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In speech at San Francisco "kneel-in," Jamie Foxx calls on "Hollywood friends" to take action

ABC/Lou Rocco(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Jamie Foxx delivered an impassioned speech Monday at a “kneel-in” demonstration at San Francisco City Hall to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The Oscar-winner called on his “Hollywood friends” to take action, advising them to get out of the comfort of their homes and let people see their faces.

“You gotta get out here,” he implored. “You can't sit back. You can't tweet. You can't text. You got to get out here.”

He added, “When you’re here, and you see how people are hurting, you can understand what it is as opposed to being in your bedroom or your living room and saying, 'Hey, I don't like this.'”

Foxx promised the crowd he would continue to show up for whatever they needed.

“I don't preach or anything like that,” he said. “But I just want to be here to let you know that you got somebody that you can call anytime.”

He concluded by encouraging protesters to remain steadfast.

“Let's not forget that they may try to pull one on us,” he said. “Even now they say we didn't see what we saw. And I continuously say, how can we see it as a murder and they see it as a misunderstanding? The work is still here.”

The actor was joined at the peaceful protest by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Shamann Walton, officials from the NAACP and other leaders. 

By Andrea Tuccillo
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After playing dad to Chrises Evans and Pratt, JK Simmons has his eye on Pine and Hemsworth

AppleTV (LOS ANGELES) -- In the latest installment of's quarantine show Couch Surfing, actor JK Simmons says he wants in on what's become a running Hollywood joke: the number of superstars who happened to be named Chris. 

Simmons, who appeared both in the original Spider-Man films and in the most recent, Spider-Man: Far From Home as muckraking newsman J. Jonah Jameson, plays Chris Evans' dad in the AppleTV drama Defending Jacob

While he admitted he was a fan of Captain America's alter-ego, saying he thought he'd be "a good guy to work with," Simmons said working with Evans sparked an idea.

"My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris," the Whiplash Oscar-winner laughed.  "So I checked off my Chris Evans box, and I just finished a film [The Tomorrow War] with Chris Pratt where I play his father, so that's number two."

Simmons says, "So if you're casting out there I'm looking -- Chris Pine, I'm available, and Chris Hemsworth -- in either order, I mean, we don't have to go alphabetical."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Broadway On Demand cancels Tonys celebration over deaths of George Floyd, others

iStock/helivideo(NEW YORK) -- Broadway On Demand, the newly launched streaming platform for theater devotees, has announced that it will will postpone the Tony Awards celebration that was scheduled for this Sunday, June 7, out of respect for the Black Lives Movement. 

The organization is currently taking part in nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis a week ago today after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck.  

In a statement, Broadway On Demand President and CEO Sean Cercone said, "We are collectively saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, [and] Breonna Taylor and disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustices that continue to permeate our society."

The statement continues: "We at Broadway On Demand do not tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind. The continued violence against Black Americans is inexcusable. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter."

Calling this a "a pivotal moment in our nation's history," Cercone says his company's, "priorities at this time are to listen, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to do our best to enact real change in our industry and in our nation."

Cercone says, "We truly believe theater has the power to educate, inspire, develop empathy, bridge cultural divides and ultimately unite under the banner of humanity. Broadway On Demand recognizes that we have the power to influence and change the world through art. Our goal as an organization is to create a platform where underrepresented voices can be amplified and uplifted. That is why it is of the utmost importance that the programs we deliver adhere to these beliefs and reflect the world in which we live."

The postponed Tony Awards celebration will be rescheduled.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for the "moral failure" of not speaking out about George Floyd's death

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to apologize for what he called a "moral failure" of not speaking out soon enough about the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, was killed one week ago today in Minneapolis after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck during an arrest, while Floyd repeatedly declared that he couldn't breathe.  His death sparked ongoing protests nationwide. 

"We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting," Miranda said. "We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election. And that we have not yet firmly spoken inarguable truth of Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official Hamilton channels is a moral failure on our part."

He added, "As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure. I'm sorry for not pushing harder and faster for us to speak these self-evident truths under the Hamilton banner, which has come to mean so much to so many of you...Literally, the idea of the show doesn't exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew, and production team who breathe life into the story every time it's performed."

Miranda concluded. "It's up to us in words and deeds to stand up for our fellow citizens...and have each others' backs."

He closed with, "History has its eyes on all of us."

By Stephen Iervolino
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One Zoom to rule them all: Josh Gad reunites entire 'Lord of the Rings' cast in epic "Reunited Apart" segment

Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As part of his ongoing Reunited Apart series, Josh Gad pulled off an epic reunion befitting an epic trilogy: the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings films. 

The get-together was meant to help support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America. 

While Gad has already brought together the much smaller casts of movies like Splash and The Goonies, Gad's latest event left no stone unturned for the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's beloved books.

Starting with Sean Astin, who claimed he was hoping for a Rudy reunion, one by one, the fellowship is joined, until the entire cast -- Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellan, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Miranda Otto, and director Peter Jackson and co-writer/producer Phillipa Boyens -- pop up on screen.

"I remember when we all said goodbye 30 years ago, we said we'd have reunions," McKellan noted. "Have you been having reunions without me?"

For over 50 minutes, the group reminisces about what it took to make the beloved trilogy, shows off their matching tattoos they got on set, reenacts scenes and divulges secrets -- like Rhys-Davies' contract mandating that he have a La-Z-Boy recliner near him on set, even if the set was on the side of a mountain.

Eventually, Jackson's fellow New Zealander, Taika Waititi, joins the fun with trivia questions.

Bernard Hill, King Theoden himself, gets the last laugh. He joins the call after everybody had left. "Bugger," he says, realizing his mistake.

By Stephen Iervolino
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John Cusack claims cop attacked him during Chicago protest

Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images(ILLINOIS) --  Actor and activist John Cusack claimed on Sunday evening that Chicago cops attacked him while he was attending a protest over the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck while apprehending him. Floyd's death sparked protests and riots nationwide.

To Twitter, the Gross Pointe Blank star noted, "Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike." 

His video doesn't show that per se, but we hear him forcefully being told to move, and then hear the sound of metal crashing, and Cusack saying, "All right, all right."

The actor's timeline is filled with not only photos he took of the "chaos" in Chicago, but of retweets of protests in the U.S. and around the world.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon, and more demand justice for George Floyd

iStock/Coast-to-Coast (LOS ANGELES) -- The recent killing of George Floyd by now-fired policeman Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has sparked intense national outrage leading to an eruption of protests across the world. Amid this civil unrest, celebrities have used their platforms to educate, raise awareness, and demand change. 

Oprah: "Those of us who have the ability to be seen or heard in our lives—whether you are Black or white, Asian or Hispanic—it is incumbent on all of us to not just be outraged when we see injustice. It's not enough to just say 'It's so terrible.' We can't tolerate hate crimes perpetrated by authorities in this country. We need to speak up and say 'That will not happen on my watch.' We're going to do the work that it takes to dismantle in our own way."

Reese Witherspoon: The actress tweeted, "It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don’t want that for my kids. Or for yours.We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice."

We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice.

— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) May 30, 2020

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: "Past few days I've been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd's death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I've had cops in my family. Good men. And there's a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat... These officers will be charged, I'm positive of that. Held accountable. But then where's the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality..."

Jennifer Aniston: She expressed on Instagram, "This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time - and it’s NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME?"

Kevin Hart: "You can't ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It's that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That's taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE."

You can’t ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE....people want JUSTICE. It’s that simple....Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That’s taking action....Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see.....JUSTICE.

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 31, 2020

Jessica Biel: "The past few weeks have been heartbreaking... mostly because the racism and blatant injustices we’ve seen lately have happened many times before. We have allowed inequality to be part of America for too long - and it has NEVER been acceptable. As allies, we have to do more. While the obvious and understandable reaction is to be angry, and to fight back with hate - we also need to remember we are most powerful together. Please speak up. We want EVERYONE to live freely and peacefully. This hatred we are seeing is a result of a deep systemic problem, but we are not powerless."

Chrissy Teigen: After pledging $200,000 to bail out protestors, she wrote, "I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity... Silence is betrayal."

Katie Holmes: Alongside a quote of Floyd's last words the actress quoted James Baldwin: "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have," and added, "I send love to his family and friends. This is heartbreaking."

Viola Davis: "This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here's the thing......America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! "I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued"....... RIP George Floyd."

Lebron James: Next to a side by side photo of Colin Kaepernick kneeling and Floyd being pinned down by a police officer's knee, the NBA star explained, "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??"

Steph Curry: "If this image doesn’t disturb you and piss you off, then idk. I’ve seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it’s the same same same reality we live in. George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away."

Ava DuVernay: "You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must," she tweeted.

You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020

Vanessa Bryant: Captioning a photo of her late husband, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, wearing a T-shirt that reads "I Can't Breathe," she shared, "My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again. Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let's share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE... BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE..."

Gigi Hadid: "Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often - and the videos that go viral are not isolated events... Keep signing petitions, making calls to demand justice, speaking out (this is not just if you have a big platform- it starts in your homes and communities), and fighting to make a difference for every life that has been wrongly taken or effected by THE PANDEMIC OF RACISM. THIS IS ABOUT BEING AGAINST EVERY SENSELESS ACT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT BURDENS THIS COUNTRY." Read the full statement here

Bella Hadid: "... Black lives matter...Black voices matter and the black community matters 
Today I will be standing with and donating to @NAACP_LDF, one of America’s oldest civil rights law organizations, which fights for police reform every day. 'Partial justice is not justice at all--until all of the officers involved in the brutal murder of George Floyd are arrested, we will keep the pressure on.'" Full statement here

Kylie Jenner: "... I’ll never personally experience the pain and fear that many black people around the country go through every day but I know nobody should have to live in fear and nobody deserves a death like George Floyd and too many others. speaking up is long overdue for the rest of us. we’re currently dealing with two horrific pandemics in our country, and we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that racism is one of them. i fear for my daughter and i hope for a better future for her. my heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends. Don’t let his name be forgotten. keep sharing, keep watching, keep speaking out, because it’s the only way we can come together to help bring this much needed change and awareness. Rest In Peace, George Floyd." Full statement here

Kim Kardashian: "For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore..." Full statement here

By Danielle Long
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Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich announce separation after almost three years of marriage

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- After spending their quarantine apart, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have decided to make the separation official.

The two confirm to People they have decided to split after almost three years of marriage.

"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate," they say in a joint statement. "We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."

During the pandemic, Hough has been social distancing in Los Angeles, while Laich has been staying in Idaho. A source close to the couple says the fact that they were completely fine living apart made them realize it was time to make a change.

"It's over, it's been over for a while, and it's time to just call it what it is — and it is over," the source tells People. "There is honestly no ill will. He loves her. She loves him. I can truly say they always will. But they both understand they are not meant to go through their lives as husband and wife to each other."

Despite the split, the two appear to be on good terms. Earlier this week, Hough commented on Laich’s shirtless “thirst trap” Instagram photos, writing, "This is awesome haha. Also the fact that you just figured out what a thirst trap is…”

The 31-year-old former Dancing with the Stars pro and the 36-year-old hockey player tied the knot in July 2017.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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'Fuller House' star Candace Cameron Bure teases “many surprise faces” in final episodes

ABC/ Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Fuller House will return with its final episodes June 5, and Candace Cameron Bure, who plays DJ Tanner-Fuller on the show, warns fans to keep an eye out for some “surprise faces” along the way.

“There are so many surprise faces in the final episode, and not all of them have lines.  So if you are a die-hard fan, you need to pause during some of the episode or watch it through and then go back and watch it a second time,” Bure told Us Weekly during the magazine's latest Watch with Us podcast.  “You’re gonna see a lot of fun faces that just are there because they genuinely wanted to be there.”

“Everyone said yes,” she continued.  “There are a few people that couldn’t make it because of schedules, but everyone wanted to be there.  So you’ll see those faces even if they’re not speaking! There’s a couple of really fun ones that are very noticeable.”

Bure also teased the series’ triple wedding, in which D.J. marries her high school sweetheart Steve, played by Scott Weinger; Andrea Barber’s Kimmy remarries her ex-husband Fernando, played by Juan Pablo Di Pace; and Jodie Sweetin's Stephanie weds Kimmy’s brother Jimmy, played by Adam Hagenbuch.

“We all wanted it to be really beautiful and as real and as grounded as it could possibly be for a show like Fuller House,” she explained.  “We know there’s silly hijinks stuff and it’s cheesy and it’s fun and over the top, but we wanted the wedding to feel as grounded as possible.”

Full House aired for eight seasons from 1987-1995 on ABC.  The sequel series debuted on Netflix in 2016.

By George Costantino
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Co-host Jerry O'Connell teases 'Haircut Night in America'

Screen Grab/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (NEW YORK) -- With millions of salons and barbershops still shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, let's face it: we're looking a little unkempt -- and celebrities are no exception.

That's the motivator behind CBS' new special, Haircut Night in America, a remotely-shot show that will feature America’s top hair stylists guiding celebrities, and front-line healthcare workers, through the perfect DIY haircut, color and style from their homes.

Actor Jerry O’Connell and his spouse, actress Rebecca Romijn, host the festivities. 

"My wife and I are hosting, I guess, because Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were not available," O'Connell jokes to ABC Audio.  "So they they called us and the second they said, 'Hey, we're thinking about doing a socially distant, zooming in hair stylist to the stars to do celebrities hair over Zoom and Facetime and all that stuff,' it really made us laugh. And we were like, 'We are in."

Haircut Night in America also boasts Kelly Osbourne, Lindsey Vonn, her [NHL star] fiancé P.K. Subban, and Lindsay Lohan -- all with the guidance of their celebrity stylists, colorists, barbers doing home haircuts on themselves and each other. And what could possibly go wrong?"

O'Connell teases he nearly learned the answer to that question when he found himself with a bottle of hair dye in his hands.

"My wife's hair is her livelihood, and it was the most stressful thing I've done as a husband," says O'Connell.  "And by the way, it was more stressful than when we had our kids. It was coloring my wife's hair. Doing her roots was the biggest test of our marriage." 

Haircut Night In America airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

By Stephen Iervolino
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'Forbes' strips Kylie Jenner of her billionaire title; Kylie hits back

Toni Anne Barson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Remember when Forbes last year crowned Kylie Jenner the youngest “self-made” billionaire in the world? The publication now believes it was duped into giving her the title.

In an article published Friday, Forbes concedes that after unearthing new information about her cosmetics business, they cannot, in fact, call Kylie a billionaire.

The publication claims that the Kardashian-Jenner family exaggerated the success of Kylie Cosmetics for years -- even going so far as allegedly creating tax returns that were likely forged.

Kylie sold 51% of her Kylie Cosmetics to beauty giant Coty in January, in a deal that valued her company at $1.2 billion, seemingly proving her billionaire status. But according to Forbes, the deal’s fine print -- released in filings by Coty over the last six months -- reveals that Kylie’s business is “significantly smaller, and less profitable” than the family has led the cosmetics industry and media outlets to believe.

Forbes now puts Kylie's net worth at just under $900 million.

Kylie tweeted Friday in response to the article, “what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period.”

In response to the claim about forged tax returns, which Forbes admits they “can’t prove,” Kylie tweeted, “‘even creating tax returns that were likely forged’ that’s your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading.”

“but okay i am blessed beyond my years, i have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and i’m doing perfectly fine,” Jenner wrote, before adding, “i can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money i have.”

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Pamela Anderson says marriage still in the cards following breakup with Jon Peters

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Pamela Anderson isn't giving up on love, despite her breakup with Jon Peters in February, just 12 days after a ceremony in Malibu in which they were believed to have been married.

In an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday, the former Baywatch star, 52, says she and 74-year-old Peters broke up before they even filed for a marriage certificate.

"I wasn’t married. No," says Anderson, adding, “I don’t know what all that was about, but I think fear really played a lot into it."

"It was just kind of a little moment,” she continues.  "A moment that came and went, but there was no wedding, there was no marriage, there was no anything.  It’s like it never even happened. That sounds bizarre, but that’s it."

As for how the brief romance with her friend of 35 years occurred, Anderson recalls, “I was in India and I went to this panchakarma cleanse, and I’d been gone for three weeks in this ayurvedic center, meditating, just so clear.  I came back and VWOOM, within 24 hours, I saw Jon.  It was like this little whirlwind thing, and it was over really quick, and it was nothing. Nothing physical.  It’s just a friendship."

Anderson's has previously been married to Tommy Lee from 1995-1998; Bob Ritchie -- a.k.a. Kid Rock from 2006-2007; and to twice to Rick Salomon from 2007-2008 and 2014-2015.

I spite of that, Pamela says she's ready to give marriage one more try.

"Absolutely! Just one more time. Just one more time, please, God. One more time only. Only!" she jokes.

By George Costantino
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Sarah Jessica Parker says count her in for 'Hocus Pocus' sequel

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Don't get too excited yet but a Hocus Pocus sequel could be a-brewing now that Sarah Jessica Parker is on board. 

In a pre-released clip of a chat with Bruce Bozzi for Friday's episode of Quarantined with Bruce on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, the Sex and the City star gave fans hope that there could be another installment of the popular Disney film.

"I think that it is something Bette [Midler] and Kathy [Najimy] and I are all very hospitable to the idea," she shared. "I think for a long time, people were talking about it as if people were moving forward with it in a real way but we were unaware of it."

Parker added, "We've agreed publicly to the right people, yes, that would be a very, very fun idea, so we'll see what the future holds."

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 comedy horror film that follows a villainous comedic trio of witches in Salem, Massachusetts who are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night.

Disney actually lost money when the movie was first released, however, it gained a second wind and became a cult classic after it began airing annually during the Halloween season.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

By Danielle Long
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Alec Baldwin says his "full-time job now" is to keep his kids entertained in quarantine

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin returns as host of Match Games fifth season this weekend, just in time to help you escape the doldrums of quarantine.

Baldwin has been spending his quarantine in Long Island, New York with a full house -- four kids under the age of six and his expectant wife, Hilaria. They’ve been homeschooling and social distancing like the rest of us, but Baldwin says his main job has been trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for his kids.

“My full-time job now is to keep their mind off how weird all this is,” he tells ABC Audio. “Like keep getting in the pool with them and get in the hot tub with them and play with them...and throw a ball with them and, you know, chase them around the yard.”

He adds, “Because they’re becoming aware that this is strange.”

As for Match Game, he hopes it can similarly distract people from what’s going on in the world, even for just a little while.

“I do think [people] could use that fun and those laughs all the time,” Baldwin says. “You know, they might need it now slightly more than ever, you know, or maybe in some people's cases dramatically more than never…What we're aiming for is obviously just to be silly and have fun.”

The fifth-season premiere of Match Game -- a detective-themed episode featuring celebrity panelists Mario Cantone, Jennifer Esposito, Adam Rodriguez, Angie Harmon, Michael Chiklis and Melissa Fumero -- airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Denzel Washington is being called a hero after coming to homeless man's rescue

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- A video featuring actor Denzel Washington is going viral for how he comforted a black homeless man in distress and stayed with him when police responded. 

With the African American community seeking justice for the May 25 death of George Floyd, Denzel is being hailed a real life hero for his deed.

TMZ was first to report on the interaction, where a homeless man had wandered in the way of oncoming traffic.  It is unknown if it was accidental or deliberate.

The video footage, which was filmed on May 21, shows the 65-year-old Flight actor leaving his vehicle and walking over to the man wearing a blue hoodie.  After engaging in a brief discussion, Denzel guides him to the safety of the sidewalk and keeps talking to him.

It should be noted that while Washington was wearing a face mask during their interaction, the homeless man was not.  

When police arrived for questioning, the Academy Award winner was filmed placing a comforting hand on the man's shoulder.  He doesn't leave as police remain on scene. 

Eventually, police choose to detain the homeless man, although a reason was not provided.  As officers handcuff the man, Denzel is seen talking him through the arrest.  He even tries to give the man some orange juice, which is taken by one of the officers.

The Los Angeles Police Department has not responded to questions for comment nor did they provide details on what the man was charged with.  TMZ reports that he was released.

In addition, a representative for Washington declined commenting on the matter. 

The video has since gone viral on Twitter with people praising the actor for using peaceful tactics to prevent the already delicate situation from potentially escalating.

By Megan Stone
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