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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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Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to "New Evidence"

Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to
The individuals arrested on Friday by Chicago police in regards to the Jussie Smollett attack have been released without charges due to "new evidence."

"Empire Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the #Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago Pd deputy director of news affairs and communications Tom Ahern tweeted Friday.

Two men were arrested Friday morning in the case of the alleged assault, but were not charged with a crime. The arrests came ...
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Yes, Happy Death Day 2U Has a Postcredits Scene - Here's Why It's a Big Deal

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Yes, Happy Death Day 2U Has a Postcredits Scene - Here's Why It's a Big Deal
Warning: this post contains spoilers for Happy Death Day 2U!

Ladies and gentlemen, the movie overlords have graciously blessed us with a sequel to 2017's best horror surprise, Happy Death Day. Now that we've got a second go-around, the highly anticipated Happy Death Day 2U is jam-packed with even more creepy baby masks, plenty of gruesome new deaths, and a gripping ride that keeps you guessing and laughing 'til the very end. Speaking of the end, I bet you're wondering about the all-important question that seems to hover over nearly every movie release nowadays: should you stay put after the credits or would it be a waste of time? Allow me to unravel the mystery just for you. And I'll even go so far as to describe it, if that's something you're into.

I have really excellent news about the postcredits situation in Happy Death Day 2U. First of all,
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Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Takes a Major Turn: Everything We Know

Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Takes a Major Turn: Everything We Know
Three weeks ago, Jussie Smollett was reported to be the victim of an alleged racist, homophobic attack. Now, after questioning two men originally thought to be suspects, police say new information has "shifted the trajectory of the investigation." News of the reported assault went viral and was met with mixed reactions online, with many suggesting the incident is a hoax, something the actor has denied. On Saturday, CNN quoted law enforcement sources as saying the Empire actor paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him. Smollett's attorneys have said that the actor feels "victimized" by claims that he "played a role in his own...
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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough

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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough
When a movie receives terrible reviews, typically it doesn't get green-lighted for a sequel. That's why we were never tortured by Gigli 2, or a follow-up to The Book of Henry. But apparently Ja Rule either doesn't believe in this logical process, or is out of his damn mind (or both), because he recently teased a second installment of the worst "luxury" music festival that never was: Fyre Fest.

As a reminder, festival-goers - some of whom had paid thousands for their tickets - arrived at the festival site in the Bahamas and discovered a barren, unorganized, trash-covered space strewn with Fema tents that were leftover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. The doomed event was so bad that it not only inspired two documentaries about the whole disaster but also destroyed the livelihoods of innocent bystanders and landed the festival's chief fraudster, Billy McFarland, in prison.

Ja Rule, who collaborated on Fyre Fest with McFarland,
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14-Year-Old Marsai Martin Is Set to Become the Youngest Executive Producer in History

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14-Year-Old Marsai Martin Is Set to Become the Youngest Executive Producer in History
Black-ish star Marsai Martin is about to make history. The 14-year-old actress is gearing up to be the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood movie in history. You read that right. She's 14, and she's out here making movies (and starring in them). Whew. She'll bear the title when her film Little, starring Insecure's Issa Rae and Girls Trip's Regina Hall, hits theaters this Spring.

The movie centers around a woman named Jordan Sanders (Hall), whose callous behavior causes her to become cursed by a little girl. Jordan then turns back into her 13-year-old self (Martin), who must relive her childhood. In an interview with The Root, Martin confirmed that the movie is inspired by Tom Hank's 1988 classic Big. "It was one of my most favorite films growing up," she said. "After the [season one] finale of Black-ish, we told Kenya Barris about it, and he called Will [Packer] and said: 'Yo,
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2019 Writers Guild Awards: The Complete List of Winners

2019 Writers Guild Awards: The Complete List of Winners
We've officially hit the final homestretch of awards shows. The 2019 Oscars are just one week away and feature a star-studded group of presenters, despite not having a host. Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Melissa McCarthy, Samuel L. Jackson and so many others will take the stage on Feb. 24 and hand out accolades to their fellow artists. Feb. 17, however, was reserved for the writers. Just like producers had their show as well as directors and SAG-AFTRA members, the evening belonged to television and film's screenwriters. The 2019 Writers Guild Awards were held in both Los Angeles and New York. Chelsea Peretti hosted the L.A. event while Roy Wood Jr. led the evening in New...
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Carly Rae Jepsen Sings ‘O’Canada’ At NBA All-Star Game

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Carly Rae Jepsen is doing Canada proud with her beautiful vocals. The “Call Me Maybe” singer performed a stirring rendition of “O’Canada” at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday. Related: Lady Gaga Makes Good On Promise To Carly Rae Jepsen .@carlyraejepsen performs the Canadian National Anthem before #NBAAllStar! Watch on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/fpOzgk5EKX
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See Brie Bella Get Emotional After Accidentally Kicking a WWE Competitor in the Ring

See Brie Bella Get Emotional After Accidentally Kicking a WWE Competitor in the Ring
Being a working mom is hard! On this week's all-new Total Bellas, Brie Bella found herself in tears as her busy work schedule left her exhausted and wracked with mom-guilt. On top of juggling storylines on both Raw and SmackDown, Brie and twin sister Nikki Bella were preparing for their first ever Birdiebee fashion show. Since Brie's work scheduled was so "chaotic," husband Bryan Danielson (known professionally as Daniel Bryan) urged his wife to not spread herself too thin. "It's just really hard on me because I can't be everywhere at once and it's not right," Brie lamented in a confessional. "There's something inside me that's very overwhelmed and just feeling...
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Lil Xan Expecting His First Child 5 Months After Noah Cyrus Breakup

Lil Xan Expecting His First Child 5 Months After Noah Cyrus Breakup
There's some big news for all those Xanxiety fans out there: Lil Xan is going to be a father! On Sunday, the rapper revealed on Instagram that he and his girlfriend Annie Smith were starting a family together. "i wanted to wait but i just can't leave my fans in the dark,it's official im going to be a father," Lil Xan, whose real name is Nicholas Diego Leanos, shared. "i love you guys so much and hope you stay along for this crazy journey and i've never felt more happy in my life."  He continued, "all of you are invited to the gender reveal party i promise ! Cant wait to show the world everything i've been working on at youtube space and my official sophomore album...
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Anthony Hamilton Puts Fergie's All-Star National Anthem to Shame

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Anthony Hamilton Puts Fergie's All-Star National Anthem to Shame
Talk about a complete 180 for the National Anthem performance at this year's NBA All-Star Game ... sorry, Fergie.  Anthony Hamilton took the reigns Sunday to do his own rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and he absolutely killed it ... even with a slowed-down version -- unlike his predecessor. The soul singer took his time, and hit every note he needed to ... and the crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Even more telling ... no NBA players were laughing.
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Miranda Lambert Got Married! See Other Top-Secret Celebrity Weddings

Miranda Lambert Got Married! See Other Top-Secret Celebrity Weddings
Miranda Lambert made a surprise reveal on Saturday about her current relationship status. "In honor of Valentine's Day I wanted to share some news," the country singer wrote on Instagram. "I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me." E! News confirmed that she and McLoughlin tied the knot on Jan. 26, 2019 in Davidson County, Tennessee. Her big announcement was a surprise to many people because the newlyweds had never made an official public outing together and there was no sight of him on her social media pages. All that aside, there was a bit to uncover about the 35-year-old's new husband. For starters, he was...
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The Dance Team From That Viral Harry Potter Video Just Got a Perfect Score For This Routine

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Guys. When I say I've been waiting for a new routine from the Pac dance team since October, I'm not exaggerating. The students from Walden Grove High School wowed me last year, not only with their viral Harry Potter moves, but with every single performance they gave on America's Got Talent. The team recently returned to the spotlight to compete in the Arizona state championships, and, spoiler alert: they took home the top honor with a Perfect score.

Related: Ariana Grande Would Definitely Say "Yuh" to This "Break Up With Your Girlfriend" Dance Video

Decked out in their own fraternity-inspired outfits that gave me major Beyoncé at Coachella vibes, they performed to hits like Jennifer Lopez's "Dinero" and Kanye West's "Ghost Town." Prepare yourself to be wowed again, and watch the full routine above. Congrats to the five-time state champions!
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Globetrotters Serenade Reese Witherspoon & Hubby with 'My Girl'

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Globetrotters Serenade Reese Witherspoon & Hubby with 'My Girl'
Reese Witherspoon and her husband scored courtside seats to watch the Harlem Globetroters this weekend -- but they also got an unexpected Motown serenade out of it.  The actress and her hubby, Jim Toth, hit up the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday to watch the Globetrotters perform their magic on the court. The good thing about sitting so close ... ya might get called up and be put under the spotlight, which is exactly what happened to Reese.
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Liam Hemsworth Can't Stop Pranking Miley Cyrus: Watch His Best Pranks

Liam Hemsworth Can't Stop Pranking Miley Cyrus: Watch His Best Pranks
When it comes to pranking Miley Cyrus, her fiancé Liam Hemsworth can't stop...and he won't stop. He's just being Liam! Since they first started dating in 2010, the 29-year-old Australian actor has enjoyed catching the 26-year-old off-guard and scaring her for fun. In recent months he has appeared to increase his pranks on Miley, which he often posts on Instagram. "I just don't know why I haven't caught onto this but it's like, I don't know he's around every corner," the singer had said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May. "He's around a lot of corners." Just like Miley has a penchant for posting Nsfw tributes...
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Tekashi 6ix9ine's Plea Deal Revealed, Short Sentence, Witness Protection

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Details of Tekashi 6ix9ine's plea deal are now public, and it looks like about the best deal he could get ... way less than even the minimum sentence for a boatload of crimes. Tekashi was facing a Minimum of 47 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars after pleading guilty to racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses, narcotics trafficking and other crimes. As we reported, the rapper cooperated with the feds and even testified before the Grand Jury.
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Alleged R. Kelly Victims Saw New Sex Tape, Grand Jury Formed

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Alleged R. Kelly Victims Saw New Sex Tape, Grand Jury Formed
6:44 Pm Pt -- R. Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg tells TMZ ... "I am unaware of any 'special' grand jury being convened to look into R. Kelly. There is no record of any such proceedings, and no need for them. The report is false." A grand jury has been convened to hear evidence against R. Kelly in the wake of a new sex tape that reportedly shows him having sex with a 14-year-old girl --
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Frozen 2 Has 2 New Cast Members and the Trailer Has 2 New Characters - Coincidence?

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Frozen 2 Has 2 New Cast Members and the Trailer Has 2 New Characters - Coincidence?
Even though the trailer for Frozen 2 has been released, we are more confused about the long-awaited Frozen sequel than ever. Is Arendelle no longer frozen? Are we even in Arendelle anymore? What made Anna switch from her usual braids to a brand new 'do? Though Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf are all back in action, you'll also notice that there are two new characters seen in the trailer, glimpsed in a forest about one minute and 24 seconds into the clip. There have also been two new voice actors added to the cast. Coincidence? Perhaps. But here's what has been speculated about these two new characters so far.

If you haven't already heard the biggest question surrounding Frozen 2, it has to do with a new love interest, this time for Snow Queen Elsa. Ever since the original film's release in 2013, speculation has been swirling about Elsa's sexuality, with "Let It
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Emily Blunt May Not Be Singing Mary Poppins at the Oscars, but You'll Be Excited About Who Is!

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Emily Blunt May Not Be Singing Mary Poppins at the Oscars, but You'll Be Excited About Who Is!
The Academy has found a voice for its Mary Poppins Returns performance at the Oscars on Feb. 24, but, no, it's not Emily Blunt. Instead, the ever-iconic Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go," accompanied by the film's lyricist and composer Marc Shaiman.

"So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24," Midler tweeted on Saturday. "So excited!!"

Midler and Shaiman are longtime friends, according to Variety, and he expressed his excitement for their collaboration on Facebook. "Could I have ever imagined that one day Bette Midler would sing a song I co-wrote with Scott Wittman for a sequel to 'Mary Poppins' at the Academy Awards?! My heart is exploding."

"The Place Where Lost Things Go," is one of five nominated songs expected to be performed next Sunday. Can the Oscars get here already?
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Lorena Bobbitt Was at the Center of One of the Most Infamous '90s Crimes - Here's What She's Doing Now

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Lorena Bobbitt Was at the Center of One of the Most Infamous '90s Crimes - Here's What She's Doing Now
Thanks to the new docuseries Lorena, the infamous Bobbitt trial is back in the headlines, more than 25 years after Lorena Bobbitt cut off a particular part of her husband John's anatomy, resulting in a pair of trials that captivated the nation in the 1990s. Now that so many years have passed, where is Lorena (pictured above at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019) now, and what has she been doing in the years since this headline-grabbing true crime case?

After her trial ended in a verdict of not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, Lorena was sent for a 45-day psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation period came and went, she was deemed not a danger to herself or others, and she was released to try to rebuild her life after being at the center of a gory, tragicomic court case that captured the attention of an entire country. In an interview with Vanity Fair,
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