PEOPLE: Young Maine activist makes TV debut as transgender superhero; filmmaker Richard Linklater helms anti-Cruz web ad; Hope Hicks goes to work at Fox company

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Young activist making TV debut as transgender superhero

An activist in Maine who won a lawsuit over using the girls' bathroom at her school is making her TV debut as a transgender superhero.

The Bangor Daily News reports 21-year-old Nicole Maines will appear on Season 4 of The CW's series "Supergirl" Sunday.

The Orono native will play Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer. Producers say the character is a "soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others."

The character is believed to be the first transgender superhero on U.S. television.



Noted filmmaker directs anti-Ted Cruz web ad

Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The "Boyhood" and "Dazed and Confused" director made a 30-second spot for a political action committee backed by Cruz opponents. It doesn't mention Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, who has campaigned on rejecting outside groups' money but can't control their actions.



Hicks to work at Fox company

President Trump's former communications chief Hope Hicks is taking on a similar role at the new Fox company, meaning she'll supervise messaging at her former boss' favorite television network.

The new company, being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co., will include Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcasting network, several local Fox stations and Fox Sports.

Hicks' hiring was announced Monday by Viet Dinh, chief legal and policy officer. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles.

It's not immediately clear how much of a role Hicks, 29, will have at the New York-based Fox News, where communications has been run for several years by Irena Briganti.



Today's birthdays: Actor Ron Leibman is 81. Singer Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates is 72. Actor Stephen Spinella is 62. Actress Joan Cusak is 56. Guitarist Scott Johnson of Gin Blossoms is 56. Actor Luke Perry is 52. Actor Jane Krakowski is 50. Rapper U-God of Wu-Tang Clan is 48. Actress Emily Deschanel is 42. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 33. Rapper Cardi B is 26.

                                                                           — The Associated Press








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