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During a remote interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!Ewan McGregor dodged spoilers about his upcoming Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi as deftly as the Jedi Master he plays.

McGregor was on the set of the show, which he confirmed is currently shooting -- but he refused to pan the camera around at Jimmy's request. "They can't fire you," Kimmel joked.

"I don't think they can fire me, but they wouldn't be at all happy with me," McGregor said to laughs, before adding, "nor would anyone else, it would be a shame to spoil," he said.

"That's the thing about all these reveals, it just spoils things for the fans!" 

When pressed about showing the script, or even if his dressing room is bigger than Darth Vader's, McGregor jested that, "I just get random words to say -- I don't even get a script. I think they cut them together in edit."

Ewan did allow that it "feels great" to put his old costume on -- although he noted it's a bit different than the one he last wore in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

McGregor can be seen playing legendary designer Roy Halston in the Netflix film Halston, which debuts Friday.

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Kiefer Sutherland, who thrilled fans with the action-packed series 24, is getting back into the spy game for the streaming service Paramount+. 

The Emmy winner will star in an as-yet-untitled series for the platform; a "paranoid thriller" project that will reunite him with his former 24 producer David Nevins

According to a release, this time around, Designated Survivor veteran Sutherland will play an espionage agent named James Weir, who finds himself, "in the midst of a battle over the preservation of democracy in a world at odds with misinformation, behavioral manipulation, the surveillance state, and the interests that control these extraordinary powers."

"From the moment we conceived this paranoid thriller, we immediately thought of Kiefer," said producers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, famous for directing the Emmy-minting NBC drama series This Is Us.

Sutherland, who last starred in a short-lived reboot of The Fugitive on the short-lived platform Quibi, promises the "exciting" new project will be ready for launch in 2022.

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Amanda Kloots, who lost husband Nick Cordero to COVID-19 last year, says she's been relying on an important resource to help her through the pandemic.

Kloots, 39, recently partnered with Instacart, a grocery pick up and delivery service, and tells ABC Audio the service is "such a lifesaver for me."

The Talk co-host explains she was introduced to the service "when Nick first got sick" and says it's been a lifeline for her.

Kloots is the mom of nearly two-year-old Elvis, and, on top of being a single parent trying to "limit my exposure" to the virus, she juggles multiple jobs. 

"It has saved me time and time again. I know it has saved so many people, especially this past year," she noted, adding that the shoppers -- those who shop for and deliver groceries -- deserve recognition for "putting their lives on the line" to help people like her.

"They need to be shouted out. They're helping their communities. They're helping families like mine every single day," explains Kloots. "[They have] saved me so much time as a mom with five jobs and a baby."

Kloots hailed Instacart's new Beyond the Cart: A Year of Essential Stories, campaign, which turns the spotlight onto the shoppers, such as Sue from Boise, Idaho. 

On top of being a single parent to six children, Sue uses her extra income from Instacart to deliver food to a homeless shelter each week.

"Not only was she thinking about her family and their needs, but then she also went and did more outreach to her community," smiled Kloots, saying she was blown away by Sue's kindness.  

She adds Instacart rewarded Sue for going above and beyond by making a $15,000 donation in her name to the shelter she helped. 

Kloots says the company will highlight 59 other shoppers across the U.S. and Canada for their good deeds, too.

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Ashley Tisdale celebrated her first Mother's Day as a mom this weekend and celebrated the milestone with fans by sharing a first look at baby Jupiter.

"This little lady made me a momma," the 35-year-old actress gushed. "I knew [husband Christopher French] and I would have a cute baby but I wasn’t expecting how beautiful she would be."

And while fans can finally put a sweet face to Jupiter's name, the High School Musical alum spoke with ABC Audio about the old memory that inspired her little one's unique name.

"I remembered my mom used to sing me a song when I was little. When she put my tights on," Ashley smiled. "It's like 'Hands up! Reach for the stars, there goes Jupiter, there goes Mars.'" And I thought, 'Jupiter is such a great name!'"

The actress, who recently partnered with Enfamil, adds she wanted to name her child something "gender neutral" because she has a habit of picking out names way in advance of needing one.

"She was named before I was even pregnant," Ashley admitted with a laugh. "Basically, I just came up with her name a year and a half before I got pregnant.  I am someone who, like, even with my animals -- my dogs -- I name them before I get them."

With her mind made up, the Phineas and Ferb star explains she then went to her husband to pick his brain about the potential moniker.

"I said to my husband, 'Do you to like it?' and he was like, 'Yeah, that is so cool,' especially because he's got such a great last name," Ashley recalled. "So... Jupiter French. And then once we found out she was a girl, Chris named her middle name Iris."  

Jupiter was born March 23.

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Get ready for another 1990s throwback: the beloved kid game show Legends of the Hidden Temple is reportedly getting a grown-up overhaul for the CW network.

Incidentally, the now-defunct streaming service Quibi was to initially host an adult-starring reboot, which would have been set in an actual jungle instead of a jungle-like set. It's not known if the location switch will still be in effect for the CW iteration, which is being described as a "supersized and reimagined adult version," which retains fan-favorite elements of the original.

Repeats of Nickelodeon's original Indiana Jones-like obstacle course series, which ran from 1993-1995 can currently be found streaming on Paramount+. 

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MTV has announced that Black Widow star and Jojo Rabbit Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson will receive the Generation Award at this year's MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The honor, "celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names," according to the network. 

MTV points out that ScarJo has been previously nominated for six of MTV's Golden Popcorn trophies, taking home one for Best Fight in 2013 for her work in The Avengers.

Johansson is in good company for the Generation Award: previous winners include Tom Cruise, her fellow Marvel movie stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris PrattDwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and other A-listers. 

Leslie Jones hosts the network's salute to movies and TV, which airs Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.

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Stacey Abrams, the woman credited with helping Joe Biden win the Presidential election by boosting the voting turnout in Georgia, will have her latest novel turned into a TV series.

According to Deadline, NBCU's Working Title Television has acquired the rights to Abrams' legal thriller While Justice Sleeps. The book follows Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk who is given legal guardianship and power of attorney over a controversial Supreme Court justice. Details on the series have yet to be revealed.

In other news, actress-director Tasha Smith will direct the pilot and second episode of Lee Daniel's upcoming FOX drama Our Kind of People. As previously reported, the series follows Angela Vaughn, a single mother who "risks it all" by moving her family to Martha’s Vineyard with the hopes of taking her natural hair-care line to the next level. While she attempts to infiltrate the African-American elite on the Vineyard, Vaughn's plans are halted when she "discovers a secret." A release date for the series has not been announced.

Finally, Reading Rainbow alum Levar Burton is staying booked and busy. According to Deadline, Burton will be featured on an upcoming episode of the CW's Nancy Drew. He is set to voice Barclay, Tom Swift’s "steadfast AI companion and tough-love mentor."  Burton's episode will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff series, which is now in development at the network. Additionally, the actor has launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the "social reading app" Fable. Burton's first three selections include: James Baldwin's semi-autobiographical novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, Octavia Butler's modern sci-fi classic Parable of the Sower, and the essay and poetry collection The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. New titles will be revealed every three months.

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Season 17 of Grey's Anatomy saw the return of several fan favorite characters, such as Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd.  With ABC green-lighting season 18, fans beg to wonder if other familiar faces will make an appearance next year.

Kate Walsh, who played Addison Montgomery -- Derek's ex-wife -- for several seasons before starring in her own spinoff Private Practice, weighed in on the possibility of her return to the medical drama. 

While she "honestly would" come back to the franchise if asked, Kate reveals to ABC Audio, "There was talk a long time ago of me going back... But it was conflicted with the shooting of Umbrella Academy, so I couldn't do it."

The 53-year-old actress adds she "doesn't know" if the character she nearly spent a decade bringing to life could make a grand return, confessing, "No one's reached out."

Still, she was overjoyed to see her old co-stars reprise their roles in the latest season, gushing, "I was super thrilled with how they brought back Patrick and T.R. [Knight] and I just thought it was so cool!" 

"It was very moving too," adds Kate, who is currently living in Australia after partnering with Sheba brand to work on the world's largest coral restoration project.

And while the actress is holding the door open should showrunner Krista Vernoff give her a call, Kate confirmed the fate of another beloved character that she plays -- Umbrella Academy villain The Handler.

"I can tell you unequivocally she's not [returning,]" says Kate of the character known to escape death, noting The Handler survived being shot between the eyes because "I had that tricky metal plate in my head."

But, the coral reef activist asserts the villain's good fortune has run out, confirming, "She's not coming back for season three."

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Barry Jenkins knew he signed up for a massive undertaking to produce and direct an adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Underground Railroad.

"There was a hesitation in taking the project on because of the images itself," Jenkins tells ABC Audio. "I was very, very cautious because I knew I had to be very respectful of how to translate those images because they can be very triggering."

Those "triggering" images, which depict the harsh realities of slavery, are embedded throughout Barry's series. Jenkins believes the best way to tell this harrowing story -- which follows Cora, an enslaved teenage girl who escapes a Georgia plantation by boarding a literal train to freedom -- was to create an authentic original drama.

"That's why I wanted to do a television show and not... a feature film," he explains. "Those images are going to be triggering no matter what...[but] in the feature film, they might overwhelm the other images that are to come. [So I was] always being aware of what the moral and ethical line was [for us]... and for the audience receiving them."

Thuso Mbedu, who plays Cora, agrees, noting that although she did "a whole lot of preparation,"  she didn't want to "be bogged down by the material."

"[I had to] throw it away and trust what comes in the moment. Trust that Barry is here to guide you," she says. "Trust that the people that you're working with will catch you."

Thuso says Jenkins' also brought a guidance counselor on set, which made her "feel safe" and "helped [her] mentally, emotionally, [and] spiritually."

"But also on weekends, I forced myself to completely separate from the character as a means of taking care of my mental and emotional health," she adds.

The Underground Railroad premieres Friday on Amazon.

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More than a year since the lights dimmed on Broadway, the curtains are finally going up at three beloved shows.

On Tuesday, Disney on Broadway star L. Steven Taylor of The Lion KingKrystal Joy Brown of Hamilton, and Alexandra Billings of Wicked, announced live on ABC's Good Morning America that their shows will return Sept. 14 -- and tickets are on sale now.

"It's kind of indescribable," Taylor said of what it will be like when the curtain is raised for the first time since the pandemic shut down the Great White Way last year.

"That moment already in 'Circle of Life' is an iconic moment and from Pride Rock, I have a different special viewpoint," says Taylor, who plays Rafiki in the musical. "My favorite thing to do is stand on Pride Rock and watch all the grown men cry."

"From Rafiki's opening call [in the play], it's really a call for the community to come together," he adds. "And I feel like that's what this is symbolic of: Broadway coming back is...really a community coming back and making New York really start to go."

Billings said she's telling herself, "I'm so grateful and I'm so honored to be a part of telling this story."

In March 2020, 31 Broadway productions closed when the coronavirus pandemic began. Many were hopeful that it would reopen within months of closing, but the date kept being pushed back as more restrictions went into effect.

As a result, theaters offered refunds and exchanges for tickets that had been purchased. Nearly 97,000 Broadway workers also had to pivot to other jobs to stay financially afloat over the past year.

Now, performers like Taylor, Brown and Billings say they're thrilled to safely welcome audiences back to theaters this fall in accordance with local and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

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While he was initially hesitant to talk about it -- to say the least -- Matt Damon now says he wouldn't mind seeing his childhood pal Ben Affleck and Affleck's former fiancee Jennifer Lopez give love another chance. 

The famous exes were reportedly spotted together in Montana, following a meet-up at the taping of the Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World special in Los Angeles. 

When asked about the situation on NBC's Today, Damon, who was live via remote at a pub in Australia, jokingly said, "There’s not enough liquor in the world for you to get me to say something about that."

The Good Will Hunting Oscar winner added sarcastically, "It's a fascinating story," before allowing, "I love them both. I hope it's true. That would be awesome."

While being protective of his friend, Damon was actually promoting his new movie Stillwater, in which he plays a dad fighting to protect his daughter after she is jailed overseas. The trailer for the film, which hits theaters  July 30, just debuted.

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Good advice can stand the test of time, just ask Melissa McCarthy

On Monday, the actress shared a picture of a letter brimming with words of wisdom that she penned to herself in the past. 

"Found this note I wrote to myself years ago... still stands," she captioned the post

McCarthy, 50, continued with some advice for herself, starting with "In 10 years you will NOT remember his name," and "For the love of God – buy both pairs of shoes."

The letter continued with bullet points, "Please listen to that little voice inside your head," "A walk of shame can be character building," "Call mom," and "Just eat the damn cookie."

And for the final note, the Thunder Force star wrote, "GO ALL IN. You'll never get back today."

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Actor Rob Lowe celebrated a meaningful milestone in his life on Monday -- he is officially 31 years sober.

The Parks and Recreation alum shared an image of him riding his bicycle on the beach and shared in the caption, "Today I [am] 31 years drug and alcohol free."

Lowe, 57, acknowledged recovering addicts in his message, adding, "I want to give thanks to everyone walking this path with me, and welcome anyone thinking about joining us; the free and the happy."

The producer also shouted out his family "for putting up with me" in the celebratory post.

Lowe recently opened up about his sobriety journey in a tell-all with Variety, where he discussed his first interaction with drugs and how he developed an addiction.

The West Wing star noted drugs were somewhat of a staple in Hollywood, noting, "This was just how the business was back then. Cocaine was the thing that successful people did."

He also revealed how he came to learn "which department was selling the coke on the set" and abused that knowledge.

Lowe then detailed what made him realize he needed help, explaining, "One day back in the days of answering machines my mother called me and I could hear her voice on the answering machine. I didn’t want to pick up because I was really, really hungover and I didn’t want her to know."

"She was telling me that my grandfather, who I loved, was in critical condition in the hospital and she needed my help. And I didn’t pick up," he confessed, saying his mind was more fixated on taking a drink than worrying about his family.  He says that moment was his wake up call.

While he says staying sober "doesn't get any easier" over the years, Lowe attested, "It does get more fulfilling."


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Michael B. Jordan says he is not following through with a family tradition started by his father -- Michael A. Jordan.  The Black Panther star explains why he thinks it is "too much" to name his future son after him.

Jordan, 34, who is currently dating Lori Harvey, explains that starting a family is not in his immediate future plans during his Monday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  However, that hasn't stopped him from thinking about it.

"Legacy is big for me.  We're on this earth for a short amount of time," the actor admits, which he says is defined by "who you help" and not by who is named after you.

"I am breaking that cycle right there," Jordan confirmed. "It's too much!  It's like the pressure I had to live up to my dad's name... I'm not going to put that on my kid."

The Creed star says naming his future child something else will "give him his own identity."  

Jordan adds that also will give his son the ability to "walk his own shoes" -- and not the shoes he leaves behind.

The Emmy nominee also shouted out his one-year-old nephew, Lennox, joking with Ellen that his sister's baby helped divert the pressure he was under to start having kids of his own.

"He bought me some time," smiled Jordan. "Lennox definitely gave me a break right there."

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Following his stint in rehab, John Mulaney and his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler, are calling it quits, a spokesperson for the comedian has confirmed to the New York Post.

“John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work,” added the spokesperson.

“I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage," Tendler, a makeup artist, added through her spokesperson.

The newspaper reported back in December that Mulaney, 38, had checked himself into rehab for 60 days due to struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, including cocaine.

The former Saturday Night Live writer, who had been open about his struggle with addiction, "has struggled again during the pandemic," a source told the Post back in December.

An insider told the Post back in February that the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star was out of rehab and "doing well" in outpatient sober care.

"John has completed 60 days in rehab and now he’s in outpatient sober care," said the source.  "He is doing well, although he is still not ready to return to work.”

Earlier this month, Mulaney announced his first set of tour dates since leaving rehab. The comedian kicked off a five-day residency called “John Mulaney: From Scratch” at New York’s City Winery on Monday. It runs through Friday.

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