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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report
Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

Police said earlier that they were presenting evidence to a grand jury. Smollett could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, though he could also be sentenced to probation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two men, who poured bleach on him, put a rope around his neck, and used racial and homophobic slurs. Police scoured surveillance cameras in the area, and were unable to find images of the attack. They were able to track down two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were in the vicinity of the event.

The brothers were arrested last week and questioned for two days.
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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'

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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for well over a decade, but the actor is already making plans for his future without the secret agent. According to Collider, Craig's first post-Bond film will be The Creed Of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel of the same name which will be helmed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). The project has been in development for
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days

Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days
Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows.
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Jussie Smollett Officially Charged with Filing False Police Report

Update: Smollett’s attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson have issued the following statement to IndieWire through Sharp & Associates PR: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Update: Multiple outlets, including the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, are now reporting that Smollett has been charged with making a false police report. IndieWire is still awaiting comment from Smollett’s representatives.



Jussie Smollett has officially been named a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago police for filing a false police report. Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi announced the news on Twitter, adding that “detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.” Filing a false police
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"Nightflyers" Canceled at Syfy

"Nightflyers" will not fly again for Syfy.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to cancel the expensive space drama based on the George R.R. Martin novella after one season. The cancellation arrives as one of its leads just booked a series regular role in a broadcast pilot.

Nightflyers was, without question, a big swing for Syfy. The series, based on Martin's 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small
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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix

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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix
Amy Poehler is going to rock out in her next film, planning to direct “Moxie,” a story about a teenager who discovers the feminist punk rock movement Riot Grrrl and leads a feminist revolution at her high school, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Poehler will direct the film for Netflix, which will be both her second directed-feature and also her second for Netflix following “Wine Country,” which is set to debut on the streamer this May.

Tamara Chestna wrote the screenplay based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name. Poehler’s banner Paper Kite acquired the novel last year.

“Moxie” tells the story of Viv Carter, a 16-year-old girl fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys and the belief that the football team can do no wrong.
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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama "Utopia"

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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama
Rainn Wilson will star opposite Sasha Lane on “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn’s upcoming Amazon series “Utopia.”

The “Office” alum will play Michael Stearns. Once a promising virologist, Michael is now a forgotten scientist who’s lost his edge–under-appreciated and underfunded in his laboratory work. When a nationwide outbreak of a deadly flu arises, Michael offers his expertise, and soon finds he has landed smack in the middle of something much bigger.

Utopia” follows a group of young adults, who meet online, and “are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”
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Eminem’s Latest Beef? With Netflix, for Canceling ‘The Punisher’

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Netflix, do Not accept a war of words with Eminem. The emcee, real name Marshall Mathers, took the streaming service to the woodshed Wednesday over its cancellation of Marvel series “The Punisher.”

“Dear @Netflix,” he wrote on Twitter, “Regarding Your Cancellation Of The Punisher, You Are Blowing It!!”

Slim Shady signed off, “Sincerely, Marshall”

Dear @Netflix,

Regarding Your Cancellation Of The Punisher, You Are Blowing It!!

Sincerely,

Marshall

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 21, 2019

Also Read: Eminem Scores Grammy Nomination for Song Where He Sings 'I Sold My Soul' for Grammys

Netflix scrapped “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones” on Monday. Those were the streaming service’s last two Marvel series.

Last year, Netflix has canceled its other three Marvel TV series — “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” — despite the strong response for the third season of “Daredevil.”

The third season of “Jessica Jones” will still premiere on Netflix later this year. “The Punisher
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The 1975 Address Misogyny During Brit Awards Acceptance Speech

The 1975 Address Misogyny During Brit Awards Acceptance Speech
The 1975 scored two 2019 Brit Awards, British Group and the highest honor of Album of the Year for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, on Wednesday. Singer Matty Healy said they were “humbled” when winning the latter, but it was during their acceptance speech for British Group where he addressed a current music hot topic in the wake of the Ryan Adams sexual misconduct allegations.

After giving thanks for the award, he quoted The Guardian‘s Laura Snapes, who wrote a riveting essay that addressed pervasive misogyny in the music industry.
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WGA Plans March 25 Member Vote on Talent Agency Rules

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America plan a March 25 vote for members to decide whether to implement tough new restrictions on how Hollywood talent agencies as operate as agents for writer clients. The vote comes as the guild is in the midst of pitched negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents to renew the WGA’s decades-old agency franchise agreement that allows signatory agencies to represent WGA members.

David Goodman, WGA West president, disclosed the plan for the vote in a message distributed to guild members on Wednesday. The WGA and Ata held a long face-to-face session on Tuesday and reportedly made progress on smaller issues. But the big hurdles remain the WGA’s desire to eliminate the practice of agencies taking packaging fees for helping to assemble series. The WGA also wants to curb the expansion of companies affiliated with talent agencies into the content production and distribution arena.
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Netflix Buys Chinese Sci-fi Hit ‘Wandering Earth’

Global streaming giant, Netflix has bought rights to “The Wandering Earth,“ the smash hit film which is pitched as China’s first mainstream sci-fi movie.

The film was the sleeper hit of Chinese New Year — it opened in fourth position on Feb. 5 — but climbed to the top spot and has not yet relinquished its stratospheric position. After 14 days in theaters, the epic has raked in some RMB4.07 billion ($603 million) and likely has weeks of its theatrical run left to go.

Adapted from a 2000 novella of the same name by the godfather of Chinese sci-fi, Liu CIxin, the film tells the story of people working together to save the planet from our aged, imploding sun by moving it to another solar system with giant thrusters.

Netflix operates nearly planet-wide, but not in China. Local regulations mean it is barred. That has not stopped the platform licensing some of its content into the Middle Kingdom,
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Lara Logan Says She’s Been ‘Targeted’ for Her Claims of Liberal Media Bias

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on “Hannity” Wednesday evening to expand on her recent remarks characterizing the media as “mostly liberal.”

“It’s obvious, right, because you get targeted,” she said, explaining her earlier comments that she was committing “professional suicide” by criticizing the media. “It’s the same group of people, they’re already starting to target me again now and I was expecting it. I know they’re gonna come after me again. The same people come after you.”

Logan went on to detail precisely who she believes is targeting her.

“Michael Calderone, who was at the Huffington Post.
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Jussie Smollett Doubters See Validation in False Report Charge

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Jussie Smollett Doubters See Validation in False Report Charge
The news Wednesday that Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report had many in the conservative media world who doubted the account criticizing those who didn’t.

“I’m relieved no actual hate crime against anyone who is black or gay was commited [sic],” Stephen Miller, a right-leaning media critic told TheWrap. “Activists in media and the left don’t seem so relieved. Which is telling.”

“I look forward to Ellen Page’s next appearance on Colbert,” Miller added, referring to the “Juno” star’s recent interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” in which she blamed Vice President Mike Pence for Smollett’s supposed attack.

Also Read: Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report; Lawyers Vow 'Aggressive Defense'

The charges come just three weeks after Smollett told police that two men assaulted him near his home in Chicago, shouting homophobic and racist slurs,
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Beyonce, Jay-z Pay Tribute to Meghan Markle During Brit Awards Acceptance Speech

Beyonce, Jay-z Pay Tribute to Meghan Markle During Brit Awards Acceptance Speech
Beyoncé and Jay-z won the 2019 Brit Award for Best International Group on Wednesday. Though the Carters were not present in person to accept their award, they recorded a clever acceptance speech in a video that paid tribute to Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, the American wife who is married to Prince Harry.

“Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honor. You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love,” Beyoncé said while holding the trophy and referencing the couple’s recent collaborative album. “Thank you.
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‘Masked Singer’ Reveals Two More Celebrity Masked Singers: And the Lion and Rabbit Are… (Video)

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‘Masked Singer’ Reveals Two More Celebrity Masked Singers: And the Lion and Rabbit Are… (Video)
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”)

Fox’s oddball, already-smash-hit celebrity singing game show “The Masked Singer” returned Wednesday, revealing at the end of its eighth episode the identity of not one, but two of its famous contestants. Yes, for the first time, the competition series eliminated two masked singers at once, as it heads into its Season 1 finale next week.

Rumer Willis was unveiled as the actress behind the Lion’s mask, while the Rabbit’s true identity was revealed to be singer Joey Fatone. Along with those two, tonight’s episode saw the returns of Bee, Peacock and Monster.

Also Read: 9 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From 'Masked Singer' to 'Proven Innocent' (Photos)

After the contestants performed, it was time for panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke, along with the studio audience, to choose
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Rs Daily News: LeBron James A&R on 2 Chainz New Album; Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ Trailer

Rs Daily News: LeBron James A&R on 2 Chainz New Album; Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ Trailer
In our daily news show, Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos checks in on a few of the headlines everyone is discussing. For today’s episode, watch the video to get a quick take on:

Cardi B says Jussie Smollett fucked up Black History Month Lebron James A&R on 2 Chainz new album Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ trailer Song of the Day: Swmrs, “Trashbag Baby“

Tune in each day for a new episode.
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‘Empire’ Producers Consider Suspending Jussie Smollett (Exclusive)

Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on “Empire.” Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett’s status on the show may change amid a fluid legal situation, but at the same time a knowledgable source close to the situation said Smollett is expected by Fox to finish his work on the series despite the controversy that erupted around Smollett after he
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Jussie Smollett Charged With Disorderly Conduct for Allegedly Filing False Police Report

Jussie Smollett Charged With Disorderly Conduct for Allegedly Filing False Police Report
Jussie Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he had been attacked in Chicago last month, Chicago Tribune reports.

The charge, which is considered a Class 4 felony, was announced on Wednesday following a statement made earlier in the day that Smollett was “classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report,” according to Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi’s tweet. He added that detectives were presenting evidence before a grand jury.
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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s Hitman Drama ‘Silver Bear’ Gets Director

Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s Hitman Drama ‘Silver Bear’ Gets Director
In today’s film news roundup, Michael B. Jordan’s “The Silver Bear” finds a director, biopic “Running for My Life” is in the works, Fox is using new trailer compliance software and the 14-hour “La Flor” gets distribution.

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Gerard McMurray, director of “The First Purge,” will write and direct Michael B. Jordan’s thriller “The Silver Bear” from Lionsgate, Nickel City Pictures and Jordan’s Outlier Society.

McMurray was a producer on Jordan’s 2013 breakout drama “Fruitvale Station.” Jordan became attached to the “The Silver Bear” in October.

The Silver Bear” is based on the book series by Derek Haas, the screenwriter for “Wanted” and “3:10 to Yuma.” The novel centers on an assassin named Columbus — called the Silver Bear by some — who tracks a powerful politician with presidential aspirations.

Project Launch

Film Roman Productions, best known for producing “The Simpsons,” is starting production of its first non-animated feature film,
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