'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of "Sesame Street," on April 10, 2017, on both PBS and HBO. (Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop via AP)(Zach Hyman/AP)

A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 5:18 AM

Shawn Mendes  was in concert Thursday night in Newark, New Jersey.
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Shawn Mendes was in concert Thursday night in Newark, New Jersey.(Manny Carabel/WireImage)

“MTV Unplugged” is returning to television, and Shawn Mendes will be the first singer to appear on the show, Variety reported.

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Mendes will appear in the season premiere in a performance shot at Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. The show will air on Sept. 8, Variety reported.

Mendes currently holds the No. 1 spot in Top 40 radio with his single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

“MTV Unplugged” ran on the music video station from 1989 to 2009 and featured artists playing acoustic versions of their songs. Past performers included Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Eric Clapton.

Mendes told Variety he was excited to be a part of the show after seeing Pearl Jam’s 1992 session.

“It wasn't so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” he said.

LeToya Luckett engaged a year after divorce

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 3:44 PM

LeToya Luckett is engaged to Dallas-based entrepreneur Tommicus Walker a year after a divorce.
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LeToya Luckett is engaged to Dallas-based entrepreneur Tommicus Walker a year after a divorce.(Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET/Getty Images for BET)

Former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett has a lot to celebrate.

A year after ending her marriage to relationship expert Rob Hill Sr., she is engaged to a new man she has quietly been dating.

Essence reported that, according to photos and videos posted on Instagram, the original member of Destiny’s Child became engaged to Dallas entrepreneur Tommicus Walker after throwing him a surprise birthday party.

Luckett confirmed the news on her own Instagram page early Thursday.

“I said , ‘Yes yeeeesssss’ on his Burfday!” she captioned the photo.

I said , " Yes yeeeesssss" on his Burfday!! #issaengagement #GodShowedout #HesaGoodManSavanah #LoveWins #8/16/17

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In August 2016, TMZ reported that the “In the Name of Love” singer quietly got  a divorce after getting married in January “but split after just 2 months and change.”

Ebony reported that Luckett’s brother, Gavin Luckett, posted a video of the proposal on his Instagram page hours after Luckett confirmed the news.

That one time @letoyaluckett planned a surprise Bday dinner for @iamtwalk2 but he had a bigger surprise for her 💍 Congrats y'all!!!

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From the video, it’s clear Luckett got a hefty-looking sparkler that she was happy to show off. 

Congrats to the couple!

Johnny Depp surprises patients at British Columbia Children’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

Captain Jack Sparrow Makes Surprise Visit At Children’s Hospital

Captain Jack Sparrow left the high seas for a special meet and greet.

But it wasn’t some look-alike.

It was Jack Sparrow himself, er, make that Johnny Depp.

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Depp, who has been known to visit hospitals around the world dressed as his pirate alter ego, stopped by BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Monday to bring smiles to the patients and their families.

He spent more than 5 ½ hours meeting with kids from the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology areas.

The starstruck children and parents said that he never broke character and spent time making each child feel special.

The hospital treats 86,000 children each year and is the province’s only full-service acute care pediatric hospital.

Tom Cruise broke his ankle during ‘Mission Impossible 6’ stunt, production halted, studio says

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

Tom Cruise reportedly broke his ankle in two places and injured his hip while doing a stunt for
Tom Cruise reportedly broke his ankle in two places and injured his hip while doing a stunt for "Mission Impossible 6."(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Days after TMZ captured video that appeared to show Tom Cruise getting injured while performing a stunt on the set of “Mission Impossible 6,” the studio behind the film has confirmed the news.

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“During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt,” Paramount said in a statement Wednesday. “Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”

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Production on the film will be halted for six weeks to three months while the 55-year-old actor recovers, Variety reported, citing four unnamed people close to the situation. 

According to Variety, he may have broken his ankle in two places and hurt his hip. He is scheduled to see a doctor this week.

Video of the stunt showed Cruise in a harness while jumpiing in between two buildings. He appeared to fall short of the second building and slammed into it. He could be seen limping toward crew members and collapsing, before walking back toward the first, taller building and being pulled back by the safety team.

Cruise is well known for doing most of his own stunts. In 2015, he clung to the wing of a moving plane while filming “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.”