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Courtesy of Netflix(CHICAGO) -- Cheer star Jerry Harris was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of producing child pornography, the United States District Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois announced.

Harris, 21, has been accused of contacting two underage boys on social media and repeatedly asking them to produce and send sexually explicit videos and photographs of themselves, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The complaint also states that one of the victims, who said that he was first contacted by Harris in December 2018, informed Harris during a conversation on social media that he was 13 years old.

An attorney for Harris did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. His attorneys also declined to speak to reporters while leaving court on Thursday.

Harris is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing on Monday. If convicted, the TV personality could face 15 to 30 years in prison.

USA Today reported Monday that the FBI had executed a search warrant at Harris' home in Naperville, Illinois, amid allegations that he'd solicited sex and sexually explicit photographs from minors. At the time, a representative for the FBI would only confirm that the organization was conducting "court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area," and offered no additional comment.

A spokesperson for Harris denied the allegations in a statement provided to ABC News.

"We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager," the spokesperson said. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

The alleged victims and their mother filed a lawsuit on Monday in Texas against Harris, Varsity Brands, the U.S. All Star Federation and the Cheer Athletics gym where Harris cheered.

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Snapchat(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaden Smith is taking on a leadership role amongst his generation when it comes to combating social injustice.

Smith will host a new eight-episode series called The Solution Committee through Snapchat's Snap Original series platform.

The millennial-friendly show features discussions with several of today's young voices about how to create solutions to the world's most prevalent issues including racism, education, climate change, voting and climate racism. 

Smith takes on a news anchor-like role on "the show where we bring people together to talk about complex issues," he describes, leading discussions that explore the dynamics between young people and the political process.   

In the trailer that boasts neon colors, cartoons, and all-around vintage vibes, Smith is joined by such figures as Emmy winning screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe who says "it can be very daunting for people, especially young people, when they want to change the world. How does one do that?" she poses.    

Other guests include Smith's sister Willow Smith, Hailey Bieber, Janelle Monae, Common and more as the show aims to transform viewers' mentality from "feeling hopeless to hopeful." 

The series will premiere on September 21, one day before National Voter Registration Day, with each episode providing viewers with access to voter registration information.

The Solution Committee will air Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Snapchat's Discovery page. 

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Eddy Chen/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher is seeing his portrayal of police officers in a new light. 

For the past seven years, Braugher is known to TV viewers as beloved Captain Holt on the critically acclaimed NBC comedyBefore that, he spent seven seasons as Detective Frank Pembleton on the '90s cop show, Homicide: Life on the Street. 

Speaking to Variety, Braugher says that cop shows hold a certain responsibility when it comes to accurately portraying the police system in America, and has noticed a specific trend in how police officers are portrayed on screen. 

“I look up after all these decades of playing these characters, and I say to myself, it’s been so pervasive that I’ve been inside this storytelling, and I, too, have fallen prey to the mythology that’s been built up. It’s almost like the air you breathe or the water that you swim in. It’s hard to see," he explains. 

"But because there are so many cop shows on television, that’s where the public gets its information about the state of policing. Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope," he continues.

"It has given license to the breaking of law everywhere, justified it and excused it. That’s something that we’re going to have to collectively address -- all cop shows. The myth that the outcomes of the criminal justice system are not dependent upon your race has to be confronted.” 

As Brooklyn approaches its eighth season, the actor hopes that the show will "commit itself" to telling the stories of the relationship between race and policing in an honest way.

The new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is expected to premiere in 2021.   

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Efren Landaos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, Wu-Tang founder RZA is still reeling over the moment when he first learned that he had been nominated for an Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy for his Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

"When I got that Emmy nod, first of all, I didn't expect it," RZA tells ABC Audio. "And when it came, I kind of didn't believe it because I wasn't reaching for it. I just was creating art."

"And when they said, 'Yo, yo. You got nominated for the Emmy.' I was like, 'Huh?,'" he recalls. "I didn't believe it at first...And then it kept popping up like... emails from the Hulu team and the Imagine [Television Studios] team, 'Congratulations. Congratulations.'"

Although he wrote the score for his Hulu drama series, RZA is not selfish when it comes to his Emmy nod. The gifted composer, producer and director calls the honor "not just an Emmy for [himself, but] an Emmy for our show." He's also just as humble when it comes to an actual Emmy win, adding he's thankful for the recognition which has made him feel "so much happier and joy."

"I don't normally kind of geek out on things, but I really felt it was a nice surprise for me," RZA says. "COVID has been some downers for this year and definitely for the summer. So that has been one of the highlights of my summer -- is that Emmy nomination."

The 2020 Emmy Awards air September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- Disney took home its first Emmy Awards last night for The Mandalorian. 

The streaming platform was awarded five accolades during the third night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series (Half-hour) and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour). 

The wins are part of the series' 15 total Emmy nominations this year. The Mandalorian premiered on Disney in 2019 and stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, with Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and Gina Carano in supporting roles. It marks the first Star Wars live-action series.  

HBO's Watchmen also picked up multiple wins last night for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie, among others. 

The fourth round of Creative Arts Emmy winners will be announced tonight on Emmys.com. It all leads up to the Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted live by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will air without an in-person audience; the winners give their acceptance speeches from their respective locations.    

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Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chrissy Teigen is paying the price for not following the doctor's orders of mandatory bed rest.  The Cravings author revealed Wednesday that she is now confined to her bed for the next week -- which she says "it’s kind of crappier than it sounds."

Teigen, who confirmed her third pregnancy alongside husband John Legend in his "Wild" music video, says that she's been facing a fair amount of challenges this time around. 

Speaking to her Instagram followers via stories on Tuesday, the Bring the Funny host opened up about why she'll be posting from her bedroom for the next few days. 

"I didn't really know that bed rest was in bed. I honestly thought bed rest was you have to really, really relax, stay home," she confessed. "I thought it could be couch rest. But now I'm in trouble. Now I need bed rest."

Without mincing words, Teigen confirmed that she needs "super serious bed rest times," because "it's a bit of a difficult pregnancy."

"I feel good though. I will say I'm probably being punished for talking so much about how great the first two went," the 34-year-old mom of two cracked. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, pregnancy's awesome!' But now I get it. I get anyone that thinks it's not so awesome...but very happy to be carrying this baby."

She posted a groggy bed rest update on Wednesday to her stories, further revealing that, even though she only spent five minutes out of bed for the past 24 hours, she "still bled everywhere."

"Here til next Tuesday. Lord it’s kind of crappier than it sounds," Teigen also added on Twitter, doubling down on her previous sentiment that she's being punished for "saying the first two pregnancies were easy peasy."

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Jason Mendez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gigi Hadid's father, Mohamed Hadid, has some sweet words for his first grandchild -- and he (briefly) shared them with the world.

In a since-deleted post from Wednesday, Mohamed took to Instagram to share a handwritten poem dedicated to his "little grandchild" titled "Grandpa's heart." 

"Hello little grandchild, it is me, my heart is as happy as can be. I wish for you the sun and moon, I wish for you a happy time. Know that Grandpa’s always near, I’ll do anything, anything for you my dear," the poem read, according to People. "When I heard you were on the way, I smiled and wiped a tear away. I cried the tear because I knew, my heart would always belong to you."

Mohamed captioned the post in both English and Arabic, writing, "In the name of God the The merciful I want to say l love you and so proud of you @gigihadid." 

Gigi, 25, is expecting her first child with former One Direction member Zayn Malik, 27.

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Melinda Sue Gordon(NEW YORK) -- John David Washington says he felt like a student in a master class when working with director Christopher Nolan on his latest project Tenet. In fact, Washington says he learned some invaluable lessons from both Nolan and his Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee during his time working with them.

"They say never meet your heroes, but they're exceptions to that rule," Washington says. "I'm so glad I got to meet them and work alongside them. They made me feel like a colleague... like I was contributing to their vision. They made me feel like we were teammates."

"And these men, who should have a tremendous ego -- they deserved to," he continues. "They don't have to make anybody feel any kind of way. And they still do. And they still take themselves out of it and put the project first. And that's a great lesson to learn from legends like that."

Washington notes that it was Nolan and Lee's humility and ability to put their "ego.. aside" that left him with a lasting impression. He also adds that the two taught him that in this business "there are no mistakes" as long as you "love what you do and you're relentless in pursuing it."

"If you are in service to the film, in service to the story, your ego's left aside," Washington explains. "And no matter how big you become, how much success you get over the years -- which these two pillars have -- they still have the same approach, the same love, and youthful exuberance towards the work that they had on their first films."

"And that was a great lesson to me," he adds.

Tenet, also starring  Robert Pattinson, is available in select theaters across the U.S.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon landed himself in hot water after a 20-year-old clip of him impersonating Chris Rock resurfaced online.  While critics have slammed the video for being an offensive example of blackface, the person Fallon was pretending to be has come to the night show host's defense in a new interview.

Speaking with the New York Times, Rock opened up about the controversy and explained that he sees absolutely nothing wrong with the video.

"I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy’s a great guy. And he didn’t mean anything," the Grown Ups star attested, saying that Fallon's parody wasn't intended to be malicious.

"A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does," continued Rock. "I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t."

The comedian went onto explain why the controversy is an example of a deeper issue, which is cancel culture.

"There's literally one answer that ends my whole career," Rock said after being asked if he thinks that removing old TV shows or movies containing instances of blackface goes too far.  

"Blackface ain't cool, okay? That's my quote. Blackface is bad," he answered. "It's so sad, we live in a world now where you have to say, I am so against cancer. 'I just assumed you liked cancer.' No, no, no, I am so against it. You have to state so many obvious things you're against."

Fallon impersonated Rock in 2000 for a skit on Saturday Night Live.  Following the clip going viral and drawing intense backlash, the late night host apologized in May, calling it "a terrible decision" and that "there is no excuse for this."

"I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable," he added.

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Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Emmys are bringing in some major star power this Sunday.

ABC and the Television Academy announced on Wednesday that Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Morgan Freeman are among the latest stars scheduled to appear and/or present at this Sunday's Emmy Awards.

 

Other talent include: Jason Bateman, Sesame Street’s Count von Count, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, DJ D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis.

 

The new additions join Anthony Anderson, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, J.J. Watt, Lena Waithe and Oprah Winfrey, who were previously announced. Meanwhile, Grammy winner H.E.R. has been chosen to perform this year’s “In Memoriam” segment.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the “72nd Emmy Awards” will be broadcast Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released a teaser for The Christmas Chronicles 2, which sees real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn reprising their roles as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

"We're about to show you something you've never seen before," Hawn narrates in the 30-second clip as a vintage book titled The Christmas Chronicles opens to reveal a snow-covered, enchanted Christmas scene with a massive tree in the town square known as "Santa's Village."

Santa then informs the two children who've come to visit them, including original character Kate Pierce, that Mrs. Claus was in fact the one who designed it, with Kate suggesting that it should instead be called "Mrs. Claus' Village." 

"Why I never thought of that," he replies, to which Hawn quips, "of course he didn't." 

Hawn made a brief appearance as Mrs. Claus at the end of the original The Christmas Chronicles, which premiered in 2018. Her son Oliver Hudson also had a supporting role as Doug Pierce, the deceased husband of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Claire Pierce.  

The Christmas Chronicles 2 will debut on Netflix on November 25. 

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Jim Carrey will portray Joe Biden in the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. 

In an interview with VultureSNL creator Lorne Michaels revealed that the Bruce Almighty star has been tapped to play the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

Michaels explains that there was interest on Carrey's part in taking the role, the actor having multiple conversations with Michaels and Saturday Night Live writer Colin Jost about what the gig would entail. 

"There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was," Michaels describes. "He will give the part energy and strength, and hopefully it’s funny."

In SNL's past, Woody Harrelson and Jason Sudeikis are among those who have portrayed the former Vice President. 

"But I’m thrilled Jim’s doing it," he adds. 

SNL season 46 will return live in studio on October 3. 

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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan have shared photos of their return to the set of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Like many productions, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was halted in March while shooting in Prague due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Disney series has since resumed production in Atlanta, with two of its stars posting black-and-white photos to social media showing that they are back to work social distance-style.

Stan turned to Instagram to share a photo of himself taking a photo of his co-star posing thoughtfully against a brick wall. Both of the men are in costume.

"Friends. Social distancing since November ’19," Stan jokes in the caption.

Meanwhile, Mackie turned to Twitter to showcase the solo shot Stan took of him casting a suave look at the camera in his superhero attire.

"The boyz are back in town! Having fun while social distancing..." he writes. 

Mackie and Stan are reprising their roles as Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively, from the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. 

The series picks up where the film left off after the character of Steve Rogers, portrayed by Chris Evans, gives the Captain America shield to Falcon. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently scheduled for release later this year on Disney . 

Disney is the parent company of ABC.  

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ABC(PARIS) -- Wednesday night at 9 p.m ET, ABC airs Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris, a documentary about the fire that ravaged the legendary cathedral in April 2019. 

It's told via dramatic, first-hand accounts of the firefighters who saved the structure, as well as the clergy, church administrators and more. 

The firefighters are the true heroes of the story, as they risked their lives to keep the cathedral's nearly 1,000-year-old towers from collapsing.

Producer and director Jules Naudet [shzool naw-DAY] says firefighters are a very special breed: full of "great pride, a great humanity, and a great sense of humor."

"They are aware of the dangers, but at the same time, this is what they love to do," he notes.  "No one could have stopped them going up these towers...and they were so proud of saving [the cathedral] and doing it without anyone losing their lives...was not an easy challenge....[it]was a kind of a losing proposition at first." 

As the documentary shows, seemingly all of Paris comes together in support as the firefighters battle the blaze.  It's something Naudet hopes will be truly inspiring for people to watch.

"We see that they put their lives on the line for something greater than all of us," he says, adding that he believes "that moment where everyone got together to try to save something that belonged to all of us" will resonate even more at this time in our history.

"That ray of hope that I hope that this documentary will bring to the people is that when we put our heads together and our sweat and our blood...we can achieve anything."

"It is really the beating heart of Paris, Notre-Dame," Naudet adds. "It will be rebuilt and, little by little, we'll get there."

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington is officially an Emmy Award winner. 

During the second night of the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are being announced virtually this year, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" And “Good Times” was awarded Outstanding Variety Special (Live). 

The special aired on ABC in 2019 and featured a cast including Viola Davis, Tiffany Haddish and Woody Harrelson performing live re-enactments of scenes from the famed TV shows. 

Washington served as one of the members of the all-star executive producers team, alongside All in the Family creator Norman Lear, co-host Jimmy Kimmel, actors Will Ferrell, Justin Thereaux and more.

"OMG. So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew," Washington wrote on her Instagram Stories in response to the win, according to E!

The show beat out other contenders including The Oscars77th Annual Golden Globe AwardsSuper Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira and the 73rd Annual Tony Awards.

Washington has been nominated for a total of eight Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal. 

She's currently nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in Little Fires Everywhere. 

Other winners from night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are Saturday Night LiveRuPaul's Drag Race and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, among others.     

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