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NBC Announces May 2019 Air Date For Musical “Hair Live!”

The live TV presentation of Hair will arrive on NBC on May 19, 2019. Tony winner Diane Paulus, who helmed the Tony-winning 2009 Broadway revival, has signed on to co-direct the small-screen musical alongside Alex Rudzinski, who will serve as live television director as he did for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have produced each of NBC’s live musicals, will executive-produce Hair Live!—along with MGM and Universal. Hair tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs. Casting will be announced at a later date.  ...Read more

Singer Demi Lovato Hospitalized For Drug Overdose

This news comes on the heels of the release of Lovato’s song “Sober,” in which Lovato revealed that she had fallen off the wagonLovato has always been open about her struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, eating disorders, and cutting. In speaking about her struggle with addiction, the focus has been on alcohol and cocaine; she has never mentioned heroin.In 2011, she entered treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm, and addiction. Unfortunately, she relapsed shortly afterward but then entered a sober-living facility for a year. Lovato had celebrated six years of sobriety in March before relapsing. ...Read more

Kevin Love Signs 4-Year, $120M Extension With Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love signed a long-term extension with the team on Tuesday. Terms were not made official, but league sources say that the four-year, $120 million extension tops out his overall deal at five years, $145 million. Love, a five-time All-Star, opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, league sources said, and the new extension will kick in after he earns $24.1 million next season. Love shot 41.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, the second-highest percentage of his career, as the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals. He played just 59 games, his fewest since the 2012-13 season. ...Read more

Rams’ Todd Gurley Becomes NFL’s Highest-Paid Running Back With $60M, Four-Year Extension

The Rams have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract extension with running back Todd Gurley; the deal includes $45 million guaranteed. Gurley is set to make a base salary of $2.3 million this upcoming season and $9.6 million in 2019, upon which the All-Pro running back will start this new deal. Last season, Gurley ran for 1,305 yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns in addition to catching 64 passes for 7888 yards and six scores. During his three-year career, Gurley has racked up 3,296 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground while he has also made 128 receptions for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns.  ...Read more

Judge Postpones Paul Manafort Trial As Five Witnesses Are Granted Immunity

The federal judge in the upcoming federal court trial for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, released on Monday the names of five witnesses being granted immunity to testify, as he granted the defense’s request to delay the start of the trial. Those witnesses are James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O’Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico. All are believed to work for financial institutions. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III released those names as he granted the request of Manafort’s attorneys to delay the start of the trial; Ellis agreed to delay it until July 31. Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. ...Read more

President Trump Mulls Revoking Security Clearances Of Former Intel Officials

President Donald Trump is examining whether to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized him, his spokeswoman said Monday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James B. Comey, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sanders accused those former officials of having “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service.” She added that they have made “baseless claims” about the president’s relationship and contacts with the Russian government. ...Read more

CW’s “Supergirl” Casts Nicole Maines As TV’s First Transgender Superhero

Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actress, has been cast as Nia Nal (aka Dreamer) on the CW’s “Supergirl.”  This will make her the first transgender superhero on television. The 20-year-old actress’ casting was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Nia will appear in the upcoming fourth season as a regular, working as a reporter alongside Kara (Supergirl). According to a press release, Nia is “A soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).” Maines has appeared in the series “Royal Pains” and the documentary “The Trans List.”  “Supergirl” season four premieres on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. on CW. ...Read more

Hilary Swank And Michael Shannon Star In First Trailer For “What They Had”

Hilary Swank is back on the big screen in the first trailer from first-time director Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had. The film follows Bridget (Swank), a married mom who makes the lone trek home to Chicago after her brother (Michael Shannon) informs her of a family crisis: their mother (Blythe Danner), who has Alzheimer’s disease, wandered into a blizzard on Christmas Eve. Upon its January debut at Sundance in Park City, What They Had earned enthusiastic reviews from critics. What They Had—also featuring American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas — hits theaters Oct. 12 via Bleecker Street. Watch the film’s first trailer below. ...Read more

Injured Jockey Victor Espinoza Will Miss Rest Of Del Mar Meet

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza will miss the rest of Del Mar’s summer meet after he fractured a vertebra in his neck during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach said on Monday that the 46-year old Espinoza’s condition had improved to stable and he was up and walking in the hospital, and he was expected to be moved from the intensive care unit, but will be held a few more days for observation. Espinoza was hurt Sunday while exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at the track north of San Diego. Track officials said the horse had an apparent heart attack and Espinoza was thrown off. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died. Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015. The Del Mar meet opened July 18 and closes Sept. 3. ...Read more

German Soccer Star Says He Quit National Team Over Racism

In a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, midfielder Mesut Ozil of the German national soccer team said he is quitting due to racism — this coming after he posed for a photo in May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil said, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.” His family traces their roots to Turkey and he is proud of his background. He said that after the photo with Erdogan was picked up by German media, it caused a firestorm of criticism and racist language. In his statement, Ozil said the photo taken at a London event “wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through a spokesperson that she “respects” Ozil’s decision and his accomplishments.”  ...Read more