Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Many questions are still left unanswered following the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who passed away on Sunday after spending nearly seven months in a coma.

E! News spoke with attorney Mina Sirkin on Monday at her office in Woodland Hills, Calif. to find out what will happen to Bobbi Kristina's mother Whitney Houston's estate now that the 22-year-old will no longer be the primary inheritor. 

"She [Whitney Houston] left 10 percent of her estate to her daughter at the age of 21 but her daughter didn't reach the age of 30 when she would have received all of it," Sirkin tells E! News. "So 90 percent of the estate of Whitney Houston will now pass to her parents, her siblings, and potentially even to her ex-husband, Bobby Brown." 

The only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Rosewell, GA home on the morning of Jan. 31 and had been in a comatose state ever since. In March, she was moved to a long-term care facility in the Atlanta area, and in June, she was transferred to hospice after her condition "continued to deteriorate," Pat Houston, Whitney's sister, said. 

"In most states, a divorced spouse does not inherit from the will of a person," Sirkin continued. "So it's going to be subject to a question as to where that portion would go to because the will was created before the divorce of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

"This could get very messy if Bobbi Kristina was married to Nick Gordon," she said (Bobby Brown previously stated that his daughter was not married to Gordon). "Under state law, in most states, a spouse can inherit at least part of the estate of their spouse if there's no will." 

Mirkin explained that the legal process is even more complicated since there are now two different parts of Whitney's estate—the 10 percent that Bobbi Kristina already inherited and the 90 percent she was set to receive at the age of 30. 

"There's two different parts. The 10 percent would have already passed to Bobbi Kristina and Bobbi Kristina's estate would govern where that money ends up," Mirkin said. "The 90 percent that wasn't distributed to Bobbi Kristina yet, that goes to her family members that are named in the will of Whitney Houston, which includes also her ex husband." 

"Whitney left all of her jewelry to her mother and she left the balance of her personal effects to her parents, her siblings and Bobby Brown," she continued. 

As for Bobbi Kristina's personal effects, such as her apartment? "If she died without a will, then it would pass to her father, naturally," Mirkin said. "Unless she's married, in which case her husband would also have a share of that." 




As the public waits for the entire autopsy to be completed, E! News learns that Bobbi Kristina's funeral is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Georgia. According to NBC affiliate WXIA, who is reporting funeral details from a family source, the service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. We also learn that burial will be in New Jersey on Monday.

Both services will be private.



Orange Is the New Black season three was almost perfect...except for the fact that Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) was sent down the road to maximum security after getting blamed for heroin getting into Litchfield. After the first three episodes, fans didn't see her at all (sob!), leaving us all to wonder if she'd ever return to the show.

During Orange Is the New Black's 2015 Summer TCA press tour panel, Lyonne fielded questions about her fate in season four like a pro, refusing to give any spoilers away to the room of reporters who wouldn't stop trying to get any hints about her future. "I feel a great deal of solidarity with the cast of Game of Thrones," she joked.

When E! News caught up with Lyonne after the panel ended, she opened up a little more about Nicky's shocking storyline.

"I was excited [about Nicky's season three story]," Lyonne tells E! News. "We have an incredible puppet master in [showrunner] Jenji [Kohan] and there's a great deal of trust that I have in that. I'm pretty much a person who is up for adventure and I thought it was wise to have there be a big consequence for Nicky's playing around with heroin. It can't all be fingering and cookies all the time. There's going to be hell to pay at a certain point for playing with her personal fire."

While fans were devastated by Nicky's absence for the majority of the season, Lyonne was glad the writers decided to take her storyline in that direction, even though it meant less screen time for her.

"I think it makes sense and I think that the stakes of the show and the reason it resonates and continues to is ultimately because of this underlying intensity to the fact that these people have lost their freedom and are up against themselves behind these walls," Lyonne says. "I think it's a good thing to have major characters suffer major consequences. Otherwise, I think it might be a little bit too friendly and it loses some of its bite."

And when asked whether she'd prefer to see Nicky in max in the future, or to see how her time in max affected her as she's brought back into gen. pop., she laughed.

"That seems like a sneaky way to ask another spoiler question," Lyonne says.

Can't blame us for trying!



Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have lost a member of their family.

The singer took to Twitter to sadly announce that the couple's maltipoo puppy,Buddy, died over the weekend. "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident and though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we our staying strong," shewrote.

"We have incredible people around us and so much love and support which is holding us up in this time of need. Buddy was loved by so many people and as small as he was, he made a huge impact in our lives. He truly was human in a way and we were so blessed to have him in our lives."

Lovato continued, "We ask you that you please respect our privacy while we take this time to grieve and remember the magical moments we spent with our little angel. We will never forget our baby boy Buddy and his gentle loving spirit will live on in our hearts forever. RIP my tiniest little nightingale, Buddy..."



The Wonder Woman cast just got even hotter!

Chris Pine has closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in the comic book movie, a source confirmed to E! News Tuesday.

According to The Wrap, who first reported the news, Pine has also joined the DC Movie Universe in a multi-picture deal that includes sequel options. 

While plot details remain top secret, Pine's character is expected to play Gadot's love interest in the highly anticipated movie set for release in 2017.

Pine is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot films. He's also gained fans with his work in Into the Woods and The Princess Diaries 2.

The announcement comes just a few short months after E! News confirmed director Michelle MacLaren would not be continuing with the project.

"Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together," thestudio said in a statement.

Wonder Woman will now be directed by Patty Jenkins who previously helmedCharlize Theron's critically acclaimed movie Monster.



It's not easy being Chris Hemsworth.

The poor guy not only had to strip down to show off his incredibly hot body inVacation, but he also had to parade around in one scene in a pair of tight underwear stuffed with an enormous fake penis.

His character, a weatherman married to Audrey Griswold (Leslie Mann), is quite the stud.

"It was embarrassing," the Thor star told me last night at the Vacation premiere in L.A. "It was hilarious and probably more for other people than me…I was intimidated by that set and scene."

Co-directors and writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein revealed that Hemsworth had a say in just how large his faux manhood would be.

"We went to a room with him and he modeled a couple of options for us," Goldstein said.

"It was the weirdest couple of hours," Daley said.

And yes, they chose the biggest one.

Hemsworth remembered that day with a big smile. "It's part of character development," he said, adding, "We went bold, ya know—big and bold."

They sure did.



Miley Cyrus throws two middle fingers in the air and waves them like she just don't care.

The 22-year-old unforgettably twerked on Robin Thicke for MTV's Video Music Awards back in 2013, and the award show wants her back, but this time as its host. 

If she does anything like she did back in 2013, we're in for a wild ride.

This new video promo promises that the controversial pop star has something wild in store for us. 

Everything is looking pretty normal until she does the classic pop goes the weasel and flips us the bird. 

And for good measure she sticks out her tongue that can only be compared to that of a Komodo Dragon. 

Not only is Miley sure to deliver, but we can expect a great show from a whole bunch of other great performers. 

Taylor Swift BeyoncéEd SheeranNicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar are all nominated for multiple awards. 

The award show will air on Aug. 30. 



If only every trivia game ended like this...

Michael Strahan accidentally gave away a luxurious trip to Puerto Rico on Live! With Kelly and Michael this morning when the 43-year-old host thought he heard the caller's correct answer—only to discover he responded too quickly. 

"On yesterday's show, we talked with Jeremy Renner. What sport did Jeremy say he once taught at a part-time job?" Strahan asked the caller, who was given 20 seconds on the clock and one chance to respond. 

"Sport?" the caller said to which Strahan replied, "Bowling, you got it!" before the audience erupted into cheers. 

"She said sport," co-host Kelly Ripa clarified as the former NFL star covered his face in embarrassment. 

The 44-year-old beauty also told the caller, "the least you could do is bring Michael with you" before adding, "this is the greatest thing that's ever happened to us!" 

"Well you know what's funny is that some of the producers are looking at me like 'you in trouble' and the other ones are laughing at me."

The two then confirmed with the caller that she did, in fact, know the answer. "By the way, acoustically, it's very difficult to hear," Ripa quipped.  



14 years of pro football experience. Masters Degree in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology. Two gold medals. Sounds like an ideal candidate for a professional football team to us.

Oh, and she also happens to be a woman. But that's neither here nor there because her resume speaks for itself.

The Arizona Cardinals have announced the hiring of Jen Welter, a former collegiate rugby player and veteran of the Women's Football Alliance, to their training camp and preseason staff as an intern coach. She'll be working with inside linebackers because obviously she's a badass. She won two gold medals for Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women's World Championship and she was the first female to have a non-kicking position in a men's pro football league when she played running back for the Revolution arena football team.

"Coaching is nothing more than teaching," head coach Bruce Arians said. "One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don't care if you're the Green Hornet, man, I'll listen.' I really believe she'll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her."

Arians added that after speaking to the veteran Cardinals players, they were all "very cool" with Welter taking on the position.

You know who is not "very cool" with Dr. Welter? Humans who still think women are the inferior sex and shouldn't dare set food out of the kitchen. Also known as people who apparently time-traveled from 1951. What bummed us out most about seeing these comments on Facebook and Twitter is that a lot of them came from women. We're bumming hard over that, you guys. 

Here are actual comments pulled from articles about Welter's hiring and from Twitter, and we want to stress the word "actual" because we can't make up this level of misogyny and stupidity. Seriously, we had to bust out the ol' [sic] a lot:

"This is objectively immoral on so many levels. I find this telling [sic] that our society cannot see this."

"If they blitz on every down she's on her period just saying."




Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is in the crosshairs of prosecutors who want to charge him with involuntary manslaughter, and they're putting the squeeze on one of Nick's friends to turn on him ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say authorities believe Nick's alleged crime is arranging to get drugs for Bobbi Kristina the day she almost drowned in her bathtub.   

We know Nick claims both he and Bobbi did drugs that morning, and now sources tell us there was nothing intravenously injected.  

The autopsy is not helping authorities make their case -- it showed no obvious signs of foul play and the toxicology reports will only determine if she was under the influence and not who supplied the drugs.

The key for prosecutors is the third person in Bobbi Kristina's home that day -- Max Lomas, who's currently being prosecuted in Georgia for 2 drug-related felonies, not connected to Bobbi Kristina.

Lomas' case has lingered for nearly 6 months, and one source familiar with the case tells us, authorities are interested in offering Lomas a deal -- probation on the drug charges and immunity in the Bobbi Kristina case in return for spilling all the details of what happened in her house.

We're told prosecutors believe Nick had reason to know Bobbi Kristina had a drug problem and also knew she would indulge to the point of losing consciousness, yet he helped her get and use drugs and then left her in harm's way.


17-year-old Kylie Jenner owns her own $2.7 million home, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Tyga, is being sued for not paying his rent ... yet again.

Tyga's being sued by his landlord for failing to pay two months rent on his house in posh Calabasas. The pad rents for $25k/month ... and the landlord says he's behind that amount times 2.

If Tyga doesn't fork over the loot by Saturday, the landlord will go for eviction and charge him $833.33 a day in rent.

Fun fact: this is the house where Tyga lived with Blac Chyna ... so she's named as a defendant too. 

Just last month, Tyga was ordered to pay $80,000 in back rent to another Calabasas landlord.

We have reached out to Tyga's lawyer for comment ... so far no word back. 


- Tom Brady has lost his Deflategate appeal as NFL Commish Roger Goodell decided to uphold his four-game suspension (more below)

The NFL says Brady destroyed his cell phone. “During the four months that the cellphone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cellphone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady. Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.”

- Mashable claims artist Paul Bedard is auctioning off one of Michael Jackson's white gloves. MJ gave the glove to Paul as a gift. It is expected to sell for $20,000

- Naughty Gossip claims the Duggars will lose $25 million from the cancelation of their show, ''19 Kids and Counting''

- 2.73 million viewers watched the premiere of "I Am Cait" last Sunday

- 8 million viewers watched The Bachelorette finale on Monday


Breaking Bad Coffee Shop: Deniz Kosan has opened a Breaking Bad-themed coffee cafe in Istanbul, Turkey. The restaurant resembles a meth lab with beaker-like expresso cups and a giant periodic table on the wall. Deniz and other workers dress in yellow hazmat suits. He offers pancakes that feature Walter White’s face in powdered sugar.


Contact Music claims Lady Gaga recently paid $296,000 for three pairs of Alexander McQueen 'Armadillo' shoes. The boots were auctioned off to benefit UNICEF. Gaga wore 'Armadillo' heels in her 'Bad Romance' music video.



(CNN)NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted "Earth's bigger, older cousin": the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own.

Though NASA can't say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it's the closest match yet found.

"Today, Earth is a little less lonely," Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said.

The planet, Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It's about 60% bigger than Earth, NASA says, and is located in its star's habitable zone -- the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet.

A visitor there would experience gravity about twice that of Earth's, and planetary scientists say the odds of it having a rocky surface are "better than even."

While it's a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the sun, its star is brighter, so the planet gets about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. And that sunlight would be very similar to Earth's, Jenkins said.

The planet "almost certainly has an atmosphere," Jenkins said, although scientists can't say what it's made of. But if the assumptions of planetary geologists are correct, he said, Kepler-452b's atmosphere would probably be thicker than Earth's, and it would have active volcanoes.



PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run.

Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, wore shackles and prison stripes as she entered the pleas in a barely audible voice.

Afterward, her lawyer, Stephen Johnston, said she realizes she made a "horrible mistake" by getting involved with Richard Matt and David Sweat, who staged an elaborate escape from the maximum-security prison on June 6.


Mitchell, 51, faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. Sentencing is set for Sept. 28. Johnston said his client will not be able to post the bail of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.





Warning: If you aren't prepared to get all choked up, then this isn't the story for you.

Meet Zion Harvey, a remarkable lad who has received the first-ever successfulbilateral hand transplant performed on a child! As in, the first in the world! (The first successful double hand transplant performed on an adult occurred in 2011.) But while the procedure sounds truly mindboggling, what's equally amazing is the maturity and wisdom Harvey has met every challenge with throughout.

Harvey, who is now 8, lost his hands and feet when he was 2 to a life-threatening infection that caused multi-organ system failure. It's really a miracle that he survived at all.

His journey was captured in a YouTube video and shared by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he tells the camera, "I wasn't always like this, when I was 2, I had to get my hands cut off, because I was sick."

The brave and adorable boy tells his mom, Pattie Ray, and the camera in the doctor's office, "When I get these hands I will be proud of what hands I get!"

"I will be proud," he exclaims as he hugs his mom! "I will be too," Mom agrees as she leans in and kisses his forehead. The boy climbs on her lap and proves he's wise beyond his years, saying, "And if it gets messed up...I don't care, because I have my family," as he hugs his Mom tight.

The surgery is very complicated Zion will be visiting doctors forever to ensure that his body isn't rejecting the hands. Dr. L. Scott Levin, the orthopedic surgeon who headed up the 40-person transplant team, recalls asking Zion why he wanted hands. "He said, 'I want to swing on the monkey bars!'" the doctor says.

Levin adds, "That's sort of a milestone for a lot of kids...Our hope is over time, indeed he will be able to do that!"

Zion says, breaking a few hearts in the process, "I just think some of my classmates, they don't mean to say mean things to me, but it just slips out. So, either someone says something to me, and I just figured it just slipped out and they didn't mean to say it. Everybody has their own way of thinking things."

"This is a new arena in reconstruction surgery, in transplant surgery this gives new hope..." Leven says.

Right before the life-changing surgery begins, Dr. Scott Levin dressed in surgical scrubs tells the large team assembled in the operating room, "We can have complications. We can fail. We can have troubles, but we're not planning on it!" He finishes his speech saying, "We're all here together!"

At 4:32 a.m., Levin, still wearing his his surgical cap, tells Pattie Ray, "We have some good news for you! Your little guy has two hands!"


Two weeks after the surgery, Zion is already holding small items such as a sponge with his new hands. Now that the surgery is behind him, what's next? A puppy—who can live in his room, he assures his mother

The grinning boy tells the cameras in the video, "My grandmother says I'm smarter than a lot of grown-ups!"

That you are, young man. Grandma's right.



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