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Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort(ANAHEIM) -- Chadwick Boseman is being honored with a new mural at Downtown Disney in California.

"King Chad" was created by former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith and depicts Boseman, who played King T'Challa in Black Panther, giving a Wakanda salute to a child wearing a hospital gown and a Black Panther mask.

Boseman, who died last month at 43 following a battle with colon cancer, had famously visited with children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney," Smith wrote on Instagram Thursday. "It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children's Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way."

Disneyland is not yet open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Downtown Disney reopened in July with capacity restrictions.

Boseman's death shocked the Hollywood community and his countless fans, as the actor had never publicly revealed his cancer diagnosis. His Black Panther co-star, Michael B. Jordan, reflected on the loss in an emotional social media post, remarking, "I wish we had more time."

"I've been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness," Jordan wrote. "Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me."

"You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you," he added. "I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire."

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HBO Max(LOS ANGELES) -- A new generation of Pretty Little Liars is on its way. 

Variety reports that HBO Max has ordered a spinoff-slash-reboot of the popular teen series, which originally ran for seven seasons on Freeform.

Titled Original Sin, the new series is set in modern time and centers around a group of young women who are being stalked by a mysterious person.  The show takes place 20 years after a series of events rattled the fictional town of Millwood, with the new group of characters now forced to make amends for their parents' wrongdoings.  

Backed by the producing team behind Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale, Original Sin is described as a “dark, coming-of-rage, horror-tinged drama.”  

Both Pretty Little Liars and Original Sin are loosely based on a series of young adult novels by author Sara Shepard. PLL's series finale aired in 2017.

By Cillea Houghton
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Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Communities in Schools of Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Mandy Moore is going to be a mom!

The This Is Us star revealed Thursday she is pregnant with her first child with husband Taylor Goldsmith and due in "early 2021."

Not only that, but Moore, 36, revealed they are expecting a boy.

The "Candy" singer announced the big news by sharing a series of black-and-white photos on Instagram, all featuring Goldsmith, 35, cradling her baby bump while she flashes a big smile to the camera in a few snaps.

Moore and Goldsmith, a fellow singer, married in November 2018, having previously gotten engaged in September 2017. The couple began dating in 2015.

By Carson Blackwelder
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Maarten de Boer/Contour (LOS ANGELES) -- ViacomCBS is teaming up with some major star power in an effort to offer more opportunities for people of color and women.

The company has announced that they've set up a First Time Directors program that will produce 50 films from BIPOC and women filmmakers for Paramount Network, Comedy Central, MTV and other outlets under the Entertainment and Youth banner.

The program, which aims to tell diverse stories through the lens of diverse storytellers, will pair the filmmakers with A-list executive producers that include Angela Bassett and husband  Courtney B. Vance for their Bassett Vance Productions; Idris Elba as a part of his Green Door Films; Salma Hayekunder her Ventanarosa Productions banner; Priyanka Chopra Jonas for Purple Pebble Pictures; John Leguizamo and his Rebel Productions; and Eva Longoria for her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment company.

"We are thrilled to embark upon this very important journey with ViacomCBS in telling stories that are representative of communities of people who are often missing from the majority landscape of film and television," said Bassett and Vance in a statement. "It means opening doors for new and fresh voices, both in front of and behind the camera, something that has always been a top priority for us."

Meanwhile, Elba noted that he was "incredibly proud to join a group of such extraordinary talent and welcome this commitment from ViacomCBS to introduce opportunity into their business model."

"When I set up Green Door one of my core philosophies was to promote and encourage a diversity of ideas from new voices who might otherwise be shut out of the industry establishment," Elba declared. "I believe that this is a bold step forward and look forward to working with a new cohort of original storytellers."

By Candice Williams
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Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GO Campaign(LOS ANGELES) -- Actors Robert Pattinson, Lily Collins and Ewan McGregor are joining forces to host the GO Global Gala 2020 in support of COVID-19 relief. 

Hosted by GO Campaign, People reports that the event will feature performances by HAIM, Katharine McPhee, David Foster, Judith Hill and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenny and Kaitlin Olson will also appear. 

Additionally, viewers will have access to a raffle and special prizes to be awarded by the celebrity participants during the show. 

“We have the power and platform to make really impactful changes to so many people’s lives. I love supporting the GO Campaign and am excited about helping children and families in all these communities," Collins says in a statement.

GO Campaign is an organization that provides aid to orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. Its COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has awarded more than $179,000 in grants to front line organizations in countries including Haiti, Kenya and the U.S. 

Fans can register now for tickets to attend the free virtual gala, which streams on the GO Gala website on October 24 at 8 p.m.

By Cillea Houghton
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Touchstone/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Banks family is reuniting. Father of the Bride and & Father of the Bride Part II writer and director Nancy Meyers is bringing the original cast back together for an important cause. 

Cast members Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Kieran Culkin are among those reprising their roles in Meyers' mini-film, Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish), premiering on Netflix Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

trailer announcing the short takes us on a walk down memory lane with clips from the series' original installments.

The new film will show the Banks' in the present day: "2020" appears on screen with a shot of the Banks' familiar suburban home, Martin's character George Banks joking in a voiceover, "I'm just washing my hands -- one more 'Happy Birthday' to go!"

The new project will also feature surprise special guests. 

The reunion will benefit of World Central Kitchen, an organization that provides individually packaged meals to children, families and senior citizens in communities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Father of the Bride, a remake of the 1950 film of the same name, was released in 1991, with Father of the Bride II following in 1995.

By Cillea Houghton
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ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- A little over two weeks ago, actor Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Baldwin welcomed son Eduardo Pau Lucas  into the word.  With four sons and one daughter together, the 30 Rock star hinted that he's given up on his quest for another little girl.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Baldwin opened up about being a father of six and why Eduardo may be his last child.  

However, his wife might not be on the same page.

"I tell people my wife is a collector. Some people collect cars, some people collect watches, artwork. My wife collects babies. She likes babies," Baldwin deadpanned. "When the baby gets to be 3 years old, when they're not the vending machine of joy they used to be, we look at each other and say, 'Time to have another.'"

After producing four boys in a row, the 62-year-old actor says he's waving the white flag on having another girl.

"I'm not going to keep trying, no, I'm done trying. It's either going to be fine or my wife's going to get remarried, one or the other," he joked.

Tonight, meanwhile, Baldwin returns as host of ABC’s Match Game, which is holding a 58th episode celebration. Why commemorate number 58? Not even Baldwin can fill in the blank on that one.

“Maybe that’s the year I was born, 1958. I dunno,” he tells ABC Audio. “They might’ve told me and I forgot!”

But it’ll be a party nonetheless with celebrity panelists including Jerry Ferrara, Constance Zimmer, Chris Sullivan, Caroline Rhea, Ross Mathews and Dascha Polanco.

Match Game airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

By Megan Stone and Andrea Tuccillo
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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kentucky native George Clooney has released a statement in response to the indictment of one of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, saying in part that he's "ashamed" of the decision.

On Wednesday, Brett Hankisonone of the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the shooting in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13 that claimed Taylor's life, was indicted on on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, which is defined as reckless conduct that can lead to bodily harm or death to another person. Neither of the other two officers involved were indicted, and no officer faces charges related to Taylor's death.

"I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month," Clooney says in a statement obtained by Deadline.  

"The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death," Clooney continues. "I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I'm ashamed of this decision."

Taylor's family had requested that criminal charges be brought against the officers involved in the shooting. Taylor was struck at least six times when the officers fired multiple rounds into her apartment. 

Wednesday's announcement follows a $12 million settlement Taylor's family reached last week with the City of Louisville in a wrongful-death lawsuit Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, filed in April.

By Cillea Houghton
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Hearing your child's first word is exciting, but parents agree that it pales in comparison to being called "mama" or "dada" for the first time.  For Amy Schumer, she was over the moon on Wednesday after her one-year-old son Gene finally uttered those words.

In a special video, the I Feel Pretty star shared the adorable moment when her giggling little one turned around and called her "mom."

A series of "awws" and clapping breaks out as Amy lunges across the playroom and showers Gene with a series of proud kisses.

"The world is burning but this was a nice moment," Schumer gushed in the caption.

While most fan and friend reaction was celebratory in nature, fellow comedian Chelsea Handler broke formation by joking that she's heard Gene say that before -- many times.  

"He called me Mom 3 times this summer," Handler teased, to which Schumer revealed that the only reason that happened was "because you kept telling him you were his mom."

Schumer shares Gene, 16 months, with husband Chris Fischer.  The two revealed earlier this year that they were trying to give their little one a sibling, but put their family planning on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

By Megan Stone
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Monica Schipper/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An impaled hand sounds like a scene straight out of a horror movie, but Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro won't be going near a bowling ball anytime soon.  The acclaimed baker revealed that a "really bad accident" landed him in the hospital.

Posting a photo Wednesday of him in a hospital bed as his heavily bandaged right hand hangs from a sling, the 43-year-old chef told fans he "was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago" before joking, "What do you think of my new accessory?"

Valastro revealed on an Instagram story that the incident happened at his house, but remained mum on what exactly happened.

His representative spoke to People about the reality star's freak accident, revealing, "There was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident."

"After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit," the representative continued, adding the unsettling detail that the Cake Boss star watched in horror as "a 1-1/2" metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale[d] his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger."

Thankfully, his two sons -- Buddy Jr., 16, and Marco, 13 -- were able to grab a saw and "cut through the metal rod and relieve [Valastro] from the machine."

The chef is resting comfortably at home after undergoing two surgeries to save his mangled hand.

The representative didn't mince words when confirming, "It will be an uphill battle as it's Buddy's dominant right hand and he will need prolonged recovery and therapy."

Valastro is reportedly in high spirits, telling fans "We're going to get through this together" and wants well wishers to text him at 201-822-9218.

By Megan Stone
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Chris Haston/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America's Got Talent crowned its season 15 winner on Wednesday -- spoken word artist Brandon Leake. His prize is $1 million and the opportunity to perform live at Luxor Las Vegas.

Coming in second place was country rock duo Broken Roots; singers Cristina Rae and Roberta Battaglia placed third and fourth, respectively; and aerial act Alan Silva came in fifth.

AGT's 15th season was a crazy ride, to say the least.  Besides dealing with COVID-19 protocols, Heidi Klum -- who returned as a judge, along with newcomer Sofia Vergara to replace Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough -- fell ill, delaying production.

Additionally, judge Simon Cowell had to bow out of the latter half of the season after breaking his back in an electric bike accident in August.  Kelly Clarkson and Kenan Thompson both subbed for Cowell.

Usher, Ava Max and Blake Shelton also appeared on Wednesday night's season 15 finale.

By George Costantino
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Michael Yarish/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Alan Arkin, who stars in Netflix's The Kominsky Method, alongside Michael Douglas, will not return for the third and final season of the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter

No details were given as to the reason for Arkin's departure, but sources tell THR the COVID-19 pandemic did not play a role. 

The comedy, from Chuck Lorre, stars Douglas as washed up actor-turned-Hollywood acting coach Sandy Kominsky.  Arkin as his longtime agent and friend, Norman.  Arkin's absence will be written into the upcoming third season of the series. 

Arkin is the latest lead on a Lorre-produced comedy from Warner Bros. TV to depart.  Mom lead Anna Faris exited the CBS comedy earlier this month after a seven-season run.

By George Costantino
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Hulu(LOS ANGELES) -- Hulu is taking accountability for their actions. 

In a tweet shared late Wednesday, the streaming service wrote, "Earlier today, we promoted content that we felt would be meaningful in light of today’s events. That was, quite simply, the wrong call. We've taken the posts down and are deeply sorry. Thank you for holding us accountable – we will learn from this."

The deleted post that Hulu is referring to is one that promoted an episode of the FX docu-series titled The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor. 

"Breonna Taylor's life was changing. Then the police came to her door," the tweet read. "#NYTPresents: The Killings of Breonna Taylor traces the missteps of the deadly raid. #FXonHulu."

The post, which had the trailer attached, came the same day that a Kentucky grand jury revealed their decision on whether or not to indict the police officers involved in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. 

Ultimately, they returned a three-count indictment against one of the three officers involved, however, none of the officers involved have been charged with Taylor's death.

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison was indicted by the grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, defined as exhibiting extreme indifference to human life.  A $15,000 cash bond was set. 

The other two officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were not indicted. 

The decision has invoked protests all over the country with many, including the NAACP, claiming that the justice system "failed" Taylor. 

On March 13, officers carrying out a "no-knock" warrant fired shots into 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor's apartment, hitting her at least six times and killing her as she slept in her bed.

By Danielle Long
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MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Like a lot of families, the Obamas started out quarantine by enjoying the extra time with loved ones, however, that didn't last very long. 

On Wednesday, Michelle Obama virtually joined Conan O'Brien on his talk show and explained that her family has gone through "phases" amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

"There was, sort of, the early stages where we were excited to be together," she said of herself, former President Barack Obama, and their daughters, Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19. "We'd have cocktails, then we would work puzzles, played games..."

Then things took a turn. 

"Our kids got a little sick of us, which was fine cause we were pretty much sick of them," the former First Lady quipped.

Conan and Michelle also took a moment to chat about what's to come from the Netflix deal that the couple brokered with their company, Higher Ground Productions in 2018. More specifically, the comedian, who called Barack, a "tough act to follow" and "very funny," inquired whether subscribers can look forward to a stand-up special. 

Although Michelle said she didn't want to "close any options," she added that she could "safely say that stand-up will not be on the Higher Ground roster at Netflix." 

Something she could safely say, though, was the importance of getting out to vote

"We live in a democracy and, yes, sometimes it's frustrating and sometimes it can be alienating... but I've also traveled the world and I've seen other forms of government and I wouldn't trade out democracy for anything," Michelle explained. "But in order for it to work we need active, engaged, and informed citizens who are ready to do the one pretty simple thing, which is vote."

By Danielle Long
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Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark Wahlberg is giving back to schools. 

The actor's wellness company Performance Inspired has partnered with Accelerate360's lifestyle brand LifeToGo to donate 1.3 million disposable masks to schools across the country.

"As you know this has been a year of change and stress for everybody but today I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all the necessities. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart," Wahlberg shares in a video announcing the donation. 

Cities that have received mask donations include Chicago, Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho and Quincy in Wahlberg's native state of Massachusetts.  Other recipients include San Antonio, Texas, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Rochester, New York.

"We appreciate everything you do to educate our youth," Accelerate Chief Business Officer Trey Holder says in regards to educators. "Please stay safe and healthy."

By Cillea Houghton
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