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With ‘Dancing’ done, could Sean Spicer be headed to daytime TV?

Walt Disney Television/Lou RoccoSean Spicer’s story on Dancing with the Stars might have come to a close, but a new chapter is apparently just beginning.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the former White House press secretary may be moving to daytime television.  He revealed, “I’m going to continue to do political work and strategic consulting, I’ve got a couple of media things that are in the works.”

But, when ET pressed him on details, Spicer remained tight lipped about his new venture and simply asserted “There’s nothing to announce at this time.”  

There is one thing for certain, though.  The former White House official is done with competition shows… at least for now. 

As to why he joined a celebrity dancing competition, he tells ET, “I did [DWTS] as a one-off to have fun and enjoy myself, learn something new and meet great people.”

He added that he “didn’t anticipate” becoming a part of the show, but is thankful he did.

Spicer, who was one of the season’s lowest scoring competitors, was voted off on Monday.  He will return to she show for its season finale, which is in two weeks.

Dancing with the Stars airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Report: ‘Friends’ reunion in the works at HBO Max

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) — That long rumored Friends reunion may be a step closer to becoming a reality.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the six core cast members of Friends — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are in early talks to reunite on HBO Max.

However, the sources warn that the reunion is nowhere near a done deal.  When and if the streamer can hammer out deals with the individual stars, they’ll have to figure out a way of fitting it into their busy schedules.

HBO Max recently paid $425 million for rights to the hugely popular sitcom, outbidding Netflix, its previous home.

Aniston, who broke the internet with a reunion of the cast that launched her Instagram account, also teased the project on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in October.

“I would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” she said. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

HBO Max is set to launch in May of 2020.

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Kristen Bell and Jimmy Fallon review “The History of Disney Songs”

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) — Kristen Bell, who voices Princess Anna in the upcoming Disney feature Frozen 2, was Jimmy Fallon’s guest on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show, and joined Jimmy for a mashup of some of the biggest Disney tunes of all time, called, “The History of Disney Songs.”

The two kicked things off with Disney classics like “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Part of Your World,” before capping the medley off with “Remember Me” from Pixar’s Coco and “Into the Unknown” from the Frozen 2 soundtrack.

Bell closed things out with a few bars from “Let It Go,” for good measure.

“A History of Disney Songs” follows in the tradition of other Tonight Show mashups, including “The History of Video Music Dancing” with Jennifer Lopez and Fallon teaming up with Justin Timberlake for “The History of Rap Music.”

Frozen 2 opens nationwide November 22. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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‘The Voice’ recap: Top 13 are revealed

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK)– On Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which three artists who performed on Monday from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani’s teams would advance to the next round.  Two moved on based on America’s vote while the other would be chosen by his or her coach.

Team Blake:

Ricky Duran and Kat Hammock advanced, based on America’s votes.  Blake saved Cali Wilson.

Team Gwen:

America saved Rose Short and Joana Martinez.  Gwen saved Myracle Holloway.

Team Kelly:

America sent Matt Boyle and Jake Hoot to the next round.  Kelly saved Shane Q.

Team Legend:

America saved Katy Kadan and Marybeth Byrd.  John saved Will Breman.

For the first time, the 13th spot was determined by a “Wild Card Instant Save.” One of the two remaining artists from each team, based on who received the most votes from Monday, were given the chance to advance to the next round.  Viewers were then instructed to cast their votes for the artist they wanted to save.

Based on America’s votes, Team Blake’s Ricky Braddy, Team Gwen’s Kyndal Inskeep, Team Kelly’s Damali and Team Legend’s Khalea Lynee were eliminated.

Next, the remaining four artists sang their hearts out for America’s vote:

Team Blake’s Gracee Shriver performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams;” Team Gwen’s Jake HaldenVang covered “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back, by Shawn Mendes; Team Kelly’s Hello Sunday tackled Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself”; and Team Legend’s Alex Guthrie performed “Stay,” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko.

Hello Sunday advanced to the next round.

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

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People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2019 is: John Legend

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — John Legend has another victory to celebrate over fellow Voice judge Blake Shelton — he is officially People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2019.

The announcement came during Tuesday’s night’s episode of The Voice, which was certainly made memorable thanks to the shenanigans pulled by 2017’s Sexiest Man Alive, Shelton. 

The country star happily passed over his crown, if the crown was a glittery pair of booty shorts with “VEGOTSMA” emblazoned on the back, that is.

“So ya’ll already came into the show with an EGOT,” began Blake as he clutched the pair of Daisy Dukes in hand, “and then you won The Voice so it became a VEGOT.”  He then handed the glittery shorts over to the stone-faced Legend and proclaimed, “And now, you have… a VEGOTSMA” as the audience and other judges howled with laughter.

Unfortunately for Blake, his creative announcement was outdone by Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen.

The model gloated on Twitter, “my secret is out. I have fulfilled my dream of having boned @people‘s sexiest man alive!! an honor!!!!!”   

She added, “I cannot WAIT for people to get mad about John being the sexiest man alive. it’s my new Starbucks holiday cup.”

Teigen then encouraged fans to check out her new Twitter bio, which proudly declares “currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive.”

As for how 2019’s Sexiest Man Alive feels?  He says the honor is scary and exciting. 

“Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me,” He told People when accepting his new title. 

To read John’s full interview and ogle an abundance of hunky photos, pick up People‘s Sexiest Man Alive issue when it hits newsstands on November 25.

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“Like sands through the hourglass…” Entire ‘Days of Our Lives’ cast reportedly released from their contracts

NBC Universal(NEW YORK) — After nearly 50 years on the air, could the last days of Days of Our Lives be at hand?

TVLine reports that the producers of the soap opera released the entire cast from their contracts, and announced the show will be put on indefinite hiatus at the end of the month.

By then, the series will apparently have enough shows “in the can” to last through summer 2020, the trade explains — noting Days hasn’t been cancelled…yet.

NBC and Sony Pictures Television produce Days of Our Lives the show with Corday Productions, which TVLine was told is responsible for the salary situation.

A supposed insider told TVLine that the move is a “shrewd” one.

“If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday Productions would be] everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”

Days of Our Lives debuted on NBC in 1965, and is one of the few remaining daytime soaps on the air.

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Chadwick Boseman says Martin Scorsese “didn’t get” the cultural experience of ‘Black Panther’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Chadwick Boseman is the latest Marvel actor weighing in on Martin Scorsese’s recent criticism of Marvel films, where he said they are “not cinema” and lacked mystery.

During a BBC Live chat, reported by U.K.’s Independent, Boseman said that although he considers the Oscar-winning director a “genius at what he does,” he finds it interesting that Scorsese is making these type of comments during the time he’s promoting his latest buzz-worthy film The Irishman.

“You’ve got to think about when he’s saying it,” Boseman said. “He’s saying it when he’s possibly campaigning for an award. He’s saying it at a time when he’s making a Netflix movie, so that’s how eyes get on his film, and it’s not going to be in the cinemas – it’s not going to be seen the best way.”

Boseman also notes that the values Scorsese says are important for “real” cinema were seen throughout his blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther. This included the cultural experience and connection that black moviegoers had when viewing the film.

“The mystery that Scorsese is talking about is in Black Panther,” Boseman said. “If he saw it, he didn’t get that there was this feeling of not knowing what was going to happen that black people felt.”

“We thought, you know, ‘White people will kill us off, so it’s a possibility that we could be gone,'” he continued. “We felt that angst. We felt that thing you would feel from cinema when we watched it. That’s cultural. Maybe it’s generational.”

Boseman will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Panther 2 in 2022.

Meanwhile, his latest project 21 Bridges hits theaters on November 22.

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Hilaria Baldwin reveals she had a miscarriage four months into pregnancy

Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) — Hilaria Baldwin is opening up about the pain of miscarriage after revealing Monday she and her husband, Alec Baldwin, lost a child.

Hilaria, 35, was four months pregnant with the couple’s fifth child at the time.

“We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be,” the mom and yoga instructor wrote on Instagram. “We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies — and we will never lose sight of this.”

Baldwin and her husband — already parents to Carmen, 6, Rafael, 5, Leonardo, 3, and Romeo, 1 — had been expecting a girl. Alec Baldwin also has a 23-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

Baldwin announced her most recent pregnancy in September, early on in her first trimester, because she didn’t “want to hide the pregnancy,” she wrote at the time in an Instagram post in which she also shared a video of the baby’s heartbeat.

Miscarriage — defined as the loss of a pregnancy in any trimester — is a common occurrence but remains an often taboo topic, a reality Baldwin has said she tried to address by revealing her pregnancies earlier on.

“It was so liberating to talk about my miscarriage because it’s something that we don’t talk about and it’s something that some of us need to talk about,” Baldwin said last month on Strahan, Sara & Keke. “Now I’m pregnant again and I wanted to tell people right away.”

Baldwin found out about the loss of her child at a doctor’s appointment Monday. She wrote that she was “devastated” and “in shock” but hoped to “try very hard” for a second daughter in the future.


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We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months. We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be. We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies—and we will never lose sight of this. I told Carmen and took this so I could send it to Alec. I guess this is a good way to share it with you too. I told her that this baby isn’t going to come after all…but we will try very hard to give her a little sister another time. I’m really devastated right now…I was not expecting this when I went to my scan today. I don’t know what else to say…I’m still in shock and don’t have this all quite clear. Please no paparazzi…that’s all I ask ??

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After fan outcry, Sonic the Hedgehog gets a makeover for his new trailer

Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — After disastrous fan reaction to the movie’s first trailer last spring, Paramount Pictures bumped back the release date of its Sonic The Hedgehog movie — and as promised, they gave their title character a much-needed makeover.

Voiced by Ben Schwartz, the first appearance of the computer-created character launched a thousand memes — and none of them flattering. Fans of the SEGA videogame star lamented how little Sonic the Hedgehog actually looked like, well, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The word “creepy” was a common descriptive, particularly relating to the little blue character’s human-looking legs and teeth.

Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter after the initial trailer dropped to announce he’d hit the pause button: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.”

It did.  The new trailer show the speedster looking like…well, his old self, which is a good thing. Fans were quick to show their appreciation online.

“2019:Remember the kid you called ugly? 2020: This is him now,” one posted.

“Animators: Actually listens to the community/The community: :o” posted another.

“2019: Sonic Leto / 2020: Sonic Phoenix” said another, referring to Jared Leto’s generally panned Suicide Squad Joker and Joaquin Phoenix’s nearly universally beloved one.

Sonic The Hedgehog, which stars Jim Carrey and James Marsden, will now open February 14, 2020.

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Taraji P. Henson says “There’s… no way to wrap” ‘Empire’ without Jussie Smollett

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — With the last season of Empire currently underway, Taraji P. Henson is sharing her thoughts on the possibility of a reunion show to wrap things up for loyal fans.

Henson tells ABC Audio that she’d be down for an Empire reunion after the season ends, but only if everyone is involved.  And that means everyone.

Oh, absolutely. [But,] we have to see Jussie [Smollett],” she says. “I feel like there’s really no way to wrap this show up without him. He was…and is such an integral part.”

Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in Chicago for filing a false police report after claiming he was the victim of a hate crime in January. Although all charges were eventually dropped, the decision is currently being reviewed by a special prosecutor, as are the actions of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office dropped the charges.

Furthermore, Empire creator Lee Daniels also confirmed in June that Smollett would not return as Jamal Lyon for the show’s sixth and final season.

Still, Henson, who plays Jussie mother’s, Cookie Lyon, on the series, says she stands by her on-screen son, adding that the entire cast “miss[es] him dearly.”

“That character was very important to our show, especially for the LGBT community,” she says. “So, we’re trying to keep him alive without him being there.”

“I know Cookie is because that was her baby,” she continues. “Still her baby. And he my baby — still in real life.”

Empire airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

21st Century Fox, which produces Empire, is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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