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May 17, 2018


LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s still unclear just what happened to Pauley Perrette when she was working on the CBS show “NCIS.” But it appears she and the network are parting on friendly terms. In a tweet, Perrette thanked the network for the way it treated her. That online message came days after the said she suffered “multiple physical assaults” during her time on the show. CBS is out with its own statement, saying the actress approached the network with what it calls “a workplace concern.” The statement says the network “took the matter seriously” and worked with Perrette to find a solution. Neither the actress nor the network have offered any specifics about what happened — or who was responsible for the “multiple physical assaults” she has mentioned.



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LONDON (AP) — Will he or won’t he? That’s the big question surrounding Saturday’s royal wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry. At issue is whether Markle’s dad, Thomas, will be attending the ceremony, where he’s expected to walk his daughter down the aisle. Prince Harry’s press office hasn’t commented on a report on TMZ that Markle won’t attend the wedding. The celebrity news website says it has been told by the father that he won’t attend — because he needed a heart procedure — and won’t be well enough to fly overseas to England for the nuptials.



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LONDON (AP) — Absent drama over issues like whether the bride’s father would attend, this is the kind of news that would be the big story as a royal wedding approaches: the list of bridesmaids and page boys has been released. On the list are William and Kate’s two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Each served similar roles when Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, got married last year. Other bridesmaids include Harry’s two goddaughters and Markle’s three goddaughters.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Ever wonder what it was like watching TV in the 1980s? If you aren’t old enough to remember you will get the chance — by watching CBS this fall. The network’s offerings includes several reboots of shows that first aired during the 1980s, such as “Murphy Brown.” CBS says the new show — which like the old one, stars Candice Bergen — sees the lead character move from a prime-time show to a morning cable show. Also getting a reboot: “Magnum, P.I.” No Tom Selleck; Jay Hernandez is the star this time around. Also gone: Selleck’s signature moustache. Hernandez has a goatee instead. The two “new” shows join a lineup that already features remakes of the old-school hits “Hawaii Five-0″ and “MacGyver.”


NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to weed, Snoop Dogg could be called a smoking machine. But yesterday, he was thrown off by a different kind of smoke machine — one used as a stage effect. Snoop was performing some of his rap hits for an audience in New York to see Turner Networks roll out its fall slate. As he finished his set, the machine seemed to overdo it — and Snoop was engulfed in the cloud. He was heard muttering on his still-live mike about having trouble finding his way off. A flashlight-toting stagehand came to his rescue. Snoop is the host of the Turner-based game show “The Joker’s Wild.”


CANNES, France (AP) — My how time flies. This time 40 years ago, John Travolta was making his first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival — to promote “Grease.” He’s back again this year — this time, to promote “Gotti,” in which he stars as mafia boss John Gotti. The movie has had a struggle to make it to the big screen; Travolta started on it eight years ago and it went through three directors before it was finished. Kelly Preston, Travolta’s wife, plays Gotti’s wife, Victoria.


CANNES, France (AP) — You’ve hear of the #MeToo movement. These days a director banned from the Cannes Film Festival can be said to be launching a #WhatAboutHimToo?” movement. Lars von Trier has been on the outside looking in at Cannes after he made comments sympathetic to Nazis. But now he is wondering why former Cannes regular Harvey Weinstein hasn’t been ousted. He says the disgraced movie producer’s sexual misdeeds are far worse than his offense, which he describes as getting “trapped in a joke.” Seven years ago von Trier was asked about learning he had German roots, as well as Jewish roots. He rambled on until he eventually said he was “a Nazi” and “understands Hitler.”


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ok, so you wouldn’t expect a documentary about a sitting Supreme Court judge to be a huge box office hit. And the current movie about Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t. But the movie is making some noise — by cracking the top 10 on the box office list this past weekend. It took in $1.2 million over the weekend, giving it a total of more than $2.2 million so far. That’s pocket change for a movie like “Black Panther” or some of the Marvel superhero movies. But a Hollywood analyst says for a documentary, those are practically blockbuster numbers.


HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush got to see a special performance of the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” And afterward, he said “history never sounded so powerful.” The touring company of the Tony-winning musical performed for Bush at his Houston office Tuesday. Bush tweeted it was a “complete joy” — and an experience he’ll never forget. The feeling’s mutual; Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda calls it an honor.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Gold-medal Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and dozens of her fellow gymnasts will be getting a special award at this year’s ESPY’s. But it has nothing to do with their performances in competition. They will be honored for speaking out about sexual abuse by doctor Larry Nassar. An ESPN official says the women earned the Arthur Ashe Courage Award because they have shown “what it truly means to speak truth to power.” Meanwhile, Michigan State University has announced a $500 million settlement with Nassar’s victims. He assaulted females at his campus clinic, his Lansing-area home, area gyms and major gymnastics events.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — You may know by now that ABC will be airing Saturday Night Football games starting this fall. Now we know which college teams will be featured in the early matchups. National champion Alabama will face Louisville in the first of the games. It will be followed by a Sunday-night pairing of Miami against LSU. ESPN has announced its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night tilts. In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh and the following week, Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The late Ed Bradley will be honored with a mural in his hometown of Philadelphia. The artwork will be dedicated Saturday — on a street in West Philly where Bradley grew up. The mural, designed by Ernel Martinez, depicts Bradley surrounded by images from his career. Bradley — the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent — died of leukemia in 2006 at age 65.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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