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Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since apparent overdose

Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since apparent overdose

(CNN) - Pop star Demi Lovato addressed fans for the first time since her apparent drug overdose last month."I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the 25-year-old singer ... Continue Reading
Patrick Stewart stuns fans with 'Star Trek' return

Patrick Stewart stuns fans with 'Star Trek' return

(CNN) - Set your phasers to stunned: Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to his celebrated role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard for a new "Star Trek" series.The news, announced by Stewart himself and exec ... Continue Reading
Harvey Weinstein seeks dismissal of indictment due to emails between him and accuser

Harvey Weinstein seeks dismissal of indictment due to emails between him and accuser

(CNN) - Harvey Weinstein is seeking the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Attorneys for the disgraced film mogul filed a motion for dismissal in New York federal court Friday, citing, among other things, the discovery of evidence that the grand jury was not shown -- specifically "dozens of emails" sent from one of Weinstein's anonymous accusers, characterized as "extensive warm, complimentary and solicitous messages to Mr. Weinstein immediately following the now claimed event and over the next four year period."

"These communications irrefutably reflect the true nature of this consensual intimate friendship, which never at any time included a forcible rape," Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman told CNN in a statement.

The emails and text messages -- allegedly sent and received through Weinstein's official company account and phone -- were obtained by his legal team earlier this year after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware granted access to them for his criminal defense.

In an email sent from one of Weinstein's accusers on January 5, 2014, ten months after the alleged rape in March 2013, she writes, "Your (sic) the one who makes it look good with your smile and beautiful eyes!! But thank you that makes me so happy to hear."

In another email from the same unnamed accuser to Weinstein on July 10, 2014 she writes, "There is no one else I would enjoy catching up with that understands me quite like you. I don't get off work usually till after 7 and coming from (redacted). I know I will be hungry, what is your timing? Do you have time for dinner?"

The same unnamed accuser sent an email to Weinstein on July 26, 2014, writing, "I'm at work. Just had u cross my mind and thought u would send a hello. I am well."

"Love to cross your mind it's my favorite exercise," Weinstein responds, according to the filings.

When contacted by CNN, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment on Friday's motion for dismissal.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to six felony sex crimes -- two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape, one first-degree criminal sex act charge and one criminal sex act.

The charges stem from allegations from three women, according to court documents.

In an interview with CNN Friday afternoon, Brafman said it would be "difficult but not impossible" to seat an impartial jury should Weinstein's case move forward to trial.

"I hope to find 12 people in Manhattan who may have heard a lot of the allegations against Mr. Weinstein but will give the court their sworn assurances that they will decide this case based on the evidence that comes into the courtroom and not on what they made have read, or what they may have heard," Brafman said. "I think part of what we're trying to suggest in these motions to dismiss is that contrary to what people may have read and may have heard, there is another side here."

Weinstein has denied all allegations of "nonconsensual sexual activity," and he's remained free after posting $1 million cash bail.

The charges against Weinstein came nine months after The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual misconduct.

CNN's Laura Ly, Emanuella Grinberg, Ann O'Neil, Elizabeth Joseph and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.

TV's writers' rooms have a mother of a problem

TV's writers' rooms have a mother of a problem

(CNN) - This is part one of a two-part series. You can read part two here. The writer's assistant was exhausted.It was April, she was spending 10 to 12 hours a day working on a production for a ... Continue Reading
When it comes to making TV writers' rooms better for moms, these bosses know best

When it comes to making TV writers' rooms better for moms, these bosses know best

(CNN) - This is the second and final part of a series on mothers in TV writers' rooms. You can read the first part here. This year will be the first that the team of writers for "Crazy Ex-Girlfrie ... Continue Reading
'Christopher Robin' serves up sweet take on Winnie the Pooh

'Christopher Robin' serves up sweet take on Winnie the Pooh

(CNN) - The live-action "family movie" has become an especially elusive commodity, especially now that every member has distinct programming options on a variety of screens. Disney largely threads that needle with "Christopher Robin," a movie that -- once it gets going -- should entertain kids with the antics of Winnie the Pooh and company, while for parents squiring them, spending time with that beloved, silly old bear is no bother at all.

Director Marc Forster has an eclectic resume -- including a Bond movie and "World War Z" -- but the key entry for these purposes is "Finding Neverland," his moving 2004 look at Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.

Throw in a spoonful of "Mary Poppins" for good measure, and you have "Christopher Robin," which doesn't rise to that level. Yet as with that earlier movie, the universal plot is all about an adult accessing his inner child, having lost touch with that pure, unadulterated side of himself.

Introduced as a lad cavorting with his plush pals, Christopher is quickly shown getting shipped off to boarding school, growing up into Ewan McGregor and getting married (Hayley Atwell plays his wife, making the most of a relatively small role).

Now, however, he's got adult-sized responsibilities, which include finding time for his own daughter. Having survived World War II, he's working for a large luggage company, but thanks to his officious boss (Mark Gatiss), faces arduous hours and the unsettling prospect of slashing jobs to make ends meet.

Christopher doesn't pray for guidance, but it nevertheless comes -- along with a reminder about what's truly important -- when Pooh (voiced, as in his animated likeness, by Jim Cummings), stumbles back into his life. And while he remains a "bear of very little brain," he's prone to saying some rather profound things -- at least, when he can get his mind off his rumbly tummy long enough to do so.

Christopher Robin is also reintroduced to the rest of the gang, including Eeyore (Brad Garrett, receiving most of the best lines), Tigger (also Cummings), Piglet (Nick Mohammed) and Rabbit (Peter Capaldi).

A.A. Milne's creation is among the most durable of children's literary characters for a reason, and has already produced one fine movie in the last nine months, the biographical "Goodbye Christopher Robin."

That film was obviously a lot darker than this one, and the latest movie gets off to a somewhat slow start before the plot kicks into gear. As a result, younger kids might grow a bit fidgety while the story (conjured by multiple writers) establishes the groundwork for Christopher's plight.

Gradually, though, "Christopher Robin" settles in, exhibiting a genuine sweetness without becoming saccharine -- again, no small feat. Give much of the credit to McGregor in the thankless task of playing opposite his adorably furry co-stars, ably handling the comedy derived from the fact that he doesn't dare let others see them.

In one of their languid early moments, Pooh muses about those signature do-nothing days in the Hundred Acre Wood, "I would've liked it to go on for a while longer."

Frankly, "Christopher Robin" would be stretching things if it tried to prolong this relatively slim premise for one more minute. But as is, the movie mostly works-- a fleeting reminder of the simple pleasures of hanging out with family and a talking bear, which, in these frenetic times, is the kind of silliness that's worth savoring.

"Christopher Robin" premieres Aug. 3 in the U.S. It's rated PG.

Drake's official 'In My Feelings' video a tribute to #InMyFeelingsChallenge

Drake's official 'In My Feelings' video a tribute to #InMyFeelingsChallenge

(CNN) - With so many videos of people dancing to Drake's "In My Feelings," you would think an actual music video wouldn't even be needed.But you would be so wrong.The rapper dropped an official ... Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood denies fall staged to cover for plastic surgery

Carrie Underwood denies fall staged to cover for plastic surgery

(CNN) - Carrie Underwood is shutting down speculation that the "gruesome" injury she sustained in a fall last year was a ruse to cover a plastic surgery.The singer, 35, talked to Redbook about rum ... Continue Reading
Tim Allen's character on 'Last Man Standing' won't be talking about Trump

Tim Allen's character on 'Last Man Standing' won't be talking about Trump

(CNN) - As Mike Baxter moves into his new home at FOX, the "Last Man Standing" character will still be as conservative as ever, but not necessarily talking about his support of President Donald Trump ... Continue Reading
Mi gente es su gente: J Balvin on why he's not singing in English anytime soon

Mi gente es su gente: J Balvin on why he's not singing in English anytime soon

(CNN) - When Jimmy Fallon jumped on stage of "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to show off his best "X" dance moves, many viewers tuning in were probably asking themselves, "Who are those guys dancing wit ... Continue Reading
Constance Wu gets real about the significance of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Constance Wu gets real about the significance of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

(CNN) - Constance Wu will soon grace the big screen as the lead in "Crazy Rich Asians," the first major studio film centered on an Asian-American character's story since "The Joy Luck Club," and the ... Continue Reading
Reese Witherspoon pelting ice cream at Meryl Streep is everything

Reese Witherspoon pelting ice cream at Meryl Streep is everything

(CNN) - Reese Witherspoon was caught on camera preparing to throw ice cream at Meryl Streep. But don't worry, they aren't really feuding. The ice cream showdown is apparently for the upcoming s ... Continue Reading
Welcome back Robyn!

Welcome back Robyn!

(CNN) - Call your girlfriend and let her know Robyn has new music out.The Swedish pop music sensation is back with a new single after eight years off the scene.The new song is titled "Missing U ... Continue Reading
Paris Jackson: Demi Lovato is not sending me to rehab

Paris Jackson: Demi Lovato is not sending me to rehab

(CNN) - Paris Jackson is putting an end to speculation that Demi Lovato's medical emergency has convinced her to enter rehab.The 20-year-old actress/singer posted on social media recently after a ... Continue Reading
The return of Sarah Connor

The return of Sarah Connor

(CNN) - Go ahead and slay then, Linda Hamilton.We've gotten a first glimpse of a the as-yet-untitled "Terminator" sequel coming in November 2019, featuring Hamilton looking ready to rock as her fa ... Continue Reading
'The Darkest Minds' unleashes more teens with powers, problems

'The Darkest Minds' unleashes more teens with powers, problems

(CNN) - "The Hunger Games" stoked a hunger for young-adult fiction that has birthed plenty of wannabes, few of which have felt more generic and derivative than "The Darkest Minds." Kicking off a plan ... Continue Reading
Not just Beyoncé: Rihanna also making Vogue history

Not just Beyoncé: Rihanna also making Vogue history

(CNN) - Rihanna is putting in work, work, work, work, work as the first black woman on the cover of British Vogue's coveted September issue in its 102 year history. Fresh on the heels of reports a ... Continue Reading
Jennifer Aniston isn't shutting down the idea of a 'Friends' reboot

Jennifer Aniston isn't shutting down the idea of a 'Friends' reboot

(CNN) - This is the best news you'll hear all day.Jennifer Aniston seems to be open to the idea of a "Friends" reboot."Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courten ... Continue Reading
Don't tell 'BlacKkKlansman's' John David Washington he's code-switching

Don't tell 'BlacKkKlansman's' John David Washington he's code-switching

(CNN) - There is already buzz for John David Washington's "first" Spike Lee movie, "BlacKkKlansman," when it's actually the actor's second."I was a little kid and I said like three words, 'I am Ma ... Continue Reading
Everything we know about Demi Lovato's apparent overdose

Everything we know about Demi Lovato's apparent overdose

(CNN) - More than a week after her apparent overdose, Demi Lovato remains hospitalized.Fans continue to worry, support and speculate about the singer who turns 26 this month.Here's what w ... Continue Reading
Jennifer Lopez to receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

Jennifer Lopez to receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

(CNN) - Jennifer Lopez will receive The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards next month.The network revealed the news on Tuesday. Previous winners of the award inc ... Continue Reading
Beyoncé's reported Vogue takeover is peak blackness

Beyoncé's reported Vogue takeover is peak blackness

(CNN) - Who runs the world? Beyoncé, apparently.But you already knew that. The superstar singer is reportedly not only going to be on the September cover of Vogue, but has used her star power ... Continue Reading
Kim Kardashian: 'I have nothing bad to say about the president'

Kim Kardashian: 'I have nothing bad to say about the president'

(CNN) - Kim Kardashian West appreciates that President Donald Trump helped her.The reality star turned criminal justice advocate appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Monday, where she shared with the ... Continue Reading
Demi Lovato experiencing 'complications' from apparent overdose

Demi Lovato experiencing 'complications' from apparent overdose

(CNN) - Demi Lovato is experiencing "complications" and remains hospitalized following her apparent drug overdose, two sources close to the singer tell CNN.Those complications include "nausea, vom ... Continue Reading
Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson's disease

Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson's disease

(CNN) - Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he has been living with Parkinson's disease.The "M*A*S*H" star appeared on "CBS This Morning" and shared that he was diagnosed three and a half years ago. ... Continue Reading
'Guardians of the Galaxy' cast wants ousted director James Gunn reinstated

'Guardians of the Galaxy' cast wants ousted director James Gunn reinstated

(CNN) - The "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast has issued an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.The cast -- including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper -- said in a stateme ... Continue Reading
Paris Hilton doubles down on calling Lindsay Lohan a 'pathological liar'

Paris Hilton doubles down on calling Lindsay Lohan a 'pathological liar'

(CNN) - Remember when Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan were frenemies? Well, apparently not much has changed.The pair have a long history of back and forths since 2006 and now fans are taking a stro ... Continue Reading
Chrissy Teigen has some thoughts about Meghan Markle's dad

Chrissy Teigen has some thoughts about Meghan Markle's dad

(CNN) - Add Chrissy Teigen to the list of people who are not a fan of Thomas Markle.Over the weekend, the outspoken "Lip Sync Battle" co-host tweeted about Markle's interview with The Daily Mail i ... Continue Reading
Lindsay Lohan lands MTV reality show

Lindsay Lohan lands MTV reality show

(CNN) - Lindsay Lohan is returning to television.MTV announced on Monday that it has a new reality show in the works with Lohan.The docuseries will follow the former child star as she opens "Lo ... Continue Reading
Mark Hamill pays tribute to Carrie Fisher ahead of final 'Star Wars' appearance

Mark Hamill pays tribute to Carrie Fisher ahead of final 'Star Wars' appearance

(CNN) - We miss her too, Mark Hamill.The actor posted a touching tribute to his late "Star Wars" co-star, Carrie Fisher, following news that Fisher will appear posthumously in "Episode IX" of the ... Continue Reading
'Who is Meek Mill and why do we want to free him?' Someone, somewhere, is in dire need of this article

'Who is Meek Mill and why do we want to free him?' Someone, somewhere, is in dire need of this article

(CNN) - #FreeMeekMill has been a big deal for quite a while, but on Monday, the rapper's supporters celebrated an encouraging move from a Philadelphia district attorney.District Attorney Larry Kra ... Continue Reading
Fall TV preview: 30 new and returning shows

Fall TV preview: 30 new and returning shows

(CNN) - If you think your TV to-do list is long now, just wait. The annual deluge known as fall TV is upon us as broadcast networks unleash new programming and bring back returning favorites. Simu ... Continue Reading
Drake intruder raided rapper's fridge

Drake intruder raided rapper's fridge

(CNN) - We knew Drake fans can be "thirsty," but this story takes it to a whole new level.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman Monday after she allegedly broke into the rap ... Continue Reading
'SNL' brings out Fallon's Kushner and McCarthy's Spicer as the Easter Bunny

'SNL' brings out Fallon's Kushner and McCarthy's Spicer as the Easter Bunny

(CNN) - For its first live show coast-to-coast, "Saturday Night Live" brought out Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner and Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer as the Easter Bunny.Fallon, who was Saturday nigh ... Continue Reading
'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

(CNN) - Invariably these things always come to an end.Whether it be binge watching or enjoying a series, there's often a let down after it is all over.Thus is the life today for fans of the lim ... Continue Reading
Musicians remember Chuck Berry's genius

Musicians remember Chuck Berry's genius

(CNN) - Many of rock 'n' roll's greatest guitarists list Chuck Berry as one of their influences. As do many other musicians.Keith Richards famously said he lifted all of Berry's licks.John Lenn ... Continue Reading
Emma Watson's revealing Vanity Fair photo: Feminism or hypocrisy?

Emma Watson's revealing Vanity Fair photo: Feminism or hypocrisy?

(CNN) - Can you be a feminist and pose in a nearly see-through top for Vanity Fair? Actor Emma Watson and a British broadcaster are on opposite sides of that debate after Watson -- a UN Women Good ... Continue Reading
Oscar nominees have these gifts in the bag

Oscar nominees have these gifts in the bag

(CNN) - Don't call it an Oscars gift bag.The 2017 "Everyone Wins" nominee swag bag is not affiliated with the Academy Awards, nor is it available to everyone.But that last part is not for lack ... Continue Reading
'Billions' second season looks less like a sure thing

'Billions' second season looks less like a sure thing

(CNN) - "Billions" raced through so much story during its highly entertaining first season that the second, perhaps inevitably, yields diminishing returns. Yet the show is also somewhat victimized by ... Continue Reading
Rachel Lindsay will be the first black 'Bachlorette'

Rachel Lindsay will be the first black 'Bachlorette'

(CNN) - ABC is finally delivering on its long-held promise to bring a diverse lead to its Bachelor franchise. The network on Monday night announced its new bachelorette will be Rachel Lindsay, a 3 ... Continue Reading
Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

(CNN) - Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years."I have ... Continue Reading
Amy Schumer headed to Netflix for comedy special

Amy Schumer headed to Netflix for comedy special

(CNN) - Amy Schumer is the latest big name comedian to sign on at Netflix.Schumer will star in a stand-up special on March 7 "Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special," Sc ... Continue Reading
Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

(CNN) - Tennis great Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged. A spokesperson for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome. Will ... Continue Reading
1998: George Michael comes out in CNN interview

1998: George Michael comes out in CNN interview

(CNN) - British music icon George Michael was one of the world's most well recognized gay rights activists. For nearly 20 years, he was a champion for LGBT rights, fiercely dedicated to AIDS research ... Continue Reading
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

(CNN) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced.This year's inductees are Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. The group was se ... Continue Reading
Jimmy Kimmel jokes about being tapped to host Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel jokes about being tapped to host Oscars

(CNN) - Jimmy Kimmel finally landed his long-sought after Oscar hosting job and he almost can't believe it.

On Monday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the comedian joked he likely got the job based on the proximity of his show's studio.

"The producers and the Academy went through a long list of names -- and in the end, they decided that -- since I am already right across the street from where they do the show -- I was the closest person to host," Kimmel said. "I guess I have to get a tux now. Or maybe I'll wear jean shorts?"

Kimmel also announced his wife is expecting their second child.

"There's a lot of exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me," he said. "I'm hosting the Oscars and I had sex. Two things as a teenage boy I never thought would be possible."

Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are betting on Kimmel to infuse the show with new energy -- and boost ratings -- after an 8-year low for last year's ceremony.

ABC has an agreement with the Academy to broadcast the Oscars through 2020. Coming off Kimmel's well-received performance as Emmy host in September, Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood made no secret about wanting him at the helm on Oscar night.

"We thought Jimmy elevated the Emmys. We thought Jimmy has earned it and we're very hopeful that Jimmy will get [the Oscars job]," Sherwood said.

Kimmel's got a tough task ahead of him -- as several previous Oscar hosts can attest to.

Still, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs expressed confidence they've found the right host.

"He knows who he is, he knows the audience and he knows how to captain a ship with many moving parts," Isaacs said in a statement Monday. "We're thrilled he has agreed to host our show."

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in "Lion"

(CNN) - Saroo Brierley's search for his birth mother is a story about unwavering determination against incredible odds, the strength of the human spirit and one man's faith in the capabilities of Google Earth.

Brierley was 5 years old when he was separated from his older brother one night while at a train station in rural India.

Brierley's older brother had left him sleeping on a bench, but when he returned, Brierley -- then known as Sheru -- was gone.

Young Sheru had awoken from his nap and boarded a train in search of his older brother. His day-long journey landed him more than 700 miles east of his home, in a place where he didn't speak the language.

He'd later learn he'd ended up in Calcutta.

For weeks, he lived on the streets, escaping a bevy of dangers. Eventually, he was taken in at an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia, after officials failed to locate his family and hometown.

Since Sheru did not know how to spell his name, Brierley ended up going by an incorrectly spelled version -- "Saroo."

Twenty years later, Brierley decided to launch a search for the mother, siblings and home he remembered only in fuzzy childhood memories. To do this, he decided to retrace his steps using Google Earth.

Those who don't know the rest of the story soon will. (Warning: Some movie spoilers follow below.)

Brierley's journey to find his family in India is the subject for The Weinstein Co's "Lion," a movie due out November 25 that is a likely Oscar contender.

But when he started his quest, Brierley said the possibilities -- the interest in his story, his subsequent book and the film starring Dev Patel that now tells his tale -- were the farthest thing from his mind.

"I was just so high on hope and so determined to find what I'd been sort of yearning for for some time and defuse the weight off my shoulders," Brierley told CNN in a recent interview.

Brierley has now seen "Lion" a few times, he said. And even though he lived the experience, he said the film was a "roller coaster of emotions."

"I tried to suppress my tears but I couldn't," he said. "It was just so hard to."

He wasn't the only one. Brierley said his Australian mother Sue, played in the film by Nicole Kidman, was "enchanted" by the movie.

"She was speechless at some times, to the point where she grabbed my leg and almost dug her nails into it," Brierley said, laughing.

Brierley's warm relationship with his adoptive mother is one of many emotional drivers in the movie. And though some parts of the movie were "heightened" for storytelling purposes, Brierley said it was important to him and the filmmakers that the characters be portrayed authentically.

He was especially pleased with one key scene between Patel and Kidman, in which they talk about her motivation for adopting him as a boy.

"The way that was acted out was just so organic and pure," he said.

There's one key opinion Brierley is still waiting to get -- that of his birth mother, Fatima Bi Munshi.

He said they're working on getting the movie translated into her native Hindi, as she does not read. Though he's recounted his experience to her before, he thinks the movie will put the journey into a greater perspective.

"I think it's going to give her a shock as in, 'Whoa, I didn't realize that this is actually what happened,'" he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner visited Brierley's mother back in 2012, shortly after the two had been reunited.

Then, she recounted the disappearance of her son and spoke about the devastating second loss she experienced the same year. Brierley's oldest brother, who had accompanied him that fateful night, was killed a month after Brierley went missing.

"I would go to sleep at night and my mind would wander in madness," she said. "I didn't feel like eating. I kept looking out for him on the streets, asking people about his whereabouts. I found him nowhere. It was a very difficult time."

Brighter days have fallen upon the once fractured family.

Brierley said he's been back to India about 14 times since they were reunited, in part thanks to the trips he's taken as a result of the interest in the story of their reunion.

"It's worked pretty well and I'm so touched and humbled about everything --- that things like this can happen," Brierley said. "I wish there were more stories like this."

He's working to make that happen.

Brierley said he hopes to get into script writing, with a focus on penning films that lift people's spirits. He wants them to walk into the theater "thinking about things that are going to change their minds in a positive way [or] ... who they are as humans."

Brierley's life has undoubtedly changed as a result of what started as an against-the-odds quest. And though the ultimate result came with some sadness, he said at the end of the day, "that's just life."

"I guess this was my destiny," he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner contributed to this report.

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump on 'SNL' for the first time since the election

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump on 'SNL' for the first time since the election

(CNN) - Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to portray President-elect Donald Trump for the first time since the election.Baldwin opened this weekend's episode of the longtime NBC varie ... Continue Reading
'Shooter' misfires in leap from movie to USA drama

'Shooter' misfires in leap from movie to USA drama

(CNN) - USA Network delayed the premiere of "Shooter" twice, each time because of a real-life event that made the sniper-themed drama seem awkwardly timed. That's a lot of grief, public-relations-wis ... Continue Reading
Beyonce gets country and performs at the CMA Awards

Beyonce gets country and performs at the CMA Awards

(CNN) - Beyonce brought down the house at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night.The Texas native performed "Daddy Lessons" off her most recent album Lemonade. But Queen ... Continue Reading
Live-action 'Snow White' musical in the works at Disney

Live-action 'Snow White' musical in the works at Disney

(CNN) - Disney is on a live-action roll and not looking to stop it any time soon. The studio is currently in development on a musical, live-action version of "Snow White," CNN has confirmed. Er ... Continue Reading
Drake drops action-packed short film

Drake drops action-packed short film

(CNN) - Drake just reminded his fans that he's a renaissance man -- not just a musician, but an actor as well. On Monday the rapper released a short film titled "Please Forgive Me" exclusively on ... Continue Reading
Ryan Lochte on 'Dancing with the Stars' incident: 'I wanted to quit'

Ryan Lochte on 'Dancing with the Stars' incident: 'I wanted to quit'

(CNN) - As an Olympic champion, Ryan Lochte is not the kind of man who throws in the towel during a competition. But he admits there was a brief period following his drama-filled "Dancing with the St ... Continue Reading
'Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' star Hugh O'Brian dies, age 91

'Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' star Hugh O'Brian dies, age 91

(CNN) - Actor Hugh O'Brian, best known for his portrayal of the title role in the 1950's TV Western "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," has died. He was 91.Javi LaFianza, President and CEO the Hu ... Continue Reading
'Better Things,' 'One Mississippi' ride TV's dark comedy wave

'Better Things,' 'One Mississippi' ride TV's dark comedy wave

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Comedian Tig Notaro's new autobiographical Amazon series, "One Mississippi," is labeled "a traumedy." That's a good description of not just her show, but the recent strain of dark, ... Continue Reading
'Queen Sugar' finds dramatic sweet spot for Oprah's OWN

'Queen Sugar' finds dramatic sweet spot for Oprah's OWN

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - OWN put on two new dramas this summer, and on paper they're virtually identical. Yet "Queen Sugar," which premieres this week, is much superior to "Greenleaf," a testament to how s ... Continue Reading
'Bridget Jones' Baby' cast teases sequel's 'interesting new dynamic'

'Bridget Jones' Baby' cast teases sequel's 'interesting new dynamic'

(CNN) - Renée Zellweger knows just how tough the choice her character, Bridget Jones, faces in "Bridget Jones' Baby" is. The third film in the beloved franchise centers on the titular character's ... Continue Reading
Nocturnal Wonderland features celeb DJ lineup

Nocturnal Wonderland features celeb DJ lineup

(CNN) - For some people Labor Day Weekend isn't just about soaking up the last rays of summer. It's all about EDM (electronic dance music). Nocturnal Wonderland kicks off its three-day music festi ... Continue Reading
Thomas Gibson suspended from 'Criminal Minds' after on-set altercation

Thomas Gibson suspended from 'Criminal Minds' after on-set altercation

(CNN) - Actor Thomas Gibson is two weeks into a suspension from CBS's long-running procedural "Criminal Minds," following an on-set altercation with one of the show's writers."There were creative ... Continue Reading
'Star Trek Beyond' returns to its roots breezily, if not boldly

'Star Trek Beyond' returns to its roots breezily, if not boldly

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Near the beginning of "Star Trek Beyond," Captain Kirk complains about life on the Starship Enterprise having grown "episodic." The same can largely be said of this third outing wi ... Continue Reading
Robin Williams remembered on his birthday with touching tribute from his daughter

Robin Williams remembered on his birthday with touching tribute from his daughter

NEW YORK (CNN) - Robin Williams' memory lives on through his children. The late Oscar-winner's daughter, Zelda Williams, 26, posted a touching tribute to her dad Thursday, on what would have been his ... Continue Reading
Emmy nominations: 'People v. OJ' scores big

Emmy nominations: 'People v. OJ' scores big

(CNN) - Nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, as "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson and "Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham announced 12 categories. ... Continue Reading
Taylor Swift's secret songwriting makes everybody watch Calvin Harris' Twitter feed

Taylor Swift's secret songwriting makes everybody watch Calvin Harris' Twitter feed

(CNN) - Just when you thought Taylor Swift's breakup with DJ Calvin Harris was amicable and so last month, things have gone south Hiddleswiftly.

The former couple apparently mixed business with pleasure and the result while catchy, isn't playing out pretty. A representative of Swift told People magazine Wednesday that the pop star secretly wrote the song "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym,"Nils Sjoberg." The hit, recorded by Harris and Rihanna, has been at the top of the charts all summer.

Swift's contribution, of course, was not news to Harris, who one would assume was there when the collaboration happened. But he quickly launched into live-stream-of-conscious mode about the reveal in a series of tweets.

Though initially complimenting Swift as an "amazing lyric writer" and saying his ex "smashed it as usual," Harris was not pleased that sole credit was going to one of the most successful songwriters of all time.

"I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym," he wrote. "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."

What Harris tweeted next reads slightly bitter ex-boyfriend.

"I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do," Harris added, referring to Swift's relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it."

Swift is no stranger to social media spats, previously exchanging words with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry.

Harris concludes by appearing to address Swift directly, "Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one."

Considering Swift has spent her summer throwing celebrity-packed Fourth of July parties and locking lips with Loki, it seems she's already doing so. Let's just hope she and Hiddleston keep their collaborations on the dance floor and out of the studio.

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