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Lorraine Bracco Will Renovate a Home in Sicily for New HGTV Series



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Lorraine Bracco is getting into the home-renovation business — and the home-renovation television business — on HGTV’s “My Big Italian Adventure.”

In the upcoming series, the “Goodfellas” and “Sopranos” actress will remodel a 200-year-old, 1,075-square-foot home that she purchased in Sicily for exactly one euro. Her reno budget will be many, many, many multiples of that.

Bracco will be joined in the tiny hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia by an architect, a contractor (Piero) and a translator (Cynthia).

The mayor of Sambuca famously created the one-euro program to help sell the town’s vacant homes quickly and inexpensively. The goal was to encourage families to return to the rural oasis, but the catch is that renovation on the homes must be completed within three years of purchase.

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Bracco’s centuries-old home has no electricity, running water, kitchen or bathrooms and needs to be gutted due to its deteriorating floors, crumbling walls and dilapidated roof. But in the end, HGTV promises “a stunning entryway with a custom tiled rug, a dreamy Sicilian-inspired bedroom and an indoor courtyard with a custom water feature.”

“I believe life is an adventure,” Bracco said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “When I saw the article that you could buy a house in Sambuca for one euro, I jumped on it. So, I came on the plane. I bought the house. I’m very excited to be here, meet and work with the locals, and live amongst them. I’m here to pay homage to my family that comes from Sicily.”

“This is a huge undertaking,” she continued. “I’m not a contractor. I’m not a decorator. I’m an actress. I’ve never done this before. I have no idea what I’m really getting into! It’s a lot of work, but everything is possible. I believe that. And for one euro, we’ll see!”

“My Big Italian Adventure” premieres Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

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Cheer’s Jerry Harris Arrested on Child Pornography Charge




The arrest comes just days after USA Today reported that the famous cheerleader was being investigated by the FBI. According to the publication, who cited multiple sources, authorities were looking into allegations that the 21-year-old solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors. 

In response to the report, a spokesperson for Jerry told E! News, “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed, the true facts will be revealed.” 

The criminal complaint obtained by E! News further alleged that Jerry solicited child pornography images and videos from two twin boys on multiple occasions. 

The complaint later stated that the Cheer star admitted, during a voluntary interview with law enforcement on Sept. 14, to asking one of the alleged victims to take explicit photographs and videos through Snapchat, knowing the minor was 13. Jerry also admitted to engaging in ongoing Snapchat conversations with the individual beginning in Dec. 2018 and continuing through March 2020. 

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CBS All Access to be Renamed Paramount+ in Early 2021




CBS All Access is trading in CBS for Paramount. ViacomCBS revealed Tuesday that the rebranded streaming service will be called Paramount+ beginning early next year.

The rebranding is the second, and much bigger, phase of the two-phase expansion of CBS All Access, which first launched in 2014 and was among the earliest entrants in the streaming space. In July, All Access added more than 3,500 episodes from Viacom networks BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel, along with a smaller redesign that incorporates hubs for the Viacom networks.

ViacomCBS did not reveal any new pricing for the newly-named Paramount+, though executives had previously told TheWrap they were not planning on changing the price. Currently, All Access charges $5.99 a month for limited commercials and $9.99 for an ad-free version.

Paramount+ will also heavily increase upon CBS All Access’ original series output, which included five new orders on Tuesday, highlighted by a revival of BET’s “The Game” and a reimagined “Behind the Music.” The rebooted series, “MTV’s Behind the Music – The Top 40” will use MTV’s vault and spotlight the top 40 biggest artists of all time. MTV Studios will produce the series.

“The Game” ran for 9 seasons on The CW and BET between 2006 and 2015 and starred Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Brandy Norwood, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Brittany Daniel.

Meanwhile, Paramount+ will feature a 10-episode limited series about the making of “The Godfather,” titled “The Offer.” Al Ruddy, who produced Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning classic, will executive produce the “The Offer” with Michael Tolkin and Leslie Greif; Tolkin and Greif will write the series. “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan will create a new series, “Lioness” based on the real-life CIA program of the same name. The series follows a young Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organization down from within. Sheridan will produce the series with Jill Wagner, David Glasser, David Hutkin, and Bob Yari.

Finally, Paramount+ will feature a true-crime docuseries “The Real Criminal Minds” based on the CBS television series that ended its 15-year run earlier this year.

“Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO, ViacomCBS. “With Paramount+, we’re excited to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that will draw on the sheer breadth and depth of the ViacomCBS portfolio to offer an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy.”

ViacomCBS says in the weeks since the July addition of content, All Access broke a new record for total monthly streams in August and experienced one of its best months ever in terms of new subscriber sign-ups (though revealed no actual numbers). In addition, the average age of new subscribers in August was measurably younger than the service’s overall average subscriber age, due in large part to the addition of UEFA and the newly added content from various ViacomCBS brands.

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Cheer Star Jerry Harris Arrested on Child Pornography Charges




(CHICAGO) — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series Cheer, was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex.

According to the complaint, Harris admitted during an interview after FBI agents raided his home Monday that he had asking one of the teens to send him photographs and videos of his penis and buttocks on Snapchat. He also admitted that he repeatedly asked the teen, identified only as Minor 1, between December 2018 and March of this year for such photographs and videos.

Further, according to the complaint, Harris admitted to requesting and receiving on Snapchat child pornography from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.”

FBI agents were photographed Monday coming out of a home in the Chicago suburb of Naperville that USA Today, which first reported the suit, reported was Harris’ home.

The boys’ mother told the newspaper that both of her sons had spoken to the FBI, and the lawsuit alleges that she also reported the allegations to Fort Worth police, the FBI and others. The complaint contends that the mother contacted authorities after she saw messages from Harris on one of her son’s cellphones.

Harris, 21, was the breakout star of the show that followed the cheerleading team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as it sought a national title.

Harris did not respond to comment from USA Today, and attempts by The Associated Press to find a phone number for Harris have not been successful.

In interviews with USA Today at their Texas home, the boys—who are now 14 years old—described a pattern of harassment both online and at cheer competitions, which began when they were 13 and Harris was 19. They said it continued for over a year.

Besides accusing Harris of sexual misconduct, the lawsuit alleges that cheer organizations failed to protect the boys. The organizations named in the lawsuit are U.S. All Star Federation, which governs competitive cheerleading; Varsity Spirit, which puts on competitions; and the Cheer Athletics, a chain of gyms.

A Varsity official in Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas said the organization had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris, USA TODAY reported.

Cheer Athletics owner Angela Rogers told the newspaper that Harris hasn’t been affiliated with the gym since March 1. Rogers told the newspaper that she learned of the allegations against him in mid-May and reported them to police.

Cheer was an instant success when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging “mat talk.” Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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