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Fox News suspends Eric Bolling amid lewd photo allegations

Fox News host Eric Bolling has been a constant on the network for several years. He’s a regular co-host on “Specialists” and has written two books – “Wake up America” and “Cashin’ In.”

However, on Friday night, a report emerged claiming that Bolling has been sending lewd photos to co-workers.

The original story, by the Huffington Post, quoted 14 sources from inside Fox News and Fox Business. While not all the women said they had received the messages, they said they had seen them or been informed of their existence by the recipients.

On Saturday, Fox News announced that Bolling had been suspended pending an investigation.

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Originally, his attorney offered the following response:

"Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made."

But on Saturday, NBC News reported that the attorney offered a stronger rebuke:

"The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible."

According to Yashar Ali, the Huffington Post reporter who broke the story, juggernaut law firm Paul Weiss LLP has been brought in to conduct the investigation.

The firm has played a large role in politics. During the 2016 election cycle, it was the seventh-largest donor among law firms and lobbyists, and more than 93 percent of its donations went to Democrats, the Center for Responsive Politics reported.

Asawin Suebsaeng‏, a reporter at The Daily Beast, wrote on Twitter that the text messages “have been an open secret among many at Fox for years.”

ESPNU to become ‘The Ocho’ for a day on Aug. 8

“The Ocho” is making a comeback.

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On Aug. 8, ESPNU will become ESPN8: The Ocho, with a lineup of shows on the faux network that draws its inspiration from the 2004 movie, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” that starred Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, ESPN reported.

“The Ocho” will present a lineup of off-the-wall sporting events beginning at midnight, ESPN reported. Sports will include disc golf, Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball, roller derby, Firefighters World Challenge and the Championship of Bags (a cornhole tournament).

It all will be played under the slogan made famous by The Ocho in “Dodgeball”: “Bringing you the finest in seldom-seen sports.”

In a release, the network expressed regret that longtime Ocho announcers Cotton McKnight and Pepper McKnight will not be providing the commentary.

Here's the full lineup of events:

Midnight: 2016 American Disc Golf Championship

2 a.m.: 2016 WFTDA Roller Derby Championships

4 a.m.: 2016 Sky Zone Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball

5:30 a.m.: Firefighters World Challenge XXV

8 a.m.: 2016 Kabaddi World Cup Final

9 a.m.: World Darts Championship

11:30 a.m.: Arm Wrestling: Best of WAL 2016 Championship

12:30 p.m.: 2017 Championship of Bags (Cornhole)

2:30 p.m.: EVO 2017 World Championship - Street Fighter

5 p.m.: Moxie Games

7 p.m.: U.S. Open Ultimate Championship.

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” a spokesperson for Star India told The Verge. “This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Original report: A few days before the fourth episode of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” was set to premiere, a copy of the episode marked for internal distribution appeared online, according to multiple reports.

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The episode was leaked just days after HBO confirmed that it was the target of a cyberattack. The network confirmed Monday that “proprietary information” was stolen, although officials did not specify what had been taken.

>> Related: 'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

The episode, "The Spoils of War," appeared on Reddit.com’s popular and unmoderated r/freefolk subreddit, Mashable reported.

According to Gizmodo, the video appeared to be of a relatively low quality and was watermarked with Star TV India, a 21st Century Fox company.

Unaired episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” and what appeared to be a script for “The Spoils of War” appeared online earlier this week after the reported hack, according to The Telegraph. Hackers were able to steal 1.5 terabytes of data in the attack, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” HBO officials said in a statement. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ house is for sale

The house that inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write “Pet Sematary” is up for sale, the Bangor Daily News reported.

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The house in Orrington, Maine, carries a $255,000 price tag. King and his family lived there for a year while he was a writer-in-residence at his alma mater, the University of Maine at Orono.

King said he did not remember the house number -- 664 River Road -- but recognized its picture in a real estate listing. The house has been featured in news stories, books, blogs and television shows.

“Don’t remember the number, but it was across the street from the store owned by the late, great Julio Desanctis,” King told the Bangor Daily News. “That’s actually where I wrote the book — in his storeroom.”

During King’s stay at the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, his daughter Naomi’s cat, Smucky, was hit by a truck and died. The animal was buried in an informal pet cemetery on a hill behind the rental property, King said on his website.

“I can remember crossing the road and thinking that the cat had been killed in the road — and [thought] what if a kid died in that road,” King said on the website. “We had had this experience with [our son] Owen running toward the road, where I had just grabbed him and pulled him back. And the two things just came together.

“On one side of this two-lane highway was the idea of what if the cat came back, and on the other side of the highway was what if the kid came back — so that when I reached the other side, I had been galvanized by the idea, but not in any melodramatic way,” the author said. “I knew immediately that it was a novel.”

“Pet Sematary” was published in 1983, and a movie version was released in 1989.

The aunt of Loran Dosen purchased the home, which was built in 1904, in 1991. When Dosen’s aunt died recently, Dosen’s parents, Lin and Joe Dosen, inherited the house. Loran Dosen said her aunt was interviewed for a Stephen King TV biography featured about living in the house.

“Some super fans have knocked on the door and asked to come inside,” Loran Dosen told the Bangor Daily News.

LL Cool J will become Kennedy Center's first hip-hop honoree

LL Cool J will become the first hip-hop artist in the 40-year history of the Kennedy Center to be honored, NPR reported.

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Born James Todd Smith, the rapper-turned-actor will be inducted into the 2017 class along with pop stars Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, television writer-producer Norman Lear and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade on Dec. 3 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Honorees will be saluted by performers and will be seated alongside President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, NPR reported.

At 49, LL Cool J will be the Kennedy Center's youngest honoree since Stevie Wonder. The rapper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year. He has released 13 albums over a 30-year career. He credited his grandmother for his success and dedicated his award to hip-hop pioneers and to those who followed them.

"My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: 'If a task is once begun, never leave it 'til it's done,” he said in a statement. “Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.' That adage has guided everything I have ever done in my life and I couldn't be more grateful because it has led me here.

"To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have imagined. This simply proves that dreams don't have deadlines. God is great."

Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt tell Alex Jones bizarre theory about their failed careers

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt just won’t let go of their 15 minutes of fame.

The couple, who made their way into living rooms across America on the MTV series “The Hills,” opened up to Alex Jones on “InfoWars” last week about the bizarre reason they believe their TV careers tanked.

>> See the interview here (Viewer discretion advised)

“We were chanting, ‘Death to the New World Order’ about 10 years ago after watching all of your documentaries, and then about a week later, we were no longer on television and haven’t had a consistent TV gig since then,” Pratt said. “So if the New World Order is watching, you know, we still will not accept chips, but, you know, we will take a gig in the established media because we have a baby and we have some bills to pay so, you know, New World Order, we’re available.”

>> Former ‘The Hills’ stars Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt expecting baby

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the New World Order is a conspiracy theory about a supposed "secretive power elite with a globalist agenda that’s conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government that will replace sovereign nation-states.”

Montag also talked about her TV career and said the hardest thing for her was finding the line between being her authentic self and creating a personality for TV.

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“It’s a hard balance because you want to be able to say how you feel and what’s going on in the world and to be able to have a voice or just be able to be a person within it,” she said. “But in reality TV, you’re so disposable that we were just disposed of pretty quickly after that ... happened.”

The couple, who are expecting their first child together, also said they are ready to make a comeback.

“I am thankful for everything that’s happened,” Montag said. “I’m ready to re-emerge better than before and stronger in a way more prepared way.”

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'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

Hackers have targeted HBO in a major cyberattack, stealing unaired episodes from a variety of shows and leaking at least one alleged script from the popular fantasy show “Game of Thrones,” according to multiple reports.

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In a statement released Monday, network officials confirmed that “proprietary information” was compromised in a cyberattack.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” the statement said. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Entertainment Weekly reported that several unaired episodes of HBO shows were put online, as well as what appeared to be at least one script or treatment from the popular “Game of Thrones” series. The script is purported to be for episode four of the current season of the show, which is scheduled to air Aug. 6, The Telegraph reported.

Unreleased episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” also appeared online, according to the newspaper.

Hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, EW reported.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

It’s not the first time HBO has dealt with unauthorized copies of its shows’ episodes appearing on the internet. In 2015, several unaired episodes of “Game of Thrones” appeared online ahead of the premiere of the fantasy show’s fifth season. The leak happened after HBO mailed DVD copies of the episodes to members of the media for review, according to Forbes. The news site reported that HBO stopped using sent DVDs and switched to a secure streaming site to prevent similar leaks.

“Game of Thrones” has been the most popular show to pirate since 2012, according to TorrentFreak.com.

HBO is not the first entertainment company to fall victim to cyberattacks. Sony Pictures was hacked in 2014 by a group who was believed to be backed by North Korea. The group released a slew of emails and unreleased films.

Larson Studios, a small postproduction services company, was hacked in late 2016. The breach resulted in several episodes of the popular Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” appearing on torrent sites for download before their official release, The New York Times reported.

Obamacare critic Tomi Lahren says she's on parents' insurance at Politicon

Conservative political commentator and Obamacare critic Tomi Lahren admitted she is on her parents' insurance plan Saturday during a highly anticipated event with comedian and Trump critic Chelsea Handler.

The two appeared together for a one-on-one session at Politicon, which calls itself an “unconventional political convention," in Pasadena, California. It is in its third year. With diverging political views, the pair were virtually guaranteed to debate.

>> Tomi Lahren reaches settlement in her lawsuit against Glenn Beck and The Blaze

Handler opened her “conversation” with Lahren by saying, “This isn’t a debate; I am interviewing her."

Handler added that the 2016 presidential election revealed how little understanding she had of people “who are not necessarily like [her].”

Before the event, Lahren seemed eager to debate, referring to the convention as a “storm” and tweeting,”Hey LA. Let’s do this,” in advance of her session.

And debate they did, on issues as diverse as the president’s attempt to ban transgender Americans from the armed forces via Twitter, the ongoing healthcare conundrum and rapper and one-time beverage mogul 50 Cent. 

At one point, Handler hand-waved a mention of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and called President Donald Trump a “baboon.”

“She’s not the president,” Handler said. “She’s not doing anything that affects you. So (expletive) Hillary. We have to deal with this baboon.”

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Over the course of the debate, Lahren admitted to continuing to oppose Obamacare despite the fact that the law allows the 24-year-old to stay on her parents’ health insurance in the absence of insurance provided by her employer.

Here’s how that exchange went down:

HANDLER: “Do you have a health care plan or no?”

LAHREN: “Well luckily, I’m 24, so I am still on my parents’ [plan].”

AUDIENCE: *laughs*

HANDLER: “Stop, stop, stop, she’s being honest.

Lahren, whose firing from The Blaze, her ensuing lawsuit and then a settlement were well-documented, announced in May that she would be joining a pro-Trump PAC called the Great America Alliance.

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon to star in new TV series, report says

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have been capturing hearts on the silver screen for over a decade. But the pair reportedly have decided to partner up to take on another medium — television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two are working on a series about “morning shows and the larger New York media scene.” No word on whether the pair will play anchors, meteorologists or something else entirely.

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The untitled show has brought on a number of heavy-hitting producers and companies, including some that have worked on huge pieces like “House of Cards” and “Harry Potter," according to the report. At this point, the group who worked on the series are still shopping their project around to possible buyers, but the Hollywood Reporter reports that the show may land on Netflix or HBO rather than standard cable networks.

Both women have received Emmy nods — Witherspoon for her role in “Big Little Lies” and Aniston for her portrayal of Rachel Green in “Friends.” In fact, both women appeared together in “Friends” in a series of episodes when Witherspoon guest-starred in a role as Aniston’s little sister. But their new project will be the first time Aniston has had a solid role on the small screen since “Friends” went off the air in 2004.

Mario Cantone nails impersonation of Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci’s colorful language in his New Yorker interview was great fodder for comedian Mario Cantone’s dead-on impersonation of the new White House communications director. 

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Hours after Scaramucci’s interview, in which he ripped White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief political strategist Steve Bannon, Cantone went to work on Comedy Central’s “The President Show” on Thursday, CBS News reported.

"I'm gonna fire so many people," Cantone said in his role as Scaramucci, who was speaking with Darrell Hammond, who played President Donald Trump on the show. "I don't know who it's going to be, Reince, but I'm gonna get to the bottom of the leakage in the White House. You hear me, Reince?" 

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