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‘Law and Order: SVU’ fans excited about return of Stephanie March as ADA Alex Cabot

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 5:31 PM

Actress Stephanie March, left, with actor Richard Belzer, center, and Harley Mc Bride attend the Safe Horizons presents an evening inside ‘Law and Order: SVU’ at Crobar November 15, 2004 in New York City. March is returning to ‘Law and Order: SVU,’ according to a NBC statement Monday.
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Actress Stephanie March, left, with actor Richard Belzer, center, and Harley Mc Bride attend the Safe Horizons presents an evening inside ‘Law and Order: SVU’ at Crobar November 15, 2004 in New York City. March is returning to ‘Law and Order: SVU,’ according to a NBC statement Monday.(Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

Law & Order: SVU” has been a staple crime drama on television for nearly two decades.

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There are the harrowing tales of sexually based offenses — which are considered especially heinous — the personal struggles of Lt. Olivia Benson and her close-knit team and, of course, the revolving door of assistant district attorneys who insist on leaving audiences heartbroken by going just as they’ve come to love them. 

“I am delighted to be on the ‘SVU’ set again,” actor Stephanie March, 43, told People magazine.

“The show is such a meaningful part of my life, and I get to see two people I have missed dearly — Mariska Hargitay and Alex Cabot.”

That’s right — Assistant District Attorney Alex Cabot is returning to the popular show, NBC confirmed Monday

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“It is a thrill to welcome Stephanie back to the SVU family, even for a short visit,” said executive producer Michael Chernuchin in a statement.

“She is and will always be part of SVU’s DNA,” Chernuchin said.

March’s ADA Cabot worked alongside, and sometimes against, the SVU team for four seasons, before the character’s death was faked and she was put into Witness Protection. ADA Cabot reemerged in Season 13 but hasn’t been seen since, until now. According to a synopsis for Stephanie March’s special guest appearance, she and Mariska Hargitay’s Lt. Benson will will be crossing paths during a search for an abducted woman.

This makes for some good news after long-time cast member Raúl Esparza left the series after six seasons as ADA Rafael Barba.

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The 47-year-old stepped into the ADA role in Season 14 as a recurring character before being bumped to series regular in Season 15. ADA Barba was the squad’s fourth full-time ADA, one of only three male ADAs in the show’s 19-season history — Harry Connick Jr. and Linus Roache both had four-episode stints — and was the the second longest running ADA in the franchise after Diane Neal’s Casey Novak.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Esparza exited the show to return to his roots on Broadway to star in a revival of the musical “Chess” at the Kennedy Center.

“I’ve done six seasons; I felt like it was time to go,” Esparza told EW. “I had explored a lot of what I thought Barba was about. I just felt it was time to move on. I was also feeling like the role has changed over the years in a way that has been an interesting experience for me.”

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With so many returning faces, fans are excited to find out who else might pop up now that Olivia Benson is heading her investigative team into its 19th season.

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5 times celebrities feuded with Trump

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

What You Need To Know About Robert De Niro

Actor Robert De Niro, a vocal Trump opponent, dropped two of F-bombs on live television at the Tony Awards in June.

His profanity-laced tirade about President Donald Trump was received by a standing ovation from the audience at the Tony Awards.

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“I’m gonna say one thing: f—- Trump!” he said, waving his two fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s f—- Trump!”

De Niro has criticized Trump multiple times, including during opening nights at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in April. De Niro isn’t the first celebrity to insult a president. Here are five other times celebrities feuded with Trump:

1. Bette Midler

Bette Midler has also been vocal about her dislike of Trump in the past. The two celebrities have traded insults on Twitter.

2. Meryl Streep

The actress called out Trump during a speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, highlighting the time he made fun of a disabled reporter. Trump responded on Twitter.

3. Martha Stewart

In an open letter, Trump called Stewart “terrible” and said “she “lacked the mood, temperament, and just about everything else a show needs for success.” She had her own spinoff show of The Apprentice, which Trump said was less successful than his own. She called his comments “mean-spirited.”

4. Beyonce

After Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z performed at a Hillary Clinton political rally, Trump critiqued their singing. “The language is so bad. As they were singing? Singing, right? Talking? Was it talking or singing? I don’t know. But the language – by both – but the language was so bad, that many of the people left. By the time Hillary got up, there was nobody there,” Trump said.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

5. Rihanna

In 2011, Rihanna cancelled a performance at Trump charity event due to illness. When she was seen the day after the charity event at the NBA All-Star game, Trump said her cancellation was insulting. “But for Rihanna to go to the All-Star Game and perform after she told us she was sick, that is just a lack of respect,” he said.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France and his remains are returning to the United States on Friday, according to news reports.

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Bourdain, the host of CNN’s popular, Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” for 11 seasons, was found dead in in Kaysersberg, France, a week ago. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide after he was found unresponsive in his luxury hotel room by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain, 61, was in France filming another episode for his show.

He was cremated in a private service in France, according to People magazine and other outlets who cited anonymous sources. Since his divorce from Octavia Busia in 2016 was not finalized, she is legally his next of kin. The couple had a daughter, who is now 11.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Beyonce, Jay-Z ‘On The Run 2’ tour date announced, quickly removed

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

Beyonce and Jay-Z appeared to have a sequel to their successful 2014 “On the Run” tour Monday, but not before the date was removed.

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Variety reported that a date for the “On the Run 2” tour was announced on Beyonce’s Facebook and Ticketmaster pages for one date on July 30. The posts with the date for the performance, which was to be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, were quickly pulled. The date also appeared on Jay-Z’s Facebook page.

Complex reported that there were three listings for the date on Beyonce’s fan page.

The BeyHive quickly became excited, with some speculating that the long-rumored collaboration album between the singer and rapper was coming. 

On Friday, Us Weekly reported that the two could be announcing a joint album and world tour, citing a Feb. 28 report from Italian newspaper Il Giorno

In November, Jay-Z confirmed in a New York Times interview that he and Beyonce were working on a joint album, but Beyonce eventually released her solo album “Lemonade.”

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Jermaine Jackson spotted at iconic local music store

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Jermaine Jackson turned 63 on Dec. 11, 2017. Here, he is shown with Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson perform at The Henley Festival on July 12, 2014 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Getty Images)
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Jermaine Jackson turned 63 on Dec. 11, 2017. Here, he is shown with Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson perform at The Henley Festival on July 12, 2014 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Getty Images)(Zak Hussein)

It is not every day a member of the Jackson 5 strolls into your music shop and walks out the door with a guitar. 

Jim Hauer of Hauer Music, 528 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Centerville, now knows that more than most. 

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Jermaine Jackson, the fourth-born in the iconic musical family that also includes Michael and Janet Jackson, stopped by the music shop Wednesday and bought a 12-string guitar for his tour.

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Portrait of sibling American pop music group the Jackson 5 around the time of 'Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5,' their debut album, Los Angeles, California, 1969. Pictured are Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Michael Jackson (1958 - 2008) . (Photo by Lawrence Schiller/Polaris Communications/Getty Images)(Lawrence Schiller/Getty Images)

The music shop posted about the experience: 

“Jermaine Jackson- legendary Jackson 5- stopped by and purchased a beautiful 12-string guitar for his tour. It is hard to believe it has been nine years since Michael's passing. Jermaine and his brothers are going strong and touring the US; next stop Detroit. 

By the way, the huge rock on his hand was a special made ring to commemorate the Jackson 5 50th anniversary. Jermaine now lives in Nice, France. We do ship to France and other parts of the world.”

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Jackson was heading to Detroit for a show, according to a woman who answered the phone at the store Thursday. 

Jermaine Jackson is scheduled to perform Saturday with The Jacksons as part of a free outdoor Detroit Music Weekend concert celebrating the music of the Jackson 5. 

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American singer Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) with his mother Katherine, sisters Janet and La Toya and brother Randy at the wedding of older brother Jermaine Jackson to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel in Hollywood, 15th December 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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