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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-forger 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 through the
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So . . . Is Colton Hopping That Fence on The Bachelor Anytime Soon?

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So . . . Is Colton Hopping That Fence on The Bachelor Anytime Soon?
After all of the promos hinting at this week's Bachelor drama, it's no wonder many of us thought this would be the week of Colton Underwood's already infamous fence jump. But another week has gone by, and the scene still hasn't happened. With this week's focus on Colton second-guessing whether some of the contestants are only there to become the next Bachelorette, we're wondering what could be more dramatic than that?

Before this week's episode aired, though, host Chris Harrison actually revealed that the fence jump wouldn't be taking place yet. Harrison told Entertainment Tonight that there are still "a few episodes" left until the fence jump happens - so don't hold your breath, people.

With hometown dates on the horizon, it seems likely that the jump will happen during the same episode as the fantasy suites. If Colton is visiting the final four ladies' hometowns, he's probably not
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Ben Higgins Popped Up on The Bachelor, and Now We Just Want to Know If He's Single

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Bachelor Nation has gotten to know Ben Higgins throughout different stages of his life. After a recent cameo on The Bachelor, we couldn't help but wonder what this handsome man has been up to. We know that the cofounder of Generous International LLC and podcast host at iHeartMedia is very focused on his career, but - forgive us for asking - is he single?

Ben started out pining for Kaitlyn Bristowe's heart during season 11 of The Bachelorette, and after being runner-up, he became the leading man on season 20 of The Bachelor. He proposed to Lauren Bushnell at the final rose ceremony, and their engagement seemed picture-perfect; the duo even landed their own show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?. Sadly, they broke up. Ben ended up on The Bachelor Winter Games, which he left early because he wasn't in the right mind space to be there. It's been a while since then,
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Sparks Fly Between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the Hilarious Trailer For Long Shot

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Sparks Fly Between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the Hilarious Trailer For Long Shot
Huh, who would've thought: Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are the leads we never knew we needed in a romantic comedy.

In their upcoming film Long Shot, Theron plays Charlotte, the secretary of state who's gearing up a campaign to be president, while Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a journalist. It just so happens that Charlotte used to babysit Fred when they were younger, and a chance run-in at a party brings them together again as adults. When she hires him as the speechwriter for her campaign? Well, sparks fly.

The film is also bolstered by the comedic presence of Randall Park as Fred's boss, O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Fred's Bff, June Diane Raphael as Charlotte's assistant, and Alexander Skarsgard as . . . well, we don't know yet, but it's safe to assume he'll play some superhot ex of Charlotte's since this is a romantic comedy, after all. Watch the trailer above,
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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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Pregnant Amy Schumer Hilariously Joins Mardi Gras Practice in New Orleans

Pregnant Amy Schumer Hilariously Joins Mardi Gras Practice in New Orleans
Amy Schumer is Mardi Gras ready!

On Monday, Schumer, 37, who announced in October that she’s expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer, hilariously joined two different parade practices at Audubon Park in New Orleans.

The I Feel Pretty star captured the moments on Instagram writing, “Sometimes in New Orleans you have to join the practice.”

In the first video Schumer posted, the comedian can be seen running up to a line of dancing women, who were preparing for the upcoming parades of carnival season, which kicked off in January.

This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 5

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The Bachelor Did Not Jump the Fence Again, But Another Woman Has Dumped Him

The Bachelor Did Not Jump the Fence Again, But Another Woman Has Dumped Him
What is up with this season of The Bachelor, man?  Three women have now left of their own accord: Elyse, Sydney, and now first kiss Heather. Just ahead of hometown dates, where each of the women is supposed to bring Colton Underwood home to meet their parents, Heather told Colton she wasn't secure enough in their relationship to introduce him to her family, and she literally hopped on a train and got out of there.  The symbolism wasn't exactly subtle. That was barely the most dramatic thing that happened tonight, as Colton asked Tayshia, his first one-on-one of the night, who all the eliminated women had been talking about when they warned him there were some girls who couldn't be...
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Charo's Husband Dead by Suicide at 79

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Charo's Husband Dead by Suicide at 79
Singer and actress Charo's husband of more than 40 years is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound ... TMZ has learned. Kjell Rasten shot himself Monday afternoon around 2 Pm in the Beverly Hills home where he and '70s icon Charo lived ... according to law enforcement sources. We're told Charo was home at the time and someone in the house called 911. Police and paramedics responded, and Rasten was transported to a hospital, but they were unable to save him.
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Chrissy Teigen Chipped Her Tooth While Filming Family Feud

Chrissy Teigen Chipped Her Tooth While Filming Family Feud
Did Chrissy Teigen just reach peak Chrissy Teigen? The 33-year-old model revealed on Twitter and Instagram that she and her husband John Legend recently filmed an episode of Family Feud. Survey says: it sounds like it got pretty intense. Teigen posted a photo of herself wearing a short green dress and clear heels while laughing at something. "I can't say if we won or lost family feud but we definitely brought a flask, I definitely chipped a tooth and there was definitely a record set," she captioned the photo. Well now we're intrigued! There are some logistical questions here, too. Did it happen in this order? Did she chip her tooth before breaking into the flask? Or...
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Who Won America's Got Talent: The Champions?

Who Won America's Got Talent: The Champions?
America's got both talent and a new champion.  America's Got Talent: The Champions declared a winner tonight, naming magician Shin Lim the champion of all the Got Talent champions.  Lim also won season 13 of America's Got Talent, and while he may claim to be an ordinary human skilled at close up magic, you cannot convince us he's not an actual wizard. He makes cards disappear into a cloud of smoke and reappear inside Howie Mandel's water bottle. That's not possible without actual magic! It's just not!  He also can make mysterious pictures appear on cell phones and he can switch out cards that people are literally holding in their mouths, and it's mystifying in a...
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Backstreet Boys’ Aj McLean Pulls His Daughters On Stage For Surprise Serenade In Las Vegas

Sorry, “Property Brothers” — the McLean sisters are just too cute not to pull on stage mid-concert! As the Backstreet Boys continued their record-breaking Larger Than Life residency in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hgtv star Drew Scott prepared for hitting Friday’s show with brother Jonathan and wife Linda Phan, by making a plea via Twitter for the boy band to serenade his love
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Badass Bo Peep Teams Up With Woody on a Rescue Misson in This Toy Story 4 Clip

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Badass Bo Peep Teams Up With Woody on a Rescue Misson in This Toy Story 4 Clip
Are you ready for a whole new Little Bo Peep, Toy Story fans? Because she's taking control in the fourth film, and we personally can't wait to see her in action. Fortunately, we got a little taste of what she'll be like courtesy of Good Morning America on Friday.

A few weeks after Disney revealed her badass makeover (above), the voice of Bo Peep, Annie Potts, stopped by Gma to share a new clip from Toy Story 4 featuring her character. In it, we see Bo Peep and Woody teaming up with the rest of the toys - Buzz, Jessie, the Barbies, Slinky, and more - to try to get a bedroom window open so they can escape and rescue a toy stranded outside in a rain-filled gutter. It's a tense, exciting scene, but it also shows Bo in her flouncy dress and bonnet - so, what's the deal?

According to Potts,
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Alec Baldwin Thinks Donald Trump’s Attacks May Be ‘A Threat To My Safety’, Trump Jr. Responds With Scorn

Alec Baldwin is starting to take Donald Trump’s attacks on him very seriously. Related: ‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Delivers Nonsensical State Of Emergency Press Conference The actor recently returned to Global’s “Saturday Night Live” to play the U.S. president, sparking a bizarre response from Trump on Twitter. Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on
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Steve Harvey Clarifies Remarks to Mo'Nique After Backlash: "I Misspoke"

Steve Harvey Clarifies Remarks to Mo'Nique After Backlash:
Steve Harvey wants to clarify comments about money and integrity that he made to Mo'Nique during a heated conversation on his talk show.  The Oscar-winning actress and comedienne recently spoke to him on his talk show about being labeled as "difficult." Harvey, also a comedian, told her she did a "disservice" to herself with the way she handled her call for a boycott of Netflix, which she said offered her less money than other comics. He said, "When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We black out here. We can't come out here and do it any kind of way we want to. This is the money game. This ain't...
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Noah Cyrus Posts Cryptic Photos One Day After Lil Xan Announces Girlfriend's Pregnancy

Noah Cyrus Posts Cryptic Photos One Day After Lil Xan Announces Girlfriend's Pregnancy
Noah Cyrus is posting some cryptic messages following the news that her ex-boyfriend Lil Xan is going to be a father. Noah shared two selfies on Monday that showcased her emotions in different ways. One picture on her Instagram Story was taken while sitting in the car with her eyes puffy from crying. It seemed like she might have still been tearing up when she took the selfie. "Whata day," she wrote on it. Around the same time, she uploaded another selfie on her main Instagram page where she's wearing makeup, jewelry, a low-cut blouse and styled hair. "i Will be happy if its the last thing i do," she captioned it. This is the first message she's posted publicly since Lil Xan revealed...
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Kate Beckinsale Slams Troll for Questioning Her Dating Choices After Stepping Out with Pete Davidson

Kate Beckinsale Slams Troll for Questioning Her Dating Choices After Stepping Out with Pete Davidson
Another day, another Internet troll that Kate Beckinsale has hilariously shut down.

Weeks after the British actress stepped out with Pete Davidson — first, at a Golden Globes afterparty and later, at his stand up comedy show — Beckinsale, 45, slammed another Instagram user who criticized her for her rumored romance with Davidson.

On Saturday, Beckinsale shared a close-up selfie to Instagram with only a portion of her face showing.

She captioned the shot with, “Here’s what I got from five years of biology class : ‘mollusc’ is Latin for ‘soft flesh’ and how to identify and label a urethra. Neither has
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Mandy Moore Reflects on Ryan Adams Marriage: "I Was So Lonely, So Sad"

Mandy Moore Reflects on Ryan Adams Marriage:
Mandy Moore is speaking up once again about her marriage to Ryan Adams just days after the The New York Times published an explosive exposé about him. The This Is Us star appeared on Marc Maron's podcast Wtf where she talked about her career, relationships and more. According to Pitchfork, Moore and Maron recorded the podcast before the Times article came out, but her statements about her ex-husband mirror what she said in the most recent story as well as previous interviews. Maron's podcasts are known for their very raw, uncensored and oftentimes emotional content. Her interview was no different. Moore and Adams wed in 2009 and finalized their...
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10 Inspiring Game of Thrones Quotes That You Need This Week (and Every Week)

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10 Inspiring Game of Thrones Quotes That You Need This Week (and Every Week)
Sure, the battles in Game of Thrones are undeniably epic, but nothing is quite as epic as the words exchanged between our favorite Westeros residents. From hilarious quips to profound statements, the show knows how to deliver some serious food for thought - especially when those quotes come directly from George R. R. Martin's books. If you're in need of some inspiring words to keep you going this week (or to keep you going until Game of Throne's eighth season finally premieres), check out the gallery to hear some wise words from Tyrion Lannister, Lord Varys, and Lord Petyr Baelish, as well as a few more surprising sources.

Related: 10 Shows That May Just Keep You Occupied Until Game of Thrones Season 8 - All on Netflix
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Jussie Smollett Deserves Jail If He Rehearsed 'Attack,' Says 'Shahs' Star

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Jussie Smollett Deserves Jail If He Rehearsed 'Attack,' Says 'Shahs' Star
Jussie Smollett's going from "Empire" star to "punk ass bitch," If it turns out he staged the homophobic, racist "attack" -- so says Reza Farahan who adds ... an apology won't be nearly enough payback. We got the "Shahs of Sunset" star out Monday in L.A. and he didn't pull a single punch in his assessment of the latest Jussie news. Reza tore him to pieces as soon as we brought up the story
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