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#Kanye2020? Kanye West announces he’s running for president
PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Kanye West decided to ring in the 4th of July with a major announcement: He’s running for president."We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," the rapper wrote on Twitter Saturday evening. "I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION"It’s not clear if Kanye is serious about running or if he’s simply trying to drum up publicity for his upcoming album, God's Country, and its first single, "Wash Us in the Blood," which was released earlier this week. If he...
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Vanessa Williams and John Stamos host a socially-distanced 40th Anniversary of 'A Capitol Fourth' for PBS
PBS (NEW YORK) -- For many people in the post-pandemic world, this will be quite a different Fourth of July; in many areas, gatherings of large groups are still forbidden, and so even backyard Independence Day parties have been dashed. The same social distancing rules apply for PBS' annual star-studded salute to the country, A Capitol Fourth. This year's 40th annual event will be hosted by Vanessa Williams and John Stamos, and all the performances were pre-shot remotely. Live fireworks from Washington D.C. will be added when the show airs on July 4. "It's not on the West Lawn this...
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Danny Glover says a fifth 'Lethal Weapon' could reflect what's happening in the real world today
Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- In an extensive interview with Variety, actor and activist Danny Glover confirmed that a fifth Lethal Weapon movie could still happen -- even in a country still wracked with protests over police brutality. While Glover's by-the-books LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh and his wildcard partner, Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs, certainly bent the rules over the four previous Lethal Weapon films, Glover insists the series has always had a political message. "That’s basically what [series director] Richard Donner and the creators of Lethal Weapon did. One was about drug proliferation; one was about arms...
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Brie Larson marvels at YouTube creators with her brand-new channel
ABC/Craig Sjodin (LOS ANGELES) -- Like many people during the pandemic, Oscar-winner Brie Larson is looking to connect. To that end, the Captain Marvel star has created her own YouTube channel, as a way to give back to that community and let people know who she really is. "YouTube has been a place where I have learned so much," she says in her first post. "Whether it's been how to use my printer or it's been watching how to be a considerate activist, this is the place to talk about things that are important and that matter." She adds of...
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Former '20/20' host Hugh Downs dead at 99
Steve Fenn/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images (ARIZONA) -- Hugh Downs, who had a broadcast career that spanned more than 50 years, has died, his family has confirmed. Downs, who was perhaps best known as the co-host of ABC's 20/20 with Barbara Walters, died of a heart-related condition at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, notes The Hollywood Reporter. He was 99. In addition to his time at ABC News, two-time Emmy winner Downs hosted NBC's Today show, which is where he discovered Walters as a writer, and later saw her promoted to co-host. He was also Jack Paar's sidekick on ...
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The "Amazing" Rest: Reality show host Phil Keoghan talks life after being grounded by COVID-19
Michael Yarish/CBS 2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved (NEW YORK) -- Arguably the most well-traveled TV personality on the planet, The Amazing Race's host, Phil Keoghan has been grounded. Production on The Amazing Race was suspended back in February due to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, so like millions of people the world over, the multiple-Emmy winner is staying home. Keoghan explained to ABC Audio that while it's strange not to have his usual globe-trotting work commute, not hustling in and out of airports from Maine to Marrakesh has its advantages. "This is the longest that I've been in one...
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Chris Pratt confirms he's back at work on 'Jurassic World: Dominion'
Rich Fury/Universal Studios Hollywood (LONDON) -- Chris Pratt is back in London filming Jurassic World: Dominion. Pratt confirmed the news while video-chatting with Terry, a winner of the 41-year-old actor’s All In Challenge, which included the one-on-one chat and a role in Dominion, in where he’ll be "destroyed in the jaws of an animated dinosaur." "It's been an honor to be part of the #AllInChallenge which has raised over $59 MILLION to help feed the hungry during this global crisis! Congrats Terry!! The world can't wait to see you get eaten by a dinosaur!" Pratt captioned the video, posted to...
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Aaron Sorkin's star-studded "Chicago 7" will premiere on Netflix due to COVID
Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Another day, another cinematic casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, originally slated for a theatrical release, has landed at Netflix, according to Deadline. West Wing creator Sorkin wrote and directed the film, which chronicles a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. Seven people -- including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale -- were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, leading to a trial that would grip the nation....
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Lionsgate confirms it will not pull 'Mad Men' episode containing blackface
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- As television series revisit problematic content and remove instances of material deemed racist, Lionsgate has announced that it will not delete an episode of Mad Men that contains blackface. The Los Angeles Times reports that the season three episode "My Old Kentucky Home" will remain available for viewing in its entirety because of the historical context behind it. Instead of editing out the scene where John Slattery's Roger Sterling smears black shoe polish on his face in an attempt to score romantic points with Peyton List's Jane at a country club Derby party, the...
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Tom Hanks calls out people who won't wear a mask, "My Lord, it’s common sense"
ABC/Ida Mae Astute (LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) -- Tom Hanks is calling out people who aren't doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to People, while promoting his upcoming Apple TV+ movie Greyhound, the 63-year-old actor explained, "There's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands." "Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you," he added. "Don’t be a p***y, get on with...
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'Hamilton' Disney+ arrival doesn't mark the end of theater says Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Courtesy of Disney+ (NEW YORK) -- Friday marks a big day for Hamilton fans. Anyone with a Disney+ account will be able to watch the 11-time Tony Award-winning musical from the comfort of their home. A filmed version of the stage show arrives July 3, giving fans who hadn't seen Hamilton on Broadway the chance to finally experience it. As for those who had the pleasure of watching the critically acclaimed musical, they're just as excited about the big news. Two such people are Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, co-writers of all of the Frozen songs and Broadway buffs who...
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Check out the first three minutes of 'The Boys' season 2
Amazon Prime During a chat with the extensive cast of Netflix's skewed-view superhero show The Boys, host -- and apparent season 2 guest player -- Patton Oswalt along with showrunner Erik Kripke, showed off the first three minutes of the series' sophomore season. Set to The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," the spoiler-heavy segment shows that a major component of season one has happened: the military-industrial-entertainment complex's folding the super-flawed superhero squad into the U.S. military. Interspersed with a low-level staffer handing out ordered lunches, higher ups at Vought International discuss terms and conditions between military brass and with...
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