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LaKeith Stanfield To Topline ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Film From A24 – Deadline

July 15th, 2019

LaKeith Stanfield is quickly becoming a major player in Hollywood. The Sorry to Bother You star has signed on to headline and serve as an executive producer in Notes From a Young Black Chef, a film adaptation based on the memoir about 29 year-old American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi, which he co-wrote with Joshua David Stein. A24 optioned the rights and will finance the feature with Stephen “Dr” Love producing.

Randy McKinnon has been brought on to adapt the screenplay, which follows Onwuachi’s journey from his childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington DC at the age of 26.

Onwuachi, who appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef, most recently won the 2019 James Beard award for Rising Chef of the Year.

A director has yet to be named. Colin Stark will also serve as executive producer alongside Stanfield.

Variety was first to report this news.

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R. Kelly’s Alleged Sex Slaves Will Support Him at Bond Hearing – TMZ

July 15th, 2019

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Woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Virginia beach – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

July 15th, 2019
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NORFOLK, Va. – Amanda Edwards can laugh today thinking back on her potentially fatal health scare after spending just ten minutes in the water at a Virginia beach.

“I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness… my leg is gonna fall off,'” Edwards chuckled. “That’s the only thing I could keep thinking.”

She told WTKR she contracted a flesh-eating staph infection during a day of fun at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach. She said the infection spread quickly.

“The way that it was spreading, it was going up my leg,” Edwards explained.

It happened last week.

“I was like, ‘It’s really hot. Let’s go to the beach.’ So, we went outside to the beach. I was only in the water for maybe like 10 minutes,” she explained.

The next day, the fun was over.

“I did not feel good. I noticed this thing that came on my leg. I ignored it for a couple days, and it just started getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore,” she explained.

She said doctors treated the infection and said the bacteria possibly got into her skin through an open cut.

“They had to cut me open, drain it out and stuff it with some gauze. I had to keep it covered for days,” Edwards, who was at the beach with friends, said.

This was around the time there was a swimming advisory.

“Please check the news and make sure there is not an advisory out because there was not signs out there,” Edwards mentioned.

The Norfolk Health Department told us germs can get into the water in different ways, like washing off of swimmers’ bodies or when people relieve themselves in the water.

Health officials urge swimmers to avoid swallowing water and taking a dip after a heavy rainfall.  Don’t swim if you are ill or have a weakened immune system and swim away from fishing piers, pipes, drains and water flowing from storm drains onto a beach.

As for Edwards, she said she’s taking a break from splashing around for the rest of the summer.

“Every time I go into the water, I’m gonna think about that bad experience.”

Edwards has to continue taking antibiotics for the next two weeks.

Once you get out of the water, health officials say you should shower with soap.

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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

July 15th, 2019

Lakeith Stanfield is set to star in a feature film adaptation of American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, “Notes From a Young Black Chef,” with A24 on board to finance the film.

Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the memoir, which was penned by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. Knopf recently acquired the publishing rights to the memoir, and the film rights were snapped up shortly afterwards.

Stephen “Dr” Love will produce, with Stanfield and Colin Stark executive producing. No director is yet attached.

The story follows Onwuachi’s unprecedented journey from childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26. The story encompasses the extreme highs and lows of his path to becoming a chef in a mostly white, elitist industry, including financing his first catering business by selling candy on the subway, appearing on “Top Chef,” and his first restaurant, Shaw Bijou in D.C., closing just 11 weeks after its opening.

Stanfield has been on a roll over the last year, starring in several films including “Sorry to Bother You” and the upcoming thriller “Knives Out” along with the FX series “Atlanta.” He recently wrapped production on Universal’s “The Photograph” and also has A24’s “Uncut Gems” set to premiere this year.

McKinnon has set up feature projects with Annapurna, Disney and Paramount. He also wrote for the Netflix show “Chambers” and Simon Kinberg’s upcoming Apple series “War of the Worlds.”

Love’s credits include the upcoming “They Cloned Tyrone” for Netflix, “Assisted Living” for Paramount, and Steven Caple Jr.’s debut feature “The Land.” He is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn.

CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Onwuachi, Stanfield, McKinnon, and Love. Onwuachi is also represented by Lori Galvin at Aevitas Creative Management and Stanfield by Stark Management and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis LLP. McKinnon, who is managed by Grandview, is also represented by Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer et al, and Love is also represented by Morris Yorn.

(Pictured: Lakeith Stanfield, Kwame Onwuachi)

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‘La La Land’s Damien Chazelle and Emma Stone to Reunite for 1920s-Set ‘Babylon’ [UPDATED] – Collider.com

July 15th, 2019

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[Updated]: Just a few hours after we reported Emma Stone was circling Damien Chazelle‘s BabylonDeadline shared that Brad Pitt was also reportedly in talks for the film. Pitt is apparently not yet locked in for the film, similar to Stone. It’s also unclear what role he may be in talks for tackling. This would be Pitt’s first time working with Chazelle and Stone but it would be his second film in just a few years where he would travel by to the early days of Hollywood. Deadline’s update on Pitt circling Babylon also confirms this film will be “solidly in the R-rated category,” his first since Whiplash to be up for the rating. Our original story is below.


Fans of La La Land will be happy to hear that writer-director Damien Chazelle and star Emma Stone may be reuniting in a new project. Dubbed Babylon, the 1920s-set piece will be a Hollywood story about the movie industry’s transition from silent films to “talkies.” Chazelle wrote the piece and will direct it as his next film if and when a studio or streaming service steps up to take on the project. But it’s been making the financing rounds for a month or so now without a commitment; could the period pic be too pricey and overlong for

As THR reports, Lionsgate, Paramount and Netflix, among others, have shown interest in Babylon but have yet to sign a deal for the reported 180 page-long script that is budgeted between $80 and $100 million. On one hand, financiers may be reluctant to pony up that kind of scratch for a period piece that may not resonate with modern audiences; and on the other hand, La La Land banked almost a half-a-billion dollars along with 14 Oscars nominations. Someone will eventually decide that it’s worth the gamble.

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Other than the fact that Babylon will center on Hollywood’s shift away from silent films in the 1920s, details are non-existent, but there’s the added angle of bringing both fictional and historical characters into the story. For example, Clara Bow, Hollywood’s first “It” girl who found stardom in the silent films and managed to transition into talkies, is said to be at the center of the piece with Stone unofficially attached to play the part. With nearly 60 films to her credit, Bow was the face of the Roaring Twenties and a sex symbol of that decade, enjoying a popularity that made her film appearances sure-fire box-office earners and also let her retire under her own terms. In a similarly plotted 2013 movie Return to Babylon, the part was played by Jennifer Tilly, though this film, too, struggled to find a traditional distribution deal.

As for Babylon, Marc Platt and Olivia Hamilton are attached to produce. Stay tuned for more as we hear it.

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Woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Norfolk beach – WTVR CBS 6 News

July 15th, 2019
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NORFOLK, Va. — Amanda Edwards can laugh today thinking back on her potentially fatal health scare after spending just ten minutes in the water at a Virginia beach.

“I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness… my leg is gonna fall off,'” Edwards chuckled. “That’s the only thing I could keep thinking.”

She told WTKR she contracted a flesh-eating staph infection during a day of fun at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach. She said the infection spread quickly.

“The way that it was spreading, it was going up my leg,” Edwards explained.

It happened last week.

“I was like, ‘It’s really hot. Let’s go to the beach.’ So, we went outside to the beach. I was only in the water for maybe like 10 minutes,” she explained.

The next day, the fun was over.

“I did not feel good. I noticed this thing that came on my leg. I ignored it for a couple days, and it just started getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore,” she explained.

She said doctors treated the infection and said the bacteria possibly got into her skin through an open cut.

“They had to cut me open, drain it out and stuff it with some gauze. I had to keep it covered for days,” Edwards, who was at the beach with friends, said.

This was around the time there was a swimming advisory.

“Please check the news and make sure there is not an advisory out because there was not signs out there,” Edwards mentioned.

The Norfolk Health Department told us germs can get into the water in different ways, like washing off of swimmers’ bodies or when people relieve themselves in the water.

Health officials urge swimmers to avoid swallowing water and taking a dip after a heavy rainfall.  Don’t swim if you are ill or have a weakened immune system and swim away from fishing piers, pipes, drains and water flowing from storm drains onto a beach.

As for Edwards, she said she’s taking a break from splashing around for the rest of the summer.

“Every time I go into the water, I’m gonna think about that bad experience.”

Edwards has to continue taking antibiotics for the next two weeks.

Once you get out of the water, health officials say you should shower with soap.

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Confirmed cases of legionnaires’ disease at Sheraton Atlanta – FOX 5 Atlanta

July 15th, 2019

– Health officials and managers at the Sheraton Atlanta in downtown said they are working hard to find the source after confirmed cases of legionnaires’ disease. The cases have prompted a voluntary shut down of the hotel.

The Georgia Department of Public Health released the following statement Monday:

Late this afternoon the Sheraton Atlanta voluntarily decided to temporarily close until the source of the Legionella is located and remediation is complete. Questions about their decision to close and relocation of guests should be directed to the Sheraton Atlanta.

State health officials are working with the Fulton County Board of Health and hotel staff to find the source.

The news comes about 44 days from the start of one of the biggest convention in Atlanta. Dragon Con starts Aug. 29 and runs through Labor Day. It usually nets more than 80,000 visitors, some who stay at the Sheraton Atlanta in addition to the four other nearby host hotels. For the past several years, the hotel has been used as the staging ground for participants to pick up their access badges to the convention, meaning nearly every visitor to the convention passes through the hotel each of those years.

Dragon Con organizers released the following statement on Monday evening:

“The safety of our fans is the first priority for Dragon Con. We are currently working with Sheraton management to understand the situation, the solutions, and the timeframes involved.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent list legionnaires’ disease as a severe form of pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs, usually caused by the legionella bacteria. While it can be caught outside, it thrives in water supplies such as pools, hot tubs, air conditions, mist sprayers, and more. It is treated with antibiotics.

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The real drama in ‘Teen Mom’ is all happening off-camera – The Washington Post

July 15th, 2019

Jenelle Evans, left, and Amber Portwood of “Teen Mom” walk the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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In the decade Amber Portwood spent in front of MTV cameras, the “Teen Mom” star has faced multiple felony charges, from domestic battery and child neglect to her latest and most serious yet — criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon (a machete, specifically).

TMZ reported that the 29-year-old could be booted off the reality show if convicted of that specific felony charge, for which she was arrested July 5. Portwood was also charged with two counts of domestic battery in connection with a dispute involving her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon. According to court documents, Portwood allegedly wielded a machete, striking it at a door Glennon was standing behind with their 1-year-old son, James. Glennon has since filed for emergency custody of the boy.

As court proceedings unfold, the cable television network has yet to issue an official statement. But MTV has mostly stood behind Portwood and other “Teen Mom” stars throughout their tumultuous legal histories: Portwood was charged with felony domestic battery and child neglect in 2010, which investigators say was prompted by her on-camera brawls with her former partner. In 2012, she also served about 17 months in prison for a felony drug charge.

After those incidents, Portwood managed to resume her role on the show, on which she discussed her struggles with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. But this latest charge is different: Portwood could be found guilty of recklessly placing Glennon and her son in harm’s way.

In recent months, the network has shown no mercy toward troublesome co-stars. In May, MTV abruptly cut ties with former “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans after her husband, David Eason, reportedly shot and killed her dog for attacking their 2-year-old daughter. (Eason was fired February 2018 for posting derogatory tweets about gay and transgender people.)

While Evans ultimately defended her husband’s actions, MTV said it had “no plans to cover her story in the upcoming season.” Evans, too, has a history of arrests and legal run-ins, some of which were caught on camera: Last July, the network televised video of the 27-year-old reaching for a handgun while confronting an aggressive driver — while her 8-year-old son sat in the passenger seat.

No arrests were made, but the severity of Evans’s actions indicates how much the show’s producers are willing to tolerate the stars’ on-camera behaviors, typically with minimal interference.

“Teen Mom OG” is now in its eighth season, and “Teen Mom 2” has wrapped up its ninth. But the interpersonal drama playing out on-screen is only a small portion of the franchise’s latest and most shocking headlines. Viewers of reality television demand spectacle, and the show’s producers have a tendency to narrow its focus on specific story lines; “Teen Mom” star Maci Bookout recently complained that her family life was not accurately portrayed on the show this season.

Recently, however, its most dramatic — and questionable — scenes have not been caught on camera. Evans used the show’s platform in January to clarify rumors that her husband, Eason, assaulted her, after a 911 call in October led to Evans’s hospitalization. Meanwhile, Portwood has remained under the radar, skipping a “Teen Mom” season reunion filming this weekend in New York City.

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Health officials investigate reports of Legionnaires’ Disease at Sheraton Atlanta – FOX 5 Atlanta

July 15th, 2019

– Health officials and managers at the Sheraton Atlanta in downtown said they are working hard to find the source after reports of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease possibly linked to the hotel. The cases have prompted a voluntary shut down of the hotel.

The Georgia Department of Public Health released the following statement Monday:

“Late this afternoon the Sheraton Atlanta voluntarily decided to temporarily close until the source of the Legionella is located and remediation is complete. Questions about their decision to close and relocation of guests should be directed to the Sheraton Atlanta.”

State health officials are working with the Fulton County Board of Health and hotel staff to find the source.

Numerous hotel guests were seen looking for rides or walking with their luggages outside the hotel. Some said staff members disclosed a possible outbreak of the bacteria, while others said staff remained silent when questioned. 

“There’s a potential disease outbreak and nobody bothered to let us know?” said a concerned mother with children and pets. 

“They said just to leave the hotel,” said another guest, who said workers wouldn’t tell him anything.  

Some guests said the staff relocated them elsewhere, while others said they had to pay for and find a different place to stay. 

The hotel later told FOX 5 that all guests would be refunded.  

Ken Peduzzi, General Manager of Sheraton Atlanta sent the following statement to FOX 5 News Monday evening:

“The health and safety of our guests is our greatest priority. We are working closely with public health officials and outside experts to conduct testing to determine if Legionella is present at the hotel. As a result, out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to close the hotel while we await the results. The Sheraton Atlanta is currently working to relocate its guests to nearby hotels. It is also reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to assist in directing them to other nearby hotels. Guests whose reservations have been canceled will receive a full refund. “

Peduzzi told FOX 5 News while they took the steps to close the hotel out of an abundance of extreme caution, there is no direct evidence legionella bacteria was present at the hotel.

The news comes about 44 days from the start of one of the biggest convention in Atlanta. Dragon Con starts Aug. 29 and runs through Labor Day. It usually nets more than 80,000 visitors, some who stay at the Sheraton Atlanta in addition to the four other nearby host hotels. For the past several years, the hotel has been used as the staging ground for participants to pick up their access badges to the convention, meaning nearly every visitor to the convention passes through the hotel each of those years.

Dragon Con organizers released the following statement on Monday evening:

“The safety of our fans is the first priority for Dragon Con. We are currently working with Sheraton management to understand the situation, the solutions, and the timeframes involved.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent list Legionnaires’D isease as a severe form of pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs, usually caused by the legionella bacteria. While it can be caught outside, it thrives in water supplies such as pools, hot tubs, air conditions, mist sprayers, and more. It is treated with antibiotics.

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Victoria man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria – KHOU.com

July 15th, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas — A Victoria man who died one week ago was reportedly killed by flesh-eating bacteria after a camping trip to Magnolia Beach on Matagorda Bay.

His wife said she went from planning a family vacation at the beach to planning a funeral days later.

Debra Mattix said her husband, Gary Evans, 56, did not have any noticeable open wounds or cuts that would have allowed the bacteria to make entry into his body.

“His hat fell off into the water a couple of times, and he picked it up, and you just laugh about it, and he put it back on his head, was that it?” Debra Mattix asked. “Was that the entryway then? I don’t know. Could it have been when he pulled the crab traps out of the water and the breeze, some of the water sprinkled on him then? But to say we floated out in the water, no. We never got in the water.”

Mattix said Evans’ condition went from bad to worse that weekend.

She said surgeons thought they had removed all of the affected tissue but the bacteria had already made it into Evans’ bloodstream.

RELATED: Houston doctors trying to develop vaccine for flesh-eating bacteria

The man’s organs began to fail, and by Monday, he was dead.

“It turned out this bacteria is a lot more horrible than anybody thinks, and it’s rapid,” Mattix said. “It destroys anything in its path. Stay out of the water. Stay out of the water for awhile anyway. This is in our backyard, practically. It’s scary.”

Mattix now has a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses and medical costs.

There is more of the flesh-eating vibrio bacteria present in the water during warmer months of the year. It is usually contracted through open wounds by individuals with weakened immune systems.

In February, KHOU 11 showed how Houston researchers are creating a vaccine for the disease. However, the vaccine is expected to take 10 to 15 years to develop.

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