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Celebrities react to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

The death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has shocked fans and celebrities, and many are reacting on social media.

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Bennington died of a suicide at age 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

The musician was on tour with his group promoting its latest album, “One More Light.” 

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Related: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide

Bennington’s bandmates, past collaborators and other celebrities expressed thoughts and condolences about his death on social media.

Caitlyn Jenner talks O.J. Simpson, Trump, meeting Steven Tyler on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Caitlyn Jenner made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday and discussed President Trump, O.J. Simpson being up for parole and meeting Steven Tyler.

The reality TV star said that meeting the Aerosmith lead singer Sunday was sort of a full circle moment for her.

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Rolling Stone reported that the two met at a Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at which Tyler was the performer.

“I met him once briefly years and years ago,” Jenner told Kimmel. “I go backstage after (his performance) and I look up at Steve and I say, ‘I have had some really, really tough times in my life ... Every once in awhile I’d sneak out, get dressed, go sneak out in the dark and drive around and I always used to take your song, ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady).’ And that became my theme song, driving around in my little car with my little CD in there, whipping up the tunes and stuff. And I said, ‘I just wanted you to know it made me feel good.’” 

Jenner shared a photo of the two at the event on Instagram on Tuesday.

The conversion then turned to O.J. Simpson

Jenner said the last time she saw the former football player was at the funeral of Nicole Brown-Simpson. 

The Nevada Parole Board voted unanimously Thursday to grant Simpson parole in his 2008 Las Vegas robbery case. Kimmel jokingly asked if Jenner would be at the jail to pick him up when he’s released.

“Pick O.J. up on a motorcycle with you on the side car and O.J. in the back,” Jenner said, jokingly. “You think that would be appropriate?”

Although she recently announced she may run for the U.S. Senate in California, she didn’t discuss it with Kimmel. Instead, Jenner was asked if she regretted voting for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

“I don’t agree with everything he’s doing,” Jenner said, later adding that she did agree with Trump’s efforts to decrease government regulation and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“I grew up in a country when you actually said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag at school,” Jenner said. “I believe in the people of this nation, not the government.”

Watch Jenner discuss meeting Steven Tyler, Simpson’s parole and Trump in the videos below.

2 new Harry Potter-related books coming this fall

In celebration of the 20th year anniversary of the release of the first book in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has announced plans for an exhibit about the fictional wizard at the British Library. 

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In collaboration, two new series-related books will be released.

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is the official book of the exhibition, and it promises to “take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures,” according to Bloomsbury Publishing. According to the publisher, readers can “discover the truth behind making the Philosopher’s Stone, create (a) potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. (Plus) learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists.”

The second book, “Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic,” takes readers “on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more,” a description on the British Library’s official website reads. The book features exclusive, unseen sketches and manuscripts from Rowling and magical illustrations.

Both books will be released in October.

The first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” was released in the United Kingdom June 26, 1997.  It was released in the U.S. in 1998 with the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Bindi Irwin shares never-before-seen family photos to celebrate Terri Irwin's birthday

On July 20, Terri Irwin celebrates her 53rd birthday, and her daughter Bindi Irwin has been posting sweet tributes to her mom all day.

Bindi started the birthday celebrations on Wednesday with a throwback photo of Terri feeding camels.

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“I love this photo. My mum is breathtakingly beautiful. Tomorrow is her birthday I’ll be sharing some of my favourite photos of her tomorrow, so be on the lookout as we celebrate,” Bindi wrote alongside the pic.

To kick off Terri’s “special day,” Bindi shared a beautiful celebration tribute alongside a photo of Terri hanging out with an elephant.

Happy Birthday to my mum❤ Today I will be sharing some of my favourite photos of Mum so that you can celebrate her birthday with us. She really is the most adventurous woman I know. Her life has been filled with extraordinary moments, just like the one captured in this photo. Moving to Australia after marrying the love of her life and embarking on a whirlwind journey. Travelling all over the world filming and spreading the message of wildlife conservation. Building the largest and busiest wildlife hospital on Earth, treating over 70,000 patients. Funding conservation projects across the globe helping rhinos, tigers, cheetahs, elephants and crocodiles. Ensuring everything that she and Dad created together continues on and being there for me and Robert. Mum does so much and always has endless amounts of time for us. We are truly blessed to have such a kind and patient mum. We love her with all of our hearts and can’t wait to celebrate this special day.

The photo tributes continued with a stunning photo of Terri with her late husband and “soulmate” Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin passed away in 2006 while filming a wildlife documentary.

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“Soulmates forever. Celebrating my gorgeous mum’s birthday today. I was blessed with the greatest parents in the world,” Bindi shared with the photo of her parents smiling together.

Another throwback with baby Bindi was posted with a little joke about their close mother-daughter relationship.

“My mum travelling with a baby Bindi. In almost every photo taken during our travels, I’m asleep. Not much has changed in 18 years. I love you, Mum. Happy Birthday. Thank you for always being there for a sleepy me,” Bindi wrote.

Finally, Bindi ended the day of Instagram celebrations with a sweet family photo of the whole family, Terri, Steve, Bindi and Robert, all together.

“Our little family forever. Thinking back to the many years of adventure and love. Happy Birthday, Mum,” Bindi wrote.

Robert also shared birthday wishes for his mother with a more recent photo of the family together.

“Happy birthday to the best mum in the entire world! Love you so much,” he wrote.

Michael Vick on Colin Kaepernick comments: ‘I'm truly sorry for what I said’

Michael Vick apologized for his comments that suggested a clean look and haircut could help change quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s image after last season’s National anthem protests.

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The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday and expressed regret for his comments from earlier in the week.

"At the end of the day, what I said, I should have never said,” Vick said. “I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Kaepernick. I'm not a general manager. I'm not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I'm truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.

"Obviously, his afro has nothing to do with him being signed and I wasn't trying to relay that message. It was more so about helping him at the end of the day. In all my interviews all I have ever tried to do is help him and talk positive.”

On Tuesday, Vick tweeted a statement clarifying his comments from Monday’s appearance on FS1's "Speak For Yourself.”

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock group Linkin Park, has died, according to TMZ

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Citing law enforcement sources, the website reported that the 41-year-old singer died of a suicide by hanging. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to The Associated Press that he was found dead in his Los Angeles home.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias told The AP the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide but other details were not provided.

Related: Celebrities react to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

Billboard reported that the singer had struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol at various points in his life. He spoke about those addictions in a 2009 interview with Noisecreep.

Linkin Park is well known for hits like 2000’s “In the End” and 2003’s “Numb,” the latter of which led to a collaborative EP with Jay-Z called “Collision Course.”

Bennington had been on a world tour with Linkin Park in support of their latest album, “One More Light.” A close friend of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Bennington performed Lenord Cohen’s “Halleliujah” at his funeral in May. Cornell died of a suicide by hanging May 17.

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children. 

Father’s tattoo pays tribute to last time he held young son’s hand

Anthony DeNicola does everything he can to keep the memory of his son, Joseph, alive. 

The 7-year-old died Nov. 4, 2014, just days after going into anaphylactic shock on Halloween. DeNicola, of Staten Island, has created a nonprofit, Joseph’s Helping Hand, to raise awareness of severe food allergies, from which Joseph suffered all his life. 

He also has a tattoo on his arm that commemorates the last time he held his son’s hand. The poignant moment took place as doctors prepared to wheel Joseph into surgery to harvest his organs after the boy was declared brain dead. 

“I’m very proud of it,” DeNicola told the Staten Island Advance about his tattoo. “I look in the mirror every day, and I’m still holding my son’s hand.” 

According to Joseph’s story on the Helping Hands website, he began having problems with allergies almost immediately after his March 2007 birth. Eventually, he was diagnosed with severe allergies to milk, milk proteins, whey and hazelnuts. 

“This is where it all started,” his father wrote on the website. “We had to read the ingredients in everything we bought.”

When Joseph outgrew baby formula, he had to drink soy milk. His family also grew accustomed to carrying around an Epi-Pen and Benadryl wherever they went. 

Even smelling food that contained an ingredient he was allergic to could send Joseph into anaphylaxis, his father wrote. 

On his final Halloween, Joseph went trick-or-treating with family and friends. At a party later that night, his cousins had regular pizza in one room and Joseph had a specially-made pizza in a separate room.

Despite all the precautions, Joseph, whose asthma had been acting up that week, required a breathing treatment with his nebulizer when he got home, his father said. As his breathing worsened, two Epi-Pens failed to bring him out of the reaction, so his father and a neighbor rushed him to the hospital.

“At 5 o’clock, we were trick-or-treating, and at 7 o’clock, we were in the emergency room,” DeNicola told the Staten Island Advance shortly after Joseph’s death

Joseph suffered cardiac arrest in the emergency room, his father said. His brain was deprived of oxygen for 20 to 30 minutes and, four days later, he was declared brain dead. 

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Joseph’s doctors said his cause of death was a “one-two punch of asthma and allergies together,” DeNicola told the Advance in 2014. Though no one saw Joseph eat anything he shouldn’t the night he got sick, DeNicola said the smell of the wrong food or someone failing to wash their hands around the little boy could have triggered his fatal allergic reaction. 

After his death, his donated organs saved the lives of five other people, his website said

“Joseph was always a giving little boy,” his father wrote. “If there was a line for something, Joseph would let everyone go first and he would wait quietly for his turn. He never complained.”

The DeNicola family said that donating Joseph’s organs was one of the best things they ever did. 

“It gave us peace and comfort to know that Joseph lives on through all of the people he saved,” the website said. “In life, he was always giving. He will continue to give through his foundation, through education and research on allergies and asthma.”

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

It’s official: Ryan Seacrest will return to “American Idol” to serve as host for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition.

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Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday morning’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“We’ve been talking about it for a little while but I am happy to confirm … with absolute confirmation that Ryan Seacrest is returning (as) the host of ‘American Idol,’” Ripa said.

“(I’m) very, very excited,” Seacrest said. “First of all, I don't know if you've ever been in a 15-year relationship and then, for a reason that you really don't know, you break up … I thought, 'Gosh, it'd be great to get back together at some point.’"

The announcement followed three months of negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest will join pop star Katy Perry, who was confirmed in May as a judge for the series, on the reboot.

ABC announced in May that it planned to bring back “American Idol” for the 2017-2018 season. The show aired 15 seasons on Fox before the network announced in 2015 that 15th season would be its last.

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“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a news release.

The show launched the careers of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. Contestants on the show have sold more than 60 million albums and made more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits, according to ABC.

Officer finds girl's stolen toy, takes it on adventure before returning it

A little girl’s stolen toy is back home with its owner after a wild night with a Maryland police officer.

Sunday, dad Jason Hendricks posted video to his Facebook page showing his daughter’s dragon and dinosaur being taken from their porch, WRC reported.

The case of the missing dragon eventually caught the attention of police officer Robert Bagley.

Bagley told WRC that the person in the video looked familiar and knew what areas she frequents. When he checked out the locations, he didn’t come across the woman, but did find the toy on the curb.

It was around 2 a.m., so too late to bother the Hendricks family. Bagley did what anyone would do: He took the toy on an adventure around La Plata.

First up, a stop at the emergency room for a quick Doc McStuffins-like checkup. The dragon had a broken arm, so what better place to get patched up.

Then Bagley and his new dragon friend went on a search for the other missing toy.

They even stopped by the fire department to throw a little shade.

The dragon was deputized into service during the ride-along.

There was one last stop for the dragon before he was returned home. 

And while the dragon’s friend ,“Big Green Dino” was still missing, the little girl was all smiles to get her toy back.

Princess Charlotte said goodbye to Poland with an adorable curtsy, but everyone missed it

Princess Charlotte is a serious pro at the art of a curtsy.

>> Princess Charlotte appears to wear Prince Harry's hand-me-down shoes from 1986

The 2-year-old was spotted on Wednesday morning giving a polite little curtsy to the Polish dignitaries as the royal family left the country for the second part of their tour in Germany. None of the officials seemed to see Charlotte; maybe in a few years she’ll be big enough to grab the spotlight.

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The tiny princess has taken a cue from her mother, who has also been spotted giving a perfect curtsy while out and about.

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Charlotte and her big brother, Prince George, are sitting out many of the family’s official events, but by the looks of it, she is absolutely ready for her royal duty.

Dolly Parton to join Kenny Rogers’ farewell concert this fall

Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ‘em.

This fall, the country music legend takes the stage in Nashville for a farewell performance. He’ll be joined by Dolly Parton, his duet partner on hits like “Islands in the Stream,” in addition to Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and others to be named later.

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“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” Rogers said in a statement Wednesday.

Tickets go on sale Friday 11 a.m. Eastern time and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

“It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it,” Rogers said. “We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”

The concert, themed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” is planned for Oct. 25 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will be taped.

“Kenny is like a family member to me,” Parton said in a statement. “We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes. Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on Oct. 25 is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, a charity popular in music-industry circles that has raised more than $271 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research over the years. 

Rogers’ swan-song show also supports the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center, a facility in Sikeston, Missouri, that serves children with special needs and their families.

Rogers, whose career has spanned over six decades, is going out on a high note. With more than 120 million albums sold worldwide during his career, he’s one of the best-selling male artists of all time.

Whataburger makes a 10-year-old’s birthday wish come true

A 10-year-old boy recently got his biggest birthday wish when a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, agreed to host a party for him. 

Harry, the son of “She's Crafty Podcast” host Catherine Contreas, only wanted two things for his first year of double digits: A trip to San Antonio Bricks and Mini Figs for some Legos, and a birthday party at his favorite Whataburger.

“I remember in the 80’s sitting at a long table at McDonald's with a million kids with birthday hats...I think I've seen some parties at Chick-Fil-A...but, Whataburger? I'm almost positive I've never seen that,” Contreas wrote in a post on her “She’s Crafty” website. 

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Contreas was hoping the Whataburger party would work out because Harry has high-functioning autism, and she knew how important his birthday would be to him.

“If you have kids, you know how important birthdays are. If you have kids with autism, you know how important every moment is,” Contreas wrote.

“Now, if you know anything about a kid like Harry, you know that life is very black and white. ‘It's my birthday. You said, on my birthday, I get to choose my party. I want to have my party at Whataburger.’ And that was it. In his mind, that's what was going to happen. And if it didn't happen, he wouldn't throw a fit, he wouldn't make our lives miserable...but, he wouldn't understand. Because in his black and white world, things go according to plan. What you say matters. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone lived by those rules? Because, even though Harry is unfiltered and blunt, at least he says what he means and does what he says.” 

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Contreas got to work on reaching out to Whataburger through social media. All she wanted was a small space just large enough to sit with Harry and sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

Whataburger obliged and then some.

“They decorated for him, they got him a cake....they sang Happy Birthday to him,” Contreas wrote. “They made sure every moment of Harry's birthday was magically orange and fun. They gave him the birthday he was picturing inside of his amazing little mind.”

Touched by the work the employees put in, Contreas shared her thanks in her post.

“Feeling special and celebrated for a day, is the best gift he could ever be given,” Contreas wrote in the post.

Photos of Harry and his Whataburger celebration can be seen on the “She’s Crafty Podcast” blog.

Ticketmaster may owe you free tickets: Here’s how to get them

Ticketmaster has released a list of free concerts for anyone who bought tickets on their website from Oct. 21, 1999 through Feb. 27, 2013. 

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As part of the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action settlement, Ticketmaster is giving away tickets to “class members.” 

Concert goers can see if they are eligible by logging into the Ticketmaster website and click on the tab on left side of the screen that says, “Active Vouchers.” 

From that screen, at the top, another link will go to “Redeem Ticket Vouchers.” From there, customers can view eligible events and discounts that can be applied to ticket purchases. 

Customers will need the voucher codes from the earlier screen to plug in when it’s time to check out.

There are nearly 200 eligible events in selected cities on the website, including Dallas; Cleveland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami; Tampa, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Ticketmaster has a list of frequently asked questions on its website.

Beyonce’s new wax figure looks nothing like her, fans say

Members of the BeyHive -- the name for Beyonce’s fan base -- are unhappy about their favorite superstar’s new wax figure at  Madame Tussauds in New York.

The official Twitter account for the New York location tweeted an image of Beyonce’s wax figure July 12.

Significant criticism of the statue began Tuesday, when a tweet from @CCFan007 gained momentum.

Some were quick to question what went into making the figure and how much it doesn’t look like the singer.

Previous wax figures Madame Tussauds has created of Beyonce bared more resemblance to the star, particularly the first one created in 2004, with which Beyonce herself posed.

In 2014, Madame Tussauds replicated a tour outfit of Beyonce, complete with her iconic hand-on-hip pose, and displayed it at London’s Regent’s Park.

Spin reported that Madame Tussauds New York responded to questions about the latest Beyonce figure with the following statement:

“At Madame Tussauds, our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures, which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage.”

Jim Henson’s children speak out about fired Kermit puppeteer Steve Whitmire

Two of “The Muppets” creator Jim Henson's children are speaking out about fired Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire.

Whitmire was fired from his position as the performer of Kermit by Disney, which bought “The Muppets” from The Jim Henson Company in 2004.

In a blog post and an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Whitmire maintained that he was respectful when he expressed his concerns about “character issues with the small group of top creative people during the ABC series.” The series Whitmire referred to in the interview with THR is “The Muppets,” the critically-panned ABC show that was canceled after one season.

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“I have been outspoken about what’s best for ‘The Muppets’ since the Muppets came to Disney (in 2004), but the fact is I have respect for everyone who was involved in the creation of that series for their own particular contributions,” Whitmire told THR. “At the same time, I also have insight into their limitations with respect to how well they know ‘The Muppets.’”

Related: Voice behind Kermit the Frog is leaving after 27 years

Whitmire told THR that the second issue was tied to union issues he said “was framed as ‘refusing to work on a particular project’ some 15 months earlier.”

The Muppets Studio responded by saying Whitmire displayed “repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback.”

Whitmire performed Kermit for 27 years and was chosen by Brian Henson, son of “The Muppets” creator Jim Henson, and Jane Henson, Brian’s late mother, to fill in the role after Jim Henson died in 1990.

Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company, has responded to Whitmire’s claims in a Tuesday interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Related: Kermit puppeteer Steve Whitmire speaks out about why he was fired, Disney responds

“I have to say, in hindsight, I feel pretty guilty that I burdened Disney by not having recast Kermit at that point (in 2004), because I knew that it was going to be a real problem," Henson said. “And I have always offered that if they wanted to recast Kermit, I was all for it and I would absolutely help. I am very glad we have done this now. I think the character is better served to remove this destructive energy around it.”

Brian Henson told THR that Whitmire made “outrageous demands and often played brinkmanship,” which he had been warned about in the mid-1990s. According to Brian Henson, Whitmire’s portrayal of Kermit had also strayed from the character his father created. 

“Kermit has, as a character, flattened out over time and has become too square and not as vital as it should have been," Henson said. “Again, what my dad brought to it -- without even thinking because he was accessing his own character that was coming out of his own personality -- was a wry intelligence, a little bit of a naughtiness, but Kermit always loved everyone around and also loved a good prank.”

Lisa Henson, president of the Jim Henson Company, and Jim Henson's daughter, echoed similar comments, telling The New York Times Whitmire “played brinkmanship very aggressively in contract negotiations.”

Brian Henson told NYT that although Whitmire’s portrayal of Kermit was “sometimes excellent, and always pretty good,” he would “send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director.”

Lisa Henson added that Whitmire was against having an understudy so that someone was available to puppet Kermit at “B-level performances, such as a ribbon-cutting,” some of which she said Whitmire wasn’t willing to appear.

According to Lisa Henson, Whitmire “blackballed young performers” when he refused to appear on shows with them.

The New York Times reported that Whitmire did not respond to Lisa and Brian Henson’s criticisms, nor did he respond to the ones from Disney.

Matt Vogel has replaced Whitmire and will debut as Kermit in a ”Muppet Thought of the Week” web video this week.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will go ‘Under the Sea,’ team up for live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

He’s already made his name on Broadway, and it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Disney front too, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Miranda is going nonstop, no telling how far he’ll go, already co-starring in the sequel of “Mary Poppins.” He took his shot and wrote the ear-worm soundtrack that breathed live into “Moana.”

Now, the “Hamilton” writer will be working on new songs for the score of the upcoming live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.”

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Miranda, who calls himself a lifelong Disney fan, will compose with Alan Menken. Miranda was first attached to the film a year ago, but no details were given when it was announced. Menken made the collaboration announcement at the recent D23 Expo, Entertainment Weekly reported.

He also performed a medley of the songs he wrote with his former creative partner Howard Ashman, who died in 1991.

Almost a year ago, Miranda took over the mouse house’s Instagram, putting his own take on many popular Disney classics. There may be a “Mermaid” song in there, and you’re welcome.

Mary Poppins: Returns” hits theaters this December.

No date has been released for “The Little Mermaid” remake.

Man builds 300,000-gallon pool in his backyard

In the bigger is better category, a Canadian family is at the top of the list in the pool department

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Jerry and Marina Leussink built a 317,000-gallon pool in their Alberta backyard that has solar lighting, a dance floor and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter, according to the Prairie Farm Report

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The Leussinks built the 90-by-70 foot pool in 2013 with help from other family members, but news about the pool has recently hit headlines again. The pool, deck and other amenities cost and estimated $18,000 to build, according to The Western Producer.

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The inspiration for the pool was a pond Jerry Leussink used to swim in as a boy on hot summer days.

“I had a pond, but I wanted to go 10 steps further,” he told The Western Producer

However, anyone who wants to take a dip in one of the largest pools in the world will have to head to Chile’s San Alfonso del Mar resort. Their pool is 3,323-feet long and has 55 million gallons of water. 

>> Related: What parents need to know about 'dry' and 'secondary' drowning

 Read more at the Prairie Farm Report or The Western Producer.

Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

A New York judge has ordered a company planning to auction articles belonging to pop star Madonna, including a love letter from rapper Tupac Shakur, a hairbrush, used underwear, and unreleased cassette recordings, to pull 22 items from the auction scheduled for Wednesday, July 19.

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The Material Girl claimed the items had been stolen from her by a “former friend.”

The singer sought an emergency court order, saying that she had no idea the letter from Shakur was no longer in the her possession, according to The Associated Press.

The letter was estimated to fetch as much as $400,000.

Madonna dated the late rapper in the early 1990s.

In court papers, Madonna said the auction of her belongings is unauthorized and an invasion of her privacy.

"The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items," the AP reported.

"I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public."

>> Related: Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

She’s referring to the hairbrush, one of the items that was up for bid from Gotta Have It! Collectibles, the company holding the auction.

The lawsuit named Darlene Lutz, according to entertainment website Page Six.

In the suit, the pop star called Lutz “a former friend” and “frequent overnight guest at Madonna’s Miami home when she was “not in residence.”

The accusations will be "vigorously challenged and refuted" in court, a spokesman for Lutz said.

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A hearing on the case is scheduled fro September.

 

Mickey Mouse helps tell kids they’ve been adopted

A family grew by two recently with the help of a little Disney magic.

Janielle, 12, and Elijah, 10, have lived with Courtney and Tom Gilmour for the last three years, Babble reported

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And on their first trip to Walt Disney World earlier this year, the Gilmours had a big surprise for the brother and sister: They were going to be adopted.

Courtney first had the idea to book a Fastpass to see Mickey at his Main Street greeting location, and quietly give him a sign announcing the adoption, Babble, which is owned by the Disney company, reported. .

Then she posted their celebration pins to her Twitter account, where the park’s social media team took notice. That’s when Disney took over, booking them a special meet-and-greet, Babble reported .

Courtney posted the video to her Facebook page where it has more than 1.2 million views.

Bride honors generations of family with wedding dress photo shoot

A Minnesota bride was able to honor her mother, mother-in-law and great-grandmother during her pre-wedding bridal photo shoot.

Colleen Dejno found out that her family saved the gowns from previous weddings, so she came up with the idea to show the fashion progression of the past 100 years while remembering those who walked down the aisle before her, KARE reported

Dejno works at a children’s museum, but in her free time is a performer and a costume designerABC News reported.

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The oldest dress, dating to 1910, was sewn by her great-grandmother, who was a seamstress, for her own wedding. The fabric and time to sew the dress, according to Dejno, was a gift from her great-grandmother’s bosses using her working hours to wear it, KARE reported

In a vintage inspired setting, Dejno sat in the over 100-year-old fabric, with a photo of her great-grandparents’ wedding party to the side.

Next were her grandmother’s from 1947, her mother-in-law’s from 1967 and then her mother’s from 1973 

Working with her photographer Jeannine Marie, they matched the tone and and the feel of the historic time periods of when the dresses were originally worn.

They also used wigs to recreate time-period hairstyles to match the eras in the photo shoot at Semple Mansion in Minneapolis.

One photo got second looks at the wedding when they were put on display.

“One person said it was weird to see the photos because it looked like my mom with a different groom,” Dejno told ABC News.

The final photo was taken three weeks after the vintage photo shoot, as Dejno added her own gown to the line of wedding wear.

Dejno said she hopes to keep the dresses intact, ABC News reported.  She told KARE that if she has a daughter, maybe she’ll carry on the tradition at her own wedding. 

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