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Fox Developing Two New “24” Spin-Off Series

Fox Network recently revealed they were working on a 24 prequel, but it turns out the network is actually working on two projects based on the action thriller. The first is a prequel that explores the early days of Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland in the original series). The second is actually a legal drama, which will move the iconic ticking clock real-time format into an entirely different genre. Fox CEO and Chairman Gary Newman said “we feel [the 24 format] still has a lot of power and a lot of legs. Times are fraught now, these are emotional times. Security continues to be a big issue. In terms of the prequel, people love Jack Bauer and [we] would tell a story that I think the audience would very much connect with — of how he became that character. It would be set in the same world of security.” ...Read more

CNN Developing Final ‘Parts Unknown’ Season As Farewell To Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is coming to an end, but CNN has enough material to move ahead with one final season as a tribute to Anthony Bourdain, who died at the age of 61 on June 8. Seven new episodes will premiere this fall. There will only be one episode of the final season to feature Bourdain’s written narration — the still-untitled chapter set in Kenya with W. Kamau Bell — as it was the only one completed before his death. Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president of talent and content, announced that other episodes will feature New York City’s Lower East Side, Texas’ Big Bend area along the Mexican border, Spain’s Asturias region, and Indonesia. According to the Times, the directors who shot these latter episodes will finalize the installments using audio from Bourdain while filming on location, as well as follow-up interviews. Entelis also said the penultimate episode will consist of cast and crew members discussing the creation of Parts Unknown, and the finale will focus on “how Tony affected the world.” Bourdain was on location in France for Parts Unknown when he died.  Parts Unkown earned five Emmys and a Peabody award. ...Read more

Johnny Depp Claims Ex-Wife Amber Heard ‘Punched Him Twice in the Face’ As She Denies Allegations

In a new court filing, Johnny Depp alleges Amber Heard assaulted him during the time they were married, telling a different version of events from the night when Heard claims Depp threw an iPhone at her face. The court documents were filed by Depp as part of a libel case in the U.K., the actor’s most recent legal effort to dispute accusations that he was violent towards Heard. In the court papers, Depp claims Heard assaulted him after he arrived almost two hours late to his then-wife’s 30th birthday dinner on April 21, 2016. “These allegations are totally false.” said attorneys for Ms. Heard. Depp’s court filing also includes his version of events from the night of May 21, 2016, when Heard claimed Depp threw an iPhone at her face. The documents say Depp “tossed the phone on to the sofa and crossed the room away from Ms. Heard … The phone did not hit Ms. Heard on the face or elsewhere.” Heard filed for divorce against Depp on May 23, 2016 and four days later requested a temporary domestic violence restraining order against him, which a judge granted.  The couple were married in February 2015, and Heard filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. The couple were officially divorced in January 2017. ...Read more

Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese Names Dozens Of Clergy Accused Of Sexual Abuse

A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania released the names on Wednesday of 71 clergy members and seminarians accused of sexually abusing children since the 1940s, acting in advance of a release of grand jury findings on clergy abuse in the state. The name of every bishop in the diocese in the past seven decades will be removed from buildings in the diocese, in recognition of their failure to properly deal with accusations of abuse. Those on the list would be removed from “any position of honor” throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania, the diocese said in a statement. “I express our profound sorrow and apologize to the survivors of child sex abuse, the Catholic faithful and the general public for the abuses that took place and for those church officials who failed to protect children,” Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg said in the statement. ...Read more

Ohio State Places Head Coach Urban Meyer On Paid Administrative Leave

Ohio State has placed head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. The school’s decision comes in light of the situation involving wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who Meyer fired last week. Smith was accused of domestic violence multiple times over a six-year period by his then-wife, Courtney, dating back to Zach’s time on Meyer’s staff at Florida. How much Meyer knew about the accusations against his longtime assistant has come into question. In a press release, Ohio State said it is “conducting an investigation into these allegations. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.” At Big Ten Media Days last week, Meyer acknowledged he was aware of a 2009 incident, but was quick to deny any knowledge about incident from 2015. However, text messages obtained by veteran college football reporter Brett McMurphy, plus an on-camera interview given by Courtney Smith, painted a different picture. Ryan Day, the team’s offensive coordinator, will serve as Ohio State’s acting head coach.  ...Read more

Dallas Mavericks Acquire Center Chinanu Onuaku From Houston Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Chinanu Onuaku and cash in a deal with the Houston Rockets. In exchange, the Rockets are receiving a 2020 second round pick, which makes room for the Rockets to sign Carmelo Anthony. Onuaku appeared in just one game for Houston last season. In his two seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-10 Onuaku has appeared in just six games, spending the majority of his time with Houston’s G League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. While there he’s played a total of 83 games, averaging 12.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 blocks. Onuaku has also played for the Rockets in Summer League the last three years.  ...Read more

Actor Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he has been living with Parkinson’s disease. The “M*A*S*H” star appeared on “CBS This Morning” and shared that he was diagnosed three and a half years ago.”I’ve had a full life since then,” he said. Alda, 82, said he’s going public now because he’s been doing a great deal of press lately for his new podcast, “Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda” and he noticed something in the video of himself. Parkinson’s disease is a “progressive disorder of the nervous system” that primarily affects a patient’s movement. It often begins with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and gets worse over time. Alda is best known for his role as Army Captain Hawkeye Pierce on the hit CBS series “M*A*S*H,” which ran from 1972 to 1983. In 2005, Alda was nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role in “The Aviator.” ...Read more

Jennifer Lopez To Receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award

MTV announced Tuesday that Jennifer Lopez will be presented the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Lopez will perform live during the Aug. 20 event, and appeared in a Facebook Live segment after hearing the news, where she called the honor “amazing.”  MTV called Lopez “one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy.”  In addition to the Vanguard prize, Lopez could walk away with several other awards next month — she’s up for “Best Collaboration” and “Best Latin Video” for her Cardi B tune “Dinero,” which also features DJ Khaled. ...Read more

MLB Trade Deadline Winners And Losers

A busy trade deadline for the MLB came and went Tuesday, with 10 deals getting done on the final day.  Several teams made decisions to chase a title, or go into rebuilding mode.  The New York Yankees did well at the trade deadline acquiring J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. They also landed Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for right handers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll and lefty Josh Rogers. San Diego Padres closer Bran Hand and Adam Cimber went to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Francisco Mejia. Tampa Bay Rays, LA Dodgers and, Atlanta Braves all made big moves as well.  See the full list of trades and details in the article below. ...Read more