Cesar Millan gets candid on helping wounded veterans, comments on 'A Dog's Purpose' controversy

Feb 21, 2017 6

The dog whisperer is back.

Emmy-nominated celebrity dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has been on a road trip across America with his son Andre to help organizations and people rescuing canines in need for his new TV series, “Dog Nation.”

“The United States is very proactive in rescuing and adopting dogs,” the 47-year-old told Fox News while on a recent trip to New York City. “But I think we have to do a little bit more campaigns towards spay/neuter because we are having an overpopulation problem. So even if you keep rescuing you will never stop the euthanization because the overpopulation continues.”

Andre, who’s been following in his father’s footsteps since he was a child, pointed out that Missouri has been faced with the crisis the most.


“Missouri is the home of puppy mills,” explained the 22-year-old. “These are dogs that are bounded and stacked in cages for years and are bred to breed. I got to see the reality of why we’re spreading the awareness of what’s happening in our own backyard.”

According to The Humane Society, Missouri was listed in their fourth annual Horrible Hundred report, which describes the conditions documented by state or USDA inspectors at dog breeding operations. Several mills, including many repeat offers, are noted for having puppies “matted with feces,” “entrapped in wire flooring,” and others sick or dying while living in darkness.

It’s cases like these that prompted Cesar and his son to tag team and assist animal rescue teams to save pups. However, the duo aren’t just helping animals.

“In Washington D.C., we worked with a company named Fidelco that focuses on helping wounded veterans that have been blinded from the war and don’t have the funds to get a guide dog,” said Andre. “I worked with a guy named Richard Donald Overton. He was wounded in Desert Storm. He didn’t want to be dependent on his child. He really didn’t have a lot of freedom.”


Andre also added that with the assistance of Fidelco, he and Cesar were able to rehabilitate a dog “in a couple of month” as well as run compatibility tests to ensure it was the right fit for the veteran. He also said that now, Overton has a seeing eye dog and no longer needs a medical folding blind cane, gaining his independence.

“It’s sad because these people fight for the independency of America,” explained Cesar. “The freedom of America. But when they come back wounded, they become dependent. So Fidelco is really helping them to recover that freedom they fought for. But you will find in the show that it’s not actually in agreement with congressmen for wounded warriors to actually get a dog. It’s easier for them to get a stick or be put on medication to help deal with their depression.”

“And they go back to doing their activities by themselves,” he added. “They recover that side of themselves again. You want to be able to do things on your own again. These people fight for the freedom of Americans. They deserve it. They get trained to go to war, obviously an investment from the United States to make a soldier. But when it comes to retraining the soldier to come back to society, there’s no funds for it.”

However, not all tasks given to dogs by man has resulted in positive results. In late January, a viral video showed a dog on the set of “A Dog’s Purpose being forced into a moving body of water during production of the movie. The clip raised questions about the treatment of the animals on the film’s set, and some suggested it could shift the way animals fit into feature films.

Cesar, who claimed he hasn’t seen the footage, was surprised to hear about the reported mistreatment.

“I haven’t seen the film or the incident, but one thing I can tell you about a dog is that they love to work,” he said. “A dog is actually happy when they have something to do…[But] you just have to take into consideration that just like an actor, it’s going to give you everything he has, but then he’s going to tell you, ‘Listen, I’m tired. Give me a break.’ And a dog is going to be very honest with you. If he can’t work or it’s not his day, he’s going to let you know. This is where the handlers, trainers, or whoever is in charge needs to recognize those cues. That way, you don’t stop a dog from exercising, but you don’t overdo it.”

“I always tell people you need to find a job for your dog,” he also stated. “Most dogs spend 12-14 hours doing nothing. That’s more like incarceration. A dog wasn’t born to be behind walls 24/7…I rather teach people the importance of exercise and mental stimulation, which becomes work. That’s what makes a dog.”

“Dog Nation” premieres Friday, March 3rd at 9 p.m. EST on NAT GEO WILD.

Which stars are winning (and losing) on Instagram

Feb 21, 2017 8

Selena Gomez reached 110 million Instagram followers last week, making her the reigning queen of the social media platform.

Publicist to the stars Liza Anderson, CEO and founder of Anderson Group Public Relations, told Fox News that Gomez is a hit on Instagram for a variety of reasons. 

“For starters, Selena is beautiful and everyone likes to look at a pretty girl. It’s a visual platform and she understands who she is and who her audience is,” Anderson says.


Just after Selena in the top 100 most followed Instagram profiles is Taylor Swift with 97.6 million followers. Anderson posits that it’s Swift’s open sharing about her heartbreak that brings her followers. 

Following Swift is Ariana Grande with 97 million, Beyoncé with 95 million, Kim Kardashian with 92.6 million and Kylie Jenner with 86.2 million.

A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:53am PST

Less popular stars on Instagram include Oprah at 8.3 million and Halle Berry at 1.1 million. Social media strategist Jenn Hermann says age is a factor in the stars’ followings. 

“In general the younger generation embraces it more because they grew up with it. This is more of their form of communication. The younger demo celebs excel because it’s natural for them. They’re more likely to expose their personal life, verus older celebs who keep business and personal seperate,” Hermann told Fox News. 

Anderson says older stars’ followers aren’t hooked on social media. 


A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Feb 8, 2017 at 4:17pm PST

“It’s a completely different mindset… Oprah probably doesn’t measure her popularity or status by followers, but for others celebrities it moves the needle for their brands,” she says.

Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Nicki Minaj all have more than 70 million followers.


Other celebs are succeeding on the platform in a different way. Eva Longoria has 3.4 million and Leonardo DiCaprio has 14.4. Both use Instagram accounts to promote their charities.

In the end, the relative success or failure of celebs on Instagram comes down to the psychology of whether they resonate with their audiences or not. 

Hermann says when celebs are overly promotional it can work against them. Some celebrities think they can buy followers, something Hermann says she does not recommend. 

Anderson says there’s a psychology behind it.

“For Gomez being a fashion icon and having hit songs is huge, but it’s the human quality that transcends across a lot of platforms. You never saw that with Hollywood royalty before. The average fan couldn’t penetrate that world before like they can today… for the first time you see these people that looked infallible and they have imperfections and they struggle and it’s comforting and inspiring and something we can all relate to,” Anderson says. 

Rebekah Sager is a writer and editor for FoxNews.com. She can be reached at rebekah.sager@foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebekah_sager

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Jimmy Kimmel says not everyone in Hollywood is ‘very liberal’

Feb 21, 2017 6

As Jimmy Kimmel prepares to host the Oscars on Sunday, he got candid on whether audiences can expect politically-fueled speeches this year.

“It depends on the speech, you know?” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think that you’ve got a group of people who are largely very liberal, although I will say, the first time I hosted the Emmys, I had a joke about there being no Republicans in the room, and a surprisingly big group of people clapped when I asked if there were Republicans, and I was a little bit thrown by it.”


“So I don’t think the audience in its entirety is as liberal as people in Middle America imagine it is,” added the 49-year-old TV host. “But the celebrities, most of them are pretty liberal.”

However, Kimmel said that Democrats in Hollywood may have a hard time outshining one leading lady with their speeches.

“If I was nominated and I was going to stand on that stage, I think I’d be intimidated by how good Meryl Streep’s [Golden Globes] speech was, so I’d probably keep my mouth shut when it comes down to it,” he said.


The 67-year-old actress is nominated for her 20th Oscar.

The Academy Awards will be televised Feb. 26.

David Cassidy reveals private battle with dementia

Feb 20, 2017 21

David Cassidy is battling dementia.

The 66-year-old actor, best recognized as heartthrob Keith Partridge on the 1970s series “The Partridge Family,” has admitted to PEOPLE Magazine he is faced with the neurological disease.


“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” said Cassidy to the celebrity news publication about his diagnosis.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he also said on his decision to stop touring. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

The news came just days after Cassidy struggled to remember lyrics to songs he had been singing for nearly 50 years before falling off the stage during a southern California show on Saturday. At that same concert, Cassidy told the crowd he was retiring.


“I love being able to come back to the place that, despite the fact I wasn’t born here, for the most part this is my home,” he said while swaying and taking long breaks between his words. “And this is where I became a television star, a rock and roll star.”

This wasn’t the first high-profiled incident for Cassidy. PEOPLE Magazine reported he was charged with a DUI in November 2010 and was subsequently charged with the same offense in August 2013 and January 2014. A month after his third arrest, his wife filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage. In February 2015, Cassidy filed for bankruptcy and was charged following a hit-and-run eight months later in October 2015.

The ‘70s teen idol also battled substance abuse issues and went to rehab in 2014.

Cassidy’s mother, 1940s Broadway star Evelyn Ward, died at age 89 in 2013 after suffering from Alzheimer’s-related dementia.

Kris Jenner claims filming reality show was 'therapeutic' for Kim Kardashian West after Paris robbery

Feb 20, 2017 21

In an appearance on Monday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Kris Jenner revealed that filming “Keeping up with the Kardashians” was therapeutic for daughter Kim Kardashian West after her high-profile Paris robbery.

In a teaser for the upcoming season of “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” viewers witnessed the 36-year-old tearfully recount the October 2016 incident that took place at the No Address Hotel in which masked men reportedly tied her up, threaten her with a gun and made off with millions of dollars in jewelry.


“We started filming and what was coming out of that was very therapeutic for her, I think, to just explain to us and walk us through,” explained the 61-year-old momager/executive producer. “And now, we just started seeing some of the stuff that had come out of those days, and nobody can even get through the first five minutes without being hysterical.”

“But it’s remarkable to listen to her tell the story, and she does that because she thinks that it might also bring some awareness,” added Jenner. “And it’s changed the way we live our lives and just the way we take care of our kids and my grandchildren, and so it’s been a process.”

Jenner also said that she, too, shed tears after watching the footage.


“I just saw some of it, and I couldn’t even watch the whole thing,” said Jenner. “I mean, it was so upsetting. It was such an upsetting time when something so awful happened to somebody that you love so much. It chokes me up every time I think about it.”

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” returns March 5 on E!.

Priscilla Presley cares for twin granddaughters as Lisa Marie faces legal battle

Feb 20, 2017 20

Priscilla Presley wants fans to know that her twin granddaughters are in good hands.

As her daughter Lisa Marie Presley faces a legal battle with ex-husband Michael Lockwood over his alleged child abuse, the 71-year-old ex-wife of Elvis Presley chose to speak out.


“There is lots of confusion, commotion and concern from all the talk circulating,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday, as reported by Us Weekly. “Let me put this to rest…the girls have not been in foster care and never will be. The girls have been with me and will be until all this is sorted out.”

The caption was accompanied by a photo of 8-year-old twin sisters Finley and Harper swimming in what appears to be their grandmother’s pool. Another photo was posted by Priscilla displaying the girls smiling and cuddling each other.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your positive support,” she wrote.


Lisa Marie said her twins were in protective custody after “disturbing” photos of children were discovered on a computer belonging to her estranged husband in court documents obtained by ET.

The Daily Mail first broke the news of the 49-year-old’s claim that her twin daughters were taken into protective custody by California’s Department of Children and Family Services after she alleged she found “hundreds of inappropriate photos” and video footage.

Michael filed a response to Lisa Marie’s request on Feb. 14, slamming her “distasteful” attempt to damage his reputation.

Lisa Marie also described herself as deeply in debt, just out of a treatment facility and living with her adult daughter, 27-year-old actress Riley Keough.


“I cannot recall the last time I spent money on clothes and shoes of any value,” she told the court.

Michael fired back and said his ex-wife “has great difficulty being honest and she rarely, if ever, accepts personal responsibility for her own wrongdoing.”

The former couple married in 2006 and divorced in 2016. A hearing has been scheduled on the case Feb. 22.

Ryan Seacrest shares picture of fire damage at his home

Feb 20, 2017 18

Ryan Seacrest‘s Beverly Hills mansion was the scene of a fire on Sunday night.

“Fire last night at the house- thank god everyone is ok,” the 42-year-old radio host wrote alongside a photo of charred remains and debris.

According to TMZ, it was an electrical fire off Seacrest’s driveway.

In 2012, Seacrest reportedly bought Ellen DeGeneres’ $49 million Beverly Hills estate. The home, which boasts three guest houses, sits on 2.87 acres of land.

A rep for Seacrest did not immediately respond to a request for comment

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Judd Apatow says Trump getting elected is like being raped

Feb 20, 2017 16

Judd Apatow tried his hand at stand-up Saturday night delivering a politically-charged set where the director went after President Donald Trump.

Best known for “Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Trainwreck,” Apatow did not hold back during his set at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. He was there to promote his new show on HBO “Crashing.”

According to the Daily Beast, Apatow said when Trump was elected he felt like “a person about to get raped, but I didn’t know how bad it would be.” Now with Trump in office, he said, “I feel like I’ve just been raped and I just don’t know if I’m going to get murdered.”

A rep for Apatow did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

But Apatow did not stop there. The Daily Beast reports Apatow went on to say he understands why Melania Trump is not living full time in the White House.

“Every day she’s not in the White House is a day she’s not getting f—ed by Donald Trump,” the director said.

Apatow also went after Trump’s youngest son, 10-year-old Baron.

“[Baron] f—ing gets it,” Apatow said. “You see the look his face when Trump’s talking?…People are like, ‘Is there something wrong with him?’ No! He knows his dad’s a f—ing a–hole!”

Tori Spelling faces child support drama at baby shower

Feb 20, 2017 22

In a drama worthy of an Aaron Spelling soap opera, tempers are running high over Tori Spelling’s recent baby shower.

Sources tell Page Six that Mary Jo Eustace, the ex-wife of Tori’s husband, Dean McDermott, is furious because the reality stars celebrated their fifth pregnancy with a lavish party at the Hotel Bel-Air on Feb. 11 — all while McDermott allegedly owes Eustace thousands in child support.


In fact, we’ve learned that fed-up Eustace is taking McDermott to court next month to face allegations that he’s in contempt of court for failure to pay the monthly child support payment for their son, Jack.

We’re told that Eustace — who was married to McDermott from 1993 to 2006 — was “livid” after reading headlines claiming that Tori’s mom, Candy, spent $40,000 on the over-the-top fête.

Candy — the widow of Aaron Spelling, the TV mogul behind “Dynasty,” “The Love Boat” and “Beverly Hills 90210” who was said to be worth $600 million at his death — hired top Hollywood party planner Mindy Weiss to throw the party for more than 50 guests.

According to court records, McDermott is due to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. March 9.


Meanwhile, Tori and McDermott have seemed to be suffering with financial difficulties of late. In November 2016, American Express sued over an $87,595 credit card debt, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” In July 2016, “ET” reported that they had been hit with a $259,108 lien for unpaid taxes from 2014.

But in March 2016, Tori dismissed reports of financial woes to People, saying that rumors about money problem started after she wrote her 2013 book, “Spelling It Like It Is.” “It was one chapter. I thought I was being relatable, talking about how celebrities go through financial struggles, too, we make mistakes, too,” she told the magazine.

Eustace and reps for the couple didn’t get back to us.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

Ivanka Trump's fragrance is number one best-seller on Amazon

Feb 20, 2017 20

It looks like many shoppers want to smell like the first daughter.

Refinery29.com is reporting Ivanka Trump’s namesake eau de parfum spray is currently a #1 top-seller on Amazon.com. The “spicy floral” fragrance holds two top spots in the women’s category: one for the full-sized bottle, the other a roll-on, which is out of stock.


However, the recent reviews show that customers are specifically purchasing the fragrance in support of the 35-year-old mother of three.

“I bought this perfume in support of Ivanka Trump,” wrote one verified purchaser, as reported by the beauty news site. “I had no idea how it smelled. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and I LOVE it!!”

“I love this scent and happily showed my support by purchasing this perfume,” another wrote. “Just wish I can fit into her gorgeous clothing line.”


No recent negative reviews were shown.

Amazon nor Trump have commented on the recent demand for the scent.