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Despite Confusion, Gene Hackman Is 'Alive and Well,' Says Rep


Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After a Grantland article ran Tuesday with the headline "The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge," there was concern that the 84-year-old had died.

If you are confused about the age in the title and his real age, Hackman turns 85 on Friday.

The title has since changed from "Gone" to "Retired," but not before several tweets went out with "RIP" and "condolences" for the acting legend's family.

If that wasn't enough, a Facebook page with "RIP Gene Hackman" also went up that claimed he died on Monday.

It read, "He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page," according to ET Canada.

People were confused, but have since been relieved to find out the actor's fine. On Wednesday, Hackman's rep told ABC News that the Hoosiers star is "alive and well."

Other actors like Dylan McDermott were not all that happy that people took the headline and ran with it. He had originally tweeted "Rest in Peace" about the icon, then took it down when he found out it was all just a hoax.

 

I guess Gene Hackman's death was a celebrity hoax. People have too much damn time on their hands...

— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) January 28, 2015

 

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"Scandal" Star Tony Goldwyn Says New Episodes Are 'Outrageous'


ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) -- Fictional President Fitzgerald Grant, portrayed by actor Tony Goldwyn, will return to the Oval Office when Scandal returns Thursday.

During last year's winter finale, viewers saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, get kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment. Goldwyn hinted at what fans can expect next.

"As you know, I can't reveal anything except you will find out more," he teased on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "I can't tell you if you'll find out where she is or what happened but I can tell you that the show takes an entirely new direction tomorrow night and it's crazy. It's really great."

Goldwyn credits creator Shonda Rhimes' -- who also created Grey's Anatomy and executive produces How to Get Away with Murder -- for the show's forthcoming shocking plot lines.

"Shonda, as she has done over and over, just kind of reinvents the show and we go, you know, takes on a different tone. It's pretty outrageous," says Goldwyn.

"I mean, all of her work and Shonda herself...she just never ceases to amaze me. She's always challenging herself. She's always challenging us and, you know, I'm so happy," Goldwyn continued. "She owns Thursday nights on [ABC] and I'm just so happy to see her being celebrated in the way she is particularly this year."

Goldwyn directed the last episode of Scandal. He said the role switch was easy, particularly because he's so close with his co-stars.

"When you have another person who is an actor you just speak the same language and particularly in Scandal because we're all such close friends, aside from Kerry's merciless teasing of me," he quipped. "We're just really close and intimate so it's a really unique experience for me as a director, you know, to get the chance to kind of have a look at the show from a different lens and connect with, you know, these people I love so much, in a different way."

Goldwyn is the grandson of film mogul Samuel Goldwyn -- the "G" in MGM Studios -- and son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He explained what it's like to carry on his family's legacy in the entertainment business.

"They were both independent guys who kind of carved their own path and, you know, we were sort of taught never to rest on the laurels of what they'd accomplished and you got to kind of figure it out for yourself and that's the best way to carry on the legacy," Goldwyn said.

Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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“Wet Hot American Summer” Cast Revealed by Netflix


Netflix(NEW YORK) — Netflix is reviving Wet Hot American Summer, and they've recruited much of the original cast for it.

The streaming service announced that the cult classic will return for an eight-episode series in time for summer.

So, which counselors are returning for the second go-around? Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are among the stars coming back.

The series, as was the case with the 2001 cult classic film, was co-written by David Wain and Showalter and will be directed by Wain.

Some burning questions remain: Will it still be 1981? Is it a reunion that Michael Ian Black's McKinley won't be able to make because he has something at 11:00 that he's already moved twice? Does Elizabeth Banks's Lindsay still taste like a burger, and does Paul Rudd's Andy even like her anymore?

Here's hoping we'll find out soon.

 

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Will Chris Pratt Play Indiana Jones on the Big Screen?


Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- Following his star turn in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, will Chris Pratt put on Indiana Jones' iconic fedora?

Pratt is being eyed by Disney, the parent company of ABC News, to take over the role from Harrison Ford, according to Deadline. However, the website is calling this a "dishy informed rumor" and nothing more at the moment.

It's worth noting that Guardians of the Galaxy was a film from Marvel, which is also owned by Disney.

Deadline doesn't mention whether director Steven Spielberg would return for the new installment.

Ford has played the whip-cracking archaeologist in four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The latter film, released in 2008, introduced Indiana Jones' son, Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf.

Pratt's film career is on a roll right now. Aside from the Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster, he lent his voice to The LEGO Movie last year. He stars in the Jurassic Park movie Jurassic World, due out in June.

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Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden Caught on Kiss Cam at Lakers Game


Noel Vasquez/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After returning from their honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden stepped out in Los Angeles to take in a basketball game Tuesday night.

Of course, the Staples Center Kiss Cam decided to focus on the newlyweds and caught the couple kissing. Diaz was her usual self, grinning from ear to ear, according to a photo posted on Twitter

Diaz and Madden tied the knot January 5 at her Beverly Hills home. They got engaged just before Christmas after dating for seven months.

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Why Drew Barrymore Is Determined to Be a 'Present Parent'


© Ellen von Unwerth/MORE Magazine(NEW YORK) — After a less than perfect childhood, Drew Barrymore is determined to be a very different parent than her own.

"I didn’t really have parents, you know?" the 40-year-old mother of two told the February issue of More, already on newsstands. "And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it’ll be the biggest asset to my adulthood."

By age 14, Barrymore was already living on her own, following two stints in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, and had written an autobiography about her tumultuous childhood with her parents, actor John Drew Barrymore, the son of film legend John Barrymore, and aspiring actress Jaid Barrymore.

Her relationship with her mother has always been complicated, though it seems to be getting better.

"[I] look after her. That is how I feel good about [our relationship]," she told More.

Barrymore, who is mom to Olive, 2, and Frankie, 9 months, has no regrets about stepping back from her acting career since the births of her daughters.

"I love the beauty industry because even on a workday I can wake up with my kids, go to work, come home, bedtime -- there’s a normal life there," said the founder of Flower Cosmetics. "And it’s exciting when you have to go on a business trip, as opposed to a film where you’re gone for months. I can’t do that right now. As you add more onto your plate, particularly family, things have to fall off, or you won’t be a good parent."

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“Empire” Viewers Can Expect a New Woman on Wednesday's Episode


Frank Micelotta/FOX(NEW YORK) — When Empire returns Wednesday night, a new woman is welcomed into the life of Lucious Lyon, the head of Empire Records, played by Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard.

According to E! News, viewers should "expect a new woman, Roxanne, a reporter tasked with profiling Lucious, to really hit it off with the Empire CEO." 

"Sexy banter will go down and Lucious will find the audacious and stylish Roxanne hard to resist," according to E!

The new woman may cause problems at home for the married Lyon. His wife, Anika, is portrayed by Grace Gealey.

E! adds that Lyon's ex-wife Cookie, played by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, is also getting a love interest. Could it be Cookie's childhood friend and songwriter, Puma, portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., who we were introduced to last week?

Empire, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time, centers on a music mogul who doesn't have long to live, and must decide to which of his three sons he'll leave his empire.

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Scientology Documentary Claims Tom Cruise Wiretapped Nicole Kidman's Phone, Church Rejects Claims


ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) — Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's well-publicized split after nearly 11 years of marriage is one of the subjects explored in Alex Gibney's HBO documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and the church has wasted no time denying the claims made in the film.

The film, based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, delves deeply into the Hollywood couple's breakup, which was shrouded in secrecy.

According to Us Weekly, the movie alleges that after Kidman fell in love with Cruise on the set of the 1990 film Days of Thunder, she was labeled a P.T.S. or Potential Trouble Source by the Church because her father was a psychiatrist and Scientologists don't recognize the profession.

The tabloid says the documentary claims the Church went to great lengths to keep Cruise in the fold after it feared he had "drifted" away during the marriage.

According to Us Weekly, the film alleges that church head David Miscavige sanctioned a plan to "facilitate the breakup" by auditing the actor's mental state and stirring up his paranoia. One church member alleges in the film that Cruise hired a private investigator to wiretap his wife's phones.

The Church flatly denies the allegations. "The accusations made in the film are entirely false and alleged without ever asking the Church," Scientology officials said in a statement. The Church said in its statement that "free speech is not a free pass to broadcast or publish false information."

Church officials also took to task the people who participated in the film, noting in its statement that "Gibney's sources are the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the Church for money."

Additionally, the religion launched a Twitter account called Freedom Media Ethics and recently took out an ad in The New York Times criticizing the movie.

Cruise's attorney tells E! Online, "Tom Cruise did not hire any private investigator to spy on or investigate Nicole Kidman in any way.  Nor did he ask the Church of Scientology to do that.  Any statement to the contrary is provably false."

A rep for Kidman declined to comment on the story.


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New Season of "The Americans" Begins Wednesday Night


Frank Ockenfels/FX(NEW YORK) — The third season of The Americans premieres Wednesday night on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

The critically-acclaimed period drama stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian spies living as an average American couple in the U.S.

Part of the new season will focus on their characters possibly having to turn their American-born teenage daughter into a spy as well.

Russell likes the fact that she not only plays a sleeper agent, but also a mom and wife, too. She told journalists at the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour in California, “The scenes I love the most are those emotional scenes about the complicated marriage. And then you get to go and have a day that's, like, beating dudes up outside.”

Rhys agreed, saying, “The scheduling is incredibly athletic in that you have to go from these incredibly intense emotional scenes to putting on sort of wigs and then fighting.”

For that reason, Rhys says, there’s no danger of his role becoming “dull.”

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Kevin Costner's “Black or White” Role Has Love But No Parenting Skills


"Black or White" - Relativity(NEW YORK) — Kevin Costner stars opposite fellow Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in Black or White, a drama opening in theaters this Friday.

In the film, Costner plays Elliot, a very wealthy white man who suddenly has to raise his black granddaughter by himself after his wife dies.

He explains, “This child has been raised in this home by these two grandparents, now there's one and it happens to be me and my skill set is not great. My love is great but my skill set is not.”

Elliot subsequently becomes involved in a somewhat-racially-charged custody battle with the child’s other grandmother, played by Spencer.

Anthony Mackie also stars in Black or White.

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Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy Among Actresses Possibly Cast for All-Female 'Ghostbusters'


Universal(NEW YORK) -- Now you know who to call.

Just three months after making it official that he would be directing the new Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, Paul Feig on Tuesday tweeted out a picture of four very funny ladies -- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Saturday Night Live stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

 

pic.twitter.com/LBtv2YXfv6

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015



The news comes after Feig, who directed Bridesmaids, tweeted in October, "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."

 

 

It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call.

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014



McCarthy and Wiig both famously worked with Feig on his 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

The original Ghostbusters starred Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray.

 

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Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram Accounts Hacked


Lisette Azar/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts were breached earlier Tuesday by an unknown hacker who linked back to an account that claimed to have a connection with the infamous hackers the Lizard Squad. A lewd photo was also posted.

Swift responded on her Tumblr page, saying, "My Twitter got hacked but don’t worry."

"Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment," she added.

She took the hack in stride and posted a funny hashtag after the message that read, "#Hackers Gonna Hack Hack Hack Hack Hack," obviously referring to her hit "Shake It Off."

Her Instagram account was hacked next and Swift wrote, "This is going to be a long day."

She hashtagged that "#This is Why I'm Scared of Technology. #Who's Paranoid Now??"

Later on, Swift responded to threats that hackers would release nude photos of her, wishing them "luck" and saying that no such photos exist.

PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015


Swift has one of the largest followings on Twitter with more than 50 million followers. She also has more than 20 million followers on Instagram.

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"Frozen" Songwriters Join Oscars Creative Team


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris revealed via Twitter Tuesday that he'll be getting some help during the upcoming broadcast from Kristen and Robert Lopez, the Oscar-winning wife-and-husband duo who penned Frozen's hit song, "Let It Go."

In a video, Harris says, "What they're doing I'm not at liberty to say. But I can tell you that it won't be a song called "Let It O" with a big giant Swarovski crystal O in the background. They'll be doing something, maybe writing during the show, who knows? Anyway I'm excited." 

Check out my Twitter video #Oscar exclusive! I gots me a scoop! pic.twitter.com/SGQ3oJHDqZ

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2015

Still, Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were at liberty to share -- and they revealed that the Lopezes will be writing an original musical sequence titled “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform.

"On the heels of the international success of last year’s Frozen and their Oscar for “Let It Go,” we couldn't be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage," the producers said in a statement. "YouTube, get ready!"

The Lopezes also shared their excitement in a statement. "We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence -- it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else," the two said. "We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song."

The 87th Academy Awards will air on ABC February 22.

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Tiger Woods' Missing Tooth Reappears


Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Golf star Tiger Woods has scored a hole in one -- at least when it comes to his mouth. A week after he was sporting a missing front tooth, he was photographed Tuesday in Phoenix -- with his chompers back to normal.

Woods' missing tooth made headlines last week, when he appeared to support his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at an Alpine Skiing World Cup race.

While Vonn won her record-breaking 63rd World Cup race without a scratch, the former Olympian said Woods lost a tooth after colliding with a camera man in the finish area.

"When he was in the finish area a camera man accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth," she wrote on Facebook. "He was still in great spirits though and didn't complain once or ask for any special assistance or security."

Although some doubted that account, the Woods camp remained tight-lipped about it.

The injury also turned out to be short-lived with Woods showing up at Waste Management Phoenix Open Tuesday with his smile intact.

No word on if he's wearing a mouth guard next time he hits the slopes to support Vonn.

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Ousted "Bachelor" Contestant Juelia Kinney Speaks Out


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The latest contestant to be denied a rose from The Bachelor Chris Soules says she is still hopeful about finding love.

“I’m definitely going to be looking for love and just really optimistic about it,” Juelia Kinney told ABC News.

Kinney, a single mom, had previously opened up to Soules about her split from her husband, saying, "I don't understand how someone can have a child and leave them like that, and leave me."

Even though she is no longer on the show, the 30-year-old says the experience gave her time to reflect.

“For the first time since my daughter was born I had time to kind of reflect on how I feel and how I was doing,” Kinney told ABC News. “I’m sure any mothers can relate to that.”

“Through any experience there’s growing and healing and I think that, personally, it was really good for me,” she said.

Kinney was one of three women to be eliminated by Soules, 33, during Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor on ABC.

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