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MGM Resorts converting site of Las Vegas mass shooting into community center

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jetcityimage/iStock(LAS VEGAS) — The Las Vegas property where 59 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history is going to be converted into a community center.

MGM Resorts, which owns the property known as the Village, announced on Tuesday that the company plans to build a community and athletic center on the north end of the site that housed the Route 91 Harvest country music festival before the mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

“We know that for many, the Village property will forever be linked to the tragic loss of life that took place there,” the company said in a statement. “We will never forget the victims, and all of those impacted by that evening.”

The center will serve as a home to sporting events and community gatherings, according to MGM, which said the conception of the space was born from a commitment to “being part of the community effort to continue healing and moving forward.”

The company intends for the space to host events like high school basketball tournaments and indoor soccer for children.

“It was important to us that the long-term use of the property include the community in some way,” the statement said.

The company also plans to create a space on the property to honor victims of the shooting.

While the plans are underway, according to MGM, the site will serve as a parking area during games and concerts at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Raiders beginning in 2020.

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Antonio Brown reacts to $54,000 in fines from Oakland Raiders

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is ready to make opposing defensive backs pay up this season, according to his latest post on social media.

Brown posted a letter from team general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday, which informed the All-Pro that he was being fined $13,950 for missing a team walk-through on August 22. Brown was with the team in Winnipeg that day for a preseason game.

The letter also mentions $40,000 in previous fines for missing training camp on August 18, and that he could face additional fines for missing any more mandatory team activities.

In an Instagram story, Brown wrote “When your own team want to hate but there’s no stopping me now Devil is a lie. Everyone got to pay this year so we clear.”

Oakland acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March for multiple draft picks. Brown missed the beginning of training camp with frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy accident. He then sat out while a dispute with the NFL was ongoing over permission to wear his preferred type of helmet.

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Who is The Country Artist of 2019? E! wants you to cast your vote

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E! EntertainmentLuke CombsBlake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodLuke BryanThomas RhettKane BrownKelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris are all up for The Country Artist of 2019 at the E! People’s Choice Awards this fall.

While that’s the only country category at the fan-voted show, some of your country favorites do show up in other places: Both Blake and Luke Bryan’s TV shows — The Voice and American Idol — are nominated for The Competition Show of 2019.

Jana Kramer also gets a nod for The Pop Podcast of 2019 for her Whine Down series.  In addition, the country-adjacent smash “Old Town Road” grabs a mention for Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for The Song of 2019.

Voting is now underway and continues through October 18. You can find out more at PCA.EOnline.com.

The E! 2019 People’s Choice Awards will air Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET on E!.

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Study shows Hollywood boosting roles for women and people of color

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Photo: Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. EntertainmentAccording to a new report from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 2018 saw a “record” number of Hollywood studio movies that featured leads who were either female or people of color.

The success of the acclaimed — and super-successful — Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were just two examples. Black Panther‘s cast was almost entirely composed of people of color, and it featured many strong female characters; likewise, Crazy Rich Asians featured a predominantly Asian cast, with a female-driven story.

However, it didn’t stop there: 39 of the 100 highest grossing movies in 2018 had a female in a leading or “co-leading role,” reports Variety, which excerpted the report.

In 2017, that number was 33 — and in 2007, just 20 films could boast that level of female representation.  2018 also marked a 12-year high in the number of black and Asian performers having speaking roles in films.

However, the Annenberg School survey also showed Hollywood falling very short when it came to representing the LGBTQ population, and those with disabilities.

“You’re basically seeing the erasure of whole communities,” one of the study’s authors, Marc Choueiti, tells the trade.  

There is still work to be done in other areas as well: Actresses accounted for 33.1% of speaking roles in 2018’s top 100 films — and of those, under 30% were dressed in revealing clothing, compared to less than 7.5% of male stars. On a related note, women were three times more likely to have a nude scene than their male co-stars.

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'Grace and Frankie' will wrap after seven seasons as Netflix's longest-running original series

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Ali Goldstein/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Believe it or not, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie is about to embark on its seventh and final season, and when it wraps its final, 94th episode, it will become Netflix’s longest-running original series.

In the series, Jane Fonda plays Grace, and Lily Tomlin, Frankie — two women in their golden years who come together when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. The show earned 11 Emmy nominations in its run.

“It’s thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix,” said co-creators and showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris in a statement from the streaming giant.

For their part, Fonda and Tomlin commented, “We are both delighted and heartbroken that Grace & Frankie will be back for its seventh, though final, season. We’re so grateful that our show has been able to deal with issues that have really connected to our grand generation. And their kids and, amazingly, their kids as well!”

Premiering in 2020, the seventh season will see Fonda and Tomlin re-joined by fellow cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn, and Ethan Embry.

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