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Thursday
Dec012016

"Full House" Creator Buys "'Full House' House"

Copyright © 2016, Vanguard Properties(SAN FRANCISCO) --  Talk about keeping it in the family: the original home used in Full House was sold to ... the show's creator.

The home was purchased in August, but at the time, the realtor declined to say who bought it. Well, surprise!

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Franklin, who created the famed 90s sitcom that starred John Stamos and Bob Saget, said he purchased the home in San Francisco to use in filming on the reboot Fuller House. He plans on renting the home at a later date.

It was on the market for more than $4 million.

"The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house," he told the magazine about the home used in filming three decades ago. "I'm so sentimental about the house. It's great to have the house in our Full House family and be able to preserve it for the fans."

Franklin said hundreds of fans come each day to take photos outside the home. Over the next few months, the home will be updated and brought to code, and the front door will be red once again, like on the show. Previous owners had changed it.

Full House aired from 1987 to 1995. Fuller House debuted on Netflix earlier this year.

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Thursday
Dec012016

Chris Pratt Pranking "Passengers" Co-Star J-Law on Instagram

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(MEXICO CITY) -- Passengers co-stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are known to be goofballs: while she's famous for photobombing her fellow stars, he's now turning the tables by pranking her subtly on Instagram.

The two celebs have been touring the world promoting their new sci-fi film, which hits theaters Dec. 25. On Wednesday, Pratt took a selfie with her, captioned, "Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie."  However, he cropped her out of the pic.

In another photo, she's turned around, showing only her back.

A subsequent group shot has the two-time Oscar winning actress cropped mostly out; with this: photographic afterthought. "Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf," the Guardians of the Galaxy star wrote.

And in a video posted by Pratt, J-Law also is shown -- again, barely -- running out of frame to avoid being splashed by glasses of liquid held in place by physics as her co star swings them upside down.

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Thursday
Dec012016

First Look: Tom Cruise in "The Mummy"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Star and producer Tom Cruise took to Twitter Thursday morning to give fans their first peek of The Mummy, his reboot of the classic monster movie series.

In a teaser to the full trailer -- which will hit the Interwebs Sunday -- both Cruise and co-star Russell Crowe are shown, as is Sofia Boutella, who played Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond.  In this film, she plays Ahmahnet, the fearsome mummy.

"I saw her!" Cruis's character says of Ahmahnet. "She is real!" 

"Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters," a title card reads, hinting at Universal's hopes for a Marvel-like "shared universe" for some of the studio's oldest properties.  Another hint: Crowe plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fame.

The Mummy hits theaters June 9, 2017.

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Thursday
Dec012016

Marvel Heroes, "Walking Dead" Names Shoot Up 2016 Baby Names List

Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Bruce Banner/The Hulk; Marvel, Copyright 2015(SAN FRANCISCO) -- BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and digital resource, released the results of its renowned Baby Names Survey for 2016, and with it its anticipated rankings of the Top 100 Names of 2016.

For the seventh year in a row, Sophia was most popular name for girls, while Jackson topped the list for boys for the fourth year straight.  

However, names from comic books, The Walking DeadStranger Things, and those from tech titans have begun marching quickly up the charts, according to Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. "It's a direct reflection of millennial parents' enthusiasm for shaking up the status quo," she notes.

New millennial faves include Elon (as in real-life billionaire genius Elon Musk) Tony (as in fictional billionaire genius Tony Stark AKA Iron Man), and Jessica (up 6% thanks to Marvel’s Jessica Jones).

Banner of The Hulk fame shot up 48% from last year; Harley -- after Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn jumped up 35%; Scarlett after Johansson's roles in The Avengers and Captain America, bumped up 20%.

Even Rocket -- the name of Bradley Cooper's wise-cracking animated raccoon hero from Guardians of the Galaxy -- jumped 25%. 

Walking Dead fan parents were also responsible for the climb of Tyreese (up 48% since 2015), Hershel(up 37%), and Carol (up 18%).

Stranger Things viewers led to a 32% jump for Dustin, Mike (up 28%), and Joyce (23%).

The name Iris, Kathy Bates' character from American Horror Story: Hotel jumped 16%.

Even virtual assistants like Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa saw some movement, with bumps of 36% and 10%, respectively.  

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Thursday
Dec012016

"Fantastic Beasts" Levitates Past Half Billion Dollar Mark

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling's spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise, has topped the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Sue Kroll, Warner Brothers’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution announced Wednesday.

The film, starring Eddie Redmayne, opened at number one in the United States on November 18, earning $74.4 million its first weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past weekend, it had its premiere in China, where it grossed $41.1 million, beating out Disney’s Moana.

So far, Fantastic Beasts has taken in $161 million domestically and $344 million internationally. As of Tuesday, the film's global box-office stood at $505 million in just its second weekend of release.

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Thursday
Dec012016

Stars Shine and Light Up the Tree on "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 

Jonathan Orenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

The all-star live musical event, hosted by Today show crew Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Al Rooker, featured special guest appearances from Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who helped throw the switch to light the tree.

Performers included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Pentatonix, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, Jordan Smith and Anthony Hamilton with The Roots. 

When asked what the celebration meant to him, Neil Diamond kept it simple: "This is all about having a good time, and opening the holiday season and everybody just getting with the program." 

This year's tree is a 94-foot Norway spruce decorated with tons of lights and topped with a Swarovski star made of 25,000 crystals.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

No WiFi? No Problem - Netflix Now Lets Users Download

Netflix-2016(NEW YORK) -- Ever want to watch a Netflix show or movie, but you're stuck on a plane or train with no WiFi?

Well, that's no longer a problem. Today, the streaming service announced that, "members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost."

Films and shows can be downloaded to a tablet, phone or computer, just like Apple's iTunes service.

"We’ve often heard [members] also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited," the official release said. "Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection."

The company confirmed the news in a video tweet, the caption of which read, "Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time."

Not every Netflix show is yet available for download, but more will be added, the streaming service promises.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

Decades After Vatican Rebuke, Scorsese Screens "Silence" for the Pope

Paramount Pictures - 2016(ROME) -- Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese -- who was raised Catholic, and even thought of becoming a priest before he found cinema -- was rebuked by the Vatican for his controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ

The movie, which starred Willem Dafoe as a Jesus Christ wracked with doubt, and who has sex with Mary Magdalene in a dream sequence -- was deemed morally offensive by the city-state home of the Pope and the headquarters of the Catholic Church.

However, Wednesday was a kind of come-to-Jesus moment for the filmmaker, who was personally invited by Pope Francis to meet the pontiff, who screened Scorcese's upcoming film Silence

Set in the 17th Century, the film has Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver playing Portuguese Jesuit priests who travel to then-isolated Japan, to try to find their mentor, played by Liam Neeson, who vanished on a missionary mission in the country where practicing Christianity was punishable by torture and even death.   

The movie opens in limited release December 23.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

"Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Uh-Oh" - Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Son "Played Negan" with Hens on Their Family Farm

Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays skull-cracking baddie Negan on The Walking Dead, appeared as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live with Kelly Wednesday. Morgan, who lives on a working farm in Upstate, New York, explained his hens are a particular favorite of Gus, Morgan's 6-year-old son with his actress wife Hilarie Burton.

Morgan shared a story about a momentarily scary "art imitating life" moment Gus pulled off on the farm, that left the audience -- but fortunately not the livestock -- in stitches.  

"I see him crawling out of the chicken coop, all dressed in black with a red scarf on and a baseball bat," Morgan recalled to a stunned Ripa. "I'm like, 'Dude! What are you doing!?" And he was like, "I'm playing Negan with the hens!...I was doing, 'Eeny Meeny Miney, Moe' to the hens."

The act -- and the wardrobe -- was Gus' tribute to his father's character, who threatened random good guys with his trusty baseball bat Lucille on The Walking Dead, using the schoolyard taunt to pick his first victim.

"And so I go running down, I'm thinking I'm gonna see chickens splattered all over the coop, but they were all fine," Morgan said to laughs, admitting he congratulated himself for his parenting because Gus didn't go full Negan on the birds.  

The Walking Dead returns Sunday night, December 4, at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

Walmart Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Accepts Plea Deal

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW JERSEY) -- Kevin Roper, the Walmart truck driver who crashed into the limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike in June of 2014, accepted a plea deal Tuesday that allows him to enter a pre-trial intervention program.

If Roper successfully completes the program's 300 hours of community service, all charges will be dismissed and he'll avoid trial for the crash that killed Morgan's friend, comedian James McNair and left the Saturday Night Live alum severely injured.

Roper had no record prior to the accident and was eligible for the non-prosecution diversion program as a first-time offender.

Roper's defense attorney, David Glassman, told reporters outside the court house on Tuesday, "The fortunate thing about this is he can go forward with his life. If he completes the program, the charges will be extinguished and he won’t have a criminal record," he said.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Roper had been awake for more than 28 hours prior to the collision and was driving 20 miles per hour above the speed limit.

McNair's family and Morgan both sued Walmart, who settled both suits out of court for undisclosed terms.

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