Hilary Duff reveals how she lost weight while enjoying bread, chocolate and wine

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) -- Hilary Duff may have a toned beach bod, but the Lizzie McGuire star attests that she has been eating her way through quarantine.  

Saying she's been able to indulge in her favorites like chocolate and wine, Duff took to Instagram on Tuesday to show off her fantastic physique and discuss how she found balance.

Posing in a strapless bikini, the 32-year-old revealed how she was able to obtain her enviable figure, "I’ve still been counting my macros with my man @theflexible.dieting.coach and it’s truly helped me stay lean even while eating bread, chocolate, and wine!"

Duff revealed that slimming down during quarantine was due to trial and error, revealing she is working with a fitness studio alongside a nutrition coach.

Shouting out Novo Body Fitness, which also offers online workouts, the Younger star said that she is "grateful I have found what works for me."

Duff then offered advice to her fans who might also be struggling with weight loss, encouraging, " I know it’s extra hard to keep up and find normalcy in quarantine but I truly hope you make at least 30 mins a day for yourself to stay connected."

The "So Yesterday" singer also reminded her 15.3 million followers that mental health is equally as important as nutrition by concluding, "do whatever feels good for you even if it’s not food or fitness related."

Duff's nutrition coach Erik Young shared her post on Instagram and further elaborated on what kind of diet he created for his client, writing that she is on a non-restrictive weight loss plan that allows her to eat whatever she likes as long as she minds her macros. 

He also added to that Duff consumes 1,500 calories a day to stay lean.

By Megan Stone
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Ellen Pompeo reveals why she decided to stay on 'Grey's Anatomy'

ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- While most of the original cast of Grey's Anatomy has moved onto other projects, series lead Ellen Pompeo says she is perfectly content staying where she is.

The 50-year-old actress, who plays Doctor Meredith Grey on the long-running medical drama, appeared on the Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast on Monday and spoke about why she chose not to pursue other acting opportunities.

"For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood. So the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children... a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart," Pompeo explained. "And so I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles." 

In addition to wanting to settle down and collect a steady paycheck, Pompeo also felt that her acting options were limited due to her age.

The People's Choice Award winner was 35 when the series began.  Had she been 10 years younger, however, Pompeo believes she probably would have exited the series when her initial six-year contract expired. 

"I knew coming up on 40, it’s like...I don’t want to be out there chasing things, running after things [and] begging. I’d rather just see this as the blessing that it is," she dished.

In the end, the decision to stay paid off -- literally. 

Pompeo is now the highest-paid television actress, revealing that she makes $575,000 per episode -- or $20 million per year. 

Because of that, the actress reveals that she's not even tempted to consider what other opportunities she might have because "I’m never that thirsty because I’m financially set."

By Megan Stone
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Disney+ releases trailer for 'Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe'

Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- "What are we going to do today?" Well, if the day in question is August 28, you can check out the brand-new animated film Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, which debuts then on Disney .

The streaming service debuted the trailer today for the adventure that will see stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb trekking across the stars to find their older sister, Candace, "who after being abducted by aliens, finds utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers," according to Disney. 

The movie reunites most of the voiceover cast of the beloved animated series, including Vincent Martella as Phineas, Ashley Tisdale as Candace, Caroline Rhea as their mom, Linda, Dee Bradley Baker as the mysterious pet/super-spy Perry the Platypus, and Dan Povenmire as the scheming scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. David Errigo Jr. joins the cast as Ferb Fletcher for the new film. 

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By Stephen Iervolino
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Headlight special: Walmart launching the Walmart Drive-In at 160 locations

Walmart(ARKANSAS) -- With COVID-19 keeping most theaters in the country closed, the drive-in has seen a resurgence, thanks to its perfect combination of entertainment and social distancing.

Retailer Walmart announced it will be turning the parking lots of 160 of its locations into a movie experience, with the Walmart Drive-In. 

Free for Walmart customers, the initiative that will run from August 14 through October 21 "promises families a fun, contact-free experience where they can watch popular films thoughtfully curated by the Tribeca Film Festival," according to a press release. 

The series will be virtually hosted by Drew Barrymore, and feature other celebrity guests either virtually or in-person, including Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg, Jennifer Garner, LeBron James, and This Is Us star Chrissy Metz.

Starting today at 5:00 p.m. Eeastern time, families can visit TheWalmartDriveIn.com to find out dates and participating locations, and information on how to register to get in on the fun.  

The Walmart Drive-In will feature short films as well as dozens of movies, from beloved classics like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, to new blockbusters like Black Panther and Pokemon: Detective Picachu.

Here is the list of films that will screen during the event: 

Friday Night Lights
The Karate Kid
Space Jam
Black Panther
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
The Lego Batman Movie
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spy Kids
Teen Titans GO! To the Movies
Wonder Woman
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Men in Black: International
Back to the Future
The Goonies
The Wizard of Oz
Dolphin Tale
The Iron Giant
The Lego Movie

By Stephen Iervolino
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Comedy Central sticking with '90s vibe with 'Ren & Stimpy' reboot

Nickelodeon(NEW YORK) -- Everything old is new again.  Weeks after announcing that Beavis & Butt-Head are getting the reboot treatment on Comedy Central the network has announced it's bringing back The Ren & Stimpy Show.

The Emmy-nominated series that debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 quickly found an adult audience, thanks to its rapid-fire humor and groundbreaking animated style. Its five seasons introduced fans to bizarre characters like Muddy MudskipperHorsePowdered Toast Man and, of course, every kid's favorite toy, Log.  It's style strongly influenced subsequent shows, including Beavis & Butt-Head and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The new version is clearly targeting that adult audience of a certain age.  "Ren & Stimpy joins our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation including South ParkBeavis and Butt-Head and Clone High as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP [intellectual property] for new generations," according to Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group.

The network also recently announced that Tracee Ellis-Ross would voice the lead character in another animated series, Jodie, a spin-off of the '90s MTV series Daria, which itself was a spin-off of Beavis & Butthead.

By Stephen Iervolino
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'Who's the Boss?' reboot gets green light

Craig Sjodin/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  A reboot of the 1980s sitcom Who's the Boss? is in the works, with original stars Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza attached to star and executive produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the pair will reprise their respective roles as father and daughter Tony and Samantha Micelli. 

The reboot will reportedly follow Samantha's life as a single mother, now living in the same house where the original was set, and her relationship with her now-retired dad. 

Judith Light and Danny Pintauro, who also starred in the original, are not yet attached to the new series as of yet.  Katherine Helmond, who also starred in the original series, which aired on ABC from 1984-1992, died in 2019.

By George Costantino
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Not all heroes wear capes, but "Real Heroes Wear Masks" in new COVID-19 CW promo

Photo: CW(LOS ANGELES) -- Masked heroes are a staple in the comic world, and the CW Network has made a clever series of posters showing its super-people wearing surgical masks to promote the importance of wearing them. 

The network, home to the so-called "Arrowverse" of DC superhero shows, has released a series of public service announcement-like posters, each showing a hero -- The Flash, Supergirl, Superman, Stargirl, Black Lightning, White Canary, and Beebo -- wearing the blue surgical face coverings that have become ubiquitous in the age of COVID-19.

Each poster, which Deadline.com's gathered in one place, features the slogan "Real Heroes Wear Masks."

By Stephen Iervolino
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'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' music booker fired over allegations of sexual misconduct

©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's music booker Giovanni Cianci, has been fired after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct in a 2010 incident, according to Variety.

Cianci's exit comes on the heels of an Instagram post from musician Paige Stark, who alleges Giovani, while working at Lookout Management, where he was employed from 2002 through 2014, "harassed and attempted to assault" her at the CMJ Music Festival in 2010.

"Immediately after this event he would not leave me alone," recalls Stark. "He followed me and my band mate to a nearby bar and kept touching me and being in my personal space."

"I told several friends and my boyfriend at the time but was too scared to come forward publicly," she continues. "I blamed myself despite the fact that I did nothing to warrant Gio’s advances or aggression."

Stark adds that in 2017 she emailed Cianci’s former boss at Lookout, and included a screen shot of the email in her Instagram post, but got no response.

Shortly after the Instagram post, lawyers from ViacomCBS reached out to Stark directly for her account, a source tells Variety, insisting that the company takes such matters very seriously.

Cianci had been a music producer on The Late Show since 2017.

By George Costantino
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Kevin Hart slams Ellen DeGeneres critics, "This hate...has to stop"

Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres has got a friend in Kevin Hart. 

Amid claims that The Ellen DeGeneres Show fostered a toxic work environment, Hart has taken to social media to to stick up for the talk show host and condemn her critics. 

Aside an Instagram pic from an appearance on the show, the 41-year-old actor and comedian wrote, "It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly. I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f****** planet. She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1."

"The internet has become a crazy world of negativity....we are falling in love with peoples down fall. It’s honestly sad...When did we get here?" he continued. "I stand by the ones that I know and that I love. Looking forward to the future where we get back to loving one another....this hate sh** has to stop. Hopefully it goes out of style soon."

He concluded the post, "This post is not meant to disregard the feelings of others and their experiences....It’s simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life Ellen."

Hart isn't the only one who has spoken out in support of Ellen. Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Diane Keaton and more celebs have voiced their positive opinions and experiences with the talk show host as well. 

By Danielle Long
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'Mulan' coming to Disney+

Liu Yifei as Mulan/© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the most bumped-about big budget movie releases is coming home, to Disney . 

Mulan, the live-action re-imagining of the 1998 animated classic, saw its release date moved repeatedly throughout the summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic refused to release its grip on the country. 

The film starring Yifei Liu, which was initially supposed to hit theaters in March of 2020, will be made available on Disney on September 4 for an added fee of $29.99. The movie will be released theatrically in some overseas markets, including Asia, where theaters are reopening.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Disney CEO Bob Chapek on an 3rd quarter investor earnings call, which revealed the company took a COVID-related drubbing to its bottom line; because of theme park closures worldwide alone, the company took a $3.5 billion operating income hit, and an overall loss of $2 billion.

The one bright spot for the House of Mouse, incidentally, was Disney . Aside from the Mulan news, Chapek noted that the streaming service saw a boom in subscribers thanks to Hamilton and Beyonce's Black Is King. The exec says Disney now has 60.5 million paid subscribers globally. 

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Sean Penn confirms his "COVID wedding" and marriage to Leila George

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGLES) -- Sean Penn, 60, is now the son-in-law of actor Vincent D'Onofrio, 61, after Penn married D'Onofrio's 28-year-old daughter, Leila George. 

Penn confirmed the nuptials, and showed off his wedding band, during a video interview with Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The Mystic River Oscar-winner said, "We did a COVID wedding. By that I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house, my two children and her brother. And we did it that way."

Penn joked that the pandemic afforded him some "socially liberating factors" regarding the stress-free event.

Penn shares two kids, 29-year-old Dylan Frances and 28-year-old-son Jack, with ex-wife Robin Wright. He was also famously married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989.

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Tiffany Haddish confirms relationship with Common: "I love him"

Johnny Nunez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish and Common are officially dating.

The actress and comedian confirmed their relationship status during a recent episode on "Steve-O's Wild Ride!" podcast. "I am in a relationship," she told Steve-O showing off her freshly shaved head to match Common's bald dome.

"We're twins now," she said sharing his reaction to her new hairdo. "He's like, 'Wow, you did it, man. You've got a lot of courage. You look so beautiful. I love it. And I'm like, 'Ah, put your head on my head.'"

According to Tiffany, the couple met when Common played her love interest in her 2019 film The Kitchen and bonded over a few occasional spades games. The comedian previously mentioned she had been quarantining with the rapper and John Wick 2 star. But it appears things have progressed since their virtual date on Bumble earlier this year to raise money for frontline workers and children.

She said so far this is "hands down the best relationship" she's ever been in, and adds that Common is her her first celebrity boyfriend.

"I've lost 20 pounds since I've been in this relationship. I feel more confident in me, and it's not him that's doing it," Tiffany shared. "I'm just way happier, and it's, like, knowing I got somebody that cares about me, that really has my back. It seems like he does anyway, and I love it. I love him."

Congratulations to the couple on their budding romance! 

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"A giant [bleeping] mistake" -- Ryan Reynolds apologizes for his wedding's slavery-linked venue

Jackson Lee/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) During a new interview with the business website FastCompany, actor and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds talked about his undeniable love and talent for marketing -- but things took a more serious turn when he apologized again to fans for the location of his 2012 marriage to Blake Lively. 

The pair were wed in South Carolina at Boone Hall, a former slave plantation just outside of Charleston. "It's something we'll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for," Reynolds says. "It's impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy."

Reynolds says, "Years ago we got married again at home -- but shame works in weird ways. A giant f**king mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn't mean you won't f**k up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end."

As far as moving to action, the pair have put their money where their mouths are, with millions in donations to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and other causes. Recently, Reynolds announced he's launching the Group Effort Initiative, a program through which he'll use part of his next salary for a new Netflix film to train 20 people of color and other underrepresented groups on the set, as well as fly and house them there, so they can pursue a career in the film industry.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Whitney Houston biopic nabbed by Sony for 2022 release

Frederic REGLAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The upcoming Whitney Houston biopic has landed a studio, and a tentative release date.

According to Deadline, Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the bidding for I Wanna Dance with Somebody and is laying claim to a Thanksgiving, 2022 release date. Sony reportedly beat out around six streaming companies and studios to score the project.

Music producer and Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis is producing the film, which has the blessing of the Whitney Houston Estate. Stella Meghie, whose most recent film is The Photograph, is on board to direct, with Bohemian Rhapsody scribe Anthony McCarten writing the script and co-producing.

The producers previously described the movie as a "joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration," while still being "very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted" from Whitney.

Whitney passed away in 2012 at the age of 48.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Re-Upper: Chip and Joanna Gaines rebuilding 'Fixer Upper' for their new TV network

Courtesy of Magnolia Network(WACO, TX) -- Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have built a lifestyle and home improvement empire based on their hit former HGTV home renovation show Fixer Upper, are rebooting the series for their fledgling TV network. 

On their website, Chip noted, "The day we wrapped our final episode of Fixer Upper, we really believed it was a chapter closed. A bittersweet ending to a season of our lives that we couldn't have been more grateful for. In that moment, the future was a little uncertain, but Jo and I were sure of a few things. We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath...But we also knew we weren't done dreaming about ways to make old things new again."

With that in mind, he says the pair have "continued tackling renovations and projects that we’ve both been passionate about, including a few really special ones that we can't wait for you to watch unfold on the network when it launches."

Chip adds, "I'll be honest, Jo and I feel like a couple of kids trying our best to keep down a few butterflies. But we are mostly just giddy about getting the band back together again so we can share the story of these families and their homes with you."

The channel, which will feature other DIY shows, is a joint venture between the power tool-wielding power couple and Discovery. It launches in 2021.

By Stephen Iervolino
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