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    Chris Soules' lawyers: Don't prejudge 'Bachelor' alum based on 'knee-jerk' coverage of fatal accident

    An attorney for Chris Soules of "The Bachelor," who was arrested earlier this week in Iowa after an accident left a man dead, is asking that his client not be tried in the media. 

    "Soules’ 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect," his lawyers said Thursday in a statement. Attorney Brandon Brown "recognized the heightened level of interest because of Soules’ celebrity status," the statement said.

    The small-town farmer went from being a contestant on "The Bachelorette" to courting dozens of women as "The Bachelor," then moved on to compete on "Dancing With the Stars." He and his chosen bachelorette, Whitney Bischoff, ended their engagement in May 2015, nearly seven months after he proposed and nearly three months after viewers watched him ask for her hand in marriage.

    The 35-year-old has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash. "While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately."

    The reality TV star's legal team, from Des Moines, Iowa, law firm Parrish Kruidenier, said they were considering asking for a gag order. 

    READ MORE: 'The Bachelor's' Chris Soules called 911 before leaving the scene of fatal crash>>

    Read the full statement: 

    "Chris Soules has retained attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown and Gina Messamer of the Des Moines, Iowa, law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him. Brown recognized the heightened level of interest because of Soules’ celebrity status, but asked that members of the public do not prejudge this case based on media coverage. Soules’ 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect. 

    "While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately. During the call, he clearly identified himself and explained his role in the terrible accident. Soules attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mosher and remained on the scene with him until emergency medical personnel arrived. Soules’ attorneys are exploring the possibility of a gag order to prevent further misinformation from prejudicing Soules’ right to a fair trial.

    "Soules’ legal team is working to gather all of the evidence and review the facts of this tragic collision. They have already filed a demand asking law enforcement to preserve possible evidence and anticipate filing additional motions next week.  His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher.

    "Due to the nature of the pending charges, neither Soules nor his counsel will be making any statements at this time. Soules and his family request that their privacy and the privacy of Mr. Mosher’s family is respected.  Everyone in this close-knit farming community is mourning Mr. Mosher’s passing. Soules offers his sincere condolences to the Mosher family."

     

     

     

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    Caitlyn Jenner memoir's version of life with Kris Jenner creates a new rift in the family

     (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
    (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)

    As Caitlyn Jenner's just-published memoir "The Secrets of My Life" pulls back the curtain on her gender transition and her life among the Kardashians, not everybody is taking it well. 

    Especially not Kris Jenner.

    Details about the Olympian-turned-reality-star's decision to transition in 2015 from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner and confirmation that she had her final gender reassignment surgery are all in the book, but some dishy material about the Kardashian matriarch is reverberating with fans and upsetting the reigning first family of reality TV.

    The memoir, co-written by Buzz Bissinger, who penned the Vanity Fair article that introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the masses, has some kind words for the momager, including admiration for Kris' connections, her business acumen and her ability to perfectly apply lip liner without a mirror.

    However, Caitlyn also said in the book that she told Kris about her gender issues before they got married and said Kris knew that for 4½ years before they met, Caitlyn had been on hormones. Additionally, Caitlyn wrote that she told Kris about her gender problems before they would make love.

    "I told her there had been a woman inside me all my life," she wrote.

    The couple announced their split in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. During their decades-long union, Caitlyn cross-dressed in front of her ex but was asked by Kris to do it only while traveling, so that their children wouldn't get wind of it. It was something Caitlyn grew to resent, she said, and she would steal her wife's gowns and purses to wear while traveling. (Their differing takes on their marital woes have been a topic of discussion for years.)

    In a recent episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Kris fumed with anger about passages in "The Secrets of My Life" that claimed she knew Caitlyn was transgender before they wed. 

    “None of it makes sense,”Kris said to daughters Khloe and Kim Kardashian. “I read it and basically the only nice thing she had to say was that I was great socially at a party one time. ... Everything she says is all made up. Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a bitch?"

    She added:  "I’ve never been so angry and disappointed in somebody in my whole life." 

    In response, the Olympic gold medalist said on "Good Morning America" that the book is "extraordinarily honest."

    "It is my perspective, and obviously when you do a book like that, there are different opinions. I have a lot of friends that know the truth and know what I’ve been through and know the whole situation," Caitlyn said.

    She told Andy Cohen that in the wake of publishing, Kris said she didn't want to talk to Caitlyn ever again. (Caitlyn also elaborated on her claims that she was a "punching bag" on the show and a revelation that Kris had been in charge of her finances.)

    "Honestly, I never had a low point [while doing the show], actually, until the other day when Kris said some of that stuff. It was the first time I was really upset," she said. "I had some of the best conversations with my children on that show. ... It forces you to deal with issues. ... It forces you to sit down with your kids and deal with a lot of things." 

    Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner's second-born child with the late Robert Kardashian, shared her thoughts on the feud on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in an episode that aired Thursday. 

    "My heart breaks for my mom, you know, because I feel like she’s been through so much and [Caitlyn is] promoting this book and she’s saying all these things,” Kardashian said. “I just don’t think it’s necessary and I just feel like it’s unfair. Things aren’t truthful.”

    Kardashian said Caitlyn was dishonest "with certain things" about Kris in the book.

    "I feel like it’s taken [Caitlyn] a really long time to be honest with herself, so I don’t expect her to be honest about my mom now. But it’s just so hurtful," she said. "I wish her all the success in the world, but not at our expense."

    Kardashian said she and husband Kanye West have been avid supporters of Caitlyn Jenner's transition and wanted to remain respectful of her, but thought there was no need to "bash" the family. She said she was hurt by her stepfather, who's dad to her half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and hasn't spoken to Caitlyn in a few weeks.

    "Kendall and Kylie, that’s their dad and I think my mom’s been so respectful for so long and always wanting Caitlyn around and always wanting to have a great relationship with Caitlyn,” Kardashian said. But that doesn't appear to be the case for the rest of the Kardashian brood.

    "I'll always love her. That was my stepdad for so many years. She taught me about character and so much growing up and I just feel like I don't respect the character that she's showing now."

    Kim Kardashian's younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, is also "taking it a little tough,” Caitlyn said at a book signing, according to RadarOnline. "Everyone on the Jenner side is fine. All this stuff tends to work itself out!"

    Someone call Ryan Murphy, because this needs to be turned into a "Feud" series, stat.

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    FOR THE RECORD

    April 27, 3:31 p.m.: An earlier version of this article said Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner finalized their divorce in 2013. They divorced in 2014.

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    TV

    Oh yah, 'Fargo' took a trip to Los Angeles

    HOLLYWOOD, CA--FEB. 16, 2017--Warren Littlefield, left, a producer on FX's "Fargo," stands near composer Jeff Russo and director John Cameron, during a day of filming at a motel in Hollywood. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
    HOLLYWOOD, CA--FEB. 16, 2017--Warren Littlefield, left, a producer on FX's "Fargo," stands near composer Jeff Russo and director John Cameron, during a day of filming at a motel in Hollywood. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

    In the FX drama, "Fargo," the wintry Midwest is the backdrop to murder, mayhem, and mystery. But this season, its third, the City of Angels is about to get in on the action.

    The series, inspired by the beloved 1996 Coen brothers movie, shot scenes for next week's third episode in Los Angeles. And we were on set with creator and executive producer Noah Hawley.

    "I was excited about the idea because obviously the Coens have a very long relationship with the idea of Hollywood," he said, noting they particularly like to play with different periods in Hollywood.

    "This [episode] has a period element to it as well, but it's not really a period they've dealt with in their films."

    Season three, which is set in 2010, follows two feuding brothers (both played by Ewan McGregor with an assist from Spanx) as tensions rise in their sibling rivalry over an inheritance from their long-dead father. Carrie Coon also stars as Gloria Burgle who journeys to Los Angeles in episode three to poke into her stepdad’s mysterious past as “Thaddeus Mobley.” 

    While we won't give too much away, let's just say the settings are in keeping with the "Fargo" universe: think coffee shop and motels.

    Outside of this field trip to Los Angeles--both production-wise and story-wise--shooting on the third season mostly took place in Calgary, Canada, which stands-in for the show's snowy Midwest setting.

    Check back next week for our inside look as "Fargo" takes on Los Angeles.

     

    HOLLYWOOD, CA--FEBRUARY 16, 2017--An actor in Santa clothing gets in his "background" position poolside, at a motel in Hollywood, CA, during filming of FX's season three of "Fargo," Feb. 16, 2017. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
    HOLLYWOOD, CA--FEBRUARY 16, 2017--An actor in Santa clothing gets in his "background" position poolside, at a motel in Hollywood, CA, during filming of FX's season three of "Fargo," Feb. 16, 2017. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
    GossipTV

    'The Bachelor's' Chris Soules called 911 before leaving the scene of fatal crash

    Chris Soules attends a NASCAR event on June 19, 2015. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
    Chris Soules attends a NASCAR event on June 19, 2015. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

    Chris Soules, the former "Bachelor" who was arrested earlier this week in Iowa on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, called 911 from the scene Monday night, but reportedly wouldn't come out of his house for hours after a couple of sheriff's deputies showed up at his door.

    "I rear-ended a guy on a tractor," Soules told the dispatcher on a 911 recording — obtained by the Des Moines Register and others — breathing heavily and indicating that the "guy on the tractor" was hurt.  

    Though there were no eyewitnesses to the crash, according to TMZ, other people got there by the time the 911 call was made. The 8:20 p.m. crash sent Soules and his pickup into a ditch on one side of the road and Kenneth Mosher and his tractor into a ditch on the other side.

    Mosher was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 66-year-old was a resident of Aurora, Iowa, about a mile south of where the crash occurred. Soules lives in Arlington, Iowa, about 15 miles north of the accident site. 

    A spokesman for the 35-year-old "Dancing With the Stars" veteran told People that Soules was "devastated" when he learned Mosher had died. 

    Soules, who had identified himself to the dispatcher, called a friend for a ride home, but then wouldn't come out of his house later to talk to sheriff's deputies, sources told TMZ. Eventually, hours later, they got a search warrant. Soules was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, and blood and urine samples were collected after he was taken by deputies to a hospital, the website said. 

    Soules was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death. The charge is a felony. 

    “I believe it was a very tragic, sad accident that took the life of a guy that was just coming home from work,” Richard Roepke, whose daughter is married to Mosher's son, told People on Tuesday. 

    “This is corn-planting time, the best time of the year for a farmer. Kenny was working on one of the farms just a little north of Aurora and I think he was just coming home. For Chris, what happened was just a freak accident."

    Law enforcement sources told TMZ that skid marks at the scene indicated two things: That Soules hit the brakes before impact, and that he hadn't been driving excessively fast. 

    After he was released Tuesday on $10,000 bond, Soules deleted his Instagram account, followed by his Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday, People said. 

    The investigation is expected to take another two to four weeks, sources told TMZ. 

    “Unfortunately, accidents happen in the spring and fall sometimes with tractors and trucks because there are more tractors on the road, so I am going to reserve judgment until I hear all the details about what happened,” Arlington City Clerk Mary Jo Brown told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday.  “All I know is that it has got to be devastating for [Soules] and his family and for the other family involved, too.”

    “I also know this story is going to spread like wildfire around here and probably all over because of who he is,” she added. “Sometimes fame isn’t your friend.”

    Movies

    New 'Alien: Covenant' short reveals what happens to Elizabeth Shaw after 'Prometheus'

    A new prologue video for “Alien: Covenant” has been released, and it finally gives fans a greater glimpse into how Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie links to "Prometheus."

    "Prologue: The Crossing” picks up the story immediately after Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and synthetic being David (Michael Fassbender) escape from the horrors they encountered in Scott's 2012 sci-fi thriller aboard an abandoned engineer vessel as the sole survivors of their exploration team.

    The vignette shows Dr. Shaw repairing David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators. David narrates the piece as the ship they’re on sets course towards the engineer homeworld. 

    Michael Fassbender as David in "Prologue: The Crossing." (20th Century Fox)
    Michael Fassbender as David in "Prologue: The Crossing." (20th Century Fox)

    What this all has to do with the iconic facehuggers and double-mouthed xenomorphs from the "Alien" franchise still remains unclear. But hopefully more will be answered in "Alien: Covenant."

    In addition to Fassbender, the cast of “Alien: Covenant” includes James Franco, Demian Bechir, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. 

    The film is slated for release May 19.

    Music

    Haim announces new album, plus Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video

     (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
    (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

    The L.A. band Haim has returned after a four-year break with its much-anticipated new album.

    "Something to Tell You," the second LP from the sister trio, will be out July 7 on Columbia. It follows their 2013 debut, the acclaimed "Days Are Gone." The group worked with longtime collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Usher) and Rostam Batamanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend.

    The group announced "Something" along with a new in-studio video, directed by P.T. Anderson, that previews their song "Right Now." They'll also perform May 13 on "Saturday Night Live."

    PoliticsTV

    'The Simpsons' commemorates Trump's first 100 days with scathing clip

    "The Simpsons" is pulling no punches when it comes to lampooning President Trump, as evidenced by its detail-dense new video commemorating his first 100 days in office.

    It begins on a dark and stormy night and only gets darker from there.

    Except for Trump's hair. That's still quite lively.

    Sean Spicer is seen hanging — literally — in the White House press room with a note on his suit reading "I quit." Kellyanne Conway scurries away, saying, "I am not replacing him."

    Upstairs, Steve Bannon is locked in a stranglehold with someone who could be any number of Trump's advisors — Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller —and while the union metaphorically burns, the president is in bed on his phone.

    While Trump's boudoir looks virtually identical to its depiction in an August video from "The Simpsons," it now features the delightful addition of a framed photo of POTUS pretending to drive a truck.

    The president pretends to drive a truck. (Jim Lo Scalzo / European Pressphoto Agency)
    The president pretends to drive a truck. (Jim Lo Scalzo / European Pressphoto Agency)

    As he relaxes, Trump reviews the accomplishments from his first 100 days, including lowering his golf handicap, raising his number of Twitter followers and legalizing the hunting of hibernating bears.

    Meanwhile, daughter Ivanka Trump is using her new place on the Supreme Court to peddle wares while Ruth Bader Ginsburg is physically removed from the bench.

    Back in Springfield, the D.C. antics have all been a bit much for Marge Simpson, who's already run through four years' worth of Prozac.

    "One hundred days. We're 6.8% of the way home," a narrator intones over a shot of a four-year calendar. "Paid for by 'Anyone Else 2020.'"

    Trump has long been a target for Fox's long-running animated series, which in a 2000 episode jokingly predicted a Trump presidency and has lampooned the now-president several times since.

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    Amid legal brouhaha, Johnny Depp surprises fans on 'Pirates of the Caribbean' ride

     (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)
    (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

    Johnny Depp returned to his swashbuckling ways on Wednesday, making a guest appearance on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Disneyland Resort, much to fans' delight.

    The attention-averting move happened to come as his former business managers accused him this week of being a "habitual liar." More on that in a sec.

    Though there are three animatronic Jack Sparrows on the ride, Depp's in-the-flesh appearance and running conversations with boat riders was a welcome surprise to fans who shared it on social media.

    The "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" star greeted riders on the attraction as his rum-swilling alter-ego, resplendent in Sparrow's eyeliner and dreadlocks, wielded a sword and recited lines from the long-running movie franchise.

    The 53-year-old's appearance came as the ride celebrates its 50th anniversary and ahead of the May 26 release date for the next "Pirates" installment. The new chapter sees the return of fan favorites Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Depp's ill-fortuned Sparrow pursues the legendary Trident of Poseidon in a race against bad guy Capt. Salazar, played by Javier Bardem.

    Depp's outing also comes a day after his public battle with his former management company hit the radar again. 

    The actor and the Management Group have been embroiled in a dispute over his finances that resulted in the star filing a $25-million lawsuit in January alleging fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and more against his longtime business managers. He claims they lost tens of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

    The Management Group countersued in February, claiming that Depp refused to reign in his "voracious spending."

    “Why didn’t they drop me as a client if I was so out of control?” Depp told the Wall Street Journal this week in his first public comments on the matter since he filed the lawsuit.

    On Tuesday, Management Group spokesman David Shane lobbed his rebuttal, claiming that the film star “is a habitual liar who denies responsibility for his own outrageous conduct” and “has himself to blame for his financial woes.”

    Let's see how good Capt. Sparrow's sword is at deflecting bad publicity ... 

    PoliticsTV

    Seth Meyers makes a major scientific discovery about President Trump

    Seth Meyers on Wednesday night's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC. (YouTube)
    Seth Meyers on Wednesday night's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC. (YouTube)

    The science on the Trump administration is a little closer to settled.

    "Late Night with Seth Meyers" offered a deep dive Wednesday night into the administration's apparent fondness for executive orders — the president has signed 30 so far — and highlighted how Trump the candidate was less enamored of the practice than Trump the president appears to be.

    "It is at this point like a law of physics," Meyers said at the beginning of one of his "A Closer Look" segments. "For every Trump action, there's an equal and opposite Trump clip."

    Meyers amusingly applied the same science to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's stance on executive orders as well. 

    The segment went on to look at further details as Trump approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, including changes to his much-publicized border wall plans, Ivanka Trump's difficulties on a public panel in Germany, and the various unintelligible comments during Trump's interview with the Associated Press about his planned corporate tax cut.

    Watch it below.

    Putting the comedy in some context: Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama averaged 45.5, 36.4 and 34.5 executive orders per year, respectively, over their eight years each in office, according to the American Presidency Project at UCSB. 

    George Washington? The country's first president averaged only one per year. 

    Birthdays

    A Star Is Born: Jim James of My Morning Jacket turns 39 today

     (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
    (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

    Reverb is like a part of me, it's a subconscious thing. It started one day at practice when somebody left reverb turned up on the amp. I just stepped up and started singing and all this sound came pouring out. From that day on I haven't enjoyed singing without it.

    Jim James, 2003

    Jonathan Demme brought out the best in his performers — here's how

    Jonathan Demme, right, with Anne Hathaway before a screening of "Rachel Getting Married" at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. (Damien Meyer / AFP/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Demme, right, with Anne Hathaway before a screening of "Rachel Getting Married" at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. (Damien Meyer / AFP/Getty Images)

    The death of Jonathan Demme comes as a shock because his films felt so alive. Seemingly guided by the spirited convictions of his creative generosity, emotional openness and observant, exploratory curiosity, Demme was an exemplar of an artist who refused to be defined as any one thing.

    He made fiction features and documentaries, worked in television during a long and eclectic career, and won the Oscar in 1992 for directing "The Silence of the Lambs."

    The strongest constant in Demme’s work was his unpredictability and a sense of constantly pressing on to something new.

    At the same time he never seemed restless in the conventional mode of agitation. He exuded a contradictory sense of energetic enthusiasm and disarming calm that may well have been the key to his work as a collaborator.

    Demme brought out the best in his performers, and had a particular eye to the dynamic of couples or pairs, including Paul Le Mat and Mary Steenburgen in 1980’s “Melvin and Howard,” Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith in 1986’s “Something Wild,” Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs,” Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in 1993’s “Philadelphia” and Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in his last fiction feature, 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash.”

    He likewise brought out fresh, unexpected contours from performers such as Michelle Pfeiffer in 1988’s “Married to the Mob” and Anne Hathaway in 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married.” . . .

    . . . His films never existed in a bubble, always showing an evolving social awareness and often even critique through his interest in the lives of working people, his elevation of female characters and attention to cultural inclusiveness. . . .

    . . . “The Silence of The Lambs,” which won a total of five Oscars including best picture, may be Demme’s most accessible, commercial picture and yet it also still feels entirely his own — a film without concessions, pulling together strands from his exploitation-film origins along with his deeply felt emphasis on character to become both a chilling serial-killer tale and a story of self-discovery and self-reliance.

    Music

    Another Genesis reunion? The doors are open, according to Mike Rutherford

    Mike Rutherford, left, Phil Collins and Tony Banks of Genesis in 2007. (Darryl James / Getty Images)
    Mike Rutherford, left, Phil Collins and Tony Banks of Genesis in 2007. (Darryl James / Getty Images)

    The three-man incarnation of Genesis could turn it on again in concert — in theory, at least — to mark 50 years of shared history since the group first came together in 1967.

    Mike Rutherford, who along with Phil Collins and Tony Banks kept Genesis going after Peter Gabriel's 1975 departure from the ranks, told Ultimate Classic Rock earlier this month that the three of them are still good friends and might be open to some one-off shows. 

    “With Phil retired, we never wanted to go on. But we’ll see," Rutherford said. "I do appreciate the fact that we’re all very good friends, which is nice, especially the three of us. Who knows?”

    Such a reunion would echo the group's 2007 effort, Turn It On Again: The Tour, which capped its five-month run with two shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Last October, Collins said he would be game. “I wouldn't want to do anything that lasted six months or a long time. But I wouldn’t rule out doing something.”

    The idea of a comeback, Rutherford told Ultimate Classic Rock, was sparked by memoirs he and Collins wrote in recent years. 

    "I came away, as he did too, with a feeling of what an incredible time we’ve had. How lucky we’ve been. And more importantly, what a great friendship we’ve had."

    Alas, no mention of Steve Hackett, who played with the band through most of the '70s and is on tour with his "Genesis Revisited With Hackett Classics 2017" show in Europe and Down Under through the summer. UCR's Matt Wardlaw, however, told the Los Angeles Times that Rutherford had spoken kindly of his former bandmate

    And as for Gabriel? Though he called a band meeting in 2005 to discuss a possible reunion that didn't happen, the musician who went solo in the 1970s told Rolling Stone in 2011 that a reunion was "in the outside department of the betting shop," though he wouldn't commit to never ever.

    "I assume we won't lose any sleep if we don't do more," Gabriel said of his band mates. "You know, we had a great run. They did way better after I left anyway. So I don't think anyone has anything to complain about."

    Updated, 7:58 a.m. April 27: This article has been updated to link to Ultimate Classic Rock, not the Mirror, as the original source of the Mike Rutherford interview. It has also been updated with additional details about Steve Hackett.

    PoliticsTV

    Anthony Atamanuik's Trump visits 'Travis' Noah on 'The Daily Show'

     (Angela Weiss / AFP/Getty Images, left; Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press, right)
    (Angela Weiss / AFP/Getty Images, left; Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press, right)

    President Trump, or rather comedian Anthony Atamanuik portraying him, came by "The Daily Show" Tuesday night to promote his own Comedy Central series "The President Show," which debuts Thursday after Trevor Noah's half-hour.

    Although Alec Baldwin still wears the title of America's Trump — for now — Atamanuik, who honed his impression in a series of "Trump vs. Bernie" mock debates with James Adomian, does an impressive turn as the commander in chief, getting the vagueness, the rapid swings in tone, the weird softness and the wandering syntax.

    Noah began the segment without faux-Trump, commenting on the looming/not looming government shutdown, the president's claim that human trafficking is "probably worse now than at any time in the history of this world" ("You know who told him that?" Noah asked. "His good friend Frederick Douglass") and the downgrading of the border wall to maybe a fence, maybe a blimp, or whatever: "Pretty soon it's just gonna be a ditch, and then it'll just be stern words – no crossing, no crossing, bad Mexican, no."

    Atamanuik's Trump, calling Trevor "Travis," arrived from the wings to "push back on the lies and the slander. There's a beautiful work, it's called counterpoint, it's unbelievable." And he pointed at the desk – the counter.

    "I never watch your show," he told Noah, who attended the TIME 100 Gala in New York on Tuesday night, "but I've seen all the episodes, and you've said some very not nice things about me." He described himself as "nicely on top of bigly on an angel food cake."

    As to how to pay for his wall, the imitation president floated a novel idea: "We're going to bring millions upon millions of Mexicans into the United States and let them — let them — do the low-paying jobs that Americans won't do and then we're going to save so much money, and we're going to save so much money -- and then we can use that to pay for the wall."

    As Noah moved on to Trump's proposed corporate tax cut, Antamanuik loomed behind him as if behind Hillary Clinton in a presidential debate, then compared taxes to tipping.

    "I tip all the time, everybody," he said. "I tip everywhere, sometimes I don't even leave the money for the bill, I just leave the tip.. and I'll leave it peeking out, the tip just peeking out, from underneath, and I don't put the tip everywhere, and China is underneath, we know China is underneath the world." This devolved into a rude joke (those who are not afraid of some mildly blue humor can hear it in the video below).

    Atamanuik-as-Trump closed with a promo for his new series, which of course has yet to air.

    "It's a huge hit, tremendous ratings and it starts this Thursday right here, on the failing Comedy Central."

    One of Jonathan Demme's last works, an episode of 'Shots Fired,' will air tonight on Fox

    Director Jonathan Demme in Utah in 2006 for the Sundance Film Festival, where he premiered his film "Neil Young: Heart of Gold". (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
    Director Jonathan Demme in Utah in 2006 for the Sundance Film Festival, where he premiered his film "Neil Young: Heart of Gold". (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    In an odd coincidence, the Fox drama series "Shots Fired" will air what amounts to a tribute of sorts to the late Jonathan Demme tonight with a previously scheduled episode that Demme directed.

    The Oscar-winning Demme, who died Wednesday morning from complications of esophageal cancer, had occasionally ventured into the world of TV in recent years, directing episodes of AMC's "The Killing" and HBO's "Enlightenment." He won the Oscar for best director in 1992 for "Silence of the Lambs."

    Speaking on Fox 11's "Good Day L.A." Wednesday morning, "Shots Fired" actor Aisha Hinds said of her experience workign with the director, "Jonathan Demme came in and truly brought a huge, open heart. . . he certainly has left an incredible fingerprint on this earth, his legacy is broad in so many ways."

    "To work with a legend, and then have them made fully human, super empathic, very present, every frame he was there for everyone," said series costar DeWanda Wise in the same interview. "It was one of the true joys of my life to work with him.”

    Wednesday's episode of "Shots Fired," titled "The Fire This Time," will air at 8 p.m. 

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    For the record

    10:17 a.m.: An earlier version of this article reported that Jonathan Demme died Monday. He died Wednesday morning. 

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    Update

    3:19 p.m.: Post updated to add comments from Aisha Hinds and DeWanda Wise of "Shots Fired."

    DMX cancels L.A. show, citing a medical emergency

    The rapper DMX has canceled his L.A. show due to a medical emergency. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)
    The rapper DMX has canceled his L.A. show due to a medical emergency. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)

    The rapper DMX has canceled his performance tonight at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles due to what organizers described as a medical emergency.

    The nature of his condition wasn't immediately released, and representatives did not immediately respond.

    The artist born Earl Simmons has faced significant troubles recently. Last year, he was found unconscious in a New York hotel parking lot, and legal and mental health issues have plagued him in recent years. His allegedly erratic appearance at a Ruff Ryders reunion show caused some fans concern. 

    The rapper was slated to appear with openers Too $hort, Ying Yang Twins and Suga Free. The show will continue with those acts, but refunds are available for ticket-holders who no longer want to attend.

    Movies

    Jeff Goldblum primed for return in new 'Jurassic' movie

     (Jenna Schoenefeld / For The Times)
    (Jenna Schoenefeld / For The Times)

    Once again, Jeff Goldblum's world is about to get a little more Jurassic.

    He will be returning to the "Jurassic Park" franchise in the fifth film, currently untitled and scheduled for release on June 22, 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    Goldblum starred in 1993's "Jurassic Park" and 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" as cocky mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm and will reprise the role in the next film.

    Joining Goldblum in the sequel are "Jurassic World" stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. 

    Details are scarce about the "Jurassic World" sequel, but it's clear that the box office expectations will be as big as they've ever been. "Jurassic World" sold $1.67 billion in tickets worldwide and is the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time.

    Those eager to see Goldblum in action sooner can catch him in "Thor: Ragnarok," which opens Nov. 3.

    Birthdays

    A Star Is Born: Carol Burnett turns 84 today

     (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
    (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

    We could not do today what we did then. We used to have a 28-piece orchestra. We used to do medleys of songs, and now the estates won't let you do more than 10 seconds of a song or you have to pay. Then we had singers and dancers and costumes and all of that scenery. It was a mini-Broadway show every week. So now when they just do these reality shows … what [is the budget]? $1.98 and car fare? It is not show business.

    Carol Burnett, 2010
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    'The Bachelor's' Chris Soules arrested, charged with leaving the scene of fatal crash

     (Buchanan County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press)
    (Buchanan County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press)

    Chris Soules of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" was arrested overnight in Iowa and arraigned Tuesday morning on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. 

    The "Dancing With the Stars" alum, 35, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Tuesday, a jail official told the Des Moines Register. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department confirmed to the newspaper that the arrest was in connection with an accident that happened at 8:20 p.m. Monday in which a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor north of Aurora, Iowa. 

    Both vehicles went into ditches on opposite sides of the road, according to an Iowa State Patrol report obtained by the Register. Soules abandoned his truck in the ditch and left the scene on foot, the report said. The driver of the tractor, described by a sheriff's deputy as an older man, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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    Police documents obtained by TMZ said Soules, who was being held on $10,000 bond, had alcoholic beverage containers in his truck at the time of the accident. Witnesses identified him and called police, the site said. 

    Soules — an Iowa farmer who in 2015 took his bachelorettes (and, in turn, Season 19 "Bachelor" viewers) on a tour of his small, remote hometown of Arlington, Iowa — was in Buchanan County court Tuesday morning for arraignment, as reported on Twitter by local NBC affiliate KWWL. The crash scene is about 15 miles south of Arlington, the station said. 

    Broadway stars align for 'Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!'

    Chita Rivera will perform at "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!" (Laura Marie Duncan)
    Chita Rivera will perform at "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!" (Laura Marie Duncan)

    A range of stars from Broadway and musical theater will come together for the upcoming "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!," a civic-minded charity event coming UCLA's Royce Hall on May 24.

    Acts include Chita Rivera, Cheyenne Jackson of “American Horror Story,” Rachel Bloom of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Jane Lynch of "Glee" and scores of others. 

    This is the fifth edition of the show, and the first time it has come to Los Angeles. Hosts and creators Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley also founded Broadway for Orlando, an effort to help victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida.

    Proceeds from this concert will go to a variety of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, SPLC, and National Immigration Law Center.

    On sale now, tickets are $30.

    Music

    HARD Summer, Life Is Beautiful festivals announce lineups

    DJ Snake, who performed at this year's Coachella, will also be part of the HARD Summer festival. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Coachella)
    DJ Snake, who performed at this year's Coachella, will also be part of the HARD Summer festival. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Coachella)

    It's a big morning for festival announcements.

    After a yearlong absence, the team behind the EDM and hip-hop-driven HARD festivals will return to Fontana for a new edition of HARD Summer. 

    DJ Snake, Justice, Snoop Dogg (performing his classic LP "Doggystyle") and the Skrillex/Boys Noize project Dog Blood are at the top of the bill for this year's event, slated for Aug. 5 and 6 at the Auto Club Speedway of California. 

    Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Skepta, JME, Mike Will Made It and Ty Dolla Sign are among the other hip-hop and grime acts in notable slots. Formidable dance acts include Anna Lunoe, Ellen Allien, Jai Wolf and Jackmaster. (Recent Coachella-goers will find a lot of return visits from acts who played that event.)

    The fest marks the 10th anniversary of HARD Summer (and a fitting return for Justice, who headlined the first one). Last year's edition was its biggest yet, but it was marred by three fan deaths (possibly drug-related), and HARD did not produce a Halloween-timed festival that year, as it usually does.

    Also, the Las Vegas music-and-food extravaganza Life Is Beautiful released its own lineup, covering a huge swath of rock and hip-hop favorites. Muse, Blink-182, Gorillaz and Chance the Rapper top the bill, along with Lorde, Kaskade, the xx and Wiz Khalifa. The fest takes place in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 22-24.

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