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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Tom Hanks has a reason to make a big splash for his 64th birthday and he did just that, jumping into a pool to celebrate. 

The star, who along with his wife Rita Wilson recovered from COVID-19 earlier this year, also worked in a plug for his new WWII movie, Greyhound, in the slow-motion Instagram post

"This Greyhound is 64!! Hanx," he captioned the video. Greyhound is the name of his thriller, which debuts today on Apple TV .

For her part, Wilson posted to Insta, "Happy Birthday, @tomhanks We love you so much. You are our anchor. Every day with you is a blessing," she wrote. She added a clever Beatles nod to her husband's age with, "Give me your answer, fill in a form / Mine for evermore / Will you still need me, will you still feed me / When I'm sixty-four' YES!"

Hanks turned 64 Thursday.

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Eric McCandless - ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Florence Pugh is opening up about her relationship with Zach Braff, more specifically, how comments on their 21-year age difference once affected her. 

"I've always found it funny, how I can be good enough for people to watch my work, and support my work, and pay for tickets, and I'm old enough to be an adult and pay taxes, but I'm not old enough to know who I should and should not have sex with," the 24-year-old English actress said while a guest on the "Sue Perkins: An hour or so with" podcast released on Wednesday. 

"Once again, [it's] making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason," she continued. "I think I did feel s*** for awhile about admitting that, and then I thought, 'How ridiculous is that?'"

The Little Women star added, "I'm 24 and I can't choose who I love... There's a reason why I'm not with someone my age -- it hasn't worked. So who are you trying to match me up with?"

Pugh also shared that she finds it baffling that people feel entitled to give an opinion over what she does in private.

"People want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go to lunch. And I think for me, I've just always found that part of this life -- even when I grew up watching actresses -- I've always found that weird how people have a say over your private life," she shared. "The fact is I'm not a reality TV star, I don't let people into my life like that. Since when has it been OK for people to shout at someone for their relationship? It's crazy to me."

Pugh and Braff, who is 45-years-old, have been linked romantically since April 2019. 

By Danielle Long
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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- What was supposed to be a prank turned into a phone call to the NYPD by Rudy Giuliani after Sacha Baren Cohen tired to pull one over on him.

The incident went down on Tuesday when the former New York mayor and current attorney to President Donald Trump, was lured to the posh Mark Hotel under the impression he was there for an interview about the administration's response to COVID-19.

After arriving in a room professionally outfitted with lights and cameras, a few questions were lodged at the 76-year-old before being abruptly interrupted.

Giuliani told Page Six, "This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive."

"This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police," he explained. "He then ran away."

According to the publication, witnesses claimed to see Cohen bolt out the hotel in a bathrobe. He was not apprehended by police. 

It wasn't until "later" that Giuliani realized it was the Borat star. 

"I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me," he said. 

Recently, the provocateur was chased off stage at a militia rally in Olympia, Washington when Cohen took the mic in costume and attempted to get the crowd to join him in singing a racist song. Organizers booted him off stage and he reportedly fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.

By Danielle Long and Stephen Iervolino
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Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jesse Tyler Ferguson is now a father.

The Modern Family actor and his husband, Justin Mikita, welcomed their first child, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, on Tuesday.

"Jesse and Justin welcomed their little bundle of joy Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita on July 7, 2020," a representative for Ferguson told People magazine.  "The new parents are overjoyed and excited for this new journey as a family of three."

Ferguson, who played Mitchell Pritchett during Modern Family's 11 seasons, announced the news that himself and Mikita were expecting their first child during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in January 2020.

Ferguson and Mikita, who have been married since 2013, have not shared any photos of their son yet.

By Hayley FitzPatrick
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Amy Sussman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Glee cast is dealing with another profound heartbreak as officials scour Lake Piru in California, where actress Naya Rivera was last seen on Wednesday.  Her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey was found drifting alone in a boat Rivera had rented earlier that day.

Authorities believe the 33-year-old has drowned and confirmed on Thursday that their rescue effort is now a recovery.

Heather Morris, who played Rivera's on-screen girlfriend in the musical comedy, issued a statement regarding the actress' disappearance and expressed hope that her friend is still alive.

"It's so hard to wrap your head around something unknown. I’m holding on to hope that the rescuers will bring Naya home in a swift and speedy recovery," Said Morris. "I know she would remind me in moments like this that God has a plan for everything and although we may not know that that plan is, we need to keep our chin up and stay strong."

Other Glee co-stars have also reacted to the tragedy:

Demi Lovato: "I don’t tweet often but sometimes my tweets come true so, together let’s manifest on twitter that Naya will be found safe and sound!!. Come on y’all! Let’s put this energy out there: they will find her healthy and alive!!"

Chord Overstreet: "love and hug on the people you can, while you can. I love you. Everyone please send out your prayers."

Harry Shum Jr: "Praying"

Lauren Potter (Becky): "Naya we just talked on my birthday I love you."

Vanessa Lengies (Sugar Motta): "I love her. I love you. Holding you tight."

Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste): "THIS CANT BE!!! ????PLEASE KEEP PRAYING! #nayarivera I LOVE YOU GIRL"

Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins): "Oh God... mercy... please..."

Damian McGinty (Rory): "Sick to my stomach. Please pray."

 

Other celebrities who co-starred alongside Rivera on separate projects have also expressed their disbelief and grief:

Jackée Harry: "We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since," said Harry. "Please God, don’t cut this life short." 

Leah Remini: "Just heartbreaking. Had the pleasure of working with Naya and although the job wasn’t the most pleasurable, she made it so. She made me laugh on days I didn’t want to laugh, she reminded me to be appreciative of the work and the fun we were having just sitting around with each other. Praying for her, her little boy, her family..."

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said during a press briefing on Thursday that the incident "just seems like a tragic accident."  No foul play is suspected at this time.

By Meghan Stone
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Another show is getting back to work, with newly designed safety rules to keep its cast and crew safe from COVID-19.

Deadline reports that Card Sharks, the ABC show reboot that Joel McHale hosts, has gotten back underway after the industry-wide shutdown; its producers, Freemantle Media is taking safety seriously. 

The show, which shoots at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City, California started shooting again today without an audience, the trade notes.

Part of ABC's Summer Fun & Games line-up, Card Sharks follows the first reality TV show to continue following the lockdowns: NBC's America's Got Talent began shooting last week using a unique, movie screen-style set up that encouraged social distancing.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF--Paula Lobo/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- While Hollywood productions were on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zendaya and John David Washington managed to secretly film their new feature Malcolm & Marie.

According to Deadline, production on the film took place between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious ranch in California. All filming was reportedly done with various acting and directing guilds' guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Deadline reports that the film, which has already finished production, came about after Zendaya reached out to Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to see if he could write and direct the film during the shutdown. In less than a week, Levinson and his wife Ashley, who is also his production partner, agreed to the project, had the initial plan down and signed up to help finance the film.

Although the film's storyline is currently being kept under wraps, Deadline reports that the feature has "some echoes of Netflix’s Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now."

Zendaya shared a first look at the project on Instagram, posting a steamy image which showed her leaning over to kiss Washington.

"Malcolm & Marie," she captioned the photo.

There is no word yet on when this film will be released.

By Candice Williams
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Hulu(NEW YORK) -- The time loop premise of Hulu’s summer comedy Palm Springs feels timelier than ever as the world deals with the monotony of repeating days in quarantine.

Camila Mendes and Meredith Hagner, who play best friends Tala and Misty, say they can see the similarities between being stuck in a Groundhog Day-like situation to being stuck in COVID-19 lockdown.

“I think something about reliving the same day definitely brings up a lot of existential questions,” Mendes tells ABC Audio. “It makes you kind of think about the meaning of life and your purpose in life and blah, blah, blah. And I think that's the closest thing to quarantine, I think that's the biggest similarity is the constant reflection and kind of like search for meaning.”

“Our characters didn't know they were in a time loop which was really fun to play, and yet all of us in quarantine are very aware of what's happening,” Hagner adds. “So as a viewer now, I really can't wait to watch the movie again because it's so timely at this moment. I think that a lot of us will be able to relate to this movie very specifically.”

Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, debuts on Hulu Friday. It’ll also screen in select drive-in theater locations across the country today as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series, so you can see it on a big screen while social distancing.

“I think it suits the movie really well,” Mendes says. “I mean, it feels like a perfect movie to watch in a drive-in theater so I'm really excited to see how people react to it.”

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- While parts of the country are starting to get back to normal following months of COVID-19 lockdown, a new survey reveals just how important streaming services were in quarantine. 

In fact, one in five say their relationship with their significant other would have suffered under lockdown without Netflix.

A quarter say their mental health would have suffered while stuck at home if they didn't have the streaming service.

The non-scientific poll of 1,200 Americans commissioned by the online security company ExpressVPN revealed that streaming is the most important thing to them while in quarantine, with 33% admitting that -- this bests social media by a mile at 21%. Seventeen percent said online shopping was the main thing getting them through these times. Online games and fitness apps ranked as the least important.

No wonder you put on that COVID-15.

The poll noted that 1 in 5 Netflix subscribers love it so much, they'd rather give up ALL outside communication than give up their Netflix. 

That being said, 40% of all Netflix users have signed up to a new streaming service as the lockdown rolled on: 44% have subscribed to Hulu; 35% Disney ; Amazon Prime Video 31%; YouTube 27%; and Apple TV  at 21%.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Netflix/Des Willie(NEW YORK) -- In an unexpected move, Netflix has reversed course and announced that its award-winning drama The Crown won't end with season five after all.  There's one more on the way.

"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," said show creator Peter Morgan in a statement.

The series famously features a series of actors portraying the British Royals as they age. The fourth season, which will launch later this year, takes them into the '80s -- with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, X-Files veteran Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher, and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Season five -- and now six -- will take viewers into the 2000s, with, as reported, Imelda Staunton succeeding Colman as Her Majesty.

Morgan cautions, "To be clear, season six will not bring us any closer to present day -- it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail."

Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of Original Content, added, "The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season. We can't wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to support Peter's vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Aimee Spinks/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- KiKi Layne and Charlize Theron are delving into the painful side of immortality in their new Netflix action-thriller, The Old Guard.

For Layne, taking on the role of Nile Freeman -- a former Marine-turned immortal mercenary -- wasn't easy, considering it was also her first major action star role. 

"It was very different for me," Layne tells ABC Audio. "Because this is the first time I played [a] character that there was such physicality. And the action is an extension of Nile."

Layne says becoming Nile required real dedication: "[J]ust doing the proper work and being committed to really prepping my body for that," she explains. "So that I could get on set and still take care of myself, but still do what I needed to do. 

"It definitely meant hours of training that I wasn't used to," she continues. "But it was a fun challenge and it had to be done because otherwise the story wasn't going to be told in the way that it needed to be told."

Theron agrees, adding that although The Old Guard certainly isn't her first action film, she still felt the intense demands of getting her character right.

"You've got to show up and you have to be consistent in that," Theron tells ABC Audio. "And on the days where it hurts everywhere, you still have to show up."

Thankfully, Charlize says, KiKi was the perfect motivator.

"I was very lucky that this time around I got to share some of that experience with Kiki," she says. "I've never really had that before. And that was truly inspiring. In those days where you're just like, 'Uh, should I just cancel?' I always knew Kiki was going to show up. So I showed up." 

The Old Guard arrives Friday on Netflix.

 

By Candice Williams
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Credit: Shannon Laurine(NEW YORK) -- Flying to L.A. to dine with Paris Hilton? That's hot.

The businesswoman, DJ and reality TV star has teamed with Prizeo.com for a sweepstakes that will raise money for the Sasha Project LA, a charity started by 12-year-old Sasha Bogosian. Sasha, who has cerebral palsy, hand-paints denim clothing, sells it and gives 100% of the proceeds to the art therapy program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. 

Paris tells ABC Audio, "We're going to fly you and a guest out [to L.A.], put you in a beautiful hotel, and we're going to spend the day together and have lunch."  You'll also get some of Paris' signature beauty and fashion products.

The cause is dear to Paris' heart, not just just because she's worked a lot with patients at the hospital, but because she considers Sasha to be "my little sister."

"I'm so proud of her. I think it's incredible that at such a young age...she's been doing this for years now, and to use her passion for fashion and for art and creativity to raise funds for this cause, I think is just so admirable," Paris says.

Paris' other quarantine charity activities have included staging fundraising deejay sets in her living room.

"It's definitely different than playing in front of a huge audience," she laughs. "I'm used to playing at music festivals [for] sometimes hundreds of thousands of people...but I think it's incredible...that we're able to do this virtually."

And during her downtime, Paris has been binge-watching...herself.

"I've actually been watching a lot of The Simple Life," she admits.

"My boyfriend and I are quarantined together and that's one show that we really enjoy watching. It's so much fun just to reminisce and watch it and laugh....that show is just so hilarious. He loves it!"

By Andrea Dresdale
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Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- On-screen terrors Candyman and Michael Myers may be scary, but coronavirus is worse: more movie openings have been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Variety reports Universal Pictures has pushed back the premiere date for Jordan Peele’s Candyman, originally set to open September 25, will now debut three weeks later on October 15. 

The openings for the studios two Halloween sequels have been delayed as well, each being pushed back a year.  Halloween Kills, originally set to bow on October 16, 2020, will now open October 15, 2021. Halloween Ends will move from October 15, 2021 to October 14, 2022.

By George Costantino
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Guy D'Alema/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- Javicia Leslie, formerly of the CBS show God Friended Me, will take over the title role in the CW series Batwoman when it returns for season two, replacing Ruby Rose, who left after the show's first season.

Leslie will become the first Black actress to play Batwoman in a live-action TV or film production.

"I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community," said Leslie in statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Leslie's character, Ryan Wilder, is described by the network as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits."

“Today Ryan lives in her van with her plant.  A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian.  Athletic. Raw.  Passionate.  Fallible.  And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero."

Rose, who broke ground by playing television's first on screen lesbian superhero, shocked people back in May with her announcement that she was leaving the series after just one season.

Soon after the announcement on Wednesday, Rose took to Instagram to praise the casting, writing in part, "This is amazing!! I'm so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman."

Batwoman is scheduled to return in early 2021.

By George Costantino
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Universal Pictures/Frank Masi(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though movie theaters have shuttered in the wake of COVID-19, lockdown hasn't stopped people from enjoying the movies.  For example, Jumanji: The Next Level has officially made over $800 million worldwide since opening in theaters last December.

The movie's star Dwayne Johnson celebrated the remarkable news on Wednesday and sent a heartfelt congratulations to everyone who worked on the hit sequel.

"This was a nice surprising call to get this morning. JUMANJI’s still going strong," the 48-year-old wrote.  "First of all, THANK YOU.  Secondly, I’m always grateful to see our JUMANJI having that unique, fun magic and mana for families around the [world] to enjoy."

That was when Johnson confirmed that the franchise will be turned into a trilogy, revealing, "Our entire team will work even harder to make the next JUMANJI the best one yet."

It is unknown when the third installment will start production.

Deadline confirms the latest milestone, which it hit on Tuesday.  The movie made $319.2 million domestically while, overseas, it earned an additional $480.9 million.

That follows the film notching a historic opening weekend, drawing in $59.3 million -- the biggest opening ever for a December comedy.  It also hit no. 1 in 44 markets worldwide.

Jumanji: The Next Level starred Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Awkwafina and Nick Jonas.

By Megan Stone
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