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Wednesday
Aug082018

Lupita Nyong'o discusses her natural hair and it being "shunned" throughout history 

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Lupita Nyong's opening up about her hair journey in the new fall issue of Net-a-Porter.

The Black Panther actress, who chooses to wears her hair natural for many of her big moments, says she's refused to accept the negative ideology concerning her hair texture.

“My hair is something that, historically, has been shunned,” Nyong'o told the magazine. “I mean, how often do you hear, ‘You can’t get a job with hair like that’?” 

Nyong’o says those microaggressions continue today, adding, "Natural, African, kinky hair...it’s often been painted as uncivilized or wild.”

This isn't the first time the Oscar-winning actress has discussed her hair. Last year, Nyong'o called out British magazine Grazia for editing out the textured part of her hairstyle on the magazine’s cover.

At the time of the incident, Lupita posted the original and altered images on Instagram and writing, “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.”

She continued, "Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.”

Also in the Net-a-Porter interview, Lupita addressed being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, saying the way her mother raised her is what gave her the strength to come forward.

"I come from a very patriarchal world, but not within my family," she said. "My mom held her own. There was never a sense of her deflecting from my father. She had the power to say no to things, and I saw her hold that power.’"

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Wednesday
Aug082018

Kelsey Grammer says his Netflix movie 'Like Father' hits close to home -- and he's "thinking about" a return of 'Frasier'

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Kelsey Grammer can be seen as a once-absentee dad looking to make amends to his onscreen daughter Kristen Bell in the Netflix film Like Father. The Emmy-winning actor tells ABC Radio that his character -- who returns to his daughter's life for her wedding, just before she gets left at the altar -- shared shades of his own life experience.

"He wants to get to know his little girl again who's now, you know, a young woman," the actor explains. "And I have a similar experience in my own life with my daughter Greer who's now 26 and we didn't see each other for almost a decade. But that has been remedied since she was 16. So that's a good thing."

The versatile actor has played a superhero in some of the X-Men movies, a supervillain as Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, and a host of other characters in his career on stage and screens big and small. But Dr. Frasier Crane is one Grammer character whose name keeps popping up in the age of reboots like Will & Grace and Murphy Brown.

Stay tuned, Grammer explains: "Although there is some talk of a Frasier reboot, you know going back to him is, it's a daunting thing you know, because it needs to be really good. So we're thinking about it."

The 2004 series finale had Frasier leaving Seattle for Chicago to pursue his girlfriend Charlotte, played by Laura Linney. The finale's "happily ever after" for his and the show's other characters is a sticky wicket for its creators today.

"Right," Grammer laughs. "We got to invent some reason for it all to sort of unwind again."

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Wednesday
Aug082018

Academy Awards promise a leaner show, and a new Oscar category for popular movies

AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) -- Remember that Chris Rock Oscars bit in 2016 where Rock, that year's host, quizzed people on the street as to whether or not they'd seen that year's Academy Award-nominated movies?  And it turned out that many people hadn't even heard of the movies in question, let alone seen them?  Well, that may soon change.

Perhaps as a reaction to last year's ratings for the 90th annual Academy Awards, which were the lowest ever, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted today that a new category is "being designed around achievement in popular film."

This new category will be implemented in time for the 2019 telecast, scheduled for February 24.  This means that box office blockbusters that aren't generally seen as Oscar fare, such as Black Panther and The Last Jedi, could win awards.

The Academy also announced that the ceremony's 2020 show will air much earlier in the year: February 9, to be exact.

The most welcome piece of news, though, is that the Academy says it will take steps to battle the show's tendency to run long -- way too long, in many cases -- and create a "more globally accessible, three-hour telecast."

To cut down on the show's run time, some awards will be presented live in the theater during commercial breaks, and the winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the later broadcast. Categories that will be handled this way will be determined at a later date.

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Wednesday
Aug082018

'Stranger Things'' young cast among Top 30 Stars Under Age 18, tallies 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher and A Wrinkle in Time’s Storm Reid are among the young stars on The Hollywood Reporter’s first-ever list of Top 30 Stars Under Age 18.

The list ranks the breakout kid actors of 2018 based on their successful career choices, expanding paychecks and social media followings.

Fourteen-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is joined on the tally by her Stranger Things co-stars, including Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin and Sadie Sink.

Other Gen Zers making the list include It and Sharp Objects star Sophie Lillis, The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince, Room’s Jacob Tremblay, Sia music video star Maddie Ziegler, and Black-ish stars Miles Brown and Marsai Martin.

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Wednesday
Aug082018

CBS combines investigations of Les Moonves, CBS News

Photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) -- CBS News announced Tuesday that the corporation's board of directors is folding the investigations of two recently hired legal firms investigating sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Les Moonves into an earlier investigation into harassment claims against former CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose.

CBS said the investigation of Rose, launched in March to investigate claims made public in a Washington Post article and expected to wrap up by the end of the month, will now run a little longer.  They had no further comment.

Last week, the CBS board of directors said it had hired two law firms to investigate the allegations against Moonves first made public in a July 27 article in The New Yorker.  The feature not only revealed sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves, but also claimed CBS News' 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager "allowed harassment in the division."

Sunday, CBS News said Fager would remain on summer vacation. "Having heard the investigation will be wrapping up soon, Jeff has decided to stay on vacation," a spokesperson said. CBS would not say when Fager would return.

Moonves, Fager and Rose have each denied any wrongdoing.

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Wednesday
Aug082018

Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of not paying enough child support

Photo by Socrates Baltagiannis/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie claims that ex-husband Brad Pitt isn't paying a "meaningful" amount of child support, according to new a new court filing released Tuesday. 

“[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support," the court document reads. "As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation."

The 43-year-old actress wants a court order to force his compliance. 

The brief continues: “Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO [request for a court order] for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”

Jolie's rep told ABC News, "The aim of Angelina’s routine court filing is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.”

The new filing comes amid an already contentious public divorce. Back in June, a judge established a formal schedule for Pitt, 53, to have supervised time with the children while he films Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in LA and Jolie films Maleficent 2 in London.

The pair became a couple in 2003 while shooting the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  They married in 2014 but split in 2016. They have six children together.

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Wednesday
Aug082018

'Dog Days' gets a paw up on the weekend's new movies 

Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening nationwide Wednesday:

* Dog Days -- Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens lead the cast of this ensemble comedy about a group of people in Los Angeles whose lives become intertwined, thanks to their dogs.

Also starring Eva Longoria, Tig Notaro, Luke Cage's Ron Cephas Jones and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard. Rated PG.


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Wednesday
Aug082018

'The Bachelorette's' Becca Kufrin wants the "haters" to support her relationship with Garrett

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- In an emotional finale of The Bachelorette Monday, Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen to spend her forever with, but the rest of America doesn't necessarily agree with her decision.

In the middle of the season, controversy around Garrett's questionable social media habits surfaced. It appeared he "liked" Instagram posts that supported sexist, racist, and homophobic ideas. Garrett apologized for his behavior on the finale but some fans think that isn't enough.

Becca told ABC Radio she understands the frustration but isn't taking the backlash to heart.

"You have to take everything with a grain of salt," she said, "because at the end of the day I’m the one in the relationship with him and I had to do what felt right for me in my heart and no one else has to date him."

Becca went on to say she does wish everyone would support her relationship, but understands it's impossible.

"The world is a crazy place, social media is a crazy place, so you’re gonna have the lovers and you’re gonna have the haters," she said.

The drama isn't stopping the couple from enjoying their engagement, though. Becca told ABC Radio she loves learning more about Garrett, including his quirks.

"He can fall asleep anywhere and I’m always like, 'Wait, how do you fall asleep?' And he’ll start snoring right away," she said, laughing.

But, Becca isn't the best person to sleep next to either, Garrett revealed.

"She talks in her sleep," he said. "I just say, 'Goodnight, I love you, and I’ll talk to you in the morning.'"  

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Tuesday
Aug072018

Netflix closing in on new comedy staring Lil Rel Howery, Kevin Hart, and Don Cheadle

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- A new comedy starring Lil Rel Howery, Don Cheadle and Kevin Hart could be coming to Netflix.

Deadline has learned that the streaming service is currently in negotiations to acquire Black Stallions, a comedy that follows rival brother jockeys played by Howery and Cheadle.  Deadline says Hart will have "showy moments of his own" in the show.

Uncle Drew writer Jay Longino has been tapped to write the script, with Hart to produce. Up next for Hart is his comedy Night School with Tiffany Haddish.

Cheadle, meanwhile, is in production on his new Showtime comedy Ball Street, while Howery is gearing up for the release of his Fox series, Rel.

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Tuesday
Aug072018

CW casts openly gay star Ruby Rose as lesbian heroine Batwoman

CW(LOS ANGELES) -- The CW has found its Batwoman. Openly gay Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose, recently seen in Pitch Perfect 3 and John Wick: Chapter 2, has been cast as DC Comics heroine Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, a social justice warrior and street fighter who's also a lesbian.

The Vampire Diaries' Caroline Dries will write the project, which the CW notes will start as character crossover from its growing "Arrow-verse" comic book slate that includes The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

In a statement, the network says of Rose's character: "Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman...primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."

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