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In a new video posted to YouTube and social media, Disney Parks has given fans a new look at its upcoming interactive hotel experience called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. 

With the help of The GoldbergsSean Giambrone, the nearly 3-minute video gives a taste of what patrons can expect when the hotel -- created to look like the intergalactic cruise ship Halcyon -- opens in March. 

Ann Morrow Johnson, an executive producer at Walt Disney Imagineering, tells Giambrone the centerpiece of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World park in Orlando, is "a first of its kind vacation experience where you get to spend two days and two nights living out your very own Star Wars story."

To that end, Johnson shows him points of interest inside the "ship" that has been modeled to appear as if it came from that galaxy far, far away.

Included on her tour for future guests is a lightsaber training room, the hotel's "bridge," and other refinements -- though at one point, Giambrone sneaks off and takes in a show at a cantina, similar to the one seen in 1977's Star Wars. Performing for the patrons is a Twi'lek torch singer -- the alien race with tendril-like head-tails frequently seen in the Star Wars universe.

The Star Wars decor is also carried through from the rooms to the menus. And rest easy, its booking website notes: "While itineraries do occasionally experience some disruptions due to the unrest in certain parts of the galaxy, Chandrila Star Line starcruisers are well-equipped with the latest shield and turbolaser technology to defend themselves in the unlikely event of dire circumstances -- which are never an issue. Well, almost never."

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Hot in Cleveland alum and current Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli has filed for legal separation from her husband of 10 years, Tom Vitale, according to documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

Bertinelli filed the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday. The documents list the date of separation as "TBD" and "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the legal separation. The filing also notes a premarital agreement dated Dec. 21, 2010 that is "fully binding on the parties."

The 61-year-old TV personality and Vitale tied the knot in 2011 and have no minor children. Bertinelli wants to terminate the court's ability to award support to both of them.

Bertinelli was previously married to rocker Eddie Van Halen from 1981-2007, with whom she had her now-29-year-old son, Wolfgang, in 1991. Eddie died in October 2020 from lung cancer at age 65.

 

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Ryan Reynolds was just given his native Canada's Governor General honor, and to mark the occasion, fellow Canadian and Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page -- along with seemingly all of the Great White North -- sung the actor and entrepreneur's praises.

Officially, the award from the country's National Arts Centre, "recognizes work of an extraordinary nature and significance in the performing arts by an individual artist..."

In a split-screen Instagram video, Ryan is seen wearing the medal, and reacting to Page's video tribute, the chorus of which is, "Canada loves you back." 

A tearful Ryan watches the video, and laughs along with Page's lyrics, which call the Deadpool star, "A genuine Canadian icon, like Shatner and Alex Trebek."

Also giving to Canadians' penchant for self-deprecation, the song notes, "of all the Canadian Ryans, you've got to be in the top 3."

The video features clips from everyone from hockey players to those benefitting from Reynolds' charitable initiatives, all singing along, along with postcard-perfect shots of the country. 

Reynolds captioned the video, "I'm not crying. It's just maple syrup."

He added, "Also, it's worth noting @stevenpage is not only a friend but an absolute legend. He wasted this perfectly awesome song on me."

Ryan thanked those in the National Arts Centre, "for keeping the performing arts alive and well throughout Canada and being a champion for voices which have been historically silenced or overlooked."

He also added, "I'm a wreck."

Incidentally, when one fan noted that Reynolds' pal and frequent fake foil Hugh Jackman doesn't have his own song in his honor, Ryan replied, "Hugh Jackman IS his own song."

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Lindsay Lohan is getting married!

On Sunday, the Mean Girls alum announced that she's engaged to be married to her boyfriend, Bader Shammas

Sharing a carousel of pictures of the couple grinning from ear to ear -- and showing off the sparkler on her ring finger -- Lohan wrote, "My love. My life. My family. My future. @bader.shammas#love [ring emoji]."

Lindsay's mother, Dina Lohan, also expressed her excitement, writing in an Instagram Story "My heart is full," along with a snapshot of the newly engaged pair. 

"My heart is whole," Dina further told Entertainment Tonight. "For a mother, there is nothing more important than to see your children happy and loved. Her beautiful new journey begins. Love and light."

Lohan, 35, and Shammas, who's the assistant vice president of the global investments bank Credit Suisse, have been dating for two years, according to The Independent

This is Lindsay's second engagement. She was previously engaged to Russian millionaire Egor Tarabasov before splitting in 2016. 

 

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Disney

Encanto topped the Thanksgiving weekend box office with an estimated $40.3 million over the five-day weekend. The Disney animated musical, featuring the voice of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz and songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, delivered an estimated $27 million over the three-day weekend.

Overseas, Encanto added another $29.3 million, bringing its five-day global total to $69.6 million.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife -- the fourth and latest entry in the sci-fi comedy franchise -- took second place with an estimated $24.5 million between Friday and Sunday and just under $35.3 million for the five-day weekend. It's two-week stateside total now stands at $87.8 million and $115.8 million worldwide.

The second of this week's new major releases, House of Gucci, grabbed an estimated $14.2 million over the three-day weekend and $21.8 million over the five-day holiday for a third-place finish. The true-life story -- starring Lady GagaAdam DriverJared LetoAl PacinoSalma Hayek and Jeremy Irons -- added an estimated $12.9 million overseas, for a worldwide tally of $34.7 million.

Fourth place belonged to Marvel's Eternals, which delivered an estimated $7.9 million over the three-day weekend and $11.4 million over the five-day holiday. After four weeks, Eternals has racked up $150.6 million domestically and another $217.8 million overseas, for a global total of $368.4 million.

Another new release, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, rounded out the top five, opening with an an estimated $5.3 million domestically over the weekend and $8.8 million between Wednesday and Sunday. The reboot of the six-film horror franchise scared up an estimated $5.1 million overseas, for a first-week worldwide tally of $13.9 million.

Meanwhile, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, which opened on Friday, nabbed the best pandemic-era debut for an independent film, grabbing $336,000. Licorice Pizza -- starring Alana HaimCooper Hoffman -- son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman -- Bradley Cooper and Sean Penn opens nationwide on Christmas day.

Finally, Denis Villeneuve's Dune, in its fifth week of release, cracked the $100 million plateau at the domestic box office over the weekend.

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The 2021 Soul Train Awards hosted its annual celebration Sunday night at New York's iconic Apollo theatre. Hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell, the pre-taped show honored the best in soul, R&B, and hip-hop music, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Soul Train television legacy. 

The awards ceremony featured electric performances from Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, Fred Hammond, Tone Stitch, Musiq Soulchild, Leon Bridges, ELHAE, and Summer Walker.

Ashanti also took the stage for a show-stopping performance with guests Ja Rule and Fat Joe after accepting the Lady of Soul Award. And Maxwell gave a shout-out to original Soul Train host Don Cornelius when accepting the Living Legend Award, and serenaded the crowd with medley of classic hits

Here are the winners:

Song of the Year
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak(Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

Album of the Year
Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Giveon

Best Collaboration
Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Best New Artist
Yung Bleu

Certified Soul Award
Charlie Wilson

Best Dance Performance
Normani Feat. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
“Leave the Door Open” – written by: Bruno Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile Ii, Christopher Brody Brown (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic)

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Following months of speculation, Matthew McConaughey has finally made it official: he will not be running for Texas governor. 

The 52-year-old actor made the announcement in an Instagram video posted on Sunday evening. In the three-minute-long recording, he declared that political leadership is a "humbling and inspiring path to ponder," but added, "It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment."

The Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winner shared that over the past two years he's been working on the answer to the question of how he can be the most useful. That included "considering a run for the governor of Texas" which he's "been measuring and studying Texas politics and American politics" in an effort to better understand how he could be of service. 

What McConaughey found was that "we have some problems we need to fix." After sharing a few thoughts on how to make things better, he revealed that running for Texas governor was not the route he would pursue "at this moment." 

So what will McConaughey pursue if not a political career?

The actor says he will "continue to work and invest the bounty I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I believe are leaders, establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life, organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity. That’s the American dream." 

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Virgil Abloh, the founder of fashion brand Off-White and the first African American to serve as artistic director for Louis Vuitton, has died at age 41 after a long battle with a cancer.

Abloh had been battling cardiac angiosarcoma "privately" since 2019 before succumbing to the disease, according to a statement from Abloh's verified Instagram page. Cardiac sarcoma is a rare type of primary malignant heart cancer.

"Through it, all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design ... He often said, 'Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,' believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations." the Instagram post continued.

Abloh was considered a groundbreaker for Black fashion designers, according to fashion industry insiders. He was also a DJ, a musician and a furniture designer, according to his art studio's website.

The Illinois native previously served as a creative director for fellow Illinois native, rapper Kanye West. With West, he designed the cover for Kanye and Jay-Z's album, Watch the Throne.

After gaining experience interning at Fendi and working with West, he started his own luxury streetwear brand, Off-White LLC. He collaborated with other brands including Nike, Ikea and Evian, and also designed a wedding gown for Justin Bieber's wife, Hailey Bieber.

Abloh sold a 60% stake in Off-White to LVMH this year, giving him an expanded role in the company and made him what some considered one of the most powerful Black executives in the luxury fashion industry.

Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon Sundberg and two children, Grey Abloh and Lowe Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, and his parents, Nee and Eunice Abloh.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A little more than a week before a new, Steven Spielberg-directed version of West Side Story -- one of his most famous works -- is set to hit the big screen, composer Stephen Sondheim has died. The giant of musical theater died Friday at his home in Roxbury, CT. He was 91.

Marianne Elliott, the director of the current Broadway revival of Company, Sondheim's 1970 musical, tweeted, "We have lost the Shakespeare of musical theater. He was the most generous collaborator with the greatest spirit. The joy of working with him was that he knew theater could and should evolve with time. He was always open to the new."

Considered one of the most influential composers and lyricists of the 20th century, Sondheim's works included A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, Gypsy, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sunday In the Park with George, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and many more.

Five of his shows won the Tony for best musical, while six won the Tony for best original score. Sunday In the Park with George won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama.  Sondheim's accolades also included eight Grammys, plus an Oscar for writing "Sooner or Later," which Madonna recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Dick Tracy.

In 1993, Sondheim won the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2015, President Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  In 2010, a Broadway theater was renamed in his honor.

Among the stars paying tribute to Sondheim on social media: Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Elaine Paige, Lea Salonga and Josh Groban.

In a statement to ABC News, Steven Spielberg, whose new take on West Side Story opens December 9, said, "Stephen Sondheim was a gigantic figure in American culture -- one of our country's greatest songwriters, a lyricist and composer of real genius, and a creator of some of the most glorious musical dramas ever written."

"Steve and I became friends only recently, but we became good friends and I was surprised to discover that he knew more about movies than almost anyone I'd ever met," the filmmaker added. "I will miss him very much, but he left a body of work that has taught us, and will keep teaching us, how hard and how absolutely necessary it is to love."

According to the New York Times, Sondheim is survived by his husband, Jeffrey Romley, whom he married in 2017, and a half-brother, Walter Sondheim.

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Netflix

Andrew Garfield can be seen on Netflix in Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical film Tick...Tick...Boom!, and he can also now be seen absolutely losing his mind on NetflixGeeked's social media. And it's all thanks to a greeting from the cast of the streaming service's Emmy-nominated Cobra Kai

The Oscar-nominated actor has said he became "obsessed" with the Karate Kid spin-off series, telling Netflix he unfortunately "had to put that on the shelf" because of how long he's been waiting for the forthcoming forth season. 

To get him through, Netflix set up surprise video greetings to Garfield from Cobra Kai's Ralph MacchioWilliam ZabkaJacob BertrandMary Mouser and Peyton List.

Via a split-screen, you can see Garfield, arms occasionally flailing, as he nerds out hard while the cast members thank him for being such a "superfan."

Afterwards, Garfield wiped away happy tears, saying "They know I exist." Clearly moved, he observed, "My body feels like Christmas." 

"Forget season four," he laughs. "That's gonna keep me going for years."

Fortunately, he won't have to wait that long: Season 4 of Cobra Kai is set to be released December 31.

(Cobra Kai video contains uncensored profanity.)



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Peacock

Will Smith narrates the trailer for Bel Air, the new coming-of-age series he is executive-producing that's inspired by his iconic show Fresh Prince of Bel Air. "This is a story all about how my life got flipped and turned upside down," he says in the promo. Bel Air will premiere on Peacock in 2022.

Halle Berry leads the Thanksgiving weekend TV/film lineup with her directorial debut, Bruised. The Oscar winner stars as a washed-up MMA fighter attempting a comeback. Bruised premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

Kevin Hart makes his dramatic series debut in True Story. The Think Like a Man star portrays the world's most famous comedian in the seven-episode series. Wesley Snipes plays his older brother, and they face a life-or-death situation. True Story premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

The documentary DMX: Don't Try to Understand premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on HBO, and also will stream on HBO Max. The film focuses on when the late Earl "DMX" Simmons was released from prison in January 2019 after serving one year for tax fraud. On Wednesday, DMX received a posthumous Grammy nomination in the Best Rap Song category for "Bath Salts" with Jay-Z and Nas.

Kelly Rowland is reprising her role as Jacquie Liddle in Merry Liddle Christmas Baby, premiering Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Lifetime. Rowland previously starred in Merry Liddle Christmas in 2019, and Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding in 2020.

The Soul Train Music Awards airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET, BET Her, MTV2 and VH1. Maxwell will receive the Legend Award on the event, and Ashanti will be presented with the Lady of Soul Award.

Finally, Porsha Williams from Real Housewives of Atlanta now has her own reality series, Porsha's Family Matters, which debuts this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Yes, the holidays are a magical time, but one guy is about to show you that with a Thanksgiving special that incorporates some actual magic.

Magician Adam Trent, aka The Futurist, has appeared on America's Got Talent and on his own show The Road Trick on Netflix. Now he's using his talents to make everyday people's dreams come true, courtesy of  The Magic Maker, airing Thursday night on ABC.

On the show, Trent will use magic to do things like have a soldier "magically" reappear to his family after serving overseas, and help a guy "walk on water" for a special marriage proposal. He also helps surprise attendees at a firefighter's retirement party and helps a pediatrician delight and mystify his young patients.

Trent says he'll go undercover and use his skills to "create the biggest and most emotional moments" of these folks' lives.

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Bat-fans are going to have to wait until next year to see it, but until then, they can take some comfort in Zoë Kravitz's new comments about The Batman.  

Kravitz plays Selena Kyle/Catwoman in the new film, and while she wasn't giving Variety any spoilers, she tells the trade she's "seen a little" of director Matt Reeves' movie.

"Rob is perfect for this role," she says of co-star Robert Pattinson, who plays the Dark Knight and his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. "He was incredible. His transformation was out of this world," the actress enthuses.

Kravitz also commented, "[Director] Matt Reeves has a lot of heart, and he cares so much for these characters. I'm just very excited for him to be able to go on vacation because he deserves it."

Zoë adds, "I hope the fans love it because we put a lot of work into this."

Also starring Jeffrey WrightColin FarrellAndy Serkis and Paul DanoThe Batman swings into theaters March 4, 2022.

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Mean Girls star and 911 veteran Lacey Chabert is mourning the loss of one of her older sisters. 

In an Instagram post Tuesday showing a graduation photo of her "beautiful" sister, Wendy, Chabert captioned, "Our hearts are shattered into a million pieces that I don't know how we will ever put back together again now that you're gone."

"We love and adore you more than we can ever say and we will continue to forever and ever and ever," Chabert expressed. "The shocking loss has left us so broken hearted. Our lives will never be the same without my dear sister, but we cling to the promises of Jesus that we will be together again in eternity. Please keep our family, especially her two boys, in your hearts and prayers. Thank you so much."

Wendy was 46 but no details were given about her death. Lacey is the youngest of three girls; just days ago, she posted a birthday tribute to her eldest sister, Chrissy.

Chabert's message brought sympathy posts from Lacey's fellow Hallmark holiday movie mainstays, including Candice Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar.

"Oh my goodness, Lacey. I love you so much and am sending prayers and love to you," McKellar told the Christmas at Castle Hart star. "I don't know what I could possibly do but please call on me if I can do anything at all."

Bure posted in part, "we are praying for you, your family and Wendy's family. We love you, always here for you my sweet sweet friend."

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Amazon Studios

Amazon Studio's The Wheel of Time launched on November 19, and the sword and sorcery series is performing well for the streaming service, the studio's head Jennifer Salke tells Deadline.

The show, which stars Rosamund Pike, is based on a bestselling fantasy book series.

"We can firmly say that Wheel of Time was the most-watched series premiere of the year and one of the top five series launches of all time for Prime Video," Salke tells the trade.  

While, like other streaming services, viewer numbers for Amazon Prime are hard to pin down, Salke says, "there were tens and tens of millions of streams in the first three days of its release in the US, India, Brazil, Canada, France, and Germany, in particular."

With its Lord of the Rings spin-off already underway, Amazon Studios is looking to the world of video games for its next big launch, according to Deadline.  The studio is reportedly "nearing a deal" to adapt the bestselling video game franchise Mass Effect into a show. The sci-fi game is set in an alternate reality in which humans and aliens band together in an effort to save the universe from an ancient, robotic menace.


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