Kelly Preston Has Died of Breast Cancer at 57

Actor Kelly Preston has sadly died after a battle with breast cancer. She was 57 years old. 

John Travolta, Preston’s husband of 28 years, made the announcement on Instagram on July 12. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” he wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.  My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.” 

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” he continued. “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while.  But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”

“On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” a representative for the family told People in a statement. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”

Preston and Travolta’s daughter, Ella, also shared a beautiful tribute to her mom on Instagram. 

“I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you,” she wrote. “Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy. Thank you for being there for me no matter what. Thank you for your love…I love you so much mama.”

Preston had a long and successful career in Hollywood. In the ‘80s, she starred in such films as Space Camp and Twins and is perhaps most famous for her role as Tom Cruise’s fiesty fiancée in Jerry Maguire or as Amanda Bynes’ mom in What a Girl Wants. She and Travolta met while working on The Experts and eventually married in 1991. 

Many shared their surprise and sadness over her death on social media. “Sending so much love to you and your family in this heartbreaking moment. 💔,” Mariah Carey commented on Travolta’s post. “I am holding you all in love. Your wife, your partner in life, was a darling soul. Always at the ready with comfort and grace. What a team you were. She will be so missed. 🖤,” Selma Blair wrote.

Our deepest condolences to Preston’s friends and family during this difficult time. 

Supermarket Sweep Is on Netflix and Fans Are Going Wild With Nostalgia

Supermarket Sweep, your favorite grocery store-themed show from the ’90s, is back on Netflix!

On Monday, July 9, the streaming platform announced it added 15 episodes of the classic game show that originally aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967 before being revived by other networks in the 1990s and early 2000s. (Though it’s been off the air in the U.S. for nearly two decades, there have also been several international versions.)

Fans of Supermarket Sweep will remember it fondly for the particularly questionable ’90s fashion and, of course, contestants frantically zooming through supermarket aisles in search of very specific items for a chance to win huge prizes.

The competitive game show followed three teams of two—usually friends, spouses, or siblings—answering a series of trivia questions to accumulate time used in a “Major Sweep,” before running around a grocery store and loading up their carts with the priciest items, like expensive cuts of meat or massive wheels of cheese.

“I don’t know who needs to hear this but 15 episodes of the iconic Supermarket Sweep are now on Netflix in the US,” Netflix wrote on Twitter—and yes, it’s exactly what fans needed to hear.

The internet went wild over the news as users were filled with nostalgia.

If you’ve already binge-watched all 15 episodes, there’s some more good news. A reboot of the iconic show is currently in the works and Leslie Jones is set to host and executive produce.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on Supermarket Sweep,” the Saturday Night Live alum said in a statement in January via Deadline. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!”

The game show was supposed to begin production in the spring but was likely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s unclear when new episodes will air.

Will Smith Got Into It With 50 Cent Over Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship With August Alsina

For some reason, 50 Cent slid into Will Smith’s DMs after that episode of Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith. The rapper then decided to share their heated back-and-forth on Instagram on July 11. 

“Yo Will you alright over there?” Curtis Jackson III (a.k.a 50 Cent) wrote to Smith.

Although, Smith initially thanked Jackson for the concern, things got a bit more hostile when the rapper continued to press Smith about the “entanglement” between Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith and musician August Alsina. (The Girls’ Trip actor and musician had a relationship about four-and-a-half years ago, during a brief split between the married couple.)

“But why she tell you that s–t on a showfor [sic] everybody to see?” 50 Cent asked.

After Smith replied that the pair had broken up at the time “so she did her and I did me,” Jackson responded again. “She said only SHE can give permission for somebody to blow her back out,” he said. 

“F*ck you 50,” Will Smith replied. 

“Damn it’s like that, what I do,” Jackson captioned the Instagram screenshot of their DMs.

 On July 10th, the Smiths sat down for a one-on-one episode Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch to discuss Alsina’s recent claims that he and Pinkett Smith engaged in an affair. In an episode titled, “Jada Brings Herself to the Table,” the host admits to having an “entanglement” with Alsina, but reveals that she and her husband were separated at the time.

“We broke up. At that point in time, it was indefinite. From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Pinket Smith clarified, before pointing out that her husband did not grant permission. “One thing I want to get clear about and clean out one of the things that’s kind of swirling about you giving permission, which the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself.” 

You can watch their entire conversation, below:

The couple, who have been married for over 20 years also shared how they’ve moved on since getting back together. “For me, this was years ago,” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor said. “I think it could feel weird that we’re laughing and talking about it. Our experiences of working through it and talking through it and fighting through it and therapizing through it, I think that the why now is weird.”

Jada agreed, saying that she is grateful for the journey she and Will have been on together. “The one thing I’ll say about you and I is that there have never been secrets,” she said. “We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.”

Ryan Reynolds Jokes About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Exit…Again

Ryan Reynolds couldn’t help but poke fun at new LA residents, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, during a recent episode of his game show, Don’t, which aired on July 9.

The Deadpool star, who serves as an executive producer and commentator on the show, referenced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal exit after host Adam Scott asked contestants an outdated question about the royal couple in a segment called “Don’t Get Tired.”

“Meghan Markle went from Suits to crowns after she married into the royal family,” the Parks and Recreation alum read. The camera then panned away so he could tweak the second part of the question, according to Us Weekly. “Before she resigned, what was her official title?” 

He read four possible answers: “Was it A. Countess of Cambridge, B. Duchess of Wessex, C. Duchess of Cornwall, or D. Duchess of Sussex?”

Unable to resist, Reynolds joked, “Or E. we taped this show seven months ago.”

Ultimately, the contestants still guessed the incorrect answer and dubbed Markle the “Duchess of Cornwall.” (Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, holds that title. Markle and Prince Harry remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but will no longer use their official HRH titles.)

This isn’t the first time Ryan Reynolds has poked fun at the pair since they announced their decision to step away from the royal family. Back in January, the Canadian actor responded to a New York Times article that said Canadians were hoping Markle and Prince Harry’s move to Canada would be “injecting some razzle dazzle to the sprawling, bone-chillingly cold country.”

He tweeted, “Nobody injects razzle dazzle anymore. Particularly in Canada, where they drink it.”

Markle and Prince Harry announced that they will no longer be working royals at the start of 2020.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they wrote in a statement at the time.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” they added. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

U.S. Navy Announces First-Ever Black Female Tactical Jet Pilot

The U.S. Navy just announced its first Black female fighter pilot in 110 years of aviation. 

Just months after The Bachelor cast its first Black lead and NASCAR named Brehanna Daniels as its first Black woman in a pit crew, Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle made history by becoming the Navy’s first-ever Black female tactical jet pilot following the completion of her Tactical Air (Strike) aviator training this month. 

The chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) announced the news on Twitter Thursday, July 9, congratulating Swegle on the completion of her training and giving her a “BZ” or “Bravo Zulu,” which apparently means “well done.”

The Navy also confirmed she will receive her gold wings in a ceremony later this month.

The tweet included photos of Swegle wearing her pilot’s uniform and posing in front of a military airplane.

The achievement makes Swegle the first known Black woman who has been certified for the TACAIR mission. She’s now authorized to fly fighter aircrafts such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler or F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, according to Military.com.

The Virginia native graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 and is currently assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, according to military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

Rear Adm. Paula D. Dunn, the Navy’s vice chief of information, praised Swegle on social media following the announcement, writing, “Very proud of LTJG Swegle. Go forth and kick butt.”

Scott Kelly, a retired astronaut and naval aviator, also congratulated Swegle on Twitter. “Welcome to the best flying organization on earth,” he wrote. “Fly Navy, and fly safe!”

Swegle’s sister Sophie applauded her sibling’s achievement as well, tweeting, “Just my older sister being a boss every day of her life. Proud of her doesn’t even cover it.”

Her history-making accomplishment comes nearly 50 years after Rosemary Mariner became the first woman in the Navy to fly tactical jets, according to Stars and Stripes, and 25 years after retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally became the first woman to fly in combat.

8 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of July 12, 2020

Looking for some new TV shows to try this week? You’re in luck. Both Starz and Netflix have exciting new offerings, plus NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, launches on July 15. So escape the heat and plop in front of your screens. Why sweat when you can stream, am I right?

Below, all the TV shows and movies to earmark for the week: 

Sunday, July 12

P-Valley: A new drama series about the lives of a group of Southern strippers. Hustlers fans, tune in. 8 P.M. ET on Starz

Monday, July 13

The Nest: Here is Acorn’s official description for this series: “Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard) star in this suspenseful Scottish drama about a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. After a chance encounter, they recruit a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old (Mirren Mack, Sex Education) to be a surrogate, but secrets emerge about the girl’s past that could make them regret their deal.” Streaming on Acorn TV

Tuesday, July 14

Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser: Urzila Carlson covers The Biggest Loser, boxed wine hangovers, and more in this new comedy special. Streaming on Netflix

Wednesday, July 15

The Capture: Read Peacock’s official description here: “While disentangling misinformation from truth in an era of deepfakes, alternative facts and ubiquitous surveillance, an investigation of damning video evidence calls into question whether seeing is deceiving.” Streaming on Peacock

Brave New World: Watch the trailer for the British dystopian drama, below. Streaming on Peacock

Thursday, July 16

Fatal Affair: Fatal Attraction meets Obsessed in this new psychological thriller.  Streaming on Netflix

Friday, July 17

Cursed: A new spin on the Arthurian legend, starring Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why. Streaming on Netflix

Saturday, July 18

Murder in the Vineyard: Who doesn’t love a good Lifetime movie on a Saturday night? 8 P.M. ET on Lifetime

Weekly Horoscope for the Week of July 13, 2020

Maintaining creative control of your projects is key this week— sometimes it’s a winding path to appease all those who want a say in your work, but you must be the final voice. When you take your creative offerings seriously, even if they seem more fun right now than a professional possibility, so do others. If you’re collaborating, run a tight ship. Dating or a romance may feel extra intense this week, so keep your cool and maintain clear boundaries.

Libra | Libra rising

Be gentle with your significant others this week, Libra. Either a partner or close friend will need encouragement to help asserting themselves. They’ll be looking to you for motivation, so be aware and ready to help. In matters of work, negotiate but don’t settle or compromise if it doesn’t feel right. 

Scorpio | Scorpio rising

While you have your sights set on the bigger picture and wider horizons, it’s essential to do your research and study thoroughly to support your goals. What are you deep-diving into and how can you best structure your cerebral track, whether it’s a personal interest, formal study, or something you’re setting up over the long term? When all eyes are on you, you want your foundations to be set on solid ground. Consolidate, and don’t take short cuts. 

The Best Naya Rivera Performances on Glee That Will Never Be Forgotten

News of Naya Rivera’s disappearance on a lake in Southern California sent shockwaves through Hollywood and the Glee fandom this week. Rivera was reported missing after her four-year-old son was found asleep on a drifting pontoon boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County on July 8. 

Sadly, officials have announced that the actor is now presumed dead after rescue efforts failed to find her, but a recovery search is still underway.

Fans on social media and friends of the actor have been sharing messages asking for hope and prayers, but many have also been celebrating Rivera’s incredible talent and the joy she brought to so many in her role as Santana Lopez on Glee

Santana was first introduced in the Glee pilot as one of the popular cheerleaders, alongside Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris)—and soon her character grew more central to the plot as Rivera was made a full-time cast member in the show’s second season. Through Rivera’s nuanced performance, Santana gradually became an LGBTQ+ icon as her relationship with Brittany blossomed throughout the Fox series, leading to their gorgeous wedding in season six. 

Aside from Rivera’s acting chops and undeniable impact on her fans, the actor/singer delivered so many memorable performances that will be remembered and celebrated for many years to come. Here are some of our favorites. 

“Landslide”

Rivera, Morris, and guest star Gwyneth Paltrow give a moving rendition of the Fleetwood Mac classic as Santana starts coming to terms with her feelings for her best friend, Brittany. 

“Rumor Has It” / “Someone Like You”

Nobody does a mash-up quite like Glee, and these two Adele hits work wonderfully together, giving Rivera a chance to show off her powerhouse vocals. 

“If I Die Young”

Santana performed The Band Perry song during the tribute episode for Finn Hudson and actor Cory Monteith, who died of an overdose in 2013. Rivera’s raw, emotional performance will forever bring us to tears. 

“Here Comes the Sun”

Demi Lovato guest starred on season five of Glee as a love interest for Rivera’s character (while Santana and Brittany were on a break, of course). The two performed a lovely version of The Beatles’ classic together. 

“Smooth Criminal”

The staging and arrangement of this Michael Jackson tune are incredible. One of the best Glee numbers of all time. Period. 

“La Isla Bonita”

Rivera and Ricky Martin performed a dazzling duet of one of Madonna’s early hits—and the dancing is so great too. 

As an extra bonus, here is Rivera’s perfect delivery of Santana’s important monologue about cultural appropriation from the same episode. 

“Valerie”

We will never forgot Rivera’s performance Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” Two absolute icons. 

There are no words. Sending all of our thoughts and well-wishes to Naya Rivera’s friends and family. 

That Disney World ‘Welcome Home’ Video Backfired Spectacularly on Twitter

On Saturday, Disney World officially welcomed the public back to two of its most famous parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. The parks have remained closed since March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world, however, after putting new safety guidelines in place, park officials are now allowing guests and employees members to return. 

To help fans feel better about visiting a theme park with thousands of strangers amid a global health crisis, Disney thought it may be a neat idea to share a “welcome home” video on their Disney Parks Jobs account. However, it appears that a 30-second feel-good spot has backfired spectacularly on social media, with many calling out the Mouse House for potentially endangering the public and its own staff by opening (though some just thought the video was extremely creepy). 

First, take a look at the video yourself.

The video features a handful of employees—known as cast members—saying “welcome home” while sporting the appropriate masks and gloves, but followers were quick to point out that opening seems premature. (I mean, at this point, you can enjoy a bunch of Disney Parks’ famous recipes and treats at home!)

One Twitter user edited the famous Kourtney Kardashian quote, noting “Mickey, there’s people that are dying.” 

Another noted that Disney closed its doors on March 16 after Florida hit its 11th case, but decided to reopen on July 10 after Florida hit 11,000 new cases in a single day. 

One concerned user suggested that many park cast members potentially have no choice but to return back to work or risk unemployment or financial instability.  

Others simply tweeted, “Please don’t,” and “No video has ever made me feel less welcome.” More than one described the video as “dystopian,” especially considering the Storm Trooper appearance at the end.

And the memes. Boy, were there memes in the mentions. 

This isn’t the only video Disney released to reassure both guests and cast members that it’s safe to return to the parks. On July 7, Disney also released a health and safety video along with detailed information on its new health and safety guidelines.

“We remain deeply committed to focusing on your well-being when you visit or work at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts,” Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer, wrote alongside the video, noting the park would only open with reduced capacity but did not state an exact number. 

Hymel added that park officials implemented their new health and safety measures with guidance from government and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Travel Association, and Disney’s own team of health experts.

“From increased cleaning and disinfecting across our parks and resorts, to updated health and safety policies,” she said, “we have reimagined the Disney experience so we can all enjoy the magic responsibly.” 

7-Eleven Day Is Canceled—But There’s Still One Way to Get a Free Slurpee

Sorry, 7-Eleven Slurpee lovers, 2020 just isn’t your year.

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, 7-Eleven made the difficult decision to cancel its annual 7-Eleven Day celebrations. That means it won’t be doling out free Slurpees to anyone coming into its convenience stores. However, that doesn’t mean the chain isn’t celebrating at all.

“At 7‑Eleven, our top priority is the safety of customers, Franchisees, and employees,” 7‑Eleven Senior Vice President Marissa Jarratt said in a statement. “Gathering nine million of our closest friends in stores on one day just didn’t feel right.”

Rather than invite guests to come in the stores, the chain will instead donate one million meals to Feeding America, a national nonprofit aimed at ending hunger in the U.S., in honor of its birthday. “I am heartened that we now have the opportunity to help the communities and neighborhoods that have been the lifeline of our business since 1927,” Jarratt added. 

“For nearly two decades, July 11th has been the busiest day of the year for 7‑Eleven stores as millions of customers visit us to kick off summer with their favorite frozen drink,” Jarratt said. “But this year, we have to make changes for the greater good. I hope you’ll join us for the in-person party next year.” 

Don’t worry though, there is still at least one way to grab a free Slurpee this summer. 

Loyalty members using the 7Rewards app are now able to access a personalized coupon that is redeemable for one free Slurpee throughout the month of July. They can simply walk into any 7-Eleven and grab the treat whenever it’s convenient—and safe—to do so.  

Those avoiding entering 7-Eleven stores altogether can also redeem their coupon when ordering delivery through the app. There is, however, one catch: The coupon for a free Slurpee was added to the app on July 1, meaning you already had to be a 7Rewards member in order to redeem it. Signing up now means you’re already too late. 

If that’s the case, why not just make the White Claw slushie everyone on TikTok has been talking about. You won’t regret it.