KEVIN HART SET FOR COURT BATTLE: Jumanji star Kevin Hart is ready to face his ex business partners in court, The Blast reports. The comedian told the court in docs that  he is “ready to appear at trial by March 2, 2020.” Hart believes the case will take a day. He is battling Stand Up Digital partners, who he worked on developing a game app with. Stand Up sued Hart for $7.2 million, claiming he doomed the game app, which was supposed to feature him and his family, when he confessed to an extra marital affair. The partners claim Hart did not warn them before going public with the affair. Hart counter-sued, claiming he was owed money from Stand Up.

GABRIELLE UNION REPORTS PROGRESS: Gabrielle Union has met with NBC about her controversial ousting from America’s Got Talent. Many have criticized her removal from the show, which she said happened after she raised objections to the show’s “toxic culture.” She tweeted out an update: “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”

LIAM HEMSWORTH MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH DIVORCE: E! reports that Liam Hemsworth has been notified that he must “complete” his paperwork to divorce Miley Cyrus if he doesn’t want the case to get thrown out of Los Angeles superior court The notice was signed December 3rd.

KATE MIDDLETON REVEALS X-MAS TREE SECRETS: Kate Middleton’s Christmas tree smells fantastic and is mess-free. … because Princess? The royal mom stepped out Wednesday at the Peterley Manor Farm to help kids pick trees for their classrooms. “She was asking about the trees which drop their needles and those that don’t, and which ones smell nice!” farm owner Roger Brill said. “She said that they normally have the Nordmann Fir inside that doesn’t drop the needles.” She has a way with the kids, he adds. “She was fantastic with the youngsters. She was in there moving them around and holding them up,” said Brill. “I will have to give her a job at the weekend, I think. She was a very good saleswoman!”

KATE BECKINSALE FIGHTS BACK AGAINST HATERS: The 46-year-old Kate Beckinsale documented her beach vacation with steamy bikini shots and high heels, and she responded to the many trolls who dubbed her “too old” for the shots. Wrote one critic: “I feel like you are having a mid life crisis or something.” Beckinsale responded: "Oh! I think that’s because you’re an annoying a—hole.” 

ROBERT REDFORD MEETS THE POPE: Robert Redford shook hands with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s weekly general audience in Vatican City Wednesday. The 83-year-old actor was joined by his wife Sibylle Szaggars, and appeared delighted to shake the pope’s hand. Redford has previously hailed his attempts to advocate for environmental responsibility.