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White House Press Slams Invite-Only Briefing

There was no regularly scheduled daily briefing, but a small group of reporters was allowed into a press gaggle inside Spicer's office inside the West Wing. The move, which drew boycotts from The Associated Press and Time magazine, came amidst reports that Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus pressured the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reject reports of contact between campaign and Russian intelligence officials, Politico noted .

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Katherine Heigl's 'Doubt' Yanked From Schedule After Just 2 Episodes

Next week, the network will rebroadcast an episode of Bull on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders taking over the time slot on March 8 following the two-hour spring premiere of Survivor . Doubt stars Katherine Heigl , Laverne Cox , Dulé Hill, Elliot Gould and Dreama Walker as a team of attorneys in a NY legal practice. This week's episode averaged 4 million viewers and ranked well behind ABC's Match Game among young adults.

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Oscar-winning movies to Netflix and chill to this weekend

Chris Rock hosted last year's 88th Academy Awards, following Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth MacFarlane, and Billy Crystal, who led the 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 events, respectively. It's a whole other ballgame to play a character who is trying to suppress his past by feeling nothing, but occasionally letting the past bubble up to the surface.

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Oscar predictions 2017: Who will win best actress, best picture and more?

With 14 nominations , the Damian Chazelle-directed movie musical is tied with Titanic and All About Eve for the most nods ever received by a film at the Academy Awards. Will win: Ali. Should win: Hedges. By contrast, there are three black nominees in Best Supporting Actress - a first for any acting category - and the likely victor is Viola Davis , who will nearly certainly turn in an Oscar speech to add to the all-time list .

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Who Will Win The Oscars?

Director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her actor husband Will Smith all shunned the ceremony . I won't watch this year's Academy Awards telecast. Because La La Land has two nominations for Best Song, the most awards it could win is actually 13. This is the first year that black actors have been nominated in every category.

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Expect Politics, Celebrity to Collide at Oscars

Betfair is giving 5/4 odds for La La Land to receive the most Oscars ever awarded to a movie - a total of 12 would beat Titanic , Ben Hur and Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King's joint record of 11. "I keep changing my mind". And he said by going with La La Land , he could get back closer to perfection. This could be one of the most interesting awards of the night.

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Podcast: Will this year's Oscars turn political?

A gambling website is offering odds on just how political the Academy Awards might get. Usually Best Director aligns with Best Picture , and that'll be the case again in 2017, as La La Land director Damien Chazelle is the heavy favorite to pick up the prize.

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Here's How Many Oscars La La Land Is Likely to Win

Tied for the most Oscar nominations in history, with 14, "La La Land" looks poised to dominate at Sunday night's Academy Awards. This column focuses only on the "big six" categories, but those in Oscar pools can expect Zootopia to win Animated Feature, O.J.: Made in America to take Documentary Feature, The Jungle Book to win Visual Effects and The Salesman to take Foreign Language, in part because its Iranian director (Asghar Farhadi) will not be there, and it's become a trend to ...

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DJ Duvvada Jagannadham Teaser | Starring Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde

Directed by Harish Shankar, Duvvada Jagannadham or DJ is being produced by Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations. For the first time, Allu Arjun is working with Director Harish and Actress Pooja Hedge who earlier seen in Oka Laila Kosam and Mukunda Telugu movies.

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Oscars are Sunday: Who should win?

He isn't winning because he made arguably the best movie of 2016; or because his film told a fantastic story in a way we haven't seen done well in a while; or because of how attractive just about every scene was shot. Three of them - "Fences", "Hidden Figures" and "Moonlight" - have predominantly African-American casts. In early December, most people would have put Natalie Portman at the top of this list for her role as Jackie Kennedy - but that was before critics and audiences swooned ...

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Chris Brown's Former Neighbor Says She Heard Him Beat Karrueche Tran

She said she wore a headscarf in the country out of "personal respect". Kay wrote: 'Some of y'all make me sick to my stomach talking about. Karrecuhes [sic] lying. "Make sure y'all don't be listening to all this bull-t", Brown said. The police didn't do sh*t they have been called out several times, do your research North Hollywood Police station.

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Four-Week Average of US Jobless Claims Lowest Since 1973

Economists had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits rising to 241,000 from a revised 245,000 in the prior week. For the 103rd week straight, jobless claims stayed below the 300,000 mark, which is the longest stretch to be in that figure since 1970, when the job market was exponentially smaller.

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US President May Not Watch The Oscars; Here's Why

Only three other black filmmakers have been nominated in this category before Moonlight'sJenkins: John Singleton (who remains the youngest Best Director nominee ever ), Lee Daniels, and Steve McQueen. If there's enough support to push him over the top, he'll become the first actor from India to win in the performance categories. I've already seen half a dozen zingers and it's still only February.

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Free, Without Cable, More Ways To Watch The Oscars Online

The self-professed "control freak", Kimmel has done "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for 14 years where he spends up to 70 hours a week putting the nightly show together, according to Variety . "I think there are certain things that are major touchstones or milestones - some kind of stones, maybe gallstones". Kimmel has hosted the ESPYS, the American Music Awards five times, and the Emmy Awards twice.

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HAYAO MIYAZAKI Comes Out Of Retirement (Again), Working on 2020 Feature Film

Suzuki was promoting The Red Turtle, which is up for an Academy Award, when he confirmed rumors that Studio Ghibli greenlit Miyazaki's next feature-length animation. In November last year, the Japanese TV documentary The Man Who Is Not Done revealed that Miyazaki had pitched the feature version to Ghibli producers last year.

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Film Critic: Oscars 2017 could be the most boring in history

This year, the films themselves speak to many social issues from interracial marriage (" Loving ") to a young man coming to terms with his gay identity ("Moonlight") to shining a light on the African-American women who helped NASA send a man into space in the 1960s ("Hidden Figures").

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"La La Land" set for huge Oscar night

Maybe you feel "Moonlight", "Hidden Figures", or another nominee is more deserving of the top prize. That would be good not only because Davis earned it for her stellar performance, but also because La La Land's nearly certain wins will make the Oscars far too white.

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Army claims gains in fight for western Mosul

Also on Thursday, government forces in Iraq seized most of Mosul's airport, an important milestone in the broader offensive to retake the western half of the country's second largest city from ISIS militants. On Thursday, some 350 people arrived at a screening site in Hammam al Alil, some 30 km southeast of Mosul, having left their homes in Abu Saif village and surrounding areas near Mosul city airport.

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New York Times, CNN blocked from attending White House briefing

Some outlets historically friendly to President Trump including Breitbart , Fox News and the Washington Times were included. Reporters from the Associated Press , Time , and USA Today boycotted the briefing in response. Journalists from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal also attended the briefing. President Trump has even coined a term for the Times , constantly referring to it on Twitter as "the failing New York Times ".

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How to Watch the 2017 Oscars

In 2010 she wins best director for The Hurt Locker . "It's impossible to ignore the success of " La La Land " and those who took part in it". WHO WILL WIN: Chazelle. The 2017 Academy Awards is gearing up to be quite the night to remember. Not as much as every one else. I have no idea what it took for Lonergan to make such a gut-punch of a movie, but I feel confident that it is worthy of an Oscar .

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Beyoncé calls on fans to support LGBTQ youth

Beyonce offered some support to the LGBTQ community via social media as the Trump Administration walked back on protecting them from discrimination. Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z were outspoken supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election - even taking the stage at charity events for the Democratic nominee.

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Deadpool 2 adds Drew Goddard as a script consultant

Deadpool 2 already lost its original director, so it would have been eye opening if its original writers had been replaced as well. What's interesting here is that Reynolds doesn't actually mention Goddard's name whatsoever, which is either an innocuous oversight or a hint that Goddard's contribution - or lack thereof - is strictly limited to dotting the I's and crossing the T's of Deadpool's next adventure.

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Predictions for who will win the 2017 Academy Awards

You have to give it to the Grammys: they understand the need of a pre-telecast ceremony . This year Denzel Washington ("Fences") and Ruth Negga (" Loving ") received Best Acting in a Lead Role nominations while Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight"), Dev Patel (" Lion "), Naomie Harris (" Moonlight "), Viola Davis (" Fences ") and Octavia Spencer ("Hidden Figures") received nods in the supporting category.

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Rob Zombie to cameo in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

In the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Zombie voiced the navigation system for a ship flown by the space pirates known as Ravagers. It was a slice of news that Gunn also confirmed in his own Instagram wheelings and dealings. 2 standee has been leaked online, and I got to say, it's a nice piece of advertising. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due out in theaters on May 5 and will feature performances from returning cast members Chris Pratt , Zoe Saldana , Vin Deasel, Bradley Cooper ...

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Tracy Morgan's Next Comedy Special Will Debut on Netflix

Netflix's onslaught of highly anticipated comedy specials continues: Tracy Morgan's first stand-up special since the 2014 traffic accident that almost took his life will drop on the streaming service on May 16. Morgan is best known for his roles on "Saturday Night Live" and " 30 Rock ", both shows on NBC. Trevor Noah just released a new special on Netflix on February 21, and Netflix finishes the month with a new specials from Mike Birbiglia on Feb.

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Australia's 'biggest ever' antivenom dose saves boy bitten by funnel web spider

His family used his shirt as a compression bandage to try to slow the venom's spread and rushed him to a hospital. Tim Faulkner, General Manager of the Australian Reptile Park, said: "I've never heard of it, it's incredible". Mr Faulkner praised the quick-thinking of Mr Mitchell. The male funnel web was captured and handed over to the reptile park where it is now part of the park's antivenom milking program.

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Sir Patrick Stewart spent most of his life thinking he was circumcised

Stewart chose to ask a medical professional for a definitive answer and was shocked when he learned his wife was right. Stewart continues: "He took a closer look and said, 'Not! I am Jewish and definitely know the difference!" Patrick Stewart is best known for his roles in X-Men and Star Trek .

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Jimmy Kimmel considering retiring from late night television

The final instructions from Douglas was to jump up and down on a trampoline as Kimmel quipped: 'I feel like I'm going to wind up on the no fly list'. Watch the PEOPLE & EW Red Carpet Live Oscars pre-show on February 26 at 5 p.m. While that's technically on the lower side of ratings for the annual award show, that's still more than nearly any other show or event manages to secure - outside of touchstones like the Super Bowl.

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How George Clooney & Pregnant Wife Amal Are 'More Responsible' Parents-to-Be

George also admitted that he is fearful about being the parent of twins . Julie Chen of CBS' " The Talk " confirmed in early February that the human rights lawyer is pregnant with twins. With global human rights attorney Amal Clooney preparing to give birth to twins in June, their father-to-be revealed the drastic changes the pair have made.

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Spotify is getting into the content game with its own original podcasts

The streaming service previously partnered with Mic and Headcount.org a year ago for Clarify, an audio and video series that explored the relationship between music and political issues. The last podcast on the bill is perhaps the most intriguing - premiering sometime in April, The Chris Lighty Story (a working title) is said to cover the life, death, and influence of the titular music industry executive who was best known for having a hand in the career of influential hip hop ...

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Foo Fighters hiatus is officially over, watch their comeback show

The band had always been rumoured to headline Worthy Farm this year, especially since they were forced to pull out of their 2015 headline slot when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg. Metro.co.uk has reached out to Foo Fighter's reps for comment. Speculation is mounting that Foo Fighters will play a secret gig in Somerset town Frome later tonight.

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Netflix's "The Discovery" Trailer Should Probably Come With A Trigger Warning

Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons also star in the film alongside Segel, Redford, and Mara. The Discovery was acquired by Netflix in June 2016. Sparks fly when he encounters Isla (Rooney Mara), a woman with a tragic past who has come to the island for mysterious reasons of her own.

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Cheryl confirms pregnancy with large bump

The 33 year old former "X Factor" judge was pictured in a group photograph at a recent event for The Prince's Trust and L'Oreal Paris aimed at raising young people's self-confidence. And Cheryl is due to give birth any time soon as a source previously claimed Cheryl's due date is almost upon her. Cheryl Cole just basically confirmed her pregnancy and the Internet couldn't handle the madness.

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Court closes Robin Thicke restraining order trial to public

Well, when it comes to that "impartial monitor", Patton is accusing her ex-husband of amusing business! Thicke has denied abusing his son, and his former attorney has said there was no basis for Patton's domestic violence allegations and called them retaliatory.

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John Mayer to play concert in Phoenix this August

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Pepsi Center. Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for USA show dates beginning Tuesday, February 28 at 10 AM through Friday, March 3 at 10 PM. Mayer has released the second wave of new songs - " Still Feel Like Your Man ", " Emoji of a Wave ", "Helpless" and " Roll it on Home " - " The Search for Everything " album which will be released April 14.


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