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  • The Walking Dead’ Cast Rumors: Lauren Cohan Still Unsigned For Season 9

    REUTERS/Danny MoloshokActress Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Rhee in “The Walking Dead,” at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Feb. 27, 2016.

    Rumors that Lauren Cohan might leave “The Walking Dead” have been swirling around due to the fact that she has not yet signed a contract for the ninth season of the show.

    Cohan plays one of the lead characters of the show, Maggie Rhee, who is currently the leader of the Hilltop Colony as they wage an all-out war against Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) Saviors. However, some fans fear that Cohan’s stay in the show could be hanging in the balance as she has yet to sign a contract for Season 9.

    Apart from not having a Season 9 contract yet for “The Walking Dead,” it was also confirmed that Cohan would be portraying one of the lead characters in ABC’s upcoming action-dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier.”

    It is important to note that the lack of a Season 9 contract with AMC does not necessarily mean she will no longer join the next installment of “The Walking Dead.” However, sources of The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that there was a deeper reason why AMC and Cohan’s camp had yet to reach a deal.

    Cohan is reportedly “battling” with AMC over the salary being offered to her for Season 9. On top of this conflict, it was said that she had also been looking for a new TV series role, which she found with ABC.

    THR mentioned that Cohan was not demanding to be paid the same amount as her fellow male cast members Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. However, AMC and her representatives have reportedly been trying to find a common ground when it comes to adjusting her salary for Season 9 for several months now but still to no avail.

    If AMC and Cohan’s team agree on a deal in time for “The Walking Dead” Season 9, reports suggest that there could be drastic changes seen either on the zombie apocalypse series or ABC’s upcoming show.

    Entertainment Weekly said that if Cohan ends up remaining a series regular in “The Walking Dead” Season 9, “Whiskey Cavalry” will have to be pushed back for a mid-season premiere next year. There is also a chance that she could get fewer scenes on the new installment of her older show while the upcoming one’s time table remains untouched.

    In an earlier interview with “The Walking Dead” showrunner Scott Gimple with TVLine, he recognized the uncertainty of having Maggie around for the upcoming season. “These things do happen in TV,” he said on the possibility of a Maggie-less Season 9. “But we’re talking,” he added.

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  • The Big Bang Theory’ Spoilers: Episode With Bill Gates Cameo Airs Next Month

    REUTERS/Joshua RobertsMicrosoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates will make his first appearance in “The Big Bang Theory” in March 2018.

    Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” are in for another major cameo appearance featuring Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in an episode that airs next month.

    “The Big Bang Theory’s” network, CBS, and producer Warner Bros. confirmed to CNN that they had Gates lined up for a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of the long-time running show that revolves around the lives of the scientist characters.

    Like many other scientists and personalities in the technology industry, Gates will be featured as himself. According to the same report, he will first meet Penny (Kaley Cuoco) while she is at work. As expected, she will share this amazing story with her friends in the show who will reportedly be starstruck and would do everything to have their moments with Gates as well.

    Meanwhile, the length of Gates’ appearance in the “The Big Bang Theory” has yet to be confirmed. It is still unknown whether it will last for a few seconds or in multiple sequences in the entire episode.

    The Verge added that the episode with Gates will contain references to his accomplishments, from establishing the technology firm giant Microsoft to becoming a billionaire and a philanthropist.

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was also in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” as himself in 2010.

    “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the most successful sitcoms that is still gaining followers to this day and the appearance of world-renowned scientists and technology innovators has been a common occurrence in the show.

    Before Gates, the show also featured highly regarded theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking who also appeared as himself in 2012. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, was also featured in the show in the same year.

    Tesla Motors CEO and inventor Elon Musk also appeared as himself in 2015, fulfilling one of Howard Wolowitz’s (Simon Helberg) wishes to meet one of his idols.

    The episode with Gates will air sometime in March.

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  • Country Singer Jimmy Wayne Challenges Churches to Follow Scripture and Help Foster Children

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    (Photo: Jimmy Wayne/ Instagram)Jimmy Wayne is a country music singer-songwriter whose book “Ruby The Foster Dog” was released on November 1, 2017.

    Country singer and best-selling author Jimmy Wayne is calling on churches to do their part to help foster children.

    The Tennessean reports that the singer who grew up in the foster care system and resides in Nashville, Tennessee, has challenged churches to open their home to foster children or at least donate money to their cause.

    “If someone has an extra room in their house, help a kid,” Wayne said. “If you have extra money, donate it to an organization that’s helping these kids transition into adulthood. If you don’t have money, you have time.”

    Wayne said all churches should get involved to help foster children in their area, and accused some of making excuses for the reasons why they are not doing so.

    “Churches say, ‘Well, I’m not called to do it.’ Well, you are called to do it,” the singer insisted. “It’s in Scripture. You don’t get to pick and choose.”

    The country music veteran has been homeless and grew up in and out of the foster care system after his stepfather attempted to shoot him in the head in his youth. However, an elderly Christian couple came into his life as a teenager to help turn his life around which he details in his 2014 book Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.

    With the vast number of churches in Tennessee, Wayne believes people of God can help end many of the issues that foster children face with their donations and decisions to open their homes.

    “Many of these kids are in horrible situations that just need a little bit of help,” Wayne said. “We could solve the problem. We could help all of the kids in the foster care system in the state of Tennessee.”

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    It is no wonder that Wayne is calling on the people of God since the singer’s faith has helped him overcome some tough moments. In a video posted on Facebook in November, Wayne recalled some of his childhood struggles that he overcame with prayer, including his stepfather attempting to shoot him.

    “The sound of that gun going off in my ear … and the burning in my face. I’ll never forget that,” Wayne said in the video posted on Facebook in November. 

    Through the tough times in his youth, Wayne said prayer helped him through and spoke out against those who mock other people praying.

    “Many times as a kid I remember praying for food. I remember praying that, ‘I hope that this bully does not kick my tail again today’ and the fear of getting on and off of that school bus, the fear of walking classroom to classroom,” he said. “To hear people mock prayer — I don’t even know how to put it in words. It really makes me mad.”

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  • Benjamin Netanyahu Extends Condolences to Billy Graham’s Granddaughter at Meeting in Israel

    (Photo: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, March 18, 2015. 

    Hours after the passing of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally extended his condolences to Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, in a meeting Wednesday evening.

    Netanyahu met with several evangelical leaders and megachurch pastors from the United States for about a half hour at a hotel in Jerusalem before going on to give a speech in that same hotel to a gathering of leaders from American Jewish organizations.

    Included in the meeting were prominent evangelical leaders like California evangelist Greg Laurie, Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, former Southern Baptist Convention president Jack Graham and Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez.

    A photo of the meeting released by the Israeli government shows that the meeting also included Lynch, who is the granddaughter of the late evangelist and the daughter of popular evangelical figure and humanitarian Franklin Graham.

    When speaking about the meeting in an interview with The Christian Post Thursday, meeting participant and evangelical public relations executive Johnnie Moore said that Netanyahu was able to express his sorrows directly to “a member of the Graham family.”

    “He went around and greeted every person [in our group]. He knew several of the people that were there. We had a member of the Graham family and he extended his condolences,” Moore, who also serves as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, said. “He mentioned how much and how long he admired Rev. Graham.”

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    (Photo: BGEA)Billy Graham

    Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

    Moore explained that it appeared as though Netanyahu had heard the news of Graham’s passing shortly before the meeting with the leaders and was still “struck” by the news.

    “Aside from expressing his condolences, he expressed his lifelong admiration for Billy Graham and asked that those sentiments be conveyed to the entire Graham family,” Moore said. “He appeared as if he felt it a great honor to be able to express those condolences [in person] to someone so close to Rev. Graham as opposed to picking up the phone and calling someone. It was right there in Jerusalem. It was a tender and special moment.”

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    As for the other evangelical leaders, Moore said it was special to be able to mourn and celebrate the life of the evangelical icon while in the Holy Land.

    “That was sort of a very special moment being in Jerusalem, celebrating the life of really our hero,” he said. “It was very powerful.”

    Also included in the meeting were social conservative activist Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Maryland pastor and conservative black leader Harry Jackson, San Diego pastor Jim Garlow and megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin.

    The group traveled to the country last week as guests of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The group has met with several political leaders, diplomats, as well as Israeli religious and business leaders.

    The group was originally scheduled to meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday. However, the meeting got pushed back to Wednesday evening before the evangelical leaders were set to leave the country.

    Wednesday’s meeting came as the news struck this week about new police investigations into charges of corruption against members of Netanyahu’s inner circle.

    “Netanyahu seemed totally normal despite all the media and everything buzzing around the country,” Moore said. “We left with no indication whatsoever that he had any sense of anxiety about anything. He was just himself, clear and articulate.”

    Moore explained that Netanyahu told the evangelical leaders in the meeting “there are no greater friends to Israel than the Christian community around the world,” adding that chief among them is the evangelical community.

    “He expressed his gratitude for our longstanding friendship and a number of members of the group expressed their gratitude for the strength of his leadership in the region,” Moore said. “They praised his stallwortness in combating Iranian misbehavior throughout the region and maintaining the security of the region by being such a loyal and effective partner with the United States against mutually shared threats and concerns.”

    Moore assured that the meeting was not as “hurried” as some meetings with world leaders are.

    “In these types of meetings, some of them you go in and you are at a desk with a placard and there is an agenda and the meeting is hurried. This was not that,” he explained. “This was very casual and unhurried. He is a busy guy and yet he gave us a lot of time. I think he would have given us more time if he would have had it. But he had a speech to give.”

    Earlier in the week, the evangelicals met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The group was also able to meet with Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.

    The leaders visited holy sites such as Magdala and the Garden Tomb. They also took a helicopter tour all the way to the Golan Heights.

    “It’s a unique thing having a group like this together and it has just been fun,” Moore told CP earlier in the week. “These are Christian leaders who are used to leading tours here. So they are constantly teaching and rushing from one thing to another. But they are here now with their peers.”

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