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Scooter Braun addresses Taylor Swift controversy: “It’s gotten out of hand”

Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Music manager Scooter Braun has finally broken his silence about Taylor Swift‘s very public feud with him, which began this summer after he purchased her original record company, Big Machine, and became the owner of her master recordings.

The feud heated up recently after Taylor claimed Big Machine would not allow her to perform her old hits on Sunday’s American Music Awards, and called upon her fan base and fellow artists to tell Braun and Big Machine how they felt about that. 

Variety reports that during a Q&A at Thursday’s 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference, Braun finally commented publicly on the situation.

“The principals haven’t had a chance to speak to each other…there’s a lot of confusion,” he said, adding, “I just think we live in a time of toxic division and…people thinking that social media is the appropriate place to air out on each other and not have conversations.”

“I don’t like anybody doing it, and if that means that I’ve got to be the bad guy longer, I’ll be the bad guy longer, but I’m not going to participate.”

“When people are able to communicate, I think they work things out….I think that these problems…can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for six months,” he continued.

“[But] when it gets to a place where there’s death threats and there’s offices being called and people being threatened…it’s gotten out of hand.”

Braun declared he has “no ill will for anybody,” adding, “The moment people want to have a conversation with me, I’m ready to have that conversation, and I’m not going to add to the narrative…I just want to fix things and set a better example for people.”

“Right now we’re in a scary time where people say things and then people might not be in the right mindset and do really horrible things. And we’re inciting all of this by continuing these arguments in public,” Braun claimed.

“We just need to go behind closed doors and see if we can have a conversation. And if we’re not having conversations, then I don’t think we’re going to find resolution.”

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Joe Jonas getting his own show on Quibi

Peggy SirotaJust like his wife Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas is adding “TV star” to his resume.

E! Online reports that, following the news that Sophie would be starring in a series for Quibi, a new mobile-streaming platform, Joe will also be getting his own show on the platform.  It’s called Cup of Joe, and it’s an eight-part travel series inspired by his Instagram account.

As E! reports, the series will combine Joe’s love for travel, photography and adventure, as he has local guides show him around various cities while on tour with the Jonas Brothers for their Happiness Begins tour.

E! quotes Joe in a statement, “You often think you know about a certain place or a person until you take some time to dig deeper.”

“I’m fortunate to get to travel around the world through my profession and you often see me on the other side of the lens, but Cup of Joe is giving me the opportunity to dig a little deeper and point the lens at some of the world’s most interesting people… and some more of the weird, fun things I’m into,” he adds.

Sophie’s series is called Survive.  She’ll play a woman who has to fight for her life after surviving a plane crash on a snow-covered mountain. 

Quibi launches April 6, 2020.  Among the other stars who’ve signed up for short-form projects on the platform: Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Darren Criss.

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Meghan Trainor, Lauren Daigle, MAX performing ahead of College Football Playoff National Championship

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor, Lauren Daigle and MAX are performing in New Orleans early next year ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

MAX will take the stage Saturday, January 11 as part of the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! festival, while Meghan will perform on Sunday, January 12. Lauren will sing the national anthem prior to kickoff of the national championship game on Monday, January 13.

Other performers include Grammy-nominated R&B singer H.E.R., rapper Nas, Bastille, and country singer Tim McGraw.

The three days of music concerts leading up to the big game will all take place at the Big Easy’s Woldenberg Park and are free and open to the public. Visit for more info.

The National Championship game will be played at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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ABC announces mid-season slate: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’/’Station 19’ crossover, the farewell season of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and more

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday, ABC announced its mid-season line-up, which includes the final season of the award-winning drama How to Get Away with Murder, as well as another go ’round of American Idol, a new drama from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson called For Life, and a feature-length crossover between Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19

Also added to the 2020 slate was the just-announced Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time match-up, another season of The Bachelor, and the return of The Rookie, and the well-received new drama Stumptown

Here’s the schedule: 


7:00-8:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos


8:00-11:00 p.m. The Bachelor (SEASON PREMIERE)


8:00-9:00 p.m. JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time

9:00-9:30 p.m. mixed-ish

9:30-10:00 p.m. black-ish

10:00-11:00 p.m. Emergence


9:00-9:31 p.m. Modern Family

9:31-10:00 pm. Single Parents

10:00-11:00 p.m. Stumptown


10:00-11:00 p.m. The Good Doctor


8:00-8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs

8:30-9:00 p.m. Schooled


8:00-8:30 p.m. American Housewife

8:30-9:00 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat


8:00-8:30 p.m. The Conners

8:30-9:00 p.m. Bless this Mess


Grey’s Anatomy/Station 19 crossover: 

8:00-9:00 p.m. Station 19 (NEW TIME)

9:00-10:01 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (NEW TIME)

10:01-11:00 p.m. A Million Little Things (NEW TIME)


8:00-11:00 p.m. The Oscars


10:00-11:00 p.m. For Life (SERIES PREMIERE)


8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol (SEASON PREMIERE)


10:00-11:00 p.m. The Rookie


10:01-11:00 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder


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Watch Michael B. Jordan grapple with his mission in first-look teaser of ‘Without Remorse’

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Michael B. Jordan has unveiled a short teaser for his upcoming action drama Without Remorse.

The film, based on the Tom Clancy novel, follows Jordan as John Clark, aka John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA.

Black Panther star Jordan stars alongside Queen and Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith, who will play Karen Greer, the daughter of CIA Deputy Director James Greer, who’s a character in many of Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels and movies.

“Something ain’t adding up,” Jordan ponders to himself in the promo, where he’s dressed in his Navy SEAL fatigues. “I want to get some answers.”

As previously reported, Without Remorse will detail the backstory of how John Clark came to work for the CIA.  The character has appeared in 17 Tom Clancy novels, and Paramount intends to build a franchise around Jordan’s portrayal of Clark. This is the first time that the character will be played by an black actor. Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber previously played the character in the Jack Ryan films Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, respectively.

Jordan is also expected to star in the adaptation of the Clancy novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled for this year. 

Without Remorse, also starring Jamie Bell, Luke Mitchell, Jacob Scipio, Cam Gigandet and Brett Gelman, comes to theaters in 2020.

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Check out a sneak peek of the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’

Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) — Focus Features has released a teaser of director Autumn de Wilde’s take on Jane Austen’s classic comedy Emma.

And a tease it is.  The period comedy about rich, restless Emma Woodhouse — this time played by Anya Taylor-Joy — is shown in a series of quick cuts, showing off some stunning costumes and settings and the film’s impressive cast, including Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Rupert Graves, and Johnny Flynn.

First published in 1815, Austen’s coming of age story has been adapted several times, the most recent being a BBC miniseries serial in 2009 starring Romola Garai in the title role. 

In 1996, Gwyneth Paltrow played the lead role in a big screen bow of the film, while actual British person Kate Beckinsale did so in a made-for-TV movie a year later. 

This version of Emma premieres in theaters February 21, 2020.

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Tim Tebow shares heartbreaking video saying goodbye to ‘the sweetest boy ever,’ his dog Bronco

Thomas Graning / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow had to make one of his “toughest goodbyes” on Wednesday.

The former NFL quarterback shared a heartbreaking tribute to his sick dog, Bronco, featuring emotional videos of himself with his pup.

“Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever — thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories,” he captioned his post.

Tebow told People in 2018 that Bronco was, “just such a good dog,” and called him his “best friend.”

He posted “one last video” with Bronco, captioning it: “Aunt Patty, thank you for loving him, and thank you to all the other people including Miss Shea and Miss Mindy for sharing so much love with Bronco.”

In the heart wrenching video, the dog appears to struggle and Tebow tells him, “It’s okay, go to sleep….go home.”

Tebow asked his followers to share their story if they ever had the opportunity to meet his dog.



He also mentioned his appreciation for animal hospitals, including SEVOMED, Blue Pearl Vet and UF Small Animal Vet Hospital, for caring for Bronco. He did not disclose Bronco’s health issues in the post.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/20/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

Philadelphia 109, New York 104
Washington 138, San Antonio 132
Milwaukee 135, Atlanta 127
Brooklyn 101, Charlotte 91
Dallas 142, Golden State 94
Miami 124, Cleveland 100
Toronto 113, Orlando 97
Chicago 109, Detroit 89
Utah 103, Minnesota 95
Denver 105, Houston 95
L.A. Clippers 107, Boston 104 — OT

Ottawa 2, Montreal 1 — OT
NY Rangers 4, Washington 1

Louisville 76, SC-Upstate 50
North Carolina 75, Elon 61
Memphis 68, UALR 58
Tennessee 76, Alabama St. 41

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/19/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

Golden State 114, Memphis 95
New Orleans 115, Portland 104
Sacramento 120, Phoenix 116
L.A. Lakers 112, Oklahoma City 107

Minnesota 4, Buffalo 1
Columbus 5, Montreal 2
Florida 5, Philadelphia 2
Boston 5, New Jersey 1
NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 — OT
Ottawa 4, Detroit 3
Winnipeg 2, Nashville 1
St. Louis 3, Tampa Bay 1
Carolina 4, Chicago 2
Dallas 6, Vancouver 1
Colorado 3, Calgary 2
Vegas 4, Toronto 2
Edmonton 5, San Jose 2

Virginia 61, Vermont 55
Kansas 75, ETSU 63
Maryland 74, Fairfield 55
Gonzaga 72, Texas-Arlington 66
Washington 72, Maine 53

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Former Boston College student charged in boyfriend’s suicide to be arraigned

iStock (BOSTON) — A former Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with her boyfriend’s suicide will be arraigned Friday in a Boston court, prosecutors said.

The arraignment would be Inyoung You’s first court appearance since she was charged in the death of her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula.

You, 21, returned to South Korea, where she’s from, sometime after his death.

Prosecutors have alleged that she was “physically, verbally and psychologically abusive” toward Urtula during their 18-month “tumultuous” relationship.

Prosecutors said they were hopeful You would return on her own accord, but added that they’d attempt to extradite her if she did not.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to ABC News when asked whether You was extradited or returned voluntarily.

Her arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Suffolk Superior Court, said District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

You allegedly was present when Urtula jumped to his death from the roof of a parking garage in Roxbury on May 20 — the same day he was set to walk in his Boston College graduation ceremony, Rollins said previously.

A spokesman for the Urtula family said they’re grateful for the work of the district attorney’s office.

“Since losing Alexander in May, the Urtula family and everyone who loved Alex has been devastated by his loss,” the spokesman, David Guarino, said in a statement to ABC News. “Not a minute of any day goes by without those who loved Alex grieving and continually feeling the sharp pain of his passing all over again.”

The public relations firm representing You did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.

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Suspect in disappearance of Aniah Blanchard ordered to take DNA test

iStock(AUBURN, Ala.) — The suspect charged with kidnapping 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, has been ordered by a judge to take a DNA test, according to reports.

Blanchard was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23. Surveillance video from inside the convenience store showed both Yazeed and Blanchrad inside at the same time, and a witness outside the store said he saw Yazeed force her into her car, according to an arrest affidavit.

The witness who saw Blanchard being forced into her car told police that he cried after not immediately telling police about the encounter, saying his girlfriend told him not to get involved, Mixon said.

Yazeed was arrested on Nov. 7 in Escambia County, Florida, and was extradited back to Alabama. He is charged with kidnapping in the first degree, a designation that includes the intent to inflict physical injury.

When he was arrested in Pensacola, Yazeed allegedly admitted to authorities that it was him in the surveillance video but requested legal counsel after, prosecutors said in court, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA-TV reported.

It was also revealed in court that a man had driven Yazeed from Montgomery to Pensacola, according to the station.

Blanchard’s vehicle, a black 2017 Honda CRV, was found on Oct. 25 near an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, about 50 miles away from the convenience store. She was reported missing by her family the day before.

Blood evidence “indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury” was found on the passenger side of vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit. The blood was confirmed to be Blanchard’s.

At the time of Yazeed’s arrest, he was out of jail on $60,000 bond. Bush denied a request from Yazeed’s defense attorney to grant Yazeed bail as well as a request to have prosecutors disclose the identity of the witness.

Yazeed has 26 prior arrest, prosecutors said in court, according to WBMA-TV.

Yazeed’s attorney, Elijah Beaver, declined to comment on the case to ABC News, citing a gag order imposed by the court.

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Manhunt underway for boyfriend accused of killing Connecticut nightclub owner

iStock(WATERBURY, Conn.) — A manhunt is underway for the boyfriend of a beloved Waterbury, Connecticut, nightclub owner whose body was discovered in a wooded area almost 10 miles away from her business and home, police said.

Eight days after Janet Avalo-Alvarez was last seen by her friends, family and co-workers on Nov. 12, investigators from the Waterbury Police Department confirmed the “worst nightmare, fears of the family, friends,” Lt. David Silverio said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Authorities were lead to an area near Wolcott Road and Route 69 in Wolcott, Connecticut, on Tuesday. They found a body and turned it over to the city’s medical examiner.

An autopsy revealed the body was Avalo-Alvarez’s and that she had been killed by “neck compression,” Silverio said.

“We are going through a lot of pain,” Grisela Guirreio, a family friend, said to ABC Hartford, Connecticut, affiliate WTNH-TV at a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening.

Police said Avalo-Alvarez, 26, owner of the La Guakara Taina Bar on East Main Street, worried her family with “unusual” behavior on Nov. 13 when she left her car parked behind the club, abruptly stopped communicating with her loved ones and wasn’t posting on social media.

During the search for Avalo-Alvarez, her live-in boyfriend and business partner Alfredo Esmerli Peguero-Gomez fled the state, police said. His car was found Nov. 15 in a parking lot at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, police said in a Nov. 18 statement.

Peguero-Gomez is a dual citizen of the United States and Dominican Republic.

“Mr. Alfredo Peguero-Gomez is a suspect in the homicide of Ms. Janet Avalo-Alvarez. It is an open an active investigation,” Silverio said in an email to ABC News on Thursday.

Phone calls made by ABC News to Peguero-Gomez were not successful.

The couple had no history of domestic incidents, but their relationship was described by friends and co-workers as “being up and down, and they argued frequently about personal matters and business issues,” Silverio said.

“The detectives are working with U.S. Marshals Service to locate Mr. Peguero-Gomez,” Silverio said.

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Riot police surround Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University as some protesters hold out

iStock(HONG KONG) — An unknown number of protesters remain holed up inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University as riot police encircle the campus, which has been the site of violent clashes in recent days.

Thousands of black-clad demonstrators — thought to be mostly students — once occupied the third largest university in Hong Kong, transforming the Kowloon peninsula campus into a heavily fortified base. They had blocked entrances and armed themselves with bricks, homemade bombs, axes and bows and arrows.

The protesters, who fear mainland China is increasing its control over Hong Kong, battled with police over the weekend, facing tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition. It was one of the largest and most sustained sieges in the anti-government protest movement that has convulsed the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for months.

Since then, about a thousand demonstrators have left the campus, either surrendering to authorities or being caught while trying to escape.

There is now only one way into Polytechnic University and one way out. Visitors and protesters are screened at a basic security checkpoint before being allowed to enter.

The protest movement began in early June when hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched against a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed suspected criminals in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has since withdrawn the bill, but widespread unrest has continued as demonstrators broaden their demands to include a call for direct elections for the city’s leaders, amnesty for protesters and an independent investigation into alleged police brutality.

Hong Kong’s largest, pro-establishment political party has urged voters to “kick out the black force” in district council elections set for Sunday.

Meanwhile, China has ordered the United States not to interfere with the ongoing protests, after Congress unanimously passed a bill intended to back the protesters in Hong Kong and reexamine support for the city’s government.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called on U.S. President Donald Trump to veto the proposed legislation, warning it could undermine trade talks between the two nations.

“We urge the U.S. to grasp the situation, stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late and immediately take measures to prevent this act from becoming law,” Geng said in prepared remarks at a press briefing Thursday. “The U.S. should immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s other internal affairs, or the negative consequences will boomerang on itself. China will have to take strong countermeasures to defend our national sovereignty, security and development interests if the U.S. insists on making the wrong decisions.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted for bribery, fraud, breach of trust

LiorFil/iStock(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the nation’s attorney general said.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced the decision following lengthy investigations into Netanyahu’s alleged dealings in three cases.

Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister criminally charged while in office. He’s not required by law to step down, but he’s likely to face severe pressure to do so.

The bribery charge could carry a sentence of up to 10 years, while a charge of fraud and breach of trust could lead to a three-year sentence.

In one case, Netanyahu allegedly accepted lavish gifts from two wealthy friends — Israeli-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer — in exchange for political favors, such as promoting the moguls’ business interests or obtaining visas.

The gifts from Milchan and Packer are estimated to amount to more than 1 million shekels, about $280,000.

Mandelblit recommended charges against Netanyahu back in March.

The case in which Netanyahu allegedly received expensive gifts from the two businessmen in exchange for favors was dubbed “Case 1000.” For that, Mandelbilt recommended charges of fraud and breach of trust.

In “Case 2000,” the prime minister is accused of agreeing to limit the distribution of one newspaper to receive more favorable coverage in another. For that, Mandelbilt recommended a charge of breach of trust.

The third case, “Case 4000,” Netanyahu, while serving as communications minister and as prime minister between 2015 and 2017, allegedly intervened with regulators in a way that benefited the controlling shareholder of Israel’s largest telecommunications firm in exchange for positive news coverage on a site owner by that shareholder.

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16 people found in sealed trailer on ferry heading to UK from the Netherlands

whitemay/iStock(LONDON) — Sixteen people were discovered sealed in a truck on a ferry traveling from Cherbourg, France, to Rosslare, Ireland.

The 16 individuals were found on a Stena Line ferry during a routine inspection and were sealed in a trailer on the vehicle deck of the ferry, according to a statement from Stena Line’s Chief People and Communications Officer Ian Hampton.

“All the individuals are reported to be in good health and have been moved to a private passenger lounge on the ship where their well-being is the focus of our employees,” said Hampton in the statement.

The statement, which was released by Stena Line, said the company alerted security and immigration officials in Rosslare so the necessary arrangements and proper procedures could be made for the group upon their arrival in Rosslare Thursday.

Just Wednesday it was reported that 25 other individuals were discovered in a refrigerated container on a ferry that originally embarked from the port of Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, heading to Felixstowe, a small port town in England.

These events follow “the largest mass fatality” in the history of the Essex Police Force that happened less than a month ago when 39 Vietnamese nationals ranging in age from 15 to 44 were were found dead inside a trailer at an industrial estate in Essex in the United Kingdom in the early hours of Oct. 23. The vehicle had arrived on a ferry originating in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

British police have since charged a man from Northern Ireland, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. Three more people have since been released on bail pending further investigations. Another 22-year-old man from Northern Ireland was also arrested on a British warrant and Essex Police have begun the extradition procedure to bring him to the U.K. to face charges of manslaughter.

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Coats For Kids

Winter is here, and over 2000 kids across Dona Ana Country need your help! Coats for Kids is an initiative of  US Bank, 101 Gold, Community Action Agency, Comet Cleaners, and D2 Designs sponsor the Coats for Kids program in Las Cruces to help underprivileged children in our area. This is the 25th year of this program, and we have been busy! This is a simple and compassionate project that makes a large impact in our community. We distributed more than 3,000 coats last year, because of the generous donations of new and gently used coats, as well as the cash we received, no child is ever turned away. Over 50,000 coats have been given to needy children in Dona Ana County, since we began this program in 1995!

As we move into the cold winter months, we know you would agree no child in our community should be without a warm winter coat. You can help us by giving a donation to the Coats for Kids program. These funds are used to purchase coats to supplement the used ones we receive. Your generosity will make a difference to a child who is less fortunate. We work closely with the Social Workers and Counselors in the Las Cruces Public Schools, Hatch Public Schools, and the Gadsden School District to help us identify children, birth through the 5th grade, who need a coat.

Please join us in making Southern New Mexico a warm and wonderful place to live and grow for all children. Please check your closets for coats to donate, or mail your cash donation to Coats for Kids at US Bank, 277 East Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88001. We can provide a tax-exempt receipt through our partner, Community Action Agency, if needed.

Visit Coas for Kids Here, and make a donation online!

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