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Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is asking for an unspecified ransom to not release the entire fifth season online.

The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.

New episodes of "Orange" are scheduled for official release on June 9.

Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios had suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an "active situation" that's being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.

Pirated copies of "Orange" could dent Netflix's subscriber growth.

School superintendent warns parents about '13 Reasons Why' series

In one of the nation’s largest school districts, the superintendent is warning parents of a “dangerous trend” among students after they watched the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” 

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The series, released March 31 on Netflix, tells the fictional story of the suicide of a 17-year-old girl who leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she said were partially responsible for her death. 

Robert Avossa of the Palm Beach County School District in Florida sent a letter home to parents Friday detailing why he is so concerned.

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — TBA.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Vice President Mike Pence; Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — President Donald Trump.

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CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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"Fox News Sunday" — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Head of Motion Picture Association of America to step down

Former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd is stepping down as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA said Friday that their board will gather Saturday to name Charles Rivkin as successor to Dodd, who is resigning Sept. 4.

Rivkin was previously the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs and a U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco.

Dodd led the MPAA for six years, and one of his main concerns was preventing digital piracy and protecting copyrights. He also helped expand the presence of U.S. films in the Chinese market and revise the revenue-sharing model to benefit Hollywood studios.

Disney Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement that Dodd transformed the MPAA into a global association for the digital era.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

2. That's What I Like, Bruno Mars

3. HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar

4. Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt

5. Something Just Like This, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

6. Shape of You, Ed Sheeran

7. Issues, Julia Michaels

8. Say You Won't Let Go, James Arthur

9. It Ain't Me, Kygo & Selena Gomez

10.Stay, Zedd & Alessia Cara

Top Albums

1. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

3. ÷ , Ed Sheeran

4. 8, Incubus

5. digital druglord, Blackbear

6. Love and War, Brad Paisley

7. More Life, Drake

8. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

9. Starboy, The Weeknd

10.Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

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(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Alison Wonderland, Diplo to play at Electric Daisy Carnival

Alison Wonderland, Diplo, Jauz, Marshmello, Tiesto and Martin Garrix will perform at the 21st edition of the annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in June.

Organizers on Friday released the lineup for the three-day music festival, which will take place June 16-18 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

More than 230 musicians are set to perform, including musical trio Major Lazer, Kygo, Cut Snake, Griz and Mija.

The festival is the largest dance music festival in North America. It attracted more than 400,000 people last year. General admission passes for the event are still available.

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Online: http://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com/

7 Country Stars Who've Changed Names Mid-Career

Billy Ray Cyrus is changing his name, but he's not the first to do it. Several solo artists and quite a few country groups have rebranded.

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'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins ready to return to work

Two months after his "Moonlight" pulled out a last-second, best-picture win at the Oscars, director Barry Jenkins says "it's time to work."

"You live your whole life — not for this moment, but to have a career. So I have a career now. So I'm going to keep going with it," Jenkins said Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of the Netflix series "Dear White People."

He directed an episode of the series — which looks at race relations and identity on a college campus — in the middle of last year's Hollywood awards circuit promotional push for "Moonlight," which also earned Academy Awards for best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay.

"So my only 10 days off were the 10 days I spent directing this episode. Which was really cool — it was a really good experience," Jenkins said.

Since the Oscars, Jenkins says he spent a month in Mexico.

"I went to Uxmal, which are the Maya ruins. And it was amazing. You talk about being humbled. I grew up in Miami. A 90-minute flight from Miami, there are these pyramids - this whole civilization, this city that pre-existed ours in America. Wonderful, man," he said. "It's the best thing to do after winning an Academy Award."

Jenkins says he's in regular contact with his cast — consulting with them as they navigate possible Hollywood projects.

"They hit me up about choices they are making, decisions they are making," Jenkins said. "You know, Mahershala (Ali) has a very young kid, so I haven't seen him as much. So yeah, we are all a family. The 'Moonlight' tour has ended, but that family continues."

The series "Dear White People" is based on 2014 movie of the same name. Jenkins is also working on an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Underground Railroad."

The best-picture win for "Moonlight" was made more dramatic because of an error that led to "La La Land" being named first before the error was corrected onstage.

Hunter Hayes Says Being on Tour Is 'Good for the Soul'

Though Hunter Hayes is still in the process of creating his next album, he's wasting no time in getting back on the road.

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Remember When Billy Ray Cyrus Re-Made 'Achy Breaky Heart' as a Rap Song?

Billy Ray Cyrus has decided to change his name after a career of several decades, but that's not the only head-scratching decision the quirky country singer has ever made.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Changes His Name, Drops New Version of Biggest Hit [LISTEN]

Billy Ray Cyrus has announced that he's officially changing his name to simply his last name, Cyrus. He's also released a new version of "Achy Breaky Heart."

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Award-winning writer named Los Angeles poet laureate

Robin Coste Lewis is the new poet laureate of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the two-year appointment Thursday, calling Lewis a fearless writer.

The post is intended to promote the city's diverse poetry and literary culture.

Coste Lewis is the author of the collection "Voyage of the Sable Venus," which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2015.

She will receive an annual grant of $10,000 from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Latest: Berkeley hails peaceful debate over Ann Coulter

The Latest on Ann Coulter protesters in Berkeley (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Berkeley officials say their handling of the protests over Ann Coulter's canceled appearance was a success thanks to a massive police presence that ensured the city did not become a "fight club."

Mayor Jesse Arreguin has told TV station KTVU on Friday that having a large police presence helped keep raucous protests from escalating into violence.

Hundreds of Coulter's supporters gathered in a downtown Berkeley park Thursday to protest the cancellation of her speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley.

There were tense shouting matches but no major confrontations between the conservative commentator's supporters and opponents, who held a nearby counter-rally.

Berkeley officials and police have been criticized in recent months for failing to stop violence at political rallies.

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Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement.

The conservative pundit's canceled appearance at the University of California, Berkeley drew hundreds of her supporters to a downtown park Thursday, many of them dressed in flak jackets, ballistic helmets adorned with pro-Donald Trump stickers and other protective gear in anticipation of violence.

But there were no major confrontations between Coulter's supporters and opponents, largely because of a significant police presence and the fact that members of an extremist left-wing group did not show up to provoke clashes.

Coulter had publicly floated the idea of making a controversial visit to Berkeley despite the cancellation, but did not show.

Billy Ray Cyrus Changing His Name

After August Billy Ray Cyrus will be a name from the past. The singer is changing his name to a moniker he says he begged his record label to let him use years ago.

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Nevada Supreme Court rules 'Las Vegas Law' can film in court

The Nevada Supreme Court says a reality television show about Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and prosecutors in Las Vegas is a news program, and its cameras can be in courtrooms.

The court ruled unanimously Thursday that although it's unusual for the county to get royalties from a film company, "Las Vegas Law" satisfies requirements for news reporting because courtroom proceedings are shown for informational or educational purposes.

Defense attorneys objected during a trial last year of a man convicted of killing a Las Vegas high school student over an iPad.

They argued the show produced by My Entertainment Television is a docudrama made for entertainment and commercial purposes, not news.

The first season of the show aired on Investigation Discovery. A second season is expected later this year.

Fox News sets a new late-afternoon show

Fox News Channel is replacing its late-afternoon program "The Five" with a panel show that looks similar.

Called "The Specialists," the show debuting Monday will feature five people talking about the issues of the day. Eric Bolling, who works on "The Five," is the best-known personality on the new program.

Besides Bolling, the show will feature Katherine Timpf and Eboni Williams, along with a rotating series of guest experts on topics of the day, Fox said Friday. Timpf and Williams are both relatively new to Fox, joining the network in 2015.

"The Five" moved to prime time after the firing of Bill O'Reilly.

Chip Gaines of HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' sued by former business partners

“Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines have made a name brand for themselves on their HGTV program in which they renovate old homes and redecorate them. But two old business partners of Chip’s have filed a suit against him alleging fraud.

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According to documents, Chip Gaines bought out John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, two former owners, of their realty company, Magnolia Real Estate Company, days before their show “Fixer Upper” was picked up of by HGTV, KWTX reported. The show makes many references to ventures featuring the word “magnolia.”

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The 24-page suit was filed Wednesday at the state district court in Waco, Texas.

“Lewis and Clark were equal partners with Gaines in founding the Magnolia Real Estate Company in 2007,” KWTX reported.

Gaines bought each partners’ share for $2,500.

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“With this insider information in hand, Chip Gaines convinced plaintiffs to sell their membership interests in Magnolia Realty quickly to him before a public announcement that ‘Fixer Upper’ was picked up by HGTV,” the suite claims.

>> Related: Chip Gaines of 'Fixer Upper' asks for 'respect' after report on church's anti-gay stance

Since the launch of the show, the Magnolia name has been integrated into nearly all of their projects, including a magazine titled “The Magnolia Journal” and Magnolia House, a bed and breakfast.

“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” Gaines’ attorney told Fox News.

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The stars shined for Mary Hart; now Daytime Emmys will too

In the early 1980s, Mary Hart became the face — and the famously insured legs — of a new breed of TV show, the entertainment news magazine.

She quickly rose from correspondent to anchor on "Entertainment Tonight," powered by a dazzling smile, unflagging charm and an engagingly deft touch with the celebrities who are the syndicated show's currency.

Many such TV magazines followed to satisfy the public's growing taste for Hollywood buzz, but what became a nearly 30-year run at "ET" made Hart the genre's queen bee.

Her legacy will be recognized Sunday with a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys ceremony, and Hart pronounces herself thrilled by the honor. She learned of it on a trip to Chicago last fall with husband Burt Sugarman and son AJ to catch a Dodgers-Cubs playoff game.

"My jaw dropped," she said, when the TV academy called with the news. "I know Burt and AJ were looking at me concerned that something awful had happened, because I immediately got emotional."

"It makes me appreciate anew all of the years that I've been able to spend in television," especially her time at "ET," Hart said.

Bob Mauro, president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said Hart is a worthy recipient. Betty White, Alex Trebek and Bob Barker are among past honorees.

"As a trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news, Mary's ability to be embraced by both the stars she interviewed and the audience is the reason that 'ET' has been welcomed into homes across the country for so long," Mauro said.

Hart, born Mary Johanna Harum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said that competing in the 1970 Miss America pageant (she was a top 10 finisher) gave her the poise and confidence to aim high — and led to an epiphany.

"I think it literally was the first time I was interviewed on television, I went, 'That's what I want to be doing. I would love to be talking to various people about everything,'" Hart recalled.

She detoured as a high school teacher for three years in her hometown, but then TV beckoned, and she followed the path through TV news and hosting stints in the Midwest before heading to Los Angeles.

After dabbling in acting, including a role on "Days of Our Lives," she co-hosted a syndicated TV magazine and, with Regis Philbin, a short-lived national talk show in 1982. An interview with fledgling "ET" about the cancellation brought a job offer and an adventure.

"We broke ground in television," Hart said of the show. "We created the genre. And we all knew we were doing something new and fun, and it was hard but it was exciting."

She held the anchor job opposite a succession of partners, including John Tesh and Mark Steines, before shifting to "ET" special correspondent.

Photos and memorabilia surround Hart in her office, but she prefers to look ahead, not back. She still keeps her hand in as a host (she's served as emcee of the Palm Springs Film Festival for 13 years), but isn't Hollywood-centric.

She's follows world news and politics closely, she said, and was set to moderate a panel on the international refugee crises. She works with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and is a National Geographic Society board member.

Asked to recount some of her career highs and lows, the unfailingly gracious Hart was game.

— She interviewed Richard Pryor when she worked on an Oklahoma City talk show in 1977 and found him gruff and uncooperative: "It was kind of an expletive-filled interview that was barely usable," she said.

He was a far different man when she talked him in the late 1980s, in failing health and apologetic for his transgressions. Hart and "ET" visited him regularly after that to check in and bring him fan mail.

"There was such a bond, and I had such appreciation for what a difference he made in millions of people's lives," she said. "And why every comedian today still refers back to Richard Pryor as being one of the biggest influences in their lives."

— An interview with Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman, then starring on TV's "Falcon Crest," was going well until Hart asked her about ex-husband Ronald Reagan, unaware that Wyman consistently declined to discuss him.

"Things immediately went straight into the toilet," she said, and worsened when Hart brought up the couple's children. "She stood up and said, 'The interview's over.' And that made me want to cry."

She didn't, she said, but it "was a mortifying experience."

— When Hart's impressive legs caught viewers' attention, her then-agent suggested insuring them with Lloyd's of London, reminiscent of a publicity stunt involving WWII pinup Betty Grable.

"I never dreamed it would have legs of its own, so to speak," Hart said. "Nor did I ever believe it would be a big news story. I think it was Dan Rather who opened the "CBS Evening News" one night saying, 'What do the Exxon Valdez and Mary Hart's legs have in common?' To me, that was one of the most astonishing headlines I'd ever heard or seen."

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .

Judges seal warrants related to arrest of 'Bachelor' star

Applications for warrants that allowed police to arrest "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules after a fatal crash and to obtain his blood and urine samples will be sealed indefinitely under rulings issued Friday.

The release of warrant documents could jeopardize the investigation into Monday's accident and undermine Soules' right to a fair trial, two judges said in similar rulings.

Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident after his truck rear-ended a tractor, killing 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher on a county road in northern Iowa. Authorities say Soules called 911 and sought help for Mosher before leaving the scene in another truck, leaving his damaged vehicle in a ditch. They say he returned to his Arlington home, where he declined to answer the door until officers obtained a warrant allowing them to enter about five hours after the crash.

The filings show that judges approved warrants early Tuesday allowing officers to search Soules' home and a red truck that allegedly drove him away from the scene, and to obtain blood and urine specimens for toxicology testing. Police are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash and are trying to identify who drove Soules from the scene.

Fridays' rulings seal the warrants, applications for them, affidavits that detail investigators' probable cause and inventories of items seized.

Soules, who starred on the ABC reality show two years ago and later appeared on "Dancing With The Stars," had been scheduled to face a preliminary hearing next week. But a prosecutor asked Friday for a delay, and Soules' defense didn't object.

Prosecutors sought the sealing of the warrants. But the orders also came one day after Soules' lawyers urged the public not to prejudge his actions and said they were considering seeking "a gag order" to limit the release of pre-trial information.

Warrant documents are public records in Iowa once they are served and officers file returns with the court. But judges routinely seal them during investigations for a period of time — like 60 days — before they become public. Friday's rulings seal them "until further order of the court."

Ja Rule’s ‘luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ attendees say

Ja Rule’s now-postponed ultra-luxurious Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, is being called a “complete disaster” with headlining bands pulling out of the celebrity-endorsed event.

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Some attendees called the event a “disaster tent city” where “mass chaos (reigned).”

The luxury music festival created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland was supposed to bring an opulent party to the Bahamas April 28-30. Tickets started at $4,000 and went all the way up to 12-person VIP package for $250,000. Supposedly on tap: private beaches and tunes from Blink-182, Major Lazer, the G.O.O.D. Music crew, Migos, Lil Yachty and more.

However, the now-”fully postponed” festival immediately ran into a host of difficulties, according to Fader, with reported non-fun things including:

  • Delayed flights
  • Lost luggage
  • Lack of food
  • Half-built tents
  • Blink-182 pulling out on Thursday night
  • Canceled flights for those not already on the island where the festival was to be held

Attendees took to social media late Thursday disappointed and disgruntled about the lack of organization.

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