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Anna Kooris/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming holiday film Holiday Rush, starring Romany MalcoStar Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green, and legendary singer Darlene Love.

The film, directed by Leslie Small, follows Malco as a single dad and radio DJ, Rashon “Rush” Williams, who loses his job during the holiday season. As he attempts to downsize, the experience helps him reconnect with his children and learn that "true joy comes from who you have, not what you have."

 "What am I going to tell the kids? Christmas is around the corner," Malco's character says in the promo after he loses his job at the radio station.

The film also stars Tamala JonesDeon ColeRoscoe OrmanAmarr M. Wooten and  LaLa Anthony.

Holiday Rush launches November 28 on Netflix.


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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- While speaking with Jennifer Lopez for Variety's ongoing Actors on Actors series, Robert Pattinson admitted he was taken aback by the success of Twilight -- and it wasn't necessarily because of the throngs of people publicly stanning for Team Edward or Team Jacob.

"It's a weird story, Twilight," Pattinson says, adding, "It’s strange how people responded a lot to it."

"I guess the books are very romantic, but at the same time, it's not like The Notebook romantic," he continues. "The Notebook is very sweet and heartbreaking, but Twilight is about this guy, and he finds the one girl he wants to be with, and he also wants to eat her. I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or whatever."

Pattinson also tells Hustlers star Lopez that he was strangely drawn to playing the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' upcoming movie The Batman.

"With Batman, it’s a strange one with me," he admits. "Even my agent was like, 'Really?' I was very, very focused on it, and I don't know why. It just kind of kept coming back into my head."

To give an idea of how his portrayal of the iconic superhero might play out, he says, "I have no interest whatsoever in playing someone who’s heroic. The only time I want to play someone who an audience knows they’re supposed to like is when they really shouldn't like them. That's the only time."

He notes of the character, "He’s a very troubled person. I always found it interesting that Batman is always struggling a little bit, especially in some iterations of the story. He doesn't know if he's that great or not, and that's kind of interesting."

For her part, it seems J Lo will be buying a ticket on June 25, 2021, telling Pattinson, "I think you'll be...an awesome Batman!"

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Disney Channel(NEW YORK) -- The hit animated Disney Channel series Big City Greens returns for its second season this weekend, and it's shaping up to be the best one yet.

The creators of the show, brothers Shane and Chris Houghton [HOE-tun], tell ABC Audio you can expect a lot more adventures for the small-town Green family as they continue to adjust to life in the concrete jungle.

“Season two has a lot of great stuff coming up,” Shane says. “We have a half-hour Christmas special that is also a musical…We also have an episode that is video game-related. [It's] a 2D animated show and we were able to animate certain segments of that show in 3D.” 

As for guest stars, you'll hear Christopher Lloyd’s voice in the Christmas special. Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness also appears in an episode, as well as Alfred Molina, Lucy Lawless, Cheri Oteri, Ed Begley Jr., Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch, The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil and more.

Big City Greens, inspired by Shane and Chris’ own rural upbringing, returns to the Disney Channel on Saturday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Wayne Brady is making his childhood dreams come true with his upcoming role on The CW's Black Lightning.

In the forthcoming episode, which will air sometime in 2020, Brady will play Tyson "Gravedigger" Sykes a World War II-era member of the U.S. military who becomes a "super soldier" after a secret experiment enhances his strength. Brady tells ABC Audio that he's been a longtime fan of both DC and Marvel comic book series.

"I'm a big comic nerd--through and through," Brady says.

"I used to read Black Lightning because as a little black boy growing up in the South, the people that looked like you and your representations were few and far between," he continues. "And sometimes they weren't the most positive."

To that effect, Brady jokes that one of the less-than-positive aspects of some of the comics he loved -- like Black Lightning and Luke Cage -- were their less-than-admirable superhero outfits.

"Oh, my God, the clothing that they dressed that brother in," Brady laughs, referring to Lightning's flamboyant outfit in the comics. "A skin-tight electric blue suit with white and black electric bolts out off the side. And the karate sash and a mask and a big fro. Not necessarily the best fashion look."

Still, Brady embraces those characters, adding it was a gift to be able to identify with his heroes.

"But, how amazing to see someone with your skin being called a hero and being able to do fantastic things," he says. "So, I've always had books like Black Lightning close to my heart and on the top of my brain."

Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams, airs Monday nights on The CW.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- While it's already known that EGOT winner John Legend has succeeded Idris Elba as People's Sexiest Man Alive, the magazine's cover feature also celebrates less controversial picks in various categories.

For example, Brad Pitt and Jason Momoa are part of the 28 "Men of the Year," described as "standouts of modern-day sophistication." They join the likes of current Men's Health cover model and This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, as well as Last Christmas heartthrob Henry Golding.

And yes, Elba -- who some might argue is eternity's Sexiest Man -- is included on the list as well.

Speaking of eternally sexy, the magazine also highlights silver foxes like George Clooney, and the Social Security-eligible sexiness of 64-year-old Denzel Washington. They, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper, are heralded in People's "Still Sexy After All These Years" category, which highlights former "Sexiest" cover stars.

Here's a roundup of People's choices:

Men of the Year:
Brad Pitt
Jason Momoa
Sterling K. Brown
Tom Hanks
Paul Rudd
Aaron Paul
Henry Golding
Matt Czuchry
Taika Waititi
Desus & Mero
Tony Dokoupil
The Jonas Brothers
Idris Elba
Keanu Reeves
Ben Platt
Andrew Scott
David Harbour
Shawn Mendes
Mena Massoud
Bill Hader
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Tan France
Mike Colter
John Krasinski
Mark Consuelos

Still Sexy After All These Years (Former Sexiest Men Alive): 
George Clooney (1997, 2006); David Beckham (2015); Denzel Washington (1996); Hugh Jackman (2008);
Bradley Cooper (2011); Dwayne Johnson (2016); Matthew McConaughey (2005); Matt Damon (2007).

Various:
Sexiest Instagram:  Channing Tatum
Sexiest Funny Guy: Trevor Noah
Sexiest Import:  Chris Hemsworth
Sexiest New Dad:  Prince Harry
Sexiest Newly Single: Liam Hemsworth
Sexiest Gym Addict:  Zac Efron
Sexiest Newcomer: Lil Nas X
Sexiest Reality Star: Antoni Porowski
Sexiest TV Host: Terry Crews
Sexiest Superhero: Tom Holland
Sexiest Heartthrob: David Dobrik

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Netflix/Eric Charbonneau(NEW YORK) -- In a chat with ABC's Popcorn with Peter Travers, Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese attempted to clarify his recent controversial comments regarding Marvel movies.

No, The Irishman director hasn't changed his mind about saying that the films are "not cinema" -- comments that earned him criticism from the likes of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and MCU star Chris Evans -- but Scorsese seemed to soften his tone somewhat, admitting that they're "not cinema to me."

Scorsese tells Travers, "It might be cinema to the kids seeing those films. That might be, but I don't get it."

"I've seen one or two," the Taxi Driver filmmaker says, adding, "That's enough, because it's the same thing over and over, you know."

So, sorry, Cap, Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the gang: You're not Marty's cup of tea.

Travers presses Scorsese to name which movies do qualify as cinema...to him.

"I think ultimately it's something that for some reason stays with you," he replies. "So that a few years later you could watch it again, or 10 years later you watch it again and it's different. In other words, there's more to learn about yourself or about life. That's interesting."

Recently, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman said Scorsese "didn't get" the cultural impact of the blockbuster film.  Feige called the director's comments "unfortunate," adding, "I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies..."

He added, "Everybody has a different definition of art."

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

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Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Sean Spicer's story on Dancing with the Stars might have come to a close, but a new chapter is apparently just beginning.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the former White House press secretary may be moving to daytime television.  He revealed, "I'm going to continue to do political work and strategic consulting, I've got a couple of media things that are in the works."

But, when ET pressed him on details, Spicer remained tight lipped about his new venture and simply asserted "There's nothing to announce at this time."  

There is one thing for certain, though.  The former White House official is done with competition shows... at least for now. 

As to why he joined a celebrity dancing competition, he tells ET, "I did [DWTS] as a one-off to have fun and enjoy myself, learn something new and meet great people."

He added that he "didn't anticipate" becoming a part of the show, but is thankful he did.

Spicer, who was one of the season's lowest scoring competitors, was voted off on Monday.  He will return to she show for its season finale, which is in two weeks.

Dancing with the Stars airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) -- That long rumored Friends reunion may be a step closer to becoming a reality.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the six core cast members of Friends -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer -- as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are in early talks to reunite on HBO Max.

However, the sources warn that the reunion is nowhere near a done deal.  When and if the streamer can hammer out deals with the individual stars, they'll have to figure out a way of fitting it into their busy schedules.

HBO Max recently paid $425 million for rights to the hugely popular sitcom, outbidding Netflix, its previous home.

Aniston, who broke the internet with a reunion of the cast that launched her Instagram account, also teased the project on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in October.

“I would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” she said. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

HBO Max is set to launch in May of 2020.

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NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Bell, who voices Princess Anna in the upcoming Disney feature Frozen 2, was Jimmy Fallon's guest on Tuesday's The Tonight Show, and joined Jimmy for a mashup of some of the biggest Disney tunes of all time, called, "The History of Disney Songs."

The two kicked things off with Disney classics like "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and "Part of Your World," before capping the medley off with "Remember Me" from Pixar's Coco and "Into the Unknown" from the Frozen 2 soundtrack.

Bell closed things out with a few bars from "Let It Go," for good measure.

"A History of Disney Songs" follows in the tradition of other Tonight Show mashups, including "The History of Video Music Dancing" with Jennifer Lopez and Fallon teaming up with Justin Timberlake for "The History of Rap Music."

Frozen 2 opens nationwide November 22. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK)-- On Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which three artists who performed on Monday from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani's teams would advance to the next round.  Two moved on based on America’s vote while the other would be chosen by his or her coach.

Team Blake:

Ricky Duran and Kat Hammock advanced, based on America’s votes.  Blake saved Cali Wilson.

Team Gwen:

America saved Rose Short and Joana Martinez.  Gwen saved Myracle Holloway.

Team Kelly:

America sent Matt Boyle and Jake Hoot to the next round.  Kelly saved Shane Q.

Team Legend:

America saved Katy Kadan and Marybeth Byrd.  John saved Will Breman.

For the first time, the 13th spot was determined by a "Wild Card Instant Save.” One of the two remaining artists from each team, based on who received the most votes from Monday, were given the chance to advance to the next round.  Viewers were then instructed to cast their votes for the artist they wanted to save.

Based on America's votes, Team Blake's Ricky Braddy, Team Gwen's Kyndal Inskeep, Team Kelly's Damali and Team Legend's Khalea Lynee were eliminated.

Next, the remaining four artists sang their hearts out for America's vote:

Team Blake's Gracee Shriver performed Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams;" Team Gwen's Jake HaldenVang covered "There's Nothing Holding Me Back, by Shawn Mendes; Team Kelly's Hello Sunday tackled Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself”; and Team Legend's Alex Guthrie performed "Stay," by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko.

Hello Sunday advanced to the next round.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- John Legend has another victory to celebrate over fellow Voice judge Blake Shelton -- he is officially People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2019.

The announcement came during Tuesday's night's episode of The Voice, which was certainly made memorable thanks to the shenanigans pulled by 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, Shelton. 

The country star happily passed over his crown, if the crown was a glittery pair of booty shorts with "VEGOTSMA" emblazoned on the back, that is.

"So ya'll already came into the show with an EGOT," began Blake as he clutched the pair of Daisy Dukes in hand, "and then you won The Voice so it became a VEGOT."  He then handed the glittery shorts over to the stone-faced Legend and proclaimed, "And now, you have... a VEGOTSMA" as the audience and other judges howled with laughter.

Unfortunately for Blake, his creative announcement was outdone by Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen.

The model gloated on Twitter, "my secret is out. I have fulfilled my dream of having boned @people's sexiest man alive!! an honor!!!!!"   

She added, "I cannot WAIT for people to get mad about John being the sexiest man alive. it's my new Starbucks holiday cup."

Teigen then encouraged fans to check out her new Twitter bio, which proudly declares "currently sleeping with people's sexiest man alive."

As for how 2019's Sexiest Man Alive feels?  He says the honor is scary and exciting. 

"Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me," He told People when accepting his new title. 

To read John's full interview and ogle an abundance of hunky photos, pick up People's Sexiest Man Alive issue when it hits newsstands on November 25.

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NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- After more than 50 years on the air, could the last days of Days of Our Lives be at hand?

TVLine reports that the producers of the soap opera released the entire cast from their contracts, and announced the show will be put on indefinite hiatus at the end of the month.

By then, the series will apparently have enough shows "in the can" to last through summer 2020, the trade explains -- noting Days hasn't been cancelled...yet.

NBC and Sony Pictures Television produce Days of Our Lives the show with Corday Productions, which TVLine was told is responsible for the salary situation.

A supposed insider told TVLine that the move is a "shrewd" one.

"If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a 'take-it-or-leave' it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday Productions would be] everyone agrees to return at a lower salary."

Days of Our Lives debuted on NBC in 1965, and is one of the few remaining daytime soaps on the air.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Chadwick Boseman is the latest Marvel actor weighing in on Martin Scorsese's recent criticism of Marvel films, where he said they are "not cinema" and lacked mystery.

During a BBC Live chat, reported by U.K.'s Independent, Boseman said that although he considers the Oscar-winning director a "genius at what he does," he finds it interesting that Scorsese is making these type of comments during the time he's promoting his latest buzz-worthy film The Irishman.

"You've got to think about when he's saying it," Boseman said. "He's saying it when he’s possibly campaigning for an award. He’s saying it at a time when he’s making a Netflix movie, so that’s how eyes get on his film, and it's not going to be in the cinemas – it's not going to be seen the best way."

Boseman also notes that the values Scorsese says are important for "real" cinema were seen throughout his blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther. This included the cultural experience and connection that black moviegoers had when viewing the film.

"The mystery that Scorsese is talking about is in Black Panther," Boseman said. "If he saw it, he didn’t get that there was this feeling of not knowing what was going to happen that black people felt."

"We thought, you know, 'White people will kill us off, so it's a possibility that we could be gone,'" he continued. "We felt that angst. We felt that thing you would feel from cinema when we watched it. That's cultural. Maybe it’s generational."

Boseman will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Panther 2 in 2022.

Meanwhile, his latest project 21 Bridges hits theaters on November 22.

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Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Hilaria Baldwin is opening up about the pain of miscarriage after revealing Monday she and her husband, Alec Baldwin, lost a child.

Hilaria, 35, was four months pregnant with the couple's fifth child at the time.

"We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be," the mom and yoga instructor wrote on Instagram. "We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies -- and we will never lose sight of this."

Baldwin and her husband -- already parents to Carmen, 6, Rafael, 5, Leonardo, 3, and Romeo, 1 -- had been expecting a girl. Alec Baldwin also has a 23-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

Baldwin announced her most recent pregnancy in September, early on in her first trimester, because she didn't "want to hide the pregnancy," she wrote at the time in an Instagram post in which she also shared a video of the baby's heartbeat.

Miscarriage -- defined as the loss of a pregnancy in any trimester -- is a common occurrence but remains an often taboo topic, a reality Baldwin has said she tried to address by revealing her pregnancies earlier on.

"It was so liberating to talk about my miscarriage because it's something that we don't talk about and it's something that some of us need to talk about," Baldwin said last month on Strahan, Sara & Keke. "Now I'm pregnant again and I wanted to tell people right away."

Baldwin found out about the loss of her child at a doctor's appointment Monday. She wrote that she was "devastated" and "in shock" but hoped to "try very hard" for a second daughter in the future.

 

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We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months. We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be. We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies—and we will never lose sight of this. I told Carmen and took this so I could send it to Alec. I guess this is a good way to share it with you too. I told her that this baby isn’t going to come after all...but we will try very hard to give her a little sister another time. I’m really devastated right now...I was not expecting this when I went to my scan today. I don’t know what else to say...I’m still in shock and don’t have this all quite clear. Please no paparazzi...that’s all I ask ??

A post shared by Hilaria Thomas Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) on Nov 11, 2019 at 5:29pm PST

 

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- After disastrous fan reaction to the movie's first trailer last spring, Paramount Pictures bumped back the release date of its Sonic The Hedgehog movie -- and as promised, they gave their title character a much-needed makeover.

Voiced by Ben Schwartz, the first appearance of the computer-created character launched a thousand memes -- and none of them flattering. Fans of the SEGA videogame star lamented how little Sonic the Hedgehog actually looked like, well, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The word "creepy" was a common descriptive, particularly relating to the little blue character's human-looking legs and teeth.

Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter after the initial trailer dropped to announce he'd hit the pause button: "Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen."

It did.  The new trailer show the speedster looking like...well, his old self, which is a good thing. Fans were quick to show their appreciation online.

"2019:Remember the kid you called ugly? 2020: This is him now," one posted.

"Animators: Actually listens to the community/The community: :o" posted another.

"2019: Sonic Leto / 2020: Sonic Phoenix" said another, referring to Jared Leto's generally panned Suicide Squad Joker and Joaquin Phoenix's nearly universally beloved one.

Sonic The Hedgehog, which stars Jim Carrey and James Marsden, will now open February 14, 2020.



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