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Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence(LOS ANGELES) -- U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka scored a date with Creed star Michael B. Jordan, thanks to a little matchmaking by Ellen DeGeneres.

The talk show host wished the 21-year-old tennis pro a happy birthday on Twitter by posting a shirtless photo of Jordan on her Twitter feed.

"Happy birthday," she wrote on Tuesday, Osaka's birthday. "I got you a present."

Osaka had previously shared with DeGeneres that she had a crush on the Black Panther star when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in September.  The appearance came after Osaka beast Serena Williams during a controversial match in the U.S. Open Women's Final.

After Ellen posted the photo,  the tennis pro was mortified and asked the talk show host to block her -- but Ellen's move ended up getting the attention of none other than Jordan. 

The actor posted another shirtless photo, and declared, "This one is better and more recent."  He then invited Osaka to the premiere of Creed II as a belated birthday present.

A surprised Osaka tweeted, "LOL what is going on," but was happy to accept Jordan's offer. "If you're serious I would totally want to go," she wrote.

Ellen, who was clearly enjoying her handiwork, then tweeted, "You're welcome, Naomi."

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Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to shop like Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman -- minus the rude saleswoman? Well, now you can win the chance to do it...courtesy of Julia Roberts herself.

In partnership with the charity site Omaze, the actress is offering one lucky fan and a friend the opportunity to join her for lunch in Los Angeles and then enjoy a $2,500 shopping spree on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive.

Rodeo Drive is, of course, where Julia's Pretty Woman character Vivian ended up spending an "obscene" amount of money, and then got to inform that rude saleswoman that refusing to serve her was a "BIG mistake. HUGE."

The winner's flights and accommodation in L.A. will be taken care of as well.

To enter, all you have to do is make a donation on to support GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN is a non-profit that works to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ children.

The campaign has also launched in conjunction with the GLSEN Respect Awards, which take place Friday, October 19 in L.A.

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Well, this is quite the visual. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage said he helped Jamie Dornan practice his lines for Fifty Shades Freed.

Dinklage said he helped Dornan rehearse for the erotic drama in their dressing room while the two were shooting the new film My Dinner with Hervé, in which they both star.

"I read some of the screenplay, though, in our dressing room,” Dinklage said. "I went in, he had to do some reshoots for Fifty Shades and I would help him out learning lines.”

He added, "I would read the Dakota Johnson parts. I was just helping a friend learn lines. I nailed it. I really did.”

While Colbert tried to compare the intense fan bases of both Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades, Dinklage said they are “very different.”

"I think Game of Thrones fans would take issue with comparing the two because Game of Thrones fans are very specific and lovely,” he said. “Fifty Shades fans have issues. It’s all suppressed issues, I think.”

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Just because Kristen Bell played Anna in Disney’s Frozen doesn’t mean she thinks all fairy tale princesses are good role models.

In a new interview with Parents magazine, the star of The Good Place says she uses the story of Snow White as a teachable moment for her two young daughters, five-year-old Lincoln and three-year-old Delta.

"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?'” she says.

“I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right.'"

She also discusses the scene where the prince kisses Snow White. "Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" Bell says she asks her daughters. "Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!"

While Bell uses the fairy tale to teach her kids lessons, Keira Knightley said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week that she has flat-out banned certain Disney movies in the presence of her three-year-old daughter, Edie.

Knightley says she won’t let her daughter watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid because the lead princesses depend too much on men, but Frozen is OK.

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Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood; John P. Johnson/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The lead actors of HBO's existential sci-fi drama Westworld will all be getting raises in advance of the Emmy-winning series' third season.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton -- who reportedly earn in the $100,000-$150,000 per episode range -- will each make $250,000 an episode.

James Marsden and Tessa Thompson, who have prime roles in the drama, weren't included in the salary negotiations, suggesting their futures on the series may be up in the air.

Westworld is set in a fictional resort where android "hosts" indistringuishable from humans play Wild West characters that interact with paying human visitors.  The problems begin when some androids become self-aware and question their existence.

Westworld wrapped up its second season in June, a month ater being renewed for a third season.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of its release on Friday, Anthony Mackie is breaking down The Hate U Give and it's "amazing story."

"[The film is] about this young lady who witnesses her boyfriend, best friend, being murdered by the police," Mackie tells ABC Radio. "And she has to make an interesting decision. Does she basically snitch, and tell the story of what happens and go against the police as well as the community and deal with the ramifications and the fallout of that? Or, does she keep her mouth shut like everybody is telling her to do?"

The Avengers star says the film is much more than just a Black Lives Matter narrative, it's a "coming of age story."

"[It's about] a young woman coming to power and coming to her personal independence of speaking her mind and being honest," he explains.

In the film Mackie plays King, a local drug dealer and former associate of Starr's father Maverick. Mackie, who's been a staple in the Avengers franchise playing the superhero Falcon, says he was quick to jump on the project.

"I wanted to do it, because it's very important," he says. "I've worked with George Tillman [director] three times now and seeing a young woman find her voice and get an opportunity as the star of a studio movie is few and far between. So, when I read the script I felt like... It was-- if I have any little bit of star to add to that, to make sure that that story is told, I would add that star to that." 

The Hate U Give, also starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby, hits theaters nationwide on Friday.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shay Mitchell wants to help you travel in style.

The former Pretty Little Liars actress and current You star has launched a new line of affordable travel gear. The brand, called BEIS (pronounced BASE), consists of seven items so far: the Duffle, the Weekender, the Backpack, the Dopp Kit, the Makeup Case, the Passport Holder, and the Luggage Tag.

The items come mostly in neutral beige and black colors, with the passport holder and luggage tags coming in more colorful options. The products run from $12 to $83 and are available for purchase on the BEIS website and through

“Throughout my life and career, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world,” Mitchell writes on Instagram. “After countless trips and Shaycations, I realized there was a need for chic, affordable and durable pieces for travelers like myself.”

The brand is also partnering with Girl Up, a global leadership initiative for young women. A portion of the proceeds get donated to the initiative with every purchase.

And if you need some travel inspo, Mitchell has a series on her YouTube channel called "Shaycation," which showcases her travels around the globe.

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ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems The Conners are doing just fine without Roseanne -- at least, so far.

The ABC spin-off series premiered Tuesday night to solid ratings, making it TV’s number-one series debut this season. It brought in 10.5 million viewers, topping NBC’s Manifest, which debuted with 10.4 million viewers on September 24.

The Conners was TV’s most-watched series debut since ABC’s The Good Doctor in 2017, as well as ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years.

While the show certainly did well, it still debuted way below the premiere of the initial Roseanne revival earlier this year. The one-hour Roseanne premiere back in March drew a staggering 18.4 million viewers. The Conners was, however, on par with the ratings for the Roseanne season finale.

Tuesday night’s episode revealed Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose following knee surgery. Roseanne Barr was booted from the show in May over a tweet she made that was widely seen as racist.

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Disney•Pixar(BURBANK, CA) -- The Incredibles 2 is heading to home release with some super-cool extra features.

One of the bonus features is a new short film, called Auntie Edna, which shows designer Edna Mode pulling an all-nighter to design a super-suit for baby Jack-Jack.

The home release will also include 10 deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, animation outtakes, the theatrical short Bao, and featurettes showcasing Pixar’s artists.

Disney-Pixar's The Incredibles 2 arrives digitally on October 23 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on November 6.

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MTV(CANNES, FRANCE) -- The Real World is ready for a real comeback.

MTV has announced that it's partnering with Facebook Watch to develop three all-new seasons of the reality show to debut in spring 2019.

The new seasons will take place in Mexico, Thailand and the U.S. The series will still feature “seven strangers” picked to have their lives recorded under one roof, but there will be extra opportunities for fan engagement this time around.

Facebook users will get to vote one housemate onto the show and they’ll be able to connect with the cast through Facebook Live.

“MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, says in a statement.

He adds, “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

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Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid is hitting back at reports that she caused a “disturbance” on a Delta flight Monday and was kicked off the plane.

In a lengthy Instagram statement, the Sharknado actress says she left the plane willingly after a flight attendant would not allow her dog to sit with her.

She says her three-month-old puppy is her emotional support dog and that she had the proper paperwork to travel with it, but a flight attendant insisted she place the dog in an overhead bin or the belly of the plane.

Reid calls this a “ridiculous request” and says she was not about to abandon her dog, so she “gracefully declined and deboarded the plane on my own accord without any incident.”

"Within minutes, I was back on another plane with a different (dog friendly) airline which accepted that I carry my dog on the plane with me on my lap, heading to my destination," she says.

In a statement Monday, Delta had characterized the incident as a “customer disturbance” on their flight from Los Angeles to New York. Witnesses also told TMZ that Reid was removed for “complaining loudly.” But video taken by a passenger shows Reid calmly deplaning with her puppy in her arms.

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HBO(NEW YORK) -- Caroll Spinney, the man who originated Big Bird on Sesame Street, is leaving the show after nearly 50 years.

The New York Times reports that Thursday will be the 84-year-old’s last day on the job. Since 1969, Spinney has played the part of the gentle giant Big Bird, as well as the garbage can-dwelling Oscar the Grouch.

“I always thought, 'How fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?'” Spinney tells the Times. “Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.”

He adds that retiring wasn’t something he had been contemplating for a while, but in recent years the physical demands of the characters had become difficult for him.  Spinney stopped puppeteering Big Bird in 2015 and has since only been providing the voices for him and Oscar.

Spinney's final voice recordings will be used in the upcoming 50th anniversary of Sesame Street episode, which will air next year on HBO and in 2020 on PBS.

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Constance Wu and Henry Golding in "Crazy Rich Asians" Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- More praise for Crazy Rich Asians is on the way.

The hit movie comedy -- the first Asian-American-led studio release since 1993's Joy Luck Club and starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh -- will be honored at the 22nd annual Hollywood Film Awards next month with the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.

Released August 15, Crazy Rich Asians has so far earned $171.4 million domestically and $230.2 million worldwide.

Also being recognized at the event are Amandla Stenberg, who'll receive the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award for The Hate U Give, and John David Washington, who will get the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award for his role in BlacKkKlansman.

Previously announced honorees include Nicole Kidman, Timothee Chalamet and Rachel Weisz.

The Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- Set three weeks after the death of Roseanne Barr's character Roseanne Conner, the spin-off The Conners debuted Tuesday night on ABC.

The rebooted show's first episode centered on the impact of the death of the acerbic family matriarch on the blue collar family, but also deals with their surprise at the real reason she died.

Before Barr's termination from the hit revival over a racist tweet she sent in real life, her character briefly battled an addiction to the pills she was prescribed after knee surgery.

In the episode, Roseanne's onscreen sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, finds out from the coroner that the pain pills led to Roseanne's death. While it was assumed a heart attack killed her in her sleep, her family members begin to find opioid pills she had stashed around the house. 

John Goodman's grieving family patriarch Dan finds that some of the pills belonged to Roseanne's friend, and begins a campaign to shame her in the neighborhood for "killing" his wife. After confronting the friend, Sarah Gilbert's Darlene tells her dad about the missing pills; they come to terms with the fact that Roseanne had a problem.

In real life, shortly after the show aired, however, the real Roseanne gave her review of the episode via Twitter. "I AIN'T DEAD, BI*****!

Following the tweet, Barr and her longtime Rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, issued a statement saying in part "While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show." 

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L-R: Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, and Common in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE HATE U GIVE. Photo Credit: Erika Doss.(NEW YORK) -- Russell Hornsby is extremely familiar with the type of man he portrays in the upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired film, The Hate U Give.

Taking on the role of the gritty and often unyielding Maverick Carter -- an ex-con and father who Hornsby describes as a "byproduct" of society -- is a character that the actor admits is unfortunately representative of the many black men who are consistently ignored by the world in which they live.  

"It was told to me a while back that there was a time when boats were made of wood and men were made of steel," Hornsby tells ABC Radio. "And I think that Maverick represents that type of man -- who was brought up in a world where they didn't place value on who he is or who he was as a man."

He continues, "And, so therefore, he had to take alternative means in order to make it in this world. And as a byproduct of that -- you do some illicit things. And he ended up in the system."

While Hornsby's character offers a glimpse into the complex life of a black man, Hornsby also says Maverick demonstrates the love and protectiveness of a father, which the world needs to know "exists."

"He is a man who does have a rough exterior. He is a man who has seen a lot of things -- unfortunate things in his life. But, he's also still a man of courage," Hornsby explains. "He's still a man of conviction. He is a man of deep passion and deep love... for his family, for his kids, for his wife, and for his community. And I think, above all, that's important for audiences to see and bear witness to." 

The Hate U Give hits theaters nationwide on October 19.

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