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December 2, 2019

Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli has returned to YouTube for the first time since the college admissions scandal, in a brief video saying she wants to "move on with my life."

Jade, a social media influencer with nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers, stopped uploading videos after her parents' arrest in March. Prosecutors say Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to have their two daughters designated as crew team recruits to get into the University of Southern California, even though they didn't participate in the sport. The parents have both pleaded not guilty.

In a video titled "hi again," Jade says the scandal is "something that needs to be addressed" but tells viewers that she's "legally not allowed to speak" about it.

"I want to move on with my life," she says, going on to say she's "terrified" to return to YouTube but that she wants to "start taking smaller steps in the right direction." She concludes by teasing more uploads in the future and writing on screen, "I'll see you soon."

This first upload in more than eight months amassed more than 1 million views, became the top trending video on YouTube, and was flooded with negative comments.

In the aftermath of the college admissions scandal, several brands distanced themselves from Jade, with Sephora ending a partnership with her while citing "recent developments." NBC News reports that as of October she was no longer enrolled as a student at USC. Brendan Morrow

May 8, 2019

Billy Bush is returning to television.

Bush is set to host Extra Extra, which is described as a new version of Extra that will cover pop culture, sports, and politics, beginning this fall, People reported on Wednesday. This is Bush's first hosting gig since he was fired from Today in 2016 following the release of a leaked 2005 tape in which he laughs along as then presidential candidate Donald Trump says that he has grabbed women without their consent.

Bush told People that "we all have to be able to evolve as we grow," promising that since 2016, he "had the opportunity to grow up a little bit" and will now "be better at my job than I ever was." He also said that he "fell completely apart" because of the 2016 scandal but argued that although the tape was "a bad moment ... one moment doesn't define your life."

Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey told Variety that Bush is a "consummate journalist" and the "perfect host as we reinvent Extra for a new generation." Extra Extra, which Deadline reports will air on Fox stations, is set to premiere on Sept. 9. Brendan Morrow

March 6, 2019

Disney is adding yet another film to its packed 2019 slate.

The studio on Wednesday announced that the Maleficent sequel, which is now being titled Mistress of Evil, will be released in October. A teaser poster showing Angelina Jolie back as the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain was also released.

This announcement came as a surprise considering Disney previously dated the film for May 29, 2020. The film now joins the company's ridiculously crowded 2019 lineup, which also consists of Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen II, and Star Wars: Episode IX. Needless to say, expect Disney to dominate the box office once again this year.

The first Maleficent was a surprisingly huge hit for Disney back in 2014, grossing $758 million worldwide. The success of that film, as well as Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland, helped usher in the current era of Disney live-action remakes and reimaginings; in the same vein as Maleficent, a live-action film about One Hundred and One Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil is also in the works starring Emma Stone.

No plot details have been released about Mistress of Evil just yet, but it will be directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and also star Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer. It will be the first live-action feature film Jolie has starred in since 2015. Brendan Morrow

February 15, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court.

The 85-year-old Supreme Court justice returned on Friday for a regularly-scheduled closed-door meeting, CNN reports, adding that Ginsburg is expected to take part in oral arguments on Tuesday. This latter aspect of the report, however, was not confirmed by a Supreme Court spokesperson.

Ginsburg has been recovering ever since she was treated for lung cancer in December. Cancerous nodules had been discovered after she was hospitalized in a fall, but the court says there isn't evidence of remaining disease. After being discharged from the hospital, Ginsburg missed her first days of oral arguments in her entire career, although she continued to work from home, The Associated Press reports. She previously survived cancer twice. Brendan Morrow

January 31, 2019

Have you heard the word about The L Word? It's officially coming back with the original cast on board.

Showtime announced on Thursday that it has ordered an eight-episode revival of the series, which originally aired from 2004 through 2009, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Creator Ilene Chaiken is returning for the follow-up, as are actors Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey, who will be joined by "a new ensemble of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success on the east side of L.A." Other stars from the original run weren't initially confirmed to be back, but Sarah Shahi later said she'd be interested in joining as well, Variety reports. Marja-Lewis Ryan will serve as showrunner.

The network has been eying a revival of The L Word since back in 2017 but took its time in officially ordering it, with programming president Gary Levine saying last summer that the project would only move forward "if we end up with a show that has something new to say," as Deadline reported. Apparently, they've since figured out the new spin, and the Reporter writes this sequel will explore "what has and hasn't changed since the show launched." The new episodes will reportedly air by the end of 2019. Brendan Morrow

October 31, 2018

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't want any part of President Trump's campaign against birthright citizenship.

On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that Reid used to oppose guaranteeing citizenship to all those born on U.S. soil "before he and the Democrats went insane." He later backed it up with a 1993 clip of Reid, then a Nevada Democrat, telling the Senate how "no sane country" would offer birthright citizenship as "a reward for being an illegal immigrant."

The shout-out prompted Reid to come out of retirement, if only for one brief statement. He called his 1993 bill to end birthright citizenship a "mistake," just like how Trump "was gobbling up tax-free inheritance money" at the same time. Reid then called Trump out for wanting to "stoke fear instead of unify" the country, and finished by saying the president is "profoundly wrong" in assuming how Reid really feels.

Trump publicized his proposed change to citizenship laws on Tuesday, asserting he didn't need a constitutional amendment to amend the interpretation of the Constitution. Legal scholars, many Republicans, and even House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) disagree. Kathryn Krawczyk

September 17, 2018

Disney has just unveiled the infectiously charming first full trailer for its highly-anticipated new musical, Mary Poppins Returns.

After a fairly vague initial teaser in March, the new clip shows off more of film's plot, which involves Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) coming back decades after the original movie in order to help a grown-up Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer). Tragedy has befallen the family after the death of Michael's wife — until the singing and dancing nanny from their childhood returns to restore some much-needed magic.

The new trailer teases some of the film's musical sequences, with Blunt seen singing to the children and later dancing with Lin Manuel-Miranda, who plays a street lamplighter named Jack, per Empire. Mary Poppins Returns will combine live-action elements with 2-D animation, just like the original film did over 50 years ago.

If you were wondering whether there might be room for Dick Van Dyke to return, wonder no longer, as the 92-year-old actor has a brief cameo in this trailer. Julie Andrews, the original Mary Poppins, was also reportedly offered a cameo role but turned it down, per Entertainment Weekly.

Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, who has previously helmed acclaimed musical films like Chicago and Into the Woods. It hits theaters Dec. 19. You can watch the full trailer below. Brendan Morrow

January 31, 2017

Oprah Winfrey will join 60 Minutes as a special contributor this fall, CBS News reports. "I'm so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling," Winfrey said in a statement. "At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds."

Winfrey retired from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 after hosting it for 25 years. She has also founded OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 by President Barack Obama.

"There is only one Oprah Winfrey," said 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager. "She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life. She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast." Jeva Lange

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