*The Grammy Awards will expand the number of nominations in the Record, Song, Album Of The Year, and Best New Artist categories from 5 to 8. The change takes effect immediately with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. The decision echoes an expansion undertaken by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 2009 when it doubled the number of Best Picture nominees for the Oscars from 5 to 10. The thinking behind that change was to possibly allow more blockbusters to be nominated in the top category and potentially broaden the Oscars' audience.
*Oncology Prom - Patients and staff at the Children's Hospital of Orange County were treated to a nice surprise as Selena Gomez, Jack Black and others showed up for the annual Oncology Prom. The hospital posted several pictures and video on social media of the transformed space, and the patients there enjoyed a night of good old-fashioned fun. The big event, which just celebrated its 17th year, is for teens who are cancer survivors or in treatment now.
Charter Communications Taps “L.A.’s Finest” To Be Its First Scripted Series - Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union are set to be “L.A.’s Finest.”
It’s the first scripted show from Charter Communications and is a “Bad Boys” spinoff. The drama was originally developed for NBC but they ended up passing. Charter will put the show on their Spectrum cable system and are actively looking for more content.
The show will premiere in 2019 with 13 episodes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
*Jeremy Irons has been cast in a lead role of HBO's Watchmen pilot, Variety reports. He joins Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and Louis Gossett Junior.
*Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are bringing back the private eye Spenser, who was played by Robert Urich on the '80s TV series. The first film in a potential series will be a Netflix adaptation of the Spenser novel Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland.
*Russell Crowe will play Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice in the Room, an eight-episode Showtime series about the rise of FOX News. This will be Crowe's first regular TV role. (EW)
*Sean Spicer is looking to become the next Oprah. The former White House Press Secretary will shoot a pilot for a TV talk show called Sean Spicer’s Common Ground in July. No network is yet attached to the show, which will see Spicer interview noteworthy people. (Variety)
*Robert De Niro, Kristen Bell and Tyler Perry are among the celebs who'll get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Also included in the Walk of Fame Class of 2019, which was announced on Monday, are Alan Arkin, Daniel Craig, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri and Terrence Howard. (Variety)
*Gloria Estefan will guest star on the third season of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, playing Mirtha, the “baby sister and arch-nemesis” of Lydia, played by Rita Moreno. Estefan performs the show's theme song.
*Pawn Stars cast member Richard Harrison has died. The 77-year-old had been suffering from Parkinson's. His son Rick Harrison wrote, "Today I lost a friend, a father, a teacher and so much more. The Old Man lost his long battle with Parkinson’s this morning. Love you Dad. See you on the other side." (USA Today)
NEW TO VIDEO
Just one new movie on video as we head into the summer.
- Taraji P. Henson headlines Acrimony, the latest from Tyler Perry. She plays a jilted wife who's finally had enough of her husband's devious ways.
There's not much more in the TV-to-video bin. Look for season one of Black Lightning, series two of The Heart Guy and part four of the classic Peyton Place.
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Antonio Sabato Jr.: The former actor and House candidate called Congresswoman Maxine Waters a "hustler of hate."
Joe Crowley: The fourth-ranking House Democrat was upset in Tuesday's election by Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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On this day in 1968, Elvis Presley taped his famous TV Comeback Special.
30 years ago today, heavyweight champ Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds.
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The “Long Island Medium” star is on Long Island but her husband Larry has moved to Santa Monica, California. The pair separated about nine months ago and he seems to have seriously moved on. He even has a girlfriend.
The couple had hoped to reconcile, but that is not happening. The word is straight from Larry himself. They’ve been in divorce proceedings for about six months and he’s not sure how long it will take.
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