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  • JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S BROTHER SAYS HE SUFFERS 'NIGHT TERRORS' FROM TRAUMA

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Jussie Smollett’s brother JoJo penned an op-ed for his embattled brother on BET.com. The Empire star has been under scrutiny since reporting a hate crime on January 29th; since then, Chicago police accused him of conspiring to stage the crime in a bid to raise his public profile.

    He was arrested on February 20th, but 16 charges of disorderly conduct for making false reports were dropped against him weeks later. But the scrutiny and criticism hasn’t stopped, and his life has been turned upside down.

    "It has not yet been 90 days since my younger brother, Jussie Smollett, was assaulted on a cold winter night in Chicago. Within less than three months, his life has been turned upside down as my family and I have witnessed him endure unrelenting attacks to his character and reputation," JoJo wrote, adding that he now wakes up from "night terrors" stemming from trauma over the assault and investigation.

    He continued: "Like so many others, this entire process quickly devolved from a focus on him as a victim of assault, to him being falsely accused and held responsible for a crime that was perpetrated against him. To define this experience as unjust would be an understatement."

    JoJo stands by his brother, who has long maintained his innocence and questions why he—or anyone—would take such drastic measures.

    "Is that all it takes to destroy a lifelong dedication to one’s craft and community? Is it really that easy to convince the world of a person’s guilt?" JoJo wrote about the media and police allegations. "Is that all it takes to turn someone’s life upside down in America? Simply ask yourself this, ‘What if Jussie is telling the truth?’ "

    Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police, told People in response to the op-ed: "At the end of the day people have to form their own conclusions. People should have access to unsealed records and form their own conclusions."



  • KIM KARDASHIAN SAYS SHE DOES NOT WANT TO BE PUT IN A BOX

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Kim Kardashian has set her sights way beyond the beauty counter. After working with the White House to commute the life sentence of a nonviolent drug offender, the reality star says she was inspired to become a lawyer herself, despite the criticism and mockery she knew was coming.

    She told Van Jones in an interview aired Saturday on CNN: "I know I got so many times people would say to me, 'Don't go to the White House, your career will be over, don't go there.’ And I just kind of weighed the decision where it was like ... to save a life or to get maybe bad tweets about me or a bad news story for a few days. I guarantee you the people sitting behind bars do not care who the president is. They just want that relief. And so if I could have done that, I don't care."

    Since working with President Trump to commute Alice Marie Johnson’s sentence, she has worked with lawyers and activists on criminal justice reform; she decided she could do more as a lawyer.

    After revealing her plans to Vogue, social media went bonkers, and she noted the disdain, she says, adding that she does not "want to be put in a box."

    Kim recalled of the reaction: "You have to to this because this is what people expect of you. I saw a comment where someone said, 'You need to stay in your lane. You can have ambitions but don't be too ambitious.' To me, that shut up and dribble comment, I read it to my husband in bed, and I was just like, 'This will even push me harder.'"

    She says her husband Kanye West and their three children support her.

    "Coming home, I have my backpack. My kids have their backpack. They're studying, I'm studying. And them seeing that I have this filming career and I'm having makeup samples tested all over my arm while I'm trying to read my flashcards ... I hope that they get inspired to know that they can put in the hard work," she said.

    Her late father, Robert Kardashian, also inspired her, she said. "It’s in me."

    PRIVILEGE

    Speaking of her parents, Kardashian also said that she was mystified by the college fraud scandal that has swept up 50 people, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

    "If they couldn’t get into a school — I would never want to use privilege to try to force them into a situation that they wouldn’t thrive in anyway," the 38-year-old told Jones. "To buy your way into something just wouldn’t benefit anybody."

    AUDIO: KIM KARDASHIAN ON BECOMING LAWYER


  • 'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 8 REVEALED

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    The top 10 contestants of American Idol sang in live performances on last night’s episode, and voting was open for the duration of the show. By the end of the two-hour telecast, two artists were eliminated, resulting in the season’s top eight finalists.

    Judges Katy Perry – who was dressed as Ursula from The Little MermaidLionel Richie and Luke Bryan are now able to save one artist through the rest of the competition – but didn’t use it last night. The contestants all sang Disney songs, and Rebel Wilson was on hand to dish out advice.

    Glee alum Lea Michele dropped by to sing "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. And former Idol winner Maddie Poppe and her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson made an appearance to perform "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. Contestant performances included:

    • Uche – "Eye to Eye" from A Goofy Movie
    • Laci Kaye Booth – "I See the Light" from Tangled
    • Alejandro Aranda – "Remember Me" from Coco
    • Alyssa Raghu – "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas
    • Wade Cota – "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story
    • Dimitrius Graham – "You’ll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan
    • Walker Burroughs – "When Somebody Loved Me" from Toy Story 2
    • Madison VanDenberg – "How Far I’ll Go" from Moana
    • Laine Hardy – "Oo-De-Lally" from Robin Hood
    • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – "Candle on the Water" from Pete’s Dragon

    With the voting window closed, it was time for results. Uche and Graham were eliminated from the competition, and the judges did not choose to use their one save.

    Tomorrow night, American Idol will air a clip show recapping the season. The performances resume next Sunday.

    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL ALYSSA RAGHU ADVANCES TO THE TOP EIGHT
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL DIMITRIUS GRAHAM PERFORMS YOULL BE IN MY HEART
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL KATY ON UCHES PERFORMANCE OF I2I
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LIONEL ON DIMITRIUS GRAHAMS PERFORMANCE OF YOULL BE IN MY HEART
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL UCHE AND DIMITRIUS GRAHAM ARE ELIMINATED
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL UCHE PERFORMS I2I


  • 'CAPTAIN MARVEL' HITS $400M WITH 'AVENGERS' BUMP

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Avengers: Endgame is expected to rock the box office next weekend, and reverberations of the Disney and Marvel presumed blockbuster are even being felt this week with Captain Marvel as fans rush to rewatch the 21 films in the Marvel Universe. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is in its seventh weekend in theaters, and this Easter, it managed $9.1 million, a 6% rise from the $8.6 million in earned last weekend.

    The extra push propelled it past $400 million domestically, making it the seventh Marvel film to achieve that feat.

    Endgame, out next week, is expected to set new records with the biggest opener in box office history domestically and globally. The current crown belongs to predecessor Avengers: Infinity War, which opened with $640 million globally and $257.6 million in North America.



  • ACADEMY STANDS BY DECISION TO OUST ROMAN POLANSKI

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is standing by its decision to oust accused rapist Roman Polanski from its ranks. Polanski sued the Oscars organization on Friday, and the Academy’s response was swift.

    "The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable," an Academy spokesperson said Friday afternoon. "The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate."

    Here’s a snippet of Polanski’s filing in L.A. Superior Court: "The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in a manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by the evidence."



  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS, PHIL ELVERUM SPLIT AFTER MARRYING LAST SUMMER

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Michelle Williams and her musician husband Phil Elverum have separated after less than a year of marriage, a source tells People. Williams, 38, and Elverum, 40, married and moved in together without fanfare last summer.

    "Michelle and Phil separated at the beginning of the year. It was an amicable spilt and they remain friends," a source close to the situation says.

    Williams first shared the news of her love affair in a cover story for Vanity Fair in July. Williams is the mother of Matilda, 12, whom she shared with the late Heath Ledger; Eleverum is father to a 3-year-old daughter from his first marriage to musician Genevieve Castree, who died of cancer just 18 months after welcoming their daughter.

    Williams said of her relationship with Elverum, following her long search after Ledger’s death in 2008: "I never gave up on love. I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’"

    Williams can be seen in FX’s Fosse/Verdon, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.



  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    DAUGHTERS POST NOTE TO JOE GIUDICE AFTER DEPORTATION APPEAL IS DENIED: A day after Joe Giudice’s deportation appeal was denied, daughters Gia and Milania posted sweet notes to him on social media. "Pictures, memories, and hope is the only thing that has gotten my family this far," she wrote on Instagram on Friday, along with a sweet father-daughter throwback photo. "We are fighters but my father is someone who is one of the most important people in my life."Joe, a native of Italy, grew up in the U.S., but after serving time for tax fraud, a judge moved to deport the Real Housewives of New Jersey star back to Italy. His wife Teresa, with whom he shares four daughters, has previously said she will divorce him if he is deported.

    MEGHAN MARKLE STAYS HOME WHILE THE REST OF THE ROYALS JOIN QUEEN FOR EASTER: Queen Elizabeth attended Easter Matins Service on Sunday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle alongside several royals, including Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. Meghan Markle, who is days away from giving birth to her first child with Harry, stayed home. The Queen’s husband Philip was also absent. The Queen also celebrated her 93rd birthday on Easter. As part of a reported "distance" between William, Harry and their respective spouses, they didn’t speak to each other during the service.

    JOHN SINGLETON HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING STROKE: The Boyz n the Hood writer and director John Singleton has been hospitalized following a stroke, his family shared over the weekend. The 51-year-old director was at the unnamed facility when he suffered the stroke, his family said. They didn’t share details. Celebs, including Snoop Dog, Guillermo del Toro and Mark Wahlberg shared their wishes for a swift recovery on social media. Singleton was the first African American to be nominated for best director and best screenplay.

    SOFIA VERGARA PULLED OVER FOR BLOWING STOP SIGN: Sofia Vergara rolled through a stop sign in Beverly Hills and police pulled her over and gave her a lecture, The Blast reports. The Modern Family star was given a warning and sent on her way.



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:00:00 EST

    WHEN THEY SEE US TRAILER DROPS: A trailer for Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us dropped Friday, and aside from the stark drama portrayed in the film about the Central Park attack, viewers are also buzzing over the fact that Felicity Huffman, who is embroiled in a college fraud scam IRL, appeared as Linda Fairstein, the woman in charge of the D.A.’s sex crimes office. The show dropped May 31st.

    EMILIA CLARKE & HENRY GOLDING ROM-COM: Universal has dated its Paul Feig-directed rom-com Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Goulding and Emma Thompson for November 8, 2019. It was previously scheduled to land November 15th. The film is inspired by the hit holiday ballad by the late George Michael and will feature some of the Wham co-founder’s unreleased music.

    NETFLIX IS TESTING RANDOM EPISODE BUTTON: Netflix is testing a button that would play random episodes of select TV shows, the mega-streamer revealed, adding that it might not become permanent. Shows currently being tested include The Office, Our Planet, Arrested Development and New Girl.

    BIG BANG AND GREY’S ANATOMY RATES SOFTEN: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory was Thursday night’s top show at 1.8 in the 18-49 demo and 11.17 million viewers, but it continues its downward turn as it approaches the series finale, Deadline reports. This last show clocked the worst-ever viewership in total viewers. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, with 1.2 in the 18-49 and 6.10 million viewers, also hit a new series low. Are you tuning into network TV these days?