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Julia Stiles welcomes second child with husband Preston Cook

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Family of four coming through -- Julia Stiles and husband Preston Cook have welcomed baby number two!

Sharing a photo of their newborn's feet, the 40-year-old actress shared that she'd given birth in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

"Welcome to the world, Baby Arlo! The newest addition to our family, reminding me how infinite love can be," the Save the Last Dance alum captioned the pic. "Scroll Forward to see how my 4 year old is taking it."

Those who scrolled were treated to a snapshot of a toilet, which her four-year-old son, Strummer, had drawn on with red marker. 

Stiles and Cook, who met on set in 2015, tied the knot in 2017 while pregnant with their first child. 

"Who doesn't love a shotgun wedding?" she joked at the time.

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In Brief: 'Succession' takes all categories in Directors Guild noms for drama; 'Downton Abbey' movie moves, and more

The Directors Guild revealed its TV nominations Wednesday, and Succession is sure to pick up one of those awards -- all five nominees for Dramatic Series are episodes of the HBO drama. In the Comedy Series category, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso is a triple nominee, alongside HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s The White Lotus. The Movies for Television and Limited Series category includes Barry Jenkins for Amazon’s The Underground RailroadBarry Levinson and Danny Strong for separate episodes of Hulu’s DopesickHiro Murai for HBO Max’s Station Eleven and Craig Zobel for HBO’s Mare of Easttown. The full list of nominees can be found here. The guild will reveal its film nominations on Thursday. 2022 DGA Awards will be handed out March 12...

The U.S. premiere date for the anticipated Downton Abbey film sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, has been moved from March 18 to May 20, according to Variety. The sequel, from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, reunites the original principal cast -- including Hugh BonnevilleMaggie SmithMichelle DockeryJoanne Froggatt and Penelope Wilton, who return alongside newcomers Hugh DancyLaura HaddockNathalie Baye and Dominic West -- as they journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa...

Kathryn Kates, the veteran character actress whose credits include Orange Is the New BlackSeinfeld and Law & Order: SVU, died Saturday "after a hard fought battle with lung cancer," her reps tell People. She was 73. Kates' other TV credits include Matlock, SeinfeldJudging AmyLizzie McGuire and Caroline in the City and Shades of Blue. Most recently, Kates appeared in last year's short film Welcome to Sarajevo, and portrayed Angie DeCarlo in The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark...

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Amy Schneider's historic 'Jeopardy!' run ends after 40 wins

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Amy Schneider's 40-game Jeopardy! winning streak, which began November 17, came to an end Wednesday when she lost to Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, in a competitive game. Schneider remains in second for all-time consecutive wins, only behind Ken Jennings, whose 74-game record has held since 2004.

During her run, Schneider amassed $1,382,800 in prize winnings, making her the winningest woman in Jeopardy! history and fourth in all-time winnings during regular-season play behind Matt AmodioJames Holzhauer and Jennings, who amassed $1,518,601, $2,462,216 and $2,520,700, respectively.

The "Final Jeopardy!" which proved to be Schneider's downfall was from the "Countries of the World" category. The clue read: "The only nation in the world whose name in English ends in an 'H,' it's also one of the 10 most populous." The answer: "What is Bangladesh?"

"It's really been an honor," Schneider said in a press release. "To know that I'm one of the most successful people at a game I've loved since I was a kid and to know that I’m a part of its history now, I just don't know how to process it."

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, is also the show's most successful trans champion thus far.

Schneider recently told Good Morning America that her favorite part of her Jeopardy! experience was "being on TV, you know, as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people."

She'll return to compete in the next Tournament of Champions, set to take place this fall. "It's going to be really challenging; a lot of strong players there, but it should be a lot of fun," Schneider told GMA on returning to face fellow Jeopardy! champions.

 

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Michael Ealy dishes on Netflix dark comedy 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window': 'It is a satire'

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It may be the longest Netflix title ever -- the show The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, debuting on Friday, tells the story of a woman who witnesses a gruesome murder, or did she?

Don't think this is just another psychological thriller, though. Michael Ealy, who stars in the film along with Kristen Bell, tells ABC Audio that the title should be a hint that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously.

"The shortest way to describe it is a satire on the psychological thriller genre itself," he explains. "I think the title, The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, I mean you can't say that without kind of smiling, right? You can't say that without kind of questioning what am I getting myself into?"

Even though Ealy describes the show as a satire, he admits that after filming one rather gruesome scene early on, he wasn’t exactly sure how it would play out. 

"I remember shooting it and being like...is this going to be funny?" he recalls. "It's so tragic and you’re like, is it OK to kind of laugh at this? I mean, really?"

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, which consists of eight 30-minute episodes is perfect for bingeing, according to Ealy, because even though it’s a satire on the genre, it’s very subtle.

"I got through the first one and was like, wow, this is intense. Got through the second one, it was like, wow, this is intense," he says. "The third one is when you start to feel like you're being taken, you know, a little bit to the left here. And then from there you’re just on a rollercoaster."

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No longer Home Alone? Macaulay Culkin reportedly engaged to Brenda Song

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People is reporting that Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are now engaged. Reps for the pair have yet to confirm the news.

The 41-year-old Culkin and 33-year-old Dollface star Song were spotted out together in Beverly Hills on Monday, where the actress was reportedly photographed wearing a sparkler on her left ring finger.

The pair first met back in 2017, on the Thailand set of the 2019 movie Changeland, and last April welcomed their first child, a son named Dakota.

As previously reported at the time, the child was named in honor of Culkin's late 29-year-old sister, who was fatally struck by a car in Los Angeles back in 2008.

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'Tyler Perry's A Madea Homecoming' trailer, Serena and Venus Williams honored by the Smithsonian Institute, and more

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Netflix dropped the trailer Wednesday for the 11th film in the Madea franchise, Tyler Perry's A Madea Homecoming, which debuts February 25.

Writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is back as Madea, who is excited about her great-grandson's college graduation. Franchise veterans return as Tamela Mann once again portrays Cora, her real-life husband David Mann is Mr. Brown, and once again, Cassi Davis Patton plays Aunt Bam. It's been six years since the previous film in the franchise, Boo! A Madea Hallloween, was released in 2016.

In other news, Serena and Venus Williams are being honored by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. They are among the seven 2022 Portrait of a Nation honorees. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals who have made transformative contributions to the United States and its people across numerous fields of endeavor, ranging from the arts and sciences to sports and humanitarianism.

Clive Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, who discovered the late Whitney Houston, and director Ava DuVernay, are also being featured in the new portrait gallery. The awards will be presented at the Portrait of a Nation Gala on November 12. Each honoree’s portrait will be displayed as part of the museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition from November 10 through October 22, 2023.

Finally, Bobby Brown will be the subject of two new biographical television projects on A&EBiography: Bobby Brown, a two-night event, airs Monday, May 30, and Tuesday, May 31, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The 12-episode Bobby Brown: Every Little Step premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The "My Prerogative" singer is performing with New Edition on The Culture Tour kicking off February 16 in Columbus, GA and continuing through April 10.

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Dwayne Johnson put in the work to get his big screen 'Black Adam' bigger than he is in the comic books

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) While most superheroes have bodies most can only dream about, Dwayne Johnson may be the only actor to be even more ripped than his godly alter-ego, in the upcoming Black Adam

The Rock is no slouch in the gym on a normal day, as any of his 293 million Instagram followers can attest, but he tells Men's Journal his "exhausting" regimen for Black Adam pushed even him to his limits.

"The training we did for this movie was the most arduous I've ever done in my life," the 49-year-old Johnson admits, explaining the goal was to "surpass" Adam's physique in the pages of DC Comics. 

"One of the things that drew me to Black Adam is his origin," Johnson says. "He started out enslaved. Any time you have a character...who has wrongfully been held down by others, it means so much more when they begin to rise up." 

He adds, "[A]s we all know, if you do something wrong, Superman and Batman are gonna try and bring you to justice. If you do something wrong to Black Adam, you’re going to die. It's that simple."

The star, producer, and entrepreneur also teases of a future project, "We're going to bring one of the biggest, most bada** games to the screen -- one that I've played for years."

The Rock won't reveal which game he's adapting, though Johnson's likeness was recently added to the super-popular multiplayer game Fortnite.

For now, he'll only say, "Of course we're going to do right by our gamer friends -- but really we're just going to make a great movie."

Black Adam, which also stars Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, opens July 29.

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Ethan Hawke "all in" on 'Moon Knight', his first superhero project

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In an interview with Entertainment WeeklyEthan Hawke explains why he'd always been hesitant to take a role in the superhero genre, and why he decided to go "all in" with his first -- Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney+ show Moon Knight.

"The comic book world meant a lot to me when I was younger," says the Oscar-nominated actor, who plays the cult leader-like baddie Arthur Harrow.

"I was always a little apprehensive; there's a certain kind of actor that really excels in that universe, and I'm still not sure I'm one of them," Hawke notes. 

However, Moon Knight himself changed his mind. "Oscar [Isaac] asked me, and I really respect him," Hawke says. "And I knew that if he went in, he was going to go all in, and it's fun to do any genre with people who are all in."

Hawke says he also appreciated that Moon Knight isn't a household name -- yet. "[I]f you do Batman or Superman or Hulk...it's like playing Hamlet. Ninety percent of people there have an opinion about how Hamlet should be played."

However, the Training Day vet admits he had "always been nervous about" playing the heavy.

"I've always had this theory that when you teach an audience how to see the demon inside you, they don't unsee it for the rest of your career," Hawke explains. "Jack Nicholson can be playing an accountant, and you're still waiting for him to explode like he did in The Shining."

Having said that, the 51-year-old actor notes, "But I realized I'm on the other side of 50, and it's time to put a new tool in the tool kit," adding, "Villains might be my future."

Moon Knight debuts on Disney+ on March 30.

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Kim Kardashian denies existence of second sex tape

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After Kanye West said that he personally delivered a second sex tape to his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, Kim claims that the video does not contains any sexual content.

The first video, titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar, featuring Ray J, was recorded in 2002 while Ray and Kim were celebrating her 23rd birthday in Mexico. It was released in 2007 by Vivid Entertainment. Kardashian filed a lawsuit against the company, then later dropped the suit and settled for a reported $5 million. Last year, Ray's former manager, Wack 100, claimed in September he had possession of a second sex video that "was more graphic and better than the first one."

Kanye said in an interview with Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee Uncensored that he retrieved a second sex tape and gave it to Kim. "I went and got the laptop from Ray J myself," West said. "Got on the red-eye and met this man at the airport, then got on the red-eye, came back, delivered it to her at 8 a.m. in the morning."

"She cried when she saw it," Yeezy continued. "You know why she cried when she seen the laptop? It represents how much she’s been used. It represents how much people didn’t love her and they just saw her as a commodity."

"After review, there was nothing sexual unseen, only footage on the plane on the way to Mexico and footage at a club and restaurant on the same trip," Kardashian's representative tells Entertainment Tonight. "Kim remains firm in her belief that there is no new second tape that exists. After 20 years, she truly wishes to move on from this chapter with focus instead on the positive things she continues to do as a mother, entrepreneur and advocate for justice reform."

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Jeannie Mai reveals gender of baby with Jeezy," We were shocked"

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It's official! Jeannie Mai and Jeezy's newborn baby is...a girl!

In a clip of Wednesday's episode of The Real, Jeannie, who previously revealed their child's name was Monaco Mai Jenkins, had a gender reveal with her co-hosts and viewers. 

"Monaco Mai Jenkins is a girl!" she announced

The reveal came as a shock to some of her The Real co-hosts who thought that Monaco would be a boy. 

"We were shocked, because everybody thought it was a boy," Jeannie explained. "I want to say to all moms out there the superstitions like, how high your belly is, and you know, what your skin is like, all those things aren’t true. Throw ‘em out the window, I’m telling you, none of them are true."

Jeannie, who welcomed her baby girl earlier this month, also opened up about being a girl mom. 

"That’s the part that I’m still just so overwhelmed with, you know. I can’t explain to you how many visions jumped into my head this moment I put that little girl into my hands," she shared. "I thought about my relationship with Mama Mai. That already, I can’t wait to have that bond with Monaco."

"I also thought about all the things that I didn’t learn as a little girl, that I can’t wait to teach my daughter now," Jeannie continued. "There’s just so many reasons why raising a little girl is such an honor to me. I would have been happy with anything, but to have Monaco, I can’t tell you, I feel chosen. It’s emotional and I can’t wait to raise a really strong, loving, empathetic, humorous, fashionable, fly, little girl."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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David Letterman to help Seth Meyers celebrate 40th anniversary of 'Late Night'

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NBC's Late Night celebrates its 40th anniversary February 1, and to mark the occasion, David Letterman, who launched the late-night franchise in 1982, will return to his old stomping ground.

"The 40th anniversary is next Tuesday, and to celebrate, my guest that evening will be the man who started it all, David Letterman," Seth Meyers, the current host of Late Night announced in a video on Tuesday.

"Now that is a show that would make college-age Seth Meyers very happy. Also, current Seth Meyers is happy about this," he added.

Letterman hosted Late Night for 11 seasons before moving to CBS in 1993, after Jay Leno took over host The Tonight Show -- a job many expected would go to Letterman. He was succeeded by Conan O'Brien, who hosted the show until 2009, when Jimmy Fallon assumed hosting duties. Meyers came aboard in 2014 after Fallon moved to The Tonight Show.

Late Night airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Sam Raimi had "so much fun" watching 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'

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Sam Raimi, who directed Columbia Pictures original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, recently discussed his reaction to seeing his original cast reprise their roles in Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home.

While promoting the horror film You’re Dead Hélène, Raimi told Variety "It was so much fun" watching Maguire, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina suit up as their respective characters Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin and Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus, once again.

"I love No Way Home and the audience I was with went crazy," he says. "It was delightful to watch Alfred play his role, and Willem Dafoe, just seeing these guys take it to the next level. And Tobey was awesome as always. The best word I can say is it was refreshing for me."

Spider-Man: No Way Home, which unites three movies' worth of Peter Parkers -- Maguire, Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield -- has grossed $1.7 billion worldwide so far.

As for his next directorial project, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Raimi tells Variety, "I think we’re done, but we just cut everything. We're just starting to test the picture and we'll find out if there's anything that’s got to be picked up. If something's unclear or another improvement I can make in this short amount of time left, I’ll do it."

"One thing I know about the Marvel team is they won’t stop," he adds. "They’ll keep pushing it until it’s as close to being great as it could.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness -- which is rumored to have some multiverse surprises of its own -- is slated to hit theaters May 6, 2022 from Marvel Studios. 

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In Brief: John Krasinski reunites with 'Office' boss Steve Carell; Jorja Fox exits 'C.S.I.' reboot, and more

The Office alums Steve Carell and John Krasinski will reunite on-screen for Paramount’s new family movie If, according to Variety. Krasinski will write, direct and star in the film, along with Carell and An Officer and a Gentleman star Louis Gossett Jr.Minari's Alan Kim, and The Walking Dead actor Cailey Fleming, who have also been added to the cast. They join previously announced cast members Ryan ReynoldsPhoebe Waller-Bridge and Fiona Shaw. Details have yet to be revealed, but the story is reportedly based on Krasinski’s original idea about a child’s journey to rediscover their imagination. If is slated for a November 17, 2023 release...

The Righteous Gemstones has gotten an early third-season renewal from HBO. “After a season of literal fire and brimstone, blood, sand and rollerblading, who wouldn’t come back for more?” said HBO executive vice president of programming Amy Gravitt said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Gemstone family makes us laugh like nobody else.” The comedy series, which follows a fictional, world-famous televangelist family steeped in greed and charity work, stars Danny McBrideJohn GoodmanEdi Patterson and Adam Devine...

Jorja Fox has announced that she will not reprise her CSI: Vegas role as Sara Sidle for the show's second season. "After much deliberating, I have decided not to 'Sidle up' for CSI Vegas," she tweeted on Tuesday. "For me, CSI has always been a love story. The story that people can find love in the darkest of places and times." Added Fox, "And the story that love, even in the darkest of places and times, can expand and grow roots and endure. I personally just can't split Sara and Grissom up again. So goes Grissom…..So goes Sara. Wherever they go, they belong together." CBS has already picked up a second season of the reboot, which reunited Fox with her longtime CSI co-star, William Petersen and introduced a brand new CSI team, played by Paula NewsomMatt LauriaMandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Vachik Mangassarian, died Saturday of COVID-19 complications, his reps tell Deadline. The Armenian-born actor's other well-known credits include NCIS and Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as guest appearances on a number of popular series such as The Fall GuyThe A-TeamMurder, She WroteMurphy BrownFalcon CrestJake and the FatmanNYPD Blue and JAG, along with some TV movies. Mangassarian also anchored his own radio and later television show, The Armenian National Network for 10 years...

Peter Robbins, the voice of Charlie Brown in the classic Peanuts specials of the 1960s, died by suicide last week, his family told KSWB-TV on Tuesday. He was 65. Robbins voiced Charlie in six television specials, including the beloved holiday classics A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, along with the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown. He also appeared as an actor on such ’60s TV series as RawhideThe Donna Reed ShowThe MunstersF TroopGet Smart and Blondie. He made his last appearance in 1972 on an episode of My Three Sons. Following his time in the spotlight, Robbins dealt with addiction issues and mental health struggles, including bipolar disorder. He also served four years in prison from 2015-2019 for making criminal threats...

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

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Alfonso Herrera teases 'Ozark' final season part 2: It's 20 times more mind blowing

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The first half of the final season of Ozark debuted last Friday, sending fans on a wild ride.

One of the new characters we meet is Javi, or Javier Elizonndro, the nephew of drug kingpin Omar Navarro. He’s played by actor Alfonso Herrera, who tells ABC Audio that the reception for his character has been amazing.

"They are really, really in shock of what this character is capable to do, right?" he says. "And, also not just what he's capable to do, but how he enjoys things in a very different way. You know, the way he enjoys life, the way he eats, drinks. He's unpredictable."

Fans aren't the only ones enjoying Herrera's addition. His friends and family were thrilled to learn he’d joined the critically acclaimed series, but now they keep bugging him for spoilers.

"I live in Mexico City, so many people here, they are huge fans of the show," Herrera shares. Unfortunately for his close circle, he can't spill any beans. "I already signed an NDA. If I tell you something, either the platform kills me or I'll do what Javi knows best."

Although the release date for the second half of Ozark's final season has yet to be announced, Herrera teases that the final seven episodes, which they’ve already filmed, are going to be very satisfying for fans.

"Believe me, if you think season four, part one was mind blowing, wait for season four part two," he says. "It's times twenty." 

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Disney responds to Peter Dinklage's criticism of live-action 'Snow White' film

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Another live-action reimagining of a Disney classic, the forthcoming remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has struck a sour note with actor Peter Dinklage, who flamed it on a recent episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast

The Game of Thrones veteran, who stands four feet, five inches tall, expressed, "Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback [when] they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

The project will star West Side Story's Rachel Zegler as Snow White, and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.

"Take a step back and look at what you're doing there," Dinklage vented. "It makes no sense to me."

The Cyrano lead added, "You're progressive in one way, but then you're still making that f***ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. What the f*** are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I'm not loud enough..."

In response, ABC News' parent company Disney issued a statement about the project that reads, "To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community."

The statement continues, "We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period."

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