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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Andrea Tuccillo
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By George Costantino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

By Danielle Long
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Andrea Tuccillo
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Megan Stone
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


The most beautiful green rectangle in the world, 'Central Park' hits Apple TV+ today

Apple TV (LOS ANGELES) -- The new musical animated comedy Central Park hits Apple TV today, giving the world the chance to fully explore the immense green space situated in the middle of Manhattan.  The new series centers around a family that lives in the park, because the dad is the landmark’s caretaker.

While the show follows a family with deep ties to the park, the show's voice cast also share a similar fondness for the landmark.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, who plays the son Cole on the show, shared his biggest memory he has of the park, telling ABC Audio of the time he "flipped over in a boat in the lake."

"I got a little, you know, too side to side," he noted. "And I'm a man of a certain size. So gravity just took over and into that water I went."

On a lighter note, he revealed his favorite spot in the park.  "I just found out like three or four years ago that there was a zoo," he marveled, calling himself "a bad New Yorker" for not discovering it sooner.

The zoo is just one of the park's many attractions. Katrhyn Hahn, who voices mom Paige, is particularly passionate about the landmark.

"It is the most romantic place on the planet," she gushed. "It's just the most beautiful rectangle, green rectangle anywhere."

The good memories of Central Park continue for Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., who voices the family patriarch, Owen, who is also the park's caretaker.

"The Hamilton opening night party was in Central Park. The Hamilton Tony night party was in Central Park," Odom warmly recounted.  

Odom hopes the audience love Central Park as much as they do, adding the cast is fully prepared to record from home with their own kits and equipment should quarantine continue.

By Megan Stone and Jason Nathanson
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Scott Eastwood plans to "sneak a cake" into dad Clint Eastwood's 90th birthday

Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Clint Eastwood turns the big 9-0 on May 31 and his family isn't letting the soon-to-be nonagenarian wriggle out of the birthday plans they have in store for him.

Eastwood's 34-year-old son Scott chatted with Mario Lopez for Access Hollywood about what the Eastwood family has up its sleeve for Sunday. 

"We're going to do just a family thing.  Very, very calm... very mellow," the young actor described before pausing to reveal a not-so-surprising fact about his dad.  "He doesn't really like birthdays!  He just sorta is like 'I don't wanna do birthdays.'"

However, Clint did acquiesce to a small celebration, simply asking for "a nice lunch" as a treat.

But Scott believes that turning 90 is no small feat and devilishly added that "We'll do a cake... we'll sneak a cake in!"

"He probably won't like it, but we'll put one in," The Flags of Our Fathers actor mused through a broad smile.

Also during the interview, Scott showed off the newest addition to the family, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named Josey... named after the character his father played in the 1976 western The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Turns out Scott was "sucker punched" by the breed and decided "I gotta have one.  I gotta get one."  He also added he was interested in the breed because he "doesn't want a dog that'll wake me up in the morning," focusing on the breed's mellower nature.

Besides birthdays and puppies, Scott will be featured in the film The Outpost, which is expected to hit theaters in July.

By Megan Stone
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Riddle me this... Ruby Rose offers cryptic comments about 'Batwoman' exit

Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Ruby Rose made headlines last week when she announced she was leaving the groundbreaking CW superhero show Batwoman.  In a new Instagram post, however, she comments on her exit, but still doesn't quite explain it. 

“Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags… but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio," Rose says in the post, which is accompanied by a video of moments from the show.  She goes on to say her change of heart about playing TV's first openly gay heroine "wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know."

Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, added of her LGBTQ fans who supported the show, "I didn't want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also."

Though Rose hasn't publicly declared why she left Batwoman, industry trades have reported the long working hours required by episodic television may have been a big part of the decision.

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


'Tenet' star John David Washington talks "destiny" -- and the football injury that made him face it

Esquire/Dominic Miller(LOS ANGELES) -- Back in 2013, Tenet star John David Washington was getting a professional football career off the ground...but then he was grounded for good.

During a workout with the New York Giants, Washington -- the son of Oscar-winner Denzel and accomplished actress and musician Pauletta -- blew out his Achilles tendon, he tells Esquire. With his sports career over, Washington was forced to lean into his other love: the family business.

"A part of me felt like it got shot and killed, it got assassinated," he says. "All of that was fear-based, of not knowing if what I thought was my destiny, if I’m even worthy enough to claim it. It was time to go up onstage."

He kept his auditioning secret, he tells the magazine, until he landed a role the HBO series Ballers

The influence of John David Washington's dad looms large in his life, from Denzel's cribbing his Malcom X speech to psych up JD's youth football teams, to the elder actor literally looking down on his son when he auditioned for what became his star-making turn in Spike Lee's Oscar winning period film BlackKkKlansman. It seems JD sat in the same chair his father did decades earlier while discussing Mo' Better Blues with Lee; a poster of Denzel hung over the chair. 

"That's when it hit me: 'O.K., if I mess this up, my career is basically over'…The pressure hit for a moment, for those two hours, and then I was back," JD recalls. "I was O.K. after."

It certainly worked out: BlackKkKlansman turned JD into a much sought-after leading man, and he's now poised to star in one of the most anticipated films of the year: Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Tenet, which opens July 17.

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


'SNL''s Colin Jost announces donation to food allergy awareness and COVID-19 relief

E.A.T.(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost was to host the fifth anniversary fundraiser gala for the organization End Allergies Together (E.A.T.), but like innumerable other events, it was cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis. 

However, Jost took to YouTube to record a message to those who are supporting the charity, which funds research to accelerate treatments and cures for those who suffer from potentially deadly food allergies. 

Colin explained he's lost track of time lately, showing the camera his "watch," which is "just a Post-It that says 'May'," but he wanted to get the word out about how the event shifted in the wake of the current health crisis. 

The comedian explains that E.A.T. took all of the money that was raised in advance of the eventually-cancelled event and divided it, with half the amount going to their goal of ending food allergies and the remainder going to COVID-19 relief. 

Jost also urged those interested to donate at e.givesmart.com

The charity points out that a percentage of every donation to E.A.T. during this effort will help the NY Common Pantry and the Food Equality Initiative to bring allergy-safe foods to those most in need.

By Stephen Iervolino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


James Corden opens up to Ellen about his recent eye surgery

Terence Patrick/@terencepatrick ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- James Corden shed a little more light on his last minute eye surgery that caused him to cancel remote tapings of CBS's The Late Late Show, and why he didn't drive the car while filming Justin Bieber's Carpool Karaoke.

During an appearance on Wednesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Corden explained that he injured his eye years ago while performing in a play in New York.  "I had to go and see a doctor. He gave me some things and he said, 'Look, over some time, it will heal.' And it did," he recalls.

"About a year ago it flared up again — this sort of little scratch on my eyeball," continued Corden.  "I'd been seeing doctors a lot."

"Three weeks ago I woke up and I couldn't open my eye," he continued.  After struggling to find his phone and Advil, he reached out to his doctor who, "took one look at my eye and he said, 'We're going to operate on it now,'" recalled the late night host.

"I said, 'But I've got a show at 5 p.m.' And he said, 'No you don't.' He said, 'You don't have a show -- until the earliest -- next week. You've got to do this right now.'"

As for being called out online for not driving during his Carpool Karaoke segment with Bieber, Corden explained, ”The reason I didn't drive that day was because my eye was really hurting and we were worried that it wouldn't be safe."

Corden says he’s excited about returning to hosting The Late Late Show with an audience, but it’s be a while before he’s singing in the car with anybody.

"We can't really think of a remote way to do it. It really does rely on two people being in close proximity."

By George Costantino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Kevin Hart shares his self-inspired baby names for his unborn daughter

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart is clearly great at a lot of things, but thinking of a name for his unborn daughter doesn't appear to be one of them.

"My wife has a couple," Hart tells ABC Audio, revealing that his wife Eniko already has picked some potential names for their child.

"I wish I could say that I am the main guru, [but] I am awful when it comes to the names," he continues. "That is not my expertise."

However, if Hart had to select the perfect name for his baby girl, the actor-comedian admits it would definitely be self-inspired.

"I say the same thing every time. It's either Kevin or Kevina," he jokes. "I got two names. That's it. So if you you're not gonna go with either one of those then I'm no good to you." 

As previously noted, Kevin's new arrival with be the fourth child for the actor and second child for his wife. The couple share two-year-old son Kenzo, while Hart has a 15-year-old daughter, Heaven, and 12-year-old son, Hendrix, from a previous marriage.

By Candice Williams
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Wanda Sykes, Ray Romano and others unite for charity event, 'Laughter in Lockdown'

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Wanda Sykes and Ray Romano are a few of the comedy stars gathering on Friday for the special one-night-only streaming event, Laughter in Lockdown.

Proceeds from the two-hour event -- presented by NY Laughs, in partnership with The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals -- will benefit struggling comedians and comedy club professionals as part of the fund’s greater initiative to help entertainment creatives in comedy affected financially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Other comedians scheduled to perform include Judd Apatow, Roy Wood Jr., Carl Reiner, Craig Robinson, Dave Attell, Gary Gulman, Gina Yashere, Ian Edwards, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, Jon Fisch, Keith Robinson, Marina Franklin, Moody McCarthy, Pete Holmes, Robert Kelly, Ronny Chieng, Ted Greenberg, Sal Vulcano, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Vanessa Hollingshead.

Laughter in Lockdown will be hosted by Mo Amer, star of the Netflix special The Vagabond, and one of Rolling Stone’s "10 comedians you need to know."

More information, including how to make a donation, is available at nylaughs.org/lockdown.

By George Costantino
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Henry Cavill reportedly readying a return as Superman

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Henry Cavill is in talks to return as Superman in an upcoming DC Comics movie, sources tell Deadline -- however, it will be in a cameo role, rather than a standalone film.   

With Wonder Woman 1986 and Suicide Squad already in the can, the most likely projects would be Shazam 2Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam or Aquaman 2.

Cavill previously played the legendary superhero in 2013's Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman, but after the poor critical and commercial reception of 2017’s Justice League, his future as the Son of Krypton was in doubt.

It should be said that while Superman had a post-credits cameo in 2019's surprise hit Shazam, proving both heroes share Warner Bros. DC Comics-based cinematic universe, Cavill didn't play him -- Superman's face was deliberately never shown in the scene.

By George Costantino and Stephen Iervolino 
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