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The Spill: Top 5 entertainment stories for Thursday, July 25.

1. “It’s not for a movie…” Anne Hathaway is expecting her second child with husband Adam Shulman.

Actress and mum-of-one Anne Hathaway shared the exciting news that she’s expecting her second child on Instagram today.

The 36-year-old posted a smiling black and white snap with the caption: “It’s not for a movie…⁣⁣#2. All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.”

As reported by Vogue, the Les Miserables actress had a difficult journey before welcoming her first child, Jonathan Rosebanks, with actor and producer husband Adam in 2016. The two were married in 2012.

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Hathaway, who is currently filming a remake of the iconic 1990 film The Witches, based on the novel by Roald Dahl, received a ton of support following the news.

“Genovia will have another heir,” one fan on Twitter said, referencing the star’s role in The Princess Diaries.

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We are thrilled for the couple!

2. After seven seasons, Johanna Griggs has quit as the host of House Rules.

In the second massive reality TV exodus of the week – following Channel 10’s MasterChef announcement on Tuesday – Johanna Griggs has shared she won’t be continuing as host of renovation program House Rules after seven seasons.

The 45-year-old Channel 7 personality and mum-of-two made the announcement on Instagram last night.

“After a great deal of consideration, I recently sat down with the Network to ask to be allowed to step down as host of House Rules,” she wrote. “They have very graciously agreed for me to do that, which I’m incredibly appreciative of.

“As the show goes into preproduction for the next season, it’s the perfect time to hand over the role to someone who will take the show into season eight.”

 

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Hi @houseruleson7 fans. Thank you for your incredible, passionate support throughout Season 7, & congratulations to our Champions Pete and Courtney. ???? I’ve got some news for you all. After a great deal of consideration, I recently sat down with the Network to ask to be allowed to step down as Host of House Rules. They have very graciously agreed for me to do that, which I’m incredibly appreciative of. As the show goes into preproduction for the next season, it’s the perfect time to hand over the role to someone who will take the show into S8. Reality TV production has been an eye opener, they are such enormous beasts with so many people involved, and I’ve had a great time over the last 7 years steering the ship, getting to work with many of my favourite camera crews as we criss-crossed the country… & having a blast playing Dress ups & experimenting with different looks…. with two of my best friends in Rosie Trindall (Stylist Extraordinaire) & Lisa Soames (Hair and Make up guru). It was a seriously fun part of working on the show. As was collaborating with two great writers in Grant Osborn & Robert Adams along with numerous audio operators as we recorded the voice overs. Sometimes we giggled so much, it was hard to get the words out! I’ve worked with fantastic judges in Joe Snell, Drew Heath, Jamie Durie & Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen… & the beautiful & talented Wendy Moore right from the start of the show. She & design mentor Carolyn Burns McCrave helped make every series so much fun. (Go the Girl (staying) Power!!) But the best part always for me, has been getting to know the teams. We’ve laughed & cried together; they all trusted me very quickly & made my job incredibly easy which I’m so thankful & grateful for. My role as host of Better Homes and Gardens, which everyone knows I’m crazy about,  keeps me very busy. Hopefully now though, with a different work load, I’ll be in a better position to take up one or two of the great opportunities that come my way, especially with 7 Sport, which is such a passion for me. But thank you for being such a fun audience to interact with. Now I’m returning to my holiday with my darling husband. Back soon, Johanna.:)

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Griggs thanked judges Joe Snell, Drew Heath, Jamie Durie and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen and Wendy Moore, before revealing that she intends to stay on as host of Better Homes and Gardens and “take up more opportunities” with the network, including her “passion” 7 Sport.

The finale of House Rules aired on Tuesday night, with married couple Pete and Courtney beating out brothers Tim and Mat to pocket the $250,000 prize.

3. The college admissions scam involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman is copping a Lifetime movie.

They’re yet to receive their sentences for attempting to scam their children’s way into university with paid bribes, but parents involved in this year’s US college admissions scandal – including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman – will reportedly be at the centre of a new Lifetime movie.

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Images: Getty.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the cable network known for producing films about real-life events is working on an original feature film based on the saga, titled College Admissions Scandal.

A+E Networks president Rob Sharenow announced that the movie is set to premiere later this year at a meeting with the Television Critics Association.

College Admissions Scandal will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college,” reads the description. “When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, they willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads.”

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As reported earlier this year, the FBI investigation found that dozens of parents had allegedly paid thousands of dollars to the man who ran the operation, William Singer. Singer would allegedly then arrange for their kids to get into university through measures such as bribing officials, paying people to take a test on behalf of the student or faking expertise in athletics.

The $US25 million ($AUD35 million) foiled scheme was to help wealthy Americans cheat their children’s way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford.

It is not yet know who will join the cast of the film, but it will be produced by Gail Katz and Howard Braunstein, Adam Salky will direct and Stephen Tolkin is penning the script.

4. Oh. Apparently Bella Thorne leaked her own schedule to the paparazzi.

In a rather... unusual move for a successful film star, sources have revealed The Duff actress Bella Thorne purposely had one of her people tell paparazzi the run down of her day in New York so she would be photographed.

 

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As reported by Page Six, a member of Thorne's entourage alerted the media to the 21-year-old actress’ whereabouts while she was on a press trip.

Apparently they “appeared outside one of her first press stops in town — a spot on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Tuesday morning – and gave the paparazzi a full rundown of her, reeling off upcoming appearances, including on Good Morning America, a stop in Brooklyn and a book signing for her poetry collection.”

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One source told the publication, “There were 15 photogs waiting for her at a pre-tape [interview for ‘GMA’] at a random spot in Chelsea.”

In the GMA interview, the actress came out as pansexual, saying, “Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or... you know, a he, a she, a this or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being.”

She added, “It doesn’t really matter what’s going on, over there. If I just like it, I like it!”

5. With the help of IVF and a sperm donor, Natalie Imbruglia is starting a family on her own.

It would have been easy to miss. A picture shared by Natalie Imbruglia to her Instagram. Just her and a group of unfamiliar faces (record label executives, pehaps) celebrating her upcoming album. But swipe left and there’s another tucked behind it. Natalie cradling her round belly, smiling.

“I’m very happy to announce that I have just signed a record deal with BMG!! What an AMAZING team,” she captioned the photos. “And as you can see from the pic… there is another announcement… (no, I haven’t swallowed a watermelon). I’m expecting my first child this [European] Autumn.”

The 44-year-old wrote that the pregnancy is something she’s wanted for “a very long time”.

“I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor.”

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