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    • KIM KARDASHIAN MAY RUN FOR PRESIDENT

      Kim Kardashian for president? The KKW mogul is clearly celebrating her successful pitch to free nonviolent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, and she told CNN that she won’t rule out a run for the White House.

      "Never say never," she told CNN’s Van Jones on The Van Jones Show Saturday.

      The reality star met with President Donald Trump after several months of talks with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and a week later, the 63-year-old Johnson was freed.

      She said that it was Trump’s successful run that really opened the possibility for her or her husband Kanye West, who has gotten serious blowback for his support of Trump.

      "I know that’s why Kanye loves him. It’s the idea that anything could happen," she said.

      But don’t start printing up bumper stickers. Kim said: "Never say never. But that’s not like oh, ‘Kim’s running.’ That’s not what I’m going for. I just want to help, starting with one person at a time. I think sometimes if more people would just put their personal feelings aside and talk about really important issues that have to be discussed, then so much more can get done." (0:21 OC: "get done.")

      AUDIO: KIM KARDASHIAN ON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
    • CHRIS HARDWICK'S SHOW, APPEARANCES CANCELED FOLLOWING ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

      Chris Hardwick’s talk show on AMC has been pulled following allegations of sexual assault from his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra. He has also voluntarily pulled out of Comic-Con International panels he was set to moderate.

      "We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," said the network in a statement on Saturday. "We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."

      Talking With Chris Hardwick was scheduled to air Saturday with guest Donald Glover.

      Hardwick also hosts a game show called The Wall on NBC, and the network told The Hollywood Reporter that they are reviewing the accusations.

      "These allegations about Chris Hardwick took us by surprise as we have had a positive working relationship with him. However, we take allegations of misconduct very seriously. Production on The Wall does not begin until September, and in the meantime we are continuing to assess the situation and will take appropriate action based on the outcome."

      In an essay posted to Medium late Thursday, Dykstra accused a man, whom she did not name of abuse and assault. (Her description made Hardwick's identity clear).

      The following day, the website he co-founded removed all references to him online.

      Hardwick denied the allegations, saying: "I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

    • 'INCREDIBLES 2' DOES INCREDIBLY WELL AT THE B.O.

      Incredibles 2 delivered the best animated film opening ever. With a $180 opening weekend, the Disney and Pixar film shot past Pixar’s Finding Dory, which opened with $135 million two summer ago. It’s the third largest opener of the year, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, both from Disney’s Marvel Studios.

      Worldwide, Incredibles 2 brought in about $231.5 million. The film is voiced by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.

      Incredibles 2 also provides a boost for Disney which just experienced a lackluster showing for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

      Ocean's 8 landed in the No. 2 slot with $19.6 million for a 10-day domestic total of $79.2 million. Tag opened at No. 3 with $17 million, while Solo slinked in at No. 4 with $9.1 million.

    • WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE '2018 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS'

      The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards are landing tonight (Monday). The ceremony will honor the best entertainment offerings of the year, with fan-favorite actors and pop stars on hand.

      Here’s what to know before the party kicks off on MTV June 18that 9 p.m.

      HOSTESS: Tiffany Haddish is the hotly anticipated maestro for the show. She is also doing double duty: the comedian is up for the Golden Popcorn in for categories for her work in Girls Trip: Best Comedic Performance, Scene Stealer, Best Musical Moment and Best Movie.

      LEADING THE PACK: Black Panther and Stranger Things lead the pack of nominations with seven each.

      PERFORMANCES: No MTV awards show is complete with musical performances. Among the star attractions this time around: Mustard and Nick Jonas will take the stage to debut "Anywhere" and Chloe x Halle will sing a medley "The Kids Are Alright" and "Warrior."

      PRESENTERS: Between performances and acceptance speeches, several popular celebs will pop up to hand out Golden Popcorn, including Mila Kunis, Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez and Common.

      TRAILBLAZER: This year’s trailblazer is the Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe. She is being recognized for her work for women and members of the LGBTQ community. Previous recipients include Emma Stone and Shailene Woodley.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      MINDY KALING SAYS WHITE MALE CRITICS ARE BEING UNFAIR: Ocean’s 8 star Mindy Kaling says white male critics are being "unfair" to the female-led reboot of the movie franchise. "If I had to base my career on what white men wanted, I would be very unsuccessful," Kaling told Yahoo News. "There is obviously an audience out there who want to watch things like Ocean's 8 which I work on.’’ Co-star Cate Blanchett agreed, saying: "The conversation has to change and the media has a huge responsibility."

      KHLOE KARDASHIAN AND TRISTAN THOMPSON CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY IN L.A.: Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson headed from Cleveland to L.A. to celebrate Father’s Day with their 2-month-old daughter True. The 33-year-old shared shots on Instagram Stories of their pink-hued celebrations. One balloon read:"Welcome home Khloe and True." A second balloon showed they were from sister Kylie Jenner and her daughter Stormi. Thompson, who reportedly cheated on Kardashian while she was pregnant, was not included in the missive.

      HOUSEWIVES LIQUORED UP? Aviva Drescher, who starred in Seasons 5 and 6 of Real Housewives of New York, tells Page Six that the production team was too quick to encourage the ladies to drink. She recalls the time a producer asked her and castmate Ramona Singer to do a shot of alcohol before a scene. "I told the head producer, ‘I don’t want to do a shot. Can you just fill it with water?’ " said Drescher, 47, who grew up with an alcoholic mother and says she had never taken a shot before. "And they said no. I was so weak and so intimidated by the production team, and I had just gone through all the negotiations of my contract for the second season and those were demoralizing," she said. "I took the shot. I felt tremendous pressure to do it." Several Housewives have had public battles with the bottle, including Kim Richards and Luann de Lesseps, who both spent time in rehab.

      BILLIE LOURD PAYS TRIBUTE TO MOM WHILE PITCHING DODGERS GAME: Billie Lourd, 25, honored her mother when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game Friday night. It coincided with the Dodgers’ annual Star Wars night, and Lourd wore her hair in double buns, a la mom Carrie Fisher’s character Leia.

      LIZA MINNELLI SLAMS RENEE ZELLWEGER: The Academy Award-winning Renee Zellweger is portraying Judy Garland in Judy, a film portraying the singer at the height of her fame in 1968’s London. But Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli is less than impressed. "I have never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger… I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way," Minnelli wrote on Facebook this week. "Any reports to the contrary are 100% Fiction."

      DIRECTOR OF NEW BILLY ZANE FILM REVEALS HE IS BLIND: Adam Morse is set to debut his first film, Lucid, at the Edinburgh Film Festival. He is also sharing the news that he is blind. He suffers from a rare disorder called Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, and he began losing his sight nine years ago. Despite the obvious limitations it imposed, he pressed on, telling The Guardian that he wanted "to stop focusing on the limitations and instead concentrate on what I could do." Zane revealed that he had no idea Morse was visually impaired. Morse powered through the challenges by using a 60-inch monitor (He has partial peripheral vision), a screen reader and leaned on his cinematographer Michel Dierickx.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      OPRAH WINFREY ENTERS CONTENT PARTNERSHIP WITH APPLE: The ultimate bold-faced name—Oprah Winfrey!—has signed on with Apple. The deal falls outside of Winfrey’s deal with OWN, which she founded and currently serves as CEO. Winfrey and Apple will work together to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world," Apple said. As Deadline points out, Netflix revved the talent wars this year by entering nine-figure deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

      ALEXIS BLEDEL, KURT RUSSELL, BEAU KNAPP TO STAR IN CRYPTO: Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds), Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilmore Girls), Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Luke Hemsworth (Westworld), Jeremie Harris (Legion) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), are all set for the thriller Crypto. John Stalberg Jr. directs the indie, which is based on an original story by Jeffrey Ingber. Crypto follows an anti-money laundering agent (Knapp) investigating fraud in his remote New York hometown. Meanwhile, his dad (Russell) and brother (Hemsworth) are struggling to make ends meet on their farm. The agent quickly finds himself in over his head with an art dealer (Bledel) and a crypto enthusiast (Harris). Plus there’s a corrupt accountant (Kartheiser).

      ALLISON JANNEY IN TALKS TO JOIN BAD EDUCATION: Allison Janney is in negotiations to join Hugh Jackman in Automatik’s Bad Education, a film based on a true story from I Think We're Alone Now screenwriter Mike Makowsky and director Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds). The plot follows a superintendent who is embezzling public funds to enrich his life (but is also a good guy). Jackman plays the superintendent, while Janney would portray a business manager in the school system who is in on the scam.

      TELLURIDE NAMES JONATHAM LETHEM GUEST DIRECTOR: Motherless Brooklyn scribe Jonathan Lethem is beefing up his resume. The Telluride Film Festival recently picked Lethem as its guest director for its 45thannual fest, held over Labor Day weekend from August 31st-September 3rd. The film version of Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton and starring Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe and Leslie Mann, is in production and slated for release in 2019. Lethem is also beloved for his 10 novels including The Fortress of Solitude, short story and essay collections and articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

      SHAKEUP AT STAR TREK: CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery its ousting showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (who took over for Bryan Fuller). Exec producer Alex Kurtman, who guided the franchise and some of its films, is set to take over for Season Two. He will oversee the writers room as well. "We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season," producers CBS Television Studios said Thursday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.