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Wednesday
Jul192017

Paige Davis returns for an all-new season of TLC's "Trading Spaces"

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(NEW YORK) -- Paige is back...and so is her show! TLC has announced that Paige Davis will return to host an all-new season of TLC's Trading Spaces, set to air in 2018. Casting of homeowners has already started in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

If you're not familiar with the much-loved show, it features homeowner neighbors who swap keys and, with the help of designers, redecorate a room in each others' homes, all on a budget of just $1,000. Sometimes, the results are great; other times, not so much.

It's not yet known if that thousand-dollar budget will be increased for the reboot but if you want to give your neighbors a chance to wallpaper your living room with straw, or hang furniture from the family room ceiling -- yes, they both happened in the original series, and worse -- visit TradingSpacesCasting.com.

Trading Spaces, based on the British series Changing Rooms, originally ran from 2000 to 2008.  It's credited with kicking off a craze for home improvement TV shows in the U.S. One of the show's original carpenters, Ty Pennington, went on to become a star in his own right as the host of the ABC series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

It's unknown whether any of the designers from the original series will return for the reboot.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Report: Mindy Kaling expecting first child

Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- According to E! News, the next Mindy Project is motherhood. That's right, a source says Mindy Project creator and star Mindy Kaling is pregnant with her first child.

There's been no official word yet from The Office veteran, but E! quotes an unnamed source as saying the pregnancy was "an unexpected surprise."

People quotes a source as saying, "She just started telling her friends she is pregnant," but, the source adds, “She is not telling anyone, not even close friends, who the father is.” 

The Mindy Project, which started on Fox but now is airing on Hulu, launches its sixth and final season in September.  The actress will appear in the upcoming female-cast Ocean's Eleven sequel Ocean's Eight. She also will appear in director Ava DuVernay's upcoming screen adaptation of the famous novel A Wrinkle in Time which is set for release in March 2018.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

"Excelsior!" Stan Lee cements his legendary status with Hollywood handprint ceremony 

(L-R) "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Chadwick Boseman and Clark Gregg -- Getty Images/Michael Tran (LOS ANGELES) --  Marvel comics legend Stan Lee, who created or co-created some of the most popular superheroes in history, was honored for his life's work on Tuesday with a handprint ceremony at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.

Incidentally, the landmark had been destroyed -- onscreen, at least -- at the hands of Lee's creations, the villain The Mandarin, in Iron Man 3.

On hand to see Lee put his hands in cement were many of his famous fans, such as Marvel movie and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, Chadwick Boseman, who'll star in the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige (FIE-ghee).  Comics aficionado and filmmaker Kevin Smith was also there, acting as emcee and, like the others, sharing what Lee's work meant to them.

"My family moved a lot and the one thing that was constant was, when we started another one of these road trips to a new town, I had my comics. They always went with me," recalled Gregg.

Boseman's Black Panther alter-ego made his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War last year, but was born decades ago, on the pages of Marvel Comics at the height of the Civil Rights struggle.  But the character's adventures in the comics had a real-life impact, as Boseman noted.

"We as African-Americans were not just victims...we were not just slaves, we were kings and queens," Boseman said of how Black Panther -- the king of the fictitious African nation of Wakanda -- and his family were depicted in the comics. "We [were]...an advanced scientific nation. We were proud. We had secrets...we had abilities beyond what other people knew."

The 94-year-old Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Thor and countless other heroes, has made a cameo in every Marvel movie.

Marvel is owned by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Netflix tops 100 million subscribers

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- It's official, Netflix has crossed the 100-million-subscriber mark.

In a letter to the company's shareholders on Monday, Netflix announced that it finished June with 104 million subscribers.

The company reported that it added 5.2 million subscribers in the three months ending June 30, more than the 3.2 million the company expected. Most of those new subscribers -- 4.1 million of them -- came from overseas.

In his letter to investors, CEO Reed Hastings credited much of the company's subscriber growth to its investment in original programming, although this year the company also began cancelling original shows it deemed under performing like The Get Down and Sense 8.

"As much as we dislike ending a series early, it consoles us that it frees up investment for another new show, or two. We are programming to please our members and we keep that as our guiding light," Hastings wrote.  "We love it when we support a new series that has big impact like Stranger Things, Cable Girls and 13 Reasons Why."

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Marlon Wayans calls Michael Vick a hypocrite after he tells Colin Kaepernick to change his hairstyle

Getty Images/Erika Goldring(LOS ANGELES) -- Marlon Wayans is calling out Michael Vick after the retired NFL player said former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, needed to cut his afro if he wanted to be taken seriously by the NFL.

"First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said in an interview with Speak for Yourself on Fox. "Listen I'm not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in it. I don't think he should represent himself in that way in the terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut."

Vick continued adding, "The most important thing he needs to do is be presentable... It's time for Colin to step up in a different way."

After his comments on Kaepernick's appearance and lackluster performance went viral, Wayans called out the former Falcons player for being a hypocrite.

"Aw, Mike Vick!" Marlon told TMZ. "You had damn cornrows! What the hell you talking about?!"

The comedian then weighed in on Colin's reported inability to get signed to a team.

"At the end of the day, I'm not mad at the things that Colin Kaepernick was frustrated about...I'm not mad at him for bringing attention to something's that real. But once you bring the attention... you got to go out there and show out. You got to score."

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Ray Romano says in a multiplex full of superheroes, his new film "The Big Sick" is "a human story"

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(NEW YORK) -- Ray Romano stars in the critically acclaimed film The Big Sick, in theaters now. He tells ABC Radio it's based on a real-life couple who turned their unusual love story into a movie.

"It’s based on a Pakistani comedian, who fell in love with an American woman," explains Romano. "His parents wanted him to have an arranged marriage just like everybody in the family did and he didn’t tell them...that he’s in love with her."

"And then she went into a coma!" he laughs. "It’s a comedy! It’s the funniest movie with a coma in it you’ll ever see!"

The Lionsgate movie was written by Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, and Kumail stars in the film, essentially playing himself. Romano and Holly Hunter play the parents of Emily, Kumail's girlfriend-now-wife, who's played by Zoe Kazan.

"It’s got comedy, heart, drama, everything," Romano tells ABC Radio, joking, "I never thought it would get this kind of response when I did it ‘cause I’m in it! But they actually like it."

Romano says the movie is for those who want to see "a human story," rather than just "superheroes and Transformers and Spider-Man."

"Sometimes you wanna just see a story about human connection and relationships," he says. "The message, without trying to have a message, is how we’re all the same and how love transcends all...and it’s very funny."

Romano also stars in the new EPIX series Get Shorty, which debuts next month. He was most recently seen in the HBO series Vinyl, in which he played a record executive in the "sex, drugs & rock 'n roll" era of the 1970s.

He says of his character, "I had a threesome. I think that's why we got canceled: once I got naked, the show was doomed!"

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti welcome first child

Getty Images/Jason LaVeris(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele can add "proud papa" to his growing list of accolades.

According to E! News, the Get Out director and his wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti, have welcomed their first child. Their new baby, a boy named boy name Beaumount Gino Peele, was born on July 1.

The couple, who married in April 2016, announced they were expecting in February, around the same time Beyonce shared her pregnancy news.

“Beyoncé schmonce,” Peretti captioned an Instagram post of herself showing off her baby bump.

Peele's sketch comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key, also shared his thoughts on what the new baby might be like when he finally arrived.

"It's going to be a funny kid," he told E! News. "That's going to be a funny funny kid."

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Jessica Alba is pregnant with her third child

Getty Images/Gotham(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Alba is expecting again.

The actress and businesswoman made the announcement on Instagram, where she shared a video of herself and her daughters holding balloons, numbered one through three.

"@cash_warren and I are officially going to be outnumbered "#babyonboard #herewegoagain #blessed," read the caption.

This will be the third child for Alba and her husband, fashion entrepreneur Cash Warren.

Alba, 36, and Cash, 38, were married in 2008. That same year they welcomed their eldest, daughter Honor. Their other little girl, Haven, turns six n August.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Alec Baldwin to star in TV adaptation of "A Few Good Men"

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of his two Emmy nominations last week, Alec Baldwin has been tapped to play Col. Nathan Jessep in NBC’s live adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s 1989 Broadway hit-turned Oscar winning movie A Few Good Men.

“Alec is one of our greatest actors. Having him play this role — live onstage for a television audience — is a dream come true,” says Sorkin. “This will be a brand new take on Nathan Jessep and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms.”

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt adds, “Alec is the most multi-faceted actor in the world and his range is incomparable. He will put his own inimitable stamp on the role of Col. Jessep in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today.”

Baldwin and Sorkin will join Hairspray Live!’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers. Sorkin will write the teleplay adaptation of A Few Good Men, which opened on Broadway to critical acclaim in 1989. Three years later, it was adapted it as a feature film starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

A Few Good Men centers on inexperienced military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who faces off against the tough Col. Jessep while defending Marines on trial for murder.

The production marks NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years. It follows the network’s TV adaptations The Sound of Music Live!Peter Pan Live!The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live!

A Few Good Men is set to air in 2018. An airdate has yet to be announced.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

After "Game of Thrones" cameo, Ed Sheeran gets animated on "The Simpsons"

Greg Williams(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh off his Game of Thrones cameo this Sunday, Ed Sheeran is guest-starring on another beloved TV show. Entertainment Weekly reports the singer will be getting animated on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

Ed will be playing a character named Brendan in the musical-themed episode, “Haw-Haw Land.” He’s a musician similar to Ryan Gosling’s character in La La Land, and Lisa develops a little crush on him.

“He keeps alternating [between], ‘You’re not that great, but you could be fantastic,’ and she keeps falling for him because of his talent,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW of Ed’s character, who will sing a bit in the episode.

Jean adds that Ed had expressed interest in appearing on the show and once they realized they had the perfect part for him, they had him record his vocals over the phone from England.  Ed's such a Simpsons fan that he sports a tattoo of the obscure character Blinky the Three-Eyed Fish.

Ed posted about the news on Instagram, writing, "This year continues to be equally surreal and amazing. Watch out for this one, me and Lisa have a whole thing going on."

Season 29 of The Simpsons premieres October 1 on Fox. Ed’s episode will air sometime in late fall.

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