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Chris Pratt shares 9 rules for life in MTV Movie & TV Awards speech

As actor Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, he had some words of wisdom to share with viewers.

"This being the Generation Award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I am going to speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up," he said.

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Read Pratt’s nine rules below.

  1. "Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate."
  2. "You have a soul. Be careful with it."
  3. "Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that."
  4. "When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won't even know they're eating medicine."
  5. "It doesn't matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it's good for your soul."
  6. "God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do."
  7. "If you have to poop at a party, but you're embarrassed because you're going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all of the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop's touching the air," he said -- and then he continued, getting even more graphic. "Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you're peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it's science."
  8. "Learn to pray. It's easy, and it is so good for your soul."
  9. "Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are -- you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else's blood. Do not forget it. Don't take that for granted."

Pratt accepted the award from his former "Parks and Recreation" costar Aubrey Plaza and current "Jurassic World" costar Bryce Dallas Howard. He gave a special shout-out to his family, friends and fans before receiving a standing ovation from the room.

Past winners of the MTV Generation Award include Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Watch Pratt’s acceptance speech on YouTube.

Garth Brooks releases new song, 'All Day Long'

Garth Brooks took to Facebook Live Monday to debut his new single from his upcoming untitled album.

Billboard reported that the musician spoke about his new song, “All Day Long,” on his weekly show, “Inside Studio G.”

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“From the very first lick, this song is a party,” Brooks said in a statement. “Country radio, uptempo honky-tonk and summer go so good together.”

The Tennessean reported that the single features a fiddle, steel guitar and electric guitar.

“The new music feels good,” Brooks said. “And the new music feels very old school. It sounds brand new, but it’s very old school. It’s going to be upbeat. It’s fun. It’s a little summer, man. Let’s turn it up, and have some fun.”

In addition to the new song, Brooks’ new album is available for preorder for a limited-time price of $10 on Amazon.com. Fans who preorder the album will get a download of the exclusive track “The Road I’m On.”

“All Day Long” can be streamed or downloaded on Amazon Music. A clip can be heard on Brooks’ Facebook page.

Palin's son moves to court program after assaulting father

Track Palin was formally accepted into a diversion court program Tuesday after assaulting his father, the former first gentleman of the state of Alaska, so severely it left him bleeding from the head.

Palin, the son of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Todd Palin, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass after breaking into the family home north of Anchorage last December. The change of plea will allow him to take part in Alaska's Veterans Court, a therapeutic diversion program intended to rehabilitate veterans.

If he completes the program, he will serve 10 days in jail. But under the plea agreement, if he doesn't complete the Veterans Court program, he will serve a year in jail. Palin, a 29-year-old Army veteran who served one year in Iraq, was initially charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief.

Palin, who was dogged by television cameras at a Monday Veterans Court appearance, did not appear in the Anchorage courtroom for Tuesday's change of plea hearing, and instead was allowed to call in from Wasilla.

Palin had attempted to bar the media from covering proceedings in Veterans Court, but the move was challenged by The Associated Press and Anchorage television stations KTVA and KTUU. Judge David Wallace ruled the media and the public have a right to be in the courtroom, but didn't allow cameras in.

During Monday's informal Veterans Court session, Wallace asked Palin how things were going for him. "Doing good, sir," Palin responded, adding he was taking classes and learning patience.

CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.

The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs may not mean much in the business of television, but it's a bragging point at CBS News.

For the purpose of setting advertising rates, the currency of television is Nielsen's estimate of how many people watch a program in a given week. By that measurement, the since-departed ABC sitcom "Roseanne," with an average of 18.7 million viewers on the night an episode debuts, was this past season's champ. With 11.1 million viewers each week, "60 Minutes" was No. 18 on television in that ranking.

But Nielsen estimated that 100.4 million people watched "60 Minutes" at least once during the year. That was second only to NBC's "Sunday Night Football" franchise, whose cumulative viewer figure was 111 million.

A news show is well-suited to this measurement, because while not everyone watches every week, now and then there's a story that attracts their interest. Meanwhile, an entertainment show is more likely to have people who watch more regularly.

"I believe that doing so well in that measurement proves there's a hunger in America for real reporting, that there's a large pool of people who want to see the kind of quality storytelling we put on each Sunday night," said Jeff Fager, executive producer of "60 Minutes."

NBC's "The Voice" and "This Is Us," and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" round out the top five rankings in cumulative audience, Nielsen said. Both "This Is Us" and "The Big Bang Theory" also ranked in the past season's top five in terms of popularity of each week's episode, along with ABC's "The Good Doctor."

During a quiet summer week in television last year, NBC's "America's Got Talent" was by far the dominant program.

CBS won last week in prime-time, averaging 4.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, ION Television had 1.39 million, Univision had 1.35 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 770,000.

Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.83 million viewers, and had two of the top 20 shows in all of television last week following President Trump's summit in Singapore. MSNBC averaged 1.71 million viewers, HGTV had 1.42 million, USA had 1.23 million and TBS had 1.22 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 7.3 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.5 million.

For the week of June 11-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent," NBC, 11.46 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.51 million; "Code Black," CBS, 6.18 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.13 million; "World of Dance," NBC, 6.07 million; "Hannity" (Monday), Fox News, 5.91 million; "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 5.89 million; "NCIS," CBS, 5.886 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 5.86 million; "Little Big Shots," NBC, 5.68 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

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Online: http://www.nielsen.com

Spanish royal couple visit White House to finish up US trip

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday welcomed Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House.

King Felipe described his first Oval Office meeting with the president as a "great end to a perfect visit." The royals are in the U.S. to mark the 300th anniversaries of the founding of New Orleans and San Antonio, stopping in both cities with historical ties to Spain before arriving at the White House.

Trump called it "really a tremendous honor" to have the royal couple in the Oval Office.

The president also praised the "outstanding" relationship between the U.S. and Spain "over the years and, I think, especially right now. Excellent trade relationship, military relationship. Just about everything you can have. So we love Spain."

Trade was expected to figure prominently in their talks. The king was expected to discuss concerns in Europe about the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and U.S. tariffs on Spanish black olives.

Mrs. Trump was scheduled to host Queen Letizia for tea in the Red Room. The first lady recently resumed her schedule of public appearances following surgery last month to treat a benign kidney condition.

The king and queen were expected to meet with congressional leaders later Tuesday.

Michael Jackson musical coming to Broadway in 2020

Following theatrical biopics of Donna SummerCher and The Go-Go’s comes news of a stage musical based on the life of Michael Jackson.

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Playbill reported that the as-yet-untitled show is being developed by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage. The book will be handled by Lynn Nottage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for “Ruined” and in 2017 for “Sweat.” Christopher Wheeldon, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for “An American In Paris,” will direct and choreograph.

The musical, which will feature songs from Jackson’s catalog, is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020. 

Metal singer jailed in wife's murder plot back with band

A heavy metal singer convicted in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his estranged wife has reunited with his Grammy-nominated band and performed with the group in San Diego over the weekend.

Tim Lambesis and his Christian-inspired band As I Lay Dying performed together Saturday for the first time since May 2013. That's when Lambesis was arrested after an undercover agent recorded him saying he wanted his wife killed.

Lambesis gave the agent $1,000 in cash and instructions on how to kill Meggan Lambesis, including her photo, address, security-gate code and dates he would be with their children to give him an alibi, prosecutors said.

The undercover operation was staged after the singer twice told a man at his gym that he wanted his wife killed, complaining that she was making it difficult for him to see their children and impossible to complete their divorce.

Lambesis pleaded guilty in the case and served two years of a six-year sentence.

In a Facebook post on the band's fan page in December, Lambesis apologized to his ex-wife and children for his "appalling actions."

"Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused," Lambesis wrote. "There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do."

At their San Diego show on Saturday, Lambesis told a packed venue that he and his bandmates were thankful.

"We're not only thankful for you guys, we're thankful for each other," he told fans. "We're thankful for the relationships we've rebuilt. We're very, very excited about that."

The band formed in San Diego in 2000 and released six albums before Lambesis' arrest, including 2007's "An Ocean Between Us," which reached No. 8 on Billboard's charts. A single from the album, "Nothing Left," was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.

The band released a new single on June 7 called "My Own Grave."

In a sometimes-tearful video posted Saturday on their YouTube page, the band talked about how they got back together.

Guitarist Nick Hipa said that at first, he wasn't open to hearing Lambesis' apologies, referring to an interview the singer gave before his sentencing that amounted to "one long excuse."

"That's the moment that whatever shred of empathy I had for him turned into just blind hatred," he said.

But when they met in person for the first time since Lambesis' release, Hipa said he saw a changed man.

"It took all of those years, him facing punishment and the consequences for his actions, living in the ruin that he made for himself," Hipa said. "What he did was very public and it cannot be forgotten and it shouldn't. But that's part of what he has to endure for the rest of his life."

Lambesis also talked about the changes he's undergone.

" 'Defense' is no longer in my vocabulary. I don't defend what I did because there's not a defense for it," he said. "All I can do is just make amends where possible, express my remorse ... and just put my energy into something positive."

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933. Last year, four African-American artists purchased the home.

National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says the trust will work with the home's new owners and the community to honor Simone's contributions to society and to "inspire new generations of artists and activists."

The three-room, 660-square-foot (60-square-meter) home went on the market in 2016.

Simone's original name was Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.

The list of celebrities upset by US border policy grows

Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings.

John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, have donated and raised $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a link to groups fighting the policy. Kate Walsh has pleaded with critics to call their senators and demand a change. The home page for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has included online links for anyone wanting to help to such organizations as Kids In Need Of Defense and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution. Trump has defended the policy, which has taken nearly 2,000 immigrant children away from their parents.

Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judd Apatow, Kumail Nanjiani, Piper Perabo and Common have denounced the policy. Oprah Winfrey wrote to her 42.7 million followers: "Babies torn from their parents. Can't stand it!"

The appeals from celebrities come a few weeks after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to press her case to pardon a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. Trump later did.

A new avenue opened when "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and then Apatow called on Fox TV show creators and stars to speak out against Fox News' coverage of the border issue, which has tended to be supportive of Trump's stance.

"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan also weighed in, saying he was "disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with" Fox News. Filmmaker and writer Paul Feig wrote that he supported Fox's film and TV divisions but "cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by the current administration."

Nelson tweeted to the president on Monday, asking him to join him in a visit to the centers "to better understand what's happening there." Nelson's publicist confirmed that the tweet came from the 85-year-old country singer, which was posted on his wife Annie's Twitter account.

In a statement last week to Rolling Stone, Nelson was even more critical, saying, "Christians everywhere should be up in arms." He cited lyrics from the song "Living in the Promiseland" from his 1986 album, "The Promiseland."

Jennifer Nettles, another country artist, weighed in Tuesday, writing on Twitter: "Speaking of borders, I do believe loving people know that regardless of politics, there are some lines you do not cross. Protecting children seems to be one we can all agree on."

Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner added his voice to the effort, calling the policy "monstrous" and saying he is "shocked" to find America implementing it.

"I could never have imagined a moment when the federal government is involved in putting children in cages, separating them from their families, and really engaging in human rights violations of a criminal nature," Kushner told The Associated Press on Monday night.

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Associated Press writer John Carucci contributed to this report.

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

Actress Amandla Stenberg comes out as gay in Wonderland magazine interview

Amandla Stenberg, an actress who gained fame as the ill-fated Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has come out as gay.

Known as a vocal supporter of social justice issues from the erasure of non-normative sexualities to the Black Lives Matter movement, Stenberg has previously said she identified herself as bisexual in public. She also said that she would also use the word pansexual to describe herself, meaning she is not limited in who she likes in terms of biological sex, gender or gender identity. At the time, she said identifying as bisexual was easier for those unfamiliar with pansexuality to understand.

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In a conversation with musician King Princess for Wonderland magazine, Amandla said she is out and proud.

“So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print,” Stenberg wrote on Instagram Sunday.

“Let’s get real right out of the gate,” King Princess said. “I don’t know if the people in the back heard you, are you gay?”

“*Insert Ellen DeGeneres’ TIME Magazine cover squat and wide smile* ‘Yep, I’m Gay,’” Stenberg replies.

Stenberg also discusses the emotional moments she’s had when she realized what her sexuality was.

“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realised that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” she said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self -deprivation. Like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up.’...

“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”

For more on Stenberg’s interview with King Princess, including representation of black queer women on screen, queer icons and her upcoming projects, go to WonderlandMagazine.com.

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