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Shout! Studios(NEW YORK) -- Gugu Mbatha-Raw says she hoped "to honor" Jennifer Hosten in the new British comedy, Misbehaviour.

In the film, which follows the newly formed woman's liberation movement and their disruption of the Miss World competition broadcast in 1970, Mbatha-Raw plays Hosten, the Miss Grenada contestant. Mbatha-Raw tells ABC Audio that she went to great lengths to get the portrayal right.

"It's always a responsibility playing a real person, especially when they're still around to have an opinion of what you are doing," she says. "And of course, you want to honor them. And I was really fortunate enough to actually meet Jennifer in person while I was doing the research."

Mbatha-Raw says she then asked Hosten to meet her in Grenada to get a better feel of her origins.

"I just thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to meet her in her home environment," she explains. "In her mother island, and really have a relaxed way to understand her culture and spend some quality time with her."

"So it was a wonderful experience because she showed me around the island, she told me lots of stories," Mbatha-Raw continues. "[I]t was very enriching to develop a relationship with her and also to observe her. I listened to her accent and to understand her energy, and really have all of that to draw upon."

While being in Grenada was a big help to fine-tune her portrayal, Mbatha-Raw says she ultimately sought some professional assistance when it came to perfecting Hosten's "really specific accent."

"It was nerve wracking," Mbatha-Raw says. "Her accent is sort of a fusion in itself. So, I worked with an amazing dialect coach [who] helped me hone the rhythms and figure out what would work for the film."

Misbehaviour's now available on VOD.

By Candice Williams
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Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA(LOS ANGELES) -- Surprise! Billie Lourd announced Thursday she had welcomed her first child, a son, with fiancé Austen Rydell.

The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher revealed the big news on Instagram, with a photo of her newborn's tiny feet. The post came as a surprise to fans, as Lourd never publicly announced her pregnancy.

In the caption, the 28-year-old new mom told her 1.4 million followers she and Rydell, 28, had named their bundle of joy Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell.

Kingston is wearing what looks like a space-themed onesie in the snap, so it appears the force is strong with him -- after all, both his mom and his grandmother starred in the Star Wars franchise.

Lourd's Scream Queen co-star Emma Roberts, who is currently expecting her first child, reacted with excitement in the comments, writing, "Screaming!!! Love you guys so much." Lourd also got a "mazel tov" and a "congrats" from her two Booksmart co-stars, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, respectively.

The American Horror Story actress and Rydell got engaged in June.

By Carson Blackwelder
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ABC/Frank Ockenfels(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe stunned on last Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars by powering through the foxtrot on an injured ankle, earning the night's top score.  She hurt herself during practice, but was able to dance thanks to some last minute cortisone shots.

On Thursday, the 35-year-old shared with her Instagram followers that she underwent an MRI for her injury.

Admitting that her best friends are currently Advil, Tylenol and an ankle wrap, Bristowe told fans via Stories that, "Yesterday was kind of a write off for me because I was just in pain and kept my foot elevated and just did nothing all day yesterday."

The Bachelorette star furthered that she was "so anxious" to go for an MRI because that meant she'd be in the machine for an hour.  "I don't want to seem like a baby because I know so many people go through injuries on this show, and battle through, and that's what I want to do," she attested.

Bristowe updated fans in a later video that the MRI went okay but she "won't find out the results for a couple of days."  Until then, she will continue to use her red light therapy machine at home and be mindful of her limitations.

However, that doesn't mean she's going to take it too easy because she has a Mirrorball Trophy to win.  Bristowe revealed that she would be going to practice later that night because time was no longer on her side.

Even though she'll practice with a brace on, Bristowe says she needs to buckle down to "try and pick up the choreography because I only have three days now to learn this dance."

See if Kaitlyn can pull it off when Dancing with the Stars returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

By Megan Stone
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SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(MONACO) -- From Instagram official to red carpet debut, it looks like Rebel Wilson has a new man in her life. 

On Thursday, the Pitch Perfect star debuted her rumored new beau, Jacob Busch, in a social media post that showed them boarding a helicopter alongside Kate Beckinsale and Helen Mirren. 

"Quick Helen, get to the chopper! #TeamMonaco," she wittily captioned the post. 

Later that day, Wilson and Busch -- who is part of the Busch family, founders of the Anheuser-Busch dynasty -- appeared on the red carpet together as they attended Prince Albert's Planetary Health Gala in Monaco. 

A source told People, "They are officially boyfriend and girlfriend."

"He's a gentleman, has very old school manners and treats her well," the source continued. "He is also very health conscious and they've been motivating each other with their health journeys."

The insider also shared that the two met through friends last year in Australia and got serious once the actress returned to California, where Busch lives. 

Busch previously dated former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Adrienne Maloof, 59, who he had a 28-year age gap with.

By Danielle Long
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Eli Joshua Ade/HBO (NEW YORK) -- Lovecraft Country’s latest episode that aired Sunday featured a standout portrayal by Jamie Chung that fans have been buzzing about all week.

She played the mysterious Ji-Ah, a Korean nurse who’s revealed to be the mythical and deadly multi-tailed fox spirit known as the kumiho. Playing the part was a welcomed challenge for Chung, who calls it a “dream role.”

“I prepared so hard for this role,” she tells ABC Audio. “I mean, I speak conversational Korean with my parents, but I've never had a Korean role like this where I'm speaking Korean for the entire episode. And, you know, there was dancing and singing involved and really, as an actor, this is kind of like the dream role.”

To have all that hard work pay off with viewers’ positive reactions has been “validating,” she says. Chung says she hopes Lovecraft Country will inspire similar meaty roles for Asian American actors.

“For [the showrunners] to give an opportunity to tell the story of this kumiho and, you know, take the story back to Korea during the Korean War -- like, who does that?” she says. “And then the whole episode is going to be in Korean. Like, that is a bold choice.”

She adds, “And yes, these kind of roles -- guest star role, by the way -- [are] few and far between. So, you know, I do hope that this opens the door for more opportunities for storytellers to go there and for actors to have these kind of opportunities.” 

Lovecraft Country airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Daniels plays former FBI head James Comey in the new Showtime movie The Comey Rule, which debuts Sunday night.

Daniels fought hard to get the film released before election day, and he tells ABC Audio that the film might change some minds.

"I think it could have an impact on the 20 percent in the middle. I'd like to think those people still exist," he explains.

Adds Daniels, "A lot of them...believe in decency, civility and doing unto others," and they're not seeing that from Donald Trump.

The film, which will air in two parts, focuses on Comey’s role in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, and his rocky relationship with President Trump. If you're a little foggy on the details, Daniels says that's okay.

"I think what happened will come back to them," he tells ABC Audio.. "And then like me, if they're like me, they're going to find out things that they didn't know. That the reasons why he did what he did or what he was up against, if he chose to do this versus choosing to do that, the rock and a hard place thing that Comey found himself in."

So what other things did Daniels discover about Comey?

"I learned how thoughtful he is, that he listens to other opinions different from his own.  That he respects people. All people.  People of color, women," he says.

"I found him to be smart, but he was guided by something bigger than himself, and he stuck to that and religiously, And that was hard to do, Daniels continues. "He was an apolitical public servant.  At a time when the country is so polarized that to be a political as like to be an alien."

By George Costantino
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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."

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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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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It’s 🎉 party 🎉 time! #MatchGame is BACK and bringing the star power starting this Thursday on ABC. pic.twitter.com/Pt1Fk4NSs0

— Match Game (@matchgameabc) September 22, 2020

 

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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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