Police say Smollett staged attack because he was ‘dissatisfied’ with salary

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ABOVE: Jussie Smollett’s mugshot. (Courtesy of Chicago PD)

Actor Jussie Smollett allegedly paid $3,500 to orchestrate a “bogus” hate crime because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox series “Empire,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a press conference on Feb. 21.

Smollett is charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. He was taken into custody early morning on Feb. 21.

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Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

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CHICAGO (AP) | Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie Smollett has “shifted” due to information received from two brothers questioned in the case, and attorneys for the “Empire” actor blasted reports alleging he played a role in his own attack.

Chicago police had arrested, then released the two Nigerian brothers without charges late Feb. 15 and said they were no longer suspects in the attack.

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GLAAD TV report shows LGBT characters more likely to be white, gay males

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LGBT characters on TV are becoming closer to the norm but odds are they are white, according to the latest study released from GLAAD.

GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” diversity report shows that TV has made advances in LGBT inclusion with more LGBT characters appearing on shows than ever before.

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Fox’s ‘Rent’ live musical set for 2019 premiere

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“Rent,” Fox’s latest live televised musical adaptation, won’t be coming to the small screen for some time.

Deadline reports the production will air on Sunday, Jan. 27. 2019.

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Chris Colfer to make directorial debut with ‘The Wishing Spell’ film

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“Glee” star Chris Colfer will make his film directorial debut with “The Wishing Spell” for FOX, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company will produce the big-screen film.

“The Wishing Spell” will be an adaptation of the first book in Colfer’s fantasy children’s book series, “The Land of Stories.” The six-part series focuses on twins, who after the loss of their father, find themselves magically transported into a world where fairy tale characters are real.

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‘Rent’ announced as Fox’s next live musical

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Fox’s next live production event will be the Tony-winning musical, “Rent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The rock musical, loosely based on the Italian opera “La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini, will be adapted for the small screen by executive producer Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Wicked”) and the estate of the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

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LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

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Adam Lambert gives a first look at Eddie in FOX’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

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Hot Patootie, bless our souls!

We admit to being a bit skeptical about this Science Fiction, Remade Feature from FOX, but after seeing Adam Lambert in his Eddie getup we are more intrigued now.

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Adam Lambert joins the cast of FOX’s “Rocky Horror” remake

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Fresh off being named the biggest 2015 moneymaker of all the American Idol alumni and getting a spot in the Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras concert series, Adam Lambert has signed onto FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.

“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll,” Lambert said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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‘Deadpool’ film to feature pansexual lead character

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The director of the soon-to-be-released Deadpool film has confirmed that the “merc with a mouth” will indeed be pansexual.

Tim Miller was asked in an interview with Collider if the film would feature a “hypersexualized” version of Deadpool like the one seen in the comics. Miller responded, “Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”

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Smithers comes out in new season of “The Simpsons”

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EXCELLENT!

Waylon Smithers, the overly obsessive personal assistant to billionaire Mr. Burns on the hit FOX show The Simpsons, is coming out and it only took him 27 seasons.

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Fox’s ‘Empire’ plans to ‘blow lid off homophobia’

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap “Empire” said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Lee Daniels, who was also behind the movies “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Precious,” said that his own father’s hostility toward gays frightened him and he knows the same attitudes are being passed on from one generation to another in households around the world.

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