LA Lakers Finalizing Deal For J.R. Smith For Remainder Of Season

The LA Lakers are set to finalize a deal to sign shooting guard JR Smith for the rest of this season. 

Smith has been out of the NBA since July 2019, when the Cavaliers waived him. Smith played alongside LeBron James from 2015-2018, winning the franchise’s first championship together in 2016. Howeer, Smith hasn’t played since Nov. 19, 2018, when he mutually parted ways with the Cavaliers.

Smith has career averages of 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 15 seasons with New Orleans, Denver, New York and Cleveland. 

Rosters for the NBA restart must be turned in to the league office by Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers begin process of finalizing deal with J.R. Smith


Netflix To Produce Series On Colin Kaepernick

Netflix is set to produce a six-episode series on Colin Kaepernick called ‘Colin in Black & White.’ Kaepernick will narrate the scripted limited drama, which comes from director Ava DuVernay. Colin in Black & White is DuVernay’s latest project with Netflix following her acclaimed limited series, ‘When They See Us.’ 

Netflix says Kaepernick’s series will focus on his adolescent years while growing up with a white adopted family. It will also portray his high school life and events that led him to advocate for social justice. An actor will play a younger version of the now 32-year-old Kaepernick. 

Kaepernick has remained unsigned in the NFL since 2017, soon after he began kneeling during the National Anthem. 

Netflix to produce 6-part series on Kaepernick


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See Jennifer Hudson As Aretha Franklin In The Latest Trailer For ‘Respect’

MGM has released a new trailer from the Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. Hudson can be seen playing Franklin onstage as she belts out the title hit in the clip. 

In addition to Hudson, “Respect” also stars Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Forest Whitaker, Tituss Burgess, Marc Maron and more.

“Respect” is scheduled to open in theaters this December. Take a look at the latest trailer at the link: here.

Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in new trailer for ‘Respect’ biopic


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‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’ To Be Delayed Until Late August

Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, will be pushing its released date from August 21 to August 28, 2020. The delay is to make room for the film Tenet, which was also delayed due to the pandemic.

You can watch the latest trailer for the movie at the link: here

Bill and Ted Face the Music Has Been Delayed by 2 Weeks


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Many U.S. States Hit Record Highs For Positive Covid-19 Cases, As Worldwide Total Exceeds 10 Million

As the confirmed global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million, with the death toll surpassing 500,000 on Sunday, New York State continued to lower its numbers; despite infections surging in multiple other U.S. states. New York state reported just five coronavirus deaths, the lowest seen since March 15. Just 616 of New York’s almost 62,000 tests Saturday resulted in positive diagnoses.

However California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that he is ordering bars in certain counties to close as cases continue to rise in the state. Los Angeles County is the one with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, with more than 95,000, as of Sunday afternoon.

New confirmed cases are on the rise in 36 states. Florida and Texas are among the worst affected: Florida reported a record 9,585 new cases on Saturday, shattering its mark for most in a day since the pandemic started. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he would order a pause to the state’s reopening plan. And beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed July 3 through July 7, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Friday, amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Florida.

Vice President Mike Pence has canceled events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. The events were canceled “out of an abundance of caution” as cases climb in Florida and Arizona. 

Coronavirus updates: 7 states hit record high for new cases of COVID-19


Mississippi House Votes To Change State Flag That Has Confederate Symbol

Mississippi lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to remove a Confederate emblem from their state flag on Sunday, after protests against racism and police brutality in America have increased.

The bill passed 128 to 37 and is now awaiting signature by Gov. Tate Reeves. It requires the current state flag to be removed within 15 days of passage. A commission selected by the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House will design a flag including the phrase “In God We Trust” to be completed by September 14. Mississippi voters will decide on the new flag during the November general election. If the new flag is not ratified by voters in November, a new design will be created and voted on the following year.

“Today’s vote is not a vote to erase Mississippi’s history or its heritage,” Sen. John Horhn said. “But it’s an affirmation of Mississippi’s future, and that we intend to move forward together.”

Mississippi Legislature Votes To Abandon State Flag Featuring Confederate Icon


Brooklyn Nets Forward Wilson Chandler Opts Out Of NBA Restart

Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando.  Wilson told ESPN, “As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first. Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando.”

33-year-old Chandler signed a one-year deal with the Nets last July. He was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2019-20 season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has appeared in just 35 games this season. Chandler ends his 2020 season averaging just 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Chandler joins Blazers forward Trevor Ariza, Wizards forward Davis Bertans and Lakers guard Avery Bradley in publicly announcing their decision not to attend the league’s restart. The NBA season is set to resume July 30.

Brooklyn Nets’ Wilson Chandler opts out of NBA restart


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PGA Tour Updates Protocols Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

The PGA Tour announced over the weekend that individuals will not be allowed on tournament properties until passing a COVID-19 test. The announcement comes after players and caddies diagnosed with coronavirus visited both the RBC Heritage and Travelers Championship venues, while still awaiting test results.

“Over the past three weeks as part of its return to golf, the tour has been committed to learning from an operational standpoint and adjusting protocols in place in order to mitigate risk and promote the health and safety of all involved, including players, caddies, staff and volunteers,” read a statement. “Effective immediately with the Rocket Mortgage Classic, players and caddies, along with all other individuals ‘inside the bubble,’ will not be allowed on property until first being cleared with a negative in-market test.”

Earlier in the week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan held an press conference announcing that further changes would be implemented.  Changes to date have included additional testing for those traveling on the tour’s charter flights between events and the return next week of the tour’s fitness truck to encourage use of on-site facilities. Currently, eight players have withdrawn from tour events due to coronavirus-related concerns. 

PGA Tour goes ‘bubble’: Nobody allowed on site until tested


‘Cobra Kai’ Moves From YouTube to Netflix Ahead Of Season 3

Ahead of its third season premiere, the show Cobra Kai is leaving YouTube Premium and heading to Netflix.

Brian Wright, vice president of original series at Netflix, said in a statement, “The appeal of ‘The Karate Kid’ saga is timeless, and ‘Cobra Kai’ picks up right where it left off without missing a beat. The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun. We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”

The show is a continuation of the Karate Kid film franchise, with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawren. Xolo Maridueña, Courtney Henggeler, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Nicole Brown, and Jacob Bertrand also star.

The Karate Kid Spinoff Series Cobra Kai Moves to Netflix


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Margot Robbie Set To Star In New “Pirates of the Caribbean” Film

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Margot Robbie is set to lead a brand-new “female-fronted” Pirates of the Caribbean film from Disney. Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson is set to write the script, which will not be a spinoff of the original franchise surrounding Jack Sparrow, but will instead be an entirely new story inspired by the Disney parks ride of the same name.

Disney is also working on a reboot of the series, with Pirates writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin heading up the project. It is unconfirmed whether Johnny Depp will return to the franchise for the reboot, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer indicated that he was unsure on whether or not the actor would reprise his role of Jack Sparrow.

Margot Robbie Is Starring in the Next ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Movie


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