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"I was just trying to keep warm!" Bernie Sanders laughs on 'Late Night' about his meme-ready picture

NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) -- Yes, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is well aware of that viral photo of himself bundled up during Joe Biden's inauguration. At least, he is now.

Nearly immediately after the picture went public -- with a grumpy looking Sanders, arms folded, legs crossed, his hands stuffed into comically giant crocheted mittens -- it was being Photoshopped into everything from kids soccer games, to Baby Yoda's floating pram in The Mandalorian. Not that the former presidential candidate was aware of it initially.

"Not at all," the 79-year-old Democrat declared on Thursday's Late Night with Seth Meyers, when asked if he knew his picture basically broke the Internet.  Sen. Sanders insisted of his meme-ready outfit, "I was just sitting there trying to keep warm."

Sanders also explained that the now sought-after mittens were a gift "from a woman who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, she is a school teacher and a very very nice person. And she's been somewhat overwhelmed by the kind of attention that is being shown to her mittens," Sanders said.

In fact, she's apparently been inundated with orders for those looking to steal Bernie's look, but she apparently refused, saying, "I'm not going to quit my day job, and I'm a mom."

By Stephen Iervolino
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'Game of Thrones' prequel, 'Tales of Dunk and Egg', in the works at HBO

HBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) -- Another Game of Thrones prequel, Tales of Dunk and Egg, is in early development at HBO, according to Variety.

The potential show, would be based on George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novellas, which follow the adventures of Duncan the Tall -- a.k.a. Dunk, and a young Aegon V Targaryen -- a.k.a. Egg, 90 years prior to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

While Variety reports the project is a high priority for the cabler, neither a writer nor talent are attached as of yet.

That's not all though.

Entertainment Weekly reports HBO has also been meeting with several top writers -- Rome creator Bruno Heller among them -- pitching other ideas based on Martin's works. They include a prequel series based on Robert's Rebellion -- the war for the Iron Throne that upended Westeros a couple of decades before the events in Thrones.

HBO had previously given a series order to another GoT prequel project, House of the Dragon. This one is set 300 years before the events in GoT and explores the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.

For book fans, the series, from Martin and original GoT producer Ryan Condal, is reportedly largely based off of Martin's Fire & Blood novel, which came out in 2018.

By George Costantino
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COVID-19 delays strike again: 'No Time to Die', 'Morbius', and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' all bumped again

Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- James Bond, the Marvel Comics vampire anti-hero Morbius, and the Ghostbusters have faced many enemies, but they can't best COVID-19. 

No Time to Die, Daniel Craig's last mission as 007, was originally supposed to come out last April. It was first pushed to November in an attempt to outrun the virus, before being bumped to this April 2. It will now be pushed to October 8 of this year, MGM notes. 

The date change, and continued pandemic uncertainty have caused a release date logjam for the studio, Variety reports. 

October 8 was slated for 007 co-producer Sony Pictures to debut its Morbius, starring Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars front man Jared Leto, but it will now open January 21, 2022. The superhero film was supposed to come out March 19, after being bumped from July of 2020.

Sony Pictures' Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was supposed to come out April 2, but it's been bumped to June 11 -- the already-rescheduled release date for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. That film, another 2020 release date refugee, will reportedly now open November 11.

The studio's Cinderella, with singer Camilla Cabello, has also been bumped again, from February 5 to July 16. That, in turn, ran into the release window for Uncharted, the video game adaptation starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg -- that action adventure will now come out February 11, 2022. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Jane Krakowski loves 'Dickinson''s spin on the poet

Apple TV (NEW YORK) -- As it does every Friday, Apple TV has dropped the latest episode of the Peabody Award-winning show Dickinson.

Hailee Steinfeld produces and stars as the acclaimed poet, in a series that uses modern music and sensibilities to deliberately tweak what you may have thought you have known about her life.

"What a great change for Emily Dickinson to be introduced to a younger audience this way versus the way I think we might have been taught about her in our early school years, where it almost seemed like medicine to learn about her poetry," co-star Jane Krakowski laughs to ABC Audio.

The Tony winning and Emmy nominated actress plays Emily's homemaker mom. She says Dickinson "was [always] depicted to people in such a sort of spinstery solemn way," and the series, "really shakes that image away, and gives her a whole other persona, which I think the Dickinson scholars believe was more like what she was like."

She adds with a laugh of the real-life poet, "she was much more of a fun person to be around and not as spinstery as we thought."

Krakowski played a spoiled actress in 30 Rock, and a socialite former trophy wife in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so to see her character in Dickinson declare to her husband, "I belong in the kitchen!" is quite the change.

"Totally," the actress agrees, "which was one of the reasons I really wanted to be a part of it...because I felt it was very different than...other parts that I had played."

She adds of the series, "It lives sort of in a hybrid...some of it is very comedic and then some of it isn't. And so that's really fun for me to get to have that mix in there." 

By Stephen Iervolino
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Olivia Jade returns to YouTube after over a year, "I can't change the past"

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for WCRF(LOS ANGELES) -- After over a year-long hiatus, Olivia Jade Giannulli has returned to YouTube. 

The 21-year-old beauty influencer returned to the platform on Thursday to share a vlog chronicling a day in her life. Before jumping into that though, she addressed her recent appearance on Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk where she apologized for her family's involvement in the college admissions scandal. 

Jade's parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, were both sentenced to prison last year after pleading guilty to the charges related to the scandal. Loughlin, 56, served two months and was released in December and Mossimo, 57, is currently serving his five-month sentence. 

"I am really excited because obviously I haven't filmed in a really long time and I'm just grateful to be back on YouTube," Olivia began. "I wanted to film this little intro part just because I didn't want to just start the vlog and me not address anything."  

After directing viewers who may have any questions regarding the college admissions scandal and why she returned to YouTube, Olivia clarified in an "editor's note," "I don't mean to say that in a dismissive way or a pretentious way."

"I think what I was trying to get across was I felt like the thing I wanted to do the most was apologize for so long and I felt like I got to do that at Red Table," she explained.

Oliva added that she's looking forward to putting the past behind her and moving forward. 

"...Although I can't change the past, I can change how I act and what I do going forward," she said. "I don't want to keep rehashing things. I just want to move on and do better and move forward and come back and do what I love, which is YouTube." 

By Danielle Long
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Report: Dustin Diamond undergoes first round of chemo, diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(FLORIDA) -- Saved by the Bell alum Dustin Diamond underwent his first round of chemotherapy, reports TMZ, who says the actor has been diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma.

Small cell carcinoma, a form of lung cancer, mostly affects heavy smokers, reports Mayo Clinic. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most global cancer-related deaths as it doesn't present symptoms until the disease has advanced.

Diamond's team told TMZ more about the diagnosis, explaining that the cancer metastasized in his lungs after developing in another part of his body.

His team adds that, in addition to chemotherapy, the 44-year-old actor will start physical therapy.

Diamond, who was hospitalized last week, is reportedly in good spirits.  His team claims he is currently teaching himself how to play songs by Tool and Foo Fighters on the bass guitar, as well as spending time with his loved ones.

Diamond played Screech for close to 13 years, from the flagship Saved by the Bell series, through its final incarnation, Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

By Megan Stone
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Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19

Photo: Mathieu Bitton(TEXAS) -- Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle has tested positive for COVID-19, one day after performing a live show in Austin, Texas.

A representative of Chappelle's confirmed the diagnosis to ABC News, adding that the 47-year-old Emmy nominee is now in quarantine, and those who were backstage with him have been tested. Chappelle has since canceled his four remaining shows set to take place in the Lone Star state.   

He previously had sets planned for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stubb's Ampitheater in Austin, with new Texas transplant Joe Rogan slated to join him for two. Those who held tickets for the four remaining dates will receive a refund.

A representative for Chappelle confirmed he is not experiencing any symptoms of the virus.

The Chappelle's Show star had been performing socially-distanced comedy shows in his native Ohio since the summer that offered rapid tests to all audience members before being seated. Those shows moved to Texas for the winter.

Chappelle and his crew would also be tested before every performance.

By Megan Stone
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Christina Ricci granted restraining order against estranged husband

John Shearer/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Christina Ricci's divorce just got a little messier, as the actress has been granted a domestic violence restraining order from her estranged husband James Heerdegen.

The restraining order, obtained by Entertainment Tonight requires Heerdegen to stay 100 yards away from Ricci at all times. Additionally, he's been denied visitation rights with the couple's six-year-old son, Freddie, and must stay away from the family dog.

The order claims Heerdegen physically abused the 40-year-old actress multiple times. The docs state that Ricci told Heerdegen she wanted a divorce early last year, but "found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser" during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the country shut down due to COVID-19.

Ricci filed for divorce from the cinematographer back in July, citing irreconcilable differences. The actress was reportedly granted an emergency protective order by cops at the time after claiming an altercation took place and that Heerdegen allegedly spit on her, according to ET.

By George Costantino
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'The Boys' is tackling one of the comic's raunchiest storylines

Urban as Billy Butcher - Courtesy Amazon Studios(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE, CONTENT) The Boys, Amazon's skewed superhero show, is about to go where only the Garth Ennis' original graphic novel dared -- a storyline called "Herogasm."

To put it as delicately as possible, the storyline has Homelander telling the public that he and the world's other super-powered people have to leave earth for a mission in space, when in reality, they head to a deserted tropical island for a supes-only, super-hedonistic getaway. Typical Homelander.

The series' executive producer and head writer Eric Kripke confessed on a Reddit AMA he'd been "dared" to do that particular episode from the start, but struggled with how to bring it to TV "...so it's not just an hour of hardcore porn."

However, he recently tweeted a picture of an upcoming 3rd season script of that very show.

Kripke and co-producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are expert at pushing the show's limits just far enough, says Karl Urban, who plays Homelander's nemesis Billy Butcher.

"The graphic novel for The Boys is... a lot more graphic and a lot more dark," he tells ABC Audio. "And I think that [they]...did a wonderful job of taking the very essence of [the material] and done so in a way to make sure it didn't lose its original impact, but yet was more digestible."

Antony Starr, who plays Homelander, agreed. "Even as an adult...I was still a little shocked at the content in the comics," he laughed to ABC Audio.

"It was: 'Whoa' - that's quite full on!' I mean...if you just shot what was in the comics, nobody could air it..."

"...[W]hat the show has done is take the structure and the spirit of the comics, but maybe trim some of the excesses and made it possible to screen."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Clare Crawley breaks her silence on split from Dale Moss: "This was not what I expected or hoped for"

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Clare Crawley has broken her silence on her split from Dale Moss.

The former Bachelorette took to social media on Thursday to claim a previously released statement on her broken engagement with Moss was just as much a surprise to her as it was to fans.

"I was made aware of a 'mutual' statement at the same time you all were, so I've needed some time to really digest this," Crawley shared in an Instagram post.

"Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed," she continued. "This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this."

Crawley was likely referencing Moss' statement on their broken engagement, which was released Tuesday.

In a post on Instagram, Moss revealed they had decided to go their "separate ways" and said they "appreciate the love and support" they've received from people.

In Crawley's note, she reflected on their relationship and other personal events in her life, such as her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"2020 was one hell of a year, with COVID, battling severe anxiety post-show, balancing a public new relationship, all while slowly losing my mother," she wrote. "It hasn't been ideal circumstances, but that is life right. I have been looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel."

She went on to describe that her relationship with Moss was "not perfect" but still maintained that it was one in which she was "genuinely invested."

"I may not have all the answers, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word, and be committed to love," she finished her note.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas says the racism she suffered in high school forced her to leave America

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Priyanka Chopra Jonas is opening up about the racist bullying she endured while enrolled at an American high school.  The actress reveals that the abuse and harassment was so severe, she returned to India when she was 15 years old.

Speaking to People about her upcoming tell-all memoir Unfinished, which arrives next month, Chopra Jonas revealed it was nearly impossible to ignore her bullies.

"I took it very personally. Deep inside, it starts gnawing at you," the 38-year-old Quantico alum admitted. "I went into a shell. I was like, 'Don't look at me. I just want to be invisible.'"

Chopra Jonas explained how the persistent torment affected her mental health, furthering, "My confidence was stripped. I've always considered myself a confident person, but I was very unsure of where I stood, of who I was."

Priyanka, who recently celebrated her two-year wedding anniversary with husband Nick Jonas, says she moved to the U.S. from India when she was 12 and stayed with relatives in New York City, Indianapolis and, finally, Newtown, Massachusetts.

Living on the East Coast, she says, was when she was met with outright racist aggression from her fellow classmates.

Chopra Jonas, providing an excerpt of her upcoming memoir, detailed what her classmates would shout at her as she walked down the hall, such as "Brownie, go back to your country!" and "Go back on the elephant you came on."

The Citadel star says she tried to overcome the bullying, but the persistent abuse made her "[break] up with America" and move back to India.  She does not regret the decision.

"I was so blessed that when I went back to India, I was surrounded by so much love," said Chopra Jonas, who went onto win Miss World. "Going back to India healed me."

By Megan Stone
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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman gets surprise message from Lin-Manuel Miranda

Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amanda Gorman said she feels "amazing" after making history Wednesday as the youngest poet in recent history to perform at a presidential inauguration.

"It’s not often that you wake up on a morning feeling like this," Gorman, 22, said Thursday on Good Morning America in her first live TV interview since President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Gorman, a Los Angeles native, became the breakout star of the inauguration with her poem, "The Hill We Climb," which she finished writing on the night of Jan. 6, hours after rioters took siege on Capitol Hill.

Gorman's Hamilton references in her inaugural poem caught the eye of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, who tweeted to Gorman on Wednesday that she was "perfect."

On Thursday, Miranda surprised Gorman with a special message delivered on GMA, saying, "The right words in the right order can change the world, and you proved that yesterday with your brilliant piece. I’m so incredibly proud of you and I can’t wait to see what’s next. You smashed it.”

"I almost fell out of my chair," Gorman said in reaction to Miranda's praise. "That’s amazing."

Gorman also received praise for her poem from the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, who gifted her with Maya Angelou-inspired jewelry for the inauguration.

Amid all of the attention she received at the inauguration and in the 24 hours since, Gorman said she was especially touched by meeting Lady Gaga, who sang the Star-Spangled banner on Wednesday.

"It was so incredible meeting Lady Gaga. I mean I’m gaga for Gaga, literally," she said, adding, "It was just such a great moment because what she does with music I aspire to do with poetry so it was great to have that woman to woman camaraderie."

By Katie Kindelan
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'The Bachelor''s Sarah Trott explains her sudden exit from the show

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Sarah Trott's abrupt exit from The Bachelor on Monday was something nobody saw coming, and on Wednesday, the 24-year-old former journalist explained her decision.

Sarah, who appeared to be one of the frontrunners for Matt James' heart, says several factors drove her decision, including her inability to stay in touch with her father, who suffers from ALS.

“A couple of people told me that I would be able to talk with family,” Trott tells Entertainment Tonight.  ”I thought I would be able to communicate with my parents and have access to a phone and talk with them, but some of those things turned out differently once I got there.”

Another factor was her rapidly deteriorating relationship with the other women, who saw her fainting spell at the rose ceremony, interrupting a group date to speak to Matt and isolating herself from the group as a ploy to get his attention.

Sarah told fellow contestant Katie that she was going to leave to be with her dad, but as fans discovered during her emotional goodbye to Matt, Trott cited the women as her reason for leaving, accusing them of being "cruel and malicious."

As for her future plans, Sarah tells ET she's currently focusing on "being a caregiver to her father, working as a freelance journalist and splitting her time between Los Angeles and San Diego."

The Bachelor airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

By George Costantino
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Kristen Bell opens up about "struggling" with her mental health, therapy with husband Dax Shepard

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell wants to be open and honest about her life and, on Wednesday, revealed that she and husband Dax Shepard sought counseling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with People, the Frozen 2 star said quarantine did bring her and her husband closer together, but it also exposed that the two needed "a little therapy brush-up."

"Dax and I, when we started this pandemic, were at a point in our marriage where we definitely needed [it,]" said Bell, who views therapy as a way to strengthen her marriage.

"Every couple of years, we're like, 'We're being very antagonistic towards each other,' and we don't want that.  We go back to therapy and figure out what I'm not doing that's best for you and what you're not doing that's best for me, and how we can serve this team goal better," the 40-year-old Golden Globe winner noted. 

Bell, who is outwardly pro-therapy, says seeing a counselor with Shepard has "been incredibly helpful."

Besides a successful marriage, The Good Place actress admits she has had a hard time adjusting to the new normal brought on by the pandemic, which she says makes her restless. 

In a separate Instagram post, the Emmy-nominee opened up about a decline in her mental health and confessed Wednesday, "I've been struggling the last 2 weeks, for who-knows-why-slash-ALL-the-reasons."

"Today I finally got back on the tredmill [sic,] figuratively and literally. And I'm proud. 'Good job, kb.' I said to myself," the actress continued, who shared the vulnerable post in order to tell her 14.6 million followers that they're not alone.

"To anyone who's been feeling the same, you can do it. Just do the next right thing," said Bell, who signed off with "I love u."

By Megan Stone
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Psst: Shonda Rhimes' 'Bridgerton' renewed for second season at Netflix

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- It wouldn't take the show's gossip maven, Lady Whistledown, to have predicted this, but Netflix has renewed its hit bodice-ripping drama Bridgerton for a second season. 

The short version of the announcement was posted on the show's official Twitter. But the news was also shared in an email image of one of Whistledown's articles: according to the show, she spills the Earl Grey on all the hot couplings in 1800s London.

"The incomparable cast ... will return to production in the Spring of 2021," the note reads. "This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities."

Based on Julia Quinn's beloved book series, the latest hit from Shonda Rhimes centers on Phoebe Dynevor's character, Daphne Bridgerton, and her arranged marriage to the Duke of Hastings, played by heartthrob Regé-Jean Page.

By Stephen Iervolino
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