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2:45 PM ET, June 29, 2020


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Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Anthony Mackie Says Marvel Movies Need to Do Better About Diversity  —  Anthony Mackie has played Falcon seven times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with 2014's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”  In an interview for Variety's Actors on Actors issue, Mackie talked to Daveed Diggs …
Discussion: Perez Hilton, The Blemish and The Wrap
Daniel D'Addario / Variety:
Anthony Mackie and Daveed Diggs on Black Lives Matter, Marvel and ‘Hamilton’  —  “Hamilton” alum Daveed Diggs stepped into a familiar sci-fi franchise with “Snowpiercer,” a drama set in the universe of the post-apocalyptic Bong Joon Ho thriller led by Chris Evans.
Discussion: Us Weekly and Bossip
Syracuse Post-Standard:
Benny Mardones, ‘Into the Night’ singer who made Syracuse his second home, dies at 73 (video)  —  Benny Mardones, the 1980s singer-songwriter whose ballad “Into the Night” ascended into the top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart twice within 10 years, died this morning after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.
Discussion: Variety
Andrew Unterberger / Billboard:
Benny Mardones, ‘Into the Night’ Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 73  —  Benny Mardones, rock and soul singer-songwriter behind the '80s smash and radio perennial “Into the Night,” died today at his home in Menifee, California.  His passing was confirmed to Billboard by longtime friend …
Discussion: Stereogum
Kim Kardashian's Beauty Biz Reaches Billion-Dollar Status with $200M Deal  —  Kim Kardashian's brand was just launched into another stratosphere of riches — hitting the billion-dollar mark ... courtesy of a new deal with a very familiar beauty investor.  —  Here's the scoop …
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Bossip
DR. DRE WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE  —  Dr. Dre and his wife of 24 years are ending their marriage ... she's filed for divorce.  —  Nicole Young filed the paperwork Monday, citing the usual irreconcilable differences as the reason for her split from the hip-hop mogul.
Discussion: Us Weekly
Darlene Aderoju /
Megan Thee Stallion Inspired by Late Mom to Stay in School Despite Fame: ‘I Want Her to Be Proud’  —  “I'm doing it for me, but I'm also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today,” Megan Thee Stallion exclusively tells PEOPLE  —  Megan Thee Stallion is working diligently to honor her late mom's legacy.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Beyoncé Visual Album ‘Black Is King’ Coming to Disney Plus  —  Facebook Will Start Flagging Violating Content From Politicians Like Donald Trump, Just Like Twitter  —  In a surprise, Disney Plus announced a new visual album from Beyoncé — “Black Is King,” inspired by …
Amanda Seales on Importance of Hosting BET Awards During ‘Uprising Against Racial Discrimination’  —  “We really made a point of being thoughtful about every element of this show and understanding how important it is that we are really committed to amplifying Black creatives, Black business and Black artists,” Amanda Seales tells PEOPLE
Amanda Quintana / WISC-TV:
Meghan Markle reaches out to Althea Bernstein after seeing news of alleged hate crime  —  MADISON, Wis. — As Althea Bernstein's story of her alleged attack by a group of White men is shared across the country, it has caught the attention of Meghan Markle.  —  Boys & Girls Clubs …
Discussion: Axios and Us Weekly
Hollywood Reporter:
Margot Robbie, Christina Hodson Reteam for New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Movie for Disney (Exclusive)  —  This project is separate from the already announced franchise reboot being developed by ‘Pirates’ scribe Ted Elliott and ‘Chernobyl’ creator Craig Mazin.
Melody Chiu /
Pregnant Lea Michele Spotted Out for First Time After Glee Costar Controversy  —  Lea Michele was photographed this week for the first time after facing backlash for alleged difficult behavior on set  —  After laying low for three weeks, Lea Michele has been photographed …
Discussion: Gossip Cop
Ally Mauch /
Ariana Grande Celebrated Her Birthday with a Midsommar-Themed Party — and Florence Pugh Approved!  —  Ariana Grande's friends and family threw the singer a themed party for her 27th birthday  —  Ariana Grande channeled her inner May Queen while celebrating her birthday this week.
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Benjamin VanHoose /   Ariana Grande Goes Instagram Official with Boyfriend Dalton Gomez on Her 27th Birthday
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