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Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee call for hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico 

The entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico remains without power after Hurricane Maria led to heavy destruction across the island Sept. 20. In the wake of the damage, three musicians with Puerto Rican heritage are calling for others to donate to relief efforts.

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Puerto Rican singer rapper Daddy Yankee appeared on CNN Monday morning to talk about the devastation on the island where he still lives and was born and raised.

“A lot of people don’t know I’m from Puerto Rico,” he said. “I have my family there, I have my wife, my daughter, and I live there still ... and we really need your help.”

The musician, whose birth name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, said people on the island continue to struggle and called for the government to step in to help.

“A lot of people don't know Puerto Ricans are American citizens ... we need the federal money for the citizens and for the government to help the locals.

“I know a lot of people are struggling. There’s no communication, no power on the island, the hospitals are not working,” he said. “We need the government to be more proactive.”

For his part, Yankee has donated $100,000 to Feed America and another $100,000 to the Red Cross. He said he has $1 million he plans to donate to various areas as the island begins to recover. Yankee has also asked that his fans donate insect repellent, water and batteries. He plans to personally take the items to the island. 

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez announced during a joint news conference with New York Gov. Chris Cuomo that she was making a $1 million donation from the proceeds from her Las Vegas residency show to aid the island.

“Given the loss and devastation we need to pay attention and to urgently support the Caribbean with donations and contributions,” Lopez said at the news conference. She went on to say her boyfriend and former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez would be working to get support as well.

“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” she said.

Related: Jennifer Lopez donating $1M to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez and her ex-husband, musician Marc Anthony, will also work to get aid to as many in the Caribbean and Mexico as possible, reaching out to more than 30 artists and athletes.

In a tweet Monday, Anthony had more pointed words than Rodríguez as President Donald Trump continues to speak out against NFL protests.

“Mr. President shut the (expletive) up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in Puerto Rico,” he tweeted. “We are American citizens too,” he tweeted. 

On Sunday, Anthony, like Lopez, delivered a video message saying help is on the way to Puerto Rico and encouraging those affected to “stay strong.”

Lopez and Anthony have asked the public to donate to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative from Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico.

Related video: Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Jordin Sparks sings national anthem with ‘Proverbs 31:8-9’ written on her hand in subtle message 

The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals were not the only ones in University of Phoenix Stadium expressing support of protests across the NFL.

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Jordin Sparks, who performed the national anthem at the game Monday at Glendale, Arizona, has a subtle but still direct message for those in the league who have been protesting for social and racial equality.

KNXV reported that the singer, who is the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, had “Prov. 31:8-9” written on the back of her left hand. It was noticeable has she used that hand to hold the microphone as she sang the anthem.

Related: Cowboys, coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones take a knee before national anthem in Phoenix

According to the New International Version of the Bible, the verses say, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Before Sparks sang the anthem, the Dallas Cowboys -- along with head coach Jason Garrett and team owner Jerry Jones -- kneeled as they linked hands.

Both the Cowboys and Cardinals linked hands and stood as Sparks sang.

Watch a video of Sparks singing the anthem below:

Related video: The NFL Responds to Trump’s ‘Divisive’ Remarks

Cardi B makes history as ‘Bodak Yellow’ reaches No. 1 on Hot 100 chart

Rapper Cardi B, formerly of “Love & Hip Hop” fame, has made history Monday with her single “Bodak Yellow.”

The musician’s hit has made her the first female rapper in nearly 19 years to have the No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without any guest features. The song has dethroned Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” Rolling Stone reported.

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Billboard reported that the song rose from No. 2 to No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 7.

Cardi’s record is the first since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at the top of the November 1998 chart.

The publication reported that Cardi is the fifth female rapper overall to top the chart. Others include Lil Kim, who went No. 1 on “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink in 2001; Shawanna in 2003 with her feature on Ludacris’ song “Stand Up”, and Iggy Azalea’s 2014 No. 1 with “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.

“I just want to say thank you everybody. Thank you for making this happen,” the rapper said in an Instagram video. “Thank you guys so much for everything!” 

Cardi also thanked other artists who have supported her.

Despite rumors of a feud between the two, fellow female MC Nicki Minaj congratulated Cardi on Twitter.

“Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it,” she tweeted.

Lil Kim and Missy Ellitot were among other rappers to send their congrats to Cardi:

Agreement reached to end strike by video-game voice actors

Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers.

The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers said Monday they reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the strike.

It calls for actors who work multiple sessions on games to receive additional payments and contains a requirement that companies disclose to actors what game they will be working on.

The actors began a strike against several video game companies, including Activision Productions Inc., Electronic Arts Productions Inc., Take 2 Productions Inc. and WB Games.

The work stoppage focused on payments to the actors, as well as complaints that actors were not being told which projects they were being considered for until after they were hired.

The companies are responsible for several major gaming properties, including the Call of Duty franchise, games based on Batman and other DC Comics properties, and games in the Star Wars and Need for Speed franchises.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. quotes JFK in response to NASCAR’s ‘take a knee’ stance

Despite many of NASCAR’s team owners and executives saying they disprove of anthem protests, one of the sport’s most prominent and popular drivers is supporting the right to protest.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted in support with athletes who, by kneeling, sitting or in another form, have protested during the national anthem before games in support of social and racial equality.

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“All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK,” he tweeted Monday.

Earnhardt’s tweet came after President Donald Trump tweeted praise for there being no protests during the national anthem at the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that a number of NASCAR’s team owners and leaders spoke out against protesting.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period,” Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty said. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”

Petty responded, “You’re right,” when asked if a team member protesting would get them fired.

Richard Childress, who was a long time team owner for Eardnhardt, said protesting isn’t respectful. 

“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”

“(A)nybody that works for me should respect the country we live in,” Childress said. “So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

NASCAR itself issued a statement Monday about the protests, saying, “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

Luke Bryan announced as second judge on ABC’s ‘American Idol’ reboot

Country singer Luke Bryan is joining ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” according to Variety.

The trade publication reported that the country singer joins Katy Perry, who is making $25 million as a judge. She was announced as part of the show in May.

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Musicians Charlie Puth, Keith Urban -- who previously judged on Fox’s original version of the show --  and Lionel Richie were also reportedly in the running for a role as a judge, but none are likely.

Perry’s $25 million contract has reportedly taken up a significant amount of the shows budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TMZ reported that Richie’s team wanted $10 million for the musician, but it was double what “Idol” wanted to pay.

ABC declined to comment. Representatives for Bryan have not commented.

“American Idol” is set to premiere in March. Auditions begin next week.

Box office top 20: 'Kingsman' crowned No. 1

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" came in a little shy of expectations but still managed to move New Line's horror hit "It" off the top spot at the North American box office.

Fox's spy comedy sequel to 2015's "Kingsman" debuted with $39 million, according to final figures Monday. The film cost $104 million to make, but improved little on the original's $36 million opening two years ago.

After two weeks atop the box office, New Line's "It" slid to second with $29.8 million in its third weekend of release.

Ticket sales were disappointing for Warner Bros.' "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which opened with $20.4 million. The release was the second "Lego Movie" spinoff of the year, following "The Lego Batman Movie," possibly hurting the performance of "Ninjago."

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore.

1. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20th Century Fox, $39,023,010, 4,003 locations, $9,748 average, $39,023,010, 1 Week.

2. "It," Warner Bros., $29,757,494, 4,007 locations, $7,426 average, $266,096,375, 3 Weeks.

3. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," Warner Bros., $20,433,071, 4,047 locations, $5,049 average, $20,433,071, 1 Week.

4. "American Assassin," Lionsgate, $6,255,617, 3,154 locations, $1,983 average, $26,185,076, 2 Weeks.

5. "mother!" Paramount, $3,290,780, 2,368 locations, $1,390 average, $13,459,798, 2 Weeks.

6. "Home Again," Open Road, $3,232,156, 2,685 locations, $1,204 average, $22,267,987, 3 Weeks.

7. "Friend Request," Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $2,002,863, 2,573 locations, $778 average, $2,002,863, 1 Week.

8. "Stronger," Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, $1,611,899, 574 locations, $2,808 average, $1,611,899, 1 Week.

9. "The Hitman's Bodyguard," Lionsgate, $1,608,722, 2,037 locations, $790 average, $73,356,701, 6 Weeks.

10. "Wind River," The Weinstein Company, $1,257,881, 1,431 locations, $879 average, $31,645,630, 8 Weeks.

11. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Sony, $1,063,712, 1,006 locations, $1,057 average, $331,857,374, 12 Weeks.

12. "Leap!" The Weinstein Company, $959,668, 1,301 locations, $738 average, $20,262,222, 5 Weeks.

13. "Brad's Status," Annapurna Pictures , $953,193, 453 locations, $2,104 average, $1,066,530, 2 Weeks.

14. "Annabelle: Creation," Warner Bros., $727,734, 682 locations, $1,067 average, $101,104,430, 7 Weeks.

15. "Dunkirk," Warner Bros., $582,713, 678 locations, $859 average, $186,292,020, 10 Weeks.

16. "Battle Of The Sexes," Fox Searchlight, $515,450, 21 locations, $24,545 average, $515,450, 1 Week.

17. "Despicable Me 3," Universal, $505,200, 539 locations, $937 average, $261,809,115, 13 Weeks.

18. "The Emoji Movie," Sony, $417,727, 573 locations, $729 average, $84,568,848, 9 Weeks.

19. "Nikka Zaildar 2," Grand Showbiz Media & Entertainment, $385,484, 42 locations, $9,178 average, $385,484, 1 Week.

20. "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros., $338,279, 355 locations, $953 average, $411,990,490, 17 Weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Football ratings are down; reason unclear

Most television shows would love to have the "bad ratings!" that President Donald Trump tweeted the NFL is suffering from. But he's generally right that the TV audience size for professional football is off this year.

The president tweeted over the weekend: "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love country. League should back U.S."

THE FACTS: Sunday afternoon NFL games averaged 16.04 million viewers for the first two weeks of this season, down 11 percent from the 18.1 million people who watched during the same period last year, the Nielsen company said. There was little change for NBC's first two Sunday night games: 22.2 million this year, down slightly from 22.9 million in 2016. For the first three "Monday Night Football" games shown on ESPN, viewership slipped 5 percent from the 11.79 million last year to 11.23 million this year, Nielsen said.

Average attendance at regular season NFL games last year was the highest since 2007, when the NFL set an all-time record in attendance. The NFL says ticket sales are "on par" with last year.

WHAT IT MEANS: In a world where TV viewing is increasingly fragmented and more people are watching on devices or saving programs until later, the majority of TV shows have smaller ratings than the year before. Still, pro football games remain among the most-watched things on television.

The president may have his theories, but explaining why ratings are down isn't simple. Maybe the games aren't as good, with less attractive matchups and blowout scores. Maybe more people are enjoying good late summer weather and are staying outside more this year. Maybe more people are concerned about concussions. Or the games are getting slower with replays.

The president suggests that the national anthem protests pioneered by Colin Kaepernick has played a role in declining ratings.

Generally, TV networks don't even bother showing the national anthem when it is played before the game. That wasn't the case this past Sunday, as the growing protest of players to President Trump's tweets made the anthem newsworthy. Yet CBS said the overnight ratings from big cities for this past weekend's games, while generally less reliable than the measurement taken over the whole country, were up 4 percent over last year. Did MORE people tune in because of the protests?

For football fans, though, chances are they were attracted by better games. CBS' lineup Sunday included the Green Bay Packers' overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle together at official event

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have made their first official public appearance as a couple.

The prince and Markle held hands Monday as they walked toward Toronto's city hall and attended a wheelchair tennis event at Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans.

Both were dressed casually, the prince sporting jeans with a black polo shirt while his girlfriend wore a white button-down shirt with blue jeans ripped at the knee.

Markle, a Toronto-based actor, appeared at the games' opening ceremony this weekend, cheering from the stands while Harry sat four rows and a section away beside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

The couple has been photographed together in the past but this is the first time they have appeared together at an official event. The two sat together and took in a match of the wheelchair tennis between Australia and New Zealand at the small venue. Both wore dark sunglasses on an uncommonly hot sunny day for Toronto in late September.

They stayed for a half hour and shook hands with the athletes and Invictus volunteers. They left together hand in hand.

Markle, 36, recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. Harry, 33, has been dating Markle since last year. He confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage.

The Vanity Fair interview prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.

Best known as paralegal Rachel Zane in the US Network legal drama, "Suits," Markle has appeared on "General Hospital," ''CSI: Miami," ''Without A Trace" and "Castle." She also is a campaigner for gender equality.

The Invictus Games are the creation of Harry, who got the inspiration to help wounded and sick military personnel and their families after his two tours of duty in Afghanistan. This is the third Invictus Games. About 550 competitors from 17 countries are slated to compete in 12 sports over the next week.

Could flood-ravaged Houston become jackpot spot for HGTV?

The thousands of flood-damaged homes across southeast Texas could bring a boom to at least one Lone Star industry.

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Some real estate investors are counseling buyers to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, pay for the repairs and then resell them, according to Reuters.

These property “flippers,” as they’re known in the industry, expect to take advantage of a tight housing market, especially in Houston, to reap a potentially substantial profit, Reuters reported.

Ray Sasser, a real estate investor and advisor, followed a similar plan advisors are currently reemploying to attract the home front venturers when Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001.

He bought several homes -- some for as low as 30 percent of their market value -- selling many of them a year later at full market price.

RELATED: Houston suburb tops best value neighborhoods list

At a recent Houston real estate seminar, Sasser revealed his plan to purchase 50 flooded homes for pennies on the dollar, invest 15 to 20 percent for repairs, aiming to then turn them back onto the market in a short time.

With an estimated 268,000 homes suffering some damage due to the floods, what was a tragedy for a significant number of Houstonian homeowners may be a lucrative opportunity for eager flippers.

Many homeowners may consider walking away from their damaged homes with whatever cash they can get, so flippers can buy properties at near-record-low levels.

Meanwhile, the tight nationwide housing market, combined with Houston’s diverse economy and growing population, are creating ideal conditions for flippers to find buyers.

As new homes go up on the old sites, flippers may also be looking at quick sales for prices at or near full market value.

RELATED: Some Houston neighborhoods better for investment return than others

For homeowners looking to sell their damaged homes, the Better Business Bureau posted some advice on how to avoid scams on its website, including the following:

  • Checking if the company has a local office
  • Meeting in person at the buyer’s office to learn about their processes
  • Avoiding paying any “application fees” or “processing fees”
  • Contacting the buyer’s lender to see if they have the funds to complete the purchase
  • Examining the contract to ensure that the seller is no longer obligated to make mortgage payments

Read more at Reuters.

Weird David Spade mural with Kurt Cobain quote a head-scratcher

Australian artist Lushsux painted a mural of comedian/actor David Spade on a wall in Linz, Austria last week, alongside a quote that has completely confused social media users.

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The image of Spade might be pretty good, but there’s just one problem - the quote is wrongly attributed to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a drug overdose in 1994 at the age of 27.

Lushux’s piece is clearly referencing a popular internet meme, which wrongly-attributes quotes to famous people beside a picture of a completely different person, but that didn’t stop people on social media from freaking out about the whole thing.

>> Related: Internet freaking out over these beer belly fanny packs

The mass confusion eventually caused the “Ridiculous 6” and “Grown Ups” star to respond on Twitter with just five words linked to the mural: “everyone is sending me this.”

Awards for titans, shows by young talent close Milan

For once, even the designers had a reason wear their finest creations as Milan Fashion Week closed with a star-studded gala promoting sustainability in fashion.

The four giants of Made-in-Italy — Armani, Gucci, Prada and Valentino — were among the honorees of the awards promoted by the Italian Fashion Chamber working with Livia Firth's Eco-Age consultancy.

That left a trio of young talent to close out the final day of spring-summer womenswear previews on Monday. Here are some highlights:

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PUNK INVASTION FROM SSHEENA

Sabrina Mandelli walked her punk-inspired SSheena collection straight from the runway into Milan's Piazza del Duomo, scattering pigeons and giving passers-by a rare glimpse into the invitation-only world of Italian ready-to-wear shows.

The brand founded in 2015 takes its name from the Ramones song "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," an extra S added for Mandelli's first name. For her Milan runway debut, the designer presented a soft-to-hard progression of looks.

She started with satiny athletic wear in deep burgundy parachute material, extending into a pleated skirt with a plastic layer, fluid dresses and then trousers adorned with garters and split at the ankle. Teardrops were a motif that showed up on eyewear as a long glass ornament hanging from some frames and as beaded fringe on other designs. The fringe was repeated dramatically as the extension of pinstripes on a jacket mini-dress.

Another motif was the monocle, represented in circular prints on handkerchief dresses, to reference a lesbian club of that name in 1930s Paris.

"They went there to be themselves. My girls now can express themselves in Piazza Duomo. I hope something has changed," Mandelli said.

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LOVE'S CONTRADICTIONS BY DAIZY SHELY

Israeli designer Daizy Shely commissioned a print by artist Umberto Chiodi for her latest collection, a colorful and kinetic tour de force that examines love's contradictions. The print features dreamy cupids and female figures, but also more disturbing details like ropes tightening around necks.

"I wanted to create a personal collection talking about love. Not only romantic love, but your relationship with your friends. The good parts of it and the bad parts of it. Putting that contrast together," the designer said backstage.

Milan-based Shely displayed her tailoring in a denim dress made pretty with pleated tiers in blue shirt cloth and her detailing with daisies embroidered on a denim jacket. There was a burst of color and movement in a series of asymmetrical fringe dresses in acid green and yellow. French lace tops are decorated with ostrich feathers.

"I put a lot of attention to details because this is what makes the difference between the regular commercial world and the designer," Shely said.

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UJOH SOFTENS DECONSTRUCTIONS

Japanese designer Mitsuru Nishizaki plays with tailoring and pattern cutting in the latest collection for his Ujoh brand, which had its Milan debut last year.

The looks started out in dark, matte colors and then exploded into colorful patterns featuring red flowers and some flashes of gold. Designs for a woman's wilder side followed more masculine cuts,

During the first half of the collection, Nishizaki featured asymmetrical and cut-through details on deconstructed jackets. A favorite silhouette is an off-shoulder jumper, seemingly cut from men's trousers, paired with spilling out soft tops.

In the second half, he moved toward lighter pieces, including billowing, parachute-like jackets, skirts and jumpers.

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With Livia Firth's Eco-Age spearheading the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, it was fitting that her husband, actor Colin Firth, help out as a presenter in Milan since he was granted Italian citizenship last week. Livia Firth is Italian.

The awards were held at Milan's famed La Scala opera house. Giorgio Armani wore a tuxedo as he stood on the stage alongside Miuccia Prada in a double-breasted coat.

And there was Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli wearing a suit and tie alongside more casually attired Alessandro Michele of Gucci, in a suit-and-T-shirt combo with his trademark baseball cap.

Other honorees included Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, for her work in the Amazon; the seamstresses of the Valentino fashion house for artisanal tradition; designer Brunello Cucinelli for his project to beautify the Italian valley where he produces his luxury collections; and the Gucci fashion house for supply chain innovation.

Also on hand were songstress Annie Lennox, actors Andrew Garfield and Dakota Johnson, actor-model Lauren Hutton and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. After the awards, everyone moved across the piazza to City Hall for a gala dinner.

Jennifer Lopez donates $1M to Puerto Rico relief

Jennifer Lopez has pledged $1 million toward hurricane relief efforts in her family's native Puerto Rico.

Lopez announced during a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that she would give money from her ongoing Las Vegas residency to various charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Lopez says she's also enlisting the help of her boyfriend, former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.

The 48-year-old Lopez was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. She says she still has family on the island that she has yet hear from.

Fellow singer Ricky Martin has donated $100,000 to the relief effort and launched an online fundraiser. Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee is sending four truckloads of supplies donated by his fans.

Prince Harry visits girlfriend Meghan Markle on set of ‘Suits’

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on the set of his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s show “Suits” this week as he visited Toronto.

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Harry is in town for the Invictus Games, where Markle was spotted showing support for the British royal, and reportedly kept a low-profile on the set of the series.

“He was super low-key, met some crew and was so happy to watch his lady,” a source told Hello! magazine.

“He’s incredibly supportive of her work.”

>> Related: Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Markle, who plays Rachel Zane on the series, showed her boyfriend around the set, according to the publication.

On Sept. 23, Markle was spotted in the audience for the opening night of the Games. Harry created the Invictus Games after he served as an officer in Afghanistan in 2008.

>> Related: Photos: Meghan Markle through the years

The couple was not seated together during the ceremony; instead, Harry sat in a VIP section next to first lady Melania Trump and near Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prince is expected to remain in Toronto until Saturday, Sept. 30. 

NBC's Megyn Kelly says she's 'done with politics' on debut

Megyn Kelly made her debut as an NBC morning TV host on Monday with the declaration that she's "kind of done with politics for now."

The former Fox News Channel anchor was in the thick of it during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notably when then-candidate Donald Trump turned on her following her sharp questioning of him in a debate.

She joked at the beginning of "Megyn Kelly Today" that "we'll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump."

No, she wouldn't. Trump was tweeting about football players and the flag Monday morning, but Kelly's show had an interview with the revived cast of NBC's "Will & Grace," a toast from her new "Today" colleagues and a story about a nun fighting violence in Chicago.

"The truth is, I'm kind of done with politics for now," Kelly said. "You know why, right? We all felt it, it's everywhere. And it's just gotten so dark."

She said she wants viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day."

HBO's John Oliver had a takedown of Kelly on his show that aired the night before. The show quoted Kelly as saying she hoped her show could be a unifying force and said, "and now a look at the unifying force that is Megyn Kelly."

It than ran a clip reel of Kelly from Fox News briefly mentioning hot button issues like Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and whether Santa Claus was white. NBC News had no immediate comment on Oliver's segment.

Dating rumors intensify after Scott Disick, 34, caught kissing Sofia Richie, 19

Scott Disick, best known for being Kourtney Kardashian’s long-term ex, featured Sofia Richie, the daughter of Lionel Richie, on his Instagram story over the weekend.

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The pair was quite close, suggesting more than just friendship. Disick, 34, and Richie, 19, spent part of the day in Miami with friends on a boat.

There are also other telling pictures, some posted by Richie, from the trip’s moments, including a dessert plate that said “Congratulations Scott and Sophia.”

Many fans wondered what the congratulations were for and guessed an engagement or a formal coming out to the public of their relationship.

An unnamed source told Us Weekly that the two are “definitely an item.”

“Things became official over the past week while they were in New York City together,” the source said. “It’s so weird. Not just the age difference, but mostly the fact that Sofia has been a family friend for years, and was close to Kendall and Kylie (Jenner).”

Many social media users found the potential couple’s relationship strange, citing their 15-year age difference.

“Scott is totally romancing her and she is under his spell. He ... is spoiling her with shopping trips and sweet gestures,” an unnamed source told E! News. “Sofia has been interested in him for a long time. She feels like she knows a different side of him and that they are good for each other. She is falling hard and thinks this is the real thing.”

Another unnamed source told the tabloid the relationship isn’t serious. 

“They just get along great and share very similar friends. Sofia’s been all over the place lately and seems like she is not serious about most things especially getting serious with a dude. It’s light and fun between them at the moment,” the source told E!.

According to Us Weekly, Disick and Richie were spotted together as early as May, during a birthday trip for Disick in Cannes, France.

Richie tweeted once in May and again in June, saying her relationship with Disick was just a friendship. 

“The last time I'm gonna say it. Scott and I are just friends. I'm single and focused on friends, family and work,” she wrote.

Disick shares three children with Kardashian, Mason, 7, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 2.

Zuri Daviscontributed to this report.

Rumored mom-to-be Kylie Jenner shares first pictures since pregnancy gossip intensified

Kylie Jenner has posted on Instagram for the first time since the rumors of her pregnancy intensified.

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The 20-year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star shared a picture of herself with some female companions, including best friend Jordyn Woods and entrepreneur Heather Sanders, wearing matching white robes.

Related: Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to reports

“Mornings,” Jenner captioned the photo.

Jenner later shared another image to Instagram, which featured Woods, during her 20th birthday celebration.

Jenner was recently seen in Las Vegas attending the a music festival, where her boyfriend, Travis Scott, was performing.

James Corden returns to host Hollywood Film Awards

James Corden will return as host of the Hollywood Film Awards later this year.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the awards, made the announcement in a press release Monday.

This is the third straight year that the "Late Late Show" host has helmed the ceremony, scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 5, in Beverly Hills, California.

This is the 21st year for the HFAs, which bills itself as "the official launch of the awards season." Honorees for this year's awards are set to be announced at a later date.

Sterling K. Brown, Chadwick Boseman support NFL players

Sterling K. Brown and Chadwick Boseman have high praise for the pro football players who took a knee in protest of President Donald Trump.

The actors — both starring in the upcoming film "Marshall," about Thurgood Marshall — commended players in the National Football League who sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during the national anthem on Sunday. The players responded after Trump said anyone who knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner" should be fired, and used a profane term to describe such a player.

Boseman, who plays Marshall, the first black person to ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court, called the players "patriots."

"America is always being born out of being revolutionary," said Boseman, whose roles have included Jackie Robinson in "42" and the Black Panther in the Marvel movies. "That's what it's born out of. It's not born out of doing what people told you what you're supposed to do."

Brown, who recently won an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama for his role on "This Is Us," said Trump has been divisive.

"I believe that this president has sort of brought a lot of ugliness to the surface ...," said Brown, adding, "We can no longer remain silent."

On Sunday, some players took a knee, while some locked arms while standing to show unity with their teammates.

The issue of players sitting during the anthem in protest first came to a head last year when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel to protest police brutality against blacks and what he called the overall racist treatment of blacks in America. He was released by the 49ers during the offseason and has yet to find an NFL team.

Trump, in comments Friday, said: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired!"

Boseman said Kaepernick was only seeking equality.

"Kaepernick was saying was that America should live up to what its creed is. That's it. Until it does that, until black men are not brutalized in the street and treated unfairly, I'm going to acknowledge that it's not doing that," Boseman said. "That is still an acknowledgement of the flag, an acknowledgement of what the United States is. And until people sort of get out of the way and allow that to be expressed, people need to know what patriotism is."

"Marshall" comes out Oct. 13 in the United States.

Rickles' series featuring celeb interviews to debut online

A digital series starring late comedy legend Don Rickles will debut online Monday.

The 13-episode show "Dinner with Don ," produced by AARP Studios, features Rickles interviewing celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg , Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese at his favorite restaurants in Hollywood.

Rickles, known as the grandmaster of insult comedy, died in April of kidney failure at age 90. AARP said the series was Rickles' final project. They began shooting in November 2016 and ended in January.

"Dinner with Don" also includes interviews with Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crystal, Rich Eisen, Vince Vaughn, Marisa Tomei, Jonathan Silverman and Judd Apatow.

It will be available on the AARP's YouTube channel.

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Online: http://www.dinnerwithdon.com

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