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People Have ‘Utterly False Beliefs’ About Chris Pratt, Says ‘Guardians’ Director



Given how Chris Pratt is set to voice what feels like every animated character in a slew of upcoming franchises, job security likely isn’t top of mind.

But he at least has confirmation that “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has his back, with the filmmaker coming to the actor’s defense on Twitter Monday amid calls to ax him from future Marvel films.

Responding to a viral tweet calling for Marvel to replace the actor with Patrick Wilson, Gunn said he would “never” oust Pratt, who is set to reunite with the director in a third “Guardians” film next year.

“For what? Because of your made-up, utterly-false beliefs about him? For something that someone else told you about him that’s not true?” Gunn wrote. “Chris Pratt would never be replaced as Star-Lord but, if he ever was, we would all be going with him.”

Pratt has fielded plenty of backlash in recent years over his rumored political affiliation ― he sparked controversy ahead of the 2020 presidential election for mocking the importance of voting. However, the actor has largely stayed out of the political fray, having previously said that he doesn’t feel represented by Democrats or Republicans.

He’s also come under fire for his past connections to churches that have a history of discriminating against the LGBTQ community.

Back in 2019, Elliot Page publicly called Pratt out for attending an “infamously” anti-LGBTQ church, which prompted Pratt to make a rare statement about his beliefs.

“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’” Pratt posted on social media at the time. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Responding in a follow-up tweet on Monday, Gunn seemed to echo that same sentiment.

“I know the church he currently goes to,” the director wrote. “Do you? (The answer is you don’t, but you heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone where he goes to church, so decided, ‘yeah, okay, I’ll believe this terrible thing I heard online about this celebrity!’).”

The people in Pratt’s orbit have made a habit out of defending him in recent years.

The actor’s wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, previously called out the “meanness and bullying” of an Instagram post that ranked Pratt as the least popular Hollywood Chris ― a common internet competition that pits Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine and Chris Evans and Pratt against each other.

A handful of Marvel stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldaña and Jeremy Renner also voiced their support for Pratt in strongly worded public statements.

With Gunn, Pratt has at least returned the favor after the director was booted from the “Guardians” franchise over past offensive tweets that were resurfaced by far-right figures in retaliation for his opposition to Donald Trump.

The actor along with the rest of the “Guardians” cast pleaded for Gunn to be reinstated as director for the upcoming third entry in the franchise at the time in an open letter.

Marvel has since given Gunn a second chance, as he’s set to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” along with a holiday special about the ragtag group of heroes set to be released in the coming years.

Pratt, meanwhile, will next appear as Star-Lord in the studio’s upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will hit theaters in July.





Angela Yee Exits ‘The Breakfast Club’ For Own Nationally Syndicated Show On Same Network



“This is really exciting,” Yee told co-hosts Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy. “This is something that I’ve been waiting to do for years now, way before the pandemic. I had actually sat down with our big boss…and I was telling her, like, ‘Look, I really wanna have my own show.’”

Yee, who started an all-female-hosted podcast focused on sex and relationships called “Lip Service” in 2016, said she approached her iHeart Radio boss to discuss branching out and nabbing a weekend slot of her own — before accepting an offer for a daily national program.

While she’ll stay on for at least another month, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God will soon commandeer “The Breakfast Club” on their own. It remains unclear if a third host will join the show, which launched in 2010 to garner 8 million monthly listeners, according to Deadline.

Fans of “The Breakfast Club” and the rapport of its trio might have little to worry about as Yee hasn’t left the building — and will host her new show on the very same network. For Yee, at least, this change has been a long time coming.


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Joe Exotic Presses ’90 Day Fiancé’ Pal Jesse Meester For Biden Pardon



Joe Exotic, the disgraced animal handler and incarcerated “Tiger King” star, is trying to turn a newfound friendship with “90 Day Fiancé” alum Jesse Meester into a presidential pardon.

Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, made that baffling claim of political reach Monday in an Instagram post that included a shirtless photo of the reality TV star.

“Meet my amazing dear friend Jesse Meester, actor, model, and so much more,” wrote Exotic, imprisoned since 2020 for animal abuse and attempted murder. “You will see him around on my stuff more and more as he is going to help me get a voice to the White House for President Biden to sign my pardon before November of this year.”

“Show him some love,” Exotic added. “Love you, Jesse.”

Exotic’s escapades were captured for the world in “Tiger King,” which became a COVID-19 lockdown hit on Netflix. His rancor toward fellow animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin initially seemed amusing, but it was later revealed he tried to have her killed.

Behind bars, Exotic got divorced and was briefly engaged with a fellow inmate, according to PageSix.

He failed to convince Kim Kardashian to press his clemency case in 2020. Meester, though, seems all in.

“We love you too Joe!” Meester replied in the Instagram comments. “People close to you turned their back on you, but not us. You helped many people through lockdown and we should never forget the truth and authenticity you lived your life with.”

“It’s sad that the backstabbing and lying has become the norm [in] this society,” Meester continued. “Time to unite and fight back to get you out.”

Unlike Kardashian, whose support led to clemency for several inmates during Donald Trump’s administration, the “90 Day Fiancé” star appears to have no special political clout with the Biden administration.


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Raymond Briggs, ‘The Snowman’ Creator And Illustrator, Dead At 88



Author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, best known for creating The Snowman, has died aged 88.

His family said in a statement that he died on Tuesday morning.

The Snowman was first released as a picture book in 1978, selling more than 5.5 million copies around the world, and was turned into a beloved TV adaptation.

Briggs was also the creator of the classics Fungus the Bogeyman and Father Christmas.

The Snowman is Raymond Briggs’ most famous work.

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“We know that Raymond’s books were loved by and touched millions of people around the world, who will be sad to hear this news,” his family said in a statement. “Drawings from fans – especially children’s drawings – inspired by his books were treasured by Raymond and pinned up on the wall of his studio.”

Born in London’s Wimbledon district, Briggs fell in love with illustrations while in grammar school. He attended a number of schools focused on art including UCL Slade School of Fine Art, a top-ranked art school at University College, London.

Briggs also taught students about illustration at Brighton School of Art, including three-time Kate Greenway Medal winner Chris Riddell. The award honors illustrations in children’s books every year. It’s an award Briggs won twice.

The Snowman, a book without words, depicts the story of a snowman that comes to life after a boy makes it. The tale later found an audience in the form of a cartoon that featured an introduction from rock legend David Bowie.

The book, and its accompanying film, were beloved classics in the lead up to Christmas and received an Academy Award nomination in 1982. The British Film Institute named “The Snowman” to its “100 Greatest British Television Programmes” in 2000.

“The Snowman and the Snowdog,” a 2012 sequel to the 1982 cartoon, was dedicated to the original’s producer, John Coates. The film also inspired a video game as well as plays.

Briggs, whose wife Jean died from leukemia in 1973, spent his later years living in Westmeston, Sussex. He also shared a home with his partner Liz, who died in 2015 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease, and her family.

“He lived a rich and full life, and said he felt lucky to have had both his wife Jean, and his partner of over 40 years Liz in his life. He shared his love of nature with Liz on South Downs walks and on family holidays to Scotland and Wales,” the family stated.

Briggs was particularly known for his sense of humor.

“He played practical jokes and enjoyed them being played on him. All of us close to him knew his irreverent humor – this could be biting in his work when it came to those in power. He liked the Guardian editorial describing himself as an ‘iconoclastic national treasure,’” the family added.


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21 Savage Contests Critics On Twitter Over His Violent Lyrics



21 Savage is shutting down criticism over his lyrics, letting fans know his words aren’t an “instruction manual” for life.

The 29-year-old surfaced on Twitter Monday to defend the violent stories he often narrates in his song lyrics after tweeting a message about gun violence in Atlanta.

“Atlanta we have to do better put the f****** guns down!” he tweeted.

A Twitter user quickly swooped in, replying to the Atlanta-based rapper’s message with a GIF of a man looking confused alongside some of 21 Savage’s lyrics from “Jimmy Cooks,” his Billboard chart-topping collaboration with Drake.

“Spin the block twice like there ain’t nowhere to park,” the user wrote, referencing the artist’s lyrics in the song.

“A song is for entertainment it’s not an instruction manual on how to live life in real life I give away a lot of money and spread financial literacy to my community,” 21 Savage wrote in defense of his lyrics.

“Stop trying to make me one-dimensional,” he added.

Last year, 21 Savage similarly came under fire for advocating for more love in the universe on Twitter.

“I wish all this violence would stop it seems like it’s more hate than love in the universe right now!” he wrote at the time.

Twitter users reminded him about his brutal lyrics in a slew of tweets.

“How about you start by rapping less about guns and violence and concentrate more on LOVE @21savage,” one person tweeted.

“You rap about killing ppl,” another Twitter user wrote.

In 2020, 21 Savage released “Savage Mode II,” his third collaborative album with producer Metro Boomin, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.


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Watch Lady Gaga Kick Off U.S. Tour With Fiery Messages About Abortion, LGBTQ Rights



Lady Gaga kicked off the U.S. leg of her Chromatica Ball Tour this week with some pointed messages for lawmakers.

The pop icon paused her Monday night concert at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to express her support for abortion rights following the Supreme Court’s June overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Shortly before launching into a piano-driven performance of her 2011 smash, “Edge of Glory,” Gaga told the crowd that she hoped “to dedicate this song to every woman in America” who “now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant.”

A video of Gaga on stage at the D.C. show sharing her thoughts on abortion rights was widely circulated on social media.

“I pray that this country will speak up, that we will stick together,” she said, as seen in the clip. “We will not stop until it’s right!”

The 13-time Grammy winner, however, didn’t stop there.

“What about all the women who are raped?” she asked the audience moments later. “What about all the women that are dying giving childbirth?”

She went on to explain why she took a moment to address these issues during her performance.

“I didn’t mean to be like a downer,” she continued. “But there’s some shit that’s more important than show business.”

The Supreme Court’s ultraconservative rulings on abortion and gun control as of late have sparked justifiable fears among many Americans that LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage, could soon be rolled back at the federal level.

Such concerns prompted Gaga, a longtime LGBTQ rights advocate, to use a portion of her set to share her thoughts on the prospect of the Supreme Court reconsidering its stance on marriage equality.

Lady Gaga is currently touring in support of her 2020 album, “Chromatica.”

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“This might not be the national anthem, but it’s our national anthem,” she reportedly declared before segueing into 2011’s “Born This Way,” a track long embraced as a rallying cry for the LGBTQ community. “They better not try to mess with gay marriage in this country!”

Gaga launched the pandemic-delayed Chromatica Ball Tour before a sold-out crowd in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month. She will return to the concert stage Wednesday with a performance at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, before hitting San Francisco and Los Angeles, among other cities.


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Pete Davidson In Trauma Therapy To Deal With Kanye West’s Online Abuse



A source close to Davidson, 28, told People that the comedian “has been in trauma therapy in large part” due to the many threatening posts that the rapper has posted on social media.

“The attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete], and he’s had to seek out help,” the source said.

Most recently, West, 45, reacted to the breakup by posting a now-deleted photo of a fake newspaper front page on his Instagram declaring “Skete Davidson Dead At Age 28.”

The insider stressed to People that Davidson “has no regrets for dating Kim and wants it to be made very clear that she’s been nothing but supportive of him throughout their relationship.”

However, Davidson has decided that, “moving forward he just wants to focus on his career,” the insider said.


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Steve Harvey Left Speechless By Comedian’s Answer On ‘Celebrity Family Feud’



Steve Harvey apparently doesn’t keep up with the gargantuan dictionary of whacky New Zealand slang.

The “Celebrity Family Feud” host was visibly shocked on Sunday night’s episode when New Zealand actor and comedian Rhys Darby offered up some new terminology in response to one of the game show’s prompts.

″‘Passed away’ is a nice way of saying someone died. Name a not-so-nice way,” Harvey asked.

“I’d like to say: Carked it,” Darby answered.

Darby clarified: “You know, as in, ‘What happened to that guy?’ ‘Oh, he’s carked it.’ Cause it’s short for ‘carcass.’”

Other contestants jumped in to clarify that there’s an “r” in the word.

“What the hell’s going on?” Harvey asked, still baffled.

One of Darby’s teammates, Samba Schutte, assured Harvey he wasn’t alone.

“I need subtitles sometimes for these guys, too,” Schutte said.

“Carked it” is a phrase commonly used in Australia and New Zealand that means something has died or stopped functioning.

Watch the segment on “Celebrity Family Feud” below:


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