Patton Oswalt and His Daughter Introduces His New Wife to Her ‘First Ever’ Christmas Tree

Patton Oswalt and his daughter, Alice, celebrated their annual Christmas tree decoration with Meredith Salenger in their first holiday as a family.

Salenger, 47, shared a series of photos of the event on Instagram Wednesday night, sharing her excitement about decorating the tree with her family.

“My first ever very own 🎄Christmas Tree! Fun night in: trimming the tree and sending Christmas cards! Also something I’ve never done! #family,” she wrote in the caption.

Salenger is of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent so Christmas is a new tradition for her.

In the first photo, Salenger can be seen smiling with her new husband and step-daughter, holding them close while all three wear gold paper crowns from their Christmas crackers.

The actress also shared photos of their tree complete with colored lights, a gold star and symbolic ornaments such as a gingerbread man, a dove, and candy canes.

In a video, Alice can be seen dancing to a Christmas song playing in the background, her golden crown threatening to fall off with every move.

Oswalt, 48, married Salenger in November in front of family and friends at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles. Oswalt told PEOPLE he and his wife were on cloud nine.

“I’ve only ever felt that level of joy once before in my life, and it was so profound and perfect it felt greedy to ever wish for it again,” Oswalt said. “But I did, so now all I can do is show Meredith a level of gratitude and love that’s greater than the joy she’s brought me, and my daughter Alice. Because this is a new level of joy and a new life, and I’ll always strive to deserve it.”

The couple’s wedding came a little over a year after Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016, leaving the comedian to care for their 8-year-old daughter.

 

But Oswalt, Salenger and their closest friends and family strongly believe it was McNamara who orchestrated their meeting from above.

“When I first starting talking with Patton on Facebook, it was just sort of witty banter,” Salenger said. “There was nothing to it, but as I started getting to know him better, I looked up Michelle on Facebook and I saw that we had like 15 mutual friends. One of them was my best friend since 7th grade. I called her and was like, ‘Tell me about Michelle.’ She was best friends with Michelle after college. She was like, ‘I loved her. She’s amazing. She’s so funny and smart.’”

RELATED VIDEO: Patton Oswalt Opens Up About Emotional Wedding to Meredith Salenger: ‘This Is a New Level of Joy and a New Life’

 

She added, “Finding out about Michelle made me love Patton even more. I was like, ‘He likes smart girls and he likes good girls.’ That was something that made me think more highly of Patton because he loved a girl that was like us – me and my friends. My friend said, ‘I think Michelle orchestrated this from heaven. She asked herself, who would be the best woman to raise Alice? And she picked you. And then, who would Patton love? You.’”

Now, the family of three is looking forward to the next chapter.

“Patton and I have been saying this since the very beginning — we really are literally looking forward to the normalcy and stability of life,” Salenger said. “All I want in life is to wake up and make Alice breakfast and take her to school. We’re just looking forward to the daily routine of life. Family dinner, bath time, book time, bedtime. That’s all I ever really fantasized about.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/patton-oswalt-and-his-daughter-introduces-his-new-wife-to-her-first-ever-christmas-tree/

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Scott Disick Enjoys Lunch Date with Sofia Richie as Kourtney Kardashian Takes a Stroll with Younes Bendjima

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are getting back to normal life in Los Angeles after a weekend of on-camera partying in Miami.

However, it was hardly a case of being back to the grind on Wednesday, with the couple enjoying a leisurely and romantic lunch at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills.

Despite reports of the pair hitting a bumpy patch recently, they looked very happy as they left the restaurant.

Richie, 19, also looked stylish as per usual wearing a “Richie” charmed gold chain with a tiny black cami top, blue jeans and black ankle boots.

Disick, 34, matched her look in a black hoodie, a T-shirt, and blue jeans while also wearing gold jewelry.

Disick is no the only one who has moved on from his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian. On Tuesday, Disick’s ex was seen leaving Alfred Tea Room in West Hollywood, California, with her boyfriend Younes Bendjima, 24.

Kardashian, 38, wore black leather pants paired with a knotted racerback tank top, while Bendjima wore a white T-shirt and long green cargo pants.

The two later headed to a nearby French bistro where the reality star enjoyed a meal of escargot. She captioned a snap of her cooked snails saying, “I’m turning French.”

France is a special place for the couple as Kardashian finally went public with their romance in Cannes in May during a November episode of KUWTK. They were also first introduced in Paris in October 2016.

A source recently told PEOPLE Kardashian and her beau might spend Christmas together.

“It’s definitely serious,” a source close to the pair said. “No one thought their relationship would last this long, but Kourtney is very happy.”

Kardashian has even introduced the model to the three children she shares with Disick: sons Mason (who turns 8 this month), Reign Aston (3 this month) and daughter Penelope, 5.

“Younes has met her kids,” the insider explained. “Kourtney’s family really likes him. He is the opposite of Scott. He doesn’t party, isn’t flashy and really treats Kourtney with a lot of respect. It’s obvious that he really cares about Kourtney.”

 

As for Disick and Richie, the couple arrived in California after a romantic week-long trip to Miami, where they where sptted partying with a camera crew in tow at Art Basel.

RELATED VIDEO: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie Continue Their PDA Tour of Miami with a Sweet Dinner

Despite the pairing initially raising eyebrows, a source told PEOPLE recently that Disick has a certain undeniable appeal.

“Scott has a sarcastic sense of humor that people love to be around — especially women,” the insider says. “Despite his public persona, he can be charming and make you feel like the only person in the room.”

Another source recently told PEOPLE the two are “very serious” and that Richie has been a positive influence on Disick, who has openly struggled with alcohol abuse.

“She’s been great for him,” the source said. “She’s made a big impact on his life and hasn’t partied at all since they met.”

“His friends adore her and nobody notices the age difference,” the source added. “She is very mature, she grew up in Hollywood and has always been in older situations. They seem really happy.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/scott-disick-lunch-date-sofia-richie-kourtney-kardashian-stroll-younes-bendjima/

John McCain Hospitalized Due to Side Effects From His Brain Cancer Treatment

Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized to treat side effects related to his cancer therapy.

The Arizona senator, 81, is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday.

“As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible,” the statement read.

In July, McCain, who has served Arizona in Congress since 1982, announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, days after he underwent a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye.

Since his diagnosis in the summer, McCain completed his first round of chemotherapy treatment.

RELATED GALLERY: From POW to Political Powerhouse: Sen. John McCain’s Life Through the Years

News of McCain’s hospitalization came the same day his daughter Meghan McCain became emotional while discussing his illness on her show, The View, with former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of glioblastoma.

Biden switched seats to comfort Meghan, reminding her to stay hopeful as their are medical breakthroughs all the time.

“And it can happen tomorrow,” said Biden, who added, “there is hope, and if anybody can make it, your dad… her dad is one of my best friends… The thing that I found, and Beau insisted on, and your dad’s going to insist on, is you’ve got to maintain hope. You have to have hope.”

After being diagnosed in July, McCain told PEOPLE that his daughter marrying Ben Domenech on Nov. 21 at the family’s ranch in Cornville, Arizona, was a dream come true. In the wake of the diagnosis, Meghan, 33, and Domenech, 35, made the decision to get engaged and quickly plan a wedding.

Though McCain said his cancer treatment “is still a fight,” he feels at peace.

“I have been so fortunate to have the life that I have had, full of time and adventure and excitement,” said the Senator, who will continue his work in Washington, D.C., and forge ahead with a planned 2018 memoir.

“I’ve been a small bit of American history, so I think if there’s something on my tombstone, it’ll be ‘He served his country,’ and hopefully you add one word, ‘honorably,’ ” he said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve lost races. I’ve caved into what seems to be the easy way out and wasn’t. There’s nothing to be sorry for. I have nothing but gratitude for a life fully lived, and you can’t ask for anything more than that. And you can’t deny that I am the luckiest person that you will ever talk to.”

McCain is a three-time survivor of melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that can spread to the brain and cause bleeding. He was diagnosed with invasive melanoma in 2000, and has been regularly screened by his doctors. McCain previously had two other malignant melanomas removed: on his left shoulder in 1993 and his left nasal wall in 2002. All were declared Stage 0.

The Senate is expected to vote early next week on a sweeping tax-reform bill.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/politics/john-mccain-hospitalized-due-to-side-effects-from-his-brain-cancer-treatment/

Hilaria Baldwin Reveals Which One of Her Kids Hates Santa Claus While Sharing Hilarious Christmas Photo

Getting the perfect Santa photo is often a Christmas miracle and something parents everywhere struggle to achieve — Hilaria Baldwin included.

The fitness guru, 33, shared a photo of her family’s holiday photo shoot with Santa Claus on Instagram Wednesday, but it was far from the smiling portrait she had hoped for.

The mother of three (soon to be four!) did not get her Christmas photo, but she couldn’t help but poke fun at the photo by giving insight into what her family members were doing in the moment — including her husband, Alec Baldwin, 59.

“This is us… 💯 🤦🏻‍♀️ Rafa: hates Santa,” Hilaria wrote in the caption. “Carmen: asked for a magic carpet. Leo is like: whatever…as long as food is involved in this experience. Alec: the forever photogenic celebrity 🤩 And me: 🤔…. 🤗 trying to avoid traumatizing my 2 year old and GETTING MY OBLIGATORY SANTA PHOTO…while sacrificing any attempt at a decent pose 😂. Thank you East Hampton Fire Department 💛 📸 @jessicamambrose.”

RELATED VIDEO: Hilaria Baldwin Says Fourth Baby Was the First ‘Planned’ Pregnancy – And Why She’s Already Thinking About No. 5

Hilaria and Alec announced they were expecting their fourth child — a boy — together in early November.

“Our Baldwinitos are getting a new teammate this spring ❤,” Hilaria captioned a family photo of herself, Alec, the family pup and the couple’s children Leonardo “Leo” Ángel Charles, 13 months, Rafael Thomas, 2, and Carmen Gabriela, 4.

RELATED GALLERY: 13 Perks Hilaria and Alec Baldwin’s Baby Will Definitely Be #Blessed With

Alec is also dad to 22-year-old daughter Ireland.

Hilaria told PEOPLE in early November that her fourth pregnancy was planned.

“I never knew how many kids I wanted to have,” Hilaria, 33, said. “I didn’t know how much I’d like it. And I really, really like it.”

“We were like, ‘Oh, should we have another kid?’ ” she added. “We were like, ‘You know what? Let’s try something different — let’s try.’ the other ones, it’s not like we were like, ‘Oh my God, how did this happen?’ But this is the only one we .”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/babies/hilaria-baldwin-shares-hilarious-christmas-photo/

Margaret Josephs Accused of Being Anti-Semitic in Wake of ‘Inappropriate’ RHONJ Hitler Comment

Is Margaret Josephs anti-Semitic? Her Real Housewives of New Jersey rival Siggy Flicker sure thinks so.

On Wednesday’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, the 50-year-old “powerhouse in pigtails” was confronted about a controversial comment she made to Flicker regarding Adolph Hitler — a comment that had Flicker, the only Jewish New Jersey Housewife, accusing Josephs of being prejudice towards Jews.

It all started on a previous episode of the hit Bravo show, when Josephs, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Danielle Staub were confronting Flicker and Dolores Catania about their decision to walk in the POSCHE fashion show despite the boutique owner allegedly spreading rumors about Giudice’s marriage.

Responding to Flicker’s argument that she wasn’t judging the owner for her actions since she hadn’t treated Flicker poorly in the past, Josephs looked at her and asked, “But Siggy, Hitler would have not killed me. Does that make him a good person?”

Josephs’ words deeply hurt Flicker.

“The first time Margaret referenced Hitler, I was in such a shock I couldn’t speak,” Flicker confessed to audiences on Wednesday’s episode, where the whole cast headed to Milan, Italy on vacation. “So it’s hard to enjoy Italy because the more I think about it, I get more hurt and more angry and I hit my breaking point.”

Adding to Flicker’s hurt was the fact that her father, Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, is Holocaust survivor

“Margaret will always go below the belt to hurt me. The fact that she would say Hilter’s name when she knows I’m a super Jew? My father’s a Holocaust survivor. What kind of person has Hitler on their mind? … I want to call Margaret out about how insensitive it was to reference Hilter when we were talking about a fashion show!”

Flicker got her chance to do just that at dinner, where Josephs and the cast once again questioned her and Catania’s decision to support the fashion show.

“In our lives, there are going to be people who don’t like me and vice versa,” Flicker said. “I’m going to use Margaret as an example. Just recently, for us to be in an argument and all of a sudden for her to use Hitler as a comparison — it’s inappropriate. Can you guys admit it?”

“Unless we’re discussing the Holocaust, Hitler’s name should not come up,” Flicker continued. “I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. It’s inappropriate!”

Defending herself, Josephs explained she was using “an analogy” and wasn’t comparing Flicker to Hitler. “I said, ‘Hitler would have been good to me, does that make him a good person?’ ” she recounted. “Kim D’s only goal in life is to destroy Teresa and Melissa. She’s f——- evil. And how are you supposed to make analogies about evil people if you can’t use the evil peoples names!”

She then explained that her children are Jewish, though the point was moot in Flicker’s book. “Honey, I know many people who married Jews who can’t stand Jews,” Flicker said. “You’re anti-Semitic!”

Hearing the term used set Josephs off. “How dare you say I can’t stand Jews!” Josephs barked. “To call me anti-Semitic, that’s a f—ing bulls— move… Do you think this is acceptable?”

But Flicker did. “I’m not apologizing,” she told Giudice and Gorga as they left the restaurant (thanks to some glass-throwing by Staub). “You guys got to stick up for me with the Hitler thing!”

RELATED VIDEO: RHONJ‘s Danielle Staub Has Forgiven Teresa Giudice for Calling Her a ‘Prostitution Whore’ 8 Years Ago

It appears Flicker was on an island all her own — with Giudice and even Catania later admitting they didn’t think Josephs was anti-Semitic.

“I do not think you’re anti-Semitic, but I think you’re anti-Siggy,” Catania explained, as Josephs attempted to defend her “persuasive” comment. “This is what started the fight in the first place. You decided to make a point about something you don’t really know the dynamics of. not necessary in poor taste. I might have said the same thing to you if I was Siggy. Probably worse, in fact.”

Josephs didn’t agree. “If she would have just said, ‘Margaret, I feel like you said that purposely to hurt me,’ I would have said, ‘I would have never said that purposely to hurt you,’”  she said.

“ just said that to be f—— vicious. She feels insecure, she has to call people names and take pot-shots. I’m f—— done with her. She’s a nut bar,” Josephs exclaimed. “I don’t think there’s anything more viral than assassinating someone’s character. This has gone from a spat to an all out war.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/rhonj-siggy-flicker-calls-margaret-josephs-anti-semitic-after-hitler-comment/

Kentucky Lawmaker Commits Suicide After Being Accused of Molesting a 17-Year-old Girl

A state representative from Kentucky committed suicide one day after publicly denying allegations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012.

Dan Johnson, a 57-year-old father of five, drove to a bridge in Mt. Washington, Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon. Parking his car on the north side, he got out of the car and shot himself, Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said in a news conference, according to WDRB. His body was found on the bank of the river.

The suicide comes two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an exposé that alleged sexual misconduct by the lawmaker. According to the story, Johnson woke his daughter’s 17-year-old friend during a sleepover and groped her. When the report was released, lawmakers from both parties called for Johnson’s immediate resignation.

Johnson, who also pastored a church, gave a press conference on Tuesday in which he denied all allegations, but acknowledged that the woman accusing him was close to his family.

“I don’t want to blast this girl; I have a lot of compassion for her,” he told reporters. “I’m very sorrowful that she’s in this dark place in her life.”

At the press conference, Johnson refused to resign over the allegations.

Just before taking his life, Johnson posted a suicide note on his Facebook and denied the allegations.

“The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world,My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !”

According to the sheriff, one of Johnson’s followers saw the message and called authorities. Officers tracked his cell phone and found his body.

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On Wednesday night, Kentucky governor Matt Bevin tweeted a statement, saying that his “heart breaks for wife and children.”

“These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America,” Bevin continued. “May God shed his grace on us all…We sure need it.”

Senator Rand Paul also tweeted his condolences: “Just terrible news from Kentucky tonight on the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson. I cannot imagine his pain or the heartbreak his family is dealing with tonight. Kelley and I pray for his loved ones.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/crime/kentucky-lawmaker-commits-suicide-after-being-accused-of-molesting-a-17-year-old-girl/

Salma Hayek Claims ‘Monster’ Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Kill Her If She Refused His Demands

 

Salma Hayek is adding her name to the list of celebrities speaking out about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In an emotional New York Times op ed published Wednesday, the 51-year-old actress detailed her experiences with Weinstein through the course of the making of the 2002 Miramax Frida Kahlo biopic Frida — claiming, among other things, that he had once threatened to kill her when she refused his advances.

“I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no,’” Hayek wrote. “And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage.”

“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,’” she claimed.

In a statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday, a rep for Weinstein released a statement denying “all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma” though the movie mogul admitted to “boorish behavior.”

But those alleged threats didn’t appear to stop Hayek, who said she would often tell Weinstein “no” when he allegedly made demands.

“No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with,” she wrote. “No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.”

“The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival, which was in honor of Frida, so I could hang out at his private party with him and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes,” she added.

There was one from Weinstein that the actress gave in to, though, she admitted.

Hayek said she caved into his alleged demand to do a sex scene with another woman with full-frontal nudity, though the decision wasn’t easy for her.

RELATED: Inside Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Complicity Machine’ — Coverups, Collusion & Intimidation Tactics

“He had been constantly asking for more skin, for more sex. … There was no room for negotiation,” she continued. “I had to say yes. By now so many years of my life had gone into this film. We were about five weeks into shooting, and I had convinced so many talented people to participate. How could I let their magnificent work go to waste? I had asked for so many favors, I felt an immense pressure to deliver and a deep sense of gratitude for all those who did believe in me and followed me into this madness.”

Hayek recalled filming the scene, saying that she had a “nervous breakdown” on set.

“My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears,” she said. “Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning. It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein. But I could not tell them then.”

Post-production for the film brought on more nightmares, Hayek said, with Weinstein often threatening to send the film straight to DVD. But after a sea of battles, Frida would get a theatrical release — and go on to gross $56 million worldwide and earn six Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actress one for Hayek. It ultimately won two Oscars.

Over 50 women have accused Weinstein, 65, of sexual misconduct since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in October.

In Weinstein’s full statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday, his rep denied Hayek’s allegations.

“Mr. Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Dogma,” and “Studio 54.” He was very proud of her Best Actress Academy Award nomination for “Frida” and continues to support her work,” the statement read.

“While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr. Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead. Miramax put up half of the money and all of the P&A; the budget was over 12 million. As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, but it served to drive the project to perfection. The movie opened in multiple theaters and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget,” the statement continued.

“Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. The original uni-brow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired,” Weinstein’s rep stated.

“Ed Norton, who was Ms. Hayek’s boyfriend at the time, did a brilliant job of rewriting the script and Mr. Weinstein battled the WGA to get him a credit on the film. His effort was unsuccessful to everyone’s disappointment,” the statement read.

Concluding, “By Mr. Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behavior following a screening of Frida was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie—and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Weinstein’s attorneys, Berk and Brafman, previously said: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred.

“Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, he remains deeply apologetic.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/movies/salma-hayek-harvey-weinstein-once-told-her-i-will-kill-you-dont-think-i-cant/