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JUDGE CONSIDERS UNSEALING FILES IN JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE

A Cook County judge may rule in the coming weeks on whether or not the files in Empire star Jussie Smollet’s case will be unsealed. Lawyers for several media organizations filed motions seeking to make the records public because of the national attention to case and the prosecutors’ sudden and unexpected decision last week to drop all charges in the case.

In exchange for dropping the charges, Smollett forfeited $10,000 in the bail he posted in Chicago. During the same hearing, Smollett’s lawyers asked Judge Steven Watkins to seal all of the records be in the case. Prosecutors issued no objections, and Watkins complied.

On Tuesday, Watkins said that would be decided in writing around May 23rd.

"The file is sealed," Watkins said Tuesday, noting that under the law the file is not simply tossed out but can’t be viewed by anyone without a court order. "It’s not destroyed."

Support for Smollett in Hollywood, meanwhile, is lukewarm. Ava DuVernay has supported him, while Chris Rock, and most recently Tracy Morgan, have criticized him.

On Monday night during his appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Morgan cracked jokes about Smollett's lleged hate crime.

"Yeah, they gave me a role on Empire," Morgan started off. "Contractually, they gave me millions of dollars. Contractually, all I gotta do is not fake a hate crime."

Then he added, "Jussie!"

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ALYSSA MILANO ROASTED FOR DEFENDING JOE BIDEN AMID ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Staunch #MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano is getting heat on social media for going to bat to defend Joe Biden as he appears to be gearing up for a 2020 presidential run. Meghan McCain also came to Biden’s defense after two women accused the former vice president of inappropriate touching.

On Friday, Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores claimed in an essay in The Cut that Biden gave her a kiss on the back of her head that made her feel uncomfortable on the 2014 campaign trail. On Monday, a second woman, Amy Lappos, came forward in The Hartford Courant, saying that during a 2009 fundraiser in Greenwich, CT, that made her feel disrespected.

After the first allegation emerged, Biden defended himself, while still empowering women. "In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort," the statement reads. "And not once -- never -- did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention."

Milano, who used social media as a platform during the sex scandals that rocked Hollywood in 2017, encouraging women to speak out, defended Biden. She alluded to his work with the 2014 "It’s on Us" campaign, which was designed to prevent sex assault at college.

"I am proud to call Joe Biden a friend," she wrote. "He has been a leader and a champion on fighting violence against women for many years, and I have been fortunate to accompany him to events with survivors where he has listened to their stories, empathized with them, and comforted them. That's who Joe Biden is -- a warm, generous individual who believes its on all of us to pay attention to women's stories and experiences."

Her support was not well-received by all. Many social media users accused Milano of being a "partisan hypocrite". Many others asked her, "What happened to believe all women," a common refrain Milano and other #MeToo advocates have used when friends of the accused come to their defense.

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN LAUNCHES POOSH: Kourtney Kardashian, 39, launched a beauty and lifestyle website named Poosh Tuesday morning. She named the site after her daughter Penelope (it’s her nickname), and it is intended "to educate, motivate, create and curate a modern lifestyle, achievable by all." In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, she elaborated: "The modern woman, in my opinion, is somebody who cares about the planet, cares about what we’re putting in our bodies from the inside out, and just doing our best without feeling judged for not being perfect."

MICHELLE WILLIAMS SAYS HER PAY GAP IS SHRINKING: Michelle Williams told people at a rally on Capitol Hill that she is finally getting paid as much as her male co-stars following a scandal in which it was revealed that she was paid $1,000 for reshoots of All the Money in the World, while her co-star Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million. (He gave the money to charity after the scandal broke). "I realized this is actually what it feels like to be on the inside, to be one of the boys. And on the job I completed two weeks ago — let me tell you something — I was paid equally as my male co-stars," Williams said, earning applause. Williams appeared with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic female lawmakers for "Equal Pay Day."

TARAJI P. HENSON OPENS UP ABOUT ANXIETY: Taraji P. Henson is getting honest about her mental health. She covered Variety’s Power of Women New York issue, released Tuesday, along with Bette Midler, Gigi Hadid, Kacey Musgraves and Christiane Amanpour. "Fame was fun at first, but the older I get, the more private I want to be," Henson tells Variety. "I think there's a misconception with people in the limelight that we have it all together, and because we have money now and are living out our dreams, everything is fine. That's not the case. When they yell 'Cut' and 'That's a wrap,' I go home to very serious problems. I'm still a real human." The 48-year-old adds: "I suffer from depression. My anxiety is kicking up even more every day, and I've never really dealt with anxiety like that. It's something new."

LAUREN CONRAD EXPECTING NO. 2: The Hills alum Lauren Conrad, 33, revealed that she and her husband William Tell are expecting their second child together. She shared the happy news with a photo of her baby bump. "It’s been hard to keep this one to myself! Very excited to share that our family will be getting a little bigger this year," she captioned the shot. Conrad and Tell, 39, welcomed their first baby, a son named Liam James, in July of 2017.

THE HILLS SETS RETURN: The Hills are returning this summer on MTV. The network shared that The Hills: New Beginnings will drop Monday, June 24th. The show, MTV says, is "based on the series that changed the reality TV landscape, the much buzzed about show will reunite original cast members and add notable newcomers, as they write their newest chapters in relationships, romance and success." Original cast members Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner, Spencer Pratt and many others are returning, plus newbies Brandon Thomas Lee and Mischa Barton.

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SOPHIE TURNER SAYS SHE DOESN’T MIND ‘GOT’ PAY GAP

Sophie Turner is speaking out on the gender pay gap, and you might be surprised to hear what she has to say. Speaking to the U.K.’s Harper’s Bazaar, she says that while she took home about £158,000 per episode to play Sansa Stark on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, her co-star Kit Harington snagged about £537,000 to play Jon Snow.

"Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline," the 23-year-old said. "And for the last series he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many.

"I was like, ‘You know what… you keep that money'".

She also opened up about her relationship with fiancé Joe Jonas. Their meet-cute story happened as so many do these days, on Instagram.

"We had a lot of mutual friends and they'd been trying to introduce us for a long time. We were following each other on Instagram and he direct-messaged me one fine day, out of the blue."

And it’s clear she digs him. She said: "He's lovely. He's just the funniest. You wouldn't expect he's about to turn 30 this year. He's the most fun, energetic, positive person I've ever seen. I'm pessimistic, so we balance each other out."

The pair started dating in November of 2017 and have been engaged since October 2017.

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Fans Lose It After Mariah Carey Responds to Ariana Grande’s Sweet B-Day Message

Fans Lose It After Mariah Carey Responds to Ariana Grande’s Sweet B-Day Message Mariah Carey turned 49 this week–and gave followers an extra-special b-day gift by responding to a sweet message from megafan Ariana Grande. “Happiest anniversary, queen of everything,” Grande wrote Wednesday on her Instagram Story alongside a pic …

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“Empire” Falls to Lowest Ratings Ever After Jussie Smollett Drama

“Empire” Falls to Lowest Ratings Ever After Jussie Smollett DramaHow the Empire has fallen. TVLine reports that the FOX drama’s latest episode this week experienced its lowest ratings in series history–on the same week that Chicago authorities chose to drop all charges against star Jussie Smollett. The Wednesday-night episode brought …

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Nicolas Cage & Bride Were “Drinking to the Point of Intoxication” Before Annulled Wedding

Nicolas Cage & Bride Were “Drinking to the Point of Intoxication” Before Annulled Wedding The Blast reports that, in a recent court filing seeking to annul his quickie Vegas marriage to Erika Koike, Nicolas Cage admitted that he and his bride were “both drinking to the point of intoxication” before …

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TRUMP SAYS FEDS WILL REVIEW JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE

President Donald Trump is not happy with the way the case against Empire star Jussie Smollett was handled. On Thursday morning, he tweeted out that the FBI and the Department of Justice would review the case after a prosecutor unexpectedly dropped all charges against him on Tuesday.

The Empire star, who is black and gay, reported that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29th. But after an investigation, Chicago police determined that he hired Abel and Ola Osundairo to help him stage the crime, in a bid to raise his profile.

The brothers are black, but in his report to police, Smollett said they were white. On Thursday, his attorney Tina Glandian told Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show that Smollett believes the men may have been wearing white makeup as a disguise.

"He did tell police that from what he saw, he thought it was white or pale skin, that's what he initially said," Glandian said before adding, "Obviously, you can disguise that. You can put makeup on."

She pointed to a YouTube video of Abel Osundairo in white makeup disguised as The Joker. Still, when asked if Smollett wanted the brothers arrested, she said he just wanted to "move on."

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BARBARA WALTER THREATENDED TO QUIT OVER ROSIE O’DONNELL

Barbara Walters launched The View in 1997, and judging from Ramin Setoodeh’s forthcoming explosive expose, Ladies Who Punch, she was a bit of a control freak. When she launched the show, she hand-picked the panel, which included Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Meredith Viera; when Jones left in 2006, she brought Rosie O’Donnell on.

But after just a year, O’Donnell was on Walters’ bad side, having drawn negative attention from bold-faced viewers like Kelly Ripa, and allegedly not getting along with then-exec producer Bill Geddie, per the book. So Walters threatened to quit if O’Donnell didn’t get the boot.

"If you re-sign Rosie to this show, Bill and I are going to quit," Walters, 89, told ABC Daytime President Brian Frons in 2007 over dinner at Spago in Beverly Hills, according to Ladies Who Punch.

O’Donnell, 57, did exit, and reappeared briefly in 2014 only after Walters left.

WALTERS’ RETIREMENT

When Walters stepped down, she thought the show would be canceled, the book alleges.

"I'm really sad," Matenopoulos recalls telling Walters, according to the book. "My mom wants me to tell you, you can't do this! Nobody is going to watch the show after you leave."

"Oh, baby," Walters then responded loudly. "How long can the show go on? It's going to be canceled in a few years."

But even though she’s stepped back, Walters still tried to run the show, according to the book. She would call the control room, and even told the book’s author that she didn’t like several of the hosts who came after her.

Short-lived co-hosts on The View have included Candace Cameron Bure, Jenny McCarthy, Raven-Symone and Sara Haines.

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KALEY CUOCO’S RESPONSE TO A FAN RETURNING HER WALLET WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE FEELS

The Big Bang Theory is beginning to wind down its epic run, so the stars may be feeling an extra little something for their devoted fans. Kaley Cuoco literally cried tears of joy recently when a fan returned her wallet.

The 33-year-old posted several videos to her Instagram Story recounting the events.

"So I have had the strangest week," the actress began. "It's been very up and down, very emotional to be honest. Probably just coming to the end of the show and, I don't know, lots of other things, but a really sweet thing happened to me a few days ago and I had to share."

She continued, sharing the moment she realized her wallet was missing: "I became fully hysterical and didn't know where it was and traced my steps and was like, 'Oh my God, I left it there. It's gone. It's gone. I was crying. I was so upset. So I called (the restaurant) and someone had turned it in."

The person who returned it is apparently a fan, because inside the wallet was a piece of paper that read "Penny," the name of her character.

"Whoever did that, whoever is out there, thank you," she continued. "I wish I could've met you. I would've given you all the cash in my wallet or whatever was in there. I really would've given you anything. I was so grateful that there was someone so sweet on this earth, and honest. And it didn't go unnoticed and I will never forget that because that could've been a very bad day for me."

Cuoco concluded: "So there is good in the world."

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WHAT’S NEXT IN THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE?

Jussie Smollett, 36, may have had the criminal charges related to his allegedly staged January 29th hate crime dropped, but the case seems to be far from over. The Empire star may still face federal charges and civil lawsuits related to the scandal, and may file one himself, according to multiple reports.

On Tuesday, the Cook County State’s Attorney dropped 16 felony counts against Smollett for allegedly filing a false report about what he described as a racist and homophobic attack. (Smollett is black and openly gay).

On Wednesday, police released the entire 61-page investigative report into Smollett’s attack. An hour later, a court order reportedly barred them from releasing further files, though much of the report is available in some form online.

The report includes information on a search warrant police obtained for the Empire star’s iCloud account, and details about their questioning of a pair of Nigerian brothers who claimed he hired them to stage the attack.

MORE CHARGES?

The FBI is considering filing charges of mail fraud, and is currently investigating whether or not he sent himself hate mail the week before the alleged attack.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also reportedly considering a suit to recoup money the city wated on the investigation.

Emanuel spoke out on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday, saying he is determined to figure out what happened. "The first part, I want to get to the bottom of it: Did he commit this hoax? That is the question that has to first be answered," Emanuel said on GMA. "The second question is: What happened here that allowed the State's Attorney's Office – that was in the room with the police department when they decided to actually bring the charges to the grand jury that actually brought the indictments – what made them all of a sudden say, 'You know what, on second thought, this is enough'?"

Emanuel said: "They better get their story straight. This is making a fool of all of us. You know, all over the city of Chicago, George, there are signs on front yards and windows that says ‘hate has no home here.’ He turned those values upside down and inside out." . Smollett maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.

Smollett voluntarily forfeited his $10,000 bond and has performed community service, which First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats has dubbed a "fair and just outcome for the case."

AUDIO: RAHM EMANUEL ON JUSSIE SMOLLETT

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CHRIS EVANS TALKS LOVE, CAREER, POLITICS

Chris Evans has spilled the tea. The 37-year-old Captain American star covers The Hollywood Reporter’s latest, and inside, he opens about a whole lotta stuff.

ON LOVE

Why has he been a bachelor for so long? Evans said: "I’m the one who fears being enveloped. I was always a really autonomous guy my whole life. Camping by myself is one of my favorite things. I really like to be with someone who also has their own thing to do as well, you know? If I’m with someone who just kind of adopts my life, that can feel a bit suffocating."

Btw, he has been in relationships, having been in long-term relationships Jessica Biel and Jenny Slate.

ON CAPTAIN AMERICA

Will he be hanging up his cape after the release of Avengers: Endgame?

"Momentum is a real fallacy, in my opinion," he said. "But it has a really strong hold on a lot of actors’ mentalities. You really believe that while the ball’s rolling, you gotta keep it rolling. I could be wrong, but to me — I just don’t believe in that. I don’t think that’s real."

Btw, Evans made $15M for the past two Avengers films, up from $300K for his first run.

ON GETTING POLITICAL

Evans stumped for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Any regrets? "You don't want to alienate half your audience," says Evans. "But I'd be disappointed in myself if I didn't speak up. Especially for fear of some monetary repercussion or career damage — that just feels really gross to me."

ON DRUGS

He’s cut back, he explain.

"You know, I've chilled out on weed," Evans says. "I used to love it, but now I think it's the one thing that gets in my way. It zaps your motivation. I think apathy kind of bleeds in, and you start to think, 'Well, I'm not apathetic, I just don't feel like doing that.' And it's like, no — you would feel like doing that if you weren't stoned. And, you know — I'm 37. I can't be smoking weed all the time. That's crazy."

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INDUSTRY NEWS

PRIYANKA CHOPRA LAUNCHES INSPIRATIONAL SPECIAL: Priyanka Chopra is teaming up with YouTube on a special dubbed, If I Could Tell You Just One Thing. It launched Wednesday on her YouTube channel, which has 1 million subscribers. In the series, she interviews Awkwafina, Simone Biles and Diane von Furstenberg and asks them for one actionable piece of advice that she can use in her own life. She says, "I guess getting married really made me think about what a next chapter is." Chopra famously married Nick Jonas last year. Will you tune in?

DISCOVERY LAUNCHES WHEELER DEALERS SPINOFF: Wheeler Dealers is getting a spinoff on the Discovery Channel. Dubbed Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car, the eight-part series will be an extension of the successful format, and be hosted by Mike Brewer.

BRAD FALCHUK JOINS THE NETFLIX PARTY: Brad Falchuk is joining his longtime collaborator Ryan Murphy at Netflix. He has reportedly signed a four-year deal worth eight figures; his current deal with 20th Century Fox expires June 1. He and Murphy have worked on Pose, American Horror Story and the upcoming The Politician (which stars his wife Gwyneth Paltrow), among many others.

PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER, RUPERT EVERETT, MORE JOIN WARNING: Patrick Schwarzenegger (Daniel Isn't Real), Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince), Cold War star Tomasz Kot, Kylie Bunbury (Game Night) and Raw star Garance Marallier have joined the sci-fi thriller Warning, currently shooting in Poland. The film "explores the meaning of life when disparate lives collide in interweaving stories set in the near-future earth," according to the logline.

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Beyoncé Sings “Happy Birthday” to Diana Ross at Star-Studded 75th B-Day Bash

Beyoncé Sings “Happy Birthday” to Diana Ross at Star-Studded 75th B-Day BashDivas respect divas! Beyoncé serenaded Diana Ross on Tuesday night with a flawless performance of “Happy Birthday” at the Motown legend’s 75th birthday party in L.A. Video shot by Khloe Kardashian shows Ross’ daughter, Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross, …

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Keanu Reeves Helps Plane Passengers After Emergency Landing

Keanu Reeves Helps Plane Passengers After Emergency LandingKeanu Reeves turned into a real-life action hero this week, when the United/SkyWest flight he was on made an emergency landing in Bakersfield, California. Us Weekly reports that artist Brian Rea documented the incident on Instagram, explaining that 54-year-old Reeves was “very pleasant” …

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Khalid Dropping New Song “Self” Off Upcoming Album “Free Spirit” on Thursday

Khalid Dropping New Song “Self” Off Upcoming Album “Free Spirit” on ThursdayKhalid fans can’t wait for Thursday after the R&B star announced that that’s when he’ll be dropping a new track off his forthcoming album. “Track 14. ‘Self.’ Thursday,” the 21-year-old artist tweeted Monday. Billboard notes that, “Along with the …

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INDUSTRY NEWS

EXPECT A LOT OF DEATH ON GOT’S FINAL SEASON: Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) is spilling some tea on season 8 of Game of Thrones. "There’s a lot of death this year," Williams warns in a sit-down with Entertainment Weekly. "After reading the scripts I went back and watched season 1 again because so much of it refers back to that season," the 21-year-old says. "There are so many scenes that will look similar. And also I watched just to remind myself of the arc I’ve taken already. I wanted Arya to go full circle and try for some kind of normalcy like when she was younger. Basically this year it’s like she has a dual personality — there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei and remembering her list and getting closer to that. So there’s this split with Arya between trying to be who she wants to be — getting back to the naïveté and innocence with her family — and unfinished business." So expect callbacks to 2011 featuring Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya as they ready the North for war against The Night King. Are you ready for the April 14th bow?

ROLLING STONE, AUDIBLE TEAM UP ON SERIES FEATURING ICONS: Audible and Rolling Stone have inked a deal that will focus on legendary icons. "The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks," a look at the life and music of the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, will be released on Audible on April 4. Rolling Stone journalist Rob Sheffield will narrate. In October, the magazine teamed up with Audible to produce a series on Aretha Franklin, and more are planned.

JENNY SLATE SIGNS ON TO HOST WEBBY AWARDS: Jenny Slate is set to host the 23rd annual Webby Awards, to be held May 13thin NYC. The Webbys honor the best online, from websites, videos, advertising, media & PR, apps, mobile, voice, social, podcasts and games. Nominees will be announced Tuesday, April 2nd. "The Internet gives us infinite ways to make our everyday lives better," Slate said in a statement. "Even though I am 'very bad at computers,' I am good at having fun, and I’m excited to celebrate those who dare to make the best of the Internet at a time when we need to foster connection, kindness and creativity."

PROUST’S IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME TO BE ADAPTED: The French filmmaker Guillaume Gallienne (Me, Myself and Mum), is set to adapt Marcel Proust’s famous seven-volume autobiographical book series In Search of Lost Time into a TV series. Gallienne said, "Should we live every minute as if it were the first or last of our life. Is beauty what we live, or the stories our memories create? Give me 24 hours and I’ll give you an answer. Not mine, but that of Marcel Proust, in the most beautiful saga ever written ‘Remembrance of things past’. As much as to lift Proust’ work out of it’s personal museum as to make it my own, I have chosen to set ‘Remembrance’ in the 1970’s-90’s. This was a period where time was not accelerated. Telephones were still attached to cords, aristocrats still had servants and my grandmother was still alive. These years were our yesterdays, and if for some they were considered as Post-war, for us they were already our Pre-war."

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INDUSTRY NEWS

EXPECT A LOT OF DEATH ON GOT’S FINAL SEASON: Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) is spilling some tea on season 8 of Game of Thrones. "There’s a lot of death this year," Williams warns in a sit-down with Entertainment Weekly. "After reading the scripts I went back and watched season 1 again because so much of it refers back to that season," the 21-year-old says. "There are so many scenes that will look similar. And also I watched just to remind myself of the arc I’ve taken already. I wanted Arya to go full circle and try for some kind of normalcy like when she was younger. Basically this year it’s like she has a dual personality — there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei and remembering her list and getting closer to that. So there’s this split with Arya between trying to be who she wants to be — getting back to the naïveté and innocence with her family — and unfinished business." So expect callbacks to 2011 featuring Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya as they ready the North for war against The Night King. Are you ready for the April 14th bow?

ROLLING STONE, AUDIBLE TEAM UP ON SERIES FEATURING ICONS: Audible and Rolling Stone have inked a deal that will focus on legendary icons. "The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks," a look at the life and music of the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, will be released on Audible on April 4. Rolling Stone journalist Rob Sheffield will narrate. In October, the magazine teamed up with Audible to produce a series on Aretha Franklin, and more are planned.

JENNY SLATE SIGNS ON TO HOST WEBBY AWARDS: Jenny Slate is set to host the 23rd annual Webby Awards, to be held May 13thin NYC. The Webbys honor the best online, from websites, videos, advertising, media & PR, apps, mobile, voice, social, podcasts and games. Nominees will be announced Tuesday, April 2nd. "The Internet gives us infinite ways to make our everyday lives better," Slate said in a statement. "Even though I am 'very bad at computers,' I am good at having fun, and I’m excited to celebrate those who dare to make the best of the Internet at a time when we need to foster connection, kindness and creativity."

PROUST’S IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME TO BE ADAPTED: The French filmmaker Guillaume Gallienne (Me, Myself and Mum), is set to adapt Marcel Proust’s famous seven-volume autobiographical book series In Search of Lost Time into a TV series. Gallienne said, "Should we live every minute as if it were the first or last of our life. Is beauty what we live, or the stories our memories create? Give me 24 hours and I’ll give you an answer. Not mine, but that of Marcel Proust, in the most beautiful saga ever written ‘Remembrance of things past’. As much as to lift Proust’ work out of it’s personal museum as to make it my own, I have chosen to set ‘Remembrance’ in the 1970’s-90’s. This was a period where time was not accelerated. Telephones were still attached to cords, aristocrats still had servants and my grandmother was still alive. These years were our yesterdays, and if for some they were considered as Post-war, for us they were already our Pre-war."

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ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST JUSSIE SMOLLETT OVER MAYOR & POLICE OBJECTIONS

In a stunning turn of events, all charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett have been dropped. The star was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report about a hate crime attack against himself.

"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case," according to a statement from the office of the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

Foxx’s spokesperson Tandra Simonton also says that the $10,000 in bond money that he is forfeiting will be given to the city.

SMOLLETT & LEGAL TEAM REACT

Smollett’s legal team issued a statement in the case. "Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him," according to a statement from Smollett's lawyers Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes. "... He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.

"Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions," the lawyers added, noting the case is a reminder of why "there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion."

"Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career."

At a press conference, Smollett’s attorney Brown Holmes says: "I have no idea what occurred in this case and why it occurred. I can just say that things seemed to spiral somewhat out of control. We’ve gotten to a result that is the right result in this case, and we’re happy for that."

The records in the case have been sealed. Smollett appeared at the press conference too, taking selfies with fans and talking to them.

He also thanked supporters, saying: "I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country, in the world, who have prayed for me and supported me and who have shown me so much love."

"No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will forever be grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.

"I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of. This is been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. I am a man of faith and have knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this.

MAYOR, POLICE OBJECT

Illinois prosecutors and police are not happy with the decision.

"We stand by the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our approval of charges," reads the statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called it "an unbelievable whitewash of justice. It’s immoral, unethical, wrong."

AUDIO: JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S ATTORNEY AT PRESS CONFERENCE

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ELISABETH HASSELBECK RESPONDS TO ROSIE O’DONNELL’S ‘CRUSH’

Elisabeth Hasselbeck was not flattered when Rosie O’Donnell admitted she had a crush on her former The View co-host. O’Donnell, 57, made the claims in a new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.

In it, O’Donnell claims that had "a little bit of a crush" on Hasselbeck, 41, and says there were "underlying lesbian tones on both parts." O’Donnell also calls out Hasselbeck’s time playing softball, saying: "There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren't at least a little bit gay."

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck says of the excerpt of the book in Variety: "I'll be very honest. I read it and I immediately started praying. Because I'm like, how am I going to handle this in my old self would be another split screen moment, but now I really feel like by God's grace I just started praying -- and I pray now the Holy Spirit gives me the words to articulate this -- but I think it can be addressed with both truth and grace." ( 0:19 OC: "….truth and grace.")

Hasselbeck calls it "disturbing" and "wrong" and adds that "whether you're a man or whether you're a woman, and you're objectifying women in the workplace, it's wrong."

The mother of three also objects to O’Donnell calling out her athletic skills as evidence of homosexuality: "I think her casting a stereotype on female athletes and what she said... that all female athletes are a little bit gay... I would say this directly to her, and I would say, 'That's an unfair stereotype and it seems selfish in a way and I think that it's untrue.'"

She continues: "I can handle that with the grace of God because I need grace and I need forgiveness. So Rosie, I think it was disturbing to read those things and it was offensive to me, but I forgive her. I totally forgive you, Rosie ... I really hope that we can be at peace and that we can both hold our beliefs in one hand and hold each other's hand in the other and still have a relationship that's at peace."

AUDIO: ELISABETH HASSELBECK ON ROSIE

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ANNA FARIS DISCUSSES DIVORCE SHAME, TOGETHERNESS AFTER CHRIS PRATT SPLIT

Anna Faris is opening up about her uncertainty regarding love and marriage. The 43-year-old has been divorced twice: first from Ben Indra in 2008, and then from Chris Pratt in 2018.

"I also think the ceremony of weddings puts so much pressure on a couple and you make this very public declaration and you spend, whatever, a year planning it and that's all you're focused on and then it's over and it's, like, December 26," she tells the Divorce Sucks! podcast, after revealing that she doesn't like to attend weddings and thinks "the only fun thing is, like, when somebody's creepy uncle is, like, kinda dancing."

Faris also opines that divorce is "embarrassing" and takes much longer to sort out than the actual wedding. She adds that she’s happy for Pratt’s upcoming wedding to Katherine Schwarzenegger and says he told her he’d be asking her to marry him.

"He was so sweet, as he always is, he called me like, ‘So, I’m going to ask Katherine to marry me. I just wanted to give you a heads up,’" Faris recalls. "And I was like, ‘That’s awesome!’ and I told him that I was an ordained minister."

She has moved on herself with Michael Barrett, but despite that, she and Pratt are still co-parenting their son Jack, 6, and they sound like they’re doing a great job of remaining friends.

"Our goal was to have group Thanksgiving dinners together and to be at that place. Do we do that sooner or later? Grudge holding is not something that Chris and I do," she says. "So, we wanted to make sure, of course, that Jack was happy, but that we were happy and supportive of each other and that we could have this fantasy idea of, do we all spend Christmas together? Do we all vacation together? How do we make sure that everybody that we love feels safe, and that we also respect the love we have for each other?"

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ARIANA GRANDE WINS BIG AT ‘KIDS CHOICE AWARDS’ AS ‘FULLER HOUSE’ CAST REFERENCES CHEATING SCANDAL

DJ Khaled hosted the 2019 Nickelodean Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday night, which broadcast live from USC’s Galen Center in L.A. The awards are voted on by fans and span a variety of categories, from movies to music social media.

Ariana Grande, who is currently on tour, shared a video thanking fans when she took home awards for best song ("thank u, next") and favorite female artist. Chris Pratt earned the dubious honor of being slimed live after taking home the award for favorite butt-kicker for his work in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Other winners included Avengers: Infinity War, Adam Sandler and Hotel Translvania 3, Fuller House, Incredibles 2, Shawn Mendes and Zendaya.

HIGHLIGHTS

Many celebs were in attendance, but Fuller House’s Lori Loughlin’s was notably absent. The 54-year-old is embroiled in a college admissions scandal and is not expected to return for the fifth season of Fuller House. (She is expected in federal court on April 3rd).

When Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber took to the stage to accept the award, they subtly referenced her saying a family "sticks together through the hard times."

Here’s what they said: Barber says: "Thank you for voting Fuller House as your Favorite Funny TV Show. You have been laughing alongside our family for four seasons and this family has a lot of heart." Bure adds: "And where there's a lot of heart, there's a lot of love. And a loving family sticks together no matter what. They stick together through the hard times, they support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other and they stand by their side no matter how tough it gets. And a loving family that also sticks together, also celebrates the really good times." Sweetin says: "This is one of those good times. You've stuck with us for 30 years and we love you all so much. We promise the fifth and final season is gonna be amazing."

Several celebs presented, including Jason Sudeikis, Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Joey King, Liza Koshy, Paris Berelc, Caleb McLaughlin, Kiernan Shipka, Ally Brooke, Josh Peck, Lilly Singh and David Dobrik, along with cast members from Disney's Aladdin (Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott), Shazam! (Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Isabela Moner and Eugenio Derbez).

Migos also performed a medley of their hits. The group, who were nominated for their first Kids' Choice Award in the category of favorite music group, were joined onstage by Grammy-winning record producer and songwriter DJ Mustard.

Nickelodeon favorites JoJo Siwa, Jace Norman and Riele Downs (Henry Danger), Ryan of Ryan ToysReview (Ryan’s Mystery Playdate), Scarlet Spencer and Dallas Dupree Young (Cousins for Life) and Owen Joyner, Daniella Perkins and Lilimar (Knight Squad) also appeared.

WINNERS:

Favorite Music Group: Maroon 5

Favorite Male Artist: Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist: Ariana Grande

Favorite Song: "Thank U, Next"

Favorite Breakout Artist: Billie Eilish

Favorite Collaboration: "No Brainer" (DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

Favorite Social Music Star: JoJo Siwa

Favorite Global Music Star: North America: Taylor Swift

Favorite Movie: Avengers: Infinity War

Favorite Movie Actor: Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I've Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress: Joey King (Shelly "Elle" Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Favorite Superhero: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker: Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Favorite Animated Movie: Incredibles 2

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie
Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie: Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Favorite Funny TV Show: Fuller House

Favorite Reality Show: America's Got Talent

Favorite TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen's Game of Games)

Favorite TV Judges: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America's Got Talent)

Favorite Male TV Star: Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Favorite Female TV Star: Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

Favorite Social Star: David Dobrik

Favorite Gamer: SSSniperWolf​​

AUDIO: FULLER HOUSE ACCEPTS KIDS CHOICE AWARD

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KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST SET UP YEEZY LEMONADE STAND

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a family day at the lemonade stand, with proceeds benefiting mental health. The famous duo set up a Yeezy lemonade stand with their three kids, North, Saint and Chicago, in their neighborhood to sell his new shoe line, the 700 V2 Boost, and raise money for mental health. They were reportedly inspired by Kanye and Adidas’ new plan to partner with families who create homemade Yeezy pop-up stands stocked with sneakers.

Kim spoke about their inspo and mission on Instagram Story: "In the continued spirit of bringing people and families together, the brand has selected unexpected locations for the stands to connect with communities throughout the country. All proceeds made via the stands will be donated directly to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness."

Kanye previously opened up about his mental health struggles, telling Jimmy Fallon in August: "The statement 'I hate being bipolar, it's awesome is not an opposite sentiment. It's not I hate being bipolar, it's awesome. It's actually, it drives more of how you really feel. It doesn't do the opposite thing. So I think it's important for us to have... open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being black, because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approached taking medication."

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