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Getty Images/Clemens Bilan(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney is ready to assume all the responsibilities that come with fatherhood.

The actor tells Extra that his wife, renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, is doing well with her pregnancy.

"She is doing really great," he said. "She is amazing. I don't have anything to do. There is nothing I can do to help but make tea and stuff."

Thirty-nine-year-old Amal Clooney is pregnant with twins and is expected to give birth this summer.

Her 55-year-old husband did say he already possesses some of the necessary skills a new dad requires.

"I know swaddling," he said. "I know what I'm in for."

Clooney also joked about his age, noting that he'll become familiar with diapers, "for me, not for the kids."

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Getty Images/Sunset Boulevard(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie volunteered to undergo random drug tests in order to get the part as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, according to excerpts of a new book published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Jolie wanted the role, and director Simon West wanted her for it.  But according to the book -- a biography of Sherry Lansing, former Paramount CEO and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio -- Jolie's reputation, rumors about her relationship with her brother and about drug use, made the studio unsure.

"She said: 'Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I'll do anything you want to prove that I'm worthy," West is quoted as saying in the excerpt. "She said, 'I don't care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'"

A former Paramount exec says the star in fact underwent random urine and blood tests before landing the part.

But even after she got the role, the studio was concerned about Jolie, the book alleges.

A member of the movie's production crew is quoted as saying that a team was put together, "to give her spiritual and psychological support" during the filming.  But, the book alleges, the studio balked when director West wanted to hire a health expert who wanted the actress to take milk baths, and practice yoga and meditation as part of her preparation for the role.

The book, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, by author Stephen Galloway, is due April 25.

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ABC/Eddie Chen(LAS VEGAS) -- Matt Damon reports that his buddy, Ben Affleck is doing "fantastic" following his stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.

During an appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote his new film, Suburbicon, on Tuesday, Damon told Entertainment Tonight, that Affleck is "with the kids now" and "couldn't be happier."

Matt says Ben is "Mr. Mom-ing it right now," while his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, is in Atlanta filming her upcoming movie, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, adding, "and that's what he wants to be doing."

Affleck is "lucky" to be surrounded by such a solid group of guys, says The Great Wall star. "I have a good group of friends...We always keep track of each other and look out for each other."

Earlier this month, Affleck, 44, announced that he successfully completed a rehab program.

Suburicon, co-written and directed by another Damon pal, George Clooney, and co-starring Josh Brolin and Julianne Moore, opens nationwide in November.

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FOX/Jordan Althaus(NEW YORK) -- Adam Pally, best known for his roles as Peter Prentice on Hulu's The Mindy Project and Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, reportedly was arrested for alleged marijuana and cocaine possession in New York City on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told People magazine on Wednesday, that officers observed the 35-year-old actor smoking marijuana in public from an e-cigarette, confirming a story first reported by TMZ.

The officers reportedly placed Pally under arrest and conducted a search, during which they say they found he also was in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

Adam, who currently stars on the Fox comedy Making History, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, and criminal possession of marijuana -- both misdemeanors, according to the spokesman.

Pally received a desk appearance ticket and subsequently released, but must return to court in June, adds the spokesman.

The news comes the same day as Pally's upcoming big screen comedy Most Likely to Murder began filming.

 



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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED(LOS ANGELES) -- A spate of creepy clown sightings all over the world has died down, but New Line is now stoking everyone's fear of them with the first footage of its big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It.

The film, directed by Andy Muschietti -- who earned the gig after directing the horror hit Mama -- features some genuinely disturbing shots of Pennywise, the terrifying clown who is essentially the embodiment of evil.

As in the King book and the 1990 made-for-TV miniseries, Pennywise prowls the sewers of the little hamlet of Derry, Maine, terrorizing the town and preying on its youngest residents.  

In this latest take, Allegiant actor Bill Skarsgard plays the scary villain.

The movie's cast of young actors includes Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and Wyatt Oleff, who played young Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.

It hits theaters September 8.

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ABC/Eddy Chen(HOLLYWOOD)-- It's not the kind of talked-about moment Oscar producers wanted, and they're taking steps to make certain it doesn't happen again.

We're talking of course about how La La Land was erroneously announced as the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards last month, when Moonlight was the actual winner.  An envelope mix-up by PriceWaterhouseCoopers was to blame. 

The accounting firm can breathe a sigh of relief -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is keeping them, but there will now be three PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants on hand who know the winners: two backstage, and one in the control room who can immediately alert the broadcast's director if there’s an issue.

Also, all electronic devices will be banned from backstage.  It’s thought the PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountant who screwed up was distracted because he was tweeting pictures of winners, including Emma Stone, minutes before the screw up.

The Academy also announced there will be "improvements to onstage envelope category verification" as well as "ongoing evaluation of backstage protocols and procedures."

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GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Anderson is well aware of the controversy surrounding tonight's black-ish episode, which guest-stars troubled R&B singer Chris Brown. While Anderson says it wasn't his decision to have Brown appear, he's fine with it.

"I've known Chris Brown personally since he was fourteen years old and I had no idea that he was coming onto our show," Anderson tells ABC Radio.  He explains that it was an encounter between black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris and Brown that led to his appearance.

"Kenya was out one day having dinner and Chris was at the same restaurant and knew who Kenya was...," says Anderson. "He walked over and said, "Hey man, I love your show. I just wanted to let you know that I want to be on it. Can we make that happen?"

"And the next thing I know, this episode was written and they were like, 'Yo man...we got Chris Brown to do it!'" And I was like, 'That's great.'"

On tonight's episode, Brown plays Rich Youngsta, a popular rapper who collaborates with Anderson's character on an ad campaign that some find offensive. Anderson says Brown got the role because he fit the part.

"Our show is written as it is and whoever we feel is best to come in and be best at this character," he explains. "Chris expressed an interest in it and it was like, 'I think...we have that character for you."'
According to Anderson, black-ish remains "unique" because it does "not shy away from" controversial topics, and tonight's episode is no different.

"He did a masterful job at it," says the actor. "I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the work that he did."  

ABC's black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m ET. 

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AMC/Gene Page(ATLANTA) -- Lauren Cohan, who has played farm girl-turned-fighter Maggie since season two of The Walking Dead, isn't giving away any spoilers for the season seven finale. But she does acknowledge that it will be "heartbreaking."

"You’re certainly in for a lot of emotion," she tells Harpers Bazaar. "[It’s] incredibly bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking."

AMC's zombie apocalypse drama has always been heartbreaking -- evidenced in this season's premiere in which two of the show's beloved cast members fell victim to Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

As always, the cast held a traditional sendoff, or so called "death dinner," for their fallen cast members.

"It's funny when I stop to think about calling them death dinners. It's such a frequent part of our lingo that I forget how absurd it is, like spying on your own funeral," Cohan explained. "We've had some of our best nights together at them. There's always a lot of tears, but we also have bonfires and play games and get to tell the family member leaving how much we love them -- and, you know, completely embarrass them."

For Cohan, saying goodbye to Steven Yeun, who played Maggie's husband, Glenn, was especially hard. The actress hinted that her character, who is now pregnant with Glenn's baby, will grow as a leader without him.

"I hate saying anything that implies, 'Oh yeah, in the middle of season eight when I'm still alive...,' because I really don't know if I will be," she said. "But as a viewer, I am excited to see that arc being realized."

The Walking Dead’s season finale airs Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Tampa Bay Times reports that Viola Davis, the charismatic star of FencesThe HelpDoubt and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, will appear at the USF University Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 4.

Organizers initially thought that the 900 seats in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, and 700 seats to watch the live stream, would be sufficient, but student demand exceeded their expectations. The Center for Student Involvement quickly announced a move to the 10,411 seat Sun Dome, where members of the public will be able to attend as well.

Monica L. Miranda, who works with the student committee as director of the Center for Student Involvement, said, “The students truly wanted her. They didn’t want her because she was an Academy Award winner. That was a bonus to them.”

Davis is expected to speak about her personal and professional life, overcoming the adversity of poverty as a child, working through preconceived notions to become a stronger woman and elevating the voices of other women of color through artistic platforms.

The venerated actress was booked for $70,000. Despite Davis’ price tag, USF officials said her lecture didn’t cut too deeply into their budget for other speakers, and note that she was booked before she won the Oscar, which likely raised her quote.  

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. For more information, check out the USF site online.

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Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz"; Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- If there's one song you'd think would already be in the National Recording Registry, it's Judy Garland's classic take on "Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz.  That song's on the list of 25 recordings the Library of Congress revealed this morning have just now been added to the Registry, because of their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage."

This year's list of recordings is as varied as ever, spanning more than a century -- the oldest addition is an 1888 wax cylinder recording by a friend of inventor Thomas Edison; the latest, a 1997 album of operatic arias by soprano Renée Fleming.

The seminal 1988 rap album Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A is on the list, as is David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1980's Remain in Light by the Talking Heads, and the first Greatest Hits album by The Eagles, the second-best-selling album of all time.

Other individual songs added to the registry include Don Mclean's "American Pie," Sister Sledge's "We Are Family,"  "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett, and Barbra Streisand's "People."

Country crooner Marty Robbins' 1959 classic Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs made the list -- the album's hit single outlaw ballad "El Paso" was famously featured in the final episode of Breaking Bad -- as did the original cast recording of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, and comic Richard Pryor's 1978 recording Wanted: Live in Concert.

Here's the complete roster of this year's National Recording Registry additions.  More info on the individual recordings is at the Library of Congress website.

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)
2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)
3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)
4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)
5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)
6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953)
7.  Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins  (1956)
8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)
9.  Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins  (1959)
10. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery (1960)
11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964)
12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965)
13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)
14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971)
15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)
16. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972)
17. The Wiz, original cast album (1975)
18. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), Eagles  (1976) 
19. Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)  
20. Wanted:  Live in Concert, Richard Pryor  (1978)
21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979)
22. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
23. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A (1988)
24. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Robert Shaw Festival Singers  (1990)
25. Signatures, Renée Fleming  (1997)

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ABC/Katie Yu(NEW YORK) -- Jenna Elfman returns to network TV with the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary, debuting Wednesday night. In it, she plays a woman who cares only about her career and herself, until she's forced to reevaluate things when she meets a guy with kids. Oh, and she has an imaginary friend.

"Her parents were very not there for her, and she had to create an imaginary friend to get her through, to have some person she felt guide her," Elfman explains of the imaginary title character, voiced by Rachel Dratch.

It's the first starring role for the Dharma & Greg star since her series Growing Up Fisher was canceled in 2014, and Elfman tells ABC Radio she's happy to be back in such an unconventional series.

"I think it's time that networks make bolder choices in their comedies," she says, noting the competition from cable and internet programming. "Networks must start making bold choice if they're to compete with all these other wonderful outlets doing great work. And if they're going to continue doing the same type of thing, they're going to get gobbled alive...."

Elfman says that although the series may be a little bit out-of-the-box, the situation her character finds herself in ought to be recognizable. 

"I think it's very common for women to lead with their careers these days," she says.  It's certainly a situation Elfman relates to.

"I always planned to, for myself, have children in my 20s, and then I just got so involved in my career I just, my 20s flew by, I was in my 30s and then I was like, 'Ah! Let's do it!" she says. "I've been with my husband like 26 years I was like, 'We gotta get this done.'" 

Imaginary Mary premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin has revealed that he almost passed on playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The actor told Vanity Fair for its April cover story that he originally passed on SNL producer Lorne Michaels' offer to play Trump but changed his mind after a film role fell through.

"I was supposed to do a film. And the people who were doing the film were supposed to escrow money to guarantee that I would get paid," he said in a video accompanying the cover story. "And they didn’t put the money in escrow. And that’s when I hung up and said I’m not going to go do the movie and I’m going to go do the thing with Lorne. And I think to myself, 'What if I hadn’t done that?' ... It’s turned out to be this incredible opportunity."

Baldwin's impression has been so popular that he has parlayed it into an upcoming satirical book and made his record 17th appearance as host of SNL earlier this year.

In the magazine, he talks about playing Trump, working with SNL stars Kate McKinnon and Tina Fey, and starring in the best role of his life in his new memoir Nevertheless, due out next month.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson dropped a few interesting tidbits in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan Tuesday morning.  

The Avengers series star is no stranger to huge action movies, but she admitted that when her current film, the classic Japanese comic-inspired Ghost in the Shell, was first brought to her attention, it, "seemed incredibly daunting," adding that her daughter was still very young. 

"But I thought, gosh, it's really hard to turn down the opportunity to be front and center for something that has such a built-in fan base," the actress and activist went on. "To be able to have the studio back something like this, as an actor... as a woman, it's rare. I hope it's not always so rare, but it is."

On that matter, Johansson added she comes from a "politically vocal family," and that running for office someday isn't out of the question: "I've always...been interested in local politics. It's not something that I would ... turn away from."

Johansson also addressed critics who say that an Asian actress should have been cast as her Ghost in the Shell cyborg character, given the story's Japanese roots. "I think this character is...a human brain in an entirely machinate body. She's essentially identity-less...I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously," the actress insisted. "Any question of my casting will hopefully be answered by...audiences when they see the film."

ScarJo also dished on what fans can expect from the next Avengers film, Infinity War Part 1, set for a 2018 release.

"I think that fans are going to be surprised at the state of us all...The Avengers are not quite as [you] last remember them ... time has taken its toll."

Ghost in the Shell opens Friday.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like the cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is still, "chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool."

In a photo posted to Instagram Monday by Alfonso Riberio, who played the cheerful Carlton Banks on the beloved 90s sitcom, the cast of Fresh Prince is seen hanging out together on a patio near the beach.

“Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family,” Ribeiro captioned the pic.

Ribeiro's photo included Tatyana Ali who played Ashley; Karyn Parsons who played Hillary; Will Smith, who of course played the delinquent cousin Will; Daphne Maxwell Reid who played the second Aunt Vivian; and Joseph Marcell, who starred as their sarcastic butler, Geoffrey.

Noticeably missing from the pic was Uncle Phil, played by James Avery, who died in 2013 after complications during open heart surgery. Riberio acknowledged the actor, writing, “Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.”

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Lifetime/Barbara Nitke(LOS ANGELES) -- Abby Lee Miller is quitting Dance Moms, she has announced.

The reality TV star took to Instagram on Sunday evening to tell her fans that she will no longer participate in her Lifetime series.

In the show, Miller teaches young dancers at her Abby Lee Dance Company studios in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

A rep for Lifetime had no comment when reached by ABC News.

"For the past six years/seven seasons I have asked, begged, and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award-winning routines, themes and costuming to no avail. Today, I was so proud that I went against the producer's idea (once again) to enter a command performance of one of my favorite numbers," she wrote on Instagram.

"I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful. I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected, and used day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like that." 

In October 2015, Miller was indicted for fraud. The reality star was accused of lying about the money she earned between 2012 and 2013, and secretly creating bank accounts to hide that income, which totaled about $775,000, to gain better terms to restructure debt.

Last June, she pleaded guilty to purposely hiding that income and later, she also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of sneaking $120,000 in foreign currency into the United States from Australia, which, according to The Associated Press, she agreed to forfeit. The AP also reported that a prosecutor has urged a federal judge to sentence Miller to prison in her fraud case.

Sentencing reportedly will take place later this year.

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