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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Harts are now a family of six!

In an Instagram post Wednesday, Eniko Hart announced she had given birth to her second child with Kevin Hart, a baby girl named Kaori Mai Hart. The couple welcomed their bundle of joy on Tuesday, September 29.

″Thankful • grateful • blessed,″ wrote Eniko, captioning a message that read "9 months preparing to fall in love for a lifetime."

″A little bit of heaven sent down to earth.. welcome to the world baby girl.. we couldn’t love you more..," she added.

Baby Kaori Mai is the second child for Eniko, and Kevin's fourth. The couple share Kenzo Kash, 2, and Hart has two children from a previous marriage: Hendrix, 12, and Heaven, 15.

As previously reported, Eniko first announced her pregnancy news in March in an Instagram post in which she proudly showed off her growing baby bump. 

"BABY #2," she wrote. "In the midst of all of this we're counting our blessings and couldn't be more grateful!"

By Candice Williams
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ABC/Maarten de Boer(LOS ANGELES) -- As Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette draws near, so do all the promos. One recent promotion that has garnered a lot of attention is one where Chris Harrison proclaims that Crawley's "blown up" the show.

Aside from rumors, there hasn't been much elaboration on that quote -- until now. 

Chatting with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, the longtime host explained that there was no other way to describe what the 39-year-old hairstylist -- who, prior to holding the reins as The Bachelorette, appeared on Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor, seasons 1 and 2 of Bachelor In Paradise, and Bachelor Winter Games -- did. 

"Clare took us on a journey the likes of which we have never seen," he teased. "This will be a roller-coaster ride unlike any other." 

"She came into this unbelievably sincere and serious about finding love, finding a man, and it really wasn't about the pomp and circumstance for her. It wasn't about all the pageantry. It was about coming in and finding somebody, and I really respect the fact that this woman knows exactly what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it," he shared. 

Of course, Harrison didn't give away any spoilers about the upcoming season, which was filmed in Palm Springs on a quarantined set, but he promised that it would be, "Turbulent. Tumultuous. Dramatic. Wild." 

"Bachelor Nation and the world are not ready for what happened inside the [bubble]," he said. "It is unlike anything we have ever seen on this show before. I know I say that sometimes, but I truly think we have outdone ourselves this time."

"I think it definitely goes up on the Mount Rushmore of wild seasons of Bachelor and Bachelorette," Harrison declared.

Season 16 of The Bachelorette premieres October 13 on ABC.

By Danielle Long
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Annette Brown/Bravo(ATLANTA) -- NeNe Leakes is not here for Andy Cohen and Wendy Williams latest comments about her -- so much so, that she made a whole YouTube video about it. 

On Tuesday, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star dropped a seven-minute video responding to comments that Cohen and Williams made while addressing her departure from the series during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Leakes first addressed her supposed friendship with Williams, who said that any spin-off show would be "boring."

The reality star said, "I don’t have a friend who knows what I have been going through lately that would do this kind of thing to me. I don’t have that friend that is around me."

"Yes, I have considered Wendy a close friend or associate," Leakes admitted, before recalling that the talk show host has talked negatively about her previously on numerous occasions. 

"Then, she does Andy Cohen’s show, and here she sits speaking negatively of my exit and bringing my family into the equation. That’s what you’re not going to do, Wendy," she declared before taking a jab at Williams' often swollen legs and ankles, due to her lymphedema.

"Wendy... spend more of your time trying to figure out how you can drain your enormously large legs and feet, okay? Opposed to worrying about my family and what we are doing. You need to find the nearest water pill, okay?" Leakes clapped back. 

When it comes to Cohen, a longtime Housewives producer credited with starting the franchise, Leakes felt as though he egged on the negative talk. She also claims that she was "forced out" of RHOA and that they continue to use her name for ratings.

"And for Andy, remember, no one knew you until you knew me," she declared.  

By Danielle Long
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ABC/Laretta Houston(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke announced Tuesday that she has crossed a major milestone.  She's officially two years sober.

Speaking to the LadyGang podcast, the dancing star opened up about her past addiction to alcohol and why she walked away from the destructive lifestyle.

"It was just a decision that I made for myself," Burke attested, adding that she didn't enter the Alcoholics Anonymous program.  "It was when Matt [Lawrence] and I got engaged and it was during that engagement party that... I was just like, I was done."

The former Dance Moms coach went onto explain that she chose to give up alcohol because she didn't want to end up like her father.

"My dad was an alcoholic," Burke revealed, adding that he passed away.  "So either I was gonna crash and burn and check myself into rehab or I was gonna just quit cold turkey."

The professional dancer went onto reveal that her snap decision to quit alcohol is an example of her personality, adding that she sees things "either black or white."

Burke also opened up about how her past experiences with addiction allowed her to develop a close bond with dance partner AJ McLean.

"We just bonded right away," Burke expressed when recounting how she and McLean met via Zoom for the first time.  Now, they can feely talk about their therapy and self help because of their past struggles.

While most of their deep discussions wind up being cut, Burke says she completely understands why DWTS shies away from airing such sensitive content.

"It's not about us.  It's about the celebrity 100 percent," she explained, adding that she is completely fine with the show keeping things bright and positive.

By Megan Stone
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of grieving his ex-wife Naya Rivera, setting the record straight on rumors is not something Ryan Dorsey thought he'd have to do but, on Tuesday evening, he did just that. 

In a 12-minute-long Instagram video captioned, "Its not always black and white", the 37-year-old actor detailed what life has been life for himself, his son Josey -- who he shared with Rivera -- and her sister, Nickayla, since the Glee star's fatal drowning accident in July.

"I can’t believe that this is real life and I’m about to address any of this nonsense," he began.  

"It’s truly sad that this is the world that we live in, where people were raised to think it’s OK to just spew hatred in general," he said, referencing negative comments received after the tragedy. 

As for how he's coping, the actor said, "I mean, man, saying that this is sad is the understatement of my life."

Dorsey also addressed the ongoing speculation that he and Rivera's 25-year-old sister have moved in together, explaining that Josey, 5, asked for that living situation. 

"Then he asked me if Titi can live with us. 'I want Titi to live with us forever' because she’s now the closest thing that he has to a mom," Dorsey continued. "Because you’re gonna need all the help you can get as a single parent trying to build your career and navigate this disaster with your child... And to have to let him get what he wants, you know, what he asks for and what he needs right now, which is his family. Even though if you know it’s temporary and it’s not forever. It’s a temporary situation and after all that he’s had to go through, how could you deny him that?"

By Danielle Long
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Had The Morning Show not called up Jennifer Aniston to offer her the starring role, fans might have never seen the actress on the silver or small screen ever again.

Opening up on the SmartLess podcast with Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes on Tuesday, Aniston admitted that before being cast on the Apple TV series, she was flirting with the idea of quitting the industry.

"I would have to say, the last two years that has crossed my mind, which it never did before," the Emmy winner disclosed, pinning the source of those thoughts on an "unprepared project" that "sucked the life out of me."

Aniston did not disclose which project drove her to question her career, but admitted it did make her wonder "if [acting] is what interests me" anymore.

The hosts tried extracting more information from Aniston to see if they could identify what movie almost chased her out of the limelight, but she evaded taking the bait. 

All that Aniston revealed was that "the script [wasn't] ready" and that she felt "stuck." 

Thankfully, her time playing Alex Levy on The Morning Show restored her faith in her career and also resulted in her picking up a SAG Award as well as Golden Globes and Emmy Award nods this year. 

When Aniston was asked what career she would have pursued had she given up on acting, the Friends alum admitted she would have dabbled with interior design.

"I love it. It's my happy place. It's really a happy place for me," she gushed.

By Megan Stone
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Charles McQuillan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Meghan Markle has been the subject of much criticism throughout the years but that hasn't stopped her from speaking out -- and now, she's sharing a few words of wisdom for others who want to do the same. 

The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex spoke with Fortune's senior editor Ellen McGirt at the magazine's Most Powerful Women virtual summit on Tuesday and shared that "it's about being authentic."

Markle, who's had critics come for her after speaking up about topics like Black Lives Matter and naming the victims of police killings, added that most of the negativity comes from misinterpretation. 

"If you look back at anything I’ve said, it's really interesting, because what often ends up being inflammatory it seems, is people's interpretation of it," she said. "But if you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial."

"That is the takeaway that I have found, is if you don't listen to all the noise out there, and you just focus on living a purpose-driven life and you focus on knowing what your own moral compass is ... there are always going to be naysayers," she continued. 

"I used to have a quote up in my room many, many moons ago, and it resonates now more than ever when you see the vitriol and noise that can be out in the world, and it's by Georgia O'Keeffe. And it's, 'I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.' And the moment that you are able to be liberated from all these other opinions, of what you know to be true, then I think it's very easy to just live with truth and live with authenticity and that's how I choose to move through the world," Markle concluded. 

"If you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial."

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, joined the #FortuneMPW Summit and shared her advice for speaking out on important issues: https://t.co/pSn3nFrdtQ pic.twitter.com/4bJ9NBoTuD

— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) September 29, 2020
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Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Queen Latifah has teamed up with Quibi for a brand-new series that will highlight influential Black women who have impacted American style, beauty and culture.

Quibi announced Black Equals Beauty Tuesday, a four-part documentary series that will help celebrate and honor the Black women who have fought against oppressive archtypes. Directed by The Same Difference helmer Nneka Onuorah, each episode will focus on a different archetype and show "how Black women, either by defining or rejecting these archetypes, have shifted and impacted American culture."

Latifah joins Shakim Compere, Holly Carter and Cassian Elwes, who are also listed as producers on the project.

This is the latest project for Latifah under her Flavor Unit Entertainment banner. She previously worked Compere and Carter on the highly successful The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel for Lifetime.

By Candice Williams
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Art Streiber/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been almost a year since Gabrielle Union was fired as a judge from NBC's America's Got Talent after only one season. Now, Variety reports the actress has reached a settlement with the network.

"We’ve reached an amicable resolution. NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” according to a joint statement from NBC and Union’s spokespeople.

Deadline reports Union received "significant" compensation from NBC as part of the settlement.

Union joined AGT in June of 2019, but her contract wasn't renewed the following September, nor was fellow judge Julianne Hough's.  June of this year, Union filed a discrimination suit against NBC and AGT's producers, Freemantle Media, claiming she was fired for speaking out about an on-set culture of racism, as well as workplace safety violations and other complaints.  She also claimed NBC’s entertainment chief Paul Telegdy threatened to retaliate against her for speaking out.

Variety reports that a subsequent investigation by NBC and FremantleMedia found no evidence of systemic racism, though the investigation reportedly wasn't completed.

In May, Union discussed her negative experiences while on set of the competition series in a Variety cover story, including an alleged racist joke from guest judge Jay Leno and a lack of inclusiveness among producers.

Union said she initially signed up for AGT to become part of a "super diverse" show "that hails itself as the biggest stage in the world" and prides itself as "giving people the opportunity to shine where they otherwise probably wouldn't."  She also said she'd hoped her decision to speak out would bring "real change."

"At the end of all this, my goal is real change -- and not just on this show but for the larger parent company," she told Variety. "It starts from the top down. My goal is to create the happiest, most high-functioning, inclusive, protected and healthy example of a workplace."

By Rachel George
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Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer for Sony/Blumhouse's The Craft reboot, The Craft: Legacy, has officially been released.

The film is a remake of the 1996 cult classic film that starred Rachel True, Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk as a group of teenage girls turned witches who conjured up chaos at school. 

 

Similar to the original, the new version will also follow four aspiring witches, played by Lovie Simone, Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon and Zoey Luna, who create a teenage coven, but "get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers."

The film also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

The Craft: Legacy was initially set to launch in theaters, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it'll be released via streaming on-demand October 28.

By Candice Williams
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Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released the first photos from season four of The Crown, featuring actress Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Among the new images, we see Corrin’s Diana wearing a strapless purple gown as she arrives at a red carpet event with Prince Charles. There’s also a shot of her wearing a pale yellow suit as she gets photographed by paparazzi on the street and a photo of her meeting her husband’s eventual second wife, Camila Parker-Bowles, played by Emerald Fennell.

The streaming service also released photos of Gillian Anderson as U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as new pics of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret.

Season four of The Crown debuts on Netflix November 15.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Change is coming. 15th November. pic.twitter.com/MdRUGWxj6h

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 29, 2020


Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new Lion King film is in the works, Disney sources have confirmed to Good Morning America.

The sources added that Barry Jenkins, who won a best picture Oscar in 2018 for Moonlight, is set to direct the project.

"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said in a statement to Deadline. "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."

The original Lion King animated film, which premiered in 1994, grossed $968.5 million worldwide to become the 51st highest grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. The Jon Favreau-directed live action Lion King, which debuted last year, earned $1.65 billion worldwide and is currently ranked #7 on Box Office Mojo's list.

Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the Favreau-directed film, has reportedly finished an initial draft of the follow-up movie. According to Deadline, the story is likely to explore "the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa's origin story."

"Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer," the publication reported.

No release date for the new film has been announced.

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Courtesy of Ilyasah Shabazz(NEW YORK) -- Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz is sharing her thoughts on the Forest Whitaker-led crime drama Godfather of Harlem.

In the series, Whitaker plays Bumpy Johnson, a Harlem crime boss who finds his neighborhood ruled by the Italian mob when he returns from a 10 year bid. During his battle to regain control, Johnson forms an alliance with a young influential preacher named Malcolm X. Shabazz tells ABC Audio that although she enjoyed the popular Epix series, she had some major issues with it.

"It was a great series, but it's on historical characters," she says. "And so the historical character portrayed of my father is not really accurate, nor is the portrayal of Adam Clayton Powell. And so it's just important to understand their significant contribution."

"My father wasn't only trying to get converts. My father was empowering people," Shabazz continues. "He was speaking power into their souls and into their ear. And there's a big difference in that."

While the series is an obvious dramatization of Bumpy Johnson's life, the two men did have a real-life friendship that dated back to the 1940s when X used to be known as a street hustler named “Detroit Red.” Shabazz says she would have loved to have seen her father in a more authentic light and not just as a one-dimensional character. 

"And so while it is a great series, I think it is important to give the depth," she says. "To show the depth of these gentlemen, these historians, these past leaders." 

A release date for the second season of Godfather of Harlem has yet to be announced.

By Candice Williams
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LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shannen Doherty says she's remaining positive during her ongoing fight with stage 4 breast cancer, despite a recent disappointing development.

The 49-year-old actress, who publicly revealed in a interview with Good Morning America last February that her breast cancer had returned.  Doherty said she went to get a PET scan in early 2019 due to extreme back pain she was experiencing after exercising. Her oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Piro, then told her the breast cancer had not only returned, but had spread to her spine. She revealed her metastatic cancer to a few close friends at a very intimate dinner with Piro present.

In a new interview with ELLE, Doherty says being diagnosed has shaped the way she approaches life.

"I try to treasure all the small moments that most people don’t really see or take for granted," she said. "The small things are magnified for me. We have this endless well within us, and it’s just about continuing to dig in that well for the strength to face adversity -- and so that we can also see all the beauty."

"I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being," she added. "It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years. It’s like anybody with Stage IV faces this sort of thing, where others want to put you out to pasture. I’m not ready for pasture. I’ve got a lot of life in me."

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Doherty and her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, have returned to quarantine at their Malibu home, which they left due to damages after the Woolsey Fire in 2018.

The October issue of Elle hits newsstands Oct. 6.

By Hayley FitzPatrick
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NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s all right…’cause we’re Saved by the Bell!

The reboot of the classic ‘90s high school sitcom is arriving on NBC streaming service Peacock just in time for Thanksgiving. The new series debuts Wednesday, November 25.

In this new reimagining, Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris is now the governor of California. He gets into hot water for shutting down too many low-income high schools, so he proposes to send students from the affected schools to the highest performing schools in the state, including his alma mater, Bayside High.

The new students give the privileged teens of Bayside High a “much-needed dose of reality.”

The new class features Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski’s son, Mac Morris, played by Mitchell Hoog, along with Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Josie Totah, and Haskiri Velazquez. John Michael Higgins plays Principal Toddman.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez will also reprise their roles from the original series, as Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater, respectively. As revealed in a teaser trailer back in April, Slater is now Bayside High’s gym teacher.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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