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Amazon Is Making A ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prequel Series

Amazon will produce a new “The Lord of the Rings” TV series, the company announced Monday.  Amazon acquired multi-season, global television rights to the project. The show will be a prequel to the J.R.R. Tolkien book “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and is based on new story lines. It will be available for Amazon Prime members. There is also the potential that the show could also lead to a spin-off series. ...Read more

Taylor Swift Announces 2018 U.S. Stadium Tour

Days after releasing her sixth studio album, Reputation, Taylor Swift has announced a 27-date U.S. stadium tour for 2018. The tour will launch on May 8 in Arizona and run through October. Swift is set to tour through the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with additional dates to be revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets for the North American sting go on-sale to the public on Dec. 13. ...Read more

NASCAR Star Jimmie Johnson’s Title Chase Ends With Wreck In Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson’s bid for a record eighth NASCAR championship is over. Needing a win at Phoenix to make the final four in next weekend’s championship finale, Johnson suffered a blown tire that sent his No. 48 Chevrolet into the wall with one lap remaining in the second stage Sunday.  The crash eliminated the reigning and seven-time NASCAR champion from title contention. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Makes History On ‘Saturday Night Live’ As First Black Female Comic To Host

TIffany Haddish made history last night as the first African-American female comedian to host the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live on Saturday.  The comedienne shined through the opening monologue and throughout the episode in her history-making hosting gig. This was the first time a black female stand-up comic has hosted the show in 43 seasons.  ...Read more

New York Doctor Accused in Six Opioid Deaths

A New York doctor who whose clinic prescribed more pain pills than any hospital in the state has been charged in the deaths of six people who overdosed on opioids. Dr. Eugene Gosy of Williamsville, near Buffalo, was indicted last year on federal narcotics and fraud charges by prosecutors who said he turned patients of his pain management clinic into drug addicts for profit. Now a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment, saying his alleged pill-pushing “caused the death of at least six individuals, and contributed to the deaths of others.” ...Read more