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Charlie Walk Exits ‘The Four’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations As Accuser Speaks Out

Republic Records Group President Charlie Walk is no longer a judge on Fox’s singing competition show The Four: Battle for Stardom and will not be part of next week’s finale. “Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of The Four,” Walk said in a statement provided by his attorney Patricia Glaser. Republic Records also confirmed that they have opened an investigation. “Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully,” the statement read. Walk’s former Sony colleague Tristan Coopersmith accused the music mogul of sexual misconduct in an open letter on Monday, January 29, alleging that he sent her explicit text messages, groped her at business dinners and made unwelcome advances toward her. Walk has denied the allegations, claiming he worked with her 15 years ago “without incident.” ...Read more

Natalie Wood’s Husband Robert Wagner Now ‘Person Of Interest’ In Her Death

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say Robert Wagner is “more of a person of interest” in the death of his late wife, actress Natalie Wood, who died nearly 40 years ago under mysterious circumstances. Wood was found dead in the water in 1981, near Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California. She had gone on a yachting weekend with Wagner, as well as Christopher Walken, who at the time was starring with the actress in the movie “Brainstorm.” Wood’s death was originally ruled an accident, but the case was reopened in 2011. The coroner changed her cause of death to “drowning and other undetermined factors” the following year. An autopsy report indicated there were a number of bruises on Wood’s body that appeared to have been fresh at the time of death. Investigators said Wagner — who was married to Wood twice, first from 1957 to 1962, and again from 1972 until her death — has been uncooperative since they reopened the case.  “I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don’t add up.” ...Read more

Downton Abbey Creator’s New Drama “The Gilded Age” Coming To NBC In 2019

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is returning to television with the period drama, The Gilded Age, which has been picked up to series by NBC and is slated for a 2019 debut. The network has ordered 10 episodes. Fellowes is re-teaming with Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame for the series, which takes place in the glittering world of the wealthiest families in 19th-century New York. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment said in a statement: “We’re thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring you Julian Fellowes delicious new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882. It’s an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.” ...Read more

‘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