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Reality Roundup: Tom Sandoval sues Ariana Madix, ‘Big Brother’ 26 premiere and more

Have no fear, your reality roundup is here! Here’s a look at what happened in the world of reality television this week:

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
It’s the Scandoval that will never stop-doval. Tom Sandoval has sued Ariana Madix over explicit footage of Rachel Leviss that was revealed in season 10 of Vanderpump Rules. Sandoval claims Madix violated his privacy when she peeked at his phone to discover the explicit video of her then-friend and castmate Leviss. The suit alleges that Madix did not have Sandoval’s “authorization or permission” to look at his phone or view videos on the device.

Big Brother (CBS)
During Wednesday night’s season 26 premiere of Big Brother, host Julie Chen Moonves unleashed a new artificial intelligence twist on the first eight houseguests. A prospective 17th houseguest, named Ainsle, was introduced — though it was revealed she was an “AI entity” and not an actual human woman. A human woman acted as Ainslie, though, and fans recognized her as popular TikTok user Cosette Rinab. “THATS NOT AINSLEY!!! THATS A TIKTOKER NAME COSETTE!!! ITS A FAKE #BB26,” one fan wrote on the social platform X.

Dance Moms: A New Era (Hulu)
The popular reality show Dance Moms has been rebooted for a new generation. A new coach, new dancers and all new drama awaits in the first season of Dance Moms: A New Era. The trailer for the season is available to watch now, and the show premieres on Aug. 7 on Hulu.

 

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Entertainment

Pricey mistake: Misprinted ‘Harry Potter’ book hitting the auction block

Heritage Auctions

A rare uncorrected proof of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that was bought for just $1.27 is expected to fetch a mint when it is auctioned in Dallas, Texas, on July 25.

The opening bid for the book is already at $12,500.

Just 200 such proofs were printed with an error on the main title page listing author JK Rowling‘s name as “J. A Rowling.”

The rare book up for grabs was purchased by a school in the English village of Minister Lovell. It was forgotten until a local businessman found it, intending to donate it to a museum. 

However, the museum reportedly balked at having such a potentially valuable item in its collection, so the book’s sharp-eyed new owner, Dale Henry, decided to auction it off for charity.

All proceeds from the Heritage Auction will be reinvested into the cash-strapped town. 

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Entertainment

Kate Hudson confirms she and her ‘Fool’s Gold’ co-star Matthew McConaughey don’t wear deodorant

McConaughey, Hudson in 2016 – Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby

Kate Hudson is beautiful, but she might not smell that way to some.

The star appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and was asked by a fan if the rumor was true that she forced her Fool’s Gold costar Matthew McConaughey to wear deodorant.

“No,” Kate said flatly, but then confirmed neither star partakes in any underarm protection. “We’re au naturel, you know?” she said with a laugh.

“He doesn’t wear deodorant, and by the way, I don’t either,” she said before explaining she knew when McConaughey was around because they “were so close” while shooting she could “smell him from a mile [away].”

Apparently, however, she isn’t against it in public, as she told host Andy Cohen that she was looking for a little protection backstage before she went on camera.

Evidently this all comes back to a 2008 Playboy interview in which McConaughey revealed he swore off the stuff decades ago, though he said he showers multiple times a day. “I just never wore it. No cologne, no deodorant,” he said, adding, “The women in my life, including my mother, have all said, ‘Hey, your natural smell smells, one, like a man and, two, smells like you.'”

In McConaughey’s defense, his Tropic Thunder co-star Yvette Nicole Brown insists he smells alright (alright alright).

She told the Jess Cagle Show back in 2021 she specifically wanted to sniff the star after she got wind of his aversion to deodorant. She insisted he smells “delicious,” like “granola and good living.”

 

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Entertainment

Weekend Watchlist: What’s new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here’s a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Hulu
UnPrisoned: Kerry Washington plays a therapist who seeks counseling from John Stamos in season 2 of the comedy series.

Netflix
Simone Biles Rising: Just in time for the Summer Olympics, follow one of the world’s greatest athletes in the two-part docuseries.

Cobra Kai: It’s the beginning of the end. Part one of the sixth and final season is streaming now.

Find Me Falling: Harry Connick Jr. is a rock star who falls in love while trying to reclaim his spark in the new romance film.

Disney+
Young Woman and the Sea: Learn the true story of the first woman to swim across the English Channel in the new drama film.

Apple TV+
Lady in the Lake: Natalie Portman plays a housewife who becomes a journalist in the new limited series.

That’s all for this week’s Weekend Watchlist – happy streaming!

 

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Business

CrowdStrike stock price plummets amid worldwide IT outage

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(NEW YORK) — The stock price of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike plummeted in early trading on Friday amid a global IT outage that has affected clients worldwide.

Shares fell nearly 15% on Friday morning, dropping the price to its lowest level since May.

“The issue has been identified, isolated and a fix has been deployed,” CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz said in a post on X.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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National

Trump rally shooter’s duffel bag and range finder first sparked suspicions, sources say

The home of 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, the suspected shooter who attempted to assassinate former President Donald J. Trump is cornered off with crime scene tape and guarded by law enforcement, investigators are also converging on the home again to search for clues and evidence with many road closures in the area in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania on July 18, 2024. The United States Secret Service killed the gunman. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)

(BUTLER, Pa.) — New details have emerged about the suspected shooter at former President Donald Trump’s rally over the weekend, including what first brought Thomas Matthew Crooks under suspicion.

Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News that suspicions about the suspect were first aroused at the site by other attendees when they spotted him with a range finder and duffel bag.

Attendees then notified law enforcement, according to sources.

The suspect, who was 20, had two cell phones — one on him and a second one found at his home, sources said.

Sources also told ABC News that Crooks came to the rally site in Butler, Pennsylvania, on the morning of the shooting, stayed there for an hour, left and then came back sometime in the early 5 p.m. ET hour.

Additionally, a source told ABC News that an individual using the name of the suspect signed up online to attend the Butler, Pennsylvania, Trump rally on July 6, a week before the shooting.

Meanwhile, the FBI told lawmakers they’ve conducted 200 interviews as part of the investigation, a source said.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General opened its third probe into the security that led to the assassination attempt.

The agency said the third probe will investigate the U.S. Secret Service’s planning and implementation activities for protective operations.

“Our objective is to determine the extent to which the Secret Service plans and implements protective activities to ensure the safety and security of designated protectees,” the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General said.

The announcement follows two prior probes, opened on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively that examined the U.S. Secret Service’s process to secure the campaign event and a review of the Secret Service Counter Sniper Team’s preparedness and operations.

Investigators working to determine a motive behind the assassination attempt are also examining a message left on a gaming platform site purported to have been authored by the suspect, according to multiple law enforcement sources briefed on the probe.

Investigators, according to multiple law enforcement sources, found a post on the gaming platform Steam that is credited to the suspected gunman, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks. The post reads “July 13 will be my premiere, watch as it unfolds.” Investigators are working to determine whether the post is legitimate.

Investigators also found internet searches for both Trump and President Joe Biden on the phone belonging to Crooks, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Crooks had searched for the dates of Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and for those of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the sources said.

The suspect’s phone was one of several devices that law enforcement investigators had collected as they worked to piece together a timeline of the assassination attempt against the former president during a Saturday rally.

“What is beginning to emerge is a portrait of a troubled young person who turned to violence,” said John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and former head of intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security.

Cohen, who specializes in the phenomenon of mass shooters, added that investigators may never determine a single or precise motive for the attack. Sources familiar with the investigation have told ABC News that a search of the suspect’s phone history has revealed no indication of Crooks’ political views or his motive for the shooting. Investigators have also found no digital footprint from the suspect suggesting any affiliations with international or domestic terrorist groups. They have also been unable to identify any ideological nexus to Trump and/or Biden, according to sources.

“Likely, it was a combination of mental health issues, ideological beliefs and a sense of personal grievance, the same combination of factors present in almost every school shooting and mass casualty attack over the past several years. As with those incidents, the warning signs were there, they were just not recognized,” Cohen said. “The threat was real but people around him did not understand what they were witnessing or how it would play out last Saturday.”

The FBI early on Sunday had identified Crooks as the suspect. The U.S. Secret Service said snipers had killed Crooks at the scene. Firefighter Corey Comperatore, a dad who was attending the rally, was killed, and two other bystanders injured, officials said.

The searches compounded the questions that were swirling as investigators searched for a reason for the shooting, including a possible political motive. Crooks had been registered as a Republican voter, according to state records. But a $15 donation to a progressive group was also recorded under “Thomas Crooks” in January 2021, according to FEC records.

As investigators analyzed the suspect’s phone, they looked at his search history, which included the queries for Trump and Biden. But that search history didn’t immediately appear to reveal Crooks’ political views, sources told ABC News.

Law enforcement officials investigating the assassination attempt told lawmakers on Wednesday that 20 minutes had passed between the time Secret Service snipers first spotted Crooks on a rooftop and the time the first shots were fired, according to several law enforcement officials and lawmakers briefed on the matter.

Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday requesting more information on the Trump rally shooting — a preview of what GOP members on the committee may ask Wray when he appears at a hearing on Wednesday, July 24.

Jordan alleges that “whistleblowers have disclosed to the Committee that the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) did not have proper resources for President Trump’s campaign event in Butler because of staffing shortages” due to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, which ran from July 9 to July 11 in Washington, D.C., and an event attended first lady Jill Biden in Pittsburgh on the same day as the Trump rally.

“The information provided to this Committee raises serious questions about the thoroughness of the security planning by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in support of President Trump’s campaign rally,” Jordan said. “Law enforcement overlooked a number of vulnerabilities prior to and during the event.”

Editor’s note: The story has been updated based on additional information from law enforcement.

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Health

Isabella Strahan shares she is cancer-free: ‘Everything is clear’

Isabella Strahan shared she is cancer-free after revealing she was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. — Isabella Strahan/YouTube

(NEW YORK) — Isabella Strahan is on her road to a full recovery!

In a new update on Thursday from a video on her YouTube channel, the 19-year-old daughter of “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan shared that she is officially cancer-free.

Earlier this year, Isabella Strahan publicly revealed she had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor.

In her latest vlog titled, “Goodbye Hospital,” Isabella Strahan shared that she was at her last appointment at the Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Durham, N.C., to review results from her scans.

“It was a great, great scan,” she said with a smile on her face. “Everything was clear. Cancer-free and everything is great. I don’t have another doctor’s appointment until October.”

She continued, “I miss my doctors already and everyone who’s helped me because they’re all so nice… I feel like I’m just saddened today knowing that I wasn’t gonna be going back for awhile because I love them so much. So, that was my last hospital vlog until October!”

Isabella Strahan was a freshman at the University of Southern California when an initial MRI scan in October ultimately led to her diagnosis of medulloblastoma, a cancerous and fast-growing brain tumor that develops in the cerebellum, the back of the brain where movement and coordination are controlled, according to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, where she is being treated.

Medulloblastoma is a type of malignant tumor that accounts for about 20% of all childhood brain tumors, according to estimates published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.

The new update comes after Isabella Strahan shared on her Vlog last month that she completed her final round of chemotherapy.

“This [has been] a long journey but I made it,” she said at the time. “And now I have to recover and get back to my usual state, which is going to take a long time, but I’m done with treatments.”

She was also celebrated by friends, family and hospital staff over the accomplishment with a confetti parade at the hospital before ringing the bell to signify the end of chemotherapy.

Marking the milestone, Michael Strahan took to Instagram to celebrate the moment and gush over his daughter.

“@isabellastrahan you are a SUPERWOMAN! Ringing that bell finishing chemo and on your way!” he captioned a video of her ringing the bell. “You continue to fight with a smile on your face, strength, and determination. I am one proud Dad! Love you, Bella.”

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Entertainment

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm”s Jeff Schaffer on 11th Emmy nomination, why their odds of winning are a ‘Bear’

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On Wednesday, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm scored its 11th Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying a record set by classics Cheers and M.A.S.H. for the most nominations in that category.

“HBO told Larry [David] and I that and we both … we’re pretty cynical, but that was pretty cool,” Curb showrunner Jeff Schaffer tells ABC Audio. “It’s a pretty special honor to get for the show’s final season. You know, those are two of the foundational sitcoms of all time. So that was, that’s pretty neat.”

Schaffer gives show creator Larry David his flowers for the nomination, saying it’s “a testament to Larry, and Larry’s demented cranium … and his great ideas.”

He adds, “You know, there’s been 12 seasons of us surprising, annoying, scaring our audience. Look, if a show can get a nomination in its 12th season, it says, like, oh, we’re still surprising people the way we’d want to surprise them.” 

That said, Schaffer knows their odds of winning this year are a real bear — or more specifically, The Bear. The FX series scored 23 nominations in the Comedy category, despite most thinking it’s been placed in the wrong one. 

“I love The Bear,” Schaffer says. “The Bear‘s a great show.” 

However, he adds, “It’s not a comedy, and I don’t think they think it’s a comedy. No one thinks it’s a comedy. And there’s a reason for that. It’s not a comedy. It’s a really good drama.” 

Shaffer adds of Curb, “All we’re trying to do is make people laugh. We’re just trying to make the funniest show possible.” 

The 76th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held in LA on Sept. 15, airing live on ABC.

 

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National

Bissell recalls over 3 million Steam Shot steam cleaners

Via CPSC

(NEW YORK) — Approximately 3.2 million units of Bissell’s Steam Shot steam cleaners are being voluntarily recalled due to a potential burn hazard.

Bissell announced the recall Thursday, saying its Steam Shot handheld steam cleaners with model series numbers 39N7 and 2994 can push out hot water or steam during use or while heating up, potentially causing a burn injury.

In a statement to “Good Morning America,” Bissell said in part, “At BISSELL, we are passionate about designing safe and reliable cleaning products. Consumer safety is our top priority and we are working in full cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to voluntarily recall Steam Shot Handheld Steam Cleaners.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company said it has received 183 reports of hot water or steam expelling from Steam Shot units so far and 157 reports of minor burn injuries.

Bissell’s Steam Shot steam cleaners were manufactured in China and sold at major retailers including Target, Walmart, and national department and home goods stores. The recalled cleaners were also sold online on Bissell’s website and retailer sites like Amazon, HSN and other websites from August 2008 to May 2024. They were priced between $35 and $40 for one steam cleaner or $70 for a two-pack of the cleaners.

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Bissell’s Steam Shot steam cleaners impacted by the recall include those within the 39N7 and 2994 model series. Image via CPSC

Bissell recommends customers stop using any recalled Steam Shot cleaners immediately, even if the product appears fine to use. The recalled cleaners have the words “STEAM SHOT” or “POWER STEAMER” printed on the side of the units and have model numbers printed on the product rating label on the bottom of the units.

Impacted customers can register for the recall at www.bissell.com/steamshotrecall and visit the site for more instructions on how to properly cut the recalled product’s cord before disposing of it. Bissell is offering impacted customers a $60 credit to the company’s website or a $40 refund for the recalled product.

To contact Bissell, customers can call 855-417-7001 toll-free from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. Customers may also email RecallNA@bissell.com or visit www.BISSELL.com/steamshotrecall or www.BISSELL.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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Entertainment

In Brief: ’24’ getting the movie treatment, and more

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is teaming up with 20th Century Studios for a film adaptation of the TV series 24, sources tell Variety. 24 ran for nine seasons between 2001 and 2014, each season covering 24 consecutive hours in the life of Jack Bauer, an agent from the U.S. government’s fictitious Counter Terrorist Unit, played by Kiefer Sutherland. There’s no word yet on whether Sutherland will reprise his role for the proposed film …

Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens has been tapped to executive produce and star in the third installment of AMC’s The Terror anthology series, Devil in Silver, according to Deadline. Based on Victor LaValle‘s novel of the same name, the season follows Pepper — played by Stevens — whose bad luck and temper land him in the New Hyde Psychiatric Hospital, where he uncovers the presence of a malevolent force — possibly the Devil himself — that threatens them all …

Variety reports Emilia Clarke, Gerard Butler and Simone Ashley are lending their voices to upcoming animated musical The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland, based on Carys Bexington’s bestselling book, which combines Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Clement Clarke Moore‘s Twas the Night Before Christmas. Butler, Clarke and Ashley will voice St. Nick, the Queen of Hearts and Alice, respectively. “This time, it’s St Nick’s turn for an adventure down the rabbit hole,” per Universal Pictures. “There he meets the Mad Hatter … the White Rabbit … the Queen of Hearts … her antagonistic sidekick, the Cheshire Cat and Alice herself, whose kindness helps St. Nick save Christmas” …

Benjamin Bratt is the latest addition to the cast of Peter Farrelly‘s Amazon Studios action comedy Balls Up, joining Mark Wahlberg, Paul Walter Hauser and Molly Shannon, according to Deadline. Balls Up centers around “two American marketing executives who are fired for blowing a client sponsorship opportunity and decide to use their free tickets to a major soccer match,” per the outlet. “Their drunken debauchery leads them to be hunted by every person across the country” …

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