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Neil Simon, Celebrated Playwright, Dies At 91

Playwright Neil Simon, whose hits included “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy, has died. He was 91. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, his longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations.Simon was one of the American theater’s most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears. Simon’s stage successes included “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” ”Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” ”The Sunshine Boys,” ”Plaza Suite,” ”Chapter Two,” ”Sweet Charity” and “Promises, Promises.” Many of his plays were adapted into movies and “The Odd Couple” became a popular television series. Simon was the recipient of four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Center honors (1995), four Writers Guild of America Awards, an American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement honor and, in 1983, he had a Broadway theater named after him when the Alvin was rechristened the Neil Simon Theatre. Simon was married five times, twice to the same woman. He is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. ...Read more

New Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Being Reviewed By L.A. District Attorney’s Office

Authorities confirmed on Wednesday that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is reviewing a new sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey. This is the second case presented to the district attorney’s office from law enforcement against Spacey. The initial case was presented to the district attorney’s office April 5 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It is unclear which law enforcement agency filed this new case. Spacey has all but disappeared from view after he was accused by a number of men of sexual assault and misconduct during the #MeToo movement. The actor is under investigation both in America and in Europe from alleged forced sexual encounters. The first person to come forward with an allegation was actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed Spacey made sexual advances toward him in his New York apartment in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey responded to that accusation with a highly-controversial statement, and he has remained silent over subsequent allegations and investigations. ...Read more

Bewitched Reboot In The Works From ‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris For ABC

A Bewitched reboot might soon be making it’s way to the ABC network. According to multiple reports, a new version of the 1960s supernatural sitcom has received a pilot production commitment from the network. This new take, from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, will feature an interracial blended family. It’s the last project Barris sold to ABC before he moved on to Netflix. The series would follow Samantha, a black single mom who happens to be a witch, and her husband Darren, a white regular guy who’s a bit of a slacker. The original Bewitched ran for eight seasons from 1964 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha.  A movie version starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell was released in 2005. ...Read more

‘Big Bang Theory’ to End in 2019 After 12-Season Run

CBS’ long-running sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” will end after its upcoming 12th season. The final season will debut Monday Sept. 24, before moving to its regular Thursday time slot on Sept. 27. When the series ends next May, it will finish as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history with 279 episodes. In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to an epic creative close.” ...Read more

Actor Ben Affleck To Enter Rehab For Alcohol Addiction

Ben Affleck is heading back to rehab for the third time. The actor, 46, is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. The move to enter a treatment facility came after his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, was photographed arriving at his home on Wednesday. The two were later seen leaving the house together. On Monday, the Justice League star was photographed receiving an alcohol delivery outside of his Brentwood, Calif. home. Affleck was seen outside of his house as he picked up a Pacifico beer-branded box filled with what appeared to be scotch whisky in a blue case and some other unidentifiable bottles. Affleck’s first time in rehab was in 2001, and then in March 2017, he announced that he had again completed treatment for alcohol addiction. ...Read more

Current Miss America And Former Winners Demand Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson Resign Amid Bullying Accusations

Nineteen former Misses America are calling on leaders of the Miss America organization to step down amid allegations from reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, that she was subject to bullying. Mund claimed in a letter to former pageant winners she had been bullied, manipulated and silenced by leaders within the organization since receiving the crown, which top officials have vehemently denied. Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said she was “surprised” and “saddened beyond words” by Mund’s accusations. She added that she has since reached out to Mund to discuss her concerns. Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” and co-hosted “Fox and Friends.” She left Fox News in 2016, the same year she filed a sexual harassment suit against late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. On Jan. 1 of this year, Carlson, a former Miss America winner herself, announced her new role as chairwoman after crude emails from the organization’s executives, some involving vulgar comments about the pageant’s previous winners, surfaced. The scandal led to the resignation of CEO Sam Haskell, COO and President Josh Randle and board chair Lynn Weidner. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Will Headline All-New Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special In 2019

Tiffany Haddish will bring her comedic talent to Netflix in an original hour-long stand-up comedy special. Haddish will tape the special in early 2019 and it will premiere globally later in the year. Haddish can currently be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on The Last O.G., and will soon star in Night School, The Oath, and Nobody’s Fool. She will also voice the character Tuca in the upcoming Netflix adult animated series Tuca & Bertie. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary and Comedy for Netflix said:  “Tiffany Haddish is a force. Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.” ...Read more

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breaks Multiple Box Office Records During Opening Weekend

Romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” was No. 1 at the weekend box office in North America, raking in an estimated $34 million in ticket sales since Wednesday’s opening. The movie is being celebrated as a turning point for Asian-Americans; and it’s been a quarter century since the last time a nearly all-Asian cast starred in a Hollywood studio film, which was 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club.”  Crazy Rich Asians beat out The Meg and Mile 22. The Jon Chu-directed picture is also the first romantic comedy to rake in more than $20 million in its opening weekend in three years, and it was the best performing PG-13 rom-com since Think Like A Man, released in 2012. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name and stars Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu and newcomer Henry Golding. ...Read more

Prominent #MeToo Activist & Actress Asia Argento Paid Off Actor Jimmy Bennett After He Accused Her Of Sexual Assault

The New York Times reported Sunday that months after publicly accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, actress and filmmaker Asia Argento made a deal with a young actor who accused her of sexual assault. Argento was among the first women to accuse movie mogul Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and has been a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. The New York Times claimed it has lawyers’ documents showing that actor and musician Jimmy Bennett alleged Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37. Bennett said the assault took place at a hotel in California, where the age of consent is 18. Bennett played Argento’s son in the 2004 movie “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” The Times reported they received the documents “through encrypted email by an unidentified party,” and that they included “a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.” “As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Ms. Argento, now 42,” the story said. “Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.” Bennett reportedly asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages, a month after she spoke out about Weinstein last October. Argento later arranged to pay Bennett $380,000; the first installment was made in April 2018. ...Read more