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Attorney says charges dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels after strip club bust

ABC/Heidi Gutman(OHIO) — Authorities dropped the charges against adult film star Stormy Daniels Thursday after she was taken into custody during a performance at a strip club in Ohio, according to her lawyer, who previously called the arrest a “politically motivated” setup.

Daniels, who made headlines earlier this year over her claims of an alleged affair with President Donald Trump 12 years ago, was arrested Wednesday night while performing at the Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus after she allegedly allowed “a customer to touch her while on stage,” her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said via Twitter early Thursday morning.

In fact, Daniels was charged with three violations of illegal sexual orientation activity in a sexually oriented business. According to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV, cops said she not only “smacked” patrons with her exposed breasts, but groped patrons. Some of those touched reportedly included law enforcement officers at the scene. 

Those charges were dropped Thursday afternoon, according to documents Avenatti posted.

ABC News reached out to Avenatti, who declined to elaborate beyond his tweets.

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Anthony Bourdain posthumously nominated for 2018 Emmy

CNN(LOS ANGELES) — Just over a month after his death, famed chef Anthony Bourdain was nominated for a 2018 Emmy on Thursday.

Bourdain earned the nod for his acclaimed CNN show, Parts Unknown, a show he starred in and produced.

Bourdain is no stranger to the Emmys, his show having won the award for “Outstanding Informational Series or Special” for the past four years. Parts Unknown earned a total of six nods Thursday.

The chef and TV host took his own life on June 8 at the age of 61. He was in France filming an episode of his show at the time of his death.

His network, CNN, released a statement honoring the man after he died, noting in part, “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.”

This year’s Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17.

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“Game of Thrones”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Westworld” lead the nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

HBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) — Nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles, with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 22 nominations, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld with 21. 

The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam‘s Ryan Eggold joined Television Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington at the Academy’s Saban Media Center to read off the list of nominees. Wiley herself scored a nod for Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Hosted by Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost and Michael Che, The Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here is the list of nominees in the major categories. A full list can be found here:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
William H. Macy – Shameless
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ted Danson – The Good Place

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney – Mom
Issa Rae – Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace And Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy – The Crown
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Ed Harris – Westworld
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series:
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Laura Dern – The Tale
Michelle Dockery – Godless
Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series:
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss – The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels – The Looming Tower
John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Jesse Plemons – “USS Callister” (Black Mirror)
Jeff Daniels – The Looming Tower

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta (FX)
Barry (HBO)
Black-ish (ABC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
GLOW (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Americans (FX)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Westworld (HBO)

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Thailand cave rescue to get Hollywood treatment with two potential movies

Royal Thai Navy(LOS ANGELES) — When 12 boys and their soccer coach hiked into a cave in Thailand last month, they never expected they’d be thrust into the international spotlight — let alone be the subject of two potential Hollywood movies. But the harrowing ordeal has inspired director Jon M. Chu to create a movie about the rescue efforts just a day after Pure Flix Entertainment announced it would do the same, Variety reports. 

Chu, best known for directing Step Up, Crazy Rich Asians, and Now You See Me 2, took to Twitter to announce his interest in the story — and his goal to avoid whitewashing. 

“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story,” he wrote, referring to the practice of casting white actors in non-white parts. “No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story about human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right & respectfully.”

Michael Scott, of the faith-focused production company Pure Flix, announced Tuesday he’s also interested in pursing the story in a feature format. He’s been at the rescue sight since the beginning, as he lives in Thailand. 

“The bravery and heroism I’ve witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us,” Scott told The Hollywood Reporter“It’s not necessary to make this a Christian film, just an inspirational one.”

The boys’ ordeal started June 23 when rising water trapped them inside a cave. After an exhaustive international rescue effort, the last of the boys and their coach were safely rescued Tuesday.

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Stormy Daniels arrested during Ohio strip club performance

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (OHIO) — Porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested Wednesday night during a performance in an Ohio strip club, accused of touching people with her topless body in violation of state laws. 

ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV reports Daniels “smacked patrons with her bare breasts” — including police officers at the club — and also fondled “the breasts of female patrons.”

She was taken into custody and booked; Daniels was released Monday morning after posting $6,054 bail.

Daniels, an adult performer whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford, had a scheduled appearance Wednesday night at the Sirens nightclub in Columbus, according to the club’s website.

The woman who claims she had sex with Donald Trump more than a decade ago, was arrested for, “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner!” according to tweets from her attorney Michael Avenatti.

“Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio while performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs,” Avenatti tweeted. “This was a setup & politically motivated,” he claims, adding, “It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta”

“Basta,” which Avenatti frequently uses to end many of his tweets, is an Italian interjection meaning “enough.”

“Are you kidding me?” he went on. “They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta.”

In a third tweet, Aventatti said Daniels will be released on bail and he expects she’ll be charged with a misdemeanor.  “We will vehemently contest all charges,” he wrote.

Daniels claims that she had an affair with the real estate mogul-turned reality show star 12 years ago, and signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding it. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen later admitted to paying Daniels $130,000, which she claims was to keep her quiet.

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Emmy nominations are today — which shows will get the nod?

“Game of Thrones” image courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — After a year of dragons, the Upside Down and political jokes, nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday morning, hosted by Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam’s Ryan Eggold

After being ineligible for last year’s ceremony due to time between seasons, Game of Thrones is expected to be a frontrunner again in this year’s nominations. 

Netflix’s The Crown, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This is Us and HBO’s Westworld also are certainly no strangers to the Drama Series category and are poised to be recognized again. But eyes are also on a few freshman series, like Netflix’s Mindhunter and AMC’s Killing Eve — both of which have earned high critical praise.  FX’s The Americans, which concluded its six-season run in May, could also receive some love.

The Comedy Series category is where a shake-up is most likely this year.  While ABC’s Modern Family and HBO’s Veep typically dominate, some are anticipating nominations for Donald Glover‘s critically-acclaimed FX series Atlanta, as well as Netflix’s GLOW, NBC’s Will & Grace revival and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  ABC’s Roseanne revival may even find a place on the nominees list, despite it’s abrupt cancellation. 

Last year, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman‘s HBO drama Big Little Lies swept the Limited Series category, but this time Ryan Murphy‘s The Assassination of Gianni Versace on FX is expected to make a similarly stong showing. 

To see which series earn nominations, check out the Emmy announcement’s live stream at 11:30 a.m. on  Emmys.com or on the show’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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From Wakanda to New York: Chadwick Boseman sets his next film

Marvel StudiosAfter stunning audiences as King T’Challa in Black Panther and later in Avengers: Infinity War, Chadwick Boseman has set his next film.

STX Films has announced the superhero actor will produce and star in the upcoming action thriller 17 Bridges. The film follows a disgraced NYPD detective, played by Boseman, who gets a shot at redemption after being called to help in a citywide manhunt for a cop killer.

Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo will produce the project with Brian Kirkset to direct.

This is the latest project for Boseman, who is also producing the film adaptation of The Stars in My Soul, a memoir co-written by Hakeem Oluseyi about his life. He’s also set to star in the upcoming thriller Expatriate, which will be directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins.

17 Bridges starts production in September.

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Bankruptcy court approves sale of The Weinstein Company at a discount

TWC(NEW YORK) — A federal bankruptcy court judge today approved a revised plan for the sale of the studio co-founded by embattled former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to a private equity firm for $289 million. 

ABC Radio reports Lantern Capital will pay a reduced price, down from $310 million, for the company, in exchange for assuming certain liabilities and operating expenses.

It should be noted there are still outstanding claims filed by a number of Hollywood’s biggest names for their share of profits from Weinstein films and projects. Those will be resolved at a later time.

According to a press release from the buyer, “Lantern Entertainment, an affiliate of Lantern Capital Partners, is a newly-formed entertainment company in the process of acquiring a library of 277 films, unreleased and highly anticipated movies and a slate of impressive scripted and unscripted television titles.”

The sale is expected to close next week.

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Kylie Jenner makes the ‘Forbes’ cover as one of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women”

Forbes(NEW YORK) — Kylie Jenner is a magazine cover fixture, but usually not for this magazine: Forbes.

Kylie ranks as the youngest woman on the entire list of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women,” with the business publication noting the 20-year-old is, “set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.”

Forbes notes Jenner ranks on the list at number 27 overall, with an estimated worth of $900 million thanks to her mega-successful Kylie Cosmetics makeup line.

In the music category, Madonna comes in at number 26, making her America’s wealthiest female musician. Forbes puts her estimated net worth at $590 million. Celine Dion ranks at number 46 with an estimated net worth of $430 million. Despite being Canadian by birth, Forbes cites that most of her money has been made within the U.S.

Taylor Swift is number 60 on the list, with an estimated net worth of $320 million primarily from music, touring, and endorsements.

Other female artists on the tally include Barbra Streisand at number 48 and Beyonce at number 53.

So who’s number one? Hint: she’s rich, but not famous. 

Diane Hendricks, the co-founder and chairman of ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding, and windows in America, topped the list. She’s worth an estimated $4.9 billion.

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Amy Adams’ favorite Disney movie isn’t her own

ABC(NEW YORK) — Amy Adams stars as a reporter who goes back to her hometown to report on two teen murders in the new HBO drama, Sharper Objects. It’s a long way from her role as Disney princess Giselle in 2007’s Enchanted.

Good Morning America tapped Adams to share her favorite Disney princesses in a Disney-themed lightning round.

Besides her character, her top two favorite princesses are Rapunzel and Cinderella.

“It’s wrong to say yourself, right?” Adams joked.

Her favorite Disney sidekick is none other than the adorable Thumper from Bambi.

As for her favorite Disney song lyric, The Little Mermaid took the top spot in Adams’ book.

“Oh gosh, there are so many,” she said. “I love in ‘Part of Your World’ when [Ariel] can’t think of the word for feet and suddenly like Ariel gets a little suggestive.”

Her favorite Disney film, though, might be a surprise. Adams said she loves the movie from legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki called Spirited Away, which Disney adapted for English-speaking audiences.

“That’s one of my favorite movies of all time,” she said.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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