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‘Chicago Fire’ Star DuShon Monique Brown Dies At 49

Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show “Chicago Fire,”  has died at the age of 49. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed Brown’s Friday death at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, however the cause was not disclosed.  Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater. She worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school and led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on “Chicago Fire”. Brown also had a recurring role as nurse Kattie Welch in “Prison Break” and one-time guest spots on “Empire” and “Shameless.”  “Chicago Fire” executive producer Dick Wolf said the show’s family is “devastated to lose one of its own.” ...Read more

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ First Album To Pass 2 Million In Sales Since 2015

Taylor Swift has sold more than 2 million copies of “Reputation” — making it the first album to accomplish that feat since Adele’s “25” in 2015, according to Nielsen Music numbers via Billboard. All six of Swift’s previous albums, “1989,” “Red,” “Speak Now,” “Fearless,” and “Taylor Swift” also surpassed the 2 million mark. Swift recently debuted her latest music video for “Delicate.” She’ll hit the road for her “Reputation” tour beginning on May 8. ...Read more

Celine Dion Cancels Las Vegas Concerts To Undergo Surgery

Superstar Celine Dion has canceled a stretch of concerts in Las Vegas as she undergoes surgery for an ear condition. Dion, who turns 50 later this month, said she has been suffering from Patulous Eustachian tube, when a middle opening in the ear is abnormally open, affecting hearing. The singer said that her medication was no longer succeeding in treating the condition, requiring her to undergo a “minimally invasive surgical procedure.” She canceled shows set from March 27 to April 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Dion, who last performed at the casino in January, will resume her performances on May 22.  ...Read more

Disney Theme Parks Reveal New Marvel Superhero Attractions

On Tuesday, Disney announced that Marvel superhero-themed lands will be coming to Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disney in 2020. The lands are being developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment. At Disney California Adventure, the new Marvel land will open in 2020 surrounding the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT, attractionwhich opened in 2017 to replace the Hollywood Tower of Terror attraction. Disney describes the land as “a completely immersive Super Hero universe.” At Disneyland Paris, a Marvel-themed area will be added to Walt Disney Studios Park and will include an attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and the Avengers. And Hong Kong Disneyland has already started its Marvel-themed expansion plans, which will include a new attraction where riders can team with Ant-Man and The Wasp. This will join the Iron Man Experience, which already opened in 2017. ...Read more

Fox Network Defends Fred Savage Against Claims Of Harassment And Aggressive Behavior

Fox has investigated claims that actor Fred Savage verbally harassed female crew members on the set of The Grinderback when the show was on the air in 2015-2016, and said “no evidence” was found. “Fox takes all allegations of improper conduct very seriously,” 20th Century Fox said. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage. We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.”  On Wednesday (March 21), a former female crew member filed a lawsuit against Savage and Fox, saying the actor created “an extremely hostile work environment” with “aggressive behavior, intimidation, and constant use of profanities aimed toward female employees was left unchecked.” ...Read more

First Look At Renee Zellweger’s Transformation Into Judy Garland For New Biopic

The first photo of Renée Zellweger portraying Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic, “Judy,” has been released, and the 48-year-old star certainly has transformed herself into the legendary icon. Zellweger is rocking a brunette pixie cut and a black, off-the-shoulder floral dress in the picture, and appears to be singing while holding a microphone. It was also confirmed that Zellweger will in fact be singing in the movie, rather than using Garland’s past recordings.  “Judy” will take place during the winter of 1968, 30 years after Garland starred as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” The film will follow Garland as she prepares for her sold-out run at The Talk of the Town nightclub. Garland died in June 1969, just 12 days following her 47th birthday. No specific date has been announced for the biopic’s release, though it is expected to come out later this year. ...Read more

Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon Share First Look At ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern reunited on the show’s set Monday.  The actresses shared a photo in costume as Madeleine Mackenzie and Renata Klein while filming Season 2 of the HBO series. The picture shows Witherspoon and Dern sitting outside Seaside Coffee Shop in Monterey, California. “Watch out Monterery, here we come! #BLL2,” Witherspoon captioned the snapshot on Instagram. Dern posted the same photo on her own Instagram account. “Madeleine and Renata are back. #BLL2,” she wrote. Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz will also return as Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman and Bonnie Carlson. The new season will also feature Meryl Streep as the mother of Celeste’s late husband Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard). Big Little Lies Season 1 was based on the Liane Moriarty book of the same name. David E. Kelley will return as executive producer of the new season, with Andrea Arnold (American Honey) as director. ...Read more

Cynthia Nixon Officially Announces Run For NY Governor

Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has announced her run for the New York governor’s seat. The actress made the official announcement on Monday that she plans to run in the Democratic Primary against current Governor Andrew Cuomo. Nixon, who was born in New York, was rumored to run in the gubernatorial race for months. She posted her official announcement to Twitter on Monday, along with an ad and a link to donate to her campaign at her official campaign website: cynthiafornewyork.com. Nixon has three children (Samantha, 20, Charles Ezekiel, 14, and Max Ellington, 6), and married her wife Christine Marinoni in 2012; Nixon has been an outspoken defender of her fellow LGBTQ citizens.  ...Read more

Fifth Harmony Announce Hiatus to Pursue Solo Careers

Fifth Harmony announced on Monday, March 19 that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus in order to pursue solo endeavors. The surprising announcement came from group members Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui. The group was formed during second season of The X Factor in 2012, after judge Simon Cowell suggested they work together (fifth member Camila Cabello left the group in December 2016). “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”  5H continued on as a foursome following Cabello’s exit, however each band member started recently venturing into solo projects. After completing an Asian tour last week and a show at Universal Orlando the night before their announcement, 5H’s next scheduled show is May 11 in Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock.  ...Read more

Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman To Host “SNL” With Musical Guest Cardi B

Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War star Chadwick Boseman will be hosting Saturday Night Live on April 7 on NBC. He’ll be joined by musical guest Cardi B. The announcement came during this week’s broadcast hosted by Bill Hader. This will mark the first appearance for both performers on the legendary sketch show. Cardi B posted about her upcoming gig on Instagram, writing, “APRIL 7th SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE!!! Who finna not go to the club to watch Bardi on tv?!”  Boseman and Cardi B have had successful years; Black Panther continues to break box office records, and Cardi has seen continued success for her music.  They both also have projects coming out in the coming month: Cardi B recently announced that her album will be out sometime in April, and Chadwick Boseman will return as the Black Panther in Marvel’s Infinity Wars on April 27. ...Read more