Ben Platt to star in Ryan Murphy musical for Netflix

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Ben Platt to star in Ryan Murphy musical for Netflix

Netflix has given a big commitment to a music-driven series from the “Glee” team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan that is set to star Ben Platt.

The project, first reported by Deadline, is described as a satirical comedy revolving around a wealthy politician from Santa Barbara played by Platt, a Tony winner for “Dear Evan Hansen.” Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast, per Deadline. Wow! The series is expected to have musical numbers in every episode.

A rep for Murphy confirmed the two-season deal. Netflix declined to comment.

Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan were the creators and driving forces behind Fox’s “Glee,” which ran from 2009 to 2015. The trio also collaborated on Fox’s horror-comedy anthology “Scream Queens.”

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Kim Kardashian is sending Valentines to her ‘haters’ this year

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Kim Kardashian is sending Valentines to her ‘haters’ this year

Kim Kardashian is sending love to everyone this Valentine’s Day — even celebrities she’s had notorious beefs with.

“I decided for this Valentine’s Day everyone deserves a Valentine,” she said on her Instagram story on Thursday. “So I’m going to send them to my lovers, to my haters, to everyone that I think of because it’s Valentine’s Day after all.”

The mom of three, who has been making a stir on social media lately with racy photos, showed a display of labeled and color-coordinated Post-Its with Kimye enemy No. 1, Taylor Swift, and lawsuit-threatening Blac Chyna clearly in the “haters” column.

Always the expert at subtle shade, Kardashian will also be sending Valentines — in form of her newly launched perfume, KKW Fragrance — to Wendy Williams (who recently went off about Kardashian’s naked photoshoot), Bette Midler and Pink.

Ladies who will be getting a fragrance, with no side of shade, include her sister Khloé Kardashian and pals Ciara, Anna Wintour, Mariah Carey and Cardi B.

But with two more weeks until the big day, her “lovers” better keep on their best behavior if they want to stay that way.

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OMG Robert Wagner “Person of interest” in Natalie Wood death!

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OMG Robert Wagner “Person of interest” in Natalie Wood death!

What seems like a bazillion years after the 1981 death of Hollywood screen legend Natalie Wood, her then husband, Robert Wagner, is being called a person of interest by the LA cold case crew.

So ok, Natalie Wood was this superstar. She was Maria in West Side Story. She was freaking Judy in Rebel without a Cause. That means she snogged James Dean, bitches. She’s no joke.  So she’s married to Robert Wagner, (now 87). Best known for being one half of “Hart to Hart”.   They’re out on a boat one night with, of all people, Christopher Walken, having drinks, going to sleep and in the morning Natalie was dead in the water. She was 43.  The whole thing made more tragic by Natalie’s long fear of the water. Stating once, “I’ve always been terrified, still am, of water—dark water, sea water, or, you know, river water”.

At the time, the actress’ death was ruled an accident. But the case was reopened in 2011, according to 48 Hours, and in 2012, her cause of death was amended to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

Wagner has not spoken with investigators since the case was reopened, 48 Hours reports, and Corina told the show that “his version of events just don’t add up” and that he may know more than he’s letting on “because he’s the last one to see her.”

Investigators also told the show that bruises noted in Wood’s autopsy report suggest that she may have been the victim of assault before her death.

“I think it’s suspicious enough to make us think that something happened,” Corina told 48 Hours.

CBS will air “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water” on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 p.m. ET.

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Meryl Streep files trademark to protect her name

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Meryl Streep files trademark to protect her name

Name-dropping Meryl Streep is going to cost you.

The actress, 68, filed a trademark to protect her name for “entertainment services, namely, live, televised, and movie appearances by a professional actress and entertainer” on Jan. 22, according to United States Patent and Trademark Office records obtained by Page Six on Monday.

Her name is also protected for “personal appearances, speaking engagements; autograph signings” and “providing a website featuring content in the field of motion pictures.”

Streep’s move comes just days HBO announced that she is set to join the “Big Little Lies” cast for its second season. She will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s character.

The application fee for an electronic filing is between $225 and $400. No word on how she paid, but Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld once called her cheap.

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Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin In Biopic

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Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin In Biopic

MGM has acquired rights to develop an Aretha Franklin biopic and signed Jennifer Hudson to portray Franklin in the  untitled project.

Scott Bernstein (“Straight Outta Compton”) and music producer Harvey Mason are attached as producers. Mason was a producer on the “Sing” and “Pitch Perfect 2” soundtracks.

The casting of Hudson — who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “Dreamgirls” — was unveiled by Clive Davis at his Saturday night pre-Grammy party. He said that Franklin had personally selected Hudson for the role in the biopic.

The event sounds unbelievable and included performances by Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Ben Platt, Alicia Keys, Khalid and Logic. Hudson concluded the performance by delivering a medley of Franklin’s hits including “Think,” “Rock Steady,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

Word is miss Franklin hand picked Jennifer to play her. That’s gotta be an incredible moment, to have a legend say you’re good enough to represent her.

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Trump asks the Guggenheim for Van Gogh, but gets a toilet

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Trump asks the Guggenheim for Van Gogh, but gets a toilet

If you weren’t familiar, Trump, the president, has set out to defund the arts program around the US.  But that doesn’t stop the jackass from assuming the art world would provide him with one of its most priceless pieces, right? Ass.

The First Couple had asked the Guggenheim to borrow Van Gogh’s 1888 “Landscape with Snow” painting for their private White House quarters, but a curator responded that the museum no longer had the work.

However, the Upper East Side museum could offer the presidential couple another piece: a fully functional toilet made out of solid 18-karat gold entitled “America.”

The shimmering art piece, created by Italian-born artist Maurizio Cattelan, is estimated to have cost more than $1 million to make.

Curator Nancy Spector wrote back that the Van Gogh was a no-go, but pointed out that Cattelan’s interactive “America” was available after concluding a year-long exhibit in a public bathroom on the museum’s fifth floor. The toilet had been used by visitors but was available “should the President and First Lady have any interest,” Spector wrote.

Side note: Have you ever seen Trumps NYC penthouse? It’s quite possible he’s shit in a gold toilet already.

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Vile Weinstein details revealed by his assistant

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Vile Weinstein details revealed by his assistant

Harvey Weinstein made his personal assistant wipe down the furniture after his frequent office trysts and even pick up used syringes after he injected his penis with a Viagra-like drug, a new suit charges.

Sandeep Rehal “was required to be involved in and aware of the preparation for, and clean up after, Harvey Weinstein’s extremely prolific sexual encounters,” her Manhattan federal court suit says.

“Another ‘task’ Ms. Rehal was forced to do to aid Harvey Weinstein’s sexual encounters was to clean up the semen on the couch in Harvey Weinstein’s office… on a regular basis,” the suit says.

But the married 65-year-old producer needed a boost to consummate the frequent trysts, so Rehal provided that, too, she says in court papers.

The 26-year-old managed “the stock of Caverject shots for his erectile dysfunction,” referring to the medication that’s injected directly into the penis.

“She had to obtain the shots and keep them stocked in a ?cabinet behind her desk at Harvey Weinstein’s TWC office,” the suit says, using the initials of The Weinstein Company.

“Every time Harvey Weinstein went to meet a woman at a hotel, in the office, or elsewhere, which occurred on average at least three times a week when he was in New York, Ms. Rehal was required as part of her job to provide [him] with a shot, which she placed in his jacket pocket or in a brown paper bag,” the suit states.

After he’d administer the cringe-worthy injection and have sex with a stable of “girls” that Rehal maintained in a list, she’d retrieve the used syringes and condoms from hotel rooms before “housekeeping personnel would do their work,” the suit says.

The list, called “Harvey’s Friends,” had the women’s names with asterisks next to his favorites.

When Weinstein’s regular London doctor stopped prescribing him the impotence drugs, he paid Rehal a $500 bonus to find him a replacement supply, the suit says.

“In a futile attempt to minimize Harvey Weinstein’s comments about her appearance, Ms. Rehal started wearing pants,” she says in the suit.

He allegedly responded by complaining, “You used to dress so cute and now what’s going on?”

He demeaned his assistant by calling her a “c—t” and a “p—y,” in front of other company staff and reminded them who was the boss, the suit says.

“He bragged about his power, stating to Ms. Rehal and other employees, ‘I am Harvey Weinstein and you are at Weinstein University. I decide whether or not you graduate,” court papers state.

On numerous occasions he uttered, “What’s wrong Sandeep, is the tampon up too far today?” OOOooooh I want to cut him so bad.

Rehal worked at TWC for two years before quitting in February 2015 because she “couldn’t take it anymore.”

“Although Harvey Weinstein told Ms. Rehal when he hired her that “he was ‘a tough guy and hard to work for,’ she could never have imagined how awful and terrifying her job would be.” she says in the suit.

“As a result of the hostile work environment caused by the incessant sexual harassment, Ms. Rehal has suffered, and continues to suffer from severe emotional distress, anxiety, depression, humiliation, fear, anguish and loss of self-esteem,” the filing states.

She’s suing Weinstein, The Weinstein Company and the firm’s executives for unspecified ?damages.?

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