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Tom Cullen talks working with childhood idol Mark Hamill on season two of ‘Knightfall’

Tom Cullen talks working with childhood idol Mark Hamill on season two of ‘Knightfall’

L-R Mark Hamill, Tom Cullen — History/Larry Horricks(NEW YORK) — In season two of History’s Knightfall, Welsh actor Tom Cullen got the chance to work alongside his childhood idol: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Hamill trades his Star Wars lightsaber for a real sword to play Talus, a Knights Templar veteran tasked with training new…

Christina Milian discusses her connection to her character in ‘The Oath’

Christina Milian discusses her connection to her character in ‘The Oath’

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) — Christina Milian has more in common with her The Oath character Christine Parks than just their similar names. The talented actress and singer tells ABC Radio that she was able to identify with Christine’s tough exterior, partly thanks to her father, who was influential in her upbringing. “He kind of raised…

‘Luke Cage’ veteran Simone Missick to topline CBS legal drama ‘Courthouse’

‘Luke Cage’ veteran Simone Missick to topline CBS legal drama ‘Courthouse’

David Lee/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Her popular Netflix series Luke Cage may have been short-lived, but Simone Missick is back with a brand new series. In an new Instagram post, Missick wrote “Whatever Lola wants…,” captioning an image of a report about the new CBS legal drama pilot Courthouse. “I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!,” she continued.…

Music News

Stevie Wonder to make Red Rocks debut at benefit concert during annual SeriesFest event

Stevie Wonder to make Red Rocks debut at benefit concert during annual SeriesFest event

Courtesy of SeriesFestStevie Wonder will headline a benefit show that will be held during the SeriesFest: Season 5 event taking place June 21-26 in and near Denver. SeriesFest is a non-profit organization that helps promote artists focused on episodic storytelling. The SeriesFest event celebrates TV and music, and takes place in June in the Denver…

Cyndi Lauper to deliver commencement address at her (sort of) alma mater

Cyndi Lauper to deliver commencement address at her (sort of) alma mater

Steve Granitz/WireImageCyndi Lauper never actually graduated from college, but the school she attended for several years is now welcoming back with open arms. The singer will deliver the commencement address at Northern Vermont University-Johnson on May 18.  Cyndi took classes at the school in 1973 and 1974, when it was known as Johnson State College. …

Brian Setzer announced solo summer tour coinciding with 40th anniversary Stray Cats trek

Brian Setzer announced solo summer tour coinciding with 40th anniversary Stray Cats trek

Credit: Suzie Kaplan The Stray Cats recently announced plans for a 40th anniversary reunion tour that includes a run of U.S. dates in August.  Now, frontman Brian Setzer has lined up a bunch of solo shows that same month. The latest installment of Setzer’s “Rockabilly Riot!” tour features 11 concerts running from an August 5…

National News

Attorney Michael Avenatti arrested in alleged Nike extortion scheme: Prosecutors

Attorney Michael Avenatti arrested in alleged Nike extortion scheme: Prosecutors

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors in New York and California announced charges against Michael Avenatti on Monday in separate cases targeting the former personal attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.Avenatti, who was arrested in New York City on Monday morning, stands accused of attempting to extort Nike for $20 million and faces…

Yale rescinds student’s admission as defendants charged in alleged $25 million college entrance scam plead not guilty in Boston federal court

Yale rescinds student’s admission as defendants charged in alleged $25 million college entrance scam plead not guilty in Boston federal court

Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in an alleged nationwide college entrance scam that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and chief executive officers, some of whom appeared Monday in a Boston federal…

Suspected killer of reputed mob boss was influenced by conspiracy websites: Lawyer

Suspected killer of reputed mob boss was influenced by conspiracy websites: Lawyer

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The 24-year-old suspect in the killing of reputed Gambino family mob boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge in a New York City courtroom as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.Anthony Comello appeared in Staten Island Criminal Court…

Michael Avenatti under arrest, charged with extortion, prosecutors say

Michael Avenatti under arrest, charged with extortion, prosecutors say

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday announced the arrest of Michael Avenatti, the former personal attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, on charges related to an alleged $20 million extortion scheme targeting Nike.He was expected to make a court appearance Monday afternoon.This is a developing story. Please check…

Health News

Toddlers engage more with print books than tablets: Study

Toddlers engage more with print books than tablets: Study

monkeybusinessimages/iStockBY: DR. LEILA HAGHIGHAT(NEW YORK) — “Once upon a time” may be better read on paper than on a screen.A new study suggests that toddlers interact more with their parents when they read print books compared to electronic versions. The results of the study were published today in the journal Pediatrics.E-books sell well. The number…

How to help with suicide prevention

How to help with suicide prevention

noipornpan/iStock(NEW YORK) — In 2016, suicide became the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-34, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Nearly 9 percent of young people in grades nine through 12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months, according to…

Pediatricians, American Heart Association call for regulations on sugary drinks

Pediatricians, American Heart Association call for regulations on sugary drinks

Sasiistock/iStock(NEW YORK) — Two of the nation’s most prominent health organizations issued a joint policy statement on Monday endorsing widespread public health regulations to help reduce the amount of sugary drinks that kids consume.The statement, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Heart Association (AHA), will be published in the April issue…

FDA approves breakthrough heart failure device that improves heart function

FDA approves breakthrough heart failure device that improves heart function

iStockBY DR. LEILA HAGHIGHAT(NEW YORK) — A new device on the market for patients with heart failure is the first device in cardiology to receive a “breakthrough” designation by the Food and Drug Administration.For many patients with heart failure who are already on the right medications, there’s not much else they can do unless they…