CMT changes show af­ter Ve­gas shoot­ing

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CMT is for­go­ing for­mal award pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing this year’s Artists of the Year show and de­vot­ing the en­tire live show to “a night of hope and heal­ing through the power of mu­sic” fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas. The cable net­work said Thurs­day the new for­mat for the Oct. 18 show will fo­cus on the fans, as well as those af­fected by re­cent dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes and wild­fires. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mar­garet Comeaux says the hon­orees all agreed with the changes to the show. Hon­orees in­clude Ja­son Aldean, Luke Bryan, Flor­ida Ge­or­gia Line, Chris Sta­ple­ton and Keith Ur­ban. The show will air live from the Scher­mer­horn Sym­phony Cen­ter in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

Va­lerie Harper back on screen de­spite cancer

This is what a tough cookie Va­lerie Harper is: De­spite her pro­longed fight against cancer, she took on the role of a wo­man with Alzheimer’s to draw at­ten­tion to the dis­ease. The re­sult is “My Mom and the Girl,” a short film by Susie Singer Carter. The film­maker plays op­po­site Harper in the story drawn from Carter’s ex­pe­ri­ence with her own mother. Harper, who gained fame on “The Mary Tyler Mary Show” and as star of the spinoff “Rhoda,” called the film joy­ful to make but also emo­tion­ally dif­fi­cult. It’s Harper’s first time back at work since she was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of brain cancer in 2013 and given only a few months to live. Harper cred­its her doc­tors and hus­band for help­ing her beat the odds.

He’ll be back: Jonathan Groff plays an FBI agent

He’ll be back — and not quite like be­fore. Ac­tor Jonathan Groff, of HBO’s “Look­ing,” Dis­ney’s “Frozen, ” TV’s "Glee"and Broad­way’s “Hamilton,” plays an FBI agent in the new Net­flix se­ries “Mind­hunter.” The se­ries takes place in the ‘70s — the era of Son of Sam and Charles Man­son — and is pro­duced, and di­rected in part, by David Fincher, who knows his way around a gritty crime story, hav­ing di­rected “Gone Girl” and “Zo­diac.” It’s based on the book “Mind­hunter: In­side the FBI’s Elite Se­rial Crime Unit,” by John Dou­glas, who spent many years prob­ing the minds of the coun­try’s worst killers and crim­i­nals.

Rose Mc­Gowan’s ac­count sus­pended by Twit­ter

Rose Mc­Gowan’s Twit­ter ac­count has been sus­pended, tem­po­rar­ily mut­ing a cen­tral fig­ure in the al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein. Mc­Gowan said late Wed­nes­day that Twit­ter had sus­pended her from tweet­ing af­ter the so­cial me­dia com­pany said she broke its rules. On her In­sta­gram ac­count, Mc­Gowan said “there are pow­er­ful forces at work” and pleaded for oth­ers to “be my voice.” Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Twit­ter de­clined to com­ment Thurs­day. The New York Times ear­lier re­ported that Mc­Gowan was among the nu­mer­ous women sex­u­ally ha­rassed by We­in­stein, who paid Mc­Gowan a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment in 1997. Mc­Gowan on Tues­day tweeted “now I am al­lowed to say rapist.” Mc­Gowan also re­cently called Ben Af­fleck “a liar” on Twit­ter.

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