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‘Hightown’ Season 2 Scoop: Creator Admits Renee Has ‘Regrets’ About Betraying Ray & More

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The stakes are even higher in ‘Hightown’ season 2. HL got EXCLUSIVE scoop with creator Rebecca Cutter about the fallout of Renee betraying Ray, problems for Renee and Frankie, and more.

Hightown returns for season 2 on October 17. So much went down at the end of the first season, including Ray being fired after Renee exposed their relationship and went back to Frankie. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with creator Rebecca Cutter about all things season 2. When it comes to Ray and Renee, the latter does have regrets about how everything fleshed out with Ray.

“With them, I think it’s always a case where two things are going on at once,” Rebecca said. “Both of them have used each other for their own ends. There’s been a lot of manipulations, obviously. There was a huge betrayal. And yet, there are genuine feelings there between them. I think she’s always playing with two levels. She’s playing her chess game, and she’s playing with her heart. So I think, yes, there are regrets.”

Renee and Frankie in season 2. (STARZ)

Even though Renee is back with Frankie, that doesn’t mean she won’t cross paths with Ray at some point. “I promise you they will eventually have a chat,” the creator added.

But they’re both dealing with their own individual issues in season 2. For one, Ray is struggling with no longer being on the force. “He’s not handling it great,” Rebecca said about Ray no longer being a detective. “I think he still has high hopes, but they get increasingly dashed throughout the season. I think it’s really fun to see him in a different way because so much of season 1 is about him being on the hunt. I don’t want to say that his life is purely not on the hunt in season 2 because I think a lot of what season 2 is about is how does he find ways to do that as a civilian and ultimately go on some really fascinating and dangerous journeys on his own. I think he and Jackie kind of switched positions over the 2 seasons, which is something really fun to explore.”

Renee reunited with Frankie after his release from prison, but things aren’t going to be perfect between them. “I think they’re still hot for each other,” Rebecca noted. “I think she still sees the man that she fell in love with when she was younger. But I certainly think she believes that there’s more. I think Frankie is happy with her as long as she’s playing the game that he needs her to play. As soon as she deviates from that there’s struggle.”

The addition of Frankie’s cousin into the picture will cause trouble for Renee and Frankie. “I think he’s a real wild card,” the creator teased. “I think everyone in season 1, Frankie always had a plan, Osito always had a plan. I mean, Jackie was kind of a wild card, I guess. But Jorge, played by Luis Guzman, is just really explosive from the minute you meet him and doesn’t always make decisions with his brain. He’s just an explosive character, let’s put it that way.”

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Jackie and Ray in season 2. (STARZ)

As for Jackie, Rebecca said she is trying to move forward after Junior’s death by “going after Frankie, by throwing herself into her new role by making a case. I think she’s handling her emotions this season a lot of the way that Ray handled his emotions in season 1, which is just working the case. I think in many ways, certainly at the beginning of the season, she seems like she’s in a better place. But I think the question of the season is, okay, maybe you’ve shifted to healthier distractions, but has she really done the work? And to really look into the reason why she drank and used in the beginning, so I think that poses a really interesting question. I don’t want to spoil anything, but certainly, she goes on a journey with that.”

When Jackie joins the force, she gets a new partner in Leslie. “They’re the only two women on the floor,” Rebecca said. “I think they both have sort of a chip on their shoulder, and they have decided to team up to empower each other to make a case, to make a name for themselves. Both of them are very ambitious, especially Leslie, which Jackie really admires. And then, of course, she’s a cute girl. So we have to see how Jackie responds to that.” Hightown season 2 airs Sundays on STARZ.

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‘Planet Her’ Heiress Doja Cat Enlists Teyana Taylor For ‘Woman’ Video, Intergalactic Gorgeousness Ensues

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‘Planet Her’ Heiress Doja Cat Enlists Teyana Taylor For ‘Woman’ Video, Intergalactic Gorgeousness Ensues

 

“Planet Her” Heiress Doja Cat has dropped a new music video for her hit song “Woman” via Kemosabe/RCA Records and it features a stunning songstress.

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Teyana Taylor is featured in the video as the Queen of “Planet Her” with creative direction from Janelle Monáe and H.E.R.’s creative brand, child.

Model Guetcha is featured alongside Teyana who’s being warned about threats to her throne. Enter Doja Cat who’s there to save the day by seducing Teyana with a choreographed dance routine.

For the video, Doja also partnered with Girls Who Code to create DojaCode, an interactive music video experience for “Woman.” Inspiring a new generation of computer scientists, DojaCode invites fans to unlock exclusive content in Doja Cat’s newest video — all by using code. The interactive experience was dreamt up in partnership with Mojo Supermarket and built by Active Theory.

“I am so excited that Girls Who Code has partnered with me to make my “Woman” music video the world’s first codable music video. Fans all over the world will get to input code via a microsite and unlock some really cool special features. It’s going to be awesome.”

“Woman” is featured on Doja’s GRAMMY-nominated album “Planet Her “which was released this summer. The video premiered on MTV Live, MTVU and across MTV’s global network of channels, as well as BET Her and BET Soul; plus on the ViacomCBS Times Square billboard.

Doja Cat was just nominated for 8 GRAMMY Awards including the coveted Album of the Year, Record Of The Year and Song of the Year categories amongst others. She also just took home 3 American Music Awards last month for Favorite Female R&B Artist, Favorite R&B Album for Planet Her, and Collaboration Of The Year for “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA.

 

Watch Doja Cat’s “Woman” video below.

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Khloé Kardashian’s Friends Want Her To ‘Walk Away’ From Tristan Thompson ‘Once & For All’

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Following the paternity lawsuit filed against Tristan Thompson, sources tell HollywoodLife exclusively that Khloé Kardashian’s friends ‘really feel for her.’

Amid Tristan Thompson’s paternity lawsuit, Khloé Kardashian’s friends are hoping that she’ll cut ties with her ex “once and for all.” In a suit filed on Friday, Dec. 3, Maralee Nichols, a personal trainer based in Texas, claimed that the NBA player, 30, fathered her child. With Maralee suing for child support, sources tell HollywoodLife exclusively that Khloé’s friends have been trying to warn her about the athlete.

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“Khloé’s friends have constantly been telling her that Tristan hasn’t been faithful to her,” a source said. “She seems to believe that these women just try to be connected to the Kardashian family, be famous and/or get money from them and that’s it. She has trouble believing any of this has happened, and those close to her can’t believe it.”

Noting that the allegations are “very similar” to what happened with Khloé’s ex-husband Lamar Odom, the source added, “She thought she could control these rumors, but she needed to come to terms with it. Her friends really feel for her with what’s happening.” A second source added that the Good American founder’s friends wish she would just “walk away once and for all.”

In the court documents filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by Daily Mail, Tristan confirmed that he slept with Maralee, but cast doubt over whether he is the father of her child, who was born on Friday. “Petitioner does not know when conception took place and concedes that conception may have took place in March or April 2021,” the doc read, with Tristan stating, “I do not know if the claims that I am the father of her child are supported by facts.”

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Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian with daughter True (Broadimage/Shutterstock)

Tristan agreed to a paternity test in Texas, citing it as the only place that he and trainer slept together. HL has reached out to Tristan’s rep and lawyer for comment, but we have yet to hear back. The athlete currently has two children: daughter True, 3, whom he welcomed with Khloé, and son Prince, 4, with ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig.

As for Tristan and Khloé, the two last split in June after an on-again, off-again relationship that began in 2016. A source told Page Six at the time that the breakup was “amicable,” noting that the two are “on the same page with co-parenting” daughter True.

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Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk: The Truth About Whether They’re Back Together

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Despite their 2019 split, Irina Shayk will ‘always be one of the most important women’ in Bradley Cooper’s life, sources tell HollywoodLife exclusively.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have been at the center of reconciliation speculation, but it appears their status is simply platonic co-parents to daughter Lea, 4. The actor, 46, and model, 35, split in 2019 after four years of dating, but have been spotted arm-in-arm around New York, leading some to believe they’ve gotten back together; however, a source has revealed exclusively to HollywoodLife that the two aren’t an item.

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“Bradley and Irina are not getting back together,” a source said. “They get together often for their daughter but that chapter is over and they’ve both moved on romantically. If they’re together it’s as close friends and parents.” While “there will always be love,” between the two, “it’s nothing more than platonic,” the source said.

A second source added that Irina will “always be one of the most important women in Bradley’s life,” noting that the exes plan on spending Christmas together as a family. “They’ve been enjoying the time they’ve spent together recently and it’s been especially nice reconnecting as the holiday season has arrived,” the source said. “Bradley and Irina are planning on celebrating Christmas together so they can be together as a family with their daughter.”

This week, the model even supported her ex-boyfriend at the premiere of his upcoming film Nightmare Alley, out on Dec. 17. Irina attended the New York premiere of the crime thriller on Dec. 1, wearing a Burberry pinstriped suit over plunging leather suspenders. The two did not pose for any photos together, though, and walked the red carpet separately.

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Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper with their daughter Lea (Shutterstock)

While walking the red carpet, however, Bradley called having Irina at the premiere “very special” while speaking to Entertainment Tonight. The premiere came after the two celebrated Thanksgiving together. A source told Page Six that the co-parents enjoyed the holiday with daughter Lea and visited the ballet to see The Nutcracker. “They looked very happy,” the source said. “Everybody was smiling and giggling.”

Bradley and Irina are generally private about their family, but in 2018, the actor gave rare comments about fatherhood. “Having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present,” Bradley told NPR. 

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