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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SUNDAY NIGHT'S "GAME OF THRONES" EPISODE!!!)

One of the most memorable scenes in last night's Game of Thrones episode comes when Maisie Williams' character Arya decides that before they all face certain death fighting the White Walkers, she wants to know what it's like to...well, you know.  

She enlists her longtime pal Gendry -- the bastard son of the late king Robert Baratheon -- to help her find out.  This results in her character's first-ever sex scene, and the first time she ever showed skin on the show. But as Williams tells Entertainment Weekly, she was totally in control of just how much she revealed.

"I got to the read-through and I'm reading the scene and thought, 'Oh, we're actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym,'" the 22-year-old actress tells EW. "[The showrunners] were like: 'You can show as much or as little as you want,' so I kept myself pretty private."

"I don't think it's important for Arya to flash. This beat isn't really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so…" she adds.

Williams also revealed that when she first read the script, she "thought it was a prank," because the showrunners have sent the cast members fake scripts in the past.  She told them "Yo, good one" -- but when they told her it wasn't a prank, she thought, "Oh f***."

As for whether or not the scene was necessary, Williams says, "It was really interesting because it's a very human relationship for Arya. This is something she's stayed away from, an emotion we've never really seen her engage with."

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ABC/Lisa Rose(NEW YORK) -- Mel Brooks is no stranger to Broadway, having won three Tony Awards for The Producers, but now the EGOT-winning Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein director is staging a residency on the Great White Way.

Brooks will take center stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for what's described as a, "hilarious unscripted show combining off-the-cuff comedy, unbelievable personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work."

Mel Brooks on Broadway will run June 17th & 18th; Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. through www.TicketMaster.com.

A limited number of VIP experiences will be available for each performance.

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Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a fire devastated France's iconic Notre Dame Cathedral last week, the boutique cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse is helping the Paris landmark live on -- on the big screen. 

Alamo will screen the 1939 classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame at select locations including Austin, Texas; New York; San Francisco; Denver, Colorado, and more. The screenings, the first of which will be tonight in Brooklyn, New York, will be free to members of the chain's Victory rewards cardholders.

"In times of loss, I want to spend time and reminisce and reflect. But I also have a strong desire to revisit, on the big screen, my favorite cinematic memory of Notre Dame," Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said in a statement.

"Bring your family, share with your friends, and let's all raise a glass to a global treasure, badly damaged but destined to triumphantly return."

It should be said that you're allowed to "raise a glass" because the theaters have fully stocked bars, and offer meal service.

Donations have flooded in to restore the cathedral to its former glory; ABC parent company Disney -- which produced an animated re-telling of Hunchback in 1996 -- is one of the donors, having pledged $5 million to the cause.

Here is the full list of participating Alamo Drafthouse theaters:

4/22 -- New York, NY, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn
4/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Alamo Drafthouse Chandler
4/23 -- Raleigh, NC,  Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh 
4/24 -- Austin, TX, Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
4/24 -- Denver, CO, Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake
5/4 -- Denver, CO, Alamo Drafthouse Littleton 

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ABC(CHICAGO) -- Jussie Smollett's eldest brother Jojo is speaking out in defense of his brother, who's kept mum ever since the charges that he lied to police about a hate crime attack were dropped last month.

In a lengthy op-ed on BET titled "What If Jussie Is Telling The Truth?," JoJo passionately defended his brother and commented on the "public persecution" that Jussie suffered after coming forward about the incident.

“Within less than three months, [Jussie's] life has been turned upside down as my family and I have witnessed him endure unrelenting attacks to his character and reputation,” JoJo wrote.

“This entire process quickly devolved from a focus on him as a victim of assault, to him being falsely accused and held responsible for a crime that was perpetrated against him.”

JoJo also revealed that his brother has been suffering from PTSD.

“Jussie is as strong as iron, but following an attack like this, there is a normal and natural amount of post trauma that mostly anyone should expect to suffer,” JoJo wrote.

“I have literally seen him violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault. Some of my siblings, as well as Jussie’s partner and closest friends have seen similar things.”

In the essay, JoJo made it clear that Jussie had no real motive to mastermind a hoax..

“To suggest that he staged his own attack to boost a sagging career is ludicrous,” Jojo wrote, listing some of Smollett's projects and recent success.

“He wouldn’t need to roll around on the icy ground of a Chicago street, staging an attack on himself to make this happen.”

As previously reported, after the charges against Smollett were dropped, the city of Chicago filed a civil complaint against Smollett for his refusal to reimburse it $130,000 in overtime payments to police.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Endgame comes out this week, and nobody's apparently more excited for the fans to see it than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

In a video interview with the U.K.-based outlet The Upcoming, Downey was asked what he thought of the still super-secret film. He said, "The last eight minutes of that movie were maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them in a way...because everyone's involved. So I was delighted."

It's rumored that this is the last film in which RDJ will appear. The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with Downey's turn in 2008's Iron Man.

It was now-Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige who dreamed of a connected MCU, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo helped shape it.  They directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Captain America: Civil War, and both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

"Anthony and Joe are about the only two folks that I could imagine [directing the movie]," Downey says. "Forget just still having the respect of the cast and crew when we were done -- but not being either incarcerated or embalmed or in some other way permanently damaged, because just the physical and mental stripping of one's chi that it takes."

He adds, "You know these are years, and years, and years, and years. They've essentially been on a job for six, seven years now. And I love them. And they love The Avengers.  

Avengers: Endgame comes out April 26 from Marvel Studios, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment (LOS ANGELES) -- Need further proof Beyoncé runs the world? Variety reports Netflix paid the superstar entertainer $60 million total for her three contracted specials for the streamer.

The figure puts her in the same top-tier league as the deals Netflix signed with comics Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who were paid a reported $40 million and $60 million, respectively. 

Beyoncé's first special, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, debuted April 17.

 

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister; Helen Sloan/HBO(SPOILERS AHEAD!)  Last week's episode of Game of Thrones ended with a double whammy: Jon Snow finally learned that he is, in fact, Aegon Targaryen: true heir to the Iron Throne and -- this cannot be stressed enough -- nephew of his current lover, Daenerys Targaryen. We also saw the much-memed meeting between Jaime Lannister and Bran, who locked eyes for the first time since the Kingslayer pushed the now Three-Eyed Raven out of a tower way back in the pilot episode, after Bran caught Jaime having intimate relations with his sister, Cersei.

But we start this week's episode, titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," with Jaime having a meeting with Daenerys, who has a personal grudge with this particular Lannister.

Jaime, of course, earned his Kingslayer nickname after killing Dany's father, "The Mad King" Aerys II Targaryen. However, Dany has bigger things on her mind than just revenge. She questions Jaime about Cersei's whereabouts, and if she plans to send her armies to help fight the Night King and the White Walkers, as she promised.

Jaime admits that Cersei never had any intention of sending an army to assist them, and has, in fact, enlisted Euron Greyjoy and the Golden Company army-for-hire to mop up anyone left after the fight against the Dead. Jaime, however, declares that he's here to "fight for the living." 

Jaime's brother, Tyrion, jumps to his defense, but Dany still doesn't trust Jaime -- and, in a rare moment of agreement, neither does Sansa. After all, he's done terrible things to both of their families. Jaime defends his actions, saying he was at war and was simply protecting his house and family. That's when Bran mutters the statement "The things we do for love" -- which, of course, is what Jaime said before he pushed him out that window. Jaime reacts with stunned silence.

Not knowing what that's all about, Dany asks Jaime why he's now chosen to to abandon his house and family. Jaime says this war is more about that: it's about survival. 

Now it's Brienne's turn to defend Jaime, declaring him a man of honor. When questioned by Sansa, Brienne vouches for Jaime and says she would fight beside him. That answer satisfies Sansa, who rules that Jaime will be allowed to stay. 

A surprised Dany turns to Jon, who's so far remained quiet.  Now he simply says, "We need every man we can get." He then walks out of the room, leaving everyone to look awkwardly at one another, which is a running theme in this episode.  

Dany's also angry at Tyrion, her chief advisor, who seems to be messing up a lot these days. He admits he's a fool for having believed his sister, Cersei, and Dany threatens to find another Hand of the Queen if doesn't get his "I'm the cleverest man alive" thing back together. 

Arya visits Gendry in the blacksmith quarters to check on the progress of the dragonglass weapon she asked him to make for her. She asks him about what it's like to fight the White Walkers, and after some vague description, Gendry declares, "They're like death." That, of course, doesn't at all frighten Arya Stark. "I know death; he's got many faces," she declares. "I look forward to seeing this one."

Speaking of awkward encounters: Following his discussion with Dany and Sansa, Jaime decides to talk to Bran. He apologizes for pushing him out of the window and leaving him paralyzed, and seems surprised that Bran's not angry, unaware of his whole "I have no emotions since I'm the Three-Eyed Raven" thing. Jaime asks why Bran didn't tell everyone what he did, and Bran simply replies that Jaime can't help them fight the Army of the Dead if he's already dead. 

Jaime then meets with his brother, Tyrion, and the Lannister-hating Northerners spit on the ground whenever they see the duo. Jaime notices a similar distaste among the Northerners for the Mother of Dragons, but Tyrion assures that she's better than her ruthless Targaryen ancestors.

Tyrion then turns the conversation to Cersei, and asks if she was also lying about being pregnant. Jaime says that part is real. While Tyrion laments that he'll probably die in Winterfell, he takes satisfaction that Cersei won't be the one to kill him, and holds out hope that if he's turned into a White Walker, he'll be able to drag his zombie self to King's Landing and kill his sister.

While Tyrion chatters on, Jaime watches Brienne train. He finds her later and the two talk military strategy for bit, until Brienne demands to know what the hell is going on -- after all, they've never had a conversation this long without Jaime insulting Brienne. Jaime admits that he came to Winterfell because he's not the fighter he used to be, and offers his service as a soldier -- under Brienne's command. They part awkwardly.

Meanwhile, Dany gets some advice from Ser Jorah. He says that while he didn't like Tyrion and first, he's since warmed up to him, and suggests that Dany forgive her Hand. He also suggests Dany mend fences with Sansa. 

Dany agrees and meets with Sansa, and the two discuss their disagreement over Jaime, and who's fault it is that Cersei tricked them. However, they start to bond over their shared family history, being women in charge, and the insanity of the world in which they live. They really make a connection over Jon, whom they both love, albeit in different ways.

Dany says that before meeting Jon, her only goal was to exact revenge against those who wronged her family and then retake the Iron Throne. But once she met the lovable apparent bastard, Jon, she joined him in Winterfell to fight the war against the Dead. She says she loves Jon and trusts him, and that's only the second man she could say that about. "Who was the first?" Sansa wonders. "Someone taller," Dany replies, referring to the late Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa. Score one for Aquaman. 

But Sansa still has questions. What happens after the battle against the Night King? Simple: Dany takes the Iron Throne, she says. "What about the North?" Sansa replies. Her homeland still wants its independence.  There's a frosty pause but before Dany can answer, they're interrupted by the arrival of Theon Greyjoy. He declares his intention to fight for Winterfell and regain the trust of the Starks, and Sansa tearfully embraces her foster brother.

On the ground, Davos gives some soldiers a pep talk regarding the battle to come, while Gilly directs the elderly to the Winterfell crypt for safety. Davos sees a young girl with burns on her face who wants to fight in the battle -- she possibly reminds him of Stannis Baratheon's late daughter, Shireen, with whom he had a bond. But Dvos and Gilly convince the girl to stay in the crypt to help defend everyone. 

Meanwhile, the Northern crew -- which includes the Night's Watch brother, Eddison Tollet, the wildling Tormund Giantsbane and the Lord of Light-worshipping Beric Dondarrion -- finally arrive in Winterfell. They tell Jon that the Northern House Umber has been defeated by the White Walkers, and anyone who hasn't made it to Winterfell yet is now fighting for the Night King. They also declare that the Army of the Dead will arrive before the sun comes up the next day. Tormund then cuts the tension by asking the whereabouts of "the big woman" -- referring, of course, to his crush, Brienne. 

Everyone gathers for a meeting to strategize for the upcoming battle. Jon posits that if they take down the Night King, the rest of the White Walkers will fall. Bran says they'll be able to isolate the Night King by using him as bait -- the Night King, Bran explains, is hellbent on killing him, because he's the Three-Eyed Raven. The Night King wants an endless night, and the Thee-Eyed Raven contains all the memories of the world. To kill him would be to erase all knowledge of all things.

Bran further explains that he's marked, and the Night King will always know where he is. Theon volunteers to stay with him, and Bran agrees. Dany tells Tyrion that he should stay in the crypt, as she needs his mind to survive the battle.

Davos helpfully points out that having dragons on the battlefield should help them. Arya asks if dragonfire will stop the Night King, and Bran, for the probably the first time ever since becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, replies, "I don't know."

We then cut to a number of groups of people preparing for the battle. The Unsullied commander, Grey Worm, and Dany's adviser, Missandei, speak about having a life together after the war. Sam asks Jon if he's told Dany yet he's true lineage and that they're actually related. Jon replies no, and suggests that Sam stay in the crypt for the battle. Sam then rattles off his resume, which includes being the first person to kill a White Walker, and convinces Jon to let him fight.

Meanwhile, Tyrion and Jaime sit by a fire, drink wine and reminisce about their first visit to Winterfell, all the way back in season one. Brienne and her squire, Podrick, then enter the room, followed by Davos and Tormund. They all sit together and drink, and Tormund explains the lovely story behind his Giantsbane moniker, which includes killing a giant and then being breast-fed by his giant wife. The whole scene makes a pretty good argument that this should've been the show the entire time. 

We then cut to Arya, who meets up with her frenemy the Hound, and the two drink together. Beric then joins them, and he and the Hound trade gravelly voiced banter and insults. Arya decides to leave and look for company that's less "miserable."

She finds that company in Gendry, who's built her requested weapon: a double-pointed dragonglass spear that would make Darth Maul jealous. Gendry also reveals that he's a bastard son of former king Robert Baratheon, which Arya then turns into an awkward conversation about Gendry's sexual history. Arya says she wants to know what it feels like to sleep with someone before she dies, and puts the move on a willing Gendry.  They kiss and undress, revealing Arya's many scars, to Gendry's surprise.

Back to Tyrion and company.  He optimistically declares that they might survive the battle: after all, they've all survived many a fight. As he rattles off everyone's battle stats, Brienne shares that she's not a knight, as women aren't allowed. Tormund says that if he was a king, he'd knight Brienne. Jaime then clarifies a king's not needed to knight someone -- any knight can do it. 

Jaime then asks Brienne to kneel before him.  After some hesitation, she accepts, and her former traveling companion officially makes Ser Brianne of Tarth her a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Everybody claps and cheers, and it suddenly gets very dusty in Winterfell.

Outside, the fierce Lyanna Mormont argues with her cousin, Ser Jorah, who pleads with her to stay in the crypt instead of fight. Seriously, this episode should've been called "You Should Stay in the Crypt and Other Awkward Conversations." She declares that she will take the battlefield and that's the end of it. Sam Tarly then interrupts and offers Jorah his family's sword. 

We then see a final montage of battle preparations as Podrick sings a plaintive song called "Jenny of the Oldstones." The closing credits also feature a rendition of the song, performed by Florence the Machine.

But before we get to the credits, there's still one piece of business to settle. Danerys finds Jon in front of a statue of Lyanna Stark -- who, unbeknownst to Dany, is his real mother. And just like Sam did in the last episode, Jon reveals the truth: he's Aegon Targaryen, son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and true heir to the Iron Throne.

Dany says that's impossible, but Jon insists he knows it to be true. Before anything more can be settled, we hear the horns of battle ring out, and we see the Army of the Dead approaching. 

There are only four episodes of Game of Thrones left.  Episode three premieres Sunday night, April 28, on HBO.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The R-rated supernatural horror flick The Curse of La Llorona opened in first place this weekend, earning $26.5 million on what was otherwise the lowest-grossing Easter weekend at the box office since 2005 -- just $112 million in tickets were sold overall.

Set within the Conjuring universe, The Curse of La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who ignores the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment and, along with her two children, incurs the wrath of the mythical female ghost La Llorona, who lost her children and brings misfortune to those nearby. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Raymond Cruz co-stars.

The only other new release to debut in the top ten is the faith-based drama Breakthrough, which opened Wednesday and finished the weekend in third place, with $11.1 million.  This Is Us star Chrissie Metz stars in a film inspired by the true story of Joyce Smith, a mother who relies on faith after her young son -- played by One Day at a Time's Marcel Ruiz -- experiences a tragic accident. Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert also star.

On the downside, Disneynature's live-action "coming of age" family film Penguins, which also opened Wednesday in 1,615 theaters, finished the weekend in 12th place with just $2.34 million.  It was disappointing news as well for Hellboy: the R-rated reboot of the comics-based dark comedy fell from last week's #2 debut to 10th place this week, taking in $3.8 million on a 67.8% drop in business.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. The Curse of La Llorona, $26.5
2. Shazam!, $17.35 million
3. Breakthrough, $11.1 million
4. Captain Marvel, $9.1 million
5. Little, $8.45 million
6. Dumbo, $6.8 million
7. Pet Sematary, $4.85 million
8. Missing Link, $4.36 million
9. Us, $4.26 million
10. Hellboy, $3.88 million

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Courtesy CBS/The Recording Academy/AEG Ehrlich Ventures(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday night at 8 p.m., CBS airs Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, saluting six decades of the iconic record label.  It features performances and appearances by current acts like John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Boyz II Men and Pentatonix, and Motown legends like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Thelma Houston and Smokey Robinson.  But Smokey believes Motown music will continue to endure, far beyond these first 60 years.

"There are kids who haven't even been born who are gonna hear it," he notes. "So it's a beautiful thing."

The show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich says his goal was to give a "21st century interpretation of some of the great moments of Motown."

"We were fortunate in having Stevie and Smokey and Diana and Thelma Houston and a few of the other artists that date back to the really amazing early days of Motown," he tells ABC Radio. "And then, John Legend does a pretty amazing Marvin Gaye, and Ciara did a medley of more current Motown hits, and Ne-Yo the same way.  So we were able to kinda bring yesterday and today together."

Show highlights include a "Women of Motown" tribute featuring Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly and Fantasia performing with Thelma Houston, and an "In Memoriam" segment with Stevie Wonder singing "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer."

"It's about people that have left us," Ehrlich says of the song. "It's pretty emotional and pretty evocative. Stevie got very emotional and you can see that in the performance. He does some other stuff that's up[tempo]...but this song just had something special."

Enjoying the show from the audience: Motown's 89-year-old founder, Berry Gordy.

"He was just having a ball, he loved it," says Ehrlich. "We really appreciated his lending us the Motown legacy for a night."

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ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's black-ish is celebrating one of TV's favorite moms, just in time for Mother's Day.

In an exclusive first-look from Entertainment Weekly, fans are getting a preview of the forthcoming prequel episode focusing on Tracee Ellis Ross’ black-ish character, Rainbow Johnson. The May 7th episode will tell Rainbow's origin story.

According to EW, the episode will be set in the 1980s and could lead to a spinoff series. It will feature Tika Sumpter and former Workaholics star Anders Holm as Alicia and Paul, Bow's interracial, hippie parents. In the present day on the show, Bow's parents are played by Anna Deavere Smith and Beau Bridges.

Meanwhile, young Rainbow will be played by Arica Himmel, who has appeared on CBS’s God Friended Me.

The forthcoming episode will also star Gary Cole as Bow’s paternal grandfather, as well as Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Christina Anthony.

The special episode of ABC’s black-ish airs on May 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Last month, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claiming she made up abuse allegations that hurt his career.

However, a new suit against the actor's former lawyer alleges that Depp tried to hurt Heard's career, by trying to get her kicked off the global blockbuster Aquaman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp is suing his former attorney Jake Bloom, claiming Bloom gave the actor bad legal advice during his messy split with Heard. But Bloom isn't going quietly, according to the publication, and reportedly wants to depose a host of people who could level damaging testimony against the Pirates of the Caribbean series star.

One of those is disgraced former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara -- who recently left the studio amid a sex scandal. "Sources...say Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in 'blacklisting' Heard at Warner Bros.," according to THR.

At the time, Depp was working on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridelwald.

The allegation states Depp wanted Heard "blacklisted" from the studio -- even though she'd previously played her Aquaman character Mera in Justice League.

Some of the allegations Bloom makes actually seem to track with a Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote late in 2018, in which she made her claims of "domestic abuse."  In the same op-ed, she wrote about about being sabotaged when it came to acting roles.

"A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me," she wrote.  "Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role...in the movies Justice League and Aquaman."

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Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel and legendary TV show creator Norman Lear have tapped major Hollywood talent for upcoming live performances of classic episodes of All In The Family and its spin-off, The Jeffersons.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" will feature Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei as his wife Edith and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper as their daughter, Gloria Stivik.

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson, Wanda Sykes will play Weezie; Will Ferrell will play their neighbor Tom Willis, and Justina Machado will play Florence, their sassy maid.

This 90-minute special airs live Wednesday, May 22, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The two beloved sitcoms were anything but politically correct -- in an era that predated the term -- and managed to address hot-button issues like racism, divorce, interracial marriage, poverty, politics and even sexual assault.

"They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the '70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature," Lear said in a statement.

"I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event."

Kimmel added, "The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved."

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Jordin Althaus/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The AMC drama Killing Eve and HBO's dark comedy Barry, were among the entertainment winners at this year's Peabody Awards.

The annual award ceremony honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media.

Other winners included NBC's comedy The Good Place and FX's musical dance series Pose.

Another FX series, The Americans, which wrapped up its six-season run in May of 2018, was another Peabody recipient.

The long-running PBS series Sesame Street received the Institutional Award for five decades of educating and entertaining children, globally.

A full list can be found here.

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Disney/Pixar(LOS ANGELES) -- A new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 was released on Thursday. Woody, Buzz and the gang's new pal Sporky are off on a vacation, where they meet an old friend and a new nemesis.

The clip shows Woody -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks --meeting up with his old flame Bo Peep -- voiced by Annie Potts. The trip is fraught with danger as well, when the group encounter a toy-chewing cat, who rips up a stuffed toy, as the others watch in terror.

"Is that how we look on the inside?" asks one toy after surveying the carnage.

"So much f-f-f-fluff," adds another in horror.

Toy Story 4 opens nationwide June 21. Disney is the parent company Pixar and ABC News.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Dia Dipasupil / StaffLorraine Toussaint stars as Bo, the matriarch of her family of super-powered women, in the sci-fi drama Fast Color.

Toussaint tells ABC Radio the film offers more than just a story of superheroes flaunting their special powers.

"It's about three generations of women who happened to be black, who have extraordinary abilities," Toussaint says. "It's post-apocalyptic, dystopic."

She continues, "[The women] have been hiding out in a desert, in the desert community, for fear of persecution. And this has been sort of generational. They've been hiding these abilities."

The film -- which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Saniyya Sidney as her daughter Ruth and granddaughter Lila, respectively -- is also a project that Toussaint says she could easily relate to since it touches on the super power potential in the everyday black woman.

"So many black women that I know are superheroes," she says. "You know, our mom is a superhero. The things that we've done and we do on a daily basis makes us superheroes."

Fast Color, directed by Julia Hart, is now in theaters.

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