CMT changes show after Vegas shooting
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.