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Gwyneth Paltrow's Mother Praises Her and Chris Martin for 'Making It Work'


Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have earned her mother's approval for how they are handling their split.

"They are so smart...both incredibly brilliant. They're making it work, they're great friends and the kids are in wonderful shape," Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, told the New York Post at the Sundance premiere of her new film, I'll See You in My Dreams. "So I have to take my hat off to both of them."

But Danner, 71, couldn't seem to recall the phrase her daughter used to announce her separation from Martin. "People make fun of this, um, what do they call it? What is that thing that they’ve been doing? Separating, but being?" she said, clearly confused.

When reminded of the phrase, "Conscious uncoupling," Danner still wasn't sure.

"Yes, but it’s called 'conscious'...not 'conscious uncoupling.' Conscious," she said before giving up.

Danner was married to Paltrow's father, Bruce, for 33 years until his death in 2002.

In her new film, co-starring June Squibb, Danner plays a widow who starts dating. But she has no plans for romance in her own life.

"June says in the movie, 'When you’ve had the best, forget the rest,' and I kind of feel that way," Danner told the Post. "I had an incredible husband. It would be great if somebody fell in from the sky ... because you do get lonely as you get older. But I’m very grateful that I have grandchildren on both coasts and they fill my heart."

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Dan Aykroyd 'Delighted' to Pass "Ghostbusters" Torch to Female Cast


Mathis Wienand/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of the all-female Ghostbusters movie has received the seal of approval from Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote and starred in the first two movies in the series.

It was announced Tuesday that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will take part in the new installment in the franchise.

"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," Akroyd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business."

Aykroyd, 62, co-wrote Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II with the late Harold Ramis, with whom he co-starred in the films along with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. After Ramis' death last year, Ivan Reitman, who had directed the first two installments and had been tapped to helm the third, bowed out of the project. Paul Feig will now direct.

After word of the new Ghostbusters cast got out, Hudson tweeted, "Two words: 'No comment.'"

The all-female Ghostbusters movie will open on July 22, 2016.

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Kevin Costner Admits He Used "That Word" When Talking About Black People


The Steve Harvey Show(CHICAGO) -- In Kevin Costner's new film, Black or White, he portrays a wealthy white man who suddenly has to raise his mixed-race granddaughter by himself after his wife dies. Elliot subsequently becomes involved in a somewhat-racially-charged custody battle with the child’s other grandmother, played by fellow Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

It's a racially-charged film, which Costner said he had to finance himself to get made. He said he had to bring this story to the big screen because of how he grew up.

"I was raised around a level of racism, not of people who hated, but people who would use the word callously and not really think that they were -- jokes that would start with that," he admits on Friday's The Steve Harvey Show, referring to the so-called N-word. "I used that word. I said that word."

"And there was a point in time when I knew that word wasn't right, when I finally traveled," Costner continues. "But the truth is, we hope we get better than our parents. ...My children don't know about it at all."

Anthony Mackie also stars in Black or White, which hits theaters Friday.

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Report: Bruce Jenner Filming a Docuseries Detailing His ‘Life Changes’


Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Bruce Jenner has been filming a docuseries about his "life changes" that will air on TV, TMZ reports.

The gossip website says the footage was shot over the last few months and chronicles what Jenner's stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, described to Entertainment Tonight as "Bruce's Journey."

According to TMZ, the footage "is a very personal look from Bruce's vantage point of the process of changing" and includes "interaction with Bruce's kids and ex-wife Kris [Jenner] and how they are receiving the news."

A source close to the production tells the website the 65-year-old former Olympian talked openly with family and Kris Jenner, at one point, "lost it."

An insider tells TMZ that Bruce's kids have been "extremely supportive." TMZ's sources say the docuseries will air on E!, the home of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Lindsay Lohan's Community Service Credits Questioned at Hearing


ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Are meet-and-greets with fans a form of community service? Lindsay Lohan probably hopes so.

A hearing regarding the actress' sentence in her reckless driving case was held in Santa Monica, California, Wednesday. Prosecutor Terry White questioned whether Lohan has completed the terms of her community service, based on documents submitted by a London volunteer organization.

According to the papers from Community Service Volunteers, Lohan received several hours' worth of community service credit for meet-and-greets with fans that followed performances of her London production of Speed-the-Plow, TMZ reports.

Lohan was also given credit for hours in which young people shadowed her in what was termed "work shadowing experience."

White was given two weeks by the judge to investigate Lohan's community service hours.

Lohan, who currently lives in the U.K., was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence for the 2012 case involving her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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"Parenthood" Ends Six-Season Run Thursday Night


Colleen Hayes/NBC(NEW YORK) — After six seasons, the NBC drama Parenthood signs off on Thursday night.

Parenthood, which was inspired by the movie of the same name, has followed the Braverman family, including single mom Sarah Braverman, played by Lauren Graham.

Craig T. Nelson, who co-stars as Sarah's father Zeek, laments the fact that his show is coming to an end.
"I wish there'd been probably another season," he told ABC News Radio.

The 70-year-old veteran actor gushed about the cast and crew he's worked with on Parenthood, which also includes Dax Shepard, Peter Krause and Monica Potter. He said, "It's a wonderful group of people. It's the best I've ever been with. From the very beginning you could just tell. They're so invested in doing this."  

Nelson's role has been a challenging one this season, given that Zeek has been battling heart problems. Nelson said the story line has not been "fun" for him, explaining, "I gotta spend like seven hours in a place I don't like. Really don't like. It brings up issues of mortality, all kinds of stuff. You're confronted with them and I don't like that."

In the series finale, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, Sarah is poised to marry Ray Romano's Hank.

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"Scandal" and "How To Get Away with Murder" Return Thursday, Stars Dish on What Viewers Can Expect


ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Gladiators, get ready because Scandal is back Thursday. The last time we saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, she was just kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment.

Guillermo Diaz, who portrays Huck on the hit ABC series, tells ABC News Radio that viewers will quickly learn why. "You're gonna find out what happened to Olivia in that first episode pretty much right away and who was involved," says Diaz.

Scott Foley, who plays Olivia's love interest, Jake Ballard, echoed Diaz's hint, adding, "We're gonna find out who took her, why they took her, if we get her back, how they get her back...[and] what the ramifications of her being gone are."

Olivia was snatched when she was dancing and laughing in her living room with Jake, the former head of the secret spy agency B613. Many thought the rendezvous meant the love triangle between Olivia, Jake and President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn, had finally ended.

Still, Foley says an unlikely alliance may be coming. "Are Jake and Fitz going to team up [to rescue Olivia], which would be a big deal if they did," he teased.

Katie Lowes, who portrays Quinn on Scandal, adds to the hype of the series' return.  Hinting at what viewers can expect in week two, she says, "There is a massive moment coming; like a massive-OMG-Twitter breakdown-every curse word you could imagine-moment that none of the fans are ready for."

But when it comes to her own character, Lowes has her own ideas of how Quinn should evolve. "The transition she's taken from season one, I think she's so grounded and strong and kind of running [Olivia Pope & Associates]. And I'm really happy about that. I'd like to see her take the reins even more," says Lowes.

Diaz would like to see his character's family life improve. "I would love to see Huck have a really strong relationship with his son. I'd like to see him interacting with his son a lot more and possibly having joint custody with his wife, with his son," he said.

The last time we saw Huck with his son, he was running away terrified after watching Huck kill a man.

Scandal returns Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern time. It will be followed by the return of How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis as hard core lawyer Annalise Keating.

Davis promises "more excitement and more mystery involved in the murder" and says viewers "will see the why of these characters -- the why they are the way they are."

Davis' co-star Liza Weil, who plays Keating's tough-as-nails associate Bonnie Winterbottom, adds that "layers are getting peeled away, loyalties are questioned and more betrayals are going to come -- it's getting horny."

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"Cabaret" Star Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay


Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actor Joel Grey has come out as gay.

Grey, best known for his award-winning role as the MC in both stage and film versions of Cabaret, opened up to People magazine, saying, "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

While he's never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he says people close to him have known for years "who I am."

"[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was," he adds.

Grey was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years. They have two children together: actress Jennifer Grey and son James, a chef.

On his Facebook page, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, who is married to Jennifer Grey, enthused, "Congratulations to my brilliant dad-in-law @JoelGrey Could not love you more."

Joel Grey's more recent credits include the TV series CSI, Nurse Jackie, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

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Despite Confusion, Gene Hackman Is 'Alive and Well,' Says Rep


Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After a Grantland article ran Tuesday with the headline "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge," there was concern that the 84-year-old had died.

If you are confused about the age in the title and his real age, Hackman turns 85 on Friday.

The title has since changed from "Gone" to "Retired," but not before several tweets went out with "RIP" and "condolences" for the acting legend's family.

If that wasn't enough, a Facebook page with "RIP Gene Hackman" also went up that claimed he died on Monday.

It read, "He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page," according to ET Canada.

People were confused, but have since been relieved to find out the actor's fine. On Wednesday, Hackman's rep told ABC News that the Hoosiers star is "alive and well."

Other actors like Dylan McDermott were not all that happy that people took the headline and ran with it. He had originally tweeted "Rest in Peace" about the icon, then took it down when he found out it was all just a hoax.

 

I guess Gene Hackman's death was a celebrity hoax. People have too much damn time on their hands...

— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) January 28, 2015

 

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"Scandal" Star Tony Goldwyn Says New Episodes Are 'Outrageous'


ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) -- Fictional President Fitzgerald Grant, portrayed by actor Tony Goldwyn, will return to the Oval Office when Scandal returns Thursday.

During last year's winter finale, viewers saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, get kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment. Goldwyn hinted at what fans can expect next.

"As you know, I can't reveal anything except you will find out more," he teased on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "I can't tell you if you'll find out where she is or what happened but I can tell you that the show takes an entirely new direction tomorrow night and it's crazy. It's really great."

Goldwyn credits creator Shonda Rhimes' -- who also created Grey's Anatomy and executive produces How to Get Away with Murder -- for the show's forthcoming shocking plot lines.

"Shonda, as she has done over and over, just kind of reinvents the show and we go, you know, takes on a different tone. It's pretty outrageous," says Goldwyn.

"I mean, all of her work and Shonda herself...she just never ceases to amaze me. She's always challenging herself. She's always challenging us and, you know, I'm so happy," Goldwyn continued. "She owns Thursday nights on [ABC] and I'm just so happy to see her being celebrated in the way she is particularly this year."

Goldwyn directed the last episode of Scandal. He said the role switch was easy, particularly because he's so close with his co-stars.

"When you have another person who is an actor you just speak the same language and particularly in Scandal because we're all such close friends, aside from Kerry's merciless teasing of me," he quipped. "We're just really close and intimate so it's a really unique experience for me as a director, you know, to get the chance to kind of have a look at the show from a different lens and connect with, you know, these people I love so much, in a different way."

Goldwyn is the grandson of film mogul Samuel Goldwyn -- the "G" in MGM Studios -- and son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He explained what it's like to carry on his family's legacy in the entertainment business.

"They were both independent guys who kind of carved their own path and, you know, we were sort of taught never to rest on the laurels of what they'd accomplished and you got to kind of figure it out for yourself and that's the best way to carry on the legacy," Goldwyn said.

Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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“Wet Hot American Summer” Cast Revealed by Netflix


Netflix(NEW YORK) — Netflix is reviving Wet Hot American Summer, and they've recruited much of the original cast for it.

The streaming service announced that the cult classic will return for an eight-episode series in time for summer.

So, which counselors are returning for the second go-around? Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are among the stars coming back.

The series, as was the case with the 2001 cult classic film, was co-written by David Wain and Showalter and will be directed by Wain.

Some burning questions remain: Will it still be 1981? Is it a reunion that Michael Ian Black's McKinley won't be able to make because he has something at 11:00 that he's already moved twice? Does Elizabeth Banks's Lindsay still taste like a burger, and does Paul Rudd's Andy even like her anymore?

Here's hoping we'll find out soon.

 

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Will Chris Pratt Play Indiana Jones on the Big Screen?


Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- Following his star turn in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, will Chris Pratt put on Indiana Jones' iconic fedora?

Pratt is being eyed by Disney, the parent company of ABC News, to take over the role from Harrison Ford, according to Deadline. However, the website is calling this a "dishy informed rumor" and nothing more at the moment.

It's worth noting that Guardians of the Galaxy was a film from Marvel, which is also owned by Disney.

Deadline doesn't mention whether director Steven Spielberg would return for the new installment.

Ford has played the whip-cracking archaeologist in four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The latter film, released in 2008, introduced Indiana Jones' son, Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf.

Pratt's film career is on a roll right now. Aside from the Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster, he lent his voice to The LEGO Movie last year. He stars in the Jurassic Park movie Jurassic World, due out in June.

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Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden Caught on Kiss Cam at Lakers Game


Noel Vasquez/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After returning from their honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden stepped out in Los Angeles to take in a basketball game Tuesday night.

Of course, the Staples Center Kiss Cam decided to focus on the newlyweds and caught the couple kissing. Diaz was her usual self, grinning from ear to ear, according to a photo posted on Twitter

Diaz and Madden tied the knot January 5 at her Beverly Hills home. They got engaged just before Christmas after dating for seven months.

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Why Drew Barrymore Is Determined to Be a 'Present Parent'


© Ellen von Unwerth/MORE Magazine(NEW YORK) — After a less than perfect childhood, Drew Barrymore is determined to be a very different parent than her own.

"I didn’t really have parents, you know?" the 40-year-old mother of two told the February issue of More, already on newsstands. "And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it’ll be the biggest asset to my adulthood."

By age 14, Barrymore was already living on her own, following two stints in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, and had written an autobiography about her tumultuous childhood with her parents, actor John Drew Barrymore, the son of film legend John Barrymore, and aspiring actress Jaid Barrymore.

Her relationship with her mother has always been complicated, though it seems to be getting better.

"[I] look after her. That is how I feel good about [our relationship]," she told More.

Barrymore, who is mom to Olive, 2, and Frankie, 9 months, has no regrets about stepping back from her acting career since the births of her daughters.

"I love the beauty industry because even on a workday I can wake up with my kids, go to work, come home, bedtime -- there’s a normal life there," said the founder of Flower Cosmetics. "And it’s exciting when you have to go on a business trip, as opposed to a film where you’re gone for months. I can’t do that right now. As you add more onto your plate, particularly family, things have to fall off, or you won’t be a good parent."

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“Empire” Viewers Can Expect a New Woman on Wednesday's Episode


Frank Micelotta/FOX(NEW YORK) — When Empire returns Wednesday night, a new woman is welcomed into the life of Lucious Lyon, the head of Empire Records, played by Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard.

According to E! News, viewers should "expect a new woman, Roxanne, a reporter tasked with profiling Lucious, to really hit it off with the Empire CEO." 

"Sexy banter will go down and Lucious will find the audacious and stylish Roxanne hard to resist," according to E!

The new woman may cause problems at home for the married Lyon. His wife, Anika, is portrayed by Grace Gealey.

E! adds that Lyon's ex-wife Cookie, played by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, is also getting a love interest. Could it be Cookie's childhood friend and songwriter, Puma, portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., who we were introduced to last week?

Empire, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time, centers on a music mogul who doesn't have long to live, and must decide to which of his three sons he'll leave his empire.

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