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Ryan Murphy donates $10 million to Children's Hospital Los Angeles after son's cancer treatment
Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) -- American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has donated $10 million to the hospital that treated his young son for cancer. In an Instagram post Monday, Murphy opened up about his son’s battle with a neuroblastoma at just two years old and acknowledged his gift to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy,” he writes, captioning a photo of his son smiling while riding a horse. “Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives. Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly...
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Oh baby, baby! 20 years ago, Britney Spears' debut single changed the world
Jive/Legacy Recordings (NEW YORK) -- How were we supposed to know that 20 years ago today -- October 23, 1998 -- a teenager named Britney Spears would release her debut single "...Baby One More Time," and change pop music forever? Written by Max Martin, the single, which raised eyebrows with its provocative lyric "Hit me baby one more time," topped the charts in 19 countries. The video, featuring Britney in a midriff-baring schoolgirl outfit, was named the most iconic clip of all time by MTV's Total Request Live. Most notably, the song transformed the pop landscape. "The three-note hook, the...
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Rosie O’Donnell is engaged to “wonderful woman” Elizabeth Rooney
ABC/Yolanda Pere (NEW YORK) -- Rosie O’Donnell is engaged. The 56-year-old confirmed to People magazine on Monday that she’s planning on getting hitched to 33-year-old Elizabeth Rooney, though their wedding won’t be any time soon. “This is a long time in the future. We both decided that that would be best,” O’Donnell tells People. She calls Rooney a “wonderful woman” and says they’ve been in a long-distance relationship since they went public in November 2017. “She lives in Boston now and I live here in New York,” O’Donnell explains. “It’s been a long-distance thing. It’s been great.” She adds, “She’s...
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Mary McCormack's real-life kids don't understand her 1970s parenting on 'The Kids Are Alright'
ABC/Richard Cartwright (NEW YORK) -- The kids may be alright but the parenting techniques of the 1970s were a bit questionable. Mary McCormack, who plays no-nonsense Peggy Clearly on the ABC comedy The Kids Are Alright, says even her own children are horrified by the things she has to do on screen while playing a mom of eight boys in 1972. “I hit one [kid] over the head with a wooden spoon and one of my kids was visiting on set that day and she was literally like, ‘What's happening?’” the real-life mom-of-three laughs. “…And actually she brought a friend...
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'SNL' star Melissa Villaseñor impersonates Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and more, on 'The Tonight Show'
NBC/Andrew Lipovsky (NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera both paid a visit to The Tonight Show on Monday -- or at least spot-on impersonations of the pop superstars, courtesy of Saturday Night Live castmember Melissa Villaseñor. Villaseñor challenged Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a game of "Wheel of Musical Impressions" -- where guests take turns impersonating a random artist singing a popular children's song -- on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and he accepted. The SNL star started off with an impersonation of Stefani singing "Three Blind Mice," followed by Aguilera belting out the the Disney...
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Must be that Disney Magic: Everyone's safe on 'Dancing with the Stars'
ABC Monday night, Dancing with the Stars became the Happiest Ballroom on Earth as the contestants suited up for the always-anticipated Disney night -- and to keep everyone happy, nobody went home at the end of the evening. While Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten and DeMarcus Ware and Lindsey Arnold were both in jeopardy, host Tom Bergeron announced, "The couple leaving us right now is....neither of you! It's Disney Night! You're all safe!" There was a tie for first place: Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke and Alexis and Alan each scored a 29/30. Juan Pablo and Cheryl did...
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Liam Neeson’s son changes name in honor of his late mom, Natasha Richardson
David M. Benett/Getty Images for Maison Mais Non (LONDON) -- Liam Neeson’s son is paying tribute to his late mom, Natasha Richardson, by changing his last name. People confirms that 23-year-old Micheál will now go by Micheál Richardson, instead of Micheál Neeson. Natasha Richardson’s mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, reportedly explained the name change to Daily Mail by saying, “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous. He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.” Richardson, who appeared in films like The Parent Trap and Maid...
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Voting for two: Amy Schumer announces she’s pregnant while getting out the vote
ABC/Heidi Gutman (NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is pregnant…and she announced the news in a unique way. First, she posted a photo on Instagram in which she and her husband Chris Fischer’s heads are superimposed on the bodies of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, a couple who also recently announced they are expecting. Schumer captions the photo, “About to announce some exciting news on @jessicayellin insta page. Please follow her for up to the minute #newsnotnoise she breaks down what’s really going on. She agreed to post a lil noise today for me! Follow her and VOTE!!” When you go...
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'Wonder Woman' sequel release date pushed to 2020
© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC (LOS ANGELES) -- We’ll have to wait a little bit longer before Wonder Woman flies her invisible jet into theaters again. According to Variety, Warner Bros. has pushed back the Gal Gadot-led sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Instead of being released November 1, 2019, it is now set to hit theaters June 5, 2020. “We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution,...
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Chris Hemsworth gives lucky hitchhiker a helicopter ride in Australia
ABC/Radhika Chalasani (BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA) -- Chris Hemsworth gave one lucky hitchhiker the ride of his life in Australia over the weekend. The Thor actor and his pal Luke Zocchi pulled over in Brisbane and offered the hitchhiking tourist a ride to the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay. Not only was the hitchhiker – who turned out to be a musician named Scott Hildebrand – surprised to see Hemsworth, but he got an even bigger surprise when he learned they’d be taking a helicopter to his destination. A video posted to Hemsworth’s Instagram page shows the whole encounter. “Picked up...
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Not so bulletproof: 'Luke Cage' canceled after second season
David Lee/Netflix (NEW YORK) -- Just a week after Netflix pulled the plug on Marvel's Iron Fist, the streamer has now canceled its popular bulletproof superhero series Luke Cage after two seasons. "Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Netflix said a statement, obtained by Deadline. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series." The series starred Mike Colter as Cage, a wrongly-accused ex-con left super-strong and...
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Guillermo del Toro to direct stop-motion 'Pinocchio' for Netflix
ABC/Craig Sjodin (LOS ANGELES) -- It’s no lie: Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro will be helming a stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio for Netflix. Variety reports del Toro will write and produce the film -- about a puppet who wants to be a real boy -- in addition to directing it. His version of the children’s classic will be set in 1930s Italy. The original source material also took place in Italy, but in the 1880s. “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a...
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