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  • 'A DOG'S PURPOSE' PRODUCER AND STARS REACT TO DOG 'ABUSE' VIDEO

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Gavin Polone, the producer of the upcoming A Dog's Purpose, was horrified by a video from the film's set showing a German Shepherd being forced to film a water scene.

    "I'm horrified by this..It was someone's job to watch out for this kind of thing. Why didn't they?" he said yesterday.

    • Josh Gad, who lent his voice for the movie, took to Twitter to tell his followers that although he wasn't on set while the movie was being filmed, he was "shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will."
    • PETA has released a statement urging moviegoers to boycott the film, along with "any other movies that use live animals."
    • The American Humane Association also addressed the video, saying that their representative who was on set during production has been placed on "administrative leave."


  • AMBER ROSE DENIES LAUGHING AT SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ON INSTAGRAM

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    On Wednesday, Amber Rose took callers during an Instagram Live video, but ended one conversation after the woman appeared to joke about being a molestation victim.

    Haters quickly twisted the situation and accused Rose of being rude to an actual sexual assault victim, prompting her to post a response yesterday.

    • "A woman called in and said that she was molested by her uncle when she was 5 years old at the same time laughing with her friend in the background. She obviously wanted A moment on our IG live that’s why I said 'That’s too much' and hung up on her," Rose explained.
    • "It’s disappointing that you can devote your life into helping people every single day and one misunderstanding everybody turns their back on you."
    • She concluded: "Ask yourself what are YOU doing for Women’s Rights?"



  • ESPN COMMENTATOR SAYS VENUS WILLIAMS PUT THE 'GORILLA EFFECT' ON OPPONENT

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Twitter reacted earlier this week when ESPN commentator Doug Adler said that Venus Williams put the "gorilla effect" on her opponent Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. He said, "She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla effect on. Charging."

    AUDIO: ESPN COMMENTATOR SAYS VENUS WILLIAMS USED GORILLA EFFECT
    AUDIO: SERENA WILLIAMS CHECKS REPORTER


  • JANE LYNCH CAST AS JANET RENO IN MINISERIES ABOUT THE UNABOMBER

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Jane Lynch has been tapped to portray former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the upcoming Discovery Channel miniseries about the Unabomber -- called Manifesto -- the network announced on Thursday.

    The series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) used his own outside-the-box approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), one of the most infamous criminals in the world at the time.

    • Manifesto is scheduled to debut on Discovery later in the year. Confirmed in March of 1993 after a nomination from President Clinton, Reno, then 57, became the first woman to hold the position of attorney general.
    • During her tenure, which ended in 2001, the Department of Justice oversaw the hunt for Kaczynski and his eventual arrest.


  • JUDGE REINHOLD PLEADS NO CONTEST IN DALLAS AIRPORT TSA DISPUTE

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Judge Reinhold has pleaded no contest on Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges over an airport security dispute at Dallas Love Field.

    The charge will be eventually be dropped if the 59-year-old actor stays out of trouble for the next 90 days.

    • Authorities say Reinhold was arrested on December 8th after refusing a Transportation Security Administration screening. The star of Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Beverly Hills Cop says he walked through a scanner but wouldn't let agents check his backpack, which contained DVDs and CDs.
    • Reinhold later cited an adverse reaction to medication for a respiratory infection as contributing to his behavior.
    • He apologized after his December 9th release from jail and then apologized again in a statement on Wednesday supporting Dallas police.




  • NEW 'STAR TREK' SERIES ON CBS DELAYED AGAIN AS CASTING CONTINUES

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed indefinitely while CBS gives the "ambitious project" more time to develop.

    "We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast," the network said in a statement.

    • It was also confirmed that actor James Frain (Orphan Black, Gotham, Tron: Legacy) has been cast as Spock's father, Sarek, and that the series is set to begin production "next week."
    • The announcement is the most recent sign of trouble for the latest TV adaptation of the classic series.
    • Renowned showrunner Bryan Fuller left the project in October because he was too busy with his other obligations. CBS' decision to run the show exclusively on its $5.99-a-month All Access streaming service (rather than on live TV or on a general service like Hulu) has also sparked controversy.


  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    CHRISSY TEIGEN FLAUNTS STRETCH MARKS: The supermodel mom Chrissy Teigen hit up Twitter after a few glasses of wine to show off her stretch marks and remind everyone why they love her so much. "Whatevs," she wrote, next to a snap of her stretch marks. "When I drink wine I say 'whatevs' and sober Chrissy doesn't like it," she added. LOL! Later, she clarified, writing: "I do not post stretchies for the praise. I post it because the wine also I like the pattern and they're so soft."

    CHRIS EVANS PRANKS FANS WITH HELP OF A CAPTAIN AMERICA DOLL: Chris Evans channeled his Captain America character in help out a charity, surprising fans who had no idea what was in store for them. He collaborated with Omaze to raise funds for Christopher's Haven, kicking things off with a Captain America doll hooked up to a speaker in the middle of a Massachusetts comic bookstore. He was hiding out in a separate room, giving participants a series of objectives to get into the "Escape Room," where Evans was waiting to make the grand reveal to excited – and very surprised – fans.

    ASHLEY GREENE, PAUL KHOURY PLANNING A LONG ENGAGEMENT: Ashley Greene is psyched to be engaged, but she is in no rush to get the aisle, the 29-year-old actress recently told E! News. Paul Khoury proposed in December, after receiving a few dos and don'ts on the ring, she tells E!: "I want to enjoy the engagement, and I feel like if tried to plan a wedding before the end of this year it would just get stressful. I just don't want it to be that at all. I'm just going to enjoy it, you know? I know it's coming, and then we'll enjoy be married and that whole bit. I think this year we really want to focus on our careers and kind of starting to build our life together." 2017 is working out to be a big year for Greene, who appears in the DirecTV series Rogue and has two movies, Accident Man and Antiquities, in the works.

    CUBA GOODING JR. FILES FOR DIVORCE: Cuba Gooding, Jr. has filed for divorce from his wife Sara Gooding. The two have been separated since 2014, when Sara originally filed. Cuba finally responded to the separation with a petition of divorce. According to TMZ, he is requesting joint legal and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter.. He’s also offering spousal support for his longtime wife. Cuba only wants to split assets from before the time Sara filed for the initial separation. The two have been married for 20 years.

    TAREK EL MOUSSA SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT DIVORCE: Several rumors have been swirling about the divorce of Christina and Tarek El Moussa, stars on HGTV's Flip or Flop. In Touch published several of the claims, writing that Tarek referred to Christina as a "whore" in addition to other disparaging rumors about both stars. Tarek saw the report and hit back on social media, writing: "No matter the lies, innuendo, salacious gossip and 'fake news' that is thrown at me from irresponsible media outlets via anonymous sources, I will keep my focus on what matters most, which is co-parenting our children and working hard on our business." The couple married in 2009, have two children together and have publicly stated that they intend to continue co-parenting and working together in a civil and friendly manner.

    SARAH JESSICA PARKER DITCHES PCA PARTIES FOR DAUGHTER'S RECITAL: Divorce star Sarah Jessica Parker skipped out on celebrating her win for Favorite Premium Series Actress after the People's Choice Awards, telling E! That she had to jet back to NYC. Parker explains: "I'm running to catch an airplane right now. Literally I have two more seconds then I have to run home. I'm going back home to New York. My daughters have a piano concert tomorrow, so I have to be there for that." Parker is mother to Marion and Tabitha, both 8, and James, 15, with husband Matthew Broderick. Mamma mia!



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

    AMAZON GREENLIGHTS NEIL GAIMON'S GOOD OMENS: Amazon Studios is giving the go-ahead to Good Omens, a comedy series based on Neil Gaimon's and Terry Pratchett's apocalyptic novel of the same name, featuring a neurotic angel and fast-living demon. The six-part series will be written by Gaimon and is set to debut in 2018; he will also serve as showrunner.

    SCANDAL WEB SERIES GETS SIX-EPISODE GO-AHEAD: ABC's has set a six-episode web series Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, created and directed by Darby Stanchfield (who plays Abby in Scandal) that features promotions for all involved behind the scenes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. All six of the two to three minute webisodes debuted yesterday (January 19th) as a surprise for diehard fans. The gift is timely, coming a week before the delayed season six premiere. It features Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) as they are tasked with finding an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates. The series is available on ABC.com and on the ABC app.

    POWER RANGERS REBOOT TRAILER ARRIVES: The trailer for the Power Rangers reboot, set to the Kanye West song "Power" has dropped. The clip features Bryan Cranston (who plays the Ranger mentor Zordon) telling the Rangers: "Power Rangers were a legion of warriors. You must become those warriors. You were born for this. This is your destiny. This is your time." The franchise update is directed by Dean Israelite and stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G and Ludi Lin as the central five Rangers, plus Bill Hader, Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The movie hits theaters March 24th.

    CARLOS SLIM TO LAUNCH MEXICAN CHANNEL IN U.S.: Carlos Slim has announced plans to launch a U.S. channel targeting Mexican audiences. His company American Movil will back the channel, which has been dubbed Nuestra Visión, or "Our Vision."

    CHRIS MILK TO LAUNCH PLANET OF THE APES VR EXPERIENCE FOR FOXNEXT: Wasting no time! A day after announcing FoxNext as a new division for virtual reality entertainment, 20th Century Fox announced a partnership with Chris Milk's VR startup Within. FoxNext will produce a slate of VR experiences, including featuring Planet of the Apes and working on an original VR film produced by Milk, Spike Jonez and Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures. The experiences will be available on the Within app when they are released later this year.