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Jussie Smollett Dropped From Next Season Of Empire

The Associated Press reports: Fox Entertainment said Tuesday that Jussie Smollett will not return to the series “Empire” next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a racially motivated attack. “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans …

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2019 Tony Awards Nominations Announced [VIDEO]

Playbill reports: The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced April 30. Entering awards season with the most nominations is Hadestown, which earned a total of 14 nominations. Trailing closely behind was Ain’t Too Proud—The Life of the Temptations with 12. Joining the two titles in the coveted Best Musical category were Beetlejuice, The Prom, and Tootsie. Meanwhile, in …

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Avengers Shatters Global Box Office With $1.2B Debut

Variety reports: It’s truly the Avengers’ world. The opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide. Disney-Marvel’s fourth and final Avengers superhero movie has captivated moviegoers, accounting for more than four of every five tickets sold domestically. “Avengers: Endgame” topped the year-old “Avengers: Infinity War” records by …

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SF’s Beach Blanket Babylon To Close After 45 Years

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: For 45 years, the team at “Beach Blanket Babylon” has donned enormous hats and skewered politics and pop culture in a campy musical revue in a snug North Beach theater. The beloved show has become so ingrained in San Francisco culture that many rank it alongside the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. Though seemingly …

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Actress Georgia Engel Dies At Age 70 [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was unknown because she was a Christian Scientist …

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SNL Takes On Arrests Of Assange And Avenatti [VIDEO]

Slate reports: It is a rare treat these days to see Kate McKinnon do an impression without extensive makeup, and Pete Davidson, who rarely gets much to do in sketches, pulls off an entire monologue without breaking. But the star is undoubtedly Michael Keaton as a gum-chewing Assange, strutting around the holding cell boasting about being the “King of Chaos” …

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TRAILER: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

The Verge reports: The final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy finally has a name. During a panel at Star Wars Celebration today, Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for Episode IX, which will officially be called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who kicked off Disney’s Star Wars efforts with The …

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With Peabody Award, Rita Moreno Hits PEGOT Status

NBC News reports: Rita Moreno’s alphabet of awards is gaining another letter. The Peabody Awards organization Thursday announced it will honor the Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer with the career achievement award. That means Moreno, 87, will become the third person to achieve PEGOT status by winning a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. Film director Mike Nichols …

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Jussie Smollett Maintains Innocence: I’ve Been Truthful

“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my …

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Hostless Oscars Score Ratings Bounce Over Last Year

Deadline Hollywood reports: The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman shocked and delighted the crowd with her Best Actress win and her wonderful speech, and early numbers indicate viewers at home were taken with the ABC broadcast itself too. Running around 3 hours and 21 minutes and experimenting with no frontman or frontwoman for the first time since 1989, Sunday’s Oscars snared a …

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Green Book Wins Best Picture At 2019 Academy Awards

The Guardian reports: Green Book has won the Oscar for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards. Based on a real-life road trip through the deep south in the early 1960s, Green Book triumphed in a field considered the most wide-open in years, containing the likes of Alfonso Cuarón’s 70-set drama Roma, period black comedy The Favourite, and Marvel superhero …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Mass Panic At Hamilton Performance After False Shooter Alarm, Three Hospitalized [VIDEO]

The San Jose Mercury News reports: A medical emergency at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco triggered an alarm about a potential active shooter during a performance of the hit musical “Hamilton,” leading the audience to evacuate. There was no shooter, and the evacuation was set off by a woman’s unspecified medical emergency about 9:50 p.m. Friday, said Officer Joseph …

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Steve Martin Returns To SNL As Roger Stone [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Steve Martin returned to “Saturday Night Live” this week to display his version of former adviser to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, played by Alex Moffat, portrayed Stone, a sometimes weight lifter, as a man so old and decrepit that he’s “barely able to post shirtless photos of his jacked body.” Stone was …

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Roma And The Favourite Dominate 2019 Oscar Noms

The New York Times reports: For the first time in history, a film with no box-office gross could win the top prize at the Academy Awards. Netflix received its first-ever nomination for best picture on Tuesday, with Oscar voters naming “Roma” as one of the best movies of 2018. The meditative black-and-white film about life in Mexico in the 1970s …

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Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At Age 97

The Huffington Post reports: Actress and singer Carol Channing died early Tuesday morning at the age of 97 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Her longtime publicist B. Harlan Boll confirmed she died of natural causes. Whether you knew her as Dolly, Lorelei, Muzzy or just Carol, Channing was a one-of-a-kind talent who captivated any audience. Her razor-sharp wit, …

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Tomorrow: Singalong Bohemian Rhapsody Screenings

Entertainment Weekly reports: After taking home Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama and Best Actor on Sunday, Bohemian Rhapsody is inviting fans to sing along. On Wednesday, Fox and New Regency announced that they will release a special sing-along version of the Queen biopic in 750 locations across the U.S. and Canada beginning Friday, Jan. 11. “We are delighted to …

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Kevin Hart: No Oscars For Me, I’m Over It [VIDEO]

Deadline Hollywood reports: “I’m over it,” Kevin Hart told Good Morning America multiple times when asked about the Oscar-hosting controversy that has dominated headlines for weeks. Hart appeared on ABC  to talk about his new movie The Upside, but, given that ABC broadcasts the ceremony, took more questions about being offered the Oscar job, then stepping away when homophobic remarks …

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Bohemian Rhapsody Scores Big At 2019 Golden Globes

NBC News reports: An awards show long known for its iconoclastic choices didn’t disappoint, not only choosing “Bohemian Rhaposody” over “A Star is Born” for best dramatic film, but picking several lower profile performances — like British actress Olivia Colman as best actress in a comedy/musical for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” over Emily Blunt in “Mary …

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Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash After Forgiving Kevin Hart For Homophobic Past: “I’m In His Corner” [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Ellen DeGeneres’ attempts to play peacemaker between The Academy and Kevin Hart has engendered a social media backlash. Hart, who stood down as Oscars host after the resurfacing of past homophobic tweets, taped an interview with DeGeneres on Thursday that was originally due to air on Monday, but the producers of Ellen deemed it newsworthy enough …

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Spacey’s Lawyers: Groping Incident Was Consensual

Lawyers for actor Kevin Spacey say the groping incident that has resulted in a felony sexual assault charge was actually a consensual encounter initiated by the young man. Law & Crime reports: They pointed to an investigators’ report where the alleged victim said the groping went on for approximately three minutes without the him moving away or telling Spacey to …

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