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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman may have passed away in August, but he's a Hero for the Ages -- in fact, that's the posthumous honor he'll receive at MTV's Movie & TV Awards Sunday night.

Boseman's fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle will reportedly present the honor, which will be part of the network's MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, the 90-minute special "will honor the biggest and best moments in film and TV from the 80s until now," the network promises, paying "homage to the best of the best from the most beloved actors to scene stealing moments." 

Sia and Steve Aoki with Travis Barker will perform during the event, which will also honor a collection of stars including Kevin Bacon, Drew Barrymore, Gal Gadot, Kevin Hart, Selma Blair, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Sandler and more.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Photo: Sophie Elgort(LOS ANGELES) -- Daveed Diggs is probably best known for starring in Hamilton as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, but he's also appeared on ABC's black-ish, starred in the indie film Blindspotting and currently plays the lead in the TBS series Snowpiercer. Now, he's expanding his resume to include holiday songs for kids.

Diggs, who identifies as culturally Jewish, has dropped a hilarious song and video called "Puppy for Hanukkah," in which he sings and raps about wanting a dog for the holiday, which lasts for eight nights.  Each night, he ends up with things he doesn't want, like socks or a sweater, until he finally gets the Hanukkah gift of his dreams.

Along the way, he sings about the various Hanukkah traditions, including lighting candles, saying blessings and eating latkes, also known as potato pancakes.

The song was done in partnership with the Disney Channel, where it will air through December 18.  Diggs says in a statement, "I was honored when [they] approached me to come up with a fresh Hanukkah tune and embraced the opportunity to share my love of music and a little piece of my culture."

Speaking about his heritage, Diggs said in an interview several years back, "I went to Hebrew school, but opted out of a bar mitzvah. My mom is a white Jewish lady and my dad is Black. The cultures never seemed separate -- had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad’s side, too.”

By the way, this year, Hanukkah starts the night of December 10.

By Andrea Dresdale
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ABC(LOS ANGELES) --(SPOILER ALERT) As Ellen Pompeo's character Meredith Grey suffers with COVID-19 on Grey's Anatomy, fans of the show are enjoying more callbacks from the series' old days. 

Weeks after Patrick Dempsey's McDreamy made a surprise appearance on the series -- despite his character being killed off back in 2015 -- original cast member T.R. Knight joined Meredith in another pleasant, but illness-related, hallucination on that magical beach. 

Knight, who has remained close friends with Pompeo since his character, George O'Malley, was killed off in 2009, was finally able to reveal their characters' surprise get together after the episode aired, with a post on Instagram.

"George O'Malley will always claim my heart," the actor said Thursday. He then thanked Pompeo, show creator Shondra Rimes, and the series' other producers, "for once again sharing your beautiful light."

Knight added, "Ellen is the kind of actor I’m endlessly grateful to act with. She's the embodiment of truth. George and Meredith love each other, for sure, but I don’t think he can hold a candle to love I have for Ellen."

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Momentum Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Black Bear is an unpredictable new indie flick that tackles complicated relationship dynamics and what it’s like to suffer for your art.

Split into two different yet intertwined parts -- one of which features a movie within a movie -- it stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon in a unique kind of love triangle. 


Plaza’s role of Allison, a filmmaker/actress, was written by director Lawrence Michael Levine specifically with her in mind. Plaza tells ABC Audio she felt the pressure of taking on the project. 

“I was terrified, actually,” the former Parks and Recreation star says. “I mean, even the way that the script was written was so hyperbolic in the sense that it said things like, ‘And then Allison does another take and gives the best performance that anyone has ever seen,’ you know, as the description for the scene. And I'm going like, ‘Larry, how can you write that and expect me to do that?’”

Ultimately, Plaza was drawn to the challenge. 

“It felt like he was kind of going like, ‘Are you up for this? Are you down?’ And I'm a very competitive person,” she says. “I'm always drawn to things that scare me or things that, you know, are challenging. So...I felt very excited when I read it.”

As for the movie’s mind-boggling plot, Plaza is eager to see the theories and discussions that come out of it.

“I really do think it's the kind of movie that you need to watch more than once, because it could really go either way,” she says. “It's really interesting for me to hear what people think about how the first part relates to the second part.” 

Black Bear is in select theaters and on VOD today.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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"Hustlers" - Barbara Nitke/STX(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez started 2020 with a brand new mindset when she took over the Super Bowl halftime stage and included a direct homage to her 2019 film Hustlers during her empowering routine.

As for why the 51-year-old singer decided include pole dancing in her performance, which critics later blasted for being too risqué, she says it's because she finally stopped caring what others think about her.  

"It really came to fruition for me when I got snubbed for an Oscar," Lopez told Billboard on Thursday, adding that "it did hurt" to hear that Hustlers was completely shut out of last year's Academy Awards ceremony.

However, she says that moment taught her something invaluable: "I realized I don’t need to prove anything to anyone."

The "On the Floor" singer, who was crowned this year's Billboard Women in Music Icon, said she went into the Super Bowl aiming to prove that a woman's worth isn't determined by her age, her ethnicity or her looks.

"As a woman, people want to write you off: 'Who’s the next hot girl?' When you’re an actress, you’re always waiting for that," Lopez explains. "I decided I’m not going to let that happen. I’m going to keep surprising everybody, and I’m going to keep surprising myself."

Lopez says that she is also breaking barriers for other women by constantly challenging the public's perception and standards of worth.

"I’m the people’s icon. I’m the person that you look at and say, 'I can do that because she did it,'" the Grammy nominee smiled, saying she strives to impart this message to her fans: never put yourself in a box because "You're limitless."

Lopez's full interview will be available in the upcoming December 5 issue of Billboard magazine. 

By Megan Stone
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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Sure, he sold his Casamigos tequila brand for a billion bucks, but to look like a million, George Clooney turns to his trusty Flowbee for his haircuts. 

The "as seen on TV" gadget has been his go-to hair cutting tool for years, the two-time Oscar winner recently revealed, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live!he demonstrated his skills.

He and Kimmel both had one of the gadgets, and Clooney taught him the basics. "You turn the vacuum on, turn the buzzer on, and you go to town!" Clooney shouted over the din of the vacuum during the socially-distanced, in-studio visit.

Clooney explained he had his assistant first buy him the informercial device 20 years ago, to which Kimmel quipped, "People who have assistants shouldn't be Flowbee-ing their hair."

The 59-year-old actor, director and producer said after years of use, his original Flowbee "broke down, and then you couldn't get them for a while," he told Kimmel.

Whether Clooney's affinity for the DIY hair-cutting tool causes a run on the Flowbees remains to be seen.

Clooney's next film, the sci-fi drama The Midnight Sky, debuts on Netflix December 23.

 

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Disney (NEW YORK) -- Without giving away any of the many surprises included the new episode of The Mandalorian, which dropped Friday on Disney , we can say Giancarlo Esposito returns as the calculating Moff Gideon. 

The Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star earned an Emmy nomination for his character's first appearances at the end of the show's first season -- and he's back in a big way in the brand-new chapter. 

Considering he only appeared for a few minutes in total in the show's inaugural season, Esposito answers "It sure did!" when asked if his Emmy nods came as a surprise.

"You know, I came into this show, I was asked to do it by [creator/writer] Jon Favreau and was so very excited to accept when I knew what the concept was," he tells ABC Audio.  "And to play Moff Gideon was such a great challenge."

As a Moff, or Imperial governor, Esposito is following in the well-polished boots of another fine actor, who portrayed the icy Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars.

"I really respected a great deal, Peter Cushing, who was so aristocratic and political in his portrayal of a Moff. And I ... went, 'Oh, OK. So maybe they're choosing me for my grace and aplomb and my good looks," Esposito said with a laugh. 

He adds, "I wanted to bring...power to this character. I wanted to wonder what he really wanted."

What Gideon wants is The Asset -- the little critter we know colloquially as Baby Yoda, whose real name was just revealed to be Grogu. "When [Gideon] emerges to...find The Asset for reasons that he hasn't really explained, we get some mysterious things going on," the actor teases. 

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Julien's Auctions(LONDON) -- Julien’s Auctions held Icons & Idols Trilogy: Hollywood on Thursday, and the top seller was the pistol used by Sean Connery in the 1962 James Bond movie Dr. No that fetched $250,000.

Dr. No, the very first Bond movie, also marked Connery's debut as Ian Fleming's now-iconic superspy, and the Walther, used throughout the film, helped define the character. The silhouette of the Walther PP and PPK, the first one ever used, helped define the image of the Bond character in that film and all that followed, Julien's explained.

The winning bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, was an American who has seen every James Bond movie with their children, according to the auction house.

Other notable items included one of several production made fighter pilot helmets used by Tom Cruise in his role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the first Top Gun movie, selling for $108,000. A white Navy officer's cap also worn by Cruise's Lt. Daniel Kaffee character in the 1992 film A Few Good Men went for $9,375.

Fred Rogers’ turquoise-cobalt blue cardigan sweater worn in an 1998 episode of his series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood sold for $16,000 -- 16 times its original estimate of $1,000. The sweater came with a typed note from 1999 on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood letterhead where Rogers writes of sending this sweater to a fan in need.

Also hitting the auction block were a full-body latex foam alien predator costume suit from the production of the 1990 film Predator 2; items from the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II; and a 158-page script from the 1972 film The Godfather by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, dated March 29, 1971 and marked “Third Draft.”

By George Costantino
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Courtesy of Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- With The Godfather Part III marking its 30th anniversary, The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Pictures revisited the saga’s last chapter with a new edit of the film. Now titled The Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone – it includes a re-worked ending and beginning, along with re-edits and restoration that the director hopes will put things in a different perspective.

Talia Shire, who plays Connie Corleone in the films, and is Coppola’s sister, explains why it was important for her brother to complete the project. 

"I think he felt extremely rushed with the editing of the third piece," she tells ABC Audio. "I used to tell [my children] if you look at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the fingers between God and man, have a space. I think Francis went back to look for that space. That’s the artfulness that is Francis. He wanted that aesthetic."

Looking back, the film's original release wasn’t exactly a critical hit and much of criticism panned Coppola’s real-life daughter Sofia’s performance in the movie. However, Shire says it was Sofia’s presence that tied things together on an already difficult shoot. 

"I mean she was a kid and very pure and as we see now, as a mature wonderful artist, always with her own aesthetic, I think she focused Francis. And we moved forward," she explains. "But yeah there was a lot of unkindness... It was a kind of cruelty."

Nonetheless, The Godfather films still resonate today, which Shire attributes to Coppola's "epic storytelling" and author Mario Puzo's "terrific" writing.

"I think you can go back a million times and it's strangely alive, just like a great painting," she says. 

The Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone debuts in select theaters Friday and arrives on Blu-Ray & Digital Tuesday, December 8. 

By Danielle Long and Matt Wolfe
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Kyle Dubiel/NBC(NEW YORK) -- John Mulaney will not soon forget a February stint hosting Saturday Night Live.  That's because unlike the other times he's hosted, this one landed him in hot water with the United States Secret Service. 

On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, Mulaney explained that he was interviewed by the agency after making an "elliptical" joke about assassinating President Trump.

"I did a joke that was not about Donald Trump," Mulaney recalled. "The joke was about how it was a leap year, and leap year had been started by Julius Caesar to correct the calendar, and another thing that happened with Caesar was that he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators because he went crazy. And I said I think that’s an interesting thing that could happen."

It wasn't a joke for the agency, which as policy investigates all potential threats against the president -- even ones made by comedians like Mulaney, and like Kathy Griffin, who infamously posed for pictures with a bloody decapitated effigy of the president.

Still, Mulaney insists, "The [agent] vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump because it was an elliptical reference to him," Mulaney told Kimmel. "I didn't say anything about him. In terms of risk assessment, no one who's ever looked at me thought I registered above a one."

The former SNL writer insisted of the interviewer, "I said I have been making jokes about him since 2007, so I have been making fun of him for 13 years. They said if it’s a joke, then I am cleared by the Secret Service."

By Stephen Iervolino
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"Wonder Woman 1984" - © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- While Warner Bros. wasn't the first studio to move its formerly theater-bound movies to a streaming service, it is the first to announce its entire 2021 slate will be headed to streaming in the U.S. on the same day they're set to debut in theaters. 

That's right: 17 movies, including James Gunn's The Suicide SquadThe Matrix 4, the reboot of DuneGodzilla vs. Kong and Space Jam: A New Legacy will all hit HBO Max on the same day as their big-screen bows, and remain there for a month after each movie's release date.

The announcement follows the news that the studio will launch Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25.

The latest Conjuring film, the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark, and the musical adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights will also be simultaneously streaming and playing at a theater near you -- if they're open by then, that is.  

"The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, particularly in the U.S.," noted Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group. "We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative."

She added, "No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do...but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021."

Sarnoff explained, "With this unique one-year plan, we can support our [theater partners] with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films."

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Prop Store(LONDON) -- Hundreds of pieces of Hollywood memorabilia were up for grabs in London earlier this week, and some fetched a fortune.

As part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, one of Ewan McGregor's lightsabers from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith commanded just over $201,000, as did a remote controllable droid seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Other items that fetched a pretty penny included a Keanu Reeves Neo costume from The Matrix Reloaded, which sold for more than $83,000, and a Japanese-style sword wielded by the late Sean Connery in Highlander, which fetched $67,000. 

More than 900 pieces hit the block over more than 20 hours of bidding, including props from Top GunAlien, Tim Burton's BatmanFight Club, and Saving Private Ryan, as well as scripts, photos, and other treasures.

Here are some of the notable sales and what they went for, including auction fees:

Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) Hero Lightsaber -- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - $201,000

Light-Up Remote-control R2-S8 Droid -- Solo: A Star Wars Story - $201,000

Hero Dagger of Megiddo -- The Omen - $92,125

H.R. Giger-designed Special Effects Mechanical Alien Head -- Alien - $83,750

Neo (Keanu Reeves) costume -- The Matrix Reloaded - $83,750

Pete "Maverick" Mitchell's (Tom Cruise) Bomber Jacket -- Top Gun - $67,000

Ramirez's (Sean Connery) Katana -- Highlander - $67,000

Tyler Durden's (Brad Pitt) Photo-Matched Red Leather Jacket -- Fight Club - $54,437

Joker's (Jack Nicholson) Fedora -- Batman - $50,250

Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox) 2015 Jacket -- Back to the Future Part II - $31,825

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Netflix(TAMPA) -- A staff member at Tiger King star Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida has been bitten by one of her captive tigers. 

The injury was not "severe enough [to] cause death," according to the report from Tampa ABC News affiliate WFTS, which noted emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene.

Incidentally, Baskin, who recently appeared as a competitor on Dancing with the Stars, also controls the Oklahoma animal sanctuary that once belonged to her nemesis, Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- best known by his stage name Joe Exotic. He's currently serving 22 years in prison for allegedly killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin murdered.

In June, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk declared Baskin the owner of the Oklahoma zoo following a civil suit Baskin filed against Maldonado-Passage.

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Apple TV (NEW YORK) -- After a veil of secrecy worthy of his master assassin character from The Avengers, it has been revealed that Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton has a new partner in Hailee Steinfeld. 

spy caught the pair on a New York City subway platform shooting Hawkeye, the upcoming spinoff that will air on Disney . With her purple outfit and bow in hand, it appears Steinfeld will be playing Kate Bishop, Barton's archer apprentice who eventually takes his superhero mantle.

Officially, Marvel Studios is still mum on the casting but if true, Hawkeye will be Hailee's second role in Marvel's world.  She also voiced Gwen Stacy in Sony's Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but the Disney show will be her first official entry into Marvel Studios' cinematic universe. 

Steinfeld currently stars in Apple TV 's Dickinson, which kicks off its second season next month, with a third season already greenlighted.

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Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled production on the upcoming season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, with several of the show's stars reportedly testing positive for the virus.

Insiders tell TMZ that RHOBH stars Kyle Richards, Kathy Hilton and Dorit Kemsley have tested positive for the virus and are all recovering at home, though none are reported to have serious symptoms.

Incidentally, the shutdown comes weeks after The Real Housewives of Atlanta was shuttered for two weeks after a member of the production staff tested positive for the virus.

However, a source speaking to Variety would not confirm identities due to privacy concerns.

TMZ's source says Kyle, Kathy and Dorit did not contract COVID on set, explaining that Kathy and Kyle -- who are sisters -- "were hanging out together." Dorit was "along for the ride."

All three ladies are in the end stages of the virus, according to the gossip website, and should be ok.

Production on season 11 of the hit reality series began at the end of October with statewide COVID-19 protocols in place, including frequent testing of cast and crew members, and temperature checks on set.

In spite of those safety measures in place, production halted last week after a crew member tested positive for the virus.

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