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“SNL” star Leslie Jones claims the Ritz-Carlton “don’t like black people”

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(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Jones has given the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles the thumbs-down, claiming that its staff “don’t like black people.”

“Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!” Jones tweeted on Monday, but gave no further details.

The 49-year-old Saturday Night Live star had hosted the BET Awards on Sunday.

Shortly after Jones' tweet, the hotel replied with an apology, writing, “@Lesdoggg We’re sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.”

Many of the comedian’s Twitter followers threw their support behind her, vowing to boycott the hotel chain.

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“The Bachelorette” recap: To Norway with love

ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) --The tension between Lee and Kenny continued to rise to a boiling point on Monday's The Bachelorette.

But before we get to that, let's talk about all of the other men trying to actually win Rachel Linsday's heart -- instead of spending their time fighting each other.

And while Bryan continued to make a good impression on the attorney, winning the first impression rose, Lindsay still had questions about Jack, so she invited him out on a one-on-one date.

The two Dallas natives not only enjoyed a horse drawn carriage ride, but they also went dancing.

The bachelorette tried to create some sparks between them, but it was clear that the entire date was forced. Lindsay even cut their attempt at a kiss short, telling Jack, "You're going to get sick. I'm contagious."

"There's something missing with Jack," Lindsay said to the camera. "I don't feel closer to him."

It wasn't long before Lindsay said goodbye to that suitor.

Monday night's rose ceremony left behind Eric, Peter, Adam, Will, Matt, Alex, Josiah, Anthony, Kenny, and Lee -- who's name should be changed to "Lying Lee."

So let's just get right to it: The guys' trek to Oslo, Norway, to continue their quest for love. While the rest of the guys went on a group date to play handball -- with Will nabbing the first impression rose -- Kenny and Lee went on a two-on-one date.

Lee continued to try and sabotage Kenny, telling Rachel that Kenny called him a "b****" and attempted to pull him out of a van. Cameras caught no such incident, and even Lindsay appeared to not believe Lee's lies -- so, she of course went back to tell Kenny, who looked shocked.

When Kenny confronted Lee -- yet, again -- a card reading, "To Be Continued," appeared on screen.

Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out what happens.

The Bachelorette returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Alec Baldwin will return as Donald Trump on upcoming season of “SNL”

NBC/Will Heath (NEW YORK) -- Back in March, Alec Baldwin suggested in an interview that his days of playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live are numbered, but apparently Baldwin is not ready to hang up the wig just yet.  On Monday the actor told CNN that he's agreed to appear as Trump on SNL this fall.

"Yeah, we're going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it," Baldwin told CNN

The veteran actor admitted he doesn't need to keep playing Trump, or acting at all.

"For me the question is not what do I want to do [it's] do I want to do anything? Do I want to work? I don't need to work," he said. "When I decide I want to go to work I look at what's out there and pick something that's the best that's available to me." 

Apparently that includes continuing to lampoon the president.

It also includes appearing in the new romantic drama Blind with Demi Moore. That movie opens July 14.

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Juror describes tears, frustration of grueling 52-hour Cosby sexual assault trial deliberation

iStock/Thinkstock(PENNSYLVANIA) -- A juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial described how several people broke down in tears in the deliberation room as the jury struggled in vain to reach a consensus.

"The most intense moment I think was when there was about four people crying in the room. One was out in the hallway pacing, visibly upset," said 21-year-old Bobby Dugan, one of the 12 jurors assigned to the case.

After more than five days and some 52 hours of deliberation, the jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision, resulting in a mistrial.

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Kevin Steele has said that he plans to retry the case.

Cosby was charged in 2015 with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania.

She testified during the six-day trial that he gave her a drug that rendered her incapable of stopping his alleged assault, though she said she tried. Though he did not take the stand, he said in a decade-old deposition that he gave her Benadryl to “relax” her, and then the two had a consensual sexual encounter. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and denied wrongdoing in other accusations made against him.

Dugan said he initially didn't  believe Cobsy was guilty but was eventually swayed by, "people's opinions and hearing their arguments."

He said the turning point for him was, "when they were asking him if he would use the word 'consent.' He said: 'I wouldn't use that word.' And I was like you pretty much said it there yourself, man."

Nevertheless, in the end, Dugan said, "What it really comes down to is who are you going to believe more and that was all it was."

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Netflix sets November premiere date for Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” series

Getty Images/Paras Griffin(LOS ANGELES) -- Spike Lee's next joint is set to hit the small screen on Thanksgiving Day.

Netflix has announced that Spike Lee's series adaptation of his 1986 film, She's Gotta Have It, will premiere on November 23. In the newly released teaser, we get a glimpse of the series' main character, Nola Darling, played by Shots Fired actress, DeWanda Wise.

The show, which is a contemporary update on the original film, follows Nola, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties, who struggles to balance her friendship, her job and her three lovers: Greer Childs, played by Cleo Anthony;  Jamie Overstreet, played by Lyriq Bent; and Mars Blackmon, played by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos.

She's Gotta Have It also stars Chyna Layne, Ilfenesh Hadeara, Margot Bingham, Sydney Morton, and Joie Lee.

Spike Lee will direct all ten series episodes.

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Netflix sets November premiere date for Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” series

Getty Images/Paras Griffin(LOS ANGELES) -- Spike Lee's next joint is set to hit the small screen on Thanksgiving Day.

Netflix has announced that Spike Lee's series adaptation of his 1986 film, She's Gotta Have It, will premiere on November 23. In the newly released teaser, we get a glimpse of the series' main character, Nola Darling, played by Shots Fired actress, DeWanda Wise.

The show, which is a contemporary update on the original film, follows Nola, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties, who struggles to balance her friendship, her job and her three lovers: Greer Childs, played by Cleo Anthony;  Jamie Overstreet, played by Lyriq Bent; and Mars Blackmon, played by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos.

She's Gotta Have It also stars Chyna Layne, Ilfenesh Hadeara, Margot Bingham, Sydney Morton, and Joie Lee.

Spike Lee will direct all ten series episodes.

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“Score: A Film Music Documentary” sings the praises of cinema’s unsung heroes: Composers

Gravitas Ventures - 2017(NEW YORK) -- The movie Score: A Film Music Documentary, now in limited release, shines the spotlight on some unsung heroes: the composers who create the music that makes good movies great, and great movies unforgettable.

Director Matt Schrader's movie earned acclaim on the festival circuit even before its official release earlier this month.  It features features interviews with some of the most recognized filmmakers in cinema history, as well as composers like John Williams, whose themes to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. are legendary; Hans Zimmer, the man behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy; and Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor, who won an Oscar for The Social Network's score.

Bear McCreary is also one of the composers featured in the film, and while he may not be a household name, you know his work: he created the music for movies and TV shows like 10 Cloverfield LaneThe Walking DeadMarvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DBlack Sails, and Battlestar Galactica

"In many ways, I feel like a like a translator, you know?" he explains, comparing the composing process to high-level peace negotiations.

"Like, in this room you have all these filmmakers, and editors, and directors, and actors, and producers, and in this room, you've got a full orchestra, and musicians that play all these crazy different instruments, and synthesizers, and singers," he explains. "It's like: 'You guys need each other, but you don't know how to talk to each other!' And that's what the composer really does."

McCreary reveals that he was "struggling" to come up with a theme for AMC's hit The Walking Dead, until a eureka moment struck when he was working on the pilot.

"It was a total accident, but sometimes it just comes to you that quickly."

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“Score: A Film Music Documentary” sings the praises of cinema’s unsung heroes: Composers

Gravitas Ventures - 2017(NEW YORK) -- The movie Score: A Film Music Documentary, now in limited release, shines the spotlight on some unsung heroes: the composers who create the music that makes good movies great, and great movies unforgettable.

Director Matt Schrader's movie earned acclaim on the festival circuit even before its official release earlier this month.  It features features interviews with some of the most recognized filmmakers in cinema history, as well as composers like John Williams, whose themes to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. are legendary; Hans Zimmer, the man behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy; and Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor, who won an Oscar for The Social Network's score.

Bear McCreary is also one of the composers featured in the film, and while he may not be a household name, you know his work: he created the music for movies and TV shows like 10 Cloverfield LaneThe Walking DeadMarvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DBlack Sails, and Battlestar Galactica

"In many ways, I feel like a like a translator, you know?" he explains, comparing the composing process to high-level peace negotiations.

"Like, in this room you have all these filmmakers, and editors, and directors, and actors, and producers, and in this room, you've got a full orchestra, and musicians that play all these crazy different instruments, and synthesizers, and singers," he explains. "It's like: 'You guys need each other, but you don't know how to talk to each other!' And that's what the composer really does."

McCreary reveals that he was "struggling" to come up with a theme for AMC's hit The Walking Dead, until a eureka moment struck when he was working on the pilot.

"It was a total accident, but sometimes it just comes to you that quickly."

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Michael Keaton “gets” his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” baddie

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- He redefined Batman for a generation, and is now starring as a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming -- but Michael Keaton is no comic book fan. "Which is kind of ironic," he told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.

"I basically know nothing about any of the lore of any comic book, frankly," Keaton laughed.  "So I had to catch up."

In Homecoming, Keaton plays classic Spider-Man baddie Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, who made his first comic appearance back in 1963.  This is Vulture's first appearance on the big screen, and Keaton explains why he was drawn to the character.

"When they told me about this guy I was gonna play, I thought it was really an interesting take," says Keaton.  "[H]e isn't from outer space. He's a real guy who has a legitimate argument...Works hard. Big family guy...which I thought was a really interesting approach."

Keaton's Toomes is a blue-collar guy whose company has a city contract to clean up after The Avengers' Battle of New York.  When he's cut out of the deal, he turns to crime to provide for his family.

"He's not getting what he deserves," Keaton says.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is from Sony Pictures and from Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.  It stars Tom Holland as the webslinger, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. It opens July 7.


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Michael Keaton “gets” his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” baddie

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- He redefined Batman for a generation, and is now starring as a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming -- but Michael Keaton is no comic book fan. "Which is kind of ironic," he told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.

"I basically know nothing about any of the lore of any comic book, frankly," Keaton laughed.  "So I had to catch up."

In Homecoming, Keaton plays classic Spider-Man baddie Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, who made his first comic appearance back in 1963.  This is Vulture's first appearance on the big screen, and Keaton explains why he was drawn to the character.

"When they told me about this guy I was gonna play, I thought it was really an interesting take," says Keaton.  "[H]e isn't from outer space. He's a real guy who has a legitimate argument...Works hard. Big family guy...which I thought was a really interesting approach."

Keaton's Toomes is a blue-collar guy whose company has a city contract to clean up after The Avengers' Battle of New York.  When he's cut out of the deal, he turns to crime to provide for his family.

"He's not getting what he deserves," Keaton says.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is from Sony Pictures and from Marvel Studios, the latter of which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.  It stars Tom Holland as the webslinger, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. It opens July 7.


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