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Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Zendaya Coleman opened up about her recent exit from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

The 17-year-old Disney star posted several videos on Instagram Friday explaining why she backed out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

“Let me just explain something,” she said in the first of three videos. “The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

The Shake It Up star was cast to play the late R&B singer in June but dropped out of the part weeks later amid widespread criticism over her casting. Some complained Coleman, who is biracial, was too fair-skinned for the role. Others questioned whether the singer-dancer-actress had the maturity to play the 22-year-old Aaliyah, who was once linked to R. Kelly and died in a plane crash at the height of her popularity in 2001.

But Coleman, who was the runner-up on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, said she left because of concerns over the production.

“The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Coleman said in the second clip. “I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own and I wrote a letter, but, I was unable to do so. Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.”

Instead, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman in the role. Talk host Wendy Williams, who is executive producing the TV movie, made the announcement on Twitter and her show Friday.

Coleman sent her best wishes to Shipp.

“Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” Coleman she said in her final video. “I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. Remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”


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Jessica Simpson Shares Her Thoughts on Marriage, Growing Her Family

Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jessica Simpson was busy this past weekend posting honeymoon pictures on Instagram and revealing her future family plans.

First, the recently-married singer and fashion mogul posted a picture with a friend’s newborn, writing, “I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!”

Simpson, 34, and husband Eric Johnson are already parents to Maxwell and Ace. The couple married in Santa Barbara, California, earlier this month.

On Sunday, Simpson posted a beautiful photo from her honeymoon, striking a pose in the hotel suite with the water crashing in the background.

She also posted a couple pics with her husband.

“I love this man, our marriage, and everything in between,” Simpson wrote.


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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Earns $36 Million at Weekend Box Office

Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the top spot at the weekend box office, earning $36 million.

The Purge: Anarchy came in second at the box office bringing in $28.4 million, while the animated Planes: Fire & Rescue followed with $18 million.

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s comedy Sex Tape also opened this weekend, falling just out of the top-three with $15 million.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $36.0 million
2. The Purge: Anarchy: $28.4 million
3. Planes: Fire & Rescue: $18.0 million
4. Sex Tape: $15.0 million
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $10.0 million
6. Tammy: $7.6 million
7. 22 Jump Street: $4.7 million
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2: $3.8 million
9. Maleficent: $3.3 million
10. Earth to Echo: $3.26 million


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Casey Kasem’s Body Is Missing, Daughter Says

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The late Casey Kasem’s body is missing, more than a month after the radio icon’s death, according to his daughter.

A spokesperson for Kerri Kasem confirmed to ABC News that the legend’s adult children have yet to see his body. Casey Kasem died on June 15 at 82 years old after suffering from a form of dementia. An autopsy has also not been performed yet, the family said.

Jean Kasem, the radio personality’s second wife, had been embroiled in a conflict with his children from a previous marriage over her husband’s medical care for months before he died. She collected the body within 72 hours of his death.

Kerri Kasem was informed Thursday that Casey Kasem’s body was no longer at the mortuary, where it remained for a month.

Kerri and two more of Kasem’s adult children fought Jean in court for control of his health care leading up to his death. Early last month, a judge ruled that his care would be in the control of Kerri, not Jean. Shortly after, he was moved to hospice.

“This is the most difficult decision that a judge or an attorney can make. Mr. Kasem is dying and Mr. Kasem has expressed his desire to die peacefully and in comfort,” Troy Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem told ABC News in June.

A rep for Jean Kasem has yet to respond to a request for comment.


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“American Ninja Warrior” Finalist Kacy Catanzaro Is Shocked By Fame

Peter Larsen/NBC(NEW YORK) — After becoming the first woman to make the finals of American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro became a celebrity almost overnight.

Nobody was more surprised than she was.

“I had no idea how many people would care so much about it,” she told People. “I’m getting messages from my friends saying telling me that I am trending on Facebook and Twitter and that my video has 4 million views. It’s amazing. My followers have skyrocketed 30,000 plus more in just a couple of days.”

Catanzaro, who appeared on the show once before, blew away viewers by mastering each obstacle of the show’s grueling course. Though she doesn’t know what the finals have in store, she feels ready for whatever comes her way.

“The ring toss was something new this year and it was definitely a challenge, but I just took it slow and tried to stay calm,” she explained of her strategy. “I just kept going and tried to stay calm and it was really helpful. I believed in myself and went for it.”

No matter what happens in the future, the lifelong gymnast is happy to have inspired so many fans with her performance thus far.

“Being able to get the opportunity to be in that spotlight and put such a positive message out has been so amazing,” she said. “It was a surreal moment.”


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