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Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station.

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D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester Evening News reported.

However, Barlow lost his medals at the service station near Walsall during his return to his home in Stockport on June 8.

Barlow released images of the lost medals -- the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal -- through the Blind Veterans UK charity.

Grant tweeted his support, including a contact number and said that anonymity would be guaranteed, the Evening News reported.

Barlow said the incident was “very distressing.”

“These medals are worth very little to sell but to me they are priceless,” he told the Evening News. “I had intended to pass all of my medals on to my grandson, which makes it even more upsetting.”

Barlow turns 96 on Sunday and said the medals’ return would be a great birthday gift, Fox News reported.

BET Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is nominated, performing

Some of the biggest artists in rap, hip hop, pop, R&B, movies and TV will be at the BET Awards on Sunday.

Remy Ma, DJ Khaled, New Edition and more  are scheduled to be at the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

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Here’s what you need to know before the show:

What time: 8 p.m. ET

What channel: BET, with live streams on BET.com and YouTube.  A backstage live stream will be on Twitter at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Who is hosting: “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian Leslie Jones.

Who is performing: Bruno Mars will open the show. Mary J. Blige, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Big Sean, El Debarge, Xscape, New Edition, SZA,  DJ Khaled, Maxwell and A$AP Rocky are among the announced performers.

Who is presenting awards: Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith, LaLa Anthony, Issa Rae, Remy Ma, Yara Shahidi and Trevor Noah are among the presenters.

Who is nominated:  The list of nominees in each category, according to the BET website, is below.

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyonce

Kehlani

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

Solange

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Bruno Mars

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Trey Songz

Usher

VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Beyonce, “Sorry”

The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Drake, “Fake Love”

Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

BEST GROUP

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne

A Tribe Called Quest

Fat Joe and Remy Ma

Migos

Rae Sremmurd

BEST COLLABORATION

Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Freedom”

Chance the Raper featuring 2 Chainz, “No Problem”

Chris Brown featuring Gucci Mane and Usher, “Party”

DJ Khaled featuring Beyonce and JAY-Z, “Shining”

Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Big Sean

Chance the Rapper

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Missy Elliott

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Young M.A

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyonce, “Sorry”

Big Sean, “Bounce Back”

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Solange, “Cranes in the Sky”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Benny Boom - Kehlani, “Crazy”

Bruno Mars and Jonathan Lia - Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Director X - Zayn Malik, “Like I Would”

Hype Williams - Tyga featuring Desiigner, “Gucci Snakes”

Kahlil Joseph and Beyonce Knowles-Carter - Beyonce, “Sorry”

BEST NEW ARTIST

21 Savage

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper

Khalid

Young M.A

BEST ACTRESS

Gabrielle Union

Issa Rae

Janelle Monae

Taraji P. Henson

Viola Davis

BEST ACTOR

Bryshere Y. Gray

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Mahershala Ali

Omari Hardwick

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

CeCe Winans, “Never Have to Be Alone”

Fantasia featuring Tye Tribbett, “I Made It”

Kirk Franklin featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann, “My World Needs You”

Lecrae, “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)”

Tamela Mann, “God Provides”

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Ace Hunter

Caleb McLaughlin

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Yara Shahidi

BEST MOVIE

“Get Out”

“Moonlight”

“Hidden Figures”

“Fences”

“The Birth of a Nation”

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Gabby Douglas

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

LeBron James

Cam Netwon

Odell Beckam Jr.

Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry

CENTRIC AWARD

Fantasia, “Sleeping with the One I Love”

Kehlani, “Distraction”

Mary J. Blige, “Thick of It”

Solange, “Cranes In the Sky”

SYD, “All About Me”

Yuna featuring Usher, “Crush”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”

Solange, “A Seat at the Table”

Chance the Rapper, “Coloring Book”

Beyonce, “Lemonade”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: EUROPE

Stormzy

Skepta

Giggs

Craig David

Wiley

Emeli Sande

MHD

Booba

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA

Wizkid 

Tekno

Mr. Eazi

Davido

Stonebwoy

AKA

Nasty C

Babes Wodumo

Special honors: Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award. New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

RuPaul, Taraji P. Henson, Lynda Carter, others getting star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The 2018 class for the Hollywood Walk of Fame was announced Thursday, and a number of popular stars are set to have ceremonies.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce named entertainers from music, movies, television and radio as part of this year’s class.

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Reality TV personalities RuPaul Charles and Simon Cowell are part of the class. 

TV stars include actors Anthony Anderson and Taraji P. Henson, screenwriter Ryan Murphy, actor Niecy Nash, producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes and actors Eric McCormack and Lynda Carter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is among the live theater and performance group and tweeted that he was with follow honoree “Weird Al” Yankovic when the two heard they would be honored with a star.

In music, rappers Ice T and Snoop Dogg and singers Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr. and Carrie Underwood are honorees.

Movie stars being honored include actorsJack Black, Kirsten Dunst and Jeff Goldblum, director and producer F. Gary Gray, Minnie Mouse,  Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence,

Two celebrities are getting posthumous stars: comedian Bernie Mac and wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin.

KABC reported that dates for the ceremonies have not been scheduled yet and that those in the class have two years to schedule ceremonies on dates of their own choosing.

In order to get the honor, stars have to qualify. The Associated Press reported that either the honorees or their sponsoring studios have to pay $40,000 for each star. 

According to the official Hollywood Walk of Fame site, anyone can nominate a celebrity for a star as long as the celebrity’s management team is in agreement with the nomination. The nomination, sent by mail, has to include a letter of agreement from the celebrity or the celebrity’s representative. Those nominations are then considered for selection by a Chamber of Commerce committee.

The full list of honorees can be found at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson through the years

Queen Elizabeth II reported to police for not wearing seat belt

A sharp-eyed observer noticed that Queen Elizabeth II, riding in a car en route to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, was not wearing a seat belt. So the person decided to dial 999, which is Great Britain’s emergency telephone line, The Telegraph reported.

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The call was taken by the West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre, according to the Telegraph. While a tape of the call has not been released, police spokesman Tom Donahue said “I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.”

In the UK, it is mandatory to wear a seat belt -- but the 91-year-old monarch is immune from civil or criminal actions, the Telegraph reported.

A statement on the British Monarchy’s website noted that the Queen “is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

The West Yorkshire police had fun with Twitter on Thursday, bidding good morning while tweeting “Let’s hope the queen is behaving today.”

Group starts petition to have Dennis Rodman kicked out of Hall of Fame

Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea did not sit well with a human rights group, which wants the former NBA star kicked out of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation began a petition on change.org to have Rodman expelled from the basketball shrine, CNN reported. It comes on the heels of the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who arrived in the United States last week in a coma after being detained for 17 months in North Korea. Warmbier died Monday.

“Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime,” Marion Smith, director of the human rights group, told CNN. 

Rodman was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011. He has visited North Korea several times and has praised dictator Kim Jong-un, whom he called “a friend for life.”

Smith accused Rodman of "coddling" Kim.

"Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime," Smith told CNN.

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported.

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Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon at the Glastonbury Festival after introducing his 2004 film “The Libertine.” Deciding to discuss American politics, Depp brought up the subject of President Donald Trump.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked.

The crowd booed and yelled “No,” CNN reported.

“I’m not insinuating anything -- by the way, this will be in the press and it will horrible,” Depp said. “But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Responding to loud cheer, Depp then said, “I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Booth, an actor, in April 1865.

>> PHOTOS: Johnny Depp on Miami set of ‘21 Jump Street’

The Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments, staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” CNN reported, citing a statement from the Secret Service.

Depp played Trump last year in a spoof called “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” CNN reported.

Trevor Noah on Philando Castile footage: ‘It broke me’

The “Daily Show” detoured from comedy on Wednesday, as Trevor Noah talked frankly and emotionally about the released dashcam footage in which a Minnesota man was killed by police last year during a traffic stop.

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“It broke me,” Noah said, saying he was moved by the final part of the footage showing the death of Philando Castile. In that part of the video, the 4-year-old daughter of Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is whisked away from the car after witnessing the shooting. 

Noah had addressed the verdict on Monday’s show, Slate reported. Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Castile, was found not guilty of second degree manslaughter Friday.

“‘You shot four bullets into him, sir.” It’s ... mindblowing that Diamond Reynolds has just seen her boyfriend shot in front of her — she still has the presence of mind to be deferential to the policeman. In that moment, the cop has panicked, but clearly black people never forget their training,” Noah said. “Still in that moment the black person is saying sir. “‘I respect you, sir. I understand what I need to do, sir.’” The same thing Philando Castile did.”

Ellen DeGeneres calls out audience member for dishonesty

Ellen DeGeneres tested the honesty of her audience in a recent show, and most of them passed. The one woman who didn’t was embarrassed with a reprimand on national television.

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With “Ellen” in its 14th season, DeGeneres gave her audience members the chance to choose one item from the Ellen Shop, the Huffington Post reported. What the audience didn’t know was that DeGeneres had hidden cameras trained on the table, filming the shoppers as they chose between hats, mugs and other trinkets. A sign at the table reminded the shoppers that they were limited to one free item.

“I just wanted to see how honest my audience was,” DeGeneres said during the show’s segment.

Most of the guests chose one item and one woman offered to pay for a second item, the Huffington Post reported. But a woman named Nancy failed the test.

DeGeneres played back the video to the audience and called out Nancy for taking more than one item. DeGeneres then had the embarrassed woman placed in a special chair on stage and lectured her about the importance of honesty.

It was awkward, but it’s a safe bet that Nancy learned her lesson.

Bill Cosby plans town meetings on sexual assault following mistrial

Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings to talk to young people about sexual assault, according to his representatives. The news comes following a declaration of mistrial in his sexual assault trial.

“People need to be educated,” Cosby’s spokesperson, Ebonee Benson, told WBRC. “A brush against the shoulder -- anything at this point can be considered sexual assault.”

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Benson, who on Saturday delivered a statement from Cosby’s wife, Camille, blasting the judge, the district attorney and the media after the trial ended, also spoke about the role of Cosby’s wife, Camille, in the courtroom. “Seeing Mrs. Cosby in the courtroom ... resonated with the jury,” Benson said. “It took away the celebrity aspect and made them more like regular people. Everyone has problems in a marriage.”

Bill Cosby’s other spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Cosby is eager to get back to work.

“We are now planning town halls. We’ll talk to young people,” Wyatt said. “This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today. They need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing. It also affects married men.”

Cosby thanked the WBRC for featuring the Benson and Wyatt in two tweets Wednesday.

Cosby was accused of drugging and assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his estate more than a decade ago. His legal team has branded the encounter as a consensual, romantic liaison.

Related: Mistrial declared in Cosby sexual assault case

Cosby’s fate had been hanging in the balance while jurors deliberated in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after just six days of testimony. On June 15, Day Four of deliberations, the jurors first indicated they were deadlocked but were instructed to keep at it. Two days later, the judge finally declared a mistrial.

“We knew once they heard the truth it was going to be a mistrial or not guilty,” Wyatt said. “There were so many inconsistencies in Ms. Constand’s testimony. That jury heard those inconsistencies.”

On Tuesday, following the trial, Constand posted a message of thanks.

Other Cosby accusers have spoken to People.

“It’s not an acquittal,” accuser Tamara Green said. “I have faith in the jury system of the United States.”

Accuser Kristina Ruehli said jurors’ feelings about Cosby --  who for decades was a beloved comic, television personality and celebrity pitchman -- may have guided their deliberations.

“This has been a particularly difficult case in its factual pattern,” she told People. “I think with a jury, perhaps some may have judged Andrea by what they would have done in her place -- perplexing to some -- rather than that in fact a non-consensual sexual assault did occur.”

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