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‘House of Cards’ Resumes Production, Adds Greg Kinnear And Diane Lane

Three months after production was shut down in the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against star Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” has resumed production on its sixth and final season, according to an official release from Netflix. Netflix also announced Wednesday that Oscar-nominated actors Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane have joined the cast, which will now focus on it’s star Robin Wright. The final season will feature eight episodes, and it is reported that Kinnear and Lane will play siblings. “House of Cards,” launched in 2013 and has received 53 Emmy nods over the years, with seven wins. No plot details have been released about the final season, though Wright’s Claire Underwood was sworn in as president toward the end of last season with Spacey’s character pushed out of office. ...Read more

Tom Hanks To Play Mr. Rogers In Upcoming Biopic

Tom Hanks is set to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic film about the children’s show host. TriStar pictures announced it has acquired the worldwide rights to the film Monday. It’s chosen Hanks to play Fred Rogers in the biopic, and filmmaker Marielle Helle will be the film’s director. The film, called “You Are My Friend,” is expected to focus of the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Juno who wrote a profile on Rogers that he said “transformed” his perspective on life. Rogers passed away in 2003 at the age of 74.  Production for “You Are My Friend” will start in September of this year, with the film expected to be released sometime in 2019. ...Read more

Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35. Salling’s death by suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The actor’s body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning” his attorney, Michael Proctor said. Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to “one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor” and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender. Salling appeared on Glee as Noah “Puck” Puckerman between 2009 and 2015.  ...Read more

Scott Baio Denies Misconduct Claims By Former Co-Star Nicole Eggert

Actress Nicole Eggert has accused her former “Charles in Charge” costar, Scott Baio, of molesting her when she was underage. Baio responded by accusing Eggert of making up claims about him. The controversy began over the weekend when Eggert, 46, called Baio a “creep” on Twitter, tweeting to another user to ask him “what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Another tweet from the “Baywatch” actress, which has since been deleted, alleged that Baio began behaving inappropriately when she was 14.  Baio, 57, himself tweeted that Eggert’s allegations are “100% lies,” before elaborating in a 16-minute Facebook Live video on Saturday. Though he did concede to having sex with Eggert, it happened long after “Charles in Charge” went off the air and when she was an adult, Baio said. ...Read more

Omarosa Returns To Her Reality-TV Roots And Joins ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Omarosa Manigault, who left the White House at the tail end of last year, is set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother houseOmarosa, memorable from her appearances on NBC’s The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, joined the Trump administration as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She officially left her post on Jan. 20. In late December, she exited the White House and rumors flew that she was fired by W.H. chief of staff John Kelly. The show will premiere on Feb. 7 and will run until Feb. 25. The first two-hour live eviction where one of the cast members will get voted out of the house will air on Feb. 9. Each cast member will be competing to make it to the end of the game and win the $250,000 grand prize.  ...Read more

Bruno Mars And Kendrick Lamar Big Winners At The 2018 Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards ceremony aired Sunday, January 28 and the big winners included Bruno Mars, who dominated with seven awards, including the honors for Album, Song, and Record of the Year; Kendrick Lamar, who also received five awards, including for Best Rap Album; and Chris Stapleton, who won in three categories, including Best Country Album. JAY-Z, who lead the nominees with eight nods, received no awards. The 2018 awards show featured standout performances from Rihanna, Kesha, SZA, Cardi B with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and more. The late Carrie Fisher and singer Leonard Cohen were also awarded posthumous Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Rock Performance, respectively. ...Read more

Actor Jeremy Piven Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations From 3 More Women

Jeremy Piven, who has previously denied allegations of sexual misconduct from at least three women, is facing further accusations that date back decades, an online news site reported Saturday. Three additional women claim Piven acted in a physically aggressive or threatening manner, BuzzFeed News reported in a story that included the actor’s rejection of the allegations as “false.” The women said they were speaking out because of frustration over Piven’s previous denials. One incident allegedly involved a high school student working as an extra in 1985 on Piven’s first film, “Lucas,” when he was 17. The other encounters took place in the 1990s.  A lawyer representing Piven didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.  ...Read more

Magician David Copperfield Backs #MeToo Movement After Sexual Assault Allegation

David Copperfield is speaking out on the #MeToo movement as he faces new sexual assault allegations. The 61-year-old illusionist took to social media on Wednesday just hours before a report surfaced that alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted a former teenage model 30 years ago. He also praised #MeToo, a social movement fighting back against sexual assault and misconduct, as “crucial and long overdue,” but he also cautioned against false accusations of sexual assault. In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of having lured a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting her. The FBI investigated the claim for two years but ultimately dropped the case. The most recent allegations come from former aspiring model Brittany Lewis, who claims that Copperfield sexually assaulted her during a trip to California in 1988, when she was 17.  ...Read more

‘Murphy Brown’ Returning To TV With Candice Bergen To Reprise Lead Role

CBS announced on January 24 that Murphy Brown, the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1998, will return to the network with new episodes. Candice Bergen, who starred as television journalist Murphy Brown, will reprise her role to lead the revival. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series, set to debut in the 2018-2019 season. Original creator Diane English, who left the original show after season 4, will also return as writer/executive producer.  Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations and won 18 , five that went to Bergen for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.  In 1996, she withdrew from the Emmys race, declining further nominations for that role to make room for other actresses. ...Read more

Joel Taylor Of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” Dead At Age 38

Joel Taylor, who starred on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, has died at the age of 38. Taylor’s death was confirmed by a number of friends on social media Tuesday. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but TMZ is reporting that there is speculation that Taylor may have died from a suspected overdose on a cruise ship.  Taylor joined Storm Chasers, a documentary reality series about researchers who follow storms in Tornado Alley, in 2008. The series was canceled after five seasons in January 2012. “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Taylor’s Storm Chasers co-star Reed Timmer said on Twitter alongside photos of the reality star. ...Read more