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Taylor Swift Threatens to Sue Blog Over White Supremacist Remarks

Taylor Swift Threatens to Sue Blog Over White Supremacist Remarks
Whatever you do, don't call Taylor Swift a white supremacist. Taylor Swift's lawyers have threatened to sue a blog if it doesn't remove an article that refers to the pop superstar as a white supremacist sympathizer. The blog, PopFront, whose mission is apparently "re-centering the national political conversation and bringing together the left," and the writer, Meghan Herning, claim that Taylor Swift is an icon of white supremacist, Nationalist, and other fringe groups. The fringe groups claim that Swift's lyrics are speaking to them, especially her latest single, "Look What You Made Me Do." Herning writes that Swift "is giving support to the white nationalist movements through lyrics that speak to their anger, entitlement, and selfishness."

In the letter to PopFront's Meghan Herning, Taylor Swift's lawyer, William J. Briggs II, explained that story on the blog is completely false and offensive. The lawyer went on to say that
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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.

Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.

Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because
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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie tribute documentary to be repeated by ITV

A 2012 documentary which paid tribute to Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride is to be repeated by ITV following the news of her death.

Deirdre and Me: A Tribute will air on Tuesday, February 3 in a 7.30pm timeslot on ITV.

An ITV press release bills the programme as "another chance to see this documentary special looking at the woman behind those famous glasses, showing as a tribute to the late Anne Kirkbride and her 40-year career playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street".

The programme was originally shown in November 2012 in celebration of Kirkbride reaching her 40th year in the role of Deirdre.

Deirdre and Me sees Kirkbride take the cameras backstage at Coronation Street while opening up over her soap career and her own personal life.

Coronation Street stars past and present including Bill Roache, Johnny Briggs, Michelle Keegan and Chris Gascoyne all appear in the documentary.

Kirkbride passed away in
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Season Two Of ‘Alpha House’ Is Now Available On Amazon Prime

Amazon's first original series has now begun its second season. Alpha House, which follows a group of Republican senators who live together in a house in DC, has added ten new episodes to its library on Amazon Prime. Alpha House stars John Goodman as Gil John Briggs, a Senator who, during the second season, must fend off a Democratic challenger and win re-election. This plot is ripped straight from the headlines; Alpha House's debut comes less than two weeks before midterm elections in the Us. When the first season of Alpha House arrived last year, critics met it with middling reviews. This year, the early consensus seems to have come out a little more positive, with critics from Variety and the Los Angeles Times praising the series' low-key brand of comedy. "Alpha House isn't the most popular or celebrated title amid the present onslaught of D.C.-set political series,
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Coronation Street actor William Roache acquitted of rape and assault charges

Lancashire police defends inquiry after jury reaches unanimous verdicts, but actor's supporters damn prosecution for damaging his reputation

The Coronation Street star William Roache was acquitted of two counts of rape and five charges of indecent assault on Thursday at the end of a trial that raised questions about the decision of police and prosecutors to press charges.

The jury at Preston crown court reached unanimous verdicts after six hours of deliberation on alleged offences committed against five women dating back to between 1965 and 1971. At the time the women were aged between 14 and 16.

Speaking on the court steps, Roache thanked his supporters and insisted: "In these situations there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves." Roache, 81, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap launched in 1960, added: "Now if you excuse me I would like to get back to work."

Roache's legal team
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Daniel Villegas, Who Was Serving A Life Sentence For Murders He Claims He Didn't Commit, Released From Prison

Daniel Villegas, a man who has been serving a life sentence for murders he claims he did not commit, was released from custody on Tuesday, Jan. 14 after almost 20 years of imprisonment.

Villegas, 37, was convicted in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17 in a drive-by shooting in El Paso, Texas. Villegas himself was only 17 at the time of his conviction, and 16 at the time of the crime.

Daniel Villegas Released From Prison After 19 Years

After years of litigation, an appellate court vacated the 1995 conviction in December, 2013, and Villegas was released Tuesday on a $50,000 bond. In the eyes of the law, Villegas remains convicted of murder, and it is unclear whether or not a new trial will be scheduled.

“I never thought this day would come. Thank God,” Villegas told the large crowd of supporters and reporters upon his release from El Paso County Jail.

Villegas went to church before grabbing
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Briggs' Roache boast

Johnny Briggs claims he's slept with more women than his former 'Coronation Street' co-star Bill Roache. Bill recently said he had bedded 1,000 females over the years, but Johnny - who played Bill's soap Weatherfield rival Mike Baldwin for 30 years - insists he has been intimate with more ladies. He said: ''I'm amazed that Bill Roache said he's slept with that many women. What goes on in the bedroom stays in the bedroom. I was a bit of a ladies' man myself. ''I don't know if I can say how many I've bedded, but it's probably more than him.'' Bill - who has
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Nadine Coyle signs 500k deal for CBB

Johnny Briggs claims he's slept with more women than his former 'Coronation Street' co-star Bill Roache. Bill recently said he had bedded 1,000 females over the years, but Johnny - who played Bill's soap Weatherfield rival Mike Baldwin for 30 years - insists he has been intimate with more ladies. He said: ''I'm amazed that Bill Roache said he's slept with that many women. What goes on in the bedroom stays in the bedroom. I was a bit of a ladies' man myself. ''I don't know if I can say how many I've bedded, but it's probably more than him.'' Bill - who has
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Denis O'Hare Talks American Horror Story Episode 1.08

Denis O'Hare Talks American Horror Story Episode 1.08
The FX Network has another hit on its hands with American Horror Story, which was picked up for a second season on Halloween. Actor Denis O'Hare, who plays the mysterious Larry Harvey on the series, recently held a conference call to discuss Episode 1.08: Rubber Man, where the identity of the Harmon family's creepy black-clad house guest is finally revealed. Here's what Denis O'Hare had to say about this new episode of American Horror Story, which airs Wednesday, November 23 at 10 Pm Et on FX.

You're playing such a dark character, and a lot of times we hear actors say that you have to like who you're playing to be able to play that character convincingly. So what do you like about your character, and how do you connect with him?

Denis O'Hare: You know, it's funny. I love this character, and I love him because I feel like he
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Ex-Corrie star Johnny Briggs slams 'dead comedy' soap

Former Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs has criticised the show, claiming that there is no "fun" in it anymore. The 75-year-old actor appeared in the ITV1 soap as Underworld boss Mike Baldwin for 30 years. Briggs's criticism comes after producer Phil Collinson hit back at claims that ratings have fallen dramatically. Briggs told The Mirror: "There's no laughter or humour. The Duckworths have gone, Hilda Ogden is gone, the comedy and drama is dead. People were once happy in the soap. There is no-one in it I recognise now. "I watched the 50th anniversary episode [in December] but could only stand five minutes before I flicked over to the golf. There is no fun in the show anymore." > 'Coronation Street' boss refutes 'gay agenda' claims

> Johnny Briggs: 'Corrie has no one star' Briggs continued: (more)
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Carol Vorderman and Sally Lindsay join Loose Women

Johnny Briggs is "heartbroken" over the state of 'Coronation Street'. The 75-year-old actor - who played knicker factory boss Mike Baldwin for 30 years until 2006 - criticised the lack of humour in the ITV1 soap and says he can no longer bear to tune in because the new, younger characters have derailed the soap. He said: "There's no laughter or humour. The Duckworths have gone, Hilda Ogden is gone, the comedy and drama is dead. People were once happy in the soap. There is no one in it I recognise now. "I watched the 50th anniversary episode in December but could only
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Simon Gregson revered Corrie's Roache, Briggs

Simon Gregson revered Corrie's Roache, Briggs
Simon Gregson has described the effect high-profile actors on Coronation Street had on him when he joined the show. Gregson, who has played Steve McDonald since 1989, said that he was "in awe" of William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Johnny Briggs (Mike Baldwin). "I was in awe of people like William Roache and Johnny Briggs when I started.You knew you were joining something big with those types of actors," he told Inside Soap. The 36-year-old highlighted the now-retired (more)
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Johnny Briggs: 'Corrie has no one star'

Johnny Briggs: 'Corrie has no one star'
Former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs has claimed that the soap has survived because no one person has been allowed to become the star. The Weatherfield drama will celebrate its 50th anniversary next month and Briggs - who played Mike Baldwin for 30 years - told Hello magazine that there is only one true star. "The true strength of the Street is that there isn't a star," he said. "The star of the show is The Rovers. "People (more)
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Johnny Briggs' warns of Corrie culling

Johnny Briggs has warned his 'Coronation Street' pals not to ask for pay rises - unless they want to be killed off. The actor - who played Weatherfield legend Mike Baldwin from 1976, until his alter-ego died from a heart attack in 2006 - believes stars of the soap should be on their best behaviour over the next few months, to stop them from being culled in the upcoming tram crash storyline. He said: ''They'll get rid of anyone who asks! You can't predict who will go - it could be anyone. They seem to get rid of people right, left and centre.'' As ..
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Johnny Briggs 'warns Corrie cast'

Johnny Briggs 'warns Corrie cast'
Johnny Briggs has warned the cast of Coronation Street that anyone could die in the upcoming tram crash. The actor - who played Mike Baldwin - told The Sun that none of the soap's actors should risk asking for a pay rise in the next few months. "They'll get rid of anyone who asks!" he claimed. "You can't predict who will go - it could be anyone," he added. "They seem to get rid of people right left and centre." Speaking at the launch of the new Corrie! stage play, Briggs claimed that the show needs to "listen to the fans". (more)
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Duffy wants Mike Baldwin back in Corrie

Duffy wants Mike Baldwin back in Corrie
Keith Duffy has revealed that he would love to see Mike Baldwin make a shock return to Coronation Street. The actor, who recently returned to his own role as womaniser Ciaran McCarthy on the ITV1 soap, explained that he is still friends with 74-year-old Johnny Briggs, who played the Weatherfield legend for 30 years. Mike was killed off in 2006 after Briggs decided that he wanted to go into semi-retirement. Viewers saw the character passing away after suffering a heart attack. Despite this, Duffy has now told Pa: "I'd love Mike Baldwin to come (more)
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Briggs: 'I'd star on Doctors full-time'

Briggs: 'I'd star on Doctors full-time'
Former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs has revealed that he would be willing to sign up for a permanent role in Doctors. The 71-year-old, best known for his role as Weatherfield's Mike Baldwin, will be seen making a guest appearance as convicted criminal John Cotham on the BBC medical drama next week. Discussing his time with the soap in an interview with What's On TV, Briggs commented: "It's been absolutely wonderful. When I stopped and semi-retired I thought I wouldn't do much, but it was absolutely great - what a nice bunch they are as well!" Asked (more)
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Briggs 'was joking about Corrie return'

Briggs 'was joking about Corrie return'
Johnny Briggs has insisted that his recent comments about a possible return to Coronation Street should not have been taken seriously. Last week, a tabloid newspaper reported that Briggs wanted to make a Weatherfield comeback in the future, even though his character Mike Baldwin was killed off in 2006. At the time, the 71-year-old actor was quoted as saying that such a move could work because Us soap Dallas set a precedent with its unexpected Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) twist. However, asked if the reports were accurate in an interview with What's On TV, Briggs replied: "No, it was a joke! They asked was there any chance of me going back to Coronation Street and I said, 'Mike's dead - how could I come back?'. They pointed out (more)
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Briggs: 'Corrie return could work'

Johnny Briggs has revealed that he would be interested in returning to Coronation Street in the future. According to the Daily Star, the 74-year-old actor wants to keep the option open even though his character Mike Baldwin was killed off following a heart attack in 2006. Briggs reportedly said that he could play Mike's evil twin one day, arguing that Dallas character Bobby Ewing set a precedent for surprise comebacks in soap. On the possibility of a return, the star is quoted as saying: "Why not? I think it could work. (more)
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Johnny Briggs to guest in 'Doctors'

Former Coronation Street veteran Johnny Briggs is to make a guest appearance in BBC medical drama Doctors. The 74-year-old actor, best known for playing Mike Baldwin in the ITV1 soap, will be seen in the role of convicted criminal John Cotham on the daytime serial next month. Briggs's one-off episode, titled 'Robbed', sees his jailed character volunteering to help the police solve a cold case by showing them the location of a buried gun. Due to ill-health, John, who is serving time for murder and armed robbery, must be given the all-clear to go ahead with the trip and visits The Mill. When John's condition deteriorates, (more)
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