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Angelina Jolie Pitt wants
divorce finalized by year’s end
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie Pitt says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalized before the end of the year.
The declarations came in a request for a case-management hearing filed Tuesday by Jolie Pitt’s attorneys in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The document says her attorneys will work with Pitt’s lawyers to ensure the actors are single again in 2018.
The court filing contends Pitt “has paid no meaningful child support” since the couple’s separation. It says he has failed to live up to their informal financial arrangements, and she’ll seek a court order to get retroactive payments from him.
Pitt’s attorney Lance Spiegel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce nearly two years ago and currently has primary custody of their six children.
Ruby Rose cast as lesbian
NEW YORK (AP) — Ruby Rose is making history with her latest role as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series.
Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover event between the network’s other DC Comics shows, “Arrow”, “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”
A stand-alone series about Batwoman, whose real name is Kate Kane, is in development for the 2019-20 TV season. Kane is described as a highly-trained street fighter with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.
Rose wrote Tuesday on Instagram that she’s “thrilled and honored” and “an emotional wreck” over the news. As a young, gay person, she never felt represented on TV.
Rose gained stardom when she was cast in season three of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”
Gina Rodriguez is engaged to ‘a really cool partner’
NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Rodriguez credits “Jane the Virgin” with many things: changing her career (she won a Golden Globe for her work on The CW series in 2015), giving her a platform for activism and humanitarian work, and leading her to the love of her life.
She is now engaged to Joe LoCicero, who she met when he guest-starred in an episode of the show in 2016.
“I never was the girl that dreamt about my wedding,” said Rodriguez, 34, in an interview Tuesday.
“I did always pray that I would meet a really cool partner, whether it was going to be male or female, that I was going to have somebody that was going to uplift me and support me and want me to shine and not want to take away from that but want to shine as well in their own right and I found it in Joe, and I found it on the set of ‘Jane.'”
Rodriguez revealed details of their relationship while on a media tour for the feminine products company Always. The brand wants to bring awareness to what’s known as “period poverty,” where American girls from low income families miss school because they don’t have access to menstrual products.
“It devastates me. It breaks my heart,” said the actress.
Rodriguez is returning to work on “Jane the Virgin” this week. She’ll direct the first episode of the upcoming fifth and final season.
She said she knows how the series will end but doesn’t know exactly how the writers will get there. She also said fans of the show are “not getting gypped” by its ending because the creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, always imagined it as a story told in five chapters.
“As much as people are saddened that the show is going to be done after season five … you’re getting the gift of the whole thing. Everything Jennie ever thought of.”
Rodriguez already has a number of other projects in the works, including a live action “Carmen Sandiego” film for Netflix. She has also remade the Mexican movie “Miss Bala,” about a beauty contest winner forced to work for the mob after she witnesses a murder.
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