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Disney+ ‘Rogue One’ prequel series reportedly casts ‘6 Underground’ star

Disney+ ‘Rogue One’ prequel series reportedly casts ‘6 Underground’ star

Ajona in “6 Underground” – Christian Black/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Adria Arjona, recently seen in Netflix’s hit Ryan Reynolds action film 6 Underground, will soon be going to that galaxy far, far away, according to a report from Deadline.  The publication says Arjona has been cast opposite returning player Gabriel Luna in the Disney+ prequel series Star Wars: Rogue One.  The series centers on…

Need an escape from the present? Have a sleepover at the last Blockbuster, thanks to Airbnb

Need an escape from the present? Have a sleepover at the last Blockbuster, thanks to Airbnb

Airbnb(OREGON) — Let’s face it, nothing would be better than leaving 2020 and going back to — well, any time.  But thanks to Airbnb, you can re-visit your presumably more carefree 1990s, with a sleepover at the last Blockbuster video store. Your chance to relive that ’90s-era mainstay of renting movies for an end-of-summer sleepover…

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ being rebooted as a drama with Will Smith as exec producer

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ being rebooted as a drama with Will Smith as exec producer

Chris Cuffaio/NBCU Photo Bank(LOS ANGELES) — The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting flipped-turned-upside down.  The Hollywood Reporter reports that the highly-celebrated family sitcom that made Will Smith a star is being adapted into a drama series, based on a viral YouTube trailer created by writer Morgan Cooper. As a Fresh Prince super-fan and co-executive producer, Cooper reimagined the hit series as a serious drama that tells the story of…

New York Comic Con canceled; going virtual with “Metaverse”

New York Comic Con canceled; going virtual with “Metaverse”

Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for ReedPOP(NEW YORK) — Like San Diego Comic-Con before it, New York Comic Con — which last year attracted 250,000 fans to the Big Apple’s massive Jacob Javits Center — has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, a rep for the convention told ABC Audio that a Newsday article…

Music News

Lindsey Buckingham sang live for the first time since his 2019 heart surgery in recent Zoom event

Lindsey Buckingham sang live for the first time since his 2019 heart surgery in recent Zoom event

Randy Holmes via Getty ImagesLindsey Buckingham took part in a recent Zoom interview and performance session that featured a four-song acoustic set, marking the first time he’s sung publicly since undergoing an emergency open-heart surgery in February 2019. The Zoom event was part of tech company Nutanix’s “IT Unplugged” webinar series. The songs that Buckingham…

Don Henley, Bernie Leadon featured on new album by bluegrass veterans The Dillards

Don Henley, Bernie Leadon featured on new album by bluegrass veterans The Dillards

Pinecastle Recording CompanyDon Henley and his former Eagles band mate Bernie Leadon have lent their talents to a new studio by the veteran bluegrass band The Dillards called Old Road New Again, which will be released digitally on August 21. The 11-track collection is The Dillards’ first album to feature mostly new original songs since…

Streisand/Summer number-one hit used to soundtrack new ad urging LGBTQ people to vote

Streisand/Summer number-one hit used to soundtrack new ad urging LGBTQ people to vote

Columbia/CasablancaBarbra Streisand and Donna Summer — both gay icons — teamed up in 1979 for the number-one duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”  Now, the song is being used in a new ad urging the LGBTQ community to vote — and Barbra makes a cameo. As Billboard reports, the ad, called “Enough Is Enough,”…

National News

Coronavirus updates: Florida reaches new record daily death toll

Coronavirus updates: Florida reaches new record daily death toll

Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 737,000 people worldwide.Over 20 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and…

Seattle police chief resigns in wake of ‘personal’ budget cuts to department

Seattle police chief resigns in wake of ‘personal’ budget cuts to department

iStock/MUC1968BY: KARMA ALLEN(NEW YORK) — Seattle’s police chief resigned late Monday in the wake of protests against police brutality and a recent Seattle City Council vote to defund her department by 14%.Carmen Best announced her shocking retirement in an email to staff, saying it was a “difficult decision,” but the department formally announced her departure…

Teachers concerned over COVID-19 safety as schools reopen, new cases are reported

Teachers concerned over COVID-19 safety as schools reopen, new cases are reported

Halfpoint/iStockBy ANTHONY RIVAS, TENZIN SHAKYA and. ASHLEY RIEGLE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Nancy Shively, a lifelong educator in Oklahoma, says she’s always loved teaching. But with the coronavirus still raging and schools around the country beginning to reopen, she resigned from her job last week to protect herself and her family.Shively has spent the last…

Downtown Chicago reopens for cleanup in wake of widespread looting

Downtown Chicago reopens for cleanup in wake of widespread looting

iStock/MelpomenemBY: KARMA ALLEN(WASHINGTON) — Downtown Chicago’s expressways and bridges reopened on Tuesday as business owners and emergency workers rushed to recover in the wake of widespread looting and violence.City officials had placed the area on lockdown, restricting access to residents and business owners, following hours of looting and vandalism that damaged businesses and resulted in…

Health News

Fauci says he has serious doubts Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective

Fauci says he has serious doubts Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective

Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty ImagesBy CATERINA ANDREANO, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts that he seriously doubts the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V and touted by President Vladimir Putin, has been proven safe and effective.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shared the comments exclusively with…

Selma Blair opens up about riding her horse for the first time since MS diagnosis

Selma Blair opens up about riding her horse for the first time since MS diagnosis

Zerbor/iStockBy MEGAN STONE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Selma Blair offered an honest update about her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis over the weekend, revealing that she was finally able to do something she sorely missed: ride her beloved horse.The two had an emotional reunion over the weekend, with the “Legally Blonde” actress posting two photos…

‘Shock hair loss’ linked to coronavirus pandemic stress

‘Shock hair loss’ linked to coronavirus pandemic stress

triocean/iStockBy THE GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The stress of the coronavirus pandemic is causing people’s hair to fall out in a phenomenon doctors are calling “shock hair loss.””There’s no symptoms, there’s no itching, there’s no pain,” Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Good Morning America. “They’re just seeing more…