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    A reality show set in the wilderness was canceled because of poor ratings, but no one told the contestants. >> Read more trending news  According to the Guardian, a group of 23 strangers “were brought to the remote west Highlands of Scotland to build a self-sufficient community away from technology and modern tools.” The show, called “Eden,” was to document their year-long experience. But only four episodes of “Eden,” which debuted in July 2016, were aired before the show was pulled.  At the time the show was pulled, 10 contestants remained. But according to E! News, no one informed those contestants of the news, and they were left abandoned with the belief that their experiences were being showed on television. Those 10 people spent the year in the woods and continued to film their lives on handheld cameras. The contestants missed important events that occurred during their isolation, including Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the deaths of many celebrities, including British singer George Michael. The show’s creator said the footage will air in some form later this year. Read more at the Guardian. MyFoxBoston.com contributed to this report.
  • The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year. The tentative plan is to air the Ali film in 2021. Sarah Burns said the outpouring of good will at Ali's death made it easy to forget how divisive it was when the former Cassius Clay took the Ali name when he converted to Islam and refused to join the Army during the Vietnam War. She said filmmakers want to examine what influenced Ali's choices and how he stuck with them despite public condemnation.
  • Danielle Bregoli is Hollywood-bound and it’s time to get your TV remotes ready.  The “Cash Me Outside” teen just signed a deal with a major production company, according to TMZ. >> Read more trending news Danielle, the Boynton Beach, Florida, native who just turned 14, will star in loosely formatted reality TV show. While nothing has been filmed yet, producers are confident that they can sell networks on the series, TMZ reported.  That’s because no one is worried about Danielle producing content. From her start on Dr. Phil to the past couple of months, Danielle has made headline after headline, yet fans can’t seem to get enough of her. Now the only question is when can we expect “cash” her on our TVs?  Read more at TMZ.
  •   Darlene Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape,' has died. Cates died in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Forney, Texas, according to her son-in-law, David Morgan. She was 69.   Cates was cast in the film as the morbidly obese mother of Johnny Depp, in the title role, and his younger brother, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. She had been spotted by the film's screenwriter, Peter Hedges, while appearing on the 'Sally Jessy Raphael' talk show, where she discussed her struggles with her weight. The film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, won acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a troubled but loving family in a small Iowa town. Cates later appeared on episodes of the series 'Picket Fences' and 'Touched By an Angel.
  • Olympic champ Michael Phelps is participating in Discovery network's Shark Week this summer, although he won't be asked to outswim one. It's not immediately clear what Phelps will be doing, although Discovery President Rich Ross said Tuesday he's intrigued about seeing the fastest human swimmer interact with nature's fastest. Perhaps Phelps can be encouraged to go underwater in a shark cage, he said. The week of shark-themed programming in mid-summer is annually Discovery's biggest event. Now that it is approaching its 29th year, programmers are on the lookout for a new wrinkle. Phelps has won 28 Olympic swimming medals, 23 of them gold.
  • The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion off the Florida Keys filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday. Rob Stewart, 37, of Toronto, Canada, died in January off Islamorada, Florida, while filming a follow-up to his 2006 documentary 'Sharkwater,' which examined the impact of shark hunting on the ocean's ecosystem. According to the lawsuit, Stewart and dive organizer Peter Sotis both surfaced at the same time with apparent breathing difficulties, but Stewart didn't make it back on board the dive boat. While others were treating Sotis, they allowed Stewart to slip away. Stewart's submerged body was found three days later, about 300 feet from where he was last spotted on the surface, following a massive search involving the Coast Guard and several other agencies. Stewart's death 'was a preventable tragedy that was going to happen to someone,' his family's attorney, Michael Haggard said in an email. The family 'hopes the legal action will push out and/or change the ways of all irresponsibly operating diving businesses and help keep attention on Stewart's mission of ocean conservation,' he added. Unspecified damages are being sought in the negligence lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, Circuit Court. It names as defendants Horizon Dive Adventures of Key Largo, Florida, Add Helium LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and dive organizers Peter and Claudia Sotis, who operate Add Helium. An attorney for Sotis did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. According to the lawsuit, the dive was taking place at the wreck of the Queen of Nassau in about 230 feet of water and about six miles from the Islamorada coast. A grappling hook had been placed on the wreck that was attached to a surface buoy to mark the location of the dive. Stewart and Peter Sotis encountered difficulties when they went down a third time to remove the grappling hook. Stewart, a wildlife photographer, also made a 2013 documentary, 'Revolution' about environmental collapse. _____ Follow Curt Anderson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/miamicurt
  • Alec Baldwin says he's 'stunned' at the popularity of his impression of President Donald Trump on 'Saturday Night Live.' Baldwin tells Vanity Fair that he took up 'SNL' producer Lorne Michaels' offer to play the Republican billionaire after a planned movie role fell through. He says it's turned out to be an 'incredible opportunity.' Baldwin says Kate McKinnon is 'one of the three most talented people' he's worked with on the show. McKinnon has played Hillary Clinton, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on 'SNL' this season. In an excerpt of a new memoir, Baldwin praises his former '30 Rock' co-star Tina Fey. He writes that working on Fey's NBC sitcom was the best job he's had or will ever have.
  • The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic 'Donkey Kong' that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit 'Wii Sports,' that made gamers out of grandparents. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games are under consideration for induction in May. They also include: 'Final Fantasy VII,' ''Halo: Combat Evolved,' ''Microsoft Windows Solitaire,' ''Mortal Kombat,' ''Myst,' ''Pokemon Red and Green,' ''Portal,' ''Resident Evil,' ''Street Fighter II' and 'Tomb Raider.' The finalists were chosen from thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries, said museum officials, who will rely on an international committee of video game scholars and journalists to select the 2017 class. The winners will be inducted May 4. 'What they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,' said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games.' The hall of fame recognizes electronic games that have achieved icon status and geographical reach, and that have influenced game design or popular culture. The class of 2017 will be the third group to go into the young hall, joining 'DOOM,' ''Grand Theft Auto III,' ''The Legend of Zelda,' ''The Oregon Trail,' ''Pac-Man,' ''Pong,' ''The Sims,' ''Sonic the Hedgehog,' ''Space Invaders,' Tetris, 'World of Wardcraft,' and 'Super Mario Bros.,' whose title character got his start in this year's 'Donkey Kong' entry. More about this year's finalists, according The Strong: —'Donkey Kong' (1981): Helped to launch the career of game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and sold an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets. —'Final Fantasy VII' (1997): The Sony Playstation's second-most popular game introduced 3-D computer graphics and full motion video, selling more than 10 million units. —'Halo: Combat Evolved' (2001): A launch game for Microsoft's Xbox system, the science-fiction game sold more than 6 million copies and inspired sequels, spin-offs, novels, comic books and action figures. —'Microsoft Windows Solitaire' (1991): Based on a centuries-old card game, it has been installed on more than 1 billion home computers and other machines since debuting on Windows 3.0. —'Mortal Kombat' (1992): The game's realistic violence was debated internationally and in Congress and was a factor in the 1994 creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board. —'Myst' (1993): The slow-paced, contemplative game harnessed early CD-ROM technology and became the best-selling computer game in the 1990s, selling 6 million copies. —'Pokemon Red and Green' (1996): Since appearing on the Nintendo Game Boy, the Pokemon phenomenon has produced more than 260 million copies of its games, 21.5 billion trading cards, more than 800 television episodes and 17 movies. —'Portal' (2007): The Game Developers Conference's 2008 Game of the Year was the breakout hit out of the four first-person shooter games it was packaged with, recognized for game mechanics that relied on portal physics. —'Resident Evil' (1996): Among spin-offs of the survival horror game are movies that have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, as well as themed restaurants and novels. —'Street Fighter II' (1991): One of the top-selling arcade games ever helped spark an arcade renaissance in the 1990s and inspired numerous sequels. —'Tomb Raider' (1996): Its female protagonist, Lara Croft, is the face of a franchise that has sold more than 58 million units worldwide, helped in part by actress Angelina Jolie's movie portrayal. —'Wii Sports' (2006): Launched with the Nintendo Wii home video game system, its motion-control technology let gamers of any age serve a tennis ball or throw a left hook and helped push Wii console sales to more than 100 million.
  • Miller posted on Instagram on Sunday that she will no longer take part in the show. She says that she has asked for creative credit for her ideas for the show for six years, but hasn't received it. She says she has been 'manipulated, disrespected and used.' A&E Networks, which includes Lifetime, declined to comment on the post. Miller pleaded guilty in June to hiding about $775,000 from a bankruptcy court after filing for Chapter 11. She's set to be sentenced in Pittsburgh on May 8.
  • Stars of the Great White Way put their voices together to help save arts funding endangered by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. >> Read more trending news Cast members from hit shows like “Hamilton,” “Rent,” “Cats,” and “Les Miserables” belted out a gospel-like version of the Beatles hit “With a Little Help From My Friends” to help gain support for the National Endowment of the Arts, Billboard reported. The single was recently released on iTunes and Amazon with all of the profits going to Americans for the Arts.  The push to save funding for the arts has had some big-name support, with Josh Groban and Barbra Streisand tweeting to save arts funding. There is also a petition on change.org to send a message to Washington on how important many believe arts are to the country. Trump has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, CNN and other media outlets have reported. Click here to read Trump’s budget proposal.

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  • A little girl named Rayna is melting hearts around the globe in a short video that shows her loving encounter with a new “robot” friend. The YouTube video posted Monday, titled “Rayna meets a ‘robot,’” is just 24 seconds long, but by early Tuesday it had been viewed nearly 665,000 times. In it, the girl walked along a street and saw what she thought was a robot.  The “robot” was a discarded water heater awaiting pickup by trash collectors. >> Read more trending stories “Hi, robot,” Rayna said cheerfully, looking up at the top of the heater and into what looked like big, round eyes. “Hi, robot.” She wrapped her arms around the heater, glancing back at one point to look at the person filming her. “I wuv you, robot,” she said. “I wuv you, robot.” Rayna’s ardent love of the water heater faded fast as her attention was drawn to a new friend -- a nearby manhole cover.   Watch Rayna’s heartwarming encounter below.
  • A Florida woman accused of injecting Fix-a-Flat, cement, silicone, mineral oil and Super Glue into the buttocks of women in to try to enhance their figures was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison over a death resulting from the toxic mix, according to local media reports.   The 2012 death of Shatarka Nuby, 31, was dubbed the “toxic tush” case. O’Neal Morris, 31, served nearly a year in prison on charges of practicing medicine without a license after it was discovered she illegally injected toxic substances to enhance women's buttocks, leaving many scarred for life. >> Read more trending news Morris, who police say was born a man, but identifies as a woman, pleaded for mercy before a Broward County judge.  'I have never, ever, or would dare ever to inject, or have injected any human with any type of unknown substance, such as Super Glue, cement, Fix-a-Flat, concrete, nothing that comes from Home Depot, nothing that comes out of any hardware store,' Morris said. Related: ‘Toxic tush doctor’ facing steep prison time if convicted in death Nuby’s family members appeared in court asking for justice.  'What you took from me, that was a precious jewel,' said Nuby’s mother, Sherri Pitts. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here A plea deal called for a sentence of up to 15 years. The judge decided to sentence Morris to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years of probation along with restitution, local media reported.  Over her attorney’s arguments, the judge ordered Morris to serve time in a men’s prison because Florida law doesn't make exemptions for transgender inmates.
  • Three local men are among the 15 nabbed in an online child sex sting. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and five other law enforcement agencies - including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement - pitched in as the Gainesville Police Department led the way in Operation Resilient. GPD Chief Tony Jones says all the suspects made arrangements online to have sex with teenagers, but those suspects didn't know until it was too late that they were actually chatting with undercover detectives posing as the guardians of those teens. '15 men made the conscious decision to get into a vehicle and travel with the intention of having sex with a teenager,' Jones added. 'I'm proud of everyone involved in this operation as they seek to get these offenders behind bars and away from our children.' Among those arrested are 39-year-old Doe Doe (left in photo) and 22-year-old Cristian Torres-Vega (right), both from Jacksonville. The other local man arrested is 25-year-old Joshua Gillen (center) from Keystone Heights. Most of the others arrested come from Gainesville or the Alachua County area. Operation Resilient wrapped up in five days after beginning on March 15th, per GPD.
  • The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers can expect to see more deserted storefronts and “going out of business” signs. 'It's going to be a year of transition and a year of reckoning and a year of awakening for retailers,' said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analysis for the NPD Group. NPD Group conducts market research on consumer trends. More shoppers are eschewing retail outlets for the convenience of online shopping, made sweeter with deals from the likes of Amazon, which offers free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.  Amazon has seen the benefits of such features. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the company saw a 22 percent increase in revenue over the fourth quarter of 2015. U.S. shoppers spent a record high $91.7 billion online during the 2016 holiday season. While e-commerce is seen as quick and generally easy, a study conducted in 2013 by WD Partners showed that nearly 80 percent of respondents said instant gratification was what got them out of their homes and into the malls.  Here’s a list of 15 retailers that have announced store closings for 2017. American Apparel – all 110 stores closed CVS – closing 70 stores Chico – closing 120 stores Crocs – closing 160 stores Family Christian – closing all of its 240 stores  JCPenney – closing 138 stores Kmart – closing 108 stores Macy's – closing 63 stores Office Depot – closing 100 stores Payless Shoes – closing 400-500 stores Radio Shack – closing 552 stores Sears – closing 42 stores The Limited – closed 250 stores in January The Children’s Place – closing as many as 200 stores H.H. Gregg – closing 88 stores  Several restaurant chains have also announced they will be closing locations in 2017 as well. Forty “underperforming” Carrabba’s, Outback, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, according to the company that owns them. In 2016, chains Bob Evans, Logan’s Roadhouse, Old Country Buffet and Ruby Tuesday all announced restaurant closings.
  • A federal investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a New York teenager has led FBI agents to gator-infested woods in South Carolina. According to the Post and Courier, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel sneaked away from her home in Rochester, New York, to spend spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Drexel was last seen in security footage at a Myrtle Beach hotel on April 25, 2009.  >> Read more trending news In 2012, Drexel’s mother told a TV reporter she had learned her daughter had been “miserable” on the trip and had planned to leave anyway on the day she went missing. After years of minimal progress in the investigation, authorities received a tip from an inmate identified as Taquan Brown, alleging that he learned what happened to Drexel while visiting a so-called “stash house” in McClellanville, according to the Post and Courier.  Brown told investigators in August that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped, shot and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp. Brown also implicated then-16-year-old Timothy Taylor and his father, Shaun Taylor, in the crime, according to authorities. The FBI told the Post and Courier that “several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel’s body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators.” The FBI is searching an area in Georgetown County, S.C., using an excavator to search a wooded area in Foxfire Court. Authorities have not provided any information on what they hope to find in the woods. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here No charges have been filed against Taylor, who maintains his innocence.  Investigators said Sunday that they are closer to making an arrest in the case, and are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.  

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