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Students Demand Action On Gun Violence With Nationwide Walkout

One month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, survivors joined tens of thousands of students across the U.S. by walking out of school on Wednesday morning. The mass protests were held at 10 a.m. local time in each time zone and lasted 17 minutes, one for each of the Parkland victims. Organizers said the purpose was to highlight “Congress’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” An estimated 185,000 people in 50 states were expected to join the walkout, with around 3,100 schools planning to participate. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the walkout lasted 30 minutes — 17 minutes for the Parkland victims, and 13 for each victim of the massacre at the high school in 1999. During the half-hour of silence, students released red, white or blue balloons, one at a time, in memory of those killed.  In Parkland, crowds that had gathered cheered as students exited the high school and gathered in the center of the football field. ...Read more

Disney Shares Progress Video Of Their “Star Wars” Attraction

There is still quite a wait before the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are set to debut, but fans are getting a sneak peak via the official video released by Disney Parks. The attractions at both parks are expected to open sometime in 2019.  As seen in the video, a large portion of the attraction’s exterior structures have been created. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm has opened up incredible opportunities, like Galaxy’s Edge and the upcoming immersive hotel. Disney Parks website made the following statement regarding the new hotel, “The immersive experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space! The resort will also be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a complete Star Wars experience.”   ...Read more

Madonna To Direct Ballerina Michaela DePrince Biopic “Taking Flight”

Madonna is set to direct the new Michaela DePrince biopic ‘Taking Flight’. The 59-year-old superstar is teaming with MGM Studios for the upcoming biopic, which has reportedly been in development since 2015. The movie will be based on the 23-year-old ballerina’s memoir ‘Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina,’ which follows DePrince’s life as an orphan and her journey to being a world-renowned dancer. Madonna said: “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity. We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honor to bring her story to life.” MGM production president Jonathan Glickman said: “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen. “ ...Read more

Danny Amendola Leaving The New England Patriots To Sign With Miami Dolphins

Wide receiver Danny Amendola is leaving the New England Patriots to sign a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Amendola is the second wide receiver to commit to signing with the Dolphins on Tuesday. Wide receiver Albert Wilson committed to signing a three-year, $24 million deal with the team earlier Tuesday. Both players will help to fill the void created when Jarvis Landry is traded to the Cleveland Browns. Amendola, 32, had accepted a pay cut in each of the past three offseasons to remain with the Patriots, and has developed the reputation as a clutch performer in the playoffs. Amendola finished with 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season, while adding 26 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs. He was also the team’s primary punt returner in 2017. ...Read more

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Out For Another Week With Ankle Injury

Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio. The Warriors said Tuesday their two-time MVP would be re-evaluated in a week, and will sit out the next four games.  Curry rolled his ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter in the win against the Spurs. ...Read more

Movie Trailer For “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” Returns Fans To Hogwarts

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in the series, was released on Tuesday, March 13.  The trailer begins at Hogwarts, featuring a young Albus Dumbledore — played by Jude Law.   The video also provides a glimpse of Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange and Johnny Depp as Gallert Grindelwald.  The Fantastic Beasts series is a sequel to Harry Potter and stars Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol. The first of the series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters in 2016. See the trailer in the link below! ...Read more

Actress Heather Locklear Facing Four Counts Of Battery And Banned From Owning Firearms

Heather Locklear has been charged with several counts of battery against first responders who answered a domestic violence call at her Southern California home. The 56-year-old actress was charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery on an officer or emergency personnel, and one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer. According to the charges, Locklear kicked, pushed and shouted at deputies who were answering a report that she had been violent with her boyfriend Feb. 26. No domestic violence charges have been filed. Locklear’s representatives did not immediately reply to requests for comment. Locklear is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court. ...Read more

Drew Brees And The New Orleans Saints Agree to 2-Year, $50 Million Deal

Quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a two-year deal worth $50 million. Brees will receive $27 million in guaranteed money and will include a no–trade clause.  Reportedly, the team wasn’t allowed to use the franchise tag on Brees because of a clause in his contract . The 39-year old Brees will enter his 13th year with New Orleans in 2018. He threw for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, while leading the Saints to the playoffs. He also set the NFL record for highest completion percentage in a season, completing 72% of his passes in 2017. The 11-time Pro Bowler has thrown for 4,000 or more yards every season since signing with the Saints. ...Read more

Quarterback Kirk Cousins To Sign 3-Year, $84M Deal With Vikings

Former Redskins quarterback and free agent Kirk Cousins is expected to complete a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings worth an estimated $84 million to $86 million, according to sources Cousins’s contract with the Vikings would be fully or nearly fully guaranteed.  The Vikings were considered the favorite to land Cousins, the top free agent quarterback on the market. Cousins’s pending deal with the Vikings is said to be worth a little more than $28 million per season, which would surpass the current NFL record for the highest average annual value of $27.5 million set by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s five-year, $137.5 million contract to re-sign with the 49ers. ...Read more

House Republicans Say Investigation Found No Evidence Of Russia-Trump Collusion

House Republicans who investigated foreign interference in the 2016 election say they have found no evidence that Russians colluded with any members of the Trump campaign.  This report disputes key findings from the intelligence community that Russia had developed a preference for the Republican nominee during the election. This was the initial statement made from the 150-page report from GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee, who formally brought the panel’s lengthy investigation to an end over the objection of Democrats. Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas said the probe ultimately found no definitive proof that the Trump campaign actively cooperated with any Russians to influence the vote. ...Read more