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May 29, 2019

“GAME OF THRONES” STAR CHECKS INTO RETREAT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The actor who plays Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones” is taking some time to work on what his rep calls “personal issues.” The rep for Kit Harington says the actor has checked into a wellness retreat to work out his unspecified issues. A statement from the rep says Harrington decided to use the post-“Game of Thrones” break in his schedule to spend time at the facility. But there’s no word on the reason _ or where the facility is located. Huntington is 32. He is married to his “Game of Thrones” co-star Rose Leslie.

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NETFLIX - GEORGIA

NEW YORK (AP) — Since Georgia passed its strict anti-abortion law, it was expected that major Hollywood studios would launch a widespread boycott against the state. So far, that hasn’t materialized. But one network is stepping up. Netflix says it will contest the new law _ and would “rethink” its “entire investment” in the state should it go into effect. In a statement, the chief content office of Netflix said the streaming company will work with the American Civil Liberties Union and others to fight the law in court. Netflix says it’s willing to keep doing business in Georgia for now, since the law hasn’t taken effect. But the company says if the measure is enacted, all bets are off.

CALIFORNIA MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM APOLOGIZES AFTER ANTI-AOC VIDEO

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in California is apologizing for running a video that described Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of the “enemies of freedom.” The Fresno Grizzlies ran the video on its scoreboard during its Memorial Day tribute. It featured a clip of President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address and when Reagan mentions “enemies of freedom,” the clip shows Kim Jong Un, Fidel Castro _ and the freshman New York congresswoman. The team says it got the video off YouTube _ and failed to properly screen it. The Triple-A minor-league team is an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SOLD

NEW YORK (AP) — The magazine that used an enticing combination of words and pictures to bring us into the world of athletes and the games they play _ is being sold. Sports Illustrated magazine has been sold for $110 million to Authentic Brands Group, a company that specializes in managing fashion, entertainment and sports brands. Under terms of the deal, Meredith Corp. will keep running the print edition of SI and the website SI.com for at least two years. In the meantime, the magazine will continue to have editorial independence.

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067694-v-336:00-(Mike Gracia, AP correspondent)-“I’m Mike Gracia”-Sports Illustrated magazine sold for $110 million (28 May 2019)

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MINDY KALING - BOOK

NEW YORK (AP) — Mindy Kaling is getting ready to release another book. And she is taking a different marketing approach to this project. The actress plans to release a third collection of essays through Amazon.com’s imprint. Kaling’s choice to publish through Amazon may put her at odds with bookstores. While Amazon is the nation’s top bookseller, its publishing arm hasn’t fared as well _ because rival stores are reluctant to stock its books. The book is untitled for now _ and is set for release next summer.

“THE BACHELOR” SENTENCING DATE RESCHEDULED

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Once again, a sentencing date is on the books for former “The Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules. The Des Moines Register reports he’s now to be sentenced Aug. 27 in Independence, Iowa. Soules was to be sentenced last week. But the judge delayed the reckoning after deciding to eliminate letters written by the family of the man killed when Soules rear-ended his tractor in 2017. The judge ruled victim statements from the man’s family shouldn’t be considered since Soules wasn’t convicted of causing the death of farmer Kenny Mosher.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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