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Dec072017

Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams dish on ABC's "The Great American Baking Show"

ABC/Mark Bourdillion(NEW YORK) -- Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams have teamed up to host the third season of ABC's The Great American Baking Show, airing tonight. The two, who consider themselves food enthusiasts, are dishing on the flavorful season and why they were so excited to join the show, which is based on the popular Great British Bake-Off.

"I wanted to do this show so badly is because baking and cooking are totally two different worlds, " Curry tells ABC Radio. "And I have a cooking background -- not so much baking. So I wanted to join...so I could learn a little bit about that world."

Curry, wife of NBA star Stephen Curry, is an accomplished cook who hosts her own show on the Food Network and wrote a cookbook called The Season Life.

Adams says he also has a strong connection with food.

"Well, you know I'm a big guy," Adams says laughing. "So I like to eat, first off. I'm not a baker, I'm more of a griller. So you know, Fourth of Julys and stuff like that...I can only bake like four or five different things that my mom taught me how to make. So being on a show, I learned so much about these different methods people use."

As far as what fans can expect to see this season, Curry says the show is "very family-friendly," and she and Adams add "a little bit of humor."

"It's Christmas-themed, so a lot of kids can watch it," Adams explains. "They can join in and get some of the recipes and stuff like that. And help the parents out -- because all the just kids want to do is eat up all your food all the time."

The Great American Baking Show airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Jimmy Kimmel's wife: "I want to be the one to tell Billy what his dad did for him"

WireImage/Shannon Finney(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel's wife broke her silence on her son's health battle and her husband's powerful monologue calling for health care reform, saying she hopes to be the one to tell her son "what his dad did for him."

"I don't necessarily like that everyone knows what's going on with the health of my child," Molly McNearney, who is also the co-head writer for her husband's show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's scary to make yourself vulnerable the way we have, but the encouragement that we're helping other people far outweighs my fears about our lack of privacy," McNearney added.

Kimmel and McNearney's 7-month-old son, Billy, made headlines this May when Kimmel spoke candidly on his show about Billy's heart defect and emergency lifesaving surgery.

Kimmel's passionate monologue also called on all politicians to make sure Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions, have access to medical care.

McNearney also told The Hollywood Reporter that her family is touched by how people ask about Billy everywhere they go.

"We haven't gone to a coffee shop, filled up the gas tank, done anything without someone asking us how Billy is doing, and, thank God, we get to say something positive," she said.

"If we were to do this all over again and someone said, 'You would have an opportunity to have a perfectly healthy baby boy,'" McNearney added. "I would take the one we got because I think it helped a lot of families."

She said that she cannot wait to tell Billy about the impact that he has had on others and how he has received letters from former presidents wishing him well.

"I'm looking forward to the day that I get to tell him about all of this. I want to be the one to tell Billy what his dad did for him," she said.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Ryan Reynolds to star in live-action "Pokemon" movie

WireImage/Gary Gershoff(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds has been tapped to star in the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Reynolds will start as the titular detective, and though the movie is described as "live-action," The Hollywood Reporter describes Reynolds' part as "motion-capture in nature."

The Deadpool star joins The Get Down's Justice Smith and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the film.

The plot revolves around Reynolds' Detective Pikachu, who helps out a teen whose father -- portrayed by Smith -- has been kidnapped.

Shooting is set to begin in London in January. Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open next June.

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Thursday
Dec072017

"Games of Thrones" not returning until 2019, says Sophie Turner

HBO/Macall B. Polay(NEW YORK) -- Maybe this will be good news for Game of Thrones fans who don't want the series to end, but bad news for fans anxiously awaiting the show's eighth and final season: star Sophie Turner says it isn't coming until 2019.

HBO hasn't announced an official air date, just promising the show sometime in 2018 or 2019, but Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, tells Variety in a new interview, "Game of Thrones comes out in 2019."

The final season is already two months into shooting and Turner says that on the job the cast and crew is very conscious of the impending end of the series.

"When we all had the read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional," she says. "For the first time in Thrones history, we had everyone there. All of the Americans wanted to come over. Every single cast member was pretty much there. We’re all kind of feeling the end of it coming. We’re all staying in town a little longer, going out for more meals, trying to get together more. We’re all trying not to take it for granted any more."

Of course the end of GoT won't be the end of fans' chances to see Turner work.  She also stars as Jean Grey in the latest films in the X-Men franchise and will be the central character in the next installment, Dark Phoenix, which arrives a little before 2019 -- in November 2018.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," gets new director

Freddie Mercury in 1980 (Neal Preston © Queen Productions Ltd.)(LONDON) -- The Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has a new director.

Variety reports that Dexter Fletcher has been hired to finish the film after Bryan Singer was fired as director earlier this week.  Fletcher's directorial credits including Eddie the Eagle, a 2016 film biopic about British ski jumper Eddie Edwards, and Sunshine on Leith, an adaptation of the jukebox musical built around the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers.

Singer was fired Monday for what a source close to 20th Century Fox told ABC News was a pattern of unreliable behavior on the set. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio's decision to oust Singer came after a growing conflict between Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, who's playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and the director, apparently over Singer's frequent absences from the set.

After his firing, Singer said he was let go after the studio declined to give him time off to deal with an ailing parent.

Principal photography, which has been taking place in London, began this past September and expect to continue for a few more weeks.  Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled for release in December 2018.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Reese Witherspoon reportedly slapped with lawsuit over "Gone Girl"

HBO/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle(LOS ANGELES) -- Reese Witherspoon, whose HBO show Big Little Lies took home 5 Emmys earlier this year, is reportedly being sued for another of her producing efforts: the hit 2012 psychological thriller Gone Girl.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Lesley Weller claims that she sent a copy of her screenplay -- called Out of the Blue -- to a script consultant in 2005, and that the book Gone Girl, which came out nearly a decade later, was copped from her screenplay.

Weller claims both focus on a married couple who are drifting apart, and contain a twist in which the wife is revealed as a psychopath who sets up her husband.

Weller further alleges that her screenplay and the novel are even structured the same way, and both "feature a scene with a hammer that leads you to believe the husband might hurt the wife," according to the gossip website.

The book's author, Gillian Flynn, and the movie's director, David Fincher, also are named in the lawsuit, which contends the movie lifts from the book, which in turn lifts from her screenplay.

Witherspoon stars opposite Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey and Zack Galifanakis in Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, opening nationwide in March. ABC is owned by Disney.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Alec Baldwin blasts late night hosts for being "grand juries"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin isn't happy with the state of late night TV, singling out Last Week Tonight's John Oliver and The Late Show's Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.

Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc,” Baldwin tweeted, adding, “Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.”

That post led to a series of follow-up tweets where the 59-year-old actor, facing a backlash from followers, clarified his comments, insisting that he didn't express a “preference” in his initial comments before calling someone who criticized his “obtuse” language an “angry” and “harsh” person.

Baldwin’s comments came a day after the Washington Post revealed a video in which Oliver -- on a panel,

not on his show -- grilled Dustin Hoffman repeatedly about Anna Graham Hunter's accusations last month that Hoffman was personally intrusive, including allegedly touching her inappropriately, more than three decades ago on the set of TV film Death of a Salesman. Hunter was 17 at the time.

Colbert, meanwhile, had an awkward confrontation with Ben Affleck last month over harassment claims made against the Justice League star, leading him to ask, “This is a comedy show, correct?”

Baldwin later addressed the “tidal wave” of sexual misconduct allegations, warning, “Thus far, we’ve had a tidal wave of accusations,” he tweeted. Adding, in reference to disgraces movie producer Harvey Weinstein,  “But what’s next? H.W. is the low-hanging fruit here. And if you don’t get some form of conviction w him, that will hurt the cause."

He cautioned people that there would be "ultimate’ consequences.”

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Wednesday
Dec062017

"Thor" scene-stealer Tessa Thompson, Whoopi, team up for "Furlough"

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- IFC has acquired the distribution rights to air Furlough, a new comedy staring Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg.

According to Variety, the story will follow Thompson's character, a woman working part-time at a jail who also must take care of her aging mother, played by Goldberg. While at work, Thompson is ordered to accompany an, "unruly prisoner on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother." During the trip, things begin to fall apart.

Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the unruly prisoner, while fellow Oscar winner Anna Paquin -- as well as Edgar Ramirez and La La Anthony -- round out the supporting cast.

Thompson is on a hot streak, after stealing scenes as Valkyrie in the blockbuster Thor: Ragnorok. She is rumored to continue her superheroic ways in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Tom Cullen hit the history books to prepare for epic roles in "Knightfall" and "Gunpowder"

History/Larry Horricks(NEW YORK) -- Tom Cullen knows his way around a period piece. The Welsh actor stars in not one, but two, historical TV series this month: Knightfall, debuting on the History channel tonight, and Gunpowder, premiering on HBO December 18.

In the 14th century-set Knightfall, Cullen stars as Knights Templar leader Sir Landry, a warrior who gains newfound purpose when he learns the Holy Grail has resurfaced. Cullen says he was meticulous about getting the historical details just right.

"I just think if you're doing a period piece like this, you have to bathe yourself in as much literature as possible because you owe it to that time period," he tells ABC Radio. “I think that if you don't, it's lazy."

Part of that historical accuracy included the costumes. Cullen was outfitted with 50 pounds of authentic chain mail armor, which had the added bonus of getting him into amazing shape by the end of the shoot.

"I doubled in size," he says. "Like, it was insane. I put on 30 pounds of muscle. And just walking up stairs, you're squatting, so my a** at the end of this shoot was unbelievable. Kim Kardashian's got nothing on me!"

In the upcoming miniseries Gunpowder, about the failed London Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Cullen stars as Guy Fawkes opposite Games of Thrones’ Kit Harrington. He jokes that working opposite Harrington was tough because he’s so “hideous.”

"No, I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and I'm a huge Kit Harrington fan and we're great friends and it was a pleasure to work with him and he's incredible in Gunpowder," he says. "I think it's his best performance yet and I'm very proud of Gunpowder. It’s a very cool show."

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Alleged Harvey Weinstein victims file racketeering suit against him & The Weinstein Company

Getty Images/Andreas Rentz(LOS ANGELES) --  Six California women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming his “unwanted sexual conduct” amounted to racketeering.

Though racketeering is a crime usually seen in organized crime cases, in this instance, the plaintiffs claim they were victimized by what the suit calls the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" -- a group of people and entities that combined "to facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct."

The lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News, names The Weinstein Company, TWC’s board of directors -- including New York Knicks owner James Dolan -- and others "currently unknown but discoverable." The court document also mentions law firms Weinstein hired to orchestrate a cover-up, as well as the Israeli security firm Black Cube, which the plaintiffs said approached potential complainants under false pretenses and tried to get their story.

"It's a classic RICO enterprise," plaintiff’s attorney Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP said, using the acronym for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. "It was pretty clear they knew what was going on."

The lawsuit accuses the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise of isolating and blacklisting Weinstein’s victims and covering up Weinstein's alleged predatory tactics.

The plaintiffs include the actresses Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller, and Nanette Klatt. They join the more than 80 other women, including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan, who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and worse.

Through his attorney, Weinstein has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex acts.

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