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David Duchovny: “The X-Files” Is Back, Thanks to Spanx

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday night's Late Show, David Letterman welcomed David Duchovny, who spoke about the anticipated return of The X-Files, which is coming back to Fox as a limited run series.

"When they developed Spanx, I knew I had a shot at coming back," quipped the now 54-year-old actor, who first starred as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder back in 1993.

Duchnovny explained that Gillian Anderson will return as his partner, Dana Scully, a medical doctor and FBI Agent with deliberately skeptical eyes who accompanied Mulder on paranormal cases.

Both characters eventually left the bureau behind, but still followed the strange, in the 2008 movie X-Files: I Want to Believe, which under-performed at the box office. The success of the limited-run 24: Live Another Day, however, sparked new life into an X-Files revival.

On Letterman's show, Duchovny assured fans all their favorites would also return. "Mitch Pileggi will come back," the actor said, referring to the man who played the agents' hard-nosed boss, FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.

"The Cigarette Smoking Man, if this means anything to anyone, will be coming back," said Duchovny of the mysterious, fan favorite baddie played by William B. Davis.  

After being off the air "forever," Duchovny allows, "It's a strange phenomenon that people still want to see those characters, but I'm grateful."

The six new X-Files episodes will likely be shot this summer.

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Filming on “Pirates of the Caribbean” Movie Further Delayed Due to Depp Injury

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Filming on the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been delayed until mid-April due to star Johnny Depp's recent hand injury.

An ABC Radio source previously confirmed that Depp injured his hand about a month ago in Australia, where he's filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was expected to undergo surgery in the United States.

The Hollywood Reporter now says that shooting has been halted until around April 15. The delay was initially expected to last two weeks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about half of the film's estimated 400 crew members were told last Thursday there would be no more work for at least two weeks.

A spokesman for the film tells The Hollywood Reporter the resumption of filming depends on Depp's recuperation. Approximately 14 weeks of shooting remain on the production.

Depp will reprise his role of Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which is still scheduled to be released by Disney on July 7, 2017.

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“New Girl,” “The Americans” Among Series Renewed for Another Season

Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel is the renewed girl on Fox.

The network announced Tuesday it has picked up her comedy, New Girl, for a fifth season. This means the show will reach the 100-episode milestone during the 2015-2016 TV season.

David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox, said in a statement, “Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television...We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five.”

Fox's sister cable network, FX, made news on Tuesday as well, announcing that it has renewed The Americans for a fourth season that will premiere in 2016. The drama stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as husband-and-wife Russian spies.

Elsewhere on the renewal front, Showtime will bring back its Don Cheadle-Kristen Bell comedy House of Lies for a fifth season, and Netflix has picked up its recently-debuted thriller Bloodline, starring Kyle Chandler, for a second season. New episodes for both series will premiere in 2016.

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"Game of Thrones" Star Kit Harington Says It's ‘Demeaning’ to Call Him a Hunk

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — Don't call Kit Harington a hunk.

"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," the Game of Thrones star tells the New York Post's Page Six of the attention he receives for his looks. "It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive."

"I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that," he continues.

"In this position you get asked a lot, 'Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?' Well, my answer is, 'That’s not what I got into it for,'" Harington adds.

Still, he does like receiving one compliment -- on his flowing hair. "People become fascinated by very particular things and I find that really interesting, whether it’s a catchphrase or someone’s hair…But I love that I seem to have brilliant hair. I suppose it’s a great thing in life, isn’t it?" he admits, with a laugh. "Especially that [because] I’m terrified of going bald."

As for his personal life, Harington tells the Post, "I’m single and I have been for a while."  Still, he is looking for love, adding that he prefers to date "redheads."

"I’m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times, because it’s gotten me into trouble. But I love romance. I think it’s one of the greatest pleasures in life," he says. "It’s about giving each other something, it’s giving something away and it should be a most unselfish act. It’s saying, ‘I’ve hired a little cottage somewhere. We’re going away! Surprise!'"

"And when I said that I’m a hopeless romantic, I’m trying not only to search for the love of my life, but to learn to be happy with myself and who I am as a person," he adds. "Hopefully that lovely lady will come along one day. And although I love romance, I’m trying to live without it at the moment."

Previously, Harington has been linked to his Game of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie, and his Pompeii co-star, Emily Browning.

Game of Thrones is set to return for season five April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on HBO.

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Kate Hudson Says She and Ex-Fiance Will ‘Be Family for the Rest of Our Lives’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy still seem to be on good terms after splitting last year. In fact, the two are still the co-owners of Hudson Bellamy Wines.

The actress said their failed relationship won't stop them from creating wines together.

"We’re family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby and we love making wine. We’ll continue doing it," she told Wine Enthusiast magazine.

The two, who ended their engagement last December after a four-year romance, have a three-year-old son, Bingham Hawn Bellamy.

Hudson said she was inspired to create her own wine company thanks to her "stepdad," actor Kurt Russell. He's the longtime partner of her mother, Goldie Hawn.

When asked if there is anything about winemaking that’s like filmmaking, Hudson told the magazine, "I wouldn’t stretch it that far, but I would say that I did have the realization of how creative the process really is."

"But what’s very different from making movies is that everything in wine is connected to nature," Hudson continued. "Your grapes can only be as good as your year. That is one of the things that makes it very special and incredibly unique. You are at the mercy of your crop, and I love that. Though, we are telling a story. Every bottle has a story, and when you sit down and drink it, you feel connected to that story." 

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Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday night in unknown condition.

News of her hospitalization comes from a verified Twitter account. Mitchell, 71, is best known for her hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," covered by the Counting Crows in 2002.

 

Joni has been hospitalized. We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know.

— JoniMitchell.com (@JoniMitchellcom) April 1, 2015

Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and she has won eight Grammy Awards during her career.


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"General Hospital" Leads Daytime Emmy Nominees

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.

The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.

CBS topped all networks with a total of 62 nominations, followed by PBS with 50 and ABC with 35.

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held April 26 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California.

A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.com. Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Days of Our Lives, NBC
General Hospital, ABC
The Young and the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Peggy Mccay, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Alison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Gina Tognoni, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Maura West, General Hospital, ABC
Laura Wright, General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Jason Thompson, General Hospital, ABC
Anthony Geary, General Hospital, ABC

Outstanding Morning Program
Good Morning America, ABC
Today, NBC
CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
CBS This Morning, CBS

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated
Live! with Kelly and Michael, syndicated
The Wendy Williams Show, syndicated
The Talk, CBS

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative
Steve Harvey, syndicated
The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
The Chew, ABC
The Kitchen, Food Network

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, The Chew, ABC
Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey, syndicated

Outstanding Children's Animated Program
All Hail King Julien, Netflix
Arthur, PBS
The Fairly OddParents, Nickelodeon

Outstanding Game Show Host
Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, syndicated
Steve Harvey, Family Feud, syndicated
Todd Newton, Family Game Night, Discovery Family Channel
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune, syndicated

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Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe Talk Bruno Tonioli, the Nobel Prize and More

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she's "never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes."

Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli's comment, McKinney, 23, and her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, played a word-association game with ABC News.

"Unfair," said McKinney, when asked about "Tonioli."

"Rude," added Motsepe.


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Comedy Central Supports New "Daily Show" Host Trevor Noah After Backlash

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he'd tweeted in the past.

The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, "A hot white woman with a** is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you’ll probably never get to ride it." Others contain comments about Jews and Israel, which were perceived to be derogatory.

But in a statement provided to ABC Radio Monday, the cable network said, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central."

Noah has also received support from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock. When the news first broke about Noah replacing Stewart, he tweeted: "Thank you President Obama."

On Tuesday, Noah also tweeted to his critics, noting that "a handful of jokes that didn't land" doesn't define his character or him as a comedian.

To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.

— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31, 2015

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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Model's Accusations

Fernando Leon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's representative has spoken out on behalf of the media mogul following accusations that surfaced on Monday.

Weinstein, 63, is "being investigated" after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police Friday evening, the New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are confident that we will be fully vindicated," Weinstein's rep told ABC News Tuesday.

The unidentified Italian woman claims Weinstein groped her in his office at the Tribeca Film Center in Manhattan, New York around 6 p.m. Friday. No charges have been filed at this point, police said.

Weinstein allegedly grabbed the woman's breasts, a police source told ABC News.

After police look into the matter, it will be up to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to decide whether to proceed with charges against the famed movie executive.

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The Funniest Moments from Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast

Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber's singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the main targets during the much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired Monday.

The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at Bieber, including comedians Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress, Undateable star Chris D’Elia, Saturday Night Live standout Pete Davidson, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, rappers Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and host, actor/comedian Kevin Hart.

Here are some of the special's highlights:

D'Elia, whom Bieber calls his “favorite comedian,” kidded the singer about his blue suit and his hairstyle.

“For a guy worth $200 million, why are you dressed like Sharon Stone in the 90s,” D'Elia joked.

The actor and stand-up comic said of Bieber, “You have it all...except for respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy.”

Hart joked that “Ebola patients hear about ‘Bieber fever’ and say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and ride this one out.’”

Ross joked that he “never roasted somebody with a bedtime before.” He also joked about Bieber’s on-again-off-again romance with Gomez, noting she “wanted to be here, but she’s dating men now.”

After telling the singer, “You have such a huge career behind you,” Ross closed by saying, “You know what Biebs, you’re right. You’re young, talented, you’re famous and that can be a lot of pressure, but you’re a smart man with a good heart and I know you’ll never end up like Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse -- respected.”

O’Neal joked, “Justin, as a father of six, you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth-most-hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.”

Stewart told the singer, “Justin, I’m sure it’s great to have 60 million followers on Twitter, but the only place people will be following you in jail is into the shower.”

Will Ferrell, appearing as his Ron Burgundy character from Anchorman, defended Bieber’s numerous brushes with the law, declaring the pop star is “doing it right.” He then ran down all the incidents, noting, “This kid has spunk, moxie and probably a few other STDs.”

Near the end of the special, Bieber fired back at the roasters.

"I turned a lot of people off the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything around,” he said. “You have my word I will not end up broken, pathetic, bitter or sitting on the dais of somebody else's roast."

The singer then got serious. He said he was “thrown into this at 12 years old” and that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He then apologized for his past behavior, declaring, “I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people, and through it all, I lost some of my best qualities.”

He added that he’s “looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of.”

The special was taped on March 14.

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Which "Terminator" Film Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Say 'Sucked'?

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In the first Terminator film, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'd be back.  Now he's back for a fourth time in Terminator: Genisys. It's actually the fifth film in the Terminator film series and marks the former California governor's return to the science-fiction flicks after bowing out of Terminator Salvation, which was released in 2009.

"You didn't do the fourth?" ABC News correspondent Nick Watt asked Schwarzenegger in an interview that aired on Tuesday's Good Morning America.

The actor replied, laughing: "Thank God."

"Why, was it bad?" Watt asked.

"It sucked," Schwarzenegger said.

Thirty-one years after the original Terminator premiered, Schwarzenegger’s character fights his younger self in Genisys.

"Here the challenge was, how do I have the same frame as I had in the 1984 movie?" the 67-year-old former champion bodybuilder said, adding that he "wasn't that far away from it."

"I was an eight. So, I had to push it up to a ten. But within two months I got to that size," Schwarzenegger said.

Genisys is the start of a new Terminator trilogy. "They paid a lot of attention to make this movie really work, to make this movie really go through the roof because then there's a reason to do two more," Schwarzenegger explained.

Terminator: Genisys also stars Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke as John Connor, and Divergent actor Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.

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NBC Announces Live Production of “The Wiz” for December

The cast of the 1978 movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBC has officially announced The Wiz will be its next live musical production.

The network said Monday it will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil on The Wiz, which will air Thursday, December 3. A cast has not yet been announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron -- who have produced the past three Oscars telecasts as well as the NBC live musicals The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! -- will return for the new production.

NBC noted that Cirque du Soleil will also work on a Broadway revival of The Wiz that will debut during the 2016-2017 season.

The Wiz initially opened on Broadway in 1975, re-imagining L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in an African-American context. A movie adaptation hit theaters in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon is on board for the TV production and the Broadway revival in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

NBC previously announced it has a Music Man production in the works. It is expected to premiere in 2016.

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Disney Working on Live-Action “Mulan” Movie

Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney is bringing back another princess for a live-action film. The studio will develop a live-action version of Mulan after acquiring a script for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An animated Mulan film, focusing on the titular female warrior, opened in theaters in 1998, featuring the voices of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy.

Mulan
earned more than $300 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for its musical score. A straight-to-video Mulan sequel was released in 2005.

Disney, the parent company of ABC News, currently has a box office hit with the live-action Cinderella. Last year, it found success with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty villain.

Aside from Mulan, Disney's future live-action projects include new versions of Beauty and the Beast and, reportedly, Dumbo.

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New TV Land's “Younger” Is ‘Like “Devil Wears Prada” Meets “Sex and the City”’

TV Land(NEW YORK) — In Younger, Broadway star Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who tries to return to the workforce after several years and a divorce, and finds that it's not how she left it. So she pretends she's in her 20s to score a job in the publishing industry after a dozen failed job interviews.

Debi Mazar stars as Maggie, the lesbian best friend of Liza, who suggests she "re-think things," Mazar tells ABC Radio, especially after a much younger man mistakes Liza for a woman in her 20s at a Brooklyn bar.

Hilary Duff stars as junior editor Kelsey Peters. She describes the series as "kind of like Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City." The actress also described her character. "I play this young girl, who's kind of an animal in the work space where she's gotten very high up quickly and she's pretty aggressive, but her dating life is a hot mess," she tells ABC Radio.

Initially, Duff didn't want the role. "My agent calls me and she's like, '[Creator] Darren Star sent this amazing script and this part will be really great for you and he wants to meet you and talk to you.' And I'm like, 'Nope! No, no, no! I don't want to do it. I cannot move to New York right now.' There was just so much going on in my life with a new baby and everything else," she explains.

Eventually after a phone call, Duff agreed, telling Star, "'OK! I'm gonna be there.'"

Mazar, however, jumped at her role. "I'm 50 playing 40. So I'm loving it," she says. "I can tell you how blessed I felt when I got the part because I was older and I got to play younger and it's just so nice. I usually age up. I'm like, 'I'll play the grandmother. I've got no problem with that.'"

Both actresses signed onto the series not only because of the script, but because of the opportunity to work with Star, who also created Sex and the City.

"It's Darren Star so it has his mark on the show for sure," says Duff.

"Darren Star loves women as you can see from all of his shows. He's very specific. It's like doing theater. He knows what he wants. He knows where he wants the comma [and] the period," Mazar adds. "He's a joy to work for just because he really celebrates women and their relationships."

Duff says "the fashion is great" on the series, especially since Star reunited with Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field to create the looks. Mazar agrees, telling ABC Radio that Star told her he wanted her character to "be a lesbian and still be fierce, and sexy, and wear that lipstick and keep those heels on."

Younger, which also stars Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella, premieres with back-to-back episodes on TV Land Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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