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Netflix Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 6 Trailer Is Released

Netflix on Monday released the Season 6 trailer for “Orange Is the New Black,” which sees the Litchfield Penitentiary crew relocating to a maximum security facility, complete with new inmates, routines, and uniforms. Season 6 kicks off just one week after an emergency response team took over Litchfield Penitentiary, and the ladies have been relocated. As we’ve seen in previous seasons, that means there’s sure to be a new cast of characters to cause problems. “Orange Is the New Black” returns to Netflix on July 27. Watch the trailer in the link below.  ...Read more

Sacha Baron Cohen Series ‘Who Is America?’ To Debut On Showtime This Weekend

Showtime has officially announced Sacha Baron Cohen’s new satirical series, Who Is America? will debut on Sunday, July 15.  It will also premiere again on that Sunday night at 10 p.m, with subsequent episodes airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will consist of seven episodes filmed over the past year, which will explore individuals from diverse backgrounds, both infamous and unknown across the political and cultural spectrum who represent America. The show is created and executive produced by Baron Cohen and is also executive produced by Anthony Hines, Todd Schulman, Andrew Newman, Dan Mazer and Adam Lowitt.
Baron Cohen’s new show marks his second project this year — it was announced in April that he has been cast for the lead role in the Netflix historical drama series, The Spy that takes place in the 1960’s. ...Read more

Thai Cave Rescue: Seven Boys Now Freed As Mission To Save Others Continues

Four more youngsters have reportedly been freed from the flooded Thai cave – a day after four boys were pulled from the complex. The second phase of the dangerous operation to rescue the youth football team began on Monday. It was confirmed at 11am BST that a fifth boy had been freed. An hour later, two more were reportedly taken to safety. And an eighth was seen on a stretcher at around 1pm BST, a witness said.  Four boys and their coach remain trapped amid a race against time and water. Those rescued so far are said to be in “good health”. Rescuers have been rushing to save the boys – aged 11 to 16 – and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province. Authorities said heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels in the cave, where workers continue to pump water out. Local official Narongsak Osottanakorn said: “Today we are ready like before. And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain.” ...Read more

U.K.’s Senior Official In Charge Of Brexit, David Davis, Resigns

Britain’s senior official in charge of negotiating the country’s exit from the European Union resigned Sunday. David Davis’ resignation comes days after Prime Minister Theresa May secured the cabinet’s backing for her Brexit plan. Davis was a strong pro-Brexit voice in a Cabinet divided between supporters of a clean break with the bloc and those who want to keep close ties. On Friday, Davis and the rest of May’s fractious Cabinet agreed on a plan for ties with the EU after the U.K. leaves next year.  On Monday, May is due to brief lawmakers on the plan agreed by the Cabinet during its 12-hour meeting. It seeks to keep the U.K. and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. Less than nine months remain until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. The EU has warned Britain that time is running out to seal a divorce deal. ...Read more

Braves, Cubs And Red Sox Lead All-Star Game Lineups

The American League’s starting outfield for next week’s All-Star Game features the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, New York Yankees’s Aaron Judge and Boston’s Mookie Betts all getting nods. The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs lead the National League’s roster with two starters apiece. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, voted an All-Star for the fourth straight year, is batting just .218 this season, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds out the outfield for the National League, with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford joining Baez and Freeman in the infield for the NL. Baltimore’s Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the American League, with Chicago’s Jose Abreu, Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez joining him in the infield. Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos will start at catcher for the American League. ...Read more

Singer Justin Bieber Engaged To Model Hailey Baldwin

Singer Justin Bieber became engaged to model Hailey Baldwin over the weekend, according to multiple reports on Sunday. The couple dated in 2016 before breaking up; just last month, they appeared together publicly, leading to speculation from fans that they had rekindled their romance.  According to reports, the pair got engaged on Saturday during a trip to the Bahamas. Agents for Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, did not immediately respond to requests for comments; howeer Bieber’s parents put up social media posts that helped spark speculation about the pair. A tweet posted by Baldwin’s father, actor Stephen Baldwin, also seemed to allude to the engagement, saying: “Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB.” The post, however, is no longer on Baldwin’s Twitter account. Before he reunited with Baldwin, Bieber dated singer and actress Selena Gomez off and on for many years. ...Read more

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Debuts With $80 Million+ At The Box Office

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is on its way to an estimated $83.7 million opening weekend from 4,206 North American locations. The 20th Marvel film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, totaled an estimated $33.8 million Friday, including $11.5 million in Thursday previews. The original “Ant-Man” opened to $57 million two years ago, and went on to earn $519 million worldwide. If estimates hold, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be the seventh-highest domestic debut of the year, behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story’s” $84.4 million. Rudd and Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, respectively — superheroes able to shrink themselves into the quantum realm. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, and Bobby Cannavale. Peyton Reed, who oversaw the first film, returns to the director’s chair. ...Read more

Puerto Rican Mayor And Two Other Government Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges

A mayor and two former government officials in Puerto Rico face public corruption charges in separate cases that involve a total of $8 million in federal and local funds, authorities said Thursday. The suspects are the mayor of the southwest town of Sabana Grande and the former directors of finance for the northern town of Toa Baja. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told reporters that the former officials from Toa Baja are accused of using nearly $5 million worth of federal funds to pay the town’s public employees and municipal contractors. Toa Baja’s former interim finance director, Angel Roberto Santos Garcia, is accused of making similar transactions worth $650,000 using funds from those two federal agencies. A spokeswoman for Ortiz could not be immediately reached for comment. The arrests come as Puerto Rico struggles to recuperate from Hurricane Maria and tries to restructure a portion of its $70 billion public debt load. ...Read more

Scott Pruitt Resigns As EPA Administrator Amid Ethics Scandals

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after months of ethics controversies, citing “the unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family, which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us.” President Donald Trump first tweeted the news Thursday that Pruitt had resigned. “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.” Pruitt’s resignation follows months during which the EPA administrator has been embroiled in controversy. Trump said on Twitter that Pruitt’s recently Senate-confirmed deputy Andrew Wheeler will on Monday assume the duties of acting administrator of the EPA. ...Read more