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Jan172019

'To Catch a Predator' host Chris Hansen busted for writing bad checks

Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(CONNECTICUT) -- Chris Hansen, host of the reality TV series To Catch a Predator, turned himself in to police in Stamford, Connecticut Wednesday on charges of bouncing checks.

In the summer of 2017, Hanson ordered promotional trinkets from a Stamford company, say police. That September, he was given a bill for $13,000, but the check he used to pay it bounced.

Hansen reportedly told the owner of the company he would pay off the debt in installments, but never followed through. The owner then called police who tried to speak with Hansen before a second check bounced.

The 59-year-old former TV host was charged with writing a bad check and failing to pay his debt. He was released after promising to appear in court at a later date.

Hansen hosted NBC's Dateline hidden camera series To Catch a Predator between 2007 and 2008. He also hosted the spinoffs To Catch an I.D. Thief and To Catch a Con Man.

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Thursday
Jan172019

'Ghostbusters' iconic Ecto-1 vehicle returns in new teaser-trailer 

Columbia Pictures/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after learning that a new Ghostbusters movie directed by original helmer Ivan Reitman's son, Jason, is in the works, comes the the first teaser-trailer.

The video opens with a shot of an eerie looking barn on a dark, stormy night. As spooky music plays -- the opening notes from Elmer Bernstein's score of the original film -- the camera moves closer and closer to the structure, where we see a tarp covering what turns out to be the iconic Ghostbusters vehicle, Ecto-1, used in the original films to carry our ghost-busting heroes around the Big Apple. 

The teaser ends with the unmistakable sound of the 'busters' tool of their trade, a nuclear accelerator, firing up, timed to the appearance of the legend: "2020."

Producers have been mum on the plot of the new film, which is set to begin shooting in the summer with an eye toward a summer 2020 release. There's also no word on whether any of the original Ghostbusters stars will return for the new flick, although two -- Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson -- have expressed an interest.

Aykroyd, who played Dr. Ray Stantz in the 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel, replied to Reitman's Twitter post revealing the teaser with "If you need a tune-up, you know who to call #GB20."

Hudson, who portrayed Winston Zeddemore, added to Aykroyd's reply with "Bigger than a 100-ft marshmallow man!"

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish are back and funnier than ever in season 2 trailer of 'The Last O.G.'

TBS(NEW YORK) -- TBS is giving fans a sneak peak at the hilarious second season of Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish's comedy The Last O.G.

The series, co-created by Get Out Oscar winner Jordan Peele, stars Morgan as Tray, who returns to his native Brooklyn, New York after serving a 15 years in prison -- only to struggle to assimilate into a radically changed society.

Haddish plays Shay, Tray's ex-girlfriend now married with twins, whom Tray soon learns are his children.

In new Season 2 trailer, Tray decides to goes all in on his dreams of becoming a chef. "I'm am ex-con making a contribution," he says. "My food is bringing all these people together."

The second season guest stars include Method Man, Rev Run, Talib Kweli and Rakim, Bresha Webb and more.

The Last O.G. returns April 2 on TBS.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Comedian Jamie Lee to launch “feminist wedding show” based on her book 'Weddiculous' 

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for New York Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Jamie Lee intends to corner the market on feminist wedding shows.

The Crashing actress confirms to ABC Radio that her 2016 book Weddiculous: An Unfiltered Guide to Being a Bride, is heading to the small screen.

“Yes, we are turning the book into a TV show,” she says. “I can't say for what streaming service but I am determined to make Weddiculous sort of the first-ever feminist wedding show.”

She adds, “We're in the process of casting that, so if there are any people getting married [who] would like a little assistance with their wedding process, I'm your girl.”

Lee was inspired to write the book during her own wedding planning with now-husband, Dan Black. It was a way to show brides-to-be that not everything has to be as shiny and perfect as the bridal blogs would have you believe.

Making the book into a TV series was the next logical step, considering that Lee is a longtime fan of wedding reality shows. She even appeared on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress.

“I applied through the website, I didn't hear back, I was devastated,” she says. “It was my dream to go on that show. Then I went out and bought my dress on my own…And then the day after I bought my wedding dress, I got a call from TLC.”

She ended up keeping her original wedding dress, but she did get a fun fitting at famed bridal salon Kleinfeld's.

If you want a chance to be on her wedding show, you can apply by emailing WeddingCasting@itv.com. Meanwhile, you can catch Lee on the third season of HBO's Crashing, premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Most people can't name 2018's Oscar best picture winner, says survey

Photo: Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Quick -- which film won best picture at last year's Oscars? If you can't remember, you're not alone.

The results of a recent Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult national survey conducted among 2,201 adults revealed that 80 percent of respondents couldn't name Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water as 2018's Oscar best picture. Only 20 percent answered correctly.

Likewise, only 20 percent of respondents knew that it was Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, not La La Land, that won best picture in 2017, although the infamous envelope mix-up, in which La La Land was initially and incorrectly announced as the winner, can be partly blamed for the confusion.

However, there's no explanation for the trend holding true for 2016, where only five percent correctly named Spotlight as the winner, and 2015, where just nine percent believed it was Birdman, and not American Sniper, that won top honors.

The only exception was 2014, where more respondents -- 17 percent -- correctly identified 12 Years a Slave as the best picture winner.

The results shouldn't come as a complete surprise, given that none of the Oscar-winning films in the past five years have grossed more than $100 million at the box office stateside. Additionally, the Academy Awards ceremony has seen a decline in viewership over the same period.

On a positive note, 31 percent of Americans believe the Oscars get it right when picking the winners, while 21 percent saying the winners "are not the best choices and others should win," according to the survey.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

John Walsh and son Callahan are 'In Pursuit' of bad guys on new unsolved crime show

Investigation DiscoveryJohn Walsh is continuing the mission he started on America’s Most Wanted with his new show on Investigation Discovery, In Pursuit with John Walsh. This time, he’s bringing his son along for the ride.

John and Callahan Walsh team up to bring down fugitives and find missing children with the help of viewers. Each episode of In Pursuit spotlights two unsolved crimes and will also feature two missing children, with age-progression photos and descriptions.

"Getting justice is part of that recovery process," says John, who’s first son Adam was kidnapped and killed in 1981. "Getting to know that that person who did horrible things to your family is paying for it is part of putting it behind you. There's no closure. I will always be the heartbroken father of a murdered child. But when you find out who did it, it ends that chapter of your life."

For Callahan, following in his father’s footsteps -- in both his TV work and his role at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -- was a no-brainer. He calls his dad his "role model."

"To work with my father is a blessing," he says. "…I just really look forward to this season, going out there and helping my father catch some of these bad guys and putting them away."

Father and son both admit their line of work isn’t easy, but each solved case or recovered missing child makes it worthwhile. In particular, Callahan calls the recent Jayme Closs case, in which a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl was found safe 88 days after a violent kidnapping, a "great example of why we never give up hope." 

In Pursuit with John Walsh premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Sequel to original 'Ghostbusters' films in the works

Photo by Columbia Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The secret is out: A sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s is in the works at Sony Pictures, with original director Ivan Reiman's son, Jason, set to helm the new one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jason has reportedly secretly co-written a script with Gil Kenan, who directed the 2006 animated feature Monster House. Sony has kept mum on plot details, other than calling it “the next chapter in the original story” and a passing of the torch, “both inside and out,” according to the industry trade.

Sony is reportedly very high on keeping the Ghostbusters franchise alive, despite the poor showing of the 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Jason Reitman's other credits include 2018's Tully and The Frontrunner. He earned Oscar nominations for best director for 2007's Juno and Up in the Air in 2009.

Production for the new Ghostbusters movie is set to begin in the summer with an eye toward a 2020 release.  There's no word on whether any of the original Ghostbusters stars -- including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver -- will return for the new flick.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Alexandra Shipp seemingly responds to news that 'Beale Street' star Kiki Layne is gunning for her 'X-Men' gig

Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Alexandra Shipp, who played Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is seemingly responding to the news that she could eventually be out of a job if Beale Street actress Kiki Layne gets her way.

It all started when Layne told Variety that she felt connected to the comic book character -- a mutant who can control the weather.

"She was an image of myself, of a powerful chocolate Black woman, and I just think that’s an amazing image to have, and I really want to play Storm," she said.

Layne added her team is currently campaigning for the position. "Oh, yeah. We are actively plotting, actively plotting," she said.

However, Shipp is already set to reprise her role in this year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix -- reportedly one of the final X-Men movies from Fox before the characters are folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of a massive acquisition made by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

Not surprisingly, Shipp took to Twitter to seemingly respond to Layne -- without naming her. "I won’t ever bad mouth a fellow actor," Shipp wrote. "I won’t ever actively try to take another hard working actors job. Y’all can keep trying to pin black women against each other but it won’t work on me, honey."

Shipp later continued in another tweet: "One second we’re trying to rally and define why our lives matter, the next we’re making each other feel like we’re not worthy of one. I’ll only spread and give love, no matter what tone my skin falls under."

Halle Berry portrayed Storm in the first four X-Men films. Shipp took over the part for X-Men: Apocalypse, though she received some backlash because she has fairer skin than the Storm seen in Marvel Comics.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Netflix raising subscription prices, again

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- It's about to cost you more to get your Stranger Things fix. 

Netflix is implementing the biggest subscription increase since the video streaming service launched 12 years ago, raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, according to Deadline.

The price hikes will take effect immediately for new subscribers and will be phased in over three months for existing subscribers.

Netflix's most popular plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously, will see the largest hike, from $11 to $13 per month. The least expensive Netflix plan, Basic, will now cost $9, up from $8.

The new round of increases is the fourth for Netflix and its first since late 2017.

The extra cash will help to pay for Netflix's huge investment in original programming, building on smash hits like Orange Is The New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown and, most recently, the hit film Bird Box. The increase will also offset the heavy debt it's accumulated trying to fend off competing streaming services.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

"We'll be seeing you..." Third 'John Wick' movie drops trailer teases

Lionsgate/Nico Tavernese (NEW YORK) -- After teasing the upcoming third chapter in the John Wick movie franchise, a title and trailer announcement were revealed Tuesday. The film's official Twitter page posted a series of short clips featuring Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the titular character, starting with with the message, "We’ll be seeing you...John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum is in theaters May 17.

Another tweet encourages people to text a number and get a “one-hour head start." If you do, you hear a message that says, “Welcome. As an esteemed member, you will be granted access to our finest amenities. We will text you at this number in the days to come. Be prepared.”

Finally, a third tweet warns, "The clock is ticking."  The trailer's expected sometime Thursday.

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