Jennifer Lopez to Head the Cast of "Bye Bye Birdie Live! "

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez will star in the upcoming musical production of Bye Bye Birdie Live! 

Lopez will play Rosie in the production, the role originated on stage by Chita Rivera in 1960.

“To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done, will ensure that our holiday musicals continue to be must-see events for the whole family,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in Los Angeles Thursday.

Lopez -- who will also serve as executive producer -- added, “Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites. I’m proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals.”

Harvey Fierstein,who wrote the teleplay for NBC’s Hairspray Live!, will do the same for Bye Bye Birdie Live!

Lopez is certainly keeping busy.  She currently stars on the network’s police drama Shades of Blue, returning for its second season in 2017. She'll also executive produce and host its upcoming dance competition show World of Dance.

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"Inferno" Opens This Weekend

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in "Inferno"; Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

* Inferno, the third movie made from author Dan Brown's bestselling religio-pulp novels, again stars Tom Hanks as symbology and iconography expert Robert Langdon, who follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. After waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with a doctor -- played by Felicity Jones -- whom he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman, played by Ben Foster, from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world's population. Inferno is rated PG-13.

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Review: “Inferno” (PG-13)

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in "Inferno"; Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- In Tom Hanks’ and Ron Howard’s third film based on Dan Brown’s popular series of novels about symbology and iconography expert Robert Langdon (Hanks), Langdon is charged with deciphering a puzzle left behind by an eccentric billionaire named Bertrand Zobrist, who was obsessed with the 14th century Italian poet Dante, whose Inferno is part of his master work Divine Comedy.

Zobrist (Ben Foster) would like to cut the world’s population in half – all for the greater good, because he believes it’s only a matter of time before the planet is overrun and destroyed by overpopulation. Langdon must solve Zobrist’s puzzle while dealing with amnesia, thanks to a gunshot wound to the head and other malfeasance.

In hot pursuit of Langdon is the World Health Organization and a few nefarious characters whose identities become clear as the movie unfolds.

Langdon is aided by Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), the brilliant doctor who treated Langdon when he arrived, wounded, at the hospital. The mystery takes Landon and Brooks through a scenic tour of Florence, Venice and Istanbul in an effort to decipher a riddle involving Sandro Botticelli’s La Mappa Dell’inferno, or Map of Hell.

Watching Tom Hanks do anything should never be awkward. Unfortunately, in his third go ‘round as Langdon, Hanks comes off like a shirtless middle-aged man with a dad bod at a Taylor Swift concert. He’s just out of place. While the film is lovely to look at it’s mostly an empty experience.  Inferno, while trying to be authentic through its use of beautiful, historic locales, exists in some sort of authenticity vacuum.

Despite the terrific cast, and even with two of our best storytellers in Hanks and Ron Howard, nothing in Inferno is believable or compelling enough to make us care about it.

Two out of five stars. 

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"Will & Grace" to Return to NBC?

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Following a viral success of a special election-themed video starring the cast of Will & Grace in September, talks are underway to revive the hit NBC sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reports that the idea is to bring back the show as a 10-episode limited series.  So far, there are no deals in place with the show's four stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.

Insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that it's "extremely early" in the process and it's not clear if the project will actually get underway.

Will & Grace ran for eight seasons and won 16 Emmys, including trophies for all four main stars.  It was also one of the most successful series to feature gay main characters.

The election-themed video featured Will and Grace in the present day, trying to convince Jack to vote for Hillary Clinton, while Karen, a close personal friend of Donald Trump's, tries to sway him the other way. Finally, Will talks Jack into going Democratic by pointing out that Katy Perry is a Clinton supporter.

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Ewan McGregor Found a Good Fella to Mimic for His "American Pastoral" Accent: Ray Liotta

Richard Foreman(NEW YORK) -- Ewan McGregor's newest film -- and his directorial debut -- American Pastoral, is set in 1968, and has the Scottish actor playing a New Jersey man whose daughter tears their family apart when she falls in with political radicals and becomes a domestic terrorist.  He says to cover up his native accent, he took inspiration from an unlikely source: Goodfellas star Ray Liotta.

McGregor told Live with Kelly's Kelly Ripa, "I listened to him doing an...interview about this movie that he produced. And I would listen to him before I went on, because he's...from the right place, he had the right accent. So I listened to a bit of Ray." 

American Pastoral is based on the Phillip Roth bestseller. While it's a period piece, McGregor says the family's struggle is timeless.

"I wanted very much for the period not to be a barrier...I felt very much for these characters when I read the script, and I think we feel very much for the characters when we watch the movie," he explained. "And some...movies...if the period is in your face, it becomes a barrier between yourself and the people that you're watching. And I think we achieved that." 

American Pastoral, which also stars Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, andDakota Fanning, is currently in limited release but will open in additional theaters in the coming weeks.

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Angus T. Jones Has No Regrets About Leaving "Two and a Half Men"

Todd Williamson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been four years since Angus T. Jones described his former showTwo and a Half Men, as "filth" and begged people to stop watching.

Now, after attending college and living a "normal existence," the 23-year-old, who played happy-go-lucky kid Jake Harper for 10 seasons, admits that his thinking got "pretty doomsday."

"If you’d asked me a few years ago if I wanted to get back involved in the industry, I would have said, ‘No. Not at all,’" he told People magazine in a new interview.

"I got pretty doomsday with my thinking for a long time, but now I’m having fun and enjoying where I’m at," he said. "I no longer feel like every step I take is on a land mine."

Jones was cast on the show in 2003 at the age of 9, alongside actors Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen. By age 17, he was making over $300,000 an episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But in 2012, he made a video testimonial about becoming a Seventh-Day Adventist and went on an extended tirade about Two and a Half Men.

He later apologized for bashing the show. After finishing out the 10th season, he never appeared on the show again.

Instead, Jones enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he said, "I wasn’t the center of everyone’s attention, and that was nice."

Currently "on a break" from school, he told People he plans on eventually getting his degree. But, for now, he’s back living in Los Angeles, where he enjoys spending time with his 10-year-old brother Otto.

"Getting to be a part of his life is one of my most favorite things," Jones said.

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Raven-Symoné Leaving "The View" for "That's So Raven" Spinoff

Disney Channel(NEW YORK) -- Raven-Symoné has announced she's leaving The View later this season to executive produce and star in a That's So Raven spinoff.

The actress made the announcement while live on The View Thursday, telling her co-hosts, "I'm gonna be leaving...before the year is up... And I've had such a great time, I just want to say, I've been on this panel with multiple females, I've had wonderful times with you." 

She then thanked what she called her "men in black," who work behind the scenes at the talk show.

Symoné is scheduled to relocate from New York City to Los Angeles for the revamped series, where she will reprise her role as the psychic Raven Baxter. In the spinoff, Raven will play a newly-divorced mother raising two pre-teen kids, one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future.

Symoné's starred on That's So Raven from 2003 to 2007, when she was a teenager. Her final day on The View has not yet been announced.

With Raven's exit, the co-host table now includes Good Morning America weekend anchor Sara Hines, who was added in August, plus moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bureand Paula Faris.

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Patton Oswalt Reflects on Life After Wife's Death

ABC Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Patton Oswalt's wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, died suddenly in April, and on Wednesday he told the The New York Times that he suspected that she overdosed accidentally.

Explaining that McNamara had been anxiously working on a new book, Oswalt, who was concerned for her health, told the newspaper that he'd suggested she "sleep until you wake up."  According to Oswalt, on April 21, McNamara took a Xanax and went to bed. The next morning, she was still snoring at 9:40 a.m., but two hours later, when Oswalt checked on her again, he discovered that she was not breathing.

She was pronounced dead by paramedics, and the coroner has yet to release a cause of death.

“I have a feeling it might have been an overdose,” Oswalt told the Times, noting that she took Xanax. “That’s what the paramedics there were saying while I was screaming and throwing up.”

Oswalt  married McNamara in 2005, and they welcomed their daughter Alice in 2009. The actor said that the day McNamara died was the second-worst day of his life, with the worst being "when I told my daughter the next day."

Now, Oswalt is working with a researcher and a journalist to finish his late wife's book about a serial killer, and he's also dedicated to helping his daughter remember her mother. Every night, he and Alice write down three things they remember about her.

The comedian also is working on new material which he plans to perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 3.  He says returning to the stage will be, as he puts it, "a rebuke to grief, an acceptance of the messiness of life."  He adds, "I’ll never be at 100 percent again, but that won’t stop me from living this.”

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Gerard Butler On Duty for Third "Fallen" Flick

Getty Images/Jason Kempin(LONDON) -- Gerard Butler will reprise his role as Secret Service agent Mike Bannon in Angel Has Fallen, a third film in a series that began with 2013's White House attack flick Olympus Has Fallen.

The original film -- and its 2016 follow-up London Has Fallen -- did well enough to prompt the threequel; the series also stars Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, who plays the speaker of the House, and Aaron Eckhart, who plays the president.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this time, Butler's character will be the attackers' target, along with the commander-in-chief, whose official plane, Air Force One, is code-named Angel. 

Production is set to start in 2017.

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Donald Trump's Defaced Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Will Cost Thousands to Repair 

Workers repair Donald Trump’s damaged Hollywood Walk of Fame star; AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It will cost thousands to repair Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  That’s what Leron Gubler, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, told ABC News.

With repairs already underway, Gubler says it’ll cost between $3,000 and $10,000 to fix the damage.

"It's mostly the cost of the labor," Gubler explained. "The stars are composed of the brass symbols and the terrazzo is concrete with marble chips, so it's a process. It takes quite a bit of work -- several hours worth. It'll take several days to season before they can polish and restore it."

The Republican presidential nominee's star was destroyed early Wednesday.  Deadline reports a man named James Otis has claimed responsibility, telling the website he aimed to remove the star entirely and auction it to raise money for women who’ve accused Trump of sexual assault. Trump has denied all wrongdoing.

Trump, 70, earned his star in 2007 for his work on the show The Apprentice.

Gubler noted that in the future, Trump's star will remain unguarded, as all the other stars are, and said it will not be removed.

"Once a star is installed it becomes part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame. We have never removed a star in the 56-year history of the Walk of Fame," Gubler said. "Once you remove one star, it sets a precedent and opens Pandora's box."

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