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August 9, 2018

BRAD PITT RESPONDS TO ANGELINA JOLIE PITT’S FILING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had sat quietly for two years. But now the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie Pitt divorce is starting to become messy — at least verbally. On consecutive days, the parties have filed contradicting court motions. First came Jolie Pitt, saying she wants the divorce wrapped up by year’s end and complaining that her estranged hubby was stingy with offering money for their six children. Pitt has fired back, saying he shelled out $1.3 million for Jolie and the kids — and loaned her $8 million to buy the home she and the kids live in. As for the idea of speeding up the divorce process? Pitt says through his lawyers that was his idea — and he has already agreed to ways to make the process more efficient.

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MARGOT KIDDER - SUICIDE

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Margot Kidder’s daughter says she is relieved that word is finally out — that the actress died a suicide. That word comes from coroner’s officials in Montana — who say an autopsy shows the “Superman” actress died from what they call “a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.” The actress was found dead in her home on May 13. And her daughter, Maggie McGuane, says she knew her mom had killed herself from the time she was allowed into the home after she died. McGuane says knowing the truth is “a big relief” for her.

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OSCAR CHANGES RANKLE SOME

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The people who run the Oscars can’t seem to win. They made changes aimed at two of the biggest beefs about the annual awards show: that it’s too long and it gives too much attention to movies that hardly anyone sees. To do that, the movie academy has created a category for popular movies. And it has pledged to rein in the size of the telecast by presenting some awards during commercial breaks. The pop movie category has irked some. While some critics say it will marginalize certain movies, others fear it will reward movies that lack artistic merit.

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BEYONCE AND JAY-Z HELP KIDS GET OUT OF SCHOOL

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Imagine getting the equivalent of a hall pass — signed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Students at some South Carolina schools have that — because the entertainers are performing nearby later this month. Officials with a school district near Columbia, South Carolina, say students will be let out early on Aug. 21 — because of the couple’s scheduled concert that night. Officials are worried that buses leaving at the usual time could get caught in heavy traffic headed to the show. The “On the Run II” concert will be at the University of South Carolina’s football stadium. It holds 80,000 people.

AEROSMITH - VAN FOUND

CHESTERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — It’s a piece of rock history. But it will take a lot of work to get it to roll again. The van Aerosmith would tool around in for concerts has been found. The van was spotted in Chesterfield, Massachusetts, a town 100 miles west of Boston. The 1964 International Harvester Metro van was on the property when the current owner bought it from someone with a link to Aerosmith. The “American Pickers” crew bought the dilapidated vehicle for $25,000.

TERRY CREWS - SEXUAL HARASSMENT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Terry Crews says when it comes to shining a light on sexual harassment and abuse — it’s “just the beginning of change.” The actor says the efforts of people who were victimized by others sexually will make things safer for men, women and children. Crews says all the revelations that have come out in the past year have made this “the summer of freedom” for those who have been affected by sexual assault and molestation. Crews says his fellow cast mates on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” helped give him courage to come forward with the allegation that a top Hollywood agent groped him. Crews says the support of his TV show actors made him feel secure enough to tell his story — and to return to work.

CASEY AFFLECK ADDRESSES HARASSMENT CLAIMS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a new movie coming out this fall called “The Old Man & The Gun,” Casey Affleck is for the first time addressing questions about past harassment allegations against him in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Affleck says he is sorry for contributing to and allowing an unprofessional environment on the set of the unconventional mockumentary “I’m Still Here,” which resulted in two civil lawsuits from women he worked with. The lawsuits were settled in 2010, but re-emerged during his best actor campaign for “Manchester By the Sea,” which he won. Earlier this year Affleck bowed out of presenting the best actress Oscar. He says it was the right thing to do given the cultural shift that is underway.

MICHAEL MOORE TRUMP DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE IN TORONTO

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Moore’s Donald Trump critique “Fahrenheit 11/9” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6, then hit theaters Sept. 21. Moore released a trailer today online. The title refers to the day Trump was declared winner of the 2016 election. It’s an inversion of Moore’s 2004 George W. Bush documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which became the highest-grossing documentary ever with $222.4 million in worldwide box office. The date In the trailer, Moore calls Trump “the last president of the United States.” ″Fahrenheit 11/9″ was initially to be distributed by The Weinstein Co. but will now be distributed by Tom Ortenberg’s newly launched Briarcliff Entertainment.

DAVID SHWIMMER TO APPEAR ON “WILL & GRACE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Though they were on different shows, they were part of NBC’s glory days of “Must See TV” back in the 1990s through the 2000s. Now former “Friends” star David Schwimmer will be teaming up with Debra Messing on the reboot of “Will and Grace.” Schwimmer will play the love interest for Grace, Messing’s character on Will & Grace. He will join season two of the reboot, which makes its debut on Oct. 4.

MISSY ELLIOTT PRAISES KARAOKE VERSION OF “WORK IT”

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of Missy Elliott’s hit song “Work It” has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott. Mary Halsey, of West Warwick, recently performed a version of the 2002 hit at an outdoor party at a park and posted the performance on her Facebook page. Elliott reposted Halsey’s video on Twitter and Instagram and wrote: “I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER.” She added that Halsey “straight killed” the song. Halsey’s video had been shared more than 140,000 times and had 7.1 million views as of today.

MARILYN MONROE ITEMS UP FOR AUCTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dresses that belonged to Marilyn Monroe along with an autographed photo thanking the executive who launched her Hollywood career will go on display before heading to auction. Auction house Profiles in History says the items will be exhibited in Beverly Hills starting Aug. 18 with a sale to start in late October. They include a photograph that Monroe signed to 20th Century Fox executive Ben Lyon that says “you found me, named me, and believed in me.” Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe changed her name after going to Hollywood. A version of the white dress Monroe wore in the subway-grate scene from “The Seven Year Itch” is also up for sale. This dress was made for Monroe to use on tours and in exhibits.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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