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Will Smith moves upcoming movie 'Emancipation' out of Georgia over new voting laws

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Will Smith's production company, Westbrook, is officially pulling his upcoming movie out of Georgia over the state's new restrictive voting laws.

“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice," star Smith and director Antione Fuqua said Monday in a joint statement shared on Instagram.  "We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access."

The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting," the statement continued.  "Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”

The pair further explained their decision in the caption, which read in part, "We have decided to move production of our upcoming film Emancipation from the State of Georgia due to the newly enacted voting restrictions passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor."

Smith and Fuqua will be moving production to Louisiana.

The movie, based on a true story, follows an enslaved man named Peter -- played by Smith -- who emancipated himself from a Southern plantation and joined the Union Army.

Emancipation was scheduled to start shooting in June.


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'American Idol' recap: The Top 12 revealed, plus who dropped out

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The results are in!

Monday night's episode of American Idol revealed who America voted into the Top 10, but before they got down to business it was announced that Luke Bryan was absent due to testing positive for COVID-19. The show found an epic replacement in veteran Idol judge Paula Abdul, who took a seat beside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Additionally, it was announced that contestant Wyatt Pike had to drop out of the competition for an undisclosed reason. Nonetheless, as they say in showbiz, the show must go on -- and it did. 

One by one host Ryan Seacrest revealed the fate of the remaining contestants and whether or not America voted them into the Top 10. After finding out how America voted, the American Idol hopefuls then performed a song of their choosing.

For the five talented singers that America did not vote into the Top 10, this performance offered them a second chance to "sing for their lives" in hopes that the judges -- who had the power to save two contestants and push them through to the next round and into the Top 12 -- would pick them. 

Here are the results after Monday's episode.

Top 10
Casey Bishop
"House of the Rising Run" The Animals

Deshawn Goncalves
"Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder

Cassandra Coleman
"Light On" Maggie Rogers

Caleb Kennedy
"Nowhere" Caleb Kennedy

Ava August
"Love Of My Life" Queen

Chayce Beckham
"What Brings Life Also Kills" Kolton Moore & The Clever Few

Alyssa Wray
"Greatest Love Of All" Whitney Houston

Willie Spence
"Diamonds" Rihanna

Grace Kinstler
"Dangerous Woman" Ariana Grande

Hunter Metts
"I Can't Make You Love Me" Bon Iver


Bottom Five:
Colin Jamieson
"Waves" Dean Lewis 

Madison Watkins
"Hotline Bling" Drake

"Grow As We Go" Ben Platt

Alanis Sophia
"Heart Attack" Demi Lovato

Graham DeFranco
"Cover Me Up" Jason Isbell

The judges saved Madison and Beane. Officially ending Colin, Alanis, and Graham's American Idol journeys. 

Coming up next week, for the first time this season, American Idol will have live voting with the results revealed that same evening. And, in an extreme twist, the show is inviting back 10 finalists from last season to come back and fight for a spot in the current competition. 

It all goes down when American Idol returns Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Tia Mowry encourages all women to take control of their health

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Tia Mowry says she began to notice a trend in Black women having poor experiences with physicians after her endometriosis diagnosis in 2006. 

The Family Reunion star recalls spending years being improperly treated for debilitating abdominal pains.

"I was on this long journey trying to figure out what was wrong with me and I just felt like my symptoms weren't being taken very seriously," Mowry shares with InStyle. "And the more I hear of these stories from women of color, it's crazy how I was not alone. I was passed from doctor to doctor."

Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the womb and can affect more than 11 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH).

The 42-year-old recalls feeling "relieved, like finally somebody's listening to me," after she was correctly diagnosed by an African American doctor.

Mowry's diagnosis inspired her brand, Anser, which sells healthy vitamin supplements for women and men of all ages, including children. The line was recently expanded with Women's Multivitamin Gummies, Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies, and Heart Beets Super Food Powder for heart health.

"I wanted to make sure that I came out with a product that focused on heart health, number one," she says. "Unfortunately for women in general, [especially] African American women, cardiovascular health is something that we really, really need to put a spotlight on. It's the number one cause of death for women. Then we have a high percentage of cardiovascular issues in our African American community." 

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CW releases first official photo of its 'Powerpuff Girls' cast in costume


The CW has released the first official picture of the three stars of the live action version of the hit cartoon Powerpuff Girls.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veterans Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron, as well as Jagged Little Pill stage actress and recording artist Yanna Perrault are playing grown up versions of, respectively, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. 

The new photo is split into thirds, showing each of the actresses wearing their characters' trademark colors: they may have traded in their schoolgirl jumpers, but Cameron's Bubbles is still fond of blue, Bennet's Blossom still prefers pink, and Perrault's Buttercup still rocks green.

Based on Craig McCracken's hit Cartoon Network animated show, the three Utonium Sisters got their start as lab-created super-girls. But according to a description from the network, the show, co-produced by Juno Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, paints the heroes as "disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting."

Scrubs veteran Donald Faison was recently cast as their dad/creator Professor Drake Utonium, and Nicholas Podany has just been announced as Jojo Mondel -- apparently the son of the cartoon's talking monkey villain Mojo Jojo. Robyn Lively has been cast as the girls' confidante -- and Drake's sometime love interest -- Sara Bellum for the forthcoming show.

Tom Kenny, now known as the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants, will reprise his role as narrator in the live-action version.


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Did Ryan Reynolds send a "cease and desist" letter over a fan's tattoo? Sort of

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While some companies have been known to do stuff like this, Ryan Reynolds' Maximum Effort and Aviation Gin are not apparently the type to sue a fan for using their logos as a tribute. 

Still, the actor and entrepreneur couldn't help but spoof our litigious society by sending a "cease and desist" letter to a guy named Adrian Molina, who turned his own initials into a small tattoo tribute to Ryan's companies. 

"Condensed my initials into the Aviation Gin 'A Wing' [logo] and the amazing Maximum Effort logo" Molina tweeted both companies on Friday

On Saturday, Molina posted a photo of an authentic-looking legal document signed by Reynolds, with a Post-It saying "Fax to Adrian." The letter described his new ink as being, "confusingly similar to our trademark (the coolest little 'M' in the world)," and asked him to "cease and desist from this activity," which would obviously be impossible.

A little Twitter sleuthing revealed, however, that Molina is a brand manager for Reynolds' gin company. That said, the star was apparently surprised by the loyalty, noting to Molina on Friday, "What have you done?"  He also tweeted that Molina's ink "Is in no way company policy. Yet."

Ryan seems to insist the tattoo wasn't a purposely viral stunt, adding, "We made up the cease part. But the desist stuff is 100 percent true."

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"You don't want to do this": Bucky and Sam face off against the new Cap in 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' preview

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(SPOILERS) On Monday, Marvel Studios released a mid-season trailer for Friday's penultimate episode of its Disney+ hit The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. It not only catches fans up on the four episodes that have streamed so far, but also gives a preview of a climactic face-off. 

In this past Friday's episode, Wyatt Russell's John Walker apparently sneaked himself a dose of super soldier serum, and  -- to put it kindly -- then went on to prove once and for all he's no Steve Rogers.  Spoiler alert: He goes berserk and appears to use Cap's shield to murder a suspected terrorist in full view of dozens of stunned onlookers.

The new trailer shows Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes facing off against Walker, and trying to relieve him of the shield.

"You don't want to do this," Walker warns. 

"Yeah, we do," Barns replies, ready for a fight. 

The fifth episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier drops Friday on Disney+. 

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Watch the trailers for 'Set the Record Straight: The Jam Master Jay Case' and Uzo Aduba's 'In Treatment'

The " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">trailer for Set the Record Straight: The Jam Master Jay Case, has been released, featuring never-before-seen footage surrounding the 2002 death of RUN-DMC member Jam Master Jay.

In the documentary, ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Darla Miles will "examine the legacy of the hip-hop icon and the investigation into his death that went unsolved for 18 years."

The film will reveal new and exclusive details about the unexplained case through interviews with family, friends, investigators and fellow hip hop pioneers such as Roxanne Shante, and Jay's protege Fredo Star of Onyx. It will also shed light on Jay's childhood and his final days.

Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell was shot and killed at his recording studio in Hollis, Queens, on October 30, 2002 at 37. Last August, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr. were charged with conspiring to kill Jay in an alleged drug-related homicide.  Last week, Jordan pled not guilty to additional drug charges in connection with the case.

Set the Record Straight: The Jam Master Jay Case premieres Friday, April 16th at 7 p.m. ET on ABC television station TV apps on streaming platforms such as Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV, followed by a Hulu premiere on Tuesday, April 20th.  It will also air on select ABC TV stations around the country.

Meanwhile, HBO's Emmy-winning series In Treatment is set to return next month for a fourth season, this time with Emmy-winning actor Uzo Aduba in the lead role. The therapy drama ended its third season 10 years ago, but has now been re-imagined to include more current topics such as the global pandemic and other societal and cultural issues. 

In Treatment returns Sunday, May 23rd, 9 p.m. ET. 

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Mayim Bialik explains why 'Call Me Kat' is like a "warm chocolate chip cookie"

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created an anxious time in history, which is why people are turning to lighthearted shows like Call Me Kat for comfort. For series star Mayim Bialik, she says her freshman sitcom is "resonating" with people.

"Especially with what's going on in the world, in the country, our show is… we're like a warm chocolate chip cookie," the actress tells ABC Audio. "We just want to hug you."

Bialik stars as the titular character, Kat, an eccentric woman who turns her life upside down for the pursuit of happiness -- which means quitting her stable job as a math professor to open a cat café.

Besides the Fox show presenting itself as a fresh-from-the-oven cookie, the Emmy nominee adds, "I think a lot of people just want fun and they want something light. "

"Our show has a lot of heart," continues Bialik, noting how the sitcom explores the concept of what it means to be happy, "We also have a lot of, like, silliness and physical comedy. And we break the fourth wall and we wave to you at the end. It's supposed to feel good."

And while the series itself is comforting the audience, Bialik says she knew the sitcom was something special when her Big Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons pitched the concept to her.

Bialik, who owns three cats, said she jumped on board after hearing the show's synopsis because, "That was a slam dunk for me.  I get to play with cats at work and at home!"   

Call Me Kat's first season just wrapped and has yet to be picked up for season two. In the meantime, catch up on Call Me Kat by watching the series on demand via the Fox website. 


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The Met Gala, this year highlighting "American Fashion" to be held on September 13

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today plans for the next two Met Galas.

The first, a "more intimate" version of the traditionally gonzo gala will be held on September 13 "pending government guidelines," the Costume Institute revealed Monday.  Its theme will highlight an exhibition of the same name, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which opens September 18 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, exploring "a modern vocabulary of American fashion."  The 2021 event will also commemorate the Costume Institute's 75th birthday. 

The 2022 Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala's official name, will be held on May 2, 2022.  A second event, titled "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" opens on May 5, 2022. Organizers promise it "will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces."  Both Parts One and Two will close on September 5, 2022.

Officially, the Met Galas benefit The Costume Institute "with its primary source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, operations, and capital improvements," though un-officially have become a place where celebrities show off some remarkable red carpet outfits, such as Jared Leto's infamous decapitated head ensemble, and Lady Gaga's 25-foot-long Brandon Maxwell fuchsia pink cape gown.

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"Sunglasses may be required": Brad Pitt, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry & more to present at this year's Oscars

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"There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required." That's the way show producers Jesse CollinsStacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh described the "truly stellar cast of stars" who will be presenting at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards. 

Stars who will be on hand, envelopes in hand, on April 25, include Angela BassettHalle Berry, Bong Joon HoDon Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura DernHarrison FordRegina KingMarlee MatlinRita MorenoJoaquin PhoenixBrad PittReese WitherspoonRenée Zellweger, and Zendaya.

More stars will be announced in the coming days. 

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles, the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and international locations via satellite, and will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.


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Home Alone no more: Macaulay Culkin, Brenda Song welcome baby daughter Dakota

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song, both veterans of the child fame game, welcomed their new baby into the world last week. 

According to a statement revealed to Esquire, the pair are "overjoyed."

They named the baby Dakota, in honor of Mac's late sister who died at 29 years old in 2008, after she was hit by a car in Los Angeles. 

Culkin and Song began dating after meeting on the Thailand set of the 2019 film Changeland, and were apparently smitten from the get-go.

Song, who starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody before transitioning to more adult fare like The Social Network, once told Esquire of the Home Alone star, "You can't be around him and not be happy."


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Regé-Jean Page reportedly left 'Bridgerton' over "creative differences"


While Regé-Jean Page  as quick to say his was a one-and-done contract for one season of Netflix's Bridgerton, a source is spilling some behind-the-scenes tea that maybe that wasn't the case. 

"Regé is not coming back to Bridgerton because of creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team," a source tells Page Six. "He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show."

Rhimes' show all but admitted the latter in its farewell message to Page's Duke of Hastings, in a tweet from Lady Whistledown that described how the second season was to focus on Jonathan Bailey's Anthony Bridgerton. "Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings," the message reads in part.

If the source is to be believed, it wouldn't be the first time an outspoken cast member was cast out from Shondaland. Remember former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl? "If you look at all the big names who have left Grey’s Anatomy in the past, you see you don’t disagree with Shonda, nobody is bigger than the show," the source added. 

Unlike Heigl, however, this spy said Page left on good terms with the prolific producer.  He's also landing on his feet, with the source saying, "Regé has been inundated with offers..."

Page recently wrapped production the Netflix spy thriller The Grey Man opposite fellow heartthrobs Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, and has also been rumored to be in the running to be the next James Bond.

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Paula Abdul to guest-judge 'American Idol' tonight; Luke Bryan out with COVID-19

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First, the good news: Paul Abdul is returning to American Idol tonight.  Now, the bad news: She's doing it because Luke Bryan is out sick.

"I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show," Luke wrote on Twitter. "I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon."

American Idol's Instagram notes, "Luke will be missed at our first #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but he is resting now in quarantine at home and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery. We’re so excited to announce @paulaabdul will be stepping in as a guest judge to join Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as we get closer to crowning a new winner!"

In a statement, the show also notes, "Production is following strict, rigorous, COVID guidelines and we are all being tested often in accordance with those guidelines."

This will be Paula's first time back on the show since American Idol moved to ABC. During tonight's show, 10 contestants will be sent through from the top 16, based on America's vote. Then, the remaining six contestants will get the chance to perform again for the judges, who will pick two additional hopefuls to create a top 12.

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Dwayne Johnson hilariously reacts to new poll claiming he's most likely to be voted president

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is very flattered to find that nearly half the nation would support his political aspirations should he ever decide to run for president.

Last week, a poll from Piplsay, which surveyed over 30,000 people, found that 46 percent of Americans want the Black Adam star to run for president.

Over the weekend, Johnson reacted to the shocking report and joked over the possibility of adding "U.S. President" to his extensive resume.

Saying he found the poll "humbling," the former WWE star snickered, "I don’t think our Founding Fathers EVER envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club."

Interestingly enough, Johnson didn't rule out a potential run for president in the future, but closed out his post by declaring, "If it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve you, the people."

Johnson's 228 million Instagram followers applauded the possibility of voting for him, with some even asking the 48-year-old what could be stopping him from jumping into politics.

As for whether or not Johnson is actually serious about pursuing a career in politics, time will only tell.

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Who ya gonna call? The marketing department! Hasbro reveals cute 'Ghostbusters' "Mini Puft" figures


Just days after the spooky little sweets made their debut opposite Paul Rudd in a teaser for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Hasbro has revealed its GHOSTBUSTERS Mini-Pufts Surprise line of toys. 

Each 1.5" figure will come packaged in a Play-Doh-like cup filled with a fake marshmallow goop that you'll have to dig through to reveal which of the mischievous marshmallow men you got. 

And to further drive collectors crazy, there are six unique ghosts in the first wave of release, with multiple releases planned.  And because you won't know which you get until you open them, chances are you'll be swapping doubles of, say, the melting Mini-Puft figure for the one using matches to kebab his marshmallow buddy's head.

The toys will be released to most major retailers timed for the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which hits theaters November 10.


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