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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: As Universal’s pay TV partnership with HBO expires at year’s end, the studio’s streaming service Peacock will officially take its place starting in 2022. All Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s theatrical releases starting next year will play on Peacock during each pic’s pay-one partner TV window, which is 120 days after a title’s theatrical release. Each movie will …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The New York Daily News reports: Nick Cannon’s a new dad… for the fourth time in the last year and the seventh time overall. The actor’s latest offspring is a baby boy, Zen, with model Alyssa Scott. In an Instagram post captioned “I will love you for eternity,” Scott is pictured with the baby, who was born on June 23. …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention board enlisted famed L.A. artist Shepard Fairey (best known for his image of President Barack Obama underneath the word “Hope) and his Studio Number One, along with designers House Industries, to create a new logo and brand identity for the city. Fairey’s work marks the first update to the logo in …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Actress Phylicia Rashad, the new dean of the Howard University College of Fine Arts, has sent an apology letter to students and parents for her previous gleeful tweet about Bill Cosby’s surprise release from prison. Rashad sent the letter Friday, offering her “most sincere apology” for her enthusiasm upon learning that Cosby’s rape conviction was overturned. She …

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Deadline reports: Actors’ Equity says that fully vaccinated theater companies now can dispense with masking and Covid-19 testing mandates. The live-theater union’s newly updated protocols will remain in effect through the end of September. The updated protocols are available on Equity’s website, along with an updated intake form for theaters with mixed-vaccination status companies. Equity has separate protocols it’s negotiated …

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Variety reports: A judge has shot down Britney Spears’ request to have her father removed from her conservatorship — at least for now. New court documents that were filed by the Los Angeles Superior Court show that the judge has denied a months-old request by Spears’ attorney, Samuel Ingham III, to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator. …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Phylicia Rashad, who played Bill Cosby’s TV wife for 12 years on two different hit shows, spoke out on Wednesday shortly after the comedian’s sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The news came as an unwelcome shock to many in Hollywood, but Rashad was overjoyed. “FINALLY!!!!” she wrote on Twitter. “A terrible wrong …

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Variety reports: On Monday, the Los Angles County Department of Public Health announced it “strongly recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure” in light of the increasingly transmissible Delta variant. The precautionary recommendation comes just two weeks after the full reopening of California’s economy. Across the country, the Delta variant is …

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Hip Hop DX reports: Queen Latifah was honored at the 2021 BET Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night (June 27). After a tribute performance from her “Ladies First” collaborator Monie Love, Lil Kim, Rapsody and MC Lyte, the seasoned MC/actress took the stage alongside her father to deliver her acceptance speech. Then in a rare moment, the …

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Deadline reports: Donald Trump’s latest rally was another greatest hits of media attacks, 2020 election falsehoods and long-held and more recent grievances, and while it drew a large in-person crowd in Wellington, Ohio, it did’t get an audience on the three major cable news networks. The reason: They didn’t carry it. C-SPAN carried the rally as part of its Road …

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Broadway World reports: Pride is here and so is a new spin on a classic that’s taking the gay anthem to the next level. Watch below to check out an amazing dance version of “I Am What I Am” featuring J. Harrison Ghee and directed/produced by Jimmy Larkin. The just-released video includes appearances by Grey Henson, Ezra Menas, Gaby Gamache, …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: William White, who goes by @Whiteyy18 on TikTok, has signed with to IMG Models and WME as part of the Endeavor family. White rocketed to fame after lip-syncing famous ‘80s tunes on TikTok, where he quickly gained a following of self-described “cougars,” or middle-aged women who swooned over the 21-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Besides becoming …

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Variety reports: Winston Marshall, the banjoist from folk rock band Mumford & Sons, has exited the group after becoming embroiled in a political controversy for praising a book by right-wing journalist Andy Ngo. In March, Marshall tweeted his thoughts on Ngo’s book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy,” writing “Finally had the time to read your important book. …

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Variety reports: Three and a half years after Elton John announced his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour,” after an unavoidable pandemic delay, he has finally unveiled the closing stadium dates of that tour. It will make a final lap across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand next year after the conclusion of the arena dates rescheduled from …

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Sports Illustrated reports: Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib now owns the top spot on the Fanatics’ jersey sales list over the last two days, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The surging popularity of Nassib’s No. 94 jersey comes after he became the NFL’s first openly gay active player Monday evening. Nassib made the announcement from his home in Pennsylvania. Nassib has …

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Variety reports: Amblin Partners and Netflix have forged a partnership, one that will see the company headed by Steven Spielberg produce multiple new feature films for the streaming service every year. The move is surprising and a sign of the major changes taking place in Hollywood, in part because Spielberg has previously been seen as something of a Netflix skeptic. …

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Variety reports: Las Vegas engagements, joint music, movies — Backstreet Boys members AJ McLean and Nick Carter and *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Lance Bass are touting “endless” possibilities following their sold out debut performance as “Back-Sync” at the Grove in Los Angeles on Friday night. The pop stars united for Bingo Under the Stars, an evening celebrating Pride and benefiting …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: Mark Hamill on Friday night celebrated the announcement that his space sister Carrie Fisher would finally be bestowed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The late actress is among 38 honorees who will have their names forever enshrined along the popular Los Angeles landmark, including Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, …

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Variety reports: John Paragon, best known for his role as Jambi the Genie on the television series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” has died. He was 66. Paragon died in his residence in Palm Springs, Calif. on April 3, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. A representative for the Sheriff’s Department confirmed to Variety that Paragon’s cause of …

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Variety reports: Hungary’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday that bans the dissemination to minors of content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change — a move that has drawn condemnation from leading broadcasters and cast a shadow over one of the world’s top production hubs. The measure could put pressure on U.S. studios to rethink their business in Hungary …

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