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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Niecy Nash has decided to make her separation from her husband Jay Tucker official.

According to Us Weekly, Claws star Nash filed for divorce on Thursday in Los Angeles, less than two months after announcing she and Tucker had called it quits after eight years.

"We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have," Nash had wrote on Instagram. "Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage. Our union was such a gorgeous ride. And as we go our separate ways now, we feel fortunate for the love we share -- present tense."

This is Nash's second marriage. She was previously wed to first husband Don Nash from 1994 to 2007. They share three children together: daughters Dia and Donielle, and son Dominic.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Some burning questions Star Wars fans have as they await the release of The Rise of Skywalker: Is Reylo a thing? Will there be an epic kiss? Who are Rey's parents? What does The Rise of Skywalker even mean?

Well, the end of the nine-movie cycle is upon us, and it appears that we'll finally get some answers.

"This movie, as an ending, needed to have answers, must have answers," director J.J. Abrams said in a recent appearance on ABC's Popcorn With Peter Travers. "We knew going in that we had to make this feel conclusive."

He added, "You need answers. But I don't think demystifying everything is necessarily the key to a successful story."  He cited Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of a classic movie with a still-mysterious ending.

Abrams was 10 when he saw his very first Star Wars film and, he recalls, "It was obviously mind-expanding and immediately something that you knew things had changed with that movie."

A fan then and now, he was quick to show some support to older fans like himself, particularly those who've been labeled as "toxic fanboys" due to the harsh criticism of the previous Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.

"You can't look at fans of Star Wars as an adversary," Abrams advises. "They're passionate, and can be contentious, but the fact that they care -- I feel like I, as a Star Wars fan, understand that love for the series."

He adds, "I feel blessed to be a part of something that means so much to so many people."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be in theaters everywhere December 20.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Amazon Prime(NEW YORK) -- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will stay to joke another day. The Emmy-winning Amazon series has been renewed for a fourth season, according to Variety.

The news comes on the heels of the show’s third season, which debuted last Friday and follows Rachel Brosnahan’s Miriam "Midge" Maisel pursuing her stand-up comedy dreams on tour.

“We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to pack up and vacate the premises,” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino say in a statement obtained by Variety. “We’d like to thank Amazon for all their faith and support, their partnership and enthusiasm, and for letting us hang with our favorite people, the cast and crew of Maisel, for a little while longer.”

As for Emmy nominee Marin Hinkle, who plays Midge’s rich, conservative mother Rose, she hopes to see Rose become more involved in Midge’s comedy life.

"I guess you could say I'd love her to have more connection to someone like [Alex Borstein's character] Suzie or to Jane Lynch's character [Sophie Lennon]," she tells ABC Audio. "I'd love to [have Rose embrace] some of the flavors of that comedy life that Miriam goes to."

Hinkle also says wants to see Rose grow closer with both Midge and her husband Abe, played by Tony Shalhoub.

"Amy and Dan are the most fun loving, incredible couple to watch together and the deep sense of respect they have is something they've imbued into these two characters of Abe and Rose," she says. "So I guess you could say I just look forward to what they offer us for the future."

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HULU(NEW YORK) -- Elizabeth Hurley had a blast playing super-powered baddie Morgan le Fay in the final season of Hulu's Marvel's Runaways, she tells Good Morning America.

The show centers on five young people who've fled their super-villain parents. "Each of the five teens have some kind of power, but...I have every power," Hurley smiles. "So they don't really stand a chance against me."

Latin dialog was key to her Runaways character, and voicing a dead language has its challenges -- especially combined with tutting or "making witchy signs." Those are hand and finger passes like the ones Doctor Strange does on the big screen. 

The finale had Hurley delivering five pages of dialog in Latin. "When my script arrived, I have to say, for the first time ever, I cried," she recalls.  "I earned my salary that episode, I was sweating whilst doing it. And of course, in a catsuit."

With regards to said catsuit, how does the 54 year-old model and actress look so good?

"I don't really do any exercise per se, but I'm extremely active...I've always found when you look around the best bodies are manual laborers when they're young -- before they start drinking too much beer, or eating too much fast food," she clarifies.

"They just have the best bodies, much better than the bodies that go to the gym, because...they're busy, they're bending the stretching, they're carrying, they're moving," Hurley says. "So I try and do as much manual labor as I physically can. I use a chainsaw, I use a hedge trimmer...And, you know, you burn a ton of calories and...[in the end], you've cut the hedge," she laughs.

Marvel's Runaways' 10-episode third and final season streams today on Hulu.

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Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Danny Aiello, a New York City-born character actor and veteran of stage and screen, has died, ABC Audio has confirmed. He was 86.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness," Aiello's rep confirmed in a statement on behalf of the Aiello family to ABC News.  "The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date."

Known for often playing hot-tempered guys, Aiello received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for playing Sal, the pizza shop owner in Spike Lee's seminal 1989 film, Do The Right Thing.

However, Aiello also showed his tender side now and again, he did as Madonna's father in her video for "Papa Don't Preach," and as Cher's fiance in Moonstruck.

Aiello first came to wide notice for a small role in 1974's The Godfather: Part II.  Intended to be a walk-on role as murderous thug Tony Rosato with no scripted dialogue, Aiello ad-libbed one of the film's most oft-quoted lines -- "Michael Corleone says hello!" -- as he strangled a mob turncoat. 

Other memorable appearances among Aiello's more than 100 film and TV credits include roles in Fort Apache the Bronx, opposite Paul Newman, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Jacob's Ladder, Prince of Central Park and more.

Spike Lee was quick to eulogize Aiello online, with an Instagram photo of the pair in happier times. "This Was The Last Time Danny AIELLO And I We’re Together. Danny Blessed Us With His Presence At The 30th Anniversary DO THE RIGHT THING Block Party -June 30th, [2019]."

 

 

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Bleiberg Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Former Blue Bloods cop Jennifer Esposito shows a different side of the criminal underworld in the new drama Mob Town, which debuts in theaters and video-on-demand today.

The actress is from New York, but even the Brooklyn native was surprised to learn the plot of the period piece was based on actual events: the meeting of every Mafia "family" in the U.S. in Apalachin, New York.

The summit of the crime families took place at the vacation home of mobster Joseph "Joe the Barber" Barbara, on November 14, 1957.

In the film, David Arquette plays a policeman in the sleepy town who gets wind something big is about to go down, but it seems only his lifelong friend, played by Esposito, is actually willing to listen to him. 

"I had never heard about this before, and it's really a great story," she tells ABC Audio. "[Y]ou know, all these mobsters going up to Apalachin and and this one lone police officer figuring this out, that there was something more to this."

The actress and author explains, "I love true stories...It was such an interesting story, I couldn't believe no one had done it before."

The movie also stars Robert Davi as Barbara, and The Sopranos alum Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Esposito also stars on Amazon Prime's acclaimed superhero show The Boys, and while she wouldn't give any spoilers about it, she noted that fans will be "wonderfully surprised" at where her character goes in season 2 -- the teaser for which recently debuted

The sneak peek, pardon pun, pulls no punches -- seeing as it features at least one head being punched into oblivion, and a brain being torn apart. "No," Esposito laughs. "There's nothing subtle about the show." 

There's no release date yet for the second season.



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"Christmas Vacation" cast reunion/Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Griswolds are hitting the road again, and this time, they're headed to HBO Max. 

The streamer is developing a half-hour comedy series from The Big Bang Theory alum -- and Vacation series veteran -- Johnny Galecki titled The Griswolds, based on National Lampoon’s Vacation films, according to Deadline.

Galecki will develop the series with The Middle writer Tim Hobert

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo starred in the five-film series which ran from 1983-2015 that followed the misadventures of the Griswold family, where their numerous attempts at family getaways and holidays were met with disasters and embarrassing predicaments.

Years before he became one of the highest paid sitcom actors in history with Big Bang, Galecki played Rusty Griswold in 1989's National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The cast, which also included Juliette Lewis and Diane Ladd, reunited Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 30th anniversary screening of the film, held at the Samuel Goldwyn theatre in Beverly Hills.

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Nathan Congleton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bombshell opens in limited release today and John Lithgow, who plays disgraced former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, cannot wait for people to experience it.

Speaking with ABC Audio, Lithgow says that while the film isn't overly political, it also can't help but be political. "The dramatic denouement of this film is the fall of Roger at the very moment of the rise of President Trump," he explains, "And, you know, you can't watch the film and not feel a sort of political kick, whether you're for or against its politics."

The movie explores the fall of Ailes when Fox News is hit by an explosive scandal when Gretchen Carlson -- played by Nicole Kidman -- drops the proverbial bombshell by accusing Ailes of sexually harassing her and files a lawsuit.  She is then joined by other women in the media empire, including Megyn Kelly, played by Charlize Theron, with similar claims.

Ailes was forced to resign in 2016 and died a year later.

Lithgow said he had no hesitations in taking the controversial role, "I am the villain. If it were a fairy tale, I would be the troll under the bridge and I, call me weird, but I love that," he gushed before elaborating, "Listen, you're talking to the Trinity killer and to the villain in three, not one, not two, but three Brian DePalma gore-drenched suspenseful psychological suspense thriller. So I love that!"

However, a big question is, once the lights go up and the audience rises from their theater seats, if they will feel any differently about the controversial CEO.  When asked if he thought the film would change support's minds, said Lithgow, "I don't think so. I mean, one can always hope." 

Bombshell is out in limited release now and hits theaters country-wide December 20.

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Mike Smith/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Richard Jewell is out in theaters now, but it was making headlines long before its theatrical release due to a controversial scene that had journalists crying foul.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film tells the true story of the 1996 Centennial Park bombing where security guard Richard Jewell discovers a backpack containing bombs and evacuates the park -- saving countless lives.  However, his hero status is revoked when the FBI considers him a prime suspect.

A trial by media is then kick-started by the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Kathy Scruggs, who is played by Olivia Wilde.  The movie seemingly took liberties with Scruggs' character by alleging she traded sex to obtain the tip regarding the FBI's investigation into Jewell. 

AJC lambasted the creative decision and wrote a letter to Eastwood demanding the movie include a disclaimer about the inaccurate portrayal of their former employee.

Late Thursday, Wilde broke her silence on the growing controversy and tweeted, "I was asked to play the supporting role of Kathy Scruggs, who was, by all accounts, bold, smart, and fearlessly undeterred by the challenge of being a female reporter in the south in the 1990s." 

Wilde then states she is the child of journalists and has a "deep respect" for their field of work before agreeing that "I do not believe that Kathy “traded sex for tips.” Nothing in my research suggested she did so, and it was never my intention to suggest she had."

The 35-year-old actress then explains she believed "Kathy, and the FBI agent who leaked false information to her, were in a pre-existing romantic relationship" and says she cannot speak for the creative decisions that went into making Richard Jewell.

Wilde concludes by expressing sympathy for Jewell before saying she wanted to make "my own position clear."

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Frank Masi(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

Jumanji: The Next Level -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black return in this follow-up to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, this time to rescue the grandfathers of two original players who accidentally get sucked into the video game.  Danny DeVito transports into The Rock’s body, while Danny Glover becomes Kevin Hart’s character, thus making the jungle adventure a whole lot more complicated.  Nick Jonas and Awkwafina also star.  Rated PG-13.

Richard Jewell -- Clint Eastwood directed this true crime drama that follows the titular character -- played by Paul Walter Hauser -- a security guard who saves thousands of lives after finding a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta bombing, but quickly becomes the FBI's main suspect.  Jewell then teams up with an anti-establishment lawyer to clear his name.  Also starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and Olivia Wilde.  Rated R.

* Black Christmas -- This remake of the 1974 slasher film of the same name follows a group of sorority sisters being targeted by an unknown stalker.  Rather than be helpless victims, however, these young women mount a fight to the finish.  Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead and Cary Elwes star.  Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Bombshell -- John Lithgow stars as the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, in this drama about several women at the network who set out to expose the alleged culture of sexual harassment there.  Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie co-star, along with Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell and Allison Janney.  Rated R.

Uncut Gems -- Funnyman Adam Sandler is generating Oscar buzz for his serious turn in this film that follows his character Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweler in New York City's diamond district who's always in pursuit of his next big score.  However, after making a series of high-stakes bets, he finds himself trying to balance business, family and his enemies, who are closing in.  Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox and Eric Bogosian also star.  Rated R.

Seberg -- This political thriller follows the true story of Jean Seberg -- played by Kristen Stewart -- a woman who was harassed by the FBI for sympathizing with and vocally supporting the Black Panther Party.   Also starring Jack O'Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Anthony Mackie and Vince Vaughn.  Rated R.

(“Black Christmas” and “Uncut Gems” trailers contains uncensored profanity.)

 

 

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer for the highly anticipated In The Heights film musical has officially dropped and features a slew of Broadway favorites and rising stars.

The movie is 12 years in the making, but creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says it couldn't have come at a better time.

"I started writing this show when I was 19 years old, six blocks away from where we are now, at my parents house," Miranda, best known for the smash hit, Hamilton, told the audience at an event for the trailer in the namesake Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

In the Heights focuses on the largely Hispanic neighborhood in Manhattan and the characters who live there as they chase the modern-day American dream.

Miranda originally starred in In the Heights when the show debuted on Broadway in 2008, where it took home four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. For the movie adaption, Miranda hands off the lead role of Usnavi to his former Hamilton co-star, Anthony Ramos.

However, Miranda is responsible for all the music and lyrics of the movie -- and he even makes a cameo as the Piragua Guy.

To stay honest to the core of the story, the film, which is directed by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, was shot on location in Washington Heights.  Chu said he loved filming the movie so much, he even named his newborn son Heights.

Fans of the original In the Heights music will appreciate Olga Merediz reprising her Tony-nominated role as Abuela Claudia in the film version.

The movie also stars Dascha Polanco from Orange Is the New Black, Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broadway legend Daphne Rubin-Vega, and The West Wing's Jimmy Smits.

In The Heights opens June 2020.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- At the end of every year, Google crunches the numbers to see what we've been searching for in the past 12 months -- yes, they keep track, duh -- and celebrities were on our minds.

The company has compiled search results for this year, and it's likely no surprise that the biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, spiked the biggest surge of searches in the movies category. While that film famously bested Avatar, with a take of more than $2.79 billion bucks, the rest of the top five on the trending searches list were no slouches: They include billion-dollar box office smashes Captain Marvel, Joker, Toy Story 4, and Jon Favreau's The Lion King film. 

In the actor category, disgraced Empire star Jussie Smollett ranked number one in searches, likey due to the fact that he claim he'd been the victim of a racial attack, which was subsequently declared to be a hoax by the Chicago PD.

Kevin Hart was second on that list, likely driven by his near-fatal car accident, in addition to his viral back-and-forth with his Jumanji pal Dwayne Johnson.

Lori Loughlin ranked third, undoubtedly  for her arrest in the Varsity Blues college cheating scandal -- which would also explain why Felicity Huffman, who served time behind bars for her part in the scandal, was ranked #4. 

At five, it was Keanu Reeves, who had quite a year. There was that hysterical appearance in the Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe, an E3 appearance that rocked the electronics expo, the filming of a third Bill & Ted movie, the announcement of new Matrix adventure, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum earning a series-high $326 million worldwide.

Here are Google's top trending entertainment-related searches for 2019:

Actors
1. Jussie Smollett
2. Kevin Hart
3. Lori Loughlin
4. Felicity Huffman
5. Keanu Reeves
6. Rami Malek
7. Joaquin Phoenix
8. Kate Beckinsale
9. Halle Bailey
10. Maisie Williams

Movies
1. Avengers Endgame
2. Captain Marvel
3. Joker
4. Toy Story 4
5. Lion King
6. It Chapter Two
7. Frozen 2
8. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
9. Midsommar
10. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Weddings
1. Miranda Lambert wedding
2. Jennifer Lawrence wedding
3. Justin Bieber wedding
4. Miley Cyrus wedding
5. Chiquis Rivera wedding
6. Chris Pratt wedding
7. Joe Jonas wedding
8. Elvis Duran wedding
9. Zoë Kravitz wedding
10. Jake Paul Tana Mongeau wedding

TV Shows
1. Game of Thrones
2. Stranger Things
3. When They See Us
4. Chernobyl
5. The Mandalorian
6. The Umbrella Academy
7. Euphoria
8. Dead to Me
9. Surviving R. Kelly
10. The Boys

People of the Red Carpet
1. billy porter red carpet
2. cardi b red carpet
3. lady gaga red carpet
4. amy schumer husband red carpet
5. jenny mccarthy red carpet
6. bts grammy red carpet
7. caitlyn jenner red carpet
8. richard madden golden globes red carpet
9. brie larson red carpet
10. brienne of tarth red carpet

Passing
1. Cameron Boyce
2. Nipsey Hussle
3. Luke Perry
4. Jeffrey Epstein
5. Tyler Skaggs
6. Beth Chapman
7. John Witherspoon
8. John Singleton
9. Eddie Money
10. Elijah Cummings  

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ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition heats up for a brand-new season tonight on ABC. Once again, hosts Emma Bunton and Anthony "Spice" Adams guide 10 bakers as they run a gastronomic gauntlet, showing their skills to expert judges Sherri Yard and Paul Hollywood.

"My job is usually easy on the show," Spice tells ABC Audio. "I try to lighten the mood and I'll tell [contestants] what they can do and can't do. But the judges, they have the hard job. They have to eat it. And then they dissect it." 

He adds, "The eating part...it's kind of easy. But to dissect it...'Were there eggs used in this? How, what was the temperature? Like that stuff? I do not care. Is there sugar in it? Is there butter in it?' -- you got me."  

For Sherri, the show's holiday edition is particularly fun: "[T]his is the time to bake!' So for us to be here, it's just a dream come true."

She explains the show's challenge, which has hopefuls baking in a tented outdoor facility in the U.K.

"Baking is a science, and that's what's fun about it," says Yard.  "[J]ust like a good hair day, you can have a great baking day...So you can come into the tent and could be very well versed and then your timing is just off, which...one thing leads to another and then it becomes a tidal wave and you're behind literally the eight ball and you're not finishing on time. So that's what makes so much fun!"

She teases about this season: "I'll just say that there's lots and lots of surprises and the challenges were over the top!"

Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition airs at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Viewers who tuned into Survivor: Island of the Idols on Wednesday night spotted an on-screen message informing them that controversial contestant Dan Spilo had been ejected.

Spilo, a TV producer and talent manager, had previously been accused of inappropriately touching two female contestants on the show. He had apologized on air for making them feel uncomfortable, but remained on the island.

However, his time on the reality show abruptly came to an end, as evidenced by Wednesday's message, which read, "Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player."

At the end of the Wednesday night's installment, host Jeff Probst told the remaining contestants the morning after tribal council that Spilo had been removed from the show.

As for what specifically happened off-camera that resulted in Spilo's ejection, Probst told Entertainment Weekly, "...out of respect for privacy and confidentiality, I can’t say anymore," giving the same answer when asked why producers elected not to inform the remaining contestants about the exact reason Spilo was ejected.

Probst also said that "conversations both internally and with outside organizations will continue" regarding how to handle any future incidents of inappropriate behavior.

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Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. has announced the release dates for a couple of its highly anticipated films  The studio has set May 21, 2021 for its still untitled Matrix film, while the long-awaited Flash movie is set for July 1, 2022 debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The former will reunite Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith with director Lana Wachowski; new additions to the cast include Mindhunter and Frozen's Jonathan Groff; Aquaman and Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Game of Thrones and Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The latter film -- starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster introduced in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- was set for a 2018 release, but suffered numerous creative challenges.

It filmmaker Andy Muschietti is currently on board to helm, following departures of a series of directors including Rick Famuyiwa, who left after creative differences, and who went on to work on The Mandalorian among other projects.

In related studio shuffling news, Warner Bros. has moved the release of its Mortal Kombat reboot up six weeks to Jan. 15, 2021.

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