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Julia Louis-Dreyfus inks deal with Apple TV Plus

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The new streaming service Apple TV Plus has scooped up another very funny woman: Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  The company, which launched with the Golden Globe-nominated The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, has signed a deal with Louis-Dreyfus to develop new projects as both a producer and a star. Saturday Night Live vet Louis-Dreyfus starred on three successful comedies, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, and won Emmys for each show.  She has 11 Emmys in all, winning her sixth consecutive lead actress trophy for Veep in 2017 — a record for any performer for the same role in the same show — and has eight Emmys for acting, tying a record set by Cloris Leachman. Louis-Dreyfus showed her comedy chops even in her reply about the good news. “I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple,” she said in a statement. “Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.” Copyright © 2020, ABC

Hillary Clinton gives advice to Democratic voters as she promotes upcoming Hulu doc

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Barbara Kinney(LOS ANGELES) — Hillary Clinton is gearing up for the release of her upcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was on hand at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday to discuss the four-part documentary, which covers, among other things, the contentious 2016 election. Being that 2020 is an election year, Clinton had some choice words for the Trump administration, as well as some advice for Democratic voters. “We’re in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited, and it’s going to be up to every voter, not only people who vote in Democratic primaries, to recognize that, you know, this is no ordinary time,” Clinton told reporters. “This is an election that will have such profound impact. So take your vote seriously.” She advised Democratic voters to “try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win,” saying that, ultimately, that’s what will matter. “And not just the popular vote, but the Electoral College as we’ve learned,” she added. In 2016,

"I love you, dad": Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson memorializes his father, Rocky

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L-R Dwayne Johnson, Lauren Hashian, Ata Johnson, Rocky Johnson/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has broken his silence over the apparently unexpected death of his father, former wrestler Rocky Johnson. The 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer’s death was announced on Wednesday. Under a video of his father in the ring, with a much younger Rock watching from the stands, Dwayne Johnson noted on his Instagram, “You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world.  I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.” The Rock hints that all wasn’t smooth sailing, calling himself, “The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who…grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood.” Johnson continues, “Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock compete to wish 'Proposal' co-star Betty White a happy 98th birthday

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Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PCA(LOS ANGELES) — Friday is Betty White’s 98th birthday, and her co-stars in the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, really wanted to celebrate. In a video posted on Reynolds’ Twitter, the pair take turns serenading Betty with “Happy Birthday to You,” but it’s soon clear that they’re competing for her affection. While Bullock gets the song rolling, Reynolds cuts into her verses, and the pair quickly try to out-do the other. “From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan…” Bullock sings, to which Reynolds jabs, “From Ryan, who loves you way more than Sandy…” He adds, “What does Sandy do for you every year? Does she like, show up and hand-deliver flowers to you wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets, just like you requested? Doubt it.” “I love you,” Bullock signs off, air-kissing the camera. Reynolds then breaks down in tears before, of course, the Golden Girls theme, “Thank You For Being a Friend,” closes out the birthday greeting. In The Proposal, Bullock played Reynolds’

Disney dropping the "Fox" from 20th Century, Searchlight studio names

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VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) —  In an apparent effort to avoid confusion, and conflation, with entities that it doesn’t own, notably the controversial Fox News Channel, Disney has dropped the Fox name from the movie studios that it does.  20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are no more, according to Variety. 20th Century Fox, famous for its drum and trumpet-heavy fanfare ahead of movies, has been rebranded, with its iconic logo updated to read 20th Century Studios. Fox Searchlight, the affiliated imprint behind modestly-budgeted hits like Napoleon Dynamite and Oscar winners like Black Swan and The Shape of Water — and current Oscar nominee JoJo Rabbit — will now be called Searchlight Studios. The trade notes both companies’ logos will retain the familiar ‘spotlight’ design features. Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Bad Boys' for ever? Will Smith says 'Bad Boys for Life' may not be the end of the franchise

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After being touted as the final chapter to the Bad Boys franchise, it appears that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s upcoming sequel, Bad Boys for Life, may not be the official end. In an interview with E! News, Smith says that he and Lawrence are open to continuing their action-packed films. “We’re going to wait for the audience,” Smith said. “When the movie comes out this weekend– and we absolutely love working together– we would certainly be willing to do it again if the audience loves the chemistry.” As previously reported, Bad Boys for Life centers on a new, “highly specialized police unit” that butts heads with Smith and Lawrence’s old-school ways when “a new threat emerges in Miami.” The new installment, directed by Moroccan-born directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, reunites Smith and Lawrence after the last Bad Boys film, 2003’s Bad Boys II. In that movie, the two played Miami narcotics detectives on the trail of a Cuban drug smuggler. The original Bad Boys movie came out in 1995. Bad Boys for Life is now in theaters. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved

Clock has likely run out on HBO's 'Watchmen'

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Mark Hill/HBO(NEW YORK) — Despite acclaim and a cliffhanger ending to its freshman season, it’s likely that HBO’s Watchmen won’t get another. According to USA Today, Damon Lindelof, who adapted the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel-turned movie to the small screen, has stepped away from the show.  The series was set in an alternate version of 2019; Emmy winner Regina King stars as a Tusla detective and secret vigilante in an America torn apart by racial strife. Although he tells the paper he’s “given his blessing” his blessing for HBO to continue without him, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys tells USA Today that the network reportedly won’t. “It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way,” noted Bloys. Watchmen‘s ninth and final episode aired December 15. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Wendy Williams apologizes, donates to cleft lip charities after poking fun at Joaquin Phoenix's scar

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Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams has put her money where her mouth is as an apology to Joaquin Phoenix and others who have had cleft lips. Williams got flamed online when she appeared to make fun of the Oscar-nominated Joker actor’s lip scar, while simultaneously praising his acting and his looks. She even went so far as to stick her finger in her lip and expose her teeth, to imitate the common but easily fixable birth defect.  “He’s got one of those — what do you call it? — cleft lip, cleft palate. He’s got this,” she said while holding her lip. “I find it to be very attractive.” Adam Bighill, a Canadian football player whose son, Beau, had his lip repaired this week, flamed the talk show host online, and asked her to apologize. The outcry led Williams to say sorry — and open her wallet as well as her heart. She posted to the athlete, “We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery. I want to apologize to the cleft

'Bad Boys for Life' and 'Dolittle' head to theaters this weekend

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Ben Rothstein(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday: * Bad Boys for Life — Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for a third ride in the action comedy franchise, following 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II.  The latest installment finds the two detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett reuniting once again when someone starts murdering people involved in an old case.  Also starring Vanessa Hudgens, and returning cast member Joe Pantoliano.  Rated R. * Dolittle — The latest reboot of the Doctor Dolittle films stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character — a Victorian-era physician who discovers he can talk to animals.  A recluse since the death of his wife seven years earlier, he — along with his animal friends — reluctantly sets sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure for a gravely ill Queen Victoria, played by Jessie Buckley.  The voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard.  Rated PG. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'Hopelessly in Love's' Larry Birkhead explains the difficulty of raising Anna Nichole Smith's daughter

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Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) — The latest episode of the Lifetime docu-series Hopelessly in Love, premiering on Friday, tells the love story of the late model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith and her partner Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole’s now-13-year-old daughter Dannielynn. Birkhead told ABC Audio what it’s like raising the teen, who’s had to deal with the media attention surrounding her mother’s tragic death in in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room in 2007, as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs. “I don’t make it heavy on her because, you know, it’s such a big responsibility raising a teenager already and trying to be positive in a world that’s crazy and social media and how people can be,” he explains. “She’s done a good job of kind of guiding herself a little bit. And then I’m there for support and to answer anything that she might need.” Birkhead described how it felt to see footage of the first time he met Anna Nicole “I was excited to share that, only not just with the viewers, but also with my daughter and to