The true genius of ‘Jane the Virgin’

(CNN)The Best Show on Television is coming to an end Wednesday. Don’t take it from me. Vulture has bestowed that honor on “Jane the Virgin” and the CW series has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. I recognized early on that the true genius of the show was its ability to bring a Latino family into our living rooms and onto our streaming devices in a way that marks a coming of age for this country and American television. The show has touched me as no other, not only for taking me on a familiar journey through my childhood and adulthood, but for showing Hollywood and this country that we can celebrate Latino culture as a part of who we are. …

Charlie Rose sued for sexual harassment by former makeup artist

(CNN)A makeup artist who worked for television personality Charlie Rose for 22 years is suing him for sexual harassment, saying he created a toxic work environment where women were sexually harassed, dominated and diminished, according to court documents filed on Thursday. “Among other things,” Bach said, “the allegations in the complaint are completely inconsistent with written statements made by the plaintiff to Mr. Rose, including ‘I love working for you at your show, and would love to be part of any show that you host’, ‘I consider it an honor to be a member of your team,’ and ‘hope to see you more often! Please stop by anytime (smiling emoji).” The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York and also …

Fall TV preview: The new network shows to watch and the ones to skip

(CNN)The major networks were once the centerpiece of the fall in terms of pop culture. Now, they’re just one more group crying for attention, in a fourth-quarter that will see an onslaught of streaming and cable fare and the launch of studio-backed streaming service Disney+ as well as Apple TV+. WHAT TO TRY “Mixed-ish” (ABC, Sept. 24): ABC’s second spinoff of “Black-ish” has a lot in common with CBS’ “Young Sheldon,” building a show around one of the key character’s as a kid. In this case, it’s Bow (here played by Arica Himmel), who must deal with being a mixed-race child in the 1980s — quite an adjustment after life on a hippie commune — with Gary Cole as her …

Downton Abbey film: 14 things you need to know

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe cast of Downton Abbey discuss going from the small to the big screen It’s been talked about for years and now, finally, Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV period drama is transferring to the big screen. All your favourite characters have returned – get ready for those famous Dame Maggie one-liners – along with a few high-profile new faces, including Imelda Staunton and Killing Eve’s David Haig. The film centres around a visit from the King and Queen, which has got both the Downton household and the village all aflutter. Reviews have been warm if a little underwhelming, with many publications, including The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian and the Daily Mail, giving …

DA says there’s a ‘good case’ to charge alleged kidnapper in Pennsylvania toddler’s death

(CNN)Authorities believe they have a good case against the Pennsylvania woman accused of kidnapping 23-month-old Nalani Johnson, whose death is expected to be ruled a homicide. “I can tell you that there’s no sign of trauma, that’s been eliminated,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told CNN affiliate WTAE. “The baby is fully clothed. She did not die from exposure to the elements, that’s been eliminated.” A joint statement from district attorney offices of Allegheny and Indiana counties said “the expectation is that the manner of death will be homicide.” Zappala said if so, he would charge Nancy with criminal homicide in addition to her existing charges. “There’s no evidence that indicates anybody else was responsible for that child being …

What Happened When My Ex And I Did A Week Of Therapy To Consciously Uncouple

Jared and I met when I was staring through the rose-colored lenses of my early 20s. In the romantic fashion of a naive, 22-year-old, recent college grad, who had no true concept of the world and whose heart had recently been broken, I fell in love with a 30-year-old man who looked to me like he had all the answers in the world. Jared and I met at the Burning Man festival (cliche I know), we danced endless nights together, and whether it was the MDMA or the youthful belief in soul mates ― or our true love for each other ― I will honestly never know, but we fell in love. This was how our relationship unfolded for the …

Linda Hamilton Has Been Celibate For More Than 15 Years: ‘I Love My Alone Time’

Linda Hamilton will be back as the gun-toting, mankind-defending badass Sarah Connor when the The 62-year-old action icon discussed her decision to step away from acting in a candid  “I love my alone time like no one you’ve ever met,” Hamilton shared, joking that she’d only consider a marriage proposal from her favorite artist, Kehinde Wiley. CHRIS DELMAS via Getty Images Linda Hamilton arrives for the “Terminator: Dark Fate” red carpet event at the Hilton Bayfront during Comic-Con in San Diego, California. “Do I want to trade this lovely, authentic life for that?” she asked, explaining her reluctance to return to Hollywood. “I didn’t want my neighbors looking at me differently. We’re neighbors because of who we are, not what …

Dr. Phil Cries ‘Bulls**t’ On Reports He Spoiled A Celebrity Wedding

Dr. Phil McGraw of the “accidentally revealed the date of Sophie Turner’s secret wedding in France over the summer. Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday as the host grilled him. “I got a bad rap on that.” (Watch the exchange above at the 4:30 mark.) See you at the wedding!” he wrote, thus giving away the date of their hush-hush late-June French ceremony. They married originally in Las Vegas in early May. the ceremony was indeed one week after his comment, and cited several news reports, including HuffPost’s. “I didn’t know you had evidence,” Dr. Phil said sheepishly. These two had more issues to smooth over, like why Kimmel didn’t ask Dr. Phil to his own wedding. Watch above. Jimmy Kimmel Had …

An accidental celebrity 6,000 miles from home

Growing up in the middle-class town of Cheltenham in the English Cotswolds, Dan’s upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary. Image copyright Alex Duncan Image caption Dan on a holiday to Magaluf in 2007 In 2008, Dan had saved enough money for a backpacking trip to South-East Asia with some friends, including myself. Although he came back to the UK after just a couple of months, he decided to return to the region later that year. Little did he know that the decision to return would change his life forever. Dan wound up on the tiny island of Pulau Kapas on Malaysia’s east coast. Rather than just spending his time travelling with Western backpackers, Dan decided to immerse himself among …

An ode to our trees, marking 100 years of conservation

Forests have played an important role in our cultural imagination – as well as historically and industrially, says the writer and artist. “They’re just very intertwined with our British identity, which I love.” Image copyright John Hathaway Image caption Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire Commissioned by the Forestry Commission in its centenary year to tell the story of the nation’s forests, she has set out to write a literary ballad with a twist, inspired by her love of the romantic poets and their connection with nature. “I wanted to tell a story with the forest as the protagonist of these narratives, so that people can start to understand that we are all part of nature and that the forest and the wildlife …

What we know about the ‘Sopranos’ actress who could testify against Harvey Weinstein

(CNN)At the 2018 Oscars, actress Annabella Sciorra and two other leaders of the Time’s Up movement spoke out about the sexual harassment that had rattled Hollywood. The judge has not made a final ruling if Sciorra will be allowed to testify, but her attorney Gloria Allred said prosecutors had asked her to do so. “I admire Annabella’s courage,” Allred said outside court. “She has been willing to testify when asked to do so because she feels that it is in the interest of justice for the jury to hear and evaluate all relevant evidence in order for them to decide the appropriate verdict in this case.” Sciorra is best known for her Emmy-winning role in HBO’s “The Sopranos” as Gloria …

Angry Orchard ‘Extremely Embarrassed’ Over Customer’s Complaint Of Racial Profiling

proposing to his girlfriend in what was supposed to be a romantic moment was stopped repeatedly while trying to pop the question by white racially profiling the black couple, according to the bride-to-be. Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet detailed the couple’s experience with six friends Sunday at “My boyfriend walked me out to an empty table on the lawn, and before we could sit down, a young lady from security approached us and said to him, ‘I’m sorry sir, but I have to check you back pocket. I was told that you stole a T-shirt from from the gift store,’” she wrote. “My boyfriend then emptied all of his pockets, while still trying to keep the ring box hidden from my …

Punk and politics collide on Mercury list

Listen to a playlist of the nominees on BBC Sounds Wolf Alice win the 2018 Mercury Prize They’ve championed several guitar bands on a strong, urgent shortlist – from Dublin punk newcomers Fontaines DC to festival headliners Foals; while British rap is represented by Little Simz, Dave and BBC Sound of 2019 runner-up slowthai. Meanwhile singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, whose album Hunter interrogates the constrictions of gender stereotypes, has now been shortlisted for each of her first three albums, equalling a record set by Coldplay. And The 1975 could become the first band since Arctic Monkeys in 2007 to win the Mercury Prize and be named best album at the Brit Awards. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMercury …

In ‘Straight Up,’ A Gay Man’s Search For Love Becomes An Identity Crisis

Straight Up,” his debut feature film, came from a sobering epiphany ― even though the final product is very much an “arthouse screwball” rom-com. HuffPost got a sneak peek at “Straight Up,” which is being shown at Frameline Film Festival last month, via the exclusive clip above. The scene introduces Todd (played by Sweeney), a neurotic gay man whose attempts at relationships with men leave him feeling unfulfilled. Courtesy of James Sweeney “Straight Up” stars James Sweeney (left) and Katie Findlay.  Describing his cinematic voice as “dialogue-driven, balanced and whimsical ― but not for lack of heart,” Sweeney cites Joss Whedon and Bryan Fuller as artistic influences. He also sees “Straight Up” as a unique film in that its LGBTQ themes are “incidental.” And, …

Billy Eichner Wants To See LGBTQ People ‘That Are Not A Mystery’ In Family Films

Billy Eichner has been relishing his time in the spotlight, over encounters with British royal family members at the film’s starry premieres.  a new BuzzFeed interview, the gay actor-comedian says he’d like to see more LGBTQ characters in family films, and is hopeful his star billing in “The Lion King” is a step in that direction.  in the July 13 interview. “I would love to see a world where we don’t have to argue about, you know, whether [LeFou] in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is gay or not.”  “I’m not saying that character’s gay,” he continued. “But in the new movies that are made, there should just be existing openly LGBT characters so that we don’t have to keep arguing about Interestingly, the character of Timon in …

Camila Cabello Says Glowing Words About Shawn Mendes In Recent Interview

Camila Cabello had some glowing words to say about her friend and collaborator “I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” the “Havana” singer told U.K.’s The 22-year-old said she trusts Mendes because “no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” Cabello said. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.” fuel to the rumors that the pair are in a …