LeRoy Bennett Keeps Top Acts Like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande in the Spotlight

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Randy Rainbow Channels Madonna in Latest Trump Take Down With ‘Border Lies’

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Randy Rainbow’s latest Trump spoof is… well, off the wall.

The YouTuber channeled Madonna’s 1980s hit “Borderline” while poking fun at President Donald Trump’s recent Rose Garden press conference in which he went over his plan to call for a national emergency last week to fund his southern border wall.

“Border lies, freaking us out while you dramatize,” Rainbow sang. “All the stats you claimed you’ve been shown back in your border lies.”

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“Border lies, great for distracting from Russian ties, more insulting than your skin tone, talkin’ about border lies,” Rainbow goes on to sing.

Rainbow has lampooned some of Trump’s biggest head-scratching comments since he first entered into the presidential race.

In October, Rainbow spoofed First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign with a video called, “Just Be Best!” to the tune of the “Beauty and the Beast” classic, “Be Our Guest.”

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In 2016, he posted a parody of an interview Melania Trump did with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“It is an honor to be sitting here with a truly remarkable woman,” Rainbow said as he introduced Melania. “A woman whose initials, when spoken aloud, describe not only her mind but also her body and soul.”

Watch Rainbow’s latest video above.

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Oscar Week 2019 Parties & Events: The List

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Meet Gavin de Becker, the Security Expert in Charge of Jeff Bezos’ Investigation

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For years, Hollywood stars in need of protection could count on Gavin de Becker.

The 64-year-old is now at the center of the Jeff Bezos saga, tasked by the Amazon founder with finding out who leaked his private photos and texts to the National Enquirer. He wants to know if David Pecker, a longtime associate of President Trump and head of the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., conducted a politically motivated hit job against Bezos.

In a lengthy blog post on Medium Thursday, Bezos said Pecker had threatened to publish the photos unless he dropped the investigation into AMI.

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Here are five things to know about the de Becker and his investigation.

SECURITY GURU TO THE STARS

De Becker has established himself as the go-to guy for stars in need of peace of mind. Past clients have included Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Joan Rivers, Madonna, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Ovitz, Gary Shandling and John Travolta.

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HIGH-PROFILE CASES 

De Becker has been involved in several high-profile cases, advising prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial and providing security for Bill and Camille Cosby after their son’s murder in 1997.

He also ran security for former President Ronald Reagan and his family during their time at the White House, according to The New York Times.

In 2001, he also helped provide privacy to George Harrison when the Beatles guitarist was dying of cancer.

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MOSAIC

De Becker helped develop a computer program called MOSAIC, a risk assessment system that helps evaluates levels of threat facing high-risk individuals and can predict future violence.

People logging onto the website are asked 46 questions to determine how much of a threat an abuser poses to an individual or family members.

“MOSAIC expresses its results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely to escalate — including homicide,” according to Oprah.com.

Speaking of Oprah, in the last year of Winfrey’s show, she dedicated two hour-long episodes to de Becker’s work in domestic violence.

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BEST SELLING AUTHOR

De Becker has authored several books, including, “The Gift of Fear,” which became an instant bestseller after a gushing Winfrey endorsed it on her show.

The book had reached No. 4 on the New York Times’ bestseller list, according to the Los Angeles Times, and has been published in more than a dozen languages, according to de Becker’s site.

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LAX PRIVATE SUITES

De Becker and his security firm established The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, a secluded and exclusive luxury compound serving VIPs looking to for privacy.

The facility, which opened in May 2017, offers “unprecedented ease as well as high-end security, seamless logistics, and five-star services,” according to Forbes.

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Razzie Awards: Every Worst Picture ‘Winner,’ From ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ to ‘The Emoji Movie’ (Photos)

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Natalie Portman Apologizes to Jessica Simpson for ‘Virgin’ in a Bikini Comment

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Natalie Portman has apologized to Jessica Simpson after being accused of body shaming the singer in a recent interview.

“I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention,” Portman told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday night. “I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.”

The offending comments came while Portman, who plays a fictional pop star in her new film “Vox Lux,” was praising Madonna for being a strong role model for young girls when she was growing up.

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“I felt really lucky to have her as a little kid, because I saw someone who was brazen and disobedient and provocative and trying to mess with people and always changing — I thought it was a great thing to see in a woman growing up,” she told USA Today.

But Portman juxtaposed her compliment by criticizing the mixed messages that Simpson sent out early in her career. “I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl,”  the Oscar-winner said.

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The accidental jab did not go unnoticed by Simpson, who voiced her dismay on Twitter Wednesday.

“@Natalieportman I was disappointed this morning when I read that I ‘confused’ you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999,” Simpson, now a 38-year-old mother of two. “As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in.”

The daughter of a minister, Simpson first rose to fame as a teen pop star before entering the reality TV world on “Newlyweds” during her short-lived marriage to 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey. She’s since remarried and rebuilt her career around a successful fashion empire and is pregnant with her third child.

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Portman, herself a child model and actress, went on double down on her apology to Simpson.

“What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want,” she said, adding: “It is a mistake to say anyone’s name,” she says. “I could have made my message without naming.”

“Vox Lux,” which also stars Jude Law, Stacy Martin and Christopher Abbott, opens on Dec. 7 in limited release before expanding everywhere on Dec. 14.

See Simpson’s full tweet below.

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– Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018

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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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#Vote

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

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Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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Piers Morgan Shredded for ‘Woman Shaming’ Madonna: ‘Truly Vile Scum’

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Maybe Piers Morgan should consider another Twitter detox.

British media personality and social media crank Morgan took a shot at “Vogue” singer Madonna on Thursday, and received quite the shellacking himself.

Morgan took aim at Madonna via Twitter, posting an image of her from the Daily Mail.

“Madonna PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Singer, 60, displays remarkably smooth complexion and gold grill as she enjoys a late night dinner in London,” the Mail’s headline read.

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Morgan’s assessment was considerably less complimentary.

“Yikes. Is it Halloween already??” Morgan wrote.

While some commenters found humor in Morgan’s jab, many more went after the “Good Morning Britain” personality.

“Maintaining your show-business persona must be a pain in the arse for you Piers – having to say something ‘funny’ (often at someone else’s expense) on a regular basis,” read one response. “People age. Madonna’s starting to look like a nice old lady. Will you grow out of being a schoolboy? Who knows ?”

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“Bullying @piersmorgan – not cool man,” read another reply.

“How rude, glass houses?!” another Morgan detractor weighed in.

“Woman shaming. Nice work,” another commenter wrote, adding an eyes-rolling emoji.

“I quite enjoy your very witty riposte to the odd Twitter offender but this is rather ‘ungentlemanly’ conduct!” another critic wrote.

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And then there was, “Why are you so unpleasant? Is there really any need to attack people’s appearance constantly? Kindness costs nothing.”

“That’s a mean thing to say,” another disappointed commenter wrote. “So disrespectful.”

On the more coarse end of the criticism, there was, “You’re such a c–tface Morgan. Truly vile scum you are! Just f— off!”

This isn’t the first time that Morgan has taken aim at Madonna. Prior to the 2016 election, when the singer tweeted a topless photo of herself in an effort to persuade voters to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Morgan responded, “This might swing the election…to @realDonaldTrump,”

That same year, Morgan took another shot at Madonna, calling a video of the singer “grotesque” and saying it made him “physically sick.”

Read Morgan’s latest jab at Madonna below.

Yikes. Is it Halloween already??https://t.co/MCWAr5cuLr pic.twitter.com/UXme96x5Du

– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 6, 2018

Maintaining your show-business persona must be a pain in the arse for you Piers – having to say something ‘funny’ (often at someone else’s expense) on a regular basis. People age. Madonna’s starting to look like a nice old lady. Will you grow out of being a schoolboy? Who knows ?

– Mark Beer (@beer_net) September 6, 2018

How rude, glass houses?!

– Yellow (@Yellowlass) September 6, 2018

Woman shaming. Nice work ????

– Emma Hyland (@emmalemmaling) September 6, 2018

I quite enjoy your very witty riposte to the odd Twitter offender but this is rather ‘ungentlemanly’ conduct!

– Rookie (@JudgeRookie) September 6, 2018

Bullying @piersmorgan – not cool man ????

– Veera Weisdorf (@veeraweisdorf) September 6, 2018

Woman shaming. Nice work ????

– Emma Hyland (@emmalemmaling) September 6, 2018

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Madonna Defends Aretha Franklin Speech at VMAs: ‘I Did Not Intend to Do a Tribute’

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Madonna defended her long speech at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, explaining that she “did not intend to do a tribute” to Aretha Franklin with the speech.

“I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!” the singer wrote in an Instagram post. “I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way.”

Madonna presented Camila Cabello with the Video of the Year award on Monday night but entered the stage with a portrait of Franklin projected on the screen behind her. She opened with an anecdote about singing Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” at an audition, a long and roaming story that seemed more relevant to Madonna’s life and career than to Franklin’s.

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Viewers at home roasted Madonna on social media, complaining that the speech did a disservice to the late soul singer, robbing her of the proper tribute she deserved.

“I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show,” Madonna wrote in her Instagram post. “I could never do her justice in this context or environment.”

“Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge,” she continued. “I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”

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Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! ????????????. And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. ????????. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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See some of the tweets about Madonna’s speech below.

This ain’t about Aretha at all. #VMAs

— Felonious Munk (@Felonious_munk) August 21, 2018

Transcript of Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin.

The green portions are about Aretha. The red is Madonna talking about Madonna. pic.twitter.com/t8kSTSg326

— Marshall Hook (@marshallhook) August 21, 2018

So all the black artist they could call to talk about the legacy of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and MTV brought out Madonna to mention Aretha one time in her long ass story???? #VMAs D.I.S.R.E.S.P.E.C.T. pic.twitter.com/9wAmpxH74k

— Joy Henry (@joibella19) August 21, 2018

does Madonna know Madonna didn’t die

— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) August 21, 2018

Madonna made Aretha Franklin’s death about herself and her own musical journey, and honestly, this is some of the whitest shit I have ever seen. #VMAs

— Evette Dionne ????????‍ (@freeblackgirl) August 21, 2018

Aretha watching Madonna’s tribute to her from heaven …. pic.twitter.com/fuMkCCf1AT

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 21, 2018

Aretha spirit exiting this VMA ceremony pic.twitter.com/TdWu6HUVRb

— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) August 21, 2018

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