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North Korea To Execute Man For Smuggling Copies Of “Squid Game,” Seven Teenagers Sentenced To Prison

Radio Free Asia reports: North Korea has sentenced to death a man who smuggled and sold copies of the Netflix series “Squid Game” after authorities caught seven high school students watching the Korean-language global hit show, sources in the country told RFA. The smuggler is said to have brought a copy of Squid Game into North Korea back from China …

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“General Hospital” Axes Another Anti-Vax Star [VIDEO]

Variety reports: On Tuesday, “General Hospital” star Steve Burton confirmed on Instagram the rampant rumors that he was fired from the long-running ABC soap opera because he would not get vaccinated against COVID-19. “I wanted you to hear it from me personally.” he said, before launching into anti-vaccine rhetoric. “Unfortunately, ‘General Hospital’ has let me go because of the vaccine …

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Soap Opera Writes Out Anti-Vax Star: I’m Leaving Town

TV Insider reports: Two weeks after news broke that Ingo Rademacher was out at General Hospital following his recent anti-vax and transphobic remarks, the ABC daytime soap has written him off of the show. The last episode for Rademacher, who plays Jasper “Jax” Jacks, aired on November 22, and he said goodbye in a scene with his ex-wife Carly. He …

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Spacey Ordered To Pay $31M For Contract Breach

Variety reports: An arbitrator has ordered Kevin Spacey and his companies to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company behind “House of Cards,” after finding that Spacey breached his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy. MRC severed its relationship with Spacey and scrapped a season of the show in 2017, after multiple people came forward to …

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Fox Writes Out Star Of Hit Show Over Vaccine Refusal

Deadline Hollywood reports: Original 9-1-1 cast member Rockmond Dunbar is leaving the hit Fox drama series after more than four seasons. His character, Michael Grant, was abruptly written off in Monday night’s episode, leaving fans of the first-responders drama stunned. According to sources, Dunbar’s departure stems from the new Covid protocols on the show, produced by Disney TV Studios’ 20th …

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Shatner To Join Crew On Next Blue Origin Spaceflight

CNBC reports: Science fiction will soon become reality, as William Shatner is scheduled to launch on the next crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Blue Origin plans to fly the Canadian actor, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, as one of the passengers on the company’s New Shepard rocket. The launch is planned …

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View Hosts: Our COVID Results Were False Positives

NPR reports: The two co-hosts of “The View” whose COVID-19 tests derailed a planned interview with Vice President Kamala Harris last week said Monday that their results turned out to be false positives. Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were pulled off the air Friday in a startling moment of live television that forced an abbreviated Harris interview to be conducted …

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View Hosts Test COVID+ Ahead Of Harris Interview

The Associated Press reports: A live televised interview with Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed on Friday after two hosts of the “The View” learned they tested positive for COVID-19 moments before they were to interview her. Co-host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro both learned they tested positive for breakthrough cases ahead of the interview. Both Navarro and …

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“Family Guy” Team Issues Vaccination PSA [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Seth MacFarlane and the “Family Guy” producers have created an educational PSA video encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In the three-minute video, Peter Griffin debates whether or not to get vaccinated at the doctor’s office, so Stewie and Brian Griffin explain the science behind the COVID vaccine, combining typical “Family Guy” humor and real educational facts. …

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RuPaul Breaks Emmys Record For Black Artists [VIDEO]

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Television Academy voters delivered a special message to RuPaul on Sunday: “Shantay, you stay in the history books.” VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race won a trophy for outstanding competition program at tonight’s telecast, a victory that gives RuPaul an 11th Emmy and solidifies his place as the most decorated Black artist in Emmy Awards history. During the …

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Saturday Night Live Alum Norm Macdonald Dies At 61

Deadline Hollywood reports: Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer. He was 61. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer …

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Amazon To Launch Branded Televisions Next Month

The Verge reports: Amazon is set to release Amazon-branded TVs as soon as October in the US, according to Insider. The TVs will have Alexa, screen sizes “in the range of 55 to 75 inches,” and will be designed and manufactured by third parties such as TCL. The company is also developing a TV designed in-house, but it’s unclear when …

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QAnon Rioter Who Menaced DC Cop Gets Re-Jailed For Breaking Release Conditions By Watching Lindell Online

Law & Crime reports: After admittedly violating his pre-trial release conditions in order to watch MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s symposium, a QAnon adherent charged with storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will not get a soft landing. A federal judge revoked Douglas Jensen’s bond on Thursday, putting him back in jail pending trial. For Jensen, the siren song of …

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Sony Fires Would-Be Jeopardy Host From All Roles

Variety reports: Sony has fired Mike Richards as the executive producer of “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Michael Davies, the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” executive producer whose Embassy Row shingle is based at Sony, will take over production duties in the interim. The news comes a little more than a week after Mike Richards was forced to step …

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Seven-Time Emmy Winner Ed Asner Dies At Age 91

Deadline Hollywood reports: Ed Asner, legendary actor, activist and philanthropist, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, surrounded by family. He was 91. Asner, former president of the Screen Actors Guild, is best known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff series Lou Grant, making him one …

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Mayim Bailik To Step In For Deposed Jeopardy Host

The Associated Press reports: “Jeopardy!” is back to guest hosts after the resignation of Mike Richards, and actor Mayim Bialik will return as the first one up. Sony Pictures Television announced Monday that Bialik will take the podium long occupied by the late Alex Trebek for three weeks of episodes. When Richards was announced as the new host on Aug. …

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Jeopardy! Host Quits After Offensive Comments Surface

Variety reports: Mike Richards is out as “Jeopardy!” host, just nine days after he was tapped to succeed the legendary Alex Trebek as the face of the beloved quiz show. Richards, who is also executive producer of “Jeopardy!,” saw his hold on the job undone with astonishing speed after unflattering and downright ugly details surfaced about his past conduct and …

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Fox Guest Sorry For Suggestion To Starve The Poor

TV Line reports: Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer is doing a renovation on his reputation after a controversial Fox News interview where he compared unemployed bar and restaurant workers to “hungry dogs.” Taffer apologized on Friday after video of his interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham went viral. In the interview, Taffer and Ingraham blamed COVID-era unemployment benefits for staffing …

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Jeopardy! Names Two Hosts To Succeed Alex Trebek

NPR reports: After weeks of celebrity tryouts, leaks and heated speculation by game show fans, current executive producer, Mike Richards and actor Mayim Bialik have been named permanent co-hosts of Jeopardy!, marking the first time two people will host one of television’s most popular game show. Richards will host the daily syndicated program while Bialik hosts the primetime series and …

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“Housewives” Star To Face Court In Alleged Tele-Scam

Law & Crime reports: “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah cannot dismiss an indictment accusing her of conspiring to defraud elderly and vulnerable people out of millions in a nationwide telemarketing scheme, a federal judge ruled. On March 30, authorities arrested Shah (and her “first assistant” and accused co-conspirator Stuart Smith) in Utah. Smith is not one …

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