Review Category : Entertainment

Dance with justice — Former “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to a year for fraud

Lifetime/Karolina Wojtasik(PENNSYLVANIA) — Abby Lee Miller, the former Dance Moms reality star, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Miller was must also serve two years of supervised release. The sentence followed charges of concealing assets from a bankruptcy court, and for bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it.

Miller will also have to pay a 40 thousand dollar fine, and $120,000, the amount she reportedly smuggled into the U.S. from the Down Under.

Miller claimed she “didn’t mean to stiff anybody,” but Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Melucci said just the opposite. “She went from ‘Dance Mom’ to ‘Dance Con,'” the paper quoted him as saying.

Prosecutors were seeking two-and-a-half years in prison for the 51-year-old; her attorneys were hoping that probation, not jail time, would be sufficient.

Miller left the Lifetime reality show that made her famous back in March. Lifetime has kept the show going with guest choreographers, including former Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, while remaining mum on Miller’s departure.

A contrite Miller told the court, “I am very sorry for what I’ve done. I can only assure you that I will never be before a criminal court again.”

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The ladies of Litchfield take a stand in new “Orange Is the New Black” trailer

Netflix/Cara Howe(NEW YORK) — The ladies of Litchfield are ready to rise up. In the latest trailer for Orange Is the New Black‘s upcoming fifth season, the inmates plot to join forces to fight for prison reforms.

The season picks up during the chaos that ensued after Poussey’s death last season. In one scene from the trailer, Tastee — played by Danielle Brooks — confronts the warden, Mr. Caputo.

“We’re all angry,” she says. “You done our girl wrong, Mr. Caputo. And we want justice.”

We then see shots of the inmates uniting against the guards, making a list of demands to improve prison conditions, and running the gamut of emotions.

Season five of Orange Is the New Black will take place in real time over the course of three days. It premieres Friday, June 9 on Netflix.

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Ashley Graham gets “very candid” in new book about fat-shaming she faced growing up

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — In her new book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like, Sports Illustrated cover girl Ashley Graham speaks plainly about the fat-shaming she said she endured at home in her youth.

“I really believe that parents need to know that they are shaping the future of their children,” Graham, 29, said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America.

“Words have power. The things that you say to yourself as a parent, even the things that you say maybe just one time to your children,” Graham said. “They take it, and they take it into their real world and their life and beyond. And I wanted to get candid because I want to be a better parent than what I had.”

Graham recalled her father’s “Constant criticism — that was my dad…My father was a master of the cutting insult. His nickname for me was, ‘Duh,’ because he didn’t think I was very smart.”

Graham went on, “The worst I ever felt in my entire career was when…my dad agreed with my new agent, who said I needed to ‘tighten up.’ … I was sobbing because my dad thought I should lose weight.”

Graham said her mom, on the other hand, “was absolutely amazing.”

“One thing my mother did, and I learned later, was she never looked in the mirror and said, ‘I’m so fat.’ Or ‘I’m so ugly,'” Graham said. “Projecting that onto yourself is only going to make your daughter or son think that of themselves, because they’re a product of you. So just saying, ‘You know what? I look really good today’…they’re like, ‘Oh, maybe I need to say that to myself.'”

A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like is out now.

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“Dancing with the Stars 24” Recap: Normani Kordei continues to shine; Bonner Bolton goes home

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, the pressure continued to build after last week’s double elimination. This week, with only five stars left, there were two performances. The dance pros chose the song and dance style in the first round, while in the second round couples performed as a Trio with a second dance pro chosen by the judges. Scores were tallied for each round and combined.

NFL star Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater kicked things off with a jive to the R&B classic “Shake a Tail Feather.” Jennings has been consistently strong throughout the season and tackles every dance with panache, but gets criticized by the judges and loses points for his footwork and tonight was no different.

The night belonged to Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei. The 20-year-old singer continued to shine, bringing in her second perfect score with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy in a contemporary dance to “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton. The judges were resoundingly positive in their critique, with Len Goodman noting, “Throughout that dance you could have heard a pin drop from this whole audience. They were spellbound and so was I.”

Bonner Bolton gave his all but in the end was voted off. His Argentine tango failed to impress and his trio jazz number with Sharna Burgess and Britt Stewart still brought in a low score. Len Goodman was borderline cruel when he told the rodeo star, “You’ve gone a bridge too far,” but said he admired his guts.

Simone Biles and David Ross both earned their place in next week’s semi-finals, along with the near flawless Kordei. Biles faced down judges criticism that she wasn’t showing enough of herself by pointing out that she’s spent 14 of her 20 years training to be a gymnast and finds it difficult to do what she doesn’t know. But the elimination was down to, surprisingly, Rashad Jennings and the low-scoring Bolton. Jennings was spared but Bolton was voted off. He later commented that he was surprised at how far he went and he was thankful for the journey.

Monday night’s standout moment:

Without a doubt, it was all about Normani. Kordei’s first dance was punctuated by a pre-taped segment in which she shared an emotional story of being bullied and harassed on social media, feeling alone and declaring “We all want to be loved and we all want to feel accepted; when that doesn’t happen, it just breaks you.” But in spite of this, Kordei made lemonade and dazzled viewers with her performances. Judge Bruno Tonioli noted, “No one will ever break you.”

Judges’ Scores:

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 40 in the first round/39 in the second round, total = 79
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 36/39, total = 75
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber –36/36, total = 72
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 36/29, total = 65
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – 30/28, total = 58 (eliminated)

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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Jimmy Kimmel returns with update on his son’s health, defends his call for children’s health care coverage

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel returned to television Monday night after a week away, and a week after he weighed into the heated national healthcare debate with a moving story about his son, Billy, who was born with a heart defect.

The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! said, “First I want to tell you because so many people have asked: Our son Billy is doing very well. He’s eating. He is getting bigger. He is sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual….”

Last week Kimmel choked back tears in an emotional story about his son who underwent surgery on his heart three days after he was born. During his monologue, Kimmel asked all politicians of all parties to come together to ensure healthcare for all Americans, especially those who have pre-existing conditions.

That monologue became national news as many who supported Kimmel’s point of view shared it online. Kimmel noted that there were others who referred to him as an “out of touch Hollywood elitist.” To those critics, the late night host offered a scathing apology.

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” Kimmel joked. “It was insensitive – it was offensive – and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He then interviewed Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator from Louisiana who is also an MD, and who last week tweeted that there should be a “Kimmel Test” put to any healthcare bill.

“The Jimmy Kimmel Test,” Cassidy said, should adequately cover pre-existing conditions in any healthcare bill, “but in a fiscally conservative way that lowers cost.”

Kimmel praised Cassidy’s ideas, saying, “He is a doctor, a gastroenterologist. He is married to a retired doctor, his wife Laura Cassidy, was a surgeon. And he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, which provides free dental care and health care to the working uninsured. So obviously – this is someone who cares about people’s health.”

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It’s official: ‘American Idol’ is returning, on ABC

FOX(NEW YORK) — What’s been rumored for weeks is now official: American Idol is returning to TV — on ABC.

The network confirmed the news Tuesday morning, saying it would return for the 2017-2018 season, and that the host and judges panel had yet to be decided. Original host Ryan Seacrest is the new co-host of ABC’s syndicated show Live with Kelly, and has relocated to New York City for that job. American Idol, however, has always originated from LA.

American Idol‘s return was rumored as far back as February, with reports NBC was in talks to acquire the show to join its own singing competition, The Voice.

American Idol aired on FOX for 15 season and was the top-rated show on television for eight of them, before declining audience numbers prompted its cancellation. The last episode aired April 7 of last year.

American Idol will join ABC’s other reality TV hits, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

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Former “Bachelor” Chris Soules charged with felony hit and run

Courtesy Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa) — Former Bachelor star Chris Soules is facing a felony charge of hit and run resulting in a date, WOI reports.

The charge relates to a fatal traffic accident last month that claimed the life of Kenneth Mosher.

Soules had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death, but in court documents filed Monday in Buchanan County, the charge was changed. WOI quotes the documents as claiming that Soules, “did not immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible, and failed to return at the scene of the accident.”

Earlier this month attorneys for Soules has moved to have the original felony charge against him dropped because he made a 911 call at the time of the accident.

According to the Des Moines Register, the new charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. An arrangement is set for May 23.

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Report: Phaedra Parks fired from “Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Bravo/Charles Sykes(ATLANTA) — This could be the end for Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks.

According to TMZ, Parks has been fired from the Bravo series for spreading rumors claiming that Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd wanted to drug Porsha Williams so that they could coerce her into sexual situations.

On Sunday, the last part of the explosive RHOA reunion aired, and it showed Parks apologizing to Porsha, Burruss and her husband.

According to TMZ’s report, producers are saying that after Parks admitted to spreading the rumors, they “simply couldn’t continue working with her.”

Parks has yet to publicly respond to the claims. ABC Radio has reached out for comment.

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“Moonlight” stars give uplifting speech at MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Moonlight helped to break new ground on race and identity when it became this year’s Oscar winner for best picture. One of the film’s most groundbreaking moments, the love scene between Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, was recognized Sunday night when the two stars were awarded the MTV Movie & TV Award for best kiss.

“I think it is safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out the box…and do whatever it takes to tell the story and do whatever it takes to make a change,” Jerome said at the podium beside his co-star. “This award is for us artists who are out there who need to step out the box to do whatever it takes to get people to wake up.”

Sanders then added, “This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the ‘others,’ the misfits. This represents us.”

Other same-sex kisses that have been honored during the show’s history include ones between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

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Jennifer Morrison won’t return to ‘Once Upon a Time’

ABC/Jack RowandABC has yet to renew their fantasy hit Once Upon a Time, but should it return for a seventh season, star Jennifer Morrison won’t be part of it.

“I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on,” the actress wrote on her Instagram Monday morning.

Morrison, who plays Emma Swan on the show — the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming — wrote that producers had invited her to stay for a possible season seven, but she’d declined. However, “If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME,” Morrison said.

As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant… https://t.co/2Ctyx7U07y

— Jennifer Morrison (@jenmorrisonlive) May 8, 2017

Morrison continues, in part, “Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show.”

Once Upon a Time debuted in 2011 and stars various characters from fairy tales, including Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, Lana Parilla as the Evil Queen, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin.

Once Upon a Time‘s season six finale airs this coming Sunday, May 14 on ABC.

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