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Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday to dismiss sexual misconduct charges against the actor, citing alleged entries in his accuser’s blog that “she is starving to be visible.”

Gooding's lawyer submitted the accuser's blogs to the court as evidence, calling it "the metamorphosis of a terribly warped mentality."

“Making a false claim against a world-renowned Academy Award-winning actor would certainly put her in a position where she would no longer be never be invisible,” attorney Mark Heller said after the New York City court hearing.

However, Judge Keshia Espinal declined to rule immediately on his motion to dismiss, saying that it would be "a rash decision which the court is not willing to do.”  Espinal has instead given prosecutors until July 17 to respond in writing, after which she'll rule on the motion to dismiss on August 14.

Heller claims prosecutors are effectively holding the actor "hostage" with the schedule of monthly hearings, forcing him to fly from California to New York every time there's a court proceeding.  Heller also challenged the district attorney’s decision to exclude the victim’s name from the public court filing because she's an alleged sex crime victim.

Gooding pleaded not guilty last Thursday to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree.  The charges stem from the 51-year-old actor's alleged groping of a woman's breast inside Manhattan's Magic Hour Rooftop Bar on June 9, a claim Gooding denies.

The complaint itself asserts Gooding "forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant's sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter's consent."

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Helen Sloan/HBO(LONDON) -- Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington is helping his fans reach their charitable goals.

The actor donated nearly $10,000 to a fundraiser set up by GoT fans in his honor, with proceeds going to the U.K. charity Royal Mencap Society, which supports people with learning disabilities. His contribution helped the fundraiser reach its goal of £50,000 -- approximately $63,000.

Fans launched the donation page on JustGiving.com earlier this month as a way of showing support for Harington and one of his favorite charities. Following the end of Game of Thrones, the actor had checked into a wellness facility in Connecticut to receive treatment for “personal issues.”

Harington attached a note of gratitude to his donation, writing, “To those of you who set this page up in my name and to those of you who contributed and left messages, please accept my deepest and most heartfelt thank you.”

He continued, “This donations page lifted my heart and brought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful gift to receive…how generous of all of you.”

“Mencap is truly a wonderful charity and the money given here will go to the most incredible cause,” he added. “With love and respect from beyond the wall…Kit x.”

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Four months after welcoming his first child via surrogate, Andy Cohen is already thinking about baby number two.

The Watch What Happens Live live host tells Extra he would be open to giving son Benjamin Allen a sibling some day.

“I might consider having another one — I’m thinking about it,” the 51-year-old says.

Cohen adds that Benjamin, who was born in February, is “growing rapidly.”

“He is drinking his milk, he is a really chill baby,” he says. “He is trying to crawl. He’s grasping a lot, a lot of eye contact, focusing on books. He can hold his bottle, almost.”

Earlier this month, Cohen commemorated his first Father’s Day with an Instagram post urging New York to end its ban on compensated surrogacy and pass the Child-Parent Security Act.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Orange Is the New Black is ready for its fade to black. The Netflix series has released the trailer for its final season, which debuts next month.

In the trailer, we see Taylor Schilling’s Piper trying to adjust to life on the outside, as the other ladies of Litchfield come to terms with how prison has changed them.

Meanwhile, Danielle Brooks’ Taystee faces a life sentence and a confrontation with her friend Cindy, who testified against her. And Crazy Eyes, played by Uzo Aduba, contemplates what she wants in life.

“Ice cream…and justice,” she says.

Throughout glimpses of the new season, these words flash across the screen: “One color brought us together, one color inspired change, one color began a movement, one color gave us hope.”

The seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black debuts on Netflix July 26.

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MTV(NEW YORK) -- The MTV Video Music Awards has tapped its new host. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will emcee the show live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday, August 26.

Maniscalco revealed the news on Tuesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He previously hosted the VMAs back in 2002.

“We’re thrilled to have the incredibly talented Sebastian Maniscalco as this year’s VMA host,” MTV VMAs executive producer Bruce Gillmer says in a statement. “Sebastian is on FIRE right now and his comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.”

In a hilarious promo for the show, Maniscalco tries to brush up on his pop culture knowledge with the help of a Siri-like device.

“Are you familiar with Cardi B?” it asks. “What is that, a spice or a supplement?” he responds.

Then he asks it to give him the biggest songs in hip hop and it starts playing "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X. "That's a country song! What are you broken?" he asks.

More VMA announcements -- including nominees, performers and this year's Video Vanguard recipient -- are coming soon.

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Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --(NOTE NATURE, CONTENT)  YouTube star and popular online gaming personality Etika has been found dead, the New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News. The cause of death appears to be suicide. He was 29.

Amofah's body was recovered from New York City's East River near the South Street Seaport on Tuesday morning, ABC News confirmed.

Born Desmond Amofah, Etika had been missing since June 19.  He'd posted a final vlog to his now-deleted YouTube channel in which he announced he was mentally ill and suicidal. "It was a fun life, I had a great time," he said before listing the things he would miss after he took his life.

Etika had some 800,000 followers who watched his effusive game reviews and other videos.

(The number for the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.)

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening nationwide Wednesday:

Annabelle Comes Home -- In the third chapter in the Annabelle series and seventh installment in The Conjuring film franchise, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren -- again played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga -- lock the titular possessed doll in a glass case.  But that's not enough to keep it from setting its sights on a new target: the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy, and her babysitters, portrayed by Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife, respectively.

Rated R.

 

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Photo courtesy of TV Land(NEW YORK) -- The cast of Younger is taking a stand to protect women against violence.

The show’s stars -- Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis – have teamed up with The United State of Women for a new PSA in support of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994 and supports survivors of crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. In April, the House passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the act for five more years, but the Senate has not yet passed it.

“Girls, women, people who identify as women, and non-binary people are disproportionately affected by violence,” the cast says in the PSA.

“Right now long-standing funds to help and protect survivors of gender-based violence are under threat,” they continue. "It’s time to renew the Violence Against Women Act.”

The PSA urges fans to take action by going to TheUnitedStateofWomen.org.

Younger is currently airing its sixth season on TV Land.

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Mike Pont/WireImage(HOLLYWOOD) -- Anthony Bourdain would have been 63 today. To mark the celebrity chef's birthday, fellow chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres launched "Bourdain Day," in which they encouraged others to celebrate Bourdain, and announced a scholarship in his honor from his alma mater, The Culinary Institute of America.

The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship will finance students' travels abroad to deepen their appreciation and understanding of foreign cuisine.

"The career of Chef Bourdain is a testament to the great power that travel can have in a culinary education—and in a full life," the school said in a statement.

In celebration of #BourdainDay, his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, shared footage of Bourdain swimming with their daughter, Ariane.

Other celebrities posting their tributes on social media include Debi Mazar, Padma Lakshmi, and Rachael Ray.

Bourdain was found dead on June 8, 2018 in a luxury hotel in the tiny village of Kaysersberg, in the Alsace region of northeast France. He appeared to have hanged himself, according to officials.

Bourdain hosted three series that married his love of travel and food: No Reservations and The Layover for the Travel Channel and Parts Unknown for CNN. Just before his death, Bourdain had been filming an episode of Parts Unknown with Ripert, his close friend.

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MGM(JAMAICA) -- Despite recent on-set mishaps, Bond 25 appears to be moving along just fine.

The production released a one-minute behind-the-scenes video Tuesday showing Daniel Craig and company on location in Jamaica. In addition to quick shots of Craig’s James Bond and the Caribbean nightlife, we see glimpses of Jeffrey Wright as Bond's old pal Felix Leiter and a new character played by Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch.  

The film, directed by Cary Fukunaga, picks up with 007 enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica after leaving active service. But of course he gets pulled back in when Felix asks for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist.

Bond 25 has had some setbacks in a recent weeks. Last month, shooting was paused after Craig sustained an ankle injury on set. Then, a few weeks later, a crew member suffered a “minor injury” during the filming of a “controlled explosion.”

And earlier this week, The Independent reports a man was arrested and charged with voyeurism for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a women's bathroom at England's Pinewood Studios, where Bond is currently in production.

The film, which doesn't yet have an official title, is still on track to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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General Mills(LOS ANGELES) -- General Mills has found the perfect champion for its signature Wheaties box.

The company announced on Tuesday that tennis star Serena Williams will be the next athlete featured on the breakfast cereal's iconic orange box.  

Serena took to Instagram to share the monumental news.

"In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box, Williams wrote.  "Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second."

She posted a photo of her Wheaties box cover, in which she wears a white dress.

Williams, who has been named the women's player of the year seven times, has a long list of accomplishments. She has earned 23 major singles titles, 14 major doubles titles, and was ranked the world number one in women's singles eight times between 2002 and 2017.

As mentioned, Williams is the second black tennis player to be featured on the box. She is also the first active tennis player featured since Pete Sampras in 2000 and the fourth female tennis player overall.

"I am so excited to be on the cover of the next Wheaties box," said Williams in statement. "I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes. I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big."

Williams' limited-edition Wheaties box will become available in the U.S. starting next month.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased the news last week, but now it’s official. Avengers: Endgame is heading back to theaters this weekend...and now there’s even more incentive to see it again.

In addition to the original film, audiences will be treated to a video introduction by director Anthony Russo and an unfinished deleted scene. Not only that, but the showing will include a special sneak peek of the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, which takes place after the events of Endgame.

In select theaters, fans who buy a movie ticket will also receive an exclusive piece of Avengers art while supplies last. The art features a rendering of the Infinity Gauntlet with a variation of one of Tony Stark's quotes from the movie: “We love you 3000.”

Avengers: Endgame, which first hit theaters on April 26, returns Friday, June 28.

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) -- Ariana Grande is heading to The Prom with Meryl Streep.

According to Deadline, the two are among the star-studded cast on board for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical, The Prom.

They’ll be joined by James Corden, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman, who currently appears with Streep on HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Streep, Corden, Rannells and Kidman will play four washed-up Broadway stars who decide to champion the cause of a small-town high school senior named Emma who isn’t allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom. Ariana will play Alyssa, the popular daughter of the head of the school’s PTA.

Awkwafina and Keegan Michael-Key will also play key roles. A nationwide search is currently underway to cast the role of Emma.

Murphy will direct and produce the film, with shooting reportedly set to begin in December and aiming for a fall 2020 release in theaters before it hits Netflix.

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ABC(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police have released more files, officer body cam footage and other video from the night they say Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself, with the help of two associates.

The Empire actor claimed white supporters of President Trump attacked him in the middle of the night on January 29, threw bleach on him and put a noose around his neck, while shouting homophobic and racist slurs.  However, Chicago police allege Smollett paid two Nigerian associates of his, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, to help him stage the attack on himself.  The brothers were also recorded on camera buying red ball caps approximating Make America Great Again hats, and rope that Smollett said his attackers tied around his neck. 

More than 70 hours of video footage has been made public, some of which was shot in Smollett's own apartment as investigators interviewed him.  Body cam footage from the apartment shows Smollett still wearing the makeshift noose, some time after the alleged attack, with the actor saying he wanted it to remain around his neck until he was able to show it to police.

The released footage also shows the brothers being detained at the airport after the incident and taking a cab to the location the alleged attack reportedly took place. 

Smollett was eventually indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report; all charges were dropped in February but that decision will be reviewed by a special prosecutor, who will review the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office dropped the charges against Smollett.  It's possible charges could be reinstated against Smollett, depending on the special prosecutor's findings. 

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ABC/Mark Bourdillon(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette saw the guys joining Hannah B. in Riga, Latvia, as she tried to turn things around following a trying time in Scotland last week.

The first date went to Garrett, along with the message, “Can I trust our love?” Hannah decides to surprise Garrett by taking him bungee jumping, but the surprise is on her as well because, apparently, Latvians like to bungee jump au naturel!

Afterward, Garrett says he’s ready to take another leap of faith, and tells Hannah he’s falling in love with her “big time.” She agrees that “sometimes when you’re falling in love, you just have to trust and take that leap,” and offers him the date rose.

When Garrett tells the other men about his naked bungee jump with Hannah, they’re all impressed, and a little jealous -- except for Luke, who thinks Garrett is just making the whole thing up.

Next, Mike, Jed, Tyler, Dustin, Luke, Connor and Dylan are invited on a group date with Hannah, during which they take in the local culture. All goes well, with the men all getting along -- until Hannah shares the details of her bungee jump with Garrett, forcing Luke to accept the naked truth. Needless to say, he’s not happy.

When Luke gets his turn alone with Hannah, her one-on-one with Garret comes up, and Luke expresses his disapproval, including concerns about bringing her home to meet his family. However, he insists he can forgive her, even when she makes a ”boneheaded mistake.”

Adding to Luke’s anger and frustration?  The date rose goes to Tyler, and not him.

The next one-on-one date goes to Peter, who joins Hannah for a Latvian spa ritual that combines elements of sauna with spiritual elements and massage techniques that promise to help them “get close to each other.”

Hannah had no doubts about their physical chemistry entering the date, but she needs to know if they can relate to each other on a deeper level. After exchanging stories of heartbreak, she’s satisfied Peter’s a potential match for her and gives him the rose.

After Peter spills the details of his date with Hannah, one of the other guys decides he needs to pay Hannah a surprise visit -- but it’s not Luke. This time, it’s Jed. The Nashville singer/songwriter tries to woo her by serenading her outside her window, followed by some serious kissing, during which he reveals that he, too, is falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, tempers between two arch rivals flare again when Garrett confronts Luke about discussing the details of Garrett and Hannah’s one-on-one date. Luke tries to get Garrett to promise that their current conversation won’t make it back to Hannah before the rose ceremony, but Garrett will do no such thing.

“Why should I promise you?” asks Garrett. Luke then demands Garrett leave his room, saying he needs to get some sleep. Garrett obliges, saying “Sweet dreams, Luke,” as he leaves.

As the guys anxiously await the rose ceremony, Hannah pulls Luke aside to discuss their prior conversation about the bungee jump. She tells him she respects him for sharing his feelings, but the conversation “didn’t sit well” with her.

“You’re not my husband, you don’t own my body, you don’t own me,” Hannah declares. Luke defends the outburst by insisting Hannah simply “misunderstood” him, and promises that fighting to make their relationship work will be “worth it.”

“I don’t know,” is Hannah's response.

Luke rejoins the other men and the fights continue, until they’re interrupted by host Chris Harrison, who tells them that, for the third straight week, Hannah has dispensed with the traditional cocktail party and they’ll head straight to the rose ceremony.

When the last rose is handed out, the guys are once again frustrated to see it go to Luke -- especially Dylan and Dustin, who are sent home.

 “There’s goodness inside you, and I see that,” Hannah whispers to Luke before placing the rose in his lapel.

“What do you like about Luke,” Harrison later asks Hannah in private.

“I’m either falling in love with Luke, or Luke is making me go crazy,” is her answer.

Here are the seven remaining men:

Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX
Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL
Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA
Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX
Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA
Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL

The Bachelorette continues Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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