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The Duchess Of Sussex (Meghan Markle) Coat Of Arms Unveiled

Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Sussex has been bestowed with a coat of arms, days after her royal wedding to Prince Harry. The coat of arms was designed by the College of Arms and approved by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and is emblazoned with personal touches like the golden poppies from her home state, California, and wintersweet, which grows at her new residence, Kensington Palace. The blue background of the shield itself signifies the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the Golden State. In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s Supporters and one relating to themselves. The Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.”... [Read Full Story]

Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In On Sex Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on Friday morning. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been conducting a criminal probe into accusations against the disgraced former Hollywood producer. Dozens of women began coming forward late last year with stories about the alleged sexual abuse and harassment they sustained at his hands. After exposes were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker, New York Times and New Yorker reporters Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Ronan Farrow received the Pulitzer Prize for public service earlier this year for their effort to expose a culture of abuse in Hollywood. Their work is also credited with inspiring the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct. Weinstein had been reportedly spending much of his time at a rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.  ... [Read Full Story]

Morgan Freeman Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Inappropriate Conduct By 8 Women

On Thursday, CNN published an investigation into a number of allegations of sexual harassment and “inappropriate behavior” against Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The 80-year-old actor has had a long career that includes films like Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, and the Dark Knight trilogy, and is also the co-founder of Revelations Entertainment, a production company that the report alleges fostered a “toxic work environment” for female staffers. According to CNN, neither Freeman nor his spokesperson has yet responded to multiple requests for comment. The report presents a long and detailed account of a pattern of alleged harassment and inappropriate behavior by Freeman. You can read the full report at: CNN.com.... [Read Full Story]

Idris Elba To Direct And Star In ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Musical For Netflix

Idris Elba will star, direct and produce a modern retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the streaming service Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on a script by Michael Mitnick, the film is being described as “sonic and musical experience” and will feature an original score. Victor Hugo’s classic French novel has seen many screen adaptations, including Disney’s 1996 animated film.  Elba has worked with Netflix before, earning critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Beasts of No Nation.” He’s also set to star and executive produce the upcoming comedy “Turn Up Charlie” about a struggling DJ.... [Read Full Story]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor At The Kennedy Center

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall. Louis-Dreyfus is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious award. Last year, David Letterman received the award, and comedy luminaries such as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey have won the award in past years. Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter that the honor is “insanely exciting.” The President of the Kennedy Center, Deborah F. Rutter, said in a statement, “Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor. Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”... [Read Full Story]

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Under Police Investigation For Sexual Misconduct

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali, confirming a 60 Minutes television report that aired this weekend. Batali “vehemently” denied the new allegations in a statement to CBS, which airs the program. An NYPD public information officer said in an email on Monday the department was investigating the allegations, however they did not respond to a question about whether the 2005 incident was too old to face prosecution. Batali, who owns numerous restaurants, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee at one of his restaurants in 2005 in the new criminal investigation, according to the report. Batali was fired in December 2017 by ABC as co-host of The Chew, a daytime food and talk show, and also stepped away from his restaurant company after the accusations by the four women first surfaced.... [Read Full Story]

“Show Dogs” Filmmakers Respond To Critics Implying Movie Sends Message About Sexual Abuse

The new film “Show Dogs” stars Will Arnett and Ludacris, who is the voice of a talking police dog named Max who has to infiltrate a prestigious dog show, is causing concern among parents for a subplot which involves Max becoming comfortable with strangers touching his genitals. In the PG-rated film, Max must learn how to perform well as a show dog, which includes behaving during the “inspection” of his genitals by the show judges. Critics have likened that plot line to sexual predators “grooming” children to become comfortable with inappropriate touching. The filmmakers responded to the concerns with a statement: “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG. The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.” The movie debuted in theaters on May 18. ... [Read Full Story]

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Official Wedding Portrait Released

Kensington Palace released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding this past weekend. Photographer Alexi Lubomirski’s images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and their spouses, as well as Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and the children who served as bridesmaids and page boys.  A second image shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they now are known, just with the children. The newlyweds also posed for a less formal black and white photo. The palace said Monday that the pair “feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the U.K., Commonwealth, and around the world.”  Click on the linked article below to see the portraits.... [Read Full Story]

Barack And Michelle Obama Sign Production Deal With Netflix

Netflix confirmed a deal with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama on Monday, two months after rumors first started swirling that the former first couple was interested in producing content for the streaming service. Netflix tweeted that “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features” through their new entity Higher Ground Productions.  Former President Obama said in a statement: “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”... [Read Full Story]

2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran Wins Top Artist And Complete Winners List

The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show which aired live on NBC.  Ed Sheeran took home the top artist prize, and other big winners included Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. The show also featured performances from Janet Jackson, who accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and performed for the first time on television in nine years, as well as BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid & Normani, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Shawn Mendes & Khalid and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. ... [Read Full Story]

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Celebrate Their Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were officially married on Saturday, May 19 after exchanging their vows in front of the world at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.  The Royal Wedding 2018 has attracted huge global interest, with people tuning in from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the UK, over 18 million people watched the big day yesterday across a number of channels. BBC One, which covered the Windsor wedding between 9am and 2pm, averaged 8.7m viewers over the five hours, hitting a peak audience of 13.1m around 12:30pm during the middle of the ceremony. It was considerably the most watched television event of the year in the UK.  You can view highlights of the royal wedding in the linked article below. ... [Read Full Story]

First Look At ‘Murphy Brown’ Reboot Coming This Fall To CBS

CBS released the first trailer for the revival of the long-running hit comedy “Murphy Brown.” The trailer shows Candice Bergen as award-winning journalist Murphy Brown tackling the “state of cable news, clickbait, and a very different political and cultural climate.” Bergen’s character says. “The problem was I didn’t know what to do with myself – and then we had an election.” Original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg. Tyne Daly also joins the cast as Phyllis, the sister of beloved bar owner Phil. Murphy Brown premiered in November of 1988 and ran for 10 seasons on CBS, winning 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes. The Murphy Brown reboot will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.... [Read Full Story]

Stan Lee Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against His Former Company Over Image Rights

Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages from POW! Entertainment, the company he co-founded. In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, 95-year-old Lee alleged that POW! fraudulently forged his signature on legal documents and stole his identity. According to the lawsuit, POW! CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion are alleged to have “conspired and agreed to broker a sham deal to sell POW! to a company in China and fraudulently steal Stan Lee’s identity, name, image, and likeness.” Lee, who co-created super-heroes including the X-Men, the Avengers and the Black Panther, formed POW! (standing for “Purveyors of Wonder”) in 2001 with Champion and Arthur Lieberman. Lee is currently a Marvel “goodwill ambassador”, having received a $10 million payout when the company was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2010.... [Read Full Story]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-Off Is Coming To Freeform

Freeform has picked up a 10-episode spin-off of the popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist is another book series by the same PLL author Sara Shepard. The show is about two girls from Beacon Heights, a town know for its mysteries, who become the prime suspect in a murder they did not commit. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist will focus on new faces of the PLL universe — Sofia Carson from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Sydney Park from the Walking Dead and newcomer Eli Brown will all become part of the main cast. The show is created by I. Marlene King, who was the the same creator for the original series. The pilot has already been filmed, however, the series is not set to premiere until 2019.... [Read Full Story]

Pauley Perrette Responds To CBS Statement About Her ‘Multiple Assaults’ Claim

After CBS acknowledged a “workplace concern” involving Pauley Perrette of the crime drama “NCIS”, it prompted a response from the actress on Tuesday. Perrette had earlier posted a series of cryptic tweets saying she had endured “multiple physical assaults” and suggested that may have contributed to her departure from the show. “It’s horrifying,” she wrote. “I left.” CBS Television Studios issued a statement late Tuesday confirming that “over a year ago” Perrette ― who played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on “NCIS” for 15 seasons before her final episode aired last week ― “came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.” Perrette responded on Twitter by thanking CBS and saying the network “always had my back.”  ... [Read Full Story]

Singer Rihanna’s Stalker Is Charged With Vandalism, Burglary And Other Felonies

A man who broke into Rihanna’s Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Leon has not entered a plea and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9. Authorities say Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police. ... [Read Full Story]

Damon Wayans Accuses Former ‘Lethal Weapon’ Co-Star Clayne Crawford Of Injuring Him & Hitting Another Star On Set

A day after Clayne Crawford was officially replaced on “Lethal Weapon” due to allegations of misconduct on set, former co-star Damon Wayans leveled new accusations against the actor. In a series of tweets, Wayans shared a video of himself being hit in the back of the head by a piece of shrapnel and the subsequent injury from an episode of the show, that Crawford had directed. Wayans, who plays Murtaugh on the show, also posted a sticker calling Crawford an “emotional terrorist” and claimed that he “hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open.” Crawford, who played Martin Riggs, was fired last week after being accused of misconduct on set. His apology included a mention of an actor feeling unsafe because of falling shrapnel, but it’s unclear if that was about Wayans. ... [Read Full Story]

Kensington Palace Release Statement Requesting ‘Understanding And Respect’ Regarding Meghan Markle’s Father, Thomas Markle

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day.... [Read Full Story]

Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dead At 69

Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels. Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles she took roles on TV shows including “McQueen” and “Mod Squad.” Kidder also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage. Kidder was married three times, and after facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, she found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder. Kidder eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate. No cause of death has been disclosed.... [Read Full Story]

Avengers: Infinity War Becomes Fifth Biggest International Release Of All Time

Avengers: Infinity War opened in China this weekend, and with that release the film currently stands as the fifth biggest international release of all time. Disney said Sunday that the Marvel superhero film is estimated to now be up to $1.6 billion in sales following a $200 million opening weekend in China. In the US, the film has earned another $61.8 million in its third weekend in theaters. Infinity War has passed 2012’s The Avengers, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie brings together the stars of nearly every Marvel movie released over the past 10 years, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and many others against mad titan Thanos. While Infinity War and Black Panther were hugely successful, Marvel movies aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Marvel Studios is gearing up for its summer release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel coming in March 2019 and Avengers 4 set for May 2019.... [Read Full Story]

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Saved By NBC

One day after the show was canceled by Fox, NBC has rescued the popular sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The series received a 13-episode sixth season order from NBC. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. He added: “We’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled along with two other comedies — “The Mick” and ‘”The Last Man on Earth” — as Fox made room on its schedule for a crop of new shows. The news of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” resurrection marks the second major network shuffle of the day, as earlier on Friday, Fox announced it was reviving Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” one year after the show was canceled by ABC.... [Read Full Story]

Harvey Weinstein’s Estranged Wife Georgina Chapman Breaks Her Silence

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly for the first time about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein. Chapman spoke in the June issue of American Vogue about how she never suspected Weinstein of the multiple sexual assaults of which he has been accused.  “Absolutely not. Never,” she replied, when asked if she had suspicions, adding that she has “never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.” She said: “I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” Chapman shares two children with Weinstein: India, 7, and Dashiell, 5.  She disclosed that she has seen a therapist to help her work her way through the situation. “There was a part of me that was terribly naive – clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?… What are people going to say to them?… It’s like, they love their dad. They love him … I just can’t bear it for them!”... [Read Full Story]

Will Smith And Martin Lawrence’s ‘Bad Boys III’ Gets January 2020 Release Date

Bad Boys III” is coming soon to a theater near you. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are slated to return as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in “Bad Boys for Life,” which was given a tentative release date of January 17, 2020. This marks the latest chapter in the saga to bring a third “Bad Boys” film to the big screen, fifteen years after the release of “Bad Boys II.”  “Bad Boys III” was announced back in 2015, with action filmmaker Joe Carnahan attached to direct and a release the flick for February 2017. However the project was repeatedly delayed and Carnahan dropped out of the project. Now, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are set to direct.... [Read Full Story]

Annette Bening Joining “Captain Marvel”

Annette Bening is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The four-time Oscar nominee has signed on for a role in Captain Marvel. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing the film, which is set in the 1990s and will see the return of Marvel characters like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Brie Larson is headlining the film as the titular hero, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers after being exposed to alien DNA.  Captain Marvel marks Bening’s first superhero movie. She’ll next appear in Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, in theaters Friday. Production is currently underway on Captain Marvel, and is set to hit theaters March 8, 2019.... [Read Full Story]

Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her ‘Reputation’ Tour

Taylor Swift kicked off her Reputation stadium tour on Tuesday, May 8 — and the setlist includes 24 of her biggest hits. Swift performed 14 songs from her acclaimed 2017 album, Reputation, in addition to her previous singles and fan favorites. Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opened for Swift as they played for a sold-out crowd of 59,157 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Swift’s set ran for more than two hours and found her performing on three separate stages. The main platform featured a 172-foot tall video screen that curved and continued into the floor. The tour is scheduled through November, with U.S. dates including stops in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and East Rutherford, New Jersey.... [Read Full Story]

Watch Madonna’s Surprise Met Gala Performance Of ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Hallelujah’

59-year-old pop legend Madonna surprised fans with a performance during the annual Met Gala event this year in New York City. Madonna took over the interior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and performed her iconic 1989 song “Like a Prayer”and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah.” Keeping with the 2018 Met Gala’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Madonna took to a staircase inside the museum’s Great Hall dressed in a monastic cloak, accompanied by a score of backup performers dressed as monks. Earlier, she walked the star-studded benefit’s red carpet dressed in a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown, while a black net veil draped across her face with bejeweled crosses, rosaries, and a bouquet of black roses to complete the look.... [Read Full Story]

“Sherlock Holmes 3” Release Date Announced With Robert Downey Jr And Jude Law Returning

The Sherlock Holmes franchise is back as Warner Bros. announced that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be released on Christmas Day; December 25, 2020. Robert Downey Jr. will return as Holmes, alongside Jude Law, who stars as Sherlock’s famous sidekick, Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie directed the first two films in the Warners franchise, but no director is currently attached for Part 3. The script comes from Chris Brancato, writer for critically acclaimed series Narcos and Hannibal. Sherlock will have some pretty stiff competition at the Christmas box office in 2020. James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, is set to arrive on December 18, 2020 and the animated sequel Sing 2 will also arrive in theaters on Christmas Day, 2020.... [Read Full Story]

All The Red Carpet Looks From The 2018 Met Gala

Every year on the first Monday in May, the tradition known as the “Met Gala” takes place in New York City.  The annual event kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion exhibition, and features celebrities paired with designers to show off the fashion industry’s most bold and beautiful looks. This year, the museum’s show, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is the theme and the largest exhibition the Costume Institute has ever put on. It explores the relationship between visual Catholic traditions and fashion.  Celebrities including Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and more took over the red carpet. Take a look at looks from the red carpet below. ... [Read Full Story]

Amazon Show ‘Transparent’ To End With Fifth And Final Season

Transparent is moving forward without star Jeffrey Tambor, but this will be it’s last season.  Amazon’s original series will conclude with the upcoming fifth and final season, according to creator Jill Soloway. A few months after sexual assault allegations against Tambor and his subsequent dismissal from the series, Soloway admitted to finally feeling “a tiny bit like we are going to be okay.”  Transparent premiered in 2014 and won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2015, while Tambor won a Golden Globe and two Emmys for his portrayal of transgender matriarch Maura Pfefferman. The actor is no longer be involved with the show after sexual harassment accusations made by a Transparent guest star and former assistant led to his firing in February.... [Read Full Story]

Avengers: Infinity War Dominates Box Office Again With $112.5M In It’s Second Weekend

After delivering the biggest box office opening in history last week, Disney and Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War is on track to earn an estimated $112.5 million from 4,474 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, crushing its competitors while scoring the second-best second weekend ever. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed more, and Infinity War will bump Black Panther down to third on the list. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War marks the third Avengers film and the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War has received generally positive reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. An untitled sequel is already on the calendar for May 3, 2019.... [Read Full Story]