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Rudi Giuliani calls cops on Sacha Baron Cohen in prank gone wrong

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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — What was supposed to be a prank turned into a phone call to the NYPD by Rudy Giuliani after Sacha Baren Cohen tired to pull one over on him.

The incident went down on Tuesday when the former New York mayor and current attorney to President Donald Trump, was lured to the posh Mark Hotel under the impression he was there for an interview about the administration’s response to COVID-19.

After arriving in a room professionally outfitted with lights and cameras, a few questions were lodged at the 76-year-old before being abruptly interrupted.

Giuliani told Page Six, “This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive.”

“This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police,” he explained. “He then ran away.”

According to the publication, witnesses claimed to see Cohen bolt out the hotel in a bathrobe. He was not apprehended by police. 

It wasn’t until “later” that Giuliani realized it was the Borat star. 

“I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,” he said. 

Recently, the provocateur was chased off stage at a militia rally in Olympia, Washington when Cohen took the mic in costume and attempted to get the crowd to join him in singing a racist song. Organizers booted him off stage and he reportedly fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.

By Danielle Long and Stephen Iervolino
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Celebrities and co-stars pay tribute to Naya Rivera, who is presumed dead after disappearing at Lake Piru

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Amy Sussman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Glee cast is dealing with another profound heartbreak as officials scour Lake Piru in California, where actress Naya Rivera was last seen on Wednesday.  Her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey was found drifting alone in a boat Rivera had rented earlier that day.

Authorities believe the 33-year-old has drowned and confirmed on Thursday that their rescue effort is now a recovery.

Heather Morris, who played Rivera’s on-screen girlfriend in the musical comedy, issued a statement regarding the actress’ disappearance and expressed hope that her friend is still alive.

“It’s so hard to wrap your head around something unknown. I’m holding on to hope that the rescuers will bring Naya home in a swift and speedy recovery,” Said Morris. “I know she would remind me in moments like this that God has a plan for everything and although we may not know that that plan is, we need to keep our chin up and stay strong.”

Other Glee co-stars have also reacted to the tragedy:

Demi Lovato: “I don’t tweet often but sometimes my tweets come true so, together let’s manifest on twitter that Naya will be found safe and sound!!. Come on y’all! Let’s put this energy out there: they will find her healthy and alive!!”

Chord Overstreet: “love and hug on the people you can, while you can. I love you. Everyone please send out your prayers.”

Harry Shum Jr: “Praying”

Lauren Potter (Becky): “Naya we just talked on my birthday I love you.”

Vanessa Lengies (Sugar Motta): “I love her. I love you. Holding you tight.”

Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste): “THIS CANT BE!!! ????PLEASE KEEP PRAYING! #nayarivera I LOVE YOU GIRL”

Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins): “Oh God… mercy… please…”

Damian McGinty (Rory): “Sick to my stomach. Please pray.”

 

Other celebrities who co-starred alongside Rivera on separate projects have also expressed their disbelief and grief:

Jackée Harry: “We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since,” said Harry. “Please God, don’t cut this life short.” 

//www.instagram.com/embed.js Leah Remini: “Just heartbreaking. Had the pleasure of working with Naya and although the job wasn’t the most pleasurable, she made it so. She made me laugh on days I didn’t want to laugh, she reminded me to be appreciative of the work and the fun we were having just sitting around with each other. Praying for her, her little boy, her family…”


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a press briefing on Thursday that the incident “just seems like a tragic accident.”  No foul play is suspected at this time.

By Meghan Stone
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Joel McHale's 'Card Sharks' getting underway with strict COVID protocols

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Another show is getting back to work, with newly designed safety rules to keep its cast and crew safe from COVID-19.

Deadline reports that Card Sharks, the ABC show reboot that Joel McHale hosts, has gotten back underway after the industry-wide shutdown; its producers, Freemantle Media is taking safety seriously. 

The show, which shoots at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City, California started shooting again today without an audience, the trade notes.

Part of ABC’s Summer Fun & Games line-up, Card Sharks follows the first reality TV show to continue following the lockdowns: NBC’s America’s Got Talent began shooting last week using a unique, movie screen-style set up that encouraged social distancing.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Zendaya and John David Washington secretly filmed new movie during COVID-19 pandemic

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF–Paula Lobo/ABC(LOS ANGELES) — While Hollywood productions were on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zendaya and John David Washington managed to secretly film their new feature Malcolm & Marie.

According to Deadline, production on the film took place between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious ranch in California. All filming was reportedly done with various acting and directing guilds’ guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Deadline reports that the film, which has already finished production, came about after Zendaya reached out to Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to see if he could write and direct the film during the shutdown. In less than a week, Levinson and his wife Ashley, who is also his production partner, agreed to the project, had the initial plan down and signed up to help finance the film.

Although the film’s storyline is currently being kept under wraps, Deadline reports that the feature has “some echoes of Netflix’s Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now.”

Zendaya shared a first look at the project on Instagram, posting a steamy image which showed her leaning over to kiss Washington.

Malcolm & Marie,” she captioned the photo.

There is no word yet on when this film will be released.

By Candice Williams
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Survey says one in five Americans' relationship would have suffered under lockdown without Netflix

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — While parts of the country are starting to get back to normal following months of COVID-19 lockdown, a new survey reveals just how important streaming services were in quarantine. 

In fact, one in five say their relationship with their significant other would have suffered under lockdown without Netflix.

A quarter say their mental health would have suffered while stuck at home if they didn’t have the streaming service.

The non-scientific poll of 1,200 Americans commissioned by the online security company ExpressVPN revealed that streaming is the most important thing to them while in quarantine, with 33% admitting that — this bests social media by a mile at 21%. Seventeen percent said online shopping was the main thing getting them through these times. Online games and fitness apps ranked as the least important.

No wonder you put on that COVID-15.

The poll noted that 1 in 5 Netflix subscribers love it so much, they’d rather give up ALL outside communication than give up their Netflix. 

That being said, 40% of all Netflix users have signed up to a new streaming service as the lockdown rolled on: 44% have subscribed to Hulu; 35% Disney+; Amazon Prime Video 31%; YouTube 27%; and Apple TV+ at 21%.

By Stephen Iervolino
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