Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has heart operation

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Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has undergone a heart operation at the Cleveland Clinic

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Cast of ‘Younger’ stars in new PSA to protect women against violence

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Photo courtesy of TV Land(NEW YORK) — The cast of Younger is taking a stand to protect women against violence.

The show’s stars — Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis – have teamed up with The United State of Women for a new PSA in support of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994 and supports survivors of crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. In April, the House passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the act for five more years, but the Senate has not yet passed it.

“Girls, women, people who identify as women, and non-binary people are disproportionately affected by violence,” the cast says in the PSA.

“Right now long-standing funds to help and protect survivors of gender-based violence are under threat,” they continue. “It’s time to renew the Violence Against Women Act.”

The PSA urges fans to take action by going to

Younger is currently airing its sixth season on TV Land.

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Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl

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The Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has been arraigned on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club

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Judge upholds $6.6M judgment against rapper Yo Gotti

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A North Carolina judge didn’t throw out a $6.6 million judgment against Yo Gotti, even though the rapper asked that it be vacated

Stars mark #BourdainDay, Anthony Bourdain’s 63rd birthday, with emotional tributes

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Mike Pont/WireImage(HOLLYWOOD) — Anthony Bourdain would have been 63 today. To mark the celebrity chef’s birthday, fellow chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres launched “Bourdain Day,” in which they encouraged others to celebrate Bourdain, and announced a scholarship in his honor from his alma mater, The Culinary Institute of America.

The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship will finance students’ travels abroad to deepen their appreciation and understanding of foreign cuisine.

“The career of Chef Bourdain is a testament to the great power that travel can have in a culinary education—and in a full life,” the school said in a statement.

In celebration of #BourdainDay, his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, shared footage of Bourdain swimming with their daughter, Ariane.

Other celebrities posting their tributes on social media include Debi Mazar, Padma Lakshmi, and Rachael Ray.

Bourdain was found dead on June 8, 2018 in a luxury hotel in the tiny village of Kaysersberg, in the Alsace region of northeast France. He appeared to have hanged himself, according to officials.

Bourdain hosted three series that married his love of travel and food: No Reservations and The Layover for the Travel Channel and Parts Unknown for CNN. Just before his death, Bourdain had been filming an episode of Parts Unknown with Ripert, his close friend.

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Alcoholics Anonymous’ ‘Big Book’ collection up for auction

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A collection of 19 first-edition copies of the founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," will be auctioned off in Los Angeles next month

Go behind the scenes with ‘Bond 25’ in Jamaica

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MGM(JAMAICA) — Despite recent on-set mishaps, Bond 25 appears to be moving along just fine.

The production released a one-minute behind-the-scenes video Tuesday showing Daniel Craig and company on location in Jamaica. In addition to quick shots of Craig’s James Bond and the Caribbean nightlife, we see glimpses of Jeffrey Wright as Bond’s old pal Felix Leiter and a new character played by Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch.  

The film, directed by Cary Fukunaga, picks up with 007 enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica after leaving active service. But of course he gets pulled back in when Felix asks for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist.

Bond 25 has had some setbacks in a recent weeks. Last month, shooting was paused after Craig sustained an ankle injury on set. Then, a few weeks later, a crew member suffered a “minor injury” during the filming of a “controlled explosion.”

And earlier this week, The Independent reports a man was arrested and charged with voyeurism for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a women’s bathroom at England’s Pinewood Studios, where Bond is currently in production.

The film, which doesn’t yet have an official title, is still on track to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers

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Comedian Bill Cosby has filed a lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison and says the judge allowed testimony from other women accusers that wasn’t relevant

Breakfast of champions: Serena Williams to be the next athlete on General Mills’ Wheaties box

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General Mills(LOS ANGELES) — General Mills has found the perfect champion for its signature Wheaties box.

The company announced on Tuesday that tennis star Serena Williams will be the next athlete featured on the breakfast cereal’s iconic orange box.  

Serena took to Instagram to share the monumental news.

“In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box, Williams wrote.  “Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.”

She posted a photo of her Wheaties box cover, in which she wears a white dress.

Williams, who has been named the women’s player of the year seven times, has a long list of accomplishments. She has earned 23 major singles titles, 14 major doubles titles, and was ranked the world number one in women’s singles eight times between 2002 and 2017.

As mentioned, Williams is the second black tennis player to be featured on the box. She is also the first active tennis player featured since Pete Sampras in 2000 and the fourth female tennis player overall.

“I am so excited to be on the cover of the next Wheaties box,” said Williams in statement. “I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it’s an honor to join the ranks of some of America’s most decorated athletes. I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big.”

Williams’ limited-edition Wheaties box will become available in the U.S. starting next month.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ return to theaters will include deleted scene, ‘Spider-Man’ sneak peek

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased the news last week, but now it’s official. Avengers: Endgame is heading back to theaters this weekend…and now there’s even more incentive to see it again.

In addition to the original film, audiences will be treated to a video introduction by director Anthony Russo and an unfinished deleted scene. Not only that, but the showing will include a special sneak peek of the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, which takes place after the events of Endgame.

In select theaters, fans who buy a movie ticket will also receive an exclusive piece of Avengers art while supplies last. The art features a rendering of the Infinity Gauntlet with a variation of one of Tony Stark’s quotes from the movie: “We love you 3000.”

Avengers: Endgame, which first hit theaters on April 26, returns Friday, June 28.

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Ariana Grande is heading to ‘The Prom’ with Meryl Streep

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Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Ariana Grande is heading to The Prom with Meryl Streep.

According to Deadline, the two are among the star-studded cast on board for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical, The Prom.

They’ll be joined by James Corden, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman, who currently appears with Streep on HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Streep, Corden, Rannells and Kidman will play four washed-up Broadway stars who decide to champion the cause of a small-town high school senior named Emma who isn’t allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom. Ariana will play Alyssa, the popular daughter of the head of the school’s PTA.

Awkwafina and Keegan Michael-Key will also play key roles. A nationwide search is currently underway to cast the role of Emma.

Murphy will direct and produce the film, with shooting reportedly set to begin in December and aiming for a fall 2020 release in theaters before it hits Netflix.

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Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary

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The late singer’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity.

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Prince Harry, Meghan’s home renovations cost taxpayers $3M

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers’ money, royal accounts revealed Tuesday

‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Luke P.’s up to his old tricks, but manages to survive another week

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ABC/Mark Bourdillon(LOS ANGELES) — Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette saw the guys joining Hannah B. in Riga, Latvia, as she tried to turn things around following a trying time in Scotland last week.

The first date went to Garrett, along with the message, “Can I trust our love?” Hannah decides to surprise Garrett by taking him bungee jumping, but the surprise is on her as well because, apparently, Latvians like to bungee jump au naturel!

Afterward, Garrett says he’s ready to take another leap of faith, and tells Hannah he’s falling in love with her “big time.” She agrees that “sometimes when you’re falling in love, you just have to trust and take that leap,” and offers him the date rose.

When Garrett tells the other men about his naked bungee jump with Hannah, they’re all impressed, and a little jealous — except for Luke, who thinks Garrett is just making the whole thing up.

Next, Mike, Jed, Tyler, Dustin, Luke, Connor and Dylan are invited on a group date with Hannah, during which they take in the local culture. All goes well, with the men all getting along — until Hannah shares the details of her bungee jump with Garrett, forcing Luke to accept the naked truth. Needless to say, he’s not happy.

When Luke gets his turn alone with Hannah, her one-on-one with Garret comes up, and Luke expresses his disapproval, including concerns about bringing her home to meet his family. However, he insists he can forgive her, even when she makes a ”boneheaded mistake.”

Adding to Luke’s anger and frustration?  The date rose goes to Tyler, and not him.

The next one-on-one date goes to Peter, who joins Hannah for a Latvian spa ritual that combines elements of sauna with spiritual elements and massage techniques that promise to help them “get close to each other.”

Hannah had no doubts about their physical chemistry entering the date, but she needs to know if they can relate to each other on a deeper level. After exchanging stories of heartbreak, she’s satisfied Peter’s a potential match for her and gives him the rose.

After Peter spills the details of his date with Hannah, one of the other guys decides he needs to pay Hannah a surprise visit — but it’s not Luke. This time, it’s Jed. The Nashville singer/songwriter tries to woo her by serenading her outside her window, followed by some serious kissing, during which he reveals that he, too, is falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, tempers between two arch rivals flare again when Garrett confronts Luke about discussing the details of Garrett and Hannah’s one-on-one date. Luke tries to get Garrett to promise that their current conversation won’t make it back to Hannah before the rose ceremony, but Garrett will do no such thing.

“Why should I promise you?” asks Garrett. Luke then demands Garrett leave his room, saying he needs to get some sleep. Garrett obliges, saying “Sweet dreams, Luke,” as he leaves.

As the guys anxiously await the rose ceremony, Hannah pulls Luke aside to discuss their prior conversation about the bungee jump. She tells him she respects him for sharing his feelings, but the conversation “didn’t sit well” with her.

“You’re not my husband, you don’t own my body, you don’t own me,” Hannah declares. Luke defends the outburst by insisting Hannah simply “misunderstood” him, and promises that fighting to make their relationship work will be “worth it.”

“I don’t know,” is Hannah’s response.

Luke rejoins the other men and the fights continue, until they’re interrupted by host Chris Harrison, who tells them that, for the third straight week, Hannah has dispensed with the traditional cocktail party and they’ll head straight to the rose ceremony.

When the last rose is handed out, the guys are once again frustrated to see it go to Luke — especially Dylan and Dustin, who are sent home.

 “There’s goodness inside you, and I see that,” Hannah whispers to Luke before placing the rose in his lapel.

“What do you like about Luke,” Harrison later asks Hannah in private.

“I’m either falling in love with Luke, or Luke is making me go crazy,” is her answer.

Here are the seven remaining men:

Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX
Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL
Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA
Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX
Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA
Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL

The Bachelorette continues Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Stakes high for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

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First Democratic presidential debate isn’t just big for the candidates; NBC News will also be watched closely to see how it performs

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‘Jeopardy!’ champ out of debut World Series of Poker event

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"Jeopardy!" champion James Holzhauer finished out of money in his World Series of Poker debut in Las Vegas

Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

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Chicago police release more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men in January

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ABC’s Robin Roberts to host primetime special on legacy of ‘The Lion King’

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Rock’n Robin Productions(LOS ANGELES) — Before the new film hits theaters, The Lion King is getting its own primetime special on ABC.

Robin Roberts is set to host The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight, exploring the franchise’s long-lasting appeal and giving a sneak peek into the upcoming film.

The special will include interviews with director Jon Favreau and members of the cast, including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Roberts will also take viewers on a behind-the-scenes visit to the studios where the new film is currently being readied for theaters, and preview an exclusive unreleased scene.

The voice actors from the original 1994 animated Lion King — including Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons – will also participate in the special, along with Elton John, who co-wrote and performed songs in the original film and who contributes a new song to the new film.

“The legacy of The Lion King is absolutely incredible, and I’m excited to give fans a special look at this iconic film,” Roberts says in a statement.

“It’s a dazzling glimpse into what it takes to bring The Lion King to life in its many forms and how meaningful it has become for the cast members of both the original and new film, as well as Broadway and music legends.”

The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts airs Tuesday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Lion King, featuring CGI animation, hits theaters July 19.

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‘Jeopardy!’ champ playing in World Series of Poker events

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"Jeopardy!" champion and professional sports gambler James Holzhauer is making his World Series of Poker debut in Las Vegas, with plans to donate half of his winnings to charity

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McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims’ fund

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting this week with 9/11 first responders to talk about reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Fury unleashed: Samuel L. Jackson calls out Sony for Nick Fury eye patch blunder

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Jay Maidment(LOS ANGELES) — Sony Pictures has some major explaining to do to Marvel Cinematic Universe star Samuel L. Jackson.

On Monday, Jackson, who’s portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury since 2008’s Iron Man, took to Instagram to go off on a major blunder that Sony made in its ad campaign for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

In his post, Jackson shares an image of two side-by-side Homecoming posters that feature his Nick Fury character. However, in the poster on the left, Fury is wearing his signature eye patch on the wrong eye.

“Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F*** IS GOING ON HERE???!!! he captions the photo, adding the hashtags #headsgonroll #lefteyemuthafukkah.

Humorous as it may be, this isn’t the first time that there’s been a marketing blunder when it came to a Marvel superhero film.

In March, Marvel had to fix its Avengers: Endgame poster when Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s name was omitted. Of course, fans had plenty to say to Marvel when that happened.

“Don’t let it happen again,” one fan wrote, sharing a gif of Gurira saying, “Wakanda forever!”

Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2.

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‘True Justice’ explores lawyer who defends death row inmates

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A new documentary on modern civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson examines the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in the U.S. to those who have wrongly been put on death row.

Viola Davis determined to go above and beyond on diversity

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Viola Davis calls her production company a walking metaphor of inclusion

Roseanne Barr joining Andrew Dice Clay for "Mr. and Mrs. America" comedy tour

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James Devaney/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A year after her Roseanne revival was pulled off the air, Roseanne Barr is hitting the road for a new comedy tour with Andrew Dice Clay.

Barr shared a promo poster for the “Mr. and Mrs. America” tour on Instagram Sunday, which features her wearing a Statue of Liberty crown and Clay wearing an Uncle Sam top hat.

“On sale next week,” she captioned it.

Barr and Clay have known each other for years; they performed together at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas earlier this year.  

This tour marks Barr’s first official project since the Roseanne reboot was canceled by ABC. The cancellation came after Barr posted a controversial tweet likening former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape.”  

The rest of the Roseanne cast went on to star in the spin-off series, The Conners

Clay was most recently seen in A Star Is Born, playing the father of Lady Gaga’s character, Ally.

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