Status hearing set for civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett

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Chicago is suing the actor for the costs of an investigation.

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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child start a new series

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"Old Bones," a historical mystery surrounding the fate of the Donner Party, propels the start of a new series from the writing duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

50 Cent says he never planned for ‘Power’ to end after its sixth season

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50 Cent and Omari Hardwick; ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — The sixth and final season of Power debuts Sunday on Starz, but if you ask series co-creator and star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the show was never supposed to end so soon.

“I did intend for it to continue,” the rapper-turned-executive producer tells ABC Radio. “I didn’t think it had to end. I said season seven and season one. I was using the success of The Sopranos, the success of The Wire.”

And, Courtney was adamant about season six and a half, season seven, because you want to put a button on it before she exhausts the story,” 50 adds, referring to Power creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp.

Although he agrees with Kemp that the “show should go [out] on a high note,” 50 notes that fans won’t have long to wait long before Power officially returns with its sequel, Power Book II: Ghost, in January, which he says will pick up right where Power leaves off.

“Be aware that when you watch the finale, that Power is going to come back on,” he says. “36 to 48 hours after what you’re seeing. So, everyone… that’s still there is back in place. And, of course we’ll introduce new characters and things, but the series continues to go — it continues to grow.”

And for fans eager to know what to expect from Power Book II: Ghost, 50 says it’ll deal with “The aftermath of the choices that people make,” he says, referring to the characters that will remain after Power‘s finale. “That could have been another title for it: life is choices.”

Power, also starring Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Rotimi and La La Anthony, returns Sunday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

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‘Pose’ stars dish on what to expect from season two finale: "The foundation…is love and family"

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Dominique Jackson as Elektra in “Pose”; Michael Parmelee/FX(NEW YORK) — The groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated drama series Pose concludes its second season tonight on FX.

This season, the series — which follows African-American and Latino LGBTQ ball culture in New York City in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s — tackled everything from the effect of Madonna’s “Vogue” to the growing AIDS crisis.

The season finale will time-jump to 1991, but no matter how much time passes, Pose stars Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore say the characters will always come back to their chosen families, known as Houses.

“[The] foundation between the characters…is love and family,” Jackson, who plays the fierce House mother Elektra, tells ABC Radio. “So no matter how we may fuss, fight or where we go, you will always find us coming back together to be one, to be there for each other, as Elektra has run back to Blanca so many damn times.”

Moore, who plays aspiring model Angel on the show, says we’ll see the characters maturing as they branch out to follow their dreams.

“The finale is really good at, I think, materializing everything that’s been happening throughout the first season and the second season,” Moore says. “So we get to see kind of like what the finalization, that end point, what that manifestation of everything that’s been happening — from the turmoil to redemption.”

Moore adds, “We get to see how all those things add up and how the families mature, whether together or separately.”

Pose, also starring Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on FX. It’s already been renewed for season three.

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Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

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The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging three of the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws

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Dolphins’ Stills objects to comments by Jay-Z about NFL deal

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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is objecting to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

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A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago

Publisher confirms Halperin book despite intense criticism

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Mark Halperin’s planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn’t earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment

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Mark Halperin’s planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn’t earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment

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TV writers union says agents are violating antitrust law

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The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging three of the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws

TV writers union says agents are violating antitrust law

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The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging three of the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws

Anything goes with ‘Lodge 49’, but characters are key, says star Wyatt Russell

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Jackson Lee Davis/AMC(NEW YORK) — Season 2 of AMC’s quirky Lodge 49 just got underway last week, and series lead Wyatt Russell is still struggling to describe it — but then again, that’s exactly the point of the critically acclaimed AMC show.

In broad strokes, Russell, the son of Kurt and Goldie Hawn, plays Sean “Dud” Dudley, an eternally optimistic surfer and former pool maintenance worker who stumbles across the titular lodge. The establishment is a forgotten Elks-type club, but beneath its cast of aging attendees wiling away the time with beer and Bunco Night, there’s actually magic within its walls.

The unusual show, which also stars Sonya Cassidy as Dud’s sister Liz, and Brent Jennings as Ernie, the member who takes Dud under his wing, has an extremely unique style. As mundane as it its world is magical, the series is flavored by performances from character actors like Brian Doyle Murray, and for season 2, Paul Giamatti and Cheech Marin.

“Dud and Ernie could be riding a magic carpet over the pyramids in Egypt — I mean that could literally happen in this show. You know, although it probably won’t,” Russell laughs. “And then you can also be…wallowing in someone’s pain over getting fired and what that means to that person, or what being in debt means to Liz.” 

He adds, “Those aspects of the show are are just as important as the crazy qualities. But they offset each other in a way that kind of makes it like a really unique experience.” 

In season one, Dud becomes the youngest member of the Lodge by, well, decades, but his arrival onto the scene shakes things up for the others. 

You can catch up with the first season on Hulu and watch episodes on AMC online. Lodge 49 airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET.

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Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

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Musician Paul Simon visits Hawaii forest to plant tree in area environmentalists attempting to reinvigorate

Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

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Musician Paul Simon visits Hawaii forest to plant tree in area environmentalists attempting to reinvigorate

Keanu Reeves gives Make-A-Wish kid an ‘Excellent Adventure’

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Make-A-Wish(LOUISIANA) — Keanu Reeves gave one Make-A-Wish kid an “excellent” surprise recently.

Emily, a 16-year-old with kidney disease, counts Reeves’ 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as her favorite movie, and her one wish was to meet the actor in person.

But Keanu did her one better: He arranged for them to spend a special day together on the set of Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the franchise, which is currently shooting in Louisiana.

Emily got to sit down with Reeves and ask him questions, as well as have lunch with the cast and crew and watch a scene being filmed.

The two also did a fun photoshoot together, with Reeves dressed in character as Ted.

According to Make-A-Wish New Jersey, Emily’s mom, Deborah, said, “It was an unbelievable day. She hasn’t been this happy in months! Keanu seemed to be having as much fun with Emily as she was with him.”

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Midge takes her comedy on the road in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ season three trailer

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Amazon Prime Video(NEW YORK) — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is hitting the road for season three and taking viewers along for the ride.

The new trailer for the third season of the Emmy-winning Amazon comedy series has been released and in it, we see housewife-turned-standup comic Midge Maisel — played by Rachel Brosnahan — and her manager Susie, played by Alex Borstein, on their first comedy tour together.

We also see Midge’s parents, played by Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle, as they attempt to deal with their knowledge of their daughter’s profession.  There are also glimpses of the return of Jane Lynch’s character, rival comedian Sophie Lennon, as well as a new character played by Sterling K. Brown.

The third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns to Amazon Prime on December 6.

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Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Award

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Tommy Orange’s novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year’s winners of American Book Awards

Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Award

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Tommy Orange’s novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year’s winners of American Book Awards

‘Boy Meets World’ cast reunites at Boston Fan Expo

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Disney Channel/Ron Tom(BOSTON) — Fans of the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World took over Fan Expo in Boston this weekend to see some of their favorite stars.

The cast members in attendance to celebrate? Danielle Fishel — who played Topanga Lawrence during the show’s seven-season run — and her on-screen husband, Ben Savage, aka Cory Matthews.

William Friedle, who played Cory’s older brother, Eric; Rider Strong, aka Shawn Hunter, and William Daniels, who played beloved teacher Mr. Feeny on the hit show, joined them at the event and posed for many photographs together.

They also participated in a Q&A for fans of the show.

Friedle shared one of the group photos, captioning the playful snap, “We’re baaaaaack! #nanananananana #fanexpoboston #crewsbacktogether #thiswasbillsidea.”

He also shared a shot of the group having some fun during the photo shoot without Mr. Feeny.

“Lesson learned: Never try to take Danielle’s chair,” Friedle captioned a funny image with his former cast mates, showing Danielle commandeering the only chair.

Savage shared a photo with the group hanging out in Boston.

“Boston tea party,” he captioned the shot.

The cast seems to enjoy reuniting with each other; they often appear at Comic Con events across the country.

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s ‘The Morning Show’ debuts first trailer

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Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) — Your first look at Apple TV’s The Morning Show is here.

The drama debuted its first trailer Monday, which begins with Jennifer Aniston’s morning show anchor Alex Levy announcing the departure of her longtime co-host Mitch Kessler, played by Steve Carell, following “allegations” against him.

Reese Witherspoon plays Bradley Jackson, a field reporter who doesn’t fit “any mold,” who’s brought in to breathe some life into the ailing morning show. Alex is, of course, threatened by her presence even though Bradley claims she “doesn’t want her job.”

Aniston and Witherspoon also serve as executive producers on the series, which co-stars Mark Duplass, Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Apple has already ordered two seasons of the show, with the first batch of 10 episodes debuting on Apple TV Plus this fall.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ poised to become Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time

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Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) — With a box office haul expected to reach $1.109 billion by Monday, Spider-Man: Far from Home is expected to surpass Skyfall‘s $1.108 billion to become Sony’s highest-grossing film ever.

Spider-Man: Far from Home, starring Tom Holland, is also the only non-Disney title to cross $1 billion globally this year. The milestone comes a little over three weeks after it crossed the $1 billion global earnings threshold.

Additionally, with earnings of $376 million in the U.S., Spider-Man: Far from Home has become the second-highest grossing Spider-Man movie ever domestically, behind the titular 2002 film, and has topped Spider-Man 2’s haul of $373.6 million.

Spider-Man: Far from Home also stars Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ poised to become Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time

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Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) — With a box office haul expected to reach $1.109 billion by Monday, Spider-Man: Far from Home is expected to surpass Skyfall‘s $1.108 billion to become Sony’s highest-grossing film ever.

Spider-Man: Far from Home, starring Tom Holland, is also the only non-Disney title to cross $1 billion globally this year. The milestone comes a little over three weeks after it crossed the $1 billion global earnings threshold.

Additionally, with earnings of $376 million in the U.S., Spider-Man: Far from Home has become the second-highest grossing Spider-Man movie ever domestically, behind the titular 2002 film, and has topped Spider-Man 2’s haul of $373.6 million.

Spider-Man: Far from Home also stars Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Chinese pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong

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At least eight mainland Chinese pop stars and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s one-China policy, eliciting a mixture of disappointment and understanding from fans

Chinese pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong

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At least eight mainland Chinese pop stars and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s one-China policy, eliciting a mixture of disappointment and understanding from fans

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