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Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock Are Reportedly Dating


Things between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have already calmed down, and the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” are already back on speaking terms. Does this mean the “Allied” star is ready to move on and date again?
 
A new report has claimed that the “Fight Club” star and Sandra Bullock have started dating. Their hookup was reportedly instigated by mutual friend George Clooney, who apparently believes that the pair would make a great couple. “It was George who set Brad up with Sandy,” an insider told New Idea.
 
Pitt and Bullock attended Clooney’s charity event a couple of years ago. The two reportedly got along so well during the event that many thought they suited each other.
 
After Pitt’s highly publicized split from Jolie, the “Money Monster” star has reportedly been planning to help the “Troy” actor move on. And the source claimed that Clooney thinks Bullock is the best person to help Pitt do so. “George is determined to help heal Brad’s heart and couldn’t think of anyone better than Sandy. They’re keeping it on the down-low.... George thought that Sandra was the ideal girl for Brad,” the insider explained.
 
However, this report should be taken with a grain of salt as another source recently revealed that Pitt is not in a hurry to get back in the dating game.
 
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on speaking terms again six months after they officially split, and sources tell Us Weekly that the ‘conversations are cordial.’
According to People, Pitt is currently content with the single life. In fact, the “Ocean’s Eleven” star has been enjoying a low-key social life and prefers to hang out with his old friends rather than start dating again. “He often has friends over,” said the insider. “Old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it.”
 
Although he is not ready for a new romance, Pitt is getting back on his feet and seems to be much happier nowadays. However, prior to his recent upswing, Jolie’s husband reportedly locked himself in an art studio, where he spent 15 hours a day sculpting while listening to breakup ballads, Daily Mail reported. Sources revealed it was Pitt’s way of keeping his mind off everything he was going through.

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Abby Lee Miller Quits 'Dance Moms,' Says She Was Denied 'Creative Credit'


Abby Lee Miller announced her departure from Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” in a heated Instagram post on Sunday.
 
The dance instructor wrote that she was quitting the show after being denied “creative credit” for her ideas and routines, and that she was “manipulated” by the producers of the reality series.
 
“For the past six years/ seven seasons I have asked, begged and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award winning routines, themes and costuming – to no avail!” she wrote.
 
“I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful,” she continued. “I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected and used – day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like dirt!”
 
Also Read: 'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Money Laundering
 
The announcement comes as the star of the Lifetime series awaits final sentencing in a bankruptcy fraud case. In October 2015, she was indicted on charges of concealing income in the amount of $675,000 from her stint on the Lifetime reality show in 2012 and 2013. During that same period, her dance studio filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
 
Federal agents claimed Miller created bank accounts to conceal income she earned as an instructor on the show, which follows competitive young dancers and inevitably showcases conflicts between their mothers and Miller. In addition, Miller admitted to smuggling between $120,000 and $150,000 in Australian currency back into the U.S. without properly declaring it.
 
At a sentencing hearing in January, prosecutors urged the federal judge overseeing the case to sentence Miller to jail time.

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Senator Cory Booker Asks Mindy Kaling Out For Dinner Twitter; She Says 'Yes'


What have we here? Senator Cory Booker just asked Mindy Kaling out for dinner on Twitter, and she happily accepted.
 
It all started when the New Jersey senator commented on Kaling's show, "The Mindy Project" in which the main character, Mindy Lahari, took a shot at the city of Newark, New Jersey, of which Booker was formerly mayor.
 
"Ouch! @MindyKaling, heard Dr. Lahiri dissed Newark last night... @VogueMagazine & I disagree," he wrote with a link to a Vogue magazine article raving about the New Jersey city. "(I still [heart] U!)"
 
 Cory Booker βœ” @CoryBooker
Ouch! πŸ’”@MindyKaling, heard Dr. Lahiri dissed Newark last night πŸ€”... @VogueMagazine & I disagree ✌🏼: http://cor.bo/2nJtwhP  (I still ❀️U!)
 
Kaling, 37, replied minutes later, saying: "Senator, if Mindy Lahiri shades it, it means we know it's cool. Thanks for the [love]. It's mutual!"
 
Senator, if Mindy Lahiri shades it, it means we know it's cool. Thanks for the ❀. It's mutual! https://twitter.com/corybooker/status/844971581084516353 …
 
Booker, 47, then said her response was "making my day! Thanks for the clarification."
 
Next, the senator made a bold request: "And If the [love] is really mutual... Come have dinner with me in Newark? #PleaseSayYes"
 
You are making my day! Thanks for the clarification. And If the ❀️is really mutual... Come have dinner with me in Newark? #PleaseSayYes 🀞🏾 https://twitter.com/mindykaling/status/844973476007989249 …
 
And she said...
 
@CoryBooker yes. Now let me get the PATH train schedule.
 
It didn't take long for the official Twitter account for the PATH commuter train line between New Jersey and New York to help by offering the trains' schedules.
 
@mindykaling @CoryBooker Here's the schedule: http://www.panynj.gov/path/full-schedules.cfm …
 
Still, Booker had a better plan.
 
"Thank you! PATH train is awesome when you are Jersey bound. But you are @Lyft worthy!" he wrote. "I will send one to you for the door to door."
 
πŸŽ‰ 😁Thank you! PATH train is awesome when you are Jersey bound. But you are @Lyft worthy! I will send one to you for the door to door. https://twitter.com/mindykaling/status/844996730449899520 …
 
There's no word on whether an actual date is set.
 
ABC News reached out to both camps, but mum is the word so far.

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Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Attend Funeral For Cousin's One Year Old Baby Avery Anderson


Rapper Kanye West and his Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wife Kim Kardashian were among the mourners at his cousin's infant son's funeral.
 
Avery Anderson died in his sleep a week ago, aged just 17 months, after showing no previous signs of illness.
 
The tot's father Ricky Anderson – who is Kanye's cousin on his late mother Donda's side – revealed the devastating news on social media.
 
Uploading a black and white photo to Instagram, he wrote alongside it: "Today was the worst day of my life!! I lost my lil man and gained an angel! Rest in Paradise!!!! I love you man."
 
Music executive Anderson has since shared a series of clips with similarly heart-breaking captions.
 
After saying goodbye to his son for the last time, he posted a video showing the curly haired lad sitting with a dog and looking happy.
 
He captioned it: "I love you Ave!! You are on my heart everyday!! Thank you all who celebrated his life today!"
 
Avery's mother Erica Paige also paid an emotional tribute online to her boy who had only turned one in October.
 
She wrote: "This life in so unfair. I love you with everything inside me and it is with incredible, unbearable pain that I will have to try to find the strength to do a single thing without you.
 
"I am so grateful for being able to spend almost 17 months with you. You brought me so much happiness and I'm so proud of how hard you fought.
 
"Thank you for all the laughs, cuddles, hugs and kisses, you took care of me in a way no one else could. My heart is forever broken. I love you so much, mommy is with you."
 
While neither Kim or Kanye – who are parents to three-year-old daughter North and one-year-old son Saint – have made mention of Avery's passing online, both looked sombre as they attended the service with friends and family in Los Angeles.
 
Kim, 36, opted for an ankle-length black dress, a fur overcoat, and a pair of oversized black sunglasses with her long black hair loose down her back.
 
Kanye, 39, wore an all-black suit and large amber shades for the funeral on Friday (March 24).

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Security, Parking, Garbage Irk Ivanka Trump's D.C. Neighbors


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans. 
 
Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff haven't learned the trash pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home.
 
"It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they've moved in," Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told the Associated Press.
 
The house in the Kalorama neighborhood was bought in December by a company with ties to a Chilean billionaire. The company is renting it to Kushner and Trump, who moved in just after the inauguration of her father, President Donald Trump. Both work in the White House as advisers to the president.
 
Residents of the enclave of four- and five-story townhomes and elegant single-family properties about 2 miles north of the White House are accustomed to VIP neighbors. Former President Barack Obama and his family have lived there since he left office, and the Secret Service closed off their entire block to traffic. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought a home there, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also moved in recently.
 
Yet no one has raised the ire of the community like the Trumps. At a recent neighborhood commission meeting, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was among those who showed up to complain about parking problems.
 
Some in the neighborhood have also complained about the family's rental arrangement. The company that owns the house didn't obtain a rental license for two months, securing one just this week after it was warned by city regulators. 
 
"Maybe some of the upset has to do with politics a little. I couldn't say for sure, but I know that people don't seem to be upset about Tillerson's situation. It's much less intrusive," said Ellen Goldstein, an elected neighborhood commissioner.
 
The Secret Service has sole responsibility under law for protecting the family, but neighbors have noticed what they describe as an unusually large and aggressive security presence. Ivanka Trump arrives and departs in a four-vehicle motorcade, Robinson said.
 
"There are more of them than I have ever seen," Robinson wrote in a letter to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials. "Frequently several of them are milling outside of the house at all hours having conversations and staring meanly at anyone in view."
 
The letter — which also complained about parking, trash and noise — spurred the city government into action. On Friday morning, District transportation crews were outside the house, removing "No Parking" signs.
 
The department said no permits had been sought for parking exemptions or sidewalk closures on the street since Trump moved in. Yet vehicles associated with the Trump-Kushner house have been seen parking in the restricted areas for hours at a time, and barriers have been erected on the sidewalk in front of the house, forcing pedestrians to cross the street, next-door neighbor Rhona Wolfe Friedman said. 
 
Even without extra restrictions, street parking for non-residents is limited to two hours.
 
"The parking patrol on Tracy Place has always been ultra-vigilant," Robinson wrote to the mayor. "Suddenly, the parking enforcement has disappeared."
 
A Secret Service spokeswoman, Nicole Mainor, said agency officials met with neighbors and city officials on Friday morning and addressed their concerns about parking and other disruptions. She declined to answer specific questions about the level of protection the family receives, citing agency policy.
 
It's not clear whether Ivanka Trump is aware of any complaints, saying in a statement emailed Friday afternoon by an aide: "We love the neighborhood and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbors."
 
Christopher Chapin, president of the neighborhood council — who doesn't live as close as the neighbors who've complained — said all the attention is good for Kalorama.
 
"We are delighted to have political figures like the Obamas, the Kushners and the Tillersons living in our neighborhood," he said.

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Beyonce FaceTimes teen who is battling cancer


Ebony Banks could very well be Beyonce's biggest fan.
 
Banks, who is battling a rare form of cancer and is receiving treatment at Houston's MD Anderson Hospital, got to FaceTime with the superstar after she and her fellow high school color guard members started a social media campaign, #EbobMeetsBeyonce. Ebob is Banks' nickname.
 
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After the call on Wednesday, friends and fans took to Twitter to celebrate and post pictures of the big moment.
 
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In the clip, Banks tells Beyonce that she loves her, and the singer replies, "I love you."
 
Banks and her family declined to comment about the call. A rep for Beyonce did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
 
Paul Brodt, the director of bands at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, where Banks was a student, told ABC News that the campaign to get Beyonce and Banks to meet was launched last week when the teen graduated early in a special ceremony at the hospital. About 100 people — including her 23 color guard teammates, school faculty members, school administrators and hospital staffers — attended the event.
 
"Our kids love her to death and would do anything for her," Brodt said about Banks, who has been a member of the color guard since ninth grade.
 
He said that despite receiving a cancer diagnosis last summer and starting chemotherapy in September, Banks made every effort to attend school as well as color guard practice and competitions. She showed up at a competition just two weeks ago, before her health took a turn for the worse.
 
Knowing how much Banks loves Beyonce — "She's either listening to her or talking about her. She knows everything about her music and her life," Brodt said — some of Banks' color guard teammates discussed with her the idea of reaching out to the pop star.
 
Thus the hashtag #EbobMeetsBeyonce was born. After enlisting the help of the entire high school, he said, "they lit a fire on the internet."
 
When Banks got the call from Bey on Wednesday, her family was there with her, Brodt said.
 
"I imagine it's a dream come true," he said. "Ebony is such a great kid, all the pleasure should be on Beyonce's side."
 
Banks, he added, is the real inspiration.
 
"Ebony has been a part of every success we have had," Brodt said. "Never at any time has she let her sickness slow her down. Whatever inabilities you think you have, you can overcome if you put your mind to it. She's inspired everybody — me along with all of our kids."
 
Meanwhile, Banks' friends posted on social media to celebrate the call.
 
"We made it happen! This is why I love alief," one user wrote.

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Netflix/Marvel's 'Iron Fist' epic fail, say viewers, critics


If your web connection seems sluggish while you're watching "Iron Fist," don't blame your internet provider. The problem is the listless pace of this new Netflix series.
 
But such languor isn't the only failing of this latest offering from the Marvel factory, judging from critical pans and fan unrest since the 13-episode season was unveiled last week.
 
Any Marvel project (and this is Netflix's fourth, following "Daredevil," ''Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage") is breathlessly awaited by fans. "Iron Fist" was no different. But even before anybody saw it, it was already drawing accusations of "whitewashing."
 
The series centers on Danny Rand, the scion of a corporate titan who returns to New York 15 years after he and his parents died in a plane crash over the Himalayas.
 
Well, actually, Danny didn't die. He was rescued by a mysterious order of monks. And in this intervening period, he trained in martial arts and gained the mystical power of the Iron Fist. Now he returns to New York to reclaim the corporate empire that was hijacked by brother-and-sister baddies (and his childhood friends) Ward and Joy Meachum. He is also, of course, on a quest to "get answers."
 
"Iron Fist" stars Finn Jones, who is best known for playing Loras Tyrell on "Game of Thrones." But casting him as Danny was a missed opportunity, according to disgruntled fans who argue that an Asian-American actor should have been chosen.
 
Maybe, maybe not. But that would seem to be the least of the ills plaguing "Iron Fist." For instance, the Polygon website wielded iron fists of its own in declaring that the series' "problems with delivering exposition, crafting consistent characters, and even basic dialogue writing run right alongside ... problems with its portrayal of Asian cultures and Asian-Americans."
 
"Not one element of this plodding piece works," railed Variety, adding that the story line "is about as exciting as a slice of Velveeta cheese left out in the sun too long."
 
The New York Times complained about "the dawdling featureless" of the early episodes. And how many viewers could be expected to stick with the series beyond those first installments? Calling it "the first complete misfire of Netflix's Marvel shows," the Uproxx website posed the question: "Why would anyone but the most devout, masochistic Marvel completist want to watch?"
 
The Twitterverse has been no kinder, with one typical post calling it "a great show if you're looking to sit back, relax and stare at your phone as it plays in the background." Another tweet likened the series' fight scenes to "an awkward junior high school dance."
 
Even a forgiving Marvel neophyte who samples "Iron Fist" is likely to be put off. The conspicuous lack of action and of visual effects, at least in its early episodes, serves as a stark reminder of how lavish production values, unrelenting action and eye-popping visual effects are taken for granted by today's audience — and jarring when they're absent.
 
Granted, the epic failure of "Iron Fist," now installed for eternity on the Netflix site, will register as just a blip on the Netflix/Marvel landscape. And since Netflix never discloses audience figures, no one will ever know how many viewers choose to avoid or abandon the series who might have watched a better "Iron Fist" faithfully.
 
But every potential viewer is advised to note an exchange between two characters in an early episode:
 
"We need to know more before we can decide how we should proceed."
 
"So we just wait?"
 
"Yeah. And watch."
 
Such patience by "Iron Fist" viewers is doomed to go unrewarded.

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John Mayer wants a baby, regrets 'bad boy' lifestyle


John Mayer is approaching 40, and he realizes he didn’t do everything right during his years in the spotlight.
 
Mayer, who has a reputation as a womanizer, spoke to the New York Times about his new album, “The Search for Everything,” and the rocker admitted he has some major life regrets.
 
“I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th,” Mayer told The Times. “I want the baby with the protective earphones [by the stage].”
 
The guitarist added, “I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”
 
Mayer acknowledged that at least one track on his new album is about his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, who he officially split from in 2014. He said he knows the song, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” will likely cause some buzz.
 
“Who else would I be thinking about?” he said. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”
 
Mayer said he has been on exclusive dating app lately but hasn’t gone out on many actual dates.
 
“It’s just lot of chatter. We all talk to the same people. There are very few people actually meeting up.”
 
He told The Times he recently stopped drinking alcohol adding, “I’m actually very thoughtfully entering cannabis life.”
 
Of his previous headline-making behavior, Mayer said, “I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation. You can even break ‘bad boy’ into good bad boy and bad bad boy — I somehow managed to become a bad version of a bad boy.”

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Pamela Anderson stormed off TV set, 'Celebrity Juice' host claims


A TV host claims Pamela Anderson stormed off his set after he showed an old photo of her from before she was famous.
 
Keith Lemon, who hosts the U.K.’s “Celebrity Juice,” told The Sun Anderson bailed on him mid-show.
 
“She just suddenly picked up her fur stole and stormed off home!” Lemon told The Sun. “At first I thought it might be because she didn’t want to play a game that involved putting chips up her nose, but it wasn’t, it was because we showed an old school picture of her and she didn’t like it.
 
He said Pam told one of the show’s producers, “‘I’m not happy, I have clearance on all my pictures, I’m not happy you showed that.’”
 
“She could’ve just said, ‘Keith I have to go, I’m meeting a friend’, but no, she just stormed without even saying sorry,” he claimed.
 
Anderson has yet to comment on Lemon’s claims. She has appeared on the show in the past. 

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'Snooki' Inspires Bill To Cap Public University Speaker Fees


Under legislation inspired by former "Jersey Shore" reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, no more than $10,000 of state money could go to pay speakers at New Jersey's public universities.
 
The Democrat-controlled Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. If approved, it will go to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
 
Republican Assemblyman John DiMaio says he was inspired to write the measure after Polizzi earned $32,000 to speak at Rutgers' commencement in 2011. He has sponsored the bill each session going back to 2011.
 
He calls it "ludicrous and wasteful" for state funds to pay for such speakers.
 
The legislation would cap state spending on public university speakers at $10,000.
 
Polizzi starred in MTV's "Jersey Shore" from 2009-2012.
 
She has not responded to a request for comment.

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'CHiPs' star Larry Wilcox already gives 'CHIPS' film trailer mixed review


The film remake of the 1970s series "CHiPs" is already getting lukewarm reviews from fans, the real California Highway Patrol and even one star.
 
Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle to everlasting fame in the old "CHiPs" show, said that for now, he'll give the benefit of the doubt to "CHIPS," the movie based loosely on the series that made him and Erik Estrada two of the biggest stars of the 1970s and early '80s.
 
"I have not seen the film but the trailers looked like a soft-porn version of 'Dumb and Dumber,'" said the 69-year-old actor. "However, I hear the actors are both very talented and funny, so maybe it all works."
 
"CHiPs" ran from 1977 to 1983.
 
Fans of the original "CHiPs," still widely seen in reruns and on DVD, are far less forgiving. They've been posting angry messages all over the internet since the first trailers for the R-rated action comedy emerged, calling it garbage and disrespectful to police officers everywhere.
 
In a lengthy "open letter" to actor Dax Shepard, Sue Walsh of New York accuses the film's writer, director and co-star of mocking the original show with a remake filled with nudity, sexual jokes and raunchy bathroom humor.
 
"'CHiPs' was not just a '70s cop show. It wasn't Shakespeare, no, but it did and does mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people," said Walsh, who is organizing a 40th anniversary reunion of the show this fall that most of the original cast is expected to attend.
 
To the thump of a persistent disco track, CHP Sgt. Jon Baker (Wilcox) and Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Estrada) kept busy rescuing people from cars, occasionally solving folks' personal problems and frequently chasing down miscreants before carting them off to jail without ever drawing their weapons.
 
"I know that there are people that grew up watching 'CHiPs' and that was part of the reason they decided to join the department," said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader. "I watched it when I was growing up."
 
In the film version, however, Shepard and Michael Pena's Baker and Ponch are anything, but straight arrows. They accidentally destroy vehicles, cause fiery crashes, blow stuff up and sometimes shoot the wrong people.
 
"I understand it's a broad comedy," said Clader, adding she hasn't seen the film and won't offer an opinion on the trailer.
 
She said the CHP did grant the producers some technical assistance, for which the agency was reimbursed. But there's also this disclaimer at the beginning of "CHIPS": "This film is not endorsed by the California Highway Patrol. At all." And sharp-eyed fans will notice the title punctuation of "CHIPS" was changed from the original "CHiPs," further distancing the film from the department.
 
Estrada, who has a cameo, did not respond to multiple phone and email messages. But in a video clip from a recent premiere, he described it as "a movie you have to view with your adult sense of humor."
 
As for Wilcox, he said he'll probably see it — eventually.
 
"I think I will wait for the video," he added.

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Michael Moore Urges Democrats To 'Declare A National Emergency' Amid FBI Trump Probe


Filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday urged the Democratic Party to declare a national emergency after the FBI said it was investigating whether members of Donald Trump’s campaign team had worked with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
 
Of course, Moore made his point in a most engaging way on Instagram, using a red light — specifically, that of sentient computer HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” — to call on Democratic leaders to respond with full alarm to the “shock in our democracy.”
 
“The Democratic leadership in the House and Senate needs to bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J. Trump,” Moore wrote. “No bill he supports, no Supreme Court nominee he has named, can be decided while he is under a criminal investigation. His presidency has no legitimacy until the FBI ― and an independent investigative committee ― discovers the truth.”
 
The Oscar-winning documentary director has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, having instructed Americans on how to resist his administration from Day 1.
 
This time, he punctuated his point by using an ironic quote from former Republican President Richard Nixon.
 
The man does have a flair for inspiring action.

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Anne Frank Center Demands Apology From Tim Allen for Nazi Germany Comment


Actor Tim Allen recently appeared on episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live and made some controversial remarks about being a conservative in Hollywood.
 
The Last Man Standing actor told Kimmel, “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”
 
The comedian instantly received a backlash for his glib comparison, with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect issuing a strong rebuke on its Facebook page.
 
Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the center, wrote, “Tim, have you lost your mind?  No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s — the world’s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people. Sorry, Tim, that’s just not the same as getting turned down for a movie role. It’s time for you to leave your bubble to apologize to the Jewish people and, to be sure, the other peoples also targeted by the Nazis.” #NeverAgain #Antisemitism”

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Sophie Simmons Calls Katey Sagal 'Low' for Revealing Dad Gene's Affair


Sophie Simmons probably will not be racing out to pick up a copy of Katey Sagal’s new memoir, Grace Notes.
 
In the revealing book, the Married With Children star, 63, details an affair she had with Gene Simmons 43 years ago. Sophie Simmons, the 24-year-old daughter of the Kiss rocker, thinks the account is unnecessary.
 
“I feel like it’s no one’s business, really,” she said on the Allegedly With Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast on Tuesday. “I mean, if Katey wants to write a book about her life, cool — but to write about someone and then have it affect their family I feel like is a really kind of low place to go to try and sell a book.”
 
Simmons added, “And she should probably look at her own family — I’m just saying — before pointing fingers …  because other people could write books too.”
 
Burn!
 
Sagal — who has been married to screenwriter Kurt Sutter since 2004 — met Gene Simmons, 67, in a bar in Santa Monica, Calif., where she was singing as a waitress in the ’70s.
 
“At first, I thought Gene was really weird,” the Sons of Anarchy alum writes. “I took him home with me that night because he was quite persuasive, and I like men.”
 
Simmons ended up signing Sagal and her band to his label, but they were dropped after one album. The affair was on and off for several years, but ended when she told Simmons she was going to marry bassist Freddie Beckmeier unless he married her instead. Simmons reportedly laughed at the idea, so Sagal did tie the knot with Beckmeier in 1977. They divorced three years later.
 
Sophie Simmons, who is a musician as well, said her family will brush off the story. “It really doesn’t affect us — we’re so tight as a family,” she explained. “My parents are so crazy in love. I mean, congrats to the one groupie who thought they got ahead, but apparently didn’t. … You’re a really talented actress, so it worked out.”
 
Gene Simmons wed his longtime love, Shannon Tweed, in 2011 after three decades together. They have two children: Sophie and Nick, 28. Sagal, meanwhile, is on her fourth marriage. She and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter share a 10-year-old daughter, Esme, born via surrogate. Sagal is also mom to a daughter, Sarah, 22, and a son, Jackson, 21, from her third marriage, to Jack White.

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Lollapalooza 2017 lineup revealed: Arcade Fire, Muse, Lorde, Chance the Rapper & More


More than ever, it looks like there's something for everyone at this year's Lollapalooza festival, with headliners including Arcade Fire, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Muse, and Blink-182.
 
Wiz Khalifa, Liam Gallagher, The Killers, Big Sean, Milky Chance, Tove Lo, Migos and Kaleo are also on the deep artist roster.  This is the second year the formerly three-day fest adds a day, meaning bonus acts on the bill.
 
As always, this year's annual fest will take place at Chicago's Grant Park, Thursday through Sunday August 3-6.  Tickets go on sale this morning at 10:00 local time at Lollapalooza.com.  A single-day ticket will set you back $120, plus fees.  Four-day tickets are already sold out.
 
Here's the full four-day Lollapalooza lineu:
 
Thursday, 8/3
Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Porter Robinson, Liam Gallager, Migos, Spoon, Lil Uzi Vert, Jon Bellion, George Ezra, Capital Cities, Kaytranada, Baauer, the Drums, A­Trak, Tritonal, Gryffin, CRX, Temples, Suicideboys, Hippo Campus, Honne, Cheat Codes, Kevin Devine, Paper Diamond, Middle Kids, the Hunna, Oliver Tree, Jain, the O’My’s, Declan McKenna, Unlike Pluto, Atlas Genius, Arizona, Gibbz, Pham, Michael Blume, Elohim, Stanaj, Kweku Collins, Max.
 
Friday, 8/4
The Killers, Blink­182, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Foster the People, Ryan Adams, Grmatik, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Crystal Castles, Kaleo, Little Dragon, 3Lou, Whitney, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Majid Jordan, Getter, the Pretty Reckless, Slushii, Cloud Nothings, Jidenna, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Dokay, the Districts, Pup, Moose Blood, Skott, the Lemon Twigs, Mondo Cozmo, San Holo, the Frights, Saint Jhn, Bibi Bourelly, Missio, Cobi, Moksi, Slothrust, Allan Rayman, Frenship, Harriet Brown, Jess Malin.
 
Saturday, 8/5 
Chance the Rapper, the XX, Alt­J, the Head and the Heart, Kaskade, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Mac Demarco, Russ, 21 Savage, Banks, Sylvan Esso, Alison Wonderland, Live, Royal Blood, Nghtmre, Warpaint, Highly Suspect, Zara Larsson, Jai Wolf, Ephwurd, Alvvays, G Jones, Amine, San Fermin, the Japanese House, Leon, the Shelters, Blossoms, Jacob Banks, Michael Christmas, Flint Eastwood, Ron Gallo, Madeintyo, Young Bombs, the London Souls, 888, Wingtip, Colony House, Brayton Bowman, Lady Pills.
 
Sunday, 8/6 
Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, the Shins, Zeds Dead, Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Grouplove, DVBBS, Borgore, Lil Yachty, London Grammar, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Noname, Joey Badass, Carli XCX, Car Seat Headrest, Slander, Machine Gun Kelly, 6lack, Sampha, Maggie Rogers, NF, Joyryde, Joseph, Barns Courtney, Vant, Grace Mitchell, Blaenavon, Lo Moon, Dirty Audio, Whethan, Sofi Tukker, Xavier Omar, Boogie, Wax Motif, the Walters, Duckwrth, Spencer Ludwig, Flor, Goody Grace, Tucker Beathard.

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Singer Wyclef Jean requests 'formal investigation into racial profiling' after police incident


Rapper and businessman Wyclef Jean today requested a "formal investigation into racial profiling" after slamming police this morning for detaining him in West Hollywood, California, an incident that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department described as “unfortunate.”
 
Jean, 47, initially posted a short video this morning to Twitter and Instagram, where he wrote, "LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?"
 
The officers handcuffed him in the overnight incident and took off his Haitian bandanna, he says in the clip, while a colleague shoots the video. "[They] have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing," he says.
 
After a second tweet from Jean this morning, his representative issued a full statement later today asking police and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to follow up in the incident.
 
"After the vehicle he was being liveried in was pulled over and from which he was brutally removed from the vehicle and subject to police brutality, racial profiling, police bias and the ongoing discriminatory practices of law enforcement officials which remain rampant throughout the United States and for which the LA Sheriff's office is deeming a case of mistaken identity," his rep said in the statement.
 
"As such, Mr. Jean is requesting a formal investigation into racial profiling by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and the LA Sheriff's Department while calling upon the ACLU and Black Lives Matter to join him in defense of civil liberties and racial bias."
 
Garcetti's office has yet to respond to this request, but the County Sheriff’s officials did seek to set the record straight in a response, first correcting the artist that it was their department, not the LAPD, that was involved in the incident.
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a lengthy statement to ABC News, saying the officers were responding to a witness' description of an incident at a gas station, where the suspects allegedly pistol-whipped two pedestrians, took their belongings and then took off in a car similar to the one Jean was riding in. The police pointed out that the alleged victims could only describe the driver by his race, which police did not specify.
 
After the victims, who had feared "for their lives," gave the suspects their identification and money, officials said, police spotted the car Jean was in "a short distance from the crime scene."
 
"Deputies followed that vehicle briefly before the vehicle pulled over," the police statement added. "As deputies approached the vehicle, the occupants - driver and front passenger, almost simultaneously began to exit the vehicle. It was at this time that the deputies attempted to detain who they believed to be the suspect of the violent crime, Mr. Jean."
 
Jean was handcuffed "due to the violent nature of the call (armed robbery), the similarity of the suspect vehicle ... the time of day of the unfolding detention and Mr. Jean’s furtive movements and demeanor," police added.
 
The Haitian artist was eventually released after being detained for "approximately six minutes" and officers determined he was not the suspect, police said. The actual suspects were apprehended later four blocks away, the department said.
 
The suspects were driving an Acura, police said, while Jean was riding in a Toyota.
 
"It should be noted that during the detention of these suspects ... safety measures were also exercised, as the suspects were handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol vehicle pending further investigation," the department stated.
 
After an initial statement from police, Jean took to Twitter a second time this morning to write, "I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself. Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person."
 
The artist added that, "As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the [police]."
 
Police concluded with a statement, saying, "It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime ... The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean. We are grateful we were able to apprehend the robbery suspects and that no one was seriously injured."

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Selena Gomez Trademarks Her Name For One Very Interesting Reason


From her hit single with Kygo “It Ain’t Me” to her blossoming relationship with The Weeknd, Selena Gomez has already had quite the busy year. Based on this news, it looks like it’s about to get busier.
 
Recent reports of legal documents obtained by TMZ show that Gomez has filed papers to trademark her name. The trademark would guarantee that the actress is the only Selena Gomez in entertainment, and give her more control over Selena Gomez “fan club services.”
 
However, there’s one small part of her trademark request stands out as far more interesting. Gomez has filed to have her name trademarked for jewelry and necklaces as well. Could there be a Selena Gomez accessories line coming our way?
 
This wouldn’t be Gomez’s first time dabbling in the fashion world. She had a clothing line for KMart in 2010, and sold quite a lot of merchandise during of her “Revival” concert tour, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising for her next step to be in jewelry.

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Jenny Slate Gets Real About Her Breakup With Chris Evans, Has 'No Regrets'


Jenny Slate is the first to admit that she and “Captain America” star Chris Evans were an unexpected pairing.
 
“We used to talk about what kinds of animals we were,” Slate recently told Vulture. “Chris said it’s like I’m a chick riding on a St. Bernard’s head. We’re an odd match.”
 
The actress, best known for her hilarious roles in “Parks and Recreation,” “Kroll Show” and indie film “Obvious Child,” opened up to the outlet about her romantic relationship and breakup with her superhero ex, and says that their differences are what eventually split them apart.
 
Chris is a very, very famous person. For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon.
 
The attention was too much for Slate, who was also dealing with a divorce from Dean Fleischer-Camp, a film editor and her husband of nearly four years, while she was dating Evans.
 
“This is what I needed to do to feel normal,” she explained. “To be alone.”
 
Slate explains that when she and Evans first met, there were strong friendship vibes, but that was about it. The actress would even get annoyed by Evan’s weekly game nights that he insisted the cast and crew attend.
 
“At first I was like, ‘What a f—– nightmare,’” the actress recalled. “Chris is a different speed than me — I think he really did just jump out of a plane for an interview. And so when he was like, ‘Game nights,’ I was like, ‘This is annoying. This guy’s like a sports guy. He’s the kid that likes P.E.’”
 
Evan’s joyful energy eventually won Slate over, and the two got to know one another. But when Evans, who has dated women like Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly in the past, began having romantic feelings for Slate, she admits that she thought it was “a prank.”
 
“To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type,” she told Vulture.
 
“I’m considered some sort of alternative option, even though I know I’m a majorly vibrant sexual being.”
 
She also noted, “If you are a woman who really cares about her freedom, her rights, her sense of being an individual, it is confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world.”
 
And that objectification played into their relationship as well. Slate cites times when the couple would be somewhere like CVS and random women would come up to her and say things like, “‘Oh, my God, is that Chris Evans? He’s so hot!’ You’re like, ‘How dare you? That’s my boyfriend. But yes, he’s so hot.’”
 
As for their future relationship, Slate hopes that she and Evans can find their way back to their game night beginnings.
 
“We’re not on bad terms, but we haven’t really seen each other, spoken a lot,” Slate said. “I think it’s probably best. I’d love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever.”

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Alec Baldwin, Sarah Silverman, and Others React to FBI Testimony on Donald Trump's Wiretapping Claims and Ties to Russia


FBI Director James Comey testified in a hearing before the House intelligence committee on Monday, March 20. The hearing’s featured witnesses included Comey and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency.
 
Comey refuted President Trump’s tweets claiming he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama, stating, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”
 
He also confirmed that the agency was investigating allegations of possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign during the presidential election: “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election.”
 
The NSA chief, Rogers, also weighed in, stating, “I’ve seen nothing on the NSA side that we engaged in such activity, nor that anyone engaged in such activity,” with regard to White House allegations that anyone asked Britain or another ally to wiretap Trump.
 
As expected, Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Sarah Silverman, Sophia Bush, and many other stars were swift to react on social media to Comey’s testimony.

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Chuck Barris, Wacky Host and Creator of 'The Gong Show,' Dies at 87


Chuck Barris, the goofball host of The Gong Show who also was the manic mastermind behind two other spontaneous game-show classics, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, has died. He was 87. 
 
Barris, who in his book, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA - his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman - died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin.
 
The Philadelphia native also penned the 1962 pop song "Palisades Park," a tribute to the old amusement park in New Jersey that was a hit for Freddy Cannon and figured high on Barris' list of career achievements.
 
 
With his innovative shows, Barris changed the face of reality TV but was derided but critics who nicknamed him "The King of Schlock," "The Baron of Bad Taste" and "The Ayatollah of Trasherola."
 
On The Gong Show, which aired on NBC and in syndication in daytime and primetime from 1976-80, amateurs took to the stage to demonstrate their so-called talent in front of three celebrity judges. Quite often, they made fools of themselves.
 
Barris' original idea had been to create a show that featured fine performers, but in his search for talent, he frequently encountered awful acts. "I came back and said, 'Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.
 
When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.
 
Any of the three judges (a roster that included Jaye P. Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong.
 
"Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said. "Bad acts are inherent in everyone."
 
Acts who appeared included The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston), Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens and Barris' own mother, and at random moments, the host would call out Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) to boogie for the audience to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside."
 
On one particularly crazy show, Morgan unbuttoned her blouse to reveal her breasts to the cameras, and Barris said she never worked on The Gong Show again.
 
"The end of the show came because of me," he said in the TV Archive chat. "I had a small nervous breakdown out there, doing strange things. When I see films of the last shows, I was walking around, busting up [studio] flats on the air. That was the behavior of a host who was bored to death."
 
In October, ABC ordered a new version of The Gong Show to be executive produced by Will Arnett.
 
Barris first made his mark in the game show arena when he created The Dating Game, which bowed as an ABC daytime program in December 1965. Hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange, the program featured a bachelor or bachelorette asking three members of the opposite sex suggestive questions, then choosing one for a date.
 
ABC's The Newlywed Game, produced by Barris and hosted by the cheeky Bob Eubanks, premiered in July 1966. Four couples who had been married for a year or less competed by matching answers to questions about their spouses' likes and dislikes. Just like The Dating Game, it was a huge hit and played in primetime as well (both shows aired in tandem on Saturday nights for a time).
 
Barris often came off as a nut case, but he was an astute businessman. As a pioneer of first-run syndication, he sold The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game to stations after ABC canceled his shows, keeping them the air.
 
He formed the public company Chuck Barris Productions in 1968 and sold his shares in the firm to producer Burt Sugarman in a 1986 deal that valued the company at about $86 million ($195 million today). The firm was eventually acquired by producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters and then by Sony.
 
Charles Hirsch Barris was born on June 3, 1929. The son of a dentist and a housewife, he graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University, then landed a job in the foundry at U.S. Steel.
 
After working various odd jobs, including traveling around the country selling teleprompters, Barris moved to New York and became an NBC page. He went through a management training program and took a sales job, but then the network fired everyone in the department.
 
He then was hired by ABC, which offered him the dubious assignment of tailing Dick Clark, the young and popular host of TV's American Bandstand, at Philadelphia station WFIL-TV. Barris' task was to ascertain whether Clark was involved in the illegal practice of payola.
 
"It was so ridiculous. If I left at 6 o'clock, what's to say he couldn't be doing anything nefarious after 6 o'clock?" Barris said.
 
Still, he wrote daily memos detailing the goings-on at American Bandstand for about a year, and his notes were presented before a House of Representatives subcommittee in Washington. Ultimately, Clark was absolved of any wrongdoing.
 
Meanwhile, "Palisades Park" had reached No. 3 in June 1962 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Barris would also write the theme music for many of his game shows.)
 
As a result of his work shadowing Clark, ABC sent Barris to Los Angeles as its director of daytime television on the West Coast. When no one would return his phone calls, he set up shop in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His innate sense of Hollywood tribal behavior worked: Now people were getting back to him.
 
His first show was Poker People, a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "It was a disaster," he recalled. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes."
 
Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer. Living on his royalties from "Palisades Park," Barris developed The Dating Game and sold the show to his former employers.
 
"When The Dating Game came out, women had to wait for a man to call," Lange told the Los Angeles Times in a 2002 interview. "Having them make the choices [on the show] appealed to the female population, the target demographic."
 
Future sportscaster Al Michaels was a member of his staff; Burt Reynolds, Michael Jackson and John Ritter were among the contestants; and it was Barris' idea to have Lange and the contestants blow kisses to the cameras at the end of each show.
 
The Newlywed Game "was the easiest show to do," he said in the TV Archive interview. "It only needed four couples, four questions and a washer/dryer."
 
In the show's most precious moment, Eubanks asked one wife,"Where specifically is the weirdest place that you personally have ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?"
 
"In the ass?" she answered. Her husband then turned over a card that revealed his response: "In the car."
 
In 1980, Barris directed, co-wrote (with Robert Downey Sr.) and appeared in Universal's The Gong Show Movie. An R-rated look at the game show, it was pulled from theaters after one weekend, he said.
 
Barris also presided over other game shows like The Game Game, How's Your Mother-in-Law?, Dream Girl of '67, The $1.98 Beauty Show,3's a Crowd - with the premise "Who knows a husband better, his wife or his secretary?" - The Family Game and The New Treasure Hunt.
 
In 1968, he produced Operation: Entertainment, a variety show that had a different host (George Carlin, Dick Cavett, Dick Shawn, et al) appearing at a different military base each week.
 
Barris read Erich Segal's Love Story and figured he could write an even better romance novel. So he went to France and penned You and Me, Babe, based on his relationship with his first wife; and it was published in 1974 and became a best-seller.
 
After "the critics had harassed me for 15 years saying that I'd lowered the bar of civilization," he said in a 2003 interview with A.V. Club, an angry Barris holed up in a New York hotel for two years and wrote Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
 
The book was a dud upon its release but sold well when the film version, starring Sam Rockwell as Barris, was released.
 
Asked in the TV Archive interview if he really was an assassin, Barris replied: "I don't answer that question, ever. I can just tell you that the No. 2 guy in the CIA said that I must have been standing too close to the gong when I said things like that."
 
A sequel, Bad Grass Never Dies, came out in 2004.
 
His daughter, 36, died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1998, and Barris wrote the moving Della: A Memoir of My Daughter, published in 2010.
 
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Mary Clagett. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made in his name to the New York Police Foundation.

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'Modern Family' Star Rico Rodriguez's 'Super Hero' Father Dies


“Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez is mourning his father, Roy Rodriguez, who died suddenly on March 12 at the age of 52. 
 
Rico, who’s played Manny Delgado on the hit ABC sitcom for the past eight seasons, shared a heartfelt post on social media Sunday honoring his “super hero” dad.
 
“This has been the toughest week of my life,” he captioned a photo of himself and his late father sipping on milkshakes. “My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known. He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out.”
 
”I’m gonna miss your hugs. I’m gonna miss your advice. I’m gonna miss your smile, and I’m gonna miss your laugh,” he continued. “I know you’re looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward. I miss you Daddy. I’ll love you forever.”
 
The actor’s older sister, Disney Channel actress Raini Rodriguez, also took to social media to remember her late father, posting a photo of the two along with a touching caption. 
 
“You have officially been gone one week daddy and while it has been really difficult, we are all still standing tall and I know it’s because you are sending us strength and guidance all the way from heaven,” she wrote.
 
“I know you will continue to shine down on me, momma, Rico, Ray, Poppi and baby and we will be ok! I promise to make you proud daddy. I will love and miss you forever.”
 
According to his obituary, Rodriguez is survived by his wife Diane and their four children, Rico, Raini, Roy Jr. and Ray, as well as 10 grandchildren. He was laid to rest on Saturday in his home town of Bryan, Texas. 

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Meet The New Kid On 'Sesame Street': Julia, A Muppet With Autism


“Sesame Street” just got a whole lot broader with its newest neighbor: Julia, a Muppet with autism.
 
The little girl Muppet with red hair and a favorite bunny clutched in her hand has been in “Sesame Street’s” online Digital Storybook series since 2015. But she’s making her TV debut surrounded by everybody’s favorite neighborhood gang on HBO and PBS in April.
 
The show’s creators hope the new character will help children better understand playmates who have autism, which is affecting more and more American kids. Children with autism will also have a Muppet they can identify with.
 
In Julia’s first episode, she experiences a bit of a glitch while meeting Big Bird. When the two are introduced by pals Abby and Elmo, Julia is hesitant to shake Big Bird’s hand. He’s sad and worried that Julia doesn’t like him, but Elmo explains that Julia has autism so she “does things a little differently.”
 
Julia’s designers were eager to use the new Muppet to express issues kids with autism often deal with, without turning her into some kind of standard model for everyone with the disorder. 
 
“It’s tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism,” writer Christine Ferraro told “60 Minutes.” “There’s a saying that if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”
 
Still, the show’s creators wanted to exhibit certain behaviors through Julia that children with autism may exhibit. They consulted with organizations serving families dealing with autism to discuss what best to highlight.
 
Julia’s first episode not only focuses on her reluctance to engage with Big Bird, but also her sensitivity to loud noises and her excitability during a game.
 
With its 1st Julia ep, Sesame Street hopes to deliver a message of inclusion. Elmo: We really like Julia. She’s really special to us.”
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Julia’s puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, has a son with autism. She wishes Julia had been around years ago when he was “Sesame Street” age.
 
“Had my son’s friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened,” Gordon told “60 Minutes.” “And [they] would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that’s okay.”

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Angelina Jolie's Latest Adoption Scandal


Angelina Jolie has been no stranger to scandal over the years, but the latest storm that’s brewing could be one of the most serious yet — if it proves to have any merit at all, that is. Mounh Sarath, an aid worker in Cambodia, is claiming that he listed himself as the father of Maddox Jolie-Pitt on the boy’s adoption papers to help speed up the process for the actress in 2003. “She had to change his name, so the only way was for me to do it. I said he’s my son,” he explained. Allegedly, Jolie was supposed to fix that detail later, but according to Sarath, she never did. Based on this, the 51-year-old is arguing that he actually still has power of attorney over the 15-year-old boy.
 
On Sunday, Sarath produced the document he’d filed with a court in Battambang, Cambodia, in August 2003, which seemed to confirm the court considered him the father, according to the Sun; however, his documentation does not seem to prove that either Jolie or her then-husband, Billy Bob Thornton (who originally adopted Maddox too), knew Sarath had done this. Neither has commented on the allegations.
 
Around the time that Jolie took Maddox into her care, the United States was tightening restrictions on Cambodian adoptions because of fears of trafficking. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Lauryn Galindo, the agent who arranged the adoption, served 18 months in jail in the U.S. for falsifying names, birth dates, and places of birth of Cambodian children she placed with U.S. parents.
 
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and son Maddox Jolie-Pitt in 2013. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Jolie has previously insisted that she went to “great lengths” to ensure Maddox did not have a living birth mother in Cambodia. “I would never rob a mother of her child. I can only imagine how dreadful that would feel,” the actress, who has six children in total (including two other international adoptees), stated. In addition, she has said that she would never break the law to adopt a child. “Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal,” she said, possibly taking aim at fellow celeb mom Madonna for adopting a child from Malawi. “It’s a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption,” Jolie explained.
 
It has been a rocky few months for the 41-year-old star, who split from Brad Pitt in September after two years of marriage and almost a decade together, amid allegations of child abuse against Pitt. She earned Cambodian citizenship herself in 2005, but not everyone is happy about that. “I would be happy if Cambodia didn’t see her again,” Sarath said.

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Katey Sagal Reveals 15-Year Battle With Drug Addiction in New Memoir


Katey Sagal writes in a new memoir that iconic actress Judy Garland's well-documented struggle with drug abuse as well as her own mother’s in part, set the stage for her personal battle with addiction, according to Page Six.
 
The Sons of Anarchy actress says in Grace Notes: My Recollections out Tuesday that she was friends with Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft during their youth, bonding over their mothers’ behaviors.
 
“When I was 12, we lived on the same block as Judy Garland,” Page Six says Sagal writes. “Her daughter Lorna Luft and I became neighborhood buddies. Lorna’s mom had a lot of pills on her bedside table and slept past noon just like my mom.”
 
She reportedly says, “We hung tight. And, of course, I thought everyone’s mom took a lot of pills.”
 
Sagal writes that her childhood in Los Angeles led to her 15-year battle against diet pill, cocaine and alcohol addiction, reported Page Six.
 
Also in Grace Notes, Sagal reveals an on-again-off again romance with KISS rocker Gene Simmons, who she says she first met while working as a singing waitress in Santa Monica, according to the New York Daily News.
 
Sagal says Simmons came in with the band then just rising stars and after some flirtation, they went home together.
 
“I thought Gene was really weird,” writes Sagal, reported the Daily News. Ultimately, however, he captured her heart and their affair continued for years, with the actress reportedly saying she was once was proposed to by another musician but told Simmons she’d turn it down if he’d marry her instead. He laughed at the proposition, she writes.

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Tony Goldwyn and Huma Abedin Raise Eyebrows With Disneyland Outing


Do we have a real-life Scandal brewing in Hollywood?
 
TMZ published photos of Tony Goldwyn at Disneyland with Huma Abedin, the vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. The outing puzzled a few folks, given the absence of Goldwyn’s wife. The 56-year-old Scandal star — who has been married to Jane Musky for 30 years — was pictured getting ice cream and going on rides with Abedin, 40, and her 5-year-old son, Jordan. But according to E! News, there’s nothing to see here.
 
“They are very close friends and worked very closely together when Tony campaigned for Hillary,” a source says. “Tony is married and loves his wife.”
 
Another insider added, “Tony’s wife wasn’t there because she is in New York working.” Musky is a production designer.
 
Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the hit ABC show, was a big Clinton supporter who even spoke at the Democratic National Convention. The love was mutual. Both Hillary and Huma stopped by the set of Scandal to visit the cast. Tony and Hillary also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show together.
 
Abedin has not been romantically linked with anyone since she announced last summer she was splitting with husband Anthony Weiner. The disgraced former congressman recently completed a stint in rehab for sex addiction after he sent explicit texts to an underage girl. In January, Page Six reported he was hoping to reconcile with Huma while he continued outpatient treatment.
 
As for Goldwyn, he has been happily married for a century by Hollywood standards. Considering his wife, 62, is a big liberal as well, perhaps she has also spent time with Huma. In a 2015 interview, Goldwyn said their political views align.
 
“My wife and I are both of the same political stripes — she’s more reactionary liberal than I am. She’ll take any opportunity to create a little chaos,” he told Elle. “We live in a community in Connecticut that’s quite Republican. We had a dinner party when we first moved there and invited all these nice people over. Right at the beginning, she’s like, ‘So, I’m betting we’re the only Democrats in the room.’ Everyone got really uncomfortable, and about an hour later the fur was flying. But I love her for it. We have some raucous dinner parties as a result.”
 
The actor also told the magazine what it takes to have a successful marriage. “We’ve been through our difficulties,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve learned how to communicate. I have endless respect for her, so I’m never bored by my wife.”
 
So we’re sure he communicated that the whole Huma outing was no big deal. Olivia Pope, you can stand down.

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Brad Pitt Is 'Anxious' To See His Children As They Return From London Trip


Brad Pitt is reportedly "anxious" to reunite with his six children who arrived in Los Angeles on 18 March after a week-long trip to Cambodia and London along with their mother Angelina Jolie. The Allied star is said to be "relieved" as it was "difficult" for him to be apart from his children.
 
According to HollywoodLife, the vacation that the children took with the First They Killed My Father star was the longest Pitt has been apart from them, following his split from his former wife.
 
"Brad misses his kids dearly and is relieved they are finally coming home; they're back after a wild international tour and vacation." a source told the celebrity gossip website.
 
"This is the longest Brad has been apart from his children since his split with Angelina, and every day away from his kids has been difficult. Brad is excited, anxious and can't wait to see all the kids again."
 
Taking the children for a trip abroad without Pitt was reportedly difficult for the 41-year-old actress. A second source revealed that Jolie was "struggling with overwhelming sadness" over taking her first trip with the children without her former husband.
 
While in London, Jolie indulged her four children – Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox – with lavish gifts. The mother of six children appeared to be happy during their book-shopping spree.
 
"She bought about 30 books. Mostly coloring books, a Harry Potter book, plus some book markers and Easter-themed project books," an onlooker told People magazine.
 
The onlooker also revealed as to how "polite" Knox was at the store.
 
"She was lovely. Her kids are so polite. Her lad came over and thanked me for letting him have the book he wanted for a school project. Called me 'sir'. Nice people."
 
The Original Sin star filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016.

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'Beauty and the Beast' Opens With Monstrous $170M Opening Weekend


NEW YORK –  Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.
 
"Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million.
 
"Beauty and the Beast" felled many other records, too. It's the year's top opening so far and a new best for March releases, and it ranks seventh all-time, not accounting for inflation.
 
The film, made for about $160 million, is the latest effort by Disney to re-create one of its animated classics with live action and digital effects. The makeover of the 1991 Oscar-winning film follows previous live-action remakes such as "Alice in Wonderland," ''Cinderella," ''Maleficent" and last year's "The Jungle Book." Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo," ''Mulan," ''Aladdin" and "The Lion King."
 
"Nostalgia is a very powerful driver for these films," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. "What's exciting here is there is an opportunity to see these beloved stories in a way that's never been seen before, but you get to build that on the foundation of something that's very familiar.
 
"But you don't get to $170 million because of nostalgia," Hollis added. "You have to ultimately make these movies great."
 
"Beauty and the Beast," directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, found widespread acclaim and some backlash for including what has been called Disney's first openly gay character. Josh Gad plays Gaston's sidekick, LeFou, who has a very brief "exclusively gay moment," as Condon described it, late in the film.
 
Though many applauded the character's subtle twist as overdue progress, some derided it. An Alabama drive-in theater canceled showings before owners screened the film. And after Malaysian censors required an edit of the scene, Disney pulled the film from release in the predominantly Muslim nation. An appeal is to be heard this week.
 
None of that dragged down the movie's massive opening. It took in $180 million overseas, including $44.8 million in China, Disney said.
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said any backlash may have only helped "Beauty and the Beast," which he predicts will eventually top $1 billion globally.
 
"As quote-unquote controversies go, this was a real tempest in a teapot," Dergarabedian said. "This obviously had zero impact on the movie. In fact, those who raise awareness of a movie for whatever reason are generally only helping that movie do better business. I don't think that was going to dissuade anyone except the most narrow-minded from seeing this film."
 
"Beauty and the Beast," featuring the songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, also got a boost from good word-of-mouth and largely good reviews.
 
Other studios stayed clear of the Disney juggernaut. Last week's top film, Warner Bros.' "Kong: Skull Island," slid to second place with $28.9 million in its second week. The King Kong relaunch has thus far earned $110.1 million domestically.
 
Fox's R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Logan," starring Hugh Jackman, added $17.5 million in its third week to bring its total to $184 million. With "Logan" in third place, the horror sensation "Get Out" slid to fourth and continued to drive audiences. The Jordan Peele directorial debut, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse, earned $13.3 million, making its four-week total $133.1 million.
 
The only film that tried to open nationwide against "Beauty and the Beast" was the micro-budget horror release "The Belko Experiment," from Blumhouse Pictures. It earned $4.1 million in 1,341 theaters (or about a third the theaters "Beauty" played in).
 
Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" sequel, "T2: Trainspotting," from Sony Pictures debuted in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, earning $180,000 for a strong per-theater average of $36,000. The sequel to the much-loved 1996 original, which later expands nationwide, has already made more than $20 million in the U.K.
 
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
 
1. "Beauty and the Beast," $170 million ($180 million international).
 
2. "Kong: Skull Island," $28.9 million ($38.5 million international).
 
3. "Logan," $17.5 million ($31.5 million international).
 
4. "Get Out," $13.3 million ($2.9 million international).
 
5. "The Shack," $6.1 million.
 
6. "The Lego Batman Movie," $4.7 million ($2.4 million international).
 
7. "The Belko Experiment," $4.1 million.
 
8. "Hidden Figures," $1.5 million ($3.5 million international).
 
9. "John Wick: Chapter Two," $1.2 million ($2.1 million international).
 
10. "Before I Fall," $1 million.
 
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
 
1. "Beauty and the Beast," $180 million.
 
2. "Kong: Skull Island," $38.5 million.
 
3. "Logan," $31.5 million.
 
4. "A Dog's Purpose," $12 million.
 
5. "Sing," $9.1 million.
 
6. "Split," $6.8 million.
 
7. "Moana," $4.6 million.
 
8. "Badrinath Ki Dulhania," $4 million.
 
9. "La La Land," $3.7 million.
 
10. "Hidden Figures," $3.5 million.

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Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Kim DePaola's Car Involved in Double Murder


A car registered to “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Kim DePaola was found torched Friday with two bodies — killed “execution style” — inside, according to reports.
 
The Audi is usually driven by DePaola’s 28-year-old son, Chris, but he left town Wednesday and loaned it to now missing buddy, Aaron Anderson, 27, according to the website TMZ.
 
Residents near East 28th Street in Paterson called cops after hearing two gun shots and saw the car erupt in flames minutes later.
 
The badly charred remains are still being identified through dental records, police said.
 
Anderson’s frantic parents rushed to the scene of the crime and told NBC they’d been trying to find him.
 
“I’ve been calling him and it’s going to voicemail,” said the mother, who only gave her first name, Michelle. “I would have heard from him.”
 
“We’re concerned,” added his father, Thurston Anderson. “We have nothing definite so we wanted to look at the spot. We’re not sure yet. I’m hoping nothing happened.”
 
They haven’t commented since.
 
DePaola, 56, appeared on 20 episodes of the reality show from 2010 to 2013.

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Chuck Berry, Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90


Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry has died, Missouri police said Saturday. He was 90.
 
“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” police said in a statement posted to Facebook.
 
First responders were called out to a home on Buckner Road around 12:40 p.m. and found a man later identified as Berry unresponsive “and immediately administered lifesaving techniques,” the statement reads. They were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.
 
Berry penned a great number of hits in the 1950s and 1960s like “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music” that influenced generations of rock groups, including The Beatles. Merging a captivating stage presence with his own blend of blues, country and jazz, Berry helped define the fledgling rock’n’ roll genre, later becoming one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 
 
Born into a middle-class family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry picked up the basics of guitar from a neighbor and started performing music as a teenager. In 1952, he formed a trio with Johnnie Johnson on piano and Ebby Harding on drums that rose to fame in the local nightclub scene. To pay the bills, Berry worked as a hairdresser. But soon enough he wouldn’t have time for that ― a trip to Chicago netted a recording session with Chess Records, during which Berry performed an old hillbilly tune called “Ida Red.” Changing the name to “Maybellene,” Chess sent the track to an influential New York DJ, and it became a hit among the teenage set.
 
According to an oft-cited line by John Lennon, “If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” Berry’s music became so well-known, he toured the country with only a guitar, trusting he’d be able to find musicians in each city he played who could serve as his back-up. Many of his lyrics focused on teen culture, although he was significantly past that age by the time he started traveling around singing about cars and dates. 
 
But in the nascent era of the Civil Rights Movement, Berry’s status as a black man with a following of young white people ― a lot of them girls ― caused certain conflict. He’d been known to take refuge in police stations to dodge protesters after his shows, which sometimes featured police presence themselves, according to an Esquire profile. After a teenage coat-check girl who worked briefly at a club he owned alleged Berry had an affair with her, the guitarist served two years in prison. A tax evasion charge sent him to prison again, briefly, in 1979. Then, in 1990, a police raid on a recording compound he owned turned up a stash of marijuana and images of Berry with nude women ― including one underage ― but charges were later dropped.
 
Notoriously interview-shy, Berry had been living out his later years in Ladue, Missouri ― near his hometown. He never stopped writing music, and performed regular gigs at a local restaurant and club called Blueberry Hill. 

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Ryan Reynolds Would Rather "Drink a Piping Hot Bowl of Liquid Rabies" Than Fly with His Kids


If you're a parent, and one of your worst nightmares is taking a flight across the country with your babies and toddlers . . . well, RYAN REYNOLDS can relate.
He was on "Good Morning America" yesterday, talking about parenting.  And when the topic of taking kids on planes came up, he said, quote, "I've always had empathy for parents . . .
"You can see they're sweating and they're nervous because their kids are yelling and everyone's mad at them.  I'm the same way.  I'd rather drink a piping hot bowl of liquid rabies than get on a plane with my two children." 
He was joking . . . sort of.

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4 Million People Watched Rachel Maddow's Trump Taxes Episode


About an hour and a half before “The Rachel Maddow Show” aired on Tuesday night, host Rachel Maddow sent out a tweet.
 
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
 
The tax returns mentioned in the tweet were actually anonymously sent to tax expert and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston, but that didn’t stop people from tuning into Maddow’s show.
 
All told, 4.1 million people watched “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday night, including 1 million in the advertiser-friendly 18-to-49-year-old demographic, according to Vulture’s Joe Adalian.
 
BOOM! @maddow Trump Taxes show scored 4.1M viewers and a 1.0 A18-49. Beat everything on cable Tuesday, and ABC/Fox B'casting from 9-10 p.m.
 
That’s nothing compared to the roughly 33 million people who watched the Academy Awards last month, nor does it best entertainment juggernauts like “Game of Thrones,” which pulled in an average of 6.73 million people per episode last year.
 
But for a cable news show, it’s quite good. In fact, according to Adalian, it beat out everything else on cable on Tuesday.
 
Maddow is currently enjoying the most successful period of her career. She pulled in the highest ratings of her nine-year stint at MSNBC last month, averaging 2.3 million viewers per episode. Maddow has credited her recent success on the decision to start covering “only what [people in the Trump administration] do rather than what they say.”
 
The MSNBC host faced some blowback after the episode for “burying the lede” with her typical 20-minute opening monologue, and then only producing two pages of a 2005 federal tax return when she did reveal the documents, which the Trump administration said were accurate even before the show aired. 
 
Maddow later told The Associated Press that if anyone was disappointed with the episode, it was because they overhyped it, not her. 
 
“Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.”

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Justin Long Wanted To Be A Priest, Until Girls Got In The Way


Justin Long didn’t always want to be an actor. In fact, he thought of himself more as a holy athlete.
 
The actor chatted with The Huffington Post on Build Series Wednesday and admitted that, when he was younger, he aspired to be a priest ― until reality set in. 
 
“I wanted to be, well first, a priest. This will be funnier to you, a professional football player, and then back to wanting to be a priest. Then, I discovered that priests had to be celibate and so I figured that might be difficult,” he joked, continuing, “Then, I was into marine biology, I wanted to be a biologist.”
 
“Sadly, I love sports so much, but I was so small that I wasn’t able to compete. In high school, I needed a way to — it’s very embarrassing to admit, but its true— meet girls. It’s sad, but true. I will admit it, it was purely to meet girls, and so I followed my older brother into plays and I started to fall in love with it.” 
 
Although he’s played a range of characters, including a boyfriend, a dodgeball player, an art gallery receptionist and a podcaster, Long has yet to portray a priest on screen, but “would like to.”
 
“A great role model for me growing up was my godfather, who was a missionary priest, and he worked a lot in New Guinea and started a mission there called Divine Word Missionaries,” Long said. “He was a Catholic priest, and yeah, that’s what started it. He was a beautiful man.”
 
Long has tried to take on roles that both challenge him and pique his interest, appearing in a variety of films from “Galaxy Quest” and “Accepted” to “Drag Me To Hell” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.” But his strategy for deciding on which projects to take on has changed over the years.
 
“For a while, I was so thrilled to be able to act for a living that I would kind of take whatever came around,” he explained. “My mom was an actress, so I grew up with the mentality that you just go where the jobs are; you just take the jobs that come along. So I wasn’t turning down a lot of things, for better or for worse. I ended up doing a lot of movies, one after the other, just because I love to work. [But] for the last couple of years, my personal time has been more precious to me,” Long added. “You know, the older you get, the more precious time becomes and so I’ve consciously been not taking everything.”
 
The 38-year-old is going back to his “Jeepers Creepers” roots to star in a new horror thriller that will freak you out. “Lavender,” co-starring Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff and Dermot Mulroney, tells the story of a woman (Cornish) with memory loss who is reminded of her horrifying past after discovering her abandoned childhood home. Long plays Cornish’s inquisitive psychiatrist in the film, which is now on iTunes and VOD.
 
“I enjoy the genre, so it was nice to kind of get back and do another one,” he said of the Ed Gass-Donnelly–helmed movie. 

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Ex-'Power Rangers' Actor Ricardo Medina Jr. Pleads Guilty to Killing His Roommate


Actor Ricardo Medina Jr., whose credits include the series “Power Rangers Samurai,” has pleaded guilty to a felony count of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of his roommate, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
 
Medina, 38, admitted an allegation of using a sword in the killing.
 
According to the district attorney’s office, Medina got into an argument over Medina’s girlfriend with his roommate, 36-year-old Josh Sutter, on Jan. 31, 2015. The argument became physical, and Medina fatally stabbed Sutter multiple times with a sword.
 
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department told TheWrap that the incident took place around 3:45 p.m. at a residence in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road, an isolated section of the Los Angeles-area mountains, about 45 miles north of the Civic Center.
 
Medina appeared on the “Power Rangers Samurai” series from 2011 to 2012. The series, featuring Japanese cartoon-like action, was roundly criticized for its on-screen violence when it debuted on U.S. television.
 
Medina faces six years in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for March 30.
 
Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Medina pleaded no contest, based on the initial report from Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The office has since issued a correction stating that Medina pleaded guilty.

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Cole Sprouse Was 'Infatuated' With Jennifer Aniston During Filming of 'Friends'


Well, this makes for a potentially interesting plot twist if that Friends reunion ever happens. Cole Sprouse, who played Ross’s (David Schwimmer) son, Ben Geller, on the hit show recently revealed he had a massive crush on Jennifer Aniston during filming.
 
Sprouse — who currently stars as Jughead Jones on Riverdale — appeared in seven episodes from 2000 to 2002 and apparently it wasn’t easy to keep his cool around his onscreen dad’s love interest.
 
“I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her,” Cole, 24, told the New York Post. “I was infatuated.”
 
Jen was 24 years his senior during filming, but we can’t blame the kid for having good taste.
 
“I was speechless — I’d get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank,” he confessed with a laugh. “It was so difficult.”
 
Even though he was only 7 years old when he appeared on Friends, Cole knew the show was a big deal.
 
“The scale was just tremendous, and you felt it when you stepped on set, even as a kid,” he explained. “It was challenging because I was a small kid who was working with these sort of megalithic actors at the time. It was quite intimidating. But it was a really wonderful experience. They were all tremendously nice.”
 
Cole and his twin brother, Dylan, have been in the entertainment industry since they were 8 months old, but the Riverdale star says he’s getting a “renewed interest” from Friends fans because the show is on Netflix.
 
“People can call me ‘Ben’ on the street, and I will turn around,” he shared. “It’s a funny little process. Now people are calling me Jughead — it’s a strange feeling when you start getting called something new.”
 
Cole hasn’t seen Jen or any of the cast since the show.
 
“If I saw any of them, I’d say, ‘Hello,’” he said. “But it’s been a while, and I certainly don’t look the same, so it’d be a hard sell. And if I did look the same, that’d be a little disconcerting.”
 
Since a Friends reunion will most likely never happen, maybe we can hope for a Cole and Jen run-in. We’re sure he would root for that too!

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Kid Rock Blasts China-Made BBQ Grills Because 'Murica


Kid Rock, the Donald Trump-supporting rocker, is throwing out red meat to his base ― and a grill to cook it on.
The musician has just released a line of grills called “American Badass,” the name of one of his songs. Rock said the grills are 100-percent American-made, and are his way of helping bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.
Rock is using viral videos to promote his Badass Grills to Second Amendment enthusiasts as the heavy metal-rap equivalent of the George Foreman Grill. 
One video shows a woman using a catapult machine to fling a grill into the air, where Rock ― maybe ― blasts it with a shotgun. There’s no guarantee he’s the actual triggerman, since there’s an edit between his shot and the explosion of the grill. The name of the grill isn’t shown.
The other video shows Rock shooting a supposedly Chinese-made grill with a .50-caliber bullet. Again, there’s an explosion, but it’s not clear whether Rock is responsible. 
As Billboard.com points out, this isn’t Rock’s only product endorsement. He also is selling “God, Guns & Trump” shirts and “Make America Badass Again” baseball caps.
As important as it is to support American industry, Rock’s approach toward China-made products is a reminder there’s been an alarming uptick in hate crimes against Asian Americans and other minorities since Trump was elected.
Still, Rock’s products may help him raise his profile if he chooses to run for a Senate seat in his home state of Michigan, as has been rumored by Fox News.

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'Teen Mom 2' Star Kailyn Lowry Seemingly Admits That She Cheated on Javi Marroquin


Did Kailyn Lowry admit that she cheated on Javi Marroquin while they were still married?
 
Throughout this season of Teen Mom 2, the airman has accused Kail of cheating on him — and he even caught her at their home with another man after he returned home from his deployment overseas. During a heated argument on this week’s episode, she blurted out the truth about what really happened.
 
“I know what I do, I have nothing to cover up — I’m not sleeping with all these dudes! So don’t sit here and try to make me sound like some ho while you were gone,” the 24-year-old yelled after Javi accused her of cheating again. “I’m sorry we weren’t going to work it out, yeah — I slept with someone else, whoopty f--cking doo.”

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'Big Bang Theory' Prequel 'Young Sheldon' Picked Up Straight to Series at CBS


It's official: CBS is moving forward with its Big Bang Theory prequel.
 
The network has handed out a straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season for Young Sheldon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
 
The news comes as the comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro had been casting ahead of production on the pilot this month. This is the first time that the network and producers Warner Bros. Television have confirmed the project. An episode count has not yet been determined.
 
Young Sheldon recently cast its star, setting Big Little Lies actor Iain Armitage as the young version of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, with Zoe Perry taking on the role of his mother, Mary Cooper, that was originally played by her mother, Laurie Metcalfe.
 
In picking up the comedy to series, Young Sheldon has also released its formal logline, filled out its cast and set the pilot director. Young Sheldon will revolve around a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Armitage) as he lives with his family in East Texas and goes to high school. The concept was originally described as Malcolm in the Middle with a young Sheldon. Lance Barber, Reagan Revord and Montana Jordan have also joined the cast of the series. Details on their roles are being kept under wraps, though sources tell THR that Revord will play a young version of Sheldon's twin sister Missy; Barber as George, Sheldon and Missy's father and Mary's husband; while Jordan is George Jr., Sheldon's older brother.
 
Young Sheldon hails from Big Bang Theory creator Lorre and showrunner Molaro. Fellow Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is not attached to the prequel series. Jon Favreau is set to direct and exec produce the pilot. Parsons will narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon. Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak will exec produce the single-camera series (marking a change from Big Bang Theory, which is a multicamera comedy). A premiere date has not yet been determined.
 
During Big Bang's 10-season run, many references have been made to Sheldon's childhood, growing up as a gifted youngster in Texas with a religious mother. A prequel series gives the writers a lot of material to work with given Sheldon's history, as well as a structure to follow. Big Bang, unlike most series on TV, does not plot out its arcs and seasons ahead of time - the writers take it episode by episode.
 
The Young Sheldon series pickup comes as the pricey contracts for the seven lead stars of Big Bang expire at the end of its current 10th season. A new two-year deal is said to be in the works, as new deals with the cast are being drafted. 
 
Young Sheldon is one of multiple spinoffs in the works this season. ABC is also prepping a 1990s-set spinoff of The Goldbergs as well as a college-focused offshoot of Black-ish, starring Yara Shahidi. In an era of dwindling mass-audience TV hits, spinoffs are seen as a proven way to keep bankable franchises going. CBS is also looking to The Good Wife for its All Access spinoff, The Good Fight, and NBC is poised to launch an offshoot of The Blacklist with The Blacklist: Redemption, which will join its deep roster of Dick Wolf's Chicago spinoffs.
 
Young Sheldon will likely Lorre three shows on CBS next season, with his critically praised comedy Mom also expected to earn a renewal. He also has Netflix comedy Disjointed, starring Kathy Bates, set as part of his massive overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.
 
Young Sheldon is the latest straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season. It joins ABC's Marvel drama Inhumans, produced in partnership with Imax; ABC's Ten Days in the Valley; Fox's Seth MacFarlane dramedy Orville; and NBC's Will and Grace revival.

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Nick Chose Vanessa on "The Bachelor" Last Night


 Another season of "The Bachelor" is in the can, and NICK VIALL proposed to VANESSA GRIMALDI.  She said yes, of course . . . but we'll see if this "relationship" ends in marriage.
 
First, they had to travel to a cabin in the middle of nowhere, and get relationship counseling from Santa Claus.
 
 Even though Nick supposedly gave runner-up RAVEN GATES her first "BIG O", she didn't give HIM enough to win.  Nick told "People" magazine, quote, "As much as I cared about Raven, I felt like the answer became more and more clear that [it] was Vanessa."
 
 "I felt like I was fighting my feelings for Vanessa for a long time because there were other women involved.  However, once I was kind of able and free to kind of make my choice, I felt like my heart knew for a while."
 
 It's all good.  Raven announced on the "After the Final Rose" special that she's heading to "Bachelor in Paradise".

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Thanks to You, America, Nickelback Has a Diamond-Certified Album


A lot of people blame Canada for spawning NICKELBACK, but Americans have bought more of their albums than anyone else.  In fact, Nickelback is the second best-selling foreign act in America . . . behind only THE BEATLES.
Now, Nickelback's fifth album "All the Right Reasons" has just been certified 'Diamond,' which means it's passed 10 MILLION in album sales and streams in the U.S.
Six of their eight albums have gone 'Platinum,' which means they've sold over a million copies in the U.S.  And their second best-selling album "Silver Side Up" is six-times Platinum. 
Their next album "Feed the Machine" comes out June 9th.

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Kong Crushes Logan: Top 10 Movies at the US Box Office This Weekend


Kong: Skull Island was the No. 1 movie at the US box office this weekend, taking in $61 million, according to box office estimates posted by Entertainment Weekly. This is above some estimates, which pegged the movie as making only $50 million for the weekend.
 
The movie made a reported $11 million more than Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong. That film went on to make $550 million worldwide in theaters.
 
Some analysts said they believed Fox's Logan would retain its No. 1 position from its opening weekend, but that did not happen; Logan brought in $37.9 million for its second weekend. Logan is still a huge hit, as it has now made $438.3 million worldwide after just 10 days, surpassing the lifetime tallies for X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373.1 million) and The Wolverine ($414.8 million).
 
Rounding out the top five were Get Out ($22.1 million), The Shack ($10.1 million), and The Lego Batman Movie ($7.8 million).
 
The full March 10-12 US box office estimates follow below.
 
Kong: Skull Island – $61 million
Logan – $37.9 million
Get Out – $21.1 million
The Shack – $10.1 million
The Lego Batman Movie – $7.8 million
Before I Fall – $3.1 million
Hidden Figures – $2.8 million
John Wick: Chapter 2 – $2.7 million
MET Opera: La Traviata – $1.8 million
La La Land -- $1.8 million

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Joni Sledge, Member Of 'We Are Family' Group Sister Sledge, Dead At 60


Joni Sledge, a founding member of the “We Are Family” disco quartet Sister Sledge, was found dead Friday at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 60.
 
Publicist Biff Warren confirmed Sledge’s death, telling CNN that the cause is unclear. The singer’s family posted about her death on the group’s official Facebook account.
 
Born in Philadelphia, Joni was the second-oldest daughter of a Broadway tap dancer and an actress. She and her three sisters ― Debbie, Kim and Kathy ― performed in church before forming a touring group in 1971.
 
In 1979, working with masterminds of Chic, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, they hit the big time with the album “We Are Family,” whose title track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and spawned many cover versions.
 
Sister Sledge re-recorded the song with Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah, Diana Ross and other artists as a Sept. 11 charity endeavor. Spike Lee directed the corresponding music video. Today, “We Are Family” is a staple of wedding playlists. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 
 
Nothing could match the success of “We Are Family,” but Sister Sledge found hits in “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” “Got to Love Somebody” and a cover of Mary Wells’ “My Guy.” The band performed a medley on a 1984 episode of “The Jeffersons,” including “We Are Family” and Stevie Wonder’s “As.”
 
Eldest sister Kathy left in 1989 to pursue a solo career, but joined her family for the Sept. 11 tribute and a 2015 performance at the World Meeting of Families festival, where Pope Francis was the guest of honor.
 
The group remained popular in the U.K. and had several concerts booked throughout 2017, including one as soon as March 18. 

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The Final 'Game Of Thrones' Season Will Only Have Six Episodes


Bidding Westeros adieu might not be painless, but it will be quick.
 
During a South by Southwest panel on Sunday, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the eighth and final season, airing next year, will have only six episodes. 
 
Season 7, which premieres July 16, will feature seven episodes. Each prior season spans 10.
 
Having wrapped Season 7, Benioff and Weiss are beginning the writing process for next year’s denouement. No ice-melting premiere date has been announced. 
 
In other “Game of Thrones” news out of SXSW, Ed Sheeran will have a cameo in the upcoming season. Benioff and Weiss didn’t divulge the singer’s role, but it looks like the HBO smash could be Sheeran’s Castle Black on the Hill. 

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'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2': James Gunn teases post-credits scenes


Marvelites should already start planning to stay till the very end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Post-credits scenes are expected for Disney’s massive slate of comic book movies, and writer-director James Gunn seems to confirm there’s at least one coming in his space opera sequel.
 
“All I’ll say is, unless you have to rush out because your mother is dying, stay through the entire end credits,” Gunn tweeted in response to a fan inquiry on the matter.
 
“Stay through the entire end credits”? The Avengers was the first of Disney’s Marvel films to have two post-credits scenes — one after the mid-credits and one tagged on to the very end. Since Thor: The Dark World, multiple stingers have become commonplace. So what’s in store? It’s too soon to tell, but Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok will follow Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 this year.
 
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki star in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, set for theaters on May 5.

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Italian Band Jailed, Deported on Their Way to SXSW


The Italian rock band Soviet Soviet were denied entry to the U.S. earlier this week while traveling to the country for the South By Southwest Music Festival.
 
In a statement released Friday, the band described being questioned and jailed while attempting to enter the country on March 8 for the event in Austin, Texas.
 
“They confiscated our cellphones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones,” the statement reads. “Around 10:30 p.m., two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals.”
 
The band had been scheduled to play the Austin festival, as well as several other concerts in the United States, which they describe as “for promotional purposes only.” The statement says the band members were told they did not have to acquire work visas because they “were in no way going to earn money from it or receive any form of payment.”
 
“The control agents who did a quick check on the concerts we informed them of noticed that two of the venues were asking for entry fees and this was enough to convince them that we needed work visas instead of an ESTA [Electronic System for Travel Authorization],” the statement says.
 
The band’s ordeal follows recent outcry surrounding the SXSW film festival performance agreement, which threatened to deport performers from outside the country if they played shows not authorized by the festival.
 
“Accepting and performing at unofficial events (including unofficial events aside from SXSW Music dates during their visit to the United States) may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US ports of entry,” the contract read.
 
In a statement, SXSW CEO and Co-Founder Roland Swenson explained the language, saying that it was simply an attempt to comply with U.S. immigration law. International performers “coming to SXSW to perform without a work visa are limited, by U.S. immigration law, to performing their showcase event only,” he noted. “If an artist wishes to perform elsewhere, they will require a work visa.”
 
But with this year’s festival featuring the special program “ContraBanned: #MusicUnites.,” highlighting acts from countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban, the contract language was met with some backlash. One act, the Brooklyn-based band Told Slant, chose to cancel its scheduled performance at this month’s festival as a result.
 
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The festival reversed course on Tuesday, issuing a statement promising to remove the language from future contracts and apologizing to those affected. “We would like to again apologize for the language in our agreements,” the statement said. “We care deeply about the community we serve, and our event is a welcome and safe space for all people.”
 
Read the full statement from Soviet Soviet below:
 
 We arrived in Seattle on the afternoon of March 8. We made our way to passport control with our ESTA, a letter from our American label (in which the label owner declared we would be performing a series of concerts for promotional purposes only and that we would in no way be receiving any form of payment for those shows) and a written invitation on the part of SxSw in hand. The first of us to get through passport control was Ale (our drummer), who disclosed the promotional purposes of our trip to the police officer. Ale (our guitarist) and Andrea who both explained the exact same thing were held up and escorted to another office. Subsequently, we were all called back and interrogated individually, in three different rooms. We were able to have the agents speak directly to the owner of our American label without any success, however. After almost 4 hours of questions they told us their verdict. They had decided to deport us back to Italy and deny us entry into the United States. They declared us illegal immigrants even if our intention was by no means to look for work in the United States nor never go back to Italy. We accepted this decision as it seemed final at that point. They took our digital fingerprints and took mugshots of us for their file. They confiscated our cell phones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones. Around 10:30pm, two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals. The following day, after having completed all jail-related procedures (mugshots, declaration of good health and signatures), two other agents came to get us. We were searched, handcuffed and again escorted in a police car. They took us to the customs office we were in the previous day and we waited for our return flight which was scheduled for around 1:00pm local time. Only a short while prior to taking off were we able to get back our cell phones and bags and we were escorted right up to the airplane. We were relieved to fly back home and distance ourselves from that violent, stressful and humiliating situation. We left Italy headed towards the US with all necessary documents, passports and various declarations in which we clearly explained the purpose of our tour, confirming it is was strictly promotional and that we were in no way going to earn money from it or receive any form of payment. We knew that if we were to receive any compensation we would have had to apply for work visas. This was not the case and the people we spoke to for information told us we would be fine. We had not agreed on any payment whatsoever and the scheduled showcase performance at KEXP was most certainly not a paid performance. The point is that the control agents who did a quick check on the concerts we informed them of noticed that two of the venues were asking for entry fees and this was enough to convince them that we needed work visas instead of an ESTA. We accepted this situation even if we tried to no end to explain the situation and that we were not receiving any form of payment, but there was simply no way of convincing the officials we spoke to. From that moment onwards, we became three illegal immigrants and were treated like criminals.
This is what happened this past Wednesday and Thursday. We would like to thank the people who supported and helped us throughout this ordeal, including Alessio Antoci, Owen Murphy and John Richards.
We would like to apologize to our fans, the owners of the venues, KEXP radio and the SxSw festival. We would also like to apologize for having had to cancel our American tour and hope to go back soon. Soviet Soviet.

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Andy Cohen Names the 5 Housewives He'd Invite to His Dream Dinner Party


In the world of the Real Housewives, the dinner party rivals only the vacation as the crucial anchor around which most important plot points are centered. Call your recent acquaintance’s boyfriend’s doctor to confirm that he is faking cancer? Hash out the situation at a dinner party. Want to have a psychic read the group to find out whose husband’s been cheating on them? Dinner party. These are real life situations that the series’ creator Andy Cohen knows all too well.
 
PEOPLE caught up with the Watch What Happens Live host—who has teamed up with N.Y.C.’s 10Below Ice Cream and Marie Callender’s to create an English Breakfast-flavored ice cream infused with chocolate chip cookie dough pie—to talk about his love of candy, his all-star Housewives dinner party crew, and that much-anticipated Vanderpump Rules finale.
 
Are you a big sweets guy?
AC: It depends on my mood, but yeah, I get major sweets cravings. I love dark chocolate and Swedish fish. Those are my two go-tos.
 
How do you balance your love of sweets with staying in great shape?
AC: It’s portion control. I just try to eat them when I’m working out also so that I’m not only eating pies.
 
Are you a workout obsessive?
AC: I’m not as obsessed as some of my friends are, but it’s important that I just try to put it in my schedule as much as I possibly can. I do core training, just a lot of weights and floor work and some boxing.
 
Do you really enjoy working out or just do it to look hot?
AC: It always makes me feel better and I always said, I used to really hate working out and I always said that once I got enough money, I would get a trainer, and that would be something I splurge on. That has been something I splurge on, and it just works for me. Otherwise, working out with a trainer is great luxury for me and just makes me able to do it. Otherwise I would be just listlessly kind of walking around the gym floor and looking at guys.
 
Do you cook for yourself?
AC: I really don’t. I’m embarrassed to say that I just built this new apartment that has a great kitchen, and I don’t cook for myself, and I would like to and I should, but I don’t.
 
What is your favorite restaurant in New York?
AC: It changes all the time. I love Morandi. Oh, there’s a new restaurant called Via Carota that I love, on Grove Street. It’s not that new actually, over a year old. I absolutely love it. Really fresh.
 
Favorite kind of food?
AC: Italian. Italian. Italian.
 
You’ve said before that you go out pretty much every night. What’s your hangover cure?
AC: I don’t really get many hangovers that much. My hangover cure is two Advil and putting something in your stomach and a lot of water!
 
Which Housewife would you say hosts the best dinner parties?
AC: I mean, Lisa Vanderpump I think is up there. Yeah, maybe Vanderpump.
 
Do you have a favorite Housewives dinner party scene?
AC: Well, I mean Camille Grammer’s dinner party from hell was pretty amazing.
 
A lot of the Housewives have their own wines. I actually had Jax Taylor in the office and had him taste test of all the different wines. Have you tried them all?
 
AC: Oh, that’s so funny. I haven’t. I’ve tried Ramona’s Pinot Grigio, which is pretty good. A lot of them have like have Champagnes and proseccos and things like that, but I don’t like a sweet wine. Oh yeah, I’ve had Brandi’s too. That’s pretty good.
 
If you were to curate an all-star dinner party of Housewives, and you can only pick five—past or present—who do you choose?
AC: Dorinda, Erika Jayne, Shereé, Gizelle from Potomac and Tamra.
 
Your friend Sarah Jessica Parker loves to cook; we’re always following her on Instagram. Does she throw a good dinner party?
AC: She throws a great dinner party. She cooks all over the map, but Matthew is actually an incredible cook. He’s really great.
 
I know you said you had teared up watching the upcoming Vanderpump Rules finale, anything we can expect or that you can hint at?
AC: It’s just a totally satisfying finale, and you obviously know that  get married and I think the shocker is that you go from all season thinking that this couple should absolutely not be together to thinking that they should, and that was kind of crazy. You’re rooting for them, whereas I think during the season, you’ve been rooting against them.
 
Finally, you’re out in L.A. and you just filmed a Beverly Hills reunion. How did that go?
AC: It was really good, oh my God. We had a few special guests and it was funny, it was dramatic, it was great because the Beverly Hills women, they keep it classy, so even when they’re disagreeing, they keep their s— together.
 
If you’re in Manhattan on Pi Day (Tuesday, March 14 a.k.a. 3.14), you can catch up with Andy yourself at 10Below, where he’ll be handing out his own customized ice cream flavor—which we can confirm is truly delicious.

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Dax Shepard Googled "How to Get Away with Murdering My Husband" on Kristen Bell's Phone


 If DAX SHEPARD ever dies mysteriously, his wife KRISTEN BELL is probably going to jail.  Even if she didn't do it.  And it's Dax's fault.
 
 "Entertainment Weekly" sent Kristen to interview "Dateline" host KEITH MORRISON, in honor of the show's 25th anniversary.  And since Keith has hosted a million episodes about spouses who kill each other, she admitted something to him.
 
 She said, quote, "My husband is a bit of a jokester and once searched on my phone, 'How to get away with murdering my husband.'  If he ends up dead, how much trouble do you think I'm in?"
 
 And Keith basically told her she's SCREWED . . . because it's on HER phone, and she can't prove who did it. 
 

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'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' Apologizes For Mocking Man With Cancer


“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has issued an apology after mocking a man named Kyle Coddington, who has cancer, during a segment on Wednesday night’s show. 
 
In the now-removed segment, “Full Frontal” correspondent Michael Rubens goes to CPAC to find out if “conservatism is still a thing.” At one point, Coddington, a contributor for Outset magazine, appears on-screen as the narrator jokes, “This year, the bow ties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair.” 
 
“We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle,” the show tweeted, noting they were unaware of Coddington’s illness and have removed him from the piece. The clip no longer appears on the “Full Frontal” Facebook and YouTube pages (though Outset has a copy of it). 
 
 Full Frontal βœ” @FullFrontalSamB
We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.
 
Early Thursday morning, Coddington’s sister called out the late-night host on Twitter for making fun of her brother’s hairstyle. 
 
 Megan Coddington @meg_kelly16
When @iamsambee makes fun of your brother for having "Nazi hair." He actually has stage 4 brain cancer, but whatever floats your boat.
 
Outset also called out the show and called the segment a “sick attempt at a joke.” 
 
Coddington had his own thoughts on the segment:
 
 Kyle @_that_kyle
@iamsambee 😭😭😭 Please delete this episode. I look like a balding potato.
@iamsambee Also, it's not a Nazi haircut. Richard Spencer's is, but mine's from cancer. 🀷🏼‍β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΌ‍♂️

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People At NBC Reportedly Worried Jimmy Fallon 'Too Weak On Trump'


With his overall viewership coming in below that of his late-night rival Stephen Colbert for the fifth straight week, Jimmy Fallon is apparently feeling the pressure to tweak his show to fit the times. 
 
The New York Post’s Page Six cited multiple sources when reporting this week that forces inside NBC are pushing “The Tonight Show” host “to be more political.”
 
Viewership has been down for Fallon in the months since he had then Republican nominee Donald Trump on for a playful interview ― a decision that led to widespread ridicule ― leading to questions about whether Fallon should alter his act. 
 
“He has to change his format to keep up because he’s losing viewers,” a source told Page Six. “They had to figure out a way to get Trump [into his routine] because he’s too weak on Trump, and viewers are going elsewhere.” 
 
Fallon still holds the lead over CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” among 18 to 49 year olds, the key demographic for advertisers. But he has not been able to reattain the lead in overall viewership that he firmly held until around Trump’s inauguration in January.
 
The key issue in many people’s eyes is that Fallon is unwilling to play the role David Letterman and Jon Stewart once did ― that of the moral comedian who consistently challenges those in power. Fallon prefers to be affable with his guests. Colbert, on the other hand, has embraced the role, which led to his greatest period of success since he started hosting “The Late Show.”
 
“[Fallon is] uncomfortable talking about politics, and that’s not what the people want,” an insider told Page Six. 
 
An NBC representative stood behind Fallon when asked for comment by The Huffington Post over email. “From Jimmy’s first week on the air, the entire team has done a remarkable job keeping ‘The Tonight Show’ fresh and entertaining,” she said. 
 
Letterman, who hosted a late-night show for three decades before retiring in 2015, recently discussed Fallon’s much-lambasted interview with Trump, saying that he didn’t want to criticize “The Tonight Show” host.
 
But, he added, “I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump.”

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Melania Trump 'recalls her immigrant past' as she pushes for equality on International Women's Day


Melania Trump recalled her history as an immigrant as she touted equality at a luncheon to mark International Women's Day.
 
In her first solo White House event as first lady on Wednesday, Mrs Trump said she believed education was the key to promoting and ensuring women's rights.
 
"As an immigrant myself, having grown up in a communist society, I know all too well the value and importance of freedom and equal opportunity - ideals which this great nation was founded and has continued to strive towards throughout its history," Mrs Trump said according to her prepared remarks obtained by CNN.
 
The UN-designated day commemorates the push for women's rights. Women across the US observed the day by skipping work and shopping, and attending rallies.
 
At the White House, the first lady welcomed about 50 women, including her stepdaughter, Ivanka; Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen; White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
 
Addressing the guests in the State Dining Room, Mrs Trump spoke of the atrocities women are confronted with around the world, including human trafficking.
 
"There remains far more brutal and terrifying incarnations of actual gender persecution which we must face together, such as forced enslavement, sexual abuse and absolute repression of far too many women and girls around the globe. We must remember these women in our daily prayers and use our combined resources to help free them from such unthinkable and inhumane circumstances," she said.
 
More than a month into her role as first lady, Wednesday's speech was an opportunity for Mrs Trump to define issues on which she could focus during her time in the White House.
 
She cited education as a way to prevent gender inequality, and pledged her support to help bridge the divide for women.
 
"I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women's rights. Together we will do this not only by striving for gender parity at all levels of education, but also by showing all children, and especially boys, that it is through empathy, respect and kindness that we achieve our collective potential," she said.
 
"Together with UN Women for Peace Association, we can educate and reinforce the importance of tolerance and a society filled with inclusivity regardless of race, gender or culture."
 
Reporters were led out of the room as the first lady began to speak.
 
Mrs Trump, who has kept a low profile during the first seven weeks in the White House, has seen her approval ratings soar since her husband's inauguration. 
 
About 52% of Americans have a favourable opinion of Melania Trump, an increase from 36% pre-inauguration, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday.
 
President Donald Trump also tweeted his support for International Women's Day, drawing anger from critics who highlighted Trump's behaviour towards women in the past.

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Report: Kirk Cousins personally asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder to trade him


We all know by now that the relationship between quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins isn’t good. That “How you like me now?” moment last season was telling.
 
Now we have the most definitive news about where everything stands. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Cousins personally asked Washington team owner Dan Snyder for a trade. Cousins was “basically told not to get his hopes up,” Mortensen reported.
 
We have a standoff.
 
This won’t be easy to sort out. Cousins would be turning down $24 million guaranteed this season on the franchise tag to sit out, so that doesn’t seem possible. The San Francisco 49ers reportedly would love to have Cousins, but Snyder turning down Cousins’ trade request says a lot. It was curious that the team gave Cousins the exclusive franchise tag. Had Cousins gotten the non-exclusive tag, that would have dared the 49ers to sign Cousins to an offer sheet. Washington would have gotten two first-round picks as compensation if it didn’t match. But Washington didn’t give Cousins a non-exclusive tag, and it’s not because it could reasonably expect to get more than two firsts back in a trade.
 
It’s a hard decision for Washington. Sure, it screwed up the Cousins situation in many ways. But imagine being the Redskins, knowing how hard it is to find a quarterback as good as Cousins. There’s a reason Mike Glennon got the deal he did from the Chicago Bears. The Redskins can talk up Colt McCoy all they want, but we know McCoy’s ceiling by now. McCoy’s best is not going to be better than Cousins has been the past two seasons.
 
So even though it seems like there’s no chance Cousins will be in Washington for the long term, it’s understandable why the Redskins don’t want to let go. On the other hand, Cousins apparently doesn’t want to be in Washington anymore, and it’s hard to see that changing overnight.
 
If Snyder stands by what he told Cousins, get ready for a really awkward season in Washington. Then imagine the fun if the Redskins franchise tag Cousins again at about $35 million next year.

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'My Scientology Movie' Is An Absurdly Funny Take On The Scientology Documentary


Louis Theroux is a man who is used to getting access. Over the years, the BBC journalist and documentary filmmaker has spent time with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, pedophiles in Coalinga State Hospital, inmates in San Quentin State Prison and neo-Nazis. 
 
But the Church of Scientology does not allow access to journalists, no matter how nicely you ask or how many fringe groups you’ve managed to document in the past. But the church can be relied on to provide a “kind of negative access” Theroux told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. That negative access ― the tactics the Church of Scientology is known for deploying against those they see as their enemies ― is the basis for Theroux’s latest documentary, “My Scientology Movie,” which first screened in the U.S. at the Tribeca Film Festival last April and hits theaters and on-demand services on March 10. 
 
The doc includes names that should be familiar to those even slightly versed in the world of Scientology, including outspoken former high-ranking church officials Marty Rathbun and Marc Headley, but it differentiates itself from other films on the subject by being strangely comical. Because of the lack of direct access, some of the film relies on reenactments of horrific alleged events that are said to have taken place at the church’s international headquarters near Hemet, Calif., and casts young actors in the roles of church leader David Miscavige and Tom Cruise.
 
The film, which Theroux made with director John Dower, ended up being a documentary about what happens when you try to make a documentary about Scientology, which is what he anticipated. 
 
“There was a bit we didn’t use in the film. We did a bit of filming in and around [Clearwater, Fla., where the church’s spiritual headquarters are located] in 2012 and I was followed by one of their private investigators on that occasion,”Theroux explained. “I also got a message from my email provider saying that someone in Clearwater had attempted to access my messages.”
 
Shot mostly in Los Angeles, Theroux said that he “wanted to give the Scientology people somewhere to come to in a sense.” That is exactly what they did ― in fact, they do most of the heavy lifting in the film just by being themselves. By the time a woman and a camera man show up across the street from where Theroux and the crew were filming, he’s visibly excited. 
 
“I had seen so many videos online of Scientologists going after people they regarded as enemies of the church,” Theroux said. “So when it happened to me, and I secretly hoped it would happen for the film to work, it was a sense of excitement, relief and a little bit of nervousness as well.
Nervousness he said, because he wanted to handle it correctly, which is how he said he wanted to make sure he handled the film as a whole. 
 
“I’m under no illusion that Scientologists enjoy objective journalistic scrutiny. In other words, I went into it with my eyes open, knowing that they might regard or would regard my intentions as probably unwelcome. But I also feel I tried to be fair-minded and I tried to resist that sense of gratuitously provoking Scientologists,” he said when asked outright if it’s fair to say he was trying provoke a response from the church. 
 
Theroux added,”I feel like all the normal religious respect and regard should be extended to Scientology ― in other words, I don’t want to be rude. And I tried to do this test in my head where I thought, ‘You know how we exercise sensitivities to other religions?’ Of course we do. And another controversial subject in this current climate is Islam. I think, by and large, if a responsible journalist wouldn’t do it to Islam, why would we do it to Scientology?”
 
Of course, that nervousness Theroux spoke of earlier could be for a lot of reasons. 
 
“I know they’ll be paying close attention to the film,” he said when asked about the last time he heard from the church. “The letters that arrived during the course of filming continued through the process of editing. We followed BBC guidelines, we did engage with them to let them know what’s in it, to give them the kind of responsible journalistic right of reply, and incorporated it in the film in various ways.”
 
He continued, “A couple months ago, police came around and said they’d had threats that someone had seen my film and wanted to hurt me, because they didn’t like it. They had seen it at the London Film Festival and then threatened to do me harm. So police saying that in your front room on a Sunday morning with your kids around, that certainly wakes you up with a start.”
 
According to Theroux, police said they knew this because someone at the Church of Scientology at East Grinstead told them they received the threat. 
 
“To me it seemed that it was a phantom threat and it was actually just a way to wind me up,” he said, adding:”The legal stuff is ongoing, basically. As long as the film has legs in theaters or at festivals they will be keeping a close watch.”
 
Request for comment made to reps for the Church of Scientology have yet to be returned at this time. 
 
Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated to include that “My Scientology Movie” will be released in theaters and on-demand on March 10, 2017. 

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Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck Might Not Be Getting Divorced After All


We’re going to file this one under “Please let this be true.”
 
It’s been nearly two years since Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their split after 10 years of marriage, but according to sources close to the couple, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
Garner and Affleck have reportedly called off their divorce for the time being and are working on their marriage together, People reports. Whispers of a reconciliation have been swirling ever since their separation, as the two have been regularly spotted in public together with their three children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. 
 
“Jen has called off the divorce,” a source allegedly close to Garner told the magazine. “She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try.”
 
According to People, the two aren’t officially back together yet, but apparently both Affleck and Garner decided to put the divorce on hold. 
 
The two stars separated in June of 2015 amid rumors that pegged Affleck as the guilty party for an alleged affair with the couple’s nanny. Garner later shot down speculation that extramarital activities had contributed to their split in a refreshingly candid interview for Vanity Fair, explaining that their problems began long before “nannygate.”
 
Despite high-profile interviews about their decision to divorce, Garner and Affleck have continued to live on their shared Los Angeles property over much of the past 20 months, co-parenting their children and even vacationing around the world together over the holidays. 
 
“There is always a chance of reconciliation. They love each other,” the source added. “They also really, really love their kids, and those kids love their parents.”
 
Listen, if these two have the strength to endure years of public scrutiny, a nanny scandal, “Batman v Superman” and still want to be together, more power to them. 
 
The Huffington Post has reached out to Garner’s and Affleck’s representatives and will update this post accordingly. 

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Scarlett Johansson says she 'will never, ever' comment on divorce from Romain Dauriac


"Avengers" star Scarlett Johansson has released a brief statement following news that she and her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac, have split.
 
The actress said that she will not be speaking out about her divorce now, or ever.
 
Her decision to stay mum was made in part out of respect for the 3-year-old daughter, Rose, she and Dauriac share.
 
"As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage," Johansson said in a statement to People magazine. "Out of respect for my desires as a parent and out of respect for all working moms, it is with kindness that I ask other parties involved and the media to do the same. Thank you."
 
The couple married in 2014, a few months after the birth of their only child.
 
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Johansson has asked for joint custody of Rose, though she wants their daughter to live with her. Dauriac's attorney, Hal Mayerson, told the AP that his client wants to take the Rose to live with him in his native France.
 
"Mr. Dauriac is tired of having to run his life and his child's life based on Ms. Johansson's shooting schedule," Mayerson told the AP.
 
A rep for Johansson has not responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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Hoda Kotb Recalls the Dramatic Moment She Met Daughter Haley: 'I Was Exploding in Tears'


When Hoda Kotb began the process of applying for a domestic adoption last year, “I didn’t know what to expect,” she says. “The process can take two weeks, two months, two years, never!”
 
So the Today show host, 52, who unable to have children following cancer treatment 10 years ago, says she left it up to fate.
 
“I thought if it’s meant to be, if my child is out there, then it will happen, and if it’s not, it’s the way it was meant to be,” she says, sitting down for an exclusive photo shoot and interview with PEOPLE at her Upper West Side penthouse on Feb. 23 — less than 10 days after bringing home her daughter, Haley Joy, who was born on Valentine’s Day. “I decided to go on with life but just believe.”
 
Turns out things worked much more quickly than anticipated.
 
Within a matter of months, “I’m sitting at my desk, doing a Skype interview, and my phone rang and the adoption agent said, ‘She’s here,’ ” Kotb recalls. “I was like, ‘Who? What?’ ”
 
With a girlfriend by her side, Kotb flew to another U.S. city to pick up her baby. Kotb’s boyfriend of more than three years, 58-year-old financier Joel Schiffman, stayed home to help protect the confidentiality of the process.
 
Once the pair arrived to meet baby Haley, “You’re standing in a room waiting, and somebody walks in holding your daughter,” Kotb recalls, her voice cracking. “I was exploding in tears. I thought they were going to take her away and say, ‘No, we have a hysterical freak here, get that baby back!’ ”
 
When she held Haley for the first time, “it was like a puzzle piece that just snapped in. I felt it,” Kotb adds. “It was as if she had been with me forever.”
 
Back in Manhattan, her apartment needed a few practical updates.
 
Having held back on any baby prep, not knowing if an adoption would ultimately come through, “I had no stuff. The only things I had when I got home were a Rock ‘n Play bassinet, Pampers and formula,” Kotb says, gesturing around her new nursery. “There was nothing in here!”
 
She quickly got busy ordering gear from a local shop, telling the owner it was all presents for someone else’s baby shower.
 
“They said, ‘We’ll get them to you in about three weeks,’ ” Kotb recalls, “and I go, ‘No, no, no, I need them on Wednesday!’ ”
 
For more on Hoda Kotb’s emotional adoption journey, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
Having waited so long to see her dreams of becoming a mother realized, Kotb says she’s been extremely hands-on in the first weeks.
 
“I asked my babysitter, ‘Can you just come here and watch, and if I need to go to the pediatrician, will you tell me?’ ” says Kotb, who is currently on maternity leave from the Today show. “For now, I just really want to do the whole thing.”
 
“I’m not sleeping at all,” she says, “and I don’t even care.” 

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Tim Kaine's Son Was Arrested at a Trump Rally in Minnesota


One of Sen. Tim Kaine’s sons was recently arrested after he and a group of people crashed a Minnesota rally where hundreds of people were gathered in support of President Donald Trump, police said.
 
Linwood Kaine, 24, was released from jail Tuesday after the Saturday scuffle but has not yet been charged with a crime, the Pioneer Press reports. He is the youngest son of the Virginia Democrat, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate during last year’s presidential election. Authorities said Linwood Kaine was among six people taken into custody. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot, the Press reports.
 
About 50 people showed up at the pro-Trump rally. Some of the counter-protesters lit fireworks and smoke bombs, which sent Trump supporters scrambling, the Washington Post reports. A chemical irritant was also sprayed into the crowd.
 
“We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues,” the elder Kaine said in a statement. “They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”

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Tom Hiddleston does not regret his romance with Taylor Swift


Tom Hiddleston has no regrets about his brief, but highly-publicized romance with Taylor Swift.
 
"What should I regret, in your mind?" he told an interviewer for the British newspaper The Telegraph when asked about the relationship.
 
He then added, "I would rather not talk about this if that's alright."
 
But after a long pause, he continued.
 
"I'm just thinking about this," he said. "Everyone is entitled to a private life. I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment and in my mind I don't conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate."
 
"Hiddleswift" -- the short-lived romance between Swift and Hiddleston -- sent the media into a feeding frenzy after the duo were spotted kissing near Swift's Rhode Island home last summer. They were later seen together in Nashville and abroad in England and Italy. Swift even met the actor's mother within weeks of dating.
 
Last month, Hiddleston shot down rumors that the romance was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
 
"Of course it was real," he told GQ.
 
"Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely and we had the best time," he went on to explain to GQ. "So we decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel ... I only know the woman I met. She’s incredible."
 
"[But] a relationship in the limelight," he added, "a relationship always takes work. And it’s not just the limelight. It’s everything else."

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'The Americans' rushes into season amid wave of Russia talk


The producers of "The Americans" could be forgiven for sounding a bit sheepish. Not only is the FX drama about Cold War-era Soviet spies returning amid a new wave of talk about Russian contact with the Trump campaign, but the network scheduled a conference call with reporters for Thursday, before the latest revelations and allegations surfaced.
 
Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields said they are currently filming the Season 5 finale, and have blocked out a sixth and final season of the program. Although they acknowledged that reality has in ways intruded on their drama about a bygone period, they stressed that recent headlines have not impacted their plans for the show.
Weisberg -- who worked for the CIA in the 1990s, before becoming a novelist and TV writer -- said the producers actually came up with an ending during the second season, and "to our great surprise, that idea has stuck."
As for what's happening now, he said, "Nothing about the current situation, insane though it is, is going to alter it." There was no interest, for example, in incorporating any references to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who would have been a relatively low-level KGB agent when the series' narrative unfolds in the 1980s.
The new season picks up with spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) in the midst of an elaborate sting, requiring the customary alter egos (and yes, wigs). The primary thrust of the storytelling, though, involves their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), who is aware of her parents' secret identities, and has even seen mom violently put those skills to use.
The knowledge is clearly wearing on the girl, who their overlords have expressed interest in seeing go into the family business. The tension is heightened by Paige's relationship with the boy across the street, who happens to be the son of Stan (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent the couple has befriended.
What has consistently made "The Americans" a far richer show as it has progressed (which included earning the Writers Guild of America award as best TV drama last month) is the many layers upon which it operates. That includes the continuing storyline of Soviet bureaucrat Oleg (Costa Ronin), who has returned to Russia, which he finds rife with corruption.
Given where the history leads, with the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989, there are already signs of a Soviet state cancerously eating itself from the inside.
Even if the present-day Russian coverage hasn't impacted the series, Fields noted that it would likely inform the way the audience perceives it. "We're more and more aware that it's going to affect viewers' experience watching the show," he said.
FX's two-season renewal of "The Americans" (never much of a ratings hit, even with its accolades) has afforded the writing team the luxury to craft and build toward an appropriate and hopefully satisfying ending.
Whatever they come up with for a finale, at this point, the present-day truth could wind up being stranger than their historical fiction.
"The Americans" premieres March 7 at 10 p.m. on FX.

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Alec Baldwin Says He Won't Do Trump Impression Much Longer Due To 'Maliciousness'


Since Alec Baldwin began impersonating Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” the long-running sketch show has enjoyed its best ratings in six years. But his performance might be more short-lived than fans hoped. 
 
The actor blamed is reluctance to continue playing the president on the Trump administration’s “maliciousness.” As Baldwin told Extra’s Mario Lopez, Trump hasn’t cooled down the way he thought he would after taking office.
 
“His policies aside, which you can hate, I thought he would have just relaxed,” Baldwin said. “The maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.”
 
Baldwin debuted his stellar Trump impression in October, and has since revealed that he did not prepare at all before showing up to rehearse the first sketch for series creator Lorne Michaels. 
 
“Trump just overwhelmingly lacks any kind of sportsmanship. He remains bitter and angry. And you just want to look at him and go, ‘You won!’” Baldwin told Extra. The actor’s portrayal has repeatedly prompted angry tweets from Trump. 
 
In another blow, it also doesn’t appear there’s much chance we’ll see Baldwin host the White House Correspondents Dinner in place of Trump, who has said he does not plan to attend. The actor doesn’t think organizers would appreciate it.
 
“If Trump himself doesn’t come and face the music, as it were, I don’t know what kind of program they’re going to have. If they wanted me to do it, I would probably do it,” Baldwin said. “But I’m not quite sure they’ll do. I think they may have a whole other idea.”

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'Everywhere I Look There Are Signs Of Hope': Hillary Clinton Says She's Going To 'Get Back Up' After Election Setback


Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she considers her loss to President Donald Trump in November "a setback." 
 
The former Democratic nominee, the first woman to represent a major political party in a US presidential election, said during a luncheon for the Girls, Inc. women's empowerment organization that she's been doing some "soul-searching" over the past four months — and a lot of sleeping.
 
"Life hands all of us setbacks," Clinton, the luncheon's keynote speaker, said to a crowd of roughly 1,000 who had gathered to hear her speak at a Marriott hotel in New York. "If you've lived long enough, you've experienced them."
 
Clinton was interrupted frequently by knowing laughter and rounds of applause as she described dealing with her emotional "ups and downs" with "long walks in the woods."
 
The former secretary of state said she has continued to practice the "discipline of gratitude," saying a "village" of support she's received has taught her that "it's OK to be OK, sometimes. Everybody gets knocked down. What matters is that you get back up, and keep going."
 
"It is easy to be grateful when things are going our way," Clinton said. "But to exercise the mental discipline to be grateful in the face of setbacks, I have found, is one of the great experiences that give you that resilience and the opportunity to see your life, and your part in the world, much more broadly — and to keep going. To refuse to give up in the face of any setback."
 
Clinton did not name Trump in her 15-minute speech. But she said that "the road to progress can sometimes feel like it's two steps forward, one step back."
 
"It can seem discouraging when you've been on that road for a long time," Clinton said. "But we've come a long way." 
 
Still, she said, "the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women. In academia, science, technology — not to mention in politics and government."
 
"Everywhere I look there are signs of hope. Just think of the march," Clinton said, referring to the Women's March on Washington one day after Trump was inaugurated, "and the hard-hitting news on the pages of Teen Vogue right across from makeup tips. Because you know what? Girls can, and do, care about both."
 
"Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America," she said, "and let's be sure we support them."

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