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Bethenny Frankel returns to television with new HBO Max series "The Big Shot with Bethenny"

ABC/Matt Petit(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s official! Bethenny Frankel is returning to screens with a new business competition series titled, The Big Shot with Bethenny.

"Did you miss me?" the former “Real Housewives of New York City” star tweeted on Wednesday. "I’m BACK… in my new show. It’s personal. It’s business… and EVERYTHING is my business."

Frankel teamed up with HBO Max, which is scheduled to launch in May, to bring subscribers eight half-hour-long episodes.

The Big Shot with Bethenny will follow along as aspiring moguls compete for a chance to earn a seat on Frankel’s executive team. Only one will be left standing as they are weeded out through a series of real-life tasks and challenges to ultimately become the second-in-command to the Skinnygirl founder.

Frankel is an executive producer on The Big Shot with Bethenny alongside well-known reality producer Mark Burnett and MGM Television.

The reality star, who has a 9-year-old daughter, shared her excitement for the new venture in a statement.

“Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible," she said.

"My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution. I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution," Frankel continued. "I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward.”

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Gigi Hadid was told she didn’t have a “runway body”

ABC/Image Group LA(LONDON) -- As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough, imagine adding the stress of having your body criticized by some of the world’s top designers. That’s exactly what model Gigi Hadid had to endure when she started out her career and now she’s opening up about it.

In a candid interview for i-D’s Spring issue, the 24-year-old recalled what it was like when she received her first Paris casting by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

"He was the first designer that let me walk on a runway in Paris," Gigi shared. "At the time I was still starting out in my career, I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body. It was a body that I loved. I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places."

"I kind of miss it now," she continued. "At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body."

These days, the bonafide supermodel is featured in high profile campaigns and on runways all around the world -- in sometimes very scant clothing – but she admitted that it was Gaultier who first gave her the opportunity to shine.

Gigi said, "For Jean Paul to have me at his last ready-to-wear show in 2015 – not only to have me, but also to put me in an outfit that didn’t cover a lot… like, there were still stylists or designers at that time who were putting me in their shows, but putting me something that really covered my body. And so for him to make me feel like he wanted me to shine in that way, it really meant a lot to me as a young model.”

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'Ordinary Love's' Lesley Manville lauds film's "honest portrayal" of marriage in sickness and in health

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in "Ordinary Love"; Aidan Monaghan/Bleecker Street(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville stars opposite Liam Neeson in the emotional romantic drama, Ordinary Love.

The two play a long-married couple facing a new challenge when Manville’s character, Joan, gets diagnosed with breast cancer. Manville tells ABC Audio the film’s intimate portrayal of a lasting love through grief and illness has been resonating with audiences.

“I have been inundated with women who've been through this and medical people who are involved with curing people who are going through this, [and they] have said to me that they found the film completely uplifting and such an honest portrayal of what that journey is like,” she says. “And they're very grateful for that. The film doesn't sugarcoat it, doesn't sentimentalize it.”

For Manville, the role was also a way to bring to the screen the story of middle-aged marriage -- a rarity in Hollywood. The actress, who's 63, says she’s seen a slow change in the industry when it comes to interesting roles for women over 40.

“I think it has been getting better for women of my age slowly over the last decade, and that's thanks to a lot of great actresses who are 50 plus, 60 plus, even 70 plus who are still playing interesting women who are at the forefront of the story, not just the wife or the mother who's in the background and serving the man,” Manville says. “There are films now that are made where the women are up front and it's about them.”

Ordinary Love is in theaters now. Manville next appears in the Tony Kushner adaptation of the stage play The Visit at London’s Olivier Theatre.

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Drew Barrymore reveals weight struggles: "I have stood in my closet and just cried"

Rich Fury/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Like a lot of women, Drew Barrymore has obsessed over her weight.

However, in a candid Instagram post Wednesday, the former Santa Clarita Diet star revealed that after years of beating herself up over her body, she's finally found "that elusive B called BALANCE."

Admitting that she's "stood in my closet and just cried" while trying to pick out an outfit, she warned women -- particularly new mothers -- about comparing themselves to images of actresses on red carpets and magazine covers.

Looking good in public, she said, "takes so much."

"If I looked decent on anything I have done since I had my two kids, I have clawed my way there. You can too! However, it is hard to sustain and can take a lot of the joy out of life with food," she wrote. "I have to eat just right and Work my ass off! I cannot fight the fact that I have the propensity to be the Pillsbury dough boy! (Now all I can think about is crescent rolls) So DON’T Be fooled by what you see when people are thin right after baby."

Barrymore shared in her new post that becoming a mother gave her a new appreciation for her body, as the "single most important purpose for me being on this planet is for them." To stay in shape, she added, she works out with Marnie Alton, the founder of M/BODY barre studio in Los Angeles. And while her body isn't perfect, she added, "It's me."

Barrymore, 45, is the mother of two daughters with her ex-husband, Will Kopelman: Olive and Frankie, who are seven and five, respectively.  

"It is a true miracle I was able to have these two girls," Barrymore wrote. "So whatever the aftermath on my body, well bring it on!"

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Weinstein jury ends day two with no verdict; deliberations resume today

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 12 New Yorkers deciding the fate of Harvey Weinstein ended their second day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict, but asked to be re-read actress Rosie Perez's testimony.

"Please read us back Rosie Perez testimony, thank you. We would also like copies of all digital/written communication between the defendant and Paul Feldsher, as well as Dr. Ziv’s Powerpoint presentation -- and all written or digital communications/emails mentioning Annabella in evidence ...," read the jury's note, in part.

In January, Perez took the stand offering testimony that supported actress Annabella Sciorra's allegations against Weinstein.

Earlier in the day, the jury also requested the transcript from Weinstein accuser Miriam Haleyi, as well as all emails to Haleyi sent from any of Weinstein's email addresses.

Tuesday, the jurors asked the judge in the high-profile rape and sexual assault trial for legal clarification of the charges that could send Weinstein to prison for the rest of his life.

The jury of seven men and five women went back to work at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after spending the first day mulling the reams of evidence and witness testimony presented to them over more than two weeks in the riveting trial in State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan.

The 67-year-old Weinstein, co-founder of the Miramax entertainment company and once considered one of Hollywood's most powerful film producers, is charged with five felony counts for allegedly raping one woman, who is unnamed, in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on another, Miriam "Mimi" Haleyi, in 2006.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were consensual.

Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume this morning at 9:30 ET.

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Man who allegedly murdered Dr. Amie Harwick, ex-fiancée of Drew Carey, faces death penalty


(LOS ANGELES) -- Following the murder of Dr. Amie Harwick, police have identified the suspect as ex-boyfriend Garth Pursehouse.   Now facing murder charges, Pursehouse possibly faces the death penalty.

Deadline reports that the 38-year-old  Harwick, who was once engaged to The Price Is Right host Drew Carey, died on February 15 after Pursehouse entered her apartment.  The cause of death, which has since been ruled a homicide, is said to be from blunt force trauma of the head and torso following a fall from a third-floor balcony.

Pursehouse was initially released on Sunday after posting two million dollars bail, but was later re-arrested by LAPD on Wednesday and will be arraigned today.

Police have since charged him with murder along with first-degree residential burglary.  If convicted, Pursehouse faces the death penalty, as capital punishment has not been outlawed in California.

However, it is more likely he faces life in prison because California’s Governor Gavin Newsrom opposes capital punishment and halted executions last  March.

As previously reported, Harwick, a family and sex therapist, "recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend" whom she had filed a restraining order against, according to police.

The restraining order had since expired against the 41-year-old Pursehouse.

On February 15, authorities responding to the victim's home found possible evidence of a struggle as well as evidence of an intruder going into Harwick's home and leaving after the crime.

Carey reacted to Harwick's murder on Monday, writing in a public statement "I am overcome with grief," and that "she was a positive force in the world."

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Kelly Ripa reveals the simple reason she quit drinking

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Ripa hasn’t had an alcoholic beverage in three years, but it wasn’t always her plan to stay sober.

The Live with Kelly and Ryan host shared the very simple reason why she put down the glass for good when she stopped by People Now on Wednesday.  

"You wanna know what’s so funny," she started. "I did one of those crazy, like, sober Septembers although it was like March. And I did it for a month and I felt great."

Ripa continued, "I liked the way I felt, I liked the way I sort of looked, and I was like 'I think I’m just gonna stick with it' and that was sort of it."

The 49-year-old mother of three joked that her co-host Ryan Seacrest likes to blame himself for her unintentional sobriety because it happened around the same time he joined the mid-morning talk show in 2017. However, that’s just not the case.

"I really just felt better," Ripa said.

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Amanda Bynes teases clothing line launch

Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amanda Bynes sure is keeping busy these days.

Just a few days after announcing that she was engaged to the love of her life, the 33-year-old actress revealed that she’s looking forward to starting a new venture – a clothing line.

Bynes teased the news in an Instagram story on Tuesday evening while out to dinner with a student advisor from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

“Sup, Instagram. Just wanted to say hi to all of my followers. I really wanted to say I appreciate you guys so much for supporting me,” Bynes began. “I’m really looking forward to starting my clothing line and I’m hoping that in the near future it will be out online.”

The She’s the Man actress didn’t dish out any additional specifics about what type of clothing she plans to release or the name but, according to documents obtained by The Blast, back in June 2019 she filed to trademark "Vintage by Amanda Bynes" for a sea of different products, including clothing, soaps, perfumes and cosmetics.

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Ben Affleck says worries about drinking prompted his pass on 'The Batman'

Hector Vivas/LatinContent via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Having introduced his take on an older, battle-scarred Batman in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and again in Justice League the following year, the plan was for Ben Affleck to not only star in, but also direct the stand-alone film The Batman.  Then in January 2019, he abruptly dropped out for reasons left largely unspecified.

Now Affleck tells The New York Times the decision was prompted by fears his drinking might do him in.

“I showed somebody The Batman script,” Affleck reveals in the feature story.  “They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went though again.”

The reference to "what you just went through" includes a mostly unhappy experience shooting Justice League, at the same time Affleck was estranged from wife Jennifer Garner, from whom he's now divorced.

Affleck confesses, "I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart."

The Oscar-winning director, who describes coming from a family with a history of substance abuse, had by then already spent two stays in rehab to address his drinking, and recently completed a third.  He now candidly admits he's an alcoholic.

“You’re trying to make yourself feel better with eating or drinking or sex or gambling or shopping or whatever,” says Affleck.  “But that ends up making your life worse. Then you do more of it to make that discomfort go away. Then the real pain starts. It becomes a vicious cycle you can’t break. That’s at least what happened to me.”

Affleck tweeted good luck wishes to The Batman director Matt Reeves after bowing out.  Robert Pattinson will play the Dark Knight when The Batman debuts June 25 of next year.

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'Ellen's Game of Games' renewed for a fourth season

Mike Rozman/Warner Brothers/NBC(NEW YORK) -- If you just can't get enough of bubbles, slime and blindfolded musical chairs, fear not: NBC has renewed Ellen's Game of Games for a fourth season.

Host Ellen DeGeneres announced the news on her syndicated daytime variety-talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

“I’m so excited.  I love this show so much,” said DeGeneres. “It makes me so happy. I love games.  It combines all my favorite things: prizes and surprises.” 

Ellen's Game of Games, based on the most popular games from DeGeneres' talk show, was primetime’s number-one game show, reaching more than 66 million viewers. 

Ellen's Game of Games airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' streaming March 17, on Blu-ray March 31

Lucasfilm/Disney(NEW YORK) -- If you missed seeing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in your local theater, or if you're just jonesing to see it again, you don't have much longer to wait -- the blockbuster's coming to streaming and Blu-ray next month.

The final chapter in the generations-spanning Skywalker saga will be available digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 31.

The digital and DVD home releases also include lots of the usual bonus material, including a feature-length, making-of documentary that not only goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but also explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga, which began with 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope.

Since its December 20, 2019 release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has earned over $513 million domestically and more than a billion dollars worldwide.  It's currently the 14th highest-grossing film of all time domestically; Star Wars: The Force Awakens is top of that list, with $936.6 million.

Star Wars is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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"The beat goes on": Joe Mantegna talks tonight's 'Criminal Minds' series finale

Cliff Lipson/CBS(NEW YORK) -- After fifteen seasons, the crime drama Criminal Minds comes to a close tonight on CBS, with a two-hour series finale.  But don't expect star Joe Mantegna to drop any plot spoilers ahead of the final broadcast, other than he feels fans will come away satisfied.

"You owe something to your audience if you have a show that's been on 15 years," Mantegna tells ABC Audio.  "It's not something that's going to be like earth-shattering, that's far-fetched, but something that is probably very realistic."

He adds: "The best, maybe if I had to put it in one sentence is: The beat goes on.  You know?"

Criminal Minds, set within the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, has undergone some significant cast changes over its 324 episodes.  Mantegna himself stepped in to replace original star Mandy Patinkin, who left the show after three seasons, while the only main cast members who've appeared in every season are Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness.

But despite the turnover, Mantegna maintains the cast is "unbelievably tight. And you can't create that. The chemistry either happens or it doesn't happen.  I just feel so fortunate that it worked out that way. When we did that final episode not one of us would not have said, 'Hey, let's do fifteen more!'"

Mantegna's also grateful that the show has allowed him to spend time with his family over the years, including the eldest of his two daughters, who has autism.

"From the time she was born we made that decision...to make things as normal as we can," says Mantegna, noting that his family even traveled with him when the show shot on location.  "They went everywhere. ...[W]e kept the family unit together."

The Criminal Minds series finale airs tonight at 9:00 ET on CBS.

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Weinstein trial jurors ask for clarification of charges, blueprint of apartment

Kena Betancur/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After hearing from 35 witnesses over more than two weeks of testimony, the New York City jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault case began deliberating Tuesday morning. 

Within the first hour of deliberations, the Weinstein jury sent a note to the judge, asking for legal clarification of the charges the movie mogul faces.

"We the jury request written legal definition of the charges being considered including forcible compulsion, consent, rape in the 1st and 3rd degree and criminal sexual act," the note read.  "We would also like an explanation of the law of why we may find the defendant guilty for predatory assault only and not other crimes. We would like the court to confirm whether we could find the defendant guilty of both counts 4 and 5, or whether we can just find him guilty of 3 or 4 or 5."

The note continued: "We would like the court to confirm that we can only find the defendant guilty of count 1, only if the state has proven him guilty of both Mimi Haleyi and Annabella Sciorra and that we can only find him guilty of count 3."

Some time later, the jurors then sent a second note asking for a blueprint of "the Soho apartment" which is in reference to Weinstein's former SoHo apartment on Crosby St. in Manhattan where Haleyi was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2006.

"We would like a copy of people’s exhibit #75 the blueprint of the Soho apartment. We would also like a copy of all the emails of certain women’s names are highlighted in red," the jury's note read.

The day ended without a verdict.  Deliberations are scheduled to resume today at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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Kylie Jenner blasted on social media for daughter Stormi's hoop earnings

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Kylie Jenner shared what she considered an adorable photo of her daughter Stormi wearing giant hoop earrings Tuesday on Instagram, but it didn't go over well with some fans who thought they posed a danger to the toddler.

"Go best friend," the 22-year-old Kylie Cosmetics mogul captioned a series of photos of Stormi, who is two, where one of which shows her looking at her reflection in a car door while wearing a set of personalized gold hoops.

"So no one around her informed her that putting hoops on a two year old is not good for their ears?" one fan criticized in the comments' section of the post. "They’re too young for something this heavy to be in their ears i thought everyone knew this."

"They are just one more thing in this world that can harm a child, why take the risk in the name of vanity??" another pointed out.

"The outfit cute the earrings are too big for her age. Let her be little girl Toddler with way smaller hoops," another suggested.

To be fair though, most fans didn't find anything wrong with the accessory, including one who wrote, "All you guys griping about her earnings I'm sure Kylie has them made of something really light weight so [sic] they're not pulling her ears..."

Kylie took a similar beating recently for posting a photo of herself wearing $1,500 Louis Vuitton mink fur slippers after expressing sympathy for the half a billion animals that perished in the Australian bushfires.

In an apparent attempt to redeem herself, she pledged a million dollars to various Australian wildfire relief efforts, according to People magazine.

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Justin Bieber and James Corden wrestle and talk fighting Tom Cruise on "Carpool Karaoke"

Terence Patrick/CBS (LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber joined James Corden for his first appearance in four years on The Late Late Show's popular segment "Carpool Karaoke."

They duo belted out a number of the pop star's hits as they drove* along, including his most recent singles "Yummy" and "Intentions," as well as, his songs "Love Yourself" and "I Don't Care."

At one point, Corden asked Bieber what possessed him to challenge Tom Cruise to a fight in June 2019.

The 25-year-old simply chalked it up to being stupid, before the two debated who would have won had it actually happened.

Corden put his money on the Mission Impossible actor which led to a hilarious arm wrestling competition between the talk show host and Bieber. (Spoiler alert: Bieber won.)

The "Yummy" singer also chatted about married life and what he and wife, Hailey Bieber like to do. As it turns out, they are just like the average couple and like to binge watch television with the iconic sitcom Friends being included on their list of shows.

Bieber and Corden capped off their trip by singing "One Less Lonely Girl," which he sang at his wedding.

*Should be noted that Corden was infamously busted while recording this segment after a fan caught him and Bieber being towed around the city instead of driving.  Corden came clean in January that it was due to safety reasons.

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