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Halle Berry has found true love with Van Hunt, 'Celebrity Big Brother' cast members revealed, and more

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Following three failed marriages, and then breaking up with Gabriel Aubry, father of her 13-year-old daughter NahlaHalle Berry was sour on relationships. However now she says, "I really believe I've found my person" with singer Van Hunt.

"I have this new amazing love in my life," the Oscar winner tells AARP Magazine. "Because of COVID we spent four months talking on the phone. We were forced to let only our brains connect and discover if we had a connection before our bodies decided to get involved. I'd never done it this way. I fell in love with his mind, his conversation."

"My son Maceo on his own did this little commitment ceremony for us in the back seat of the car. I think he finally sees me happy, and it's infectious," Berry adds. "It was his way of saying, 'This is good. This makes me happy.'"

"It was a very real moment for all of us," the Bruised star and director says about the family moment. "I teared up, Van was fighting back tears. Even Maceo knew he'd said something poignant. I have two children. Van has a son. As a mom living this modern, blended family, all I care about is that my kids are okay with my decisions."

In other news, Cynthia Bailey, Todd Bridges, and Lamar Odom are among the cast members for the new season of Celebrity Big Brother which begins Wednesday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Finally, Remy Ma and her husband, Papoose, will be among the stars appearing in the VH1 special, Love & Hip Hop: Lineage to Legacy, airing Monday, February 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. They will take DNA tests to reveal their African ethnic group and country of origin.

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"Pro Choice" Marvel movie star Evangeline Lilly protesting vaccine mandates

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In a post on her Instagram, Evangeline Lilly, the Lost veteran who plays Hope van Dyne/The Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, blasted COVID-19 vaccine mandates. 

Along with a picture of someone carrying a sign that read "Vaxxed Democrat for medical freedom" at last weekend's Washington, D.C. protest of mandating the jabs, Lilly posted that she was there, too. 

"I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in support of the same thing," the actress conveyed. 

Lilly, who is Canadian, continued, "I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under threat of: -violent attack -arrest or detention without trial -loss of employment homelessness -starvation -loss of education -alienation from loved ones -excommunication from society…under any threat whatsoever."

She continued, "This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems."

She concluded with, "I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today."

Her post had more than 33,000 likes as of 5 p.m. Thursday evening.

In March of 2020, Lilly made headlines for refusing to socially distance, initially writing, "some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make choices."

She later issued an apology that read in part, "My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post...I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation."

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'Peacemaker''s streaming performance stuns even writer-director James Gunn

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Sure, he wrote and directed Peacemaker, but even James Gunn was surprised to learn his small-screen spin-off of The Suicide Squad has become the biggest streaming show in the world.

With a shocked "Holy crap, this is incredible," Gunn retweeted a Business Insider story that explained HBO Max's Peacemaker became the most in-demand original streaming TV series in the world as of January 22, beating out heavyweights like Netflix's The Witcher, and The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+.

The article quoted data from TV analysts Parrot Analytics, which tabulates audiences' appetites for a given show -- and the series starring John CenaJennifer Holland, and Danielle Brooks, was "69.5 times more in demand than the average series," according to Parrot's numbers published by Insider.

In fact, demand for HBO Max Original shows has jumped 39.2%, compared to 10.3% for Netflix properties. 

The fifth episode of Peacemaker debuted today, and Gunn just told Deadline he's got a second Suicide Squad spin-off up his sleeve, but the Guardians of the Galaxy series writer-director "can't quite say" what it is yet.

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'The Fallout' tackles the trauma of school shootings

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The aftermath of a school shooting -- that’s the focus of the new teen drama The Fallout that debuts today on HBO Max.

It was written and directed by actress Megan Park, in her first time behind the camera, and she talked to ABC Audio about her goal to move the needle" by showing "the after effects of what these kids are going to live with for the rest of their lives and maybe a different side of the story that we hadn't seen before."

Adds the 35-year-old actress, "I feel like obviously making a film about this subject matter is very tricky, and I didn't want it to be, you know, this kind of political statement."

Park didn’t have a personal connection to a school shooting, but says she did a lot of research to make it feel as authentic as possible.

"I spoke to both the survivor of a school shooting and also a mother whose daughter had been through a school shooting and survived," the Secret Life of the American Teenager alum explains. "And then I spoke with some organizations about how to kind of tackle...gun violence and stuff in a way that isn't triggering to people who had been through something like this."

"I even just had somebody send me a DM on Instagram and they said, you know, I went through a school shooting and I so appreciated like, it was really hard, but there were times when we would laugh, you know, a few weeks after it happened, but then feel weird about even laughing, " she continues," adding, "there is no right or wrong way to deal with something like this."  

The Fallout stars Jenna OrtegaMaddie ZieglerShailene Woodley and Julie Bowen.

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'Ted Lasso' Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham gets the last laugh in Super Bowl ad

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Ted Lasso lead Hannah Waddingham has traded Emmy gold for the gold standard of visible TV spots: A Super Bowl ad. 

In a new teaser of the first-ever Big Game spot from online discount platform Rakuten, Waddingham is shown wearing an elegant black gown, and a dazzling necklace, as she practices a Cruella Deville-level evil laugh. 

However, holding a mirror to her face, it's clear she's not getting it just right. 

"See who gets the last laugh," the teaser notes, along with the date of Super Bowl LVI, February 13, 2022.

Waddingham's menace in the spot is much closer to her role of evil Septa Unella in Game of Thrones -- of course, she doesn't even need her "shame" bell here. 

In a statement, an "excited" Waddingham hinted about the commercial, "Can't wait for everyone to meet my boss Leonardo…he's to die for."

For the record, a 30-second spot for this year's Super Bowl costs $6.5 million, according to Ad Age.

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TLC fires new '90 Day Fiancé' star Alina Kozhevnikova over old racist social media posts

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Alina Kozhevnikova, the little person looking for love on this season of TLC's Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days has been fired by the network, over Facebook posts in which the 27-year-old apparently made numerous racist and anti-Muslim comments. 

"TLC discontinued filming with Alina Kozhevnikova following the recent discovery of her past social media statements," begins a statement from the network sent to ABC Audio.  

"She will not appear on the upcoming Tell All, any future seasons of the franchise and starting next month, she will no longer appear on Before the 90 Days. TLC does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."

Fans began screenshotting the now-deleted posts, in which Kozhevnikova used the "n word" repeatedly, and made disparaging comments about Muslims in her native Russia.

One of the threads on this season's installment of 90 Days centered on Kozhevnikova's relationship with Caleb Greenwood, who she'd been friends with for 13 years before they decided to give romance a try.

On Instagram Monday, she attempted to defend herself, saying, "Despite what’s being said about me, my friends, family and those who met me in person know who I really am & who I am not. And I know it too," she wrote with a heart and an hourglass emoji. "[T]he answers are coming," the message concluded.

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Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield unite for a video interview about 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'

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(SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME) In a video conversation posted to Spider-Man: No Way Home's official YouTube channelTom HollandTobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield came together virtually to discuss uniting in the blockbuster movie.

It was the first time all three actors got to publicly unpack how their onscreen reunion as three versions of Spider-Man/Peter Parker came to be -- and for once, they didn't have to lie about it.

The film is now the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time -- and it continues to climb the charts, after regaining the Number One slot at the domestic box office.

Holland opened, admitting, "I always knew that this film would be loved around the world, but I didn't think it would be quite as massive as it has been." 

He added to his co-stars, "One of my favorite things to do at the minute is to go online and watch fans’ reactions to you guys coming in that one scene in particular," adding, "I don't think I could ever have imagined it as being so well received by everyone."

While Holland has been the new face of the web-slinging hero, getting former Spidey series stars Maguire and Garfield back, actually seemed easier than one might have thought. 

Producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige called each original series star to pitch their Multiverse-spanning idea. Maguire couldn't resist the pair's, "authentic, genuine intent of celebration and love," for the franchise.   "[I]t just was so apparent in both of them, that...I just wanted to join that."

Garfield agreed, and commented with a laugh, "[I]f Tobey was going to do it, then I was like, 'Well, I have no choice,' you know? I follow Tobey to the ends of the Earth."

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'Grown-ish' stars Yara Shahidi, Chloe Bailey, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook on what's next for their characters

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After four years of love, heartbreak, and life lessons, it's officially senior year on grown-ish.

Season 4B of the Freeform series airs Thursday and will lead fans on a drama-filled journey all the way to graduation from Cal U. So what can fans look forward to? Well, for Yara Shahidi's character Zoey -- a lot of nerves. 

"Nerves about going into the real world because she's had suspended consequences for a lot of her actions," she tells ABC Audio. "It really heightens the stakes for everyone at the latter half of the season."

Emily Arlook, who plays Nomi in sitcom agrees, adding, "I feel like the stakes are high because they’re racing down towards this finish line."

Meanwhile, Chloe Bailey's Jazz, is "kinda all over the place" and Francia Raisa's character Ana is just ready to enter the real world.

"Ana has been waiting for this moment her entire life," Raisa says with a laugh. "I'm gonna pass with all A's, I'm gonna go work real quick and start my career yesterday."

Although the cast didn't spill any major spoilers -- like where on Earth is Zoey when her name is being called at graduation in the trailer -- Raisa's advice for her character this season may provide a little bit of insight. 

"I would tell Ana not to sleep with Vivek," she dishes.

Given that season 4B of grown-ish will see the characters graduate, it begs the question -- What's next? Perhaps Adulting-ish?

"I think that would be interesting to see. Once you graduate does not mean now you're an adult and now you’ve got it all figured out," Emily shares. "So it’s definitely going to be a lifelong process for all of them."

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"Wookiee welcome": Widow of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew welcomes new actor into the furry fold

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One of the characters from The Book of Boba Fett that has had fans buzzing just got the blessing of Angie Mayhew, the widow of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels. 

Black Krrsantan, a dark-furred Wookiee who first appeared in the pages of Star Wars comics, made his live-action debut in the show, and in a message from the Peter Mayhew Foundation charity, the actor  portraying him got some love.

"Warmest Wookiee welcome to Carey Jones who is playing fierce Black Krrsantan in the Book of Boba Fett," the message passed on from Mayhew's widow began. "You have some giant shoes to fill, welcome to the Wookiee family! Peter would have loved seeing a Wookiee truly unleashed!"

Jones is the first person of color to play a Wookiee in a Star Wars property.

Mayhew died in 2019 from a heart attack, just shy of his 75th birthday, but his charity lives on, "devoted to the alleviation of disease, pain, suffering, and the financial toll brought on by life's traumatic events."

In his later years, when Mayhew's health prevented him from reprising the role of Chewbacca onscreen, he mentored 7'3" Joonas Suotamo in filling his shoes in the Star Wars sequels, and in 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The fifth chapter of The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+. 

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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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