of slightly more substantial interviews Kardashian has been giving in the past few weeks, including an appearance on NPR and a cover story in Rolling Stone. Some people haven’t taken kindly to the appearances, with NPR listeners writing in to complain that they were “disgusted” and that “the Kardashians represent much of what is wrong with America today.”

There was plenty of self-promotion from Kardashian during the event in San Francisco, including a video ad played before the event for her app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. When responding to a question from Cordell about whether she promotes an “unhealthy standard of beauty,” Kardashian pivoted to speaking about how her hair care and makeup lines are affordably priced so they can be consumed by “the masses.”

But when Cordell asked Kardashian what she thought of backlash to her appearance on public radio—and at the Commonwealth Club event—she said, “I don’t know. And I really don’t care.” The crowd cheered for her, some yelling, “We love you, Mrs. West!” Still others just begged for her to take selfies with them.

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