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.
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.
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.
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.
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-winnerSteenbergen 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."
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After initially denying he would, director Tristam Shapeero has come forward to apologize for being the British voice behind a now infamous Zoom audition in which he seemingly shamed actor Lukas Gage's small apartment.
The director apparently forgot to mute himself while giving the Euphoria actor's apartment a critical once-over, saying to a colleague, "These poor people live in these tiny apartments..."
For his part, Gage didn't miss a beat, agreeing he lived in a small place, and would upgrade if he got hired.
Comments supporting the actor poured in, and speculation began as to who the snooty speakerphone guy was, with many mistakenly fingering Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn.
However, TMZ nabbed Shapeero after the video went viral, and he told the gossip site this weekend that he didn't need to apologize, because he "didn't say anything bad."
In a new statement to Deadline, however, the veteran of shows like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fessed up, and said, "...I offer Mr. Gage a sincere and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behavior during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved," insisting, "Lukas deserved better."
Shapeero added that the audition took place in August, "after four months of lockdown," and that, "It was emotional to see actors work so hard to win the few parts available and we were deeply moved by the passion of these young people under the extraordinary circumstances."
Shapeero claims, "I was using the word ‘poor’ in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment. My words were being spoken from a genuine place of appreciation for what the actors were having to endure..." and vowed to, "move forward from this incident a more empathetic man."
Courtesy Sony Pictures (LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Stewart is counting down the days until her holiday film, Happiest Season, premieres on Hulu on November 25. The film, an LGBT rom-com, is a project that is very near and dear to the actress' heart for many reasons.
When speaking Monday with Variety, Stewart opened up about the privilege she's had to act in some of major Hollywood blockbusters -- like the Twilight saga -- but also expressed how much she enjoyed bringing Happiest Season to life.
"If you boil down the story to what it’s actually about, it’s a full-grown woman, like a 31-year-old woman, coming out to her family. I mean, generationally speaking, that is remarkable," the Charlie's Angels star noted. "And it is so unremarkable in terms of how accelerated that growth has occurred — we didn’t have a movie like this just a couple years ago."
However, with Hollywood aiming to include more LGBT voices in the future, the 30-year-old actress hesitated when asked if gay characters can only be played by gay actors.
At first, Stewart admitted she "would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience," but quickly saw the issues that could potentially arise from implementing such restrictions.
"It’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law," she elaborated. "I think it’s such a gray area."
While Stewart adds, "There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories," she added that actors "actually have to care" about the character they play.
She later amended that if a community has an issue with an actor cast in a particular role, they should bow out.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Pratt has a few words of advice for his co-star Chris Hemsworth -- stop working out.
Hemsworth recently shared a shirtless Instagram photo of himself lifting a giant tire with the witty caption, "Cheat day today. Decided to treat myself to this extra large donut, gosh it’s heavy."
In response, Pratt -- who will appear on-screen alongside the Australian actor in Thor: Love and Thunder -- commented with some unsolicited advice.
"Hey bud. Just heard from my trainer and he needs you to stop working out," he joked. "Since we're gonna be in the same movie and everything he doesn't want me to stand next to you if you look like that. So I'm gonna need you to put on 25 pounds real quick. Cool, thanks."
Hemsworth quipped back, "Don't worry mate we can just both use the same fancy filter thats been applied here. It's called instashred."
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled for release in early 2022.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- The stakes were riding high going into Monday night's finale of Dancing with the Stars as the four finalists had one last obstacle separating them from winning the Mirror Ball Trophy -- each other.
While Grammy-winning rapper Nelly, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado, Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and Catfish host Nev Schulman effortlessly demonstrated why they deserved a spot in the finals, only one reigned supreme -- and for a second year in a row, a Bachelorette claimed the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Last year, Hannah Brown took home the trophy and, this year, Kaitlyn Bristowe was crowned the champion.
Nev Schulman was voted runner-up while Nelly and Justina Machado finished in third and fourth, respectively.
Monday's finale challenged the dancers to master two routines for one final time: a repeat of the dance they most enjoyed performing over the past season and the freestyle, where rule book was tossed out and the contestants could fully let themselves loose on the ballroom floor.
For the repeat dances, Bristowe was up first and opened up about why DWTS was a "life changing journey" for her, from her triumphs over a foot injury to the lows of struggling with self doubt after receiving disappointing scores. The Bachelorette star also expressed her gratitude for her spectacular friendship with dance partner Artem Chigvintsev and credited him for keeping her head in the game.
For the 35-year-old's first dance, she chose to revisit her Argentine tango to "Toxic" by Britney Spears, because it was her most confident dance. Of course, her polished routine caused all three judges to jump out of their chairs and award her straight 10s.
Bristowe then brought the fire for her freestyle to "Sparkling Diamonds," which saw her paying homage to Moulin Rouge. The upbeat routine incorporated some classic Fred Astaire moves alongside classic ballroom steps, which allowed her to collect a second round of 10s to finish the night with a perfect score.
For Nev Schulman, he chose to revisit his Black Swan-inspired Paso doble for the repeat dance. He opened by thanking DWTS for helping him introduce another side of himself to the world. "I never thought I could transition into a career in the performing arts, but here I am," the television host gushed. "As far as I'm concerned, this is just the beginning."
The judges relished his reimagined Paso doble, noting how proud they were to see him soar over the bar he had previously set for himself because his first incarnation, as they said, was perfection. Before Schulman walked off the ballroom with straight 10s, host Tyra Banks teased that the Catfish host might be contemplating a career in Broadway.
Later, when stepping onto the ballroom floor for the freestyle round, he took a moment to honor his dance partner, Jenna Johnson, as being one of the biggest reasons why he made it to the finals. "I can't imagine getting to where I am now with anybody else," he gushed.
In turn, Jenna credited Schulman for reigniting her love of dance. "His passion, love, joy for life and for dance, it's -- it's contagious. I love it," she smiled, calling their partnership a "blessing."
The Catfish host paid tribute to Gene Kelly with his freestyle to "Singing in the Rain," which started off classic and simple, but the two steadily upped the ante by weaving more complicated moves before the two wound up dancing in the rain -- literally -- pulling a series of complicated stunts on a waterlogged surface. The two easily won their second round of straight tens, ending their run on DWTS with a perfect score.
When "Ride wit Me" artist Nelly reflected on his journey on DWTS, he said his drive to become the first rapper to win the Mirror Ball trophy was what pushed him to fully embrace the dancing spirit. As for his repeat dance, he selected his samba to "Rhythm of the Night." This time around, Nelly was completely out of his shell and in his element. The rapper was all smiles as he glided across the ballroom floor and the judges were jazzed by his delightful routine, handing him straight nines.
The rapper also announced that his famous custom-made shoes that he had specifically tailored to be "ballroom legal" for each of his dances will soon hit the auction block to benefit The Teen Project, which helps teenage victims of sex trafficking.
Nelly later kicked off the freestyle round with an emotional tribute to his dance partner Daniella Karagach, whom he referred to as his little sister. "You taught me to dance. I never thought I would be doing it. It's all because of you," he sweetly told her.
The two went all out for their freestyle that honored Megan Thee Stallion and The Notorious B.I.G. The two seamlessly blended hip hop and ballroom dance, which delighted the judges who happily handed them straight 10s.
When it was time for Justina Machado to reflect on her DWTS journey, the actress expressed how proud she was to have represented herself as a 48-year-old Latino woman -- on top of being a dancer. "I did something that people didn't really expect from me," she beamed. "Being on this journey, it's made me a little more courageous."
Machado chose to go back in time to week one to breathe new life and bring the spice to her Cha-Cha to "Respect." Her spunky and proud routine -- where she also was able to show off her incredible pipes -- earned her another round of straight 10s.
Before heading into the freestyle round, the actress reflected on how grateful she was to have the honor of dancing in the DWTS finale, thanks to her new friend, family member and "match made in heaven" -- Sasha Farber.
Dancing a freestyle to a blend of Latin music that honored her culture, the actress remained triumphant as she laughed through her ridiculously complicated routine that even saw her lifting Farber from the floor.
Judge Derek Hough praised, "I couldn't think of a better freestyle to finish this entire season," and the judges agreed -- handing the duo their second perfect score.
However, only one could win and Bristowe was crowned the winner of Dancing with the Stars' 29th season.
Jeopardy Productions via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeopardy! will resume production again next week, with Ken Jennings stepping in as the first guest host following the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek earlier this month.
“We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family -- starting with Ken Jennings,” the game show tweeted Monday. “Additional guest hosts to be announced.”
Executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement, “Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him.”
“We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”
Jennings is certainly a familiar face to Jeopardy! fans -- he holds the record for the longest winning streak on the show with 74 wins.
Trebek, who hosted Jeopardy! for 35 years, died of pancreatic cancer on November 8 at age 80. His final day in the studio was October 29. The show will air 10 of Trebek's best episodes the weeks of December 21 and December 28, and air his final week of episodes starting January 4.
The first week of guest-hosted shows will air the week of January 11.
Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With the announcement that filming on Black Panther 2 will begin early next year, fans are already anticipating the newest cast member to the popular film...and they believe it's Rihanna.
Fans on social media went into a frenzy after the pop singer's name popped up as part of the cast during a Google search for the sequel, alongside the film's original stars Michael B. Jordan, Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong'o and Letitia Wright.
"Rihanna is [going to] be in Black Panther 2 ??? I'm [definitely] looking forward to this," wrote on fan on Twitter.
After starring in films such as Ocean's Eight, Battleship, and Guava Island, it's not hard to imagine Rihanna in the sequel to the blockbuster superhero film. And even if she's not appearing in the film, she could be working on new music for the movie's soundtrack.
"Imagine Kendrick and Rihanna giving us [the] soundtrack to Black Panther 2?," tweeted another fan, in reference to the Black Panther soundtrack, which was executive-produced by multi-Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar.
In Marvel Studios' 2018 blockbuster Black Panther, actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away earlier this year, made history for his role as King T'Challa, the super-powered ruler of the secret, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda. It's unclear if or how Marvel plans to honor Boseman or the likeness of his character in the sequel.
Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix announced that some 62 million households worldwide have checked out the new series The Queen's Gambit since its debut in October, making it the streaming giant's biggest scripted limited-run series ever.
Set in the '50s and '60s, The Queen's Gambit tells the fictional story of Beth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy who struggles with drug and alcohol dependency and emotional issues while trying to become the world's greatest chess player.
Peter Friedlander, the VP of Original Series for Netflix noted in a statement, "Three years ago when [we were] first approached us about adapting The Queen’s Gambit - Walter Tevis’ 1983 book about a young chess prodigy -- we felt it was a compelling tale...However, I don’t think any of us could have predicted that [the series] -- and the extraordinary Anya Taylor-Joy -- would become the global phenomena they are today."
The exec describes Taylor-Joy's Beth as "an underdog who faces addiction, loss and abandonment." He notes, "Her success -- against the odds -- speaks to the importance of perseverance, family, and finding, and staying true to, yourself."
The network says the show's success is sparking not only interest in Tevas' novel, which now sits on the New York Times Bestseller List some 37 years after its release, but also in chess itself.
Friedlander's statement noted that Google searches regarding the game have jumped to a nine-year high in the 28 days Gambit has been available on Netflix, and inquiries for "chess sets" have jumped 250% on eBay.
Nathan Congleton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Al Roker returned to 30 Rock Monday morning, his first day back on the Today show after he underwent prostate cancer surgery two weeks ago.
"I feel good, I really do," beamed the beloved weatherman and morning show mainstay, who cracked a few "TMI" jokes about his condition. "Let me tell you, after that first week you can get that catheter out, and I'm feeling good!" he said to laughs from his NBC co-hosts.
Roker also got serious in thanking his surgeon Dr. Vincent Laudone, who operated on the the 66-year-old Roker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Roker also thanked his wife, Deborah Roberts, and their three children, as well as well-wishers among his TV audience.
"I'm a blessed man," Roker said. "You know, usually you're dead when you get all of this love, so this is happy."
Roker said he'll have blood work done in January, and every six months from then on for five years to make sure his recovery is on the right track.
iStock/shironosov(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) By now, you should respect the power of the Zoom mute button, but in case you need a reminder, look no further than Euphoria star Lukas Gage, who caught a famous director on a hot mic shaming the actor for his small apartment.
Gage was about to audition via Zoom, when he overheard the British director pitying the performer's place. "These poor people live in these tiny apartments," the director says, not knowing Gage is listening -- and recording the moment. Gage interrupts him.
"I know it's a sh***y apartment, that’s why give me this job so I can get a better one," the actor smiles.
"Oh my God, I'm so, so sorry, Lukas!" says the "mortified" director.
Gage was "totally" willing to call it even, saying, "Listen: I'm living in a four-by-four box, it's fine. Just give me the job and we'll be fine."
The actor later posted a "PSA" to his followers with the video, captioning it, "if you're a sh** talking director make sure to mute ur shit on zoom mtgings."
The exchange attracted calls of support for the actor.
"What an honest young actor. What a dumba** director. You'll go farther than he will..." Tweeted Aquaman's Patrick Wilson.
Judd Apatow tweeted, "As a young man I would have dreamed of an apartment like this one. Look at that sweet flat screen! The guitar! The moldings!"
Another Twitter user agreed, asking for a shot of the actor's apartment to use as his own Zoom background.
Incidentally, many Internet commenters on Deadline allege that the filmmaker is Kingsman series director Matthew Vaughn, who's married to model Claudia Schiffer. That rumor got rolling when his alleged baby mama and X-Men: First Class star January Jones replied to Gage's post with, "I have a guess."
Courtesy Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, the Hulu holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season comes home for the holidays.
The movie, 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 character Abby agrees to visit her girlfriend Harper's family for the holidays, with the intention of popping the question to Davis' character. However, there's a catch: she learns Harper's family is not only conservative, but doesn't know she's gay.
Mary Steenbergen plays Tipper, the tightly-wound matriarch of the family, who is preoccupied with her husband's run for office and projecting a picture-perfect view of their family because of it.
Steenbergen tells ABC Audio, "I just love the film because every single character in the film goes somewhere as a result of this singular moment of bravery where Mackenzie's character says who she really is. And it is just since each of us to an important place."
Alison Brie plays Sloane, Harper's even more tightly-wound sister. An over-achiever with a handsome husband and two seemingly perfect kids -- and who is on a nickname basis with Gwyneth Patrow, thanks to a partnership with Paltrow's lifestyle empire Goop -- she seems to have it all. However, we learn appearances can be deceiving. For the former Community star, the authenticity of the script grabbed her.
"[Y]ou didn't feel like it was a send up of a holiday movie or a cliche in any way, it felt so grounded and real," says Brie. "I think we all found ways to connect with our characters in a genuine capacity rather than playing any of them as stereotypes or tropes of holiday movies. And you can tell."