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Happy 26th Birthday, Selena Gomez: Celebrate Her Classic Style — Red Carpet to the Street

With each year that goes by, Selena Gomez’s classic style only seems to get better. A Puma ambassador, the former Disney starlet has become something of an expert at creating simple-yet-head-turning outfits for the red carpet as well as for everyday life.

So, with today marking the entertainer’s 26th birthday, FN is reminiscing on some of her best looks from the start of 2018 up until now.

In June, Gomez hit the premiere of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” in Westwood, Calif., sporting a glamorous, summer-ready Oscar de la Renta two-piece featuring a blue and white floral-print bustier top and a matching midi skirt. The ab-baring ensemble gave way to a pair of sparkling leather Miu Miu sandals boasting a sculptural heel and a toe-strap adorned with shimmering crystals.

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Selena Gomez wearing an Oscar de la Renta frock and Miu Miu sandals.

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In April, the “Wolves” singer showed off her street style as she left a pilates class in a plunging black Brandy Melville shirt with a Free People Ditsy denim jacket and coordinating black high-waisted leggings from Puma. She polished off the casual gym look with cozy gray shearling Ugg slippers.

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Selena Gomez leaves a pilates class wearing Ugg shearling slippers.

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In March, the “Spring Breakers” actress was spotted attending Los Angeles’ March For Our Lives protest in a low-key ensemble consisting of a classic black and white striped T-shirt teamed with light-wash cigarette jeans, black socks and her go-to sneaker of 2018 so far, Puma’s popular Basket silhouette.

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Selena Gomez at the L.A. March for Our Lives gun protest yesterday.

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Later that night, Gomez was snapped leaving The Nice Guy in L.A. after grabbing dinner while wearing a flirty designer outfit featuring a bright red Celine wrap skirt and Dior J’adior logo ribbon slingback pumps. A $78 Daydreamer Tom Petty Damn The Torpedo Rebel cropped tee and Jennifer Fisher Baby Samira silver hoop earrings completed her look for the evening.

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Selena Gomez wearing Dior slingbacks.

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For more of Selena Gomez’s best street style looks, check out the gallery.

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Sara Haines Leaving 'The View' To Do Third Hour Of 'GMA' With Michael Strahan

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The View is looking more like the rearview this week. Sara Haines is set to leave ABC’s daily talkfest to host the third hour of the network’s Good Morning America with Michael Strahan in September.

Page Six first reported the news. Reached by Deadline, ABC News had no comment.

Haines marks the second exit from The View unveiled in four days, as ABC News said Wednesday that three-year co-host Paula Faris is leaving the show — and her weekend GMA duties for a new assignment that includes contributing to Good Morning America and a podcast on faith.

ABC News announced in May that GMA would expand to a third hour as a replacement for canceled culinary show The Chew.

GMA’s growth resembles NBC News’ continuous expansion of Today, which now runs four hours. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported in May that the rationale behind the decision to replace The Chew with GMA is that the latter is cheaper to produce and draws higher multiple from advertisers. The move will not impact the syndicated Live With Kelly & Ryan, which follows the first two hours of GMA in many markets, or The View, which often follows it.

Because of that and a noon local newscast in many markets, the third hour of GMA will air in The Chew‘s 1-2 PM slot three hours after the morning show’s second hour.; NBC’s Today block is a solid four hours.

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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Sings $37M+; 'Equalizer 2' Targets $33M+: Saturday Update

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5th Update, Early Saturday AM: With chart It’s still a great weekend at the box office here, with both Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Sony’s Equalizer 2 both over-performing besting their tracking, especially the latter.

The Ol Parker-directed original ABBA musical is looking at an estimated No. 1 win, with $37.3M while the Denzel Washington sequel scored $13.4M yesterday (including Thursday’s $3.1M), with an amazing $33.7M three-day.

One of the reasons why we’re seeing Mamma Mia 2 lower than the $40M+ figure we were spotting yesterday is because sometimes it’s hard for box office analysts to project off advance ticket sales, which in this pic’s case is fueled by the female demo. When are they exactly going to the movies? One thing is for sure, and that’s that this bubble gum musical will have long legs this summer into the fall. The 2008 movie posted a 5.2 multiple off its $27.7M opening for a $144.1m domestic result, and it will come as no surprise if this one does the same. Female audiences+musicals=big business. Remember how well The Greatest Showman did during the cutthroat holiday environment of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji 2? That Hugh Jackman tuner ended its run at $174.3M stateside after being squashed by a ton of competition during its opening weekend, with a four-day of $14.4M. We’ll see what tonight brings for Here We Go Again; but as of right now, the forecast is that the pic will be off 5% today from its $14.3M Friday which includes $3.4M previews.

CinemaScore for Mamma Mia 2 is the same as its previous chapter, an A-. ComScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak shows an overall 83% positive (they continually poll throughout the weekend) with women making up 83% of the crowd with 48% females over 25 and 36% females over 25.

Beams social media monitor RelishMix about the positive word of mouth for Mamma Mia 2: ” For a summer that’s light on musicals and fun comedy romps, this sequel has found its audience. Fans of the original film love that there’s a part two. They’re calling out their favorite characters – which is a diverse and evenly spread list – and the fact that pop icon Cher is added to the mix. Fans are also calling out the exotic and vacation-esque locale, the songs, and even (YouTube stars) the Merrell Twins as reason they’ve seen the clips and plan to go see it in theaters.”

Much like Universal did for Pitch Perfect 3 with YouTube personality Todrick Hall and his individual a cappella performance the week before that pic’s opening, here we have the Twins sharing a clip with their fans, which is a cover of one of the beloved songs. It’s earned over 200K views a day since its posting three days ago. Convo confirms that this tactic of offering one last fun bit of social fun the week of opening really works, as many fans, per RelishMix claim they watched the final trailer because of this particular clip:

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Ever since the 2008 film grossed $609.8M WW off a $52M production, Universal was always kicking the tires at a sequel. The trick? Allowing part two to take its own sweet time in development and not rush it. While the breezy project looks feasible to put together, the creators always thought twice before attaching any ABBA song to a scene, so that the end result didn’t come off looking like a jukebox of hits crowbar-ed together on screen. Judy Craymer, the pic’s producer and creator of the London West End and Broadway musical, huddled with the rock group’s songmeisters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, as well as the musical and movie’s scribe Catherine Johnson, plus Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis. Meryl Streep had already made her mark in the first chapter, and her limited involvement in the sequel here opened a door for the creators to mount a prequel centered around the younger self of her character Donna, portrayed here by Baby Driver‘s Lily James. Adding in Cher as Donna’s mother boosted the prequel’s volume to another level. Uni announced the project a little over a year ago in May 2017, with the original cast returning and a whole set of ABBA hits not previously used in the first film.

Uni debuted the first trailer online on December 20 and clocked 64M views, with the trailer being a worldwide trending topic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. In addition, the trailer was attached to such pics as The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3, Fifty Shades Freed, and I Feel Pretty. Spots ran during such femme-demo series as the This Is Us finale, CW’s Riverdale, and targeted Broadway and music lovers during NBC’s Easter telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live and CBS’ Elton John: I’m Still Standing. The trailer also ran during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (74 Runs), and there was a custom spot on NBC during The Royal Wedding, further pumped by the first ever sing-along broadcast of Mamma Mia! (NBC July 14, E! July 19).


Advance tickets went on sale around Mother’s Day, and during the week leading up, Uni banged the drum with a number of stunts to spread the word, specifically a blitz of non-stop Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits. This tactic proved successful with media that delivered over 290M impressions and a social conversation that reached 420M global users. Highlights included sing-along screenings on Mother’s Day of the 2008 film in the top 25 markets, big theater chains’ advanced ticket loyalty programs sending out messages from the cast, and the second trailer debuting on Today on May 8 as part of its Mother’s Day festivities  (69M+ views).  There was also the debut of the “When I Kissed the Teacher” lyric video, which brought in more than 3.5M global views, with the track being offered as a bonus gift with Fandango advance ticket purchases.

Promo partners included Sunbasket, with a themed Mediterranean box; Pinkberry with a custom flavor of “Mamma Mia Mango”; and 1-800-Flowers, which included two themed bouquets with a movie ticket offer.

Should Equalizer 2‘s numbers remain intact, it will only be $400K shy from the first installment’s opening, which is remarkable. Audiences already love part 2 better than the first one, A to A-. Many, including Sony, weren’t expecting this sequel to break the $30M mark, especially off of a ho-hum Rotten Tomatoes score of 49%. Sony reports that the production cost of Equalizer 2 is $62M. However, we hear even after Massachusetts state tax credits, that the net is in the high $70Ms. Still, film finance sources are impressed with the weekend results here for Equalizer 2, and think it could squeeze out a bit of a profit, with a domestic of $85M-$90M and foreign repping 45% of global. Forty-seven percent of the first Equalizer‘s $192.3M global B.O. came from foreign or $90.8M.

While it’s been over-written that stars can no longer be relied upon to open movies, in many ways the success here with Equalizer 2 can be pegged to Denzel Washington, who, with a solid entertaining picture, can reach a $30M-$40M opening. The sequel, Washington’s first, is bound to rank in the 2x Oscar winner’s top five of all-time. Equalizer 2 reps Washington’s fourth movie with filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (including Equalizer 1, Magnificent 7, and Training Day, which delivered Washington a best actor win). African Americans are currently the leading demo on PostTrak at 36%, followed by Caucasians at 34%, Hispanic audiences at 17% and Asian at 9%. Eighty-six overall positive here on PostTrak with men over 25 at 49% leading the way, followed by women over 25 at 33%. Also, definite recommend here is 69%.

Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3 is taking third as of this minute, with an estimated $22.2M, -50% and a 10-day total of $90.1M. Friday earned $6.9M for the Genndy Tartakovsky-directed animated threequel.

Family franchise weight from Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp ($15.6M in weekend 3 and $164.1M) and Pixar Studios Incredibles 2 ($11.1M, -31% in weekend 6 for a total of $556.9M) continues to crush Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper from Universal/Legendary, which is estimated to descend 58% for $10.4M and a 10-day of $46.2M. “It’s dying really bad,” cries one rival business affairs executive. That said, Universal can relish that they’re arguably dominating all ticket sales this weekend, $63M combined from Mamma Mia 2, Skyscraper, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and The First Purge.

Outside the top five, BH Tilt’s micro genre opener Unfriended: Dark Web is expected to bring in $3.2M at 1,546 theaters after a $1.4M Friday, which includes $350K in Thursday previews. Know that this film cost under $1M, just like its first installment, which was released by Uni. Unfriended grossed $64M WW, and after all downstream revenues posted a $17M profit. Blumhouse walked this sequel into SXSW last spring as an ‘untitled’ movie directed by US Grudge franchise scribe Stephen Susco, with the festival catalog logline reading, “A 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. From the makers of Unfriended, this thriller unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen. A warning for the digital age.” Jason Blum then surprised SXSW crowds by revealing the pic’s title before its SXSW screening. BH Tilt movies always target a specific genre crowd with a minimal digital P&A. Unfriended: Dark Web is the label’s tenth movie, and it opens on the heels of BH Tilt’s most successful title to date, Upgrade ($11.9M domestic). CinemaScore is a C, a typical low grade for the average horror pic. Overall positive is a low 59% on PostTrak with a 51/49% male-to-female split and the under 25 set sitting in most of the seats at 64%.


Lionsgate has their Sundance acquisition Blindspotting in 14 theaters in five markets this weekend (New York, Los Angeles, DC, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as Oakland, Calif., where the pic’s story was filmed and takes place). Pic is coming in right now with a $25,6K theater average or $359K weekend.

Industry estimates as of early Saturday AM are as follows:

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1 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 3,317 $14.3M $37.3M  $37.3M 1
2 equalizer 2 Sony 3,388 $13.4M $33.7M $33.7M 1
3 Hotel Transylvania 3 Sony 4,267 $6.7M (-60%) $22.2M (-50%) $90.1M 2
4 Ant-Man & The Wasp Dis 3,778 (-428) $4.5M (-47%) $15.6M (-46%) $164.1M 3
5 Incredibles 2 Dis 3,164 (-541) $3.2M (-31%) $11.1M (-31%) $556.9M 6
6 Jurassic World 2 Uni/Leg 3,381 (-314) $3M (-35%) $10.7M (-33%) $386.2M 5
7 Skyscraper Uni/Leg 3,822 (+40) $3M (-68%) $10.4M (-58%) $46.2M 2
8 The First Purge Uni/Blumhouse 2,331 (-707) $1.4M (-51%) $4.6M (-51%) $59.8M 3
9 Unfriended: Dark Web BHT 1,546 $1.4M $3.4M  $3.4M 1
10 Sorry to Bother You Annap 1,050 (+245) $800K (-46%) $2.7M (-35%) $10.1M 3

1st Update, Friday 7:31AM: Thursday night audiences took a chance on Universal/Legendary Entertainment’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, shelling out $3.4 million at showtimes that started at 7 PM. The original feature sequel to the 2008 movie that was based on the hit ABBA stage musical is tracking for a mid-$30M start, though many believe, especially off advance ticket sales, this Ol Parker-directed movie could definitely over-index.

Advance ticket sales are high as older females always plan their visits to the movie theater with friends, and Here We Go Again comes at a time when the demo hasn’t had anything since Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s Ocean’s 8. But younger females are equally stoked by Here We Go Again as well, as the first installment drew all women ages 8-80.

According to Fandango, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was outstripping the advance ticket sales of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 at the same point in time. That movie went on to surprise and open at $69M. While advance ticket sales can indicate whether a pic will over-index at the box office, there’s no direct correlation to whether they’ll emulate the same exact trajectory as their comp. Today, Here We Go Again expands to 3,200 theaters.

Some comps for Here We Go Again include Pitch Perfect 2, which posted a $4.6M Thursday night at 2,652 theaters. Disney’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods grossed $1.1M in previews, but that figure comes with an asterisk because the movie screened on Christmas Eve, historically one of the year’s lowest-grossing box office days.

Sony’s Equalizer 2, which reps Denzel Washington’s first sequel, is directed by the original’s director Antoine Fuqua and also previewed yesterday with showtimes starting at 4 PM. It grossed $3.1M at 2,934 theaters (studio will report its figures soon). Tracking expects the pic to open in the mid- to high-$20Ms.

The 2014 original opened to No. 1 in late September to $34.1M. Thursday previews then were $1.45M at 2,693 theaters and started at 7 PM. Other comps: Washington’s 2 Guns grossed $1.27M at 8 PM screenings and wound up with a $27M opening.

Whether Equalizer 2 comes in No. 2 depends on how strong Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation holds. Industry expectations had Weekend 2 of the Sony Animation feature between $24M-$26M, down 43%. The threequel ended its week with an estimated $66.6M ($67.9M including Amazon Prime sneaks), which is 16% higher than the first week’s take of Hotel Transylvania 2. 

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'Halloween': Jamie Lee Curtis on Why David Gordon Green's Bloodcurdling Sequel Is the Perfect Film for the #MeToo Era

Jamie Lee Curtis announced she would reprise her first film role less than three weeks before allegations against Harvey Weinstein ignited the #MeToo movement (see tweet below). With decades of experience in an industry notorious for sexism, workplace harassment, and worse, she sensed that for women, change was afoot. At Universal Pictures’ Friday evening San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) presentation, she discussed why her “Halloween” character’s turmoil is as relevant as it gets.

“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.”

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 15, 2017

“Laurie Strode was 17 years old when she was brutally attacked by Michael Myers, a random act of violence that stayed with her her entire life,” she began, joined by co-writer/director Devin Gordon Green, plus producers Jason Blum and Malek Akkad. “This is a girl who — 40 years later — never had any mental health services… She has carried the trauma and PTSD of someone who was attacked randomly. And what was so interesting about the movie that David and company wrote is that what they’re honoring today is that [with] that trauma, there comes a point where you say, ‘I am not my trauma, the narrative of my life is not that I am a victim.’ And this is a woman who’s been waiting 40 years, who faced the person who she knows is coming back, to say, ‘I am going to take back the legacy of my life, I am going to take back my narrative, and you don’t own me anymore.’ And that, weirdly enough, seems to be a bit of a thing in the world today.”

She then referenced Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards, where 141 survivors of sexual misconduct by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. “All of those women stood on that stage while that M.F. — and there are kids in the audience wearing Luigi and Mario hats, so I’m not saying what I really want to say — rots in prison. Those women stood there and said, ‘You do not control our narrative anymore.’ And that is why I am sitting here today, in this great Hall H, in a movie for David Gordon Green, because he wrote a character who is saying, ‘I am taking back my narrative.’”

Fans later got their first look at a sequence from the film, the eleventh in franchise history. Myers is shown brutally killing two women — neighbors who are each home alone on Halloween night.

But the most profound moment of SDCC came at the start of the Q&A. A tearful man in a Haddonfield High t-shirt named Joseph Scott said that when a home invader with a knife threatened his family 20 years ago, his survival instincts kicked in thanks to the thought, “What would Laurie Strode do?” Curtis left the stage to give him a hug, kiss, and selfie.

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Joseph Scott and Jamie Lee Curtis at the Universal Pictures San Diego Comic-Con presentation

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Universal Pictures brings “Halloween” to theaters on October 19. 

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'Venom': Tom Hardy and Director Ruben Fleischer Tease Sequels, Including One with Tom Holland's Spider-Man

The release date for ‘Venom’ is more than two months away, yet planned sequels were hinted at no less than three times during Sony Pictures’ San Diego Comic-Con presentation Friday night.  “We’re definitely planning a huge world with this Venom story, and we want to be able to satisfy our own desires and the desires of our fans to explore all of the beloved characters from the universe,” said director Ruben Fleischer, who was joined by stars Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed.

About a minute later, while praising his onscreen love interest, Michelle Williams, “The Revenant” Oscar nominee let slip, “She’s an awesome actress, so working with her is a delight, and I’m looking forward to doing more. Oh, I can’t tell you — I was going to say something but it’s a spoiler.” The moment made Ahmed’s eyes go wide.

At the very end of the panel, Fleischer got more explicit about what fans might expect from future installments. “I think we can all agree it would be pretty amazing to see Spider-Man and Venom face off in a film,” he said, garnering cheers from the crowd of thousands in Hall H. “I’d be really excited to go see that film. So, I have to think that the studio’s thinking the same way, and that at some point down the road, they’re going to run across each other’s paths…Yeah, I have to think we’d all love to see that.”

Then the moderator reminded the trio that at Seattle’s ACE Comic-Con in Seattle last month, current Spider-Man Tom Holland revealed that the Marvel foe he would most like to web-sling against is Venom. “Go toe-to-toe with Tom Holland?” asked Hardy of his fellow Brit. “I’ll have a go, yeah…He’s an awesome actor and I’d love to work with him, and I love Spider-Man, so who knows.”

Footage (allegedly unfinished) from the film showed New York City documentary journalist and future symbiote Eddie Brock (Hardy) lying on the floor and attempting to meditate, per a suggestion from the woman who works at his local convenience store. But his mind jumps to flashes of himself being chasing, tossed in a body of water, and doubled over in pain. After becoming infected by an alien parasite, Brock-as-Venom was seen riding a motorcycle while keeping two drivers at bay with his tar-like appendages, and pulling back half his fanged face to surprise a stranger with the human within. “That power, it’s not completely awful,” he deadpans.

“Unlike other Marvel films, this is a much grittier, grounded, complicated character, more violent,” said Fleischer, once a PA on Williams’ series “Dawson’s Creek.” “And unlike most superhero movies, there’s no heroes, really, in this movie.”

Hardy embraced the dark subject matter, and the opportunity to lighten the mood. “I don’t want to upset anyone, but I think he’s the coolest Marvel superhero that there is,” he said. “I really wanted to do something that my son could watch, because a lot of the films that I’ve done are normally pretty aggressive or violent, or I swear a lot…So I did something where I bite people’s heads off instead.”

“Venom” hits theaters October 5. 

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Jon Hendry, Former IATSE Boss In Santa Fe, Hit With Third Sex Harassment Suit

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Santa Fe IATSE boss Jon Hendry has been hit with a third sexual harassment lawsuit – this one by a former assistant who accuses him of a laundry list of other allegations, including racketeering and campaign finance violations.

Hendry, once the most powerful labor leader in New Mexico, was ousted in March as IATSE Local 480’s longtime business agent after two former staffers accused him of sexually harassing them. That same month he was ousted as president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

In the latest lawsuit, Michelle Labounty, who worked as Hendry’s assistant at the local from 2011-12, claims that he “continually sexually harassed and intimidated” her “with inappropriate conditions to maintain employment.” The suit claims that Hendry’s “unprofessional conduct” included “pressuring Ms. Labounty to share a hotel room with him on a business trip, saying it was to save union money, and criticizing her as not being ‘cool’ or ‘rock-n-roll’ for not complying.”

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The complaint alleges that he also pressured her to “share a bed with him” when they attended the South by Southwest festival in Austin, telling her “nothing would happen” and that he “just wanted to be comfortable.” She claims he also pressured her to wear a “revealing ‘groupie’ outfit he bought for her” on that trip.

Labounty also accused Hendry of pressuring her “to take a hot spa bath with him during an overnight trip” to Truth or Consequences, NM, and then “retaliating against Ms. Labounty for rejecting his advances by refusing to pay her overtime despite requiring her to work as much as 90 hours per week.”

Contacted by Deadline, Hendry said he was “surprised” by the allegations and referred calls to his attorney. “He has told me to talk to no one,” he said. His attorney did not return calls for comment.

The suit, which also names IATSE and Local 480 as defendants for failing to stop Hendry’s alleged misconduct, claims that Hendry’s actions created a hostile work environment. This allegedly included “patting her on the buttocks”; calling her to his house and “coming out to greet her in boxer shorts”; “conducting business calls with potential employers of female IATSE members and referring to these women as ‘sluts’ to their prospective employers”; telling her that “most women who worked on film sets were ‘former strippers,” and “bragging in her presence about how he ruins women and men in the business if he decides they are ‘out.’”

She also claims that he “objectified” her “by taking photographs of her and sending them to other union bosses while bragging about how ‘hot’ his ‘blonde assistant’ was,” and that he made “inappropriate late-night calls to Ms. Labounty, making heavy breathing sounds, and later apologizing and explaining it was his mistress’s ‘boob’ that was dialing his phone while she was on his lap.”

In her lawsuit, she says she wanted to become a member of the local and work in the New Mexico film and TV industry, but that Hendry wouldn’t allow it, allegedly telling her that “she could not become a member of Local 480 because she ‘worked for him’ and ‘knew too much’ about union business.”

The suit says that he also told her that “she did not have the skills to do a union job, that people trained for years to do what they did, and that she was ‘insulting members’ by suggesting she could be in the union, while on other occasions Hendry would meet a pretty young girl on an airplane and invite her to join the union as a make-up artist, when she had no training or experience.”


The suit also claims that Hendry, who had ties to many Democratic politicians in the state, also engaged in a scheme to violate campaign finance laws by “pressuring Ms. Labounty to withdraw money from her personal bank account to pay – though he then reimbursed her – for a radio ad he provided her against a public office candidate, telling her there could be no paper trail to him and under no circumstances could she divulge he had her pay for the ad.”

Labounty claims that her working conditions at the local were so “intolerable” that she was “compelled to resign” on July 19, 2012 – after which Hendry “retaliated against her and kept intimidating her,” including “blackballing” from working in the industry “in the same way she had overheard him blackball other women in the industry.”

Two other women have made similar allegations against the former union boss. Christa Valdez, the local’s former public relations rep, sued Hendry in March, claiming that he “continually harassed and intimidated” her with “sexual propositions and inappropriate conditions to maintain employment,” including sending her a text in 2016 that said: “Could you send me a pic of your naked, sweaty, skinny body? At least one of us will feel much better.”

Six days after that suit was filed – and the same day he was removed as president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO – a second sexual harassment suit was filed against him. Madeleine Lauve, a former employee of the local, alleged that from 2013-14, Hendry subjected her to “discriminatory conditions, including an explicit quid pro quo for sex, to maintain and to improve her employment and to qualify for and be admitted as a labor organization member of IATSE.”

Lauve’s suit claims he fired her after she refused to have sex with him anymore. “The work and labor organization environment became hostile and aggressive, and Ms. Lauve was eventually terminated from IATSE Local 480, as well as undermined on a Local 480 craft services assignment, on or about March 21, 2014, as a result of Ms. Lauve having ceased to consent to and begun to oppose Hendry’s quid pro quo.”

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Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said.

Investigators blamed stormy weather for the accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. Winds at the time were blowing as hard as 65 mph (105 kph), according to the National Weather Service.

Fourteen people survived, including seven who were injured when the boat went down, state police said.

Named for their ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have been involved in other deadly incidents in the past. Five college students were killed in 2015 in Seattle when a duck boat collided with a bus. Thirteen people died in 1999 when a boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“Duck boats are death traps,” said Andrew Duffy, an attorney whose law firm Philadelphia law firm handled litigation related to two fatal duck boat accidents there. “They’re not fit for water or land because they are half car and half boat.”

Safety advocates have sought improvements and complained that too many agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

The boats were originally designed for the military, specifically to transport troops and supplies in World War II. They were later modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.

Passengers on a nearby boat described the chaos as the winds picked up and the water turned rough.

“Debris was flying everywhere,” Allison Lester said in an interview Friday with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Branson at 6:32 p.m. Thursday, about 40 minutes before the boat tipped over.

Lester’s boyfriend, Trent Behr, said they saw a woman in the water and helped to pull her into the boat. He said he was about to start CPR when an EMT arrived and took over.

The driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died, but the captain survived, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.

Divers located the vessel, which came to rest on its wheels on the lakebed, and authorities planned to recover it later Friday.

The boat sank in 40 feet (12 meters) of water and then rolled on its wheels into a deeper area with 80 feet (25 meters) of water. Investigators had no information about whether passengers were wearing life jackets or whether they were stowed onboard, the sheriff said.

The names of the dead were not immediately released.

A spokeswoman for Cox Medical Center Branson said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital shortly after the accident. Two adults were in critical condition, and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.

An off-duty deputy working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the boat turned over, the sheriff said. Dive teams from several law enforcement agencies assisted in the effort.

Suzanne Smagala with Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said the company was assisting authorities. She said this was the ride’s only accident in more than 40 years of operation.

Thirteen bodies had been recovered by early Friday morning.

In the hours after the accident, the lake was calm. But another round of thunderstorms passed within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the area Friday morning, and more storms were forecast for later in the day, some severe, weather service meteorologist Jason Schaumann warned.

Weather can change rapidly in this part of the country, moving from sunshine and calm to dangerous storms within minutes, Schaumann said.

“Tornado warnings get a lot of publicity, and severe thunderstorm warnings should be taken very seriously too, particularly if you are in a vulnerable area like a lake or campground,” he said.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene later Friday morning.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences, extending his sympathies to the families and friends of those involved.

Branson, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, is a country-themed tourist mecca built on a reputation for patriotic and religious-themed shows in numerous theaters.

Table Rock Lake, east of Branson, was created in the late 1950s when the Corps of Army Engineers built a dam across the White River to provide hydroelectric power to the Ozarks.


Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis; Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri; and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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Pluto TV & Sony Strike Content Deal To Stream 200+ Movie & Classic TV Titles

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Sony Pictures Television and free streaming TV service Pluto TV have signed a content distribution deal that will bring Bewitched, The Blob, Starship Troopers and more than 200 other “evergreen” movie and TV titles to Pluto’s library.

The movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment and classic TV from Sony Pictures Television will be programmed across Pluto’s thematically organized and programmed original channels.

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“Sony Pictures has entertained audiences for decades with coveted and acclaimed film and television properties, and we are delighted to bring them aboard and introduce this incredible slate of evergreen content to our viewers,” states Amy Kuessner, SVP Content Partnerships at Pluto TV.

Pluto TV’s offerings include more than 100 live, linear and curated channels, including mainstream network fare, niche programming (news, sports, food, lifestyle, among others) and thousands of movies on demand.

A sampling of the Sony Pictures titles now in Pluto’s orbit: The Babysitters Club, TV’s Bewitched, TV’s Charlie’s Angels, From Here to Eternity, The Muppets Take Manhattan, My Girl, My Girl 2, Philadelphia, The Blob, Godzilla, The Blue Lagoon, The Grudge and So I Married an Axe Murderer. 

The Sony Pictures content is rolling out this month. Pluto TV is available on all mobile, web and connected TV streaming devices.

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Ciara Stuns in Spike Heels With Russell Wilson & More Stars at the ESPYs

Ciara made a bold statement on the red carpet at the 2018 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles today.

The “1,2 Step” singer sported a mustard-colored, one-shoulder dress with a thigh-high slit. For footwear, she selected gold pumps with a sultry stiletto heel and edgy spike detailing. Ciara wore her long locks in a high ponytail and chose simple jewelry.

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Ciara at the 2018 ESPY Awards.

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Ciara’s greatest accessory was her husband, Russell Wilson. The NFL star was the perfect arm candy in a blue blazer layered over a black shirt and fitted pants. He kept it casual with his shoes, wearing black sneakers.

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Ciara and Russell Wilson

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Another standout on the red carpet was Lolo Jones. The hurdler looked stylish in a strapless black dress with cut-out detailing at the bodice and a cut that revealed her toned legs.

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Lolo Jones

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Jones completed her ensemble with silver ankle-strap sandals that matched her simple jewelry and the detailing on her dress.

Laila Ali also went for a black dress, choosing a knee-length cut with an asymmetrical neckline and three-quarters length sleeves. She chose black shoes as well, picking sandals with spiral-like wrap-around straps that wove diagonally around her feet. Like Ciara, she wore her hair in a long ponytail and sported simple jewelry, opting for hoop earrings and a single bangle.

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Laila Ali

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Adam Rippon showed that red carpet menswear need not be boring. The Olympian wowed in a bejeweled white cape that he wore slung over his shoulders, atop a fitted white shirt and skinny black trousers. He kept his shoes simple, wearing shiny black boots.

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Adam Rippon

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Click through the gallery to see more stars arriving on the red carpet at the 2018 ESPY Awards.

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Here's what Hurricanes coach Mark Richt had to say at 2018 ACC Kickoff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We’ll have more from Mark Richt (and the Hurricanes’ player representatives, Ahmmon Richards and Jaquan Johnson) over the next few days, but here’s the transcript of the press conference Richt conducted in the main ballroom Wednesday afternoon at the annual ACC Kickoff.

Miami head coach Mark Richt answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Q: Coach, a year ago we were standing here and the turnover chain had yet to be born. Over the last 365 days what’s been your reaction to that phenomenon?

Richt: “What’s been my reaction? It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s really the greatest thing since the 10-bite sandwich, actually. People ask me about that — first of all, I didn’t know about the turnover chain until the first game. Coach Diaz is like, hey, Coach, by the way, we’ve got this chain, in case we get a turnover we’re going to put it on their neck. I said, All right, that’s cool. I said, ‘It’s kind of big and gaudy.’ I said, ‘Well, we’re in Miami, that’s all right, it’s no problem.’ So I really didn’t know much about it. I had never seen it. I had never touched it.

“Even during the game, I’m on the sideline looking at the game, and behind me is when all the party is going on, I didn’t know what was going on. It wasn’t until the night of the first game that I looked on social media and saw Malek Young with the big grin and that big chain on his neck. I don’t even think I touched it until the season was over. That thing is about six pounds. I mean, it is a thick, Cuban link chain with that big U. It is gaudy and it’s beautiful. But like I’ve said all year long, or since the season ended, if we got three turnovers last year, it would have been mocked. It would have been laughed at. But when you get 31 turnovers or whatever it was, maybe there’s something to it. It did create an awful lot of excitement for our team. It created an awful lot of excitement for our fans, not just at the games but around the country. It was a special thing.”

Q: Ron Dugans, what are you going to say about his evolution? I know he’s been with the receivers the last few years, and to move forward from that to what he is for you now in the offense with a more expanded role, just what you can say about his work?

Richt: “Well, I’m a huge Ron Dugans fan. I call him Ronnie as a term of endearment because I’ve known him a long time. I love him. I actually was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Florida State when he was a receiver there. He actually — everybody remembers Peter Warrick and the touchdowns he caught in the National Championship game, but Ronnie actually caught a touchdown in that game, as well. So I’ve known Ron a long time. I know what kind of player he was, tough, hard-nosed, had to earn everything he got. I know what kind of person he is. He’s a God-fearing man that loves his family and loves the players. And then I’ve seen a body of work before I hired him as a professional collegiate coach and really loved what I saw.

“Now that I’m working with him, I wouldn’t choose any wide receiver coach in America over him. He’s a guy that not only understands what it takes as a receiver to run the routes a certain way, but he will get it out of them. He will not — he’s not interested in being their friend, he’s interested in being their mentor. He’s interested in being a role model and a guy who’s going to help them grow into a man, off the field, too. All the things I’m looking for, all the ingredients I want in a coach, he has those attributes, and I think he’s well on his way to becoming a coordinator one day and a head coach if he chooses to.”

Q: Your impact on the running game here at Miami in year one was evident. Year two, Mark Walton got hurt early and things were different. Travis Homer came on as the year evolved. 160 yards a game, is that about where you want it, or do you expect more this year?

Richt: “You know, to me, balance is not necessarily having 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing necessarily. Balance is if a team overloads your running game, are you good enough to throw it and get them out of that. Or if they double team your receivers, are you good enough to run it to force them out of those double coverage situations. You just have to be able to do what you have to do in any given game. If somebody is just bent on putting no safety deep and everybody in the run game and just lock up and play man-to-man on your three eligible receivers, you’d better be able to throw it down the field because you’re going to be outnumbered in the running game. So we just have to be able to be good at both the run and the pass, and obviously the better you run it — I love having a good running game because I like the play action pass that comes off it, and the RPO is what comes off what you would consider play action pass nowadays. I don’t want to tag a number on it so much.

“I will say this: Last season is the first season I coached offense in 30 something years that I didn’t have a true fullback really ready to go and play. We were going to try to invent one through a young offensive guard, Corey Gaynor, and we were taking a linebacker for a minute seeing if he could do it, and it didn’t work out. I think it hurt us in short yardage and goal line, and that’s not going to help again. That’s why Realus George is on the team and we moved Trayone Gray to fullback and let him start training like a fullback, and we’re going to have a little bit more power than we had in years past.

Q: You were a part of a big infusion of new coaches and new blood kind of in the ACC fraternity of coaches a couple years ago, and obviously performance has risen a lot on the field throughout that time and a little bit before. How much have you seen since you’ve been back in the ACC the level of talent and competition raised?

Richt: Yeah, there’s no question in my mind. I was at Florida State, as we said, for years, for 15 years, and I think Florida State might have been in the league seven or eight years while I was there, the first seven or eight years, and the league — even two years ago when I got here compared to then was night and day. There’s no question. Florida State at that time, we just — we out-classed a lot of people in just the athletic ability and all that type of thing.

“And then now I come back, there’s a lot of teams that are very talented. There’s a lot of teams that got good coaches, and I think people are beginning to say, in order to be great in football, we’ve got to pour resources into all the things that it takes to develop a player, whether it’s facilities or strength and conditioning or how you feed them or all those types of things, and you’ve also got to hire certain coaches and give them the ability to have a salary pool that will allow you to get a good staff that will stick with you without getting out-bidded every time you turn around. And I see that happening throughout the league, and I think we’re seeing a lot of really good teams that can beat anybody across America on any given day.

Q: It didn’t take long for you to become the longest tenured coach in the state. Is the state of Florida up for grabs in terms of being the preeminent program? And with you being more established and Willie and Dan Mullen in the state, does that bode well? And can you assess how Willie Taggart has been on the recruiting trail against you?

Richt: “Yeah, I think that the programs are bigger than the coaches. I think coaches obviously make a big deal — I think leadership is a big deal, but I think when you have an established program like Florida, Florida State, even Miami, at any given time, those teams could be the best in the state and the best in the country, and then now you see what has happened at Central Florida and what’s continuing to happen there, and South Florida, and even Florida international, Florida Atlantic. These teams are just continuing to grow and get better, mostly because you’ve got the talent base in the state, and there are limitations to how many people everybody can take out of there. Kids are starting to say I’d rather stay home than go play at this other school and stay in my home state. All those teams are going to continue to rise and get better, and I think any given year, any one of those top four or five teams right now could be the best team in the state.”

Q: You talked about ACC teams being more willing to put in the resources, being more willing to commit, of course, the amount of revenue that it takes to run a big time football program these days. Commissioner Swofford said the ACC Network is right on track, ready to go next year. How important is that to closing the gap with some of these other conferences?

Richt: “It’s very big. And you can have a network and not necessarily generate the same revenue as other networks. Not only do we need the network, but we need to get the people to want to watch it and do what it takes to get the viewership and all that up to get the revenue up. The revenue is going to go up, but how much? And it’s certainly going to go up enough to continue the trend of the advances that people are making, and I think some of the AD’s — I’m not in their business, but I would think, knowing that the network is coming and there’s more revenue coming, they’re having more confidence to step out and do the things that it takes to be great.”

Q: Just the changes in recruiting with social media and everything that you’ve seen, how you handle it as a coach now as opposed to in the past?

Richt: “Well, you just communicate with the guys the way they communicate. If it used to be Facebook, you use Facebook, you use Twitter, Snapchat. Whatever it is within the rules, that’s how you communicate with these kids, and that’s what they’re used to. Recruiting hasn’t changed much. It’s about relationships and it’s about trust, and it’s about proving to the kid — where does he fit into your program and how can he become the best he can possibly be in life. And the last thing I’m going to say is I’m putting in a plug and I’m letting our season ticket holders know we’ve got like 500 season tickets left. We’re about to sell out our season tickets for the first time at Hard Rock Stadium. And I know a lot of schools sell out for like the last 90 years, but for us it’s a big deal. And if you don’t get your tickets now, you’re going to be in trouble. I had to put that plug in.”


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