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ABC's 'The Rookie' star quits, alleging sexual harassment, racial discrimination

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ABC/Ed Herrera(LOS ANGELES) — Afton Williamson, who stars in the ABC drama The Rookie, says she won’t be returning to the show, citing alleged sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday, the 34-year-old actress claims that throughout the filming of the show’s pilot, she “experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department.”

Williamson further alleges the treatment worsened when she was sexually harassed by a recurring guest star, bullied by executive producers and sexually assaulted by a crew member at a wrap party.

Later Sunday, the studios behind the cop drama, Entertainment One and ABC Studios, issued separate statements, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

“The allegations involve a production from Entertainment One,” ABC Studios said. “In late June, eOne made us aware and informed us that they launched an investigation that is ongoing. The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously.”

Entertainment one, in its statement, said, “We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time,”

Williamson, who is African American, also claims she filed reports on the incidents with showrunner and executive producer Alexi Hawley, who is white, but they weren’t seriously investigated by the network or shared by Hawley with other producers.

“After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired,” said Williamson of the unnamed guest star. “I was also asked to film with him the very next day as a courtesy to the script, even though we had not begun filming the episode yet.”

Williamson goes on to say the actor wasn’t fired and that “I was even written in scenes with him.”  She further claims after learning from “the Showrunner” that “the actor had not been fired nor had he gotten HR involved,” she was asked to return for season two.  “I turned it down and I walked,” writes Williamson.

Williamson played training officer Talia Bishop in The Rookie, opposite Nathan Fillion’s John Nolan. The show is slated to return for its second season September 29.

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"A new chapter" — Nancy O'Dell quits 'Entertainment Tonight' after nearly nine years

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CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Nancy O’Dell has stepped down as co-host of Entertainment Tonight after nearly nine years.

In a statement read at the end of Friday’s broadcast and later posted on her social media platforms, including Instagram, O’Dell called the decision, “A new chapter for this small-town, grateful girl from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, who used to watch fellow Carolinian Leeza Gibbons and Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight thinking, ‘Wow, what beautiful, powerful women and what a cool job they have!’”

O’Dell stressed she’s not leaving the genre, but will “enjoy some time off with the most wonderful gal in my life, my daughter, because they grow up way too fast. She is always my priority and then I’ll focus on my new project.” O’Dell joined as anchor of the show in 2010, replacing Mary Hart.

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'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' races to number one at the box office with $60.8 million debut

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Universal(NEW YORK) — Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw delivered another number-one opening weekend for the franchise with an estimated $60.8 million debut. While the action film didn’t come close to Fate of the Furious‘ $98 million debut in 2017, it did as well as expected.

Overseas, Hobbs & Shaw scooped up an estimated $120 million, for a $180 million worldwide debut.  That’s the fifth largest global opening ever for Universal Studios, topping Godzilla: King of the Monsters $177.8 million global debut earlier this year. It also marks the largest global opening outside the main Fast & Furious series for lead stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Disney’s The Lion King, in its third week of release, dipped to number two, racking up an estimated $38.2 million. That brings its domestic total to just over $430 million. The live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic added an estimated $72 million overseas, bringing its worldwide tally to over $1.195 billion.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood finished in third place, delivering an estimated $20 million in its second week of release.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Far from Home earned an estimated $7.75 million for a fourth-place finish. Internationally, the film tacked on another $9.5 million, bringing its global total $1.08 billion.

Pixar’s Toy Story 4 rounded out the top five, collecting an estimated $7.15 million, bringing its domestic haul to $410 million. The animated feature added an estimated $10.2 million internationally, for a global total of more than $959 million.

Marvel and Pixar are owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

In limited release, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale delivered an estimated $40,082 from two theaters, while Luce, starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer, opened with $132,916 from five locations.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, $60.8 million
2. The Lion King, $38.2 million
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, $20 million
4. Spider-Man: Far From Home, $7.75 million
5. Toy Story 4, $7.15 million
6. Yesterday, $2.44 million
7. The Farewell, $2.42 million
8. Crawl, $2.15 million
9. Aladdin, $2 million
10. Annabelle Comes Home, $875,000

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Edward Norton's drama 'Motherless Brooklyn' lands plum closing night slot at New York Film Festival

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — Edward Norton’s period piece Motherless Brooklyn will be honored with closing out this year’s upcoming New York Film Festival. 

The 17-day event kicks off September 27 with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s anticipated crime drama The Irishman. Norton’s film, an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin, will screen at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 11.

“To have this particular film — which grew out of my love affair with New York — selected for closing night is just a huge thrill…a dream come true, actually,” Norton said in a statement. 

Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann and Cherry Jones also star.

Back in 2018, Motherless Brooklyn made headlines for the wrong reason: a blaze on the set in Harlem led to the death of a New York City fire fighter.

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Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren teaming up for TV action drama

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Yana Blajeva/Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Once enemies — at least in Rocky IV — Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are teaming up for an action drama series that would star Aquaman veteran Lundgren.

According to Deadline, Rambo: Last Blood star Stallone is producing, and may direct the pilot for the show, in which his Expendables co-star would play a hostage negotiator and covert agent working for the Department of Safety and Security at the United Nations. Befitting the six-foot-five-inch actor, he’s described as a “one man SWAT team.”

The trade notes the pair are shopping the project around to major networks, including Netflix.

Lundgren played towering Russian Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, and just two years ago reprised the role in Creed II opposite Stallone. That film had Dolph training his onscreen son for a bout with Michael B. Jordan’s Adonnis Creed, the son of Apollo, who Drago killed in the ring.

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