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‘Law & Order: Hate Crimes’ Coming To NBC

The next installment of the Law & Order franchise will focus on hate crimes. NBC announced a 13-episode order for “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” from executive producer Dick Wolf. The latest incarnation of the crime series will be introduced in the upcoming season of “Law & Order: SVU,” according to NBC’s co-president of scripted programming, Lisa Katz.  Katz called the series “extremely timely.” She added: “considering that last year there was a double-digit rise in hate crimes in our 10 largest cities — the highest total in over a decade — it seemed like this topic is begging to be explored.” “Law & Order: Hate Crimes” will be set in New York City, which is home to the second oldest bias-based task force in the US, NBC said. Co-creator Warren Leight added that the series will spotlight the men and women “on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation.” Series stars have not yet been announced. ...Read more

Henry Cavill To Star In The Witcher Remake For Netflix

Henry Cavill will play the lead role in the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher. “Witchers” are monster hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to fight deadly beasts. The series adaptation is based on the best-selling fantasy short stories and novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Cavill has been cast as the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. The books by Sapkowski have also been adapted into video games, which have sold millions of copies worldwide.  This will be the first TV role for Cavill, since The Tudors ended in 2010. The start date for the eight-part series has yet to be confirmed. ...Read more

Former Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens’ Speaks Out After He Was Job-Shamed For Working At Trader Joe’s

Actor Geoffrey Owens, who was a former regular on The Cosby Show, says he’s thankful for the support he has received since photos of him working a regular job at a supermarket were widely circulated. Speaking on Good Morning America and wearing his “Geoffrey” supermarket name tag, Owens said that he was “devastated” when the photos were made public, because he felt people were trying to job shame him. Owens said that he had been working at the New Jersey Trader Joe’s supermarket for 15 months “out of necessity” in between acting gigs and teaching, but that he has now quit because of the unwanted attention he has received. “It hurt, but it’s amazing,” Owens said. “There is no job that’s better than another. It may pay better, it may have better benefits, it may look better on paper. But it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile.” Owens said he had received “hints” of acting work since the story broke but that he would feel uncomfortable taking any jobs because of “this event”. ...Read more

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Labor Day Weekend Box Office

“Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t showing signs of slowing down at the box office in its third weekend in theaters. The romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again, with Warner Bros. estimating that the film added an additional $22.2 million this weekend, down only 10 percent from last weekend. To date, the film has grossed nearly $111 million from North American theaters. “Crazy Rich Asians” may have one of the biggest Labor Day weekends ever by the time final numbers are reported on Tuesday. The current four-day Labor Day record sits with 2007’s “Halloween” which opened with $30.6 million, and some are projecting that “Crazy Rich Asians” could hit $30 million. The movie easily won out over their competition at the box office, including the the Nazi war crime film “Operation Finale” and the sci-fi thriller “Kin.” Warner Bros.’ shark pic “The Meg” which took second place with an additional $10.5 million, bringing its global total to $462.8 million. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” in its fifth weekend, added $7 million for a third place finish. “Operation Finale” landed in fourth place with $6 million. ...Read more

Asia Argento’s Appearances On Episodes Of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Pulled By CNN

CNN is pulling footage of actress Asia Argento from her late boyfriend’s travel show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, following allegations she sexually assaulted a former 17-year-old co-star. The outspoken #MeToo activist was dating Bourdain at the time of his suicide earlier this year, and had appeared in two episodes of the show in Rome and Southern Italy; she also directed another episode in Hong Kong. All three shows have been removed from CNN’s streaming service, CNN Go. “In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento, CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice,” a CNN spokesperson said on Saturday, September 1st. Argento has been accused of paying former child star Jimmy Bennett hundreds of thousands in hush money after he accused her of sexually assaulting him in a hotel room five years ago, when he was 17. CNN aired the remaining Parts Unknown episodes Bourdain had filmed following his death. The former chef was working on a show in Strasbourg, France when he passed away in June. ...Read more

Model Tess Holliday Fire Back After Piers Morgan Body-Shames Her Over Cosmopolitan U.K. Cover

33-year-old plus-sized model Tess Holliday, who appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine’s October 2018 issue, is responding to comments by Piers Morgan in which he seems to be body-shaming Holliday. Morgan wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday morning: “As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.” Tess fired back, tweeting, “to everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m American so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life.”  Holliday says she is currently a size 22. She was a U.S. size 16 to 18 before she gave birth to her first son Rylee, and also shares son Bowie Juniper Holliday, 2, with husband Nick Holliday. “I look back on those photos now and I don’t wish I was that size, but what I wish is that I loved myself 120 pounds ago,” she said. “I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to finally love myself.” ‘The October 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan U.K., featuring Holliday on the cover, will be on sale today. ...Read more

Actor Gérard Depardieu Denies Rape And Sexual Assault Accusation

A woman has accused French actor Gerard Depardieu of rape and sexual assault, a judicial official told one of the nation’s national news networks on Thursday. The actor’s lawyer denied the accusations in several interviews. According to the French official, a woman filed a complaint on Monday near Aix-en-Provence in southern France; on Wednesday, the case was handed over to prosecutors in Paris. Reports said the incidents occurred on August 7 and 13 at Depardieu’s home, and that his accuser was a dancer and actress seeking professional advice. Known for roles in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “The Man in the Iron Mask” and recently the Netflix global original series “Marseille,” the actor’s attorney said he “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime.” ...Read more

Veteran Broadcaster Bob Costas Is Reportedly In Talks To Exit NBC

Sports announcer Bob Costas is negotiating his exit from NBC after nearly 40 years with the network. His contract runs through 2021. Costas, 66, declined to comment on specifics of the situation but talked in general terms about his tenure at NBC, saying: “There was a very long period of time when NBC’s programming suited my interests and abilities very well, from [late-night talk show] ‘Later,’ to the news magazines, to baseball, the NBA and the Olympics. And after deciding on my own to leave the Olympics after having done a dozen of them, you just look around and say, ‘What was once a perfect fit no longer fits that description.’” It is being reported that Costas wants to pursue an interview show that will stretch beyond sports. Last season was Costas’ first year in which he was absent from NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein Files Motion To Dismiss Ashley Judd’s Defamation Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein is seeking to dismiss a defamation lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against him earlier this year, insisting there’s no evidence to suggest he blacklisted her. Judd took legal action against the producer in April, accusing him of blacklisting her and sabotaging her career after she refused his sexual advances. In her suit, she referred to comments made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson late last year, when he confessed to dropping Judd from casting consideration for his 2001 blockbuster based on remarks Weinstein had allegedly made about her lack of professionalism.
Weinstein vehemently denied jeopardizing Judd’s career and now he is asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit because he claims neither Judd nor Jackson have any evidence to back up their accusations. Weinstein, who is already facing multiple sex assault charges in New York and Los Angeles, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. ...Read more

Louis C.K. Returns To NYC Stage After Admitting Sexual Misconduct

Comedian Louis C.K. has returned to the stage for apparently the first time after he admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct. He made an unannounced appearance Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village. The club’s owner, Noam Dworman, says the comedian was “very relaxed” and was greeted by an ovation from the audience. Five women last November accused the comedian of inappropriate behavior. He released a statement in which he said the stories were true and he expressed remorse for his actions. The actions resulted in the end of a production deal with FX Networks and the cancellation of a movie release. ...Read more