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Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since apparent overdose

Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since apparent overdose

(CNN) - Pop star Demi Lovato addressed fans for the first time since her apparent drug overdose last month."I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the 25-year-old singer ... Continue Reading
Patrick Stewart stuns fans with 'Star Trek' return

Patrick Stewart stuns fans with 'Star Trek' return

(CNN) - Set your phasers to stunned: Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to his celebrated role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard for a new "Star Trek" series.The news, announced by Stewart himself and exec ... Continue Reading
Harvey Weinstein seeks dismissal of indictment due to emails between him and accuser

Harvey Weinstein seeks dismissal of indictment due to emails between him and accuser

(CNN) - Harvey Weinstein is seeking the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Attorneys for the disgraced film mogul filed a motion for dismissal in New York federal court Friday, citing, among other things, the discovery of evidence that the grand jury was not shown -- specifically "dozens of emails" sent from one of Weinstein's anonymous accusers, characterized as "extensive warm, complimentary and solicitous messages to Mr. Weinstein immediately following the now claimed event and over the next four year period."

"These communications irrefutably reflect the true nature of this consensual intimate friendship, which never at any time included a forcible rape," Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman told CNN in a statement.

The emails and text messages -- allegedly sent and received through Weinstein's official company account and phone -- were obtained by his legal team earlier this year after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware granted access to them for his criminal defense.

In an email sent from one of Weinstein's accusers on January 5, 2014, ten months after the alleged rape in March 2013, she writes, "Your (sic) the one who makes it look good with your smile and beautiful eyes!! But thank you that makes me so happy to hear."

In another email from the same unnamed accuser to Weinstein on July 10, 2014 she writes, "There is no one else I would enjoy catching up with that understands me quite like you. I don't get off work usually till after 7 and coming from (redacted). I know I will be hungry, what is your timing? Do you have time for dinner?"

The same unnamed accuser sent an email to Weinstein on July 26, 2014, writing, "I'm at work. Just had u cross my mind and thought u would send a hello. I am well."

"Love to cross your mind it's my favorite exercise," Weinstein responds, according to the filings.

When contacted by CNN, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment on Friday's motion for dismissal.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to six felony sex crimes -- two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape, one first-degree criminal sex act charge and one criminal sex act.

The charges stem from allegations from three women, according to court documents.

In an interview with CNN Friday afternoon, Brafman said it would be "difficult but not impossible" to seat an impartial jury should Weinstein's case move forward to trial.

"I hope to find 12 people in Manhattan who may have heard a lot of the allegations against Mr. Weinstein but will give the court their sworn assurances that they will decide this case based on the evidence that comes into the courtroom and not on what they made have read, or what they may have heard," Brafman said. "I think part of what we're trying to suggest in these motions to dismiss is that contrary to what people may have read and may have heard, there is another side here."

Weinstein has denied all allegations of "nonconsensual sexual activity," and he's remained free after posting $1 million cash bail.

The charges against Weinstein came nine months after The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual misconduct.

CNN's Laura Ly, Emanuella Grinberg, Ann O'Neil, Elizabeth Joseph and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.

TV's writers' rooms have a mother of a problem

TV's writers' rooms have a mother of a problem

(CNN) - This is part one of a two-part series. You can read part two here. The writer's assistant was exhausted.It was April, she was spending 10 to 12 hours a day working on a production for a ... Continue Reading
When it comes to making TV writers' rooms better for moms, these bosses know best

When it comes to making TV writers' rooms better for moms, these bosses know best

(CNN) - This is the second and final part of a series on mothers in TV writers' rooms. You can read the first part here. This year will be the first that the team of writers for "Crazy Ex-Girlfrie ... Continue Reading
'Christopher Robin' serves up sweet take on Winnie the Pooh

'Christopher Robin' serves up sweet take on Winnie the Pooh

(CNN) - The live-action "family movie" has become an especially elusive commodity, especially now that every member has distinct programming options on a variety of screens. Disney largely threads that needle with "Christopher Robin," a movie that -- once it gets going -- should entertain kids with the antics of Winnie the Pooh and company, while for parents squiring them, spending time with that beloved, silly old bear is no bother at all.

Director Marc Forster has an eclectic resume -- including a Bond movie and "World War Z" -- but the key entry for these purposes is "Finding Neverland," his moving 2004 look at Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.

Throw in a spoonful of "Mary Poppins" for good measure, and you have "Christopher Robin," which doesn't rise to that level. Yet as with that earlier movie, the universal plot is all about an adult accessing his inner child, having lost touch with that pure, unadulterated side of himself.

Introduced as a lad cavorting with his plush pals, Christopher is quickly shown getting shipped off to boarding school, growing up into Ewan McGregor and getting married (Hayley Atwell plays his wife, making the most of a relatively small role).

Now, however, he's got adult-sized responsibilities, which include finding time for his own daughter. Having survived World War II, he's working for a large luggage company, but thanks to his officious boss (Mark Gatiss), faces arduous hours and the unsettling prospect of slashing jobs to make ends meet.

Christopher doesn't pray for guidance, but it nevertheless comes -- along with a reminder about what's truly important -- when Pooh (voiced, as in his animated likeness, by Jim Cummings), stumbles back into his life. And while he remains a "bear of very little brain," he's prone to saying some rather profound things -- at least, when he can get his mind off his rumbly tummy long enough to do so.

Christopher Robin is also reintroduced to the rest of the gang, including Eeyore (Brad Garrett, receiving most of the best lines), Tigger (also Cummings), Piglet (Nick Mohammed) and Rabbit (Peter Capaldi).

A.A. Milne's creation is among the most durable of children's literary characters for a reason, and has already produced one fine movie in the last nine months, the biographical "Goodbye Christopher Robin."

That film was obviously a lot darker than this one, and the latest movie gets off to a somewhat slow start before the plot kicks into gear. As a result, younger kids might grow a bit fidgety while the story (conjured by multiple writers) establishes the groundwork for Christopher's plight.

Gradually, though, "Christopher Robin" settles in, exhibiting a genuine sweetness without becoming saccharine -- again, no small feat. Give much of the credit to McGregor in the thankless task of playing opposite his adorably furry co-stars, ably handling the comedy derived from the fact that he doesn't dare let others see them.

In one of their languid early moments, Pooh muses about those signature do-nothing days in the Hundred Acre Wood, "I would've liked it to go on for a while longer."

Frankly, "Christopher Robin" would be stretching things if it tried to prolong this relatively slim premise for one more minute. But as is, the movie mostly works-- a fleeting reminder of the simple pleasures of hanging out with family and a talking bear, which, in these frenetic times, is the kind of silliness that's worth savoring.

"Christopher Robin" premieres Aug. 3 in the U.S. It's rated PG.

Drake's official 'In My Feelings' video a tribute to #InMyFeelingsChallenge

Drake's official 'In My Feelings' video a tribute to #InMyFeelingsChallenge

(CNN) - With so many videos of people dancing to Drake's "In My Feelings," you would think an actual music video wouldn't even be needed.But you would be so wrong.The rapper dropped an official ... Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood denies fall staged to cover for plastic surgery

Carrie Underwood denies fall staged to cover for plastic surgery

(CNN) - Carrie Underwood is shutting down speculation that the "gruesome" injury she sustained in a fall last year was a ruse to cover a plastic surgery.The singer, 35, talked to Redbook about rum ... Continue Reading
Tim Allen's character on 'Last Man Standing' won't be talking about Trump

Tim Allen's character on 'Last Man Standing' won't be talking about Trump

(CNN) - As Mike Baxter moves into his new home at FOX, the "Last Man Standing" character will still be as conservative as ever, but not necessarily talking about his support of President Donald Trump ... Continue Reading
Mi gente es su gente: J Balvin on why he's not singing in English anytime soon

Mi gente es su gente: J Balvin on why he's not singing in English anytime soon

(CNN) - When Jimmy Fallon jumped on stage of "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to show off his best "X" dance moves, many viewers tuning in were probably asking themselves, "Who are those guys dancing wit ... Continue Reading
Constance Wu gets real about the significance of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Constance Wu gets real about the significance of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

(CNN) - Constance Wu will soon grace the big screen as the lead in "Crazy Rich Asians," the first major studio film centered on an Asian-American character's story since "The Joy Luck Club," and the ... Continue Reading
Reese Witherspoon pelting ice cream at Meryl Streep is everything

Reese Witherspoon pelting ice cream at Meryl Streep is everything

(CNN) - Reese Witherspoon was caught on camera preparing to throw ice cream at Meryl Streep. But don't worry, they aren't really feuding. The ice cream showdown is apparently for the upcoming s ... Continue Reading
Welcome back Robyn!

Welcome back Robyn!

(CNN) - Call your girlfriend and let her know Robyn has new music out.The Swedish pop music sensation is back with a new single after eight years off the scene.The new song is titled "Missing U ... Continue Reading
Paris Jackson: Demi Lovato is not sending me to rehab

Paris Jackson: Demi Lovato is not sending me to rehab

(CNN) - Paris Jackson is putting an end to speculation that Demi Lovato's medical emergency has convinced her to enter rehab.The 20-year-old actress/singer posted on social media recently after a ... Continue Reading
The return of Sarah Connor

The return of Sarah Connor

(CNN) - Go ahead and slay then, Linda Hamilton.We've gotten a first glimpse of a the as-yet-untitled "Terminator" sequel coming in November 2019, featuring Hamilton looking ready to rock as her fa ... Continue Reading
'The Darkest Minds' unleashes more teens with powers, problems

'The Darkest Minds' unleashes more teens with powers, problems

(CNN) - "The Hunger Games" stoked a hunger for young-adult fiction that has birthed plenty of wannabes, few of which have felt more generic and derivative than "The Darkest Minds." Kicking off a plan ... Continue Reading
Not just Beyoncé: Rihanna also making Vogue history

Not just Beyoncé: Rihanna also making Vogue history

(CNN) - Rihanna is putting in work, work, work, work, work as the first black woman on the cover of British Vogue's coveted September issue in its 102 year history. Fresh on the heels of reports a ... Continue Reading
Jennifer Aniston isn't shutting down the idea of a 'Friends' reboot

Jennifer Aniston isn't shutting down the idea of a 'Friends' reboot

(CNN) - This is the best news you'll hear all day.Jennifer Aniston seems to be open to the idea of a "Friends" reboot."Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courten ... Continue Reading
Don't tell 'BlacKkKlansman's' John David Washington he's code-switching

Don't tell 'BlacKkKlansman's' John David Washington he's code-switching

(CNN) - There is already buzz for John David Washington's "first" Spike Lee movie, "BlacKkKlansman," when it's actually the actor's second."I was a little kid and I said like three words, 'I am Ma ... Continue Reading
Everything we know about Demi Lovato's apparent overdose

Everything we know about Demi Lovato's apparent overdose

(CNN) - More than a week after her apparent overdose, Demi Lovato remains hospitalized.Fans continue to worry, support and speculate about the singer who turns 26 this month.Here's what w ... Continue Reading

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