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Bethenny Frankel: Melania Trump doesn’t have the personality for RHONY

While the first lady and first daughter just won't do, Frankel said Donald's second wife M..

While the first lady and first daughter just won't do, Frankel said Donald's second wife Marla Maples could be interesting.

Not cut from the same cloth: Donald Trump with daughter Ivanka and wife Melania.

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"Marla was always really nice, I met her years ago and I remember her telling me that Trump did not participate in [Tiffany's] life," Frankel said.

It's a prerequisite to be a woman to get a starring role on a Real Housewives franchise (there are 15 around the world, including Sydney and Melbourne), but Frankel was surprised Donald never had a guest slot like he regularly did with other TV shows and films, including Sex and the City, Home Alone 2, Zoolander and WWE.

"Frankly, it is really surprising seeing as he also knows [two of the other cast members] well. He's been on a date with Sonja [Morgan, ex-wife of an ancestor to J.P. Morgan] and he knows Ramona [Singer]," she said.

"But pretty much everyone has had an interaction with Trump. I have walked into him in his lobby doing the walk of shame."

The cast of the Real Housewives of New York season 10.

Life in New York in the Trump era is "destructive" said the Skinnygirl founder, who is one of the highest paid reality stars behind the Kardashians.

"I have walked into [Trump] in his lobby doing the walk of shame."

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"Just like a good reality star he is extremely polarising and very disruptive and has really brought out people's anger. It has been a very distracting presidency because it's about tweets and headlines and it's very surreal. Everyone doesn't really understand if this is really happening or if we are all in a play," Frankel said.

The Skinnygirl mogul is one of the highest-paid reality stars in the world after the Kardashians.

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"It's also affecting retail because Trump Tower has basically cut Gucci sales. People on Fifth Avenue don't love it because it affected the retail, especially during the Christmas time."

While not a day goes by without some sort of drama coming from The Don, Frankel said RHONY's 10th season was even more entertaining: "It's really meaty, there is no fat."

It will include former countess Luann de Lesseps' drunken arrest and battery of an officer after her divorce from her husband of seven months ("Luann describes it as 'her tumble in the garden,'" according to Frankel); Frankel's fall-out with Carole Radziwill (who was once married to the late Anthony Radziwill, the son of Prince Stanislas Radziwill and Caroline Lee Bouvier); the cast being stranded at sea on a Colombian getaway and Frankel starting her disaster-relief charity, B Strong.

Over a decade, Frankel has allowed cameras to follow her through the ups and downs of her life, including the success of her cocktail brand, her wedding, having a daughter and a very messy, ongoing divorce and custody battle (which media were asked not to ask her about). But she said she had no regrets.

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"You actually count yourself very lucky that people are waiting to see you at the airport. I am very proud of that success but I think I'll always think the 'emperor has no clothes' with me," she said.

After seven seasons on RHONY and a handful of spin-offs, she was not ruling out the possibility of soon hanging up her Manolo Blahniks.

"I crave the interaction and the comedy. I have so many businesses and it's a wonderful platform and I get paid handsomely, so I'm lucky," Frankel said.

"But I have a daughter so my priorities are different. I get tired too, it's emotionally taxing, we'll see what the next six months holds."

You can watch season 10 of the Real Housewives of New York on Foxtel and Hayu.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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