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‘Five Feet Apart’ star Cole Sprouse says he lost 25 pounds for role as teen with cystic fibrosis

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'Five Feet Apart' star Cole Sprouse says he lost 25 pounds for role as teen with cystic fibrosis

Cole Sprouse went to great depths to get into the mindset — and body — of his latest lead character: a young man with cystic fibrosis (CF) who falls for a woman suffering from the same illness.

The 26-year-old “Riverdale” star said he did thorough research as he joined the cast of the romance film “Five Feet Apart,” which hit theaters this week. Sprouse said portraying a CF patient really opened his eyes and helped him better understand those with the genetic condition.

“It’s one of those illnesses that everyone sort of knows the name of but doesn’t really know the gravity of,” Sprouse recently told People.

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Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, who plays his love interest 17-year-old Stella, both went on strict diets and studied CF before filming the movie directed by “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni.

“We built this whole nutritional regimen dedicated to embodying the physical limitations of cystic fibrosis. I lost 25 pounds for the role,” Sprouse told the publication, admitting it wasn’t an easy feat. “Everything we had to learn was covered in a mortality that was debilitating. But we were lucky enough to work with not only medical professionals who are extremely trained with cystic fibrosis, but also with patients themselves. I feel pretty well-versed about cystic fibrosis now.”

The genetic disease causes persistent lung infections and limits a patient’s ability to breathe. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, it can cause extensive lung damage, and eventually respiratory failure.

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“In cystic fibrosis, a defect (mutation) in a gene changes a protein that regulates the movement of salt in and out of cells. The result is thick, sticky mucus in the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems, as well as increased salt in sweat,” the Mayo Clinic explains on its website.

Sprouse has been working closely with the CF community to help educate the public about the condition.

“We made sure to be as accurate as possible,” Sprouse said. “And for us, the greatest feedback has been from the CF [cystic fibrosis] community going, ‘Yeah, we know that this is still a Hollywood production but it’s very clear that production has put a lot of attention to detail in how this thing really affects our lives.’ And that’s the badge of honor that we want.”

“We wanted this movie to feel sort of like a beacon of hope, and not feel debilitating. We’re certainly pulling on the heart strings, but we had curated the script and the performances in a way to make it feel hopeful, which we found quite important for the CF community and not just for the audience,” the star added.

Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

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‘Ray Donovan’ star Pooch Hall dodges jail in DUI, child endangerment case

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Ray Donovan” star Marion “Pooch” Hall won’t be going to prison after striking a plea deal with prosecutors regarding his DUI and child endangerment charges.

Hall, 42, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content over .08 percent and child endangerment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney told ET on Tuesday.

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Hall was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to complete a three-month residential alcohol treatment program and to attend one year of parenting classes, under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement, the D.A.’s office explained. Additionally, his driver’s license has been suspended for six months.

Hall was arrested by police officers in Burbank, California, back in October for driving under the influence of alcohol and getting into a collision while his 2-year-old son, Djulian, was riding in the car unrestrained.

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A spokesperson for the Burbank Police Department told ET at the time of the collision that witnesses reported seeing Hall weaving in and out of traffic with a small child seated on his lap. One witness reported seeing the child’s hands on the steering wheel.

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Hall ultimately collided with a parked vehicle and was detained at the scene. Authorities said there were no injuries as a result of the collision and Djulian was released to the care of his mother, Linda Hall, with whom the actor shares three other children — daughters Djanai, 22, and Djaeda, 15, and son Djordan, 12.

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Bhad Bhabie shows off $42G diamond-encrusted Rolex on 16th birthday

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Bhad Bhabie shows off $42G diamond-encrusted Rolex on 16th birthday

Bhad Bhabie just got some serious bling for her 16th birthday.

Danielle Bregoli, of “Cash me outside” fame, celebrated her milestone birthday a little early in New York City on Tuesday with a very pricey gift from her managers Adam Kluger and Dan Roof: a $42,000 diamond-encrusted Rolex watch.

“THANK YOU to my managers since day one,” the fledgling rapper wrote on Instagram, posting a close-up video of her luxe new accessory.

According to TMZ, her custom mother-of-pearl Rolex features a baby pink face, 15.38 carats of VS diamonds over the entire band and 1.5 carats of VS diamonds in the Roman numerals that encircle the face dial. All in all, the Rolex has a reported value of $42,000 and was commissioned from Joel the Jeweler in LA.

The new Rolex should pair nicely with the $45,000 gold grill covered in flawless diamonds and the 14k yellow gold choker-length chain Bregoli scooped up this summer from Houston-based celebrity jeweler Johnny Dang.

The article originally appeared in the New York Post

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Jessica Simpson’s baby bags are packed

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Jessica Simpson is primed and ready to give birth!

A source speaking with ET has noted that Simpson’s “hospital bags are packed” amid the singer’s tumultuous pregnancy.

The famous singer is currently expecting her third child, Birdie, with former football player Eric Johnson.

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Simpson recently uploaded an Instagram pic of her baby bump, letting her followers know that she is ready to pop. The picture, which features the pregnant Simpson with an artsy background, was simply captioned “Jess-tation.”

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According to ET, a source for Johnson told the site that “Jessica is definitely uncomfortable.” The source continued, stating, “This has been a tough pregnancy but she knows it will all be worth it when she’s holding that little baby. Her hospital bags are packed. Everyone is trying to be patient, but the family is so excited and counting the minutes until the baby is here.”

Throughout this pregnancy, Simpson has experienced a multitude of health issues, including swollen feet and bronchitis. Simpson has been hospitalized for bronchitis four times throughout her pregnancy — noting how “crazy painful” it was to cough so much during pregnancy.

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Simpson also recently made headlines for breaking a toilet seat during her pregnancy. She made light of the situation by posting an Instagram photo captioned, “Warning..Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant.”

The couple currently are parents to Maxwell, 6, and Ace, 5.

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