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Alec Baldwin's Trump spoofs gun control and Hope Hicks resignation on "SNL"

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Will HeathFollowing a new Twitter feud between President Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin over the latter’s impersonation of the President, Baldwin reprised his Trump impersonation on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.

In the show’s opening sketch, Baldwin’s Trump took on the President’s recent listening session on gun control, telling the audience, “Tonight I am here to bring you a message of healing and a show of unity.” Looking at his notes, he added, “I hear you and I care. Rent LEGO Ninjago Movie.

“Sorry, Eric scribbled some notes on there, too,” added Baldwin, referring to the President’s son.

The faux Trump also floated the idea of taking guns away from all Americans — “even whites.”

He followed by addressing the latest resignations in the Trump administration. Referring to his soon-to-be former Communications Director Hope Hicks, Baldwin said, “She’s like a daughter to me. So smart, so hot. You know, I hate seeing her go but I love watching her walk away.”

On tariffs, Baldwin’s Trump declared, “I said I was going to run this country like a business. That business is a Waffle House at 2 a.m. Crazies everywhere, staff walking out in the middle of their shift, managers taking money out of the cash register to pay off the Russian mob.”

During the Weekend Update segment, SNL‘s Cecily Strong — as Hicks — compared her time at the White House to summer camp, explaining, “You make all these new friends, you barely get any sleep and then everybody leaves after eight weeks.” She bid farewell to her former colleagues by saying, “I’ll see you guys at the reunion in 10 years. Seven with good behavior.”

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Florida teacher 'removed from classroom' after alleged white-nationalist podcast

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iStock/Thinkstock(CITRUS COUNTY, Fla.) — A Florida middle school teacher was “removed” from classroom duties on Sunday after she was accused of hosting a secret white-nationalist podcast in which she allegedly bragged about touting her beliefs in the classroom, authorities said.

The Citrus County School District in northern Florida said it is investigating a Huffington post report that claimed Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School, had hosted the under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov.”

The district did not mention Volitich by name, but it said it became aware of “a concerning podcast” on Friday when it was contacted by a Huffington Post reporter, according to a statement released Sunday. The district said it launched the investigation immediately.

“The reporter indicated they believed one of the persons participating in the podcast was a teacher at Crystal River Middle School,” Superintendent Sandra Himmel said in the statement. “The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the investigation is ongoing.”

“Pursuant to Florida Statute an open investigation and materials related to it are exempt from public record and cannot be discussed until the investigation is complete,” Himmel added.

In its Friday report, the Huffington Post cited evidence including photographs, location information, occupation and age, that is said indicated that Volitich and Dalichov, the host of the “Unapologetic” podcast, were the same person.

In one of the podcasts, the host talks about putting on a “dog and pony show” for administrators during her first year when it came to teaching certain curriculum. In previous episodes, the host said Muslims should be eradicated from the earth.

“I get to talk about topics that people don’t like to talk about. They don’t want to be seen as a bigot, racist, whatever you want to call it. I honestly don’t care,” the host said in one clip.

ABC affiliate WFTS said it stopped by Volitich’s apartment to talk with her, but no one answered the door. A neighbor told WFTS that he recognized a photo of her, but said he rarely spoke with her.

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Thomas Rhett solves the mystery of the "Marry Me" video

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA For his latest smash, Thomas Rhett took a “what if” moment and turned it into “Marry Me,” imagining what could’ve happened if he’d never pursued the woman who eventually became his wife.

“Everybody has those turning points in their life,” he explains, “where you have these moments where you can either go left or go right. And if you go left, then you never know what would’ve been in that right direction.”

“So this song was written out of a space of like, if I had never told Lauren how I’d felt about her, then more than likely I would’ve been invited to that wedding of her marrying somebody else.”

The “Marry Me” video plays out like a mini-movie, with the main character regretting he never made a romantic move toward the woman he loves.

“I probably wouldn’t have been as sad as the guy in the video,” Thomas admits, “but it probably would’ve still wrecked me. I think when you fall in love with somebody at a young age, that kind of thing still sort of lingers with you for a long time.”

The video ends with a cliffhanger, as the potential bride goes to the lovesick protagonist, but it’s unclear whether she’s gone through with her wedding or not. So how does Thomas Rhett believe things turned out?

“At the end, I wanted to really just rein in that Nicholas Sparks moment…” he says, “and really give the viewers a positive ending. So I think she left the wedding and came, and now they’re together, wherever they are — living in the Virgin Islands somewhere.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can stream or download the track “Going ‘Round” from Jordan Davis‘s debut album now. Home State comes out March 23.

High Valley will join Trace Adkins for the Jammin’ to Beat the Blues show Wednesday, March 21 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Proceeds from the concert help Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Shenandoah will celebrate their first country album in two decades by performing at a party at Nashville’s City Winery. Tickets for the Tuesday, March 20 show are on sale now.

Warner Nashville newcomer Ryan Kinder is taking a “Leap of Faith” with his latest release. You can stream or download the song now, or check out the music video on YouTube.

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'The Shape of Water' named Best Picture at 90th Annual Academy Awards

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“The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro; ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Last year, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty fumbled the winner of the Best Picture award at the Oscars after being handed the wrong envelope. At the 90th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, the Bonnie & Clyde co-stars returned for a do-over and this time, they got it right. While Beatty did fumble with the envelope, he correctly announced that Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water had won the Oscar for Best Picture.

The movie — a sci-fi fantasy about a mute woman who falls in love with and helps free a fish-like creature from a government lab — won four Oscars, including Best Director for del Toro. It had gone into the ceremony with the most nominations: 13. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was the next most-awarded, with three Oscars.

“I was a kid enamored with movies growing up in Mexico. I never thought this could happen and it happens,” said del Toro. “Everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door; kick it open and come in.”

As expected, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and I, Tonya, respectively. Gary Oldman won Best Actor for Darkest Hour, and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

McDormand’s acceptance speech came off as slightly unhinged. Announcing she “had some things to say,” she punctuated her remarks with hysterical laughter. She ended her speech by asking every female nominee in the room stand up, and then saying, “Look around, everybody, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed…I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider.” That’s a contractual rider that enables the signatory to demand greater diversity in casting and the crew.

Oldman’s speech ended with a message to his mother whom, he said, would be “99 years young” on her next birthday. “Put the kettle on…I’m bringing Oscar home!” he said.

Janney got big laughs at the start of her speech when, rather than starting to thank people, she exclaimed, “I did it all by myself!”

Part of Rockwell’s speech focused on how his parents instilled in him a love of movies early on. “When I was eight years old, I was sent to the principal’s office and my father was saying, ‘We have to go. It’s Grandma,’” Rockwell recalled. “I said, ‘What’s wrong with Grandma?’ He said, ‘Nothing, we’re going to the movies.’”

Rockwell dedicated his award to “my old buddy Phil Hoffman!” Rockwell and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were friends. Hoffman died in 2014.

Jordan Peele became the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, for Get Out. He had also been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture for that film. Peele told the crowd that though he had some trepidation about the movie, “I knew if someone let me make this movie that people would hear it and people would see it.”

Peele also thanked the Get Out audiences, saying, “To everyone who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you. I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen. Let’s keep going.”

Other winners included James Ivory for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me by Your Name, and Coco’s “Remember Me” for Best Original Song. All five nominated songs were performed on the show, but Keala Settle’s performance of “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman, brought the house down.

The telecast ran way over three hours, despite the fact that Jimmy Kimmel attempted to encourage the winners to keep their speeches short by offering an $18,000 Jet Ski to the winner who had the briefest speech. At the end of the night, the Jet Ski was presented to Best Costume Design winner Mark Bridges, whose remarks clocked in at just 36 seconds.

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