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AMPAS(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday its latest round of presenters for the Oscars ceremony.  The lineup includes Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran and Kristen Wiig. 

They join previously announced presenters, including Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek.

The 72nd annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. The ceremony airs live on ABC.

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ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Variety is reporting that Priyanka Chopra Jonas is in "final negotiations" to join the cast of Matrix 4.

The cast already features a reunited original Matrix Trilogy stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss, but also Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Just in terms of a potential audience, Quantico veteran Chopra Jonas would be a great "get" for the cast: in addition to her success on these shores, she's a singing and acting superstar to the massive Bollywood audience.

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ABC/Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) -- Turns out, even happy couples argue.  Kristen Bell admits she and husband Dax Shepard have them, but one in particular stands out from the rest.

Appearing on the podcast Life is Short with Justin Long, the Frozen 2 actress first revealed that she and her husband promised that, when asked about their six-year marriage, that they would "show the good, the bad and the ugly and how we handle it. Let’s not make it saccharin."

So, jumping straight to the ugly part after touching upon that the two go to therapy and argue, The Good Place star gushed to Long, "We had this pretty incredible fight recently. Incredible. I mean like top of the lungs screaming."

"It was about things around the house that I felt I needed to help with," Begins Bell, explaining that she asked Shepard to help her with about 10 minutes worth of chores.  "I left this note and then I came home on Sunday... everything was fine."

The next day, however, Shepard reportedly vented his frustration over the note and that he felt "really controlled" by it.  Bell adorably added that she knows when her husband becomes angry because his nostrils flare.  

Turns out, the two "blacked out" and that she doesn't "actually remember what happened" besides the fact the two were rowdy and shouted unkind things at one another.  Summed up Bell, they were basically letting out everything they had let build up inside them and the dam broke that night.

So, how did they fix it?  Days later, she visited a dog cafe with her kids and showed Shepard an adorable dog she wanted to rescue.  That served not only as an olive branch, but led to little fluffy Frank's adoption.

To which Bell finds is "so much better than an apology!"

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Mirrorball Trophy winner and Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Alan Bersten says he's swearing off romance when it comes to the hit dancing competition.  The 25-year-old has garnered somewhat of a reputation of romancing his dance partners.

The stereotype came after Bersten and model Alexis Ren, who were paired up in 2018, turned their professional relationship into a romantic one during season 27, but broke up a few months after the finale.

Then, in 2019, the dating rumors sparked again, this time with new dance partner and Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown.  The two denied the rumors and vehemently asserted that they were "just friends."

Now, speaking to Us Weekly, the pro dancer says he doesn't want a repeat of the past two years.  "I learned after a few seasons to not mix business with pleasure," jokes Bersten.

What really opened his eyes was the incessant rumors that plagued his and Brown's trek to the top.  "We knew people would talk and assume, especially because she was the Bachelorette, and I’m still single.  So we expected it," Bersten explained to the publication.  "But, we didn't really let that get into our heads."

The two went on to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy against stand up comic Kel Mitchell, country star Lauren Alaina, and pop singer Ally Brooke.

It is unknown who Bersten will be paired up with next when Dancing with the Stars likely returns to ABC for its 29th season later this year.

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- From comedy to horror? Tracee Ellis Ross says she wouldn’t mind starring in a remake of The Shining under one condition: Jordan Peele is involved.

“The answer is yes, absolutely,” the black-ish actress told Entertainment Weekly.

You can get a taste of Ross as Shelley Duvall’s character, Wendy Torrance, from the iconic movie in the upcoming Super Bowl commercial for MTN DEW Zero. The ad, which spoofs an iconic scene from the 1980’s film, also stars Bryan Cranston in the role of Jack Torrance, played in the film by Jack Nicholson.

The Super Bowl airs Sunday, February 2 on FOX.

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s back to the streets for Dominic Toretto and company.

On Tuesday, Vin Diesel teased Fast & Furious 9 and posted a 54-second trailer to Facebook. In the clip, Diesel's character Dom and Michelle Rodriguez's character, Letty, appear to have settled into normal life with son Brian but in typical Fast & Furious fashion, the peace and harmony doesn’t last for long.

As the couple puts Brian to bed, Letty starts to prepare for the worst and places the infamous cross necklace around Brian’s neck.

“It’s for protection, from what’s coming,” she says.

The ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise will bring back Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron, and will introduce new characters played by John Cena and Cardi B.

The full trailer for Fast & Furious 9 will be released on Friday.  The film is scheduled to hit theaters in May.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Terry Crews is seemingly doubling down on his comments that he didn't feel it necessary to reach out to Gabrielle Union following her firing from America's Got Talent after her claims of a toxic work environment.

In a new tweet, Crews wrote that the only person he needed to be loyal to was his wife, Rebecca King-Crews.

“There is only one woman one earth I have to please,” he wrote. “Her name is Rebecca. Not my mother, my sister, my daughters or co-workers. I will let their husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take care of them. Rebecca gives me WINGS.”

Crews' tweet comes a few days after Union seemingly called out the AGT host for his comments on NBC's Today show. In the interview, Crews called the AGT set "the most diverse place" he had ever worked in his career. He also asserted that because Union didn't send out an official statement, her allegations hadn't been confirmed.

"Can someone please ask abt what happens to all that diversity folks are talking about BEHIND THE SCENES," Union had tweeted. "Like, legit... where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? In the decision making ranks who control the fate of the diversity in front of the camera?"

Union also added that the investigation was still ongoing, so therefore "they all agreed to let.. [it] be completed before speaking."

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set.  Her firing resulted in immense backlash, and Union then confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- The shocking death of Kobe Bryant has had a chilling effect on the king of beefs, 50 Cent.

The Power star is famous for his feuds, but following the passing of the Los Angeles Lakers legend, he says he’s changing his ways.

“I feel like I have to achieve what I want in life now after this. I have to focus, I’m not arguing with anyone anymore I’ll deal with it another way if there’s a problem,” Fiddy commented as he posted a throwback clip of him hugging Kobe on the court following a Lakers game. 

50 Cent also posted an image of him with Bryant and commented, "RIP to KOBE I send my sincere condolences to his family." The 44-year-old entertainer added a photo of Bryant in his Lakers uniform with the caption, "Heroes come and go. Legends live forever."

Following the death of the five-time NBA champion on Sunday in a helicopter crash, fans are buying all of Kobe's memorabilia. Nike confirmed to ESPN that all Bryant-related items on its website are sold out.

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L-R, Robbie, Yan -- Photo: Claudette Barius/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. & © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) -- Next Friday, Warner Bros. launches Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, its third DC Comics-based film fronted by a female director, counting the as-yet unreleased Wonder Woman 1984

Cathy Yan, who only had the small-budget feature Dead Pigs under her belt, recalls to Variety she "never" thought she'd land the job. 

Birds of Prey not only stars a predominantly female cast, led by Margot Robbie's Harley, a Suicide Squad favorite, but was also produced by her and written by a woman, Christina Hodson.  A friendly coffee with Yan led to Hodson suggesting she direct.

 "[S]he was like, 'Well, how about you?'" recalls Yan. "It took me aback, because I didn't really think that I could do something like that..." On directing, the Asian-American admitted, "I'd never seen anyone who looked like me do it." 

Yan tells Variety she reached out to Patty Jenkins, director of both of WB's Wonder Woman movies, for advice.

"I'm like, 'What am I doing?' Yan recalls with a laugh. "She told me, 'You've got to remember that no one knows this movie as much as you. That's what makes you the director.' And that was really, really helpful."

The fact that Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984, as well as Marvel's Black Widow and The Eternals, feature female directors, is "pretty freaking amazing," Yan enthuses. 

"I remember when I was just starting off being told, "Actually, we've been looking for female directors, but there aren't that many that want to do action movies." I remember thinking, 'I do! I love action movies.' Women are capable of this."

Birds of Prey debuts Friday, February 7.

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Warner Bros. and © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) -- After years of delays, shooting on The Batman is officially underway.

Writer/director Matt Reeves tweeted a snap of the opening shot slate for the film, which stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne and his cape-and-cowl-wearing alter-ego.

"#DayOne #TheBatman," Cloverfield director Reeves captioned the image.

The Batman also stars Colin Farrell as a much more elegant take on Penguin than Danny DeVito's fish-chomping presentation in Tim Burton's Batman Returns, as well as Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Westworld's Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon.

The Batman opens June 25, 2021.

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Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- In 'celebration' of the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest flops in hosting history, David Letterman is revisiting that date that has lived in entertainment infamy: March 27, 1995 -- the night he hosted the 67th Academy Awards.

The night had Dave starting things off with a monologue gag: "introducing" Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman& as a play on their unusual names, and then adding Keanu Reeves to the bit. The gag landed with a thud -- but Dave shouted "OPRAH/UMA!" six more times before the monologue was over, and more as the night wore on.

The night has been described as "The Gold Standard of Oscar bombing."

To The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinman, Letterman had his own critique, calling his show an, "explosion of excrement."

Letterman took the reporter through the disastrous joke, noting he had his monologue down cold before "at the last minute" his then-Late Show head writer, Rob Burnett, came up with the intro bit.

Letterman insists, "And by the way, this is a solid idea," Letterman insisted. "...I said, 'This is great...this will...loosen everybody up!” Because unusual names -- we have three!'"

Dave admits the director wasn't prepared to show the three celebs in their seats, which made for a comedy quagmire. He also admitted he'd forgotten he kept repeating the joke in an attempt to try and save himself.

Letterman says he knew "right away" that the bit had bombed. "Oh, yeah!" he commented. "'I think someone's perspiring in this suit -- oh, it's me!'"

Acerbic as ever, the My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host thanked Feinman for, "helping me to celebrate...the single biggest professional embarrassment of my life."

The 72nd annual Academy Awards airs -- without a host -- on February 9 on ABC.

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount is revving up two new Transformers films, in a continuation of a franchise that has made nearly $5 billion at the global box office.

The franchise that saw success with four big-budget, bombastic Michael Bay-fronted films took a different tack with 2018's Bumblebee, a smaller-budgeted film starring Hailee Steinfeld that was a coming-of-age story that just so happened to co-star the titular Transformer.

While the movie pulled in a franchise-low of $460 million worldwide, its smaller budget and critical acclaim -- both rare for a movie about transforming robots -- scored the film as a success. 

The two new films are set in the Transformers universe, but only one will be directly connected to the Bumblebee story, according to Deadline

The trade reports one film is being written by Murder Mystery's James Vanderbilt, and centers on the transforming animal robot animated series Transformers: Beast Wars

The other film, based on the Bumblebee universe, is reportedly being fronted by Joby Harold, an executive producer on John Wick: Chapter Three -- Parabellum.

Both films will reportedly feature all-new casts.  No directors of release dates have yet been announced.

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L-R Martin, Whitaker -- BBC America/James Pardon (LONDON) -- (SPOILER ALERT) Doctor Who, one of the longest-running television shows of all time, has made a historical casting decision.

On Sunday, the iconic 56-year-old BBC science fiction show revealed that Jo Martin, a black actress, will play The Doctor -- alongside current Doctor Jodi Whittaker.

If that sounds confusing, well, it's meant to be.

Doctor Who follows the interstellar adventures of "The Doctor," a time-traveling alien who is able to regenerate into a new form. Whittaker, the first woman to play the role, is officially the thirteenth Doctor. Since the show was rebooted in 2005, the character has also been played by Christopher Eccleston, Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Peter Capaldi.

In Sunday's episode, Whittaker's Doctor meets Martin's Ruth, a tour guide who is later revealed to be The Doctor as well. More specifically, she's a different incarnation of the character, and as we learn, she's part of the current Doctor's past. However, Whittaker's Doctor has no memory of ever being that Doctor, whose personality and tactics are vastly different from her own. In fact, Martin's Doctor can barely stand Whittaker's Doctor. Whittaker's Doctor -- who'd previously been warned by her old frenemy The Master that everything she knows is wrong -- then realizes that Martin's Doctor is part of a mysterious alternate timeline.

And, as if she doesn't have enough to worry about, Sunday's episode also marked the return of a fan-favorite character -- John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness -- who warns her that "the Lone Cyberman" is coming for her.

The official Doctor Who took to Twitter after the show's airing and, while posting a GIF of the big reveal, asked fans, "Who else was shook at THIS moment?!"  Fan reaction was, obviously, intense.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelor, Alayah returned and brought a fresh round of chaos to the Bachelor mansion.

First though, Peter and the 15 remaining bachelorettes attempt to leave the drama from last week's episode behind them as they travel cross-country to continue their search for love in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first one-on-one date goes to Victoria F., with an invitation to let their love “soar to new heights,” which means boarding a plane with Peter to Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park, known as “the roller coaster capital of the world.”  Peter has one more surprise for the 25-year-old Virginia native: a private concert with country star Chase Rice.  Things get awkward when Victoria has a surprise of her own for Peter – Chase is her ex-boyfriend.

That leads to an uncomfortable conversation between Victoria and Chase, and a tougher one with Peter at dinner.  It’s all good though, as Peter is cool with the whole thing and Victoria even gets the date rose.

A group date features Victoria P., Kiarra Kelley Deandra, Madison, Lexi, Shiann, Tammy, Sydney, Hannah Ann, Savannah and Mykenna, where Cleveland Browns’ football legends Josh Cribbs and Hanford Dixon put them through a rigorous workout before they face off in “The Bachelor Bowl.”  The winners will spend the night with Peter, while the others go home.  The game ends in a tie, so all 12 got to the cocktail party, making it tough to get some precious one-on-one time with him.

Adding to the ladies’ frustration is Victoria P., who after sitting out the football game with a bad back and canoodling with Peter on the sidelines, who is first to steal him away at the cocktail party.  It’s about to get even more crowded, as Alayah, who was sent home last week, crashes the party.

Alayah is back to settle the score with Victoria P., who, it turns out, was not being completely honest with Peter about her relationship with Alayah.  It seems the two spent way more than the “three hours” Victoria indicated at last week’s pre-rose ceremony cocktail party.  In fact, they even vacationed together in Las Vegas.

Peter, admitting to Alayah that he “made a mistake,” invites her back to the mansion, and she accepts.  He seals the deal by offering Alayah the group date rose, further angering the women.

Meanwhile, Kelsey is the next lucky lady who enjoys a day exploring Cleveland with Peter.  At dinner that night, she explains that her “tough exterior” is the result of her father running off to Mexico when she was just seven, and leaving her mother to raise the family on her own.  Kelsey says she's determined not to let the past dictate her future, earning the respect of Peter, who offers her the date rose.

Back at the mansion, a new feud erupts when Alayah spills the beans about Victoria F.'s “Chase situation” to the other ladies.  That leads to a profanity-laced exchange between the two, but clearly, not a single bachelorette in the mansion seems happy about Alayah's return.

Peter is also feeling the heat, as several of the ladies express their anger over the outcome of the group date to his face.  He sticks to his guns at first, but after private conversations with Victoria P, Alayah and Victoria F., he feels like he’s “messing up so bad.”  The ladies agree, saying the drama between the three girls is ruing everyone's time on the show.

The episode ends on a cliffhanger, as Peter must figure out a way of restoring order to the house.

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kobe Bryant: Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon and James Corden each took a moment on Monday to pay homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.  Jimmy Kimmel went even further, devoting his entire show to remembering the basketball great.

Fallon, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recalled he and Bryant met in Los Angeles years ago, when both were rising stars, and have been friends ever since.

"When we'd run into each other over the years, we'd laugh about that night we first met [and] laugh at all the good things that happened since, much fun it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes we made trying to figure out how to be good dads," Fallon said through tears.  "And today, he and one of his girls are gone."

"I wish I could say something to make sense of it all," said Corden, host of CBS' Late Late Show. "All I can think of is this: if you can, take a call up someone you love and just let them know."

Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! opened his show by announcing that "going forward with a comedy show didn't feel right" and used the hour to air Bryant's last appearance on the show from September of 2019.

Kimmel, admitting Kobe "was not a perfect person, added, "But I will say he loved his family, he worked very hard, and he brought a lot of joy to a lot of people in this city and we're going to miss him."

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