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'Black Equals Beauty': Queen Latifah to produce series highlighting Black women's influence on American culture

Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Queen Latifah has teamed up with Quibi for a brand-new series that will highlight influential Black women who have impacted American style, beauty and culture.

Quibi announced Black Equals Beauty Tuesday, a four-part documentary series that will help celebrate and honor the Black women who have fought against oppressive archtypes. Directed by The Same Difference helmer Nneka Onuorah, each episode will focus on a different archetype and show "how Black women, either by defining or rejecting these archetypes, have shifted and impacted American culture."

Latifah joins Shakim Compere, Holly Carter and Cassian Elwes, who are also listed as producers on the project.

This is the latest project for Latifah under her Flavor Unit Entertainment banner. She previously worked Compere and Carter on the highly successful The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel for Lifetime.

By Candice Williams
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Gabrielle Union and NBC reach "amicable resolution" following 'AGT' toxic workplace accusations

Art Streiber/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been almost a year since Gabrielle Union was fired as a judge from NBC's America's Got Talent after only one season. Now, Variety reports the actress has reached a settlement with the network.

"We’ve reached an amicable resolution. NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” according to a joint statement from NBC and Union’s spokespeople.

Deadline reports Union received "significant" compensation from NBC as part of the settlement.

Union joined AGT in June of 2019, but her contract wasn't renewed the following September, nor was fellow judge Julianne Hough's.  June of this year, Union filed a discrimination suit against NBC and AGT's producers, Freemantle Media, claiming she was fired for speaking out about an on-set culture of racism, as well as workplace safety violations and other complaints.  She also claimed NBC’s entertainment chief Paul Telegdy threatened to retaliate against her for speaking out.

Variety reports that a subsequent investigation by NBC and FremantleMedia found no evidence of systemic racism, though the investigation reportedly wasn't completed.

In May, Union discussed her negative experiences while on set of the competition series in a Variety cover story, including an alleged racist joke from guest judge Jay Leno and a lack of inclusiveness among producers.

Union said she initially signed up for AGT to become part of a "super diverse" show "that hails itself as the biggest stage in the world" and prides itself as "giving people the opportunity to shine where they otherwise probably wouldn't."  She also said she'd hoped her decision to speak out would bring "real change."

"At the end of all this, my goal is real change -- and not just on this show but for the larger parent company," she told Variety. "It starts from the top down. My goal is to create the happiest, most high-functioning, inclusive, protected and healthy example of a workplace."

By Rachel George
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Watch the chilling first trailer for 'The Craft' reboot, 'The Craft: Legacy'

Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer for Sony/Blumhouse's The Craft reboot, The Craft: Legacy, has officially been released.

The film is a remake of the 1996 cult classic film that starred Rachel True, Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk as a group of teenage girls turned witches who conjured up chaos at school. 

 

Similar to the original, the new version will also follow four aspiring witches, played by Lovie Simone, Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon and Zoey Luna, who create a teenage coven, but "get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers."

The film also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

The Craft: Legacy was initially set to launch in theaters, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it'll be released via streaming on-demand October 28.

By Candice Williams
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Get your first glimpse of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana on 'The Crown'

Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released the first photos from season four of The Crown, featuring actress Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Among the new images, we see Corrin’s Diana wearing a strapless purple gown as she arrives at a red carpet event with Prince Charles. There’s also a shot of her wearing a pale yellow suit as she gets photographed by paparazzi on the street and a photo of her meeting her husband’s eventual second wife, Camila Parker-Bowles, played by Emerald Fennell.

The streaming service also released photos of Gillian Anderson as U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as new pics of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret.

Season four of The Crown debuts on Netflix November 15.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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'Lion King' follow-up movie to be directed by Barry Jenkins

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new Lion King film is in the works, Disney sources have confirmed to Good Morning America.

The sources added that Barry Jenkins, who won a best picture Oscar in 2018 for Moonlight, is set to direct the project.

"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said in a statement to Deadline. "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."

The original Lion King animated film, which premiered in 1994, grossed $968.5 million worldwide to become the 51st highest grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. The Jon Favreau-directed live action Lion King, which debuted last year, earned $1.65 billion worldwide and is currently ranked #7 on Box Office Mojo's list.

Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the Favreau-directed film, has reportedly finished an initial draft of the follow-up movie. According to Deadline, the story is likely to explore "the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa's origin story."

"Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer," the publication reported.

No release date for the new film has been announced.

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Ilyasah Shabazz says 'The Godfather of Harlem' is "great," but didn't show the "depth" of her father Malcolm X

Courtesy of Ilyasah Shabazz(NEW YORK) -- Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz is sharing her thoughts on the Forest Whitaker-led crime drama Godfather of Harlem.

In the series, Whitaker plays Bumpy Johnson, a Harlem crime boss who finds his neighborhood ruled by the Italian mob when he returns from a 10 year bid. During his battle to regain control, Johnson forms an alliance with a young influential preacher named Malcolm X. Shabazz tells ABC Audio that although she enjoyed the popular Epix series, she had some major issues with it.

"It was a great series, but it's on historical characters," she says. "And so the historical character portrayed of my father is not really accurate, nor is the portrayal of Adam Clayton Powell. And so it's just important to understand their significant contribution."

"My father wasn't only trying to get converts. My father was empowering people," Shabazz continues. "He was speaking power into their souls and into their ear. And there's a big difference in that."

While the series is an obvious dramatization of Bumpy Johnson's life, the two men did have a real-life friendship that dated back to the 1940s when X used to be known as a street hustler named “Detroit Red.” Shabazz says she would have loved to have seen her father in a more authentic light and not just as a one-dimensional character. 

"And so while it is a great series, I think it is important to give the depth," she says. "To show the depth of these gentlemen, these historians, these past leaders." 

A release date for the second season of Godfather of Harlem has yet to be announced.

By Candice Williams
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Shannen Doherty on her battle with stage 4 breast cancer: "I've got a lot of life in me"

LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shannen Doherty says she's remaining positive during her ongoing fight with stage 4 breast cancer, despite a recent disappointing development.

The 49-year-old actress, who publicly revealed in a interview with Good Morning America last February that her breast cancer had returned.  Doherty said she went to get a PET scan in early 2019 due to extreme back pain she was experiencing after exercising. Her oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Piro, then told her the breast cancer had not only returned, but had spread to her spine. She revealed her metastatic cancer to a few close friends at a very intimate dinner with Piro present.

In a new interview with ELLE, Doherty says being diagnosed has shaped the way she approaches life.

"I try to treasure all the small moments that most people don’t really see or take for granted," she said. "The small things are magnified for me. We have this endless well within us, and it’s just about continuing to dig in that well for the strength to face adversity -- and so that we can also see all the beauty."

"I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being," she added. "It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years. It’s like anybody with Stage IV faces this sort of thing, where others want to put you out to pasture. I’m not ready for pasture. I’ve got a lot of life in me."

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Doherty and her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, have returned to quarantine at their Malibu home, which they left due to damages after the Woolsey Fire in 2018.

The October issue of Elle hits newsstands Oct. 6.

By Hayley FitzPatrick
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'Saved by the Bell' reboot coming to Peacock on November 25

NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s all right…’cause we’re Saved by the Bell!

The reboot of the classic ‘90s high school sitcom is arriving on NBC streaming service Peacock just in time for Thanksgiving. The new series debuts Wednesday, November 25.

In this new reimagining, Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris is now the governor of California. He gets into hot water for shutting down too many low-income high schools, so he proposes to send students from the affected schools to the highest performing schools in the state, including his alma mater, Bayside High.

The new students give the privileged teens of Bayside High a “much-needed dose of reality.”

The new class features Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski’s son, Mac Morris, played by Mitchell Hoog, along with Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Josie Totah, and Haskiri Velazquez. John Michael Higgins plays Principal Toddman.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez will also reprise their roles from the original series, as Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater, respectively. As revealed in a teaser trailer back in April, Slater is now Bayside High’s gym teacher.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Naya Rivera's sister, Nickayla, responds to reports she moved in with sister's ex, Ryan Dorsey

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Naya Rivera's sister, Nickayla, is focused on one thing right now and it's not the rumors that she's moved in with her sister's ex, Ryan Dorsey.

On Monday evening, the 25-year-old model took to Instagram and seemingly responded to the ongoing speculation about her living situation. She did not outright confirm or deny the reports, but instead asked the public for "compassion." 

"In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends & family," she wrote on her Instagram Story. "Showing up for my nephew, even though I can't show up for myself."

"I'm not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure," she continued. "What matters most I've learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all do the same."

Rumors first sparked about Nickayla and Dorsey, 37, after pictures obtained by The Daily Mail showed the duo together on multiple different occasions including moving furniture and other belongings into a Los Angeles area rental home. Nickayla was reportedly moving in to help raise Naya and Dorsey's five-year-old son Josey. 

An eyewitness who saw them at Target told the outlet, "They seem really comfortable together and are obviously helping each other through a very difficult period in both their lives. They were fooling around and chatting the whole time. They’re obviously helping lift each other’s spirits."

Naya tragically died from an accidental drowning in July after taking her son onto California's Lake Piru. She was married to Dorsey from 2014-2018.

By Danielle Long
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Mandy Moore opens up about her difficult pregnancy: "I had a really tough 15 weeks"

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Mandy Moore happily shared last week that she and husband Taylor Goldsmith were expecting their first child together. This week, the This Is Us star revealed her first trimester was riddled with challenges.

Opening up in a series of Instagram Stories on Monday, Moore, 36, openly spoke about the many difficulties she faced after learning she was pregnant.

First, she completely lost her appetite for coffee -- which drew sympathetic comments from fellow moms about losing their love of the beverage. 

Moore admitted that knowing she wasn't alone made her feel better, but revealed that not being able to swallow coffee was just the first curveball her pregnancy threw at her.

"I had the worst food aversions. I still can't think about some things or look at them in the fridge," Moore grimaced, noting that her "first 15 weeks" were "really tough."

Her food sensitivity became so heightened, the "Candy" singer revealed, "Poor Taylor. I was like, 'Can you go outside and eat?'"

Moore added, "I can't look at food, I can't smell food, I can't think about food," without being overwhelmed by nausea.  

While she says those challenges are merely a "small price to pay" for being pregnant, Moore admits she does miss her caffeine, confessing that "I used to dream about coffee before bed."

"I'm fully accepting that my love of coffee will come back. And if not, it's all good," the Princess Diaries alum shrugged.

Moore and Goldsmith, who wed in November 2018, will welcome their baby boy in "early 2021."

By Megan Stone
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Meghan McCain of 'The View' gives birth to baby girl

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Co-host of The View Meghan McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech, have welcomed their first child.

The daughter of late Senator John McCain gave birth to baby girl Liberty Sage McCain Domenech Monday evening, ABC News reports. Both mom and baby Liberty are healthy and doing well.

McCain, 36, and Domenech, 38, married in November, 2017 and announced their pregnancy on March 22.

"My husband Ben and I have been blessed to find out I'm pregnant," McCain wrote in her announcement on Instagram. "Although this isn't how I expected to announce my pregnancy, both we and our families are excited to share the news with you all."

Her news came as the country grappled with the seriousness of the novel coronavirus outbreak. While in good health, McCain co-hosted The View via satellite under her doctors' advice since March.

By Joanne Rosa
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'Dancing with the Stars' season 29 recap: Carole Baskin lets out her last roar on the dance floor

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars celebrated all things Disney when it returned Monday night with competitors paying homage to the happiest place on earth.  There was plenty of magic in the air after two new competitors danced their way to the top of the scoreboard and earned the season's first straight eights.

Despite surviving the bottom two last week, Carole Baskin -- who was dressed like a lion for her samba to The Lion King's "Circle of Life" - was sent home by the judges after earning the night's lowest score, a 12 out of 30. The Tiger King star was all smiles as she exited the ballroom floor for the last time, joking with host Tyra Banks that, "My husband is gonna be so happy I'm coming home."

As for the night's big shakeup on the leaderboard, Johnny Weir and Nev Schulman out-performed the rest of the competition with their mesmerizing routines and secured the highest scores of the season, 24 out of 30.

Weir's powerful rumba to Mulan's "Reflection," a song that deeply resonated with him and the struggle his family went through to help him achieve his Olympic dreams, brought judge Carrie Ann Inaba to tears.  She, along with fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough, congratulated Weir for completing his transition from a world champion ice skater to an accomplished dancer.

Meanwhile, Catfish's Schulman dazzled with his Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Argentine tango by not only embracing his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, but for even channeling the beloved pirate's mannerisms with each step.  The judges commended his ability to not only remain true to character, but for mastering the dance's complicated foot movements and for sneaking in a few "appropriate" lifts.

One of the most welcome surprises of the night came from Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, who happily announced she will be able to continue her DWTS journey.  The reality star’s MRI results determined that she didn’t fracture her ankle, but that her injury was caused by tendonitis and shin splints. 

She almost joined Weir and Schulman atop the leaderboard with her precise and graceful rumba to Moana's "How Far I'll Go," but judge Hough regretfully had to deduct a point because she was dancing on her bare feet.  The six-time DWTS champion explained to Bristowe that without a "Latin heel and Latin shoes," she technically didn't perform a real rumba. 

The night's biggest standout performance came from The Real's Jeanne Mai, whose romantic and smooth Viennese waltz to Up's "Married Life" won over the judges, who happily awarded her a new personal best score of 22/30.  The talk show host also dedicated her adorable routine to future husband Jeezy, who celebrated turning 43 on Monday night.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday for another "exciting and emotional night of competition" at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here are the current standings:

Tied in First Place:
Nev Schulman, host of Catfish, with Jenna Johnson -- 24/30
Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater, with Britt Stewart -- 24/30

Kaitlyn Bristowe, former star of The Bachelorette, with Artem Chigvintsev -- 23/20
Jeannie Mai, host of The Real, with Brandon Armstrong  -- 22/30
Vernon Davis, Super Bowl champion, with Peta Murgatroyd -- 22/30
Chrishell Stause, Netflix's Selling Sunset star, with Gleb Savchenko -- 22/30
Monica Aldama, head coach on Netflix's CHEER, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 21/30
AJ McLean, member of Backstreet Boys, with Cheryl Burke -- 21/30
Jesse Metcalfe, actor, with Sharna Burgess -- 20/30
Justina Machado, One Day at a Time star, with Sasha Farber -- 19/30
Skai Jackson, Disney Channel star, with Alan Bersten -- 18/30
Nelly, Grammy Award-winning rapper, with Daniella Karagach -- 18/30 

Lowest score:
Anne Heche, TV and film actress, with Keo Motsepe -- 15/30

By Megan Stone
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The Rock welcomes Aldis Hodge to the 'Black Adam' cast; shares Hodge's surprised reaction

Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Aldis Hodge has officially landed the high-flying role of Hawkman in the the forthcoming DC Comics film Black Adam.

In an Instagram post over the weekend, the film's star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, welcomed Hodge to the Black Adam family.

"Hawkman is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE," The Rock wrote in the post. "I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had."

According to The Rock, Aldis was in disbelief that he was actually getting a call from Dwayne Johnson himself.

"Whoever this is stop playing on my phone," The Rock wrote, sharing Aldis' response to his call. 

"Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition - it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made," the Rock continued, sharing more of their conversation. "Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing -- welcome to Black Adam."

At that point, The Rock says Aldis had the "longest pause" and told him to "hold on" as he walked away to celebrate.

After asking him if he was "okay," Johnson told Hodge that he was "gonna crush [his] role, and the two proceeded to have "an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation."

Hodge later responded to the news in his own Instagram post, adding "
So the cat’s out of the bag. @therock, it’s going to be an honor to join you."

By Candice Williams
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Amanda Seyfried welcomes second child with Thomas Sadoski

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood baby boom continues.

Amanda Seyfried welcomed her second child -- a baby boy -- with husband Thomas Sadoski. The two revealed the news to INARA and War Child USA, organizations that provide life-saving assistance to children impacted by war.

“Since the birth of our daughter 3 years ago our commitment to the innocent children that are so brutally affected by conflict and war has been a driving force in our lives," Seyfried and Sadoski said in a statement. "With the birth of our son the work of INARA and War Child has become our North Star.”

They also shared a photo of the newborn along with the announcement.

Seyfried, 34, and Sadoski, 44, are board members of INARA and ambassadors to War Child USA. They had not announced their second pregnancy publicly.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Chadwick Boseman donated part of his salary to co-star Sienna Miller on '21 Bridges'

Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- One month after his passing, stories of Chadwick Boseman's generous spirit continue to come to light.

Sienna Miller, who co-starred opposite the late actor in the 2019 action-thriller 21 Bridges, reveals in a new interview with Empire that Boseman donated part of his salary to her.

“I didn't know whether or not to tell this story, and I haven't yet. But I am going to tell it because I think it's a testament to who he was,” Miller begins.

“This was a pretty big-budget film, and I know that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio wouldn't get to,” Miller explains. “And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I'm compensated in the right way.’”

“And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that that was what I deserved to be paid,” says Miller, who calls the gesture “the most astounding thing” she’d ever experienced during her Hollywood career.

“It's just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully,” she says.

Boseman passed away on August 28 at age 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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