JAMES WOODS DROPPED BY AGENT
NEW YORK (AP) — One of Hollywood’s most outspoken conservatives says he has been dropped by his agent. And James Woods suggests it’s because of his political beliefs, including his support of President Donald Trump. Woods went on Twitter to share an email from his agent, Ken Kaplan. In the email — dated July 4 — Kaplan, in effect, declares his independence from Woods’ employ. Kaplan said in the email: “It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic” — and added that he didn’t want to represent Woods any longer. As for why, Kaplan didn’t elaborate, saying only that “I could go on a rant but you know what I’d say.” On Wednesday, Woods fired off a series of tweets on immigration and former President Barack Obama. Woods claim Democrats are pushing the immigration issue to seize what he called “illegal votes” — and called Obama a “stain” on America.
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“FIFTY SHADES” BOOKS REMOVED BY SELF-APPOINTED CENSOR
BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — Someone in the Detroit area either isn’t much of a fan of “Fifty Shades of Grey” — or doesn’t want people to become fans of the racy movie series. The library in Berkley, Michigan says someone has been going around hiding DVD copies of the movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Librarian Lauren Arnsman tells the Detroit Free Press the three movies in the series had begun disappearing since last year — and the library had to spend more than $100 to replace them. They were later found hidden in the building. To prevent further removals, the Berkley library now openly displays the DVDs with other R-rated titles, along with a sign saying it isn’t cool to hide stuff in a library. The library says it doesn’t know who hid the DVDs — but notes no one messed with any of the “Fifty Shades” books.
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SCARLETT JOHANSSON - ROLE
NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson set out to make a movie — but waded into a social firestorm, instead. She has the lead role in “Rub & Tug” - the story of the leader of a prostitution ring who was born a woman but identifies as a man. Since word of the casting got out, Johansson has been hit by complaints by transgender actors and advocates — who are upset that a trans actor didn’t get the role. Not helping matters, Johansson responded to critics with a statement that any criticism that might come her way should be directed to “Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Tambor, Leto and Huffman are cisgender actors who won acclaim for playing trans characters. One transgender actress complained about Johansson’s casting decision and comments. Trace Lysette tweets: “So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all?” Rep for Johansson didn’t respond to messages for comment.
“JERSEY SHORE” STAR WON’T FACE CHARGES
LAS VEGAS (AP) — There will be no charges filed in a case involving a member of the “Jersey Shore” TV series. Prosecutors in Las Vegas say the 31-year-old ex-girlfriend of “Jersey Shore” cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro won’t face charges in a scuffle between the two last month. On June 24, Ortiz-Magro and ex-squeeze Jennifer Harley got into it. Police responding to a call say they found Ortiz-Magro bleeding — and determined that Harley had injured him. The case was handled as a domestic violence case because the two are parents to a young girl. Harley’s attorney says the district attorney’s office determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Harley with domestic battery.
FOX’S BRIT HUME DELETES TWEET
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel analyst Brit Hume has walked back a Fourth of July tweet that said Democrats “sure don’t love” America. In the post — now deleted — Hume referred to a Gallup poll that said 47 percent of Americans declared themselves “extremely proud” to be Americans. That is the lowest percentage in the 18 years Gallup has asked the question. In his tweet, Hume linked the poll to an article in a conservative blog titled “Why do Democrats hate America?” Hume added, “Hate may be too strong a word but they sure don’t love it.” Hume later noted that some felt he unfairly characterized the poll. He says he agreed with their complaints — and deleted the post.
BILL SHINE JOINING WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be able to listen to a top person at Fox News — without even having to turn on the TV in the Executive Mansion. Former Fox News executive Bill Shine is joining the White House. Shine has been named deputy chief of staff for communications. He had served as co-president of Fox News. His hiring comes as Trump is increasingly putting his stamp on the West Wing, as aides with more traditional experience leave the administration. Trump is said to be irked by news coverage of his administration heading into a contentious midterm election and the 2020 campaign. While Shine wasn’t accused like other Fox higher-ups of sexual harassment, some accusers say he looked the other way as evidence of a sexually toxic workplace began to mount.
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