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Tennessee May Soon Criminalize Drug-Addicted Pregnant Moms

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  • Tennessee’s state legislature has approved a bill that would make it possible to charge pregnant women for assault if they use narcotics during their pregnancy. Critics of the bill rightfully point out that it’s a sneaky way to give more rights to fetuses, thus easing the way to criminalizing abortion. Women’s rights groups and the ACLU are asking Governor Bill Haslam to veto the bill. [TennesseanCosmopolitan]
  • Dreamworks’ next computer-animated film, “Home,” will feature a young Black girl — voiced by Rihanna — at its center. [IndieWire, The Root]
  • Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law, which is used to police consensual sex between same-sex adults, is staying put for now. Sometimes I really do think the South is another country. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Selena Gomez Left Rehab For Sundance

  • Selana Gomez bailed on rehab after only two weeks because she wanted to go to the Sundance Film Festival. [TMZ]
  • Sheryl Crow revealed she has a benign brain tumor, which she monitors with an MRI scan every six months. [Mirror UK]
  • Fellow addict Aaron Sorkin remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman, who appears in two films he wrote: “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “Moneyball.” [TIME] Keep reading »

Report: Selena Gomez Checked Into Rehab [UPDATE]

  • Selena Gomez checked into rehab last month for “exhaustion,” her reps confirmed to RadarOnline this morning. Sel checked into the Meadows in Arizona and stayed for two weeks. She had been “experimenting” with marijuana, Ambien and Xanax and went to rehab at the urging of friends who no doubt don’t want to see her end up like Justin Bieber. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York City police arrested four people at an apartment in Chinatown who are believed to be connected to the heroin sold to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor died this weekend of a drug overdose. [People, Daily Mail UK]
  •  [UPDATE] David Bar Katz had said he never gave The National Enquirer an interview and the claim he said he was romantically involved with Philip Seymour Hoffman before his death are “100% false.” He also said he intends to sue the Enquirer. [New York Daily News] — OOOF. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend, playwright David Bar Katz, reportedly told The National Enquirer that they had a sexual relationship and Hoffman had been struggling with his sexuality. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Philip Seymour Hoffman Allegedly Possessed 70 Bags Of Heroin When He Died

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly had 70 small bags of heroin and pills laying around his New York City apartment when he was found dead yesterday of a drug overdose. He had reportedly been living alone for the past three months after being asked to leave the apartment he shared with his longtime partner and their three kids. [New York Post (1), New York Post (2)]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a personal photo of herself and Hoffman from the set of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which they filmed together in 1998. His college roommate from NYU tweeted a much-older pic of the young acting student in his dorm room. [Instagram, Independent UK]
  • Despite rumors that Laura Prepon would be off “Orange Is The New Black”‘s second season, Jenji Kohan has confirmed that her character Alex will be on the show for “most” of the season. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

More Details Emerge About Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

  • Celebrities react to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death from a drug overdose this weekend. [Huffington Post]
  • Meanwhile, police are concerned that the batch of heroin which killed Hoffman was laced with fentanyl, a drug used on cancer patients. Such batches have been linked to heroin-related deaths all along the East Coast. [TMZ]
  • Hoffman was discovered by a friend and his assistant after he failed to pick up his children on Sunday morning. He had separated from his longterm partner and children’s mother, Mimi O’Donnell, in recent months. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Yeezus said let there be Kim photographed by Vogue, and lo, there was Kim photographed by Vogue. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Chiara De Blasio, Daughter Of NYC’s New Mayor, Describes Her Depression And Battle With Substance Abuse

“Getting sober is always a positive thing."

I would like to applaud Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio, for her bravery in speaking frankly and honestly about her struggle with clinical depression and using marijuana and alcohol to cope. The Santa Clara University sophomore just completed an outpatient group therapy program for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and in the video above, released by the de Blasio campaign today, Chiara discusses her recovery. “Removing substances from my life has opened so many doors for me,” she says. “I was actually able to participate in my dad’s campaign … Now I’m doing well in school and actually getting to explore things that aren’t just partying.” Keep reading »

“Grief Goes With You Every Day”: Lea Michele Remembers Cory Monteith On Ellen

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RIP, Cory Monteith

Lea Michele has been slowly opening in the media about how she is coping after Cory Monteith’s sudden death in July from a drug overdose. The “Glee” costars had also been a couple and Michele stood by Monteith during his struggles with addiction. Yesterday she appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and praised her friend Kate Hudson for opening up her home after Monteith’s death, so Lea could hide out from paparazzi. She also repeatedly called the “Glee” cast her “family” and said they are all getting through this together. “I really feel like I’m trying to figure out all of this. It’s only been a few months,” she said. “My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me, at one point, she said there’s an empowerment that comes with grief. At some point, you find it. It’s very hard, but you will find it. At some point, you can choose to fall from this or you can choose to rise.” It’s a very sad talk — but at the same time makes me respect Lea Michele so much more for her strength and grace. [YouTube]

Eeek: Zac Efron Did Two Stints In Rehab

  • Zac Efron reportedly had not one but two stints in rehab for cocaine addiction this year. [TMZ]
  • Blake Lively’s older sister Robyn Lively revealed that she recreated her famous “Teen Witch” dance at Blake’s wedding to Ryan Reynolds. Cute or upstaging the bride? [US Weekly]
  • The Kardashians are already filming their Christmas episode. That’s how they do. [RadarOnline]
  • Also, Khloe Kardashian Instagrammed a pic of herself  hanging out with Scott Disick, her sister’s baby daddy, in their pajamas. Raises eyebrows. That’s how they also do. [Hollywood Life]
  • Amy Sedaris, Wanda Sykes, Cynthia Nixon and Julie White have joined a political comedy series called “Alpha House,” written by the Doonesbury comic creator Gary Trudeau, for Amazon Prime. [Variety] Keep reading »

Zac Efron Might’ve Been A Cokehead

  • Maybe it wasn’t alcohol that landed Zac Efron in rehab: the “High School Musical” star allegedly checked into rehab for a “big coke problem” and abusing Molly (pure MDMA), according to TMZ sources.  Efron wouldn’t show up to set while he was filming “Neighbors” because he was too coked out, the sources added, and also trashed a Las Vegas hotel room with his friends, causing $50K in damage. [TMZ]
  • “Mad Men” will split the 14 episodes of its last season in two during 2014 and 2015 … which is a fancy way of saying two more short seasons, I guess? [Los Angeles Times]
  • New couple alert: Rashida Jones is dating “Saturday Night Live” writer Colin Jost, who look like he has that Brooklyn hipster thing down to a T. [US Weekly]
  • Arcade Fire will air a 30-minute concert special on NBC on Saturday, September 28, after the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” on which they’ll also be the musical guest. [Consequence Of Sound] Keep reading »

RIP Khloe & Lamar (Except Hopefully Not)

Trouble For Lamar & Khloe
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Is the couple splitting up? Read More »

Let’s face it: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are the best thing to ever happen to the dysfunctional treasure trove that is Kardashian family. They just may be the best thing to happen to reality television ever: they radiate from the screen with what can only be described as “sparkle,” bringing with them their endless capacity for high-quality, intellectually stimulating primetime entertainment.

Sure, they’re a little wacky and definitely unconventional, but isn’t that what gives them their charm and grace? Yes, when they got married after just a monthlong courtship (perfectly reasonable, obviously), we all had our doubts. But as the years go on, they’ve been keeping it together with no high-drama celebrity divorce murmurs in sight — until now.

In the alternate reality that is the Kardashian universe, Khloe and Lamar proved themselves to be the most grounded of the pack, and that’s why I’m positive that they can make it through their latest hundred-dollar-bill-sprinkled rough patch. Among the trash heap of celebrity marriages gone by, these two twinkle with (albeit currently drug-riddled) authenticity, still standing as others drop like flies. Keep reading »

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