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Julianne Hough To Play Jolene In Dolly Parton Anthology Show For Netflix

Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame has been cast as Jolene, the infamous man-stealer from Parton’s song of the same name, in the new anthology show from Netflix, called Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. The eight-part anthology show is set to adapt the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most iconic hits. According to press releases, Jolene is described as “a flirtatious free-spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown of Coventry, GA to follow her dreams of becoming a successful singer-songwriter.” Parton will play Babe, a “sparkly force of nature” who runs the local honky-tonk bar where Jolene works as a waitress and acts as a mother-figure. In addition to Hough and Parton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley will play local wife and mother Emily, whose life changes when she becomes president of the Coventry Women’s League, and Dallas Roberts will play Aaron, a husband in the midst of a midlife crisis. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is set to debut on Netflix in 2019. ...Read more

Dwight Howard Scheduled To Make Debut With Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Center Dwight Howard is scheduled to make his Washington Wizards debut tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that Howard practiced Thursday and will start against visiting team Oklahoma City. Without Howard, the Wizards started off the season with a dismal 1-6 start. Howard missed all of training camp, the preseason and the first seven games of the regular season because of a sore backside.  ...Read more

Naomi Watts Cast In HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Show

The next chapter of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will star Naomi Watts. The pilot for the network’s prequel has cast Watts to star in the project, from creators Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin. According to HBO, Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret in the drama pilot.” The pilot (and hopefully potential series) will be set thousands of years before the events seen in the current series, and chronicle the world’s “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” according to a description of the show. Goldman will also serve as showrunner on the series. HBO ordered the pilot for the prequel back in June. Meanwhile, the final season of “Game of Thrones” is scheduled to air sometime in 2019. ...Read more

Driver Charged In Car Crash That Killed Three Siblings At School Bus Stop In Indiana

Police in Indiana charged a 24-year-old woman with reckless homicide after a crash at a school bus stop in Rochester left three children dead and one severely injured. According to Indiana State Police, the children were crossing the street to get to their bus stop at approximately 7:15 a.m. Tuesday when they were struck by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by Alyssa Shepherd. Police said that at the time of the crash, the school bus was stopped in front of a mobile home park with its stop arm down and lights flashing. Three students from Mentone Elementary School, identified as 6-year-old twins Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, died at the scene. A fourth child, identified as 11-year-old Tippecanoe Valley Middle School student Maverik Lowe, was last listed in serious condition, after having been airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and internal injuries. Authorities charged Shepherd with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury. She was booked into Fulton County Jail Tuesday, as police continue to investigate. ...Read more

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Indicted On 44 Charges

According to grand jury filings on Wednesday, the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces 44 federal charges in the slaying of 11 worshippers during last weekend’s Shabbat services, 32 of them which are death penalty offenses. Included are 11 counts each of obstruction of the free exercise of religious belief resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, a conviction on any of which could be punishable by death, according to the indictment. The suspect, 46 year old Robert Bowers of Baldwin, was wounded at the scene of the shooting and was brought into federal court Monday in a wheelchair. He spoke only to answer the judge’s questions. Bowers is accused of the shooting at Saturday morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, after making anti-Semitic posts online. He also said he wanted to kill Jews during his shootout with police. Four police officers were wounded trying to apprehend Bowers, who stands accused of shooting three of the wounded officers. Two civilians were also wounded. ...Read more

Minnesota Timberwolves Jimmy Butler To Sit Out Vs. Utah Jazz; Will Travel WIth Team

Minnesota Timberwolves Jimmy Butler has made it known that he wants to be traded from the team, and on Wednesday, Butler made a statement and sat himself for the Timberwolves’ game against the Utah Jazz. The Timberwolves officially listed Butler’s reason for being out as “precautionary rest” for general soreness, but insider reports are stating that Butler made the decision himself, and then informed coach Tom Thibodeau of it Wednesday morning. Rumors are circulating that this could lead to Butler sitting out for an extended period of time. The Timberwolves expect Butler to travel with them to the Bay Area when they play Golden State on Friday. In only six games this season, Butler is averaging 22.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 48 percent beyond the arc. ...Read more

Maryland Students To Protest Reinstatement Of Coach DJ Durkin

Students at the University of Maryland have organized a rally to be held Thursday to protest the reinstatement of football coach DJ Durkin, as well demand justice for Jordan McNair, the Maryland offensive linemen who died June 13 from heatstroke he suffered after a team workout on May 29th. The University System of Maryland’s board of regents recommended Durkin’s reinstatement and he returned to work Tuesday,  this after the board reviewed an investigative report into the culture of Durkin’s program. The third-year coach had been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 11. Maryland’s student body president, Jonathan Allen, said that students are “outraged” by the board’s decision. Allen will introduce emergency legislation at a student government association meeting Wednesday night that will call for university president Wallace Loh to fire Durkin. Loh announced Tuesday that he will retire in June, and many reports are saying that he only brought back Durkin after the board of regents threatened to fire him if he didn’t reinstate the Durkin. ...Read more

Barbra Streisand Sings With James Corden In Teaser Of Her Appearance On “Carpool Karaoke”

Barbra Streisand and Late Late Show host James Corden will take a musical car ride, as seen in a new teaser trailer for Thursday’s installment of Carpool Karaoke. Streisand said on Twitter Tuesday alongside the trailer, “They say there’s a first time for everything… can you believe this was my first time singing out loud in a car? Had so much fun with @jkcorden – tune in to @latelateshow Thursday night! #BarbraWalls.”  In the clip, Corden is then shocked to discover that Streisand doesn’t play music in her car. “I don’t usually put the radio on to hear music. Do you really have to hear music?” Streisand says before the duo launch into a rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. Streisand recently released a new single titled “Don’t Lie to Me” that will appear on her upcoming 36th album, Walls. The project is set for release on Nov. 2. ...Read more

Director Tyler Perry Planning To End His “Madea” Character In 2019

Filmmaker Tyler Perry says he’s retiring the character of Madea, the grandmother he first featured on screen in “I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in 1999,” and has since appeared in 10 installments, along with numerous stage shows and TV appearances. Perry says he also plans to stage a farewell tour in 2019, along with the character’s final film, “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral.” Perry said that the film was shot more than two years ago, but Perry wanted to delay the release in light of the two Madea Halloween films he made from 2016 and 2017, respectively. He’s also looking forward to working on different kinds of projects, including Acrimony, out earlier this year, and Nobody’s Fool, due out in November, both of which Perry wrote and produced. ...Read more