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Feb152018

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux separating: "We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple"

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage but they remain "best friends," the pair confirmed to ABC News in a statement Thursday night.

"In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation," the couple said in a joint statement to ABC News. "This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."

In a nod to the salacious tabloid frenzy that will undoubtedly ensue, the statement continued, "Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."

Aniston turned 49 on Sunday, and celebrated without Theroux, People reported. Instead, she celebrated with a group of girlfriends, including Courteney Cox.

The pair first met on the set of the 2008 film Tropic Thunder, while shooting in Hawaii, but they didn't start dating until 2011.

They married in a hush-hush ceremony on August 5, 2015.

Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005. She later dated Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, following her split from Pitt.

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Thursday
Feb152018

“Yup,” Amy Schumer is married

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s no joke: Amy Schumer has tied the knot with chef Chris Fischer.

The comedian confirmed the news in an Instagram post, including a series of photos from the big day and the simple caption, “Yup.”

The photos reveal they had a sunset, waterfront ceremony. Schumer’s wedding dress featured a delicate lace bodice and flowing skirt, while bridesmaids, including her sister Kim, wore pink dresses and flower crowns.

In another photo, Schumer’s pal Jennifer Lawrence is seen planting a kiss on her forehead.

She later posted more pictures, showing off a star-studded guest list that included Chelsea Handler, Larry David, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer and Bridget Everett.

Schumer and Fischer only made their relationship public Sunday, when Schumer posted a photo of them kissing at Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday bash. The two were first spotted together in November of last year.

Schumer split from boyfriend Ben Hanisch in May of last year.

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Thursday
Feb152018

"20/20" goes behind the scenes of "'Roseanne': The Return" 

ABC(NEW YORK) -- By all accounts, Sara Gilbert was the mastermind behind ABC's upcoming reboot of Roseanne, not only getting the revival off the ground but also getting the entire cast on board. The story behind the revival is revealed on a special edition of ABC's 20/20 titled "Roseanne: The Return," airing Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET.

Roseanne premiered on ABC in October 1988, and Roseanne Barr's blue-collar Conner family resonated strongly with America. The Emmy-winning show ran until 1997. 

Flash foward to March 2017: Gilbert, who played teen daughter Darlene on the show, and who now co-hosts on The Talk, was sitting on her old TV couch with her former TV dad, John Goodman, doing a Rosanne sketch.

On 20/20, Goodman says the moment "felt like gold...It was just like falling out of bed...it was so easy."

From there, Goodman learned he wasn't alone in feeling that spark. Three weeks later, after Gilbert had made the necessary calls and texts, a deal had been struck with ABC.

Roseanne said she'd told Gilbert that if Goodman was in, she'd be in. But, wary of any potential drama during production, Barr said she'd given Gilbert a list of things she needed in order to do the show without anxiety and stress.

"[Gilbert] said, 'I can do it.' And I said, 'All right. Well, then, do it.' And she did," Barr explains.

The process was painless compared to the behind-the-scenes drama of the original show. Barr tells ABC News of the friction decades ago, "I fought too much, and too hard...But you know, it was just all one big fight. That's how it felt."

"I had several nervous breakdowns," Roseanne says, adding with a smile, "But fortunately no one noticed." 

The new season of Roseanne debuts March 27 on ABC.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Jeffrey Tambor officially out at Amazon's "Transparent" 

ABC/Lou Rocco(HOLLYWOOD) -- Following accusations of sexual harassment, Jeffrey Tambor has officially departed Amazon's acclaimed series Transparent.

A rep for Amazon confirms to ABC News that the Emmy-winning actor won't be back for season five.  At press time, Tambor himself had not responded to ABC's request for comment.

As previously reported, two members of the Transparent team -- transgender actress Trace Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea on the show, and Van Barnes, a former assistant to Tambor -- have charged that Tambor harassed them during their work.  Lysette posted a public statement via Twitter accusing Tambor of making "many sexual advances and comments" towards her and writing, "one time it got physical."

Last year, Tambor said in a statement obtained by ABC News that playing the transgender character Maura Pfefferman on the show was "one of the greatest privileges...of my life," but added, "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago."

He added, "I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

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Thursday
Feb152018

First look: "The Incredibles 2"

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- If you weren't watching the Olympics Wednesday night -- and honestly, you had a fair excuse because of Valentine's Day -- you missed a sneak peek of the sequel to Disney/Pixar's smart 2004 smash, The Incredibles.

Set immediately after the original, the Parr family is apparently back in the do-gooding business, despite a law making "supers" like them illegal.

According to the snippet, a billionaire has use for their abilities -- and that never ends well in superhero movies. He wants Elastigirl back in action, which means while she's battling bad guys, Mr. Incredible is left to play Mr. Mom, including fighting a losing battle helping son Dash with his "Common Core" math homework.

Returning are Oscar-winner Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl, Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible, Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone, Sarah Vowell as Violet, and director Brad Bird, who also voices super-suit creating, snarky fashion icon Edna Mode. Also returning is Jon Ratzenberger as the villainous Underminer.  So far, the Cheers actor has been in every Disney/Pixar release.

New this time around in voice roles are Sophia Bush, Bob Odenkirk -- who plays the mysterious tycoon -- and Isabella Rossellini.

The Incredibles 2 opens June 15 from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

 

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Thursday
Feb152018

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is "ready to rock" post cancer surgery

HBO/Colleen Hayes(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus is cheering as she moves on from her months-long battle with breast cancer.

The Veep star shared a professionally-taken picture to social media Wednesday, calling it her "first post-op photo."

"Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery," she captioned the shot. "Hey cancer, 'F*** you!'"

Louis-Dreyfus, 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, the day after she won her record-tying eighth individual Emmy Award. She went public with the news shortly thereafter.

 "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," she wrote on social media. "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

Last month, she revealed that she'd finished chemotherapy. She shared a video to Instagram that her adult sons made for her to mark the occasion. In the footage, they lip sync to the Michael Jackson hit "Beat It."

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Thursday
Feb152018

Netflix renews "Kimmy Schmidt", "Grace and Frankie"

Eric Liebowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has renewed its hit comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace and Frankie.

The first six episodes of the fourth season of Kimmy Schmidt will launch May 30, with the remaining installments to debut later this year. Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, stars Ellie Kemper as the titular character, a spunky, indefatigable woman trying to reclaim her life after being rescued from a doomsday cult. Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, John Hamm, and Carol Kane also star.

The acclaimed Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, will be back for a fifth season in 2019. They play a pair of women whose husbands -- played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston -- reveal they're gay and leaving them for each other. The streaming giant also revealed that Emmy winner RuPaul, will guest star in season five as Benjamin Le Day, described as, "a formidable and quick-witted adversary who faces off with Grace and Frankie."

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Thursday
Feb152018

Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan explore the lessons learned in "Black Panther"

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan channel their inner warriors in Marvel's Black Panther, which hits theaters in sneak previews tonight.

Boseman, who plays the film's titular character says he and his character, King T'Challa, ended up learning a lot from each other during filming.

"You know, I'm learning from him and he's learning from me. That's the best way to say it," he tells ABC Radio. "I haven't been a king before. So you know that's something that I have to learn from the character. But right now I would say it's 100 percent both ways."

Jordan, who plays Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, says his character illuminates some of the movie's deeper themes of identity across the African diaspora.

"He's from Oakland," Jordan explains, not the fictional African nation of Wakanda. "He's from the U.S. and there's a lot of themes and there's a huge conversation that happens figuratively and literally throughout throughout the film about numerous different things of identity and heritage and culture."

Jordan says the cast's cultural backgrounds and the whole team's decision to immerse themselves in African cultural themes, shaped the movie's depiction of Wakanda. 

"A lot of the cast they are descendants straight from.. Africa -- Kenya and Zimbabwe, Lupita [Nyong'o] and Danai [Gurira]-- and Daniel [Kaluuya] as well. So for them, being able to explore their culture and their heritage and really bring that to the forefront of Wakanda was amazing."

Jordan continues, "And all the department heads and everybody on the crew, they really did their due diligence, they travel, they got a chance to really absorb that culture and put it into the film and really bring Wakanda to life." 

Black Panther opens nationwide February 16 from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Reps for Scott Baio respond to charges of abusive behavior

Raymond Hall/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Representatives for Scott Baio held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to forcefully deny charges leveled earlier in the day by former Charles in Charge child star Alexander Polinksy, that Baio had been abusive towards him for years while they worked together on the show.

Baio was not present at the news conference but Baio’s spokesman, Brian Glicklich, and his lawyer, Jennifer McGrath, addressed the accusations on the actor's behalf.

Glicklich read at statement from Baio when said, in part, "I am stunned that anyone could be so cruel as to attack not just me, but my entire family with lies."

Glicklich also noted that, "Scott denies every single claim of inappropriate behavior."

Earlier Wednesday, Polinksy alleged that Baio began harassing and abusing him after he witnessed an intimate moment between the actor and an underage Nicole Eggert.  Polinksy accused Baio of using homosexual slurs against him and frequently humiliating him in front of the cast and crew. Polinksy said the abuse also turned physical.

Eggert backed up Polinsky's claims. She has already alleged that Baio sexually abused her when she was a minor, a claim Baio has denied.

Polinksy and Eggert have filed reports with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is investigating.  Baio's reps said the claims made by Eggert and Polinsky are provably false and asserted that an investigation will clear their client.

Furthermore, Baio may take action against his accusers.  At Wednesday's press conference,  McGrath said, "When this police investigation concludes and Scott is totally cleared of any wrongdoing, he will pursue any and all legal options available to him as to anyone who has knowingly made false claims about him.”

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Wednesday
Feb142018

In "Vogue" essay, 31-year-old Lena Dunham reveals she had a hysterectomy

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham has revealed that, following a long battle with endometriosis, she's undergone a hysterectomy.

In a first-person essay featured in the March issue of Vogue, the 31-year-old Girls star and creator writes that she made the tough decision to have her uterus and cervix removed after a decade of battling pain from endometriosis and nine previous surgical procedures.

Dunham writes that the pain had become "unbearable" in August and after trying "pelvic-floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, color therapy, acupuncture, yoga," she checked herself into the hospital and announced, "I am not leaving until they stop this pain or take my uterus."

She writes that doctors then spent the next 12 days ensuring that her decision to have the procedure was final.  Once out of surgery, Dunham learned about the true physical state of her uterus and other reproductive organs.

"I wake up surrounded by family and doctors eager to tell me I was right. My uterus is worse than anyone could have imagined," she writes, before detailing a litany of medical issues.

She adds, "The only beautiful detail is that the organ -- which is meant to be shaped like a lightbulb -- was shaped like a heart."

According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis can result in "severe" pain and fertility problems due to tissue that grows outside the uterus instead of inside, which is normal in most women.

In her essay, Dunham states that she's still determined to have children.

"I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now," writes Dunham, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Jack Antonoff. "Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries...have eggs."

If not, she adds, "Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might."

The March issue of Vogue is out February 20.

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