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Emma Stone and Dave McCary are all smiles in adorable engagement announcement

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesNEW YORK) — Wedding bells are ringing for Emma Stone and her boyfriend-now-turned-fiancé Dave McCary. The Saturday Night Live segment director revealed the happy news Wednesday on his personal Instagram.

The photo, which is captioned with a single double pink heart emoji, features the smiling couple as Stone shows off a large ring on THAT finger.  

Stone, 31, first crossed paths with McCary, 34, in December 2016 when the La La Land star hosted SNL.  That following summer, the two were officially linked.

The couple has been notoriously private about their romance since they first started seeing each other. Unlike most modern celebrity couples, the two never documented their relationship on social media nor were they often spotted together. 

McCary uses his Instagram to mostly promote his work and has set his Twitter to private while the Oscar-winning actress has shunned social media entirely.

Beyond that, the ultra-private couple made their first public appearance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2019.  

As for their official engagement announcement, it received the well-wishes from Billie Jean King, whom Stone played in the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes.  The tennis pro sweetly wrote, “Congratulations to two of the most wonderful, loving, and creative people we know. Ilana [Kloss] and I are so happy for you!”  

It is unknown when Stone and McCary will take a walk down the aisle.

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‘The Irishman’ takes Best Picture at New York Film Critics Circle

Netflix(NEW YORK) — The winners of the New York Film Critics Circle were announced Wednesday, and Martin Scorsese’s crime epic The Irishman took the top prize. His Goodfellas Oscar winner Joe Pesci earned the Best Supporting Actor honor for his work in the film, which is now on Netflix.

The New York City-born Scorsese missed out on the Best Director prize, however; that honor was shared by Josh and Benny Safdie for their gritty Adam Sandler film Uncut Gems.

Other winners included Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Best Actress for her work in Jordan Peele’s creepy film Us and Antonio Banderas who snagged the Best Actor trophy for the drama Pain and Glory

Laura Dern was named the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress, for her work in two dramas: Marriage Story and Little Women.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earned the Pulp Fiction Oscar winner the organization’s Best Screenplay award. 

The awards will be handed out at the organization’s 85th ceremony on Jan. 7. 

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“You are as timeless as these films”: Rami Malek made James Bond himself blush on ‘Good Morning America’

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Daniel Craig is back in action as 007 in his fifth and final James Bond film, and the No Time to Die cast took a chilly outdoor appearance after Good Morning America‘s debut of the high-octane trailer to remind Craig what a lasting impression he’s made.

Wednesday morning, he said of suiting up in his tailor-made tux once again, “If you can’t get excited about this job, I don’t know what else there is. I think the biggest surprise really was how much I enjoyed it and how much I still get a kick out of it.”

“As on every Bond, just the most extraordinary, talented people…get involved,” he added.

Co-star Rami Malek, who plays the villain Safin, said that although the trailer didn’t reveal much more than a first glimpse of his eerie white-masked face, Malek says he’s a “nasty piece of work.”

About his villain’s appearance, he laughed, “I can tell you nothing about that.” The Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner did allow Safin is “a very unnerving character.”

“I get to face off with [Daniel] in a battle of epic proportions. It’s a very formidable, nasty human being,” Malek said.

To Craig, he noted, “It’s been a pleasure to work with you and you are as timeless as these films are — I think you’ve done a magnificent job and I think it’s been a gift for all of us to have worked with you.”

“If it wasn’t so cold you’d see me blush,” the longtime Bond star replied, to cheers.

In 2015, Craig famously complained about playing 007 — though, in his defense, he’d just wrapped a long shoot on his previous 007 movie, Spectre, and he did take the comments back.
The 25th 007 film opens in April of 2020.

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“My heart just burst wide open!” Viola Davis “honored” by fan naming her daughter after the actress

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Viola Davis wrote that her “heart just burst wide open” when responding to an Instagram post from a fan who said she named her young daughter after the actress.

Erin Morrison-Fortunato shared in an Instagram post revealed that when she was pregnant with her now 7-year-old daughter, Davis had just been nominated for her role in The Help.

“The more I heard her speak, the more I appreciated her as not just a talented #actor, but as a #humanitarian and a #thoughtful, #reflective woman,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote.

The post went on to reveal that toward the end of her pregnancy, Morrison-Fortunato’s daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition in utero. As she sat in the OBGYN’s office afraid and exhausted, she flipped through the magazines in the room and stumbled upon a profile of Davis.

“She frankly discussed her #struggles to find her footing in her #career, the #challenges she had faced and #overcome,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote. “And, in that moment, I knew that my daughter would be her #namesake.”

The picture accompanying the post shows daughter Viola next to Davis’ tattered People magazine cover, attached to her bedroom door.

“When little Viola, now 7-years-old and #thriving, asks about how we chose her name, I tell her she is named [after] an astoundingly talented, #beautiful, #strong and #wise actor,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote.

The heartwarming Instagram post caught Voila Davis’s attention and she shared a sweet message to her namesake.

“This made my day,” Davis wrote, in part.  “I’m honored to share this name with you Miss V. You already know the truth behind resilience, courage and survival. …Tell it. Share it. Sending love and a boatload of respect.”

Davis also offered to send a new magazine to replace the tattered one.


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My heart just burst wide open!! This made my day. I’m honored to share this name with you Miss V. You already know the truth behind resilience, courage and survival. You have a story. Tell it. Share it. Sending love and a boatload of respect and….a new magazine?? #CourageIsFearSaidWithPrayers #YouAreAnInspiration ??? When I was pregnant with my youngest, #ViolaDavis had just been nominated for her role in “The Help.” She was on innumerable magazine covers and interviewed by every talk show. The more I heard her speak, the more I appreciated her as not just a talented #actor, but as a #humanitarian and a #thoughtful, #reflective woman. I remember sitting in the office of my #OBGYN towards the end of my #pregnancy. I was terrified and exhausted as my #daughter had been diagnosed with a life threatening #heart condition in-utero. It had been a #stressful pregnancy and promised to be a stressful #delivery. As I sat anxiously awaiting my name to be called, I flipped through the available magazines to land upon a profile of #ViolaDavis. She frankly discussed her #struggles to find her footing in her #career, the #challenges she had faced and #overcome. And, in that moment, I knew that my daughter would be her #namesake. When little Viola, now 7-years-old and #thriving, asks about how we chose her name, I tell her she is named for a astoundingly talented, #beautiful, #strong, and #wise actor. She loves to look through image searches at pictures of Ms. Davis. When this copy of #PeopleMagazine arrived, little Viola carried it around the house showing it to anyone and everyone who would listen. She flipped through it so often that the cover fell off. She was disappointed that her treasure was ruined. This morning, she called me into her room first thing to show me this. ???? * * * * * * * * * * #highriskpregnancy #SADS #LongQTSyndrome #arrhythmia #bradycardia #MakeaWishKid @monkapotadog Rp @bunsarunski

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Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift grace ‘People’ magazine’s “People of the Year” issue covers

People/Miller Mobley(LOS ANGELES) — This year, People magazine couldn’t choose just one star for the cover of its annual “People of the Year” double issue — so it chose four.

Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift were each singled out with their own covers.

“Our People of the Year issue celebrates the stars who have made an impact on our culture,” notes People Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford. “I wasn’t surprised that we ended up with an all-female foursome — this year has been dominated by strong women.”

Lopez “ticked every possible box as she turned 50 this year,” Wakeford says. “…Oscar buzz for Hustlers, which she co-produced; a blockbuster music tour; a beautiful family; an upcoming Super Bowl appearance…”

In the article, Lopez comments she’d also like to have more children. “I don’t know if it’s in God’s plan, but I’d like to try,” says the multi-hyphenate, who is engaged to former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Wakeford says Aniston “summed up that zeitgeist on The Morning Show — which she co-produced for Apple TV+ — when [her character] told a roomful of men, ‘You don’t have the power anymore…”

The editor says, “2019 was arguably the year Taylor Swift found her voice. She stood up to protect her creative rights, spoke out for what she believed in…and…her album Lover became 2019’s bestselling record in just one week. Truly epic.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama was heralded for her charity work, and for becoming “the bestselling memoirist of all time,” and winning a Grammy for the audio version of her book Becoming.

“The accomplishments are varied but have one thing in common: They came when these women got to know themselves better and focused their work on what makes them happy,” Wakeford declared.

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Bond is back! ‘No Time to Die’ first trailer debuts

© 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED/Nicola Dove(NEW YORK) — The anticipated first trailer for No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond adventure, made its debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning, with the film’s cast on hand as well.

The trailer shows Daniel Craig as an apparently retired James Bond being pressed into service by his old CIA pal Felix Leiter, again played by Jeffrey Wright. It seems a baddie called Safin, played by Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-winner Rami Malek, has access to a game-changing terrorist weapon, and super-spy Bond gets back into the action to take him out.

Along the way, Bond runs into Lashana Lynch’s Nomi, who apparently has inherited his 007 codename in his absence. “Get in my way and I’ll put a bullet in your knee,” she warns him. “The one that works.”

Bond’s MI6 has previously captured fellow Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz’s Spectre nemesis, Blofeld, and from his Plexiglas cell they’re quizzing him on the new villain.  But Bond also learns his former flame Madeline, again played by Léa Seydoux, apparently has ties to Malek’s character — who, after suffering facial scars, wears a creepy smashed porcelain mask.

“License to kill. History of violence. I could be speaking to my own reflection,” Safin says.

“History isn’t kind to men who play God,” Bond replies. 

And as one might expect, there’s no shortage of action in the trailer, with running and gunning by Lynch and Bond, James’ armored Astin Martin DB5 taking out hordes of henchmen thanks to machine guns hidden in each headlight, and Craig pitching himself off a towering bridge, suspended only by a single rope.  Is it any wonder he always gets hurt on these movies?

No Time to Die, which also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas and Naomi Harris, opens April 8, 2020.

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Disney+ prepping ‘Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge’ game show

Disney+(LOS ANGELES) — Disney+ announced it’s creating “an exciting game show set in a galaxy far, far away,” called Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.

The show, hosted by Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best, who will play a Jedi Master and mentor to the player/padawans, will test the “young contestants’ abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight!” 

Best will be joined by a “hilarious humanoid droid companion,” voiced by Veep‘s Mary Holland. The show will launch on Disney+ in 2020. Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Jimmy Kimmel pens children’s book, ‘The Serious Goose,’ donates proceeds to charity

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is targeting a much younger audience with his first children’s book, The Serious Goose. The late night show host also revealed proceeds will all go to children’s hospitals.

In an interview with People magazine, Kimmel, 52, says that the inspiration for the book came from his now-five-year-old daughter Jane, who he nicknamed “Goose.”

“When she was little, when she was in a bad mood, I’d say, ‘Are you a serious goose or a silly goose?’  And I’d try to break her out of her bad mood by going that route,” he explains.  “So she would either say, ‘I’m a serious goose’ or ‘I’m a silly goose’ and it became her nickname.”

Jane, and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother Billy, both of whom he shares with his wife Molly McNearney, love reading the book with their dad — especially Jane, who Kimmel jokes, “really goes for it trying to make the goose laugh, even though, if she had any common sense, you’d know that the goose is going to laugh at the end, no matter what.”

The book is not only good fun, but for a good cause.

“I wanted to do something to make a big donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles…[and]…other children’s hospitals.  This will be a hefty sum…And it seemed like the least I could do after they saved my son’s life two different times,” says Kimmel.

Billy, who is “doing great,” underwent two heart surgeries — one when he was just three days old, and another when he was seven months old — after he was born with a congenital heart condition.

The Serious Goose is on sale now at Amazon.com.

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‘The Voice’ recap: Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani each lose an artist

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 10 artists who performed on Monday learned that Shane Q, from Team Kelly Clarkson, and Joana Martinez, from Gwen Stefani’s team, were sent home.

Shane and Joana were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an “Instant Save” vote to Marybeth Byrd, from Team John Legend.

There are now eight artists remaining in the competition, including those of Blake Shelton’s team.

Prior to the vote, Shane, Joana and Marybeth sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Shane covered Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”; Joana performed “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra; and Marybeth tackled Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason.”

The evening also included Kelly and John singing their re-imagined version of the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside,“ and Meghan Trainor performing “Wave,” joined by Mike Sabath.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Amy Schumer had her lawyer send a fake cease and desist letter to her personal trainer

Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy working out and those who kick and scream the entire way to the gym.  Amy Schumer is the latter and proved it by revealing just how far she’s willing to go to weasel her way out of exercising.

The comedian dispatched her lawyer to send a cease and desist letter to her personal trainer, which was, obviously, tongue-in-cheek and not at all real.

“I had my lawyer and who I love, draft a cease and desist to my trainer @ajcorectology because i thought the workouts were so hard,”  Schumer revealed on Instagram, alongside a photo of the seemingly official letter. “I jokingly threatened to do it during our workouts for months. This is it!”

The notice, addressed to a Ms. Fisher, reads “We are the attorneys for Amy Schumer, an internationally known actress, comedian and high-profile public figure.  It has come to our attention that while Ms. Schumer has engaged you to perform simple physical training for her, you have instead forced Ms. Schumer to perform extreme and unduly punishing physical exercise well outside the bounds of normal physical training.”

Schumer’s lawyers then threaten “the commencement of litigation seeking” along with a litany of financial penalties should the trainer not “immediately cease and desist such torment of Ms. Schumer and modify your personal training sessions to ameliorate such pain and suffering.”

Thankfully, the trainer saw through the gag and, according to the Trainwreck star, found it amusing.

“Was this is a wasteful use of resources? Very very much so but it brought me so much joy,” Schumer closes, but not before praising her “amazing trainer” for being “the reason I feel strong and good and have recovered from my herniated discs and c section.”

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