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April 10, 2019

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Actor Lori Loughlin could receive up to 20 years in prison after facing a new money laundering charge for her role in a college admissions scandal, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts named Loughlin and 15 other parents in a new superseding indictment also charging them with conspiracy to commit fraud. The actor was already out on $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, faces the same charges. The two are accused of paying $500,000 to help their two daughters gain acceptance to the University of Southern California through its rowing team. Neither girl participated in the sport, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Loughlin and Giannulli each face up to 20 years in prison.

The parents named in Tuesday's indictment are among some 50 people charged in the so-called Varsity Blues sting involving parents, school officials and the alleged mastermind of the scheme -- William "Rick" Singer.

He pleaded guilty in March to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

The indictment comes one day after actor Felicity Huffman and 13 other parents pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme. The Desperate Housewives actor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 to allow her daughter more time to take the SAT test.

In a statement released Monday, Huffman said she had "deep regret and shame" over her actions, and she plans to accept responsibility for her crime.

Federal prosecutors said as part of the deal, they would recommend a light sentence for Huffman.

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Scarlett Johansson says she was 'pursued dangerously' by paparazzi

Scarlett Johansson is slamming paparazzi after the Avengers star said she was pursued dangerously through traffic.

Johansson released a statement on what happened through her representative on Tuesday which referenced the death of Princess Diana. The actress said five cars full of men followed her vehicle on Monday, running red lights and putting other drivers at risk after she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Johansson visited a police station after the incident. Police said Johansson was not driving the car but that all three occupants felt unsafe.

Johansson made it home safely and no further action was taken.

"The paparazzi consistently go to increasingly dangerous lengths to stalk and harass people they are photographing. Even after Princess Diana's tragic death, the laws were never changed to protect targets from the lawless paparazzi," the statement said.

"The paparazzi put people's lives at risk, so they can wait for days in quiet neighborhoods in blacked out cars, and try to follow me to the playground and photograph my child and other people's children in a safe place that should be off limits, but isn't. All of this is perfectly legal," she continued.

"After yesterday's incident, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen who was being pursued dangerously and stalked to go to the local precinct and seek guidance there," Johansson said. "Women across the U.S. are stalked, harassed and frightened and a universal law to address stalking must be at the forefront of law enforcement conversations. Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it's just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana."

Johansson had appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her next film, Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel superhero epic is set to arrive in theaters on April 26.

'The Addams Family' returns in first teaser trailer for animated film

'The Addams Family' returns in first teaser trailer for animated filmOscar Isaac and Charlize Theron voice Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively, in the first teaser trailer for MGM's upcoming Addams Family animated film.

The clip, released on Tuesday, features the iconic creepy family choosing to move into a haunted mansion that is possessed by an angry ghost.

Other members of The Addams Family also make appearances, including Gomez and Morticia's children Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), along with Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll).

"Strange...there's usually a murderous clown attached to the other end of these," Morticia says to Wednesday who brings home a red ballon in reference to horror film It.

The Addams Family, from directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, is set to arrive in theaters on Halloween. Bette Midler is set to voice Grandmama and Allison Janney will voice family archnemesis Margaux Needler.

"Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor," reads the synopsis.

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Seymour Cassel, 'Faces' star, dead at 84

Actor Seymour Cassel, best known for starring in a number of films from directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died at the age of 84.

Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his son Matt confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Variety also confirmed the film star's death.

Cassel received an Oscar nomination for his role as Chet in 1968's Faces, which Cassavetes directed. He appeared in other features from Cassavetes, including Shadows in an uncredited role, Too Late Blues, Minnie and Moskowitz, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night and Love Streams.

Anderson used Cassel in his films Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Other film credits include Dick Tracy, Tin Men, The Last Tycoon, Honeymoon in Vegas, Convoy and Indecent Proposal, among others.

Cassel's television roles include appearances on Twelve O'Clock High, Combat!, The F.B.I., Batman and The Lloyd Bridges Show in an episode directed by Cassavetes.

Cassel is survived by his three children, Matt, Dilyn and Lisa, along with seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Sara Gilbert to leave 'The Talk' after 9 year

Sara Gilbert will leave The Talk after nine years as a co-host.

The 44-year-old actress and television personality cried during Tuesday's episode as she explained her "difficult" decision to exit the CBS talk show after Season 9.

"This is hard to do, and something I've been struggling with for a while and going back and forth, but I've decided that it's time for me to leave the show at the end of the season," Gilbert announced.

"I obviously love it here and like I said, this was extremely difficult," she said.

The Conners star said she is leaving the show to focus on her family and her acting and producing.

"Last season, I did The Conners, as you know, and was also producing, and here, and I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also if I'm being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my three kids as I'd like, and time for myself," Gilbert said.

"As I've continued on, I'm starting to develop more things to produce and I'm having opportunities to act, and I'm just feeling like I don't know how I'm going to do it. I was looking at the next six months and just thinking, 'There's no time,'" she added.

Gilbert, who created The Talk and has hosted the show since its debut in October 2010, said it's been "an honor" to be part of the series.

"It's difficult because this is a place that I love and a place where I'm extremely happy," she said. "I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love our staff. I am so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes every day."

Gilbert plays Darlene Conner on The Conners, a spinoff of Roseanne, which was renewed for a second season on ABC in March. Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson are slated to return in the new season.

"We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conner family," ABC entertainment president Karey Burke said. "This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves."

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Ryan Reynolds is executive producing a new family game show, titled Don't, which has been ordered by ABC for multiple episodes.

Don't will feature a family of four each episode who will compete in a number of challenges, both physical and mental. Each challenge will also task the family with one rule including don't scream, don't forget and don't laugh, among others.

Familied will be rewarded for each successful challenge and will lose a family member for each challenge they fail until there is only one left who will have to compete on their own.

Reynolds will executive produce the show, alongside David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and George Dewey,

"All my life, the word 'don't' has tortured me," the actor said in a statement. "From 'don't curse' to 'don't play ball in the house' to 'don't eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days,' I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the new great ABC family show."