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Scott Peterson Won’t Face New Death Sentence for Killing of Wife & Son | #Entertainment

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A California district attorney will not seek a new death penalty for Scott Peterson, less than a year after the state Supreme Court reversed his capital punishment sentence for the 2002 killing of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.

The news comes a month after the 48-year-old appeared in court for a hearing and a judge granted his lawyers 60 days to provide a discovery request to try to get a waiver for a retrial for the death penalty phase. Later this year, a superior court judge is expected to rule on whether Scott will receive a new trial on the charges following the Supreme Court’s reversal of his death sentence last summer due to problems with jury selection. He has been on death row since 2005 and maintains his innocence.

“The People have met and discussed with the victims’ family what a new penalty trial would involve, pursuant to their rights under Marsy’s Law,” read court documents from the Stanislaus County DA’s Office filed on Friday, May 28, and obtained by E! News. “While the family of Laci and Conner believe there is no doubt that defendant is guilty of these crimes and that his conduct warrants the death penalty and defendant is deserving of the punishment of death, the family has decided this process is simply too painful to endure once again.”

The documents continued, “The decision to accept the sentence for defendant of Life Without the Possibility of Parole followed discussions with the family of the victims, Laci and Conner; they are aware that, if the penalty phase is not retried, the defendant will be sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Therefore, notice is hereby given that the Office of the District Attorney will not re-try the penalty phase for defendant Scott Lee Peterson. Accordingly, the People respectfully request that this Court set a date for defendant’s sentencing.”

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How In the Heights Pulled Off the Leap From Stage to Screen | #Entertainment

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As for handing the keys over to Chu, director of such crowd-pleasers as Step Up 2: The Streets and Crazy Rich Asians, Lacamoire said it was actually a great thing to see the production they knew inside and out through fresh eyes, someone who “respected the material but also had a clear vision of what he wanted it to be.”

Chu, who next is helming the big-screen adaptation of Broadway mega-hit Wicked, seemed to be “walking on eggshells, at least in the beginning,” Sherman recalled, before the director was sure “that we believed in his vision as much as he did.”

“And then once I think he figured that out and we started to roll, like both as a film and on film, he loved having our input and he loved us being there,” the producer said. “And then it all just became—one of the great things about In the Heights is, like Lac had said at the beginning, like once you kind of get into it, you just become part of this fabric of this family. And Jon just became that guy, and he was our faithful leader.” 

Chu told Variety in a recent interview, “When you are trying to make stories that change what we’ve seen before, you can get caught in the small things. But you try to do as much as you can, to be as truthful as you can. And the rest, other people are going to fill. We got to crack it open a little bit.” (And for further guidance, Chu had the note Miranda playfully wrote on the director’s copy of the script: “Don’t f–k this up.”)

Sherman admitted to E! News, “To take notes and things from a guy who you’ve never worked for, it was a very interesting process. But [Jon] was so confident—and I don’t mean that as a negative thing—but he knew what he wanted and he was very specific with us, and he fought us when he wanted to, and we fought him. And it was a really fascinating sort of thing, but it all felt like we had known each other for years. Like he and I now send pictures of our kids back and forth, and we’ve been talking s–t constantly.”

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E! News: Before we get into the music, I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind opening up a little bit about your journey to this point. I’m curious what it’s like to sort of be on the path of accepting yourself, as all of us in the LGBTQ community do, while you’re starting a career in music. Can you tell me a little bit about what that road was like to get here?

Brooke Eden: Well, the first time that I went on radio tour, which was about five years ago, I had met Hilary, my love, the very first week. So the very first week that I was setting out on this career path that I had been working for my whole life just so happened to be the exact time that I met Hillary. So first time I went around and did radio tour and was doing interviews, it was just terrible. It was so hard because, you know, I was discouraged from talking about our relationship and I’m basically all or nothing kind of person. I’m an open book or I’m a robot—and I have no in between. So I was a robot out on this tour. I had to watch my pronouns all the time. And it was just a really hard way to live.

About two and a half years into that cycle of music, I started getting really, really sick and almost passing out on stage. Basically, my body was shutting down on me because of the external pressures in my life. It was just coming through my body. And when a doctor tells you, “Hey, you need to get off the road so that you can heal your body, otherwise you have a high possibility of not making it to next year,” there’s a pretty big wake up call. Your mental health is your health and me not being true to myself was having effects on not only my mental and emotional health, but also my physical health.

I knew that if I ever wanted to put out music again, that I would have to do it being my full self and being completely authentic. So I just completely got off the road and started writing music that I wanted to write. My record label got bought out by BMG, and BMG is just this amazing record label that is so inclusive and is so much about love and acceptance.

They really encouraged me to be myself, and be myself as an artist and as a human. And that really allowed me to write this music and also, you know, go on this full journey of self-love and self-acceptance. I just knew that this time around, when I was putting out this music, I knew that it was time to be me and also a time to just have some visibility in this genre that has been so unrepresented for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Armie Hammer Enters Treatment Program for “Drug, Alcohol & Sex Issues” | #Entertainment

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Then, in March, lawyer Gloria Allred and her client, whose first name is Effie, held a press conference in which Effie claimed she started dating Hammer in 2016, when she was 20 years old. “He abused me mentally, emotionally and sexually,” she alleged, adding, “On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles.”

Hammer denied the allegation in a statement from his attorney, Andrew Brettler. The lawyer said in a statement, “From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie]—and every other sexual partner of his for that matter—have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”

In response to reports that Hammer is seeking treatment, Allred issued a statement from Effie to E! News, which read, “While I am glad that Armie is finally getting the help I begged him to get for so long, this does not take away all of the immense pain and suffering he has caused me.”

The same day as the press conference, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed to E! News that Hammer is the “main suspect” of an investigation regarding rape and assault allegations.

Last month, Hammer resurfaced in the Cayman Islands, where he was spotted dining at a tiki bar with friends. At the time, an LAPD spokesperson said there were no updates in the investigation. E! News reached out on June 8 for any updates and did not hear back.

In the wake of his scandals, the father of two has dropped out of a number of Hollywood projects, including Shotgun Wedding and The Offer

E! News has reached out to Hammer’s lawyer and Chambers’ rep for comment about the treatment center, and hasn’t heard back. His lawyer and Chambers did not respond to Vanity Fair‘s request for comment.

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How Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Honesty Made His Demons Part of His Appeal | #Entertainment

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“I am the easiest [restaurant] customer,” he assured Oprah Winfrey on her talk show in 2001. “I’m just so grateful to be sitting down, having someone else cook for me. I over-tip, I almost never complain—unless the waiter has really insulted my intelligence.”

The liberally seasoned judgment he passed on food and the people who make it, sell it and write about it was embraced all the more because of the unsparing eye he turned toward himself. He was astonishingly frank about his many failings, both professional and personal, and his demons became an inextricable part of his own mythology, the culinary and travel expert whom you could trust because he had already cut himself down to the bone and spilled his own guts for the world to see.

“Somebody called me the elder statesman of food the other day,” Bourdain lamented to the Globes & Mail in 2010. “I found it deeply terrifying. I don’t want to be one of them, because I see them as moribund, corrupt, tragic, angry for the most part.”

To the New Yorker in 2017, he further bristled at the “chef” title, saying, “Look, I put in my time, so I’m not uncomfortable with it. What makes me uncomfortable is when an actual working chef who cooks better than I’ve ever cooked in my life calls me Chef.”

He told Marc Maron in 2011, “I fell into the business because I fell in love with the lifestyle, I liked the people, i liked that i was part of a cult, I liked that I was making something with my hands that you were either rewarded or punished for immediately. Now I guess I’m privileged to be able to travel the world on my stomach and really think about food and all of my previous life, in the life, 28 years, I guess allows me a perspective where I’m always thinking, ‘who cooked this food?’ Not just what am I eating, but who cooked it and why?” 

“Food that’s devoid of bullshit,” that’s what Bourdain appreciated.

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9. Most of the rest of The Conjuring 2 was set in the north London borough of Enfield, where Ed and Lorraine take on the case of the haunted Hodgson family and consult a pair of European demon hunters played by Franka Potente and Simon McBurney (both also based on real people who factored into the 2015 British TV series The Enfield Haunting).

“I wish I have some crazy story of somebody flying through the air, but then again we didn’t have [somebody to] bless the set on the first one and we did on the second one,” Wilson told the Jakarta Post. “But I did get a video. It happened after I left one night, there was a video of giant curtains blowing pretty violently by themselves. There were no door open, no fan, no air conditioning. There was nothing. It was very strange. It’s like the wind came out of nowhere and was blowing very violently. That was very unexplained, I just have to say.”

And they did, in fact, have a priest come bless the Los Angeles set (where they built a copy of the Hodgson home on the Warner Bros. lot) before they got rolling.

“It’s a smart idea because you’re not talking about vampires and werewolves, you’re talking about human evil,” Steve Coulter, who played the priest who summons the Warrens to England, told Yahoo Movies. “Why not err on the side of caution?” 

Especially since the case of the Enfield poltergeist at 284 Green Street, where single mom Peggy Hodgson and two of her four children—as well as various psychics, neighbors and others—claimed to have witnessed all sorts of phenomena between 1977 and 1979, was the most famous alleged haunting in the U.K. When the production finally moved to Enfield, however, they did not shoot in the actual house.

“I’m sure the last thing those people want to do is relive anything that went on there,” Wilson told the Jakarta Post, “but we shot at a place that looks identical and it was literally just a few blocks away.”

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AeroGarden: Take 20% off sitewide with code SUMMER20 (through 5/31).

All Modern: Shop the Memorial Day Clearance to save up to 65% off, plus get an extra 15% off with code LETSGO (until 5/26)!

Anthropologie: Score an extra 40% off sale home items.

Apt2B Furniture and Home Decor: Take 15% off sitewide, 20% Off Orders $2,999+ or 25% Off Orders $3,999+ (through 5/31).

Aurate: Endless Summer Sale – 15% off <$250, 20% off <$500, 25% off >$500 May 28th through May 31st with code: SUMMERGOLD.

Brandless: All bundles are 25% off or more through 5/31.

Brooklinen: Score 15% off sitewide with no minimum purchases (5/26-6/2).

Brooklyn Bedding: Take 25% off sitewide through 5/27 with code: MEMORIAL25.

Buffy: Score 15% off your order with code: CHILLOUT (until 5/31).

Casper: Enjoy 15% off mattresses (10% off Element), plus 10% off everything else with code MEMDAY (until 6/7).

Cleancult: Take 30% off any cleaning products purchase with code SUMMER30 (until 5/31).

Coop Home Goods: Score 15% off with code MEMDAY (5/28-5/31).

Corkcicle: Take 20% off sitewide (Excludes Rifle Paper Co., Star Wars, Minnie).

Crane & Canopy: Enjoy up to 70% off bedding, sheets, rugs and décor (5/27-5/31).

Etsy: Get up to 20% off on select outdoor furniture, firepits, garden accessories, lawn games, and more at The Etsy Outdoor Sales Event.

Fotile: The global high-end kitchen appliance brand is offering up to $200 off their most popular appliances on Amazon through 6/4.

Frontgate: Score up to 40% off sitewide + extra savings on sale.

Health-Ade: Take 25% off on all products (excluding subscriptions) with code GUT25 (5/28 – 6/30).

Hedley & Bennett: Enjoy 20% off orders over $99 sitewide (5/28-5/31).

Home Depot: Get up to 30% off select furniture, 25% off select bedding & bath linens, 25% off select wall décor, 20% off outdoor entertainment, up to 15% off flatware (through 6/2).

Joss & Main: Score 20% off select styles with code TAKE20 (until 5/31).

Lulu & Georgia: Save big on home decor and furnishings! Take 15% off $500+ with code MDW15, 20% off $1000+ with code MDW20, or 25% off 1500+ with code MDW25 (5/27-5/31).

Mattress Firm: Memorial Day Secret Sale (online only) take an extra 15% off with code: SECRET, exclusions apply​. Plus, enjoy stacked daily deals (5/28-5/31)​.

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Molekule: Save over $225 off on purifier bundles.

My Sheets Rock: Enjoy 15% off luxury bamboo sheets when you use the code SUMMER at checkout (5/28-5/31).

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