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April 24 (UPI) — Private actress Amanda Bynes returned to Twitter this week with a smiling photo. The 31-year-old former Nickelodeon star resurfaced on social media Sunday to share a picture of herself admiring some flowers with a friend. “Stopping to smell the flowers on a gorgeous Sunday!” she captioned the snapshot for her 3.3 million followers. Bynes last posted in February to deny engagement and pregnancy rumors. She blamed the reports on a fake Twitter account. “I am not @persianla27. I am not getting married and I am not pregnant. I don’t understand why twitter won’t take @persianla27 down,” the actress said at the time. Bynes has kept a low profile since a highly-publicized breakdown in 2014. Her attorney, Tamar Arminak, told E! News in April 2016 that Bynes was in a good place. “She is doing great,” Arminak said. “She is happy and healthy, and excited about the future.” Bynes came to fame …

April 24 (UPI) — Iconic British singer Elton John has canceled eight U.S. shows this month and next due to an unusual and potentially harmful infection he picked up in South America, representatives said Monday. John decided to cancel all his Million Dollar Piano shows at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and a May 6 show in Bakersfield, Calif., due to the illness, which became evident as the singer was on a return flight from Chile. “We regret to inform you that due to medical reasons, Elton John is forced to cancel his entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of The Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Cancelled show dates are April 25, 26, 28, 29 and May 1, 3, 4, 5,” Caesar’s Palace said in a statement Monday. “During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill,” the statement continued. “Upon returning to the UK, Elton’s …

April 24 (UPI) — Glee alum Heather Morris got the boot on Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars in Los Angeles Monday night. “I’m OK. It’s a hard competition and I’m really happy that I got to do exactly what I got to do. It was very, very fun,” Morris said upon learning her fate. She and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned a perfect score before they were eliminated from the competition. The crowd booed as the team’s impending departure was announced. Contestants are cut from the show based on a combination of viewer votes and scores from the judges. Still in the running for the coveted mirror-ball trophy are ice skating champion Nancy Kerrigan, model and professional bull rider Bonner Bolton, pro football player Rashad Jennings, retired baseball player David Ross, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kodei, Bachelor star Nick Viall and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Reality TV personality Erika Jayne, 1980s icon …

April 24 (UPI) — The Writers Guild of America said Monday 96 percent of its voting members have authorized a strike against Hollywood’s film and television production companies. Variety reported the results were announced the day before contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are set to continue. If the guild does, indeed, go on strike, a work stoppage could begin as early as May 2 when its current contract expires, the entertainment trade newspaper noted. “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working,” AMPTP said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “The 2007 writers strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were canceled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. … We remain focused on our objective of reaching a deal with the WGA at the bargaining …

April 24 (UPI) — Brainiac has entered the fight in developer NetherRealm Studios’ upcoming DC Comics fighting game sequel, Injustice 2. The clip, released Monday, features the planet-collecting supervillain confronting his nemesis Superman before the two come to blows. “You can’t have earth, Brainiac,” the Man of Steel proclaims before the fighting starts. “It would fare better under your regime?” Brainiac replies in reference to the events of the first game which saw the iconic hero go down a path of tyranny. Brainiac is then seen using his various tentacles and technological expertise to crush Superman before finishing him off with help from his robotic minions. The gameplay trailer also features Brainiac dealing with the likes of Green Arrow and Gorilla Grodd. “Brainiac is a megalomaniacal genius who roams the universe, collecting knowledge to increase his intellectual and scientific prowess,” reads the characters synopsis. “Obsessed with establishing his superiority, Brainiac captured Krypton’s greatest cities, then …

April 24 (UPI) — Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon says Season 2 is a “possibility.” The 41-year-old actress confirmed in an interview with E! News that she’s spoken to author Liane Moriarty and co-star Nicole Kidman about the HBO show’s potential return. “Nicole and I just spoke about it three days ago,” Witherspoon, who played Madeline Mackenzie, said. “We’re talking to Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book, about how these characters go on, what would happen? We definitely left it open-ended, so there’s a possibility there.” Big Little Lies, which is based on Moriarty’s novel of the same name, aired as a miniseries that concluded this month. Moriarty hasn’t written a sequel, but recently told The Sydney Morning Herald she’s open to continuing the show. “I have started to think about ways this could continue,” the writer said. “The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I …

April 24 (UPI) — Gotham star Chris Chalk married Kimberley Dalton Mitchell over the weekend. The 39-year-old actor, who plays Lucius Fox on the Fox series, wed Mitchell in an outdoor ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Asheville, N.C., according to Us Weekly. Chalk and Mitchell, an actress who has appeared on Days of Our Lives, tied the knot in front of 135 guests at North Carolina Arboretum before heading to Grand Bohemian Hotel for dinner and dancing. “We told our DJ, ‘Pretend you’re DJ-ing for the club. That’s what we want,’” Chalk shared. “Just trying to throw the ultimate dance party.” Underground star Alano Miller and She’s Gotta Have It actress DeWanda Wise served as best man and maid of honor, respectively. The pair introduced Chalk and Mitchell, who got engaged in September. “I’s married now,” Chalk confirmed in a tweet Sunday. “To our very best friends @DeWandaWise and @AlanoMiller, everything is better because …

April 23 (UPI) — Vocalist Ivan Moody says he is not leaving the heavy-metal band Five Finger Death Punch, despite media reports claiming otherwise. “It’s no secret that this has been a tough year for me and for my band-mates in Five Finger Death Punch,” he wrote in a lengthy statement Friday. “When you put everything you have into making music, both on and off the stage, it can be very frustrating when the music you work so hard to create is not allowed to see the light of day. I know we share this frustration with our fans, too, who have come to expect new music from us — fans who mean everything to us. It is true that Five Finger Death Punch has come to a crossroads — and that crossroads is we’re all at a place where we will never again let someone or something hold us back from making music for our …

April 23 (UPI) — TNT says it has set a July 10 premiere date for Will, its new drama series about playwright William Shakespeare. Newcomer Laurie Davidson plays the title role in the period drama, which will also feature Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, Jamie Campbell Bower, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett and Jasmin Savoy Brown. “As Will opens, a young William Shakespeare has just arrived onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London,” a synopsis said. “It is in this seductive, violent world that his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will’s naïve genius is Alice Burbage, the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage, the carpenter whose vision led him to build the first theatre in London since Roman times. Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theater. Her brother Richard …

April 23 (UPI) — Former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton attended this weekend’s world premiere of The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The National Geographic documentary is the first virtual-reality short from Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail. Shot in the Congo, the film is intended to show viewers the “dangerous reality of those who risk their lives to protect elephants from poachers slaughtering the animals for their ivory tusks,” a press release said. “Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science. Part of science is understanding the intricate relationships we share with all those who are on this planet and in particular large mammals like elephants,” Clinton said in a panel discussion about the film. “I’m very proud that under President Obama, the United States passed a near federal ban on the transportation and interstate trafficking of …

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