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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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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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Here's Why You Can Basically Count on a Third Happy Death Day Movie

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Here's Why You Can Basically Count on a Third Happy Death Day Movie
When you consider the fact that Happy Death Day was basically an instant hit that quickly earned a second movie, it's easy to see how the film's sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, is set up for success. After all, the insane trailer promises more insane deaths, plenty of laughs, and more than a few scares. All things considered, it's hard to imagine a timeline (ha) in which writer-director Christopher Landon doesn't get the chance to make a third movie. You may think I'm getting ahead of myself, and on some level, you'd be right. But that's only because Universal hasn't officially signed off on a trilogy. That said, there are a few indicators that are giving us a lot of hope.

The main reason we're pretty confident about a third movie is, well, Landon wants to make one. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the creator of the universe said
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Dane Cook, 46, Jokes About How Girlfriend Kelsi Taylor, 20, Wasn’t Alive 26 Years Ago

Dane Cook, 46, Jokes About How Girlfriend Kelsi Taylor, 20, Wasn’t Alive 26 Years Ago
Dane Cook sometimes wonders how it took him so long to find love with girlfriend Kelsi Taylor — until he remembers she hasn’t been alive for over half of his life.

During Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 46-year-old comedian shared that while the couple have “been together for almost two years in bliss,” their age gap can be a bit difficult to navigate at times.

“It’s a little tricky though because my girlfriend and I get a lot of crap from people because we have an age difference. I’m 46, and she’s 20,” the comedian remarked.
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Baker Mayfield Says He Hasn't Talked to Kareem Hunt Yet

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Baker Mayfield says he hasn't linked up with his newest star running back ... telling TMZ Sports he's yet to talk to Kareem Hunt since joining the Browns. The star Qb -- along with his fiancee, Emily Wilkinson -- was at Lax over the weekend and we asked if he's had a chance to connect with Hunt after the team signed him last Monday. Of course ... it's been a busy week for Bake -- he had
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Very Cavallari's Kristin Cavallari & Kelly Henderson's Wild, Fun & Tequila-Filled Friendship

Very Cavallari's Kristin Cavallari & Kelly Henderson's Wild, Fun & Tequila-Filled Friendship
Tequila is a girl's best friend! Or maybe it's friends who drink tequila quickly become best friends?  Ok, that's definitely not the saying, but in the case of Very Cavallari stars Kristin Cavallari and Kelly Henderson their friendship has grown through laughs, trust and tequila! In 2018, fans were introduced to The Hills alum's Nashville Bff, Henderson, on the new E! reality show Very Cavallari, but their friendship isn't new. In fact, the duo has been posting photos with one another and going on girls' trips as far back as 2013. Their friendship is fun to say the least and consists of lots of laughter, vacations to tropical locations like Cabo and mountainous areas...
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Will Tyler Henry Make a Believer Out of The Bachelor's Chris Harrison on Hollywood Medium?

Will Tyler Henry Make a Believer Out of The Bachelor's Chris Harrison on Hollywood Medium?
Chris Harrison, do you accept this rose reading? In this clip from Thursday's season premiere of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry, the longtime Bachelor host meets with Tyler Henry, despite having "never done anything like this." Hilariously, Tyler struggles to recognize Chris—which makes the latter believe the medium has his "work cut out for him." Even though it appears the famed TV personality has some doubts about Henry's abilities, he's eager to meet with the famed clairvoyant for the sake of "good TV." "While I'm excited, there is this certain sense of like, 'What am I doing? Why would I agree to do this?'" Harrison quips to the camera....
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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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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Were Twinning at Writers Guild Awards 2019

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Were Twinning at Writers Guild Awards 2019
As if we needed another reason to love Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski... The 35-year-old actress and 39-year-old actor looked absolutely adorable together in corresponding tuxedo outfits at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Krasinski had been nominated for co-writing the original screenplay of their film A Quiet Place but lost to Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade. Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty won Best Adapted Screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, while the writers of the shows The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel also won Writers Guild Awards. Check out a full list of winners. See...
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Oscar Nominee Yalitza Aparicio Shares Her Most Embarrassing Moment on the Set of Roma

Oscar Nominee Yalitza Aparicio Shares Her Most Embarrassing Moment on the Set of Roma
Yalitza Aparicio makes her Oscar-nominated performance in Roma seem easy, but it wasn’t all a walk in the park for the newcomer.

The 25-year-old breakout star of Alfonso Cuarón’s new film is opening up about what it was like making the Netflix movie — including her most embarrassing moment on the set — in People’s latest issue, on stands now.

“Definitely the scene in which I was showering because at first I thought that I would have to be naked and once they explained that I wasn’t then I could get over it, but I was really shy in the beginning,
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Alec Baldwin Thinks Donald Trump’s Attacks May Be ‘A Threat To My Safety’

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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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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Kardashians File Trademarks for North, Saint, True, Stormi and Chicago

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This'll make Grandma Kris happy -- Kim, Khloe and Kylie are expanding the family business ... adding their brood to the mix. The Kardashian-Jenner sisters have filed docs to trademark the names of their kids -- Saint, North and Chicago West along with True Thompson and Stormi Webster. In docs, obtained by TMZ, their mommas say they want to slap the kids' names on a number of products ... including a clothing line, toys and skin care products.
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R. Kelly's 2008 Acquittal Result of Threats, Payoffs Says Michael Avenatti

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R. Kelly's 2008 Acquittal Result of Threats, Payoffs Says Michael Avenatti
R. Kelly was acquitted in his child porn case because of witness intimidation, evidence tampering, physical threats and payments to witnesses ... so claims attorney Michael Avenatti. Avenatti does not get specific as to why he believes the various misdeeds were allegedly committed during the 2008 trial. Kelly's current lawyer, who was not involved in the 2008 case, tells TMZ, the lawyers who repped R. Kelly had the highest integrity and Avenatti's claims are baseless. Avenatti has been actively involved in the R.
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Black Women Are an Integral Part of a New Era of TV, and It's Absolutely F*cking Necessary

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It was during a five-hour-plus flight back home from a work trip that I came across The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix (which I initially thought was the first season of a show and was heartbroken to find out I was wrong). The movie has everything I love in my flicks - a quirky (but not annoying) protagonist, an awkward love interest, and that modern millennial romance that makes us wince in secondhand embarrassment, while wishing we had that kind of love. Plus, Jessica James is played by Jessica Williams, who I basically want to be when I grow up. So it's safe to say that I was going to enjoy it. By the end of the movie, I was crying.

She's creative, smart, a little bitter, a lot jaded, full of swagger, and black. Just like me.

I wasn't crying because the movie is particularly heartbreaking
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Ryan Garcia Fires Back at Floyd Mayweather with $1 Million Demand

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If Floyd Mayweather wants to do business with undefeated boxing star Ryan Garcia (17-0) ... he's gonna have to break out the checkbook!! Garcia just watched our video where Floyd tells TMZ Sports he wants the 20-year-old to fight one of his rising stars, Rolando "Rolly" Romero, if he wants to get the Big money fight with Gervonta "Tank" Davis. Garcia says he's down to scrap with Rolly -- but he's got demands of his own
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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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