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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
March 2: Rapper Method Man is 44. NFL star Reggie Bush is 30.
Mar. 2, 1807: Congress banned the slave trade, prohibiting “the importation of slaves into the United States or the territories thereof” after January 1, 1808.
*Will Smith’s con-movie “Focus” opened in the U.S. Thursday pulling $900,000, but estimates have it on track to earn in the $22 million range by Monday, easily sending “Fifty Shades of Grey” from the top spot back to its playroom.
With largely positive reviews, the romantic caper is the first output from Will Smith since the “After Earth” calamity, which he has already called his “most painful failure.” It opened in summer 2013 to just $27.5 million.
“Focus,” from Warner Bros., expands to 3,323 locations this weekend. Margot Robbie co-stars as a young con artist schooled in the game by Smith’s veteran grifter character.
Below, Smith explains how he came to the realization that “everybody is running a con.”
“Focus” is in theaters nationwide. Watch the trailer below:
*Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has ordered additional episodes of four of his series: 23 hourlong episodes of “The Haves And The Have Nots” and 22 for its companion drama “If Loving You Is Wrong,” 22 half-hours of comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” and 20 of sitcom “For Better Or Worse,” reports Deadline.com.
Perry’s shows are consistently strong draws on OWN. The Season 2 bow of “Haves And Have Nots” drew 3.2 million viewers last month, the best premiere in OWN’s four-year history.
“If Loving You Is Wrong” debuted in September with 1.93 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the core women 25-54 demo. Its second season launches March 24.
“Love Thy Neighbor” premiered in May 2013 with a 1.7 million viewers and a 1.4 in the demo. The sixth season of “For Better or Worse” kicks off March 25.
“Oprah Winfrey’s partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for OWN and setting ratings records,” network president Erik Logan said in a statement. “Tyler’s original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and OWN is pleased to deliver 87 new episodes.”
Kanye West performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England
*Madonna’s backwards tumble down the stairs wasn’t the only buzzy thing from the Brit Awards this week.
The look on Lionel Richie’s face says it all.
Lionel Richie watches Kanye West perform at the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena
*The former Commodores frontman later said he was appalled by Kanye West’s repeated use of the N-Word (39 times) during his energetic performance of “All Day.” Viewers at home heard only half the performance, due to all the bleeping. Still, the rapper managed to slip a lot by ITV censors…while leaving many in London’s O2 Arena looking just like Richie.
Yeezy’s new friend Taylor Swift sat in the front row next to Kim Kardashian and the two danced along to the performance.
Asked about his startled reaction caught on camera, Richie told Britain’s Daily Mirror: “Am I fan of the N-word? Not coming from the 1960s and ’70s. Whereas the new world has embraced it. I don’t think it’s okay for a black man to use the N-word. I don’t like it – and I am a black man. I don’t think it should be said and become normal. Kanye is giving us the generation shock value. How he carries on for the next 10 years, we will see.”
*Attorneys for Bill Cosby asked a federal court judge on Friday to dismiss a defamation suit filed against the comedian in Massachusetts by three women who said he called them liars when they accused him of sexual assault.
About three dozen women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct in incidents dating back to the 1960s. The comedian has denied all the claims, most of which have seen the statute of limitations run out.
The three women who sued Cosby in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, took a new legal tack, contending that he defamed them when they made public allegations of sexual assault.
“This is not an action for sexual assault,” Cosby’s attorneys wrote in a motion asking that the suit be dismissed. “This lawsuit is, rather, a misuse of the law of defamation to attempt an end run around the relevant status of limitations for the alleged assaults.”
*“How To Get Away With Murder” wrapped its first season with a huge twist Thursday night…and yet another indication that it will be back for a second season, though ABC has not officially announced the renewal.
Earlier this year, star Viola Davis teased a second season on social media, tweeting: “Onto SEASON 2 BABY!!!!!” However, ABC never followed up with an official confirmation.
The promo following Thursday’s finale revealed a new season to debut this fall:
“Thank God we’ll be back with a whole new season of insanity,” the end-of-episode promo teased.
Creator Pete Norwalk also tweeted that Season 2 is awaiting, complete with a hashtag, after the first season finale aired on the west coast.
“HTGAWM,” under Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, is one of the highest rated new series of the season, only behind Fox’s “Empire,” and ranks as the top-rated 10 p.m. drama in the 18-49 demo.
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