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WATCH: The Rock is upstaged by daughter on International Women's Day

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not used to being upstaged, but the professional wrestler-turned-actor met his match on International Women’s Day.

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Johnson released an Instagram video of himself teaching his daughter Jasmine some key phrases, including “girl power.” She nails the phrases, her dad notes, “perfect.”

“To every woman out there ‘round the world -- all ages and races -- I proudly stand by your side to always honor, protect and respect. Especially, the loves of my life at home,” Johnson wrote. 

Serena Williams makes successful return, wins first match since giving birth

She said she was a little rusty, but Serena Williams had few problems as she won her first match in 14 months.

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Williams, who took a break after the birth of her first child, defeated Zarina Divas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night, ESPN reported.

"It was incredible,'' Williams said after the 90-minute match. “It's been over a year and a kid later and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that.''

Williams last competed in January 2017, when she won the Australian Open. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago.

Her husband, Redditt co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was in Williams’ box to watch, along with her mother Oracene, and sisters Lyndrea and Isha, ESPN reported. Older sister Venus Williams watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box.

"It definitely wasn't easy,'' Serena Williams said. "We always have a couple tight sets. It was good. I'm a little rusty, but it doesn't matter. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can.''

Report: Barack Obama, Netflix in negotiations for series

Former President Barack Obama is negotiating with Netflix to produce exclusive, high-profile shows for the streaming service, The New York Times reported.

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Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are in “advanced negotiations,” and the number of episodes and formats for the shows have not been finalized, the Times reported. How much the Obamas will be paid also has not been disclosed.

Sources said programming is expected to focus upon inspirational stories, the Times reported. However, the shows also would give the former president an unfiltered way to communicate with the public and supplement his Twitter account and Facebook page.

“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the Times. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

Susan Sarandon says Paul Newman once gave her part of his salary to ensure equal pay

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon said in an interview that actor Paul Newman once gave up part of his salary on a film they starred in to ensure that she would get the same pay as her male co-stars.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sarandon said she found out that her two male co-stars were being paid the same amount -- and it was more than she was being paid.

Sarandon, who won an Oscar for best actress in 1996 for the movie “Dead Man Walking,” said that Newman “stepped forward and said, ‘Well, I’ll give you part of mine,’” the BBC reported.

“He was a gem,” Sarandon told BBC Radio 5 Live.

While Sarandon did not mention the movie by name, it is likely that is was the 1998 film “Twilight,” which also starred Gene Hackman, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

‘Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mark Hamill has gone from stars in a galaxy far, far away to join a galaxy of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The “Star Wars” actor was honored in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday in a ceremony that was attended by alumni from the iconic movie series, including George Lucas, Harrison Ford, R2-D2, Billie Lourd and Kelly Marie Tran, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“Mark Hamill is a character that can’t be written,” Lucas told Entertainment Weekly. “He is extremely enthusiastic about everything that he does, and that’s exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for Luke Skywalker.”

Hamill admitted he was overwhelmed by the honor.

“I’d like to say it’s a dream come true, but I didn’t even dare to dream it,” Hamill told Variety. “And you can get self-conscious about it, like, ‘Am I worthy of this?’”

After the star was officially awarded, Hamill made light of his small role in Episode VII of the “Star Wars” series.

“These will be brief remarks because words truly fail me,” Hamill said. “It’s hard to convey my gratitude, my joy, the exhilaration of being recognized this way. I haven’t been this speechless since ‘The Force Awakens.’”

Hamill was awarded the 2,630th star along Hollywood Boulevard, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Ford recalled the memory of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” saga. Fisher died in December 2016, just before the release of “The Last Jedi.”

“When thinking about today, I was really sorry we don't have the other member of our trio to celebrate with us, but I feel her presence," Ford said. 

Heather Locklear reportedly seeks treatment after domestic violence arrest

Actress Heather Locklear has checked herself into a treatment facility after her recent arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to E! News.

On Feb. 27, police officers responded to a domestic violence call from Locklear’s boyfriend, Chris Heisser. 

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“Locklear told deputies she would shoot them if they ever came to her house again,” the Thousand Oaks Police Department told E! News in a statement. In response to Locklear’s threat, police reportedly searched Locklear’s home on Tuesday, looking for the gun.

During the February arrest, Locklear, 56, reportedly became “combative” and allegedly struck three officers. She was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge and three counts of misdemeanor battery of an officer.

Related: Heather Locklear arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault on officer

According to TMZ, police realized the actress had a handgun registered in her name, which she obtained in 1985. The gun was not found at the time of the search, the website said, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.

The actress was not in her home when police arrived with the search warrant this week, as she had checked herself into a treatment facility, according to TMZ.

E! News reported that this is Locklear’s sixth stint in  rehab. 

Related video: Police Say Heather Locklear Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence

Meghan Markle baptized into Church of England

Meghan Markle was baptized and confirmed into the Church of England during a private ceremony Tuesday, The Daily Mail reported.

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The 45-minute service was conducted at the Chapel Royal by Justin Welby. the Archbishop of Canterbury, and also was attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Daily Mail reported.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William did not attend, the newspaper reported.

As part of the ceremony, holy water from the River Jordan was poured on Markle's head, the Daily Mail reported.

After her baptism, Markle was confirmed, which means she will be able to receive Holy Communion when she marries Prince Harry on May 19, the Daily Mail reported.

Markle, 36, attended a Roman Catholic high school but was brought up Protestant, CNN reported. She did not need to convert in order to marry the prince, but she announced when she became engaged that she would.

Usher separates from wife Grace Miguel after two years of marriage

Usher is separating from his wife, Grace Miguel, after two years of marriage.

The couple mutually decided to separate and were together for nearly 10 years, Us Weekly reported

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“After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple,” the pair said in a joint statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday. “We remain deeply connected, loving friends who will continue supporting each other through the next phases of our lives. The enormous amount of love and respect that we have for each other will only increase as we move forward.”

Citing an unnamed source, Us Weekly reported that the pair had been separated for a couple of months.

In 2017, a woman, who later came forward as Quantasia Sharpton, accused Usher of giving her herpes. Reports claimed that the 36-year-old singer paid her $1 million to settle a lawsuit. TMZ reported that Sharpton, along with an anonymous woman and an anonymous man, filed a suit claiming they were never told about Usher’s diagnosis.

Usher proposed to Miguel, 48, who at the time was his girlfriend and business partner, in January 2015. They eloped in September of that year. Usher is parent to 10-year-old son Usher Raymond V and 9-year-old son Naviyd Ely, his children from his first wife, Tameka Foster.

Miguel and Usher had no children together.

Texas country and Red Dirt musician, singer-songwriter Brandon Jenkins has passed away

Texas country and Red Dirt singer-songwriter Brandon Jenkins.

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Jenkins passed away on March 2 after he failed to full recovery from surgery to replace a heart valve on Feb. 21. He was just 48 years old.

Recognizable for his red beard, Jenkin’s humble, yet humorous personality was apparent even as he faced this most recent serious surgery. He maintained his upbeat optimism even as he headed into surgery. However, due to apparent complications resulting from significant blood loss, Brandon never stabilized.

>> Related: Music community rallies around Red Dirt favorite in extremely critical condition

Going by the tongue-in-cheek moniker of “Red Dirt Legend” on his social media pages, Brandon was as beloved for his kindness, generosity and wit as he was for his award-winning songwriting. Brandon released his first project, “Faded,” in 1996 on his own label, well before independent artist releases were deemed viable, and while he did release several albums on record labels, for his most recent albums, he returned to his own Red Dirt Legend Recordings label.

Fellow Red Dirt artists like Stoney LaRue and Bleu Edmonson have been proponents of Brandon’s work, and he had shared the stage with fan favorites like Willie Nelson, Sunny Sweeney, Pat Green and Deana Carter.

Our hearts go out to Brandon’s family, friends and fans, as well as to the Red Dirt community, which lost a true warrior for its format.

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

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.”

>> Related: Kangaroo, deer, elk on menu at Blake Shelton concert

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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