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Oscars Awards Aims To Boost Diversity With 928 New Member Invitations

The group behind the prestigious Oscars film awards has invited 928 artists and executives to join the Academy Awards body – almost half of whom are women. Of those invited by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, just over a third are from minorities. The move is part of a plan to double the number of women and ethnic minorities in the Academy by 2020. Women on the list include Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Schumer, Ann Dowd, Christine Baranski, Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman. Listed notable male stars include African-American comedian Dave Chappelle, actor Daniel Kaluuya, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Get Out, and French-American actor Timothée Chalamet, who starred in the film Call Me By Your Name. ...Read more

Actor Terry Crews Brings His Fights Against Sexual Assault To Capitol Hill

Actor Terry Crews recounted his story of sexual assault, as he appeared before a Senate committee hearing to advocate for the “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.” Crews told lawmakers on Tuesday that even as a former NFL linebacker and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, “I sit here as an example” of survivors. Crews said, “This happened to me, too.” The “Survivors’ Bill of Rights” would create special protections for sexual assault survivors, including not charging survivors for an examination, preserving rape kits for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, and providing survivors with written notification before a rape kit is disposed of. Crews told senators of his assailant that “the assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control.” Crews says the assault happened during a 2016 party he attended with his wife. “I was sexually assaulted by a successful Hollywood agent,” he said candidly. He previously has identified the perpetrator as Adam Venit, who at the time headed the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor. ...Read more

Roseanne Barr Breaks Down In First Interview Since Scandal

In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.” Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person a monkey. What can I do now except say of course, I’m not a racist, I’m an idiot.  Barr spoke tearfully for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.”  Barr said of her tweet that she “didn’t mean what they think I meant. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.” ...Read more

Heather Locklear Arrested Again On New Battery Charges

Heather Locklear has been arrested on suspicion of fighting with first responders for the second time this year, authorities said Monday. Locklear appeared extremely intoxicated when deputies arrived at her Southern California home at about 11 p.m. Sunday to investigate a dispute between Locklear and either family members or friends, Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said. Locklear kicked one of the deputies then kicked a paramedic who was called to evaluate her because of her intoxication, Kuredjian said. She was taken to a hospital then taken to jail and booked on two misdemeanor battery counts, he said. Locklear was released Monday morning after posting $20,000 bail. ...Read more

“Game Of Thrones” Co-Stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie Marry In Scotland

Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie were married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland. The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family.  Harington and Leslie were greeted by members of the public who had gathered outside the church. Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke and John Bradley. Harington and Leslie met in 2012 on the set of the HBO series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in U.S. legal drama “The Good Fight.” The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September. ...Read more

Michael Jackson Musical Coming To Broadway In 2020

A new Broadway musical inspired by the life of the late entertainer Michael Jackson will be coming to the Great White Way in 2020.  Jackson’s estate has teamed up with Columbia Live Stage to develop a new musical with a book written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. The music in the show will feature songs from Jackson‘s catalog. Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony winner best known for his work on An American in Paris, is set to direct and choreograph the show. ...Read more

ABC Announces ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Without Roseanne Barr Called ‘The Conners’

ABC will air a new “Roseanne” spinoff series called “The Conners” ― minus any involvement from Roseanne Barr, the network announced Thursday. The project was green-lit just weeks after the network canceled a reboot of Barr’s eponymous show following a series of racist comments the actress posted to Twitter about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. The new sitcom will debut with 10 episodes, and is set to premiere in Fall 2018.  “Roseanne” series stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will return. “The Conners” will air in “Roseanne’s” vacated Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. time slot. ABC said in a statement, “The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love,. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.”  ...Read more

Demi Lovato Sings About Addiction Struggles And Relapse In New Single “Sober”

Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety in March, but her new song indicates she may no longer be sober. The pop star released ” Sober ” on YouTube on Thursday, and Lovato tweeted a link to the song with the words “My truth.” The singer-actress struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues, entering rehab in 2010. She has spoken out about her battles with drugs and alcohol over the years, and she’s become a role model for young women and men who have faced their own issues. Lyrics of the song include: “Momma, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.” Representatives for the 25-year-old singer didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. ...Read more

Michael B. Jordan And Sylvester Stallone Return In First “Creed II” Trailer

In the first trailer for Creed II, Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, whose latest opponent is a blast from the past and will be familiar to fans of the “Rocky” franhise. Creed is set to take on Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Creed’s father during a match in Rocky IV. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe for Creed and wrote Creed II, is back for his eighth go-around as Balboa, while Tessa Thompson returns as Creed’s love interest Bianca. Wood Harris and Phylicia Rashad also star. Creed II opens in theaters on Nov. 21. Watch the Creed II trailer below. ...Read more

Eva Longoria And Husband Jose Bastón Welcome First Child Together

“Desperate Housewives” alum Eva Longoria is a mom. The actress, 43, welcomed her first child, a boy, with husband José “Pepe” Bastón, 50, on Tuesday. She shared a photo of baby Santiago Enrique Bastón saying “we are so grateful for this beautiful blessing.” Bastón runs Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, and has three children from from a previous marriage. Longoria took her fans along with her as she documented her pregnancy on social media.  ...Read more