At Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' joint memorial service, "Singin' in the Rain" and an R2-D2 replica

Getty Images/Kevin Winter(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were able to pay their final respects at a public memorial held Saturday.

Fisher died on December 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. One day later, her mother suffered a stroke and died.

The mother and daughter were honored at a ceremony inside the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles that was organized by Reynolds' son Todd Fisher.

Inside the hall was memorabilia of the pair's careers, including a replica of R2-D2, a nod to Fisher's role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise.

There was also a costume from Singin' in the Rain, the classic 1952 film in which Reynolds portrayed Kathy Selden.

Speaking to thousands of fans who attended the event, which was also live-streamed, Todd Fisher reflected on conversations with his mother right after his sister passed away.

"When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit," he began. "My mother always said to me, 'I never want to go to my daughter's funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.'"

"I didn’t know she was going to leave us that very next day, and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit," Todd Fisher added.

Actor Dan Aykroyd also spoke at the memorial, which included a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles; the Debbie Reynolds Studio dancing to Reynolds' iconic song, "Singin' in the Rain"; and a tribute song written by James Blunt, who was not in attendance.

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Antonio Banderas confirms he suffered a heart attack

WireImage/Juan Naharro Gimenez(LOS ANGELES) -- Antonio Banderas confirmed on Sunday that he is OK after suffering a heart attack while reportedly exercising back in January.

E! Online reports that the Legend of Zorro actor told Spanish media on Sunday that he "suffered a heart attack on January 26," but that it "wasn't serious and hasn't caused any damage."

A rep for Banderas told People magazine at the time that the 56-year-old actor "was admitted to hospital after having experienced chest pain while exercising. However, Antonio was released that same day after doctors performed a check-up which confirmed his good health."

Banderas tweeted a picture of him and his girlfriend Nicole Kempel on January 30 captioned, "Disfrutando de la naturaleza tras un pequeño susto. Enjoying nature after a startle. Besos." 

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Watch the new "Justice League" trailer featuring the team in action

© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC(NEW YORK) -- The wait is over. After a week of teases from director Zack Snyder and others, we have a full Justice League trailer to complement the one we got last year at Comic-Con.

The new clip starts off with what we already know. "We have to be ready ... there's an attack coming from far away," Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne says on his hunt to find other heroes.

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman says, "Not coming Bruce, it's already here."

The trailer then delves into Batman recruiting the other eventual members of the League, including Cyborg, the Flash and Aquaman. We also finally get to see the team in action against Darkseid's minions.

A few newcomers make their first appearance as well, including Amber Heard's Mera and J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon, along with some familiar faces like Amy Adams' Lois Lane.

The trailer builds on a previous clip that shows Bruce Wayne searching for heroes to unite against the impending arrival of a villain whom fans know is Darkseid. "A war is coming," Wayne has said, and he needs the Justice League to protect the world.

If you recall, Superman was killed at the end of Dawn of Justice, but there's hope that he will return soon -- remember the floating dirt.

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"Beauty and the Beast" dominates at the box office for the second straight week

Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast danced into the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, earning an estimated $88 million, the fourth largest second weekend of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

The live-action feature, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline and Ian McKellen, has raked in more than $315 million in just 10 days, one of the fastest films to do that. In addition, Beauty and the Beast brought in more than $119 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to more than $690 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Power Rangers, starring Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G. and Dacre Montgomery, had an impressive opening weekend, earning an estimated $40.5 million for a second place finish. Kong: Skull Island took third place with a $14.4 million haul. 

Life, one of the week's other new releases, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, had a disappointing fourth place finish, taking in an estimated $12.6 million. Rounding out the top five was Logan, earning $10.1 million, pushing its total in the states over $200 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1 – Beauty and the Beast, $88 million
2 – Power Rangers, $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island, $14.4 million
4 – Life, $12.6 million
5 – Logan, $10.1 million
6 – Get Out, $8.68 million
7 – CHIPS, $7.6 million
8 – The Shack, $3.78 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie, $1.97 million
10 – The Belko Experiment, $1.8 million

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You're Welcome: Extended spot announces "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" tickets now on sale

Marvel Studios - 2017

(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel Studios has released an extended peek at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as a way to announce that tickets for the May 5 release are now on sale

The ad, set to David Bowie's "Suffragette City," gives fans a tantalizing few extra seconds of the movie, tying together parts of scenes shown in earlier coming attractions.

One shot in the teaser shows Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord piloting his ship The Milano through a firefight, with his passengers -- including Baby Groot and Karen Gillan's cybernetic Nebula -- hanging on for dear life. 

Another shows Rocket trying to talk his way out of a sticky situation where dozens of space pirates have their guns drawn on him and Michael Rooker's Yondu.

The new spot also shows, for the first time, Elizabeth Debicki's villainess Ayesha, who doesn't appear to think that Star-Lord and his pals are much of a threat. 

The sequel also stars Dave Bautista, who returns as Drax; also returning are the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, as, respectively, Rocket and Baby Groot.  Kurt Russell makes his Marvel movie debut as Peter Quill's long lost extraterrestrial dad Ego. It'll be released by Marvel Studios which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Bill Murray cheers on Xavier basketball team's upset win over Arizona

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team's victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday's NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray's son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier's basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier's student-athletes meet the school's academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn't missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team's winning streak.

"Tons of credit to Bill Murray," Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son's team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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Michael Pena lays his "CHIPS" on the table, hides "Ant-Man 2" cards

GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) -- Michael Pena played a policeman in the acclaimed drama End of Watch, and plays motorcycle cop in the film reboot of the '70s TV series CHiPs -- but he's possibly more famous for stealing scenes as a petty thief in Marvel's Ant-Man.  

GMA After Hours host Lynda Lopez caught up with the versatile star, and he talked -- or didn't -- about the superhero sequel.

As for the '70s cop show he's rebooting opposite co-star and director Dax Shepard, Pena admitted he was a fan of the original series, but added, "I think my mom was a bigger fan! It came on Saturdays and she would like get ready...she would make dinner early. It was almost like she was going out on a date with [CHiPs star] Erik Estrada."

As for Ant-Man 2 -- officially titled Ant-Man and The Wasp -- Pena said, "They just pitched me the entire story last week," adding with a smile, "and I can't say anything about it."

Lopez protested, and the actor offered: "Paul Rudd is in it...I'm in it...That's it."

CHIPS, which also stars Shepard's wife Kristen Bell, opens Friday.

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Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds memorial service set for Saturday

Getty Images/Ethan Miller(LOS ANGELES) -- On Saturday, the public gets a chance to say a final farewell to Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died one day apart late in December.

The memorial will be held at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can attend on a first come, first served basis, and when the hall fills up, they'll be able to stand outside and watch the service on screens.

Can't make it to California? The whole thing will be live-streamed on

Debbie's son Todd told Variety not long ago, "The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it. She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her.

Fisher also said that a video of a song that James Blunt wrote as a tribute to Carrie will be released on the day of the memorial. James and Carrie were good friends; before he found fame with his hit "You're Beautiful," he actually lived with her. In fact, he wrote "You're Beautiful" in her bathroom.

"It might rip your heart out," Todd Fisher said of the song.

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"Mindy Project" diss leads to Kaling date with Jersey Sen. Corey Booker

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Seinfeld once said couples who have a good meeting story are the ones that last.  While we don't want to jump to conclusions about their future, you'll be hard-pressed to finding a better meeting story than what led to a date between Mindy Kaling and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

It all started with Kaling's character on The Mindy Project dissing Newark, the Jersey city of which Booker was formerly mayor. Regarding Booker attending a party, Kaling's character jabs, “I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?”

Booker took note, tweeting, Ouch! @MindyKaling, heard Dr. Lahiri dissed Newark last night," adding, "(I still U!)."

Kaling tweeted back, "Senator, if Mindy Lahiri shades it, it means we know it's cool. Thanks for the [heart emoji]. It's mutual!  

Booker then made his move: "You are making my day! Thanks for the clarification. And If the is really mutual... Come have dinner with me in Newark? #PleaseSayYes  …"

Kaling accepted, then noted she was looking up Jersey's train schedules. Booker responded by saying "you are @Lyft worthy! I will send one to you for the door to door."

The Mindy Project originally aired on Fox, but it now lives on Hulu.

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"Married...with Children" Star Katy Sagal Once Dated Kiss' Gene Simmons

Getty Images/ Vincent Sandoval(LOS ANGELES) -- Before Katy Sagal landed the role of Peg Bundy in the long-running TV series Married...with Children, she had her sights set on a singing career, and even dated Kiss bass player Gene Simmons.

In an interview on Thursday's episode of ABC's Nightline, the 63-year-old actress recalls the time Kiss came to town when she was still a teenager and started an affair with Simmons.

"There was just this band of boys sitting at the table and I was their waitress and I sang them a song and, one thing led to another and I started this romance with Gene," Sagal said, laughing. "It was so long ago."

As her music career struggled, however, Sagal began looking at other options.

"I met a casting director that I will never forget said to me, ‘You will never work in television,’" she said. "This was in the days of Dallas and Dynasty. Everybody looked extremely glamorous... I didn’t look that way. I was a musician, I was in bands. I wore a lot of black make up, a lot of black clothes."

"Years later when my struggling music career was just not going full steam ahead I said yes to being in a rock musical," she added. "From there my now manager discovered me."

A little arm-twisting later, she auditioned for and landed a role on the TV show, Mary, with Mary Tyler Moore, followed by Married... With Children.

Sagal can currently be seen in the sitcom Superior Donuts, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. She'll also star as Vivian in ABC's upcoming 30th anniversary musical remake of the movie Dirty Dancing, airing May 24.

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