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'The View' hosts leave mid-show due to testing positive for COVID-19, miss Vice President Harris interview

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The View had a bit of a shakeup on Friday as hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin had to depart the set mid-episode after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Just before they were scheduled to bring out Vice President Kamala Harris as the guest, an off-camera show runner asked that Ana and Sunny step off the set, and advised other co-hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines not to introduce the VP. 

Moments later, Joy revealed that both Sunny and Ana have tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated. 

"No matter how hard we try, these things happen," Joy shared with the audience. "They probably have a breakthrough case and they'll be okay, I'm sure, because they're both vaccinated up the wazoo."

Harris did make a remote appearance on the show from a separate studio at ABC's New York headquarters.

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'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' returns on ABC Sunday night

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Celebrity Wheel of Fortune returns when season two premieres on its new night, Sunday, September 26 at 8 P.M. ET.

Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, the series welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world’s most famous wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to $1 million for the charity of their choice.

First up on Sunday night is Seinfeld veteran Jason Alexander, who is raising money for Americares; pro wrestler-turned Dancing with the Stars contestant Michael "The Miz" Mizanin, playing for Connor’s Cure at the V Foundation for Cancer Research; and DWTS dance pro Cheryl Burke, playing for PhilDev, which is dedicated to eradicating poverty through science and technology in the Philippines. 

"It's fun because we interact during the show, you know, their personality comes out," White tells ABC Audio of the celebrity contestants. "They're not playing a character, they're playing themselves, and they're having fun. And it shows!"

Sajak agrees. "It's funny how many of them are just really excited to be here. You forget that they sit at home with their kids or used to sit with their grandmother or whatever, watching the show, just like everybody else....And it was funny to watch them come on the set and [say] 'Look, there's the puzzle board!' ...It was very fun and very gratifying."

Sajak admits the famous fans tried to get their share of selfies on the stage. "Sometimes....I'd have to stop them," the host laughs, "'You know, we have a game to play here, guys. Put your phones away!'"

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A special Bond: Daniel Craig named honorary commander in the Royal Navy

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Daniel Craig now has something special in common with his onscreen character, James Bond. 

The British actor has been appointed as an honorary commander in the U.K.'s Royal Navy, matching his literary and on-screen alter ego, who's also Royal Naval Reserve commander.

"I am truly privileged and honoured to be appointed the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service," the actor says in a statement, adding that he plans to use the honor as a way to support military families in the U.K.  

"Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last 15 years -- a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe. That's what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself," said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord of the UK's Royal Navy and Naval Service, in a statement.

Craig reprises the role of Bond in the series' 25th installment, No Time to Die, marking his fifth and final appearance as the famous character. Equipment from the Royal Navy is featured in the film, including the HMS Dragon warship. 

No Time to Die will be released in the U.S. on October 8.

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Gabourey Sidibe shares the special connection she has to her new podcast thriller 'If I Go Missing the Witches Did It'

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Gabourey Sidibe knew she had something special when she took on the role of writer Jenna Clayton in the Realm podcast thriller, If I Go Missing the Witches Did It.

Written by Pia Wilson, the nine-episode series follows Jenna, a woman who "vanishes without a trace" after a summer in Westchester, but leaves behind voice memos as clues to her disappearance. Sidibe tells ABC Audio that she put a lot of "own special brand of sass" into Jenna.

"A lot of the like, 'I know you didn't just do that,' and the 'Uh-Uh, I don't like that,'" she notes. "So, that's a bit of me."

For Sidibe, who's previously starred in American Horror Story and Antebellum, making her fictional podcast debut with If I Go Missing the Witches Did It wasn't a hard decision.

"Psychological thrillers are my favorite," she says. "I love watching what's in front of me, but also knowing that there's an entire world going on around it, a mystery that I need to solve."

So that's partly why the Empire actress jumped at the chance to play Jenna, who she describes as "complex."

"She's definitely of this generation and has very strong opinions about a lot of things," Sidibe says. "She seems to have a lot of confidence...but she also has a lot of insecurities at the same time."

The actress jokes that there are even times when she yells at Jenna in frustration, saying, "Girl, that's the wrong decision!"

Still, even with Jenna's obvious flaws, Sidibe says the character was "almost like a real friend."

"That's what she became to me," she says. "And so I tried to breathe life into her that way."

The first episode of If I Go Missing the Witches Did It premieres Sunday, September 26, on the usual podcast platforms.

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Willie Garson died from pancreatic cancer, his obituary reveals

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Sex and the City star Willie Garson died unexpectedly this week at age 57, but a cause of death was not immediately given.

It was confirmed Thursday in his obituary, which was published in The New York Times, that the actor died at home following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

His adopted son, Nathen Garson, first confirmed his father's passing on Tuesday by sharing a collage of photos and videos of the late actor while writing, "I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own."

Garson, who was known for playing Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City and Mozzie on White Collar, was mourned by his former co-stars, including Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Matt Bomer, Chad Lowe and many others.

Sarah Jessica Parker previously said in Noth's tribute that she isn't ready to publicly comment on Garson's passing.

The late actor's family is requesting fans make a donation to the Alliance for Children's Rights in Garson's honor.

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Tony nominee Katori Hall shares what she'll do with her award if she wins on Sunday night

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Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall has a lot to celebrate this year. After recently receiving the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her off-Broadway play Hot Wing King, the P-Valley creator is now nominated for her first Tony Award for her work on Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Although Hall could easily take home the Best Book of a Musical Tony on Sunday night, the writer tells ABC Audio that winning awards has never been her focus as a creative.

"I appreciate an award... but I usually give it to my mom, my dad," she reveals. "My [Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play] is in Mississippi, chillin' on the shelf. And I think it's because awards don't necessarily -- for me -- make me a better writer."

Hall explains that while "it's good to be recognized, and it's good to be honored," winning awards doesn't equal success to her.

"It don't help you write the next thing. I tell you that," she laughs.

However, this time around may be different. Hall shares that after such a tough year because of the pandemic and the killings of Black unarmed men and women, she feels it's important to take a "moment" to pause and "celebrate."

"Because I feel like a lot of times we don't get an opportunity to just celebrate ourselves, and celebrate our accomplishments," she explains. "I think because of everything that has happened this year...that if I won, I would be popping my Champagne and doing my little twerks before I do my acceptance speech."

Hall continues, "I would be very, very happy, 'cause I think this year...taught me a lot about being present in your life and prioritizing happiness and your joy."

The Tony Awards airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Billy Bob Thornton and Tania Raymonde on bringing 'Goliath' to a close with new fourth season

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Amazon's legal drama Goliath drops its fourth and final season today. Oscar-winning lead Billy Bob Thornton returns as loose-cannon lawyer Billy McBride, who this season is taking on a massive pharmaceutical company implicated in the opioid crisis. 

"It's been really amazing," Thornton says of the show's four-season ride. "I've had so many great experiences on it. I loved playing the character and the writers did such an amazing job."

He adds, "And as you go further into a series like this, the writers...as they watch and listen to the actors, they start to capture their voices more and more." 

Thornton says, "I think that's one of the advantages to the whole streaming idea, is that you have a chance to make an eight- or 10-hour movie, whatever it is, and people settle into it and start to understand, 'Oh, that's what this is.'" He adds with a laugh, "And so, by season four, we were like...'We are this!'"

Tania Raymonde plays Brittany, Billy's confidante -- a brilliant, beautiful part-time escort-turned-Billy's paralegal. The actress says she'll miss the character dearly, but she's satisfied with the way things ended.

"I feel like this last season is such a great send-off for the series and such a nice final chapter," she maintains. "And we left them in like a good place."

Tania adds with a laugh, "So now they can go exist in like 'post finale movie character world' where they're...all chilling and happy. I feel like we did them justice....So as long as...everyone, I think, was left in a better place than they were when we picked them up in year one. And that makes me happy."  

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Now on Apple TV+: 'Foundation'

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Today, Apple TV+ launches Foundation, the sprawling sci-fi epic based on Isaac Asimov's groundbreaking book series. 

Executive produced by David S. Goyer, the show -- which some have dubbed "Game of Thrones in space," centers on an all-powerful, dynastic galactic empire, and a mathematician who predicts, as all empires do, that it's doomed to fail. 

Goyer told ABC Audio he'd been approached to adapt the Foundation books years ago, but didn't think a movie could capture it -- but for a streaming series, it's perfect.

"I first read it when I was 13 years old," Goyer said of Asimov's seminal work. "My father gave it to me. He said, 'This is the greatest science fiction work of all time.' No pressure," he laughs. "Before he died, he said, 'I want you to make Foundation.' No pressure."

Guardians of the Galaxy's Lee Pace plays Brother Day, one in a familial line of Emperors, who sees the math genius, played by Chernobyl Emmy winner Jared Harris, as a threat. 

"I wasn't good at mathematics," Harris admitted, noting that he still had to deliver long, "challenging" mathematical monologues. Fortunately, he's a veteran Shakespearean actor, and as such has experience with complicated language. "Yeah, I fell back on a lot of my theater training for that," Harris says.

For Pace, the role was a blast. "It's...surreal...to play the Emperor of the galaxy...[He] is someone who has...power over life and death...prosperity and failure. The best metaphor I could find for him is like he is like the sun of the Milky Way galaxy. Everything is spinning around him."

Pace adds with a laugh, "His ego is the size of the galaxy. Is it fun to play? Absolutely. Absolutely!"  

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'The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain' shines a light on racial injustice

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The new movie The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain tells the true story of 66-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, a military veteran who was shot and killed in his apartment by police in White Plains, New York, a decade ago.

Chamberlain’s family says the shooting was unjustified, and his son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., tells ABC Audio the tragedy began with a phone call from his father’s neighbor, urging him to "get to White Plains right away."

"I asked why and he said, the police are banging on your father's door," he continues.  "As soon as I asked them what was going on, he just yelled out, 'Oh my God.'"

Fighting back tears, Kenneth Jr. goes on to say, "When I asked him what happened...he said, 'I think the police just shot your father.'  And here I am, almost a decade later, still fighting to get some type of accountability in his killing."

Executive producer Morgan Freeman says the movie is yet another reminder of the sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, which was exposed in the more recent cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.

"These sort of things are generally not sensationalized, let's put it that way. This old black man was shot by the police -- No whys, no wherefores," Freeman said.

Noting police are "first responders...not emergency medical people," Freeman contends the police should have never been involved in the first place.

"This was inadvertent, but a call from his Life Alert thing, not somebody saying somebody is breaking into my house," he explains.  "And he called back and said that was a mistake, I don't need anybody. And they called police and said it's ok, stand down." 

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is playing now in select theaters.

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'Goliath' star Billy Bob Thornton on taking the reins as director for the final season premiere

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Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton has played ace attorney Billy McBride in Amazon Prime's drama Goliath for four seasons, but for the premiere of the series' last season, he sat in the director's chair. 

"They had to twist my arm a little bit," Thornton tells ABC Audio. 

"I even begged them to take my name off because I don't really fancy myself a director," he continued, despite having an Oscar nomination for Sling Blade. "You know, it's kind of uncomfortable directing people that you've been working with for three seasons. You know, it's like, 'Oh, hey, we're buddies, we're actors...' OK, now I'm your boss and here's what you're going to do.'"

After his character survived being shot in the season three finale, there was a lot of ground to cover for the new season, Thornton explained: "The first episode is the one that has to establish everything. So it's kind of a hard job in a way, but it actually turned out to be fun directing."

The new season has McBride and his team facing off against a family-owned pharmaceutical company being sued for contributing to the opioid crisis. Law & Order vet and Oscar winner JK Simmons plays the company's icy CEO; screen legend Bruce Dern plays Simmons' brother.

Another addition to the cast for the final season is Hunger Games veteran Jena Malone, who plays an attorney with some big shoes to fill.

"It's such a great series, so many well-developed characters and well-loved characters," Jena enthuses. "It's always nice to walk into an environment where things already feel so exciting [and] trying to figure out how you can bring something new to that to also allow these characters to finish their journey for the audience."  

Goliath returns Friday on Amazon Prime. 

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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King give advice to Destiny’s Child and accept their glamping invitation

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On the final stop of their OG Chronicles: Joy Ride in California in Santa Barbara, California, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were shocked to receive a letter asking for guidance from one of their favorite groups, Destiny’s Child.

"We do not have a letter from Beyoncé," King exclaimed in disbelief.

The trio wrote: "Soon, the three of us will all be in our 40s. What advice do you have for three friends who want to maintain their connection and bond while always juggling and adjusting to the different stages of their lives?"

Oprah responded with the key to her long lasting friendship with Gayle. "If you're really strong friends, you can pick up wherever you left off," Oprah said. "You can pick up the phone and call someone like it's yesterday."

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams had another question for the two best friends: "When can the five of these friends all go glamping together?"

Oprah and Gayle loved the idea, but it made it clear it had to be a luxury camping experience. “I don't want to poop in a hole," King replied.

Now she wants the singers to confirm their trip.

"Girls, back to you," she says. "Ball's in your court!"

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'Power' alum Omari Hardwick joins J-Lo's assassin film 'Mother'; Eddie Murphy inks new deal with Amazon

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Jennifer Lopez is getting some major backup on her upcoming Netflix project.

Variety has learned that Power star Omari Hardwick has joined the cast of Mother, Lopez's new thriller that follows her as an assassin who comes out of hiding to protect her daughter. Hardwick joins Joseph Fiennes and Gael Garcia Bernal, who were also announced. He will play an FBI agent who is also an ally of Lopez's character. A release date for Mother has yet to be announced.

In other news, Eddie Murphy is extending his relationship with Amazon Studios, Deadline reports. Following the success of Murphy's film, Coming 2 America, which Amazon said was the "most-watched movie on Amazon Prime in its opening weekend" in March 2021, the studio has inked a three-picture first-look film deal with the actor. As part of the new pact, Murphy will star in three films for the studio and develop original film projects for Prime Video and Studios. There is no word yet on Murphy's next project for Amazon.

Finally, ICYMI, John Boyega has joined the cast of Gina Prince-Bythewood's upcoming feature The Woman King. Boyega shared the news on Instagram, along with some details on his role and the film.

"I will be joining this incredible cast as King Ghezo," Boyega wrote. "The Woman King is a historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in West Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, General of the all-female military unit, and Nawi, an ambitious recruit, who together fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for."

Boyega joins Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch, who were previously announced.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' posters show Paul Rudd and the new cast geared up for the ghosts

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After waiting more than a year for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, fans are finally getting closer to seeing the repeatedly pandemic-delayed film. To that end, Columbia Pictures have released two new posters for the movie, which hits theaters on November 19.

Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace, play, respectively, the grandson and granddaughter of the late Harold Ramis' Egon Spengler. As the trailer revealed, they uncover a trove of his old ghostbusting gear, just in time to fight a supernatural menace. 

The first poster shows both teens armed with proton packs next to the Ecto-1, with two of their friends. Paul Rudd, who plays their science teacher, has a ghost trap in hand, as he and his younger co-stars stare up at an ominous blue-green storm cloud.

The second poster has the similar spooky sky, but shows the gang from behind, silhouetted by lighting-like bolts firing down from a hole in the cloud.

The action comedy, which will star original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver in their original roles, was co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, the son of director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman.

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"Will they kill me?" See Kristen Stewart as Princess Di in the final trailer for 'Spencer'

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The final trailer for Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, has just dropped, and it's clear the accolades the actress has already garnered are well deserved.

Spencer takes place in the 1990s over a crucial Christmas holiday during which Diana plotted her divorce from Prince Charlesand a life away from the British royal family. As in the teaser, a choral version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" haunts the new footage of the young princess crushed between the pressures of her title, her crumbling marriage, the paparazzi, and a holiday weekend with the King and Queen.

"Three days," she says as she steels herself. "That's it."

An aide warns her, "They know everything," as her royal relatives shoot her icy glares from across a finely appointed dinner table.

"They don't," Diana replies.

As the pressure mounts in the trailer, Diana's young son, Prince William, asks her, "Mummy, what's happened to make you so sad?"

"You have to be able to do things you hate," Diana's advised. "There has to be two of you. There's the real one, and the they take pictures of."

She's told it's for, "the good of the country."

"The country?" Diana protests, before slapping a sofa in frustration.

"Fight them," a friend tells her. "You're your own weapon."

Diana asks rhetorically of the royals, "Will they kill me, you think?"

Princess Diana was killed August 31, 1997 in a car crash in Paris that was caused in part by a high-speed pursuit by paparazzi. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, were also killed. Paul was later found to have been driving drunk. A bodyguard survived the crash.

Spencer debuts November 5 from Pablo Larrain, who previously called the shots on Natalie Portman's Oscar-nominated 2016 Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, Jackie.

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James Marsden jokes about 15-year gap between 'Enchanted' and 'Disenchanted': "I never felt older"

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Fifteen years after Enchanted sang its way into theaters, fans will finally see the story continue in Disenchanted, and star James Marsden is teasing what to expect when the sequel premieres next year.

The 48-year-old actor, who plays Prince Edward, told Entertainment Tonight the movie will acknowledge the length of time that passed since everyone supposedly went off on their happily ever after.

"I have never felt older," he laughed. "Fifteen years is not the sort of time frame you want to wait for the sequel of your movie where you play a Disney prince [to come out]. You go back in and you just got a belly and three chins."

"I think we made something special," Marsden amended. "I hope people will dig it."

Because 15 years had passed since the first and second movies, Marsden was at first skeptical that the sequel was being made.

"They have been talking about making it for years...I got my hopes up many times before," the actor said. "And recently I was like, 'Sure, sure, they're going to make it.' And last year they said, 'We are actually doing this, and they sent songs, and I am like, 'OK, this is actually real.'"

"Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz did all of the music again, and Amy Adams [is] playing her great role as Princess Giselle," Marsden raved. "It was a lot of fun getting back and working with Idina [Menzel] and getting the pipes back to working properly and the singing stuff."

Disenchanted, also starring Patrick Dempsey and Maya Rudolph, will waltz onto Disney+ sometime in 2022.

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