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Dun-dun: Ice-T arrested after failing to pay bridge toll

James Dimmock/NBC(NEW YORK) — Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known as Ice-T, was arrested after failing to pay a toll on the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City.

ABC News affiliate WABC reports that the rapper and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor was arrested Wednesday morning after he used an E-ZPass lane without a working tag.

Police also issued Ice with a summons for not having a license plates and registration.

Ice-T later took to Twitter to speak out about the incident.

“I love how people think just because I ACT like a cop on SVU I get special treatment from real cops… lol,” he wrote in one tweet.

He then later added, “What I have noticed is that ANY slightly negative news about you.. Will bring your Haters out to party . Lol.

Ice-T currently stars on SVU as Sgt. Odafin Tutuola.

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Has Jennifer Garner found a new guy?

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Garner has apparently moved on following her divorce to Ben Affleck.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight that the star of HBO’s Camping has been dating businessman John Miller for the past several months, adding the two, who met through mutual friends, instantly hit it off and have been going on dates.

“They went for romantic dinners far out of town or at his home,” says the insider. “He is warm, fun and incredibly smart. He is a real success in the business world and has no interest in being in the entertainment industry.”

That’s fine with Garner, who doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes she made in her marriage to Affleck.

“Jen will do anything to avoid what she went through with Ben and she is aware of the effect fame had on Ben’s life and in turn on their marriage,” says the source.

Garner and Affleck, also 46, were separated in June 2015, after 10 years of marriage and three children together: 12-year-old Violet, nine-year-old Seraphina and six-year-old Samuel. They finalized their divorce on October 4.

Miller, 40, is still legally married to his estranged wife, concert violinist Caroline Campbell, with whom he shares two daughters, according to Us Weekly. The two reportedly split in 2014, but have yet to finalize the paperwork.

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Chris Pratt might get ‘Fast’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Pratt is in talks to star in the next project from Wind River director Taylor Sheridan, currently titled Fast, according to Variety.

Pratt would play a former special forces soldier hired by the government to lead a covert operation aimed at nabbing drug dealers protected by the CIA.

The movie would fill holes in the Jurassic World and Marvel movie series star’s schedule that were left by the delays of two of his upcoming films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Cowboy Ninja Viking.

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So which “significant” ‘Modern Family’ character died on Wednesday?

ABC/Tony Rivetti(SPOILERS AHEAD) Modern Family revealed the “significant” character being killed off in season 10’s Halloween-themed episode on Wednesday.

The episode opened with Julie Bowen’s character Claire Dunphy learning from her stepfather that her mother, DeDe Pritchett — played by Shelley Long — had passed away in her sleep as the result of a heart problem.

DeDe had appeared in seven episodes of the show, according to IMDB.

Modern Family’s co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly in September that a “significant character” will die and it “will be a moving event — an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”

In a separate interview with the magazine, published on Wednesday, the show’s other co-creator, Steve Levitan, said the show killed off Long’s character because they were looking to “at this point, put our characters through something new and interesting and challenging for us,” and that Pritchett “so directly affects three of our main characters.”

He added the family “will deal with the ramifications of this” two or three episodes from now.

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ named America’s best-loved novel; ‘Outlander’ is runner-up

Stephanie Berger(NEW YORK) — America’s favorite novel has been revealed.

On the season finale of PBS’ The Great American Read Tuesday night, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was voted the number one pick.

The eight-part series began in May, spotlighting different novels in each episode. The public was able to vote on a list of 100 books and more than four million votes were cast. According to PBS, To Kill a Mockingbird led the voting throughout all five months.

“What an exhilarating and powerful journey The Great American Read has taken us on over these past few months,” host Meredith Vieira says in a statement. “I am so proud of the way in which readers have embraced this series, and honored to have been a part of it.”

“I’m not surprised at all that Americans chose To Kill a Mockingbird as their best-loved novel. It is a personal favorite of mine — one that truly opened my eyes to a world outside of my own,” she adds. “Harper Lee’s iconic work of literature is cherished for its resonance, its life lessons and its impact on one’s own moral compass.”

Runner-up on the list is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the basis for the Starz hit TV show. Rounding out the top five are the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice and The Lord of the Rings series.

Other novels making the list include Gone with the Wind, Charlotte’s Web, Little Women, The Great Gatsby, The Handmaid’s Tale and Games of Thrones. Check out the full list here.

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ stars dominate ‘Forbes’’ highest-paid TV actors list

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(HOLLYWOOD) — The Big Bang Theory cast continues to rake in the big bucks.

Forbes has revealed that four of the top five highest-paid actors on TV this year are from the CBS comedy, which is now in its final season.

Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, tops the list for the fourth year in a row with $26.5 million pretax in the 12 months preceding June 1, 2018.

His co-star Johnny Galecki comes in second with $25 million, followed by Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg tied at numbers three and four with $23.5 million.

Rounding out the top five is NCIS’ Mark Harmon with $19 million.

The rest of the top 10 includes Modern Family actors Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell, followed by The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln at number 10.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner reveals he too tried to get ‘Cosby’ co-star Geoffrey Owens a gig after being job-shamed

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Malcolm-Jamal Warner was told at a young age by his mother that just because he was on a hit sitcom, didn’t mean he was set for life. 

In fact, Warner says during the early years of Cosby, his mother “impressed” upon him that the show was “not going to be around forever.

So when his former Cosby co-star Geoffrey Owens was recently job-shamed for working at a Trader Joe’s, Warner tells ABC Radio the incident struck a nerve with him because he knows Owens is “a wonderful human being.

“And, I just thought it was very courageous of him to– in the face of people trying to job shame him,” he says. “There was nothing in his being, saying… ‘I’m too proud to be at Trader Joe’s.’ And that just speaks to the testament of who Geoffrey is.”

Warner also reveals that he tried to get his former co-star a job after he defended Owens on Instagram.

“At the same time putting that post out, I also reached out to producers on The Resident to [see if there is] something we can do with him,” he says. “And..there was a role that was supposed to be a one and done. But Amy, our showrunner, she said, ‘Oh, for him we’ll make that a recurring.'”

Unfortunately, the opportunity didn’t work due to “scheduling” and multiple job offers for Owens, including one from filmmaker Tyler Perry, who cast him in his hit series The Haves and the Have Nots.

According to Warner, Owen’s tough situation turned into a major blessing.

“So the people who tried to turn this into a negative really did something very positive for Geoffrey. It was like I said, ‘It was the kick that his career needed,'” he smiles.

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David Schwimmer jokes about his doppelganger sought in UK robbery: “Officers, I swear it wasn’t me”

Noam Galai/Getty Images for AMC(NEW YORK) — The one with the David Schwimmer lookalike…

Friends fans were having a field day after a surveillance photo of a robbery suspect in the U.K. was posted that looked eerily similar to Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller on the show.

The posting of the suspect’s picture on the Blackpool Police’s Facebook page sparked a series of social media jokes about Ross being down on his luck.

Even Schwimmer himself got in on the joke, by posting a fake surveillance video of himself seemingly swiping a case of beer from a grocery store.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” he tweeted. “As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme”

Authorities confirmed Schwimmer’s alibi.

“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” they wrote on Facebook. “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”

As for the true suspect, it’s probably not his day, his week or even his year.

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Cue the applause: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ will return for season two on December 5

Amazon Studios(NEW YORK) — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be back for season two just in time for the holidays.

Amazon has announced that the Emmy-winning comedy will return on December 5. The second season will pick up one year after Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, decided to leave her husband and pursue stand-up comedy.

A new trailer for the show has also been released, showing Midge’s growing ambition to make it in the comedy world despite being a woman in the 1950s.

“Men in general run around telling everyone only men are funny,” she says during one of her stand-up sets. “Comedy is fueled by disappointment and humiliation. Now who the hell does that describe more than women?”

In the trailer, Midge also reveals that her friends and family still have no idea about her double life as a comedian. The only ones who know are her manager, played by Alex Borstein, and her ex-husband, played by Michael Zegen.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won eight Emmys this year, including comedy series, comedy actress for Brosnahan and supporting comedy actress for Borstein.

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Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about overcoming a secret, decade-long opioid addiction

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Jamie Lee Curtis is opening up about the opioid addiction that nearly destroyed her life.

In a new cover story for People, the Halloween actress reveals that her addiction to pain pills began in the late ‘80s and lasted 10 years.

“I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” she says. “I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”

She says she was initially prescribed opiates after minor plastic surgery “for my hereditary puffy eyes” and soon began abusing the painkillers, even stealing pills from friends and family.

Finally, in 1999, she sought help and attended her first recovery meeting. She told her husband of 33 years, Christopher Guest, about her addiction that same day.

Curtis’ family has a long history of addiction. Her father, actor Tony Curtis, battled alcohol, cocaine and heroin addictions, and her half-brother Nicholas Curtis died of a heroin overdose in 1994.

“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” Curtis says. “Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment… bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.”

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