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    Catherine Zeta-Jones Says Michael Douglas Sexual Harassment Claims Were “B.C.: Before Catherine”


    Speaking with the hosts of ‘The View’ on Friday, the Oscar-winning actress addressed the claims made against her husband of 17 years.

    Catherine Zeta-Jones was a guest Friday morning on The View, where she addressed allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband Michael Douglas made by journalist and author Susan Braudy. The alleged incidents occurred in the late 1980s when Braudy was hired to run the New York office of Stonebridge Productions, the production company launched Douglas. Braudy claims Douglas masturbated in front of her and made numerous lewd sexual comments in her presence.

    Zeta-Jones, who has been married to Douglas since 2000, was asked if she supported her husband’s decision to preemptively address allegations against him before they were published. “He had to come out preemptively because of what he believes in,” Zeta-Jones said.

    She clarified that she supports “this movement, Time’s Up and #MeToo, 110 percent” because “we all know its been going on for years.”

    Speaking more specifically on the subject of her husband, Zeta-Jones said, “Michael came out with that preemptive statement. He was articulate, said it from the heart, was honest, open and transparent. He now has to take the next step for where he goes from here. It happened 30 years ago, it was ‘B.C.’: Before Catherine.” The last comment elicited response from the studio audience and laughs from the panel of hosts.

    Zeta-Jones went on to express hope for a brighter future for her daughter. “I have a daughter,” the Oscar winner said. “As we battle through now I hope this is something she won’t even have to think of.”

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    Watch Al Pacino in First Trailer for HBO’s ‘Paterno’


    The Barry Levinson-directed film will be released on HBO this spring.

    HBO has released its first trailer for the upcoming film about Joe Paterno, the late Pennsylvania State University football coach dismissed from his position after he became embroiled in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. 

    In its first glimpse at the plot of the Barry Levinson-directed film, Penn State football fans chant Paterno’s name over images of Jerry Sandusky being forced to a police car, Paterno (played by Al Pacino) holds a press hearing and Sandusky leads a small boy into an elevator. Riley Keough, playing journalist Sara Ganim, and Jock McKissic, playing a man named “Tyler,” also get screentime, looking concerned.

    “Did you know about Jerry?” a man’s voice asks in the concluding sequence of the teaser, as Pacino’s Paterno flicks his eyes to the the camera.

    The film follows Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history, as his legacy is challenged by his role in the Sandusky scandal. Debora Cahn (Vinyl, Grey’s Anatomy), David McKenna (S.W.A.T., Get Carter) and John C. Richards (Sahara) are writing, and Levinson is executive producing with producing partners at Levinson/Fontana, Tom Fontana and Jason Sosnoff, and Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane. 

    HBO’s Paterno will be released this spring.



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    'Den of Thieves': Film Review




    Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber star in ‘Den of Thieves,’ Christian Gudegast’s crime thriller about a team of bank robbers and the cops trying to catch them.

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    Netflix Grows Docuseries Lineup With ‘Flint Town,’ Ezra Klein-Produced Explainer Show (Exclusive)


    Anonymous Content-produced ‘Flint Town’ will take a look at the water crisis in the Michigan community, while the untitled series from Vox Entertainment will focus on the questions that reflect this era.

    Netflix is adding to its docuseries lineup with a slate of new shows, including an explainer show from Vox Media and a look at the aftermath of the Flint water crisis. 

    The streamer has given an eight-episode order to Flint Town, which will look at the Michigan town in the aftermath of the water crisis, focusing on the Flint Police Department. Directors Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock and Drea Cooper embedded themselves with the local law enforcement as they struggled to gain support with decreasing resources and infrastructure issues

    Flint Town, which will come to Netflix on March 2, is produced in association with Anonymous Content. Steve Golin, David Pritikin and P.G. Morgan serve as executive producers. 

    This summer, Netflix will also bow a new series produced in partnership with Vox Entertainment, production arm of digital publisher Vox Media. The untitled series will take Vox.com’s explanatory journalism concept and turn it into a multi-part series that explores the big questions of today. Each episode will focus on a new topic — from science to politics to pop culture — and will feature interview from experts in the field. 

    Vox co-founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein is executive producing alongside Joe Posner. Claire Gordon (Last Week Tonight) will serve as showrunner. 

    The series is the third project to emerge from Vox’s nearly three-year-old entertainment division. It also has Prefab Nation set at FYI and will debut No Passport Required on PBS later this year.

    For Netflix, Flint Town and the Vox series join a growing roster of docuseries anchored by Chef’s Table and Making a Murderer. The streamer recently announced that chef David Chang has teamed with Morgan Neville on eight-episode food and travel series Ugly Delicious. The Chang-hosted show will debut Feb. 23. 

    Meanwhile, Netflix is set to debut Wild Wild Country on March 16 following its Sundance Film Festival premiere. From directors Chapman and Maclain Way and executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, the series explores a moment in history when a controversial guru tried to build a utopian city in the Oregon desert. 



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    Jessica Chastain Reveals Gal Gadot’s Advice for ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut


    Set to make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night’s Tonight Show how nervous she is.

    “I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t enunciate her name while filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked. Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress revealed that she has friends who have hosted the show before, including Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

    “Gal said that it should be fine for me because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile, Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water and “stay hydrated.”

    Chastain also recalled a past, nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not having gone well. 

    “Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the humorous encounter. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.'” After Fallon asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

    Though Winfrey and Chastain haven’t run into each other again, the camera did cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow. … She knows I exist.”

    Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game in which they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, of which Chastain is a part.

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

    “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

    Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

    “I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

    Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

    “Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

    Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

    “Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

    Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

    Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

    “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

    Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

    “I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

    Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

    “Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

    Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

    “Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

    Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

    Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

    “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 



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    James Corden Plays Melania Trump in White House-Inspired Version of “Part of Your World”


    In the ‘Late Late Show’ skit, the late-night host sang the ‘Little Mermaid’ ballad as the First Lady, detailing her annoyances of living with Trump.

    The life and musings of Melania Trump have largely remained a mystery to the American public. Luckily, citizens have James Corden to imagine what is (probably) going on in the First Lady’s head.

    In a skit on Thursday night (Jan. 18) on The Late Late Show, Corden sings a ballad of longing as a seemingly captive Melania Trump, all in the stylings of the Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.”  

    Much like the little mermaid, she wishes she could see the world outside of her room, but her room is a White House bedroom, and the world she wishes for is one “out where they don’t collude with Russians.”

    The song hits all the assumed annoyances of living with the president, including his incessant tweeting, his romantic penchant for his daughter and his wide array of hair pieces.

    Watch James Corden in all of his Melania glory below.

    This story first appeared on Billboard.com.



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    TV Ratings: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Hits Season High in Return


    The ABC drama shines, though CBS comedies ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Young Sheldon’ dominate the dial.

    Grey’s Anatomy, on the ABC lineup for the foreseeable future thanks to a rich new deal with star Ellen Pompeo, saw ratings jump 20 percent in its Thursday return from a lengthy absence.

    The medical drama climbed to a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 o’clock and earned a season high 8.2 million viewers in its first episode back from a two-month hiatus. Fellow Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas Scandal (1.3 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.0 adults) were also improved — by not as significant a margin as the block’s elder-statesman.

    Even with lifts, Grey’s Anatomy didn’t climb as high as CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.9 adults) and Young Sheldon (2.4 adults). The steady sitcoms propelled the network’s lineup to victories across the board on Thursday night, with Mom (1.6 adults), Life in Pieces (1.2 adults) and SWAT (1.0 adults) rounding out the schedule.

    The latest episode of The Four continued to be be a steady performer for Fox. The two-hour block averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers, climbing steadily from the top of the night.

    Will & Grace bounced back a bit from the previous week’s season low. It took a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, leading an otherwise steady NBC lineup of Superstore (1.0 adults), The Good Place (1.0 adults), Great News (0.7 adults) and Chicago Fire (1.0 adults).

    On the CW, Supernatural (0.8 adults) and Arrow (0.5 adults) held steady.



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    ‘Jersey Shore’s’ “The Situation” Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion


    Mike Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were charged in 2014 and again last year with multiple counts related to nearly $9 million in income from the show.

    Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, one of the stars of the Jersey Shore reality TV series that depicted 20-somethings partying and brawling by the seaside, pleaded guilty Friday to cheating on his taxes.

    Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were charged in 2014 and again last year with multiple counts related to nearly $9 million in income from the show.

    They had pleaded not guilty, but wrote a letter to the judge this week stating they wanted to change their pleas. Their trial had been scheduled to begin next month.

    On Friday, Michael Sorrentino pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and admitted concealing his income in 2011 by making cash deposits in amounts that wouldn’t trigger federal reporting requirements. His sentencing was scheduled for late April.

    Marc Sorrentino also entered a guilty plea.

    “The Situation” appeared on all six seasons of the MTV reality show, which followed the lives of rowdy housemates in a New Jersey beach town. They were known for their drunken antics and the phrase they used to describe their lifestyle: “gym, tan, laundry.”

    Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie criticized the show for promoting stereotypes. Last year, he signed a bill capping the amount of state money universities can pay for speakers, because Rutgers University paid Jersey Shore cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi $32,000 in 2011.

    The brothers initially were charged with filing bogus tax returns on income earned between 2010 and 2012, mostly through two companies they controlled, MPS Entertainment and Situation Nation. They allegedly filed false documents that understated the income from the businesses as well as their personal income.

    The U.S. attorney’s office filed additional charges last April, including tax evasion, structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements and falsifying records.



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    Jimmy Kimmel Ask Kids About Trump’s First Year in Office


    In the roundup, various children impersonated the president and gave him their own nicknames, such as “Cheeto” and “Mr. Tiny Hands.”

    With Saturday marking the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Jimmy Kimmel took a moment during his Thursday night show to assess the public’s approval ratings of the president.

    After revealing that a recent poll put Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent, the late-night host clarified that that was just among adults. “I want to see what kids thought of his first year in office,” Kimmel said as he introduced a pre-taped segment, in which his team interviewed various kids at the Grove in Los Angeles.

    When a young boy stated that he thinks Trump is doing “great” in his first year, he was further pressed on what exactly he thinks was something great Trump has accomplished. “To save the world from harmony,” the little boy said. When another child is asked what he thinks of first at the mention of Trump’s name, the young boy replied, “Small fingers and orange face.”

    Meanwhile, another child revealed that he thinks Trump needs to “stop threatening North Korea,” because he “doesn’t want to get nuked.” A little girl also explained that she doesn’t think highly of the president, for he “treats people badly.” “That’s why I don’t think he’s smart,” the little girl said.

    Kimmel also showed a roundup of the various nicknames the children gave to the president such as, “Poop face,” “Mr. Tiny Hands” and “Cheeto.” The kids then gave their own humorous impressions of Trump.

     



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    ‘Game of Thrones’-Themed Ice Hotel Opens in Finland


    The hotel, located in the village of Kittila, features a bar and a chapel.

    A Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series.

    Lapland Hotels said Friday they chose Game of Thrones to be the theme for this season’s Snow Village, an annual ice-and-snow construction project covering 24,000 sq. yards in Kittila, 93 miles above the Arctic Circle.

    Snow Village operations manager Janne Pasma told Finnish national broadcaster YLE that he was a huge fan of the series and it was “a dream come true” that HBO Nordic agreed to go along.

    The hotel, which stays open until April, suggests that guests stay only one night due to below-zero temperatures.



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    Steve Harvey’s Latest Talk Show Renewed for Season 2


    The latest iteration of his syndicated talker, with a rich ownership stake for its host and creator, is in 90 percent of U.S. on NBC-owned stations.

    Steve Harvey’s gamble is paying off. Steve, his new syndicated talk show, has been renewed for a second season.

    The daytime show has been averaging a 1.4 rating among national households, not skipping a beat from his previous syndicated effort that he ditched in 2017 in favor of a new series with an ownership stake. The new version also saw Harvey close up shop in Chicago, relocating to Los Angeles full time where his show has tried to lean more heavily into celebrity interview — a la Ellen.

    “It has always been a dream of mine to spend more time on the 405,” said Harvey. “Another dream of mine has been to bring laughs to daytime television. Here’s to killing two birds with one stone with a season two renewal.”

    Steve has been sold to 90 percent of U.S. homes, airing on NBC-owned stations and station groups Sinclair and Hearst. Among daytime’s favored demographic of women 25-54, he has ranked No. 2 in his time period in top markets New York and Los Angeles. He is tops in Dallas in Atlanta.

    “Steve was determined to do something unique and different in daytime this season and it’s rewarding to witness the reception to the new show,” said Mike Antinoro of show producer IMG. “We are proud to be a part of Steve, grateful for the commitment from our station partners, and excited to build on this current momentum.”

    “We are so proud of all of the hard work Steve and our staff bring every day to deliver a series different than anything else on daytime television,” added showrunner Shane Farley. “We look forward to continuing to set ourselves apart in season two.”

    Steve, produced by IMG and Harvey, tapes before a live studio audience at the Universal lot.



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    WWE Star Triple H Belts Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” in ‘Tonight Show’ Lip Sync Battle


    Jimmy Fallon and WWE stars The New Day faced off against the burly wrestler and Stephanie McMahon in a special tag-team edition of the popular sketch.

    It was a lip sync showdown on The Tonight Show on Thursday as the WWE’s Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The New Day squared off for a special tag-team version of host Jimmy Fallon’s popular segment.

    The New Day was up first, teamed with Fallon, in a contest with high stakes: if Fallon’s team lost, the host would show up at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for WWE Raw’s 25th anniversary show. The songs in question for Fallon and crew were Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” and Phil Collins’ 1985 seminal classic, “Billy Don’t You Lose My Number,” the latter of which elicited a refrain of “Who?” from The New Day. 

    The spinner to decide which song the quartet would lip sync to spun into action and Boyz II Men won the day. In spirited fashion, The New Day broke from a huddle and launched into harmony, joined shortly thereafter by Fallon. 

    The bar had been set high for Triple H and McMahon, who stepped forward for their turn. Triple H had chosen “Seek and Destroy” by Metallica as his preferred song of choice while McMahon chose the lighter fare of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana. To the delight of everyone in Studio 6B not named Triple H, the spinner landed on the latter of the two song choices.

    The song kicked in and McMahon took the stage, pretending to belt out the inspirational hit’s first verse. As the tune crescendoed into its rousing chorus, Triple H took her place and, with arms outstretched, treated the fans to an uplifting performance that included a twirl around the microphone stand. 

    Fallon and The New Day’s performance was no match for a skipping Triple H, it seemed, and the crown of tag-team lip sync champion fell to McMahon and her partner. See you on Raw on Monday, Jimmy.

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