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Jamie Lee Curtis decries plastic surgery, calls social media

Jamie Lee Curtis decries plastic surgery, calls social media "cancer"

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"Once you mess with your face, you can't get it back." 

That's a message from 62-year-old Halloween Kills star and producer Jamie Lee Curtis, in a new Fast Company article about her longevity and how she's entering the busiest years of her career in her sixth decade on the planet.

Curtis was asked about why she's been critical of plastic surgery in the past, which is becoming not only common in Hollywood, but in younger and younger people, thanks to social media.

"I tried plastic surgery and it didn't work," Curtis notes, speaking of getting fillers and liposuction years ago.

"It got me addicted to Vicodin. I'm 22 years sober now," she says. 

"The current trend of fillers and procedures, and this obsession with filtering, and the things that we do to adjust our appearance on Zoom are wiping out generations of beauty," Curtis explains. 

While she's active on Instagram, Curtis says she keeps it at arm's length, noting, "I use social media to sell things and amplify things I care about. Period. The rest is cancer."

While Curtis admits she's "by nature a super-friendly person," she adds, "I also have a very clear boundary of what is appropriate and inappropriate for me to share."

With Facebook testifying before Congress this week about the impact social media has on young people, Curtis' thoughts from the interview last month seem eerily prescient.

"It's like giving a chainsaw to a toddler. We just don't know the longitudinal effect, mentally, spiritually, and physically, on a generation of young people who are in agony because of social media, because of the comparisons to others," Curtis insists. "All of us who are old enough know that it's all a lie. It's a real danger to young people."

Halloween Kills opens October 15.

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Larenz Tate promoted to series regular on 'Power Book II'; Blair Underwood to return to 'L.A. Law' sequel

Larenz Tate promoted to series regular on 'Power Book II'; Blair Underwood to return to 'L.A. Law' sequel

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Power fans are going to see a lot more of Larenz Tate on Power Book II: Ghost.

Starz announced on Wednesday that Tate has been upped to a series regular role for the second season of the Power spinoff. As you may recall, Tate, who was part of Power's original cast and recurred on season one of Power Book II, plays embattled New York City Councilman Rashad Tate. He joins previously announced cast Michael Rainey Jr., Mary J. Blige, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and Woody McClain, among others. Season two of Power Book II: Ghost premieres November 21 on Starz.

In other news, Blair Underwood in set to reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins in a forthcoming L.A. Law sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has put in a pilot order for a follow-up to Steven Bochco's original courtroom drama that aired from 1986 to 1994. The sequel will find the law firm of McKenzie Brackman now transitioning to a litigation firm specializing in only the most high-profile, boundary-pushing and incendiary cases. No longer idealistic, Underwood’s Rollins is said to be "more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm." Additional casting and details have not yet been revealed.

Finally, TV One has announced production on its original movie Stalker is currently underway in Atlanta. The new thriller, starring Meta Golding, Christian Keyes, and Tationna Bosier, follows Golding as Hollywood actress Tanya Moore, a woman suddenly tormented by a stalker. Boiser plays her estranged younger sister, Shelly, and Keys takes on the role of Tanya's high school boyfriend, Damon. TV One teases that the film will have an "unexpected plot twist." Stalker is set to premiere in March 2022.

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Netflix ready to sleigh with huge holiday line-up

Netflix ready to sleigh with huge holiday line-up

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It's not even Halloween yet, but Netflix is planting its flag for the holiday season, by announcing its 2021 slate, which includes 11 new holiday movies, six Christmas-themed series, and more -- 28 new titles in all.

Here's the full schedule of sleigh-time festivities from the streaming service:

November 1 -- The Claus Family
November 5 -- Love Hard
November 7 -- Father Christmas Is Back
November 17 -- Christmas Flow
November 18 -- The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
November 23 -- Waffles + Mochi's Holiday Feast
November 24 -- Blown Away Christmas
                          A Boy Called Christmas
                          Robin Robin
November 26 -- A Castle for Christmas
                          School of Chocolate
November 28 -- Elves
November 30 -- Charlie's Colorfoms City: Snowy Stories

Coming in December:

December 2 -- Single All The Way
December 3 -- The Great British Baking Show: Holidays -- Season 4
                     Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
December 6 -- David and the Elves
December 14 -- Starbeam: Beaming in the New Year
December 16 -- A California Christmas: City Lights
December 22 -- A Grumpy Christmas
December 24 -- 1000 Miles from Christmas

Also coming in December, dates TBA:

A Naija Christmas
How to Ruin Christmas: Season 2

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Fourth 'Hotel Transylvania' movie coming to Amazon Prime Video in January

Fourth 'Hotel Transylvania' movie coming to Amazon Prime Video in January

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The fourth Hotel Transylvania film, Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania, is coming to streaming on Amazon Prime early in January.

While original stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James -- who voiced Dracula and Frankenstein, respectively -- have departed the franchise, the rest of the cast has returned for the fourth installment. In addition to Selena Gomez, who is also an executive producer on the film, the voices include David Spade, Andy Samberg, Jim Gaffigan, Katherine Hahn and Steve Buscemi.

The first Hotel Transylvania movie was released in 2012, spawning a franchise that has earned more than $1.3 billion worldwide. 

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Will Packer sends his thanks to the Academy after being tapped to produce the 2022 Oscars

Will Packer sends his thanks to the Academy after being tapped to produce the 2022 Oscars

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Will Packer is sharing his gratitude following the news that he's now the official producer of the 94th Academy Awards.

"I'd like to thank the Academy," Packer captioned an Instagram post, which shared The Hollywood Reporter's feature on his appointment.

He then added "mind blown" and "dancing" emojis to his post.

As previously reported, Packer, the Emmy-nominated director and producer of blockbusters like Girls Trip and Ride Along, comes to the show with his Will Packer Media chief of staff Shayla Cowan, who will serve as co-producer of the 2022 telecast.

Other staffing, including a director and a potential host, have yet to be confirmed.

The Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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First look at Michelle Young's 'Bachelorette' season, which teases romance and drama

First look at Michelle Young's 'Bachelorette' season, which teases romance and drama

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The first look at Michelle Young's season of The Bachelorette is finally here, and it's equal parts romance and drama.

The trailer begins by showing Michelle, who was featured on Matt James' season of The Bachelor earlier this year, and all of her suitors having fun on their various dates. She is gushed over by the men, with one even calling her "a one in a billion girl." Amid all the romance, Michelle even says she has "the hottest kiss of my life."

"I'm in love with this man," Michelle declares around the halfway mark. "These are like the best guys I've met in my entire life."

Then things get messy, as hosts and former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe reveal some wild news to Michelle, telling her, "We found something that was actually really alarming. Someone is planning out their every move." The camera then shows a folder filled with various papers and notes pertaining to the show.

Things only spiral from here, with one suitor questioning Michelle about whether she knew and potentially had a relationship with one of the other guys before the show. It also seems as though some of the men have beefs with each other, as tensions and emotions appear to be at an all-time high for the Bachelor franchise.

"If you keep shoving things under the rug, they don't just disappear," Michelle ominously says.

In the last scene of the teaser, Michelle is standing on a beach and holding the final rose of the season. So will she have luck on her quest for love? We'll have to watch and find out.

The Bachelorette season 18 premieres Tuesday, October 19, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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"I'm like an old, classic car": Ricky Gervais talks aging, awards shows, and why we can't take a joke

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) In a feature in the October/November issue of AARP The MagazineRicky Gervais talks about fame at 40, keeping sharp at 60, and how, he says, most people can no longer take a joke. 

The writer, actor and comic didn't find fame until the British version of The Office debuted when he was 40 -- an age considered old by Hollywood standards.  He recalled a conversation then with Jane Fallon, his partner since 1982.

"I...remember sitting around in a tux, drinking wine. I said to Jane, 'Why didn't I do this earlier?' She said, 'Because you wouldn't have been any good.'"

Gervais' The Office spawned international versions, including the Emmy-winning American one, and led to him hosting the Golden Globes five times, where he became notorious for his acerbic commentary.

"These aren't rooms full of wounded soldiers," Ricky huffs. "These are billionaires and the heads of massive media conglomerates. If you can't punch at the richest, most privileged people, who can you have a go at?"

On that note, Ricky explains, "Every joke...somebody will get upset. I did a joke on Twitter that sums it up. 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' Answer: 'F*** you. My chicken was run over yesterday!' What can you do?"

Gervais, whose After Life will return to Netflix for its third and final season in 2022, explains, "At 60, I'm like an old classic car. There are a few dings and dents....But my body is just a chassis. My brain is what I care about."

"I want to stay sharp...I'll find Albert Einstein on YouTube explaining the theory of relativity or I'll listen to a podcast about the deep reaches of space. It almost makes me forget that when I play tennis now, my body hurts for three weeks, not three minutes."

 

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Report: Ray J in Miami hospital suffering from pneumonia

Report: Ray J in Miami hospital suffering from pneumonia

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Ray J is reportedly in Miami hospital battling pneumonia.

"Family with me. Just can't be n here too much sickness," the former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood told Hollywood Unlocked. Previously, Ray J commented, “I been in here all by myself for a week,” and added that “no family members came to see me not even my wife.”

Ray J married Princess Love in 2016. They have two children: Melody, 3, and Epik, 1. Love filed for divorce in May 2020, but they called off the proceedings in March.

Last week, the 40-year-old rapper/actor showed love to his sister, Brandy, with an arm tattoo in her image. However, since then, he's deleted all his Instagram posts. 

Two weeks ago, Ray J's former manager, Wack 100claimed he has a second sex tape of him with Kim Kardashian that "was more graphic and better than the first one," which was titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar. But Kim's attorney, Marty Singer, says a second sex tape doesn't exist.

“The claim that there is an unreleased sex tape is unequivocally false,” Singer told Page Six. “It is unfortunate that people make these statements to try and get their 15 minutes of fame

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Jake Gyllenhaal admits his crush on Jennifer Aniston was

Jake Gyllenhaal admits his crush on Jennifer Aniston was "torture" when filming 'The Good Girl'

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Jake Gyllenhaal admitted that it was "torture" filming the 2002 romantic drama The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston -- because he had a big, fat crush on her.

"Oh, it was torture. Yes it was," the 40-year-old actor confessed on The Howard Stern Show. "But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both."

Gyllenhaal also described what it's really like to act out an intimate scene, saying they are not all that enjoyable to film. "Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it?  You know, maybe if you have a closed set, it's less...That doesn't turn me on," he explained.

Gyllenhaal also noted that the scenes feel "oddly mechanical" and not natural.

"And also, it’s a dance, right?  It's a dance...You’re choreographing for a camera," he said, likening it to filming a "fight scene" because those, too, require a strict set of instructions.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home star added that Aniston called the shots when filming their love scene and, in order to make herself feel more comfortable when they were lying in the horizontal position, he recalls her stating beforehand, "I’m putting a pillow here."

The Good Girl drew in a modest $16.9 million during its box office run when it premiered in August 2002.  It also starred Zooey DeschanelJohn C. ReillyJohn Carroll Lynch and Tim Blake Nelson.

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Chris Rock says he's

Chris Rock says he's "back from the dead" after COVID-19

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Making a surprise appearance opposite fellow comic Dave Chappelle Sunday night in New York City, Chris Rock joked about his recent battle with COVID-19. 

The pair popped up at musician Robert Glasper's "Robtober" residency at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, according to Page Six

"I’m back from the dead!" Rock told the audience. "I had motherf***ing COVID. God****it."  

Rock tweeted last month that he'd tested positive for the virus, urging fans to get vaccinated. Onstage, he joked, "It wasn't quite as hard as being black, but it was close....That's why everyone's trying to avoid it..."

Rock and Chappelle, who has also recovered from COVID-19, mentioned where the vaccinated Rock may have been infected. "I think I got it on this Civil Rights movie," Rock noted, to which Chappelle riffed, "That's a noble way to get COVID."

The movie in question could be director David O. Russell's as-yet-untitled film in which Rock will appear with a number of A-List stars, including Robert De NiroChristian Bale and John David Washington.

Page Six says the famous comics were also joined at the Blue Note by actors Jeffrey Wright and Hill Harper. Recording artist Talib Kweli, who was celebrating his birthday, also joined Rock and Chappelle on stage. 

Later, the stars decamped to The Stand Comedy Club, to keep the birthday festivities going, along with SNL's Michael CheBusta Rhymes and Kanye West, the latter of whom the publication noted showed up without any security. 

Kweli posted a snap with West, Chappelle and Glasper, noting, "Birthday party was magical… legendary night… thank you."

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Kristen Bell hilariously recalls the time she was outsmarted by her youngest daughter

Kristen Bell hilariously recalls the time she was outsmarted by her youngest daughter

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Kristen Bell is getting real about parenting -- especially about the battles she loses with her two young daughters: Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6.

In her Wednesday episode of her video series Momsplaining with Kristen Bell, the actress confessed that her little ones sometimes outsmart even her.

"Parenting is a lot like sports...You're either winning or losing every minute of the day," Bell said, according to an advanced snippet obtained by E! Online. "Mostly losing, but that's what makes the winning so sweet, and fleeting."

The Good Place alum also noted, "And it helps to know you're not alone. I suggest talking to someone -- even if no one is there."

Bell then shared her hilarious story about the time her six-year-old made a fool out of her. Speaking to Evan Kyle Berger and Kevin Laferriere of The Dumb Dads podcast, Bell, 41, admitted, "We have one [child] that is pretty funny. She feels like the perfect hybrid between Chris Farley and Shirley Temple, and so she gets away with everything."

She explained that, one night, Delta was adamant about not putting away a certain toy before bedtime. After a brief back and forth, Bell's husband, Dax Shepard, took a crack at it.

"He's like, 'Mommy, I got this,'" she recalled, adding that his resolution was to give their daughter 30 more seconds with the toy.

Delta agreed to the terms, which led to Shepard telling her "Don't make a fool out of me!"

Bell admits she wasn't expecting her little one to shoot back in a serious tone, "Daddy, I won't make a fool out of you. I'm gonna make you a star!'"

The actress said she and Shepard first laughed but later became baffled that, maybe, their six-year-old might be "wittier than us."

 

 

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Judge: Charlie Sheen doesn't have to pay ex Denise Richards child support

Judge: Charlie Sheen doesn't have to pay ex Denise Richards child support

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A judge has granted Charlie Sheen's request to stop paying his ex-wife Denise Richards child support for their two daughters, Sami, 17, and Lola, 16, according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

A source tells the entertainment website that Richards did not file any opposing paperwork and "didn’t have a falling out with her daughters and she cares about them deeply." While Sami lives with Sheen, Lola "goes back and forth."

"Lola lives with Denise," says the insider, unless Denise is filming, in which case "Lola stays with her dad and sister."

"Denise wasn’t at court because she is working out of state, which Charlie was well aware of," adds the source, explaining that Sheen filed the paperwork two years ago and "kept pushing the court date. Denise was never served this court date."

The source alleges Sheen hasn’t paid Richards child support for at least four years.

Sami claimed in a TikTok video that she moved out of Richards' "abusive household." A source previously told ET that Richards' "heart is broken" over the allegations.

Sheen and Richards were married from 2002 until 2006. The Anger Management star also shares twin sons, Bob and Max, 12, with ex-wife Brooke Mueller, and daughter Cassandra Estevez, 36, with Paula Profit.

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NatGeo's 'Fauci' documentary explores what it means to be a public servant during a crisis, says director

NatGeo's 'Fauci' documentary explores what it means to be a public servant during a crisis, says director

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We’ve all gotten to know Dr. Anthony Fauci pretty well during the COVID-19 pandemic.  But a new documentary aims to take us deeper into Dr. Fauci's life and how he emerged on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NatGeo's Fauci, out now on Disney+, explores the immunologist's storied career, including when he was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984.

Co-director Janet Tobias tells ABC Audio that the documentary was actually in the works well before the word "coronavirus" touched headlines. 

"Tony Fauci has served now seven presidents [and] innumerable congresses. He's testified in front of Congress more than any other living figure," she said. "I was really interested in the idea of what it means in the 21st century to be a public servant."

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the documentary's original focus, which Tobias said excited her colleagues because it meant they were handed a front-row seat to watch history unfold.

"Tony was forged in the AIDS epidemic as a doctor, as a scientist, as a communicator," the director said. "Then, of course, in COVID, he was tested in all those ways [again]."

Tobias said the documentary explores how Dr. Fauci built "bridges between scientists and activists" during the AIDS epidemic and how, nearly 30 years later, he rebuilt those bridges "every single day" during the pandemic.

However, there was one major condition Fauci had before he'd allow the production crew into his life and work.

"If you interfere with my work in any way, we will stop," Tobias shared, adding, "Dr. Fauci was very clear with us from the beginning."

NatGeo is partially owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Take a closer look at Matt Damon and Adam Driver suiting up for battle in 'The Last Duel'

Take a closer look at Matt Damon and Adam Driver suiting up for battle in 'The Last Duel'

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20th Century Studios has released a nearly five-minute-long peek at Ridley Scott's new film The Last Duel, which stars, and was co-written by, childhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

The film from the Gladiator Oscar winner is based on real events: Damon plays a respected warrior named Jean de Carrouges, who faces off against Adam Driver's Jacques Le Gris, who is accused of assaulting de Carrouges' wife, Marguerite, played by Killing Eve Emmy winner Jodie Comer.

The accusations set de Carrouges against his friend, the playboy Count Pierre d'Alençon, and the conflict eventually is settled by mortal combat between the warrior and Driver's Le Gris.

The clip shows Le Gris and de Carrouges being suited up for that final showdown, which begins with jousting, and goes into hand-to-hand combat. The sneak peek cuts away without revealing any major spoilers. 

The Last Duel opens October 15.

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'Squid Game' pop-up store leads to massive street brawl in Paris

'Squid Game' pop-up store leads to massive street brawl in Paris

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With Netflix's Korean import series Squid Game burning up the streaming service, some fans took the "Hunger Games meets Saw" series a little too seriously, ending up in a massive brawl on the streets of Paris on Sunday. 

Videos surfaced of the fans going, well, Squid Game with each other when they realized they weren't getting into a pop-up, interactive version of the show -- despite waiting in a 700-foot-long line for hours.

The Daily Mail posted video of the melee, which left some fans fleeing for cover, and others swinging at each other with their fists and whatever else was handy.

Squid Game shows poverty-stricken characters competing in a sinister series of kids' games, all vying for a huge prize -- or, failing that, a bullet in the head. 

In real-life, the Parisian pop-up had hopefuls competing in games like those seen in the show -- like trying to perfectly trace simple shapes -- minus the firing squad if they fail.   

The show has also spawned countless copycats from fans on TikTok as well.

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'House of the Dragon': Check out 'Game of Thrones' prequel preview

'House of the Dragon': Check out 'Game of Thrones' prequel preview

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HBO has dropped the first real peek at its Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon.

"200 Years before the fall of the throne. A dynasty reigned," a title card reads, setting the scene for the snippets of sword-and-armor action.

"Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood," a character says. "Dreams didn't make us kings. Dragons did."

Based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood book, set hundreds of years before the events of Game of ThronesHouse of the Dragon is a deep dive into the history of GoT's House Targaryen, ancestors of Game of Thrones' tragic heroine, Daenerys Targaryen, who was played by Emilia Clarke.

House of the Dragon stars Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Snake, former Doctor Who and The Crown star Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

The series also stars Paddy ConsidineFabien FrankelEve Best and Sonoya Mizuno.

House of the Dragon debuts on HBO Max in 2022.

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'FBI: Most Wanted' star Julian McMahon on that season 2 cliffhanger and if he'd star in a 'Nip/Tuck' reboot

'FBI: Most Wanted' star Julian McMahon on that season 2 cliffhanger and if he'd star in a 'Nip/Tuck' reboot

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When CBS' drama FBI: Most Wanted ended last season, there was a tense situation in the home of Julian McMahon's Special Agent Jess LaCroix. His daughter Tali was inside with Jess' new girlfriend Sarah, both at the mercy of Sarah's gun-toting ex-husband -- and then producers cut away with the sound of gunshots, and left viewers hanging as to who might have been killed.

The season premiere just revealed Jess managed to kill Sarah's abusive ex in front of Jess' loved ones.

"Oh, man, what a cliffhanger!" McMahon exclaimed to ABC Audio.

"You know, I was surprised because a lot of the time with these types of shows, they like to kind of end things...by end of season. ...And the fact that they gave us the opportunity to create such a kind of dynamic cliffhanger at one that, you know, you can't stop thinking about until it's resolved, was just a real kind of cool idea, I thought -- as agonizing as it is for a lot of us!"

He explains that this season deals with the "aftermath" of his loved ones witnessing the killing. "We certainly start the season with it not being all hunky dory," McMahon hints.

His FBI duties aside, ABC Audio wanted to know if in this age of reboots, would McMahon ever return to another popular show in which he starred -- Nip/Tuck -- if the six-series FX show that ended in 2010 was revisited?

"I loved that character, man!" McMahon enthuses. "I'm not sure I can ever say no to Christian Troy."

When ABC Audio noted few people ever said no to the womanizing plastic surgeon he played, McMahon said with a laugh, "Yeah! That was the problem!" 

FBI: Most Wanted returns tonight at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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Michael J. Fox honored with 2022 AARP Purpose Prize

Michael J. Fox honored with 2022 AARP Purpose Prize

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Michael J. Fox is being honored with AARP's 2022 Purpose Prize, which the organization bestows on "extraordinary Americans who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all." 

Through his work with his Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Back to the Future series star is being heralded with a group of others aged "50-plus who are using their knowledge and life experience to solve tough social problems."

In an interview with AARP about the honor, Fox said, "Awards are funny. You can always find 10 thousand words why you don't deserve them."

He added, "But I do have a purpose, and I appreciate the purpose in other people and intention to do the right thing and do well in society other than just paying taxes and going to work. To be part of something powerful and life-changing and world-changing. And I have that opportunity with the Foundation."

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'Dancing with the Stars' season 30 recap: Christine Chiu takes her final bow on the ballroom

'Dancing with the Stars' season 30 recap: Christine Chiu takes her final bow on the ballroom

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Dancing with the Stars fans were left begging "Gimme More" on Monday, when the night saluted Britney Spears' illustrious career. While the competitors were not "Intimidated" to push themselves on the ballroom floor, Christine Chiu's dreams of winning the Mirrorball Trophy were broken like "Shattered Glass."

For the second week in a row, the audience voted Chiu into the bottom two, where the judges had to choose between saving her or Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore. The panel chose to spare the latter.

Also on Monday night, three members of the DWTS cast were absent on the ballroom floor -- pro dancer Cheryl Burke, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby and judge Derek Hough. Burke and Rigsby both tested positive for COVID-19 last week, despite being fully vaccinated, and Hough sat out the night out of "an abundance of caution," as announced by host Tyra Banks.

Despite being unable to perform before the audience, Rigsby and Burke were beamed in virtually and performed their jazz routine to Britney's "Gimme More" on split screens. Unfortunately, the two ended the night at the bottom of the pack with an overall score of 18 out of 30 -- but the audience decided to give the two another chance and sent them through to next week's show.

Meanwhile, three competitors tied for first place on Monday, a season first, with Amanda Kloots, JoJo Siwa and Olivia Jade collecting three straight eights for an overall score of 24 out of 30.

Kloots dazzled with her cha cha to Spears' "Circus," but judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli all agreed that the Talk co-host needed to take more risks on the floor. While the judges praised Kloots for her technical skills, saying she delivered a clean and solid routine, they felt her dance was too safe.

As for Siwa, the Nickelodeon star wowed the audience by lifting partner Jenna Johnson three separate times during their fresh and powerful Argentine tango to Britney's "Baby One More Time." The complicated routine earned high praise from the three judges, but Siwa was held back by a missed step in the middle of her dance.

As for birthday girl Olivia Jade, who just turned 22, the three judges lauded the influencer's flowing tango to "Hold It Against Me," dubbing it the "best performance of the night."

The judges also took note of two competitors who pushed themselves on the ballroom floor, praising Bachelor star MattJames and WWE star Michael "The Miz" Gregory for coming out of their shells and paying attention to the finer details of their routines.

Another standout was country singer Jimmie Allen, who dedicated his salsa to Britney's "Outrageous" to wife Alexis Gale. Allen also joked that he "did not plan to cry on this show two weeks in a row" by talking about the powerful women who made a difference in his life.

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, when the cast and crew will celebrate all things Disney. Also, as an added twist, Mickey Mouse himself crashed Monday's broadcast to show the competitors the special "Mickey Moves" they must include in their routine, no matter what dance they are supposed to perform.

Here are the current standings:

Amanda Kloots, The Talk co-host, with Alan Bersten -- 24/30
JoJo Siwa, Nickelodeon star, with Jenna Johnson -- 24/30
Olivia Jade, influencer, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 
24/30
Melora Hardin,The Office actress, with Artem Chivensky -- 23/30
Michael "The Miz" Gregory, WWE superstar, Witney Carson -- 22/30
Melanie C,Spice Girl, with Gleb Savchenko -- 22/30
Suni Lee, Olympic Gold medalist, with Sasha Farber -- 21/30
Kenya Moore, former Miss USA, with Brandon Armstrong -- 21/30
Matt James, former Bachelor, with Lindsey Arnold -- 20/30
Jimmie Allen, country music singer, with Emma Slater -- 20/30
Brian Austin Green, Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, with Sharna Burgess -- 19/30

Iman Shumpert, NBA player, with Daniella Karagach -- 19/30
Cody Rigsby, Peloton instructor, with Cheryl Burke -- 18/30

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Dancing with the Stars season 30 recap: Christine Chiu takes her final bow on the ballroom

Dancing with the Stars season 30 recap: Christine Chiu takes her final bow on the ballroom

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Dancing with the Stars fans were left begging "Gimme More" on Monday, when the night saluted Britney Spears' illustrious career.  While the competitors were not "Intimidated" to push themselves on the ballroom floor, Christine Chiu's dreams of winning the Mirrorball Trophy were broken like "Shattered Glass."

For the second week in a row, the audience voted Chiu into the bottom two, where the judges had to choose between saving her or Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore. The panel chose to spare the latter.

Also on Monday night, three members of the DWTS cast were absent on the ballroom floor -- pro dancer Cheryl Burke, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby and judge Derek Hough.  Burke and Rigsby both tested positive for COVID-19 last week, despite being fully vaccinated, and Hough sat out the night out of "an abundance of caution," as announced by host Tyra Banks.

Despite being unable to perform before the audience, Rigsby and Burke were beamed in virtually and performed their jazz routine to Britney's "Gimme More" on split screens.  Unfortunately, the two ended the night at the bottom of the pack with an overall score of 18 out of 30 -- but the audience decided to give the two another chance and sent them through to next week's show. 

Meanwhile, three competitors tied for first place on Monday, a season first, with Amanda KlootsJoJo Siwa and Olivia Jade collecting three straight eights for an overall score of 24 out of 30.

Kloots dazzled with her cha cha to Spears' "Circus," but judges Len GoodmanCarrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli all agreed that the Talk co-host needed to take more risks on the floor.  While the judges praised Kloots for her technical skills, saying she delivered a clean and solid routine, they felt her dance was too safe.

As for Siwa, the Nickelodeon star wowed the audience by lifting partner Jenna Johnson three separate times during their fresh and powerful Argentine tango to Britney's "Baby One More Time."  The complicated routine earned high praise from the three judges, but Siwa was held back by a missed step in the middle of her dance.

As for birthday girl Olivia Jade, who just turned 22, the three judges lauded the influencer's flowing tango to "Hold It Against Me," dubbing it the "best performance of the night."

The judges also took note of two competitors who pushed themselves on the ballroom floor, praising Bachelor star Matt James and WWE star Michael "The Miz" Gregory for coming out of their shells and paying attention to the finer details of their routines.

Another standout was country singer Jimmie Allen, who dedicated his salsa to Britney's "Outrageous" to wife Alexis Gale.  Allen also joked that he "did not plan to cry on this show two weeks in a row" by talking about the powerful women who made a difference in his life.

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, where the cast and crew will celebrate all things Disney.  Also, as an added twist, Mickey Mouse himself crashed the festivities to show the competitors the special "Mickey Moves" they must include in their routine, no matter what dance they are supposed to perform.
 

Here are the current standings:

Amanda Kloots, The Talk co-host, with Alan Bersten -- 24/30
JoJo Siwa, Nickelodeon star, with Jenna Johnson -- 24/30
Olivia Jade, influencer, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 
24/30
Melora HardinThe Office actress, with Artem Chivensky -- 23/30
Michael "The Miz" Gregory, WWE superstar, Witney Carson -- 22/30
Melanie C, Spice Girl, with Gleb Savchenko -- 22/30
Suni Lee, Olympic Gold medalist, with Sasha Farber -- 21/30
Kenya Moore, former Miss USA, with Brandon Armstrong -- 21/30
Matt James, former Bachelor, with Lindsey Arnold-- 20/30
Jimmie Allen, country music singer, with Emma Slater -- 20/30
Brian Austin GreenBeverly Hills, 90210 alum, Sharna Burgess -- 19/30

Iman Shumpert, NBA player, with Daniella Karagach -- 19/30
Cody Rigsby, Peloton instructor, with Cheryl Burke -- 18/30

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