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Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian talk crime-solving dynamic on “Take Two”

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Ready for take three of Take Two? The third episode of the crime dramedy airs tonight on ABC.

Rachel Bilson plays recently-rehabbed actress Sam Swift, who teams up with private investigator Eddie Valetik [vuh-LEH-tick], played by Eddie Cibrian, to solve crimes, and get her life back on track in the process. But Sam ends up changing Eddie, too.

“Sam Swift basically brings some joy back into his life and makes it a little less boring, let’s just say,” Cibrian tells ABC Radio.

“She shakes things up a little bit,” Bilson adds.

In tonight’s episode, the two investigate a missing person connected to a shady L.A. club owner. They clash over how to handle the case, because Eddie has bad blood with the club owner, but Sam was friends with him back in her clubbing days.

As usual, Sam – who used to star in a cop TV series — will put her acting skills to good use. So, has there ever been a skill Bilson picked up for a role that later came in handy in real life?

“I’d like to say learning how to suture when I [played] a doctor came in handy, but it hasn’t yet and I hope it never does ‘cause I actually don’t remember how to do it,” Bilson says, referring her role on Hart of Dixie. “But at the time I felt competent.” 

Take Two airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kevin Spacey under investigation in the UK for three new sexual assault allegations

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Sony Pictures(LONDON) — Three new people have come forward accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual assault in the UK, Variety reports. These new cases are in addition to the three other cases announced in 2017, bringing the total of accusations in the U.K. against the Oscar-winning actor to six. 

Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command of the Metropolitan Police said they’re investigating the new cases after a man came to them in April of this year, accusing the House of Cards actor of sexual assault in Westminster in 1996. In February, two other men came forward to accuse Spacey of assault in Gloucester in 2013 and in London in 2008. 

Per policy, police haven’t disclosed the names of any of Spacey’s accusers.

These new allegations come after American actor Anthony Rapp came forward last year, claiming Spacey climbed on top of him when he was 14. Rapp’s allegations sparked an investigation into Spacey’s behavior at London’s Old Vic theater ,where he was artistic director for 11 years. In November, the theater said 20 cases were found where Spacey acted inappropriately. 

In addition to Rapp, Spacey has also been accused of inappropriate behavior by others in the U.S.

Since the allegations have come to light, Spacey has been fired from Netflix’s House of Cards and was removed from Ridley Scott’s 2017 film release, All the Money in the World.  Additionally, a completed Netflix biopic starring Spacey as author Gore Vidal was shelved.

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“The First Purge” explodes into theaters July 4

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide Wednesday:

* The First Purge — The fourth installment of The Purge franchise serves as prequel and highlights the events leading up to the first annual “Purge,” a 12-hour period in which all crime in America is legal.

The movie, starring Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei, is Rated R.

(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

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Oprah tells British “Vogue” that being a politician “would kill me”

Disney(LONDON) — Earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey shot down rumors that she was considering a presidential bid, and now she’s explaining why.

The actress and former talk show host, whose stirring speech at the Golden Globes in January led many to wonder if she’d consider a career in politics, said in a new interview with Vogue U.K. that her personality would make that path impossible.

Running for president, she stated plainly, “would kill me.”

“In that political structure –- all the non-truths, the bulls**t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on –- I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey told the magazine. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business.”

But that doesn’t mean she’s not going to continue to speak her mind. Winfrey, 64, has long been an advocate for women’s rights and spoke passionately at the Golden Globes about those who’ve battled for equality and looked ahead to a time “when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

In her interview with Vogue U.K., she reiterated that she sees the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as beacons of hope for future generations.

“People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” she said. “I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”

Speaking of happiness, Winfrey attended the Royal Wedding in May, and she tells Vogue what she learned from the experience. 

“It left me feeling that anything is possible through the power of love.”

The Vogue U.K. issue is on stands August 6.

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“The Crown” princess Vanessa Kirby joining “Fast and Furious” spin-off

Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Audi UK(LOS ANGELES) — Variety is reporting that Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret on the Netflix drama The Crown, will join Dwayne Johnson and her fellow Brit Jason Statham for their Fast and the Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.

As its title suggests, the film will unite the two male leads — Johnson’s special agent Luke Hobbs and Statham’s criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw — in one movie.  In the series’ seventh installment, they were enemies, but by the eighth adventure, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, they had joined forces against a common enemy.

According to the publication, not much is known about the plot of Hobbs and Shaw, but Kirby will play Shaw’s sister, who happens to be an agent with the British spy organization MI-5.

Fresh off the success of Deadpool 2, director David Leitch will call the shots on the Universal Pictures project, which is slated for a July 26, 2019 release.

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“The First Purge” cast & director discuss resisting “stereotype,” embracing “humanity”

Universal(NEW YORK) — Director Gerard McMurray wanted to “push boundaries” in his new “edgy” and “thought provoking” thriller, The First Purge. The film, the fourth installment in The Purge franchise, serves as a prequel and highlights the events leading up to the very first Purge: a 12-hour period in which all crime in America is legal.

McMurray, who says he was given, “creative freedom to make the film [he] wanted,” tells ABC Radio when it came time to enact his vision, he focused on staying away from common stereotypes.

“We were going to make nuanced, more real, more honest, give them humanity,” he says of the film’s characters. “It was my ultimate goal. To try to really make it real and grounded in reality, but also have fun.”

Y’lan [ee-LAN] Noel, who plays William, a local drug dealer, understood McMurray’s vision, saying as an actor, his goal was to search for William’s humanity.

“We deal with things in the community where we don’t want to play certain roles,” Noel says. “But I’m like, ‘OK, well, what are the circumstances beyond why he’s this type of person?’ And on top of that, I just try to bring as much humanity as possible. I’m from New York so I had a natural desire to sort of be somebody who represented that community well.”

His costar Lex Scott Davis, who plays Nya, a local community activist, believes the film also shows an eerie connection to what marginalized people feel in America today.

“I think what makes it a thriller is bringing in things that are scary for us as black people in our reality,” she says. “I think that’s why it resonates so well.”

The First Purge arrives July 4th.

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Tatum, Gosling, J-Law and Scar-Jo top list of most fantasized-about celebrities, says psychologist

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — It’s no secret that most people secretly — or not so secretly — crush on celebrities, but now a noted psychologist and author has drilled down to find out exactly which stars get our motors running.

It’s all part of Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller new book, Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life.

According to a survey of nearly 4,200 people about all things sex, Lehmiller, a PhD and the Director of the Social Psychology Graduate Program at Ball State University, discovered that among straight women, Channing Tatum, Adam Levine, and Ryan Gosling ranked as the most lusted-after male celebs. 

Among straight men, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, and Scarlett Johansson, in that order, topped the list.

Dr. Lehmiller discovered other common threads: women liked taller men — the ideal was 6 feet tall, at least, and not overly muscular. Oh, and guys should “manscape” — but don’t go too crazy with the clippers, as just 4% of women dug hairless dudes. 

For the men — again, straight ones — shorter brunettes weighing around 130 pounds were more commonly cited as the sexual ideal.  The survey also found that the majority of men prefer zero body hair on their partners.

“The Kardashian effect is undeniable,” Dr. Lehmiller. “The most popular descriptions of an ideal fantasy woman was of a petite brunette with an hourglass figure: wide hips and bigger-than-average breasts.”

Surprisingly, just a quarter of the gentlemen polled preferred blondes.

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“Manchester” partners Matt Damon and John Krasinski could team up for Clinton-era pardon drama “The King of Oil”

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — Matt Damon could star in the upcoming biopic The King of Oil, produced by A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski, according to Variety.

The project, still in the early stages of development, is based on The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich, by Daniel Ammann. Rich, indicted in 1983 on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion, was controversially pardoned by in 2000, literally in the waning moments of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

During Capitol Hill hearings on the pardon, Americans learned Rich’s ex-wife Denise had given millions not only to the Democratic National Commitee but also help fund both the Clinton Library and Hillary Clinton’s Senate run. 

Rich was in Switzerland when he was indicted and lived outside the United States for many years — even landing on the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives list. He died in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2013 at age 78.

Damon and Krasinski previously teamed up to write the story for the Oscar-winning 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea.

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Report: “Last Man Standing” returning without two original cast members

(L-R) Tim Allen, Molly Ephraim; ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Last Man Standing will return for its seventh season, and first on Fox, without original cast members Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison, who played series star Tim Allen’s onscreen daughter Mandy and grandson Boyd, respectively. 

That’s according to TV Line, which says both roles are being recast. Among the series regulars confirmed to return for season seven, along with Allen, are Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Adams, Christoph Sanders, Jordan Masterson and Hector Elizondo.

Fox picked up the well-rated Allen-led sitcom back in May, a year after it was cancelled at ABC.

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“The Bold Type” cast teases more love triangles — and love squares — in season two

Freeform/Philippe Bosse(NEW YORK) — Love triangles – and squares – abound on this season of The Bold Type, with the characters’ entanglements growing even more complicated in the coming episodes.

On last week’s episode, we saw Jane torn between her new love interest, Dr. Ben, and her ex from last season, Ryan, a.k.a. “Pinstripe.” Tonight’s episode features Pinstripe once again popping into Jane’s life, giving her a lead for a potential new job.

“Jane last season broke up with him because she said she wanted monogamy and he couldn’t give that to her, even though he never said those words,” Katie Stevens, who plays Jane, tells ABC Radio. “It’s gonna be interesting because she kinda starts falling for this other person but then there’s this person that she has history with that continues to show up for her.”

Jane’s pal Sutton, meanwhile, meets a new guy while enjoying the single life – but that doesn’t mean her love triangle from last season is going away. We’ll be seeing more of her relationship with her boss, Richard, played by Sam Page, and co-worker Alex, played by Matt Ward.

“Being a part of a love triangle, things are never resolved!” Ward says. “…I think I was pushing for the ‘Salex’ and possibly ‘Salex’ could be returning. Spoiler alert?”

Page adds, “The relationships in the show feel very real because nothing’s ever just clean-cut and packaged like that. It’s messy like life is and love triangles, what’s messier than that? A love square.” 

The Bold Type airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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