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Ben Affleck responds to the controversy of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” on his Facebook page
“After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for “Finding Your Roots,” it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves,” Affleck writes.
“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.
Skip decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.

It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.
I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”
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Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, and Meghan Trainor & John Legend will perform on this year’s Billboard Music Awards

Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, and Meghan Trainor & John Legend will perform on this year’s show. These stars join previously announced musical performers Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Hozier, Nick Jonas and Sam Smith. The ‘2015 Billboard Music Awards’ will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM?11:00 PM ET.
Fun performer facts include:
· Kelly Clarkson has earned three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including her most recent release, Piece By Piece. She’s also scored a whopping 20 hit singles on the Pop Songs chart including the No. 1s ‘Miss Independent,’ ‘Since U Been Gone,’ ‘Because of You’ and ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).’ Clarkson also has 10 songs that reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 chart (3 hitting #1).
· Ed Sheeran, a finalist in five categories this year, scored his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last summer with his critically acclaimed second album ‘x.’ The platinum-certified album features a trio of hits, including ?Sing,? his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 “Don’t,” and the highest charting single of his career so far, ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs, and Digital Songs charts as well No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a remarkable 8 week run.
· Up for an impressive nine awards at this year?s ceremony, Meghan Trainor roared in with her debut hit, “All About That Bass.” The song spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the longest leading No. 1 ever on the historic Epic Records, surpassing two Michael Jackson classics: ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Black Or White.’ Trainor’s debut album Title, which features Meghan?s newest hits ‘Lips Are Movin”and ‘Dear Future Husband’ subsequently topped the Billboard 200, making her just the 13th woman to hit No. 1 with both her first Hot 100 single and Billboard 200 album.
· With seven nominations this year, John Legend leapt to new heights in 2015, notching his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single with “All of Me.” The song also became the […]

Superstar Jennifer Lopez receives 2014 Billboard Music Awards Icon Award

dick clark productions and Billboard announced today that international music superstar Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the prestigious Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET.
The Icon Awards is a lifetime achievement award and the ultimate honor. Jennifer is the 4th artist and the first woman, in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music. Past winners include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and Prince.
“Jennifer Lopez is one of the most iconic performers of her generation,” said Larry Klein producer of the Billboard Music Awards. “We are thrilled to honor her historic career with the 2014 Icon Award and will be on the edge of our seats like everyone else when she takes the stage.”
Lopez will also take the stage with one of the night’s finalists, Pitbull (Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song), to debut the official anthem of this year’s FIFA World Cup, ‘We Are One (Ole Ola).’ Closing her performance, Lopez will have another debut performance of her single, ‘First Love,’ off her 10th album entitled ‘AKA,’ which is set for release on June 17.
They join a lineup up of previously announced performers that include 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend and OneRepublic.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers. For additional information on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.
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ABOUT JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, and entertainer who has established herself in both music and film. She is a successful recording and touring artist with record sales in excess of $75 million and a cumulative box office gross of over $2 billion. Lopez is one of the most influential female artists in history. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named Forbes magazine?s most powerful celebrity and People Magazine?s first […]

Chavez Film: The Producer Strikes Back

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
The producers of a new biopic about the late labor leader Cesar Chavez are rushing to tamp down a flickering controversy appearing on Latino social media over whether unionized workers were fired and non-union personnel employed on the film.
The allegation is being vigorously disputed by lead producerPablo Cruz, who said the production complied with all union regulations andthat all the actors, either those from the U.S. or from Mexico, were unionmembers. He did concede, however, that extras hired in Mexico were non-unionsince there is no equivalent of an extras union in Mexico.
‘If there was a union for extras (in Mexico), we would havehad them, but there wasn’t one,’ Cruz said.
Cesar Chavez, which is directed by Diego Luna and stars Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich,is scheduled to be released March 28 in more than 600 theaters by Pantelion Films.
The movie was shot predominately in Sonora, Mexico, for reasons that had to do with the grape-picking season and how differently grapesare harvested today in the Central Valley of California, as opposed to decades ago when Cesar Chavez was organizing farm workers.
Cruz also rejected claims that they were a ‘runaway’ production. ‘We are a Mexican production company. We are the company who managed to finance this film. We are not a U.S. company.’
If the union/non-union issues are not satisfactorily dealt with, they could impact the film’s perception, especially in the Latino community, where Chavez’s struggle to organize California farm workers lifted him in many eyes into the Latino equivalent of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The controversy, which has been around for a few years, erupted anew earlier this week when the website Latino Rebels published a story under the headline: ‘Critics of New Chavez Movie Allege Producers Used Non-Union Workers and Outsourced Workto Mexico.’
The source of this allegation was an L.A. activist namedChamba Sanchez, who wrote on his Facebook page that he had received an emailasking if he would help promote the film. He derisively questioned why he would want Luna to get rich?
‘Furthermore,’ Sanchez posted, ‘I am currently researching into allegations that people behind this movie fired unionized workers and outsourced part or the entire production to Mexico. This is quite disturbing. If this is the case, Cesar Chavez must be spinning in his grave. And a bigger question: Why his family would agree to this?’
‘We never fired anybody to hire a non-union […]

“PHANTOM” Submarine thriller starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny

Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has recently been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile.
With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. PHANTOM is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.
DISTRIBUTOR: RCR Distribution
THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2013
DIRECTOR: Todd Robinson
STARRING: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Johnathon Schaech
RUN TIME: 97 Minutes
MPAA RATING: R
OFFICIAL SITE: http://phantomthefilm.com/
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Megan Fox gave birth to first child weeks ago

HollywoodNews.com: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcomed their first child together a few weeks ago as they are just now revealing the happy news.
Fox and Green reportedly welcomed their first son together, Noah Shannon, on September 27th, states UsMagazine.com. “We have been very lucky to have had a peaceful few weeks at home. He is healthy, happy and perfect,” Fox wrote on Facebook as the way to break the news.
Green already has one son, Kassius, with his ex, Vanessa Marcil.
Fox stayed out of the spotlight for most of her pregnancy.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star claiming physical abuse from ex?

HollywoodNews.com: Based on some pictures posted on Facebook, it appears that ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is implying that her ex, Paul Nassif, has been physically abusive toward her recently.
Maloof’s personal chef, Bernie Guzman, posted the pictures online that show Maloof revealing her back full of bruises, states TMZ. “ADRIENNE MALOOF WAS PUSHED TO THE GROUND. PUNCHED & BEATEN … HE IS A BEAST,” Bernie wrote on his wall along with the photos.
Now, Nassif’s lawyer is commenting on the accusations: “Any suggestion that the photos show my client struck Adrienne Maloof is a complete fabrication. No physical assault ever occurred. I can’t speculate how these marks occurred. I know the woman does martial arts.”
What do you think about the pictures being posted?
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Brandi Glanville back in a fight with LeAnn Rimes?

HollywoodNews.com: Although they previously seemed to call a truce, it now appears that ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville is on the outs with LeAnn Rimes once again.
As the women were previously at odds since Rimes had an affair with Glanville’s husband at the time, Eddie Cibrian, it looks like things are unfriendly even after Rimes checked into rehab for help with stress and anxiety, states RadarOnline. “Call me CRAZY but I don’t think “Twee-hab” worked! Xxxb,” Glanville recently posted in a message that appears aimed at Rimes.
Rimes has been open about struggling with stress as she has been attacked over Twitter and Facebook.
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LeAnn Rimes opens up about seeking stress treatment

HollywoodNews.com: LeAnn Rimes recently sought out treatment to help her deal with stress and anxiety, and now that she is getting better she is also opening up about the experience.
Rimes revealed that she needed help as she couldn’t deal with the public hatred she was getting through social networks, states RadarOnline. “I think it’s really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets. And it’s hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don’t even know says about you,” Rimes commented.
Rimes has dealt with a lot of backlash ever since getting together with Eddie Cibrian when they were both married.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star’s husband takes fight onto Facebook

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is in a heated divorce and child custody battle with her estranged husband, Paul Nassif.
After Maloof got temporary custody of their three sons when she claimed Nassif has been physically violent with them, Nassif took to Facebook to defend himself, states UsMagazine.com. “It continues to amaze me how so much of the hoopla surrounding a reality show is in reality, unreal — including the absurdity of the latest utterly false accusations by Adrienne’s attorney which we will vigorously address in court,” Nassif wrote.
Nassif also commented that he is going to fight this matter as he is looking out for the well-being of his children and currently feels like they are being used as pawns.
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