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Fox sets Jan. 27 airdate for live 'Rent' broadcast

Fox is setting a January airdate for its live production of "Rent," the award-winning Broadway musical.

Based on the Puccini opera "La Boheme," ''Rent" follows the lives of struggling artists in New York City's East Village. It's by the late writer and composer Jonathan Larson.

The production is part of broadcast TV's ongoing fascination with musicals, which includes December's "A Christmas Story Live!" also on Fox. Next year brings NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!"

Fox said Monday that "Rent" will air Jan. 27, with casting details to be announced.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle together at official event

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have made their first official public appearance as a couple.

The prince and Markle held hands Monday as they walked toward Toronto's city hall and attended a wheelchair tennis event at Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans.

Both were dressed casually, the prince sporting jeans with a black polo shirt while his girlfriend wore a white button-down shirt with blue jeans ripped at the knee.

Markle, a Toronto-based actor, appeared at the games' opening ceremony this weekend, cheering from the stands while Harry sat four rows and a section away beside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

The couple has been photographed together in the past but this is the first time they have appeared together at an official event. The two sat together and took in a match of the wheelchair tennis between Australia and New Zealand at the small venue. Both wore dark sunglasses on an uncommonly hot sunny day for Toronto in late September.

They stayed for a half hour and shook hands with the athletes and Invictus volunteers. They left together hand in hand.

Markle, 36, recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. Harry, 33, has been dating Markle since last year. He confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage.

The Vanity Fair interview prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.

Best known as paralegal Rachel Zane in the US Network legal drama, "Suits," Markle has appeared on "General Hospital," ''CSI: Miami," ''Without A Trace" and "Castle." She also is a campaigner for gender equality.

The Invictus Games are the creation of Harry, who got the inspiration to help wounded and sick military personnel and their families after his two tours of duty in Afghanistan. This is the third Invictus Games. About 550 competitors from 17 countries are slated to compete in 12 sports over the next week.

Could flood-ravaged Houston become jackpot spot for HGTV?

The thousands of flood-damaged homes across southeast Texas could bring a boom to at least one Lone Star industry.

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Some real estate investors are counseling buyers to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, pay for the repairs and then resell them, according to Reuters.

These property “flippers,” as they’re known in the industry, expect to take advantage of a tight housing market, especially in Houston, to reap a potentially substantial profit, Reuters reported.

Ray Sasser, a real estate investor and advisor, followed a similar plan advisors are currently reemploying to attract the home front venturers when Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001.

He bought several homes -- some for as low as 30 percent of their market value -- selling many of them a year later at full market price.

RELATED: Houston suburb tops best value neighborhoods list

At a recent Houston real estate seminar, Sasser revealed his plan to purchase 50 flooded homes for pennies on the dollar, invest 15 to 20 percent for repairs, aiming to then turn them back onto the market in a short time.

With an estimated 268,000 homes suffering some damage due to the floods, what was a tragedy for a significant number of Houstonian homeowners may be a lucrative opportunity for eager flippers.

Many homeowners may consider walking away from their damaged homes with whatever cash they can get, so flippers can buy properties at near-record-low levels.

Meanwhile, the tight nationwide housing market, combined with Houston’s diverse economy and growing population, are creating ideal conditions for flippers to find buyers.

As new homes go up on the old sites, flippers may also be looking at quick sales for prices at or near full market value.

RELATED: Some Houston neighborhoods better for investment return than others

For homeowners looking to sell their damaged homes, the Better Business Bureau posted some advice on how to avoid scams on its website, including the following:

  • Checking if the company has a local office
  • Meeting in person at the buyer’s office to learn about their processes
  • Avoiding paying any “application fees” or “processing fees”
  • Contacting the buyer’s lender to see if they have the funds to complete the purchase
  • Examining the contract to ensure that the seller is no longer obligated to make mortgage payments

Read more at Reuters.

Weird David Spade mural with Kurt Cobain quote a head-scratcher

Australian artist Lushsux painted a mural of comedian/actor David Spade on a wall in Linz, Austria last week, alongside a quote that has completely confused social media users.

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The image of Spade might be pretty good, but there’s just one problem - the quote is wrongly attributed to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a drug overdose in 1994 at the age of 27.

Lushux’s piece is clearly referencing a popular internet meme, which wrongly-attributes quotes to famous people beside a picture of a completely different person, but that didn’t stop people on social media from freaking out about the whole thing.

>> Related: Internet freaking out over these beer belly fanny packs

The mass confusion eventually caused the “Ridiculous 6” and “Grown Ups” star to respond on Twitter with just five words linked to the mural: “everyone is sending me this.”

Awards for titans, shows by young talent close Milan

For once, even the designers had a reason wear their finest creations as Milan Fashion Week closed with a star-studded gala promoting sustainability in fashion.

The four giants of Made-in-Italy — Armani, Gucci, Prada and Valentino — were among the honorees of the awards promoted by the Italian Fashion Chamber working with Livia Firth's Eco-Age consultancy.

That left a trio of young talent to close out the final day of spring-summer womenswear previews on Monday. Here are some highlights:

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PUNK INVASTION FROM SSHEENA

Sabrina Mandelli walked her punk-inspired SSheena collection straight from the runway into Milan's Piazza del Duomo, scattering pigeons and giving passers-by a rare glimpse into the invitation-only world of Italian ready-to-wear shows.

The brand founded in 2015 takes its name from the Ramones song "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," an extra S added for Mandelli's first name. For her Milan runway debut, the designer presented a soft-to-hard progression of looks.

She started with satiny athletic wear in deep burgundy parachute material, extending into a pleated skirt with a plastic layer, fluid dresses and then trousers adorned with garters and split at the ankle. Teardrops were a motif that showed up on eyewear as a long glass ornament hanging from some frames and as beaded fringe on other designs. The fringe was repeated dramatically as the extension of pinstripes on a jacket mini-dress.

Another motif was the monocle, represented in circular prints on handkerchief dresses, to reference a lesbian club of that name in 1930s Paris.

"They went there to be themselves. My girls now can express themselves in Piazza Duomo. I hope something has changed," Mandelli said.

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LOVE'S CONTRADICTIONS BY DAIZY SHELY

Israeli designer Daizy Shely commissioned a print by artist Umberto Chiodi for her latest collection, a colorful and kinetic tour de force that examines love's contradictions. The print features dreamy cupids and female figures, but also more disturbing details like ropes tightening around necks.

"I wanted to create a personal collection talking about love. Not only romantic love, but your relationship with your friends. The good parts of it and the bad parts of it. Putting that contrast together," the designer said backstage.

Milan-based Shely displayed her tailoring in a denim dress made pretty with pleated tiers in blue shirt cloth and her detailing with daisies embroidered on a denim jacket. There was a burst of color and movement in a series of asymmetrical fringe dresses in acid green and yellow. French lace tops are decorated with ostrich feathers.

"I put a lot of attention to details because this is what makes the difference between the regular commercial world and the designer," Shely said.

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UJOH SOFTENS DECONSTRUCTIONS

Japanese designer Mitsuru Nishizaki plays with tailoring and pattern cutting in the latest collection for his Ujoh brand, which had its Milan debut last year.

The looks started out in dark, matte colors and then exploded into colorful patterns featuring red flowers and some flashes of gold. Designs for a woman's wilder side followed more masculine cuts,

During the first half of the collection, Nishizaki featured asymmetrical and cut-through details on deconstructed jackets. A favorite silhouette is an off-shoulder jumper, seemingly cut from men's trousers, paired with spilling out soft tops.

In the second half, he moved toward lighter pieces, including billowing, parachute-like jackets, skirts and jumpers.

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With Livia Firth's Eco-Age spearheading the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, it was fitting that her husband, actor Colin Firth, help out as a presenter in Milan since he was granted Italian citizenship last week. Livia Firth is Italian.

The awards were held at Milan's famed La Scala opera house. Giorgio Armani wore a tuxedo as he stood on the stage alongside Miuccia Prada in a double-breasted coat.

And there was Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli wearing a suit and tie alongside more casually attired Alessandro Michele of Gucci, in a suit-and-T-shirt combo with his trademark baseball cap.

Other honorees included Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, for her work in the Amazon; the seamstresses of the Valentino fashion house for artisanal tradition; designer Brunello Cucinelli for his project to beautify the Italian valley where he produces his luxury collections; and the Gucci fashion house for supply chain innovation.

Also on hand were songstress Annie Lennox, actors Andrew Garfield and Dakota Johnson, actor-model Lauren Hutton and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. After the awards, everyone moved across the piazza to City Hall for a gala dinner.

Jennifer Lopez donates $1M to Puerto Rico relief

Jennifer Lopez has pledged $1 million toward hurricane relief efforts in her family's native Puerto Rico.

Lopez announced during a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that she would give money from her ongoing Las Vegas residency to various charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Lopez says she's also enlisting the help of her boyfriend, former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.

The 48-year-old Lopez was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. She says she still has family on the island that she has yet hear from.

Fellow singer Ricky Martin has donated $100,000 to the relief effort and launched an online fundraiser. Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee is sending four truckloads of supplies donated by his fans.

Prince Harry visits girlfriend Meghan Markle on set of ‘Suits’

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on the set of his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s show “Suits” this week as he visited Toronto.

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Harry is in town for the Invictus Games, where Markle was spotted showing support for the British royal, and reportedly kept a low-profile on the set of the series.

“He was super low-key, met some crew and was so happy to watch his lady,” a source told Hello! magazine.

“He’s incredibly supportive of her work.”

>> Related: Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Markle, who plays Rachel Zane on the series, showed her boyfriend around the set, according to the publication.

On Sept. 23, Markle was spotted in the audience for the opening night of the Games. Harry created the Invictus Games after he served as an officer in Afghanistan in 2008.

>> Related: Photos: Meghan Markle through the years

The couple was not seated together during the ceremony; instead, Harry sat in a VIP section next to first lady Melania Trump and near Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prince is expected to remain in Toronto until Saturday, Sept. 30. 

NBC's Megyn Kelly says she's 'done with politics' on debut

Megyn Kelly made her debut as an NBC morning TV host on Monday with the declaration that she's "kind of done with politics for now."

The former Fox News Channel anchor was in the thick of it during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notably when then-candidate Donald Trump turned on her following her sharp questioning of him in a debate.

She joked at the beginning of "Megyn Kelly Today" that "we'll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump."

No, she wouldn't. Trump was tweeting about football players and the flag Monday morning, but Kelly's show had an interview with the revived cast of NBC's "Will & Grace," a toast from her new "Today" colleagues and a story about a nun fighting violence in Chicago.

"The truth is, I'm kind of done with politics for now," Kelly said. "You know why, right? We all felt it, it's everywhere. And it's just gotten so dark."

She said she wants viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day."

HBO's John Oliver had a takedown of Kelly on his show that aired the night before. The show quoted Kelly as saying she hoped her show could be a unifying force and said, "and now a look at the unifying force that is Megyn Kelly."

It than ran a clip reel of Kelly from Fox News briefly mentioning hot button issues like Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and whether Santa Claus was white. NBC News had no immediate comment on Oliver's segment.

Dating rumors intensify after Scott Disick, 34, caught kissing Sofia Richie, 19

Scott Disick, best known for being Kourtney Kardashian’s long-term ex, featured Sofia Richie, the daughter of Lionel Richie, on his Instagram story over the weekend.

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The pair was quite close, suggesting more than just friendship. Disick, 34, and Richie, 19, spent part of the day in Miami with friends on a boat.

There are also other telling pictures, some posted by Richie, from the trip’s moments, including a dessert plate that said “Congratulations Scott and Sophia.”

Many fans wondered what the congratulations were for and guessed an engagement or a formal coming out to the public of their relationship.

An unnamed source told Us Weekly that the two are “definitely an item.”

“Things became official over the past week while they were in New York City together,” the source said. “It’s so weird. Not just the age difference, but mostly the fact that Sofia has been a family friend for years, and was close to Kendall and Kylie (Jenner).”

Many social media users found the potential couple’s relationship strange, citing their 15-year age difference.

“Scott is totally romancing her and she is under his spell. He ... is spoiling her with shopping trips and sweet gestures,” an unnamed source told E! News. “Sofia has been interested in him for a long time. She feels like she knows a different side of him and that they are good for each other. She is falling hard and thinks this is the real thing.”

Another unnamed source told the tabloid the relationship isn’t serious. 

“They just get along great and share very similar friends. Sofia’s been all over the place lately and seems like she is not serious about most things especially getting serious with a dude. It’s light and fun between them at the moment,” the source told E!.

According to Us Weekly, Disick and Richie were spotted together as early as May, during a birthday trip for Disick in Cannes, France.

Richie tweeted once in May and again in June, saying her relationship with Disick was just a friendship. 

“The last time I'm gonna say it. Scott and I are just friends. I'm single and focused on friends, family and work,” she wrote.

Disick shares three children with Kardashian, Mason, 7, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 2.

Zuri Daviscontributed to this report.

Rumored mom-to-be Kylie Jenner shares first pictures since pregnancy gossip intensified

Kylie Jenner has posted on Instagram for the first time since the rumors of her pregnancy intensified.

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The 20-year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star shared a picture of herself with some female companions, including best friend Jordyn Woods and entrepreneur Heather Sanders, wearing matching white robes.

Related: Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to reports

“Mornings,” Jenner captioned the photo.

Jenner later shared another image to Instagram, which featured Woods, during her 20th birthday celebration.

Jenner was recently seen in Las Vegas attending the a music festival, where her boyfriend, Travis Scott, was performing.

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