Polish those 76 trombones: Hugh Jackman returning to Broadway in ‘The Music Man’

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ABC(NEW YORK) — With his Wolverine claws evidently hung up for good, Hugh Jackman is returning to the Broadway stage — in the revival of Meredith Willson’s beloved classic, The Music Man.

Jackman will star as con man “Professor” Harold Hill in the play, produced by fellow Tony-winner Scott Rudin. This will be Jackman’s first role in a Broadway musical since his debut more than 16 years ago, when he played Peter Allen in the 2003 musical The Boy From Oz.  That role that won Jackman his Tony.

The actor — who recently starred in one of the highest-grossing musical movies of all time, The Greatest Showman — is quite familiar with his next project.

“The first musical I was ever a part of was the phenomenal The Music Man,” Jackman said in a statement. “The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the traveling salesmen, and I think I can actually (almost) remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theater was born in me.”

Jackman, who is also an Emmy and Grammy-winner, as well as an Oscar nominee for the movie adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, added, “The idea of bringing The Music Man back to Broadway has been lurking in the back of my brain for a long time, maybe even for 35 years…To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”

The production will begin performances on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and officially open on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at a theater to be announced.

The actor is still touring the world with his acclaimed song-and-dance production Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated, court rules

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John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ordered Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated.

The former New England Patriots star committed suicide in April 2017. He was serving a life sentence in prison for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

The judges said Tuesday that the Commonwealth’s law automatically vacating the conviction because of Hernandez’s suicide is “outdated.”

“We conclude that the doctrine of abatement ab initio is outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life, if, in fact, it ever was,” the judges wrote.

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After delay, Ethiopia to send Boeing 737 MAX 8 ‘black boxes’ abroad for analysis

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — Ethiopia will transport the “black boxes” from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to another country, an official announced Wednesday, a decision that will speed up a delay in the analysis of critical flight data that could help explain the second deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane in just five months.

Ethiopian officials said the country doesn’t have the technology required to analyze the black boxes — the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — which hold key information on how and why the plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, officials told ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, reporting from Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority was expected to announce which country the recordings will be sent to soon, three days after Sunday’s crash.

Any and all details are in high demand by authorities and families of the victims arriving at the crash scene in recent days and by airline customers concerned about flying on the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The MAX 8 has been grounded by countries and airlines around the world, as well as banned from nations’ airspaces until the safety of the plane can be better assured.

A key question is whether the plane’s advanced flight management system — the autopilot — might have played a role in the most recent crash as it did in the fatal crash of an Indonesian Airlines 737 MAX 8 last October. In that crash, it appears the pilots failed to disengage the autopilot when the plane’s nose began pitching up and down, perhaps because they were unaware of how to do so.

In the aftermath of that crash, at least two U.S. pilots who have flown the Boeing 737 MAX 8 submitted anonymous reports to NASA, which has an aviation safety reporting system, saying their aircraft suddenly pointed its nose downward after they engaged in autopilot. The accounts were first reported by the Dallas Morning News and obtained by ABC News from NASA.

The pilots disengaged the autopilot, manually corrected the unexpected motion and continued to climb as planned. The flight continued uneventfully after that. It’s unclear from the reports if the pilots were both on the same flight or on two separate flights.

In a third report, a pilot reported feeling like the flight manual and training for the Boeing 737 MAX wasn’t sufficient.

As of Tuesday, just over 700 Boeing 737 MAX flights were tracked by FlightRadar24 — down from over 1,200 Boeing 737 MAX flights tracked each day in the week leading up to the crash Sunday.

The U.S., home to 72 of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, has gone against the grain in keeping planes in the air, backed by the continued confidence of the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The E.U. and the U.K. suspended all Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations countrywide on Tuesday, following the decisions of Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Oman and Ireland to ban the plane from flying in and out of those countries. Early Wednesday, the Canadian airline Sunwing also grounded its four MAX 8s.

President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg Tuesday, White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed, but he released no other details other than to say “we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

On Tuesday evening, Boeing confirmed the conversation to ABC News and said that Muilenburg reiterated to the president “our position that the MAX aircraft is safe.”

Also on Tuesday evening, acting Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Daniel Elwell said in a statement that the agency continues to extensively review all available data and aggregate safety performance information from operators and pilots, but that, “Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.”

“In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” Elwell’s statement concluded.

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

South Korean TV celebrity admits to secretly filming, sharing sex videos

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Starnews/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — A singer and television celebrity in South Korea has admitted to secretly filming and sharing sex videos on the group chat of a social networking app, and has announced his retirement from show business. Jung Joon-young apologized to his victims and his fans on Wednesday.

“I admit all my crimes,” Jung said in a public written apology. “I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a social network chat room, and acted without feeling any sense of guilt doing so.”

Jung is under investigation for crimes of a sexual nature, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency confirmed to ABC News. Another K-pop star, Seungri, a member of boy band Big Bang, is also under investigation for sex bribery. Seungri was part of the group chat where Jung uploaded sex videos, according to Yonhap News.

Jung was accused in 2016 of allegedly filming his ex-girlfriend during sex without her permission, according to the IBT Times. Those charges were eventually dropped.

Jung made his debut on the South Korea K-pop scene through a talent show called “Superstar K 4” in 2012. He gained popularity by releasing rock music albums and starring in TV shows until the news broke last week.

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

George and Amal Clooney attend charity dinner at Buckingham Palace

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Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) —  George and Amal Clooney attended a dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night.

The dinner, celebrating Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust Group, was attended by supporters and ambassadors of Prince’s Trust International.

Members of Hollywood, including Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tamsin Egerton and Josh Hartnett, also attended.

The prince’s charity offers support to those struggling in school or are unemployed.

At the event, the Clooneys and other guests were photographed greeting Prince Charles.

Amal Clooney wore a sophisticated Grecian gown from French fashion house Jean-Louis Scherrer’s spring 2007 collection.

The guests also posed together at the charity dinner.

The Clooney’s attended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle and vacationed with the couple in Italy in August last year.

Amal Clooney also reportedly co-hosted Meghan’s NYC baby shower in February.

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

Get to know Hannah B., the next ‘Bachelorette’

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ABC/John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) — Hannah Brown will be the next Bachelorette for the show’s upcoming 15th season!

“I feel all the emotions,” Brown said when it was announced on The Bachelor finale Monday, adding that she is “very grateful.”

Brown, 24, competed on the most recent season of The Bachelor for Colton Underwood’s heart but was sent home week seven.

The University of Alabama graduate turned interior designer hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and holds the 2018 Miss Alabama USA title.

On the “Women Tell All” episode of The Bachelor, “Alabama Hannah” spoke about her split with Underwood and where they are now.

“Ultimately, I was very shocked when I went home just because I didn’t understand why I got to get to that part of your life if you didn’t have those feelings for me,” she told Underwood about meeting his family.

“I don’t understand it, and it made me mad…Getting your heart broke sucks, but I grew as a person,” she continued. “I think we all grew, and I hope you’re so happy and you get to choose somebody every day and they get to choose you back and I hope that for myself.”

Brown also spoke about how her time with Underwood showed her what she is looking for on the “Women Tell All” episode.

“This experience and the relationship that I have with Colton just allowed me to see myself in a different way and be vulnerable with who I am and who I want to be and what type of love I want to have and receive,” she told Chris Harrison.

“It just really allowed me to see what I want,” she added.

 She said she’s looking for someone to love her “fiercely.”

“I think we all deserve somebody to love us in that way, love us but know it’s us and fight for us,” she said. “Choose me no matter what.”

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

Mom loses 185 pounds after realizing she was not in any family photos

Maggie Wells(NEW YORK) — Maggie Wells woke up on New Year’s Day last year with what she described as a “bone-chilling” thought.

The 34-year-old mother of three weighed more than 300 pounds and refused, for the most part, to be in any family photographs. She said she realized at that moment that her kids would not have any photos of her to remember her by.

“I wasn’t afraid I was going to die because of my weight, but I was afraid that just if something happened, my kids would have no pictures to remember me,” Wells told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “My son was 6 at the time and I think we had two pictures together.”

“I just woke up on New Year’s Day and that was the first thought that struck me immediately,” she said.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, Wells changed her diet, cutting out all added sugars and reducing her daily carbohydrate intake. In the first month, she lost 24 pounds.

One year later, Wells has lost 185 pounds. She said she did it all on her own and through diet alone, only recently beginning to add exercise into her daily routine.

“I feel like I’m 15 years younger,” she said. “I don’t know how to describe it other than I feel like a brand new person.”

“I have mental clarity and literally a whole new lease on life,” she said.

Wells, the mother of a 6-year-old daughter, 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old stepson, said she lost the weight by just focusing each morning on the 24 hours ahead of her.

“I didn’t need to focus that I had to lose 200 pounds or even 20 pounds, I would just focus on 24 hours,” she said. “I would tell myself, ‘I only have to get through the next 24 hours. If I want [a specific food or drink] at this time tomorrow, I’ll allow myself to have it.’”

“That mindset is what still keeps me sticking to it,” Wells added.

Wells found success by following the ketogenic diet, a diet focused on eating foods high in fat and low in carbohydrates. She focuses on eating meats, vegetables and eggs in order to keep her diet simple and within her family’s budget.

“I don’t have time to be making substitute breads and all of those things,” said Wells, who works in the real estate industry. “I found that this diet can be done by anybody on any budget.”

As Wells began to lose weight and gain confidence, she became more open about her weight loss journey. She started a Facebook group called “Get It, Girl,” that now has more than 5,000 followers.

On the page, Wells shares her story of weight loss as well as photos showing the reality of her body transformed — extra skin and all.

“Surgery is not an option for me, financially, so my body isn’t altered,” she said. “People are seeing [the] real deal of this is your body when you lose a lot of weight.”

Wells said the fact that she shares photos of herself on Facebook shows how much she has transformed, both physically and mentally.

“I could have lived the rest of my life being a bystander,” she said, “and now I get to be a participant in my life and my children’s lives.”

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Report: Giants agree to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland.

A source confirms to ESPN that the New York Giants have agreed to trade the superstar wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns.

In exchange, the Giants will receive safety Jabrill Peppers from the Browns, along with first- and third-round picks, according to the source.

The trade comes less than a year after Beckham, 26, signed a five-year contract worth up to $98.5 million with the Giants last August.

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019

Mitchell, Jazz back Westbrook, say Utah won’t condone racism

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(SALT LAKE CITY) — NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch.

A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments — which were captured on video and went viral — toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning a fan from their arena. Westbrook also got support from Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn’t the first time a racially motivated event happened at a Jazz game.

“The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately,” the Jazz said in a statement. “There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”

Westbrook was fined $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.” In the video, which was posted to Twitter by The Deseret News, Westbrook is seen on the sideline near the Thunder bench saying “I’ll (bleep) you up, you and your wife.”

Westbrook, who has had multiple angry in-game exchanges with fans, insisted that Monday night’s video during a 98-89 Oklahoma City win over the Jazz told only one side of the story. He said he was responding to a racial taunt, and not for the first time in Salt Lake City.

“Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said,” Westbrook said. He added that he has never physically abused a woman and never would.

The man Westbrook was shouting at during the game, identified as Shane Keisel, denied saying anything improper or profane. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered.

“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” Mitchell said. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fan base.”

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Posted On 13 Mar 2019