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New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday issued a new order indefinitely banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country.

The new order is more far-reaching than the president’s original travel ban, imposing permanent restrictions on travel, rather than the 90-day suspension that Mr. Trump authorized soon after taking office. But officials said his new action was the result of a deliberative, rigorous examination of security risks that was designed to avoid the chaotic rollout of his first ban. And the addition of non-Muslim countries could address the legal attacks on earlier travel restrictions as discrimination based on religion.

Starting next month, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States, Mr. Trump said in a proclamation released Sunday night. Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela who seek to visit the United States will face restrictions or heightened scrutiny.

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Mr. Trump’s original travel ban caused turmoil at airports in January and set off a furious legal challenge to the president’s authority. It was followed in March by a revised ban, which expired on Sunday even as the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about its constitutionality on Oct. 10. The new order — Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are new to the list of affected countries and Sudan has been dropped — will take effect Oct. 18.

“As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people,” Mr. Trump said in the proclamation, which White House officials said had the same force as an executive order. He added that the restrictions will remain in effect until the governments of the affected nations “satisfactorily address the identified inadequacies.”

For Mr. Trump, whose efforts on health care, infrastructure improvements and tax reform are gaining little steam, the new order is a third attempt to make good on his campaign promise to respond to terrorist threats by tightening entry at the nation’s borders. In December 2015, he called for a complete ban on travel to the United States by Muslims “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” though he later denied that he had sought a religious test on travel.

Officials described the new order as a much more targeted effort than the president’s earlier one. Each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions, though in most cases citizens of the countries will be unable to emigrate to the United States permanently and most will be barred from coming to work, study or vacation in America.

Iran, for example, will still be able to send its citizens on student exchanges, though such visitors will be subject to enhanced screening. Certain government officials of Venezuela and their families will be barred from visiting the United States. Somalis will no longer be allowed to emigrate to the United States, but may visit with extra screening.

Administration officials said that the new rules would not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, and that visitors who currently hold valid visas from the countries listed will not have their visas revoked.

That means that students already in the United States can finish their studies and employees of businesses in the United States who are from the targeted countries may stay for as long as their existing visas remain valid. People whose visas expire will be subject to the travel ban, officials said.

People seeking access to the United States as refugees are not covered by the proclamation, officials said. Entry of refugees is currently limited by the president’s original travel ban, and officials said the administration was preparing new rules for refugees that should be announced within days.

Reaction to the president’s announcement was swift, as some critics of the original travel ban expressed similar concerns about the president’s latest effort to bar potential terrorists and criminals.

“Six of President Trump’s targeted countries are Muslim. The fact that Trump has added North Korea — with few visitors to the U.S. — and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn’t obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban,” said Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list,” Mr. Romero said.

But administration officials — who have long rejected the characterization of the president’s travel restrictions as a “Muslim ban,” — noted that the latest effort also applies to non-Muslim countries and was based on a rigorous evaluation of each country’s security capabilities.

One official who briefed reporters on Sunday evening insisted that the president’s travel restrictions were “never, ever, ever” based on race, religion or creed.

In a statement released by the White House, Mr. Trump defended the new proclamation, saying that “we cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country. My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation.”

The president’s announcement comes after the administration conducted what it described as an in-depth, worldwide, 90-day review of the security measures in place in other countries to prevent terrorists or criminals from entering the United States by applying to emigrate or to visit with a tourist, work or education visa.

Mr. Trump called for the review — and a temporary ban on travel from several majority-Muslim countries — just days after being inaugurated. But a fierce legal challenge to the travel ban delayed the security assessment until the summer.

Officials said last week that most nations already met new, minimum standards for identifying and screening potential travelers and sharing investigative information with law enforcement agencies in the United States. Some nations that initially fell short of those standards agreed to implement changes to avoid travel restrictions.

But several countries either failed to meet those standards or flatly refused, officials said. Homeland Security officials recommended to Mr. Trump in a report last week that he impose the new travel restrictions on the residents of those countries. The president’s 15-page proclamation accepted the recommendations, spelling them out in detail.

The proclamation imposes the most severe restrictions on Syria and North Korea, which Mr. Trump says fail to cooperate with the United States in any respect. All citizens from those countries will be denied visas to enter the United States once the proclamation goes into effect.

Most citizens of Chad, Libya and Yemen will be blocked from emigrating to or visiting the United States because the countries do not have the technical capability to identify and screen their travelers, and in many cases have terrorist networks in their countries, officials said.

Officials said Somalia did, barely, meet the security standards set by the United States, but will still be subject to a ban on emigration and heightened scrutiny for travel because it is a safe haven for terrorists. Officials said that Iran was uncooperative and would be subject to a broad travel ban, but Mr. Trump made an exception for student and exchange visas.

In Venezuela, Mr. Trump restricted only the travel of government officials and their families, writing in the proclamation that the ban was focused on that group because they were “responsible for the identified inadequacies” in sharing information about travelers.

Mr. Trump’s original travel ban prevented all travel from citizens of seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq was later removed from a second version of the travel ban in March after American officials said it had improved its ability to screen passengers and share information with the United States. In the new security review, Sudan was deemed to meet the security standards and was removed from the list of countries with travel restrictions.

Homeland Security officials had described the previous ban as a temporary pause on travel from certain countries to allow for the review of security measures.

By contrast, the new travel restrictions will be in place indefinitely, officials said. The United States will consider lifting the restrictions on those countries affected only if they meet the new minimum standards, they said.

The president’s announcement could have a dramatic impact on the legal challenge to the previous travel ban, which is under consideration by the Supreme Court after the administration appealed lower court rulings that said the ban was unconstitutional and a breach of Mr. Trump’s authority.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Oct. 10, but legal experts said that parts of the case could be moot because of the president’s decision to end that travel ban. Other parts of the case, including restrictions on refugees coming into the United States, were not affected by Sunday’s announcement.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said Sunday that the solicitor general would be submitting an update to the Supreme Court about the latest travel restrictions on Sunday evening. The spokeswoman said the administration would continue to defend the president’s “lawful authority to issue his executive order.”

But lawyers who filed challenges to the president’s previous travel ban left open the possibility that they would also challenge the new restrictions.

“This is an apparent effort to paper over the original sin of the Muslim ban, especially when just last week Trump said he wanted a ‘larger, tougher, more specific’ ban,” Mr. Romero said.

The original travel ban was met with angry denunciations from civil rights activists and others who said the president was violating the Constitution by specifically targeting Muslims. They also criticized Mr. Trump’s administration for abruptly imposing the ban, causing confusion at airports as visitors were turned away by border agents who had not been briefed on the new policy.

Administration officials said on Friday that the new policy was the result of months of deliberation that included the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the White House and other agencies involved in security and the border.

Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:37:40 +0000

Oops! Jeffrey Dean Morgan Just Let It Slip That Hilarie Burton Is Pregnant With a Girl

Oops! Jeffrey Dean Morgan Just Let It Slip That Hilarie Burton Is Pregnant With a Girl

Someone just let the cat out of the bag and that someone is definitely Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The Walking Dead actor, who is notoriously private, had quite the secret slip-up when he accidentally informed an entire crowd of people at the Supernatural convention in New Jersey earlier today that he and his lady love Hilarie Burton were expecting a baby girl. The duo have a 7-year-old son named Gus.

After his gaff today, the star threw the towel in and just fessed up ASAP. He took to his Instagram right after to out himself—before the rest of the world could. The not-so-smooth former Grey’s Anatomy star (RIP Denny) had a good attitude when he shared a fan photo showing the exact moment when he realized he’d messed up.

The 51-year-old wrote, “Whoever took this picture?? Caught a moment… thank you. We shall cherish…. I texted @hilarieburton right after I spilled the little girl beans…and, as usual…she was a rockstar. After all these years she’s come to expect me to be a dope… thank god she gets it, and loves me regardless.”

He may have made a mistake but he clearly made up for it in the sweetest of ways…

Last week at the 2017 Emmys, Morgan basically outed his wife/hard-core hinted at the fact that the quiet couple was having baby No. 2. The clearly excited actor couldn’t help but put his hands on his longtime love’s barely there baby bump while on the red carpet, which essentially let the world know there was a bun in the former One Tree Hill star’s oven.

After the Internet went crazy last Sunday night, a rep for Morgan confirmed the baby news on Monday morning. Today, Morgan needed no rep—only Instagram.

The two may not be a red carpet staple, but the under-the-radar twosome have been together since 2009. They secretly welcomed their son in March 2010.

The pair reportedly began dating in early 2009, shortly after The CW star split from assistant director Ian Prange

Congratulations to the expanding family!

Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:18:00 +0000

The Bachelor's Erica Rose Gets Engaged to Boyfriend at Daughter's 1st Birthday Party

Erica Rose Engagement

Courtesy Erica Rose

The Bachelor star Erica Rose has a lot to celebrate today!

E! News has exclusively learned that Erica got engaged today to her boyfriend, Charles, at the Houston Zoo during her daughter Holland‘s first birthday party.

The reality star told E! News, “We got engaged today at the zoo at my daughters first birthday! Charles proposed in front of all our friends and family asked Holland’s permission. He didn’t want to take attention away from Holland but wanted all of our family and friends to be there so he took me outside and did it, and then we came back in and did her birthday cake and put a baby diamond ring on there for her.”

Erica continued, “He is so amazing with Holland and it meant so much to me that he asked her permission to marry me too and presented her with her own tiny diamond ring.”

Erica’s ring, on the other hand, was anything but tiny. The mom got gifted quite the pear-shaped diamond sparkler from her main man.

Erica Rose Engagement

Courtesy Erica Rose

Just an FYI: Charles is not Holland’s biological father. Holland’s dad is Galen Gentry, a lawyer whom Erica is no longer with.

Of her former relationship, Erica said, “Holland and I moved back to Houston in November and Galen is still in the picture as her father but we are no longer together.”

As for how long the newly engaged couple have been in each other’s lives, Erica said, “Charles and I have known each other since high school, he moved back to Houston from Miami around the same time [as I did]. We ran into each other at one of our family’s charity events for a Kentucky derby party and we literally have been inseparable since.”

The happy lady said things have been out of this world since date No. 1.

She said, “After our first date we never spent a night apart. It feels so good to find true love, especially with someone I’ve known half my life but never thought about that way.”

The ABC star rose to fame after competing for Prince Lorenzo Borghese‘s heart during The Bachelor‘s ninth season in 2006. She was sent home in the third week. She later appeared on two seasons of Bachelor Pad’s second and third seasons in 2011 and 2012, as well as Vh1’s reality series You’re Cut Off!.

Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:51:00 +0000

Star Trek: Discovery Boldly Goes Where No Trek Has Gone Before, Thanks to Sonequa Martin-Green

Star Trek: Discovery Boldly Goes Where No Trek Has Gone Before, Thanks to Sonequa Martin-Green

Space is the final frontier for TV once again—and it’s a good thing CBS decided to go back there with Star Trek: Discovery.

The new CBS All Access streaming series, which debuted on CBS proper on Sunday, Sept. 24 is worth your time. Yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s not like the other Star Trek shows, so that could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. The success of the series rests solely on the shoulders of Sonequa Martin-Green. She’s more than capable of handling the load.

As Michael Burnham, Martin-Green is the franchise’s first woman of color lead. Of course there are pressures that come along with that, but she’s ready. She’s more than ready. Martin-Green’s portrayal of the human raised by Vulcan character is key to the show’s success. She is the window into this world of Klingons, Vulcans, phasers and other world travel. You don’t have to be a Star Trek expert to know the difference between a Vulcan and a human—it’s explained in the show—and the emotional conflict between the two ideologies in Michael Burnham is perhaps the most interesting part of the series, and presents a fascinating window into the world of Star Trek: Discovery.

The wonder in Martin-Green’s character’s eye as she explores space mirrors the viewer’s experience. Not only are Star Trek: Discovery‘s special effects visually stunning, but the inclusivity of its casting is pleasing as well, especially on something put out by CBS, which is raised more than a few eyebrows with the diversity (lack thereof) on TV. The supporting cast is far more than window dressing. You will want—no, yearn for more of Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou and her interactions with Martin-Green’s character by the time the first hour is over. These two should and will have the same effect Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman had on young girls. Here are two capable, smart women leading the charge in (fake) space, heroes to be looked up to.

And then there’s Doug Jones‘ Lt. Saru who is an instant fan-favorite and Mary Wiseman‘s Cadet Tilly, a breath of fresh air amidst the very serious Starfleet drama. Some of the dialogue and characters introduced in the third episode were wooden and a tad over the top, but the show seemed to be very much in world building mode and there’s still time for that to be corrected. At the end of the day, the interpersonal dynamics between the characters are just as interesting as the space travel and aliens.

The stakes are high in Star Trek: Discovery, specifically the first two episodes. The introductory two hours are a wild ride with a fair amount of action and breathtaking visuals that is best consumed together.  It’s a slow build to a world that fans are both familiar and unfamiliar with. Loyal Trekkies will be rewarded with references, but this isn’t overtly a fan-service series. There’s a balance that’s struck almost expertly.

The third episode sees a shift in dynamics again, which made it feel a little off compared to the first two, but regardless, the mysteries laid out and the characters viewers get to spend time with make it easy to come back on a weekly basis.

Bottom line: If you thrive on character interactions, have an appreciation for science fiction and are fine with reading Klingon subtitles, you’ll like Star Trek: Discovery. Oh, and you can sure as hell expect the theme song to be a contender for the 2018 Emmys.

Star Trek: Discovery also stars Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, James Frain, Chris Obi, Mary Chieffo, Rainn Wilson, Kenneth Mitchell, Rekha Sharma, Wilson Cruz and Maulik Pancholy.

New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery drop Sundays on CBS All Access.

Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:30:00 +0000

Teen Wolf Series Finale: Who Lived, Who Died, and How Did it All End?

Regardless of how much we don’t want to believe it, Teen Wolf is officially over.

The gang conquered the inugitae (which is a word we still don’t know how to spell). Gerard (Michael Hogan) got what was coming to him (in a hopefully deadly fight with his daughter, Kate (Jill Wagner)). Monroe (Sibongile Mlambo) was sent packing, and everyone managed to survive without too much damage (at least any lasting damage that they couldn’t heal from).

It was both an ending and a new beginning, as the best series finales usually are, and it was beautiful. We got creator Jeff Davis on the phone to answer some of our questions (and also to kind of just listen to us as we talked at him about our finale thoughts and feelings), but we’ve also got to talk about all of the incredible moments that finale gave us, so here we go:

The Return of Stiles and Derek

Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Derek’s (Tyler Hoechlin) return wasn’t new news since that has been in previews since before the season started, but that didn’t make it any less delightful. It turns out that after Stiles discovered that Derek was on the FBI most wanted list, he weaseled his way onto the op that was supposed to take him out and managed to save him, though there were some arguments over who really saved who (the truth: Derek had to carry Stiles out after his toe got shot). They showed up in Beacon Hills just in time to help with the cliffhanger fight from last week’s episode, but there was no time to save Deucalion (Gideon Emery). RIP Deucalion.

There was, however, time for a glorious reunion when Stiles and Lydia (Holland Roden) rescued Jackson (Colton Haynes) from where Monroe was keeping him. (Though he didn’t really need a ton of help thanks to the fact that he still has his kanima tale.) While Stiles felt threatened for a moment, Jackson quickly informed them that he was with Ethan (Charlie Carver), Ethan was in danger, and they needed to find Ethan. There was a lot of repeating of “You and Ethan?” on Stiles’ part, but Lydia’s reaction was, “Oh my god, I thought you’d never figure it out.”

Then, towards the end of the hour, Stiles got to save the day by basically bombing the inugitae with mountain ash and destroying it. It was very good.

“There were three things that were important in the finale [for Stiles],” Davis told us. “One was that he have a funny scene with Derek, one was that he have a really awkward reunion with Lydia and Jackson…and the last one was that he had a really heroic moment, which was bursting in with the mountain ash. So I’m glad we got all those moments in, but one thing I really wanted to make sure that we didn’t do was overshadow Scott’s story. 6A was really a story about Stiles and about the memory of Stiles and about the character Stiles, and with the finale, with 6B, we sat down, me and the writers, and I said, we’re not going to have Dylan O’Brien for this season, so let’s return our focus to the teen wolf, Scott McCall. And really make sure that we give him his ending.”

The Torture of Scott McCall

And Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) truly did get one hell of an ending. The inugitae forced him to face a few of his former foes, tormenting him about Allison (Crystal Reed) and even turning into Nogitsune Stiles for a few brilliant moments, but Scott overcame it all. 

“I actually didn’t realize that was going to happen until a little later in the season when I was brainstorming how this thing could end,” Davis says of that moment. “But we sort of did try to do it organically, which was this thing, this creature, the inugitae(?) gets in your head, and it knows your fears, and those were all the things Scott’s experienced, so it was a good way to bring things back and make things feel full circle and tip our hat, give a nod to the past season villains.”

Scott was also shot with a wolfsbane bullet, which he had to burn out of his chest, and then he had to horrifically claw out his own eyes in order to keep the inugitae from turning him into stone.

“You gotta make it an epic fight,” Davis explained in a way that was a little too casual for the fact that he made his main character claw his eyes out. “You gotta make your main character bleed before he can win, so you have to have a moment of all hope is lost. It’s all in the storytelling.”

While Scott struggled to heal at first, some encouragement from Stiles and some lip-related encouragement from Malia (Shelley Hennig) brought his eyes back, and their fight was over. Nearly every single character had a moment of complete badassery, including the coach (Orny Adams), who showed up at just the right time to save Jackson and Ethan from a would-be assassin.

Davis says he’s particularly fond of Stilinski’s (Linden Ashby) fight scene in the hallway of Eichen, as he took back his role of Sheriff, but one of his favorite moments of the finale was a little shoutout to season two.

“I was very happy to be able to have Gerard say ‘mountain ash’ again,” he says, referring to the déjà vu-inducing moment when Gerard realized what was going on and shout-whispered his most famous line from the second season. “I was very specific about it. I told the director, this time, he has to whisper it. It was fun.”

The End

In the end, Teen Wolf didn’t really end. The show “ended” by basically saying, “the fight goes on.” A flash forward showed Scott and Argent (JR Bourne) teaming up some time in the near future to track down other young teen werewolves who are being hunted down by Monroe’s followers, and welcoming them into Scott’s pack with help from all of his friends.

“That was a real conscious decision,” Davis says. “It’s a battle between what kind of series finale do you want to do—the one where you kill half the cast and you say this is it, it’s over, it’s done, there’s no more to be said, or the one where you say the adventure continues? And I always felt like the latter was more in the style of the show.”

As for why no one (other than hopefully Gerard and a few other hunters) met their ends tonight, Davis says, “I didn’t want to see all my favorite characters die.”

“There’s a real urge to blow things up on a final episode,” he says. “Remember the Little House on the Prairie episode where they did actually blow up all the sets, because they had to get rid of them? I had this idea of this last scene where Scott has gathered once again with his friends to go off and face another adventure, and when I look at it, it sort of hurts me that Allison isn’t there with them, although she is in spirit. So I think it was more in the vein of our show to not kill off so many characters.”

That flashforward partly came from Posey, who pitched the opening scene of the finale.

“He had this whole idea of Scott and Argent off in the future as a team, and I said to him, you know what, I’m going to use your opening,” Davis tells us. “He even said, he pitched it as it starts with me in a hotel room, and I wake up, and Argent’s at the door, and we go off to do this thing together. And I said, I’m doing it, and he was really excited. And I think it actually fit quite perfectly.”

But the actual end of the show is something Davis has had in his head for several years now.

“The idea of Scott finding this other young werewolf in the future and saying those same words to him, you’re not a monster, you’re a werewolf like me, and using that as sort of a bookend, I’d had that a while ago. I think I pitched that at the end of season four to the writers as the possible end of the show,” he says. “I think I was pretty happy with the way it ends, because that new character, the character of alex played by Ben Wasdworth, sort of represents the audience. Scott is saying to us, if you’re different, if you’re an outsider, if you’re like us, you can be one of us so long as you fight.”

Davis says the biggest challenge of the finale was “trying to keep it under 60 pages of script.”

“The hard thing is really trying to give each character their moment. Some get sacrificed in place of others, you know. My one regret of the finale is not being able to give Deaton a storyline. But with the actors’ availability, scheduling conflicts with the Walking Dead, and also the time limit of the show, it wasn’t possible. So you take these sacrifices and you try to make the best finale possible.”

In fact, most questions about why something didn’t happen in the finale can be answered with two words: scheduling conflicts. This particularly applies to Dylan O’Brien, who was dealing with recovering from being injured on the set of a Maze Runner installment and also starting to film American Assassin, all while also trying to find time to come back for the final season of Teen Wolf.

“Everything has to do with scheduling, to be honest. Dylan was shooting [American Assassin], it was getting him back in time,” he says, though he did joke that there was a “five-minute Stydia sex scene that we just didn’t have time for… I’m sure they’ll rip me apart online.”

Looking Back

While there are discussions (and just discussions, according to Davis) of a reboot at MTV, for now, this is it, and Davis is proud of the show he gave us and what he was able to give to the people who helped make the show.

“I’m most proud of the fact that the show has meant so much to so many people, not just the fans, but the people who have worked on it,” he says. “I’ve helped people become directors, I’ve helped them become writers, that’s a great responsibility to be given. To be able to help other people get where they want to go in their careers, that’s a really nice gift. And the fact that it’s meant so much to both crew, cast, and fans, that makes me proud. And the fact that people loved working on it. They loved coming back every day.”

Davis is also happy he was able to “write and show the kind of friendships that I wish I’d had as a teenager, and to write a story where friends will do anything for each other and risk their lives for each other.”

“I think there aren’t that many stories like that these days,” he says. “It’s always been a show about two best friends who went out to search for a body in the woods.”

Teen Wolf aired on MTV. 

Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:11:00 +0000

Jordana Brewster Says She Wants Michelle Rodriguez to Stay in Fast and Furious Franchise

Jordana Brewster Says She Wants Michelle Rodriguez to Stay in Fast and Furious Franchise

Jordana Brewster, EMA Awards

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Galpals stick together!

Fast and Furious franchise star Jordana Brewster caught up with E! News at the 27th Annual Environmental Media Association Awards, hosted by Jaden Smith, at Barker Hanger on Saturday night.

While at the EMAs, Brewster said that the environment “is one of the most important causes.” The 37-year-old, who donned a floral wrap dress, added, “I don’t see taking care of the environment as a luxury anymore, it’s essential and I think everyone is waking up to that now.”

Additionally, the Lethal Weapon star dished about what was coming up for her fast-moving and wildly popular film franchise—and admitted that she wanted her longtime co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who threatened to walk away from the franchise over the summer, to come back.

In June, Rodriguez took to Instagram to speak up about the franchise’s treatment of women and admitted she may not come back.

The outspoken star wrote, “F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”

In response to Rodriguez’s controversial comments, Brewster told E! News last night, “I don’t feel like I can speak for her, I adore her and I adore the franchise.”

The loyal pal did admit she wants her longtime co-star to continue on her role as bad-ass babe Letty, Brewster said, “I just hope she stays in it because I love Letty, and I love Michelle.”

Additionally, when asked about the possible spin-off, Brewster said, “I thought there was a spin-off happening with… I think if the franchise is successful then there can be spin-offs, that’d be great! So that’s how I feel about it.”

In April, rumors started swirling that Universal was hoping to do a spin-off that would focus on the characters originated by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious.

As for the OG franchise, Fast & the Furious9 and 10 have already been confirmed—the first of which is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019, and the second on April 2, 2021.

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:05:00 +0000

Watch Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and More Join Dave Matthews Band for A Concert For Charlottesville

They’re a band on a mission!

In response to the recent tragic events in their hometown of Charlottesville, Dave Matthews Band is hosting an evening of music and unity at University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium in Virginia today.

Check out Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant as they join DMB for the charity event. Chris Martin also stopped by for a surprise perform during the concert.

The whole concert, which is directed by Brett Ratner, is free to residents of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia communities. Attendees are being encouraged to donate to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Fans can watch the livestream, produced by Oath, here and can also tune into musicandunitytumblr

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Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:22:00 +0000

Mindy Kaling Says She's Going to Be a “Dorky Mom”

Mindy Kaling Says She's Going to Be a “Dorky Mom”

Mindy Kaling is opening up about becoming a mom.

In an extended clip from Willie Geist‘s interview with Kaling, the Mindy Project actress talks about becoming a mom and how she feels “anxious” about the experience. “Do you think you’re gonna be the fun mom?” Geist asks Kaling. “Because I think that’s the expectation.”

Kaling tells Geist that she’s “really happy that that’s what I project,” but right now she just feels “so anxious.”

She then added, “I’d like to be the fun mom, I know I’m gonna be the dorky mom. So if I can be kind of fun too, I think that would be nice.”

Last month, a sneak peek of Kaling’s interview with Geist was released in which she talked about the idea of becoming a mom for the first time.

“It’s so unknown to me,” Kaling said. “I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I’m like, ‘OK, it’s out of my hands,’ which is kind of a fun feeling.”

Back in July, E! News exclusively confirmed that Kaling is expecting her first child. Then in early September, Kaling’s Mindy Project co-stars revealed she is having a baby girl.

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:24:00 +0000

Kylie Jenner Posts First Photos of Herself Since Pregnancy Reports Surfaced

mornings 🙂

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Kylie Jenner is back on social media after pregnancy reports surfaced Friday.

The 20-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star posted a photo Sunday of herself with her friends, all wearing matching white robes. “Mornings,” Jenner captioned the pic, her first post on Instagram since before the pregnancy speculation began last week.

Jenner also just shared a second post to Instagram, from her BFF Jordyn Woods‘ 20th birthday celebration on Friday at Malibu Wines Safaris, in which she reveals part of her stomach.

On Saturday night, Jenner was spotted in Las Vegas attending the iHeartRadio Music Festival where her boyfriend Travis Scott performed. “This is how u close out @iheartradio weekend with the biggest record of the year with @djkhaled @ddlovato @chancetherapper @travisscott @quavohuncho and my sis @kyliejenner happy bday @jordynwoods shout out to @swaelee #unforgettableboys,” French Montana captioned a video post showing Jenner at the event.

Before reuniting with Jenner on Saturday, Scott was in Miami for a performance at LIV at the Fontainebleau.

While both Jenner and Scott have yet to comment on the pregnancy reports, French Montana reacted to the speculation during an exclusive interview with E! News on Friday during the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

When asked if he had heard from her since the reports surfaced, French said he hadn’t but “if she is pregnant and that’s true, I’m gonna be bringing my gift.” Montana continued, “Much blessings to her that’s like my little sister. Shout out to the whole family.”

He added, “That’s a blessing man. Having a baby is a blessing.”

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0000

These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

The Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.

content=”The Department of Homeland Security told told election officials</a>&nbsp;in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.” data-reactid=”16″>The Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.

DHS contacted officials in all 50 states to tell them whether they had been targeted. The department declined to publicly name the 21 states hackers tried to breach.

content=”But HuffPost and The Associated Press</a> contacted election officials across the country and identified those states. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.” data-reactid=”18″>But HuffPost and The Associated Press contacted election officials across the country and identified those states. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Election officials in most of those states were quick to note the hackers were unsuccessful. In some states, the suspicious activity amounted merely to seeing if there was a vulnerability in the system. Only Illinois said hackers had successfully accessed voter information, according to AP. DHS has said there’s no evidence any votes, anywhere in the country, were changed by the attempted intrusions.

DHS told California “Russian cyber actors” scanned the state’s internet-facing systems in 2016, but there was “no evidence that any systems were penetrated or compromised in any way,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) said in a statement. “Scanning is an unauthorized attempt to identify weaknesses in a computer or network ― akin to a burglar looking for unlocked doors in a house,” Padilla added.

content=”DHS contacted the state officials after the agency was criticized for not doing enough to help states bolster election system cybersecurity defenses. A top DHS official told Congress over the summer that 21 states had been targeted last year</a>, but the department didn’t name the states or tell state election officials whether their systems were hit.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”21″>DHS contacted the state officials after the agency was criticized for not doing enough to help states bolster election system cybersecurity defenses. A top DHS official told Congress over the summer that 21 states had been targeted last year, but the department didn’t name the states or tell state election officials whether their systems were hit. 

“It’s unacceptable that it took almost a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted, but I’m relieved that DHS has acted upon our numerous requests and is finally informing the top elections officials in all 21 affected states that Russian hackers tried to breach their systems in the run up to the 2016 election,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

DHS spokesman Scott McConnell said in a statement the agency was refining its process for sharing information with state officials.

“DHS does not publicly disclose cybersecurity information shared between the department and its partners,” McConnell said. “When we become aware of a potential victim, DHS notifies the owner or operator of the system, who in this case may not necessarily be the Secretary of State’s office. However, recognizing that state and local officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure, we are working with them to refine our processes for sharing this information while protecting the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners.”

Donald Trump</a> and the White House have sought to downplay. Trump has acknowledged Russia was “probably” behind election hacking. U.S. intelligence agencies are certain of Russia’s involvement.” data-reactid=”25″>The disclosures to states comes amid continued probes into Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, which President Donald Trump and the White House have sought to downplay. Trump has acknowledged Russia was “probably” behind election hacking. U.S. intelligence agencies are certain of Russia’s involvement.

“No, Russia did not help me, that I can tell you, OK?,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Friday.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Published at Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:00:34 +0000

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and More NFL Stars Respond to Donald Trump's National Anthem Tweets

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and More NFL Stars Respond to Donald Trump's National Anthem Tweets

The NFL is making a statement in response to Donald Trump.

On Saturday, after tweeting the Warriors’ invitation to the White House has been withdrawn, Trump tweeted about sports teams standing up during the national anthem. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…….our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

In response to Trump, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” the statement read (via USA Today).

When Trump heard about Goodell’s statement, he responded on Twitter. “Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!” Trump said Saturday.

He then tweeted Sunday, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

Trump continued, “…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

In response to Trump’s tweets, NFL players are showing their unity at Sundays games and on social media. Tom Bradyposted a picture of himself with Patriots teammate James White on Instagram with the caption, “Strength. Passion. Love. Brotherhood. Team. Unity. Commitment. Dedication. Determination. Respect. Loyalty. Work. #nflplayer.”

Journalist Mark Daniels also posted a photo of Brady locking arms with teammates during their game Sunday.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also posted a photo on Instagram, showing himself and his teammates kneeling in conversation. “#unity #brotherhood #family #dedication #love,” Rodgers captioned the picture, which Brady commented on with a flexed bicep emoji.

Other NFL teams like the Miami Dolphins are responding to Trump as well. The Miami Dolphins Twitter account posted a video showing players locking arms with the caption, “Unity.”

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:19:00 +0000

Jennifer Lopez Donating $1 Million to Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez made a major announcement on Sunday.

During a press conference with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lopez announced she’s making a $1 million donation to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The singer and actress took to Instagram Friday to tell her followers that she hadn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico after the recent hurricanes that swept through the area.

“What’s foremost in my mind and many others, is trying to figure out the best way to help,” Lopez said. “Our island of Puerto Rico has been hit by the two most devastating hurricanes we’ve ever seen Irma and Maria. Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts(UnitedforPuertoRico.com) of the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló. Together we can help rebuild our island and the Caribbean.”

During the press conference on Sunday, Lopez said she still hasn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico and that she is “concerned” for them and “everyone on the island.”

Governor Cuomo thanked Lopez for being at the press conference on Twitter. “#PuertoRico needs our help. Thank you @JLo for joining us today,” he wrote.

He also tweeted a link to his followers, letting them know how they can help in this effort.

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:25:49 +0000

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Reunite at iHeartRadio Music Festival Amid Pregnancy Reports

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Reunite at iHeartRadio Music Festival Amid Pregnancy Reports

Kylie Jenner supported her boyfriend at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old was spotted at the event where Travis Scott performed, amid pregnancy reports. French Montana posted a video that shows Jenner watching the performances from the side of the stage.

“This is how u close out @iheartradio weekend with the biggest record of the year with @djkhaled @ddlovato @chancetherapper @travisscott @quavohuncho and my sis @kyliejenner happy bday @jordynwoods shout out to @swaelee #unforgettableboys,” French Montana captioned the video. 

Kylie Jenner,  iHeart Radio Festival

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iHeartRadio also shared a picture of Jenner attending the event with the caption, “Look who came to support her bae… KYLIE JENNER #iHeartFestival.”

Scott and Jenner’s reunion comes shortly after pregnancy reports surfaced on Friday. At that time Jenner was celebrating her best friend Jordyn Woodsbirthday in Malibu, Calif. Meanwhile, Scott was in Miami on Friday, making an appearance at LIV at the Fontainebleau.

E! News learned the rapper arrived with an entourage of over 40 people and wore grey pants, Nikes, a T-shirt, diamond encrusted watch, rings and five diamond clad chains. He was joined by friends Jonathan Cheban and Scott Disick and the crew all partied for several hours before Scott took the mic in the DJ booth. 

While both Jenner and Scott have yet to comment on the pregnancy reports, French Montana reacted to the speculation during an exclusive interview with E! News on Friday during the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

When asked if he had heard from her since the reports surfaced, French said he hadn’t but “if she is pregnant and that’s true, I’m gonna be bringing my gift.” Montana continued, “Much blessings to her that’s like my little sister. Shout out to the whole family.”

He added, “That’s a blessing man. Having a baby is a blessing.”

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:18:00 +0000

Fergie Shows the Ups and Downs of Celebrity Relationships in “Save It Til Morning” Music Video

Fergie‘s new music video documents a relationship that is struggling.

The singer, who recently split with Josh Duhamel, stars in the “Save It Til Morning” video with actor Jay Hernandez. The music video shows the ups and downs of a celebrity relationship with fights, tension and tears and the song’s lyrics will definitely pull at your heartstrings.

“Wanna hide away in a quiet place and wait out your storm of words again,” Fergie sings as she sits in her bathroom. “Build a wall and put my armor on, escape the bullet, babe.”

Next in the video, the couple heads to a premiere, but they don’t speak in the car on the way there and we see a tear fall down Fergie’s face. But once they get in front of cameras, Fergie tries to act like everything is OK and smiles.

The video then shows flashbacks of the couple in happier times but then in present time, they are fighting. The music video ends with Fergie getting into a car that drives away.

Take a look at the emotional video above! Fergie’s Double Dutchess album is out now!

Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:41:00 +0000

Box Office: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Unseats 'It' as 'Lego Ninjago' Disappoints

Box Office: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Unseats 'It' as 'Lego Ninjago' Disappoints

content=”Kingsman: The Golden Circle</a></em>&nbsp;is the new ruler of the box office.” data-reactid=”18″>Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the new ruler of the box office.

content=”The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had pegged it</a></em> (somewhere in the $40 millions), but above the original Kingsman movie, which earned $36.2 million when it opened in 2015.” data-reactid=”19″>The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had pegged it (somewhere in the $40 millions), but above the original Kingsman movie, which earned $36.2 million when it opened in 2015.

content=”Meanwhile, The Lego Ninjago Movie</a>&nbsp;</em>from Warner Bros. looks like a miss, as it’s tracking for $21.2 million from 4,047 locations. Earlier projections pegged the opening above $30 million. And the Lego franchise is seeing diminishing returns. The original opened to $69.1 million in 2014. Then, The Lego Batman Movie opened earlier this year to $53 million. The latest movie is connecting with an especially young audience — 46% of viewers were under the age of 18.” data-reactid=”20″>Meanwhile, The Lego Ninjago Movie from Warner Bros. looks like a miss, as it’s tracking for $21.2 million from 4,047 locations. Earlier projections pegged the opening above $30 million. And the Lego franchise is seeing diminishing returns. The original opened to $69.1 million in 2014. Then, The Lego Batman Movie opened earlier this year to $53 million. The latest movie is connecting with an especially young audience — 46% of viewers were under the age of 18.

Friend Request</a></em>, which is barely registering. The film is tracking for a $2.4 million opening from 2,573 locations.” data-reactid=”21″>There’s also Entertainment Studios’ horror entry Friend Request, which is barely registering. The film is tracking for a $2.4 million opening from 2,573 locations.

the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.</a>” data-reactid=”22″>That leaves Warner Bros. and New Line’s It in second for the weekend ($30 million from 4,007 theaters). Earlier in the week, the blockbuster passed The Exorcist to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

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Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:17:31 +0000

Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

content=”“Blazing Saddles</a>” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate.” data-reactid=”18″>“Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate.

content=”The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4</a>, calling it “the death of comedy.”” data-reactid=”19″>The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, calling it “the death of comedy.”

“No, no, I mean maybe ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Maybe a few. But never ‘Blazing Saddles,’ because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” he said when asked if he thinks he could get films like “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” or “Young Frankenstein” made today. “It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”

“Blazing Saddles,” a Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, starring Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little, contains numerous racial slurs.

However, even the Patron Saint of Going Too Far draws the line somewhere.

“I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” he said. “Everything else is okay.”

Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” stage musical opens Oct. 10 on London’s West End.

Paul F. Tompkins is among the comedians who disagrees with Brooks, writing in a string of tweets, “‘PC Culture’ is not ‘killing’ comedy. There is still plenty of comedy. There always will be. Times change & so do comedy styles.”

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Published at Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:56:52 +0000