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Wednesday
Aug142019

"Who killed my son?" - Netflix debuts first trailer for season three of '13 Reasons Why'

David Moir/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) --  (SPOILER ALERT) Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for the third season of its controversial drama series 13 Reasons Why ahead of next month's third season premiere.

As a previous teaser hinted, this season hinges in the death of Bryce Walker, the high school athlete whose rape of Hannah Baker was the 12th reason of the series' titular reasons why she took her own life.

"It's my wish to find the person who killed my son," states actress Brenda Strong, who plays Bryce's mother. 

According to Netflix, this whodunnit behind the homicide of Justin Prentice's character is the central theme of the season. "Everyone has their reasons," the streaming service notes. "Police are determined to get to the truth, but with a web of secrets and lies this tangled, will anyone be found guilty?"

The third season of the show, which debuts August 23, also stars Dylan Minnette, Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, and Anne Winters.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Singer and 'Dunkirk' actor Harry Styles "respectfully declined" role as Prince Eric in live-action 'Little Mermaid' remake

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like Ariel is still without her prince.  After a month of speculation, Harry Styles has turned down the offer to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid live-action remake.

According to People, a source close to the film said the singer and Dunkirk star "respectfully declined" the role.  

That said, the search continues to fill Prince Eric's shiny black boots, though Disney's remaining tight-lipped about which actors are currently being considered for the role.

Production on The Little Mermaid is slated to begin in 2020 with 19-year-old R&B singer Halle Bailey playing Ariel.

The rest of the cast is starting to come together, with Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay reportedly in talks to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively.  Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy is rumored to play the villain, Ursula.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

"Light the fires!" - Netflix unveils the official trailer for 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The fantasy world of Jim Henson's 1982 classic The Dark Crystal takes on new life on Netflix in just a matter of weeks. The streaming giant has released the official trailer for its upcoming original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which gives us our best look so far at the magical world of Thra, home to the Gelflings and Podlings.

In the new film, three Gelflings -- voiced by Rocketman's Taron Egerton, The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel -- try to save their planet from the evil Skeksis [SKEK-seez], who literally drain the life force from the Gelflings.

The baddies are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Mark Hamill. Helena Bonham-Carter, Eddie Izzard and Alicia Vikander provide additional voices.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres August 30.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Todd and Julie Chrisley of 'Chrisley Knows Best' charged with tax evasion, bank & wire fraud and conspiracy

Cythina Hicks/USA Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the USA Network reality series Chrisley Knows Best, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a litany of financial crimes including tax evasion, bank fraud, wire fraud and multiple counts of conspiracy, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia.

"Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned," U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said of the criminal indictment, which was filed on Tuesday.

The government claims that the Chrisleys didn't file on time or pay federal income taxes for four years and that they "also sought to evade payment of their taxes by hiding their income from the IRS."

The indictment also alleges that at least as early as 2007, the couple provided false information to banks and fabricated bank statements when applying for and receiving millions of dollars in loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Additionally, in 2014, two years after the alleged bank fraud scheme ended, the couple allegedly fabricated bank statements and a credit report when applying for and obtaining a lease for a home in California, according to the statement.

Todd Chrisley denied the charges in a lengthy Instagram post, insisting that in 2012, a "trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time," while allegedly creating phony documents and forging signatures.

After firing the employee and taking him to court, wrote Chrisley, the employee "took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney's office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud."

After explaining to the U.S. Attorney's Office what this former employee had done to them, the government sent the man packing, said Chrisley, but "the former employee didn't give up" and persuaded a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney's office to reopen the case, while granting him immunity from prosecution for his own crimes."

"We have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of," Chrisley declared, insisting they have “a ton of hard evidence” and “corroborating witnesses that proves it."

Chrisley Knows Best, which premiered in March 2014 on USA, follows the lavish lifestyle of Todd, a wealthy real estate developer, and his family.  It also spun off a series, Growing Up Chrisley, starring two of his children.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Check out Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson in the first 'Little Women' trailer

Wilson Webb; © 2019 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The very first Little Women trailer is here, starring Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson, and directed by Oscar-nominated Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig.

The film, scheduled for release Christmas Day, "draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life," according to the official description.

The trailer illustrates the sexism of the time, as Ronan's Jo March, a writer, is told to make sure her female character is married by the end of the book.

After that, we get glimpse of Jo and the rest of the women -- Meg, Amy, Beth and Jo, played respectively by Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen -- and how they instead want to make their own way into the world.

Streep provides a dash of comedic relief as the rich and sassy Aunt March, while Timothée Chalamet plays the male heartthrob, Theodore, who's always loved Jo. Laura Dern and Bob Odenkirk also star.

Little Women, first published in 1868, follows the March sisters as they progress from childhood to womanhood.  The beloved novel has been adapted multiple times for film and television, including a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris and wife divorce after 20 years

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Kenya Barris, who drew on his real-life relationship to create the ABC hit series black-ish, has filed for divorce from his wife, Dr. Rania "Rainbow" Barris, after 20 years of marriage.

Rania previously filed for divorce in 2014, but decided to withdraw her request the following year, after the couple reconciled. This time around, Barris filed the divorce papers on August 9th, the day of his 45th birthday.

As previously noted, black-ish, which stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as married couple Dre and Rainbow, is loosely based on Barris’ own upbringing and his marriage.

Barris also co-created the black-ish spinoff grown-ish, as well as the upcoming prequel spinoff mixed-ish, which will follow the Rainbow Johnson character as a child.

Barris and Rania, an anesthesiologist, tied the knot in 1999 and have six kids together.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Comedian Whitney Cummings shares topless photo to shut down alleged extortion attempt

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE, CONTENT) In yet another case of an attempted online extortion, a female celebrity is standing up to her alleged extortionist and sharing revealing photos, taking away the blackmailer's power.

Comedian Whitney Cummings took to Twitter Monday to explain what happened.

"In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple," she wrote. "Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some...are asking for money to not post the photo."

She continued, "They all must think I'm way more famous than I am, but they also must think I'm way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks."

Whitney added, "When a woman in the public eye is extorted, we have to spend time, money and energy dealing with it...and living with a pit in our stomach about when and how we will be humiliated. Y'all can have my nipple, but not my time or money anymore."

Cummings didn't want to post the names of her alleged online attackers for their well-being.

Her plight led to the hashtag #IStandWithWhitney trending, with supporters posting their own revealing pictures.  Sometimes too revealing, in fact.

"Thank you everyone who sent me embarrassing pictures of yourselves to make me feel better...It means the world to me," Whitney responded. "But I wouldn't freak out if you stopped sending me photos of your hairy ba**s." 

About the hashtag, she added, "Nobody is more bummed than me that #istandwithwhitney isn't about Whitney Houston."

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Quentin Tarantino defends his portrayal of "arrogant" Bruce Lee in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Photo: Gennady Avramenko/© 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(MOSCOW) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Weeks after Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon criticized Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the director is now defending his portrayal of the late, legendary martial artist.

A scene in the film has Lee, played by actor Mike Moh, squaring off with Brad Pitt's stuntman Cliff Booth. They trash talk each other in an exchange that includes Booth scoffing at Lee's claims that he could take Muhammad Ali in a fight.

As previously reported, Ms. Lee said her father was painted as, quote, "an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air" -- something with which Quentin seems to partially agree.

"Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy," the writer-director said while promoting the movie in Moscow, according to the U.K. Independent.

"I didn't just make a lot of that up," Tarantino said of the movie's dialogue.  "If people are saying, 'Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,' well, yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that."

Shannon Lee said she "understood" why the movie portrays Lee in that way, but still thinks that, in death, her dad could have been afforded more respect.

"They want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a** who could beat up Bruce Lee," she told The Wrap. "But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive."

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Bill Cosby spokesperson calls accusers "scum of the earth"; blasts judge for “going after wealthy black men"

iStock/Marilyn Nieves(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Cosby, the highest-profile celebrity so far to be convicted of sexual assault since the dawn of the nationwide #MeToo movement in 2017, got what could be his last shot on Monday at convincing a Pennsylvania court to free him from state prison and grant him a new trial.

A panel of state Superior Court judges repeatedly challenged the arguments from Cosby's fourth set of attorneys during the hearing, while only occasionally interrupting two state prosecutors during their presentation, over roughly an hour of oral arguments at an appellate court hearing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In a statement delivered outside of the courtroom after the hearing, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the comedian's accusers the "scum of the Earth," who "only started looking for justice after their careers expired and their money ran out that they had career aspirations of being a celebrity didn’t to happen."

Wyatt also claimed the DA and the original trial judge were part of a cabal that includes President Donald Trump, a group intent on “going after wealthy black men.”

"Mr Cosby is very hopeful that these judges will grant him a fair and impartial trial that he did not have, said Wyatt, adding, "The deck was stacked." He said Cosby hopes “they will do the right thing and grant Mr. Cosby a new trial.”

While Pennsylvania Superior Court rulings can be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court, that court can choose whether or not to hear the case.

The Superior Court panel's ruling on Cosby's appeal will be issued in writing at an unspecified future date.

At the heart of Cosby’s appeal is the contention that the trial judge’s decision to allow five women to testify to additional, uncharged crimes was unfairly prejudicial to his defense.

In April, 2018, Cosby -- who was not in court for Monday’s oral arguments -- was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004. He was sentenced in September to three to 10 years in prison.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Can it BE any more epic? 'Friends' coming to movie theaters in extras-packed marathon anniversary event

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (LOS ANGELES) -- If you can get out of your La-Z-Boy, leave your smelly cat at home and get ready for a Friends marathon -- in the movie theater.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sitcom, which premiered on September 22, 1994, Fathom Events will broadcast the NBC smash hit in 1,000 American movie theaters.

Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary will be a three-night special event that'll treat fans to twelve newly 4k remastered fan favorite episodes, complete with never-before-seen content and exclusive interviews.  That breaks down to four episodes per night.

The event runs Monday, September 23rd; Saturday, September 28th; and Wednesday, October 2nd.  This is the first time ever that Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe will appear on the big screen.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, a TV show that continues to impact culture and attract new fans from across generations," said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt in a statement. "Fans will have the opportunity to come together and look back on some of the most hilarious and emotional scenes from the acclaimed comedy -- this time in theaters.”

You can purchase tickets starting this Friday, August 16th, on the Fathom Events website, which also has a complete list of participating theaters.

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