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Tina Fey and Nicki Minaj get “lit” in “Saturday Night Live” season finale promos

Rosalind O’Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) — Nicki Minaj is headed back to Saturday Night Live  tomorrow as the show’s season finale musical guest. The long-running sketch comedy series announced the rapper’s appearance back in April via Twitter.  

Three promos for the episode, starring Minaj and scheduled guest host and former SNL cast member and head writer Tina Fey have also been released. One shows Tina trying desperately to appear cool enough to use the word “lit,” and another has her trying to pitch a sketch to Nicki, which she rejects only to agree to turn it into a feature film.

This will be Nicki’s fifth time gracing the SNL stage to perform. She was a musical guest in 2011 and 2014 and made cameo appearances for Drake and The Weeknd’s sets in 2011 and 2015, respectively. 

She also announced the June 15 arrival of her forthcoming album, Queen, on the Met Gala red carpet in early May. Queen is Nicki’s follow-up to her disc The Pinkprint, which was released in 2014. 

Saturday Night Live begins airing at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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“13 Reasons Why” event canceled in wake of Santa Fe school shooting

Interscope Records(LOS ANGELES) — An event in Los Angeles to mark the season two premiere of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been canceled in the wake of Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

“Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today’s tragedy, we are cancelling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight,” reads a Netflix statement provided to ABC News.

13 Reasons Why centers on a high school student’s suicide, and the 13 cassette tape recordings she leaves behind for various former classmates, whom she blames in part for her decision to take her own life. The show has been both praised and criticized for the way in which it explores topics of teen suicide, bullying, sexual abuse and more.  Season two of the show just premiered Friday on Netflix.

Ten people were killed and ten wounded in the shooting late Friday morning in the Santa Fe shooting.  Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School, has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.

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Ahead of “American Idol” finale, Ryan Seacrest says votes are “tight” as judges offer advice

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — The American Idol two-night finale begins Sunday night, as Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe face off against each other for the crown.  Host Ryan Seacrest says right now, it’s hard to predict who’ll win because the voting is extremely close.

“I looked at the votes, it’s very tight,” Seacrest tells ABC Radio. “We haven’t really talked much about that. But during that last episode on Sunday, it was going back and forth between the finalists that had made it.”

But does Ryan think America picked the right final three?  He admits, “I was sad to see some of them leave, especially Michael J. Woodard. I loved him, a lot of people loved him…but they’ve picked three great contestants who have their own style, who deserve to be there…each of ’em wants to be the one that wins.”

O.K., so how can Gabby, Caleb and Maddie go about being the winner?  Judge Katy Perry tells ABC Radio, “In the top three, there are some people that are better at performance, some people are better at their artistic delivery, some people that are original tones. And so they just gotta know what their strong suits are and play those cards right.”

Luke Bryan agrees, saying that what the contestants need to do to win is “stick with what got ’em here.”  But while he believes America “might know what they’re already gonna do,” he still thinks the contestants have to “keep turning it up.”   

As previously reported, all three judges will perform on the finale, as will Bebe Rexha, Patti LaBelle, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Yolanda Adams, guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and Kermit the Frog.

The American Idol finale begins Sunday night at 8 p.m. and concludes Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Michael Jackson to have Detroit street named after him, two-hour ABC special coming May 24

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Believe it or not, next year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, and the tragic event is being examined in a two-hour ABC special airing Thursday, May 24.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson explores the late King of Pop’s life and legacy, via interviews with those who knew him, and never-before-seen footage of interviews MJ did with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. 

The show also will feature new interviews with Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, who taught Michael how to moonwalk; the MJ impersonator Navi, who served as the star’s decoy at public appearances; and Lisa Staub, a tour operator who was in front of MJ’s house the day he died.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs May 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, MJ is getting his own street in the Motor City.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the city will rename a stretch of Randolph Street in the theater district “Michael Jackson Avenue.”  A ceremony will be held June 15, as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival.  The surviving members of The Jackson 5 will also receive a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, and will play a headlining concert during the festival.

The honor comes nearly 50 years after The Jackson 5’s July 23, 1968, audition for Motown Records. They were initially turned down by label head Berry Gordy, but he reconsidered and signed them in early 1969.  The group remained on the label through 1975, scoring hits like “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.”

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“Deadpool” comic writer gives Ryan Reynolds props for bringing anti-hero to life

TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(NEW YORK) — While the original Deadpool was a gamble for 20th Century Fox, the modestly budgeted, R-rated 2016 movie became a smash, making more than $783 million in theaters worldwide.

Ryan Reynolds spent 11 years trying to do justice to the character, who was born on the pages of Marvel Comics in 1991. 

While writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld created Wade Wilson/Deadpool, writer Joe Kelly spent three years writing the books and shaping the character — as well as creating the first movie’s villain, Francis/Ajax, and Wade’s roommate/confidante, Blind Al. Kelly was thrilled to see his characters get the nod from Reynolds and company.

“It blew me away,” Kelly told ABC Radio. “And to see them articulated on the big screen it was really great — especially Al — and Leslie Uggams just slays it! Every scene she’s in is hilarious…[A]nd then to have that story — which we did sort of as an annual origin story for him — basically be the basis of the film, was really great.” 

“Ryan ultimately…championed Deadpool,” Kelly said. “You know, some of these projects, people are not sure what to do with them. Deadpool really is like big A,  capital A ‘anti-hero’…and…so even if they had wanted to do it, I don’t know that they would have known how.”

“And I think [Ryan] … had the foresight, you know and stuck with it, which is very, very cool,” Kelly says.  

Deadpool 2, which also stars Josh Brolin, Terry Crews and Zazie Beetz, is now in theaters.

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“The Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison on whether the royal wedding will be a Cinderella story or a royal bust

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — No one has more experience bringing couples together than the host of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison.

So, with the royal wedding coming up on Saturday, ABC Radio asked Chris if he thinks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will last, and he’s laying pretty good odds they will.

“I think they have to last. They’re contractually obligated to. That’s it man, you’re done,” he says.

And what if the couple should hit a rough patch?

“The good news is they have castles to go to,” says Harrison. “So it’s like, ‘Look, I don’t like you anymore — you go to that castle, I’ll go to the one out west.'”

Chris wishes nothing but the best for Harry and Meghan, but he’s still kind of bummed about not making the guest list.

“You know, you talk about Emmy snubs and Oscars snubs, this would probably go down as the biggest snub in history — I’m not officiating the most dramatic wedding ever,” he jokes.  

The new season of The Bachelorette premieres May 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Zazie Beetz reveals she fainted during a “Deadpool 2” fight scene, praises Ryan Reynolds’ comedic timing

TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.(NEW YORK) — Atlanta star Zazie Beetz took on a different type of role as Domino, a superhero with the power of luck, in Marvel’s Deadpool 2.

Beetz admits the physicality of the role was a new undertaking that really tested her abilities and her psychical limits.

“They really just want me to be able to be strong enough to pull off all the physical activity — which is a lot,” Beetz tells ABC Radio. “Like there is one scene where Josh [Brolin] and I were fighting and I literally — in the middle of the scene — I’m passed out.”

In the film, Brolin plays Cable, a time travelling cybernetic mutant soldier, who is set on changing the future. Beetz teams up with Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, to stop him.

She continues, “I think I was just like overheated dehydrated — or maybe I was over exhausted. But… It’s a lot of physical work. It was intense. But, it was also cool to find out what your body can do.”

While the physical nature of her character was a definite challenge that she overcame with training, Beetz admits that unlike her Deadpool 2 co-star, she had to work on her comedic timing.

“Ryan is actually a really, really good improviser,” she says. “His humor is… just naturally so Deadpool. But, comedy, on the other hand, [is] relatively almost tedious.”

According to Zazie, great comedy revolves around its timing.

“You have to sort of hit certain beats. Especially if you’re filming it,” she explains. “You have to get certain shots and it has to follow a certain rhythm that is worked out.”  

Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin and Terry Crews, hits theaters today.

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Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria welcome baby number four

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria welcomed their fourth child, a baby boy, on Thursday.

The fitness guru shared the news on her Instagram page writing, “He’s here! He’s perfect! 8lbs 2oz #wegotthis2018,” alongside a shot of the proud parents smiling down at the baby as she held him in her arms.

Before heading to the hospital on Thursday, Hilaria shared a photo of herself dressed in sweats and slippers, captioned, “Earlier this morning…wish me luck. Bye bye baby bump.”

The baby, whose name has not yet been revealed, joins 4-year-old sister Carmen, 4 and brothers Rafael, 2, and Leonardo, 1.

Alec also a 22-year-old daughter, Ireland, with ex-wife Kim Bassinger.

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MTV’s “Catfish” pauses production after host Nev Schulman is accused of sexual harassment

MTV(LOS ANGELES) — MTV suspended production Thursday of the seventh season of Catflish: The TV Show and launched an investigation after its host and executive producer Nev Schulman was accused of sexual harassment, The Daily Beast reports

“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation, and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”

Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the show in 2015, posted a video on YouTube, claiming Schulman made unwanted sexual advances towards her during the filming of her episode. Morgan, an out-lesbian, claims Schulman questioned her sexuality repeatedly.

“He goes ‘so I don’t think you’re a lesbian.’ I was like, ‘Oh why do you feel that way?'” Morgan says in the video. “And he was just like, ‘Because I just feel like you haven’t met the right guy yet. Do you think I’m attractive? Have you ever had sex with a guy?'”

Morgan replied “no,” and Schulman allegedly said, “Well I think you should try it, I have a big d***, I would tear your a** up.”

Schulman denies the claims in a statement. 

“The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth,” Schulman said. “I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.”

Schulman — who is married to Laura Perlongo with a 17-month-old baby — also hosts a web-series with ATTN:, which has also been suspended.

Catflish: The TV Show helps people track down their online love interests to find out their true identities.

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“Deadpool 2” leads this week’s new releases

20th Century Fox / Marvel(LOS ANGELES) — The following movies open nationwide on Friday:

Deadpool 2 — Ryan Reynolds returns as foul-mouthed, wisecracking Wade Wilson — a.k.a. Deadpool — in the sequel to the breakout 2016 film. This time, the mutant mercenary teams with a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a boy from the all-powerful Cable — played by Josh Brolin. Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy also star. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS UNCENSORED PROFANITY)

Show Dogs — Chris “Ludacris” Bridges provides the voice of Max, a rottweiler police dog, who along with his human partner — played by Will Arnett — infiltrates a dog show to stop a crime. Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O’Neal and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated PG.

* Book Club — Four lifelong friends — played by Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — are forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club. Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone and Richard Dreyfus. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

On Chesil Beach — Saoirse Roanan stars in this drama based on Ian McEwan’s 2007 novel about a young couple in 1962 England (played by Ronan and Billy Howle) whose fear of intimate relations destroys their marriage. Emily Watson also stars. Rated R.

First Reformed — Paul Schrader’s latest thriller stars Ethan Hawke as a small-town pastor struggling with the death of his son. His beliefs are further challenged by a woman — played by Amanda Seyfried — seeking counseling for her radical environmentalist husband. Also starring Cedric Kyles. Rated R.

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