Shaquille O’Neal Becomes Papa John’s First African American Board Member

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Shaquille O’Neal is expanding his business portfolio by joining the Papa John’s team, the company announced on Friday.

The Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT analyst signed an $8.25 million three-year endorsement deal with the scandal-plagued pizza chain, according to Reuters.

O’Neal also joined Papa John’s board of directors and is the first African American to do so. Last year, founder John Schnatter was accused of using a racial slur during a role-playing call between Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service.

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The move had an immediate impact on Wall Street, with the company’s shares rising nearly 6 percent in early morning trading, Reuters reported.

“This is a triple threat opportunity for me. I am excited to join the Board and to help lead from the top, while also investing in nine stores in my home town of Atlanta and being an ambassador for the brand,” O’Neal said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Schnattner agreed to step down from the company’s board of directors and drop two outstanding lawsuits against the company he started in 1984. Schnattner will resign from the board if the independent director is named by the end of April when Papa John’s annual stockholder meeting is scheduled.

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Schnatter, who still owns about 30 percent of the company, has been locked in a bitter legal battle with Papa John’s since he stepped down as chief executive in 2017 after months of turmoil following his criticism of the NFL over the player protests, blaming them for low pizza sales.

Shaq will be an investor in nine Papa John’s restaurants in Atlanta. He currently owns a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise in Atlanta and previously owned 27 Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises.

He also recently opened his self-named restaurant Shaquille’s at L.A. Live in Los Angeles,  across the street from where he used to play for the Lakers at Staples Center.

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March Madness: Dick Vitale Calls Zion Williamson the ‘Most Unique Player’ He’s Seen in 40 Years

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No one gets more fired up about March Madness than Dick Vitale.
The veteran ESPN college basketball analyst shared his contagious excitement with TheWrap ahead of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, dishing his tips on the Cinderella teams to watch out for, his …

Natalie Portman Gets Blasted Into Space in ‘Lucy in the Sky’ Teaser (Video)

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Natalie Portman heads for the stars in upcoming space drama “Lucy in the Sky,” but she finds that coming back down to Earth is a lot tougher.

In the new teaser trailer released Tuesday, we see female astronaut Lucy Cola (Portman) suited up for a mission, kissing her husband Drew (Dan Stevens) goodbye before being blasted into space.

“You got to see the vast celestial everything and it blew your mind, so now nothing makes sense,” fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin, played by Jon Hamm, tells Cola after her lengthy mission.

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The pair embark on an affair that destroys Cola’s family, sends her entire life on a downward spiral and into a bitter love triangle.

“Lucy in the Sky” reunites Stevens with “Legion” creator Noah Hawley, and also stars Zazie Beetz, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo and Nick Offerman.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures film is loosely based on Lisa Nowak’s reported criminal activities around her romantic involvement with fellow astronaut William Oefelein.

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Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2006, but the following year she was charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Cpt. Colleen Shipman, who also had an affair with Oefelein. Nowak ultimately pled guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to a year’s probation.

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“Lucy in the Sky” is set for release later this year.

Watch the teaser trailer above.

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PewDiePie Is ‘Sickened’ After New Zealand Mosque Shooter Names Him in Attack Video

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YouTube star PewDiePie expressed his remorse on Friday morning over the lives lost in the New Zealand mosque massacre after he was mentioned by the shooter in video of the attack.

As the man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant walked onto a Christchurch street following a shooting rampage inside one of the two mosques he targeted, he can be heard saying, “Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie,” according to Newsweek. He then opened fire on passersby.

The death toll currently stands at 49 with another 48 people injured, making it in the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

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PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, soon tweeted: “Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

The Swedish national, who currently lives in England, boasts more than 89 million YouTube subscribers, thanks in part to a viral “Subscribe to PewDiePie” meme.

However, Kjellberg has suffered backlash in the past after being accused of making anti-Semitic jokes and racial slurs.

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Australian-born Tarrant, 28, filmed the attack on social media and was taken into custody, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. Three other people, two men and a woman, were also taken into custody. Police say explosives were also found attached to vehicles they stopped.

The suspect, dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle, started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque shortly after 1:40 p.m. local time on Friday.

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The New York Times reported that shortly before the attacks began, a man claiming responsibility posted links on Twitter and 8chan to an anti-immigrant manifesto.

The 8chan posting also linked to a Facebook page where, according to the Times, a 17-minute video, taken with what appears to be a helmet camera, showed a man attacking two mosques and shooting an unspecified number of people.

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Will Smith Plays Matchmaker in Disney’s New ‘Aladdin’ Trailer (Video)

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Fans and and skeptics were treated to the first full trailer for Disney’s “Aladdin” movie on Tuesday morning, and got a much closer look at Will Smith’s Genie.

In the two-minute-plus trailer, the live-action movie’s namesake, played by newcomer Mena Massoud, is lured by the promise of enough riches to impress a princess (namely Naomi Scott’s Jasmine), but for that he has to venture into the Cave of Wonders and return with a magic lamp.

And of course there’s a catch, in the form of Smith’s giant blue-hued genie.

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Smith’s Genie is part magic-maker and part matchmaker as he reminds Aladdin that “you look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside.”

Are we watching a Disney film or Monday night’s “The Bachelor”?

The new trailer also pays homage to the 1992 animated movie by closing out with a heartfelt rendition of “A Whole New World.”

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Guy Ritchie directs from a script by John August and Ritchie.

The film also stars Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers.

“Aladdin” flies into theaters on a magic carpet on May 24.

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George Foreman Pays Tribute to His Daughter After Her Death, Asks for ‘Just One More Day’

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Former heavyweight champion George Foreman wrote a touching message to his daughter Freeda Foreman on Sunday, one day after she was found unresponsive inside her Houston, Texas, home.

“First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever,” Foreman wrote on Twitter. “Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade.”

Freeda Foreman became a professional boxer in 2000 but retired to raise her family and become a boxing promoter.

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Houston’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV reported that officers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were called to her home around 6:13 p.m. on Friday night and found her unresponsive.

Homicide investigators determined there was no foul play, according to KTRK.

George Foreman is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76 wins (68 knockouts) and 5 losses. He later became the face of the George Foreman Grill.

Daddy I want to Box,”Get an Education first” I said, well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband) First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade

– George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) March 11, 2019

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Deepak Chopra to Launch First Ever Podcast Series

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Best-selling author Deepak Chopra is diving into the podcast world, with his first series set to launch on Cadence13 later this month, the company announced Friday.

“Deepak Chopra’s Infinite Potential” is a weekly, 12-part conversation series that features guests including Jane Goodall and Russell Brand. Chopra will investigate what makes us conscious beings and why it matters that we are.

The alternative medicine and New Age guru will also host “Daily Breath,” a daily guide designed to enlighten, inspire and guide listeners to live positive, creative, connected and productive lives.

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“I’m grateful for this opportunity to learn from luminaries in science philosophy arts and innovation in all fields of human inquiry, imagination, creativity and exploration of both our inner and outer worlds,” Chopra told TheWrap. “This is how we participate in  our conscious evolution in today’s turbulent times.”

 “Deepak Chopra’s infinite wisdom, boundless curiosity and ability to connect with people make him an exciting addition to the podcasting space,” Chris Corcoran, chief content officer, Cadence13, said in a statement. “This will be Deepak in a way you haven’t heard before, and we are thrilled to add his singular voice to our powerful and diverse lineup.”

Chopra has authored 88 books, including dozens of New York Times’ Best Sellers, which have been translated into over 43 languages. Time Magazine named him in its Top 100 Heroes and Icons of the last century.

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The 72-year-old is no rookie when it comes to the digital era, either. Last year, Chopra created and launched an app called, JIYO, aimed to help users live a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle, and also partnered with VR content studio, Wevr, to create the first-ever meditation experience through virtual reality.

Chopra will be honored with an award at the First World Brain Expo and 16th Annual World Congress of Society Brain Mapping and Therapeutics at the Los Angeles Convention Center next week.

“Infinite Potential” launches on Monday, March 18 on Apple Podcasts and wherever podcasts are available. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series here.

“Daily Breath” will launch on April 22 on Apple Podcasts and wherever podcasts are available.

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Author Forms a Fellowship in ‘Tolkien’ Trailer (Video)

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As Amazon Studios prepares to return to Middle-earth with their new series, Fox Searchlight sheds light on the man behind “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Nicholas Hoult plays the famed writer in the upcoming biopic “Tolkien,” while Lily Collins is cast as Edith Bratt, his lifelong love and future wife who served as inspiration for characters in his most famous books.

The film follows young Tolkien’s early life growing up in England after his father died in South Africa. He befriends a group of fellow outcasts at school and they form a brotherhood, “to change the world through the power of art.”

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Young Tolkien, of course, wants to write something.

“Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by language, I invented my own … I made stories, legends,” John Tolkien later tells Edith in the second trailer released Wednesday.

Both Tolkien’s imagination and the boys’ fellowship are both put to the ultimate test with the outbreak of World War I as they are plunged into the horrors of the trenches.

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While “Tolkien” focuses on the real-life of the famed story-teller, we do get some dramatic teasers of flame-breathing dragons in the new clip – so be prepared for a little taste of his famous fantasy world.

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“Tolkien” also stars Tom Glynn-Carney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Colm Meaney and Craig Roberts, and is directed by Dome Karukoski.

The film hits theaters on May 10.

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New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Joins ESPN as Contributor

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CC Sabathia is already planning for retirement from baseball before he’s even put away his pitcher’s mitt.

The New York Yankees pitcher and Cy Young Award winner is joining ESPN as a contributor, the network announced on Tuesday. He will serve in a variety of roles beginning this season.

Having played in Yankees pinstripes since 2009, Sabathia, 38, said last month that he’ll retire from the team at the end of the 2019 season.

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“As I begin to look toward the future, I’m excited to have this opportunity with ESPN,” Sabathia said in a statement Tuesday. “With that said, my singular focus is on winning another World Series Championship for Yankees fans and the city of New York.”

“We’re excited to work with CC, especially as part of this unique arrangement during the final year of his storied career. He has proven to be highly knowledgeable, candid and perceptive about the sport of baseball, as well as an avid sports fan in general,” Dave Roberts, ESPN vice president, production, added.


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Transitioning to his new role in sports media, Sabathia will contribute analysis to various ESPN platforms this season, including on “SportsCenter,” “Get Up!,” “First Take,” “Golic & Wingo” and occasionally “Baseball Tonight,” according to ESPN. He’ll appear in-studio for several of the appearances. In addition, he will periodically join ESPN Radio New York as a guest host on the “Humpty & Canty” show, which airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.

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He will debut during ESPN’s spring training coverage later this month.

Sabathia made his big-league debut in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians, and went on to win a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

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Watch Eddie Vedder Perform ‘Maybe It’s Time’ From ‘A Star Is Born’ (Video)

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Eddie Vedder channeled his inner Jackson Maine at the Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night by performing “Maybe It’s Time” from “A Star Is Born.”

And no, Vedder wasn’t just jumping on the bandwagon surrounding the Oscar-nominated musical. The Pearl Jam singer was actually a huge influence on Bradley Cooper’s lead character.

“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper said of his friendship with Vedder in a September 2018 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”

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As for the “American Sniper” star’s plan to remake the classic movie, “He thought it was crazy I was going to do this movie,” the actor-director continued. “He was like, ‘What? Bro, don’t do that.’”

Vedder performed “Maybe It’s Time,” the folksy ballad which was written by Jason Isbell, that Maine performs in a drag bar shortly after meeting Lady Gaga’s Ally, live to the stage on Sunday, sparking an instant reaction to from the audience and the songwriter himself.

“Holy s— Eddie Vedder sang my Bradley Cooper song in his set tonight,” Isbell tweeted. “That is by far the strangest sentence I’ve ever composed but it’s certainly a huge honor. I was 12 when ‘Ten’ came out and by god I learned how to play every song on it.”

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Watch Vedder’s performance above, and you’ve still got a few more days to catch “A Star Is Born” back in theaters this week. The new “encore” version from Warner Bros. features 12 additional minutes of footage, including extended takes of songs and one entirely new song not previously heard in the film or on the soundtrack album.

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Lisa Sheridan, ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ ‘Invasion’ Actress, Dies at 44

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Lisa Sheridan, an actress who appeared on a numerous top TV shows including “Halt and Catch Fire,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Invasion,” has died. She was 44.

Sheridan passed away at her New Orleans apartment on Monday, according to her manager, Mitch Clem.

“We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel,” Clem told People. “She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners report on cause of death.”

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However, Clem said that Sheridan had not taken her own life: “The family has unequivocally confirmed that this is not a suicide. Any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely, 100 percent unfounded.”

Actress Donna D’Errico paid tribute to her “Only God Can” co-star in a Facebook post Wednesday  night, writing: “I just received news that my dear friend, actress Lisa Sheridan, has passed away. She was found Monday morning. I am sitting here stunned. Lisa and I filmed a movie together 5 years ago and became very close on set and remained close friends after filming ended.

“It’s so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this city … even this world. Truly one of the most genuinely sweet and gentle people I’ve ever come across in my life.”

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Sheridan was previously engaged to “Office Space” actor Ron Livingston after they met shooting the 2000 film “Beat.” The pair were together until 2003.

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Born in Macon, Georgia, Sheridan attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama before embarking on a 20-year acting career. She also appeared on “The Mentalist,” “The 4400,” “Saving Grace,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal,” among other hit TV shows.

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Idris Elba Sees His Dreams of Becoming a DJ Crushed in ‘Turn Up Charlie’ Trailer (Video)

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Idris Elba is squashing any lingering hopes that he’ll one day play James Bond by fulfilling his dreams to be a DJ.

Rather than swigging martinis and driving an Aston Martin, People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” now stars in new Netflix comedy series, “Turn Up Charlie,” as a struggling British DJ trying to get his break in the music business.

In the new trailer that dropped Thursday, we see Charlie hitting the decks, hitting the floor as he falls out of bed with a mystery woman, and almost hitting rockbottom as he struggles to pay the bills. Luckily, he also lands a job offer — as a nanny for his best friend’s wild 11-year-old daughter.

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According to Netflix’s official description, “Turn Up Charlie” centers on the titular Charlie (Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a “manny” to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey). Piper Perabo and JJ Feild co-star.

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Elba and Gary Reich co-created “Turn Up Charlie” and will serve as executive producers along with Tristram Shapeero. Shapeero will also direct the series with Matt Lipsey. Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito are co-executive producers. The series is co-produced by Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Elba’s Green Door Pictures.

Elba will next be seen hosting “Saturday Night Live” on March 9. And while U.K. audiences have already indulged in “Luther” Season 5, Americans are still waiting for it to premiere on BBC America or Netflix.

He’ll also be playing a real-life DJ at Coachella in April, after being named as one of the headline performers.

In the meantime, all eight episodes of “Turn Up Charlie” Season 1 will premiere globally on March 15.

Watch the trailer above.

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Mattel and MGM to Make a Live-Action View-Master Movie Somehow

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Remember those old plastic View-Masters your parents (and grandparents) played with as kids? Well, they’ll soon be heading to the big screen at a multiplex near you.

Mattel Films and MGM announced Wednesday that they are teaming up for a live-action film based on the vintage View-Master toy. We’re not sure how that is going to work, but we’re definitely intrigued.

“Since the 1940s, View-Master has inspired wonder and joy in children of all ages, creating huge opportunities for storytelling,” Robbie Brenner, Mattel’s Head of Film, said in a statement. “MGM Pictures has tremendous expertise and a proven track record in capturing audiences’ imagination through film, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring another Mattel franchise to theaters.”

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Mattel Films and MGM will co-produce the film. Brenner and Cassidy Lange, MGM’s co-president of Production, will oversee production.

View-Master was the first device that allowed families all over the world to escape their reality and take them places they never thought they could go. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Mattel to create a family adventure integrating the old school turn and click stereotypic device with the modern world of virtual reality,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s president, Motion Picture Group, added.

This marks the second recent collaboration between Mattel Films and MGM, following in the plastic-heeled footsteps of the American Girl brand. Films based on Hot Wheels and Barbie, starring and co-produced by Academy Award-nominated actress Margot Robbie, are also in the works.

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First launched at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the View-Master was named by Time as one of the 100 All Time Greatest Toys in 2011 and inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Mattel’s updated version of the classic toy now brings the user experience to a whole new level of realism with View-Master VR.

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DJ Khaled Set to Host Nickelodeon’s 2019 ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’

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DJ Khaled had big shoes to fill, in all ways.

The star DJ and music producer will take over from John Cena as host of the “Kids’ Choice Awards” next month, Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday.

Khaled will bring a party atmosphere to the annual slime-filled awards show for his inaugural hosting gig on March 23, thanks to his signature catchphrases and gregarious personality.

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“Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up!  That’s right, March 23 – I’m your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon ‘Kids’ Choice Awards.’ I’ll see you soon!” the musician said in a statement.

This year’s top nominees include “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” Cardi B and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

First-time nominees include Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Noah Centineo, Bebe Rexha, Tyra Banks, Neil Patrick Harris and “Riverdale.”

Khaled himself is nominated for three awards: Favorite TV Judge, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Collaboration.

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This year’s show also introduces five new categories for voting: Favorite TV Host, Favorite TV Judges, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Gamer, and Vote For A Cause.

Nickelodeon’s 2019 “Kids’ Choice Awards” airs live on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

See the full list of nominees below.

Favorite Funny TV Show

The Big Bang Theory


Fuller House

Henry Danger

Modern Family

Raven’s Home

Favorite TV Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Flash


Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Reality Show

America’s Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors

Double Dare

The Voice

Favorite TV Host*

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)

Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)

Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Tyra Banks (America’s Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges*

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)

Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)

Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)

Favorite Cartoon

ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

The Loud House

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

Favorite Male TV Star

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash, The Flash)

Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf, A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Favorite Female TV Star

Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)

Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack, Andi Mack)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)

Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

Favorite Movie


Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Kissing Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Favorite Movie Actor

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns)

Joey King (Elle Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, Black Panther)

Rihanna (Nine Ball, Ocean’s 8)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Superhero*

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker

Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Danai Gurira (Okoye, Black Panther)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra, Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson, Creed II)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Animated Movie

The Grinch

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Incredibles 2

Peter Rabbit

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie

Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Andy Samberg (Johnny, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Grinch, The Grinch)

Channing Tatum (Migo, Smallfoot)

James Corden (Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit)

Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie

Gal Gadot (Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet)

Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies)

Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Yara Shahidi (Brenda, Smallfoot)

Zendaya (Meechee, Smallfoot)

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5


twenty one pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled


Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist

Ariana Grande


Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

Favorite Song

Delicate (Taylor Swift)

In My Blood (Shawn Mendes)

In My Feelings (Drake)

Natural (Imagine Dragons)

thank u, next (Ariana Grande)

Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer)

Favorite Breakout Artist

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Dan + Shay

Juice WRLD

Kane Brown

Post Malone

Favorite Collaboration

Girls Like You (Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B)

Happier (Marshmello, featuring Bastille)

I Like It (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin)

Meant to Be (Bebe Rexha, featuring Florida Georgia Line)

No Brainer (DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

SICKO MODE (Travis Scott, featuring Drake)

Favorite Social Music Star

Baby Ariel

Chloe x Halle

Jack & Jack

JoJo Siwa

Max & Harvey

Why Don’t We

Favorite Global Music Star

Africa: Davido


Australia/New Zealand: Troye Sivan

Europe: David Guetta

North America: Taylor Swift

Latin America: J Balvin

United Kingdom: HRVY

Favorite Video Game

Just Dance 2019

LEGO The Incredibles


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Mario Party

Favorite Social Star

David Dobrik

Emma Chamberlain

Guava Juice

Lilly Singh

Miranda Sings

Ryan ToysReview

Favorite Gamer*







How Do You Want to Help?

Help Animals (pet rescue, wildlife preservation, service animals, and more)

Help the Environment (disaster relief, clean water, recycling, and more)

Help People in Need (homes, food, care, and more)

Help Prevent Bullying (positivity, emotional support, respect, and more)

Help Schools (supplies, after-school activities, arts/gym/STEM, and more)

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Mark Hollis, Lead Singer of Talk Talk, Dies at 64

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Mark Hollis, lead singer for the 1980s rock band Talk Talk, has died. He was 64.

“Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered,” former manager Keith Aspden told BBC News on Tuesday.

“I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music. I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us,” Aspden went on to tell NPR.

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The British rock band Talk Talk earned mainstream success in the ’80s with hits including “It’s My Life,” “Today,” “Life’s What You Make it,” and “Such a Shame.”

After the band broke up in 1991, Hollis released a solo album in 1998 but then left music and removed himself from public view.

“I choose for my family. Maybe others are capable of doing it, but I can’t go on tour and be a good dad at the same time,” Hollis said in an interview with a Dutch outlet at the time.

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Talk Talk’s bassist Paul Webb paid tribute to his former bandmate via Instagram on Tuesday, writing: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis.

“Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas.”

Born in the Tottenham area of London, Hollis dropped out of college as a teenager and began songwriting while working in a factory. He formed a band called The Reaction, which released just one single before breaking up. Hollis then met Paul Webb, Lee Harris and Simon Brenner — the group became Talk Talk and soon signed with EMI Records.

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News of Hollis’ death prompted an outpouring of support from the music world, many of whom were influenced by the New Romantic sound of Talk Talk.

“Talk Talk, which he co-founded and fronted, were on tour with us in 1982,” Duran Duran singer Simon LeBon wrote on Twitter. “It made for a tremendous and very entertaining bill.”

“Been relistening to Mark Hollis’s dream-soaked Spirit of Eden today,” Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet said. “His influence upon music was immense and far reaching. A great presence in the modern era who took his bow far too early but has left us so much still to be moved.”

See the tributes below:

“Mark was the main songwriter of some truly great songs” @TalkTalk

– Duran Duran (@duranduran) February 25, 2019

Been relistening to Mark Hollis’s dream-soaked Spirit of Eden today. His influence upon music was immense and far reaching. A great presence in the modern era who took his bow far too early but has left us so much still to be moved by. #MarkHollisRIP #TalkTalk

– Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) February 26, 2019

Goodbye Mark Hollis,We owe you so much ,I cant overstate the influence on us three as musicians and us as a band.#markhollis #talktalk

– Doves (@dovesmusicblog) February 25, 2019

Trying to find the words to express my sadness about the passing of #MarkHollis #TalkTalk
Hearing Spirit Of Eden blew my 18 year old mind to such a degree I set out to try and learn how on earth they had created this transcendent masterpiece. That search turned into a career.

– Paul Epworth (@paulepworth) February 25, 2019

Very sorry to hear the news that #MarkHollis of #TalkTalk has died. He was behind some of the finest albums of the 1980s / early 1990s. R.I.P.

– THE THE (@thethe) February 25, 2019

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Watch ‘Rocketman’ Star Taron Egerton Perform ‘Tiny Dancer’ With the Real Elton John (Video)

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Anyone wondering if Elton John approves of Taron Egerton being cast to play him in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” got resounding confirmation when the pair shared the stage for an iconic performance of “Tiny Dancer” on Sunday night.

With the “Kingsman”star belting out the lyrics to the beloved ballad and John beside him on piano, the duet proved that there’s no better actor to play the five-time Grammy winner.

The beautiful moment occurred at the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party during a live auction for a trip to attend the “Rocketman” world premiere in London in May.

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Egerton was brought from his dinner table onto the stage to amp up bidding on the exclusive experience and was then asked to perform one of the hit songs from the movie.

“But I need someone to play piano. Is there a pianist in the house?” he asked the audience. Cue John, who comes up to join Egerton on the ivories, prompting a standing ovation from the surprised guests.

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Sat chatting on stage with John after the song was over wearing an signature pair of oversized glassed, Egerton looked uncannily like the original metamorphosis of Reginald Dwight.

Elton returned to role of accompaniment pianist later in the night when he performed “Daniel” during the The Killers rousing set.

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John and David Furnish’s annual Oscar night gala raised over $6.3 million on Sunday for the global effort to end AIDS. The auction also featured a Yahama piano signed and played by John at the “Lion King” 20th anniversary concert, studio sessions for the “Devil Wears Prada Musical” in Las Vegas and Toronto, as well as at this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party.

Along with “Rocketman” stars Egerton and Jamie Bell, and director Dexter Fletcher, other VIP guests included  Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mädchen Amick, Patricia Arquette, Alina Baikova, Jamie Bell, Thora Birch, Chad Buchanan, Candace Bushnell, Charlie Carver, Kristin Chenoweth, Erika Christensen, Chris Colfer, Chace Crawford, Terry Crews, Heidi Klum, Caitlyn Jenner, Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Rumer Willis.

“Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. Set to John’s most beloved songs, it tells the story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. The movie also stars Richard Madden, John Reid and Bryce Dallas Howard.

“Rocketman” lands in theaters May 31.

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2 ‘LA’s Finest’ Crew Members Hospitalized After On-Set Accident

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Two people were hospitalized following an accident on the set of “Bad Boys” spinoff series “L.A.’s Finest” on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The cop drama starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba was shooting a car crash scene at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California, at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Port Police directed TheWrap to FilmLA for more details, who did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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According to the area’s local news outlet, the Daily Breeze, two crew members were hurt when their legs became trapped under a shipping container.

Firefighters quickly rescued the victims from beneath the 20-foot container about 1:30 p.m. at Berth 60 near Warehouse One, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman told the Breeze. There is no update on their current condition.

The incident happened when a vehicle on set crashed into the container, which was being used as a prop, Los Angeles police Sgt. Bradley Hearn said, according to the paper.

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Earlier this month, it was announced that the first three episodes of the cop drama will be made available for free to subscribers on Spectrum’s On Demand platform on Monday, May 13. The rest of the season will be released weekly each subsequent Monday for the remainder of the 13-episode run.

“L.A.’s Finest” sees Union reprising her role as Sydney Burnett from 2003’s “Bad Boys II.” Now an LAPD detective, Burnett is paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

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Alba and Union are executive producers on the series alongside Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier, Pam Veasey, Doug Belgrad, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone and pilot director Anton Cropper.

The Sony Pictures Television series, first developed as an NBC pilot, is the first foray into the scripted originals space for Charter. It is set to be followed by the U.K. street racing drama “Curfew” from Sky and the Lionsgate crime anthology series “Manhunt,” picked up from Discovery.

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See Jussie Smollett’s Mug Shot (Photo)

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Chicago PD released Jussie Smollett’s mug shot on Thursday, following his arrest the night before.

The “Empire” actor is currently “in custody of detectives” after being charged with filing a false police report, Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said earlier Thursday morning.

The official police photo shows the 36-year-old former “Mighty Ducks” child star looking somber while wearing a black jacket over a white shirt.

You can see his mug shot below:

via Chicago Police Department

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During a press conference later that morning, Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the Chicago attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

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The charges stem from a report Smollett filed on Jan. 29 that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs and referenced “MAGA.” After releasing two former suspects over the weekend, police said they wanted to interview Smollett again — and days later declared him a suspect.

Fox network and studio, the homes to “Empire,” did not immediately respond to our request for comment on this latest development. Smollett’s lawyers also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hours after he was named a suspect in the case of his own reported assault, Smollett was charged Wednesday with filing a false police report, a felony.

“Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” Chicago Police chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday.

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The brothers were released without charges last Friday after the police said “new evidence” had emerged and that the investigation’s “trajectory” had changed course. Earlier this week, CNN reported that Chicago police believed that Smollett might have paid the brothers to stage the attack.

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Alec Baldwin Asks if Trump Twitter Rant ‘Constitutes a Threat’ to His Family’s Safety

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Could Alec Baldwin’s latest “Saturday Night Live” skit mocking President Trump actually put him and his family in danger? That’s what the actor wants to know, at least.

“I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” Baldwin tweeted Sunday night.

The comment was in response to Trump’s blazing reaction much earlier in the day to Baldwin’s skit about his national emergency declaration to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” the president blasted. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”

He then added in a second all-caps tweet, “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

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The cold open sketch on “SNL” started with Baldwin’s Trump lying about his height and weight.

“I’m here to declare a very urgent, important national emergency,” he said. “This is a big one, so I don’t want to waste any time. I just had a great health exam. I’m still standing 6 foot 7, 185 pounds. Shredded.”

When a reporter played by Kyle Mooney noted that statistics have found that undocumented immigrants have a lower crime rate than American citizens, Baldwin’s Trump responded, “Those numbers are faker than this emergency.”

“Wall works. Wall makes safe,” he also said. “Abuelas and bebes unless you give me wall.”

Watch the sketch by clicking here.

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Prince Royce Celebrates Diversity of MLS Fans in Multi-Cultural ‘Our Soccer’ Campaign (Video)

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Latin Grammy-nominated singer Prince Royce has teamed up with the MLS to be the voice of the upcoming 2019 season.

Royce leads the league’s “Our Soccer” campaign that was launched on Tuesday, aiming to highlight the intersection of sports, culture and entertainment, and celebrate the most culturally diverse fanbase in all of North American sports.

“I think it’s one of the sports that has the most passion. You see so many cultures, languages — that’s the great thing about music and the great thing about soccer,” Prince Royce said. “I’m from New York, where we have two teams, and I moved to Miami, and having a team coming to Miami is super dope. As a fan I think we’re all excited. It’s great to see MLS grow, and for all of these cities to have more sports, more passion, more laughter and more soccer.”

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Royce is wearing an Inter Miami CF jersey representing David Beckham’s newly-formed team while at a while viewing party Grammy-nominated producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA (sporting LAFC gear) in the video.

“The ‘Our Soccer’ campaign captures the unique spirit, confident attitude and diverse environment that embodies MLS,” David Bruce, MLS VP of brand and integrated marketing, said in a statement. “It celebrates the MLS supporter culture and illustrates how fans are creating their own rituals and traditions that define the North American version of the global game. The campaign also showcases how cultural influencers view the league as an authentic representation of themselves and a place to more deeply engage with fans.”

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The “Our Soccer” spot with Royce was filmed in English, Spanish, Spanglish and French-Canadian (for MLS’ fans in Quebec) to represent the MLS’ multicultural fan base. It will run on MLS partner networks including ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports, and across international broadcast partner platforms, as well as the league’s own digital channels.

The 2019 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, March 2.

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“Our Soccer” was produced by Cornerstone and The FADER, with the spots directed by acclaimed filmmaker Clayton Vomero.

The brand campaign first debuted in 2018 with a spot and featured Atlanta-based rapper and Atlanta United fan 2 Chainz. During the 2018 World Cup, MLS released a second spot featuring singer, songwriter, producer and LA Galaxy fan Miguel.

Watch the campaign videos above and below.

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