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Oct112019

Report: Kevin Hart car crash caused by reckless driving

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Reckless driving was to blame in the car crash that seriously injured Kevin Hart and two others, according to a report relesed on Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol claims Hart's friend Jared Black was driving the actor's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when he accelerated into a turn on Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles.

The car then slid down an embankment and slammed into a tree, according to the report.

Both Hart and Black’s fiancee, Rebecca Broxterman, were passengers in the vehicle, according to police. Hart and Black both suffered serious injuries to their backs, while Broxterm had minor injuries.

In spite of the report, Hart issued a statement through his lawyer on Thursday, saying, “I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery.”

Hart is expected to make a full recovery and already back on set of his upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level, a source tells E! News.

Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, opens nationwide December 13.

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Friday
Oct112019

Aaron Paul says making 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie' was like “revisiting an old friend”

Ben Rothstein/Netflix - © 2018 Vinton Productions. All rights reserved. (NEW YORK) -- Breaking Bad is back, baby! The Breaking Bad spinoff movie El Camino is out today on Netflix.

The film shows us what happens to Aaron Paul's character, meth cook Jesse Pinkman, immediately after the events of the explosive finale six years ago. The Emmy-winner tells ABC Audio he never thought he’d ever play the role again, but it was like “revisiting an old friend I care deeply about.”

“It was a great run, man,” Paul says of the series’ five seasons. “It was such a wild journey for everybody... And so we were so blessed that it had happened, that we were a part of it. We were also incredibly OK with saying goodbye and unzipping these skins and never putting them on again.”

But ultimately, it was Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan who convinced Paul to dive back in. Gilligan wrote and directed El Camino, something Paul says should reassure fans that they’ll be satisfied.

“Vince directed the whole damn thing and I think he did such a beautiful job,” Paul says. “I mean, he cares more about Breaking Bad than anyone on the planet. So [if] you're a fan of the show, you've got to just trust in Vince and just know you're gonna be a fan of this.”

As for whether we’ll see any more Jesse Pinkman adventures in the future, Paul says never say never.

“Vince gave me a career and so…if Vince asked me to do anything I would say yes without question,” Paul says. 

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Friday
Oct112019

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki thank 'Supernatual' fans for sticking around for 14 years

Colin Bentley/The CW(NEW YORK) -- Supernatural's final season kicked off Thursday night and there's plenty of mixed feelings among cast members.

The CW drama is ending after a 15 season-run. Before the final season's premiere, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins personally thanked fans on Instagram for making their show the network's longest-running series.

"Hey SPN family," Padalecki begins, "We just wanted to send out some love and most of all some gratitude for being with us for 14 years now."

Ackles adds, "Season 15 starts tonight" before being cut off by Alexander Calvert, who pops into frame and apologizes for being "late."

The four share a laugh before Collins jokes "You missed, like, 10 years" -- referencing the fact that Calvert joined the drama in 2017.

After a brief pause, Ackles marvels "Wow, this just got really awkward" before the video fades to black.  

While the video itself didn't drop hints about the upcoming season, Ackles did promise in the caption that the final season is "Gonna be a good one" and urged fans to "keep an eye out for all the hidden surprises."

The final season of Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. 

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Friday
Oct112019

Jameela Jamil opens up about suicide attempt -- talks importance of mental health

Andrew Eccles/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was World Mental Health Day and Jameela Jamil opened up about her personal struggle with mental illness.

"This month, 6 years ago, I tried to take my own life," the Good Place actress tweeted, "I’m so lucky that I survived, and went on to use EMDR to treat my severe PTSD."  She also implored fans struggling with mental illness to seek help "Because things can turn around. I promise."

EMDR -- known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing -- is a type of psychotherapy that works to negate negative associations patients link to their trauma by tackling the emotions and symptoms, rather than the trauma itself.

Jamil posted a screenshot of her tweet to her personal Instagram and acknowledged that wealth and privilege can play a role in obtaining mental health treatment, however, she insistes there are other options.

"There are helplines," She writes, "and community groups online around the world and friends and family who might surprise you as to how supportive they can be."  She also tagged several organizations that offer free mental health services.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

 

Friday
Oct112019

'The Addams Family' and 'Gemini Man' among this weekend's new movie releases

MGM(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* The Addams Family -- This CGI-animated take on Charles Addams' comics of the same name, follows the ghoulish family, whose lives begin to unravel when they move to New Jersey and face off against a ruthless TV host, while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.  The voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Allison Janney. Rated PG.

* Gemini Man -- Will Smith stars in Ang Lee's thriller about an elite assassin who is hunted by a clone of himself who is also 30 years younger.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong also star.  Rated PG-13.

* Jexi -- Adam DeVine stars in this comedy about Phil, a man with no friends and no love life, thanks to an addiction to his phone.  That all changes when he upgrades to a newer model featuring an A.I. life coach named Jexi, voiced by Rose Byrne, who helps him get a real life, but wants him all to herself.  Co-starring Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* High Strung Free Dance -- A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York's most anticipated new Broadway show.   Jane Seymour and The Lodge’s Thomas Doherty star.  Rated PG.


 

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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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