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Why Kodi Lee Is the Act to Watch on America's Got Talent. "I'm going to remember this moment for the rest of my life." When Simon Cowell said those words earlier this summer on America's Got Talent, it caught the attention of millions of viewers across the country. After all, isn't this the judge who is known for being quite harsh early on in the competition? But as it turns out, the individual who received such praise was a talented singer named Kodi Lee who just so happens to be autistic and blind. After receiving Gabrielle Union's Golden Buzzer this past May, the 22-year-old returned to the NBC show Tuesday night to perform a brand-new song. Kodi lit up the stage with an inspiring rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which brought everyone in attendance to their feet. And as you likely could have guessed, he impressed fans yet again and proved to be a clear front runner for the $1 million grand prize. As Gabrielle put it Tuesday night, "Kodi, you changed the world and you keep changing the world. Who you are and what you stand for and what you continue to do makes the world so a better, beautiful place. We have to stop putting limits on our children. We have to keep believing in each other." In just a matte on months, Kodi's story has captivated fans across the country and around the world. His audition has earned more than 42 million views. Oprah Winfrey said she "stood up and cheered in my living room" when watching the performance. Autism Speaks praised Kodi's "incredible talent" and story. And Holly Robinson Peete -- who has a son with autism -- honored Kodi with the Hero Award at the HollyRod Foundation's Design Care 2019 gala. "I couldn't believe it. I watched it in real time. I just didn't know what to expect and then I was just on the ground. I couldn't believe what I was watching," she told E! News exclusively from Design Care. "He's truly magnificent. He has changed the game for the autism and blind community." Holly added, "NBC doesn't want to block his blessings. They understand the impact he has across the nation and around the world." After completing his audition, Kodi also received rave reviews from all four judges. Howie Mandel called him a "great inspiration and a great talent." As for Julianne Hough, she said Kodi's "voice blew all of us away." "They saw the same thing that I've been living with my entire life," Kodi's mom Tina Lee shared with E! News' Erin Lim after the audition aired. "The love is just pouring in and friends with other kids with special needs, they're telling me that their kids are saying, 'I can do it because of Kodi.'" While America's Got Talent has a wide variety of acts including magicians, dancers, impressionists, light projection artists and more, it's clear Kodi has earned his spot on the stage. As for whether or not he will make it to the finals, it's up to America's vote. For now, Kodi has already accomplished much more than an average contestant. In fact, he may just be getting started. "I gave #KodiLee my Golden Buzzer but his family fought for the information, resources & opportunities to make his dreams come true," Gabrielle previously shared on Twitter. "Everyone deserves the chance to shine, let's work to make that a reality." America's Got Talent airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)
Success Comes at a Cost in The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Finale. For June on The Handmaid's Tale, "even success comes at a cost," Elisabeth Moss warned us. The Emmy-winning Hulu drama wraps up its third season on Wednesday, Aug. 14 -- don't fret, it's already been renewed for a fourth season -- and the finale is sure to be a game-changer for the series. "Even winning means you lose something," Moss said at the finale event. This season, June's sort of come into her own in Gilead, but that's not necessarily a good thing. While serving as Ofjoseph, June worked to rebel against the oppressive forces of her government. Her big plot? Get 52 children out of Gilead into Canada. But this new leadership type of role doesn't come without a cost. "I don't think it's that simple, I don't think it's that easy. I don't think it's a matter of someone just finding their power, I think it's a matter of somebody actually putting something before themselves," Moss said. The finale is "surprising," "entertaining" and "heartbreaking," Moss said. And she hopes viewers, "take the success from it that June takes." Joseph Fiennes, Commander Waterford on The Handmaid's Tale, said there's a lot to celebrate in the finale, but it is "harrowing." However, some "very dastardly people" get their "comeuppance." Through a series of manipulations by Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), she and Fred are now being held as war criminals in Canada. "The Waterfords, they finally get it," he teased. "In terms of Fred, he's not just your average bad-doer, he's a rapist, war criminalist -- God, there's such a long list," he said. "So, if anyone else, today, is on that kind of list, yeah, they should watch this and not do what they do... I think also it's a great relief, certainly for viewers, to see evil and pathetic characters like Fred finally get it." Madeline Brewer, handmaid Janine on the series, said this is what viewers have been waiting for. "I think it's really what everyone's been waiting for this entire season... I think that in episode 13 we really see all of the magic of every individual woman come together for the children," Brewer teased. The Handmaid's Tale season three wrapped up on Wednesday, Aug. 14 on Hulu. (Eonline)
You Won't Believe the Basketball Wives Friendship That May Come to a Shocking End. "People who are pretending to be your friend are not your f--king friend." Whenever a cast member on Basketball Wives says those words, there's bound to be some drama nearby. It's certainly the case for Wednesday night's show when Malaysia Pargo receives some shocking news about one of her closest friends and co-stars. In an exclusive sneak peek at this evening's all-new Basketball Wives, Kristen Scott interrupts her '90s themed party to deliver some news. "From what I understand, by way of Jackie Christie, supposedly Jennifer and Dominique have your name in their mouth," she warns Malaysia. "And they've spoken on your children, they've spoken on your finances... " This can't be good. "I want to know everything that everybody has to do with it so I know who to get first," Malaysia responds while trying to hold back her emotions. "Who said it?" Perhaps you should watch the clip to find out for yourself. Just last month, E! News chatted with cast member Ogom "OG" Chijindu. At the time, the reality star teased that friendships would be changing as the season continues. "I think the viewers are going to see some new relationships develop, and old relationships dissolve which is going to be very interesting," she shared at the Booby Tape launch party. Perhaps this is what she was talking about?! Basketball Wives airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. only on VH1. (Eonline)
Netflix's Sacha Baron Cohen Drama 'The Spy' Sets Premiere Date. The limited series will have the 'This Is America' star playing a legendary Mossad agent. Netflix has set a premiere date and released the first photos from The Spy, a limited series starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a legendary Mossad agent. The six-episode series, set to premiere worldwide on Netflix on Sept. 6, is a fairly rare dramatic turn for Cohen (Who Is America?), who plays real-life Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who ran a successful undercover operation in Syria in the 1960s. The series was created by Gideon Raff, whose Israeli drama Prisoners of War is the source material for Showtime's Homeland. While living in Damascus in the early '60s, Eli Cohen became close enough to ambitious military leaders and their wealthy friends to earn a game-changing level of trust and information about Syria's secret anti-Israel activities. The Spy also stars Noah Emmerich (The Americans) as Dan Peleg, Eli's handler in the Mossad, who tries to ease his guilt over the sacrifices Eli makes; Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) as Eli's wife, Nadia, who knows something isn't quite right about her husband's government job; and Waleed Zuaiter (Altered Carbon) as Amin Al-Hafz, a military officer who thinks Eli is the perfect ally. Raff writes and directs the series. The Spy is produced by Alain Goldman. (Hollywood Reporter)
Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' in the Works as TV Series. Village Roadshow and the author's granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway, are among those involved in the project. Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is in development as a TV series. Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, along with the author's granddaughter, actress Mariel Hemingway, and producers John Goldstone and Marc Rosen are set to develop the memoir as a "Hemingway origin story." No outlet is attached yet, nor is there a writer to adapt the project. Rosen (Sense8) brought the project to Village Roadshow. The potential series would follow the young Hemingway as a poor but ambitious young journalist and writer in Paris in the 1920s, where he lived with wife Hadley Richardson and encountered the likes of Aleister Crowley; John Dos Passos; F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; James Joyce; Ezra Pound; and Gertrude Stein -- and before he became famous. "A Moveable Feast has been my favorite book since I was 11 years old when my father took me to Paris," Mariel Hemingway said Tuesday in a statement. "While reading the book together, he showed me where Papa lived (and daddy was raised), ate, wrote and dreamed of becoming a great writer. His deep love of my grandmother Hadley and his growing passion for art is an inspiring time at the beginning of his iconic career. I want to reveal on film the coming-of-age story that has captivated readers and burgeoning writers for several decades." Scribner published A Moveable Feast in 1964, three years after Hemingway's death. The memoir is based on notebooks he filled in Paris in the 1920s and rediscovered several years before his death. The project will be overseen by Village Roadshow's executive vp television Alix Jaffe, executive vp content Jillian Apfelbaum and vp television Adam Dunlap. Mariel Hemingway was repped in the deal by Nathan Talei and Tracy Columbus, and Goldstone by David Tenzer. The Hemingway Trust is repped by Lazarus & Harris. (Hollywood Reporter)
Denis Leary to Star in 'A Moody Christmas' at Fox. The "anti-holidays" limited series will mark the actor's first regular role on a broadcast series in more than 15 years. Denis Leary is coming back to network TV for the first time in more than 15 years. The actor-writer-producer has landed the lead role in Fox's limited series A Moody Christmas, a six-episode comedy about a tight-knit but slightly dysfunctional family who gathers in Chicago for the holidays. The show, which Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier called an "anti-holidays" series, is based on the Australian show of the same name. Leary (Rescue Me, Animal Kingdom) will play patriarch Sean Moody Sr., who brings his wife and three grown kids to the Windy City for the holidays to be with extended family. All five are hiding secrets from one another, adding to the stress of the season. The role will be Leary's first regular role on a broadcast series since his comedy The Job, which aired on ABC in 2001-02. "We have always wanted to work with Denis, whose signature gruffness, sarcasm and, dare I say it, heart, make him the perfect fit for this role," Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said Tuesday in a statement. "The Moody family nails that indescribable mix of love, loyalty and absolute chaos, and we can't wait to introduce our viewers to them all this holiday season." A Moody Christmas comes from CBS Television Studios, which is co-producing the series with Fox Entertainment. Bob Fisher -- who worked with Leary on USA's Sirens and FX's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll -- is writing with Rob Greenberg (Frasier, How I Met Your Mother) and Tad Quill (Scrubs, Bent). The trio will executive produce with Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Australian series creators Trent O'Donnell and Phil Lloyd and Jason Burrows, who exec produced the original series from Jungleboys Entertainment Pty Limited. A Moody Christmas is another swing for Fox under Collier, who has shown a willingness to take risks on programming like the meta-revival BH90210 and the after-show parody What Just Happened??! It also will give the network an original series to run during a time when most of its regular series will have wrapped up their fall runs. (Hollywood Reporter)
Birgit Nutter, Wife of 'Game of Thrones' Director David Nutter, Dies at 56. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Birgit Nutter, the wife of Emmy-winning Game of Thrones director David Nutter, died July 24 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 56. Born on Dec. 22, 1962, in Gotzis, Austria, Birgit came to America in the early 1980s to work as an au pair for a family in Florida, where she met her future husband. They married in May 1987. In a statement from the director's GenreBend Productions, she was described as "always politically savvy, fun-loving and possessing an eternally 'glass-half-full' view of life ... [her] passion was her family and her vast circle of friends, across the globe, whom she touched with her bluhende leben -- her powerful soul." In addition to her husband of 32 years, survivors include her daughter Zoe and son Ben. A memorial was held on Aug. 3 at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood Santa Monica. (Hollywood Reporter)