NBC renews ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Chicago’ dramas for 3 years

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NBC is giving three-year renewals to its drama series from veteran producer Dick Wolf, including the perennial “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Plácido Domingo revises apology, as Spain drops more shows

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Opera star Placido Domingo amended his apology to the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, adding several caveats Thursday to an earlier statement in which he said he took “full responsibility” for his actions

Plácido Domingo revises apology, as Spain drops more shows

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Opera star Placido Domingo amended his apology to the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, adding several caveats Thursday to an earlier statement in which he said he took “full responsibility” for his actions

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of ‘The Way Back’

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After a turbulent few years, Ben Affleck is trying to reclaim his life and reorder his career

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of ‘The Way Back’

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After a turbulent few years, Ben Affleck is trying to reclaim his life and reorder his career

Guests evacuated after boat at Disney World takes on water

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A boat filled with guests at Walt Disney World had to be evacuated after it took on water

Guests evacuated after boat at Disney World takes on water

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A boat filled with guests at Walt Disney World had to be evacuated after it took on water

Bette Midler to appear at GLAAD Media Awards for first time ever

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Bette Midler is set to make her first-ever appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards next month.

The singer, actress and LGBTQ icon will be a presenter at the New York ceremony on March 19, introducing her The Politician co-star Ben Platt’s performance.

As previously announced, Midler’s other Politician co-star Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award, and Sarah Paulson and Matt Bomer will be present the Vito Russo Award to screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy. Late-night host Lilly Singh will host.

It’s also been announced that Adam Lambert and his new Feel Something Foundation have partnered with GLAAD to give fans the chance to win a live FaceTime call from Adam during the awards show red carpet. Each donation of $20 is an entry to win.

Following the New York ceremony, the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place April 16. There, Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award.

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Bette Midler to appear at GLAAD Media Awards for first time ever

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Bette Midler is set to make her first-ever appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards next month.

The singer, actress and LGBTQ icon will be a presenter at the New York ceremony on March 19, introducing her The Politician co-star Ben Platt’s performance.

As previously announced, Midler’s other Politician co-star Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award, and Sarah Paulson and Matt Bomer will be present the Vito Russo Award to screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy. Late-night host Lilly Singh will host.

It’s also been announced that Adam Lambert and his new Feel Something Foundation have partnered with GLAAD to give fans the chance to win a live FaceTime call from Adam during the awards show red carpet. Each donation of $20 is an entry to win.

Following the New York ceremony, the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place April 16. There, Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award.

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Review: Kevin Krauter’s ‘Full Hand’ is dreamy introspection

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Kevin Krauter’s “Full Hand” draws on the music of his early youth, like emo and ‘90s rock, and on his personal experiences grappling with growing up, religion and sexuality

Review: Kevin Krauter’s ‘Full Hand’ is dreamy introspection

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Kevin Krauter’s “Full Hand” draws on the music of his early youth, like emo and ‘90s rock, and on his personal experiences grappling with growing up, religion and sexuality

Don’t say his name: Jordan Peele brings back 90s R&B, and a whole lot of bees, in new ‘Candyman’ trailer

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The first official trailer for Candyman has dropped, and Jordan Peele has brought fans a chilling preview to his highly anticipated remake of the 1992 classic horror film.

Set in a now-gentrified section of Chicago’s notorious Cabrini Green housing projects, where the Candyman’s original murders took place, Peele enlists Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Teyonah Parris for his update.

“The urban legend is if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and he kills you,” says Mateen in the promo.

Directed by Nia DeCosta, the new film has been described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. Although Peele hasn’t confirmed if the original Candyman, played by Tony Todd, will make an official return, from the look of the teaser, Mateen is seemingly taking on that role.

In a Q&A session ahead of the trailer’s premiere, DeCosta told media that Mateen is a reflection of the new Candyman and that there would be “plenty of gore” in the new film.

For fans paying close attention, the trailer is also set to a slowed-down version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.”

Based on a short story by Clive Barker, the original Candyman followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover’s father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge.  It spawned film sequels in 1995 and 1999

Candyman hits theaters on June 12.

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Don’t say his name: Jordan Peele brings back 90s R&B, and a whole lot of bees, in new ‘Candyman’ trailer

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The first official trailer for Candyman has dropped, and Jordan Peele has brought fans a chilling preview to his highly anticipated remake of the 1992 classic horror film.

Set in a now-gentrified section of Chicago’s notorious Cabrini Green housing projects, where the Candyman’s original murders took place, Peele enlists Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Teyonah Parris for his update.

“The urban legend is if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and he kills you,” says Mateen in the promo.

Directed by Nia DeCosta, the new film has been described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. Although Peele hasn’t confirmed if the original Candyman, played by Tony Todd, will make an official return, from the look of the teaser, Mateen is seemingly taking on that role.

In a Q&A session ahead of the trailer’s premiere, DeCosta told media that Mateen is a reflection of the new Candyman and that there would be “plenty of gore” in the new film.

For fans paying close attention, the trailer is also set to a slowed-down version of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.”

Based on a short story by Clive Barker, the original Candyman followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover’s father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge.  It spawned film sequels in 1995 and 1999

Candyman hits theaters on June 12.

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Star Elisabeth Moss says ‘The Invisible Man’ is for all the "invisible" women out there

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Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) — A new take on The Invisible Man hits theaters this weekend. Unlike previous incarnations of the classic Universal “monster” tale, this one packs a real-life emotional punch.

The film stars Handmaid’s Tale Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss as a woman in an abusive relationship with a man she thought was dead. 

A brilliant scientist, he figures out a way to render himself invisible, but he uses this technology not to better the world, but to terrorize Moss’ character. The problem is, most people don’t believe what they can’t see. 

The movie is a powerful metaphor, Moss tells ABC Audio, a twist that immediately drew her to the project.

“The invisible man standing in for, yes, bullying, for women losing their voices, for women not being believed and for gaslighting and for these subjects that are important to me as a woman.” She adds, “I…immediately sort of was like, well, that’s kind of brilliant.”

While The Invisible Man does deliver on the expected chills and “jump scares,” there’s more to it than that — like other classics, the actress and activist says: “You know, Poltergeist and The ShiningExorcist, they’re analogies. They’re metaphors for deeper political and societal issues.”

She adds, “I think…those are the movies that really have — they’re deeply scary. You know, they’re fun. They’re, you know, they’re terrifying. They’re beautiful visually. But then they do have something a little bit more to ground it in reality.”

The Invisible Man, which also stars Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Michael Dorman, opens Friday.

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Star Elisabeth Moss says ‘The Invisible Man’ is for all the "invisible" women out there

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Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) — A new take on The Invisible Man hits theaters this weekend. Unlike previous incarnations of the classic Universal “monster” tale, this one packs a real-life emotional punch.

The film stars Handmaid’s Tale Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss as a woman in an abusive relationship with a man she thought was dead. 

A brilliant scientist, he figures out a way to render himself invisible, but he uses this technology not to better the world, but to terrorize Moss’ character. The problem is, most people don’t believe what they can’t see. 

The movie is a powerful metaphor, Moss tells ABC Audio, a twist that immediately drew her to the project.

“The invisible man standing in for, yes, bullying, for women losing their voices, for women not being believed and for gaslighting and for these subjects that are important to me as a woman.” She adds, “I…immediately sort of was like, well, that’s kind of brilliant.”

While The Invisible Man does deliver on the expected chills and “jump scares,” there’s more to it than that — like other classics, the actress and activist says: “You know, Poltergeist and The ShiningExorcist, they’re analogies. They’re metaphors for deeper political and societal issues.”

She adds, “I think…those are the movies that really have — they’re deeply scary. You know, they’re fun. They’re, you know, they’re terrifying. They’re beautiful visually. But then they do have something a little bit more to ground it in reality.”

The Invisible Man, which also stars Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Michael Dorman, opens Friday.

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Jennifer Garner’s boyfriend “uncomfortable” with Ben Affleck namedropping her

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck can stop talking about his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner now -– at least that’s what Garner’s boyfriend, John Miller, wishes would happen.

On Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that a source close to Miller said that “he’s uncomfortable with Ben’s interviews.”

“John is empathetic to Ben’s struggles with sobriety, but he worries about how Jennifer has once again become the focus,” the source disclosed. “The spotlight on Jennifer is intense and Ben needs to consider her feelings before speaking so publicly.”

Affleck has been making headlines ever since his raw and authentic sit-down with The New York Times was released on February 18. In the celebrity profile, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker discussed his new project, The Way Back, his drinking problem, and his relationship with Garner.

During the interview, the Batman star dropped the bombshell that his divorce from the 47-year-old actress was “the biggest regret” of his life. 

The two were married from 2005 until 2018, with the last three years of their relationship being separated.  They have three children together.

Miller and Garner have been only been dating for two years and, according the insider, this may be a reason why he’s not all too thrilled about Affleck talking about her. 

“John believes Ben would remarry Jennifer if she wanted to get back together,” the insider said. “John wants to marry Jennifer but knows she isn’t ready yet.”

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Jennifer Garner’s boyfriend “uncomfortable” with Ben Affleck namedropping her

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck can stop talking about his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner now -– at least that’s what Garner’s boyfriend, John Miller, wishes would happen.

On Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that a source close to Miller said that “he’s uncomfortable with Ben’s interviews.”

“John is empathetic to Ben’s struggles with sobriety, but he worries about how Jennifer has once again become the focus,” the source disclosed. “The spotlight on Jennifer is intense and Ben needs to consider her feelings before speaking so publicly.”

Affleck has been making headlines ever since his raw and authentic sit-down with The New York Times was released on February 18. In the celebrity profile, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker discussed his new project, The Way Back, his drinking problem, and his relationship with Garner.

During the interview, the Batman star dropped the bombshell that his divorce from the 47-year-old actress was “the biggest regret” of his life. 

The two were married from 2005 until 2018, with the last three years of their relationship being separated.  They have three children together.

Miller and Garner have been only been dating for two years and, according the insider, this may be a reason why he’s not all too thrilled about Affleck talking about her. 

“John believes Ben would remarry Jennifer if she wanted to get back together,” the insider said. “John wants to marry Jennifer but knows she isn’t ready yet.”

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Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

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TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

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TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California

"He’s an emotional powerhouse": Will Yun Lee’s a fan of ‘Altered Carbon’ alter-ego Anthony Mackie

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — The second season of Netflix’s sci-fi series Altered Carbon is now available for your streaming pleasure — though co-star Will Yun Lee says preparing for his role in the show was considerably less fun.

Some background first.  In the futuristic show, a person’s consciousness can be uploaded to a new body — or “sleeve.”  Season one had actor Joel Kinnaman playing Takeshi Kovacs [KOH-vahsh], a super-soldier meant to patrol far-flung space colonies. 

Kovacs’ “original” sleeve was portrayed by actor Will Yun Lee, who told ABC Audio that matching Kinnaman’s real-life body was a challenge. 

“I was overweight for [another] show that gained like 30 pounds for, and I saw his body, and I said…’I’m so sorry, I can’t do this.'”

However, Lee recalled a conversation with show creator Laeta Kalodridis: “She said, ‘Well, how long would it take?’ I said, ‘Maybe five, six weeks,’ which is just an impossible feat. But I did it.”

He adds with a laugh, “But, you know, my wife hated me. I was, you know, eating nothing. And I doing three-a-days [workouts] and just killing myself.”

For season two, set 30 years after the original, Anthony Mackie also plays Kovacs — and both Kovacses face off against each other. 

“I was a little nervous to meet him at first…but we clicked right away,” Lee says of Mackie. “I think people are gonna be blown out of the water. He is an emotional powerhouse.”

A physical one, too, the martial artist admits. “He’s got heavy hands. So, you know, 4 a.m. fights with Anthony Mackie. Definitely, I had to be on my A-game.” 

Altered Carbon season two is now streaming on Netflix.

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"He’s an emotional powerhouse": Will Yun Lee’s a fan of ‘Altered Carbon’ alter-ego Anthony Mackie

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — The second season of Netflix’s sci-fi series Altered Carbon is now available for your streaming pleasure — though co-star Will Yun Lee says preparing for his role in the show was considerably less fun.

Some background first.  In the futuristic show, a person’s consciousness can be uploaded to a new body — or “sleeve.”  Season one had actor Joel Kinnaman playing Takeshi Kovacs [KOH-vahsh], a super-soldier meant to patrol far-flung space colonies. 

Kovacs’ “original” sleeve was portrayed by actor Will Yun Lee, who told ABC Audio that matching Kinnaman’s real-life body was a challenge. 

“I was overweight for [another] show that gained like 30 pounds for, and I saw his body, and I said…’I’m so sorry, I can’t do this.'”

However, Lee recalled a conversation with show creator Laeta Kalodridis: “She said, ‘Well, how long would it take?’ I said, ‘Maybe five, six weeks,’ which is just an impossible feat. But I did it.”

He adds with a laugh, “But, you know, my wife hated me. I was, you know, eating nothing. And I doing three-a-days [workouts] and just killing myself.”

For season two, set 30 years after the original, Anthony Mackie also plays Kovacs — and both Kovacses face off against each other. 

“I was a little nervous to meet him at first…but we clicked right away,” Lee says of Mackie. “I think people are gonna be blown out of the water. He is an emotional powerhouse.”

A physical one, too, the martial artist admits. “He’s got heavy hands. So, you know, 4 a.m. fights with Anthony Mackie. Definitely, I had to be on my A-game.” 

Altered Carbon season two is now streaming on Netflix.

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Steven Seagal not ‘Above the Law’, the SEC says; pays $314,000 to settle charges

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Brett Costello/Newspix/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actor and martial artist Steven Seagal is under siege again, this time from the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The agency announced Thursday that the actor has agreed to pay over $300,000 for failing to disclose payments he received from a cryptocurrency company for promoting a Bitcoin investment.

At issue was Seagal’s touting on social media in February and March, 2018, that he was backing an “initial coin offering” as an investment — but without disclosing he was getting paid a total of a million dollars in cash and Bitcoin tokens by the company in exchange for his endorsement.

The SEC also announced the Above The Law star settled the case without admitting or denying the accusation.

The announcing the settlement, the SEC said Seagal agreed to pay $157,000 in disgorgement, which represents his actual promotional payments, plus prejudgment interest, and a $157,000 penalty.

In addition, Seagal agreed not to promote any securities, digital or otherwise, for three years.

Kristina Littman, Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit, said in a statement, “Celebrities are not allowed to use their social media influence to tout securities without appropriately disclosing their compensation.”

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Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda use star power to promote NYC census

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a public service announcement aimed at getting New Yorkers of all backgrounds, including immigrants, to participate in the once-a-decade head count

Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda use star power to promote NYC census

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a public service announcement aimed at getting New Yorkers of all backgrounds, including immigrants, to participate in the once-a-decade head count

Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms

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Country duo Dan + Shay are Beliebers: The powerhouse duo are sharing Academy of Country Music Awards nominations with pop star Justin Bieber, a first-time nominee

Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms

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Country duo Dan + Shay are Beliebers: The powerhouse duo are sharing Academy of Country Music Awards nominations with pop star Justin Bieber, a first-time nominee

Chloe sparkles as giant Paris fashion exhibit space opens

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It teemed with sparkling detailing — long silvery organic earrings, foliage-like necklaces, silver eyelets on collars, shiny rings and bracelets, gold handbag chains and buckles

Chloe sparkles as giant Paris fashion exhibit space opens

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It teemed with sparkling detailing — long silvery organic earrings, foliage-like necklaces, silver eyelets on collars, shiny rings and bracelets, gold handbag chains and buckles

Kobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auction

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Some key Kobe Bryant memorabila, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and handprints he left outside a Hollywood landmark, are going up for sale in April

Kobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auction

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Some key Kobe Bryant memorabila, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and handprints he left outside a Hollywood landmark, are going up for sale in April