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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”
As Chicago police declare a significant shift in “the trajectory of the investigation” of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett nearly three weeks ago, the attorneys for the Empire star has come out swinging tonight in his defense.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” said defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson in a statement obtained by Deadline.

He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the Chicago-based attorneys add of the supposed assault in the early hours of January 29. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.” (Read The Full Statement Below)

Earlier Saturday, a law enforcement official close to the Chicago
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Richard E. Grant on How to Survive Awards Season With Flair

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Richard E. Grant on How to Survive Awards Season With Flair
An Oscar would certainly be nice, but Richard E. Grant doesn’t need a golden statue to walk away from this awards season as a winner.

The 61-year-old actor landed his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jack Hock, the loyal accomplice of author-turned-literary forager Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) in the biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Unlike most actors who become jaded by the grind that comes with awards season — its punishing schedule of screenings, interviews on late night shows, and grip and grins — Grant isn’t taking a single moment for granted.

Instead, the veteran is fully embracing the ride, using the long hours spent at industry events as a chance to mingle with his favorite celebrities and meet fans. His social media platforms have become an endearing window into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, one that lets his 200,000 followers accompany him as he navigates
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Is Elsa Shipwrecked? 4 Theories About Her Mysterious Part in the Frozen 2 Trailer

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Is Elsa Shipwrecked? 4 Theories About Her Mysterious Part in the Frozen 2 Trailer
After a very long wait, Frozen 2 finally dropped its first trailer! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf are back in action for a second round of adventures in Arendelle - although the trailer doesn't really give away any hints as to what those adventures are, exactly. One of the most intense moments of the trailer comes when Elsa appears to run into the ocean and use her ice powers on an incoming tidal wave. We've rounded up a few theories of what that scene could point to!

1. She's Shipwrecked

As everyone will remember, the main events of the original Frozen really kick off when Elsa and Anna's parents die in a shipwreck after leaving for a short trip at sea. It is that event, in fact, that leaves Elsa as the queen long before she had planned to be ready to rule. In the new trailer, Elsa can be seen running
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Dana White Says Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Deal is 'Not Even Close'

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Dana White Says Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Deal is 'Not Even Close'
Conor McGregor vs. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is Not a done deal, as some reports have indicated -- Dana White tells TMZ Sports, "Not true. Not even close." Both Conor and Cowboy have publicly shown interest in the fight -- and White recently said he's down to make it happen. Fans are excited.  In fact, Ufc announcer Joe Rogan was talking about the matchup on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast on Sunday night ... and said, "It's a done deal,
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Lea Michele Asked Ryan Murphy to Officiate Her Wedding, and He Really Needs to Say "I Do"

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Lea Michele Asked Ryan Murphy to Officiate Her Wedding, and He Really Needs to Say
For her pending nuptials, Lea Michele is getting a little help from her friends and fami-glee. (I'm . . . so sorry.) In a recent interview with Brides, the actress and singer revealed she's already asked her Glee and Scream Queens boss Ryan Murphy to officiate her forthcoming wedding to her longtime friend-turned-fiancé Zandy Reich.

Following her engagement nearly a year ago, Lea shared a picture with her close friend Jonathan Groff with the caption, "Maid of honor." Though the actor is primarily known for his Broadway background with roles in Spring Awakening and Hamilton, he too was in Glee as Jesse St. James, Rachel Berry's rival and eventual husband.

Oh, but that's not all: Lea said Darren Criss, who portrayed Blaine Anderson, will also be in attendance, as well as Becca Tobin, who portrayed Kitty Wilde on the beloved six-season series. Lea and Darren actually went on tour together last year,
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Brace Yourself - Meghan Markle Is Returning to the Big Screen!

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Brace Yourself - Meghan Markle Is Returning to the Big Screen!
If you thought you were done seeing Meghan Markle on the silver screen, think again. Before Markle married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, the 37-year-old former actress starred in a movie called The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, and now it's coming to the Us! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Sapiano's film about "twenty-something singles clubbing and partying in Los Angeles" has been acquired by Artist Rights Distribution for North America. In the comedy, which was filmed back in 2010, Markle stars as a woman named Dana alongside actors Adam Pally and Max Greenfield. Artist Rights Distribution plans to release the film later this year.

Even though Markle is officially done with Hollywood, rumors have been swirling that she'll be returning for a special cameo in the upcoming final season of Suits. Markle famously played paralegal Rachel Zane from 2011 to 2018. But don't get your hopes up just yet!
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The Bachelor: At This Point, We're Pretty Sure We Know Who's Getting a Hometown Date

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It's hard to believe, but Colton's list of Bachelor contestants is dwindling quickly. His journey to love is really heating up, and there are just seven women left in the running.

At this point, fans might be wondering which women will bring Colton home to meet their loved ones. It's still a bit of a guessing game, but there are some clues about which people he has deeper connections with - and that's in terms of both emotional connections and the physical chemistry he's shared with the ladies on their one-on-one dates.

So if you're in the mood to speculate, here are the cities where the seven remaining ladies are from, and how likely it is that Colton will be visiting each contestant's hometown before the grand finale.
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Gird Your Loins: Santa Clarita Diet Season 3 Will Take a Bite Out of Netflix in March

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Those with weak stomachs should avert their eyes, since Netflix's goriest original comedy - Santa Clarita Diet - is coming back for a third, blood-splattered season. What's more? The series will return sooner than you think!

On Thursday, Netflix announced that the Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant show, which follows the Hammond family after matriarch Sheila (Barrymore) becomes a zombie, will hit the streaming giant on March 29. The date announcement features a video that sees The Hammonds, particularly Sheila and husband Joel (Olyphant), struggling with "the prospect of forever." Although it's been made abundantly clear thus far in the show that Sheila and Joel will do just about anything for each other (including literally eating anyone who threatens their livelihoods), maybe Joel's patience for his wife's, uh, affliction, has finally run out.

Check out the new video above, then catch up on one of the most intriguing theories about the show here.
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WWII Sailor Who Kissed Woman in Iconic V-j Day Photo Dead at 95

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The U.S. Navy sailor who passionately kissed a woman to celebrate the end of World War II -- captured by a photographer in what's easily one of the most iconic images in American history -- has died. The sailor, George Mendonsa, died Sunday at age 95 after falling and suffering a seizure at an assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island. George's daughter told the Providence Journal her father was living at the facility with his wife of more than 70 years.
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Petey Pablo Gripes Over All-Star Weekend Snub, I Wanted Nc to Raise Up!

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No shirts were taken off, twisted around hands and spun like helicopters at NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte ... and Petey Pablo is pissed. Remember, Pablo's 2001 hit, "Raise Up," is all about North Carolina pride -- and the NBA even used the song in an All-Star game promo. But Pablo, who's from Nc, wasn't invited to perform during the Asw festivities -- and it's clear he's upset about it, calling out the NBA, TNT and the Charlotte Hornets on social media.
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Jenna Dewan Hits Disneyland with Daughter and New Boyfriend

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Jenna Dewan Hits Disneyland with Daughter and New Boyfriend
Jenna Dewan's boyfriend is stepping up to the plate, proving he's daddy material by enjoying/surviving a day at Disneyland with her 5-year-old girl.  The actress hit up the Happiest Place on Earth Saturday with Bf Steve Kazee and Everly, her daughter with Channing Tatum. Everly got the cush stroller ride around the park with potential-future-stepdad Steve on push duty. Jenna, Steve and Everly seemed to have a great time riding rides and goofing around,
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Apparently, "the Conversations Get Really Deep" When Filming Sex Education's Most Intimate Scenes

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Warning: some spoilers for series 1 of Sex Education can be found ahead.

If you're among the millions who've tuned in to Netflix's Sex Education, you'll know that the teen show has its share of memorable sex scenes, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the young cast - some of whom are in their first TV roles - would have found filming those graphic scenes difficult or embarrassing. But in the true spirit of the show, for some of the cast, the intimate scenes actually turned out to be their favorites.

"I really loved the sex scenes, because they were just so much fun," Aimee Lou Wood, who plays Aimee Gibbs, told Popsugar. The first time we meet her character is in the show's first scene, in which a naked Aimee sits astride Adam (Connor Swindells) and asks, "Do you like my tits?" So it's fortuitous she found these
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The Cast of Dune Has Us Wondering Who Isn't Going to Be in the Film

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The Cast of Dune Has Us Wondering Who Isn't Going to Be in the Film
Director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming film Dune is gearing up to be a real wellspring of star power. The science fiction action movie already cast Beautiful Boy's Timothée Chalamet as the lead while also signing on The Greatest Showman's Rebecca Ferguson, Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista, Avengers: Infinity War's Josh Brolin, Aquaman's Jason Momoa, and more. Currently, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya are in talks to bring their talents to the intergalactic lineup.

The film is based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel of the same name. The story takes place thousands of years into the future where humans have spread out and populated different planets. A young boy named Paul Atreides develops special powers and becomes the leader of a planet called Arrakis to protect the inhabitants from intruders. The book was first turned into a movie in 1984 with director David Lynch's adaptation.

The plot itself sounds rather epic,
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Kim Kardashian Debuts Her Most Shocking Dress Yet (and Avoids a Wardrobe Malfunction)

Kim Kardashian Debuts Her Most Shocking Dress Yet (and Avoids a Wardrobe Malfunction)
That's some prom dress, Kim Kardashian. The 38-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star attended the Hollywood Beauty Awards with hairstylist Chris Appleton on Sunday and wore a black vintage 1998 Thierry Mugler cut-out gown with a thigh-high slit. The outfit left little to the imagination and marked her most shocking and risqué dressy look she's ever displayed. "Don't we look like we're going to prom?" Kardashian, known for her daring styles, asked in a selfie video posted on her Instagram Story. "I think this is a 1998 archive look that I've been dying to wear, so this was perfect," she added. Kardashian presented Appleton...
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The Beckham Family Leads the Way as Stars Hit London Fashion Week

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The Beckham Family Leads the Way as Stars Hit London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week is in full swing, and that means the great and good of international fashion have landed in the British capital. Victoria Beckham showed her latest collection on Saturday, and followed it with a star-studded party that included guests like Chris Rock, Alexa Chung, and Luke Wilson, as well as her ever-supportive husband David, and son Brooklyn and his girlfriend Hana Cross. Elsewhere, Idris Elba and his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre hit the Roland Mouret show, and a whole host of talent turned up to see what Erdem had in store for Fall 2019. See all the best photos from London's most stylish week ahead.
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The Hilarious Reason William Won't Be Following in Meghan's Cookbook Footsteps

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The Hilarious Reason William Won't Be Following in Meghan's Cookbook Footsteps
Prince William and Meghan Markle may be pals, but don't expect the Duke of Cambridge to follow in his sister-in-law's cookbook footsteps anytime soon. The royal officially announced his patronage with The Passage (a charity dedicated to helping the homeless transform their lives) on Wednesday, and while helping prepare spaghetti bolognese at the center, the organization's Chief Executive Mick Clarke mentioned he was considering making a cookbook, similar to the one Meghan did with the Hubb Community Kitchen.

"You don't want any of my recipes - they are not worth being written in a book," William joked. "They are not very healthy either - a few burgers and pizzas." So that's where Prince George and Princess Charlotte get their love of pizza! William first visited the charity with Princess Diana back in 1993, and now he's become the royal patron. Even though William's skills in the kitchen may not be the best,
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How Happy Death Day 2U Pulled Off That Wild (and Hilarious) Skydiving Death

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How Happy Death Day 2U Pulled Off That Wild (and Hilarious) Skydiving Death
Warning: Mild spoilers for Happy Death Day 2U ahead.

If you're not aware, Happy Death Day 2U has finally arrived to deliver more laughs and campy deaths than ever before. In the burgeoning franchise's second go-round, there are all sorts of twists and turns that will have you creeping toward the edge of your seat. And perhaps one of the best (and most fun) twists is a montage of bonkers, over-the-top deaths that range from jumping into a wood chipper, dropping a live hair dryer into a bathtub, and ramming a car into an electrical plant. But the most ridiculous death of all comes when Tree skydives out of an airplane . . . in a bikini.

During our recent interview with Jessica Rothe, the film's star talked all about the many mechanics that went into that one spectacular death. When it came to that epic free fall out of the plane, Rothe
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Oscars Producers Say The Show Will Still Run Longer Than 3 Hours

The Oscars always end up going long, and this year will be no exception. Despite attempts to shorten this year’s broadcast down to three hours, according to the New York Times that won’t be happening. Related: Dwayne Johnson Reveals He Was The ‘First Choice’ To Host The Oscars Producer Donna Gigliotti was asked by Academy officials whether the
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Why Did Ben Affleck Stop Playing Batman? He Says He Couldn't "Crack It"

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Why Did Ben Affleck Stop Playing Batman? He Says He Couldn't
I've gotta be honest: Ben Affleck seems remarkably chill about the fact he's no longer going to be playing Batman in the DC film franchise.

Despite appearing as the caped crusader in three recent movies - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League - Affleck is hanging up his batsuit to make way for a younger version of the character, who will take over the mantle in 2021's The Batman. Rather than making his retirement from the character a big to-do, Affleck retweeted the news of his departure in January, adding, "Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life."

He continued his streak of taking it all in stride while sitting down with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday to promote his next film, Triple Frontier. Naturally, the discussion led to Batman, and the 46-year-old star had a fairly simple explanation as for why he's stepping away.
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Steve Harvey Reflects on Heated Argument with Mo'Nique: 'I've Got to Slow Down When I'm Talking'

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Steve Harvey Reflects on Heated Argument with Mo'Nique: 'I've Got to Slow Down When I'm Talking'
Almost a week after a heated argument between Steve Harvey and Mo’Nique unfolded on-air, the host is reflecting on his choice of words.

“I’ve got to slow down when I’m talking,” Harvey, 62, told People on Sunday at a Celebrity Family Feud event in Los Angeles. “I can’t get into heated discussions, and I’ve got to just guard my words more carefully.”

During an interview on Harvey’s Steve talk show on Wednesday, Harvey and the 51-year-old comedian and actress clashed over her claims she was shut out of Hollywood after winning the Academy Award for
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