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Photo Courtesy Affirm(NEW YORK) -- Comedian and producer Whitney Cummings, actress Keke Palmer, and stand-up Hasan Minhaj are poking fun at fine print, as part of a million dollar contest that invites consumers to, as well. 

The company Affirm, which bills itself as a "transparent alternative" to the usual credit cards, is putting up a million dollars -- 100 prizes of $10,000 each -- for people who can give the funniest, most dramatic, or creative readings of the usually indecipherable fine print on everything from credit card agreements to labels on food and beauty products.

According to the company, judges are looking for, "the best fine print reading submissions based on the inclusion of a fine print 'gotcha,'" stressing, "originality, creativity, quality, and entertainment value."

Keke and Hasan separately gave their takes on the contest; she reads her lengthy fine print from a seemingly endless scroll of paper, he recorded a segment stressing a sneaker store's silly return policy.

Cummings reads a credit card agreement, yelling at one point, "Who wrote this and why do you hate me?" Ashley Parker, and Taylor Perez will soon drop theirs.

Submissions will be accepted until December 10 at affirm.com/giftsnotgotchas.


 

By Stephen Iervolino
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NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live has announced its hosts and musical guests for December, including the return of a former cast member. 

Ozark's Jason Bateman will do the honors on December 5, with the musical guest Morgan Wallen -- who had been previously bumped for violating COVID-19 guidelines when he posted a video of himself partying with female fans. He posted the news fans on social media, along with the wry caption, "Let’s try this again."

December 12 will see upcoming Dune star Timothee Chalamet taking the stage at Studio 8H, with musical guests Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

On December 19, former cast member Kristen Wiig returns as host, ahead of the Christmas Day debut of Wonder Woman, in which she plays Cheetah. Her musical guest is Dua Lipa.

By Stephen Iervolino
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L-R Anthony Russo, Joe Russo/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- After helming the biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo are making new headlines.

Talk of a sequel to the Netflix hit Extraction began soon after the Joe Russo-penned movie drew big numbers for the streaming service after its April debut, but now it seems the follow-up to the Chris Hemsworth action film has a start date. 

Based on the Ande Parks book Ciudad, the movie had the Thor series star playing strung-out mercenary Tyler Rake, who takes a high-risk job rescuing the son of a crime boss from a rival.

In an interview with Hemsworth's Avengers series co-director, it appears things will get underway on the follow-up next spring.

Joe Russo tells Comicbook.com, "We're in the script phase right now but we're hoping to shoot that sometime next year. I'm super excited, Hemsworth's super excited, Netflix is excited so it's really just a function of getting the script done."

It's not clear yet if the action movie's director, Sam Hargrave, is set to return, and it's also unclear whether the movie will be a sequel or a prequel, as the fate of Hemsworth's character is left to a cliffhanger. 

Meanwhile, Vanity Fair has released images from the Russo Bros.' upcoming reunion with another Avengers series star, Spider-Man's Tom Holland. 

Based on the bestselling novel by the same name from author Nico Walker, Cherry has Holland playing a former Army medic who returns from Iraq with PTSD, who falls into opioid addiction and a life of crime. 

The movie will hit theaters on February 26, and then debut on AppleTV on March 12, 2021.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Michael Reaves/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ed Murray, the eldest of Bill Murray's five brothers and the inspiration for the Danny Noonan character in Caddyshack, has died. 

On his William Murray Golf Instagram page, Murray noted the passing "with the heaviest of hearts," calling his brother a "legend."

The memorial says, "It was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf -- by way of caddying at Indian Hills Country Club -- at the age of 10, no less. (They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.)"

The post added, "Ed was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship back in 1963, while attending Northwestern University -- a scholarship awarded to golf caddies -- a family storyline which served as inspiration for the Danny Noonan character in Caddyshack when Brian Doyle-Murray co-wrote that iconic screenplay."

The post goes on to note that, "Ed and all five Murray brothers are members of the Caddie Hall of Fame, as well -- something all the boys take pride in, as this game helped shape their lives."

Various sources give Ed Murray's age as either 75 or 76.

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Cesar Fuentes Cervants/NETFLIX © 2020(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lopez has no shame in passing the Selena baton.

The 51-year-old entertainer catapulted to fame after she portrayed the late singer in the 1997 film and now she can't wait to see it reimagined with Netflix's Selena: The Series. In a clip shared to the streaming platform's social media, Lopez reminisced before dishing her thoughts on the new series. 

"Guys, I don't know if you've heard about this new Selena series on Netflix," Lopez began. "Playing Selena was kind of a landmark moment in my career and I was so excited when I saw the trailer and heard about it. It's a great way for this generation to get to know Selena. I love Selena. It's a big part of my life and my career. And I can't wait to see it."

The new series sees Walking Dead alum Christian Serratos transformed into the Tejano queen to tell her life story before it was tragically cut short in 1995. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Serratos dished about a "special moment" that occurred while portraying Selena. 

"When I was younger, I remember hearing her music in the house," Serratos recalled. "When I got older, YouTube became a big thing and I discovered this video of her performing 'Que Creias.' Whenever I would talk about Selena, that was the video I showed every one of her. I was able to perform that song on the show, and I was so nervous and so excited! I didn't want to speak to anyone because that was my special moment with her. It was really incredible!"

Selena was murdered at age 23 by her fan club's president, Yolanda Saldivar.  She would have been 49 this year.

Selena: The Series hits Netflix on December 4. 

By Danielle Long
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Brownie Harris/Amazon Studios(LONDON) -- There's a real and emotional reason why Paul Bettany felt such a deep and personal connection to the character he plays in Uncle Frank, which is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.

The movie, which takes place in the 1970s, follows Bettany's character, a gay man who lives two lives.  He is out and proud in New York where he lives and works, but when it comes to his family in South Carolina -- he is still very much in the closet.

That balancing act is challenged when Frank has to return to his hometown to attend his father's funeral. 

Marvel movie star Bettany, who is married to actress Jennifer Connelly, revealed to ABC Audio why this role meant so much to him.

"I was raised by a closeted gay father who came out at 63...much to the relief of everybody in the family," the BAFTA winner said.  "He then had a 20 year relationship with a man called Andy."

When Andy died, Bettany said his father "went back into the closet" and "was unable to mourn the person who, I think, was the love of his life."

Playing Frank, a beloved professor at NYU struggling to decide whether or not to come out to his family, made him think about how different his father's life would have been had he stayed out and "shed the shame that he was holding onto regarding his sexuality."

Moreover, Uncle Frank not only made him reflect on his father, but what purpose his movie serves.

Bettany says this film should be seen by "anybody who feels that there's somehow unable to live their life authentically because it's sort of exterior pressures."

"It a film about acceptance," the A Beautiful Mind star added. "[It's about] his acceptance for who he is, and also his family’s acceptance." 

By Megan Stone & Jason Nathanson
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Courtesy Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Sony Pictures holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season is now streaming on Hulu. The film stars Kristen Stewart as Abby, who plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, played by Mackenzie Davis, during a trip home over the holidays. But things get complicated when Harper confesses she never came out to her conservative parents. 

Stewart, who is bisexual, tells ABC Audio she relished the chance to tell this heartwarming -- and very funny -- take on the typical holiday movie, which was co-written by real-life partners Mary Holland, who also co-stars, and director Clea Duvall.

"It's such an exciting prospect, a gay Christmas rom com backed by Sony, no less," Stewart says. "Like it just sounded so kind of new and foreign to me...It felt so lived in and personal and authentic in it, it didn't feel remotely like tokenized. I was just really excited."

Stewart explains the movie's supporting cast, which includes Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and the scene-stealing Holland, who plays Harper's oddball sister, Jane, elevated the script. "It was so much fun, honestly, everyone in this movie is so funny that I've never laughed so much on a movie set -- and I've tried to make comedies in the past!" Stewart confesses.

The Happiest Season script, she explains, "was just such a great diving board because it was already funny. And then the people that Clea invited to make it better and make it feel really real and sort of like got it on its feet, like blew me away every day. And it was like at times hard to keep up, hard to stay engaged because I was genuinely entertained."

By Stephen Iervolino
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"Dear Christmas" - Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- For many people, 2020 has been a trying year.  For that reason, Melissa Joan Hart -- a perennial staple in Christmas movies -- says holiday flicks have found a new importance. 

Speaking with E!'s Daily Pop on Tuesday, the Sabrina the Teenage Witch alum revealed why she completely endorses cheesy Christmas movies. 

"I think this is the year we all need a happy ending," Melissa revealed, who says there's zero shame in Christmas movies being a source of comfort.

"They give you a safe place to go and you can just enjoy," the 44-year-old actress explained before nodding to her new Lifetime movie Dear Christmas, which gives the audience exactly that.

"[It] is really sweet," she dished, explaining that she plays an author that "believes in true love" -- despite never experiencing it herself -- and celebrates holiday love stories on her successful podcast.  Of course, during a trip back home before a major book tour, a local firefighter, played by Jason Priestley, catches her eye.

That said, the Lifetime Channel started up their holiday rotation well before Halloween -- airing their first seasonal film on October 23.

Another source of comfort this year has been nostalgia, with the New York Times saying Americans are turning to their old shows and movies to mentally escape the uncertainty brought on by the ongoing pandemic. 

As for Melissa, she's been reflecting on all the fun she's had on Sabrina, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

The actress revealed that there's one special episode where she has nothing but fond memories -- when she went to Disney.

"We did a whole episode at the Animal Kingdom," she gushed. "We got to take the whole crew! We just had a blast."

By Megan Stone
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW JERSEY) -- Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is about to have a situation on his hand -- a baby situation, that is. 

The reality star and his wife Lauren announced that they are expecting their first child together in adorable Instagram posts shared on Tuesday.

Both Mike and Lauren shared the same photos in their social media announcement. The first was a photo of the couple in the kitchen with their dog and on the counter, spelled out in flour reads, "Baby Sorrentino May 2021." The second, showed a close up of the flour message with the ultrasound and, the third, was of the couple kissing in front of it.

"We have a Baby Situation," Mike captioned the post. Meanwhile Lauren wrote, "Our biggest blessing is on it’s [sic] way."

The couple, who married in 2018, also made an Instagram for their bundle of joy, @itsbabysituation, that already has over 40,000 followers. 

The exciting news comes about a year after Mike and Lauren shared that they suffered a "heartwrenching" miscarriage. Speaking with Strahan, Sara & Keke in November 2019, the mom-to-be explained that they conceived the night Mike had returned from serving an eight month prison sentence for tax evasion. 

"The night he came home, we actually conceived. And then at about six-and-a-half, seven weeks, I miscarried," Lauren revealed.

"It was heart-wrenching. When I found out we were pregnant, I felt like this is why we went through all these challenges for years and that this was our time and it was our blessing," she emotionally recalled. "It was hard. It was really difficult."

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday's episode of The Bachelorette, Tayshia laid down the law after discovering what some of the men had been saying about her right before the rose ceremony.

The episode kicked off with a group date that featured Bennett, Ivan, Blake, Riley, Demar, Kenny and Zac competing for the only one-on-one date, each using his limited musical skills to write and perform a love song for Tayshia.  The winner was Ivan, who touched her heart with his spoken-word piece, and sealed the deal by inviting Tayshia on stage to sit next to him as he performed it.

The date began with Ivan joining Tayshia in her suite for a fun evening of games, including Twister and a pillow fight.  However, things turned serious when the two shared an emotional conversation and bonded over their similar backgrounds of being mixed-raced and the difficulties they faced growing up.  Afterwards, Tayshia offered him the date rose.

Next, former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin and Sydney Lotuaco, from season 23 of The Bachelor visited Tayshia, and helped her plan an outrageous game of Truth or Dare for six of the men: Bennet, Demar, Kenny, Blake, Zac and Riley. The dares include chugging disgusting smoothies, having host Chris Harrison autograph "a part of their body where the sun doesn't shine" and proposing to Tayshia after eating a spicy habanero pepper.

Later came the "Truth" part of the date and Zac had all the right words for Tayshia, who enjoyed "looking at the stars and talking about life" with him.  He was rewarded with the date rose.

Heading into the rose ceremony, Ben and Ed both felt they needed to make a bold move to ensure they wouldn't be sent home... So each decided to surprise Tayshia with a late-night visit at her villa.

The risky move paid off for Ben, who impressed Tayshia for "showing up," something she said he needed to do earlier during his group date. The two shared a romantic evening together and bared their souls while enjoying champagne with strawberries.

Ed, on the other hand, in what turned into a comically awkward moment, knocked on the wrong door and wound up spending the evening with Harrison.  "That was weird," mused Chris as he watched the embarrassed and frustrated bachelor head home afterwards.

Meanwhile, trouble was brewing at the men's quarters, where some of the guys were still fuming over Noah's stunt from last week, in which he crashed a group date, monopolized Tayshia for most of the evening and then managed to snag the date rose.

Noah attempted some damage control at the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, privately telling Tayshia that some of the guys were "discrediting" her thought process and that they viewed her awarding him the rose as a "stunt" to "shake things up."

Tayshia then gathered all the men together to reaffirm the promise she made when she first met them -- that she was being her "true self" before telling them all to "grow up."

"If you're going to be questioning me," she warned, "I'll gladly walk you outside."

At the rose ceremony, Jordan C., Joe, Kenny and Chasen were sent packing.

Here are the remaining men:

Ben, 29, an Army Ranger veteran from Venice, Calif.
Bennett, 36, a wealth management consultant from New York City, N.Y.
Blake Moynes, 29, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Brendan, 30, a commercial roofer from Milford, Mass.
Demar, 26, a spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eazy, 29, a sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, Calif.
Ed, 36, a health care salesman from Miami, Fla.
Ivan, 28, an aeronautical engineer from Dallas, Texas
Noah, 25, a registered travel nurse from Tulsa, OK
Spencer, a 30-year-old Water treatment engineer from La Jolla, California;
Riley, 30, an attorney from Long Island City, N.Y.
Spencer, 30, a Water treatment engineer from La Jolla, California
Zac C., 36, an addiction specialist from Haddonfield, N.J.

The Bachelorette returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

By George Costantino
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Mathieu Bitton(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has officially removed Dave Chappelle's comedy series, Chappelle's Show, from their platform after the comedian says he asked them to do so.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, Chappelle shared a comedy set called "Unforgiven" where he explained his issues with his sketch comedy show being streamed without his permission.

“They [ViacomCBS] didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me."

"Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract," he continues. "But is that right? I didn’t think so either."

Dave says he was "furious" when he found out Netflix was streaming his show without his consent.

"How could they not– how could they not know?," he said. "So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Although Netflix was quick to acquiesce, the series, which was created, executive produced and headlined by Chappelle, is still available on several ViacomCBS brands, including its original home Comedy Central, CBS All Access, and now HBO Max.

As previously reported, Chappelle recently called out both Netflix and HBO Max for streaming Chappelle's Show during his Saturday Night Live hosting appearance on November 7.

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Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- As predicted, Star Wars fans are having a good-natured laugh at The Mandalorian's "Game of Thrones coffee cup" moment -- and so is director Carl Weathers. 

Shortly after Weathers' episode "The Seige" aired last Friday on Disney , fans noticed a stray crew member lingering in one shot, and as we predicted, didn't take much longer for those in the costuming community to joke about what it would take to build a "canon" costume of the man forever branded as "Jeans Guy" -- and even create a mock action figure and a LEGO minifig of the guy, both complete with the piece of set that obscured half of his body. 

The errant crew member even made an appearance as "Admiral Jeff-Blue Jeans" in the Star Wars encyclopedia Wookieepedia. The post was quickly taken down, but not before some wiseguy -- or girl -- described the character as being, "known for his strange look of a T-Shirt and blue jeans," and "a cunning warrior and a respected individual."

Buoyed by great reviews for the episode -- dozens of which he personally responded to on Twitter -- Weathers was laughing along with them, calling Jeans Guy, "A bogey!"

And speaking of the episode, the blue space macarons that a hungry Baby Yoda swiped from a stingy kid can now be yours, thanks to Williams-Sonoma, which is selling a pack of them for $50. They're called Nevarro Nummies, after the planet on which The Child found the confection.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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ABCAmber Riley is officially off the market and happily engaged to her boyfriend Desean Black.

The Glee actress and singer shared a romantic photo of herself and her fiance on Instagram, where she also posted a video of herself admiring her her soon-to-be hubby while showing off her stunning ring. 

"There was a time when I thought I didn’t want or deserve this kind of love. I’m looking at a man who changed my mind," wrote Riley. "My time by myself, loving on myself, getting comfortable with myself, prepared me for you, and prepared me for this."

She continued, "I am so proud to say, I am the future Mrs. Black. I love you @deseanblack_official and I thank you for your patience, your friendship, and your partnership!"

In the comments, Lena Waithe, Gabrielle Union and Francia Raisa, as well as fellow Glee star Matthew Morrison, wished Riley well on her engagement.

Black shared the same post on his Instagram account, adding his own heartfelt message about the woman who he says brings him "unconditional love."

"Fellas, when a woman looks at you like this, it's a clear indication that you're doing the right thing," he wrote. "Now, when she delivers unconditional love that you've never experienced, it's another clear indication that you've found the one. Only a fool would let someone as special as this slip away."

"So I did what any wise man would do and put a ring on it. I love you to pieces @msamberpriley, or should I say the future Mrs. Black," he added. "#happilyengaged A king will always protect his queen." 

"Hi fiance," wrote Riley in Black's comments. 

This past summer, Riley's Glee co-star Jenna Ushkowitz also got engaged, to her boyfriend of two years, David Stanley.

By Rachel George
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Ed Asner Family Center(LOS ANGELES) -- Perhaps it makes sense, considering his track record of dating A-list stars, but Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson is going to star in It's A Wonderful Life

Davidson will fill Jimmy Stewart's shoes in a star-studded live virtual reading of the film's script on December 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

He will be joined by Maude Apatow, Mia Farrow, Ellie Kemper, Diedrich Bader, Bill Pullman, Richard Kind, B.D. Wong, Michael Shannon, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr., and Ed Asner at the event, which will be hosted by Tom Bergeron.  It benefits the Ed Asner Family Center, which is dedicated to people with special needs.

Tickets for the event are tax deductible and range from $50 to $250, with the high-end ticket including special autographed goodies.

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Courtesy Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday, the Hulu holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season debuts on the streaming service

The Sony Pictures romantic comedy -- directed and co-written by actress and filmmaker Clea Duvall -- features an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenbergen. 

In the film, Stewart's Abby and Davis' Harper are a couple who travel together to Harper's family for their annual Christmas festivities, with Abby secretly plotting to pop the question.  But there's a big catch -- once they're on the road, Harper confesses to Abby that not only has she not told her conservative family that they're a couple, they don't even know she's gay.  

Oscar-winner Steenbergen plays Tipper, Harper's high strung mother, who's obsessed with her husband's political future and all the parts her seemingly perfect family must play in it. Steenbergen tells ABC Audio that while she didn't grow up wealthy in Arkansas, the character was very familiar to her.

"I grew up knowing this Southern version of this woman," the actress explains. "I would occasionally meet these kind of wealthy Southern women, and I felt like Tipper was a version of that -- who long ago started focusing on this idea of perfection that was going to make everything fine in her life if she ever achieved it. And of course, it's ridiculous, but it was important to her."

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