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Conway: White House Spokesman Gave 'Alternative Facts' on Inauguration Crowd
Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave 'alternative facts' when he falsely claimed the president drew the 'largest audience' ever for his inauguration. Spicer...

Trump Is Biggest Threat Yet to Rights: Roe v. Wade Attorney
On the 44th anniversary of the landmark abortion rights decision, Sarah Weddington feels like her life's work is more at risk than it's ever been.

'Despicable': Ex-CIA Boss Rips Trump Speech at Memorial
Trump's visit was seen as a way to mend fences, but was criticized for a speech seen as lacking respect for the CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes.

'We Will Not Go Away!': Millions of Women March Worldwide
About 600 "sister marches" were held across the country and the world to coincide with the Women's March on Washington.

President Trump: Scenes from the Inauguration
Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday.

'SNL' Says Goodbye to President Obama With a Song
Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata belted one out for Obama.

Severe Storms Batter Georgia: 11 Dead, 23 Injured
At least 11 people are dead and 23 injured after severe storms struck Georgia, emergency officials said early Sunday.

Trump Press Secretary Slams Media, Disputes Crowd Size
Sean Spicer also said "we will hold the press accountable" and disputed reports of crowd size, but photos suggested it was smaller than in 2009.

This Country Jumped Straight Past the Email Era
Only three years ago, accessing reliable internet in Myanmar's largest city involved trekking to a hotel that was rumored to be a hotbed of spies.

On Day One, Trump Opponent Goes Underground
Rep. Barbara Lee, who boycotted Trump's Inauguration, spent inauguration day preparing to battle the Trump administration.

Meet the Trumps: A New and Unconventional First Family
Melania Trump is trading her semi-private life for the very public spotlight, becoming just the second First Lady of the United States to be born overseas. Meet the...

Meet Scooter, the Calf that Lay Down With the Lambs
He was injured shortly after birth and has been hanging with the baby sheep ever since.

Not a Single Arrest in Massive D.C. Women's March
Not a single arrest was made as hundreds of thousands marched in the nation's capital, some in opposition to President Donald Trump.

Attack on Transgender Woman Caught on Facebook Live
A transgender woman is speaking out after police say she was attacked by a man during an incident that was recorded and posted on Facebook Live.

Brash, Humorous Signs Raised High at Women's March
Signs at the Women's March on Washington ran the spectrum from crass to puzzling to humorous.

Why El Chapo's Extradition Surprised U.S. Officials
Justice Department officials scrambled to respond to Mexico's last-minute action sending El Chapo to the United States for trial.

Analysis: Trump Promises a Presidency Like No Other
Trump promised to tear down the establishment as a candidate, and that was the same message he repeated with vigor in his first speech as president.

Left in the Lurch: Democrats' Curious Decline
When President-elect Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama on Friday, the Democratic Party will find itself more removed from power than at almost any point since the party's creation. The Democratic coalition - young, multiethnic, educated and urban...


Entertainment News

'A DOG'S PURPOSE' PRODUCER AND STARS REACT TO DOG 'ABUSE' VIDEO
Gavin Polone, the producer of the upcoming A Dog's Purpose, was horrified by a video from the film's set showing a German Shepherd being forced to film a water scene.

"I'm horrified by this..It was someone's job to watch out for this kind of thing. Why didn't they?" he said yesterday.

  • Josh Gad, who lent his voice for the movie, took to Twitter to tell his followers that although he wasn't on set while the movie was being filmed, he was "shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will."
  • PETA has released a statement urging moviegoers to boycott the film, along with "any other movies that use live animals."
  • The American Humane Association also addressed the video, saying that their representative who was on set during production has been placed on "administrative leave."

AMBER ROSE DENIES LAUGHING AT SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ON INSTAGRAM
On Wednesday, Amber Rose took callers during an Instagram Live video, but ended one conversation after the woman appeared to joke about being a molestation victim.

Haters quickly twisted the situation and accused Rose of being rude to an actual sexual assault victim, prompting her to post a response yesterday.

  • "A woman called in and said that she was molested by her uncle when she was 5 years old at the same time laughing with her friend in the background. She obviously wanted A moment on our IG live that’s why I said 'That’s too much' and hung up on her," Rose explained.
  • "It’s disappointing that you can devote your life into helping people every single day and one misunderstanding everybody turns their back on you."
  • She concluded: "Ask yourself what are YOU doing for Women’s Rights?"


ESPN COMMENTATOR SAYS VENUS WILLIAMS PUT THE 'GORILLA EFFECT' ON OPPONENT
Twitter reacted earlier this week when ESPN commentator Doug Adler said that Venus Williams put the "gorilla effect" on her opponent Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. He said, "She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her. You see Venus move in and put the gorilla effect on. Charging."

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JANE LYNCH CAST AS JANET RENO IN MINISERIES ABOUT THE UNABOMBER
Jane Lynch has been tapped to portray former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the upcoming Discovery Channel miniseries about the Unabomber -- called Manifesto -- the network announced on Thursday.

The series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) used his own outside-the-box approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), one of the most infamous criminals in the world at the time.

  • Manifesto is scheduled to debut on Discovery later in the year. Confirmed in March of 1993 after a nomination from President Clinton, Reno, then 57, became the first woman to hold the position of attorney general.
  • During her tenure, which ended in 2001, the Department of Justice oversaw the hunt for Kaczynski and his eventual arrest.

JUDGE REINHOLD PLEADS NO CONTEST IN DALLAS AIRPORT TSA DISPUTE
Judge Reinhold has pleaded no contest on Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges over an airport security dispute at Dallas Love Field.

The charge will be eventually be dropped if the 59-year-old actor stays out of trouble for the next 90 days.

  • Authorities say Reinhold was arrested on December 8th after refusing a Transportation Security Administration screening. The star of Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Beverly Hills Cop says he walked through a scanner but wouldn't let agents check his backpack, which contained DVDs and CDs.
  • Reinhold later cited an adverse reaction to medication for a respiratory infection as contributing to his behavior.
  • He apologized after his December 9th release from jail and then apologized again in a statement on Wednesday supporting Dallas police.



NEW 'STAR TREK' SERIES ON CBS DELAYED AGAIN AS CASTING CONTINUES
Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed indefinitely while CBS gives the "ambitious project" more time to develop.

"We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast," the network said in a statement.

  • It was also confirmed that actor James Frain (Orphan Black, Gotham, Tron: Legacy) has been cast as Spock's father, Sarek, and that the series is set to begin production "next week."
  • The announcement is the most recent sign of trouble for the latest TV adaptation of the classic series.
  • Renowned showrunner Bryan Fuller left the project in October because he was too busy with his other obligations. CBS' decision to run the show exclusively on its $5.99-a-month All Access streaming service (rather than on live TV or on a general service like Hulu) has also sparked controversy.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP
CHRISSY TEIGEN FLAUNTS STRETCH MARKS: The supermodel mom Chrissy Teigen hit up Twitter after a few glasses of wine to show off her stretch marks and remind everyone why they love her so much. "Whatevs," she wrote, next to a snap of her stretch marks. "When I drink wine I say 'whatevs' and sober Chrissy doesn't like it," she added. LOL! Later, she clarified, writing: "I do not post stretchies for the praise. I post it because the wine also I like the pattern and they're so soft."

CHRIS EVANS PRANKS FANS WITH HELP OF A CAPTAIN AMERICA DOLL: Chris Evans channeled his Captain America character in help out a charity, surprising fans who had no idea what was in store for them. He collaborated with Omaze to raise funds for Christopher's Haven, kicking things off with a Captain America doll hooked up to a speaker in the middle of a Massachusetts comic bookstore. He was hiding out in a separate room, giving participants a series of objectives to get into the "Escape Room," where Evans was waiting to make the grand reveal to excited – and very surprised – fans.

ASHLEY GREENE, PAUL KHOURY PLANNING A LONG ENGAGEMENT: Ashley Greene is psyched to be engaged, but she is in no rush to get the aisle, the 29-year-old actress recently told E! News. Paul Khoury proposed in December, after receiving a few dos and don'ts on the ring, she tells E!: "I want to enjoy the engagement, and I feel like if tried to plan a wedding before the end of this year it would just get stressful. I just don't want it to be that at all. I'm just going to enjoy it, you know? I know it's coming, and then we'll enjoy be married and that whole bit. I think this year we really want to focus on our careers and kind of starting to build our life together." 2017 is working out to be a big year for Greene, who appears in the DirecTV series Rogue and has two movies, Accident Man and Antiquities, in the works.

CUBA GOODING JR. FILES FOR DIVORCE: Cuba Gooding, Jr. has filed for divorce from his wife Sara Gooding. The two have been separated since 2014, when Sara originally filed. Cuba finally responded to the separation with a petition of divorce. According to TMZ, he is requesting joint legal and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter.. He’s also offering spousal support for his longtime wife. Cuba only wants to split assets from before the time Sara filed for the initial separation. The two have been married for 20 years.

TAREK EL MOUSSA SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT DIVORCE: Several rumors have been swirling about the divorce of Christina and Tarek El Moussa, stars on HGTV's Flip or Flop. In Touch published several of the claims, writing that Tarek referred to Christina as a "whore" in addition to other disparaging rumors about both stars. Tarek saw the report and hit back on social media, writing: "No matter the lies, innuendo, salacious gossip and 'fake news' that is thrown at me from irresponsible media outlets via anonymous sources, I will keep my focus on what matters most, which is co-parenting our children and working hard on our business." The couple married in 2009, have two children together and have publicly stated that they intend to continue co-parenting and working together in a civil and friendly manner.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER DITCHES PCA PARTIES FOR DAUGHTER'S RECITAL: Divorce star Sarah Jessica Parker skipped out on celebrating her win for Favorite Premium Series Actress after the People's Choice Awards, telling E! That she had to jet back to NYC. Parker explains: "I'm running to catch an airplane right now. Literally I have two more seconds then I have to run home. I'm going back home to New York. My daughters have a piano concert tomorrow, so I have to be there for that." Parker is mother to Marion and Tabitha, both 8, and James, 15, with husband Matthew Broderick. Mamma mia!


INDUSTRY NEWS
AMAZON GREENLIGHTS NEIL GAIMON'S GOOD OMENS: Amazon Studios is giving the go-ahead to Good Omens, a comedy series based on Neil Gaimon's and Terry Pratchett's apocalyptic novel of the same name, featuring a neurotic angel and fast-living demon. The six-part series will be written by Gaimon and is set to debut in 2018; he will also serve as showrunner.

SCANDAL WEB SERIES GETS SIX-EPISODE GO-AHEAD: ABC's has set a six-episode web series Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, created and directed by Darby Stanchfield (who plays Abby in Scandal) that features promotions for all involved behind the scenes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. All six of the two to three minute webisodes debuted yesterday (January 19th) as a surprise for diehard fans. The gift is timely, coming a week before the delayed season six premiere. It features Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) as they are tasked with finding an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates. The series is available on ABC.com and on the ABC app.

POWER RANGERS REBOOT TRAILER ARRIVES: The trailer for the Power Rangers reboot, set to the Kanye West song "Power" has dropped. The clip features Bryan Cranston (who plays the Ranger mentor Zordon) telling the Rangers: "Power Rangers were a legion of warriors. You must become those warriors. You were born for this. This is your destiny. This is your time." The franchise update is directed by Dean Israelite and stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G and Ludi Lin as the central five Rangers, plus Bill Hader, Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The movie hits theaters March 24th.

CARLOS SLIM TO LAUNCH MEXICAN CHANNEL IN U.S.: Carlos Slim has announced plans to launch a U.S. channel targeting Mexican audiences. His company American Movil will back the channel, which has been dubbed Nuestra Visión, or "Our Vision."

CHRIS MILK TO LAUNCH PLANET OF THE APES VR EXPERIENCE FOR FOXNEXT: Wasting no time! A day after announcing FoxNext as a new division for virtual reality entertainment, 20th Century Fox announced a partnership with Chris Milk's VR startup Within. FoxNext will produce a slate of VR experiences, including featuring Planet of the Apes and working on an original VR film produced by Milk, Spike Jonez and Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures. The experiences will be available on the Within app when they are released later this year.








 

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