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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78

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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, producer, co-writer and co-director of “The Lords of Flatbush,” died from lung cancer this past weekend in Los Angeles. He was 78.

Released in 1974, “The Lords of Flatbush” follows four Brooklyn greasers in 1958 as they steal cars and pick up girls even as the looming specter of adulthood nears. The film helped launch the careers of Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, who played two members of the gang prior to their big breaks in “Rocky” and “Happy Days.”

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Stallone in particular saw his career resurrected thanks to “The Lords of Flatbush.” According to a retrospective in Ultimate Classic Rock, Stallone was considering giving up on acting when he was discovered by Verona at an acting workshop. Stallone has later said that his performance as Stanley Rosiello, a boorish greaser with a sensitive side that plans
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Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78

Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, who co-wrote, co-directed and produced The Lords of Flatbush, the 1974 film that provided a career boost for young actors Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, has died. He was 78.

Verona died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his wife, Ann, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Verona also co-wrote and directed Boardwalk (1979), a gloomy Coney Island-set drama that played at the Cannes Film Festival and starred veterans Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg and Janet Leigh

Verona had served for a short time as a director at Strasberg's famed Actors Studio, and ...
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Remains of ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Charles Levin Likely Found, Oregon Police Say

Remains of ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Charles Levin Likely Found, Oregon Police Say
The remains of a body that was found in Oregon are likely those of missing actor Charles Levin, according to police.

The 70-year-old actor who has appeared on hit TV shows such as “Seinfeld,” “L.A. Law,” “Alice” and “The Golden Girls,” was reported missing by his son on July 8. Levin had been in the process of moving from his apartment in Grants Pass, Oregon, to a new home when he went missing, KTVL reported.

Authorities had been searching for Levin for the past week, including in remote areas northeast of Selma, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety told CNN.

On Saturday, a resident in the region found Levin’s orange Fiat on an almost impassable road. The body of his pug, Boo Bear, were found in the car and Levin’s body was located nearby, police said.
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The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown Claps Back at Luke Parker in Heated Twitter War

The drama between Hannah Brown and Luke Parker didn't end after Monday's episode of The Bachelorette. After fans watched the Alabama native eliminate the contestant over his controversial comments about sex, Parker took to Instagram to defend himself. "It hurt my heart that @alabamahannah felt I was shaming her," the import/export manager wrote alongside a photo of the duo from their Santorini date. "In our conversation, my heart was never to judge or condemn Hannah. I was simply making a decision for myself on what I expected in our relationship. Our conversations and our beliefs led me to believe we were on the same page about sex. For me it was never about getting a rose. It was...
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Cameron Boyce's Family Launches Foundation In His Honor Following Tragic Death

Cameron Boyce's Family Launches Foundation In His Honor Following Tragic Death
"We all go," Cameron Boyce mused in his speech at the 2018 Thirst Project, "What you leave should be bigger than you." And that's certainly true for the Disney star himself. Following his sudden and tragic death in early July, the 20-year-old's family announced the launch of The Cameron Boyce Foundation. The organization aims to provide "young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and philanthropy to positive change in the world," reads the website. "The Foundation was established in 2019 to honor Cameron's legacy." Cameron's dad Victor Boyce tweeted the news late Monday night....
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Watch Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas and More Celebs in the First Trailer for 2019 We Day California

Watch Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas and More Celebs in the First Trailer for 2019 We Day California
In the words of Selena Gomez, "Are you ready to feel inspired?" In the spring, celebs flocked to We Day California for a day full of fun, crazy-cool performances from top artists and, most importantly, to applaud the students and educators who have made an impact in their local and global communities. "I am so inspired by the people who are celebrated in this year's show for making an impact in their communities and beyond," host of this year's event, Neil Patrick Harris, said in a statement shared with E! News. "As a dad of two young children, I want my kids to grow up in a kinder, more compassionate world, and people like them are making that...
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The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey Isn't Alone: Inside Disney's Many Controversial Live-Action Casting Choices

The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey Isn't Alone: Inside Disney's Many Controversial Live-Action Casting Choices
It was meant to be a moment of celebration for Halle Bailey. When Disney and director Rob Marshall announced the the Grown-ish star and singer, one half of R&b duo Chloe x Halle, had landed the coveted role of Ariel in the studio's upcoming live-adaptation of The Little Mermaid, it was, without a doubt, a career high for the young girl who'd only been on the scene since her and sister Chloe Bailey's viral cover of "Pretty Hurts" drew the attention of Beyoncé herself and got the duo signed to the superstar's management company, Parkwood Entertainment, in 2015. She'd be making her feature film debut in one of the studio's wildly-lucrative live-action adaptations, slipping on the...
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The Complicated Reality of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette's Short but Legendary Relationship

The Complicated Reality of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette's Short but Legendary Relationship
Carolyn Bessette didn't say yes when John F. Kennedy Jr. first proposed to her. She didn't say no, either, but remarkably the 29-year-old Calvin Klein publicist, who had been dating JFK Jr. for about a year, wasn't yet sure that she was ready for what marrying him would entail—a merging of lives that would come with a host of perks but also require a daunting amount of self-sacrifice, not even including the matter-of-fact assault on her privacy. Carolyn had spent enough time at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port to know that there was no exaggerating the legend behind the larger-than-life name, a family technically made up of flesh and blood just like any other...
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019's Best Exclusive Beauty Deals

We love these products, and we hope you do too. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!. Ok, shoppers, unless you've been utterly unplugged, you should know by now that the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Early access for Nordy Club members started July 12—public access starts July 19 and runs through August 4—and the deals are simply amazing. Today, we're focusing on the best beauty exclusives. From La Mer to Tom Ford to Sunday Riley to Charlotte Tilbury (and so many more), all of your favorite brands are a part of the action. We've rounded up some of our faves,...
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‘The Bachelorette’: Luke Parker Returns After Hannah Brown’s Windmill Bombshell In Shocking Promo

We finally made it! The night we’ve been waiting for came and went — on Monday night, Bachelorette Hannah Brown reached fantasy suites… and her fight with Luke and her big windmill moment. Et live blogged along the way with our eyes peeled for windmills. And while Nick Viall speculated Hannah “f**ked in a windmill” with either Jed or Tyler, it was Peter who got the
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The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown Just Fully Destroyed Luke Parker After He Sex-Shamed Her and It Was Epic

Luke Parker has left the building...for now.  Tonight, we watched his and Hannah Brown's fantasy suite date on The Bachelorette, which went horribly, horribly wrong before they could even read that creepy card that Chris Harrison personally writes to Hannah and all of her boyfriends to invite them to spend the night together.  Fortunately for all of us, Luke was the only one it went horribly wrong for, because he put his foot in his mouth in more ways than we even imagined possible, in an incredible way that brought Hannah to all of her senses once and for all.  Things were actually going really well for most of their date. They took a helicopter to Santorini and had a really nice...
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It's Stripper Fallout, Wedding Hiccups and "Black Magic" on 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way

Finally, all the 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way couples are together. In the Monday, July 15 episode of TLC's new reality show, Laura made her way to Qatar to be with Aladin. While she wasn't sure if he'd be there to meet her after their fighting and subsequent blocking, Aladin did show up…with a group of his friends. They quickly ditched the friends and made their way to the new home sweet home…which Laura was less than impressed with. The apartment smelled of moth balls, had a counter-top oven and just two burners for a stove. Now together for the first time in six months, it was "jiggy-jiggy time" in the bedroom. But Laura...
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‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown’s Windmill Sex Happens With Peter Weber: The Best Reactions

We didn’t see that coming! Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette” finally gave us the answer we’ve been waiting for: who exactly did Hannah Brown“f**k in a windmill”… twice? Lucky for us, the ABC gods gave us that answer early in the night, as Peter Weber — yes, Peter!!! — got the first overnight date in Greece. His
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Chip and Joanna Gaines' Baby Boy Crew Takes His First Steps at Magnolia Farms

Crew Gaines is on the move!  Just days after celebrating his 1st birthday, proud pops Chip Gaines took to Instagram with a very special update from Magnolia Farms. His and Joanna Gaines' little boy is officially walking.  "Little crew took his 1st steps today.. It was a good day!" the Fixer Upper star captioned a photo of the tot reaching out for his dad on the Gaines family property in Waco, Tex.  The home improvement gurus welcomed their fifth child in June 2018, joining Drake, 14; Ella, 13; Duke, 13; and Emmie Kay, 9. Earlier this month, the entire fam got together to celebrate their youngest member's special day. Mama Jo shared several photos of the...
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Hailey Bieber Claps Back at Tool Frontman Maynard Keenan Over His ''Hurtful'' Justin Bieber Comment

Hailey Bieber Claps Back at Tool Frontman Maynard Keenan Over His ''Hurtful'' Justin Bieber Comment
Hailey Bieber is sticking up for her man, one hater at a time. Last week, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan couldn't help but respond to the news that Justin Bieber was a fan of his rock band. "#bummer," he shared on Twitter after the 25-year-old "Sorry" singer uploaded several Instagram Stories featuring lyrics from the song "The Pot" from the 2006 album, 10,000 Days. Fast forward to today, and the 22-year-old blonde beauty is defending her husband on social media. "He expressed he was a fan of your music," the supermodel wrote on Twitter in response to the 55-year-old rocker's statement. "Grew up listening to your music....
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Tyler C.'s Fantasy Suite Speech Just Made Him a Bachelorette Frontrunner

Tyler C.'s Fantasy Suite Speech Just Made Him a Bachelorette Frontrunner
That's it. Show's over. Tyler C. has officially stolen the hearts of every Bachelorette viewer. On the highly-anticipated fantasy suite(s) episode, The Bachelorette is definitely vibing with the remaining contestants. As Hannah put it during her date with Tyler C.: "I'm 1000 percent sure that physical intimacy with Tyler is not an issue."  However, their intense, and we mean intense, sexual chemistry also begs the question of how their relationship would do in the real world. "I feel nervous and scared about just how far our physical connection can go when our emotional communication needs to catch up sometimes," the 24-year-old explains.  In other...
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The Bachelorette Mystery Solved! Who Did Hannah Brown Have Sex With In the Windmill?

The Bachelorette Mystery Solved! Who Did Hannah Brown Have Sex With In the Windmill?
Ladies and gentlemen, it was Peter. Peter the Pilot. Pilot Pete. And now maybe forever known as Windmill Pete. Tonight's fantasy suite episode of The Bachelorette finally revealed who Hannah slept with twice in the windmill—a line that has had fans theorizing ever since it aired in a preview two weeks ago—and it might have been the last man you'd expect if you weren't thinking very hard about it. Hannah's fantasy suite date with Peter aired first tonight, and we watched them spend their entire daytime date making out. "Honestly, I don't know if I like kissing you on a plane or a boat better," he said, though we're not sure if they can judge if they...
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Ariana Grande Is the Definition of Glamour in Her First Givenchy Campaign Photos

Ariana Grande Is the Definition of Glamour in Her First Givenchy Campaign Photos
Ariana Grande is taking her role as the face of Givenchy very seriously. The "Thank U, Next" singer revealed the ultra-glamorous and fashion-forward first photos from the brand's latest campaign. "honored to be your girl and wear these looooks," the brunette beauty shared on Instagram, alongside a few sexy snaps from the photo shoot. "happy campaign reveal day. can't wait for everybody to see all of the photos." Modeling the fashion powerhouse's upcoming pieces from the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection, Ari poses for the camera in a jaw-dropping off-the-should top that's adorned with jewels and a mesmerizing emerald suit. Of course, the 26-year-old star...
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New Bachelor in Paradise Promo Has a New Mustache and Some Serious Blake Horstmann Drama

New Bachelor in Paradise Promo Has a New Mustache and Some Serious Blake Horstmann Drama
It's almost the end of The Bachelorette, which means it's also almost Paradise.  Bachelor in Paradise returns in just a few weeks, and we've got an exclusive new promo for you featuring a truly unexpected new mustache on the face of one Dean Unglert, who apparently is joining the cast this season.  The promo also features the previously very mysterious John Paul Jones getting real mad at Derek Peth, accusing him of taking advantage of women, and makes us think that perhaps Blake Horstmann is the new Dean Unglert. He apparently made out with one girl before Paradise, and is now sleeping with multiple people in Paradise, and Demi Burnett just can't keep it straight.  As Dean and...
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says the Game of Thrones Hate Upset the Cast's Group Chat

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says the Game of Thrones Hate Upset the Cast's Group Chat
Ready to feel bad, internet? You made the Game of Thrones cast sad.  The end of the HBO drama was somewhat controversial in terms of whether it was good or not. It currently sits at a 58% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score is a much lower 33%. Shockingly, fans of the show haven't been quiet about their disappointment, and they were so not quiet that the hate made its way into the cast's WhatsApp group.  "Every season has been intense in terms of the attention and discussion, but it was extraordinarily intense for a final season," Coster-Waldau said at a Game of Thrones convention in Nashville, according to HuffPost. "And we have this WhatsApp group, the actors,...
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