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First Responders Using Universal Backlot For Active Shooter Training

EXCLUSIVE: Given the rash of mass shootings in this country of late with students and teachers being killed both in Santa Fe, TX and in Parkland, FL, Universal Studios has opened up its backlot for First Responders to conduct active shooter training drills. The moves are part of overall security measures that has come in the wake of so many mass shootings over the years that can and have happened literally everywhere: in a mall (Clackamas), a theater (Aurora), outside a… Read

Film

‘Iron Man’ Original Suit Burgled From Pacoima Prop House, LAPD Investigating

The original maroon and gold Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey, Jr. in the first 2008 movie was reported missing from Movie Prop Storage yesterday. The Pacoima prop house told police that the suit must have gone missing between Feb. and April 25 of this year, said LAPD Sargent Barry Montgomery who said that it  is being investigated by the LAPD’s Foothill Division. “It was reported by the storage facility that the prop was missing. It is considered a burglary,” said… Read

International

Former Harvey Weinstein Assistant Zelda Perkins Discusses Immoral Corporate NDAs, Industry Bullying & The Chances Of A Weinstein Comeback — Deadline Disruptors

The movie industry finds itself in uncharted waters. The downfall of heavyweight figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Roy Price and the tireless work of equality campaigners has afforded the business a rare opportunity for self-improvement. Calls for reform are reverberating across continents, with hiring practices, workplace conditions, NDAs and pay all under the microscope like never before. Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux described… Read

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Kennedy Relative Featured In TV Movie, Three Books Wins New Murder Trial

A nephew of Sen. Robert Kennedy who was convicted of the scandalous murder of a 15-year-old girl in 1975 and later was the subject of a made-for-TV movie and three books has won a new trial. Connecticut’s highest court has ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, who was convicted of the murder of Greenwich, Conn. neighbor Martha Moxley in a case that dominated international headlines in that era. The 4-3 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Skakel's earlier… Read

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Man Charged In L.A. With Attempting To Extort Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said today that it has charged a man with trying to extort Kevin Hart by trying to coerce the actor-comedian into paying him for a secretly recorded video. Jonathan Todd Jackson, 41, was charged with one count each of attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. If convicted on both counts, Jackson faces a possible maximum sentence of four years in county jail. According to the DA’s office, Jackson attempted to… Read

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MSNBC Host Joy Reid Apologizes For Homophobic Remarks, Admits No Evidence Of Hacking

MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized for disparaging comments against LGBT people found on her blog The Reid Report, admitting that there has been no evidence of hacking discovered. After earlier denying authorship of the hurtful remarks, Reid came clean Saturday at the beginning of her MSNBC show AM Joy.  "I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted, have… Read

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Bill Cosby Honorary Doctorate Pulled By Temple University, His Alma Mater

Bill Cosby

Temple University has rescinded the honorary doctorate it awarded in 1991 to Bill Cosby, who was a highly visible long-time booster and fundraiser for the Philadelphia school, where he earned an undergraduate degree. Cosby was declared guilty on Thursday on three charges related to the drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee. The school was one of the few that waited for a verdict before pulling its honors from the former TV… Read

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L.A. DA’s Office Probes Sex Crime Allegation Against Former APA Agent Tyler Grasham

Allegations of sex abuse by former APA talent agent Tyler Grasham are being reviewed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. "A sex abuse case was presented by LAPD to our office on Jan. 31 regarding Mr. Grasham," a spokesman for the DA's office told Deadline. "It remains under review." The DA's probe has gone unreported until now. Grasham, who represented numerous child actors, was fired by APA in October shortly after the first of five young men came forward with… Read

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NFL Anthem Protest Leader Colin Kaepernick: Police Actions Are “Lawful Lynching”

As much as the National Football League was hoping the off-season would help its efforts to make fans forget about the kneeling during the national anthem protests, it’s still alive and kicking. On Saturday, Amnesty International gave former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award for his role in leading the national anthem protests. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam. Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the NFL since… Read

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Robert Durst Admits He May Have Said Too Much In HBO Series ‘The Jinx’

At a pre-trial hearing earlier this week in Los Angeles, real estate mogul Robert Durst was heard on a jail house recording regretting the interviews he provided HBO documentarians for its study, The Jinx, a series of conversations which ultimately led to his arrest. In the jail call, which he made in 2015, Durst said that he realized while watching the HBO series that he “definitely had a problem.” Durst was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, 2015 and charged with… Read

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‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Arrested In Sex Trafficking Scheme, Faces 15 Years To Life If Convicted

Allison Mack

Allison Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan for 10 seasons on the Superman TV series Smallville, was arrested Friday in New York on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. She was indicted along with Keith Raniere, the alleged leader of a self-help program and purported pyramid scheme being investigated for operating a shadow society of female “slaves.” Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life in… Read

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Backpage.com CEO Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate With Federal Investigators

Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer has entered a guilty plea to state and federal conspiracy and money laundering charges in connection with his web site’s operation, and will cooperate with federal law enforcement agents in their ongoing investigation into sex trafficking and prostitution. Ferrer plead guilty pleas in both Sacramento County Superior Court and US District Court in Arizona. Federal agents shut down the web site on April 6th and several executives of the firm… Read