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Dr. Ian Smith returns to reformatted 'The Doctors' as its new host

Dr. Ian Smith returns to “The Doctors” — this time as the revamped show’s solo host for its 13th season premiering Monday (8 a.m.) on WLNY/Ch. 55.

Smith, a physician and best-selling author, co-hosted “The Doctors” during its sixth season (2014-15) and has forged ahead with his TV and writing career; his newest book, “The Unspoken” — a fictional private-eye mystery out Oct. 1 — is already #1 on Kindle.

So Smith says he was surprised when he got the call on a Friday afternoon asking him if he wanted to return to “The Doctors,” which moved from LA to a studio in Stamford, Ct. for its new season — and counts Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw and his son, Jay McGraw, among its executive producers.

“I was in my garden weeding on my knees, sweaty and dirty, when a number I didn’t recognize came up on my cell phone,” says Smith, 51, who lives in Chicago.  “It turned out it was one of the executive producers of ‘The Doctors.’ We hadn’t spoken in a long time and she said, ‘We’re going to change the show around, reformat it, and we want different leadership on the air. Are you willing to do it?’

“By Monday we were talking about a deal. It happened very quickly and unexpectedly,” he says. “Sometimes things happen when you don’t expect it.”

This season’s theme, “Take Your Power Back,” is an umbrella mantra of sorts for how the pandemic has impact everyone,” Smith says.

“This is such an important season — perhaps the most important season in the show’s history,” he says. “We won’t be exclusively covering just the Xs and Os of medicine like the latest surgical procedure or dermatological secret. That’s our bread-and-butter, of course, and we’ll still be talking about that, but … we’re also expanding to cover wellness — mental health, spirituality — and finding topics that relate to our viewers.

“We’re doing a book club [encompassing] all types of books and we’re doing a segment I created called ‘The Pivot,’ where we’re talking to people with interesting stories and how they pivoted during COVID in their personal and professional lives,” he says. “We’ll have COVID-related segments on how to date, how to parent, how people can cook on a budget and about financial health and literacy.

“We’re also going to have musicians on the show,” he says. “Music is medicine and [musicians] will share their experiences and sing to us.”

Smith will host “The Doctors” in the studio and will interview guest remotely via Zoom.

“I’m in the studio by myself and the production staff is smaller than it’s been in past seasons,” he says. “We have to be more creative and there’s a lot of technology to deal with and it doesn’t always go smoothly. My days will be a little longer than they would be with a live audience.

“We want to inspire, challenge and have some fun,” he says. “People need to laugh a little more.”

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Oscar Isaac cast as Coppola in ‘Francis and the Godfather’

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Oscar Isaac cast as Coppola in 'Francis and the Godfather'

It was an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal have been cast in a new movie about the tumultuous making of “The Godfather,” according to Deadline.

The film, “Francis and the Godfather,” centers on director Francis Ford Coppola as he creates the iconic 1972 film. Isaac, 41, will play Coppola, while Gyllenhaal, 39, will play producer Robert Evans.

Evans and Coppola clashed behind the scenes of the mobster flick, in part over the film location and the casting of Marlon Brando as mob boss Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son Michael. Add that to the fact that real-life mobsters were none too pleased with the film airing their dirty laundry, and it was essentially a miracle that the movie was even finished.

“Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” “Francis and the Godfather” director Barry Levinson said of the subject of his new film.

The making-of movie reportedly has the blessing of Coppola himself. “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything will be interesting and worthwhile,” Coppola told Deadline.

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Paris Hilton calls for closure of Provo Canyon School

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Paris Hilton has become an unlikely social justice warrior.

The pop culture princess and hotel heiress is campaigning to have Provo Canyon School — the so-called emotional growth school she attended in 1999 — shut down in a new video posted to her YouTube channel on Monday.

“I was abused at Provo Canyon School,” says Hilton, clad in a sharp white blazer in front of a matching bright background. She added that she plans to “put all my effort into reforming the industry.”

Her call to shut down the school comes after the documentary “This is Paris” aired on YouTube. The film detailed Hilton’s life, and charted everything from her over-the-top personality and glitzy lifestyle to the time she spent in emotional growth schools, eventually leading her to team up with former classmates through #BreakingCodeSilence, a movement devoted to exposing the industry.

In her video, Hilton plugged a Change.org petition that is quickly approaching the 40,000 signature mark. She has also been pushing for reform on her Twitter.

Paris Hilton, 39, is calling for the closure of Provo Canyon School.
Paris Hilton, 39, is calling for the closure of Provo Canyon School.Getty, Google Maps

“Programs can cost upward of $100k a year,” wrote one Twitter user in a post that Hilton retweeted, detailing the bait and switch that survivors believe befalls parents desperate to set their children straight. “It leads the child to feel shame, isolation, ptsd and destroyed relationships.”

For her part, Hilton claims that the 11 months she spent at Provo in Utah leading up to her 18th birthday caused her “trust issues,” “fear” and “anxiety,” and that she was forced to take prescription pills, placed in solitary confinement and beaten. The secluded school has denied responsibility for what Hilton and others allegedly experienced, citing a change in ownership in 2000. They said in a statement that the school does not “condone or promote any form of abuse.”

In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Hilton described her 11 months at Provo Canyon School as “a living hell” and added, “it definitely affected everything in my life, I think, from the character I created almost as a mask to hide behind and getting into abusive relationships.”

She promised to “seek legislation” to see tough-love institutions like Provo shuttered, and says in her video that closing Provo, “will be the domino effect we need to effect real change.”

In her spot with Cohen, the DJ showed no remorse when asked if the school has reacted to her calls for reform. “I’m sure they’re terrified,” she says.

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Jessica Simpson flaunts 100-pound weight loss with yoga photo

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Jessica Simpson is flaunting her fit physique on Instagram just over a year after giving birth to her third child, Birdie Mae.

The fashion designer posted a picture of herself on Monday doing a warrior yoga pose in workout clothes from her Jessica Simpson Collection.

According to the company’s Instagram, the Ariel seamless bra retails for $40 and the movement capri in black painted leopard costs $55.

“Starting the week with a warrior mindset aligned with the beauty of the sunset,” Simpson, 40, captioned the pic, which features a beautiful sunset backdrop.

Former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi commented, “Wow!! You look sooo good girl!! Keep doing whatever you are doing.”

Simpson has been candid about her weight loss journey since gaining more than 100 pounds during her most recent pregnancy. In addition to Birdie Mae, she has two other children, Maxwell Drew, 8, and Ace Knute, 7, with husband Eric Johnson.

The “With You” singer shared in September 2019 that she weighed 240 pounds while pregnant with Birdie Mae, but was able to shed the weight by choosing to “work harder” with her longtime trainer, Harley Pasternak.

Pasternak said of his client, “Been working together for over 12 years and she’s always the most warm, sweet, polite, and respectful person in the world. And on top of it all, after being nonstop pregnant for as long as I can remember, she’s down 100 pounds and looks younger today than she was when we met.”

In July, Simpson proudly squeezed back into her 14-year-old jeans for her birthday and said, “I figured that since I’m in the final hours of my 30’s I’d give them another try, and hello 40, so nice to meet you.”

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