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Harvey Weinstein announces new defense team

Harvey Weinstein announces new defense team

Harvey Weinstein has retained new attorneys this week in his sexual assault case after his recent public split with famed New York criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman. Jose Baez and Harvard Law School professor Ronald Sullivan will spearhead Weinstein’s new defense team, according to a statement CNN obtained Wednesday. Baez defended Casey Anthony in her…MORE

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a violation of harassment in connection with a dispute last year over a parking spot, according to a Manhattan district attorney’s office spokeswoman. The actor pleaded guilty to a violation of harassment in the second degree with a conditional discharge and participation in a short-term anger management program, said…MORE

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson is speaking out after critics suggested she supports embattled singer R. Kelly. The “Empire” star faced backlash Tuesday for a now deleted Instagram story in which she compared protests against Kelly to those against disgraced former producer Harvey Weinstein. The recent Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory…MORE

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

A planned movie prequel to “The Sopranos” TV series is keeping it in the family. According to Deadline, Michael Gandolfini will play young Tony Soprano, the role that made his late father, James Gandolfini, famous. “The Many Saints of Newark” will explore the life of the young mobster in the 1960s. The feature script was…MORE

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and writer Kevin Barnett has died, according to a statement from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment. Barnett, 32, co-created the TV comedy series “Rel” on Fox — with fellow comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz — which premiered a few months ago and stars Howery. Fox Entertainment released a statement: “Our…MORE

Chris Brown arrest the latest in troubled history

Chris Brown arrest the latest in troubled history

Arguably Chris Brown’s most publicized trouble was his 2009 arrest for viciously beating his then-girlfriend, fellow singer Rihanna. Afterward, Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey that she forgave Brown, and insisted he “made that mistake because he needed help.” Brown’s problems haven’t stopped. On Tuesday, the singer was back in the news, this time accused of aggravated…MORE

‘Wow, wow, wow’: Regina King and more react to their Oscar nominations

‘Wow, wow, wow’: Regina King and more react to their Oscar nominations

Some lucky people woke up Tuesday morning to news they’d been nominated for an Oscar. Here’s how some of the new nominees are reacting: Regina King, best actress in a supporting role nominee for “If Beale Street Could Talk” “Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast…MORE

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Roma’ lead Oscars into new frontiers

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Roma’ lead Oscars into new frontiers

Eight movies were nominated for best picture on Tuesday, but there are two that couldn’t be more different — “Black Panther,” the Marvel blockbuster; and “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white Netflix film — might be the most significant in terms of leading the Oscars into new frontiers. Marvel and Netflix have officially punched their tickets —…MORE

Spike Lee earns first Oscar nomination for directing

Spike Lee earns first Oscar nomination for directing

More than 30 years after the release of his first feature film, legendary director Spike Lee has earned his first Oscar nomination for best director and his first nomination for best picture. The “BlacKkKlansman” director also earned his second writing nomination. He was previously nominated for his original screenplay for “Do the Right Thing” and…MORE

Netflix scores first best picture nomination

Netflix scores first best picture nomination

Netflix officially has its first-ever horse in the best picture race On Tuesday, black-and-white Spanish-language drama “Roma” from director Alfonso Cuarón also became the first film distributed by a streaming service to earn a spot in the coveted best picture category. “Roma” earned 10 nominations total, including best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.…MORE