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Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney has confirmed that an animatronic version of President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at its Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The company is pushing back against reports that Trump's figure wouldn't have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all U.S. presidents.

Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith writes in a blog post that Disney is working closely with the White House on Trump's words and a recording session with the president has been scheduled.

The attraction closed in January so Trump's figure could be added. Smith says it will reopen late this year with a new show and upgraded theater.

An online petition was launched in January to push Disney to keep its animatronic Trump silent.

Robert Durst's pals resist testifying at California hearing

Robert Durst's longtime friends are fighting in a New York court to avoid being sent to testify in California in a pretrial hearing in the millionaire's murder case.

The Los Angeles district attorney says Stewart and Emily Altman could provide information about Durst's state of mind.

Durst denies allegations he killed one of his closest friends, Susan Berman.

Prosecutors say he killed Berman in 2000 fearing she might divulge information about his first wife's 1982 disappearance.

Durst has long been eyed but never charged in that case.

The Altmans' attorneys said their testimony at a pretrial hearing isn't necessary.

A Nassau County judge will rule later.

The suspicions about Durst were the subject of the HBO documentary, "The Jinx." In it, he is heard muttering that he "killed them all."

‘John Wick’ villain Michael Nyqvist loses battle with lung cancer

 

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, the star of the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday.

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“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year-long battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement from the actor’s representative published in Variety.

Nyqvist, 56, was probably best known to American audiences for his villain roles, including in “John Wick” and “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.”

The actor leaves behind his wife, Catharina, and children, Arthur and Ellen.

Edward James Olmos wants pet owners to stay home July 4

Edward James Olmos has a message for pet owners on the Fourth of July: Stay home.

Noisy fireworks on America's birthday can startle animals and cause them to run away. Olmos has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge owners to comfort their pets or at least leave a TV or radio set on to mask the blasts so they don't get as scared.

"Many animals have actually broken through glass windows and doors to get out of the house," the veteran actor told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "They don't know where the explosion is coming from, all they know is that there are explosions and they immediately take it in a fearful way."

The insurance giant Nationwide, which provides pet health insurance, last year reported that the most common Fourth of July pet injuries were laceration caused by pets breaking through a glass window or fence. Other firework-related pet injuries included being hit by a car after becoming spooked by fireworks, near drowning after falling in pools and strangulation by collars getting caught.

"If you stay with them, it helps them," added Olmos, who starred in "Stand and Deliver" and earned an Oscar nomination. "They'll tremble, they'll shake, but they will at least feel secure enough not to do any bodily harm to themselves."

PETA Latino Senior Manager Alicia Aguayo says that "Fourth of July fireworks can spell disaster for animals who end up in animal shelters or even disappear forever after running in fright from the explosions."

Olmos plans to stay home with his beloved Moe, a 10 year old Labrador retriever whom the actor has tweeted about — photos included — a few times. "He's a really wonderful dog," said the owner proudly. "He is a service dog, so he works at hospitals with children and with people and he is wonderful."

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After 2018 in NYC, Grammys will return to LA in 2019

The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held in New York City, but the show will return to Los Angeles for four years beginning in 2019.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday it signed a four-year deal with the AEG entertainment company to host the show at the Staples Center.

The academy says the show brings an estimated economic benefit of $82 million to Los Angeles each year it is held.

The upcoming Grammy Awards will mark its 60th anniversary when it takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018. Nominees will be announced Nov. 28.

CBS has a contract to air the Grammys through 2026. The show has been held at the Staples Center for 17 out of the last 18 years.

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Elvis Presley hit 'Love Me Tender' inspires picture book

One of Elvis Presley's biggest hits is the latest song to be turned into a picture book, and part of an effort to introduce the King to a new generation.

Dial Books for Young Readers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a book based on "Love Me Tender" is coming out Nov. 13. "Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender" will be illustrated by Stephanie Graegin and include an endnote by Presley's widow, Priscilla Presley.

Dial Books is calling the new release "a heartwarming ode" to the parent-child bond. Presley died 40 years ago this summer, and representatives for his estate are planning a merchandise program for infants and toddlers.

Other songs inspiring children's books in recent years include "This Land is Your Land," ''Imagine" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.

Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print, on screens and as countless stuffed toys before his death at age 91.

His publisher, HarperCollins, said Wednesday that the author died at his home a day earlier after a short illness.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, said Bond "will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations."

The furry adventurer first appeared in "A Bear Called Paddington" in 1958 — a stowaway from "Darkest Peru" who arrived at London's Paddington train station wearing a sign saying "Please look after this bear. Thank you."

Adopted by the kindly Brown family, the misadventure-prone bear went on to star in more than 20 books, several television series and a 2014 feature film. A sequel is currently in production.

The books have sold some 35 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages, including Latin ("Ursus Nomine Paddington.")

Born in Newbury, southern England, on Jan. 13 1926, Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the British Army during World War II. He began writing while stationed with the army in Egypt in 1945.

He was working as a BBC cameraman when he created his most famous character. Paddington was inspired by a teddy bear that Bond bought for his wife one Christmas Eve as a stocking filler and named after the station he used for daily commutes.

Today, stuffed Paddingtons are for sale in toy stores and souvenir stands around Britain. A statue of the beloved bear stands at his namesake station.

In creating the initially homeless Paddington, Bond drew on memories of the refugees and evacuees who streamed through British train stations before and after World War II, seeking security in safer places. Many of the children had name tags hung around their necks.

Bond said a sense of vulnerability "was an important part of Paddington's persona" and a reason why children were drawn to him.

Explaining the character's enduring appeal in 2008, Bond said "there's something about bears which sets them apart from the other toys."

"I think dolls are always wondering what they're going to wear next," he told The Associated Press. "Bears have this quality that children in particular feel they can tell their secrets to and they won't pass them on."

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr. Brown in the movie adaptations, said news of Bond's death came on the final day of shooting for the upcoming film.

Bonneville said Paddington's "enthusiasm and optimism has given pleasure to millions across the generations."

"Michael will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and especially by his wife, Sue, his family and of course by his beloved guinea pigs," he said. "He leaves a special legacy: long live the bear from darkest Peru."

In addition to the Paddington stories, Bond wrote a series of books about a guinea pig named Olga da Polga and a string of novels for adults about a French detective called Monsieur Pamplemousse.

Bond is survived by his wife and his children, Karen and Anthony.

'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges

9:30 a.m. Update: Danielle Bregoli pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft, grand theft auto, possession of marijuana and filing a false report Wednesday morning in Delray Beach, Florida, court.

She will likely be sentenced for the crimes at a hearing July 22.

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In three separate occasions last year, Bregoli is accused of stealing her mother’s purse, stealing her mother’s car and calling the police to falsely report her mother was on heroin, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

On May 26, 2016, Bregoli called the police to report a domestic battery involving her mother, and accused her of using drugs after spreading powdered sugar on a bathroom counter and describing it as heroin to police, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

This year, Bregoli was found in a car with marijuana, the State Attorney’s Office reports.

Two additional charges against Bregoli were dismissed Wednesday.

Bregoli, her mother Barbara Ann Bregoli and attorney Scott Richardson declined to comment following the hearing.

Robert Shalhoub, a West Palm Beach-based attorney hired by Bregoli’s father Ira Peskowitz, asked Judge Lou Delgado to impose a “no-internet” condition on Bregoli, pending her next court hearing.

“I’m reluctant to do that,” Delgado said before denying the request.

The decision was disappointing to Peskowitz, he said outside the courtroom.

“She posts 24-7,” Peskowitz said following the hearing. “It’s controlled by an alleged management team that promotes absurd behavior for a 14-year-old child.”

Bregoli, thrust into fame after a short appearance on Dr. Phil last year, is “being exploited for her horrific, disgusting behavior” at a young age, said Peskowitz, who is in the middle of a contentious custody battle over Bergoli.

A custody hearing will be scheduled within the next two to three weeks, Shalhoub said.

Original story: Danielle Bregoli, the Boynton Beach, Florida, teenager who became an internet celebrity for the phrase “Cash me ousside," will try to keep herself out of juvenile jail as she heads to court Wednesday for a trial on five charges.

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Bregoli, 14, pleaded not guilty last month to four charges of theft and a charge of filing a false police report.

They mostly include acts allegedly committed against her mother, Barbara Ann Bregoli, before the two appeared on the daytime talk show “Dr. Phil” last year.

Danielle challenged audience members to a fight with the phrase “Cash me ousside, how bow dat?” Video clips of the threat soon made her the subject of internet memes and built her an Instagram following that as of Wednesday neared 10 million.

>> ‘Cash me ousside’ teen reportedly planning national tour, taking show on the road

Since her newfound stardom, the 14-year-old has moved to Hollywood and is reportedly shopping a reality television show. She’s also encountered more controversy, getting kicked off of a Spirit Airlines flight with her mother after an alleged confrontation with another woman and becoming the subject of a recent lawsuit by a woman who said someone in Danielle’s entourage broke her nose in an attack outside a Lake Worth restaurant in February.

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Danielle is also the center of a looming custody battle between her mother and her father, Ira Peskowitz, who has said he believes the girl’s mother and her Hollywood agents are exploiting her.

Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production.

Moore says he's donating the money — his advance pay for the show "The Terms of My Surrender" — to the Public Theater program after corporate sponsors Bank of America and Delta pulled their sponsorship of "Julius Caesar."

The production, which closed on June 18, portrayed the assassinated title character as a Donald Trump look-alike. Protesters interrupted two live performances and were arrested after storming the stage. Police also are investigating threats made against the wife of the play's director.

'Big Bang Theory' star home destroyed by California wildfire

The home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California.

Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast.

By Tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile (6.5 sq. kilometer) wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. Fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can't be assessed until they have been mostly contained.

About 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of Santa Margarita after the blaze erupted Monday, but on Tuesday night they were told they could return home.

Galecki plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the show, one of the most popular on TV. He also was a regular on the sitcom "Roseanne."

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