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Friend Of Late ‘Toy Story’ Writer Reveals Andy’s Heartbreaking Backstory

Two days after the friend of a late “Toy Story” writer revealed a previously untold and devastating story about Andy’s dad, another Pixar writer has lashed out on Twitter calling it “utterly” false.

Let’s back up. This week, YouTuber Jonathan Carlin of Super Carlin Brothers published his video interview with Mike Mozart, a toy designer who was friends with Joe Ranft, the Pixar head writer who co-wrote “Toy Story.”

According to Carlin’s interview, which went viral this week, Mozart said that Ranft had revealed to him why Andy’s dad was suspiciously absent from the film over lunch. Mozart told HuffPost that he had met Ranft through his work in toy design, adding that their conversation about Andy’s backstory took place over a decade ago, before Ranft died in a car crash in 2005.

Andrew Stanton, who was on the writing staff of the “Toy Story” series, debunked the alleged backstory with a simple hashtag that claimed ”#Iwasthere.”

Complete and utter fake news. Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere https://t.co/06j37YKKt2

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 24, 2017

Ranft’s story, as Mozart recalled to Carlin, goes like this: Andy’s father is also named Andy and he was the original owner of the Woody doll. As a kid, Andy Sr. was poor, bullied and a huge fan of the TV show “Woody’s Roundup.” He was also the only kid in the world who had Woody, because the doll was the sole prototype from a marketing gimmick that had been cut short after the TV show was cancelled. (This theory would explain why Woody was considered so rare in the sequel.)

Andy Sr. had contracted polio as a kid and nearly all of his toys ― except for Woody, Slinky and Mr. Potato Head ― were burned as a result. He recovered from the disease, grew up, got married and had a son who he named after himself. Then, Andy Sr. was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. On his deathbed, Andy Sr. asked his son to retrieve a chest from the attic. By the time Andy Jr. returned with the chest, his father had already died.

Andy Jr. opened the chest with a key left to him by his father after the funeral. Inside was Mr. Potato Head, Slink and, of course, Woody.

My Toy Story Interview is the Top Trending on Twitter!! From an interview I gave a few days ago pic.twitter.com/qp2oWekUTx

— Mike Mozart (@JeepersMedia) June 24, 2017

The video of Mozart and Carlin went viral and eventually caught the attention of Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote the first two “Toy Story” films with Ranft.

Stanton on Saturday refuted Mozart’s claim that Ranft had a secret backstory for Andy and Andy’s father by tweeting a news article about Mozart’s interview and calling it, “Complete and utter fake news.” However, Stanton’s tweet did not specify what was fake about the interview. Representatives for Stanton and Pixar did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for clarification.

Mozart, for his part, stands by the retelling of his conversation with Ranft.

“It’s not a theory,” Mozart told HuffPost. “The story is as told to me by Joe Ranft about 12 to 14 years ago over lunch.”

When asked if he was upset by the tweet, Mozart said no, adding that Stanton “never said it was a lie.”

And while Ranft is unfortunately unable to back up Mozart’s claim, one thing is certain: That backstory for Andy is heartbreaking.

Watch Carlin’s full video with Mozart below.

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Jennifer Lopez Is Returning To Rom-Coms With ‘Second Act’

Jennifer Lopez will do a little bit of reinventing for her upcoming romantic comedy.

The singer and actress is set to star and produce STXFilms’s film “Second Act,” The Wrap announced on Thursday. Lopez also shared the news on Instagram with a caption that simply read: “Surprise!”

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The rom-com is set to follow a big-box employee who reinvents herself and later gets the opportunity to show Madison Avenue the value of street smarts, according to several trade publications.

“When Jennifer, Elaine [Goldsmith-Thomas] and Justin [Zackham] came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” STXfilms chairman, Adam Fogelson, told The Wrap. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational.”

Fogelson also emphasized STXfilm’s mission to grow their portfolio of female-driven projects.

Lopez is no stranger to romantic comedies, having starred in films like “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan” and “Monster-In-Law” in the early 2000s. But she expressed excitement about bringing this new story to life.

“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” Lopez said about the film in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. “Second Act” is a story that empowers the every-woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams.”

The film is set to be directed by Peter Segal (“50 First Dates”) and currently has no release date.

Lopez most recently flexed her crime and thriller muscle on the silver screen with the 2015 films “Lila & Eve” and “The Boy Next Door,” the latter of which garnered $15 million at the box office during opening weekend despite its $4 million production budget.

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In Vintage Clip, RuPaul Explains How He Became A Drag Queen ‘By Accident’

RuPaul may be one of the country’s best known drag queens, but the show biz veteran has said that drag wasn’t always in the plans when he envisioned his path to stardom.

It’s a point RuPaul made more than 20 years ago when he appeared as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1995. While he’d fully embraced his uniqueness, RuPaul had assumed he would follow a well-trodden path to fame when he was young ― through the mainstream media.

“I always wanted to be a star ever since I was a little drag queen growing up in Georgia,” he told Oprah back then.

So, RuPaul began taking acting classes. Then, when he was 21, the budding entertainer wrote into a public access variety show. Appearing on free-spirited “The American Music Show” was RuPaul’s television debut, and he was hooked. Emerging on the drag scene, however, still wasn’t top of mind at the time.

“The drag thing, so, it really happened by accident,” RuPaul said. “I was doing punk and I’d had a mohawk and I’d play with makeup and stuff. Then, some people on a lark said, ‘Why don’t you do drag and see what it looks like?’”

As RuPaul quickly discovered, switching from his punk rock style to drag-queen glam drew rave reviews. “Honey. The reaction I got from people was amazing,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

As RuPaul experimented with his identity, he found not just success ― he’s the charismatic host of the award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” after all ― but he also found more of himself.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said of dressing in drag. “I think everybody ought to get in some type of drag… It brings out different aspects of your personality. And I think when you’re on this planet, in this lifetime, it’s important to try different things. Life is a banquet and most people are starving to death.”

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Jennifer Lopez Hits Back At Haters Who Accused Her Of Photoshopping Ab Photo

Jennifer Lopez clapped back at the haters who accused her of Photoshopping one of her most recent Instagram photos.

On Thursday, the performer shared the photo below:

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If you weren’t distracted by how amazing J.Lo looks, you may have noticed what appears to be a smudge just under her sweatshirt on the right. Plenty of people in the comments claimed the mark was a result of an unsuccessful attempt at altering the pic, but Lopez wasn’t having any of it.

The “Shades of Blue” star replied to the comments and then shared a screenshot of her response in her Instagram story.

“Omg…Just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop. #lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit #wishtherewasphotoshopforhaters,” the 47-year-old star wrote.

Is it really so hard to believe that Jenny from the Block, a celebrity who no doubt has a trainer, a chef and a very specific diet, looks so good? No. It’s not.

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Johnny Depp Cracks A Joke About Assassinating Donald Trump

Actor Johnny Depp is under fire after making a crack about assassinating President Donald Trump.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was in Glastonbury, England, promoting his newest film, “The Libertine,” at an event called Cinemageddon when he brought up the president’s name.

“I think he needs help,” he said. “There are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.”

Then Depp told the audience:

“It’s just a question. I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press, it will be horrible, but I like that you’re all a part of it.

When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

The crowd cheered wildly.

“Now, I want to clarify, I’m not an actor,” he added after a pause. “I lie for a living.”

The comments come weeks after comic Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing with a bloody fake Trump head, which led to her losing a job with CNN. They also come amid protests in New York over a staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in which the title character, who is stabbed to death, looks like Trump.

Some celebrity comments over assassination have led to Secret Service inquiries. Conservative rocker Ted Nugent said he got a visit from agents after he said in 2012 he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Barack Obama was reelected.

It’s not clear yet if the agency plans to question Depp about his remarks.

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Aubrey Plaza Spent Some Quality Time Smoking Pot With The Weed Nuns

Aubrey Plaza plays a foul-mouthed Medieval nun in her new film “The Little Hours,” so it’s only natural that the actress recently spent some time with the unconventional Weed Nuns.

Plaza spent close to an hour smoking pot with Sister Kate and Sister Evie, and the whole thing was captured by WatchCut in video uploaded on Wednesday.

The self-described Weed Nuns belong to California’s Sisters of the Valley, whose mission is to empower women and heal with cannabis products.

Plaza asked the nuns several questions about what they do, including why they decided to become nuns and what vows they’ve taken. The nuns also gave Plaza some weed from their own stash and showed the actress how to properly cut a cannabis bud.

In the end, Sister Kate gave her review of Plaza’s new movie “The Little Hours.”

“I was really offset to hate that movie and I ended up really liking it,” she said. When Plaza asked why she felt that way, the nun responded that the trailer she saw was filled with “trashy” moments. But once she saw the full film she found it to be “a delightful story.”

″[The movie is] raunchy, but the Catholic League said ‘raunchiest’,” Sister Kate continued. “No, it’s not the raunchiest. You haven’t watched any nun porn movies.”

“You’ve seen nun porn movies?,” someone asks from behind the camera.

“Yes, I can’t believe I said that,” Sister Kate responds, while laughing.

Watch Plaza and the Weed Nuns get high in the video above.

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Spotify Ad Calling Justin Bieber A ‘Latin King’ Infuriates Latinxs

Spotify has officially pulled an ad naming Justin Bieber a “Latin King,” after uproar from Latinos around the web.

The advertisement seemed to connect Bieber with the mainstream success of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (featuring Daddy Yankee) in the United States. The Canadian star remixed the already global hit in April and that version became the first No. 1 Spanish-language single in the country since the “Macarena” in 1996.

The ad garnered attention after one Twitter user posted a screenshot and a short message directed at Spotify on June 14. The message in the tweet included a few words asking the streaming company to take down the ad on behalf of the Latinx community.

dear @Spotify , take this down. this is disrespectful. I’m sure we all agree.

-sincerely,
ALL LATINXS. pic.twitter.com/GZ56lzHncn

— paletero papi (@pablocurates) June 14, 2017

Latinos have pointed out that the Spotify ad whitewashed the work of the Latino artists who were truly behind the mega hit. Twitter users responded to the ad by threatening to stop using Spotify and calling it “disgusting.”

I hate that people think that Justin Bieber was that made the song when it was luis fonsi y daddy yankee sabe no tienen respeto

— Valeria Gonz Laró (@valerialaro) June 19, 2017

@Spotify I’ve been a paying customer for several years but looks like I need to cancel my account if we don’t get an apology

— Latinx Geeks (@LatinxGeeks) June 21, 2017

This ad is so disgusting.

— El Profe (@e_odlt) June 14, 2017

As a belieber, Spotify wtf take this shit down.

— Jess A. (@ferinamami) June 21, 2017

I’m embarrassed for @Spotify

— horch@ta mami (@cartoonaesthete) June 21, 2017

Some even pointed to Bieber’s butchering of the “Despacito” lyrics during a live performance in May. The incident angered many Latino fans, who accused the singer of “mocking the Spanish language.

This is a insulting especially after mocking our beautiful Spanish language.

— Andrew Rosado (@Andrewification) June 17, 2017

HE CAN’T EVEN SING THE SONG RIGHT, no mames

— Doña Vergas (@annaidleon__) June 21, 2017

Excuse me? He refuses to even learn and perform the song correctly. What is wrong with you, @Spotify ?

— Princess Consuela (@Jessicainga) June 21, 2017

Jeronimo Saldaña, from the Latinx political organization Mijente, even started a petition against the ad.

The company responded to the furor in a statement Thursday.

“We made a creative decision to feature Justin Bieber in our ad because we wanted to celebrate ‘Despacito’ as a key cultural moment when music genres crossover,” a Spotify spokesperson told HuffPost via e-mail. “We realized that this could be seen as culturally insensitive so we have pulled those ads.”

When HuffPost asked if Spotify planned to issue an apology to the community, the company responded saying there were no current plans to issue anything further.

H/T We are mitú

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Tom Cruise Apparently Juggled ‘Bible Study And Blow Jobs’ Filming ‘Risky Business’

If “Risky Business” is about a loss of innocence (sexual or otherwise) among a group of college-bound teenagers, then Tom Cruise apparently went full-tilt method behind the scenes, according to an excerpt from a new memoir by co-star Curtis Armstrong.

He wasn’t sending the cast condoms or a live rat (for the last time, Jared Leto needs to chill). But despite his reputation as a straight-laced, Bible-reading and generally upstanding guy on set, Cruise was allegedly engaging in some extracurricular activities with a host of young women.

Armstrong, who plays Cruise’s character’s poker buddy, Miles Dalby, kept detailed notes about his experience working with the rising star while filming the comedy during the summer of 1982.

Apparently, one night Cruise declined to go out drinking with Armstrong and other co-stars in order to prepare for the next day and bone up on the Bible. Armstrong describes the actor as a self-identified born-again Christian who “made straight arrows look like corkscrews.” That is, until he discovered what Cruise was actually up to during his nights alone.

“Returning late one night, I found three or four young girls — late teens, I suspect — lined up in the hall outside of Tom’s room,” Armstrong writes in his memoir, Revenge of the Nerd. “I remember thinking, ‘Tom’s going to be really upset if these hot girls interfere with his Bible reading.’ So I asked them, with all the stern gravitas of my 28 years, if there was something I could do to help them.”

“They just stared at me, and at that moment, Tom’s door opened and another girl came out, adjusting her hair and taking off down the hall, while the first girl in line slipped into Tom’s room,” he continued. “This was a young man who knew something about time management and understood how to successfully juggle Bible study and blow jobs. I went to bed alone that night thinking it served me right for not being religious.”

Instead of the “Risky Business” reboot Hollywood is sure to screw up any day now, let’s just adapt this memoir for the screen right now, because nothing in the film could ever be, well, so risky.

To read the full excerpt from Armstrong’s memoir, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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11 Times Chris Pratt Was The Most Hilarious And Adorable Dad On This Planet

Chris Pratt knows the highs and lows of fatherhood all too well. His 4-year-old son, Jack, was born nine weeks early and spent the beginning of his life in the NICU.

But today he is a happy and healthy little boy, who brings a lot of joy and laughter to his dad’s world.

In honor of Pratt’s 38th birthday today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite parenting moments from the actor. Keep scrolling for some “lols” and “awws.”

When he and Jack were the cutest father-son duo at a local parade

Pratt and his son stole the show at the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle last year.

When he and his wife got competitive about bedtime stories

“I’ll read the left page, and she’ll read the right page. And I start affecting a little accent for the character, and then she’s like, ‘Oh!’ And she then starts gesticulating and laughing, and before long, it’s like we’re completely not even paying attention to whether or not he’s even [paying attention]. We’re so competitive with one another, it’s like ‘I’m calling in my hair and makeup team. I’ve got my costume!’”

When he taught Jack how to fish

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“This kid will be my partner in the bass masters pro am when he’s old enough. We’ll take the bass fishing world by storm,” he captioned a sweet Instagram video.

When he made an emotional speech about having a preemie

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor. I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said in his speech at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies in 2014.

Reflecting on his son’s time in the NICU, he recalled, “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”

When he talked about his unusually polite toddler

“It’s super frustrating because you’re like, ‘Alright, now. Jack, I think it’s time for bed,’ and he’ll say, ‘Hm, I thought about it and no thanks, Dad, not right now,’ and I’m like, ‘He’s so polite! What am I supposed to do?’” Pratt said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

When his son was totally trolling him

Pratt told Jimmy Fallon about his son’s visit to Universal Studios. “He came home the other day and he was like, ‘Dad, I met the real Jurassic World guy.’ I was like, ‘That guy?! No!’”

Pratt said the same thing happened when Jack went to Legoland and saw the real Emmet from “The Lego Movie.”

“I think he knows,” the actor joked. “I think he’s just being mean.”

No, no, no… like, the real guy! #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/cNONjCvZuO

— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) December 7, 2016

When he explained his thoughts on family photos on social media

“Those are those little snapshots into our life,” he said in an interview with Yahoo. “It’s really cool. Those types of moments are the most meaningful. It’s the little tiny life things. Being able to see that moment forces me to remember that that is the moment I’m teaching my son to tie his tie. So much of this stuff that we do, you’re never really present. You’re focusing on the next thing.”

When he set an example of giving back

Pratt often visits Children’s Hospitals and hospital NICUs to meet with patients.

ICYMI: @prattprattpratt used “raptor whispering” skills to cheer up our patients. #AmazingKids http://t.co/QrToKVNy0Q pic.twitter.com/vDJgmadiwb

— Our Lady of the Lake (@TheLakeHealth) June 22, 2015

When he looked back on his son’s first months.

“We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot. It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”

When he struggled to discipline his son

“I take him into the other room, take a chair, face it into the corner and say, ‘You’re in a time-out. Now I want you to sit here and think,’” Pratt told Conan while describing his response to a dinnertime tantrum. But as he and his wife continued eating, they noticed that the toddler seemed perfectly at ease, Pratt added, doing a hilarious impression of his son’s content face.

“I was like, ‘I don’t think this seems like punishment to him.‘”

When he learned the use for babies

Blamed that last fart on my infant son and my wife, with a very concerned look on her face, asked me if I think he’s sick.

— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) September 20, 2012

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Josh Who? Drake Bell Smolders In Photo Shoot After Wedding Diss

Nothing says “I’m totally not upset that I found out about your wedding through Instagram” like a ~sexy~ photo shoot.

This week has been an emotional minefield for ride-or-die “Drake & Josh” fans after the latter didn’t invite the former to his nuptials over the weekend. Drake Bell seemed lightweight devastated at Josh Peck’s supposed snub, but he rebounded Wednesday with a smoldering photo shoot for Flaunt Magazine.

Posing shirtless with his pants undone, Bell does his best serious model face in what looks like the canyon over from Britney Spears’s “I’m Not A Girl” music video.

A post shared by Drake Bell (@drakebell) on Jun 20, 2017 at 4:53pm PDT

The photo shoot comes a day after Bell posted and then deleted a series of tweets in which he seemingly cut ties with Peck after not being invited to his TV stepbrother’s wedding.

“When you’re not invited to the wedding the message is clear … ” he tweeted and later deleted, according to E! Online.

“Loyalty is key,” he continued. “ALWAYS remember where you came from.”

When he’s not being petty about wedding invites, Bell is busy with music, which apparently is the inspiration for the photo shoot. The images were released on their own apart from an unintentionally hilarious quote from Bell about his feelings.

“Music is my journal, It’s a way to express myself and convey my emotions and thoughts to the world through melody and song. Fashion is an extension of the music,” he said on Flaunt’s website. “Artists from every generation wear clothing that resonate with and inspire the art they create. Just like music, fashion sets the tone for how I choose to be in the moment and portray myself to the world.”

The feud is snowballing fast, so let’s just remember the good times while we still can.

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