Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Kendrick Lamar appear on new Beyonce album

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Beyonce’s new album inspired by "The Lion King" features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter

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Netflix edits out suicide scene from season one of ’13 Reasons Why’

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix announced Monday that it has edited the controversial suicide scene from the season one finale of 13 Reasons Why, more than two years after it first aired.

“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts…we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”

Yorkey also issued a statement in which he agreed with the decision while explaining the scene’s original purpose.

“Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,” he said. “No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other.”

13 Reasons Why is based on a 2007 young adult novel of the same name. It tells the story of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people she says were part of why she took her life.  The nearly three-minute-long scene in which Hannah takes her life is the one Netflix has edited out of the series.

Netflix initially responded to backlash over the scene in May of 2017 by strengthening and increasing its warnings to viewers about the show’s content. Although the streamer said it consulted with mental health professionals while making the series, some mental health advocates expressed concern that it could lead to a “copycat” effect of suicide.

Netflix created a companion website for the series, 13ReasonsWhy.info, that provides suicide prevention resources and information on crisis hotlines for over 35 countries.

(The number for the The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.)

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Review: New David Crosby documentary is loving, too loving

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Film review: ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ is director A.J. Eaton’s fascinating and gentle attempt to see what makes this irascible two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tick

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Film review: ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ is director A.J. Eaton’s fascinating and gentle attempt to see what makes this irascible two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tick

Donors suspend funds for Poland’s Jewish museum

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A Jewish association says private donors to Poland’s renowned Jewish history museum have suspended their donations out of concern at the government’s failure to extend the term of its director

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Overwatch League to host 2-5 homestands in each city in 2020

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Each Overwatch League franchise will host two to five homestand weekends in 2020 as the esports league launches an unprecedented home-and-away schedule spanning three continents

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Emmy nominations to be announced this morning; ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ expected to make the shortlist

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“Veep” – HBO/Justin M. Lubin(LOS ANGELES) — This morning, a handful of hopefuls in Hollywood will get one of the most anticipated wake-up calls of the year: that they’ve been nominated for an Emmy.

Masked Singer judge and Dr. Ken star Ken Jeong and The Good Place‘s D’Arcy Carden will announce the nominees Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m. PT, live from the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center.  The announcement will stream live at Emmy.com.

Experts predict that HBO’s now-wrapped Emmy magnets Veep and Game of Thrones are highly favored to appear, respectively, as nominees in the comedy and drama categories — despite final seasons that left fans grumbling.

To that end, cancer survivor and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is as close to a sure thing as you can get to for a nomination in the outstanding lead actress comedy category, and she may even pull out a record seventh Emmy win. Similarly, previous Veep winner Tony Hale seems a likely bet in the supporting actor category, although last year’s winner, Henry Winkler, could repeat for Barry.

The outstanding supporting actress category could see Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky recognized; though previous winner Alex Borstein from Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Olivia Colman from the streaming network’s Fleabag are likely to challenge.

As for the drama categories, things could be harder to predict. Previous winners The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown aren’t eligible this year, while House of Cards, which ended last November, could be ignored, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding former star Kevin Spacey.

If Game of Thrones misses out in the outstanding drama category, things could shift to NBC’s This Is Us, which is also likely to see previous winner Sterling K. Brown and co-star Chrissy Metz emerge as nominees. 

Meanwhile, relative newcomers like FX’s Pose and HBO’s Succession — and their respective stars — are also likely to get noms; AMC’s Better Call Saul is another likely nominee.

The 71st Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern time on FOX.

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Jennifer Lopez makes up concert interrupted by power outage

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Jennifer Lopez kept her word to fans who were disappointed when a power outage in New York City forced her to postpone her concert

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Graphic suicide scene edited out of ’13 Reasons Why’ finale

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Netflix has decided to remove a graphic suicide scene from the Season 1 finale of its show "13 Reasons Why" as the series prepares to launch its third season

Dutch court needs more time to rule on Crimean treasures

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An appeals court in Amsterdam says it needs more time to rule on the ownership of a valuable trove of historical artefacts loaned to a Dutch museum by four museums in Crimea shortly before the region’s annexation by Russia

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‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Hannah finally shows Luke the door

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ABC/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — On Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, Hannah and the men head to the Grecian island of Crete, where they’re ready to take their relationships to the next level in the Fantasy Suites. However, Luke’s fantasy turns into a nightmare when he’s shown the door.

Hannah’s first date is with Peter. After a slow start, their relationship has taken off over the past several weeks — the only problem is that he hasn’t been able to open up about his feelings toward her. But Peter is determined to finally throw caution to wind, and, although it takes him some time, he finally professes his love for Hannah. That earns him a night with her in the Fantasy Suite, which in this case is located in an actual windmill.

Next up is Tyler C., who, along with Hannah, takes a day to “indulge and relax” at a spa. Unlike Peter, Hannah is very confident about her and Tyler’s physical chemistry; the question is, do they have a relationship beyond that?

Hannah tells Tyler she doesn’t want to go to the Fantasy Suite because she and Tyler need time to explore the emotional side of their relationship. Tyler has just the right words for her, saying that he’d be satisfied just to spend a night with her under the stars, and nothing more. That’s exactly what they do: their Fantasy Suite is located on a boat.

Hannah’s really looking forward to her date with Jed, because while all of the guys have told her they love her, Jed is the only one to who she’s responded in kind. A great day, and night, according to Hannah, will “solidify” their relationship.

Jed goes out on a limb and confronts Hannah over her inability to choose between Luke and him at the last rose ceremony, asking her straight up what she sees in Luke.

The conversation continues over dinner, where Jed tells Hannah that while the other men’s relationships with Hannah are none of his business, “choices” are, and her inability to let go of a “toxic” relationship has him “worried.” Hannah appreciates his concern, but tells him he has to trust her decisions.

Hannah also appreciates the fact that Jed has chosen to stick with her despite his concerns, and she invites him to stay with her in the Fantasy Suite.

Finally, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Luke gets his turn at bat.

Things start off great, with a helicopter trip to the romantic island of Santorini, and a chance to “enter into a new chapter” of their relationship. Addressing the camera, Hannah, reveals Luke is “the best kisser” of the bunch, and that his eyes “look into her soul.” Luke tells Hannah that when he looks into her eyes, he sees his “future wife.”

However, the date takes an ugly turn at dinner when Luke brings up sex: specifically, that he needs a commitment from Hannah that she won’t be intimate any of the other guys. Otherwise, he’s gone.

That doesn’t sit well with Hannah, who believes Luke has no right to make such a demand. He tries walk to back his statement, but it’s too late.

Finally, the moment for which fans have been waiting all season arrives, as Hannah, who has finally gotten “clarity” on Luke, tells him she doesn’t want him to be her husband.

Luke doesn’t go quietly, refusing at first to get into the limousine waiting to take him away. But Hannah’s mind is made up, and she has the perfect comeback. Holding Luke to his earlier promise that he’d be “gone” if he found out she’d taken any of the other guys to the Fantasy Suite, she drops the bombshell: “I have had sex.”

Luke doesn’t have a response, and dejectedly slips into the limo. Then again, it’s not the first time we’ve seen Hannah seemingly give Luke the boot, only to offer him another chance.

The Bachelorette returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC with a special The Bachelor Men Tell All edition, followed by a new episode July 29.

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Big Bang,’ seek final Emmy nods

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Meek Mill seeks new trial, judge after decade-long probation

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Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill are asking an appeals court to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade

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R. Kelly expected to appear for court hearing Tuesday

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R&B singer R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom on charges that he recruited girls and women to have illegal sex with him and then covered up the crimes by paying and threatening the victims and witnesses

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Austin Butler to star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic

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After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Elvis Presley in biopic

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

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Avenatti details his R. Kelly investigation, including payment of $2 million in previous case to alleged victim in child porn case

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Young ‘Lion King’ actors had BeyoncĂ©-size shoes to fill

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The young actors in the new "The Lion King" have been waiting for what feels like a lifetime for the movie to come out