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Tune in to HBO on Saturday to watch 2017 Rock Hall induction ceremony with Journey, Yes, ELO, Pearl Jam and more

Kevin Kane; Kevin Mazur; Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of HBOThe 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York, and now you can watch an HBO special featuring highlights from the extravaganza that premieres Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s honorees included Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and Pearl Jam.

Here is a rundown of some of the ceremony’s key moments:

–Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry joined his former band mates to accept his induction, although he didn’t perform with them. With current frontman Arnel Pineda, Journey then performed “Separate Ways,” “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

–Yes was inducted by Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Following speeches that included some off-color jokes by former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, most of the band’s classic lineup reunited during the performance segment, which saw Lee filling in for late bassist Chris Squire.

–Electric Light Orchestra opened the ceremony with a cover of the late Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” The late George Harrison’s son, Dhani, inducted ELO. After speeches from frontman Jeff Lynne and founding singer/multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood, the band performed “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky.”

–Huge Pearl Jam fan David Letterman inducted the grunge greats, filling in for an ailing Neil Young. The band’s performance featured “Alive” — with ex-member Dave Krusen manning the drums for the first time in 25 years — as well as “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”

–This year’s other honorees were folk singer Joan Baez, late rapper Tupac Shakur and Chic’s Nile Rodgers who was inducted in conjunction with receiving the Rock Hall’s Award for Musical Excellence.

–The show also included a Prince tribute by Lenny Kravitz, and a finale featuring all the inductees jamming on a rendition of Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

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John Mayer and Dave Chappelle ban cell phones from tonight’s joint San Francisco comedy show

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(SAN FRANCISCO) — Buddies John Mayer and Dave Chappelle have appeared onstage together several times, and usually we find out about it because someone shares the cell phone video they shot. Well, that’s not going to happen tonight when the two hit the stage together in San Francisco — because they’re going to lock up your phones when you walk in.

Tonight and tomorrow night at The Fillmore in San Francisco, John and Dave are staging something called Controlled Danger, described as “a comedy and music hybrid” that’s a “once-in-a-lifetime event hosted by two of the greatest creative minds working today.”

What’s more, according to the event page on the venue’s website, if you attend, “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have bragging rights amongst your friend group for weeks to come.”

However, the page notes that the shows are “a strict NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED” event. When you show up, your phones and/or smart watches will be locked in special pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. If you have an emergency, you can unlock your phone at a designated unlocking station, but barring that, if they catch you with an unlocked cellphone or device, they’ll throw you out.

“We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience,” adds the page.

By the way, tickets for this event cost $103 each, plus taxes and other charges.

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O-no: Oprah Winfrey encounters young kid who doesn’t know she’s Oprah

OWN – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey just got a taste of humble pie from young child.

The OWN CEO shared her encounter with one of her staffers’ sons during “Take Your Child to Work Day” at her company’s headquarters in West Hollywood.

In Oprah’s Instagram video, the mogul asks if the child recognizes her.
“Your dad works here, right?” arguably one of the most recognizable people in the world asks the kid, adding, “[For] $10, what’s my name?”

It’s unclear if the boy was simply too starstruck to reply or really didn’t know who Winfrey was when she asked him, but the young child remains silent as Winfrey playfully prods him, saying: “10 seconds! C’mon…starts with an O!”

“How many O names are there? C’mon! Ophelia? … Oprah!,” she booms before giving the kid a high-five.
Apparently taking the moment in stride, Oprah captioned the video, “Hard to impress kids these days…#OWNKidsDay.”

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“Scandal” Recap: “Mercy”

(NEW YORK) — On Thursday’s Scandal episode, “Mercy,” Olivia wakes up at the White House next to Fitz and then checks on her father who is being kept there in a secret chamber.

Frustrated by his confinement, Eli asks to be sent to another country where he’ll be safe, but is shut down by both Liv and the president.

Meanwhile Abby has a flashback to the recent events with Peus. She’s agitated by Peus’ control’s over the White House and so are the gladiators.

In a remote location in the woods, Jake and David discuss Elizabeth’s murder and David is given the responsibility of keeping track of Ms. Ruland, Peus’ partner, who he’s dating. Mr. Peus shows up at Olivia’s office to demand that she make Jake resign from the vice presidency role — so he can take Jake’s place.

Liv tells Peus, “no,” but later tells Jake to step down for his safety. After going back and forth, Jake agrees and makes a public announcement that he’s resigning.

After Jake’s announcement, Ruland prepares to announce Mr. Peus as VP nominee. Unfortunately, on their way to the press room, the Secret Service locks down the White House because of a suspicious drone overhead. Ruland is taken into a holding room with Abby where they are stuck in a dead zone. Meanwhile, the president, Mellie and the gladiators, who are controlling the drone remotely, are brought to an open office where they meet to devise a plan to get Mellie back in control of her presidency.

During this time, Eli is called in to help figure out a plan. Instead of helping, Eli causes contention by taking shots at Fitz for being weak. Eli then tells everyone to accept that they have failed against Peus.

As everyone takes a break, Cyrus brings Eli to a private cellar where they drink wine. Cyrus at first attempts to connect with Eli, but then tries to kill him because he is still upset that Eli killed Frankie Vargas. Eli blocks Cyrus’ attempt and the two separate.

Meanwhile, Jake feels they all should just fight back against Peus, but Liv tells Jake they must first protect Mellie. Marcus, on the other hand, offers encouraging words to Mellie to not to give up. This prompts Mellie to change her mind and to fight back by choosing another vice president: Frankie Vargas’ wife.

In the last few minutes of the show, Mellie announces her new vice president and Liv finally stands up to Ms. Ruland by having her arrested by the Secret Service.

Scandal returns next Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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Tonight: John Ridley examines what led up to the L.A. Riots in new doc, “Let It Fall”

ABC/Ryan Green(LOS ANGELES) — Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots on April 29, Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley is taking a deeper look into the series of events that led up to the violent incidents in his documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 – 1992.

Ridley, who admits his doc was ten years in the making, says he specifically focused on sharing the real life and jarring experiences of those who were present during those six days in the spring of 1992.

“We really wanted to have individuals who personally were involved in the decision-making processes or events that happened to themselves [or] their family members,” Ridley tells ABC Radio. “There are any number of moments where individuals that you see on screen are able to say things like, ‘And then, I did this,’ or ‘This happened to me,’ or ‘I picked up the phone and a family member was telling me, “Look you’ve got to come here right away because something is happening.'”

Ridley’s film also taps into the origins of the riots and the various events that let up to it. According to the director, the chokehold and use of the baton to subdue alleged perpetrators, were catalysts to the eventual uprising.

“We wanted to really look at a ten-year period prior to that so we start our story in 1982 with events, with incidents, with people, with communities that initially may not seem related to what the people call, ‘The Rodney King Riots’ — but they really are,” Ridley explains. “And that’s very important as well for people to understand, that what happened, it wasn’t just one night, it wasn’t just one thing — it was something that was built up over time.”

Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 – 1992 airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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“The Circle” and “How to Be a Latin Lover” among this week’s new releases

Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* The Circle — After landing her dream job with a powerful tech company, a woman, played by Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson, is encouraged by the company’s founder — portrayed by Tom Hanks — to join a groundbreaking experiment that crosses ethical boundaries, affecting the lives of her friends and family, and the entire human race. Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega also stars. Rated PG-13.

* How to Be a Latin Lover — Eugenio Derbez stars in this comedy about a man with a history of seducing older rich women, who finds himself dumped by his 80-year-old wife of 25 years and forced to move in with his estranged sister — portrayed by Salma Hayek. There, he learns the value of family. Also starring Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell. Rated PG-13.

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For stars of “The Circle,” art is imitating (online) life

Starpix/Dave Allocca(NEW YORK) — The new Tom Hanks/Emma Watson thriller The Circle had its red carpet premiere as part of New York’s Tribeca film festival this week, and the movie’s theme will certainly strike a chord with anyone hooked on social media.

An adaptation of the novel of the same name, The Circle centers on Watson’s character, a bright-eyed employee of an Internet company called The Circle. Like Facebook, the company is seemingly omnipresent, and she soon learns that there’s a dark side to The Circle’s ability to follow your every move.

Tom Hanks plays the company’s co-founder, and he says the movie’s a cautionary tale to people’s tendency to post their every move these days.

“You can look at this film, and say, ‘How much am I contributing to the reality of this movie?'” he says. “And the truth of it is, we all are, just a little bit.”

However, Hanks says that social media isn’t necessarily all bad.

“Look, I think you get out of it what you, what you put in,” he explains. “If you’re going for whimsy, you create whimsy, and if you’re gonna lob bombs, you’re gonna get some explosions.”

Watson, who has been very strict about keeping her private life private, agrees.

“I see social media as kind of like a superpower in that it has, it has great power, but with that comes great responsibility,” she notes. “…It can do great good, and it could do great evil.”

The Circle, which also stars Star Wars series star John Boyega and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actress Karen Gillan, opens Friday.

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Queen Latifah tapped as co-executive producer of MTV’s “Scream”

Getty Images/Michael Loccisano(LOS ANGELES) — Queen Latifah is coming to the rescue of MTV’s Scream.

According to TV Line, Latifah has signed on as an executive producer for the third season of MTV’s adaptation of the slasher movie-inspired series. The Star actress will produce alongside her Flavor Unit Entertainment partners Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty.

In addition to Latifah’s addition, the show will also feature a completely new cast and creative reboot. At this time, it’s unclear exactly what direction the show may take.

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Viola Davis on friendship with Meryl Streep: “She really takes me in”

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — Viola Davis and Meryl Streep are both Oscar-winning actresses, A-list celebrities and red carpet staples. They also happen to be close friends.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Davis spoke about her love for Streep.

“What I love about Meryl is I always feel like she sees me,” Davis said. “I never feel like the words she has for me are haphazard. I feel like they’re very specific and they’re well thought out and that makes me feel good. It makes me feel like she really is a friend, that she really takes me in.”

Streep, 67, has no shortage of kind words for Davis as well, as evidenced by the essay she wrote for Time Magazine when Davis was named one of their most influential people. Streep said Davis, 51, “embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith.”

Davis went on to say that being friends with a legend like Streep still seems somewhat surreal.

“Besides the fact that it’s Meryl Streep, she really doesn’t have to give me anything, really,” she said.

“When she just sends me a text message, she doesn’t know I get so happy. I try to play it off, I really do. I’m like ‘Oh, OK, well, have a good day,’ but I’m really like, ‘Oh, my god, she texted me back!'”

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“Empire” recap: “Love Is a Smoke”

©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX/Chuck Hodes(NEW YORK) — The newest episode of Empire begins with a dreamlike sequence of Lucious and Giusi kissing, but Lucious is snapped back to reality when Cookie pays him a visit. Cookie asks for Lucious’ approval of Angelo’s impending proposal to her.

Back at the Empire compound, Andre, Shyne and Giusi have a meeting. Andre asks Giusi what’s been going on between her and Lucious.

Soon, Angelo visits Jamal at the studio to ask him for Cookie’s hand in marriage. Then, Cookie, Lucious, Andre, Giusi and Shyne all cross paths at Empire. Lucious reveals that he’s met Giusi in the past.

Meanwhile, Cookie and Lucious spy, via wire, on Anika’s meetup with Tariq. Cookie thinks that Angelo is ready to propose to her, but he only asks her to appear on TV with him.

On the other hand, Giusi sneaks up behind Lucious and surprises him with a gun, but says she won’t shoot him. Lucious reminds Giusi that she owes him $10 million dollars. She says she doesn’t have the cash, but needs Lucious to sign off on her Vegas contract.

Back at Empire, Hakeem and Tiana introduce Tori Ash to Empire’s livestream audience. Jamal arrives to the studio with special guest star Tinashe. Meanwhile, Lucious offers Tariq a bag of money, which he takes without question.

Angelo proposes to Cookie on The Grant Kelly Show, which leaves her speechless. Back at the club, Lucious is seen talking to gaming commission head Charlotte Frost, played by Eva Longoria.

Backstage at The Grant Kelly Show, Cookie tells Angelo that she still has feelings for Lucious. Angelo gets upset and tells Cookie that his mom was right about her poisonous family.

At the club, Lucious introduces a performance by Tori and the episode closes with Lucious giving Giusi a kiss.

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