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Thursday
Oct102019

Google brings in 'Insecure' creator Issa Rae as their newest celebrity voice for Google Assistant

HBO/Anne Marie Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready: Issa Rae is officially taking over your Google Assistant.

Google announced on Thursday that they have tapped the Insecure star and creator as their newest celebrity voice for their digital helper.

Starting today, Rae's voice will be available through the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android, as well as on Google Home speakers and various smart displays.

According to the announcement, to get Issa to start talking, all you need to do is simply say, "Hey Google, talk like Issa,” or switch the settings within the mobile app.

There are also specific questions that'll garner a unique response from the actress. Those questions include: Do I need an umbrella today?; Tell me a secret; What do you think of me?; Give me a quote from Issa Rae; Sing a song; Tell me a joke; or ask, "Mirror talk” or “How do I look?” for "confidence-boosting affirmations."

For Insecure fans, you can also ask Issa if she loves Daniel or Lawrence more, in which case Issa will offer a specific response.

Rae took to Instagram to share the good news.

"Guess who’s the new voice of the Google Assistant? ME!," she wrote, sharing a video of her Google promo. "Today I’m taking over the @Google Instagram story. Head over there to see what I can do, or just say, “Hey Google, #TalkLikeIssa” to give it a try. "

Google's announcement comes after Amazon revealed they had tapped Samuel L. Jackson to be the voice of Alexa.

Unlike Rae, Jackson's voice app also includes an explicit version, just in case you need a bit more edge.

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Thursday
Oct102019

Ricardo Chavira's "white privilege" comments about 'Desperate Housewives' co-star Felicity Huffman go viral

Chavira in "Scandal" - ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) -- Although he posted them to Twitter on September 13 -- the day Felicity Huffman was sentenced to jail for her role in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal -- her Desperate Housewives co-star Ricardo Chavira's outraged comments over her short sentence have just started to go viral.

"White Privilege," he fumed.

Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and 200 hours of community service for her role in the scandal, which centered on parents accused of paying bribes and falsifying applications to get their kids into better colleges.

"White Privilege. And I saw Eight years worth of it, so I know what I'm talking about," wrote Chavira, who played Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives for eight seasons. "Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean sh** to these people," he continued.

"I saw eight years worth of it working on Housewives," Solis tweeted next. "I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I've struggled with the intricacies of it on a daily basis with all the cultural bias I've received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this sh**."

Incidentally, Solis' Desperate Housewives wife, Eva Longoria, was one of nearly 30 people who wrote letters of support for Huffman, in hopes the judge would be lenient.  

Huffman, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated wife of actor William H. Macy, who was not implicated in the scandal, is scheduled to report to prison October 25.

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Thursday
Oct102019

Drew Barrymore's daytime talk show gets the green light

ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) -- Drew Barrymore is getting into the daytime talk show game.

The actress and former Santa Clarita Diet star tried her hand at this in 2016, shooting a pilot episode that pretty much went nowhere.  But a new pilot shot back in August reportedly led CBS Television Distribution to give a new show the green light.

"It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show," Barrymore said in a statement. "I'm truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS."

Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, called the project the, "brightest prospect I have seen in many years," adding, "We look forward to giving Drew and our colleagues at CBS Television Distribution our full support to help this show strike gold with our audience and advertisers."

No word yet on when Barrymore's talk show will premiere.

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Thursday
Oct102019

The Obamas congratulate Tyler Perry on his studio's grand opening: "What an inspiration"

ABC/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Although they were unable to make it to the October 5 grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Barack and Michelle Obama have a special message for the director and now studio owner.

"So much love for @TylerPerry, who just opened the first major film studio lot fully owned by an African-American," tweeted Mrs. Obama tweeted. "Barack and I couldn’t be more proud of you—thanks for showing that no matter what, progress keeps marching forward."

"What an inspiration," she wrote, adding a strong arm emoji.

Perry later reposted Mrs. Obama tweet to his Instagram, adding his own thoughts to her message.

"I’m a writer with no words," he wrote. "I’m still trying to take it all in. Forgive me but all I can say right now is thank you!!! @michelleobama."

As previously reported, Perry told ABC Audio that he hoped his studio opening would serve as inspiration to others.

"My whole intention...my whole hope is that somebody gets inspired," he said. "If that happens, then I'm good, I'm good. So that is that, that is what I feel. I want to inspire somebody -- to dream, to believe that they can do it too. No matter where he came from."

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Thursday
Oct102019

Cuba Gooding Jr. has been indicted by a grand jury on new charges

iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(NEW YORK CITY) -- Cuba Gooding, Jr. was indicted on new charges by a grand jury in New York City court today.

The latest charges will remain sealed until Tuesday, October 15, when Gooding returns to court.

The actor previously pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. The charges stem from the 51-year-old actor's alleged groping of a woman's breast inside Manhattan's Magic Hour Rooftop Bar on June 9.

Attorneys for the Oscar-winning Jerry Maguire star had previously sought to dismiss the case, arguing that a video of his encounter with the woman in question shows that he didn't grope her.

The judge declined to dismiss the case.

The complaint itself asserts that Gooding, "forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant's sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter's consent."

Gooding has denied the claim.  

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Thursday
Oct102019

'Ugly Delicious' chef David Chang serving 'Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner' for Netflix

Gabriele Stabile/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix released the trailer on Wednesday for for a new series, called Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, created and hosted by American restaurateur, author and TV personality David Chang. 

The series features Chang traveling to cities around the world with different celebrity friends, including Seth Rogen, Chrissy Teigen, Kate McKinnon and Lena Waithe, to explore food and culture. 

James Beard Award winner Chang previously teamed up with Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville for the acclaimed, beautifully shot Ugly Delicious; the Netflix show celebrated delicacies in unlikely locations, like pizza in Toyko, and Viet-Cajun cuisine in Texas.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner launches October 23.

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Thursday
Oct102019

Still facing federal charges, 'Chrisley Knows Best' stars settle with Georgia tax collectors 

Cythina Hicks/USA Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the USA Network reality series Chrisley Knows Best, have reached a settlement with the Georgia Department of Revenue, according to documents obtained by Atlanta news station WXIA.

The settlement, signed late last month, sees the couple paying a little over $147,000 to the state, while receiving a refund of more than $66,000 for the tax years from 2013 to 2016.

The Chrisleys only owed money in 2009, and were due refunds from 2013 to 2016, according to the news outlet.  Todd and Julie had been accused of evading nearly $2 million in taxes from 2008 to 2016. 

The reality stars, indicted in August, still face federal charges for tax evasion, wire fraud, tax fraud and conspiracy.

Chrisley Knows Best, which premiered in March 2014 on USA, follows the lavish lifestyle of Todd, a wealthy real estate developer, and his family.  It also spun off a series, Growing Up Chrisley, starring two of his children.

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Thursday
Oct102019

Sophie Turner hilariously shames influencers that promote detox tea

Michael Tran/Stringer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Influencers who stand by their detox product made an enemy of Sophie Turner, who spilled the proverbial tea on the weight-loss industry.

Detox teas are somewhat of a hot-button issue now that celebrities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian are hawking them to fans.  Consequently, actors like Jameela Jamil are rallying to have these products banned by claiming they are unsafe and promote body shaming.  

The Game of Thrones alum took a stand against detox teas on Tuesday by mocking influencers on her Instagram Stories. 

"Hey you, guys, just kind of going for my influencer look today," Turner begins in a soft but high pitched American accent, "Today I just wanted to promote this new powdered stuff that you put in your tea."

Her message quickly gets dark as she continues, "Basically it makes you s**t your brains out and is totally really, really bad for me to be promoting to young women and young people everywhere, but I don't really give a f**k 'cause I'm getting paid money for it."

One of Sophie's fans has since reposted the video to Twitter

This isn't the first time the Dark Phoenix star has criticized the diet industry.  In a May interview with Marie Claire Australia, the actress opened up about her personal struggles with her body image.  She claimed to have been pressured to lose weight and, instead, turned to therapy to cope with her feelings of inadequacy.

"Everyone needs a therapist," She advocated during the interview, "Especially when people are constantly telling you you’re not good enough and you don’t look good enough. I think it’s necessary to have someone to talk to, and to help you through that.”

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Thursday
Oct102019

'Joker' continues to win with record $13.9 million Tuesday box office haul

Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Joker -- only in its first week of release -- continues to shatter box office records.

The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, earned another $13.9 million on Tuesday, making it the best Tuesday at the October box office.  That tops the previous Tuesday high of $8.2 million set by Venom a year ago.

Additionally, Todd Phillips' R-rated film bested the highest September Tuesday of $11.4 million, set by It in 2017.  When compared to November Tuesdays, the film is second behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which grossed $15.9 million.

Joker, which also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy, has earned a total of $119.8 million stateside in its first five days of release.  It's worldwide tally currently stands at $272 million. 

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Wednesday
Oct092019

More than movies: Tyler Perry says studio compound will have space for displaced LGBTQ youth and trafficked women

ABC/Steve Iervolino(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry has a big vision for his Tyler Perry Studios. In addition to the 12 sound stages that are housed on his 330-acre lot in Atlanta, Perry says he's also making a space for those in need.

“You know what, right now I’m dreaming about how do I build this shelter for trafficked girls, boys and battered women,” Perry told Essence.

Perry later expounded on his vision, telling CBS' Gayle King that he plan to create a space for LGBTQ youth and women who don't have a place to go.

“Having a compound that is a beautiful place right here somewhere on this 330 acres, where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient, they live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, there’s all of these wonderful things that allows them to re-enter society and then pay it forward again," Perry said. "That’s what I hope to do soon.”

As previously reported, Perry told ABC Audio that he hoped his studio opening would serve as inspiration to others.

"My whole intention tonight, my whole hope is that somebody gets inspired," he said. "If that happens then, I'm good, I'm good. So that is that, that is what I feel. I want to inspire somebody -- to dream, to believe that they can do it too. No matter where he came from."

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