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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Police Over Racial Profiling Claim

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“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson issued an apology late Friday to the Glendale Police Department for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son during a traffic stop last fall. “I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” Henson said in an Instagram post. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s.” “Sometimes as humans We overreact without gathering all of the facts,” Henson continued. “As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize.” Also Read: Taraji P. Henson Racial Profiling Claim in Doubt After Video Surfaces “Thank you. »


- L.A. Ross

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7 Things to Expect From Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards return to Los Angeles on Sunday for the second year, and fans can look forward to a lot more than just blowout performances from its superstar lineup. While the evening will feature global artists such as Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line, the three-hour telecast will be very different from your typical, self-congratulatory Hollywood back pat. “The thing I try to fight against is award fatigue, where it is all about someone getting an award and someone else. »


- Debbie Emery

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Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Overturned

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Italy’s highest court overturned Amanda Knox’s murder conviction and put an end to her eight-year legal battle on Friday. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted, acquitted, then convicted again during three separate trials in the murder case of Knox’s college roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. The 27-year-old from Seattle was convicted in 2009 for British student Kercher, who shared an apartment with her in the Italian university town of Perugia while they were both studying overseas. Kercher, from London, England, was stabbed, her throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted. See video: Robert Durst »


- Linda Ge and Debbie Emery

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Star Elodie Yung Joins ABC Pilot ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ (Exclusive)

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Elodie Yung has been cast on ABC’s biblical drama pilot, “Of Kings and Prophets,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. The epic Biblical saga about faith, ambition and betrayal is told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Yung will play Rizpah, the royal concubine to King Saul (Ray Winstone), a major recurring role if ABC orders the pilot to series. Also Read: ‘Degrassi’ Star Alex Steele Joins ABC Pilot ‘Original Sin’ (Exclusive) The actress has appeared in feature films “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “The Girl »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Top Gear’ Producer Won’t Press Charges Against Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Clarkson may be out of a job, but at least he won’t face criminal charges. At least, not if “Top Gear” producer Oison Tymon — who Clarkson reportedly physically attacked during an altercation earlier this month — has anything to say about it. Tymon — whose run-in with “Top Gear” host Clarkson led to Clarkson’s firing from the BBC show this week — has chosen not to press charges against Clarkson, Tymon’s attorney said Friday. “Mr. Tymon has informed the police that he doesn’t want to press charges,” the producer’s attorney, Paul Daniels, said in a statement. “The events of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Madison Square Garden to Spin Off Live Sports and Entertainment From Media Business

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Madison Square Garden plans to split into two separate publicly traded companies later this year, spinning off the sports and entertainment side from the media business. As previously reported, Msg had been exploring the possible separation, but filed the proper forms with the SEC on Friday. The split is structured as a tax-free spinoff that will automatically invest shareholders equally in both companies. The maneuvering is subject to regulatory conditions. Msg’s Board of Directors believe that the split will “further enhance the longterm value-creation potential of both businesses,” they said on Friday. “While the companies would continue to benefit from commercial arrangements between. »

- Tony Maglio

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Paramount, Akiva Goldsman Expanding ‘Transformers’ Movie Universe

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Paramount Pictures is launching a cinematic universe around its blockbuster “Transformers” property that will be overseen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, an individual with knowledge of the studio’s plans has told TheWrap. A representative for Paramount had no comment on Friday afternoon. Goldsman is in deep negotiations to develop “Transformers” sequels and spinoffs with Michael Bay, who directed all four films in the franchise and could really stand to hand the reins to someone else, as well as producer Lorenzo di Bonventura and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The quartet will serve as a braintrust that aims to organize a “writer’s room” of. »


- Jeff Sneider

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NBC News’ Richard Engel Slams Obama’s ‘Convoluted’ and ‘Incoherent’ Iran Policy (Video)

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While appearing on MSNBC Friday to discuss the situation in Yemen, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Richard Engel offered his trenchant two cents on President Obama’s Iran strategy. “In Syria you have the U.S. fighting both with Iran and against Iran in the same country,” Engel began, referring to U.S. negotiations with Iran in Switzerland and simultaneous assistance in ongoing airstrikes against Iranian-backed targets in Yemen. “We’re fighting both with and against Iran in Syria, and fighting with Iran in Iraq.” “There’s an incredibly convoluted dynamic underway right now where the U.S. is »


- Jordan Chariton

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Bill Cosby Accused of Sexual Assault by Two More Women

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Two more women came forward to accuse scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault on Friday, telling their stories at the office of attorney Gloria Allred. One of the accusers, Margie Shapiro, alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her when they went to visit Hugh Hefner‘s mansion. Shapiro told reporters Friday that she met Cosby in 1975 while she was working at a donut shop in Santa Monica, where Cosby ordered dozens of donuts. She claimed that she was invited to Cosby’s film set, where she spent the afternoon with the comedian. Afterward, she was invited to a casual dinner with. »


- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin

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Masi Oka Returning for NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn’

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Masi Oka, who played Hiro Nakamura on “Heroes,” will reprise the role in the upcoming NBC limited series “Heroes Reborn.” Oka was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his portrayal of the time- and space-beinding Nakamura. He will appear in a guest-starring arc. “I’m excited to return to my ‘Heroes’ roots,” said Oka. “Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.” See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Oka can currently be seen in the role of the eccentric Coroner on the hit series “Hawaii Five-0. »


- Joe Otterson

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Bill Hader Joining Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Bfg’

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Bill Hader is joining the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s “The Bfg,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved 1982 novel, the children’s tale follows a young girl teaming up with the Queen of England and a benevolent giant to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. Mark Rylance will play the giant in the film, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the little girl. Melissa Mathison adapted the screenplay. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ Spielberg, »


- Linda Ge

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New Yorker Defends Lena Dunham’s Controversial ‘Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?’ Article

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Lena Dunham came under fire on Friday for an article published in the New Yorker that Jewish groups are calling “tasteless” and “offensive,” but the magazine is defending its choice to run it. The piece, a quiz titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” asks readers to guess which of the two Dunham is referring to in each of 35 descriptive statements. “He doesn’t tip,” Dunham writes. “And he never brings his wallet anywhere.” The Anti-Defamation League, the world’s preeminent Jewish advocacy group, said that while humor is subjective, Dunham’s article missed the mark. “The piece is particularly troubling because »


- L.A. Ross

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Russo Brothers Launch Getaway Productions at Sony, Name Mike Larocca as President

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Joe and Anthony Russo, the Marvel Universe’s sibling director duo, have opened Getaway Production at Sony Pictures, TheWrap has learned. The brothers named former Chernin Entertainment executive Mike Larocca as president. The Russos have a previously announced three-year first look deal for features at the studio, announced on the heels of Marvel and Sony’s partnership to introduce a new Spider-Man to the Marvel slate, before headlining his own solo film. Joe and Anthony teamed for the critically acclaimed “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” which far surpassed the first Chris Evans-starring project. After “Civil War,” which will feature »


- Matt Donnelly

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New ‘Avengers’ Clip Reveals Details About Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch (Video)

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Marvel released a new featurette for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that explores the backstory of twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Writer and director Joss Whedon says that the characters are “massively important” to the storyline. Quicksilver, whose real name is Pietro Maximoff, is super-fast and is known for being incredibly impatient with those who move at normal speed. He is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. See Photos: 15 ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Photos Just-Released, Show Off New Heroes, Villains, Superpowers Scarlet Witch, whose real name is Wanda Maximoff, is telekinetic and has the ability to psychically manipulate those around her. She is played by Elizabeth. »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn to Co-Write Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

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Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is coming on board to co-write revenge thriller “Widows” with Steve McQueen, who will also direct the film, New Regency announced Friday. Story is set in the aftermath of a heist gone wrong. The four widows of the armed robbers killed in the failed caper join forces to pull off the robbery themselves. The film will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films alongside McQueen. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ “After the tremendous success and the amazing journey we experienced together on. »


- Linda Ge

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Patrick Stewart Snorts Coke, Fights Cops in Starz First ‘Blunt Talk’ Trailer (Video)

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Starz released the first teaser trailer for the new Patrick Stewart half-hour comedy series “Blunt Talk” on Friday. Stewart, Charles Xavier/Professor X in the “X-Men” film franchise, stars as hard-partying British journalist Walter Blunt, who is intent on conquering the world of American cable news and is on a mission to guide Americans on how to live, think and behave. The series premieres on Starz in summer 2015 and is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment. In the trailer, doing coke and fighting off the police seems to be all in a day’s work for Blunt, as he works »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Sopranos,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Drea de Matteo Loses Home in NYC Explosion

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Drea de Matteo, star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and the recently wrapped FX biker series “Sons of Anarchy,” is among those who lost their homes in an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed her New York City building on Thursday. De Matteo tweeted the news on Thursday, first noting that emergency responders were attempting to extinguish the flames caused by the explosion. Also Read: Dead ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Johnny Lewis’ Parents Sue Actor’s Estate “NYC’s finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments,” the actress wrote, posting a picture of the firefighters at work. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Ellen DeGeneres Docuseries ‘First Dates’ Lands at NBC

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NBC has ordered eight episodes of Ellen DeGeneres‘ new docuseries, “First Dates,” based on the British format. The hour-long show will follow eight couples who meet for the first time and find out, along with the audience, whether they have enough chemistry for a second date. The observational documentary series will begin production in July in Chicago. No premiere date is set. Also Read: Inside Ellen’s Empire: How the Queen of Daytime Is Conquering Hollywood “First Dates” is executive produced by Pam Healey and John Hesling for Shed Media, DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman for A Very Good Production, and Tim Carter for Twenty. »


- L.A. Ross

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer: J.K. Simmons Just Wants to Help Sarah Connor

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons just wants to help Emilia Clarke save the world in a new 60-second preview of “Terminator Genisys.” “I want to help you, I do, but I gotta understand,” Simmons tells Clarke, who plays franchise heroine Sarah Connor. “I know what’s going on here has to be really, really complicated.” “We’re here to stop the end of the world,” she says. See video: Arnold Schwarzenegger Hopes to Cure Zombie Daughter in First ‘Maggie’ Trailer Fortunately for “Whiplash” fans hoping to see a nicer side of Simmons, the actor who plays a detective in the sequel, »


- Greg Gilman

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‘Deadpool’ First Look: Ryan Reynolds Channels Burt Reynolds, Lounges in Front of a Fire (Photo)

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Deadpool” is going to be a serious superhero movie that takes itself very seriously, judging by the first official photo shared by star Ryan Reynolds. The titular Marvel superhero is seen lounging in front of a romantic roaring fire, wearing the suit that, according to Reynolds, will be the official costume used in the film. “With great power, comes great irresponsibility,” Reynolds captioned the photo. He later added, “No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on,” and also shared the original photo of Burt Reynolds draped across a bearskin rug that served as. »


- Linda Ge

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